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Modern Party Etiquette for Hosts and Guests

By Houzz

Invitations, seating cards and cell phones, oh my! Navigating modern party etiquette can be tricky for both hosts and guests. These 10 do’s and don’ts should help clear up everything from what to bring (try a book instead of flowers) to those pesky details (t.p., olive pit bowls) you will not want to forget. 

Modern Manners for Conflict-Free Family Visits:

1. Do take invites and responses seriously. If you are doing the inviting, be courteous and extend those invites, whether paper, digital or over the phone, with enough time for people to plan accordingly. Be specific and give your guests some clue as to the level of [...]

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Snazz Up Your Decor With DIY Floral Frame Backdrop

Guest post by Paige Payseno

Assembling the floral frame backdrop:

1. To begin, fit a pipe strap around a test tube and place it close to the center of your frame. Drill in two screws to each side. Continue to do this with the other three pipe straps and test tubes.


This quick and easy DIY floral frame backdrop is a reusable rustic wedding decor element that will delight your guests. I love it because it can fit any wedding theme or style. It can be giant, or small and sweet, and you can use whatever frame you already have or find new or secondhand.

Use it as a wedding ceremony backdrop or anywhere in your decor, [...]

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Partini is Sponsoring Refreshments for the South Pasadena Beautiful, 2017 Annual Meeting

2017 Annual Meeting

Join us this Saturday (6/3) as we review the year, honor this year’s Golden Arrow winners an enjoy a lively lecture by Erik Knutzen of Root Simple.

Enjoy refreshments compliments of Partini at 3:30. Meeting will begin at 4:00 at the South Pasadena Library Community Room (1115 El Centro St.).

About Erik

Los Angeles based author, Erik Knutzen, will discuss urban homesteading: chickens, bees, vegetables and the home arts. He’ll also touch on some hot button issues he finds equally important:

  • Tree care in a drought
  • Creating walkable/bikeable communities
  • Gardening with native plants
  • Throwing neighborhood parties
  • Why hay hooks are the new hipster fashion accessory (just kidding)

Erik Knutzen is the co-author, with his [...]

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New Wedding Trends for 2017

By: Debra Witt

The Look

Timeless chic coupled with the all-important wow factor: Here’s how it’s going to play out in 2017.

Vintage glamour (with a twist). Picture an industrial warehouse decked out with ornate, over-the-top centerpieces and set aglow with strands of twinkling lights and candles. You get the picture: a whimsical mash-up of old and new.

For the love of pink. Blush rose, to be exact, remains the “it” wedding color. Rhiannon Bosse, owner of Hey Gorgeous Events in Michigan, has dubbed blush a “now and forever” shade, because it’s both trending and timeless.

Encore metallics 

Brides continue to embrace copper, rose gold, and pewter because [...]

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