Tips & Ideas

Apr 11

11 Tips for Arranging Flowers

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Flower arranging tips from expert Danielle Rollins

Whether you’re hosting a party or gathering friends over for a family dinner, a gorgeous spray of flowers can really give your home and your party presence and polish, which is why we teamed up with Danielle Rollins, entertaining expert and author of Soirée Entertaining with Style. Danielle pulled together a gorgeous table which celebrates color, and she shared her entire inspiration with us, below.

Apr 10

Entertaining Tips from Expert Danielle Rollins

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Entertaining Tips from Danielle Rollins

Entertaining is a fantastic way to spend quality time with friends and family, and we’ve always believed that there’s no better way to show someone you care about them then to invite them over for a comforting meal, which is why we teamed up with Danielle Rollinsentertaining expert and author of Soirée Entertaining with Style. Danielle shared with us a few of her favorite tips for hosting a get-together, which she details below.

Apr 8

Host a Spring Brunch with Danielle Rollins

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Host a Spring Brunch with Danielle Rollins

One of our favorite ways to enjoy the gorgeous Spring weather Mother Nature has finally shared with us is to host an outdoor get-together for friends or family. An outdoor brunch, under the blossoming trees and sunshine, is the perfect way to enjoy the company of loved ones, which is why we teamed up with Danielle Rollins, entertaining expert and author of Soirée Entertaining with Style. Danielle pulled together a gorgeous table which celebrates color, and she shared her entire inspiration with us, below.

Mar 28

Pack a Chic Picnic

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Pack a chic picnic

We’ve been saying for weeks now that Spring is almost here, but honestly, this time, we can feel it! At least we think?

While brainstorming about Spring and all the joys and excitement around it, we got on the topic of picnics — primarily how wonderful they are. This time of year, when buds are just starting to open, the air is still a bit crisp from winter, and everyone is ready to take in some Vitamin D, one of our favorite things to do is meet friends and family outdoors, take a few snacks, and enjoy a picnic! There are few things more simple and more guaranteed to help you enjoy the start of a new season than getting outdoors and taking it all in. But of course, we wouldn’t be Ballard Designs if we didn’t suggest you at least picnic in style, would we?

Mar 7

22 Place Setting Inspirations

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Setting the table for a dinner party can be an intimidating undertaking, especially when there are hundreds of gorgeous tables on Pinterest and in magazines which may make your simple white dishes feel ‘blah’. Browse our collection of more than 22 place settings and find an idea or two for your next get-together. Find all the items used in the place settings after the jump.

Mar 6

7 Printable Place Cards for Spring Entertaining

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7 Printable place cards for spring entertaining

On our To Do list for Spring, we want to entertain more. From casual get-togethers to fancy soirées and outdoor barbecues, we want to put on our hostess hat and enjoy the company of friends and family. One way we’re flexing our entertaining muscles is by printing off some easy place cards for you to give your table settings a little extra personality.

Feb 21

Bar Cart Essentials Checklist

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Essentials for a stocked bar cart

Cocktail hour is back – and so is the bar cart. And there’s nothing quite as versatile. These chic little accent pieces bring mega glamour and a portable party to any room in your home, indoors or out. Keep it stocked with the essentials, so you can offer up a cocktail at a moment’s notice.