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How To: Set the buffet table at your dinner party

Clinton Kelly, the lifestyle expert, shows the right way to ‘Set your Buffet Table’ for a buffet party, in this video. He suggests that all the serving dishes and utensils are laid on the buffet table, the night before the party. This will throw some light and give ideas as to how to place the dishes on the table. You could place the plates on one side of the table, the food at the center and the napkins to the other side. You should also decide the heights of the various serving platters, co...

How To: Make a bow using wired ribbon

Bows are so beautiful. They make a great accessory and an awesome accent to any gift. The bigger the bow, however, the more likely it is to flop and not look as beautiful as it should. This tutorial will show you how to make a beautifully large holiday bow using wired ribbon so that it doesn't wilt. Soon, your gift will be the talk of the party and no one will ever want to open it - it will be too perfect!

How To: Customize a pinata buster stick

In this tutorial, we learn how to customize a pi–ata buster stick. First, choose a couple streamer colors that match the theme of your party. Next, roll the streamer around the stick, covering the entire stick. Tape down the end on both sides so the streamers stay on. Next, wrap a different color streamer around the stick and tape that down as well. You can also add on ribbon around the stick to make it more decorative. When finished, make sure everything is taped down at the end and you will...

How To: Properly drop bridal veils

Drop veils are the sheerest veils offered. They drop over your head. There is no comb and no gathering at all. They are attached with hat pin. The veil is draped over the head and if you had a head piece the veil is draped over that as well. Then you take the hat pin and you just weed it in and out between the hair and the veil several times. Now after the ceremony all you have to do is remove the pin and the veil is removed without ruining the hair. To measure for the drop veils take a piece...

How To: Design a head table flower centerpiece for a wedding

This is a short, very fast paced (6x normal speed) demonstration of how to arrange a floral and green head table piece. The 54 seconds shows the designer how to complete an arrangement from beginning to end. It is difficult to see what the shape of the base is, but it is fresh flowers going into the design. The designer places long greens into the center of the base, adding some long white stemmed flowers. Red carnation heads are then placed around the base along with some additional greenery...

How To: Arrange casual and formal place settings

Lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly shares tips for setting the table for a dinner party, either casual or more formal. For a casual dinner party he recommends using only a water glass and a non-specific wine glass. The plate goes in the center with a napkin in a ring placed on top of the plate. Two knives are placed to the right of the plate and two forks to the left.

How To: Tie a bow using #40 satin ribbon

Jane from Afloral.com shows you how to make a bow using #40 satin ribbon with this tutorial. This is a beautiful ribbon for a present, a flower arrangement or just as a decoration. You will also learn how you can attach this bow to a flower wreath. Watch this how to video and you can tie this large fluffy bow in no time.

How To: Apply sexy vampire makeup for Halloween

This how-to video shows off an extreme look for Halloween, if you want to be a glammed up, sexy vampire. For an optional accessory, try Lestat on your arm. The cosmetic products used to create this look are: Bare Escentual mineral foundation - Fairly Light, NYX White e/s, MAC Copperplate e/s (contouring), MAC Paint - Flammable, NYX Sunrise e/s, MAC Beauty Marked e/s, Revlon Colorstay liquid eyeliner in black, Ben Nye Cosmic Violet e/s, black kohl eyeliner (nameless brand), DUO Adhesive glue, ...

How To: Make a pew bow

Sandy from Afloral.com shows you how to make a pew bow with this step by step tutorial. This is a great addition to any church event such as a wedding or christening. Watch this how to video and you will be tying pew bows in no time.

How To: Make a Halloween goblin costume

In this video series, our expert will show you how to make a ghoulish goblin Halloween costume. You will learn how to pick the best black robe, how to use liquid latex to create laugh lines and warts, and how to apply goblin makeup. You will also get tips on how to add accessories to your goblin Halloween costume, and most importantly, how to act like a goblin.

How To: Set up a haunted house

In this series of spooky videos about how to scare the heck out of your friends and neighbors, our haunted house expert tells you everything you need to know about setting up your own haunted house. Matt Cail, designer and director of the University of Washington's campus haunted house, shares the tips and advice he gained from putting the fright to university students. He begins by discussing goals for a haunted house then tells you how to achieve them with the seasoned advice of someone who...

How To: Organize an Oktoberfest Party

If you’re planning to hold a party this October, what better event to model your event after than Oktoberfest? The German beer festival began in Bavaria, Germany in 1810 to celebrate a royal marriage. Since then, it has been celebrated annually by millions of attendees these past decades and has spread throughout the world. Of course, Oktoberfest would not come to be without the beer.

How To: Make a napkin swan (or napkin peacock)

Need a lavish way to present you napkins at your next big dinner feast? May we suggest napkin swans? Folding a mere dinner napkin into a beautiful swan )or peacock) can take you just minutes, and completes and dinner table. The idea behind the fold is to shape it so that one end looks like a long, languorous tail-feathers of a peacock, but it could look like a swan, too.

How To: Create custom Yoshi loot bags

In this video, we learn how to create custom Yoshi loot bags. First, take some lime green paper bags and cut the top of them so they resemble the shape of Yoshi's eyes. After this, print out lots of Yoshi's eyes on a white piece of paper. Cut out the eyes from the paper and then put glue on the back of them. After this, glue the eyes onto the paper where they belong. When finished, let this dry and you will have a cute Yoshi bag to put little treats in! You can follow the template as well if ...

How To: Make a spooky smoking punch bowl for your Halloween party

Hosting your own party for Halloween this year and want to really set the tone for the party? Some people have one of those smoking punch bowls that are somewhat like a smoking cauldron. Looking to make the same effect? Well you will need to get some dry ice, but regardless of that, you should probably watch this video first to get the tips on making the proper smoking punch bowl with the right tips for safety and more.

How To: Make a floral Birthday "cake" table centerpiece

This video describes how to make a "no calorie" birthday cake centerpiece with carnations in soft and sweet hues of pink, yellow, white and cantaloupe. first a flower foam was taken. Then the toothpicks were used to join the flower foam together. Then trace out a circle from the foam using a kitchen knife. Add some water to the base of the cake. With equal size flowers decorate the base of the cake. Then the cake is beautifully covered with different types of flowers. decorate with as many fl...

How To: Create Mario power up mushroom pouches

How to create Mario power up mushroom pouches in six easy steps. Use cardboard as a template. Fold peach felt in half and cut around the template. Cut half circle out while holding template and felt in place. Make a mushroom head template for the mushroom caps/tops. Fold red felt in half to cut around the edges. (Do same for the green mushroom). Make a circle template to use as the spots. Use white felt for the spots and start following the template. Use black felt for the eyes and start to p...

How To: Place a table setting

Follow these simple steps and learn the fundamentals of setting a perfect table for your next dinner party. This video is an easy guide to setting a formal table. Your forks always go on the left side, the salad fork on the outside, the dinner fork closest to the plate. Remember to always work from the outside to the inside. Your knife goes on the right hand side, with the blade pointing inward towards the plate. if you are serving soup, your spoon goes directly next to your knife. Your desse...

How To: Make beautiful bows

Are you creatively changed? Pay to have your gifts wraped? This video with Shirley Frazier shows you step by step how to achieve beautiful bows. Bows perfect for enhancing a gift basket, single gifts, Christmas trees, or other creations. This is truly a easily to follow video anyone at any level of artistry can follow. A great active to envolve the whole family when wrapping those gifts, or tripping the tree. Full of tips, and where you can find all you need to achieve these great bows.

How To: Make a towel cake for a bridal shower or event

Learn how to make a towel cake for a bridal shower with this video! To make a towel cake start by folding a towel into a flat square. Then take a second towel and fold it in half. Lay the half folded towel on the table. Lay the towel that is folded into a square on the middle of the towel folded in half. Fold one end of the half folded towel over the folded towel and tuck it under. Then take the other side of the towel and fold it over and tuck it under making a larger folded towel square. Ta...

How To: Keep ice cubes frozen longer for your next party

Ok, it’s not the biggest problem in the world, but an ice bucket full of water is a not-so-subtle hint that the party’s over. Make your cubes last until the final guest has had their fill. Watch this Howcast video to learn how to keep ice cubes frozen longer. You will need boiled water, large ice trays, insulation, like bubble wrap or cloth, and muffin tins.

How To: Throw a Harlem rent party to raise money

Originating in Harlem in the 1920s, a rent party is a fun way to stave off eviction. You will need a place to party, food and drink, musical entertainment, paying guests, party flyers, a hat to collect donations, and lots of beer. Fact: The going rate for a Harlem rent party admission was usually 25 cents, plus extra for the homemade concessions sold in the kitchen or hallway.

How To: Apply bloody scar face make-up for a Halloween costume

Get ready to gore it up this Halloween with some gruesome make-up, shown in this how-to video! In no time you'll have some bloody scars that are sure to give everyone a fright! You will need tissue paper, corn syrup, spirit gum, a rubber scar, some make up (to match skin tone), make up sponges, fake blood, a cotton swab, and the step-by-step instructions in this video Halloween prep tutorial. Apply bloody scar face make-up for a Halloween costume.