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A Color-Coordinated Holiday

With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, it can  be difficult to find the time to sit down and thoughtfully plan a party.  The easiest way to create a cohesive look is to choose a color palette and stick to it!

The red and aqua blue combination has been a favorite color palette for 2010 (remember Melisa’s son’s modern train party?), so why not use it for a holiday party too?  You could use any of these ideas for a last minute holiday party, a winter birthday party or baby shower! Here are a few ideas for creating a few color-coordinated party:

I love using stripes!  Whether you use them as a backdrop, a tablecloth or as an accessory, stripes add a festive, preppy touch to any party.  One simple idea is to wrap colored rubber bands around votive candle holders – don’t you just love the red and aqua blue examples above from Better Homes and Gardens?

You can create simple decorations using felt!  A flower garland, a modern stocking, even a centerpiece….using simple designs in our signature colors will help you to create a cohesive party design.

Color coordinate your food and drinks!  Drink bottles, desserts and candy can all be pulled together into one fabulous dessert table!

What are your tips for pulling together a fabulous party during this busy season?  We would love for you to share any tips with us!

Images: felt garland and stocking, rubber band votives (, drink bottles (, candy jars and dessert table (, rock candy sticks (

About the author
Settled near Chicago, IL, Kelly founded The Party Dress in 2009 while in desperate search of a creative outlet. Her social stationery company, WH Hostess, soon followed. Whether it's for the perfect place card or a modern theme for your next party, Kelly is the go-to girl for party planning ideas.
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  • Renee

    Thanks Kelly. I love the way red and aqua complements each other, and I’ve seen people use them for parties and all that. Your suggestions just made for a lovely party I’m planning for the New Year’s.

  • Kasey B

    I always give simple parties by following the tips you have here. I think that these are the basics of throwing a fun and beautiful party. I do think, however, that you can add more themes to a red and aqua party, like fire and ice, or good and evil, or angels and demons… you get the point :)

  • Christie Strayer

    Thank you for the post!

    I love the red & aqua!


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