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How To: Make a DIY violin music themed party centerpiece

This do it yourself centerpiece is brought to you by A-Bnc parties and more. This starts of by making the bow, shown by painting a dowel and letting it dry. Then glue the 'frogs' at the ends of the dowel and glue fishing line to both frogs and trim to fit. Next take a polystyrene cut out of a violin and seal it. This helps paint stick to the surface of the cut out. The violin is painted brown to replicate an actual violin. Using black paint you detail the 'f' holes and allow to dry before pro...

How To: Identify different types of dinner glassware

Don't know much about the dinner table? You know the basics: you eat from a plate, you use silverware to shovel it in and you drink from glassware. But what about if you're at a fancy dinner? Would you be able to distinguish a juice cup from a champagne glass? A white wine glass from a martini glass? If not, these two videos will show you which ones are which.

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: Make a baseball diamond centerpiece for a party

This how-to video shows you how to make an infield base to anchor your baseball centerpiece for your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, theme wedding party, sports theme event, corporate event, etc. Indoor/outdoor grass carpeting covers the infield, baseball bases and baseball (or team color) ribbon add accents. Ideas of what your final centerpiece can look like as well as other enhancements, are also shown. Watch this how-to video to learn how to make your own baseball diamond centerpiece.

How To: Arrange a buffet dinner

The American tradition of the buffet supper is shown in its simple preparation. A "must" for the homemaker or hostess. That any intelligent person would care enough about this subject and think it is so important as to make a film about it is astounding. Martha Stewart must have grown up on this.

How To: Seat dinner guests

The intricate machinations behind a successful dinner party. This is the guide to seating a dinner party of guests. This etiquette video will make you the ultimate host or hostess. Follow Chow's lead to fine party throwing.

How To: Fold napkins into silverware pouches

Embrace your inner Martha Stewart - and impress friends with your stylish panache at your next dinner party - by folding your napkins into a silverware pouch. Not only is it an easy and beautiful way to present your silverware, but it is also a nice way to avoid having to place silverware all perfectly on the table.

How To: Set a place setting for a casual dinner

Lifestyle expert Hal Owen teaches us the correct way to set a table place setting. 1. Place the "charger" plate in the middle of the place setting. This is the plate on which you will place all of the other plates. 2. Place your "dinner plate" in the middle of the "charger". 3. Place your "soup plate" in the middle of the "dinner plate". 4. Place your fork on the left of the plate and your dinner knife and spoon on the right, with the soup spoon on the outside. 5. Place your dessert fork and ...

How To: Make a wedding centerpiece with pink silk flowers

Watch this video tutorial to see how to make a wedding centerpiece with pink silk flowers and candles. This DIY (do-it-yourself) silk flower wedding centerpiece is lovely and includes three tea lights that add that special romantic mood. Every bride should look into centerpieces like this, since they're cheap and efficient, not to mention suitable for engagement parties, rehearsal dinners and anniversaries as well.

How To: Set up a formal dinner place setting

Ever wonder which side of the plate to put a fork? This video will show you piece-by-piece how to create a formal place setting for two different meal sizes. This is useful if you are hosting a fancy dinner, or are just having friends over for a nice meal. Some people even enjoy having a formal setting on their dining room table all the time.

How To: Shred a ribbon

Judy of A-BnC Parties and More, Inc. demonstrates two methods to show you how to shred ribbons. For the first, she uses a wide curling ribbon, scissors, and a shredding tool. This how-to video is helpful in decorating, bow making, finishing gift baskets, putting final touches on wrapped presents, etc.

How To: Fold a rose napkin

David Neilson of Monteiths Bar shows a simple way to fold a rose napkin in this how-to video. Follow along with the step-by-step instructions given out in a delightful Scottish accent to replicate this fancy napkin fold. Add a little bit of class or ornamentation to a table setting. Watch this video table preparation tutorial and learn how to fold a napkin into a rose shape. Fold a rose napkin.

How To: Make metallic paper poofs or flowers for a centerpiece

This two part video tutorial teaches you how to make metallic paper poofs which can be used to camouflage the Styrofoam® base of your centerpiece. The poofs, or flowers, also add color and excitement to your finished product. Metallic paper reflects light and comes in deeper tones that tissue paper. Use these flowers for all kinds of centerpieces: bar or bat mitzvah, wedding and engagement, birthday, sports theme, retirement, anniversaries, corporate events, etc.

How To: Fold napkins in decorative ways

Well fret not, frantic dinner party hosts! In this video series, learn how to fold napkins in a variety of fancy, fun, elegant and eclectic ways. Our expert will show you step-by-step napkin folding techniques that’ll you can learn in a few minutes. No guests have arrived yet, so with 20 minutes to spare, watch a few video clips and get some good housekeeping tips on how to liven up your place settings. Remember: it’s the details that count. A specially-folded napkin is sure to add that je ne...