DIY Going Away Party Decorations

Throughout your life, people will move away, either indefinitely or just for long periods of time. It’s always bittersweet when a dear friend or loved one in your life leaves. While you’re of course sad to see them go, it’s hard not to get excited for the next chapter in their life. When this happens, it’s nice to throw them a going away party to show that you care and that you will be missing them. Thankfully, there are plenty of easy, inexpensive DIY decorations for throwing a going away party.

Themed Signs

One of the easiest and most obvious decorations you can make are signs. All you need is something to write on, something to write with, and a little creativity. Just take the phrase of your choice and display it for everyone to see. In addition to that, add themed phrases near the food you serve. For example, you can have candy in a bowl with the phrase “a sweet ending to a new beginning.” Christina, from Remodelanda la Casa, suggests writing these sweet phrases on chalkboards for everyone to see.

Banners and Garlands

Another staple for your party is the garland. You can use various materials to make any garland of your choice. To match the theme for your going away party, use maps as the material for your garland. You can cut it into banners, circles, letters, or even make paper airplanes. You can either cut out airplane shapes or just fold the paper into airplanes. All that’s left to do is string them together and hang them. Both options are perfect details for any going away party. Landeeseelandeedo.com gives step by step instructions on how to make a banner that can work for any material.

Photo Booth

A more recent party favorite is doing a photo booth. You can do this by either streaming the garland you made or using a map as your backdrop. From there, hand-make a few fun props, grab a camera, and you’re all set! Whoever is leaving can take the pictures from the party with them wherever they go. This is an interactive, fun way to get every guest involved. It also gives your friend something to remember you all with.

Make It Memorable

In addition to the pictures from the photo booth, you can also create other sorts of memorabilia. Weddingpartyapp.com suggests buying a globe and having guests sign it as a guestbook. Not only is this a unique gift to give your friend when they leave, but it also doubles as a party decoration! You can also purchase a vintage suitcase and fill it with letters from other guests to give to the person leaving.

Whatever decorations you decide to make for your going away party, choose the ones you like the most and add your own touches. At the end of the day, just remember to have some fun and celebrate before your friend heads off!


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Guide to Staging Your Home for a Fast Sale

Most homeowners know it is important to keep a home clean and organized while it is on the market. But the majority of buyers’ agents agree that taking some extra steps to stage the property for sale can make the most of the space and its best features and make an impact on a potential buyer’s impression, as well as on the price he or she will be willing to pay. For every $100 invested in staging a home for sale, there is a $400 potential return, saving the seller a costly price reduction and ultimately, making staging worthwhile.

An optimal staging effort will present your property in its finest condition. Most experts recommend taking the following steps to achieve the best staging results:


Make your home appealing for photographs

You’re putting your home on the market. Unless it looks appealing, you will have trouble finding an audience. Cleaning it thoroughly, plumping up all the cushions, pleating the curtains and replacing your bathroom and kitchen towels as well as your floor mats with new, matching ones, will all make it photogenic. Deep clean your carpets and invest in fresh flowers to enhance prominent areas.

Get rid of clutter

A cluttered environment makes a negative impression and impedes the buyer from visualizing it as his or her future home. One of the most important things you can do to stage your home properly is de-clutter it. Clear out all your home’s surfaces, and take a good look at the amount and size of your furniture. If it is filling the space excessively, get rid of some of it to make your rooms look bigger and lighter.

Re-paint and deodorize

Refreshing the paint on the walls can make your home feel and look fresh and clean. Re-paint them in neutral colors that can add a sense of calm and airiness to your rooms. Take care of getting rid of unpleasant pet or smoking smells by airing your house and using air fresheners or delicately scented candles.

Pay attention to your home’s exterior

If you’re selling an apartment or condo, make your front door look elegant and inviting, and make sure your doorbell or knocker work properly. If you are selling a house, consider power-washing its exterior, re-painting or re-staining the porch, hanging attractive house numbers and trimming back bushes or trees. When showing your home at night, make sure to turn your porch lights on and illuminate your garden.

Don’t go overboard

Staging your home for sale is essential, but try to strike a balance between staged and lived-in. You want your home to look its best, but some coziness can add to its appeal, so having a folded elegant throw on a sofa or placing a basket of fresh farmer market’s produce on the kitchen counter can help strike the right balance.


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