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31  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Your favorite decorating books? on: November 17, 2005 06:23:21 PM
Hi all~

Everyone here ROCKS MY WORLD!!  So so so many good ideas and inspiration!  So tell me, what are everyone's favorite decorating books?  What books inspire you or give you good ideas? 

A few of my favorites:

Living in Style Without Losing Your Mind by Marco Pasanella (This book is great because it helps you find your own way, rather than just showing spreads of beautiful un-lived in rooms. I sooo want a taxidermied goldfish now!)

Interior Alchemy: Secrets to Creating Expressive Ambience by Rebecca Purcell (This book has so much practical information and really inspiring rooms!)

Home Cheap Home: A Room-by-Room Guide to Great Decorating by Budget Living  (This is not really what I would define as budget, but it is filled with lots of great ideas and some cool rooms.)

Thanks for sharing!
32  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Saturnalia party ideas? on: November 12, 2005 05:49:01 PM
Every year my DH and I throw a big party in December for the winter solstice.  This year we are doing a "Saturnalia Party."  Here's what our invite says:
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Before humankind learned to measure time in twelve month cycles, time was measured by seasons. The changing of the seasons was celebrated with feasts and festivals to make the gods happy. 

The ancient Romans celebrated the festival of Saturnalia in honor of Saturn, the God of Time.  This festival began on December 17th and lasted a week, during which the winter solstice occurred.  The winter solstice is the day of the shortest daylight and longest night. 

Saturnalia was the best of days. It was a time of celebration, visits to friends, and feasting.  The Roman halls were decked with boughs of laurel and of green trees, with lighted candles and with lamps--for the hovering spirits of darkness were afraid of light. Bonfires were lit in high places to strengthen the reviving sun in her course.  The streets were crowded with noisy processions of men and women carrying lighted tapers.   It was also a time of gift-giving, particularly of wax candles and earthenware figurines.

Please join us to celebrate on Saturday,  December 17.
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Okay, so I usually just do all the usual party stuff: lots of food and wine, invite lots of people and let the festivities begin.  Our house will be decorated for the solstice: tree, lights, etc, but I thought it might be fun to go the extra mile this year.  Any ideas for food/ party favors/music?  I was thinking about making pannonian hats out of felt, but really--we usually have about 50 people and I don't think I can manage to make that many hats by then! Maybe candles might be cheaper and easier.

Any ideas to make the party more about the Romans and Saturnalia?  (The Saturnalia festival is the pagan root of our x-mas celebration.  Alot of our current traditions come from ancient Saturnalia customs).

Thanks for any ideas!!!
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