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7 Amazing Last-Minute Party Decoration Ideas

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Regardless of whether you have weeks, days or a few hours to organize your party, it should wow your guests. Of course, it is much easier when you have plenty of time to prepare, but nevertheless, even if you have just a few hours to throw an amazing party it is perfectly manageable if you follow these 15-minute DIY party ideas. Decorations are an important part of every party and they add a touch of creativity, elegance and festivity. 

Festive garlands

Garlands are a very popular last-minute party decoration that adds a touch of festivity to every party. Garlands can be customized to fit any kind of party and there are many ways we can make them. If you have more time on your hands, you can make garlands with a sewing machine and some supplies. However, if you need a garland for your last-minute party, you can make these no-sew recycled paper garlands in no time. To make these, you’ll need string or thread, recycled catalogues or magazines, a glue stick, scissors and a circle hole punch can come in handy. You’ll start by cutting out some colourful or interesting pages from the magazines, in different shapes and then you’ll glue these shapes to the thread you prepared. 

Creative party cups

Cups are an absolute necessity when it comes to any party. For hosting a large party, the best option is to use paper cups, which are easily customizable. You can decorate all the cups yourself to match the overall theme of your party or you can make cup decorating a more interactive activity by setting up a decorating station for the guests to be creative and decorate their own cups. This can be a perfect activity for the guests to show off their talents and mingle at your party. Even though paper cups are the most economical drinkware for every party, that doesn’t mean they have to be all plain and boring. 

Flower decorations

Flowers are an inevitable decoration of every party and they make every party more colourful and lively. We can use flowers in so many different ways, as well as paper and fresh ones.

Paper flowers

There are so many YouTube videos on making all kinds of paper flower decorations. One of the most popular and effective ones are oversized wallflowers, which you can make with scrapbook paper, cardboard circles, scissors and double-sided tape. You can personalize the colours, shapes and sizes and hang them on your walls. Another quite popular decoration features a tissue paper pom-pom. They are inexpensive but quite impressive when you hang them on your chandelier. 

Fresh flowers

Fresh flowers are always a good choice for any party. All kinds of flowers and plants can be useful, even fruits and veggies. You can decorate your table with tiny and diverse succulents displayed in different vases, pots, tins and glasses. Another simple way is to go to your backyard or garden, pick a few flowers with stems, place them one by one in those single-stem vases and arrange them proportionally over the table. These will look stylish, lively and fresh, while at the same time adding a lovely scent. However, if you don’t have a garden full of flowers and you live in a big city such as Melbourne, you can order same day flower delivery, and these flowers will be at your address in no time, so you can start being creative.  You can also use these flowers to make floral confetti and sprinkle the petals all over the table for a unique and elegant decoration. 

The magnificent washi tape

The magnificent and multifaceted washi tape comes in many sizes, patterns and colours. It can be used to decorate many things at your party. For example, you can update and personalize the plain glass vases with this tape to make them more festive. You can also use washi tape to decorate a wall or a serving tray. The biggest advantage of using washi tape is that it can be easily removed and replaced with a different one when needed. 

The power of centrepieces

Centrepieces are a quite popular party decoration and rarely you can see a party without some amusing centrepiece. You can create an effective centrepiece from so many different materials. For example, you can mix the flowers we previously mentioned with seasonal fruits and veggies to make unique centrepieces that will definitely wow your guests. These add farmhouse or rustic vibe to your party. You can also use candles and lights to make interesting centrepieces as well as somethings found in nature such as rocks and plants.

Artsy drinks

And what is a party without some interesting drinks? You can easily create a bar spot, where you’ll be serving all kinds of crazy cocktails, decorated with amusing straws, toppers, napkins and recipes. You can customize your bar with a chalkboard bar mat, where you can share a cocktail recipe. You can also decorate your glass stems with balloons filled with confetti and a note or a recipe inside. And don’t forget to make some colourful coasters!

DIY photo booth

A thing that’ll make your party memorable is definitely a DIY photo booth you can make easily. These booths are perfect for any kind of party and they make it even more interesting. All you need is an effective backdrop, which can be made of flowers, good lighting, a camera and all kinds of crazy props. This is a perfect way for your guests to enjoy your party and make some fun memories. 

Throwing a party, especially a last-minute one, is something that’s fun and creative but it’s also something that can create stress for the host. By following these simple party tips and tricks, you can make sure that your party is a blast in a few simple steps, without fuss and stress. 

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Penalty problems through two games not limited to Broncos

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Thirteen things about the Broncos entering Sunday’s home opener against the New York Jets:

1. Broncos coach Vic Fangio spent the week lamenting his team’s penalty problem. Through two games, the Broncos are tied for 10th in enforced penalties (15) and tied for fourth in yards (152). But Vic’s team isn’t alone. The flags are flying around the NFL.

2. Average penalties/yards per team over the last five years: 2017 — 13.6/116.8. … 2018 — 14.5/124.3. … 2019 — 15.8/130.6. … 2020 — 11.8/108.2. And this year — 13.6/119.1. So, up compared to last year, but pretty steady compared to recent seasons.

3. The Broncos’ penalty breakdown is two on offense, nine on defense and four on special teams. Defensive end Dre’Mont Jones and cornerback Mike Ford have two 15-yard penalties apiece and cornerback Pat Surtain II’s 36-yard pass interference penalty skews the yardage total. They have the fewest offensive penalties and tied for third-most defensive penalties.

4. Fangio said he shows a “good bit,” of the penalties during team meetings. “We stress it,” he said. “Trust me, if anything, I stress it too much. I showed the whole team early on in camp where we ranked in penalties last year and we were ranked to-the-good on defense (27, third-fewest) and kind of in-the-middle on offense (39, 14th) and now it’s flipped. Our offense has done a great job; they’ve hardly been penalized, and we’ve had a couple of rough outings on defense.”

5. Fangio disagreed with cornerback Kyle Fuller’s illegal contact penalty on Jacksonville’s first drive when receiver Marvin Jones essentially tried to run Fuller over. “Really bad call,” Fangio said.

6. Speaking of really bad, that’s been the Broncos’ first-down offense. They rank 21st in yards per first-down snap (5.09) and have 32 plays that have gained less than four yards (tied for eighth-most). The lack of efficiency is setting up second and third-and-long plays.

7. “We want to be more efficient on first and second down, for sure, to make sure that we’re in those third-and-manageable (plays),” quarterback Teddy Bridgewater said.

8. Despite going 2 of 11 on third down, the Broncos still held possession for a whopping 38 minutes, 52 seconds against the Jaguars and enter Week 3 first in the league with a 37-minute average. Last week’s possession time was their 10th-highest since 2000 and the most since 39:22 in 2016. Out of their top 20 games in possession time since 2000, the Broncos are 18-2.

9. An unintentional youth movement will be present defensively against the Jets. Starting or playing rotational roles will be six first- or second-year players: Inside linebacker Justin Strnad (second year, but first playing) and rookies Surtain, safety Caden Sterns and outside linebackers Jonathon Cooper and Andre Mintze.

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Murder suspects shoot at police as they lead them on Bi-state chase

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WASHINGTON PARK, Ill. – Police said murder suspects opened fire on officers during an early Friday morning chase.

Police were called to the 5500 block of Avon Place for a murder at about 12:30 a.m. in Washington Park, Illinois. They were also called to an officer-involved shooting near 25th and Argonne Drive in East St. Louis.

There was a police chase involving the suspects along I-64 into Missouri.

Then they went westbound on I-70 into north St. Louis County. Shots were repeatedly fired at officers. Eventually, police lost sight of the car somewhere on northbound 270.

A person was taken into custody by St. Louis City police. FOX 2’s Nissan Rogue Runner reporter Jason Maxwell was at the scene.

FOX 2 will continue to update this story with more information as it becomes available.

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Say hello to the tortizza, a dinner life raft

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By Eric Kim, The New York Times

When it first opened in 2018, the Manhattan bar and vodka distillery Our/New York would serve makeshift tortilla pizzas that had been quickly burnished in a toaster oven behind the bar. The founder and partner, Dave Ortiz, got the idea from his friend, chef Ilan Hall. “Long story short: A celebrity chef hooked me up,” he said.

The medium-size flour tortillas — affectionately called “tortizzas” by the patrons — were draped in tomato sauce, ricotta cheese and red-pepper flakes. They were marvelous (and free of charge).

You’ll have to pay for your own tortillas, but when prepared at home, the tortizza can be a delicate slip of a weeknight dream — a life raft when time is of the essence. Although you can use corn tortillas for this dish, the moisture in flour tortillas will cause them to puff up in spots once baked in a hot oven, and those bites are the most fun to eat.

Crispy-edged and light, like lither thin-crust pizzas, tortizzas can be topped with whatever you like and nothing you don’t. These tortizzas include a layer of shredded mozzarella cheese that, when melted in the oven, creates a sturdy barrier for the toppings. A dusting of dried oregano somehow makes everything taste of pizza parlor incarnate. The topping, inspired by a Greek salad — and specifically, California Pizza Kitchen’s now-discontinued Greek pizza — is a medley of diced cucumbers and tomatoes and slivers of creamy avocado. Feta delivers sharpness and dreaminess, as does the simple garlicky yogurt sauce (a couple of ingredients shy of a tzatziki).

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Estes Park police officer found dead following domestic violence investigation

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An Estes Park police officer was found dead in his home Thursday night, hours after authorities opened an investigation into allegations of domestic violence involving that officer, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

Chief Wes Kufeld of the Estes Park Police Department notified the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 2:30 p.m. Thursday about an alleged “domestic violence situation” involving one of the department’s current officers that occurred Sept. 17, the sheriff’s office said.

The Eighth Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team was activated to investigate the matter, with the Larimer sheriff’s office taking the lead. Authorities say they interviewed family members of the officer on Thursday afternoon.

Investigators received information that the involved officer was at his residence with two other family members, sheriff’s officials said

According to the news release, investigators made several attempts to contact the officer without success, but eventually the two family members were removed from the residence safely.

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FOX Files: ‘Death to America,’ other graffiti messages painted by man in same neighborhood

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FOX Files: ‘Death to America,’ other graffiti messages painted by man in same neighborhood

BALLWIN, Mo. – Vandalism in West County covered garage doors, signs, and even a pick-up truck in Ballwin near Oakwood Farm Lane and Reinke Road.

The suspect is a 19-year-old who lives one block away.

“It’s the most frustrating thing. You get a wake-up call in the middle of the night. You come out and see what happened and you don’t really see the full extent of it until the sun comes up,” Chris Conway said.

Conway’s fence is one of about a dozen examples of spray-painted vandalism.

He added, “I kind of feel a little pressure to get it cleaned up if I can, being the first house in our neighborhood. It’s just really frustrating and then some added pressure being on the corner here.”

Throughout the Oakwood Farms subdivision, you’ll see garage doors spray-painted “Blood” or “Blood Gang.” Some neighbors tried cleaning up the spray paint, but you can still see the images. Even landscaping lights and street signs are tagged.

“I walked through the neighborhood and found multiple homes that were vandalized,” Delia Overschimdt said.

The took pictures, including a now cleaned-up example that says, “Death to America.”

“It kind of made me nervous, sometimes in the evening I walk my dogs, so am I going to be safe walking through my neighborhood?” Overschmidt said.

They learned the suspect lives in the neighborhood – just ten houses down from one of the homes he vandalized.

“That was news to me. I thought it was maybe something from the city, but obviously, this young man’s got some issues and I hope he gets help,” Overschmidt said.

Court records show Ballwin police caught up with 19-year-old Daniel James Fleming Jr. the night he was allegedly vandalizing homes. It was Tuesday, Sept. 21.

An officer said the suspect was riding a bike and carrying a backpack of spray paint. He’s now charged with felony property damage.

An officer wrote in a probable cause statement, “The defendant admitted that he had been spray painting in the area. He said he had done so because he was bored. He falsely told police he was 16-years-old and provided false names and a false address before admitting his true identity and address.”

Conway said, “It hurts to hear that it was someone from our own neighborhood.”

He took time off from work to try wiping away the memory of what happened, adding, “We take care of our neighborhood. A lot of great people who live here and take care of their place and just sad to see.”

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Kirkwood home explosion tied to production of marijuana concentrate

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ST. LOUIS – Police said Sunday morning’s explosion at a home in Kirkwood is tied to the manufacturing of a potent marijuana concentrate using butane gas.

The Post-Dispatch reported production of the product sometimes called “honey oil” is blamed for explosions elsewhere across the country.

No one was hurt in the blast.

Police have not made any arrests in regards to the incident, but investigators confiscated several marijuana plants from the property.

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Cool start with temps in 50s Friday, afternoon highs reach low-80s

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St. Louis weather from FOX 2 Meteorologist Jaime Travers:

ST. LOUIS – Another cool start with temperatures in the 40s and 50s Friday morning. It will get warmer in the afternoon with plenty of sunshine and breezy winds. High temperatures will be in the low 80s. Clouds increase in the late afternoon and evening from the west as a weak cold front approaches the region.

Friday night into early Saturday, a spot shower or two will be possible with this front. Overnight lows will be in the 50s.

Saturday will have plenty of sunshine and be a touch cooler with highs in the mid-70s. Sunday will be warmer with highs in the mid-80s. The warming trend continues into Monday with highs near 90.

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Lawsuit over Rams relocation returns to court in St. Louis today

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ST. LOUIS – A pre-trial conference over the Rams relocation lawsuit scheduled for this morning has been postponed. It is unclear as to why.

The Missouri Supreme Court refused to block an order Thursday morning from Judge Christopher McGraugh, who is presiding over this case. That order requires Rams owner Stan Kroenke, the NFL, and five other team owners to turn over financial records that could be used for a jury to determine punitive damages if this case goes to trial and Kroenke loses. For Kroenke, those records include other sports franchises, management groups, a winery, and other businesses as well as financial details about Kroenke’s wife Ann Walton Kroenke. She is a multi-billionaire heir to the Walmart fortune.

That legal blow for Kroenke came after Judge McGraugh rejected a motion by lawyers last week for Kroenke and the other defendants to dismiss the case altogether. Last month, McGraugh refused to move the case out of St. Louis.

The Rams moved from St. Louis to Los Angeles back in 2016. St. Louis City, St. Louis County and the St. Louis Regional Convention and Sports Complex Authority sued the next year. The suit alleges that the Rams and the NFL broke the league’s relocation rules and misled the public with the move. The suit also claims the Rams departure cost St. Louis City millions of dollars in amusement, ticket and earning taxes.

The civil trial in this case where monetary damages could be assessed is set to begin on January 1, 2022.

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Hell’s Kitchen winner meets with fans at Blue Duck before moving to Vegas

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ST. LOUIS – From small-town Union, Missouri, to the winner of Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen season 20. Trenton Garvey, or Trent, as most people call him, had to keep a big secret for two years.

“It’s amazing, it’s insane. I’m super grateful. It’s a relief to finally let everyone know. I feel like I’ve lived a double life,” Garvey said.
He’s been working as the executive chef of the Blue Duck in Maplewood for about three years. He started at the original The Blue Duck location in Washington, Missouri, before getting this position.

He’s spent three years with an hour commute to and from work each day. Now, as the winner of Hell’s Kitchen, he’s taking his talents west to Las Vegas as part of his prize package from Hell’s Kitchen.

“My role is going to be head chef out there, so I’m going to be running the pass, helping run the kitchen and really just learning the ropes, and put myself in the learning position, which I’m really excited about, (and) understanding the structure the new facets of a $20 million a year restaurant,” Garvey said.

He said the support from the community has been overwhelming. He was in Las Vegas while The Blue Duck had a watch party for the season finale. He said the show hadn’t aired in Las Vegas yet, but he saw videos from his restaurant in Maplewood and couldn’t hold back the tears.

“I was like outside crying and tearing up. It’s just so incredible how many people have reached out. I just want to cook. I just want to make food. And I love to get to touch so many people by doing it, and getting to share that awesome journey with them because I didn’t expect to make it that far. Then when I won, I was like oh my god, this is not what I expected, but I’m so grateful for it.”

When Garvey found out his door was the one that opened on the show, signifying he was the winner, he also had a surprise under his belt. He proposed to his longtime girlfriend Macee on the show.

As the dinner bell rings in Vegas, so do wedding bells. The two have been engaged for two years since the show was originally filmed, but they could never tell anyone exactly how they got engaged, until now. 

With a big move to Las Vegas and a new job on the horizon, they haven’t set a wedding date yet but plan to soon.

“With all of the awesome money that comes along with the show, that’s also going to help catapult the wedding dreams for her because she wants it simple but I’m like you deserve an awesome wedding. So, I’ve been waiting to be able to provide something really incredible for her,” Garvey said.

Garvey and his fiancée Macee came back to The Blue Duck for a meet-and-greet Thursday night with fans.

“I’m just so happy he won, but from episode two or three, I was like there’s no way he won’t win. He’s obviously the best,” James Kathriner said.

He and his girlfriend are big fans of the show and frequent The Blue Duck at least weekly.

“It’s definitely upsetting that he’s leaving but I know The Blue Duck can handle it,” Caila McLaughlin, a fan of the show said. “I’m just hoping to get a picture with him and get his autograph so I can hold onto that when he leaves.”

While Garvey is moving to Las Vegas, he said his dream is to still come back to St. Louis and open a restaurant of his own, where it all started eventually.

“Now it’s just going and learning, gaining as much knowledge as I can from Gordon Ramsay, and the restaurant group. And then I just want to just keep moving forward,” Garvey said.

“Maybe open up a restaurant out there, and then just keep making it back to St. Louis is what I’m excited about.” 

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CDC leader adds people with risky jobs to COVID booster list

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday endorsed booster shots for millions of older or otherwise vulnerable Americans, opening a major new phase in the U.S vaccination drive against COVID-19.

CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky signed off on a series of recommendations from a panel of advisers late Thursday.

The advisers said boosters should be offered to people 65 and older, nursing home residents and those ages 50 to 64 who have risky underlying health problems. The extra dose would be given once they are at least six months past their last Pfizer shot.

However, Walensky decided to make one recommendation that the panel had rejected.

The panel on Thursday voted against saying that people can get a booster if they are ages 18 to 64 years and are health-care workers or have another job that puts them at increased risk of being exposed to the virus.

But Walensky disagreed and put that recommendation back in, noting that such a move aligns with an FDA booster authorization decision earlier this week. The category she included covers people who live in institutional settings that increase their risk of exposure, such as prisons or homeless shelters, as well as health care workers.

The panel had offered the option of a booster for those ages 18 to 49 who have chronic health problems and want one. But the advisers refused to go further and open boosters to otherwise healthy front-line health care workers who aren’t at risk of severe illness but want to avoid even a mild infection.

The panel voted 9 to 6 to reject that proposal. But Walensky decided to disregard the advisory committee’s counsel on that issue. In a decision several hours after the panel adjourned, Walensky issued a statement saying she had restored the recommendation.

“As CDC Director, it is my job to recognize where our actions can have the greatest impact,” Walensky said in a statement late Thursday night. “At CDC, we are tasked with analyzing complex, often imperfect data to make concrete recommendations that optimize health. In a pandemic, even with uncertainty, we must take actions that we anticipate will do the greatest good.”

Experts say getting the unvaccinated their first shots remains the top priority, and the panel wrestled with whether the booster debate was distracting from that goal.

All three of the COVID-19 vaccines used in the U.S. are still highly protective against severe illness, hospitalization and death, even with the spread of the extra-contagious delta variant. But only about 182 million Americans are fully vaccinated, or just 55% of the population.

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