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Skip the trip to the party store with these quick party decoration ideas that'll seriously impress your guests. (Yes, even fussy Aunt Rita.)

Quick Party Decoration #1: Watercolor Favor Tags

party-decorationVictoria Hudgens, A Subtle Revelry

Originally designed as wedding favors by genius stylist Victoria Hudgens of the party blog A Subtle Revelry, these hanging tags can dress up any bottle of bubbly. To make them, write each guest's name on a piece of heavy paper with crayon. Then, apply color over the written name with sponge dipped in watercolor pigment. The crayon wax will repel the water, allowing the inscribed name to emerge from the color. Next, simply cut out a tag shape, punch a hole in one end and add a loop of twine. For complete instructions, visit A Subtle Revelry.

Quick Party Decoration #2: Lacy Cocktail Umbrellas

Victoria Pearson, Country Living

Part functional, part fabulous, these lacy drink parasols from Country Living's June issue lets guests stir up a cocktail with style. The secret to making these pretty party decorations? 4-inch lace doilies. Check out the full how-to for creating the lace drink parasols.

Quick Party Decoration #3: Beehive Pinata

party-decorationRay Kacharorian, Country Living

This DIY pinata seems time-consuming, but the basic paper-mache process goes by really fast (especially if you have kids pitching in). Simply dip strips of newspaper into a combo of school glue and water, then mold around a balloon. Once dry, pop the balloon, cover the newspaper with crepe paper and add on pom-pom bees. Oh yeah, don't forget the candy. Here's the full how-to for creating your own beehive pinata party decoration.

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