10 Ways to Decorate With Paper Plates
Ready for a serious hack on hosting? All you need is a few packages of paper plates to turn your home into a colorful party palace. From a gorgeous backdrop to a festive dessert stand, here are 10 ways we repurposed paper plates into party decorations and serveware.
<br/>– white paper plates
– colorful paper plates
– washi tape
– LED tea lights
– Tools: hot glue gun, sewing machine, scissors, xacto knife, double stick tape, decorative hole punch,
1. Dessert Stand: For cupcakes, oreos, and whatever else strikes your sweet tooth.
For this one, you’ll need three plates. One white one to act as the cone that holds everything together, and two other decorative ones. Roll your white plate into a cone. Trace the bottom on one plate and cut that circle out. Cut a small circle out of the middle of your second plate, and arrange the plates on the cone.
These go pretty perfectly with ournapkins!
Freestyle a flower shape that you like (or use our template). Make 4 flowers, each one smaller than the next. Cut off a strip of plate to act as the ring. Curl the petals of each flower around a pencil to add more dimension, glue from biggest to smallest, and attach to your napkin ring. Repeat!
3. Charger Plates: Just because you’re using paper plates doesn’t mean you have to toss your table manners to the wind.
Create charger plates by stringing ribbon through the edges of a large paper plate.
4. Party Picks: Make your party toothpicks a little more festive by adding flowers.
Cut out, glue one, add an accent hole punch from one of your colorful plates, and you’re done.
5. Candle Holders: Since we’re using paper, we’ll stick to LED candles at this soiree.
Cut a paper plate in half, cut off the ridged part, and use a decorative hole punch for your design. Tape around an LED tea light and you’re good to go.
6. Serving Bowls: You’ve probably seen this one before as far as paper plate hacks go.
Draw a square in the middle of your plate, cut at each of the four corners. Fold the cut pieces up, paper clip ’em, and use colorful washi tape to seal the deal. Remove paper clips and fill with snacks!
7. Platter of Roses: For a little romance and whimsy, make paper roses and add them to a plate or two as a platter.
To create roses, draw a spiral on your plate, cut out along your line, roll the long strip you’ve just cut, and glue. For a more in-depth tutorial on the art of the paper rose, head here.
8. Photo Props: Gotta coordinate your photo props!
Use our glasses and mustache templates to create a whole bunch of fun props for impromptu photo shoots.
9. Paper Plate Garland: Turn scraps from all your projects into a beautiful garland.
Like our paper garland from last week, this one’s all about using scraps and your sewing machine to create a gorgeous decoration. Cut a bunch of strips out of your plates, sew (leaving about a quarter inch between each strip), and hang!
10. Backdrop: Whether you’re creating a backdrop for your snack table, for photos, or just a piece of colorful wall art, a bunch of plates together can actually add a lot of pop!
We used painter’s tape and striped square plates to create our backdrop. To add a bit more dimension, we used smaller plates of the same pattern but turned in the opposite direction.
And there you have it! An entire party decorated with paper plates.
How else might you hack it up with paper plates when you’re hosting? Talk to us in the comments below.
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com