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tropical ice cubes

I saw these tropical ice-cube trays on Houses, Couches, and Babies recently and thought they were so cute! Absolutely perfect for your Malibu and 7Up or the Hawaiian Punch bowl at your Luau…summer is calling already! $10.95/set of 2 at Amazon

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kiwi studios + 25% off!

I was so excited to see kiwi studios featured on Daily Candy Deals this week! Not only because they’re a fellow San Diego company, but even more so because I’ve been addicted to their hip, vibrantly-colored jewelry and home accessories ever since I first laid eyes on them a year ago :) Click here to check their entire line of fantastic fused glass platters, trays and candle holders for yourself…and don’t forget to get your 25% off coupon code from Daily Candy Deals! (*discount applies to home accessories only)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: French Bull Espresso Set

Hostess with the Mostess: Surprise Giveaways!Hostess with the Mostess: Surprise Giveaways!Give your java a playful boost with this oh-so-modern espresso set from French Bull! Comes with 4 vibrantly-colored cups and saucers in 4 different designs. Simply answer the question below for your chance to win! (giveaway ends midnight EST on Wednesday, Feb 28th)

What are the biggest frustrations you’ve run into when planning a baby shower, bridal shower, or holiday party? Please pick one or more from below… You can simply answer “A, B, C,” etc – or feel free to write your own or elaborate if you’ve really got something to vent about!

I get frustrated with:
A. Finding/thinking of interesting themes. I’m tired of the typical wedding bells and pastel baby rattles, etc…
B. Finding cool themed partyware (i.e. paper plates, napkins, etc) that I really love
C. Figuring out what to do for the party favors
D. Trying to find party decorations that aren’t super cheezy
E. Spending WAY too much time planning & prepping for the party
F. Figuring out what to do for games or activities
G. Wasting time looking for ideas on the internet and not being able to find what I’m looking for.

• You have until Midnight (EST) Wednesday, February 28th to enter.
• Anonymous comments cannot be counted – please use either your blogger account login, website URL, or first name and last name initial with your comment so we can identify you if you win. Thanks!

P.S. Nicole Davis – where are you?! Please email me with your address by midnight tonight (tues, Feb 27th) so I don’t have to give your Darlybird giveaway winnings away to someone else!

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missoni margherita

Missoni MargheritaHow beautiful is this floral mod “margherita” tableware by Missoni?! You’ll find everything you could dream of for a gorgeous tabletop in this collection…from dinner & dessert plates to tea cups, sugar bowls, pitchers, serving trays, and more. Click here to view the entire collection. It’s definitely not cheap…but a little window shopping never hurt anyone, right? :)

Missoni MargheritaMissoni Margherita

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cocktailvibe.comIf you’re into cocktails and unique barware, then you should definitely check out You’ll find tons of hip, modern cocktail glasses and bar accessories like the ones pictured here…I’m especially loving the retro-mod cocktail cubes (2nd pic from the bottom). also has tons of yummy drink recipes and info on some ultra-cool bar hotspots around the country. {Thanks, Rebekah, for the tip!}

cocktailvibe.comcocktailvibe.comcocktailvibe.comQuick Tip! If you’re at work and blog-reading on the sly – might want to turn your sound down before visiting – the music autoplays when you get there :)

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Surprise Giveaway WINNER

Hostess with the Mostess: Surprise Giveaways!The winner of the Darlybird giveaway is… Nicole Davis, who said: “Absoultely DARLING stuff!! Could it be my lucky day?? When does the site launch? Thanks!!”.

Looks like it is your lucky day, Nicole! Please send your mailing address to [email protected] so we can get you your goods! Also – the site will be launching in March. No specific date set yet…will be announced the day before :)

For everyone else – not to worry…more giveaways coming up very very soon! Thanks so much for playing!

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in the round: placemats, trivets & coasters

I’m loving the funky graphic mesh pattern printed on these birch ply placemats, coasters, and trivets from Working Class Studio’s “In the Round” series. These and more great WCS goods are available at shopSCAD, a unique gallery store that exclusively features the artwork and designs of students, faculty, staff and alumni of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

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HWTM Surprise Giveaways!

Hostess with the Mostess: Surprise Giveaways!I’m so excited to announce the start of HWTM Surprise Giveaways! Starting today, chances to win fun gift and entertaining-related products will be popping up at surprise times…so be sure to visit the blog often so you don’t miss out on your chance! Ways to enter will vary between giveaways – simple things like posting a comment, giving suggestions, or participating in mini-polls. (Most prizes will be shipped directly from the vendors.)

Scroll down to enter our very first giveaway {shown below} – a fantastic hostess package from Darlybird!

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Hostess with the Mostess™ Surprise Giveaway: DarlybirdTalk about the ultimate hip-hostess package! Today’s Surprise Giveaway from adorable & design-forward online shop Darlybird comes complete with this sassy Cupcake Ruffle Apron, Vintage Keiko Earrings, French Bull Salad Servers, and the TableTopics Girl’s Night Out edition!

How to enter:
• Make {any} comment on this post
• You have until Midnight (EST) Tuesday, February 20th to enter.
• Anonymous comments cannot be counted – please use either your blogger account login, website URL, or first name and last name initial with your post so we can identity you if you win!

Hostess with the Mostess™ Surprise Giveaway: Darlybird
Click here to visit Darlybird – you’ll find everything from unique jewelry, modern baby & kid products, hip entertaining essentials, and great gift ideas…not to mention that the website is super cute.

Many thanks to Rachel for the great giveaway!

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happy valentine’s day!

Valentine's DayWhether you’re having an intimate dinner at home, a romantic night out, or a Sex and the City marathon (and Cosmos!) with your favorite single girlfriends…hope you a fabulous Valentine’s Day!

some valentine treats for your viewing pleasure…
{from; scroll down for links to recipes}

Valentine's Day{clockwise from top left} Pink Meringue Drops, Dried Cranberry Shortbread Hearts, Meringue Heart Ice-Cream Sandwiches, and Valentines Day Cake

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going green

everything is coming up green at cb2…with dishes, glassware, and home accessories in varying shades of lucsious lime!

Domistyle Aprons{shown above, clockwise from top left} haiku platter, green cayman plates, libertini cocktail glasses, verde dinnerware, bamboo pillow, and plastic ice cubes

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floral silhouette trays

These gorgeous serving trays don floral motif graphic wallpaper patterns by talented designer Susie Motif. Available in black or green at, for $38 each.

Daily Candy Deals

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30% off at!

Daily Candy DealsGet 30% off at this week via Daily Candy Deals! is the online version of ATMOSPHERE – a hip store from Boulder, Colorado that offers “a fabulous mix of goods and things”. One look at their website and I have to agree! You’ll find great stuff for home, baby, him, and her. If you don’t already receive Daily Candy deals, you can click here to sign up.{shown above} super-cool puzzle wine racks, soho spices small spice board, and essence white wine glassware by iittalia (comes in sets of 2){shown above} These very funky light-up (and cordless!) “candeloos” by Vessel are usually shown in the kids sections of online shops, but I’ve always thought they’d make such a fun addition and conversation piece at a mod cocktail party or dinner party…available it green/blue or fuschia/orange

{shown below} Be sure to check out the baby section too – for cool, unique gift ideas that both baby and mom will love…

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valentine cupcake stencils

Sprinkle messages of love onto baked goods or coffee drinks with powdered sugar, cocoa or your favorite edible decoratifs! Valentine Cupcake Stencils from C&B…only $3.95 for a set of 3!

Cupcake Crazy

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crazy for cupcakes…

Cupcake Crazy For the past couple of years, it seems like the entire world has gone a little cupcake crazy…and for good reason; not only do these pint-sized treats taste yummy, but they typically come all decked out in colored frosting, sprinkles, mini candies, and more…what’s not to love?! Here are a few calorie-free ways to get your cupcake fix: Cupcake Candle Holders ($9.95/set), Cupcake Spatula ($7.95), and the oh-so-delicious looking Cupcakes! book by Elinor Klivans ($16.95). Last but not least, I’ve finally found a way to transport cupcakes from one place to another without making a total mess of the frosting (hooray!): the 24-Cup Cupcake Carrier ($19.95)


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blogging cupcakes…

For more cupcake inspiration, check out these great cupcake-themed blogs! You’ll find loads of recipes, wonderful photos, and step-by-step instructions at Cheryl Porro’s cupcake bake shop blog….

Cupcake Crazy…and at cupcakes take the cake, you’ll find “everything you ever wanted to know about cupcakes from true cupcake fans” (and I have to say it all looks pretty darn cute!)

Cupcake Crazy

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TearDrop Weddings

Teardrop WeddingsCheck out these adorable, unique designs from Holly Hatam of TearDrop Weddings! It’s always so great to discover new designers out there that are branching out with modern, innovative designs – and Holly’s collection definitely fits the bill…from cheeky illustrations to bold silhouettes like the chandelier design pictured below – you’ll find wedding invitations, save the dates, custom designs, and even baby announcements that are sure to stand out. If you have a minute, stop by Holly’s blog – “Brides in the City” – too. Such great stuff, Holly!

Teardrop Weddings

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Indie Fixx Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

If you’re looking to treat yourself or a special someone else today – check out the Valentines Gift Guide going on over at Indie Fixx. You’ll find special discount codes to use on lots of great gift ideas! I know this isn’t totally “hostess-related”, but I couldn’t resist passing along images of some of the cute stuff – especially the super adorable Red Bird Bag from Rosie Ro Designs! (on the “gifts for her” page)

Indie Fixx

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new from elum designs

I’m in love with the new butterfly collection from elum designs. The detail in the illustrations is absolutely gorgeous! These new letterpress notecards come in 2 different designs: Painted Butterfly (set includes 6 notecards and 6 coordinating enclosure cards) and Flutterfly (6 notecards).

elum designsSpeaking of being in love…don’t miss the the new Valentine’s greeting cards from elum either!

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Valentine’s Day Ideas: As Seen on NBC San Diego

NBC San DiegoScroll down for info on HWTM’s “Setting the Romance” segment (as seen on NBC San Diego this morning!) – featuring the “Modern Romance” tabletop design and unique Valentine’s day treats & gift ideas…

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modern romance tabletop

Looking for a modern take on the traditional Valentine’s Day dinner for two?

Keep reading for detailed instructions on how to recreate the "Modern Romance" tabletop design shown here – and tips on where to find the things you’ll need!

Modern Romance
How to recreate this setting at home:

1. Start with a palette of black and white dishes, linens, and accessories. Keep the setting primarily black and white with bold splashes of red. If possible, incorporate some unique dishware – such as the shimmery black charges and lotus-shaped bowls shown here. (Since you only need 2 of each item for your "dinner for two", it’s a good opportunity to splurge some creative dishes!)

2. For the centerpiece, find a few vases and pillar candle holders with unique shapes and clean product lines. Fill one of the vases with red berry spray (available at craft stores). Embellish the vases and candleholders with a some bold, eye-catching details – such as the patterned gift wrap and ribbon shown here – introduced in very small amounts to keep the design from getting overly busy.

3. Up the romance & glamour factors with a little sparkle – glittery candles and ready-made rhinestone stickers (with clear adhesive backings) are a great way to accomplish this. To make this design a little more "Valentine’s" – embellish one of your vases with a heart shaped rhinestone motif.

4. Tie everything together and fill empty space with 4 or more tealights (clear holders with red tealights pictured here) and decorative black rocks.

Modern Romance
Resources for products used in this design:
1. 12.5" White Chinois Vase – Z Gallerie
2. Mod Red Candleholders – Z Gallerie (in-store only)
3. Red Bubble Vase – Target (in-store only)
4. Black Lotus Bowls – Pier 1
5. Black Charger Plates – Pier 1 (in-store only)
6. Square Wire Napking Rings – Pier 1
7. Red Napkins – Macy’s or Target
8. Lace Noir Gift Wrap – The Container Store
9. Rhinestone Heart Icons – Scrapbooking Warehouse (online) or The Container Store (in-store only)
10. Clear Tealight Holders – Crate and Barrel / Target
11. Red Tealights – Target

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unique valentine’s treats

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This Valentine’s day, up the wow factor on your edible gifts by choosing creative alternatives to the typical heart-shaped box of chocolates. Here are a few yummy Valentine’s gift ideas with unique packaging and presentation!

Product Resources:
1. From Eleni’s Cookies: Sweethearts Red gift tin, Love Birds gift tin, and Hugs & Kisses gift tin
2. From Michael’s Cookies: Triple Chocolate Chunk and Chunky Chocolate Chip gift boxes (13 cookies per box)
3. From Red Envelope: Valentine Carmel Apples, Romantic Fortune Cookies, and Valentine Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

*Quick Tip: Most perishables require 1-3 day shipping to keep fresh. Expedited shipping for these types of edibles can run $15-25, so remember to factor that into your budget!

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romance from red envelope

Stressing about how to add some romance to your Valentine’s Day? Well, this very clever Couple’s Bath Caddy from red envelope should do the trick! Comes with 2 acrylic champagne glasses and slots to hold them firmly in place (so you can enjoy your bubbly amidst actual bubbles!), a glass dish perfect for floating candles, and room for the always-necessary indulgent edibles…such as rich belgian chocolates or chocolate covered strawberries. And at only $60, the bath caddy is a lot easier on your wallet than an expensive meal out. {depending on your choice of bubbly, of course!}

Couple's Bath CaddyWine on the beach or a romantic picnic more your style? These steady sticks should make your outing a lot easier. Designed to be embedded in a sandy beach or grassy patch and keep messy spills from messing up the mood. ($30/set at red envelope)

Steady Sticks (Wine)

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Zanisa: "Share the Love"

Zanisa: Share the LoveZanisa has their wonderful annual “Share the Love” campaign going on right now – where 20% of every “Share the Love” product purchase goes to a designated organization – which this year is Doctors Without Borders. There are lots of great Valentines gift ideas featured in the campaign – including jewelry, red travel chopsticks, letterpress cards, heart-shaped soaps, and more. And if you have a furry friend or two like me (see below), you can share the love to them as well: check out the Dog XO Treats and Kitty Treat Trio!

Zanisa: Share the LoveZanisa: Share the Love

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rock scissor paper: who loves you?

As always, rock scissor paper comes through with a stellar collection for our favorite holidays. Visit their 2007 Valentines collection and see for yourself! And just to prove how much they love you, they’re giving a way a free gift with purchase of any regularly priced item until Valentines Day. Note to RSP: we love you too!

Rock Scissor PaperRock Scissor Paper

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