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zanisa spring

One of my favorite online shops, Zanisa, has some great entertaining finds for spring right now…like this bright kiwi serveware set from Bambu ($45/set), fun & slightly off-center euro sphere vases ($12/ea), Rae Dunn porcelain herb markers with dots & stripes ($25/set of 8), and hand-painted, translucent botanical glasses ($56/set of 6).

Zanisa…and I’m especially loving these cute test-tube magnet vases! With fun spring-y colors and at only $15/set of 5, these little guys are a great way to add a splash of color and modern decor to your refrigerator or office magnet board, as well as a great gift idea! (Available in round or square.)

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a playful easter tabletop…

If you have kids or are just looking for something simple and fun to do for your Easter tabletop, here are some quick, easy ideas for a cute tabletop design, utilizing a few inexpensive elements that can double as gifts and treats for your loved ones…

Playful Easter TabletopThese adorable little stuffed bunnies (purchased in-store at Hallmark for $8 each) were the inspiration for this tabletop and immediately give it a playful feel. To give the table height and help the bunnies sit upright, set them on top of little pails (available at Michael’s for $1 each). The pails were embellished with fabric ribbon and cute little self-adhesive chick decals from The Container Store, which were also affixed to green ribbon to create coordinating napkin rings. Colored eggs in white ceramic egg cups are an easy, fitting decorative accent. (Egg cups from at IKEA for $1 each.) The lime “table runner” is actually a folded twin sheet and could also be used as a full tablecloth!

Playful Easter TabletopPlayful Easter TabletopSalad plates and place cards are great places to add a pop of color to the place settings. The contemporary wire flower placecard holders pictured here are available at weddingfavorites.com for $2.50 each. Purple, yellow, and lime flowers make for a beautiful “springy” arrangement. For the tabletop, a couple stems of gerberas and tulips in a glass vase is all you need to make a refreshingly simplistic statement.

Playful Easter TabletopPlayful Easter TabletopLast but not least, whether you’re a fan of the taste or not, a tray lined with neat little rows of brightly-colored Marshmallow Peeps makes for a super inexpensive, yet ultra-modern display!

Playful Easter Tabletop

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one smart brownie (pan)

Now here’s a simple, yet incredibly clever idea! With The Edge Brownie Pan, those of us who love the chewy edges of homemade brownies don’t have to settle for just the “border” of the pan anymore…the unique zig-zag structure of this non-stick pan gives you 2 chewy edges on every serving! (Use it for your favorite cookie bars too!) $39.95 at The Baker’s Catalogue.

The Edge Brownie PanThe Edge Brownie Pan{via boing boing}

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animals in the kitchen

The current issue of O At Home features some of the cutest kitchen tools I’ve ever seen – they make me happy just looking at them! From monkey peelers and “punk-u-pine” scrubbers to hippo clips and shark-shaped paring knives, these witty “AnimalHouse” gadgets are guaranteed to make your time in the kitchen a little more fun! 18 different AnimalHouse tools range from $5 – $20 each at kitchenkapers.com. (A few of these little guys would make a clever housewarming gift too!)

Animal House Kitchen GadgetsAnimal House Kitchen Gadgets

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style me pretty: cake gallery

oh my goodness…style me pretty posted one of the most fantastic cake galleries I’ve ever seen today – 31 different designs! this is a can’t miss visual treat…had to share! click here to ooh and aah to Abby’s picks too :)

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fabulous, yes – but really "not a fortune"?

blumeboxLike many others around the world, myself included – Oprah is a fan of the very talented celebrity event planner, Colin Cowie. On one of her shows, themed “Fabulous Without a Fortune“, Oprah featured a bridal shower designed by Cowie, as seen in the images here. While I’ll agree that this shower is fabulous – I’m not so sure about the “not a fortune” part. I recently helped my friend design her wedding, and, (at least at the place we were at) – the chairs seen in these images alone were $11 each to rent and another $4 each for the cushions. When you take into account the average # of guests at a shower – usually at least 20 or more, that can really add up for just chairs alone. Then factor in the “real” (sans paper) dishes (including chargers and salad plates), gold flatware, coordinating wine goblets, designer fabric, custom menus with easels, gorgeous green orchids, bunches and bunches of tulips….you get the picture.

So what I’m wondering is – what’s your take on the issue of bridal and baby shower budgets? As we’re putting together themes for the site, it’s been a struggle to find the line between what looks good and will be most inspiring for you – and what is truly practical for the budget of most people. Of course “real” dishes and flatware, huge bouquets of designer flowers, custom-printed menus and tags – all of this looks amazing and is ideal in general – but is it practical? Would you like to see these kinds of items used in the party theme images anyways because they look so great and it’s just a source for inspiration? Or would you like to see some more inexpensive items that you’re more likely to actually use mixed in – such as paper partyware, place settings that don’t always include all the extras like chargers and real flatware, etc? Your opinion on this issue would be much appreciated! Thank you!

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blumebox

blumeboxNow here’s a fun way to add a splash of color to your party…the blumebox enables you to (affordably!) dress up your tabletop, floral gifts, wedding decor…even your appetizer display! These stylish & functional boxes are available in 2 sizes (6″ tall and 10″ tall), 18 radiant colors, and are made of 100% recycleable paper. They come packaged flat and lock into place in a snap. Fill them with your favorite flowers or snacks – and if you’re feeling creative, customize them to your theme with ribbon, craft embellishments, tissue paper, or anything else you can think of…the sky’s the limit! For some creative inspiration, be sure to visit the blumebox photo gallery. ($3.99 – $4.99 each at blumebox.com)

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new from bumble ink!

Bumble InkIf you’re into designer stationery, there’s a good chance you may have already discovered Bumble Ink, since their witty and unique holiday card designs garnered fans all over the place this past holiday – but what you might not know is that they recently added an entire collection of super-cute personalized invitations and announcements to their line! You’ll find everything from anytime party, bridal and baby shower invites – to super-cute baby and moving announcements! Click here to check out the entire collection for youself.

Bumble InkBumble Ink

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marigold glass plates

LOVE the design of these marigold glass plates by Sagaform! Bold, ultra-modern design – and only $25/set of four 7″ plates, or $30/set of four 10″ plates at a plus r. Gorgeous and affordable – what’s not to love?!

Sagaform's Marigold PlatesSagaform's Marigold Plates

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"spring-y" textiles at wrapables

How great are the patterns and colors in these ultra-modern kitchen & dish towels from Wrapables? I have to say I’m loving all the blue and green for spring! Patterns pictured below, clockwise from top left: Kapsela Bulbs & Pebbles, Magnolia, Carmela Floral, and Limes (each pattern sold in sets of 2 for $10-$11 per set)

WrapablesAnd now some blue and green for your table! Pictured below: Magnolia Runner and Haylee Dandelion Tablecloth

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hooray! Simrin at Plum Party!

Simrin at Plum PartyI first learned about Simrin via design*sponge back in October last year, and was so excited to see such great, modern table linens – but then immediately disappointed because there was no where to purchase them retail yet. But happiness is here once again – I unexpectedly stumbled on them at Plum Party yesterday – and they’re available to purchase! The credit card will be burning today :) The patterns and colors are absolutely fantastic and – in addition to kitchen towels, placemats, and napkins – I’m really happy to see them available in tablecloths and table runners too, as it’s not nearly as common to find these items in great patterns. Click here to check out the entire simrin collection at Plum Party. (scroll to about 1/2 way down the page – that’s where the simrin products start).

Simrin at Plum PartySimrin at Plum Party

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