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Ask HWTM {Citrus Shower}

I’ve been getting a lot of email inquiries about bridal showers and where to find things lately, so I thought it might make sense to start posting a few of them on the blog once in a while in case other readers have similar questions and might be interested in the answers as well…so here’s the first one, which comes from Tia, and is regarding chinese paper lanterns and a citrus shower theme…

Hostess with the Mostess: Orange Citrus Shower
{Reader Question}
“…I know there are a ton of chinese lanterns out there – I’m just wondering If there is a website you recommend for different types of chinese lanterns, I was looking for yellow. Also I’m throwing a baby shower and going for a citrus theme, lemons, limes and oranges, from looking through your site I have some great ideas. I was thinking hurricane vases with lemons, limes and oranges in them and going with yellow tulips for the flowers. Anything else you can think of would be great!…” – Tia

{HWTM Response}
Hi Tia –
Here are a couple places where you should be able to find the paper lanterns you need:
http://www.shojidecor.com/
http://www.paperlanternstore.com/section.html

I actually threw a citrus-themed bridal shower for a friend last year – so I attached a few pictures from that shower here in case they help. Her favorite color is orange so it was an orange-citrus theme, but lemons and limes are great to work with as well and enable you to incorporate even more colors into the theme. Anyways, one of the accent vases was lined with orange slices – which might be what you’re thinking doing for the tulip vases too. (There’s a skinnier vase within the bigger outer vase, and the slices were dropped into the space between the 2 vase walls, which is what keeps them in place.) For the table centerpieces, I used simple bowls of oranges with little white flowers tucked around in different spots – and gave them some height by flipping smaller bowls upside down to create a “pedastal” for the big bowl.

Also – Izze soda packaging is so great and makes the best party décor just by itself :) They make clementine, grapefruit, and lemon flavors that are the perfect colors & flavors for a citrus shower.

Good luck with the party!

Hostess with the Mostess: Orange Citrus ShowerHostess with the Mostess: Orange Citrus Shower

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recipe box has launched!

Hostess with the Mostess: The Recipe BoxThe Recipe Box feature has launched at hwtm.com! We’re really excited about this addition to the site and hope you like it! You’ll find lots of yummy recipes and great pictures for everything from main appetizers to cocktails & desserts – all from fantastic cookbooks and cooking-saavy readers/bloggers – and more are coming soon! Click here to check it out…

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rabbit toes personalized dinnerware

Designer Jessica Rust recently wrote in to introduce her fantastic line of cool, contemporary dinnerware – rabbit toes – which can be personalized in a very unique way! The personalization actually looks like part of the artwork in a lot of the avalailable designs. For example – check out this “birch” design below – where you can add you and your SO’s initials so it actually looks like they’re carved into the tree! What a fun, creative idea for a wedding or anniversary gift!

Rabbit Toes Personalized DinnerwareThere are tons of designs available for all types of occasions and celebrations – from weddings to birthdays to modern silhouettes of your kids and more! Click here to check out all of the collection at http://www.rustdesigns.com/index.html.

Rabbit Toes Personalized Dinnerware…and don’t forget your best friends! Jessica also recently launched a new collection of dog and cat mugs (also available for customization) for those of you that just can’t get enough of your pets…like me ;)

Rabbit Toes Personalized Dinnerware

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Last Week’s Surprise Giveaway WINNERS!

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! In case you’re wondering who won last week’s Surprise Giveaways, here are the lucky readers:

notNeutral (City Map Plates): jane maynard and patty optiz

Delight.com “1 for me, 1 for a friend”: funky finds

Bunny Maxwell (Simrin Table Linens): willikat

Winners…please send me an email with your shipping info and “I’m a Winner!” in the subject line.

And for everyone Delight.com has generously offered to give hwtm readers a discount code for 15% off all orders over $30 through June 31st! So even if you didn’t win the giveaway, at least you (and your friends!) can receive a special deal on the “delightful” stuff you just gotta have… Remember – new items pop up daily at Delight! Just enter promo code “HostessFriends” at checkout to get your discount ;)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Bunny Maxwell

Surprise Giveaway: Bunny MaxwellSurprise Giveaway: Bunny MaxwellI really hope you guys aren’t tired of giveaways… because I have a FANTASTIC one to tell you about right now! Bunny Maxwell – a hip online shop featuring everything from cool kitchen & dining accessories to fantastic gift wrap, designer bedding and more – is generously offering up this super-mod table linen set by Simrin! One lucky reader will receive this large 60″x90″ handmade Surya tablecloth and a matching set of 4 napkins…in a sunny yellow color that’s perfect for summer entertaining… Just post a comment here by Sunday, May 27th at midnight PST for your chance to win!

Here’s a little sampling of some more great stuff you’ll find at Bunny Maxwell

Surprise Giveaway: Bunny Maxwell

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Stationery Week Giveaway WINNERS!

Okay…the winners are in! If you see your name here – please send me an email with your shipping info and “I’m a winner!” in the subject line. Here goes:

Cecily Ink card files: tami h. and sarah

Whitney English personalized clipboards/notepads: janice and doug

Violet giveaway package: shannon

Paper Shop Ink – Tobi Wood journals/notecards: rosie & andy and lisa

Hen and Barley personalized notecards/labels: mandy

Sprinkles owl notecards: jenmomof4, longingheart, and becky

Doodle Bugs gift certificate: misschris

phew! that actually took a while to put together :) Thanks so much to EVERYONE that entered – it was so much fun to read all the comments and – even if you didn’t win – I hope you still enjoyed the eye candy and discovered some cute stationery for the future…! A big thanks to the participating vendors as well!

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new from jonathan adler…

…fabulous origami and peacock-inspired melamine dishes for summer entertaining!

Jonathan Adler - Melamine DishesJust imagine a complete tabletop set with one of these melamine collections and some funky flowers in modern vases….maybe even incorporating some blue feathers to the peacock version!

Jonathan Adler - Melamine Dishes

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Map Plates

notNeutral - Map Plates
Some of you might remember these fantastic city map plates from notNeutral that I posted on last month. Well, the plates got such a great response from readers that notNeutral would like to hear more from you! They’re planning to add 4 more cities to the map plate collection for fall, and are looking for suggestions as to what those cities should be….which is where you come in!

There is a theme to the collection – so that should help you narrow it down from the zillions of cities out there. The theme is “Culture and Capitalism” – and the quick summary of what they’re looking for in the chosen cities is this: (as quoted from Julie Smith-Clementi, notNeutral President) “We are looking for four cities that have been greatly impacted by man through the process of urban design/development and capital investment, rather than growth through a slower more organic model.” It might also help to read about how they decided upon the cities that are currently in their collection too. Click here to read that press release (pdf).

So – what city (or cities) do YOU think should belong in the upcoming map plate collection? Tokyo? London? NYC? Tell us what you think – and you’ll be entered for a chance to win your favorite map plate from the current collection! TWO winners will be chosen! Just post your suggestion here by Friday, May 25 at midnight PST. Good luck!

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REAL PARTIES: Modern Parisian Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower: Modern Paris My good friend Jen is getting married June 9! Here are a few snapshots from the bridal shower I co-hosted this weekend. Jen got engaged at the Eiffel Tower and LOVES modern style, so we did a Modern Parisian theme with fluffy feathers, scroll patterns, and a color palette of pink, black & white.

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Leda’s Bake Shop

Pretty & modern party cupcakes from Leda’s Bake Shop

Leda's Bake Shop

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Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryUPDATE: Giveaways are now going to continue THROUGH THE WEEKEND! Any giveaway posted Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will end Monday the 21st at Midnight PST. Giveaways posted Mon-Thurs of this week will end Sunday, May 18 at midnight PST.

Make sure to keep scrolling down so you don’t miss giveaways posted earlier this week!

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Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryUPDATE: Giveaways are now going to continue THROUGH THE WEEKEND! Any giveaway posted Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will end Monday the 21st at Midnight PST. Giveaways posted Mon-Thurs of this week will end Sunday, May 18 at midnight PST.

Make sure to keep scrolling down so you don’t miss giveaways posted earlier this week!

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Ephemera Stationery Studio

Ephemera DesignThe invitations & stationery from Ephemera Stationery Studio truly take the art of correspondence to the next level! Not only are the styles fun & modern, but the custom detailing is A-ma-zing! You’ll find stitching, glitter, layers, and mini accessories adorning the stationery at Ephemera. Click here to check out all the great stuff available on their website.

Ephemera DesignNational Stationery Show – NYC: Booth # 2068

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25% OFF at Minnie & Emma

Minnie and EmmaMinnie and EmmaThe world of fabulous stationery has a noteworthy newcomer! Accomplished graphic designer Meredith Levy recently launched Minnie and Emma Correspondence – a new chic new line of personalized stationery, invitations, and announcements. If you haven’t discovered Minnie and Emma already – here’s a great excuse to go check them out: they’re offering hwtm readers a 25% discount on EVERYTHING through May 31st! Just use the promo code “HOSTESS” at checkout to get your 25% off! (great graduation gift idea for students headed off to college!)

One of my favorite things about Minnie & Emma is the coordinating envelope liners. You get to pick your favorite liner to go with the style of invitation or notecards you want…and the patterns are all super cute!

Minnie and EmmaCongrats on the creation of a truly fabulous company, Meredith!

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good luck, Joy!

Nantaka JoyOne of my favorite bloggers – Joy Deangdeelert Cho of oh joy! – is debuting her brand-new stationery line at the National Stationery Show this weekend! Joy is super talented – just check out the style reflected in her blog, the gallery of work on her design website, and some of the beautiful details from her 2006 wedding. On top of all that – she’s really sweet! I think it’s safe to say her stationery line will be nothing short of amazing!

If you’re at the show – make a beeline for booth # 3472 to check out nantaka joy! Good luck, Joy – can’t wait to see pics after the show!

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Anna Bella Fine Stationery

Anna Bella Fine Stationery has been a trend-setter in stationery design since 2001, and with one quick peek at the exclusive collection of invitations & announcements on their website, it’s easy to see why! You’ll find styles that range from modern & elegant to playful & cute…for all types of occasions – weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, cocktail parties, beach parties, and so on…

Annabella Custom InvitationsHow adorable are these Animal Parade and Gingham Elephant birth announcements/shower invites?! (both designs available in boy or girl versions!)

Annabella Custom Invitations

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avie designs

Avie DesignsSo I have to admit it was love at first site when I first laid eyes on the personalized stationery from Avie Designs! Georgia-based designer Avie Wampler launched the company less that a year ago and has already built quite an extensive collection of fun, modern designs! Seriously – how often do you come across ENVELOPES this cute? I would absolutely love to recieve one of these happy little notes in the mail! Click here to check out all of the paper goodness in the Avie Etsy shop!

Avie DesignsStationery designs are sold in sets of 10 coordinating cards/envelopes and available with or without personalization. {$25 with personalization / $20 without) Great gift idea!!

Avie Designs

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boatman geller

Modern meets Preppy! For a fresh twist on traditional patterns – reinvented in bold, playful colors – check out Boatman Geller‘s HUGE collection of personalized social stationery, invitations, and announcements.

Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryDon’t forget to check out the fun extras too – calling cards, gift tags, note pads and more!

Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryNational Stationery Show – NYC: Booth #’s 2713, 2715, 2717

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a full week of fabulous stationery!

Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous Stationery
To all the Paper-Lovers out there:
A lot of you have been asking to see some more great stationery and invitations, so next week (May 14-18) the blog will be showcasing a full week of fabulous stationery – everything from gorgeous wedding invites to funky party & shower invites and modern everyday notes! We even have a couple great stationery giveaways to throw in the mix…so if you’re a paper-lover, this is something that should be right up your alley!

And if you happen to know of some super-cool & unique stationery companies that really deserve a shout-out, please feel free to shoot an email to [email protected] with their info or post a comment here. Thanks!

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To Bee Named

To Bee Named: Personalized Napkins Personalization is a great way to make the guest of honor feel extra-special! You might think that something like custom-printed napkins is just for big anniversary parties and weddings – but with companies like To Bee Named , you can customize cocktail, guest and luncheon napkins with a name, monogram or favorite saying in quantities as low as 20! There are lots of fun colors & patterns available – so you’re sure to find something just right for pretty much any special occasion!

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