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paper ink studio

Paper Ink StudioPaper Ink Studio is a San Francisco-based company that produces wonderfully simplistic, modern, and colorful cards & prints. Click here to check out their extensive line for yourself! You’ll find everything from fill-in invitations & announcements to imprintables, greeting cards and more…modern minimalists should be in heaven!

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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!!

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Designer Alex Wijnen recently launched a fantastic new stationery company called Cecily Ink, and if you love modern design, the Cecily Ink products should be right up your alley… she blends modern typography with elegant flourishes in a fresh and stylish color palette – yum!

Cecily InkAt Cecily Ink, you’ll find high-end greeting cards (either letterpressed or printed on heavy textured stock), designer postage stamps, and – my own personal favorite – the fresh style card file – which features all 12 of Alex’s greeting cards, packaged up in a hip & functional little box, complete with tabs for organization by occasion!

Ready for the really good news? Alex has offered to give away a fresh style card file – available in chartreuse, pumpkin, or robbin’s egg blue – to TWO different hwtm readers! So you get to double your chances this time…always a good thing :) All you have to do to enter is tell us which of the Cecily greeting card designs is your favorite…or just post ANY comment you like! Giveaway ends Sunday, May 20th at midnight PST. Good Luck!

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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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that sky blue

What do you get when you combine friendship + design + a shared love exquisite paper? In this particularly fruitful example, you get a fantastic, contemporary letterpress stationery company called “That Sky Blue“, founded by good friends & designers Litsa Babalis and Ana Duque…

That Sky Blue: Fine Letterpress StationeryThe readers that sent in tips about That Sky Blue had nothing but rave reviews for this talented duo – who offer both custom/wedding collections and a social stationery collection. Click here for a list of retailers, or view/purchase the social stationery online at maisonneuve.

That Sky Blue: Fine Letterpress StationeryNational Stationery Show – NYC: Booth # 2787

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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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dream dining & entertaining outdoors

Hostess with the Mostess: Dream Outdoor DiningSummer is quickly approaching – and in the world of entertaining that means we get to start taking our get-togethers from the dining table to the patio table! Poolside cocktail parties, Sunday afternoon BBQ’s, and kick-back backyard dinner parties – complete with frosty beverages of course – are just a couple of the perks that the warmer weather brings.

Some of you may already have that great backyard with tons of open space to fill with lots of fantastic outdoor furniture and friends – and some may just have to plan for “one day” (you know, when you hit the jackpot in Vegas, get that hefty promotion, or hit it big with that genious invention of yours). In any case, it’s fun to dream! Here are some ultra-cool outdoor settings that I personally find dreamy for entertaining…

{pictured above and below: modern outdoor furnishings from Design Within Reach} above: Bubble Club Sofa ($889 ea), Prince Aha Stool $(87 ea), and Luau Portable Lamps ($250 ea); below: Primary Pouf benches ($330 ea) and Jellyfish Chairs and Ottomans ($600/set)

Hostess with the Mostess: Dream Outdoor Dining{pictured below: contemporary outdoor furnishings from West Elm – click here to view all}

Hostess with the Mostess: Dream Outdoor DiningHostess with the Mostess: Dream Outdoor Dining

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last minute deals for mom’s day gifts!

Aside from the 80-degree weather outside, I seriously feel like it was February just yesterday! Is it just me, or is this year going by ridiculously fast?! In reality, we’re 1/4-through May already, which means that Mother’s Day is just a few days away! For those of you who are still needing to do some last-minute shopping for mom, here are a few fun ideas and some special discount codes that should help offset any rush shipping costs you might endure!

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colorful mom’s day centerpiece idea

A new centerpiece idea for Mother’s Day is up at! Click here to get the details

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Surprise Giveaway WINNER: Pinkerton Design

Hostess with the Mostess: Surprise Giveaways!The random winner of the Pinkerton Design giveaway is… Becky, who said ” Love the cards! Very cool. Love the blog! I’d enjoy seeing more ideas on casual entertaining. :) Thanks for all you post!” Congrats, Becky! Please email your shipping info with “I’m a Winner!” in the subject line so we can send you the goods!

To everyone else – we already have more great giveaways lined up and coming soon…so please keep playing – you never know! :)

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The powerhouse that is Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia recently unveiled yet another great website for all of us that love to craft and entertain! Checkout for some cool new options in party favor packaging , gorgeous gift wrap , creative craft projects , and complete kids party sets !

Martha Stewart Crafts Website I especially love these Tissue Paper Pom-Poms and Tissue Paper Flower Favor Boxes

Martha Stewart Crafts Website Martha Stewart Crafts Website How cute is this Monkey Party In A Box kit?!

Martha Stewart Crafts Website

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the Kentucky Derby’s signature drink

Mint Julep RecipeSaturday, May 5th, 2007 is a very big day for celebrations this year…in addition to the various fiestas that will be going on across the country tomorrow, many of you will also have your eye on the prize – or should we say “roses” – as the 133rd annual Kentucky Derby takes place in Louisville, KY at 6:04pm EST.

Even if you can’t be one of the 155,000 fans that actually makes it to Churchill Downs to watch the race, you can still celebrate like them at home – with a great TV and your very own Mint Julep of course! The Mint Julep is widely-known to be the traditional beverage of the Kentucky Derby – and Churchill Downs serves over 80,000 of them at the event! Click here to view the recipe for an “Early Times Mint Julep” – which features Early Times® Kentucky Whisky (a whiskey/bourbon mix) and seems to be the brand of choice at the KD. If you can’t find Early Times® Whiskey near you, just substitute your own favorite bourbon. Cheers!

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sammy-boys margarita

Sam the Cooking Guy: Sammy Boys-Margarita Cinco de Mayo is fast approaching this weekend! And I’m guessing a lot of you are planning to celebrate with the must-have cocktail of the holiday: the margarita of course! One of my favorite cooking gurus – Sam the Cooking Guy – has a recipe for one heck of a margarita – dubbed “Sammy-Boys Margarita ” – complete with a how-to video on his website.

Sam’s theory when it comes to cocktails is that one really great drink is better than 2 or more not-so-great ones, and this concoction is a great example – I’ve had one of these myself and have to say it went down easy (and he’s not kidding when he says it’s strong)! Sam uses good tequila, Grand Marnier, sweet & sour, lime, orange, and lime juice kosher salt. Click here to view the full recipe – and if you’re blog reading at work, be forewarned that the video – complete with sound – automatically plays when you arrive…so might want to turn the volume down first and re-visit later at home!

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Get 15% off at in May!

HWTM DiscountTo make your shopping experience even more delightful, is offering HWTM readers 15% off all through May! Just enter the promo code “Hostess” at checkout to receive your discount. Might come in handy for Mother’s Day too! Happy Shopping :)

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Hostess with the Mostess Surprise Giveaway!I’m really excited about this week’s surprise giveaway because I think hwtm readers are going to love it! It’s right up the modern design-lover’s alley… The giveaway is sponsored by ultra-hip & modern stationery company: Pinkerton Design – and includes 2 sets of their super-cool “flips” notecard packs (each pack comes with 2 different, coordinating designs), 2 black and white boxed notecard sets (b/w pattern on the outside, bright hue on the inside), and 7 of their new greeting card designs – each individually packaged and off-set printed on heavy cardstock. (a $69 retail value!)

Hostess with the Mostess Surprise Giveaway!Hostess with the Mostess Surprise Giveaway!To enter, simply post a comment here – it can be any comment at all – or tell us what you’d like to see more of here at the hwtm blog. (wedding stuff, shower ideas, guest bloggers, gift ideas, product finds, etc – whatever you’re on the lookout for) We’re working on some special things to make the blog a better resource for you, and your comments & suggestions are always appreciated! Giveaway ends Friday, May 4th at midnight PST. Remember to use either your blogger name, full name or first name/last inital so we can identify you if you’re the winner…good luck!

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pure & natural at west elm

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of color, but sometimes pure white is just right… there’s something perfectly simple and comforting about the all-white palette and natural elements found in these dishes and serving pieces from west elm:

west elm tabletop{pictured above, clockwise from top left} pure dinnerware, white bamboo entertaining collection, artisan serveware (on sale!), acacia wood serveware (on sale!), artisan dinnerware, distressed wood serving trays, and pure white square dinnerware

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mom’s day gift guide part 1 – flowers

A gift of flowers is a typical way to show mom appreciation on her special day – but the arrangement can be anything but typical! Try surprising mom this year with a truly show-stopping bouquet of flowers with qualities that remind you of her. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Funny Cocktail Napkins{pictured above, from top left} Posh Pinks, Uniquely Chic, Butterfly Kisses, and Floral Fantasia – all from Teleflora

Funny Cocktail Napkins{pictured above, left to right} Calypso Orchids, Orchid Trio Sampler, and Bougainvillea Bonsai – all from Calyx Flowers

Funny Cocktail NapkinsGive a gift that gives back! At Flowers for Good, – a partnership between Organic Bouquet and Network for Good – a $5-$10 donation from each gift is donated to the charity of your choice from a list of 10 eligible charities. $5 will be given for gifts $39.95 or less and $10 for gifts over $39.95. {pictured above, from left} 20 Gerbera Daisies, Blue Iris Bouquet, and Assorted Roses

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Indie Babies – mom’s day giveaway

Indie Babies has a great giveaway from Vintage Body Spa going on for Mother’s Day! Hurry, though – today (May 1st) is the last day to enter!!

Indie Babies Mother's Day Giveaway

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