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Style Me Pretty: Inspiration Board Contest

The always beautiful, always inspirational Style Me Pretty blog is having an inspiration board contest all week! {See image below for a sample board.} If you want to give it a go yourself – or just take a look at all the eye candy – click here for details. Readers can vote for their favorite board this Friday (August 3rd), and the winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the store of their choice!

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208 comments – Henry Road is definitely a hit with you guys! I really wish there could be 208 winners from the giveaway – but, alas, there can only be one…and that lucky girl is Stephanie from adventures in babywearing, who said “Enter me! I am the cloth napkin queen!!”.

Congrats, Stephanie! Please send over your pattern choice and shipping info with “I’m a winner!” in the subject line. Happy entertaining :)

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Inspiration: Pink Elephant Baby Shower

You might be surprised where you can find inspiration for the theme of your next party or occasion shower. For example, these elephant wall decals from Vinyl Wall Art just shouted "pink elephant baby shower" when I saw them! How sweet are these…

Pink Elephant Baby Shower Once you’ve found an item or idea you love – just start picking out things that coordinate to build on your theme. It makes things so much easier! Here are some fabulous finds for a modern pink elephant theme: the pink elephant wall decals (available in 3 sizes) – lined up in a row for a table centerpiece or used elsewhere as party decor, just dots pastel pink partyware , pearlized pink utensils , pink elephant cocktail charms , and bottled pink lemonade form Lorina .

Pink Elephant Baby Shower This ultra-modern Bobles Tumbling Elephant from would make an adorable gift that could also be used as part of the party decor. How fabulous would this be as the star of the gift or coffee table?!

Pink Elephant Baby Shower And don’t forget the invitations! Bumble Ink’s Elephants shower invitations couldn’t be more perfect to set the tone for this shower! So sweet…

Bumble Ink
*If anyone has more great product ideas for this modern pink elephant theme, please feel free to share them here!

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VivaTerra Summer Sale

Eco-friendly online shop VivaTerra always has ultra-chic entertaining finds, but those finds are even better when they’re on sale! A few favorites from the current clearance rack:

VivaTerra Summer Sale{clockwise from top left}
Slate Tray & Petal Servers – were $49-$69, now $19-$27
Blue Spiral Tablecloth – was $118, now $44
Hand-formed Dipping Set – was $65, now $26
Kiri Wood Footed Trays (set of 3) – were $79, now $54
Sol Carafe (lime or tangerine) – was $29, now $20

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sneak peek

My friend Anasuya recently threw the most amazing baby shower! Full details coming Monday, but these fantastic flower arrangements should give you a little preview of what’s to come…(yes, the vases are metallic hot pink!).

Turtle PapersUPDATE – 7/30: The details on this shower will be up Tuesday instead of today! Just waiting for a few more images. Thanks for your patience! :)

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turtle papers etsy shop

Jennifer Tam from Turtle Papers recently launched a new etsy shop that is full of the most adorable stationery, baby tees, and decorative prints. Seriously, how cute are these designs…!

Turtle PapersTurtle PapersTurtle PapersBe sure to check out Jennifer’s regular website too – – for even more great stuff, including greeting cards, custom baby announcements and tees for her!

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a punkin card company

A Punkin Card CompanyThis handmade stationery by Amie Needham from a punkin card company is so very cool… A few favorites pictured here, but everything is so well-designed that it was hard to decide which ones to post! Visit Amie’s Etsy shop to check out her entire collection of greeting cards, note sets, and gift tags for yourself. Swoon…!

A Punkin Card Company

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Hanna Mugs…and more fun stuff

How fantastic are these mugs by Scandinavian designer Hanna Werning! Aptly named “Hanna Mugs“, Werning received her inspiration from a childhood chest of drawers filled with souvenirs that her mother had brought back from Russia. That inspiration sure paid off! $16/each at Bunny Maxwell.

Bunny Maxwell Hanna Mugs
A few more of the cool new arrivals at Bunny Maxwell…

Filippa K Lace Mugs and Filippa K Leaf Mugs {$45/set of 2}

Bunny Maxwell
DRINK Glassware Set {$46/set of 4}, CHEERS Mingle Wine Glasses ($44/set of 4} and Pick Up Mug and Tray Set {$32/set}

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tobi wood summer sale

Tobi Wood Summer SaleBecause of her bold use of color and ultra-modern design style – Tobi Wood Designs is one of my favorite stationery companies – so I was excited to find out that they’re having a summer sale! Just enter the code “summersale” at checkout to get 30% off TW cards, journals and magnet sets. Sale ends July 31st.

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birdie tray and daisy cup

This Birch “Birdie” Tray and Daisy Flower Cup by UK designer ISAK is super sweet. Available exclusively at {$48/set}

Bird Tray and Flower Cup

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Perfect-for-Summer Plaid

The cheery pink and green plaid motif on these plastic cooler cups and melamine plates is too cute for words! The cups are part of ‘s "Fabulous Mojito Muddler and Perfect for Summer Glasses "- and the plates come as part of the adorable "Perfectly Plaid and Pink Flamingo Melamine Plate Set ." The only thing that could make this scene even more perfect? You and 3 of your closest friends :)

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cb2 oha placematsI’m so excited about today’s Surprise Giveaway because it comes from a fabulous textile design company that I’ve been a long-time fan of myself – Henry Road! Henry Road’s designer, Paula Smail, has an amazing gift for creating retro-reminiscent patterns with a decidedly modern feel. Paula’s bold colors and graphics can be found on everything from tablecloths and runners to pillows, totes, stationery and more!

Today, Henry Road is generously offering up one of their marine/pink Gloria or pink Grid table cloths + 6 coordinating napkins to a lucky HWTM reader – a $175 value! Just think how pretty your table will look…

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How to enter:

– Post any comment here.
– Remember to use blogger member names, full names, or first name/last initial.
– Giveaway ends Thursday, July 26th at midnight PST.

Good Luck!

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Surprise Giveaway WINNER:

Hostess with the Mostess: Surprise Giveaways!The winner of the much coveted giveaway is… Julie Robinson from Fishers, Indiana. Congratulations, Julie! You’ve got lots of fun stuff coming your way :)

For everyone else – don’t be too bummed because more surprise giveaways are coming up – including a great one TODAY! Stay tuned :)

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new from west elm

cb2 oha placemats I’m SO loving the new dinnerware designs from west elm! Sleek product lines + bold silhouette graphics + high-contrast colors = a modern entertaining dream! At $19-$26 per set of 4 dishes (depending on design) – the price is pretty dreamy too :)


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r. wood studio ceramics

cb2 oha placemats Not only does r. wood studio make gorgeous ceramics with a perfect mix of modern & traditional aesthetics, but they are also one of the very few studio potteries in America, where each piece is made by hand! A few favorites are pictured here…and you can find these beautiful products and more – including their new blues for fall 07 – at the r. wood studio website .


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Ann Kelle Designs

cb2 oha placematsYou may have already seen some of the bright, modern patterns from Ann Kelle Designs adorning stationery & note sets – but now you can also find Ann Kelle’s signature vintage flowers and bold graphics on great new products such as mugs, ceramic tiles, framed tiles, and magnets! Click here to check out Ann Kelle’s brand-new online store where you can find all this and more…

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cb2: oha placemats

With hot July days still in full-swing, it seems crazy to already be talking about Fall, but the new fall cb2 catalog just arrived and these fantastic oha placemats just had to be shared! Pictured here in white/green and black/white for $3.95 each.

cb2 oha placematsFor a very pretty table, pair them with cb2’s super-slick cayman dinnerware and ultra-versatile white square dinnerware. Very modern-zen!

cb2 oha placemats

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toasting ’round the world

Also new and fantastic from cb2 are the very modern – and very unique – cheers wine glasses. These bold hand-blown glasses let you toast in 6 different languages! ($19.95/set of 6)

cb2 oha placemats

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personalize your centerpiece

Rock Scissor Paper Home CollectionPhoto display stands are a great way to create a truly custom centerpiece that perfectly matches your theme and occasion! A few ideas include: clip on photos of bride-to-be or couple-to-be for a bridal shower/engagement party; baby pictures of famous celebrities for a hollywood-themed baby shower; for a birthday party, hang different cards or gift tags that say “happy birthday” along with die-cut numbers of the birthday being celebrated (such as “3-0” or “2-1”) – or favorite pictures from different stages of the birthday girl or boy’s life….and so on. If you’re really ambitious, decorate the photos like you would for a scrapbook with embellishments and colored paper/designs that match your party decór!

The cascading Desktop Folio Display Stand shown here is from the Container Store and currently on sale for $14.99! (regularly $19.99)

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Feeling Lucky? Hope so..because we’ve got a fantastic giveaway for you today – generously sponsored by ! Check out these goods: vintage-mod what-to-wear apron , 2-in-1 spiral trivet set , swanky spirograph plates (set of 4), and beautiful letterpressed wallpaper cards (set of 6)…a $128 value!

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How to enter:
Sign up for’s newsletter by entering your email in the field below. sends extra-pretty gift recommendation emails around holidays and special occasions such as Mom’s Day, Graduations, and more…something that’s actually helpful! Click here to view a sample newsletter . Giveaway ends Friday, July 13 at midnight PST. (US entries only)

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rock scissor paper: Home Collection!

Susie from Rock Scissor Paper sent me an email on Friday with some very good news: the brand-new Home Collection from RSP is now available! I’ve been anticipating the arrival of this new line ever since Grace posted some sneak-peek snapshots from their tradeshow booth a few months back – and now that everything is here – the new problem is that I want it all! I have a feeling that hip hostesses everywhere will be digging these ultra-modern aprons

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…and drink coasters

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…and tea towels!

Rock Scissor Paper Home Collection
The Inspiration
I’m pasting part of Susie’s email below – in which she talks about what inspired herself and sister Heidi to create this new textile collection – because I thought you might enjoy it as much as I did:

“I just wanted let you know that Heidi & I just listed our new kitchen aprons, tea towels & coasters on to our site. This is our first foray into textile design and we are so excited about this collection!

Our father was a textile designer and manufacturer in the 1960’s-80’s. His specialty was knit fabrics in prints. He made his fortune (a very small one) on double knit fabrics in the 70’s. You know the fabric of the infamous leisure suit. He designed double knits to look like denim, in 70’s op-art prints and gingham to name a few. You can only imagine what our childhood wardrobes looked like when our Mom made our clothes from our Dad’s fabric!

Our father is no longer alive, but he definitely was there in spirit when we were designing this line!”

Rock Scissor Paper Home CollectionLast but not least, in celebration of the new home collection, Rock Scissor Paper is running a special deal where you get a surprise goody bag filled with assorted RSP products when you spend $40 or more between July 7 – 20th! With all the cool stuff at RSP, I’m pretty sure these goody bags will be good :)

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Rock Star Momma – Book WINNERS!

Hi everyone – sorry for the delay on posting these winners – this week has been a little crazy! Anyways, here are the winners of the RSM book giveaway – if you see your name/comment here, please send me an email with your full name & mailing address and put “I’m a Winner!” as the subject line. Here goes:

lichys, who said…
I would love the book!! especially ’cause i’m trying to get pregnant and would definetly want to be a really cool mom :D

ashlynn, who said…
I am so excited about this book – I have to have one! I saw a quick interview on TV from the party – everything sounds wonderful!

TinkerBlue, who said…
The night looks like it was alot of fun. A close friend of mine has just announced she is pregnant. At 37 she has been waiting a while for this news! I would love to give her a copy of this book (along with some other goodies). Not having any kids myself I need to quiz other friends on what they most wanted/needed when they were pregnant. Not something for the baby, but something for her.

Nancy Comelab, who said…
Let me tell you that you looked fabulous, Jen! ;) I’ve enjoyed reading your post about this amazing event. And yes, I would LOVE to go in the draw to get this book. Thanks so much! Nancy
{thanks, Nancy!}

crissybug, who said…
I rarely win anything, but it is worth the shot. We are trying to get pregnant, and this book looks like so much fun!

Thanks for everyone’s comments & congrats to the winners! Hope you enjoy the book :)
{Please note that if prizes aren’t claimed within 2 weeks, replacement winners will be drawn.}

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modern mini party mobiles

Modern Mini Party MobilesThese very modern – and very adorable – mini mobiles would make the perfect party decór for your little one’s birthday party or for a modern mom-to-be baby shower! Just hang one or more in an entry way, over a table, etc. And after the party’s over, you can use them to decorate a kids room or nursery! Shown here: Elephant Party, Rollephants, Prize Hen, and 3 Happy Sea Lions. $20 – $29 at

Modern Mini Party Mobiles

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hostess tips for a stress-free 4th

San Diego’s Fox in the Morning news recently invited us to share some tips for stress-free 4th of July entertaining! Here are a few screenshots from part of the segment and some tips to help you spend more time at the party and less time in the kitchen:

4th of July Entertaining
1. Don’t feel pressured to make everything from scratch. For example – one of our desserts for tomorrow is a store-bought (and super yummy!) Strawberry-Topped Boston Cream Cake. Between the white whipped frosting and the strawberries, we already had our red and white – then we simply lined the edge of the cake with blueberries and voila! A scrumptious patriotic dessert in 5 minutes flat . {Check out the screenshot above to see how it turned out!}


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festive July 4th recipes…

Cool Cocktails: Watermelon Crush and Raspberry Collins

4th of July Cocktail Recipes
Easy Breakfasts: Mini Blueberry Turnovers and waffles topped with berries and whipped cream

4th of July Recipes
Feeling gourmet?
Tempt your guests with these impressive eats: Napa Valley Basil Smoked Burgers and Beer-Battered String Beans!

4th of July Recipes
For a sweet finish: Red, White & Blueberry Cupcakes and Oat Crisps with Blueberries and Créme Fraiche {make the cupcakes even easier: simply use store-bought cake mix & frosting and embellish with berries!}

4th of July Recipes

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starfruit cocktail garnishes

4th of July DecorationsFestive fruit garnishes are an easy way to add some 4th-of-July-flair to your Independence Day beverages. This simple carambola (starfruit) garnish a great example – and the perfect accent for your red and blue themed drinks!

4th of July Decorations

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