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Kids Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Don’t forget about the little ones tomorrow! Here are a few of my favorite table decorating ideas from Martha Stewart’s Thanksgiving Tables for Kids gallery….

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HWTM Holiday Sneak Peek

The holidays are right around the corner… and here’s a little preview of 4 of the new holiday themes that will be posted on hwtm.com this December…

HWTM Holiday Decorating Ideas

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takeout martini glasses

Now here’s something you don’t see every day…martini glasses inspired by chinese takeout containers! Odd, but strangely intriguing. I think I’d still be more inclined to serve chow mein in these glasses than Cosmos, though! ($9/ea at Urban Outfitters)

takeout martinis

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adorable cupcakes

cherry blossom cupcakes

Inspirational images of the week…adorably creative cupcakes from the hello naomi cupcakes and cookies flickr gallery. Several more designs pictured in the collection – including super-cute Super Mario Brothers themed cupcakes !

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Rosanna, Inc.

Rosanna: 12 Days of Christmas Ready to get into holiday party mode? This fantastic giveaway from contemporary dish & tableware company: Rosanna, Inc . should do the trick! I have to admit I’m in love with this prize – Rosanna is offering up TWO sets of their super-cool 12 Days of Christmas appetizer plates AND another product of your choice to give to a friend ! So there will be TWO lucky winners that each get 2 prizes :)

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speechless.

dream party house Um…I just received an email forward that left me absolutely speechless. I wouldn’t mind throwing a party here one day! The title of the email is "The House that Golf Built ". However, based on this article sent in by a reader – it seems the suggestion in the email attachment that this home belongs to T.W. is innacurate info. Regardless of who the owner is, this 9000 square foot beach-front Maui rental estate is still one very cool space!

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pretty, decorative details

Decorative TraysThese beautiful and very out-of-the-ordinary Oval Deer and Round Louise decorative trays would make great gift ideas for the girl that already seems to have everything! The vintage-looking illustrations, rich colors, and gorgeous laser-cut detail makes these trays just as pretty for your wall as for your table. ($65/Deer & $85/Louise at Bunny Maxwell)

Also pictured above: pretty, decorative (and functional!) slate trivets in Lavender Floral and Green Dots ($45/ea)

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Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes

Thanksgiving Cocktail Recipes
A few tempting signature drink ideas for your Thanksgiving Soriee, featuring some very Thanksgiving-appropriate ingredients…

Pumpkin Pie – features Kahlua, Malibu Rum, Milk, Cinnamon, and Pumpkin Pie Filling {recipe via cocktailtimes.com – see below for our modified version}
Gingersnap cocktail – features spiced rum, ginger brandy, eggnog, and a gingersnap cookie! {recipe via thebar.com}
Pumpkin Divine martini – features Grey Goose La Poire flavored vodka, pumpkin butter (!), Triple Sec, clove, and nutmeg – amongst other things {recipe via cocktailtimes.com}
• Spiced Apple mixer from Stirrings – a blend of real apples, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Make life easy – just add vodka and serve!

Pumpkin Pie Cocktail Recipe Modification:
We tested the *original recipe for the Pumpkin Pie cocktail today – and found it to be way too “pumpkin-y” for our taste – so here’s a modified version of the recipe that we liked better, with a much more subtle hint of pumpkin:

• 1 oz Malibu rum
• 1 oz Kahlua
• 6 oz milk
• 1/3 tsp cinnamon
• 1/2 to 1 tsp pumpkin pie filling (depending on desired taste)

Blend all ingredients together in a blender with a few cubes of ice. Serve in a glass rimmed with very finely crushed graham cracker crumbs. Sprinkle more cinnamon on top for garnish. Enjoy!

*(original recipe ingredients: 1 oz Malibu rum, 1/2 oz Kahlua, 2 oz milk, 3/4 oz pumpkin pie filling, ice, cinnamon for garnish)

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REAL PARTIES: Chocolate, Raspberry & Lime Baby Shower

Joanna Dyckhoff sent over pictures of a modern co-ed bridal shower she recently hosted – and I have one word to describe it – “Wow”! Everything was super contemporary and perfectly coordinated, from the hand-made invitations to the flower centerpieces, party favors…even the room decor! Check out how creative these invitations are that Joanna designed and created…

Modern Co-ed Baby Shower The invitation consisted of a printed vellum overlay which opened to a irridescent invite backed with chocolate colored cardstock and wrapped in wavy wire. Vellum, paper and cardstock from Paper Zone .

Now, on to the amazing floral arrangements & party decór…

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Indie Fixx Shop

Indie Fixx ShopCongrats to Jen Wallace on the launch of her new online shop! Jen created the Indie Fixx Shop as an extension of her blog, Indie Fixx, with the goal of supporting and promoting independent design and small DIY business people. You’ll find everything from bath & body goods to jewelry, stationery & products for the home. I’m especially loving the block print kitchen towels (pictured above) and recycled paper chicken scratch notepads (top right, below).

Indie Fixx ShopThese adorable, handmade lavendar patch and box of chocolate bon bon soaps would also make cute party favors or hostess gifts!

Indie Fixx ShopReader Discount! Now through Nov 19th, receive 10% off your entire Indie Fixx Shop order with promo code “indie_fixx_hwtm10%“. Happy shopping!

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deck the halls with Anthropologie

Anthropologie HolidayAnthropologie has some really fantastic holiday decór this year! A few favorites include…{clockwise from right} Lapland Candelabra (love this!! $48), Snow Like Honey Hurricane ($88), Alpine Votive ($6), Stitch and Sparkle Garland ($24), and Make-believe Mushroom ($14) & Felt Octopus ($12) ornaments….so cute :)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Anna Bella Stationery!

anna bella fine stationery giveawayI’m really excited about this giveaway because it should really comes just in time for the holidays…especially for those of you planning to send out some fabulous holiday cards or party invites! Anna Bella Fine Stationery is offering up the chance to “Stuff Your Stockings this season” with a $100 shopping spree on anything from their site – including holiday stationery, wedding stationery, personalized stationery sets, adorable wall art, and more!

Added bonus:
You also can feel good about giving Anna Bella this holiday season because their stationery comes with a green thumbs-up! Their papers are created using green steam and certified renewable energy to lessen greenhouse emissions and exceed the highest environmental standards for sustainable products. Nice! :)

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How to enter:
Post a comment with your most magical holiday wish for the world. Anna Bella will choose a winner at random to receive $100 good toward any paper stationery product at www.annabellastationery.com. Winner will also receive their signature “I heart paper” t-shirt that pledges responsible environmentality on the back.

Giveaway ends Saturday, November 10 at midnight PST. Good luck!

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Giraffe by Toss Designs

toss design giraffe shakerI’ve been eyeing these funky pink & brown Giraffe Appetizer Plates for a while now…so I was really excited to discover that there are tons of other coordinating products available sporting the same fun print – including the cool ceramic cocktail shaker and adorable notecard set pictured below. Super cute for holiday or hostess gift ideas!

toss design giraffe shaker

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holiday lights

Artist Adam Frank truly takes candlelight to the next level with his lumen candles – a series of beautiful, stainless steel oil lamps that cast intricate silhouettes of pine, magnolia, or cedar trees on the wall. As the flame flickers, the shadow silhouettes “dance”. ($48/ea at Red Envelope)

lumen candles
And a few more pretty candle picks from Red Envelope’s holiday shop… good tidings candles ($30/set of 4); large, hand-painted holly berry candle ($55), and year of wishes candles ($75/set of 12).

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Delight.com $200 sweepstakes!

One of my favorite shopping sites – Delight.com – is hosting a $200 shopping spree right now in celebration of their 6 month anniversary – and just in time for the holidays! To enter the drawing, just post a comment on the Delight.com blog (click here for the direct link to the post) – and tell them what you find “delightful” on their site. Hurry, though! Sweepstakes ends November 4th!

delight.com sweepstakesAnd since we’re on the subject of sweepstakes…here are a few Delight favorites I’d be more than happy to spend my winnings on…should I be so lucky :)

adorable Treehugger Dish Set by Jayne Jenni:

delight.com treehugger gift setfabulous holiday ornaments(clockwise from top left) Hip Holiday Modern Ceramic Ornament Set, Jolly Jolly Poodle Ornament, Bling Bling Fuschia Ornament, Recycled Record Ornaments, and Fabulous Sequined Ornament

delight.com holiday ornaments
super cute stationery…
100% Recycled Insanely Adorable Notebook and Eco-friendly & Pretty Notebook Set (both by Ecojot); and fabulous filex folders in woodgrain birds & flowers and woodgrain damask

delight.com notebooks and foldersGood luck – and happy shopping!

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light up your drinks!

Add some serious pizazz to your drinks with light-up LED Lite Cube Fruit Slices and Wedges. Fun for cocktail parties and kids alike! (Available at Z Gallerie)

glow in the dark fruit

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