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Holiday Hostess Gifts: Fun Pairings

December is upon us TOMORROW(!) – and chances are you’ll be attending some holiday parties soon. I often get questions about unique hostess gift ideas, and one fun thing you can do to make your hostess gift especially clever is to pair 2 inexpensive items that coordinate well together to create a cute package. A few of my favorite pairing ideas are pictured in the images below…

Pairing ideas 1 & 2:
well-designed olive oil/vinegar bottles + dipping dishes ; and holiday themed candles with decorative matches {scroll down for product resources}

Holiday Hostess Gifts pictured above: Terra Medi Olive Oil ($12.95 at C&B), Terra Medi Balsamic Vinegar ($9.95 at C&B), O Cabernet Vinegar ($12.95 at amazon), deep sauce dishes ($1.95 each at C&B); Peppermint Candles ($5.95 – $8.95 at C&B), and mystique red matches ($12/set of 250 matches at iomoi™)

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Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway Prizes: Jonathan Adler

Hostess with the Mostess + Yum Sugar Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway If you follow home product design even a little, then you’re probably very well aware of the name "Jonathan Adler ". Adler’s aesthetic style is definitely one of my own personal favorites when it comes to product design – and I’m willing to bet this sentiment is shared with most people that lay eyes on his contemporary, unique creations – which include everything from pottery and tableware to furniture and textiles . 3 of Adler’s white giraffe figurines are actually sitting on the shelf next to me right now, and if Santa thinks I’ve been good this year, then I’m really hoping to find the larger version under the tree come December 25th. ;)

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Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway Prizes: Carolyn’s Kitchen

Hostess with the Mostess + Yum Sugar Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway No housewife will feel desperate with these glamour girl, vintage-inspired apron and matching glove sets ! Designed and produced exclusively by Carolyn West in Los Angeles, California, Carolyn’s Kitchen aprons and glove sets are fun, sexy and all about feeling glamorous!

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Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway Prizes: Red Envelope

Hostess with the Mostess + Yum Sugar Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway Red Envelope is a popular online company that’s known for their wide array of great gift ideas for pretty much any occasion…each of which comes with it’s own cool little story for a more personal touch. I’ve definitely sent my share of their signature red boxes to friends and family – and received them as well – and there’s something exciting about opening a delivery box and finding one of these pretty packages inside!

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Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway Prizes: 2modern

Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway
2Modern is a fantastic company that features the most talented and innovative designers of modern furniture, contemporary lighting, personal accessories, art, & eco-friendly products for the home and office. I think I’m going to have to sent Santa the link to their Holiday Gift Shop – because I’d be happy to receive just about anything listed there!

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Giveaway Update – NEW Prize Values!

Hi Everyone –
Wanted to give you a quick update that The Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway had 3 more vendors sign on today – KRUPS and Le Creuset and Enjoué Beaute, so the total value is over $8000 now! $8220.98 to be exact :)

Stay tuned for lots more prize details…and click here to enter if you haven’t signed up yet!

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Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway Prizes: Violet

Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway
Violet.com – one of my favorite online shops for gift ideas – gives you a shopping experience that’s almost as cool as the stylish products they feature! You can shop by Occasion, Recipient, or Category – and in addition to beautiful imagery, you’ll find fun, clever sub-categories to browse through – such as the "She’s Been Good ", "He’s Been Good, Too ", "Stuff Those Stockings!! " and "Gracious Hostess " sections in their Holiday collection.

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Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway Prizes: Modern-Twist

Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway
Modern-Twist is definitely a company after our own heart at HWTM, which might be obvious by the brand name alone…but will be even more obvious once you check out their fabulously contemporary entertaining products! The silkscreened silicone-based placemats, table runners, coasters, and Vinotagz are not only well-designed with a funky, yet minimalist feel – but you can actually write on all of them with ballpoint pen (!), then wipe the markings off later…pretty cool! So go ahead and write your guests’s names on the products or doodle to your heart’s desire…
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Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway Prizes: notNeutral

Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway Ultra-mod home decor & accessories line – notNeutral – is offering up a gem of a prize for the Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway! notNeutral’s "Seasons" 20-piece dinnerware set is one of my personal all-time favorite dinnerware patterns…bold colors, funky patterns, clean & contemporary feel…what’s not to love? And it’s valued at $240…even better! ;) Each set comes with dinner plates, salad plates, rim bowls, and super-cute cups & saucers.

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Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway Prizes: Loft Party

L O F T P A R T Y is a contemporary online shop that features unique, interesting and functional home decór & accessories. You’ll find great stuff from cool lines such as French Bull, Fred, JosephJoseph, Jonathan Adler, Pop Ink, and more at loftparty.com . And speaking of cool stuff – check out all these fantastic products Loft Party is contributing to the Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway! {scroll down for product info & links}

Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway {pictured above}

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Ultimate Entertaining Giveaway Prizes: Joy by Mel Lim

Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway

If you’re not yet familiar with designer Mel Lim’s line "joy by mel lim " – then prepare to be impressed! Mel’s unique and expressive stationery, gift wrap, and home decór designs are nothing short of gorgeous…elaborate detail in just the right amounts, contemporary style, rich colors, and fantastic quality.

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The Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway!

Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway Just in time for the holidays, we’ve partnered with our friends over at yumsugar to bring you The Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway !

We’re really excited about this event and hope you will be too…there are o ver $8200 worth of super stylish prizes up for grabs – which should put you well on your way to hosting some truly fantastic soirées! We’re talking everything from 20-piece notNeutral dinnerware sets and Jonathan Adler teapots to barstools from 2Modern and gorgeous silk-screened silicone placemats from Modern-Twist . And it doesn’t stop there…

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The Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway – Participating Sponsors

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Participating Sponsors in The Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway include:

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it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

Kids Thanksgiving Ideas
Hi Everyone-
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got to rest up a little before the holiday madness officially began! (yes…that’s right…it already began !).

And s peaking of madness , we’ve got some serious giveaway madness to unleash! Being that it’s the holiday season and all, we wanted to do something extra-special for you…so we partnered with the nice folks over at yumsugar.com to create a little thing called "The Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway "…and it’s already worth well over $7K and growing!!! (yes – that’s SEVEN thousand dollars …crazy, huh?!)

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Giveaway WINNER: Sprinkles Invitations

Thanks to everyone who entered the Sprinkles Invitations Giveaway! It was so fun – as always – to see all your comments! And the lucky winner this time was…

kateastrophe, who said, “Ooooh pick me! I’m having a Christmas/House warming party and 40 invites is the PERFECT amount!!

Congrats, Kate! Please contact us at “info [at] hwtm.com” with “Sprinkles Winner!” in the subject line…and we’ll get you all set up with your Christmas/Housewarming invites :)

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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….

Kids Thanksgiving IdeasKids Thanksgiving Ideas

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pumpkin goodness

Getting excited for Thursday… and these pumpkin treats are looking especially good! Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake and Pumpkin Whoopie Pies from rachaelraymag.com.

Pumpkin Dessert Recipes

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Giveaway WINNERS: Pear and Peony

More giveaway winners to announce today! There are 2 winners from the Pear and Peony giveaway :

*First Prize is a $100 gift certificate, and the lucky girl that won this is: Melissa Jane , who said…"Perfect timing! Wedding next month!!! Please please please! "

*Second prize is a $25 gift certificate, and this one is going to: Accessories , who said…"These awesome products will be perfect for our New Year’s party we are throwing in our new house!!! Thanks for the inspiration!! (hope to win)!!"

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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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Giveaway WINNERS: Rosanna {12 Days of Christmas}

338 comments – WOW! It’s a new giveaway record! And for good reason…Rosanna’s giveaway featuring their "12 Days of Christmas plates + a gift for your friend" was definitely a generous offer! It was so fun – and touching – to read about what Rosanna gift you’d choose for your loved one and the reasons why. The spirit of giving is definitely already apparent!Anyways, down to business…there are TWO lucky winners this time, who get a treat for themselves and for a friend. And these winners are…

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Giveaway WINNERS: Apronique

Thanks so much to everyone that entered the Apronique giveaway last week! There are THREE lucky winners that are going to be looking especially cute in the kitchen very soon… and here they are:

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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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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Sprinkles Invitations

Sprinkles Invitations Holiday Card Giveaway ‘Tis the season to start sending out those holiday cards and party invites…and how nice would it be to be able to send them for FREE?! You just might get that opportunity this year, because cute & colorful stationery company – Sprinkles Invitations is offering the chance for a lucky reader to win 40 personalized holiday cards or invitations ! You can choose from photo cards, flat invites, tri-folds, or fun die-cuts that swivel open to reveal the party details!

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Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas

Looking for some gift ideas to help you say thanks to your Thanksgiving hostess with the mostess and/or host with the most? Here are a bunch of fun options to consider… The entire first set comes from the always hip & unique online shop, Patina .

Thanksgiving hostess gifts {pictured above} bright mini nesting bowls , onion goggles , pinch bowl set , groovy mums tray , orange/clove hand soap (LOVE the packaging!), Giving Thanks , and pumpkin candle jar

More cool & contemporary ideas from Crate&Barrel, cb2, Elsewares, and Lekker home..

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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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HWTM Thanksgiving ideas

Hi Everyone –
Just wanted to let you know that we have new Thanksgiving party/tabletop themes and ideas up on hwtm.com ! The first is "Autumn Spice " and is super affordable – almost entirely made up of scrapbooking papers & embellishments, exotic-looking dried flowers from Michael’s , and cinnamon stick filler from Target (for $5.99)! Click here for full details.

Thanksgiving Party Decorations & Tabletop The second Thanksgiving theme is "Modern Elegance " and has a more elegant/traditional feel, but with a modern twist.
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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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Giveaway WINNER: Warm Biscuit

226 Comments – wow! Thanks to everyone who entered the Warm Biscuit Giveaway. And now for the drawing results…the TWO lucky winners are:

Lisa M., who said:
“Ok, this would SO help with the holiday shopping for my kids! My daughter the pint-sized cookie baker would LOVE that adorable apron!”

and

Jenn C., who said:
“Help! I have four nephews, one niece here and one niece on the way (due in March.) Warm Biscuit will make me the best aunt ever when it comes to cute gifts.”

Congrats, Lisa and Jenn! Please contact us at info[at]hwtm.com so we can get you your winnings :)

And for all of you who didn’t win…never fear – more great giveaways coming up – including fantastic one later TODAY – from one of my very favorite dishware companies…Rosanna!

And for those of you that like to keep tabs on all the great giveaways going on out there, there’s a fun new blog called Prizey – that will do the work for you!

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Giveaway WINNER: Annabella Stationery

Thanks so much to everyone who entered the Annabella Fine Stationery giveaway! Here’s a personal note from Annabella owner, Dawn – announcing the lucky winner :)

“Hi Everyone!
I’m so touched by everyone’s holiday wishes and hope each and every one of them comes true! One post stood out from the rest – for it’s genuine simplicity that I think pretty much sums up what we all hope for, and that is peace. So, congratulations to Kristie S. who so eloquently put it: “One word… PEACE”.

And, I can’t go without making note of honorable mentions from Merry, Funky Finds (for the kudos!), and Andrea – I hope you find a house in your price range, too!

Thanks to everyone who participated. And please enjoy 30% off on Friday, November 23rd for a last-minute gift sale just for Hostess Blog readers! Use coupon code HOSTESS30 at checkout.

Happy, happy holidays to EVERYONE!!”
-Dawn
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Congrats, Kristi! Please contact us at info[at]hwtm.com so we can get you set up for your shopping spree!

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