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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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Apronique Aprons We’ve got another fun giveaway for you today (and more throughout the week)! Just in time for those holiday parties you’re hosting – or that holiday gifting you need to do – contemporary apron company: Apronique – is offering HWTM readers a chance to win one of their smart & stylish aprons – which are made from a fabric that most spills can’t even penetrate (which means that your cute apron might actually stand a chance at staying cute this time)!


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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 – see below for our modified version}
Gingersnap cocktail – features spiced rum, ginger brandy, eggnog, and a gingersnap cookie! {recipe via}
Pumpkin Divine martini – features Grey Goose La Poire flavored vodka, pumpkin butter (!), Triple Sec, clove, and nutmeg – amongst other things {recipe via}
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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DIY Thanksgiving Drink Charms

Thanksgiving Drink CharmsHere’s a super easy way to dress up your Thanksgiving cocktail or wine glasses: do-it-yourself drink tags made from scrapbooking coaster tags! For the “charms” pictured here, I used the contemporary, autumn-themed Madera Island mini coaster tags by SEI.

The mini coasters are made of chipboard and ready to go as-is, so all you need to do is punch a small hole at the top of each one using a 1/16″ hole punch. Thread the tag onto a strand of raffia, then tie the raffia onto the glass, wrapping it around the stem a few times before tieing it into a knot. Super quick & easy – and you can tailor this idea to any holiday or party theme!

*These charms are part of our new Autumn Spice Thanksgiving theme. Click here to check out the entire thing on!

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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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Lemiga Event Planning

Michelle Gainey of Lemiga Event Management recently sent over pictures from an open house event featuring some of her bridal shower and themed party designs, which are super cute! Here are a few of the designs I’m especially loving:

Sweet Sixteen party , featuring bright orange and fuschia tones, adorable "sweet 16" beverage holders, pink and orange rock candy, and funky tissue-pom centerpieces with real goldfish swimming in the vases!

Lemiga Event Planning Bridal Tea Party , featuring bright aqua and lime green tones, cute "wedding dress" centerpieces, tea cups filled with flower petals, and blue and green glass votive holders…


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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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Pear and Peony DesignPear and Peony is an adorable new online shop that features hip, handmade party favors and contemporary invitation designs – hooray! Started by two NorCal graphic designers – Aimee Aikens and Kirsten Yeates – in order to “to merge our love of good design, party planning, and an epicurean lifestyle. Our belief is that life should be celebrated as grandly as we are able, while still making decisions that impact the world in a positive way.” {Love that philosophy!}

At Pear and Peony, you’ll find everything from invitations & invitation accessories to great party favor & favor packing ideas, including vanilla infused sugar tubes, dainty packages of flower seeds, and of course their gorgeously designed recipe card sets.

Pear and Peony Design
Today, Aimee and Kirsten are offering up 3 things for hwtm readers:
1. A $100 gift certificate to the lucky grand prize winner!
2. A $25 gift certificate to the 2nd place winner
3. A 20% discount to ALL readers with the coupon code “hostess“! (good through Nov 30th)

How to enter:
• Post any comment here
• Remember to user your blogger login or first name/last initial so we can identify you if you win.
• Giveaway ends Monday, Nov 12 at midnight PST. Good Luck!

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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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warm biscuit giveaway
Getting ready to do some holiday shopping? Then here’s a little something that might help you out…Warm Biscuit – an absolutely adorable children’s shop featuring unique gifts & product finds for babies, kids, and moms – is offering up $50 gift certificates to TWO lucky readers!

There’s so much cute stuff on this website, I was having the hardest time even deciding what to feature in this post without showing a zillion products! I’m particularly loving the super cute patchwork elephant pictured above (although I’d probably be tempted to just keep that for myself!) – and the fun holiday tableware & entertaining items pictured below…perfect for getting into the holiday spirit :)

warm biscuit giveaway
How to enter:
Post any comment here – or tell us what product(s) you’d put your winnings towards at!
• Remember to use your blogger login, or first name/last initial so we can identify you if you win.
Giveaway ends Saturday, November 10 at midnight PST. Good luck!

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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! :)

anna bella fine stationery giveawayanna bella fine stationery giveaway
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 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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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Pulp Factory Calendars

Pulp Factory recently launched an adorable new website featuring their new keepsake calendars for new moms & brides-to-be! Today they’re offering up several of the mom & mom-to-be versions: A Pregnant Girl’s Life, A New Mom’s Life, and A New Baby’s Life. Nine winners total!

pulp factory calendars giveaway
You’ll find find fun illustrations and stickers to mark important milestones in each book, and each gift pack comes complete with a calendar, plus matching notepad and sticky notepad, tied up pretty with a polkadot ribbon. Great gift ideas for friends & loved ones – or even yourself if you’ve got a little one on the way!

pulp factory calendars giveaway
How to enter:

• Post a comment here:
You can either post any comment OR tell us one of your favorite things you’ve ever seen at a baby shower you attended or threw – whether it be a particular theme, favor, activity, invitation or food – OR if you have something to vent about – tell us your least favorite thing about baby showers (certain games immediately come to mind myself!).
• Giveaway ends Friday, Nov 10th 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).

holiday candles

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giveaway madness all week long!

I’m very excited to kick off November with a full week of giveaways for you! A new giveaway will be announced every day this week (Monday, November 5th – Friday, November 10th), so please come visit for your chance to win!
11/05 *UPDATE: The Giveaways will actually run Tuesday the 6th – Friday the 10th now. We had some technical glitches with blogger today (sigh…) – so there will be TWO giveaways posted on Tuesday now!

We’re also hosting a luxurious $500 spa & haircare sweepstakes right now – featuring over $300 in L’anza Haircare products (!) plus a super-soft & cozy Satin & Chenille robe by Little Giraffe! (yes – the same company that makes the most ridiculously soft baby blankets makes cover-ups and throws for adults too!).

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How to enter:
sign up for the hwtm newsletter (right sidebar of blog) and forward the $500 Giveaway email to 5 or more friends for automatic entry. (The email will be sent to new subscribers just once every 24 hours, so it may take a bit to appear in your mailbox.) Sweepstakes ends Friday, November 16th at midnight PST. Good luck!

Share it: $200 sweepstakes!

One of my favorite shopping sites – – 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 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! 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: 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 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 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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c&b copper holiday

Metallic dishes and decor are really popular for the holidays this year – and rich copper provides the perfect hue for Thanksgiving or Christmas. Here are some pretty, shimmery picks available now at C&B…

metallic copper dishes & decor {pictured above} glittery copper Flicker Candles ($6.95 – $16.95), Hammered Copper Platter and Chargers ($34.95 – $54.95…gorgeous – but a splurge!), Lena Compote flared bowl ($36.95) and Glitter Ribbon Drop Ornaments ($2.95/ea)

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