Inspiring Celebrations Since 2006

Happy 2008!

modern new year's eveJust want to take a minute to thank you all for such amazing support in 2007 – and to wish you a very healthy & happy 2008…filled with lots of reasons to celebrate! :)

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New Year’s Cheers

New Year's Eve cocktailsJazz up your midnight toast this year with some festive, toast-worthy recipes from cocktailtimes.com:

*All recipes above except for the Junior Lava Lamp are champagne-based. To create mocktail versions of champagne-based cocktails, substitute ginger ale or lemon-lime soda for the champagne.

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Circle of Friends confetti

personalized picture confettiI love this “circle of friends” personalized confetti idea from Martha Stewart, which you can create using photos that have been shrunk down on your computer, vellum paper, and different sizes of circle craft punches. It’s listed as a New Year’s party idea on marthastewart.com (featuring photos of your party guests) – but I think this would also adorable for a bridal shower, engagement party or birthday party!

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Christmas to New Year’s Eve

One of the great things about holiday decorations is that they can often transition nicely from your Christmas celebrations to New Year’s Eve soirées with just a few easy tricks! For example, my mom did a multi-color Christmas tree this year, using the exact same elements I used on the New Year’s Eve tablescape below {click images to view larger}:

new year's eve decorationsThe main part of the centerpiece is created from decorative sequin spray bunches, ornaments, and an ornament stand. To recreate, align the base of the spray with the stem of the ornament stand, then bind them together with elastic gold ribbon to match the stand. Hang ornaments in coordinating colors on the stand hooks, and you’ve got a very fun & festive centerpiece!

new year's eve decorationsNext, set glass ball ornaments on both sides of the centerpiece, down the length of the table. Use tealight candle holders as a base for the ornaments to keep them in place. Varying the sizes of the ornaments will also make the design more interesting; both extra-large and regular sized ball ornaments are used here.

Tip: For a super-easy table-runner, just use gift wrap that matches your color palette!

new year's eve decorationsFinishing Touches:

  • Decorate napkins and the “table runner” with strands from the sequin spray or coordinating sequined gift wrap ribbon, as pictured here.
  • Wrap the stems of wine glasses or champagne flutes with metallic chenille craft stems (pipe cleaners). This also makes for a cute bar display when all of the glasses are lined up together!

Product Resources:

  • Ornaments, ornament stand, sequin spray, sequined ribbon, charger plates, white napkins, and giftwrap ALL from Target.
  • Aqua tablecloth – $26.99 at Plum Party
  • Metallic chenille craft stems – Michael’s
  • Gala Wine Glasses – $3.95 ea at Crate & Barrel

Note: This design also looks great with a gold/silver, silver/red, or silver/hot pink palette!

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happy holidays!

Happy HolidaysHappy Holidays, everyone! I’ll be taking a much needed break for a few days in the coming week, but will be back before New Year’s with some fun new things to share. Hope you get to enjoy some time off and do lots of celebrating! Merry Christmas!

{This is one of my “kids” in the picture above, sleeping next to our Christmas tree.}

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Gold & Silver Shimmer Holiday

new years decorationsHere’s another shimmery holiday tabletop idea that would work for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve! Click here for the full scoop on how to recreate this Gold & Silver Shimmer theme.

Its always fun to serve food & drinks that match the colors or theme of your party, like this yummy fondue dip for an appetizer or Glitzy Chocolate Puddings from Nigella Lawson for dessert! And to drink, try something swanky like a champagne-based Ritz 75 served in festive champagne flutes.

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Inspired Holidays from Vons

I stumbled on some wonderful holiday inspiration in the most unexpected place the other day – my grocery store’s website! I was trying to figure out if something I needed was sold at a regular grocery store, so I went to the VONS website, spotted a little section called “Inspired Holidays“, clicked on it, and was greeted by a bunch of fantastic (and doable!) holiday projects and recipes! Here are a few favorites:

vons holiday 2007{pictured above} adorable Joyful Orange Bowls, Fragrant Cloved Oranges, and Holiday “Sushi” Candy (made from powdered donuts, twinkies, fruit roll-ups, jelly fish, etc.)

vons holiday 2007{pictured above} Festive Candy Ornaments and Fa-la-la-la Fruit Bouquet

vons holiday 2007{clockwise from top left} Festive holiday cocktails: Hot Gingered Pear-Wine Cider, Sparkling Cranberry Punch, Pomegranate Margaritas, and Candy Cane Hot Chocolate (yum!). Visit the Vons Holiday section and click on “Wine & Spirits” to get the full recipes!

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DIY animal ornaments

modern holiday decorationsThese animal ornaments by Jennifer A. Bell are super cute and very contemporary! Click here to learn how to make them yourself…and simply change the color of your paper to customize the ornaments to whatever color palette you need!

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expedition plates

Take a whirlwind journey from the North Pole to the tropics with these porcelain dishes, populated with penguins, polar bears, giraffes and gazelles….not to mention beautiful lettering & scripty embellishments! ($12 each at Anthropologie)

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little white teapots

My mom collects teapots, so I’m always on the lookout for cute ones at this time of year…like these fantastic, glossy white versions from Anthropologie:

modern holiday decorations{clockwise from top} Backyard Chickadee Teapot ($28), Seconds Teapot: Blue Jay ($88), Backyard Cardinal Teapot ($28), and Backyard Sparrow Teapot ($28)

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wishing big…

wish big birthday cardTaking the day off today to celebrate the big 3-0! I love this wish big card from Broadway Paper because that’s exactly what I’m doing for this new chapter in life ;)

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and enjoy your holiday parties, shopping, wrapping, decorating and crafting… Try to make time for yourself to really soak in the season and all it has to offer…it’s amazing how fast the weeks – and years – fly by! (I could swear it was just yesterday that I turned 21!)

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HWTM Holiday: Santa, Baby

More holiday decorating inspiration for you! Check out our new easy & affordable Santa, Baby theme – featuring wrapped vases, contemporary patterns from American Crafts™, white boas, swanky cosmos, and more! Click here for full details :)

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colorful icebox sugar cookies

holiday icebox cookies How cute are these Holiday Icebox Cookies from Martha Stewart? I’m loving the fun colors and mod circles… You’d seriously be the star of your holiday cookie exchange if you arrived with these in-hand! And you could actually customize this idea for any occasion – Valentine’s Day, Halloween, 4th of July…sky’s the limit! Click here for the recipe .

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the modern poinsettia

I have to admit that I’ve never been a huge poinsettia fan, but after seeing these images from Domino’s “reconsider poinsettias” DIY feature…I have definitely reconsidered!

modern poinsettia arrangementsUpdate 12/13: Whitney from blumebox sent in a couple more beautiful pictures of contemporary poinsettia arrangements yesterday after seeing this post. One is pictured below, and you can click here to view the other one. Both are displayed using 4″ cube blumeboxes. Very cool!

modern poinsettia arrangements

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Interior Style Home

interior style homeinterior style homeWe’ve got a brand-new giveaway for you…and you can enter it right here! :) Interior Style Home – a fun website full of stylish Home Accessories, Accent Furniture, Lighting, Children’s Décor, and more – is offering up a fabulous giveaway featuring colorful tableware & kitchen accessories from French Bull! One lucky winner will receive all of the following:

  • Kitchen Utensil Set
  • Floral Salad Servers
  • Floral Trivet Set
  • 16-piece Multidot Stainless Steel Flatware Set

Click here for more details on all of the above ($106 value!), in addition to lots more great French Bull items!

How to enter:
• Post any comment here!
• Remember that anonymous comments can’t be tracked/counted.
• Giveaway ends Friday, December 14th at midnight PST. Don’t forget to check back Monday to see if you won! Good luck! :)

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new holiday themes!

Modern Holiday Decorating IdeasI’m so happy to finally be able to announce that there are new holiday themes up on hwtm.com! I’ve been trying to get these online for weeks, but so many other “urgent” things kept getting in the way :0 Anyways, I know we’re already well into December, but if you’re still looking for some last-minute holiday party inspiration or table decorating ideas for your Christmas dinner…hope you can find some inspiration here! The following new themes are up on HWTM: Peppermint Twist, Haute Cocoa, and Green & Serene, and one more to come this afternoon…{click the images to view full details on each theme}.

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too-cute truffles

These adorable chocolate cat & dog truffles are almost too cute to eat! They’d make a darling hostess gift or stocking stuffer for pet lovers! $15/set of 4 at Williams-Sonoma.com.

Hostess with the Mostess + Yum Sugar Ultimate Holiday Entertaining Giveaway{via cool hunting}

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