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French Bull: Rainbow

Looking for something to brighten up your table? How about these fun new melamine Rainbow dishes from French Bull

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new york and new stuff…!

Hi Everyone –
We’re in New York & Chicago all week, so the timing of posts might be a little sporadic for the next few days because our schedule is all over the place – so please bare with me! We’re going to an event at Martha Stewart Living tomorrow – (so excited!) – so hopefully there will be some fun stuff to tell you soon :)

In the meantime, there are some new articles up on hwtm.com, including how to throw a green party

throw a green party
12 cool baby shower gift ideas

baby shower gift ideas
kids birthday party ideas

kids birthday party ideasand more…so please check them out if you have a minute!

thanks & be in touch soon…
Jenn :)

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Chinoiserie Placemats

Dwell Table - Chinoiserie PlacematsThese Chioiserie Placemats by DwellTable remind me of something you might find at Anthropologie…and they look especially great when paired with Dwell’s simple & chic Pin Dot Napkins. (both avaliable at Design Public)

Dwell Table - Pin Dot NapkinsDwell Table - Chinoiserie Placemats

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more bright dishware

Uncommon GoodsWhile we’re on the subject of dishware with vibrant colors, here are a few more very cool, modern designs from Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goodspictured here: (top image) handmade black and white stripe mugs. (bottom image) touch/eat bowl sets,buddha bowls, and touch/drink cup sets.

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Terra Keramik

Terra Keramik Home If you love bright colors that pop and clean, minimalist design – then you just might fall in love with the fabulous homeware collection from Terra Keramik ! This eco-friendly tableware is widely considered to be functional art and comes in 8 brilliant colors, each accented with platinum and signed by the artist .

Terra Keramik Home

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party favor keychains

Party FavorsJessica – the ever-so-crafty designer from How about orange, sent over an awesome idea for custom party favors recently. She used ink-jet compatible shrinky sheets from ReadyMade to create custom key chains featuring designs printed from her computer – which is great because this gives you the opportunity to create party favors that perfectly match your theme! You can pull a cute pattern used in your tableware or party decor or even create personalized keychains for each of your guests using mongrammed initials. Click here for the step-by-step instructions. Thanks, Jess!

Party Favors

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love & marraige

Love & Marraige by Whimsy PressModern patterns, fantastic colors, double-sided wraps…what’s not to love about the “Love an Marraige” gift wrap collection by Whimsy Press?!

Love & Marraige by Whimsy Press
Throwing a bridal shower? Why not use one of these patterns as the inspiration for your party decor? Create table runners from the gift wrap then find coordinating partyware and linens. For your centerpieces, fill one or more table vases with tight bunches of flowers then wrap a 2-3″ strip of the gift wrap around the center of each vase to tie everything together. For extra embellishment, tie another band of coordinating ribbon around the paper band – and use the same ribbon for your napkin rings.

And don’t forget to kick the whole thing off with a coordinating imprintable invitation!…

Love & Marraige by Whimsy Press

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new at moma store

The always cool Moma Store has some great new arrivals for fall! Here are a few tabletop & entertaining favorites…(from top) Tiered Elliptical RayTray, Branch Spoons, Wine Carafe with Glass, and Animals Flatware (so cute!)

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Buttercake Bakery

Buttercake BakeryWe got a big box of treats in the mail last week from a place called Buttercake Bakery in L.A. – and everything was soooo good I just had to share! I think we got one of their “Mixed Basket” gift boxes because the package had bars, cookies, and little cakes…and everything was SUPER rich & indulgent – and very generously sized! (at least bathing suit season will soon be a thing of the past, right?!) If you’re looking for an easy alternative to baking for your next party or shower, you could easily divide Buttercake’s individual dessert bars and cakes into 3 or more smaller pieces to serve as part of a yummy dessert buffet.

My weakness is definitely chocolate, so these were the 2 treats I personally couldn’t resist: Chocolate Espresso cookies and Chocolate Marble bundt cake…delicious!

Buttercake BakeryThe chocolate, coconut, and almond “Dream Bars” (top left image below) were especially dreamy too…

Buttercake BakeryAnd if you’re looking for nice presentation – check out the tempting tart selections – they’re all available in 8″ rounds, 10″ rounds, and 5″ hearts if you’re feeling romantic :)

Buttercake Bakery

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Puzzle* by Ana Romero

Puzzle* by Ana RomeroDesigner Ana Romero recently launched a new online store featuring products that showcase the bright, ultra-modern patterns from her Puzzle* line. Puzzle* is based out of beautiful Lisbon, Portugal – but because Ana’s store is part of Cafepress.com, orders are shipped from the U.S. and international shipping is available too! Click here to visit the shop and check out the full line of Puzzle* mugs, coasters {pictured below}, stationery, art prints, and more!

Puzzle* by Ana Romero

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Jessica Howard Ceramics

Jessica Howard Ceramics New York-based artist Jessica Howard recently emailed me pictures from her brand-new line of contemporary ceramic dishware , and it was love at first sight! Jessica’s simplistic illustrations, rich colors, and clean product lines have come together perfectly to create a truly beautiful line of modern dishware. Click here to view the entire collection.

Jessica Howard Ceramics

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cutest cupcakes

Martha Stewart CupcakesThere’s a new gallery on marthastewart.com called “Cutest Cupcakes” – and I have to agree! How adorable are these little guys… great for kids parties, birthdays, baby showers and more. I’m especially loving the Shark and Beach design…

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And if you’re looking for something great to put your cute cupcakes on, how about this fantastic cupcake stand set from Horchow? The stands can be stacked to create a tall tower or displayed individually – and all have slightly raised rings to keep cakes neatly in place! {via Florid Disposition}

Cupcake Stand Set

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not-your-average wine racks

I was browsing through the latest issue of Blueprint yesterday and fell head over heels for this artsy black wine rack from Umbra…and then discovered a couple more beauties in their online store…

Umbra wine rackPictured above: Cru wine rack – and below: Napa and Loopsy wine racks

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cool finds at elsewares

If you haven’t been introduced to the ELSEWARES Independent Art & Design site yet, it’s definitely worth checking out! There are tons of great finds for your tabletop, home, stationery collection, wardrobe, and more. Some of my personal favorites are pictured below – click here to check out the entire collection!

elsewares {pictured above} Roots & Shoots Plate Set by Working Class Studio, Full Contact Spice Grinder by MINT, and Smorgas-board Plate Set by Pop Ink.

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"canned" cocktails

Stawberry Pear DaquiriWhen I received an email a few weeks ago with the subject line “Easy, Delicious Cocktails from… Canned Foods?” I have to admit I was slightly skeptical about the idea. But once I actually read the recipes – which utilize long-lasting staples you might already have in your pantry such as canned peaches, pears and fruit cocktail – I realized that this idea was actually pretty smart. And these gorgeous photos don’t hurt either ;) Scroll down for direct links to each of the recipes pictured here…

Canned CocktailsPictured above, from top: Strawberry Peach Daquiri, Tennesse Peach, Ginger-Pear Martini, Tropical Margarita, Pomegranate Sherbert Shake (non alcoholic)

{recipes & photos courtesy of mealtime.org}

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Clio Martini Glass

I was looking through a stock photo gallery for a client project this morning, and was pleasantly surprised to see a martini glass resembling one of my favorites from C&B – the Clio – used in a fun, unexpected way…

Clio Martini Glass Desserts

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Martha at Macy’s

There’s something so calming and elegant (not to mention useful !) about simple white dishes and serveware – which is why I’m totally smitten with Martha Stewart’s new whiteware dining collections at Macy’s!

Martha Stewart at Macy's
If you love entertaining, then pedestal servers like these Whiteware Cake Stands will be your saving grace when it comes to creating attractive appetizer and dessert displays. These are definitely going to be my own first Martha at Macy’s purchase…

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HWTM Guest Post on GlamNest

GlamNest Guest PostHi Everyone! So sorry for the missing post yesterday – I was so swamped with “regular” work and also busy working on a guest post about Entertaining Essentials over at GlamNest! Click here to check it out – hope you find some helpful info for your own future get-togethers :)

Cheers,
Jenn

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Dapper Duds

I’m loving the modern bird pattern and fun colors in this cute bird and polka dot apron, coordinating fabric coaster set and bright lime floral bird pot holder – all available in the Dapper Duds etsy shop…adorable!

cb2 serveware
Another super-cute pot holder design with a fantastic color combo…

cb2 serveware

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scientific serveware

puzzle appetizer plates , atom trays , planet dinnerware , and pluto servers …this unique dishware from cb2 might sound like a homework assignment, but it’s actually much more fun ;)

cb2 serveware

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Oslo Press

I discovered Oslo Press via oh joy! recently, and just had to pass along these amazing images. I would seriously be blown away if one of these beautiful, laser-engraved wood veneer invites appeared in my mailbox! Has anyone ever received one of these?

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REAL PARTIES: Hot Pink Baby Shower

My friend Anasuya recently threw a super cute – and very hip – baby shower for a friend at a restaurant in LA. My favorite thing about this shower is the use of hot pink as the key color – a fresh take on the traditional baby pink palette.

Real Parties: Hot Pink Baby Shower

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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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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 modernmini.com 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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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 – http://www.turtlepapers.com/ – for even more great stuff, including greeting cards, custom baby announcements and tees for her!

Turtle Papers

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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}

Bunny Maxwell

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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 delight.com. {$48/set}

Bird Tray and Flower Cup

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