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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….

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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)

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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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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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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Apronique

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 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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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 hwtm.com!

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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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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Pear and Peony

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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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Warm Biscuit

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 warmbiscuit.com!
• 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! :)

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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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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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