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Last Week’s Surprise Giveaway WINNERS!

Hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! In case you’re wondering who won last week’s Surprise Giveaways, here are the lucky readers:

notNeutral (City Map Plates): jane maynard and patty optiz

Delight.com “1 for me, 1 for a friend”: funky finds

Bunny Maxwell (Simrin Table Linens): willikat

Winners…please send me an email with your shipping info and “I’m a Winner!” in the subject line.

And for everyone Delight.com has generously offered to give hwtm readers a discount code for 15% off all orders over $30 through June 31st! So even if you didn’t win the giveaway, at least you (and your friends!) can receive a special deal on the “delightful” stuff you just gotta have… Remember – new items pop up daily at Delight! Just enter promo code “HostessFriends” at checkout to get your discount ;)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Bunny Maxwell

Surprise Giveaway: Bunny MaxwellSurprise Giveaway: Bunny MaxwellI really hope you guys aren’t tired of giveaways… because I have a FANTASTIC one to tell you about right now! Bunny Maxwell – a hip online shop featuring everything from cool kitchen & dining accessories to fantastic gift wrap, designer bedding and more – is generously offering up this super-mod table linen set by Simrin! One lucky reader will receive this large 60″x90″ handmade Surya tablecloth and a matching set of 4 napkins…in a sunny yellow color that’s perfect for summer entertaining… Just post a comment here by Sunday, May 27th at midnight PST for your chance to win!

Here’s a little sampling of some more great stuff you’ll find at Bunny Maxwell

Surprise Giveaway: Bunny Maxwell

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Stationery Week Giveaway WINNERS!

Okay…the winners are in! If you see your name here – please send me an email with your shipping info and “I’m a winner!” in the subject line. Here goes:

Cecily Ink card files: tami h. and sarah

Whitney English personalized clipboards/notepads: janice and doug

Violet giveaway package: shannon

Paper Shop Ink – Tobi Wood journals/notecards: rosie & andy and lisa

Hen and Barley personalized notecards/labels: mandy

Sprinkles owl notecards: jenmomof4, longingheart, and becky

Doodle Bugs gift certificate: misschris

phew! that actually took a while to put together :) Thanks so much to EVERYONE that entered – it was so much fun to read all the comments and – even if you didn’t win – I hope you still enjoyed the eye candy and discovered some cute stationery for the future…! A big thanks to the participating vendors as well!

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new from jonathan adler…

…fabulous origami and peacock-inspired melamine dishes for summer entertaining!

Jonathan Adler - Melamine DishesJust imagine a complete tabletop set with one of these melamine collections and some funky flowers in modern vases….maybe even incorporating some blue feathers to the peacock version!

Jonathan Adler - Melamine Dishes

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Map Plates

notNeutral - Map Plates
Some of you might remember these fantastic city map plates from notNeutral that I posted on last month. Well, the plates got such a great response from readers that notNeutral would like to hear more from you! They’re planning to add 4 more cities to the map plate collection for fall, and are looking for suggestions as to what those cities should be….which is where you come in!

There is a theme to the collection – so that should help you narrow it down from the zillions of cities out there. The theme is “Culture and Capitalism” – and the quick summary of what they’re looking for in the chosen cities is this: (as quoted from Julie Smith-Clementi, notNeutral President) “We are looking for four cities that have been greatly impacted by man through the process of urban design/development and capital investment, rather than growth through a slower more organic model.” It might also help to read about how they decided upon the cities that are currently in their collection too. Click here to read that press release (pdf).

So – what city (or cities) do YOU think should belong in the upcoming map plate collection? Tokyo? London? NYC? Tell us what you think – and you’ll be entered for a chance to win your favorite map plate from the current collection! TWO winners will be chosen! Just post your suggestion here by Friday, May 25 at midnight PST. Good luck!

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REAL PARTIES: Modern Parisian Bridal Shower

Bridal Shower: Modern Paris My good friend Jen is getting married June 9! Here are a few snapshots from the bridal shower I co-hosted this weekend. Jen got engaged at the Eiffel Tower and LOVES modern style, so we did a Modern Parisian theme with fluffy feathers, scroll patterns, and a color palette of pink, black & white.

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Leda’s Bake Shop

Pretty & modern party cupcakes from Leda’s Bake Shop

Leda's Bake Shop

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Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryUPDATE: Giveaways are now going to continue THROUGH THE WEEKEND! Any giveaway posted Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will end Monday the 21st at Midnight PST. Giveaways posted Mon-Thurs of this week will end Sunday, May 18 at midnight PST.

Make sure to keep scrolling down so you don’t miss giveaways posted earlier this week!

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Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryUPDATE: Giveaways are now going to continue THROUGH THE WEEKEND! Any giveaway posted Friday, Saturday, or Sunday will end Monday the 21st at Midnight PST. Giveaways posted Mon-Thurs of this week will end Sunday, May 18 at midnight PST.

Make sure to keep scrolling down so you don’t miss giveaways posted earlier this week!

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Ephemera Stationery Studio

Ephemera DesignThe invitations & stationery from Ephemera Stationery Studio truly take the art of correspondence to the next level! Not only are the styles fun & modern, but the custom detailing is A-ma-zing! You’ll find stitching, glitter, layers, and mini accessories adorning the stationery at Ephemera. Click here to check out all the great stuff available on their website.

Ephemera DesignNational Stationery Show – NYC: Booth # 2068

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25% OFF at Minnie & Emma

Minnie and EmmaMinnie and EmmaThe world of fabulous stationery has a noteworthy newcomer! Accomplished graphic designer Meredith Levy recently launched Minnie and Emma Correspondence – a new chic new line of personalized stationery, invitations, and announcements. If you haven’t discovered Minnie and Emma already – here’s a great excuse to go check them out: they’re offering hwtm readers a 25% discount on EVERYTHING through May 31st! Just use the promo code “HOSTESS” at checkout to get your 25% off! (great graduation gift idea for students headed off to college!)

One of my favorite things about Minnie & Emma is the coordinating envelope liners. You get to pick your favorite liner to go with the style of invitation or notecards you want…and the patterns are all super cute!

Minnie and EmmaCongrats on the creation of a truly fabulous company, Meredith!

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good luck, Joy!

Nantaka JoyOne of my favorite bloggers – Joy Deangdeelert Cho of oh joy! – is debuting her brand-new stationery line at the National Stationery Show this weekend! Joy is super talented – just check out the style reflected in her blog, the gallery of work on her design website, and some of the beautiful details from her 2006 wedding. On top of all that – she’s really sweet! I think it’s safe to say her stationery line will be nothing short of amazing!

If you’re at the show – make a beeline for booth # 3472 to check out nantaka joy! Good luck, Joy – can’t wait to see pics after the show!

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Anna Bella Fine Stationery

Anna Bella Fine Stationery has been a trend-setter in stationery design since 2001, and with one quick peek at the exclusive collection of invitations & announcements on their website, it’s easy to see why! You’ll find styles that range from modern & elegant to playful & cute…for all types of occasions – weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, cocktail parties, beach parties, and so on…

Annabella Custom InvitationsHow adorable are these Animal Parade and Gingham Elephant birth announcements/shower invites?! (both designs available in boy or girl versions!)

Annabella Custom Invitations

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avie designs

Avie DesignsSo I have to admit it was love at first site when I first laid eyes on the personalized stationery from Avie Designs! Georgia-based designer Avie Wampler launched the company less that a year ago and has already built quite an extensive collection of fun, modern designs! Seriously – how often do you come across ENVELOPES this cute? I would absolutely love to recieve one of these happy little notes in the mail! Click here to check out all of the paper goodness in the Avie Etsy shop!

Avie DesignsStationery designs are sold in sets of 10 coordinating cards/envelopes and available with or without personalization. {$25 with personalization / $20 without) Great gift idea!!

Avie Designs

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boatman geller

Modern meets Preppy! For a fresh twist on traditional patterns – reinvented in bold, playful colors – check out Boatman Geller‘s HUGE collection of personalized social stationery, invitations, and announcements.

Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryDon’t forget to check out the fun extras too – calling cards, gift tags, note pads and more!

Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous StationeryNational Stationery Show – NYC: Booth #’s 2713, 2715, 2717

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a full week of fabulous stationery!

Hostess with the Mostess: Full Week of Fabulous Stationery
To all the Paper-Lovers out there:
A lot of you have been asking to see some more great stationery and invitations, so next week (May 14-18) the blog will be showcasing a full week of fabulous stationery – everything from gorgeous wedding invites to funky party & shower invites and modern everyday notes! We even have a couple great stationery giveaways to throw in the mix…so if you’re a paper-lover, this is something that should be right up your alley!

And if you happen to know of some super-cool & unique stationery companies that really deserve a shout-out, please feel free to shoot an email to [email protected] with their info or post a comment here. Thanks!

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To Bee Named

To Bee Named: Personalized Napkins Personalization is a great way to make the guest of honor feel extra-special! You might think that something like custom-printed napkins is just for big anniversary parties and weddings – but with companies like To Bee Named , you can customize cocktail, guest and luncheon napkins with a name, monogram or favorite saying in quantities as low as 20! There are lots of fun colors & patterns available – so you’re sure to find something just right for pretty much any special occasion!

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napkins with a sense of humor

Funny Cocktail Napkins Add a splash of unexpected humor to your next get-together with beverage napkins that are witty, clever, and even a bit saucy! A few favorites are pictured here…find all of these and more fun designs at broadwaypaper.com . (The cappuccino beverage napkins would be great for a baby shower, and cook for you is a perfect choice for a much needed moms’ night out!)

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graduation party centerpiece idea

Martha Stewart Book Stack This crafty home decor idea from Martha Stewart arrived in my inbox yesterday – and it immediately looked like the perfect concept for a graduation party centerpiece! You could even recover the stacked books with cool, modern gift wrap in various prints & colors to coordinate with your party’s color scheme – and then decorate the sides with designs and the guest of honor’s name using rubber stamps like they’ve shown here. If you really want to get into the "school" theme – try recovering the books "high school style" with brown paper bags or kraft paper and ink-pen doodles (you know – the kind you used to draw when you were really supposed to be paying attention in class!).

For a thoughtful touch, designate one special keepsake book and ask party guests to sign messages to the graduate on it "yearbook-style" (on the outside and inside covers). If you use a photo album as the covered keepsake "book" – you can even fill the album at a later date with actual pictures from the party!

{image from marthastewart.com}

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cool cocktails

Brides.com is a wealth of inspiration – whether you’re planning a wedding or not! Check out these gorgeous cocktail/mocktail presentations – just a few images & ideas from a stunning online drinks & cocktails gallery that features lots of differenty artsy drink displays and garnishes. (Those cool cube-things in the 2nd row of the image below are actually jello shots!)

Brides.com Cocktail GalleryThere’s also a really great article from Modern Bride called “Create Cool Cocktails” that features more cocktail inspiration {shown below} from mixologist David Wondrich, author of Killer Cocktails and consultant to 5 Ninth restaurant in NYC. Yep…I’m ready for a party!

Brides.com Cocktail Gallery{all images from brides.com}

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A little pep for your kitchen…

These silk-screened “happy kitchen towels” from PataPri come in ultra-modern patterns and fun, vibrant colors! All towels are hand-printed by designer Yuko Uemura and available for purchase in her Etsy shop. I’m especially loving the kirin (giraffe) and apple prints…and thinking they would look just as good framed on the wall as hanging in the kitchen!

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fun new "to-do": Delight.com

These days everyone’s daily “to-do” lists seem to be never-ending, but here’s an addition that you might actually be excited about: SHOPPING! Delight.com is a brand-new and brilliant website concept that puts a creative twist on typical internet shopping. Everyday at lunch (noon Central time) Delight features a fabulous new item that goes on sale for 24 hours. You can vote on it, comment on it – and (of course) buy it! And because Delight has an entire team testing products out before they’re featured, you’re sure to always find something good!

A few of my favorite recent product features that are still available in Delight’s 30-day store are pictured above. Click here to see what’s new today! And a big congratulations to Tracey Tee and Lynda Keeler for turning their novel shopping vision into a truly “delightful” reality! (yes, pun intended) :)

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earth-friendly goods from Branch™

For more evidence that “environment-friendly” can equal “design-friendly”, just check out the gorgeous product line over at Branch! A few favorites pictured here (how great are these cork surface tiles?!)…many more on their website.

{pictured above} Haute Surface Pack by Mio (made of 100% recycled cork); Off Pitchers and Slumped Vases (both made of recycled glass stock & processed in an electric furnace that’s powered by wind energy); Large Laquerware Bowls and Low Bowls from Bambu (100% organically-grown bamboo, non-toxic water-based adhesive, natural lacquer derived from the cashew nut tree)

{pictured above, clockwise from top left} Spoontulas, Utensils, Fork/Knife/Spoon Set, and disposable Veneerware Plates – all from Bambu, and made of 100% organically-grown bamboo. Veneerware will biodegrade 4-6 months after disposal!

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thé vert tea

There’s something wonderfully modern and serene about Villeroy & Boch’s “Thé Vert” teapot, sugar bowl, and tea cup… just looking at this trio makes me feel more relaxed! ($11.95, 19.99 & $49.95 at herb+ginger)

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speaking of tea….

Risa over at The ParTea Planner is sponsoring a giveaway in honor of Mother’s Day! She’s giving away lots of tea-related in goodies in an effort to rekindle the tea-party-lover in all of us! Click here to get the details.

And on that same note – I came across this fantastic funky tea party pic {above} from Adorn magazine on Risa’s blog. Rememember how fun it was to play dress up when we were little? Why don’t we get to do stuff like that anymore unless it’s for Halloween? Do we really have to leave all that creativity and imagination back in elementary school? Come on…amidst all the work, daily chores, bills and “practical” choices we’re surrounded with every single day, wouldn’t we all love an excuse to pile on 10 necklaces at a time, paint on fantastically bright lipstick, and adorn our hair with flowers and rhinestone barettes just because it’s fun?

For the next bridal/baby shower or just “anytime” girls night that you throw – why not have this as the theme – and request that people dress the part… Imagine a whole room full of your friends in their own personal versions of “tea party best”…whether it’s fashion-diva, princess/royalty, urban hipster, tomboy, goth girl or flower-child! A tea party can really be whatever you want it to be – casual, fancy, pretty, modern, chic, silly, and so on…just invite over some friends, set out a buffet of great teas (and tea-themed cocktails if you’re so inclined), and rekindle a little of that elementary school imagination that’s still hidden inside all of us somewhere…it will be good for your spirit! What do you think?

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Giveaway-A-Day WINNERS!

First of all – thanks so much to everyone entered the giveaways last week! It was so much fun to read the comments and see all the sign-ups…I wish I could give something to everyone! Maybe one day…you never know :) But for now, the winners of each giveaway are:

cb2 (margarita glasses & pitcher)
jmg, who said:
“I have NO festive glasses. None. So I would really love to win these. Congrats HWTM!”

Red Diamond Gift Set
Winner #1: Kate W, who said:
“Oooh…I love those Reidel glasses – gorgeous! I would love to have those to use for a nice dinner I will cook for my boyfriend in our newly purchased home.”

Winner #2: Newsletter subscriber: Miss Juligie {email address not posted for privacy purposes}

Inside Avenue
Sarah Cool, who said:
“hehe – that little black kitty looks like mine.
I love cheese PLUS WINE. :-)

Give Simple (Carnival Platters)
Becky, who said:
“I’m doing a little happy dance just looking at these platters! Brilliant!!”

Paula Espresso Set
Aimee, who said:
“OMG! These are the ONLY espresso cups my SO has EVER liked. EVER. He just added them to his Kaboodle list two weeks ago. We are going without espresso cups because he hates everything else out there. What a perfect gift these would be…Crossing my fingers!
I love this blog!”

If you see your name/comment posted here – please send over your shipping info so we can send you your winnings! Email your info to: [email protected] with “I’m a winner!” in the subject line. Thanks!

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here we go…

Hostess with the Mostess
Well, it’s 12:50 a.m., so April 9th is officially here! The site will go live late this afternoon (4:00 PST) – but I just got a heads up from my programmers that it can take anywhere from 1-6+ hours after the new site launches for it to be accessible everywhere due to “DNS propigation” and some other fancy programmer speak…so if for some reason it’s not there when you first visit, please check again later!

We’re calling this the “beta” launch because the site is still a work-on-progress…over the next few weeks we’ll be adding even more party themes and content and launching new sections of the site – but I hope this initial launch will give you a better idea of what the hwtm vision is all about and where we’re headed…

Last but not least, I really want to thank all my fellow bloggers and blog-readers for your kind words & encouragement over the past couple of weeks. Your comments and emails are so appreciated and always brighten my day – especially after running on minimal sleep for weeks on end…it helps make all the work worth it. Funny how much impact a little note from someone you’ve never even actually “met” can have – but it does! So, thank you…very much :)

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kiku & murano dinnerware

Kiku DinnerwareKiku Dinnerware

Kiku Dinnerware

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Tuesday’s GIVEAWAY: Red Diamond Wine

Red Diamond WinesHappy Tuesday! Today’s giveaway comes from the generous folks at Red Diamond – a cool, Washington-based winemaker with vineyards located near the Columbia River gorge in Eastern Washington state. Red Diamond wines are gaining popularity at rapid speed – largely due to their enticing combination of great taste and affordability. You won’t find any “wine snobbery” associated with the Red Diamond brand – just great wine designed to be enjoyed by all. Click here to visit the website and learn more about their Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet, & Shiraz (described as “The hottest thing to come out of Washington state since Pearl Jam…”).

For their giveaway, Red Diamond is offering up the following goods to TWO lucky readers!
– Set of 2 Riedel Stemless Wine Glasses
– OXO Steel Wine Opener
– Set of 4 Photo Coasters w/ Dark Wood Holder
– Red Diamond Women’s Fitted Tee
– Red Diamond Men’s Tee
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Red Diamond WinesRed Diamond WinesRed Diamond WinesTo enter, post a comment and/or sign up for the hwtm newsletter. Comments and newsletter signups will count as 2 separate entries, so if you do both you’ll be entered twice! {current newsletter subscribers are automatically entered as well}. Giveaway ends Sunday, April 8th at 6pm EST.

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zanisa spring

One of my favorite online shops, Zanisa, has some great entertaining finds for spring right now…like this bright kiwi serveware set from Bambu ($45/set), fun & slightly off-center euro sphere vases ($12/ea), Rae Dunn porcelain herb markers with dots & stripes ($25/set of 8), and hand-painted, translucent botanical glasses ($56/set of 6).

Zanisa…and I’m especially loving these cute test-tube magnet vases! With fun spring-y colors and at only $15/set of 5, these little guys are a great way to add a splash of color and modern decor to your refrigerator or office magnet board, as well as a great gift idea! (Available in round or square.)

Zanisa

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