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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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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Rosanna

Rosanna Boho Set
Ready to set a seriously chic table? Because with today’s fantastic surprise giveaway from Rosanna, now’s your chance to do just that!

Rosanna is a line of contemporary dishware and tabletop accessories by designer Rosanna Bowles. Spend just a few moments browsing their website, and you’re sure to discover fantastic designs that run the gamut from decidedly sophisticated to playful, modern & fun. Today, Rosanna is generously offering up their cool, eclectic Boho collection – which includes 6 porcelain dinner plates and 6 porcelain dessert plates – to one very lucky hwtm reader! ($146 retail value!) Check it out…

Rosanna Boho SetWith the Boho collection, several different patterns + several different colors come together to create one surprisingly cohesive – not to mention gorgeous – tabletop!

Ready to snap up the Boho set for yourself?
Tell us what your favorite Rosanna dinnerware design is – or just make any comment here to enter the sweepstakes! Remember to use either your blogger login or first name / last name or initial so we can identify you if you win.

Giveaway ends Saturday, Sept 8th at midnight PST! Good luck! :)

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Elum Giveaway WINNERS!

268 comments – wow! Guess you guys really DO love elum, huh? ;) Thanks so much to everyone who threw their name in the hat! And the winners are…

Gina Perry,who said…
“Those dogs are fabulous. And the gift bags are just beautiful.”

Melissa DiStefano , who said…
“Pick me! Pick Me!!!! Pretty please with sugar and a cherry!!! (I am chair hoping right now – literally!)”

Julie, who said…
“What Fabulous stationary! I spend time each week sending some elderly folks cards and letters – it makes their day and they have NO IDEA what e-mail is. It would be nice to revive the lost art of letter writing. Have a great day!”

Aimee said…
“Oh, my. It would be beyond lovely if I won–a delightful way to write out all the thank you notes after my birthday! (September 2, yay!) I have been in love with the hollywood regency set for a LOOOOOONG time. Completely gorgeous.”

thedailyobsession, who said…
“Sign me up! These are all gorgeous, but my fave is the Garden Regency.”

If you see your comment here – please email us your design choice and shipping address with “I’m a winner!” in the subject line. Click here to view the 4 prize options again. Remember that you can choose any of elum’s gift bag patterns for your 2 gift bags – they don’t necessarily need to be the one pictured with the stationery grouping.

Don’t see your name above? Don’t fret for long – because another GREAT giveaway is coming your way in less than an hour…and yet another one Monday morning (Sept 10th)…and you just never know when it could be your lucky day!

Oh – and don’t forget about the elum discount code that’s good for everyone through the end of September, too! Use promo code “HOSTESS” to get 25% off your entire order at elumdesigns.com. Happy shopping! :)

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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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Labor Day Cocktails

Looking for a fun signature drink to serve at your Labor Day bash this weekend? Here are some cool ideas from Food Network :

Labor Day Cocktails {pictured above, clockwise from top left} Golden Daquiri , Plum Caipirinha , Summer Watermelon Situation , and Gin & Tonic Gellies

Or..if you’re planning on doing an "all-white" labor day party – here are some fitting signature drink ideas to go along with your theme:

Labor Day Cocktails {pictured above, clockwise from top left} Coconut Groove (from hwtm.com ) and Vanilla Lake , White Russian and Vodka Creme Brulee – all from cocktailtimes.com

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great bowls o’ fire

I saw this beach burner portable bonfire by artist John T. Tunger featured on ThisNext yesterday and thought it would make such a fantastic attraction for any beach party or luau… The cut steel flames even act as great cooking rests for sausages or marshmallows!

Beach BurnerAside from the beautiful design aspect, Tunger’s entire collection of fire line art bowls are made of 100% recycled content, provide safer fires on windy evenings, and can be converted (for an extra cost) to clean-burning propane or natural gas. Available for purchase in the John T. Tunger etsy shop.

Beach Burner

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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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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: elum designs

elum letterpress stationery You may have seen my post on the new products from elum designs earlier this month…and judging from the response it seems that you guys love elum just as much as me! That being the case, I’m hoping you’re REALLY going to love the thought of winning some free goods from them… because today, elum is generously offering up a prize pack of their products – which will include 3 sets of social notes and 2 gorgeous gift bags – to FIVE lucky readers ! (retail value per prize = $50+)

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INK&WIT

INK&WITAs a long-time admirer of Tara Hogan‘s fabulous INK&WIT line – I can’t believe it’s taken me so long to blog about it here! It shouldn’t take many words to convey how extraordinary Tara’s work is though – these pictures alone should be a great testament to both her design talents, and the playful, yet elegant style you’re sure to find in her postcards, mini notes, art prints, and more.

INK&WITpictured above: Eco Elephants postcards (super cute! These would be great to incorporate into baby shower or kids’ birthday party decor.) / and below: Thanks for being so dear postcards (so clever – and a great hostess gift idea!) – both $14/set of 10 cards

INK&WITpictured below: 2×3″ Mini Merci Birdberry notes ($12/set of 10)

INK&WITTo view more of Tara’s work, be sure to visit the Ink&Wit website and her etsy shop. Cuteable also did a great interview with Tara recently – click here to check it out!

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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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upcoming giveaways!

Hi Everyone –
Apologies for the delay in posting today and the late-in-the-day posts last week – I’ve been traveling every single day since last Tuesday and am JUST getting back after the final (thank goodness!) 8 hours in the car. How is it that sitting for 8 hours straight can make you tired? Somehow that seems to be the case. The 4am wake-up-call probably didn’t help either :0

Anyways, I’m planning to make it up to you this week with more posts than usual – and a bunch of GREAT giveaways starting this week and continuing throughout the next few weeks, so hope you’re feeling lucky ;) Speaking of giveaways, today is the final day to enter the Mod Summer Giveaway over at Life in a Venti Cup, which features a bunch of cool stationery by Pulp Factory, so be sure to throw your name in today if you want to enter!

Cheers,
Jenn

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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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glassware favorites from c&b

Thought I’d share some glassware favorites from Crate&Barrel with you today. Clear dishes and serveware are so useful to have around because they coordinate with pretty much any color palette or tabletop design – and I love how C&B often adds interest even to clear glassware with textures and subtle etching…

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Vino Wine Glasses (love these!), Illusion Plates, Claudette Goblet, Verve Flutes, and Danube Cake Platter

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Bogdan Company

BodanCoI’m loving these ultra-modern Star Beverage Coasters ($25/set of 4) and Toothy Frog Bottle Openers ($6.50 ea) from innovative product designer Mario Bogdan… The coasters come in 7 color combinations and the bottle opener also doubles as a coaster after you’ve opened your drink – and sticks to the fridge when not in use. Very clever :)

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teaposy

Teaposy at OchellyTeaposy is a line of hand-crafted blooming tea and glassware that combines premium white tea leaves with natural herbal flowers to create delicate blossoms that “bloom” while you drink your tea. A truly unique gift idea – especially given the fact that they come packaged in gorgeous boxes!

Teaposy at OchellyAvailable at ochelly.com. Prices range from $17.98 – $18.98 for a box of 6 posies (available in Butterfly (pictured above), Falling Water, or Lady Fairy) or $58.98 for the Garden Gift Set, which comes with 6 teaposies, tea for 2 teapot, tea filter, and 2 cups and saucers.

Play the video below to view a demonstration of how teaposy works…{video contains music}

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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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sunny celebration

Style Me Pretty recently posted a beautiful yellow wedding inspiration board that reminded me of a fun & bright yellow daisy shower from marthastewart.com. This sunny theme would work beautifully for a baby shower, bridal shower, or even an anytime brunch or birthday celebration. The first image below shows some pictures from the daisy shower – and the 2nd shows some product finds that I think would compliment this theme well….

Yellow Baby Shower

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new products from elum

The new products from letterpress stationery company elum designs – which include fabric-bound journals, luxurious gift bags, sophisticated gift wrap, and complete stationery desk sets – are exactly as to be expected: ridiculously gorgeous ! Check it out…

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Vitamin D(esign)

Jamie from Design Milk recently launched a super cool online store called Vitamin D(esign) – which I thought was a very clever play off her blog name! Vitamin D(esign) features ultra-modern homewares, stationery, furniture, art and more. A few of my favorites are pictured below – including some amusing wine bottle gift bags featuring witty wine quotes and a Bob’s Your Uncle multi task planner notebook that I’m guessing a lot of us could probably use! Click here to check out the entire store. Congratulations, Jamie!

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sorbet cocktails

Sorbet CocktailsIt’s been overly hot and humid here lately…so these frosty-looking berry cosmo and mango freeze cocktails that were featured in Rachael Ray’s newsletter this morning are sounding especially good! Super easy recipe too: only 3 ingredients each and no blender required. nice ;)

Mocktail version: substitue fruit juice or ginger ale in place of the vodka.

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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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retro chic at hello! lucky

You might already be familiar with custom letterpress company hello! lucky for their ridiculously gorgeous wedding invitations – but they also have an online shop where you can pick up everyday stationery finds like these retro-chic “hostess with the most” coasters (great hostess gift idea!) and fun girlie invitations for your next soiree…

Hostess with the Most Coaster SetHello! Lucky Invitations{pictured above} Chi Chi and Soiree party invites; She’s Taking the Plunge bridal shower invitations

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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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Stelton Bread Bags

cb2 servewareScandinavian Design-House Stelton was definitely on their A-game when they came up with this multi-functional bread bag design. 3 versatile positions for use: keep it unfolded to support long loafs, fold it down into a basket for rolls and muffins, or close the top via hidden magnets in the lining to keep bread fresh and warm! And to top it all off – choose from a great selection of colors: orange, blue, yellow, black, or sand! ($32 ea at lekker)

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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!

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

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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 ;)

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