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Paulette Macarons

Paulette Macaroons Umm…how ridiculously cool are these scrumptious-looking macarons from haute Beverly Hills-based bakery, Paulette ?! Fun flavors like caribbean chocolate , sicilian pistachio , and violet cassis , and many more – morphed into cool pint-sized confections that look as good as they sound! $1.50 each, or $18/gift-boxed set of 12.

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modern drink packaging: silver & bright

Using bottled or canned drinks with fantastic packaging is key for a great-looking drink display at any party…not to mention super easy! I recently discovered this fabulous new "Sparkling Sleek " line from Hansen’s Natural – which comes in a chic, minimalistic silvery can with a bright pop of color. Cool fruity flavors like "dragonfruit " and "valencia orange " – at only 90 calories each…love it!

Hansen's Sparkling Sleek
Metromint bottled water also has a great, modern feel to their packaging – once again featuring a silver label with bold splashes of color:

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Asian Affair

modern asian bridal shower Asian-inspired decor has always been a personal favorite, as well as the combination of bright orange and lime green, so you can probably see why I instantly fell in love with this modern Asian Affair party theme from Social Couture ! This type of look could really be used for any type of dinner party or special occasion, but I think it would be especially great for contemporary bridal showers, engagement parties, or rehearsal dinners.

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Rolo Turtle Pretzels

rolo turtle pretzelsThese tempting Rolo Pretzel Turtles from Steamy Kitchen have 2 of my very favorite attributes in a recipe: 1. Sweet 2. EASY! (The presence of both caramel and chocolate doesn’t hurt either!) Click here for the delightfully simple details.

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urban lights & brights

Have a case of the winter blahs? These hot-hued finds from Urban Outfitters should help to put you back in the party mood… First up: this super charming Spectrum Chandelier ($36) and fun-n-funky Rainbow Candelabra ($48) are both just begging for a cocktail party!

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Who would’ve guessed that something named “Chevron Barbeque Belt” could be so fabulous?! This colorful cotton waist apron is super cute, only $14, and sure to be the life of the party!; jewel-toned Diner Cups (5 for $10), an adorably bizarre (or bizarrely adorable) Octopus Juicer ($14); and ceramic Souper Bowls in candy-coated colors ($5 ea or $15/4).

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we launched!

hwtm.comOkay…so our “late-night” launched turned into more of an “early morning” launch (1:30am) – but the new site is finally live – hooray! Hope you like the new look of HWTM…and we’ll be adding lots more brand-new content for you today and throughout the coming weeks. Happy celebrating :)

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sipping in style

Espresso-lover or not, who can resist the adorable mini cups that accompany them? Most things already look cute in pint-sized packages – and when you throw great design in the mix – as in the examples below – it’s an irresistible combo!

flower fields espresso set

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brand-new website coming today!

Hi Everyone –
If you’ve visited hwtm.com lately (or hwtm.com ), you’ve probably noticed that a new website is coming soon…and I’m happy to say that’s happening today!! It won’t be live until late night because we’re still working out a few kinks – and there are ALWAYS kinks, right? After months of working on this I have to say I’m about kinked out ;) So I just want to make sure that everything is running as smoothly as possible first, and we’re about 98% there right now.

In addition to a brand-new look, here’s a sneak peek and a few other new things you’ll find on the new site:

New party themes…

coffee & dessert party theme baby shower theme: bling baby
New additions to The Recipe Box (featuring some yummy dishes from fabulous cooking sites like Hooked on Heat and Steamy Kitchen ) Pictured below: Scallop Salad, Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, White Chocolate Raspberry Cocoa, and Potato Parcels…

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coming up this week…

Hi Everyone –
I’m out of town until Tuesday afternoon (in Louisville, Kentucky!), so I won’t be able to post until late Tuesday, but we have a surprise coming up on Wednesday that has been in the works for months…and I’m excited to finally be able to share it with you :) So please stay tuned…

Also – if you’re ever in Louisville yourself, I highly recommend the place we’re staying at – which is a hotel/modern art museum called 21C and is super cool & unique! Everywhere you turn, you’ll find interesting contemporary art sculptures (some that even talk to each other), paintings, installations, etc…and tons of gigantic red penguins. Sounds crazy but looks cool :) Here’s the website if you want to check it out…

21C Hotel

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Joceybella Invites

In 2004, San Diego-based designer Jocey Canrinus founded Joceybella Invites "with a belief in the magic of Love" and has been busy creating beautiful custom wedding packages ever since! Joceybella also recently started offering affordable baby announcements and holiday cards. A few favorites are pictured below, all of which are available in a variety of colors. To view the entire collection, click here !

Joceybella Invites

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personalized paperweights

Stacy Claire Boyd: personalized paperweightsPersonalized gifts always seem especially thoughtful – like these adorable custom paperweights by Stacy Claire Boyd. With tons of contemporary patterns to choose from – ranging between chic & sophisticated to retro & girlie – you can personalize both the print and the name to create something your friend – or yourself – will love! {$24 – $35 ea at FineStationery.com}

Stacy Claire Boyd: personalized paperweights

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happy valentine’s day!

Ink & Wit I tried to find a photo of a conversation heart that said “You Rock” – but no luck, so you get a can of “Love Soup” instead ;) Thanks so much for your continued support of HWTM! You guys are what keep this blog going!

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Ink + Wit: Letterpress Prints

Ink & Wit
How cute are these limited edition letterpress prints by Ink and Wit ?! Aside from the obvious usage of adorning your walls with modern flair, I’m thinking that one could create an adorable and super-contemporary baby shower or kids birthday party theme based around the elephants design: Feature the framed print between 2 small bunches of flowers for table centerpieces, and set atop white tablecloths with alternating yellow and green table runners. Throw in some cool topstitch lime partyware , napkins tied with lime and yellow polka dot or striped ribbon, and silver elephant placecard holders

Elsewhere in the party…bowls of lemons and limes, a beverage display with sparkling pear and sparkling lemon izze soda, and one of these super-cool bobles tumbling foam elephants in lime green, which would double as both party decor and a great gift…you get the picture :)

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Cupcake Cake Bites

Think it’s impossible for the beloved cupcake to get any cuter? The creative talents of Bakerella and her adorable chocolate cake bites/lollipops just might change your mind!

Bakarella Cupcake Bites

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white + green

There’s something so fresh & appealing about the combination of pure white, minimalist product forms and rich, natural greens…

Michael's Cookies GiveawayPictured above, all at A+R Store:
Prepara’s Herb Savor ($34), Sagaform’s Trio Herb Pot ($36), Sagaform’s Oil+Vinegar+Salt+Pepper Set ($40), Sagaform’s Creamer Set ($28), Standing Grass Garden Frames ($65 – $85)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Michael’s Cookies

Michael's Cookies Giveaway Valentine’s Day is almost here – and it’s the perfect week for winning a decadent treat, don’t you think? Me too – so I’m excited to tell you about a yummy giveaway today – generously sponsored by Michael’s Cookies ! I can personally vouch for how ridiculously good these BIG, soft, and chewy cookies are – with irresistible flavors like Fudge Nut Brownie, All-Butter Almond , White Chocolate Macadamia , Chocolate Chunk , Triple Chocolate Chunk , and more… Today, Michael’s is giving away 3 delicious gift sets, so you’ve got 3 chances to win!

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InStyleWeddings.com – Pretty in Pink

InStyle Weddings For all of you out there who are planning a wedding, hosting a bridal shower, or just like to look at pretty things in general, the new InStyleWeddings.com has enough eye candy to keep you busy for hours! Chock full of gorgeous imagery and creative details – you can find decoration inspiration , learn expert beauty tips , and get the scoop on your favorite celeb’s big day – all in one spot!

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urban garden

west elm urban garden West Elm has a wonderful new "urban garden " theme going on right now that feels especially refreshing – and the vibe is carried through in some of their cool new dinnerware designs as well…

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How Fast They Grow

How Fast They Grow digital scrapbooking My friend recently told me about a website where you can create "the most amazing custom-printed scrapbooks for babies" online – and I thought it sounded like a great idea, but honestly didn’t realize how great until I actually visited the website . The company’s name is How Fast They Grow , and their tagline is "Distinctive Albums for Modern Babies ". I like the sound of that ;)

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REAL PARTIES: Oh Baby! Baby Shower

oh baby! baby shower I recently stumbled upon a photo gallery of some super contemporary baby & bridal showers , and immediately had to find out who was behind all this creativity… Turns out the hostess behind it all is Amy Belle Isle from St Louis, Missouri – and from what I’ve gathered from her emails so far – she’s just as much fun as the parties she throws!

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Super Bowl Sunday – Let’s Eat!

Game Day is almost here! If you’re still fine-tuning your party menu, here are a few especially "yum-o!" looking ideas from Everyday at Rachael Ray

super bowl party recipes
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decorating with candy

Colorful candies can function as great party decor year-round, but they are especially appropriate for Valentine’s Day! These super simple ideas for decorating with Red Hots look especially fabulous… {via marthastewart.com}

super bowl party ideas For a cute and super-easy Valentine’s Day centerpiece , fill clear kitchen canisters with different kinds of Valentine-themed candies. Embellish the canisters with a band of ribbon and a large contemporary sticker or scrapbook embellishment, then sprinkle the table area around them with edible candy confetti. This "candy-coated" centerpiece took less than 10 minutes to put together…

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Pepe & Friends

pepe and friends tablewareHow cute are these character tableware designs by Camila Prada?! “Pepe & Friends” includes fun little guys like “rif and raff salt & pepper shakers“, “sugar daddy sugar shaker“, “coco creamer“, “sunny espresso“, and more! The entire collection is available at shopmodi.com.

pepe and friends tableware

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