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Giveaway WINNER: Divine and Branch

Thanks so much to everyone that entered the Divine and Branch Surprise Giveaway !

And the lucky winner of this super cute personalized prize package is:
Stephanie , who said, "I do believe that my pup will love the personalized dish! She is very diva! ;-)"

We hope your pup loves the dish too, Stephanie! Congrats!

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Fruit & Veggie Masterpiece

fruit and vegetable centerpiece ideaCan you believe this artsy bird-themed creation was actually carved from fruits and veggies?! Genius! The festive arrangement served as table decor for one of the food stations at the super stylish, Asian-themed wedding of Lisa Ling and Paul Song. From Lisa’s gorgeous red wedding dress to the fact that her invitations read – “If you’re cool, you’ll dress Asian chic.” – this wedding was anything but typical! Check out more images in her celebrity wedding gallery on InStyleWeddings.com.

{photography by Eric Lamph}

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Charming Cards

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Happy Monday!
Thought we’d start the week off right with a fun giveaway from super-cute stationery boutique: Charming Cards ! Charming Cards is based out of Newport Beach and offers both online and walk-in customers a wide variety of personalized stationery and gift items from fabulous lines like Macbeth and Snow and Graham – all of which are hand picked each year at the ultra-popular New York Stationery Show.

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Sweet Presentation

food presentation ideas The presentation of these Fruit-n-Fluff Pops is so creative – and something you could easily pull off at your own parties! Even if you don’t want to get quite as fancy with the recipe as this one (sugarcoated frozen apricot Bavarian cream with velvety marshmallows Will Goldfarb ), you can easily incorporate this idea with your own favorite treats. (Bakerella’s bite-sized cake pops would be adorable!)

More tempting ideas from the Brides.com Sugarland gallery…

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Modern Stone Age Family

modern dinnerware I’m loving the offbeat shapes of this Wilma stoneware from cb2 – especially when the different pieces are stacked on top of each other, which makes for a great presentation. Orange and grey is actually a very nice color combo, so the 2 versions would look great mixed as well. A tabletop set with alternating place settings of orange salad plates on grey dinner plates and vice versa sounds especially chic! ($1.95 – $5.95 per piece at cb2 )

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First Birthday Party Ideas

First Birthday Party IdeasIf you’re on the lookout for some first birthday party ideas, here’s an article I recently did for TheCradle.com featuring 3 theme ideas and general tips for first birthday celebrations. Hopefully this will provide you with some inspiration! {Modern Tyke theme pictured here}

First Birthday Party Ideas

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Simply Stated: Entertaining on a Budget

Entertaining on a BudgetAs most of you probably know, hosting a party – no matter how small or large – can easily get a bit pricey, but there are actually a lot of things you can do to keep the credit card bill from getting out of control without skimping on style, thank goodness!

For example, in the image above we used apple green gift wrap to create the table topper, paper napkins folded into pretty 4-pt squares for a dressier look, and faux orchid blooms pulled from reasonably priced stems purchased at Target. (Click here for more info on this Love in Paradise party theme.)

For lots more tips on how to entertaining on a budget, click here.

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Modern Elmo Party Inspiration

It can be difficult to pull of a hip & modern version of an animated character. Usually you’re limited to pre-made paper party supplies, but both of these ladies did a great job at creating Elmo-themed parties for little ones that are both age-appropriate, but packed with some serious style!

First up is a super-cute Elmo party from Jenn of justJENN designs :

Elmo Party Cupcakes Seriously, how adorable and creative are these cupcakes?! Click here for step-by-step details on how to recreate them, and for more details on the entire party, including an impressive soft-serve ice-cream bar, check out the post on Jenn’s blog or her flickr gallery .

Next is this adorable “Elmo Chic ” birthday party that Courtney of Nesting-Instincts threw for her daughter’s 3rd birthday:

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Giveaway WINNER: Loft Party

Thanks so much to everyone that participated in the Loft Party Giveaway! 395 comments…so happy to see you guys loved the plates as much as we do! And the lucky winner is… Vanessa Cavaco, who said: “My four year old bouncing baby boy would love the robot plates…and maybe he would eat more too…”

Congrat’s Vanessa! Please send your shipping to info [at] hwtm [dot] com with “I’m a Winner!” in the subject line :)

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Pretty Little Things from Midori Inc.

Midori Ribbon Easy avenue to pretty party favors: double-faced satin ribbon & decorative favor boxes by Midori . This luxe , 5/8" ribbon comes in unique patterns like the Eiffel Tower , Anchor , and Leaf motifs pictured above… perfect for themed or seasonal parties and weddings! (pictured above with Italian Favor Boxes )

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Giveaway Winners: Group 1

Wow – so many comments in last week’s Luck O’ The Draw sweepstakes! Thanks so much to everyone that participated! Winners for the first 3 giveaways from last week were drawn this morning (via Random.org ). If you see your name below – please contact us at info [at] hwtm.com with "I’m a Winner!" in the subject line, and include your jewelry or tee choice/size, if applicable. Congrats!

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Apartment Therapy: New Design

Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn Does anyone know how recently Apartment Therapy launched their redesign? While visiting this afternoon, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the content is now split into 5 major channels, each with it’s own URL, and I have to give them major props – the new look is fantastic!

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Happy Easter and Weekly Recap

Easter DecorHope you have something fun planned for Easter weekend! In the meantime, here’s a quick recap of this week at HWTM:

Luck O’ The Draw: In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day this past Monday, new giveaways were featured every day this week:


Easter Inspiration:
• Learn how to Get Creative with PEEPS
• Find yummy things to eat with our Easter Recipe Roundup

Recipe of the Weekend:
Blissini from Giada De Laurentiis

1 1/2 cups Prosecco, chilled
1 1/2 cups orange juice, chilled
1 1/2 cups pomegranate juice, chilled
Mint leaves, for garnish

Combine the Prosecco, orange juice and pomegranate juice and pour into 4 Champagne glasses. Garnish with mint leaves and serve.

{image at top from my kitchen table: hardboiled egg embellished with American Crafts™ Oxford ribbon and placed in a craft nest elevated by an upside-down bowl. Paper for “table runner”: American Crafts Cab Fare and Doorman scrapbook papers}

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Divine & Branch

Divine & Branch Today’s Surprise Giveaway comes from a BRAND NEW product line that just launched in January! The line is called Divine and Branch , and they feature cute & contemporary personalized products, including travelin’ tumblers, sports bottles, pet bowls, and bag tags. Personalized products always make extra-thoughtful gift ideas – and how cute would the bag tags and travelin’ tumblers be for bridesmaid gift ideas! You could even use the tags as napkin rings at an intimate bridal shower or luncheon…

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Simply Stated: Creative Candlescapes

candle centerpiece ideas for weddings and partiesIf you love the flickering glow of candle light or are looking for some creative ways to incorporate candles into your wedding or party centerpieces, check out today’s Creative Candlescapes post on Real Simple: Celebrations for some inspiration or to contribute some ideas of your own!

{images from Globetopper, The Hassle-free Host, Imedagoze, InStyle Parties, and West Elm}

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Loft Party

loft party - french bull monsters set Today’s giveaway is being posted a little late tonight – sorry about that – hectic day! Hopefully the cuteness factor of these prizes will make up for it though :)

This giveaway is sponsored by Loft Party – an ultra-contemporary website loaded with cool home decór & accessories – and 2 great prizes are up for grabs:

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Easter Recipe Roundup

I can’t believe that Easter is already going to be here in a few short days… the year is seriously flying by! Hope you get to celebrate with friends & family and enjoy the day on Sunday! Here are a few recipe ideas for Easter brunch celebrations to help get you started…

easter brunch and dessert recipes{Pictured above} Big-Family Easter Brunch from Everyday with Rachael Ray:

easter brunch and dessert recipes{Pictured above} Breakfast ideas and Easter treats from the HWTM Recipe Box:

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Get Creative with PEEPS

easter peepsRealSimple.com has a great article/slideshow up right now featuring new and fun ways to get creative with Easter’s favorite sugar-coated marshmallow friends!

The feature also includes some “Fun Facts” – including this one which seriously shocks me: “PEEPS were made by hand using a pastry tube until 1954, when a machine was invented to create multiple marshmallow chicks at a time. Prior to this time it took 27 hours to make one PEEP.27 hours?! Who knew! Click here to check out the full article.

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Wifeville

wifeville We’ve got another fun giveaway for you today! This one comes from Wifeville , a super cute website that has tons of great gift ideas for new and soon-to-be wives (think bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and wedding-day gifts ), not to mention treats for yourself if you’re married, because you’re a Wonder Wife too, right?! (maybe forward this site to your hubby!) I’m especially loving the Wife of the Party short sleeve hoodie… of course :)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Childish Clothing $500 Shopping Spree!

Childish Clothing Today’s ultra-generous giveaway comes from popular maternity & kids brand Childish™ – and if you fall into any of these categories, then this giveaway should be extra tempting to you:

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Week of Giveaways: Luck O’ The Draw

double happiness: modern Asian party themeHappy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the holiday, we’re celebrating with a full week of giveaways – a new one featured every single day! Keep coming back for more chances to win. This could be your lucky week!

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Cristina Ashley Designs

Cristina Ashley Designs I’m really excited to kick off this week’s giveaways with fabulous jewelry and stationery from Cristina Ashley Designs . Cristina’s jewelry designs include contemporary, yet feminine creations like this cool Flower Cluster Necklace (6th image down in the linked post) , as well as hand-stamped sterling silver jewelry that can be customized with any name, word or phrase you want (I especially love this one! ) – which makes it a great gift idea for bridesmaids, moms, daughters, and really any close friend or loved one…including yourself :)

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipes & Treats

St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Monday! Here are a few favorite recipes & treats from around the to help inspire your planning & celebrating this weekend…

st. patrick's day treats and recipes Pictured above: Clover Cookies & St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes from marthastewart.com, and Short Stack of Shamrocks and Sweet Shamrocks (made from pound cake) from parents.com.

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mod animal tea party

modern animal tea potTea-lover or not, who wouldn’t want these adorable characters to make an appearance at their table! Pictured from top: Earl Grey Elephant Tea Pot, Chamomile Camel Tea Pot, Hippo Sugar Bowl, and Zebra Creamer. Throw in some animal crackers and you’re all set! (Fabulous gift ideas too!)

modern animal tea pot

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Seaside Ambiance

Even if you can’t afford that dreamy ocean-front home with the fabulous beach-side patio for entertaining (sigh…) , that doesn’t mean you can’t at least bring the beach to you! The trend in ocean/beach themed housewares this season is a breath of fresh air as we head into the warmer months, not to mention a great theme to work with for parties! (Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach?!) Here are a few cool products & ideas for creating your own personal seaside ambiance…

beach & ocean theme party Pictured above: Sea Urchin Bud Vases – LOVE THESE! ($24.95/set of 3); Vanilla Starfish & Seahorse Soap Set – great for guest bathrooms or as party favors ($14.95/set of 3); Embroidered Coral Beach Guest Towels ($13.95/set of 2)

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Simply Stated: St. Patrick’s Day Drinks

St. Patrick's Day DrinksSt. Patrick’s Day is less than a week a way, so it’s probably time to start talking about celebrations for this fun, super-lively holiday – and we know there will be a lot of them! Today on Real Simple: Celebrations, I posted some tips & ideas for St. Patrick’s Day drinks – from the all-important beer (stock up on the Guiness now!), to Irish-themed cocktails and green colored sodas. Click here to check it out

And if you have any ideas for yummy St. Patty’s Day cocktails/mocktails or bottled drinks with great green packaging, please share them with us here or over at Celebrations!

Sláinte! (Irish for “Cheers!”)

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tabletop vases get curvy

modern vases A unique, modern vase is a conversation-worthy centerpiece all on it’s own…and these curvy beauties definitely fit the bill. No need for tons of flowers here – all you need is a single, colorful flower or some simple greenery to act as icing on the cake.

Pictured above: Zero Vases in white and grey ($39.95 ea at Wrapables). 1930’s style Aalto Vase in black ($135 – $150 at Moma Store, and porcelain Outline Vase ($48 at Moma Store)

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MiGi Girls Home Entertaining Products

MiGi Girls Former Martha Stewart Living editors/designers Michele Adams and Gia Russo have created an impressive resume since they decided to combine their talents and create their own company – "MiGi " (a combination of their first names) in 1999.

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“Real” Exciting!

real simply celebrations blog Some exciting news to share…Real Simple magazine launched a new blog network called “Simply Stated ” this week, and I’m super excited to be joining them as a regular contributor to the “Celebrations ” channel. The first post went up on Monday, and as of this week you’ll find more HWTM-style tips twice a week on RealSimple.com !

real simply celebrations blog I’m truly honored to be among such great company in the other 7 women that also just signed on to be part of Simply Stated . Chances are good that you’re already familiar with some of them:

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Gift-Themed Centerpiece Idea

wedding reception and centerpiece ideaIn addition to the chic, “notice-me” color palette of this fantastic reception table, it also features one of my favorite ways to create a super cool, easy centerpiece. Just wrap some empty gift or shoe boxes with hip, contemporary gift wrap in coordinating patterns, then display them grouped together. You can use boxes of the same size or several different sizes – just arrange them in an interesting way. I’ve even thrown small gift bags in the mix – which are also great as “vases” for flower arrangements!

Perfect idea for holiday dinners or milestone birthday parties!

{image from InStyleWeddings.com}

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