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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}

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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?!

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

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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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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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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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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!)

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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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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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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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Callie Micks Aprons

Callie MicksWhen Callie Micks found herself surrounded by great dishes, cookbooks, and kitchen gadgets – but couldn’t for the life of her find a great apron that fit her style, she did what any determined, entrepreneurial-minded girl would do… created it herself! Relying on past experiences as a corporate retail alumna for The Gap and Levi Strauss, Callie created her own cool & contemporary line of fashionable, eco-chic aprons.

I’m loving the modern minimalist feel of these aprons and the contrast of bright blocks of color against dark neutrals. (And the half-aprons look cute enough to wear out of the kitchen!)

Special Deal: Get 10% off at CallieMicks.com with promo code “HWTM”.

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more fabulous wraps from Whimsy Press

I seriously can’t say enough great things about the designers at Whimsy Press! Then again, a picture is probably worth a thousand words anyways. Pictured below: a couple of their newest designs that are especially sweet… Cupcakes & Chocolates and Mum’s the Word.

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new party themes coming up

So… as I mentioned before, this week has been super hectic :0 Sincere apologies for the light posting – but in addition to our first participation in a big, out-of-town event on Wednesday and my "regular" job, we had a full day photo shoot for hwtm yesterday and I was seriously running on empty. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the new party themes we worked on yesterday that are coming soon to hwtm.com …Hope you like! {click images to view larger}

Double Happiness… (bridal shower, engagement party, adult birthday)

double happiness: modern Asian party theme
Bedtime Story (baby shower or first birthday; no furniture moving required…these are rectangular tables {the kind your rent for parties} made to look like beds, and the cost of the duvet/pillowcase combo from IKEA is only a couple bucks more than renting a tablecloth for a day!)…

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