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Dress It Up

These adorable Dress Place Card Holders would be darling for a bridal shower or anytime girls night dinner party or luncheon! Another cute idea for using these with a gathering of close friends: (more…)

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Grilled Cheese Month

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Who knew that there was such a thing as Grilled Cheese Month?! Well, according to this website , April is just that, and you won’t find any complaints about that here – except for the fact that I found out about it a little late…so I’ll just have to observe the "holiday" in May, instead. ;) Click here for tons of yummy grilled cheese recipes to celebrate with all month long! {via GlamDish }

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Capiz Party Garlands

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These colorful capiz garlands are a party all on their own! In addition to working great as hanging decorations, capiz garlands are also fabulous as table decor – lay a few of them across the table to create a “table runner”, or try wrapping single strands around glass cylinder vases to create playful containers for your centerpieces! Fun colors like bright pink, lime green, and yellow are perfect for spring & summer parties… and at only $6.99 a strand, why not try them all?!

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Modern Butterfly

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These pretty, DIY paper butterfly embellishments are such a creative way to dress up your place settings! They actually look really pretty & elegant in this all-white color scheme… or for a more playful setting, try a few brightly colored butterflies (fuchsia, aqua, orange) perched together on the napkin, creating a colorful contrast to the white linens.

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{Inspiration courtesy of Frida over at the wonderful Husmusen blog!}

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Personalized Gift Idea: Snaptotes

snaptotes - gift idea If you’re looking for a thoughtful, personalized gift for Mom’s Day, there’s a great company called Snaptotes that customizes all different kinds of handbags – from purses to cosmetics cases to beach bags – with favorite photos. This is obviously a great idea for moms – but I also love this idea for pet-lovers – or maybe you have a pet-loving mom! Personalized cosmetics cases are a cute idea for bridesmaids too. Click here to check everything out.

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“An Asian-Inspired Affair” – by The Wedding Chicks

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{by Guest Hostesses: Amy Squires and Jocey Canrinus of the fabulous new wedding website: Wedding Chicks: Sassy Weddings for Cool Chicks!}

Throwing a stylish soirée can be simple if you stick to a theme. We decided to throw an Asian-inspired affair and want to share our fabulous finds with you! Here are the party details…

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Simply Stated: Earth-Friendly Entertaining Products

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Hope everyone had a great “Earth Week”! It was so fun to hear all the “green” tips and ideas from around the blogosphere! To wrap the week up in theme, I highlighted a few more earth-friendly entertaining products over at Simply Stated: Celebrations today, and some rustic recycled glassware over at GlamDish .

Speaking of Earth Day , did anyone else catch Oprah on Tuesday when Julia Roberts was on with Sophie Uliano, the author of Gorgeously Green: 8 Simple Steps to an Earth-Friendly Life ? (more…)

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Luscious Lemon Desserts

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MarthaStewart.com has a fabulous Lemon Desserts gallery featuring lots of yummy-looking treats that should appeal to fans of this popular citrus flavor. The image above of Lemon Madeleines looks especially scrumptious to me for some reason, but the Glazed Lemon Pound Cake, Lemon Custard Cakes, and Lemon-Berry Pudding Cakes don’t sound too shabby either!

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Margarita Ice Pops

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This unique twist on the frozen margarita sounds like such a fun idea for Cinco de Mayo or any casual summer get-together! The recipe from Bon Appétite couldn’t be any easier either: you basically take lime flavored ice pops or fruit bars, pour a mixture of tequila and lime juice over them, then lightly dip 1 edge of the pop into kosher salt.

Another approach could be to first mix up your own margaritas then freeze them into pops and dip in salt. Here’s a great recipe for this version from Emeril Lagassi {via Food Network}:

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Simply Stated: Sunny for Spring

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Looking for a fresh new palette for your Mother’s Day brunch or other upcoming soirée? Sunny yellow is a perfect fit for entertaining in the warmer months, and this naturally showy color looks especially chic and sophisticated when complimented with more subdued elements like earthy wood-browns and natural patterns. Sound interesting? Check out my post – Fresh Spring Palette: Yellow & Woodgrain – over at Simply Stated: Celebrations for more ideas!

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Epicurious on Partying Green

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A common misconception about "partying green" is that it means the look of the party has to literally be green – or at least based on earthy shades of green and brown. That’s why I was so happy to see this beautiful red and lilac table as the headliner image for author Danny Seo ‘s "How to Throw a Green Party at Home " feature over at epicurious.com!

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Sarah Cihat: Rehabilitated Dishware

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Sarah Cihat’s Rehabilitated Dishware collection is so creative and unique! Cihat takes used or unwanted ceramics from second-hand stores and resurfaces them with modern colors and interesting designs, extending the life of the dishes and essentially transforming them into entirely new pieces!

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Giveaway WINNERS: Last-Minute Party Girl + cb2/C&B Gift Card

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Almost 700 entries in The Last-Minute Party Girl + Gift Card Giveaway – wow! The most entries ever on an HWTM giveaway! I don’t blame you though – The Last-Minute Party Girl is such a fun read – and Crate&Barrel and cb2 are both such fabulous stores! Reading the comments one this giveaway was so fun – I wish I had 700 more gift cards to give out to everyone – sounds like a LOT of you have parties coming up! And now for the random drawing winners…

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Gorgeous Ideas for Green Weddings & Eco-friendly Parties

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Brides.com has a wonderful "Go Green" gallery featuring fabulous and creative ideas for eco-chic weddings (and parties)! Pictured above: bouquet of lotus blossoms (known as "the symbol of cosmic harmony"), green glass goblets & tumblers, potted Irish moss party favors, organic cotton napkins tied with leaves, biodegradable plates, and an exotic bamboo-themed cake.

Pictured below: Yellow Pepper and Arugula Soup served in cucumber cups (cute!) and Chickpea Fries dipped in saffron aioli.

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Recycled Six-Pack Coasters

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These cleverly-packaged, contemporary coasters were inspired by the conventional 6-pack, but come with an unconventional twist – they’re made from recycled rubber! Talk about the perfect gift for your favorite eco-chic hostess!

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The Eco-Chic Table

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When it comes to entertaining, eco-friendly + easy = good for the environment AND for your stress level! Here are some ridiculously simple ideas that make for attractive, eco-chic tablescapes…

Centerpiece Ideas:
Stack interesting veggies and colorful fruits in pretty bowls that you already own.
Pictured above: Artichokes make for a unique & surprisingly elegant centerpiece, and vibrant oranges stacked in an earth-friendly bamboo bowl deliver a big splash of color.

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Organic Cocktail: Country Thyme

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In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, we’ll be featuring lots of earth-friendly and eco-chic entertaining ideas this week! First up is the "Country Thyme " lemon-berry organic cocktail recipe that we featured on KUSI News this morning! This recipe was created by the Mixologist Joseph Ehrmann for Square One Organic Vodka . Click here to download a print-friendly version of this recipe.

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Wine-O Cards

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Tired of hiding those great bottles of wine in gift bags? Graphic designer Stafford Lombard has the perfect solution for you! Lombard came up with these super hip & creative "Wine-O " cards and I have to say that I’m seriously loving this idea! Wine-O cards slip perfectly onto a wine bottle neck and come in fun shapes and contemporary patterns like "hexy" and "organic" (both pictured below) . Better yet, they open up so that you can write a little note inside!

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“Cause a Ric Rac!” – by Guest Hostess Sheena Kalso

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Let’s start a Ric Rac craze, shall we? Such a nostalgic, even vintage, piece of sewing detail can add a special touch your party guests will notice. Here are a few ideas we’ve collected:

1. Sabre Paris has a Ric Rac plate collection of many, many colors.
2. Crafty mama Morgan Moore incorporated wide ric rac ribbon into this super cute apron she designed. If you’re not particularly crafty – what a great way to customize a store bought item for the Hostess !
3. Could personalizing a wine bottle get any simpler?
4. A fun DIY project inspired by a former Crate&Barrel product.

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the TeaSpot: Automatic Teapot

steepware modern teapot by the TeaSpot

In keeping with the tea theme today… I wanted to share another fabulous find that should appeal to modern design lovers out there: the world’s first Automatic Teapot! The newest product from eco-conscious company the TeaSpot, this contemporary teapot has an integrated timer that you can set for the type of tea you want – black, green, or herbal.

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Simply Stated: Serving Tea in Style

modern tea pots If you’re a tea-lover yourself, or just love to check out fabulous dishes in general, check out today’s post over at Celebrations ! You’ll find lots of fun teapots, cups, & accessories for serving and sipping in style! (Or maybe ideas for gifting in style too… Mom’s Day is coming up!)

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Swarovski Cake Jewels

Swarovski crystal cake and flower bouquet accents

Here’s a new kind of "icing" for your wedding or party cake: butterflies, hummingbirds, and dragonflies adorned with glitzy Swarovski crystals! These sparkly creatures are part of the Swarovski Cake Jewels collection at EstiloWeddings.com, which also includes bejeweled monograms, hearts, lady bugs, and flowers in various sizes and colors…

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Gorgeous Cupcake Wrappers

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These stylish, laser-cut cupcake wrappers just might outshine the treat itself! I’m amazed by the level of detail in the designs, which include intricate patterns like Filigree, Ivy Vine, and White Butterflies. They’d make a truly gorgeous cupcake tower or adorable party favor packaging – maybe filled with colorful candies or a stack of mini cookies. And check out all the different designs and colors that are available…

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Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey

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An entire book dedicated to desserts that are "Sticky, Chewy, Messy, & Gooey "? Sounds like heaven on paper! Recipes include: Chocolate Caramel-Pecan Soufflé Cake, Cinnamon-Donut Bread Pudding, Double-Crumble Hot Apple Pies, Giant Coconut Cream Puffs…hmmm… did I say heaven on paper or hell for swimsuit season? We all have to indulge once in a while though, right? And what better excuse than a celebration!

sticky, chewy, messy, gooey desserts

Pictured above: All-Grown-Up Smores . Pictured below: Banana Bread Pudding with Hot Fudge and Toasted Walnuts and Quicky Sticky Buns , and more…

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Cute Utensils for Little Ones

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If these cute utensils don’t make your little one want to open wide, then I’m not sure what will! Constructive Eating Utensils Set ($19.95) and Airplane Baby Blue Spoon ($16) – both available at spoonsisters.com .

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Simply Stated: Inspired Party Planning

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Today on Simply Stated: Celebrations, find tips on how to find inspiration for your next party and make planning much more enjoyable – as well as resources for the Mod Bunny baby shower pictured above and a great new website that makes it easy for you to create your own inspiration boards online!

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Lovely Day

little odd forest lovely day plate

This lovely day plate/tray is new over at little odd forest and has a carefree, whimsical design that should make "kids" of any age smile! ($18.50 at littleoddforest.com)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: The Last-Minute Party Girl + $100 Gift Card

the last minute party girl I’m really excited to share a great book by cooking & entertaining guru Erika Lenkert as part of our giveaway today! It’s called The Last-Minute Party Girl and is a fun, ultra-hip, how-to read that’s full of fabulous advice, witty anecdotes, and tons of great recipes. Here are just a couple of the of many rave reviews for The Last-Minute Party Girl :

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Marshmallow Animal Favors

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How cute are these marshmallow animal favors?! I saw them over at Kitchen Retro , who noted that they’re from a book called McCall’s Family Style Cookbook which was published in 1965. I couldn’t find the book on Amazon, but am hoping it might pop up on ebay. Either way, the images look pretty self explanatory if you want to try recreating these little toothpick & marshmallow creatures yourself! See more characters at Kitchen Retro.

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Creative DIY Swizzle Sticks

creative DIY swizzle sticks for cocktails These “flower flag” swizzle sticks featured in InStyle’s Southern Weddings gallery are such a cute idea! Created by attaching a small rectangle of paper to a wooden dowel and glue-gunning a yellow or green mum to it, these creative swizzle sticks are a great idea for dressing up signature cocktails and mocktails at any type of shower or celebration!

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