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> June 2008


Martha Stewart has tons of great inspiration for 4th of July crafts (of course!) – but these adorable drink parasols look particularly fun! Learn how to make them here .

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Social Couture has a fun Patriotic Party that’s perfect for making decorating & table settings super easy if you’re playing hostess for the 4th! The full Patriotic set comes complete with eco-friendly bamboo tableware, a sparkly red table runner, USA flags, white metal pails, super-cute striped grosgrain napkin rings, and more…or you can buy just […]

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This fabulous "Sweet" Lingerie Bridal Shower hosted by photographer Melissa Rodriguez and friends looks so lovely & serene. They did a great job of creating a clean, contemporary feel with light pinks, blue, chocolate, and white. Read on for details of the gorgeous invitations, party decor, a creative desserts & treats buffet, simple-chic flowers and […]

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Today’s featured “real party” is ridiculously cute! This contemporary Garden Party theme was created to celebrate the first birthday of Mark & Mandy’s adorable daughter, Elsie – but the look would also translate beautifully into a bridal shower, baby shower, or birthday for older girls as well… From the get-go, Mandy paid attention to all […]

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Today on Simply Stated: Celebrations, check out step-by-step instructions on how to recreate the place settings from the the Tropical Zen tablescape that we’re featuring tonight at the Hip Hostess/Chambord event!

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If you happen to be familiar with graphic designer Jessica Jones and her fabulously creative blog How About Orange, then it should come as no surprise that any party she creates is equally fabulous. I’m excited to share some details for you to from a super fun bridal shower she and her buddy Jill hosted […]

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From the minute I laid eyes on the first few pics of this gorgeous baby shower, I was so excited to share it with you guys! From the handmade pillows and custom skateboard to the super-fun, makeshift “photo booth” complete with props for guests to wear, there is so much creativity going on here! The […]

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I’m so excited to be in Chicago today, getting ready for the Hip Hostess/Chambord event this Wednesday night at The Ivy Room! We had such a warm welcome from Chi-town that Chambord graciously offered to expand the event into 2 sessions – 6-8pm and 8-10pm – hooray! We hit capacity for both sessions, so the […]

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You might already be familiar with the creative talents of Joanna Dyckhoff from her inspirational design blog, LotusHaus, or from the ultra-contemporary Chocolate, Raspberry, & Lime Baby Shower she threw that we featured here at HWTM in November. Well, I’m very happy to be able to share some details today from yet another fabulous baby […]

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I’m super excited about next week at HWTM! In addition to our TWO Hip Hostess Series events happening Wednesday night in Chicago, the entire week on the blog will be dedicated to "Real Parties " sent in by readers – and we’ll be featuring a new one each day! So it should be inspiration overload…hope […]

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If you’re into entertaining, chances are good that you may have stumbled upon a book, recipe, or article written by entertaining & lifestyle expert Erika Lenkert. Amongst the many publications she writes for (including Everyday with Rachael Ray and In Style) and lifestyle books she’s authored (including a personal fav: The Last Minute Party Girl), […]

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Today at Simply Stated…check out 15 creative filler ideas for centerpieces & decorative vases, or add some ideas of your own to the list!

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This week’s HWTM feature over at GlamDish is all about dressing up your drinks! Click here to check out some fun garnish ideas or to contribute additional ideas of your own!

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One of my favorite gift wrap designers – Whimsy Press – is having a cute "Summer is Funner" special right now that’s worth checking out! Save $10 when you order their "Best Friends" or "Cutest Little Things " gift wrap collections. Both sets are absolutely adorable!

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We cover a lot of fun products & party ideas here at HWTM, but one thing I’ve been wanting to talk to you guys about for a while is the other side of entertaining that can arise and isn’t quite so fun…the stress! Time issues, budget strains, creative anxiety… these are all quite common when […]

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