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Kids Party Etiquette

kids party etiquette and gifting

How many kids should you invite? Is it okay to expect gifts every year or should you try out the “no gift” trend? Gift registries for kids parties? What’s the best way to deal with rude parents?

Lisa Kothari from Peppers and Pollywogs – a wonderful kids party planning website/blog – wrote a truly fabulous article for us on Kids Party Etiquette that answers all of these questions and more. Click here to check it out!

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Simply Stated: Easy Entertaining – Scrap it!

modern entertaining with scrapbook paper

If you’ve followed HWTM for a while or checked out the party themes section, you may have noticed that I love to use scrapbooking supplies as tools for entertaining. Scrapbooking supplies are affordable, and there’s so much variety available from holiday and occasion themes to fabulous color palettes and modern prints that the possibilities for the look of your party are seemingly endless!

For more on this concept and an example tabletop, visit today’s post over at Simply Stated.

modern entertaining with scrapbook paper

A few more examples from the party themes section where scrapbooking supplies are especially prevalent:
Autumn Spice Thanksgiving
Santa Baby holiday party
Love Comes Softly bridal shower
Bling Baby baby shower

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Estilo Weddings

Winner Update – 9/15: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to all 342 of you who entered! The lucky random winner of the $100 gift certificate is: Commenter #267Nicole E. – who said: “I love the Becky Pearl Necklace. It might just be perfect for my wedding day!”

Congrats, Nicole – on both the giveaway and the upcoming wedding!

giveaway - estilo weddings $100 shopping spree

How about we kick the week off right with a fabulous new surprise giveaway?! Super stylish online shop – Estilo Weddings – is offering up a $100 Shopping Spree for anything on their site to a lucky HWTM reader!

Whether you’re in the wedding market or not, there are tons of pretty little things to shop for at Estilo Weddings, including invitations, stationery, custom stamps, photo albums, party favors, shower & wedding decorations, cake jewels, clay flower arrangements that look just like the real thing (see top left image!), gorgeous jewelry, handbags, bridesmaid gifts, and more!

giveaway - estilo weddings $100 shopping spree

Check out all these fabulous fashion accessories…I’m especially partial to the sparkly Samba Ring (in the lower right-hand corner below) myself! Details for how to enter after the jump… (more…)

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New Party Theme: Candyland Birthday

candyland birthday party ideas

Full details for how to recreate the Candyland Birthday Party we threw for Max Sutter last month are finally up in the Party Themes section.  I’m so sorry it took me a while to get them up – the plate’s been a little overloaded lately! But as they say, better late than never, right? ;)  Click here for all the details…

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I Heart NY (see you soon!)

hip hostess chambord new york event

I have no idea how summer flew by so fast, but the good news is that there are lots of things to look forward to and celebrate over the next few months!  If you’re looking for some fun new ways to spice up your upcoming celebrations or holiday parties, please come join us for the next Hip Hostess Series event in NYC on September 30th, which will be held at the super stylish Luxe Laboratory in Midtown Manhattan! More info from Chambord:

hip hostess chambord new york event

The theme of the NY event is “Modern Parisian” and there will be lots of feather accents, damask-style patterns, and glittery things, in addition to food and Chambord cocktails, of course! Guests will learn how to create themed centerpieces, dress up glassware, mix signature drinks, and more… (more…)

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GlamDish: Eggplant, Tomato, & Mozzarella Stacks

feather flower wedding & party decorations

Veggie-lover? Not a veggie-lover? Either way, chances are good that you’ll enjoy this easy, delicious side dish recipe starring eggplant, tomato, and mozzarella cheese!

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Fabulous Feather Décor

feather flower wedding & party decorations

Feathers add such a glamorous & unique feel to parties and weddings…I’ve always loved the look but am especially in the mode right now because we’re working on some fun feather accents for the upcoming Hip Hostess/Chambord event in NY at the end of the month! (more details on that coming soon!)

Pictured above, clockwise from upper left:
• Beautiful peonies surrounded by ostrich feathers
{photo by: Lifestory Photography, via theknot.com}
Pink Feather Bouquet – featuring earthy-brown pheasant feathers and magenta-stained duck feathers.
{photo by: Roland Bello, via brides.com}
Cattleya Orchid Bouquet with lush yellow ostrich feathers
{photo by Ellen Silverman via Simple Stunning Weddings}
• Gorgeous Vintage Glam Feather Tree Centerpieces
{photo by: Clark Photographics, via the knot.com}

feather flower wedding & party decorations

Pictured above: gorgeous DIY feather tree centerpieces constructed from IKEA vases wrapped in tulle, instalytes, and oversize ostrich feathers…get full details here (scroll about 3/4 way down the page}.

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Bklyn Pillow

modern handmade ring pillows

Congrats to Vané of Brooklyn Bride on the launch of bklyn pillow – her brand new line of contemporary, handmade ring pillows! If you’re looking to add a modern, unique touch to your big day, head over to bklyn pillow to check out all the fun designs!

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Simply Stated: Autumn Orange & Purple

fall autumn party inspiration

As a follow-up to last week’s Bold Black & Yellow inspiration board over at Simply Stated, I created a new Autumn Orange inspiration board today – after Simply Stated reader Jen requested it…click here to check it out and get all the resources & details – including a link to the Pumpkin Divine martini pictured above…yum!

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Interview at Tip Junkie

tip junkie hwtm interview

Laurie at Tip Junkie interviewed me for this week’s Talk to Me Tuesday segment on her creative, tip-driven blog. The interview is focused more on blogging than entertaining, but it was fun to discuss the business side of things this time…thanks for the feature, Laurie!

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More from MoMA: Cool & Contemporary

More cool new kitchen & dining finds from MoMA Store in sleek silver, black & white:

1. Pop-up Bottle Cap Remover – designed by Alessi, one of my personal favorites – this egg-shaped bottle bottle cap remover uses a pressure mechanism to open bottles with ease… and flair!
2. Hanging Demitasse Spoons – Cleverly designed, these stainless-steel spoons are bent to hang on cups and dishes.
3. Ramen Spoon/Fork Set – In keeping with the eco-friendly mindset – these 2-in-one utensils are intended to eliminate the waste created by disposable chopsticks.
4. Palette Serving Set – Express your inner artist with this creative way to serve your favorite appetizers & dipping sauces!

…and pictured below: fun pressed-vinyl Bubble Placemats:

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New at MoMA: Delicious Chocolate & Red

Shiny, new chocolate & red finds from MoMA store: brilliant red Bean Vacuum Jug (inspired by the shape of a coffee bean!), cute & contemporary lacquer Cupcake Canisters, artsy Aika Espresso Cup & Saucer sets, and the ultra-modern and deliciously glossy Husque Bowl.

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