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REAL PARTIES: Retro Chic Bridal Shower

retro chic bridal shower ideas

This super-stylish bridal shower was designed/hosted by Alison Donahue and features the always-fabulous color palette of chocolate and blue, plus tons of pretty details like parasols, retro-chic coasters, paper-wrapped vases, and polka dots. Read on for tons of photos and a full recap, in Alison’s own words…

retro chic bridal shower ideas

“I wanted to host a beautiful bridal shower for my dear friend Merritt.  Merritt is sassy and fun so no ordinary shower was going to do it for her. A lingerie themed shower was in order!

Since her wedding colors were blue and chocolate brown I decided to incorporate them into the shower. (more…)

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Weekly Round-up + Pretty Cocktails

pretty cocktails

Since it is Friday and all, thought I’d send you off in to the weekend with some pretty cocktails to enjoy… even if it’s just visually! Want to take the next step and actually try some of these out? It’s your lucky day – here are the recipe links:
Triple Shot Espresso Martini, Long-stemmed Rose, orange-flavored Bronx Cocktail, and Saketini with super-cool cucumber garnish!

And now for some highlights from here at HWTM and beyond…

Baby Shower Inspiration: Check out a sneak peek of the decor and diaper cake from Alison Sweeney’s baby shower last weekend!
Win it:
$100 worth of fabulous personalized stationery from PosePrints!
Guest Blog: Rebecca’s gorgeous Lilac & Gray Inspiration Board is party-perfect!
Event Recap: Part 2 of our Dining by Design Recap features a table so pretty it deserved a post all to itself!
Everyone Loves a Deal: lots of great discounts happening over at decor8!
Little Black Dress: This time the wardrobe must-have is inspiring super-chic wedding themes over at Style Me Pretty!
Modern Thanksgiving Inspiration: Host a stylish fall fete this year with ideas from our latest Real Party feature!

Have a great weekend, everyone… see you Monday!

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Nutty Peanut Butter Caramel Bars

nutty peanut butter caramel bars

Looking for a way to sweeten up your weekend? Here’s an idea…

nutty peanut butter caramel bars

Chocolate chips swimming in caramel atop a peanut-buttery cookie crust… These Nutty Peanut Butter Caramel Bars look like a mouthful of heaven! (Good one for the holiday baking file!)

{photography by desertculinary}

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The Modern Thanksgiving Table

modern fall table & party ideas

Does the phrase “Thanksgiving decor” bring visions of illustrated pilgrims, paper turkeys and country home dinnerware to mind? Well, think again! Tap into a bold autumn color palette of vibrant orange, rich chocolate, and earthy shades of green for a modern take on your Thanksgiving celebration this year.

Here are a few ideas:

modern fall table & party ideas

Pictured at top: I’m loving this khaki Blowing Leaves invitation to set a stylish tone for any autumn get-together.

And on the table front: The always contemporary-and-affordable cb2 sets a gorgeous fall-friendly tablescape with comma plates ($0.95 – $1.95 ea) in orange, green, and bark (brown), giant monstera leaves, and trendy square Edge Dinnerware ($3.95-$5.95). (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Fabulous Fall Get-Together

fall party inspiration

We have a fabulous new real party to share with you today… just in time for your upcoming Thanksgiving & fall celebrations! This one comes from Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings & Events, and it’s a whopper of a post with TONS of pictures – so get ready! Here goes with the details, as told by Courtney:

My husband and I decided to start the tradition of throwing a party on the first day of each new season. We love the change that the start of a new season brings: the freshness, the excitement, the inspiration! Although we do not really experience season changes much in Southern California, we still get excited for the things that each new season brings.

We kicked off our new tradition on September 21st: the first day of fall. My job was decor, favors & other fun touches; his job was the food, drinks and music.

fall party inspiration

My Cricut was my best friend for this party. Not only did I use it to cut out letters for my fall banner, it got more use than it ever has when it cut out hundreds of leaves! (more…)

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Inspiration Board: Lovely Lilac & Gray

purple lavender gray inspiration board

Hi! I’m Rebecca Goering, author of Tastefully Entertaining, a blog providing ideas and inspiration for planning memorable events.  I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to guest post for HWTM today!

I’ve been extremely intrigued by the color gray lately.  It’s sophisticated, chic and compliments so many other colors – orange, green, white, blue, pink and lilac (just to name a few).  Today I’ve chosen a palette of gray and lilac for an elegant evening bridal shower.  Though bridal showers often occur in the afternoon why not host an nighttime gathering and take advantage of the glimmer of candlelight and the energy of evening.

Pictured above:
Lovely table setting and room décor featuring gray linens, a chocolate table runner, square white plates, white candles and a lilac floral centerpiece
This gray Adrianna Papell dress is perfect for the bride-to-be
Mini cupcakes covered with white icing and flavored sugars for a unique sweet ending
Lilac celery glasses are great for floral arrangements, candies or serving desserts

purple lavender gray inspiration board

Pictured above:
lavender satin heels by Glamour Original, accented with purple stone and pearl brooches. [via theknot.com – must be logged into their site to access the original page]
Try this grape spritzer for a color-coordinated cocktail
Letterpress invitation with a lilac antique lace design and grey text by Dauphine Press
Lilac, purple and grey favors adorned with an intricate ribbon in a contrasting shade [via Elizabeth Anne Designs]
Add some ambiance with votive candles in glass globes reminiscent of vintage candy canisters [via Elizabeth Anne Designs]

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Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration, Rebecca! Be sure to check out Tastefully Entertaining for more great mood boards like this!

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First Attempt at a Diaper Cake…

baby shower diaper cake

Since Huggies was one of the sponsors that donated to St. Jude for Alison‘s baby shower (see previous post today), I was instructed to make a diaper cake for the shower…which made sense.

The only problem was that I’d never actually made a diaper cake myself before, and when I opened the Huggies packages the diapers had blue and green Winnie the Pooh characters all over them, which didn’t exactly match the pink/yellow/chocolate baby bird theme we had going…eek!!!! (more…)

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Alison Sweeney Baby Shower: Sneak Peek

alison sweeney's baby shower

Here’s a little sneak peek of the baby shower I decorated this past weekend for Alison Sweeney, which also benefited St. Jude Children’s Hospital! Since Mrs. Sweeney (a.k.a. “Sami” from Days of Our Lives) chose this design from tiny*prints as her baby shower invitation, we went with a modern take on a “Momma Bird/Baby Bird” theme for the party.

I can’t post too many details until the story runs on Access Hollywood this Friday and in Life&Style (either later this week or early next) – so here’s a little preview for now, with full details to come later!

alison sweeney's baby shower

The main decorative elements of the theme were feather bouquets, birds, pink/yellow/chocolate scrapbook papers, contemporary white vases/pots, and decorated birdhouses… (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: PosePrints

Update: This giveaway is now closed. And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #44 – Caitlin – who said “Wow I love so many! black + white paisley is my favorite!” Congrats, Caitlin!

Thanks so much to everyone that entered… and if you didn’t win… don’t worry – we’ve got more surprise giveaways coming up soon! You never know when it will be your lucky day!

pose prints

We have a fantastic new giveaway for you today! And seeing as it’s already November somehow… this is giveaway is going to make a stationery-loving and/or gift-giving someone’s holiday season extra-happy!

PosePrints takes personalization to a whole new level – first you choose your favorite background design, then you’re taken to a “sketch” page, where you can choose from facial variables, hairstyles, and accessories to customize your character… or both of your characters if you pick a 2-person design!

pose prints

This week at HWTM, PosePrints is offering up a set of 50 Personalize Cards ($100 Value) to a lucky reader with the design of their choice! Card designs are available for everything from holiday cards & invitations to baby showers, bridal showers, kids parties, moving announcements, personalized stationery sets, recipe cards and more!

(See more designs & details for HOW TO ENTER after the jump…) (more…)

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Simply Stated: Rock the Party!

election day party

Is it just me or does today feel like a national holiday?! Come late tonight, it’s true that some will be celebrating more than others, but in the meantime, we can ALL celebrate the fact that we’re able to take part in what has already proven to be a historic day. Today on Simply Stated, get some creative inspiration for your own election bash!

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Dining By Design – Part 2

dining by design table designs

Jen B. has 4 more tables (along with style steal tips) to share in her Dining by Design event recap, but this next one was so great that I couldn’t resist featuring it all on it’s own…with LOTS of pics!

dining by design table designs

Here are the details, as told by Jen:

This “Modern Tablescape” design by Jennifer Dyer of Design & Style is my absolute favorite from the event! I wish it was my dining room… everything from the “Hollywood Dazzle” wallpaper, suspended blown glass spheres chandelier, banquette sofa, white patent pillows with scorpion accents, and sparkly black, silver & white color palette, was pure perfection! (more…)

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Simply Stated: Election Day Cocktails

election day cocktails

Can you believe that the presidential election is tomorrow… finally?! I don’t know about you, but I feel like this election has been going on forever! Today on Simply Stated, check out a few ideas for election day cocktails that you can sip with friends while glued to the TV tomorrow night!

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