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Holiday Cocktail: Peppermint Patty

peppermint patty holiday cocktail

This Peppermint Patty “hot toddy” from the Winter 2008 issue of The Nest looks absolutely de-lish! Perfect holiday “dessert cocktail” or signature drink idea for home parties like ornament/cookie exchanges.

Read on for the full recipe… (more…)

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Table Trends at Once Wed

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If you haven’t been to Once Wed yet – prepare yourself for creative overload once you get there!  One of my favorite things they produce is a bi-monthly “Table Trends” post featuring beautiful and unique wedding tablescapes – and all the details on how to recreate them – on a budget of $250 or less!

Pictured above and below are images from the very first Table Trends feature: a beautiful Orchard Wedding Tablescape designed by Chelsea Fuss.

once wed - orchard wedding

Pictured below: a fabulous Vintage/Handmade Tablescape created by Laurie Cinotto. The oodles of creative details in this tablescape are truly inspiring!

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vintage wedding

I’m loving this easy-to-do, yet super-creative presentation idea of punched paper silhouettes on top of wrapped chocolates… (more…)

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Luscious Chocolate Cookie Recipes

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Calling all Choco-holics: BHG has a mouth-watering gallery up right now called “18 Luscious Chocolate Cookie Recipes“…need I say more?!

chocolate cookie recipes

Image #1: Chocolate PB Mini Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Munchies, Minty Cocoa Fudge Sandwich Cookies, Italian Chocolate-Spice Cookies.

Image #2: *Chocolate Pillows and Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints.

*I’m thinking that anything called “Chocolate Pillows” is a must-try… especially when followed by: “Fill wonton wrappers with a buttery mixture of red wine, melted chocolate, and tart cherries; vanilla ice cream sprinkled with chocolate shavings completes the treat.” Click here for the complete recipe!

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Holly Heights by Kate Spade

kate spade holiday dinnerware: holly heights

This fabulous Holly Heights collection from Kate Spade has a festive “modern & merry” vibe. Kate’s pieces are usually a little out of my price range, but these adorable “Tidbit Plates” are awfully tempting! ($50/set of 4 at Macy’s)

kate spade holiday dinnerware: holly heights

Pictured above: Holly Heights Ornament Set ($75), Holly Heights Mugs ($75/set of 4), and Holly Heights Cake Plate ($100) – all from katespade.com

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Inspire Me! Holiday Entertaining Contest

inspire me! holiday entertaining contest

Well, today is December 1st and the holiday season is officially in full swing! Since a lot of you are on the lookout for fun holiday party ideas, we’ve teamed up with the fabulous VIVA® Diva Cafe to create the ultimate inspiration-based holiday entertaining contest!

We’re looking for images of YOUR most stylish WINTER HOLIDAY ideas – from cool centerpieces, decorations, and DIY projects to inspiration boards featuring creative holiday themes & ideas.

What’s in it for you besides the warm, fuzzy feeling that comes from helping a fellow hostess out? How about a great big SHOPPING SPREE at Crate & Barrel to the tune of $1,250 or $500, in addition to stylish entertaining essentials and more great prizes!

inspire me! holiday entertaining contest

Intrigued yet? Hope so! Click here for complete contest details and info on how to enter (it’s easy!!).

Contest starts today and ends at 11:50pm EST on Dec 16th. Voting will happen here at HWTM Dec 17-19th, and the winner will be announced Dec 23rd! Have questions? Post them here!

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Sneak Peek: New HWTM Holiday Themes

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Even though the new New Year’s Eve themes went up today, that doesn’t mean we forgot about Christmas! Here’s a sneak peek at 2 of the new themes coming to the Christmas/Holiday Party Themes section later this week…

Pictured {above} Paper + Ribbon Holiday and {below} Christmas Candy. Both of these themes focus on decorating ideas that won’t break the bank, but are still big on style!

modern holiday and Christmas decorating ideas

{Check back Wednesday for full details.}

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NEW: New Year’s Eve Party Themes

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had my fair share of turkey & pumpkin pie, but another holiday was actually top of mind over here… New Year’s Eve party themes are now up on the website!

Pictured above and below: sneak peeks of the new Candlelight Countdown and Copper & Aqua Glow party themes, complete with coordinating Blue Champagne, of course!. Check everything out here.

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