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Week of Giveaways: Luck O’ The Draw

double happiness: modern Asian party themeHappy St. Patrick’s Day! In honor of the holiday, we’re celebrating with a full week of giveaways – a new one featured every single day! Keep coming back for more chances to win. This could be your lucky week!

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipes & Treats

St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Monday! Here are a few favorite recipes & treats from around the to help inspire your planning & celebrating this weekend…

st. patrick's day treats and recipes Pictured above: Clover Cookies & St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes from marthastewart.com, and Short Stack of Shamrocks and Sweet Shamrocks (made from pound cake) from parents.com.

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mod animal tea party

modern animal tea potTea-lover or not, who wouldn’t want these adorable characters to make an appearance at their table! Pictured from top: Earl Grey Elephant Tea Pot, Chamomile Camel Tea Pot, Hippo Sugar Bowl, and Zebra Creamer. Throw in some animal crackers and you’re all set! (Fabulous gift ideas too!)

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Seaside Ambiance

Even if you can’t afford that dreamy ocean-front home with the fabulous beach-side patio for entertaining (sigh…) , that doesn’t mean you can’t at least bring the beach to you! The trend in ocean/beach themed housewares this season is a breath of fresh air as we head into the warmer months, not to mention a great theme to work with for parties! (Who doesn’t love a trip to the beach?!) Here are a few cool products & ideas for creating your own personal seaside ambiance…

beach & ocean theme party Pictured above: Sea Urchin Bud Vases – LOVE THESE! ($24.95/set of 3); Vanilla Starfish & Seahorse Soap Set – great for guest bathrooms or as party favors ($14.95/set of 3); Embroidered Coral Beach Guest Towels ($13.95/set of 2)

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MiGi Girls Home Entertaining Products

MiGi Girls Former Martha Stewart Living editors/designers Michele Adams and Gia Russo have created an impressive resume since they decided to combine their talents and create their own company – "MiGi " (a combination of their first names) in 1999.

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Gift-Themed Centerpiece Idea

wedding reception and centerpiece ideaIn addition to the chic, “notice-me” color palette of this fantastic reception table, it also features one of my favorite ways to create a super cool, easy centerpiece. Just wrap some empty gift or shoe boxes with hip, contemporary gift wrap in coordinating patterns, then display them grouped together. You can use boxes of the same size or several different sizes – just arrange them in an interesting way. I’ve even thrown small gift bags in the mix – which are also great as “vases” for flower arrangements!

Perfect idea for holiday dinners or milestone birthday parties!

{image from InStyleWeddings.com}

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Callie Micks Aprons

Callie MicksWhen Callie Micks found herself surrounded by great dishes, cookbooks, and kitchen gadgets – but couldn’t for the life of her find a great apron that fit her style, she did what any determined, entrepreneurial-minded girl would do… created it herself! Relying on past experiences as a corporate retail alumna for The Gap and Levi Strauss, Callie created her own cool & contemporary line of fashionable, eco-chic aprons.

I’m loving the modern minimalist feel of these aprons and the contrast of bright blocks of color against dark neutrals. (And the half-aprons look cute enough to wear out of the kitchen!)

Special Deal: Get 10% off at CallieMicks.com with promo code “HWTM”.

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more fabulous wraps from Whimsy Press

I seriously can’t say enough great things about the designers at Whimsy Press! Then again, a picture is probably worth a thousand words anyways. Pictured below: a couple of their newest designs that are especially sweet… Cupcakes & Chocolates and Mum’s the Word.

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new party themes coming up

So… as I mentioned before, this week has been super hectic :0 Sincere apologies for the light posting – but in addition to our first participation in a big, out-of-town event on Wednesday and my "regular" job, we had a full day photo shoot for hwtm yesterday and I was seriously running on empty. Here’s a sneak peek at a few of the new party themes we worked on yesterday that are coming soon to hwtm.com …Hope you like! {click images to view larger}

Double Happiness… (bridal shower, engagement party, adult birthday)

double happiness: modern Asian party theme
Bedtime Story (baby shower or first birthday; no furniture moving required…these are rectangular tables {the kind your rent for parties} made to look like beds, and the cost of the duvet/pillowcase combo from IKEA is only a couple bucks more than renting a tablecloth for a day!)…

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modern drink packaging: silver & bright

Using bottled or canned drinks with fantastic packaging is key for a great-looking drink display at any party…not to mention super easy! I recently discovered this fabulous new "Sparkling Sleek " line from Hansen’s Natural – which comes in a chic, minimalistic silvery can with a bright pop of color. Cool fruity flavors like "dragonfruit " and "valencia orange " – at only 90 calories each…love it!

Hansen's Sparkling Sleek
Metromint bottled water also has a great, modern feel to their packaging – once again featuring a silver label with bold splashes of color:

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Rolo Turtle Pretzels

rolo turtle pretzelsThese tempting Rolo Pretzel Turtles from Steamy Kitchen have 2 of my very favorite attributes in a recipe: 1. Sweet 2. EASY! (The presence of both caramel and chocolate doesn’t hurt either!) Click here for the delightfully simple details.

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urban lights & brights

Have a case of the winter blahs? These hot-hued finds from Urban Outfitters should help to put you back in the party mood… First up: this super charming Spectrum Chandelier ($36) and fun-n-funky Rainbow Candelabra ($48) are both just begging for a cocktail party!

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Who would’ve guessed that something named “Chevron Barbeque Belt” could be so fabulous?! This colorful cotton waist apron is super cute, only $14, and sure to be the life of the party!; jewel-toned Diner Cups (5 for $10), an adorably bizarre (or bizarrely adorable) Octopus Juicer ($14); and ceramic Souper Bowls in candy-coated colors ($5 ea or $15/4).

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we launched!

hwtm.comOkay…so our “late-night” launched turned into more of an “early morning” launch (1:30am) – but the new site is finally live – hooray! Hope you like the new look of HWTM…and we’ll be adding lots more brand-new content for you today and throughout the coming weeks. Happy celebrating :)

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brand-new website coming today!

Hi Everyone –
If you’ve visited hwtm.com lately (or hwtm.com ), you’ve probably noticed that a new website is coming soon…and I’m happy to say that’s happening today!! It won’t be live until late night because we’re still working out a few kinks – and there are ALWAYS kinks, right? After months of working on this I have to say I’m about kinked out ;) So I just want to make sure that everything is running as smoothly as possible first, and we’re about 98% there right now.

In addition to a brand-new look, here’s a sneak peek and a few other new things you’ll find on the new site:

New party themes…

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New additions to The Recipe Box (featuring some yummy dishes from fabulous cooking sites like Hooked on Heat and Steamy Kitchen ) Pictured below: Scallop Salad, Lobster Mac-n-Cheese, White Chocolate Raspberry Cocoa, and Potato Parcels…

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Ink + Wit: Letterpress Prints

Ink & Wit
How cute are these limited edition letterpress prints by Ink and Wit ?! Aside from the obvious usage of adorning your walls with modern flair, I’m thinking that one could create an adorable and super-contemporary baby shower or kids birthday party theme based around the elephants design: Feature the framed print between 2 small bunches of flowers for table centerpieces, and set atop white tablecloths with alternating yellow and green table runners. Throw in some cool topstitch lime partyware , napkins tied with lime and yellow polka dot or striped ribbon, and silver elephant placecard holders

Elsewhere in the party…bowls of lemons and limes, a beverage display with sparkling pear and sparkling lemon izze soda, and one of these super-cool bobles tumbling foam elephants in lime green, which would double as both party decor and a great gift…you get the picture :)

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Cupcake Cake Bites

Think it’s impossible for the beloved cupcake to get any cuter? The creative talents of Bakerella and her adorable chocolate cake bites/lollipops just might change your mind!

Bakarella Cupcake Bites

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InStyleWeddings.com – Pretty in Pink

InStyle Weddings For all of you out there who are planning a wedding, hosting a bridal shower, or just like to look at pretty things in general, the new InStyleWeddings.com has enough eye candy to keep you busy for hours! Chock full of gorgeous imagery and creative details – you can find decoration inspiration , learn expert beauty tips , and get the scoop on your favorite celeb’s big day – all in one spot!

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REAL PARTIES: Oh Baby! Baby Shower

oh baby! baby shower I recently stumbled upon a photo gallery of some super contemporary baby & bridal showers , and immediately had to find out who was behind all this creativity… Turns out the hostess behind it all is Amy Belle Isle from St Louis, Missouri – and from what I’ve gathered from her emails so far – she’s just as much fun as the parties she throws!

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Super Bowl Sunday – Let’s Eat!

Game Day is almost here! If you’re still fine-tuning your party menu, here are a few especially “yum-o!” looking ideas from Everyday at Rachael Ray

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Recipe quick links:

  • Mini Hot Dots
  • Pulled Chicken Sandwiches
  • Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn
  • Beer Margaritas

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baby shower theme: modern nesting

baby shower theme: modern nesting If you’re on the lookout for some fun ideas for an upcoming baby shower – I recently wrote an article on how to throw a “modern nesting” baby shower for thecradle.com – and it went up on their site today! Click here to check it out :)

baby shower theme: modern nesting And I was browsing flickr this morning and stumbled on the most ridiculously cute baby shower cupcakes by Tam Mabley that happen to go perfectly with this theme! How adorable are these…

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Super Bowl Sneak Peek

super bowl party ideas Hi Everyone – Apologies for the sporadic timing of posts this week…it’s truly been one of "those" weeks – where everything seems to pile up at once as far as work goes, plus we have family in town, and I feel like I’ve been grasping for more hours in the day all week! ;0

Anyways, I’ll be posting some Super Bowl party ideas and recipes over the weekend, and the image above is a little sneak-peek ;)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Modern Dose

modern dose contemporary home I’m really excited to start the new week off with a super-mod giveaway from Modern Dose ! The fantastic (and award-winning) Panton chair was originally designed by Verner Panton in 1968 and is one of the iconic designs of the century. Just as much sculptural art as it is furniture, Modern Dose’s version – the "S-Chair " provides the perfect combo of form + function! Available colors include glossy white, red, black, green and orange – and flat red, white, and black.

This week at hwtm, Modern Dose is offering up one of these fabulous S-chairs (which also happen to be featured in this month’s *Domino ) to a lucky reader – a $265 value!! If your home or office could use a dose of hip, artistic flair…here’s your chance! :)

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MadeByGirl: Paper Collection

Made By Girl greeting cards & digital prints MadeByGirl founder/designer Jennifer Ramos – whose name you might recognize from her gorgeous limited edition coffee table & furniture creations – recently launched a new paper goods collection that features lots of bright colors, sweet sayings, and fun, edgy graphics on greeting cards & digital prints…several of which are very "Warhol-esque" and should definitely appeal to Pop Art lovers!

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Super Bowl “Playing Field” Centerpiece

modern mealtimeI just love this football-themed centerpiece idea from InStyle Parties – which by the way is probably my favorite book on entertaining ever. ;) The centerpiece is created from a flat of wheatgrass (available from florists for about $20) and miniature plastic football players and goal posts. So cute and not the least bit cheezy!

BTW – if you’re in the San Diego area – HWTM will be on Streetside San Diego this Friday with some more fun – and contemporary – food & decorating ideas for Playoff and Super Bowl parties :)

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sweet sensations

valentine dessert recipes I’m so impressed with the adorable Valentine’s Day desserts that are featured in this month’s issue of Parents magazine. So cute and super creative…I can’t stop staring at the butterfly cupcake especially! And with several of the recipes using things like store-bought cake mixes and cookie cutters, they really aren’t as difficult to make as you might expect! (see below for online recipe resources)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Interior Style Home

interior style home You might already be familiar with Interior Style Home from the cool French Bull Giveaway they did with us in December – and I’m happy to share with you that they’re already offering up another cool product in a new Surprise Giveaway: this wonderfully contemporary "Badu Box " home accent – a $110 value ! (more…)

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new (and fabulous!) from cb2

cb2 bubbles dinnerwareI’m absolutely head-over-heels for this brand-new bubbles dinnerware from cb2. Not only is the design ultra-modern… the price is ultra-affordable! $4.95 dinner plate, $3.95 salad plate, and $2.95 bowl. Get complete service for 8 for less than $100!! I’m going to need more cabinet space…

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urban chic

modern mealtimeMore new & swoon-worthy picks from cb2:

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REAL PARTIES: whimsical garden baby shower

whimsical garden baby shower I designed a baby shower for some friends a few months that was particularly special because of the circumstances… The couple had been trying to get pregnant for several years without success, so when it finally happened for them and they found out a little girl was on the way – mom-to-be described the feeling as somewhat "magical ".

She wanted the shower to reflect that kind of feeling – so I came up with this "Whimsical Garden " theme that incorporates all sorts of girlie things like butterflies, rhinestones, metallic vases, and glittery details – as well as unusual organics like oversize moss balls, snapdragons, mini orchids, and stargazer lilies. For details on how to recreate this theme, read on…

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wine tasting tips from a pro

wine tasting tips If you appreciate a good glass of wine, but are somewhat lost when it comes to anything wine-related other than how your tastebuds are reacting to the current glass in your hand, there’s a great article from Sunset Magazine that is definitely worth checking out. In "Taste Wine Like a Pro ", Sunset wine editor Sara Schneider offers invaluable insight on things like how to pick wine out at a supermarket, how to store wine if you don’t have a cellar, and "what are legs ?". Haven’t the foggiest idea? Click here to find out !

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