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more super-sweet valentine treats!

As a follow-up to Tuesday’s “sweet sensations” post – here is yet another fantastic recipe gallery from Parents magazine featuring a bunch more super-cute Valentine’s Day Treats – and I couldn’t resist passing them along… Seriously, how cute are the Lip Smacker gelatin kissses?!

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Benjamin Hubert

I stumbled across these amazing "Umbrella Bowls", "Cast Candelabras" and "Impression Crockery" (soup bowl and spoon sets) by British designer Benjamin Hubert recently and – in a word – wow…

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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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black & white and mod all over

I’m a sucker for bright colors, but there’s something so striking about classic black and white. Here are a few cool & contemporary patterns that are sure to make for a gorgeous table…

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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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Giveaway WINNER: Write On and More

423 entries – WOW! This is a new record for HWTM giveaways and so great to see – thanks so much to everyone who entered the Write On and More Surprise Giveaway! And now for the lucky winner…who is: annayeager, from Chicago, who said:
“Awwwww, so many fabulous things, my favorite’s the stainless steel wallet! no, wait, it’s the to do 08 notebook! no, it’s the whomi clarity agenda! i like them all!”
Congrats, Anna!

To everyone else – we have so many more giveaways on tap, so please keep visiting for several new chances to win cool stuff!

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e.k.g. clothing

cb2 bubbles dinnerwareWith what seems like a zillion new babies and babies-on-the-way arriving among my friends, I’m constantly on the lookout for cool & unusual baby shower gift ideas. I came across these super modern onesies from e.k.g. clothing recently and fell in love with the contemporary silhouette graphics and vintage denim patch embellishments!

Onesies also make great baby shower party decor, and the black “illuminate” onesie featuring the cool chandelier design might have to make an appearance at the black & white baby shower I’m currently planning ;)

cb2 bubbles dinnerware{$25 each at e.k.g clothing}

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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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from Christmas to Valentine’s Day

I recently stumbled on this beautiful holiday tabletop designed by Sandy of the sugarpond blog and instantly fell in love with the modern simplicity of it all…not to mention the fact that she’s using the gorgeous Classic Century dinnerware from Crate&Barrel that I’ve been lusting after for quite a while!

valentine's day decorations You could easily translate this look into a Valentine’s Day table by simply swapping out the paper pointsettias for a less "Christmas-y" flower. Large-bloomed fresh flowers in pink or red would be gorgeous – or if you’re feeling crafty – the large sweetheart magnolia or candy shop magnolia paper flower kits from Paper Source would be adorable! (and you could even make some extras for your centerpiece!)

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Win a $5,000 Big Game Party

write on and moreStarting to make plans for your Super Bowl party? Celebrations.com is hosting a “Big Game Party Idea Contest” that you can enter for a chance to win a game day party worth up to $5,000! Now THAT would be a nice budget to work with! All you have to do to enter is tell them about your dream party idea. Click here for more info.

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Write On and More

write on and more I’m excited to introduce a cool new online shop to you today – and even better – pair it with a Surprise Giveaway ! Although Write on and More has been serving a loyal customers from their Florida-based shop since 1999, they just recently launched a new ecommerce site in order to bring their hand-selected line of luxurious paper goods & distinctive gifts to customers nationwide!

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NYBG Shop in the Garden

wine tasting tipsThe New York Botanical Garden has a great online shop full of some truly fabulous finds. A few favorites are pictured here. Click here to check out the entire store.

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Note: If you sign up to become a member, you get special member discounts on all of their products.

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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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wine tasting party kits

Speaking of wine…wine tasting parties are always a fun excuse to entertain – and great activity ideas for holiday or bachelorette/girls’ night parties. Throwing a wine tasting party is easier than ever these days – with ready-made wine tasting kits you can have delivered straight to your door. For example, this "Tasting Party Time " set from mywinesdirect.com comes complete with six wines, a fun how-to guide, 22 tasting mats, and 6 bottle wrappers:

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fabulous new year sales

One of the great things about the start of a new year? Some of the exact same products you lusted after in 2007 just might have a shiny new {a.k.a. "lower "} price tag in 2008! There are tons of great sales going on right now; here are some of my favorite price-slashed picks from west elm , chiasso , and Crate&Barrel

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mocktails: strawberries, bananas & blenders

virgin strawberry daiquiri and banana smoothieLooking for a yummy signature drink recipe that’s fun for everyone? Virgin daiquiris and fruit smoothies are great options for get-togethers such as baby showers, kids parties, brunches, spa parties, or anytime you want to offer guests a festive beverage, sans the alcohol. Serve the drinks in fun glasses, garnish them just like a cocktail, and they’ll look just as great as the “real thing” – but cost a lot less! Click below for the full recipes on hwtm.com:

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modern mealtime for kids

Mealtime takes a modern twist with these super fun, designer products for little ones…

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*The entire group above would make a fabulous baby shower gift!

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  • Munch Lunchbox Dog ($12, on sale)
    *Lightweight lunch bag that insulates for up to 4 hours and unzips into a nifty placemat!
  • Kids Bottle ($16 each)
    *stylish, durable, spill proof, & leak proof
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domino: 5 steps to a foolproof fete

foolproof entertaining
Domino magazine has a great article on their website called "5 steps to a foolproof fete ". These easy-to-follow hosting tips include:

Serve a house cocktail
(a.k.a. a "signature drink" that coordinates with your theme)

Make your place smell fabulous
(using fragrant candles in key places)

Get the light right
(Avoid harsh lighting and go for a soft glow. Set out tons of unscented votives for pretty mood lighting.)

Edit your playlist
(Compile a great mix of tunes for your bash that will keep the party going.)

Serve just enough food
(Finger food and snacks that are easy to munch on will help to keep guests going strong at a drinks party.

    Click here to check out the full article with detailed info & images.

    (I’m also seriously loving the hot pink, asian-inspired tabletop pictured above!)

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