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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…

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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! […]

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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?! 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… […]

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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) Pictured above: Holly Heights Ornament Set ($75), Holly Heights Mugs ($75/set of 4), and Holly Heights […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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Feel a Thanksgiving-day sweet tooth coming on? These fall-friendly treats would make for a very happy ending to any turkey-day meal… Pictured above: • Spiced Pumpkin Layer Cake (at top) • Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing • Spiced Pumpkin Mousse Trifle • Walnut Tartlets (YUM!) Enjoy!

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I was really excited when Carrie and Danielle asked me to submit a question for their inspirational “Daily Q&A“, where they pose all sorts of interesting questions each day and encourage readers to answer. My question is: Who in your own life would you give the title of “Hostess With the Mostess”? – and it’s […]

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If you’re looking for an easy & affordable way to dress up the Thanksgiving table in a pinch – just head to the scrapbooking aisle of your favorite craft store! The best thing about this concept is that you can tailor the look of the table to whatever your favorite paper pattern might be… • […]

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Will there be pint-sized guests at your turkey day table? Big holiday meals like Thanksgiving feasts and Christmas Eve dinner often take up a lot of time, and little ones can get antsy sitting at the table for so long. Luckily, kids party planning expert Lisa Kothari has shared some fun, easy tips with us […]

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I’m loving these super colorful and unique fall centerpiece ideas from BHG.com… perfect for a modern thanksgiving table. Pictured above: • Bountiful Basket: several colorful dried fruits and veggies displayed in a linen-lined basket • Zen Gourds: large red mums and golden gourds displayed in modern rows on a sleek square tray • Sunflower Runner: […]

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Even though weddings are usually done on a much larger scale than at-home parties, the level of creativity that goes into the receptions makes them a wonderful resource for drawing inspiration & ideas from for everyday celebrations & holiday parties as well, even if you just emulate a few of them or modify the ideas […]

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This week’s wrap up is going to be short and sweet…we’re hosting a dinner party for 35 at our house tonight so I’ve gotta get moving… not sure where the day’s gone already! So I leave you with a fabulous Carmel Cake recipe from Smitten Kitchen (that looks so good I wanna grab it right […]

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The super-creative Robyn Bomar from Mix Mingle Glow recently created a fabulous “High School Musical 3” themed party that I’m sure would make lots of girls VERY HAPPY! Robyn’s party was actually held outside of a movie theater to celebrate the release of the new movie, but you could re-use these ideas anytime for a […]

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