Pictured at top is the centerpiece for the huge square dining table that was part of the venue. Instead of one large centerpiece, several small bunches of white & yellow flowers were grouped together to take up more of the table’s surface space. The vases were decorated with black, white, and magenta screen-printed clear overlay papers from Hambly, which featured a vintage-looking scroll print.
Black, yellow, and raspberry Ostrich Feather “trees” were also a key piece of the party decor for this theme. Step-by-step instructions on how to create these pieces are coming later this week (and are surprisingly easy!)!
Pictured below: mixologist Tim Laird during the cocktail demo… In this picture he’s working on the recipe that was definitely the hit of all 3 sessions that night: the Chocolate Raspberry Martini dessert cocktail! (more…)
This week was a bit of a whirlwind – in a good way – but we just got back to San Diego and are little exhausted, so T.G.I.F.! I’d like to give a big shout-out to everyone that attended our Hip Hostess Halloween event in Dallas last night – you guys were so much FUN! Everyone from the party guests to the staff at The Apartmentwas so welcoming and gracious… so thanks for making our very first trip to the Lone Star State such a great experience! I’ll be posting some of Tim’s Halloween cocktail recipes here soon…and you can actually already find the Vampire KissMartini recipe over at Real Simple!
There was a lot going on this week between traveling & the event prep, so I didn’t get quite as much posted to the blog as originally planned… which means that next week is going to be extra jam-packed with lots of fun things to share! In the meantime, here are some highlights this week from HWTM & beyond…
Candlelight is a great way to create both a spooky and festive ambiance to any Halloween party. For a “Ghoulish Glam” Halloween theme, try dressing up standard glass cylinders with lacy, gothic-inspired textiles like spiderweb stockings, black fishnets, and black tulle. It only takes a minute (literally!) and these make fantastic Halloween-themed holders for pillar candles…
You can usually get at least 4 “slip covers” from one pair of nylons if you’re using 12″ cylinders, and even more for shorter vases, so a little goes a long way! Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here are images of the elements we used for each of the 3 designs pictured above: (more…)
Well, it’s Thursday morning… and I can’t believe I’m saying this already but the Hip Hostess Halloween event is TONIGHT! We started setting up yesterday, and I have to say that venue (The Apartment) is just as amazing in person as it looks online…there’s even a walk-in “cooler bar” where we’ll be serving up a special drink!
Before we head out to finish setting up, I wanted to share some Ghoulish Glam tablescape tips for those of you planning to host Halloween dinner parties next week. Everything here is super easy to create – it’s all about layering and a few spooky-yet-sparkly details. Here goes…
Ghoulish Glam Halloween – Topic #2: The Tablescape
In keeping with the flapper era-inspired foundation of this Halloween party theme, the focus of the tablescape design is vintage-inspired elements with shimmery spider & skull details, and the color palette is primarily black & silver with splashes of white and vibrant orange.
•The table centerpiece features spray-painted Sierra Manzanita ($6.99 at save-on-crafts.com), flapper costume beads, and glittery spiders. (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for step-by-step “how-to” details.) Fill the table space around the centerpiece with vintage or gothic-themed Christmas ornaments and votive holders embellished with black & orange ribbon.
•Dress up wine glasses with “skull stem charms” made from plastic skull rings and adhesive rhinestones, and Halloween-themed stickers like Martha Stewart’s “Beware” labels pictured here.
•For place settings, you’ll need silver charger plates ($12.60 for 6 at save-on-crafts.com), black dinner plates, 8″ silver foil cake liners, ribbon, and foam skulls. (more…)
If you’re in the L.A. area and looking for something fun to do this weekend, there’s a great event on Sunday centered around food & wine and happening at a pretty outdoor setting (and the weather forecast looks great)!
These cute little ghost pops remind me of something that Bakerella might whip up…
I’m also loving these candy-filled paper pumpkins (below), which look pretty easy to replicate using small orange paper bags and black tape – or you could purchase Martha Stewart’s Pumpkin Favor Bags kit for a similar look that’s ready to go!
*Tips & Ideas:
• Luna Bazaar (which carries the Orange Paper Daisies used for the “tree”) is currently offering HWTM readers a 20% discount on all purchases with the code “HB1031“.
• Candywarehouse.com has a huge selection of bulk Halloween Candy available.
• Check the produce section of your local grocery store for DIY caramel apple kits, which are available seasonally. Drizzle or pipe melted chocolate onto the apples to give them the same look as the apples pictured above.
Jennifer here from Create My Event, bringing you some ideas for a fun & fuss-free Halloween get-together!
Hard to believe, but in less than 2 weeks it’ll be Halloween – and what better and excuse to have a little soiree? (Especially since it’s on a Friday this year!) I’m not talking about a full on costume extravaganza, but rather a festive & chic Halloween-themed dinner party for all your favorite friends who still want to enjoy a little merriment on the spookiest night of the year- without feeling juvenile.
To start, the invites.Sendomatic has spooky Halloween Party Invitations – most including scary howls, boos and screams. And, ask everyone to wear a favorite, fun wig instead of full on costume! (more…)
I’m getting so excited for the Hip Hostess Halloween event in Dallas this Thursday! The last of the boxes just shipped out to the venue today, and Sonny and I head out tomorrow, so the countdown is officially on…
For those of you that can’t join us for the party, I’m still going to cover several of the tips & ideas from the event’s “Ghoulish Glam Halloween” theme on the blog & website all week long, starting… right now!
Ghoulish Glam Halloween – Topic #1: Go for an ultra-glamorous, flapper-inspired look with a creepy twist.
• Look for accessories that combine an element of glam + an element of ghoul – like this rhinestone studded Black Widow Necklace ($5.99) from buy-costumes.com. Display the pieces on ornament stands or jewelry trees, or use them to decorate skeletons, Halloween sculptural figures, centerpieces, etc.
• Dress up vases or glass cylinders with inexpensive costume jewelry – like the Vintage Choker Necklace ($5.99) pictured below, which is simply wrapped around the vase and fastened in back. (more…)
Winner Update: 10/29: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! The lucky random winners are: Comment #42 – Tori, who said: “I love the Stella Stationary but would want to convert it to a birth announcement…I just found out I’m having a girl on March 7!! Wahoo!”, and Comment #135 – Shauna, who said “Are you kidding? How to choose? I loooove the bumble bees =)”. Congrats to you both!
During the late nights that Roopal Shah spent creating unique invitations and announcements for her sister’s shower, her brother’s wedding, her son’s birth, and so on… she also discovered her genuine passion for the process of getting creative with paper and ink! Cut to 4 years later, and Roopal is still busy cranking out creative custom designs – through her very own design studio:1st Comes Love.
I feel like I great advice from people all the time – but I wish I was better at implementing it!
A while back, blogging guru Grace Bonney from design*sponge (just a wee little blog… perhaps you’ve heard of it? *wink*) suggested that I start doing a “weekly wrap-up” post on Fridays so that readers can better see that the blog covers a wider variety of topics than what happens to be on the index page at the time (i.e. “Halloween”).
Well, cut to several months later, and I’ve discovered that it can be just as hard to adopt new habits as it is to break old ones…sigh. But, as they say, there’s no time like the present, right?!
So, without further adieu, here is the first of what I hope is many “Weekly Round-Up” posts here at HWTM…which will be recaps of posts & ideas both here and ’round the web… please feel free to hold me accountable to this new habit if you find me slipping!
Yes, I DO realize that this isn’t exactly what the doctor had in mind for “an apple a day”, but it’s a good excuse nonetheless – right?! Another good excuse: the upcoming autumn & winter holidays, of course! It’s the perfect time of year for enjoying hot apple-themed treats like the 4 dreamy desserts pictured above & below:
The nation might be at odds when it comes to the candidates, but here’s something we can usually all come together on…dessert! Lighten up the mood at your next water cooler debate or election-day party with hand-iced sugar cookies & cupcakes from Eleni’s… available in the following campaign-friendly designs:
I feel like I hear about more and more cases of twins & triplets these days… maybe I’m just noticing it more now, or maybe it really has increased – but either way, it seems that there’s definitely a need for some good baby shower ideas for multiples!
“Sweet Peas” is one of the baby shower themes I created for Parents.com that works for twins, triplets…or more! “2 Peas in a Pod” is already a common theme for twins, but there didn’t seem to be a ton of cool readymade party supplies available for this theme, so it seemed prime for a modern makeover! Click here for full details.
The best part about this party theme is that it is adaptable for guests of all ages and skill levels. For the young or young-at-heart, consider supplying crayons, markers, water-based paints and colored pencils. Provide each guest with a notepad personalized with their name as a table setting and favor. For the more advanced artist, provide acrylic paints, watercolors, pastels, charcoal and pencils in addition to bulk canvases and a variety of fine art papers. (more…)
Looking for more reasons to smile these days? Anne Taintor to the rescue!
Make someone laugh out loud with one of Anne’s hilarious flasks… or entertain a whole bunch of girlfriends with Anne’s cheeky button pins, which I think would be fabulous as napkin ring embellishments at a milestone birthday party, wedding shower, or girlie get-together!
Since Halloween is coming up soon – I think it’s about time we featured some fun signature drink ideas for your parties! So today over at simply stated, you’ll find recipes for all of the blood-red cocktails pictured above and the orange & black cocktails pictured below. CHEERS!
The Dallas Hip Hostess event is coming up quick – Thursday, October 23… already less than 2 weeks away! “Ghoulish & Glam Halloween” is the party theme, and we’ll be covering creative DIY projects and other ways to glam up your Halloween (with a spooky twist of course!). Chambord is generously treating everyone to delicious food & drinks (Candy Apple Martini, anyone?) – and their mixologist will also be there to teach you how to recreate the festive themed cocktails at home!
The RSVP list opened up today – so for those of you in the area – I hope you can join us! Read on to view the official invitation… and for more info on the amazing venue lined up for the event! (more…)
Looking for a creative twist on the typical Halloween party? How about inviting guests to an Eerie Halloween Wedding – complete with skeleton cake toppers, coffin party favors, creepy finger foods (literally!) and of course…the guests of honor – looking a little lot more run down than the usual bride & groom! BHG.com has tons of great Halloween ideas – but this one definitely tops the list for creativity!
And what does one sip and munch on at a Halloween wedding? (more…)
If you’re in the mood to make some DIY Halloween treats – check out these adorable Halloween cake popsfrom creative baking guru Bakerella. She’s got tons of decorating ideas for the treats… but I’m especially loving the “mouthless mummies”!
This isn’t technically entertaining-related… unless maybe you’re shopping for something to WEAR to a party – but I can’t resist giving my friend Melissa a little shout-out on the fabulous anniversary sale she’s currently “hosting” on her website – lissaayer.com. 50% off everything in the store – and we’re talking hundreds of designer-label items for women, men, & kids! Use the code “Anniversary08” at checkout for the discount.
In an age where most products are machine-manufactured, there’s definitely something to be said for those who strive to keep handcrafted products alive. The artisans at Glasi Hergiswil on Lake Lucerne are just such people… and they’ve been producing high-quality, functional pieces from exclusively lead-free glass since 1817, despite the struggles they faced along the way.
Pictured above, from top: This dramatic cone-shaped server ($40) is a unique way to serve fruits & nuts… not to mention the perfect foundation for a very modern cornucopia display! (Modern Thanksgiving, anyone?) And the oblong Gondola server ($40) is perfect for serving simple bites like stuffed olives or dips such as guacamole and hummus. (more…)
Fun, festive, modern, playful, cute… this colorful Circus Soirée that Michelle Thornton created for her son’s first birthday celebration has it all! Better yet, Michelle was able to find that perfect balance between a whimsical, kid-friendly party that’s occasion-appropriate, and a stylish atmosphere that adults will find appealing as well…
Read on for LOTS of photos and all the details, as told by Michelle… (more…)
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