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In continuing our “fall-wedding-inspired Thanksgiving” series, this next post features clever fall favor & treat ideas from a beautiful, rustic-chic autumn reception. Style Steal tips for your home celebrations: • Candied apples look extra sweet when displayed on a tray of lined with crushed nuts and decorated with rose-hip berries and chrysanthemums. • Fill small […]

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Designer Kim Seybert introduces her refined fashion sensibility and love of rich color and texture into her self-named line of luxury designs for the home. Pictured above are some of her stunning products that will be available during a Sample Sale on Gilt.com happening today at 12pm EST/9am PST. Be sure to check out other […]

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It feels like most of the Thanksgiving-related entertaining and decorating ideas/articles I come across are very “country harvest” oriented and all start to look the same, but there are definitely some more modern, outside-the-box ideas to be found within seasonal “Real Wedding” galleries… thank goodness! I’ve bookmarked a few cool ones to share with you […]

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Today on Simply Stated: check out a follow up to the “Entertaining on a Budget” article I posted over at Celebrations earlier in the year. “Entertaining on a Budget – Part 2” highlights some budget-wise ideas sent in by readers after the original post. If you have additional tips & tricks for stretching your dollars […]

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Update 11/17/08: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to all 400+ of you that entered!  And the lucky random winner is: Commenter #283 – Emily – who said “I would love the personalized fold over cards! I am getting married soon and they would make the perfect thank you cards, not to mention […]

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Ribbon has always been one of my favorite tools for dressing things up without breaking the bank. Use it to create a makeshift table runner, tie napkins, or to transform your everyday serveware or home decor into pieces that perfectly match your party theme. Example: everday white vase + red ribbon = instant “candy cane” […]

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I’m totally smitten with these cute handmade designs from aruricards over at Etsy and DaWanda! (The button design on the “Forever” card above would be cute idea for a DIY baby shower invitation or party favor.)

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This super-stylish bridal shower was designed/hosted by Alison Donahue and features the always-fabulous color palette of chocolate and blue, plus tons of pretty details like parasols, retro-chic coasters, paper-wrapped vases, and polka dots. Read on for tons of photos and a full recap, in Alison’s own words… “I wanted to host a beautiful bridal shower […]

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Since it is Friday and all, thought I’d send you off in to the weekend with some pretty cocktails to enjoy… even if it’s just visually! Want to take the next step and actually try some of these out? It’s your lucky day – here are the recipe links: Triple Shot Espresso Martini, Long-stemmed Rose, […]

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Looking for a way to sweeten up your weekend? Here’s an idea… Chocolate chips swimming in caramel atop a peanut-buttery cookie crust… These Nutty Peanut Butter Caramel Bars look like a mouthful of heaven! (Good one for the holiday baking file!) {photography by desertculinary}

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Does the phrase “Thanksgiving decor” bring visions of illustrated pilgrims, paper turkeys and country home dinnerware to mind? Well, think again! Tap into a bold autumn color palette of vibrant orange, rich chocolate, and earthy shades of green for a modern take on your Thanksgiving celebration this year. Here are a few ideas: Pictured at […]

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We have a fabulous new real party to share with you today… just in time for your upcoming Thanksgiving & fall celebrations! This one comes from Courtney Toney of Joyful Weddings & Events, and it’s a whopper of a post with TONS of pictures – so get ready! Here goes with the details, as told […]

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Hi! I’m Rebecca Goering, author of Tastefully Entertaining, a blog providing ideas and inspiration for planning memorable events.  I am so thrilled to have the opportunity to guest post for HWTM today! I’ve been extremely intrigued by the color gray lately.  It’s sophisticated, chic and compliments so many other colors – orange, green, white, blue, […]

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Since Huggies was one of the sponsors that donated to St. Jude for Alison‘s baby shower (see previous post today), I was instructed to make a diaper cake for the shower…which made sense. The only problem was that I’d never actually made a diaper cake myself before, and when I opened the Huggies packages the […]

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Here’s a little sneak peek of the baby shower I decorated this past weekend for Alison Sweeney, which also benefited St. Jude Children’s Hospital! Since Mrs. Sweeney (a.k.a. “Sami” from Days of Our Lives) chose this design from tiny*prints as her baby shower invitation, we went with a modern take on a “Momma Bird/Baby Bird” […]

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