Hi everyone! Apologies for the lack of posts the last couple days… I left for Colorado this morning to work on the birthday party for Max Sutter this Saturday and had so much to do before I left! I didn’t even go to bed last night if that’s any indication of how the week has been, and I’m actually attempting to blog from my iPhone right now while waiting in line at the car rental place… Gotta love multi-tasking!
Anyway, I plan to take lots of pictures of the candyland theme to share with you and will try to get a little preview up tonight or tomorrow if I have Internet access. Okay… I think I’ve reached my max of one-finger blogging now ;) Be in touch soon!
Parents.com recently asked me to create some new baby shower theme ideas for their website, and the first round launched yesterday! Here’s a peek at one of them – a “Sprinkle Shower“, which is an increasingly popular theme idea for repeat moms who already had a big shower the first time around, but still want to celebrate the arrival of baby #2 (or 3 or 4!) with friends…you might call it a “shower lite”.
This theme features fun elements like colorful umbrellas, blue signature drinks, “raining” paper lanterns, and sugary treats covered in sprinkles (of course!)… and the fabulous illustrator from Parents even came up with the super cute, coordinating invitation design pictured above, which you can download straight from their website!
When you arrive at the website of Sandra Isaksson’s gift & home accessories line – ISAK – you’re greeted by a little sign that says “welcome to our world of beautiful, happy things” – and that’s exactly what you’ll find there! The ISAK products feature wonderfully cute, creative & contemporary patterns that you just can’t help but swoon over a bit… A few favorites are pictured here – check out isak.co.uk for the complete line & retail info.
If you’re looking for a a think-outside-the-box gift idea for an extra special couple or bride-to-be, here’s an idea that beats the heck out of another pair of fancy-schmancy crystal candlesticks: a blue iPod nano, custom engraved with their names & wedding date or another special message!
This would actually make a super thoughtful group gift from a bunch of close friends, the wedding party – or from the bridal shower hostesses to the guest of honor. Give the shiny little “Something Blue” to the future Mrs. along with a disc of digital photos for her to load onto it right away, featuring good times with her friends and future hubby.
It’s super easy – you basically just pick a design theme (13 styles to choose from), drag the photos that you want into the book, add text, select page layouts, and rearrange photos as desired. You can choose from hard cover, soft cover, or spiral bound books, ranging from $9.99 – $29.99. My friend recently gave hard cover books of wedding photos as special thank-you presents for her parents and in-laws, and they turned out beautiful! This is also a great way to make keepsake books of the bachelorette party, bridal shower, and other pre-wedding festivities…
In keeping with the candy theme we have going today, here is another sweet dose of inspiration for you… images from “The Sweetest Thing” baby shower recently thrown by the fabulously creative Amy Belle Isle for a friend that just welcomed triplets! Suffice to say, this shower needed to be extra special, or better yet… how about the sweetest thing ever!
A few highlights from the oh-so-many clever details: giant “candy pieces” created from Chinese lanterns wrapped in cellophane and tied at the ends with ribbon, Jones Soda bottles used as vases, candy cane napkin rings and candy bracelets used as wine glass charms! (more…)
I’m working on a Candyland party design right now, so I’ve been up to my eyeballs in candy lately…which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, right? :-)
Anyways, one of the focal points of the party will be a candy buffet, so I thought it would be fun to discuss this increasingly popular party trend over at Simply Stated today. Click here to check it out…and if you have any tips or advice to add, please share!
A little eye candy from my favorite creative cupcake guru – hello naomi – to brighten up your Tuesday: Pucco (Japanese candy) cuties (these are just screaming for an entire party theme to be designed around them, don’t you think?) and adorable ice cream cupcakes…complete with cherry on top, of course!
This visually appealing book might be called Party Basics for New Nesters – but it’s full of great ideas and entertaining inspiration that should apply to pretty much anyone…even if you’ve already been a “nester” for quite a while! Author Maria McBride offers tips and instructions for creative, yet doable party decorations, crafty projects, and clever food & drink ideas.
A few favorites pictured below: Crudités served in votive holders, Canned Daisies, Origami Parasols, and Egg Salad served in eggshell cups…
I’m also loving all these wonderful ideas for personalizing & dressing up basic glass votives; the transparent vinyl stickers (2nd row, far right) are an easy, yet elegant look for weddings and bridal showers… (more…)
Just added another new party theme to the HWTM Baby Showers section! This one is called “Bedtime Story” and features tables made up to look like beds, storybooks, plush toys, framed pics of sleeping babies, and more. This theme is super easy to put together – and you can tailor it to any color palette/fabric design you like… Click here for the details!
There’s a brand new party theme up in our Baby Showers section today – a Beach Baby Shower, which completely was inspired by an adorable Sea Critters feeding set by Skip Hop. Click here to check out detailed images and how-to’s…hope you like it! (more coordinating menu suggestions to come soon too!)
Paper Source, an ultra-stylish handmade paper company, is pursuing a commitment to going green and has a wonderful selection of recycled stationery, invitations, and gift wrap available on their website. A few favorites pictured above: Curry Party , and Spring Leaf imprintable invitations featuring a striking dark chocolate, white, and yellow color palette, adorable Goldfish gift wrap roll, and Red Flowers with Chocolate Dots gift wrap. (more…)
MomLogic.com is teaming up with Trista and Ryan Sutter to throw their son Max his first b-day bash, and I was excited to be asked to help style the event! Even better, MomLogic is asking readers to help plan the party too – by voting on certain elements to select what will actually be used!
So for the first element of the party – the invitation – I designed 3 options that match the party’s “Candyland” theme. You can vote for which design you like best, and whichever design gets the most votes is the one that Trista & Ryan will send out. The 3 options are below (click to zoom), and you can vote here …we’d love to get your input! (more…)
I recently discovered FoodChannel.com and therefore have yet another excuse to remain glued to the screen!
Hostess with the Mostess™ has a brand-new fan page on Facebook!
We’re super excited about this because it’s a place where YOU can share your own "Real Party" pictures* (via the fan photos area), browse party pictures uploaded by others, post comments & ideas via the wall, and connect with other readers & fans by asking questions or starting discussion threads. Basically, the fan page is all about creating an interactive community designed especially for those of us that love a good party!
We’ll also keep you posted on upcoming events, new reader giveaways, and what’s new at hwtm.com, as well as highlight favorite recipes, products and entertaining ideas.
*P.S. We’ve received tons of emails asking about how to submit photos for a "Real Parties" feature – and posting pics to the "fan photos" area of the fan page is one way to do this. We’ll be constantly browsing the fan album, and new Real Parties will now be featured on the blog each week!
We asked Steve Kemble, "America’s Sassiest Lifestyle Guru" (we’ll just call him Host with the Most!) to share 5 favorite tips from the lavish soirées he throws for his clients that will help give your party High Style without Low Stress. Click here to check out Steve’s tips on color, treats, and personalizing your party…right here at HWTM!
Berries are an easy way to give sweets a patriotic feel! Case in point – festive treats from Martha Stewart’s Red, White, & Blue Desserts gallery…
• Red, White, & Blue Parfaits
• Red, White, & Blueberry Trifle (This dessert looks so pretty – and store-bought pound cake cuts down your prep time!)
• Flag Cupcakes (Try substituting small blueberries for the piped “stars” to make the flag decoration even easier.)
• Summer Shortcake
Social Couture has a fun Patriotic Party that’s perfect for making decorating & table settings super easy if you’re playing hostess for the 4th! The full Patriotic set comes complete with eco-friendly bamboo tableware, a sparkly red table runner, USA flags, white metal pails, super-cute striped grosgrain napkin rings, and more…or you can buy just the things you need a la carte!
*Get 10% off any Social Couture order with promo code "HWTM "!
This fabulous “Sweet” Lingerie Bridal Shower hosted by photographer Melissa Rodriguez and friends looks so lovely & serene. They did a great job of creating a clean, contemporary feel with light pinks, blue, chocolate, and white. Read on for details of the gorgeous invitations, party decor, a creative desserts & treats buffet, simple-chic flowers and seriously adorable handmade party favors!
Serving desserts & treats on all-white platters like the girls did for the fondue bar really makes the colors and presentation of the food stand out, in addition to bringing a clean, modern feel to the buffet. And a chocolate fountain always creates the feel of a special occasion… (more…)