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Sugar Rush…

Just found out that I need to wait a couple more days before sharing the pics from the Candyland party with everyone, so I had to set that post back to draft status – sorry about that!  The pictures and full recap will be up later this week…stay tuned!

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Thursday Update…

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!

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Sprinkle Baby Shower

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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!

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ISAK…beautiful, happy things

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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.

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isak

Pictured above: Kids Animal Cups, Kids Animal Tray and pink & yellow Daisy Plate. Pictured below: Tulip Cutting Board, Bird Plate, Apple Cutting Board, and Blossom & Bill Tray. (more…)

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iPod. iPhoto. iDo.

ipod wedding gift

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.

Speaking of photos…you know those cool photo books you can order online where your photos are printed right on the page? Well, you can create and order those right within iPhoto now.

ipod wedding giftIt’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…

And while we’re on the subject of Apple, I just gotta give a shout out to my new favorite toy(more…)

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GlamDish: Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizza

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Today at GlamDish: get the recipe for this super easy & delicious Barbecue Chicken Pita Pizza from College Cooking by Megan and Jill Carle…a perfect little crowd-pleaser for casual get-togethers!

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REAL PARTIES: Sweetest Thing Shower

sweetest thing baby shower

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!

sweetest thing baby shower

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…)

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Simply Stated: Candy Buffets

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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!

{bottom left photo courtesy of Lyndsey Hamilton Events and Artfool}

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Creative Cupcakes: Pucco & Ice Cream

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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!

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Party Basics for New Nesters

party basics for new nesters

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…

party basics for new nesters

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…)

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New Party Theme: Bedtime Story

modern bedtime story baby shower

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!

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GlamDish: Scorpion Bowl Cocktail

trader vic's scorpion bowl

For this week’s post over at GlamDish, I thought it would be fun to feature a popular exotic group cocktail from the world-famous Trader Vic’s Restaurants & Mai Tai Lounges. Be careful though…this one can bite!

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Comic Appetizer Plates

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These pop art Comic Appetizer Plates from cb2 are so much fun! Lithograph bright on high-gloss porcelain…and only $2.95 each! Available in the following sound bites: Yum!, Ooo!, and Mmm!.

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Simply Stated: Text Messages

subliminal dinnerware

Today on Simply Stated: Celebrationscheck out this clever Subliminal Dinnerware + some equally cool, coordinating pieces…

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Simply Stated: Candy Favors

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Today on Simply Stated: Celebrations – find ideas for unique candy-themed party & wedding favors, including mini cupcake lip glosses and cocktail-flavored jelly beans!

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New Party Theme: Beach Baby

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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!)

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HWTM Elsewhere

macaron party favors

Today on GlamDish: get the recipe for Steamy Kitchen‘s mouth-watering Lobster Mac ‘n Cheese, and over at Simply Stated: Celebrations: check out super stylish partyware from Paper Table!

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Eco-friendly Designs at Paper-Source

recycled stationery and gift wrap

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…)

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Which Invite Do You Like Best?

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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…)

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Rich Risotto Rice Pudding

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Today on GlamDish: get the details for a delicious Rich Risotto Rice Pudding recipe from the fabulous Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey cookbook by Jill O’Connor!

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Party Rox

modern placecard holders

These Sassy Party Rox seating assignments by Sally Russell look like a fun way to spice up the table! $36/set of 8 at ThreeLovelies.com

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Summer Treats

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I recently discovered FoodChannel.com and therefore have yet another excuse to remain glued to the screen!

Pictured above: Raspberry Granita & Cream Parfait, Chocolate Panna Cotta, Brown Sugar Peaches and Ice Cream and Classic Strawberry Shortcakes.

What looks good to you?

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Simply Stated: Go for Bold

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Today on Simply Stated: Celebrations – get the details on how to recreate this splashy "Red & Bold" tablescape and make a fashion-forward statement at your own special dinner party!

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HWTM on Facebook – Join the Party!

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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.

Click here to visit the HWTM fan page and join the party!

*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!

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Atelier LZC: Creative Service

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These gorgeous Nocturne and Parisian Gold melamine serving trays from fashion-forward French design studio Atelier LZC are almost too pretty to cover up! $45 each at Bunny Maxwell.

(Fabulous gift idea for design lovers & creative types!)

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Steve Kemble: Stylish Entertaining Tips

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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!

And for more inspiration, check out the event photo gallery on Steve’s website, which includes this cool Garden & Floral Event pictured below and a swanky celebration for football legend Emmit Smith!

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Festive 4th: Sweets & Treats

4th of July decorations

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

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Simply Stated: Sales & Sea Themes

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Today on Simply Stated: Celebrations – cool summer sales & beach-themed entertaining finds from Pottery Barn & Crate&Barrel.

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The Patriotic Table

4th of July decorations

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 "!

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REAL PARTIES: Lingerie Bridal Shower

modern lingerie bridal shower

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!

modern lingerie bridal shower

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…)

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