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Riviera Interiors – Summer 2008

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Riviera Interiors was so kind to feature a spread introducing HostessWithTheMostess.com to their readers in the Summer 2008 issue that recently came out…so thank you, Riviera! Also included in the spread is our new Bedtime Story Baby Shower, a pic from the HWTM/Chambord Tropical Zen event in San Diego, and a gorgeous living room design shot by Ethan Pines at Hold It Contemporary Home.

{You can click on the image above to enlarge the view, or check out the digital version online. When you get there, click in the text field where it says “Cover”, then scroll to pages 88-89.}

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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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T.G.I.F.

berry cones

Apologies for the late post today…it’s been one of “those” days – and I’m sure you can all relate to what that means – but TGIF at least, right?  In celebration of that, I’m thinking one of these yummy-looking treats from Everyday with Rachael Ray is in order…Berries & Cream Cones (berries+cream+chocolate=yum!), Tropical Fizzes (pineapple juice, tequila & soda…it’s 5 o’clock somewhere!), or Goat Cheese Nachos (comfort food goes gourmet). Happy weekend!

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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

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

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Modern Gift Wrap by Heidi

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Currently loving these gorgeous gift wrap collections by Heidi. Each collection comes with 2 sheets of gift wrap, matching notecards (set of eight) and ribbon for a fully coordinating gift wrap ensemble!

Great for creating packages that are almost too pretty to open, or for use as inspiration/decor for your next party theme! (Use the different pieces to embellish vases, create paper table runners and napkin rings, wrap party favors, etc. The “Buttons” pattern pictured below would be great for a modern baby shower!) (more…)

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Party Theme Idea: Kitschy Retro Glam

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I’m so smitten with the adorable Mini Classic Gumball Machines highlighted on Simply Stated today that I felt inspired to work up an excuse to use them! So… here are a few quick ideas for a Kitschy Retro Glam party theme that combines 50’s diner style with a little glamour girl attitude… a fun way to celebrate that bride-to-be or birthday girl with a fun, sassy side!

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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 at cb2

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A few contemporary entertaining favorites from the latest collection at cb2… Pictured above: fabulous hot orange & white Morocco Dinnerware featuring mod Moorish tile designs ($4.95 – $7.50) and sleek Curve Appetizer Spoons ($0.95 ea).

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Pictured above: Ibiza Wine Glasses featuring more Moroccan-inspired graphics ($3.95 ea), coordinating jewel-toned Gem Martini Glasses, and glossy blue Cayman Dessert and Little Cayman Plates.

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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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Yes, Please.

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As much as I love magazines, I can’t think of the last time I spotted one from across the room and decided right then and there to buy it without even flipping through a single page… until last Friday.

Kudos to the creative team behind the cover of bon appétit‘s August issue! And not to worry, there’s good stuff inside too! (more…)

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Eco-friendly Designs at Paper-Source

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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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Paulette Mini-Boxes

macaron party favors

We’ve featured Paulette Bakery‘s amazing macarons before, but I was excited to recently discover that this creative Beverly Hills-based French bakery also offers adorable mini boxes, perfectly sized for party favors! Each box fits 2 yummy macarons and features a cutout of Paulette’s signature logo, which allows the vibrant color of the treats you select to peek through! $4 each at paulettemacarons.com

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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

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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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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Rosanna

WINNER UPDATE 7/16: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to all 916 of you that participated – it’s a new record!!  And the lucky random winner is…comment #98: Kate, who said “I don’t know if I can pick just one! Dauphine candlesticks would look great in my living room though!!” Congrats, Kate! Look out for an email coming your way today!

rosanna shopping spree contest

I feel like we’re overdue for a giveaway at HWTM, so let’s remedy that with a new giveaway that’s extra-fantastic… how about a $200 Shopping Spree from fabulous dinnerware & table accessories company: Rosanna!

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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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Solstice Pocket Journals

letterpress pocket journals stationery

These ultra stylish, eco-friendly Solstice Journals from Elum are printed on wood-free paper and constructed with recycled grey-board. Sold in sets of 4 notebooks for $27… give each notebook out individually as a unique hostess gift, gift the entire set to a design-savvy friend, or keep them all to yourself!

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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: More Recipe Ideas

4th of July recipes

What are you guys planning to serve on the 4th? These ideas from Everyday with Rachael Ray are looking pretty tasty to me! {clockwise form left} Mango-Ginger Mocktails, Balsamic Potato and Green Bean Salad, Berry Cakes with Cinnamon Whippped Cream (yum!), Grilled Corn with Parmesean Butter (double yum!).

And if you’re on the lookout for some "patriotic" cocktails, I featured a few ideas (pictured below) on GlamDish today…click here for the details.

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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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Festive 4th: Cocktails & Garnishes

4th of July decorations

Vons.com has some great July 4th cocktail (or mocktail) inspiration. I’m especially loving these watermelon stars – simple idea, but super cute!

For an unique signature drink idea, check out these Blueberry Limoncellos garnished with a blueberry skewer (or alternate blueberries & raspberries for a patriotic feel), or – even easier – try using frozen grapes in place of traditional ice cubes to add some color to clear sodas & cocktails.

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Save the Date: Downloadable Birdie

4th of July decorations

While visiting LotusHaus the other day, I stumbled on this wonderfully creative, downloadable "Save the Date Birdie " created by designer Carlene Concepcion , which she created for her upcoming wedding this September. Talk about imagination!  Speaking of which…can you imagine how creative the actual wedding will be?!

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