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Modern Diaper Cakes {Follow Up}

modern DIY diaper cake

After I posted on my first attempt at a diaper cake last November, some of you shared pictures of your own diaper cake creations inspired by that post – and they are impressive! I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of them in a follow-up post today… starting with this ridiculously adorable monkey-themed diaper cake created by Noel Culbertson for the equally adorable monkey themed baby shower she hosted.

modern monkey DIY diaper cake

Noel used DwellStudio for Target receiving blankets to wrap each tier then added some ribbon & paper flowers (available at craft & scrapbook stores) to dress them up. The top layer of the diaper cake is another receiving blanket, rolled and wrapped with banana patterned paper and adorned with a paper monkey “cake topper”, which was glued to a popsicle stick. (Martha Stewart’s “Monkey Party Kit” was used for the topper.)


This next diaper cake – a fun, girlie pink & brown design (which also features DwellStudio for Target blankets) – was created by hostess Davina Saunders: (more…)

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Showing {Heartfelt} Thanks

entertaining ettiquette

Hi, I’m Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events and am completely honored to share some tips with all of you savvy hostesses out there! With all the reasons we have to get together and celebrate – from weddings and birthdays to holidays and other special occasions, your lives will be filled with amazing shindigs and hopefully you will even do a little entertaining of your own.

As your guests leave your fabulous parties, don’t forget to give thanks. My favorite thing to do when I’m feeling especially grateful for is to take the time to write a meaningful thank you letter to each guest. Not the, “thanks for being part of the day,” typical stuff you see everyday, but a letter that really tells guests what they mean to your life including lessons each person has taught you and favorite memories you share. Something really from the heart.

entertaining ettiquette

Once you put your truest feelings on paper, find a beautiful way to package the letter. Again, something that says, “this is more than your standard thank you note,” but instead screams, “there is something very special inside and it’s just for you.” (more…)

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Creative Measures (Great Gift Idea!)

gift idea: creative kitchen tools

Even the kitchen guru who already has everything won’t be able to resist these adorable measuring tools from Anthropologie: A Measuring Gaggle (a quartet of nesting geese) – $28 per bone china set and long-necked Giraffe Measuring Spoons – $19.95 per set of 5 stoneware spoons.

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“Stress Less” Dinner Party Ideas

DIY dinner party ideas

I’m loving the format of the new after their recent redesign. The info is well organized so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for – and the pictures are larger…hooray!

The Stress Less Dinner Party is one of my favorite articles in the new Holidays and Entertaining section. It features simple, yet clever ideas like using forks as place card holders (top left image) and stamped hangtags as personalized drink charms (top right).

DIY dinner party ideas

More “stress less” tips include: setting a “relaxed” table by skipping the formal table cloth and opting for something casual like parchment paper, keeping tabletop floral bouquets short & tidy, and swapping the standard vases out with unusual containers like cake tins, jelly molds, or small ice buckets. Click here for full details.

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