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Color Splash: Orange & Yellow

orange and yellow wedding or party

I’m absolutely in love with this beach-inspired orange and yellow color palette from Pacific Weddings… doesn’t it just have “Summer party!” written all over it?

orange and yellow wedding or party

With or without the waves crashing in the background, this look is fabulous inspiration for all sorts of summer celebrations – from weddings and bridal showers to swanky birthday parties & more…

Details, Details:

Menus, tags & place cards are given a colorful, contemporary design.

The party favors are perfectly tailored to the theme: miniature hourglasses filled with orange sand & embellished with a bright yellow message tag.

Clear vases are filled with orange, yellow and white sand to create a playful & artistic “wave” pattern.

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DIY: Chick & Bunny Treat Holders

Easter treat holders

This one’s for the kiddies… a fun little craft project + “friendly” holders for all those Easter Bunny treats!

(Full instructions for both versions after the jump…) (more…)

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Simply Stated: 5 Great Brunch Cocktails

brunch cocktail recipes

Easter brunch, Mother’s Day brunch, wedding brunches… they’re even better with a cocktail, right?!

Check out today’s post over at Simply Stated for 5 great brunch cocktail recipes. Have a favorite daytime drink that’s not on the list? Share it!

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DIY: Chipboard & Flower Field Centerpiece

spring & Easter DIY centerpiece idea

These fun, DIY centerpieces can be customized with your own favorite flowers, shapes, and papers to create a look that’s uniquely yours… and tailored to any occasion!

The example pictured above is for our Easter table this year, but this look would also be cute for a baby shower or “love birds” bridal shower…

spring & Easter DIY centerpiece idea

Small Bedding plants (English Daisies pictured here)
Shallow rectangular vase
Die-cut Chipboard Shapes (pictured here: Maya Road’s Song Bird Coasters)
Decorative Papers (pictured here: Craft Fair by American Crafts)
Lollipop sticks
Glue stick or spray craft glue , Hot Glue Gun, Scissors
Faux flower or other embellishment for the vase (optional)


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Host a Twilight Theme Party at Home

twilight party ideas

This past Friday I invited my local Twilight-loving friends over to watch the new DVD that just came out… and I’ve gotta say it was a fun excuse for a party! Although my husband wasn’t really surprised that I was decorating for this get-together, he still asked, “Why all the fuss to watch a DVD?“.

The answer is simple of course: for fun! The way I see it is this: I can sit on my couch in my regular living room and watch a movie any ol’ Friday night, so when the movie lends itself to a fantasy-type theme that’s the perfect excuse for breaking out the twinkle lights and red martini’s, why the heck not? Life is too short not to mix things up when you can… and there’s no reason why we should save all the fun for just birthdays and holidays!

twilight party ideas

The main elements of this particular Twilight party were:

mood lighting created with white twinkle lights & candles
red (blood-themed) cocktails, favors, & drinks
apples & Italian food
framed quotes from the book & movie (pictured at top & below), which I dressed up a bit in photoshop, then printed out & framed. (The framed quote above is a line from the movie that Edward says when he catches an apple in a manner that mimics the book cover.)

Want to use these movie quote designs for your party? Download all of them right here: 8×10 quotes (3.1 M pdf) / 5×7 quotes (6.3 M pdf). *If you have trouble opening the files once downloaded, please see the “Download Tips” note at the bottom of this post.

twilight party ideas

I designed these downloadable blood-themed drink labels a couple weeks ago and mocked them up digitally in an earlier post, but they look way better in person when wrapped around bottles of red sodas,  juices, and cocktail mixers! (more…)

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Stuffed & Deviled Eggs 4 Ways

deviled eggs

Serving egg-based appetizers for Easter is pretty common, but there are so many different ways to get creative with them, including pumping up the color! Here are 4 yummy ideas from ’round the web {clockwise from top left}:

1. French Style Stuffed Eggs {via Cooking Light mag}

2. “Pink” Deviled Eggs, colored with beet juice (via HWTM Facebook Fan Chantal Sokora and her lovely Pink Party) Learn more: Pink Deviled Eggs Recipe.

3. Chipotle Deviled Eggs {via}

4. Rachael Ray’s Deviled Egg Recipe {via Rachael Ray mag}

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Mini Egg Tarts for Easter Brunch {recipe}

egg tart recipe

These Egg Tarts from Sunset Magazine are perfect for Easter brunch.  Egg yolks, sugar, and milk in a light filo crust; prep time + cooking = 30 minutes. (Full recipe after the jump.) (more…)

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HWTM in Pregnancy Magazine: Owl-Themed Baby Shower

owl themed baby shower

Have a baby shower in the works? If you’re looking for a fun concept, here’s an owl-themed baby shower that I created for this month’s issue (April 2009) of Pregnancy magazine, featuring super-cute plush owls, colorful feathers, woodsy elements, and more!

owl themed baby shower

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P.S. This could also be a fun theme for a kids birthday party… just change the title to something like “Look Hoo’s Turning ONE!”

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Link Love: 5 Fabulous DIY Projects

homemade Easter Peeps

Feel like being crafty & creative this weekend? These 5 fun projects from ’round the web are great inspiration for Easter projects and beyond! Pick your fav:

1. DIY Homemade Marshmallow Peeps (via Twig & Thistle)

2. Photo Lantern Tutorial {via decor8}

photo lantern tutorial

3. Paper Bunting/Banner {via tiny décor} (more…)

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DIY: Paper Bunny Garland / Runner

Easter bunny garland

Here’s another easy Easter project for you: Paper Bunny Garlands!

The best part about this craft is that you can tailor it to any colors & patterns you want… and there are SO many great papers available. I used the new Craft Fair papers from American Crafts™ for this one (and also for the Terra Cotta Easter Baskets featured earlier this week).

I’m actually going to use this as a table runner for Easter. The bunnies are connected with ribbon and can easily be slid apart & adjusted to make room for a centerpiece in the middle.

(Full instructions & downloadable template after the jump.) (more…)

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Simply Stated: Dining Meets Mod Art

modern dinnerware and tabletop

Today over at Simply Stated: check out some clever & unique “Dining Meets Mod Art”  product finds from A+R. (Yes – those are PANTONE MUGS!!)

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Salus Bath and Body Care

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Salus Bath and Body Care

And for all HWTM readers, get 25% off your entire order at with the promo code “HWTM25“. (Expires April 30th)

(Get the details for how to enter after the jump…)  (more…)

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The Little Things We Do…


Question for you: What are your favorite “little things” to do for the ones you love?

I think we all have certain “little things” that we do for others.  Some are conscious efforts – like cooking a special meal or treating a friend to lunch, and some are almost second-nature… like making sure the fridge is stocked with your SO’s favorite drinks, or relinquishing some of the blankets (without being asked) when you wake up at 2 a.m. and realize you’ve unconsciously stolen them all.

Personally, I’ve always loved the element of surprise, so the “little things”  that I like to do have always been somehow intertwined with surprises. However, as I was thinking about this today, I also realized something that seems unfortunate: I was way more creative – and frequent – with these “little things” back in high school and college than I am today! Sure, I’ve hosted my fair share of “big things” like baby showers and bachelorette parties over the past decade… but the last time I sent a simple “hello!” or “love you” card out of the blue? I’m drawing a blank. Shoot.


Back in the day, I used to send little care packages or leave “surprise cards” for different friends on a regular basis – usually placed somewhere unexpected like a car windshield or doorstep. And of course the cards were always delivered in colorfully decorated envelopes and usually accompanied by something fun like gerbera daisies, candy, or a certain CD or lip gloss the recipient had been eyeing. These days, the closest I’ve gotten to surprising friends with “just because” treats is sending virtual Easter Peeps or throwing a sheep at them on Facebook. (If you’re not a Facebook user that probably sounds ridiculous, but trust me –  in that world it makes perfect sense!) (more…)

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