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> April 2009


HWTM reader Linda Roos sent over a nice message recently that said, “I was inspired by your post the other day with the 5 tips for hosting. I made a post on my blog about my own biggest tip for any host/hostess… I just wanted to share with you.” Well, both Linda’s tips – and […]

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These Ice Invaders silicone ice cube trays are way too fun! The perfect addition for any 80′s party or alien/outerspace birthday theme, they also make a great novelty gift idea for gamers or children of the Awesome 80′s! Tray measures 8.5″ x 5″. ($7.49 at perpetualkid.com)

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When it comes to serving dishes, I’m personally partial to pedestal (or “footed”) designs, but according to the emails, tweets, and comments I’ve received from readers, a lot of you are too! So that’s the focus of today’s post over at Real Simple… 8 Great White Pedestal Servers. P.S. Pedestal servers make wonderful gift ideas […]

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I’ve finally found the perfect dessert inspiration for this Owl Baby Shower theme: these adorable red owl cupcakes from baking guru hello naomi! And the red robin design would be perfect for a “Love Birds” bridal shower or Birdie-themed baby shower. Swoon.

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Whether you’re nurturing a relationship or nursing a breakup, these quirky kitchen gadgets from Perpetual Kid are offering up some serious relationship therapy! Pictured above: Heart Egg Molder ($5.99) Nothing says lovin’ like breakfast-in-bed featuring heart-shaped eggs, right?; The Ex Voodoo Knife Block Set – a safer way to get those jabs in…($69.99 / available […]

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When it comes to serving appetizers & finger foods at parties, it’s amazing how much you can elevate the visual appeal of your spread by putting a little thought into the presentation of each dish. Regardless of how fancy/casual the party is or exactly what types of items you’ll be serving, this is definitely an […]

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Is it Friday yet? This Raspberry Margarita recipe is going to be included of the Summer Cocktail Guide we’re working on, but I just received the super-delicious image for it this morning and couldn’t resist sharing it little early! We served these margaritas at a few of the Hip Hostess last year, so I can […]

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Attention, fellow Chocoholics: Today over at Simply Stated, check out From Pancakes to Martinis: Chocolate Chips 10 Ways… and prepare to make a run for your pantry – or your local grocery store! (Did I mention there’s even a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores?!)

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Update 4/21: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered – nearly 600 of you!!  Alas, there can only be one winner, and that lucky (and randomly chosen) person is… commenter #374 – Nikki, who said, “I think the WIllow-4 Sweet Cupcake onesie is adorable. It’s just one of the many […]

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I’m loving these ultra-contemporary bird feeders & shelters from cool online shop feel more human…especially the sleek circular feeder by Eva Solo ($60) pictured above! Pictured above: Nesting Bird Box by Eva Solo.

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Get ready for a dose of “Real Party” inspiration that’s pretty much beyond adorable… just like the pint-sized guest of honor! Created by mom/hostess Jess Newman for her daughter’s 3rd birthday, this “Little Miss Birthday” theme would be fun for older girls too! Read on for all the details behind this perfectly sweet & sassy […]

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There’s more to Easter egg decorating than what comes in a box! Give your eggs a fun, crafty look this year by dying them in extra-bright shades of your favorite hues, then decorating them with ribbon, stickers, thin strips of scrapbook paper, and faux flowers. Use clear-drying glue to attach the details.

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I’m really excited to share this post from Amy with you today. Hope you’ll take a few minutes to read on, get inspired, and learn how you can be a part of this celebration too! ***** Hello, fabulous HWTM readers. It‘s Amy Belle Isle from Stem Parties again. How have you been? Me? Great! Thanks […]

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Just realized that I forgot to post these pink drink recipes earlier from Barbie’s 50th Birthday Party – sorry about that! Recipes for all 4 (aptly named!) signature drinks from the Colin Cowie-designed bash are below. Cheers! *** Barbie Doll-icious! 1.5 oz Knob Creek 1 oz Cranberry .75 oz Pineapple Juice .75 oz fresh OJ […]

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This new melamine dinnerware from Jonathan Adler makes me happy just looking at it! The spring & summer-friendly patterns – “Acapulco” and “Stripes” (my personal fav!) – are both available in 2 colorways featuring vibrant shades of green, yellow, and blue. Prices for bowls, plates, salad plates, and trays range from $10 – $28 at […]

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