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> December 2009


Even though the holidays are wrapping up and the new year is right around the corner, winter has actually only just begun! (on December 21st to be exact!) I was browsing the Flickr gallery from last year’s holiday entertaining contest recently and wanted to share a couple {very pretty} parties & mood board entries that […]

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Winner Update 1/4/10: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered!  And the lucky, {randomly selected} winner is… Commenter # 451 – Carli, who said, “I love the reuseable snack packs! I hate throwing away all those plastic baggies.” Congrats, Carli! ***** The complete photo album from Judy Reyes’s Berry Sweet […]

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Buttery chocolate cookie crust + gooey hot fudge + wonderfully refreshing peppermint ice cream + creamy whipped topping = HEAVEN! Honestly, this chocolate-meets-peppermint dessert is so good you won’t know what hit you! Added bonus: it’s easy too, and the steps are pretty quick… but it does require quite few hours of freezer time between […]

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In continuing with our peppermint theme today, here’s a super cute – and FAST – little holiday treat that you can whip up in no time. And not to worry -  they’re also super YUMMY! (Yes, we definitely taste-tested these little guys!) You’ll Need: • Pepperidge Farm Mint Milano Cookies • Red Candy Melts (available […]

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Perk up your holiday dessert table with a candy cane-inspired treat! Need some recipe ideas? Here are 15 fabulously stunning peppermint dessert recipes from ’round the web… 1. Cocoa Tassles with Peppermint Frosting; 2. Swirls-of-Peppermint Cheesecake Bars; 3. Star Mint Meringues; 4. Candy Cane Thumbprints – {all via BHG.com}. 5. Chocolate Cheesecake Candy Cane Bars […]

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I’m loving this gorgeous New Year’s Eve Party theme from SocialCouture.com! The Silver, Black & Berry palette is stunning – especially with the fun zebra-print and disco ball accents! Pictured above: Plum Rhinestone Napkin Rings ($20/set of 4), Black Acrylic Candelabra ($60), Red & Pink Feather Candle Rings ($10 each), and Silver Mirror Disco Balls […]

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I’m totally swooning over this new Real Party! It’s a super-stylish, intimate baby shower brunch featuring adorable pinwheels, festive tissue poms, fabulous paper patterns, and a fresh & colorful palette of yellows, greens, browns and blues. The 3-dimensional invitations are also ridiculously amazing! And added bonus for us – you can find the entire DIY […]

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When it comes to decor, simple doesn’t have to mean boring! Case in point – here are 2 super easy, yet affective holiday decorating ideas. (You can also switch up the colors & accents to make these work for any type of occasion!) Idea #1 – Ribbon Chair Accents You’ll need extra-wide ribbon for this […]

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I’m so excited to share this fun guest post with you from {the very entertaining & witty!} Dana of The Broke-Ass Bride. If you’re on the lookout for a festive & affordable way to celebrate with friends on chilly winter days, this one’s for you! ***** Broke-Ass Hostess: Holiday Swill that Won’t Bust the Till […]

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There was a great holiday segment on the TODAY Show this morning featuring a fantastic, EASY chocolate truffle recipe by Sandra Lee that I couldn’t resist sharing… and as soon as I finish posting this I’m seriously out the door to buy some chocolate kisses so I can make these up for a party tonight! […]

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In today’s guest post over at Real Simple, check out some thoughts on being a gracious holiday hostess… and feel free to add some ideas of your own!

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Today’s inspiring – and timely! – Real Party feature comes from the ultra-creative Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home. As always, Chris does a fabulous job with this party and shows how inexpensive elements like ribbon, gift wrap, and glass ball ornaments really can go a long way in creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere! When […]

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Couldn’t resist sharing a few inspiring images from this cool “Runway to Big Day” gallery on InStyleWeddings.com…the shimmery metallics, glitzy rhinestones, bold stripes are fabulous looks for everything from glamorous weddings to New Year’s Eve parties! The top image actually features some easy-to-recreate (& budget friendly) DIY ideas – just cut a small gold paper […]

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Brand new party theme to share with you today! This is a winter wonderland-inspired theme with a twist… pretty purple & lilac accents compliment the traditional silver and white hues to create a “Silver & Lilac Wonderland“. In addition to Holiday and New Year’s Eve parties, I love the idea of utilizing this look for […]

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Need some inspiration for your Christmas dessert table or an upcoming holiday cookie exchange? Check out this mouth-watering Showstopping Christmas Cookie Recipes gallery from BHG, which includes 21 creative ideas for treating sugar-loving friends & family! Pictured above: I’m loving the idea of a Red, White, & Pink dessert buffet for Christmas this year that […]

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