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Hey Twilight Lovers… Drink Up! (Printable Vampire Bottle Labels)

Twilight & vampire party ideas

In honor of my shiny new Twilight DVD, I have a little vampire-themed viewing party in the works, which should be FUN!

We’ll definitely be having “Blood-Rimmed Martinis“, and I made these Vampire Drink Labels to print out and slide over bottles of RED drinks like Pomegranate IZZE, Boylan’s Black Cherry Soda, and whatever other red concoctions the store shelves have to offer that can pass for Type A and B! (Update 4/12: Too see actual photos of these labels in use, click here!)

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If you’re planning to host a Twilight/Edward Cullen-viewing party of your own and want to use these drink labels too, you can download them right here in Adobe pdf format. (more…)

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Stylish & Modern Easter Centerpieces

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Looking for some inspiration for your Easter table? Here are a few of my favorite ideas from BHG.com that are not only chic and contemporary, but also approachable (a.k.a. not overly time consuming – hooray!).

Pictured above: Who would’ve predicted that Eggs and Carnations would make for such a hip & modern centerpiece? (And I’m loving the white & bright yellow palette!); super easy Candle Holder Egg Tree; instead of bunnies – go for the butterfly look with this Flight of Fancy Easter basket; and lovely Floral Nests (peonies with mini eggs tucked inside, displayed in footed dishes).

Pictured below: This gorgeous White-on-White Easter table design is so very inviting…

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The Egg & Tulip centerpieces are so playful & modern, and I also love the Egg Flower Cup and Egg Placecard ideas!

(I’m also filing this post under “baby showers” because some of these designs would work great for a Modern Nesting or Momma Bird baby shower theme too!)

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Spring & Summer Party Inspiration

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Well, today is officially the first day of Spring! I thought it would be fun to celebrate the imminent arrival of warmer weather with some spring-and-summer-appropriate decorating inspiration from one of my favorite entertaining books: The Perfect Wedding Details by Maria McBride.

Regardless of whether or not you actually have a wedding to plan – wedding books are always great places to draw creative inspiration for all sorts of occasions! For example, don’t you think the birdcage garden centerpiece pictured above would be gorgeous for an Easter table or Mother’s Day brunch?!

And this adorable strawberry & wheatgrass topiary below would be lovely for a bridal shower or strawberry shortcake themed baby shower…

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Cocktails are great for any time of year, of course… but there’s something about warm weather and a sunny outdoor party that really makes me want to punch up the color! The Perfect Wedding Details has some great ideas for fun garnishes too…

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Want to put a unique spin on your bridal bouquet? Go green with a funky, chic arrangement of button mums & tropical leaves… (more…)

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Creative & Gracious Gifts for Guests

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If you’re looking for a creative way to say thank you to your wedding guests – especially those that have traveled far and wide to help celebrate your big day – try surprising them with a “Welcome!” treat in their hotel room or a parting gift as they head home from reception.

Jo Gartin’s Weddings has an entire chapter devoted to clever & thoughtful ways to say thank you… just a few of which are pictured here. I absolutely adore the “Midnight Snack” idea pictured above – which features mini bottles of milk and individually wrapped donuts in a takeout box personalized with a custom label. (Boxes and labels available at myownlabels.com).

I actually think this same concept would work well as a party favor for all sorts of occasions – from birthday parties to coroporate events – and just imagine all the different possibilities for the treat combo it holds: bagels & cream cheese with mini bottles of o.j. or chilled Starbucks Frappuccinos, cookies & milk, energy drinks & trail mix or energy bars… the list goes on!

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More ideas: Greet guests with a gift basket of old-fashioned treats like kettle chips, lemonade, and cherry sours (above)…or with a goodie-filled “welcome pouch” that hangs from the hotel room door or bedpost (below). (more…)

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Absolutely Amazing DIY Birthday Cakes!

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Parenting.com has a fabulous birthday cake gallery/tutorial that is nothing short of AMAZING! Each of the 31 cakes in this gallery comes with step-by-step instructions on how you can recreate it at home. There’s some serious creativity & resourcefulness going on here!

Pictured at top: Castle cake – featuring ice cream cone turrets…SWEET!

Pictured below: Pirate Ship and Soccer Ball cakes. (The use of Oreo Crisps for the soccer ball is GENIUS!)

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This Lion cake design is adorable too… especially the chow-mein noodle “mane”!

amazing DIY birthday cakes

More favorites pictured below: Purse Cake with Giant Tootsie Roll handle, Train Birthday Cake – Engine (also check out the entire train cake) ,Ladybug cupcakes, Snake cupcakes, Dump Truck cake, ridiculously clever French Fries cake (toasted pound cake slices with red frosting dip!), Shark cake, and Monkey cake.

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Best of the Web: St. Patrick’s Day Chic

St. Patrick's Day Ideas

When you think of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I’m guessing the word “chic” isn’t the first adjective that comes to mind, but these smart & stylish ideas from ’round the web prove there’s another side to St. Patty’s Day festivities that’s sans the all-you-can-drink green beer and rowdy pub crowds!

1. Chic St. Patty’s Day DECOR:
BHG.com’s Irish-Inspired St. Patrick’s Day Decor gallery is loaded with lovely green ideas. A few favorites pictured above:
Irish Napkin Decor – simple & rustic… with a shamrock embellishment!
Green Glass Vases – dressed up with copper wire & white flowers
Bells of Ireland – modern & chic when displayed in a simple white vase
Green Floral Bouquet – a fabulous mix of chartreuse flowers, Bells of Ireland, mums, hydrangea, and hypericum.

(Also check out the Bells of Ireland Topiary tutorial.)

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2. Chic St. Patty’s Day COCKTAILS:

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Raise a glass with one of these tasty, Irish-themed cocktails: (more…)

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Beer Floats(!) with Shamrock Swizzles

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The perfect St. Patty’s Day treat for adults… vanilla ice cream topped with Irish Stout! And LUCKY for us, the directions couldn’t get any easier: 1. Scoop vanilla ice cream into a chilled pint glass. 2. Top with beer. 3. Enjoy!

Leave it to Martha to come up with the perfect themed “garnish” for our beer floats, too… click here for the shamrock swizzle stick “how to”.

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: How Fast They Grow ($150 Gift Certificate)

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WINNER Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered and checked out How Fast They Grow! The random winner was chosen, and I love it when stuff like this happens because it proves that the results really are RANDOM. The # drawn was “1“! So Mirielle – our very first entrant in the giveaway – is also the lucky winner. Congrats, Mirielle! To everyone else… more giveaways coming up soon!

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This week’s Surprise Giveaway is especially near & dear to me… because it comes from How Fast They Grow – an innovative, digital scrapbooking company that includes a Hostess with the Mostess™ collection in their series of available templates!

I had so much fun designing these page templates last year (81 designs total), but it’s been even more exciting to see the pages come to life with the favorite photos & memories of real people!

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If you’re not yet familiar with How Fast They Grow, their technology enables users to “drag and drop” digital photos into 12×12 page templates and create magazine-quality scrapbook pages in about seven minutes. There is no software to download or purchase, and you can also customize titles, fonts, and journaling on each page!

This week, How Fast They Grow is offering up a $150 Gift Certificate to a lucky HWTM reader! Pages are $5.50 each, so $150 is going to go a long ways in creating memory books for yourself or gift books for loved ones (think Mother’s Day, graduation, milestone birthdays, etc.).

(Details for How to Enter after the jump…) (more…)

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Simply Stated: Orla Kiely for Target

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Today over at Simply Stated – get the details on the new (fabulous + affordable!) Orla Kiely for Target line, plus a few ideas for an party/shower theme inspired by this collection!

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And while we’re on the subject of the Orla Kiely brand… how fabulous are these bags from her Spring/Summer 2009 collection?! These aren’t even in the same time zone as far as my personal budget goes (sigh…), but here’s to dreaming that Target will team up with Kiely on personal accessories next!

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Barbie’s Birthday Party Recap (Part 1) + Tips from Event Planner Colin Cowie

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

In honor of Barbie’s 50th Birthday/Anniversary – Mattel went all out with a very cool, VERY PINK birthday bash at the “Real” Life-Size Barbie Dream House in Malibu, CA.

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

Jonathan Adler was tapped to do the interior design of the “Dream House”, and celebrity event planner Colin Cowie (who also hosts’s Lifetime’s Get Married show) brought the ridiculously cool party to life with an overwhelming amount of Barbie-themed decor, sparkly pink things, and clever details.

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

As someone who loves both interior design and event planning – and can appreciate a good dose of “girlie girl” now and then – I definitely felt like a kid in a candy store at this party! Everywhere you turned there was something “happy” to look at – from Barbie’s luxe pink bedroom (which included a shoe closet filled with 50 pairs of Barbie® pink peep-toe Christian Louboutin heels)…

Barbie's 50th Birthday Party

…to a fireplace flanked by pink plastic poodles… to cocktail serving trays filled with acrylic pink ice! (The toilets even had huge pink satin bows tied around the seat covers… talk about attention to detail!)

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Since HWTM is all about party planning – we asked Cowie – the brains behind the bash – to share some of his favorite party details with us… as well as a few tips that we can use at home. Here goes:

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HWTM: “Barbie Malibu Dream House” sounds like such a fun party theme! Can you give us some insight into your overall vision for this event?
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I WANTED TO CREATE AN EVENT THAT WAS COMPLETELY PERSONALIZED TO BARBIE. AS ALWAYS, I START WITH A THEME (POP ART), AND A COLOR PALETTE (BLACK WHITE AND PINK), AND GO FROM THERE.  I WANTED ALL OF THE ELEMENTS TO BE VERY VIBRANT AND TO HAVE AN IMPACT BY USING A LOT OF REPETITON. (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “TinkerBright” Birthday

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We have a new “Real Party” for you that’s loaded with decorating inspiration for those of you that love COLOR! This is a party that Michelle Schobert threw for her daughter’s 9th birthday celebration. Keep reading for lots of pics and all the colorful details, as told by Michelle:

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“My youngest daughter Courtney has had a Tinkerbell birthday party every year since she was 2. This year, as she turned nine, she still wanted to include Tinkerbell, but wanted something a little more grown up.

As a graphic designer, I created the custom invitations (pictured above) which became the jumping off point for the party décor. I designed the invitation graphic with a combination of vibrant colors, elegant swirls and small Tinkerbell image. After printing them on my home computer, I hand cut the scalloped border and added a few rhinestones for sparkle.

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In order to provide an exact match with the invitations I printed extra sheets of the striped pattern to use as a wrap for the glass candleholders…but scrapbook paper could also be used to create the same effect.

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I also custom designed the table runner to correlate with the rest of the décor. I repeated a number of patterns, a stripe, a polka dot and a floral in the same color palette to pull everything together. (more…)

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Simply Stated: Inspiration Boards Made Easy

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Today on Simply Stated: get the details on a fabulous web-based application that makes creating digital inspiration boards for your parties & celebrations super easy… no graphics training required!  I used it this morning to create the Pretty in Pink Bridal Shower board pictured above… in about 15 minutes flat! Learn more.

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Garnish

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Winner Update – 3/17: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to all 300+ of you that entered! And the FOUR lucky, random winners are: Commenters # 221 (Five O’Clock Somewhere), #223 (Danielle), #114 (Amber), and #188 (Whitney). Congrats! Garnish will be contacting each of you directly to coordinate your prize!

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I’m really excited to share this week’s Surprise Giveaway with you… this one comes from Garnish – an online shop that offers simple, budget-friendly packaging, then loads you up with the most clever, creative on ideas on how to incorporate them into your parties & celebrations!

Kraft paper sheets as beer sleeves? Yep! 10 ¢ party cups as Easter egg holders? Why not?! A little dinero will get you a long way at Garnish… and today they’re offering up $25 shopping sprees to FOUR hwtm readers! Just look at all the fun stuff you can do with your winnings, from party favors to picnic lunch boxes:

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Check out these clever ideas for Easter celebrations and Kids Parties… the Lego®-filled tubes are way too fun! (Details on how to enter after the jump…) (more…)

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Hip, Hand-Blown Martini Glasses

Sagaform martini glasses

I’m loving the look of these hip & colorful martini glasses by Swedish designer Matz Borgstrom for Sagaform. Available as a set of 4, each martini stem features its own juicy hue in hot pink, green, blue, and orange. ($29.95 at Wrapables.com)

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Happy 50th Birthday, Barbie! + Party Details

Barbie's 50th birthday party

Well, Barbie® officially turns 50 today, and I have to say she’s still looking about half her age!

In honor of the milestone birthday/anniversary, Mattel is rolling out the pink carpet at a big celebration happening tonight at her “Real” Life-Size Malibu Dream House®. With help from style gurus like event-planner-to-stars Colin Cowie (the brains behind the bash) and designer Jonathan Adler (who decked out the Dream House) – this is sure to be one fabulous party!

A few hints of what Cowie has planned for the party include:
• 146 pounds of pink candy to line the dessert table
• custom-made lucite tables filled with thousands of tiny shoes, mini handbags, and Barbie® sunglasses
• 3,000 pink roses, 100 hydrangea and 300 ranunculus for the centerpieces
• themed signature drinks like Barbie® Doll-icious!, Ken’s Caiprirosca, Strawberry Blonde (see image below) and It’s a Pink Thing

I’m covering the party as press tonight, so there will be a full recap later this week – along with drink recipes, decor ideas, and a few tips from Mr. Cowie himself(!) on how to host a Barbie-themed party at home. I’m also just planning to tweet from the event, so feel free to follow me for pink carpet updates!

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Fantastic Table Centerpieces (Idea Gallery)

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One of my favorite parts of Everyday with Rachael Ray magazine is their fabulous Centerpiece of the Month segment, where they invite different people – usually with very recognizable names – to create a centerpiece design to share with readers. Luckily, these ideas are archived online, so if you’re looking for some tabletop decorating inspiration, this is a great place to start!

A few favorites are pictured here – starting with the top image – “Sock It To Me” designed by the fabulous Orla Keily – which features mix-n-match socks used as vase covers…genius!

Pictured below (clockwise from top left): “All Choked Up” by Jackie Shapiro (of French Bull fame); “Veggie Garden” by home design guru Christopher Lowell; “Spool Party” by product designer David Stark; and “Recycled Chic” by cookbook authors Matt and Ted Lee.

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I love how adorable and easy this next idea is… “Sugar High” – fittingly designed by Dylan Lauren of Dylan’s Candy Bar – features unwrapped whirly pops and suckers sprouting from a bed of candies. (The white flower pots are from IKEA.) (more…)

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Simply Stated: 5 Favorite Party Planning Tips

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I often get asked about party planning tips, and sometimes the advice varies based on the type of event or subject of the article, but there are a few things that are applicable no matter what type of party you’re hosting, and that’s the topic of today’s post over at Simply Stated: My 5 Favorite Party Planning Tips.

These 5 tips are the things I find myself telling friends & family over and over again – and most of them are geared towards making hosting a party easier and less stressful, even though I didn’t intentionally focus on that topic.  I think this is because whenever I’m asked for tips from loved ones, there’s almost always a hint (or sometimes more than a hint) of stress in their voice, so I find myself wanting to help make the process easier – and, in turn more FUN – for them. If you’re feeling that hint of stress, hopefully something here will help you too… or if YOU have a favorite entertaining tip or piece of advice to add, please share it with us in the comments!

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Pamper Me Fabulous Event – March 7th

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For our readers in the Los Angeles area, treat yourself this Saturday to Pamper Me Fabulous, an oh-so-chic spa and beauty event! (Click here for a recap of last year’s event.)

About the event:
Pamper Me Fabulous
brings together all the things you and your girlfriends love. Take a break from the stresses of life to luxuriate in mini beauty and spa services from the best Los Angeles spas and salons, shop for beauty products and “crave” products, taste gourmet sweets and eats and score a Hollywood-style swag bag all under one swanky roof in the heart of LA.  Plus, ten percent of all ticket sales to the event benefit Step Up Women’s Network. (more…)

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Getting Creative with Carnations

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Carnations seem to get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to the floral “status quo” – but the truth is that there are plenty of beautiful – and even cool – looks you can achieve with this budget-friendly flower.

Because of the price point and shape of carnations, they allow you to create soft, lush, and substantial floral arrangements – and just like anything else, it’s all about playing up their strengths and “packaging” them the right way. Here are a few great examples from floral designers who did just that….

Pictured at top – pretty carnation design ideas from InstyleWeddings.com.

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Pictured above, clockwise from top left: Mini carnation bouquets from Brides.com; Todd Oldham™ Triple Scoop bouquet from FTD; a budget-friendly idea from Martha Stewart with a contemporary, yet feminine flair; and Todd Oldham™ Sweet Scoops Sundae bouquet from FTD.

Pictured below: This gorgeous “dome” design featuring all-white carnations & crystal strands is the epitomy of glam, but a similar arrangement works just as well at a casual beach wedding when paired with a simple, chic cake stand and “best wishes” notes from guests. (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: MetroMint

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed – thanks so much to everyone who entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #31Alyssa, who said, ” I’ve tried the Spearmint and I loved it! Other than that, the Orangemint sounds like something I’d try next.” Congrats, Alyssa! To everyone else…more giveaways coming soon!

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Can you believe it’s MARCH already? What better way to start the new month than with a Surprise Giveaway! This new giveaway comes from Metromint – a company that puts a unique twist on the standard bottled water by combining purified water with pure mint for both flavor & wellness. Turns out there’s more to mint than just breath-freshening and mojitos! Just check out all the health benefits of mint.

Today, Metromint is offering up a “Renew & Refresh” Sample Pack ($150 retail value) to a lucky HWTM reader…which includes all of the following:

One case of Cherrymint water
One case of Chocolatemint water
Sample pack of all Metromint flavors + recipes
Women’s short sleeve Chocolatemint t-shirt
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Women’s short sleeve Cherrymint t-shirt
3 contemporary Metromint shopping totes

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HOW TO ENTER:

Post a comment here telling us which of the Metromint flavors sounds best to you (Cherrymint, Chocolatemint, Spearmint, Peppermint, Orangemint, Lemonmint) – OR your favorite wellness tip.

Giveaway ends Tuesday, March 10th at midnight PST. Winner is chosen randomly and will be announced Wednesday, March 11th. Good luck!

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Modern Diaper Cakes {Follow Up}

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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.

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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.)

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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

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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.

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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!)

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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.

{top “gaggle” image from Chow.com}

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“Stress Less” Dinner Party Ideas

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I’m loving the format of the new RealSimple.com 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).

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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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Sipping in Style: Clever Barware

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I’m in love with this clever barware idea from Brides.com… serve up a fun signature drink (like the hard lemonade pictured here) – in mason jars with stylish die-cut lids that have room for a straw!

These Daisy Cut Metal Lids are available in both pewter & gold finishes at Candle Soylutions (starting at $0.39 each).  Various sizes of mason jars are also available at Candle Soylutions.

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Simply Stated: Fresh Apple Party Theme

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Today over at Simply Stated – check out ideas for a Fresh Apple Party Theme – which would be fun for a spring/summer bridal shower or casual Mother’s Day Brunch! Also included: the recipe link for these tempting White Chocolate-Toffee Crunch Caramel Apples… yum!

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New Party Theme: Butterfly Meadow

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Just added a new bridal shower to the HWTM Party Themes!  “Butterfly Meadow” features pretty winged creatures & fresh greens that are perfect for spring/summer bridal showers.

Even better, the decor for this theme is super easy to whip together, so you’ll still have plenty of time to get all that spring cleaning done before the party (lucky you!).

spring butterfly bridal shower

I couldn’t decide between a tall or low centerpiece for this table, so we decided to shoot them both. Options are a good thing, right? Click here for complete details.

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Recipe Idea: Cap’n Crunch Seared Tuna

captain crunch seared tuna

My friend Sam was on the Today show this morning with a recipe idea that sounds totally random but looks super yummy too – not to mention quick & easy (big bonus!).

The recipe is called Cap’n Crunch Seared Tuna – and it’s pretty much exactly that… tuna rolled in crushed cereal crumbs, then quickly seared and served with easy DIY Japanese mayo. {Full recipe below, after the jump.}

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Here’s a shot of the final product, hot off the pan – just before garnishing with onions and Asian chilli sauce… (more…)

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Trends: Dine in {Bright!} Color

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New products are popping up all around as spring merchandise moves in, and one trend you’ll definitely notice over at Crate&Barrel is COLOR! Here are a few favorites from their vibrant new pieces for the table… starting with the bright, eclectic Flower Plates {$6.95 each) and Flower Platter {$16.95}, both pictured above.

Next up are these cool lemon and orange-glazed stoneware Zest Plates {$6.95-$7.95}, which feature a fun citrus slice design, and mix-n-match Melamine-Bamboo Plates, made from durable melamine blended with renewable bamboo pulp.

affordable colorful dinnerware

Last but not least are the palm-frond-inspired Carley Textured Plates ($6.95 each), which come in 4 spring/summer-ready colors… (more…)

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Happy Fat Tuesday! What’s Cooking?

Mardi Gras recipes

Can’t make it out to the French Quarter tonight? You can still celebrate the final Mardi Gras fling (a.k.a. “Fat Tuesday”) in the comfort of your own home – sans the crowds and “impromptu entertainment” they often bring! BHG has some fantastic ideas in their “Mardi Gras Recipes” gallery. Here are a few favorites:

For seafood lovers {above, clockwise from top left}: Creole Crab Cakes, Shrimp and Crab Gumbo, Cajun Fish Soup, and Chicken and Shrimp Jambalaya.

Chicken or beef more your style? How about one of these flavorful dishes instead (below, clockwise from top left}: Mile-High Muffuletta-Style Sandwich, Cajun Pot Roast with Maque Choux, Cajun Chicken Lasagna, and Chicken and Sausage Gumbo. (more…)

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