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DIY Decor: Paper Palm Trees

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This super-cool Paper Palm Tree is from the Safari Luxe Baby Shower created by Alchemy Fine Events and Canvas and Canopy. They’ve graciously offered to share the details for recreating this project at home. DIY info is below! (more…)

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Thanksgiving: Catering to Special Diets

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By HWTM guest author Ann Martin

“As most of you are getting ready for turkey day, you may get surprised with guests that have different dietary requirements. Part of being a great hostess is making everyone at the table feel welcome. This includes your son’s new vegan girlfriend, as well as your best friend who just got diagnosed as dairy intolerant…. Continue Reading (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Safari Luxe Baby Shower

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Today’s Real Party feature is a fantastic “Safari Luxe” Baby Shower created by the creative minds between Canvas and Canopy and Alchemy Fine Events.

In addition to the gorgeous and outside-the-box baby shower decor, what I also love about this party is the meaning behind the theme, which was inspired by the Safari honeymoon trip of mom and dad-to-be. Personal touches like this always make celebrations all the more special for the guests of honor!

Safari Baby Shower Theme

Read on for TONS of pretty images (courtesy of photographer Jasmine Marie) and all the DIY details, as told by the Vanessa… (more…)

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Eye Candy: Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet

Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet Amy Atlas

Amy Atlas is back with another sweet visual feast! Check out her latest work… a bountiful Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet that’s overflowing with harvest-appropriate treats like mini Mayflower boats with candy pumpkins, sweet potato marshmallow pie, adorable acorn cookies, Indian corn cookie-pops (so clever!),  pilgrim hat cupcakes, and hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks.

These colorful little turkeys are seriously way too cute…

Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet Amy Atlas

And how gorgeous are these maple leaf candy pops?!  This is a lovely idea for a fall wedding favor too…

Thanksgiving Dessert Buffet Amy Atlas

LOTS more eye candy & detail shots below! (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: One Kings Lane

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered!  And the 2 lucky, random winners are… commenters #127Tiffany W., and #250Houstonianess. Congrats, ladies…have fun shopping!

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Today’s (generous!) Surprise Giveaway comes from One Kings Lane – a unique luxury shopping site with a twist: they offer private home decor sales to their members that feature the world’s best designer decor, home essentials, & more at up to 70% OFF the normal retail price. There are new sales DAILY, and each sale only lasts for 72 hours, so the products change quite frequently…always something new to discover!

And this week at HWTM, One Kings Lane is offering up $250 Gift Certificates to TWO lucky readers!

Giveaway - One Kings Lane

OKL is also offering a $10 credit to every HWTM reader that joins the the site before midnight PST on Wednesday, November 25th. Membership is free; to sign up, click here.

Pictured directly above and below are some personal favorites from their Must-Have Gifts section, which features a special (ever-changing) collection of holiday gift finds… (more…)

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Book Review: Simply Elegant Flowers with Michael George

Simply Elegant Flowers with Michael George

Today over at RealSimple.com- check out my review of Simply Elegant Flowers with Michael George… a truly fabulous book and a great gift idea for party lovers, hostesses, and brides-to-be. Added bonus – lots of eye candy!

Simply Elegant Flowers with Michael George{Photos by Brie Williams}

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Gretel: Pretty Modern Design

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Oh, boy…someone hide my credit card! Just discovered cool & contemporary online shop: Gretel {via Oh Joy!} and immediately fell in love with their entire collection!

The funky-chic red and yellow pedestal servers by Iacoli & McAllister are a little outside my price range, but soooo very cool… They’re made from refinished vintage candlesticks and topped with a hand-finished Corian round. (Due to the vintage/hand-made nature, each pedestal design is unique.)

Many more favorites from Gretel are pictured below… starting with porcelain Marie Antionetta serving bowls by DMK, and the Vitamin Container Bowl by Muuto, which features “three separate spaces meant to hold different fruits and vegetables (and their vitamins)”.

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Colorful melamine serving trays by Isak: (more…)

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Elegant Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Elegant Thanksgiving Table Ideas

These Thanksgiving tablescape ideas from Country Living are so elegant & inspiring! I love the sense of warmth conveyed in this first look, which features pretty sepia & brown tones and lots of natural textures

Elegant Thanksgiving Table Ideas

The sentimental touches are wonderful too – especially the lovely photo centerpiece idea (pictured below), and the handwritten names & phrases applied to the linens, place cards, and even the wine goblets! (more…)

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Deal of the Day: Royal Jelly Soaps

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Today’s Cambria Cove Deal of the Day (day 7 of 7!) is this exquisite Royal Jelly Soaps Set by Gianna Rose Atelier.

From the website: “Treat your guests royally with these opulent little soaps from Gianna Rose Atelier. Each luxurious bar in the set of 4 is embossed with a bee wearing a crown to indicate its distinguishing ingredient—Royal Jelly. Combined with shea butter, this creates the richest possible soap to pamper your skin. Packaged splendidly in a deep brown box with an elegant gold design.”

USE PROMO CODE: hostess7 TO GET 20% OFF! (Expires at midnight tonight!)

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Fun Baby Shower Theme: Food Cravings

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Here’s a peek at the Cravings baby shower theme that I worked on for Parents.com last year. I have yet to actually put this to use for a friend, but am hoping to bring it to life one of these days… don’t you think this would be as much fun for the guests as for mom-to-be?!

Who wouldn’t love a good excuse to indulge in salty & sweet favorites… it’s just for one day! I love the idea of an entire “comfort food buffet” featuring mini bites like grilled cheese squares, fried pickles, and individual servings of oven-baked fries and mac-n-cheese… YUM!

pregnancy cravings baby shower theme

Centerpieces would be old-fashioned sundae glasses & cake cones filled with “fluffy” flowers like peonies, styled to look like ice cream cones! (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: PosePrints

PosePrints holiday giveaway

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered!  And the 2 random winners are… commenters #133Shauna, and #6Lindsay. Congrats, Ladies!

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We have another fun Holiday Stationery giveaway today! This one comes from PosePrints – a great company that specializes in unique stationery that features not only your name & message – but your likeness too! You can design and preview your cards in real-time on their website!

This week at HWTM, PosePrints is offering up TWO sets of 50 Personalized Holiday Cards ($100 value each). The 2 winners can pick the PosePrints design of their choice.  Personalized holiday recipe cards are available too!

PosePrints holiday giveaway

(More designs & details for HOW TO ENTER after the jump…) (more…)

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Gift Idea: Creative Wine Bottle Stoppers

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I was browsing the new issue of Real Simple last night and fell in love with these Pool Ball Wine Bottle Stoppers! Pair one of these stoppers with a bottle of wine for a fun holiday gift idea for guys, party hosts/hostesses, or the wine lover that has everything. ($34 each)

Also loving how Real Simple styled the photo above – this idea would actually look great as a decorative accessory in any combo bar/game room and would be a fun DIY decor project to create yourself (for decorative purposes only), using an old or new billiard set set, wine corks (available at craft stores), & a hot glue gun… plus a very strong adhesive if you plan to display it on the wall!

gift ideas for wine lovers

While checking out the details at knobstoppers.com, I also discovered lots of other cool bottle stopper designs… from vintage designs channeling Anthropologie or Restoration Hardware‘s style to combo stoppers/candle holders and even something for your favorite golfer: (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Charming Backyard Birthday Party {with a French Twist}

charming backyard first birthday party

Today’s Real Party feature is a Charming Backyard Birthday theme that Kay created for her adorable daughter – Raffaella – to celebrate her first birthday. This party has so many pretty details… from makeshift dessert platters embellished with moss to artificial butterflies and colorful tissue poms.

The party details are very appropriate for a first birthday party, but they’d actually also translate well to adult occasions & holidays like bridal showers, Easter or Mother’s Day too!

charming backyard first birthday party

Read on for all the pretty details, as told by Kay… (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “Mr. Man” Birthday

Mr. Man Birthday Party - boy and adult

Today’s Real Party feature has got to be one of the cutest and most creative ideas I’ve stumbled upon in a while!  This adorable “Mr. Man” Theme was created by Christina Brian of the Full House blog in order to celebrate the birthdays of her (super-cute) TRIPLET boys AND her brother! (Side note Christina has twin girls too!)

From a garland of ties to hilarious chocolate mustaches, this party is full of great inspiration for both birthday parties of all ages and boy baby showers

Mr. Man Birthday Party - boy and adult

Check out these fun pics – such a great idea for photo opps!

Mr. Man Birthday Party - boy and adult

Read on for lots more pics & all the details, as told by Christina… (more…)

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Beautiful Holiday Cakes & Cupcakes

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On the lookout for some pretty new holiday dessert ideas? Check out the lovely – and mouth-watering! – ideas in BHG’s Irresistable Holiday Cakes and Cupcakes gallery.

The gallery features 21 different recipes and also includes ideas that would work well for Thanksgiving, like this gorgeous Chocolate Harvest Cake and elegant Pistachio Cake with White Chocolate Buttercream:

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And these lovely red and white cakes and cupcakes would actually be great for Christmas AND Valentine’s Day(more…)

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Sneak Peek: Berry Sweet Baby Shower

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I’m just now going through all the images from the Berry Sweet Baby Shower that I styled a couple weeks ago (see inspiration board here) and am planning to do a full recap soon, but I couldn’t resist posting a little sneak peek right now… so here goes!

{The images are courtesy of photographer Jillian Bisinger, who did a wonderful job capturing all the little details!}

berry sweet baby shower theme girl

This “Yummy Lollipop Display” featuring strawberry-flavored swirl pops was one of my favorite elements of the candy buffet (and super easy to put together!).

I also love this shot of mom-to-be Judy Reyes having fun with her guests… (more…)

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Simply Stated: Contemporary Thanksgiving Tablescapes & Color Palettes

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Ready to update the Thanksgiving table this year? Check out today’s HWTM post over at Real Simple: mini inspiration boards for 3 Contemporary Thanksgiving Tablescapes. (Tables 2 & 3 would actually transition nicely for Christmas as well!)

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Deal of the Day {November 13th}: Red Waffle Cone Sundae Glasses

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For the next 7 days, (in addition to our regular posts), we’ll be featuring a special “Deal of the Day” from Cambria Cove!

Each deal will feature a Cambria Cove gift idea + a promo code for 20% off the featured product. Each promo code is good for 24 hours – from 12:01am ’til midnight on the day of the feature, so be sure to check back daily!

We’re kicking things off today with one of my personal favorites from the website – these fun Red Waffle Cone Sundae Glasses by Maxwell and William…super cute for everything from cookies ‘n’ cream to hot fudge sundaes… with a cherry on top! (set of 4)

USE PROMO CODE: hostess1 TO GET 20% OFF! (Expires at midnight tonight!)

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REAL PARTIES: Winery-Inspired Event

winery event and wedding theme

This gorgeous winery-inspired event by Beth Helmstetter features pretty florals in rich shades of burgandy/orange/coral, rustic elements like wooden wine boxes and barrels, and a mouth-watering spread of wines & cheeses (of course!)… all displayed in a gorgeous outdoor setting.

These images are great inspiration for a fall or winery-inspired wedding… and I also think the centerpieces would be lovely on a Thanksgiving table!

winery event and wedding theme

Read on for lots of pretty pics and party details, as told by Beth herself…

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Free Printables: Momma Bird Baby Shower

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After receiving many inquiries about the framed signs & posters from Alison Sweeney’s Momma Bird Baby Shower theme, I’ve decided to make things easy and offer them here in {free} downloadable format. And for those of you celebrating boys on the way, there are now blue & yellow versions of everything as well!

Below is a preview of each design that’s included, and you’ll find links to download .zip files of each set at the bottom of this post.

For more ideas on this theme, check out the sneak peek, the themed diaper cake, and the party photo album on Facebook.

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8×10 Signs:

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Fun Finds: Oliver & Sammy at cb2

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If you loved the fun Oliver plates from cb2 (see earlier post here), then you’ll probably also love these coordinating Oliver Martini Glasses. This style is so unique: mixed media hand sketch with a color photo of a maraschino cherry that’s actually ON the glass (looks like there’s a real cherry in there!). {$4.95 each}

And in the same style as the Oliver plates & glasses come the holiday-friendly Sammy Appetizer plates featuring doodles of elves skiing on a party pick and riding a “cork” reindeer. {only $2.95 each!}

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Cardstore.com

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winners are… commenters #31Mindy, and #113Cati. Congrats!

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It’s that time of year again, so today’s Surprise Giveaway feels especially relevant… Just in time for the season, CardStore.com is offering up $100 Shopping Sprees towards their HUGE selection of personalized Holiday Cards and Thank You Cards to TWO hwtm readers! This should help out significantly with spreading the holiday cheer!

personalized holiday cards and invitations

In the Holiday Cards Section, you’ll find everything from Christmas Photo Cards and Greeting Cards to Holiday Party Invitations. Pictured above and below are some personal favorites (there was so much great stuff to choose from I went a little crazy with the examples!)…. (more…)

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DIY Video: Owl Drink Stir Sticks

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Remember the gorgeous Anthropologie-inspired Owl Baby Shower that we featured last month? Well, there were tons of inquiries about how to make the adorable owl stir sticks that one of the shower hostesses – Jesi Haack from Jesi Haack Weddings – made for the party.

When I asked Jesi for the DIY info, she was kind enough to not only share the details, but she also create a fabulous how-to video to demonstrate all the steps! Click the play button below to watch:

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Winter Wonderland Dessert Buffet

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Maddy from Inspired Bride and Amanda from Bake It Pretty recently put together this absolutely stunning “Winter Wonderland” themed dessert buffet… seriously, how gorgeous is this?!

Better yet, they’ve broken the buffet down into a series of detailed DIY posts for each individual element – from the winter wonderland cupcakes (pictured below) to the dessert treat bags, so that holiday hostesses & brides-to-be can recreate this exact look at home!

winter wonderland wedding dessert candy buffet

I’m especially loving the winter wonderland centerpiece… check out this close up of the adorable white birds perched on the white branches: (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “Wild Rumpus” Birthday

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

Today’s Real Party feature looks like so much fun! It’s a “Wild Rumpus” Birthday that Kristen Gau created to celebrate the milestone first birthday of her (super adorable!) son Henry.

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

Inspired by the colors of autumn and the Where the Wild Things Are book & movie, this party is packed with creative ideas! Read on for lots more pics & all the details, as told by Kristen…

Where the Wild Things Are birthday party theme

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Free Printables: New Moon {Twilight Saga}

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The New Moon movie premiers in just a couple weeks! So for those of you planning to host a New Moon party, I’ve designed some new, printable quotes from book #2 as a follow up to the earlier Twilight quotes & drink labels.

Since the New Moon movie paraphernalia features a different look & color palette than the book cover (see above), I decided to create these quotes in 2 different styles as well: the “woodsy” theme for the Wolf Pack quotes and the signature red/black/white theme for Bella & the Vampires.

There are FOUR 8×10″ quote designs and TEN 5×7″ quote designs. Scroll down to check out all of the available designs. You’ll find printing tips + links to download high-res PDFs of everything at the bottom of this post. Hope you have fun with them! (P.S. Stay tuned for additional NM party ideas… coming soon!)

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Here are the 8×10 Quotes (featuring Bella, Edward, Jacob, and Alice):

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REAL PARTIES: Twilight / Breaking Dawn Bachelorette Party

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I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve received lately asking about New Moon party ideas!  I’ve been working on the new movie quote designs and they’re coming tonight… it will be late-night though!

In the meantime, I wanted to share this email I recently received from Jackie Culmer about a Twilight/Breaking Dawn themed bachelorette party that she created for a close friend.

There are so many fun, clever details in here – from the invite wording to the mini first aid kits… and it’s always such a cool feeling to see my original Twilight quotes & labels in action at others’ parties! =)

Twilght bachelorette party ideas

Here’s the email from Jackie with more info on the party

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“I just wanted to thank you for the Twilight theme inspiration and signs. I used them for a friend’s Bachelorette party. She is obsessed with Twilight (as we all are) so I called it the “Breaking Dawn Bachelorette – Party ’til the sun comes up.”

I got a life size cut out of Edward for pictures and “Twilighted” the room out with your quotes & drink labels, candles, red ribbon, and pictures of the bride to be. (more…)

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Simply Stated: Quick & Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece Idea

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Today’s HWTM post over at Real Simple… a Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Centerpiece idea so that you have more time to spend in that kitchen! *wink*

P.S. Need to make a bunch of them? Check out these glass 3-Tier Servers from IKEA for $14.99 each!

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Fabulous Place Cards & Drink Tags

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These cut paper place cards / drink tags from Etsy shop JonNI Paper and Decorative Art are such a fun, creative way to dress up glasses and bottles!

The “LOVE” (available in Leaf, Bird, or Heart) and XOXO designs (pictured below) are perfect for weddings, bridal/engagement showers and Valentine’s Day… how cute would the bird version be for a Love Birds theme?!

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Hosting friends & family for Thanksgiving? Check out these fantastic Turkey Place Cards: (more…)

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Nursery Inspiration Board: Mod Safari Girl

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First things first – apologies for the missing post yesterday. I was just straight-up wiped out after the Berry Sweet Baby Shower for Judy Reyes (Scrubs) up in Santa Monica on Sunday. Everything went great though! I can’t post anything until after it comes out in Life&Style on Thursday… but I’m super excited to share pics and all the DIY details SOON!

And speaking of little ones on the way… Sonny and I also got some fun news yesterday. We found out we’re having a GIRL! (Our first… due in March!)

You might have seen the Modern Giraffe-Inspired Nursery boards that I designed for StrollerTraffic a few weeks ago. Well, I found myself revisiting those boards the minute we got home yesterday (uh-oh… let the shopping begin!). I still want to go with a modern giraffe-inspired theme, but decided to “girl it up” a little with bold splashes of orange, yellow, and bright pink & some other fun details.

Since we have a lot of moms and moms-to-be that visit HWTM, I wanted to share the info for this board with you in case anything catches your eye! (product names & links for everything are below)… (more…)

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