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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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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed – thanks so much to everyone who entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #31 – Alyssa, 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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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