As the owner of 2 (ridiculously sweet & unabashedly spoiled) yellow Labs, I definitely fall into the “dog person” category, so anything cool that’s related to dogs usually catches my eye quite easily…
These exclusive digital designsare all 2-sided, and they sport cute & contemporary design motifs like dog houses, bone silhouettes, and cool graphic patterns on both the front and back sides of the announcement. Clever phrases like “Bad to the Bone” and “Pawsitively Cute” add a playful touch too! Each design runs between $1.79 and $2.79 and you can even get perfectly-coordinating stickers & mailing labels to match!
A few more favorites – for both dog AND cat lovers – are pictured below: (more…)
Is it just me, or has there been a noticeable trend in Octopus-inspired products lately? You can find everything from vinyl wall graphics to laptop sleeves to baby onesies donning tentacle-clad motifs these days! Here are 8 cool “octopus design” finds that fall in the entertaining & home accessories categories:
These new Oliver Appetizer Plates from cb2 are so random & fun! I love it when kitchen & dining products step outside the box like this… mixed media black & white hand sketches of little “doodle dudes” with color photos on slim rectangular white plates. Great conversation starters at your next party… or a fun hostess gift idea for the design-forward party guru! ($2.95 each at cb2)
There were sooo many details to cover on this party, and the text is running pretty long as it is, so if you still have questions on anything please feel free to ask them here. Also – downloadable templates for the custom signs are coming soon! =)
Kids bored with lunch? Get ready for a serious dose of creative juice that they’re sure to love! Funky Lunch has an entire gallery of artistic sandwich creations – from Hello Kitty to Sponge Bob and everything in between… there’s even a Grand Piano design with the top propped up!
These ideas are super cute for kids parties – or just anytime you want to make the little ones feel special. (I actually love the Flowers design at the top for adult tea parties or baby/bridal showers too!)
A few more favorites pictured below: Lion, Caterpillar, Crocodile, Giraffe, and of course… the Grand Piano (complete with keyboard & all)! (more…)
I was browsing BHG for some good end-of-summer treats and came across this mouth-watering All-Time Favorite Pie Recipes e gallery! The top picture (Black Raspberry Cream Pie) is what immediately caught my eye, but there are plenty of other tempting treats for all sorts of tastebuds – from fruit-lovers to choco-holics!
Pictured above:Black Raspberry Cream Pie featuring a classic graham cracker crust and cream cheese-raspberry filling; individual One-Handed Fried Pies filled with dried apricots, peaches, & apples, then topped with a dusting of powdered sugar; colorful Tropical Fruit Pie, which can be made with your favorite combo of tropical fruits. (I’m loving the colors in the kiwi, raspberry, strawberry & papaya combo pictured here though!)
This week’s Surprise Giveaway is all about entertaining! It comes from Gallery 19 – a fabulous website for party lovers & hostesses of all sorts of occasions – from holidays to birthdays to everyday dinner parties and beyond!
This next Real Party is a colorful “Oh Boy! Baby Shower” from Ebony Sparkes, featuring fun details like gumball-filled vases and an adorable plush-lion-topped diaper cake. Read on for all the sweet details, as told by Ebony herself…
“My friend Nicole and I were so excited to plan this baby shower for our dear friend Torrie. Planning this shower was an absolute joy for us, as Torrie has always been a great friend. She gave us complete range to do whatever we wanted and “Oh Boy” did we ever!
We were inspired by Amy’s “Oh Baby” baby shower right here from the HWTM and added our own special touches, so we came up with the “Oh Boy Gumball Shower” theme. (more…)
This new Real Party feature actually comes from the winner of our Summer Entertaining Contest – Kara Allen! This is a farm/barnyard themed party she created for her son’s first birthday – and the adorable farm animal cakes caught my eye right away! Read on for all the details, as told by Kara herself…
“I had a farm barnyard birthday party for my son’s first birthday last year. It was A LOT of fun! I had a blast planning it….I just love details!(more…)
Thanks so much to everyone that voted for the finalists in the Summer Entertaining Contest on Facebook! After a week of voting, the first prize goes to… Kara Allen – for her adorable, ultra-colorful Circus/Carnival Birthday Party. Congrats, Kara – and great job! (For more great party ideas from Kara, check out her blog – Kara’s Party Ideas.)
And the 2nd winner – a randomly selected contest voter – is Tiffany Hausdorf. Congrats, Tiffany! Hope you enjoy your spa set!
Check out more pics of Kara’s Circus/Carnival Party below…. (more…)
There were 2 main types of centerpieces at last month’s French Circus Baby Shower – “feather trees” and an “eclectic groupings”, and today I’m going to cover the DIY details for the feather trees. These are actually one of my favorite types of centerpieces to make – and they’re surprisingly quick & easy! I used a smaller version of these at the Hip Hostess New York event last year, but since this party was outdoors in a bigger space, we opted for a larger feather plumes & taller vases this time so that they’d still make a strong visual impact within the setting.
In the centerpieces pictured here, we used 19-23″ ostrich plumes and 28″ eiffel tower vases, then embellished the centerpieces with ribbon and cool acrylic strands pulled from a “Hoops Beaded Curtain“, which was also used to decorate the cabana area. (only $19.99 per curtain – and one goes a long way!)
To help combat the surprisingly strong wind factor in the backyard setting, we used “earthquake gum” to secure each feather tree to a decorative “base” made from an acrylic silver charger plate with translucent aqua vase gems hot-glued all the way around the edge. The vase gems matched the party’s color palette and added a substantial amount of weight to the plate.
Here are all the DIY details for the feather trees: (more…)
“Treat Cones” are such a fun way to display candy & other goodies at a party. They’re easy to make and can be tailored to pretty much any party theme or color palette, so the sky’s the limit on the style!
Winner update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the 3 lucky winners are… Commenters #50 – Jessica, #462 – Michele, and #260 – Eveline. Congrats, ladies!
I’m so excited to share this week’s Surprise Giveaway with you! For those of you that love a thoughtful/sentimental gift idea – whether for yourself or someone else – the handmade jewelry and other sweet things by Lisa Leonard Designs should be right up your alley! Even better – Lisa is offering up $50 Gift Certificates this week to THREE lucky hwtm readers!
You’ll find custom necklaces, inspired necklaces, bracelets, and more at Lisa Leonard, for everyone from mom to sis to BFF. Each piece is hand-cut, hammered, antiqued and polished sterling silver.
If you saw the fabulous life-size Malibu Dream House that Jonathan Adler decked out for Barbie’s 50th Birthday Party earlier this year & liked what you saw…. good news! Several of the Adler’s Barbie-themed designs – which pair his signature style with Barbie’s signature color – are now available for purchase… and not just in the miniature department either!
First of all… WOW! We had some truly amazing entries in the Facebook Summer Entertaining Contest… and WAY more than 5 stand-out parties, so let me tell you this was seriously a hard one to narrow down to just 5 finalists. We had several different people help with the process of narrowing it down though, and the top 5 picks of each person were often very different – so the finalists you see here are the parties that had the most overlap amongst everyone’s lists.
These 5 parties are an eclectic mix – from birthday parties to baby showers to 4th of July… but all of them show great creativity, originality, relevance to summer, & good old fashioned effort! Here they are, in random order: (more…)
Amy Atlas has done it again! Her recent Moroccan-Inspired Dessert Buffet is quite possibly one of my favorite dessert buffets she’s created yet… not only because of the fabulous pattern that is incorporated throughout the entire thing – but also due to the vibrant aqua and orange color palette. Yum! It’s ultra-contemporary, yet warm & inviting all at the same time.
The work of some other very talented creatives went into this visual feast as well…
For my fellow wine lovers (and those of you good with a video camera!):
This summer Black Box Wines launched the “You Got Boxed” contest to challenge its fans to share boxed wines with their friends. For a chance to win, contestants secretly serve guests Black Box Wines (in lieu of traditional bottled wine) and capture their reaction on camera when the box is revealed. There is a monthly $2,000 prize and a final grand prize of a whopping $10,000!
The HWTM Facebook community has always been so warm & welcoming – and we’ve been wanting to do something to thank the FB fans and help showcase all the great creativity they’ve been posting lately!
So… last week we launched our first-ever HWTM Facebook contest, and there are 2 ways to win: 1. by submitting party photos related to “summer entertaining” to the Fan Photos section, and 2. by simply voting for your favorite of the 5 finalists. Tomorrow (Thursday, 8/13) is the last day to submit photos for the contest and then the finalists will be announced and voting will start on Friday! Get more details here.
Both of the prizes up for grabs: home spa packages worth over $300 each! Each prize includes premium skincare products from MD Confidential, salon brand haircare products, and a light-weight adult coverup by Little Giraffe.
Last week, my husband and I attended the “Aloha Kitchen Challenge” at Roy’s Restaurant in La Jolla, which felt a little bit like experiencing an Iron Chef event first hand (or an episode of Hell’s Kitchen where the head chef is a whole lot nicer!).
The “Aloha Kitchen Challenge” is actually a gourmet competition that Internationally-acclaimed Chef Roy Yamaguchi has been hosting at different Roy’s locations throughout the country (and more are in the works if you’d like to attend one of them!).
3 culinary students local to the area are partnered with top chefs from local restaurants, who act as their mentors for the event, then they compete for the chance to win a year-long internship with Roy’s expert chefs. The students were all from the Art Institute of San Diego: Grant Toraason, Athena Gilson and Bruce Ricketts – and they were paired with top chefs: Jason Knibb of NINE-TEN; Bernard Guillas of Marine Room; Brian Malarkey, of Oceanaire; and Garrett Mukogawa of Roy’s.
Guests of the event are treated to a fun – and highly creative – 5-course meal, along with champagne and wine pairings for each course, if desired. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th courses were created by the 3 students, and all of the dinner guests + some special local celebrity judges voted on their favorite dish at the end of the meal.
Here are the 3 contenders… how great is the presentation on each of these dishes?! (more…)
This adorable “Fairyland Birthday Party” was created Adriana Arabia by for her daughter Isa’s 6th birthday. Here are all the magical details, as told by Adriana!
“My daughter is fascinated by fairies and I wanted to throw a memorable birthday party for her on her 6th birthday because it will be her last birthday as a single child and I guess I was feeling a bit guilty for what was about to come…
As soon as we had decided on a theme I started searching the web for ideas and inspiration and came across the fairy birthday party that HWTM organized. It happened to have the same color scheme I had planned and I totally fell in love.
I wanted to do everything from the invitations so I went to my local Michael’s store and bought card-stock paper, stickers and other supplies. (more…)
This week’s Surprise Giveaway is guaranteed to make a lucky someone’s table look extra fabulous!
It’s from a super stylish shop called Cherry & East that’s full of all sorts of cool & contemporary finds for the kitchen and table and beyond. The winner gets $200 to spend on their choice of mix & match tableware (placemats, napkins, coasters and runners) from the ultra-modern DwellStudio collection!
As a sugar-lover with a soft spot for a good cause, the pairing of these 2 attributes in a venture always seems especially sweet! For example…
The Flour Pot – an adorable cookie boutique – has teamed up with Alex’s Lemonade Stand – a foundation working to aid in the fight against childhood cancer – on this adorable lemon cookie gift set. ($25/set of 6) Each set features 6 individually wrapped lemon shaped cookies, and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each box is donated to Alex’s Lemonade Stand. (more…)
Gretchen from b.a.s.h.ful Events sent over some pictures of this adorable Lemon & Lime Candy Buffet they created recently… how cute is this?! There’s so much great DIY inspiration in these pics – from the cute display tags that all feature the same fun pattern to the way everything was individually wrapped so that it all coordinated!
For the favor/candy containers, white takeout boxes (available at craft stores like Michaels) were embellished with the phrase “How SWEET it is to be loved by you!” along with the baby shower date & info.
I also loved how she displayed and individually wrapped the lollipops with tissue & coordinating ribbon… (more…)
Happy Friday! I thought it would be fun to do something cocktail-related today… seeing as it’s the weekend and all!
While going through some saved emails this morning, I stumbled on 4 cocktail recipes that were sent to me earlier this summer (Pom-Tini, Blackberry Collins, First Class Punch, & Cherry Bomb) under the subject line “Summer Drinks the Celebs are Sipping“. While I honestly don’t know how often these specific people really sip on these particular drinks, that really doesn’t matter in the scheme of things – because any of us can enjoy them… and they all look pretty tasty!
All 4 cocktail recipes are below… which one looks best to YOU? (I’m thinking Cherry Bombs are a good choice for my girls trip to Vegas next weekend!) (more…)
This Backyard Barbeque Baby Shower that Beth Helmstetter hosted at a residence in Shawnee, Kansas is super creative, inviting, and full of down-home country FUN!
Guests sat on pillow-topped hay bales, mini bouquets of white daisies were lined up neatly on vintage cowboy print linens, invitations were handmade on pieces of wood, and adorable mini pies were served up for desserts…
Read on for lots more photos and party details from Beth! (more…)
Below you’ll find free downloadable PDFs for all of the different framed 5×7 and 8×10 signs used throughout the party, as well as the napkin ring embellishments (also used on the candy buffet jars), goodie bag embellishments, and welcome sign.
Note: Several of these signs originally featured the name of the baby that I threw the original shower for, but I changed the wording on the downloadable versions to be more general so that they can be used for anyone. Everything is set up in Adobe PDF format and zipped since the high-resolution file sizes are pretty large. Hope you’re able to use these for your own Mod Monkey baby showers… enjoy!
This week’s Surprise Giveaway could come in handy for so many people… especially if you or a friend has a wedding, bridal shower, bachelorette party, baby shower, or birthday party coming up!
Moments of Elegance is offering up a $100 Shopping Spree towards anything on their site – which includes stylish party favors, favor packaging, personalized gifts, and more. There’s even an entire Holidaysection with cool finds like Glitter Snowflake Favor Boxes and Merry Martini Bath Salts!
There are so many different types and styles of products to choose from that it was honestly hard to narrow down what to feature in this post, but a few favorites are pictured above and below. (I especially love the “She’s about to Pop!” favors for a circus or “Big Top” themed baby shower.) (more…)
I love it when cb2 (Crate & Barrel’s sister store) comes out with a new collection because you can count on them to always be modern and always be affordable! Here are a few fresh NEW finds from their kitchen & dining collection:
Pictured above: colorful, vintage-mod Lable Glasses ($19.95/set of 6).
Last week was a bit of a light posting week because I was pretty much consumed with last minute details for the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge– the “pampering party” kick-off for BlogHer ’09 that I co-hosted with 5 other bloggers in Chicago last Thursday…which ended up attracting over 500 guests!
My main responsibility for the event was the party decor & room set-up. The set up became just a tad stressful when we decided to move to a larger room – with a completely different layout of course – the day before the party :0 We had to rent lounge furniture and a zillion power strips & extension cords to accommodate all the vendor & beauty station needs, but in the end the new space worked out great – blessing in disguise! (more…)
Here’s a sneak peek at the French circus-inspired “Cirque du Bebe” baby shower that I styled for Tisha Campbell Martin & Duane Martin last weekend. This theme was so much FUN to work on!
With a guest list of nearly 200, this baby shower was extremely large and more like the size of a wedding, but you can definitely recreate this look on a much smaller scale too!
LOTS more pics and tons of DIY details for all of the centerpieces & special decorative elements to come soon… (just as soon as I get back from Chicago and am done with the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge event tonight!) (more…)
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