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The TomKat Studio’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

Thanks so much to The TomKat Studio for inviting me to be part of her fabulous 2010 Holiday Gift Guide! My gift picks for “Ladies Who Love to Entertain” are above… and even though the Oliver Appetizer Plates and JA Bottlestoppers are primarily white, I’m still definitely on a COLOR kick right now! (The gifts above range from $2.95 – $45.)

The Gift Guide is full of TONS of fantastic finds for all sorts of fun people though – from Cupcake Lovers and Pet Lovers to Busy Moms, Cool Dads, Budding Photographers, Beauty Queens & more… I even spotted something for my husband thanks to the round-up from Kim’s hubby! A few more sample pages are picture below. Click here to view the full guide. Happy Shopping! (more…)

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Holiday DIY: Yarn Pom Snow People

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I’ve been having so much holiday fun with yarn poms lately… this little “Yarn Pom Snow People” project is one of the latest experiments! A fun holiday craft idea for kids of all ages… and now I’m also thinking that it could make for a cute winter bridal shower centerpiece… maybe add a cute little “snowy” heart in between the “snow couple”? Hmmm…

Full DIY details are below – but the first element you’ll need to recreate this project is a set of yarn poms in your own favorite colors. I used Vicky‘s fabulous Yarn Pom Poof tutorial to create these cute little guys… and they’re popping up all over our holiday decor this year!

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Vendor Spotlight: Calligraphy by Jennifer

I’m really excited to introduce you to the super sweet AND talented Jenn Gillespie of Calligraphy by Jennifer today! As with many of you, I’ve had the pleasure of “meeting” Jenn virtually through blogging/facebook/twitter…  she’s always such a caring, cheerful voice that consistently shares gorgeous wedding & event eye candy on her company facebook page and blog.

Handwritten calligraphy always adds such a beautiful, personal touch to weddings & special occasions, and Jenn is a pro at more than 35 calligraphy styles! She specializes in exquisite modern and traditional hand lettering for all occasions – from weddings and event stationery to holiday cards, hand stamps, envelope addressing, and more. (more…)

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Anthropologie’s New Holiday Gift Wrap

Completely loving the new holiday gift wrap & trim collection from Anthropologie especially the fabulous Margarite Gift Toppers (the colorful little wool balls)! I feel strongly compelled to make some miniature versions of this mod tree from these cute little guys now. Hmmm…

Something else to make you smile today: check out this fun, QUIRKY SHORT VIDEO by Anthropologie, starring their holiday gift wrap.

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12 Creative Baby Shower Themes

Remember when baby showers used to be all about pacifiers and teddy bears and baby carriages? My, how times have changed… =)

If you’re on the lookout for some creative baby shower ideas, here’s a round-up of 12 Creative Baby Shower Themes that I recently put together over at iVillage. The inspiration gallery features the work of some very talented graphic designers & event planners from ’round the country, as well as some of my own events! Visit the full article to check out all 12 themes + details on how to recreate these looks at home.

{The 12 themes include: Mod Monkey, Cirque du Bebe, Flowers & Candy, Parisian Chic, B is for Baby Shower, Bedtime Story, Oh How Tweet, Little Cowboy, Modern Nest, Woodland Forest, Pinwheels and Poms, and Festival du Bebe}

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Invitation Consultants

Invitation Consultants is back with another fabulous Personalized Stationery/Cards SHOPPING SPREE – and this time it’s TWICE the size at $200! In case you haven’t visited them before, Invitation Consultants is a fabulous online shop with a HUGE catalog of personalized invites and stationery for all sorts of occasions – from holidays to birthdays, weddings and beyond.

Given the time of year, I focused on designs from their Holiday Collection in the sample gallery above, including Holiday Photo Cards and styles from the Family Update Series – where you have room for both photos and a summary of the year that’s gone by – and from the Little Artist Series, which features space for a photo of your child AND a place to showcase their homemade artwork! {The winner can use their $200 shopping spree towards cards/stationery for any occasion though… not just holiday!}

Coordinating stationery elements are available for many of the designs too – including envelope liners, return address labels, rsvp cards, and even stamps! (more…)

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DIY: Yarn & Candy Cane Ornaments

DIY Candy Cane Yarn Ornaments

Ready for some super easy holiday DIY? These cute Yarn & Candy Cane Ornaments are a breeze to whip up!

This was a happy accident that occurred when I was trying to figure out how to make regular yarn ball flowers look more “holiday-ish” for a Christmas table centerpiece. I’m still planning to make some sort of “bouquet” from these, but am also loving how they look on the their own – either as hanging ornaments or just as “sitting” decor for the table or tree!

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A Festive “Christmas Candyland” Theme

Christmas Candyland Party Ideas

Talk about getting in the holiday spirit! Does this happy holiday soirée look like fun or what?! Bird from Bird Crafts is the creative genius behind this sweet red, white, and gingerbread spread – which she designed to coordinate with her printable Christmas Candyland Party Collection.

In addition to adorable edible treats like mini candy cane milkshakes (yes, please!) and cute little gingerbread guys, I’m spotting so much great DIY here – from the paper-lined sweets trays and “snowy” styrofoam trees to the fabulous cupcake stand embellished with ribbon and more decorative paper.

Christmas Candyland Party Ideas

Read on for lots more inspiring images + a complete list of vendor resources & party details, as told by Bird(more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: LilyGirl Jewelry

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky randomly chosen winner is… Commenter #61Tamara. Congrats!

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Who could use some new sparkle and shine for their holiday party outfit?! Well, good news… the fabulous handmade jewelry shop LilyGirl is back with another fabulous giveaway – just in time for the holidays!

Whether you’re looking to dress up your own outfit or to make a loved one happy with a pretty little box to unwrap, LilyGirl has tons of gorgeous, unique designs to choose from… including their brand-new Season’s Shimmer collection that just launched yesterday! (and subsequently my Christmas gifting and wish lists both grew yesterday too… go figure!)

This week at HWTM, LilyGirl is offering up $100 SHOPPING SPREE to a very lucky reader! The prize can be used towards anything on shoplilygirl.com – choose from Mixed Metals, Little LIL (for the wee ones!), House Blessings (sparkle for your home!), Boxed Gifts under $50, and more… (more…)

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“Glam SnowGirls” Holiday Dessert Party

Glam Snowgirl Holiday Party Ideas

Excited to share another wonderfully creative holiday party with you today! This fun & festive “GLAM SNOWGIRLS” theme is a collaboration between Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes and Kim of The TomKat Studio… gotta love it when talent teams up!

Some of the MANY sweet & whimsical details featured in this theme include: strawberry milk minis garnished with edible snowflakes, Hostess Snowball “snow cones” (great DIY project!), 3D fondant Snow Ladies, beautiful snow-flake topped white chocolate covered Oreos, and some truly FANTASTIC outfits on the adorable, GLAM party girls!

Glam Snowgirl Holiday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more yummy images + party details and shopping resources, as told by Tanya(more…)

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Printable Holiday Photo Booth Accessories

Holiday Photo Booth Accessories

These printable Holiday Photo Booth Accessories from Paper and Cake are such a FUN idea for holiday parties – or a great way to add humor to that Christmas card photo!

This collection includes: Mustaches, Lips, Santa Hat, Santa Beard, Mrs. Claus’ spectacles, Reindeer Antlers, Rudolf’s Red Nose, & Pennant Banner. {$9.95 at Paper and Cake}

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Darling PINK Nutcracker Suite Ballet Party

Nutcracker Ballet Holiday Party Ideas

Get ready to be inspired… because I have an AMAZING holiday party to share with you today from the ultra-talented Kate of Kate Landers Events!

This gorgeous Nutcracker Suite Ballet Party is literally a sweet holiday dream brought to life. There are so many clever, creative details to admire – from the sparkly fondant lollipops and ridiculously cute white chocolate covered peppermint ganache mice (LOVE!) to the princess-like ruffled table skirts and ballet tutu favors. A-DORABLE…

Nutcracker Ballet Holiday Party Ideas

Read on for TONS of gorgeous, pink-a-licious images (as captured by Liza Voll) and all the creative & inspiring party details, as told by Kate herself… (more…)

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Easy Snowy Meringue-Drop Brownies

Snowy Meringue Drop Brownies Recipe

Here’s a fun, easy idea for turning brownies into cute little “winter-y” desserts! These would look fabulous on the dessert table at a holiday party or winter bridal/baby shower… You can use your own favorite brownie recipe – OR just use store-bought brownie bites like I did here to keep things super quick & easy. Gotta love those short-cuts sometimes!

All you need for the topping is powdered sugar, a sifter, frosting, and meringue drops. (I also used store-bought meringue drops, but you can always make them yourself if you’re feeling really ambitious!)

Snowy Meringue Drop Brownies Recipe

Here’s a quick pictorial of the how-to: (more…)

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Fun Holiday Party Theme: Vintage Rudolph

Rudolph Reindeer Holiday Party Ideas

Just one day after Thanksgiving… it’s already beginning to look a lot like Christmas around here! We’ve got TONS of great holiday party inspiration to share with you for the next few weeks… and I’m really excited to kick things off today with this brand new – and very ADORABLE – “Vintage Rudolph” holiday theme by Kim from The TomKat Studio!

This colorful & happy holiday theme utilizes Kim’s new Vintage Rudolph Printable Party Collection (which is 50% off through December 1st!) along with coordinating treats from several talented vendors…

Rudolph Reindeer Holiday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more pics (as captured by Laura Winslow) + party details, as told by Kim… (P.S. You can also download a couple of the bonus party printables for free below!) (more…)

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Layered Pumpkin-Chocolate Cheesecake Bars

Pumpkin Chocolate Cheesecake Bars - Holiday Dessert

I wanted to try a new dessert for Thanksgiving this year, so when a recipe with the words “pumpkin“, “chocolate“, AND “cheesecake” in the title graced my inbox, it sounded impossible to resist! Well, I’m happy to report that the finished product is impossible to resist too… a rich & creamy pumpkin top layer with a buttery chocolate & graham cracker crust. DELICIOUS!

Read on for a step-by-step pictorial + the full recipe. And if you already have your turkey day desserts covered this year – not to worry because these dreamy little bars would be fabulous for Christmas & New Year’s too! There’s something about the combo of pumpkin & chocolate that just makes it feel like the holidays…

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A “Dreamy” Dessert Table for Miley Cyrus

Bohemian Dessert Table – Miley Cyrus 18th Birthday

Is this dessert table GORGEOUS or what?! Melody from Sweet and Saucy Shop created this amazing spread for Miley Cyrus’ 18th birthday party this past weekend. In addition to the stunning birthday cake – which included shimmery, whimsical details like hand-carved dream catchers, sugar feathers, and sugar turquoise beads – the table featured over 500 desserts!

Bohemian Dessert Table – Miley Cyrus 18th Birthday

Melody was told that Miley loves dream catchers and bohemian style, so the dessert table was designed with those interests in mind & came together beautifully! Huge kudos also go to Jesi from Jesi Haack Weddings for creating the amazing dream catcher backdrop, and to Elizabeth and Karrie from Posh Paperie for the perfectly coordinating dessert cards.

Bohemian Dessert Table – Miley Cyrus 18th Birthday

Read on for LOTS more inspiring photos {& serious eye candy!}…

P.S. I’m also filing this under New Year’s Eve because – between the color palette, the festive metallics, and the “dream catcher” element – don’t you think this would be a fantastic theme for a New Year’s party?! (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Jo Totes Camera Bags

Winner update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone who entered. I seriously wish we could give bags away to all of you after reading through all the enthusiastic entries! We had to narrow it down to just 2 though – and the {very lucky!}, randomly selected winners are: Commenters #599 – Tammy and #71 – Heidi. Congrats, Ladies!

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Say bye-bye to boring camera bags… because I’m about to introduce you to a fabulous company that creates super stylish camera bags designed especially for women! If you are an aspiring photographer in any capacity – or maybe know a colleague or loved one that is – this is an especially thoughtful gift idea for the holidays!

Jo Totes Camera Bags come in a variety of great styles & colors and provide a fun way to safely carry your cameras and a lens or two on a daily basis, at photo shoots, while traveling, or AT PARTIES! *wink* And this week at HWTM, Jo Totes is offering up TWO of their designer camera bags! (one bag each to 2 different winners) (more…)

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New Party Shop: Sweet and Saucy Supply

Good news! Pastry extraordinaire Melody Brandon from the popular dessert studio Sweet and Saucy Shop just opened up a brand new online store that features many of the same stylish pieces that she uses to display her own desserts! You’ll find gorgeous cake stands, bowls & platters, display domes, and decorative cupcake liners at the new Sweet and Saucy Supply.

A few personal favorites are pictured above… and I’m definitely thinking this will be a great place for Santa to shop… how about you? =)

P.S. Need some inspiration for what to put on these beauties? Check out the Sweet and Saucy Shop gallery and blog. OH YA… and the GORGEOUS Bohemian dessert table that she created for Miley Cyrus’s 18th birthday party last night – in collaboration with Jesi Haack and the girls from Posh Paperie – How fun!

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Spiced Brown Sugar “Give Thanks” Cookies

Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

Annie from popular foodie blog Annie’s Eats just sent over these adorable Spiced Brown Sugar Cut-Out Cookies that were inspired by the Grateful Mod printables – how cute & yummy-looking are these?! The piping work is amazing… wish I had that steady of a hand!

She also posted a step-by-step tutorial of the recipe on her blog, as well as a GORGEOUS Royal Icing Tutorial to help explain how she gets her designs looking so great.

Thanksgiving Sugar Cookies

Thanks for sharing these, Annie!

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DIY: Modern Thanksgiving Favors & Party Mix

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Wanted to share some quick & easy Thanksgiving favor/hostess gift ideas I recently created using the Grateful Mod Party Printables, which you can download for free here!

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All you need for the packaging is:
1. small kraft boxes OR cellophane bags
2. pretty ribbon OR raffia
3. one of following printables: drink/food flags (skinny designs used as “closures” on the bigger boxes), favor tags (used on the cellphane bags & small boxes), or paper patterns (used for the layered circle design on one of the small boxes).

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And then for the edible filler, I just whipped up a quick sweet party mix that coordinates with the colors on the printables, and is made from store-bought elements: Sweet & Salty Chex Mix, white-chocolate pretzels, and Reese’s Pieces. Easy-peasy!

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Please Note: These printables were created as part of Operation Give Thanks to help benefit our military families. Although they are offered to you free, a small donation in return for using them is greatly appreciated!

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REAL PARTIES: Rustic Fall Celebration

Rustic Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

I’m excited to share this wonderful Rustic Fall Party from Courtney of Joyful Weddings & Events with you today – full great inspiration for Thanksgiving decor too! There are so many fantasic and affordable DIY ideas to be found here – from the creative (& easy!) burlap wreath to the mason jar drinking glasses embellished with brown paper bags, to the market produce vase fillers, which added a perfect pop of color in all the right places.

Rustic Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Read on for lots more pics and party details, as told by Courtney… (more…)

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Holiday Party: Chocolate + Peppermint Treats

When it comes winter holidays, there’s just something about rich, yummy chocolate that makes a celebration feel extra-festive! Hot chocolate, peppermint bark (a personal fav!), chocolate candy cane cocktails, elegant chocolate fountains, peppermint ice cream cakes with chocolate cookie crust… the list goes on!

An entire Chocolate & Peppermint-inspired theme is actually a great way to add a fun twist to any holiday party.  Whether you’re hosting an ornament exchange, a traditional family dinner, or a holiday cocktail party, this sweet duo is always a crowd pleaser – and very holiday-appropriate! There are so many great ways to get creative with this theme – from the party décor to the food! Here are a few ideas to get you started:

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SWEETS & TREATS:

1. Dove Peppermint Bark Promises
These yummy, silky-smooth chocolates have a subtle peppermint crunch, and they’re only available during the holidays, so they make for an extra-special treat for guests that they can’t get just anytime of the year!

The packaging is also really fun – it has a contemporary look on the outside featuring a modern red & green circles motif, and the inside of each wrapper holds a holiday-inspired message! These are perfect for setting out in bowls during the party, and they also make a great take-home favor idea for a Peppermint & Chocolate party theme. Package them in small red favor boxes wrapped up gift-style with a white bow and a mini candy cane on top!

For an alternate serving idea, Dove Peppermint Bark Promises look great unwrapped and lined up in modern rows on pretty trays lined with decorative red & white striped paper. The square shapes and classic two-tone peppermint bark look of each chocolate makes for a very stylish & chic addition to the dessert buffet.

2. Peppermint & Hot Fudge Ice Cream Cake
This is a holiday favorite that we make every year! It features a buttery chocolate cookie crust & peppermint ice cream topped with gooey hot fudge, whipped cream, and peppermint candy sprinkles. Amazing! Click here for the full recipe.

3. Chocolate Dipped Candy Canes Sticks
This is an easy DIY treat that works well with all kinds of chocolate: milk, dark, white, and peppermint. Just melt the chocolate in a small bowl or coffee mug and dip old-fashioned peppermint candy cane sticks in the chocolate, covering about half of the stick. While the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle it with crushed candy cans, chocolate sprinkles, or white nonpareils and let dry.

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SIGNATURE COCKTAILS:

Warm up or cool off with these fun signature Cocktail Ideas that coordinate perfect with this theme: Peppermint Patty “Hot Toddies” and Frosty Candy Cane Martinis.

Peppermint Patty Hot Toddy
Ingredients
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1 oz. peppermint schnapps
½ oz. créme de cacao
1 tsp. créme de menthe
5 to 8 oz. hot chocolate
whipped cream
shaved chocolate

Directions:
Pour liqueurs into a glass mug, fill with hot chocolate and top with a generous helping of whipped cream. Garnish with chocolate shavings.

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Chocolate Covered Candy Cane Martini
Ingredients
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2 oz. vodka
1 oz. chocolate liqueur
1 oz. peppermint schnapps
1 oz. cream

Directions:
Add ingredients to an ice-filled cocktail shaker and shake well. Serve in a chilled martini glass rimmed with crushed candy canes, and hang a mini candy cane on the rim to garnish.

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DECORATIONS:

Wrap red ribbon diagonally around white cylinder vases to give them a peppermint candy-cane look. Fill the vases with tight bunches of red and white flowers.

Wrap white pillar candles with a ring of candy cane sticks, using hot glue to attach the candy sticks all the way around the candle. For the finishing touch, embellish with a band of red satin ribbon. (This concept also works great for round chocolate cakes, substituting frosting as the “adhesive” of course!)

To add a sweet twist to place settings, embellish chocolate-brown napkins with red & white satin ribbon and a candy cane “topper”.

Make a chocolate candy-cane garland by gluing a long row of candy canes to a 1.5” band of chocolate-brown satin ribbon. Glue the top “hook” portion of the candy canes to the ribbon, and face each set of 2 candy canes inward towards each other so that their form heart shapes all the way down the banner.

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Have some fun ideas to add to this theme? Please share theme with us and other readers in the comments section below!

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Exploring & Celebrating Holiday Traditions

The holiday season always brings about a lot of talk of “traditions, and with how hectic our standard day to day life can be, I love that this time of year always serves as a fun reminder for us to stop and spend time with family and friends!

Traditions also give you & your family something to look forward to every year, and there’s a certain comfort in that reliability. It’s also important to remember that traditions that they can be unique to you. Do the things that make you and and your own loved ones happy – even if it’s as simple as enjoying a certain treat while watching a favorite holiday movie or making a special drink to sip while decorating the tree. Here are 2 of the traditions that I’ve come to know & love in my own family circle… both of which happen to center around food, of course! =)

1. MEALS THAT CELEBRATE FAMILY HERITAGE.
This is definitely one of the traditions that I REALLY look forward to ever year – in fact, just thinking about it right now is making me hungry! My husband’s father is Italian, so we always have a big traditional Italian Seafood dinner on Christmas Eve with his extended family, and as a seafood-lover, this is the best meal ever! They serve all different kinds of fish and shellfish (including pesto-marinated crab!), as well as yummy pasta dishes like lasagna and fettuccini alfredo. (more…)

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Modern Thanksgiving Table: Orange & Gray

Modern Thanksgiving Table Ideas

When Alexandra from Enchanted Events & Design recently stumbled on some cool orange/gray/white patterns, she was inspired to design her Thanksgiving table around them this year. So… instead of pairing oranges & yellows with earthy browns like you typically see on Thanksgiving, she used gray & silver to give the table a fresh, modern vibe. It’s amazing how something as simple as swapping out a single color can give a traditional holiday celebration a fresh, updated feel!

Modern Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Read on for more images & details on this festive – and very affordable – Thanksgiving tablescape design from Alexandra (+ a very sweet TG activity idea too!)…  (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Luna Bazaar

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the 2 very lucky, randomly selected winners are: Commenters #183 – Heather and #104 – Tiffany. Congrats!!

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We have a fabulous new Surprise Giveaway for you today from one of the most popular party decor websites out there (and a personal favorite of mine) – Luna Bazaar! This one is going to be worth $250 to TWO very lucky winners… so there’s $500 worth of stylish decorations up for grabs!

Luna Bazaar is well known for their wedding & party decor, but they also have a wonderful selection of HOLIDAY decor. For example: colorful gilded glass candle holders, cool paper star lanterns, festive lighted garlands, white paper honeycomb decorations (inexpensive + high impact!), disco ball string lights (SO fun for New Year’s!), gorgeous mercury glass candle holders, and holiday ornaments, to name a few… (more…)

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Fall Pumpkin Celebration + DIY Inspiration

This fabulous Pumpkin Celebration by Katie of Katie Grace Designs was also created for The City Cradle’s fall celebration challenge… how fun & CREATIVE is this?!! Katie did such a great job and there is SO much great DIY inspiration to be found here. Added bonus: she’s posted step by step tutorials for the yummy Pumpkin Trifle, the Fabric Backdrops for the tables, and those ridiculously cool Pinecone Chandeliers on her blog!

A few more details I’m loving here: dessert “stands” made from hay bales (which I just saw on sale at Michael’s!), a “Falling Tea Leaf” bar (full details below), pinecone cupcake toppers, adorable mini pumpkin pies, pumpkin trifles served in decorated mason jars, and a clever fall banner utilizing burlap backing for the letters. (more…)

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Gorgeous Autumn Apple Engagement Party

Fall Thanksgiving Engagement Party Ideas

I’m so excited to share this gorgeous “Autumn Apple” theme from creative party genius Chris Nease with you today! Sweet touches of lace, clever picture frame “place mats“, caramel apples at each place setting (yes, please!), a wonderfully eclectic centerpiece, bright splashes of apple red in all the right places… I pretty much love it all!

This is fabulous party inspiration for everything from a gorgeous Thanksgiving dinner to a lovely engagement party or bridal shower.

Fall Thanksgiving Engagement Party Ideas

Read on for LOTS more beautiful pics (as captured by Linkowitz Photography) and all the sweet party details, as told by Chris(more…)

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David Stark for Cocodot {Exclusive Collection}

Event design guru & author David Stark has teamed up with the super-stylish online invitations site – Cocodot – to create an exclusive line of festive, unique holiday cards & invitations stamped with Stark’s signature style!

One of the bonuses of this collaboration for Stark was the eco-friendly aspect, as he noted: “Since eco strategies have long been part of our event planning ethos, it is a great delight to partner with Cocodot to create an array of holiday entertaining correspondence options that are as stylish and chic as they are earth friendly.

The David Stark Cocodot collection was inspired by elements of his current holiday product collection for West Elm (see slide #10 in the gallery, above). And if you’re not yet familiar with Stark’s event design work, check out a few images of his ridiculously cool events in slides 5-9, above. (Especially swooning over the RED one!)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Designer Party Supplies

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky, randomly selected winner is: Commenter #71 – Tia, who said: “Okay, the stinking cute Shabby Chic collection because it could be used for SO many occasions – a bridal shower, baby shower, birthday party or tea party. LOVE THEM!” Congrats, Tia!

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We have a fabulous new Surprise Giveaway for you today from one of my favorite online party supply shopsPlates and Napkins! This one should be a nice boost for the party budget of anyone planning a get-together for pretty much ANY occasion – from holiday parties to birthday parties, baby showers, and beyond!

This week at HWTM, Plates and Napkins is offering up a $100 Shopping Spree to a lucky reader. There are 2 easy ways to enter. (See details below.)

Pictured above are some of my personal favorites, including:  (more…)

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Happy Cake Stand + Circus Party Inspiration

DIY circus cake stand

This cake stand makes me happy just looking at it – how about you?! It’s from a wonderfully creative & unique wedding that was featured in the Summer 2010 issue of Martha Stewart Weddings, and it’s on my mind right now for 2 reasons:

1. I think this would be a fantastic display in holiday colors for a big Christmas party/celebration or with gold/silver shingles for a dramatic New Year’s Eve dessert table…

2. because my daughter turns 8 months today, so I’m starting to get excited about planning her first birthday party – and the theme is going to be “Macy’s Birthday Parade” – as a play on the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade! I’ve always been a sucker for circus/carnival type themes, so a birthday parade fits right in there… and we just couldn’t resist the play on words! (more…)

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