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Winner Update – 2/10: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky randomly chosen winners are… commenter #34 – Amanda, commenter #193 – Raphelle, and commenter #38 – Nancy. Congrats to all of you! ***** Lisa Leonard Designs – a fabulous online shop specializing in lovely, handmade custom […]

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Lots more beautiful images & details to share with you from the “Oh How Tweet” baby shower today… …from amazing rhinestone-studded invitations to a mouth-watering menu (served by dad-to-be & other family members acting as “waiters”!) and “sweet tweets” like mini chocolate bundt cakes topped with spun sugar nests! Read on for a ton of […]

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So… I don’t think it’s possible to create a party that gets much more beautiful than this gorgeous “Oh How Tweet!” baby shower hosted in honor of Suzanne Johnson and her new baby twins, do you?! This party looks like it stepped right off the pages of an Anthropologie catalog… such a fresh, chic vibe […]

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In case you’re on the lookout for a new way to impress in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day – or aiming to wow a whole group of guests for any special occasion really – here’s one of my favorite “sweet tips” from Simple Stunning Parties, a fabulous book by entertaining expert Karen Bussen. These cool […]

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Today’s Real Party baby shower feature is especially near & dear… it was actually my own! The shower was hosted earlier this month by 4 of my close friends – Leslie, Sarah, Mimi, and Jen… and they did such a great job – I was totally blown away! It was so odd to be on […]

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Here’s a sneak peek at some new invites I recently designed for an upcoming baby shower… featuring a new masquerade-inspired party theme that’s been so much fun to work on! For extra “festivity”, the final invitations were embellished with adhesive craft rhinestones (on the butterfly antennae), Opal Stardream Envelopes, and hand-stamping on the front & […]

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, it feels like the perfect time of year to feature some pretty red drinks… like these sparkling pomegranate cocktails & mocktails from Judy Reyes’s Berry Sweet Baby Shower. Both drinks are lovely, yummy, & super easy… just like we like them! (Full recipes below.)

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I’m so excited to share this fabulous – and super useful – DIY project with you today! The tutorial comes from Jacinda at Prudent Baby, and features a clever & inexpensive way to create your own dessert/cake stands for all sorts of parties and occasions. With all the fabulous scrapbook paper that’s available these days, […]

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I stumbled across these adorable nylon ladybugs recently and thought they’d be the perfect starting point for a Modern Ladybug party theme! Ladybugs are always cute for kids birthday parties and “Lovebug” Valentine’s Day parties, but this theme can even translate beautifully for a girlie baby shower or bridal shower. For adult-friendly parties, just make […]

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Megan from Real Weddings – (an Australian-based magazine that recently launched a shiny new website!) –  sent over some beautiful inspiration to share from one of their photo shoots. These images are from an “Entertain at Home” feature that was a collaboration between British fashion designer Jasper Conran and Waterford Crystal. The tablescape & party […]

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In continuing with Part 1 of the gorgeous Gossip Girl Inspired Bridal Shower posted yesterday, here is Part 2: Menu & Activities. Scroll down for details on the yummy food & drinks that the ladies were treated to, as well as the (non-cheesy!) bridal shower activities they participated in, as told by event designer Carolyn […]

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Today’s Real Party feature is a gorgeous “Gossip Girl Inspired” Bridal Shower created by event planner Carolyn Chen of The Special Day. The details of this party are absolutely fabulous… from the fluffy pink peony arrangements and aubergine ruffle placemats (swoon!) to the lovely guests who were all decked out in black & white “Upper […]

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If you’re planning to host a get-together for the NFL Championships and/or Super Bowl, entertaining guru Jeanne Benedict has some absolutely adorable ideas for dessert! Jeanne designed & whipped up 7 ultra-creative Super Bowl cupcakes for Celebrations.com, where she is a Lifestyle Party Expert, and she was generous enough to share them with us here! […]

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I don’t know what the weather’s like in your area… but it’s POURING outside in San Diego today! The perfect weather – and time of year – to warm up with a yummy hot drink, like this creative cider-based cocktail: HOT CHAMBORD CIDER 1/2 oz Chambord 1/2 oz Tuaca Liqueur 3 oz apple cider 1 […]

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky randomly selected winner is… Commenter #365 – Wendy Sue, who said,”love the hey cupcake mini petite pink card and the red love spouts mini card. so adorable!” Congrats, Wendy! Have fun on your shopping spree! =) ***** We […]

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