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Zoology Tableware by Boston Warehouse

zoology tableware by boston warehouse

Loving this super-cute Zoology tableware by Boston Warehouse… the contemporary shapes and all-white finish reminds me of Jonathan Adler’s fabulous signature style, but these pieces are a lot easier on the pocketbook! (Prices range from $9.95 – $24.95 at Heliotrope) Clever gift ideas for hostesses & new nesters too…

Pictured above: Rhino Butter Dish ($9.95), Giraffe Oil & Vinegar Set ($24.95), and Mouse & Cheese Salt/Pepper Set ($9.95).

zoology tableware by boston warehouse

Pictured above: Turtle Jam Jar ($9.95), Elephant Teapot ($9.95), and Whale Cream/Sugar Set ($9.95). (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: A “Curious George” Inspired Birthday Party for Grant

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Today’s Real Party feature – a colorful Curious George-inspired birthday party – comes from the talented Esther of My Bride Story.

There are so many things I LOVE about this party, but here are a few stand-outs:

1. From the “milk shooters” topped with chocolate chip cookies to the colorful & contemporary DIY felt garlands, this party is filled with wonderfully creative ideas that are both stylish & budget-friendly!

2. In lieu of regular birthday presents, all gifts were given directly to charity.

3. The concept behind the party is very inspiring…and is even reflected in the chosen venue. More details on this below, but here’s one of my favorite comments from Esther: “It has been an incredible journey for our family this year, and we wanted to use this occasion to honor those who have supported us and Grant with their gracious support and wisdom.”

Curious George birthday party ideas

Curious George birthday party ideas

Read on for LOTS more pics and all the party details, as told by Esther(more…)

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What a Difference A Day Makes…

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I’ve been a little light on the posting this week and just wanted to share the reason why… our new addition to the family arrived a little earlier than expected!

Sonny & I went to a routine doctor appointment on Monday and got sent straight across to labor & delivery due to some safety concerns. I have to admit that was a little nerve-wracking… but by Tuesday morning Macy arrived – completely healthy & happy!

baby macy

We’re taking a few days to adjust to being new parents and all that entails – especially the fact that she seems to have her days and nights absolutely, completely switched :0 Sleep has been pretty much non-existent since Sunday night :0 – but I know all of that is to be expected at the beginning.

I’ll still be posting regularly again starting tomorrow afternoon though… there are some fabulous new Real Parties to share! =)

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Easy Leprechaun Hat Party Centerpiece

leprechaun hat centerpiece - st. patrick's day

Another quick & easy St. Patrick’s Day centerpiece idea and this one literally takes about 5 minutes to put together once you have the elements!

YOU’LL NEED:
1. Pillar candle holders in 2 different heights
2. Sparkly leprechaun hats – around $2.50 at most party supply stores
3. Bright yellow ribbon – 1.5″ wide
4. Something to use as a “buckle” – You can either make your own using cardstock, or use sparkly gold chipboard pieces like the ones I used here – which are part of K&Company’s Twinkle Type Letters and were purchased at Michaels.

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St. Patrick’s Day Centerpiece: Lucky Mugs

st. patrick's day party decorating ideas

Continuing with St. Patty’s Day inspiration today, here’s a quick, easy, & affordable idea for a party centerpiece/decorative accent.

All you need are glass beer mugs, small green plants, chocolate coins, and wood skewers.

These plants were only $2 – $2.50 each at Home Depot, and you can also find similar sizes/prices at IKEA. For the beer mugs, check places like HomeGoods and Target… this set of 4 was only $8 at HomeGoods!

I also designed some themed labels/wraps to dress up the mugs, and if you’d like to use them too, you can download them for free using the links at the bottom of this post.

st. patrick's day party decorating ideas

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St. Patrick’s Day Popcorn Ball “Beer” Treats

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Party Favors

Looking for some St. Patrick’s Day party inspiration? Here’s a fun DIY favor/treat idea for adult get-togethers: mini “beer pints” made from popcorn balls and punch-sized party cups!

The popcorn ball represents the “foamy head” of the beer. I used this Best Ever Popcorn Balls recipe from allrecipes.com, which yielded exactly 10 super-yummy-&-chewy popcorn balls in the perfect size for this project. (I did modify the recipe slightly by using 2 bags of light butter microwave popcorn in lieu of the 5 quarts of air-popped popcorn… gotta love shortcuts!)

I also designed some labels for the cups, which you can download for free at the bottom of this post.

St. Patrick's Day Dessert Party Favors

These would be great as part of a St. Patty’s Day dessert buffet, or you could also wrap them up in clear cellophane and send them home with guests as party favors – or even gift them around the office as a festive treat for co-workers!

I also like the idea of displaying them on cocktail napkins to play up the “beverage” theme… (more…)

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A Bright & Cheery Summer Wedding

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Today’s Real Wedding feature is guaranteed to add a little sunshine to your day! This “Bright & Cheery Summer Wedding” was coordinated by Courtney of Joyful Weddings & Events, and the attention to detail is fantastic!

Prepare to be inspired by things like gorgeous, vibrant flower arrangements, a fabulous wheatgrass cake stand and dessert and candy buffets that are nothing short of amazing…

pink and orange summer wedding

And even though this particular event is a wedding, remember that there are some wonderful ideas that can be incorporated into ANY spring or summer celebration (on a much smaller scale, of course!)… from bridal showers and cocktail parties to Mother’s Day brunch.

For example:
the simpler flower arrangements pictured directly above (each of which focuses on just one type of flower and adorable ribbon embellishments)
the paper lanterns and pictures of the guests of honor, both hung by fabric ribbon
cake pops from the dessert table displayed in decorative baking cups
… and much more!

pink and orange summer wedding

Read on for TONS of images and all the details, as told by Courtney(more…)

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Fabulous Cupcake Kits by Meri Meri

Meri Meri Cupcake Kits

Okay… so I’m TOTALLY in love with these new Cupcake Sets by Meri Meri! Such a genius idea, don’t you think?!

Each themed set includes 24 decorative cupcake cases (a.k.a. “baking cups”) and 24 assorted die-cut toppers. This is going to make dressing up homemade cupcakes for everything from kids birthdays to bridal showers super easy! ($11.95 each)

Meri Meri Cupcake Kits

Check out all these fantastic designs… starting above with Tweet Tweet Birds and Oh Baby Baby, and continuing below with 12 more fabulous designs for everything from Pirate and Robot parties to Luaus! (more…)

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Creative St. Patty’s Day Cupcakes

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

Looking for some creative party ideas for St. Patrick’s Day? Entertaining expert & cupcake guru Jeanne Benedict has some fabulous ideas in the dessert department… my favorite being the “Beer Cupcakes” pictured above – how fun are those?!

And don’t worry… these clever treats just LOOK like beer! This design is all about the presentation, so you can still stick with traditional cupcake flavors topped with a generous helping of vanilla or cream cheese frosting.

For the “beer” wrapper, look for scrapbook paper with a similar motif or purchase a beer background stock photo and print & cut them yourself.

(Side Note: This would also be a great dessert for an adult birthday or “big game party… or even a DVD viewing of The Hangover!)

St. Patrick's Day Cupcakes

For the little ones, how about Jeanne’s cute Leprechaun Hat cupcake idea (above), or a traditional cupcake topped with green frosting and mini chocolate chips: (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Bedtime Stories Birthday

bedtime stories birthday party ideas

I have to admit that today’s Real Party feature makes me extra-happy… because it was inspired by a theme found right here at HWTM! Jennifer Gentry took our Bedtime Stories Baby Shower and spun it into a seriously fabulous birthday party for her son!

There are so many clever elements to this party… from the “story book” style invitations and ultra-creative thank you notes to a ridiculously adorable fondant bedcomplete with pillows, books, teddy bear, and flashlight nonetheless!

bedtime stories birthday party ideas

Read on for lots more images & all the party details, as told by Jennifer(more…)

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Table Setting Inspiration: Think Green

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Have St. Patty’s Day, Easter, or another spring celebration on your mind? This “Green Theme” tablescape from Southern Living is fantastic inspiration for all of the above!

The fresh, chic vibe of this (completely flower-free) table design is created with clear glass dishes & cylinders, white linens & candles, and LOTS of green foliage – including wheatgrass, fronds, and magnolia leaves.

spring green table setting ideas

You can find inexpensive glass plates & dishes at places like IKEA or HomeGoods.

For the foliage, the best place to start is your own backyard… take a quick peek outside and see what shapes and styles of leaves and grass are available to you for free.

Wheatgrass is typically sold in flats and can be purchased from places like local florists, nurseries, some health food stores, and online. (If you’re feeling extra motivated, you can even buy the seeds and your grow your own!) (more…)

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DIY Inspiration: Japanese Washi Tape

japanese washi tape DIY projects

Elizabeth from To Be Charmed sent over some fabulous DIY inspiration starring Japanese washi tape that she thought you guys would love – and I couldn’t agree more! In fact, I can’t wait to try this stuff out myself and just researched a bunch of different places to purchase washi tape (resources listed below).

If you’re not yet familiar with Japanese washi tape, it’s basically a multi-purpose adhesive tape (similar to masking tape) that’s used for things like gift-wrapping embellishments and arts & crafts projects.

japanese washi tape DIY projects

Pictured above and below are some fantastic examples from Elizabeth that demonstrate how the tape looks applied to vases and paper cups.

These examples utilize bright colors and fillers that are perfect for Spring… she even uses simple white eggs as a filler in of the vases – great inspiration for Easter celebrations! (more…)

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Simply Stated: Clever Kitchen Tools

contemporary kitchen tools

In today’s HWTM post over at Real Simple, check out 7 Cute & Contemporary Kitchen Tools – from ladybug mixing bowls to “angelic” colanders … great gift ideas for yourself or someone else! (Added bonus: they’re all super affordable!)

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REAL PARTIES: “Love Birds” Theme

Love Birds party theme ideas

Today’s adorable Real Party – created by Lindsey Mintrone of Bella Grace Party Designs – was originally designed as a Valentine’s Day celebration, but it would also serve as great inspiration for the always-popular “Love Birds” bridal shower theme!

From clever lollipop flower arrangements (so cute!) to a homemade “Love Birds Tree” centerpiece and adorable owl & birdie graphics, this get-together is full of charming details and great DIY project ideas…

Love Birds party theme ideas

Read on for lots more pics and all the sweet party details as told by Lindsey(more…)

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Real Parties: Alice in Wonderland Birthday

Alice in Wonderland Party Ideas

I stumbled upon this absolutely AMAZING Alice in Wonderland-inspired party on photographer Jessica Claire’s blog a while back, and even though it’s been almost 3 years since the party actually took place, it still remains as one of the most adorable kids parties I’ve ever seen…

Alice in Wonderland Party Ideas

It also feels especially timely to feature this theme right now with Disney’s new Alice in Wonderland movie by Tim Burton opening in theaters today… which I personally can’t wait to go see in IMAX 3D!

Something tells me there are going to be a LOT of “Wonderland” themed celebrations popping up this year… and hopefully for all ages –  I love the idea of tailoring the Wonderland theme to adult parties too – like milestone birthdays, bridal showers, and whimsical engagement parties!

Alice in Wonderland Party Ideas

This colorful tea party was actually a combined celebration for 3 different birthday girls, and each guest of honor received her own fabulously decked-out birthday girl chair: (more…)

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Twilight Inspired Wedding Part 2: Cake, Drinks, Bridal Bouquet & More

Twilight wedding party ideas

In continuing with the lovely Twilight Wedding Tablescape posted earlier today, here are some additional – and equally inspiring! – details from this creative & romantic theme by Lina and Heather

Twilight wedding party ideas

Twilight wedding party ideas

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Twilight Inspired Wedding Part 1: Tablescape

Twilight Inspired Wedding Tablescape

Today’s wedding feature is incredibly romantic and chic!

When Lina of A Stunning Affair and Heather of Events by Heather Ham first sent this over, I was immediately intrigued by the unique sound of the event… a “Twilight Themed Wedding“, and whether you’re a fan of the popular book series or not, chances are good that you’ll be visually inspired by all of this gorgeous eye candy!

Twilight Inspired Wedding Tablescape

Twilight Inspired Wedding Tablescape

Read on for TONS of beautiful images {shot by photographer Meg Perotti}, and all the creative details, as told by Lina.

(P.S. As an added bonus, there’s also a “Luxe  for Less” example that shows how to achieve the same look on a tighter budget!) (more…)

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Oscars Party Ideas: Manzanita Centerpieces

gold manzanita branch centerpieces

Continuing with the Oscars party ideas today, here’s some inspiration for glamorous red & gold centerpieces… starting with the gorgeous crystal adorned tree pictured above, which was created by Tic-Tock Couture Florals and is also from our “Old Hollywood Glam” themed Hip Hostess event in LA.

The key word here is INSPIRATION… I’m pretty sure that most of us won’t be creating something of this exact scale for our home parties!

However, the great news is that you can dramatically scale this idea down for your own get togethers – and it’s surprisingly doable. Promise! This exact project was actually part of the party decor demo I did at the event.

gold manzanita branch centerpieces

There are a few different ways to approach smaller versions of this look.

You can use a tall glass or ceramic vase filled with loose, decorated branches or fill a planter-style vase with floral foam to stand and secure 1-2 decorated branches in the center, then cover the floral foam around the branches with a pretty filler like moss, gold stones, red acrylic ice, or a tight “bed” of fresh roses.

Detailed DIY info below… (more…)

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Oscars Party Ideas: Photo Cylinders

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The 82nd Annual Academy Awards are coming up this weekend (Sunday, March 7), and regardless of how into the actual ceremonies you are, the Oscars are always a fun excuse to have people over! You can chat with friends over casual cocktails & appetizers while the red carpet fashions and award presentations are going on, or create a more formal affair, complete with a fancy dinner party and Oscar Ballots for your guests.

So… for the next few days I’ll be featuring some different types of Oscars party inspiration for both casual & formal affairs, starting right now with one of my favorite (EASY!) decor ideas: Photo-Wrapped Cylinders.

oscars party ideas academy awards

This concept is simple, but there are so many great things you can do with it! All you need are inexpensive glass cylinder vases (widely available in craft/home stores and online) and images of movie stars or movie scenes/posters.

You can opt for current-day stars and films (maybe even some of the current Oscar contenders) or go for an “Old Hollywood” vibe as demonstrated in the examples shown here (which are from an event I did in LA last year). (more…)

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REAL PARTY: Vintage Circus Baby Shower

vintage circus baby shower party theme

This new Real Party feature is so much fun! It’s a Vintage Circus” baby shower theme that’s chic, sophisticated, and even a little bit GLAM… how’s that for a fresh take on the baby shower concept? =)

vintage circus baby shower party theme

The party was created by Sharon Taylor and features cool details like feather-topped cupcakes, kelly green paper pinwheels, and a vintage toy animal “circus train”.

Read on for lots of inspiring images and all the details, as told by Sharon(more…)

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Ultra-Creative, Suspended Cupcake Tower

modern suspended cupcake tower

When HWTM reader Laura recently sent over some info about a “Suspended Cupcake Tower” that her friends Vicki and Ray created, I just about died when I saw the pics! Seriously – how cool is this?!

FLOATING cupcakes… now that’s some creative genius!

modern suspended cupcake tower

Co-creator Vicki Anderson was kind enough to share some more details on this project – as well as contact info in case you’re interested in ordering one for your own wedding or party.

Read on for more gorgeous images (courtesy of photographer Ali Broach) all the details, as told by Vicki… (more…)

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Twisted Ice Pop Molds + 11 Fabulous Homemade Popsicle Recipes

orka twisted popsicle molds

From the POP-y colors to the cool twisted design of the popsicles and futuristic look of the holder, I’m loving everything about these Orka Ice Pop Molds! ($12.95/set at Wrapables)

Looking for a cool gift idea? Try pairing one of these sets with a copy of POPS!: Icy Treats for Everyone by Krystina Castella, which is loaded with some seriously tasty & creative-looking recipes:

homemade popsicle recipes

Pictured above: a few recipes from POPS!, all of which can be found online right here at icypops.com: Banana Split (yes, please!), Pomegranate Apple, and Honeydew Melon.

OR, try filling up your ice pop molds with one of these other yummy-looking homemade popsicle recipes from ’round the web… from Mojito and Mango-Orange flavors to Rocky Road Fudge (yes… Rocky Road!):

homemade popsicle recipes

Lemon Frozen Yogurt with Raspberries
from Dessert First

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Real Parties: Lila’s Dol Celebration

contemporary Dol - traditional Korean first birthday party

Today’s Real Party feature is full of so much great DIY inspiration… not to mention the fabulous color palette and wonderfully contemporary vibe! It’s a colorful “Dol” (traditional Korean first birthday celebration) that Angie Bae created for her adorable daughter Lila.

There are so many meaningful & handcrafted details in this party… from the creative cookie invitations and fabulous paper globe centerpieces (representative of family members) to handmade candy pillars (see below), a shimmery cake inspired by Lila’s hanbok, and more!

contemporary Dol - traditional Korean first birthday party

Read on for lots more images and all the party details, as told by Angela… (more…)

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Edible Centerpiece: The Veggie Bouquet

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Most of you have probably seen an edible bouquet before – usually of the fruit or cookie variety – but this particular design is definitely a stand-out!

The edible veggie bouquet pictured above is from Marley Majcher‘s 40th Birthday Party (more details coming soon) and serves as great inspiration for a super-stylish take on this idea… from the choice and arrangement of the veggies to the chic display in a simple glass cylinder vase filled with black lentils.

This would be an impressive addition to the appetizer buffet for everything from parties & showers to Mother’s Day brunch! Here’s another design that features skewered veggies spraying from a melon “basket” garnished with thyme: (more…)

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Floral Inspiration: 3 Fresh Palettes for Spring

spring summer wedding flowers

Need some inspiration for upcoming parties, weddings, or Easter celebrations? Here’s some floral eye candy for you in 3 fresh palettes for spring

1. FRESH GREEN & YELLOW

Sculptural bouquet featuring green flowers, seed pods, lily grass, and other unique foliage (details here)
Daffodils and fern displayed in a wooden window box-style planter (details here)
Green magnolia wreath topped with yellow roses – Aalsmeer gold, flair spray, and garden varieties (details here)
Green Goddess calla lilies + lily grass looped inside a clear vase (details here).

spring summer wedding flowers

2. CHIC GREEN & WHITE (more…)

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Jungle Baby Shower Theme {Chic & Stylish}

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I received the following question from a reader recently:

Q: “I would like to see a jungle theme party on your site unless you already have one that I couldn’t find. I’m throwing a jungle themed baby shower for my sister in June and I came to your site first to look for one. I didn’t see one so I thought I would make the suggestion.”

A: My initial thought was to direct Linda to the Wild Thing Baby Shower Theme that I created for Parents.com a while back, but since it’s been over a year since that piece was first published, I thought it would be fun to update and expand on it a bit today…

jungle themed baby shower ideas

Sooo… here’s a brand new inspiration board for a “Chic & Stylish” Jungle Themed Baby Shower (kind of a more “grown up” take on this popular baby shower theme!).

jungle themed baby shower ideas

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Wedding Invitations from MagnetStreet Weddings

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Today’s Surprise Giveaway should be especially appealing to all the brides-to-be out there – and to any friends & family members looking to help them out (and score some major points!) with a generous, budget-boosting gift…

To help celebrate their recent launch of several brand-new invitation lines, MagnetStreet Weddings is offering up a fantastic wedding invitation giveaway at HWTM this week: 100 Pocket-Style Wedding Invitations & Coordinating RSVP Cards… an amazing $425 value!!

While MagnetStreet offers several different types of invitation styles – from square to layered, tri-fold, gate-fold, and beyond – the Pocket-Style Invitation featured in this week’s giveaway has been particularly popular with brides, and there are over 150 available designs to choose from!

pocket wedding invitations giveaway - magnet street weddings

MagnetStreet Weddings also offers personalized save the date cards and magnets, mailing labels, thank you cards, and more… and everything is completely customizable using their online design studio.

A few personal favorites from the Pocket-Style Invitations collection are pictured above and below, along with details on how to enter the giveaway…  (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Fairy Sweet Birthday Party

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Today’s Real Party feature looks like every little girl’s dream! This adorable “Fairy Sweet” theme was created by Erin Volante for her (equally adorable!) daughter Amelia’s birthday celebration.

The colorful party features a fabulous combination of magical fairies and dazzling sweet treats like pixie stix, a pink & purple toadstool cake, pink marshmallows, and more… what’s not to love?!

fairy birthday party ideas

Read on for all the details, as told by Erin, and TONS of beautiful images from photographer Sarah Maxey, who caught all of the magic on camera… (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Zutano Itzy•Bitzy

Zutano Itzy Bitzy Collection Giveaway

Today’s Surprise Giveaway is both ridiculously adorable AND hip/cool at the same time! The lucky recipient of this shopping spree is guaranteed to have the most stylish little one around, so if you’re a new/soon-to-be mom OR a friend/family member that’s shopping for someone with a new addition on the way, this one’s for you…

Zutano – a leader in (stylish & modern!) children’s fashions for 20 years – recently launched their new Itzy•Bitzy collection: a premier line of newborn and preemie clothing. And this week at HWTM, Zutano is offering up a VERY GENEROUS $250 Shopping Spree towards anything in the Itzy•Bitzy boutique!

Zutano Itzy Bitzy Collection Giveaway

The super-cute Itzy•Bitzy collection features Zutano’s signature bright colors and contemporary prints, and has been meticulously designed to fit brand new babies with sizes in newborn and 0-3 months. (Find full details on the Itzy•Bitzy line here.)

There are soooo many cool patterns, clothing styles, and accessories to choose from in Boys, Girls, and Unisex. Scroll down for a quick peek at the line… plus details on how to enter the giveaway! (more…)

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Real Parties: Birds & Branches Shower

bird themed baby shower ideas

Today’s Real Party feature was created by Jessica of Pen n’ Paper Flowers.  It’s a stylish and adorable Birds & Branches themed baby shower that was thoughtfully inspired by the guest of honor’s nursery decor!

Added bonus: This theme could also be adapted for a “Love Birds” bridal shower or a baby shower for boys or girls hosted at any time of year swapping out some of the colors and winter accents. The centerpiece would be super cute for an Easter table as well!

bird themed baby shower ideas

Read on for lots of pics and all the fun details, as told by Jessica(more…)

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