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DIY Vintage-Style, Travel-Themed Wedding

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

I am LOVING all the DIY elements of Jason & Catie’s vintage-style, travel-themed wedding… not to mention the fact that the bride and her friends/family did almost everything themselves – and pulled it all off for under $2K! {And another fun fact… this was a SURPRISE wedding for most of the guests! See full details from Catie below.}

From the passport-inspired invitations and dictionary guestbook to the book page bridal bouquets and heirloom wedding dress – which was designed by Catie and sewn by her mother, aunt, grandmother, & great-grandmother (!) this celebration is overflowing with thoughtful, fabulous handmade details. The adorable marble magnet favors were such a clever touch too… little pictures of the couple & their dogs + maps and travel words were glued to tiny marbles, then a magnet was affixed to turn them into creative favors for each guest!

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

Around the World Travel Wedding Theme

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Merry, Mod & Bright Holiday Party + FREE Printables

Modern Holiday Party Ideas

We have a brand new holiday party theme and FREE PRINTABLES to share with you today! This “Merry, Mod, & Bright Holiday Party” is meant to be a versatile collection that could be used for anything from a casual holiday party to a family Christmas dinner. I kind of went paper and pattern crazy with the design of the printable collection this time around – there are 10 different patterns included + decorative banners, embellishments, place cards, and more. Hope you like! :)

To download any of the printable files in high-resolution PDF format, click on its preview image or on the link directly below it.

Decorative 4×6 Signs: Download Here

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Free Holiday Party Printables - HWTM

Decorative Banners: Download Here
Cut these banners out by hand. Leave a small white border all the way around the design when you cut, as opposed to trying to cut along the edge. This is much faster/easier and looks better! (more…)

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GIVEAWAY: Lux Archive {Limited Edition Contemporary Photography}

Lux Archive - Fine Art Contemporary PhotographyWinner Update 12/15/11: This giveaway is now closed. We know that all of you would have loved to win a $250 shopping spree to Lux Archive but we had to randomly pick just one winner. Can I get a drum roll please?!…. and the winner is… Melissa, who said, “I liked them!! And I love Frozen Life!!” Congratulations Melissa! We know you will enjoy new printed art work!

We have a fun & different kind of SURPRISE GIVEAWAY for our fine art and photography-loving readers today! Lux Archive is a really cool company founded by Brooklyn-based artist/entrepreneur – and award winning photographerZack Seckler. They curate limited edition contemporary photography, hand-selected from artists all around the world, with the goal being “to bring museum quality artwork to anyone from the seasoned collector to the emerging art lover“.

Each print from Lux Archive comes with a certificate of authenticity individually signed by the artist…and even though the prints are limited edition to ensure that the collector owns a unique piece of art, they are also affordable – with most images starting around $100. New images are introduced often, and each one is available in multiple sizes. Once a print sells out, it will never be printed again.

Lux Archive - Fine Art Contemporary Photography

One of my favorite aspects of this company is how supportive they are of the talent – the majority of the proceeds actually go to the artists that create the works! And that makes sense since the founder is an established artist himself. You can learn more about Lux Archive and the reasons Zack founded this company right here.

AND NOW FOR THE GIVEAWAY… we have a $250 GIFT CERTIFICATE to Lux Archive up for grabs today! If you’d like to own a piece of limited edition fine art photography – or gift one to a loved one for the holidays – now’s your chance! Scroll down for details on how to enter at the bottom of the post. (more…)

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Holiday DIY: Mod Paper Mache Reindeer

Modern Paper Mache Reindeer DIY Tutorial

You know those inexpensive gold paper mache reindeer that you see at all the craft & hoilday decor stores this time of year? Here’s an easy way to update them with a fresh, modern feel: spray paint + fun trims (ribbon, yarn, etc) + mod paper patterns!

Modern Paper Mache Reindeer DIY Tutorial

These particular reindeer are from a brand new HWTM theme we just shot, where they were used as the table centerpiece. More on the full theme coming soon, but I wanted to highlight this project separately because it’s super easy and can be customized to ANY color palette and style you might be doing for your own home decor/party – from vintage to rustic to glam! I’m actually loving the idea of a vintage spin utilizing Anthropologie-like patterns & colors with lace & burlap trims.

And even if you don’t have time to bust out the spray paint or if you want to keep the reindeer gold, you can still dress them up with paper and trims to make them a little more exciting. Here’s an example sans the spray paint that was used as side table decor: (more…)

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Sparkly Vintage Movie Night 13th Birthday

Movie Night Birthday Party - 13th Birthday & Sweet Sixteen

It’s days like today that I am so thankful for my job! Krista of Blue Eyed Yonder threw the most exquisite, vintage-glam Movie Theater Inspired 13th Birthday for her little sister, Kameryn. Everything about this party makes my heart sing! Krista was able to capture all things glamorous, girly, and fun all bundled into one quaint party.

Vintage details like the old movie projector, checker board wooden dance floor, and vintage popcorn machine set the tone of this incredibly charming party. I’m also loving the canister floral arrangement, wire laundry hamper filled with vintage quilts, vintage theater seating, and the gorgeous pink tufted couch surrounded by giant sparkly balloons! The ombre caramel apple bar full of tasty toppings was a wonderful addition, and even the s’mores ingredients were also beautifully displayed over pink tissue paper!

Movie Night Birthday Party - 13th Birthday & Sweet Sixteen

Everything thirteen year old deserves 13-layers of chocolate heaven and this masterpiece is no exception. The unique handmade invitation is the perfect intro to this glamours bash. Other fun details include the custom made corn-dog stand, vintage eat sign, and the condiments placed in a mini library card holder – perfect!

Movie Night Birthday Party - 13th Birthday & Sweet Sixteen

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Nostalgic North Pole Cookie Exchange

Kids Christmas Cookie Exchange Party - North Pole Theme

This new NORTH POLE INSPIRED holiday theme from Anders Ruff will have you feeling like a kid in a Mrs. Claus’ cookie shoppe! And speaking of cookies, there are some ridiculously cute versions that showed up for this party… from Gingerbread Man pops and “santa postage stamp” designs to traditional round cookies sporting glittery North Pole motifs (just to name a few!).

Some of my favorite party details include the hanging winter mitten advent calendar (which doubled as a super cute garland for the fireplace mantle), the hot cocoa bar complete with fun mix-ins like red hots, peppermint sticks, cookie crumble and fudge drizzle, the parade of shiny red cookie stands, and the feather and rhinestone-bedecked North Pole Pillows. Oh ya… and we can’t forget all the fabulous paper details, which are all available in the Anders Ruff Shop and include everything from recipe cards to milk carton shaped favor boxes!

Kids Christmas Cookie Exchange Party - North Pole Theme

Kids Christmas Cookie Exchange Party - North Pole Theme

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SUPRISE GIVEAWAY: Gifts Define

Personalized Baby Shower Gift Ideas

Winner Update 12/15/11: This giveaway is now closed. While we truly wish each and every one of you who entered could win, we just had to pick 4 winners, at random of course. And the lucky 4 are… Ruby who said, “I love love love Theme Feline Friends. This would be a perfect gift for any of the families in my playgroup. It would promote bilingual play and imaginative play. Definitely a versatile cute toy!“, Vicki who said, “LOVE THE NAME BANNER!!! Would be a great gift for my nephew due in DECEMBER!“, Brenda who said, “I love the fun animals name banner“, and Nicki who said, “Oh, I just love anything in the woodland creature line. It just embodies imagination and curiosity of the outdoors!” Congratulations ladies! Enjoy your customized baby’s first Christmas ornament!

I’m SO excited to share this new giveaway from Gifts Define with you today – a ridiculously cute online shop I’ve personally admired for years! They create absolutely DARLING handmade products that make for the cutest personalized gifts, party favors, and nursery decor. I used some of their Woodland Wonder themed characters for a Woodland Forest Baby Shower I threw for a friend a couple ago, and she ended up ordering the matching deco mobile for her little one after the shower because she fell in love with theses little creatures too!

Just looking at all the whimsical, colorful collections is guaranteed to make you smile… You’ll find everything from Nursery Decor and Custom Name Banners to Tree Story Wall Art, Party Charms, Party Toppers, Keepsake Conversation Birds, and more, and everything can be customized to a specific color palette. I’m especially loving the brand new Nursery Art Box, which features a chalkboard front personalized with your favorite character/design and name. (In addition to the Nursery Boxes, Art Boxes are also available in these styles.)

Personalized Baby Shower Gift Ideas

The GIVEAWAY:

This week at HWTM, Gifts Define is giving away one of their charming personalized Baby’s First Christmas Bird Keepsake Ornaments to FOUR lucky readers! Whether you’ve got a new little one (or one on the way) yourself – or have a loved one in that boat, these sweet little birdies make for super thoughtful keepsake gifts!

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A Velveteen Rabbit Inspired Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

So… this just might be one of my favorite baby showers ever! That may have something to do with the fact that The Velveteen Rabbit was one of my favorite books as a child… (we had the audio version as well and I can literally hear it playing in my head as I’m working on this post!) – but there’s also no denying that this party is downright charming and gorgeous to look at either!

Kristeen from Kristeen LaBrot Events designed & hosted this rustic Velveteen Rabbit Baby Shower for her sister-in-law, and it’s obvious how much care & creativity went into bringing it to life – from the wonderfully unique floral arrangements displayed in birch-covered pots and vintage glassware, to the custom-sewn fabric napkins, handmade invitations, whimsical doily chandelier, and more!

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

Velveteen Rabbit Themed Baby Shower

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Rustic & Cozy Forest Whimsy Baby Shower

Forest Whimsy Baby Shower

This chic & rustic “Forest Whimsy” Baby Shower from Tie That Binds looks like such a warm & inviting way to celebrate during the cooler fall or winter months! In fact, it’s full of great inspiration for seasonal bridal showers or holiday parties too… starting with the beautifully presented selection of hors d’oeuvres – which included sweet & savory dishes like stuffed cherry tomatoes, bacon-wrapped potatoes & skewered donut holes (YUM!).

Other favorite details: burplap-embellished vases, miniature pine trees on the buffet table, and super stylish paper details carried throughout, featuring rustic-inspired elements like vintage moose graphics and a contemporary leaf silhouette pattern. (The full paper collection is available in their shop!)

Forest Whimsy Baby Shower

Forest Whimsy Baby Shower

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Cute & Clever Thanksgiving Treat Table

Thanksgiving Dessert Table Ideas

Even though Thanksgiving was yesterday, I still want to give a shout-out to party frugalista Norene from Party Pinching for these SUPER CREATIVE Thanksgiving Kids Treat Ideas she sent in! A few of them would actually work well for harvest/farm themed parties hosted at any time of year too… for example – the waffle “corn ears” with fruit roll-up leaves, marshmallow peep turkeys, and cute little “nutty” turkeys!

I often find that looking at outside-the-box ideas for one occasion can spur similar creative thinking for a totally separate occasion too… so hopefully these clever foodie ideas will get your creative juices flowing for holiday dessert tables or another upcoming celebration!

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Fabulous Find: The Key to Taking Pictures like a Pro Photographer {eBook}

Great photography is something we are constantly striving towards (and struggling with!) at HWTM, and I know that rings true you several of you guys as well… especially at this time of year when family photos and holiday photo cards are on everyone’s to-do list!

So… if you’d like to get a little better behind that DSLR camera of yours, learn how to make lighting work for you, and figure out what some of those crazy looking buttons actually do without putting yourself to sleep trying to read through the manufacturer’s manual – there’s a fantastic eBook by pro photographer Katie Evans that can help! The Key to Taking Pictures Like a Professional Photographer is laid out in a very clean & simple, easy-to-digest format that keeps you from feeling overwhelmed. It’s available in both eBook and hard cover formats, and the writing style is very “conversational” – kind of like you’re in a one-on-one training session instead of suffering through a wordy, formal lecture. Both formats of the book are currently on special for the holidays!

Here’s a quick overview of what the book is all about, directly from Katie: (more…)

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“Farm Boutique” Pumpkin Patch Birthday

Girlie Fall Pumpkin Themed Birthday Party

Before everything goes totally Christmas crazy around here like it already has everywhere else… we want to give fall a proper farewell with the CUTEST fall-themed birthday party by Nancy at A to Zebra Celebrations!

Nancy created this adorable & super girly, Pumpkin Patch Birthday Party for her daughter earlier this year and incorporated a “Farm Boutique” element complete with custom pumpkin bracelets and a kid-sized barn door constructed of wood… and painted pink, of course! All the little guests at this party had plenty to do, from decorating their own pumpkin cut-out masks and frosting pumpkin-shaped sugar cookies to gobbling down a yummy fall-inspired menu of mac-n-cheese, corn on the cob, chili, caramel apples, and darling treats like pumpkin-shaped marshmallow pops & more.

Girlie Fall Pumpkin Themed Birthday Party

Girlie Fall Pumpkin Themed Birthday Party

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Interview with David Stark: Creative Ideas for Thanksgiving Entertaining

David Stark

I recently had the honor to pick creative guru DAVID STARK‘s brain for some of his favorite fall holiday entertaining tips. True to form, his suggestions were anything but run-of-the-mill!

Read on for some cool, outside-the-box ideas from this highly accomplished celebrity event producer… including a fantastic, graphics-inspired Thanksgiving centerpiece that could easily be tailored to Christmas tables as well, and the cutest Turkey-and-gourd napkin fold idea that both young and young-at-heart dinner guests are sure to love. ENJOY! :)

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HWTM: You are known for your creativity and imagination. Can you share an idea for a Thanksgiving table centerpiece that’s unexpected and “outside-the-box (or cornucopia!), yet still appropriate for the holiday?

David Stark: “Thanksgiving is the perfect time of year to use dry wheat to create a centerpiece that is both seasonal and really unusual.  We use glass cylinder vases but transform them with a graphic that we print out on a computer printer with a trompe o’eil image of an antique urn.  The illusion is modern and cool!  And people are often surprised because wheat  is generally not on the top of their list of floral materials!”

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The TomKat Studio’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

TomKat Studio Holiday Gift Guide 2011

Who needs Black Friday crowds and congested parking lots when you’ve got the comfort of your home computer, PJ’s, and beautiful digital gift guides to pore through, right? :) Case in point – the 2011 Holiday Gift Guide from The TomKat Studio just came out this week and it’s full of wonderfully creative gift ideas (curated by wonderfully creative people!) for everyone from Newlyweds, Busy Moms and Cool Dads to Baking Enthusiasts, Best Girlfriends & many more of your favorite personas (see TOC screenshots at the bottom of this post). Click here to check everything out!

It was a blast to participate in the guide again this year with some fun new gift ideas for my fellow party-loving Hostesses! Here’s a sneak peek at my picks:

TomKat Studio Holiday Gift Guide 2011

And don’t worry – I’m not recommending a can of spray paint as a hostess gift idea… take a closer look at that one! ;) (more…)

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Modern & Colorful Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

This cheery & bright KID-FRIENDLY THANKSGIVING shoot by stationery designer Lauren McKinsey is modern simplicity at it’s best! Lauren was able capture a very clean and contemporary look with great patterns and a vibrant color palette, but also threw in a few vintage pieces for added rustic charm and character.

Creative details like sprinkle-rimmed milk jars and colorful paper garlands were paired with fun activity ideas for the kids… including candy apple making and a homemade tent “storytime area” (great idea!) stocked with blankets, books, and pillows. There were also little cards for the kids to write down what they were thankful foraside from the adorable 6-layer cake they got to enjoy of course! ;)

Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

Keep reading for more colorful images & creative details… and if you love this look, all of the stationery elements are available as PDF printables in Lauren’s shop, so there’s still time to recreate this look for your little ones on Turkey Day! (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: 150 Save the Dates from MagnetStreet

Save the Date Cards Giveaway

Winner Update 11/25/11: This giveaway is now closed. While we hate having to pick only one winner, at random of course, we are excited to announce that Lori, who said, “I love the Bride and groom save the date card” was the lucky winner! Congrats Lori! We hope you enjoy getting to pick out your Save the Dates!

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This one’s for all the BRIDES-to-be out there…or friends/family members of brides & grooms that would love to surprise them with a fun gift! I always love hosting giveaways related to weddings because we all know how quickly wedding budgets can skyrocket, so every little bit helps, right? :)

This week at HWTM, MagnetStreet is offering up 150 Save the Dates in any style/design of to one lucky bride… and the available styles range from Save the Date magnets and photo booth style cards to large flat cards, classic cards, folded cards, and postcards. {And for those of you beyond the save the date stage, MagnetStreet also carries a wide variety of wedding invitations, rehearsal dinner invites & more!}

Save the Date Cards Giveaway

Scroll down to check out more examples from the MagnetStreet save the date collections (some of my personal favs!) + details on how to enter the giveaway(more…)

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Crafty Read: MAKE and TAKES for KIDS

Make and Takes for Kids - Kids Craft Book

I’m excited to send a shout out and huge congrats to my friend & fellow blogger Marie LeBaron from the popular and super creative blog Make and Takes on the launch of her very first book: MAKE and TAKES for KIDS! I met Marie when we worked on the very first SocialLuxe Lounge party in Chicago at BlogHer 2009, and instantly fell in love with her crafty, family-oriented blog.

MAKE and TAKES for KIDS features 50 creative and approachable craft projects for kids for throughout the year – each centered around an upcoming holiday or season. One of my favorite aspects of the book is that each playful project requires little preparation, few supplies, and things that can be readily found around your house or at any craft supply store. There’s no need to spend tons of money on craft projects for kids, and it’s amazing what resourcefulness can do… for example check out the adorable little characters directly below (to the right), which are fashioned from egg cartons and googly eyes!

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NEW Vintage Glam Holiday Theme {+ Free Party Printables}

HWTM Vintage Holiday Glam Theme - Christmas Party Ideas

I posted a little sneak peek of our brand new Vintage Holiday Glam theme earlier this month – but the full details are now up! You can view them right here (in editorial style) and also right here (in photo gallery style).

My goal with this theme was to achieve a look that was a little bit rustic/country, a little bit glam, so I started with a mix of vintage & modern patterns like plaid, vintage scroll banners, and chevron stripes + a color palette of bright red, deeper red, tan, and silvery/gray. You can find download links for the free printables below.

HWTM Vintage Holiday Glam Theme - Christmas Party Ideas

Key decorative elements included: rattan, raffia, holiday berries, and natural “grassy” forest creatures from the Alpine Sparkle holiday collection at Pier 1, as well as DIY pinecone garlands, mason jar glasses, hints of snow-white feathers, and vintage-glam Christmas ornaments ranging from antiqued silver keys and plaid ball ornaments to shiny red stiletto boots!

The capiz shell and wicker ball backdrop (pictured above, left) was one of my very favorite details from this shoot, in addition to the cute little deer peeking out from the hutch and the White Chocolate Peppermint Mousse from the dessert table, which was garnished with pastry stars and candy canes and served in mini martini glasses (see link to recipe below). (more…)

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Vintage Pumpkin & Roses First Birthday

vintage pumpkin first birthday party ideas

If you love vintage style, prepare to fall head over heels for this sweet and adorable “Vintage Pumpkin & Roses” first birthday party and all of it’s lovely burlap, lace, and fall-inspired goodness! Nicole from Million Dollar $mile Celebrations dreamed up this adorable celebration for her daughter’s first birthday, and not only is this it beautiful to look at, but it’s full of sentimental, family memory-filled details

For example, the party was held in in Papa Jim and Nana Wendy’s charming, elm-filled backyard, while Grandpa Walker’s 1940’s Ford pick-up truck was used to display some of the tasty treats she served. And for the icing on the memory-lane cake, birthday girl Evelyn enjoyed her smash cake in Great-grandma Rose’s 1950’s pink highchair!

vintage pumpkin first birthday party ideas

vintage pumpkin first birthday party ideas

Read on to check out LOTS more lovely images and all the incredibly creative details… including sepia-toned pictures of the birthday girl displayed as mini garlands in open-backed vintage frames and giant pumpkins used as stools for the hay bale kiddie table, which was covered with a lacy fabric overlay. So much thought and care went into the food & drink presentation too.. from pumpkins used as serving containers for hummus to a cake pop “pumpkin patch! (more…)

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{The Sunday Six} Twilight, Gobble Day, Spa, Fall Party, “Oh Snap” & Winter Berries

Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

Happy SUNDAY! Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

1. Happy Gobble Day (Kids Thanksgiving) by Banner Events

2. Twilight Wedding by Events By Heather Ham and A Stunning Affair

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DIY: Semi-Handmade Season’s Greetings

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

There are so many fantastic digital card designs available these days that make creating beautiful custom holiday cards with your favorite family photos an absolute breeze, but sometimes I miss that handmade element too… especially when it comes to holiday cards.

I was thinking about this recently for pretty obvious reasons (Um…how is it already November 18th?!), and it suddenly occurred to me that it really doesn’t have to be one way or the other… If you want to send holiday cards with a homemade touch but don’t have a gazillion hours to spare to make them all from scratch, why not just start with a fabulous digital design that you love, then add some simple craft embellishments to bridge the gap between “custom printed” and “custom made”!

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

Here are a few SUPER EASY ideas of what you can do, mocked up using some of the printed Holiday Card samples I received from Tiny Prints this year. It only took a few minutes to embellish all of these designs, but I was still instantly reminded of how therapeutic the most “simple crafting” can be once in a while… especially when you’ve got a good chick flick or holiday movie that you’ve already seen playing in the background, and you can just kind of zone out and enjoy the blissful simplicity of craft rhinestones, ribbon, glitter and glue. :) (more…)

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Warm & Modern Autumn Dinner Party

Modern Thanksgiving Table Ideas

After seeing this fabulously modern Autumn Dinner Party tablescape from Linda at In The Making Design, we are feeling so inspired to set the dining room table for Thanksgiving this year! The rich chocolate brown table linen paired with pops of bright green and orange makes for such a warm and eye-catching fall party palette.

It doesn’t hurt that I’m spotting tons of budget-friendly IKEA finds either… including the glass pretty glass candle holders and geometric fabric used for the “table runner”… both of which happen to already be living in our “party pantry” too. ;)  There’s such a lovely simplicity and classic style to this table in general, which makes it not only pretty to look at, but also very approachable inspiration for anyone that wants to recreate a similar look at home… for Thanksgiving celebrations & beyond!

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Festive Holiday Dinners with Chef Bradley Ogden {+ 3 Full Recipes}

Holiday Dinners with Bradley Odgen book

Renowned Chef Bradley Ogden will be visiting our hometown of beautiful San Diego, California this weekend (on Sunday, November 20th) to be part of the Celebrity Chef Luncheon at the 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival! He’s got something fun to celebrate too… a brand new book titled Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden.

Want a special preview of this new yummy read? Scroll down for 3 TASTY RECIPES straight out of the book – including Coffee-Spiced Prime Rib Roast, Winter Vegetable Salad, and Candied Yams (great side dish recipe ideas for Thanksgiving too!).

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Playful Owl & Pumpkin Fall Birthday Party

Owl Themed Fall Birthday Party

This Owl Themed Fall Party is just TOO CUTE! While the owl theme has become very popular for parties these days, Mindy of Modern Mindy did an incredible job putting a really fresh, fun spin on this one!

From pumpkin shaped popcorn balls complete with chocolate stumps, to pumpkin centerpieces adorned with hand-painted owls, to a hay ride for the kids and a 2-tier chocolate cake decorated with handmade paper flowers, this darling birthday party has FUN written all over it! I’m also loving the cool & budget-friendly butcher paper backdrop behind the dessert table, embellished with hand-drawn signage sketched with a white marker.

Owl Themed Fall Birthday Party

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Free Party Printables: Breaking Dawn Quotes (Twilight Saga)

Breaking Dawn Party Ideas - Free Printable Quotes

So… rumor has it there’s a new movie coming out tonight at midnight. ;)  I seriously can’t even tell you how many emails, comments, wall posts, and tweets I’ve received lately asking for new printable quotes and party ideas for Breaking Dawn (as follow-ups to the rest of the Twilight party ideas & printables we’ve posted in the past).

I promise I haven’t been ignoring the requests – it’s just literally been one thing after another over here for a while now, and I’ve been grasping for hours to work on this project that just haven’t materialized yet due to everything else… and then yesterday I received a MOST WELCOME email from freelance graphic designer Cassandra Poertnerwho just so happens to have whipped up some great printable quotes of her own for a friend and wanted to make them available to anyone else that might want to use them – how nice is that?! There are EIGHT 5×7 quotes and TWO 8×10 quotes – all ready to be downloaded, printed & displayed for the viewing pleasure of you and your party guests.

Breaking Dawn Party Ideas - Free Printable Quotes

You’ll find links to download the quotes in either jpeg or pdf format at the bottom of this post… and if you’d like to thank Cassandra for offering these up, here’s a link to her company facebook page. Thanks again, Cassandra!! :) (more…)

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HomeGoods {Part 2} + Gift Cards Giveaway!

HomeGoods Fall Finds + Giveaway

Winner Update: This Giveaway is now closed. While we wish all of you who entered could have won a $5o gift card to HomeGoods we had to randomly pick 4 winners. So congrats to MeganF who said, “LOVE homegoods! Would love to put together a gorgeous Christmas dinner table, or I’d want those martini glasses!!! Fab!“, Danielle, who said, “I adore Home Goods! Unfortunately the budget is so tight this year that there’s no room for anything new in the decorating budget. I’d LOVE to get some new sparkly things for the holidays and to change out my old, drab color scheme! Thank you so much for the giveaway!“, Tiffany, who said, “I LOVE LOVE LOVE HomeGoods!!!! I’ve got my eye on some seriously cute pillows that this would be great to use for. BUT I do love those plates and they have so many fun things.“, and Cynthia, who said, “I love all the items shown above…ESPECIALLY all the gold and purple items. HomeGoods ROCKS!! Once again congrats ladies!

As a follow up to PART 1 of the HomeGoods challenge featuring the Owl-themed Fall/Thanksgiving Table… here’s a recap of some other fall entertaining trends and favorite finds discovered along the way during that same shopping trip. Some of these finds actually made it into the cart and are awaiting their debut at an upcoming party… like the cool wooden bowl displayed in the very top pic, which actually already made a holiday debut! :)

Hope you enjoy this little photo recap, complete with caption bubbles to help illustrate the “shopping in party mode” thought process a little better… and if you’d like to go shopping too, GOOD NEWS! HomeGoods is giving away $50 GIFT CARDS to FOUR lucky readers this week. (And the cool birdie jewelry holder/statue below was only $9.99, so $50 can go a long way!) See details on how to enter at the bottom of this post.

HomeGoods Fall Finds + Giveaway

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Invitation Consultants

Invitation Consultants Holiday Cards Giveaway
Winner Update: This Giveaway is now closed. We know everyone is starting to work on their holiday cards so this winner is especially lucky to be receiving $75 worth of these fun holiday cards plus a personalized stamp! Well with out further adieu we want to congratulate Tabitha S who said, “I LOVE those stamps!!!!!! They are so cute! I especially like the way they are shaped. I am very into the more modern looking designs and I love how everything is a theme without being exactly the same (something I am kind of compulsive about lol)” Thank you to everyone who entered and better luck next time. =)

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Fun new HOLIDAY-geared giveaway for you today!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… and since the holidays are just around the corner (if not already here!), they’re offering up a fun stationery combo that includes $75 worth of Holiday Cards + a custom Personalized Stamp! Total retail value is $115.

Invitation Consultants Holiday Cards Giveaway

The winner can choose their favorite styles for both the Personalized Stamp and the Holiday Cards, and there are zillions of card designs to choose from, including Photo Cards and Holiday Party Invitations, and unique styles like the Family Update Series – where you have room for both photos and a summary of the year that’s gone by.

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

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“Happy Gobble Day” Kids Thanksgiving Party

Thanksgiving Party Ideas for Kids - Thanksgiving Printables

If you’re looking for some fun Thanksgiving party ideas & activities for KIDS, this adorable HAPPY GOBBLE DAY party from Anders Ruff is chock full of inspiration!

The fantastic mix of modern patterns and bold colors paired with rustic textures like burlap and wood makes for such a fun & festive-looking party… I think most adults would love this look for their Thanksgiving table too! I know this one would at least! ;) And, as always, the printable paper elements – all of which are available for purchase/download in Anders Ruff Shop – really shine brightly throughout and help tie every detail together – from the super cute party hats and dessert labels to the “GOBBLE” garland and “i am thankful for…” cards. One of my favorite details has got to be the ridiculously cute little turkey embellishment on the kraft paper-wrapped crayons… darling!

Thanksgiving Party Ideas for Kids - Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving Party Ideas for Kids - Thanksgiving Printables

From mini pumpkin pies adorned with food flags to yummy acorn and leaf-shaped sugar cookies displayed on mini wooden stumps, there are so many lovely autumn-inspired party details to admire here!

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Soft & Sweet Silhouette Birthday Party

I’m giddy with excitement to tell you about this super sweet and absolutely AMAZING Girly Silhouette Birthday Party for Mia thrown by Paige, of Paiges of Style and Betsy of Betsy Blue Photography (Mia’s Mommy). Paige has become one of my dear friends, and we have HWTM to thank for “introducing us”! We first met when I was working on one of my very first posts for HWTM – which just so happened to be the  incredible Curious Charlie Monkey Party that she threw for her daughter Charlie.

As always, everything about this latest party from Paige is simply adorable, from the breathtaking layer cake and donut tower adorned with fabric flowers to the all-decked-out paper party hats. I’m in complete awe over the silhouette cake pops created by Kris kCreative Cake Pops too! Can you believe she was able to take Mia’s darling silhouette and turn it into an edible work of art? These have to be one of my all time favorite cake pops ever. I know who I will be calling for my next party. ;)

I’m also loving the large silhouette-themed fondant cake topper created by my other favorite sweets gal, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies.

Last but not least, a party wouldn’t be complete without custom coordinating party printables, and Paige designed several perfectly pastel silhouette party staples, including water bottle labels, cupcake wrappers, juice box wraps, party hats, and more (all of which are available for purchase from Paiges of Style).

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Modern Elephants on Parade Baby Shower

Modern Elephant Themed Baby Shower

Remember the way-too-much-fun “MILKaholic Baby Shower” we featured earlier this year? Well, the creative genius behind that shower – Carrie of Half Baked – is back with another adorable, polka-dot filled baby shower that she recently threw for her sister… this time with an “Elephants on Parade” theme!

Carrie’s bold & modern signature style really shines through again here… and I especially love how she once again managed to make BLACK work so well for a baby shower, while still keeping the overall feel of the party adorable and SWEET (in more ways than one!).

Modern Elephant Themed Baby Shower

Modern Elephant Themed Baby Shower

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