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Owl Fall Table + HomeGoods Challenge Part 1

Thanksgiving Holiday Table Owls - White and Gold

HomeGoods recently asked me if I’d be interested in shopping one of their stores and coming up with a creative Fall tablescape and highlighting some fall entertaining trends. Um… lemme think about that for a sec? Just kidding… YES, please! ;)

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you probably already know that HomeGoods is already one of my standard go-to places for party decor and has been pretty much since I first set foot in one. Obviously the prices are the initial attraction – which is great because I rarely feel bad about modifying certain pieces with a coat of paint or some rhinestones to get them “party theme ready” – but you can also find so many different kinds of things in one place – from vases and interesting figurines & statues for centerpieces to dishes and linens, frames, pillar holders, holiday decor & more. The pieces I’ve scooped up at HG can be spotted throughout countless past blog posts and party themes… from pretty much every single apothecary jar in all our candy buffet set-ups to to the flamingos, tea pots, and cool “face silhouette tea light holders” from Wonderlandia that were “blowing butterflies” at the party! Oh, and of course the $10 flying pig garden statue from Wonderlandia that we dressed up with some bright pink and metallic gold spray paint! She sits on a shelf daughter’s room now and still makes me happy every time I walk in there. ;)

Thanksgiving Holiday Table Owls - White and Gold

Anyways, back to the present day and the focus on Fall/Holiday… there were some gold and white pinecone plates I’d just spotted & fell in love with at HomeGoods even before getting the fun email from them, so my mind immediately went there, but I wasn’t sure what else to surround them with yet for the rest of the table…. so Sonny came with me to the store with the camera to document the “finding” process.

The neutral palette of the plates made them an easy fit with several centerpiece design options, so the only difficulty with the shopping trip was keeping this one from literally jumping out of the cart at every turn since she would’ve much rather been grabbing at all the pretty things there were to look at!

In keeping with the nature of the blog, (and how I usually do things myself anyways) I wanted to make sure that the final Fall table incorporated some things I already owned (acrylic chargers, utensils, wine glasses) + some new finds (see below) + some DIY/crafty elements (manzanita tree, ribbon accents, place cards) so that readers can easily replicate this look at home. (It actually would work well for both Thanksgiving & Christmas!) So without further adieu, here’s a photo recap of the shopping trip, followed by shots & details on how the final table design turned out at home(more…)

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{Party of 5} + 1 = SUNDAY SIX!

Gnome Birthday Party Theme Ideas

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. Gnome Birthday by Tikkido

2. What a Journey First Birthday by One Stone Events

Vintage Journey First Birthday Party (more…)

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Christina & Jason’s Fall-Inspired Wedding

Red and Black Fall Halloween Wedding

It always amazes me how creative weddings are these days! I love it when couples really let their personalities & love story shine through, just like Christina and Jason did here with their beautiful and fun Fall-inspired weddingwhich includes hints of Halloween! – as coordinated by Antonia Christianson Events.

Before we jump to a full pictorial of the wedding story (including detail shots of the bride’s GORGEOUS dress, accessories & bouquet!), scroll down for a note from the planner, Antonia, to help give you some background on the inspiration for this creative wedding

Red and Black Fall Halloween Wedding

NOTE from Antonia…
“Christina and Jason were a great couple looking for a wedding that was not only memorable but also a good time for their guests! Christina came to us with a very distinct vision for a fun fall wedding, and we really ran with that idea. Of course pumpkins, lanterns, and deep reds were highlighted throughout the entire wedding, but the groom, Jason, also wanted to incorporate “Fall” with hints of Halloween.  He wanted  zombie-styled table numbers and a doppelganger “day of the dead” cake topper.  Jason and Christina really had a lot of fun with the guest details and even incorporated the beginning of their love story into their “first look pictures”. (They met at a local Starbucks and first saw each other on their wedding day at the same location).”

Red and Black Fall Halloween Wedding (more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Festive Velvet Fabric Pumpkins

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

Looking for a creative fall-themed project? These pretty VELVET FABRIC PUMPKINS from floral design guru Kim Foren make for such pretty fall/Thanksgiving decor, and there’s no sewing machine required – just a needle/thread and your trusty glue gun!

I also love that you can customize this project with your favorite colors and fabrics. The velvet and silk used here looks pretty and glam for Thanksgiving, but Kim also included red and warm earth tones here that can be carried on into Christmas! Read on for the full step by step tutorial, as told by Kim… (more…)

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A Modern & Inviting Fall Harvest Party

Modern Thanksgiving Harvest Party Ideas

Get ready to FEAST your eyes on a truly stunning Fall Harvest Party, beautifully orchestrated by Anders Ruff Custom Designs and absolutely overflowing with fabulous inspiration for Thanksgiving celebrations and beyond!  The natural color palette was inspired by the bountiful items actually on display here – from artichokes, wheat bundles, and bosc pears, to green apples, ivory pumpkins, acorns and pine cones….

The cider and wine bar will leaf you in awe, and you’ll fall head-over heels for the clever use of legumes to line the dessert trays, the simple coffee filter and burlap chair decor, the super-easy fabric plate chargers, and the fabulous utilization of sugar cane place card holders!

And if the gingersnap bundt cakes, baked pears with riesling honey glaze, pecan pies with honey tartlets, and spiced pumpkin pie mousse with gingersnap crust aren’t enough inspiration to leave you feeling absolutely stuffed, don’t worry, because it doesn’t stop there!

Keep reading for more lovely photos & details…you’ll be grateful for all the FALL-tastic tips, tricks, & DIY ideas from Anders Ruff! (more…)

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Little Indian & Cowboy Birthday Party

Little Indian Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Little Indians and cowboys came together as fast friends at this creative & adorable “Little Indian & Cowboy” party that Junita from Kinderplays created for her son’s 3rd birthday! She managed to combine western flair with traditional Indian designs and bring them together in a fresh new way that feels very modern, warm and inviting… love it!

The childlike silhouettes of a little Indian & cowboy on the invites and paper details set a perfect tone for the party, and guests enjoyed creative themed treats like “Sacred Stones” and embellished marshmallows and fruit skewers reminiscent of ancient drawings. And of course we can’t forget the cute tee-pee themed cookies, mini cupcakes, and amazing cake… complete with a mini fondant campfire! :)

Little Indian Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for more playful images & all the creative party details… (more…)

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Lovely Rustic-Modern Fall Bridal Shower

Rustic Modern Fall Bridal Shower

Ready for some pretty autumn eye candy? Good… because there are tons of lovely & inspired details to admire in this BEAUTIFUL Rustic-Modern Fall Bridal Shower from Chris at Celebrations at Home – and this look could easily be tailored to any type of fall celebration!

The mix of red, aqua, and yellow tones looks fantastic with the different wood, wire, and rattan textures incorporated here, and the pretty block-print floral pattern carried throughout all of the paper details really helps tie everything together beautifully. I’m especially loving the mini tied fabric garland that’s draped across a vintage shutter on the dessert table! Chris always does such an amazing job with her styling of vintage props and frames…this theme actually reminds me of another very lovely fall party she designed last year that also has her signature touch!

Rustic Modern Fall Bridal Shower

Rustic Modern Fall Bridal Shower

Read on for lots more fall bridal shower loveliness + all the creative details… (more…)

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Fabulous Finds: Giant French Pastry Tip

Keeping with the cupcake theme from last week’s Fabulous Find, (and in response to the many inquiries about the frosting technique used in the Cuisipro Cupcake Corer post), this week’s Fabulous Find is this gorgeous Giant French Pastry Tip!

This, my friends, is the pastry tip you’ll need to achieve this gorgeous and super simple frosting finish for your mini and regular sized cupcakes.  You’ll Fall in love with the results this pastry tip produces and you may even be asked what professional bakery you purchased your cupcakes from. *wink*

Regular and Mini Sized Cupcakes (more…)

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{Sponsored Post} Scratch Weddings – Marquee Event DJs

Wedding DJs - Scratch Weddings

Everyone knows how important great music is to an event, right? In fact, it’s usually the x-factor that takes that event from “get-together” to full-on PARTY!

And on that note, I’m excited to introduce you to Scratch Weddings today… especially if you’ve got a wedding or big event in the works and are on the lookout for a DJ! Scratch Weddings is the leading provider of highly skilled, experienced and affordable marquee-level DJ talent for weddings & special events. Their wedding DJs have collaborated with major recording artists like Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson. In addition to weddings, they also perform at corporate events, music festivals and respected clubs & lounges all over the nation.

One of the best things about Scratch is that they enable couples to select from a number of DJs that are paired to each couple based on their personal style, taste and musical interests. Clients can also access wedding DJ bios, photos, videos and music mixes on the Scratch website, so you can really get all the details and feel great about the person that you’re hiring for your special event! (more…)

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Cool & Modern Rock Star Baby Shower

What baby wouldn’t want to be welcomed in true rock star fashion?! This theme is perfect for Mom’s and new babies alike, and I’m loving the bright colors and bold patterns of this incredible Rock Star Baby Shower from Kim of The TomKat Studio and Vicki of Vicki Lynn Photography (who also hosted the baby shower). This duo continues to comes up with hit after hit!

I have a little experience throwing Rock Star parties myself and am always curious to see what creative ideas people come up with. Some of my favorite details include the use of old records as decorations, the paint bucket drum set, the colorful array of sugary sweets, and clothes line full of rock star baby gear. Can’t forget about the super cute sugar cookies and cake pops either…or all the cool and colorful paper products {available at The TomKat Studio}. I also love how each guest was asked to bring in their favorite book which was placed in an open guitar case appropriatly titled “Collection of Classics”.

Keep reading for more ROCKIN’ photos + party details. . .  (more…)

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AMAZING Candy Themed Bridal Shower

Candy Theme Bridal Shower Ideas

I stumbled on this absolutely AMAZING Candy Themed Bridal Shower recently and it was too fantastic not to share asap… there are so many creative candy-themed ideas to be found here!

Hosted by Darcy Miller of Martha Stewart Weddings, and in celebration of Dylan Lauren (of famous NYC candy shop Dylan’s Candy Bar), it’s really not surprising that this bridal shower came out so cool… from the fabulous candy artwork” backdrop and gumball garlands to the super fun display of DIY rock candy rings – which are WAY too pretty to eat of course and such a fun activity idea for the party guests!

Candy Theme Bridal Shower Ideas

One of my friends needs to get engaged or pregnant stat so I have an excuse to recreate this… you could definitely pull it off for a “sweet” themed baby shower too…maybe swapping out some of the ring designs for pacifiers. :) Scroll down on for lots more eye candy (couldn’t resist!)… (more…)

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Starbucks Holiday Celebration in NYC {Win Tickets for You + a Guest!}

Starbucks Holiday Preview Celebration

WINNER UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered. I SERIOUSLY wish I had enough tickets to give to everyone – all of your comments were so sweet! Limited space is a factor as always though, and to keep things fair we used to select the 10 winners, who are listed at the bottom of this post. We will also be notifying the winners via email. So excited to have you join in the holiday fun tomorrow! :)


[Original Post] Things have been extra busy around here lately due to a special holiday event HWTM is styling for Starbucks this Tuesday in NYC… and I’m thrilled to be able to extend an invitation to the event to 10 of our readers… plus a guest for each! Yay :)

If you’re in the NYC area and would like to take part in a merry evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, holiday decorating ideas, cake pops and more THIS Tuesday, November 8th from 6-9pm, please post a comment below to let us know you’d like to attend. I know… we had you at “cake pops”, right? ;) The party will be hosted near Gramercy Park in Manhattan. The exact location will be disclosed directly to the ticket winners. (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Purple & Grey Holiday Entertaining Collection

Purple and Grey Inspiration Board & Giveaway

Winner Update: This Giveaway is now closed. I wish all of you loyal readers could receive this fabulous purple and grey entertaining pack but unfortunately we could only choose one random winner. Can I get a drum roll please?!….The special reader is…Commenter #887, Cristina, who said, “My favorite color palette is actually grey and purple! I want those to be my wedding colors. I hope I win!” Congratulations Cristina! We hope you enjoy your winnings and that you can even incorporate some of these great items in your wedding!


We have SUCH A FUN GIVEAWAY to share with you today! This gorgeous round up of stylish Purple & Grey Entertaining items comes courtesy of Dotcoms for Moms, a fabulous website that curates the best of the web to help save the rest of us time while searching for resources & products online. All of the recommendations by Dotcoms for Moms are “handpicked by moms for the modern mom looking for sites and products with style, design, taste and within budget.” Learn more about them right here.

And if the items in this Giveaway are any indication, I’d say they’ve definitely got some great style going on! A lucky HWTM reader is going to win everything featured here – from a beautiful Marimekko Pitcher and a fabulous set of Reindeer Dessert Plates to sparkly Graphite Ball Ornaments, a gorgeous Feather Wreath, and more. Total value is over $350! (Scroll down for the full list of items.)

Purple and Gray Inspiration Board & Giveaway

Purple and Gray Inspiration Board & Giveaway (more…)

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Whimsical Paper Personalized Gift Ideas

Winner Update: This Giveaway is now closed. While we wish all of our readers were lucky enough to receive this $100 Shopping Spree to all things personalized we had to randomly choose only one entry. And the winner is….Commenter #164, Shannon, who said, “Love that lunchbox for my little man!” Congratulations Shannon! We hope your little one adores his new lunchbox!


Can you believe it’s November already?And you know what else that means… here come the holidays! The fact is gift-giving season is right around the corner is actually one of the reasons I’m so excited to share this {very timely} new GIVEAWAY with you today, which is a generous $100 SHOPPING SPREE to Whimsical Paper! Personalized gifts are a great way to make someone feel extra special, and Whimsical Paper is absolutely overflowing with them…

You’ll find everything from great finds for entertaining like custom serving platters, acrylic ice buckets, cutting boards, and drink coasters… to fun stuff for kids like personalized pillowcases, tees, sports bottles, lunch boxes, and more. I actually had a really hard time just narrowing down which ideas to feature in this post! Custom stationery and address stamps? Check. Super cute personalized umbrellas guaranteed to bright up any rainy day? Yep. I could go on and on… but instead I’ll just leave you to check things out for yourself! Read on for more sample gift ideas + details on how to enter the giveaway.

Whimsical Paper Personalized Gift Ideas (more…)

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Fabulous Finds: Cupcake Corer by Cuisipro

Cuisipro Cupcake Corer

{ By Jessica Kirkland }
Ready to take your cupcakes to a fabulous new level? Then you’ll want to get yourself this easy-to-use Cuisipro Cupcake Corer and add a surprise center filling to your cupcakes for your next celebration!

Not only is this a piece of (cup)cake to use…it’s actually a lot of fun too. My three year old had a blast helping me core out the centers of these Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Once you’ve removed the cupcake cores, add a fun filling, top with frosting and you are ready to win rave reviews at your next event. Check it out…

Push, Twist and Remove Cupcake Core (more…)

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“Hungry Hungry Hippo” Birthday Party

Hungry Hungry Hippo Birthday Party

Is this HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPO Party the cuteness or what?! Designed and styled by working moms/event planners Laura & Megan of Events In The City, this classic board game inspired party is sure to delight both the kids AND the adults that fondly remember playing this game when they were kids themselves, which is why it could also be a fun theme idea for a creative baby shower!

I love the super modern and colorful spin that Laura & Megan used to bring this party to life, as well as the clever phrases & food labeling like “Hip to the POP” Popcorn Balls, “Watering Hole” bottled drinks, and River Rock” rock candy sticks. HUNGRY for more? Good! Here we go with all of the playful images and details, starting with some seriously adorable hippo cupcakes

Hungry Hungry Hippo Birthday Party

Hungry Hungry Hippo Birthday Party (more…)

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{Sneak Peek} Vintage Glam Holiday Theme

I’ve yet to master the art of the super quick post, but given the craziness of the past few days, I’m giving it a shot today! Here’s a sneak peek at one of the new projects/themes keeping us busy this week…. just a little taste without giving it ALL away quite yet. ;) Stay tuned for full details & DIY coming later this week, along with fun new giveaways, real parties, and fabulous finds!


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