When it comes to decor, simple doesn’t have to mean boring! Case in point – here are 2 super easy, yet affective holiday decorating ideas. (You can also switch up the colors & accents to make these work for any type of occasion!) Idea #1 – Ribbon Chair Accents You’ll need extra-wide ribbon for this […]

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I’m so excited to share this fun guest post with you from {the very entertaining & witty!} Dana of The Broke-Ass Bride. If you’re on the lookout for a festive & affordable way to celebrate with friends on chilly winter days, this one’s for you! ***** Broke-Ass Hostess: Holiday Swill that Won’t Bust the Till […]

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There was a great holiday segment on the TODAY Show this morning featuring a fantastic, EASY chocolate truffle recipe by Sandra Lee that I couldn’t resist sharing… and as soon as I finish posting this I’m seriously out the door to buy some chocolate kisses so I can make these up for a party tonight! […]

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In today’s guest post over at Real Simple, check out some thoughts on being a gracious holiday hostess… and feel free to add some ideas of your own!

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Today’s inspiring – and timely! – Real Party feature comes from the ultra-creative Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home. As always, Chris does a fabulous job with this party and shows how inexpensive elements like ribbon, gift wrap, and glass ball ornaments really can go a long way in creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere! When […]

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Brand new party theme to share with you today! This is a winter wonderland-inspired theme with a twist… pretty purple & lilac accents compliment the traditional silver and white hues to create a “Silver & Lilac Wonderland“. In addition to Holiday and New Year’s Eve parties, I love the idea of utilizing this look for […]

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Need some inspiration for your Christmas dessert table or an upcoming holiday cookie exchange? Check out this mouth-watering Showstopping Christmas Cookie Recipes gallery from BHG, which includes 21 creative ideas for treating sugar-loving friends & family! Pictured above: I’m loving the idea of a Red, White, & Pink dessert buffet for Christmas this year that […]

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I coordinated a “Delano Hotel-Inspired” White Holiday Party this past Friday night and can’t wait to share pics soon! Above is a peek at the inspiration board {click here view it larger}. This was a holiday party at a Manhattan Beach residence, and we ended up going a little more modern minimalist with the florals […]

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On today’s HWTM post over at Real Simple, check out a few super simple – yet stylish – ideas for garnishing holiday drinks with a pop of festive RED!

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These holiday entertaining tips arrived in my inbox this morning, courtesy of party planning guru Marley Majcher… such great info so I wanted to pass them along! Here goes: ***** 9 Great Christmas Entertaining Ideas While Staying on a Budget by Marley Majcher – (a.k.a. The Party Goddess) 1.  Think like a Beatle. Or at […]

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‘Tis the season for giving… so I hope you’re ready for another great Surprise Giveaway this week (and more coming soon)! In the spirit of the holidays, Invitation Consultants – a fantastic online shop with a HUGE catalog of invites and stationery – is offering up a very generous $200 Shopping Spree towards holiday correspondence […]

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If you’ve ever been to a wedding or event with a photo booth, you probably already know how much fun these can be! Something about being in “party mode” seems to translate to guests loving to jump in front of the camera – especially with a friend or 3… and these photos always make for […]

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I’m in love with the crafty-meets-contemporary style of these “Craft-Store Holiday Decorating” ideas from Real Simple! Pictured above: clever ideas like wrapping blank art canvases with ribbon for mantle decor, using sheets of red felt as place mats and wooden beads & yarn for a table runner, and creating a pretty candle arrangement or modern […]

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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Can you believe that Christmas and New Year’s are right around the corner already?! Along the lines of holiday, I have some fun news to share about a project I worked on earlier this year with Chambord that just recently hit the shelves… this year’s Chambord Holiday Gift Set: […]

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On the lookout for some pretty new holiday dessert ideas? Check out the lovely – and mouth-watering! – ideas in BHG’s Irresistable Holiday Cakes and Cupcakes gallery. The gallery features 21 different recipes and also includes ideas that would work well for Thanksgiving, like this gorgeous Chocolate Harvest Cake and elegant Pistachio Cake with White […]

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If you loved the fun Oliver plates from cb2 (see earlier post here), then you’ll probably also love these coordinating Oliver Martini Glasses. This style is so unique: mixed media hand sketch with a color photo of a maraschino cherry that’s actually ON the glass (looks like there’s a real cherry in there!). {$4.95 each} […]

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winners are… commenters #31 – Mindy, and #113 – Cati. Congrats! ***** It’s that time of year again, so today’s Surprise Giveaway feels especially relevant… Just in time for the season, CardStore.com is offering up $100 Shopping […]

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Maddy from Inspired Bride and Amanda from Bake It Pretty recently put together this absolutely stunning “Winter Wonderland” themed dessert buffet… seriously, how gorgeous is this?! Better yet, they’ve broken the buffet down into a series of detailed DIY posts for each individual element – from the winter wonderland cupcakes (pictured below) to the dessert […]

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There’s something so inviting and “wintery” about the look of white chocolate, which makes it perfect for holiday treats! Here are a few yummy recipes links for all my fellow sweet tooth friends out there…ENJOY! Pictured above, clockwise from top left: • White Chocolate Truffle and Chocolate Fudge Layer Cake • White Chocolate Tiramisu Trifle […]

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There are some people that are creative with food, and then there are others that are just PURE GENIUS! Bakerella easily falls into the latter category – just take these ridiculously clever “Snow Globe Coca-Cola Cupcakes” for example, which she made from upside-down mini coke bottles, red baking cups, and lots of sweet stuff.  I […]

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