Christmas / Holiday


{“Holiday in the City” dinner party} There are only 2 days left to enter the Inspire Me! Holiday Entertaining Contest – the cut off is TOMORROW night (December 16th) at midnight EST! Remember that you can submit both inspiration boards or actual pictures… here’s a link to all the contest details. Pictured above & below […]

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Here are a few images from a “holiday” themed baby shower I hosted over the weekend, and the rest of the pics can be seen in the Holiday Baby Shower photo album over on the HWTM Facebook Page. Mom-to-be is having a girl, so I just added some pink ornaments & papers to our regular […]

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Today on Simply Stated: celebrate the season with these delicious, hot cocktails… CHEERS!

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These fun snowmen-themed treats from BHG make me happy just looking at them…did you ever think a glass of milk could be even remotely this cute?! (top left image) Pictured above, clockwise from top left: “Look at Frosty Go” milk glasses (yes – those are powdered donut hole heads!), “Before I Melt Away” white chocolate […]

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I’ve been on the lookout for some cool new red & silver decor since we’re switching our color palette up a bit this year, so I was excited to stumble on these fabulous “Swirl Christmas Ornaments” by Martha Stewart for Macy’s (image #1, above).  Even better – they’re on sale for over 50% off!  Seeing […]

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Today over at Simply Stated – brighten things up with a festive Hot Pink & Green Color Palette for the holidays!

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Today in Entertaining 101 – check out a few scrumptious cake recipes – from bundt cakes to cheesecake and more! So grab a pan and spread some holiday cheer!

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These curvy & contemporary glass ornaments make for a truly fabulous decorative holiday display! I’m especially loving the Finial designs… and one of the best things about these translucent decorations is that you can tailor them to ANY color scheme! ($1.95 – $5.95 each at cb2) Also pictured above: Whirly Hanging Candleholder ($3.95) and Teardrop […]

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Today over at Simply Stated: Celebrations, check out a list of 10 Fabulous Reindeer Finds – like this adorable Red-Nosed Rudolph Pop-Up Card, reindeer-themed hostess gifts, sparkly white “snow reindeer” figures and more!

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How many people can say that the host of Dancing with the Stars or “Valerie” from (the original) 90210 designed their holiday cards? Well, now that tiny prints has teamed up with celebrities like Samantha Harris and Tiffani Thiessen to create a line of holiday cards benefitting their favorite charity, that could just be the […]

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This Peppermint Patty “hot toddy” from the Winter 2008 issue of The Nest looks absolutely de-lish! Perfect holiday “dessert cocktail” or signature drink idea for home parties like ornament/cookie exchanges. Read on for the full recipe…

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Calling all Choco-holics: BHG has a mouth-watering gallery up right now called “18 Luscious Chocolate Cookie Recipes“…need I say more?! Image #1: Chocolate PB Mini Sandwiches, Peanut Butter Munchies, Minty Cocoa Fudge Sandwich Cookies, Italian Chocolate-Spice Cookies. Image #2: *Chocolate Pillows and Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints. *I’m thinking that anything called “Chocolate Pillows” is a must-try… […]

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This fabulous Holly Heights collection from Kate Spade has a festive “modern & merry” vibe. Kate’s pieces are usually a little out of my price range, but these adorable “Tidbit Plates” are awfully tempting! ($50/set of 4 at Macy’s) Pictured above: Holly Heights Ornament Set ($75), Holly Heights Mugs ($75/set of 4), and Holly Heights […]

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Well, today is December 1st and the holiday season is officially in full swing! Since a lot of you are on the lookout for fun holiday party ideas, we’ve teamed up with the fabulous VIVA® Diva Cafe to create the ultimate inspiration-based holiday entertaining contest! We’re looking for images of YOUR most stylish WINTER HOLIDAY […]

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Even though the new New Year’s Eve themes went up today, that doesn’t mean we forgot about Christmas! Here’s a sneak peek at 2 of the new themes coming to the Christmas/Holiday Party Themes section later this week… Pictured {above} Paper + Ribbon Holiday and {below} Christmas Candy. Both of these themes focus on decorating […]

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cb2‘s contemporary, cast-iron elf candleholders look super cute all lined up in the “snow” amidst fuzzy snowballs and modern glass snowmen.

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Looking for a fun way to warm up this season? This super easy – and super yummy – spiked cider recipe tastes like Hot Apple Pie…and is even better with whipped cream! {Full recipe after the jump}

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Here’s another super cute idea from the brides.com Orange Crush wedding gallery, perfect for personalizing fall & winter weddings or showers: hot apple cider dressed up with personalized drink stirrers and a cinnamon stick. Serve this up in see-through coffee mugs, like these cool Irish Coffee Glasses from Crate & Barrel. ($2.95 each) To make […]

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Ribbon has always been one of my favorite tools for dressing things up without breaking the bank. Use it to create a makeshift table runner, tie napkins, or to transform your everyday serveware or home decor into pieces that perfectly match your party theme. Example: everday white vase + red ribbon = instant “candy cane” […]

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I recently stumbled on this beautiful holiday tabletop designed by Sandy of the sugarpond blog and instantly fell in love with the modern simplicity of it all…not to mention the fact that she’s using the gorgeous Classic Century dinnerware from Crate&Barrel that I’ve been lusting after for quite a while! You could easily translate this […]

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