What’s BLACK and WHITE and RED all over? This fun Mod Holiday Table from Jesi Haack! I’m especially loving the all the sparkly textures, modern silhouettes, and that fabulous red & white table runner (from TJ Maxx!)… As Jesi explains: “This mod holiday tablescape will get your guests out of their chairs and onto the […]

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Is this dessert table GORGEOUS or what?! Melody from Sweet and Saucy Shop created this amazing spread for Miley Cyrus’ 18th birthday party this past weekend. In addition to the stunning birthday cake – which included shimmery, whimsical details like hand-carved dream catchers, sugar feathers, and sugar turquoise beads – the table featured over 500 […]

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Even though the holidays are wrapping up and the new year is right around the corner, winter has actually only just begun! (on December 21st to be exact!) I was browsing the Flickr gallery from last year’s holiday entertaining contest recently and wanted to share a couple {very pretty} parties & mood board entries that […]

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I’m loving this gorgeous New Year’s Eve Party theme from SocialCouture.com! The Silver, Black & Berry palette is stunning – especially with the fun zebra-print and disco ball accents! Pictured above: Plum Rhinestone Napkin Rings ($20/set of 4), Black Acrylic Candelabra ($60), Red & Pink Feather Candle Rings ($10 each), and Silver Mirror Disco Balls […]

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Couldn’t resist sharing a few inspiring images from this cool “Runway to Big Day” gallery on InStyleWeddings.com…the shimmery metallics, glitzy rhinestones, bold stripes are fabulous looks for everything from glamorous weddings to New Year’s Eve parties! The top image actually features some easy-to-recreate (& budget friendly) DIY ideas – just cut a small gold paper […]

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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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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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There are tons of ways to decorate for New Year’s Eve, but shimmery gold and silver will always seem especially appropriate. Here are a few simple, sparkly ideas from Martha Stewart…It’s not too late to pull any of these ideas together tonight or tomorrow during the day before your festivities begin! Pictured above: Countdown Decor […]

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Hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I took a much-needed break from the computer for a few days, which was the best Christmas present ever – it’s amazing how different the world can look after a few good nights of sleep! Speaking of which… catch some extra zzz’s tonight and tomorrow night if you […]

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If you’re like one of the gazillions of people that got swamped with all the holiday craziness this month and didn’t quite get to that “Send out Christmas Cards” line item on your to-do list, you’re definitely not alone! I was talking to some of my friends about this recently, and every single one of […]

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First things first – I’d like to sincerely thank every single person that entered the Inspire Me! Holiday Entertaining Contest or passed the word on to friends and family – your efforts are truly appreciated! Narrowing the entries down proved to be extremely difficult, so thank goodness for the talented & creative minds that graciously […]

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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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Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I had my fair share of turkey & pumpkin pie, but another holiday was actually top of mind over here… New Year’s Eve party themes are now up on the website! Pictured above and below: sneak peeks of the new Candlelight Countdown and Copper & Aqua Glow party themes, […]

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Happy 2008!

Just want to take a minute to thank you all for such amazing support in 2007 – and to wish you a very healthy & happy 2008…filled with lots of reasons to celebrate! :)

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Jazz up your midnight toast this year with some festive, toast-worthy recipes from cocktailtimes.com: Lava Lamp Cocktail Junior Lava Lamp (Non-Alcoholic) Rising Star and this extremely yummy-looking Blackberry Bellini *All recipes above except for the Junior Lava Lamp are champagne-based. To create mocktail versions of champagne-based cocktails, substitute ginger ale or lemon-lime soda for the […]

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I love this “circle of friends” personalized confetti idea from Martha Stewart, which you can create using photos that have been shrunk down on your computer, vellum paper, and different sizes of circle craft punches. It’s listed as a New Year’s party idea on marthastewart.com (featuring photos of your party guests) – but I think […]

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One of the great things about holiday decorations is that they can often transition nicely from your Christmas celebrations to New Year’s Eve soirées with just a few easy tricks! For example, my mom did a multi-color Christmas tree this year, using the exact same elements I used on the New Year’s Eve tablescape below […]

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Here’s another shimmery holiday tabletop idea that would work for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve! Click here for the full scoop on how to recreate this Gold & Silver Shimmer theme. Its always fun to serve food & drinks that match the colors or theme of your party, like this yummy fondue dip for […]

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I know that Christmas is still top-of-mind for everyone, but if you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve cocktail or dinner party, it’s a good idea to start planning now, or you won’t have much downtime to recover between the 2 celebrations! New Year’s Eve parties are the perfect excuse to break out the glitz & […]

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I saw this coundown champagne flutes idea on marthastewart.com yesterday and just thought it was the cutest idea for New Years! Just attach self-stick numbers (available and craft and office supply stores) to the flutes and you’re all set! (another cute idea would be to arrange champagne flutes in groups of 4 displaying “2007″ with […]

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