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GIVEAWAY: Custom Family Pajamas by GreatStitch

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner – Olivia D. – and thank you so much to everyone that entered! P.S. If you’re still interested in ordering custom PJs from GreatStitch, you can get free shipping with the promo code HOSTESS. :)


I’m so excited to bring you this fun PJ giveaway today! It’s hosted by GreatStitch, a fantastic personalized apparel company that actually pops up quite a bit here in our featured parties on HWTM. (See this Lil’ Pumpkin Baby Shower and Monogram Birthday Party for 2 very recent examples.)

GreatStitch specializes in everything from custom birthday apparel and sportswear to monogrammed totes, but since it’s that time of year again already, they thought it would be fun to give away a Custom Family Pajama Set for 4 people valued at $200!

Family PJs are perfect for cozy Christmas mornings and playful holiday card photos, but you can always pick a non-holiday-related design too. Enter to win via the Rafflecopter widget at the bottom of this post. And if you win the prize and don’t have exactly 4 people in your family, don’t worry… we can always work something out at a similar value.

P.S. If you’re curious about what quality to expect from GreatStitch, take a peek at their 900+ glowing seller reviews on Etsy! :)

GIVEAWAY: Custom Family Pajamas by GreatStitch

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Win a Golden Ticket to BASH Conference 2015!
Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’ve got some fun news to share today! Have you heard all the buzz about the 1st annual BASH Conference?  It’s the premiere conference specifically for Party & Event Planners and Party Bloggers, and it’s coming to Phoenix, Arizona January 15-17, 2015, featuring some of the biggest names in the party world.

Tickets are on sale now at but today we are excited to announce that one lucky HWTM reader will receive a FREE Golden Ticket to BASH. ($350 value!) Enter for your chance to win at the bottom of this post… good luck!

Win a Golden Ticket to BASH Conference 2015!

What is BASH?

BASH will bring party bloggers and event planners together to learn, share, inspire and of course…PARTY!  Some of this year’s sponsors include Wilton, Koyal Wholesale, Sizzix and more.


Powerful Keynotes

Eddie Ross, East Coast Producer and Editor for Print and Digital of Better Homes and Gardens takes the stage on Friday night for a powerful keynote address sure to inspire and educate us all!

Then on Saturday, Amy Atlas, Entertainment & Stylist Expert as well as the pioneer of Sweets Tables and author of Sweet Designs,  takes the stage with an inspiring message and rare look into her successful business Amy Atlas Events.

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Why Were Taking a Break from Featured Parties + Stepping Up to the Plate All Over Again

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved inspirational quotes, but there’s one quote in particular that I’ve been leaning on heavily lately. I first stumbled on it in a random quotes tin that I bought somewhere way back in the day – pre-kids, pre-social media, and even pre-HWTM. (Told you it was way back in the day!)

Anyways, the quotes that fill this little round tin are printed on rectangular pieces of sticker paper about the size of a fortune cookie slip – and on one of these tiny slips, in simple black type, are the following words:

“Home run hitters strike out a lot.”
– Reggie Jackson

These 7 simple words have been an enormous sense of comfort to me personally lately, and I stuck it to the foot of my computer monitor, where I definitely can’t miss it, just to be safe:

Why Were Taking a Break from Featured Parties + Stepping Up to the Plate All Over Again

Of course I had to beautify it up for you a bit more in the opening image. ;)

What a great reminder, though, that struggles and failures are a part of every journey in life – and that even the people that achieve incredible success – like the baseball greats that are remembered for their shining moments and not their strikeouts – do, in fact, experience them. (and in pretty decent volumes, considering the example!)

This reality of life is something we all probably know, somewhere deep down in the corners of our mind at least, but it’s really easy to forget. Like, REALLY easy – especially when you’re dealing with what feels like a pretty sizable struggle – or dare I say it – an actual failure – yourself. But we don’t have to let these swings-and-misses define us, OR be the last chapter of the story. We DO, however, have to stop and take a deep breath, adjust our stance, and rethink our plan.

And that’s exactly what’s happening with me right now.


If I spilled every single thing that’s currently running through my mind onto the screen, this post would be 10 miles long. (Plus I kinda prefer to do that kind of sharing across the table from a friend with a good bottle of Pinot!) So while I can’t go into every detail, I will tell you that things are going to be changing in a big way here at HWTM, and the first noticeable change will be in our blog content, so I’d like to share a little insight as to why…

Long story short: I’m exhausted. The end.

Just kidding… kind of. ;)

In all seriousness, we’ve enjoyed many years of sharing incredible party inspiration with you guys, and to this day I can genuinely say that I still get excited by the amazing creativity that floods our inbox. You’d think I’d be desensitized to it by now, but that’s honestly not the case.

However, you can only do things a certain way for so long, and I don’t want to be someone that just continues to do things for the sake of doing them, or that doesn’t know when to let go of something that’s just. not. quite. right. anymore – no matter how well it may have worked at one moment in time… OR how badly you want it to work.

Personally, I can relate to both of those examples right now.

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Parties in a Pinch: Homemade vs. Store bought vs. Custom

Hello again! Rachel here from RV Parties with the latest installment of Parties in a Pinch. Today we’re looking at my favorite thing: SUGAR. Really, no party is complete without it!

When planning a party, every hostess has a limited amount of time and money. Savvy decisions must be made about where to spend them to make the biggest impact. We’re going to look at a few different treats today and compare how much time and money each option takes homemade, store-bought or custom ordered. Prices for all items are estimates for a dozen.


Parties in a Pinch: Homemade vs. Store bought vs. Custom


Option #1: Homemade – $3 to 5

Homemade cupcakes are a great economical option, and if you are handy with a piping bag, you’re in pretty good shape. You should budget at least an hour and a half to bake and frost the cupcakes, plus more time if you are planning on doing any more extensive decorating. I’m terrible at frosting cupcakes and they always sink in the middle when I bake them, so I leave this one to the pros!

Best for: The budget-savvy hostess who is skilled with a piping bag and has extra time to bake.

Option #2: Store-bought – $6 to 8

Many grocery stores sell cupcakes at prices much more reasonable than the cupcake shops that have popped up everywhere. While they’ll probably do a better job frosting than the average person, it may be a struggle finding ones that match the theme. Your best bet may be to find some plain white ones to dress up!

Best for: The less crafty hostess who needs cupcakes quickly and doesn’t mind if they don’t match perfectly.

Option #3: Custom – $36 to 48

Chances are, there’s an adorable cupcakery just a few miles from you. If so, it’s likely you can walk in and find something that fits your color theme quickly. You can also place an order to get something in your exact colors and theme.

Best for: The hostess who needs treats that are perfectly coordinated to the party and doesn’t mind paying for them. 

Any way you get cupcakes, you can always dress them up with cupcake wrappers and toppers. Our Etsy shop sells a wide variety of printable decor and we love to have custom made fondant toppers made to match our theme!

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As we previously mentioned, 8 talented party stylists were recently challenged by Balloon Time to design/host a real celebration using just one of their helium tanks + a budget of $100. The grand prize? A $5K donation to the winning stylist’s charity of choice! Now that the contest is over, we’d like to share each party in […]



There’s more to HWTM than party inspiration! Did you know that we also design and sell custom-printed party invitations, holiday cards, and party decor? Our online store is called Hostess INK, and even though it’s actually my favorite thing that we do at HWTM, it’s also something that I rarely talk about it here on […]



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