Entertaining Tips


Happy Thursday! I’ve got some fun news to share with you guys today about a different sort of project we’ve been quietly working on over here for the past couple months! ;) Krusteaz® recently asked me to collaborate with them on a creative campaign starring their brand new Flatbread Mixes. The creative concepting & prep […]

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Well hello lovely Hostess With The Mostess friends! It’s Jen, your favorite Orange County photographer. Today, it’s going to get REAL serious! As you may know, family pictures are one of my specialties (if you’d like to get some ideas and inspiration, check out my Facebook page, right here). I adore family sessions and the stunning […]

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As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’ll be hosting a little backyard dinner party this summer in collaboration with Pier 1 (yay!) and documenting it here on the blog. How cool it is that this project comes with a built-in excuse to hang out with friends?! ;) I also want to use this opportunity […]

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When it comes to parties, we feature a lot of “after” photos here at HWTM, but not a ton of “before” or “right smack in the middle of it” shots. And truth be told, posting more behind-the-scenes shots is something I’ve always wanted to do, but in reality I’m always so busy running from one […]

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend of RUSTIC GLAM! One of the hot new trends right now in party decor is the rustic glam theme which […]

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If you’ve seen a few of the parties I’ve personally styled, it’s probably no secret that I’m just a tad smitten with GLITTER! I mean… what’s not to love?! Aside from the clean up, maybe. ;) And with the holiday season here, there are more excuses than ever to bring on the SPARKLE. So… I […]

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about GRAPHIC VINYL BACKDROPS! Vinyl backdrops are showing up everywhere in parties recently.  They have long been used on the red carpet and at corporate events […]

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning!  This trend is still going strong…in fact it has become a staple in most parties these days from small parties and baby showers to large weddings.  In today’s guest post I’m sharing […]

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Last Monday was definitely not my average start to the week…this one was filled with sequins, sparkle, washi tape, free printables, camera flashes, and all kinds of YUM! ;) What could bring about all this fun stuff on a Monday night, you ask? Well…… I had a blast styling the Wendy’s® Ultimate Premiere Party for […]

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing how you can get a fabulous high-end designer party for less by hiring a professional party planner.  That may sound backwards, but believe me, I am breaking down my daughter’s “Kitty-licious” Party to show you exactly how much every single item cost to […]

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Hello my fellow hostesses! I hope you are enjoying your summer and creating lots of great DIY projects with your kids! I’m Jen, your favorite photographer, and you can see some of my DIY projects, along with many of my beautiful pictures over at my website, www.jencyk.com. Today I wanted to give you some simple, […]

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So who here likes to party? I already know its you, because here at Hostess With The Mostess, we’re all about amazingly beautiful parties! Hi, it’s me, Jen Hrycyk, your resident photographer. Today I want to give you a few tips for Taking GORGEOUS Photos at your GORGEOUS events!

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I was recently asked to share some insight on how to mix and match different patterns and colors in your home. This is actually a topic I’ve been thinking about recently, because – while standing in a very slow line at the fabric store this past weekend – I had a really nice conversation with […]

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Winner update: 8/16/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenters #25 – CAROLYN HORTEN Congrats! ***** {HWTM contributor Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design.} One question I get the asked all the time is: “My teen wants a party… What do I do? Help me please!” As a […]

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A gorgeous new Pier 1 Imports store opened a few weeks ago and I was thrilled to participate in the Grand Opening Event by demonstrating some creative and outside-the-box ways to entertain with Pier 1 products! Amber and Alyssa came with me, and we had a great time chatting with guests about entertaining ideas and […]

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After spending significant time and money making a party special, certain parts of the “after party” can be somewhat disheartening. You know what I’m referring to… the inevitable time when the fabulous centerpiece, garland, birthday costume, etc. that you spent all that time/money on is suddenly faced with a lonely future that looks just like […]

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with another “Budget Chic” guest post where I share with you my tips on how you can have a Fabulous high-end looking event for less!  Today’s post is all about how to get the most bang for your buck when using Personalized Printables. Here I […]

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Hi there! Amy from Amy Nichols Special Events here. I’m so excited to be reviewing Tori Spelling’s new book: celebraTORI! I must admit I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up a copy of “celebraTORI: Unleashing Your Inner Party Planner to Entertain Family and Friends”. When I hear the name Tori Spelling, my mind […]

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Hi there! This is Amy from Amy Nichols Special Events – a full-service event & wedding planning studio based out of San Francisco. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be writing my first contributor post for Hostess with the Mostess today! To kick things off, I’m sharing tips on how an entire party theme can […]

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design! I am so excited to be the newest Guest Contributor at HWTM and share my very first post – “Look for Less!” Today I’ll be sharing my tips on how you can have a fabulous high-end looking table for less. Yes…it IS possible and I’ll show you how. […]

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