One of the best things about blogging is the fun people & new experiences it brings into your life. For example, last month I had a fabulous time hosting an “Inspiration to Celebration” panel at the amazing Pamper Me Fabulous event! The extremely creative ladies on my panel included: Melody Brandon of Sweet and Saucy Shop, Shirley Han of Fresh Events Company, and Jesi […]

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Winner update: 11/20/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winners are… Commenters #2 – NICOLE KUBON, #34 – SARAH, #29 – ELIZABETH, #89 – EMILY, #63 –LESLIE, #36 – SHAKARA, #39 – KIM, #59 – CRYSTAL C, #5 – MEREDITH KLOBUCNIK & #3 – TRINA. Congrats and thank you to everyone that entered our first HWTM Shop Giveaway! ***** Hi […]

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Winner update: 11/9/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered… I seriously wish we could give tickets to ALL of you! Sounds like a lot of you could really use a day like this right now… I can relate. :) And the lucky random winners are… Commenter #10 – PAULETTE and Commenter #34 KESHIA R. […]

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If you’re someone that loves a good party AND a good book, then I’ve got some REALLY good news to share! Party guru Kara Allen (of the popular Kara’s Party Ideas blog) is releasing her very first book in just a few short weeks… on October 9th to be exact! Kara’s Party Ideas is filled […]

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Hey, Hunger Games fans… I’ve got some fun news to share today! To quote Effie trinket, “You are in for a treat!“. ;) In honor of the DVD release of The Hunger Games this week (hooray!), we’ve teamed up with Walmart to help make your home viewing parties of the movie extra fantastic – which […]

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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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Winner update: 10/5/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winners are… Commenters #125 – NATALA, #14 – JOANNA, #20 – CINDY, #101 – ROBIN, #17 – ABBY, #43 – SHANNYN, #55 – SHAYNE, #102 – JULIA, #23 – NIKI & #93 – CRISTY. Congrats! ***** I know that many of […]

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THE EVENT As a longtime fan of Pier 1 Imports, I’m so excited to help kick off their brand new store in Goleta next week! For those of you in the Santa Barbara area – or for anyone looking for an excuse to visit the area ;) – please join us for the Grand Opening Event in Goleta […]

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A boutique bridal show, charity event & girls night all in one… this inspirational wedding event – appropriately dubbed “Something Blue” – definitely looks like something FUN! (Just check out those sparkly henna tattoos!) Dreamed up and coordinated by Karla Randolph of The Card Lady, “Something Blue” featured entertainment, beauty treatments, wedding inspiration, blue martinis…& […]

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Sooo… unless you’re like my mom and hardly spend any time on the computer (GASP!), then chances are good you’ve heard of (or found yourself totally sucked into) a clever visual bookmarking site called Pinterest. Never has the abundance of creativity in the world been so apparent*… and so accessible! HWTM ON PINTEREST Guess what? […]

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So… I should start off by saying that this post really should’ve been up back in June – on June 26, 2011 to be exact – but the fact that it’s up at all is kind of a mini miracle at this point (full story below). And, as it turns out, the more-than-2-months-late post date […]

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If you’re looking for creative ways to celebrate outdoors while the weather is still warm – or have some fun tips of your own to share – please join us on Twitter to chat about Creative Outdoor Entertaining Ideas on Tuesday, August 30th. The Tweet Up starts at 6pm CST and will last for an […]

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Hi Everyone – Just wanted to give you a heads up that next week is officially “Wonderlandia Week” at HWTM! In addition to detailed recaps from the event of the inspirational decor, dessert station, & fabulous Tablescape Exhibitor designs {each tailored to a different type of special occasion}, there will be themed GIVEAWAYS, DIY tutorials, […]

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The Step & Repeat photos from our Wonderlandia Launch Party are now available for your viewing/downloading pleasure! I’d like to give a huge THANK YOU to Dan Fields for these… he’s the super talented photographer that captured all of these fun shots – AND has graciously made the entire gallery available for FREE so that […]

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Quick update on a brand new page we added to hwtm.com on Friday to make it easier to find what you’re looking for quickly! You’ll see a “Browse All Themes” tab in the header that will take you to the layout pictured above… click any thumbnail or title to go to a main category page […]

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I’m still recovering a bit from post-event Wonderlandia madness today – as well as a self-induced sugar coma from unpacking leftover candy this weekend and eating way too much of it! {The treat bags did say “Eat Me” after all, right?} =) We’re really happy with how everything went though and can’t wait to recap […]

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Here’s a sneak peek at one of the things I’ve been busy with lately…the paper elements for Wonderlandia next week! Can you tell how much fun I’m having with this theme?! =) Some of the designs pictured above are going to be edible too… ridiculously excited about that! Our house kind of seriously looks like […]

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UPDATE Tuesday, July 12th: Wow – thanks so much to everyone for your interest in the launch party! We had an overwhelming response that was much more significant than we anticipated and are trying to make some adjustments to the initial plan, but please note that we are at FULL Capacity. I sincerely wish we […]

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We are overjoyed to be able to announce to you today that – after a LONG time coming – Phase 1 of our brand new “HWTM Social” website is now LIVE! And, honestly, “overjoyed” might even be a bit of an understatement! I usually try to keep this blog from being overly “personal”, as I […]

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If you’re looking for creative ways to celebrate this summer or have some fun ideas of your own to share, please join us on Twitter to chat about Quick & Easy Summer Entertaining Ideas on Tuesday, June 28th. The Tweet Up starts at 6pm CST and will last for an hour. To Join the Party: […]

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