Homemade toffee always makes for a great party favor idea – or a welcome addition to the dessert buffet – especially when packaged up or presented in a stylish manner! This super-delicious Almond Buttercrunch Toffee recipe is from one of my favorite recent cookbook purchases: Bite-Size Desserts by Carole Bloom. {$16 at Amazon} Party guests […]

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According to Pantone, turquoise is the latest “it” color for fashion & interiors in 2010, which is why the lovely Tara from StrollerTraffic recently asked me for a round-up of favorite turquoise baby picks. I’ve been shopping for a lot of pink & orange lately, so it was fun to make the switch over to […]

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One of my New Year’s resolutions has been to clean out the kitchen and update our cooking tools & gadgets since a lot of the existing ones filling the drawers & cupboards are circa our wedding registry from 2000… and some how here we are a decade later in 2010! Joseph Joseph has always been […]

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Winner Update – 12/9: This giveaway is now closed. Such a wonderful response – thanks so much to everyone that participated!!  And the lucky random winner is… commenter #243 – Jennifer, who said, “I really like the Maldonado traditional stamp, the kitchen utensils, and the Allyson!  But honestly, they are all great!“. Congrats, Jennifer! ***** […]

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered!  And the 2 lucky, random winners are… commenters #127 – Tiffany W., and #250 – Houstonianess. Congrats, ladies…have fun shopping! ***** Today’s (generous!) Surprise Giveaway comes from One Kings Lane – a unique luxury shopping site with a twist: they offer […]

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Oh, boy…someone hide my credit card! Just discovered cool & contemporary online shop: Gretel {via Oh Joy!} and immediately fell in love with their entire collection! The funky-chic red and yellow pedestal servers by Iacoli & McAllister are a little outside my price range, but soooo very cool… They’re made from refinished vintage candlesticks and […]

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Today’s Cambria Cove Deal of the Day (day 7 of 7!) is this exquisite Royal Jelly Soaps Set by Gianna Rose Atelier. From the website: “Treat your guests royally with these opulent little soaps from Gianna Rose Atelier. Each luxurious bar in the set of 4 is embossed with a bee wearing a crown to […]

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I was browsing the new issue of Real Simple last night and fell in love with these Pool Ball Wine Bottle Stoppers! Pair one of these stoppers with a bottle of wine for a fun holiday gift idea for guys, party hosts/hostesses, or the wine lover that has everything. ($34 each) Also loving how Real […]

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For the next 7 days, (in addition to our regular posts), we’ll be featuring a special “Deal of the Day” from Cambria Cove! Each deal will feature a Cambria Cove gift idea + a promo code for 20% off the featured product. Each promo code is good for 24 hours – from 12:01am ’til midnight […]

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If you loved the fun Oliver plates from cb2 (see earlier post here), then you’ll probably also love these coordinating Oliver Martini Glasses. This style is so unique: mixed media hand sketch with a color photo of a maraschino cherry that’s actually ON the glass (looks like there’s a real cherry in there!). {$4.95 each} […]

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These cut paper place cards / drink tags from Etsy shop JonNI Paper and Decorative Art are such a fun, creative way to dress up glasses and bottles! The “LOVE” (available in Leaf, Bird, or Heart) and XOXO designs (pictured below) are perfect for weddings, bridal/engagement showers and Valentine’s Day… how cute would the bird […]

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the randomly selected winner is… Commenter #240 – Stacey, who said, “I really like the HWTM SD-17. Those the aqua and brown together and cute design.” Congrats, Stacey! ***** Fun new Surprise Giveaway for you today! This one comes from […]

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In continuing with the Woodland Forest party theme ideas, here are a few cute critters, scrapbook papers, and embellishments that would make for great “guest stars” and party decor! Pictured at top: adorable tweet & felt plushies by Etsy shop SleepyKing… Butterscotch Tweed Fox ($18), Belchick – The Mischevious Squirrel ($22), and Douglas Fir – […]

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Creative place cards are always a great way to play up your party or wedding theme, and Etsy shop Timeless Paper offers countless – and extremely stylish! – ways to do just that. These intricate place card designs cost about $1 each and range from peacocks and butterflies to nautical, flora, and more. You can […]

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For the first time in my life I’m thinking that toilet plungers and dustpans would actually make for great gifts! This change of view can be  credited solely to Alice Supply Co. – whose fun, hip designs for garden hoses, buckets, brooms, & more just might change the way you look at housework…(at least a […]

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Is it just me, or has there been a noticeable trend in Octopus-inspired products lately? You can find everything from vinyl wall graphics to laptop sleeves to baby onesies donning tentacle-clad motifs these days! Here are 8 cool “octopus design” finds that fall in the entertaining & home accessories categories: 1. Octopi Cup by Cake […]

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These new Oliver Appetizer Plates from cb2 are so random & fun! I love it when kitchen & dining products step outside the box like this… mixed media black & white hand sketches of little “doodle dudes” with color photos on slim rectangular white plates. Great conversation starters at your next party… or a fun […]

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This week’s Surprise Giveaway is all about entertaining! It comes from Gallery 19 – a fabulous website for party lovers & hostesses of all sorts of occasions – from holidays to birthdays to everyday dinner parties and beyond! There’s so much great stuff at Gallery 19 site…it was really hard to narrow down what to […]

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“Treat Cones” are such a fun way to display candy & other goodies at a party. They’re easy to make and can be tailored to pretty much any party theme or color palette, so the sky’s the limit on the style! The cones pictured here are from a French Circus-themed baby shower that I styled […]

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Winner update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the 3 lucky winners are… Commenters #50 – Jessica, #462 – Michele, and #260 – Eveline. Congrats, ladies! ***** I’m so excited to share this week’s Surprise Giveaway with you! For those of you that love a thoughtful/sentimental gift idea […]

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