Today over at Simply Stated: Celebrations – check out some fabulous manzanita centerpiece ideas! P.S. I went to a “Wedding Lunch” at an event planning conference in San Diego yesterday and will have tons more centerpiece inspiration for you soon! There were so many amazing designs to see, and I should be getting a disc […]

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In continuing with Part 2 of the Boston Chambord/Hip Hostess recap – here are a few more of the tips we shared for our “Entertaining on a Budget” theme…this time focusing on party decor & general concepts. (Find tablescaping tips in Part 1.) Pictured above are a couple shots of the Party Decor Ideas table […]

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I’m so happy to report that the Boston Hip Hostess Event was a success! Everyone we met on our trip to Boston was so incredibly nice, the venue – KO Prime at Nine Zero Hotel – was wonderful to work with, and we had a fantastic turnout!  Here are some photos to give you a […]

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I’m finalizing the details for the upcoming Hip Hostess Event in Boston (January 15th) and thought I’d share one of my favorite “Stylish Entertaining on a Budget” tips with you today – which is the theme of the Boston event. Scrapbooking materials are a great resource for budget-friendly entertaining – and this extends way beyond […]

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Thank you so much to everyone who both entered and voted in the Inspire Me! Holiday Entertaining Contest! More than 900 of you cast your votes(!)… and here’s who you picked as your winners: 1ST PRIZE: Whimsical Christmas by Kendall Shiffler Prize includes: $1250 Crate and Barrel Gift Card, $250 Entertaining Essentials Prize Pack, one […]

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Pink may not be one of the colors you’d usually consider for your holiday party decor, but one look at this fabulous “Pretty-in-Pink” gallery from BHG.com just might change your mind! These ideas would also be lovely for a holiday-set wedding, bridal shower, or girlie-girl birthday celebration. And of course every pink party requires matching […]

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I’m loving these non-traditional – and super chic – red, white, & green floral arrangements for an elegant holiday party. The white stones and monochromatic blooms create such a serene, modern minimalist vibe… The top and lower left images are from Pottery Barn and originally intended to showcase these platinum vases (which do happen to […]

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Make your holiday decor sparkle with a healthy dose of glitter! Here are a few shimmery project ideas from Martha’s gallery of Glittered Holiday Crafts… Pictured at top: Glittered Bird Centerpiece featuring glitter-dusted birds and tinsel-wrapped branches. Pictured above: Snowy Balloon Ornaments.  There are detailed instructions on how to make these here – but I’m […]

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Here are a few images from a “holiday” themed baby shower I hosted over the weekend, and the rest of the pics can be seen in the Holiday Baby Shower photo album over on the HWTM Facebook Page. Mom-to-be is having a girl, so I just added some pink ornaments & papers to our regular […]

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These fun snowmen-themed treats from BHG make me happy just looking at them…did you ever think a glass of milk could be even remotely this cute?! (top left image) Pictured above, clockwise from top left: “Look at Frosty Go” milk glasses (yes – those are powdered donut hole heads!), “Before I Melt Away” white chocolate […]

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***** Build a Bar at Home (Warning: Hangovers Ahead!) Hi! I’m Carley from TheNest.com, the spin-off home site from the folks at TheKnot.com (every bride’s wedding obsession). We recently came out with The Nest Home Design Handbook, a cool 101 on everything casa-related. I’m thrilled to be guest-blogging on HWTM about building a bar at […]

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If you haven’t been to Once Wed yet – prepare yourself for creative overload once you get there!  One of my favorite things they produce is a bi-monthly “Table Trends” post featuring beautiful and unique wedding tablescapes – and all the details on how to recreate them – on a budget of $250 or less! […]

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If you’re looking for an easy & affordable way to dress up the Thanksgiving table in a pinch – just head to the scrapbooking aisle of your favorite craft store! The best thing about this concept is that you can tailor the look of the table to whatever your favorite paper pattern might be… • […]

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I’m loving these super colorful and unique fall centerpiece ideas from BHG.com… perfect for a modern thanksgiving table. Pictured above: • Bountiful Basket: several colorful dried fruits and veggies displayed in a linen-lined basket • Zen Gourds: large red mums and golden gourds displayed in modern rows on a sleek square tray • Sunflower Runner: […]

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Even though weddings are usually done on a much larger scale than at-home parties, the level of creativity that goes into the receptions makes them a wonderful resource for drawing inspiration & ideas from for everyday celebrations & holiday parties as well, even if you just emulate a few of them or modify the ideas […]

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I’m constantly impressed by the level of creativity out there when it comes to working with flowers!  Here are a few inspiring ideas for your fall table… This first idea (pictured above), comes from a fantastic book called Party Basics for New Nesters and was created using 1″ wide orange masking tape in vertical strips […]

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Martha Stewart is never short on fall decorating concepts, but what I especially ideas pictured here is that while they look festive and pretty, they also seem relatively easy to put together…which means less stress for you! Pictured above {clockwise from top left}: Ceramic Bowls & Dried Gourds, Cornhusk Votives, Leaf Plates, and quick & […]

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Ribbon has always been one of my favorite tools for dressing things up without breaking the bank. Use it to create a makeshift table runner, tie napkins, or to transform your everyday serveware or home decor into pieces that perfectly match your party theme. Example: everday white vase + red ribbon = instant “candy cane” […]

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Since Huggies was one of the sponsors that donated to St. Jude for Alison‘s baby shower (see previous post today), I was instructed to make a diaper cake for the shower…which made sense. The only problem was that I’d never actually made a diaper cake myself before, and when I opened the Huggies packages the […]

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Here’s a little sneak peek of the baby shower I decorated this past weekend for Alison Sweeney, which also benefited St. Jude Children’s Hospital! Since Mrs. Sweeney (a.k.a. “Sami” from Days of Our Lives) chose this design from tiny*prints as her baby shower invitation, we went with a modern take on a “Momma Bird/Baby Bird” […]

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