Carnations seem to get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to the floral “status quo” – but the truth is that there are plenty of beautiful – and even cool – looks you can achieve with this budget-friendly flower. Because of the price point and shape of carnations, they allow you to […]

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After I posted on my first attempt at a diaper cake last November, some of you shared pictures of your own diaper cake creations inspired by that post – and they are impressive! I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of them in a follow-up post today… starting with this ridiculously adorable monkey-themed diaper cake created […]

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I’m loving the format of the new RealSimple.com after their recent redesign. The info is well organized so it’s easy to find what you’re looking for – and the pictures are larger…hooray! The Stress Less Dinner Party is one of my favorite articles in the new Holidays and Entertaining section. It features simple, yet clever […]

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If you’ve got a wedding to plan, a big party coming up, or just love looking at gorgeous design, the artfool events website is full of amazing inspiration! Click here to check out their online portfolio…this should keep you busy for a while! Professional event design portfolios are always a great place to gather ideas […]

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Hi Everyone – I want to start the new week with an apology for the light posting last week. I was pretty much consumed with getting everything ready for Thursday’s Hip Hostess Event at the SLS Beverly Hills – and since this party was so soon after the Boston event, I’ve been having a hard […]

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One of my favorite eye candy resources – Amy Atlas Events – was just featured in the premier issue of Southern Weddings magazine (a new glossy that’s loaded with great material, by the way)! Click here to download a pdf of Amy’s article…aptly titled “Oh, Sugar!“. I was also excited to discover that Amy listed […]

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Here’s some more event design inspiration from The Special Event… These images are from the Exhibit Gallery we walked through after the Wedding Lunch. The first room was a contemporary silver & white design and seemed to be the “star” of the show… judging from the oohs and aahs heard whenever people entered! The centerpiece […]

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I just uploaded some pictures from the “Wedding Lunch” event I went to this week at The Special Event 2009 – which was luckily held in San Diego this year! Talk about inspiration overload – I was like a kid in a candy store at this luncheon! It was almost dizzying…  There were 16 different […]

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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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