One of these years I’m determined to make it to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby! It’s quite the trek from San Diego to Louisville though, so in the meantime I will happily continue celebrating the Derby at home with friends & family. :) And along those lines, I’m excited to bring you the brand […]

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It’s the ever-popular rainbow cake… with a natural twist! One of our creative HWTM Community Members – Kelsey Hilts of Itsy Bitsy Foodies – is here today sharing her clever tutorial for a Rainbow Cake with Natural Dyes! The rainbow colors are achieved using colorful fruits, veggies, and egg yolks. Thanks so much to Kelsey […]

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I was flattered when Jenn asked me to share the Rustic Popcorn Bar I created for a Family Reunion party over the summer.  If you are looking for something super simple to throw together for your next event…look no further.  Order yourself some popcorn seasonings from Kernel Season’s and pre-order fresh, already-popped bags of popcorn […]

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Okay… so I’m definitely not the world’s healthiest eater… by a long shot. The combination of a hectic schedule and a serious sweet tooth has resulted in a diet that’s heavy skewed towards whatever is super fast & convenient, which almost always does NOT = “wholesome”. A drastic overnight change is just not going to […]

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The chocolate skeleton keys from this Vintage-Style Haunted Halloween Party theme by Anders Ruff got such a great reaction, I thought you might like some insight on where to find the candy molds so you can make some yourself… They’re from etsy vendor Mold Shop, which specializes in flexible silicone jewelry & candy molds. These […]

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Whether you’re throwing a camping-themed party or just adding some fun to a “camp out” in your own backyard, these S’MORES PUSH POPS are a fun twist on the traditional campfire treat! Not only are they easy to whip up, but they really do taste as good as they look… don’t think we didn’t devour […]

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Are you CEREAL with how cute & creative this Housewarming Brunch is?! That’s what I thought when I first saw the pics of this oh-so-modern brunch by my {creative-genius} pal Amy of Operation Shower. The other first impression brought about by these bright, warm colors? HAPPY! And that’s exactly how you should feel when you […]

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If you think you’re looking at a party table full of sweet treats… THINK AGAIN! This darling “dessert table” from Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes is actually filled with decadent looking SOAPS… which have been creatively transformed into everything from “ice cream cones” and “sundaes” to “candy apples” (displayed atop DIY Cupcake Stands), […]

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In continuing with Part 1 of the Stunning Vintage-Modern Bridal Shower posted earlier today, here’s Part 2… which covers every delicious detail of the gorgeous food & drinks! Prepare to get hungrier as you browse through this gallery of decadent eats – including adorable stacks of mini buttermilk pancakes, amaretto & cream cheese filled strawberries, […]

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Looking for a creative way to celebrate Memorial Day… or another outdoor summer get-together? Good! Because we have a new Summer BBQ theme for you today, complete with ideas for a Make-it-Yourself hot dog station (which keeps things easy on the host!), creative & affordable food presentation ideas, and free BBQ themed printables…(scroll down for […]

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There’s something so warm and inviting about this darling FARMHOUSE BRUNCH Baby Shower styled by Trish from Frilly Milly Events! And with a menu offering up creative treats like tiny cups of syrup topped with french toast triangles, maple bacon skewers, donut hole “trees”, heath bar coffee cake, and more – better add “mouth watering” […]

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{DIY Tutorial by Jessica Kirkland} Offering gorgeous desserts to your guests is always fun. However, being able to do it without slaving in the kitchen and using cake decorations that cost only pennies is the icing on the cake! I am so excited to be sharing with you a super fun DIY I created that’s a piece […]

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The holiday season always brings about a lot of talk of “traditions”, and with how hectic our standard day to day life can be, I love that this time of year always serves as a fun reminder for us to stop and spend time with family and friends! Traditions also give you & your family […]

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This “MUMMY’S NIGHT OUT” theme from Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Halloween is such a clever & elegant take on Halloween, and a color palette of green, white, and black feels fresh & fun, but still very Halloween-appropriate. The fabulous “Mummy Veggie Dip” tray pictured above is the first thing that caught my eye… such creative presentation! […]

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I’m totally swooning over this gorgeous Pumpkin Harvest Brunch created by Vicky from The City Cradle! Bundt cakes hanging from the trees, pancakes served in carved-out pumpkins (LOVE!), water bottles adorned in lace… what a sweet way to celebrate the season with loved ones. This would make for a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner table too…  just […]

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Loving these modern-looking Halloween cookie and cupcake ideas from BHG… especially the adorable Wide-Eyed Cookies and Little Monster Cupcake designs! Pictured above: Wide-Eyed, Mummified, and Mod Pumpkin Makeover cookies. Pictured below: Little Monster, Frightening Frankenstein, Flying Bat, and Spooky Eyes cupcakes. Pictured below: Licorice Spirals, Round & Round, and Monster Face cookies…

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It feels like Etsy has opened up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to setting up your own party tables! For example, check out this new DIY Happy Halloween dessert table from Anders Ruff… the entire buffet looks fantastic, but the patterns and paper details are definitely the (double-chocolate) icing on the […]

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Waiter, there’s an ant on my cupcake!” That was one of the comments I got on twitter last night after posting these “Ants on a Picnic” cupcakes from What’s New, Cupcake?. =) But wait… these are the kind of bugs that you actually WANT at your party! You know… the kind that are made from […]

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I have TWO fun things to share with you today, (both courtesy of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!®)… a fabulous Summer Grilling Kit Giveaway for HWTM readers and a special Twitter Event coming up this Monday that I’ll be co-hosting! Here are the details for both: ***** BBQ TASTE & TWEET – Monday, July […]

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Fun find of the week: TEACUPCAKES by Fred & Friends… ultra-clever bake & serve cupcake molds that come with matching saucers for an “elegant” presentation! Great gift idea for your friends that love to bake – or for the hostess that already has it all. ($17.95/set of 4 at heliotrope) P.S. These would also be […]

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