Hi, it’s Alejandra Morin from The Marshmallow Studio, where we create custom marshmallow pops and designs. I’m happy to be back at HWTM today, showing you how to make mom feel extra special! This Mother’s Day, surprise mom with more than the typical fresh flower bouquet… treat her with an her an edible marshmallow flower […]

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What a creative way to display delicious treasure! This is pure inspiration for a Pirate Party - a pirate ship carved out of a watermelon, courtesy of HWTM member gtosetti! {Click on the album image below to check out the full party.} What’s your favorite way to see a watermelon creatively carved?

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This time last year, I was getting ready to board a flight to New York for a Kentucky Derby Party Ideas segment on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Wow… it’s hard to believe that was already a year ago! Since then I have a brand new sweet daughter that’s currently sitting next […]

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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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When it comes to adult holiday parties and celebration, there’s nothing that feels as quite as festive or “CHEERS!” worthy as a glass of champagne. And if you want to get creative with your champagne “toasts” this year, you’re in luck… because there are actually lots of ways to enjoy that Korbel that extend beyond […]

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How’s THIS for a fun twist on the traditional apple pie we serve so often this time of year… a creative version that’s all decked out with cheddar, jalapano, and caramel?! This yummy & creative apple pie recipe comes courtesy of Esther from Batch From Scratch… the baking guru you might also have seen as […]

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Renowned Chef Bradley Ogden will be visiting our hometown of beautiful San Diego, California this weekend (on Sunday, November 20th) to be part of the Celebrity Chef Luncheon at the 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival! He’s got something fun to celebrate too… a brand new book titled Holiday Dinners with Bradley […]

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Just wanted to send a quick shout out & good luck wish to my friend/fellow entertaining blogger Jeanne Benedict on her Today Show appearance tomorrow morning! Tune in at 10:45am to see her whip up some fun Halloween cocktails, including Wicked Pumpkin Mojitos and Mar-gore-itas with Eyeball Lime Wheels. Can’t wait to watch the segment, […]

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In continuation of the cool “Carnevil” Halloween Party by Brooklyn Limestone, here we go with Part 2… the CREEPY FOOD & DRINKS! And trust me, there are some REALLY creepy {and oh-so-creative!} dishes on display here… like a seriously disturbing dip featuring all too realistic-looking charred, bloodied fingers reaching out “from below”. {That picture is […]

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Last but not least in today’s 3-part DIY Wine Glass Decor feature, here’s another ode to the popular vintage skeleton key trend… this time with GLITTER! I know we have lots of fellow glitter fans out there! =) These cute sparkly key “glass charms” took only a few minutes using a set of skeleton key […]

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Here’s another fun & delightfully unexpected way to dress up those wine glasses… metallic gold keys! This is also an idea I first used for our Wonderlandia party to add a little whimsy to the Modern Glam Tea Table, but I actually think this idea would translate really well to a “key to my heart” […]

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There 3 main reasons why mini artificial butterflies are – hands down – of my favorite ways to dress up wine glasses: 1.) It’s SUPER QUICK & EASY to attach them. (Just add Glue Dots!) 2.) They make glasses beautiful & striking with minimal effort. 3.) They double as drink markers when you use different […]

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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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It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid-August and that Summer will make way for Fall soon… so if you plan to do some end-of-summer entertaining and take advantage of the warm weather while you still can (!), here’s some inspiration for a festive Red & Yellow cocktail party… inspired by one of my very […]

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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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