Looking for spring party inspiration? Here are a few surprisingly quick & easy centerpieces that I put together for a Spring themed cocktail party. If you’ve followed the blog for a while, it’s probably no secret that manzanita branches & grapewood are one of my favorite elements for creating centerpieces… due largely in part that […]

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Okay… so I’m TOTALLY in love with these new Cupcake Sets by Meri Meri! Such a genius idea, don’t you think?! Each themed set includes 24 decorative cupcake cases (a.k.a. “baking cups”) and 24 assorted die-cut toppers. This is going to make dressing up homemade cupcakes for everything from kids birthdays to bridal showers super […]

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Looking for some creative party ideas for St. Patrick’s Day? Entertaining expert & cupcake guru Jeanne Benedict has some fabulous ideas in the dessert department… my favorite being the “Beer Cupcakes” pictured above – how fun are those?! And don’t worry… these clever treats just LOOK like beer! This design is all about the presentation, […]

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When HWTM reader Laura recently sent over some info about a “Suspended Cupcake Tower” that her friends Vicki and Ray created, I just about died when I saw the pics! Seriously – how cool is this?! FLOATING cupcakes… now that’s some creative genius! Co-creator Vicki Anderson was kind enough to share some more details on […]

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From the POP-y colors to the cool twisted design of the popsicles and futuristic look of the holder, I’m loving everything about these Orka Ice Pop Molds! ($12.95/set at Wrapables) Looking for a cool gift idea? Try pairing one of these sets with a copy of POPS!: Icy Treats for Everyone by Krystina Castella, which […]

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Most of you have probably seen an edible bouquet before – usually of the fruit or cookie variety – but this particular design is definitely a stand-out! The edible veggie bouquet pictured above is from Marley Majcher‘s 40th Birthday Party (more details coming soon) and serves as great inspiration for a super-stylish take on this […]

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I know that Valentine’s Day is tomorrow, but I couldn’t resist posting some last-minute inspiration from ’round the web… especially since pretty much all of these ideas can be re-purposed for other occasions too! Starting from the top: Adorable Valentine-themed cupcakes from Jeanne Benedict *I’m especially loving the top version for any sort of “pretty […]

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Being a big football fan myself, (and the wife of an even bigger football fanatic/son of a former NFL player), I was super excited when Boboli reached out to HWTM to collaborate on some “Big Game” entertaining ideas! You can check out my party tips over at BoboliFootball.com, a football entertaining hub that’s loaded with […]

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Need some inspiration for your Valentine’s Day party dessert table? Check out this latest dessert bar creation by Amy Atlas… which can only be described as absolutely pink-a-licious! Goodies included: a macaron tower (so cute!), ruffled buttercream cake and cupcakes, pink favor boxes tied up with pretty satin ribbon, and lots of pink candy! For […]

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In case you’re on the lookout for a new way to impress in the kitchen this Valentine’s Day – or aiming to wow a whole group of guests for any special occasion really – here’s one of my favorite “sweet tips” from Simple Stunning Parties, a fabulous book by entertaining expert Karen Bussen. These cool […]

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, it feels like the perfect time of year to feature some pretty red drinks… like these sparkling pomegranate cocktails & mocktails from Judy Reyes’s Berry Sweet Baby Shower. Both drinks are lovely, yummy, & super easy… just like we like them! (Full recipes below.)

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I’m so excited to share this fabulous – and super useful – DIY project with you today! The tutorial comes from Jacinda at Prudent Baby, and features a clever & inexpensive way to create your own dessert/cake stands for all sorts of parties and occasions. With all the fabulous scrapbook paper that’s available these days, […]

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In continuing with Part 1 of the gorgeous Gossip Girl Inspired Bridal Shower posted yesterday, here is Part 2: Menu & Activities. Scroll down for details on the yummy food & drinks that the ladies were treated to, as well as the (non-cheesy!) bridal shower activities they participated in, as told by event designer Carolyn […]

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If you’re planning to host a get-together for the NFL Championships and/or Super Bowl, entertaining guru Jeanne Benedict has some absolutely adorable ideas for dessert! Jeanne designed & whipped up 7 ultra-creative Super Bowl cupcakes for Celebrations.com, where she is a Lifestyle Party Expert, and she was generous enough to share them with us here! […]

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I don’t know what the weather’s like in your area… but it’s POURING outside in San Diego today! The perfect weather – and time of year – to warm up with a yummy hot drink, like this creative cider-based cocktail: HOT CHAMBORD CIDER 1/2 oz Chambord 1/2 oz Tuaca Liqueur 3 oz apple cider 1 […]

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You can always count on the products at Crate & Barrel sister store – CB2 – to be ultra-contemporary and very affordable, so it’s exciting when they come out with a new collection! Everything in their new line is really very cool, but here are 12 stand-out favorites: • Q Dinnerware ($3.95 – $5.95 per […]

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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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You know those cute bags of  Valentines Day M&M’s that are popping up all over the stores lately? Here are some fun & creative ways to enjoy them (other than straight from the bag!)… Pictured above: Adorable LadyBug Cupcakes – which also utilize malted milk balls & black licorice “antennas”! Pictured below: Raspberry Almond Chocolate […]

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When Natasha from That’s So Yummy offered up this guest post on Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Cookie Cups, how could I possible resist?! Especially when accompanied by this description “…a chocolate chip cookie layered with creamy cheesecake mixture, then topped with fresh whipped cream and sprinkled with mini chocolate chips.” Yum! Read on for the full […]

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Even if your one of your new year’s resolutions is to eat healthier after indulging in too many rich holiday treats, that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy something sweet once in a while… especially when it comes from a book like Cook Yourself Thin Faster, which features “lightened up” versions of favorites like Tiramisú […]

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