Inspiration Boards


It’s amazing how I’m always ready for the seasons to change… and this time year is no exception… Bring on the rich color palettes, the rustic tabletops, the cooler weather, and the {sometimes spiked} hot apple cider! ;) Feeling Inspired by Nature… Animals have always been one of my favorite design elements, and I really […]

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Who loves Pinterest? We do! (And I’m guessing a lot of YOU guys do too!). Demonstrating the powerful effect Pinterest has had on her business, Kelly McLeskey-Dolata of A Savvy Event created a Pinterest Design Challenge and invited their favorite local vendors to accompany the team on this creative project! Read below for a mini Q&A session with Kelly about […]

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Can you believe it’s already AUGUST? Me either. Time to squeeze in a bit more summer fun before fall is upon us! Speaking of which… while clearing out my inbox recently, this UV Salty Watermelon Vodka caught my eye. Watermelon is already my favorite cocktail flavor – so seeing the word “salty” appear front of […]

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I was recently asked to share some insight on how to mix and match different patterns and colors in your home. This is actually a topic I’ve been thinking about recently, because – while standing in a very slow line at the fabric store this past weekend – I had a really nice conversation with […]

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Gender reveal parties are a trend that I’m seeing more of lately – both in regards to party submissions we receive and other mentions ’round the web. I’ve yet to actually attend one myself, but I’ve definitely seen lots of “reveal moment” photos online, and it’s always fun to see the looks of excitement and […]

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Sooo… unless you’re like my mom and hardly spend any time on the computer (GASP!), then chances are good you’ve heard of (or found yourself totally sucked into) a clever visual bookmarking site called Pinterest. Never has the abundance of creativity in the world been so apparent*… and so accessible! HWTM ON PINTEREST Guess what? […]

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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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Happy Monday! I’m a little delirious today and am going to attempt to do this post in an overly tired mental state… so please bear with me! I had my 7th night in a row of only 3-4 of sleep last night… hence the title of this post and current luggage under the eyes. {Thank […]

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Wanted to share a some holiday party inspiration with you today… A friend of mine came up with the fun idea of doing a “RUDOLPH & THE MISFIT TOYS” theme for her son’s first birthday party since it’s so close to Christmas. Pretty cute idea for a kids holiday party theme, right?! Here’s a peek […]

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Hi Everyone! If you’re a repeat visitor to HWTM, you might have seen this post from a while back that explains the rather unconventional theme for our 10-year wedding anniversary – which somehow is less than 2 weeks away! Over the course of planning, I’m running into the issue of not being able to find […]

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I fell in love with this adorable Gaby the Elephant plush toy recently and couldn’t resist designing a party inspiration board around her! Here’s what I’m thinking… Pictured above: Momma & Baby Elephant Mobile invites; Swan Ivory Striped Lunch Napkins; for “napkin rings” – Orange Crush Stripe Paper Ribbons; (also great for embellishing favors & […]

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You know how sometimes you can take one look at something and just instantly be inspired? That’s what happened with me and this fabulous Floating Ducks bath toy from Giggle.  I absolutely adore the vibrant colors, the clean lines, the perfect blend of contemporary meets cute – but not cutesie. (Big difference!) So….. this cool […]

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These Koi Goldfish Cupcakes are seriously WAY too cute!! Another genius idea from the gurus behind Hello, Cupcake!, this design is actually from their follow up (and equally fabulous) book: What’s New, Cupcake?. The fish – which are made from those squishy orange circus peanuts, orange peanut butter M&M’s, brown M&M’s Minis, vanilla frosting as […]

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I’m honored to be a guest blogger today over at Leila Khalil‘s beautiful wedding blog: Inspired By This! As someone that focuses mostly on everyday celebrations,  it was so much fun to create a couple wedding inspiration boards for the article – a Pink/Gold/Yellow theme and a Yellow/Gray theme (one of my favorite color palettes […]

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***** I received the following question from a reader recently: Q: “I would like to see a jungle theme party on your site unless you already have one that I couldn’t find. I’m throwing a jungle themed baby shower for my sister in June and I came to your site first to look for one. […]

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Here’s a sneak peek at some new invites I recently designed for an upcoming baby shower… featuring a new masquerade-inspired party theme that’s been so much fun to work on! For extra “festivity”, the final invitations were embellished with adhesive craft rhinestones (on the butterfly antennae), Opal Stardream Envelopes, and hand-stamping on the front & […]

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I stumbled across these adorable nylon ladybugs recently and thought they’d be the perfect starting point for a Modern Ladybug party theme! Ladybugs are always cute for kids birthday parties and “Lovebug” Valentine’s Day parties, but this theme can even translate beautifully for a girlie baby shower or bridal shower. For adult-friendly parties, just make […]

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According to Pantone, turquoise is the latest “it” color for fashion & interiors in 2010, which is why the lovely Tara from StrollerTraffic recently asked me for a round-up of favorite turquoise baby picks. I’ve been shopping for a lot of pink & orange lately, so it was fun to make the switch over to […]

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It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day, but suddenly it’s only about a month away! So on that note… here’s a fun “Sweets & Treats” inspiration board that Tiny Prints put together espeically for HWTM readers! I’m especially loving the chic, monochromatic centerpiece featuring red carnations & red […]

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Even though the holidays are wrapping up and the new year is right around the corner, winter has actually only just begun! (on December 21st to be exact!) I was browsing the Flickr gallery from last year’s holiday entertaining contest recently and wanted to share a couple {very pretty} parties & mood board entries that […]

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