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In today’s guest post over at Real Simple, check out some thoughts on being a gracious holiday hostess… and feel free to add some ideas of your own!

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HWTM reader Linda Roos sent over a nice message recently that said, “I was inspired by your post the other day with the 5 tips for hosting. I made a post on my blog about my own biggest tip for any host/hostess… I just wanted to share with you.” Well, both Linda’s tips – and […]

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In honor of Barbie’s 50th Birthday/Anniversary – Mattel went all out with a very cool, VERY PINK birthday bash at the “Real” Life-Size Barbie Dream House in Malibu, CA. Jonathan Adler was tapped to do the interior design of the “Dream House”, and celebrity event planner Colin Cowie (who also hosts’s Lifetime’s Get Married show) […]

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Today on Simply Stated: get the details on a fabulous web-based application that makes creating digital inspiration boards for your parties & celebrations super easy… no graphics training required!  I used it this morning to create the Pretty in Pink Bridal Shower board pictured above… in about 15 minutes flat! Learn more.

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I often get asked about party planning tips, and sometimes the advice varies based on the type of event or subject of the article, but there are a few things that are applicable no matter what type of party you’re hosting, and that’s the topic of today’s post over at Simply Stated: My 5 Favorite […]

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Hi, I’m Beth Helmstetter of Beth Helmstetter Events and am completely honored to share some tips with all of you savvy hostesses out there! With all the reasons we have to get together and celebrate – from weddings and birthdays to holidays and other special occasions, your lives will be filled with amazing shindigs and […]

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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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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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***** 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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Today on Simply Stated: check out a follow up to the “Entertaining on a Budget” article I posted over at Celebrations earlier in the year. “Entertaining on a Budget – Part 2” highlights some budget-wise ideas sent in by readers after the original post. If you have additional tips & tricks for stretching your dollars […]

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Hi, I’m Kati Driscoll, author of The Finer Things, an entertaining and design focused blog for FineStationery.com. Although stationery is the primary influence for many of my posts, the trends that I see in runways, in shops and on the streets play a big part in inspiring many of my posts – especially Tuesday Trends. […]

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How many kids should you invite? Is it okay to expect gifts every year or should you try out the “no gift” trend? Gift registries for kids parties? What’s the best way to deal with rude parents? Lisa Kothari from Peppers and Pollywogs – a wonderful kids party planning website/blog – wrote a truly fabulous […]

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If you’ve followed HWTM for a while or checked out the party themes section, you may have noticed that I love to use scrapbooking supplies as tools for entertaining. Scrapbooking supplies are affordable, and there’s so much variety available from holiday and occasion themes to fabulous color palettes and modern prints that the possibilities for […]

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You can view the video clip here, but it’s a little fuzzy online, so I took a few pictures of the recording on my parents’ TV screen so that you can see the details a little better.

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