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Hi there! It’s Amber here from Amber Lay Events! Some of you may know me from my days as Editorial & Styling Assistant at HWTM. Since then I have been doing my coordinating and floral design business full time, and I am so excited to be the newest contributor on board for Hostess with the […]

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Sarah von Pollaro is the founder of Urban Petals Floral Design, a company that creates one of a kind floral design for events, donates them to nonprofit organizations the following day, and inspires people to enjoy arranging flowers! Having taught thousands of people the basics of floral design in a fun and simple way, Sarah created […]

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Not only is this DIY Herb Garden super easy & inexpensive – it utilizes “up-cycled” yogurt containers and makes for a thoughtful, homemade hostess gift – or individually as eco-friendly party favors! Just use your favorite fabric and ribbon to customize the containers to your own party, kitchen, or a loved one’s kitchen. Amber Lay […]

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Floral design guru Kim Foren has such a clever, creative DIY tutorial to share today! This one is perfect for summer parties & outdoor entertaining! Read on for full DIY details on her “Swinging Table” idea (plus a ridiculously pretty picture of a fruit tart that’s making me very hungry right about now!)…

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Do you need another good excuse to drink that bottle of wine? Well good news, we’ve got just the thing! *wink*  Seriously, though… these lovely Wine Bottle Floral Frrangements from Amber Lay – starring emptied and embellished bottles of wine + the flowers of your choice – make such lovely decor for all sorts of […]

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I’m so excited to share this super-creative FLORAL DIY with you today because it’s from our newest HWTM team member – Amber Lay! Floral design is one of Amber’s specialities, and we love VISUALS here at HWTM, so we shot lots of step-by-step photos to walk you through the entire process. (There are 19 images […]

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Anemones are such an unique, curious flower… They exude both a romantic and contemporary vibe, which enables them to work well for weddings & events designed in either – or both – of these styles. Here’s some gorgeous, anemone-inspired eye candy for you for that features these fascinating blooms utilized in ultra-creative ways for bouquets, […]

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Today over at RealSimple.com- check out my review of Simply Elegant Flowers with Michael George… a truly fabulous book and a great gift idea for party lovers, hostesses, and brides-to-be. Added bonus – lots of eye candy! {Photos by Brie Williams}

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Here’s a sneak peek at the inspiration board for the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge – a BlogHer kick-off party that I’m styling and co-hosting with these 5 wonderful ladies on July 23rd. (…which is suddenly right around the corner!) This event is a “pampering party” but it’s also a place for socializing, checking out tech demos, […]

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The first time I stumbled upon the Mints Design website, it was love at first sight! If you’re looking for floral design inspiration that’s seriously beyond the basics and elevated to what really feels like an “artistry” level – get ready!  There’s so much visual eye candy over at Mints – from their stunning events […]

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In my quest to come up with easy & budget-friendly Easter decorations this year, here’s another idea that fit the bill and only took a few minutes to whip together: mini pails +  window gels + flowers = super cute Easter Centerpieces! Shopping Resources: Mini pails: $1 bins at Target Window gels: Target ($1.99/pack of […]

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Well, today is officially the first day of Spring! I thought it would be fun to celebrate the imminent arrival of warmer weather with some spring-and-summer-appropriate decorating inspiration from one of my favorite entertaining books: The Perfect Wedding Details by Maria McBride. Regardless of whether or not you actually have a wedding to plan – […]

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When you think of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I’m guessing the word “chic” isn’t the first adjective that comes to mind, but these smart & stylish ideas from ’round the web prove there’s another side to St. Patty’s Day festivities that’s sans the all-you-can-drink green beer and rowdy pub crowds! 1. Chic St. Patty’s […]

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Carnations seem to get a bit of a bad rap when it comes to the floral “status quo” – but the truth is that there are plenty of beautiful – and even cool – looks you can achieve with this budget-friendly flower. Because of the price point and shape of carnations, they allow you to […]

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If you’ve got a wedding to plan, a big party coming up, or just love looking at gorgeous design, the artfool events website is full of amazing inspiration! Click here to check out their online portfolio…this should keep you busy for a while! Professional event design portfolios are always a great place to gather ideas […]

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