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Winner update: 6/4/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #11 – ROCIO. Congrats, have fun picnicking! ***** We have a fun new GIVEAWAY up for grabs today! If you love cider AND good excuses to celebrate outdoors, this fun Summer Picnic Pack starring the brand new Michelob ULTRA […]

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It’s QUITE easy to recognize that Brooke Burke is a gorgeous actress, model & accomplished entrepreneur, but one thing you might not know about her is that she also loves to entertain! Brooke recently teamed up with Bacardi to help celebrate the launch of their {yummy & super convenient} Bacardi Hand Shaken Daiquiris, which are […]

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First of all… WOW! We had some truly amazing entries in the Facebook Summer Entertaining Contest… and WAY more than 5 stand-out parties, so let me tell you this was seriously a hard one to narrow down to just 5 finalists. We had several different people help with the process of narrowing it down though, […]

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Today over at Simply Stated – check out some colorful garden party ideas to help inspire your summer celebrations! {Three stylish, floral-inspired partyware collections, plus coordinating drinks, favors, and decor ideas…}

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These fun pics are from a “Pink Lotus Lounge” backyard party that was hosted by sisters & designers Lori Roark and Denise Haynes-Port. This party was held in celebration of a milestone anniversary for their artful, handmade jewelry line: LilyGirl, but it also serves as great inspiration for all sorts of special occasions that you […]

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Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to Alice White Wines and to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Jennifer Irvin from Texas, who said, “YELLOW…….Bright summer sunshine, lemonade, chardonnay, grilled squash, sunflowers….. Nothing better!!!!!”  Congrats, Jennifer! Now you have a great excuse to throw a colorful summer party! […]

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I’m so excited to share this new “Real Party” with you! Courtney Toney from Joyful Weddings & Events is back with one of her fabulous seasonal get-togethers. This time the party is all about Spring, but I think this look would translate quite nicely to summer bridal showers, birthday parties, and celebrations as well! Read […]

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Whether the color is coming from the drink or the garnish, red & yellow sure makes a bright, lovely combo for summer cocktails, don’t you think? {Pictured above} Fuzzy Navel garnished with lemon peel and raspberries. {Pictured below, clockwise from top left} Pomegranate Martini & Yellow Passion Fruit Caipirinha {via Brides}; Tequila Sunrise; Bloody Mary […]

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I came across an image of these “Squishy Bowls” in this month’s issue of Real Simple (June 2009) and was instantly intrigued by both the name and mod look. You can use these bowls to serve dishes like pasta & salad on when your on a picnic/at an outdoor BBQ, then squash them into your […]

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Today over at Simply Stated – check out a few pretty cocktails & creative drink garnish ideas in fresh, lovely shades of spring green!

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Is it Friday yet? This Raspberry Margarita recipe is going to be included of the Summer Cocktail Guide we’re working on, but I just received the super-delicious image for it this morning and couldn’t resist sharing it little early! We served these margaritas at a few of the Hip Hostess last year, so I can […]

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Today over at Simply Stated – get the details on the new (fabulous + affordable!) Orla Kiely for Target line, plus a few ideas for an party/shower theme inspired by this collection! And while we’re on the subject of the Orla Kiely brand… how fabulous are these bags from her Spring/Summer 2009 collection?! These aren’t […]

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Today over at Simply Stated – check out ideas for a Fresh Apple Party Theme – which would be fun for a spring/summer bridal shower or casual Mother’s Day Brunch! Also included: the recipe link for these tempting White Chocolate-Toffee Crunch Caramel Apples… yum!

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Yes, Please.

As much as I love magazines, I can’t think of the last time I spotted one from across the room and decided right then and there to buy it without even flipping through a single page… until last Friday. Kudos to the creative team behind the cover of bon appétit‘s August issue! And not to […]

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