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inspired accessories

I was browsing etsy today and discovered these gorgeous glass coasters & candles from gamiworks, a beautiful shop featuring a contemporary collection of Japanese chiyogami-inspired gifts and accessories. And at only $24/set of 4 coasters and $15/set of 3 candles, these pieces are definitely suited for gifting!


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Inspiration Tuesday: Think Bold

There are so many great books, magazines, and event planners out there – so I thought it would be fun to start a weekly inspiration segment every Tuesday to showcase some truly inspiring publications & events.

To kick this off, thought I’d share with you one of my favorite wedding designs from Simple Stunning Weddings, a gorgeous book from wedding planner Karen Bussen. Wedding books & magazines are actually a great place to find inspiration for any type of party you’re planning …and this particular theme does a great job of thinking outside the box – with unusual touches such as high-contrast colors, zebra print, and yellow feathers….all of which come together nicely to create a decidedly modern & chic atmosphere!

Modern Entertaining Inspirationpictured above: monochromatic colors and modern minimalist lucite servers & glass arrangements create an impressive drink display. (**If anyone knows where to find trays like the ones pictured above, please let me know!)

Modern Entertaining Inspirationpictured above: cattleya orchids with a collar of yellow ostrich feathers, and upside-down red heliconia submerged in water are sure to be conversation starters…

*side note: we’re actually creating an entire HWTM Christmas party theme based on this heliconia idea! The bright red and green colors naturally provide the perfect traditional color palette for a Christmas party, but the nature of the flower is a very untraditional element for the hostess that wants a fresh & unusual take on their holiday party :)

Modern Entertaining Inspirationpictured above: zebra print place cards add an unusual design element to the table in a small enough dose as to not overwhelm, and Italian poppies add a bold pop of color to the otherwise neutral table setting.

For even more imagery from this wedding design and several more themes, check out a complete copy of Simple Stunning Weddings.

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new stuff at Zanisa

One of the best things about a the start of a new season is checking out all the great new merchandise at your favorite shops, like these cool entertaining products from Zanisa. I get a lot of emails asking about hostess gift ideas, and all of the products pictured below would make great, unique gifts for your own favorite hostess with the mostess or entertaining guru! (scroll down for direct links to each product).

Zanisa - Hostess Gift IdeasZanisa - Hostess Gift Ideas{top image} Good Morning Set (perfect for breakfast in bed! – $55/set), Fluted Tea Set ($69/set) and Tumbled Stone Candle Holders ($14/set of 2 holders + 12 taper candles)
{bottom image} River Rock Markers ($16/set of 8 + markers) and Slate Markers ($15/set of 10 + markers)

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Readers Ask, Readers Answer!

Hi Everyone – I’ve had so many reader questions sent in recently and it’s been hard to get to them while traveling, so I thought it would be cool to try something new and see if any of YOU would like to answer them or offer advice/ideas to fellow readers. Any feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! Just post your answer in the comments section! THANK YOU! Here goes:

Question A: ———-
For the holiday season this year, I would like to send out cards to our family and friends. Last year was the first year we were married and I did not send out cards because 1) I was not sure if I should mail a picture card out or if that is something you only do with kids and 2) I wanted to do something more creative than a store-bought holiday card. Do you have any suggestions to sending out cards this year that may be creative and nice? I am not opposed to sending a picture card out…I know I am being picky but I want to send out something to those family and friends we do not see often!

Question B: ———-
Can you point me in the right direction for the kinds of hostess gifts that would be appropriate for when you are staying a few days at someone’s house?

Question C: ———-
Aloha! We’re planning a Las Vegas themed bridal shower in October for a friend with the emphasis on bright lights and gambling. We’ve been playing with “bet on love”, “lucky in love” as quotes. Think you can help us out with some decoration/favor/set up ideas?! Thanks!

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French Bull: Rainbow

Looking for something to brighten up your table? How about these fun new melamine Rainbow dishes from French Bull

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Chinoiserie Placemats

Dwell Table - Chinoiserie PlacematsThese Chioiserie Placemats by DwellTable remind me of something you might find at Anthropologie…and they look especially great when paired with Dwell’s simple & chic Pin Dot Napkins. (both avaliable at Design Public)

Dwell Table - Pin Dot NapkinsDwell Table - Chinoiserie Placemats

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more bright dishware

Uncommon GoodsWhile we’re on the subject of dishware with vibrant colors, here are a few more very cool, modern designs from Uncommon Goods

Uncommon Goodspictured here: (top image) handmade black and white stripe mugs. (bottom image) touch/eat bowl sets,buddha bowls, and touch/drink cup sets.

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Terra Keramik

Terra Keramik Home If you love bright colors that pop and clean, minimalist design – then you just might fall in love with the fabulous homeware collection from Terra Keramik ! This eco-friendly tableware is widely considered to be functional art and comes in 8 brilliant colors, each accented with platinum and signed by the artist .

Terra Keramik Home


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party favor keychains

Party FavorsJessica – the ever-so-crafty designer from How about orange, sent over an awesome idea for custom party favors recently. She used ink-jet compatible shrinky sheets from ReadyMade to create custom key chains featuring designs printed from her computer – which is great because this gives you the opportunity to create party favors that perfectly match your theme! You can pull a cute pattern used in your tableware or party decor or even create personalized keychains for each of your guests using mongrammed initials. Click here for the step-by-step instructions. Thanks, Jess!

Party Favors

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love & marraige

Love & Marraige by Whimsy PressModern patterns, fantastic colors, double-sided wraps…what’s not to love about the “Love an Marraige” gift wrap collection by Whimsy Press?!

Love & Marraige by Whimsy Press
Throwing a bridal shower? Why not use one of these patterns as the inspiration for your party decor? Create table runners from the gift wrap then find coordinating partyware and linens. For your centerpieces, fill one or more table vases with tight bunches of flowers then wrap a 2-3″ strip of the gift wrap around the center of each vase to tie everything together. For extra embellishment, tie another band of coordinating ribbon around the paper band – and use the same ribbon for your napkin rings.

And don’t forget to kick the whole thing off with a coordinating imprintable invitation!…

Love & Marraige by Whimsy Press

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new at moma store

The always cool Moma Store has some great new arrivals for fall! Here are a few tabletop & entertaining favorites…(from top) Tiered Elliptical RayTray, Branch Spoons, Wine Carafe with Glass, and Animals Flatware (so cute!)

Moma StoreMoma StoreMoma Store

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Buttercake Bakery

Buttercake BakeryWe got a big box of treats in the mail last week from a place called Buttercake Bakery in L.A. – and everything was soooo good I just had to share! I think we got one of their “Mixed Basket” gift boxes because the package had bars, cookies, and little cakes…and everything was SUPER rich & indulgent – and very generously sized! (at least bathing suit season will soon be a thing of the past, right?!) If you’re looking for an easy alternative to baking for your next party or shower, you could easily divide Buttercake’s individual dessert bars and cakes into 3 or more smaller pieces to serve as part of a yummy dessert buffet.

My weakness is definitely chocolate, so these were the 2 treats I personally couldn’t resist: Chocolate Espresso cookies and Chocolate Marble bundt cake…delicious!

Buttercake BakeryThe chocolate, coconut, and almond “Dream Bars” (top left image below) were especially dreamy too…

Buttercake BakeryAnd if you’re looking for nice presentation – check out the tempting tart selections – they’re all available in 8″ rounds, 10″ rounds, and 5″ hearts if you’re feeling romantic :)

Buttercake Bakery

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