Social Couture has a fun Patriotic Party that’s perfect for making decorating & table settings super easy if you’re playing hostess for the 4th! The full Patriotic set comes complete with eco-friendly bamboo tableware, a sparkly red table runner, USA flags, white metal pails, super-cute striped grosgrain napkin rings, and more…or you can buy just the things you need a la carte!
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This fabulous “Sweet” Lingerie Bridal Shower hosted by photographer Melissa Rodriguez and friends looks so lovely & serene. They did a great job of creating a clean, contemporary feel with light pinks, blue, chocolate, and white. Read on for details of the gorgeous invitations, party decor, a creative desserts & treats buffet, simple-chic flowers and seriously adorable handmade party favors!
Serving desserts & treats on all-white platters like the girls did for the fondue bar really makes the colors and presentation of the food stand out, in addition to bringing a clean, modern feel to the buffet. And a chocolate fountain always creates the feel of a special occasion… (more…)
Today’s featured “real party” is ridiculously cute! This contemporary Garden Party theme was created to celebrate the first birthday of Mark & Mandy’s adorable daughter, Elsie – but the look would also translate beautifully into a bridal shower, baby shower, or birthday for older girls as well…
From the get-go, Mandy paid attention to all those little details. How cute are the invitations pictured above?! That’s the birthday girl featured on the invite, wearing one of the flower headbands that were the inspiration for the entire party.
If you happen to be familiar with graphic designer Jessica Jones and her fabulously creative blog How About Orange, then it should come as no surprise that any party she creates is equally fabulous. I’m excited to share some details for you to from a super fun bridal shower she and her buddy Jill hosted for a friend last year.
I especially love the cool tissue pom arrangement pictured above, where the poms were attached to tall branches (which you can purchase at most craft stores & floral supplies, or online at places like Save-On-Crafts.com). Creating a tall arrangement like this as party decor is a great idea because it really makes a dramatic impact on the room and instantly serves as a focal point.
From the minute I laid eyes on the first few pics of this gorgeous baby shower, I was so excited to share it with you guys! From the handmade pillows and custom skateboard to the super-fun, makeshift “photo booth” complete with props for guests to wear, there is so much creativity going on here!
The creative mind and Hostess with the Mostess behind this “Eclectic Baby Shower” – event planner Beth Helmstetter – sent in a great write-up on the event, so I’m actually going to let her tell you all about it herself. Here goes, in Beth’s own words: (more…)
I’m so excited to be in Chicago today, getting ready for the Hip Hostess/Chambord event this Wednesday night at The Ivy Room! We had such a warm welcome from Chi-town that Chambord graciously offered to expand the event into 2 sessions – 6-8pm and 8-10pm – hooray! We hit capacity for both sessions, so the RSVP lists are closed online, but if you still want to come you can send an email to [email protected] and she will do her best to accommodate everyone as much as possible.
On a side note – any great restaurant recommendations we should try to hit for a fun dinner while we’re in the Windy City? I’m really hoping to make it to Japonais one night…but would love to get some input on other favorites too!
You might already be familiar with the creative talents of Joanna Dyckhoff from her inspirational design blog, LotusHaus, or from the ultra-contemporary Chocolate, Raspberry, & Lime Baby Shower she threw that we featured here at HWTM in November. Well, I’m very happy to be able to share some details today from yet another fabulous baby shower that Joanna hosted earlier this year: a modern, tropical co-ed soirée! Here goes:
The Vibe: sunny & tropical
Colors: turquoise, tangerine, and green
Invitations: Digital invites were custom-designed by Joanna, a few of which were printed and showcased at the shower, along with a coordinating buffet menu.
Tostones (crispy fried green plantains with garlic cilantro sauce)
Pastelitos (pastries stuffed with savory fillings)
Shrimp Skewers with jalapeno glaze served from a pineapple
I’m super excited about next week at HWTM! In addition to our TWO Hip Hostess Series events happening Wednesday night in Chicago, the entire week on the blog will be dedicated to “Real Parties ” sent in by readers – and we’ll be featuring a new one each day! So it should be inspiration overload…hope you’re up for it!
Pictured above is a sneak peek at one of the Real Parties we’ll be featuring – a vintage baby shower created by Beth Helmstetter, which you will be able to see LOTS more of on Monday…
One of my favorite gift wrap designers – Whimsy Press – is having a cute "Summer is Funner" special right now that’s worth checking out! Save $10 when you order their "Best Friends" or "Cutest Little Things " gift wrap collections. Both sets are absolutely adorable!
We cover a lot of fun products & party ideas here at HWTM, but one thing I’ve been wanting to talk to you guys about for a while is the other side of entertaining that can arise and isn’t quite so fun…the stress! Time issues, budget strains, creative anxiety… these are all quite common when it comes to hosting parties and events – but there are definitely things you can do to combat them.
I’ve shared a few things that help me deal with entertaining stress over at Simply Stated: Celebrations today, and would love it if you guys have any tips (or frustrations) to share as well. Chances are good that someone else out there is feeling just like you! Click here to head over there and join the conversation!
Place card holders are such a fun, easy way to add some personality to your table! If you’re on the lookout for cute designs to dress up your wedding or an upcoming party, check out the Place Card Holders gallery at InStyleWeddings.com for lots of great ideas, including the adorable chair & anchor designs pictured above.
Feeling totally inspired by the gorgeous work of Krislyn Design today! Imagine walking into a party or wedding reception featuring some of their amazing, signature “moss and jewel trees”…
Krislyn Design describes their LA-based studio as “a place where customers can step into a timeless space inspired by beauty without boundaries.” Sounds pretty cool… no wonder they’re able to dream up beauties like these:
Want more eye candy? Check out this gorgeous floral artistry featuring wood, stone, and other natural elements… (more…)
You can order the favors fully assembled and ready to gift, or opt for DIY kits that you can put together yourself. Either way, you’ll end up with adorable mini gifts just like these little cuties… (more…)
Creative cupcake guru Hello Naomi is just the coolest! I wish I would’ve stumbled on her adorable robot cupcakes earlier – they would’ve gone perfectly with a robot kids party I recently created! (see below)
Quick party details:
French Bull Robots Plates & Robots Cups
“Robot Guy” centerpiece created using empty gift boxes wrapped with colorful gift wrap, googly eyes, metal favor tins, silver glitter chenille craft stems , and paper circles punched from shimmery silver cardstock
Packs of Pez and Pixie sticks
Yellow gift wrap “table runner” with circular silver paper “confetti”
Personalized stationery guru – Erin Condren – has come up with a way to make customizing your next party or shower – from the invitation to the thank you notes – super easy! Her new party packages come with coordinating invitations, place cards, notecards, and labels that are perfect for customizing party favors and bottled bubbly or cider…
Winner Update – 6/16:
This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone who participated! The winner is… commenter # 42 , Rachel , who said: "planning a 2nd birthday party for my little man…this would be a great way to start!!!" Congrats, Rachel! And happy early birthday to your little one!
If you’re planning to host a soirée this summer, there’s a pretty good chance that you’re going to need a fabulous invitation to kick things off. Well, this could be your lucky day, because Invitation Consultants is giving away a $100 shopping spree towards anything on their site! And if you don’t already have a summer get-together on the calendar, this could be the perfect excuse to start planning!
You won’t find any boxer shorts or coffee mugs emblazoned with "World’s Greatest Dad", but you WILL find cool things like a turtle-shaped tool that creates the perfect "black and tan" and clever grilling tools that help to keep burns at bay!
I recently stumbled across these these adorable “Thing 1 & Thing 2” twin onesies (based off the characters in The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess), and thought they’d be the perfect inspiration for a baby shower for twins! The colors are spunky and fun, and I love the idea of incorporating a “wild thing” vibe with zebra prints as a play on the character names. Here are a few ideas for bringing this baby shower to life… (Click on “Read More” at the bottom of the post for detailed ideas & product info).
Reusable pop-up Blumebox vases are already a super easy & affordable way to create stylish centerpieces, but they recently came out with a way to make customizing your design even easier: Personalized Ribbons! These 1.5″ wide ribbons come in TONS of patterns and colors, including birds, damask, mod dots, and more. $2.49/pack of 4 at blumebox.com.
And here are a few other fun ways to customize blumeboxes for all sorts of occasions…
Minimalist cactus centerpieces have a cool eco-chic vibe that’s perfect for bridal showers and engagement parties, and decorative scrapbook paper and gift wrap takes customization to a whole new level for pretty much any occasion or theme you can dream up… (more…)
Don’t you just love super creative companies that make gifting so fun? I can’t wait for my next friend to announce their engagement, because I’ve already discovered the perfect congratulations gift! This 2-carat cup is just the cutest thing ever – with a handle that looks like a sparkly diamond ring and adorable packaging that looks like an oversize ring box – all you see is the ring when the box is first opened up! Available at shopmodi.com for $16 each.
I was so excited to discover that HWTM is featured as a favorite blog amongst “Nesties” in the new summer issue of [the nest] magazine! And I’m honored to be in such great company with the other blog favorites in the entertaining category: At Home with Kim Vallee, Definitely Not Martha, and Tastefully Entertaining!
For those of you that aren’t familiar with [the nest] magazine, it’s a super hip & modern quarterly glossy dubbed “the must have magazine for modern marrieds”, and is brought to you by the knot and thenest.com. If you like the style of magazines such as domino, Everyday with Rachael Ray, and the late Blueprint magazine (wistful sigh), there’s a good chance you’ll be right at home with [the nest]!
Hooray! Some of the photos from our very first Hip Hostess Series Event (the "Tropical Zen Soirée" in San Diego) are back! The rest should be in this week and I’ll feature the full recap with detailed slideshows, instructions and product resources next week. Until then, here are just a few quick shots to give you a little preview of both the San Diego event recap and the upcoming Chicago event on June 25 (which will feature the same theme)…
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