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So Much for “Lazy Summer Days”!

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So the summer has been off to a VERY busy start! I know the posting has been a bit lighter the past couple of weeks but promise it will pick back up soon… I just found myself in the middle of an insane start to June that can only be summarized by the following: Goodbye, sleep…hello, [lots more] caffeine. (Sorry, Mom – I promise to be better in July!)

Anyways, I wanted to give you a quick rundown of what’s been going on the past couple weeks… and what’s coming up!


June started off with a fun collaboration we’re working on with Chambord. I created some custom party themes for them, which we staged and did a 2-day photo shoot for here and at another location in LA. This was my first “full-blown” photo shoot – with a lighting team, production people, 14-hour days, etc. It was really fun, really tiring and really special to me because some of my friends were in it too! The first party theme will be running this holiday season, starting in September. Hint: there will be Peacock feathers! =)

Then this past Saturday I styled a party for Nancy O’Dell at her (gorgeous!) house in Pasadena for her daughter’s birthday. We did a Sesame Street theme featuring lots of bright colors… and a Sweet Factory CANDY BUFFET! I was really happy with how it turned out – especially given that it was planned & pulled it together in less than 2 weeks and there were nearly 100 guests!


Here’s a link to the facebook photo gallery with some pics from the birthday party taken by Gina Lee. I’ll be posting details, shopping resources, and “how-to” info for everything we did for this theme later this week, just as soon as I can catch up on my regular client work.

Also coming up this month at HWTM:
• a fabulous summer giveaway from Alice White Wines (next week)
• lots of new Real Parties and recipes (which my wonderful new summer interns, Sara and Robyn, are lending a hand on – hooray!)
• several new posts over at Real Simple
• an interview with Mindy Weiss
• behind the scenes details leading up to 2 big events we’re working on next month:
1. a co-ed, adult-friendly “French Circus” inspired baby shower for Tisha Campbell & Duane Martin
2. the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge – the “pampering party” I’m co-hosting in Chicago the day before BlogHer ’09 starts.
Amongst other things. Phew! See you soon!

By |2018-02-12T18:16:55+00:00June 15th, 2009|Kids Birthday, Parties for Girls|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Michelle (EverythingMom) June 15, 2009 at 5:23 pm

    So lovely. I would like just a tiny slice of your talent!

  2. Jeneration PR June 15, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Jenn, you never cease to amaze me! Saturday was incredible! Even with only 2 weeks notice and a very tight budget, you pulled off the impossible!

  3. southern hostess June 15, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    This party looks terrific! So colorful and cheery! Great job!

  4. Coniqua June 15, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Oh I can’t wait to see what’s coming. The candy made for such a beautiful table.

  5. Juligie June 15, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Holy Moly! You’ve been busy ;) Love the bright colors used at the bday party. Cant wait to see the baby shower…french circus sounds exciting =)

  6. Lauren June 15, 2009 at 6:46 pm

    Ooo! I love the lollipop boxes- what are they made of? Did she make the boxes herself out of wood and fill with candy? Or are the lollipops stuck into something underneath a layer of candy (or stones?). Super cute- I would love to do something like this for an upcoming party- please let me know how the lollipop boxes are made?

  7. Donna June 15, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Just fabulous! Love all the colors and details!

  8. Mandie June 15, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    OMG I looooove all the ideas you came up with for this party. It looks absolutely fabulous. Can’t wait for all the details. GREAT WORK!!!

  9. Erin June 16, 2009 at 12:44 am

    Looks like you worked really hard! Great job!

  10. Katrina June 16, 2009 at 4:34 am

    This is amazing…….
    I wish I had an unlimited budget when I see things like this!

  11. [email protected] June 16, 2009 at 4:50 am

    Everything looks great as always and I love the vibrant colors!!

  12. Belle on Heels June 16, 2009 at 6:03 am

    where were you when i was a baby?!? i adored sesame street and this party looks FABULOUS!!!

  13. Boston Bachelorette Party June 16, 2009 at 7:17 am

    This looks like it was a lively party with all the beautiful color. Well done.

  14. Cupcakes in Heels June 16, 2009 at 9:05 am

    Wow! It’s absolutely gorgerous! I love the whole color scheme for the candy buffet =). it must’ve put tons of smiley faces on everyone!

  15. [email protected] At Home June 16, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Lots of great things Jenn! I have so enjoyed watching you blossom and grow your business!…I think I first saw your site back in ’06 or ’07! Keep up the good work! ; )


  16. Kerri Butler June 16, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Jenn, FABULOUS as always!!! You are amazing!!!

  17. jenn s. June 16, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Lauren – the lollipop boxes are actually called “Blumeboxes” – and they’re affordable “pop-up cardboard vases”! Check them out here:

  18. reajay June 16, 2009 at 7:48 pm

    You have lots of great ideas and an awesome website. Thanks

  19. Davids June 17, 2009 at 11:16 am

    The picture reminds me of the “lost boys” in the peter pan movie hook. When they are eating the make believe food.

  20. Tommy Bahama Bedding June 18, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Fun Sesame Street theme :) All the bright cheery colors are really great.

  21. Joanna @lets entertain June 19, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Wow these colors are fabulous! Heading to FB to check out the other pics now!

  22. LaMonica June 23, 2009 at 10:52 am

    ABSOLUTELY PRETTY!!! The colors really did come together well.

  23. sara wadley June 26, 2009 at 10:54 am


    Where did you purchase the apothecary jars that were used to hold the candy ??

  24. jenn s. June 26, 2009 at 11:00 am

    Sara – I got them all at HomeGoods! They’re about 1/2 the price there of anywhere else – I paid between $7 & $16 for each of them, depending on the size!

  25. sara June 26, 2009 at 1:22 pm


    I forgot to ask you as well about the red table and green chairs featured in this party….Do you know where I may purchase those ? They really add to the color scheme !!!

  26. jenn s. June 26, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Sara – They’re all from IKEA! “Mammut” Collection:

    Chairs are $14.99 each / tables are $34.99


  27. Sarah March 12, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    I was wondering about how many lbs of candy you used to fill one of the apothecary jars. I have four and am struggling with coming up with an estimate. Thanks!

  28. Jenn @ HWTM March 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Sarah –

    I used between 5-8 lbs per jar, depending on the type of jar and candy, as some candies are a lot heavier than others, so they don’t go quite as far.

    If you’re in doubt and have some time to work with, you can always start with 5 lbs and order more if you need to… and remember that you don’t have to fill the jars all the way up – it’s okay to have a little room at the top :)

  29. Bridgett April 26, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    How do you keep the candy buffet looking full, and without the first guests that arrive ravishing the whole thing? LOL! Great work by the way!

  30. wholesale lollipops December 28, 2010 at 3:44 am

    Wow! That looks amazing!!! I can’t wait to try it!i adored sesame street and this party looks FABULOUS!!!

  31. angelica February 23, 2011 at 9:04 pm

    love this theme, but having a hard time finding those paper plates with the colored dots?? where could I find them??

  32. Felix November 18, 2015 at 5:43 am


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