May 10th, 2012 |

Tea Cup Centerpiece

Looking for a quick centerpiece idea for your Mother’s Day brunch?  I love the idea of using vintage tea cups scattered together down the middle of your table.  These tea cups came from my great-grandmother and great-aunt!  I love the intricate patterns on them, and they are so simple to fill with gorgeous bloom.

May 9th, 2012 |

Chevron Mother’s Day Dinner

We’re hosting a little Mother’s Day gathering here this weekend, and I thought I would share a little peek of my inspiration today.  Playing off a Dwell Studio grey chevron table runner that I am currently obsessed with on my dining room table, I decided to create a custom invitation to coordinate!  I am picturing pretty pink and coral-y orange peonies, citrus infused water, fresh spring-y food, and sorbet sundaes for dessert!

What are your plans for Mother’s Day?

Images: peonies (stylemepretty.com), invitation (whhostess.com), ice molds (via pinterest), ice cream sundae (weheartit.com)

May 8th, 2012 |

{Mother’s Day} Gift for The Baker

It’s no secret that both Charynn and I love to bake.  So when it came time for us to narrow down our Mother’s Day gifting ideas for the Spring magazine – the baking gift was a no brainer.  Simple to pull together, we suggest including a cookbook, oven mit, some utensils and maybe even tie on a few cookie cutters with a gorgeous ribbon.

Simple, charming, and outside of Mother’s Day, I think this would make a darling hostess gift when going to stay at someone’s home for a weekend.

To see some of our other gift ideas, click here and here.

May 3rd, 2012 |

Piñata Cookies

These cookies “had me at hello.”  I found them via Pinterest and the recipe (along with great detailed how-to photos) is from SheKnows.com.  I love the colors and surprise factor associated with the piñata aspect to the cookie.  This colorful option is perfect for a Cinco de Mayo, but I think you could also repeat this concept for other shapes for birthday parties, and holidays.

Head over to SheKnows.com for the full instructions.

May 2nd, 2012 |

{To Die For} Margarita

In looking for ideas for a Cinco de Mayo celebration, I came across this recipe for raspberry & key lime margaritas.  They have quickly moved up to the top of my list for Saturday’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.  Simple ingredients and this combination of flavors is sure to please.

Check out the full recipe here.

May 1st, 2012 |

April Showers bring May Flowers

Can you believe how quickly this Spring is flying by?  April went by with the blink of an eye, and I sure hope that old saying is true.  You know the one…..”April showers bring May flowers.”  I am D.O.N.E with the cool, rainy days.  It’s time to roll in the sunshine and get summer started!  I’m trying to encourage the weather with these gorgeous peonies currently sitting on my dining room table….

I thought I would fill you in on what’s going on here this month.  We have quite a busy month! First up, a week worth of party inspiration for Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby and even a little Mother’s Day thrown in there. Throwing a party this weekend?  We’ve got you covered on ideas!

Speaking of parties….we have an obscene amount of parties on our calendar right now.  Some we are throwing, some we are attending, some we are designing/coordinating, and many {many, many} we are producing the paper goods for.  It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to do it, right? ;)

Here are the pattern palettes we are working with for just three of our upcoming events.  Just enough to wett your whistle and get you excited to see the final product soon on the blog.

May is also a busy month for the magazine, as we finish up our photo shoots and finalize the layouts for the Summer issue.  I’m so excited to share this issue with you….we have an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G line-up full of fabulous party inspiration, and tons of ideas for everyday, summer entertaining.  Our list of contributors is out of this world, with many new voices, as well as one very exciting surprise contributor. GET. EXCITED. For now, here’s a sneak peek.  The issue will launch June 4th and we’ll start the pre-order very soon!

With just shy of two weeks left until Mother’s Day, it’s time to get shopping for the favorite ladies in your life.  Our colorful collection of social stationery, notepads, melamine and paper coasters will cover everyone on your list.  And our new collection of cell phone cases and calling cards?!  Too darling for words.  To ensure delivery, please get your orders in SOON!

That’s it for now, friends.  There are so many behind the scenes projects going on that I can’t talk about just yet.  But will….soon!

April 30th, 2012 |

Cinco De Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo coming up this weekend, we’re here to inspire you with party ideas from our WH Hostess intern + blog contributor, Jane.  Cute and colorful, there are details that could be re-created whether you are hosting a party of 2 or 20!  Read on for details from Janie:

“The spring gives us many excuses to get together with our friends and celebrate. We have designed a modern “desserts and cocktails” Cinco De Mayo (The Fifth of May) party theme to highlight this colorful and vibrant holiday celebrated in the United States as a way to honor Mexican-American heritage and history.

We have taken some of the traditional treats of Cinco De Mayo, and placed a preppy twist with these fabulous party décor ideas. The brilliant colors of hot pink, bright orange, yellow and lime green bring a burst of color and festive zest to the dessert table. This design would also be perfect for a luau party, beach bash or a summer bridal shower.

The adorable centerpiece consists of a DIY umbrella wreath around a darling punch bowl filled with yummy strawberry margarita. The wreath adds a festive twist to the punch bowl, and it’s super easy to make! Simply take a Styrofoam circular wreath form, and place brightly colored miniature parasols around the top and outside edges.

The backdrop brings a modern touch to the table. Simple paper fans in white are paired with brightly colored ones, and were embellished with fluffy pom-poms in the center for a darling, updated Cinco De Mayo party decoration. Cinnamon sugars Churros are a traditional dessert from Mexico as well as during Cinco De Mayo. We have taken the classic dish and drizzled them with chocolate and bright sprinkles to add even more color to the table! The pyramid of assorted sorbets in lime, raspberry and citrus inside miniature cocktail shooters make the perfect treat to pair with the strawberry margaritas!

¡Feliz Cinco De Mayo Amigos!”

April 25th, 2012 |

{Giveaway} Amy Atlas’ Sweet Designs

I am sure you all have heard the news! Sweet Designs, by Amy Atlas finally hit bookstores yesterday! And guess what, it’s #1 on Amazon under the Crafts, Hobbies and Home and has spent 44 days in the top 100 and it JUST came out. Go Amy!  Also exciting?!  We’re giving away a SIGNED COPY.  Today.  Here.

If you aren’t familiar with the lovely Amy Atlas, she is the well known party planner extraordinaire {we are so happy she left her day job as a lawyer!} and shows readers how to create fabulous sweet tables for not just adults but kids too! She combines easy DIY craft ideas, store bought treats and easy recipes to make the perfect desert table for any gathering. She is just brilliant and a one-of-kind sweets stylist.
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When I received the gallery copy a few months back, I was immediately in love with every page. Since I received my final copy a few days ago from her publisher, I’ve already flipped through it 15 times and it has a permanent spot on my coffee table. Sweet Designs is one gorgeous book and oh-my-word, you must buy it now. From the mouth watering recipes to my serious love for Chapter 1…ah, Forever Chanel {you had us at Diamonds & Pearls} and Candy Couture. Oh, and let’s not forget the crafts! My mind is still lingering over the Pleated Pedestal Skirts that are just, to.die.for. Just take my word – you will be in love with Sweet Designs and the jam packed inspiration it holds.
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Since 2008, her hundreds of thousands of fans and readers have flocked to her award-wining blog, Sweet Designs. We are just ecstatic she put her ideas into a book and shared it with the world. Lucky for you, we am giving away a signed copy of Sweet Designs to one lucky reader to celebrate this beautiful book!

{Giveaway}

To enter, please leave a comment here about sweets!  What you love, what you want to learn from the book, what you love about Amy….we are looking for sweet comments to celebrate the launch.  Only one entry per reader, please.  Giveaway starts today, Wednesday, April 25th and goes thru Sunday, April 29th at midnight CST.  Giveaway winner will be announced on Monday.  Good luck and thanks to Amy and her team for giving our readers this opportunity!
April 24th, 2012 |

Mother’s Day Gift: Me Time

I’m back today with  another idea for a Mother’s Day gift!  (although, I actually think ANY girl would love to receive this. It could make a darling birthday gift for a good friend, too!)

If you are looking for a gift to celebrate Mom, give her (your mom, sister or best friend) something I guarantee she doesn’t have enough of: “Me Time”. You know, that magical hour where she can curl up with a great book, that stack of magazines she has been accumulating, and (if you are like me) a fabulous chocolate bar….without the dog barking, kids screaming, or the e-mail beeping away on her phone.

We loved the idea of creating a tidy, little package of Mom’s favorite reads.  This one in particular was geared towards the foodie mom: cooking magazines, a fabulous book, and a special chocolate treat.  All tied up with a pretty pink bow and it makes a darling gift!

April 23rd, 2012 |

The Resurgence of the Candelabra

I’m a sucker for a gorgeous tablesetting….we all know this!  But lately I have found myself totally in love with the addition of glass or crystal candelabras.  Popular years ago, featured on opulent tables, or as accessories in formal homes.  For some reason, the candelabra somewhat disappeared in recent years.

I think it’s time for a comeback.  You?!

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