Monday, January 31, 2011

Princess Party

Spotted over at Kara's Party Ideas, here's a cute party chock full of whimsical details. The party is by Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. You've got to take a look at this cake! A castle cake that pretty stands on its own merits, so I'm extra impressed that it's surrounded by such an amazing dessert table spread. The decorations, sweets and favors throughout the party are outstanding. Head to Kara's Party Ideas for many more photos and great inspiration.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Gumball Necklaces

One Charming Party has a fittingly charming tutorial for Valentine Gumball Necklaces. What a simple, sweet idea! Grab ribbon, pretty gumballs in a variety of colors, and a metal skewer, then click here for the instructions and more photos. This is a perfect gift for Valentine's Day or as a party favor for little girls any time!

Photos by Sara Westbrook—Sara has heart-shaped pepperoni pizza, so cute!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Pin-Up Perfect Favors

Remember our Pin-up Girl themed bachelorette party? Where were these pretty ladies when we put that together? If you're throwing a Pin-Up Party any time soon, think about getting these fantastic Pin-Up Chocolate bars by MarieBelle in New York. They'd make decadent favors. Then again, at $190 for 12 bars it might be a bit too rich for my blood—but awfully fun to look at! Pin-Up Chocolate Bar Gift Set,

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Free Label Download

Cathe Holden at Just Something I Made has been up to something awesome lately, and she's giving it away for free! Head to JSIM now to download the free circle labels she made in a collaboration with Use them to label jarred gifts or just to organize your own pretty things!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Houseguest Survival Kit

Here's a great idea for any hostess with guests coming to stay overnight. Apartment Therapy has a few tips for creating the perfect welcome packet for your out of town guests. Suggestions include maps, pre-paid transportation cards, a set of house keys, ear plugs, and contact information, not to mention a few suggestions on where to dine. Check it out! What do you put together when someone is coming to stay?

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Colorful Heart Garland

I think I need to get my sewing machine fired up to make one of these asap! Over at Made by Rae is a super easy Heart Garland Tutorial you'll love. Freehand cut yourself some hearts in various colors—or stick to pinks and reds if you want to do the traditional Valentine's Day look—and sew them up the middle. Voila, an easy craft with an amazing look. I {heart} it. Click here for more pictures and tips at Made By Rae.

Friday Giveaway Winner: It's Game Time

Congratulations to morganmadeit, winner of this week's Host-It Notes Friday Giveaway! Enjoy making your tasty game day bites, Morgan. What team will you be rooting for?

Check back soon for our next giveaway, and thanks for reading!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Super Bowl Chili Party

On February 6th the Packers and the Steelers will go head to head in the Super Bowl! Wouldn't you rather be watching the game—or at least the commercials—instead of stuck in the kitchen making party snacks? This year, put together a game day chili bar, with a big pot of chili and a wide variety of toppings to choose from. You can do the prep work in the morning, leaving you with a finished pot of chili goodness ready to serve by game time.

Keep game time spirits high by laying out your food fixings in a tournament bracket. We put our chili in the center, with twelve tasty toppings facing off around it.

A few suggested toppings for stocking your chili buffet:

Avocado Bacon (cooked and chopped) Cheese Cilantro Cornbread mini-muffins Fritos Lime wedges Olives Onion Oyster crackers Radishes Scallions Sour Cream Tortillas or tortilla chips

Don't forget to include a selection of hot sauces for those who like it spicy!

Time-saving tip: You can even make the chili the night before. Store in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove before guests arrive. As for the toppings—slice, shred, clean and prep anything you can the night before. That way when it comes time to serve you'll only have one or two items to worry about, such as the avocado.

Happy hosting!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Friday Giveaway: It's Game Time

Let your cooking go pro this Super Bowl Sunday (that's Feb. 6th). For football fanatics and endurance eaters, this week's Friday Giveaway finds The NFL Gameday Cookbook up for grabs! In it you'll find 150 recipes like Fish Fry with Hush Puppies, Stuffed Jalapenos Wrapped in Bacon, and Blood Mary Chicken Wings. To enter to win leave a comment below with your favorite game day snack. Mine? Definitely nachos. Contest ends at midnight (PST) on Monday and we'll announce the randomly selected winner on Tuesday. Good luck!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

"Stained Glass" Valentine's Day Hearts

Cheap and easy—that's how I like my crafts. Crayon shavings melted with an iron between waxed paper makes an easy, and pretty, Valentine's Day Decoration. For the tutorial and more photos visit Flower Patch Farmgirl here.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Cake Stand Love: DIY Brilliance!

Cake stand magic is happening over at Bee In Our Bonnet. You must, must, must check out this cake stand tutorial. Doll house trim, table legs and plywood come together to make some of the best pedestal's around. Visit Bee In Our Bonnet now for the full tutorial and to see how they were used to awesome effect in a wedding.

{spotted via Party Frosting, Photos: Bee In Our Bonnet}

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Go Pack!: Free Bears/Packers Download

Very cool, Second City Soiree! For those who follow football, or whose partners do, SSC has a great free download for game day parties. The Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers face off this Sunday in a big NFC showdown to decide who will head to the Super Bowl. It's gonna be big, so SSC made a vintage-inspired party invite that looks like an old program cover. Click here to head to Second City Soiree to get yours.

Now can we get one featuring the Packers?

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Site to Shop: Kir Devries

Lolita Handpainted Tiffin ($129.95)

I love it when my winding web searches take me somewhere I've never been before—especially when there are adorable things to be bought! My newest find? Kir Devries, an adorable online shop full of favorite things. Here's a sampling:

Lolita Handpainted Pitcher ($42.95 on sale)

Lolita Handpainted Serving Tray ($34.95 on sale)

Their Bento Boxes and Accessories section has some neat finds too, so be sure to check it out. Oh, and I dig their flat rate shipping for just $6. Happy shopping!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sweet Sock Cupcakes

Seven Thirty Three has a super fun tutorial for "Sock Cupcakes"—fuzzy socks turned into cutie cupcakes. They're great for gifting. I'm thinking these are perfect for baby and bridal showers to pamper the guest of honor! It'd also make a fab hostess gift. Head Seven Thirty Three for the tutorial and more pics.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Melt-Your-Heart Marshmallows

My next project? I think it'll be these tasty-looking, pretty powdered marshmallows. Celebrations at Home has more charming pictures plus the tutorial here. Have fun!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Free Valentine's Day Cards

I love cards. I love them even more when they are free. My early Valentine's Day gift to you is this round-up of great cards you can print and send to your loved ones! Up top: Lovable cards by 74 Lime Lane.

Zebra Valentine's by Bunny Cakes

Home Life Weekly has the cute images you see above for download to turn into your own card. Click here.

Finally, I discovered this absolute treasure trove of images by Samantha Hahn of Maquette. So amazing! According to Maquette:

You can download any of the images at full resolution and email them to your sweetheart, print the white-background versions on your home printer, or go to Zazzle and make 5×7 cards out of the color versions (in flickr click on all sizes and download at original size).

Click here for all the amazing cards! And THANK YOU Maquette!

What We're Reading...

Host-It Notes got some blog love from The Bellini Bunny Blog, who thinks we're one stylish blog. Let me return the favor and point you in her direction ( Check out the other great bloggers where we're tagged and enjoy the rest of the site!

It's a great idea to give a shout-out to the blogs we all enjoy. I love getting and giving support—so here are 10 blogs I love to follow. This is just a small sample of the enormous list of blogs I follow, large and small. I hope you enjoy them too!

1. Bake at 350

2. Gimme Some Oven

3. Mod Podge Rocks!

4. Morgan Made It

5. Party Frosting (I love Kim's Saturday shopping round-ups!)

6. Sprinkle Bakes

7. Sweet Paul

8. The Decorated Cookie (Are you noticing a baking theme?)

9. The TomKat Studio

10. Wild Olive (My favorite for embroidery inspiration.)

Happy reading!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Insanely Gorgeous Garland

Some people are already diving into February, busily creating Valentine's Day decor. This includes Flower Patch Farm Girl, who grabbed a large heart-shaped punch and proceeded to make herself the cutest garland I've seen in ages. Click here for her tutorial.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Baking Rules! This Party Proves It

I can't believe I didn't post this back in November when I first spotted it. You must feast your eyes on this amazing Baking Party over at One Charming Party. It has gorgeous photos (by Nicole Gerulat) and delicious details. The young ladies attending decorated their own hats then rotated from station to station dipping strawberries into chocolate, mixing berry tarts, and making strawberry jam. The whole thing makes me want to throw a baking party of my own.

You'll definitely want to check out their Cupcake Liner Garland tutorial here. Plus, to purchase their PDF with further party instructions head to

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Friday Giveaway Winner: A Crafty New Year

Congratulations to Katie on winning the D.I.Y project deck! Full disclosure: Katie happens to be my sister. She also constantly sends my little blog out into the world to her friends to try to expand my readership, plus got me tons of crafting supplies for Christmas this year. So I'm thrilled that her number finally came up after all these giveaways! Thank you for all your support—and have fun with your projects, Katie!

As for you, gentle reader, enter our upcoming Friday Giveaway and maybe you'll be randomly drawn next!

The New Issue of Lonny Mag Is Out

A new issue of Lonny is out, and while most of it focuses on (gorgeous) interior design, it also has a few gems the average hostess might find useful. Here are the highlights:

Monday, January 10, 2011

DIY Cupcake Stands

Thank goodness for Host-It Notes reader, Morgan, who sent this tutorial my way. I've just returned from Vegas and am plum worn out, so to have something great to share just waiting in my email inbox was a relief! Sorry it's a bit late getting up on the site...Vegas...

These DIY cupcake stands look easy-peasy to make and are adorable. The tutorial is by Goldiloks via Blue Cricket Design. I can't wait to dive into the DIY section on Goldiloks for more—check out this "Too-Pretty" cakestand. The individual cupcake stands are made with terra cotta pots and a bit of wood and paper. Love the little bow too! Click here for the tutorial.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Friday Giveaway: A Crafty New Year

One of my resolutions this year is to be more crafty (in the creative sense, nothing devious...). In case I'm not the only one resolving to have more Do It Yourself fun, this week's Friday Giveaway is a 25-project deck of D.I.Y. projects called D.I.Y.: Design It Yourself Deck. Craft projects include custom shirts, sticker art, bleach writing, book binding, and lots more. I hope it inspires our winner! To enter to win, tell us your New Year's resolution either after the post or on our Host-It Notes Facebook wall. Contest ends at midnight (PST) on Monday and the randomly chosen winner will be announced on Tuesday. Good luck!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

My {Downloadable} Hero

Holy hoagies, Batman! Don't you just love these amazing downloadable Super Hero printables? I found them over at One Charming Party. You should head there now to click, download, and fight hunger one sandwich at a time. Pwifft!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Free 2011 Calendar Download

There are so many creative, generous people on the internet. Ez over at Creature Comforts just posted a truly lovely 2011 calendar that is free to download! How can you resist that? Head to Creature Comforts to download yours now and keep ringing in the New Year. Happy 2011!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Friday Giveaway Winner: Hello 2011!

Congrats to reader Dex, winner of last week's Friday Giveaway. Enjoy your silver swizzle sticks, Dex! May they make for good drinking in 2011.

For the rest of our readers, stay tuned for our next Friday Giveaway! xx, Host-It Notes


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