Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Home Goods Goodness from Peppersprouts

Practical but pretty serveware and accessories are a great way to feather your nest. I groove on these decorative trivets from peppersprouts. These designs are lasercut from thick felt and retail at $32 and up. Also cute? Writeable Cheese Markers. Find them all at

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Ferris Wheel Cupcake Display

Just spotted via Pizzazzerie: Is this not the cutest? I know anything carnival is adorable, but an unusual cupcake-holding ferris wheel? Now that's fantastic! You can find it at Horchow ($75) or Neiman Marcus.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Adorable Bird Craft Tutorial

Spotted via Craftig, this sweet little craft is from Laurie Cinotto over at The Bride's Cafe. These paper bird cages are simple and sweet. The Bride's Cafe has the full tutorial with photos. Check it out!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Thrift Store Score

I was browsing my local Anthropologie on Friday when something looked familiar. This super cute snail plate caught my eye and I thought to myself, "Haven't I seen that before?" Turns out, yes! A few weeks ago I nabbed this exact same plate from my local Goodwill for about $2.00. Considering it's in great condition, and the plate retails for $24 at Anthro, I'd say I got a steal! Mine's the photo on the right.

We can't all scoop up a find like that, but we can ogle the pretty plates over at Anthropologie. I like the French vibe they have going in a lot of their dinnerware right now. Check it out!

What's the best thing you've ever found at a secondhand store?

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Portrait Session With Nissa Nicole

I don't normally splash photos of myself all over the interweebs, but I love these so much I just had to share. I had such a great, relaxed experience at this portrait session with photographer Nissa Nicole. Anyone who has seen me running around the city knows I don't normally look this good (a shout-out to Bobbi Brown makeup!). Nissa has a new blog—check out her work at

Friday, August 26, 2011

Gorgeous Vintage Sewing Party

I love everything about this vintage sewing birthday party by Pure Joy Events. The colors, the feel, the crafts and activities—all of them are spot-on beautiful. Head to Pure Joy Events to find out how they did it! Seriously, it's so cute it makes my heart hurt a little! Love it.

{Seen via Kara's Party Ideas}

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Super Chic Foldable Chairs and a Must-Read

Folding chairs are the BEST when it comes to entertaining. I don't live in a mansion (far from it...). My wee little two bedroom apartment can't fit any extra seating for dining on a daily basis, however my storage closet can accommodate some folding chairs. Do folding chairs get more gorgous than the Fifi, by Society Social? Perhaps not. (Fifi, Society Social, $189) Also off the hook? Their foxy bar carts.

Maybe you're not ready to splurge on a colorful chair (or 6), but you must take the time to check out Society Social's new magalog. Part product catalog, mostly awesome online magazine—either way its images are poppin' and the entertaining style is gorgeous. Click it.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Strawberry Dessert Table

Huzzah, my latest shoot for the blog, Delightfully Engaged, is live! This time it's a dessert table with loads of strawberries. I sewed the runner and other fabrics myself, and found the plant stand and wine rack at the Alameda Flea Market. Head over to Delightfully Engaged for an eyeful of tasty goodness!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Green Art

I'm hooked on succulents. Their shapes are so unique, they come in a surprisingly wide range of hues, and the Californian in me loves that they're drought friendly. Naturally, I'm completely enamored with this tutorial from Better Homes and Gardens on how to make your own framed succulent art. I especially love how easy it looks to make! I'd love to hang this on the wall in my house—but wouldn't this be a lovely backdrop for a tablescape at a party? Complement it with succulent arrangements on the table and—BAM!! You've got style.

{Spotted via Apartment Therapy}

Monday, August 22, 2011

Getting Your Jam On

I just canned my first batch of jam ever this week and if it all turns out well in the taste test I just might be hooked! That's why spotting these adorable Canning Party Invitations by Paper Crave {via Lovely Little Details, thanks, Jacin!} came at the perfect time. The tutorial is up on Cottage Industrialist (add this blog to my Google Reader—check!) and is full of IN-SANE-LY cool goodies. Seriously, they have all the free printables you need: invitations, envelope liners, tags, labels, and recipe cards. Find all of it HERE. What an amazing treat!

Do you do any canning? What's the last thing you made?

images © 2010 Kristen Magee // Paper Crave

Sunday, August 21, 2011

DIY Animal Candles

Jenny from Hank + Hunt posted a great tutorial on The Sweetest Occasion this week. She took a 3 basic supplies—plastic animals, plastic candle holders and gold spray paint—and with the help of a few tools turned them into some classy looking candle holders and cupcake toppers. Check out the full tutorial over at The Sweetest Occasion.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Spaceships and Laser Beams

In a world of pretty-in-pink princess parties, boys often get the short end of the stick when it comes to party style. Enter Spaceships and Laser Beams: Stylish DIY Printable Party Supplies Just for Boys. This great little Etsy shop has tons of printable party paper goods perfect for your little man, with themes ranging from fishing to robots. Check them out at —

Up top: Horse Cupcake Wrappers from the Cowboy Cool Collection; Below: Invitation from the Childhood Toys Collection

Friday, August 19, 2011

Oh My, Oliver Bonas!

I found the Oliver Bonas shop when I was trying to track down this pop-up paper cupcake stand. Cute, no? I presume it disassembles and ships flat, which means I could mail it to myself if I'm putting together a party on location. I may order it just to find out!

Even better, it turns out the store has loads of other covetable items. Slate coasters, gorgeous butterfly jugs or a floral number, and vintage inspired plates? This is my kind of shop.

I never thought I needed a butter dish, but this rabbit dish convinces me I do.

You'll find all of this (and more) at Good times!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Friday Giveaway Winner: Cupcakes Hit The Deck!

Congratulations to our randomly chosen giveaway winner, Brandie!! You get a copy of The Cupcake Deck by Elinor Kilvans. Have fun baking delicious cupcakes—and let us know what your favorite recipe is! Thanks to everyone who entered—we'll have another giveaway again soon!

Custom Bakery Boxes

I've had a lot of desserts to share lately, whether they're leftovers from photo shoots or baked at home. The surplus is great, but I've had no way to share them other than slapping sweets in a plastic bag. To class up my offerings a bit I decided to purchase bakery boxes in a range of sizes to fit everything from cookies to cakes.

I noticed the smallest size fits handily on my Silhouette cutting mat. If you have a machine of your own (Cricut works too), run a blank bakery box through to cut a custom phrase in a fun font! Once you're done, cut a square of cellophane and adhere it to the underside of the box lid. I attached mine with a glue stick.

Want an alternative to a fun phrase? Personalize the box top with the monogram of your recipient. Don't have a die-cutting machine? Trace letters onto your box top and cut them away with an precision knife.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Best DIY Mercury Glass I've Seen

I've seen a few mercury glass tutorials running around the web lately, but this tutorial by Anna from Take The Side Street definitely offers the best look of the bunch. To find out how she achieved this high-end look with dollar store vases, Looking Glass spray and a vinegar solution, visit Take The Side Street. Anna's step-by-step tutorial breaks it down for you.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Party Paper Goods from Sweet Pea Parties

Not every party has to have fancy glassware and ceramic servers. Sometimes all you need is a set of napkins or paper plates with a little pizzazz, like these from Sweet Pea Parties. Up top: Shangri-La Pretty Party Platters.

Cupcake Doilies

Skull and Crossbones Doilies

English Rose Napkins

Monday, August 15, 2011

Cake Stand Love: Into the Woods

This faux bois tree trunk cake stand is...a little over the top. But I can absolutely envision it in the right setting. Put a simple, elegant, creamy cake on top and I think this'd be great. Granted, it's also going to cost you 175 bones for even the smallest size, but that's what gets you in the pages of Martha Stewart Living I suppose! Find it at

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Giveaway: Cupcakes Hit The Deck!

Happy Friday! This week's I'm giving away The Cupcake Deck, by Elinor Kilvans. It's a deck of recipes spelling out 25 ways to bake a (cup)cake! Flavors include Vanilla Cheesecake Crunch-Top, Chocolate Mousse, and Lemon Angel Cupcakes. Mmm!

To enter to win: Become a follower of Host-It Notes and let me know with a comment below. A bonus entry if you follow on Facebook, and ditto if you're a Twitter follower. Leave a separate comment for each one you follow! Contest ends Wednesday, August 17th at midnight (PST). I'll announce the randomly chosen winner the next day.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cloth-Ears: The Home of Everything Cute?

I'm going to have to get over my reluctance to pay for international shipping, because there is some serious adorableness coming out of the UK. This shop is so chock-full of awesome that I'll never be able to show you all of it. It's called cloth-ears ( and it is fun on a bun! I want to throw fifty parties just to show off all their goodies. Oh, to have a limitless budget...

The below two aren't party perfect but I just had to point these out to you!:

Retro Deer Hot Water Bottle

Vintage Style Caravan Door Stop

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Teaspoon Vintage

Pretty little online shop alert! I just discovered Teaspoon Vintage. How fantastic as that foldable three-tiered serving tray?! And what about this little pretty? There's more to love over at

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Super Sweet Candy Party

Cute candy cuteness!! Man, that Fiskars gets some great guest posts! Lisa Storms created this tablescape for Fiskars wtih the theme "That's a Wrap!" They've included detailed photos and a tutorial to help you make this candy party for yourself. Pretty sweet!

Monday, August 8, 2011

Doily Joy

Granny or not, I loves me some doilies. Up top is a fabulous doily-covered lantern found over at Ruffled, where they've posted a handy tutorial on how to make your own.

Charlotte's Fancy has detailed instructions on dyeing your doilies with food coloring. {Spotted via CRAFT}

Finally, a lovely tutorial for doily poms by Lisa Storms over on Ucreate.


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