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The Hostess Hat: I love/ hate these straws

Ready for the most random, most insignificant thought of the day? I have a beef with party paper straws. I told you, this was dumb. But it’s really bothering me! On one hand, I think they are super pretty. They jazz up any cocktail and in fact – I bought some for my office kitchen and use […]

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The Hostess Hat: Breakfast Baby Shower

I’m going to host an itty bitty baby shower for my friend in the next few weekends. I say “itty bitty” because it’s her second baby and we want to keep it very small, very low-key and simple. Just a few friends. Nothing too elaborate. And it will be from 9am – 11am so the babies can […]

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The Friendship Hat: Ashley’s Baby Shower

Yep. Ashley looked like a Princess, even three months shy of giving birth. Her baby shower was remarkable. Beautiful. Stunning. Sophisticated and full of heart. Just like she is. Ashley spoke about God, family, love and her soon-to-be son. I had tears in my eyes as she shared her love with us. This baby is a blessing […]

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The DIY Hat: Party Favor Prototype

I am making party favors for my sister-in-laws baby shower tomorrow. I’m sure you do this too … before you make 30+ favors, you make a prototype. Meaning, you create one favor to see how it looks. Make edits accordingly, then when you are satisfied, you begin to mass produce. Well … before I order 125 mini “chippers” from Paradise […]

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The Hostess Hat: Outdoor Cinema Party

I’ve always wanted to do this! Since the weather is amazing where I live in the winter, I think a kids version of this outdoor cinema party is in order. Perhaps a little Disney movie, while the kids kick back in the backyard. Hmmm … the wheels are in motion. Photo credit: Brandon Kidd Photography […]

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The Hostess Hat: 1st Birthday Party Planning

Her birthday invitations have been ordered. I’m visiting the bakery this weekend for couture cakes. The “Happy Birthday” banner has been made. The colors and theme have been decided. And now, I’m pacing around the house trying to figure out where to put what. Some people My husband keeps telling me that I’m going overboard. He recently asked, “Stephanie, […]

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The NYE Hat: Baby, You’re a Firework

Last night, we hosted a small New Year’s Eve poker party. It was the perfect way to celebrate 2010 and toast to 2011. Nothing beats surrounding yourself with great friends, all of whom mean the world to us. . The night started by showing Kelsey her first firework. Along with our friends, we went into the backyard […]

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The Hostess Hat: Bakerella.com

If you can color in-between the lines, then you can make these cheesecake pops! They are that easy. I say that because I am a horrible baker and I made them. Delish! Do you remember my task to make these pops? Well, I made the cheesecake pops and they were perfect. Kind of. My pops were […]

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The Hostess Hat: Cake Pops!

If you’re a hostess, then you know about the importance of good presentation. Thus, you’ll understand my obsession with these cake pops. Just look at them! They are a party presentation pleaser. My child will eventually turn one and I need to have these cake pops at her party. I just have to. There is only one […]

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