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Entertaining with Abby: Cake Party

Here's the thing with entertaining—it's often WAY easier to pull together a successful gathering if you have a bit of a "theme." Whether it's as simple as "black and white" to help make decor buying a cinch OR something like this cake decorating party where the activity takes center stage, a...

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DIY Gilded Leather Acorn Coasters

"Use a coaster!" I feel like a piece of me can relate to Monica Geller of FRIENDS. I prefer folks to use coasters - especially when entertaining! But I don't like guests to use just any coaster, I prefer pretty. Possibly leather. And always gold. These gilded leather acorn coasters are the perfect accessory to your Thanksgiving feast and guests can take them as favors when the party is over! xo ...

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Abby Larson’s Ultimate Entertaining Checklist

My idea of entertaining involves having my best friend over to watch "The Bachelorette" with a bottle (or tw0) of wine. So, I'm especially grateful there are people like Abby Larson (who turns entertaining into an art form) to share their secrets with people like me. With these essential entertaining tips, your...

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6 Tricks to Get Your Home Ready for Fall Entertaining

If you're anything like Amanda at The Fashionable Hostess, Halloween marks the beginning of the marathon that is the holiday season. From Thanksgiving to Christmas to New Years, there seems...

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Spotted on Saturday: Pieces to Make Your Mantel Sparkle

Mantels get a lot of attention for one month out of the year: December, when stockings are hung by the chimney with care. But, there's no reason why your mantel can't stand out and sparkle the other 11 months. With the help of some fabulous inspiration from THE VAULT, we've rounded up the goods to make your fireplace the focal point of any room. More Spotted Goodies

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This Snickerdoodle Latte is the New PSL

I don't like coffee but I'm fairly certain even I would get out of bed for this scrumptious treat from Jen Pinkston at The Effortless Chic. This Snickerdoodle Latte is basically like eating snickerdoodle cookies for breakfast without anyone scoffing. Sorry, Starbucks, this may just be our new favorite seasonal treat. From...

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Black and White Entertaining Essentials

When it comes to keeping it simple, there's nothing more chic than entertaining in black and white! With a simple color palette, the littlest of details can really shine. From paper straws to all black plates, we've rounded up our favorite black and white entertaining essentials inspired by some of our favorite parties found on Style Me Pretty Living. Scroll down to see all the enviable...

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Secret Garden Bridal Dinner

Oh my heavens, this dinner party is what my entertaining dreams are made of. Dreamt up and beautifully designed by Harper & Grey House with florals from Poppy Lane Design, this lovely affair in a walled garden at ...

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Beer Tasting Housewarming Party

I mean how could you not love your new neighbor to pieces after they invited you over for a beer tasting / housewarming party?  It's kind of genius if you ask me, and it officially makes Tara, of One Stylish Party, my dream neighbor. Because not only is this party pretty in every way (gorgeous florals from ...

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Intimate Backyard Gathering

My all time favorite place to entertain is our backyard. It's wonderfully casual so our guests are super comfy, yet entertaining at home allows me to pull out a few surprises. I am so glad I am not alone in my love for all the beauty that is a backyard party. With gorgeous florals from Bristol Lane to make the night really feel special, twinkle lights and most importantly, good company - ...

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Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home For Fall

The minute I surrender to fall, I surrender hard. There is just something so lovely about this time of year. It's a time to slow down a bit from a hectic summer and cuddle up with a warm drink and some good old-fashion comfort food. And it never fails, my nesting levels go off the charts the minute the air gets a bit cooler. So I've teamed up with Erin McGinn and rounded up a few, inexpensive (if not free) ways to embrace your need to nest and...

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Throwing a Sprinkle with Target’s Home Style Expert, Emily Henderson

Emily Henderson is probably the coolest mom on the planet. Not only is she a design star and a Target Home Style Expert who we spotted strutting in a commercial last night. (go emily!) But she's also adding to her already adorable family this fall. So in honor of baby girl Hendo, a sprinkle was in order. Think cool, chic, "Where the...

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DIY Painted Pastel Foliage

Whether you're planning a baby shower, or "just because" celebration, these painted pastel leaves from 100 Layer Cakelet and Lenzo will add just the right amount of sweetness to any tablescape.

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Tips for Decorating Your Dining Table Like a Pro

Erin and Rose, the talented ladies behind Foret, know their way around gorgeous blooms and perfectly edited tablescapes. So who better to hit up for tips to decorating your dining table like a pro. Whether a fancy dinner party with friends, a Sunday night meal with the fam or a holiday spent round the table, these quick tidbits will certainly...

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Entertaining 101: How to Set A Table

Learning to set a proper place setting for any occasion is the foundation of successful entertaining. If you've ever wondered which fork goes where, what that extra spoon is for, or where to place that additional wine glass, wonder no more! SMP's own Abby Larson shows you how it's done in the video below, so you'll be a table setting...

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Rose Lemonade

Rosé or lemonade? We can't get enough of either during the summertime, and thankfully you won't have to choose with this cool concoction from Dessert For Two! It's the best of both worlds: a combination of tart and tangy homemade lemonade with the fruity brightness of wine that'll keep you cool all summer long.   "If the two most refreshing things about summertime got together in a glass, it would be this rosé lemonade," says Christina...

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How to Stock Your Entertaining Arsenal

Here at SMP, we're all about getting pretty, getting organized, and giving you only the best info, so you can be ready for anything. One of those tasks many of us know we should do, but aren't sure where to start? Stocking your entertaining arsenal, so you're always ready for unexpected guests and on-the-fly entertaining! Watch below to find out some of our SMP-approved always-on-hand essentials.

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Summer’s Sweetest Cool Coffee Treats

Oh iced coffee, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways... Well, if this post is any indication, there are at least ten new unique ways to enjoy this favorite everyday indulgence that you should definitely be adding to your caffeinated summer treat repertoire. Can you pick a favorite? More summer treats to try:

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Ice Cream Sandwiches You Can’t Say No To

With temperatures in some parts of the country reaching well over 100 degrees, all we want to reach for is something cool and refreshing to help beat the heat. One of our obvious faves? Ice cream sandwiches! They're a compact, only sometimes messy, sweet and easy treat, perfect for (almost) anytime of the day. Click through to see some of our favorite varieties, and then go ahead: treat yo'self! More Cool Summer Treats to Try:

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Weekend Menu: All-American Cocktails + Treats

Whether you're out of town for the 4th of July festivities, or staying home for a little holiday staycation, it is officially time to kick off this Independence Day weekend, and we have the perfect weekend menu to  help you get started. Take a peek below at some of our favorite all-American cocktails, paired with some classic...

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