This past weekend I attended one of my good friends’ baby shower and it was beyond perfection and bliss! It was so my style…at home, intimate soiree that looked like it had jumped out of the pages of pinterest. Homemade yogurt parfaits in mason jars, DIY flower headband station, chalk board decor and doilies galore! But of course, you also have to have some statement pieces as well…and that’s where I come in!
Every baby shower NEEDS a FABtastic cake. For this reason, I left it to the cake gods and experts at The Butter End Cakery. Not only do their cakes look beyond beautiful and cute and classy and woweeeee but they also taste amazing. Hard to find my friends. Style and substance!
The Butter End Cakery- Baby Shower Elephant Cake
I cannot rave more about this cake…not only is it super adorable but it is VEGAN and DELICIOUS! If you ever need to have a vegan cake please please choose their carrot option. So Wonderful!
You also NEED to bring a gift to remember. So put on your DIY Diva gloves and grab your glue gun and go off the deep end! The deep end of a Rubber Ducky Bubble Bath tub made out of diapers, that is. This is a great way to give the expecting parents some bath swag in a super unique way.
Rubber Ducky Tub Made Out of Diapers
- Simply start with a rectangular basket and wrap it with diapers.
- Print out hot and cold nozzles to put on the end near your “faucet.”
- Make your faucet by rolling the diapers and connecting with hot glue.
- You can make water droplets out of blue foam and clear fishing wire!
- Cotton balls make great bubbles.
- Display your organic baby shampoo, bubble bath and ointment
- Pepper with rubber duckies and other fun bath time toys
Fred and Friends unzipped bag bowl
This past weekend, I stumbled upon this Fred and Friends unzipped bag bowl and think it is just too damn cute. What a perfect hostess gift for all your holiday parties! You could even pair it with some candy or salty treats for a more complete gift!
This unzipped bag bowl is made out of blown glass and could also be a wonderful house warming gift! Of course, I am always thinking about design and envision these bowls as centerpieces with goldfish in them! Tooo cute!
Reindeer Antler Sunglasses
There are so many great gifts this holiday season and you don’t have to break the bank to get em! I am sure you have a lot of holiday parties to go to as well and these are perfect for secret santa presents. I personally want all of these but my favorites are the reindeer antler sunglasses and the cheese and mouse knife set! This kitschy gift guide is too cute!
Reindeer Antler Sunglasses
Dinner Party Guest Book
- London Ornaments
Happy Wednesday everyone! The holidays are fast approaching and before you know it, the gifting season will be here! If you are looking to make some handmade holiday gifts look no further! My Monogramed coasters crafting box on DarbySmart.com is available to my readers at 40% off! It is newly Holi-dazzled up for the season and better than ever! Wahoo! Let the inner DIY Diva free!
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Spending more time indoors, means baking more in my book. As fall approaches, everyone wants some yummy goodness and for some reasons muffins become much more appealing. Apple cinnamon muffins, banana nut, chocolate chip, chai tea. Cant get enough! However, muffins aren’t the cutest thing to serve at a party. Or are they? These muffin tops baking cups from Fred and Friends are sooooo out of control Fab and a must have item for all my entertaining divas.
Entertaining with Muffin Tops
You always want to have unique food that won’t break the bank or take up too much of your time. Use these muffin tops baking cups for all your apple picking and hay riding parties! They are also such a wonderful novelty hostess gift! Finally, a time when muffin tops are in style!
Muffin Tops Baking Cups
The Camouflage craze is all the rage these days and I am slowly getting sucked into it! Yes, I must admit, I was totally against camo at first, but then I started looking around and there are some super cute ,and dare I say, CHIC camo items. Yes, you heard it! I have found some chic camo for the home so you can be trendy and classy at the same time! These items are all easy to make or cheap to buy on a young, broke and fabulous budget!
Baking can be Trendy
A Rustic Camo Pillow is Festive for Fall
Decorative Letters Gone Camo
Knock Knock Stuff Party Straws
This weekend is my boyfriend’s birthday party and of course I am on the look out for festive accents! These party straws are a perfect little decor piece as we are having a bartender and everyone will use them as they enjoy their cocktails. If you get a few small unique items like these straws, the party is sure to be memorable and super fun. The straws have phrases like Hooray, Cheers and Birthday written on them. These babies are a great birthday party gift to bring to a celebration as well. It’s always special to bring a gift that can be used right then and there. They are also so on your budget at $4.80 for 22 straws. This is a sale item so get movin!
Fish Ice Tray
OMG, this fish ice tray is the cutest hostess gift for summer! How FABtastic! My dad would love one of these as he is totally obsessed with fishing. Yes, as a young child, I braved the open seas. Entertaining like a pro is all about little unique things and this fish ice tray is certainly that! The best part? It is $2.99! Cheap and super cute!
Olivia Munn Wearing Nalukai Collection Necklace
Well hello all my young, broke and fabulous ladies out there. I have another giveaway this week and it so so FABtastic! Every father will want these silver cuff links from our Nalukai Collection giveaway! Olivia Munn and Alessandra Ambrosio are constantly seen sporting pieces from the Nalukai Collection, which celebrate individuality and are handcrafted. The designer, Tricia McCarthy, explains that “each piece I’ve created is meant to bring inspiration to the wearer. I am constantly inspired by other’s stories and I created this line to honor the strength and grace people possess. I combined that individual uniqueness with the beauty of Hawaii–a place I’ve found magical since I was a child. The land and sea, the melodic language, as well as the culture and customs, are reflected and honored in the collection.”
This Father’s Day celebrate your dad’s uniqueness and honor his strength and grace with these cuff links. Ohhh and did I tell you they retail for $250? Yup, not a bad gift from a broke daughter right?
Enter to win!
1) Subscribe you and three friends to my mailing list! Click here!
2) Leave a comment here telling me something unique about your father!
3) That’s it! As simple as 1,2,3!
Every girl needs a little Love Rehab
after a breakup. And by a little, I mean a lot!!!!! Sometimes we can get cray cray. It’s as if we can’t control ourselves, just like an addict. Love Rehab: A Novel in Twelve Steps is a FABtastic summer read for all my young, heartbroken and fabulous. As the Author, Jo Piazza, says, “Love is a drug and the only things that can save us are the steps, rules, and one another. Step one: Admit you have a problem, and keep the hell away from Facebook.” Love Rehab is cute and kitschy while remaining heartfelt and honest. You will fall in love with Love Rehab!
Love Rehab- Jo Piazza
This book will make such a great hostess gift this summer for that cray cray friend. Come on we all have them slash are one of them! It’s a wonderful beach read and an awesome coffee book to have displayed in your apartment or home. What better way to spark conversation than with a book with such an intriguing title!
The book also has an amazing website that is so super fun and interactive. You can take a quiz and find out if you need love rehab. My fav part! The site also has suggestions for starting your own “Love Rehab” group and provides you with a book club reading guide! I am obsessed! It’s a girl’s heaven!
AXE Father’s Day Giveaway
The Hostess Handbook is helping you be a good daughter this Father’s Day! Enter to win our AXE Father’s Day giveaway and have an awesome gift set delivered to your house for free. Maybe, your dad wants a new look? Does he travel a lot? This four piece hair product set has a little bit of everything for Father’s Day. I love the Waterless Foaming Shampoo because it is so easy and such a good travel item for the dad on the go!
AXE Waterless Shampoo
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Fred and Friends Measuring Wine Glasses
I’m pretty sure everyone will be enjoying some big ole glasses of wine this summer by the beach, pool or hot tub and these Fred and Friends measuring wine glasses are the perfect hostess gift! They are so super cute and will be such a hit at any party. Now, you can precisely measure your drunkeness! Stay on your young, broke and fabulous budget as a glass is only $10.95! I am totally ok with bringing just one since it is a novelty gift but if you have a little more dough I would get a set of two! Drink up!
Fred and Friends Measuring Wine glass/ Hostess Gift
Ever wanted to try a little taste of wine before you buy it? Just to make sure its what you really want? Ugh..hells yea! Well, The Sampler South Kensington is all about it. Literally, this wine shop allows you to sample a huge variety of wines in order to pick out the perfect choice! Here is how it works!
Easy peasy right? Uh I wish they had this in the states. What a good idea! I would be in The Sampler everyday! Next time you are in London for a bit you have to go check it out. Or if you have a family member or friends who live in London you could give him or her the gift of “Sampling.” So Fun, Funky, Fresh!
The Sampler South Kensington
The Sampler South Ken
35 Thurloe Place
London SW7 2HP
Tel. +44 207 225 5091
Mon – Sat 11.30 – 10.00
Sunday 11.30 – 7.00
Daisy Spatula World Market
Spring is always a bright and happy time and why not celebrate the season with some fab spring cooking essentials. Liven up your kitchen with these fun flower and bug spatulas and measuring set. They are super adorable and would make for great hostess gifts. These spring cooking essentials are also a great present for the mom who loves to cook! Little items like these really make a house festive and fun! You can get these items at World Market for under $10 each. Wowzaaaa!
Daisy Flower Pot Measuring Spoons
Bee Spatula World Market
Burke Williams Spa
If you’re looking to get a FAB gift, It might be time to spend Mother’s Day at Burke Williams. They are having great package deals and a little spa action is always a wonderful gift for mom. I loveeee massages and am always discovering new places and visiting old favorites. Burke Williams is definitely an old favorite and the ultimate in relaxation. They also have a bunch of locations so you can find one that is closest to your mother.
Burke Williams Spa
Choose from West Hollywood, Pasadena and Santa Monica or branch out further to Orange country, Sherman Oaks and even San Francisco. I suggest you get mom the “Relax” package which is a spa pedicure plus either a 50 minute massage or a 50 minute facial for $145. The regular price in usually $180. Or if you’re feeling like a baller you and mom can do a day together! Those are always fun and the deal is really good! Its basically the “Relax” package for two but at $275 rather than the normal $360! Wahoo. Now, you can relax in luxury knowing you got a great deal!
- Stone Massage