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Halloween Paper Flowers

Follow the folding instructions above with a piece of silver glitter wrapping paper. You can find this paper at Paper Source!







Who knew flowers could be so spooky? Today, I am bringing this article out of the archives because I love it so much and think these flowers are perfect for a Halloween dinner party! These Halloween paper flowers will take you back to your arts and crafts days! These flowers are super cute, easy to make and won’t break the bank. They also won’t die on you, which is a great thing for all my “black” thumbed hostesses.

These Halloween paper flowers make wonderful decorative items and unique place cards! Be prepared for your dinner guests to want to take their name cards home with them!

 The flowers featured above are made out of silver and spider web wrapping paper and stuck together by double-sided tape! They are super fun to make and will bring a kitschy twist to your Halloween gathering!

Target Cover Ups for Spring Break on a Budget

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Target Cover Ups for Spring Break on a Budget

Spring Break is upon us and weather you are boozin it up in Mexico or relaxin in the Caribbean with your family, the young, broke and fabulous need some rockin cover ups!  This Target cover up for Spring Break on a budget will keep you from burning like a hot tamale after a pale pale winter! It is really comfy and light weight! Perfect to throw in your beach bag!

The best part is that this tunic is only $19.99 and can be ordered right online. Lets face it, busy girls do not have time to run to Target! Always a risky move as it sucks you in for hours on end.

If you do want to hit up Target, this FABtastic tuinc is available only in stores. It is also $19.99 and super cute! Both are great options on a budget for your spring break excursion!


Knock Knock Slang Flashcards

Hostess Gift

Knock Knock Slang Flashcards


The best gifts to bring to a party are always the ones that people can enjoy right then and there! These Knock Knock Slang Flashcards are so kitschy and cute and will definitely be used by guests. Who could refuse testing their “slang knowledge”! When you are done you can also do a round of “antonyms” for the slangs which are provided on the cards.

These slang flashcards are so on The Hostess Handbook budget, coming in at $10! Go ahead, be young, broke and fabulous!

Presidents Day 2012 Sales Guide Online and In Store

Shop Like a Rock Star

Presidents Day 2012 Sales Guide Online and In Store

Presidents day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Why? Tons of sales! Yup mama said it! It is second to Labor Day and before Black Friday! Sooo, all my Young, Broke and Fabulous readers, it is time for you to cash in on the savings! Don’t want to go to the stores tomorrow? Well, your in luck, tons of online sales are going on and are calling your name! Below is a list of sales for my girl on the go who has no dough!

Department Stores

Nordstrom: Amazing shoe clearance sale!  Up to 40 percent off select styles.

Macy’s: Take an extra 15 percent off, plus free shipping with the promo code PRES.

Bloomingdales: Big Brown Bag sale is back! Offering discounts in stores and online. Get 20 to 40 percent off select merchandise through February 20th!

Apparel & Accessories

Gap: Its the Red, White and Blue Event at The Gap! Get 40 percent off select styles through the 20th.

Ralph Lauren:  Save up to 65 percent on already-reduced items. Select items 20% as well!

Urban Outfitters: The Vote Sale is happening online and in stores! Discounts on over 2,000 items. Free shipping available on orders of $50 or more.

 Online Only Major brands are discounted an extra 30 percent, equaling total savings of up to 80 percent. Sale ends Tuesday at 5 am–see site for more details.

 The Outnet: Get an extra 20 percent off with the code 20SHARELOVE, through 02/20.

 Forever21: Up to 75 percent off, through 02/20.

 Madewell: New sale items added and free shipping on all orders this weekend.

J.Crew: An additional 30 percent off final sale items with the code SHOPNOW and free shipping on orders over $100. Save an extra 25 percent on all sale shoes with the code 25SALE, through 02/21.

DIY Diva- Banister Display!

“Floating” displays are so in right now and really simple to do yourself. Be a DIY Diva! The Hostess Handbook suggests you use glass balls and fill the globes with budget items such as fresh cranberries, instead of flowers!

Here, I have taken three glass balls and hung them from a banister with fishing wire!

Inside two of the globes are fresh cranberries and a tea light. The other globe is filled with glitter branches/ornaments and flameless candle!

If you want to add another element to the design you can place mercury glass candle holders with tea lights under the globes!

*Gift Guide Give Away!*

 I am giving away an item from this gift guide at random to someone who “likes” my Facebook Fan Page and Follows Me On Twitter today! So easy, so fab, so get going!

1. H&M Gold Sparkle Flats- These are so cute and cheaptastic! Be Budget Happy! Find them in-store for $18!

2. Slap Watch- The 80′s slap bracelets have been reinvented in a big way!

3. Valiumiem Candle at Kitson- How Kitschy is this? Love Love Love! Find it in-store!


The Perfect Party Bag: H&M Glitter Clutch

These H&M glitter bags are glamtastic and so holiday chic! Both styles are fab and can be worn as a clutch and a shoulder bag! The best part is that these bags can be yours on a budget! Both are under $25! Happy Dec 1st!

The Hostess Handbook tip: You might need to go into the store to purchase these bags as I could not find them online!

Perfect Party Flats: Multicolored Glitter!

Glitter is a girl’s best friend! And these Multicolored Glitter Ballet Flats by Qupid are a definite holiday wardrobe must! These babies will glam up any outfit and shows that you fun, funky, fresh! The worst part about dressing up is wearing high heels. They might look amazing but most of the time it turns into a love/hate relationship between your shoes and your feet. The perfect party shoes are party flats! Make a statement in these multicolored glitter gems!

Hostess Handbook Budget Worthy Item- These babies are only $35!

Hostess Gift: Flavored Chocolate Coffee Spoons

The holidays are coming and this means you have to stock up on some hostess gifts! These flavored chocolate coffee spoons are too cute and yummazing! They will be a big hit at a dinner party as guests can use your gift in their after dinner coffee!

Hostess Tip: This box will run you $20 but you can cut down by splitting the contents. They are individually wrapped so all you need to do is get a ribbon and tie a couple together into a new package! Don’t forget you have a budget! Perfect for the penny pinching princess!




Tasty Tip: Roasted Garlic

This Halloween, keep the vampires away by serving roasted garlic! This dish is simple and inexpensive to make for all you dinner party divas on a budget! Place the whole clove on top of some radicchio to add color to the dish. You can also spice up the presentation by putting candy corn flowers around the serving plate as garnish.


1 Head of Garlic

1 teaspoon of olive oil



Peel the head of garlic so that only a thin layer of the skin remains around the cloves. Cut the head of the garlic about 1/4 inch so that the top of each clove is exposed. Pour the olive oil over the top, coating the garlic as much as possible! Wrap it in tin foil and place in the oven for about 30 minutes or until the garlic is soft to the touch! Let cool and serve with crackers!





Flower Power: Glowing Flowers for Halloween

Create a spooky garden scene for Halloween that can be used on your coffee table as decor or on your dinner table as a center piece. Don’t worry, this display is on your budget and an easy DIY project. Did I mention that there is some glam thrown in there too? Halloween decor is not complete without multi-colored glitter spiders!

Hostess Handbook Tip: Bright green moss is a little obsession of mine and a hidden gem! Making nature inspired decor is easy and looks professional when you use moss as your base!

The Perfect Party Pants: Shimmering Silver Statement

These silver BCBG Generation pants take the pleated business look to a whole other level! Make a statement with shimmering pants and a yellow top! The sleeves are to die and make any girl’s arms look sleek under the billowing flower petal cut. My version of fall fashion fab!

Outfit on a Budget: pants + top= $98 + $68= $166!

Hostess Tip: These pants with a light colored fur-tabulous overcoat or vest would be to die! You will definitely have all eyes on you!

Hostess Gift: “What to Eat” Note Pad


How many of you have made these weekly food planners on your own? Now is the time to spill it! I certainly have written my own “meal plans” for the week in the past. Weather it was helping me diet or just not stress about meals, those food plans were very helpful. This retro “What to Eat” note pad is so useful and cute to boot! It also makes a unique hostess gift!

The “What to Eat” note pad  can also be used when you have house guests for the weekend! It is a unique way to get everyone involved in meal time planning! Post it in the kitchen and have people sign up for what meals they want to make, in the “chef” section, and where they want to dine out!

This is a great buy for my budget babes at $ 9.30

Party Like a Rock Star: London “Pop-Ups”

What’s the best way to pre-game for a night out on the town or brunch with friends to ease an aching head?? The answer: the pop-up. The latest trend in food and fun, the pop-up has become increasingly popular in the last year in major hubs like LA and Paris. In London, though, they’ve taken on a glitzy glam feel, popping up in posh areas like Sloane Square (featured above, The Botanist’s Champagne and Oyster Bar), hip hangouts like Shoreditch and cultural hubs like Southbank. These temporary champagne bars, brunch spots or dim-sum gems spring up all over the city at any given time, becoming the place to see and be seen.
The hostess with the mostest can learn a lot from the pop up. Take the party outside!! Head to Ikea and buy a $25 table that you can transport to the beach or the park when the weather is nice. To save on frills, fill a basket (also available at Ikea) with oranges or lemons that you can use in cocktails later on in the evening! This is a super tip for any party, indoors or outdoors!
And don’t think you need to serve a lot of complicated stuff. Pick one food and go with it – dumplings are a fun party food that won’t break the bank!
Contributing Rock Star: Nicole Garvey

The Perfect Party Pants: Zara Snake Skin

Hey hot pants! Animal prints are so in right now and these pants really make a statement! If you’re ready to have a wild night, this outfit is your answer. I swear they will bring out the sass in your ass! Pair the pants with a simple black blouse and you are good to go!

 Budget Brilliance: Pants + Shirt = $64.90! Cheap and so cute to boot!


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