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Simplified Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is on a Friday this year!  Yay!  I could eat Mexican food everyday.  Could you?  It’s my favorite.  Along with margaritas, sangria, Corona…you get the idea! Why not have a few friends over this year?  Below is a super easy way to make your table look more festive.  All I did was grab a few empty Corona bottles and fill them with Carnations!  Ole! (excuse the photo quality, this was years ago!) Grab some brightly colored serving…

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Valentine’s Day Decor

We've been iced in for two days so I've been spending a lot of time on Pinterest!  I don't usually decorate my home for Valentine's Day but I came across the cutest idea for making Cupid's Arrows as décor!  I love arrows in everyday décor and these Valentine Arrows add just enough whimsy without being too commercial.  Here are a few of my favorite posts on how to make the arrows… I love the simplicity of these wooden skewer arrows with white…

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About Me

Meet Hostess Jo Hi, I’m Joanna Keel-your resident homebody!  I first formed “Hostess Jo” in early 2008 as an online store selling items for home entertaining.  I found a passion for blogging through its partner site, Let’s Entertain.  After starting a family in 2010, I decided to close my online shop and focus on my children.  Recently I have discovered more me time and I crave the creative outlet blogging provides.  While I still enjoy entertaining, my interests have shifted…

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Baby Shower Inspiration-B is for Baby!

So, the baby shower went off without a hitch this weekend! Until I can post the photos, here is my inspiration for the shower. I needed a gender neutral shower as the mom-to-be wants the sex of the baby to be a surprise! I really fell in love with this "B is for Baby" themed shower at Lolliblog. All the details that went into this shower are really incredible! B is for birds, bottles, bees, bananas, and the list goes…

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HUGE Thanks

I learned earlier today that Let's Entertain was chosen as a favorite blog in the premier issue of the new e-zine-Nesting Newbies Magazine-For Those New to Nesting and Those Who are Obsessed with their Nests!!  I am just thrilled to pieces!   And speaking of the magazine-what a brilliant idea it is!  It's a magazine dedicated to cooking, entertaining and decorating-does it get any better?!  Not to mention it's on line so it's all interactive and stuff.  Their first issue came out…

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A Band of Bees

I just fell in love with these adorable musical bees cupcake toppers!    Wouldn't these be great for a kid's party?!  A back to school treat?  Purchase a set of six here! (photo from fancyflours.com)…

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New Sponsor

I'd like to take a second and introduce you to our new sponsor-Tiny Prints.  Many of you probably already know them for their adorable birth announcements and stylish invitations. Now they have a new line called Studio Basics which is an affordable line of unique invitations designed by Tiny Print designers.  Check out these great prices on their birthday invitations! As if that wasn't enough they also offer address labels, gif tags and party favors.   So, the next time you have…

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Introducing:

  Yippee!!  As you know I was recently hired to style a baby shower so I was thinking why not start a little party planning biz?!  I am going to specialize in coordinating the decor of the event.   I love all of the details that go into making a space party perfect.  From brainstorming to execution, I love it all.  Hopefully my first job will lead to many more!  If you are in Birmingham or surrounding areas and need creative help with your event just…

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