Monday, February 2, 2009

Kelly Christy Giveaway!

Contest.
A new month means a new contest. For February, we are thrilled to offer our readers the chance to win a custom millinery piece by Kelly Christy. Starting at $500, Ms. Christy's custom work is a great way to add some extra oomph to any special evening attire. Below are some examples of her work. Or if you are in NYC, stop by her Soho shop to see it in person.


To enter:
In the comment section, let us know what you'd like to see more of on the Hip Hostess Blog. Whether it's wedding ideas, food & wine, or anything in between, we want to bring our readers what most appeals to you...so here's your chance to tell us! The last day to enter this contest is February 28th and we'll announce the winner on March 2nd.

86 comments:

Jess said...

What an awesome giveaway! I think I'd love to see more DIY things as I start to ponder how to hold a multi-part event/reunion with people flying in from all over. Maybe more recipes and tips on hosting a group?

mims said...

This is a fabulous giveaway for a hat fan such as myself! I would love to see more drink ideas for a crowd~we are planning an 80th family birthday party~and dinner party ideas. I love your site~the mix of wedding and other occasion ideas~as it is tho~

JD said...

Pretty! I'd like to see more DIY ideas and possibly even something about altering an old dress for use during the wedding- I'm considering altering my mothers 1980's wedding dress to more suit my wedding style.

Caitlyn said...

I adore all things millinery--her work would be perfect atop any hip hostess;) I think a nice addition to the blog would be more ideas for modern, eco-friendly, and fabulous "tablescapes" and party decor. In particular, I have a hard time finding lighting inspiration, but it sets the mood for every occasion!

RenaissanceTrophyWife said...

oh how beautiful! Thanks so much for introducing us to such a fab artist.

I love the hip hostess blog, and I think a great addition would be how to host events in small spaces, or with limited time. Sometimes I feel like my place (1 bedroom apt) is too small to have people over, but with the right inspiration I think I could tackle larger groups.

Love the DIY tutorials as well!

lizholly said...

i sorta , ok really love this millinery work, she is super talented.
personally i read your great blog for your fresh wedding/event ideas and food trends. dont change a thing, you are the best.

rainwaterglass said...

Wow - I'd love to see more creative table settings. Love your blog the way it is, though.

Love said...

Wow! I'm an accessories girl:). I love all the ideas in your blog, but would be interested to see more "garnishing" ideas--whether it's adding a design to a cake, garnish to a drink, or different decorating touch to a finished table setting. That last bit of pizazz just adds the perfect finale!

Courtney said...

I'm a hat devotee...I always say that I should've been born in the 1930's, so I could have worn hats every day! I'd like to see a few more suggestions about wine, and how to incorporate it into entertaining. My fiancee and I are very fond of wine, but a lot of our friends aren't used to drinking it. We're hoping to find good ideas on how to introduce them.

Courtney said...

AWESOME giveaway!!! Well, being a bride on a VERY small budget (not to mention the economic crisis) I would love more diy!

Lisa said...

I'd like more DIY and more food and wine ideas. I love DIY'ing and and a verifiable foodie!

Brittany said...

What a fun giveway! I'm planning my wedding and I'd love to see color palette ideas. This site excites me about all the future events I can plan :)

iodamtten said...

I would love to see more environmentally friendly posts on your website as well as tips on how to find local vendors for weddings. I know that I would love to support local businesses and that many others would too.

postsurggirl said...

What an awesome designer! I would love to see more cost effective hostess and party ideas. Even in this dwindling economy, many of us still love to host and almost everyone loves a party. I think it's even more important now to laugh and love in a time where everything else can seem dreary.

Allison said...

What an amazing giveaway! I plan to wear a fascinator for my wedding and her designs are exquisite.

I love the recipes and the drink info, especially the fact that you include beer! More food and bev coverage would be welcome. Keep up the good work.

s said...

What a great giveway. I'd love to see more recipes and unique party ideas for hosting.

CupofYoshi said...

I always find such inspiration from seeing examples of real events that creative people have put together using their own style and talent. It's so easy to convince yourself that you simply must hire professionals, or order custom everything, when really some imagination and resourcefulness are all that's necessary. I enjoy your site already, but if anything, perhaps more features of "real" or diy events? (And I would be so happy to have a lovely headpiece to dress up my vintage wedding frock!)

LW said...

Definitely more DIY ideas - hostess gifts & decor would be great!

aqt said...

I think I would definitely like to see more DIY projects wedding related. Although...I LOVE your recipes so keep those coming!

Michelle said...

I can't get enough DIY wedding ideas, so I'd love to see more on the blog! I have already gotten so many good ideas and can't wait to see more.

k_darling said...

I love the start-to-finish party ideas. Having food, theme, entertainment and design all tied together is great inspiration, and makes it easier to either throw something together with your instruction, or create something new with your ideas as inspiration.

Also, her pieces are incredible. Incredible. There, I said it twice.

Vix said...

I too would love to see more DIY ideas. Especially in our current economic situation, I feel like more and more are trying to see what they can do themselves.

soontobemrsjacobs said...

What a great giveaway! I'd love to see more idea about how to keep everything cohesive...basically start to finish ideas to keep everything tied together!

ohbrooke said...

New reader here - I love seeing cheap and easy decorating tips!
ohbrooke{at}gmail.com

Erin said...

I would love to see more food/wine planning and hosting ideas and maybe some recipes too! I love trying new stuff and am always looking for new places to find ideas!

Katie Stork said...

ohh lovely!

I would love to see some how to's. Like how to host a fablously party on a budget. Or how to host more "green" event/get together. From small to big. Weddings to family gatherings!

Lisa Smith said...

I would love to see more DIY ideas/step-by-step guide. I also like the ideas on how to personalize and add special touches without spending an arm and a leg. Color coordination ideas... What are the trendy/"in" colors, etc....

merchantemily@hotmail.com said...

Beautiful!
I'd like to see more "activity" parties - wine tasting, wii contest, cook-off etc. Thanks!

emily said...

Wonderful giveaway!

I would love to see more advice on creating a beautiful tablescape-- combining advice on DIY centerpieces, luminaries, etc with coordinating table settings. It would be wonderful to see how everything could jive together.

Love your blog!

Elaine F. said...

DIY, free templates & downloads are always appreciated!

Jen said...

What a great giveaway! I would be interested in more DIY posts - esp on a budget. Thanks!

Lmarie said...

Like many others, more DIY and details on how to make a beautiful party on a budget! I love hosting, but I'm not about to throw a dinner party if I have to go buy $100 worth of decore for each one.

Corinna said...

Definitely more diys and downloadable templates. Great website as it is, though!.

Jasmine said...

I am brand new to this blog (I love it, by the way!) so it's difficult for me to say what I'd like to see more of. But after reading the first page of posts, I must say that I love hearing about your wedding! So I'd love to hear more! :) I also really enjoy the recipes and would like to hear see more ideas for very low budget parties, including recipes. Thanks for the great blog and the amazing giveaway!

Patty said...

Hello! Since I am a hostess who delights in making her guests feel special and loved, please share your ideas on customized "thank you gifts". This can range from DIY projects to "oh-so-breathtakingly-fancy". Thank you!

KieKie said...

Hi! What a FABULOUS giveaway! I would love to see a HIP TWIST on Do-It-Yourself ideas...and what I mean by this is to have a new idea that you showcase...and then show a "Buy-it-now already done" option and a more inexpensive crafty hands-on "DIY" option. This would be so great because not everyone has the time to do-it-themselves, and not everyone has the money to buy-it already done! (similar to the "Chalk it up Post" you did last fall - which I loved!) I think it'd be a great way to capture your audience and inspire readers on all levels! And I think this approach could cover all topics from weddings/other events, entertaining, decorating, to day to day organization.
I'd also love to see more of your inspriation wedding boards in general, as I find them so useful and inspiring in planning my own wedding!
Thanks again for the contest opportunity!

Amy said...

I love seeing ideas for *BIG* impact, little budget (i.e. monochromatic color, a million tea lights, homemade luminarias etc.). It's be great to see more ideas like that. Everyone can use more Wow and less *whew!* :)

Whitney said...

I'd like to see more wedding ideas for the vintage-inclined. How to plan a new school wedding when you're stuck in the old school. That would be really Nice!

Carolyn Clark said...

DIY, DIY...more please ;)

Karen said...

I can never get enough DIY!!!

Elana said...

Gorgeous... :) I'll add my name to the list of those who'd always love to see more DIY projects!!

Jeanette said...

What an awesome giveaway!

I would love to see more decor and especially DIY decor according to various/unique themes. DIY just adds so much personal touch. For my own wedding I am constantly trying to get inspirational tips or ideas of decor.

E. Golightly said...

I love this giveaway! A friend of mine and I are working on making some millinery flowers for my bouquet, and it would be swell to have a beautiful accent from a professional. As for Hip Hostess... I would say more wedding posts as I'm a mere 3 1/2 months away from mine, but to me almost all of your hostess related posts can be translated to the world of weddings, so... I will say keep the inventive, crafty ideas coming! I love adding personal touches to decor and cuisine and invites, etc., etc., etc. Viva la creatividad!

jepnet said...

Thanks so much for a great giveaway.
I think color is so important to any get together. I would love to see party inspiration based on unusual color combinations.

pacificspecific said...

i'm in the midst of planning my own wedding, and i hate it. i hate it mostly because i'm a perfectionist so i want things to taste good, look good, and feel good.
what i love about your blog is seeing real weddings and events. but i'm curious about how a person's everyday style or interests translate into those events. i'm mostly curious about their planning process, and how they are able to organize certain ideas or elements and keep it within their budget.

Randee said...

How beautiful! I would love to learn more simple yet beautiful DIY projects. And perhaps more tips from unique real weddings.

April said...

I'm always looking for more DIY projects and wedding inspiration. Thanks for the giveaway!

meridiannne said...

How pretty--I'd love to see more DIY as my best friend and I are attempting to plan fabulous weddings on tight budgets.

Almost Mrs.White said...

What pretty things! I would love to see more wedding DIY projects.

tegeee said...

What a wonderful giveaway!
I would love to see more DIY wedding and decor ideas with detailed breakdowns on how to do it.

Katie Carter said...

These are absolutly beautiful!! I would love to see DIY projects (seems to be the trend!) especially projects like centerpieces, invitations and creative alternatives to traditional items!!

Heidz said...

Gorgeous! I am all about more wedding ideas whether it's tips or good finds.

Priya (US - Chicago) said...

Your giveaways are super fun! I love seeing creative appetizer, signature cocktail and dessert ideas :)

Marte said...

Wow, this is such a wonderful contest! I would love to see more posts food & wine, especially on putting together dinnermenu's and buffets with recipes that are relatively easy to make (in advance), and not too expensive.

Janine said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to see more info on timelines. I'm loving all the DIY and small event/wedding embellishments, but then I get overwhelmed trying to figure out how I'm going to fit it all in! Thanks!

Miss Want said...

I just found your blog recently and I love it !! Great Work !!

I love it when you post about new designers and products, which I had never heard of before. It's not so good for my wallet but I love it anyways !!

Elaine said...

As the post before have said...DIY!!

Christiana said...

I'd love to see more DIY ideas (DIY millinery?), since I'm planning my wedding now I'm into wedding inspiration. Since I have a life outside of wedding planning I enjoy seeing all the things outside of weddings too. :)

lizanne said...

I would love to win this! I love your blog. I'd like to see more resource lists for all your great hostessing ideas. How about gathering lots of pretty things/ideas and showing us how to/where to a) make them b) buy them for less?

Liz said...

what a great giveaway! I'd love to see more pictures of real life weddings as well as parties in general! And DIY tips!

Tairay said...

Wowow! I would love to see more wedding/DIY posts, or better yet, DIY Wedding posts!

CJB said...

I would like to see more entertaining/party planning ideas!

Catskill Bride said...

Wow! What great pieces. I would love to see more DIY projects that make use of things already in the average household. I often find that a lot of DIY projects are almost as expensive as paying someone else to do it. I also think a great idea when posting real weddings would be to get the inspiration board from the bride. We always see the end result and it would be nice to see some of the thought process behind the event.

Kristen said...

Love love love DIY ideas to add personal touches!!!!!

jcranfill said...

An amazing giveaway--wow! I'm not the chef in my family so i love seeing easy but gourmet recipes to motivate me into helping more in the kitchen. I tend to leave all the cooking to my fiance, but when he's not home, i often will just eat cereal for dinner!

Regina said...

I'd love to see more ways to work on a budget given the economic times and DIY ideas! thanks!

sparkleparty said...

Any info about analog photography projects would be great! Polaroid, holga, toy cameras, super 8. Keep up the great work!!

Devon said...

Would love to see more DIY and budget friendly things. Love the blog and love the millinery!

Bianca said...

Considering the economic state, I would say more do it yourself with an emphasis on smaller budgets. This year is all about hope... I think every girl should be able to plan the event of her dreams, no matter what she has in her pocket book. Whether it be a dream wedding or a stylish dinner party, all you need is a little inspiration, creativity and know how... not a huge budget.

sara said...

These are just gorgeous. I would like to see more unique wedding inspiration things. I just recently got engaged, so new and innovative ideas are what I'm searching for.

Amy said...

I can never get enough information on invitations! I love looking at great designs, seeing how people incorporate their personalities into these paper pieces. Designing my own invites is by far the favorite part of my wedding planning so far!

Carly said...

How exciting! I absolutely love your blog and it has been so inspiring for me while planning my wedding! However, I would love to see more bridal accessory ideas and inspirations! I know I am really struggling finding my jewelry and shoes! Thanks for all of the time put into this blog!

Vilija said...

What a fantastic opportunity! I would love to see more how-to DIY projects. I love seeing table top decor as well, the ideas are inspiring.

Savannah said...

Like most people, I can never get too many DIY posts! I'm planning a wedding myself, so I love reading your "Real Wedding" posts. Thanks for all of the ideas, and keep 'em coming please!

Alison said...

Hi! Thanks for this contest! I would love to see dinner menu ideas, maybe one a month with a different theme. I have a hard time finding inspiration for our plated dinner. It will be in autumn and my fiance is from the south so we want to incorporate both southern influence and autumn flavors.

Employment Law said...

Thanks for another great contest. I would love to see more wedding ideas & color boards.

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JennJeanne said...

**Great giveaway! I would love to see more style boards followed by a DIY projects based on the theme....so could be wedding related, dinner parties, DIY decor like centerpieces, hostess gifts, holiday gifts, transforming your home with a few simple additions....etc.
Thanks for such a great blog!!

Rebekah said...

Always looking for more DIY ideas...the advice we have taken to heart in this whole exciting W-day planning process is to be sure to make it personal, meaningful and memorable ~ and DIY projects inspire just that. We have several successfully in the works, but the one I cannot quite manage the whole fascinator-bidrcage project. :) So even if I am not the lucky one, any help would be welcomed!! I have found all tutorials out there in www-land and still cannot get the look i envision {insert a charlie brown 'ugh' here}

Julia said...

What fabulous creations!
I'd love to see more about crafting an environmentally aware events, be they weddings or dinner parties, particularly on a budget. I try to be as aware in my life as possible, but it's tricky to expand that to larger events.

Katie said...

I love your blog! I would really like to see more DIY projects that can be done weeks or months ahead of an event. My wedding is 11 months away and I would love to work on projects now while I have the time/energy. I want to know that they will be okay when I pull them out of the closet months down the road.

Royal Icing said...

I would love to see party ideas for the post married couple! Love, love, love your blog btw!

Carina said...

Ideas on destination weddings and destination parties! I'm currently planning a kentucky derby destination 30th birthday party (where a fabulous Kelly Christy hat would feel right at home ;)

Posts on destination ideas, how to cost effectively plan in the destination city, or even throwing a themed "destination" party at home.

Love the inspiration boards and specific tips that are given with them!

Ruthie said...

Great giveaway! I'm going to have to agree with a lot of posters that are saying DIY stuff, and I too really like the recipes!

Kendall said...

It's always great to see alternative ideas to the cookie cutter wedding blogs. Keep up the good work! The giveaways are beautiful... very inspiring...

T said...

I love the DIY tips and would love to see more!

Envelope Printing said...

Wow those are amazing pieces! Such wonderful works of art. These will really give the wearer's attire a much desired oomph. Great giveaway, and congratulations!