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Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

The Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table, designed by Marie of Sweets Indeed, from the latest Operation Shower Event (See the full event recap here!) is full of beautiful patterns and golden details that needed their own post to shine. The table has a smorgasbord of sweet options and the decorations will keep you lingering, especially the genius printables designed by Abigail of Paper & Cake. But truthfully, the most beautiful part of the whole table is that everything was donated – materials, desserts, and lots of time from an incredible team (all linked in the vendor credits below)!

SWEET HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Lemon blueberry cake with fondant succulents, pink watercolor tier and edible gold foil accents
– “Sweet Dreams” banner, oversized embroidery hoop “dreamcatchers” and fresh succulent clusters
Incredible dream catcher cookies made by A Twist of Cake
– Strawberries and cream scones, gold chocolate heart & salted caramel candies
– Gold painted pink & mint macarons + dipped crispy treats with mini gold leaf toppers

Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

Dreamy Bohemian Dessert Table – OS Recap Part 2

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Dreamy Bohemian Baby Shower – OS Recap Part 1

If you have followed HWTM over the years, you know we love Operation Shower – an organization that throws baby showers for growing military families to help ease the stress of deployment. An amazing group of vendors and volunteers come together to throw a fabulous shower that always showcases a staggering level of creativity & care!

For the latest event, Abigail of Paper & Cake designed a beautiful, boho-chic set of “Dream A Little Dream” printables, Molly Sims (nine months along with baby #2 in these pictures!) emceed the event and Carousel Designs donated crib linens to each new mommy. The Bohemian Baby Shower theme was dramatically dreamy and had some of the cutest yarn centerpieces ever seen – as you know, one of our guilty pleasures over here! 

Check out all of the pastel and gold accent details + adorable babies and pretty mamas below… and thank you Patty Othón PhotographyMaxine Evans Photography and Paper & Cake for all the gorgeous pictures! Also, the dessert table by Marie of Sweets Indeed was incredible and deserves more than just one picture, right!? You can browse more dessert table details here.

DECOR HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chic, whimsical and wild floral arrangements by Josie’s Posey’s
– Embroidery hoop crafted “dreamcatchers” with white crochet, wrapped yarn & patterned fabrics
– Laser cut wood, patterned paper and paint dipped feather details
– Fresh succulents in wooden planters + faux succulent name card holders
– Yarn tassel chair back decoration, mini yarn wrapped vases & playful yarn garland centerpiece idea!

Dreamy Bohemian Baby Shower – OS Recap Part 1

Dreamy Bohemian Baby Shower – OS Recap Part 1

Dreamy Bohemian Baby Shower – OS Recap Part 1

Dreamy Bohemian Baby Shower – OS Recap Part 1

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Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

This post is sponsored by California Milk Advisory Board.

Did you know that there’s such a thing as National Hot Fudge Sundae Day? Seriously – you can google it! And also… it’s TOMORROW. Personally, I think any day is a great day for a hot fudge sundae, but if someone wants to give me a good excuse to enjoy one, then that’s just fine by me. ;)

So, in celebration of National Hot Fudge Sundae Day – and of July being National Ice Cream Month in general – California Milk Advisory Board asked me to create a family-friendly Milkshakes & Sundaes Bar, featuring delicious ice cream made from Real California Milk. I always love a good party theme, and thought a nautical twist felt especially fitting for summer, so I invite you to scroll on down and Set Sail for Shakes and Sundaes with me today!

I hope this post inspires you to set up an ice cream bar of your own, which can mean anything from styling out a full table to utilizing just a couple of your favorite quick ideas for a simpler get together. Either way, I’m giving away all of these Nautical Ice Cream Printables for free, which should make recreating this look even easier. Download the signs, labels, banner, and other paper details right here.

Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

How to Set Up a Nautical Ice Cream Bar

The first thing you’ll need to do is map out the basics:

1) flavors of ice cream made from Real California Milk
2) mix-ins and toppings
3) serving vessels

For a shakes and sundaes bar, I’ve found that it’s best to keep the ice cream options simple. Serve just 2-3 flavors so that you have plenty of room for toppings & mixers. In addition to cups and sundae bowls, it’s always nice to include ice cream cones for the people that love them… like me! ;)

Set Sail for Shakes & Sundaes! {A Nautical Ice Cream Bar}

I found the plastic bowls pictured above at Target for .79 each. They’re technically kids bowls, but perfectly sized for ice cream sundaes! Wooden spoons were customized with patterned paper on the handles (except for the one design I had that already matched). Bottled toppings like flavored syrups and hot fudge got a quick makeover too, with ribbon + printable papers & labels.

This station is equipped with everything you needs to make milkshakes, floats, ice cream sundaes, and even an Ice Cream Sundae Milkshake (!) like this one:

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Free Printables for a Nautical Ice Cream Party

Hello, friends! I designed these ice cream inspired printables recently to use in a Nautical Ice Cream Bar created for California Milk Advisory Board. I hope you can have some fun with them too! The food/drink labels and tent cards are included in both customized and blank versions for extra versatility.

Download links are at the bottom of the post – and you can find inspiration on how to utilize them right here. Enjoy. :)

Free Printables for a Nautical Ice Cream Party

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GOAL! Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day threw a {Montreal Canadiens Inspired} Hockey Party for her son Gavin’s 9th birthday that totally scored! Influenced by daddy, Gavin’s favorite team is the Montreal Canadiens, so Amy used the team colors, hockey gear influences, and lots of great food to put together a “breakaway” day! As always, her stylish […]

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Have you heard of the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book? It’s arguably one of the best alphabet books! The color block illustrations are so cute and the story is so sweet… just like how Sarah chose it as her baby shower theme: it’s her first daughter’s favorite book! Natalie Good of A Good Affair Wedding & Event […]

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