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Monogram Birthday Slumber Party {Party on a Dime #6}

For their Balloon Time Party on a Dime challenge, Anders Ruff definitely pulled out all the (budget-friendly) stops! To name just a few of them: scouring discount store dollar sections, making paper elements go a REALLY long way, personalizing things with stickers, and using paint to transform soda bottles and mason jars into lovely decor. The result? A dreamy Monogram Birthday Slumber Party for Adria Ruff’s daughter, Brynne, and several of her friends. Having such a resourceful mom is definitely the icing on the party cake, right Brynne?! ;)

Check out all of the Party on a Dime contestant features here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Festive Balloon Decor (from fringe tassel embellishments to mini balloon bouquets)
– Simple and inexpensive desserts + DIY cake and cupcake toppers
– Recycled bottles & jars, painted and turned into adorable party decor
– DIY party favors like gold glitter dotted favor bags, & monogrammed eye masks

Monogram Birthday Slumber Party {Party on a Dime #6}

Monogram Birthday Slumber Party {Party on a Dime #6}

Monogram Birthday Slumber Party {Party on a Dime #6}

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{Modern + Crafty} Geometric First Birthday Party

Oh. My. Goodness! The first birthday party that Amy of Amy Stone Photography threw for her daughter, Hayley, is seriously the coolness. I happen to be a huge fan of geometric themes myself, so I might be a teensy bit partial in that respect ;) – but I’m sure that most anyone will appreciate the hefty dose of style, happy colors, and clever DIY projects that went into this spunky little celebration. There’s actually great inspiration to be found here for geometric themed parties of ANY occasion.

P.S. I just noticed on Amy’s blog that little Hayley already turned 2 last week! How time flies, right? Happy belated, little one!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful hexagon photo booth backdrop + color-blocked hexagon cake toppers
– Super cool translucent geometric mobile hanging above the dessert table
– Homemade hexagon smash cake with pink, orange, and yellow layers inside (details, details!)
– Clever table mats fashioned from wooden paint stir sticks & painted with a geo pattern

{Modern + Crafty} Geometric First Birthday Party

{Modern + Crafty} Geometric First Birthday Party

{Modern + Crafty} Geometric First Birthday Party

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How to Make Your Own {Creative} Custom Party Plates

I’m excited to share one of my VERY. FAVORITE. “party tricks” with you today! You can make such a big impact to table place settings or food/dessert buffets with these DIY Custom Party Plates. All you need is decorative papers or stylish gift wrap + spray adhesive to transform clear plastic plates into unique decor that perfectly matches your party! And worth noting: I tried several different types of adhesive the first time I made these and a light coat of spray adhesive was the best and most streak-free solution by far.

Sure – this takes a little extra “crafty” time and might not be ideal for your 200+ person affairs, but for smaller celebrations like baby showers, milestone birthdays, and celebratory dinner parties, this is such a great way to make a BIG creative splash. You can also add a thoughtful touch by incorporating names or photos of the guest(s) of honor into the plate designs. :)

Read on for the instructions + a few examples of how I’ve used this project at events in the past.

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Foxy Baby Baby Shower {Woodland + Pink + Orange}

Girlie fun meets woodland charm in this fantastic “Foxy Baby” Baby Shower that Petite Party Studio hosted for their co-owner – and fellow “Foxy Mama”! – Shannon. ;) They did such a great job here of incorporating stylish ideas that are super budget-friendly too… from a colorful honeycomb-and-tissue-daisy dessert table backdrop to simple-chic baby’s breath bunches displayed in mason jars. And all of the details coordinated perfectly with the help of their adorable fox themed baby shower printables, of course!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeous fox-topped cake and royal icing fox cookies + homemade Hershey Kiss “acorns”
– “We Want to Keep You Foxy” beauty bar favor station with nail polish, lip gloss, & more
– Muslin favor bags embellished with an adorable fox and “stay foxy” iron-on graphic
– DIY burlap placemats with tissue fringe trim + DIY flower pins for baby Liv’s family members

Foxy Baby Baby Shower {Woodland + Pink + Orange}

Foxy Baby Baby Shower {Woodland + Pink + Orange}

Foxy Baby Baby Shower {Woodland + Pink + Orange}

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Our 5th Party on a Dime feature comes from Vanessa Diaz of The Queen of Swag, and after checking out these pics, she also looks like the queen of FUN to me! I mean, there is seriously SO much creativity in this budget-conscious Pineapple Birthday Party Fiesta, and it’s bursting with happy colors at every […]

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First off, I want to say a HUGE thank you for your kind words & support after our announcement last night. Making a big change is never easy, but it has been much easier knowing I have all of you behind me and HWTM. Like I said, although we are taking an indefinite break from accepting others’ […]

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