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Operation Shower Sunshine Farms Event Recap!

If you’re a longtime reader, than you may remember waaaay back in the day when I helped put together an Operation Shower event here in San Diego with a modern-meets-rustic “Sunshine Farms” theme. Well, fast forward to today, and I’m so excited to share the UPDATED twist on this theme with you!

When OS decided to use this theme again for an event in Atlanta this past fall, I thought it was about time for the paper collection to get a little makeover first. :) So I spiffed up the original designs a bit and created some playful new signage with phrases like “About to Hatch” and “It’s a BABY, Ya’ll!“. Then, true to form, Operation Shower & their incredibly talented volunteer vendors worked their magic on adorable matching decorations and desserts. The result was this amazing celebration for 30 deserving military moms, and all I can say is… YA’LL, it turned out SUPER SWEET! ;)

P.S. If you want to use this paper collection for a baby shower of your own – it will be available for purchase on Hostess INK early next week! Stay tuned…

DECOR HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rag tie fabric garlands on the chairs + a colorful bandana-and-doily dessert table garland
– Festive centerpieces with chalkboard rooster silhouettes & darling plush chickens
– Modern farm scene cake (LOVE!) + vibrant & colorful hand-painted farm cookies
– Boxed lunches with gingham napkins + “Raised with Love” drink flags
– Stamped burlap table runners, spilled veggie baskets, & “fresh picked” farm florals

Operation Shower Sunshine Farms Event Recap!

Operation Shower Sunshine Farms Event Recap!

Operation Shower Sunshine Farms Event Recap!

Operation Shower Sunshine Farms Event Recap!

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Purple, Gold & Magical Sofia the First Birthday Party

Once upon a time, Princess Mia met Princess Sophia! It was quite the feast of royal sweets, radiant smiles, and princess crown crafts organized by Lourdes Henning of MLC Event Planning. Her Magical Princess Sophia the First Birthday Party is brimming with sparkly, playful details that not only look incredible, but also serve as fantastic inspiration for those of you that love a good excuse to DIY your heart out. Don’t miss the printed totes, simple-chic centerpieces, and an eye-catching handmade backdrop!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold carriage centerpieces with sweet purple flowers + incredible castle cut out invitation
– “Royal Treats” dessert table + jumbo paper flower garland and gold streamer backdrop
– Gum ball tubes, personalized cookies, and a mini sequin lined crown piñata
– Handcrafted crown totes + make your own crown activity with crayons in gold glitter jars
– Lavender pretzel wands, purple ombre cake, and gold crown embellished cake pops

Purple, Gold & Magical Sofia the First Birthday PartyPurple, Gold & Magical Sofia the First Birthday Party

Purple, Gold & Magical Sofia the First Birthday Party

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Captain Coves Spectacular Pirate Bithday Party

Let’s set sail for Captain Cove’s Spectacular Pirate Birthday Party! It’s possible you’ve seen a million and one pirate parties, but if there’s anyone that can put a fresh, creative twist on a popular theme, it’s Kenna O’Brien of Miss Party Mom. When her son requested “PIRATES!” for his 6th birthday, Kenna dreamed up this fun-filled celebration complete with a “Pirate Academy”, lots of SWEET golden treasure, and a bit of Sailor Jerry inspired flair to boot!

See it all below + check out Kenna’s party details on how she went from feeling not-exactly-ecstatic about working on an “overdone” theme to embracing it and truly loving it. And while we’re on the subject of pirates, I can’t resist throwing in a shout out to that other party where we got to see Kenna’s husband dressed up as Captain Hook! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Skull & cross bone plundering baggies + awesome ship-in-a-bottle “Explore the Seas” cake
– “Pirate Academy” activities, including walk-the-plank and sword fighting lessons
– Pirate sail draped dessert table with barrels, fishing nets, and even a resident skeleton!
– Looking glass surprise cones, pirate jewel candies, and buried treasure cupcakes

Captain Coves Spectacular Pirate Bithday Party

Captain Coves Spectacular Pirate Bithday Party

Captain Coves Spectacular Pirate Bithday Party

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Playful & Glamorous Stay Wild FOXY Flower Party

Playful & Glamorous Stay Wild FOXY Flower Party

YOU GUYS…. this party is so much fun! I had a very hard time narrowing the pictures down, because pretty much everything about it has me WILDLY inspired. ;)

Juliet Boydstun, master of creative party themes and co-founder of The COOP, crafted up a storm for an all out glamorous-meets-playful 2nd birthday party for her daughter Hazel, who you may remember from her groovy + glitzy “Purple Haze” First Birthday that we shared last year. This Wild Heart & FOXY Flower Party is inspired by Hazy’s playful spirit and one of my personal favorites “What does the foxy say?”, so if you need me I’ll be swimming in confetti and crepe paper flower dreams right about now… join me below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeous DIY crepe paper flowers adorning everything from the backdrops to the party hats!
– Darling place settings with glitter dipped utensils, confetti party horns, & fox face masks
– Ravishing black and white stripe cake + watermelon bites shaped like foxes
– Vibrant tissue paper painted backdrops + “stay foxy” necklaces with fox figurines
– Amazing fox piñata + “Stay Wild” signs in red heart Ikea frames
– Lemonade & Mimosa Drink Station covered in confetti + “POP” spelled in gold letter balloons

Playful & Glamorous Stay Wild FOXY Flower Party

Playful & Glamorous Stay Wild FOXY Flower Party

Playful & Glamorous Stay Wild FOXY Flower Party

Playful & Glamorous Stay Wild FOXY Flower Party

Playful & Glamorous Stay Wild FOXY Flower Party

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March is officially here… and we’re a LUCKY bunch today! Misha Perritt of A Lovely Design is sharing her St. Patrick’s Day inspiration with a twist, and it’s sure to make you pucker up! Her lipstick inspired “Kiss Me” theme will definitely have you trading your pot o’ gold for a smooch… and maybe cake pop or two. ;) PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to […]

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — App Themed Parties. They are all the rage and gaining in popularity. Don’t be surprised like I was when my daughter […]

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