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Trend Alert: How to Host an App Themed Party!
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 requested a playdate themed after one of her favorite apps–Disney Creativity Studio 2!

App themed parties are tricky to decorate for as they usually don’t have a line of party goods to use, so you’ll have to get creative and really concentrate on the apps theme and scenery. Here I styled my daughter’s playdate with an art theme as Disney Creativity Studio 2 is an art-themed app where she can draw, paint, decorate and use many online tools to create fabulous online art pieces.

Trend Alert: How to Host an App Themed Party!

Trend Alert: How to Host an App Themed Party!

Trend Alert: How to Host an App Themed Party!

5 Steps to Hosting an App Themed Party

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STEP 1: Host your party at a venue inspired by the app’s scenery or theme.

I chose to do the party at a local kids’ art studio in my city called Kidcreate Studio. They provide all the art supplies (paint, paper, aprons, easels, etc) and I don’t have to worry about any mess or cleanup in my house! LOVE THAT!

Trend Alert: How to Host an App Themed Party!Trend Alert: How to Host an App Themed Party!

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Gorgeous Vintage & Floral Shabby Pow Wow Party

Feathers, ruffles, lace, vintage florals, and pastels… these are the makings of one seriously dreamy, girlie celebration… but even more so when it’s event designer Amy J. Birlew of Dimply Sweet that’s mixing things up!

Inspired by the beautiful grounds at a local farm here in San Diego (and by the life-size tee-pees that can be found there), Amy decided to pair girlie patterns and shabby chic style with leather & feather accents… and the result is this downright gorgeous “Shabby Pow-Wow” party that she dreamed up for her little girl. From the paper details and custom illustrations to the hand-painted cake, cookies, and more, the work of so many talented vendors shines brightly in this incredibly pretty party…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Darling “Shabby Feather Tutu Dress” + DIY fabric tutus for the little girls
– Coconut-covered caramel apples with vintage floral straw sticks & feather accents
– Lace-bedecked Dream Catcher + charming tee-pee adorned with ruffles & lace
– Creative tee-pee inspired desserts and incredibly detailed, hand-painted sugar cookies
– Shabby chic rose patterned cake + a beautiful mix of vintage pastel cake stands

Gorgeous Vintage & Floral Shabby Pow Wow Party

Gorgeous Vintage & Floral Shabby Pow Wow Party

Gorgeous Vintage & Floral Shabby Pow Wow Party

Gorgeous Vintage & Floral Shabby Pow Wow Party

Gorgeous Vintage & Floral Shabby Pow Wow Party

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Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

Last fall, I designed a Big Top First Birthday Party for Fisher-Price, and it just went live on their site this week, so I’m super excited to finally share it with you!

This theme was inspired by their adorable new Lion, Elephant, & Zebra Clicker Pals™. These toys are part of their Spring 2015 collection and are seriously just as CUTE as can be. I mean, circus-inspired baby animal toys with sweet faces and rainbow feet? Yes, please! ;)

There are lots of different ideas to take in here, from centerpieces and homemade desserts to accent decor, but the great thing is that everything is already broken down in organized detail over on the Fisher-Price website. You’ll find more images of the party with descriptions, plus free printables and 7 DIY tutorials that we shot in addition to the main theme.

Speaking of DIY, my 2 very favorite projects from this party are both pictured in the image below… the Ring of Fire centerpiece (more on this later) and the Circus Animal Pedestals, which are made from $1 Ikea pails turned upside down + colored duct tape!

Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

Rainbow triangle bunting (in various sizes) also played a big role in this party. I opted for bright fabrics with a shiny finish – kind of like a “kite” material– to best match the look of the toys.

The fabric bunting was pinned & swagged around both the kids table and the dessert table:

Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

The dessert table backdrop was made from white curtains ($12/pair at Ikea) + a few long strands of colored ribbon. I originally wanted to make “curtains” entirely out of ribbon for this backdrop, but quickly realized that was going to cost a small fortune. This was much more doable. :)

We also made a big foam core “1st” Sign to put in the middle of the curtains. It was designed to match the “1″ in the circus partyware collection.

Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

All of the treats were a combo of grocery store-bought and homemade, but my favorite one was also the very easiest: “Strongman Barbells” made from donut holes + jumbo stripey straws! Even the Elephant Clicker Pal had some fun with these (see above). ;)

Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

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Galante Baby Giveaway + Free Printable Baby Quote Signs

Right before my first daughter was born, I received a luxury layette set from a friend, and I still remember the feeling of opening up that package. I’d already stocked up on lots of cute, colorful onesies for everyday wear, but this outfit felt totally different. It felt “fancier” and extra-special… I instantly knew that I was looking at a keepsake, and may have even teared up a bit. ;)

This is exactly the type of gift that Galante Baby – the sponsor of this new reader giveaway – creates. They specialize in hand-crafted, limited production gifts for newborns… things like blankets and bibs and specialty clothing. And instead of cranking out a gazillion different products, they focus on just a handful of the most popular types of baby gifts, and on doing them very well. Their style is very “classic baby”, with an emphasis on lots of white and a hint of color brought in through embroidery and appliqué.

Another cool tidbit: The Galante Studio was founded in 1930 and remains the same family-run business it was over 80 years ago! You can learn more about their story right here.

GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Galante Baby is offering up a generous $200 Gift Card this week to a lucky HWTM reader! Whether it’s you or a loved one with a little one to celebrate, this should definitely come in handy. ENTER TO WIN via the widget at the bottom of this post. Good luck!

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Galante Baby Giveaway + Free Printable Baby Quote Signs

FREE PRINTABLE BABY QUOTE SIGNS

I was also inspired to design a free printable to go along with this giveaway. This “Blessings” 8×10 quote sign is inspired by the look of Galante Baby’s embroidered floral pieces, and can be framed and displayed at a baby shower or given as a gift. It’s available in both BLUE and PINK versions. {Click on the links to download.} Enjoy! :)

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I’m so excited to share this gorgeous, Rustic-Glam Wine Tasting Party with you today! And my personal affinity for a good vino only has a tiny something to do with it. ;) This beautiful party was dreamed up by Silvia Lucena of Classy Detailed Events & Creations, and it’s absolutely filled to the brim with […]

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Have you ever made Coca-Cola® cupcakes before? This was the first time for me, and I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how they turned out! Not that I didn’t expect them to be good, but they were seriously incredibly moist and kind of that perfect level of sweet. This is the kind of chocolate cake […]

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