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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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Pineapple Fiesta Birthday Party {Party on a Dime #5}

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 turn. My favorite detail, though, has to be the store-bought yellow macarons that she cleverly transformed into darling little pineapples. They also happen to pair very nicely with her watermelon manicure. ;)

{See all of the Balloon Time Party on a Dime contestant features here.}

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Homemade pineapple shaped funfetti birthday cake + “pineapple” macarons
– Sparkly pineapple and flamingo photo booth props and novelty sunglasses
– Little plastic fruits (filled with candy powder) displayed in upside down mini sombereros
– Pineapple shaped place cards & table confetti + pineapple-stamped favor bags

Pineapple Fiesta Birthday Party {Party on a Dime #5}

Pineapple Fiesta Birthday Party {Party on a Dime #5}

Pineapple Fiesta Birthday Party {Party on a Dime #5}

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Despicable Me Evil Minion 2nd Birthday {Terrible Twos}

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’ parties, we are still honoring all of the parties already accepted (which will hopefully make the transition smoother for everyone) :). So without further ado…

Drexelle Park of D. Park Photography is back with another amazing birthday party! (We featured the adorable Dumbo-themed first birthday party for her son, Knightly, a while back.) Now entering his (terrible) twos, they decided to celebrate with a crazy-adorable Despicable Me Evil Minion 2nd Birthday, which was fabulously styled by Wendy Allen and just looks like a good time all around! Rather than the traditional yellow Minions, this party featured their evil twin — the purple Monster Minions (which can be found poking around every corner of this party). I just love when you can feel all of the love & warmth coming through the photos… scroll down to see what I mean!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Evil Minion silhouette & striped popcorn box centerpieces + adorable custom Evil Minion pillows
– Purple Minion beach balls & hanging tissue poms + purple table cloths & large paper ‘goggle’ table decor
– DIY Evil Minion construction helmets with yarn hair & googly eyes + birthday overalls & purple Minion shirt
– Purple minion eye cake with Evil Minion topper + a “normal” yellow Minion smash cake

Despicable Me Evil Minion 2nd Birthday {Terrible Twos}

Despicable Me Evil Minion 2nd Birthday {Terrible Twos}

Despicable Me Evil Minion 2nd Birthday {Terrible Twos}

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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved inspirational quotes, but there’s one quote in particular that I’ve been leaning on heavily lately. I first stumbled on it in a random quotes tin that I bought somewhere way back in the day – pre-kids, pre-social media, and even pre-HWTM. (Told you it was way […]

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For her Balloon Time party, Toni Roberts of Design Dazzle styled this absolutely adorable Twinkling Fairy Tea Party with soft pinks, glittering lights and tons of DIY (her tutorials are linked below)! I am just loving all of the whimsical decor & cleverly styled Dollar Store pieces — because really, anything amped up with gold glitter is a win in my book ;). Make […]

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