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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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Why Were Taking a Break from Featured Parties + Stepping Up to the Plate All Over Again

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 back in the day!)

Anyways, the quotes that fill this little round tin are printed on rectangular pieces of sticker paper about the size of a fortune cookie slip – and on one of these tiny slips, in simple black type, are the following words:

“Home run hitters strike out a lot.”
– Reggie Jackson

These 7 simple words have been an enormous sense of comfort to me personally lately, and I stuck it to the foot of my computer monitor, where I definitely can’t miss it, just to be safe:

Why Were Taking a Break from Featured Parties + Stepping Up to the Plate All Over Again

Of course I had to beautify it up for you a bit more in the opening image. ;)

What a great reminder, though, that struggles and failures are a part of every journey in life – and that even the people that achieve incredible success – like the baseball greats that are remembered for their shining moments and not their strikeouts – do, in fact, experience them. (and in pretty decent volumes, considering the example!)

This reality of life is something we all probably know, somewhere deep down in the corners of our mind at least, but it’s really easy to forget. Like, REALLY easy – especially when you’re dealing with what feels like a pretty sizable struggle – or dare I say it – an actual failure – yourself. But we don’t have to let these swings-and-misses define us, OR be the last chapter of the story. We DO, however, have to stop and take a deep breath, adjust our stance, and rethink our plan.

And that’s exactly what’s happening with me right now.

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If I spilled every single thing that’s currently running through my mind onto the screen, this post would be 10 miles long. (Plus I kinda prefer to do that kind of sharing across the table from a friend with a good bottle of Pinot!) So while I can’t go into every detail, I will tell you that things are going to be changing in a big way here at HWTM, and the first noticeable change will be in our blog content, so I’d like to share a little insight as to why…

Long story short: I’m exhausted. The end.

Just kidding… kind of. ;)

In all seriousness, we’ve enjoyed many years of sharing incredible party inspiration with you guys, and to this day I can genuinely say that I still get excited by the amazing creativity that floods our inbox. You’d think I’d be desensitized to it by now, but that’s honestly not the case.

However, you can only do things a certain way for so long, and I don’t want to be someone that just continues to do things for the sake of doing them, or that doesn’t know when to let go of something that’s just. not. quite. right. anymore – no matter how well it may have worked at one moment in time… OR how badly you want it to work.

Personally, I can relate to both of those examples right now.

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Twinkling Fairy Tea Party {Party on a Dime #4}

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 sure to check out all of the other Party on a Dime contestant features right here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY pink flower seating + a DIY balloon & flower archway over a cardboard doorway entry & topiaries
– Gold glitter decorated fairy wings, woodland animal figurines & a blossoming branch centerpiece
– DIY glitter toadstools & flower headbands + ring topped cupcakes & sprinkled wafer cookies

Twinkling Fairy Tea Party {Party on a Dime #4}

Twinkling Fairy Tea Party {Party on a Dime #4}

Twinkling Fairy Tea Party {Party on a Dime #4}

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With crisp air and cloudy skies creeping in, we’re loving this burst of sunshine from Paige Kepner of Paiges of Style! She celebrated her daughter’s special day with this You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party filled with cheerful decor, colorful chevron stripes & the cutest, “sunny” desserts (like those amazing sunshine cake pops). No matter the weather, it’s […]

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As the third installation of the Balloon Time Party on a Dime contest series, Michelle Burt of Maddycakes Muse has got a rootin’ tootin’ Country Farm Birthday Party to share with ya’ll! Michelle not only was able to stay under budget (just $84 spent!), but she also thoughtfully disregarded the loads of party supplies she already had (knowing that […]

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