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Celebrate Magazine Feature + Subscription Giveaway!

A little fun news to share with you today… I’m featured in the current issue of Celebrate Magazine, and we’re celebrating (pun intended) by giving away a free 1 year magazine subscription! I don’t know about you, but in a world where SO MUCH TIME is spent on screen these days, it’s such a nice treat to just sit down and flip through printed pages once in a while. ;)

Celebrate is also generously offering a discounted rate to HWTM readers now through May 7th. Just click here and use the promo code HWTM to get 33% off a one year subscription!

Here’s a peek at my spread in the magazine, which featured the Pear and Blackberry Brunch that I styled at the Grammercy Park Hotel in NYC a few years ago. I still love this look for spring and summer soirées!

Celebrate Magazine Feature + Subscription Giveaway!

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Sailing Away Nautical First Birthday {Korean Dol}

A first birthday is sort of like setting sail on life’s big adventure (cheesy but true, right?), so this Sailing Away Nautical First Birthday {Korean Dol} is perfectly fitting! For this special little guy’s first birthday, Angie Bae of Angi & Co was inspired by a hanging sail boat mobile in his room to create this seaworthy party! With a color palette of blues and golds and lots of natural textures like wood and rope, I feel totally transported to the high seas! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Blue & yellow striped cake pops, sail boat & anchor cookies + golden rope & anchor decorated cake with birthday boy topper
– Formal tablescape with hydrangea floral arrangements & mini wooden sail boat seat number
– Blue candy buffet with takeaway jars + colorful nautical chocolate favors in personalized anchor bags
– Lifesize wooden helm birthday sign + nautical golden anchor decorated place cards
– Traditional Doljabi career choosing game & a beautiful gold and blue Doljabi outfit

Sailing Away Nautical First Birthday {Korean Dol}

Sailing Away Nautical First Birthday {Korean Dol}

Sailing Away Nautical First Birthday {Korean Dol}

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Kentucky Derby® DIY #2: Crepe Paper Roses Tutorial

Since the Kentucky Derby® is often referred to as the “Run for the Roses” (in honor of the Garland of Roses presented to the winner), it seems only fitting that roses should play a key role in home Derby celebrations too! I wanted to showcase them in a fresh, creative way for our recent Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme for 14 Hands Winery, so we made a bunch of red CREPE PAPER ROSES to use as party decor.

The textured crepe paper adds a lovely, lifelike feel to these flowers, and there are seriously so many things you can do with them – for all sorts of themes! For this particular party, though, I wanted the star centerpiece to be a horse figure decked out with an artsy “Garland of Roses” motif, and these little beauties helped to make that happen in the best possible way! Here’s a a close up of how it turned out (and you can see the full view at the bottom of the post):

Kentucky Derby® DIY #2: Crepe Paper Roses Tutorial

This tutorial is very straight-forward and easy to follow, but it can be a little time consuming if you need to make a LOT of roses like we did, so this is a perfect “in front of the tv or while chatting with a friend” sort of project. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial, with helpful images included. Happy crafting!

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Lilly Pulitzer Pink Elephant First Birthday Party

Lilly Pulitzer was famous for her preppy & vibrant clothing patterns, which are still a staple for many fashionistas today! The floral patterns and sweet colors are the perfect compliment to a little girl’s birthday, as showcased in this beautiful Lilly Pulitzer Floral Elephant First Birthday Party. Heather Dalton from Chickabug designed all of the preppy printable details, while the birthday girl’s mom, Susan, took care of the rest! I just love the pink and green colors combined with those adorable elephants — such a sweet & lovely party paradise.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Girly pink elephant on top of a cake decorated with bows & flowers + a tropical elephant smash cake
– Lilly Pulitzer script monogram & banner + matching monogrammed pink feather boa party hat
– Super cute “make a hand elephant” kid’s activity + a candy buffet for party favors
– Pink & green Lilly Pulitzer inspired party decor & printables

Lilly Pulitzer Pink Elephant First Birthday Party

Lilly Pulitzer Pink Elephant First Birthday Party

Lilly Pulitzer Pink Elephant First Birthday Party

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Xiomara Roman of A Styled Fete has a son who loves the Disney show, Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates, so she claimed her #1 Mom title and threw this awesome Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party! This party has a treasure chest FULL of cute ideas — most of which would be so easy to replicate! Like […]

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As crazy as it sounds, summer is right around the corner already, and I’ve actually been knee deep in beach and swim party designs lately (sneak peeks here and here), so today’s giveaway feels SUPER timely! I’m very excited to introduce you to Eden Pier today, a bathing suit and fine apparel company founded by […]

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