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Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Inspired 1st Birthday

The phrase “truly spectacular party” was mentioned to me in a recent email, and even though that email was totally unrelated to this post, that phrase is all I could think about while working on it…

Patty Smith of Sweet Treat Stands definitely didn’t miss a beat with this first birthday party for her youngest son, Sawyer, starting with the oh-so-fitting theme of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Fin“. And from the incredibly artistic woodworking details to the storybook-inspired sweets and gorgeous outdoor location (that tree!!), what a creative adventure this party is… I mean, there’s even a little Tom & Huck sculpture made out of book pages! I’m pretty sure even Mark Twain would be impressed. ;)

Kudos to Wendhy Jeffers Photography as well, who did an amazing job capturing all the creativity and warmth in this celebration on camera.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful Tom Sawyer tier cake, cleverly displayed on a super cool “wooden raft” cake stand
– Homemade trifles in mason jars + a grapevine wreath chandelier with distressed mason jars
– Incredible Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn “Book Sculpture” & Wooden Clothespin Dolls
– Personalized wooden hearts on the straws + beautiful custom birch wood sign
– Tom Sawyer inspired overalls on the birthday boy + an overalls piñata hanging from the tree!

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Inspired 1st Birthday

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Inspired 1st Birthday

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Inspired 1st Birthday

Tom Sawyer & Huckleberry Finn Inspired 1st Birthday

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Spooky Chic Halloween Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

Only one more day until All Hallows’ Eve (yay!), and since most of you have probably either already satisfied your sweet tooth or are about to do it in a big way tomorrow, we thought it would be fun to TREAT you to a different sort of Halloween feast today…

So, Inspired By This is here with a round up of creative styling ideas for those of you looking to infuse a little Halloween or Day of the Dead inspired flair into your big day. From stationery suites to bridal fashion & tablescapes, read on for a festive – and calorie-free – dose of spooky + chic! ;)

1. (pictured at top) Styling by Couture Events, Photo by Bethann Greenberg

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Spooky Chic Halloween Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

2. Photo by Studio EMP

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Spooky Chic Halloween Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

3. Stationery by Inviting Affairs

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Spooky Chic Halloween Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

4. Event Design by La Boheme Events, Photo by Amelia Strauss

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Rustic Modern Superhero Party {+ Clever DIY Photo Booth}

There may be a slew of familiar-looking emblems flying around this party, but I think the real hero of Jett’s Rustic-Modern Superhero Birthday Party is the hefty dose of creativity and STYLE it brings!

Let’s start with the super awesome distressed wooden signs, shall we? Seriously L.O.V.E. the look of those… as well as the fact that they’re not something you see everyday when it comes to superhero birthday themes. Fresh ideas to the rescue! Then let’s talk about the cool superhero graphics and paper details from Posh Paperie, (which are also reflected in the design of those wooden palette signs). They add such a great, retro-mod vibe to everything from the food and drinks to the party favors… and you can now find them in the brand new Posh Paperie Etsy shop! Job well done, ladies. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– AWESOME homemade cityscape photo booth + comic-style superhero photo props
– Custom distressed wooden palette signs painted with superhero emblems
– Captain America inspired cake, cupcake toppers, macarons, and “We Need You!” napkins
– Colorful honeycomb garland + personalized Superman and Batman pinatas

Rustic Modern Superhero Party {+ Clever DIY Photo Booth}

Rustic Modern Superhero Party {+ Clever DIY Photo Booth}

Rustic Modern Superhero Party {+ Clever DIY Photo Booth}

Rustic Modern Superhero Party {+ Clever DIY Photo Booth}

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Win a Golden Ticket to BASH Conference 2015!
Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’ve got some fun news to share today! Have you heard all the buzz about the 1st annual BASH Conference?  It’s the premiere conference specifically for Party & Event Planners and Party Bloggers, and it’s coming to Phoenix, Arizona January 15-17, 2015, featuring some of the biggest names in the party world.

Tickets are on sale now at BashConference.com but today we are excited to announce that one lucky HWTM reader will receive a FREE Golden Ticket to BASH. ($350 value!) Enter for your chance to win at the bottom of this post… good luck!

Win a Golden Ticket to BASH Conference 2015!

What is BASH?

BASH will bring party bloggers and event planners together to learn, share, inspire and of course…PARTY!  Some of this year’s sponsors include Wilton, Koyal Wholesale, Sizzix and more.

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Powerful Keynotes

Eddie Ross, East Coast Producer and Editor for Print and Digital of Better Homes and Gardens takes the stage on Friday night for a powerful keynote address sure to inspire and educate us all!

Then on Saturday, Amy Atlas, Entertainment & Stylist Expert as well as the pioneer of Sweets Tables and author of Sweet Designs,  takes the stage with an inspiring message and rare look into her successful business Amy Atlas Events.

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CHOO CHOO… tons of crafty train party ideas coming though! From a homemade cardboard train (complete with steam engine!) dubbed the “Z-Express” to clever train-inspired names for the food & drinks, Zachary’s mom, Jennifer, put so much creativity into his Train Themed 2nd Birthday Party. I’m pretty excited to see our Hostess INK “All Aboard” […]

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For her daughter’s first birthday (and Korean Dol) Grace Kim crafted up a beautiful Balloon Inspired Celebration full of thoughtful details and sweet, handmade touches! I especially love all the creative ways she incorporated kraft paper textures – from the polka dot table runner and paper mache party hats to the totally unique dessert table […]

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