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GIVEAWAY: Eden Pier Bathing Suits & Fine Apparel

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 Brittney Hanks, whose goal was to create modest swimsuits that were also stylish and affordable. Imagine that! Gotta love it when people recognize a void and then find a way to make things happen. You can read more about how Eden Pier (formerly known as “Essential Swimwear”) came to be right here.

In the meantime, let’s talk GIVEAWAY!

Because we’re offering up a $200 Eden Pier Shopping Spree to a lucky HWTM reader this week! Shop for stylish and figure-flattering one piece bathing suits, swim tops, swim bottoms, cover-ups, and more. I’m particularly loving the Bay Breeze Retro One Piece and deliciously-hued Sea Foam Cover-Up Dress myself – how about you? Scroll down for a peek at more favorites and to enter to WIN!

GIVEAWAY: Eden Pier Bathing Suits & Fine Apparel

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Kentucky Derby® DIY #1: Golden Horses and Jockeys

Last week, I shared the new Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme that I recently designed for 14 Hands Winery with you, and now it’s time to dig a little deeper into the “how to” details! I wanted to kick off our mini DIY tutorial series with one of my favorite easy & inexpensive Derby party ideas: Golden Horses and Jockeys. Why gold specifically? As a nod to the much-sought-after Kentucky Derby® winner’s trophy, of course! Plus it just makes your decor look really nice. ;)

In a nutshell, you’ll need horse/jockey elements + a nice shade of metallic gold spray paint. The shade and finish of gold is important because it really affects the look of your finished pieces. And I do mean REALLY. I like Design Master’s Brilliant Gold, which has a lovely matte satin finish and isn’t overly yellow or magenta.

As I mentioned earlier, this concept is super easy, but I think the images below will help to convey how very effective these metallic accents can be, as well as give you some good ideas for incorporating them into your own Derby celebrations at home. And, away we go….

Kentucky Derby® DIY #1: Golden Horses and Jockeys

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Gender Neutral Garden Bunny Baby Shower

For her sister’s first baby, Jessica Ludwig of The Bake Boutique styled and baked all of the beautiful desserts to create this Gender Neutral Garden Bunny Baby Shower. I am just loving the whole look of this shower, which would be so perfect for any kind of Springtime party! With tons of bright and fresh desserts, florals and decor, this shower is a sweet welcome for baby and a lovely afternoon for friends and family. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fresh fruit desserts like mini strawberry tarts & individual cake & berry trifles
– Blooms of pink roses, white hydrangeas & lettuce + a floral crown to make mom-to-be feel extra special
– Chalkboard, garden flower & bunny cookies + a bunny silhouette garland & centerpiece
– Sophisticated 3-tier cake decorated with fresh flowers, fondant leaves & a bunny cameo silhouette

Gender Neutral Garden Bunny Baby Shower

Gender Neutral Garden Bunny Baby Shower

Gender Neutral Garden Bunny Baby Shower

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Quirky Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat First Birthday Party

“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” Clair Griffiths of Calamity Cakes styled this classically popular Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat First Birthday Party for her nephew’s big day. I absolutely love the drawn look of the cookies & the (AMAZING) cake — totally transports you into Dr. Suess’ world! With SO much creative inspiration that can be taken from Dr. Seuss, Clair did an amazing job bringing his characters to life!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Red fish topped blue jello ‘fish bowls’ & individual red strawberry jello pots
– Cat in the Hat & Thing 1 and 2 topped cupcakes + cartoon style smash cake
– Dr. Seuss multi-tiered cake with the Cat’s Hat base & 3-D details from the book on top (like the fishbowl & kites)
– Dr. Seuss quote arrows + watercolor painting & bright bounce house activities

Quirky Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat First Birthday Party

Quirky Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat First Birthday Party

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With a little Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust the possibilities are endless for creating an enchanting party with creative DIY flair! Nicolle of Libby Lane Press here to share this Nature-Inspired Woodland Fairy Birthday Party filled with tons of budget friendly ideas that your little fairies will love. PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – DIY Flower and ribbon […]

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Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair… and get ready to party! Heather Equitz of Heather Equitz Designs whipped up a truly magical celebration with this Whimsical Tangled Inspired Rapunzel Birthday Party for two adorable little girls. Tangled fans will certainly appreciate all of the thoughtful touches from the movie – from pretty purple wildflowers, tons of […]

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