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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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Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

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 that treasure map table runner, so clever and you know kids would go crazy over it! If you’re looking for more Neverland Party inspiration, be sure to check out these other posts as well: here, here, here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pirate dress up station with eye patches, Jake’s bandanas & pixie dust necklaces + ‘Walk the Plank’ game
– DIY painted cardboard pirate ship, wooden ship centerpieces & a pirate ship cake sailing through choppy waves
– Treasure chest lunch boxes with a compass inside, map napkins & golden compass cookies
– Party popper ‘Pirate Ammunition,’ chocolate Cannonball malt balls & gummy crocodiles
– Neutral Jake storybook banner & an appearance by a real Pirate — Captain Jack Sparrow!

Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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