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Sparkly DIY Winter Ballerina Birthday Party

When Jenny Joseph’s daughter changed her birthday party theme request from Frozen to Ballerina at the very last minute, she whipped up a little “ice magic” of her own by combining the 2 requested themes into this beautiful Winter Ballerina Birthday Party!

And as impressed as I am by the the gorgeous homemade cake (WOW!) and the cute and sparkly little paper ballerina outfits that can be found everywhere from the invitations to the cupcakes, the most impressive thing of all is that she spent less than $200 on this entire party – including this dessert table set-up AND a full lunch spread for guests. The fancy cake alone could’ve easily eaten that budget up by itself… nice work, Jenny! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeous ombre ruffled tier cake topped with personalized fondant ballerina slippers
– Chocolate penguins laying on a bed of acrylic “ice” + “Melted Snowman” water bottles
– Darling mini DIY ballerina outfits with sparkly leotards + crepe paper & tulle tutus
– Lots of pretty paper doily accents + the popular Ung Drill Ikea frame spray painted silver

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A Gorgeous Lemon & Lavender Baby Shower

If you haven’t gotten your springtime fix from the previous bridal shower post (we know we haven’t), then you’re in luck! As promised, here is the Lemon & Lavender Baby Shower dreamed up by Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties, who simultaneously planned both showers around the same theme, but with their own unique details! In Valerie’s own words, “Both events were lovely, charming, and memorable in their own ways.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Lemon adorned floral arrangements & a fondant bow, lavender flowers & lemon slice decorated cake
– Blackberry garnished champagne + berry topped mini cakes, lemon bars & cake ball baby rattles
– Custom ‘Wishes for Mom’ book for guests to write in + pinwheel & lemon onesie garlands
– Framed lavender baby carriage & ribbon bunting backdrop + carriage decorated cookie favors

A Gorgeous Lemon & Lavender Baby Shower

A Gorgeous Lemon & Lavender Baby Shower

A Gorgeous Lemon & Lavender Baby Shower

A Gorgeous Lemon & Lavender Baby Shower

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A Lovely Lemon & Lavender Bridal Shower

Even though we’re in the middle of winter right now, it’s actually the PERFECT time to start planning ahead for springtime (or summer) parties! So on that note, I’m excited to bring you a fresh burst of sunny party inspiration in one of my favorite spring palettes today. The combo of bright yellow + chic lavender creates such a sweet, feminine look that works well for all sorts of occasions.

The talented Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties was so inspired by this happy color combination that she used it as the theme for this gorgeous Lemon & Lavender Bridal Shower AND for gender-neutral baby shower, which you can check out right here. So I guess this is technically TWO bursts of party inspiration for today. Thanks, Valerie! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– pretty drink stirrers adorned with “soon to be Mrs” party flags & dainty yellow bows
– soft lavender paper cups embellished with bright yellow lemon silhouettes
– tall glass cylinders & apothecary jars filled with bright yellow lemons
– beautiful dessert table backdrop featuring the bride’s initial + pastel rag tie bunting

A Lovely Lemon & Lavender Bridal Shower

A Lovely Lemon & Lavender Bridal Shower

A Lovely Lemon & Lavender Bridal Shower

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Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread Pizza {Video} + DIY Gold & White Holiday Party Ideas

Earlier this year, I worked on a handful of recipe videos for Krusteaz®, and this recipe is actually my personal favorite of the bunch… I hope you like it too! The combo of sauteed pears and creamy Gorgonzola is such a yummy mix of sweet & savory, and the candied walnut garnish adds a nice bit of crunch. The layered pear slices also make for a very pretty visual display, which is always a great quality when serving at a party!

I used the new Italian Herb Flatbread Mix from Krusteaz for the crust. It bakes in 10 minutes flat and keeps things fast & easy in the kitchen… which is exactly how I need them to be most of the time, myself. ;)

You can find the full Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread recipe over on the Krusteaz website, or watch our video below for a tutorial. My favorite ways to serve this flatbread are in generous slices alongside a hearty salad or cut into small rectangles for a festive appetizer.

P.S. If you’re on the lookout for holiday party inspiration, you’ll find plenty of that below, too, from a few of my favorite DIY decor ideas to festive printables you can download for free. Happy Holidays!

Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread Pizza {Video} + DIY Gold & White Holiday Party Ideas

1. “POSITIVE” PAINTED PEARS

I kept the look of theses painted pears and their printable paper leaves pretty simple so that the positive sentiments on the leaves would really stand out. The pears are covered in acrylic white paint, and a few of them were also color-blocked with metallic gold spray paint. The leaves are attached with small dabs of hot glue.

Pear & Gorgonzola Flatbread Pizza {Video} + DIY Gold & White Holiday Party Ideas

2. PARTY FLAGS

Next up is one of my personal staples… party flags! You can attach them to toothpicks, straws, or bamboo skewers (to create drink stirrers).

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I’m thrilled to share this super creative twist on a classic party theme with you today! Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online styled up one seriously dreamy celebration for her daughter with this detailed & darling Poodle Skirt Birthday Party. With tons of cleverly named sweets, girly-girl activities, and Jenny’s signature paper designs tying everything together seamlessly, these […]

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Of all the different party types that come my way, one of my FAVORITE things to see is a very well-done character party. Maybe it’s because I have kids that love these characters too, or maybe it’s because I’ve heard SO many people complain about how much they struggle with making character parties also look […]

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