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Bright & Quirky Gold Unicorn Baby Shower

Janelle Siegrist of Lee Mae Marie surprised her friends, Brooke & TJ of Brooke Courtney Photography, with some added sweetness (aka that AWESOME dessert table!) at their bright – and fabulously outside-the-box – Gold Unicorn Baby Shower. I instantly fell in love with the pics from this colorful co-ed bash, which was a group effort by loved ones. Quirky accents like spray-painted unicorns,  retro candies and giant gold “O BABY” balloons add such a fun vibe! Plus, who wouldn’t love this friendly reminder…”Be yourself, unless you can be a unicorn, then always be a unicorn.” ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold unicorn topped pink ombre cake + a DIY gold unicorn mount & mini unicorn figurines throughout
– DIY painted floral centerpieces & glittered candelabras filled with succulents (genius!)
– Beautifully hand-lettered candy labels + gold dusted cake pops & colorful macarons
– Fun, gender neutral shower games that everyone can take part in!
– Rainbow confetti sprinkled table runner & upside down umbrellas from the ceiling

Bright & Quirky Gold Unicorn Baby Shower

Bright & Quirky Gold Unicorn Baby Shower

Bright & Quirky Gold Unicorn Baby Shower

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Glitzy, Magical & Neon Garden Party {Joint Birthday}

Forget joint birthdays, this one is a triple-take! For Jack, Cecilia, and Calvin, their blowout birthday bash was bursting with color, sparkle, and birthday MAGIC. Juliet and Lucinda of The COOP worked their party talents once again, crafting together a Glitzy, Magical & Neon Garden Party with enough charm, creativity, and energy for Peter Pan and The Lost Boys! (Anyone else feel the classic storybook magic?) The pictures alone make me want to jump out of my seat and follow all the fun-loving advice on their DIY positive quote plates, so off we go…

 PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful cakes “dipped” in rock candy + glittery gold star toppers
– Handmade watercolor “Happy Birthday” backdrop + colorful ripped fabric garland
– Archery range, sparkly gold fringe pinata, & painted teepee play tent
– Positive quote plates + 3D glittered birthday name centerpieces with neon feathers
– Multicolor pinwheels display on the tree + bright jumbo balloons with colorful tassels

Glitzy, Magical & Neon Garden Party {Joint Birthday}

Glitzy, Magical & Neon Garden Party {Joint Birthday}

Glitzy, Magical & Neon Garden Party {Joint Birthday}

Glitzy, Magical & Neon Garden Party {Joint Birthday}

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Girly Viking Dragon Academy Birthday Party

Want to learn how to train your dragon in STYLE? Well… head on over to Jessica’s fabulous “Academy for Dragon Defending”! Taking inspiration from the birthday girl’s favorite movie, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Tali Burress from A Party Studio designed this awesome Girly Viking Dragon Academy Birthday Party, arming it with tons of clever activities, a big dose of sparkle, and plenty of crafty details. From “Dragon Racing” and a Balloon Archery Tournament to scarfing down adorable viking themed treats, this playful celebration looks like good times all around!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dragon Nest Photo Station + Dragon Races with awesome DIY pool noodle “dragons”
– Beserker Burgers, Hooligan Hot Dogs, “Dragon Scales” (Doritos), and “Dragon Eggs” (grapes)
– Adorable mini fondant viking girls + colorful viking helmet & arrow cookies
– Painted mason jars & wood frames + ripped burlap dessert table garland
– “Storm the Castle” Bouncy House + paper viking helmets for all the guests

Girly Viking Dragon Academy Birthday Party

Girly Viking Dragon Academy Birthday Party

Girly Viking Dragon Academy Birthday Party

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Colorful Spring & Geometric Inspired Drink Station

When Seagram’s Escapes invited me to be part of their Keep it Colorful campaign for spring, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to dream up something fun and unexpected!

Spring party themes almost always have lots of flowers and whimsical, garden-style details, so I decided to try out a very modern and geometric spring look this time around, incorporating cute bird elements as a playful nod to the season. Speaking of cute birds, download a free printable of the “Birds of a feather CHEERS together” Drink Sign below!

THE INSPIRATION

I have a slight obsession with the combo of pink, orange, and green/mint right now, and just happened to stumble on the perfect backdrop element in those exact colors…. in the form of a geometric print shower curtain from Target! There are also plenty of pink and orange hued Seagram’s Escapes flavors that fit this palette perfectly, so I went with Wild Berries, Peach Fuzzy Navel, and Jamaican Me Happy… which definitely lives up to its name! ;)

Colorful Spring & Geometric Inspired Drink Station

SIGNATURE DRINK STATIONS

I love to approach styled drink stations as a combo of decoration and function – meaning they pull double duty as a focal point or “centerpiece” for your party, just like a styled dessert station would. And instead of trying to pile every drink option under the sun onto one styled table, which can get crowded very fast, you can make your life easier by narrowing the focus to a signature drink station. Everyday essentials like soda cans, water, and even extra cups can easily be stored in a nearby cooler, fridge, and/or bar cart to which your guests have easy access.

This signature drink station features colorful bottles of Seagrams Escapes, which can be enjoyed on their own OR combined with the the juices and liquors on the table. Guests can pick and choose from all the options on the table to whip up their own unique cocktail! I went with Peach Juice and Raspberry Lemonade for the juice mixers here. See bottom of the post for suggested cocktail recipe combinations.

Colorful Spring & Geometric Inspired Drink Station

DETAILS, DETAILS

The color blocked bird and birdhouses pictured above started out as a plain cement bird (from the garden section at Target) and unfinished wooden birdhouses from Michaels. I loved their clean & modern silhouettes, and thought they’d fit into the theme nicely… once decked out with a little paint, of course. ;) I also spray painted a little plate holder stand silver and used it to hold the party straws.

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Choo, Choo! Next stop: GIRLIE & GLAM! Krista O’Bryne of Hoopla Events loaded up on some seriously sweet cargo to put together this playful & glamorous Girlie Train Birthday Party for her daughter, Kamryn. From shiny pink engineer caps and “chugga chugga” water to a pink fondant train and “Baggage Claim” favor station, there is […]

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I’m so happy that Amy McEntee of Eat Raise Love. sent over this adorable Very Hungry Caterpillar Party that she styled for TWO birthday girls, because it’s full of cute & clever ideas inspired by the classic children’s book! A couple of my personal favorites: DIY play dough caterpillar party favors + the most insanely awesome […]

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