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Modern & Magical Cinderella Party {Movie Inspired!}

I had the pleasure of meeting Jessebell of Dreamland Parties & Events earlier this year at BASH 2015, but I had know idea she had THIS on the other end of her magic wand! ;)

Her Modern & Magical Cinderella Party was inspired by the recent live action Disney movie (which is super cute btw!). Before it was even released in theaters, she collected inspiration from the movie’s promotional poster, rounded up some marvelous vendors, and turned into the fairy godmother of Cinderella parties! See all of the blue, gold, and glitter covered details that are fit for a princess (or two!) below.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ruffled, quilted, & butterfly cake by Kima’s Konfections + “Once Upon A Time” gold topper by Paper + Pop
– Gold carriage inspired dessert table + “Happily Ever After” decorative books
– Candy apples embellished with blue satin ribbon bows
– Custom birthday girl Cinderella letters + antique clock striking midnight!
– Princess crown cupcake toppers, blue glittered bottles, and paper butterfly chairback details

Modern & Magical Cinderella Party {Movie Inspired!}

Modern & Magical Cinderella Party {Movie Inspired!}

Modern & Magical Cinderella Party {Movie Inspired!}

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Parties in Pinch: Where to Save and Splurge {+ Awesome Minecraft Party}

Hi, there! Rachel here, from RV Parties, with the latest installment of Parties in a Pinch: Where to Save and Splurge. If only we had unlimited budgets when party planning… but alas, in most cases there’s a cap to what we can spend. I’m here today to share a few tips for hosting a party that makes a big impact – by wisely choosing where to save and where to splurge.

This Video Game Party was hosted by Jenn of Peanut Butter and Jenny Photography. Her kiddo is outgrowing her penchant for an outrageous themed party – he really just wants to be a tween and hang out with his friends! A video game party was a perfect compromise – she still pulled off a styled, impressive party that he loved.

Parties in Pinch: Where to Save and Splurge {+ Awesome Minecraft Party}

Parties in Pinch: Where to Save and Splurge {+ Awesome Minecraft Party}

SAVE… on Decor!

Jenn put together a great backdrop that made a huge impact – using items she found at her local party store! The crepe paper wall, banner and balloons fill a large space for cheap, but still give her party a custom look by using colors in her pallete. The Minecraft characters (Steve, Creeper and Enderman) were all found at Target and the kids had a blast playing with them.

Parties in Pinch: Where to Save and Splurge {+ Awesome Minecraft Party}

She set her table using paper plates and plastic flatware on a crisp white tablecloth. Her centerpiece was various video game consoles and controllers. Such an affordable and easy way to have a beautiful and coordinated table.

The bottle wrappers and signs are an Instant Download from Etsy – another quick and cheap way to decorate for your event.

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Kentucky Derby® Party DIY: Gold Horse Decals

This is my very favorite kind of DIY project – SO easy and SO effective! I used it to theme up lots of decor elements for my recent Derby Style Inspired Party, created in celebration of the new Kentucky Derby® Red Blend by 14 Hands Wine.

HOW TO MAKE THEM:
All you need for this project is gold spray paint and a sheet of horse themed stickers. Just make sure that the stickers have a nice die-cut silhouette shape to them – like the set shown here, which I found in the scrapbook aisle at Michaels.

Once you’ve got your materials, prep a spray painting surface outside. Since sticker sheets are small, you can just use a large piece of scrap cardboard like I did here, or lay down a small tarp or large plastic trash bag. Spray one light coat of gold paint first and let it dry for a few minutes. This coat kind of acts like a “primer” and doesn’t need to be pretty. Then, spray a 2nd coat so that you end up with a nice, even coverage. Done!

Kentucky Derby® Party DIY: Gold Horse Decals

Let the stickers dry for a few minutes, and you’re ready to use them! Easy, right? I stuck them on wood crates to make themed stands and risers for the party…

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Kentucky Derby® Party DIY: Wine Glass Fascinators

It’s THAT time of year again already! And I’m excited to kick off a series of Kentucky Derby® DIY Tutorials today with this fun little project that’s actually a follow up to one of last year’s ideas too… (the Southern Belle Stemware, where we used felt and feathers to turn wine glass bases into ladies hats).

Since the theme of my newest collaboration with 14 Hands Wine is “Derby Style”, it made sense to draw inspiration from Derby fashion again, but I also wanted to come up with something new… so the result is these chic little Wine Glass “Fascinators” for the ladies (+ super easy printable paper ties for the guys!).

This is definitely a “wow factor for your party” project that isn’t hard, BUT the elements are small, so it does require a bit of patience. It’s also very versatile; as long as you have the key materials on hand – in whatever styles/colors match your party – you can switch up the details as much as you like, and have fun channeling your inner fashion designer!

HOW TO MAKE THEM:

Kentucky Derby® Party DIY: Wine Glass Fascinators

You’ll Need:

– Felted Wool Balls for the base of the “fascinator” (I used the 20mm size)
– Small artificial flowers
– Decorative netting and/or tulle
– Feathers
– Tools: hot glue gun, scissors, 3D glue dots (not pictured above)

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Hi, there! These Monster High Party Printables – which I designed for a recent MH-inspired Freaky Fab Fun Birthday Party – are all about the funky silhouettes and patterned paper! The dolls have a lot of personality on their own, so these designs are meant to help accentuate that fun “freaky fabulous” style and attitude. […]

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I love the look of the Monster High Haunted Vandala Doubloons Doll with all her sea-inspired details and translucent accessories, and thought she’d be the PERFECT inspiration for this Monster High Birthday Party Drink Station! The colors of Vandala’s outfit are slightly different from the main Monster High colors, which I used throughout the rest […]

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