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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 I’ll be posting shortly as well. 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

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).

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

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Darling Pink & Black Poodle Skirt Birthday Party

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 party guests were definitely treated to a swingin’ good time! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clever “poodle skirt” paper plates customized with vinyl decals & a sharpie
– Hair & nail treatments at the “Poodle Parlor” (so cute!)
– Playful treats like Poodle Paw Brownie Stacks, Poodle Fluff (cotton candy), & Poodle Pop
– “Paint-A-Poodle” activity + “Pin the Bow on the Poodle” game
– Pink ruffled cake pops with little black bows + sour candy belt “leashes” ;)

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{Bright & Stylish} Octonauts Inspired Birthday Party

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 stylish… or maybe it’s a little bit of both. In any case, today’s feature is a wonderfully bright & shining example of how to bring a character party to life in style!

P&J by Design did an AMAZING job with this Octonauts Inspired Birthday Party… from the great mix of patterns and textures to the insanely cute Octonauts themed treats that look like mini works of art. They also managed to create an atmosphere that works well for the grown-up guests and little ones alike!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeous tier cake with incredibly detailed fondant Octonauts characters on top
– Different, yet coordinating tablescape designs for the kids and adults
– White sequin dessert table cover + sugar cookies displayed in oversize sea shells
– Adorable, handmade Kwazii Kitten table centerpiece & “Octo Juice” for the kids
– Playful, show-inspired phrases like “To Your Stations!” and “Thanks for joining the crew!”

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Wish it was a little easier to find the perfect gift for your loved one? Me too! I mean, the goal of gift giving is to make someone happy, after all… but finding the thing that’s SURE to do that is often more difficult than it sounds. And if you’re like me, you also start […]

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HWTM Contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share this Gorgeous Glam Barbie Spa Party by Xiomara Roman of A Styled Fete.  The birthday girl received the ultimate pampering with her friends at this celebration, complete with face masks, manis, pedis, and gorgeous sweets and treats! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Glam […]

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