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A Vintage Americana Birthday Party on the Ranch

Happy 4th of July, everyone! Sharing this Vintage Americana Birthday Party from sugar guru Bethany Gist of Auntie Bea’s Bakery feels like the perfect way to celebrate on the blog today! Bethany threw this fun, outdoor party for her daughter last year (at the NorCal ranch home that they’d just moved into at the time), but all the pretty sweets, rustic touches, and Americana-inspired details are totally timeless. And I was instantly smitten with the AWESOME wood pallet that she painted to look like the American flag… such a great example of creative freedom in action! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Patriotic Popcorn, rock candy “Sparklers”, red licorice “Stripes”, & All-American Pie
– Pinwheel sugar cookies in candy-filled tins + simple cake topped with a cluster of pinwheels
– “American Flag” painted wood palette + flag-inspired drink tub filled with soda bottles
– Burlap-and-fabric USA banner + table vases embellished with burlap & patriotic ribbon
– Festive ranch-style activities like dummy steer roping & watermelon eating contests!

A Vintage Americana Birthday Party on the Ranch

A Vintage Americana Birthday Party on the Ranch

A Vintage Americana Birthday Party on the Ranch

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Patriotic Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches + FREE 4th of July Party Printables

The best projects are the ones that don’t take a ton of effort, yet still turn out super cute and make people REALLY happy… am I right, or am I right?! This is one of those projects. AND it’s an edible one – hence the part about making people really happy. ;)

And even though the 4th of July is just about here, there’s still plenty of time to whip up these adorable Patriotic Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to LOVE how they turn out!

All you need are sugar cookies, vanilla ice cream, a star shaped cookie cutter, and red/white/blue sprinkles.

I used Krusteaz® Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix for the cookies, and used the “Cut Out Cookie” recipe on the back of the box, which is just entails adding 1/3 cup butter and 1 egg to the mix. Easy-peasy. The cookies are exactly what the name says. Buttery. Vanilla-y. Sugar-y. YUM.

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches + FREE 4th of July Party Printables

I’ll explain the rest of the ice cream sandwich steps below, but have one more fun thing to share first… a brand new batch of patriotic printables that you can download here for FREE!

I started with designing some Mini Party Flags to dress up these ice cream sandwiches, but decided they needed some accessories to match, so you’ll find an 8×10 Sweets Sign, two 4×6 Signs, and a USA Banner here as well. (Click on the links to download.) Hope you like!

Patriotic Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches + FREE 4th of July Party Printables

Banners add a big dose of fun to any party! You can also print extra copies of the decorative panels on this one to make additional banners that just alternate between the flag/country and heart graphics:

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Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

I think I’m in LOVE with Spin Spin Sugar‘s oh-so-SWEET Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar! Christina Vizcarra designed a charming outdoor display with an awesome assortment of desserts, whimsical details, and a vintage twist that is undeniably romantic. From the playful ruffled linen and craft paper candy labels to the creative whirly pop and cupcake tower displays, there is so much eye candy to share here, and I can’t wait to get started…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage luggage & candlestick holders uses as risers for the cupcake display
– Styled vintage tea cart with typewriter, old shutters and blue mason jar flower vase
– Candy-filled apothecary jars with handcrafted labels + music sheet popcorn cones
– White ruffle linen, “Love is Sweet” burlap banner and “BLISS” Scrabble letters
– Incredibly detailed “bride and groom” cake pops by Moochie pops

Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

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Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station + WIN A TRIP for 2!

Hello, friends! I’m SO excited to share today’s post with you for a couple very specific reasons…

1. #ShareaCokeContest with a BIG prize
First of all, it comes with a fun contest and perhaps one of the greatest contest prizes ever… someone is going to WIN (2) United Airlines Tickets to visit friends & family (and #ShareaCoke with them in person!) + a $500 Visa Gift Card. The approximate retail value of this prize is $1700. See full details & contest rules at the bottom of this post.

2. SIPS AHOY
And secondly, it’s full of playful DIY ideas for a Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station, complete with scoop-your-own Coke Floats and the new personalized Coke bottles, which you can now order online. These custom bottles are such a fun way to make someone feel extra special! Case in point: even though this is a styled inspirational shoot, I used the name of my close friend that’s actually getting married this year, and she teared up when she saw the bottles, which were customized with her name and “The Bride”. ;)

P.S. You can also download all the printables that I designed for this drink station for free! The download links are directly below the last image. Here we go…

Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station + WIN A TRIP for 2!

I wanted this drink station to feel equal parts playful and glam. Gold sequins and metallic accents added the perfect touch of glam, while fun elements like nautical rope, oversize plastic rings, and casual script fonts kept things light and fun.

The personalized Coke bottles were front-and-center on the table, and were further customized for the theme with little “sailor knots” tied around the neck of each bottle to symbolize “tying the knot”. The ribbon used for the knots was gold and white, so there’s a hint of glam in them as well. ;)

Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station + WIN A TRIP for 2!

I displayed the bottles in a vintage wood basket decked out with nautical rope, check fabric, and DIY flowers, which I made by pulling individual petals off faux hydrangeas & hot gluing rhinestones and beads in the center. (You can make TONS of smaller flowers out of one faux hydrangea stem this way!)

To add symmetry to the table and include a variety of drinks to sip on, I placed beverage dispensers on both sides. Each dispenser was decked out with various trims, an oversize faux flower, and a script paper word. The paper words came in black, so I spray painted them red and blue to match the table.

Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station + WIN A TRIP for 2!

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I can’t wait for you to *SEA* this party! Nancy Pfeifer of A to Zebra Celebrations designed a Sparkly Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday Party that is probably one of the cutest/happiest celebrations imaginable! This party is swimming in creative work from talented vendors, like the incredible mermaid piñata from Etsy shop Party House Supplies and […]

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Marie of Sweets Indeed is a brilliant party stylist and incredible person all around, so I was thrilled when she recently asked to use our Confetti Bridal Shower Collection for her sister’s shower, except customized to match a palette of red, white, and blue! Her sister (Julie) is marrying a marine, so sticking to the […]

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