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Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Attention, party-loving fashionistas: this one’s got chic STYLE and girlie FUN all rolled into one! Jen Carver of Banner Events (and her fabulous team of on-trend vendors) dreamed up a fabulously glitzy & glam Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party for her daughter’s 10th birthday. And oh my stripes, polka dots and gold glitter confetti – is it alright that I just want this party for ME!? Pretty sure I’m not going to be the only one either, because this “retro glam meets modern chic” vibe would work SO well for all sorts of ages and occasions.

Scroll down to check out all the cheeky fun… like clever chocolate bar “purses”, black & white striped bathing suit cookies that might just be my new favorite thing, and classic Kate Spade style patterns and icons dressing up every pretty little detail. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bold black & white striped towels, bathing suit cookies & mod table runner
– Glam mini donuts, confetti dusted cake, and black/white Rice Krispie spades
– Water bottles and striped straws adorned with DIY paper bow ties
– “PARTY” marquee letters + jumbo balloons with matte & metallic tissue tassels
– Step-and-repeat inspired photo booth backdrop + matching beach ball props
– Black sequin linen, gold glitter confetti plates & sparkly spade centerpiece topper
– Heart sunglasses + custom black & white striped cover ups for the guests

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

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Creative & Crafty Cat in the Hat Birthday Party

I have to agree with Lindsey (a.k.a. mom of the birthday boy) in her party details below… a labor of love is exactly what I would call her son’s creative & crafty Cat in the Hat Birthday Party!

Beautifully captured on camera by Cari Courtright Photography and styled by Trunks & Tales, Cole’s birthday party is bustling with playful nods to Dr. Suess at every turn – including clever DIY decorations and festive tables piled high with themed party snacks… like the infamous green eggs, of course! Factor in an adorable Cat in the Hat outfit for the birthday boy, mom and dad, AND grandma & grandpa, and it’s easy to see that this celebration was one for the BOOKS! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Striped hat & book fondant cake by Lovely Little Cakes + Thing 1 and Thing 2 cake pops
– Custom Cat in the Hat apron, red polka dot rain boots & cute mini hat headband
– Green deviled eggs, goldfish in mini tin pails & clever red (swedish) fish in blue (jello) cups
– Bow tie mini balloons on sticks + candy coated pretzel rods with fondant red bows
– Mini honeycomb ball garland hanginve over the food table + red & white stripes galore!

Creative & Crafty Cat in the Hat Birthday Party

Creative & Crafty Cat in the Hat Birthday Party

Creative & Crafty Cat in the Hat Birthday Party

Creative & Crafty Cat in the Hat Birthday Party

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Vibrant Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party {+ Adorable Food Truck Centerpiece}

I am LOVING the tiny “gourmet street food” truck parked right in the middle of this party… or should I say FIESTA! Let’s dig right in to the mini Mexican eats, playful pineapple treats and truckloads of vibrant colors in this 9th birthday party that was inspired by the guest of honor’s favorite food: tacos! Cristina and Maggie of Via Blossom definitely crafted up a storm for their niece/daughter’s Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party, and they brought all the fun to life in their own mother’s backyard! Talk about a {creative} family affair. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Giant tissue pom flowers with paper leaves + mini tissue pom garlands
– Jello served in mini margarita glasses with pineapple “drink stirrers”
– Bright & bold DIY table linens made from long strips of colorful fabric
– A bouquet of cake pop “flowers” displayed in a festive painted terracotta pot
– Adorable homemade “Taqueria” stand with mini tacos and bite size burritos
– Mexican wedding cookies in Petite Blossom Cups + mini churros with dipping sauce

Vibrant Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party {+ Adorable Food Truck Centerpiece}

Vibrant Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party {+ Adorable Food Truck Centerpiece}

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Modern Bistro Inspired Top Chef Birthday Party

Grab your aprons, because we’re off to Chef Lucas’ Kitchen! Birthday boy Lucas rounded up some hungry friends (aka sous-chefs!) for his Modern Bistro-Inspired Top Chef Birthday Party… but really all the credit goes to mommy/creative party genius, Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day. Her design skills never cease to amaze, and this time she gave the kids an awesome excuse to “get messy in the kitchen” AND get photo-booth-silly for the camera – which is exactly what every kid really wants, right!? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Make Your Own Pizza activity + personalized “Chef Lucas’ Kitchen” pizza boxes
– Chef hat sugar cookie decorating activity + chocolate mustache topped cupcakes
– Colorful aprons & chef hats, herb-filled mason jars, and “Bon Appetit” drink flags
– Chalkboard style invitations & printables by Tania’s Design Studio
– Fun favor box with a kid-sized whisk, rolling pin, wooden spoon, & mini oven mitt cookie cutter
– Awesome veggie sticks presentation featuring striped candy cups + darling circle toppers

Modern Bistro Inspired Top Chef Birthday Party

Modern Bistro Inspired Top Chef Birthday Party

Modern Bistro Inspired Top Chef Birthday Party

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It’s often WAY easier to design a party with a theme to help develop creative ideas, activities, and even plan the food. That’s why I’m giving Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online a *virtual* high five today! Her teenage daughter requested a “themeless” party, and she still managed to completely transform her backyard for the occasion. Audrey’s Sweet […]

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This is one of the most beautiful graduation party themes I have ever seen! Inspired by the idea of reflecting on past successes + looking forward to more to come, Valerie & Jen of Charming Touch Parties dreamed up this “Keys to Success” Graduation Party and filled it with personalized banners, gorgeous florals, and impressive […]

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