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Sex and the City 2 – Party Decor Ideas

Sex and the City 2 party ideas

Looking for some decoration inspiration for your Sex and the City 2 pre- or post-movie party? Here are a few affordable DIY ideas for you… no Manalos or Jimmy Choo’s required!

Scroll down for more pics – and find all the DIY details for everything at the bottom of the post. (P.S. These ideas would also work well for a fashionista bridal shower or milestone birthday.)

Sex and the City 2 party ideas

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REAL PARTIES: Perfect Pair Bridal Shower

Perfect Pair Coffee and Tea Bridal Shower

Today’s Real Party is a lovely, creative take on the popular “Perfect Pair” bridal shower theme. Instead of focusing on just the traditional pear decor, though – Vicky from The City Cradle added a creative twist with another type of “perfect pair”… a coffee + tea tasting bar!

The inspiration for this theme is best described in Vicky’s own words: “A perfect pair: plum & gray. A perfect pair: coffee & cream. A perfect pair: tea & sugar. 
A perfect pair: her & him.”

Perfect Pair Coffee and Tea Bridal Shower

Read on for all the pretty details, as told by Vicky(more…)

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HWTM Guest Post at Inspired By This

Pink and Yellow Wedding Theme Ideas

I’m honored to be a guest blogger today over at Leila Khalil‘s beautiful wedding blog: Inspired By This!

As someone that focuses mostly on everyday celebrations,  it was so much fun to create a couple wedding inspiration boards for the article – a Pink/Gold/Yellow theme and a Yellow/Gray theme (one of my favorite color palettes right now!) – both inspired by designer gift wrap. Click here to check them out.

P.S. Congrats to Leila who tied the knot herself earlier this month!

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REAL PARTIES: Orange & Yellow Trucks

truck themed birthday party ideas

Today’s Real Party feature is both super cute AND budget-friendly! This Orange & Yellow Trucks theme was designed by Courtney Dial of party planning blog Pizzazzerie, and it’s full of great inspiration for both boy & girl birthday parties… or really anyone with a serious sweet tooth!

Although this party was designed around cute, colorful toy trucks, I have to say that the lollipop accents steal the show too… especially the clever idea of using them as birthday hat toppers!

truck themed birthday party ideas

Read on for the complete party details, as told by Courtney(more…)

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Clever “Fruit & Veggie Art” Cutting Boards

novelty cutting boards by joseph joseph

These Novelty Worktop Savers by Joseph Joseph are just way too fun! Each glass board features a clever design created from fruits & veggies (+ a mini bun for the Snail shell), and the beautiful photography and all-white background makes for a cool, contemporary vibe.

Who would’ve guessed that cauliflower & olives would make for such adorable Sheep, or that mini yellow corns could double as a serving of fries?

novelty cutting boards by joseph joseph

Pictured above: Sheep and SunflowersPictured below: Snails, Tractor, and Fast Food. (more…)

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Romantic Floral Inspiration: Anemones

anemone wedding cakes centerpieces decorations

Anemones are such an unique, curious flower… They exude both a romantic and contemporary vibe, which enables them to work well for weddings & events designed in either – or both – of these styles.

Here’s some gorgeous, anemone-inspired eye candy for you for that features these fascinating blooms utilized in ultra-creative ways for bouquets, wedding cakes, and centerpieces…

anemone wedding cakes centerpieces decorations

Image 1: gorgeous Red Anemone Bouquet via the beautiful photoblog Chiaroscuro; Image 2: Modern Bouquet via Brides.com; yellow & white bouquet via the knot; Black Tie Bouquet via Martha Stewart; red and hot pink bouquet via the knot; and black & white bouquet via Brides.com.

Next up, charming anemone-inspired wedding cakes(more…)

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SATC 2 – West Coast “Pink Carpet” Events

If you’re a SoCal girl and looking for a fun way to celebrate this week’s release of Sex and the City 2 – or just looking for a fun excuse to get out with the girls in general – here’s an idea:

The Party Goddess and The Henley Company are “rolling out the pink carpet”  in both San Diego and LA for two SATC 2 themed events featuring a screening of the movie, an after-party at a cool venue, complimentary Cosmos, swag bags and more… and The Party Goddess always creates gorgeous, amazing events, so it’s guaranteed to be a fabulous party!

The San Diego event is Thursday, May 27 and LA is Friday, May 28th. Both events start at 6:30pm and are $50/person. Click here for full details. For my fellow San Diegans, hope to see you there!
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Cosmo Cupcakes – Sex and the City Style

Sex and the City Cosmopolitan Cupcake Recipe

Cosmos are the obvious signature drink of choice for Sex and the City parties but there’s more than one way to enjoy them!

Below is a super easy recipe for Cosmo Cupcakes, along with 2 options for icing: yummy homemade Lime Buttercream or (for when you’re in a time crunch) simple store-bought vanilla, both tinted pink.

Sex and the City Cosmopolitan Cupcake Recipe

I found some Cosmo Cupcake recipes online, but they all had a bunch of ingredients, so in the interest of keeping things simple, here’s my shortcut: just buy a box of SuperMoist Vanilla Cake Mix and swap out the water called for on the box for a ready-made Cosmo Drink Mixer instead – it works great! (I used Simple Cosmopolitan by Stirrings®).

Read on for the full Cosmo Cupcake recipe, “Sex and the City Styledecorating tips, and the free printable cupcake wrappers(more…)

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Bright & Modern Cocktail Reception

modern fuschia and orange wedding reception ideas

I’m absolutely LOVING with this vibrant Modern Wedding Reception concept by Colin Cowie!

How brilliant are the centerpieces… carnation balls accented with colorful orchid blossoms. If you’re weren’t a fan of the inexpensive carnation before, these designs just might change your mind!

Here’s another great example of how stylish carnations can look – not to mention the clever use of sugar-dusted brownies in place of cupcakes for a fun twist on the typical dessert tower:

modern fuschia and orange wedding reception ideas

Wishing Trees are always a great way to add a thoughtful touch to weddings or occasion showers, but it’s the fabulous, bold design of the container holding this tree that really makes it stand out: (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Parisian Baby Shower

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Today’s Real Party feature is nothing sort of, well…”EXCEPTIONNEL” – to use an appropriate term for this absolutely gorgeous French Circus-inspired soirée!

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Designed and brought to life by the creative minds behind Alchemy Fine Events and Canvas and Canopy, this is definitely not your typical baby shower… (unless, of course you’re accustomed to being greeted by stilt walkers and seated in translucent crystal ghost chairs beneath a sky of vintage umbrellas and parasols at the baby showers you attend!)

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

As you can probably tell from the dazzling pics and event recap to follow, no detail was left unturned at this lavish celebration, which offers up fabulous inspiration for occasions like bridal showers, weddings, and chic milestone birthdays as well.

French Circus Baby Bridal Shower Wedding Ideas

Read on for tons of beautiful images and and all the party details, as told by the Lollipop Girls…  (more…)

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SURPISE GIVEAWAY: Persona Gift Pails

personalized gift pails and packaging

This week’s Surprise Giveaway features a unique & innovative product idea with a “feel goodtwist

PERSONA Gift Pail Kits allow you to design your own clever gift packaging “character” and tailor the character’s persona to the recipient and/or occasion… from birthdays and graduations to baby showers and beyond.

And today at HWTM, Persona is offering up $50 gift certificates to THREE lucky readers, who will be well on their way to creating some truly stand-out gift packaging!

personalized gift pails and packaging

Each gift pail kit comes with: a hair piece with Velcro attachment, expression stickers, bonus stickers, gift shred, note card with envelope, and instruction booklet. Start by choosing your favorite kit color – black, white, green, orange, yellow, pink, or brown – then use the included elements to design your pail!

Ready for the feel good twist? The gift pail kits are assembled in the U.S. by Friendship Industries – a wonderful fulfillment center that employs disabled adults. The kits are also eco-friendly and come shipped in boxes made from recycled material. (more…)

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Sex and the City 2 Party – Free Printables 1 {Toppers & Embellishments}

Sex and the City 2 Party Ideas

I’ve received a ton of emails asking about Sex and the City party ideas lately, and I love that so many of you are planning to celebrate with a pre- or post-movie party! Soooo… we’ll be featuring SATC party ideas all week long! (…in addition to other types of posts too!)

To kick things off, here’s the first round of free printables, which can be used to create things like cupcake toppers, drink stirrers, napkin embellishments, party favor tags, etc.

Sex and the City 2 party ideas

There are 2 different sets of designs to highlight both of the locations featured in the movie. (I utilized the free wallpaper downloads offered on the SATC movie site for the pics of the ladies.)

City Sparkle” represents New York and features a sparkly lights background in pink and orange, and “Arabian Getaway” represents Abu Dhabi and features various beaded & silk textiles in several different colors.

Sex and the City 2 party ideas

Both designs are set up 12 to a page, and you’ll need a 2″ craft circle punch to create the finished circles. (Cut the sheet into columns before using the punch.)

I recommend printing these out on photo quality cardstock. Printing them at a place like FedEx Kinkos or another commercial print shop will guarantee the best print quality.

Here are the full sets and links to download: (more…)

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Sneak Peek: New Summer Party Theme

summer party ideas

Today has been super-hectic but I wanted to share a little sneak peek of a brand new summer party theme we’re posting on the site tomorrow morning… complete with free downloadable printables (drink parasols, place cards, etc.)to make it easy for you to recreate this same look at home!

summer party ideas

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REAL PARTIES: Fairy Garden Birthday

fairy birthday party ideas

This new Real Party has got to be one of the cutest Fairy-inspired parties ever! And this is not at all surprising, considering it was put together by the ultra-creative Kim of The TomKat Studio for her daugher Kate’s 3rd birthday.

A gorgeous paisley-print fabric and “happy” color palette of vibrant pink, orange, yellow, and green sets the tone for this whimsical party, which manages to be simultaneously cute enough for little girls AND stylish enough to appeal to adults!

(I’m sensing come great girlie baby shower inspiration here too… especially with the fabulous “tutu branch” centerpiece!)

fairy birthday party ideas

Special bonus: Kim has also offered to do a GIVEAWAY for HWTM readers, featuring several elements from this party so that a lucky someone can recreate it at home! See details on how to enter at the bottom of the post.

Read on for LOTS of fabulous pics and all of the party details & shopping resources, as told by Kim(more…)

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Happy Hour: White Party Cocktails

White Party Cocktails

I wanted to share a couple fun cocktail ideas with you today from an event I designed this past December for a client that always hosts “white themed” holiday parties. This year they wanted to do a Delano hotel inspired” theme, which I of course LOVED since the Delano has a great contemporary vibe!

For the signature cocktails, we went with a Miami Mojitoserved up in a chilled martini glass instead of the traditional ice-filled tumbler – and a White Cosmofeaturing white cranberry juice in lieu of the traditional red.

Miami Mojito

The cocktails were shaken up by bartenders from The Party Goddess, (who did a great job catering the event as always!), and these gorgeous images were taken by the lovely and talented Gina Lee.

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Real Parties: “Peek-a-Pooh” Baby Shower

Winnie the Pooh baby shower theme ideas

Today’s Real Party is the perfect example of how a playful, youthful concept can be re-interpreted in a decidedly adult fashion!

Sent in by Sophia Park of Petite Productions, not only is this Peek-a-Pooh” baby shower ultra-stylish and adorable, it’s also extremely thoughtful, as the shower’s theme was created especially for mom-to-be, with her interests & heritage in mind!

Winnie the Pooh baby shower theme ideas

Winnie the Pooh baby shower theme ideas

Read on for LOTS more gorgeous images and all the party details, as told by Sophia ….. (more…)

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DIY: Paper Globes by Heather Bailey

paper globes by heather bailey

Looking for a fun DIY party project? These gorgeous Paper Globes by Heather Bailey are great centerpiece ideas for spring & summer parties… or even for Mother’s Day brunch this weekend!

Pick your favorite scrapbook papers to tailor this idea to any color palette & occasion! Click here for the tutorial and to download the pattern from Heather.

paper globes by heather bailey

For another fun way to utilize this idea (or even in addition to the topiary centerpieces), check out these hanging paper globe pendants, which could be recreated with or without the extra felt details at the bottom: (more…)

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Pinwheel Theme – Fun Party Decor Idea

pinwheel party ideas

Pinwheels have been a really popular party trend lately, and I love the idea of using one of these fun Pinwheel Mobiles as creative party decor for everything from baby & bridal showers to birthday parties.

They’d look great hanging over a table, a dessert buffet, or really any area in the party space... and if the celebration is a baby shower (like this Pinwheels and Pom Poms theme), this would also double as a fun gift for mom-to-be!

pinwheel party ideas

These particular mobiles are from Etsy shop mamax2, and there are so many colors & patterns available!

I’m especially loving this striped pink & black mobile for a lingerie or Paris-themed bridal shower (like this Flirty French Candy or Parisian theme)… (more…)

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Sugary Sweet Love Wedding – Part 2

candy shop wedding bridal shower ideas

In continuing with Part 1 of the “Sugary Sweet Love” photo shoot sent over by Jenna of Eat Drink Pretty, here’s another dose gorgeous eye candy for you… this time focusing on all the creative, colorful treats.

candy shop wedding bridal shower ideas

As you can probably tell from the pretty images, what makes this look so inviting is the fantastic attention to COLOR and PRESENTATION.

The use of mainly monochromatic groups of treats mixed with just a few multi-colored groups – all in a neat & orderly fashion – keeps the use of several different colors from feeling overwhelming and results in an overall look that’s playful & stylish!

candy shop wedding bridal shower ideas

Scroll down for lots more images… and get ready for a sugar rush! =)

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Sugary Sweet Love Wedding – Part 1

colorful candy wedding bridal shower ideas

So… this “Sugary Sweet Love” photo shoot is seriously one of the most fabulous things I’ve ever seen!

For those of you who love bright colors and all things sweet (like me!), this has got to be a dream wedding idea… but it’s also full of great inspiration for a candy shoppe or sweet-themed bridal shower!

colorful candy wedding bridal shower ideas

This lovely theme was sent over by Jenna of Eat Drink Pretty, who also happens to be the bride starring in the photos! It all began with an ultra-creative inspiration board created by created by Annie Packman of the Marry You Me blog and was brought to life by some seriously talented vendors (see full list below).

colorful candy wedding bridal shower ideas

As far as ideas go, these photos speak for themselves… and there are TONS of them, so I’m breaking this up into a couple posts. Scroll down for gorgeous eye candy Part 1(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “Something Blue” Shower

something blue bridal shower ideas

For all the fashionistas out there, chances are good that you’re going to LOVE this fabulous “Something Blue” bridal shower created by Arizona Republic reporter Jaimee Rose.

The inspiration for this party? A pair of gorgeous blue heels (destined to make their next appearance at the wedding)!

something blue bridal shower ideas

Read on for lots more pics & all the party details, as told by Jaimee(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Orange Kites Birthday

orange kite birthday party ideas

It’s always so great to see an outside-the-box party theme, like this playful Orange Kites” birthday bash that Elizabeth from Posh Paperie created for her daughter Hailey’s 3rd birthday…

orange kite birthday party ideas

From an absolutely adorable orange kite birthday banner and playful kite-motif invitations to clever theme-coordinating elements like  floating orange balloons and wind-driven pinwheels in the centerpieces, Elizabeth did such a great job at bringing her unique theme to life!

orange kite birthday party ideas

Read on for lots of fun pics and more party details, as told by Elizabeth(more…)

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