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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Invitation Consultants

Peace, Love… and GIVEAWAYS! ‘Tis the season for all three… and this week at HWTM, Invitation Consultants – a fabulous online shop with a HUGE catalog of personalized invites and stationery – is offering up a $100 SHOPPING SPREE towards stylish holiday cards & party invitations to a lucky HWTM reader!

There are SO many great holiday designs to choose from at Invitation Consultants – in styles that range from ELEGANT to MODERN & UNIQUE. Some of my personal favorites are pictured above, including the playful Joyful Bicycle (slide #3), bold Chevron Aqua (slide #2) and clever Peace + Love in 2001 calendar cards (slide #10) Coordinating stationery elements are available too – including envelope liners, return address labels, rsvp cards, and even stamps! (more…)

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Red & Aqua “Ni Hao Kai-Lan” Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Virginia from The Home Party Planner created this adorable – and super stylish! – red & aqua birthday party to celebrate her daughter’s birthday. I just love everything about this sweet party… from the fabulous food presentation (french fry cones and mini dessert “shots”!) – to DIY projects like paper pinwheels, embellished blumeboxes and candy jar tags.

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Read on for more images plus all the party details & resources, as told by Virginia

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

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Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

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“To celebrate our daughter’s 2nd birthday, I created a fun and whimsical red & aqua themed birthday party which subtle touches of her favorite cartoon character Ni Hao Kai-Lan and her party theme “Taylor Turns Two”.  I wanted to keep things fun for both the adults and the kids. We used the bright aqua and red throughout the decorations in the eating area, display tables and also in our outfits.

PARTY DETAILS & RESOURCES:
Taylor Turns Two Logo
– I created this myself and used it along the centerpieces and decorative boxes.

Party Signs – Frames purchased at Ikea added the right flair to the different “Taylor Turns Two” signs that were displayed around the party

Pinwheels – Another DIY project  made from assorted papers purchased at Michaels. These added a fun and nostalgic touch for all!

Blumebox containersBlumeboxes were purchased in various colors and sizes to be used as balloon holding centerpieces, pinwheel holders and candy holders. We also used them to hold the cutlery.  I decorated them with assorted ribbons, tissues and embellished them with the “Taylor Turns Two” logo.

Table runners – (DIY) fabric was purchased from Ikea and cut down to make table runners on all the eating tables.

Candy jar signs – (DIY) Made from decorative scrap booking embellishments, hand-written and tied on with a festive ribbon.

Catering – Taco Dawg

French Fries & Dipping Sauce Station
I created little french fry cones and a holder wrapped in paper from Paper Source.  I purchased squeeze bottles from Bed, Bath & Beyond and labeled them with designed labels from Paper Source.  Sauces were purchased from Fresh and Easy.  Guests were encouraged to grab a cone of fries and choose from 6 different sauces.

Cakes, Dessert Shots & Cookies –  Jennifer Stonebarger

PhotographyT & H Photography

Event Design –  Hooray to Celebrate

RentalsEmmanuel Party Rentals

Location – Private Park in Irvine, CA

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