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REAL PARTIES: Sweet Butterfly Birthday

Butterfly Birthday Party Ideas

This oh-so-dreamy butterfly birthday party is the latest wonderful party creation from the ridiculously talented Lindi of Love The Day! Lindi threw this party for her daughter London, and you might also remember the adorable My Little Sunshine party that she created for her daughter Ella’s first birthday.

Everything about this butterfly party feels so sweet and magical – especially the gorgeous tree adorned with amazing “ruffle garlands” and homemade butterfly floral mobiles! Other lovely details include clever DIY dessert platters (created by wrapping cork board in floral fabric), a pretty lace-trimmed tablecloth, and butterfly yard signs adorned with lace and ribbon… and more!

Butterfly Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for tons of inspiring images (captured by Jon and Melissa Smith), followed by party details & vendor resources from Lindi(more…)

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Grateful Mod Thanksgiving {Part 1 – the Table}

Modern Thanksgiving Table Ideas

This Modern Thanksgiving Table was inspired by – and utilizes – the “Grateful Mod” printable party collection that I designed for Operation Give Thanks! You can click here to download the printables and get more info on the wonderful effort from Operation Shower in my earlier post right here.

I really had fun working on this table – especially with the centerpiece, which was inspired by the little tree illustrations on the printables!

I hope this inspires you to bring a dose of mod to Thanksgiving this year! Lots more pics below… and stay tuned for Part 2, which will feature a 2nd DIY centerpiece idea + coordinating party favors & desserts.

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Fabric Flower Cake Toppers & Garlands

Loving these pretty Fabric Flower Cake Toppers and Fabric Garlands by etsy shop Pretty Swell. A lovely addition to bridal showers, baby showers, or birthday parties of all ages!

(Several color combos are available, but you can place custom orders too!)

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Real Weddings: Limoncello Yellow

I know it’s early November, but it’s supposed to be 87º in San Diego today and it’s Friday, so things just feel sunny! Perfect day for featuring a vibrant “Limoncello Yellow” wedding theme – which was captured and submitted by talented photographer Jillian Bisinger. So… even if you’re not in summer-like weather yourself, here’s a little sunshine for your screen!

(P.S. Check out the story behind the Moon Pie wedding favors below… so cute!)

Read on for lots more images and all the details, as told by the bride… (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Clairebella

Update 11/11: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #131Lindsay Lee from Lee La La. Congrats, Lindsay!

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We have a FUN new Giveaway for you today from Clairebella – a wonderful company that creates fabulous (very MODERN!) – personalized products “for stylish living”.

Founded by designer Kathy Dennis, who was inspired to create “functional & hip home products”, Clairebella incorporates fun colors, bold design and – perhaps best of all – everything has your name on it! (or the name of your friend, loved one, or favorite hostess!)

This week at HWTM, Clairebella has teamed up with one of their retailersIn This Very Room – to offer up a $100 SHOPPING SPREE towards all Clairebella products! Some personal favorites are pictures above, but you can click here to see EVERYTHING that’s available. (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: UP-Themed Birthday Party

UP Birthday Party Ideas

Wendy from Wendy Updegraff Photography created the SWEETEST UP-themed birthday party for her daughter’s birthday! The party was an “outdoor movie night” and she created a backyard movie theater from a sheet and some velvet fabric – how fun is that?!

In addition to the homemade movie screen, check out all the other amazing stuff she made… which includes a dollhouse painted to look like the house in the movie, a balloon-themed food table with a lollipop display actually that looks like little balloons, the coolest “balloon wreath” for the front door (GENUS!), adorable Ellie badges and Adventure Books for the party favors, and more. If there ever was a party that perfectly reflected the movie it that inspired it, this is it!

UP Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more inspiring images and all the clever & creative party details, as told by Wendy… (And as I side note, I can’t help but mention that the fondant work on the cake is beyond amazing, and also how fun it is that Wendy & birthday girl Bella’s last name is “UPdegraff” – perfect!” =) (more…)

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Stunning Lavender & Black Bridal Shower

Purple & Black Bridal Shower Wedding

Virginia of Brooke Keegan Weddings and Events sent in this STUNNING Lavender & Black Bridal Shower, and from the pretty color palette and lacy party favors to the festive champagne bar, this soirée is elegant, stylish, and a little bit sexy!

In addition to the gorgeous floral arrangements that run all the way down the length of the table – literally creating a table runner of flowers – I’m just loving how the fabulous Murano glass chandelier is suspended & displayed over the table… outdoors!

Purple & Black Bridal Shower Wedding

Read on for more beautiful images (as captured by Lauren Hillary) and all the party details, as told by Virginia(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Wonder Woman Birthday

Doesn’t this Wonder Woman birthday party look SUPER fun?! (Pun intended!) I’m dying to throw a “Wonder Mom” baby shower or “Wonder Bride” bridal shower for a friend after looking at these pictures…the wheels are turning!

Designed & styled by Jamee from Setting the Mood, there are so many wonderfully creative details to admire in this party – from the incredible comic-book-cover backdrop and crafty decoupaged letters, to adorable “word bubble” placemats and edible “Golden Lassos” made from knotted Twizzlers.

Read on for additional pics and all the clever details, as told by Jamee… (more…)

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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

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Ni Hao Kai Lan Birthday Party

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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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9 Ultra-Creative Halloween Cocktails

It’s amazing what a little creative presentation can do, right? Case in point: check out how clever garnishes like licorice wheels, chili peppers, cherries, and pickled beets can turn rather innocent-looking cocktails into something truly SPOOKTACULAR for Halloween! Which concoction looks most tempting to you? (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “Hocus Focus” Halloween

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

I’m SO excited to share this amazing Halloween party with you! Jackie from Jackie Culmer Photography recently designed and captured this super stylish & creative “Hocus Focus” party to celebrate the launch of her new business… and judging from the looks of these photos, I’d say she’s got some talent!!

For starters, check out the fabulous “witch’s house” & “graveyard” themed photo areas above, then feast your eyes on the gorgeous potions table below… I don’t think things like “Snake Venom” and “Coffin Syrup” have ever looked so good!

Wizards & Witches Halloween Party Ideas

Read on for lots more beautiful images and all the imaginative details, as told by Jackie… (more…)

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It’s “Ghoul’s Night”! {Pink & Black Halloween}

Feel like doing something fun to celebrate Halloween with your girls this weekend? Here are a few pink-and-black-and-girlie-all-over “Ghoul’s Night” ideas that are surprisingly simple and easy to pull together! Even though I took these pics a few years back, this concept is still one of my favorites when it comes to nontraditional Halloween…

SKULL DRINK CHARMS
Just add hot pink rhinestones to one of the eye sockets on thoses cheap plastic skull rings you can buy in bulk at party stores. These have kind of a fun girlie-skull-pirate look, which just might have to inspire an entire party theme of its own next year!

GHOULIE-GLAM WINE BOTTLES
Cover wine bottles in decorative paper and rhinestones with a Halloween motif. The skull & crossbone stickers pictured here were ready-made, so all I had to do was peel, stick, then pour! (more…)

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Mummy’s Night Out + Veggie Dip Recipe

Mummy themed Halloween Party ideas

This “MUMMY’S NIGHT OUT” theme from Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate Halloween is such a clever & elegant take on Halloween, and a color palette of green, white, and black feels fresh & fun, but still very Halloween-appropriate.

The fabulous “Mummy Veggie Dip” tray pictured above is the first thing that caught my eye… such creative presentation! The full recipe is below, but you can really use any thick cream-cheese based dip that you personally love for this dish; the key lies is in forming the mummy shape with your hands, then piping on the top layer of cream cheese from a pastry bag fitted with a leaf tip (in order to mimic the look of cloth).

Mummy themed Halloween Party ideas

These Mummy Vases are super cute too – and surprisingly easy! All you need to recreate these at home are clear glass vases, cheesecloth, transparent tape, plastic eyeballs, and flowers. (Flowers pictured here: white Spider Mums, Dianthus Carnations, and black Kangaroo Paws.) (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Stix in the Mud {Chocolate & Cookie Clusters}

Stix in the Mud Chocolate Clusters

This week’s Surprise Giveaway is for my fellow choc-a-holics! It comes from the folks at Funley’s Delicious, who are offering up a 6-box-pack ($50 retail value) of their gourmet, all-natural STIX IN THE MUD® cookie clusters… dubbed “the Premium Crunchy-Salty-Sweet-Chocolate-Treat”.

Stix in the Mud comes in 3 delicious flavors: Original, Peanut Butter, and Caramel. (Added bonus: no preservatives, trans fat, or high-fructose corn syrup.) They say that a picture is worth a thousand words, and I think that’s especially true when it comes to FOOD, so Sonny and I took these close-up shots last night so that you could really get a “taste” for them. =) It also gave us a great excuse to eat them after! (more…)

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Halloween Dessert Table + Treat Cones DIY

Stefanie from Anna and Blue Paperie sent in this festive Halloween dessert table that features lots of fun, affordable DIY projects – like chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops with colorful Halloween sprinkles, glitter pumpkins, and popcorn-filled paper cones displayed “bed” of candy corn!

All of these themed paper details are also available in Stephanie’s etsy shop. (Don’t you love how the magic of etsy + printable pdfs makes last minute party details so much more attainable now?!)

Check out lots more images after the jump… (more…)

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Victorian Halloween Part 2 – Invites & Decor

Victorian  Halloween Party Ideas

In continuation of the beautiful Victorian Halloween Sweets Table by Sweets Indeed, here’s a peek at the coordinating invitations, escort cards (candy licorice pipes & paper butterflies!!), and accent decor from the same photo shoot…

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{details from Marie at Sweets Indeed}
“The custom invitation was made with velvet-damask paper and is one of my favorite elements. Handcrafted butterfly and licorice pipe place cards help guests find their seats, as well as give them a place to leave wishes for the bride and groom or other guests of honor. (more…)

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Victorian Halloween Part 1 – Sweets Table

Victorian Halloween Table

A-MAZING! That’s pretty much the best way to describe this fabulous Victorian Halloween Dessert Table created by the sugar-style gurus at Sweets Indeed.

In addition to the cool black lace backdrop, the individual crème brûlées served in chocolate cups, and the ridiculously gorgeous cake, one of my favorite things about this table is how stylish and adult-friendly it feels. (P.S. – The black lace backdrop is a great idea for lingerie-themed bridal showers & bachelorettes too!)

Victorian Halloween Table

Read on for lots more dazzling images (photography by The Pixel Studio) and all the creative details, as told by Marie of Sweets Indeed

For this shoot, we wanted to create something that didn’t necessarily scream Halloween but had a subtle creepiness to it. We drew inspiration from the Victorian era and tapped into our inner haunted mansion.

After handcrafting our black lace backdrop and dessert stands, we decided on desserts for the more mature palette and made creme brulee in chocolate dishes, tiramisu, lavender ginger cookies, decorated lemon sugar cookies, monster-tini’s and an assortment of candy take away treats. (more…)

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A Lovely Pumpkin Harvest Brunch

I’m totally swooning over this gorgeous Pumpkin Harvest Brunch created by Vicky from The City Cradle!

Bundt cakes hanging from the trees, pancakes served in carved-out pumpkins (LOVE!), water bottles adorned in lace… what a sweet way to celebrate the season with loved ones. This would make for a beautiful Thanksgiving dinner table too…  just swap out the pancakes for a starter like pumpkin soup!

Read on for all the creative details, as told by Vicky, + more gorgeous images, {as captured by Carly Taylor}:

“I recently hosted a sweet fall harvest brunch that was chock full of handcrafted details.  It was a lovely morning to celebrate love and soak in the first morning rays of the fall season.

Using a coffee table, floor cushions and felt blankets, we were nice and cozy for breakfast! The pancakes took on a fall vibe when stacked inside small hollowed-out pumpkins and topped with a heart made from stiffened embroidery thread. Vintage mint serveware added a fresh touch to the warm colors of a harvest gathering. (more…)

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Pumpkin Mojito Bar + Recipe

In continuation of the Lovely Pumpkin Harvest Brunch by The City Cradle, here are all the details of the fabulous Pumpkin Mojito Bar, as told by Vicky:

“I had great fun dreaming up signature drinks for our pumpkin harvest brunch. I found a wonderful mojito recipe that included pumpkin and brown sugar – it made for a very unique & festive fall drink!

We pinned the drink recipe to a lace-covered vintage frame and let our small group of guests have fun mixing up their own drinks! They were even able to pick their limes right off the tree behind our little bar. We had a juicer for the limes, pureed pumpkin (served in a pumpkin!), and sprigs of mint. (more…)

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Fur Balls & String Monster Cupcakes

Fur Ball Monster Cupcakes

How adorable are these Fur Ball and String Monster cupcakes?! You could probably serve them any time of year, but they’d be really super-cute for Halloween too!

These wide-eyed little creatures are from the book What’s New, Cupcake?, which makes for a great gift idea for your favorite hostesses, moms (of all ages!), and party lovers. This book and sister book Hello, Cupcake! are actually 2 of my favorite gifts to give out. There are tons of ultra-creative designs that make even just flipping through them fun, including these Ants on a Cupake & Busy Bee creations.

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Read on for the full recipe & details of how to make both styles of cupcake monsters! (more…)

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Party Design Resource: Mygrafico.com

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Wanted to share a fun design resource with you today! This one that should come in especially handy for graphic designers & party planners that create custom invitations, cupcake toppers, banners, etc, for their clients…

Mygrafico Digital Arts and Crafts Store is a fabulous stock illustration & design site that features the work of several different designers in a huge array of categories – from Illustrations & Cliparts to Backgrounds and Patterns. Added bonus: everything is super affordable!

Mygrafico.com stock illustration and design

Don’t worry though… there are lots of great scrapbooking sets and ready-to-go party printables for non-digital designers too! For example… check out the adorable Monster Cupcake Wrappers & Toppers collection pictured directly above.

There are soooo many different designs to choose from… Here are just a few personal favorites to give you a little taste: (more…)

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Vintage-Style Monster Mash Bash

Monster Mash Halloween Party

With its non-traditional blue & yellow color palette and classic comic book vibe, this fun Monster Mash Bash printable collection from Spaceships & Laser Beams offers a refreshing twist on the typical Halloween party!

Monster Mash Halloween Party

Read on for more cool images and details from Stephanie (the designer of this collection)… (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Bouncy Ball Birthday

colorful first birthday party ideas

Here’s about a fun dose of color to brighten your day today!

Amy from Amy Nichols Special Events sent in these fun shots of the colorful treats table she created for the first birthday celebration of her friend’s son. Sweet stuff, festive patterns, bouncy balls, playful pinwheels, animal crackers, a very happy birthday boy… it’s everything a first birthday party should be!

colorful first birthday party ideas

Read on for party details from Amy and more bright, fun pictures that will make you feel like a kid in candy store again! =) (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: A Playful, Sweet Soirée

Pink and Red Party Wedding Ideas

Leila of Be Inspired PR recently sent in this absolutely GORGEOUS outdoor party shoot styled by Love and Splendor that incorporates the creative efforts of some truly amazing vendors! (full vendor details below) Everything about this setting is pure delicious… from the ridiculously beautiful floral designs to the sweet treats and yummy paper details!

These oh-so-lovely images were captured by Becky Hill Photography (based out of Chicago & LA).  Read on for LOTS more images from Becky, and party details and resources from Leila…

Pink and Red Party Wedding Ideas

Pink and Red Party Wedding Ideas

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Free “Grateful Mod” Party Printables for Operation Give Thanks

free modern thanksgiving party printables

You might have already seen the sneak peek from last week, but I’m excited to announce today that the new HWTM Grateful Mod” Party Collection to benefit Operation Give Thanks is now available for FREE download!

The collection includes: Fill-in Invitations, Napkin Rings/Vase Wraps, Place Cards, Square Favor Tags, Cupcake Toppers/Party Circles, Bottle Labels, Drink Tags, Paper Patterns and Party Embellishments. {See detailed views of everything below!}

FREE DOWNLOAD:
Click here to download high-res PDFs of everything (in one 26M zip file).

Please note: Because this collection was created in honor of Operation Give Thanks with the overall goal of benefiting military families, I would really appreciate it if you would consider making an online donation – no matter how big or small – in return for downloading the collection! (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Traylor Papers

Traylor Papers Invitations and Party Supplies

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #378  – Deede. Congrats!!

And as a thank you to everyone else, Traylor Papers is offering up a 15% off discount with the code “HWTM15, which is good through October 25th!

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I’m SO excited to share this new Surprise Giveaway with you! Traylor Papers is one of the very first websites that caught my eye way back in the day when I really started scouting out cool & contemporary party products online.

They specialize in stylish invitations, stationery, gift ideas, and more… Even better – check out this list of brands that they stock: Dabney Lee, Jonathan Adler, Lilly Pulitzer, Inviting Company, and Bonnie Marcus to name just a few!

Sound tempting? GOOD! Because this week at hwtm, Traylor Papers is offering up a $100 Shopping Spree to a lucky reader!

Traylor Papers Invitations and Party Supplies

A few personal favorites from the site are pictured above and below… (How fabulous is that Monogrammed Lucite Tray by Dabney Lee?!) (more…)

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Popptags: Wit + Wine + Design

Popptags - letterpress wine bottle tags

It’s always a great combo when good design & humor mix!

Case in point: Popptags – clever letterpress wine bottle tags that offer the perfect way to add a dose of style – and a dash of witty honesty – to that bottle of vino that you’re about to gift… or re-gift! (see image #3, below)

Popptags - letterpress wine bottle tags

Popptags are the brainchild of (Richmond, Virginia-based) Anya and Whitneytwo moms who both love wine… and design. Sounds like my kind of people! =)

There are currently 12 fabulous designs to choose from (3 for $9.95), each beautifully letterpressed on recycled paper.  You can also request custom orders for weddings, parties & events! Here are a few more fun examples: (more…)

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A Lush VAMPIRE-Style Dinner Party

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Courtney from Pizzazzerie recently styled an AMAZING Vampire-themed dinner party for a Nashville Lifestyles piece… how gorgeous is this?!

The shoot was inspired by Love at First Bite: The Complete Vampire Lover’s Cookbook, which boasts “more than 300 suckulent recipes” {very clever!}. I love this idea for a clever twist on Halloween celebrations… or a fun excuse to celebrate your favorite vampire themed books, movies, or tv shows (and there seem to be, oh… 1 or 2 of those!).

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Read on for more hauntingly beautiful images and all the creative details, as explained by Courtney(more…)

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Sweets Indeed Halloween Candy Skewers

Halloween Candy Skewers Party Favors

How FUN are these colorful Halloween Sweets Skewers from Sweets Indeed?!

The skewers hold over one half pound of candy each! The {limited edition} designs include Bats, Skulls, Pumpkins, Zombies, Caskets, and Eyeballs. Great idea for Halloween party favors & gifts! (Note: The ordering deadline for Halloween skewers is this week! – Friday, October 15th)

Halloween Candy Skewers Party Favors

Sweets Indeed offers candy skewers for other holidays & occasions too – they can actually be customized to any color palette or theme! Scroll down for more examples of both Halloween and beyond(more…)

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