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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!}

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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

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

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!).

vampire dinner party ideas twilight halloween

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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REAL PARTIES: Carnival Caper Birthday

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

This contemporary “Carnival Caper” birthday party looks like so much fun – it makes me want to jump right into the pictures!

Commissioned and organized by Bianca of Peekaboo Magazine (an Australian publication) and designed by Sharnel of Australia-based Sharnel Dollar Designs, the fabulous sweets table is filled with lots of bright colors and an aura of whimsy that’s conjured up through fun touches like vintage wind-up toys, creative “risers” created from rolls of circus tickets, and wooden spoons and labels that read “Eat Me!” and “Drink Me“.

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Carnival Birthday Party Dessert Table Ideas

Read on for more fun pics and all the details, as told by Sharnel(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: My Little Buckaroo Is Two {Part 2 – Cake & Treat Buffet}

Country Western Birthday Party Ideas

In continuing with Part 1 of the My Little Buckaroo Is Two birthday party, here’s Part 2 – with details on the adorable barnyard cake & “General Store” Treat Buffet!

More details from Chrissy:
Becky Lugtu of Sweet Dreams bakery designed and made the red velvet cake, which was a huge hit with our guests! Every bite truly melted in your mouth – YUM!

Country Western Birthday Party Ideas

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REAL PARTIES: My Little Buckaroo Is Two {Part 1 – Food & Decor}

Cowboy Barnyard Birthday Party Ideas

So… this has got to be one of the cutest country western birthday parties I’ve ever seen!

Cleverly dubbed “My Little Buckaroo is Two” by the birthday boy’s mom – Chrissy – this ultra-creative shindig has everything from a General Store” treat buffet to adorable vintage stick ponies for the pint-sized guests to gallop into the party “cowboy-style”!

Cowboy Barnyard Birthday Party Ideas

Cowboy Barnyard Birthday Party Ideas

There are SO many fun images to share from this party that I’ve got to split this feature into 2 parts to fit them all in!

Stay tuned for details on the fabulous cake & party favor buffet in Part 2! Here goes with Part 1 – Food & Decor – as explained by Chrissy(more…)

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A “Cirque Du Bebe” Dessert Buffet

Circus Party Dessert Buffet

One of the most rewarding things about what I do is getting to see the ideas featured on HWTM actually in use at the parties of others – so thank you for that!

…and this is especially true whenever I spot HWTM printables or Personalized Party Collections in reader photos, because I always remember where I was and what was going on when I first designed those pieces, then think how very cool it is that those same designs made it all the way from that particular moment of mine to the home/party of someone I’ve never met before that might live all the way across the country – or even just around the corner!

Circus Party Dessert Buffet

Anyways, just had to have a quick sentimental moment this morning. =)

This Cirque Du Bebe dessert bar is the perfect example: It was created by Esther from Batch from Scratch, who ordered the personalized Cirque Du Bebe Napkin Rings and used them to create everything from the cupcake toppers and food flags to the favors! (more…)

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Operation Give Thanks + Grateful Mod

Thanksgiving Fall Party Printables - Operation Give Thanks

Just wanted to give you a little sneak peek of the new Thanksgiving/Fall Party Collection I recently designed in honor of Operation Give Thanks – which is a creative, nation-wide fundraising event hosted by Operation Shower and March of Dimes!

The FREE high-resolutions printables for this “Grateful MOD” collection will be available to you very soon… along with more detailed info on Operation Give Thanks, and ideas on how you can use your fall parties & celebrations as an opportunity to Give back while you’re giving Thanks!

Thanksgiving Fall Party Printables - Operation Give Thanks

The party collection includes: Fill-In Invites, Place Cards, Napkin Rings, Cupcake Toppers/Party Circles, Drink Tags, Scalloped Embellishments, Favor Tags, and Bottle Labels.

A few more close-ups below… (more…)

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A Vibrant & Artistic Wedding + 1300 Paper Cranes!

modern art wedding origami paper cranes

Oh. My. Goodness. Why, yes… that IS a CURTAIN of colorful origami paper cranes that served as the dazzling backdrop for the wedding of this lucky bride & groom!

And as beautiful as all of these floating creatures look on their own, they seem even more amazing when you learn about the special meaning behind them… all throughout the time they were dating, Jon sent paper cranes to Laura with secret messages hidden inside. Pretty sweet!!

modern art wedding origami paper cranes

Even if you don’t have the means to fold 1300 paper cranes like Laura did along with the help of family, friends, and a classroom of 5th graders (extra gold stars for them!) – this is still a fabulous idea for parties on a smaller scale too… for example a “Love Birds” engagement party or bridal shower, or a festive holiday soirée.

I’m also loving how the paper cranes look sitting on top of the wheatgrass below… almost like a contemporary flower field! (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Modern Orange & Navy Baby Shower

modern orange and navy baby shower

Oh my goodness… SO in love with this beautiful & contemporary Orange & Navy Baby Shower by Aisha Holly of Dooby Design Group!

The colors, the mod minimalist flowers, the fabulous use of fonts and pattern in all the paper details (signage, napkin rings, invitations, and menus)…it’s  just gorgeous. This would work just as well for a chic bridal shower or wedding too.

modern orange and navy baby or bridal shower

modern orange and navy baby or bridal shower

Read on for LOTS more eye candy from this party plus vendor details from Aisha(more…)

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Behind the Scenes: Hollywood Bridal Shower Segment for FX

Hollywood Bridal Shower Theme Ideas

Just got back from LA and wanted to share a little sneak peek of what I was up to there yesterday… shooting a “Hollywood Bridal Shower” segment that will be part of a Made of Honor movie special for the FX Networks show “DVD on TV“!

We shot everything at the same location where Patrick Dempsey’s character lives in the movie – which is also where Hannah‘s bridal shower was held!

Hollywood Bridal Shower Theme Ideas

I have to say that it’s seriously amazing how much work goes into tv shows like this – between all the cameras & crew, the lighting, the producers, getting angles just right, etc, etc…It was definitely a long day, but it was also so much fun – even more so since I got to hang out with the fabulous Dana LaRue (a.k.a. The Broke-Ass Bride) all day too. She was also there to tape a segment for the show!

Hollywood Bridal Shower Theme Ideas

I’ll post full details and DIY tutorials from this theme as soon as the show airs on October 25th. In the meantime, here are a few more behind-the-scenes shots and sneak peeks… (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Little Pink Designs

modern holiday card designs

Winner Update: Wow – thanks for such a GREAT response to this giveaway! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #493 – Diana H. Congrats!  And as a thank you to everyone else, Little Pink Designs is offering up a 15% discount through Tuesday, October 12th with the promo code: sweet15.

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Can you believe that holiday season is already right around the corner?! It’s never too early to get a jump on those holiday cards, and the colorful, vintage-meets-modern styles from Little Pink Designs should definitely help to get you in the holiday spirit!

And speaking of holiday spirit, Little Pink Designs is also GIVING AWAY a $100 Shopping Spree to a lucky hwtm reader! That should definitely be a nice boost for a lucky someone’s holiday budget – or for another occasion – because there are also tons of fabulous invitation designs to choose from for  birthdays, bar/bat mitzvahs, baby showers, bridal showers, and more…

modern holiday card designs

Pictured above: This Tropical Greetings design is one of my personal favorites… an unexpected color palette and a “Christmas tree” made from pineapples! Also loving the whimsical appeal of Baby, It’s Cold. (more…)

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Modern Halloween Cookies & Cupcakes

modern halloween cookie recipes

Loving these modern-looking Halloween cookie and cupcake ideas from BHG... especially the adorable Wide-Eyed Cookies and Little Monster Cupcake designs!

Pictured above: Wide-Eyed, Mummified, and Mod Pumpkin Makeover cookies. Pictured below: Little Monster, Frightening Frankenstein, Flying Bat, and Spooky Eyes cupcakes.

modern halloween cookie recipes

Pictured below: Licorice Spirals, Round & Round, and Monster Face cookies…

modern halloween cookie recipes

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REAL PARTIES: Vintage Train Birthday

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

Lori from Paper Thread Studio sent in this adorable – and extremely chic! – Vintage Train Birthday Party that she created for her son’s 2nd birthday.

From the use of vintage suitcases to display the party favors and “train ride treats” to the ridiculously cute cupcakes topped with candy trains on chocolate tracks and handmade food flags, there are so many stylish details to admire here!

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

Choo Choo Train Birthday Party

Read on for lots more pics and all the creative party details, as told by Lori(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Rockets and Aliens Birthday {Toy Story Inspired}

Rockets and Aliens birthday party ideas

Cotton Candy Rockets with Pop Rock Aliens, DIY (and pretty darn adorable) Monster Aliens with giant googly eyes, Rice Krispie treats shaped like Rockets… sounds like BLAST, right?!

There are so many clever, creative details in this Rockets and Aliens birthday party dreamed up by Natalie from Southern Belle’s Charm for her son’s 5th birthday. If you’ve got a Toy Story (or Monsters vs. Aliens!) fan in your circle, this one’s especially for you!

Rockets and Aliens birthday party ideas

Rockets and Aliens birthday party ideas

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

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Happy Halloween – DIY Dessert Table

halloween party dessert table ideas

It feels like Etsy has opened up a whole new world of possibilities when it comes to setting up your own party tables!

For example, check out this new DIY Happy Halloween dessert table from Anders Ruff… the entire buffet looks fantastic, but the patterns and paper details are definitely the (double-chocolate) icing on the cake! And if you want to recreate this look at home, you can purchase these exact same paper details as a printable set right here in the Anders Ruff Etsy shop!

halloween party dessert table ideas

This table is full of great inspiration for creative Halloween treats too… like these orange-tinted rice krispie treats drizzled in chocolate!

halloween party dessert table ideas

Scroll down for lots more eye candy followed by full details on the desserts & decor, as told by Maureen and Adria(more…)

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DIY: Tissue Number Birthday Sign

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

The oh-so-creative Prudent Baby is back with another fabulous, party-friendly DIY Tutorial to share!

I think this fun “Tissue Number Birthday Sign” concept would also be fantastic for displaying the number of years being celebrated at a milestone anniversary party OR utilized with numbers or letters for an engagement party or wedding shower (to display the date or guest of honor’s initials).

DIY Tissue Paper Birthday Sign Tutorial

Read on for all the DIY details, as told by Jacinda(more…)

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Modern Fruit-&-Flower Garden Baby Shower

Modern Garden Baby Shower Ideas

So excited to finally be able to share this Modern Garden Baby Shower theme I created for iVillage.com! This theme was so much fun to work on… and you can find the complete DIY details for every element right here.

I know summer’s wrapping up, but you can always create an indoor flower garden year-round, right?! =) And there are also a lot of ideas here you can tailor to other themes & occasions – from “How Fast She’s GROWN” first birthdays to “Love in BLOOM” bridal showers…

Modern Garden Baby Shower Ideas

Pictured above: mason jar lemonade signature drinks with button flower” stirrers.

Pictured below: “flower cookies” growing from a faux grass mat! Such a fun touch for a themed dessert buffet…

Modern Garden Baby Shower Ideas

Sneak peeks of everything from the centerpieces to the favors are below… (more…)

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Mod Dinnerware: Black & White Silhouettes

Rosanna Woodland Cameo black and white plates

I’m always a sucker for contemporary silhouettes on dinnerware, and here are a couple of the latest reasons why… check out these cool Bird Sketch canapé plates from West Elm and the Woodland Cameo collections by Rosanna, featuring “Victorian and Gothic elements paired with neo-classic cameos”.

Rosanna Woodland Cameo black and white plates

Black and white works well year round, but given the time of year I think these would be especially fabulous for chic Halloween tables! (…although Woodland Cameo would make for a chic black & white holiday table too!)

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REAL PARTIES: Bright & Bold Butterfly

Butterfly Birthday Party Ideas Pink Yellow

Rebekah from A Blissful Nest created this cheerful “Bright and Bold Butterfly” party to celebrate her daughter Lauren’s 2nd birthday. And speaking of the birthday girl… how adorable & stylish is she?!

Butterfly Birthday Party Ideas Pink Yellow

This hot pink & yellow color palette feels so fun and “happy“! In addition to the fabulous dessert table, other creative details included a homemade hot pink door wreath, patterned paper pinwheels, butterfly accents in the flowers, and a whimsical favor table featuring butterfly wings and butterfly catchers for the girls!

Butterfly Birthday Party Ideas Pink Yellow

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

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Circa 1980’s Cassette Tape 30th Birthday

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

It’s always so inspiring to see outside-the-box party themes… especially when they’re pulled off as well as this fantastic Circa 1980’s Cassette Tape surprise party that Jessica of Modern Moments Designs created for her husband’s 30th?! I love how she took a “retro” concept and give it a wonderfully modern twist!

There are so many fabulous DIY details in this party… starting with the cool cassette tape graphic that Jessica used in the invitation, then carried throughout the rest of the party on everything from the food labels and favors to the drink coasters and ice bucket (pictured above).

And wait ’til you see the little marzipan lemons & oranges that she made for the cupcakes!

mixed tape retro 30th birthday party ideas

Read on for LOTS more images and all the party details, as told by Jessica… and prepare to be inspired! (more…)

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GLAM Halloween: Purple & Lime Green

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Um… yes. I’m pretty much dying over this new GLAM HALLOWEEN photo shoot from The TomKat Studio! This is probably one of my favorite themes Kim has ever dreamed up… and that’s saying a lot!

Fabulous color palette, glittery trees, hints of damask, a ridiculously cool spiderweb pumpkin, and so much more… Do you see those adorable Ding Dong Spiders below?! LOVE! Added bonus: the stationery details are available in The Tomkat Studio Etsy Shop – and the set is 50% off through Sept 22nd!

glam halloween party ideas purple green

And while we’re singing praises, let’s also talk about how talented photographer Laura Winslow is too… these pictures are fantastic! Rich color + interesting angles + artistic blurs in all the right places = serious eye candy!

glam halloween party ideas purple green

glam halloween party ideas purple green

Read on for LOTS more yummy images + details & resources from Kim (at the bottom of the post)… (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Godzilla Movie Night!

Godzilla Birthday Party Ideas

Lori from Little Beane Boutique sent over these photos from a Godzilla themed birthday party she recently thew for her son… how FUN is this?!

She created a “home movie theater” setting for the party and an AMAZING buffet of themed movie watching treats – from Godzilla Oreos and Popcorn Boxes to Atomic Fireballs and Pop Rocks!

Godzilla Birthday Party Ideas

And because Lori couldn’t find any ready-made Godzilla party supplies, she made everything herself! (Want to order something similar? Visit her Etsy shop here.)

Godzilla Birthday Party Ideas

Read on forLOTS more pics & fun party details, as told by Lori…  (more…)

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Sweet & Sparkly Wedding Candy Buffet – Pink and Navy

pink white navy candy buffet ideas

One of my long-time friends (since age 4!) got married recently and asked me to do a candy table for her wedding. The theme of the wedding was sparkly & romantic – lots of bling! – and although the main colors of the wedding were primarily white/ivory & blush with accents of bright pink & navy, she wanted the candy table to be more colorful and play up the bright pink.

Here’s a full shot of the tableclick here to view it larger:

pink white navy candy buffet ideas

pink white navy candy buffet ideas

I decided to stick with white and pink for the candy colors and use creative details like ribbon bands and candy signs to bring in the navy, which was also the color of the bridesmaids dresses. (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Preppy Beach Party

beach birthday party ideas

In continuation of the fun gummy candy skewers featured last week, here are the complete details from the fabulous Preppy Beach party created by Stephanie of Couture Parties.

Creative details include fun ideas like a decorate-your-own sailor hat station for the kids, blue jello cups “swimming” with candy fish, and a super-cute homemade banner that Stephanie created by cutting out little fabric “swim trunks” and attaching them to rope with mini clothespins!

beach birthday party ideas

beach birthday party ideas

Read on for LOTS more pics and all the fun party details, as told by Stephanie(more…)

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Modern Elephant Baby Shower Inspiration

Modern Elephant Baby Shower Ideas

I fell in love with this adorable Gaby the Elephant plush toy recently and couldn’t resist designing a party inspiration board around her! Here’s what I’m thinking…

Pictured above: Momma & Baby Elephant Mobile invites; Swan Ivory Striped Lunch Napkins; for “napkin rings” – Orange Crush Stripe Paper Ribbons; (also great for embellishing favors & vases!); and a fun accent for signature drinks: Pink Elephant Swizzle Sticks.

Modern Elephant Baby Shower Ideas

For floral centerpieces, it would be cute to line the walls of vases with peanuts (this is also a popular technique for fruit slices). You’ll need a skinny bud vase to go inside a larger cylinder vase. Put the water & flower stems in the bud vase, then fill the gap in between the vase walls with shelled peanuts! (more…)

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Sock Monkey Wine Bottle Cover

sock monkey wine bottle cover

Show up to the wine & cheese party or delight your favorite hostess with the cutest wine bottle cover ever!  A fun way to serve guests at your own get-together too… Wine Monkey Bottle Cover – $12.95 at Z Gallerie

P.S. You could also use this to cover cover on non-alcoholic beverage bottles for a kids sock monkey themed birthday party!

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DIY Tutorial: Gummy Candy Skewers

gummy fish candy skewer party favors

Stephanie from the fabulous Couture Parties created these oh-so-clever Gummy Candy Skewer favors for a “Preppy Beach Party” she recently designed, and she was kind enough to share a step-by-step tutorial with us here!

One of the best things about this favor idea is that it can easily be tailored to other themes too… For example: gummy tropical fruit skewers for luau theme, spiders/frogs/worms for Harry Potter or Halloween parties, butterflies for fairy parties, etc… so many options!

Full details on the candy skewers are below… and stay tuned for more details on Couture Parties Preppy Beach Party, including additional DIY projects – coming early next week!  (more…)

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