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DIY: Stacked Box Bridal Shower Cake

Bridal Shower Centerpiece Idea

Here’s a different kind of bridal shower centerpiece or accent decor idea that is cute, quick & easy, and can be customized to your own theme in so many ways…

I found this cute set of round red nesting boxes at IKEA for $9.99, stacked them, and wrapped each tier with a band of decorative paper that coordinated with the rest of the party.  For the “cake topper” – a framed print featuring a photo of the happy couple. This particular frame is double-sided and also from Ikea… and at only 99¢ you can’t beat the price! (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Dino-ROAR Birthday!

Dinosaur Birthday Birthday Party Ideas

Oh my goodness… this dinosaur-themed party by Kim from The Celebration Shoppe is SO amazing! Such a fun theme for a birthday boy too! Absolutely loving it…from the happy colors and treats to the kids photo booth. Read on for tons of great photos and party details below, as told by Kim.

(Added bonus: to make things especially easy if you want to recreate this party for your own little one – you can purchase a lot of these party details!)

Dinosaur Birthday Birthday Party Ideas

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“Well, it is official. My youngest son is four… FOUR. And of course we celebrated in true dino-ROAR style, his absolute favorite. I shopped for just the right fabric, props, gifts, favors and activities for months and here are a few of the things I came up with. Let’s start at the candy table, the kids’ favorite… and maybe a few parents’ favorite too.

I found this beautiful fabric in the early planning stages and it made me think of the undergrowth of an overgrown forest. Use your imagination a little and you’ll be able to see it. Let’s face it, my T-Rex is blue so why can’t my forest be elegant with a splash of whimsy. {wink}

So starting with the cake tier – the centerpiece for my candy table – I made a T-Rex and a Stegosaurus topper, both inspired by a fabulous tutorial at A Baked Creation.

Dinosaur Birthday Birthday Party Ideas

The table was teaming with treats, like salt water taffy, (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Summer Grilling Kit (+ BBQ Taste & Tweet Event!)

Grilling Taste and Tweet Giveaway Event

I have TWO fun things to share with you today, (both courtesy of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!®)… a fabulous Summer Grilling Kit Giveaway for HWTM readers and a special Twitter Event coming up this Monday that I’ll be co-hosting!

Here are the details for both:

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BBQ TASTE & TWEET – Monday, July 26th:
With summer here, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!® wants to help you get ready for grilling season with a fun Taste & Tweet Twitter event. We hope you will join us for a great evening of eating, Tweeting and sharing grilling and summer entertaining tips with @ICBINotButter, @HWTM_Jenn and @GrillCompanion.

The Taste & Tweet will take place on Monday, July 26th from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm CST. Your first tweet including the hashtag for the event: #ICBINotButterBBQ, will automatically be entered in a sweepstakes to win one of two grand prizes. (Note – this sweepstakes is separate from the giveaway featured in this post.) (more…)

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Fabulous Find: TEACUPCAKES

cupcake hostess gift idea

Fun find of the week: TEACUPCAKES by Fred & Friends… ultra-clever bake & serve cupcake molds that come with matching saucers for an “elegant” presentation! Great gift idea for your friends that love to bake – or for the hostess that already has it all. ($17.95/set of 4 at heliotrope)

P.S. These would also be cute utilized as “vases” for tiny flower arrangements & worked into a creative centerpiece for a modern tea party theme!

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DIY: Easy Flowers & Candy Centerpiece

cute baby shower centerpiece idea

Here’s a fun centerpiece idea from a baby shower that I styled a while back (photo gallery here)…  These are soooo easy to whip out once you have all the elements in front of you – and can easily be tailored to match any paper pattern & color palette!

This design is also a great option for quick & affordable “mass” production due to the minimal amount of fresh flowers and candy that you actually need per centerpiece. (Most of the pot is filled with floral foam; there’s just a small layer of candy to cover it.)

cute baby shower centerpiece idea

And to help tie these in with the rest of your party, you can make additional “paper flowers” in smaller sizes to use as cupcake toppers OR a mix of small & large flowers to create an entire “flower bed” cake topper!

Find all the DIY details + free word label downloads below!  (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Modern Train Birthday

train themed birthday party ideas

Melisa from the ultra-creative Little Apple Design and Project Nursery sent in this adorable party she created for her son’s 3rd birthday that features a Thomas the Train theme with a modern, updated twist. This is such a great example of how you can “style up” any sort of theme to fit your own personal taste!

(Added bonus: – find free printables of the candy buffet labels below!)

train themed birthday party ideas

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

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DIY Tutorial: Mod Podge Tile Coasters

DIY Mod Podge Tile Coaster Tutorial

Jaime Curtis – one of the talented women behind the ultra-inspiring Prudent Baby – was kind enough to share this fabulous Mod Podge Tile Coasters tutorial with us!

The best thing about this type of project is that you can literally tailor it to any style & color palette you want… there are so many great gift wrap & scrapbook papers out there, so the sky’s the limit! Added bonus: they cost less than $5/set & made for a great gift idea too. Here goes with the DIY details:

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DIY Mod Podge Coaster Tutorial

1. Purchase some tiles. I bought six of the cheapest tiles I could find in glossy white; it was under $2. (more…)

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Naughty Betty: The Brutal Truth (Prettied Up)

Naughty Betty paper goods

If you haven’t “met” Naughty Betty yet… prepare to be entertained! This line of “brutally honest” paper goods & partyware seriously has me cracking up…

And I’m particularly relieved to discover that inner peace starts with caffeine (see oh-so-wise mug, above). Thanks, NB for clearing that up… now I don’t feel so guilty about opening the zillionth Diet Coke of the day right now. Inner peace, here I come! =)

Naughty Betty paper goods

Founded by fellow moms & advertising veterans Christine Montaquila and Courtney Weinberg, Naughty Betty brings cool design and a sense of humor to many of the issues that moms – and women in general – deal with every day. They skip the sappy stuff and “operate on the simple notion that nothing, in greeting cards and in life, is funnier than the truth.”

With a fun array of affordable products ranging from cocktail napkins and tableware to memo pads, greeting cards, and more, this line makes for a fun addition to your party, desk, or a friend’s mailbox/gift. Here are a few more favorites to help get you better acquainted with Betty….  (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Festival Du Bebe {Part 3 – Favors, Menu, & Activities}

circus themed party ideas

In continuing with the recap of the Festival Du Bebe baby shower, here’s Part 3 – the Favors, Menu, & Activities

circus themed party ideas

The party favors were fun to put together… Clear plastic boxes were filled with colorful candies, tied with a ribbon and embellished with a 3″ artificial butterfly & personalized Festival Du Bebe favor tag (2 different designs – this one and this one).

I purchased the plastic boxes for the candy at Paper Mart – they’re the Clear Tuck Top Boxes and were only $13.50 for 50 of the 3x3x4″ size (several smaller & larger sizes available too). (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “Bollywood Bling” Theme

Bollywood Bling Aniversary Party Ideas

Bird from Bird Crafts created such a fun, vibrant celebration for her wedding anniversary this year!  The party had an ultra-colorful “BOLLYWOOD BLING” theme that would actually work great for all kinds of summer celebrations – birthday parties, bridal showers, cocktails parties, etc.

I’m especially loving the giant paper pom poms hanging above the dessert table and the sparkly rhinestone details on the glass candle holders and blue paper elephant cut-outs!

Bollywood Bling Aniversary Party Ideas

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

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REAL PARTIES: Festival Du Bebe {Part 2 – Sparkling Drinks Station}

circus themed party ideas

Instead of having a “signature drink” at the Festival Du Bebe shower, we had a Signature Drink STATION! This is a fun idea that you could really tailor to any sort of theme or occasion.

To play up the Mardi Gras/Masquerade element of this particular theme, I focused on SPARKLING drinks and COLORFUL containers

circus themed party ideas

The drink station offered sparkling water, sodas, mini cans of sparkling IZZE, and a DIY Champagne & Cider Bar where guests could choose their favorite mixer (juice or liqueur) then top it with their bubbly of choice (champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling cider) to create their own drink!

I don’t have a full shot of the finished table, but here’s a work-in-progress to give you an idea the set up:

circus themed party ideas

The juice carafes (pictured below) – Blueberry-Pomegranate, O.J., and Cranberry Apple – sat next to the Chambord and were elevated by a free-standing shelf from IKEA.  (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Festival Du Bebe {Part 1}

masquerade carnival baby shower theme

I’m so excited to share this party with you! This is a masquerade/carnival-inspired baby shower – dubbed “Festival Du Bebe” – that I created for my close friend Jen earlier this year to celebrate the pending arrival of her new baby boy (who has since arrived… healthy & adorable!).

When everything was spread out around our house in the last few days before the party I pretty much felt like a kid in a candy store… feathers, rhinestones, giant butterflies, flowers, champagne, monkey statues, loads of candy…oh yes, it was definitely a happy place!

masquerade carnival baby shower theme

masquerade carnival baby shower theme

Since there are LOTS of pictures to share – thanks to gracious & talented photographer Jillian Bisinger – I’m going to break this feature into 2 parts. We’ll cover the tables & party decor here in Part 1, and the food & drinks, party favors, and activities in Part 2.

Scroll down to check out more images, party details, and shopping resources… (more…)

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Stylish & Unique Wedding Stationery

designer wedding invitations by minted

Remember the days when the typical wedding invitation consisted of some sort of fancy script stamped in gold or silver on a simple background of white (or maybe even off-white, if you wanted to get crazy!)? Wow…. have times changed!

The wedding invitation suites available today are so UNIQUE and creative – and the great thing about that is that couples can pick a design that truly reflects their own style & personality. Case in point: check out these fabulous designs from minted.com. Pictured here are just a few favorites from the literally hundreds of eye-catching invite collections available (from some seriously talented designers!):

designer wedding invitations by minted

Pictured above: Block Print Waves by Bumble Ink and Sunkissed (orange) by Sarah Lenger.

designer wedding invitations by minted

Above & below: La Fete by Oscar+Emma Design (more…)

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Free Printables: Patriotic Party Printables

4th of July patriotic party printables

In celebration of Independence Day, here are a few more free printables that coordinate with the Patriotic Drink Parasols posted earlier – including 2 party signs for the food & beverage tables and a set of 6 place cards/labels).

Below you’ll also find a few shots of these printables in use at a party (but with a different color palette since they were originally created for this Color Your Summer theme): (more…)

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Free Printables: Patriotic Drink Parasols

4th of july cocktail drink parasols

If you’re on the lookout for some fun ideas for your 4th of July parties this weekend, here are some new free party printables for you!

I decided to create a more traditional red, white, & blue version of the printable drink parasols from our Color Your Summer party theme. Here they are…

4th of july cocktail drink parasols

4th of july cocktail drink parasols

(The original designs could easily work for 4th of July as well, but they feature a red/white/aqua color scheme with yellow accents for a twist on the traditional palette.)

You’ll find the download link & DIY instructions for the Patriotic Parasols below, and here are a few more shots of the original drink parasols in action:   (more…)

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REAL WEDDINGS: Cheery Summer Bicycle {Part 2}

ice cream buffet wedding ideas

In continuing with Part 1 of the “Summer Bicycle Inspired” wedding created by My Bride Story & team – here’s a recap of the “LOVE IS SWEETDIY Ice Cream Station, as told by Esther:

Kayla’s Kakes also came on board to create a one of a kind ice cream station, which couldn’t have been more fitting for this summer wedding. Don’t you think the white fence made for a perfect backdrop?! It was originally from my home, and Kayla had a handyman construct a backdrop from it especially for this wedding.

ice cream buffet wedding ideas

We also hand-picked our ice-cream scooper/high schooler (ha!). He scooped vanilla and strawberry ice-cream for each of the guests, then they got to add their own favorite toppings from a selection of choices that included sprinkles, coconut flakes, marshmallows, almonds, and a variety of fruits.”

Below are several fun shots of the Ice Cream Station, which also included an ADORABLE cake and fabulous signage/labels by Posh Paperie…  (more…)

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REAL WEDDINGS: Cheery Summer Bicycle {Part 1}

colorful summer wedding ideas

Esther Kim from My Bride Story Weddings & Events recently sent over pics from this fabulous “Summer Bicycle Inspired” wedding that she created… doesn’t it look like so much FUN?!

Along with the help of some talented vendors, Esther transformed the church courtyard where the wedding took place into a colorful, whimsical “playground” complete with GORGEOUS flower arrangements and playful bicycle and pinwheel accents.

colorful summer wedding ideas

colorful summer wedding ideas

There’s so much eye candy to be shared, so I decided to break the feature into 2 parts. Feast your eyes on the gorgeous flowers & decor here in Part 1… and then in Part 2 (coming later today), we’ll showcase the fabulous “Love is Sweet” Ice Cream Station by Kayla’s Kakes.

Read on for tons of AMAZING pics (by DonDavidStyle Photography} and all the fun details, as told by Esther(more…)

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4th of July Inspiration: Patriotic Shortcake

July 4th party ideas

Amanda from Joy Ever After sent over this festive 4th of July table setting – aptly titled “Patriotic Shortcake“.

I love the simplicity of this pretty table design – not to mention the adorable pinwheel drink accents (!) – and thought it might help to get you in the mood for July 4th celebrations this weekend…

July 4th party ideas

July 4th party ideas

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REAL PARTIES: Sherbert & Spice Birthday {Part 2 – Activities & Decor)

Sherbert and Spice Birthday Party Ideas

Sherbert and Spice Birthday Party Ideas

If you liked last week’s Sherbert and Spice Birthday Party feature, here’s some additional inspiration for you from the same adorable event… a recap of the fabulous decorations and activities, as told by party hostess/creator Victoria of The City Cradle

A chandelier made entirely from hand-cut felt circles was centered above the dessert table and was one of the original inspirations for the Sherbert & Spice ice cream birthday.

This little miss turned four under our canopy of dangling circles… 575 to be exact. (Congrats to Jenna Wood for guessing correctly and winning our ice cream birthday contest!)

Sherbert and Spice Birthday Party Ideas

Once we started with the circles, it seems we couldn’t stop! They began popping up all over the party – making the entire backyard feel simply magical. (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Twilight Dinner Party

Twilight movie party ideas

Patty from Corona, CA sent over these pictures of a Twilight dinner party that she recently co-hosted, utilizing the HWTM Twilight printables and New Moon printables as party decor. It’s seriously so much fun to see the printables in use at your parties – I just love it!! (Free Eclipse quotes and party embellishments are available now too.)

Anyways, I thought this party turned out great and wanted to post it for anyone looking for last-minute Eclipse party inspiration…I know that several of you are hosting pre- and post-movie parties starting tomorrow night and all throughout the week.  Have fun!

Twilight movie party ideas

Read on for more pics and all of the party details from Patty… (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Crab Shack Birthday

nautical crab shack birthday party ideas

Can you believe that 4th of July is already coming up this weekend?!

If you’re on the lookout for some creative ideas for an Independence Day party – or for a nautically themed summer bash – check out this fun Crab Shack Birthday Party by Kim of TomKat Studio!

nautical crab shack birthday party ideas

Festive party details included a life preserver “welcome sign”, a fabulous red, white & blue dessert buffet accented with Kim’s signature party printables and “crawling” with adorable fondant crabs, chocolate-covered Oreos, beach balls, and more…

nautical crab shack birthday party ideas

Read on for LOTS more pics and all the festive details, as told by Kim. (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Sherbert & Spice Birthday {Part 1 – Food & Drinks}

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

I am constantly blown away by the creativity that exists amongst our readers… and today is a perfect example!

This Sherbert and Spice Birthday Party is another wonderful creation from the amazingly talented Victoria of The City Cradle. I seriously want to BE at this party… doesn’t it make you feel like a kid again just looking at it?! Loving this theme for a “Love Sweet Love” bridal shower idea too…

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Ice Cream Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for all the fabulous food & drink details from Victoria, including her generous free printables so that you can recreate this look at home! (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Bumble Bee Birthday

bumble bee birthday party ideas

This BRIGHT & SUNNY Bumble Bee Birthday Bash is one of the latest adorable creations from Kelly Lyden of WH Hostess!

I’m loving the modern simplicity of this theme – there are tons of creative details, but it still feels very approachable, and Kelly gives great details below on how you can easily recreate this look – which would be super cute for baby showers too!

And speaking of creative details, how fabulous are these bumble bee & honeycomb cookies?! (shopping resources below)

bumble bee birthday party ideas

Read on for all the adorable party details, as told by Kelly…  (more…)

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Fabulous Flora & More Fun Tableware

Jonathan Adler Melamine Tableware

I’m loving this mod new Flora dinnerware from Jonathan Adler the playful tumblers alone make me want to throw a pool party! And made from durable melamine & acrylic, it’s perfect for outdoor summer entertaining.

Lean towards even brighter colors yourself? Check out JA’s cool Kaleidoscope collection, which is available in both pink/orange and blue/green:

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Free Printables: Eclipse Part 2 – Favor Tags & Embellishments

More FREE PARTY PRINTABLES for Twilight fans!

Included here are 2″ Circular Party Embellishments (perfect for cupcake toppers, napkin rings, vase decorations, etc.) and Rectangular Party Favor Tags (sized at 3.5 x 2″). The designs coordinate with the look of the Eclipse Party Quotes posted earlier.

The Circular Party Embellishments contain 4 different designs and are set up 12 to a page. You’ll need a 2″ craft circle punch to create the finished circles. (Cut the sheet into columns before using the punch – it’s the easiest way to trim them out!)

twilight eclipse party ideas

And here are the Rectangular Favor Tags – 8 different designs set up 8 per page:

twilight eclipse party favor ideas

Each of the tags is labeled with an Eclipse-themed word + “treats” (i.e. vampire treats, newborn treats, wolf treats, etc). I wasn’t 100% sure how to label them at first, but thought the word “treats” would work well for a wide variety of party favors – from “vampire red” lip gloss to edible goodies. Any type of free gift is a treat! =)

Below is a close-up view of the rectangular favor tag designs & the circle embellishments – and links to download everything in high-resolution format are at the bottom of the post…

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Free Printables: Eclipse Part 1 – Movie Quotes {Twilight Saga}

free eclipse printables

As promised, here are the new PRINTABLE PARTY DECOR QUOTES for Eclipse!

There are 15 high-resolution quotes total – 5 quotes each from Bella, Edward, and Jacob. Each group of 5 includes one 8×10 and four 5×7’s. *Update 6/24: The quotes are available in both high-res jpeg and PDF formats now!

You can check out all of the designs and find links to download everything below.

**I definitely recommend printing these at a commercial print shop like Kinkos for best quality – especially due to the heavy ink coverage.**

twilight eclipse free printable party quotes

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REAL PARTIES: Shabby Chic Baby Shower

whimsical bird baby shower theme

Today’s Real Party feature is an absolutely GORGEOUS Shabby Chic Baby Shower created/hosted by Kristeen from Kristeen LaBrot Events.

From the fabulous color palette and whimsical floral designs to the pretty milk glass vases and creative fabric decor (check out the guest of honor’s stunning chair!), this party is a buffet of eye candy and full of great inspiration for everything from spring/summer baby and bridal showers to girlie birthday parties!

whimsical bird baby shower theme

whimsical bird baby shower theme

whimsical bird baby shower theme

Scroll down for TONS of gorgeous images and all the party details, as told by Kristeen(more…)

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Twilight Saga – Eclipse Quote Requests

twilight eclipse movie quotes

I’ve received loads of requests for new party printables for Eclipse (similar to the New Moon and Twilight printables) over the past few months and it’s one of those things that’s been on the to-do list for soooo long!

Seeing as June 30th is LITERALLY around the corner suddenly (where did the year go?!!)… I’m determined to get these done for you guys over the weekend so they’re available for download by Monday.

I want to make sure to get to the most important stuff though – so if you’re on the lookout for these or planning to host a pre/post-movie party, please let me know which Eclipse quotes are most important to you – and what other type of printable you’d be interested in using as well – napkin rings, drink charms, etc… You can post them here or send them via our Suggestions page.

I won’t be able to get to everything, but will do my best to make sure the most requested quotes/items are included.

Thanks!

P.S. Click here to check out more Twilight-inspired party ideas.

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“Color Your Summer” Party Theme

summer party ideas

Full details for the new Color Your Summer party theme are now up! Click here to check them out

Along with colorful ideas for table settings, centerpieces, and food & drink presentation, you’ll find free downloadable printables for all of the drink parasols, place cards and framed signs used in this theme.

summer party ideas

summer party ideas

This theme is all about easy-breezy entertaining and can be used for all sorts of summer celebrations – from graduation parties and pool/beach themed parties to patriotic celebrations like Memorial Day or 4th of July.

Most of the non-paper elements were purchased at Target and IKEA. I’m especially loving these tiny translucent glass vases currently sold in 3-packs at IKEA for only $4.99: (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “Mad Men” Birthday

Mad Men Birthday Party Ideas

As a huge fan of Mad Men myself, I was so excited to see this fabulous Mad Men-inspired birthday party created by event planners Lauren and Kristin of Bellafare!

From classic cocktails and vintage photo props (remember those typewriter thingys?!), to custom “Jim & Missy” menus, gorgeous floral designs, and more… I think even the Sterling Cooper art department would approve!

Mad Men Birthday Party Ideas

Mad Men Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more images and a recap of the fun, clever details, as told by Bellafare(more…)

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