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Contemporary Orange with a Tropical Twist

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I’m totally smitten with the contemporary-meets-tropical vibe of this “Paris in the Pacific” wedding! {via Pacific Weddings}

From the color palette and fabulous presentation of the drinks & desserts to the dazzling tropical setting and creative floral details, this is Maui-based wedding makes for some serious eye candy!

modern tropical wedding ideas

Check out the decorative accents on this dessert buffet… monochromatic orange candies displayed ON TOP of submerged florals … genius!

modern tropical wedding ideas

As a side note, this buffet is actually a great example of how you can utilize a modern minimalist look to create an attractive dessert buffet for your parties without overdoing it on the amount of treatsmaking things easier on your budget. (See the note at the bottom of the post for more info on this.)

And how’s this for a dream atmosphere/setting?!… (more…)

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Raspberry & Lemon Cream “Martinis”

Raspberry and Lemon Cream Martinis

With the great response everyone had to the gorgeous food presentation from the Contemporary Urban Baby Shower, it reminded me of one of my favorite pretty “party desserts” from Bite-Size Desserts that I’d love to share with you…

These Raspberry & Lemon Cream “Martinis” are served in mini martini glasses and look as good as they taste!

Raspberry and Lemon Cream Martinis

You can also swap out the raspberries for blueberries or blackberries to mix up the flavor a bit – or to tailor the colors to your party theme. (They also look great with a combo of berries!)

(Full recipe below.) (more…)

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Modern Partyware by Jonathan Adler

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For everyone that loves a good party AND swoons over the hip, modern style of Jonathan AlderGOOD NEWS! J.A. has some fabulous new partyware that will enable you to add his famous signature style to your next soirée at an affordable price.

These designs are perfect for summer get-togethers and include: paper dessert plates & beverage napkins, party tumblers, and paper lanterns.

jonathan adler disposable party supplies

I’m especially loving the colorful party tumblers… each set of 6 features a cool pattern + an “opposite” word on the front & back of the cup. Word sets include: Flat/Bubbles, Spiked/Virgin, Sweet/Sour, and Soda/Pop. ($12.95 per set) (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Contemporary Urban Baby Shower {Part 2 – Menu & Sweets}

modern urban baby shower food menu

In continuing with Part 1 {Drinks & Decor} of the Contemporary Urban Baby Shower designed by Melissa Paul of Evantine Design, here’s Part 2, which covers the gorgeous appetizers and decadent Sweet Sugar Bar

The attention to presentation is fantastic here – from lobster mac-n-cheese served in asian soup spoons to grilled cheese triangles displayed atop tomato-soup skewers and secured with bamboo cocktail picks.

modern urban baby shower food menu

modern urban baby shower food menu

Another great presentation element: the use of of a single tropical bloom to accent each Hors D’Oeuvres plate.

Read on for all the menu details, as told by Melissa(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Contemporary Urban Baby Shower {Part 1 – Drinks & Decor}

modern orange and green baby shower

I’m totally blown away by this absolutely gorgeous & wonderfully contemporary baby shower created by Melissa Paul of Evantine Design!

The theme of this party – which has a fabulous tropical/jungle/modern vibe – could easily translate to a wedding, bridal shower, engagement party, or really any contemporary-themed event for that matter.

modern orange and green baby shower

I love how the overall look of this shower is anything but “babyish, yet Melissa was still able to tailor the event to the occasion with tasteful details like “Preggatinis“, bright green rubber duckies embellished with flirty feathers, and ultra-clever “baby-bottled waters“.

modern orange and green baby shower

Even if the event you’re planning is on a much smaller scale, there’s still so much great inspiration to be found here – from the vibrant colors paired with jungle prints to the thoughtful “Dream Tree” and custom names of the signature drinks.

Read on for tons of gorgeous images {by Marie Labbancz} and all the creative details, as told by Melissa(more…)

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Get Inspired: DIY Parasol Topiaries

paper parasol tutorial

Don’t you just love it when you stumble on something fabulous by accident?

For example, while doing some research on parasol-themed centerpieces for a summer party, I came across this ultra-clever Paper Parasol Tutorial from Craft Stylish that utilizes inexpensive drink umbrellas in a party-perfect new way! (more…)

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Real Parties: Lovely Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

Just in time for Mother’s Day celebrations, Vicky from The City Cradle sent over some fabulous party inspiration! This truly lovely Mother’s Day Brunch is “inspired by vintage yellow bikes and the like…”

Mother's Day Brunch Tea Party Ideas

Read on for all the pretty details, as told by Vicky…  (P.S. The labels & signs that Vicky designed for this party can be downloaded for free too!) (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: My Little Cupcake

Cupcake Baby Shower Party Theme

Who wouldn’t love a party centered around cupcakes?!

That’s exactly what Jessica from Party Box Design thought when she created this adorable “My Little Cupcake” baby shower for her friend, featuring personalized paper details, a bright color palette inspired by baby-to-be’s nursery, and gourmet cupcakes, of course!

(Side note: “My Little Cupcake” would also be a cute theme for a 1st Birthday Party!)

Cupcake Baby Shower Party Theme

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

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Vibrant, Floral Mother’s Day Centerpieces

Mother's Day Centerpiece Ideas

Go bright & colorful for Mother’s Day this year! Here are 11 gorgeous ideas from ’round the web that Mom is sure to love…

Pictured at top: For an easy way to get creative with floral centerpieces, start with interesting vessels that double as gifts! For example: Gardening Gloves & Tools wrapped around a bouquet of poppies, Stemless Wine Glasses filled with single blooms & paired with a bottle of mom’s favorite wine, a Decorative Pencil Cup embellished with pencils, or a Dainty Watering Can in mom’s favorite style. {via bhg.com}

Mother's Day Centerpiece Ideas

Pictured above: a gorgeous arrangement featuring a variety of colorful flowers displayed in decorative tea tins. {via Martha Stewart}

Pictured below: Fill a Vintage Birdcage with mini flower arrangements and a bird-topped nest. {via Country Living} (So pretty!!)

Mother's Day Centerpiece Ideas

Next up… another take on the combo of flowers & tins, this time utilizing Coffee & Soup Cans, as well as a lovely grouping of flowers displayed in dainty Vintage Egg Cups. {via Country Living} (more…)

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Adorable Pink Elephant Dessert Buffet

pink elephant party dessert buffet

Clau! is back with another fabulous dessert buffet (check out her Colorful Candy Buffet here).

This time she’s created an adorable Pink Elephant theme featuring a pink, white & chocolate color palette and lots of homemade treats that’s full of great inspiration for a Pink Elephant Baby Shower and or a circus-themed kids party!

pink elephant party dessert buffet

The pennant garland and pink & white striped background give the buffet a fun circus-style vibe, and I’m also loving the mod style of the darling pink elephant graphic!

pink elephant party dessert buffet

In addition to the use homemade treats, which definitely helps to keep things more affordable, there are lots of great DIY ideas to take away from this buffet too…

For example, the scrapbook paper & toothpick food flags, homemade treat labels, and patterned paper backdrop – which you can recreate with rolls of wrapping paper.

Check out an overall shot of the entire table + LOTS more detail pics below… (more…)

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Playful “Hello Spring” Party Theme

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Looking for some fresh spring or summer party ideas? Check out this beautiful Hello Spring” party theme that Charm Event Design recently put together!

From the vibrant color palette & mason jar drinking glasses to the playful “Lemonade Stand” Dessert Buffet, you’ll find wonderful inspiration here for everything from wedding celebrations to Mother’s Day Brunch.

spring party bridal shower wedding ideas

spring party bridal shower wedding ideas

Read on for lots more pics & all the details, as told by Patricia from Charm Event Design(more…)

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Raspberry, Green & Damask Dessert Buffet

raspberry purple green dessert buffet

Jasmine from The Couture Cakery recently sent over some images of the absolutely fabulous dessert buffet that she created for JDK Weddings.

I’m especially loving the contemporary rasberry & lime green color palette – which really pops against the black and white damask print…and how gorgeous is this cake?!

raspberry purple green dessert buffet

raspberry purple green dessert buffet

Read on for lots more images & all the sweet details, as told by Jasmine… (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “Olivia the Pig” Theme

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Today’s Real Party feature is a wonderful example of how character-inspired kids parties can be both super cute for the kids and stylish enough for adults to appreciate too!

Jaclyne of Heavenly Blooms created this adorable Olivia the Pig themed party as a special Valentine’s Day celebration for her daughter Kate, but this theme would also work beautifully for a kids birthday party. And with creative details like gorgeous red pomanders, a makeshift “home theater”, and Oreo-dipped lollipops, there are some great party inspiration for all sorts of occasions!

Olivia the Pig party ideas

Olivia the Pig party ideas

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

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Festival Du Bebe Shower – Sneak Peek

Masquerade Baby Shower Theme

I’m still waiting on some images from the Masquerade/Festival themed baby shower that I recently created for my friend Jen before I can do the full theme post, but I received some of the images from the (brilliant) photographer and was too excited not to at least do a little sneak peek =)

This theme was so much fun to work on! There’s a lot of crossover with Cirque Du Bebe, but I opted for several different colors this time + vibrant butterfly and Mardi Gras inspired details.

Masquerade Baby Shower Theme

Masquerade Baby Shower Theme

The Champagne/Cider bar was one of my favorite details… guests could start with champagne or non-alcoholic sparkling cider, then choose from a buffet of different mix-ins – like OJ or Chambord – to customize the bubbly to their liking! (more…)

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Get “Smitten” With Your Photos!

Smitten Sticks Party Kit

These Smitten Sticks by le papier studio look like so much fun! A clever way to create cheeky, playful memories for everything from birthday parties to weddings… and a great prop for DIY Photo Booths too!

Smitten Sticks Party Kit

Each handmade paper expression is printed on extra thick cover cardstock using archival ink, and there are 4 different colorways available… (more…)

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Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas – Part 2

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

In continuing with Friday’s post, here is Part 2 of the 12 Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas, with additional series-inspired treats, decor, and party activities like “Enchanted Dragon Eggs” & a “Magical Creature Hunt“….

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

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Real Parties: Submission Guidelines

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If you’d like to submit a real party, wedding, or event for consideration, please send an email to [email protected] and include the following:

1. Your Info: your full name & the URL of your blog/website (if applicable)

2. Party Details: a description of the theme, decorations, food/drinks, and any other details that may apply such as favors, activities, DIY projects, shopping resources, etc.

3. Images: HWTM is a highly visual site, so the more images the better! Please send images that are at least 700 pixels wide, without watermarks.

Images can be sent via email, as a link to an online photo album (such as Picasa or flickr), or (ideally!) as a zip file. If your attachment is larger than 8 megabytes, please send it via www.yousendit.com (it’s free!) or a similar service.

4. Vendor Credits: Please include the names and websites of any vendors that should be credited in the post, such as photographers, florists, bakeries, etc. (more…)

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Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas – Part 1

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

For all the Harry Potter fans out there – or parents of fans looking to throw a themed birthday bash for your little ones – I wanted to share some of the 12 Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas that I recently worked on for iVillage.com, which include everything from themed food & drinks to favors & activities!

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

Harry Potter Birthday Party Ideas

You can find all the how-to info on each project over at iVillage, and detailed images of the first 6 projects in this post. (Part 2 with images of the next 6 projects will be posted on Monday.) Here goes… (more…)

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3 New Dessert Tables by Amy Atlas

Moroccan dessert table - Amy Atlas

Amy Atlas recently sent over some images of the gorgeous dessert tables that she recently created for Brides magazine… pretty amazing, right?!!

All 3 table are fantastic, but I’m feeling especially drawn to the Chocolate Spice design (above) because it feels refreshing & unique… everything from the dessert flavors & color palette to the serveware & decorative accents ties in so well with the theme!

Moroccan dessert table - Amy Atlas

Pictured above: the Modern dessert table boasts a cool ribbon garland and bold, vibrant color palette that’s perfect for spring & summer events.

Pictured Below: The Vintage dessert table features a charming “birds and blooms” motif, Victorian-style footed serveware, and lots of nostalgic candy, of course!

Moroccan dessert table - Amy Atlas

Read on for closer views & complete details on each table, as told by Amy(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Indian Elephant Theme

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

As someone that adores bright colors and attention to detail, I’m just absolutely LOVING today’s Real Party feature – a vibrant & unique “Indian Elephant” theme created by the absolutely creatively gifted Jaime Curtis of Prudent Baby (who you might also remember from this clever DIY Cake Stand Tutorial).

And speaking of DIY, Jaime has also generously posted a bunch of tutorials on how to recreate several of the elements featured within this party – including the Fabric Silhouette Garland, the Kiddie Craft Station, and the giant Homemade Crayons!

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Indian Elephant birthday party ideas

Read on for tons of gorgeous, vibrant images – and all the party details, as told by Jaime(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Lovely Lavender Theme

lavender party theme ideas

Today’s Real Party features a lovely lavender theme and was dreamed up by the ultra-creative Ilenia of Simply Nabiki for her mother’s birthday celebration.

Color parties always offer lots of versatility, and this one is full of chic, stylish ideas (and mouth-watering treats!) that would also be perfect for occasions like Mother’s Day or spring bridal showers!

lavender party theme ideas

lavender party theme ideas

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

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Colorful Party People Glass Markers

modern drink markers charms

There are lots of different styles of drink charms available these days – but these Party People Glass Markers are really fun & different! 12 colorful silicone characters with a suction-cup grip for just $6.95 at cb2

modern drink markers charms

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REAL PARTIES: Grumpy Old Men Birthday

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

Today’s Real Party feature is just way too much fun! This refreshing & unique “Grumpy Old Men Day” was submitted by event planner Jesi of Jesi Haack Weddings, but the idea was actually dreamed up by her husband Ryan as a clever way to celebrate their friend’s 30th birthday.

(BTW – Ryan Haack also shot these amazing photos, which honestly look like they came straight out of a cool magazine spread! Check out his photo blog here.)

Grumpy Old Men Birthday Party

Read on for a full rundown of the day’s events, as told by Jesi – and more fantastic images from Ryan(more…)

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7 Inspiring Easter Desserts from Martha

easter treat recipes martha stewart

If you’re in the  mood to show off your baking skills this Easter – or just feel the urge to be extra creative – here are 7 seriously ingenious & inspiring Easter treat ideas from Martha that are sure to do the trick!

Starting from the top… how adorable are these Spring Chick Cupcakes?! Loving this idea for a barnyard-themed birthday party or “About to Hatch” baby shower too!

easter treat recipes martha stewart

Pictured above: These Flower Pot Cupcakesbaked in small terracotta pots & sprinkled with crushed cookie “dirt” – take “creative presentation” to a whole new level!

And another cute idea for the kiddos… adorable Butterfly Cupcakes. (also cute for baby showers & birthday parties!)

Next up – brilliant Easter Egg Cakes made from poundcake & custard (for yolks) look beautiful displayed on a colorful fruit plate: (more…)

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Real Parties: Sugar & Spice Baby Shower

sugar and spice baby shower ideas

Today’s Real Party features a gorgeous take on the popular “Sugar and Spice” baby shower theme.

This chic chocolate & pink celebration was coordinated by event planner & shower hostess Kelly Balfour of Eventology Weddings and includes tons of super cute & inspiring details – like a homemade cookie buffet + carafes of chocolate, strawberry, & regular milk, adorable pink & brown ribbon accents on everything from the florals to the napkins, and seriously one of the cutest baby shower cakes I’ve ever seen!

sugar and spice baby shower ideas

sugar and spice baby shower ideas

Read on for lots of inspiring images and all the party details, as told by Kelly(more…)

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Budget-Friendly Easter Kids Table Ideas

Easter kids table ideas

Even if you’re planning a fancy Easter brunch for friends & family, it’s always a good idea to have a separate table for the little ones… not only is it fun for them to have a playful, kid-friendly setting of their own, but it also reduces the risk of spills & slips with the adult table’s fine china & linens!

Colorful scrapbook paper is one of my favorite tools for whipping up super cute AND budget-friendly place settings in no time. There are so many great papers to choose from and you can use them for everything from the place mats to the place cards!

Easter kids table ideas

You can also create cute place cards from plastic easter eggs sitting on top of a strip of looped scrapbook paper. (These work great for DIY Easter Egg holders too.) Use a sharpie to write each child’s name on the eggs, and fill them with candy so they double as an after-meal treat or take home party favor. (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Ice Cream Shoppe Theme

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

Today’s Real Party is – in a word – DELICIOUS!

This Ice Cream/Candy Shoppe theme was created by Pooneh Shakoori and friend/event planner Sheri Valainis for her daughter’s 5th birthday party, and there’s actually also some great inspiration here for a Pickles & Ice Cream or Cravings baby shower!

ice cream shoppe birthday party ideas

Read on for TONS of adorable & inspiring images, as well as a description of the party as told by Pooneh… (more…)

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DIY: Modern Spring Centerpiece Ideas

spring centerpiece and cocktail party ideas

Looking for spring party inspiration? Here are a few surprisingly quick & easy centerpieces that I put together for a Spring themed cocktail party.

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, it’s probably no secret that manzanita branches & grapewood are one of my favorite elements for creating centerpieces… due largely in part that they make a fabulous “canvas” for all sorts of decorations. They’re also a quick, easy way to create large & impactful centerpieces at a fraction of the cost of big floral arrangements.

spring centerpiece and cocktail party ideas

Even better: these particular arrangements are made with just a few main elements: branches, moss balls, artificial butterflies, and orange mums.

I chose a contemporary palette of bright green and vibrant orange for this party, but – as always – this same concept can be tailored to any colors of your choice!

Full DIY details and shopping resources below… (more…)

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BHG Gallery: Quick & Easy Easter Ideas

Easter Party Ideas

BHG.com has a great photo gallery called Quick & Easy Easter Decorations that’s full of simple, stylish Easter ideas.

Here are a few favorites from the gallery… starting with the chic “New Leaf” napkin fold, which is topped with a pretty flower bloom – like the yellow daffodil pictured here or another flower that matches your table’s color palette. (They specify using a floral tube inside the napkin for fresh cut flowers, but you could easily swap fresh flowers out for quality artificial blooms and skip the floral tube all together.)

Also pictured above: the “Glass Act” design featuring a daisy and colored rubber band wrapped around a glass votive holder. Cute & easy! (This would also be cute with raffia in place of the rubber band.)

Next up – Lovely blue & white ideas make for a fresh take on the traditional Easter color palettes:

Easter Party Ideas

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Pretty Easter Egg Tree Centerpiece

Easter Egg Tree Centerpiece Ideas

This pretty Easter Egg Tree centerpiece idea was sent in by HWTM reader Virginia Bell. I love the simple-chic style and the fact that she included the phrase “I literally pulled it together in about 10 minutes!” with the submission. Gotta love quick & easy! =)

Easter Egg Tree Centerpiece Ideas

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

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