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“Celebrate Me.” {Fresh & Modern Spring Party}

Spring… the season symbolic of growth and youth and a time for all things FRESH and NEW! Why not host a party based on a combination of all of those things!? This “Celebrate Me. Spring Party” hosted by Theresa of Lauren McKinsey manages to to do just that…

Theresa’s FRESH inspiration came from wanting to host a party for children to celebrate their individuality, creativity, and inquisitiveness. This NEW party theme was designed to provide children with an afternoon of creative fun and laughter, while also reinforcing self-confidence and self-worth. I really love the strategic use of positive affirmations found on the custom party accessories that Theresa designed. My favorite party element was the clever “Creative Me Station” designed to inspire the imagination!

Celebrate ME Spring Kids Party

Read on for the rest of the adorable party details, all dedicated to celebrating the unique qualities and creative talents of children. {I wish every child could enjoy a magical afternoon like this!} (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Kir DeVries

***Winner Update 4/7: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky, randomly selected winner is… Commenter #353 – Alex, who said, “I love the bird juicer and the cupcake sets, so cute!” Congrats, Alex! ***

There are SO MANY fabulous kitchen & entertaining items to share from cool online shop Kir DeVries the fact that there’s a $100 SHOPPING SPREE up for grabs today is just icing on the cake! If you’re shopping for a truly unique gift idea for a someone that loves to cook, entertain, or lunch in style {even if that person is you!}, then good news: you’re in luck. Want some proof? Here goes…

Creative wine bottle stoppers shaped like Plum Roosters and Horned Birds? Check. Darling nightingale shaped sugar & creamer dishes? Check. Stylish lunch totes adorned with zesty pears and playful stripes? Check. An entire tea set that cleverly stacks into an artsy looking tower? Check. I could go on… but better yet – visit Kir DeVries to see everything up close & personal! {And don’t miss the cool oversize teacups with a fox and and owl hidden inside!} (more…)

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Bright & Modern “Wild Rumpus” Birthday Party

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Not only is today’s Real Party clever, stylish, and fantastically MODERN, it even comes bearing FREE printables & a theme “Resource Guide”! Interested yet? GOOD! Because Jackie of Jackie Culmer Photography and Design definitely whipped up a dream of a party with this “Where the Wild Things Are” inspired first birthday soirée that she both designed and photographed, and I’m so excited to share all the clever, inspiring details with you!

In addition to woodsy, natural elements like a tree stump cake riser and cobblestone moss balls, this festive “Wild Rumpus” is filled with bright pops of sunny yellow, grassy green, and contemporary white… a fabulous party palette for spring and summer celebrations!

Modern Wild Rumpus Birthday Party

Read on for lots more beautiful images + all the creative party details AND links to download the fabulous themed printables pictured here, as well as a very detailed Resource Guide Jackie created that’s filled with lots of creative ideas for this theme in ADDITION to what’s pictured here! {Thanks for your generosity, Jackie!} (more…)

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Styled. + “Chocolate Toffee Sparkle” Theme

I’d like to extend a HUGE congratulations to my friends Vicky and Carly on the launch of their brand spankin’ new design/party e-zine, aptly titled Styled. It’s amazing how much time and hard work goes into an effort like this, and of course it turned out beautifully, not that I expected anything less! There’s so much great DIY inspiration in here for all sorts of celebrations though – from adorable party hats by Liz Stanley (pg. 44-47) to cool paper confetti garlands by Paper and Thread Studio (pg. 36-37).

I’m also excited to be a small part of the debut issue with this “Chocolate Toffee Sparkle” adult birthday party theme (pgs. 122-126) that I designed for the “Wardrobe to Party” section (which starts on pg. 108).

Chocolate Toffee Sparkle - Adult Birthday Party

You can find details on the inspiration behind this theme in the magazine, lots more images below, and links to download all the patterns & printables {for free!} at the bottom of this post.

Chocolate Toffee Sparkle - Adult Birthday Party

I really did have fun getting crafty with this one…especially with the “faux cake” centerpieces! I’ll do a more in-depth DIY later, but basically they’re made from unfinished wood pieces and round paper mache boxes embellished with printable patterns, glitter, paint, metallic trims, and yarn pom “sparklers”. Pretty fun, right?! And completely calorie-free! =) (more…)

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“Let’s Feather Their Nest” Baby Shower

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Do you believe in love at first sight? Because it sure feels like that’s what occurred when I first laid eyes on this vibrant & contemporary “Let’s Feather Their Nest” baby shower from Amber Karson Events!

Turquoise chiavari chairs adorned with feathers & ribbon, gorgeous flower arrangements peeking out from chic, modern birdcages, brunch napkins fashioned from Michael Miller’s “Tweet Tweet” fabric, signature drinks station complete with a rainbow-like buffet of mixers & garnishes… what’s not to love?! And to play on the artistic vibe of the party’s mixed-use gallery location, old childhood pictures of the parents-to-be were framed and hung on the walls, while some of their favorite childhood momentos were put on display as “special exhibits”. Sweet + clever!

Modern Nesting Baby Shower Theme

Read on for lots more beautiful, inspiring pics + all the creative party details… (P.S. I’m also filing this one under Bridal Showers… because don’t you think this styling could inspire a seriously fabulous “Love Birds” theme too?!) (more…)

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A Camping-Inspired Birthday Party Adventure

Camping Themed Birthday Party

I’m excited to kick off the new week with a CAMPING themed birthday party that just looks like an absolute blast! And that’s exactly what a party is supposed to be, right?!

Desiree from Desiree Spinner Events created such a fun adventure for this birthday boy & his guests at “CAMP LUKE“, where they were greeted with bright green “explorer back packs” (complete with mini binoculars, compass & more!), enjoyed camping-style games, and watched a movie under the stars while chowing down on mini burgers, fries, and adorable camping-themed sugar cookies. There was even a cool custom tent (made by modifying a pop-up tent from Target) and clever “I Survived Camp Luke” tees for kids to take home!

Camping Themed Birthday Party

Read on for lots more FUN images + all the creative party details… (more…)

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Magical Unicorn Birthday Party Extravaganza

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

I love the playfulness and sweet simplicity of this colorful UNICORN themed birthday party that photographer Carly Taylor hosted in celebration of her adorable daughter’s first birthday. Carly had the help of her creative genius friend/business partner – Victoria of A Subtle Revelry – and the result was a darling party filled with magical details like sparkly “unicorn horn” birthday hats and a rainbow smash cake!

Unicorn Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for more magical images and all the charming party details… (more…)

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Modern & Creative “Bubbles” Baby Shower

Bubbles Baby Shower Dessert Table

I’m BUBBLING with excitement that Jenn asked me to share with you today the “She’s going to POP” bubbles themed baby shower that I helped host back in the Fall. The design elements of this baby shower manage to combine two worlds…modern & chic with a touch of playful whimsy; the perfect combination for a stylish mom getting ready to experience the magic of motherhood!

Party elements and decor were centered around the “bubbles motif” invitation I designed and the focus was completely on playing off of the word “POP“.

Bubbles Baby Shower Desserts

So hold onto your head as you preview the rest of the party photos…it just might “POP”from all of the FUN inspiration as you float through the rest of the party details…*wink* (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: J. Bee Designs

When it comes to gift-giving, personalization really adds an extra-thoughtful touch! So if you have a gift to give for any sort of occasion… weddings, birthdays, housewarming, etc (or maybe you deserve to treat yourself!), this new Surprise Giveaway should come in especially handy!

The giveaway is from J. Bee Designs, a sweet online boutique that specializes in hand-painted glassware and personalized gifts. Best of all, on most of the gifts, you can pick the pattern, colors, AND the fonts! This week at HWTM, J. Bee Designs is offering up a very generous $150 SHOPPING SPREE to a lucky reader! Choose from personalized items like cool Lucite Trays & Boxes (a personal favorite!), modern Glass Cutting Boards, Stationery, iPhone Cases, Monogrammed Aprons, and much more. There are even gifts for your favorite pooch! (more…)

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Modern “Easter Has Sprung” Party Theme

Modern Easter Party Theme

Can you believe that Spring is already here?! (Ya… me either!) And in celebration of the new season and the holidays it brings, I’m excited to debut this brand-new, fabulous – and aptly titled – “Easter Has Sprung” theme from Anders Ruff Custom Designs!

One of the first things that caught my eye about this theme was the bright colors. There’s something so refreshing about seeing vibrant, BOLD colors and patterns for an Easter theme. Also loving the hanging “garland” of paper parasols, the use of bookshelves as a “dessert buffet”, egg-shaped cake pops, DIY ribbon topiary trees, a fantastic cake covered in stripes & kaleidoscope patterns… and more!

Modern Easter Party Theme

Modern Easter Party Theme

Read on for LOTS more colorful, inspiring pics, plus all the creative party details & resources from Maureen & Adria(more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: “Up for Anything” Creative Wine Party Kit

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone who entered – what a great response! And the {very lucky} randomly chosen winner is… Commenter #727, Natalie – who said, “sangria zinfandel!! (seems to be the popular one in the comments!).” Congrats, Natalie! Hope you have a fabulous time hosting your wine party!

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WINE + FRIENDS + CREATIVITY… sounds like a pretty good combo, right? That’s why I’m so excited to share this generous giveaway from Arbor Mist with you today! It’s a fun, stylish, and creative way to celebrate the everyday occasion… and whoever wins is going to have a really good excuse to host a fun get-together!

This prize pack parallels the “Up for Anything” Brunch I recently hosted with Arbor Mist, which was inspired by two of its most popular wine with fruit flavors: White Pear Pinot Grigio and Blackberry Merlot. (See photos from the event here.) The prize contains several of the same elements used at the event so you can host your own celebration at home – including materials for the DIY “Garnish Your Glass” Decorating Activity!

We’re talking stylish serving dishes, cb2 wine glasses (24 of them!), Riedel stemless wine glasses, bud vases, wood vases, paper lanterns, high-quality crafting tools, rhinestone stickers & embellishments, fine glitter, and more! You’ll also receive printed versions of the stationery elements that I designed for this theme… including invitations, bottle labels, drink tags, vase wraps, thank you notes, and much more. (You can view all of the designs here.)

The giveaway is valued at over $450! Here’s a detailed list of everything that’s included: (more…)

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Colorful & Creative, Art-Inspired Birthday Party

Art Inspired Birthday Party

I’m pretty much head-over-heels in LOVE with this colorful Art-inspired Birthday Party that Abigail from Paper & Cake created for her daughter’s 9th birthday! Maybe it’s because looking at these photos takes me back to one of my favorite activities as a kid… or maybe it’s the insanely adorableRainbow Cakeball Palette (ya, I’m pretty sure those have something to do with it!) – but this party just looks like such a blast. Sometimes the simple concepts are the best!

If you’d like to recreated a similar get-together at home, the adorable “paint splash printables used throughout the party available in the Paper & Cake etsy shop. {I really think you could incorporate these cool printables into some creative adult-oriented celebrations as well!}

Art Inspired Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more COLORFUL & inspiring images…. (more…)

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Sweet As Can BEE Housewarming Party

“Bee” prepared to be swept away by the sweet details of this honey-themed housewarming party hosted by Kori of Paper and Pigtails! She did an absolutely “bee”autiful job welcoming friends and family into her new home.

By using a simple theme inspired by the various types of honey that are readily available at the abundance of farmer’s markets in her new town and choosing a color palette based on the color of her new house, Kori was able to keep things warm and sweet – everything a home should be! And although this open house was hosted in the Fall, this theme transitions easily into a spring or summer housewarming by simply replacing the wheat bundles for bouquets of fresh daisies.

The photos that follow are buzzing with inspiration“BEE” sure to read on for all of the sweet-as-honey details…

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Cinderella-Inspired Royal Birthday Celebration

Cinderella birthday party ideas

Andrea from Dolce Drive truly created a FAIRY-TALE of a birthday party for her adorable daughter Sabrina with this Cinderella-inspired soirée! One of the things I love most about this particular Cinderella party is that – in the spirit of the original tale – Andrea incorporated both the “princess” elements AND the “peasant” side of the story!

The little girls were actually greeted with patchwork aprons and hankies for their hair (which I almost think look cuter than the tiaras, btw!) and told to “finish their chores” before they could attend the upcoming Royal Tea Party celebration. After HAPPILY doing “chores” like baking fake cookies, “sweeping the chimney” and eating lunch, they were transformed into princesses for the Royal Celebration, where they dined on “tea” (apple juice) and sweet treats, alongside a very special guest!

Cinderella birthday party ideas

Cinderella birthday party ideas

So much creativity and thought went into this sweet celebration! Read on for LOTS more princess-worthy pics, plus all the MAGICAL party details…. (more…)

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day + “Green Day” Party

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! For your holiday viewing pleasure…. here’s a fun, clover-filled “Green Day” party from the ultra-creative Lindi of Love the Day. I’m especially loving the playful photo booth props (GREEN mustaches, sequin bows, feather boas, & more), the giant paper chain chandelier cascading down from the ceiling, and the clever decorative signage displayed on wooden dowel rods that were painted green & embellished with lace….

St. Patrick's Day Party Ideas (more…)

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Surprise GIVEAWAY: Piccadilly Circus Designs

Have a special kiddo in your life? If your answer is YES, then you should especially love this fabulous new Surprise Giveaway from the ADORABLE etsy shop Piccadilly Circus Designs! They specialize in super-cute custom shirts for kids… initials, birthday numbers, and fun everyday designs… like this carnival-esque Argyle Heart or modern Polka Dot Seahorse for girls, or the ever-so-popular retro Mustache or giant Black & Red Tie designs for boys!

This week at HWTM, Piccadilly Circus is offering up a $100 SHOPPING SPREE to a lucky reader! Bet you know a daughter/son/niece/nephew/grandkid or birthday girl/boy that would look pretty darn cute in one of these custom tees! (My own daughter turns one TODAY and I wish I had one of these number shirts to put on her!) =) (more…)

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Sweet Combo: Bold Zebra + Tiffany Blue

zebra dessert table

We’re loving the BOLD zebra twist that Jasmine from The Couture Cakery added to the always-classic Tiffany-blue/white color palette for this dessert table she recently styled. The simple, all-white serving dishes and symmetrical layout of the treats provide a nice balance to the high-contrast zebra patterns, and the result is a table that’s modern, stylish, and the perfect amount of playful!

{And if you love this look and want to try something REALLY bold for spring/summer… consider swapping out the soft blue for a bright lemon yellow or vibrant lime green!}

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BABYmania {Beatles Inspired Birthday} – Pt. 2

Beatles Inspired Birthday Party

In continuation of yesterday’s insanely creative Beatles-inspired BabyMANIA party from Suzanne of SHEPAPERIE, here we go with Part 2 of that same birthday bash, which just might be your favorite part… because we’re covering the FOOD!

And speaking of things that are insanely creative… check out the adorable edibleYellow Submarines” above – made from twinkies, skittles, and drinking straws! That’s just one of the fabulous themed treats that were featured on the “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE AND SWEETS” station… which offered up sweet treats guests could enjoy after filling up on SGT. PEPPERoni Pizza, LET IT B-L-T Bites, an OCTOPUS’s GARDEN Salad Bar, and more…

Beatles Inspired Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more fun pics, plus all the witty & inspiring menu details from Suzanne! (more…)

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BABYmania! {Beatles-Inspired Birthday} – Pt. 1

Beatles Themed Birthday Party Ideas

I’m SO excited to share this ultra-creative party with you today! It’s a fantastic Beatles-inspiredBABYmania” theme designed by the ridiculously sweet & talented Suzanne of SHEPAPERIE… and from song lyrics woven throughout the invite & party decor to vinyl record pedestal stands for the sweets table and DIY retro mustache props for the “photo booth”, the entire party is just overflowing with outside-the-box thinking and witty details! Suzanne created this theme to celebrate the first birthday of her adorable TWINS – Elle and Liam… hence the inspiration for the baby MANIA! Pretty clever, right? =)

Beatles Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Since there are so many fabulous pics to share (as captured by the wonderful Jeanna Hayes), I’m going to make this one a 2-part feature. You’ll find all the details on the invites, decor, photo booth, and favors here in Part 1… and Part 2 will feature the equally creative MENU, complete with theme-appropriate items like “yellow submarine twinkies” and an Octopus Garden” salad station! (more…)

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Vintage-Rustic Lemons & Lavender Theme

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Thought we’d send you off into the weekend with a healthy dose of sunshine… and this vintage-rustic style “Lemons & Lavender” theme is just the thing! It’s full of warm, sunny inspiration for everything from spring/summer bridal showers and weddings to a special Easter or Mother’s Day brunch!

Dreamed up by talented ladies: Cortnie of Canvas & Canopy Events and Vanessa of Alchemy Fine Events, this party is sprinkled with charming details like place settings topped with tiny bundles of lavender, chairs adorned with lemons & olive tree branches, and a make-your-own ice-cold Limoncello station!

Tuscany Style Tabletop

Read on for lots more sunshine-filled pics and party details… (more…)

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“Walk the Plank” Pirate Inspired Birthday

pirate birthday for boy party table

Ahoy, Mateys! You’re in for a real treat today as we are sharing a PIRATE Birthday Party full of inspiration, lots of goodies, and of course… some buried treasure! From the bold stripes to the vibrant color palette, we know you will find LOTS of party inspiration for your little pirates (or grown-up ones!) as we share our favorite elements – from the “old” sunken chest to the swirled drink bottles!

pirate birthday party

Designed on a budget, I share lots of the DIY elements below, so read on for lots more pictures and details… (more…)

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Event Conference: Uncensored! {March 16-18}

Uncensored Event Business Conference - San Diego

If you’re a current or aspiring event planner/entrpreneur in the SoCal area – there’s a fantastic 3-day conference in San Diego next week called UNCENSORED! The Secrets of Event Planning Revealed.

This conference is very much focused on the BUSINESS side of event planning, which is something that’s SO important but often gets pushed aside because we’re always so busy with the actual work! As much as we all love to be creative in our personal areas of expertise – whether it’s food, decor, floral, stationery, photography, or anything else associated with events – at the end of the day we really DO have bills to pay, right?! And I can tell you from first-hand experience that it’s very easy to get carried away in the design/creative side of things and suddenly realize the hourly breakdown of your fee has dwindled down to peanuts! Sigh… (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Classic Red Ball Birthday

classic red ball birthday party

{Note from Jenn: I’m so excited to share the very first contributor post from talented designer Jessica Kirkland of Pen N’ Paperflowers with you today! One look at this party that she designed for her daughter and I think you’ll see why we’re so VERY HAPPY to have her! Also – be sure to check out the note on Pastry Pedestals™ in the party details portion of the post – this is an adorable & brand new patent-pending product that she designed herself. So without further adieu… here’s Jessica!}

“You are absolutely going to have a BALL pouring over all of the details of this “Classic Red Ball Birthday” party.  As a brand-new blog contributor for HWTM, and this being my very first post, I’m thrilled to share with you a party I hosted for my very own daughter’s 2nd birthday!  I hope you enjoy the crisp color palette and the fun & simple details that follow…

classic red ball birthday party

classic red ball birthday party

Read on for LOTS more images (and we really mean LOTS!) plus all of the party details… (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Pop & Lolli Wall Art

Pop and Lolli modern kids wall decals

Winner Update 3/18: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #450Tiffiney. Congrats, Tiffiney!

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This new Surprise Giveaway is a whole new level of “ridiculously cute”! These wonderfully modern & cheery graphics are actually oversize fabric wall decals from Pop and Lolli, an adorable company that’s the brainchild of a talented designer & former Disney Imagineer. The decals are removeable, reusable, and repositionable – and guaranteed to add a huge dose of whimsy & color to any nursery, kids room, or party space!

This week at HWTM, Pop and Lolli is offering up a $150 GIFT CERTIFICATE to a lucky reader to use towards any of their favorite Pop and Lolli products! And from Cutesy Characters to Where the Wild Things Grow, there are seriously so many cute designs to choose from… I felt like the most indecisive person ever while putting together this post, because it was even hard to narrow down which designs & images to feature!

A few personal favorites are pictured above (including The Fashion Farm Gang and Noah’s African Circus). Read on to check out even more fabulous eye candy + details on how to enter the giveaway… (more…)

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St. Patrick’s Day: Beer Tasting Happy Hour

St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting

A BEER TASTING Happy Hour – what a perfect idea for St. Patrick’s Day! And Sandra from The White Library and Sandra Downey Event Designs did such a great job with this one…

From the vibrant orange/green color palette and stylish stationery elements (complete with Irish-style fonts) – to the creative presentation of the “happy hour size” food, this party has such a chic, modern vibe to it… this is even a great idea for a small crew of your closest friends! (And between the beer tasting and the meatball sliders, this particular theme should be an easy sell to your favorite guy/co-host, too!)

St. Patrick's Day Beer Tasting

Read on for lots more fun images & party details… (more…)

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Bright Blue & Green St. Patrick’s Day Party

St. Patrick's Day Party Printables

Are you ready to have a fabulous St. Patrick’s Day get-together? Well, LUCKY for you, this super cute printable collection and party table by Nellie of Nellie Design and Tracie of TJS Photography will make it super easy host a cool St. Paddy’s Day party! From clover-shaped cookies to colorful party hats, we love the modern colors & patterns in this fun party collection! And definitely worth noting… this party was put together in only TWO days (including the design of the stationery elements!). So no excuses… =)

St. Patrick's Day Party Printables

Read on for lots more fun images filled with polka dots, clovers, and stripes, followed by the party details… (more…)

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Drink of the Week: POMtiki Smash

POM Wonderful - POMtiki Smash Cocktail

How good does this POMtiki Smash cocktail look?! It features pomegranate juice, pineapple juice, almond (or orgeat) syrup, and rum, and has a cool tropical vibe that makes me think of relaxing in Hawaii… ahhh, Hawaii! The beautiful reddish-purple color also looks fabulous garnished with the bright yellow pineapple wedge.

This would be a fun signature drink idea for a Tropical-themed cocktail or dinner party… and would be great enjoyed alongside POM Salsa or Pomegranate, Gouda, and Pear Quesadillas for a complimentary flavor & look!

P.S. If you love pomegranate (or are doing a party where RED is a key color), there are a ton of yummy-looking recipe ideas on the POM Wonderful website. A friend just told me about them and I was surprised to find so many!

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Laura’s Cirque du Bebe Baby Shower – Part 2

Cirque Du Bebe Circus Dessert Table

In continuing with PART 1 of Laura’s Cirque du Bebe Baby Shower (which covered the the invites & party decor)… he we go with Part 2, featuring the absolutely FABULOUS dessert and candy tables. Seriously, how fun is this cupcake stand above? Covered in 3-tier cheetah & zebra print fabric, trimmed with bright orange pom-pom fringe & black marabou boa, and topped with a zebra candle! LOVE!

And the candy jars on the candy buffet featured cute sayings that coordinated with the types of candy inside. For example: Lemon Heads = “Pucker Up for Mama” and Reece’s Pieces = “We’re going to love Ethan to pieces.” So cute & clever!

Cirque Du Bebe Circus Dessert Table

Read on for more beautiful photos of both tables + party details from photographer Laura Ashbrook… (I’m including ALL of the party details again to help paint a clear picture of the entire event!) (more…)

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Laura’s Cirque du Bebe Baby Shower – Part 1

Cirque Du Bebe - Circus Baby Shower

Today’s Real Party feature is a gorgeous + fun + glam baby shower (for event designer Laura Ritchie) that holds a special place in my heart for a few reasons… First of all, if you’ve been following HWTM for a while, you might recognize the theme. This shower was inspired by the Cirque Du Bebe theme that I originally created for actress Tisha Campbell. They also incorporated my Cirque invitation design, coordinating party elements, and {free} downloadable signs. I can’t tell you how fun it is to see something that you’ve designed become part of an important occasion for someone else!

Secondly, the hostesses (with the help of Laura’s creative flair) did an AMAZING job building on the theme and making it their own! I am seriously SO very impressed by everything… especially the fabulous cupcake stand that will be covered next in Part 2!

Cirque Du Bebe - Circus Baby Shower

And third of all, (cue the heartstrings) there’s unfortunately a sad element to this story that also serves as a great example of the support of family members in hard times… The adorable mom-to-be, Laura– lost her mother to cancer when she was just 8 weeks pregnant. The silver lining is that her 3 aunts stepped up to throw this amazing shower for her (& in other ways of course too)… but I’m sure they wanted the shower to be even more special & beautiful given the circumstances. And that’s exactly what it was…

Cirque Du Bebe - Circus Baby Shower

So… without further adieu, here’s the first half of the gorgeous pics (featuring invites & decor) + the party details sent in by the photographer, Laura Ashbrook (yes…different Laura!)… (more…)

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Hello Hanna: Fun + Modern Party Stuff

Hello Hannah Activity Placemats

I was researching where to find these adorable mini sweet stands recently, and stumbled across the website of the company that actually makes them… hello hanna. Not sure if I’ve been living under a rock or what, but I’m already smitten with this brand! Hello, fabulous placemats! Hello, darling wishing birds! Hello, amazing wishing tree! Hello, creative books!

I’m toying with the idea of using the hello, jungle placemat set for the kids table at my daughter’s first birthday party this month. We’re doing a parade-inspired theme with lots of elephants & other “parading” animals. Here’s a peek at the invite (personal info has been changed).

Hello Hannah Activity Placemats

The placemat colors are a little off from the party’s color palette though…sigh… but I might be able to embellish them a little to help tie everything together at the table. If not, next time we’ll just have to design a theme completely around one of these sets! =) This robot version is fun too: (more…)

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