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DIY Tutorial: {Patriotic} Paper Starbursts

DIY Paper Star Tutorial
Feeling Crafty? We have a super fun DIY Paper Starburst Tutorial to share with you today from party planning guru Dawn at Not Just a Mommy!

These pretty hanging stars would actually be great in any color palette and can be utilized for lots of different occasions, but since 4th of July is coming up on Monday, we thought it would be fun – and timely – to feature them in patriotic red, white, and blue! (more…)

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Summer Kick-off: Crab & Lobster Party

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Let’s celebrate the beginning of summer with a PARTY! That’s exactly what Shawna of Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events did as she kicked-off summer with a Crab and Lobster Themed Party. This party looks like it could grace the pages of a Pottery Barn Kids catalog. It was styled perfectly!

I’m loving the patriotic color palette and nautical influences, including the crab and lobster touches. Using the pirate ship to hold snacks is not only creative, but also practical. I just love the blue fish ice-sculpture too! The fabric touches throughout including the whale pillows, welcome sign, and table runners gives the party a warm and inviting feel. After looking at this, I’m thinking we should “kick-off summer” EVERYDAY so we can celebrate in style and eat sweets too!

Lobster Party Decor

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Cupcakes Couture

Cupcakes Couture Manhattan Beach

So excited to shared today’s Surprise Giveaway with you… based on being able to share these delicious, mouth-watering dessert photos alone! This giveaway comes from the adorable Manhattan Beach based bakery: Cupcakes Couture, (whose work you might already have seen in your favorite bridal magazine/blog or on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars!).

Founded by Jenine Cravatt and Stephanie Franz, Cupcakes Couture provides “a designer’s experience to finding the perfect handcrafted dessert” – which is pretty apparent by just browsing their beautiful work! And this week at HWTM, they’re offering up a $100 Gift Certificate towards any wedding or celebratory cake! We all know how much things can start adding up when it comes to the budget for everything from a birthday party to a wedding, so this should definitely be a welcome addition to any party budget!

Cupcakes Couture Manhattan Beach

Read on for LOTS more yummy images + details on how to enter…. (more…)

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Creative Outdoor Decor: DIY Swing Table

Swing Table Tutorial by Kim Foren

Floral design guru Kim Foren has such a clever, creative DIY tutorial to share today! This one is perfect for summer parties & outdoor entertaining! Read on for full DIY details on her “Swinging Table” idea (plus a ridiculously pretty picture of a fruit tart that’s making me very hungry right about now!)…

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A Sweet Baby Shower for Charlotte Grace

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I’m loving the fresh, modern look and sweet simplicity of this charming & feminine baby shower, as styled by Shannon Leahy Events! Also worth noting – while this is a party is to welcome a baby girl, the color palette is actually lime, aqua, and white…. proof that girls don’t ALWAYS have to = pink! *wink*

The giant flower ball “baby rattle” made from green mums definitely takes the cake (so clever!), and the use of Charlotte’s Web as a guest book/gift for baby was such a personalized, thoughtful touch! Guests sipped signature drinks from darling mason jars that were wrapped in fabric and secured with diaper pins.

spring summer baby shower

spring summer baby shower

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar {Birthday Party}

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

As a “new-ish” mom myself (15 month old daughter + one on the way), The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle feels extra near and dear these days. Of course I remember it from my own childhood, but Macy already loves it too… and there’s just something so fantastic about seeing your kid’s face light up at the very sight of a book!

So when Hana from Hana Lynch Photography sent in this ADORABLE Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party that she created for her daughter’s 3rd birthday, I was instantly smitten! Parent or not though, I think pretty much anyone can appreciate the sweetness of this creative little party…from the amazing caterpillar cake to the book-inspired tags and treats (which give a great excuse to incorporate FRUIT, as opposed to just sweets!). *wink*

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

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

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Baby Bedding Zone

Modern Baby and Kids Bedding

Attn: Parents, Parents-to-be, Grandparents, & friends/family of those with little ones on the way… this Surprise Giveaway is for you!

Baby Bedding Zone carries all sorts of stylish bedding collections for babies, toddlers, and kids – in styles that range from modern to vintage. They also carry coordinating nursery decor, including adorable lamps, mobiles, memory boards, curtains, wall art, & more. Sound like somewhere you could go shopping? Good… because this week at HWTM, Baby Bedding Zone is offering up a $150 Shopping Spree to a lucky someone to spend however they please at BabyBeddingZone.com!

Modern Baby and Kids Bedding

Read on for more {modern & adorable} product samples + details on how to enter… (more…)

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Charming 3D “Cookie Cupcake” Tutorial

3D 4th of July Cookie Tutorial

Callye from The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle is here today with the most darling 3D “Cookie Cupcake” tutorial – seriously, how cute are these?!

In honor of the 4th of July holiday coming up, she created this tutorial in an Independence Day theme, but you can really tailor this concept to any color palette and theme of your choice. How cute would a fuschia/orange/lime green stripe version be for summer… maybe topped with mini homemade multicolor abstract candy melt toppers?

3D 4th of July Cookie Tutorial

Read on for lots more detailed images + step-by-step instructions… (more…)

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DIY: 4 Cherry Blossom Inspired Craft Projects

If you love pretty DIY projects, then you should REALLY love this post… because it features not just one, but FOUR different cherry blossom inspired craft projects: 1. “Cherry Blossom” Branches (featuring tissue paper flowers!); 2. Cherry Blossom Chopstick Holders; 3. Cherry Blossom Ribbon Wall Backdrop; 4. Cherry Blossom Tissue Confetti.

These projects are courtesy of Jenni of A Well Crafted Party, whose beautiful, Japanese-inspired “Love in Blossom” wedding theme we featured earlier this week. Check out that post to see how all of these crafty projects came together for one theme! And if you’re mood for some SWEET how-to, check out the tutorial for the pretty chocolate cherry blossom cupcake toppers right here. (more…)

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Glitter + Glam: “Pretty in Punk” Theme

Pretty in Punk Hot Pink & Black Wedding

We’re pretty much head-over-heels for this wonderfully PUNK-a-licious theme that Melanie Bittick of Jesi Haack Design designed for the Inspired Creations Contest {hosted by Elizabeth Anne Designs and The Sweetest Occasion.}

From the delicious color palette to the fabulous stationery details and light-up ice cubes and a huge graffiti mural “guest book” (!)…this “Pretty in Punk” theme is the perfect mix of glam and FUN. Originally designed as a wedding concept, but also great inspiration for an engagement party or bridal shower too.

Pretty in Punk Hot Pink & Black Wedding

Read on for more punk-a-licious images & creative details! (more…)

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Darling & Magical WISH Themed Birthday

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

To say that we’re swooning over this absolutely DARLING “Wish” themed birthday party by the talented Paula of Frog Prince Paperie would pretty much be an understatement!

From the sweet color palette to the oh-so-stylish printables to creative treats like coconut-covered “Dandelion Pops” (so CLEVER!), there was definitely no detail left undone here. Just looking at these photos feels makes it feel like there’s some magic in the air! This party definitely looks like a birthday girl’s dream come true…

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

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Tweet Up {6/28}: Summer Entertaining Ideas

If you’re looking for creative ways to celebrate this summer or have some fun ideas of your own to share, please join us on Twitter to chat about Quick & Easy Summer Entertaining Ideas on Tuesday, June 28th. The Tweet Up starts at 6pm CST and will last for an hour. To Join the Party: Visit tweetchat.com and enter #BacardiDaiquiri to follow the conversation. Hope you can make it! (more…)

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DIY: Chocolate Cherry Blossoms + Recipe

In conjunction with the Japanese-Inspired Love in Blossom theme from A Well Crafted Party that we posted earlier today, here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make model the oh-so-pretty Chocolate Cherry Blossoms featured on the cupcakes!

You’ll also find yummy recipes for Fresh Lemon Cake and Italian Buttercream below. Both the DIY Tutorial and the recipes are courtesy of Alicia Smith of The Sweet Smith. Thanks, Alicia! (more…)

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Love In Blossom Japanese-Inspired Wedding

Japanese Inspired Wedding Theme - Love in Blossom

I’ve always had a soft spot for Asian-inspired themes, and this gorgeous, Japanese-inspired “Love in Blossom” theme from Jenni of A Well Crafted Party is another gorgeous reason to love this style!

While there are tons of beautiful elements in this shoot, the “cherry blossom branches” have got to be my favorite detail. Look closely and you’ll see they’re actually made from found branches and tissue paperhow CLEVER! And so budget-friendly too! You’ll also find mini versions of the branches accenting the bride’s white carnation bouquet… which is another wonderfully budget-friendly element to this shoot.

Japanese Inspired Wedding Theme - Love in Blossom

Read on for more gorgeous images + creative details… (and P.S. Stay tuned for some DIY tutorials from this shoot coming later today!) (more…)

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{Clever & Modern} “MILKaholic” Sip & See

Milk Bottles and Dessert Table

Got Milk? Now all you need to do is add the baby! We are totally addicted to this ultra creative MILKaholic” Sip & See Baby Shower by Carrie Sellman of Half Baked. Using an array of patterns like swiss dots and cow print, plus a basic black and white palette accented with pops of bright turquoise, this non-traditional and oh-so-modern baby shower came to life!

What do babies love the most? Milk, of course. So making milk the main focus – well… aside from the new baby! – was so obvious, but at the same time absolutely brilliant.

Milk Shooters and Cake

Every detail was perfect… from the clean, modern style to the amazing cake (created by the hostess herself!), the super cute Starbucks-style milk bottles, the cute assortment of cookies, all of the incredible paper details… and let’s not forget about the incredible hand painted canvas to match. This has got to be one of my favorite babies showers yet!

Milk and Cookies

Read on for more addictive “milkaholic” photos + party details. . . . (more…)

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Celebrate Summer with a Picnic Parade!

Summer Picnic Parade Party

Happy first day of SUMMER! What better way to celebrate than with this ridiculously cute “Picnic Parade” party by Renee of The Creative Orchard, which is full of fabulous, sunny inspiration for everything from just-for-fun get togethers to summer baby showers & birthday parties. Renee did such a great job describing all the clever details of this pretty little party, so we’re just going to let her take it away…

Summer Picnic Parade Party

I have been very ANTSY about sharing my Picnic Parade in the Shade! Crawling with colorful prints and adorable ANTS that you’ll actually want to invite to your next party!

Surrounded by summer picnic inspired decor, you will enjoy yards and yards of FUN, YUMMY food, COOL drinks and chilling WATERMELON fans at this get-together. Both adults and kids can relax, chit-chat, fill their bellies and entertain themselves with outdoor activities. March one by one to this backyard, where you will find an old red barn which was the perfect casual setting! (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Foxy Originals

Foxy Originals Jewelry Giveaway

As a self-proclaimed jewelry fanatic myself, I’m super excited to share this brand new Surprise Giveaway with you today – (and already a little envious of the lucky person that wins it!) – because it features a generous $150 Shopping Spree towards fabulous jewelry by Foxy Originals. There are so many great designs to choose from, including necklaces, earrings, rings, bracelets & hair accessories!

Founded by Jen Kluger and Suzie Orol, Ontario-based Foxy Originals is all about “unique and playful jewelry pieces that help young women everywhere find their own way to sparkle and shinewithout breaking the bank.” Foxy Originals also manufactures all their jewelry locally in Canada…click here to check out a video Jen & Suzie put together that offers a behind the scenes peek into how their jewelry is made!

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Hello Yellow! A Summer Birthday Party

Hello, cuteness…and hello, SUMMER!! This adorable “Hello YELLOW” birthday party hosted by Kirsten Gentry of Kojo Designs is sure to arouse feelings of summer fun in the sun. There are just so many cute details to gush over starting with the fact that this party was created in honor of SIX different children with birthdays within six weeks of each other!! What a great idea to combine them into one GIANT birthday party using a theme fitting for any child…or adult for that matter.

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I just love the idea of hosting a party inspired primarily on a single color selection. The creative options are essentially endless and it certainly makes finding coordinating party decor and selecting sweet treats, candies and food items a cinch!  Some of my favorite design elements in this party include the hand-tied swag created using strips of fabric, the assortment of hanging jars, the lemonade station as well as the simple cupcake toppers created with a swatch of fabric tied to a toothpick.

And since there were SIX birthday honorees, all six moms of the children jumped in to create some fabulous diy elements that truly made this celebration personalized. (homemade matching dresses for the girls, matching bowties for the boys and homemade favor bags).  More gorgeous images follow so be sure to keep reading for more information on all of the incredibly cute party elements as told by Kirsten. I’m certain you’ll be inspired to center your next party theme around your favorite color.

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A Vintage Tractor-Inspired Birthday Party

Tractor Themed Birthday Party

Not only is this “Tractorcade” Birthday Party – which Audrey of Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats created for her adorable son – super cute & creative for any time of year… it also features a fabulous red, white, & blue color palette that’s perfectly timed for 4th of July party inspiration at this particular time of year too!

I’m loving all the vintage Americana” style details – like the homemade burlap & fabric pennant banners and the stylish Anders Ruff designed invitations, which were printed on watercolor paper for a “worn” look. And then of course there are the fabulous tractor-inspired details… like the birthday “dirt” cake, real-life tractors (courtesy of Grandpa Mickey), and of course… the tractor ride for the kids!

Tractor Themed Birthday Party

Read on for lots more fabulous party images + all the oh-so-creative party details… (more…)

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DIY: “Under the Sea” Kids Party Invitation

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

Cindy of LOL Letterpress is back with an absolutely ADORABLE 3-dimensional kids party invite tutorial with an “Under the Sea” theme. (This would also work great for a beach party theme!)

From the graphic design to the towel wraps to the adorable bath toy embellishment, this party already looks like a good time… and it would be hard not to smile from the moment you open it when you’re greeted with a happy little creature like this, right?! You can also buy really inexpensive hand towels for the wraps in bulk at Target & Walmart. If you’ve got the time go the extra mile on an invitation, this is a great way to make a big impact on your guests right from the start!

DIY Kids Party Invitation - Under the Sea

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Vintage Sweet Shoppe Baby Shower + Free Printables!

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

Update: 6/17: I posted these images yesterday, but am back today with the full details and free printables! This “Vintage Sweet Shoppe” baby shower theme was really fun to put together and is full of fun & easy DIY… gotta love that! (The ice cream inspired elements would work well for kids birthday parties too.)

This color palette was designed with baby boy AND mom-to-be in mind, but you could easily recreate this look in any color palette to tailor the theme to baby girls and gender neutral showers too. I’m thinking that pale pink, warm gray and white with accents of bright pink would be particularly cute for a girl version! {UPDATE: 8/3 – The GIRL Version is now available! Click here to view/download them.}  =)

Vintage Sweet Shoppe Ice Cream Baby Shower

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Slam Dunk Basketball First Birthday Party

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“He shoots, He SCORES!!” and we are going wild about this Basketball Themed Slam Dunk first birthday party by Andrea of Coquette Events. Following her clients lead, Andrea incorporated the family’s love for basketball and modern sense of style, while still keeping the party fresh and youthful.

From the basketball cake pops and fondant cupcake toppers, to the concession stand food which included fried chicken wings and hot dogs with all the trimmings and much more, the “first season highlights” photo bookshelf, to the amazing Mini Air Jordan Cookies, this party was a slam dunk! We’re also loving the super fun mini basketball and popcorn party favors and athletic storage bins which displayed them.

Cake Smash and Dessert Table

Basketball Cakepops and Mini Cupcakes

Read on for more adorable & creative “First Season Highlights” and “Slam Dunk” pictures. . . (more…)

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Easy {& Creative!} 4th of July Party Ideas

Easy 4th of July Party Ideas - drink Stirrers

Why does it already feel like the summer is flying by?! 4th of July will be here before we know it, and if you’re extra-pressed for time this year, but still want to add some fun & creativity to your get-together, here are 3 super quick/easy/affordable ideas that will help bring the Independence Day spirit to life at your party without sacrificing even more of your sleep schedule! *wink*

Fireworks are always one of the first things I always think of when it comes to celebrating the 4th of July, so that’s where my inspiration came from for these 3 simple projects:

Easy 4th of July Party Ideas - drink Stirrers

IDEA #1: Sparkly Patriotic Drink Stirrers
First up… the drinks! One of the easiest ways to dress up drinks is to add some creative stirrers. To make these “fireworks” stirrers, all you need are: wooden bamboo skewers (available at any grocery store) + sparkly metallic pipe cleaners (also called “chenille stems”) + hot glue. (more…)

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Adorable Cooking-Inspired Birthday Party

Baking Themed Birthday Party Ideas

To say that we’re SWEET on this adorable “Kendall’s Kitchen” Cooking-Inspired Birthday Party designed by Kelly of Eventology Weddings would pretty much be an understatement!

From the chef’s hats and cooking themed activitiesincluding pizza dough making and egg & spoon relays – to the candy coated popcorn cones, oven-mitt invitations, and of course the too-cute, pint-sized bakers themselves, this party just looks like an absolute blast for the little ones…

Baking Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Baking Themed Birthday Party Ideas

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Cupcakes & Tea for the Mama to Be

Cupcakes and Tea Baby Shower

Stacy from Scrumptious Swirls created this lovely and oh-so-feminine “Cupcakes & Tea for Mama to Be” baby shower for her sister… and you can definitely feel the sisterly love in all these elegant details!

One of my favorite elements has got to be the DIY ribbon chandelier (pictured cirectly below). I’ve seen these chandeliers before, but the butterfly embellishments Stacy added definitely kick it up a notch! Also loving the tea cup flower arrangements, apothecary jars terraniums, and edible pearl accents on the cupcakes… not to mention the the stunning petal cake!

Cupcakes and Tea Baby Shower

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Americana Style 4th of July Block Party

4th of July Patriotic Block Party

Pie eating contests, potato sack races, corn-on-the-cob, and a bevy of red white and blue…this “down home”, Americana Style Block Party looks like an absolute blast… and absolutely everything that an Independence Day celebration should be!

Dreamed up and styled by Abigail of Paper & Cake, you’ll find so many wonderfully festive details in the images below… from patriotic pinwheels and striped red velvet cake push pops to grosgrain napkin rings and bottle labels reading “This Land is Your Land“. And what Americana celebration would be complete without PIE? This one is serving up everything from Pecan to Peaches & Cream!

4th of July Patriotic Block Party

4th of July Patriotic Block Party

Want to follow Abigail’s lead for your own 4th of July celebration? This entire printable party collection (plus the red bandanas, napkin rings, & more) is available right here at Social Couture – and HWTM readers get 10% off their entire order at SC with the discount code HWTM.

Read on for LOTS more inspiring images (as captured by Missy Marie Photography) plus all the creative party details… (more…)

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Floral DIY: Wine Bottle Arrangements

Do you need another good excuse to drink that bottle of wine? Well good news, we’ve got just the thing! *wink*  Seriously, though… these lovely Wine Bottle Floral Frrangements from Amber Lay – starring emptied and embellished bottles of wine + the flowers of your choice – make such lovely decor for all sorts of occasions… from milestone celebrations like engagment parties and anniversaries to more casual celebrations like summer dinners and wine-and-cheese parties. (more…)

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Golf Themed 30th Birthday “Par-tee”

Golf themed birthday party

With a golf lover in my own house, I know just how fun it can be to throw a party around your husband’s favorite hobby! This GOLF themed 30th Birthday “Par-tee” by Rebecca Martinez is full of clever and witty treats, details, and decorations…from  gator cookies, and rice krispie “sand traps” to golf ball cake pops!

Not only did guests enjoy an array of sweets, but they got to participate in a golf costume contest and chipping contest too! Incorporating creative activities for all ages is a great way to keep the party fun & exciting all night. This hostess definitely hit a hole-in-one with this fabulous golf-inspired birthday party!

Golf themed birthday party

Read on for all the par-tee details + lots of fun pictures… (more…)

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CAUTION: Sharks! & Scuba Birthday Party

Du-na, Du-na, Du-na... que the dramatic Jaws music for this amazing Shark/Scuba Birthday Party by Abigail of Paper & Cake. Abigail took inspiration from her son’s new obsession – sharks – and created this ultra-creative & colorful birthday party!

A few of my favorite details include the homemade scuba tanks, the huge cardboard shark cutout in the front lawn, and the adorable felt shark fins that all the party-goers wore. I also LOVE the addition of the Scuba symbolgenius! The sand-and-sea-shell centerpiece and beach towel table runner were the perfect details to complete this party.

shark and scuba birthday party

Scuba Straws and Shark Tea

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Gorgeous “Sweet Blessings” Baby Shower

Sweet Blessings Baby Shower

This oh-so-pretty baby shower – created by the lovely & talented Andrea of Dolce Drive for her longtime friend – is not only stunning and beautiful to look at, but there’s also a heartfelt story of loss and new life that goes along with it (heads up that you might need some tissues when you read it), which makes this particular event an extra special one for mom-to-be and her friends & family.

I’ll let Andrea share the full details of that story below, but first I’m excited to share lots of visual eye candy with your from this gorgeous & sweet celebration of a new baby girl…

Sweet Blessings Baby Shower

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