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Rainbow Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

UM…ya. I am pretty my dying over this ridiculously adorable Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party! Created by talented interior designer/graphic designer Paige of Paiges of Style – in celebration of her daughter Quinne’s first birthday – the level of creativity here is just above and beyond!

The bright, happy colors, the way-too-cute treats (every single one is so creative and can you even believe the level of detail on those cake pops?!), the oodles of DIY details – including a fabulous ruffled burlap backdrop, colorful rainbow ribbon garland, homemade “hot air balloon” table centerpieces, & more – the In-N-Out Burger menu, the matching ruffled rainbow bloomer on the birthday girl … what’s not to love?! As always, Paige tied everything together with coordinating paper details that adorned everything from the french fries to the crayon containers. And guess what…this entire printable paper package is available in her etsy shoppe!

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Read on for more happy, colorful photos + all the creative details, vendor resources/credits, & links to DIY tutorials… (more…)

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DIY Decor Tutorial: Playful Yarn Balls

Yarn Ball Tutorial

YARN BALLS are one of my favorite DIY party decor ideas for a few reasons:

1. They are SUPER EASY!
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They are really cute & versatile (in other words they work well with so many different themes, in many different ways)
3. they remind me of one of my favorite people who also happens to love them as much as I do… the lovely Amy from Operation Shower. That’s always a bonus. =) And now for the tutorial… (more…)

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Darling “Berry Bake Shop” Birthday Party

Berry Bake Shop Birthday Party

Ready for another dose of BAKE SHOP party cuteness? This one has a creative Picnic & Berries inspired twist and is seriously bursting with so many fabulous details – including a darling Baker’s Hat Making Station, “Berry Fields” Eating Area, picnic basket centerpieces, and of course a party invitation straight from Blueberry Muffin and Strawberry Shortcake themselves!

The birthday girl’s mom – Zuesette of Marizette Paperie – designed all the paper elements with the help of her business partner and enlisted the help of Amazae Special Events to bring this fun theme to life… what an amazing job they did of incorporating the picnic, berries, & baking theme into every single possible detail – from the party activities & clever stationery wording to the signature drinks (Glimmerberry Juice!), favors, & food!

Berry Bake Shop Birthday Party

Berry Bake Shop Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more “berry sweet” images + all the creative party details… (more…)

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Sweet “Cake Boss” Baking Birthday Party

Cake Boss Birthday Party Ideas

If you’re a fan of TLC’s Cake Boss or just love baking in general, you are going to LOVE this adorable “Cake Boss” Birthday Party created by Jennifer from Passion for Parties! Not only are all the sweet details super cute & creative (from cupcake liner garlands and chef hat “flowers” to candy topiary trees!), you can just tell that the cute little pint-sized bakers are having an absolute blast… which is what a party is all about anyways, right?

Cake Boss Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more playful images + all the sweet party details… (more…)

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Pretty + Playful: A Vintage-Style 1940s Inspired Wedding Theme

vintage style 40's inspired wedding

This 1940’s INSPIRED WEDDING from Lina at A Stunning Affair is all kinds of gorgeous… not to mention playful and FUN!

I’m loving everything about this inspirational shoot – from the oh-so-pretty and feminine floral designs that perfectly capture the vintage vibe – to clever details like adorable “Yum!” food flags and the old fashioned Coke bottles, bowling pins, canisters, & more that are woven throughout the decor. How do you entertain guests when they’re not busy eating & drinking? Crochet & darts, of course! And the fantastic calligraphy adorning everything from the place cards to the games and signage really helps tie all of the different elements together beautifully.

vintage style 40's inspired wedding

vintage style 40's inspired wedding

I’m also going to file this one under Bridal Showers, because there’s lots of fun inspiration here that would be lovely for a bridal shower too and could be recreated on a smaller scale. All these pretty, feminine details actually make me think of a lingerie theme!

Read on for a a truly stunning buffet of eye candy below, plus all the creative details & vendor resources… (more…)

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“Goodnight Moon” Baby Shower {Part 2: Dessert Table} + $100 GIVEAWAY

Goodnight Moon Baby Shower Dessert Table

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. We wish all of you could get a $100 gift certificate to Crate & Barrel, but as always, we had to draw a winner who was randomly selected. And the lucky winner is…Commenter # 29, Courtney, who said, “I adore this shower, I love all the little details – tags, flags, yarn balls – that really bring everything together and polish it off so nicely, I also love the star cheesecake “shots” and have been obsessed with any kind of cake/dessert in mason jars, shot glasses or something that makes it extra special – C&B how do i love thee let me count the ways… currently I am ‘needing’ and lusting after more bitty bite glasses and a bunch of ramekins to serve mini individual chillis both for a campy, woodsy baby shower and also spider cupcake holders – who does not need spider cupcake holders? really now…”

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In continuing with our new Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower, here we go with PART 2: The Dessert Table! As with Part 1, there are tons of free party printables for you to download here too in case you want to recreate this theme at home.

The Free Dessert Table Downloads include: mini cupcake toppers, food/drink flags, decorative labels (used on the candy jars & plates), “GOODNIGHT” garland, and small decorative banners, and hanging stars and ribbon banner from the backdrop. You can also purchase the big jumping cow & moon graphics here.

Goodnight Moon Baby Shower Dessert Table

Part 2 also comes with an ADDED BONUS though – a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY, courtesy of Glue Dots! (I used these handy little adhesives extensively to bring this theme to life.) They’re offering up a $100 GIFT CARD to Crate&Barrel, in addition to lots of Glue Dots product & a branded apron… FUN! Entering is easy – see details at the very bottom of this post.

And now for more colorful dessert table ideas & images, followed by creative details & shopping resources… (more…)

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“Goodnight Moon” Baby Shower {Part 1: Tabletop & Decor + Printables}

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

When I was asked to create a new baby shower theme inspired by the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon, I was pretty much “over the moon” myself! This theme was so much fun to work with because the book happens to be packed with tons of inspirational elements to build from – from the adorable pajama-clad bunny himself to other key “characters” like the cow jumping over the moon, the 3 little bears, and the lone red balloon.

I was also excited to have a great excuse to revisit the Bedtime Story baby shower theme from years ago. It was definitely time for version 2.0! As with that original theme, standard 6-ft banquet tables were first transformed into “beds” here, using inexpensive bed linens & pillows.  The rest of the theme was brought to life life utilizing key characters/elements from the book, playful patterns, vibrant colors, and Glue Dots galore!

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

We have 2 tablescapes to share, plus a dessert table, themed drink ideas, 2 DIY projects, and a decorated hutch (which usually houses our barware & china!). I REALLY hope you’re able to utilize some of these ideas for your own celebrations! There are TONS of images to share, so in an effort to keep this post from being a mile long, here we go with Part 1: Tabletop & Decor.

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Scroll down for more tabletop and hutch images + creative details AND free printables! {P.S. You can check out the full Part 1 photo gallery with lots more pictures of the tables & hutch on our social site!}  And stay tuned for Part 2 – Desserts & Drinks – which is coming soon and bringing a FUN GIVEAWAY with it! =) (more…)

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{Recipe} “Super Natural” Bran Muffins with Maple Syrup & Dates

All Natural Bran Muffin Recipe

Okay… so I’m definitely not the world’s healthiest eater… by a long shot. The combination of a hectic schedule and a serious sweet tooth has resulted in a diet that’s heavy skewed towards whatever is super fast & convenient, which almost always does NOT = “wholesome”.

A drastic overnight change is just not going to happen though, and truth be told I really don’t have a desire (or discipline) to start eating just like Madonna or Demi anyways. Instead, I’ve just started to try incorporating more natural products, ingredients, & recipes into the mix to help balance things out – easy changes like opting for raw cane sugar and all-natural coffee creamer. One of my first steps was the recent purchase of the cookbook Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson of 101 cookbooks fame. There are zillions of “natural” cookbooks out there, but I chose this particular one partially because I love to support other bloggers and partially because I knew it promised to delivery gorgeous, mouth-watering food photography, just like Heidi’s blog.

All Natural Bran Muffin Recipe

So today I’m going to share one of my favorite breakfast recipes from this cookbook with you – which still happens to fall into both the sweet and convenient “grab and go” categories – while utilizing all-natural ingredients like raw cane sugar, pure maple syrup, whole wheat flour, and unprocessed oat bran. (I also added chopped dried dates as the mix-in.) (more…)

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Friday Find: Cool Candy & Jewelry Molds

Skeleton Key Candy Jewelry Mold

The chocolate skeleton keys from this Vintage-Style Haunted Halloween Party theme by Anders Ruff got such a great reaction, I thought you might like some insight on where to find the candy molds so you can make some yourself… They’re from etsy vendor Mold Shop, which specializes in flexible silicone jewelry & candy molds. These keys would be great for both Halloween Parties or a Wonderlandia inspired theme! *Note: Since a lot of the molds are sized for jewelry, just make sure to double check that the listed size works for your needs if you’re planning to use them for candy/chocolate… or consider messaging the vendor about their custom order options at larger sizes.

Check out some more examples of Mold Shop’s collection below, including all of the key designs, or click here to visit the entire shop now. (more…)

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Mickey Mouse Inspired Birthday Party

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me…M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e!”  Enter a world of nostalgia, happy and fun with this classic-themed birthday party from Elle Steadman starring that oh-so-familiar, iconic mouse-eared silhouette that can be recognized in just about any household.

From adorable iced sugar cookies that look as if they arrived straight from “the happiest place on earth“, to mouse-eared Oreo pops and marshmallow treat pops, one peek at the fun details in this party will have you – and your little party guests – smiling from ear to ear!

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas

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Yo Ho, Yo Ho: A Pirate Birthday Playdate

Pirate Themed Birthday Party

“Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate Party for me…” Actually, this happens to be a fantastic Pirate Themed Birthday Party that Deb Currie threw for her son’s 2nd birthday – didn’t she do a great job?!

The use of skull and crossbone silhouettes + colorful paper pinwheels is a perfect combo here… very pirate-appropriate but also playful & kid-friendly! More fun details include super-cute pirate ship cookies, homemade seashell candy cupcake toppers, pirate hats for all the little mateys, sandpail favors filled with all kinds of “pirate treasures”, and a fabulous DIY cake & cupcake stand made from 2 of the birthday boy’s gifts.

Pirate Themed Birthday Party

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5 Year BLOGiversary Celebration + The Post That Almost Didn’t Happen

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

So… I should start off by saying that this post really should’ve been up back in June – on June 26, 2011 to be exact – but the fact that it’s up at all is kind of a mini miracle at this point (full story below). And, as it turns out, the more-than-2-months-late post date is actually kind of perfect…

…because now that it’s finally up & done, I’ve come to realize that this post – which so innocently started out as what was supposed to be a mini “virtual celebration” of the 5-year anniversary of this blog, has instead unwittingly become the perfect metaphor for my last 5 years of blogging: filled with shiny moments, not-so-shiny moments, full blown fall-on-your-face crashes, and multiple restarts… to use computer terminology. And despite the obstacles this project presented, I couldn’t help but laugh when I realized that…and might even venture to say there’s something I kind of love about it (hello there, silver lining).

Here’s the full story, plus a super inspiring video just because I think you’ll really love it too…

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary (more…)

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