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Bold & Cheerful East Coast Clambake

East Coast Clam Bake Party Ideas

This beautiful East Coast Clambake designed by Desiree Spinner Events just looks like such a fun party! The bright red and yellow color palette gives off such a festive, happy vibe – especially when brought to life through fun details like red chiavari chairs, red & white check napkins and vibrant yellow sunflowers displayed in mason jars.

Looking at these pics got me thinking too… sunflowers are readily available right now – our local grocery store has actually featured a huge bin of sunflower bunches out front for a while now – so for a cheerful twist on the usual autumn palette, why not try pairing sunflowers with bright red and a few rustic textures and elements for your pretty fall dinner parties & celebrations this year? Sounds like a good plan to me… :)

East Coast Clam Bake Party Ideas

East Coast Clam Bake Party Ideas

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

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Petals & Popcorn Bridal Shower {Part 2} Party Decor + Free Printables

Petals & Popcorn Pink Purple Bridal Shower

Excited to share Part 2 of the Petals and Popcorn Bridal Shower {my entry for the $100 Designer’s Challenge from Sparkling Events & Designs} Here’s a peek at the bridal shower Party Decor, complete with more free printables! You’ll find links to download the 4×6 Signs and square “Mr. Right“and “She Said Yes!” labels below.

The wooden doll cut out of “Mr. Right” is holding a mini engagement ring made from a strip of felt + the top of one of the Diamond Diamante pins used elsewhere in the shower (I just snipped off the metal pin portion & hot glued the top). He matches the “Bride” cut-out featured in the Table Centerpiece. :)

Petals & Popcorn Pink Purple Bridal Shower

One of my favorite details from this shower was the hutch embellishment. We just used leftover petals from the 2 silk hydrangea stems to create a “cluster effect” on one of the top corners. They’re attached with small Glue Dots. Super easy! This idea was inspired by the sea shells climbing the walls of the restaurant venue in this rehearsal dinner.

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Spectacular Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

If you’re a fan of the Harry Potter series, prepare to flip over this absolutely fabulous DEATHLY HALLOWS Dinner Party dreamed up by the talented Loralee Lewis!

From the elegant drippy-wax candlelight and traditional English meal to beautiful vintage-gothic-style paper details and a delightfully dark “forbidden forest” setting, this is definitely a more mature take on the popular child wizard series… and a spectacular one at that! Loralee didn’t miss a thing when it came to bringing the details of the story to life either…guests enjoyed everything from Polyjuice Potion and Dark Brewed Butter Beer to Chocolate Frogs and Three Broomsticks Pumpkin Juice! This is SUCH a fun idea for an adult-friendly Halloween celebration too.

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Harry Potter Deathly Hallows Dinner Party

Read on for lots more dazzling images and all the magical creative details…. (more…)

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Darling Pink Flower Party with Rustic Charm

Birthday Cake displayed on small wooden stool

Get ready to fall head-over-heels in love with the sweet details of this oh-so-pretty Pink Flower Party created by the talented Kori of Paper & Pigtails!

Inspired by her daughter’s love of nature and everything pink, a flower/garden party was the perfect choice to celebrate Charlotte’s 4th birthday.  The use of burlap elements in contrast to the soft, subtle color palette was just the right touch for adding a tiny bit of rustic charm to this girly nature party…

The creative DIY flowers that Kori made with her daughter – using crepe paper, fabric, and cupcake liners – really brought a magical feel to the party decor. Beautiful rosettes and gorgeous fabric flowers adorned everything from the table runners to the centerpieces. One of my favorite elements is definitely Brunch Table though… not only is it pretty to look at, it’s filled with a variety of scrumptious breakfast treats including scones, mini muffins, cinnamon rolls and adorable “waffle flowers” that Kori creatively displayed on The Pastry Pedestal™!

Keep reading for all of the delightful details and photos blooming with inspiration! You will not want to miss the hand-painted cake pops or the other stunning components of the dessert table.

P.S. Sticking with the use of burlap and replacing the soft pink color palette with a selection of rich colors reflective of Autumn makes this theme versatile for any Fall celebrations you have coming up too. Enjoy!! (more…)

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Playful & Vibrant 40th Birthday Celebration

40th birthday party ideas

This 40th Birthday Celebration for the lovely Amy of Living Locurto is so colorful & playful… doesn’t it just look like a blast?! She wanted to celebrate this milestone birthday with her girlfriends, so they enjoyed a night of dinner, drinks & dessert in her backyard followed by an outdoor screening of the movie Bridesmaids. FUN!

I had the pleasure of meeting Amy in person at a Michael’s event in Dallas that we attended earlier this summer, and this vibrant, upbeat party definitely reflects her personality! In addition to the fabulous cake (WOW!) and all the bright colors and patterns, I love the personal touches like the photos hanging from the branch centerpiece and around the tree. (Added bonus: I spy a shot of her that was taken at our Wonderlandia party!)

40th birthday party ideas

Read on for lots more colorful pics, including the following print of a quote that is just SO very wise, don’t you think? ;) (more…)

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A Classic & Rustic Kids Halloween Party

I’m loving the classic color combinations and traditional feel of this Rustic Halloween Party by Kim of The Celebration Shoppe! With adorable Frankenstein, Jack-O-Lantern, and Ghost candy dish pedestals, cookies, and more. . . it’s definitely a TREAT of a party! Kim’s inspiration came from the oldie-but-goodie classic Halloween costumes that many of us wore then we were children. There’s something really nostalgic and timeless about this party. The old barn doesn’t hurt either {wink}

Oh, and did you notice the adorable little screech owl that Kim used throughout? It looks amazing on everything from the party invitations to the cookies, and the place cards to the chair back covers and table runner. Don’t forget that you can get your hands on all of these amazing party printables at The Celebration Shoppe.

Keep reading for more fabulous party photos + all the creative party details… (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: LipstickShades.com

This Giveaway is now closed. I know all you were hoping to win a $100 shopping to score some fabulous personalized gifts but we had to randomly choose only one winner. The lucky winner is, Commenter #91, Colleen, who said, “I am a FB fan! =)” Congratulations Colleen! We hope you love whatever items you decide to get!

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We have such a fun giveaway to share with you today! This one comes from LipstickShades.com, who has the cutest selection of personalized items ranging from kitchen accessories like cutting boards, placemats, and melamine platters/plates to tech accessories like covers & decals for iPhones, iPads, Kindles, and more. Click here to check everything out.

This week at HWTM, Lipstick Shades is offering up a $100 Shopping Spree that a lucky someone can spend on their own favorite items at lipstickshades.com! Perfect chance to treat yourself, your favorite hostess, or a loved one with the holidays coming up soon! They’re also offering up a 20% OFF discount to all readers that’s good through next Monday, October 17th. Just use the code “HWTM” at checkout. (more…)

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Petals & Popcorn Bridal Shower {Part 1}

Petals & Popcorn Bridal Shower

I’m super excited to share a brand new HWTM theme with you today: PETALS & POPCORN! It’s tailored for a bridal shower here, but you could also utilize this theme for a girlie milestone birthday or baby shower.

This one comes with free printables AND a few fun twists… it’s actually my entry for the $100 Designer Tablescape Challenge from Sparkling Events & Designs that I participated in recently, along with 11 other {super talented!} party designers that came up with some seriously fabulous, imaginative designs! The theme was “Go Green“, but we were told we could interpret it however we wanted, so I went with the “eco” angle instead of the literal color, with a focus on re-purpose / recycle / reuse. The “re-purpose” aspect really helped with the budget as well…since the “tablecloth” you see here is actually my $25 extra bedroom duvet. =) More on this below.

You can check out all 12 of the challenge entries right here and vote for your favorite {up to once daily} until next Monday, October 17th.

Petals & Popcorn Bridal Shower

For the Challenge, we had to design a tablescape for 4-6 and incorporate desserts and an activity idea into the theme while spending less than $100 total, but we were allowed to use a few items that we already owned – plates, glassware, household accessories, etc. I was able to stretch the budget pretty far (even the hutch behind our dining room table got a “makeover”!) by using every single scrap of the fabric, lace, and silk flowers/petals that I purchased, utilizing microwave popcorn for vase fillers, and being diligent about shopping for sale items! See the detailed breakdown of what I spent right here.

I had a ton of fun working on this theme, but my very favorite elements were probably the 2 embellished wooden cutouts. I made a “Bride” for the table centerpiece and a matching “Mr. Right” (who is holding an engagement ring & tiny felt flower bunch) for a separate arrangement displayed on the hutch. More on him later…or you can check him our right now in the full Petals & Popcorn party album. In the meantime, here comes the bride… *wink*

Petals & Popcorn Bridal Shower

There are tons of images & creative details to share, so I’m going to break this feature up into a few posts. Here we go with the tablescape:  (more…)

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Halloween DIY: “Sweet Spirits” Ghostly Treat Display {+ Free Printables}

Halloween Ghost Treat Display

This super easy treat display was also part of our Spells & Potions table, but you could really use this idea on its own as well (especially if you don’t feel like displaying jars of Zombie Brains and Snake Venom along with it!).

My goal was to create something cute-but-quick-&-easy that utilized store bought treats to keep the process simple and the kitchen mess minimal. Sooo… Marshmallow-Ghost-Peeps-on-a-stick it is! I supplemented the ghosts with store-bought white meringue cookies – which were also “skewered” and held together with a dab of vanilla frosting. (more…)

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Spells and Potions Halloween: Creepy Jars & Candy Labels {Free Printables}

Spells and Potions Halloween Jar Labels

Here are a few more fun {& easy!} Halloween ideas for you from our new SPELLS & POTIONS theme. Everything comes complete with free printables (which you can download below)… from hazardous “potion ingredients” like Eye of Newt and Zombie Brains to creepy candy labels like Venomous Spider Legs and Bat Droppings. Hungry yet? =)

Read on for more pics and links to download the free printables…

Spells and Potions Halloween Jar Labels

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Spells & Potions Halloween: Creepy Drinks {+ Free Printables}

Halloween Drinks Green & Black

We have some fun {& free!} Halloween printables coming your way today! Let’s kick things off with some Wart Elixir and Toxic Bat Juice, shall we… Who’s thirsty?! =)

Halloween Drinks Green & Black

These are from a new “Spells & Potions” theme I designed for a local news segment last week, and they are super easy to recreate at home. I just removed the original labels from Starbucks Frappuccino bottles and designed some new halloween drink labels and matching straw flags to give them a “creepy” makeover. Find links to download both below.

Just add a little green and black food/drink coloring (I used Wilton’s Halloween Drink Coloring Kit) to your own favorite beverage and voila! Creepy drinks all around… guzzle with caution. (more…)

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Surprise GIVEAWAY: Wonderlandia Gift Bags

Wonderlandia Gift Bags Giveaway KOKO

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. While we wish all of you who entered could receive these super fabulous gift bags we could only choose five winners (randomly of course!) Here is what the winners had to say! Michelle, Commenter #1091 said, “Enter me! I’d love the Z Gallery gift card and OPI nail polish =)”. Sara,  Commenter #1033 said, “The water bottle looks so neat. I actually need a new one, so it would be awesome to win! Enter me!”. Robyn, Commenter #980 said, “So many fun treats in this giveaway, but one that stands out is Mabel’s Labels-I have been meaning to order these forever! Keeping my fingers crossed!”. Grace Commenter #690 “Oh my word – all of my favorite things in one gorgeous bags! I love the fun soft spout water bottles. Enter me please!”. Racheal, Commenter #338 said, “Enter me! I would love a photo book from Shutterfly!” For all of you who didn’t win..Good Luck next time there will be plenty more giveaways soon!

We still have a few more things to share with you from our Wonderlandia Launch Party… and thought it would be fun to kick the weekend off with a Wonderlandia GIFT BAG GIVEAWAY!

We saved FIVE gift bags from the party to give away to our readers at home that couldn’t make it. Each bag is filled with an assortment of goodies ranging from tea and chocolate to nail polish and wine bottle openers... all packaged up in a fabulous Insulated Lunch Bag Tote by KOKO!

Wonderlandia Gift Bags Giveaway KOKO

Wonderlandia Gift Bags Giveaway KOKO

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Alison & Heiko’s Day of the Dead Wedding

Day of the Dead Wedding + Halloween

In celebration of Wedding Wednesday AND Halloween, I am so very excited to share this AMAZING Day of the Dead Inspired Wedding with you today!

Honestly just working on this post made me so happy this morning… between the cheerful, vibrant color palette and all of the crafty, creative details like button flower bouquets, embellished Orangina bottles, and feather-button-guitar-pick boutonnieres. More impressive yet – everything was designed & styled by the bride herself – Alison – and brought to life with the help of Heiko (the groom) & their friends and family … nice work, everyone!

Day of the Dead Wedding + Halloween

Day of the Dead Wedding + Halloween

I’ll let the gorgeous images – as captured by the talented Melanie Duerkopp – do the rest of the talking. Read on for lots more of them, followed by all the fun creative details from the bride! (more…)

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Rustic Halloween Chic: Desserts & Damask

Rustic Elegant Halloween Dessert Table

I’m loving the bright pops of color and elegant touches of sparkle & damask in of this pretty Rustic Halloween Dessert Table by Tanya of Save The Date For Cupcakes! With tempting treats like Meringue Bones and Mini Caramel Candied Pears infused with Peach Honey Sticks, it’s definitely heavier on the SWEET than the SPOOK… she even incorporated deep shades of pink!

And see the cool mod white chandelier hanging overhead? That’s an “upcycled” piece that she found on the side of the road! It’s amazing what a little glossy spray paint can do, right? =)

Rustic Elegant Halloween Dessert Table

Read on for more beautiful images (including mini fondant pumpkin toppers) + all the creative details… (more…)

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Darling “Little Pumpkin” Fall Birthday Party

Little Pumpkin Birthday Party

Want to throw a Fall Birthday Party or Harvest Celebration for your favorite “Little Pumpkin“? Well, this adorable party by Ellen of Ellen Bessette Events will give you tons of great inspiration pulling it off in style!

From darling pumpkin-themed treatsincluding a super-cute smash cake and mini fondant cupcake toppers – to “happy pumpkin” paper details by Frog Prince Paperie – to rustic decor like a fabulous pumpkins & pinecone chandelier wreath suspended over the dessert table, everything about this festive fall party is both creative and sweet!

Little Pumpkin Birthday Party

Little Pumpkin Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more festive pumpkin pics + all the creative details (as explained by Paula of Frog Prince Paperie)… (more…)

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Colorful Kids Halloween Theme + Spidery Embellished Hay Bales Backdrop

Purple Orange Black Halloween Party

We have more fun HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION today from Michelle at I Do Invitations by Michelle! She created a wonderful hay bale background for this colorful kids Halloween shoot, complete with festive embellishments like paper daisies, tinted cheesecloth, and sparkly spiders. (This backdrop is actually great inspiration for adult Fall or Halloween parties too!)

This party theme utilizes the traditional Halloween colors of black, orange, purple, & green but mixes things up a little with fun patterns like polka dots and damask.

Purple Orange Black Halloween Party

Read on for more playful details below, including her daughter’s adorable spider web-patterned tutu and glittery sugar cookies(more…)

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Mod Elephant Baby Shower in Yellow & Gray

Yellow Gray Elephant Baby Shower

From a fabulous yellow & gray color palette and “ribbon wall” photo backdrop to a cool cluster of contemporary paper mobiles suspended from the ceiling, this ELEPHANT THEMED BABY SHOWER by {the very talented} Elizabeth of Bump Smitten is truly the definition of modern + chic!

The entire atmosphere looks so warm & inviting, and at the same time remains mod-minimalist & sleek… don’t you just want to jump right into the pictures?! Ya, me too…

Yellow Gray Elephant Baby Shower

Yellow Gray Elephant Baby Shower

And speaking of jumping right in… read on for LOTS more fabulous images, and party details! (more…)

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Mavrick’s Vintage Newspaper Boy Birthday

Newspaper Boy Birthday Party

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Mavrick’s Vintage Newspaper Boy Birthday Party that Kelly of Blush!nk created for her son’s birthday is so fresh and fun! Kelly is an incredibly talented designer and has a knack for throwing creative, outside-the-box parties. I’m really loving the color palette she selected here – it’s so simple and clean.

Every detail was well thought out and executed perfectly – from the vintage newspaper print fabric to the mason jars and stripy straws.  Other favorite details include the beautifully styled “vintage” food, whimsical banner cake topper, paper lanterns, basket of bundled newspapers, mini “Mavrick’s Chronicles” signs, and coordinating colored streamers. The newspapers will be writing about this party for months to come!

Keep reading for LOTS of INCREDIBLE photos + party details. . . (more…)

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