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A {Sweet & Citrusy} Vintage Game Party

Vintage Game Night Party

It’s always so fun to see outside-the-box themes, like this clever VINTAGE GAME inspired party sent in by Kelly Moore! She did such a great job bringing the theme to life in a very stylish, budget-friendly way by focusing on clever DIY details like signs made from wood & chalkboard paint and a banner and “vase filler” made from vintage book paper.

Pops of bright orange and yellow were brought into the party through elements like Mimosas, personalized flag drink stirrers, oranges, billy balls, old fashioned lemon drops, and some truly fabulous Amy Butler fabric. Kelly even added a bit of the party’s flair to her own outfit by adorning her orange ballet flats with pom poms made from more of the vintage book paper!

Vintage Game Night Party

Vintage Game Night Party

Read on for all more playful pics + all the clever details from Kelly… (more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Cake Decorating with Paper

Painted Paper Cake Flower Decor

{DIY Tutorial by Jessica Kirkland}
Offering gorgeous desserts to your guests is always fun.
However, being able to do it without slaving in the kitchen and using cake decorations that cost only pennies is the icing on the cake! I am so excited to be sharing with you a super fun DIY I created that’s a piece of cake!

Using a few different techniques, we are about to turn this plain $8 grocery store bakery cake into a custom creation that’ll WOW people. You yourself will be “wowed” at how simple the process really is, and I guarantee you’ll be inspired to try your hand at creating your own creative masterpieces!

$8 Basic White Cake from grocery store bakery

Cascading flowers

This DIY is perfect for anyone on a budget. (and who isn’t these days?) Think wedding, birthday, baby or bridal showers! And don’t think you can’t spruce up some cupcakes using the same techniques included here.

Keep reading for all of the details on how to recreate this gorgeous cake. You’ll be on your way from ordinary to extraordinary in no time. (more…)

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Festive “Buenas Noches” Adult Birthday

buenos noches adult birthday party

A neighborhood Dinner Party Club set out to host a Beunas Noches themed birthday party with lots of DIY elements and vibrant colors! With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, I’m loving all the fiesta inspiration in this party. Some of my favorite elements? Repurposing old glass Coca Cola bottles as vases, setting up a taco bar for a themed dinner, and mixing in colorful tissue paper pom poms with string lights!

buenos noches adult birthday party 2

Read on for lots of DIY ideas, fiesta inspiration, and more party photos…  (more…)

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Sweet Fairtyale Princess Birthday Party

Fairytale Princess Birthday Party

Everyone seems to be smitten with the Royal Wedding these days, but when it comes to moms and their daughters, there are actually “royal princesses” running around all the time! And speaking of that, I’m seriously just head over heels for this sweet Royal Princess themed party (designed by Nicole, the birthday girl’s mom, and photographed by Diana Elizabeth)… for more than one reason.

FIRST, there’s the obvious: it’s ridiculously adorable and definitely looks like a fairytale! Let’s start with the dreamy cupcake toppers, shall we: frog prince, castle, glass slipper, storybook, princess wand… all the key players! And then of course there’s the fabulous graphics, the special storytime setting, the “Royal Ball” (pink bouncy balls), and much more.

Fairytale Princess Birthday Party

NEXT, there’s the special meaning behind this party… which has a something to do with why mom really went all out for this party. If you have a few extra minutes, please take the time to read through the reason (which is at the bottom of this post), and is explained by Charlotte’s mom.

Fairytale Princess Birthday Party

Read on for lots more absolutely lovely, whimsical images + all the party details, as told by both Nicole and Diana(more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Cute Ladybug Party Decor

As a follow up to her adorable Down In The Garden Party featured earlier today, Jordan from Polkadot Prints has offered up a fun DIY tutorial on the cute 3D ladybugs {or ladybirds} from the party! These little beauties could be found crawling up the backdrop and hanging out in the grass at Jordan’s party… and they’d also make super cute photo props for your pint-size garden party guests! (more…)

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“Down in the Garden” Birthday Party

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

This garden themed birthday party from Jordan at Polkadot Prints is just WAY too cute… not to mention filled with tons of creative & budget-friendly details! I love the way she dressed up the milk bottles by adding her own “lids” made from patterned paper and jute string, and how the table is covered with fake grass for an decidedly outdoorsy vibe…. so clever!

The theme is carried out so well in the food here… from “worms in dirt” {gummy worms buried in cookie crumbs} to cake served in flower pots to adorable toadstool cookies & more. And see those adorable ladybugs climbing the wall? There’s a DIY on those coming soon!

Ladybug Garden Birthday Party

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

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“Cowboy Cookie Corral” Birthday Party

Cowboy Corral

Yee-Haw partner. . .saddle up and ride on down to check out the incredible Fourth Birthday Party put on by the one-women show Julie Cox of A Reason To Get Together! Julie was the brains and beauty behind this entire birthday party. From fruit skewers and s’mores pops to saw-horse horses and a hay-bale corner complete with western photo props, she did it all!

I’m especially obsessed with the clever, budget-friendly centerpieces, which Julie created by placing tall grass (which she cut from across the street) into tin cans tied with rope. Super easy, but this made a HUGE statement! It just goes to show you that GREAT party decor doesn’t always have to be expensive. I’m also loving that there were activities and party favors for the kids AND adults alike! Makes going to a kids birthday party all the more fun when adults can participate too.

Cowboy Decor and Drinks

Read on for more cowboy corral photos + all the fun party details. . . . (more…)

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Send a Creative HELLO: Letterpress + Photo

iPhoto Letterpress Cards

When you think of Apple products, the word “digital” probably comes to mind pretty easily, but did you know they also offer LETTERPRESS? Yep – that’s right! You can actually use iPhoto ’11 to create custom printed letterpress cards personalized with your favorite smiling faces (or other favorite photos) + your own text. ($2.99 card)

This is a fun, designer option for photo-personalized birth announcements, engagement / save the date cards, party invitations, or holiday greetings. Traditional printing techniques meet modern digital photography… gotta love a happy pairing! Check out this video to learn a little more on how the process works. (more…)

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Little Red Riding Hood Inspired Dessert Table

Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party

I’m seriously loving the charming, woodsy feel of this darling Little Red Riding Hood inspired dessert table dreamt up by Joanna of One Sweet Party! From mini cupcakes served in served in clay pots and sweet flower cookies hanging from branches to whimsical flower arrangements fashioned from moss balls, willow, and brilliant red roses… this table is overflowing with fairytale-like details!

Little Red Riding Hood Birthday Party

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

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Royal Wedding Theme & Printables {Part 2}

Royal Wedding Dessert Table

In continuation of PART 1 of the ROYAL WEDDING shoot posted earlier today {which covered the sit-down table} here we go with Part 2: the Royal Dessert Table and themed Drink Ideas. There are lots of fun DIY ideas to share here… including the shower curtain “table cloth used on the dessert table and makeshift “gold cake stand fashioned from a heavy garden urn & acrylic charger plate {for a total cost of $11!}.

As with PART 1, there are lots of Royal Wedding party printables on both of these table ideas, including a Sweets sign, blank labels/place cards, finished treat labels, cupcake toppers, decorative patterns, Signature Drink sign, and more. I’d also like to give special thank you to Rebecca at HeavenScent Cakes for the beautiful tier cake she created {that matched the swirl pattern in the printables perfectly!} and Jaclyne at Heavenly Blooms for the stunning florals!

Royal Wedding Party Drink Ideas

Royal Wedding Party Drink Ideas

Ready on for lots more royal images and printables + all the creative details… (more…)

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Royal Wedding Theme & Printables {Part 1}

Royal Wedding Inspired Party, Wedding or Bridal Shower

In case you haven’t heard *wink*, there’s some sort of ROYAL WEDDING happening soon… and since we’re all about celebrations at HWTM, I’m excited to share this Royal Wedding inspired shoot with you that I created for TV Guide’s Hollywood 411 last week! The “Royal” dining table & place settings are covered here in Part 1 – and I’ll recap the Drink and Dessert Tables next in Part 2. {Special thanks Jaclyn from Heavenly Blooms for the flowers that were exactly that… heavenly!}

I designed the printable collection with a variety of Royal themed celebrations in mind – from viewing parties to bridal showers to couples wedding showers or engagement parties – so hopefully you can utilize them well beyond the April 29th festivities!

Royal Wedding Inspired Party, Wedding or Bridal Shower

Read on for more images and detail shots of the table + previews of a few additional signs not pictured in the shoot… (more…)

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Fresh Carrots, Easter Baskets, & Pysanky Eggs

Easter Party - Pickwick House

This Easter party/workshop sent in by Sharon of Sharon Taylor Designs looks like such a fun event! Party + creativitywhat’s not to love, right?! The workshop was held at Pickwick House {based in Springfield, Missouri} and featured Easter themed tutorials by Sharon and guest artist Katie Kring.

Some of my favorite aesthetic details include the fabulous use of fresh carrots to adorn the chiavari chairs and crystal chandelier, and the way the pre-sketched eggs {which would be later utilized in Katie’s tutorial} were displayed at each guests’s place setting on beautiful oversize silk bows. You could definitely do the same thing with pre-decorated eggs for any beautiful Easter brunch or nesting-themed baby shower!

Easter Party - Pickwick House

Read on for more lovely images and creative details… (more…)

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Darling “Little Chick” Easter Party Theme

Little Chick Easter Party Theme

If you’re looking for some last minute Easter inspiration or just want to check out some festive eye candy to help get you in the holiday mood… this adorable Little Chick theme from Laura at Eye Candy Event Details if full of fun, budget-friendly ideas… like clever flower cupcake toppers and darling chick cake pops that would make Bakerella proud!

The super cute and modern chick graphic used throughout the party printables would actually translate beautifully to a “Little Chick” themed baby shower or first birthday party too!

Little Chick Easter Party Theme

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

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DIY: Chalkboard Embroidery Hoop Signs

DIY Chalkboard Embroidery Hoop Signs

Hello! My name is Linda with burlap+blue, and I am honored to be here today sharing one of my latest DIY projects with you all!

Fun, stylish and functional, chalkboard embroidery hoops are perfect for saying hello, displaying a favorite quote or verse, or writing out a love note to a special someone.

DIY Chalkboard Embroidery Hoop Signs

Want to make one yourself? Here’s the how-to: (more…)

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Jack Daniel’s Inspired 40th Birthday Party

Jack Daniel's invitation and graphics

Jack Daniel's Dessert Table

Talk about a “party buzz”….this clever “Jack Daniel’s” themed 40th birthday party is loaded with fun details and would most certainly quench any man’s thirst for a masculine birthday celebration.  The stunning invitation and coordinating party graphics created by Shannon of Boutilier Design set the bar for a night of  fabulous fun with friends and family. Cheers to the black and rusty bronze color palette which blended beautifully among moonshine and whiskey barrels portrayed in the vintage poster dessert table backdrop.

Jack Daniel's inspiration board

Authentic Jack Daniel’s whiskey boxes, the photo booth props and the custom luminaries created from various Jack Daniel’s labels will absolutely wet your whistle.

Keep reading about the details Shannon hammered out for this smashing birthday bash! You’ll be schnockered with inspiration for your next “guy party”!

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{Breezy + Modern} Nautical Birthday Soirée

nautical sailboat adult birthday party

Time to SAIL AWAY to a Nautical 30th Birthday Party from Marina del Rey to Santa Monica on a 40-foot Catamaran! Wedding photographer Jordana Hazel of Hazelnut Photography set sail with friends to celebrate her husband’s SURPRISE 30th birthday!

Growing up along the coast myself, I fell head over heels for all the nautical details of this surprise party. From the handmade fleece blankets and flag pillows to the sand-filled invitations and delicious seafood appetizers, get ready to SET SAIL….

nautical adult birthday party

Read on for more pictures + lots of Nautical 30th Birthday Party inspiration…. (more…)

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Shabby Chic Easter Picnic {Lovely & Sweet}

Shabby Chic Easter Picnic

This Shabby Chic Easter Picnic by Melissa of Ever So Pretty Events is filled with such lovely, sweet details… I especially adore the way she dressed up the beautiful trees in the park setting with flower-filled mason jars hanging from romantic ruffled tulle!

Also loving the mini mason jar party favors filled with mint pastel nonpareils (which are already the perfect colors for Easter!), the homemade spinach tortilla quiche served individually in cute pastel ramekins, and the kid-friendly pink lemonade & maraschino cherry fusion served in adorable mini glass bottles adorned with textured ribbon!

Shabby Chic Easter Picnic

This is actually great inspiration for spring/summer baby showers and bridal showers too… especially when the setting is outdoors! Read on for LOTS more lovely images + all the creative party details. (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Green Party Goods

Green Party Goods - Eco-Friendly Party Supplies

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky {randomly selected} winner is… Commenter #32 – Jennifer from Licious. Congrats, Jennifer! Happy shopping!

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So… I definitely like the sound of a $250 Giveaway – how about you?! That shiny number should make a HUGE difference in a lucky someone’s party budget!

This generous giveaway comes from Green Party Goods – a fabulous online shop that carries TONS of creative party supplies for all sorts of occasions, from birthdays and bridal/baby showers to everyday entertaining. Even better: everything that Green Party Goods carries is eco-friendly and non-toxic! And we mean EVERYTHING… from cupcake stands and tableware to party favors, goodie bags, party decorations, festive banners, toys, and more.

Green Party Goods - Eco-Friendly Party Supplies

Read on to check out lots more cool products + giveaway details… (more…)

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Sunny “Lemonade Stand” Birthday Soirée

Lemonade Stand Soiree Tablescape

You make me HAPPY when skies are grey…” and so does this southern inspired Lemonade Stand Soiree First Birthday Party! Aimee with Lulu Pink Parties put her heart and soul into this super special party. After all, the guest of honor was her adorable little niece, Emery.

Some of my favorite details include the simply incredible “You Are My Sunshine” cake, a custom-made lemonade stand built by the birthday girl’s Daddy and Grandpa, the perfectly paired color palette of pink and yellow, vintage touches used throughout the party, and of course the “cupcakes to-go” party favor.

Dainty Cake and Flowers

Lemonade Stand and Lemon Treats

Read on for more party details + “fresh & dainty” photos. . . (more…)

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Darling Vintage Easter Brunch {+ Printables}

Vintage Shabby Chic Easter Brunch

We’re loving the charming, shabby chic vibe of this vintage-style “Breakfast and Bunnies” brunch hosted by Julia of In Good Company, a fabulous party design & decor company based in South Africa.

There’s lots of darling {and simple!} DIY inspiration here, such as glass soda bottles embellished with paper doilies, place settings adorned with bunny-shaped sugar cookies, and cute little chalkboard signs to help guide guests to the table.  Added bonus: Julia also generously sent over a bunch of beautiful and FREE “Vintage Easter” party printables that coordinate with this look – including party circles, place cards, invitations, bunny ears/nose, and pennant banner. {Find links to download everything at the bottom of this post.}

Vintage Shabby Chic Easter Brunch

Read on for more charming images, party details, and free downloads from Julia! (more…)

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Whimsical Dr. Seuss Inspired Birthday Party

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

I’m so excited to share this whimsical, fun, and downright ADORABLE Dr. Seuss themed birthday party with you today! There is SO much creative inspiration that can be drawn from Dr. Seuss, and Leslie did a great job bringing many of the playful characters and stories to life in the happy-go-lucky first birthday celebration that she created for her son Brenner.

Some of my favorite details include the blue feather-topped birthday hats, Cat in the Hat hat smash cake, delightfully crazy-looking “Beezlenut Splash” kids drink, bags of colorful popcorn, and of course all of the amazing signs, tags, and other party printables by Maureen of Anders Ruff!

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Dr. Suess Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more ADORABLE images, plus all the clever party details(more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Easter Silhouette Plates & Bowls

Easter Silhouette Plate DIY Project

Hope you’re feeling crafty this weekend… because Vana Chupp of the lovely online shop Le Papier Studio is here with a fabulous DIY Tutorial on how to create your own charming Easter Silhouette Plates & Bowls! You’ll find step-by-step images and details below, as well as free downloads for the adorable Easter bunny and Easter Children silhouette patterns pictured here. {You can also use this same technique for your own favorite designs!}

Le Papier Studio specializes in elegant & personalized silhouette-adorned creations like stationery, plates, invitations, jewelry, fine art prints {featuring your kids, pets, family tree, etc.} and more.

Easter Silhouette Plate DIY Project (more…)

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Bright & Colorful Easter Egg Party for Kids

Kids Easty Party Ideas - Egg Decorating

Loving the bright colors and HAPPY vibe of this fun Kids Easter Party from Debbie of Wants and Wishes Design! Can’t you just imagine how happy the little kiddos would be walking into a room where they were greeted with this festive display?!

And in addition to the vibrant colors and cute, kid-friendly elements {like the decorated soda bottles with stripey straws sitting in an adorable pink wagon!}, I couldn’t help but notice the eye-catching carrot centerpiece, which is super easy to recreate and could translate beautifully to more adult-oriented Easter celebrations as well!

Kids Easty Party Ideas - Egg Decorating

Read on for lots more colorful Easter images + all the creative details… (more…)

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A Paris Inspired Baby Shower {Trés Chic!}

Paige in Paris Baby Shower

We are swooning over the très chic details of this splendide Paris themed baby shower sent in by Sheree Jackson. With Sheree anticipating the arrival of Paige, her second belle petite fille (beautiful baby girl), Sheree put to use her event designer experience and created a spectacular shower filled with modern french flair and a soft vintage vibe.

Paige in Paris party decor

Paige in Paris Dessert Table

The mix of pinks, silver and yellow were integrated beautifully through the use of eiffel towers, paris themed suitcases and mini bouquets of flowers; the perfect parisian accessories to tie all of the shower details together.

The color scheme and theme of this baby shower would work seamlessly for hosting a spring/summer bridal shower or birthday party too.

Read on for more joli (pretty) images + details from Sheree! C’est magnifique!

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Flowers & Egg Shells {So Lovely for Spring}

Stylish Easter Table & Florals - Kim Floren

Kim Foren is back with some absolutely GORGEOUS Easter tablescape & floral design inspiration today! I seriously got SO excited when I first laid eyes on these pics… especially the large centerpiece arrangement with all the beautiful, colorful flowers sprouting from a variety of egg shells. Pure creative genius and just lovely in every way!

Stylish Easter Table & Florals - Kim Floren

Read on for more beautiful images + details from Kim… (more…)

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DIY Project: Gorgeous Sienna Easter Eggs

Natural Dyed Sienna Brown Easter Eggs

If you love the idea of coloring Easter Eggs, but want to create something a little more sophisticated than what the average store-bought kit can produce… GOOD NEWS! These chic sienna Easter eggs from floral design guru Kim Foren are gorgeous, easy and non toxic – and they don artsy botanical motifs that are decidedly grown up!

Kim shares the full DIY details below for these pretty little gems, which would make a lovely addition to any Easter Brunch or bird-inspired baby shower! (more…)

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{Super Adorable} Easter “Bunny Hop” Party

Easter Kids Party - Bunny Hop

Bri and Amy of The Saavy Moms Guide hosted a ridiculously CUTE Easter themed “play party” this year. Modern, creative, budget-friendly, FUN – this party has it all… including bunny tails for everyone!

Even if you don’t have little ones of your own, there’s plenty of fabulous DIY inspiration in this carrot-and-bunny themed celebration to appeal to “kids” of all ages… from the grassy table runner and adorable “picket fence” displays to the “carrot patch” treats made form creme wafer’s, carrot lollipops, and brownie crumbs (leftover from the “brownie bunnies” of course… so resourceful!).

Easter Kids Party - Bunny Hop

Read on for LOTS more inspiring images + all the creative details & party resources… (more…)

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Macy’s {Colorful} Birthday Parade – Part 1

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

After many years of designing stationery & party themes for the kids of others… I am thrilled to be able to share the very first party I was able to create for my OWN {darling} kid!

Our daughter, Macy, turned one in March — and my husband came up with the genius idea of playing on her name and the idea of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade for the theme — so we switched Thanksgiving to BIRTHDAY and came up with “Macy’s First Annual Birthday Parade.” This worked out very well for me too — because I adore circus/carnival themes and anything candy-related, so a parade theme allowed me to work in those kinds of elements quite nicely!

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

There are lots {and LOTS!} of details and pictures to share, so I’m going to break this recap up into at least 2 parts… starting right now with the outdoor treats/decor display set up on our backyard BBQ. Read on for lots more pics, followed by creative details. Cotton candy signs, photo signs, silhouette animals, custom invitations, custom tent cards & all of the printables are available on Hostess Ink + an alternate Blue VersionHere goes… (more…)

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DIY: A Fresh & Modern Spring Table

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

So… true story. I was in Target a couple weeks ago, once again stopping in the gift wrap section {unnecessarily} to stare at a particularly lovely collection of bright, modern gift wrap they have that features happy shades of green, fuschia and red – and once again thinking how I really, really would love to design a spring party completely around these papers… and then a couple days later, what should appear in my inbox, but a fabulous spring centerpiece design {from fine artist/floral designer Kim Foren of Geranium Lake Flowers} – starring the exact same collection of papers!

Wouldn’t this look be great for everything from Easter & Mother’s Day to spring and summer baby/bridal showers? Thanks, Kim!

Modern Centerpiece - Pattern + Color

Covering vases in decorative paper (typically gift wrap or scrapbook papers), has always been one of my favorite decorating elements – both for it’s high-impact effect and the budget-friendly aspect… and Kim really demonstrates the versatility & effectiveness of this idea here by grouping several vases together and showing off a fun mix of {coordinating} patterns

Read on for more colorful images (including gorgeous pink Ranunculus!) + all the DIY details(more…)

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Chic {& Affordable} Spring Bunny Theme

Some Bunny Loves Me Easter Brunch Ideas

There’s beauty in both the sweet simplicity of this pretty “Some Bunny Loves Me” theme – and also in its {much appreciated} budget-friendliness! Designed by Stefanie of Anna and Blue Paperie, this party is a wonderful visual reminder of how smart choices in paper, color palette, and presentation can make for a very pretty party that’s easy on both the your eyes AND your wallet!

{Added bonus – at the time that I’m writing this, the custom invitation and collection of party printables pictured here are both on sale for only $10 in Stefanie’s Etsy Shop!}

Some Bunny Loves Me Easter Brunch Ideas

Read on for more pretty pics + all the budget-friendly party details from Stefanie… (more…)

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