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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.

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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.

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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.

P.S. Instant download versions of the printables are currently available on Etsy

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

Colorful Birthday Parade Kids Party

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PARTY DETAILS

The main sweets table {with the cupcakes & smash cake} was indoors, so this one this was kind of more about the decor/atmosphere and really just gave me an excuse to go crazy with the paper graphics & create lots of fun little elements like gumball-bedecked picture frames and a paper animal parade!

My background is in graphic design, and it’s still the part of party styling that I love the most. I think I could just keep designing more and more paper elements and embellishments if I had unlimited time and I honestly and truly LOVE doing it… which is probably why I was up til 4am the night before this party adding more and more stuff until my husband came in and reminded me what a loon I was being and that I probably needed to go to bed at some point in time. Oh, yes…sleep…that thing that always gets in the way! *wink*

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Here’s a list of the main elements pictured above:

“Animal Parade” Backdrop.
…featuring colorful paper animals donning the same colors and patterns as the rest of the party. I attached these to wooden dowels {wrapped with ribbon for a candy stripe look} and added little “1” flags to them as well. To stand the animals up, the dowels were stuck into 4 floral foam bricks covered in wrapping paper. Yarn poms added a playful touch =)

Lollipop display.
This was inspired by one of the displays in the fabulous UP themed birthday party sent in by a reader.  I cut a small piece from a large styrofoam sheet for the base, covered it with wrapping paper, and embellished the edge with gumballs and a band of the multi stripe paper. Also made a little “Macy’s” banner to display overhead.

Sweet Stuff and Cotton Candy Signs.
These were one of my favorite elements! I designed these in Photoshop, printed them on tabloid size paper and cut them out by hand. To display, ribbon-wrapped dowels were attached to either side of the sign and inserted into rectangular vases filled with floral foam. The foam was covered with gumballs or pink yarn poms (to play on the idea of cotton candy).

Candy Frames.
I am pretty much obsessed with the double-sided Tolsby frames from IKEA. (Please make these forever, IKEA!) They’re only 99 cents and have such a modern, versatile vibe. I added pixie stix and gumballs to the edges here… but you could seriously go crazy making “candy frames” at this price!

Popcorn Tray.
Each guest received a cute bag of flavored popcorn from Just Pop In as part of their favor. The bright colors & packaging were so cute that these doubled as party decor! I displayed some of them on a white tray lined with the multi stripe paper and embellished with ribbon & an extra water bottle label.

Sugar Cookies.
I’ve been making a specific sugar cookie recipe since the 4th grade, and I still get at least 5 requests for the recipe from friends every Christmas – especially since Facebook materialized! (First discovered the recipe in the cookbook my 4th grade class put together for a fundraising effort!) I’ll do a separate post with the recipe soon.

Blue Elephant on Parade.
This cute little guy is leftover from another party I did… he was a $6 purchase at HomeGoods that was spray painted blue. I dressed him up for this particular occasion with a little felt overlay and a paper flag tied to his trunk. For the stand, I painted a 6″ wood round (these are about 50 cents at Michaels), trimmed the edge with paper (which made the wood look way thicker than it actually was!) – and hot glued gumballs to the top. I used glue dots to secure the elephant to the wood and the wood to a white candlestick holder that’s part of my regular home decor.

Horse & Bicycle Bear arrangements.
Similar in style to the “animal parade”, these individual graphics were attached to wooden dowels and inserted into either a small vase filled with foam or a wrapping paper covered {and embellished} floral foam brick.

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CLICK HERE for Part 2… which covers the kids table, indoor decor, food, drinks, and activities!

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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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“Green Army Men” Themed Birthday Party

Army Themed Birthday Party

Military-inspired themes are always popular for birthday boys, and Stephanie from Stephanie J Designs did such a great job bringing her son’s “GREEN ARMY MEN” birthday party to life in a fresh and super STYLISH way!

If you check out the cool {and modern} invitation design below, I think it will be immediately apparent that Stephanie has some serious design skills! And then of course there are the fantastic handmade labels featuring paper star medallions, adorable camo canteens that the invites were stuffed in {personalized with little “dog tags” of course!}, “atomic sugar cookies” iced with metallic gold stars, creative cake pop “grenades“, etc… and I think the ridiculously cool Jeep cake pretty much speaks for itself! {Love the DIY cake stand it’s featured on too!}

Army Themed Birthday Party

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

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{Charming & Fresh} Spring “Baby Sprinkle”

Baby Sprinkle Baby Shower Ideas

The oh-so-talented Paige from Paiges of Style is back with an incredibly charming & fresh “BABY SPRINKLE” that she recently hosted for a close friend. This entire party has such a lovely, springtime feel to it – from the sweet color palette of pale pink, green & yellow to the {real!} grassy table runners adorning the food & dessert tables.

One of the first things to catch my eye was of course the fabulous upside-down kids umbrella suspended over the dessert table with “raindrops” (a.k.a. clear glass ball ornaments) sprinkling down! That artistic display tied in so nicely with the pretty stationery details, which included invitations, bottle labels, and cupcake wrappers that also donned a chic umbrella/raindrops motif. {P.S. All of these paper elements are available in Paige’s etsy shop!}

Baby Sprinkle Baby Shower Ideas

Baby Sprinkle Baby Shower Ideas

Read on for lots more gorgeous images {as captured by Carly Taylor}, plus all the pretty – and surprisingly budget-friendly! – party details from Paige(more…)

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A Celebration of LOVE {Engagement Party}

Love & Valentine's Day Themed Engagement Party

Alexandra Rembac of Sterling Engagements is not just a planner, but a bride-to-be too! And from the looks of this fun engagement party celebration with friends and family, it definitely looks like she’s feeling the L-O-V-E! The party was held near Valentine’s Day this year, so of course the love-inspired theme tied in perfectly with the holiday – but when it comes to engagement parties & bridal showers, LOVE is always an appropriate theme, which means there’s lots of great inspiration here for celebrations year-round!

For example, one of my favorite details is from the beautiful dessert display – where darling “cookie toppers” were used to spell out “The Best Is Yet To Be. A♥J” across 4 different cakes. Cute + clever! And then of course there are the fabulous lace-adorned table runners, chic stationery details (I just adore their invite!), gorgeous black & white anemones, and an overall vibe that’s charming and homespun.

Love & Valentine's Day Themed Engagement Party

Read on for LOTS more fun party images + all the details from Alexandra – including the super cute ways that she and Jonathan “officially” invited their bridal party to be in the wedding {during the party}! (more…)

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DIY: “Lighted Hearts” Photo Booth Prop

DIY Lighted Heart Photo Booth Prop - Valentine's Day

Here’s a fun little lighthearted DIY project that I’ve been meaning to share for a while… these are large styrofoam hearts that I decorated to resemble “Las Vegas lights signage“. Pretty simple idea, but they added SUCH a fun element to our milestone Anniversary Party last year! {And to the photo memories after!}

We did a Wedding Hangover cocktail party in Las Vegas inspired by the movie, so these were the perfect kind of prop for this particular party, but they’d also be a great addition to engagement parties or couples wedding showers with a “Old Hollywood Glam” or general “Vegas-inspired” theme.

The hearts were surprisingly easy to make thanks to those little glass ball ornaments that come with the wire already attached to them. All I did was cover the heart with red velvet ribbon, then poked the wire that was attached to each of the ball ornaments through the ribbon and into the styrofoam. So easy!

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The ornaments actually felt pretty secure at this point originally, but I didn’t anticipate the level of “abuse” the hearts would take once they started getting passed around at the party for hours! So… here’s a helpful note for future prop hearts: adding a little dab of hot glue to each one for extra security is a fantastic idea!

Fortunately, since we were going with a tongue-in-cheek “Hangover” theme anyways… the fact that the hearts started to look “hungover” after a while actually felt quite fitting! Silver lining. =)

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Drum Set Cake {Heavy Metal Themed Party}

Heavy Metal Birthday Party

I wanted to share a few pics we took of the awesome DRUM SET birthday cake that my friend ordered for her husband’sHeavy Metal” themed {surprise} 40th birthday party – pretty cool, right?!! This design could actually work well for a variety of themes – from Heavy Metal to Rock Star to any music-based theme. The cake was created by OC-based bakery The Cupcake Store, and they even incorporated fondant drumsticks and made fondant LP records {remember those?!} for the cupcakes! (more…)

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Vintage Airplane Inspired Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Boys Birthday Party

Chrystal Guyette did such an AMAZING job bringing this VINTAGE AIRPLANE theme to life for her son Gavin’s birthday – from the “boarding pass” invitations mailed out envelopes fashioned from old atlases, to clever “in-flight meal style” lunches and bags of blue cotton candy adorned with cloud shaped marshmallows!

The party was actually held inside a historic KC-97 airplane that sits at their local airport (what a fun venue for the kids!), and guests participated in creative activities that were outlined in their “Junior Pilot Training Manuals“. Dad even dressed up as “The Captain” and stamped their manuals every time they completed a task!

Vintage Airplane Boys Birthday Party

Vintage Airplane Boys Birthday Party

Read on for lots more fun, inspiring imagesincluding adorable “Jumping Geronimo” toy parachuting frogs! – plus all the creative party details from Chrystal(more…)

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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

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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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