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Cute Baby Shower Theme: Winter Owls!

Winter Owl Baby shower Ideas

You may have seen the “Winter Owl” Baby Shower that I teased a while back… it was a freelance project for iVillage.com and just went live at the end of January! I fell in love with the DIY template for the little “Owl Friend” that’s the star of this show, designed a mason jar owl favor container to match, and then added in some glitter, white feathers, white cocoa, & other snowy things. Ta da – it’s a baby shower! Cute & easy. =) (more…)

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Real Parties: Curious Charley’s Monkey Party

Paper Lantern Adorn Arbor

I literally went BANANAS for this incredible little girls “Curious George Inspired” Monkey Birthday Party! Paige from Paiges of Style didn’t miss a beat with the vintage-modern celebration that she created for her daughter, Charley. From the use of the old saying “Keep Calm and Carry On” (which she changed to “Keep Calm and Go Bananas“), to the addition of the classic throwback kids game barrel of monkeys“, to the modern pink and yellow color palette, this is a major upcycling of your traditional monkey theme birthday party!

Some of my favorite elements include the “outdoor living space” that was created, the hanging “Keep Calm and Go Bananas frame over the dessert table, and the fabric flower cupcake toppers. Incredibly, Paige even threw this party together in just two weeks! Just goes to show that you don’t have to spend months planning to host an unforgettable party…

Amazing Monkey Party Dessert Table

Read on for more inspiring, colorful images from the party, as captured by Marla from Sprout Photography. I just can’t get enough of these amazing photos! We know you will love them too. . . (more…)

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Las Vegas Style Casino 40th Birthday Party

Las Vegas Casino Birthday Party Dessert Table

Turning 40 should be a blast if you can celebrate in true “Las Vegas” fashion like this modern Casino themed 40th Birthday Party! Brittany of GreyGrey Designs was the fabulous designer behind this classic, yet stylish Casino birthday party. I love the eye-catching, ostrich feathers. They are totally “Las Vegas” and a wonderful way to add height to the dessert table!

Brittany thought of every little detail to make this Casino party, truly over-the-top. I love how the iconic Las Vegas sign was used throughout on everything from the incredible birthday cake to the place cards. The playing card garland on the dessert bar was ingenius!

Ostrich Plums and Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Pops

You’ve got to see all the amazing photos. Read on for more gorgeous pics + party details from Brittany. (more…)

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Darling “Sweet Tweet” Valentine’s Day Party

Sweet Tweet Love Birds Valentine's Day Party

Colorful, modern, and adorable all over… that pretty much sums up this darling “Sweet Tweet” Valentine’s Day theme! This was a creative collaboration by Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio and Nancy of A To Zebra Celebrations, and they somehow pulled everything together (dessert table and kids table) on a $100 budget!

Vibrant lime green & rich chocolate accents are a fun addition to the traditional Valentine’s Day palette, and darling birdie graphics add a sweet & playful vibe to the party.

Sweet Tweet Love Birds Valentine's Day Party

Read on for lots more ridiculously cute pics + party details from Rebecca & Nancy! (more…)

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Gorgeous Winter Dessert Table + Recipes!

winter white dessert table ideas

I’ve been wanting to share this gorgeous winter-inspired dessert table with you for a while – and since half the country seems to be snowed-in right now, I can’t think of a more fitting time! Kristine of Kristine Shin Designs {a floral styling & food boutique} is the creative mastermind behind this beautiful set-up… such fantastic presentation style for everything from the desserts to the feathers & candles backdrop!

Added bonus: Kristine was kind enough to share the recipes for several of the treats pictured here – including Chocolate Mousse, Joyful Shortbread, Espresso Panna Cotta, Meringue Pudding, Buttercream Icing, and Magnolia Bakery‘s famous Vanilla Cupcakes! {Thanks, Kristine!}

winter white dessert table ideas

Read on for lots more yummy pics + creative details and recipes! (more…)

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New Party Sneak Peeks + I’m Really Tired.

Happy Monday! I’m a little delirious today and am going to attempt to do this post in an overly tired mental state… so please bear with me! I had my 7th night in a row of only 3-4 of sleep last night… hence the title of this post and current luggage under the eyes. {Thank goodness I work from home!}

Anyways, it’s really been bothering me that I haven’t been able to post for you as often as I’ve planned to/wanted to lately – due to a seriously insane January. There are sooo many great real parties in the pipeline that I’m dying to share with you as soon as humanly possible {and I think I just found some help in that area!}. But I wanted to at least give you a little sneak peek of some of the stuff that’s been in the works over here lately, so you don’t think I’ve just been slacking off on posts to lay on the couch, eat bon-bons, and watch chick flicks all day. =)

oscars party ideas

First up is a peek at the new Oscars Party theme that Sonny & I shot late last night {above}. Lots more to come on this one when the full post goes live on Sunday. The bold black & yellow palette made designing the paper elements for this one so much fun!  All of the stationery will be available for free download when the full party posts – patterns, labels, napkin wraps, & more…

Next up is an event that I’m co-hosting with Arbor Mist in NYC on Friday. Loving this color palette too! Here’s the inspiration board: (more…)

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“Red Riding Hood” Inspired Birthday Party

Little Red Riding Hood Woodland Birthday Party

This new “Red Riding Hood” theme by the sweet & talented Bird from Bird’s Party is absolutely darling in every way! I’ve always had a soft spot for Woodland-inspired themes in general (something about the fun mix of bold colors + natural elements), but the storybook element of this version adds such a fun twist!

Lots of clever inspiration to be found here… from the the homemade cupcakes & ice cream cake garnished with edible “moss” to the adorable bright red chocolate toadstools, themed paper bunting, moss ball “trees”, mossy stones used as place card holders, and more! Check out all these fun pics…

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LOVE ROCKS! {Rockin’ Valentine’s Day}

Rockstar Valentine's Day Party Ideas

Natalie from Southern Belle’s Charm came up with this fabulous “LOVE ROCKS” party theme for a Valentine’s Day party and and it seriously looks like a BLAST! {I can definitely see this concept being modified to work for a fun bridal shower too!}

From the “Backstage Entrance” sign and cool tattoo-inspired design elements to the temporary tattoos themselves, there’s definitely a fun Rock Star vibe to this party! And then an appropriate dose of adorable is introduced though the darling array of mini treats, sweet details like valentine mailboxes and custom thank you notes, and – of course – the pint sized “Rockers” themselves!

Rockstar Valentine's Day Party Ideas

Read on for LOTS more fun pics + all the super-creative party details, as told by Natalie(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Knights & Dragons Birthday

knights and dragons birthday party

I was smitten with this fun “Knights and Dragons” theme created by Jennifer of Posh Tot Events from the moment I laid eyes on these adorable Medieval Knight Helmet cake pops! And of course there are contrasting Dragon cake pops as well!

Also loving “medieval tent” Jennifer created by adding colorful fabric & crafty touches to a standard 10×10 pop up tent… what a fun party space for the “royal guests”!

knights and dragons birthday party

Read on for lots more fun pics + creative details and resources, as told by Jennifer(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Balloons-Themed Birthday

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

This beautifully designed Balloon-themed Birthday Party by Kori of Paper & Pigtails is sweet, creative, and perfectly suited for a first birthday party! I’m especially in love with the darling balloon-themed cupcake toppers, giant balloon backdrop on the dessert table, and adorable balloon cookies “floating” out of blumeboxes! There are even mini cheese rounds made to look like balloons!

Many elements of this theme would also be perfect for an UP-themed birthday party – or vice versa!

Balloon Themed Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for lots more inspiring pics and all the ultra-creative party details, as told by Kori(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “Life is a Gift” Baby Shower

Life is a Gift Baby Shower Theme

Decorative paper is one of my absolute favorite party decor elements because it’s such a high-impact, budget-friendly way to introduce all sorts of wonderful patterns and colors into an event!

This gorgeous baby shower by the talented Aisha of Dooby Design Group is a perfect example of this! Aisha played up the sweet “Life is a Gift” theme of this celebration by creating chic party decor from boxes dressed up to look like {very stylish!} “gifts“. She also custom-designed these wrapping papers and stationery elements herself, but you can always follow her lead using your favorite store-bought designs. (Luxe Paperie, Olive Paper, and Whimsy Press are fabulous resources for designer gift wrap!)

Life is a Gift Baby Shower Theme

Read on for LOTS more stunning pics and all the creative details, as told by Aisha(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Darling Bow-Tie Baby Shower

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

Get ready for a serious dose of adorable… because this Bow-Tie themed baby shower thrown for Jesi Haack & her new little man is exactly that! Bow-ties adorned everything from mason jars and flower arrangements to the darling ruffle cake, sugar cookies, and stationery. I think my personal favorite detail has to be the ultra creative “bow tie” party garland fashioned from diapers & ribbon though!

Bow Tie Boy Baby Shower Ideas

Read on for LOTS more inspiring pictures, plus all the creative party details – as explained by one of the party hostesses – the lovely Courtney of Joyful Weddings & Events(more…)

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Vintage+Modern Tricycle Themed Baby Shower

Tricycle Inspired Baby Shower Ideas

I just adore everything about this cool Tricycle-Inspired Baby Shower coordinated by 2Chic Events & Design. The vibe is light-hearted & playful, while the vintage-meets-modern style is chic & grown-up… the perfect combo for creating a FUN party atmosphere for mom-to-be & her party guests!

The fabulous paper elements featured throughout the shower really help tie everything together… from stylized Mad Libs and Baby Bingo games to Tricycle Treat Bags and themed Photo Booth Strips. Also loving the design of the AMAZING cake trio – complete with fondant stripes, stars, diamonds, and bunting banners!

Tricycle Inspired Baby Shower Ideas

Read on for lots more pics + creative details, as told by Aimee of 2Chic(more…)

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Adorable “Monkey Love” Birthday Party

Pink Monkey Birthday Party

Well… it doesn’t get much more adorable than THIS! Christi from P is for Party and Kelly from The Party Dress and WH Hostess teamed up to bring this adorable monkey-themed birthday party to life… so I guess with that much creative juice in the room it shouldn’t be surprising that the party turned out so amazing!

A few of my favorite details found here: darling monkey bubble favors, beautiful ribbon moss balls hanging from shepherd hooks, white chocolate-dipped Oreos topped with fondant bananas (!), both adult AND kid-friendly pink signature drinks, and of course the fabulous DIY ribbon backdrop that was set up behind the smash cake!

Pink Monkey Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more gorgeous images (as captured by Ellen Zilla) and all the creative party details, as told by Christi(more…)

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“Glam Rockstar” Themed Pup Party {Part 1}

glam rockstar doggie birthday party

This next Real Party feature is so much fun… and very UNIQUE!Glam Rockstar” is always a fun party theme, but it just so happens that this one has a canine twist! Yep… Kristy from Posh Pixels Design Studio threw this ultra-creative “Ozzy Fest” birthday bash in honor of her adorable pup!

glam rockstar doggie birthday party

And just as any good hostess would do, Kristy kept both the guest of honor AND the party guests in mind and created TWO different “treat tables: a Doggie Dessert Table – complete with “doggie bags” – and a (rawhide-free) Human Dessert Table! Both set-ups are fantastic, and there are so many great photos & ideas to share that I’m breaking this feature up into 2 parts. Check out details on the Doggie Dessert Table here, then Part 2 will recap the Drinks Table and FABULOUS Human Dessert Table (sneak peek at the bottom of this post!).

Read on for LOTS more fun images + party intro and shopping resources from Kristy(more…)

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Whimsical Lollipop-Inspired Dessert Table

lollipop birthday party dessert table

Jasmine from The Couture Cakery is back with another fabulous sweets table! This time it’s a pink & green Lollipop-Inspired Dessert Table that was created for a young girl’s birthday party… but I’m pretty sure this table made guests of ALL ages very happy!

And speaking of happy, let’s talk about this fabulous floral arrangement too. I seriously just LOVE this…

lollipop birthday party dessert table

In keeping with the theme, The JDK Group came up with this whimsical + clever “lollipop-inspired” design. If you’re feeling crafty, you can follow their lead using round floral foam + flowers, wooden dowels wrapped with floral tape for the “stems”, and a glass vase lined with ti leaves, filled with styrofoam, and covered with moss.  Hmmm… I  feel a new DIY post coming in the future, because I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to try this at home!

Read on for LOTS more sweet images and dessert table details, as told by Jasmine(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Golf Themed 30th Birthday

golf party ideas

Absolutely LOVING this Golf-themed Dessert Table created by Michele from Crazy for Design! Although this table really could work for both men and women that love to golf, it seems like there are so few party themes that really work well for men in particular (they don’t usually appreciate all the fun flowers, rhinestones & glitter like do!).

It’s really refreshing to see something like this, though… especially since the ideas are so simple and affordable! The beauty is in the clean & modern presentation and witty paper elements. Great idea for Father’s day too!

golf party ideas

Read on for more images and creative details, as told by Melissa… (more…)

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“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt. 2

The Hangover Movie – Party Ideas

In continuing with Part 1 of our “Wedding Hangover Party” from yesterday, I’m just going to jump right into Part 2 here – because there’s lots to cover! This will recap the party decor and photo props (Part 1 featured the drinks/dessert table, accommodations, and overall concept). Here goes…

THE INSPIRATION for the party decor came from the hilarious scenarios and quotes from the movie itself, of course… but I wanted to be sure to incorporate the tiger, the chicken, Stu’s missing tooth, the hospital scene, and the casino/Vegas vibe in particular… and then of course tie in the anniversary/wedding element too!

The Hangover Movie – Party Ideas

The image above is shot from the “front door” of the suite’s lower level. The “lighted hearts” and hospital gown are props for guests to use in photos…more on those later!

The pepper shaker below (sitting on a Las Vegas Hotel Collage Coaster) references Alan’s “Tigers love pepper. They hate cinnamon.” quote from the scene when the guys are serving the “floorie steak” *wink* to the tiger.

The Hangover Movie – Party Ideas

I purchased stock photos of a tiger and a chicken from istockphoto.com, printed them out at various sizes, and attached them to wooden dowels. These were used throughout the centerpieces and stuck into vases filled with Skittles (which also tied into a movie quote). Here’s a picture of one of the bigger centerpieces: (more…)

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“Wedding Hangover” Anniversary Party – Pt 1

Hangover Movie Party Ideas

If you’ve been following HWTM for a while, you might have seen my previous post about the {pretty unconventional} idea that Sonny & I had for our 10-year wedding anniversary celebration this past November. We really wanted to do a fun/crazy/outside-the-box party that would include our friends, family, and daughter – for the early part of the night, at least! – and what a PARTY it turned out to be! I apologize that this post is longer/more wordy than usual – it’s just very near & dear to my heart, and I want to share all the little details!

Sonny is a goofball at heart (one of the things I love about him), and a funny type of celebration is really much more “us” than something formal, so we ran with it. We both love the movie THE HANGOVER, and thought that a Hangover-themed party would be so much FUN, with all the funny, off-the-wall details that could be incorporated like missing teeth, a tiger in the bathroom, the late-night wedding of Stu and Jane (vow renewal for us) complete with blue ruffle tux, that random chicken, festive Las Vegas elements, Alan’s crazy quotes….

Hangover Movie Party Ideas

As San Diegans, we’re not too far from Las Vegas (about a 5 hour drive or 40 min flight), so we knew a Vegas trip – although more involved to plan – wouldn’t be out of the question. We ran the idea by our friends a few months prior, saw that a lot of them were on board for a weekend in Vegas… and cut to November 2010, we found ourselves at “The Real” Caesar’s Palace in Vegas, celebrating with 25 wonderful friends & family members, in the midst of what turned out to be one of the most fun nights of our lives! (And also very sentimental due to a touching surprise gift from our friends… more on that later.)

Hangover Movie Party Ideas

This is honestly a great theme for so many types of occasions – from light-hearted anniversary celebrations like ours to bachelor/bachelorette parties, milestone birthdays, and theme parties in general. The humorous element and “Vegas-y” fun put everyone in such a great mood!

So without further adieu, here’s Part 1 of the recap of our night… complete with LOTS of photos (as captured by Jeanna Hayes). I hope you find some good inspiration here if you’re looking to do something similar in the future! FREE PRINTABLES of all the paper elements that I designed for the party are coming very soon too! (more…)

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I Heart Valentine’s Day {& This Party Theme!}

pink and red valentine's day party ideas

This adorable new “I Heart Valentine’s Day” party by Maureen and Adria from Anders Ruff Custom Designs makes me so very happy! Don’t you just want to jump right into the pictures?!

In addition to the fabulous printables they designed and used throughout the party (available in their shop), there’s so much great DIY inspiration to be found throughout this party – a few of my personal favorites being the fabulous pink paper plate polyhedrons hanging above the dessert table, the smart use of wrapped/decorated boxes to act as serving trays for some of the treats, and the fantastic “stacked paper flowers” blooming from candy-filled vases!

pink and red valentine's day party ideas

Read on for LOTS (& lots!) more adorable images, plus all the creative party details and detailed shopping resources, as told by Anders Ruff. (more…)

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REAL PARTIES: “Singing Birdie” Birthday

bird themed party shower ideas

If there ever was a party you could call “darling“, this bird-themed birthday party designed by Leoni from Just Call Me Martha would be it! And although she created this particular party for her niece’s birthday, the ideas & colors featured here would translate beautifully to baby showers or “love birds” themed Valentine’s Day parties too…

In case you’re wondering about the adorable “singing bird” graphic featured throughout, it’s by Tasha Noel, who has an entire etsy shop full of equally charming illustrations!

bird themed party shower ideas

Read on for lots more images & all the creative details, as told by Leoni(more…)

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Operation Shower: SD “Sunshine Farms” Event

Operation Shower San Diego Event

Thrilled to share the news that Operation Shower and March of Dimes are coming to San Diego in a few weeks to shower some very deserving U.S. military families! The event will take place on Tuesday, January 25th at the Farmers Insurance Open at the beautiful Torrey Pines Golf Course… where golfers can enjoy an ocean view while they’re hitting the links. =)

Also exciting is the wonderful party crew that’s assembling to help rock this one out! I’m excited to be styling this one alongside the creative talents of Stem Parties, Sweets Indeed, and Heavenly Blooms… we will be featuring lots of party inspiration in the post event recaps!

Interested in helping out? We’re actually on the lookout for a local videographer willing to donate their time to cover the event, and for companies that are interested in donating products for this shower or others in 2011. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, please email [email protected] for more info!

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Sweet Girly Mommy’s Dessert Table Contest

vintage snow white dessert table

How cool is this Vintage Snow White Dessert Table?! It was created by Debs from the UK-based Belle Amour and is the winning entry from the European Sweet Table contest hosted by Sweet Girly Mommy. I was honored to assist with judging, alongside Amy Atlas, Tomkat Studio, Pizzazzerie, Kate Landers, and Bella Grace Party Designs!

I love the perfect balance of whimsical creativity & simplicity exhibited here… and also how it proves that you don’t always need to create a gazillion different types of treats to make a cool dessert table, either! Click here to check out more images of the winning table and here to see the other finalists.

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Cool Letterpress Coasters by Ruff House Art

Letterpress Coasters

These fabulous letterpress coasters by Ruff House Art are a recent happy find! They had me at the Mad Men-inspired design of course, but there are lots of other great styles too, each boasting cool graphics that span from Retro Argyle to Puzzle Pieces.

I was just thinking yesterday how Jeff Bridges seems to be everywhere lately… and what do you know – he turns up on a coaster today! (courtesy of this The Big Lebowski inspired design)

Letterpress Coasters

This “Little Feet” set would be perfect for a stylish baby shower: (more…)

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Glam 21st Birthday Party – Nightclub VIP Style

Glam 21st Birthday Party Nightclub

If your 21st birthday didn’t look like this, don’t feel bad… mine didn’t either! =) But that doesn’t mean we can’t ooh and aah over the absolutely stunning florals, glam crystal chandeliers, and cool “restaurant-turned-nightclub” atmosphere from Arielle’s party… and dream about our own milestone birthday (or wedding, or anniversary, or _______ ) being quite so fabulous!

Bliss Weddings & Events (Columbus, OH) transformed the Sushi Rock restaurant location into a “VIP club experience” for this event. They even constructed a club-style “cabana” around the sushi bar! And I seriously can’t stop staring at the gorgeous floral arrangements blooming throughout the party… They’re all fantastic, but these tall & colorful, lush beauties have my attention in particular:

Glam 21st Birthday Party Nightclub

Already racking my brain for excuses to recreate these sometime soon – as well as the shorter dinner table centerpieces (pictured below) that coordinate with them perfectly!

Read on for on for LOTS more beautiful images, plus all the party details, as told by Bliss(more…)

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Modern & Romantic Backyard Wedding

Glam Wedding Ideas - Purple & Pink

It always amazes me how well talented wedding & event designers are able to completely transform a space! For example, at first glance would you guess that this gorgeous reception is actually taking place on a tennis court?! Fresh Events Company (based out of Southern California) transformed the tennis court area of this couple’s backyard into a romantic paradise for their wedding reception, and also fashioned their swimming pool with a flower-adorned (and very wide!) plank to serve as the ceremony “aisle“.

Glam Wedding Ideas - Purple & Pink

Especially loving the gorgeous, lush florals and sparkly, glam chandeliers hanging above the tables! Read on for lots more pics + event details from Fresh Events Company(more…)

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REAL PARTIES: Office Party First Birthday

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

I’m SO excited to share this wonderfully creative party with you today! I first stumbled on it due to a google alert for HWTM and pretty much keeled over from cuteness overload after just the first few pics!

Jessica from Modern Moments Designs created this “{Not So Typical} Office Party First Birthday” theme to celebrate her adorable son Emerson, and although Jessica describes herself first as a “a wife, a mother, and a cupcake addict“, it’s pretty obvious there’s a very talented graphic designer in there too! For example, take a peek at (a small part of) the amazing invitation that she designed for the party:

Office Themed Boy First Birthday Party

Pretty cool, right?! More details on this “vintage book” style invitation are below, along with LOTS more inspiring images (as captured by Courtney Jade) and all the creative party details, as told by Jessica(more…)

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