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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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