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Vintage Pumpkin & Roses First Birthday

vintage pumpkin first birthday party ideas

If you love vintage style, prepare to fall head over heels for this sweet and adorable “Vintage Pumpkin & Roses” first birthday party and all of it’s lovely burlap, lace, and fall-inspired goodness! Nicole from Million Dollar $mile Celebrations dreamed up this adorable celebration for her daughter’s first birthday, and not only is this it beautiful to look at, but it’s full of sentimental, family memory-filled details

For example, the party was held in in Papa Jim and Nana Wendy’s charming, elm-filled backyard, while Grandpa Walker’s 1940’s Ford pick-up truck was used to display some of the tasty treats she served. And for the icing on the memory-lane cake, birthday girl Evelyn enjoyed her smash cake in Great-grandma Rose’s 1950’s pink highchair!

vintage pumpkin first birthday party ideas

vintage pumpkin first birthday party ideas

Read on to check out LOTS more lovely images and all the incredibly creative details… including sepia-toned pictures of the birthday girl displayed as mini garlands in open-backed vintage frames and giant pumpkins used as stools for the hay bale kiddie table, which was covered with a lacy fabric overlay. So much thought and care went into the food & drink presentation too.. from pumpkins used as serving containers for hummus to a cake pop “pumpkin patch! (more…)

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{The Sunday Six} Twilight, Gobble Day, Spa, Fall Party, “Oh Snap” & Winter Berries

Thanksgiving Ideas for Kids

Happy SUNDAY! Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

1. Happy Gobble Day (Kids Thanksgiving) by Banner Events

2. Twilight Wedding by Events By Heather Ham and A Stunning Affair

Breaking Dawn Twilight Inspired Wedding (more…)

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DIY: Semi-Handmade Season’s Greetings

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

There are so many fantastic digital card designs available these days that make creating beautiful custom holiday cards with your favorite family photos an absolute breeze, but sometimes I miss that handmade element too… especially when it comes to holiday cards.

I was thinking about this recently for pretty obvious reasons (Um…how is it already November 18th?!), and it suddenly occurred to me that it really doesn’t have to be one way or the other… If you want to send holiday cards with a homemade touch but don’t have a gazillion hours to spare to make them all from scratch, why not just start with a fabulous digital design that you love, then add some simple craft embellishments to bridge the gap between “custom printed” and “custom made”!

Tiny Prints Holiday Cards

Here are a few SUPER EASY ideas of what you can do, mocked up using some of the printed Holiday Card samples I received from Tiny Prints this year. It only took a few minutes to embellish all of these designs, but I was still instantly reminded of how therapeutic the most “simple crafting” can be once in a while… especially when you’ve got a good chick flick or holiday movie that you’ve already seen playing in the background, and you can just kind of zone out and enjoy the blissful simplicity of craft rhinestones, ribbon, glitter and glue. :) (more…)

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Warm & Modern Autumn Dinner Party

Modern Thanksgiving Table Ideas

After seeing this fabulously modern Autumn Dinner Party tablescape from Linda at In The Making Design, we are feeling so inspired to set the dining room table for Thanksgiving this year! The rich chocolate brown table linen paired with pops of bright green and orange makes for such a warm and eye-catching fall party palette.

It doesn’t hurt that I’m spotting tons of budget-friendly IKEA finds either… including the glass pretty glass candle holders and geometric fabric used for the “table runner”… both of which happen to already be living in our “party pantry” too. ;)  There’s such a lovely simplicity and classic style to this table in general, which makes it not only pretty to look at, but also very approachable inspiration for anyone that wants to recreate a similar look at home… for Thanksgiving celebrations & beyond!

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Festive Holiday Dinners with Chef Bradley Ogden {+ 3 Full Recipes}

Holiday Dinners with Bradley Odgen book

Renowned Chef Bradley Ogden will be visiting our hometown of beautiful San Diego, California this weekend (on Sunday, November 20th) to be part of the Celebrity Chef Luncheon at the 8th Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival! He’s got something fun to celebrate too… a brand new book titled Holiday Dinners with Bradley Ogden.

Want a special preview of this new yummy read? Scroll down for 3 TASTY RECIPES straight out of the book – including Coffee-Spiced Prime Rib Roast, Winter Vegetable Salad, and Candied Yams (great side dish recipe ideas for Thanksgiving too!).

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Playful Owl & Pumpkin Fall Birthday Party

Owl Themed Fall Birthday Party

This Owl Themed Fall Party is just TOO CUTE! While the owl theme has become very popular for parties these days, Mindy of Modern Mindy did an incredible job putting a really fresh, fun spin on this one!

From pumpkin shaped popcorn balls complete with chocolate stumps, to pumpkin centerpieces adorned with hand-painted owls, to a hay ride for the kids and a 2-tier chocolate cake decorated with handmade paper flowers, this darling birthday party has FUN written all over it! I’m also loving the cool & budget-friendly butcher paper backdrop behind the dessert table, embellished with hand-drawn signage sketched with a white marker.

Owl Themed Fall Birthday Party

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Free Party Printables: Breaking Dawn Quotes (Twilight Saga)

Breaking Dawn Party Ideas - Free Printable Quotes

So… rumor has it there’s a new movie coming out tonight at midnight. ;)  I seriously can’t even tell you how many emails, comments, wall posts, and tweets I’ve received lately asking for new printable quotes and party ideas for Breaking Dawn (as follow-ups to the rest of the Twilight party ideas & printables we’ve posted in the past).

I promise I haven’t been ignoring the requests – it’s just literally been one thing after another over here for a while now, and I’ve been grasping for hours to work on this project that just haven’t materialized yet due to everything else… and then yesterday I received a MOST WELCOME email from freelance graphic designer Cassandra Poertnerwho just so happens to have whipped up some great printable quotes of her own for a friend and wanted to make them available to anyone else that might want to use them – how nice is that?! There are EIGHT 5×7 quotes and TWO 8×10 quotes – all ready to be downloaded, printed & displayed for the viewing pleasure of you and your party guests.

Breaking Dawn Party Ideas - Free Printable Quotes

You’ll find links to download the quotes in either jpeg or pdf format at the bottom of this post… and if you’d like to thank Cassandra for offering these up, here’s a link to her company facebook page. Thanks again, Cassandra!! :) (more…)

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HomeGoods {Part 2} + Gift Cards Giveaway!

HomeGoods Fall Finds + Giveaway

Winner Update: This Giveaway is now closed. While we wish all of you who entered could have won a $5o gift card to HomeGoods we had to randomly pick 4 winners. So congrats to MeganF who said, “LOVE homegoods! Would love to put together a gorgeous Christmas dinner table, or I’d want those martini glasses!!! Fab!“, Danielle, who said, “I adore Home Goods! Unfortunately the budget is so tight this year that there’s no room for anything new in the decorating budget. I’d LOVE to get some new sparkly things for the holidays and to change out my old, drab color scheme! Thank you so much for the giveaway!“, Tiffany, who said, “I LOVE LOVE LOVE HomeGoods!!!! I’ve got my eye on some seriously cute pillows that this would be great to use for. BUT I do love those plates and they have so many fun things.“, and Cynthia, who said, “I love all the items shown above…ESPECIALLY all the gold and purple items. HomeGoods ROCKS!! Once again congrats ladies!

As a follow up to PART 1 of the HomeGoods challenge featuring the Owl-themed Fall/Thanksgiving Table… here’s a recap of some other fall entertaining trends and favorite finds discovered along the way during that same shopping trip. Some of these finds actually made it into the cart and are awaiting their debut at an upcoming party… like the cool wooden bowl displayed in the very top pic, which actually already made a holiday debut! :)

Hope you enjoy this little photo recap, complete with caption bubbles to help illustrate the “shopping in party mode” thought process a little better… and if you’d like to go shopping too, GOOD NEWS! HomeGoods is giving away $50 GIFT CARDS to FOUR lucky readers this week. (And the cool birdie jewelry holder/statue below was only $9.99, so $50 can go a long way!) See details on how to enter at the bottom of this post.

HomeGoods Fall Finds + Giveaway

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Invitation Consultants

Invitation Consultants Holiday Cards Giveaway
Winner Update: This Giveaway is now closed. We know everyone is starting to work on their holiday cards so this winner is especially lucky to be receiving $75 worth of these fun holiday cards plus a personalized stamp! Well with out further adieu we want to congratulate Tabitha S who said, “I LOVE those stamps!!!!!! They are so cute! I especially like the way they are shaped. I am very into the more modern looking designs and I love how everything is a theme without being exactly the same (something I am kind of compulsive about lol)” Thank you to everyone who entered and better luck next time. =)

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Fun new HOLIDAY-geared giveaway for you today!Invitation Consultants is a fabulous online shop with a HUGE catalog of personalized invites and stationery for all sorts of occasions – from holidays to birthdays, weddings and beyond… and since the holidays are just around the corner (if not already here!), they’re offering up a fun stationery combo that includes $75 worth of Holiday Cards + a custom Personalized Stamp! Total retail value is $115.

Invitation Consultants Holiday Cards Giveaway

The winner can choose their favorite styles for both the Personalized Stamp and the Holiday Cards, and there are zillions of card designs to choose from, including Photo Cards and Holiday Party Invitations, and unique styles like the Family Update Series – where you have room for both photos and a summary of the year that’s gone by.

Coordinating stationery elements are available for many of the designs too – including envelope liners, return address labels, rsvp cards, and more! (more…)

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“Happy Gobble Day” Kids Thanksgiving Party

Thanksgiving Party Ideas for Kids - Thanksgiving Printables

If you’re looking for some fun Thanksgiving party ideas & activities for KIDS, this adorable HAPPY GOBBLE DAY party from Anders Ruff is chock full of inspiration!

The fantastic mix of modern patterns and bold colors paired with rustic textures like burlap and wood makes for such a fun & festive-looking party… I think most adults would love this look for their Thanksgiving table too! I know this one would at least! ;) And, as always, the printable paper elements – all of which are available for purchase/download in Anders Ruff Shop – really shine brightly throughout and help tie every detail together – from the super cute party hats and dessert labels to the “GOBBLE” garland and “i am thankful for…” cards. One of my favorite details has got to be the ridiculously cute little turkey embellishment on the kraft paper-wrapped crayons… darling!

Thanksgiving Party Ideas for Kids - Thanksgiving Printables

Thanksgiving Party Ideas for Kids - Thanksgiving Printables

From mini pumpkin pies adorned with food flags to yummy acorn and leaf-shaped sugar cookies displayed on mini wooden stumps, there are so many lovely autumn-inspired party details to admire here!

Read on for LOTS more fabulous pics + all the creative details… (more…)

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Soft & Sweet Silhouette Birthday Party

I’m giddy with excitement to tell you about this super sweet and absolutely AMAZING Girly Silhouette Birthday Party for Mia thrown by Paige, of Paiges of Style and Betsy of Betsy Blue Photography (Mia’s Mommy). Paige has become one of my dear friends, and we have HWTM to thank for “introducing us”! We first met when I was working on one of my very first posts for HWTM – which just so happened to be the  incredible Curious Charlie Monkey Party that she threw for her daughter Charlie.

As always, everything about this latest party from Paige is simply adorable, from the breathtaking layer cake and donut tower adorned with fabric flowers to the all-decked-out paper party hats. I’m in complete awe over the silhouette cake pops created by Kris kCreative Cake Pops too! Can you believe she was able to take Mia’s darling silhouette and turn it into an edible work of art? These have to be one of my all time favorite cake pops ever. I know who I will be calling for my next party. ;)

I’m also loving the large silhouette-themed fondant cake topper created by my other favorite sweets gal, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies.

Last but not least, a party wouldn’t be complete without custom coordinating party printables, and Paige designed several perfectly pastel silhouette party staples, including water bottle labels, cupcake wrappers, juice box wraps, party hats, and more (all of which are available for purchase from Paiges of Style).

Read on for more INCREDIBLE photos + party details… (more…)

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Modern Elephants on Parade Baby Shower

Modern Elephant Themed Baby Shower

Remember the way-too-much-fun “MILKaholic Baby Shower” we featured earlier this year? Well, the creative genius behind that shower – Carrie of Half Baked – is back with another adorable, polka-dot filled baby shower that she recently threw for her sister… this time with an “Elephants on Parade” theme!

Carrie’s bold & modern signature style really shines through again here… and I especially love how she once again managed to make BLACK work so well for a baby shower, while still keeping the overall feel of the party adorable and SWEET (in more ways than one!).

Modern Elephant Themed Baby Shower

Modern Elephant Themed Baby Shower

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

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Owl Fall Table + HomeGoods Challenge Part 1

Thanksgiving Holiday Table Owls - White and Gold

HomeGoods recently asked me if I’d be interested in shopping one of their stores and coming up with a creative Fall tablescape and highlighting some fall entertaining trends. Um… lemme think about that for a sec? Just kidding… YES, please! ;)

If you’ve followed the blog for a while, you probably already know that HomeGoods is already one of my standard go-to places for party decor and has been pretty much since I first set foot in one. Obviously the prices are the initial attraction – which is great because I rarely feel bad about modifying certain pieces with a coat of paint or some rhinestones to get them “party theme ready” – but you can also find so many different kinds of things in one place – from vases and interesting figurines & statues for centerpieces to dishes and linens, frames, pillar holders, holiday decor & more. The pieces I’ve scooped up at HG can be spotted throughout countless past blog posts and party themes… from pretty much every single apothecary jar in all our candy buffet set-ups to to the flamingos, tea pots, and cool “face silhouette tea light holders” from Wonderlandia that were “blowing butterflies” at the party! Oh, and of course the $10 flying pig garden statue from Wonderlandia that we dressed up with some bright pink and metallic gold spray paint! She sits on a shelf daughter’s room now and still makes me happy every time I walk in there. ;)

Thanksgiving Holiday Table Owls - White and Gold

Anyways, back to the present day and the focus on Fall/Holiday… there were some gold and white pinecone plates I’d just spotted & fell in love with at HomeGoods even before getting the fun email from them, so my mind immediately went there, but I wasn’t sure what else to surround them with yet for the rest of the table…. so Sonny came with me to the store with the camera to document the “finding” process.

The neutral palette of the plates made them an easy fit with several centerpiece design options, so the only difficulty with the shopping trip was keeping this one from literally jumping out of the cart at every turn since she would’ve much rather been grabbing at all the pretty things there were to look at!

In keeping with the nature of the blog, (and how I usually do things myself anyways) I wanted to make sure that the final Fall table incorporated some things I already owned (acrylic chargers, utensils, wine glasses) + some new finds (see below) + some DIY/crafty elements (manzanita tree, ribbon accents, place cards) so that readers can easily replicate this look at home. (It actually would work well for both Thanksgiving & Christmas!) So without further adieu, here’s a photo recap of the shopping trip, followed by shots & details on how the final table design turned out at home(more…)

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{Party of 5} + 1 = SUNDAY SIX!

Gnome Birthday Party Theme Ideas

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

1. Gnome Birthday by Tikkido

2. What a Journey First Birthday by One Stone Events

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Christina & Jason’s Fall-Inspired Wedding

Red and Black Fall Halloween Wedding

It always amazes me how creative weddings are these days! I love it when couples really let their personalities & love story shine through, just like Christina and Jason did here with their beautiful and fun Fall-inspired weddingwhich includes hints of Halloween! – as coordinated by Antonia Christianson Events.

Before we jump to a full pictorial of the wedding story (including detail shots of the bride’s GORGEOUS dress, accessories & bouquet!), scroll down for a note from the planner, Antonia, to help give you some background on the inspiration for this creative wedding

Red and Black Fall Halloween Wedding

NOTE from Antonia…
“Christina and Jason were a great couple looking for a wedding that was not only memorable but also a good time for their guests! Christina came to us with a very distinct vision for a fun fall wedding, and we really ran with that idea. Of course pumpkins, lanterns, and deep reds were highlighted throughout the entire wedding, but the groom, Jason, also wanted to incorporate “Fall” with hints of Halloween.  He wanted  zombie-styled table numbers and a doppelganger “day of the dead” cake topper.  Jason and Christina really had a lot of fun with the guest details and even incorporated the beginning of their love story into their “first look pictures”. (They met at a local Starbucks and first saw each other on their wedding day at the same location).”

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DIY Tutorial: Festive Velvet Fabric Pumpkins

Fabric Pumpkins - DIY Tutorial

Looking for a creative fall-themed project? These pretty VELVET FABRIC PUMPKINS from floral design guru Kim Foren make for such pretty fall/Thanksgiving decor, and there’s no sewing machine required – just a needle/thread and your trusty glue gun!

I also love that you can customize this project with your favorite colors and fabrics. The velvet and silk used here looks pretty and glam for Thanksgiving, but Kim also included red and warm earth tones here that can be carried on into Christmas! Read on for the full step by step tutorial, as told by Kim… (more…)

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A Modern & Inviting Fall Harvest Party

Modern Thanksgiving Harvest Party Ideas

Get ready to FEAST your eyes on a truly stunning Fall Harvest Party, beautifully orchestrated by Anders Ruff Custom Designs and absolutely overflowing with fabulous inspiration for Thanksgiving celebrations and beyond!  The natural color palette was inspired by the bountiful items actually on display here – from artichokes, wheat bundles, and bosc pears, to green apples, ivory pumpkins, acorns and pine cones….

The cider and wine bar will leaf you in awe, and you’ll fall head-over heels for the clever use of legumes to line the dessert trays, the simple coffee filter and burlap chair decor, the super-easy fabric plate chargers, and the fabulous utilization of sugar cane place card holders!

And if the gingersnap bundt cakes, baked pears with riesling honey glaze, pecan pies with honey tartlets, and spiced pumpkin pie mousse with gingersnap crust aren’t enough inspiration to leave you feeling absolutely stuffed, don’t worry, because it doesn’t stop there!

Keep reading for more lovely photos & details…you’ll be grateful for all the FALL-tastic tips, tricks, & DIY ideas from Anders Ruff! (more…)

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Little Indian & Cowboy Birthday Party

Little Indian Theme Birthday Party Ideas

Little Indians and cowboys came together as fast friends at this creative & adorable “Little Indian & Cowboy” party that Junita from Kinderplays created for her son’s 3rd birthday! She managed to combine western flair with traditional Indian designs and bring them together in a fresh new way that feels very modern, warm and inviting… love it!

The childlike silhouettes of a little Indian & cowboy on the invites and paper details set a perfect tone for the party, and guests enjoyed creative themed treats like “Sacred Stones” and embellished marshmallows and fruit skewers reminiscent of ancient drawings. And of course we can’t forget the cute tee-pee themed cookies, mini cupcakes, and amazing cake… complete with a mini fondant campfire! :)

Little Indian Theme Birthday Party Ideas

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Lovely Rustic-Modern Fall Bridal Shower

Rustic Modern Fall Bridal Shower

Ready for some pretty autumn eye candy? Good… because there are tons of lovely & inspired details to admire in this BEAUTIFUL Rustic-Modern Fall Bridal Shower from Chris at Celebrations at Home – and this look could easily be tailored to any type of fall celebration!

The mix of red, aqua, and yellow tones looks fantastic with the different wood, wire, and rattan textures incorporated here, and the pretty block-print floral pattern carried throughout all of the paper details really helps tie everything together beautifully. I’m especially loving the mini tied fabric garland that’s draped across a vintage shutter on the dessert table! Chris always does such an amazing job with her styling of vintage props and frames…this theme actually reminds me of another very lovely fall party she designed last year that also has her signature touch!

Rustic Modern Fall Bridal Shower

Rustic Modern Fall Bridal Shower

Read on for lots more fall bridal shower loveliness + all the creative details… (more…)

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Fabulous Finds: Giant French Pastry Tip

Keeping with the cupcake theme from last week’s Fabulous Find, (and in response to the many inquiries about the frosting technique used in the Cuisipro Cupcake Corer post), this week’s Fabulous Find is this gorgeous Giant French Pastry Tip!

This, my friends, is the pastry tip you’ll need to achieve this gorgeous and super simple frosting finish for your mini and regular sized cupcakes.  You’ll Fall in love with the results this pastry tip produces and you may even be asked what professional bakery you purchased your cupcakes from. *wink*

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{Sponsored Post} Scratch Weddings – Marquee Event DJs

Wedding DJs - Scratch Weddings

Everyone knows how important great music is to an event, right? In fact, it’s usually the x-factor that takes that event from “get-together” to full-on PARTY!

And on that note, I’m excited to introduce you to Scratch Weddings today… especially if you’ve got a wedding or big event in the works and are on the lookout for a DJ! Scratch Weddings is the leading provider of highly skilled, experienced and affordable marquee-level DJ talent for weddings & special events. Their wedding DJs have collaborated with major recording artists like Lady Gaga, The Black Eyed Peas and Michael Jackson. In addition to weddings, they also perform at corporate events, music festivals and respected clubs & lounges all over the nation.

One of the best things about Scratch is that they enable couples to select from a number of DJs that are paired to each couple based on their personal style, taste and musical interests. Clients can also access wedding DJ bios, photos, videos and music mixes on the Scratch website, so you can really get all the details and feel great about the person that you’re hiring for your special event! (more…)

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Cool & Modern Rock Star Baby Shower

What baby wouldn’t want to be welcomed in true rock star fashion?! This theme is perfect for Mom’s and new babies alike, and I’m loving the bright colors and bold patterns of this incredible Rock Star Baby Shower from Kim of The TomKat Studio and Vicki of Vicki Lynn Photography (who also hosted the baby shower). This duo continues to comes up with hit after hit!

I have a little experience throwing Rock Star parties myself and am always curious to see what creative ideas people come up with. Some of my favorite details include the use of old records as decorations, the paint bucket drum set, the colorful array of sugary sweets, and clothes line full of rock star baby gear. Can’t forget about the super cute sugar cookies and cake pops either…or all the cool and colorful paper products {available at The TomKat Studio}. I also love how each guest was asked to bring in their favorite book which was placed in an open guitar case appropriatly titled “Collection of Classics”.

Keep reading for more ROCKIN’ photos + party details. . .  (more…)

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AMAZING Candy Themed Bridal Shower

Candy Theme Bridal Shower Ideas

I stumbled on this absolutely AMAZING Candy Themed Bridal Shower recently and it was too fantastic not to share asap… there are so many creative candy-themed ideas to be found here!

Hosted by Darcy Miller of Martha Stewart Weddings, and in celebration of Dylan Lauren (of famous NYC candy shop Dylan’s Candy Bar), it’s really not surprising that this bridal shower came out so cool… from the fabulous candy artwork” backdrop and gumball garlands to the super fun display of DIY rock candy rings – which are WAY too pretty to eat of course and such a fun activity idea for the party guests!

Candy Theme Bridal Shower Ideas

One of my friends needs to get engaged or pregnant stat so I have an excuse to recreate this… you could definitely pull it off for a “sweet” themed baby shower too…maybe swapping out some of the ring designs for pacifiers. :) Scroll down on for lots more eye candy (couldn’t resist!)… (more…)

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Starbucks Holiday Celebration in NYC {Win Tickets for You + a Guest!}

Starbucks Holiday Preview Celebration

WINNER UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered. I SERIOUSLY wish I had enough tickets to give to everyone – all of your comments were so sweet! Limited space is a factor as always though, and to keep things fair we used random.org to select the 10 winners, who are listed at the bottom of this post. We will also be notifying the winners via email. So excited to have you join in the holiday fun tomorrow! :)

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[Original Post] Things have been extra busy around here lately due to a special holiday event HWTM is styling for Starbucks this Tuesday in NYC… and I’m thrilled to be able to extend an invitation to the event to 10 of our readers… plus a guest for each! Yay :)

If you’re in the NYC area and would like to take part in a merry evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, holiday decorating ideas, cake pops and more THIS Tuesday, November 8th from 6-9pm, please post a comment below to let us know you’d like to attend. I know… we had you at “cake pops”, right? ;) The party will be hosted near Gramercy Park in Manhattan. The exact location will be disclosed directly to the ticket winners. (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Purple & Grey Holiday Entertaining Collection

Purple and Grey Inspiration Board & Giveaway

Winner Update: This Giveaway is now closed. I wish all of you loyal readers could receive this fabulous purple and grey entertaining pack but unfortunately we could only choose one random winner. Can I get a drum roll please?!….The special reader is…Commenter #887, Cristina, who said, “My favorite color palette is actually grey and purple! I want those to be my wedding colors. I hope I win!” Congratulations Cristina! We hope you enjoy your winnings and that you can even incorporate some of these great items in your wedding!

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We have SUCH A FUN GIVEAWAY to share with you today! This gorgeous round up of stylish Purple & Grey Entertaining items comes courtesy of Dotcoms for Moms, a fabulous website that curates the best of the web to help save the rest of us time while searching for resources & products online. All of the recommendations by Dotcoms for Moms are “handpicked by moms for the modern mom looking for sites and products with style, design, taste and within budget.” Learn more about them right here.

And if the items in this Giveaway are any indication, I’d say they’ve definitely got some great style going on! A lucky HWTM reader is going to win everything featured here – from a beautiful Marimekko Pitcher and a fabulous set of Reindeer Dessert Plates to sparkly Graphite Ball Ornaments, a gorgeous Feather Wreath, and more. Total value is over $350! (Scroll down for the full list of items.)

Purple and Gray Inspiration Board & Giveaway

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Whimsical Paper

Whimsical Paper Personalized Gift Ideas

Winner Update: This Giveaway is now closed. While we wish all of our readers were lucky enough to receive this $100 Shopping Spree to all things personalized we had to randomly choose only one entry. And the winner is….Commenter #164, Shannon, who said, “Love that lunchbox for my little man!” Congratulations Shannon! We hope your little one adores his new lunchbox!

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Can you believe it’s November already?And you know what else that means… here come the holidays! The fact is gift-giving season is right around the corner is actually one of the reasons I’m so excited to share this {very timely} new GIVEAWAY with you today, which is a generous $100 SHOPPING SPREE to Whimsical Paper! Personalized gifts are a great way to make someone feel extra special, and Whimsical Paper is absolutely overflowing with them…

You’ll find everything from great finds for entertaining like custom serving platters, acrylic ice buckets, cutting boards, and drink coasters… to fun stuff for kids like personalized pillowcases, tees, sports bottles, lunch boxes, and more. I actually had a really hard time just narrowing down which ideas to feature in this post! Custom stationery and address stamps? Check. Super cute personalized umbrellas guaranteed to bright up any rainy day? Yep. I could go on and on… but instead I’ll just leave you to check things out for yourself! Read on for more sample gift ideas + details on how to enter the giveaway.

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Fabulous Finds: Cupcake Corer by Cuisipro

Cuisipro Cupcake Corer

{ By Jessica Kirkland }
Ready to take your cupcakes to a fabulous new level? Then you’ll want to get yourself this easy-to-use Cuisipro Cupcake Corer and add a surprise center filling to your cupcakes for your next celebration!

Not only is this a piece of (cup)cake to use…it’s actually a lot of fun too. My three year old had a blast helping me core out the centers of these Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cupcakes. Once you’ve removed the cupcake cores, add a fun filling, top with frosting and you are ready to win rave reviews at your next event. Check it out…

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“Hungry Hungry Hippo” Birthday Party

Hungry Hungry Hippo Birthday Party

Is this HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPO Party the cuteness or what?! Designed and styled by working moms/event planners Laura & Megan of Events In The City, this classic board game inspired party is sure to delight both the kids AND the adults that fondly remember playing this game when they were kids themselves, which is why it could also be a fun theme idea for a creative baby shower!

I love the super modern and colorful spin that Laura & Megan used to bring this party to life, as well as the clever phrases & food labeling like “Hip to the POP” Popcorn Balls, “Watering Hole” bottled drinks, and River Rock” rock candy sticks. HUNGRY for more? Good! Here we go with all of the playful images and details, starting with some seriously adorable hippo cupcakes

Hungry Hungry Hippo Birthday Party

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{Sneak Peek} Vintage Glam Holiday Theme

I’ve yet to master the art of the super quick post, but given the craziness of the past few days, I’m giving it a shot today! Here’s a sneak peek at one of the new projects/themes keeping us busy this week…. just a little taste without giving it ALL away quite yet. ;) Stay tuned for full details & DIY coming later this week, along with fun new giveaways, real parties, and fabulous finds!

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{Party of 5} Superhero, Pink Ribbon, Mustache, Girlie Firetruck & Halloween

Vintage Superhero Birthday Party

HAPPY FRIDAY! Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

1. A Vintage Superhero Birthday Party {at top} by chrispic

2. Pink Ribbon Table by Harper Event Design

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