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Spells & Potions Halloween: Creepy Drinks {+ Free Printables}

Halloween Drinks Green & Black

We have some fun {& free!} Halloween printables coming your way today! Let’s kick things off with some Wart Elixir and Toxic Bat Juice, shall we… Who’s thirsty?! =)

Halloween Drinks Green & Black

These are from a new “Spells & Potions” theme I designed for a local news segment last week, and they are super easy to recreate at home. I just removed the original labels from Starbucks Frappuccino bottles and designed some new halloween drink labels and matching straw flags to give them a “creepy” makeover. Find links to download both below.

Just add a little green and black food/drink coloring (I used Wilton’s Halloween Drink Coloring Kit) to your own favorite beverage and voila! Creepy drinks all around… guzzle with caution. (more…)

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Alison & Heiko’s Day of the Dead Wedding

Day of the Dead Wedding + Halloween

In celebration of Wedding Wednesday AND Halloween, I am so very excited to share this AMAZING Day of the Dead Inspired Wedding with you today!

Honestly just working on this post made me so happy this morning… between the cheerful, vibrant color palette and all of the crafty, creative details like button flower bouquets, embellished Orangina bottles, and feather-button-guitar-pick boutonnieres. More impressive yet – everything was designed & styled by the bride herself – Alison – and brought to life with the help of Heiko (the groom) & their friends and family … nice work, everyone!

Day of the Dead Wedding + Halloween

Day of the Dead Wedding + Halloween

I’ll let the gorgeous images – as captured by the talented Melanie Duerkopp – do the rest of the talking. Read on for lots more of them, followed by all the fun creative details from the bride! (more…)

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Rustic Halloween Chic: Desserts & Damask

Rustic Elegant Halloween Dessert Table

I’m loving the bright pops of color and elegant touches of sparkle & damask in of this pretty Rustic Halloween Dessert Table by Tanya of Save The Date For Cupcakes! With tempting treats like Meringue Bones and Mini Caramel Candied Pears infused with Peach Honey Sticks, it’s definitely heavier on the SWEET than the SPOOK… she even incorporated deep shades of pink!

And see the cool mod white chandelier hanging overhead? That’s an “upcycled” piece that she found on the side of the road! It’s amazing what a little glossy spray paint can do, right? =)

Rustic Elegant Halloween Dessert Table

Read on for more beautiful images (including mini fondant pumpkin toppers) + all the creative details… (more…)

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Darling “Little Pumpkin” Fall Birthday Party

Little Pumpkin Birthday Party

Want to throw a Fall Birthday Party or Harvest Celebration for your favorite “Little Pumpkin“? Well, this adorable party by Ellen of Ellen Bessette Events will give you tons of great inspiration pulling it off in style!

From darling pumpkin-themed treatsincluding a super-cute smash cake and mini fondant cupcake toppers – to “happy pumpkin” paper details by Frog Prince Paperie – to rustic decor like a fabulous pumpkins & pinecone chandelier wreath suspended over the dessert table, everything about this festive fall party is both creative and sweet!

Little Pumpkin Birthday Party

Little Pumpkin Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more festive pumpkin pics + all the creative details (as explained by Paula of Frog Prince Paperie)… (more…)

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Colorful Kids Halloween Theme + Spidery Embellished Hay Bales Backdrop

Purple Orange Black Halloween Party

We have more fun HALLOWEEN INSPIRATION today from Michelle at I Do Invitations by Michelle! She created a wonderful hay bale background for this colorful kids Halloween shoot, complete with festive embellishments like paper daisies, tinted cheesecloth, and sparkly spiders. (This backdrop is actually great inspiration for adult Fall or Halloween parties too!)

This party theme utilizes the traditional Halloween colors of black, orange, purple, & green but mixes things up a little with fun patterns like polka dots and damask.

Purple Orange Black Halloween Party

Read on for more playful details below, including her daughter’s adorable spider web-patterned tutu and glittery sugar cookies(more…)

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Mod Elephant Baby Shower in Yellow & Gray

Yellow Gray Elephant Baby Shower

From a fabulous yellow & gray color palette and “ribbon wall” photo backdrop to a cool cluster of contemporary paper mobiles suspended from the ceiling, this ELEPHANT THEMED BABY SHOWER by {the very talented} Elizabeth of Bump Smitten is truly the definition of modern + chic!

The entire atmosphere looks so warm & inviting, and at the same time remains mod-minimalist & sleek… don’t you just want to jump right into the pictures?! Ya, me too…

Yellow Gray Elephant Baby Shower

Yellow Gray Elephant Baby Shower

And speaking of jumping right in… read on for LOTS more fabulous images, and party details! (more…)

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Mavrick’s Vintage Newspaper Boy Birthday

Newspaper Boy Birthday Party

Extra! Extra! Read all about it! Mavrick’s Vintage Newspaper Boy Birthday Party that Kelly of Blush!nk created for her son’s birthday is so fresh and fun! Kelly is an incredibly talented designer and has a knack for throwing creative, outside-the-box parties. I’m really loving the color palette she selected here – it’s so simple and clean.

Every detail was well thought out and executed perfectly – from the vintage newspaper print fabric to the mason jars and stripy straws.  Other favorite details include the beautifully styled “vintage” food, whimsical banner cake topper, paper lanterns, basket of bundled newspapers, mini “Mavrick’s Chronicles” signs, and coordinating colored streamers. The newspapers will be writing about this party for months to come!

Keep reading for LOTS of INCREDIBLE photos + party details. . . (more…)

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{Party of 5} Halloween, Dinosaur, Rustic Garden, Pea Pod, & Zebra/Feather

Halloween Party Ideas

I’m excited to announce a new feature we’ll be running every Friday Here we go with  the Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

1. {at top} Kids Halloween Treat Table by Celebrations at Home

2. Dino Shindig by Envy Events

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DIY Tutorial: Upcycled Mini Herb Garden

DIY Herb Garden Gifts or Party Favors

Not only is this DIY Herb Garden super easy & inexpensive – it utilizes “up-cycled” yogurt containers and makes for a thoughtful, homemade hostess gift – or individually as eco-friendly party favors! Just use your favorite fabric and ribbon to customize the containers to your own party, kitchen, or a loved one’s kitchen.

Amber Lay walks you through the simple step by step process of making your own mini herb garden below. In addition to providing quick access to fresh herbs to your meals, it’s also easy enough for little helpers and great way to keep kids entertained for a bit too…no television required =). Who knows… it may even spark their interest in helping with the actual cooking!

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Mind-Blowing “Megamind” Birthday Party

MegaMind Birthday Party Ideas

Ready to feast your eyes on something MEGA Fantastic? Good… because the creative details in this cool Megamind themed birthday party that Dina of Deliciously Darling Events created for her son Malik are exactly that… not to mention truly mind-blowing!

As Dina explains below, “Megamind is very Superhero meets Rock-n-Roll” – and that’s definitely the vibe she brought to life with this party! A few of my favorite details include the giant glittery “M”s featured on the tables & above the dessert buffet, the bright red hero capes adorning the backs of the chairs, a cityscape shower curtain utilized as the candy buffet backdrop, and super clever MegaMalik” and “MetroMalik” faces (playing on the main characters in the movie)  incorporated on everything from the napkin rings to the bottled drinks!

MegaMind Birthday Party Ideas

Read on for LOTS more MEGA-Awesome images and party details… (more…)

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Aqua & Orange Halloween Monster Brunch

Halloween Monster Brunch

So this Halloween MONSTER BRUNCH by Jessica from Party Box Design is just RIDICULOUSLY CUTE! I love how she utilized a mix of both modern & vintage styles and incorporated aqua into the traditional black & orange color palette for a refreshing & unexpected pop of color.

My sweet tooth probably doing some of the talking here, but one of my favorite details has to be the gorgeous caramel chocolate apples adorned with twig handles made from sticks from her own back yard! Don’t you just want to reach right through the screen and grab one?! And then of course there are the too-adorable-to-be-scary sugar cookies, and fabulous chocolate dipped pretzels covered in black & orange nonpareils.

Halloween Monster Brunch

Halloween Monster Brunch

Read on for LOTS more festive images (including a darling little cow touting an “EAT MOR CHIKIN” sign!) + party details… (more…)

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Playful Wild West Cowboy Brunch

Wild West Cowboy Party

Wanted: Wild West Cowboy Brunch Party… and Bird from Bird’s Party did a fabulous job “rounding one up” and designing a super cute printable collection to match! She managed to keep this theme both fun & stylish by pairing playful cowboy boot & horse graphics with a vintage country flair introduced through the warm color palette and a red & white gingham.

Read on to check out all the clever details, including sweet treats like toffee kettle corn, cow shaped chocolates (!), and milk bottles to wash it all down!

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Colorful “Cowboy Cool” Birthday Party

Modern Cowboy Birthday Party
SADDLE UP, Partner… because you are about to be taken for a fun ride through this creative & budget-friendly Cowboy Birthday PartySpaceships and Laser Beams designed this party {for Stephanie’s birthday!} with their usual design-genius flair – AND with all ages in mind– making this a versatile, family-friendly celebration for guests young & old!

Giddy up to all colorful images and party details below, including the incredibly creative horse shaped cupcake wrappers and boot shaped goodie bags for the kids that are simply fashioned from good ol’ brown paper bags!

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Mini Cooper British Invasion Birthday Party

Mini Cooper Birthday Party

We are LOVING this fun spin on the car/racing inspired birthday party – a MINI COOPER theme! Kristen‘s son specifically requested this theme and she decided to incorporate a British Invasion vibe “to give it a little edge” – SO FUN!

Scroll down for lots more images of this super cool birthday bash plus all the creative details, including a ridiculously cool British flag/Mini Cooper Cake,  a toy car “table runner”, popcorn funnels made out of silver bubble wrap (very clever!), spare tire” cookies, and more…

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GIVEAWAY from The LASIK Vision Institute

The LASIK Vision Institute

This Giveaway is now closed. We truly wish that all of you who entered could have won this amazing, life changing prize because as we all know our eyesight is a remarkable gift! Well let’s get right down to it! The incredibly lucky winner is…Commenter # 539, Lindi, who said, “I normally don’t enter contests because I’m like the unluckiest person alive, but this is too good to pass up! I’ve been wearing glasses/contacts since I was in 5th grade and would love the life changing opportunity to have Lasik surgery. It’s one of those things that has always been on my ‘so desperately want’ list, but has been pushed back due to the cost. Having the surgery would improve my quality of life (and itchy eyes) dramatically! I would just die if I won!” Congrats!! We hope the results are everything you dreamed of!

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So let me just start off by saying that this is CLEARLY something very different from the typical party/entertaining-related Giveaways that we usually run at HWTM, but with such an amazing prize, it was just too good to pass up… because The LASIK Vision Institute is offering up a LASIK eye surgery procedure VALUED AT a WHOPPING $4000 to a very lucky reader!

I know first-hand what a life-changer this can be because I had LASIK myself almost 7 years ago now, and it seriously changed my life overnight (or actually in the span of about 15 minutes to be more precise). I remember registering literally the exact second when my vision improved during the procedure – it was like I’d been looking through an out-of-focus camera lens and suddenly it came into focus – it was surreal! And I definitely do NOT miss the days when I could barely read the alarm clock on the night stand next to my bed unless I picked it up and held it approximately 4 inches from my face (ya – my vision was really THAT bad without contacts). Sound familiar to anyone else? (more…)

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“Come Fly Away” Pan Am Birthday Party

Pan Am Party Theme

So excited to share some HWTM Member love today…AND this ridiculously fantastic Pan Am inspired party!

I stumbled on this party by Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes while browsing HWTM Social recently – and suffice to say this is one talented lady! The fondant cupcake toppers and airplane she created are seriously mini works of art, and this theme couldn’t be more timely with the new Pan Am show on ABC debuting yesterday…

Pan Am Party Theme

Pan Am Party Theme

Side note: How many women will be donning this outfit on October 31st this year? I bet it’s a lot. =) And speaking of dressing up… check out these fun props for a Pan Am / airlines inspired photo booth(more…)

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Entertaining at Home: Family Movie Night {+ DVD/Blu-ray Movie Giveaway}

Family Movie Night Ideas

Hosting a MOVIE NIGHT at home is such a fun way to get creative and entertain the entire family! Here are a few ideas to help kick things up a notch and create a movie night experience that garners rave reviews from your favorite people in the world…{P.S. See the bottom of this post for details on how to WIN a free DVD/Blu-ray for your next movie night!}

1. SETTING THE MOOD
Get creative with a few fun (and EASY!) decorations inspired by your feature presentation. Example: for a Star Wars viewing party, turn off all the lights, hang white string lights across the room and scatter some glow-in-the-dark stars around the coffee table to help bring the “galaxy” to life in your own living room. Use a little silver craft paint to transform a black paper lantern into the “Death Star“, and hang some movie posters and metallic paper stars for the finishing touch.

Family Movie Night Ideas
{Images above from a fabulous Star Wars party by Sweet Craft Cakes. Check out the entire album here.} (more…)

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Wine Glass DIY #3: Glittered Skeleton Keys

Skeleton Key Wine Charms

Last but not least in today’s 3-part DIY Wine Glass Decor feature, here’s another ode to the popular vintage skeleton key trend… this time with GLITTER! I know we have lots of fellow glitter fans out there! =)

These cute sparkly key “glass charms” took only a few minutes using a set of skeleton key chipboard embellishments, spray adhesive, and fine glitter. I also finished with a quick coat of clear gloss spray paint to help keep the glitter in place. Again, love the idea of doing these in black & orange for Halloween, or in multi color for housewarming parties and Wonderlandia or “Key to My Heart” themes.

Skeleton Key Wine Charms

Once your glittered keys are completely dry, attach a few glue dots to the back side of each key, press firmly to the glass, and you’re done! (more…)

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Wine Glass DIY #2: Embellishing with Keys

Skeleton Key Wine Glass Charms

Here’s another fun & delightfully unexpected way to dress up those wine glasses… metallic gold keys! This is also an idea I first used for our Wonderlandia party to add a little whimsy to the Modern Glam Tea Table, but I actually think this idea would translate really well to a “key to my heart” bridal shower/engagement party or to HALLOWEEN parties too using just the skeleton key shapes.

All you need are some metal key-shaped scrapbook embellishments (or old keys) and a little gold spray paint + Mini Glue Dots for adhesive or ribbon for hanging. Full details below…

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Wine Glass DIY #1: Butterfly Glass Charms

DIY Butterfly Wine Glass Charms

There 3 main reasons why mini artificial butterflies are – hands down – of my favorite ways to dress up wine glasses:

1.) It’s SUPER QUICK & EASY to attach them. (Just add Glue Dots!)
2.) They make glasses beautiful & striking with minimal effort.
3.) They double as drink markers when you use different colors.

The colorful 2-inch butterflies pictured here were used in our Wonderlandia party and are a fantastic choice for Alice in Wonderland inspired themes, but you can really use butterflies for all kinds of themes – ranging anywhere from summery garden parties to earthy autumn celebrations to silver & white winter wonderland themes. They’re available in all sorts of colors – from bright & bold to soft pastels to metallics and can be found at craft stores like Michaels or at online shops like at Floral Trims and Soaring Crafts.

To attach them securely to the wine glasses, simply place a Pop Up Glue Dot to the bottom of the butterfly…

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{Wicked Cool} “Bewitching” Halloween Bash

October is just around the corner and that means that Halloween isn’t far behind! Personally, it’s one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, and Paula of Frog Prince Paperie definitely shows us how to do Halloween right with this amazing, silhouette-style “Bewitching Halloween Bash. All I can say is… “WOW!”

From the darling spider cake pops and intricate sugar cookies to the wicked-cool “perfectly poisonous parfait“, Paula’s attention to detail and styling is absolutely SPOOK-tacular!! {wink} Some of my favorite details include the Bewitched Bookpage Wreath, the muslin treat bags adorned with witch silhouettes, and the perfect little chocolate chip pumpkin face cakes. The donut broomsticks are beyond creative too! (I’m going to borrow this idea for my son’s class Halloween party.) And don’t forget about all the perfectly coordinating paper details, which you can purchase in the Frog Prince Paperie Shop!

Read on for LOTS more bewitching photos + all the magical party details. . . (more…)

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Monster Fest! A Colorful, Modern Kids Party

Monster Fest Kids Halloween Party

You’re not only going to FREAK OUT over at the fabulous details of this MONSTER FEST themed celebration created by Stephanie of Spaceships and Laserbeams (for under $100 total!) but you might just find yourself green with envy! This theme could work for both Halloween or birthday parties and is truly is like no other monster-themed party I’ve come across…. the brilliant colors, the bold graphics, theeyeball” catching details, and the oh-so-clever use of budget-friendly brown paper bags used as serving vessels.  Yes…brown. paper. bags. WHAT?!

I especially love the ghoulishly gorgeous backdrop created for the playful dessert buffet – which is oozing with monstrous amounts of creative cakes and citrus-based delights sure to please even the most savage appetite.

Monster Fest Kids Halloween Party

BEWARE as you read on for more of the party details…you’ll more than likely be inspired to throw your own wickedly cute Monster Fest!! (more…)

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Gone Glamping! {Glamorous Camping Party}

Glamping Girls Camping Birthday Party

Whether you’re a big fan of traditional camping or not, chances are good that you’ll fall in love this this fabulous Glamorous Camping (or “Glamping“) Birthday Party dreamed up by the talented Elissa of One Stone Events!

There are SO many wonderful details to admire here... from tater tots served in embellished tin cans and s’mores pops on twig sticks to the fabulous purple, turquoise, & lime color palette and cool lantern and birch “garland” hanging above the dessert table. And between the mani/pedi station, s’mores-scented “keep calm and glamp on” lip balm favors, and oh-so-chic pipe-and-drape “tent” complete with crystal chandelier & cowhide rug, I think even my girliest of girlfriends would feel right at home here!

Glamping Girls Camping Birthday Party

Read on for lots more fabulous party pics & creative details… (more…)

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Formal Black & White with a Coastal Twist

Black and White Engagement Party

This gorgeous Black & White Engagement Party by Carolyn of The Special Day just exudes modern elegance & class…not to mention a really scrumptious looking menu!

Lush arrangements of white peonies, Phalaenopsis orchids, and garden roses complimented the unique wall decor of the party’s venue perfectly and took on a dramatic, “all dressed up” vibe when embellished with wide bands of black ribbon & black suede flowers. And then of course there’s the FOOD, which featured an equally polished presentation and almost looks too pretty to eat…. almost. =)

Black and White Engagement Party

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Goodnight Moon Party Pack Giveaway

Goodnight Moon baby shower

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. We wish all our our fantastic readers could receive this Goodnight Moon Party Pack but as always we had to choose a winner {at random of course}. Can I get a drum role please?!…And the lucky winner is…Commenter #276, Katie, who said, “I am helping host a double baby shower- the honorees are expecting a boy and girl so this would be the perfect theme!”
You know the
Goodnight Moon Baby Shower we featured a couple weeks ago? Well, we’ve created a party pack to give away featuring several of the items from this theme! If you’d like to host a Goodnight Moon themed baby shower or birthday party of your own, this set should put you well on your way!

The party decor pack includes: 2 Goodnight Moon bunnies (the large one has a built-in blanket!), yellow frames, yarn balls, yarn letters, decorative book ends, printed paper elements (cupcake toppers, dessert table backdrop, etc), wall clock, an assortment of Glue Dots and more. See the complete list below. And if you need additional themed printables for the party, remember that you can download them for FREE here and here and print as many as you need! (more…)

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Trapeze Party {Bat Mitzvah Celebration}

Trapeze Birthday or Bat Mitzvah Party Theme

Does this TRAPEZE themed Bat Mitvah celebration look like a TOTAL BLAST, or what? And for all ages too! In fact, I think I’ve found what I want to do for my next milestone birthday… Seriously! Friends, are you in?! =)

The “soar to new heights” soirée was held at a trapeze school and styled by Lysa Scarselli (a jewelry designer by trade who also happens to love styling parties!) – and is full of playful details like gumball topiary centerpieces, oodles of hanging paper lanterns, a fabulous 3-D Trapeze Cake, and a dessert buffet backdrop & candy bar wrappers featuring pics of the guest of honor “in full swing. From the vibrant aqua & orange color palette to the the highlight of the party – trapeze lessons for the guests! – this celebration just is pure FUN from start to finish.

Trapeze Birthday or Bat Mitzvah Party Theme

Trapeze Birthday or Bat Mitzvah Party Theme

Ready to get carried away over more fabulous, trapeze-themed details? Good! Here we go… (more…)

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Colorful Kids Table + Rainbow of Treats

Colorful Rainbow Kids Party

This bright and colorful tablescape will make the adults green with envy when they realize it’s just for the kids! Azar from Principal Planner styled this fun, rainbow-esque children’s tablescape and dessert bar to create a special place for pint-sized guests hang out at larger events – a place where they’d feel like they were getting the “star treatment” – just like the adult guests! Beautiful flowers, sweet cherries, colorful candy, butcher paper for coloring… everything about this just exudes happiness & fun!

This design would really work great for ANY kids party though… or even as the “kids table” at a big family holiday feast. (Most of us have been at that table at some point in our lives!) You could easily swap out colors & elements from this design to make it work Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter & beyond!

Colorful Rainbow Kids Party

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Cool + Classic Golf PAR-TEE {Kids Birthday}

Classic Golf Themed Birthday Party

Ready for another round of ridiculously cute golf? Good, because this adorable Golf PAR-TEE that Rebecca threw for her son’s 3rd birthday really found the perfect swing when it comes to cool & creative parties! The vibrant blue & green color palette paired with contemporary patterns gives this celebration a fresh, modern vibe vibe that would work well for any age.

From the classic use of argyle to the super cute toy golf clubs, golf themed activities, and “wow factor” details like an amazing Astro Turf table backdrop, Rebecca did a fabulous job executing every aspect of this party! Prepare to fall in love with all things golf as you browse through adorable pics of little ones on the mini golf cart, themed treats like “grassy” cupcakes and golf ball topped candy kabobs, one seriously cute golf cake complete with a tiny fondant golfer, and more…

Classic Golf Themed Birthday Party

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Super Cute & Creative Golf Themed Birthday

golf themed birthday party

Courtney of Pizzazzerie truly hit a hole in one with this impressive and way-too-cute GOLF Themed Birthday Party! Everything about this celebration is so well thought out and just bursting with creativity

One of my favorite elements has got to be the blue lunch baskets with golf ball “feet” – so cute! Did you notice that the sandwiches were held together with a golf tee?! And then of course there are the wonderfully detailed golf club and putting green sugar cookies, fantastic cupcakes topped with mini fondant golf clubs and golf balls, (why am I a sucker for anything mini?!), and the wayward rye grass, which was grown just one week before the party was the perfect addition. I’m also loving how Courtney created an incredible cake centerpiece by embellishing a simple store bought cake with fondant toppers.

golf themed birthday party

Read on for more fabulous photos + all the creative party details… (more…)

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Clever Chemistry Themed Bar Mitzvah

Chemistry Themed Bar Mitzvah Party

From a Periodic Table of Elements made completely from CUPCAKES (GENIUS!) to clever centerpieces featuring scientific elements reflective of the people seated at the table, this Chemistry Themed Bar Mitzvah is filled with tons of super creative ideas for celebrating your favorite little scientist!

Everything from the invitations & printables (including scientific name badge “place cards”) to the event styling & baking was done by Angela of Invites & More…by Angela. The chemistry theme is highlighted in every detail of the party, but I’m especially loving Angela’s table centerpiece design, which features covered text books and scientific equipment like beakers, flasks, and test tubes filled with colored water. All of the equipment was borrowed from the guest of honor’s school… now that’s SMART!

Chemistry Themed Bar Mitzvah Party

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