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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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{GIVEAWAY} Cake Lover’s Bake & Serve Set

Milky Way Giveaway

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. While we wish all of our readers could be the winners of this fabulous bake set but we just had to pick a random winner. Well,  without further adieu….The winner is…Commenter # 2410, Annette, who said, “I LOVE dark chocolate, the Milky Way Midnight sounds most tempting!!! Pumpkin is another fav of mine, I think cupcakes, breads, muffins, and pies infused with yummy spices and pumpkin will eventually all be whipped up this season between myself, my mom and my sisters kitchens!”

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I am sooo excited to share this new SURPRISE GIVEAWAY with you today and hope it makes a lucky someone’s fall entertaining adventures extra SWEET! This generous Baking & Serving Set has a value of over $300 and comes courtesy of Milky Way, which has been one of my favorite candy bars since as far as I can remember (I’m a full-fledged sucker for all things CARAMEL!).

It was a blast rounding up all kinds of fun, creative products for people to use in their cake-baking adventures here… from mixing bowls, a cake pop maker, and a double-boiler (for melting chocolate) to trendy “push cake” essentials like circle cutters, push pop containers, and a specialty acrylic display stand! Use these for whipping up some Milky Way Cupcakes or your own favorite cake recipe. Read on for a complete list of what’s included + details on how to enter… (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

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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!

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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…

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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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Friday Finds: Studiopatró Tea Towels

Studiopatró Tea Towels

Seriously loving the simple, modern vibe of these tea towels by Studiopatró… and the clever ways that they’ve extended their use beyond the kitchen, creating pretty presentation ideas for everything from wine bottles and cookbooks to serveware and bread! Great for hostess or housewarming gift ideas too! ($24 each at studiopatro.com)

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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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A Romantic California Vineyard Wedding

Romantic California Vineyard Wedding

Kevin & Tinwin’s gorgeous California Vineyard Wedding {as artfully captured & sent in by oh-so-talented photographer Jen Huang} is just the picture of romance and bliss! I’m especially in love with the florals – including the bright yellow billy balls that add just the right pop of color in the lush bridal bouquets – and with the fabulous fashion details… from the chic bridesmaids dresses & beautiful gown to the fun parasol accents and the fabulous shoes, of course!

Romantic California Vineyard Wedding

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DIY Tutorial: Retro 1950’s Soap Bottle Apron

1950's bridal shower bottle apron tutorial

Are these DIY Mini Aprons for Soap Bottles the cutest thing or what?! Thanks to Kristen from Kio Events for the fabulous DIY tutorial on these adorable themed favors/gifts from the 1950’s Inspired Bridal Shower posted earlier today. She also demonstrated these on HGTV’s “That’s Clever!”.

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1950s Inspired Bridal Shower Theme

1950's Bridal Shower

These adorable women certainly are not Desperate Housewives. In fact, these beauties were inspired by the iconic 1950’s housewives, but with a modern twist and a more vibrant color palette! Thanks to Kio Kreations, La’Di Events, & RBK Creations for styling this amazing shoot. This is such a creative way to celebrate a bridal shower or a birthday party. What women doesn’t like to get all dolled up and celebrate?!

1950's Bridal Shower

1950's Bridal Shower

The retro diner atmosphere and vintage-style clothes, aprons, makeup and hair-dos were accompanied with gorgeous flowers, colorful hair accessories, and scrumptious cupcakes to make this theme unique and memorable. Did you notice the super cute mini-soap aprons? Click here for the DIY on these little keepers! This theme is such a great way to get your guests really involved in the party. You can use this idea for kids parties too – I’m actually planning on throwing one of my little ones a “diner” inspired birthday party!

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

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Lovely & Modern “Curious George” Birthday

Curious George Birthday Party

You’re going to GO BANANAS over this adorable Curious George Birthday Party hosted by Elizabeth of Party In Style by elle! The gorgeous red and yellow color palette set a cheerful tone for her daughter’s second birthday party while creating a display of eye candy yummy enough for any adult to “ooh! ooh! and ahh! ahh!” over. *wink*

I love how Elizabeth was able to tie in some special party elements from a recent visit with family in Puerto Rico, including some traditional syrop de piragua for the snow cone machine.  Her background in fashion design is apparent throughout the party details and seamless integration of fabric, texture and pattern. Don’t be fooled by all of the monkey business going on in this 2nd birthday party either… the color combo and creative details pictured here would be lovely for a fun wedding shower or baby shower too!

Curious George Birthday Party

Curious George Birthday Party

CURIOUS about more details from this ridiculously cute party? Then don’t monkey around… read on to be inspired by the simple, creative DIY’s and lots more beautiful imagery! (more…)

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DIY Decor Tutorial: Faux Table Lamps

Faux Table Lamp Centerpiece

Here’s an easy tutorial for faux “Table Lamps” that can be used as themed table centerpieces or accent party decor. They’re made from pillar candle stick holders + lamp shades that can be embellished to your liking… so no messy cords or outlets required! If you want to actually make them “light up”, you can use battery operated LED lights, although it will be a subtle sort of lighting compared to their electric counterparts.

The “lamp” shown in this tutorial is from the Goodnight Moon Baby Shower (pictured here and here) and was inspired by the same blue and yellow bedside lamp pictured in the book. I also used this same concept a couple years ago though – to make extra tall “lamps” for a hotel inspired holiday party… so you can really tailor this idea to all sorts of themes! And now on to the tutorial…

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Rainbow Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

UM…ya. I am pretty my dying over this ridiculously adorable Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party! Created by talented interior designer/graphic designer Paige of Paiges of Style – in celebration of her daughter Quinne’s first birthday – the level of creativity here is just above and beyond!

The bright, happy colors, the way-too-cute treats (every single one is so creative and can you even believe the level of detail on those cake pops?!), the oodles of DIY details – including a fabulous ruffled burlap backdrop, colorful rainbow ribbon garland, homemade “hot air balloon” table centerpieces, & more – the In-N-Out Burger menu, the matching ruffled rainbow bloomer on the birthday girl … what’s not to love?! As always, Paige tied everything together with coordinating paper details that adorned everything from the french fries to the crayon containers. And guess what…this entire printable paper package is available in her etsy shoppe!

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Hot Air Balloon Birthday Party

Read on for more happy, colorful photos + all the creative details, vendor resources/credits, & links to DIY tutorials… (more…)

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DIY Decor Tutorial: Playful Yarn Balls

Yarn Ball Tutorial

YARN BALLS are one of my favorite DIY party decor ideas for a few reasons:

1. They are SUPER EASY!
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They are really cute & versatile (in other words they work well with so many different themes, in many different ways)
3. they remind me of one of my favorite people who also happens to love them as much as I do… the lovely Amy from Operation Shower. That’s always a bonus. =) And now for the tutorial… (more…)

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Darling “Berry Bake Shop” Birthday Party

Berry Bake Shop Birthday Party

Ready for another dose of BAKE SHOP party cuteness? This one has a creative Picnic & Berries inspired twist and is seriously bursting with so many fabulous details – including a darling Baker’s Hat Making Station, “Berry Fields” Eating Area, picnic basket centerpieces, and of course a party invitation straight from Blueberry Muffin and Strawberry Shortcake themselves!

The birthday girl’s mom – Zuesette of Marizette Paperie – designed all the paper elements with the help of her business partner and enlisted the help of Amazae Special Events to bring this fun theme to life… what an amazing job they did of incorporating the picnic, berries, & baking theme into every single possible detail – from the party activities & clever stationery wording to the signature drinks (Glimmerberry Juice!), favors, & food!

Berry Bake Shop Birthday Party

Berry Bake Shop Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS more “berry sweet” images + all the creative party details… (more…)

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Sweet “Cake Boss” Baking Birthday Party

Cake Boss Birthday Party Ideas

If you’re a fan of TLC’s Cake Boss or just love baking in general, you are going to LOVE this adorable “Cake Boss” Birthday Party created by Jennifer from Passion for Parties! Not only are all the sweet details super cute & creative (from cupcake liner garlands and chef hat “flowers” to candy topiary trees!), you can just tell that the cute little pint-sized bakers are having an absolute blast… which is what a party is all about anyways, right?

Cake Boss Birthday Party Ideas

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Pretty + Playful: A Vintage-Style 1940s Inspired Wedding Theme

vintage style 40's inspired wedding

This 1940’s INSPIRED WEDDING from Lina at A Stunning Affair is all kinds of gorgeous… not to mention playful and FUN!

I’m loving everything about this inspirational shoot – from the oh-so-pretty and feminine floral designs that perfectly capture the vintage vibe – to clever details like adorable “Yum!” food flags and the old fashioned Coke bottles, bowling pins, canisters, & more that are woven throughout the decor. How do you entertain guests when they’re not busy eating & drinking? Crochet & darts, of course! And the fantastic calligraphy adorning everything from the place cards to the games and signage really helps tie all of the different elements together beautifully.

vintage style 40's inspired wedding

vintage style 40's inspired wedding

I’m also going to file this one under Bridal Showers, because there’s lots of fun inspiration here that would be lovely for a bridal shower too and could be recreated on a smaller scale. All these pretty, feminine details actually make me think of a lingerie theme!

Read on for a a truly stunning buffet of eye candy below, plus all the creative details & vendor resources… (more…)

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“Goodnight Moon” Baby Shower {Part 2: Dessert Table} + $100 GIVEAWAY

Goodnight Moon Baby Shower Dessert Table

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. We wish all of you could get a $100 gift certificate to Crate & Barrel, but as always, we had to draw a winner who was randomly selected. And the lucky winner is…Commenter # 29, Courtney, who said, “I adore this shower, I love all the little details – tags, flags, yarn balls – that really bring everything together and polish it off so nicely, I also love the star cheesecake “shots” and have been obsessed with any kind of cake/dessert in mason jars, shot glasses or something that makes it extra special – C&B how do i love thee let me count the ways… currently I am ‘needing’ and lusting after more bitty bite glasses and a bunch of ramekins to serve mini individual chillis both for a campy, woodsy baby shower and also spider cupcake holders – who does not need spider cupcake holders? really now…”

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In continuing with our new Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower, here we go with PART 2: The Dessert Table! As with Part 1, there are tons of free party printables for you to download here too in case you want to recreate this theme at home.

The Free Dessert Table Downloads include: mini cupcake toppers, food/drink flags, decorative labels (used on the candy jars & plates), “GOODNIGHT” garland, and small decorative banners, and hanging stars and ribbon banner from the backdrop. You can also purchase the big jumping cow & moon graphics here.

Goodnight Moon Baby Shower Dessert Table

Part 2 also comes with an ADDED BONUS though – a SURPRISE GIVEAWAY, courtesy of Glue Dots! (I used these handy little adhesives extensively to bring this theme to life.) They’re offering up a $100 GIFT CARD to Crate&Barrel, in addition to lots of Glue Dots product & a branded apron… FUN! Entering is easy – see details at the very bottom of this post.

And now for more colorful dessert table ideas & images, followed by creative details & shopping resources… (more…)

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“Goodnight Moon” Baby Shower {Part 1: Tabletop & Decor + Printables}

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

When I was asked to create a new baby shower theme inspired by the popular children’s book Goodnight Moon, I was pretty much “over the moon” myself! This theme was so much fun to work with because the book happens to be packed with tons of inspirational elements to build from – from the adorable pajama-clad bunny himself to other key “characters” like the cow jumping over the moon, the 3 little bears, and the lone red balloon.

I was also excited to have a great excuse to revisit the Bedtime Story baby shower theme from years ago. It was definitely time for version 2.0! As with that original theme, standard 6-ft banquet tables were first transformed into “beds” here, using inexpensive bed linens & pillows.  The rest of the theme was brought to life life utilizing key characters/elements from the book, playful patterns, vibrant colors, and Glue Dots galore!

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

We have 2 tablescapes to share, plus a dessert table, themed drink ideas, 2 DIY projects, and a decorated hutch (which usually houses our barware & china!). I REALLY hope you’re able to utilize some of these ideas for your own celebrations! There are TONS of images to share, so in an effort to keep this post from being a mile long, here we go with Part 1: Tabletop & Decor.

Goodnight Moon Inspired Baby Shower

Scroll down for more tabletop and hutch images + creative details AND free printables! {P.S. You can check out the full Part 1 photo gallery with lots more pictures of the tables & hutch on our social site!}  And stay tuned for Part 2 – Desserts & Drinks – which is coming soon and bringing a FUN GIVEAWAY with it! =) (more…)

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{Recipe} “Super Natural” Bran Muffins with Maple Syrup & Dates

All Natural Bran Muffin Recipe

Okay… so I’m definitely not the world’s healthiest eater… by a long shot. The combination of a hectic schedule and a serious sweet tooth has resulted in a diet that’s heavy skewed towards whatever is super fast & convenient, which almost always does NOT = “wholesome”.

A drastic overnight change is just not going to happen though, and truth be told I really don’t have a desire (or discipline) to start eating just like Madonna or Demi anyways. Instead, I’ve just started to try incorporating more natural products, ingredients, & recipes into the mix to help balance things out – easy changes like opting for raw cane sugar and all-natural coffee creamer. One of my first steps was the recent purchase of the cookbook Super Natural Every Day by Heidi Swanson of 101 cookbooks fame. There are zillions of “natural” cookbooks out there, but I chose this particular one partially because I love to support other bloggers and partially because I knew it promised to delivery gorgeous, mouth-watering food photography, just like Heidi’s blog.

All Natural Bran Muffin Recipe

So today I’m going to share one of my favorite breakfast recipes from this cookbook with you – which still happens to fall into both the sweet and convenient “grab and go” categories – while utilizing all-natural ingredients like raw cane sugar, pure maple syrup, whole wheat flour, and unprocessed oat bran. (I also added chopped dried dates as the mix-in.) (more…)

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Friday Find: Cool Candy & Jewelry Molds

Skeleton Key Candy Jewelry Mold

The chocolate skeleton keys from this Vintage-Style Haunted Halloween Party theme by Anders Ruff got such a great reaction, I thought you might like some insight on where to find the candy molds so you can make some yourself… They’re from etsy vendor Mold Shop, which specializes in flexible silicone jewelry & candy molds. These keys would be great for both Halloween Parties or a Wonderlandia inspired theme! *Note: Since a lot of the molds are sized for jewelry, just make sure to double check that the listed size works for your needs if you’re planning to use them for candy/chocolate… or consider messaging the vendor about their custom order options at larger sizes.

Check out some more examples of Mold Shop’s collection below, including all of the key designs, or click here to visit the entire shop now. (more…)

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Mickey Mouse Inspired Birthday Party

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas

Who’s the leader of the club that’s made for you and me…M-i-c-k-e-y M-o-u-s-e!”  Enter a world of nostalgia, happy and fun with this classic-themed birthday party from Elle Steadman starring that oh-so-familiar, iconic mouse-eared silhouette that can be recognized in just about any household.

From adorable iced sugar cookies that look as if they arrived straight from “the happiest place on earth“, to mouse-eared Oreo pops and marshmallow treat pops, one peek at the fun details in this party will have you – and your little party guests – smiling from ear to ear!

Mickey Mouse Birthday Party Ideas

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Yo Ho, Yo Ho: A Pirate Birthday Playdate

Pirate Themed Birthday Party

“Yo Ho, Yo Ho, a Pirate Party for me…” Actually, this happens to be a fantastic Pirate Themed Birthday Party that Deb Currie threw for her son’s 2nd birthday – didn’t she do a great job?!

The use of skull and crossbone silhouettes + colorful paper pinwheels is a perfect combo here… very pirate-appropriate but also playful & kid-friendly! More fun details include super-cute pirate ship cookies, homemade seashell candy cupcake toppers, pirate hats for all the little mateys, sandpail favors filled with all kinds of “pirate treasures”, and a fabulous DIY cake & cupcake stand made from 2 of the birthday boy’s gifts.

Pirate Themed Birthday Party

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5 Year BLOGiversary Celebration + The Post That Almost Didn’t Happen

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

So… I should start off by saying that this post really should’ve been up back in June – on June 26, 2011 to be exact – but the fact that it’s up at all is kind of a mini miracle at this point (full story below). And, as it turns out, the more-than-2-months-late post date is actually kind of perfect…

…because now that it’s finally up & done, I’ve come to realize that this post – which so innocently started out as what was supposed to be a mini “virtual celebration” of the 5-year anniversary of this blog, has instead unwittingly become the perfect metaphor for my last 5 years of blogging: filled with shiny moments, not-so-shiny moments, full blown fall-on-your-face crashes, and multiple restarts… to use computer terminology. And despite the obstacles this project presented, I couldn’t help but laugh when I realized that…and might even venture to say there’s something I kind of love about it (hello there, silver lining).

Here’s the full story, plus a super inspiring video just because I think you’ll really love it too…

HWTM 5 Year Blogiversary

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Vintage-Style Haunted Halloween Party

Vintage Haunted Halloween Party

Tomorrow is September 1st, which is kind of the unofficial start of fall… and you know what that means when it comes to parties: Hooray for Halloween! It may be 2 months away from today, but it’s never to early to start planning your big spookfest, and and I am SO EXCITED to kick off our Halloween inspiration this year with a truly FANTASTIC, vintage-style Haunted Halloween theme from Anders Ruff Custom Designs.

There are so many spooky-meets-stylish details to be found here – from a fabulous tea-stained cheesecloth and bat drape to antique chocolate skeleton keys. And 2 things I’m definitely serving at our own Halloween bash this year now: Toxic Bat Juice (LOVING the creative presentation of this drink!) and mason jar layer cakes topped with chocolate spider webs! (P.S. Chocolate spiderwebs are easier to make than you might think, utilizing the same method shown here.) And as always, you can purchase all the paper printables in their etsy shop… this Halloween collection is currently on sale for $12!

Vintage Haunted Halloween Party

Vintage Haunted Halloween Party

Read on for LOTS more fabulous images, comprehensive party details, and cameos from some of the cutest little mummies and witches/draculas we’ve ever seen… (more…)

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