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Fabulous Magic Themed Birthday Party

Magic Themed Kids Birthday Party

Poof! Another year flies by just like that! And speaking of “disappearing acts” – how FUN is this fantastic MAGIC Themed Birthday Party that Lisa at Moore Minutes created for her son’s 7th birthday?!

Magic wands? Check. Rabbits in hats? Check. Glitzy magic show stage that also doubles as a fabulous photo backdrop? Check! From creative handmade decor to whimsical stars adorning everything from the cake and treats to the garlands, Lisa definitely brought the Birthday Magic to this celebration!

Magic Themed Kids Birthday Party

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Personalized Stationery

Teardrop Weddings Custom Stationery

We have a fun new Surprise Giveaway for you paper lovers today! This one comes from TearDrop Weddings – a whimsical, designer stationary design shop that’s actually goes way beyond weddings. Case in point, the co-founder of TearDrop Weddings – Holly Hatam – is offering up $100 worth of personalized EVERYDAY stationery to a lucky HWTM reader today!

Added bonus: this brand new line of unique stationary incorporates your likeness to make it truly “YOU“! Choose your own hairstyle, hair color, skin color, and eye shape to really make the design your own. Are you a Chocoholic, World Traveler, Gossip Girl, or Foodie? How about a Super Mom, Book Worm, Fashionista, or Tree Hugger? Say it proud! There’s even something for the Twilight/True Blood/Vampire Diaries crowd! =)

Teardrop Weddings Custom Stationery

Special Deal – 50% OFF Gift Certificate!
Holly is also offering up a great deal for ALL readersa $60 Gift Certificate for just $29 – good towards ANY product in their store! That’s actually a little MORE than half off, but who’s counting? =) Click here to for full details. The deal will run for one week – through Monday, July 18th at midnight PST. {Shipping not included.}

These stationary sets make great gifts, party favors, teacher’s presents, stocking stuffers, house warming gifts, and more! (more…)

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You Spin Me Right Round, BABY {Shower}

Record Themed Baby Shower - You Spin Me Right Round

I’m so excited to share some details with you from a fun “You Spin Me Right Round, BABY” baby shower that I styled a couple weeks ago! When I was first asked to help style this party, it was right before our new website was supposed to launch and my head was already spinning at that point in time, but when one of the hostesses told me the theme they wanted to do I absolutely could NOT resist. A record themed shower?! Um… yes please. How FUN!!!

The main elements of the party were: a jewel-toned color palette, vinyl records, simple/funky/fun flower arrangements, and LOTS of custom paper details. Most of the frames, serving dishes, & vases were neutral pieces I already owned {life savers in a quick-turn party situation!}, and the rest were found in the entertaining aisle at Target…which just so happens to be filled with the perfect colors right now!

Record Themed Baby Shower - You Spin Me Right Round

Record Themed Baby Shower - You Spin Me Right Round

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SUNNY & BRIGHT: Elmo Birthday Party

Elmo Birthday Party

Sunny day, sweepin’ the clouds away, on my way to where the air is sweet…” and speaking of sweet, check out this adorable Elmo themed party that Michelle from I DO invitations by Michelle designed for her daughter’s 2nd birthday!

This party is a fantastic example of a character theme done right… there’s definitely a big Elmo and Sesame Street presence, but Michelle put her own unique twist on the theme by incorporating modern patterns and stylish party elements – like cake pops displayed in flower pots and a fabulous table backdrop fashioned from honeycomb paper daisies and a custom birthday banner!

Elmo Birthday Party

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Finding Neverland Inspired Birthday Party

Finding Neverland Birthday Party

Excited to share a little fairytale magic with you today! This Peter Pan inspired FINDING NEVERLAND Birthday Party that Lynlee of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes created for her daughter’s birthday is full of charming, magical details for boys and girls alike… from Pixie Juice and Pirate Treasure to Neverland Cupcakes, Crocodiles, Mermaid Lagoon Sand Art, and more!

In a nod to the Peter Pan story and the Finding Neverland movie, she even turned the banquet tables into “beds” and used a dresser as the dessert buffet! And the kids even learned out to “fly” by sprinkling pixie dust and jumping on the trampoline… how FUN! Suffice to say, no detail was left undone.

Finding Neverland Birthday Party

Finding Neverland Birthday Party

Read on for LOTS {and LOTS!} more magical images + all the whimsical, creative party details! (more…)

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Under the Big Top and Dreaming: Pretty in Pink Elephant Baby Shower

pink elephant baby shower

Any mommy-to-be would be tickled pink to walk into such a FABULOUS baby shower! The details are stunning…with a delightful color scheme of pink, white and green…this big top party will leave you dreaming of pretty things!  Darling decor – such as a nostalgic chalkboard with a rendering of a classic circus tent – welcomed guests to this “3-Ring Circus“. And how about a stylized big top canopy made from fabric, draping ribbons and mini yarn pom poms?

All of the party details were perfectly executed by Stacy McCain Event Planning. The classic trellis-like pattern on the table linens was also mimicked in the paper goods, and this repetition of pattern helped add to the modern sophistication of this sweet shower.

pink elephant baby shower

pink elephant baby shower

If you are not already totally smitten by the decor…read on to see some more pics of the sweet & treats! (more…)

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Beach Boys Inspired 1st Birthday Party

Beach Boys Birthday Party

When there’s an event planner celebrating her little one’s first birthday, you KNOW the party is going to be good! Case in point, check out this adorable Beach Boys Theme First Birthday Party that Jaime of LA-based Your Bash designed to celebrate her son’s first birthday with friends and family.

From the beach setting and  ridiculously cool Woody Cake (topped with a surfboard, of course!) to the fabulous giant balloons, LIVE music, toy instruments for the little ones to play, vintage woody photo backdrop, and much more, this party was definitely a top-notch, “Surfin USA” experience for guests… they even have the official VIP lanyards to prove it! *wink*

Beach Boys Birthday Party

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Vibrant & Colorful Multicultural Glam Wedding

Multicultural Glam Wedding

If the rich, vibrant colors in this stunning Multicultural Glam Wedding Shoot from Events by Heather Ham aren’t enough to immediately catch your eye, then I’m not sure what will! There’s just one way to describe them…. downright delicious. Same sentiment goes for the rest of the styling… from the gorgeous flowers and peacock feathers to the the metallic accents, exotic details, and scrumptious ‘mini cakes’ that adorned each guest’s place setting.

If you love this look but don’t have a wedding on the way, consider drawing inspiration from it for a beautiful engagement party, bridal shower, or milestone birthday!

Multicultural Glam Wedding

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HWTM Launch Party | August 5 | San Diego

Hostess with the Mostess Launch Party

UPDATE Tuesday, July 12th: Wow – thanks so much to everyone for your interest in the launch party! We had an overwhelming response that was much more significant than we anticipated and are trying to make some adjustments to the initial plan, but please note that we are at FULL Capacity.

I sincerely wish we could accommodate everyone, but the reality of the situation is that we are limited by space/budget {sigh…}. Everyone that did secure a spot will receive a notification confirming their spot by Thursday, July 21st. Everyone else will be placed on a waiting list and we will pull from that list if other spots open up due to cancellations, etc. Thanks so much for your understanding! We are truly grateful for the warm reception to the party, and hope to be able to party with every single one of you one day!

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In celebration of our brand new website, we’re SO very excited to also announce that we’ll be hosting an official HWTM.COM LAUNCH PARTY – which will be taking place on Friday, August 5th at 7:30pm in San Diego!

The theme is “Wonderlandia” so expect lots of sparkly, whimsical details, creative party inspiration, DIY decor ideas, and a modern fairytale-inspired atmosphere, as well as a gorgeous Tablescape Exhibit featuring work by some seriously talented designers in the industry!  We’ll be hosting the party in downtown San Diego – on the beautiful, open-air Rooftop Deck of Hotel Solamar.

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Good Ole Fashioned Ice Cream Party

Fancy That Ice Cream Dessert Table

I’m just giddy writing about this incredible Good ‘Ole Fashion Ice Cream Party, styled by Lisa of Fancy That, who I have the wonderful pleasure of knowing! Lisa has an adorable shop setup inside Bliss Bake Shop, a local cupcakery in my hometown! Her products are super colorful and creative (also available online) and it turns out, she is a fabulous stylist too!

Every “sweet” detail of this party was styled to perfection. One of my favorite details is the upside down ice cream cone cake which is as adorable, as it is delicious. It’s the perfect focal point for this darling dessert table. I’m even loving how the sundae toppings are styled so beautifully! The color pallet is bold, vibrant, and blissful . One of my favorite party tricks is pre-scooping ice cream into individual portions like Lisa did, so they can be handed out quickly and easily. Oh, and don’t forget about how cute the label is around the ice cream cups! I could go on and on. . .

Ice Cream Toppings

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New Website LAUNCH + Background Story

HWTM.com

We are overjoyed to be able to announce to you today that – after a LONG time coming – Phase 1 of our brand new “HWTM Social” website is now LIVE!

And, honestly, “overjoyed” might even be a bit of an understatement! I usually try to keep this blog from being overly “personal”, as I know that the reason you guys come here is to find inspiration for your own celebrations… but since this is such a monumental thing for us, I hope you’ll indulge me for a day as I share a little of the background behind what it took to make this project a reality, and why we’re so excited for this next step. Here goes:

HWTM.com

THE BACKGROUND STORY
This social site is this is a dream/idea that Sonny and I have had for YEARS. The first time we kicked it around was back in 2007, right after the launch of our first “main website” (formerly hostesswiththemostess.com – the “parent” site to the blog).

I immediately realized the limitations of that first site right after we put it up. (That’s always how it happens, right?!) I also immediately realized how many talented people were out there – both event professionals and people that just loved throwing a good party and had some seriously style – and how there literally were not enough hours in the day for me to share all this amazing work via just the blog. We dreamt of a new website where all of these people could share their photos/work, save their favorite ideas from others and keep them organized into sets, “talk” to and connect with each other directly, inspire others, and be inspired. (more…)

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Sprinkled with Love: A Modern Baby Shower

Modern Baby Sprinkle - Sprinkled with Love

Modern Baby Sprinkle - Sprinkled with Love

I’m so excited to be “sprinkling” a bit of inspiration on you today with this “SPRINKLED WITH LOVE” baby shower hosted by Seanny of My Creative Vision! With Seanny’s best friend Kim expecting a second child, and she wanted to steer clear of the traditional baby shower themes and decided to go with a fun, modern vibe based on the trend of hosting a baby “sprinkle” vs. a baby “shower” for expectant moms who’ve already been blessed with having children.

Modern Baby Sprinkle - Sprinkled with Love

I love that Seanny took the concept of a baby “sprinkle” literally and built an entire shower theme around it. Every detail of the shower was sprinkled with sprinkles. The invitations included confetti sprinkles, the dessert table backdrop was created to mimic sprinkles and all of the desserts were sprinkled with candy toppings cupcakes, ice cream, donuts, cookies and even the rims of the beverage glasses.

The theme is clever, modern and versatile for any party you may be preparing to host. Keep reading for all of the fabulous details sprinkled throughout this fabulous baby shower.  (more…)

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Fabulous & Festive for Independence Day

4th of July Party Ideas

Happy Independence Day! Whether you’re celebrating at a party or just relaxing at home, couldn’t resist sharing some 4th of July eye candy – courtesy of Jasmine at The Couture Cakery. Especially loving the galvanized buckets that are hanging on the backs of the chairs! And I hope you get to enjoy a yummy summer salad today that’s as pretty {and easy!} as this one:

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Happy 4th of July + Patriotic Party Inspiration

4th of July Party Ideas

Happy {almost} 4th of July! In honor of Independence Day, I’m excited to share a BUNCH of great 4th of July entertaining ideas and patriotic eye candy from some of the party-loving members of our brand new Social Site! {more info on this coming Tuesday}

Each of the images featured here are connected to any entire party album. Click on any of them to see the corresponding photo gallery with the complete theme + click to enlarge features so you can really ZOOM IN on the details! There are even several details that can be done last minute, such as embellished mason jars, straws adorned with ribbon, and watermelon bites gone patriotic with the help of star-shaped cookie cutters . =)

Pictured at the very top: Backyard BBQ Bash by Chris from Celebrations at Home.

4th of July Party Ideas

Pictured above {image 2} and below {image 3}: 2 parties by Marie from Sweets IndeedAmericana Picnic and 4th of July. (more…)

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Red, White, & Blue Ice Cream Block Party

Ice Cream Socials are always a fabulous party theme for summer… ESPECIALLY when they look as adorable as this particular ice cream social block party by Melissa from Buckets of Grace!

The retro-modern vibe of this party makes it fun for all ages, and the red white and blue palette also makes it fabulous inspiration for 4th of July! From the soda-shoppe-like printables and “Make Your Own Rootbeer Float” station to the thoughtfully styled ice cream toppings, the kids’ shirts, and more, Melissa did such a great job thinking of all the little details! And also on the smart-thinking side of things, she used the exact same color palette as her son’s upcoming carnival party that was already in the works so that she could use a lot of the elements for both parties and not break the bank!

Ice Cream Social Block Party

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Festive, All-American Brass Band Party

All American Brass Band Party

Deanna of Mirabelle Creations created this festive “Star Spangled Banner inspired” for her hometown’s Great American Brass Band Festival – what a creative and perfect way to celebrate the occasion!

There’s so much great inspiration for 4th of July in here too… I’m especially loving the mason jar cherry pies topped with star shaped pie crusts (so cute!) and the big hanging paper stars – which are such a great DIY decor idea for all sorts of occasions.

All American Brass Band Party

Read on for more festive pics + a link to the free printables pictured here {and stay tuned for a DIY Tutorial on the hanging paper stars… which is coming your way tomorrow morning!}. (more…)

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Recipe: Stars & Stripes Cheesecake Shots

Patriotic Cheesecake Shots Recipe

Are these Stars & Stripes Cheesecake Shots DARLING or what?! The super-talented Carrie of Half Baked was kind enough to share the full recipe and instructions with us today…just in time for 4th of July!

You could easily tailor these pretty little treats to other occasions though too… from bridal showers to birthday parties to Christmas parties. I can definitely see the red & white version making an appearance at our house during the winter holidays this year… maybe with white chocolate peppermint cheesecake and a mini candy cane garnish! Am I really talking about Christmas already on July 1st? Yikes! =) Getting back to the upcoming holiday, read on for the festive Independence Day tutorial

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DIY Tutorial: {Patriotic} Paper Starbursts

DIY Paper Star Tutorial
Feeling Crafty? We have a super fun DIY Paper Starburst Tutorial to share with you today from party planning guru Dawn at Not Just a Mommy!

These pretty hanging stars would actually be great in any color palette and can be utilized for lots of different occasions, but since 4th of July is coming up on Monday, we thought it would be fun – and timely – to feature them in patriotic red, white, and blue! (more…)

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Summer Kick-off: Crab & Lobster Party

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Let’s celebrate the beginning of summer with a PARTY! That’s exactly what Shawna of Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events did as she kicked-off summer with a Crab and Lobster Themed Party. This party looks like it could grace the pages of a Pottery Barn Kids catalog. It was styled perfectly!

I’m loving the patriotic color palette and nautical influences, including the crab and lobster touches. Using the pirate ship to hold snacks is not only creative, but also practical. I just love the blue fish ice-sculpture too! The fabric touches throughout including the whale pillows, welcome sign, and table runners gives the party a warm and inviting feel. After looking at this, I’m thinking we should “kick-off summer” EVERYDAY so we can celebrate in style and eat sweets too!

Lobster Party Decor

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Cupcakes Couture

Cupcakes Couture Manhattan Beach

So excited to shared today’s Surprise Giveaway with you… based on being able to share these delicious, mouth-watering dessert photos alone! This giveaway comes from the adorable Manhattan Beach based bakery: Cupcakes Couture, (whose work you might already have seen in your favorite bridal magazine/blog or on Food Network’s Cupcake Wars!).

Founded by Jenine Cravatt and Stephanie Franz, Cupcakes Couture provides “a designer’s experience to finding the perfect handcrafted dessert” – which is pretty apparent by just browsing their beautiful work! And this week at HWTM, they’re offering up a $100 Gift Certificate towards any wedding or celebratory cake! We all know how much things can start adding up when it comes to the budget for everything from a birthday party to a wedding, so this should definitely be a welcome addition to any party budget!

Cupcakes Couture Manhattan Beach

Read on for LOTS more yummy images + details on how to enter…. (more…)

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Creative Outdoor Decor: DIY Swing Table

Swing Table Tutorial by Kim Foren

Floral design guru Kim Foren has such a clever, creative DIY tutorial to share today! This one is perfect for summer parties & outdoor entertaining! Read on for full DIY details on her “Swinging Table” idea (plus a ridiculously pretty picture of a fruit tart that’s making me very hungry right about now!)…

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A Sweet Baby Shower for Charlotte Grace

spring summer baby shower

I’m loving the fresh, modern look and sweet simplicity of this charming & feminine baby shower, as styled by Shannon Leahy Events! Also worth noting – while this is a party is to welcome a baby girl, the color palette is actually lime, aqua, and white…. proof that girls don’t ALWAYS have to = pink! *wink*

The giant flower ball “baby rattle” made from green mums definitely takes the cake (so clever!), and the use of Charlotte’s Web as a guest book/gift for baby was such a personalized, thoughtful touch! Guests sipped signature drinks from darling mason jars that were wrapped in fabric and secured with diaper pins.

spring summer baby shower

spring summer baby shower

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar {Birthday Party}

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

As a “new-ish” mom myself (15 month old daughter + one on the way), The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle feels extra near and dear these days. Of course I remember it from my own childhood, but Macy already loves it too… and there’s just something so fantastic about seeing your kid’s face light up at the very sight of a book!

So when Hana from Hana Lynch Photography sent in this ADORABLE Very Hungry Caterpillar themed birthday party that she created for her daughter’s 3rd birthday, I was instantly smitten! Parent or not though, I think pretty much anyone can appreciate the sweetness of this creative little party…from the amazing caterpillar cake to the book-inspired tags and treats (which give a great excuse to incorporate FRUIT, as opposed to just sweets!). *wink*

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Baby Bedding Zone

Modern Baby and Kids Bedding

Attn: Parents, Parents-to-be, Grandparents, & friends/family of those with little ones on the way… this Surprise Giveaway is for you!

Baby Bedding Zone carries all sorts of stylish bedding collections for babies, toddlers, and kids – in styles that range from modern to vintage. They also carry coordinating nursery decor, including adorable lamps, mobiles, memory boards, curtains, wall art, & more. Sound like somewhere you could go shopping? Good… because this week at HWTM, Baby Bedding Zone is offering up a $150 Shopping Spree to a lucky someone to spend however they please at BabyBeddingZone.com!

Modern Baby and Kids Bedding

Read on for more {modern & adorable} product samples + details on how to enter… (more…)

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Charming 3D “Cookie Cupcake” Tutorial

3D 4th of July Cookie Tutorial

Callye from The Sweet Adventures of SugarBelle is here today with the most darling 3D “Cookie Cupcake” tutorial – seriously, how cute are these?!

In honor of the 4th of July holiday coming up, she created this tutorial in an Independence Day theme, but you can really tailor this concept to any color palette and theme of your choice. How cute would a fuschia/orange/lime green stripe version be for summer… maybe topped with mini homemade multicolor abstract candy melt toppers?

3D 4th of July Cookie Tutorial

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DIY: 4 Cherry Blossom Inspired Craft Projects

If you love pretty DIY projects, then you should REALLY love this post… because it features not just one, but FOUR different cherry blossom inspired craft projects: 1. “Cherry Blossom” Branches (featuring tissue paper flowers!); 2. Cherry Blossom Chopstick Holders; 3. Cherry Blossom Ribbon Wall Backdrop; 4. Cherry Blossom Tissue Confetti.

These projects are courtesy of Jenni of A Well Crafted Party, whose beautiful, Japanese-inspired “Love in Blossom” wedding theme we featured earlier this week. Check out that post to see how all of these crafty projects came together for one theme! And if you’re mood for some SWEET how-to, check out the tutorial for the pretty chocolate cherry blossom cupcake toppers right here. (more…)

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Glitter + Glam: “Pretty in Punk” Theme

Pretty in Punk Hot Pink & Black Wedding

We’re pretty much head-over-heels for this wonderfully PUNK-a-licious theme that Melanie Bittick of Jesi Haack Design designed for the Inspired Creations Contest {hosted by Elizabeth Anne Designs and The Sweetest Occasion.}

From the delicious color palette to the fabulous stationery details and light-up ice cubes and a huge graffiti mural “guest book” (!)…this “Pretty in Punk” theme is the perfect mix of glam and FUN. Originally designed as a wedding concept, but also great inspiration for an engagement party or bridal shower too.

Pretty in Punk Hot Pink & Black Wedding

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Darling & Magical WISH Themed Birthday

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

To say that we’re swooning over this absolutely DARLING “Wish” themed birthday party by the talented Paula of Frog Prince Paperie would pretty much be an understatement!

From the sweet color palette to the oh-so-stylish printables to creative treats like coconut-covered “Dandelion Pops” (so CLEVER!), there was definitely no detail left undone here. Just looking at these photos feels makes it feel like there’s some magic in the air! This party definitely looks like a birthday girl’s dream come true…

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

Wish Upon a Star Birthday Party

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Tweet Up {6/28}: Summer Entertaining Ideas

If you’re looking for creative ways to celebrate this summer or have some fun ideas of your own to share, please join us on Twitter to chat about Quick & Easy Summer Entertaining Ideas on Tuesday, June 28th. The Tweet Up starts at 6pm CST and will last for an hour. To Join the Party: Visit tweetchat.com and enter #BacardiDaiquiri to follow the conversation. Hope you can make it! (more…)

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DIY: Chocolate Cherry Blossoms + Recipe

In conjunction with the Japanese-Inspired Love in Blossom theme from A Well Crafted Party that we posted earlier today, here’s a step-by-step tutorial on how to make model the oh-so-pretty Chocolate Cherry Blossoms featured on the cupcakes!

You’ll also find yummy recipes for Fresh Lemon Cake and Italian Buttercream below. Both the DIY Tutorial and the recipes are courtesy of Alicia Smith of The Sweet Smith. Thanks, Alicia! (more…)

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