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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Shailie Starter Kit

Shailie Dress Kits

If you have a special little girl in your life that loves to dress up and is already showing a flair for fashion, this new surprise giveaway is especially for you!

Kari from Style Paige is generously offering up one of her company’s super cute & creative Shailie® Starter Kits, which retails at $129.99 and comes with everything you need to DESIGN YOUR OWN FASHIONS (sized for girls ages 6-13), including a Life Size Dress Form, Shailie Base Skirt and Top , Shailie Closet, and Shailie Starter Dress. What girl wouldn’t love designing and playing in her own dress-up creations, right?!  This would actually be a fun party activity too!

About Shailie®
Shailie was created when Kari couldn’t find toys for her daughter that inspired the same creative energy for girls that her sons’ toys did for boys.  Shailie includes dress-up components for girls to design, create, wear… and then switch it up and do it again!  Girls can mix and match to create endless looks on their very own life size designer dress form – no sewing required! (more…)

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Charming Honey & Bee Birthday Party

Dessert Table

“Bee” prepared to be wowed by the BEE-utiful details of this charming Honey & Bee themed 2nd birthday party styled by Liz Archard from The Papered Nest!  The yellow, white and gray color palette of this super sweet party works wonderfully to convey the delightful innocence of a two-year old while adding an enchanting vintage vibe.

Liz was certainly a busy little bee preparing for this party. She used an abundant amount of handmade decorations including gorgeous homemade paper rosettes, decorative paper fans, hand-dyed doilies, DIY wooden cupcake stands and more. (Don’t miss the patterned cake pop sticks too…LOVE them!)

Beverage Station

Party Invitation and Envelope - Party Cupcake

KEEP READINGhoney…You’ll be buzzing for weeks when you see all of the bee-licious details Liz used to transform her yard into a stunning paradise for any bee lover. Warning: You may experience a breakout of hives from all of the sticky-sweet charm. (more…)

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Free Football Party Printables + Homemade Stadium Snack Recipes

Football Cupcake Yard line / Printable Football Pretzel Pocket

With the Pro Bowl this weekend and the Super Bowl right around the corner, football parties are in full swing right now! Treat your guests to festive homemade stadium snacks served up in these fun DIY serving containers custom designed by Jen St. Clair from Little Sprout Creations

Jen is generously offering FREE downloads for all the football party printables seen here, as well as recipes for Team Spirit Popcorn and Homemade Hot Pretzels. These printables would also be great for football themed birthday parties or super cute sports team snacks.  Scroll down for download links & details…

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Tate’s Amazing Tailg8 Football Party

If you’re a football fan (or maybe planning to host a Super Bowl party next weekend!), then get ready to feast your eyes on this incredible party… Brittany of GreyGrey Designs appropriately titled it “Tate’s Tailg8 Party,” since the birthday boy was turning eight. How clever is that? As a Mom of three little boys myself (Jessica Wilcox, Modern Moments Designs), I can totally appreciate a well styled boys birthday party!

There’s such a classic game-day feel to every detail in this bright football party – from the mini football penalty flag pie pops and the Coach’s cake pops to the creative chenille letterman’s jacket letters that spelled out the birthday boy’s name. I’m especially loving the amazing spread of cleverly titled football foods, complete with it’s own goal post, not to mention the classic color palette, astroturf, cones, and penalty flags used throughout. And the favor table – WOW! There’s so much great football inspiration here that can be tailored to your own favorite team…

football party dessert table

football birthday party food

Keep reading for more GR8 PHOTOS + party details…  (more…)

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Sweet Chevron Ombre Valentine’s Day Party

Looking for a stylish way to sweeten up your Valentine’s Day this year? Get ready to fall in LOVE with this gorgeous new Chevron Ombre Valentine’s Day Collection by Jessica from Modern Moments Designs.

The collection includes everything from placemats and gift tags to straw flags, candy bar wrappers, and much more (see full list below). It can be used for all sorts of celebrations… from a full-blown love FEST to a sweet & simple family brunch. Fun side note – while she’s designed tons of party stationery before – see here and here and here for starters – this is actually the very FIRST official printable collection that Jessica has released!

After browsing through these lovely pics, I’m thinking that Chevron + Ombre = a design match made in heaven… how about you? ;) Also smitten with the happy pink & teal color palette and the clean, modern feel to both the individual stationery elements and the full table display below… (more…)

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Creative “Heart Crusher” Valentine Party

Finally… an adorable Valentine’s Day party that is cool enough even for the toughest of BOYS! I am so excited to share this “HEART CRUSHER” themed party brought to us by Paula from Party Like Paula. Not only did she find a way to incorporate modern and fun patterns into her printables and classic heart shapes throughout all the yummy treats, but Paula was also able to make her 2 boys enjoy every minute of it by mixing in the creative element of MONSTER trucks!

Read on for more fun images & creative details… (more…)

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{Party of 5} Potty Like a Rockstar, Southern Wedding, Baptism, Safari, & Valentine’s Day

potty training party

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. Potty Like a Rock Star by Creative Juice (pictured at top)

2. Southern Wedding by Karina

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“Stork Express Airlines” Baby Shower

stork themed baby shower

It’s common knowledge that little ones arrive via stork, right? At least it’s common knowledge when you’re still a little one yourself! ;)  And this adorable “STORK EXPRESS AIRLINES” baby shower by Loralee Lewis plays up the charming theory in such a brilliant way!

There are so many whimsical, clever details to admire in this party… from the “Ticketingsign in table and Baggage Claim” favor table – stacked with cute “miniature suitcase” party favors, of course! – to the darling vintage-style illustration of a baby flying a stork. However, my favorite detail has GOT to be the ridiculously creative airline-style boxed lunches wrapped up in white cotton satchels to mimic the look of a “stork delivery“. Too cute!!

stork themed baby shower

stork themed baby shower

Read on for more adorable inflight images + complete party details… (more…)

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GIVEAWAY: Valentine Sweet Skewers

Sweets Indeed Valentine Candy Skewers

Winner Update 12/15/11: This giveaway is now closed. While we truly wish each and every one of you who entered could win, we just had to pick 3 winners, at random of course. And the lucky 3 are… Denby who said, “I would use them for my daughter’s goodie bags in pre-school (and maybe keep one for myself)!“, Amanda who said, “Is it bad to say I’d want them all to myself?“, and Kristi who said, “I would LOVE to give these out at my son’s preschool class!“. Congratulations ladies! Enjoy your Valentine Sweet Skewers!

Want to make Valentine’s Day extra SWEET with a cherry-gummy-heart on top this year? Good… because the lovely Marie from Sweets Indeed is offering up some of her super cute VALENTINE SWEET SKEWERSin sets of 12 – to THREE lucky HWTM readers this week!

All of the Sweet Skewers from Sweets Indeed are handmade fresh to order, individually packaged, and tied with festive ribbon. The VALENTINE Sweet Skewers  are loaded with sour belts, gummy rings, licorice wheels, strawberry puffs, and topped with a cherry gummy heart! Here’s a shot of Marie’s adorable daughter holding a skewer to help give a sense of scale:

Sweets Indeed Valentine Candy Skewers

These treats are perfect as party favors, classmates gifts, or just wishing a happy Valentine’s Day to someone sweet! See details on how to enter below… (more…)

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Vintage Pink Elephant Birthday Party

pink ribbon birthday canopy

If you love all things PINK and shabby chic, get ready to swoon over this ridiculously cute VINTAGE PINK ELEPHANT Birthday Party by Lyndsey of LuLu’s!

There’s such a sweet, feminine vibe to all the details in this pretty party – from the lovely, mostly-pink color palette accented with fun pops of peach and seafoam green – to the frilly custom paper birthday hats and cupcake toppers. I’m especially loving the twine & lace embellished soda bottles and vintage fabric and lace canopy – not to mention the perfectly coordinating outfit on the darling birthday girl herself! ;) This would also be a lovely theme for a baby shower, (which is actually the original intended use of the cute elephant printables by Lulu’s).

pink elephant sugar cookies

Read on for more pretty-in-pink images and party details… (more…)

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Weekend Handmade by Kelly Wilkinson

Weekend Handmade book by Kelly Wilkinson - Cover

Last summer I had the pleasure of meeting blogger Kelly Wilkinson of Make Grow Gather on a super fun & crafty blogger’s weekend graciously hosted by Michaels. I sat next to Kelly at dinner the first night and remember the excitement in her voice as she talked about a book she’d been working on for quite a while that would be published soon… so I’m very excited to share the news of that {genuinely fabulous!} book with you now!

Even at first glance, it’s obvious that Weekend Handmade was a labor of love – the photography and styling is beautiful, and the projects are incredibly creative and well thought out. Here are a few examples that are especially fitting for party lovers… ;)

Weekend Handmade book by Kelly Wilkinson

Weekend Handmade book by Kelly Wilkinson

In staying true to it’s title, each project in Weekend Handmade can be accomplished over the course of just one evening or weekend, and the book is divided into 3 sections: MAKE offers projects to wear or decorate with; GROW presents projects inspired by gardens, fields, and farmer’s markets; and GATHER spotlights projects that enrich casual get-togethers.

Here are a few more personal favorites from the different craft projects… I’m especially loving the flower luminaries! (more…)

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Adorable Pretty in Pink 1st Birthday Party

Birthday Girl

This gorgeous “Pretty in Pink” first birthday party hosted and styled by Jamielyn of  I {heart} Nap Time certainly “takes the cake” when it comes to all things pink and feminine! Inspired by her adorable daughter’s love of pink, pearls, bows and all things girly, Jamielyn created a magical celebration all girly-girls out there dream of… Everything from the beautiful, pink confections to the pretty pink party decor will leave you feeling like a little princess.

Get ready to be wowed by the pink ruffled dessert table backdrop, not to mention all the fabulous upcycled party elements! Who knew a rusty old chandelier could be transformed into a ridiculously cute pink cake and cupcake centerpiece fit for a princess?!

Birthday Girl, Beverages and Dessert Table

Birthday Cookies

READ ON for lots more sparkling-sweet images and details, including the DIY projects Jamielyn has graciously shared with us… (more…)

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A “Manly” Themed 30th Birthday Party

manly 30th birthday party invitations

Karrie and Elizabeth from Posh Paperie designed this super clever & creative “ASCOTS, CARDIGANS, & BOW TIES” party to celebrate the 30th birthday of Karrie’s husband – (who also happens to be Elizabeth’s brother!) – “manly style“. All of the guests in attendance were asked to wear one of these items, which always makes for fun pics… and “party decor”! ;)

From “Manly Munchies” and custom matchbooks to a scrumptious-looking dessert bar á la Sweet and Saucy, the fabulous stationery elements by Karrie & Elizabeth really pulled everything together perfectly. Read on for lots more fun pics & party details…

manly 30th birthday party dessert buffet

manly 30th birthday party treats and favors (more…)

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ROARING Good Dinosaur Birthday Party

Dinosaur Birthday Party

Are you ready to have a ROARING good time?! Good, because this adorable DINOSAUR themed birthday party that Tania of Turtle Crafty Girl threw for her son is exactly that – not to mention overflowing with wonderfully creative Dino-themed details!

From giant hanging Dino Eggs crafted from yarn and glue to personalized goodie bags stamped with colorful dinosaur silhouettes, Tania really knocked this theme out of the park with all the fun DIY elements! I’m also loving the creative themed treats and activities for the kids – from the Dinosaur Egg Hunt and “Dino Dig” to the Sweetivores Dessert Table and Active Volcano Punch (so fun!).

Dinosaur Birthday Party

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{Party of 5} Fun-do, Rainbow, Backyard Wedding, Green Lantern, & Whoot Whoot

Valentine's Day Fondue Party Theme

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from our members! This round of parties ranges from an adorable Valentine’s Day “Fun-do” Party to a ridiculously cute & modern Owl-themed baby shower. Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details!

1. Annual Fun-do Party by Lil Hoot from Paiges of Style (pictured at top)

2. Rainbow Party by paula marie

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The Princess & The Pea Birthday Party

princess and the pea birthday party

Genevieve Le Bel of Superchick Studios went all out with this adorable PRINCESS & THE PEA themed birthday party for her equally adorable daughter, Sophie! The funky, fun color palette exudes an air of “sassy royalty” fit for a REAL princess.  I absolutely adore the headboards used as backdrops behind the food table as well as the fabulous craft station she created.

Stacks of  real mattresses were the perfect party element to tie in the Princess and the Pea theme. Not only did the mattresses make for a fabulous party focal point as guests arrived but they also provided a fantastic party activity since jumping on them was not only allowed, but encouraged! How fun is that?!

princess and the pea themed cupcakes

Party Details and the Birthday Girl

KEEP READING to see how Genevieve was able to tie super cute elements into every pea-sized detail of this party, including creative food items and the bottles of Princess Detective Peas given as party favors… (more…)

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Sweet “Love Bird” Valentine’s Day Brunch

Love Birds Valentines Day Party Theme

This sweet Valentine’s Day theme will have you chirping little hearts of excitement… just like the darling little LOVE BIRD characters featured in the printables!

Andressa from Twinkle Twinkle Little Party created a truly charming celebration here, brought to life through the traditional V-Day color palette of pink & red, paired with tiny hearts, polka dots and satin ribbon details. This is great inspiration for a girls Valentine’s Day brunch! Scroll down for all the sweet details, like mini donut-and-milk shooters paired with adorable heart patterned straws, and water bottle labels featuring love-themed “Nutrition Facts”! ;)

Love Birds Valentines Day Party invitations

pink and red Valentine's Day Straws and powdered donuts (more…)

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Fun & Creative Big Game Bash + Free Printables

Super Bowl Football Party Ideas

Are you ready for some football…. PARTY IDEAS?!!

Hope so! Because we’ve got some festive and easy ideas for hosting your own Big Game Bash, including quick & easy food/treat options + an entire collection of FREE Football Party Printables in a palette of grass green, penalty flag yellow, & referee black/white.

CLICK HERE to download the printables!

Super Bowl Football Party Ideas

Aside from the game itself, Big Game parties are all about the FOOD, so we recommend serving up crowd favorites like Boneless Buffalo Chicken Bites (YUM!) and Hot Wings without spending tons of time in the kitchen. This also frees up some time for kicking up the presentation style with creative add-ons like referee striped food labels, chili served in embellished mason jars, and cornbread muffins with “Big Game” pennant flags! And of course it’s always more fun to serve football party food straight from a make-shift “football field”, right?! ;)


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Sunny & Playful “Hello, Kiddo” Baby Shower

hello kiddo chevron baby shower - place setting

We are huge fans of Jesi Haack‘s design style around here, and this darling and very sunshine-y “Hello, Kiddo” Breakfast Baby Shower that she threw for a close friend is another great example why… From happy shades of yellow and bold chevron & stripe patterns to gorgeous flower arrangements, a kick-back breakfast bar, mason jar OJ, and custom “hello, omelettes” served up by Jesi’s husband (& photographer) Mr Haack, you can seriously feel the joy radiating from this celebration!

hello kiddo yellow chevron baby shower

hello kiddo yellow chevron baby shower

Read on for lots more sunny pictures & party details… (more…)

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Kitschy & Charming “Little Man” 1st Birthday

Invitation and Party Details

Kitschy never looked so CUTE thanks to Cristina Prusz of Le Partie Sugar! Inspired by the birthday boy himself, Cristina selected a party theme to celebrate her son’s first birthday that was not only adorable but very personalized… Cristina’s now one-year old son, Hudson, weighs-in at a whopping 26 lbs and stands at 34 inches tall! You won’t ever find her little guy dressed in the typical baby onesie. Oh no. It’s all cardigans and button-ups for this little man! ;)

Moustache water bottle clips

I absolutely adore the fantastic mustache water bottle clip-ons and the brilliantly unique, hand-made place card holders made from men’s shirt cuffs! Since the party was held on a rooftop in L.A., the interactive Homemade Hot Cocoa Bar kept guests warm and cozy while they hammed it up in front of the photo booth using clever kitschy photo props. The “Dapper Little Gingerbread Men” cookie favors and playful customized t-shirts for the little ones were perfect gifts for sending home with guests.

KEEP READING to discover more of the boyish charm party elements like necktie napkins,  fondant mustache cupcake toppers, whimsical table centerpieces, homemade marshmallows and more… (more…)

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Rustic + Whimsical 30th Un-Birthday Bash

This incredible, Alice in Wonderland-inspired Rustic and Whimsical 30th Un-birthday Bash by KaLice Events is bursting with creativity! It’s also a refreshing, modern-day take on this classic fairy tale that never gets old.

With fun, stylish details like 3-tiered rustic wooden cake stands, bright & whimsical party hats, hand-stamped “eat me” & “drink me” tags, a “hot chocolate on a stick” drink bar, a giantic wooden playhouse complete with a pair of “Alice” and her “Mad Hatter” stringdolls, a gourmet spread of desserts and hors d’oeuvres, and more – this is truly a whimsical, yet sophisticated dreamland that everyone can enjoy! I’m delighted to see all the different styles and textures come together to create the ultimate Un-Birthday Bash (shouldn’t every birthday over 30 be an “Un-Birthday? *wink*).

Read on for lots more festive images + party details… (more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Creative Yarn Chandelier

DIY Yarn and Balloon Ball Chandelier Tutorial

I’m thrilled to share this super creative and useful “Yarn Chandelier Tutorial” from Nicolle of Libby Lane Press with you today!

This project utilizes yarn, a glue mixture, and balloons – and is so versatile and budget-friendly. You can use these cool spheres for all sorts of parties and occassions… from birthday celebrations to baby showers, bridal showers, and beyond! Nicolle created these particular yarn spheres for this super cute Holiday Whimsical Woodland Wonderland shoot:

whimsical wonderland dessert table with forest creatures

Read on for complete DIY details from Nicolle… (more…)

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Charming Vintage Silhouette Birthday Party

Vintage Silhouette Birthday Party Dessert Table

This VINTAGE SILHOUETTE themed birthday party that Cristen and Jeff created for their daughter Savannah – along with design help from expert party stylist Kate Landers – is filled to the brim with charming details and inspiring DIY elements (like the fabulous paper doily dessert table backdrop, for starters!).

Some of my favorite details include the pint-sized parasols for the girls, the giant hanging tissue pom personalized with a big “S”, sweet vintage style birthday cakes (made by dad), and the super cool homemade “photo booth” area – complete with vintage dress up props and an oversize ornate gold frame. Also loving the paper doily accents galore, which really helped tie all the different party elements together… you see them everywhere from the handmade invitations and party hats to the favor bags and food signs!

Vintage Silhouette Birthday Party Kids Table & Parasols

Vintage Silhouette Birthday Party Photo Booth

Read on for lots more inspiring pics + party details… (more…)

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Amazing Willy Wonka Themed Birthday Party

Willy Wonka themed birthday cake

This amazing, larger-than-life WILLY WONKA themed birthday party by Tracie from {tsj} Photography is seriously a sweet tooth’s dreamland come true!

From lollipop table centerpieces and huge candy themed cut-outs to “Golden Ticket” chocolate bar invitations, giant wrapped “hard candies” hanging from the ceiling, a truly fantastic Willy Wonka themed cake, and more… it’s apparent that a {very creative & colorful} sugar rush was in full swing here! I kind of wish I could’ve witnessed the looks on the kids faces when they arrived and took THIS sight in… ;)

willy wonka themed birthday party invitations

willy wonka themed birthday party decorations

Read on for lots more sweet images & party details… (more…)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Starbucks Gift Cards!

Starbucks Gift Card Giveaway

Winner Update: This giveaway is now closed. We know that all of you would have loved to win a $50 gift card to Starbucks but we had to pick only eight winners, at random of course. Can I get a drum roll please?!…. and the winners are…Lauren, Charlotte, Shaina, Brandy, Pallavi, Julie C, Amy, & Melissa!! Congratulations Ladies! We know you will enjoy your gift cards this winter!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! I’m excited to kick 2012 off with a Surprise Giveaway that I’m pretty sure you’re going to LOVE especially if you also love things like lattes, coffee, hot chocolate, cake pops, whoopie pies, and so on… hungry yet? Added bonus: not just one, but EIGHT of you are going to win $50 GIFT CARD to Starbucks – woo hoo! Gotta love it when there’s more than one prize to go around. ;)

And if you prefer to do more shopping than sipping, you can also use your winnings towards Starbucks merchandise. There are tons of accessories and gifts both in Starbucks stores and in their extensive online shop – including a special HOLIDAY SALE that’s going on right now through January 9th.


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