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Bright & Colorful Easter Bunny Birthday Party

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As someone that has always had an affinity towards bright colors and modern style, this vibrant, chevron-bedecked Easter Bunny Birthday Party from Amber of Party On! Designs is right up my alley!

It also happens to be filled with great inspiration for any fun Easter celebration… especially if little ones are involved… Check out all the adorable edible details below – from mason jar cupcakes to clever “rabbit food” snacks (cellophane bags filled with orange goldfish crackers and tied up with green trim!). I’m also loving the very Easter-party-appropriate dessert table backdrop, where inexpensive tissue poms added bold splashes of color to a simple white garden lattice!

easter cupcakes in mason jars

colorful easter birthday party

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{Party of 5} Easter Egg Hunt, Elephant Birthday, Owl Baby Shower, Vibrant Wedding, & Hunger Games

easter bunny egg hunt party of 5

Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

1. Easter Bunny Egg Hunt by LynLee’s Petite Cakes

2. Elephant Birthday Party by Lulu Bella

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{Charming} Pocket Full of Posies Birthday Party

pocket full of posies party - handmade aprons for girls

pocket full of posies party theme, invitations, and jean pocket garland

{by HWTM Contributor, Jessica Kirkland of Pen N’ Paperflowers}

I’ve been wanting to share this “Pocket Full of Posies” birthday party for some time now.  I’m hoping the charming little details will inspire you; like the denim pocket banners, the paper maché flowers and the handmade vintage-style aprons that went into making my daughter’s third birthday extra special.  I knew I wanted a “vintage-meets-fresh” vibe with some denim thrown in there to keep the party a little more organic versus…”fluffy”?

colorful flower cupcakes with flower cupcake toppers

Although I kept the party itself relatively simple, there were two key elements that really made the day extra special and tied everything together beautifully; the homemade aprons and the paper maché flowers. The aprons I envisioned were brought to life by Made by Morgan. She did such an incredible job of catching my vision, listening to all of my specific requests and sweetly, magically, bringing everything to fruition. The gorgeous paper maché flowers you see throughout the party were created by Maisey’s Daiseys Little Shop. She does amazing work and I LOVED using them as cupcake toppers, accent pieces for the rods of The Pastry Pedestal™, birthday cake decor and incorporating them into the backdrop.

colorful flower cupcakes on the pastry pedestal

If you want to fill your creative pockets with inspiration, keep reading for the rest of the  party details… (more…)

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Glam Pink and Purple Wedding + Clever “Tree Sign Book” Thumbprint Guest Book

Wedding decorated in purple, pink and gold. Full room and table settings close ups.

This gorgeous Pink and Purple Wedding styled by Amanda Ma of Fresh Events Company has the perfect mix of classic glam (including an amazing venue and stunning florals!) and thoughtful, sentimental details like a beautiful antique mirror that was adorned with images of the happy couple’s loved ones.

I’m especially loving the bridesmaids dresses and bridal party bouquets…the pink peonies and pink calla lilies are so lovely! And in lieu of a traditional guest book, Audrey & Mark had a “tree sign book” where guests made thumbprint “leaves” (which they signed their names on top of)… how clever & unique!

Wedding decorated in purple, pink and gold. Bride and groom photo shoot and closeup on the pink and white bouquet

Wedding decorated in purple, pink and gold. table assignments in a picture frame display.

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GIVEAWAY: Paperlicious {Custom Stationery}

Paperlicious Custom Invitations and Stationery

Winner update: 5/22/12:
 This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #117 – CONNIETACAZON Congrats!


If you love personalized stationery or need party invitations for an upcoming celebration, today’s SURPRISE GIVEAWAY is especially for you! Paperlicious is offering up a $100 SHOPPING SPREE this week towards anything on – which ranges from party invitations for all sorts of occasions to birth announcements, personalized recipe cards, monogram note cards, wedding save the dates, and more!

Owner/Designer Amy DeRouen Nelson launched Paperlicious in 2005 with the goal of “bringing a fun rock star perspective to the world of custom printed invitations, birth announcements, and social stationery.” And speaking of rock stars, Amy has 15 years of experience in entertainment and event-planning in the music industry… which is probably why you’ll see lots rock star themed goods like note cards, party invitations, calling cards, and more on Paperlicious! Scroll down for details on HOW TO ENTER the giveaway!

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Operation Shower: A Star is Born Hollywood Baby Shower (Part 2 – Sweets Station)

a star is born hollywood glam sweets table and mini pies

In continuing with Part 1 of the A STAR IS BORN Baby Shower event for Operation Shower, here we go with Part 2 – starring the amazing VINTAGE HOLLYWOOD GLAM Sweets Station by Marie of Sweets Indeed! Shout-out also to Marie’s husband, Shannon of The Pixel Studio, who made the dessert labels AND took these beautiful pics.

I just love everything about this glitzy sweets display… from the super sparkly sequin linens  from La Tavola to the chic vintage props (courtesy of Found Vintage Rentals) – which included vintage film reels, gold nesting tables, a vintage dress form, and a fun piece that resembled the look of an old fashioned ticket booth! In addition to the fabulous array of creative treats – including pushcakes adorned with bow ties and darling miniature pies – one of my favorite details has to be the giant hanging paper stars that Marie spray-painted gold…LOVE how those turned out! I was also happy to see a cameo by the little bow-tie stork from the event signage & printables. ;)

star is born hollywood glam candy and plate bar

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Operation Shower: A Star is Born Hollywood Baby Shower (Part 1 – Theme & Decor)

a star is born - hollywood baby shower place setting with bow tie IZZE

As some of you that have been following HWTM for a while may already know, Operation Shower is an organization that’s near and dear to my heart. They do so much so help support our military families, and it’s always an honor to participate in one of their events! Of course it doesn’t hurt that LeAnn and Amy (the women behind Operation Shower) are super fun to work with either. ;)

And I have to say that this particular event – a “vintage Hollywood glam inspired” A STAR IS BORN Baby Shower held in Los Angeles – was especially fun to work on… fabulous sequin tablecloths, vintage film reels, sparkly crystals, glittered baby bottles – what’s not to love, right?!

hollywood baby shower centerpieces with white carnation ball, glittered bottles, and popcorn

That’s not to say we didn’t have the inevitable “hiccups to work through – including but not limited to: a temporary bout with self-inflicted creative block, crazy weather, and tall centerpieces that had to be re-worked at the last minute due to an unexpectedly “bouncy” venue floor + impending nightmares of toppling vases – but it’s amazing how quickly all of that stuff is forgotten after just one look at the excited faces of the guests of honor! FOR EXAMPLE: (more…)

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Clever 3rd Birthday Party “Trash Bash”

trash truck birthday party dessert table

Jennifer from BellaGrey Designs has an adorable son that “LOVES” Trash Trucks… so guess what inspired his 3rd birthday party theme?! ;)

She did such a great job bringing this birthday “TRASH BASH” to life for her little guy – with clever details like trash can shaped cake pops complete with “flies a buzzin by the dozen” and super cute mini trash can favors with candy, toy trash trucks, and Waste Management rubber bracelets hidden inside the mini trash bags. (She made the mini trash cans herself! Here’s a link to the tutorial.) The menu even included playful items like “sanitation subs“, “waste water” and fruit served in “bowls” fashioned from small white paper plates. Read on for lots more fun party pics and creative details…

trash truck birthday party cupcake topper, party favors and water bottle labels

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“Out of This World” Star Wars Birthday Party

star wars yoda cakepops and candy

This STAR WARS party that Julie of Totes in Tow put on for her son Mason’s sixth birthday party is truly Out of This World. . . and very colorful and creative too!

I’m loving all the bright pops of color used here – from the Spacey Shark Cups and Ewok Snacks to the lime green Yoda Soda and marshmallow Yoda and Stormtrooper Imperial Pops. The shimmery star background gave the perfect “space” effect without being over the top. Some of my favorite items have to be the fondant Galactic Cupcake Toppers and the Yoda sandwich cookies, which were made from the Star Wars Heroes & Villains Cookie Cutters purchased at Williams-Sonoma. They were almost too cute to eat! I (Jessica Wilcox, Modern Moments Designs) was lucky enough to help style the party after Julie did all the hard leg work of coming up with the overall concept, baking, and tracking down all the Star Wars party swag!

star wars party water bottle labels and jedi sign

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Grocery Store Birthday Party or Playdate

grocery store party soup cereal and milk on the shelves

This imaginative “Grocery Store” themed birthday party {or playdate} from Abigail of Paper & Cake is such a clever idea for little ones that love to shop and pretend!

It’s always fun to see a unique theme come to life – and Abigail used colorful retro-mod paper designs to do so here – for everything from the super stylish food labels and personalized market signs to the clever DIY striped “awning” fashioned from paper, foam core, and some PVC pipe. {The entire Grocery Store Printable Party Collection is available at Paper & Cake.} I also love that the sky’s the limit when it comes to the food at this type of theme… you could go with anything from fresh fruit & mini sandwiches to alphabet soup for the main course… then let party guests stop off at the “bakery” for a treat!

grocery store party cake with a cash register on it and cupcakes with coins

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{Party of 5} Adoption Shower, Lakers, Casino Dessert Stand, Wedding, & Bumble Bee

adoption shower decorated with clouds and ducks

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. Adoption Shower by Karina (pictured at top)

2. Lakers Inspired Bar Mitzvah by settingthemood

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Hawaiian Luau Inspired Birthday Party

luau birthday party pink and purple cake with sea shells

Aloha! Today’s first party feature really has me missing one of my favorite places on earth… Adrienne from Cherish Paperie did such a great job on this fun Hawaiian Luau themed birthday party for her daughter, Kenna!

The focal point of the party was the AMAZING Tropical Birthday Cake by Cupcakes Couture, which was topped with gorgeous sugar hibiscus flowers and cleverly adorned with “hula girl attire”! Party guests were treated to fun Luau themed activities like a tropical dress up contest, hula hoop relay, lei making, and a hula performance with lessons! And – with the birthday girl’s mom being a stationery designer – of course there were tons of great tropical themed paper details, including cute little food flags, water bottle labels, popcorn cones, and more.

luau birthday party aloha food flags cake pop party favors and hula dancing lesson

luau birthday party palm tree cookies and starfish cookies

Read on for lots more festive party pics + creative details…Mahalo! (more…)

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The Look For Less: RUFFLES Trend!

pink and black crepe paper ruffles table

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design! I am so excited to be the newest Guest Contributor at HWTM and share my very first post – “Look for Less!” Today I’ll be sharing my tips on how you can have a fabulous high-end looking table for less. Yes…it IS possible and I’ll show you how.

This post is all about the current event trend: RUFFLES! Yes…Ruffles are all the rage right now. We see it in fashion, interior design and now in event decor with ruffled cakes, ruffled tablecloths, ruffled dessert table backdrops and more! Here, I incorporated ruffles on two tablescape designs at two completely different price points {see breakdown below}. One is the high-end designer table and the other is my “budget chic” table.

hot pink ruffle table skirt

The HIGH-END DESIGNER TABLE features a gorgeous lamour ruffled table skirt for $58, along with a fabulous ruffled table lamp for $90 and ruffled chargers for $35.

For the “BUDGET CHIC” table, I got creative with crepe paper STREAMERS – of all things! – to pull off the ruffle-look for less. I must say that I NEVER use streamers in event decor…in fact, it is one of my Top 5 “No-No’s” in event styling! BUT seeing how chic these ruffled streamers are from Oh Goodie Designs..I am a BELIEVER! Aren’t they just FABULOUS?! (more…)

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Train Birthday Party + Balloon Extravaganza!

coles party train room decor and entrance view

Inspired by her son’s love for trains, Jaime from YourBASH! created one super fun RIDE for his birthday celebration this year… and for all of his pint-sized PARTY TRAIN passengers too!

In addition to taking a ride on the adorable “Mini Express“, guests got to “stop” at fun Temporary Tattoo and “Make a Balloon” STATIONS. And speaking of balloons, there’s some seriously crazy-cool balloon art going on at this party… from the balloon artist’s creations to the fabulous giant balloon centerpieces, which really helped to fill the space and create a playful, kid-friendly vibe. Other favorite details include the train-shaped lollipop favors, napkin rolls embellished with “Chew Chew” printables, and water bottles labeled “Chugga Chugga“! I also love how the carnival-inspired food stations were lined up in a manner to look like a train… very clever! ;)

coles party train

coles party train cake with number candle and picture frame decorations

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A Vibrant and “HOP”PY Easter Party

{HWTM contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here!}  If you like bright happy colors and sweet styling, our most recent shoot might just be what you were “HOP-ing” for in an Easter Party!

Universal Studios recently hired us to design a printable “Hop” (the movie!) themed Easter Party Printable Decor Set to include in all of the “Hop” DVD/Blu-Ray movies sold at Target. (Movie hits shelves 3.23.12)  We styled an Easter party using the printables and are very hoppy to share with you some of the craft and styling ideas that are versatile enough to be used for other themed parties! From the giant homemade gumball machines to the lollipop trees and ruffled mini cupcake pops, the party was full of DIY ideas for decor and desserts.

The printable Easter Decor set is free for download with the special code and download site provided inside the “Hop” Movie at Target for a limited time.  Look for the Anders Ruff logo on marked movies.  The movie is a great Easter basket filler that the kids will enjoy year after year.

“Hop” takes place in the Easter Bunny’s candy factory, so we made sure there were plenty of sweets and elements to remind you of the giant candy factory.

After seeing several tutorials on the web for DIY gumball machines, we knew we could create giant gumball machines to symbolize the giant candy machines in the movie.  Gumballs (Candy Warehouse) filled each machine with the colors that played a big role in the movie.


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GIVEAWAY: La Gartier Custom Garters

custom wedding garters by la gartier

If you or a loved one is getting married soon, this {GORGEOUS} new Surprise Giveaway is especially for you! It comes from La Gartier – which is a custom, hand-made garter company dedicated to creating unique, one-of-a-kind wedding garters… and absolutely lovely ones at that – just check out their stunning galleries of both standard and highly customized garter styles!

Owner Sarah Dobson founded La Gartier upon the belief that just as every bride has her own personality, style, and identity–so should her garter! From hand picked fabrics and vintage jewelry to Swarovski crystal rhinestones and hand sewn initials, each La Gartier garter is truly inspired. And this week at HWTM, La Gartier is giving away beautiful wedding garters to TWO lucky readers! The winners can choose their favorite look from the 5 lovely styles pictured below. Which one do YOU like best?

custom lace and locket wedding garter by La Gartier

Design #1: Janice Gartermade of an ivory double-faced satin ribbon, antique ivory lace and hanging {real} locket embellishment

custom white garter with pearls and crystals by La Gartier

Design #2: Pierce Gartermade of a light blue dupioni silk ribbon with a pearl and rhinestone center “daffodil” brooch (more…)

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Modern Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

alice in wonderland birthday party invitation, cake and dressed up tea party

Talk about feeling like a {birthday} QUEEN for the day! Sonia did an amazing job on this super colorful & modern ALICE IN WONDERLAND inspired birthday party… and although she created it especially for her adorable daughter Sophia, something tells me that the guests at this party probably felt like royalty too!

From a super stylish Mad Hatter Tea Party (provided by Enchanted Fairy Tea Parties) to playful themed treats like “White Rabbit Food“, “Eat Me” cookies, and an amazing flower-bedecked cake topped with a fondant tea pot, Sonia definitely highlighted all the key “Alice” elements. She also added a unique twist on the theme by going with a primarily bright blue, hot pink, and yellow color palette – as seen in the fabulous stationery elements, dessert table, and matching DIY decor. Speaking of which… one of my favorite details has to be the big paper mache “S” that was completely covered in homemade paper rosettes!

alice in wonderland birthday party table with clock

alice in wonderland birthday party with dessert table and closeup on cupcakes

Read on for LOTS more lovely party images + all the whimsical & wonderful creative details…


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Puff the Magic Dragon Birthday Party

puff the magic dragon birthday party room setup with dessert table

The incredibly talented Paula from Frog Prince Paperie has whipped up some party magic yet again with this amazing PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON Birthday Party that she created for her son!

Taking a cue from the famous Peter Paul and Mary song, this party is like a childhood fairytale come to life – complete with playful details like charming little wooden boats that were crafted by the kids and sailed in “Honalee Harbor“, (a blow-up swimming pool), adorable stuffed “Dragon Eggs“, lots of golden coins, and a truly magical dessert table full of gorgeous dragon-themed treats! (I just want to hug the little dragon cake topper, by the way… how cute is he?!) Read on for lots more whimsical party images & creative details!

puff the magic dragon birthday party dessert table close up on cupcakes, cake pops and cake

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{Party of 5} St. Patrick’s Day, Sweet Vintage, Dino, Knight, & Camp Charlie

st. patrick's day party and dessert table with bingo and photo booth props

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. St. Patrick’s Day by Jennifer of Sweeten Your Day

2. Sweet Vintage Summer by Fresh Events Company

sweet vintage summer wedding clever name tag idea and beautiful flower arrangements (more…)

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RockStar Inspired Girls Birthday Party

rockstar party invitation on the door
This ROCKSTAR Girls Birthday Party that Abigail from Paper and Cake created for her daughter’s 10th celebration looks like an absolute blast… and totally age appropriate!

I love the strong emphasis on fun rockstar-inspired activities for the guests… like karaoke (of course!), temporary tattoos, dress-up props (including 80’s hair band wigs!) and a super-cute rockstar-inspired craft where the girls made DIY  “zipper flowers” that were hot glued to headbands. Other favorite details include the makeshift “club atmosphere” fashioned from zebra print wrapping paper and colored netting, a clever “record album cover” sign starring the birthday girl, and all of the fabulous rockstar birthday party paper details that Abigail whipped… which of course are available in her online shop!

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Clever “Countdown” Gender Reveal Party

gender reveal party new years drinks and cupcakes

This elegant New Year’s Eve Gender Reveal Party by expectant mom Sarah of Indianapoluxe is absolutely stunning and timeless… and the “countdown” theme is actually relevant for this type of party – or even baby shower – all year round! I (Jessica Wilcox, Modern Moments Designs) recently threw my own gender reveal party and know how much time and effort goes into planning an event like this.

Gender Reveal parties are such a fun way for the couple-to-be, family, and friends to find out the big news together with a bangand in this case I mean that literally! Sarah used colored fireworks (blue for a boy and pink for a girl) for the big reveal and it doesn’t get much bigger than that! 

gender reveal party water bottle decorations

To further personalize the party and pay homage to where it all began (the couple was vacationing in Italy when they found out that they were expecting), they included cannolis along with other yummy desserts in their dessert buffet. The handwritten chalk board signs used throughout are a great addition to this fabulous black & white party. Check out the excitement on the couple’s face before the big reveal. . . . (you’ll have to keep reading to see if it’s a girl or a boy because we’re not telling!)

Here we go with more BEAUTIFUL photos + party details. . . (more…)

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“The Little Engine That Could” Birthday Party

The Little Engine That Could Dessert Table

“I think I can”…actually, I KNOW I can… share some adorable birthday inspiration with you today created by Stefanie of The Petite Soiree! Climb aboard for all of the sweet details of  “The Little Engine that Could” birthday party she created for her son…

Inspired by her son’s love of all things related to trains as well as her desire to derail the “I can’t” comments he’d begun to adapt, Stefanie knew “The Little Engine that Could” theme was the perfect choice. She was able to use the party as an educational opportunity for keeping him on track for positive thinking and reinforcing his self-esteem, all while surrounding him with his favorite thing: Trains! That’s one brilliant mom, don’t you think? ;)

the little engine that could party decoration and cupcake toppers

Keep chugging along, full steam ahead for all of the adorable images and celebration details that are just “choo” cute.  Some of my favorite details include the railroad gum favors, cups of  chocolate coal, and custom train artwork hung behind the dessert table. (more…)

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Rustic-Chic Rugby 1st Birthday Party

rugby birthday party entrance sign and birthday cake

I’m loving the sporty-meets-rustic-chic style of this fun RUGBY inspired 1st Birthday Party created by Kelly from A Little Savvy Event!

Drawing inspiration from the birthday boy’s family (dad was a professional rugby player and the entire family was in New Zealand for the world cup last year) – Kelly created a fun party atmosphere complete with a makeshift “rugby field” for the kids to play on with “grandstands” fashioned from children’s chairs and beanbags! Details like framed newspaper clippings featuring the All Blacks winning the World Cup last year, an upscale tailgate menu, and creative chalkboard signage added some chic grown-up flair to this first birthday celebration.

rugby first birthday party drink table with lemonade

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“Tortilly Adorable” Turtle Party {+ Awareness for Plagiocephaly & Torticollis}

adorable turtle party dessert table and cookies

While super-duper cute, just like every party that Kate Landers does, the inspiration behind this particular party that she created in honor of her sweet baby (4-month old Noah) is very outside the norm… and it addresses a serious subject in a very creative, therapuetic way.

If you have a few extra minutes today, I encourage you to read the heartfelt words from Kate found in the party details below (directly following the images). Another thing you’ll find below the images? Links to download several different collections of free party printables designed especially for Kate & Noah! Special thanks to these designers for demonstrating once again how much generosity there is in this industry. :)

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Elegant Nautical Themed Christening

Nautical Christening Party Tier Cake with Details

If you’re looking for some stylish nautical party inspiration – this beautiful NAUTICAL Christening event by Australian-based Marabous is absolutely overflowing with it!

From a chic paper elements and tablescape designs exuding a festive & definitively yacht-style vibe – to a gorgeous dessert display filled with amazing themed treats – this elegant nautical look would also be lovely for baby showers, bridal showers, & milestone birthdays! And speaking of amazing treats… the incredibly detailed cake and sugar cookies from this event are like mini works of art and almost look too good to eat! ;)

Nautical Christening Party Dessert Table

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Darling “Apple of Our Eye” Birthday Party

Charlottes Apple Stand Dessert Table

This next party feature is just as sweet as apple pie! Not to mention apple cupcakes, apple cookies, apple cheesecake… you get the picture. ;)  Jenny from Bloom Designs created this clever “APPLE OF MY EYE” Birthday Party for her daughter Charlotte, and “ridiculously cute” would be an understatement!

I love how she incorporated traditional “apple party” elements like hay bales and baskets but gave the theme a fun twist with preppy patterns and a vibrant pink & green color palette. One of my favorite DIY elements has to be the hot pink paper lanterns that were transformed into darling “apples” with the addition of green paper “leaves”! Read on for all the super-sweet images + creative details…

Apple of my Eye Birthday Party Basket of Apples and T-Shirt

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Free RAINBOW St. Patrick’s Day Printables

You know me (Jessica Wilcox, of Modern Moments Designs) and FREE things! I love to get FREE things and I LOVE to give them even more… so let’s just say that today is your LUCKY Day! I’ve noticed a lack of cute and unique St. Patrick’s Day printables out there… almost everything is your typical green and white. I really wanted to design a new set this year and incorporate a rainbow print and a lot of fun elements.

Pinterest is full of fun Saint Patrick’s Day ideas. Here is my pin board if you want to check any of my pins out. I took inspiration from several of my pins to create these fun free printables that I’m sharing with you today! (Download links are at the bottom of this post…enjoy!)

st. patrick's day rainbow jello, party favors, and pot of gold rolos

First, I wanted to use full-size rollo packs, which I got at Target for $0.79 each. (I also called my local Cash and Carry and they sell boxes of 36 for $22, which would make a great gift for your child’s entire class).

Several ideas I saw incorporated the “loose” rollos, but I thought it would be fun to create a full wrap. I simply unwrapped the old one, grabbed my cute “Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow” wrap and used double-sided tape to secure it! Super simple, but super cute! (more…)

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Vintage Fire Truck Birthday Party

firetruck party dessert table and birthday banner

From a boxed “fireman’s feast” lunch to an amazing fire hydrant shaped cake, Emily from Frosting & Ink Social Designery really turned up the heat on the popular Fire Truck Birthday Party theme! The walls of the party theme were even lined with brick poster paper to mimic the feel of a real fire househow FUN!

The vintage fire truck dessert table was definitely the star of this show though… and absolutely filled to the fireman’s-hat-brim with adorable treats like cupcakes topped with tiny fondant fireman hats and fire trucks and kid-sized water bottles aptly labeled “Fire Extinguisher“. I’m also loving the clever names given to some of the sweets – chocolate donuts became “Fire Truck Wheels” and Red Twizzlers were dubbed “Fire hoses“!

firetruck birthday party kids tables and firetruck centerpiece

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Sensa-Dough Scented Playdough

There’s something about brightly colored and delightfully squishy dough that is just so much fun as a kid… (and actually as an adult too – as I’ve been reminded lately when playing with my almost-2-year-old!). And because this childhood favorite is also a very popular kids party activity,  I’m especially loving the fun, unique twist that etsy shop My Little Otter has introduced with their playful “Sensa-Dough“. You guessed it… SCENTED playdough!

With yummy scents like Easter Egg, Marshmallow, Graham Cracker, Birthday Cake, and more, plus 2 available sizes (2 oz & 4 oz),  this non-toxic dough is such a fun gift or party favor idea (for kids that are old enough to understand it’s still a toy, of course)! And this week at HWTM, My Little Otter is giving away TWO $50 Gift Certificates towards the Sensa-Dough of your choice… the winners can pick any combo they like!

rainbow of scented playdough

See details on how to enter below (it’s easy!). P.S. I’m also thinking this would be a fun addition to Easter Baskets… something fun & sweet without all the sugar! (more…)

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Retro Bowling Party with a Modern Twist

{HWTM contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here!} When my son requested a BOWLING Birthday Party for this year, visions of a stylish and retro bowling team kept coming to mind.  There are so many easy and effective ways to add style and character to a bowling party, and I’m excited to share the Anders Ruff take on the retro bowling party theme with you today!

Sprucing up the bowling alley was not a tough task when armed with some versatile printables, fabulous themed desserts and retro, kid-friendly decor. I’m excited to get the “ball rolling” on sharing my party photos and ideas because I couldn’t “spare” any details for my little bowling fanatic.

Bowling pin jello shots, gutterball gumballs, “spare” sweets, alley decorations and team logos were some of my favorite details of Pierson’s retro bowling party. (more…)

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