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Favorite Detail: Watermelon Pirate Ship

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What a creative way to display delicious treasure! This is pure inspiration for a Pirate Party a pirate ship carved out of a watermelon, courtesy of HWTM member gtosetti! {Click on the album image below to check out the full party.}

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Dr. Seuss First Birthday {Oh, the Places You’ll Go!}

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Oh the places Caleb will go! For her son’s Dol celebration, Cindy created a beautiful & whimsical Modern Dr. Seuss First Birthday inspired by the Seuss classic “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!“. This party is filled with sweet, sentimental touches… how cute is the idea of a “Book Buffet?! I read this book to my own daughter a few times a week, and have always thought it would make for the sweetest baby shower or birthday party inspiration, so it’s especially fun to see how Cindy brought it to life here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

–  Cute and whimsical Seuss inspired program & stationery elements
– White manzanita branch “yarn ball trees”
– An amazing book buffet for guests to browse and take home their favorites as favors!
– Painted jars for pops of color
– An adorable yellow custom doll & lots more…

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Magical Willy Wonka Inspired Birthday Party

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It really does seem like Hugo won the golden ticket to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for his birthday! Sarah of Crackers Art & Design created just about everything in this magical, colorful and amazing party. What’s your favorite part? Mine is a tie between the incredible backdrop and the hilarious photo booth props!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

–  Fantastic movie-inspired printables starring Willy & the Oompa Loompas
– (Good) Golden Eggs and adorable Marshmallow “Toadstools”
– Playful wigs, paper hats, & lots of silliness in the Willy Wonka Photo Booth
– Lots of golden chocolate bars (of course!), fizzy drinks, & more!

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Sunshine Safari Baby Shower Table {Operation Shower}

Sunshine Safari Baby Shower Table + Sunshine Yarn Centerpiece

Earlier this year, one of my favorite charities – Operation Shower – asked me to design a tablescape for their Sunshine Safari event that was to be held at Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego. Of course I said YES in hearbeat! Eleven different designers participated in the event, and every single table was amazingly creative – and also inspiring… just like the military moms that enjoyed them!

DESIGN GUIDELINES

The event guidelines stipulated that we needed to incorporate 2 things into our table:
1) the super cute Sunshine Safari Printables by paper & cake
2) elements from Pottery Barn Kids, one of the main sponsors of the event.

So armed with these guidelines and LOTS OF YARN (hello there, big sunshine!), here’s how my table turned out. Hope you can find some inspiration here for your own sunshine-y safari baby shower or birthday party!

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{On the Green} Father’s Day Golf PAR-TEE

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A Father’s Day Golf Par-tee sounds like a perfect celebration for any dad that loves to hit the greens, and the cool styling by Jen from Banner Events takes this clever golf “par-tee” theme to a whole new level!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

–  Amazingly intricate golf themed cupcakes displayed on super cute mini tee boxes!
– Artificial grass as table runners and burlap as “sand traps”
– Plaid drink labels reading “#1 Dad” and “Happy Father’s Day”
– Cool paper bunting table centerpiece strung between golf ball topped poles
– Fantastic golf themed cake, cake pops, sugar cookies, & more!

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Today Show Kentucky Derby Party Ideas Segment + DIY Southern Belle Bottles

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This time last year, I was getting ready to board a flight to New York for a Kentucky Derby Party Ideas segment on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda. Wow… it’s hard to believe that was already a year ago! Since then I have a brand new sweet daughter that’s currently sitting next to me as I type this post. I guess a lot can happen in a year! ;)

Anyways, doing a segment on the Today Show had always been a dream of mine. I’ve been watching the show for years – first with my mom, then on my own – so I was super excited about this opportunity… but also crazy nervous. Live TV to a large audience can be pretty intimidating, and I really, really, really did not want to accidentally star in a “girl passes out on camera” viral video. Yikes! Thankfully, everything went well and there was no resuscitation necessary. Phew! Here’s the clip:

I met Kathie Lee and Hoda for the first time in the commercial break before our segment, and they were both super warm and welcoming to me and to Sonny, who was also in the studio behind the cameras. It’s amazing how quickly their warm greeting calmed my nerves. I was so incredibly grateful for that.

The segment by went sooooo fast! We didn’t even get a chance to touch on some of the things that were planned… guess you can only cram so much into 4 minutes. :) (more…)

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“He Makes My Heart Glow” Neon Bridal Shower

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Are you HOT for neon? It might seem like a cliche, but brides are typically “glowing” (or is that pregnant women?) on their big day, so this Neon Bridal Shower theme is perfectly fitting!  Fashion forward and trendy, this theme is fresh and festive and sets the tone for a fun celebration.

Xiomara of A Styled Fete created the “He Makes My Heart Glow” concept and styled this bridal shower in a lush outdoor space.  The neon on neutral tones combined with gold accents really makes this shower GLOW!

CREATIVE HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY Neon Confetti Table Runners
– “Don’t be blinded by her glow” tags on the sunglasses favors (so clever!)
– Glow in the Dark neon bracelet party favors
– DIY Neon spray painted napkins
– Neon washi tape accents to coordinate with the graphic decor

We (Anders Ruff) were so inspired when Xio introduced us to the theme and asked us to design the printable graphic invitation and other coordinating elements for this bridal shower!

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Dress-Inspired {Disney} Princess Birthday Party

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Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White and Ariel ALL graced this fabulous “Royal Ball at the park” beautifully styled by Lilly of iheartsugarsugar. Yep… this fairytale Princess Birthday Party included not just one, but five of the Disney Princesses! From whimsical treats to an incredible dress-up station, every guest at this party was definitely given the royal treatment. Cinderella’s adorable mice even made an appearance! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Each Disney princess creatively represented on the treats table (Cinderella’s slippers, Ariel’s clam shells, etc.)
– An adorable cake with it’s very own crown on top!
– Simple & beautiful floral centerpieces embellished with paper princess dresses
– Royal Princess Tutu’s, tiaras, wands, & more…

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Glam, Gold {& Gorgeous!} Regal Opulence Wedding

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Talk about “Regal Opulence“! That’s the oh-so-appropriate name for this rich, glamorous wedding theme that’s dripping in sparkly gold, champagne, and ivory details. This design was part of the amazing 8-theme inspirational event held earlier this year at Hotel del Coronado. Brian Worley and Jaime Geffen of YourBASH! did an incredible job styling, coordinating and pulling in the perfect vendors to create such an amazing atmosphere.

WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ballroom walls covered in an elegant gold drape with a charcoal gray wainscoting & gold sequin border
– Regal gold and pewter linens
– Romantic ivory  & champagne florals
– Silver Milano chairs and gold Chivari chairs with alternating pads and sleeves

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Art Deco Inspired Wedding with a Vintage Twist

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I love it when submissions come in that remind us that simple & budget-friendly styling can still result in a wonderfully creative, beautiful celebration! Vanessa from Little Pear Events put this Art Deco Inspired Wedding together, and it has such a warm and inviting vibe. I’m especially loving all the vintage doily details and the DIY cupcake cart, (of course!).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A stunning traditional white wedding cake
– Cute chocolate favors in jars tied with gold lined ribbon
– A fun guest book with an instant camera for more than just a signature!
– Art deco inspired favor tags, and more…

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A “Mommy & Me Playdate” for Mother’s Day

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Tonya Coleman of Soireé Event Design here… and this time we’re talking about Mother’s Day… you know – the day when all of us moms are celebrated for all that we do all year long!

As a busy working mom myself, I actually think Mother’s Day should equal a “day off”! However, when you have small kids, they make you cards at school in anticipation of Mother’s Day and get all excited about spending a special day with you, so my daydreams of quietly soaking in a hot tub and sipping on tea at the spa are probably not going to happen! On the flip side, when you’re busy with work all the time, then a day that you set aside to just focus on and spend time with your kids one-on-one sounds pretty great too!

So, this is where the concept of “Mommy & Me Playdate” came from. Imagine you inviting your daughter to “hang out” with you for the day doing girly things. I can just see the huge smile that will be on her face! Scroll down for lots of Mommy & Me Playdate images, followed by all the creative details…

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Kustom Kissers

Kustom Kissers custom lip balms


Winner update: 5/15/12:
 This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #74 – Amy S. Congrats, this will be a super fun promotion for your business!

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I’m excited to share a totally fun & different sort of Surprise Giveaway with you today! If you or a loved one has a big party or celebration coming up and are tired of the same ol’ when it comes to party favor ideas, then PUCKER UP… because a lucky someone is going to win not one, not two, but ONE HUNDRED personalized lip balms!

Kustom Kissers allows you to create personalized lip balm with your own image and message on the outside, as well as choose from a variety of popular flavors like Cherry, Mint, and Vanilla!

I did a test run of the Kustom Kissers website myself using a pic of my daughter, and the online system was a breeze to use. You can upload your photo, crop it, type in your message, and preview everything – directly from the ordering tool! Here are a few screen shots to give you an idea of the process:

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Cinco de Mayo Inspiration: Spanish Hacienda Sweets Table

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Want to put an elegant twist on your Cinco de Mayo celebration? Check out this incredibly beautiful Hacienda Sweets Table by A Stunning Affair! They really did a great job putting this gorgeous spread together, which happens to be filled with lots of lovely treats with Spanish flair – like mini Churro Cupcakes and Tres Leches Cups. This is great inspiration for transforming your Cinco de Mayo party into a chic and glamourous fiesta!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A fabulous Papel Picado inspired cake, with an ombre touch!
– Festive desserts like Mini Mexican Hot Chocolate Cupcakes & Spanish Tile Cookies
– Exquisite calligraphy on all of the treat labels
– Beautiful & simple florals for a nice pop of color

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Buzz Lightyear Inspired Toy Story Birthday Party

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This simple, yet “out of this world” Toy Story Birthday Party by Jessica from OhSoPrintable would make any boy want his birthday to last to infinity and beyond… especially when he is wearing a pair of super cool homemade Buzz Lightyear gloves!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Lime green, blue and sparkly silver color palette for a boyish, yet party-fabulous look!
– Silver “shooting star” cupcake toppers
– Moon pies, Milky Way Mini Cheesecakes, and lime green juice!
– Space Agent Gear for fun photo booth props, & more…

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