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{Party of 5} Vintage Romance, Elephant Baby Shower, Natural Dessert Table, Ice Cream Shop & Penguin Party

pink strawberry cake

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:

– Vintage Parisian Romance
– Neon & Neutral Elelphant Baby Shower
– Natural Dessert Table
– Vintage Ice Cream Shop Birthday Party
– Penguin Pool Party

1. Vintage Parisian Romance (pictured above) by hellomysweet

2. Neon & Neutral Elephant Baby Shower by Emmy’s Events

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Darling Pink Vintage Circus Birthday Party

vintage circus party ideas

What a fun day in the park for a sweet birthday girl (and friends!)… Lucy’s mom Simone co-owns inviteme & designed this totally darling Pink Vintage Circus Party for her birthday celebration. I love the super girly + vintage twist that Simone put on the popular circus theme – with fabulous printables and feminine details like ruffled cupcakes, a pink gauze canopy, and dainty treat dishes!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable cake adorned with a cool vintage edible image graphic + scalloped fondant
– Mini pink ombre cakes with little pink banner toppers
– Muslin favors bags, clown cupcake toppers + printable vintage circus animal bunting

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Colorful & Contemporary Geometric Fox Party

geometric fox dessert table

Zoe’s got serious style already! Thetis Sardo of Little Sooti Events combined her daughter’s big personality with “Scandinavian Style” inspiration to produce this fashion-forward and super colorful Geometric Fox Party! I love how she used cool toys to add big pops of color to the dessert table – and to help fill it up without going overboard on the amount of desserts. As usual, Ham and Pea Design & Paperie totally nailed all of the paper details too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– An AWESOME and super colorful geometric backdrop
– Felt fox masks at each place setting + muslin favor bags filled with goodies!
– Colorful geometric triangle patterned cake
– Cardboard lunch boxes with colorful fox labels + a bold black & white striped table runner

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Charming Yellow & Gray First Birthday Party

yellow and white hot air balloon pinata

Yellow & Gray is such a fabulous color combination… it works well for all kinds of occasions, including weddings, baby showers and even first birthday parties! Speaking of which… check out this {super chic} Yellow & Gray First Birthday Party by Nadia of mamemima. The handmade decorations for this summery, indoor/outdoor party are so charming and sweet… and I’m pretty sure that hot air balloon piñata (made by the birthday boy’s Aunt) is way too cute to break! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Handmade fabric birthday bunting, paper pinwheels, fringed party hats & more
– Tolsby IKEA frames ($1 each!) used to spell out birthday boy’s name on the dessert table
– Darling homemade hot air balloon piñata trimmed in tissue fringe
– Yellow & gray monogrammed paper birthday crown

yellow and gray decorations with patterned bunting and pinwheels

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: The TomKat Studio Shop

The TomKat Studio - $150 Giveaway

Winner update: 9/13/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #309 – JULIA SHULTZ Congrats!

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If you love admiring (and hosting!) super cute parties, then chances are good that you’re already familiar with The TomKat Studio and its founder, Kim. I first “met” Kim when we featured her daughter’s Lollipop birthday party way back in 2009… how time flies!

Several more features (and a few years) later, I’m super excited to bring you a different sort of feature from Kim today: in the form of a whopping $150 SHOPPING SPREE to the new TomKat Studio SHOP!

CELEBRATE IN STYLE

The TomKat Studio SHOP launched earlier this year – and it’s overflowing with so much cute stuff for celebrating in style… from helpful crafting tools and pretty party supplies to stylish plates & napkins and printable party collections (of course!). And with the fall holiday season coming up quick, they just added a slew of cute Halloween party supplies too! Scroll down for a peek at some of their products + details on how to enter the giveaway

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Gourmet {& Stylish!} Summer Grill-Out Party

summer grill-out

Sometimes, the best way to say thanks is to throw a party… I’m definitely on board with that idea! ;) Meredith of MJ Paperie & Party Design styled this fabulous Gourmet Summer Grill-Out for the Downtown South Bend Board of Directors – as a special thank you for all of their support. With a festive and perfect-for-summer palette of aqua & orange + seriously delicious looking food by Chic Eats Catering, I’m guessing this gesture of appreciation was VERY well received! {P.S. This design would also make for a lovely bridal shower or adult birthday!}

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini weber grills used as a pedestals for decor & mouth watering mac-n-cheese!
– Orange dipped wooden utensils (LOVING this trend!)
– Table centerpieces accented with mini “thank you” chalkboards
– Cute custom dry rub favors with labels reading “Spice up your next cookout on us!”

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Navy & Yellow Chevron Party {Graduation + Birthday}

graduation and a birthday party

The new school year is just starting, but if you’re one of those early planners, we’ve already got inspiration for the end! This fantastic Navy & Yellow Chevron Party by Shawna of Event Styling by Shawna Marie is actually a joint graduation party and birthday party – and really – it’s full of great styling inspiration for ANY type of celebration you have coming up. Isn’t the combo drink and dessert station (pictured above) just lovely? Don’t miss the incredibly creative invitations either… Shawna’s got some serious graphic design skills! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rootbeer floats served in mason jars with chevron “YUM” tags
– Die-cut graduation cap cupcake toppers
– Simple & chic blue chevron cake accented with a band of yellow
– Creative backdrop idea: large white frames filled with paper + a chevron bunting overly

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DJ “Jazzy Jad” & The Fresh Prince {80s Hip Hop Party}

DJ Party dessert table with neon garland

Using 80’s hip hop and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air as inspiration, Dina of Deliciously Darling Events whipped up this INCREDIBLE  DJ “Jazzy Jad” & The Fresh Prince themed birthday party for her son Jad, who happens to be a big fan of music and DJs already. And even though this is a third birthday party, I’m pretty sure there are lots of “grown-ups” that would LOVE a little Fresh Prince flair at their party too…myself included! After all, this party looks pretty HOPPIN’! ;)

Sidenote: I thought about trying to rap a clever intro for this party, then quickly realized it would be best to just let the pictures do the talking – although if you’re like me you’ll start to hear Will Smith rapping when you look at them anyways! “Now this is a story all about how my life got flipped, turned upside down …”

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Graffiti “DJ Jazzy Jad” cake with AMAZING fondant work + 3 layers of neon-cakey-goodness!
– Colorful cake pops with (homemade) tiny fondant microphones
– Clever “Tag Your Cupcake” activity with cans of edible dessert spray
– Paper Boom Box garlands & centerpieces + cassette tape lunch boxes
– A “graffiti” wall, DJ dance floor, “Pimp Your Chain” station & more outdoor fun!

Microphone cake pops and boom box cupcake toppers

"Tag Your Cupcake" cupcake decorationg station

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Playful “Beer & Bra” Bachelorette Party Theme

Bachelorette party with beer and bra decorations

Clever party themes always make me so happy! And here’s a perfect example… Aubrey of Bride Meets Wedding crafted this fabulous Beer & Bra Bachelorette Party for all the ladies who prefer sipping ice cold beer to martinis, but still love a feminine touch. I love how this playful bachelorette theme manages to be both a little bit rowdy and a little bit sweet. CHEERS to a great idea!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bra garland + bra “guest book”
– Beer tasting bar with stylish “Rate the Beer” comment cards
– Easy beer bottle centerpieces with fresh garden roses!
– Pink clothespin food labels for a sweet popcorn bar
– Cheeky bra inspired cake pops ;)

Pink and gray bachelorette party invitations

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*CHEERS* to a Happy Labor Day {with Free Printables!}

labor day cocktails + free printables

We thought it would be fun to get in the USA spirit for Labor Day this year, and guess what that means? Yep… FREE Labor Day Party Printables for you to enjoy too!

Scroll down to preview and download our drink flags, cupcake toppers/party circles, and a couple decorative signs featuring Lady Liberty herself toasting the holiday + a Labor Day “agenda” that shouldn’t exactly be tough to follow! ;)

And since party hostesses shouldn’t be logging extra hours on Labor Day either, we kept things easy for the food & drinks too. The cupcakes pictured here are {unabashedly!} store-bought, and the drinks are pour-and-serve Bacardi Classic Cocktails Light Piña Coladas. The color of the piña coladas also ties in quite nicely to the other popular theme for Labor Day – White Parties!

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Soaring to New Heights Party {Back to School Event}

Vintage milk jars with airplane propeller straw flags

In preparation for the upcoming school year, Jen Carver of Banner Events held an adorable (and super clever!) “Soaring to New Heights” party that’s full of great inspiration for an airplane birthday parties too. The coolest part? It was at the local airport! I’m loving the adorable, retro style printables by Birds Party too – how cute are those “Pilot Fuel” labels with the “propeller” straws?!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Boarding pass invitations
– Apples embellished with “In-Flight Snack” stickers + mini suitcases filled with peanuts!
– Flight themed placemats for coloring and “Flying Supplies” for crafting
– super cute 3-D airplane fondant cupcake toppers
– All the kids getting their wings :)

Airplane themed back to school party

Airplane party snack food with sticker printables

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Favorite Detail: DIY Monogram Moss Wreath

summer fairy wreath

I love how girly & gorgeous this Monogram Moss Wreath + Baby’s Breath Pom by Jennifer of Inspiring Giggles turned out! She used it as a backdrop for her Fairy Princess (from the book My Very Own Fairy Tale) inspired dessert table. (Tutorial for Baby’s Breath Pom here.) I can totally picture this being used in a nature inspired party or even just hanging in my room ;)

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Super Cute {Backyard} Winter Camping Party

Winter camp party with an archery target

It’s winter in Australia right now, so Daisy of Leo & Bella created this SUPER CUTE Winter Camping Party for her son Leonardo’s 3rd birthday! And even though the weather’s been nearing triple digits in my neck of the woods lately, the adorable details from this party – including wintry accents like flannel, pinecones, wood textures & the birthday boy’s beanie! – are getting me really excited for the upcoming fall and winter seasons… and for more rustic & nature inspired parties to come!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Woodgrain textured cake + woodgrain washi tape drink wrappers
– Incredible camping inspired sugar cookies in the shape of s’mores, lanterns, bug spray & more
– Clever felt “campfire” + kid size teepee with a “Wipe Yer Paws” sign
– Darling bear cake pops, s’mores kits and mini canteens
– Scavenger hunt activity with adorable “checklist”

Kids camping party with scavenger hunt printables

Campfire and teepee cake toppers and bear cake pops

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Charming Vintage Storybook Birthday Party

Story party dessert table with "Once Upon a Time" Invitation

Inspired by a big oval wooden mirror + her son Logan’s love for reading, Melissa dreamed up this charming Vintage Storybook Birthday Party for his 3rd birthday! Crafty lime & navy decorations, clever themed desserts, and a whimsical photo booth made for one seriously cute “storybook” of a party in the park! There’s great inspiration for a storybook or “once upon a time” themed baby shower here too. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Once Upon a Time…” stamped wooden utensils
– Goldilocks inspired oatmeal porridge cookies in mason jars with chalkboard labels
– DIY vintage scrap fabric bunting banner
– Little Golden Books as party favors, packaged in kraft bags with mini buntings

Mason jars with painted chalkboard labels

Mason jars and cupcakes on mini cupcake stands

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{Patriotic} Red, White & Blue Aussie Party!

Australian party decorations
Patriotic parties aren’t just for designated holidays! And here’s a FANTASTIC example… Lucinda created this beautiful Red, White & Blue Aussie Party (inspired by the Australian flag) for her two sons, who happen to celebrate their birthdays just 3 days apart. Fabulous red, white, and blue desserts and creative decorations were just the beginning… scroll through her full album (link below) to see all the fun had at COOP too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cool birthday cakes with Australian flag inspired cookie toppers
– Vegemite sandwiches + recycled Vegemite jars used as flower vases!
– Berry parfaits served in mini jars embellished with red & white ribbons
– Rainbow swirl “lollies” with kangaroo silhouette labels
– A margarita station (and ice cold Fosters!) for the adults to enjoy ;)

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Dunkin’ Donuts Party Theme {50th Birthday}

dunkin' donuts party with a dessert table

For all my coffee addict friends, this clever party idea is for you! Heather helped celebrate her friend Karen’s 50th Birthday in style with a Dunkin’ Donuts Party Theme full of yummy breakfast style sweets, coffee (of course!), and festive decor in the signature Dunkin’ Donuts palette of bright pink & orange. What a fun & creative way to ring in any coffee-lover’s milestone birthday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dunkin’ Donuts inspired personalized water bottle labels
– Centerpieces featuring bud vases flanked by cute “Family. Friends. Coffee.” mugs
– Photo collage in the shape of “50” as personalized wall art/backdrop
– Hash brown breakfast cups (recipe link below!)
– “Coffee with Karen” bunting + framed pink and orange graphic art

50th birthday party family collage

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{Party 5} Pink Dessert Table, Back to School, Owl Always Love You, Circus Carnival & Toy Story Party

pink lady bird dessert table

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:

– Pink Dessert Table
– Back to School Party
– Owl Always Love You
– Circus Carnival Extravaganza
– Toy Story Party

1. 2nd Birthday Ladybird Themed Dessert Table (pictured above) by Sweet Style

2. Back to School Party by Sweet Threads Clothing Co

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ABC NYC Baby Shower {Big City Inspired}

nyc + abc baby shower diaper cake

If you ♥ big city life, then get ready to fall head over heels for this {super creative and stylish} “ABC NYC Baby Shower“! With the help of Laura Ritchie and her mom, Amanda of Ashley Baber Weddings planned this fabulous baby shower for her sister, Tyler. Mom-to-be happens to work in the fashion industry in New York and had requested a “non-traditional, non-pastel” celebration, which is exactly what her loved ones delivered! They even managed to bring in a touch of fiesta, which was very fitting since the shower was held on Cinco de Mayo. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– AMAZING Cityscape diaper cake with a baby wipe “water tower”
– “I Heart Cereal” Buffet with “Captain Colin Crunch” + “Coo-coo for Colin” cupcakes
– Chinatown Coffee station with NYC napkins
– Colorful paper lanterns, fringed streamers + mexican sodas
– Madison Avenue Mimosas and Statue of Liberty green beans

nyc invitation for a baby shower on cinco de mayo

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Super Cute WALL-E Inspired Birthday Party

wall-e birthday party dessert table

Here’s a great way to incorporate sustainability & eco-friendliness into your parties: just invite WALL-E! Jenny of Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line did exactly that… and included some {ridiculously cute and clever} desserts, decorations & activities inspired by key elements from the movie to bring this amazing WALL-E Birthday Party to life! This adorable party could easily be used for a creative Earth Day Celebration too.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Plant Sample” sunflower sprouts as party favors
– Incredibly realistic WALL-E & Eve sugar cookies & earth cookies
– Robot Trash Pick Up Game with robot arm favors
– “Eve” lollipops that are way too cute to eat! ;)
– A dessert table backdrop that doubled as a photo booth for pictures with WALL-E!

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Creative Back to School Party Ideas {+ FREE Printables}

back to school chalkboards

Who doesn’t love free printables, right? ;) Amanda’s Party To Go always has colorful and fun themes to choose from, and Cris of Crissy’s Crafts is sharing some beyond-creative Back To School Party Ideas featuring Amanda’s FREE Back to School Printables! Cris really is super crafty (hello, Twizzler pencils and grape “bookworms”!). If you haven’t seen her work yet, you’re in for a treat today…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Twister “Pencils”, StackerMallow “Erasers” & Marshmallow Confetti “Chalk”
– Adorable bookworm cupcake toppers +DIY crayon cupcake stands
– Chalk placemats for tic tac toe
– Free school bus box printables used as holders for red apple cake pops

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Creative Back to School “Book Worm” Bash

back to school party book word cupcake toppers

It’s hard to believe that summer is already winding down… and that school will be here before we know it! Here’s something that should help get your little ones excited for all the new adventures the school year will bring…

Giggles Galore dreamed up this incredibly creative Back to School “Book Worm” Bash, featuring adorable decorations and school inspired sweets. I’m especially loving all the clever ways she incorporated “apples” into the mix – from fondant apples and apple cake pops to treat containers topped with leaves and stems! There’s some great inspiration here for (edible) teacher appreciation gifts too. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable fondant apple and book worm cupcake toppers
– HUGE flashcards for a fun “Class Photo” party prop (or for those special first day of school pics!)
A healthy lunch with fruit cups & applesauce inside a brown bag “school lunch”
– “Apple” containers filled with red jelly beans + a paper leaf and stick “stem” sprouting from the top

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{Cute + Crafty} Whale Themed Birthday Party

whale party dessert table

This super cute Whale Themed Birthday Party is full of so many darling, crafty details! And speaking of crafty, Keli of I Love Valentina brought this celebration to life for her daughter’s 2nd birthday and literally made everything herself – from the adorable plush whales and googly-eyed whale dessert toppers to the equally creative desserts themselves. The level of detail here is seriously impressive… it seems like I catch something new every time I look through the pictures. You can definitely tell this party was a labor of love!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable sewn plush whales with cute little bows!
– Layered jello cups adorned with “V”s for Valentina
– Super cute scalloped plates embellished with die-cut whales
– Mini DIY bunting propped up with polka dot straws

fabric whale party invitation

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Fresh & Modern Summer Lemonade Stand Party

summer lemonade stand

Looking to SQUEEZE every ounce of summer in before school starts? Andressa of Twinkle Twinkle Little Party whipped up a sweet Summer Lemonade Stand Theme that’s filled with fresh-squeezed styling inspiration and clever treats like pinwheel cookie pops and fondant coin-topped cupcakes. And those are definitely a steal at only “25¢” a pop! ;) This is a wonderful theme for a kids birthday party or any end-of-summer soirée!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

–  An adorable, homemade wooden lemonade stand!
– Lemon & lime “slice” sugar cookies and cupcakes topped with fondant coins
– Mini, fabric-topped jar favors filled with lemon drop candies
– Twine bows & paper pinwheels and buntings to dress it all up!

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{Modern Elegance} Lilac & Gray Baby Shower

scrabble tiles for a sweet baby shower

I always love seeing sweet sayings displayed creatively at baby showers… it definitely adds a sentimental touch! This Modern Lilac & Gray Baby Shower from Christina Clark Events is a perfect example – it’s full of lovely framed messages and sweet words spelled out “scrabble style”… not to mention a beautiful mix of “baby softness” and elegance!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

–  Sweet “mommy to be” chair back decoration
– Soft & fluffy floral arrangements displayed in sleek silver vases
– Invitations embellished with lace & menus embellished with paper doilies
– “Baby” Bellini’s + purple ombre ruffle cake with “Baby” bunting
– Chalkboard well wishes for photo booth prop/activity

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Love Shack Luau Party (10 Year Anniversary)

love shack luau party

Iris & Chris of Sweet Metel Moments recently celebrated their 10 year anniversary in paradise style! Inspired by their love of the beach, they hosted a colorful Love Shack Luau Party (so clever!). Iris designed an adorable set of surfboard and hibiscus adorned printables for the party, which is full of great inspiration for any Luau themed celebration. (BTW – I’m a big fan of milestone anniversary celebrations… you might remember the crazy Hangover Party Sonny and I hosted for our own 10 year a while back!) :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful grocery-store-bought tier cake embellished with silk orchids ($30 total!)
– DIY flower & rhinestone embellished snack cups (with a link to the tutorial from Iris!)
 Starfish sugar cookie party favors and leis for each guest

love shack anniversary party tablescape

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Fabulous “Fuzzy Monster” First Birthday Party

monster dessert table ideas

Get ready for a serious dose of CUTE! This bright & cheery FUZZY MONSTER Party has been invaded by tons of adorable, googly-eyed monsters… and there’s no need to worry about these guys scaring away your guests! Jaime incorporated so many fun details into her son’s monster themed first birthday party – from a yummy taco bar, fun activities, and “furry” decor to crazy treats that have their EYE(S) on you. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– AMAZING invitations with adorable graphics & a QR code!
– “Rawr!!!” Milk bottles with orange chevron wrappers & blue striped straws
– Pinwheel centerpieces with fuzzy orange “monster fur” bases
– Monster munchies, googely eyeball cake pops & sugar cookies
– Make your own monster mask station

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{Huge Giveaway} Win TWO Canon Rebel T3 Cameras!

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Love taking great photos? Well, this just might be your lucky day, because the prizes in this EXTRA FANTASTIC giveaway should definitely bring on some SMILES!

GRAND PRIZE:
The winner gets not one, but TWO Canon Rebel Cameras! Read all about this awesome (and expensive) camera HERE. This means one camera for yourself AND one camera to give away to a friend or family member! I’m pretty sure the look on your loved one’s face will act as a “bonus prize” in itself too. ;)

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In addition to the grand prize winner, THREE lucky people will receive $100 Visa Gift Cards to spend however they please. Happy shopping! (more…)

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{Preppy & Modern} Neverland Pirates Party

pirate party dessert table

It’s a pirate’s life for me… at least if it looks like THIS that is! ;) Fondant queen Charynn of Two Sugar Babies and party guru Kelly from The Party Dress teamed up to create this fabulous Preppy Neverland Pirate Party for Charynn’s son, who requested a Jake and the Neverland Pirates theme for his birthday. The contemporary skull-and-crossbone and “wavy stripe” patterns were such a great choice for this modern spin on pirate parties!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “X” marks the spot… on the fondant “treasure map” brownie toppers!
– Playful treats like Tinkerbell Iced Tea & shimmery fondant gold skulls
– Activities like Captain Hook’s ring toss + a treasure hunt dig!
– “Ship in a bottle” inspired buffet decorations featuring toy hooks, pirate ships & more

pirate Neverland ship wall decor

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The Look For Less: Back to School Party Design Challenge

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back to school sweets table with space themed sweets

{HWTM contributor Tonya Coleman of Soireé Event Design here!} In this month’s post, I challenged my friend, Michelle Burt, owner of Maddycakes Muse (a DIY craft blog) to join me in bringing you not just one, but TWO “Budget Chic” parties!

THE CHALLENGE: 1 WEEK + 1 THEME + 1 BUDGET + 1 STORE

We both had just one week to use $100 to pull together our Budget Chic “Back to School” party design for four guests while shopping in just one store. Michelle chose to shop in Dollar Tree and I chose to shop in Target. We could interpret the “Back to School” theme any way we wanted! It’s so exciting to see what creative ideas two different designers with two different styles and specialties come up with when given the same challenge! Be sure to go to the end of the post to see our budget breakdown.

THEME INSPIRATION

Michelle created a Back to School “School is a Blast!” Theme where she incorporated space elements to create a really cool and fun party! Michelle says, “I had no idea what direction I was going for the Back to School challenge until I saw the Planet Wall stickers at Dollar Tree. I immediately thought of “School is a Blast!” as my theme.

And that’s ironic, because the same thing happened to me while in Target. I came across a notebook that had drawings all over it and thought about my 9 year old daughter who draws constantly… and knew right away a Back to School “Doodle Party” would be my theme!

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Vintage Carnival Birthday Party {Nostalgic Fun!}

carnival birthday party dessert table

Carnival/Circus inspired themes hold a special place in my heart, so this incredibly stylish Vintage Carnival Birthday Party has me smitten… not to mention craving french fries and caramel corn! ;)  From fabulous paper details and nostalgic decor to creative treats, costumes, and activities, Lyndsey from LuLu’s Party Designs did a great job bringing this “backyard carnival” to life for her oldest son and daughter, who happen to celebrate birthdays just 3 days apart.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Felt “Hanging Monkey” felt dessert table decoration
– “Patches the Clown” cookie jar, straw flags & a magic show from Patches himself!
– Watermelon, hot dogs, french fries, caramel apples & other “carny” style eats
– Matching birthday outfits (including an adorable little bow tie!)
– A petting zoo and photo booth for classic state fair style fun

clown straw flags

carny love sign

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