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{Party of 5} Halloween Party, Beachy Pink Picnic, Hello Kitty Pool Party, Back to School & Pink Bridal Shower

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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:

– Halloween Housewarming Party
– Beachy Pink Birthday Picnic
– Hello Kitty Pool Party
– Back to School Party
– Pink & Red Bridal Shower

1. Haunted Halloween Housewarming (pictured above) by Deliciously Darling Events

2. Picnic Party on the Beach by Alison Salcedo 

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Cool Vintage Nautical Birthday Bash

Nautical themed dessert table

Okay… if you don’t like this party be ready to walk to the plank. ;) Stephanie of Spaceships and Laser Beams styled this Nautical Birthday Bash for her nephew’s birthday. She did a great job with tying all of the elements together in this strictly “BOYS ONLY” party – from the fun “Nautical Knots” to the patterned “Happy Birthday” bunting & graphic backdrop!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…..

– “Grog” water bottle wrappers
– Gingham & stripe patterned nautical themed printables
– Graphic paper octopus and ship cupcake wrappers
– Delicious “Nautical Knot” + “Lemon Sand Dollar” cookies
– Orange Basil Vanilla cake with sugar sand & gingham ship flag toppers

Printable cupcake wrappers

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“Beary Cute” Brown Bear Birthday Party

Brown bear themed party invitations

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? I see a birthday party where everyone should be! Jennifer of Little Black Press designed this “beary cute” Brown Bear Party for her daughter Caroline’s 2nd birthday. Isn’t her party shirt just adorable? (Plus that smile & cute bear cake topper!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– 12 colorful fondant animal cupcake toppers!
– Brown bear book inspired napkin and water bottle wrappers
– Orange favor buckets & personalized rainbow stripe party hats
– Colorful pinwheel garland over themed party wall decals
– “Hear, Read, Color & Play” activity stations

Printable napkin wrappers

Cupcakes with animal fondant toppers

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Sweet Georgia Peach Party {First Birthday}

georgia peach themed party decorations

Sweet, delicious, and bursting with creative JUICE… that’s the perfect way to describe this downright dreamy Georgia Peach Party that Carrie styled for her daughter’s first birthday! And could there BE a more perfect theme choice for little Georgia?! ;) From the flower embellished mason jars to the rustic banner + window pane backdrop, this first birthday is warm and welcoming with it’s vintage southern charm!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Sweet ruffled peach smash cake + one adorably messy baby ;)
– Cupcakes topped with peach cream frosting & fresh peach slices
– Ruffled crepe paper wrapped mason jars for a fun Korean Dol inspired activity
– All this cuteness for 35 people… pulled off for under $200!

Peach cupcakes

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Beautiful “Burlap & Buttons” High Tea Party

Tea party floral decorations and sweet treats

Inspired by Anthropolgie and high tea style, Natalie of Events by Nat designed this gorgeous Burlap & Burgundy High Tea Party. I love how she paired elegant details like ruffle fondant flowers and classic tea china with more casual elements like burlap, buttons, and natural wood boxes. This beautiful and downright charming look would work well for everything from weddings and bridal showers to milestone birthday parties!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Savory tea sandwiches with tied playful button & rose accents
– Floral vintage dishes with gold trim
– Pink ombre petite cakes & cupcakes with romantic ruffled fondant flowers
– Burlap covered “Eat Me” labels with burgundy buttons

Ham and chutney tea sandwhiches

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Totally Rad 80’s Bridal Shower {Neon & Lace!}

80s bridal shower decorations and totally rad cupcake toppers

This Totally Rad 80’s Bridal Shower is bound to give you a “Total Eclipse of the Heart!”. Channeling Madonna, Jeannette Rivas of J. At Your Serviceperfectly paired an electric 80’s color palette with just the right amount of glitz and glam. From a Twinkie Tower to a Polaroid photobooth and a spritz of Aquanet, this shower is bound to make any bride PSYCHED about her big day! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Neon tablescape with colorful sunglasses used for napkin rings
– DIY crepe paper “wedding bells”
– Party guests decked out in their favorite 80’s gear
– An 80’s twist on a classic party game: “Pin the Bow on Madonna!”
– Chalkboard painted wine glasses with diamond ring drink charms

80s themed dessert table and bridal shower cupcakes

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The Look For Less: Girly Circus {+ Giveaway}

girly circus birthday party
{HWTM contributor Tonya Coleman of Soireé Event Design here}, and I’m back with a Girly Circus inspired “Look for Less”, guest post where I share with you my tips on how you can have a fabulous, high-end looking party for less!

GOING CUSTOM: HIGH END VS. BUDGET CHIC

All the rage right now are parties that feature custom items that have been created by designers that match the party’s printables exactly… from the guest of honor wearing a custom-designed outfit to favor boxes to cakes. Today I’ll show you two different takes on the same party theme – a high-end designer version and a Budget Chic version – both featuring custom elements created from my new printables collection: “Girly Circus!”  And be sure to see the end of the post for a fabulous “Girly Circus Party for 8” GIVEAWAY!

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Charming UP Movie Inspired Kids Birthday Party

up balloon cake

Prepare to get carried UP, UP, and away with the many charming details in this UP Inspired Birthday Party & photo shoot! Majell of Majell del Castillo Events did such a great job bringing the sweetness of the movie to life through everything from the vintage outfits to the colorful treats. P.S. Find more Up party inspiration here (kids birthday) and here (themed wedding proposal).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Airline tickets to Paradise Falls as clever invitations
– White paper mailboxes for place cards
– Carl and Ellie house with giant “balloon bunch” made from macarons
– Globe cake pops, cherry pies & cupcakes topped with balloon bunches
– Grape soda badge as an added bonus to the adorable, kid-size Carl outfit!

UP movie inspired dessert table

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Modern “Glam-o-ween” Halloween Party

halloween party glam theme

What little girl wouldn’t love to celebrate Halloween with a more “glam” color pallette?  Glam loving guests will be in for a “treat” when you toss out the orange and black and bring in purple, lime and pinks.  HWTM Contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff, here to share a fa-boo-lous Glam-o-een Party.  {Glam + Halloween = Glam-o-ween}.   (This theme would also make a great party theme for girls celebrating birthdays in October!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chocolate skeleton bones favors
– Bat marshmallow pops in baskets of popcorn
– Laser cut pink paper chandelier decor
– Precious glam witch costume with a glamorous purple pointy hat!

modern halloween party with a glamorous glitter cake

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“Sweet Sailor” Nautical First Birthday {Navy & Pink}

GIrly sailor birthday party desserts

Christine’s darling nautical themed party for her daughter’s first birthday is seriously the sweetness! Pretty details like pink lemonade with blueberries, a precious pink cloud photo prop, & soft pink hearts put such a lovely, feminine twist on this popular theme. (So fun to see my printable sweets sign in there too!) And from the rock candy to the “sandy” marshmallow pops, the treats at this Sailor Birthday set the course for “sweet” sailing into the year to come! P.S. This look would also be perfect for a nautical bridal shower!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable white birthday cake with fondant anchor, rope & soft pink hearts!
– Navy & white striped dessert table skirt + burlap table topper
– Handmade fabric pendant bunting banner
– A simple & sweet smash cake with pink & navy bunting
– Starfish, anchors & drift wood decor accents

Anchor and heart cake

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Playful {Polka Dots} Monkey Birthday Party

yellow and red monkey inspired birthday

This Monkey Birthday Party is ridiculously cute… not to mention as fun and playful as a barrel full of monkeys – just check out the party favors! ;) Hayden’s 1st birthday party was designed by mom, Alexis of Alexis Campbell Event Styling. Full of red and white polka dot decor, fun lunch box place settings and monkey face sweet treats, this party is sure to make you go BANANAS!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Red and yellow polka dot birthday cake with fondant monkey topper
– Adorable dessert table “curtains” backdrop and ruffled streamer accents
– Cheerful yellow and white flowers displayed in yarn wrapped mason jars
– Handmade party hats embellished with rick rack and paper rosettes
– Playful “barrel of monkeys” party favors

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Vintage Farmer’s Market Birthday Party

berry sugar cookies

This Farmer’s Market Party is downright delicious in every way! With all the beautiful desserts and fresh fruits, Lyndsey of LuLu’s harvested the perfect birthday celebration for her little Ede, who inspired this party with her naturally sweet personality.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Greens Cupcake Planter with vibrant lettuce head & pea pod cupcake toppers
– Kid’s “market shopping” activity with the cutest felt fruit & veggie plushies!
– DIY Carrot Shaped Cupcakes + Fresh Market Stand inspired by this post
– “Plant a Seed” party favors (with hidden baby announcements!)
– Floral & gingham shabby chic printables

veggie cupcake toppers

Farmers market shopping list printable

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Back to School Party Picnic & Book Exchange

Back to school dessert table with "Keep Calm and Read On" printables

Now here’s a clever way to your kids excited about learning: celebrate back to school with a Picnic & Book Exchange Party! I love the direction Kara of Lillian Hope Designs took for this back to school party… a book exchange is a great way to share favorite summer reads with friends and reconnect with classmates from the past school year. {This party is also full of great inspiration for teacher appreciation gifts or a schoolhouse themed bash at any time of year!}

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Scholastically inspired fondant chalkboard and A+ paper
– “Keep Calm and Read On” Signs with apples & notebook paper lines
– Library card style invitations + brown bag picnic lunch embellished with cute tags
– Make own bookmark station!

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{Party of 5} Blast Back to School, Seattle Shower, Kids Halloween, Lemonade Party & Rainbow Birthday

blast off back to school 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:

– Blast Back to School
– Seattle Inspired Gender Neutral Baby Shower
– Kids Halloween Party
– Strawberries & Lemonade Party
– Rainbow Birthday Party

1. Blast Back to School! (pictured above) by Gwynn Wasson Designs

2. Seattle Themed Gender Neutral Baby Shower by BellwetherEvents

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{Super Chic!} Retro Pink Flamingo Pool Party

retro pink flamingo dessert table

This stylish & retro Pink Flamingo Pool Party is one of those parties that makes me all kinds of HAPPY… unique theme, fabulous paper graphics & styling, amazing cake, glistening pool, sparkly pink drinks – what’s not to love?! ;) It also happens to be a joint birthday for two best friends… as dreamed up and styled by their {very talented} moms: Leanne of Sweet Style and Natasha, who did the stationery graphics. What a great visual reminder to treasure these last days of warm weather, sun & outdoor fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink ombre cake ball tower
– Scalloped blue ombre printables + an amazing flamingo-topped cake to match!
– Adorable photo booth pictures with a retro striped backdrop
– Soft pink cake stands & decorative glass jars holding pink sweets galore
– A vintage “ice cream bar” filled with clever cupcake-y treats (No melting!)

pink flamingo pool party ideas

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Fantastic Modern Magic Birthday Party {Purple Chevron}

Magic hat birthday cake

Ta Da! Get ready to be wowed by this fantastic Modern Magic Party that Kelly of Eventology Weddings whipped up for her daughter’s 6th birthday. From Presto Popcorn and sparklers in the cake to lots of purple (the birthday girls’ favorite color) no magical detail was left undone! And – all decked out with caps, wands, and top hats – these magicians-in-training look ready and eager to pull a rabbit out of their hats…. or out of the cake at least! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Inflate & Celebrate” balloon invitations – already setting the tone for a magical party!
– Magician’s rabbit birthday cake with fondant silver stars and sparklers
– Upside down top hat centerpieces with purple flowers & silver curly ting ting
– Abracadabra cupcakes, presto popcorn & “Magic Potion #6” drinks

Magic themed table decorations

Purple chevron favors

Rabbit out of the hat cookies

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Spooky “Black Cat Ball” {Kids Halloween Party}

Black Cat Ball themed Halloween party

The traditional black and orange palette with bright pops of vibrant purple and just the right amount of “spooky glam” takes this kids Halloween party to the next level! Paula of Frog Prince Paperie wanted to do something a little different for Halloween this year and dreamed up this “kid fancy”, glitzy Black Cat Ball! I am totally in love with those printed paper “pedestals” used for the big feather arrangements… and the stunning printed drapes and frames are the perfect “costume” for those ominous black walls, don’t you think? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS, to look out for:

– SPOOKtacular treats like ghost meringues & fish skeleton cookies
– “Beta Carotene Brooms” – (aka carrot sticks served in mini cauldrons of ranch dressing!)
– Purple feathers in white vases on “bone” pedestals
– Mini push cakes topped with edible black cats
– Butterscotch pumpkin mousse served in tiny martini glasses

Fish Bone decorated sugar cookies with Happy Halloween Printable favor bag

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Charming Mary Poppins Baby Shower {+ Penguins!}

Mary Poppins "Jolly Holiday" inspired dessert table with hydrangea centerpiece

David and Drexelle of D. Park Photography could not have been more excited to find out they were expecting their first baby… and in order to properly celebrate the joyous occasion, they planned this charming (and beautiful!) Jolly Holiday inspired Mary Poppins Baby Shower! With all the playful penguin & parasol decor, who wouldn’t have a great time celebrating such a magical moment? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Candy apple “penguins” – SO CUTE! :)
– Penguin shaped welcome signs and drink station details
– Super fun “Daddy Knows Best” game! (explained below)
– Vintage Mary Poppins book cover inspired stationery set
– Fondant parasol and bow cupcake toppers + flower truffle pops

Mary Poppins themed outfit with red and white penguin boutonniere

Mary Poppins penguin welcome sign

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Chic “Mossy Garden” First Birthday Party

Mossy garden themed first birthday with moss covered decorations and mini cupcake tree swing

Little Lola celebrated her first birthday with a sweet & rustic Mossy Garden Themed Partylooking absolutely darling in her pigtails and homemade lacy birthday crown, I might add! Mom (Jennifer of Dear Lillie) crafted everything from the desserts to the decorations – including the super cute mossy birdhouse and amazing cupcake tree swing!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Charming little DIY white lace crown for the birthday girl
– A mini “tree swing” (fashioned from wood and twine) used as a cupcake display
– Giant monogram “L” made with cupcake liners
– Baby’s breath poms & a moss covered birdhouse

Birthday girl with DIY lace birthday crown

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Curious George Inspired “Bananas & Bow Ties” Birthday

banana birthday cake with banana cake topper

Get ready to go BANANAS over this super cute party! Thanks to mom Cara of One Swell Studio, Hudson celebrated his second birthday in style with a playful Curious George Party filled to the [yellow hat] brim with bananas and bow ties. Inspired by the classic color palette, Cara brought this stylish party to life in bright yellow and red (with hints of pale blue), but if you’re looking an even girlier spin on this theme, check out Curious Cami’s Birthday too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Playful stripes and polka dots everywhere – from the treat cups & backdrop to the printables
– Glass milk bottles embellished with fabric bow ties
– Instructions for guests to RSVP to the “Mom in the Yellow Hat”
– Homemade banana shaped smash cake + a banana split bar!

curious george inspired birthday party with red and yellow dessert table

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Simple + Modern + Fun = “Numbers” Party Theme!

Number Birthday Party with paper number cut-outs

If you’re a fan of outside-the-box party themes, Hayley of Mouse House Creations has a fun ONE for you! Her 5 year old loves numbers, so she dreamed up this super cute, colorful, and fun Numbers Party! This is a great theme idea for young kids learning to count… or even for a creative baby shower with a “countdown” spin. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Paper numbers hanging from every chandelier in the house + the fireplace mantle!
– Water bottle labels with different numbers for each guest
– A giant 5 cake with multi color number candles
– Number & polka dot banner & chocolate bar wrappers

Water bottle numbered printables and 5th birthday shirt

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Photography Tips: Capturing “Golden Hour Moments”

Outdoor Photography Tips from Jen CYK - Golden Hour Moments

Happy summer everyone! I hope you have enjoyed these days to their fullest! This is Jen from Jen CYK Photographyand I’m back {as a new contributor, check out my about me page!} to inspire you to take some beautiful pictures as this season winds down.

Who doesn’t love glorious summer evenings? It stays light out super late. It stays warm out all night. And there’s a sweet glow in the sky that cannot be duplicated. With all of these elements, let me inspire you to get outside, and take some pictures, during the Beautiful Moments At Golden Hour!

Pictures At Golden Hour

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