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Simple & Sweet American Girl Birthday Party

american girl dessert table

Kristi of SaucyPants knows how to make a party simple enough for the crafters, fun for the guests & impressive to everyone! Her American Girl Birthday Party is simple & sweet with meringue desserts, a pink & blue kids tablescape on the patio + a fun shared playlist with favorites like Justin Bieber & Carly Rae ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Skewered tater tots, mac-n-cheese cups & star shaped grilled cheese sandwiches
– Pink confetti utensils, blue decorative plates & pink name cards with butterflies
– A personalized welcome sign and flip flop favors for each guest
– A white cake with red stars and a pretty blue ribbon

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“A Hole in One” Par-tee {Golf First Birthday}

golf partee for a first birthday party

Welcome to Mate’s Pro Shop! A Golf First Birthday by Tania of Totful Memories for her nephew was “A Hole in One!” Don’t miss the golf cookies resting on a bed of green, preppy stripe and argyle patterns and exciting “pro shop giveaways” with water bottles, towels & visors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A hole in one green birthday cake on a white stand tied with navy ribbon
– Club sandwiches with golf tee “toothpicks”
– “Par-tee time!” cupcake toppers with blue and green argyle

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Clever “Eye See You” Eyeball Halloween Ideas

eyeball halloween ideas

Thanks to the talented Jennifer of BellaGrey Designs, we have a bunch of fun & creative Eyeball Halloween Ideas to share that are totally affordable and easy to make! Bright colors mixed with stark black really make it all pop, and simple cupcakes & candy favors don’t force extra sweets on the already treat filled night. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clear candlestick holders elevate giant styrofoam eyeballs in neon yellow & purple
– Black candelabras, spooky tree branches & a black tattered curtain backdrop
– Cupcakes displayed on a black serving platter covered in googly eyeballs

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Modern & Whimsical Peacock Quinceañeara

teal and gold napkin wraps

Unique Design Studios captured this {totally glam} Modern & Whimsical Peacock Quinceañeara created for Madison’s special day! Everything from the rich jewel toned colors and striking entertainment to the colorful treats on the candy bar reflect birthday girl’s favorite bird… a sentiment she shares with many others! For more peacock inspired events, go here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Modern peacock motif on the candy buffet + cool monogram lamps
– A grand birthday girl entrance with Cirque dancers
– Dramatic purple & white tablescapes with peacock feather centerpieces
– Turquoise napkins creatively embellished with ribbon
– AMAZING peacock cake embellished with feathers and sparkle

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Woodsy Little Red Riding Hood Baby Shower

Big Bad Wolf fondant cupcake topper

Why Grandmother, what big eyes you have! All the better to see this ADORABLE party with, my dear. ;) Jen of Banner Events styled this charming Little Red Riding Hood Baby Shower for her friend and mom-to-be, and from the intricate pressed fondant cake decorations to the “Sweet Little Wishes” guest activity, no detail was over looked!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Little Red Riding Hood dessert table with red gingham, moss & woodsy decor
– “Grandma’s Cookies”, including squirrels, mushrooms & red riding hood herself!
– “Sweet Little Wishes” activity with hang tags for personal messages
– Mini picnic basket favors + custom Little Red Riding Hood onesies

Little red riding hood baby shower

birthday onesie

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Sparkly & Colorful Kids Chevron Halloween Party

Halloween dessert table

Sparkles, spiders & chevron stripes make up this adorable Kids Chevron Halloween Party by I DO invitations by Michelle! From cute Halloween dresses and witch hat cookies to homemade spiders crafted from pom poms & pipe cleaners, Michelle is truly bubbling over with creative ideas! And for more inspiration, check out her Colorful Kid’s Halloween Theme from last year. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Creepy” + “Eek” glittered signs
– “I love my mummy” party flags
– Spooky Mummy  & skeleton marshmallow pops
– Kids halloween outfits in chevron with adorable coordinating fabric flower headbands
– Paper rosette bunting + fabric and paper fringed streamers!

Mummy skeleton marshmallow pops

Pumpkin cookies

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Witch Themed Toil & Trouble Halloween Snack Table

Witch themed Halloween table with salty snacks

Toil & Trouble Snack Table with skull decor and cauldron filled with popcorn

Hi everyone, it’s Jessica from Pen N’ Paperflowers, here to share with you a Toil & Trouble witch-themed table I designed for Halloween!  You won’t find many “treats” on this festive table…it’s all “tricked” out with salty snacks to balance out the sugary sweets this holiday season ushers in.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Simple grab-and-go salty snacks – no sweets.
– Apothecary jars labeled with wickedly-clever concoctions & terrifying tinctures (Download the FREE printables)
– Vintage wire whisk, antique book and candelabra used for decor accents
– DIY Tissue Paper Water Bottle Wraps (see tutorial here)
– Bewitching Black Magic DIY Book Cover (tutorial here)

Witch themed Halloween Table with apothecary jars displayed

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Classic Sock Monkey Birthday Party {with a Modern Twist}

sock monkey birthday party

Planning is often done way in advance, but with an out of state move in the mix, Tabitha of FreshMommyBlog pulled together an amazing Sock Monkey Birthday Party for her own “little monkey” in just two weeks! And between the stylish decorations, classic-meets-modern printables by Luvalexa, and delicious themed treats like Banana Creme Nutella cupcakes, you’d never guess this celebration was a quick-turn project at all! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Barrel Roll” sandwiches, a build your own cupcake bar, & chocolate monkey milk!
– Adorable costume for the birthday boy (monkey ears, tail, & color coordinating tie onesie!)
– Make your own “Monkey Munch” cookie mix favors
– Banana Creme and Nutella cupcakes in mini jars
– Bottled water displayed in a red wagon “cooler”

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HomeGoods Instagram “Devilish Decor” Photo Challenge

HomeGoods Halloween Instagram Contest

I’m so excited to share this new Halloween contest with you today… HomeGoods just kicked off a fun “Devilish Decor” Photo Challenge on Instagram – and the grand prize is a whopping $500 SHOPPING SPREE! That’s right… just think of all the fun you could have with $500 at HomeGoods!


To enter, simply post a photo to Instagram showcasing your own creative twist on Halloween decor, and be sure to include #HomeGoodsHalloween in the caption of each photo. {See the current entries here.} HomeGoods will select one photo as a finalist each weekday from now until October 28th, and the $500 shopping spree winner will be selected from those finalists by………. yours truly. ;) Click here for more details. Can’t wait to see what delightfully creepy ideas you’ve got up your sleeve! (more…)

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Clever “Pirate Ship” Dessert Table {Kids Birthday}

pirate ship dessert table

Skulls, masted ships and treasure can only mean one thing… a Pirate Party! Debbie of Wants and Wishes called on Captain Austin’s crew to sail the seas and plunder all the tasty sweets on this fabulous dessert-table-turned-pirate-ship. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini “pirate ships” fashioned from cupcake wrappers & loaded with “gold bars”
– Food labels cleverly displayed on glass bottles turned sideways
– “Cherry canon balls” & printable treasure chests filled with (chewy!) treasure

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Vintage Zombie Party {+ Monster Munch Recipe}

Zombie Halloween Party

Inspired by vintage movie posters, Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio styled this fabulous Zombie Party  – complete with FREE printables and a “Monster Munch” party snack recipe to share with everyone! From deliciously ghoulish sugar cookies to super creative zombie mousse, graveyard stones and more, Gretchen definitely breathed new life into this theme of the living dead. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for… 

– “I heart Zombies” party printables (free download after the jump!)
– Creepy eyeball cake pops stabbed with forks
– Vintage zombie movie posters
– “Living Dead Cupcakes” with tombstone toppers and mounds of “dirt”
– Zombie Monster Munch party snack recipe!

Zombie party mix snack

Zombie party printables


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Photography Tips: Capturing Kids’ Milestone Moments

diy photo tips for kids milestone moments

Fall is here! Can you believe it? With all of the holidays that are guaranteed to keep all you crafters & hostesses going for months on end, I’m here to remind you not to forget about your own holidays!

Hello, it’s me, Jen Hrycyk, your resident photographer. Today I want to give you a few tips for creating some simple (but fun) pictures on your own, when it comes to Capturing Your Kid’s Milestone Moments!

Birthday Photography Tips from Jen CYK - Kids Milestone Moments

Birthday Photography Tips from Jen CYK - Kids Milestone Moments


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Playful “Row Your Boat” First Birthday Party

diy cardboard boat first birthday photo booth

All aboard the S.S. Scarlett (a.k.a. crafted cardboard photo booth ship!) for a playful “Row Your Boat” Inspired First Birthday Party with a mix of homemade decorations (made by mommy, Terra & best friend Janice of Bellwether Events) and professional elements like the adorable sail boat topped cake by Charm City Cakes!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute DIY life saver “door wreath” made from yellow & white yarn
– “Gone Fishing” orange slice sailboats swimming in seas of blue jello!
– Bunting banner food labels, party decor & fondant cake decorations
– Felt polka dot party hat for the birthday girl!
– Hand crafted anchor for the S.S. Scarlett ship “photo booth”

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Retro Rainbow Baby Shower {Part 2 – Dessert Table}

retro rainbow baby shower dessert table

I’m excited to share Part 2 of my Retro Rainbow Baby Shower theme today! This is the dessert table that matches the Tablescape & Party Decor posted earlier.

All of the desserts are homemade or “semi homemade” using store-bought ingredients like Mother’s Taffy Cookies and candy buttons. The tilted jello parfaits (inspired by this DIY from Loralee Lewis) matched the color blocked “BABY” letters so well and were my favorite edible detail! All of the printables from this theme are available as Instant Downloads in my Etsy shop. I really had fun with this one and hope you love it too. :)

PARTY HIGHTLIGHTS to look out for…

– DIY “Disco Baby” roller skates embellished with sequins & buttons
– Vases embellished with candy buttons (basically huge candy dots!)
– Tilted Jello Parfaits with chevron stamped spoons from Sucre Shop
– Store-bought cookies dressed up with edible gold spray paint & candy buttons
– Color blocked wooden letters and shadow box stands
– Cloud shaped candy labels displayed in mini glittered baby bottles

retro rainbow baby shower printables from hwtm

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Tinkerbell & Peter Pan Birthday Party {Boy/Girl}

peter pan cake pops

This enchanting celebration has an extra special twist… it’s a joint birthday party starring Peter Pan AND Tinkerbell! Alexandra of Enchanted Events & Design made sure this creative party had a little something for everyone by incorporating sweet fairy elements & pixie dust for the girls and pirate-style adventure for the boys. Read on for all the charming details and playful activities in this combo Tinkerbell & Peter Pan Birthday Party.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Lost Boys treehouse style dessert table with a “canopy” overhead
– Themed activities like a pirate ship water table and pixie dust station with colored sand
– Powdered donuts topped with pink Tinkerbell and green Peter Pan paper silhouettes
– “Fairy Catching Kit” party favors
– A visit from Peter Pan and Tinkerbell!

tinker bell dessert table

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{Super Clever} Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Party

halloween glow in the dark party

This spooky halloween setup is so clever it just glows… in the dark that is! Nikki of Tikkido dreamed up this ghoulish Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Party (as featured in Festivities Magazine) showing it with the lights on  – and OFF! Scroll down to check out all the fun DIY elements and creative ways to brighten up your holiday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Haunted portrait gallery cookies (see them change in the dark!)
– A glowing chandelier, cupcake platter & ectoplasmic pudding
– Trick or Treat drink station with witches cauldrons + a creepy leafless tree cut out
– Skeleton arm cupcake toppers with “Let the Ghoul Times Roll” Printables

black light halloween table

black light halloween party

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{Party of 5} Lalaloopsy, Vintage Cowgirl, Sweet Peach Baby Shower, Mermaid Party & Moroccan Midnight Affair


Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– Lalaloopsy Birthday Party
– Pink Vintage Cowgirl Birthday
– Sweet as a Peach Baby Shower
– Mermaid Party
– Moroccan Midnight Affair

1. Lalaloopsy Birthday Party (pictured above) by SugarSweet

2. Vintage Cowgirl Birthday Party by tania ~ totful memories

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Bright & HAPPY Little Miss Sunshine Party

little miss sunshine dessert table

Welcome to the Sunshine House… a.k.a. Carina’s Little Miss Sunshine Party! This sweet explosion of yellow and smiles was happily made by mom Andrea and owner of Sweet Bambinos. From sunflower cupcakes and fresh lemon lollipop holders to a giant cut out of Little Miss Sunshine herself, this sunny celebration looks like pure birthday JOY! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fresh Lemon Lollipop Stands & Chocolate Brigadeiros Sunflowers
– Yellow & Pink Little Miss Sunshine Printables with chevron, polka dot & all things cute!
– Little Miss Sunshine cookies on a bed of lemondrops
– Sunglasses & flip flop favors (perfect for any pool party!)

little miss sunshine cookies

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Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Dessert Table

looking glass mirror lollipops

It never ceases to amaze me how Alice in Wonderland can be interpreted in so many ways! Danielle of Cutie Putti Paperie styled this whimsical Alice in Wonderland Dessert Table with the original Lewis Carroll edition in mind. Many of the creative treats were homemade by Danielle as well – including the fabulous “Through the Looking Glass” pink chocolate lollipops pictured above! For more Alice in Wonderland party ideas look here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mad Hatter Marshmallow Pops with a white chiclet on the brim marked with “10/6”
– Fondant birthday candle cupcake toppers (for a Very Merry Unbirthday!)
– Colorful dessert labels with the classic characters (Cheshire Cat, the Rabbit, Dodo…)
– Oversize golden keys + mismatched tea cups and saucers

mad hatter dessert table

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FAB FIND: Spinning Leaf Chocolate Cookie Molds

spinning leaf chocolate cookie molds for halloween

Who doesn’t LOVE chocolate covered Oreos®, right? I’m sure you’ve seen them included in the mix of amazing desserts at so many of the parties and dessert tables covered in polka dots and cute colors!

If you’re intimidated to try making them at home, there’s a super easy (and extra adorable) way to make them with Spinning Leaf custom designed Cookie Molds, specifically made for covering Double Stuf Oreos. Using some of their Halloween cookie molds, I created some super cute… and spooky, ghoulishous treats – just in time for the holiday lurking around the corner!

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Silly & SCARY Monster Halloween Bash

monster halloween party candy buffet

This kid friendly Monster Halloween Bash by Jamee of Setting the Mood pairs silly monsters with scary ones! Between the creepy eyeballs peering out from every corner to the colorful fun nature there is a whole spectrum of inspiration here… googly eye & tail chair back decoration (doubling as fun costumes for the kids to wear), colorful vampire teeth, crazy monster straws & more!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable fuzzy monster kids table (with a tail & paws peeking out!)
– Super scary monster face cupcakes
– Ping pong paddles with monster mouths and eyeballs
– Giant foamcore blue cyclops “Monster Treats” candy buffet backdrop + “candy” garland

kids halloween monster party with monster tablescape

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“Our Story” Inspired Wedding {Vintage & Rustic}

vintage rustic wedding centerpieces

Today’s wedding feature is charming, timeless & full of romance! The bride and groom wanted to celebrate their big day with the theme of “opening a new chapter in their lives together”, so Ali of Parties on a Pedestal helped create this Vintage Inspired “Our Story” Wedding. Dripping with romantic decorations like vintage jars, old books & book page paper roses, I can’t think of a more beautiful way to begin their family story!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Recylced book page paper roses (We have a tutorial here!)
– Mixed & matched centerpieces with vintage bottles, jars, and books & burlap ruffles
– Beige and white tissue poms, draped over windows & hung above the head table
– Ruffled drink cooler & dessert table linens

dessert table with a burlap garland and tablecloth

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DIY Tutorial: Twine Cupcakes with Rhinestone Sprinkles

twine cupcake DIY tutorial

You may recognize these adorable Twine Cupcakes from the “Cute as a Cupcake” Baking Themed Party posted earlier today. They are just too sweet to keep to ourselves – especially with all those rhinestone “sprinkles” – so we asked Nicole of Libby Lane Press if she would share her adorable “recipe” with us. Ya… we thought you might like that. ;) Scroll down to check it out, and happy cupcake “baking”! (more…)

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“Cute as a Cupcake” Baking Themed Party

cupcake shop party with aprons

Cupcake themes always bring a smile to my face, but this party is seriously too cuteNicolle of Libby Lane Press had the perfect ingredients for cooking up this super sweet “Cute as a Cupcake” Baking Themed Party for her daughter. With beautiful desserts, decorative party aprons, “cupcake” manicures, and a ceramic cupcake decorating station, this birthday celebration is absolutely delicious! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable DIY Twine Cupcakes (tutorial here) & hand delivered invitations
– Baking party themed cupcake toppers (Check out the tiny fondant oven mitt!)
– Mismatched fabric apron party favors (that doubled as a fun party “garland”)
– Sugar cookies shaped like cupcakes, patterned cookies & chefs hats
– Ceramic cupcake decorating station & nail painting “salon”

cupcake shop invitations with twine cupcakes

marshmallow and meringue mini cupcakes

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SWEET & Colorful Pinwheel Party {Joint Birthday!}

pinwheel birthday cake with mini bunting topper

With her young daughters only 23 months apart, the incredibly talented Kris of kCreative (a.k.a. cake pop designer extraordinaire) decided to go all out with a joint birthday celebration! This Colorful Pinwheel Party is full of bright colors, fun patterns, and pinwheels galore… check out the fabulous pinwheel garland embellishment on the front of the dessert table – not to mention the super cute pinwheel shaped cookies!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dessert table with pinwheel garland in the front + clever pinwheel favors “backdrop”!
– Mini paper bunting & pinwheel cake toppers
– Tri-fold invitation with a delicate pinwheel illustration
– Pinwheel shaped sugar cookies and fondant cupcake toppers
– Pinwheel adorned party hats & custom stamped wooden utensils

dessert table with pinwheel garland

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Vintage Beachy Luau Party {Pink + Blue}

pink beach party

I wish I could sip on pink drinks with hibiscus straws like all the lucky girls at this Vintage Beachy Pink Luau Party! Tammy of Tammy Mitchell Designs used an oh-so-lovely mix of soft pinks & blues to create the perfect atmosphere for an ocean-inspired birthday celebration. Fun activities included things like lei making and a hula hoop contest, but I’m especially sweet on the sand castle decorating station – (think gingerbread house… beach style!) – and officially wish ALL sand castles were made of brown sugar!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Brown sugar & graham cracker sand castle decorating activity
– Starfish + sand dollar sugar cookies and beach ball cake pops
– Kids table pink lei chandelier + baby’s breath in mason jars filled with shells
– Beachy burlap lunch sacks & grass skirt chair back decor
– A white birthday cake with pink candy melt sand dollars & brown sugar “sand”

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Amazing Ombre Mermaid Party {Beach Birthday!}

Aqua ombre scalloped cake

Hitting the beach is always a fun, refreshing way to spend the day, but it’s even better when you get to venture under the sea for an Ombre Mermaid Party by the amazing Paige of Paiges of Style! What little mermaid wouldn’t want to be part of this world with all these yummy treats & buried treasures? And after one look at these pics… I’m pretty sure grown-up mermaids would love to be part of this world too! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mermaid Fin & Ombre Aqua Ruffle Cake Pops
– Home sewn Ombre Ruffle Tablecloth
– Insanely gorgeous Ombre Ruffle Cake from Hey there, Cupcake!
– Vintage teal “Mermaid Bar” cool colored party drinks
– Ombre Mermaid Party Printables (with red hair to match the adorable birthday girl!)

blue and purple ombre desserts

beachy mermaid drink station

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Vintage Inspired Girls Baseball Birthday Party

girls baseball party backpack

If you’ve seen A League of Their Own, you know that baseball isn’t just for boys! Vivian of Kerr Kreations hit a HOME RUN with this Vintage Inspired Girls Baseball Birthday Party! With an unbelievable amount of hand crafted elements, like the homemade locker cabinet and pink baseball uniforms, baseball has never been cuter!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY concession trays with ballpark treats like Cracker Jacks and Cotton Candy
– Hand sewn pink baseball uniforms with a red and white polka dot belt
– Personalized baseball trading cards, with each girl in her “uniform”
– Kerr Stadium with Puyallup Peaches (of the Girls Baseball League) game flags & baseball bats
– Pink Lemonade, Popcorn & Babe Ruth candy bars!

girly baseball party

pink girl baseball team

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Royal Tangled Princess Party {Ombre Purple & Gold}

tangled princess party

Shimmery gold and lavender invitations sent from “Princess Rapunzel” invited guests to a Royal Tangled Princess Party celebrating Marisa’s birthday! Mom, Jackie of Jackie Culmer Photography and Design, “loved the challenge of making something Disney try not to be, well, too Disney.” A glance at the party highlights and you’ll agree with me that she did a great job!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini ombre purple “Rapunzel Tower” cakes
– Gorgeous gold + lavendar handmade invitations with custom envelope liners
– Dress up table with DIY Magic Golden Flower Hairspray
(Boy friendly!) Viking hat decorating station with foam sword party favors

tangled inspired dessert table

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Rainbow + Chevron Arts & Crafts Party

art party dessert table

HWTM Guest Contributor, Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share a Rainbow + Chevron Arts and Crafts Party by Ellen Bessette Events.  The birthday girl’s friends got to make a splatter at her 7th birthday party decked out in chevron and full of arts and crafts stations.  The contrast of the bright rainbow colors on a white backdrop makes me want to jump right in and start painting!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Giant canvases for masterpiece painting
– Rainbow crepe paper streamer chair back decor
– Candy dot wrapped paint cans and juice boxes studded with rainbow sprinkles
– Rainbow place settings with  mini easel name cards + coordinating flower centerpieces
– Cookie painter’s palette display and chevron cake (with neon cake layers)!

chevron rainbow arty party tablescape

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