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Charming Polka Dot & Pinwheel First Birthday Party

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Homemade goodies and crafts like strawberry cream cupcakes and multicolor tissue poms are just the beginning of the sweet details that Kristina of Midori Graphic Design created for her daughter’s first birthday party. This darling Polka Dot & Pinwheel First Birthday Party also features budget-friendly details like homemade treats, spray painted cupcake stands and gift box “risers”… not to mention insanely cute invitations and printables!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mason and baby food jars used as vases for the floral centerpieces
– Clever Thumbprint Guestbook with “balloon” prints
– Vintage high chair (an antique store find), spray painted white with fabric streamers
– Homemade cake topped with a darling custom Rowyn cake topper!
– DIY “1” shaped piñata (see the tutorial here)

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Retro Rainbow Baby Shower {Part 1 – Table & Decor}

retro rainbow baby shower

So….. I’m extra excited to share this post because it’s been LONG time coming! This is a theme I designed back in early May – a “Retro Rainbow Baby Shower” with a fun mix of sunshine, rainbows, and throwback inspired elements like retro candy, color blocked gold chargers and DIY sequin-embellished disco baby roller skates, which now double as one of my favorite pieces of office “decor.” ;)

retro rainbow baby shower diaper cake and onesies

Pretty much the very next minute after this project wrapped though… life, work, and [insert all of the above] happened. There just always seemed to be something more pressing to tend to (as is often the case when it comes to “your own” projects… I’m sure many of my fellow creatives can relate), so Retro Rainbow sat patiently in a folder on my Mac, just waiting to one day see the light of day again.

Well… TODAY is that day – so here we go! If you like what you see, you can find the printables right here, and please stay tuned for Part 2 (dessert table & treats).


– Quilt-batting “cloud” centerpiece + rainbow button “rain drops”
– A (super easy) alternate centerpiece idea made from printable paper clouds
– Color-blocked chargers and glasses (made with painter’s tape & spray paint)
– Party Favors: Retro candy packaged in mini glittered baby bottles with printable flags
– Chair backs decorated with ribbon & glittery hearts (+ a cloud for mom-to-be’s chair!)

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Playful Monster Mash Kids Halloween Party

monster mash halloween collection

I don’t know about you, but our new Monster Mash Kids Halloween Party makes me all googly eyed… in a good way! Yarn pom pom accents and silly little monsters make for a fun, not-so-scary Halloween celebration for kids. Visit Hostess Ink to find the Monster Mash Party Printables pictured here, then invite all the neighborhood kids over for a crazy-fun night of monsters and treats!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Play-dough favors (with DIY monster faces & printable favor tags)
– Candy “eyeball” orange soda garnishes + “Boo!” drink flags
– “Bouquets” of monsters, eyeballs & yarn poms displayed in striped sock-covered vases
– “Come dressed to scare” customizable Monster Mash invitation + address labels
– Monster cupcakes made from candy corn & googly eyes

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“Real Witches Wear Pink” Halloween Theme

Who’s ready to get wicked with PINK?! Abby of Flair Designery created this super cute & sparkly “Pink-o-Ween” party theme, complete with berry-tinge bubbly and enthusiastic declarations that “Real Witches Wear Pink!”. (If you’re loving this non-traditional palette, check out more Pink Halloween Ideas here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Pink “Bubbling Brew” (a.k.a. Pink Champagne)
– Playful paper details featuring pink spider webs & green witches with hot pink hair!
– Glittery favor boxes tied embellished with “Wickedly yours” tags

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“Out to Sea” Nautical Themed Baby Shower

anchor cupcake toppers

It’s always a special event when planning for your own family! Kim of Morganley Weddings + Events knew from the moment her sister in law announced her pregnancy,  that she would be planning a Nautical Baby Shower to welcome the newest “Saint”!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clever “Catch of the Day” goldfish crackers on a bed of brown sugar “sand”
– Decorative accents of fishing net & nautical rope
– GIANT “Ahoy” themed diaper cake
– Anchor themed cupcake toppers and sweet bar labels
– “Message In A Bottle” wishes and a playful nautical themed photo booth

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{Party of 5} Gender Reveal, Preppy Pink Nautical, Movie & Pizza Party, Under the Sea, & Polaroid Party

gender reveal 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:

– Gender Reveal Party
– Preppy Pink & Nautical Navy 1st Birthday
– Movie & Mozzarella (Pizza Party)
– “Under the Sea” Mermaid Party
– Polaroid Party

1. Gender Reveal Party – Handsome Fella or Lil Lady? (pictured above) by Le Partie Sugar

2. Preppy Pink and Nautical Navy 1st Birthday Party by Sweet Peach Paperie

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Vintage Choo Choo Train Party {Kids Birthday}

all aboard train party welcome sign

ALL ABOARD for a super cute red & blue Choo Choo Train Party by Brandi of Jack and Marleigh! Party guests were invited to “Jackson’s Station” for a vintage train themed celebration, complete with a train ride and dining car style lunch! I love the mix of modern graphics with burlap and natural wood details – not to mention the ridiculously clever DIY “train cars carrying snacks!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

– Wooden toy train engine place card holders
– Train engine shaped watermelon slices displayed on fruit skewers!
– “Chew chew” napkin wraps
– “Luggage” favor boxes filled with old fashioned candy, popcorn & train whistles

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Sweet Cupcake Shoppe First Birthday Party

giant cupcake cake

This pink, purple and polka-dot frosted Cupcake Shoppe First Birthday that Ana of TPC Valencia Catering created for her daughter is one SWEET celebration! I love that dad helped make the dessert table backdrop too. :) Between crafty DIY decorations fashioned from cupcake wrappers, tons of homemade desserts, and themed activities like chef hat decorating, this fun party will have your sweet tooth calling!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink satin chair back bows & bright purple linens
– Cupcake shop style dessert table with donuts, cake pops, pies & more
– Giant cupcake birthday cake with a cherry candle!
– Cupcake wrapper garland & crafted cupcake centerpieces

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“Ghouls Night!” A Girlie Halloween Cocktail Party

cheers party sign from hwtm

Ready to have a GHOULISHLY good time? Or just need one more excuse to host a much needed ladies night? Well, with Halloween coming up this month, we’ve got just the thing for you: a pink, black & orange “Ghouls Night” Halloween Party all decked out in glitter and rhinestones! Visit our Hostess Ink to find the Ghoul’s Night party printables pictured here, then invite the girls over for a fun night of “Eerie Elixir” and “Death by Chocolate” cupcakes!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Spider Web Cupcakes (Tutorial Coming Soon) & Poisonous Pumpkin Parfaits
– Cylinder vases covered in black stockings, glittery spiders & rhinestones
Themed signs featuring spidery cocktails & floating eyeballs… with lashes! ;)
– A playful party garland made from hand-cut wine glass and bat silhouettes

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{Fright Fest} Scary Movie Marathon Halloween Party

horror movie marathon invitation

WATCH OUT… our newest HWTM Halloween party theme is sure to have your bravest party guests on the edge of their seat! Inspired by vintage zombie art movie posters, FRIGHT FEST is a creative and delightfully kick-back alternative to the typical adult Halloween party. Just turn down the lights and cue up the scary movie inspired festivities… don’t forget to serve “blood splattered” popcorn and “severed fingers”, of course! ;)

{Get 25% off all of our Halloween party printables now through October 21st with promo code the promo code: “SPOOKY“!}

THEME HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Blood Splattered Popcorn & Bloody Marys with olive “eyeball” garnishes
– Eyeball movie reel graphics + skulls wearing 3D glasses
Printable drink wraps aptly titled for guests that are “DYING of Thirst”!
– “Spider Venom,” “Zombie Virus,” and “Blood Bath” wine/beverage bottle labels

fright fest drink paper details

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Friendly Little Monster Cupcakery {Kids Halloween Party}

spooky cupcake play money

That will be 10 Monster Dollars please… for a spooky treat from the Little Monster Cupcakery! Bird’s Party Printables combined with the amazing styling by Dina Hafez-Suggs of Deliciously Darling Events made for one super cute Kids Halloween Party.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– AMAZING cardboard cupcake Stands, play money & colorful sweets to “buy & sell”
– Paper rosettes embellished with cute Dr. Frankenstein, mummy & cupcake graphics
– Pumpkin punch drink station with “Witch’s Brew” bottle wraps
– Spooky black branches with rock candy stick “ornaments”!

skeleton cupcake topper

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Vintage Farmer’s Market Garden Party + Berry Picking

garden party tablescape

Supporting local farmers is always a great idea… but did you know it’s a fun excuse for a party too?! ;) Stacey of Elle Belle Creative gathered friends and headed to First Fruits – a local hydroponic u-pick farm – for a fun-filled morning of breakfast and strawberry picking. The vintage and crafted elements in this adorable Farmer’s Market Garden Party already have me craving fresh strawberries from my local farmer’s market too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Vintage style veggie seed packet bunting + veggie can “vases”
– “Keep Calm and Buy Local” coffee sleeves
– Pudding “plants” and upside down plant pots used as stools for the little ones
– Strawberry shortcake making using the self-picked strawberries!
– Colorful personalized half-aprons for the kids

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Classic Children’s Book Baby Shower & Games

peter rabbit baby shower tablescape

It’s a rarity when mommy-to-be plans her own baby shower, but when mom is also an event planner, it can be hard to resist… and Kristen of Kio Kreations definitely pulled it off in style! Combining her illustration and floral talents with help from friends, Kristen’s Classic Children’s Book Baby Shower was creative & beautiful – not to mention FUN with all it’s book-inspired games! (Keep reading for free downloads of the Baby Songs Bingo & Word Jumble games.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Different themes for each table: Peter Rabbit, Hungry Caterpillar, Dr. Seuss, etc.
– Green Egg Salad & Ham Sandwiches inspired by you know who ;)
– Beautiful floral designs inspired by the watercolor illustrations in Peter Rabbit
– A onesie making station for baby Aria!
– Enormous diaper cake with Curious George peeking out the top

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Lemonade & Tutu First Birthday Party

lemonade and tutu party

Pink and yellow is one of my favorite color combos, and it looks so sweet and natural in this Lemonade & Tutu First Birthday Party! Tara of Tara Graham Photo made Lila’s special day picture perfect with handmade accessories, extra special lemonade and adorable party outfits!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A homemade Mini Lemonade Stand in pink!
– Pink tutus, a feather headband & a messy chocolate cupcake to share with the dog :)
– A simple yellow cake with a stunning giant ruffly pink flower
– Tissue poms & a crafted happy birthday garland

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Showered With Love Baby Shower: {Part 3: Activities}

wishing cloud baby shower activity

Last but not least, here’s a quick overview of the themed activities from our Showered with Love Baby Shower: the “Wishing Cloud” station/keepsake gift for mom and the Valentine Manicure Activity, inspired by the cutest DIY manicure tutorial by Jenna Day.

Click here for more details on both of these activities + the coordinating FREE printables!

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Showered With Love: {Part 2: Brunch & Beverages}

donut cloud with pink DIY fabric flowers

Here we go with part 2 of our new Showered with Love Baby Shower! Here’s a quick overview of the brunch buffet and sparkling drink station. Click here for a detailed overview of this theme and all the “how to” details, plus links to download the free printables!

P.S. We’re shooting a DIY tutorial on the felt clouds & raindrops next week!

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Showered With Love Baby Shower {Part 1: Table & Decor}

pink elephant baby shower decoration

I’m so excited to share this “Showered with Love” Baby Shower theme that we recently created for Huggies! They requested a rain-inspired baby girl shower, so we went with a pink & red palette and featured elements like fluffy felt clouds and raindrops, sequin-embellished umbrellas, a rain boot centerpiece, and a (super easy!) cloud-shaped diaper cake.

To help play up the baby shower aspect of the theme, I also added some cute (spray painted) elephant statues holding paper umbrellas, paper elephants “spraying” heart-shaped raindrops, and pink and red glittered pacifiers.

cloud diaper cake


Check out a detailed overview of the theme right here, and larger images in the HWTM photo albums: Part 1: Tabletop, Decor & Activites and Part 2: Food & Drinks. Note: There are tons of details in this theme (+ 2 themed activity ideas) because I wanted to provide a lot of inspiration, but remember that you can choose to recreate as few or as many as you like – whether it’s just one element or all of them!


I went a little crazy with the design of the paper details on this one because it was such a fun theme to work on! :) And if you want to shower your favorite mom-to-be with love too, you can find this entire printable collection right here in several different color ways for boy, girl, or gender-neutral baby showers! Added bonus: you can download a few additional pink/red printables at the bottom of this post. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page & download at your convenience.

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