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Twins Superhero Birthday (+ Courage for Camden)

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Camden is his mom’s little superhero, fighting through several major heart defects & surgeries, so to celebrate her twins’ first birthdays it was only appropriate to have a Superhero Twins Birthday. Alexis of Alexis Campbell Event Styling saw this milestone coming up & wanted to help in anyway possible; she brought together her favorite vendors to make donations for the party & was overwhelmed by such gracious, willing responses. (You can follow updates on Camden’s health here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Monogrammed Superman style cupcake toppers
– Superhero capes & foam mask party guest costumes
– City nightscape paper backdrop + Superman icon “Happy Birthday” Banner
– “Zap”, “Boom” & “Yum” thought bubble comic book cookies

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Cute Kawaii Love Birthday Party

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Oh my goodness, this party is ridiculously CUTE (I mean just look at that blushing panda)! For Cailtyn’s 8th birthday her mom, Christine of Pure Joy Events, created a Kawaii Love Birthday Party inspired by Kawaii (all things adorable)! From the precious panda bento lunch to the DIY Cherry blossom balloons this party is just too cute for words!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– (100+ collection) Iwako erasers displayed on nail polish racks
– Candy sushi (Swedish Fish & Twizzlers wrapped with Rice Krispies Treats & Fruit by the Foot + mango “roe”)
– Scented glitter gel pens & washi tape in a rainbow of colors!
– Handcrafted books for drawing Kawaii faces (personalized with each guest’s name in Japanese)
– Bento lunch boxes wrapped in printable bottle labels with a panda rice mold snack

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A Merry Little “Camp Christmas”

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It’s a Merry Christmas around the campfire! Camping parties, glamping birthdays and parties celebrating the outdoors have been insanely popular lately. Lauren Haddox Designs decided to put her own twist on the trendy theme for a A Merry Little Camp Christmas where pint-sized guests gather to celebrate the holiday with those oh-so-cute woodland creatures, tree stump platters and s’mores galore!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tissue paper campfire with haystack seating for s’more marshmallow pop “roasting”
– Christmas tree decorating (ice cream cone craft)
– Nature scavenger hunt with personalized baskets embellished with yarn poms
– Fabric tent photo-op with lined with green pom poms

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{Party of 5} Vintage Boxing, Dinner Party, Minecraft Birthday, Tiffany’s Bridal Shower & Pink Cowgirl

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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:

– Vintage Boxing Party
– Darling Dinner Party
– Minecraft Themed Birthday Party
– Tiffany’s Inspired Bridal Shower
– Pink Cowgirl Party

1. Vintage Boxing Party (pictured above) by Lauren Borquez

2. Darling Doily Dinner Party by Fujiko’s Flowers

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Playful Goldfish Inspired Pool Party

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Dive in to a Playful Goldfish Inspired Pool Party swimming in poolside snacks and easy party ideas! Aaron of FotoNuova captured all the outdoor water fun, fresh eats for shark-sized appetites and pinwheel decorations!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable blue sea frosted marshmallows (goldfish, graham cracker sand & sprinkle air bubbles!)
– Pinwheels in glass vases with sand & shimmery stones
– Goldfish and sand dollar crackers in large “fish snack bowl”
– Lime Cilantro Chicken Salad & Assorted Fresh Pizzas
– Cute under the sea character chocolate cake toppers (Starfish, shark & seaweed!)

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Exquisite Woodsy Kids Campground Party

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Hanging backpacks, twigs & trees and themed treats like “Mud Pies” will catch your eye at Witt’s Campground! For her special birthday boy, Kristen of  Signature Occasions whipped up a gorgeous Woodsy Kids Campground Party with clever elements and natural details… and you can’t have a campground party without a cake to match ;) (How clever is the fondant cake topper with candle campfire flames!?)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Marshmallow “S’mores Sticks” and Cheese puff + pretzel campfire flames
– Paint your own birdhouse in the “Wood Shop” and a scavenger hunt!
– Kids tablescapes with wood stump seats & burlap and flannel tablecloths
– Stunning centerpieces with rustic antlers, twig candleholders and a bright sunflower!

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{Video Tutorial} Sparkle & Shine Dinner Party + Free Printables!

Hi, there! As part of the Sparkle & Shine Dinner Party I recently styled for Pier 1, we also shot a DIY video that covers some of the ideas and projects from the party! You’ll find helpful tips on how to create the Hot Cocoa Station, “Metallic Flower” Centerpiece, and Desserts Display in the 4 minute video – plus get a peek at how it all came together in the end…. hope you like! ;)

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Mod Stripe Kids Mini Golf Party (+ FREE Printables)

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This Mod Stripe Mini Golf Party is taking over the  golf course in a colorful and budget-friendly style! Abigail of Paper and Cake designed all of the bright, modern, fantastic printables for this on-the-go event that were featured in the Land of Nod September Catalog! (To see her party in action, plus free printables head on over to the Honest to Nod Blog.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– On-the-Go party snacks & decor: pennant banner photo prop, water bottles, & popcorn
– Full party setup on a picnic table with an astro turf “table cloth”
– Golfball cake balls & Put-Put Pudding cups
– Colorful “Lunch-in-One” (boxed lunches)
– Pint-sized golfers in vibrant foam visors decorated in ribbon & party circles

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The TomKat Studio’s Holiday Gift Guide

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Who’s ready to get SHOPPING?! The 2012 Holiday Gift Guide from The TomKat Studio released this week, and it’s absolutely wonderful – kudos to Kim & team! I had a fantastic time flipping through it myself, which is not at all shocking considering all of the talented people involved, including Carrie Sellman, Jessica Kirkland, Maureen Anders, Paige Kepner and more! From gift ideas to dessert recipes and free printables there, are tons of great ideas… and that’s exactly what we love around here. ;)

It was really fun to participate again this year, sharing new Hostess Gift Ideas for 2012! Here’s a sneak peak of my picks + a few more fun pages:

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Charming Farmer’s Market First Birthday Party

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Talk about DIY! Mom, Natalie, crafted just about everything for her son Maxwell’s “Happily Grown. Locally Produced. Certified Adorable” first birthday! She collaborated with Betty of Vanda Events to produce Charming Farmer’s Market Party with beautiful fresh fruits and veggies at a “U-PICK” stand, assorted popcorn and an adorable red barn smash cake!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dol Ceremony with raffle with apple picking baskets
– Wooden homemade farmer’s market stand with assorted popcorn
– Petting zoo, pony rides, wet sponge race, & apple bobbing!
– Chalkboard labels for fruit, vegetables, cheddar & caramel korn

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Romantic Vintage Inspired Wedding Ideas

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Let’s go back in time for some Vintage Inspired Wedding Ideas by Chakoda Design! Charlene designed, coordinated AND photographed the event for her little brother and his new bride Jennifer! From the stunning white roses and decorative fabric draping to the damask photo booth backdrop you’ll be sure to fall in love with all the romantic decor and fun snapshots of the happy couple with their guests!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pearl strands, gold frames lined with a dab of sparkle + mercury glass votive centerpieces
– “Grab A Prop And Strike a Pose” photo booth sign
– Vintage telephone, groucho glasses and a feathered headpiece for fun photo booth props!
– Simple 3-tierd white wedding cake topped with adorable bride and groom “lovebirds”

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Arctic Shark Glacier Punch {Kids Drink Recipe}

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When Glad® asked me to be their December blogger for Mom Made and come up with a winter recipe utilizing their versatile containers, I thought it would be fun to create some cool Arctic Shark Glaciers! This a quick, fun project to make for a kids party or play date – and easy enough for the little ones to help.

All you need are gummy sharks and 2 different sizes of Glad containers to make creative “glaciers” with sharks suspended inside! These are great for dressing up a big bowl of Blue Raspberry Punch (recipe below) or your favorite blue sports drink or koolaid. The largest glaciers will stay as a mass for well over an hour, but the little ones melt faster, so make sure to drop them into the punch bowl close to serving time. You can also pre-fill punch glasses with a single shark for extra cute presentation. I know… I just said “cute” and “shark” in the same sentence. ;)

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DIY Tutorial: Glitter Lace Crowns

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Have a birthday princess, or a special little lady to please? Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle DayAmy L.B. Photography knows just how to make them smile with an easy project that they can help with! Glitter Lace Crowns are perfect for a princess party favor, craft or outfit- and they’re super EASY too! ;)

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Vintage Inspired Backyard Camping Party

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Ready for S’MORE fun? Let’s hike on over to Camp Diesel for a Vintage Inspired Backyard Camping Party! Jami of Jami’s On Sweet Street collected antique camping items, set up fabric framed tents & tracked down a tent piñata to complete her vision of an old-school campsite for her son’s 3rd birthday. And, Jami herself made the inspired desserts, the most amazing being the JUMBO S’mores Cake!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Trail Mix Bar & “S’more Fun” Table
– Wood painted signs and DIY fabric tents
– “Bear Poop” (chocolate no-bakes) & s’more cake pops in a bed of marshmallows
– Canteens, containers, lanterns & more vintage style
– Compass, flashlights and pop rock favors (+ fun adult favors: cans of OFF! and firestarters!)

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Envelopments {Custom Stationery}

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Winner update: 12/07/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #53 MICKY! Congrats!

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Who else can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner?! If you haven’t ordered your holiday cards yet – I’ve got some great news… our latest giveaway is from the fabulous stationery design shop Envelopments! They have tons of clever, funny, cute and classic card designs, and you get to choose from all these great designs + paper styles and embellishments to create exactly what you want… something uniquely “you”. ;) Learn more about their mission here.

WIN IT! {The Prize Details}

One lucky HWTM reader will get a $100 Shopping Spree to use towards their huge selection of papers, holiday cards, stationery and invitations bursting with personality. For example: “Peace, Love & Latkes“, “Warm Wishes” with palm trees or “Cocktails & Confetti” for a New Years Party! If you’d rather spend it on crafting items that’s fine too of course – Envelopments has lots of colored papers and favor boxes. And even if you’re not throwing a holiday bash, visit their inspiration section for everything from chic birthday invites to playful baby announcements.

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Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Party {Adult Birthday}

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Hey ladies… if you’re a fan of EL James’ famous trilogy, then you’ll love this Fifty Shades of Grey Party that Jessica of Little Pickle Photography and Design designed for her friend’s 30th birthday! It’s a bit (ok a LOT) more risqué than our usual family-friendly party features, so just a heads up that you’ll find lots of super steamy treats and sexy photo booth ideas AFTER the jump! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tie-Me-Up Pasta Salad & Foil Packet Potatoes
– “fifty shades of gray” in a fabric, ribbon & lace dessert table backdrop (also used for the photo booth!)
– Champagne Celebration Cupcakes + Mr. Grey’s Tie Cookies
– White roses, silver handcuffs, a red satin sheet… I mean tablecloth! ;)

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Magical Backyard Circus Train Party {Kids Birthday}

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Gwynn of Gwynn Wasson Designs wanted to design, craft and style a birthday party for her train adoring son, so she transformed her backyard into an amazing “Big Top” circus scene for a Magical Circus Train Party! The animals make huge appearances at the big show, in all forms- decorated cake pops, sugar cookies, cake toppers & fun “escaped” oversized cut-outs!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Incredible circus cake with animals in train cars and a fondant tent topper!
– Circus animal sugar cookies in “The Center Ring” on brown sugar sand
– Vintage circus wagon dessert cart with wheels!
– Circus tent curtains, (600 ft!) of patterned pennant banners & oversized balloons!

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Modern “Dirty Thirty” Camping Party

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What do you get when you cross a milestone 30th birthday with a manly camping outing? DIRT of course! Amy of Occassions By Amy put a modern spin on this “Dirty Thirty” Camping Party with bold black & white stripes, colorful paper pendant bunting and mouthwatering camping style grub!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Edible “Dirt” dessert party favors in mini jars (+ matching mini spoons)
– Terracotta pot serving dishes, clothespin labels & photos of the birthday boy!
– Simple vanilla cupcakes & classic camp-out S’mores!
– Grungy outdoor decor: jars filled with rocks, moss, & pinecones

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ABC Inspired Dol First Birthday

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“B” is for Benjamin’s adorable first birthday! Playing off of vintage ABC cards, Jennifer of MayDetails created printables for her son’s ABC Inspired Dol First Birthday using his silhouette dressed up with a cute bow tie and pom pom topped party hat! Creative alphabet labels and letter cut cookies plus bright colors tied it all together!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable patterned first birthday cake set on a polka dot wrapped box
– “A” is for caramel apples & “K” is for kettle corn party favors!
– Doljabi ceremony with mason jar raffle containers
– Tiered cupcake display with paper banner, bunting & bow ties!

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Stuffed Glove Turkeys {Kids Craft & Party Decoration}

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Hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving! Even though Turkey Day has passed for this year, I wanted to share this cute & super-duper easy “Glove Turkey” kids table centerpiece that I made for local news segment this week. It’s a fun kids Thanksgiving craft project you can bookmark for next year, AND it would also make for a really cute Farm Themed Birthday Party centerpiece or cake topper.

These little gobblers were actually so easy to make I’m even considering a little red & green Christmas Turkey Parade for one of the kids Christmas tables this year. ;) The other thing I think you’re going to like here is the cost. I used gloves from Target that were $3 a pair, so the body for each turkey was about $1.50, and they’re just stuffed with paper towels! Scroll down for full details & instructions. Enjoy!

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Liquor Lollipop Bouquets {Creative Hostess Gift Idea}

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I was trying to come up with some unique & different hostess gift ideas for the holidays recently, and remembered a cool Liquor Lollipops recipe from my copy of Sweet Confections (which is a fabulous cookbook, btw). Then it hit me… instead of giving the 2 most popular hostess gifts – flowers or a bottle of wine/liquor – it would be a fun twist to sort of combine the 2 ideas and create “bouquets” of liquor lollipops!

CHEERS AND THANKS

You can use any type of hard liquor you like (I used spiced rum for these but tequila, bourbon, etc will work too) – and the liquor flavor is very subtle, so the finished lollipops are definitely more sweet than anything else, which mean they’ll still please the palates of most anyone that deserves a sweet “thanks!”.

PERFECTION IS OVERRATED, RIGHT?

Now, I’m no candy making guru myself – nor did I have lollipop molds on hand – so my versions didn’t turn out perfectly round, but I ended up liking that because it kind of emphasizes the homemade quality and shows the recipient that you made some extra effort for them… so in other words they must REALLY be special. ;) Also – these lollipops were WAY faster and easier than I expected them to be, but they harden up F.A.S.T. – so my best advice is to be prepared to work quickly!

I arranged a few of the finished pops in mini vintage bottles and filled them with rice so that the pops would “blossom” out a little higher and stay put. They’re also embellished with tags from our Give Thanks Printable Party Collection, but of course this idea will work for any sort of holiday or occasion. Scroll down for the step-by-step tutorial and recipe. (more…)

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Stunning Rustic “Farm to Table Bridal Shower

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With an on-site garden at Park Avenue Restaurant it it was only natural that this Farm to Table Bridal Shower would have a rustic elegance and fresh style! Natalie of Swellegant Events arranged ripe produce centerpieces, tinted mason jars and sweet paper details for a stunning, organic occasion!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fresh vegetables in wire baskets, teal linens & simple white dishes
– Vibrant red, orange and pink flowers and artichokes in mason jar centerpieces
– Homemade preserve favors paired with dainty red ceramic spoons
– Family style gourmet lunch & mini strawberry cupcakes for dessert!

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Stylish Backyard Beer Bash {Adult Birthday}

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Lori of LB Boutique threw a bright and festive Backyard Beer Bash for her husbands birthday (and choose the varieties based on his stations in the Coast Guard)! Photo booth props and Beer Pong cups in teal paired with yellow striped labels and local Milwaukee fresh corn on the cob provided bright dashes of color! For more brew bash ideas click here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Twine wrapped bottles with dried wheat
– Guinness & Blue Moon Beer Cupcakes
– Fresh popcorn favors in simple bags tied with teal twine
– Pulled Pork Sliders & Root-Beer Floats
– Beer Pong Trophies (teal cups glued to white candlesticks!)

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Sweet Purple Princess Tea Party

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All dressed up with crowns and wands plus a kiss from “Prince Ribbit”, this dessert table is perfect for a Sweet Purple Princess Tea Party! Mom, Debbie of Wants and Wishes designed adorable cupcake “tea cup” wrappers set on saucers and overall made a beautiful royal event for her birthday princess :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink fondant princess crowns on snowball “pillow” desserts on a bed of M&M “candy perils”
– Frog Prince bowl holding pink princess crowns and purple striped party hats
– Pastel pink cake topped with gum balls and printable carriage topper
– Frog sugar cookie favors with mini fondant pink crowns and red sprinkle tongues!

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Funky & NEON Graffiti First Birthday

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Get ready for some funky beats & eats! Set in the cool FroYo shop, YoLove, aunt DJ $mile (Nicole) of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations brought in a crazy colors and spray paint fun for her niece’s Funky & NEON Graffiti First Birthday. Those  “aluminum spray can” cupcakes with rock candy “paint spray” are amazing!! (To see more of Nicole’s incredibly creative party ideas click here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Graffiti tagged sugar cookies, pillows, lanterns & cupcake toppers
– White patterned cake pops on neon silly straws & dipped mallows on glow sticks!
– Neon green frame with hand painted spoons hung by chicken wire
– Airbrush artist with take-home canvas art + silly string favors
– Neon rainbow layered cake, silver + hot pink filled macarons and graffiti cookie dessert labels

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Favorite Detail: “Jackson Pollock” Painted Cookies

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Krisha of Jacks and Kate crafted an eclectic art studio for her son’s paint party with talent from the master artist himself: Jackson created and named his edible artwork! The “Jackson Pollock” Painted Canvas Cookies (colorful paint splatters on on a white frosted canvas!) stole the show, especially on their adorable individual mini art easels!

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Totally Rad Rockstar Party {Girls Birthday}

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Birthday girl Madison is a true rockstar at heart, so mommy Dana wanted to create a Totally Rad Rockstar Party for her daughters 3rd birthday! The pint-sized VIP guests  dressed up in glam rockstar boas, shimmery pink hats and beaded necklaces and rocked-out on the “Sweet Beats” dance floor with inflatable guitars!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Multi-sized cupcake tower cake with star, microphone and music note fondant toppers
– “VIP Lounge” rock star beautification station + “Pink Carpet” and rockstar photo shoot backdrop
– Record sugar cookies and guitar shaped lollipops
– Guitar Pick Necklace Station + Guitar Creation Stations

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Whimsical Woodland Thanksgiving

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Over the river, and through the woods to this Whimsical Woodland Thanksgiving Celebration we go! For this darling kids Thanksgiving table, the talented Loralee Lewis designed gorgeous, storybook-like printables and found the perfect balance of rustic whimsy and traditional styles. She put it all together in a beautiful autumn woods setting with burlap, nature inspired accents and festive fall pumpkins!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “100% Homemade From the Heart” mason jar drink labels
– Themed wavy banner chair backs with burlap bows
– Tree stump dessert platters and pine cone decorations
– Traditional holiday apple & pumpkin pies
– “Savor the Memories” leftover food container labels

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Mini Thanksgiving Pie Recipes {Pumpkin + Pecan}

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Mini pies make for such a cute presentation and are well received at any occasion – even Thanksgiving! If you want to try something different – or add a compliment to – your traditional large pies, are a couple tasty recipes for Mini Pumpkin Pies and Mini Party Pecan Pies that are sure to please your holiday guests… and you! ;)

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Sesame Street Carnival Party Games

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Lauren, mom to birthday boy Brendan, built incredible Sesame Street Carnival Party Games (which she fully explains in her party details below!). She served homemade & easy theme inspired desserts and had so much fun thinking the entire party up… you can just feel the excitement level in her how-to instructions!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY tissue pom characters + “Brendan Street” sign
– Abby Cadabby’s Fruit Wands and Elmo & Friends Cupcakes
– Homemade Cookie Monster “Cookie Toss” carnival game
– Oscar’s Garbage Can Knock Down & Dorothy’s Fishbowl
– Sesame Street Ring Toss (shredded paper stuffed bottles with paper faces + pool rings!)

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