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Preppy Pink & Green Turtle Party

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Tracy of Sweet Peach Paperie invited friends to “Slow Down and Celebrate” at her twin daughters’ Preppy Pink & Green Turtle Party. At a recent trip to the beach the girls watched a little baby turtle return to the ocean and were inspired by this excitement for their upcoming celebration! With help from some great vendors, sea shells that they collected for their own personal touch & mom’s paper printables this precious party came to life!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Brown sugar “sand” used to display the desserts
– Cute turtle fondant cake and cupcake toppers
– “Lil Turtle Lunches” set in sand castle pails
– Adorable turtle backpacks for the birthday girls

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{Party of 5} Teddy Bear Party, Construction Desserts, Book Tea Party, Citrus Brunch & Vintage Bridal Shower

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

– Adorable Pilot Teddy Bear Party
– Cute Construction Party Dessert Table
– Dream Big, Read! Tea Party
– Fresh Citrus Brunch & Dessert Table
– Vintage Floral Bridal Shower

1. Pilot Bear (pictured above) by olivia

2. Construction Party by sofi p

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Creative Curious George Inspired “Drive-In Movie” Party

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Pull on up to this amazingly creative Curious George Inspired Drive-In Movie for Luke’s 5th birthday! Lydia of The Party Wagon wasn’t monkeying around when crafting these fabulous party details! I am especially in love with these cardboard cars with paper plate wheels & black crepe paper “tread,” duct tape racing stripes, paper cup headlights, adorable custom license plates & of course the striped snack tray!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ripped fabric garland with hand drawn, glittered bananas & festive fringe
– Super cute paper cones with Chex Mix, Curious George faces & ribbon tails in a car box!
– Adorable polka dot & striped cake with Curious George & balloon cake fondants
– Curious George book party favors and a labeled box of cupcake mix!
– Frosted cookies of Curious George, balloons, stars and the birthday boy’s name

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DIY Tutorial: New Year’s Eve Tinsel Ball Drop

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Natascha of Ann-Kay Design took the most iconic New Year’s Eve symbol and created a super easy & festive DIY decoration to share with us! This New Year’s Eve Tinsel Ball Drop is super cost efficient (under $10!), uses easily recycled materials & will add a perfect touch of sparkle to your party this year!

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“Before the Ball” Cinderella Inspired Party

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For her daughter’s fourth birthday, Karen Ayars took a super creative spin on the ever-popular Cinderella theme with this wonderfully unconventional “Before the Ball” Cinderella Party, or as she cleverly worded it… Be4 the Ball. ;) An adorable “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique” awaited the princesses while they finished all of their “chores”, including laundry, Madame Tremaine’s breakfast, sewing the stepsister’s clothes & more! There are so many darling details in this fairy tale of a party, but I’m especially loving the amazing soapy dish bucket cake & bubble gum measuring tape!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Breakfast-in-Bed cake decorating station with chef hats
– Dish, soap & brush sugar cookies + soapy dish bucket birthday cake!
– Bubble gum measuring tape (with edible marker writing)
– Spools of licorice & “Spool of Thread” Push Pops
– “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique” complete with Disney princess dresses & makeup station

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{Event Recap} Pamper Me Fabulous – LA 2012

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One of the best things about blogging is the fun people & new experiences it brings into your life. For example, last month I had a fabulous time hosting an “Inspiration to Celebration” panel at the amazing Pamper Me Fabulous event! The extremely creative ladies on my panel included: Melody Brandon of Sweet and Saucy ShopShirley Han of Fresh Events Company, and Jesi Haack of Jesi Haack Design! We had a great time presenting party styling tips & creative inspiration for some of the wonderful women that attended the fun-filled Sunday at the beautiful Terranea Resort.

If you’re not familiar with Pamper Me Fabulous, it’s an event that’s produced by women, created for women, and dedicated to “rewarding and empowering women – mind, body, and spirit”. You can learn more about it and find a calendar of upcoming events across the country right here. In addition to shopping, mini spa treatments, “Expert Corner” presentations, and even workouts – here’s a peek at the sorts of things you’ll see at a PMF event:

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{Dapper Style} Little Man First Birthday

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Put on your best pastels & get all spruced up for this {Dapper Style} Little Man First BirthdayErnest of Bespoke Manila paired chic decor with a fresh palette of blues & yellows to tie all the fun details of this party together perfectly. And what could be a more fitting activity than the TWO super creative photo booth set-ups ready to capture the {dapper} style of all of the pint-sized party guests!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cool fabric flying kites & suspended frames photo booth backdrops
– DIY bassinet with balloons for the guest of honor
– Adorable paper bow tie gift boxes with bow tie favors inside!
– Homemade “Pop the Balloons” and Ring Toss games
– “How well do you know Matti” trivia table + Wish Box for notes from guests

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Little House on the Prairie Inspired Birthday Party

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Lydia of The Party Wagon shared her favorite childhood book with her young daughter, who instantly fell in love too… so much that she wanted her 9th birthday celebration to be a Little House on the Prairie Inspired Party! Set on their neighbor’s horse pasture, the party came to life with everything from prairie attire and themed activities to pretty flower cookies & crocheted party gifts. Lydia put such a fun, modern twist on some old fashioned fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ornate woodgrain flower cookies & quilt cookies
– Aprons, bonnets & pails with monogrammed crochet tags
– Homemade candles in vintage tea cups, crocheted pillows, & book party favors
– Pony rides, hunting for beads in the “Indian Territory”, & Button String activities

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Happy Holidays from HWTM!

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Thanks for visiting us for a daily dose of creative inspiration! We appreciate all your love and support more than you know. :) Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah, and may your holidays be full of cheer!

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{Party of 5} Reindeer Games, Sunshine Party, Glam Holiday Table, Teddy Bear Picnic & Pink Zebra 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:

– Holiday Reindeer Games Breakfast
– Sunshine & Bubbles Birthday Party
– Golden Glam Holiday Table
– Teddy Bears Picnic Birthday Party
– Pink Zebra Party

1. Reindeer Games Breakfast (pictured above) by Sweeten Your Day

2. “Sunshine & Bubbles” by IDEA! event +style {Jasmine}

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Chic & Rustic Cheese Tasting Table

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Normally my mouth is watering for all things sweet on a dessert table… but these cheeses, crackers and french rolls have me excited for savory treats this time! Melanie wanted to formally thank all her friends and family in supporting her company, All The Frills, so she threw a Rustic Cheese Tasting and invited them all! (This would be perfect for a casual New Year’s Eve Party or a fun Adult Birthday Party!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rosemary trees in glass vases wrapped with paper and burlap
– Waffle crackers stacked in glass jars
– “Enjoy” banner drawn on a black chalkboard backdrop
– Chic black food labels for the creamy white & yellow cheese selection
– Wooden boards add a rustic touch to the sophisticated black and white color scheme

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HWTM Cookie Swap by Wonderfully Made Events

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We are SO proud to present this styled Cookie Swap with printables from our HWTM Shop by Natalie of Wonderfully Made Events! This is a great example of using all the pieces of a collection in your own way! Natalie uses decorative paper for adorable bunting & pretzel cones, gift tags as ornaments + garland decor, and the apron silhouettes as a table garland! Wonderfully done Natalie ;) Shop this collection here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Frosted milk bottle rims with red ball sprinkles, striped straws & washi tape decor
– Festive pinecone recipe card stand!
– Gift tags hung with mini clothes pins as Christmas tree ornaments and decorative garlands
– Holiday sleigh cookie display & dessert table backdrop

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Bright & Bubbly Sea Creature Birthday Party

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I always seem to find a few cute animals to squeeze into every party, so this Sea Creature Party by Nikki of Great Gatherings is right up my alley! I love the bright and bubbly colors, adorable fondant under water animals and ocean + Sea World inspired details… especially the fantastic under the sea cake that brought a tidal wave of fun for the little ones!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chocolate covered oreos with fondant sea animal toppers
– DIY anchor welcome sign, stenciled crates, painted wooden buoys & bookshelf boat display
– Bait Bucket party favors with cute sea creature graphics & name tags
– Blinfolded ‘Pin the Fin on the Shark’ activity

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SWEET GIVEAWAY: Candy Galaxy $100 Shopping Spree

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Winner update: 1/2/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #14 JENN SPINOZZI! Congrats!

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We have a sweet surprise to share: a shopping spree for… CANDY! We know how fun it can be to create a candy buffet, package clever-named party favors, and of course match your sweets to the party decor! So Candy Galaxy is giving one lucky winner a $100 SHOPPING SPREE to their HUGE selection of candy!

Candy Galaxy has an incredible variety of sweet options, from assorted colored candygourmet gift baskets and glass jars filled with candy! They even have candies by occasion: baby shower candy, wedding candyValentines candy and more! With more than 90 candy types, you’re sure to find lot’s to fill your goody bag! ;)

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Favorite Detail: Carnival Ticket Cake Bunting

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I’ve found a winner! This Carnival Ticket Cake Bunting by Kendra of My Insanity is SO creative! Using simple striped straws, baker’s twine, scrapbook sticker letters & of course carnival tickets (Paired with an adorable award winning ribbon crafted from a coffee filter, ruffled ribbon and cupcake liners!) made for a clever cake topper that would be adorable for any carnival or circus themed celebration!

Click on the album image (below) to check out the full County Fair Birthday Party!

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RECIPE: Cool & Minty Vanilla Bean Cocktail

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We just had to share this delicious, super easy and fabulous Minty Vanilla Bean Cocktail! It’s perfect for a holiday after-dinner drink, winter wonderland party, or a refreshing girl’s night in! And the best part is… half of all the One Hope Wine proceeds go towards charity. Think Toms, but for wine ;)

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Chic Vintage Mad Hatter Bridal Shower

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Grab a seat for tea at this Chic Vintage Mad Hatter Bridal Shower! Incredible vintage chic mini mad hatter hats, bride-to-be shabby chic attire & fun patterned Alice in Wonderland themed photo props dressed the guests to match the stunning vintage decor that Kristy of Momental Designs envisioned for a storybook celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Decorative paper heart garland and hanging clocks
– Vintage gold frames, books, crates & decorative chinaware
– Tea lunch and ‘Eat Me’ cookies for dessert!
– Gorgeous water color style themed lunch menu!
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Stylish Ariel Inspired Princess Mermaid Party

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Heather of Sweet Boochie transformed her backyard into a super stylish and super cute “Under the Sea Wonderland” with a dress up station, hidden treasures and a crafted dessert table for her daughter’s Ariel Inspired Princess Mermaid Party! Each girl dressed up as mermaid princess with their very own adorable homemade mermaid costumes and satin purple, starfish embellished headbands. The little mermaids dined on ‘bottom of the sea desserts’, made pearl bracelets and more fabulous party fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– ‘Sand dunes’ with white washed picket fencing, tall grass and signs to mark each activity station
– Make your own pearl bracelet, ‘Find the Pearl’ in the sand, dress up activities & story time!
– Bottom of the Sea Desserts: Sand Dollar Oreos, Starfish Brownies & Sandy Shell Cupcakes
– Leave a message in a bottle for the birthday girl!
– Nail painting station with a pearl strand chandelier

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Sea Salt Caramels & Peanut Butter Fudge {Recipes}

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Need a special treat that can be packaged up for a delectable Christmas gift? We have TWO to share… If you are looking for a quick last minute recipe try out the Peanut Butter Fudge, and if you’re on a mission to impress (with culinary genius) these Sea Salt Caramels will have everyone wanting you as their Secret Santa ;)

P.S. Add a layer of chocolate fudge for peanut-buttery-chocolatey-goodness & use the amazing caramel in liquid form for a special layer in pies or on your homemade brittle!

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Vintage Vote for the Little Man Party

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Let’s vote! Who loves this election inspired little man party as much as I do!? To celebrate Jack’s first birthday, Emily and Amelia of Let’s Geaux Party rallied for a Vintage Vote for the Little Man Party! With custom election posters, all american eats and patriotic decor at this political bash, the guests No. 1 choice was sure to be the “Little Man Jack!”

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Red Republican Donkey and Blue Democrat Elephant Cupcakes
– Vintage election posters, picket yard sign & canvas painted backdrop
– Homemade (star crusted!) apple pies in mason jars with vintage American labels
– Button invitation for guests to wear in “Support of their No. 1 Candidate”
– Patriotic smash cake with an adorable red, white & blue elephant topper!

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{Pink & Orange} Modern 40th Birthday

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Inspired by the birthday girl’s bubbly personality and her fun career in fashion, Jenny of Bloom Designs chose bright fuchsia, apricot and geometric patterns for this Modern 40th Birthday Bash! Just like the theme, the party has lots of sparkling personal touches, like the shimmery orange cake pops with monogram party circles and the amazing mini glittered champagne bottle party favors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– White window pane backdrop with a wooden monogram painted in pink!
– Candy filled glass jars: salt water taffy, orange slices, dots, gumballs & rock candy
– Three tier ombre polka dot birthday cake!
– Cheesecake mousse with orange gelee, raspberry mousse
– Drink station with frozen mimosa pops, jello shots & kir royales with rock candy stirrers

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Dreamy Pink Dessert Table (Butterflies & Polka Dots)

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This Dreamy Pink Dessert Table just took my breath away! Helen of Kiss My Cakes paired dainty desserts in delicate pink and crisp white with a sweet butterfly and polka dot theme… which would be perfect for a baby shower or first birthday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeous cake with polka dots and butterflies and topped with a pastel pink fondant bow
– Fondant butterfly cupcake toppers & paper polkadot butterfly cakepop decorations
– Vintage white candy bowls and various white, pink & glass cakestands

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Whimsical Under the Sea Baby Shower (Gender Neutral)

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This Whimsical Under the Sea Baby Shower truly looks like a ‘Whale of a good time!’ With celebrity baby name match-up, adorable mini soap favors and cute sea creature onesies. Jen of Woolston + Grace Weddings dreamed up a gorgeous, outdoor gender neutral shower with precious details and adorable party signs doubling as sweet nursery decor!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable whale cake topper spouting beads of water
– Stunning watercolor invitation set tied in pink twine
– Paper ‘mamma and baby whale’ straw toppers + glass jar drinks for “Sweet Baby Woolston”
– “Dear Baby” note cards and bingo!

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Elegant Breakfast at Tiffany’s Inspired First Birthday

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Named after the elegant, oh so glamorous Audrey Hepburn, Marci wanted to create a lavish namesake Breakfast at Tiffany’s Inspired First Birthday Party for her daughter! To give the black and teal palette a softer approach, the ladies of Entwined Design added silver accents, blush pinks and of course, lots of gorgeous florals! (I am loving the delicate orchid & tulip chandeliers!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Classic Tiffany’s Gift Wrap Box Cake
– Audrey Hepburn inspired black birthday girl dress with pearls and a tiara!
– White and powder blue cake pops & vanilla cupcakes with pink frosting sprinkled with “pearls”
– Glittered styrofoam cubes, silver sequin fabric tablecloth & rhinestone wrapped vases
– Ring pop favors in Tiffany Blue boxes tied with white ribbon!

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Ruffled Rainbow Dessert Table

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Taste the rainbow… with hearts and ruffles! From sprinkled cupcakes and striped heart cookies to an AMAZING ruffled cake and matching cake pops, this Ruffled Rainbow Dessert Table is COVERED in colors! My friend Paige of Paiges of Style always throws fun, colorful & inspiring parties (to see more of her fabulous features go here and here)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rainbow striped party hats with a red pom pom ball fringe
– Striped paper rosettes + an eye-catching ombre rainbow paper rosette backdrop
– Cute rainbow party invitation with a fun request: Please wear your favorite color of the rainbow!
Heart striped (and rainbow of course!) cupcake toppers & rainbow confetti printable wrappers

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Clever 30th Backyard Beer Tasting Party

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This party’s pint glass is half full with all kinds of creativity! Jessica of iblog4-u did a lot of planning to make this 30th Backyard Beer Tasting Party come to life for her husband’s big day (and for their 2nd anniversary!). With a BBQ style menu and delicious beer plus the ridiculously clever party signage (including the beer bucket signs: Ale yeah!, India Who You Callin’ Pale Ale & Does this make me look Stout), I score Jessica a 5 for a FABULOUS ‘Libation Celebration!’

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– ‘Good People Drink Good Beer’ poster & custom corn hole game for guests to sign
– BBQ Buffet: ribs, pulled pork, sour kraut & bratwurst, coleslaw, mac n’ cheese & cornbread
– Tasting sheet with area to list ‘beers to remember’ & ‘beers to forget’ :)
– Custom logo pint glass for beer tasting (doubling as party favors!)
– Amazing “hoppy” beer bottle cap 30th birthday cake

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Naughty & Nice Winter Shimmer Dessert Table

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Mia of Platinum Events & Productions made a shining appearance at a Beverly Hills Holiday Party with her simply elegant Winter Shimmer Dessert Table! Decked out in white sparkle, glitter & silver snowflakes, the treat labels remind you to to be naughty or nice when deciding what sweets to take home in your gift bag!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Glitter frosted snowflake sugar cookies
– ‘Naughty and Nice’ custom candy bar labels & kettle corn bag tags
– Glass Apothecary jars filled with meringues, rock candy & snowflake cookies
– Silver ornament Christmas Tree Towers
– Mini pudding shots & cupcakes decorated with silver balls

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{Party of 5} Santa Breakfast, Wedding, Wine & Cheese, Christmas Sweet Shoppe & Circus Dessert Table

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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:

– Breakfast with Santa
– Black & White Homemade Wedding
– Wine & Cheese Graduation Party
– Christmas Sweet Shoppe Dessert Table
– Circus Dessert Table

1. Breakfast with Santa (pictured above) by laurenhaddox

2. Homemade Wedding by Lindsan

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Spectacular Aviator Airplane Party

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Eric shares a passionate bond with his grandfather for their love of airplanes, so mom Marisol of Modishly Delish Events Inc., took-off organizing an Aviator Airplane Party for his birthday! In a local museum with beautiful historic planes (as a fabulous party backdrop), Marisol decorated with ‘3rd fighter squadrons’ drawing inspiration from the miliary for a high-flying, spectacular party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Aviator flight cookies + Mini Cheesecake cups with F-16 planes painted on spoons
– Birthday cake with textured blue skies cake, puffy white clouds & jet plane figurines
– ‘AV8R’ treat bags + pilot crew name tags on gold chains
– Visit from Captain America and kids face painting activities

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Nutcracker Ballet Inspired Holiday (Sugar Plum Shoppe)

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Loralee Lewis and her daughters adore the enchanted Nutcracker play, so she whipped up this dreamy Sugar Plum Shoppe inspired by the ballet! Pink satin ribbons and ornate pastel signs paired with oversized ‘sugar plum’ desserts displayed in frosty window panes make me want to share this magical story with my own daughters. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful vintage cabinet with frosted windows filled with pastel frosted cakes and holiday treats
– “Dance and Dream” party flags for pretty pink juice + chocolate mouse truffles!
– ‘DREAM’ doily and ribbon garland with pink feathered ballerina shoes
– Silver-glittered pink ballerina ornaments as party favors

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