Creative & Unique “Easter Bunny Pirate Party”

pirate bunny easter party telescopes and drinks

New twists on traditional holidays are always fun, and this Easter Bunny PIRATE Party from Cio Prints is definitely a new combination – at least in my book! The “pirate” angle was inspired by the popular “hunting for treasure-filled eggs” Easter activity – which is exactly what pirates do… well, the hunting for treasure part at least. ;) There are so many creative ideas in here for regular pirate parties too – from the super cool DIY ship sail backdrop to the sword “banner” and more!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clever treats like popcorn “barnacles”, & “scurvy prevention” orange candy slices
– Cool striped spy glass telescopes
– Treasure maps with “The Infernos of Fire” & “The Land of Bath”
– Fun outdoor activities like a cannon ball (water balloon) toss!

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AMAZING Very Hungry Caterpillar Party {1st Birthday}

hungry caterpillar birthday party cake

We’ve featured parties inspired by The Very Hungry Caterpillar before, but I always get excited when something something this classic is reinvented! Lily Chic Events brought so many AMAZING details together for this incredible Very Hungry Caterpillar Party – I just can’t get over the ridiculously cute caterpillar cake pops sprouting from mini potted plants!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Fantastic Hungry Caterpillar cake with fondant fruit & caterpillar
  • A custom dessert table backdrop that adds a huge splash of color!
  • Book inspired food labels & printables featuring spectacular hand-drawn illustrations
  • A birthday present + family photos that will make your heart swell

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Teddy Bear Picnic Birthday Party {Inspired by the Book}

teddy bear picnic birthday party with decorations

Parties based on children’s books (like this Book Themed Baby Shower) are always so fun and nostalgic!

Kiss Me Kate Events dreamed up this adorable Teddy Bear Birthday Party inspired by the Teddy Bears Picnic book. I just love all the cute plush bears (and their bunny friends) that showed up for this darling picnic party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Teddy Bear “party greeters” in polka dot bows
  • Nature inspired decor: moss table runner, pine cones, wood stumps, etc
  • Amazing treats like Toadstool Meringues and Honey Jar & Teddy Bear cookies
  • Teddy bear headbands and mini picnic basket favors

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Fabulous Find: Ashley’s Awesome Animals

cute owl print

Ashley Percival’s illustrations are wonderfully quirky & cute… I can definitely picture a party theme inspired by the unique style of her Awesome Animal Art! They remind me of whimsical children’s book illustrations.

The limited edition prints are sold in her Etsy shop (currently at buy 2 get 1 free!) so head on over to check out more four-eyed owls and skateboard-toting bears…

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Fruity & Refreshing POPSICLE Cocktails {Cheers!}

popsicle cocktails - strawberry and tangerine

These refreshing, perfect-for-summer “Popsicle Cocktails” are SO easy and totally delicious! You can make them with any flavor you like – we used strawberry and tangerine fruit bars here. Make sure to use popsicles made with real fruit for the freshest taste.

SAY CHEERS!

– To create a light spritzer, combine equal parts champagne & ginger ale.
– For a fruity cocktail, go with 3 parts ginger ale to 1 part white rum or vodka.

Add the popsicles to either version right before serving. They’ll dissolve into the drinks as guests enjoy them. Think of them kind of like a REALLY BIG garnish. ;)

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Patriotic Star Spangled S’mores Bars {Recipe}

diy tutorial for patriotic s'mores bars

MEMORIAL DAY is almost upon us, and you know what that means! It’s time for some grillin’, chillin’ and fun in the sun! Hi, it’s Carrie Sellman from Half Baked, the cake blog for sweet inspiration. I’m thrilled to be back today, sharing a fun update on a classic all-American treat… s’mores!

Baked as a bar cookie, these oven s’mores meet my two basic party-food requirements. They can be made in advance (check) and will easily serve a crowd (check, check). A traditional graham cracker crust is baked until golden and topped with a silky smooth chocolate cream. And what’s a Memorial Day treat without some patriotic pride? Star shaped marshmallows in red, white and blue give these s’more a festive flair. Liven up your backyard BBQ with these patriotic Star Spangled S’mores Bars.

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Get Your GRILL On! {Summer Grilling Party Theme}

summer hot dog grilling station for a summer party plus free printables

Summer is pretty much synonymous with firing up the grill at backyard get-togethers around here – it’s one of my very favorite things about this time of year!

That’s why I was really excited when Hebrew National asked us to partner with them on a new Summer Grilling Party theme to compliment their “Better-Than-A-Hotdog Hotdogs“… what a great excuse to dream up some fun new outdoor party ideas that can be put to good use this summer – starting this weekend with Memorial Day!

summer bbq sauce favors for a grilling party

GET YOUR GRILL ON

Hebrew National hot dogs are made with premium cuts of 100% Kosher beef with No Fillers, No By-Products, No Artificial Flavors, and No Colors.

And because one good thing deserves another, I wanted to make sure that this new Summer Grilling Party theme came packed with lots of perfect-for-summer printables that you can download for FREE right here, as well as outdoor party ideas that are both creative and approachable. For example, DIY “Mini Charcoal Grill” centerpieces, refreshing popsicle cocktails, super easy s’mores cupcakes, & an all-decked-out hot dog bar!

CLICK HERE to check out the entire party theme editorial style, or browse the Summer Grilling Party album in our social site. I hope you’re able to use some of these ideas at your own summer celebrations this year — whether it’s a graduation party, birthday party or a just-for-fun get together with friends & family!

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PHOTO CONTEST from Hebrew National

You can also click here for your chance to win great prizes from Hebrew National! After you’ve set up your summer grill celebration, you’ll also be all set to enter Hebrew National’s Snap-and-Share Photo Contest.

To enter, just Spot Hebrew National being served (in this case likely at your very own summer barbeque!). Snap a photo of your Hebrew National sighting. Share your photo by uploading it to the contest photo gallery. You’ll be entered to win a $100 grocery store gift card. Winners will be named weekly, so “snap-and-share” as often as possible! (There’s also one grand prize trip to New York City up for grabs!) Click here to enter today!

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And now for more sneak peek images of the full party theme, starting with these ridiculously ADORABLE covered grill cake pops by kCreative:

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FREE Printables: Summer Grilling Party / BBQ Party

free summer bbq party printables - 4x6 signs

Lots of new FREE printables to share with you today! I designed this collection for the new SUMMER GRILLING PARTY theme we recently created for Hebrew National. You can check out full party details and see all of these printables in use right here. Just click on an image or link to download the associated party printable in high-resolution format. Use one or use them all… ENJOY! Jenn :)

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WATER BOTTLE LABELS (2 designs in one pdf) – download high-res pdf

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GIVEAWAY: Picnic Pack + Michelob ULTRA Light Cider

michelob ultra light cider giveaway

Winner update: 6/4/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #11 – ROCIO. Congrats, have fun picnicking!

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We have a fun new GIVEAWAY up for grabs today! If you love cider AND good excuses to celebrate outdoors, this fun Summer Picnic Pack starring the brand new Michelob ULTRA Light Cider should be right up your alley… and one lucky HWTM reader is going to win it!

We received one of these picnic packs to review ahead of time, and everything about it is truly great, from the taste of the Light Cider itself – crisp & refreshing with only 120 calories! – to the super cute & convenient Table in a Bag from Crate & Barrel. My husband and I used this giveaway post as the perfect excuse to go “work” in one of our favorite grassy spots in Del Mar… and I can’t tell you how many people stopped to ask us where we got “the cool little table” when we were setting up this mini shoot. ;)

michelob ultra light cider picnic pack - green and yellow

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE GIVEAWAY:

– $20 Gift Card for Michelob ULTRA Light Cider
– Portable Table in a Bag
– Striped Picnic Blanket + 2 Matching Napkins
– 2 Acrylic Tumblers
– Cutting Board + Artisan Crackers + Summer Sausage
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DIY Tutorial: “Mini Charcoal Grill Trio” Centerpiece

mini bbq centerpiece for a summer grilling party - diy tutorial

I really wanted to feature something creative & unique as the table centerpiece for our brand new Summer Grilling Party theme (posting later today!!), so my first thought was to go REALLY literal and create some miniature charcoal grills. Luckily, the shape of charcoal grills makes them very easy to emulate using inexpensive & easily accessible materials – hooray!

First, I found 3 melamine bowls at Target that matched our party color palette perfectly, then filled them with charcoal and topped them with painted bamboo skewers for the “grill” tops. Oh ya… can’t forget orange sprinkles for the “embers”! ;)

diy tutorial for a mini charcoal grill table centerpiece

Old shot glasses from our cabinet were flipped upside down and coated in shiny silver spray paint to create the bases for the grills. (The tallest shot glass was a joke gift that my husband had received a while back with a rival football team’s logo on it, so he was pretty happy to see that one “go”!) Finally, little hot glue to attach the stands to the grills and – voila! The modern Mini Charcoal Grill Trio was complete.

I’m pretty happy with how these little guys turned out… wouldn’t they be cute for a camping party theme or Tailgate too?! Read on for the step-by-step instructions… (more…)

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“Yin & Yang” Hot Pink, Silver, & Navy Blue Wedding

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Bold colors and a mix of feminine and masculine inspired details lend serious drama to this Hot Pink, Navy & Silver Wedding from YourBASH! Designer Brian Worley explains “I designed this reception space with the masculine and feminine in mind, or the Yin and the Yang. Utilizing strong wood tables and a Sapphire and French Blue textured runner from Wildflower Linens, modern ceramic vases and monochromatic flowers lead the eye down a path of movement and punctuated beauty.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Mood setting floral wall projection in passionate pink
  • Monochromatic florals in an eclectic mix of white vases & mercury glass
  • Sapphire blue table runners to ad a masculine touch
  • Rhinestone-embellished navy + hot pink menus and place cards designed by me :)

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Rain Inspired Bridal Shower + FREE Printables

rain shower party bridal shower gold and aqua banner

Jenna, Sarah & Kate threw such a sweet bridal shower for their soon-to-be sister-in-law Laura! Clever details and homemade touches made this “Rain Shower” Bridal Shower truly lovely. And really – could there BE a more perfect bridal shower decoration than a suspended umbrella with heart shaped rain?! I think not. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Build your own” fruit pizza bar (FUN!)
  • Homemade sugar scrub activity that doubled as the party favor
  • Precious gold name banner with aqua fringe
  • Adorable FREE Printables {Water Bottle & Sugar Scrub Labels} designed by Kate

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Get the most out of your Printables! {+ Pop Star Party}

pop star party

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with another “Budget Chic” guest post where I share with you my tips on how you can have a Fabulous high-end looking event for less!  Today’s post is all about how to get the most bang for your buck when using Personalized Printables. Here I created a Pop Star Party using my “POP-arazzi” design collection!

I’m sure you’ve all seen printables used as cupcake toppers, signs, tent cards, etc… so, my mission is to show you a few out-of-the-box ways to use what’s included in your DIY printable package to create high-end looking custom items that you may not have thought of previously. (more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Clever Denim Pocket Banner

Denim Pocket Banner

Jessica from Pen N’ Paperflowers Studio & Design here… I love creating clever party decor for events that are smart, budget-friendly and versatile enough to continue to be used after the confetti and cupcakes are all gone.

So today I’m here to share with you a DIY Denim Pocket Banner I created for my daughter’s “Pocket Full of Posies” third birthday party. Not only is it simple and budget-friendly, but it’s also adorable and easily adaptable for a variety of occasions!

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“In Full Bloom” – A French Bistro Inspired Baby Shower

french garden baby shower "in full bloom" theme
Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs here, and I’m beyond excited to share something extra special with you today… my very own “In Full Bloom” French Baby Shower! As you may or may not know, my husband and I have three little boys and finally, we’ve been blessed with a little girl who will be arriving in July!

I was so excited when my friends Laura and Lindsey of Double Take Event Styling offered to throw me a baby shower. You may remember Laura’s Chevron Stripe Bridal Shower that I helped style last summer. I knew anything they created would be nothing less than fabulous…

french garden baby shower decorations and potted plant merci favors

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I came up with the theme “In Full Bloom” because I feel like I am definitely in bloom! I designed the shower invitations myself and knew I didn’t want them to be baby-ish, but instead something that could work for many occasions, from baby showers to bridal showers or weddings.

The girls of Double Take Event Styling were inspired by an outdoor French bistro and wanted the feeling of the party to be soft and feminine. We combined our two ideas and came up with the most beautiful baby shower ever… not that I’m biased or anything! wink ;)

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{Party of 5} Father’s Day, Elvis Birthday, Snow White Party, French High Tea, Derby Theme Fundraiser

father's day dessert table in light blue and burlap

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:

– Father’s Day Dessert Table
– Elvis Presley Birthday Party
– Snow White Party
– French High Tea Party
– Derby Fundraiser

1. Father’s Day Dessert Table (pictured above) by LAURA’S little PARTY

2. Elvis Presley 3rd Birthday Party by Flavia

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Spectacular Rainbow Paint Party {Kids Birthday}

rainbow paint party invitation

I always get excited when I see a rainbow party, especially one with a unique twist… like this spectacular Rainbow Paint Party from Petite Party Studio that’s absolutely bursting with creativity! My favorite detail has got to be the fabulous rice krispie treat “paint brushes” – super clever AND easy – 2 of my very favorite adjectives for party details. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Colorful candy displayed in clear paint cans with cute paintbrush labels
  • Painters palette cookies made with m&ms and vanilla frosting
  • “Artist Tools” utensil packets in awesome orange chevron bags
  • Masterpieces by all the guests using paints & Spin Art!

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Colorful & Modern Little Monster Birthday Party

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What a crazy-fun looking party! Karen Ayars created this colorful and modern Little Monster Party for a first birthday celebration. Her aim to make it playful and “simply FUN” was spot on with this adorable assortment of bright colors, toys & treats!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Plush monster dolls and individual polka dot packaged cupcakes
  • Monster birthday party kids table with mixed color chairs & cute party hats
  • Fun photo booth props {oversize ribbon-wrapped frame + giant monster mouths!}
  • “Monster” candy holder centerpieces fashioned from jars, fabric, & big googly eyes

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{Fresh Sea Breeze} Gender Neutral Baby Shower

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HWTM Contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff, here – excited to share our new baby shower theme! Ready for a totally do-able and fresh gender neutral baby shower?  Sea breeze inspired hues of mint, aqua, lime, and yellow set the stage for some yummy desserts and soft, yet striking decor!

THEME HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Homemade “Baby Pickles” favors in upcycled glass baby food jars.
  • Decorative monogram “B” silhouette trimmed in yarn!
  • Yarn Pom and Marshmallow Pop bouquets
  • Yarn Cupcake Topper “Rattles”

gender neutral baby shower sweets table

We {Anders Ruff} love to go overboard incorporating fabulous professional dessert artists, party decor companies and seamstresses.  There is so much talent out there, but there is also the reality of a budget.  This time we Anders Ruff girls did it all on our own {with exception of our sidekick photographer, Becca Bond Photography}.  It was fun to create a realistic menu including easy and beautiful desserts and finger foods that we made ourselves.

Jenn has always been an inspiration and we have always admired her creative use of yarn.  Yarn is such an economical embellishment and while we were trying to show a “down to earth” baby shower, it seemed like it would set the tone perfectly.

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{Neon & Radical!} 80s Themed 30th Birthday Party

80s party ideas invitation

Flashback to 1982! Alanna Andes Events + Parties + Design threw a super RAD 80’s Themed 30th Birthday Party covered in DIY decorations that TOTALLY ROCK! From old school Ninenteno and Atari inspired details to Pac-Man garlands and slinky toy backdrops, read on to check out tons of fun 80s party ideas…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Creative cassette tape garlands and centerpieces
  • Clever homemade VHS “cake stands” paired with slinky backdrops
  • A photo booth with amazing props and accessories (Just look at that jean vest!)
  • Neon colors and classic 80’s style fonts & patterns
  • Throwback decor like Rubix cubes, Jenga, Nintendo & crazy-haired Trolls

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Pink & Purple Princess Birthday Party

pink and purple princess party dress up outfits

When it comes to birthday parties for little girls, “princess” and “pink” are definitely popular requests! Amy from Amy Nichols Special Events had one client that was so happy with her daughter’s first pink princess birthday party that she requested the exact same thing the following year! Designers always want to bring something new to the table though… so check out Rose’s 3rd Birthday Party from last year, then see how Amy gave it a fresh new spin the 2nd time around with this Pink & Purple Princess Party – simply by switching up the accent color (yellow to purple) and the types of treats!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Darling cups & saucers as place settings
  • Dress up clothes to turn every guest into a Princess for the day!
  • Diamond ring shaped crayons in pink, purple, and white
  • Metallic pink cupcake wrappers and scalloped toppers with a sprinkle of glitter

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{Modern Chic} Silver and Pink Bridal Shower

pink silver bridal shower place setting

Tali’s Silver and Pink Bridal Shower is incredibly creative and overflowing with chic, sparkly details! There’s such a wonderful mix of glam elements and personalized, handmade touches in everything from the food and decor to the favors and games… if you’re looking for creative bridal shower inspiration, you’ve come to the right party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A darling rhinestone-bedecked gumball machine made from terracotta pots
  • Sweet “I do” cupcakes wrapped in lace
  • Beautiful floral centerpieces that completely brighten up the space
  • Jeweled details and metallic silver touches for added sparkle
  • Gorgeous food styling on the mini pancakes, jello mold, Chinese chicken salad & more!

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DREAM Bridal Event {Sparkles, Retro, & Vintage Glam}

dream wedding event furniture

Staying true to its name, this DREAM Bridal Event is overflowing with dreamy details like vintage glam furniture, romantic florals, and fluffy hanging clouds dripping with sparkles!

Alchemy Fine Events & InvitationsIsari Flower Studio, and Luna Photo coordinated an incredible list of vendors to collaborate on an amazing night filled with tons of beautiful wedding inspiration for guests to soak up. “DREAM” was an interactive event and much more intimate experience than the segmented booth displays that are standard at most bridal events… Guests could do things like create their own mini-boutonniere, mix & match china, mix up their own cocktails, experiment with lighting combinations, have flowers put in their hair, & more… how FUN!

EVENT HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • An inspiring mix of Retro Glam + Pop Art styles
  • Sparkle, sparkle everywhere – from the sequined table lines to the dishes & desserts!
  • Throwback furniture surrounded by robust room designs
  • Dreamy clouds dripping with crystals, stunning florals & more…

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“Simply White” Wedding {Elegance + Natural Elements}

elegant white wedding placecard

This “Simply Elegant” White Wedding – designed by YourBASH! and held in the famous Crown Room at Hotel del Coronado – is sure to make any traditional bride swoon!

Sometimes limiting the color palette can inspire and highlight wonderfully creative ideas that may otherwise get overlooked. For example, the gorgeous tables in this wedding reception alternated between beautiful (and very masculine) dark wooden rectangles and standard 72″ rounds covered in a crisp white pleated linens. Such a great contrast dreamed up by Brian Worley! How many weddings have you attended where only half the tables are covered with linens? If you’re like me, then none… but it totally works AND gives you the flexibility to a whole new layer of design to the room!

WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Lots of wood & natural textures used throughout
  • Lush white florals & soft candlelight for a romantic vibe
  • Mod minimalist menus & place cards embellished with pearls for a touch of shimmer
  • All-white tier cake adorned in white butterfly silhouettes

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Posh & Pink Safari Baby Shower {+ lots of Sparkle}

pink safari baby shower glitter globe

Honeycomb Events & Design created this beautiful boyish Safari Baby Shower a while back, and it was so well received that they just had to glam it up for the girls! And glam it up they did… blue giraffes became pink elephants, while sparkly rhinestones adorned everything from spoons to decor (just check out that GLOBE!). The result? A fabulous Posh & Pink Safari Baby Shower!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A crafty, homemade wooden shim backdrop
  • Strawberry rhubarb parfait favors with bedazzled wooden spoons
  • Popcorn cones displayed in peanut-filled crates (gotta keep the pink elephants happy!)
  • An amazing safari globe with over 1,500 pink rhinestones

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Hula Hoop Birthday Party {Confetti & Polka Dots}

pink hula hoop birthday party

We are just LOVING this adorable, confetti-filled Hula Hoop Birthday Party and all its playful colors and polka dots! Atalanta of Camellia Flowers and Gifts wanted to throw a birthday party that her daughter Camille would never forget, and it looks like it worked (at least on me!). In fact, after looking at these super fun pics again, I’m pretty sure “hula hoop confetti party/photo shoot” needs to be added to my bucket list. Everyone needs pics like these, right? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A fabulous photo booth with fun props + confetti!
  • Playful summer beach pails filled with tight bunches of carnations
  • Pretty flower-embellished party cups
  • The cutest bunting banner with cheeky “No Boys Allowed” and “Girls Only” tags
  • Hula hooping of course… and a surprise limo ride!

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Homemade “Kissing Booth” {DIY Photo Booth}

diy kissing photo booth

We’ve definitely seen homemade photo booths with all different themes around here (most recently Willy Wonka & Toy Story) but this is the first time we’ve received an actual Kissing Booth!

Mary from A Silly Whim enjoyed the photo booth at her wedding so much that she wanted to try making one herself – and she did a fantastic job of bringing this one to life! This concept could of course be translated to any theme you like – ticket booth for a carnival party, lemonade stand for a summer birthday bash, and so on…

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Homemade props & and a breakdown of how they were made
  • Instant photos {great favor idea!}
  • Funny photo booth props on sticks

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Vintage Comic Inspired Superhero Party Collection

superhero vintage party with bright drinks and green straws

Calling all Superheros… there has been a SWEETS EXPLOSION! From top to bottom, Debbie of Wants and Wishes did a BANG up job with this creative & colorful, Lichtenstein-inspired Vintage Superhero Party collection. This would make a fun celebration for any superhero loving boy or girl!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Comic style decorative explosions + POW, ZAP, & BOOM
  • Easy themed treats like POPcorn bags and custom-wrapped “Super” Crunch bars
  • Bright blue Hero Drinks and Hero H20 to wash it all down!

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The Hunger Games Book Club Party {Creativity ON FIRE}

hunger games movie party mockingjay cake

Photographer (and Hunger Games fan!) Wendy Uppergraff hosted this super creative Hunger Games Premiere Party to celebrate the release of the movie. Who was invited? Her book club of course! Everyone brought a creative food dish inspired by the book to share, and after filling up on Mockingjay Wings, Rue’s Berries, Haymitch’s Drunken Noodles, Capital Wine & more – they all went to the midnight release!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A drop dead awesome Mockingjay Pin enflamed cake!
Hunger Games fan shirts, themed decorations, & necklace favors
– A trivia game with over 100 questions drawn from a “tribute bowl”

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Creative Twilight Premiere Party {Red, Black, & Sparkle}

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Premiere parties are so fun to create, especially when they’re for a mega-popular series like the Twilight Saga. The night before Breaking Dawn Part 1 released, Erin from Bringing Up Burns hosted this amazing and super-creative Pre-Premiere Twilight Party for 30 of her girlfriends! If you’re in search of ideas for your own Twilight celebration – maybe a pre-party for Breaking Dawn Part 2 this November? – Erin’s party is filled with with tons of glitzy, vampire-inspired inspiration for food, games, party favors, and more… (P.S. I spy free Twilight printables from HWTM too!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Creative apple-shaped food labels displayed on glittery red clothespins
– An Italian-inspired menu complete with “Volturi wine”
– Red “Vampire’s Dream” shots served in syringes
– Red roses, dripping candles and chess pieces sprinkled throughout
– Homemade Twilight cover-inspired black mittens with red apples stitched in the palms!

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