“Doggone Cute” 50th Surprise Birthday Party

dog party centerpiece

Erin of Erin Hession Photography “fetched” a group together to help create this “Doggone Cute” 50th Surprise Birthday Party to honor her Aunt Mary (owner of an upscale dog retreat & proud mommy of 2 loving Greyhounds)! Look out for the “Snicker Poodle” cookies, “Pupcakes” and more tail-wagging treats on the doggy dessert buffet!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Dog collar, dog bone & tennis ball centerpieces + dog bone folded napkins
  • Four-Tier birthday cake with dog house photo frame topper
  • Greyhound ice sculpture with “Sit” in vinyl stickers on the window
  • “Bailey’s Irish Setter” specialty cocktail from the “Water Bowl” bar

dog party ideas

dog cupcakes and cookies


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Christmas Dessert Table & Cocoa Bar {+ FREE Printables}

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“All is Calm, All is Bright” from Silent Night inspired this serene Christmas Dessert Table & Cocoa Bar. Wanting to slow down the rush of the holiday season, Deanna of Mirabelle Creations, crafted a peaceful holiday party full of easy DIY elements like a coffee filter garland and homemade sweets including dainty flower topped sugar cookies. (And in the spirit of giving, she is even sharing her printables! Click here to download!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Yummy powdered sugar doughnut hole wreath with a big green bow!
– Modern Greek key pattern fabric backdrop
– Key lime parfaits, Mini Vanilla Ruffled Cakes & Oreo Truffle Pops
– Hot cocoa bar garland made from brown & white coffee filters and doilies

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Dramatic Black and White Dessert Table

black and white dessert table

With just the image of the cake design, Betty of P&J by Design, created a dramatic dessert table inspired by the lace detailing for a Black & White Engagement Party. With the delicacy of lace, she hand crafted the beautiful fabric table cloth & backdrop as well as the pretty paper flowers! (For matching black & white tablescape ideas click here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Custom made rosette linen table cloth and lace fabric backdrop + handmade large paper flowers
  • Black and white fondant cupcake decor & frosted sugar cookies
  • Vintage white candy bowls & tableware
  • Vanilla macarons with chocolate drizzle & printable lace pattern chocolate wrappers

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Whimsical Winter Wonderland Dessert Table

winter wonderland cookies

HWTM Contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share our recent whimsical Winter Wonderland Party full of sweet snowy surprises. The scene was set with an antique window backdrop that was framed with snowy trees decked out in birds and (edible cookie) snowflakes!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Meringue pine tree snow globe favors (in mason jars with twine trim)
– German glass glittered snowflakes (out of antique book pages!)
– “Chocolate Snow” rimmed mint martinis with a red bird and peppermint garnish
– Spray painted white tree branches with hanging snowflake cookies and hand sewn birds

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Sweet Gingerbread House Decorating Party

gingerbread hot cocoa cookie garnishes

If you’re dreaming of cozy hot drinks and gingerbread houses Andressa of Twinkle Twinkle Little Party has a holiday party that while tickle your tastebuds! She had a genius idea to throw a Sweet Gingerbread House Decorating Party so the kids could play while the moms could have a chance to chat. From her hot cocoa bar with amazing gingerbread house cookie garnishes by Dream Cakes to the edible gingerbread play dough this party has amazing creativity and tons of inspiration for all you’re seasonal gingerbread cravings!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini gingerbread men holding gum drops in mint chocolate dipped spoons
– Kid’s decorating station with red aprons & chef hats
– Edible gingerbread play dough & gingerbread men cookie cutters
– Polka dot sprinkled holiday cake (to match the adorable party printables)!
– Christmas tree, hot cocoa mugs & cute snowman face cake pops

hot cocoa treat bags

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“Pop Into Summer” Bright Backyard Party

summer popcorn station

For just a moment, I just want to POP back into all the vibrant colors of summer! This Bright Backyard Party by Kristin & Lauren of Bellafare and Raquel Reis Photography was a clever “Pop Into Summer” Theme with a fun popcorn bar, “poppy” cocktails and Pop Rock Ice Cream Cups!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink labeled paper bags for an assorted flavor popcorn bar (garlic, truffled, spiced & more!)
– Orange striped fabric + mod circle pattern vases filled with peonies
– Bright pink pillows on chic white furniture + white lanterns with colorful candles
– Specialty cocktails: “The Rock ‘N Pop” & “Lollipop”

bright summer tablescape


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Peanut Butter Cookie Bars Recipe {+ FREE Gift Labels}


peanut butter

I did a baking/gifting project a couple days before Thanksgiving this year, but it’s actually super yummy for ANY time of year – especially if you’re a fan of sweet-and-gooey, peanut buttery goodness like me. ;)

So if you’re looking for a decadent dessert to serve at your holiday party or bring to a cookie exchange… or maybe you just want something fun to bake… these Peanut Butter Cookie Bars are sure to be a hit! You can also swap out the Reese’s Pieces for peanut butter and white chocolate chips if you’re looking for a more winter holiday-ish look. Added bonus: FREE printable gift tags for you!

P.S. This is what my view from above looked like while I was making these cookie bars. ;)


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Playful Noah’s Ark Twins First Birthday {Korean Dol}

dol ceremony table

This Noah’s Ark First Birthday is double the fun! It’s a Korean Dol Celebration for twins Jacob & Jayden, dreamed up by friend Jennifer of May Details. The playful giraffes and fun colors just make me feel like a bright ball of cheer! For more twin first birthday ideas click here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Apothecary jars filled with party hats & custom candy bars on blue crinkled kraft paper
  • Birthday Cake with candy balloons + printable topper tied with a purple bow
  • Giraffe stuffed animals in embellished plant pots with paper balloons
  • Dol raffle jars tied with orange, blue & purple ribbons

twins first birthday dessert table


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DIY Tutorial: Marshmallow Dreidels (+ FREE Happy Hanukkah Printable)

diy marshmallow dreidels hannukah tutorial

As we start prepping for Hanukkah (tomorrow!) why not make the celebration of lights even sweeter with edible dreidels! Nicolle of Libby Lane Press, here sharing my simple tutorial for crafting dreidels out of salty and sweet treats.

This Marshmallow Dreidel DIY incorporates marshmallows, Hershey kisses, pretzel sticks, blue sprinkles and white frosting acting as ‘glue’. Not only is this a creative craft great for a play date or holiday celebration, but can also be festive a classroom treat during the holidays!


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{Party of 5} Christmas Caroling, Hot Cocoa Party, Christmas Dinner, Shoe Party & Strawberry Shortcake

christmas caroling

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:

– Christmas Caroling Dinner Party
– Hot Chocolate Party
– Modern & Bright Christmas Dinner Party
– Shoe Designing Birthday Party
– Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Table

1. Christmas Caroling Party (pictured above) by Debby Kennedy Events & Design

2. Hot Chocolate Party by strawberrymommycakes

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Awesome Vintage Race Car Dessert Table

vintage car dessert table

Start your engines! Helen of Kiss My Cakes pulled out all the stops for this awesomely retro Vintage Race Car Dessert Table! Crisp white cake stands bright red, graphic vintage race car cans & an incredible Red Race Car Cake flag this party as a winner!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini car cupcake toppers (with an adorable tiny silver steering wheel!)
– Black & white checkered racecar flag linens, party flags & paper lining
– Cans with vintage graphic labels, stacked as backdrop
– “#1” blue sugar cookies lined in sparkly edible glitter

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“Twas the Night Before Christmas” Kids Brunch

kids christmas party

Inspired by the idea of combining two favorite holiday traditions, Dina of Deliciously Darling Events decided to give her family’s Christmas Brunch a playful Twas the Night Before Christmas theme! She styled every precious detail with creative flare & hung her stockings by the chimney with care… alongside an ADORABLE felt mitten advent calendar! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hot Chocolate with snowflake cookie garnishes
– Printable paper Christmas tree decorating craft + Santa beard chocolate lollipops
– Candy-filled “ornaments” made from mini vending machine capsules… so clever!!
– Washi tape embellished wooden cutlery, milk bottles & cake plates
– The most ridiculously cute “sleeping mouse” fondant toppers!

candy christmas ornaments

christmas tree decorating craft

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DIY Tutorial: River Rock Backdrop

river rock backdrop

We love creative backdrops, and today on the blog we shared Fresh & Relaxing Spa Party Ideas from Marigold Mom, where she created a super easy River Rock Backdrop! Read on for an easy DIY Tutorial by Angie and her (awesome) accidental tip! (more…)

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Fresh & Relaxing Spa Party Ideas

spa party cucumber cups

In need of some much deserved pampering, Angie of Marigold Mom wanted to treat her hard-working mom friends (and herself of course!) to this amazing Fresh & Relaxing Spa Party. From the cool, crisp infused “spa water”, bamboo fragrances & nature melodies to the stocked pampering stations, body scrubs & mud masks, how could you not relax in this tranquil setting? (This would also be a great idea for a Bachelorette or Adult Birthday Party!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Healthy lunch: cucumber feta cups, green fruit cups & wine country salad
  • “Spa water” with cucumber, lime & mint, green tea, green juice & mojitos
  • Brown sugar body scrub, hot rock therapy and mud mask facials
  • Manicure kit & (4 pronged) massager party favors to continue pampering at home!
  • DIY river rock backdrop (Tutorial here!)

spa lotion station

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Kids Farm Animal Barnyard Party {Joint Birthday}

barnyard dessert table

Since her kids were born on the same day, Bird of Bird’s Party wanted to settle on a theme for a joint boy + girl birthday. Living in the country near lots of farms, she new exactly what popular theme she would recreate this time… a Kids Farm Animal Barnyard Party (with some serious creativity)! “Hatching Chicks” cake pops displayed in egg cartons labelled with “Free Range Eggs” box labels, printable red barn favor boxes and mini metal milk churns filled with candies!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cupcakes inside mini metal pails, with green frosting & shredded wheat cereal “hay”
  • Milk bottles topped with mini straw hats and printable cow inspired bottle wraps
  • Mini “Farm Orchard” with homemade apple cake pops displayed in a stand covered with hay
  • “Pigs in Mud” chocolate pots with “Made on the Farm” labels
  • Mini white picket fence, hay bales & grass “tablecloth”

baby chick and egg cake pops

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Nautical First Birthday {Pinwheels & Whales}

nautical party dessert table

While literally waiting for her son to be born, Kristin of Paige Simple started planning for her son’s first birthday. Using inspiration from his nursery and party supplies she already had, Kristin celebrated with a gingham, polka dot & red striped Nautical Birthday Party that has us swooning over the adorable whales, precious birthday boy party hat & awesome dessert table backdrop!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable whale invitation, “Ahoy” straw flags & life raft “Welcome Aboard” sign
  • Graduated pinwheel tabletop display in red buckets
  • Whale sugar cookies, fondant cupcake toppers & Rice Krispie treats
  • Red, white & blue patterned party hats, pinwheels & banners
  • Silver bubble tin favors with pipe cleaner wands!

nautical whale first birthday

nautical welcome sign life raft


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Modern Spanish Bridal Shower

succulent decorations

Laura has a love for all things Spanish, including her financé ;) so Angie of Marigold Mom styled this Modern Spanish Bridal Shower for her friend and bride-to-be! She added contemporary touches like crafted spanish style banners with phrases like “Te Amo”, mini succulents and decorated paper rosettes for a vibrant celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Patterned doilies added to green, black & white paper rosettes with an “Amor” banner
  • Mini succulent pots wrapped in tin foil for food & drink signs
  • Jamon Queso y Chorizo con Pan, marinated carrots & olives
  • Simple drink station with sangria, lemon water & iced tea
  • Napoleon and Napoleon dulce de leche cakes with figs, berries & chocolate scripted congratulations

modern spanish buffet

napoleon bridal shower dessert


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White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread Cookie Recipe {Virtual Holiday Cookie Exchange}

white chocolate cherry shortbread cookies

Jessica from Pen N’ Paperflowers and Kim from The TomKat Studio are hosting a fun Bloggers + Bakers Holiday Cookie Exchange this week and I’m excited to be a part of it today!

I wanted to do something a little different and decided to try out a White Chocolate Cherry Shortbread recipe I’ve been eyeing for a while.This was my first try at this recipe, and I’m happy to report they were quick to make and turned out very yummy, especially if you’re a shortbread fan! I also opted for an easier decorating method than the half-dipped look from the original BHG recipe. After struggling with getting the dipping lines to look “clean” on a few, I decided that just piping frosting in the centers of the other 47 cookies would make life a WHOLE lot easier….and they still taste the same. ;)


To add a fun twist for holiday gifting, I also came up with an easy way to package them up to look like a pair of cherries using red cocktail napkins and floral wire + a free holiday gift tag “leaf” that you can download right here. Hope you like!

Scroll down for the full recipes, and check out a list of all the creative ladies involved in the virtual cookie exchange below – just click on a link to view their creations. Happy baking…and gifting! :) (more…)

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The Perfect Purse {+ We’re Giving One Away!}

the perfect purse

Winner update: 12/12/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #334 NICOLE J! Congrats!


Every so often, I find things that I love love love, and have to share. It’s Jen, your favorite photographer here at Hostess With The Mostess, and I’m excited to tell you about this awesome Kelly Moore Bag that I’m obsessed with. But even more exciting, we’re giving one lucky winner a bag of their choice! Read on for details!


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Holiday Recipe: Eggnog Shooters

gold eggnog shooters

Melissa Johnson (for my first contributor post!) here from Best Friends For Frosting, a website about all things dessert, DIY and Entertaining. With all of the holidays approaching, I wanted to make a special drink that is festive, fun and versatile enough to enjoy during all of the upcoming get-togethers. These Holiday Eggnog Shooters provide the perfect opportunity to add a little extra sparkle!


Glitter egg nog shooters are fun and easy to make. The styling will leave you with plenty of inspiration and (literally) golden! Either make your own homemade eggnog and whipped cream or by buy your favorite store bought blend along with a can of whipped cream for a memorable festive holiday drink!  (more…)

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Narnia Inspired Winter Wonderland {Sweet Sixteen}

winter sleigh dessert bar

Step into the wardrobe, through the fur coats into this Winter Wonderland party inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia. Louisa of The Little Big Company frosted every inch of this majestic “party land” to celebrate her client’s daughter’s sweet sixteen. From the perfect dessert bar sleigh to accent trees, reindeer, snowflakes & jewels she whipped up a magical world of frosty enchantment!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Snow machine & Narnia sleigh with fur coat + gold beaded crown
– Ornate forest tree die cut invitation
– Hot cocoa bar on snowy tree ferns dotted with “meringue snow”
– Reindeer forest sugar cookies, diy fabric whoopie pie toppers & chocolate log cakes

narnia coat party

silver reindeer decor


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Little Man Mustache Bash {First Birthday}

mustache piñata

That is one amazing birthday boy photo-op (in a polka-dot suspender onesie sitting on his mustache piñata)! Birthday boy Landon is lucky to have mom, Shannon (+ her other half Rebecca) of the Petite Party Studio to create an amazing Little Man Mustache Bash! From the vibrant red crepe paper ruffles, polkadots and argyle patterns to the vintage style graphic posters and collaged black and white newsprint backdrop this first birthday has got me ‘staching to recreate my own!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Smash cake on blue suitcases with paper pennant flag bunting & “ONE” letter cutout toppers
  • “Lil Manwiches,” popcorn in red chevron bags, coleslaw & chips in striped cups
  • White shirts with suspenders + bowtie sugar cookies
  • Striped party straws with an attached mustache (doubling as photo booth props!)

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FREE Holiday Printables: Santa Milk & Cookies Theme

free santa printables from hwtm

We teamed up with HP to bring you some free holiday party printables this season! I decided to go with a “Santa Treats” theme with a heavy focus on milk & cookies… something tells me a lot of you will be enjoying those this month! ;) Below you’ll find a few ideas how to use these free printables to dress up your party. Hope you can have some fun with these!

CLICK HERE to download the entire set, which includes party flags, party circles (4 designs), 5×7″ signs (2 designs), patterned papers (3 designs), a “DELICIOUS” garland banner, and blank tent cards (2 designs). Enjoy! :)

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Bundle Up, Baby! Winter Baby Shower {Part 2 – Mini Desserts + Hot Cocoa Bar}

baby shower winter hot cocoa bar

Here we go with Part 2 of our new Bundle Up, Baby! winter baby shower theme! (If you missed Part 1, you can check it out right here.)

Mini Desserts + Hot Cocoa Bar

Instead of a big dessert table, I decided to focus on a few mini desserts + hot cocoa bar featuring a buffet of creative mix-ins for guests to choose from – like chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, Reese’s peanut butter cups, rock candy stir sticks, etc. And it took some major willpower to not eat absolutely ALL of the Reese’s during the set-up process! ;) The layered green & yellow parfaits were probably my favorite dessert due to both presentation and ease. Vanilla pudding + pistachio pudding + crushed iced oatmeal cookies = YUM!

Winter Baby Shower Printables

Everything from the desserts to the table was dressed up with our Bundle Up, Baby! Party Collection, which are available in our Etsy Shop in 2 colorways: Mint/Yellow or Pink/Yellow.

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“Bundle Up, Baby!” Winter Baby Shower {Part 1 – Tabletop, Activity, & Decor}

huggies bundle up baby shower diaper cake

Ready for the final installment of the 3 baby shower themes we created for Huggies… and also for you?! Hope so, because baby it’s cold outside… and this one just might warm you up! ;) First came the “Showered With Love” GIRL Baby Shower theme, then a “Go Baby, Go!” BOY Baby Shower theme… and now for those of you looking for a GENDER NEUTRAL baby shower, I’m so excited to share our (winter woodland style) Bundle Up, Baby! theme.

“Bundle Up, Baby!” Winter Baby Shower + Printables

Inspired by all things cozy and “bundled”, this baby shower features playful details like “stork bundle style” boxed lunches and cute woodland critters decked out in sweaters, scarves, and ear muffs!

A fresh palette of mint green and yellow adds a nice pop of color to the warms browns and winter whites. I also couldn’t resist indulging my obsession with yarn yet again and creating some yarn ball baby rattles for this one! Scroll down for a peek at some of the elements, then head on over to Part 2, which covers the Hot Cocoa Bar and desserts + more creative ways to use our winter baby shower inspired printables. Enjoy! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Textured blankets, sheets, and {sparkly} scarves used as tablecloths & runners
  • Wishing tree shower activity with printable message cards & glittered pacifiers
  • Wooden party utensils embellished with yarn & buttons
  • Little “bundles” of rolled socks tied up with yarn for take-home party favors!
  • Edible snowflake sprinkles used as “confetti” on the table

baby shower onesie decor

winter baby shower wishing tree

diy yarn rattle


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Precious Pink Puppy Dog Party

pink puppy party

I’ve got puppy love for any adorable animal themed party, but especially when it’s in PINK! Camila of Personatta dreamed up one doggone cute Pink Puppy Dog Party to celebrate her daughters’ 2nd birthday. Her love of dogs and favorite color (pink of course!) inspired the dog bone cookies and pink paw print cake pops to the pink paper decor and candy favors for guests to “doggie bag” and take home!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chocolate cupcakes in pink wrappers topped with adorable fondant puppies!
  • Crafted button “2” decoration, “Max and Lola” pink doghouse & polka dot balloons
  • Candy favors embellished with tiny buttons + sweet pink bows
  • Hand crafted tissue poms and topiary centerpieces

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Twins Superhero Birthday (+ Courage for Camden)

first birthday smash cake

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

superhero comic desserts

superhero dessert table


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Cute Kawaii Love Birthday Party

panda cake topper

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

kawaii faces reference

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A Merry Little “Camp Christmas”

outdoor christmas

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

camp christmas

smore chocolate milk


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

vintage boxing 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:

– 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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