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Vintage Circus + Madagascar 3 Inspired Party

Madagascar birthday party theme

Step right up to the GREATEST Party on Earth! Inspired by Madagascar 3, Dina of Deliciously Darling Events wanted a vintage vibe that didn’t feel too commercial. Well, if you’ve seen Dina’s work before (here & here for example), it should come as no surprise that her Vintage Circus + Madagascar Inspired Party turned out extraordinary! I’m especially loving the cute and oh-so-cleverly named sweets, plus the adorable printables from Stephanie of Spaceships & Laser Beams!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute kids tablescape with circus ticket strip “table runners”
– Orange birthday cake topped with “The Greatest Party on Earth” paper rosette
– Rainbow “tight rope” licorice and “zebra” striped push cakes (alternating chocolate & vanilla)

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{New Orleans Style} Adult Halloween Voodoo Party

voodoo halloween ideas

This is no ordinary Halloween Party… it’s Big Easy style! Dorangela of Two Prince Bakery Theater concocted an AMAZING Adult Halloween Voodoo Party …down by the Bayou! With traditional Cajun fare and spooky Halloween accents, this party is just pure magic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Skull shaped sugar cubes & spider floss (+ spider webs inside a giant balloon!)
– Black & white damask invitations with pops of bright green & fleur de lis accents
– Voodoo doll cookies in burlap favor bags with hand stitched hearts
– Cafe Au Lait garnished with a mini powdered sugar Beignet
– Eyeball gin and tonic jelly shots

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halloween shrimp cocktail

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“Go Canes” UM Football Themed Birthday Party

um football birthday cake

C-A-N-E-S-! Can you guess what the birthday boys’ “future” favorite team will be? The University of Miami Hurricanes! Tiffany of Orange Moon Events & Planning created this “Go Canes” UM Football Themed Birthday Party, with great ideas to kick off your little ones sports themed party, or even Superbowl Sunday… which will be here before we know it! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Football leather cupcake wrappers with mini seams on a bed of artificial turf
– Easy boxed lunches with orange and green team color napkins
– Hurricane themed cookies including a “Miami” pennant, Sebastian the Ibis & orange football jerseys
– UM team logo paper wrapped sandwiches & a cake to match!

university of miami football themed birthday party

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Crafty & Fun Barnyard Birthday Party

barnyard birthday

What better way to celebrate fall than with a sweet Barnyard Birthday Party! This backyard bash is filled with fun activities, brunch and lots of DIY creativity to celebrate this adorable little cowgirl’s first birthday. Nicolle Spitulnik here, from Libby Lane Press, and I am beyond excited to share my VERY FIRST post as a contributor on HWTM! From the ripped fabric canopy, to the pony rides, to the sausage and biscuit breakfast – this party was filled with fun, down home details!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY burlap and multi pattern ripped fabric canopy
– Mini chalkboards tied with twine labeling treats like Cow Tails and “fresh eggs”
– Galvanized favor tins personalized and filled with “barnyard goodies”
– Custom photo clips and baby monthly pictures displayed on a salvaged window frame

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Super SWEET & Colorful Art Birthday Party

colorful art party

Beautiful mixed fabric smocks, chevron accents, a vibrant sweets bar were just the beginning of this Super SWEET & Colorful Art Birthday Party! The main attraction? Traditional messy painting AND clean virtual art using the Martha Stewart CraftStudio iPad app. How fun! Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes put so much energy, thoughtfulness and love into her masterpiece…and it truly shows. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Sparkly chocolate covered oreos and amazing rainbow swirl cake pops
– Paper box paintbrushes on clear paint cans lined with colored scrap booking paper
– Gold framed paint strip cookies displayed on mini aqua easels!
– Custom kids smocks doubling as chair backs and designed pattern rainbow placemats

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” Keep Calm + Rawr On” Colorful Monster Birthday Bash

monster birthday cupcakes

Michelle of I DO invitations by michelle sure knows how to make a colorful & inviting celebration for boys AND girls! Her Colorful Monster Birthday Bash has her signature chevron patterns, scalloped party circle cupcake toppers, polka dot balloons & bright tissue poms –  all with a monster party twist!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful dessert table scattered with glittery pom poms
– Cute “Keep Calm + Rawr On” party sign ;)
– Striped & polka dotted flower pots filled with adorable monster cake pops
– Rainbow chevron labels and rainbow tissue tassel garland
– Colorful paper and fondant cupcake toppers that are way too cute to be scary! ;)

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Clever & Creative Mad Scientist Party for Kids

mad scientist dessert table

From pint-sized white lab coats, goggles & checkered bow ties to clever periodic table chocolate bar wrappers, Cris of Crissy’s Crafts is absolutely bubbling over with creative Mad Scientist Party Ideas! One look at these pics and the evidence is clear… elements like colored drinks served in beakers, treats inspired by lab equipment, and stylish printables from Bird’s Party are the perfect ingredients for great party chemistry!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Edible white chocolate lab rats & blue brains displayed on clip board “trays” (genius!)
– Lava Lamp, Glitter Green Slime and Crystal Bubble “experiments”
– Slimy gummy worms in petri dishes & M&M filled test tubes
– Atom & microscope printable cupcake toppers & bottle wraps!
– A “blackboard” (black wrapping paper) backdrop scribbled with scientific formulas

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giveaway on hwtm

Winner update: 11/1/12: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #250 – KATIE K Congrats!


Last year we did a giveaway with Jo Totes Camera Bags featuring their super stylish camera bags designed especially for women, and I’m so excited to announce a NEW giveaway with them today! Added bonus: there are even more fabulous styles and colors to choose from this time around.

Jo Totes Camera Bags provide a fun way to safely carry your cameras, computer, and a lens or two, at photo shoots, while exploring, or AT PARTIES! I love these bags so much that I have the Rose Pewter, which became the happy home of my beloved DSLR on my birthday last year, thanks to a husband that did a good job at taking the hint. ;) And this week at HWTM, Jo Totes is offering up a camera bag of choice to another lucky reader! Scroll down for a peek at some more styles + details on how to enter.

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Crafty Choo Choo Train Party {Kids Birthday}

train birthday crown

Vivian created this adorable Choo Choo Train Party for her 3 year old who “absolutely loves anything and everything related to trains”. Besides the incredible felt birthday boy hat pictured above (with stitched on buttons as wheels!), she shares more than a few inspiring kids birthday party ideas below, including indoor/outdoor activities, dessert table decor, & crafty party favors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– AMAZING homemade popsicle stick train holding snacks & sweets on the dessert table
– “Baggage Claim” favor station with a vintage suitcase holding cool muslin favors bags
– Clever train-shaped printable birthday banner
– DIY party hats with tissue fringe

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Fun Halloween Recipe: Creepy Mini Pizzas

kids halloween recipe - homemade spider pizzas

Can you believe Halloween is already next week?! EEEEK! ;) And on that note, I’m very excited to share that I’ve partnered with Karo Syrup & Fleischmann’s Yeast to bring you lots of fun tips and tricks for throwing a Halloween bash… like these super cute CREEPY MINI PIZZAS for starters. (These would pair quite nicely with sugar-rimmed Witch’s Brew, don’t you think?!)

Scroll down to check out the full homemade pizza recipe – which is especially great for kids Halloween parties or a festive family meal – and be sure to check back often now through October 31st for lots of creative Halloween recipe ideas, party themes and entertaining ideas coming your way! (more…)

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Dreamy Pink & Pastel Ice Cream Parlour Party

ice cream sundae station

Amanda of Red Wagon Events whipped up this dreamy & delicious Ice Cream Parlour theme – complete with a charming ice cream sundae bar and float station – for Amelia’s 5th birthday party. Curious about the creative genius behind the amazing fondant ice cream cone topped cake? That was created by the birthday girl’s mom: Andrea of Cake-a-lishious! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY Sundae Bar with sprinkles, coconut shreds, nuts & more fun toppings!
– Adorable pink striped sundae bar awning and backdrop
– Intricate ice cream cone and waffle sundae shaped sugar cookies
– Pretty pastel polka dot cake with pink bow & double scoop ice cream cone topper
– Old fashioned soda glasses + mini milk bottles

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Creative “Home Run” Baseball Bar Mitzvah

baseball diamond dessert table

Welcome to Logan Field! Eileen of Diva With A Fork hit a home run designing this energetic Baseball Bar Mitzvah with sports paraphernalia, tasteful florals & a fun candy station on the baseball diamond!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

– Tall floral centerpieces embellished with baseballs, popcorn, & Cracker Jacks!
– White napkins folded in the shape of baseball diamonds
– MLB team names used in lieu of standard table numbers
– Baseball ticket place cards displayed on a baseball field lit up with “stadium lights”
– Framed quotes from famous baseball coaches, players, and sports announcers

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Halloween Cupcakes: Spider Web Frosting Tutorial

spider frosting cupcake tutorial on hwtm

In our Ghouls Night Collection for a Girlie Halloween Cocktail Party we featured these easy & chic Spider Web Cupcakes, and now we’re going to show you how to make them! Impress your friends with these super simple and budget friendly sweet treats… just in time for Halloween. ;)

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{Backyard Big Top} Circus First Birthday Party

pendant bunting invitation

Welcome to Owen’s Backyard Big Top Circus First Birthday Party made by the one and only Mommy – Christy! ;) Bursting with red & white circus stripes, crafted elements like a fabulous wool pom pom garland, & simple (oh so cute) ideas like animal cracker cupcake toppers, this party will have you longing for a trip to the big top too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Homemade birthday bunting, wool pom pom garland & circus lion photo prop
– Circus themed story time with Grandma and a juggler as entertainment!
– Red & white striped “circus tent” dessert table cloth
– Homemade red and yellow layer cake + cupcakes topped with animal crackers
– Muslin favor bags printed with cool vintage circus playing card designs

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Festive “Ghostly Affair” {Halloween Party Ideas For Kids}

ghost crossing for a halloween party

Boo! Paula of Party Like Paula scared up some super creative, kid-friendly Halloween ideas with this fun and stylish “Ghostly Affair” party. A black and white palette with accents of bright orange screams classic Halloween, but clever details like a “Milktini” Bar with magic flavoring straws make this celebration anything but ordinary!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

– Styled Halloween mantle with ghosts, coffins, pumpkins, tombstones & more
– “Milktini” Bar with chocolate and strawberry magic milk flavoring straws
– Cob web & spider covered mirrors, pumpkins & chandeliers
– Kids activity book + printable 3D haunted house that doubles as a centerpiece!

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Playful Blabla Doll Party Theme {First Birthday}

doll inspired first birthday party

Little Margot has the cutest collection of Blabla Dolls that she absolutely adores (a sentiment my daughter and I share too!), so for her first birthday Lucinda of Portraits By Lucinda & Margot’s mom Lauren put together the most adorable Blabla Doll Party Theme! With vibrant decor & friendly little faces this birthday is TOO CUTE – the dolls even have their own party hats to celebrate! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable Blabla dolls dressed up with homemade birthday party hats
– Modern & colorful DIY paper circle banner + pink paper lanterns
– Beautiful flower cake & matching smash cake for one happy birthday girl!
– Insanely cute invitation featuring a happy Blabla friend “garland”!

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{Party of 5} Haunted Forest, Gothic Halloween, Mexican Fiesta, Spooky Halloween & Little Red Riding Hood

haunted forest halloween 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:

– Haunted Forest Halloween Party
– Gothic Halloween
– Mexican Fiesta
– Spooky Halloween
– Little Red Riding Hood First Birthday

1. The Haunted Forest Halloween Party (pictured above) by LuLu’s

2. Spooky Gothic Halloween & Party Printables by hellomysweet

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Simple & Sweet American Girl Birthday Party

american girl dessert table

Kristi of SaucyPants knows how to make a party simple enough for the crafters, fun for the guests & impressive to everyone! Her American Girl Birthday Party is simple & sweet with meringue desserts, a pink & blue kids tablescape on the patio + a fun shared playlist with favorites like Justin Bieber & Carly Rae ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Skewered tater tots, mac-n-cheese cups & star shaped grilled cheese sandwiches
– Pink confetti utensils, blue decorative plates & pink name cards with butterflies
– A personalized welcome sign and flip flop favors for each guest
– A white cake with red stars and a pretty blue ribbon

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“A Hole in One” Par-tee {Golf First Birthday}

golf partee for a first birthday party

Welcome to Mate’s Pro Shop! A Golf First Birthday by Tania of Totful Memories for her nephew was “A Hole in One!” Don’t miss the golf cookies resting on a bed of green, preppy stripe and argyle patterns and exciting “pro shop giveaways” with water bottles, towels & visors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A hole in one green birthday cake on a white stand tied with navy ribbon
– Club sandwiches with golf tee “toothpicks”
– “Par-tee time!” cupcake toppers with blue and green argyle

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Clever “Eye See You” Eyeball Halloween Ideas

eyeball halloween ideas

Thanks to the talented Jennifer of BellaGrey Designs, we have a bunch of fun & creative Eyeball Halloween Ideas to share that are totally affordable and easy to make! Bright colors mixed with stark black really make it all pop, and simple cupcakes & candy favors don’t force extra sweets on the already treat filled night. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clear candlestick holders elevate giant styrofoam eyeballs in neon yellow & purple
– Black candelabras, spooky tree branches & a black tattered curtain backdrop
– Cupcakes displayed on a black serving platter covered in googly eyeballs

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Modern & Whimsical Peacock Quinceañeara

teal and gold napkin wraps

Unique Design Studios captured this {totally glam} Modern & Whimsical Peacock Quinceañeara created for Madison’s special day! Everything from the rich jewel toned colors and striking entertainment to the colorful treats on the candy bar reflect birthday girl’s favorite bird… a sentiment she shares with many others! For more peacock inspired events, go here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Modern peacock motif on the candy buffet + cool monogram lamps
– A grand birthday girl entrance with Cirque dancers
– Dramatic purple & white tablescapes with peacock feather centerpieces
– Turquoise napkins creatively embellished with ribbon
– AMAZING peacock cake embellished with feathers and sparkle

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Woodsy Little Red Riding Hood Baby Shower

Big Bad Wolf fondant cupcake topper

Why Grandmother, what big eyes you have! All the better to see this ADORABLE party with, my dear. ;) Jen of Banner Events styled this charming Little Red Riding Hood Baby Shower for her friend and mom-to-be, and from the intricate pressed fondant cake decorations to the “Sweet Little Wishes” guest activity, no detail was over looked!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Little Red Riding Hood dessert table with red gingham, moss & woodsy decor
– “Grandma’s Cookies”, including squirrels, mushrooms & red riding hood herself!
– “Sweet Little Wishes” activity with hang tags for personal messages
– Mini picnic basket favors + custom Little Red Riding Hood onesies

Little red riding hood baby shower

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Sparkly & Colorful Kids Chevron Halloween Party

Halloween dessert table

Sparkles, spiders & chevron stripes make up this adorable Kids Chevron Halloween Party by I DO invitations by Michelle! From cute Halloween dresses and witch hat cookies to homemade spiders crafted from pom poms & pipe cleaners, Michelle is truly bubbling over with creative ideas! And for more inspiration, check out her Colorful Kid’s Halloween Theme from last year. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Creepy” + “Eek” glittered signs
– “I love my mummy” party flags
– Spooky Mummy  & skeleton marshmallow pops
– Kids halloween outfits in chevron with adorable coordinating fabric flower headbands
– Paper rosette bunting + fabric and paper fringed streamers!

Mummy skeleton marshmallow pops

Pumpkin cookies

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Witch Themed Toil & Trouble Halloween Snack Table

Witch themed Halloween table with salty snacks

Toil & Trouble Snack Table with skull decor and cauldron filled with popcorn

Hi everyone, it’s Jessica from Pen N’ Paperflowers, here to share with you a Toil & Trouble witch-themed table I designed for Halloween!  You won’t find many “treats” on this festive table…it’s all “tricked” out with salty snacks to balance out the sugary sweets this holiday season ushers in.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Simple grab-and-go salty snacks – no sweets.
– Apothecary jars labeled with wickedly-clever concoctions & terrifying tinctures (Download the FREE printables)
– Vintage wire whisk, antique book and candelabra used for decor accents
– DIY Tissue Paper Water Bottle Wraps (see tutorial here)
– Bewitching Black Magic DIY Book Cover (tutorial here)

Witch themed Halloween Table with apothecary jars displayed

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Classic Sock Monkey Birthday Party {with a Modern Twist}

sock monkey birthday party

Planning is often done way in advance, but with an out of state move in the mix, Tabitha of FreshMommyBlog pulled together an amazing Sock Monkey Birthday Party for her own “little monkey” in just two weeks! And between the stylish decorations, classic-meets-modern printables by Luvalexa, and delicious themed treats like Banana Creme Nutella cupcakes, you’d never guess this celebration was a quick-turn project at all! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Barrel Roll” sandwiches, a build your own cupcake bar, & chocolate monkey milk!
– Adorable costume for the birthday boy (monkey ears, tail, & color coordinating tie onesie!)
– Make your own “Monkey Munch” cookie mix favors
– Banana Creme and Nutella cupcakes in mini jars
– Bottled water displayed in a red wagon “cooler”

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HomeGoods Instagram “Devilish Decor” Photo Challenge

HomeGoods Halloween Instagram Contest

I’m so excited to share this new Halloween contest with you today… HomeGoods just kicked off a fun “Devilish Decor” Photo Challenge on Instagram – and the grand prize is a whopping $500 SHOPPING SPREE! That’s right… just think of all the fun you could have with $500 at HomeGoods!


To enter, simply post a photo to Instagram showcasing your own creative twist on Halloween decor, and be sure to include #HomeGoodsHalloween in the caption of each photo. {See the current entries here.} HomeGoods will select one photo as a finalist each weekday from now until October 28th, and the $500 shopping spree winner will be selected from those finalists by………. yours truly. ;) Click here for more details. Can’t wait to see what delightfully creepy ideas you’ve got up your sleeve! (more…)

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Clever “Pirate Ship” Dessert Table {Kids Birthday}

pirate ship dessert table

Skulls, masted ships and treasure can only mean one thing… a Pirate Party! Debbie of Wants and Wishes called on Captain Austin’s crew to sail the seas and plunder all the tasty sweets on this fabulous dessert-table-turned-pirate-ship. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini “pirate ships” fashioned from cupcake wrappers & loaded with “gold bars”
– Food labels cleverly displayed on glass bottles turned sideways
– “Cherry canon balls” & printable treasure chests filled with (chewy!) treasure

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Vintage Zombie Party {+ Monster Munch Recipe}

Zombie Halloween Party

Inspired by vintage movie posters, Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio styled this fabulous Zombie Party  – complete with FREE printables and a “Monster Munch” party snack recipe to share with everyone! From deliciously ghoulish sugar cookies to super creative zombie mousse, graveyard stones and more, Gretchen definitely breathed new life into this theme of the living dead. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for… 

– “I heart Zombies” party printables (free download after the jump!)
– Creepy eyeball cake pops stabbed with forks
– Vintage zombie movie posters
– “Living Dead Cupcakes” with tombstone toppers and mounds of “dirt”
– Zombie Monster Munch party snack recipe!

Zombie party mix snack

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Photography Tips: Capturing Kids’ Milestone Moments

diy photo tips for kids milestone moments

Fall is here! Can you believe it? With all of the holidays that are guaranteed to keep all you crafters & hostesses going for months on end, I’m here to remind you not to forget about your own holidays!

Hello, it’s me, Jen Hrycyk, your resident photographer. Today I want to give you a few tips for creating some simple (but fun) pictures on your own, when it comes to Capturing Your Kid’s Milestone Moments!

Birthday Photography Tips from Jen CYK - Kids Milestone Moments

Birthday Photography Tips from Jen CYK - Kids Milestone Moments


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Playful “Row Your Boat” First Birthday Party

diy cardboard boat first birthday photo booth

All aboard the S.S. Scarlett (a.k.a. crafted cardboard photo booth ship!) for a playful “Row Your Boat” Inspired First Birthday Party with a mix of homemade decorations (made by mommy, Terra & best friend Janice of Bellwether Events) and professional elements like the adorable sail boat topped cake by Charm City Cakes!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute DIY life saver “door wreath” made from yellow & white yarn
– “Gone Fishing” orange slice sailboats swimming in seas of blue jello!
– Bunting banner food labels, party decor & fondant cake decorations
– Felt polka dot party hat for the birthday girl!
– Hand crafted anchor for the S.S. Scarlett ship “photo booth”

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