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Modern Little Blue Truck First Birthday Party

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Julia of Festa com Gosto kept to minimalist styling for this Modern Little Blue Truck First Birthday Party, the whole space looks fresh and calm, but still exciting enough for a party! Of course that backdrop caught my eye… and the cake, all the red balloons and that adorable blue toy truck… and basically I just love it all! (Click here for more fun first birthday party ideas!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pastel blue streamer backdrop embellished with circle strands and canvas letters
– Red balloons and hanging photo decorations
– Red frosted chocolate cupcakes topped with an “A” blue stripe fondant flag
– Blue cake pops on red polka dot straws, brigadeiro cremosos & blue macarons

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“Slam Dunk” Indiana Basketball Party

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One of our PRO members, Jamee Bryant of Setting the Mood, was in the zone with her “Slam Dunk” Indiana Basketball Party to celebrate their amazing basketball season this year (they are currently #1!). Let’s go court side and check out all the creative ideas that Jamee used in her spirited food table!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Basketball court food table with a basketball bowl full of ice cream with mini megaphone toppers!
– “Jump Shot O’Beer” paired with tiny “Free Throw” Tacos
– Pantry organizer stadium seating: mini chairs holding basketball peanut butter cups + IU petite fours
– Cola bottles with red stripe straws and mini coach whistles!
– Mini hotdogs, mini caprisi skewers, mac-n-cheese cups, cheeseburger sliders & fries

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Beachy Blue Starfish Inspired Wedding

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Khalilah of A Boxed Event styled this Beachy Blue Starfish Inspired Wedding for Ben and Taylor Bayless. Pairing fresh florals, fun elements (like a starfish decorated corn hole game) and a teal and bright blue color palette made this North Carolina wedding feel almost beachy! But this best thing about this celebration is the couple- they look beautifully in love and absolutely stunning!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Stunning Cupcake Tower (topped with cute black & white bow embellished starfish!)
– Hydrangea centerpieces paired with candles and teal lanterns
– White crackled “Love is Sweet” Candy Bar sign + starfish stamped boxes

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Fabulous Chanel & Sex and the City Dessert Table

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If you’re a glitz and glam kind of gal, then Melissa’s 30th birthday party is going to have you daydreaming for classy martinis, sweet pearls and romantic perfume bottles! Her Fabulous Chanel & Sex and the City Dessert Table by Kiss Me Kate has all of the delicacies of sweet luxury… pink cupcakes, ruffled fondant flower toppers, jewelry boxes and the famous new york skyline!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pearl filled martini glasses with chocolate “olive” cake pops
– Black and pink skyline cake with a sparkly silver high heel topper
– Sex and the City inspired party sign and Coco Chanel quotes
– Chanel & martini cookies + skyline cupcakes

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Sporty “Home Run” Baseball Baby Shower

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Jasmine of The Couture Cakery hit it out of the park with her all-American styling & gorgeous baked goods for a Sporty “Home Run” Baseball Baby Shower to welcome Cindy’s “little slugger” into the world! For more creative baseball party ideas go here and here

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clothespin garland with a baseball “uniform” onesie, hat and socks
– Beautiful blue ruffled cake with mini “Baby” bunting
– Chalkboard backdrop with decorative baseball board with tissue paper balls & rosettes
– Peanuts, Baby Ruth, Cracker Jacks and baseball, bat & red star cookies
– Baseball Game “Ticket” Invitations + Free Baseball Baby Shower Printables!

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The Look for Less: “Sprinkles” Cupcake Decorating Bar

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing my “Sprinkles” Cupcake Decorating Bar! Today’s guest post is all about setting up a fun and creative party activity where your guests will decorate their own cupcakes and provide a decor WOW FACTOR to your party! Be sure to scroll down to read my 6 “Budget Chic” tips to pull off this table for less!

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Superhero + Pony Theme Birthday Party

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Giddy up folks! Cole’s graduated from trains and moved on to Superheros and Ponies! Mom Jaime Geffen of YourBASH! threw an amazing Superhero + Pony Theme Birthday Party, incorporating BOTH of his new loves! Using horseshoes paired with bold Superman inspired designs, cowboy details and superhero sound effects (plus her signature red, yellow & blue color palette), she somehow made these two themes looks cohesive and dare I say… natural, like they are supposed to be together! (P.S. Check out Cole’s 2nd Train Birthday Party here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Red Couches, Giant”3″ Balloon Sculpture and Red Felt Barn!
– Decorate a Barn + a Superhero Mask, Pony Rides & Stick Horse Races
– “Krash”, “Wham”, “Boooom” and “Ka-Pow” superhero sound effect favor bags
– White Tables with red gingham table cloths and cowboy hat centerpieces with red, yellow & blue balloons!
– Yeehaww! Cake Pops and Ride Em’ Pretzel Sticks

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Party with Paper: Basic Kids Party Place Setting

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After last week’s quick tutorial on How to Cut Out A Party Circle {+ 3 Ways to Use It}, we had such positive feedback and were reminded of the genuine effectiveness of party “printables”, as the industry has dubbed them. They can make your table feel so full and finished… even with a foundation as simple as paper plates & napkins!

This inspired us to start a new column: Party with Paper. Just like it sounds… this column will share different ways that decorating with paper can add a whole new level of wow to your parties! For our first lesson, we’re showing how to dress up a basic kids party place setting (and using our Nautical Boy Birthday printables in the example).

BASIC KIDS PLACE SETTING

– Use an 8.5×11 printed sheet of pattern paper as a placemat.
– Embellish napkin with a printable “bottle/napkin wraps”, and layer it on top of the plate.
– Create oversized confetti with scattered party circles.
– Use tent cards (often used as food labels) as place cards.
– Wrap yarn around the lip of a mason jar, then add a red stripe straw and a party flag!

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Darling “Princess and the Frog” Birthday Party

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Dreams do come true in the Bayou! Anne-Marie of El’uccellino Designs crafted a playful, darling “Princess and the Frog” Birthday Party for her daughter’s 2nd birthday. Rich purples, earthy greens, stars, frogs, lily pads and more inspiration from the newest Disney princess movie are a delightful spin to a kids princess birthday party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Evangeline’s Sugar Dusted Grapes (creatively displayed on a spice rack!)
– Log style birthday cake with a lily pad, purple flower and a frog
– “Bee’s Knees” Sugar Cookies & Prince Naveen’s “Stick in the Mud” Dirt Pies
– Tarot Card Reading, “Give Tiana her Frog” Activity & Dr. Facilier’s “Transformation Central”
– DIY Paper Flower and Star Shaped Birthday Banner

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Chic Pajamas & Pearls Oscars Party

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Are you tuning in to watch the Oscars tomorrow? If you haven’t planned a party yet, this chic idea from SaucyPants has me smitten! They designed a Pajamas & Pearls Oscars Party with Victorias Secret style romance and glam for Lauren Conrad! What could be more fun than wearing your PJs, finest jewelry and an Oscar-worthy hairdo while filling out free printable ballots and watching the awards with some of your favorite ladies?

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Popcorn Bar with rosemary salt, all natural caramel sauce + more assorted toppings!
– Healthier macarons + coconut cake, and an organic anti-inflammatory flourless dark chocolate cake
Cute swag bags and boxes + printable tags and black leaves
Printable Oscar Score Card, DIY Popcorn Bags & Vintage Gold Leaf Rimmed Glasses

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How to Cut Out A Party Circle {+ 3 Ways to Use It}

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Since we opened our Party Printable Shop, we’ve received a ton of questions about printing, placing and putting together all of the party elements… so we’re going to show you how to use all of them! First up, the most versatile item in our collections- the Party Circle! We’re going to use circles from our Pink Nautical Birthday Collection because that’s what we had lying around this week ;)

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HWTM Giveaway: $100 to our Shop + $100 Visa Gift Card

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Winner update: 3/1/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #146 ELISABETH! Congrats!

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Just this week we hit the exciting 500 sales benchmark for our HWTM Printables Shop! We started the party with a 5 hour flash sale, but today we have the real surprise… a $200 VALUE GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive $100 towards anything in our shop + a $100 Visa Gift Card for printing (or any other party supplies you may need)!

The great thing about printables is you can print them at home anytime (even the day of the party if need be!), but if you don’t want to deal with printing yourself… or would like extra $ for premium paper or ink, then you’ll be happy to hear that this giveaway comes with money for printing too! :) Suggested printing locations listed below. (more…)

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{Party of 5} St. Patrick’s Day, Oscar Party, Tea Party First Birthday, Silver & Pink Baby Shower & Enchanted Forest

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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:

– St. Patricks Day Party
– Oscar Party
– Tea Party First Birthday
– Silver & Pink Baby Shower
– Enchanted Forest Dessert Table

1. St. Patrick’s Day Party (pictured above) by Double The Fun Parties

2.  Oscar Party by ezontho

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Vintage Dinosaur Fossil Hunter Party

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Get ready to explore to this Vintage Dinosaur Fossil Hunter Party by (the queen of vintage party style) Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio. Her son Zach loves watching fossil documentaries (about real dinosaurs!), so it was pretty obvious that for his 3rd birthday she would dig up a creative dinosaur fossil dessert table, excavation site and an adorable fossil hunter birthday boy outfit!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cretaceous Cake Pops, “Dino Dig” Chocolate Cake and Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs
– Dino Dig with excavation tools: magnifying glasses, brushes and shovels
– “Rawr” stamped bamboo utensils + T-Rex skull stamped napkins
– Fossil Hunter Activity Sheet & Dino Adoption Center

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Classic Movie Party with a Pop of Pink

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Lights, Camera… Action! Leanne of Sweet Style flawlessly directed a kid classic for her daughter, Sienna’s, 8th birthday: a Classic Movie Party in cinema-inspired red & white + a fun POP of pink! With a trip to her local theater, tasty movie snacks and an adorable birthday starlette, this is one the critics will rave about!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Admit One” Ticket Birthday Invitation Passes
– Movie snack cart with vintage popcorn boxes + old fashioned soda tray
– Classic & Pink movie reel birthday cake
– “Now Showing” Movie Poster starring the Birthday Girl!

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Enchanting Wonderland 30th Un-Birthday Party

Alice in Wonderland Dessert Table

Follow the rabbit and fall into this magical Midnight Wonderland 30th Un-Birthday by Charlene of Chakoda Design! This is one of my favorite themes, and I LOVE seeing it used for adults! The giant props, creative backdrops and wild colors make this Wonderland Birthday Party absolutely enchanting! (Find more Wonderland inspired adult parties ideas here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– HUGE, Bright & colorful toadstool mushrooms decor
– Fun and quirky Wonderland inspired photobooth props + hand-painted backdrop
– Red “Eat Me”, stopwatch & playing card cookies
Amazing Costumes: Tweedle Dee, Alice, Mad Hatter & Cheshire Cat

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Magical Peter Pan Party {4th Birthday}

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“All it took was faith and trust and a little pixie dust” for Kenna O’Brien of Miss Party Mom to dream up this AMAZING Peter Pan Party for her son’s 4th birthday! Visit the lost boys pub, Skull Rock, the Nursery inspired dessert table and all the magic of Never Neverland right in her backyard! For more Peter Pan inspired party ideas go here and here

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Nana next to a bed with a quilt of cupcakes!
– Pixie dust, Tinker bell wing cookies & adorable crafted Tinker bell favor bags
– Never Neverland Maps and DIY Teepees
– Lost Boys Trail Mix, Hook’s Pirate Booty & Sword Shaped Sugar Cookies
– “Peter Pan Hat” Napkin and Captain Hook Ship Centerpiece

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Clever & Bright Construction Birthday Bash

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Hold onto your hard hats, folks, because Stanton’s 3rd birthday is under constructionAmy built her little “foreman” the perfect foundation for an amazing Construction Birthday Bash with all the {delicious} tools a builder needs! With Rice Krispie Treat “paint brushes”, “hard hat chocolates” and a “dump truck” slide, this job-site is set up for some seriously hard work! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Toolbox Cupcake Stand + “Wrecking Ball” Oranges
– Caution Tape Wreaths + Construction Zone Party Signs
– {Cardboard} House Painting Activity
– Hard Hat & Construction Vest Party Favors

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Vintage Inspired Paper Airplane Party

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Now this is a party that will have the kids AND adults soaring over! ;) With a throwback look, Cristina of Le Partie Sugar designed a Vintage Inspire Paper Airplane Party for her son, Hudson’s 2nd birthday! Red, navy & sky blue paper planes, classic airmail stripes + stars and kid-like sketches brought this theme sky high!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Star shaped sandwiches, bagels & more “In-Flight Bites”
– Hudson’s Hangar (adult!) drink station with bloody mary’s and mimosas
– Baggage Claim Favor Station with adorable vintage red suitcases
– Test Flight Zone & Paper Airplane Station

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Trend Alert: Doodle Cakes & Cake Bars

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with a brand new series “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning!  Today’s guest post is all about Doodle Cakes! A doodle cake is a regular cake covered in white fondant icing that can be decorated with edible markers.

Rosie from Sweetapolita created this gorgeous rainbow cake for her daughter’s birthday and then let the birthday girl decorate her own cake! How cute and creative is that!

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{Pink, Purple & Gold} It’s A Small World Birthday Party!

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Get your singing voices ready for the cutest It’s A Small World Birthday Party I’ve ever seen! For Eva’s first birthday, mom & photographer Kristine teamed up with Linsey of Lux Events and Design using pink fringe, gold doilies & pops of purple for a dreamy birthday party filled with the magic of Disney! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY gold embellished pink & green fringed party hats
– Hand painted castle backdrop, pink boxes, a purple cake & a giant gold “E” for Eva!
– Birthday girl gold dress and matching sandals!
– Multicultural dolls + pink geometric cupcake toppers

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Creative Rockstar Birthday Party Ideas

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Are you ready to ROCK? Mom, Vanessa of Vanessa Grant Events pulled together a great show for her son Wylands’ 3rd birthday! A record decorated dessert table, Rockstar Stage and more Creative Rockstar Birthday Party Ideas are sure to make you feel the music. (View more rockstar ideas here and here!) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold stars, black stripes and mint green color palette
– Rockin’ guitar + microphone cake pops (displayed in a crafted drum!)
– Creative DIY Rockstar Stage for “rock out sessions”
– Music note, guitar & star cupcake toppers!

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The Brand New HWTM + Party Pros & Party Shops!

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Hello, Friends!

You may have noticed that, as of a few days ago, HWTM has undergone a little makeover. (Yay!) And actually, it’s not really a little makeover… it’s a BIG one. Most of the major changes aren’t aesthetic, however – they’re functional – and part of a larger effort to improve as a resource – specifically to make it easier for anyone searching the site to find the inspiration and vendors that they need.

ON A MORE PERSONAL NOTE…

I’ve often been told that I’m too emotionally vested in my work, but as part of a husband/wife team that runs a small business, it’s pretty much impossible not to be that way, and an emotional connection with our community is honestly a big part of what keeps us moving forward. The goals that Sonny and I set out with in founding HWTM almost 7 years ago (yikes!) still ring true today though: be inspirational, provide heaping amounts of creative eye candy, and – most importantly – serve as an incredibly helpful resource to anyone looking to host a celebration, no matter how big or small.

These site updates are the result of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I know that not everything is perfect yet, but we’re working like heck to get them there. (Shocking as it may be, life is not always confetti and blow horns over here! I’m sure most small business owners can relate.) It would take a mile long post to go into all the details of the journey we’ve been on so far… many of the experiences have been enlightening, many downright painful, some have been triumphant, and others are what keep us hopeful… but those are conversations best saved for another day (and a cocktail or 3). I’d like to thank you for letting us play a role in some of your milestone moments… we are incredibly grateful for your support across the years. :)

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WHAT’S NEW & EXCITING – AN OVERVIEW

Below you’ll find a quick overview of what’s new, split into 4 points. I’ll keep the descriptions short & sweet within this post, but am happy to elaborate on things or answer any of your questions in the comments section!

1) Brand New Logo + Streamlined Navigation & Home Page

I tried with our old home page… really I did… but realized after launching it that one of the things I had tried was to cram too much info into one spot, resulting in overwhelming the eye instead of guiding it. This new version of the home page (see screenshot above) has simpler enavigation, less of a “Grand Central Station feel” and more white space. Aaaaah. ;) And as for the new logo… all I can say is that it finally feels more “us”.

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2) Improved Site Search

There are few things in life that have frustrated me as much as figuring out how to improve our search results. It’s one of those programming things that sounds a lot easier than it actually is… one solution always seems to throw off the other… and trust me, we’ve tried a ton of solutions. It’s not totally perfect yet, but it’s so much better. And better is always a good thing in my book.

The search boxes for both the blog and the main site now sit up in the main navigation bar, where they are easier to find, and you can toggle your search results on the main site between Party Inspiration and Community Members. You can also refine your results with our fancy new search customization tool. :) (more…)

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Colorful Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Themed Birthday Party

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Bright, colorful and with an adorable DIY cake, Rebecca of Petite Party Studio knows just how to throw a fantastic party for her birthday boy, Blake! She crafted a Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Themed Birthday Party with colorful printables, fresh “grass” and the most clever sweets that everyone needs! (P.S. Find more creative Lorax Inspired Parties here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Barbaloot Bear donuts and Lorax chocolate staches
– “Thneedville Thweets” Dessert Table
– DIY Backdrop of truffula trees (feather boas on wooden dowels) + puffy felt clouds
– Seuss Juice, Humming Fish and Truffula Seeds (skittles!)

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{Party of 5} Owls and O’s, Vintage Comedy, Dr. Seuss First Birthday, Dog Dessert Table & Cinderella

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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:

– Owls and O’s First Birthday Party
– Vintage Comedy
– Dr. Seuss Themed First Birthday
– Dog Dessert Table
– White Pumpkin Cinderella Party

1. Owls and O’s 1st Birthday party (pictured above) by Juliet Events

2. The Vintage Comedy Collection by Mary Had A Little Party

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Charming Bird Inspired Bridal Shower

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Love is in the air! Katherine threw her friend Leslie this Bird Inspired Bridal Shower! With a cake “fit for a princess”, cute wishing cork board, creative welcome “sign” + more charming details, I think all the early planning was well worth the effort! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink roses & hydrangea floral arrangements in milk glass vases
– Mini bird nests with blue spotted egg napkin rings
– A stunning pink birdcage cake!
– Monogram mug favors + matching custom cookies

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, HWTM

VALENTINE THANKS

Thanks so much for the love everyone. I just wanted to take time out to say how much I <3 and appreciate you guys! Happy Valentine’s Day from the entire HWTM team! :)

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Pink & Red “Hello Love” Valentine Party

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What do you get when you mix thought bubbles, pink + red and a touch of sparkle? A “Hello Love” Valentine Party by Tania of Totful Memories! Her pint sized party guests whispered with their talk bubble toppers, filled their tummies with heart shaped brownies and sipped milk from adorable heart spotted straws!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– XOXO cupcake toppers and red glitter heart marshmallow toppers
– Red “Be Mine” bunting with pink ribbon, red glittered clothespins and heart charms
– Ombre Pink Cake with “Love” bunting and red heart candies

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Holiday Round Up: Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Looks like another holiday is right around the corner! Whether you’re scouting treats for your honey, activities for your kids, crafting with your girls or lovin’ for yourself, we’ve rounded up our favorites this Valentine’s Day!

We’ve seriously had so much fun sharing sweet ways to celebrate plus discovering creative inspiration on Pinterest! We hope you spread the love with some of these fun crafts and treats! :) (more…)

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A Magical Harry Potter Birthday Party

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Muggles Welcome! Charynn of Two Sugar Babies threw a SURPRISE Harry Potter Birthday Party for her husband’s 31st Birthday! All aboard the Hogwarts Express for a brilliant party with printables from Anders Ruff , A Honeydukes inspired candy bar and tons of magic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Acid Pops, Mini Cauldron Brownies & Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans
– “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” Wall Decal
– Hogwarts 9 3/4 platform with packages, lanterns and owls
– The Quidditch Cup, wands + Harry’s glasses
– Poly Juice Potion, Gillyweed, Floo Powder & more!

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