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DIY Tutorial: Marbled Easter Egg Cake Balls

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We LOVE creative Easter ideas over here and today Abigail Barnes of Paper & Cake has a festive and fun tutorial for DIY Marbled Easter Egg Cake Balls! These are extra special (no pro needed!) cake balls, with an effect that can easily be applied to your standard round cake balls… and made in all colors for a rainbow birthday party! (Check out our pinboard to see more creative Easter inspiration!) (more…)

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Vintage Paper Doll Party {1950s Inspired}

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If your a lover of lace and vintage this 1950s inspired Vintage Paper Doll Party is cut out for you! Larissa of Sweet on Parties knew her birthday girl Aubrey loves dolls and anything pretty, so she used Betsey McCall Dolls, doilies and pink fabrics to create a party room straight out of a dollhouse! (Aren’t those DIY picture frame “windows” just so creative!?)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Giant chocolate + raspberry buttercream cupcake with rose swirls, fondant flowers & pearls
– Pastel and polka dot sweets labels, lace inspired dessert displays and faux windows with fabric curtains
– Mini blueberry cheesecakes topped with marshmallow hearts
– Scalloped favor boxes with doilies and paper dill decoration
– Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Kids Kitchenette & Blue Ruffle and Rose Piñata

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Free Lunch Bag Printables {for lunch & other “tweets”}


Our friend Bird’s Party hit 30,000 Facebook fans recently, and to celebrate she’s hosting 30 Days of Free Printables! When she asked us to join in on the virtual celebration, we knew exactly what we’ve been itching to make… free lunch bag printables! And in honor of Bird, we decided to give the designs a “tweet” little twist. ;)

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{Party of 5} Over the Rainbow, Monkey & Banana, Anthropologie Baby Shower, Carnaval & St. Patrick’s Day

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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:

– Over the Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day Party
– Monkey & Banana Party (using printables from HWTM!)
– Anthropologie Inspired Baby Shower
– Brazilian Carnaval Party
– St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas

1. Over the Rainbow… (pictured above) by Dollhouse Paperie by Dolce Drive

2.  Matthew’s 3rd “Go Bananas” Birthday Party by Michele King

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{Eco-Friendly} Rustic Wine and Cheese Party + $500 Party Package Giveaway & Free Printables

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Winner update: 4/2/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #329 LINDA SCHWARTZ! Congrats!


I have a really fun Rustic Wine & Cheese Party party recap to share with you today… this is a backyard party that Sonny & I recently hosted at home, and it just so happens to include a $500 PARTY PACKAGE GIVEAWAY (woo-hoo!) in addition to eco-friendly party ideas, recipes, and FREE wine and cheese party printables!


To give you a little back story on how this party came about, we were asked to participate in Glad’s One Bag party challenge – which encourages hosts & hostesses to take a proactive role in reducing waste by limiting the amount of trash produced at their party to just ONE bag destined for the landfill, with everything else going to recycling or compost.

It was really fun dreaming up a few easy upcycled DIY decor projects for this party – and designing printable signs that could easily double as kitchen/dining decor after the party… they have a rustic chalkboard vibe and a bit of cheeky humor. You can download them for free below. ;)

Since we were given a lot of creative freedom as far as what kind of party to host, I chose a Rustic Wine & Cheese theme. The weather’s been beautiful so I thought an evening backyard party sounded like fun – and truth be told – as much as I love my 15 month and 3 year old, I really wanted a good excuse to invite some adult friends over for a little wine and grown up conversation! So that’s exactly we did… scroll down to see how it turned out!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Upcycled wine bottles & tin cans – painted and embellished with twine & raffia
– DIY Wine Cork Frames and Wine Cork Hurricane
– Printable Trash, Compost, and Recycling station signs
– DIY bunting banners made from scrap fabric & twine
Temporarily personalized plates (silhouette chalkboard stickers + chalk)

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Selected items from cool stores like Potterybarn, Crate and Barrel and World Market make up this amazing $500 Party Package Giveaway, courtesy of Glad®! One lucky winner will receive several of the exact items shown in this party – from the 3 different styles of wine glasses and various slate/ceramic serving trays to the Sangria pitchers, silver cheese knives & spreaders, wine rack, 100 pack of recycled wine corks for DIY projects, and more!


To enter, simply post a comment below mentioning your favorite element from this party OR your favorite eco-friendly party tip. {Must enter by midnight PST on Friday, March 22nd} Good luck!!



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Pink & Teal Beach Themed Birthday Party

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I’m so ready to hit the sand after seeing this adorable Pink & Teal Beach Themed Birthday Party! From the coastal style sweets to the blue chevron printables, mom and photographer Katie Cassidy, made everything for her daughter’s 4th birthday feel like a treasured day at the beach!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink yarn embellishments + “May The Beach Be With You” sign
– Crispy Treat Starfish on “Beach” stamped popsicles sticks
– Clam cookies on a bed of brown sugar “sand”
– Waffle cones rimmed with pastel sprinkles and filled with popcorn!

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Lucky Rainbow St. Patrick’s Day Party

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Today is your LUCKY day! The talented Kenna of Miss Party Mom and Hannah’s Cookies and Treats have vibrant and fun ideas for a St. Patrick’s Day “Pot of Gold at the End of the Rainbow” Party for the kids. And they only used FREE Printables to create this look (links to download below in her party details), so it’s totally doable with whatever rainbow sweets you bake or buy last minute! ;) Want more free St. Patrick’s Day printables? Go here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Rainbow dessert table with rainbow circle strands, pot of gold coins and a DIY felt cloud backdrop
– TONS of utilized FREE Printables from Love the Day, TomKat, Kara’s and more!
– Pot of Gold sugar cookies, Rainbow cupcake towers & green shamrock lollipops
– Super cute kids in festive green and rainbow St. Patrick’s Day outfits

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Modern Italian “Little Chef” Pizza Party

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Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to share my son’s recent Modern Italian “Little Chef” Pizza Party! Our breakfast and family room were transformed into a modern Italian Pizzeria where the children got to be little chefs and make their own pizzas. This party is full of DIY crafts for dramatic decorations that make a big impact. Pizza themed games and activities were perfect to keep the kids busy while their pizzas were baking!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dramatic DIY Wooden Utensil Chandeliers hanging over the children’s tables
– Personalized Pizza Making Kits with ingredients, graphic muslin bags, dough, chef mustaches & rolling pins
– DIY Paper Chef Hat hanging decor over the dessert table, tables and game areas.
– “Pizza Hole” game (also known as corn hole): toss bean bag pepperonis into the hole of the pizza (printable!)
– 12 ft Little Italy street scene coloring wall Poster (Economical + dramatic decoration + activity all in one!)
– Candy Caprese: Red Chocolate Covered Oreo “Tomatoes”, Marshmallow “Mozzarella” & Green Candy “Basil”

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Vintage Floral High Tea Bridal Shower

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Renee & Nina of Confetti & Crumbs dreamed up a stunning Vintage Floral High Tea Bridal Shower to celebrate bride-to-be Linda! The fresh florals, lovely sweets, doilies and vintage accessories are perfectly frosted, baked and styled for a whimsical, heart-thumping celebration! (For more Vintage Inspired Bridal Shower ideas click here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Love is Sweet” Candy Buffet with lime marshmallows and assorted pastel treats in apothecary jars
– Peony flower inspired stationary, chalkboard heart name cards & “Tea is happiness in a cup” sign
– Gold painted jars and glass vases with elegant and whimsical florals
– Amazing pink and teal cakes, sophisticated fondant cupcakes & glitter dusted cake pops
– Vintage suitcases, typewriter giant ampersand and lips photo booth props

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{Je T’aime Paris} Chic Ballerina Party

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Let’s twirl our way over to Paris! Sasha Kirby of Little Chiyo Dreamy Designer Tutus and sweets buffet designer, Tara Pearson of Cupcakes by Tara, teamed up for a {Je T’aime Paris} Chic Ballerina Party. Sweet pinks, black lace, French inspired treats and precious girls in tutus have me swooning for a visit to the Eiffel Tower.. and a macaron treat wouldn’t hurt either! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Strawberry Macarons and Raspberry Truffle Eiffel Tower Cupcakes
– Pink Tutu Dessert Table Skirt + adorable black and pink tutus for all the pretty girls!
– Cheesecake Pops and Heart Shaped Coconut Ices
– White iron bodice with a black tutu, pink sweets in apothecary jars and decorative lace trimming

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Charming Snow White Birthday Party

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Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest birthday girl of them all? Snow White-dressed Nadia is of course! Her Charming Snow White Birthday Party crafted and photographed by Aunt, Amy of A Dazzle Day & Amy L.B. Photography, is brimming with red bows, lace accents and sweet details that translate this classic fairytale into a modern and adorable party!

 PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cupcake liner “5” wreath and thumb print canvas embellished with lace and red ric rac
– Magic Mirror (gold painted Ikea frame) photo booth!
– Apple juice and doily wrapped glass bottles + apple cupcakes
– Red bow and lace tied favor boxes with mini vintage mirror, handmade bow hair clip, felt apple & an apple bracelet

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Easter Brunch Table Inspiration + Free Printables

blue and yellow Easter place setting

I was recently invited to design an Easter Brunch Tablescape inspired by a few of my favorite items from Target. Um…… twist my arm? ;)  Pretty sure I’ve dreamt up more than my fair share of tablescapes while browsing the aisles of Target season after season anyways, so this project was a no brainer!


Armed with a $100 gift card for the tablescape items and a very small window of shopping time (thanks to the restless 1 and 3 year olds in tow), I made a beeline for the seasonal dining & decor section at Target this weekend. At that moment I was 90% sure that the fabulous scalloped coral melamine plates I’d been admiring for weeks had finally found a legitimate excuse to land in my cart. And land in the cart they did…… for a few minutes at least. ;)

Scroll down to check out the final table, followed by details on the design process, easy styling tips to recreate this look at home, and links to download the free Easter printables!

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Kids St. Patrick’s Day Party Ideas {+ FREE Printables!}

rainbow st. patrick's day party

With St. Patrick’s Day less than a week away, Cris of Crissy’s Crafts has colorful, creative and all around fantastic ideas to share for a Kids St. Patrick’s Day Party! And since she teamed up with Amanda’s Parties To Go there are more than just ideas for this party, but FREE Printables too! (For more inspiration, visit our St. Patrick’s Day Ideas here.)

 PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Leprechaun cake pops, hershey kisses and rainbow fruit skewers
– Rainbow necklace activity and backyard gold coin hunt
– Cinnamon popcorn, whole wheat sandwiches & veggie cones
– “Lucky You” rainbow notebook and shamrock headbands party favors

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Pink “It’s A Small World” Twins First Birthday Party


Get excited for a play on pink and gold, plus precious DIY details for a sweet twins first birthday that would please any little girl I know! Shauntelle of Sposto Photography captured all the beautiful moments and decorations from this Pink “It’s A Small World” First Birthday Party by talented mom, Jenn Glenn! (P.S. More It’s A Small World Party ideas here!)

 PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY hot air balloon garlands (from toilet paper tubes!)
– Pink ruffle smash cake with a DIY tissue paper “candle”
– Children of the world cupcake toppers, globe party favors and a hand painted castle backdrop
– Cream puffs with pink flags, pink swirl cookies and pink tissue wrapped candies!

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{Party of 5} St. Patrick’s Day, Eloise Dessert Table, Lego Party, Superhero & Vintage Bridal Shower

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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. Patrick’s Day Party
– Eloise Dessert Table
– Lego Party
– Superhero Birthday Party
– Vintage Bridal Shower

1. So Lucky :: St. Patty’s Day Party (pictured above) by MakeLifeCute

2.  Eloise @ the Plaza Dessert Table by LisaCandyBuffet

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{Favorite Things Inspired} “Frankie” Theme Birthday Party

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This idea is just so super duper cute! Karrie and Elizabeth of Posh Paperie threw a clever & creative “Frankie Theme” Party for Karrie’s son’s 2nd birthday. They designed a cute caricature “logo” of little Frankie (adorable blonde hair, blue eyes & precious smile) and paired it with his favorite things to create a party truly inspired by the birthday boy! (P.S. Check out Frankie’s Vintage Airplane First Birthday!)

 PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini OJ Pitchers, Lemonade & Milk Bottles tied with a glitter “F”
– “Let’s Be Frank. I’m Still Hungry.” Snacks To Go!
– Bean bag toss, home made piñata of Frankie’s face & temporary tattoos
– Brunch with cereal, yogurt and Frankie’s favorite: donuts!

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Vintage Railroad Train Birthday Party

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All aboard! Party PRO Member, Kelly of kellyallison photography designed the invitations, gathered up amazing vendors and photographed her son’s a Vintage Railroad Train Birthday Party! I’m loving the muslin juice box bags, “3” piñata and and those adorable choo choo train sandwiches!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Railroad crossing cupcakes displayed in vintage suitcases and red train cookies
– “Station Masters Office” colored on a cardboard box
– Toy trains, blue tripe hats + red bandanas & railroad “loot” favor bags
– “Veggie Train”, hot dogs + pickles and chips in paper cones

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Gorgeous Wizard of Oz Party Inspiration

wizard of oz party inspiration from dorothy's ruby red slippers

Take a seat at the Emerald City or the Dorothy inspired tablescapes by Nicole Hirsty of Cobalt Events for some seriously striking Wizard of Oz Party Inspiration! From the ruby red slipper chandeliers to the sparkling rhinestone “O” invitations, these arrangements are getting me excited for the new movie, Oz the Great and the Powerful, in theaters tomorrow!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Kids table name cards + ruby red slipper cookies & yellow brick road centerpiece
– Emerald City tablescape with green chair backs, gold rim glasses and bright yellow florals
– Red wine glasses with a “Take One My Pretty” sign
– Dorothy inspired blue gingham decorated invitation and kids menu

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Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

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Welcome to Wonderland where jumbo cards fall from the sky, the cheshire cat is always smiling and everyone wishes you a very merry un-birthday! Patty Liu co-hosted this Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party full of DIY ideas and cute food inspired by the magic of Wonderland!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Card Soldier Rice Krispie Treats and Cheshire Cat Tales
– Jumbo Card Invitations, “Take Me” candy favors & a manzanita branch with hanging keys
– Homemade queen of hearts inspired tutu and matching card headband
– “Drink Me” tags and sweet treat crafted “tea cups” from candy and ice cream cones

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Bright and Modern Rainbow Party

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Tye dye, rainbow cakes, and spin art are just a few the colorful fun things you’ll find in this Bright and Modern Rainbow Party for adorable 2-year-old Dylan! From printables by Chickabug to rainbow outfits and color assorted chips bags, mommy Bethany pulled together a memorable birthday party with amazing ideas for any color loving little one! For more rainbow inspired parties go here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Spin art, T-shirt tye dying, coloring and rainbow noodle necklace making activities!
– Rainbow cakes in jars, a rainbow of assorted chips, dipped oreos & fruit skewers
– Colorful balloons and rainbow cups with stripe straws
– Candy in Jars and Birthday Cake Play Dough Favors

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Colorful DIY Sesame Street Birthday Party

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Amber of Amber V Photgraphy hand made this entire Colorful Sesame Street Birthday Party for her son Eli! She crafted an amazing party (with a little help from mom!), from the cute character cupcakes and “Hoopers Store” to the outdoor games, dessert table backdrop and tons more! (For more Sesame Street Party Ideas go here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ernie’s Bubble Bath, Oscar’s Garbage Toss and Zoe’s Dance Floor
– Grovers “Juice Up” Station: blue juice with capes, red stripe straws & “Super Juice” labels
– Oscar, Elmo & Cookie Monster Favors
– Abby Cadabby’s Magic Wands, Big Birds Egg Casserole + Elmo’s Goldfish
Sesame Street Sign, Oscars Trash Can & Carboard painted Elmo for a themed photo booth!

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Airplane Inspired Vintage Transportation Party

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s… Enzo’s 2nd birthday party! Keren of Keren Precel Events threw her son a Airplane Inspired Vintage Transportation Party for his second birthday! Using wood, metal and vintage style printables + a ruffle cake (with an adorable silhouette topper!) this party is sky high with cute ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chocolate Airplane Cake Pops, Plane Sugar Cookies & Cloudy Marshmallows
– Custom dessert table backdrop with clouds, hot air balloons and a giant airplane!
– Cream Puffs, Meringue Kisses and Yummy Cupcakes
– Plane kit and chocolate bar favors!

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“Daddy’s Little Princess” Pink First Birthday Party

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If you’re like me, and never get tired of PINK, then get excited for this “Daddy’s Little Princess” Pink First Birthday PartyJustine of Pretty Little Vintage Melbourne celebrated her daughter’s birthday while on vacation (overseas!), and not only did she pull it off, but she styled an incredible princess-worthy party! (For more pink party ideas go here!) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink tutu chair backs doubling as party favors
– Pink ombre ruffle birthday cake topped with a pink fondant crown!
– Adorable Pink Magic Wand Cookies!
– Pink princess crown sugar cookies, pink macarons & pink meringue tarts

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St. Patrick’s Day Lime Cupcakes Recipe

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Melissa Johnson here from Best Friends For Frosting, a website about all things dessert. With Saint Patrick’s Day just a rainbow away, I made these green Lime Cupcakes to kick off the festivities! With a shimmery yellow gumball on top, these cupcakes are sure to make you feel like a leprechaun with pot of gold at the end of the rainbow! (more…)

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Radical & NEON Roller Skate Party

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Are you ready to see one of the coolest 11th birthday parties ever!? Abigail Barnes of Paper and Cake created this Radical & NEON Roller Skate Party for her daughter Autumn! This is Abigail’s first time “on location” for one of her kids parties, and she did an amazing job working with the space! See how she uses neon confetti, healthy snacks (of course sweet treats too!) and printable decoration to transform the picnic style tables at the rink!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Roller skate party printable bunting and silhouettes on giant neon clothespins!
– Neon sprinkle brownie pops, roller skate shaped Rice Krispie treats and pushcakes
– “Thanks for rollin’ with me” neon shoelace party favors
– Yogurt parfaits in washi tape decorated containers, fruit skewers & muffins

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Peaceful & Pink Mother Daughter Yoga Party

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“Keep Calm and Do Yoga” is the mantra of this Peaceful & Pink Mother Daughter Yoga Party by Kerri of BigKlittlek Designs! Healthy snacks, chevron decorations, yoga instruction and a quality mother-daughter time sounds like a perfect afternoon with the girls!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Healthy snacks: spinach dip with veggies and cucumber hummus “cupcakes”
– White favor bags with pink tissue paper, decorated with pipe cleaner yoga moves!
– Pink Yoga Pose Cookies, White Peach Tea & fruit and cheese snacks
– “Calm”, “relax”, “wellness” party flags + polka dot straws and washi tape wrapped bottles

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{Party of 5} Favorite Things, Pink St. Patrick’s Day, School Bus Party, Baby Shower & Pink Zebra 30th

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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:

– Silhouette Favorite Things Party
– {Pink Kissed} St. Patrick’s Day Party
– School Bus Birthday Party
– Rustic Chic Baby Shower
– Pink Zebra 30th Birthday

1. Silhouette Favorite Things Party (pictured above) by jennycollier

2.  St. Patrick’s Day – with a touch of PINK by Party On! Designs

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