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AMAZING Peter Pan Party {+ Kids Costumes}

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All Children except one, grown up. Rachel of RV Partiesdesigned the most magical party for her birthday boy Finley! Her AMAZING Peter Pan Party {+ Kids Costumes} with a natural color palette + hints of gold, adorable red feather inspired printables and insanley creative treats has me flying!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Peter Pan, Smee, Captain Hook, Crocodile, Wendy, Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell Costumes!
– Kids table with Lost Boys Lunch + a gold clock, lantern and hook decorations!
– Magic Pixie Dust Sand Art Activity, Crocodile Sword Fight Piñata & Hook Ring Toss & Teepee Playtime
– Tiger Lily’s Teepees, Hook’s Buried Treasure and Tink’s Fairy Wand Treats

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Creative Angry Birds Birthday Party

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10,000 points to Roble & Catalina Sepúlveda of Sugar and Spice for their Creative Angry Birds Birthday Party! Full of DIY projects (just look at that dessert table!) and homemade treats, this party is just bursting with fun ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Creative Crate & Palate Dessert Table with hidden green piggies and snacks in bird bowls
– Egg Crate and Piñata Angry Bird Centerpieces
– 5 cupcake flavors (one for each angry bird!)
– Water Bottles, Cookies “Angry Girls” and “Angry Boys” Party Favors

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Trend Alert: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

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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 and give you my twist on how to use it in your next party!  Today’s guest post is all about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! I know, I know, you’re thinking…THEY’RE BACK??? YES! My 10 year old daughter Faith requested a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party this year and I had to do a double-take! My 16 year old son used to LOVE TMNT when he was little! They are making a HUGE comeback right now and are fast becoming a very popular kid’s party theme!

One problem… kids are requesting this theme before Nickelodeon has caught on and made any party supplies available, so what is a parent to do? How do you decorate your party space when there are no TMNT party supplies out there? I must admit, this is my FAVORITE part of party planning! Coming up with creative ways to interpret a character themed party WITHOUT USING ANY traditional character party supplies and by making some of the decor yourself! It’s really easy if you follow my 5 steps! (more…)

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Vintage Disneyland Amusement Park Party

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Welcome to the happiest place on earth! Inspired by the pure joy and wonder of Disneyland, Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations brought back memories and created new ones for her daughter Charlotte’s 5th birthday! Her Vintage Disneyland Amusement Park Party features creative classic ride inspired sweets like Rainbow Caverns Mine Train Cupcakes and more details with the magic of Disney!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ticket Booth with welcome sign and maps
– Tomorrow land treats: Rocket Jet Rice Krispies, Car Cake Pops & Submarine Voyage Zingers
– Fantasyland themed cupcakes (Dumbo, Peter Pan, Pinocchio & Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!)
– Bear Country Jamboree Brownies, It’s A Small World Cookies & Pirates of the Carribean Cake Pops
– Churros, Cotton Candy and more theme park sweets!

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{Around the World} Vintage Airplane First Birthday Party

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Let’s travel around the world for Declan’s first birthday! Fransiska Subroto of Burgundy Event Coordinating designed an incredible Vintage Airplane First Birthday Party with all the perks of first class party style! (For more Vintage Airplane Party Ides go here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage Map Dessert Table Backdrop + Sweets with mail inspired labels
– “Baggage Claim” Station with vintage style suitcase favors
– Cloud Balloon Table Centerpiece and Personalized Aluminium Lunch boxes
– Passport Check-in with “tickets” for games and activities

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Colorful Disney Princess Party Ideas

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This royal 4th birthday celebration for Olivia, by mom Kate Petronis of And Everything Sweet, is a colorful, ribbon-clad fairytale! There are so many creative Disney Princess Party Ideas for not just one, but for ALL of our favorite princesses- Belle, Tiana, Cinderella, Snow White and more!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cinderella Slippers filled with candy, Wilted Rose Lollipops and Ariel’s Chocolate Sea Shells
– An Incredible Castle Cake and Princess Cake Pops!
– Princess Water decorated with printables, doilies and pink stripe straws
– Princess gowns for each guest, frame decorating and a visit from Snow White!
– Royal Party Favors: Jasmine’s Jewels and pink bubbles

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Creative Construction Truck Party {Twin Boys Birthday}

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Victoria of Vixen Made celebrated her twins Beckett and Pascal’s 3rd birthday with a Creative Construction Truck Party! Her sister Candace, of Candy & Cake, crafted the cake, but Victoria did the rest, from the decor and treats to the adorable chevron printables that she shares for free right here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Kids hard hats + a “Topple the Tower” Game (with a homemade wrecking ball)!
– Fuel orange juice, green chevron + fondant truck decorated cake and pylon treats
– Orange truck pops, gravel candy and donut tires on a dessert table elevated by giant truck tires!

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{Party of 5} Pink Owl First Birthday, Princess and Pirate, Sherlock Holmes, Circus & Vintage Paris 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:

– Pink Owl First Birthday
– Princess and Pirate Party
– Sherlock Holmes Birthday
– Circus Dessert Table
– Vintage Paris Bridal Shower

1. Kamryn’s Owl Themed First Birthday Party (pictured above) by Hoopla Events

2.  Classic Princess and Pirate Birthday Party by A Party Studio

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Rustic & Vintage Cowboy First Birthday

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Yeehaw! Ashley Lansford of Southern Mae Photography rounded up her creative ideas for Rustic & Vintage Cowboy First Birthday for her little cowboy, Lane! The birthday boy had all sorts of fun with a cow print cake and adorable sheriff bib! (For more Cowboy Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Fence Posts”, “Hay Stacks” and “Ants On A Log”
– DIY Cowboy Tea muslin drink bags + Red gingham and burlap fabrics
– Galvanized buckets & paisley bandana pattern printables by Printable Candee Designs

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Sweet {Baby Love} Pink & Gold First Birthday Party

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I am so in love! Jenna Marfori Lang of  Eat Drink Pretty celebrated her daughter Juliet’s first birthday in style with a Sweet {Baby Love} Pink & Gold First Birthday Party! I just can’t get over the simple and sweet gold heart garland, gold “LOVE” letters, {build your own mimosa} adult drink station and so many more lovely DIY details!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink smash cake with adorable plush yarn heart cake toppers
– Pancake Bar with mini heart stacks, berries, whipped cream & syrup
– Yarn wreath, chalkboard sign and heart wishes for the birthday girl!
– Pink heart cookies, macarons, pink rock candy and gold heart topped cupcakes

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MADHOUSE “MAD for HWTM” Pin it to Win it Contest

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I’ve been sharing my MADHOUSE by Michael Aram inspired tablescapes with you all week long, and now it’s YOUR turn to showcase what you would dream up!

SHOW US YOUR PINBOARD

We’re going to make it a lot easier on you though – all you need to do is create a Pinterest board of your dream table ideas and submit it here. No photo shoots or real life staging required… at least by you! Someone else might fall in love with your board and bring it to life one day though. ;)

Include at least 3 MADHOUSE products in your pinboard and whatever else your party-loving heart desires – from food and drink ideas to flowers, coordinating outfits, stationery etc. This is a really easy way to get creative, so have some fun with it!

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with and will be helping with the contest judging. The Grand Prize winner and 2 Runner Ups will all be featured both here at HWTM and over at MADHOUSE after the contest, not to mention receiving some amazing prizes! (more…)

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Celebrating Everyday Moments: Making Dinnertime = Quality Time {+ Free Inspirational Printables!}

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I have a confession to make. When it comes to family dinnertime I’m not exactly “queen of the kitchen” at this point in life. To be perfectly frank, what I usually am at dinnertime is: exhausted. Round-the-clock job, 3 year old, 1 year old, basic life upkeep, etc… I’m pretty sure the culprits are in that list somewhere, and they’re doing a fabulous job at handcuffing my inner Top Chef.

That’s not to say I don’t plan on changing this reality one day (because I do!) …but the thing that’s most helpful for me at dinnertime these days is: shortcuts. And I should probably throw in that Sonny  – who’s represented here behind the camera – is actually a really great cook, but his list looks a lot like mine lately, so we often rely on family meals that are quick or ready-made.

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And speaking of ready-made, a brand name that I’m personally very familiar with  – Annie’s  – came through my inbox recently with a request to try out their new line of Rising Crust Pizzas. Did you know they made pizzas?

I say “familiar” because we already consume Annie’s Bunny Grahams and Snack Mix galore over here, the majority of which is consumed by yours truly… even though whenever I buy them I’m thinking, “snacks for the kids!“. I feel like I might use that justification semi-often for things I really want to eat myself. Another confession. ;) Do you ever do that?

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Adorable Pink & Blue Magic Party

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Abracadabra… Bridget magically turned 8! For her birthday, mom Margit Foley of Dot & Dash created a Pink & Blue Magic Party! Wands, potions cards and adorable bunnies in hats are just a few of the tricks up her sleeve!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Magic Card Cupcakes by Love & Sugar Kisses and Bunny Magic Hat Cake
– Magic Wands and Headbands with Mini Hats {+ an “8” rosette pin for the birthday girl!}
– Magic Show by David Hall + “Puff of Smoke” Cotton Candy
– “Take Some Magical Gear Before You Disappear” Bunny Doll, Candy and Card Favors

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MADHOUSE Botanical Leaf Inspired Tablescape {+ Breezy Blue Cocktail & Free Printables}

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He we go with our 4th and final tablescape design for MADHOUSE by Michael Aram! Atmosphere is key to any celebration, and one of the things I loved most about working on this project was the opportunity to create a totally different atmosphere for each collection. I posted a very bold, modern “Black Orchid” table earlier today, so I’m excited to follow that up with a design that feels light and airy with a “casual chic” vibe!

THE MADHOUSE BOTANICAL LEAF COLLECTION

This tablecape was inspired by the Botanical Leaf collection, which features a lovely shade of minty-blue, metallic silver accents, and a delicate leaf design. I used grapewood, burlap, and colorful potpourri balls as decorative elements, and spray painted some faux succulents silver to embellish the branch and act as coordinating “table confetti”! A simple fabric-and-burlap garland was strung overhead to give everything a fun “party” feel.

My favorite detail from this table though (aside from the tableware itself) – was the presence of quotes. I’m such a fan of clever and inspirational quotes, and thought they would be the perfect finishing touch for this last table design. Each place setting features simple, tent card style quotes on food, celebrating life, and getting together. They’re designed to compliment the colors and textures in the MADHOUSE Botanical Leaf collection, and you can download them for free below – in addition to printable scroll banner quotes and party flags! Enjoy. :)

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Dreamy Pink “Leap, Turn & Twirl” Ballerina Party

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Recital this way! Tami Goeckeritz of Tami G. Photography celebrated her daughters birthdays with a Dreamy Pink “Leap, Turn & Twirl” Ballerina Party! With ballet lessons and a recital (on the trampoline!) these gorgeous girls danced the day away! (For more Ballerina Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tulle Table Skirt, Pink Ballet Slipper Cakes and a Candy Buffet
– Pink Lemonade in Mason Jars + Sparkle Star Wands and Napkins
– “Recital This Way” Welcome Sign
– Pink tulle tutus and ballet lessons
– Precious Cupcake Toppers with Ballerina Slippers and Tutus!

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Colorful “Wild Child” Safari Party

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Whats modern, rainbow and has rhinos all over? This Colorful “Wild Child” Safari Party by Laila Plant of One Inspired Party, designed for her daughter Nicki’s 3rd birthday! A wooden crate stacked food and dessert display, tons of bright balloons, succulent centerpieces, and of course real animals (at the birthday girls’ request!) pulled the party  all together!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazing cake by Sweet Brantley’s Cake Designs with a purple glitter giraffe topper!
– Confetti filled balloons, pink & green kids table, “Warning Party Animals Only” sign
– Explorer hat favors, a rhino piñata and (printable matching) custom lollipops from Vintage Confections

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MADHOUSE “Black Orchid” Inspired Tablescape {+ Sparkling Grape Cocktail & Free Printables}

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If you’re looking to create an atmosphere that’s striking and elegant, the Black Orchid collection from MADHOUSE by Michael Aram is the perfect muse! I just L.O.V.E. the artistic flair of this melamine & fine paper tableware, which would be lovely for everything from a classy anytime dinner party to a chic wedding shower or milestone birthday.

THE MADHOUSE BLACK ORCHID COLLECTION

The fabulous sketched orchids featured in this collection instantly struck me, and I really wanted to play up their unique, artistic nature in this tablescape design. I ended up going for a contemporary art sort of look and trying some things I’ve never done before – like creating a centerpiece that was a mix of real AND paper flowers! (Added bonus… since orchids last a long time in general, this entire centerpiece did too + it was WAY less expensive than buying multiple orchid stems!)

I had some fun with Photoshop filters to create the artsy paper orchid silhouettes, and tried to find interesting ways to incorporate them. On the dinner plates they’re elevated by a black river rock, and intended to look like they’re kind of “popping out” of the artwork on the plate… what do you think?

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MADHOUSE “Ocean” Inspired Tablescape {+ Ocean Breeze Cocktail & Free Printables}

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I’m really excited to share our 2nd MADHOUSE by Michael Aram tablescape with you today… including a bit of behind-the-scenes from the day of the shoot, as this was definitely a new experience for me!

The gorgeous new tableware collection that inspired this design is called Ocean, and I just so happen to live in San Diego, so ….can you guess where I’m headed with this? Yep! Sonny and I decided to take this one to the beach, where things were a bit more challenging to shoot, but looked very much at home in that setting! Plus, the perplexed looks on the faces of fellow beach goers as we carried a banquet table and stacks of chavari chairs down the (small) cliff and out onto the sand was pretty amusing!

We also had lots of curious people stop by to check out the in-progress and finished tablescape, including a sweet older couple that was particularly excited about the whole set-up because, as the gentleman explained enthusiastically “This is exactly how I proposed to my wife!“. From the looks of things that worked out well for him. ;)

THE MADHOUSE OCEAN COLLECTION

I’m especially happy to share that the consistent thing everyone who came by the table commented on was the beautiful dishes. And that didn’t surprise me at all… the Ocean Dinner Plates are made from melamine, but you genuinely might not believe that was true if you held them in your hand. I tested this theory out on some of our “new friends”. ;) The material is extraordinarily substantial, and the finish on the bottom of the plates almost feels like stoneware to me. Tritan™ Tumblers and Translucent Teal Twig Cutlery were the perfect complements to the melamine dishes. Scroll down to see how everything turned out!

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MADHOUSE “Lemonwood” Inspired Tablescape {+ Champagne Lemonade Recipe & Free Printables}

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Elephants + Glitter-Dipped Lemons? That’s right! And if you think this combo may seem a bit MAD, well fantastic… because that’s kind of the point. ;)

You see, when MADHOUSE by Michael Aram asked me to dream up 4 tablescapes inspired by their new tableware collections, I went especially crazy for Lemonwood. High contrast colors, bold graphics, and a hint of metallic gold… everything about the Lemonwood collection makes a statement, and for me it said: “Bring on the SUNSHINE and {grown up} lemonade! And do it with a bit of retro-mod flair while you’re at it.” The paper Lemonwood items weren’t available at the time of my shoot, but just imagine all the outdoor fun you could have with these beauties too:

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Wouldn’t this look be fabulous for an outside-the-box summer dinner party or wedding shower? Whatever the occasion may be, I just love the idea of surprising guests with unexpected details – like mini elephants bearing sparkly gifts, for example!

BRINGING SOMETHING NEW TO THE TABLE

And speaking of unexpected… if you haven’t heard of MADHOUSE before, that’s probably because they are BRAND NEW. In fact, HWTM is the very first place you’ll see this line of upscale melamine, fine paper tableware, and Tritan™ drinkware in action! And as someone that’s seen their fair share of entertaining products, I can say with complete confidence that the product quality is amazing.

I’ll be sharing 4 totally different MADHOUSE inspired tablescapes with you this week (2 today + 2 tomorrow) – followed by a fun Pinterest contest opportunity coming Thursday that involves your own creative spin + the chance to fill your table with well over $500 worth of your favorite MADHOUSE products. So feel free to start dreaming about what statements your dream table would make! But before you do that… scroll down to check out all of my own Lemonwood inspired table details, followed by a yummy Champagne Lemonade Recipe + links to download the matching party printables for free!

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Vintage Nancy Drew Mystery Party

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Mysteries, crime solving, and birthday cake – the perfect mix of thrilling & delicious! For her daughters’ 8th birthday, Jennifer of Double the Fun Parties, threw a Vintage Nancy Drew Mystery Party with “The Case of the Purloined Party Favors!” Equipped with detective kits and capes from Cape Adeline Patterns, the party guests were sent to recover their “stolen” party favors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable custom party printables in yellow and gray by Love the Day
– Detective Checklist, Clues and (an adorable) ransom note!
– Book Page Paper Cone Wreath by Simple Joys Paperie and Mystery Cupcake Toppers by Edible Details
– Cobweb Cake Pops, Question Mark Cookies & Mysterious Birthday Cake!

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The Look for Less: Sand & Sea Turtle Party {Under $250!}

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing my Sand & Sea Turtle Party for under $250 using dollar store and thrift store finds!

This party is near and dear to my heart as I designed it for my 5 year old daughter, Riley. We recently moved to Minnesota from California in the dead of winter and Riley is a bit shocked by the climate change. She is a California girl for sure! So, while it’s still a winter wonderland of white snow outside, I wanted to create a warm, beach environment for her inside featuring her favorite animal… sea turtles!

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FAST Budget Party Tips!

Check out how I was able to pull off this party in less than a week and for a modest budget of only $228 for 8 guests! When I have to plan a party on a super tight timeline and budget, I always do these 2 things:

1. Check around my house and stash of party stuff for items I can use that match the party’s theme and colors.
2. Take a trip to my local Dollar Store and Thrift Stores to find inexpensive items that I can use in cool ways!

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“Preppy Paddock” Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

Canon Rebel T3 Giveaway from 14 Hands Vineyards

Winner update: 4/29/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #229 BLOVELY EVENTS! Congrats!

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The 139th Annual Kentucky Derby is just a couple weeks away, and that means you’ve got the perfect excuse to get together with friends for fantastic food, drinks, and Southern traditions. And we can’t forget the element of dress-up, of course… which is one of the things that make Derby celebrations  – and the pictures from them – so totally fun & unique!

And speaking of Derby celebrations, I’m SUPER EXCITED to share that we’ve partnered with 14 Hands Vineyards again this year to bring you the following fun stuff:
……….1) Creative Kentucky Derby party ideas (including food, drinks & decor)
……….2) A brand new set of free Derby party printables, and…
……….3) Drumroll please… a fabulous DSLR CAMERA GIVEAWAY PACKAGE valued at nearly $600!

That’s right… one lucky reader will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with Deluxe Accessories Kit + $100 worth of Photo Props, which should make it especially easy to capture all those fun party memories from the Derby and beyond! ;) Must be 21+ to enter. Please see official entry guidelines at the bottom of this post.

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PREPPY PADDOCK Theme

14 Hands is the official wine sponsor of the Kentucky Derby this year, which means it will be featured at Churchill Downs all throughout Derby Week… not to mention enjoyed by the very important guests in my own living room on May 4th. ;) We created a vintage-modern style Derby theme for 14 Hands last year, so I wanted to go a different direction this time… Inspired by the preppy fashion often donned at the Derby, this new “Preppy Paddock” theme features a fresh garden party vibe, bow-ties, preppy patterns, and bright pops of color!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

……..– “Watering Hole” Drink Station with plant holders used for wine and water displays
……..– DIY “Party Paddock” Centerpiece with bow-tie bedecked horses
……..– Southern-inspired small bites like Mini Hot Browns and Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter
……..– Homemade Bourbon Peach Pie Pops and Kentucky Bourbon Puddings
……..– Playful photo props for fun picture-taking + free printable “Photo Finish” sign

Scroll down for an overview of the party, and check out additional images in the full party album.

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FREE Kentucky Derby Party Printables – “Preppy Paddock”

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UPDATE: All PDFs with dates have been updated for the 2015 Derby. Dates were either removed or changed. ;)

We styled a new Kentucky Derby party theme for 14 Hands Vineyards last week, so that means a brand new set of FREE Kentucky Derby Party Printables for YOU! I’ll be posting the full party recap (+ a fantastic giveaway!) later today, but in the meantime you can see a little sneak peek of it right here.

You’ll also find previews of all of the “Preppy Paddock” themed printables below, followed by a link to download a zip file containing the high resolution PDFs. I definitely had fun designing these and wanted them to have a distinctly preppy vibe, but also feel a little bit playful. What do you think? I hope you’re able to utilize some of the designs at your own Derby celebrations too… and if you were on the fence about throwing a party on May 4th before, now you have a good excuse!! ;) ENJOY!

P.S. Come visit again later today to see all of these printables in action…

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Spectacular Vintage Circus Theme First Birthday

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Come one, come all! Step right up to see little Emily’s spectacular Vintage Themed First Birthday by mommy, Cheryl! With cotton candy, a popcorn machine, and fun carnival games, Emily’s big day is a magical sight to behold! (For more Circus Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Homemade light-up marquee!
– Adorable birthday cake with scalloped bunting + an circus elephant smash cake
– “Popcorn” cupcakes on a ferris wheel + cotton candy votives
– Circus tent dessert table with DIY ribbon fringe
– Homemade matching circus print outfits for Emily, mom, and dad!

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Ice Cream Shoppe Birthday Party Theme for Pottery Barn Kids {+ Free Printables!}

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Yesterday Pottery Barn Kids released the Ice Cream Shoppe Birthday Party that I styled for them last month, so I’m super excited to finally share it with you today! Ice cream is one of those things that can just instantly make people happy – speaking from personal experience at least ;) – so it’s the perfect inspiration for a party theme… my head was kind of spinning with all of the creative possibilities! The final result has a bit of retro sweet shoppe style + a rainbow sherbet inspired palette with metallic gold accents.

You can find all of the “how to” details and recipes from this ice cream party over on the Pottery Barn Kids website, and I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy everything is to put together! If you have questions on anything though, I’d be happy to answer them here. And for the cherry on top…  lots of FREE PRINTABLES! You can view and download them over at PBK as well. You can also download the whipped cream label and patterned papers right here. ENJOY!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Ice Cream Cone” place settings fashioned from plates + folded napkins
– Mini Cereal Treat “Ice Cream Cones”
– Glittered Whipped Cream Cans
– Yarn ball Ice Cream Cone Garland with gumball “cherries” on top
– Decorated Sugar Cone Party Hats/Headbands

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Lavender Honey Mini Cakes Recipe

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Spring always reminds me of blooming florals, brunch with friends, fresh flavors, renewal, and celebrations of warmer weather. Tessa Huff here, from Tessa Huff Cake Design, and I am pleased to share my delicious recipe for Lavender Honey Mini Cakes with you all. I combined subtle floral flavors with sweet honey in these mini sweet treats, perfect for any spring shower, gathering, or celebration.

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{Party of 5} You Are My Sunshine, Peter Rabbit, Quack Commander, Once Upon A Time & Twins First Birthday

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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:

– You Are My Sunshine First Birthday
– Peter Rabbit Birthday Party
– Quack Commander Party
– Once Upon A Time First Birthday
– “One Sweet Year” Twins First Birthday Party

1. Caleb’s “You Are My Sunshine” 1st Birthday Party (pictured above) by lauraharfield

2.  Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Birthday Party by Where the Green Grass Grows Designs

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Nautical Crab Inspired Baby Shower

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Ahoy, matey! Dive right into this sweet Nautical Crab Inspired Baby Shower by Victoria of RV Parties. Swimming with little crab silhouettes and nautical stripes, this baby shower is brimming with adorable (and easy!) ideas for creating the cutest crustacean paradise for mommy-to-be!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Floral centerpieces wrapped with striped paper and crab silhouettes attached with ribbon
– Orange mini crab cookies + crab lollipop favors with “Bon Voyage” printables
– Navy stripe straws with party flags and crab sliders

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Whimsical “Game of Love” Wedding Photo Shoot

Bride and Groom Kiss

The game of love has never been more fun than with this Whimsical “Game of Love” Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Each & Every Detail, LLC  and photographed Katie Cassidy Photography (and adorable paper gooods from Southern Fried Paper)! I love all of the bright colors, whimsy style and creative spins on classic wedding ideas – I mean, who wouldn’t love to hopscotch down the aisle!? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hopscotch aisle runner and Chalkboard “scoreboard” altar
– Colorful pinwheel bouquets & winner’s ribbon boutonnieres
– Monogrammed playing card mini pies + domino and checker piece cookies
– Bride & Groom pinwheel and crossword puzzle cakes
– Personalized wedding couple board game with spin wheel & pawn cookies
– Shabby chic pretzel bar with pinwheel garland and cupcake drawer

Shabby Chic wedding dessert table

Popcorn wedding program

playing card mini pies

Game of Love Wedding stationery (more…)

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{Backyard Blush} Pink Bridal Shower

blush colored floral centerpieces

Pink, elegant, and PERFECT! I am absolutely in love with this {Backyard Blush} Pink Bridal Shower photographed by Pictilio and thrown for Taleen of Simple Little Details. From the stunning floral arrangements to the gorgeous drink station and butterfly cupcake toppers, this bridal shower is absolutely beautiful!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful bridal shower wishing cards with handmade flower confetti
– Paper flower and butterfly cupcake toppers with rhinestone, button & twine embellishments
– Elegant and flowy ruffled chair back for the bride-to-be
– “Love is Sweet” Pink Macaron Favors
– Festive floral, butterfly and photo {bundt} cake toppers!

bridal shower cupcakes with floral toppers

pink lemonade

bridesmaids with tissue pom bouquets (more…)

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