Darling Mother’s Day Spring Garden Party

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Spring has sprung! Nikki Wills of Tikkido dreamed up this Darling Mother’s Day Spring Garden Party, and with help from the kids, it bloomed into a beautiful day! ;) What a great way to celebrate mom this year- let the kids help and spend the day with fun family activities!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rustic potting bench “buffet” with potted veggie snacks
– Leaf placemats + pink flower party straw embellishments
– Mini potted seed party favors
– Flower shaped cucumbers on cream cheese toasts and caprese salad
– Pre-potted flowers and herbs {which they planted together after brunch!}

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DIY Tutorial: Embellished Doll Furniture

embellished royal baby furniture

For my friend’s Royal Baby Shower (recapped in Part 1 and Part 2), we did lots of DIY projects over here, and I’m really excited to share them with you! First up is how to make these tiny and adorable Embellished Doll Furniture pieces. Your Royal Mommy-to-be or Little Princess will love this decoration no matter how you fancy it up! Sparkly, isn’t it? ;)

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Cute Nautical Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

Nautical Mickey Mouse themed birthday party

Let’s sail away with Mickey! Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It took the plunge and created the cutest Nautical Mickey Mouse 3rd Birthday in any of the seven seas for her little sailor, Liam! From the cute Mickey inspired desserts to the nautical decor, this party is full of adorable treasures!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Nautical dessert table with “boat shelf”, lighthouse decorations and anchor printables
  • Personalized Disney inspired sailor cap party favors
  • “Message in a Bottle” Birthday Wish Jar
  • Mickey Mouse Cake Pops and Steering Wheel Cupcake Toppers
  • Lobster pinata + “Pin the Anchor on the Boat” activities

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Mickey Mouse candy buffet and candy bags

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{All That Glitters Is Gold} Golden Third Birthday Party

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How did you celebrate your Golden Birthday? With a little help from mommy, Audrey of  Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats, Harper had an {All That Glitters Is Gold} Golden Third Birthday Party! Pink, blue and sparkles lit up the day for this little super star on March 3rd (she turned 3 on 3/3)! P.S. How perfect is that golden locket (read Audrey’s story below)?

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Shimmery blue and gold “Bling” Pops on a sparkly pink platter
  • “Magic Wand” Pink Star Lollipops, Gorgeous Cookies and Vanilla Swirl Frosted Cake
  • Pink sparkle & ruffle birthday hat, gold locket present & gold star hair clip favors
  • Gold Glitter Kandy Kones lined with lace trip and filled with goodies!

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Clever Super Mario Brothers Party Ideas

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Roble & Catalina Sepúlveda of Sugar and Spice designed a clever Super Mario Bros Party! With food inspired by just about every character, there are worlds of ways to incorporate sweet and savory treats into your super star party! For more Mario Inspired Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Bowser’s Fire shots, Peach Rings, Yoshi Eggs and Toad’s Tostitos
  • Mario’s Mustaches, 1-UP Mushrooms, Pirhana Plant Cupcakes and Chocolate Gold Coins
  • Mystery Box Treats, painted boxes with paper cut grass and Marshmallow Mushroom Power Ups

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iPad Mini Giveaway: Hurry… Last Day to Enter!

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Quick reminder… Today is the LAST DAY to enter the iPad Mini giveaway from OnlineLabels.com! Throw your name in the hator more specifically… the Rafflecopter – before midnight PST tonight. (click here) Good luck! :)

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{Congrats 2013} Graduation Party Ideas!

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Crissy’s Crafts and Amanda’s Parties To Go are at it again! The printable + party styling duo whipped up a bright orange and blue celebration for 2013 Graduation Party Ideas! Cris shows how you can take any school color palette and turn it into a fabulous dessert table, tablescape and overall party! (For more Graduation Parties browse here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tissue Fan Backdrop, Swiss Roll “Diplomas” and a variety of candy and popcorn
– Tablescape with a flag centerpiece, blue top mason jar cups and “believe” & “dream” decorations
– Graduation Cap Cake Pops and Marshmallow Pops

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{Party of 5} UP First Birthday, Paisley & Polka Dots, Frog Prince Baby Shower, Tea Party & Moulin Rouge 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:

– UP Themed First Birthday Party
– Pink Paisley & Polka Dots Party
– Frog Prince Baby Shower
– Tuscan Tea Party
– Moulin Rouge 30th Birthday Party

1. UP! First Birthday Party (pictured above) by Festa com Gosto

2.  Paisley and Polka Dots by Celebrating Moments by Marcie

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Sweet Peter Rabbit First Birthday Party

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Hop on over! Crystal of Crystal Phelps Photography is sharing a Sweet Peter Rabbit First Birthday Party for little Tyler today! The soft pastels and darling artwork by Beatrix Potter  is a perfect way to celebrate a special spring day! (For more Peter Rabbit Inspired Parties go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable Peter Rabbit Cookies by Flour De Lis Shop
  • Chocolate garden cupcakes with fondant radishes, carrots cabbage and peas
  • Blue drinks in mason jars with Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck

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{Pink & Yellow} Polka Dots and Pinwheels First Birthday

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Mindy put so much heart and thought into celebrating her daughter’s first birthday; she crafted a special {Pink & Yellow} Polka Dots and Pinwheels Party! My favorite part? How all of these decorations are 100% doable- tassel garlands, punch cupcake toppers, simple flowers and festive details like stripey straws!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Window pane dessert table backdrop embellished with a pink, yellow & white tissue tassel garland
  • Pink frosted cupcakes with DIY circle punch and pinwheel toppers
  • Pinwheel hair clip, ‘1’ birthday pin, grey polka dot sweater and a happy smile on the birthday girl!

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Gorgeous Sprinkle Sparkle Baby Shower

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Party PRO Member Linda Ly of Grand Soirées Event Design & Coordination celebrated her new baby, Lana Katherine, with a fun and fabulous Gorgeous Sprinkle Sparkle Baby Shower! With a Winter + New Year’s twist, this glam gold and silver shower had fun games, gorgeous family photos by Sarah K Chen Photography and a seriously amazing dress (you look stunning Linda)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Silver sparkle tablecloth, ruffle chair backs and gold tulle pom napkin rings
  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” White hot Chocolate Station
  • Gold and Silver 3 tier cake by A Wish and A Whisk
  • “Project Bumpway” game, “snowball” fight and a baby shower question game!

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Preppy & Playful “Dapper Derby” First Birthday Party

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Party SHOP Member Kelly Lyden of WH Hostess designed this Preppy & Playful “Dapper Derby” First Birthday Party! She did such a phenomenal job of running with this theme: trophy cup vases, jockey crayons, custom pony lattice pattern pillows, prize ribbon cookies and more derby inspired decorations! P.S. I love Kelly’s tips for repurposing items you may already have to celebrate the race on May 3-4th!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Southern Style Drinks: Lemonade, Ice Tea and Mint Juleps
  • INCREDIBLE trophy topped cake with haberdashery stripe and pony lattice patterns by Cakes by Gina!
  • Pie Pops, Bow Tie Blueberry Cupcakes, Macarons and Yellow Cake Pops
  • Kids Horse Race (with adorable stick ponies) and Prize Ribbon Backdrop
  • Bubble Favors and Chocolate Horse Lollipops

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ribbon backdrop for a dapper derby first birthday party

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Rustic Sock Monkey First Birthday Party

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This super cute Rustic Sock Monkey First Birthday Party by Louise Sanders of Sunshine Shabby just has me smitten! From the burlap and wood textures to the knitted sock monkey pillow and creative candy names, I just want to cuddle this party all up! :) (Fore more sock monkey party ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Red Velvet Cake, Birthday Boy in Red + Navy Gingham Shirt and Muslin Printed Favor Bags
  • Argyle Party Printable Designs + Blue Fabric Striped Dessert Table Banner
  • Adorable “Sock Pops” arranged in a kraft paper wrapped bucket embellished with a mini bunting banner
  • Monkey Vines, Monkey Nuts and adorable Monkey Bars!

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Shabby Chic Scrabble Inspired Wedding Dessert Table

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How do you take a casual board game like Scrabble and make it E-L-E-G-A-N-T? Cheryl Weise of CW distinctive DESIGNS used lace, burlap and an all white color palette for her Shabby Chic Scrabble Inspired Wedding Dessert Table! Incredible desserts and classic candy on a handcrafted ruffle tablecloth by Paula and Erika added even more sweetness to a very special day. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Themed “Love” Scrabble tile cookies by The Cookie Jar!
  • White candy in apothecary jars with graphic lace cards
  • Burlap flowers, “Sweets” bunting and dessert table runner

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Charming Greenhouse Bridal Shower Ideas

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Inspired by the brides’ shabby chic wedding, Ashley of Southern Mae Photography designed and captured all the down to earth details in this Charming Greenhouse Bridal Shower! At a local garden nursery she set up a vibrant Bubbly Bar, cheese and fruit display and a tablescape with feminine lace, perfect for this sweet bride-to-be!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Bubbly Bar” burlap bunting, cucumber water, lemonade & fruit juice
  • Mason jar cups with mint green straws and fabric tied muslin chair covers
  • “Merci” stamped seed packet favors
  • Family photos, a birdhouse and simple floral table decorations
  • “Edible Plant” chocolate pudding cup with a rosemary sprig

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Sprinkles Themed Sleepover Party {+ Yogurt Bar}

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I know some girls that would be begging to have this AMAZING party if they knew what Deanna of Mirabelle Creations dreamed up for her daughter Mira’s 10th birthday party! Get ready for a creative, playful – and totally doable – Sprinkles Party with a yogurt bar and sleepover style “brinner” (brunch for dinner)! The fun & crafty decorations + empowering tween party activities are sure to inspire moms with girls of all ages. (I love these ideas myself and will cherish them for when my girls reach this important age too Thanks for sharing, Deanna!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Mini breakfast casseroles, Country ham biscuits & a Pancake “cake”
  • Self serve yogurt bar with berries, nuts & sprinkle toppings!
  • “Sprinkled with Love” party favor rings
  • Painting and positive empowering activities
  • Sprinkle frames, sprinkle votives and paper confetti “sprinkles” on the table + hanging as a chandelier

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GIVEAWAY: iPad mini (& more) from OnlineLabels.com

iPad mini giveaway from OnlineLabels.com

Winner update: 4/17/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winners are… Entries #2596 CHRISTINE S. #2275 BARB S. #2101 KELLY M. #3449 DAVID T. #3149 MELISSA M.! Congrats!


We have an EXCITING giveaway to bring you today!! I love it when that happens. ;) This giveaway is courtesy of OnlineLabels.com, who will be randomly selecting 5 WINNERS from the entries below. The grand prize winner will receive a 16 GB iPad Mini, second place will receive an $75 iTunes Gift Card and 3 additional winners will receive $25 coupons towards the labels of their choice + 3 months of Maestro Label Designer Label Software!

About OnlineLabels.com

If you’re not yet familiar with OnlineLabels.com, they are an an amazing resource for any shape or sizes of labels that you may need… from address labels and wine bottle labels to candy labels, full sheet labels, and more. I was truly amazed at the extensive library of products they offer! And if you’re looking for specific label dimensions to fit a certain type of container – maybe you want to personalize that great party or wedding favor you found! – they make things quick & easy to find with their size search tool. They also have hundreds of templates available to help you design and customize your labels.

Scroll down to enter the giveaway (it’s easy!) and to check out images from the Customer Creations gallery at OnlineLabels.com, which feature clever ways people have used their products… there’s even a clever chocolate dominoes set!

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Vintage Fiesta First Birthday Party

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Feliz Cumpelaños! For Jackson’s first birthday mommy, Darci of The Good Life Blog, styled a Vintage Fiesta First Birthday Party! Chicle (gum), Animalitos (animal crackers) and more classic treats paired with crafty DIY decorations (like the amazing piñata and cute photo banner) + adorable printables by Wants & Wishes help inspire for fiestas of all occasions (especially for Cinco de Mayo coming right up)! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Wooden donkey figurines, chalkboard signs & sombreros
  • DIY “UNO” Orange and White Fringe Piñata
  • Succulents, fresh flowers and cacti in El Pato cans
  • Jarritos, Sangria & Coronitas Drink Station
  • Fiesta Coloring Book + Crayon Party Favors

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Clever Keep Calm and Have A Baby {Shower}

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Kerri of BigKlittlek Designs helped co-host this colorful Keep Calm and Have A Baby {Shower}! Chevron pattern, clever signs, vibrant food and DIY embellishments brought this baby shower to life! (Fore more baby shower ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Keep Calm and Grab A Pacifier” Printable Toppers
  • Punch dispenser embellished with ric rac and ribbon
  • Chevron invitations, printables and tablecloth
  • “Keep Calm and Feed Me” Food Table: fruits + veggies, cheese and antipasto appetizers


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Glam Pink & Black Bunco Party

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Crissy’s Crafts is always throwing a party! And this time it’s a Glam Pink & Black Bunco Party for her daughter’s 14th birthday! Boas, candy and a chocolate fountain… sounds like mom got “BUNCO” with her birthday girl! (For more of her clever party themes go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Damask patterns, pink gauze and black feathers
  • Chocolate fountain, fortune cookies & dice cake pops!
  • “Dice” cheese appetizer
  • Giant plush dice, candy, chocolate bar and bead party favors

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{Pink, Glitter & Gold} Royal Baby Shower: Part 2 – Food, Drinks & Cake

royal pink and gold princess dessert table

Here we go with Part 2 of the Royal Baby Shower recap! The theme, decorations, and tablescapes are explained in Part 1 of the recap, so I’ll keep this intro short. :) Scroll down to check out details on the food, drinks, and cake table!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Royal Hydration Station” with Sparkling Pink Lemonade Punch {& pink champagne for the guests!}
  • DIY Glittered frames for the food signs embellished with gold painted baby utensils
  • Cake table with “Long Live the Sweets Sign” + glitter-wrapped cake
  • Pink/gold ombre glittered baby initial with DIY lace crown
  • Sequin table linens for the food & drink tables

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{Pink, Glitter & Gold} Royal Baby Shower: Recap Part 1 – Theme & Decorations

royal baby shower theme decorations and tables - pink & gold

I’m really excited to share a baby shower I styled & co-hosted for a childhood friend recently who I’ve known since we were 4 years old! Inspired by the look of her nursery, which has sort of a glam/posh princess vibe, I decided to go with a Royal Baby Shower theme that was super playful, glittery, and all just plain girlie all over. :) This was a very large baby shower with about 60 guests, and we definitely went all out!

The palette was pink and gold, and the “royal” vibe was carried through with crowns, scroll banners, and design style of the paper decor, but it was also really important to me to highlight the baby factor, which was the reason for the celebration after all! I wanted to keep things fun & sweet (as opposed to purely “fancy”), so the real stars of the decor were actually cute animal statuettes donning DIY lace crowns, embellished doll furniture, and framed quotes relating to baby and motherhood. I also had a lot of fun with the design of the printables and tried to bring in a touches of playfulness or emotion through the verbiage on the signs. Btw – the Royal Baby Shower printables are now available in our Etsy shop in girl, boy, and neutral colorways!

There are a lot of details to cover, so I’m splitting this recap into 2 parts. Hope you find some inspiration here for your own “royal themed” event… there are a lot of details that would easily carry through to other occasions like princess birthday parties and royal bridal showers too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Miniature wooden furniture, painted gold and embellished with rhinestones and ribbon
  • Bud vases (from Ikea) painted & glitter-dipped
  • Playful animal statuettes painted and embellished with sequin trim & DIY lace crowns
  • Mini tissue tassel garlands strung across some of the tables
  • A special chair for the guest of honor with mini paper “MOM” garland + sparkly sequin chair cover

gold rocking chair with pink heart pillows

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{Party of 5} Glam Black & White, Seuss First Birthday, Country Garden, Helicopter Party & Teen Pool Party

romantic black and white dessert table

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:

– Glamorous Black & White Dessert Table
– Seuss Themed (Triplets!) First Birthday
– Country Garden Boy Baby Shower
– Helicopter Birthday Party
– Teen Pool Party

1. Glamorous Black and Silver and White Dessert Table (pictured above) by Divine Sweets and Cakes

2.  Oh, What Fun! The Croplets Are 1 – Part 1 by thisoldhouse107

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Enchanting “Brave” Inspired Birthday Party

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Bullseye! Melissa of Melissa Biador Photography hit the target for her daughter’s 5th birthday! Like the wisps, she led us into the forest for an Enchanting “Brave” Inspired Birthday Party with moss, wooden accents, and Hamish, Hubert and Harris dolls! Fate couldn’t have planned a more magical celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Witches Brew and water bottles with archery arrow designs
  • Bear Marshmallow Pops and Flower Cupcakes
  • Build your own sandwich bar, Archery Range Activity and Bean Bag Toss
  • Gold sprinkled teal cake pops, brownie bear claws, Will-O wisp blueberry cotton candy

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Photography Tips: Taking Gorgeous Event Pictures

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So who here likes to party? I already know its you, because here at Hostess With The Mostess, we’re all about amazingly beautiful parties! Hi, it’s me, Jen Hrycyk, your resident photographer. Today I want to give you a few tips for Taking GORGEOUS Photos at your GORGEOUS events!

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{Teacups & Tutus} Delightful Girls Tea Party

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Inspired by ruffles, lace and floral prints The Pear, Event Styling & Planning set up a {Teacups & Tutus} Delightful Girls Tea Party! Adorable outfits and “tea time” treats are perfect for a sweet birthday or simply a special day in the park!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Mason jars with dainty lace trim + party flags, cupcakes in teacups and yellow fabric chair backs
  • Boutique style headband, pastel tutu and gum ball necklaces
  • Adorable vintage style sign by Three Little Monkeys Studio paired with floral teacup favors

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Fun Picks for Entertaining out by the Pool {Warm Colors}


I  just love entertaining outdoors… there’s something about being outside in a beautiful spring or summer day that seems to put everyone in a happy mood right from the get-go, so now that the weather is warming up, our next backyard party is definitely on my mind!

And speaking of outdoor entertaining, I’ve also been admiring the new watercolor/paint splash inspired look of these Flower Dinner Plates gracing the aisles of my local Target right now. The durable melamine they’re made from makes them perfect for using outdoors – so when I was recently asked to put together a round-up of favorite picks from Target for a fun day out by the pool, I knew exactly where to start!  ;)

So… inspired by the warm color palette and artistic style of the flower plates, here’s my personal wishlist of picks for a fun day of entertaining {or just lounging!} out by the pool: (more…)

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{Fancy Nancy} Pink & Purple Dress Up Party

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For all the little girls who prefer boas and pearls to sneakers and tees, Keona knows where it’s at! For her 5th birthday, mommy Victoria of Vixen Made decorated the day with a {Fancy Nancy} Pink & Purple Dress Up Party, perfect for her butterfly and lace accented fashionista fantasy!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Lace wrapped pink pudding and vanilla cupcakes
  • Desk doubling as a dessert table filled with pink + purple candies and fluttering butterflies!
  • Purple ruffle cake, teapot cookies & butterfly lollipops
  • Hat Decorating, Crafting and Dress Up Activities
  • Fancy mini purple frames with paper butterflies as name cards

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Gorgeous Vintage State Fair Rehearsal Dinner

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Step right up for a Gorgeous Vintage State Fair Rehearsal Dinner by Kelly Oshiro of SB Chic! From the hot & delicious popcorn to the seating cards in crates of peanuts, Jose Villa captured all the prize winning details of this special (pre wedding) night!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Lemonade in mason jars with red stripe straws
  • Bar with a candle lined wall and chalkboard menu
  • Centerpieces with red florals in rustic bottles, long wooden tables & red lanterns
  • Custom calligraphy stationary by Betsy Dunlap

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Darling “Non Fiction Fun” Pink Birthday Party

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We know anything pink makes us all jump for joy, but this “Non Fiction Fun” Pink Birthday Party is one to go down in the books! Wendy of Urban Collective celebrated her daughter, Aiden’s, 6th birthday with tons of fun activities, printables by Love the Day, darling desserts and fun riddles throughout the day!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Sand art activity, photo booth and scrapbooking fun!
  • Pink ruffle cake, pinwheel cookies, ruffle pom + printable cupcake toppers
  • Pink ribbon dessert table backdrop, embroidered chair backs & DIY ribbon dowels
  • Trivia and Sniff and Guess Games

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