Cinco de Mayo Party Inspiration + 3 Festive Recipes!

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Are you ready to fiesta! Or at least have a BeerRita or two ;) Cinco de Mayo is coming up this weekend and Victoria Canada Weddings and Events has some festive and bright last minute Cinco de Mayo Inspiration! Not to mention THREE recipes that will have you craving more delicious Mexican cuisine and more reasons for crafty + colorful decorations!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mexican Crepe Paper Flowers in ribbon wrapped cans
– Horchata (served in mason jars!) and BeerRita Recipes + Salpicon Recipe
– Avocado Bar + Pan Dulce with Papel Picado Banner inspired food labels

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MADHOUSE Pinterest Contest Winners + New Giveaway!


Big CONGRATS to our “Mad for HWTM” Pin it to Win it Contest winners! Scroll down to check out the beautiful boards inspired by some of the brand new collections from MADHOUSE by Michael Aram. As a quick refresher, MADHOUSE selected the top 3 finalists (Michelle Knox, Marie Muckey, & DeLaine Blake) from all of the boards that were submitted, then sent them over to me to select the grand prize winner…

NEW GIVEAWAY! Ocean Serving Platter + Fine Paper Tableware

Scroll down to check out the winning boards AND throw your name in the hat to win one of the gorgeous Melamine Sea Urchin Serving Platters ($50 value) from MADHOUSE + an assortment of their stunning paper tableware! (Over $100 total prize value)

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Mother’s Day Brunch Surprise!

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Wow! Nicole Bailey of Your Party Plannery dreamed up a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Surprise! This is such a fun way for the kids to help celebrate mom- setting a brunch table and surprising her in a way she will love… flowers, champagne and her kids of course!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ombre Macaron Tower and gorgeous white cake by Sweet Treats Cakes and Cupcakes
– Tangerine, yellow & white tissue tassel garland and “You Rule” Framed Print
– Chevron Pillows, Bright florals and a High Tea style menu

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Beautiful Brave Themed Birthday Party

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love this movie? Well, I love it! And Hana Lynch of Feathered Nest Photographie styled a Beautiful Brave Themed Birthday Party for her daughter, Ella. One of my favorite parts of this party is how simple the dessert table is- cookies, cake and trail mix- that’s it! It just shows you don’t need tons of sweets to make the table feel full or feel well balanced. (For more Brave Party Ideas go here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Haggis Toss, Coat of Arms activity with (Template) and Archery
  • Princess Party Dresses and DIY Merida Crown
  • Brave inspired cake + Bear Claw Cookies
  • Scottish plaid fabric bunting, tree slices, moss and blue light “wisps”

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Bright & Girly Rockstar Birthday Party

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If you like bright, girly and totally cool parties, Ashley Keith of Cupcake Express designed a top hit! For her daughter Halle’s 8th birthday she set the stage for a Bright & Girly Rockstar Birthday Party with chevron + star patterns and rockin’ themed sweets!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Black tablecloth and chairs with tissue tassels, neon blue drinks & star party flags
  • DIY microfone and purple guitar centerpieces with pink tulle and stars
  • Guitar shaped cookies, “paint splatter” candy apples and a pink rockstar themed cake!

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{Party of 5} Cinco de Mayo, Pink Country Fair, Mother’s Day Brunch, Nautical Party & Dr. Seuss 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:

– Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas
– Pink Pony Inspired County Fair
– Mother’s Day Brunch + Mom-osa Bar
– Navy and Pink Nautical Party
– Dr. Seuss Thing 1 & 2 Birthday

1. 5 de Mayo Party Ideas (pictured above) by A to Zebra Celebrations

2.  Mazie’s County Fair by Lauren Haddox Designs

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Elegant Pink & Playful First Birthday Ideas

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In the whimsical secret garden scene of Morrells Boutique, Candace Allan of Absolute Perfection styled Elegant Pink & Playful First Birthday Ideas for Mikyla! The sweet bunnies, yarn wrapped letters and a French inspired dessert table are just a few of the magical details from this darling celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink drinks embellished with doilies, matching chevron straws & paper hearts
  • “ONE” yarn wrapped letters among flowers as table centerpieces
  • Pink ombre cake, sprinkled cake pops, macarons & fresh raspberries
  • Fabric pendant flag bunting and paper rosette dessert table backdrop

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{It’s a Girl Y’all} Vintage Cowgirl Baby Shower

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Yeehaw! Kristeen LaBrot of Kristeen LaBrot Events and Allyson Levine of Bob Gail Special Events rounded up ideas, rustic cuisine and fantastic friends for an {It’s a Girl Y’all} Vintage Cowgirl Baby Shower! And Cat of Next Exit Photography captured all the darling details from the red bandana and feminine lace place settings to the cute cowboy boots and red and white dessert table!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Happy Trails Y’all” Trail Mix Favors + “Giddy Yum” Dessert Table
  • Flowers in a red Radio Flyer Wagon, Mailbox for Words of wisdom & Tiny Cowboy Boots for guests to sign!
  • Mini apple pies, banana pecan cupcakes and cherry cheesecake shots
  • Cornbread Zingers and Turkey Bean Chili Chow
  • Mason jars wrapped in burlap and red gingham ribbon with bright and rustic florals

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Free Mother’s Day Printables! (Mom Card & Treat Tags)

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Behind every smiling child, is a hard working mama. So on this upcoming Mothers Day, we celebrate YOU! Hello everyone! Jen here, your resident Photographer over at Jen CYK Photography.

Obviously, I love taking pictures of you and your beautiful children (some of you are probably even featured in my Kids & Family gallery, right here)! I also love finding little things that I can do to make you smile! So this Mothers Day, I teamed up with the talented mama behind Deanna Moore Designs, to create some beautiful printable tags and cards for you!

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Vintage Style Picnic Baby Shower (+ Blessing Circle)

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Casual-chic style + the beauty of the outdoors set the scene for a Vintage Style Picnic Baby ShowerAleisha Balle of Pretty My Love styled this fun caravan with high tea treats, roses in lace wrapped mason jars and a beautiful blessing circle for mommy Rachel!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Vintage Car and Caravan + Drink Stand and High Tea Sweets
  • Lip cookies & mustache props for baby gender guessing + name suggestions!
  • Chalkboard menu, mason jar glasses & honey favors

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Fabulous Pink & Glam Birthday Fête

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Celebrity wedding planner, Melissa Andre, knows glamour (just see her work and you’ll feel like you’re in a dream)! This time, she designed a Fabulous Pink & Glam Fête for her own birthday with gorgeous details that were almost as stunning as the birthday girl herself! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Shimmery gold glitter viles for “birthday wishing”
  • Gorgeous monogram pink and gold 3-tier cake by Lori Hutchinson
  • Sophisticated Eats and Orchid Centerpieces
  • Birthday Sweets Candy Bars & Hendrick’s Fantasy Cocktail

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Bourbon Peach Pie Pops Recipe

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Today we’re finally sharing the delicious & fun Bourbon Peach Pie Pops Recipe from our “Preppy Paddock” Kentucky Derby Party! These pie pops are perfect bite-sized treats, and most importantly… super easy! These will surely impress your party guests with their Southern flavor and stylish little bow ties. ;) (more…)

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NEW Monthly Call For Submissions! {+ Guidelines}

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Hi Everyone! I’m excited to share that this month we’re kicking off a new monthly Call for Submissions. We get so many submissions already that you may call us crazy for requesting more… BUT, in our continuous effort to deliver the best – and timeliest – content to our readers throughout the year, we thought it would be smart to actually give you a little heads up regarding what’s on the horizon for the editorial calendar!

And while we normally require some exclusivity for our standard submissions, when it comes to the featured Call for Submissions topic each month, No Exclusivity is required! Feel free to submit past work or parties that have previously been featured elsewhere, in addition to brand new parties, recipes, DIY tutorials, etc… it’s a big world out there and chances are good there’s a whole new crop of people your work can inspire! We 100% encourage any and all ideas, from the big to the small. Sometimes, simple ideas can be even more approachable and far reaching than an over-the-top bash… but of course we don’t shy away from those either! ;)

We’ll be having a “Call For Submissions” on the first of every month. For the following months, check our social media outlets for the announcement: HWTM Social Community, Facebook, Google +Pinterest and Twitter. (more…)

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Beautiful Vintage Inspired Backyard Wedding

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Hi there! It’s HWTM Contributor Amber here of Amber Lay Events. I am back this week to share a glamorous and vintage backyard wedding that I think you guys will love!  One of the first people I met in the wedding industry was Constance of Constance Curtis Events. She has been an incredible mentor for me over the years. Since this was her brother’s wedding made it really fun to work on together. :)

Constance did the planning and coordinating while I did the the floral designs and then took over the coordinating right before everyone went down the aisle since Constance was also a bridesmaid. Aaron of Aaron Young Photography took all of the beautiful images so a big thank you to him! We just love his work and him of course! ;)

WEDDING DETAILS to look out for:

  • Happily Ever After Sign on a stacked citrus crate wedding space!
  • “To Have and To Hold” Paper Chain, Ombre Rose Petal Aisle and Tree Hanging Chandelier
  • Tree Carving Initials and Vintage Lounge Furniture and Dishes
  • Pink Ruffle Cake, Window Pane Seating Chart and Glitter Table Numbers

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