{Hundred Acre Wood} Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party

Winnie the Pooh pinata

For any Disney classic lovers, and especially Pooh Bear fans, I’m thrilled to share this 100% adorable {Hundred Acre Wood} Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party! With printables by Laila of One Inspired Party, styling by Table Catering, friendly faces from the Hundred Acre Woods & a whole lot of hunny, this party is sweet as can be!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Red & yellow Hundred Acre Woods inspired dessert table with mini bee hive desserts
  • Honey pot name card holders + Grassy centerpiece with flowers, Piglet & bumble bees!
  • Tree stump cupcake tower + Storybook food risers
  • Amazing illustrated birthday cake with fondant Pooh Bear & honey pot Topper

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Winnie the Pooh Birthday cake with Pooh Bear in a Honey Pot Topper

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Darling Old Fashioned Babydoll Birthday Party

Old Fashioned 4th Birthday Party

Cootie catchers, Shirley Temples, pinwheels and polka dots are just the beginning of little Nikki’s homemade (and darling!) Old Fashioned Babydoll Party for her 4th birthday. With old-timey inspired printables by Wendy of Grean Beansie Ink, those milk cartons and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches got all sorts of fancy for this jolly ol’ birthday on the pier!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable vintage style printable milk carton labels & sandwich labels
  • Old fashioned paper-doll coloring & “Pin the Bow on the Birthday Girl” activities
  • Super cute mason jars with vintage labels, fabric toppers, and polka dot straws!

Pink Lemonade in Old Fashioned Mason Jars

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Pink Pixie Fairytale Birthday Party

Pink Pixie Party Ideas

With a pinch of Pixie dust, a few butterflies & a splash of pink, Bird of Bird’s Party styled this awesome Pink Pixie Fairytale Birthday Party! It’s full of great inspiration for a fun, girly birthday with easy decor ideas & adorable printables!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pretty & pink toadstool birthday cake with fondant butterflies and flowers
  • Grassy table runner & placemats + daisy garland chair backs
  • Giant paper lantern chandelier with paper butterflies
  • Personalized toadstool & butterfly favor boxes and coloring books

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Purple Sofia the First Princess Party

Birthday Princess

When you’re little girl loves all things princess & requests a princess theme birthday (for the 2nd time in 3 years!) it’s time to get creative! The talented Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations accepted the challenge and dreamed up this beautiful Purple Sofia the First Princess Party for her daughter’s 6th birthday! With a lot of sparkle, adorable tiaras and purple ribbons galore, this celebration was a royal hit!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pretty princess castle birthday cake with a sparkly “6” birthday candle
  • Princess crown cupcake toppers + Princess castle cake pops
  • Carriage centerpieces & purple fabric flower garlands + gorgeous hand-painted birthday backdrop
  • Princess beauty salon station and Crown decorating activity
  • Pretty  rhinestone princess crown hair clips in purple castle favor boxes

Princess slipper candy holders

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Hot Air Balloon Diaper Cake Tutorial + Free Printables!

hot air balloon diaper cake with free printable party sign

I’ve been swooning over Hot Air Balloon themes a lot lately, so for our next baby shower inspiration for HUGGIES® Baby Shower Planner, I thought it would be fun to share a DIY Hot Air Balloon Diaper Cake Tutorial (with matching free printables!).

This is such a fun, gender-neutral theme for a baby shower, and a diaper cake is always a great way to play up the theme at your party. So come fly away with me and learn how to make this one yourself! ;) P.S. The size of this “cake” makes it a great option for baby shower table centerpieces too!

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{Party of 5} Vintage Wedding, 4th of July, Wild West Twins Baby Shower, Rubber Ducky & Soccer 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:

– 1920s Vintage Inspired Wedding Vow Renewal
– 4th of July Party
– Wild Wild West Twins Baby Shower
– Rubber Ducky Party
– Soccer Birthday Party

1. Sweet Yabby’s 1920s Wedding (pictured above) by SweetYabby

2. DIY 4th of July by All Set

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DIY Tutorial: Woodland Namecard Holders

whimsical woodland diy tutorial for star name cards

Didn’t you love the Wooden Peg Fairy Dolls tutorial from last week? Well, good news, we have another enchanted DIY from the Dreamy Lavender Woodland Fairy Party by Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day! These Whimsical Woodland Namecard Holders are such a cute {and easy!} way to dress up a table & impress your pint-sized party guests… I just love them! Thanks for yet another amazing tutorial, Amy! (more…)

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3 Tips For Choosing A Professional Photographer

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Hello my fellow hostesses! I hope you are enjoying your summer and creating lots of great DIY projects with your kids! I’m Jen, your favorite photographer, and you can see some of my DIY projects, along with many of my beautiful pictures over at my website, www.jencyk.com.

Today I wanted to give you some simple, but important tips when it comes to choosing a photographer for your family & event photos! I recently gave some tips on taking gorgeous event pictures, which you can check out right here. Now, I know not everyone has a “good camera,” or is remotely interested in taking their own pictures.

So, how do you choose a professional photographer for your family pictures and events? That’s a great question! So let’s talk about it. Here are some easy steps to follow, to ensure you find the right photographer for your images that will literally last a lifetime!

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DIY Tutorial: Patriotic Glitter Animals

Glitter Party Animals

It’s no secret that we have a glitter obsession… but a little sparkle never hurt anyone, right? ;) Since glittering is one of our favorite decorating DIYS, we figured it was time to share our technique. And what better way to learn than with these Patriotic Glitter Animals from our “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party? Get ready to have fun, make a sparkly mess and combine it with a little “red, white & moo”! (more…)

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Robin, The Boy Wonder! Themed 4th Birthday Party

Robin themed dessert table

Every superhero needs a birthday party… especially when you’re Batman’s super sidekick! This Robin ,The Boy Wonder! Themed 4th Birthday Party by Jeannette of J. At Your Service is totally AWESOME! With cool costumes and amazing colorful treats like the Robin cake made by (talented friend) Silvia Morales, little Nate’s party was a SUPER day! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Awesome Robin costume cake with yellow cape + Robin themed sugar cookies with the birthday boy’s initial
  • Robin themed dessert table with “Nate, The Boy Wonder” chevron backdrop
  • Clear plastic plates with Robin images and yellow centerpiece with Robin cut-out & lollipops
  • Robin Suit inspired gable boxes, masks, “Caped Crusaders” green & gold capes and bubble “Super Favors”

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Gorgeous Vintage Inspired Baby Shower

baby shower dessert table

Isn’t this Vintage Inspired Baby Shower by Lina of A Stunning Affair absolutely gorgeous?! I love colorful florals paired with kraft paper decor and beautiful script by Calligraphy Katrina… and of course that creative mommy-to-be sash! (And for more inspiring baby shower ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

  • Dessert table with flower sugar cookies, book risers & Kraft paper “BABY” banner
  • Bright & whimsical floral arrangement centerpieces in mason jars wrapped with kraft paper & colorful yarn
  • Brown Bag “Nibbles”, Fondant Floral Cake & “Baby Talk” Advice for mommy-to-be!
  • Kraft paper pinwheels + table runners with gorgeous hand lettering
  • Vintage inspired place settings with pretty menus and eclectic tea cups

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Adorable Vintage Mustache First Birthday Party

mustache themed dessert table

With some vintage flair, old family photos and eclectic antiques, mommy Amanda Harris styled this adorable Vintage Mustache First Birthday to celebrate her little man’s big day! And Heather Banks of Eclectic Images Photography perfectly captured this sweet celebration with the gorgeous vintage decor, quirky mustache props, & fun family photo ops!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Wet Your Whiskers” drink station + Mustache mason jars and straw embellishments
  • Eclectic vintage centerpieces and party decor with vintage books, photographs & crates
  • Birthday boy bow tie and adorable mustache dress for his sister by Knicknats
  • Muslin mustache printed favor bags with chocolate mustache pops, mustache crayons & mustache stickers
  • Printed “Mustache You a Question” beer koozies for the adults!

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GIVEAWAY: The House of Bachelorette $100 Shopping Spree


Winner update: 7/10/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… commenter #1 KATHERINE MASCI! Congrats!


If your on your way down the aisle, want to be the best bridesmaid ever or know a special bride-to-be, then this glamorous giveaway is about to rock your world! The House of Bachelorette is giving one lucky winner a $100 Shopping Spree (+ Free Shipping) for their Bachelorette Party!

You can select all the items we hand picked (and love!) in this $100 package, or you can choose your own Bachelorette essentials from Personalized Totes and Games to Bachelorette Kits and Party Decorations. Read below for our itemized list + how to enter the The House of Bachelorette giveaway! (more…)

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{Rustic & Sweet} Yellow Summer Wedding

yellow wedding cake with fondant flowers

Being an absolutely amazing baker & stylist, Clair of Calamity Cakes cooked up this beautiful {Rustic & Sweet} Yellow Summer Wedding for her sister-in-law’s big day! This wedding is such a sweet celebration of love (and the photos from J&J Brusie Photography prove it) with charming decor, a beautiful dessert table & incredible wedding cake with beautiful fondant flowers (which came on a 26 hour flight from Australia!) – all made by a loving family. Which, to me, sounds like the perfect day! …Oh, and can we talk about how cute that dog is in that little tuxedo? I just can’t handle it. :) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pretty centerpieces with floating candles in mason jars & hand-picked daisies on a wood platform
  • Rustic dessert buffet with cupcakes & yellow candies in apothecary jars tied with polka dot ribbons
  • Breathtaking yellow & white wedding cake with ribbon & gorgeous fondant flowers

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Festive Tiki Time Cocktail Party + Drink Recipes!

Tropical Tiki Bar

Aloha! My friend Jessica of Modern Moments Designs recently styled up an amazing Tiki Time Cocktail Party that will transport you straight party paradise! And that sounds exactly where I’d like to be right about now… specifically with a chilled glass of White Sand Sangria in hand – how about you? ;)

Jessica designed this theme specifically for Pottery Barn’s “Mystery Box Challenge” – where 5 (very talented) party stylists/bloggers were asked to create their own idea of the Ultimate Home Bar, as inspired by specific cocktails + their favorite pieces from the PB summer collection. Since Jessica most often styles kids parties (she’s a mother of 4!), it’s really fun to see where her creativity led her with a different sort of occasion. Check out all 5 of the “ultimate home bar” designs and raise a glass to your personal favorite by casting your vote here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • 3 Tiki-inspired signature cocktails (+ free printable recipe cards!)
  • Gorgeous tropical fruit tray lined with a giant monstera leaf
  • “Tasty” decor: lemon place card holders + lemons, limes & pineapples used as decor
  • Fabulous silk screened pillows featuring Jessica’s tiki themed graphic designs

White Sand Sangria

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{Vintage Sparkle} Cupcakes & Carousels Birthday Party

cupcakes and carousels birthday party

You can never go wrong with a little pink, gold and cupcakes… and Stephanie Hanna of Brag About Baby knew just the right spin to put on little McKenzie’s big day with this adorable Cupcakes and Carousels Birthday Party! I just love the glitz & vintage sparkle of this carousel theme – it feels so pretty and magical! 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink polka dot trimmed with tickets + gold scallop cupcake wrappers with carousel pony toppers
  • Rhinestone embellished ticket cake and Chalkboard Favorite Things Sign
  • Pink & aqua vintage ticket booth with felt carousel banner
  • Glittery “2” sugar cookes, pink rice krispie pops, & pretty white chocolate carousel lollipops


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Trend Alert: Tween Party Bars (“Kittylicious” Pink Cat Birthday)

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about setting up self serve Tween Party Bars a fabulous addition to any Tween party!

Throwing a party for a tween is hard! They are at that age (between 10-12) where they are in between being a young kid and a teenager.  They don’t want “baby” themed parties anymore, they want a bit of independence and they definitely don’t want mom hanging around during the party.  So what do you do?

Set up Tween Party Bars which are self-serve activity stations that the kids can do and enjoy on their own. To pull this off in true Tween Scene style, make sure to create a party space transformed just for them in a not-so-kiddy theme.  The look and feel should be grown up, yet age-appropriate and trust me, your kid and her friends will think you are a total rock star!

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“Happy Birthday America” 4th of July Picnic

Pretty 4th of July Picnic

Happy Birthday America! Paige from Paiges of Style totally knows how to throw a beautiful birthday picnic… with stars, stripes and patriotic flair for our beloved USA! Her “Happy Birthday America” 4th of July Picnic is charming and rustic and such a sweet way to celebrate our beautiful country – hotdogs, an amazing flag cake and adorable picnic moments captured by Sprout Photography!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rustic red dessert buffet with ruffled red, white & blue table skirt
– American Flag cake by Sugar and Sunshine Cakes + Mini pies with All-American party flag food picks!
– Sweet little photo booth with framed flags + Big red star print balloons
– Adorable pint-sized picnic outfits (by amazing vendors listed below!)
– “Happy Birthday America” 4th of July invitation and matching printable collection!

American Flag Cake with Stars & Stripes

Fourth of July Picnic

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Magical Cinderella Birthday Party {Pink Princess}

Princess Dress Cookies

Oksana from As Sweet as it Gets must have access to the fairy godmother’s wand, because this Cinderella Birthday Party is definitely magical! The princess inspired desserts, pink & gold decor, “Princesses R Us” accessories shop and a visit from Cinderella herself make this party the perfect royal celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Royal cake with golden filigree, pearls, carriage topper + a beautiful fondant bow by Anna Elizabeth Cakes
  • Pretty pink and gold dessert table with a “Once Upon A Time” Wall Decal Backdrop
  • Gold princess crown cupcake toppers + Princess dress & crown sugar cookies
  • “Princesses R Us” shop where the pint-size princesses could pick out royal accessories
  • Cute little princess costumes + A visit and storytelling with Cinderella herself!

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Amazing Vintage Style Fourth of July Party

watermelon star skewers

Attention: vintage loving, summer swooning, patriotic party people! Lia Griffith is sharing some seriously amazing, creative ideas for a Vintage Fourth of July Party! I love the charming, rustic feel of the ripped fabric garland, crates, and classic American treats… so who else is craving watermelon now? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY felt pinwheels, crepe paper sparklers, and fabric windsocks
– Vintage inspired 4th of July printables + Stripey straws embellished with mini pinwheels
– Berry Pies, Strawberry Lemonade and Star shaped Watermelon Pops
– Vintage hot dog caddy with patterned paper hot dog wraps & gingham jarred ketchup

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MARVELous Superhero Themed Birthday Party

Avengers Birthday Party

KAPOW! This MARVELous Superhero Themed Birthday Party by Kelly Martin of Right-Hand Gal is super fun & creative! With comic book pages used as party decor, action figure centerpieces, and an awesome Superhero Training Course, this party could absolutely save the day!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Superhero action figure centerpieces with comic book page paper rosettes
  • City skyline photo booth & dessert table backdrop + Marvel Suphero photo booth props
  • Superhero Training Course” obstacle courses focusing on “Agility & Marksmanship” & “Speed and Endurance”
  • Comic book page vase wraps, favor boxes, and napkin rings

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Creative Pink & Yellow Lalaloopsy Birthday Party

lalaloopsy cake

Isn’t this Pink & Yellow Lalaloopsy Birthday Party by Shannon of Bella Festa just as cute as a button? Lalaloopsy parties always have the best crafty ideas! I love the DIY elements like the felt triangle banner, ribbon welcome wreath & gingham water bottle toppers + clever food ideas like cheddar buttons and “thread spool” marshmallow pops!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable pink tiered birthday cake with fondant buttons, bows and Lalaloopsy dolls
  • Pink & yellow felt triangle garland with bows & pom pom fringe
  • Ribbon welcome wreath embellished with tiny Lalaloopsy dolls
  • “Thread spool” marshmallow pops + watermelon & cantaloupe flower fruit skewers
  • Cheddar “button” crackers & white chocolate button lollipops!

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4th of July Game Idea: DIY Patriotic Gunny Sack Race

gunny sack diy

For our “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party shared earlier this month, we styled a few fun game ideas too – one of them being a Patriotic Gunny Sack Race with DIY Gunny Sacks! These were so fun and easy to make… look for a few behind the scenes pictures and decorating ideas below! (And download the free printable race + start and finish signs here.)


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Sweet Seersucker Bow Inspired 4th of July Party Ideas

popcorn stand for a july 4th party

Suzanne of Fanciful Events did a fabulous job with these Seersucker Bow Inspired 4th of July Party Ideas for the upcoming holiday (and yes, it is less than 2 weeks away)! So, let the inspiration begin: pinstripe decor, seersucker bows, patriotic desserts and super cute little girls in tutus!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Seersucker bows & ruffle garlands wrapped around cupcakes & snack caddies
– Cute sweets concession stand with cookies, soda and popcorn + “Sweet Treats” Sign
– Pretty red, white and blue chocolate covered oreos with bow & star fondant toppers
– Mini cake with paper straw & tinsel “sparkler” toppers

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HWTM “Little Sailor” 1st Birthday Party for Pottery Barn Kids + Free Printables!

little sailor first birthday

I’m thrilled to finally be able to share this Little Sailor 1st Birthday theme that I styled for Pottery Barn Kids! We actually shot this theme in Northern California with the PBkids team – at the same time as our Ice Cream Shoppe Party featured earlier this year… so it was fun to focus on something more boy oriented for the 2nd day of shooting. I’m sure the room attendants were completely confused by the random array of craft explosions happening in our hotel room though. ;) Alyssa & I even frosted & decorated the cookies for this shoot in there… so I figure they should be a breeze for you to do at home!

Head on over to the Pottery Barn Kids website for full details on this theme – including recipes, party details, and LOTS of free printables! We also have matching invitations, custom items and a girl version of this collection available in our Etsy Shop.

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DIY Tutorial: Wooden Peg Fairy Dolls

wooden peg fairy doll

Didn’t you just love this Dreamy Lavender Woodland Fairy Party styled by the incredible Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day from earlier this week? It was such a whimsical party with so many gorgeous handcrafted elements. Her DIY Wooden Peg Fairy Dolls are surprisingly easy to make and are perfect for enchanting little party favors or as a beautiful cake topper! P.S. We’ll be sharing a few more tutorials from this party within the next few weeks- including those adorable toadstool chair cushions and elegant napkins! ;)

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{Party of 5} Patriotic Party, Purple Wedding, Red Balloon Birthday, Wonderland Tea Party & Spring Garden

patriotic party

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:

– Lovely Liberty 4th of July Party
– Purple Wedding
– Red Balloon Birthday
– Alice in Wonderland Tea Party
– Green Spring Garden Party Workshop

1. Lovely Liberty Patriotic Party (pictured above) by katarinaspaperie

2. Stephanie & Troy’s London Wedding by cloud9bysteph

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Monster Themed First Birthday {Korean Dol}

blue and green monster sugar cookies

This Monster Themed First Birthday {Korean Dol} by Hanna & Christina of One Sweet Day is just too cute with all the little scary monster faces peeking out from every corner! I love the creative ways they crafted simple themed party decor, like the google-eyed monster candle wraps & the craft monster favor bags!

PARTY HIGHLIGHT to look out for:

  • Googly-eye monster face candle wrappers {with party hats, too!}
  • Cute blue & green monster sugar cookies + Polka dot monster cake with fondant bunting!
  • Tiered dessert table with crepe paper streamer backdrop, monster printables & monster treats!

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Cute & Crafty Summer Popsicle Birthday Party!

popsicle stick cake

So… you might have noticed that we’re going a little crazy with POPSICLES over here lately. ;) And as much as I do love to eat them, the main reason was that (at a recent speaking engagement) I wanted to demonstrate how the exact same theme can be brought to life in two totally different ways. So the first popsicle party design we dreamed up was a watercolor-inspired popsicle baby shower, and the 2nd one is what you see here: a playful & modern Popsicle Birthday Party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A fabulous (and inexpensive!) sheet from Target used as the “tablecloth”
  • Washi tape used to make paper plates look like “presents”
  • DIY Popsicle Stick Cake Centerpiece + Glittered Frame “Cake Topper”
  • Folded napkins + washi tape-embellished forks combined to look like “popsicles”
  • “Dreamsicle” orange flavored drinks and “Orangesicle” cupcakes!
  • Printable popsicle silhouettes embellished with sticks to create a fun garland!

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{Rainbow Camp} Arts & Crafts Birthday Party

Arts and Crafts Rainbow Party

Rainbow art parties are such fun party themes & I LOVE the camping twist that Melissa of Buckets of Grace incorporated into her {Rainbow Camp} Arts and Crafts Birthday Party! With a trail-mix making station, great crafting activities and personalized party favor craft caddies, these little campers were able to let their creativity flow!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Dessert table with big rainbow paper rosette backdrop & “Camp Grace” rainbow letters
  • Rainbow striped cake with a tent and painter’s palette topper & mini bunting
  • Washi tape wrapped spoons for chocolate s’mores cakes in jars
  • “Mix Your Own Trail Mix” Station + Rainbow colored noodle jewelry making station
  • Crafty personalized party favor caddies with markers, crayons, and colored pencils

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