Inspiring Celebrations Since 2006

Modern “Love is Blind” Engagement Shoot

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This is a really special post- I don’t think I’ve ever featured an engagement photo shoot before! Events by Kate and Photography by Taqueesha created this Modern “Love is Blind” Engagement Shoot for Kayla & Dave, that really caught my eye. The creative theme paired with fun props, made the session feel like a sweet little party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Stationary with optical graphics by Ginger Creative
– Vintage trunks + engagement ring in colorful gumballs
Sweet Props: rainbow lollipop and “Eye Heart U” Cookies
– Red chairs with chevron cushions & matching cupcake wrappers!

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Trend Alert: Custom Cotton Candy Party Favors

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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 Custom Cotton Candy Party Favors! Who doesn’t love cotton candy! As an event planner, I don’t really like the messiness of displaying cotton candy on sticks, and if you’ve ever tried making it yourself in those at-home cotton candy makers… you know it takes FOREVER to make! So, when I was introduced to individually packaged cotton candy, I was hooked!

These pre-made cotton candy bags are the perfect quantity for one person and personalized with a custom label to match your event’s colors making it the perfect favor for your wedding, baby shower or party. (These custom cotton candy party favors are now available here.)

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{Pearls & Lace} Gatsby Themed Bridal Shower

Beautiful burlap, lace, and paper cake

This {Pearls & Lace} Gatsby Themed Bridal Shower styled by Dona Beglarian of Celebrating Life by Dona is absolutely beautiful with its pretty vintage decor & sentimental details. I love the “Traditions” table with the generational family wedding photos & pink heirloom linen – what a sweet way to celebrate with family!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful paper and fabric “cake” with pretty doily rosettes, burlap bows & pearl strands
– Gorgeous framed generational family wedding photos and vintage pink family heirloom tablecloth
– Romantic Florals by Pink Ginger Designs + doily dessert decorations
– Nail polish escort cards & wine bottles with table number wraps

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Girls Fashion Party (Creative Outfits & Runway Fun!)

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Make it work, designers! This Girls Fashion Party styled by Sebrell Smith of Sebrell Smith Designer Events is such a fun way to throw an on-trend birthday bash. These little fashionistas designed their own outfits using fabric & embellishments, then modeled their creations down the homemade runway. (And the chic gown birthday cake was a perfect fit!) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fashion design station with fabric & embellishments for the girls to create their very own garments
– Adorable runway fashion show to model their creations {complete with fashion forward hair & makeup!}
– Fashionable pink ombre gown birthday cake + Fashion Show “Admit one” VIP passes

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Polka Dot & Rainbow Paint Themed Birthday Party

Paint themed birthday party dessert table

Let’s get creative! Taleen of Simple Little Details painted a true masterpiece with an amazing Polka Dot & Rainbow Paint Themed Birthday Party for her daughter’s 3rd birthday! This colorful, artsy celebration is full of so many creative ideas – how amazing is the paint can dessert table backdrop with its “paint spill” streamers!? And I just have to point out the blank canvas “welcome sign” where guests can collaborate and create a memorable painting for the birthday girl…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rainbow & polka dot dessert table with an AMAZING paint can backdrop
– Mini red velvet cupcakes on paint palette displays + Polka dot rainbow layer cake with mini scalloped bunting
– Paint can centerpieces with multicolor florals and Mini “paint can” party favors!
– Canvas, apron & paintbrush place settings for the little artists to create their own masterpieces!

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Pink & Yellow Twin Girls Baby Shower

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Laura Stagg of Forevermore Events styled this pretty Pink & Yellow Twin Girls Baby Shower for sweet little twin girls, Brynlee & Braylee! With tandem bicycles, pink pom poms, tasty treats & all things girly, this sweet celebration is perfectly built for mommy-to-be (times TWO)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink & yellow crepe paper streamer backdrop & tandem bicycle welcome sign
– Lemon cupcakes with pink fabric pom toppers, pudding parfaits and dipped marshmallows
– Pink tissue pom centerpieces + mason jars with pink polka dot straws
– “Scentsy Oil” Station & party favors with “it’s a girls’ thing” wrappers
– Yellow bicycle, jumbo pink balloon & white rocking chair for gift opening!

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DINO-mite! Dinosaur Birthday Party

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Get ready for a prehistoric adventure with this absolutely a-roar-able Dino-mite Dinosaur Birthday Party by Izabel Sasek Bastianic of Party Couture! With super creative dino-licious desserts & earthy decor, there’s so many great ideas just waiting to be dug up! (For more inspiring dinosaur birthday ideas click here & here)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazing dinosaur cake pops + T-Rex nest cake topper with candy dinosaur eggs
– Awesome pre-historic dessert table with streamer backdrop & wooden “fossil” dinosaur figurines
– Eco-friendly printed dinosaur tote bags with dinosaur party favors!

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{Budget Friendly} Comic Book Style Super Hero Party

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Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to share my son’s recent Budget Friendly Comic Style Super Hero Party!  You might remember Pierson’s Vintage Pop Art Super Hero Party that was featured here a couple years ago.  Well, I have revised some easy ways to look like a Super Mom by throwing an impressive Super Hero party that doesn’t break the bank.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Super Hero City Building Centerpieces using plastic dollar store crates & white paper. (Budget friendly & high impact!)
– Kryptonite Cupcakes made from store bought cupcakes, rock candy and cupcake toppers.
– Budget friendly super hero cake with printable buildings, ribbon and candy. (Make it for under $20!)
– Super Hero Favor Tin Lunch boxes full of Dollar store treat repackaging ideas for big impact.

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{Oh Dear} Pink & Yellow Woodland Birthday Party

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Woodland themes are so magical in the first place, but when Kerri of Big K, little k paired it with pink deers and fun yellow frames, I just fell in love! Keniston’s 2nd birthday has loads of girly {Oh Dear} Woodland Birthday Party inspiration with adorable snacks + treats… not to mention the cutest little birthday girl around. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute Pink Cake stand and Paper Banner + Chevron Straw Topper
– Modern Wood Grain Dessert Table Backdrop, Pink Tissue Tassel Garland and Plush Deer Head
– Chalkboard Sign Favors & “You’re A Dear” Favor Tags
– Adorable Wood Grain and Deer Frame Cookies by Bambella Cookie Boutique
– Mixed Nuts, Kiwi Lollipops, Pink Punch and Fruit Pops!

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{Darling & Summery} Vintage Beach Baby Shower

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Playful pattern mixing, a vibrant theme and creative party decor can only mean one thing: the talented Kenna O’Brien of Miss Party Mom is on the scene! Her party ideas are always inspiring, but I think this Vintage Beach Baby Shower with darling printables by Party On! Designs and it’s fun, (relaxing!) summery feel is one of my favorites! 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute baby bikini garland, drinks in sand buckets and a berry crate “sand castle”
– Vanilla Sand Cupcakes with goldfish swimming under umbrellas + vintage beach baby cupcake toppers!
– Bathing suite and anchor cookie favors and polka dot, heart and bow decorated cake pops
– Ombre cake lined with “sand” and goldfish + Coca Cola with gold ric rac and blue polka dot straws

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“Lucky Rodeo” Pink Cowgirl Birthday Party

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Saddle up for this sweet country style “Lucky Rodeo” Pink Cowgirl Birthday Party by Kristina of A Petite Soiree! With burlap details, sweet pink gingham printables by Lauren Haddox Designs & lucky horse shoe cookies, this little rodeo is a round up of cute ideas! (For more adorable cowgirl party ideas go here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink & burlap dessert table with rag-tie bunting + cute red-headed cowgirl cookies ;)
– Burlap wrapped mason jars with baby’s breath & cowgirl party signs
– Cow print birthday cake with fondant cowgirl boots and cowgirl hat
– Adorable burlap birthday sign with horseshoes, a prize ribbon & a pink wooden “C”
– Burlap and pink “Happy Birthday” banner on hay bales

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{Bright & Fun} Scooby Doo Birthday Party!

Scooby Doo Themed Birthday Party

Jinkies! Like, zoinks, man… it’s no mystery that Lauren Borquez of Capes and Crowns did an amazing job styling this Scooby Doo Birthday Party for her son’s birthday! The gang’s all here in the form of adorable cake pops by Kreative Pastries and Cake Pops & cupcake toppers by TopCakeDecors while the trusty Mystery Machine sits center stage as a groovy birthday cake! So sit back & have yourself a Scooby Snack because this party is totally, like, awesome! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazing fondant Mystery Machine birthday cake + Mystery Team Cake Pops
– Mystery Machine photo booth with fun Scooby Doo character themed photo booth props
– Green Chevron Dessert Table Backdrop, Jeepers Juice & Scooby Door Entrance Decor by Trucks Creative Crafts
– The Scooby Doo gang hand-painted on wooden initials for the birthday boy and custom wooden peg dolls

"Scooby Snack" Sugar Cookies

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{Party of 5} You Are My Sunshine, Away We Go!, Graduation Celebration, Paint Birthday & Safari Party

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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 Dessert Table
– Away We Go! Book Launch Celebration
– High School Senior Night (Graduation Celebration)
– Paint Birthday Party
– Amazon Adventure Safari Party

1. You Are My Sunshine Chevron 1st Birthday (pictured above) by Sugar Shack Crafts

2. Away We Go! Book Launch Celebration by Chiêu Anh Urban

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PIN to WIN Contest: “The Happiest Birthday Party Ever” from Kiwi Crate + HWTM

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Winner update: 7/22/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the gran prize winner is… LAURA HUMPHRIES! The runner ups are Shawna Brockmeier and Shannon Russ, Congrats!


Hey, fellow Pinterest lovers (and birthday party lovers)… I’m excited to share a fun contest/giveaway with you today! We recently teamed up with cool online shop Kiwi Crate for The Happiest Birthday Party Ever Pin to Win Contest with more than $400 in prizes… including $200 cash as part of the Grand Prize – woo hoo! Click here for full details.

I’ll be looking over all the Pinterest boards and choosing a Grand Prize winner + 2 Runner Ups on July 19th. Each winner will receive goodies from Kiwi Crate’s Celebration Shop AND printables from the HWTM Shop! Good luck and I can’t wait to check out your pins! :)

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{Comic Inspired} Kids Superhero Party Ideas

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POW, ZAP, WHAM! Power up with these SUPER fun Kids Superhero Party Ideas by Janet of Janet Botteri Photography & Events! From the comic book halftone patterns to the cute face-painted party heros and Captain America inspired superhero cake, this party has tons of ideas that will be sure to WOW! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fondant city skyline birthday cake & newspaper photo booth backdrop
– Superhero lollipops with masks and  paper capes
– Comic book inspired printables & birthday banners + Drink with  Masks and star straws
– Cookie Medals, Bat Pops, Cupcake Savers and Wonder Water

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“3 Alarms For Ava” Girly & Pink Fire Truck Party

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It’s 3 Alarms for Ava! This Girly & Pink Fire Truck Party is decked out in Dalmations, Pink Firegirls and the prettiest firetrucks around! Christie Skerski of Flaired Affairs designed this glammed up tomboy themed bash for her special birthday girl with a wonderful group of vendors including Dyal Photography, Swish Designs and more!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

Adorable Dalmatian firefighter cake pops by The Sweet Tooth Bar
– Pink fire truck printables with a cute “Extinguish Your Thirst” drink table sign!
– Felt dessert tablecloth, fire truck lollipops &  pink fire girl party hats!
– Pink & black firefighter boot centerpieces + Pink firetruck party favor boxes

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{Greyson for President} Patriotic Birthday Party

Patriotic President Birthday Party

Every year, Natalie of Southern Belle’s Charm encourages her son to pick his birthday party theme + three party wishes (Read all about her cute birthday idea in her details!). For his 8th birthday, Greyson chose a presidential theme and requested it to be thrown on the beach with his family in attendance. Being the most amazing mom ever, Natalie was up for the challenge of a “destination birthday party” and worked her magic & planned this amazing “Greyson for President” Patriotic Birthday Party! They day was perfect & Greyson lived his dream of being president for the day! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

– Patriotic dessert table with an awesome American Flag birthday cake by Contemporary Cakery
– USA shaped “Greyson for President” sugar cookies + red, white & blue patriotic drinks with bow tie toppers
– Paper Fans & Rosettes, Rockets in Sand Buckets and a DIY Star-Studded Wreath
– Party voting activity, acceptance speech & campaign support posters!

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Patriotic Cake Pops with mini flag toppers

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Classic Cracker Jack Theme Party

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Buy her some peanuts & Cracker Jacks… and Kisha of S is for Sweet will show you exactly how to style the perfect Classic Cracker Jack Theme Party! With red, white & blue decor, a vintage inspired Cracker Jack Bar, beautiful photography by Divian Conner and some adorable nautical themed outfits, this birthday party sure is a treat!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable Cracker Jack sailor costume with vintage snack tray
– Red star sprinkled cookies, peanuts, donuts and rolled cherry taquitos
– Vintage Cracker Jack signs & Coca Cola boxes
– Cracker Jack snack bar + Red, white & blue dessert table
– Vintage Coke cups with red straws & pinwheel toppers

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DIY Tutorial: Patriotic Stamped Hot Dog Buns

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Ready for your Independence Day cookout tomorrow? Well, we’ve got an easy way to add an extra starBURST of creativity to the menu… DIY Patriotic Stamped Hot Dog Buns! (As seen in our  “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party.)

Inspired by a clever stamped biscuit post from Hungry Happenings, I thought this “food stamping” idea would be a fun touch for 4th of July parties too. This was our first attempt at something like this – and a super rushed one at that, as it was kind of thrown into the midst of a large photo shoot at the last second – but the great news is that this is one of those cases where imperfection is your friend. Yay :) The “messy” stamped impressions have kind of a worn/vintage vibe, which is perfect for 4th of July! Also, I would recommend using a much brighter color of blue food coloring than what you see here. My “blue” was more of a navy because I initially bought it for our Patriotic Layer Cake, so a brighter shade of gel icing would have been more ideal for this project. The navy worked in a pinch, though! Keep reading for the materials and instructions to make these fun conversation buns. (more…)

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Fabulous Vintage Carnival Wedding Theme

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We are absolutely swooning over this Vintage Carnival Wedding shoot styled by Aishling Events and Amy McLeod of Sugar Buzz Dessert Tables & Lolly Buffets! I love how the fancy gold tablescape is adorned with candy apple favors for added carnival flair! Ferris wheels, strung lights, amazing outfits, and more playful details – all beautifully captured by Little Details Photography – make this one of the dreamiest carnivals I’ve seen yet…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pretty teal & burlap dessert table with sparkly tassel bunting & cupcake ferris wheel
– Vintage dining table with red roses, eclectic golden centerpieces & pretty vintage china
– Candy apple party favors on mini glittery place mats + Vintage patterned can cake riser
– Chocolate milk bar with chocolate rimmed milk jars, glittery party flags & yummy toppings

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Pink & Purple Doc McStuffins Party

Doc McStuffins Themed Cupcakes

Some TV shows just lend themselves to the most creative party themes! Doc McStuffins inspired Helena of Helena’s Planners to “fix up” an amazing Pink & Purple Doc McStuffins Party with a cupcake twist for her daughter’s 4th birthday! With a medical themed dessert table, cute cupcake lunch boxes, and adorable group of mini-me Dottie’s (+ their cute fluffy patients), this party is overflowing with inspiration of its own! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cupcake Clinic, ER & Cuddle Room Stations
– Medical Masks, Doctors Coats, Pink & Purple Headbands and Stethoscope
– Appearances by Stuffy, Hallie, Lambie & Chilly!
– Heart Bandaid, Big Book of Boo Boos and medical tool cupcake toppers
– Cupcake Decorating Station + Medical Bag Cake

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DIY Tutorial: Party Printable Napkin Rings (+ An Easy Folding Technique)


For your next tablescape setup, get creative with your party printables and paper napkins and switch things up! Photographer and party designer Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day has a creative way of dressing up her napkins, with Party Printable Napkin Rings! Learn how to make them plus, the secret to these sweet & fancy folds below! (more…)

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Creative Firecracker Birthday Party!

Ribbon wreath & felt banners

To celebrate energetic Avery’s 3rd birthday, (the always creative!) Margit of Dot & Dash styled this amazing Firecracker Birthday Party with a BANG! With an awesome firecracker birthday cake + sparkler candles & fun firecracker printables, this birthday party looks like it was a blast!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Place mat circle banner with felt letters & ribbon + Ribbon “Firecracker” Wreath
– Red, blue & purple firecracker birthday cake + Number “3” birthday lollipops
– “Firecracker Fuel” juice box wraps, “Popping Practice” bubble wraps & “Thanks for Popping By” favor tags
– Creative Firecracker Birthday Hats and Fire Cracker Snack Bar

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Pretty Princess Cupcake Decorating Party!

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Nothing sounds better than decorating cupcakes and painting your nails, especially if you’re a birthday princess! Robin of Fabby-Shabby Grab Bag Co. dreamed up this Pretty Princess Cupcake Decorating Party with girly and glam decor, adorable favors and cupcakes + assorted toppings of course!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink boas, lacy skirts and shimmery princess hats!
– Cupcake decorating with sprinkles & sweets + sticker, ribbon & rhinestone pedestal decorating
– Nail Painting Station, Mirrors and dryers (like in the salon!)

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{John Deere Inspired} Tractor Birthday Party

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With a little boy who loves tractors, Julia Mills simply had to throw a {John Deere Inspired} Tractor Birthday Party for Everett’s 2nd birthday! She made it creative and fun with clever named food, a red gingham birthday outfit and backyard tractor rides!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Toy tractor topped farm field birthday cake by Cecila Villaveces 
– Free Tractor Rides, Table Doodling and a Tractor Piñata!
– Cowboy Caviar, Water Trough & Chicken Feed

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Monsters Inc. Themed Birthday Party

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Screams, scares and monsters galore! Blair Dean designed this adorable Monsters Inc. Themed Party for her son Lincoln’s 3rd birthday! Streamers, ombre and DIY elements (streamer backdrop, hard hats & “scream canisters”) make this party frighteningly sweet! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Boo’s Cupcake Bites, George Sunderson’s Cuties and Mike Wazowski’s Grapes
– Purple & blue ombre birthday cake topped with a Funko bobble head Sully!
– “Scarer of the Month” Poster + DIY Hard Hats

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