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Vintage Strawberry Ice Cream Social

Vintage Strawberry Ice Cream Social

With dainty doilies and a whole lot of strawberries, Melissa of Buckets of Grace styled this unbelievably cute Vintage Strawberry Ice Cream Social for her neighborhoods’ 3rd annual ice cream get-together. I love the vintage crates & palette board decor combined with the super sweet strawberry printables by Dimple Prints 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ice cream toppings in doily lined berry baskets
– Ruffled burlap table linens, palette board backdrop and wooden crate risers
– Strawberry plants in mason jars + Daisies in Berry Baskets
– Strawberry shortcakes in mason jars and cupcakes with doily liners in mini garden pots

Berries and Cream Themed Ice Cream Party

"Berry Sweet" Doily Drink Wrappers (more…)

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RAD! Retro Rocket Party {Space Theme}

space party ideas

Attention, Mission Control! I am absolutely over the moon for this Retro Rocket Party! Andrea Malpass (one of our Party SHOP members) of Where the Green Grass Grows planned the perfect red & blue mission for her little astronaut’s 4th birthday, fully equipped with a “rocket fuel” wagon, adorable wooden party signs & a stellar burlap dessert buffet!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute burlap, red and aqua dessert table
– Rocket flame candies and shooting star lollipops
– “Blast off”, “To the Moon” and “Mission Control” wooden party signs
– “Rocket Fuel” drink station (in a retro wagon!)

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Yellow & Gray Owl Themed Twins Baby Shower

owl cake

With adorable printables by Laila Plant of One Inspired Party & rustic woodland decor, this Yellow & Gray Owl Themed Twin Baby Shower is absolutely GORGEOUS! The creative “mini cakes” tower by Cake Designs by Edda + the breath-taking florals by Avant Gardens are just some of the beautiful creations that make this celebration an absolute hoot! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful mini cakes on a tiered tower with adorable fondant owl toppers
– Gorgeous and whimsical wishing tree + Owl silhouette wishing tags
– Rustic, mossy branch centerpiece with daisy & billy button florals
– Pretty gray and yellow owl cake pops with sparkly sprinkles

owl cake pops

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{Party of 5} Construction, Masquerade Bachelorette, Monster First Birthday, Pink Lemonade & Horse Race

construction 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:

– Creative Construction Birthday
– Pink & Black Masquerade Bachelorette Party
– Monster First Birthday
– Bright & Girly Pink Lemonade Party
– Horse Race Party

1. Constructing Some Fun! (pictured above) by BrittanyDean

2. Glam Masquerade Bachelorette Party by Wanz

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Disney Princess Birthday Party: The Sparkle Station!

glittered gold frame with free printable sparkle station sign

If there are 2 things every princess party needs, it’s SPARKLE and Dress-Up! So with that in mind, we designed a Sparkle Station Activity Table for our Disney Princess Birthday Party theme. The table was filled with lots of inexpensive dress up items for the royal guests to have fun with, plus a “Bling out a Party Hat” craft complete with glittered initials for personalizing their creations!


Even though the overall princess party (styled for Dream Parties by Hallmark & Disney) encompasses several of the Disney princesses, Cinderella in particular was a big inspiration for this table. Macy (my 3 year old daughter) has been watching Cinderella a lot lately, and I realized that sewing and dress up really are a huge part of the story – even before the Fairy Godmother arrives! So the presence of the little sewing spools, bows, and dress form were actually inspired by Cinderella’s first dress and the adorable movie scenes with the mice and birds trying to help get her ready for the ball. Cinderella herself also makes a cameo on this table – via a pop-up tabletop decoration from the Dream Parties line, as does Rapunzel. (I thought it made sense for her to make an appearance near the hat & hair accessories!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Swagged tablecloth” made from a (pinned) bed sheet + acrylic beads and tulle bows
– Embellished dress form centerpiece with homemade bubble skirt and tulle bow
– Paper Rapunzel tabletop decoration with dress-up hair extensions clipped to her skirt!
Free printable party signs & “SPARKLE” banner

disney princess dress up station - cinderella

princess party - embellished dress form centerpiece

When I stumbled on this decorative dress form at HomeGoods (which started out with a simple gray/white fabric body and plain cream stand, btw!), it reminded me of when Cinderella’s first dress was hanging in her room, ready for improvements before the ball. I knew we could transform it into something special for the princess party, but it turned out even cute than I’d hoped! Jacque even made an adorable “bubble skirt” for it with craft tulle and leftover fabric from the sheet used for the dessert table headboard.

The sparkly tulle bow in the back is actually my favorite detail… (more…)

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Sparkly Disney Princess Dream Party {+ Free Printables}

Princess Ariel Chair Back

I’m super excited to share our latest theme from HWTM with you and hope it makes you feel SPARKLY all over! We really put some thought into trying to make that happen. ;)

This “Sparkly Disney Princess Birthday Party” is a collaboration with the brand new Disney Dream Parties line from Hallmark and Disney, and marks the first time we’ve styled a theme around any sort of licensed character. And since 8 different Disney princesses are actually included in the Princess Dream Party line, it would probably be more accurate to say “characters”!

The whole point of the Dream Parties line is to make your life easy, with ready-to-go products that feature the characters your little ones love and REALLY want to see at their birthday party. Easy-peasy, right? On the flip side, however, I know that our HWTM audience leans very DIY and loves seeing those types of ideas, so I appreciate that Hallmark was open to having us dream up a party that features a nice mix of both. I hope this post leaves you inspired and feeling like you can have your princess partyware and your DIY cupcake toppers too. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Jasmine’s Oasis” Drink Station with DIY “Magic Carpet”
– Kids Chairs adorned with Disney Princesses + sparkly ribbon & rhinestones
– “The Royal Birthday Ball” Welcome Sign + lots more FREE PRINTABLES! (click here to download)
– “Be Our Guest” inspired kids table with sparkly wrapping paper table runner
– “Sweet Dreams Come True” Dessert Table with DIY Headboard
– Glittered Toy Princess Cakes, Sparkle Station, and Glam Party Favors

Princess Jasmine Drink Station

HWTM Princess Party Dessert Table

Disney Princess Party Sparkle Station Activity

Gold and Glittery Princess Party Decorations (more…)

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FREE Printables: Sparkly Disney Princess Birthday Party

sweet dreams come true printable birthday sign

Have I got a royally sweet treat for you! You can download all of the Princess Birthday Printables from our recent collaboration with Disney Dream Parties below… and for FREE! We designed these printables for our Sparkly Disney Princess Birthday theme. Check it out right here for ideas on how to use these printables + lots more princess birthday party inspiration!

Just click on the links below to download the associated party printable in high-resolution format. We have 12 different printables fit for a royal celebration, so with a Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo let your creative dreams come true! ;)

Royal Birthday Ball Party Sign

Disney Princess Party with Princess Drink Flags (more…)

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Huggies “About to Pop” Blogger Baby Shower {Event Recap}

About to Pop Baby Shower Theme

Earlier this summer, I had the opportunity to attend a fun blogger baby shower event in NYC and lend a hand with some of the party styling. As a SoCal girl myself, I’m not exactly down the street from Manhattan, but give me a good excuse to visit NYC and I’m always game… especially when there are other bloggers and a PARTY involved! This was a whirlwind 32 hour trip from San Diego to NY and back, but sometimes quick adventures are necessary… especially when you’ve got little ones waiting at home. ;)

Popsicle-Inspired “About to POP” Baby Shower

The event was hosted by Huggies® and Tend by Glam, and celebrated the launch of Huggies Baby Shower Planner, which is totally geared around baby shower inspiration. They are also currently hosting a PIN IT TO WIN IT sweepstakes with the chance to win a $1000 Baby Shower – see details at the bottom of this post.

Lauren and Elyssa from Glam did a fantastic job pulling together the kind of baby shower that most women would LOVE to attend… highlights included mini massages (yes, please!), a creative and non-cheesy activity, and some seriously amazing food and drinks – like Strawberry Popsicle cocktails/mocktails and gourmet Mac & Cheese! I worked with them to add some of our popsicle-inspired “About to POP” baby shower theme flair to the party… and also tried my very best to match every single color in the party with one dress. ;)

Jennifer Sbranti - Hostess with the Mostess founder

Here’s a pic of those Strawberry Popsicle drinks I mentioned above – pretty amazing presentation, right?!

strawberry popsicle mocktail or cocktail

Can’t forget to mention the Blueberry Lemonade mocktail either, which was equally gorgeous & tasty…

Blueberry Lemonade

Onesie Decorating Station

Whatever your opinion on baby shower activities may be, having some sort of group activity for baby shower guests really helps to break the ice – especially when most of your guests don’t know one another already, as was the case here. The level of chatting definitely picked up when everyone was congregated around the Onesie Decorating Station with paint brush in hand! (more…)

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Darlin’ Pink & Brown Pony Party

pink pony cake

Hold onto your ponies & get ready to hit the trails! Krista O’Byrne of Hoopla Events rounded up the cutest desserts and decor for her daughter’s Pink & Brown Rustic Pony Party! This little rodeo celebration is a cowgirl’s dream, saddled up with pretty pink tulips, pony rides, and a rootin’ tootin’ good time!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rustic lemonade stand with burlap bunting & pink lemonade in mason jars
– Beautiful photography by Lauren Oliver Photography + party printables by The TomKat Studio
– Cute horse cake pops by Sugar Krystle’s and wooden cowgirl silhouette backdrop
– Letter dishes filled with candy and lollipop favors in mini galvanized buckets
– Hay bales, pony rides & a cute horse themed bounce house!

pink girls birthday

pony bounce house

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Lego Cops and Robbers Birthday Party

Cops & Robbers Dessert Table

With good guys, bad guys & prison stripes galore, this Lego Cops and Robbers Birthday Party is criminally cute! Jenny Dixon of Craft that Party and her gang of vendors are definitely guilty of cracking the code to an amazing party. A tasty donut tower, sheriff badge cookies and an awesome party suite by Birthday Express serve this party well… while the little cops & robbers run rampant! (P.S. If you love this theme, check out Jenny’s blog for a special giveaway!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mug shot photo booth with clever plea signs
– Cop uniforms, prison jumpsuits and an amazing money boa
– Police badge cookies and Lego inspired police Oreo toppers
– “Loot” table with dollar sign garland + Cops and robbers gable boxes
– Yellow Lego head paper lanterns and Lego birthday cake

Cops and Robbers Party Ideas

Cops and Robbers Party Favors

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Gorgeous & Green Wedding Dessert Table

Green Chevron Cake

From sparkly cake pops and lacy emerald cookies to a whimsical chevron cake, this Gorgeous & Green Wedding Dessert Table is pretty, rustic & impressive! Stephanie Brown & Izabela Chmielewska of Sweet Table give us just a taste of their talent, beautifully showcasing romantic white flowers (fresh & fondant!) and an assortment of sweets, making us fall in love with the Pantone color of the year! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Emerald cake pops with sparkly sprinkles and gold chevron sticks
– Green chevron wedding cake with romantic fondant flower topper
– Stamped heart and green doily cookies
– White dresser dessert display, chalkboard backdrop, and Kraft paper risers

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Modern Pink Pantone Art Party

Pink Pantone Inspired Dessert Table

Color blocks, Pantone chips, and an ombre pink striped cake… the designer in me just can’t handle it! This Pink Pantone Art Party by Leanne Ambrogio of Sweet Style is so modern, fresh and AMAZING! I love the creative Pantone inspired printables by Ham & Pea Design and Paperie, minimalist color block cake pops … and pretty much everything about this party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink ombre Pantone chip backdrop with birthday girl’s name
– Paintbrush and Pantone Chip Cookies by Dessert Menu Please on Canvas Risers
– Color block cake pops + pink ombre stripe cake with minty top tier
– Pantone inspired invitation, food labels, bottle wraps and more!

Mint Paint Brush Cookie

Pantone Party Food Labels

Pantone Bottle Wraps (more…)

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COOL Snow Cone Themed Party (+ Rainbow Dessert Table)

Snow Cone Themed Summer Party

The mix of soft pastels & bright rainbow colors in this summery Snow Cone Themed Party is straight up COOL! ;) Lauren Haddox Designs keeps her pint-sized party guests chillin’ with made to order snow cones, polka dot party print and snow cone crafts… and I am absolutely melting over that jumbo snow cone centerpiece made from coffee filters, so creative!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini snow cone stand with DIY snow cone garland
– Decorating station with styrofoam “snow cones” and pom pom “toppings”
– Snow Cone cookies, Rainbow Ruffle Cake and Gummy Skewers
Super cute pictures of the kids by Katy Marshall Photography!
– Amazing DIY poster board and coffee filter snow cone centerpiece

Girly Snow Cone Dessert Table

Rainbow Dessert Table

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Koi Fish Theme Party {First Birthday}

Blue & Orange Koi Fish Birthday Cake

Inspired by this post (Wow… from over three years ago!) and her little fighter Carter, mommy Enjoli of Sugar Shack Crafts put together this Koi Fish Theme Party to symbolize Carter’s determination to grow strong and healthy (Read her details below to hear his story). With a few friendly fishy faces & an ADORABLE birthday boy, this celebration is lighthearted, memorable and absolutely perfect.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazing Koi Fish and wave birthday cake + incredible koi cookies by The Cookie Queen
– Origami fishing pole and cake pop centerpiece with big paper “1”
– Swedish Fish and Rice Krispie treat sushi rolls
– Decorative high chair ribbon bunting with an “I am one!” birthday sign

Fish Theme First Birthday

Fish Themed Cupcake Toppers

Candy Sushi Rolls (more…)

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Trend Alert: Custom Designed Outfits to Match Your Party Theme!

LaDeeDa doll inspired dress

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 the hot new trend of having Custom Outfits to Match Your Party’s Theme! Popping up all over the party scene are parties featuring the birthday girl or boy in custom designed outfits that match their party’s theme perfectly.

This party theme is inspired by the hot new doll collection, LaDeeDa which are a group of girls studying fashion design in New York City who LOVE fashion! My daughter LOVES the dolls and when designing this party I called on my friend Jessica Ruiz from Nevaeh’s Baby Couture to create a one-of-a-kind replica of the doll’s outfit that the birthday girl could wear for the party. She nailed it! (more…)

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Funky & FUN Sesame Street Birthday Party

Cookie Monster Balloon Animal

Charlene of Chäkoda Design is at it again with her bold styling & impressive set design in this Funky & FUN Sesame Street Birthday Party! With amazing props, exciting activities and character themed cakes + centerpieces… can you tell me how to get, how to get to her backyard? :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Abby Cadabby lollipop wands and “D is for Drinks” Station
– Red bucket filled with rainbow gum balls and adorable Elmo lollipops
– Bert & Ernie, Cookie Monster, and Oscar the Grouch inspired birthday cakes
– Character themed table centerpieces & AMAZING Sesame Street photo booth set up

Elmo Lollipops

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“Salty Watermelon” Summer Cocktail Party Theme

Watermelon Cocktail Party Ideas

Can you believe it’s already AUGUST? Me either. Time to squeeze in a bit more summer fun before fall is upon us! Speaking of which… while clearing out my inbox recently, this UV Salty Watermelon Vodka caught my eye. Watermelon is already my favorite cocktail flavor – so seeing the word “salty” appear front of it? Ya – I was intrigued. ;) So I brought a bottle to a party one of my friends was hosting, and let’s just say I’m not the only one that’s a fan of “salty + watermelon”… it went quick!

The other thing it did was inspire me…. to dream up an entire grown up pool party with a “Salty Watermelon” theme. There are so many creative pool/summer parties for the kids, but not a lot of creative themes when it comes to the adults, and this theme idea just really seemed to fit the bill of both screaming “summer fun!” and feeling grown up.  If you have time to squeeze in an end-of-summer bash for your grown up friends, here are a few things I’d recommend: (more…)

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Bright & Girly Flamingo Pool Party

Pink Flamingo Pool Party

Flamingos and pool parties just seem to go perfectly together, don’t they? :) Cris McGrath of Crissy’s Crafts made me want to dive right in and try on those silly sunglasses, snack on pink wafer “rafts” and enjoy the summer time fun at her Bright & Girly Flamingo Pool Party

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Blue & pink welcome wreath made from umbrella cocktail sticks
– Creative dessert bar with snow cone cupcakes, popsicle cake pops and Hibiscus Flower Lollipops
– Cute “Tiki Bar” drink station with assorted drinks + Flamingo straw decorations

Popsicle Themed Desserts

Umbrella Drink Stirrer Welcome Wreath (more…)

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{Party of 5} Girly Safari, Vineyard Wedding, Minnie Mouse First Birthday, Science Party & Candyland

Girly and glamorous safari 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:

– Bright & Girly Safari Party
– Charming Yellow and Blue Vineyard Wedding
– Pink Polka Dot Minnie Mouse First Birthday
– Science Themed 8th Birthday Party
– Super Sweet Candyland Birthday

1. Eve’s Safari Party (pictured above) by Le Petite Soirees

2. Spring Vineyard and Waterfront Unique and Colorful Wedding by anotisse

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“Bless This Nest” Bird Baby Shower {Gender Neutral}

bird cookies

Events By Kate dreamed up a charming Bird Baby Shower with vintage trunks, rustic florals and gender neutral sweets. The beautiful “Bless This Nest” concept for a sweet mama-to-be, soothing beige color palette and woodland feel is just so tweet! (View more Bird themed shower ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Birdcage centerpiece filled with rustic florals + vintage trunks
– Darling rosette cake with green bird cookie topper and apothecary jars filled with treats
– Nested cupcakes, bird silhouette printable wrapped chocolate bars and bird printed muslin favor bags

birdcage centerpiece

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8 Fabulous Party Cake Techniques & Tutorials

Rainbow Layer Cake DIY

At HWTM, we are constantly amazed by all the creative, clever – and sometimes downright stunning – cakes from around the web. It would be a dream to be able to whip up any of these masterpieces, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned from our own parties & dessert table shoots… it’s that making beautiful cakes is hard work (See our 5 Amateur Tips For An Impressive Layered Cake here)!

So with that in mind, I thought it would be fun to highlight a round up of some fabulous online cake tutorials for my latest guest post over at Glam. While fancy cake-making can seem intimidating for a non-pro, there are definitely some impressive and surprisingly “doable” tutorials out there… which is perfect for someone, like me, who is looking to sweeten up their “sugar skills”! (more…)

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American Girl Doll Inspired Party {Pink & Ombre!}

Ombre American Girl Birthday Party

Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to show off our latest American Girl Doll Inspired Party that we styled.  It was the perfect theme to surprise our out of town guests from Australia (we were celebrating their daughter’s 5th birthday while visiting the states)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ombre Tissue Paper DIY Flower Bouquets
– Doll House favor box milk cartons
– Cut Vinyl Star Silhouettes Scattered on the backdrop
– Gourmet Ombre Marshmallows and Star Lollipops
– Ombre wooden utensils & translucent plates showing star silhouette

DIY ombre paper flowers

Star stamped oreos

Strawberry milk with ombre pink bottle wrap (more…)

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Pink & Yellow Modern Spa Party {Girls Birthday}

Pink and Yellow Geometric Birthday Party

We all like to get a little glammed up sometimes, right? ;) Abigail of Paper & Cake made her niece’s birthday feel like a girly getaway with a Pink and Yellow Modern Spa Party! Inspired by mosaic tiles and keeping it cool and simple, she shares easy ways to keep any party affordable, fun and oh-so-stylish!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bright & bold tile dessert table backdrop & patterned paper covered hat box risers
– Hair “Feathers, Chalk & Style” and colorful manicure stations
– Flowery birthday cake with mini bunting & girly, spa inspired toppers
– Cotton candy pops + cute ribbon oreo toppers

Spa Party Hair Station

Ombre Pink Oreos (more…)

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Creative & FUN Big Top Circus Party {First Birthday}

colorful circus birthday party

Come one, come all! Juli Smigelsky of Tabletop Treats designed this Creative & FUN Big Top Circus Party in the backyard for her adorable birthday boy Jack! Full of fabulous first birthday party ideas with bold Big Top style and clever cupcakes + carnival inspired treats, this party is a PRIZE in itself! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Personalized circus tent cups & buckets + party prizes
– Amazing Circus Tent Smash Cake by Annie’s Creations
– Ticket embellishments, popcorn flowers and packaged popcorn favors
– Patterned paper bunting garlands and bold carnival inspired printables by Dimple Prints
– Creative Cupcakes 3 Ways: Popcorn, Snow Cones & Hamburgers!

circus party prizes

creative snow cone cupcakes

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