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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

Scooby Doo Wooden Peg Dolls

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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!

Patriotic Birthday Party

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

stamped hot dog buns DIY tutorial

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

Purple Doc McStuffins girls birthday party

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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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{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

Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party

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

Pink Toadstool & Butterfly Birthday Cake

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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

Princess Party with a beauty salon and crown bunting

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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,

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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Vintage inspired floral baby shower cake

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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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