Romantic {& Beautiful!} Bird Themed Wedding

Bird theme wedding decorations

As usual, Kristeen of Kristeen LaBrot Events is out to impress with this Bird Themed Wedding – and it is absolutely stunning! With stunning orange & green floral arrangements, gorgeous golden birdcage centerpieces, a rhinestone cake table backdrop & a little vintage romance in the air, this wedding is just perfect!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Golden birdcage centerpieces with little egg nests, orange florals, & lace wrapped votives
  • Tea-stained doily menus at each place setting + Satin napkins with big gem napkin rings
  • Wooden heart “Mr & Mrs” Champagne flute tags + Moss & Lace covered letters spelling “Love”
  • Rhinestone “curtain” backdrop for cake table + Beautiful lacy cake with “love bird” toppers

Moss & Lace Covered "LOVE" Letters

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Glitzy Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Table

great gatsby party ideas

With a little glitz, a lot of glam and some 1920’s flair, Kisha of S is for Sweet styled this beautiful Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Table! The pearl wrapped wine bottles, scattered gold confetti, and brooch embellished candles paired with the gorgeous antiqued silver votives & plates are so luxurious – Mr. Gatsby couldn’t have done better himself!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pearl wrapped & glitter covered wine bottles + Chalkboard striped tumblers
  • Rhinestone rimmed silver votives + Brooch embellished candles
  • Homemade satin flower, tulle & brooch bouquet with “Happily Ever After” ribbon

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Cute & Colorful Disney Princess Birthday Party

princess dessert table

I’m loving the trend of showcasing not just one, but all the Disney Princess into one magical party and this Disney Princess Birthday Party for Cami is colorful, cute and a perfect balance of inspiration from each fabulous princess! Michelle of I DO invitations by michelle celebrated her daughter’s 4th birthday with Rapunzel’s chocolate covered oreos, Tiana’s Mardi Gras popcorn, beautiful dress cookies… there are just too many incredible details to mention here, so be sure to read her party details and check out her incredibly talented vendors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Enchanted Sweets Table (with desserts displayed in the order of the princesses!)
  • Colorful floral centerpieces, rainbow tissue tassel garland & Princess “Take Home Sweets” Favor Boxes
  • Cinderella cupcake toppers with fondant sewing thread, pumpkins, mice, and cheese!
  • Snow White “Poisonous Apple” red velvet cake pops + Belle’s “Red Rose” Lollipops
  • Princess crown decorating station + Story-time with Cinderella

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DIY Tutorial: Embossed Monogram Note Cards

monogram notecards

Here’s a little secret of mine: I LOVE personalized stationery! Surprising, right? ;) So naturally I’m really excited to share this super cute {and easy!} DIY Tutorial: Embossed Monogram Note Cards by Rux of Lush Prints! These embossed note cards are a great way to get crafty & creative, all the while looking super fancy & expensive. (more…)

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HUGE GIVEAWAY: FREE Family Summer Vacation {$3500+ Value}!

huge family vacation giveaway

Winner update: 6/26/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… STEPHANIE ANDERSON! Congrats and have a super fun time!


Are you ready for a super duper HUGE Giveaway? The Duttons are giving one VERY LUCKY winner a FREE Family Summer Vacation! This $3500+ value includes airfaire for 5 to Branson, MO, accommodations at The Dutton Inn and all kinds of fun vacation activities! (Think amusement parks, tours, shows and museums!) Discover all that this incredible family vacation includes + how to enter below… (more…)

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Creative Gone Fishing Birthday Party

Fishing Theme Birthday Party Ideas

This Gone Fishing Birthday Party by Lauren of Lauren Haddox Designs for her sons, William and Stewart, is REEL cute! With playful “fishing” activities, a real boat, and an awesome vintage “Bait Shop” dessert table, this party is quite the catch of the day! I love the little burlap fish & bobber paper lanterns – so creative!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Amazing “Bait Shop” Dessert Table with fish netting, life preservers, & vintage fishing signs
  • “Go Fish” activity with a real boat for the little fishermen to sit in while catching burlap fish!
  • Cute bobber garlands + paper lanterns and fish cookie favors!
  • Adorable photo timeline on a wooden palette and life preserver + tackle box cookies

Bait & Tackle Shop Dessert Buffet

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{Heavenly!} Raspberry Meringue Torte Recipe

raspberry meringue torte recipe

There are not a lot of treats that are sweeter nor lighter than a crisp and chewy meringue. Pair them with luscious berry mousse and you have the perfect summertime dessert. Tessa Huff here, from Tessa Huff Cake Design, and I have a secret to share: I love meringue. Use it to create silky smooth buttercream, whip it to make the perfect macaron, or bake it by itself. This Meringue Torte Recipe layers baked meringue cookies with fluffy raspberry mousse and sweet apricot filling to create heavenly individual desserts.

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40th Wedding Anniversary {Backyard Garden Party}

Daisy & Lemon inspired Anniversary Party

Nikki of Tikkido arranged this beautiful & sentimental 40th Wedding Anniversary {Backyard Garden Party} for her parents. The sweetest thing about this party is the re-imagining of the wedding cake that they were never able to try! Nikki did an amazing job using little details from their wedding to inspire a truly magical night!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pretty cake table canopy with baby’s breath, daisies & lemons + a hanging photo backdrop
– Name tag crafted to look like the brown & peach wedding tuxedo!
– Beautiful recreation of their original Apricot Almond wedding cake

Apricot Almond Anniversary Cake

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{Under the Sea} Gorgeous Mermaid Birthday Party

Under the Sea mermaid birthday party

Oh my gorgeous!! Zehra of Couture Event Styling might have inspired mermaid themed dreams for me tonight! ;) Her stylish {Under the Sea} Mermaid Birthday Party for her daughter’s 2nd birthday is brimming shimmery pearls, mint + coral colors, “sandy” shell sweets and more buried birthday treasures… not to mention adorable pint-sized mermaid outfits by Peri Bonjuk!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Fishnet “chandelier” with hanging jellyfish & shell filled glass bubbles
  • Treasure tree with pearly costume jewelry on a turquoise, sequin & ruffle table linen
  • Shimmery turquoise & coral mermaid costumes with pearls & sea shells
  • Pearl & ruffle ombre cake + mermaid topper by Baking Addict
  • Gold dessert table with pearly “oyster” macarons, starfish cookies and seashell cupcakes

Turquoise ombre ruffle cake with fondant mermaid topper

Mermaid birthday party activities

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Lovely Blue & White Backyard Baby Shower

Blue, yellow & white dessert table

Isn’t this Blue & White Backyard Baby Shower photographed by Alyona of Anokiart Photography so fresh, bright & beautiful? I love the relaxing, summery feel of the baby blue linens, white florals and gorgeous pictures of mommy and daddy-to-be! (For more Baby Shower Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Guess Spencer’s Birthday” calendar due date game with baby foot stamp!
  • Cute blue & yellow baby carriage shortbread cookies by Jamaica Cakes
  • Assorted white florals in mismatched vases + Baby blue tissue pom chandelier

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{Party of 5} Rainbow Art, Candy Buffet, Teacher Retirement, Baseball & Nautical Christening

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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:

– Rainbow Art Party
– Polka Dot & Chevron Candy Buffet
– Teacher Retirement Party
– Baseball Themed Birthday
– Nautical Sailboat Christening

1. “Mini Masterpieces” Art Party (pictured above) by ToriJohnson

2. Bright Fun Baby Shower Candy Buffet with Chevron and Polka Dot Prints by Two’s A Party

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Plush Event: Ideas & Techniques to Make Any Party POP!

plush baby show 2013

If any of you are in the LA area this Sunday, June 9th I’ll be speaking at the Plush Show! My seminar is at 2:30pm in the Constellation Ballroom, and the topic is “Creative Ideas & Clever Techniques to Make Any Party POP!”. Come join in the fun if you’re around!

I’m also debuting a couple brand new party collections at the show to help celebrate the arrival of summer. There’s a little sneak peek below… that might just make you melt. Hint, hint. ;) Hope to see you there!

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Bubbly & Cute Goldfish Birthday Party {5th Birthday}

Goldfish Birthday Party

Go-fish! This Goldfish Birthday Party {5th Birthday} by Jenny of Craft that Party is swimming with cute ideas & friendly little fish faces! With orange & blue decorations, fun fishy favors, tasty treats & a happy little birthday boy this party looks like an o-fish-ally good time!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Printable Goldfish themed lunchboxes + Cute goldfish silhouette bunting
  • “Go-Fish” sugar cookies + Fondant covered oreos with goldfish & fishbowl toppers
  • “Fish Face” photo booth, Fish-O Bingo, and “Fish Toss” with hand-sewn fish plushies!
  • Party favors with Fish-in-a-Bag soaps & “o-FISH-ally 5” favor tags
  • Blue pictures frames with golden paper “fish scales”

Fish Party Drink Table

Fish Toss game with hand sewn goldfish plushies

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Red & Blue British Themed Birthday Party

British inspired birthday cake

Inspired by the birthday boy’s bedroom decor, Keren of Keren Precel Events styled this cute Red & Blue British Themed Birthday Party with iconic British pictograms & a patriotic color palette. With an amazing cake and an adorable pictogram birthday backdrop, little Bennett’s 2nd birthday was fit for a king!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Red & blue British inspired cake with Big Ben, telephone booths, & a British racing car topper
  • “Happy Birthday Bennett” Poster with British pictograms in the shape of a heart
  • Individual “Mac & Cheese” cups with cute red & blue printable toppers
  • “Keep Calm & Drink Up” bottle labels with red and blue stripe straws

British "Keep Calm and Drink Up" Party Glasses

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Chic “From Paris With Love” Housewarming Party


Ooh la la, this Chic “From Paris with Love” Housewarming Party by Fransiska & Prisca of Burgundy Events is très magnifique! I love the elegant, Parisian decor sprinkled throughout the house & pretty vintage, travel-inspired printables! Not to mention, the French inspired food and desserts look so delicious… Is it wrong for me to dream of croissants & mimosas the rest of the day? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Welcome Table with a pretty black Eiffel tower & framed vintage Parisian photos
– Beautiful teal dessert buffet with tiramisu mousse, macarons, and mini eclairs & cheesecakes!
– Mimosas with tiny beaded drink charms on a vintage wooden tray
– Muslin favor bags with a printed Eiffel tower & “merci” tag

croissants for a french inspired housewarming party

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Beautiful Yellow & Coral Garden Bridal Shower

ruffle bridal shower ideas

I am loving this beautiful Yellow & Coral Garden Bridal Shower by Debbie of Debbie Kennedy Events & Design! The beautiful venue, decadent desserts, and friendly color palette make this event absolutely enchanting. There are so many great ideas here… I love the moss covered vases, sparkling cider tray, and tiny cookie easels! Not to mention, that cascading floral centerpiece is to die for!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Beautiful pink, orange, and yellow florals in moss covered vases
  • Ruffled yellow chair backs + Coral table linens with sheer, yellow floral covering
  • Gorgeous flower cookies on tiny easels, ruffled yellow cake, and lemon tarts
  • Sparkling Cider wine glasses in a vintage, mossy crate

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Tiffany Theme Pool Party {Glam Summer Splash!}

glam tiffany theme pool party

A relaxing day by the pool with friends is a fabulous way to kick off the summer — especially when it’s a Tiffany Theme Pool PartyLaura of Laura’s Little Party styled this simply glamorous “summer kick-off” party for her daughter with extra glitz and glam. The black, aqua & diamond decor is so fun & girly… and I just love the aqua outdoor chandelier and those super cute printables of course! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Tiffany theme dessert table with a pearl macaron tray & elegant cupcake tower
  • Towel station with fur lined frame, stripes, pearls, and giant black bow
  • HWTM “All that Sparkles” Printable Collection! :)
  • Ice cream bar with dipped aqua spoons + sundae glasses tied with tulle and rock candy!

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{Alice in Wonderland} Very Merry 30th UnBirthday Party

30th Merry Unbirthday Party

Here we go down the rabbit hole with this fun & quirky {Alice in Wonderland} Very Merry 30th Unbirthday Party by Kristen of Kio Kreations. Every bit of the venue was transformed into the magical world of Alice, from the caterpillar’s lair to the queen’s courtyard! With gorgeous florals, fun and bright colors, and decadent treats you surely wouldn’t want to be late to celebrate this very important date! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Caterpillar’s Lair” room with hanging umbrellas & floral garland
  • “Rabbit Hole” powder room with topsy-turvy picture frames & quirky decorated mirror
  • Playing card bunting and hors d’oeuvre tray + Tea party inspired dessert table
  • Gorgeous florals in teapots and vases + Pretty purple unbirthday cake!

Alice in Wonderland "Drink Me" Drink Station

Teapot Floral Centerpiece

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{Patriotic DIY} 4th of July County Fair Games

HWTM 4th of July Carnival Games

Since we already covered lots of 4th of July party food & drinks… let’s talk activities! These 4th of July County Fair Games are from our “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party for Hebrew National.

Inspired by the classic fair games, we crafted a homemade Ring Toss, Balloon Darts and Gunny Sack Race… and even made some “semi-diy” Award Ribbons using store-bought ribbons & party circles! All of the printables you see are available for free download right HERE!

(And to see the rest of the party printables in action go here.) Scroll down to have some fun!!

Ring Toss Game with Vintage Coke Bottles

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“All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party

hebrew national hot dogs

STEP RIGHT UP to our newest party theme! Hot dogs, cotton candy, ferris wheels, blue ribbons, stars & stripes… can you see what I’m getting at? Yep, it’s an All-American County Fair Inspired Party – just in time for summer… and Independence Day!

We partnered with Hebrew National again this year to bring you TONS of 4th of July party inspiration, starting with a build-your-own-hot-dog-bar featuring their 100% kosher beef hot dogs. Our menu includes 4 different kinds of hot dogs inspired by different regions of the country + everyone’s favorite: the “All-American”, which basically means: make it how YOU like it! Also, check out the county fair themed dessert table, refreshing summer drink ideas, and lots of glittery, sparkler-inspired decor. Feeling patriotic yet? Good! We had lots of fun dreaming this party theme up and hope you have a blast with it too. ;)

P.S. Did I mention the FREE PRINTABLES? Because we went a little crazy with this one… so there are a lot of ’em! And you can download them for free right here. Happy Celebrating!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

– DIY Glittered Frames with 4th of July/County Fair Party Printables
– Build Your Own Hot Dog Bar + Printable Menu & “Ordering Sheets” for guests
– Layered Cake on a ticket roll riser, Cupcake Ferris Wheel, Cotton Candy & Popcorn
– Mason Jar Drinks with Party Flags and Glittered Farm Animals with Party Hats
– Red & White Striped Tablecloth + “Land That I Love” Banner

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patriotic july 4th dessert table

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FREE Printables: “All-American County Fair” July 4th Party

Free 4th of July Printable Party Signs by Hostess with the Mostess

Lots of new FREE printables to share with you today! This collection is for the new “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party theme we recently created for Hebrew National. You can check out full party details and see all of these printables in use right here.

Just click on the links below to download the associated party printable in high-resolution format. We have over 20 different printables to help get your in the patriotic spirit… so let the {creative} fireworks begin! :)

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Girly & Cute Under the Sea Party

Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday Party

Take a deep breath and dive right in to this super cute Girly & Cute Under the Sea Party by Cris of Crissy’s Crafts! Inspired by the bright and beautiful colors of the ocean floor, this party is swimming in hidden treasures, mermaids, and friendly little sea creatures! I just love the sea shell bowl centerpiece with glittery “seaweed” beads & fishy cake pops!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Dessert table with pretty “Sea Floor” backdrop with sea weed, bubbles, and flowers + Fish net table cloth
  • Mermaid Treasure Chest party favors with gold coin chocolates, shimmery necklaces, and messages in bottles!
  • Adorable fish shaped cake pops + Pink Oyster Pearl cookies
  • Mason jar cups  wrapped with tulle, embroidered flowers, ribbons, and gems!

Treasure Chest Favor Boxes

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How To Make A Baby Shower Wishing Tree + Free Printables {Butterfly Theme}

festival du bebe wishing tree

For our next round of baby shower inspiration for HUGGIES® Baby Shower Planner, we thought it would be fun to share a DIY tutorial with you on exactly How To Make A Baby Shower Wishing Tree – one of our favorite thoughtful baby shower activities that also doubles as a thoughtful keepsake for mom! Added bonus: you can download the Printable Wish Tags & 5×7 Sign Tags shown in this example for FREE! They’re bright & colorful, butterfly themed printables that coordinate with our Festival du Bebe baby shower theme.

This particular wishing tree is surprisingly easy to create. I know that some places recommend using Plaster of Paris to keep the branch in place for a wishing tree, but I always opt for a simple (and less messy) combo of floral foam and vase gems. It’s quick to put together and makes it a cinch to disassemble the tree after the party for easier storage. Scroll down for the details and download links…

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The Look For Less: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

ninja turtle favor bar

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing Part 2 of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party featuring affordable DIY decor! In my Trend Alert earlier this month I shared how TMNT were making a HUGE comeback! There are TMNT parties popping up all over the web right now. If you missed it, click here for all the party details.

My own 10 year old daughter requested this theme for her birthday party this year and I was more than happy to take on the challenge of transforming our unfinished basement into Faith’s Sewer! For those of you who don’t know, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles live in the sewers of NYC. I created a design plan that would incorporate urban city elements like graffiti brick walls, streets and manhole covers and TMNT elements like turtle shells, pizza and green ooze!

Inspired by this, my assistant and I set out to create some affordable unique party decor that you can easily make yourself to make your next TMNT party AWESOME & unique AND in true “Look For Less” style, each item we created is a double duty decor piece!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle DIY Decor:

  • 3D Sewer Manhole Cover Wall Hanging
  • Graffiti Brick Wall Photo Booth Backdrop
  • Sewer Manhole Cover Cupcake Stand
  • Pizza Favor Boxes

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Vintage Red & Blue Train Party {2nd Birthday}

Vintage Train Party

All aboard! This Vintage Red & Blue Train Party {2nd Birthday} by Rachel of RV PARTIES is leaving the station! With conductors caps, red bandanas and a touch of burlap, Braden’s little locomotive party is chuggin’ all the way to Cutesville! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

  • Bandana wrapped party favors with cute conductor hats, toy trains, and train lollipops!
  • Burlap backdrop with hand-sewn crepe paper streamers & bandana wrapped “B”
  • Vintage suitcase dessert table risers + cute conductor’s hat and bandana bunting

Train Party Favors

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10 Creative {& Tasty!} Ice Cream Party Ideas

ice cream party ideas

I designed a sweet-and-sparkly Ice Cream Shoppe Birthday Party for Pottery Barn Kids earlier this year and stumbled on so many great ideas during the planning process… way too many to fit into one party! So, for my latest guest post over at Glam, I thought it would be fun to create a big round up of some of the *extra tasty* creative ideas for this theme, in case you’re planning to host an ice cream party yourself. ;)

View the full post right here, and check out lots more inspiration in our Ice Cream Party Ideas pinterest board.

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Creative John Deere Themed Party {Boys Birthday}

john deer themed birthday party

Traci celebrated with her birthday boy Jesen with a super creative John Deere Themed Party! Let’s get plowing through all the brilliant bandana + gingham pattern printables by Cupcake Express, adorable denim pocket invitations, bandana chair backs, and more super cute farm-friendly party ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Pitck Forks” and Spoon “Shovels” and more utensils in a toy tractor
  • Tractor Piñata, Tractor shaped cookie cutter favors and crayons
  • Hay Bale Treats, Tractor Tire Donuts and Dirt Pudding
  • “Thanks for plowing by” sunflower seed favors

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{Party of 5} Hot Air Balloon, Under the Sea, “Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb”, July 4th & Girls Night In Fundraiser

hot air balloon baby shower

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:

– Pink Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower
– Under the Sea Birthday
– “Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb” Party
– Firecracker July 4th Birthday
– Girls Night In Fundraiser

1. Vintage Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower (pictured above) by LousieSanders

2.  Under the Sea Birthday by DoceDesigns1

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Pink & Yellow Lalaloopsy Dessert Table

pink lalaloopsy dessert table

Mariana of Mariana Sperb Party Design designed this adorable Pink & Yellow Lalaloopsy Dessert Table for little Lara’s 5th birthday! With the polka dot decor, Lalaloopsy dolls and lots of delicious treats, this party was cute as a button! I just lalalove that chevron + balloon backdrop & perfect cake!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink and white ombre ruffle cake with cute Lalaloopsy topper & button bunting!
  • Gray and white chevron backdrop with pink and what balloon border
  • Vintage suitcase risers + cute Lalaloopsy sugar cookes & cupcake toppers

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Backyard Teddy Bear Picnic Party {Girls Birthday}

teddy bear picnic themed party

Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to share the perfect girly summer Backyard Teddy Bear Picnic Party by Ellen Bessette Events. Ellen’s backyard was transformed into a whimsical and colorful picnic area for the little girls (and their favorite teddy bears!) to enjoy a 3rd birthday celebration.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Recycled wood pallets painted and turned into a small picnic table
  • Thick wood slices used as chargers for the place settings
  • Dessert table under the arbor with hanging flowers over the dessert table in twig cones
  • Tree trunk vase centerpieces

garden flower centerpiece idea

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