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Feathers & Arrows Birthday {Boys Fairytale Inspired Party}

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For everyone who loves those adorable girly fairytale parties, but has a little boys birthday to plan, this is one party you won’t want to miss! Inspired by Peter Pan, Robin Hood and The Big Bad Wolf, Elissa of One Stone Events designed a Feathers and Arrows Birthday {Boys Fairytale Party} for her lucky little Benjamin’s 3rd birthday! Fantastic printables by The Frog Prince Paperie plus amazing contributions from a huge group of talented vendors brought the magic for this green and gold clad party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Green felt caps with yellow feathers, Alligator & Clock Cookies and Pirate Treasure Gold Coins
  • “Three Little Pigs In A Blanket” Mini Hot Dog Bar (on red bricks!)
  • Gold Fringe Arrow Dessert Table Backdrop, Feather Garlands & 
  • Tents & Blankets, Picnic basket Lunches + “Popcorn on the Plank”
  • “Once Upon A Time” Wreath and Chocolate “Birch Branches” in Gold Painted Mason Jars

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robin hood felt hats with yellow feathers for a boys fairytale inspired party

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10 Colorful Cocktails Inspired by Pantone Spring 2013

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Two toast worthy things in my book: COLOR and COCKTAILS! Earlier this month I was daydreaming about a rainbow buffet of cocktails inspired by the Pantone 2013 Fashion Colors… see the original post + links to all the cocktails here. Cheers!


For more creative cocktail recipe ideas, visit the Cocktails section in our Recipe Box and our Party Drinks board on Pinterest!

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Sparkly, Pink & Vintage Magic Party

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Prepare to be mystified and amazed! Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio celebrated her daughter’s 7th birthday with a Sparkly, Pink & Vintage Magic Party. Inspired by bunnies, shimmering stars and a pink and purple color palette, this party has the perfect mix of birthday magic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Magician’s Cape Inspired Backdrop with DIY “Magic” Marquee Lights
  • “Disappearing Act” Popcorn with bunny ears and tails ;)
  • Abracadabra Cupcakes, Top Hat & Magic Wand Sugar Cookies + Reese’s Magic Party Potion Drink

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Party Trend Alert: Bling Sticks!

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with a brand new series “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning and give you my twist on how to use it in your next party!  Today’s guest post is all about Bling Sticks! These beauties come in all kinds of colors to match any party theme and are making a big splash in party world!

They are actually made to hold cake pops, but they are so fabulous I had to come up with some other ways to use them as party decor! I was in the middle of designing my new “POP-arazzi BABY!” printable collection when I came across these bling sticks online from Made by A Princess. I knew right away that these sparkly babies would be perfect to use along with the printables to add that extra bling to the party’s decor! Your girl loves her bling after all!

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Why not throw a “POP-arazzi BABY!” celebrity themed baby shower to welcome your new baby in celebrity style!  Bling sticks are the next big thing in party trends! Bling sticks match our printable collections perfectly and are so easy to use. See how I used them with printables at a celebrity themed baby shower to add an affordable wow factor to your next party!    

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Rustic Giving Tree Themed First Birthday Party

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Anyone that’s a Shel Silverstein fan will fall in love with this creative, rustic and sweet Giving Tree Themed First Birthday Party by Charlene of Chakoda Design! Burlap, tree logs, apples and earthy decorations made her “less is more” approach feel full and festive (and oh so nostalgic for this 1964 classic)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Baskets of Apples, Apple Topped Vanilla Cupcakes & Baskets of Apples
  • Giving Tree Book Cover Inspired Cake by Takes the Cake
  • Burlap sack favors with mini apple charms, Apple Juice Bar and Apple Piñata

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Foodie Recipes iPad App {Spring Flavor Edition}

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One thing I never get tired of looking at: beautiful FOOD! And gorgeous food photography never hurts either. ;) You can find an abundance of both of these things on Foodie, a Pinterest-style website especially for foodies. And for my fellow iPad-aholics, Foodie also has a free iPad app that’s updated monthly and features seasonally relevant dishes like (for Spring) Strawberry and Avocado Salad with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing…YUM! The May edition just came out, and it’s packed with 40 perfect-for-spring recipes from some of your favorite food bloggers and culinary pros!

Look for contributions from Erin Alderson of Naturally Ella, Catherine Davis of Food Family & Finds, HWTM contributor Melissa Johnson of Best Friends For Frosting and more fabulous food bloggers right here! The app is simple and clean to look at… here’s a peek:

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Vintage Inspired Little Man First Birthday Party

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Birthday boy Bodhi looks absolutely adorable in his custom bow tie + argyle outfit by mommy, Barbara of Barbara Neely Designs! With tons of banners and vibrant orange & teal pinstripe inspired patterns, she crafted a Vintage Inspired Little Man First Birthday Party for her one year old little man! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Argyle Pattern Invitation + DIY Monthly Photo Banner
  • Bow tie embellished Root Beers and Birthday Bunting Backdrop
  • Orange and Aqua Dessert Table, welcome sign & homemade cupcakes + smash cake

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High Style Black & Gold Birthday Party

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Cheers! To glam adult birthday bashes with cocktails bars, snazzy sweets and loads of good fun and friends! Ashley of Ashley Lindzon Events designed a {gorgeous} High Style Black & Gold Birthday Party with a gold dipped and coral inspired sweets bar styled by Sophie Bifield Cake Company for stylish bff duo Jess and Stacy! 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chalkboard style food labels + gold framed menu
  • Gold dipped meringues & shimmer dusted chocolate covered marshmallows
  • Late Night Munchies and “Cheers” Cocktail Bar Banner
  • Chic black balloons, Modern Invitation & Glam Place Settings

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{Gorgeous!} Sparkly Pink & Gold Ballerina Party

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I’m so excited to share this AMAZING Pink & Gold Ballerina Birthday Party with you today! My {very talented} friend Paige of Paiges of Style dreamed up this sparkly little soirée for her daughter Charley + 5 of her closest friends… and I’m pretty sure it’s going to make girls of ALL ages want to spin & twirl!

And as lovely as all of the ballet inspired details are, wanna know the best thing about this party? The activities! A ballerina taught lessons in “Charley’s Ballet Studio” (which is actually a transformed guest room in Paige’s house), while the moms enjoyed some downtime, chatting and sipping pink champagne! Scroll down to check out all the glittery details, as beautifully captured by Hailey Faria Photography

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Glittery gold fondant bows on the cupcakes + amazing ballet dancer cookies
  • Metallic macaron towers (made with edible shimmer + Trader Joe’s macarons)
  • “Prima Ballerina” birthday girl chair, “big girl” china, gold heart boxes & tulle tableskirt
  • Ballet slipper cake pops + gorgeous ballerina cake topped with a big glittery “4”
  • Little pink tutus, DIY gold lace crowns, and a confetti filled ballet studio!

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Spectacular Curious George Circus Party

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Gather round for another amazing party by Thetis Sardo of Little Sooti! For Leon’s 5th birthday, an extraordinary team created a Spectacular Curious George Circus Party with awesome desserts by Kiss my cakes (and incredible photos from Lee Bird Photography) inspired by banana treats and carnival-esque decor!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Toffee Apples, Cotton Candy Prizes, Banana Cupcakes
  • Admit One Ticket + Red Stripe Straw Bottle Decorations
  • Amazing Circus Tent Cake with Curious George!
  • Baskets with juggling balls + clown noses and yellow party hats with red poms

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{Party of 5} Mother’s Day, Winnie The Pooh, Hungry Caterpillar, Carnival Birthday & Saved By The Bell Shower

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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:

– Pink & Green Mother’s Day
– Rustic Winnie The Pooh First Birthday
– Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
– Carnival Party
– Saved By The Bell Themed Shower

1. Green & Pink Mother’s Day (pictured above) by Lulu K

2.  Rustic Chic Winnie The Pooh First Birthday by A Party Studio

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Elegant Shabby Chic Baptism Dessert Social

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With pastels, florals, and absolutely stunning desserts, Jen Carver of Banner Events beautifully styled an Elegant Shabby Chic Baptism Dessert Social in honor of her daughter’s baptism. Stunning custom printables by Anders Ruff Custom Designs and a gorgeous pink, mint and gold cake by Christina Goff of 4 Kids Cakes made this sentimental occasion absolutely perfect! P.S. Jen also shares wonderful tips on incorporating printables into your party in her details below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Doily place settings +  Pink & Gold doily name banner
  • Gold rimmed heart-shaped macarons and Cake Pops with jewel-embellished sticks
  • Beautiful dessert table with tiered “birdcage” stands, balloons & custom backdrop

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Photography Tips: Taking Pictures WITH Your Little Ones

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I have a question for all you lovely Mamas. When was the last time you were in a picture WITH your children? I know you, and I know the icky reality is that you can show me hundreds of awesome iPhone pictures of your children, but I won’t be able to find any WITH you in them.

Hi everyone! It’s Jen, your favorite photographer and owner of Jen CYK Photography. There’s a terrible epidemic floating around, and I’m on a mission to put an end to it! It’s called failure to take pictures with your children! The symptoms include a whole lot of pictures of your adorable kids, and not a single one with you in them! It’s okay though, you’re not alone!! And together, we can put an end to it right now so you will have plenty of pictures with your little ones!

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Playful Nesting Doll Party Theme {First Birthday}

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With bright, whimsical colors and gorgeous folk-inspired DIY decor, Helen Rodriguez of Ever After Event & Floral Design flawlessly styled this Playful Nesting Doll Party Theme for her daughter’s first birthday! I absolutely love the little Babushka dolls peeking out from all around – especially in those creative floral centerpieces!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gorgeous Nesting Doll sugar cookies + birthday cake
  • Hand sewn doll baby teethers & DIY felted scarf head band favors
  • Babushka Bowling, Kids Craft Table and play area for the little ones!
  • Floral and Nesting Doll centerpieces + DIY felted heart garland and fabric pom mobile
  • Super fun DIY doll photobooths with face cut outs

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Cute Ballerina Inspired Birthday Party

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Pearls, tutus, and all things pretty in pink! Bridget Murray of LundynBridge Events dreamed up this Cute Ballerina Inspired Birthday Party for her daughter’s 3rd birthday! With custom tutus, and a ballet lesson in their very own mini dance studio, these little ballerinas could not have been any more adorable!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Homemade “dance studio” with mirror & mini ballet bar
  • Ballet slipper cupcake toppers + glamorous Barbie birthday cake
  • Homemade, personalized tutus & ballerina wand party favors
  • Pink boa welcome wreath + Tutu inspired table skirt on the favor table!

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Mother’s Day Breakfast + Free Printables Blog Hop

Free Mother's Day Breakfast Printables from HWTM

Mother’s Day is coming up quick, but there’s still time to do something special for Mom – especially with the help of free printables! Speaking of which… there are tons of cute, free Mother’s Day Printables out there, and we’ve teamed up with 7 fabulous blogs to bring you a bunch of them all in one pop!


A special breakfast or brunch is always popular for Mother’s Day, and hopefully our simple little shoot is proof that breakfast doesn’t have to be fancy to be sweet! I’m sharing 3 different printables with you today: a 5×7 sign, a Mother’s Day “Room Service Door Tag” (a cute way to take Mom’s order!), and a “MOM” banner that’s perfectly sized to make her chair extra special. Download all of them for free below, and make sure to scroll down for links to lots more free printables from all the lovely ladies participating in the Blog Hop. Enjoy! :)

free mother's day printable breakfast door tag

P.S. since there are probably more moms than dads reading this, please feel free to pass these along to any husband/father that might find them useful…. maybe they need to take YOUR breakfast order, for example. ;) (more…)

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Red, Black & White Rockabilly Wedding

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Michelle and Sam rock n’ rolled down the aisle with the help of Melissa of The Sweet Society’s creative ideas (and amazing candy buffet) for their Rockabilly Wedding! Red, black and white decorations with bold polka dots and a cherry on top transformed this 1950’s look into a fun & modern wedding celebration!

WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Creative paper flower bouquet with feather accents + red suspenders for the groom
  • Cupcake tower with a custom topper modeled after the happy couple!
  • Playful “Strike A Pose” Photo Booth
  • Favors gifted in takeout containers with polka dot bow tie embellishments

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Molly & Joe’s California Cool Wedding


A beautiful love story was embroidered into the details of Molly & Joe’s California Cool WeddingKristeen LaBrot Events coordinated, One Love Photography captured the day and friends and family of Molly and Joe helped craft all the DIY projects! The home brewed beer, taco truck and mixed-tape CD escort cards/favors all brought a vintage charm to their special day!

WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Honey Bee Mine” Cupcakes, Homemade Salsa & Taco Zone Food Truck
  • Cute wedding party photos and meaningful moments
  • Stamped table number cards, alternating patterned fabric napkins & eclectic vase centerpieces

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Enchanted Fairy Garden Party

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Full of magical signs and beautiful paper flowers, this is the cutest fairy garden! You’ll definitely want to scroll through and see that dreams come true in this Enchanted Fairy Garden Party by Leonie of Ashlee Rae! (And for more Fairy Garden Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS, to look out for:

  • Pink, Orange and Yellow Magic Wand Cookies
  • Gold painted cardboard “Enchanted Castle”
  • Ombre Ruffle Birthday Cake and Fairy Cupcakes

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Pink Ruffle + Garden Inspired Mother’s Day Luncheon

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I love this (relaxing!) brunch idea by Rebekah Dempsey of A Blissful Nest! She styled a Pink Ruffle + Garden Inspired Mother’s Day Luncheon with a cute favor idea for a fun get together with fellow mom friends! So kick off your heels and enjoy this feminine and delightful afternoon! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS, to look out for:

– Gold Chiavari Chairs with Giant Tissue Paper Flowers
– DIY Monogram stenciled napkin favors
– Fruit Cups, Cinnamon Rolls and Fresh Orange Juice
– Pink Ruffle Table cloth + polka dot painted kraft paper runner

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Whimsical Tangled Birthday Party Ideas

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Birthday girl Ashlyn requested a princess Rapunzel party for her 4th birthday and mommy, Shannon of Very Pretty Parties, got creative & playful with it! She designed a Whimsical Tangled Birthday Party decorated with yellow yarn “braids”, magical lantern centerpieces and flowers galore! And the princess herself even came for a visit while the adults enjoyed the Snuggly Duckling Pub! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS, to look out for:

  • Donut tower, pink candy bar with cinder blocks, floral vines and a blue ombre ruffle cake
  • Princess Punch, “Let’s Tangle” stamped forks, yellow yarn wrapped letters & ripped fabric bunting
  • Bright polka dot fabric table runners covered with moss runners and yellow daffodils
  • Princess Wand and Tiara girls favors and Flynn Satchels for the boys

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Guest Pinning for Martha Stewart Weddings this Month!

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I’m really excited to share that for the past 2 weeks (and for 2 more!) I’ve teamed up with Martha Stewart Weddings and 5 amazing women bloggers to overload this Wedding Celebrations board on Pinterest with LOTS of creative wedding ideas… and very, very good things, of course. ;)

A Pinterest {Wedding} Party

We’re sharing inspiration for everything from the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner to the all important details of the big day itself. Here’s a quick peek of what to expect:

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DIY Tutorial: How to Make Lavender Sachets

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You may recognize these adorable Lavender Sachets from the Playful Purple Butterfly Party! Stefanie Richter of anna and blue paperie, here sharing my easy sew Lavender bags which make for a fun party activity as well as a great party favor. (more…)

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Playful Purple Butterfly Birthday Party

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With Springtime in the air, this lovely butterfly themed birthday party will delight with its creative details. Stefanie Richter here, from anna and blue paperie, and I am thrilled to share my first post as a contributor for HWTM! With pretty butterfly silhouettes and a soft color palette, this Playful Purple Butterfly Birthday Party is full of inspiration for baby showers and bridal showers too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS, to look out for:

  • Easy sew DIY Lavender Sachets
  • Tin canisters topped with tissue paper poms
  • Buttercream Vanilla Cake embellished with white gumballs
  • Backdrop adorned with paper butterfly silhouettes

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How I Met Your Mother Party {Adult Birthday}

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From pineapples and a (live!) goat to hamburger cupcakes and Canadian flags One Stone Events designed an epic How I Met Your Mother Party for her husbands 35th birthday! Renee Nicole Design + Photography captured the party + created the printables and Craft That Party contributed DIY details that pulled it all together! Try out all the inspiration for a season finale party, it’s airing on May 13th! 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pineapple Cake Pops & Favors
  • Ted peg doll on a stack of Architectural Digest Magazines
  • Checkered paper plate photo booth backdrop wall + thought bubble props
  • Canadian flag backdrop, Chinese takeout boxes and yellow umbrellas

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Cinco de Mayo Girls Night + Sauza Tequila Video Shoot

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HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO! This post originally went live a couple weeks ago, but I couldn’t resist bumping it up to the top for today. Hope you’re enjoying margaritas with friends & family somewhere today…. cheers! :)


(original post) I have something fun to share with you today that’s definitely a departure from the norm… and I really hope it leaves you feeling INSPIRED to call up some friends and host a similar get together of your own. Inspiring celebration is definitely the most important takeaway from this experience – and the goal in sharing it – so I wanted to make sure to mention that tidbit up front. :)

SO… with that in mind, I’m excited to share a video that I participated in recently, followed by some behind the scenes on the video shoot itself, and helpful takeaways for planning your own Cinco de Mayo party (or anytime fiesta)! As a huge fan of Mexican food AND margaritas myself, I’m pretty much game for this kind of theme year ’round! How about you?



So to give you some background, a couple weeks ago I headed up to LA for a video shoot with some of my fellow Glam Media bloggers. I knew it sounded like it would be a cool experience based on the creative brief, but I still wasn’t 100% sure what to expect.

What it ended up being – was an insanely fun night of ‘”Besos and Margaritas“, with Sauza Tequila and a fabulous group of women bloggers you may already be familiar with: Jenny from Good, Bad, & Fab, Jillian of Catch My Party, Marisa of Margaritas in the Rain, Christi of Love from the Oven, and Candice from Fashionably Organized!

Sauza Blue Video Shoot - Party Guests

Everyone was so warm and welcoming, which instantly made for a great start to the shoot. Some of us were meeting in person for the first time, but by the end of the night (which wrapped close to midnight), everyone felt like old friends. It’s funny how a few hours of bonding over similar work/life experiences – and a few refills of margaritas – can do that! (more…)

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Cinco de Mayo Party Inspiration + 3 Festive Recipes!

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Are you ready to fiesta! Or at least have a BeerRita or two ;) Cinco de Mayo is coming up this weekend and Victoria Canada Weddings and Events has some festive and bright last minute Cinco de Mayo Inspiration! Not to mention THREE recipes that will have you craving more delicious Mexican cuisine and more reasons for crafty + colorful decorations!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mexican Crepe Paper Flowers in ribbon wrapped cans
– Horchata (served in mason jars!) and BeerRita Recipes + Salpicon Recipe
– Avocado Bar + Pan Dulce with Papel Picado Banner inspired food labels

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MADHOUSE Pinterest Contest Winners + New Giveaway!


Big CONGRATS to our “Mad for HWTM” Pin it to Win it Contest winners! Scroll down to check out the beautiful boards inspired by some of the brand new collections from MADHOUSE by Michael Aram. As a quick refresher, MADHOUSE selected the top 3 finalists (Michelle Knox, Marie Muckey, & DeLaine Blake) from all of the boards that were submitted, then sent them over to me to select the grand prize winner…

NEW GIVEAWAY! Ocean Serving Platter + Fine Paper Tableware

Scroll down to check out the winning boards AND throw your name in the hat to win one of the gorgeous Melamine Sea Urchin Serving Platters ($50 value) from MADHOUSE + an assortment of their stunning paper tableware! (Over $100 total prize value)

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Mother’s Day Brunch Surprise!

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Wow! Nicole Bailey of Your Party Plannery dreamed up a beautiful Mother’s Day Brunch Surprise! This is such a fun way for the kids to help celebrate mom- setting a brunch table and surprising her in a way she will love… flowers, champagne and her kids of course!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ombre Macaron Tower and gorgeous white cake by Sweet Treats Cakes and Cupcakes
– Tangerine, yellow & white tissue tassel garland and “You Rule” Framed Print
– Chevron Pillows, Bright florals and a High Tea style menu

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Beautiful Brave Themed Birthday Party

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love this movie? Well, I love it! And Hana Lynch of Feathered Nest Photographie styled a Beautiful Brave Themed Birthday Party for her daughter, Ella. One of my favorite parts of this party is how simple the dessert table is- cookies, cake and trail mix- that’s it! It just shows you don’t need tons of sweets to make the table feel full or feel well balanced. (For more Brave Party Ideas go here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Haggis Toss, Coat of Arms activity with (Template) and Archery
  • Princess Party Dresses and DIY Merida Crown
  • Brave inspired cake + Bear Claw Cookies
  • Scottish plaid fabric bunting, tree slices, moss and blue light “wisps”

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