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{Party of 5} Dinosaur Party, Sparkle from Head to Toe, Disney’s Frozen, Tis the Season for Plaid & Whimsy Wonderland

dinosaur birthday party with egg cupcakes and green and orange dino cake

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:

– Dinosaur Birthday Party
– “Sparkle from Head to Toe” Holiday Party
– Disney’s Frozen Themed Dessert Table
– ‘Tis the Season for Plaid Christmas Party
– Whimsy Wonderland 1st Birthday

1. Dinosaur Party (pictured above) by Emotion

2. Sparkle from Head to Toe by Tre Sorelle

sparkling jewelry party with fruit and bubble bar and nail painting station


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Romantic & Fun Purple Wedding

purple wedding shoes and framed photo booth kiss

Here comes the bride! For Shannon & Nick’s wedding, Ashley Drummy of Poppy & Plum Events & Florals is back at it again! This Romantic & Fun Purple Wedding looks like such a happy event & so full of laughter. I love the ceremony venue’s brick walls coupled with the giant hanging lanterns as well as the personal touches added to the reception. ‘Toots’ and ‘Panda’ are nicknames for the bride and groom, in case you were wondering ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY Flower Girl’s ‘Here Comes the Bride’ Chalkboard sign & purple satin bow
– Pretty custom purple watercolor welcome sign + Fun Kraft paper programs
– Beautiful + simple Baby’s Breath bouquets and hanging pomanders
– White eyelet lantern centerpieces filled with votive candles and lilac hydrangeas

purple and navy mismatched bridesmaids dresses and brick wedding venue

wild and romantic pink and purple wedding bouquet

bride and bridesmaids in the wedding party getting ready for the big event


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Magical Sugar Plum Fairy Nutcracker Birthday Party

sugarplum fairy nutcracker ballet themed birthday party with land of sweets sign and dessert table

This whimsical take on the classic Nutcracker ballet is guaranteed to have little ones twirling with delight! Danielle of Cutie Putti Paperie used non-traditional Christmas colors and sparkly treats to bring this Sugarplum Fairy Nutcracker Birthday Party to life for her youngest cousin, Emily. Tinseled trees, a chandelier-inspired cupcake display and dazzling desserts make this Land of Sweets perfectly dreamy. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini chocolate-covered cherry ‘mice’ with almond ears (totally doable!)
– Sparkling white chocolate s’mores & pastel pink tutu cakes
– Holly branch-topped Figgy Pudding Bon Bons + shimmering snowflake cupcakes
– The cutest pastel Toy Soldier Nutcrackers decked out with rhinestone & sparkle

land of sweets dessert table with chocolate cupcake and fairy wands for a nutcracker birthday party

land of snow forest christmas tree cakes for a nutcracker party

melted snowflakes drink for nutcracker sugarplum fairy party


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GIVEAWAY: $100 Shopping Spree from Kidecals

kidecals custom labels giveaway

Dishwasher safe. Machine Washable. Dryer Safe. WHAT?! I had to read that a few times for it really to sink in when I first discovered the “crazy durable” custom stickers and labels from Kidecals… but as a mom of 2 kids in preschool (who sometimes come home with the wrong blanket or lunchbox container) those words are music to my ears!

There are a ton of great custom labels for kids of ALL ages at Kidecals though – from newborns to the college-bound and everyone in between. And there’s also cool stuff for grown ups… check out these cute personalized canning labels perfect for all kinds of homemade goodies – even beer! These are always great for DIY gift giving and edible party favors. Their keyboard stickers (called keycals) are pretty darn spiffy too – I’m especially loving the chic Green Ombre design, which was inspired by Pantone’s 2013 color of the year.

Scroll down for a peek at some of the items they offer + ENTER TO WIN a $100 Shopping Spree! P.S. Get 20% OFF your entire Kidecals order now through January 31st with promo code “hwtm2013“. :)

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Rustic Woodland Holiday Styled Shoot {+ Amazing Treats!}

It’s that time of year to finalize your gift list! Are gourmet edible gifts on your list this holiday season? Well, they’re on mine (Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs). It’s been a while since I’ve guest posted here and I’ve missed you all so much! I’m excited to show you some fun and simple ways to add a ribbon and decorative tag to any edible gift with my Rustic Woodland Styled Shoot.

From gourmet popcorn and cupcakes to wonderfully unusual chocolate truffles and handmade artisan ice cream, your gift will look swanky and taste amazing too. By adding in other tasty treats, you could also spice up the traditional cookie exchange. Have everyone bring a different yummy dessert to share and you could leave with a bag full of delicious edible gifts.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Super simple cake dressed up with paper reindeer + Merry & Bright Banner
– Regular ol’ popcorn sprinkled all around as “snow”… inexpensive + totally melt-proof! ;)
– Wood slices and suitcase shaped boxes used as interesting treat “trays”
– Cheeky “Better than SNOW” ice cream wraps and “Hope this BLINGS you joy” gift tags



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{DIY Tutorial} Mod + Merry Stir Sticks, Garland & Party Tray

geometric hot cocoa bar - colorful modern christmas

One of the questions I get asked most often regarding party styling is “where to you get your inspiration?”. The answer is literally from any & everywhere – but there’s usually one specific item that really grabs me and makes me want to design a party around it…. it could be a great dress, a beautiful book, even a song.

And in this particular case – where I was asked to highlight something from one of Target’s current holiday collections that inspired me – it was these particular geometric print mugs. The delicious colors, the fabulously mod pattern… definitely worthy of inspiring a celebration, don’tcha think? :) So I picked up a couple sets of the mugs and a few matching items at Target last night, and was on my merry way.

Here’s a peek at a few of the diy projects they inspired this morning, which are now going to make an upcoming night of Christmas prep with a few close friends just all the more merry & BRIGHT!

colorful hot cocoa bar ideas - merry mod holiday

Products pictured above: 5-party server tray, geometric block ornaments, cappuccino mugs, cookie tin, and cocoa carafes (all purchased in-store at Target).

DIY projects pictured above & below: geometric wood tray, stir sticks, and party garland made from colorful paper + diamond shaped craft punch.

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Rustic Joy Christmas Theme {Red, Gold, Chalkboard, Wood)

chalkboard christmas party print for hwtm - eat, drink and be joyful

Hi everyone! I’m excited to share a recent project with you today…This is a little different than my normal styled shoots though, because these pics are actually of a “preview” table that I mocked up in my living room a few weeks ago, then literally packed up and shipped off all the way across the country to New York City (about as far as you can get from San Diego!), where everything was then re-set up for a satellite media tour that I hosted for one of our current brand partners.


So instead of full set-ups, this table is displayed “news segment” style, where a bunch of different ideas are jam-packed onto one table. I still wanted to share these ideas with you though, in case you’re on the hunt for some Rustic-Mod inspiration for your own holiday celebration… or especially if you’re looking for new ways to personalize your table, since that was a big focus for me here, as you can see in the following image… :)

holiday centerpiece idea with pinecones and red ribbon

All of these ideas are very simple and approachable, from turning pics of your loved ones into decor to a super quick pinecone “Christmas Tree” that literally took me less than 10 mins (hot gluing included!). This table also features our brand new Rustic Joy Party Collection, which just became available on Hostess INK a few days ago. :)

CREATIVE HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute Cinnamon Apple Pie Pops dressed up with baker’s twine (get the recipe here)
– Giant pinecone + faux red berries + small mason jar = cute & rustic “Christmas Tree” decoration!
– Mini wood spoons decked out with washi tape & rhinestones
– Decorative pinecones used as “picture holders” + place settings personalized with guest photos

holiday christmas banner (yummy garland) and pumpkin parfaits

mini apple pie pops in a bucket (more…)

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Trend Alert: Bright Colors for Christmas Parties

bright colored pink and orange tulle party dress costume with green fascinator hat on a little girl

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 decorating with BRIGHT COLORS FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES! There are so many color options now available in Christmas decor besides the traditional red and green color palette. My favorites are the brightly colored Christmas decorations, which are perfect party decor for a cute, whimsical themed Christmas party like this Christmas Wonderland party I designed.

I LOVE Christmas! It’s a time of giving, spreading joy and of wonderment and excitement for children. After living in California for many years, I decided to do a theme this year that is a tribute to the summery Christmas’ spent there. I can remember quite a few years where we put up the tree with shorts on! Now living in Minnesota, where it is very cold and snow-covered at Christmas time, I thought it would be fun to design a summertime Christmas Wonderland theme to contrast with the frozen tundra outside my window.

multi color, non-traditional christmas decorations with tulle pom-poms

Brightly Colored Outfits Set the Tone!

This gorgeous tutu dress from Atutudes, mini top hat from Cupcake Wishes and tulle pom wand from Titi’s Tutus was the perfect whimsical outfit for our guest of honor to wear to greet her friends and set the tone for this unique holiday theme. Each guest was also greeted with her own wand, tutu and top hat to wear during the party. (more…)

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Glitter & Glam Favorite Things Party {Adult Birthday}

ombre pink birthday cake with rhinestone crown toppers

The extremely talented Kenna O’Brien of Miss Party Mom knew exactly what kind of birthday celebration she wanted this year, so she did what any self-respecting party planner would do and took matters into her own hands! ;) This Modern & Glam Favorite Things Adult Birthday was filled with all of Kenna’s favorite things (and a lot of mine too!) — including glittered everything, sparkly crowns, and a selection of the most adorable, fashionista-inspired sweets. Bold black & white stripes pop up everywhere from the paper details to the guests and provide such a great contrast to all the pink. This entire setup is great inspiration for everything from milestone birthdays to bridal showers and bachelorettes!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A beautiful pink ombre cake with rhinestone & glitter-bedecked ’33’ candle topper
– A nod to Vintage Barbie + darling bedazzled Fashion Forms
– Personalized wine glasses filled with shimmery Golden Gumballs
– Tower of sparkly cupcakes + “Pink Confetti” Popcorn (um… yes, please!)
– The most amazing black and white top hat fascinator with feather & rhinestone detailing for the birthday girl

black and white stripes with pops of pink and gold for an adult birthday party

custom painted wine glasses filled with gold glittered gumballs

sparkly golden gumballs and dessert table for birthday party (more…)

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Cute & Clever Santa’s Workshop Birthday Party

north pole cupcakes - christmas birthday party

Santa’s elves have clearly been hard at work cooking up all of these sweet “toys”! Danielle from Cutie Putti Paperie whipped up this delicious Santa’s Workshop Birthday Party for her nephew’s birthday, but it’s also great inspiration for any kid-friendly Christmas party. Peppermint candy trees, chocolate doughnut “coal”, and Holly Jolly Ranchers are just a few of the clever treats that make this North Pole inspired dessert table extra merry!


– Super cute North Pole Cupcakes with candy cane ‘poles’ and glittery snowflakes
– Rubik’s Cube Rice Krispy Treats, Yo Yo Macarons, & malt ball Reindeer Noses
– Marshmallow Snow Balls + Hot Chocolate Cake with Marshmallow topping (yum!)
– Gingerbread Jack-in-the-Boxes + scrumptious looking Gingerbread Man S’mores
– Santa’s Toolbox & Tools (made of sculpted chocolate, of course!)

north pole milk and donut hole coal - chrstimas treats

santa's workshop party printables

rubik's cube rice krispie treats (more…)

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Lalaloopsy Inspired “Cute as A Button” 1st Birthday

lalaloopsy cute as a button birthday party

With help from party stylist Gideon Hermosa, Marie Claire put together an AMAZING Lalaloopsy Inspired “Cute as a Button” 1st Birthday Party for her adorable daughter, Anika. This theme has become especially popular lately, and it’s easy to see why! I absolutely adore the crafty details pictured here — from the yarn ball and spool of thread centerpieces (so clever to use the spools as flower holders!), to the insanely creative paper plate “buttons” featured in the party garlands and homemade Instagram Photo Booth. In a nutshell, everything is just SEW stinking cute. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Personalized “embroidered” birthday party hats with playful yarn & button toppers
– DIY button & embroidered clouds backdrop + fantastic handmade ANIKA letters
– The cutest little spool of thread cake pops & sewing inspired cupcakes (love that pincushion!)
– Cute as a button birthday cake with fondant buttons + Lalaloopsy cake topper

lalaloopsy birthday cake

cute as a button party food and drinks

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{DIY Decor} 3 Ways to Glam Up Your Fiesta Burros!

DIY Gold Pinata - Glam Fiesta Party Decor

What’s not to love about a GOLDEN burro, right?! Especially when she’s all decked out with glittery “baubles” and tissue paper flowers. ;) We really had fun with the DIY projects for my recent Gold & Glitzy Holiday Fiesta, so I wanted to highlight a few favorites that you could use to add some sparkle to your own fiesta at ANY time of year.

First up: 3 ways to glam up your fiesta burros.

I ordered regular size pinatas, mini pinatas, and donkey figurines off of Amazon. Then we let the gold spray paint and embellishments fly… until these burros were fully transformed into their “cocktail attire”! I love surprising party guests with unexpected decorations, and these fun little projects definitely fit the bill. Scroll down for a closer peek at each before & after.

DIY Gold Burro Pinata - Before and After (more…)

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Fresh & Sophisticated Dinner Party {Black, White & Gold}

black white gold and green party table with bold stripes

Shannon Qualls of Parties and Potty Training thoughtfully planned this Black, White, & Gold Dinner Party for recent graduations of a training program at her church. I absolutely love the color palette — the pops of orange and green are a perfect {gender neutral} compliment to the bold black and white stripes. This is such great inspiration for any co-ed, grown-up celebration! As an added bonus, the party’s bartender, Greg Mays, is generously giving away the recipe to the most popular cocktail of the night (and it sounds seriously delicious). Cheers to the grads!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful gold flatware + gold-glittered champagne cork place card holders
– Dramatic black & white striped tablecloth & chair covers
– Fresh pops of color from chic centerpieces featuring kale, ruffled roses, and mokara orchids
– Sparkly gold pom sticks and fresh fruit to garnish the signature cocktails

wine cork place card holders - black and gold setting

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Gold & Glitzy Holiday Fiesta {Olé!}

Sauza Sparkling Fiesta by HWTM for the Holidays with a gold pinata and margaritas

Bust out the glittered maracas & the twinkle lights, and let’s get ready to FIESTA! I just love this time of year and all the fun parties that come with it, so I was super excited to work with Sauza® on creating this Gold & Glitzy Holiday Fiesta that was inspired by their new {and delicious!} Sparkling Margaritas, which come in Original Lime, Wild Berry, and Mango Peach.

My goal was to create a glam holiday party with a spicy fiesta twist that had lots of gold, sparkle, and some traditional Mexican touches. A few more than willing friends joined me in celebrating with tasty treats, sparkling margaritas and a fun DIY photo booth. P.S. Don’t miss the free printables used in this party, which you can download below… our little holiday gift to you. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Glitter-Blocked Limes, Mini Glittered “Burros” & Gold Spray Painted Chili Peppers
– Rhinestone-embellished Champagne Flutes + Glittered Shot Glasses
– DIY Gold Piñatas with Tissue Paper Flowers, Sequined Bridles and Gold Polka Dot Burlap Blankets!
– Black & Gold Glittered Maraca Garland, Gold Spray Painted Sombrero & Glittered “SALUD” Letters
– {Easy} Mylar Fringe Photo Booth with Gold Maracas, Tissue Paper Flower Hair Clips and Mini Guitar Props!

Sauza Sparkling Margarita Mixers for the holidays of a fiesta

The food, drinks and desserts served at a Sauza Sparkling Holiday Fiesta by HWTM

HWTM party printable for sauza fiesta and gold pinata with mustache

HWTM hosted a fiesta for sauza and served sauza margaritas in champagne flutes (more…)

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Romantic & Fresh Cameo Bridal Shower

romantic white bridal shower coconut cake with cameo toppers and tablescape

We may be in the heart of winter, but this Romantic & Fresh Cameo Bridal Shower by Katherine Veitschegger warms me right up! I love the feminine colors, use of cameos, and all-around vibe of Southern charm. And since Katherine and the bride-to-be Rachel are both originally from Kentucky, she paid homage to their roots by including Mint Julep cups in the gorgeous centerpieces and guest party favors. Gotta love those personal touches! ;)


– Simple and elegant coconut cake with Cameo silhouette topper
– Super cute swan place card holders & decorative figurines (love that bow-tie!)
– Pretty vintage-floral paper straws + hydrangea & peony centerpieces
– Adorable childhood photos of the bride featured in the party favors

bridal shower centerpiece swan figurine with bowtie and little swan place card holders

romantic centerpiece bouquets with pink peonies, and white hydrangeas inside mint julep glass vases

silhouette or cameo froster sugar cookies for a bridal shower


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Gorgeous Gold & White New Year’s Eve Party

clock new years eve

“3!…2!…1!…” this gorgeous Gold & White New Year’s Eve Party by Ashley Drummy of Poppy & Plum Events has some of the design elements that I’m always drawn to — gold, glitter, and classic lines. Gold touches everything – the silverware, glass rims, centerpiece vases, drink flags, candlesticks, you name it! This has such a celebratory feel and is such great inspiration for ringing in the New Year with loved ones!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold-glittered Crackers embellished with white bows & small, round clocks
– Beautiful, rustic garland & white lanterns filled with gold ball ornaments
– DIY Champagne Cork Card Holders + white “confetti” tablecloth
– “Sun nien fai lok” — “Happy New Year” in Chinese!

new years eve party


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Sweet & Sparkly Bubbly Bar {New Year’s Eve & Beyond!}

Michelle Champagne Glitter Bubble Bar for New Years Eve

When I think of New Year’s Eve celebrations, images of sparkle, fun, and all-around excitement immediately dance in my head. So when Michelle Sparkling Wines asked me to dream up a NYE Inspired Bubbly Station for them, those are the exact qualities I wanted to infuse into the design!

Armed with craft supplies, a few holiday accents, and a whole LOT of glitter, I set out to create a drink station that felt like a party all on its own. The goal was a look that was stylish, glam, and anything but stuffy. I also wanted the bubbly station to hint at a New Year’s Eve theme, but also provide usable inspiration for other occasions, like winter wonderland parties and seasonal bridal showers (wouldn’t this same look be cute with pink accents & Brut Rosé?!), so the DIY clock element features a versatile “TIME to celebrate!” message instead of the traditional “countdown” verbiage that you typically see.

When the clock strikes midnight on New Years Eve drink Michelle Sparking Wines, shown in the glittery gold and blue champagne bar

I hope you like how this bubbly station turned out, because you’ll find all the how-to details below, in case you want to bring something similar to life at your own celebration… whether it’s just an idea or two, or the whole sparkly shebang! P.S. There are some free printables awaiting you below too. Enjoy! :)

SPECIAL DETAILS to look out for:

– DIY Clock accent with sparkly numbers + printable “time to celebrate” banners
– Flag drink stirrers made from glittery ribbon + blinged-out champagne flutes
– Crystal decanters decked out with craft rhinestones & printable labels
– Free-standing “mini backdrop” reminiscent of floating bubbles

crystal decanters for mixers to go with Michelle Sparkling Wines on New Years Eve

Michelle champagne on ice and mixers in glass decanters (more…)

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Modern & Vibrant Woodland Birthday {SO CUTE!}

Modern woodland birthday party with owl cake and dessert table

Whimsical woodland parties are all the rage right now — which I am loving! Khaliah Bibson of The Party Muse pulled out all the stops for this Modern & Vibrant Woodland Birthday Party for 3 year-old Olivia. The true star of the show (besides the birthday girl of course) was the incredible Owl Cake, surrounded by his forest friends. How adorable is that little hedgehog?! Strewn petals and pinecones kept the woodsy feel going, while contrasting nicely with bright colors and modern patterns.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Marbled Meringue “Acorns”, “Wild Berry” Marshmallows, and fondant toadstools
– Party hats with glittery leaves + mossy centerpieces trimmed with eyelet lace
– “Olivia’s Corner” kids play area with woodsy mushroom lamps & colorful fabric
– Seriously cute plush animal party favors for the kids + mini jam jars for the adults!

woodland birthday party favors with plush stuffed animals in baskets

woodland animal birthday centerpieces with red berries, moss and lace (more…)

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Festive Winter Wonderland Joint Birthday Party

snowman drink station at a christmas themed birthday party as well as framed photos of the birthday boys

How amazing is it that these two brothers share the same birthday?! At 2 and 5, Tripp and Finn probably love doing everything together (most of the time, at least!), so it’s no wonder that their parents decided to throw them this Winter Wonderland Joint Birthday Party, styled by Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties. Festive details like cheery snowmen, peppermint candies, snowflakes and red jingle bells make this seasonal-inspired celebration double the fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hot Cocoa Bar with Chocolate and Peppermint-dipped Marshmallows (yum!)
– Glitter-wrapped presents draped in ornaments for a festive centerpiece
– Marshmallows + Mini M&Ms + Oreos + Rolos = Snowmen on sticks!
– A too-cute, snowman-topped birthday cake embellish with giant polka dots

colorful snowman cake topper with snowflake backdrop and yummy hot cocoa printables and station

snowman cookies and cake at the dessert table for a winter wonderland christmas kids birthday party

DIY marshmallow snowmen on sticks with hats made of oreos and rolos and m&m buttons and eyes


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{Fabulous!} Tacky Christmas Engagement Party

Tacky Christmas engagement party invitation with retro fonts and sweater cross-stitching details

This Tacky Christmas (in July) Engagement Party is absolutely anything but! Katie from Kate & Company Events planned this super fun and extremely thoughtful celebration for her best friend Lauren and husband-to-be Drew, who actually met at a Tacky Christmas Party four years earlier. I love that she even found a way to incorporate some of the couples’ family’s traditions — such as a “Find the Pickle” game and Grandma’s famous potato salad — as well as details from the day they met. Plus, who doesn’t love a good beer-can Christmas tree?! Bet they had fun getting the “ornaments” ready for that display! ;)


– Sweater-themed printables with Cross-Stitched Hearts, Trees & Snowflakes
– Favorite quotes from classic Christmas movies, How the Grinch Stole Christmas & Elf
“Eat, Drink and Be Tacky!” drink flags + a tiny Charlie Brown Christmas Tree Centerpiece
– Beautifully decorated Christmas cookies & milk + Chocolate Santa favors for the guests

green grinch punch and printed quote for a tacky christmas engagement party in july

wooden signs pointing where to go for the tacky christmas engagement party

ugly christmas sweater themed bunting or garland and poem invitation


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Nostalgic Christmas with a Modern Twist {Holiday Decor}

nostalgic red and gray christmas decor

Happy first Monday of December! Does is feel odd you that it’s already December? Because I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around that fact myself – the gap between Thanksgiving and December 1st was way too short this year. And I just realized that means Christmas is barely more than 3 weeks away – yikes!! Guess it’s REALLY time to get started on those Christmas decorations…

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, I usually opt for a modern look and non-traditional colors – but as you can see from my Instagram post from Target a few weeks ago, the cozy warmth of a more traditional look is really inspiring me to change things up a bit this year.

plaid christmas decor and felt reindeer

I love how the Winter Start collection at Target gives the nostalgic Christmas look a more modern feel by mixing mod silhouettes with plaid and felt textures. Some of my favorite items from this collection are pictured here (hello, adorable felt fox and reindeer!). You can find the shopping links to everything below, followed by a few Rustic Christmas Party Ideas inspired by this same look – because we all know that it makes life so much easier when your holiday party decor matches your holiday home decor… especially when you only have a few weeks to get ready! ;) (more…)

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{Party of 5} Winter Woodland, Bright & Merry, Glam Holiday, Christmas Wedding & Hanukkah Treats

Silver Blue Winter Woodland Dessert Table

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:

– Winter Woodland Dessert Table
– Glam Holiday Table
– Bright & Merry
– Vintage Rustic Christmas Wedding
– Hanukkah Inspiration

1. Winter Woodland Dessert Table (pictured above) by The French Confection Co.

2. Bright & Merry by The Couture Candy Buffet Company

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A Rustic & Romantic Vow Renewal Celebration

rustic wedding decorations - heart garland and Mr. and Mrs. signs

There’s something about Vow Renewals that is just so special — even through the photos you can feel the love! This Rustic & Romantic Vow Renewal for Fabi & Juan was styled by Ashley Drummy of {Poppy & Plum} Events & Florals. Ashley designed a sweet celebration that was simple and elegant. I adore the Baby’s Breath Pomanders and linen & lace table runner that coordinates perfectly with Fabi’s chic dress!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Silver cake server stamped with a ‘Love Sweet Love’ message
– ‘Mr.’ & ‘Mrs.’ DIY chair signs + a Heart-shaped Music Sheet Garland
– Baby’s Breath pomanders hanging above a beautifully set, rustic white farm table
– Gorgeous flower arrangements with romantic ivory blooms with pops of peach & pink

pink, white, and blue tablescape - vow renewal

pretty rustic tablescape with vintage blue place settings and centerpiece (more…)

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Enchanting Little Red Riding Hood Party (+ AMAZING Cake!}

Amazing Little Red Riding Hood Dessert Table & Cake

It’s off to grandmother’s house we go with this Enchanting Little Red Riding Hood Party! Wynona of party boutique Red Carousel created this amazing birthday celebration her daughter, Ivy, and there’s nothing to be afraid of here – because the Big Bad Wolf has never been SWEETER. I’m LOOKING at you, adorable cake topper! ;) All of the details on the character-inspired cake are downright incredible, actually – it’s a fairytale all on its own.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fabulous rag-tie bunting adding a nice burst of color color to the rustic, faux-wood backdrop
– Little Red making cameos on just about everything – from the treats to the paper details
– Fun activities for the kids including super cute apple piñata & “Grandma’s House” playhouse
– A fairytale cake starring Red, her forest friends, the Big Bad Wolf, and even her Grandmother (looking shocked!)

little red riding hood sugar cookies

appe shaped party pinata

little red riding hood birthday party hats (more…)

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Darling “Cherry On Top” Party {Red Gingham & Teal}

miniature cherry pies and cherry topped cupcakes with paper straws

Amy Birlew of Dimply Sweet certainly baked up some sweetness with this darling “Cherry On Top” Party! From layered place settings to an adorable cherry themed dessert table just prime for the picking, happy splashes of teal, red gingham and twine tied everything together perfectly. I’m loving the vintage soda shoppe vibe carried throughout, especially in the paper straw-topped ‘milkshake’ cupcakes… complete with a candy cherry on top, of course!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful rosette cupcakes topped with dainty fondant roses
– Mini cherry pies dressed up with polka dot sleeves and baker’s twine
– Doily accents on the plates & garlands + ‘All you need is love’ stamped wooden cutlery
– Red gingham and bows adorning the mason jars and drink dispenser
– Perfectly matching teal furniture & wicker accents, thanks to spray paint & Amy’s assistant! ;)

a cherry on top themed party with teal, red gingam, rose cupcakes and more

red gingham and teal ribbon decorated mason jar with chalkboard paint for personalization

Cherry on top themed birthday party cake with polka dots and cherry pairs


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8 fun ways to party with glitter, DIY crafts to make things sparkle

If you’ve seen a few of the parties I’ve personally styled, it’s probably no secret that I’m just a tad smitten with GLITTER! I mean… what’s not to love?! Aside from the clean up, maybe. ;) And with the holiday season here, there are more excuses than ever to bring on the SPARKLE. So… I thought that a round up of several different ways to “party with glitter” would be the perfect, timely topic for my Glam Author Post this month. View the full post over at – featuring 8 fun ways to get your glitter on, and feel free to add your own favorite tips to the list!

P.S. For even more sparkly inspiration, check out our Party with Glitter board on Pinterest, and keep a lookout for 2 BRAND NEW, sparkly themes from HWTM coming up next week! Here’s an Instagram sneak peek of one of them in progress.

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Magical “100 Aker Wood” Winnie the Pooh Party

Winnie the Pooh Party costumes and Hunny Pot

Everyone loves a certain tubby little cubby all stuffed with fluff! For the re-release of Disney’s The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Valerie Painter of Greyson Design created this downright MAGICAL “100 Aker Wood” Winnie the Pooh Party. All of the details are so sweet… from bee and “hunny” inspired place settings & treats to whimsical, character-inspired costumes! And what a great message for youngsters that’s framed & highlighted in the decor: “Always remember you are braver that you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” Warms the heart! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bumble Bee and Honeycomb sugar cookies + the cutest little Fondant Bees
– Laser-cut & hand-painted character names for Pooh and all his friends
– Honey Pot Favors (filled with honey from her grandfather’s home!) + “Life is Sweet” honey dippers
– Creative “BEELICIOUS” dessert table garland with honeycomb shaped panels
– Paper lanterns to send off into the sky — a perfect way to end a magical afternoon!

Custom Laser cut and hand painted Winnie the Pooh character names for party decor

Winnie the Pooh Party table with kids in costume and hunny pot sugar cookies

winnie the pooh party printables and a red lantern on a stack of books


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DIY Tutorial: Creative “Wine-Splattered” Napkins

DIY Tutorial for a modern glam wine-splattered napkins

When Vanessa sent over her recent Modern Glam Thanksgiving Dinner Table, styled for CUCINA Enoteca, one of the first things that jumped out at me were these beautiful, “wine-splattered” napkins. They added such a fun pop of color to the table… and you can never have too much wine on the table, right? ;)

Vanessa was kind enough to share a step-by-step tutorial on how to make these at home, just in time to make a splash at your own Thanksgiving dinner!



by Alchemy Fine Events


– cotton canvas fabric
– rit dye in red and purple
– scissors
– paint brushes
– wine glass
– fork and spoon
– drying rack


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A Modern Glam Thanksgiving at CUCINA Enoteca

A Modern Glam Thanksgiving table with antler chandeliers and wine-stained napkins

Who’s ready for a decadent visual FEAST? Because Vanessa Van Wieren from Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations is serving up some seriously incredible eye candy today! I love the non-traditional twist that she gave this Modern Glam Thanksgiving Table, which was styled on location at new Del Mar hotspot Cucina Enoteca. From insanely gorgeous florals and glam metallics to playful accents like hand-painted eggplants and twisted metal “place cards”, everything about this tablesape feels festive, warm and inviting… I’ll take a menu, please! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY “Wine Splattered” Napkins embellished with beautiful Black Orchids
– Hand-painted Eggplants reading Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed (LOVE this idea!)
– Autumn-inspired Pomegranate Cocktail + stunning Gold Goblets
– Chunky Butternut Squash Soup + Rosemary & Honey Pine Nut Tart
– Super cool interior decor from CUCINA Enoteca… “a modern kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse.

DIY painted eggplant centerpiece that says grateful, thankful & blessed

glam, gold painted pumpkin centerpieces with black orchids

festive thanksgiving menu ideas such as an old fashioned cocktail and a rustic cheese board


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“There’s a Baby on Board!” Surfing Themed Baby Shower

Gorgeous Tropical Surf Themed Baby Shower

I am downright in love with this dreamboat of a baby shower… it’s like a party and a tropical vacation all wrapped into one! ;)  Jennifer Shah of The Pear – Event Styling & Planning managed to catch the perfect wave of gorgeous-meets-playful in this intimate Surfing Themed Baby Shower that she styled up for Lori and baby Lawson. From tropical textures and surf gear to bold chiavari chairs, the overall vibe feels both delightfully chic and super chill. I’m also loving the adorable custom printed beach totes that each guest received, which came in especially handy at the “Surf Shack” themed favor station!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pretty Blue Ombre Cake + adorable Surfboard Sugar Cookies on sticks
– The Guest of Honor’s Chair all decked out with a stunning Tropical Lei
– Custom-built Surf Shack filled with favors + pint sized surfer gear for baby Lawson!
– The cutest Mason Jar Drink Glasses embellished with grosgrain ribbon & burlap
– Wooden Beach Signs with sentimental messages + Chalkboard Surfboard Welcome Sign

Surfer Baby Shower - Tropical Brunch Menu

Surfer Baby Shower Cake

Tropical Brunch Drink Station and Mason Jars

Tropical Baby Shower Guest of Honor Chair - Orchid Lei (more…)

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