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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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Bright & Girly Rockstar Birthday Party

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If you like bright, girly and totally cool parties, Ashley Keith of Cupcake Express designed a top hit! For her daughter Halle’s 8th birthday she set the stage for a Bright & Girly Rockstar Birthday Party with chevron + star patterns and rockin’ themed sweets!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Black tablecloth and chairs with tissue tassels, neon blue drinks & star party flags
– DIY microfone and purple guitar centerpieces with pink tulle and stars
– Guitar shaped cookies, “paint splatter” candy apples and a pink rockstar themed cake!

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{Party of 5} Cinco de Mayo, Pink Country Fair, Mother’s Day Brunch, Nautical Party & Dr. Seuss 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:

– Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas
– Pink Pony Inspired County Fair
– Mother’s Day Brunch + Mom-osa Bar
– Navy and Pink Nautical Party
– Dr. Seuss Thing 1 & 2 Birthday

1. 5 de Mayo Party Ideas (pictured above) by A to Zebra Celebrations

2.  Mazie’s County Fair by Lauren Haddox Designs

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Elegant Pink & Playful First Birthday Ideas

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In the whimsical secret garden scene of Morrells Boutique, Candace Allan of Absolute Perfection styled Elegant Pink & Playful First Birthday Ideas for Mikyla! The sweet bunnies, yarn wrapped letters and a French inspired dessert table are just a few of the magical details from this darling celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink drinks embellished with doilies, matching chevron straws & paper hearts
– “ONE” yarn wrapped letters among flowers as table centerpieces
– Pink ombre cake, sprinkled cake pops, macarons & fresh raspberries
– Fabric pendant flag bunting and paper rosette dessert table backdrop

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{It’s a Girl Y’all} Vintage Cowgirl Baby Shower

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Yeehaw! Kristeen LaBrot of Kristeen LaBrot Events and Allyson Levine of Bob Gail Special Events rounded up ideas, rustic cuisine and fantastic friends for an {It’s a Girl Y’all} Vintage Cowgirl Baby Shower! And Cat of Next Exit Photography captured all the darling details from the red bandana and feminine lace place settings to the cute cowboy boots and red and white dessert table!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Happy Trails Y’all” Trail Mix Favors + “Giddy Yum” Dessert Table
  • Flowers in a red Radio Flyer Wagon, Mailbox for Words of wisdom & Tiny Cowboy Boots for guests to sign!
  • Mini apple pies, banana pecan cupcakes and cherry cheesecake shots
  • Cornbread Zingers and Turkey Bean Chili Chow
  • Mason jars wrapped in burlap and red gingham ribbon with bright and rustic florals

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Free Mother’s Day Printables! (Mom Card & Treat Tags)

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Behind every smiling child, is a hard working mama. So on this upcoming Mothers Day, we celebrate YOU! Hello everyone! Jen here, your resident Photographer over at Jen CYK Photography.

Obviously, I love taking pictures of you and your beautiful children (some of you are probably even featured in my Kids & Family gallery, right here)! I also love finding little things that I can do to make you smile! So this Mothers Day, I teamed up with the talented mama behind Deanna Moore Designs, to create some beautiful printable tags and cards for you!

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Vintage Style Picnic Baby Shower (+ Blessing Circle)

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Casual-chic style + the beauty of the outdoors set the scene for a Vintage Style Picnic Baby ShowerAleisha Balle of Pretty My Love styled this fun caravan with high tea treats, roses in lace wrapped mason jars and a beautiful blessing circle for mommy Rachel!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Vintage Car and Caravan + Drink Stand and High Tea Sweets
  • Lip cookies & mustache props for baby gender guessing + name suggestions!
  • Chalkboard menu, mason jar glasses & honey favors

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Fabulous Pink & Glam Birthday Fête

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Celebrity wedding planner, Melissa Andre, knows glamour (just see her work and you’ll feel like you’re in a dream)! This time, she designed a Fabulous Pink & Glam Fête for her own birthday with gorgeous details that were almost as stunning as the birthday girl herself! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Shimmery gold glitter viles for “birthday wishing”
– Gorgeous monogram pink and gold 3-tier cake by Lori Hutchinson
– Sophisticated Eats and Orchid Centerpieces
– Birthday Sweets Candy Bars & Hendrick’s Fantasy Cocktail

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Bourbon Peach Pie Pops Recipe

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Today we’re finally sharing the delicious & fun Bourbon Peach Pie Pops Recipe from our “Preppy Paddock” Kentucky Derby Party! These pie pops are perfect bite-sized treats, and most importantly… super easy! These will surely impress your party guests with their Southern flavor and stylish little bow ties. ;) (more…)

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NEW Monthly Call For Submissions! {+ Guidelines}

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Hi Everyone! I’m excited to share that this month we’re kicking off a new monthly Call for Submissions. We get so many submissions already that you may call us crazy for requesting more… BUT, in our continuous effort to deliver the best – and timeliest – content to our readers throughout the year, we thought it would be smart to actually give you a little heads up regarding what’s on the horizon for the editorial calendar!

And while we normally require some exclusivity for our standard submissions, when it comes to the featured Call for Submissions topic each month, No Exclusivity is required! Feel free to submit past work or parties that have previously been featured elsewhere, in addition to brand new parties, recipes, DIY tutorials, etc… it’s a big world out there and chances are good there’s a whole new crop of people your work can inspire! We 100% encourage any and all ideas, from the big to the small. Sometimes, simple ideas can be even more approachable and far reaching than an over-the-top bash… but of course we don’t shy away from those either! ;)

We’ll be having a “Call For Submissions” on the first of every month. For the following months, check our social media outlets for the announcement: HWTM Social Community, Facebook, Google +Pinterest and Twitter. (more…)

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Beautiful Vintage Inspired Backyard Wedding

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Hi there! It’s HWTM Contributor Amber here of Amber Lay Events. I am back this week to share a glamorous and vintage backyard wedding that I think you guys will love!  One of the first people I met in the wedding industry was Constance of Constance Curtis Events. She has been an incredible mentor for me over the years. Since this was her brother’s wedding made it really fun to work on together. :)

Constance did the planning and coordinating while I did the the floral designs and then took over the coordinating right before everyone went down the aisle since Constance was also a bridesmaid. Aaron of Aaron Young Photography took all of the beautiful images so a big thank you to him! We just love his work and him of course! ;)

WEDDING DETAILS to look out for:

  • Happily Ever After Sign on a stacked citrus crate wedding space!
  • “To Have and To Hold” Paper Chain, Ombre Rose Petal Aisle and Tree Hanging Chandelier
  • Tree Carving Initials and Vintage Lounge Furniture and Dishes
  • Pink Ruffle Cake, Window Pane Seating Chart and Glitter Table Numbers

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AMAZING Peter Pan Party {+ Kids Costumes}

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All Children except one, grown up. Rachel of RV Partiesdesigned the most magical party for her birthday boy Finley! Her AMAZING Peter Pan Party {+ Kids Costumes} with a natural color palette + hints of gold, adorable red feather inspired printables and insanley creative treats has me flying!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Peter Pan, Smee, Captain Hook, Crocodile, Wendy, Tiger Lily and Tinkerbell Costumes!
– Kids table with Lost Boys Lunch + a gold clock, lantern and hook decorations!
– Magic Pixie Dust Sand Art Activity, Crocodile Sword Fight Piñata & Hook Ring Toss & Teepee Playtime
– Tiger Lily’s Teepees, Hook’s Buried Treasure and Tink’s Fairy Wand Treats

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Creative Angry Birds Birthday Party

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10,000 points to Roble & Catalina Sepúlveda of Sugar and Spice for their Creative Angry Birds Birthday Party! Full of DIY projects (just look at that dessert table!) and homemade treats, this party is just bursting with fun ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Creative Crate & Palate Dessert Table with hidden green piggies and snacks in bird bowls
– Egg Crate and Piñata Angry Bird Centerpieces
– 5 cupcake flavors (one for each angry bird!)
– Water Bottles, Cookies “Angry Girls” and “Angry Boys” Party Favors

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Trend Alert: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party

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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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! I know, I know, you’re thinking…THEY’RE BACK??? YES! My 10 year old daughter Faith requested a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle party this year and I had to do a double-take! My 16 year old son used to LOVE TMNT when he was little! They are making a HUGE comeback right now and are fast becoming a very popular kid’s party theme!

One problem… kids are requesting this theme before Nickelodeon has caught on and made any party supplies available, so what is a parent to do? How do you decorate your party space when there are no TMNT party supplies out there? I must admit, this is my FAVORITE part of party planning! Coming up with creative ways to interpret a character themed party WITHOUT USING ANY traditional character party supplies and by making some of the decor yourself! It’s really easy if you follow my 5 steps! (more…)

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Vintage Disneyland Amusement Park Party

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Welcome to the happiest place on earth! Inspired by the pure joy and wonder of Disneyland, Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations brought back memories and created new ones for her daughter Charlotte’s 5th birthday! Her Vintage Disneyland Amusement Park Party features creative classic ride inspired sweets like Rainbow Caverns Mine Train Cupcakes and more details with the magic of Disney!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ticket Booth with welcome sign and maps
– Tomorrow land treats: Rocket Jet Rice Krispies, Car Cake Pops & Submarine Voyage Zingers
– Fantasyland themed cupcakes (Dumbo, Peter Pan, Pinocchio & Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride!)
– Bear Country Jamboree Brownies, It’s A Small World Cookies & Pirates of the Carribean Cake Pops
– Churros, Cotton Candy and more theme park sweets!

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{Around the World} Vintage Airplane First Birthday Party

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Let’s travel around the world for Declan’s first birthday! Fransiska Subroto of Burgundy Event Coordinating designed an incredible Vintage Airplane First Birthday Party with all the perks of first class party style! (For more Vintage Airplane Party Ides go here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage Map Dessert Table Backdrop + Sweets with mail inspired labels
– “Baggage Claim” Station with vintage style suitcase favors
– Cloud Balloon Table Centerpiece and Personalized Aluminium Lunch boxes
– Passport Check-in with “tickets” for games and activities

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Colorful Disney Princess Party Ideas

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This royal 4th birthday celebration for Olivia, by mom Kate Petronis of And Everything Sweet, is a colorful, ribbon-clad fairytale! There are so many creative Disney Princess Party Ideas for not just one, but for ALL of our favorite princesses- Belle, Tiana, Cinderella, Snow White and more!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cinderella Slippers filled with candy, Wilted Rose Lollipops and Ariel’s Chocolate Sea Shells
– An Incredible Castle Cake and Princess Cake Pops!
– Princess Water decorated with printables, doilies and pink stripe straws
– Princess gowns for each guest, frame decorating and a visit from Snow White!
– Royal Party Favors: Jasmine’s Jewels and pink bubbles

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Creative Construction Truck Party {Twin Boys Birthday}

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Victoria of Vixen Made celebrated her twins Beckett and Pascal’s 3rd birthday with a Creative Construction Truck Party! Her sister Candace, of Candy & Cake, crafted the cake, but Victoria did the rest, from the decor and treats to the adorable chevron printables that she shares for free right here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Kids hard hats + a “Topple the Tower” Game (with a homemade wrecking ball)!
– Fuel orange juice, green chevron + fondant truck decorated cake and pylon treats
– Orange truck pops, gravel candy and donut tires on a dessert table elevated by giant truck tires!

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{Party of 5} Pink Owl First Birthday, Princess and Pirate, Sherlock Holmes, Circus & Vintage Paris Bridal 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 Owl First Birthday
– Princess and Pirate Party
– Sherlock Holmes Birthday
– Circus Dessert Table
– Vintage Paris Bridal Shower

1. Kamryn’s Owl Themed First Birthday Party (pictured above) by Hoopla Events

2.  Classic Princess and Pirate Birthday Party by A Party Studio

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Rustic & Vintage Cowboy First Birthday

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Yeehaw! Ashley Lansford of Southern Mae Photography rounded up her creative ideas for Rustic & Vintage Cowboy First Birthday for her little cowboy, Lane! The birthday boy had all sorts of fun with a cow print cake and adorable sheriff bib! (For more Cowboy Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Fence Posts”, “Hay Stacks” and “Ants On A Log”
– DIY Cowboy Tea muslin drink bags + Red gingham and burlap fabrics
– Galvanized buckets & paisley bandana pattern printables by Printable Candee Designs

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Sweet {Baby Love} Pink & Gold First Birthday Party

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I am so in love! Jenna Marfori Lang of  Eat Drink Pretty celebrated her daughter Juliet’s first birthday in style with a Sweet {Baby Love} Pink & Gold First Birthday Party! I just can’t get over the simple and sweet gold heart garland, gold “LOVE” letters, {build your own mimosa} adult drink station and so many more lovely DIY details!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink smash cake with adorable plush yarn heart cake toppers
– Pancake Bar with mini heart stacks, berries, whipped cream & syrup
– Yarn wreath, chalkboard sign and heart wishes for the birthday girl!
– Pink heart cookies, macarons, pink rock candy and gold heart topped cupcakes

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MADHOUSE “MAD for HWTM” Pin it to Win it Contest

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I’ve been sharing my MADHOUSE by Michael Aram inspired tablescapes with you all week long, and now it’s YOUR turn to showcase what you would dream up!

SHOW US YOUR PINBOARD

We’re going to make it a lot easier on you though – all you need to do is create a Pinterest board of your dream table ideas and submit it here. No photo shoots or real life staging required… at least by you! Someone else might fall in love with your board and bring it to life one day though. ;)

Include at least 3 MADHOUSE products in your pinboard and whatever else your party-loving heart desires – from food and drink ideas to flowers, coordinating outfits, stationery etc. This is a really easy way to get creative, so have some fun with it!

I can’t wait to see what you guys come up with and will be helping with the contest judging. The Grand Prize winner and 2 Runner Ups will all be featured both here at HWTM and over at MADHOUSE after the contest, not to mention receiving some amazing prizes! (more…)

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Celebrating Everyday Moments: Making Dinnertime = Quality Time {+ Free Inspirational Printables!}

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I have a confession to make. When it comes to family dinnertime I’m not exactly “queen of the kitchen” at this point in life. To be perfectly frank, what I usually am at dinnertime is: exhausted. Round-the-clock job, 3 year old, 1 year old, basic life upkeep, etc… I’m pretty sure the culprits are in that list somewhere, and they’re doing a fabulous job at handcuffing my inner Top Chef.

That’s not to say I don’t plan on changing this reality one day (because I do!) …but the thing that’s most helpful for me at dinnertime these days is: shortcuts. And I should probably throw in that Sonny  – who’s represented here behind the camera – is actually a really great cook, but his list looks a lot like mine lately, so we often rely on family meals that are quick or ready-made.

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And speaking of ready-made, a brand name that I’m personally very familiar with  – Annie’s  – came through my inbox recently with a request to try out their new line of Rising Crust Pizzas. Did you know they made pizzas?

I say “familiar” because we already consume Annie’s Bunny Grahams and Snack Mix galore over here, the majority of which is consumed by yours truly… even though whenever I buy them I’m thinking, “snacks for the kids!“. I feel like I might use that justification semi-often for things I really want to eat myself. Another confession. ;) Do you ever do that?

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Adorable Pink & Blue Magic Party

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Abracadabra… Bridget magically turned 8! For her birthday, mom Margit Foley of Dot & Dash created a Pink & Blue Magic Party! Wands, potions cards and adorable bunnies in hats are just a few of the tricks up her sleeve!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Magic Card Cupcakes by Love & Sugar Kisses and Bunny Magic Hat Cake
– Magic Wands and Headbands with Mini Hats {+ an “8” rosette pin for the birthday girl!}
– Magic Show by David Hall + “Puff of Smoke” Cotton Candy
– “Take Some Magical Gear Before You Disappear” Bunny Doll, Candy and Card Favors

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MADHOUSE Botanical Leaf Inspired Tablescape {+ Breezy Blue Cocktail & Free Printables}

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He we go with our 4th and final tablescape design for MADHOUSE by Michael Aram! Atmosphere is key to any celebration, and one of the things I loved most about working on this project was the opportunity to create a totally different atmosphere for each collection. I posted a very bold, modern “Black Orchid” table earlier today, so I’m excited to follow that up with a design that feels light and airy with a “casual chic” vibe!

THE MADHOUSE BOTANICAL LEAF COLLECTION

This tablecape was inspired by the Botanical Leaf collection, which features a lovely shade of minty-blue, metallic silver accents, and a delicate leaf design. I used grapewood, burlap, and colorful potpourri balls as decorative elements, and spray painted some faux succulents silver to embellish the branch and act as coordinating “table confetti”! A simple fabric-and-burlap garland was strung overhead to give everything a fun “party” feel.

My favorite detail from this table though (aside from the tableware itself) – was the presence of quotes. I’m such a fan of clever and inspirational quotes, and thought they would be the perfect finishing touch for this last table design. Each place setting features simple, tent card style quotes on food, celebrating life, and getting together. They’re designed to compliment the colors and textures in the MADHOUSE Botanical Leaf collection, and you can download them for free below – in addition to printable scroll banner quotes and party flags! Enjoy. :)

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Dreamy Pink “Leap, Turn & Twirl” Ballerina Party

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Recital this way! Tami Goeckeritz of Tami G. Photography celebrated her daughters birthdays with a Dreamy Pink “Leap, Turn & Twirl” Ballerina Party! With ballet lessons and a recital (on the trampoline!) these gorgeous girls danced the day away! (For more Ballerina Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tulle Table Skirt, Pink Ballet Slipper Cakes and a Candy Buffet
– Pink Lemonade in Mason Jars + Sparkle Star Wands and Napkins
– “Recital This Way” Welcome Sign
– Pink tulle tutus and ballet lessons
– Precious Cupcake Toppers with Ballerina Slippers and Tutus!

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Colorful “Wild Child” Safari Party

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Whats modern, rainbow and has rhinos all over? This Colorful “Wild Child” Safari Party by Laila Plant of One Inspired Party, designed for her daughter Nicki’s 3rd birthday! A wooden crate stacked food and dessert display, tons of bright balloons, succulent centerpieces, and of course real animals (at the birthday girls’ request!) pulled the party  all together!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazing cake by Sweet Brantley’s Cake Designs with a purple glitter giraffe topper!
– Confetti filled balloons, pink & green kids table, “Warning Party Animals Only” sign
– Explorer hat favors, a rhino piñata and (printable matching) custom lollipops from Vintage Confections

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MADHOUSE “Black Orchid” Inspired Tablescape {+ Sparkling Grape Cocktail & Free Printables}

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If you’re looking to create an atmosphere that’s striking and elegant, the Black Orchid collection from MADHOUSE by Michael Aram is the perfect muse! I just L.O.V.E. the artistic flair of this melamine & fine paper tableware, which would be lovely for everything from a classy anytime dinner party to a chic wedding shower or milestone birthday.

THE MADHOUSE BLACK ORCHID COLLECTION

The fabulous sketched orchids featured in this collection instantly struck me, and I really wanted to play up their unique, artistic nature in this tablescape design. I ended up going for a contemporary art sort of look and trying some things I’ve never done before – like creating a centerpiece that was a mix of real AND paper flowers! (Added bonus… since orchids last a long time in general, this entire centerpiece did too + it was WAY less expensive than buying multiple orchid stems!)

I had some fun with Photoshop filters to create the artsy paper orchid silhouettes, and tried to find interesting ways to incorporate them. On the dinner plates they’re elevated by a black river rock, and intended to look like they’re kind of “popping out” of the artwork on the plate… what do you think?

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MADHOUSE “Ocean” Inspired Tablescape {+ Ocean Breeze Cocktail & Free Printables}

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I’m really excited to share our 2nd MADHOUSE by Michael Aram tablescape with you today… including a bit of behind-the-scenes from the day of the shoot, as this was definitely a new experience for me!

The gorgeous new tableware collection that inspired this design is called Ocean, and I just so happen to live in San Diego, so ….can you guess where I’m headed with this? Yep! Sonny and I decided to take this one to the beach, where things were a bit more challenging to shoot, but looked very much at home in that setting! Plus, the perplexed looks on the faces of fellow beach goers as we carried a banquet table and stacks of chavari chairs down the (small) cliff and out onto the sand was pretty amusing!

We also had lots of curious people stop by to check out the in-progress and finished tablescape, including a sweet older couple that was particularly excited about the whole set-up because, as the gentleman explained enthusiastically “This is exactly how I proposed to my wife!“. From the looks of things that worked out well for him. ;)

THE MADHOUSE OCEAN COLLECTION

I’m especially happy to share that the consistent thing everyone who came by the table commented on was the beautiful dishes. And that didn’t surprise me at all… the Ocean Dinner Plates are made from melamine, but you genuinely might not believe that was true if you held them in your hand. I tested this theory out on some of our “new friends”. ;) The material is extraordinarily substantial, and the finish on the bottom of the plates almost feels like stoneware to me. Tritan™ Tumblers and Translucent Teal Twig Cutlery were the perfect complements to the melamine dishes. Scroll down to see how everything turned out!

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MADHOUSE “Lemonwood” Inspired Tablescape {+ Champagne Lemonade Recipe & Free Printables}

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Elephants + Glitter-Dipped Lemons? That’s right! And if you think this combo may seem a bit MAD, well fantastic… because that’s kind of the point. ;)

You see, when MADHOUSE by Michael Aram asked me to dream up 4 tablescapes inspired by their new tableware collections, I went especially crazy for Lemonwood. High contrast colors, bold graphics, and a hint of metallic gold… everything about the Lemonwood collection makes a statement, and for me it said: “Bring on the SUNSHINE and {grown up} lemonade! And do it with a bit of retro-mod flair while you’re at it.” The paper Lemonwood items weren’t available at the time of my shoot, but just imagine all the outdoor fun you could have with these beauties too:

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Wouldn’t this look be fabulous for an outside-the-box summer dinner party or wedding shower? Whatever the occasion may be, I just love the idea of surprising guests with unexpected details – like mini elephants bearing sparkly gifts, for example!

BRINGING SOMETHING NEW TO THE TABLE

And speaking of unexpected… if you haven’t heard of MADHOUSE before, that’s probably because they are BRAND NEW. In fact, HWTM is the very first place you’ll see this line of upscale melamine, fine paper tableware, and Tritan™ drinkware in action! And as someone that’s seen their fair share of entertaining products, I can say with complete confidence that the product quality is amazing.

I’ll be sharing 4 totally different MADHOUSE inspired tablescapes with you this week (2 today + 2 tomorrow) – followed by a fun Pinterest contest opportunity coming Thursday that involves your own creative spin + the chance to fill your table with well over $500 worth of your favorite MADHOUSE products. So feel free to start dreaming about what statements your dream table would make! But before you do that… scroll down to check out all of my own Lemonwood inspired table details, followed by a yummy Champagne Lemonade Recipe + links to download the matching party printables for free!

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