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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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Vintage Nancy Drew Mystery Party

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Mysteries, crime solving, and birthday cake – the perfect mix of thrilling & delicious! For her daughters’ 8th birthday, Jennifer of Double the Fun Parties, threw a Vintage Nancy Drew Mystery Party with “The Case of the Purloined Party Favors!” Equipped with detective kits and capes from Cape Adeline Patterns, the party guests were sent to recover their “stolen” party favors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable custom party printables in yellow and gray by Love the Day
– Detective Checklist, Clues and (an adorable) ransom note!
– Book Page Paper Cone Wreath by Simple Joys Paperie and Mystery Cupcake Toppers by Edible Details
– Cobweb Cake Pops, Question Mark Cookies & Mysterious Birthday Cake!

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The Look for Less: Sand & Sea Turtle Party {Under $250!}

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing my Sand & Sea Turtle Party for under $250 using dollar store and thrift store finds!

This party is near and dear to my heart as I designed it for my 5 year old daughter, Riley. We recently moved to Minnesota from California in the dead of winter and Riley is a bit shocked by the climate change. She is a California girl for sure! So, while it’s still a winter wonderland of white snow outside, I wanted to create a warm, beach environment for her inside featuring her favorite animal… sea turtles!

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FAST Budget Party Tips!

Check out how I was able to pull off this party in less than a week and for a modest budget of only $228 for 8 guests! When I have to plan a party on a super tight timeline and budget, I always do these 2 things:

1. Check around my house and stash of party stuff for items I can use that match the party’s theme and colors.
2. Take a trip to my local Dollar Store and Thrift Stores to find inexpensive items that I can use in cool ways!

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“Preppy Paddock” Kentucky Derby Party Theme + Canon Rebel T3 Camera Package Giveaway!!

Canon Rebel T3 Giveaway from 14 Hands Vineyards

Winner update: 4/29/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #229 BLOVELY EVENTS! Congrats!

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The 139th Annual Kentucky Derby is just a couple weeks away, and that means you’ve got the perfect excuse to get together with friends for fantastic food, drinks, and Southern traditions. And we can’t forget the element of dress-up, of course… which is one of the things that make Derby celebrations  – and the pictures from them – so totally fun & unique!

And speaking of Derby celebrations, I’m SUPER EXCITED to share that we’ve partnered with 14 Hands Vineyards again this year to bring you the following fun stuff:
……….1) Creative Kentucky Derby party ideas (including food, drinks & decor)
……….2) A brand new set of free Derby party printables, and…
……….3) Drumroll please… a fabulous DSLR CAMERA GIVEAWAY PACKAGE valued at nearly $600!

That’s right… one lucky reader will receive a Canon EOS Rebel T3 with Deluxe Accessories Kit + $100 worth of Photo Props, which should make it especially easy to capture all those fun party memories from the Derby and beyond! ;) Must be 21+ to enter. Please see official entry guidelines at the bottom of this post.

kentucky derby party centerpiece - painted horses with bow ties in DIY paddock

PREPPY PADDOCK Theme

14 Hands is the official wine sponsor of the Kentucky Derby this year, which means it will be featured at Churchill Downs all throughout Derby Week… not to mention enjoyed by the very important guests in my own living room on May 4th. ;) We created a vintage-modern style Derby theme for 14 Hands last year, so I wanted to go a different direction this time… Inspired by the preppy fashion often donned at the Derby, this new “Preppy Paddock” theme features a fresh garden party vibe, bow-ties, preppy patterns, and bright pops of color!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

……..– “Watering Hole” Drink Station with plant holders used for wine and water displays
……..– DIY “Party Paddock” Centerpiece with bow-tie bedecked horses
……..– Southern-inspired small bites like Mini Hot Browns and Ham Stuffed Biscuits with Mustard Butter
……..– Homemade Bourbon Peach Pie Pops and Kentucky Bourbon Puddings
……..– Playful photo props for fun picture-taking + free printable “Photo Finish” sign

Scroll down for an overview of the party, and check out additional images in the full party album.

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FREE Kentucky Derby Party Printables – “Preppy Paddock”

free printables for a kentucky derby party

UPDATE: All PDFs with dates have been updated for the 2015 Derby. Dates were either removed or changed. ;)

We styled a new Kentucky Derby party theme for 14 Hands Vineyards last week, so that means a brand new set of FREE Kentucky Derby Party Printables for YOU! I’ll be posting the full party recap (+ a fantastic giveaway!) later today, but in the meantime you can see a little sneak peek of it right here.

You’ll also find previews of all of the “Preppy Paddock” themed printables below, followed by a link to download a zip file containing the high resolution PDFs. I definitely had fun designing these and wanted them to have a distinctly preppy vibe, but also feel a little bit playful. What do you think? I hope you’re able to utilize some of the designs at your own Derby celebrations too… and if you were on the fence about throwing a party on May 4th before, now you have a good excuse!! ;) ENJOY!

P.S. Come visit again later today to see all of these printables in action…

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Spectacular Vintage Circus Theme First Birthday

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Come one, come all! Step right up to see little Emily’s spectacular Vintage Themed First Birthday by mommy, Cheryl! With cotton candy, a popcorn machine, and fun carnival games, Emily’s big day is a magical sight to behold! (For more Circus Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Homemade light-up marquee!
– Adorable birthday cake with scalloped bunting + an circus elephant smash cake
– “Popcorn” cupcakes on a ferris wheel + cotton candy votives
– Circus tent dessert table with DIY ribbon fringe
– Homemade matching circus print outfits for Emily, mom, and dad!

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Ice Cream Shoppe Birthday Party Theme for Pottery Barn Kids {+ Free Printables!}

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Yesterday Pottery Barn Kids released the Ice Cream Shoppe Birthday Party that I styled for them last month, so I’m super excited to finally share it with you today! Ice cream is one of those things that can just instantly make people happy – speaking from personal experience at least ;) – so it’s the perfect inspiration for a party theme… my head was kind of spinning with all of the creative possibilities! The final result has a bit of retro sweet shoppe style + a rainbow sherbet inspired palette with metallic gold accents.

You can find all of the “how to” details and recipes from this ice cream party over on the Pottery Barn Kids website, and I hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy everything is to put together! If you have questions on anything though, I’d be happy to answer them here. And for the cherry on top…  lots of FREE PRINTABLES! You can view and download them over at PBK as well. You can also download the whipped cream label and patterned papers right here. ENJOY!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Ice Cream Cone” place settings fashioned from plates + folded napkins
– Mini Cereal Treat “Ice Cream Cones”
– Glittered Whipped Cream Cans
– Yarn ball Ice Cream Cone Garland with gumball “cherries” on top
– Decorated Sugar Cone Party Hats/Headbands

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Lavender Honey Mini Cakes Recipe

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Spring always reminds me of blooming florals, brunch with friends, fresh flavors, renewal, and celebrations of warmer weather. Tessa Huff here, from Tessa Huff Cake Design, and I am pleased to share my delicious recipe for Lavender Honey Mini Cakes with you all. I combined subtle floral flavors with sweet honey in these mini sweet treats, perfect for any spring shower, gathering, or celebration.

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{Party of 5} You Are My Sunshine, Peter Rabbit, Quack Commander, Once Upon A Time & Twins First 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:

– You Are My Sunshine First Birthday
– Peter Rabbit Birthday Party
– Quack Commander Party
– Once Upon A Time First Birthday
– “One Sweet Year” Twins First Birthday Party

1. Caleb’s “You Are My Sunshine” 1st Birthday Party (pictured above) by lauraharfield

2.  Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Birthday Party by Where the Green Grass Grows Designs

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Nautical Crab Inspired Baby Shower

Nautical Baby Shower with crab silhouette banner

Ahoy, matey! Dive right into this sweet Nautical Crab Inspired Baby Shower by Victoria of RV Parties. Swimming with little crab silhouettes and nautical stripes, this baby shower is brimming with adorable (and easy!) ideas for creating the cutest crustacean paradise for mommy-to-be!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Floral centerpieces wrapped with striped paper and crab silhouettes attached with ribbon
  • Orange mini crab cookies + crab lollipop favors with “Bon Voyage” printables
  • Navy stripe straws with party flags and crab sliders

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Whimsical “Game of Love” Wedding Photo Shoot

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The game of love has never been more fun than with this Whimsical “Game of Love” Wedding Photo Shoot styled by Each & Every Detail, LLC  and photographed Katie Cassidy Photography (and adorable paper gooods from Southern Fried Paper)! I love all of the bright colors, whimsy style and creative spins on classic wedding ideas – I mean, who wouldn’t love to hopscotch down the aisle!? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hopscotch aisle runner and Chalkboard “scoreboard” altar
– Colorful pinwheel bouquets & winner’s ribbon boutonnieres
– Monogrammed playing card mini pies + domino and checker piece cookies
– Bride & Groom pinwheel and crossword puzzle cakes
– Personalized wedding couple board game with spin wheel & pawn cookies
– Shabby chic pretzel bar with pinwheel garland and cupcake drawer

Shabby Chic wedding dessert table

Popcorn wedding program

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{Backyard Blush} Pink Bridal Shower

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Pink, elegant, and PERFECT! I am absolutely in love with this {Backyard Blush} Pink Bridal Shower photographed by Pictilio and thrown for Taleen of Simple Little Details. From the stunning floral arrangements to the gorgeous drink station and butterfly cupcake toppers, this bridal shower is absolutely beautiful!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful bridal shower wishing cards with handmade flower confetti
– Paper flower and butterfly cupcake toppers with rhinestone, button & twine embellishments
– Elegant and flowy ruffled chair back for the bride-to-be
– “Love is Sweet” Pink Macaron Favors
– Festive floral, butterfly and photo {bundt} cake toppers!

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Darling Mother’s Day Spring Garden Party

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Spring has sprung! Nikki Wills of Tikkido dreamed up this Darling Mother’s Day Spring Garden Party, and with help from the kids, it bloomed into a beautiful day! ;) What a great way to celebrate mom this year- let the kids help and spend the day with fun family activities!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rustic potting bench “buffet” with potted veggie snacks
– Leaf placemats + pink flower party straw embellishments
– Mini potted seed party favors
– Flower shaped cucumbers on cream cheese toasts and caprese salad
– Pre-potted flowers and herbs {which they planted together after brunch!}

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DIY Tutorial: Embellished Doll Furniture

embellished royal baby furniture

For my friend’s Royal Baby Shower (recapped in Part 1 and Part 2), we did lots of DIY projects over here, and I’m really excited to share them with you! First up is how to make these tiny and adorable Embellished Doll Furniture pieces. Your Royal Mommy-to-be or Little Princess will love this decoration no matter how you fancy it up! Sparkly, isn’t it? ;)

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Cute Nautical Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

Nautical Mickey Mouse themed birthday party

Let’s sail away with Mickey! Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It took the plunge and created the cutest Nautical Mickey Mouse 3rd Birthday in any of the seven seas for her little sailor, Liam! From the cute Mickey inspired desserts to the nautical decor, this party is full of adorable treasures!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Nautical dessert table with “boat shelf”, lighthouse decorations and anchor printables
– Personalized Disney inspired sailor cap party favors
– “Message in a Bottle” Birthday Wish Jar
– Mickey Mouse Cake Pops and Steering Wheel Cupcake Toppers
– Lobster pinata + “Pin the Anchor on the Boat” activities

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{All That Glitters Is Gold} Golden Third Birthday Party

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How did you celebrate your Golden Birthday? With a little help from mommy, Audrey of  Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats, Harper had an {All That Glitters Is Gold} Golden Third Birthday Party! Pink, blue and sparkles lit up the day for this little super star on March 3rd (she turned 3 on 3/3)! P.S. How perfect is that golden locket (read Audrey’s story below)?

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Shimmery blue and gold “Bling” Pops on a sparkly pink platter
– “Magic Wand” Pink Star Lollipops, Gorgeous Cookies and Vanilla Swirl Frosted Cake
– Pink sparkle & ruffle birthday hat, gold locket present & gold star hair clip favors
– Gold Glitter Kandy Kones lined with lace trip and filled with goodies!

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Clever Super Mario Brothers Party Ideas

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Roble & Catalina Sepúlveda of Sugar and Spice designed a clever Super Mario Bros Party! With food inspired by just about every character, there are worlds of ways to incorporate sweet and savory treats into your super star party! For more Mario Inspired Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bowser’s Fire shots, Peach Rings, Yoshi Eggs and Toad’s Tostitos
– Mario’s Mustaches, 1-UP Mushrooms, Pirhana Plant Cupcakes and Chocolate Gold Coins
– Mystery Box Treats, painted boxes with paper cut grass and Marshmallow Mushroom Power Ups

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iPad Mini Giveaway: Hurry… Last Day to Enter!

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Quick reminder… Today is the LAST DAY to enter the iPad Mini giveaway from OnlineLabels.com! Throw your name in the hator more specifically… the Rafflecopter – before midnight PST tonight. (click here) Good luck! :)

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{Congrats 2013} Graduation Party Ideas!

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Crissy’s Crafts and Amanda’s Parties To Go are at it again! The printable + party styling duo whipped up a bright orange and blue celebration for 2013 Graduation Party Ideas! Cris shows how you can take any school color palette and turn it into a fabulous dessert table, tablescape and overall party! (For more Graduation Parties browse here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tissue Fan Backdrop, Swiss Roll “Diplomas” and a variety of candy and popcorn
– Tablescape with a flag centerpiece, blue top mason jar cups and “believe” & “dream” decorations
– Graduation Cap Cake Pops and Marshmallow Pops

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{Party of 5} UP First Birthday, Paisley & Polka Dots, Frog Prince Baby Shower, Tea Party & Moulin Rouge 30th

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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:

– UP Themed First Birthday Party
– Pink Paisley & Polka Dots Party
– Frog Prince Baby Shower
– Tuscan Tea Party
– Moulin Rouge 30th Birthday Party

1. UP! First Birthday Party (pictured above) by Festa com Gosto

2.  Paisley and Polka Dots by Celebrating Moments by Marcie

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Sweet Peter Rabbit First Birthday Party

peter rabbit dessert table

Hop on over! Crystal of Crystal Phelps Photography is sharing a Sweet Peter Rabbit First Birthday Party for little Tyler today! The soft pastels and darling artwork by Beatrix Potter  is a perfect way to celebrate a special spring day! (For more Peter Rabbit Inspired Parties go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable Peter Rabbit Cookies by Flour De Lis Shop
– Chocolate garden cupcakes with fondant radishes, carrots cabbage and peas
– Blue drinks in mason jars with Peter Rabbit and Jemima Puddle-Duck

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{Pink & Yellow} Polka Dots and Pinwheels First Birthday

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Mindy put so much heart and thought into celebrating her daughter’s first birthday; she crafted a special {Pink & Yellow} Polka Dots and Pinwheels Party! My favorite part? How all of these decorations are 100% doable- tassel garlands, punch cupcake toppers, simple flowers and festive details like stripey straws!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Window pane dessert table backdrop embellished with a pink, yellow & white tissue tassel garland
– Pink frosted cupcakes with DIY circle punch and pinwheel toppers
– Pinwheel hair clip, ‘1’ birthday pin, grey polka dot sweater and a happy smile on the birthday girl!

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Gorgeous Sprinkle Sparkle Baby Shower

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Party PRO Member Linda Ly of Grand Soirées Event Design & Coordination celebrated her new baby, Lana Katherine, with a fun and fabulous Gorgeous Sprinkle Sparkle Baby Shower! With a Winter + New Year’s twist, this glam gold and silver shower had fun games, gorgeous family photos by Sarah K Chen Photography and a seriously amazing dress (you look stunning Linda)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Silver sparkle tablecloth, ruffle chair backs and gold tulle pom napkin rings
  • “Baby It’s Cold Outside” White hot Chocolate Station
  • Gold and Silver 3 tier cake by A Wish and A Whisk
  • “Project Bumpway” game, “snowball” fight and a baby shower question game!

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Preppy & Playful “Dapper Derby” First Birthday Party

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Party SHOP Member Kelly Lyden of WH Hostess designed this Preppy & Playful “Dapper Derby” First Birthday Party! She did such a phenomenal job of running with this theme: trophy cup vases, jockey crayons, custom pony lattice pattern pillows, prize ribbon cookies and more derby inspired decorations! P.S. I love Kelly’s tips for repurposing items you may already have to celebrate the race on May 3-4th!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Southern Style Drinks: Lemonade, Ice Tea and Mint Juleps
– INCREDIBLE trophy topped cake with haberdashery stripe and pony lattice patterns by Cakes by Gina!
– Pie Pops, Bow Tie Blueberry Cupcakes, Macarons and Yellow Cake Pops
– Kids Horse Race (with adorable stick ponies) and Prize Ribbon Backdrop
– Bubble Favors and Chocolate Horse Lollipops

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Rustic Sock Monkey First Birthday Party

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This super cute Rustic Sock Monkey First Birthday Party by Louise Sanders of Sunshine Shabby just has me smitten! From the burlap and wood textures to the knitted sock monkey pillow and creative candy names, I just want to cuddle this party all up! :) (Fore more sock monkey party ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Red Velvet Cake, Birthday Boy in Red + Navy Gingham Shirt and Muslin Printed Favor Bags
– Argyle Party Printable Designs + Blue Fabric Striped Dessert Table Banner
– Adorable “Sock Pops” arranged in a kraft paper wrapped bucket embellished with a mini bunting banner
– Monkey Vines, Monkey Nuts and adorable Monkey Bars!

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Shabby Chic Scrabble Inspired Wedding Dessert Table

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How do you take a casual board game like Scrabble and make it E-L-E-G-A-N-T? Cheryl Weise of CW distinctive DESIGNS used lace, burlap and an all white color palette for her Shabby Chic Scrabble Inspired Wedding Dessert Table! Incredible desserts and classic candy on a handcrafted ruffle tablecloth by Paula and Erika added even more sweetness to a very special day. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

–  Themed “Love” Scrabble tile cookies by The Cookie Jar!
– White candy in apothecary jars with graphic lace cards
– Burlap flowers, “Sweets” bunting and dessert table runner

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Charming Greenhouse Bridal Shower Ideas

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Inspired by the brides’ shabby chic wedding, Ashley of Southern Mae Photography designed and captured all the down to earth details in this Charming Greenhouse Bridal Shower! At a local garden nursery she set up a vibrant Bubbly Bar, cheese and fruit display and a tablescape with feminine lace, perfect for this sweet bride-to-be!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Bubbly Bar” burlap bunting, cucumber water, lemonade & fruit juice
– Mason jar cups with mint green straws and fabric tied muslin chair covers
– “Merci” stamped seed packet favors
– Family photos, a birdhouse and simple floral table decorations
– “Edible Plant” chocolate pudding cup with a rosemary sprig

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Sprinkles Themed Sleepover Party {+ Yogurt Bar}

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I know some girls that would be begging to have this AMAZING party if they knew what Deanna of Mirabelle Creations dreamed up for her daughter Mira’s 10th birthday party! Get ready for a creative, playful – and totally doable – Sprinkles Party with a yogurt bar and sleepover style “brinner” (brunch for dinner)! The fun & crafty decorations + empowering tween party activities are sure to inspire moms with girls of all ages. (I love these ideas myself and will cherish them for when my girls reach this important age too Thanks for sharing, Deanna!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini breakfast casseroles, Country ham biscuits & a Pancake “cake”
– Self serve yogurt bar with berries, nuts & sprinkle toppings!
– “Sprinkled with Love” party favor rings
– Painting and positive empowering activities
– Sprinkle frames, sprinkle votives and paper confetti “sprinkles” on the table + hanging as a chandelier

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GIVEAWAY: iPad mini (& more) from OnlineLabels.com

iPad mini giveaway from OnlineLabels.com

Winner update: 4/17/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winners are… Entries #2596 CHRISTINE S. #2275 BARB S. #2101 KELLY M. #3449 DAVID T. #3149 MELISSA M.! Congrats!

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We have an EXCITING giveaway to bring you today!! I love it when that happens. ;) This giveaway is courtesy of OnlineLabels.com, who will be randomly selecting 5 WINNERS from the entries below. The grand prize winner will receive a 16 GB iPad Mini, second place will receive an $75 iTunes Gift Card and 3 additional winners will receive $25 coupons towards the labels of their choice + 3 months of Maestro Label Designer Label Software!

About OnlineLabels.com

If you’re not yet familiar with OnlineLabels.com, they are an an amazing resource for any shape or sizes of labels that you may need… from address labels and wine bottle labels to candy labels, full sheet labels, and more. I was truly amazed at the extensive library of products they offer! And if you’re looking for specific label dimensions to fit a certain type of container – maybe you want to personalize that great party or wedding favor you found! – they make things quick & easy to find with their size search tool. They also have hundreds of templates available to help you design and customize your labels.

Scroll down to enter the giveaway (it’s easy!) and to check out images from the Customer Creations gallery at OnlineLabels.com, which feature clever ways people have used their products… there’s even a clever chocolate dominoes set!

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Vintage Fiesta First Birthday Party

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Feliz Cumpelaños! For Jackson’s first birthday mommy, Darci of The Good Life Blog, styled a Vintage Fiesta First Birthday Party! Chicle (gum), Animalitos (animal crackers) and more classic treats paired with crafty DIY decorations (like the amazing piñata and cute photo banner) + adorable printables by Wants & Wishes help inspire for fiestas of all occasions (especially for Cinco de Mayo coming right up)! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Wooden donkey figurines, chalkboard signs & sombreros
– DIY “UNO” Orange and White Fringe Piñata
– Succulents, fresh flowers and cacti in El Pato cans
– Jarritos, Sangria & Coronitas Drink Station
– Fiesta Coloring Book + Crayon Party Favors

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