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Vintage Railroad Train Birthday Party

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All aboard! Party PRO Member, Kelly of kellyallison photography designed the invitations, gathered up amazing vendors and photographed her son’s a Vintage Railroad Train Birthday Party! I’m loving the muslin juice box bags, “3” piñata and and those adorable choo choo train sandwiches!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Railroad crossing cupcakes displayed in vintage suitcases and red train cookies
  • “Station Masters Office” colored on a cardboard box
  • Toy trains, blue tripe hats + red bandanas & railroad “loot” favor bags
  • “Veggie Train”, hot dogs + pickles and chips in paper cones

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Gorgeous Wizard of Oz Party Inspiration

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Take a seat at the Emerald City or the Dorothy inspired tablescapes by Nicole Hirsty of Cobalt Events for some seriously striking Wizard of Oz Party Inspiration! From the ruby red slipper chandeliers to the sparkling rhinestone “O” invitations, these arrangements are getting me excited for the new movie, Oz the Great and the Powerful, in theaters tomorrow!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Kids table name cards + ruby red slipper cookies & yellow brick road centerpiece
– Emerald City tablescape with green chair backs, gold rim glasses and bright yellow florals
– Red wine glasses with a “Take One My Pretty” sign
– Dorothy inspired blue gingham decorated invitation and kids menu

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Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

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Welcome to Wonderland where jumbo cards fall from the sky, the cheshire cat is always smiling and everyone wishes you a very merry un-birthday! Patty Liu co-hosted this Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party full of DIY ideas and cute food inspired by the magic of Wonderland!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Card Soldier Rice Krispie Treats and Cheshire Cat Tales
  • Jumbo Card Invitations, “Take Me” candy favors & a manzanita branch with hanging keys
  • Homemade queen of hearts inspired tutu and matching card headband
  • “Drink Me” tags and sweet treat crafted “tea cups” from candy and ice cream cones

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Bright and Modern Rainbow Party

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Tye dye, rainbow cakes, and spin art are just a few the colorful fun things you’ll find in this Bright and Modern Rainbow Party for adorable 2-year-old Dylan! From printables by Chickabug to rainbow outfits and color assorted chips bags, mommy Bethany pulled together a memorable birthday party with amazing ideas for any color loving little one! For more rainbow inspired parties go here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Spin art, T-shirt tye dying, coloring and rainbow noodle necklace making activities!
  • Rainbow cakes in jars, a rainbow of assorted chips, dipped oreos & fruit skewers
  • Colorful balloons and rainbow cups with stripe straws
  • Candy in Jars and Birthday Cake Play Dough Favors

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Colorful DIY Sesame Street Birthday Party

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Amber of Amber V Photgraphy hand made this entire Colorful Sesame Street Birthday Party for her son Eli! She crafted an amazing party (with a little help from mom!), from the cute character cupcakes and “Hoopers Store” to the outdoor games, dessert table backdrop and tons more! (For more Sesame Street Party Ideas go here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Ernie’s Bubble Bath, Oscar’s Garbage Toss and Zoe’s Dance Floor
  • Grovers “Juice Up” Station: blue juice with capes, red stripe straws & “Super Juice” labels
  • Oscar, Elmo & Cookie Monster Favors
  • Abby Cadabby’s Magic Wands, Big Birds Egg Casserole + Elmo’s Goldfish
  • Sesame Street Sign, Oscars Trash Can & Carboard painted Elmo for a themed photo booth!

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Airplane Inspired Vintage Transportation Party

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s… Enzo’s 2nd birthday party! Keren of Keren Precel Events threw her son a Airplane Inspired Vintage Transportation Party for his second birthday! Using wood, metal and vintage style printables + a ruffle cake (with an adorable silhouette topper!) this party is sky high with cute ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chocolate Airplane Cake Pops, Plane Sugar Cookies & Cloudy Marshmallows
  • Custom dessert table backdrop with clouds, hot air balloons and a giant airplane!
  • Cream Puffs, Meringue Kisses and Yummy Cupcakes
  • Plane kit and chocolate bar favors!

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“Daddy’s Little Princess” Pink First Birthday Party

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If you’re like me, and never get tired of PINK, then get excited for this “Daddy’s Little Princess” Pink First Birthday PartyJustine of Pretty Little Vintage Melbourne celebrated her daughter’s birthday while on vacation (overseas!), and not only did she pull it off, but she styled an incredible princess-worthy party! (For more pink party ideas go here!) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink tutu chair backs doubling as party favors
  • Pink ombre ruffle birthday cake topped with a pink fondant crown!
  • Adorable Pink Magic Wand Cookies!
  • Pink princess crown sugar cookies, pink macarons & pink meringue tarts

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St. Patrick’s Day Lime Cupcakes Recipe

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Melissa Johnson here from Best Friends For Frosting, a website about all things dessert. Since Saint Patrick’s Day is just a rainbow away, I made these green Lime Cupcakes to kick off the festivities!

With a shimmery yellow gumball on top, these cupcakes are sure to make you feel like a leprechaun with pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!

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Lime Cupcakes Recipe

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1-3/4 cups cake flour, not self-rising
  • 1-1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners; set aside. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine flours, sugar, baking powder, and salt; mix on low speed until combined. Add butter, mixing until just coated with flour.

2. In a large glass measuring cup, whisk together eggs, milk, and vanilla. With mixer on medium speed, add wet ingredients in 3 parts, scraping down the sides of the bowl before each addition. Beat until ingredients are incorporated, but do not overbeat.

3. Divide batter evenly among liners, filling about 2/3 full. Bake, rotating pan halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 17 to 20 minutes.

4. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Repeat process with remaining batter.

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Lime Frosting Recipe

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter at room temperature
  • Juice from 2 fresh limes
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 pounds powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Mix butter until light and fluffy for approximately 2 minutes on medium speed.

2. Squeeze fresh juice from 2 limes and add it to the butter. Then, add the vanilla extract.

3. Gradually add in your powdered sugar.

4. Once incorporated, mix on medium speed until your frosting is light and fluffy.

TIP: The lime frosting only adds a medium hint of lime. I used the juice from 2 limes for flavoring. If you would like additional flavoring, continue to add more lime juice and taste as you go.

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DECORATING TIPS:
Add frosting to a piping bag with Ateco piping tip #846. In a circular motion, gently swirl a generous amount of frosting on top. Add a shimmery yellow gumball on top of each cupcake, and sprinkle a small amount of emerald green sugar sprinkles on top.

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Radical & NEON Roller Skate Party

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Are you ready to see one of the coolest 11th birthday parties ever!? Abigail Barnes of Paper and Cake created this Radical & NEON Roller Skate Party for her daughter Autumn! This is Abigail’s first time “on location” for one of her kids parties, and she did an amazing job working with the space! See how she uses neon confetti, healthy snacks (of course sweet treats too!) and printable decoration to transform the picnic style tables at the rink!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Roller skate party printable bunting and silhouettes on giant neon clothespins!
  • Neon sprinkle brownie pops, roller skate shaped Rice Krispie treats and pushcakes
  • “Thanks for rollin’ with me” neon shoelace party favors
  • Yogurt parfaits in washi tape decorated containers, fruit skewers & muffins

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Peaceful & Pink Mother Daughter Yoga Party

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“Keep Calm and Do Yoga” is the mantra of this Peaceful & Pink Mother Daughter Yoga Party by Kerri of BigKlittlek Designs! Healthy snacks, chevron decorations, yoga instruction and a quality mother-daughter time sounds like a perfect afternoon with the girls!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Healthy snacks: spinach dip with veggies and cucumber hummus “cupcakes”
– White favor bags with pink tissue paper, decorated with pipe cleaner yoga moves!
– Pink Yoga Pose Cookies, White Peach Tea & fruit and cheese snacks
– “Calm”, “relax”, “wellness” party flags + polka dot straws and washi tape wrapped bottles

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{Party of 5} Favorite Things, Pink St. Patrick’s Day, School Bus Party, Baby Shower & Pink Zebra 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:

– Silhouette Favorite Things Party
– {Pink Kissed} St. Patrick’s Day Party
– School Bus Birthday Party
– Rustic Chic Baby Shower
– Pink Zebra 30th Birthday

1. Silhouette Favorite Things Party (pictured above) by jennycollier

2.  St. Patrick’s Day – with a touch of PINK by Party On! Designs

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Modern Little Blue Truck First Birthday Party

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Julia of Festa com Gosto kept to minimalist styling for this Modern Little Blue Truck First Birthday Party, the whole space looks fresh and calm, but still exciting enough for a party! Of course that backdrop caught my eye… and the cake, all the red balloons and that adorable blue toy truck… and basically I just love it all! (Click here for more fun first birthday party ideas!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pastel blue streamer backdrop embellished with circle strands and canvas letters
  • Red balloons and hanging photo decorations
  • Red frosted chocolate cupcakes topped with an “A” blue stripe fondant flag
  • Blue cake pops on red polka dot straws, brigadeiro cremosos & blue macarons

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“Slam Dunk” Indiana Basketball Party

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One of our PRO members, Jamee Bryant of Setting the Mood, was in the zone with her “Slam Dunk” Indiana Basketball Party to celebrate their amazing basketball season this year (they are currently #1!). Let’s go court side and check out all the creative ideas that Jamee used in her spirited food table!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Basketball court food table with a basketball bowl full of ice cream with mini megaphone toppers!
– “Jump Shot O’Beer” paired with tiny “Free Throw” Tacos
– Pantry organizer stadium seating: mini chairs holding basketball peanut butter cups + IU petite fours
– Cola bottles with red stripe straws and mini coach whistles!
– Mini hotdogs, mini caprisi skewers, mac-n-cheese cups, cheeseburger sliders & fries

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Beachy Blue Starfish Inspired Wedding

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Khalilah of A Boxed Event styled this Beachy Blue Starfish Inspired Wedding for Ben and Taylor Bayless. Pairing fresh florals, fun elements (like a starfish decorated corn hole game) and a teal and bright blue color palette made this North Carolina wedding feel almost beachy! But this best thing about this celebration is the couple- they look beautifully in love and absolutely stunning!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Stunning Cupcake Tower (topped with cute black & white bow embellished starfish!)
  • Hydrangea centerpieces paired with candles and teal lanterns
  • White crackled “Love is Sweet” Candy Bar sign + starfish stamped boxes

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Fabulous Chanel & Sex and the City Dessert Table

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If you’re a glitz and glam kind of gal, then Melissa’s 30th birthday party is going to have you daydreaming for classy martinis, sweet pearls and romantic perfume bottles! Her Fabulous Chanel & Sex and the City Dessert Table by Kiss Me Kate has all of the delicacies of sweet luxury… pink cupcakes, ruffled fondant flower toppers, jewelry boxes and the famous new york skyline!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pearl filled martini glasses with chocolate “olive” cake pops
  • Black and pink skyline cake with a sparkly silver high heel topper
  • Sex and the City inspired party sign and Coco Chanel quotes
  • Chanel & martini cookies + skyline cupcakes

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Sporty “Home Run” Baseball Baby Shower

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Jasmine of The Couture Cakery hit it out of the park with her all-American styling & gorgeous baked goods for a Sporty “Home Run” Baseball Baby Shower to welcome Cindy’s “little slugger” into the world! For more creative baseball party ideas go here and here

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Clothespin garland with a baseball “uniform” onesie, hat and socks
  • Beautiful blue ruffled cake with mini “Baby” bunting
  • Chalkboard backdrop with decorative baseball board with tissue paper balls & rosettes
  • Peanuts, Baby Ruth, Cracker Jacks and baseball, bat & red star cookies
  • Baseball Game “Ticket” Invitations + Free Baseball Baby Shower Printables!

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The Look for Less: “Sprinkles” Cupcake Decorating Bar

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing my “Sprinkles” Cupcake Decorating Bar! Today’s guest post is all about setting up a fun and creative party activity where your guests will decorate their own cupcakes and provide a decor WOW FACTOR to your party! Be sure to scroll down to read my 6 “Budget Chic” tips to pull off this table for less!

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Superhero + Pony Theme Birthday Party

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Giddy up folks! Cole’s graduated from trains and moved on to Superheros and Ponies! Mom Jaime Geffen of YourBASH! threw an amazing Superhero + Pony Theme Birthday Party, incorporating BOTH of his new loves! Using horseshoes paired with bold Superman inspired designs, cowboy details and superhero sound effects (plus her signature red, yellow & blue color palette), she somehow made these two themes looks cohesive and dare I say… natural, like they are supposed to be together! (P.S. Check out Cole’s 2nd Train Birthday Party here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Red Couches, Giant”3″ Balloon Sculpture and Red Felt Barn!
  • Decorate a Barn + a Superhero Mask, Pony Rides & Stick Horse Races
  • “Krash”, “Wham”, “Boooom” and “Ka-Pow” superhero sound effect favor bags
  • White Tables with red gingham table cloths and cowboy hat centerpieces with red, yellow & blue balloons!
  • Yeehaww! Cake Pops and Ride Em’ Pretzel Sticks

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Party with Paper: Basic Kids Party Place Setting

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After last week’s quick tutorial on How to Cut Out A Party Circle {+ 3 Ways to Use It}, we had such positive feedback and were reminded of the genuine effectiveness of party “printables”, as the industry has dubbed them. They can make your table feel so full and finished… even with a foundation as simple as paper plates & napkins!

This inspired us to start a new column: Party with Paper. Just like it sounds… this column will share different ways that decorating with paper can add a whole new level of wow to your parties! For our first lesson, we’re showing how to dress up a basic kids party place setting (and using our Nautical Boy Birthday printables in the example).

BASIC KIDS PLACE SETTING

– Use an 8.5×11 printed sheet of pattern paper as a placemat.
– Embellish napkin with a printable “bottle/napkin wraps”, and layer it on top of the plate.
– Create oversized confetti with scattered party circles.
– Use tent cards (often used as food labels) as place cards.
– Wrap yarn around the lip of a mason jar, then add a red stripe straw and a party flag!

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Darling “Princess and the Frog” Birthday Party

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Dreams do come true in the Bayou! Anne-Marie of El’uccellino Designs crafted a playful, darling “Princess and the Frog” Birthday Party for her daughter’s 2nd birthday. Rich purples, earthy greens, stars, frogs, lily pads and more inspiration from the newest Disney princess movie are a delightful spin to a kids princess birthday party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Evangeline’s Sugar Dusted Grapes (creatively displayed on a spice rack!)
  • Log style birthday cake with a lily pad, purple flower and a frog
  • “Bee’s Knees” Sugar Cookies & Prince Naveen’s “Stick in the Mud” Dirt Pies
  • Tarot Card Reading, “Give Tiana her Frog” Activity & Dr. Facilier’s “Transformation Central”
  • DIY Paper Flower and Star Shaped Birthday Banner

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Chic Pajamas & Pearls Oscars Party

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Are you tuning in to watch the Oscars tomorrow? If you haven’t planned a party yet, this chic idea from SaucyPants has me smitten! They designed a Pajamas & Pearls Oscars Party with Victorias Secret style romance and glam for Lauren Conrad! What could be more fun than wearing your PJs, finest jewelry and an Oscar-worthy hairdo while filling out free printable ballots and watching the awards with some of your favorite ladies?

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Popcorn Bar with rosemary salt, all natural caramel sauce + more assorted toppings!
– Healthier macarons + coconut cake, and an organic anti-inflammatory flourless dark chocolate cake
Cute swag bags and boxes + printable tags and black leaves
Printable Oscar Score Card, DIY Popcorn Bags & Vintage Gold Leaf Rimmed Glasses

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How to Cut Out A Party Circle {+ 3 Ways to Use It}

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Since we opened our Party Printable Shop, we’ve received a ton of questions about printing, placing and putting together all of the party elements… so we’re going to show you how to use all of them! First up, the most versatile item in our collections- the Party Circle! We’re going to use circles from our Pink Nautical Birthday Collection because that’s what we had lying around this week ;)

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{Party of 5} St. Patrick’s Day, Oscar Party, Tea Party First Birthday, Silver & Pink Baby Shower & Enchanted Forest

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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:

– St. Patricks Day Party
– Oscar Party
– Tea Party First Birthday
– Silver & Pink Baby Shower
– Enchanted Forest Dessert Table

1. St. Patrick’s Day Party (pictured above) by Double The Fun Parties

2.  Oscar Party by ezontho

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Vintage Dinosaur Fossil Hunter Party

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Get ready to explore to this Vintage Dinosaur Fossil Hunter Party by (the queen of vintage party style) Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio. Her son Zach loves watching fossil documentaries (about real dinosaurs!), so it was pretty obvious that for his 3rd birthday she would dig up a creative dinosaur fossil dessert table, excavation site and an adorable fossil hunter birthday boy outfit!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cretaceous Cake Pops, “Dino Dig” Chocolate Cake and Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs
  • Dino Dig with excavation tools: magnifying glasses, brushes and shovels
  • “Rawr” stamped bamboo utensils + T-Rex skull stamped napkins
  • Fossil Hunter Activity Sheet & Dino Adoption Center

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Classic Movie Party with a Pop of Pink

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Lights, Camera… Action! Leanne of Sweet Style flawlessly directed a kid classic for her daughter, Sienna’s, 8th birthday: a Classic Movie Party in cinema-inspired red & white + a fun POP of pink! With a trip to her local theater, tasty movie snacks and an adorable birthday starlette, this is one the critics will rave about!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Admit One” Ticket Birthday Invitation Passes
  • Movie snack cart with vintage popcorn boxes + old fashioned soda tray
  • Classic & Pink movie reel birthday cake
  • “Now Showing” Movie Poster starring the Birthday Girl!

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Enchanting Wonderland 30th Un-Birthday Party

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Follow the rabbit and fall into this magical Midnight Wonderland 30th Un-Birthday by Charlene of Chakoda Design! This is one of my favorite themes, and I LOVE seeing it used for adults! The giant props, creative backdrops and wild colors make this Wonderland Birthday Party absolutely enchanting! (Find more Wonderland inspired adult parties ideas here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • HUGE, Bright & colorful toadstool mushrooms decor
  • Fun and quirky Wonderland inspired photobooth props + hand-painted backdrop
  • Red “Eat Me”, stopwatch & playing card cookies
  • Amazing Costumes: Tweedle Dee, Alice, Mad Hatter & Cheshire Cat

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Magical Peter Pan Party {4th Birthday}

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“All it took was faith and trust and a little pixie dust” for Kenna O’Brien of Miss Party Mom to dream up this AMAZING Peter Pan Party for her son’s 4th birthday! Visit the lost boys pub, Skull Rock, the Nursery inspired dessert table and all the magic of Never Neverland right in her backyard! For more Peter Pan inspired party ideas go here and here

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Nana next to a bed with a quilt of cupcakes!
  • Pixie dust, Tinker bell wing cookies & adorable crafted Tinker bell favor bags
  • Never Neverland Maps and DIY Teepees
  • Lost Boys Trail Mix, Hook’s Pirate Booty & Sword Shaped Sugar Cookies
  • “Peter Pan Hat” Napkin and Captain Hook Ship Centerpiece

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Clever & Bright Construction Birthday Bash

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Hold onto your hard hats, folks, because Stanton’s 3rd birthday is under constructionAmy built her little “foreman” the perfect foundation for an amazing Construction Birthday Bash with all the {delicious} tools a builder needs! With Rice Krispie Treat “paint brushes”, “hard hat chocolates” and a “dump truck” slide, this job-site is set up for some seriously hard work! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Toolbox Cupcake Stand + “Wrecking Ball” Oranges
  • Caution Tape Wreaths + Construction Zone Party Signs
  • {Cardboard} House Painting Activity
  • Hard Hat & Construction Vest Party Favors

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Vintage Inspired Paper Airplane Party

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Now this is a party that will have the kids AND adults soaring over! ;) With a throwback look, Cristina of Le Partie Sugar designed a Vintage Inspire Paper Airplane Party for her son, Hudson’s 2nd birthday! Red, navy & sky blue paper planes, classic airmail stripes + stars and kid-like sketches brought this theme sky high!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Star shaped sandwiches, bagels & more “In-Flight Bites”
  • Hudson’s Hangar (adult!) drink station with bloody mary’s and mimosas
  • Baggage Claim Favor Station with adorable vintage red suitcases
  • Test Flight Zone & Paper Airplane Station

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Trend Alert: Doodle Cakes & Cake Bars

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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!  Today’s guest post is all about Doodle Cakes! A doodle cake is a regular cake covered in white fondant icing that can be decorated with edible markers.

Rosie from Sweetapolita created this gorgeous rainbow cake for her daughter’s birthday and then let the birthday girl decorate her own cake! How cute and creative is that!

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