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HWTM Giveaway: $100 to our Shop + $100 Visa Gift Card

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Winner update: 3/1/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #146 ELISABETH! Congrats!


Just this week we hit the exciting 500 sales benchmark for our HWTM Printables Shop! We started the party with a 5 hour flash sale, but today we have the real surprise… a $200 VALUE GIVEAWAY! One lucky winner will receive $100 towards anything in our shop + a $100 Visa Gift Card for printing (or any other party supplies you may need)!

The great thing about printables is you can print them at home anytime (even the day of the party if need be!), but if you don’t want to deal with printing yourself… or would like extra $ for premium paper or ink, then you’ll be happy to hear that this giveaway comes with money for printing too! :) Suggested printing locations listed below. (more…)

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

st. patrick's day party

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

Girly pink movie party

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

Alice in Wonderland Dessert Table

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

Wonderland "Eat Me" Cookies

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Magical Peter Pan Party {4th Birthday}

Peter Pan Neverland Cake

“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

Peter Pan Party Costumes

Captain Hook Inspired Centerpiece

Neverland Map Message in a Bottle

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Clever & Bright Construction Birthday Bash

construction dessert table

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

paper airplane party ideas

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


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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{Pink, Purple & Gold} It’s A Small World Birthday Party!

pink and purple and gold first birthday party

Get your singing voices ready for the cutest It’s A Small World Birthday Party I’ve ever seen! For Eva’s first birthday, mom & photographer Kristine teamed up with Linsey of Lux Events and Design using pink fringe, gold doilies & pops of purple for a dreamy birthday party filled with the magic of Disney! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY gold embellished pink & green fringed party hats
– Hand painted castle backdrop, pink boxes, a purple cake & a giant gold “E” for Eva!
– Birthday girl gold dress and matching sandals!
– Multicultural dolls + pink geometric cupcake toppers

it's a small world after all cupcakes

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Creative Rockstar Birthday Party Ideas

microphone cake pops

Are you ready to ROCK? Mom, Vanessa of Vanessa Grant Events pulled together a great show for her son Wylands’ 3rd birthday! A record decorated dessert table, Rockstar Stage and more Creative Rockstar Birthday Party Ideas are sure to make you feel the music. (View more rockstar ideas here and here!) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold stars, black stripes and mint green color palette
– Rockin’ guitar + microphone cake pops (displayed in a crafted drum!)
– Creative DIY Rockstar Stage for “rock out sessions”
– Music note, guitar & star cupcake toppers!

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The Brand New HWTM + Party Pros & Party Shops!

Hostess with the Mostess - New Website & Logo

Hello, Friends!

You may have noticed that, as of a few days ago, HWTM has undergone a little makeover. (Yay!) And actually, it’s not really a little makeover… it’s a BIG one. Most of the major changes aren’t aesthetic, however – they’re functional – and part of a larger effort to improve as a resource – specifically to make it easier for anyone searching the site to find the inspiration and vendors that they need.


I’ve often been told that I’m too emotionally vested in my work, but as part of a husband/wife team that runs a small business, it’s pretty much impossible not to be that way, and an emotional connection with our community is honestly a big part of what keeps us moving forward. The goals that Sonny and I set out with in founding HWTM almost 7 years ago (yikes!) still ring true today though: be inspirational, provide heaping amounts of creative eye candy, and – most importantly – serve as an incredibly helpful resource to anyone looking to host a celebration, no matter how big or small.

These site updates are the result of a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. I know that not everything is perfect yet, but we’re working like heck to get them there. (Shocking as it may be, life is not always confetti and blow horns over here! I’m sure most small business owners can relate.) It would take a mile long post to go into all the details of the journey we’ve been on so far… many of the experiences have been enlightening, many downright painful, some have been triumphant, and others are what keep us hopeful… but those are conversations best saved for another day (and a cocktail or 3). I’d like to thank you for letting us play a role in some of your milestone moments… we are incredibly grateful for your support across the years. :)



Below you’ll find a quick overview of what’s new, split into 4 points. I’ll keep the descriptions short & sweet within this post, but am happy to elaborate on things or answer any of your questions in the comments section!

1) Brand New Logo + Streamlined Navigation & Home Page

I tried with our old home page… really I did… but realized after launching it that one of the things I had tried was to cram too much info into one spot, resulting in overwhelming the eye instead of guiding it. This new version of the home page (see screenshot above) has simpler enavigation, less of a “Grand Central Station feel” and more white space. Aaaaah. ;) And as for the new logo… all I can say is that it finally feels more “us”.


Hostess with the Mostess - Site Search

2) Improved Site Search

There are few things in life that have frustrated me as much as figuring out how to improve our search results. It’s one of those programming things that sounds a lot easier than it actually is… one solution always seems to throw off the other… and trust me, we’ve tried a ton of solutions. It’s not totally perfect yet, but it’s so much better. And better is always a good thing in my book.

The search boxes for both the blog and the main site now sit up in the main navigation bar, where they are easier to find, and you can toggle your search results on the main site between Party Inspiration and Community Members. You can also refine your results with our fancy new search customization tool. :) (more…)

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Colorful Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Themed Birthday Party

lorax party dessert table

Bright, colorful and with an adorable DIY cake, Rebecca of Petite Party Studio knows just how to throw a fantastic party for her birthday boy, Blake! She crafted a Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax Themed Birthday Party with colorful printables, fresh “grass” and the most clever sweets that everyone needs! (P.S. Find more creative Lorax Inspired Parties here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Barbaloot Bear donuts and Lorax chocolate staches
– “Thneedville Thweets” Dessert Table
– DIY Backdrop of truffula trees (feather boas on wooden dowels) + puffy felt clouds
– Seuss Juice, Humming Fish and Truffula Seeds (skittles!)

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{Party of 5} Owls and O’s, Vintage Comedy, Dr. Seuss First Birthday, Dog Dessert Table & Cinderella

owl first birthday

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:

– Owls and O’s First Birthday Party
– Vintage Comedy
– Dr. Seuss Themed First Birthday
– Dog Dessert Table
– White Pumpkin Cinderella Party

1. Owls and O’s 1st Birthday party (pictured above) by Juliet Events

2. The Vintage Comedy Collection by Mary Had A Little Party

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Charming Bird Inspired Bridal Shower

pink birdcage cake

Love is in the air! Katherine threw her friend Leslie this Bird Inspired Bridal Shower! With a cake “fit for a princess”, cute wishing cork board, creative welcome “sign” + more charming details, I think all the early planning was well worth the effort! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink roses & hydrangea floral arrangements in milk glass vases
– Mini bird nests with blue spotted egg napkin rings
– A stunning pink birdcage cake!
– Monogram mug favors + matching custom cookies

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Love, HWTM


Thanks so much for the love everyone. I just wanted to take time out to say how much I <3 and appreciate you guys! Happy Valentine’s Day from the entire HWTM team! :)

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Pink & Red “Hello Love” Valentine Party

hello love valentine party

What do you get when you mix thought bubbles, pink + red and a touch of sparkle? A “Hello Love” Valentine Party by Tania of Totful Memories! Her pint sized party guests whispered with their talk bubble toppers, filled their tummies with heart shaped brownies and sipped milk from adorable heart spotted straws!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– XOXO cupcake toppers and red glitter heart marshmallow toppers
– Red “Be Mine” bunting with pink ribbon, red glittered clothespins and heart charms
– Ombre Pink Cake with “Love” bunting and red heart candies

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Holiday Round Up: Valentine’s Day Ideas

hwtm valentine's day round up

Looks like another holiday is right around the corner! Whether you’re scouting treats for your honey, activities for your kids, crafting with your girls or lovin’ for yourself, we’ve rounded up our favorites this Valentine’s Day!

We’ve seriously had so much fun sharing sweet ways to celebrate plus discovering creative inspiration on Pinterest! We hope you spread the love with some of these fun crafts and treats! :) (more…)

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A Magical Harry Potter Birthday Party

hogwarts express muggles welcome

Muggles Welcome! Charynn of Two Sugar Babies threw a SURPRISE Harry Potter Birthday Party for her husband’s 31st Birthday! All aboard the Hogwarts Express for a brilliant party with printables from Anders Ruff , A Honeydukes inspired candy bar and tons of magic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Acid Pops, Mini Cauldron Brownies & Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans
– “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good.” Wall Decal
– Hogwarts 9 3/4 platform with packages, lanterns and owls
– The Quidditch Cup, wands + Harry’s glasses
– Poly Juice Potion, Gillyweed, Floo Powder & more!

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“Love is OWL you need” Valentine’s Day Breakfast Party

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“Love is OWL you need” for this bright Valentine’s Day Breakfast Party by A to Zebra Celebrations! With just $100, Nancy whipped up an easy and budget friendly breakfast bar to celebrate with the kids before school… in cute pajamas of course!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute owl cake pops, marshmallow heart kabobs & yogurt parfaits
– “Owl you can eat pancakes” with strawberry, blueberry, syrup & whipped cream toppings
– DIY centerpiece from a Morton Salt container + lollipops and glittery hearts

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Whimsical Gumnut Baby Party {Twins Birthday}

sweet twins birthday cake

One night during story time with Snugglepot and Cuddlepie (a book about two gumnut babies in the Australian Bush), Lilian of Lily Chic Events new exactly what theme her twins, Aurelia & Indiana, would have for their 3rd birthday party! She enlisted her favorite vendors, including Louisa from The Little Big Company to help put together her Whimsical Gumnut Baby Party with a charming dessert table, adorable outfits for the girls and gorgeous, rustic details!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Acorn Macarons, Balloon sugar cookies & Lamington Rocky Road
– Birthday girls in matching tutus and floral headband wreaths
– Rustic dessert table with tree stump platters, berries in baskets & tea stained lace linens


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Vintage Shirley Temple Sippin’ Soiree

vintage shirley temple birthday party

If you loved Heidi, A Little Princess, Curly Top and any other Shirley Temple classics then you’re going to LOVE this Vintage Shirely Temple Sippin’ Soiree! Evelyn’s curls, polka dots & her grandmother’s love for the American Icon inspired this 2nd birthday party. Mom, Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations, always picks the cutest pop culture themes (Project Runway, Jimmy Buffet & Saved By the Bell to name a few!) and dreams up so many adorable details! (P.S. If you want your day uplifted even further, just read what Nicole said about a special letter from Shirley herself! You won’t be able to help but smile!)

“I sent one of the photos of my daughter to Shirley Temple-Black with a short note of thanks for all the decades of entertainment and for truly being a role-model for so many generations, and to my surprise, I received a reply!!  A signed photo along with a sweet note hand-written by her assistant made my day!  It’s not everyday you get a letter in the mail from a Ms. Shirley Temple-Black!”

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Animal Crackers in my Soup” (frosted animal crackers)
– Pink depression glass plates with sweet treats like meringues + homemade whoopie pies
– “Evelyn’s Sweet Shop” with candy, pink vintage diner hats & bow tie boxes
– Vintage paper dolls, “fishing” in a big red boat & an adorable “Baby Take A Bow” dress up station!
– Berry basket lunches & mini wood utensils wrapped in doilies

Shirley temple cake

shirley temple fountain station

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Cake Pop & Cupcake Towers

cupcake tower giveaway

Winner update: 2/26/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #108 EDIE! Congrats!


Bring the stars of your dessert table to new heights with customizable cupcake, cake pop, and push pop towers! The Cupcake Tower makes fantastic displays that often find a special place in my own dessert tables… for example: Rylie’s Snow Bunny Birthday, Wonderlandia, Goodnight Moon, and our recent Bundle of Bots Baby Shower for PBK. In other words, I’ve reused mine more than a few times. ;)

Before I explain why I love these towers so much though, I should let you know that The Cupcake Tower is sending 1 lucky winner from HWTM on a $200 SHOPPING SPREE to choose anything in their inventory: cupcake towers, cake pop towers, NEW push pop towers, ribbon packs, etc… anything your sweet tooth desires!


– Super easy to put together, pack up and store + easily wipes clean after use
– Flexible sizes – use just one level at a time or stack them all
– REVERSIBLE cake pop tiers: one side is drilled with holes for cake pop sticks, the other is smooth for cupcakes!
– Reusable snug fit ribbons to match your party palette (See all the colors here.) – or you can dress up the edges with your own favorite trims. I even used diamond ribbon for our Wonderlandia party! (pictured below)

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Printable “LOVE” Banner {+ How to String the Banner}

printable love banner from hwtm

I’m feeling so in love with sweet banners for photo booth props, engagement shoots, or any unscripted occasion to tell someone you love them! So to make this Valentine’s Day extra special we have a DIY Printable “LOVE” Banner, perfect for whatever you plan to use it for. ;) (Find the banner in our shop here + keep reading for the simple DIY steps to string it.) (more…)

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Menu Monday: Confetti Macaron Recipe

confetti macarons reciep

Cue the confetti! Today we have a party perfect sweet treat that will seriously make you SMILE! Tessa Lindow Huff (the amazing cake designer) shares her Confetti Macaron Recipe! If you want to impress your guests, skip the standard vanilla, go “funfetti”, and try out this playful dessert for your next party menu!


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{Stop, Drop & Roll!} Creative Kids Fireman Party

fireman party desserts

Stop, drop & roll! Lauren Haddox Designs created printables, and mommy Julia did the rest for her son Ryland’s Fireman Party! From the creative fireman themed sweets to the “fire safety” favors this birthday party in the park turned up the heat!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fire Truck Wheels (Oreos), Fireman Hoses (Twizzlers) & Marshmallow Flames
– Adorable fire truck cupcake toppers!
– DIY “burning buildings” from painting coke bottles with red + orange tissue paper
– Fire extinguisher water bottles, fireman’s feast & fire safety favors!

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{Katy Perry Inspired} Teenage Dream Sweet Sixteen

rainbow cupcakes

Melissa of The Sweet Society is just about to rock your world with her {Katy Perry Inspired} Teenage Dream Sweet Sixteen! A bold dessert table for birthday girl Teagan is decked out with candy, clouds and rainbows (just like the California Girls music video)! For more inspired rainbow party ideas go here and here

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful candy bar with jelly beans, sour strips & rainbow swirl lollipops!
– Cupcakes with fondant purple heart toppers + rainbow glitter cake pops
– Drink station with pink striped straws and glass bottles tied with satin ribbons
– Funky, amazing & colorful birthday cake by Kiss my Cakes
– “Sweet Shoppe” candy favor boxes

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{Party of 5} Chanel Party, Mustache Valentine, Pink Beer 21st Birthday, Bombshell Bridal Shower & Girl Scout

chanel themed party

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:

– Chanel Themed Party
– Mustache Valentine’s Day
– 21 Bottles of {Pink} Beer on the Wall
– Purple Bombshell Bridal Shower
– Girl Scout Dessert Table

1. Chanel Themed Party (pictured above) by Oh Honey Events & Invitations

2. Mr and Miss Mustache Valentine’s Day by Anders Ruff

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Cute Valentine Spa & Sleepover Party

valentine spa & sleepover party

Divian Conner teamed up with S is For Sweet to create a Cute Valentine Spa & Sleepover Party! Makeup, face masks, nail painting and pink, red & sprinkled treats make this a sweet Valentine’s Day that the girls will love! For more kids Valentine party ideas go here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Personal makeup kits, with nail polish, mirrors & cute duckies!
– Diva Sweet Tarts, chocolate covered fortune cookies & pink sprinkle heart sugar cookies
– Ribbon wrapped hoagies, berry desserts and Crush soda

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FREE PRINTABLES: “Perfect Pairings” Valentine Cards

free valentine's day printables from hwtm

If you’re on the hunt for Free Valentine Printables, look no further! We wanted to show a little love to our loyal readers with a valentine download that could work for kids and adults alike… because grown up “kids” and co-workers are worthy of a sweet gesture too, right?! ;) Something tells me these pairings are perfect for class parties and morning surprises. And if you’re looking for Valentine Cards personalized with your name, we can help with that too – check out our Cute Critters & Love Parade Cards!

CLICK HERE to download all 4 designs. The classic peanut butter and jelly, donuts and coffee, milk and cookies and of course pie with whipped cream all have cute smiley faces and a touch of chevron. Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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