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

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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

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Creative Rockstar Birthday Party Ideas

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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!

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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.

ON A MORE PERSONAL NOTE…

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. :)

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WHAT’S NEW & EXCITING – AN OVERVIEW

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”.

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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

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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

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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:

– 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

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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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Pink & Red “Hello Love” Valentine Party

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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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A Magical Harry Potter Birthday Party

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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}

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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

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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

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Cake Pop & Cupcake Towers

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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!

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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!

MORE REASONS WHY I LOVE THESE TOWERS

– 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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Menu Monday: Confetti Macaron Recipe

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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

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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

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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

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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:

– 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

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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

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If you’re on the hunt for cute and FREE Valentine’s Day 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. 

 

hwtm free printables for valentine's day

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. (Backside printing optional.)

Enjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Sparkly Pink Star Party {Backyard Birthday}

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I’m seeing stars for this gingham covered Sparkly Pink Star Party {Backyard Birthday} by Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online! For her daughter, Audrey’s 11th birthday, she took inspiration from her girly and glam personality and celebrated with a spa treatment, super star photo booth and more 5-star party ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Shooting Stars, “Star”berry cakes, cloud donuts, star bars, star shaped marshmallows & “Milky Way” milk jars!
– Outdoor Movie with Star Grazing Snacks (chips, popcorn, packaged candy & gum ball tubes)
– Strands of twinkle “stars” over the silver and pink decorated dinner table
– Seeing Stars Activity: the girls decorated telescopes with washi tape and pink jewels

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Creative Tool Time Party {4th Birthday}

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Let’s “dig in” to this Creative Tool Time Party that Amanda of Dixie Delights built for her son’s 4th birthday! Whit was the man of the hour in his hammer shirt and yellow construction hat, building his own toolbox and hammering away at those adorable sugar cookies! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Water bottles with chevron “crew coolers” label
– Red chevron dessert table with a task force tool box, cupcakes in a dump truck & hammer cookies
– Creative DIY Red Oreo Sparkler “Cake”
– Construction stations: Lincoln Logs, tool themed coloring book & mega blocks!

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Girly Sock Monkey Themed Birthday Party

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Tracie sent over pictures from her daughter’s Girly Sock Monkey Birthday Party! I love the bright pink and pops of yellow, creative monkey “cup”cake & especially those adorable monkey cake pops! For more sock monkey party ideas go here and here

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chevron and polka dot patterns in pink and red
– Sock Monkey Party Hats + Photo booth props!
– Red stripe & pink polka dot 9th birthday cake
– Mini banana candy, yellow swirl lollipops & monkey juice

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Sweet & Simple “Be My Valentine” Party

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Hugs, kisses and hearts… oh my! This “Be My Valentine” Party has tons of sweet & simple ideas for a love-filled party for the kids! Alicia & Betsey of Happy Wish Company loaded up on red, pink & white candy, decorations and more adorable love-themed party ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Heart & arrow sugar cookies and heart-shaped lollipop rings
  • Valentine gift wrap ideas using heart balloons, cupcake liners, buttons, twine & glittered clothespins!
  • Sweet strawberry and juice packed snacks
  • Heart decorated party hats, a giant balloon & ribbon flag cupcake toppers

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Whimsical Winter Wonderland Party

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Patricia’s (of Patty K Photography) son Ryan wanted a “snow party” for his 7th birthday, so she dreamed up a Whimsical Winter Wonderland Party with snowy, frosty details! She brought the outdoors in with snowflake decorations, frosty treats and a fun snowman game (wrap each other in toilet paper and whoever looks like a snow man first wins)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hot Chocolate Bar, Paper Snowflakes & a mini sled cupcake display!
– White favor bags with snowman tags + red polka dots
– Donut “Snowballs”, Marshmallow “Snowmen” & Chocolate Covered Pretzel “Snowflakes”

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Ballerina in Paris Birthday Party

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If you’re a lover of Paris + Pink this party is just for you! Jasmine of IDEA! event + style dreamed up a stunning Ballerina In Paris Birthday Party for sweet Kimani. Pastel and hot pinks paired with gold accents (like the Eiffel Tower candle!) allowed this gorgeous dessert table to truly sparkle!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Eiffel Tower cookies and cupcake toppers
– “Je t’aime” namecards with each girls’ name, gold doilies & pink plates
– Gold dusted pink cake pops
– Nail painting, pink tutus and ballet lessons!

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Sweet “Call Me Maybe” Kids Valentine’s Party

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I just can’t stop squealing with delight from this amazing eye candy by Mariah of Giggles Galore and Rebekah of A Blissful Nest! Together, they designed this Sweet “Call Me Maybe” Kids Valentine’s Party with an adorable gold vintage telephone, pastel pinks + bright teals and more details to make your heart swell!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gold painted telephone and matching cupcake toppers!
  • Blush pink “Hello” Cake pops, ombre pink macarons & sweet strawberry milk with a gold “phone” garnish
  • Ruffle tutus and flower headband outfits + a game of telephone!
  • Whimsical giant balloons + gold tassel streamers

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The Perfect Winter Cocktail: Cranberry Mojito Recipe

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Whether your having a wild ladies night or elegant cocktail party, this Cranberry Mojito Recipe is the perfect winter cocktail! Kelly Oshiro & Melissa Traub of Santa Barbara Chic shared this clever spin to get us in the mood for Valentine’s Day, but you can shake it up however you like! (more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Rainbow Butterfly Chocolates

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If you loved the Rainbow Butterfly Princess Party by Kelly Allison Photography, then get excited for all the details on that amazing cake! She shares a tutorial for the adorable Rainbow Butterfly Chocolates with a full DIY and tons of helpful tips for working with chocolate! P.S. Great news about this recipe: chocolate stores well at room temperature, so you can make the butterflies in advance and just stick them on before the party!

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Playful Rainbow Butterfly Princess Party

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Get ready to kick off your shoes and play! At her daughters request, Kelly of Kelly Allison Photography crafted a Rainbow Butterfly Princess Party for her birthday! Tutus, a piñata,  rainbow candy, sidewalk chalk and more imaginative fun make me feel like running outside and just being a kid again! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rainbow hand-tied tutu party favors
– Decorate princess butterfly crowns, butterfly piñata & sidewalk chalk coloring
– Rainbow Butterfly Cake (Chocolate Butterflies DIY Tutorial here!)
– Rainbow polka dot dessert table + a colorful candy bar!
– Sequin butterfly masks and magic wands

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{Yummy} Super Bowl 2013 Football Party Ideas!

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Have you picked your team yet? With the Big game just days away Be Envied Entertaining shares Super Bowl 2013 Ideas for both sides! Whether your cheering for the Ravens or 49ers, Sarah has stadium style snacks for watching the game… and yelling at your TV. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Football field made out of veggies!
– Ravens + 49ers Football Helmet sugar Cookies
– Touchdown Tacos, Sack Em’ Spicy Pretzels & Goal Line Guac-Bites

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{Party of 5} Jewelry Party, Pancakes & Pajamas, Mardi Gras, Garden Meatball Party & Safari 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:

– Jewelry Party
– Pancakes and Pajamas Birthday Party
– Mardi Gras Party
– A Garden Meatball Party {On Top Of Spaghetti}
– Baby Safari First Birthday

1. Indie’s Jewelry Party (pictured above) by laurenhaddox

2. Pancakes and Pajamas by Dot & Dash

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