DIY Tutorial: Valentine Cupcake Toppers

valentine cupcake toppers for a crafty diy tutorial

Hello again! If we haven’t met before, I’m Jen! I spend my days taking pictures of the most adorable kids and families (you can see them right here). But in my spare time, I enjoy crafts and cupcakes… so today I want to share 2 simple DIY ideas to dress up your cupcakes!

Cupcakes are one of the greatest goodies to give. With Valentines Day popping up soon, I thought I’d give you two simple ways to make cupcakes even cuter! But not only that, I want to share the most brilliant way EVER, to give them away!


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{We Heart Winter} Valentines Day Party

winter valentines day party

For her annual Soup Potluck, Courtney of Joyful Joyful Designs, hosts a white winter party, but this time she threw in a splash of red for a {We Heart Winter} Valentines Day Party! For v-day crafting ideas, that would go perfectly with this dinner party, click here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Stamped soup bowls wrapped with red and white twine
  • Red doily heart wreath and fireplace garland
  • Glittered candle votives & DIY paper placemats!

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“Favorite Things” Modern Glam Birthday Party

glam pink party with a white cake

Now THIS is one of my favorite parties! Can I be two again and have this as my party!? This “Favorite Things” Modern Glam Birthday Party by Storey’s mom, Ashley of Ashley Nicole Events makes my heart flutter for a dreamy party filled with jumbo tassel balloons and sequin draped tables! P.S. This totally works for adults too… just add Martinis and heels ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Cue the Confetti… Storey’s turning 2”sweet pink invitation
– Pink ombre birthday cake + “Best Day Ever” Cake
– Puddles, Cookies, Cinderella & an entire decorated table full of Storey’s favorite things!
– Dessert Table with an ombre backlit backdrop, shiny triangle garlands + sweet heart topped cupcakes
– Calligraphy “place card” boxes, scattered confetti, tissue tassel balloons & pink milk!

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Creative Kids Football Birthday Party Ideas

football dessert table

TOUCHDOWN by mom Lori for her son’s 8th birthday! Inspired by Grant’s love for the game, she threw him a bash with great Football Party Ideas that will get you in  the spirit for the Big Game this weekend!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Football field dessert table with DIY pvc pipe field goals, a score board back drop & astro turf “grass”
  • Creative stadium style snacks: popcorn, football cake pops & helmet shaped cookies
  • Jersey and helment accents + a game ticket style invitation!

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Action Packed Angry Birds Inspired Party

angry birds dessert table

Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to share a very creative Angry Birds Inspired Party (or “Angry Bird-day”) theme that Jen of Banner Events recently planned for two of her sons’ birthdays!  Feathers must have been flying at the Carver “birdhouse” during the party prep because there are endless creative activities for those kiddos.  This party is just waiting to be “crashed”…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Life sized working “Slingshot” game made from PVC pipe, wood and cement.  Genius!
  • Pig Bowling game made with repurposed 2-liter soda bottles
  • Replica video game “Screen shot” dessert table complete with all of the elements of the real game!
  • Embellished Egg Carton container favors filled with golden “Angry Bird” eggs

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Whimsical & Modern Vintage Dol Celebration

modern vintage dol decor

I know that using “modern” and “vintage” as descriptors for the same party might seem odd, but Karen crafted a beautiful party that can only be described as such for her son’s milestone first birthday! This Whimsical & Modern Vintage Dol Celebration combines chevron, crisp whites and shimmery tassels with vintage frames and antique accents. For more creative Dol Celebration ideas go here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Friendship bracelet escort cards (doubling as favors!)
  • DIY paper flower backdrop for the head table
  • Vintage frames, suitcases, cameras & toys
  • Ruffled cakes + billy ball and white hydrangea floral accents

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The Look for Less: “Puppy Luv” Valentine’s Day Party for $100

budget chic puppy luv valentine's day party

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing my “Puppy Luv” Valentine’s Day Party for $100! Today’s guest post is all about LOVE…”Puppy Luv” that is! My daughters LOVE puppies! That was my inspiration point to designing a girly puppy playdate for my 2 daughters & their 2 BFF’s for Valentine’s Day. Be sure to scroll down to read my 6 “Budget Chic” tips to pull off a high-end looking event for less!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Blinged out dog bowls as serving bowls
  • Give Back Activity: girls make Vday cards & accessorize puppies for local shelter
  • Fondant topped Cupcake Parfaits
  • Sparkly collar bracelet favors

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Classic Fire House Birthday Bash

fire cotton candy and water bottle fire extinguishers

Stop, Drop, and Roll Out… you’ve been invited to check out my (Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs) little man’s “fiery hot” third birthday party. That’s right, I’m back and super excited to share with you Emerson’s Classic Fire House Birthday Party. From the vintage fire-truck peddle car (a gift for the birthday boy) to the styled fire themed dessert table this party was loaded with tons of sweet details fit for any little fireman.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Flaming” Cotton Candy
  • Custom candy jars with Dalmatian dog accent
  • Mini chocolate sprinkled-rimmed milk bottles
  • “Faux” Pretzel matchbooks
  • Fire helmet and fire hose fondant cake

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Mustache + Lips = Valentine’s Day Party

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Pucker your lips for a simply sweet Mustache + Lips = Valentine’s Day Party crafted by Jessica of Quilted Polka Dot! Look out for tons of lovely DIY ideas for a heartfelt holiday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Pucker your lips” and “Wet your whiskers” drink signs
  • DIY cake bunting with tinsel, silhouettes & ribbons
  • Jars with red heart doilies wrapped with twine holding photo booth props
  • Banner of Valentine’s cards suspended with glittered clothespins

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DIY Football Party Photo Booth Idea (Referee Stripe Backdrop + Themed Props)

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With the big game just around the corner, here is the last installment to our It’s Game Time Football Party. We’ll show you how to make our Referee Stripe Backdrop + themed props for a football party photo booth! And don’t worry, we kept it budget friendly so you can splurge on snacks, drinks and those tempting football squares. ;)

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{Party of 5} Valentine Cupcake, Vegas Casino, Hello Kitty, Purple 30th Birthday & Rainbow Party

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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:

– Valentine Cupcake Party
– Fabulous “Mid-Life Crisis” Vegas Casino Party
– Hello Kitty Party
– Purple and Teal 30th Birthday
– Rainbow Party

1. Reagan’s Cupcake Party (pictured above) by SweetRoseStudio

2. Welcome to my Fabulous Mid-Life Crisis- Vegas Casion Style Party by Wants and Wishes

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Dashing Vintage Car Birthday Party

vintage car dessert table

Get ready to fuel up for a Dashing Vintage Car Party for Maddox’s 3rd birthday! Simply Perfect Events styled, baked and designed this fresh spin with custom wine labels (keeping the adults in mind!), “wishing racetrack” tags and of course a special red birthday cake for a cup-winning celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Retro single-serving chocolate chip ice cream
  • “The Pit Stop” activity station for the kids to decorate their own race cars
  • Adult strawberry jam favors in mason jars at “The Trophy Section”
  • Vintage Car Food & Dessert Table with a custom backdrop and checkered pattern details

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Rustic “Apple of My Eye” First Birthday Party

apple of my eye party flags

Hi there! It’s HWTM Contributor Amber here from Amber Lay Events back to share a very special Apple of My Eye First Birthday! Special not only because it was for Amber Milner’s (our Northern California Event Manager and a great friend’s) daughter Brielle, but also because we partnered with HWTM on the party printables! Printables are the key element when it comes to carrying out a theme and tying a party together. You can find the Instant Download Version of this HWTM collection on Etsy.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Book Page Apples + Stars made out of Painted Branches
  • Apple Tealight Centerpieces & DIY “Vintage Blue Glass” Mason Jar Floral Arrangements
  • Homemade & Upcycled Apple Butter Favors with “Thanks a bunch” tags
  • Caramel fondue and an apple quinoa salad
  • DIY apple tote bag party activity

apple of my eye printable party collection from hwtm

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Cute & Happy Little Monster Bash!

monster bash cakemonster dessert table

Instead of making me want to scream, these cute little monsters just make me want to… SMILE! Rachel of RV Parties threw a Happy Little Monster Bash for her energetic birthday boy, Henry! Cheerful details like the bright chevron, custom monster fabric and colorful confetti are perfect additions to this adorable theme! For more friendly monster party ideas go here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Amazing blue chevron cake with cute fondant little monsters!
  • “Adopt A Monster” favor station
  • Kids coloring wall activity + “Grab A Monster” photo booth
  • Colorful silhouette & tissue tassel garlands

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A Pink Lemonade Garden Birthday Party

pink lemonade garden birthday

HWTM Guest Contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to brighten up your day with a cheery Pink Lemonade Birthday Party. Mom, Beatriz, recently honored her daughter’s 1st birthday with everything to remember from the lemon floral centerpieces to the custom lemonade cart.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gorgeous floral arrangement centerpieces featuring sliced lemons
  • Custom made pink lemonade stand with hand painted accents
  • Pinwheel decor featured on cupcakes and around utensils and glassware
  • Stenciled Centerpiece Vessel from a coffee can and spray paint

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Free Oscars Party Printables – 2013 Nominees

oscars party

A couple years ago I styled this Hollywood Glam Oscars Party that included lots of sparkle and shine… and free printables! Last year I updated the nominees for 2012… and, as requested, here they are again updated with the 2013 nominees! :)

In addition to these 2013 Best Picture Nominee Labels, you can still download the rest of the coordinating party printables – including napkin rings, patterned papers, drink tags, blank labels, and more – over at the original post. And to view the full details and extra photos click here. Enjoy!

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Chic {French Inspired} Pink Baby Shower

pink and burlap diaper cake

As dedicated “Francophiles” Helen and hubby spent a baby moon in Paris, and had a baby shower full of French inspiration! From the pink macarons to the Eiffel Tower decorations this Pink Baby Shower co-hosted by friend, Diana of Bumble ink, has me swooning for a trip to the city of lights!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Sweet illustrated invitations announcing “It’s a girl”
  • Pink Elephant and onesie cookie favors with “Merci” tags
  • Heart pie pops, pink macarons & mini fondant flower embellished cupcakes
  • Headband making & scrapbooking activities

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Wedding Programs from Magnet Street {$735 value}

magnet street weddings program giveaway

Winner update: 1/29/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #31 KRYSTAL CLINTON! Congrats!


Just in time for wedding season, MagnetStreet is offering one lucky couple 300 FREE Wedding Programs in any design & style for your big day! (Retail value up to $735 + free UPS ground shipping.) All of the programs can be easily personalized with colors, photos, fonts and text!

With tons of original and exclusive designs to chose from, in many different shapes and folds, like: the fun & unique fans, tea-lengthgate-fold & half-fold. (In need of other wedding items? MagnetStreet also carries a wide variety of wedding invitations & save the date magnets!)

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Bright {Soaring High} Airplane Party

marshmallow candy art airplane theme

With an inspirational milestone to celebrate + a birthday boy that loves airplanes, this Bright {Soaring High} Airplane Party by Alejandra from The Marshmallow Studio was just the ticket for a celebration! From the bold lunch buffet to the syled dresser full of favors, this party had plane flair in all quadrants!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Sky blue cotton candy cups with mini airplane candies
  • Custom candy art bi-plane out of sixlets, gumballs & marshmallows
  • DIY geometric color block backdrop from a scrapbooking paper, duct tape & a wood frame!
  • Pound cake airplanes served over sweet vanilla whipped cream & blueberries
  • Cloud marshmallow pops with an orange plane and frosting “3”

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Creative Puss in Boots Birthday Party

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Are you ready for an adventure? Amber planned this super creative Puss in Boots Party for her son’s 5th birthday! Pint-sized guests equipped with custom black capes and masks, engaged in sword fights, ate Spanish style bites and sought after magic bean favors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Custom crafted capes paired with swords and masks as party favors!
  • Coco Leche: chocolate milk glasses rimmed with edible gold glitter
  • Edible Golden Eggs (pineapple sprinkled in edible gold glitter!)
  • Dessert table with beanstalk licorice, cloud meringue cookies & magic bean jelly beans

puss in boots beanstalk party

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Modern Milkshakes: Cantaloupe-Lemon Shake & Toasted Oatmeal + Brown Sugar Shake Recipes


Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried is thick, creamy and delightfully knowledgable! And today we are lucky enough to share two of his amazing recipes: Cantaloupe-Lemon Shake and Toasted Oatmeal + Brown Sugar Shake! Overall the book shares 100 recipes from classic treats to creative concoctions, and all are easy and delicious!


Adam is a source of knowledge! He gives the scoop on proper equipment, temperatures & key ingredients. There are entire sections on chocolate and vanilla and variations of floats, malted shakes, slush, etc. And he covers all the basics & more, including different style cold treats like Concrete, Batidos and yogurt drinks like Lassis.

Just to get your mouth watering here are just a few of the 100 delicious milkshakes: Black Forest Shake, Mocha-Cardamom Shake, Blackberry Lavender, Tomato-Peach Shake and Maple-Bacon Shake!

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Pretty Purple Daisy & Donut Birthday Party

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Let’s watch birthday girl Monica grow at her Purple Daisy & Donut Birthday Party dreamed up by Jenny of Bloom Designs Online. Purple gingham and die cut paper daisies mixed with dozens of donuts stacked up to be a sweet backyard party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Daisy centerpieces with paper petals, striped straw stems and donut hole centers
  • Dessert table with ‘daisy potsicles’ and ‘petal parfaits’ with beaded “Grow” wooden spoons
  • Drink table with sweet sips, petal punch and hanging donut seed bags
  • “Go Dough Nuts” and daisy chain necklace making activities

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DIY Tutorial: Crepe Paper Carrots

crepe paper and tissue paper carrot diy tutorial

With only a few simple materials like your household glue gun + scissors, these Crepe Paper Carrots (as seen in my daughter’s Snow Bunny First Birthday) are super simple and would be a creative addition to any Bunny Rabbit Theme or Easter Party! We used them as frame embellishments, as part of the dessert table backdrop, on sticks “sprouting” from mason jars, and scattered around the house for accent decor, but you can use them however you like! ;)

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Robot Baby Shower for Pottery Barn Kids

robot baby shower centerpiece idea

I’m so excited to share the Robot Baby Shower theme that I styled for Pottery Barn Kids with you today – which they’ve playfully dubbed “Bundle of Bots”! Best news of all? This one comes with FREE downloads of all the robot party printables that I designed for this shoot. Enjoy!

Everything is covered in detail over on the PBK website – from how-to info on each of the party details to recipes for the super easy “Spare Parts” Pasta Salad and “Nuts & Bolts” Snack Mix. Here’s a screenshot from PBK:

potterybarn kids bundle of bots

Robot Mom + Baby Bot

The felt “mom” robot pictured above was probably my personal favorite detail from this  theme… she was inspired by a plush robot toy I’d seen… but being the non-seamstress I am (sigh…), I needed to figure out an easier way to make a cute robot that didn’t require sewing. The solution? Empty gift boxes covered in (hot glued) felt! Yarn, buttons, and bamboo skewer “antennas” were used to add pops of cuteness and color.

robot baby shower centerpiece

robot baby shower ideas

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{Party of 5} Valentine Playdate, Football Party, James Bond Birthday, Teddy Bear Shower & Pink Zebra

valentine playdate

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:

– Valentine Playdate Party
– Yellow & Navy Football Birthday Party
– James Bond Inspired 40th Birthday
– Teddy Bear Baby Shower
– Pink Zebra Baby Shower Dessert Table

1. Cami’s Valentine’s Playdate Party (pictured above) by I DO invitations by michelle

2. Alden’s Football Party by JewelBoxCreativeStudios

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Save the Date: Party PROs & SHOPs Launching Soon!

HWTM Party Vendor Directory

We are thrilled to announce that our NEW Party Vendor Directory will be launching soon!

Our goal at Hostess with the Mostess has always been to provide fantastic creative inspiration and helpful resources all in one spot. We kept that goal in mind while designing our Party Vendor Directory, which features both Party PRO and Party SHOP members and comes with a unique social twist that we’re pretty excited about… as you might have gathered from image below! We’ll have special deals for our Charter Members, so keep an eye out in the next week for all of the details.

We’re almost ready for the big reveal, but if you’d like to learn more in the meantime, just give us a call at 858.630.5411 ext. 108, or drop an email to (more…)

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Darling Cinderella Birthday Party

cinderella dessert table

Welcome to the ball! Keren of Keren Precel Events wows the crowd with a Darling Cinderella Birthday Party! A royal food spread, grand table backdrop, princess doll cake & adorable party favors give this birthday princess a happily ever after!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Magical quinoa salad, slider towers & regal cantaloupe salad
  • Vintage wishing tree with stationery note cards strung on lace ribbon
  • Party favor button towers strung with ribbon
  • Budget friendly “ragged” brown paper bags to hold party favors

cinderella cupcakes

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Colorful Bird Party {Rainbow First Birthday}

rainbow first birthday

This Rainbow First Birthday is bursting with color and style by Kenna of Miss Party Mom Event Planning! The vibrant dessert table and outdoor decor have adorable bird flare, all for her little Birdie! (For more rainbow party ideas go here, here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Colorful crepe paper bird nests + “Hello”, pinwheel, crayon and gift wrapped box centerpieces
  • Italian Soda Station, rainbow ball pit and a colorful taco bar!
  • Candy rainbow cupcakes with cloud and blue sky frosting
  • Creative DIY Rainbow bunting banner made of paint chips!

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rainbow bird desserts

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Snow Cone Cupcakes {Simple & Sweet}

how to make snow cone cupcakes

I fell in love with the Snow Cone Cupcakes craze when it hit last year and was super excited to finally have an excuse to make them (for my daughter’s Snow Bunny First Birthday Party last month). My version is pretty simple compared to many of the stunning, á la Bakerella creations I’ve seen out there, but I was in a time crunch the night before the party… and the kids didn’t seem to mind at all! ;)

Scroll down for the how-to details on these quick & easy treats – which happen to work well for both winter OR summer parties – think luaus, beach themes, etc. These would even be cute for Valentine’s Day… covered in pink and red sugar or simply garnished with pretty heart straws!

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Dainty Mommy and Me Tea Party Ideas

mommy and me tea

Aracely of Minted and Vintage shared some beautiful quality time with her little one for a Dainty Mommy and Me Tea Party! With a blanket set under the trees, vintage furniture & a charming mini tea table, this is one pretty pink picnic date! For more pink playdate ideas click here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Vintage cake stands, teacups, teapots, dessert plates & milk glass vases to display the mini pink treats
  • Draped fabric chair back with a glitter teapot and paper rosette
  • Pink tea with colored sugar hearts and old-fashioned rock candy sticks
  • Mini buttercream iced cakes, rose cakes, & cupcakes topped with raspberries
  • Vintage window panes, tea cart & wooden dollhouse decor

antique cart desserts

ripped fabric chair back

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