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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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“Cute Critters” Kids Valentine’s Day Cards & Banner

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I made some new {custom printable} Valentine’s Day cards for my daughter’s upcoming classroom party and thought other moms might fall in love with these “Cute Critters” too, so they’re up in our shop! For an easy giftable treat, I filled some cute pink & white chevron, stripe and polka dot bags (Thanks Jenny!) with kisses, conversation hearts and other VDay classics, then affixed the “Cute Critters” Valentine Cards to the front.

And if you want to dress up the classroom too, or maybe just want a sweet way to greet your little ones on Valentine’s Day morning, we have a matching I <3 U Banner available too. :)

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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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Harry’s {Super Stylish!} Vintage Airplane Party

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Pairing Harry’s favorites: yellow and airplanes, Kiss My Cakes, whipped up a Vintage Airplane Party for the special birthday boy! Read Helen’s details to learn about Harry and all of the wonderful touches that went into this soaring celebration! And for more airplane party ideas go here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Map pattern paper rosettes and dessert table bunting
– Blue ghost chairs, yellow plates, vintage map cutlery pockets & glasses with luggage tags
– Peanuts and bottled water for “In-Flight Refreshments”
– Propeller Cake Pops, Macarons, Airplane Cupcakes and Candy in Apothecary Jars
– Vintage suitcases and airplane props + vintage map details and a globe on the dessert table!

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DIY Tutorial: Valentine Cupcake Toppers

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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!

DIY VALENTINE CUPCAKE TOPPERS

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Cute & Happy Little Monster Bash!

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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

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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

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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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