Medieval Knight Birthday + DIY Cupcake Stand Tutorial

DIY cupcake cake stand wrapped with medieval castle paper

Greetings, fellow Lords and Ladies! Lady Abigail Barnes of Paper & Cake was delighted to plan this Medieval Knighting Ceremony Birthday Party for her daughter’s friend, Jacob. With flags flying high and a good old medieval joust, these guests were sure to feel just like real Knights in shining armor!

Abigail was also kind enough to share an awesome step by step tutorial on how she easily pulled off the DIY castle cupcake stand (which can be customized for ANY theme). Be sure to check that out at the end of the post!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Coat of Arms adorned printables + cool medieval flag silhouette cupcakes toppers
  • Castle bounce house, castle shaped snack boxes + DIY castle cake stand (see below!)
  • Swords of Excalibur for each brave guest + a chain-mail vest for the birthday Knight

medieval knighting ceremony teen birthday party

medieval knight party printables


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{Party of 5} Birds Baby Shower, Love Letters, Vintage Shower, Winter ONEderland, Paint the Runway

shabby chic bird and birdcage themed baby shower
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:

– Shabby Chic Birds Baby Shower
Vintage Love Letter Dessert Table
– Vintage Baby Shower

Winter ONEderland First Birthday
Paint the Runway Birthday Party

1. Shabby Chic Birds Baby Shower (pictured above) from Moments by WL

2. Vintage Love Letter Dessert Table by The French Confection Co.

vintage love letters valentine's day dessert table


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Creative & Woodsy Lumberjack First Birthday

red buffalo plaid lumberjack party decor

Tiiiimmbeeeerrrr!! Look out everyone, Brooke Meyenberg of Little Retreats did some serious work on this Woodsy Lumberjack First Birthday for her son Dashiel, or as she calls him, her little “Chipmunk”. ;) The combination of the iconic red buffalo plaid and natural wood grains really sets off the whole theme! There are so many clever details to admire here – from insanely creative 3D invitations (pictured below) to framed vintage lumberjack photos, which gave the party a very authentic touch. Even though we’re not having much of a winter here in San Diego right now, this party makes me feel all cozy & warm inside!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY birch bark garland accented with flannel + wooden utensils embellished with woodgrain washi tape
  • Hand-sewn plush wooden log for a log throw game + a clever ‘Axe throwing’ competition
  • Super cute birch party straws with flannel paper flags + birch bark vases
  • Bushy bear photo booth props, oak round cake stands + a party hat wearing moose!
  • Red Cedar sapling party favors so guests can bring home and grow their own piece of the woods! ;)

woodsy lumberjack themed dessert table

log cabin and baby snow boots for a first birthday party

lumberjack and plaid party photo booth

woodsy party invitations boxed and printed on muslin


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Modern Fire Truck Party {Chevron & Polka Dots}

fireman and truck red chevron striped birthday cake with glittery topper

Sound the alarm — this party is on fire! Enjoli Bennett of Sugar Shack Crafts created an amazing Fire Truck Party for her son Brayden, who’s obsessed with all things fire truck. Mom definitely turned up the heat when she included clever treats like red chocolate covered ‘matchstick’ pretzels & designed all of the awesome printables! I’m sure the birthday boy got his fill of fire trucks, at least for one day. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chevron & firetruck birthday cake with an AWESOME personalized (and glittered) cake topper
  • Polka dot balloons & ribbons garland + coordinating fire truck shirt for the birthday boy
  • Brownie parfait push up pops, personalized fire truck cups & big fire truck shaped mylar balloon
  • Amazingly detailed fire truck and red chevron ‘B’ cookies + adorable ‘Fireman in Training’ sign

fireman in training sign and mylar balloons

chevron striped cupcake toppers on coconut cupcakes with gold stars

red and yellow fire truck birthday party decorations


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GIVEAWAY: Party Planning Business Toolkit!

soiree event design ebook giveaway

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m so excited to offer one lucky HWTM reader my new Party Planning Toolkit containing a copy of BOTH my popular Soiree Event Design’s Guide to MY Party Planning Biz! Ebook and the Soiree Event Design’s Party Planning Organizer. Kickoff the new year with these two invaluable tools to kickstart your party planning business!

“Soiree Event Design’s Guide to MY Party Planning Biz!” E-Book

Here’s your chance to get this MUST HAVE DETAILED RESOURCE for new party planners! Contains DETAILS on my party planning business’ 6 steps to planning an event including how I price, where I get most of my inventory AND…a BONUS section on Branding & Marketing! I’ve only been able to share a small portion of How I Do It on my blog and have gotten so many emails asking all kinds of questions about how I started my business, how I priced my services to be profitable and if I offer mentoring. I would LOVE to share ALL my How I Do It tips!

If you are a party planner just starting out or are thinking about getting into the party planning business…THIS E-BOOK IS FOR YOU! THE REAL DEAL…the stuff not too many other planners will tell you…things I frankly couldn’t find anywhere when I first started out. I scoured the internet & purchased multiple books looking for DETAILS! There are plenty of books and websites out there about starting a party planning business, but none of them gave me the nuts & bolts on HOW to do it or give me ACTUAL pricing…so….I put all I know in this E-Book.

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Elegant Pretty in Pink Baby Shower {Amazing Florals}

formal pink baby shower tent and canopy with amazing floral centerpieces

On the lookout for amazing floral inspiration? Look no further! The Empty Vase, located in Los Angeles, created some downright GORGEOUS floral arrangements for this Pretty in Pink Baby Shower, which definitely lives up to its name. ;) And if you happen to love PINK and all things girlie and elegant, this shower is definitely for you! Everything from the napkins and chair covers to the ceiling draping featured perfectly coordinating hues of the celebration’s signature color. This is great inspiration for pink weddings and milestone birthday parties too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Flower adorned table linens + beautiful white orchids accents on the napkin at each setting
  • Pink & gold escort cards attached to mini jars of pink candies
  • Incredible towering floral centerpieces with a gorgeous mix of pink, white, & orange blooms

formal dining table setting for a pink baby shower with orchids

pink, white and orange rose and hydrangea floral arrangement


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A Comic Book Superhero Valentine’s Day Party

comic book superhero valentine's day dessert table

Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share a “super” theme for Valentine’s Day!  For the love of Super Heros, this Comic Book style Super Hero Valentine’s Day Party was designed with both boys and girls in mind.  Save Valentine’s Day with adorable classroom valentines day treats and easy party decor ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Comic book style valentine’s day lunchbox favor boxes.
  • Incredible Super Hero cookies by Firefly Confections
  • Super easy DIY Super Hero Valentine’s Day Cake design idea for under $15!
  • Classroom Valentine ideas using Super Hero Valentine’s Day Printables for wrapping packs of gum, s’mores bags, chocolate bars, conversation heart boxes and more.

superhero valentines day cookies, cupcakes and chocolates

comic book superhero valentines day cake

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Pretty Polka Dots & Pinwheels First Birthday Party

pinwheel and polka dot dessert table and smash cake

This Pretty Polka Dots & Pinwheels First Birthday is seriously on trend — and for good reason! Joanna Warbiany set out 6 months ahead of time planning this adorable birthday party for her daughter, Natalie, or as they like to call her, ‘Tilly’ (which I love). The classic combination of polka dots and pinwheels is just darling, and with the perfect color palette to boot, I think it’s safe to say this party is going to blow you away ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink, yellow & blue dessert table with coordinating cake pops, salt water taffy, rock candy and more
  • The birthday girl in a precious pink petty skirt, personalized pinwheel shirt & polka dot headband
  • Pinwheel & polka dot adorned two-tier cake and matching smash cake + pearl & pinwheel topped cupcakes
  • Beautifully written chalkboard first year sign + drink dispensers with creatively named cocktails

pearl and pinwheel topped cupcakes

pinwheel themed girl's first birthday party

metal and glass vintage drink despenser


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{Bluegrass and Bourbon} Manly 40th Birthday Party

bluegrass and bourbon manly 40th birthday party

When you’ve got your man in mind, forget the ruffled cakes and cutesy garlands! That’s exactly what Jenny Raulli from Bloom Designs Online did when she styled this surprise {Bluegrass and Bourbon} Manly 40th Birthday Party for a friend. With a bourbon and cigar bar, easy to grab snacks and live music, what man (or anyone for that matter) could say no?! Everything in this party is all about keeping it simple and classy, which is the perfect representation of any Southern gentleman. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Bourbon bottle & banjo-topped cupcakes, individual bourbon bread puddings and caramel cheesecake parfaits
  • Burlap table runner & twine-wrapped hydrangea centerpieces + simple votive-filled mason jar lanterns
  • Wooden ’40’ cake topper, a wood grain frosted cake & rustic iron ‘M’ monogram
  • Personalized matchbooks, wood grain printables, 3 kinds of cookies & 3 kinds of bourbon

burlap table runner and hanging mason jar lantern

bourbon and cigar tasting bar

manly wooden dessert table and cookies

bourbon bottle topped cupcake


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Artistic Ombre & Watercolor Horse Birthday Party

pink and orange ombre, horse topped birthday cake

Inspired by Saige, an American Girl Doll with some awesome hobbies, Beth Kruse of Beth Kruse Custom Creations created this AMAZING Ombre & Watercolor Horse Party for her daughter, who has similar interests to Saige! Focused around horses and painting, this oh-so-pretty party included a fantastic canvas painting activity, featuring a horse silhouette in the center. After the guests were done painting their canvases, the silhouette stickers were peeled off, leaving them with beautiful, negative-space works of art. Just check out the cool gallery they created in the images below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Sunset-inspired colors, highlighted in the pink and orange ombre cake & bright party printables
  • DIY glittered paintbrushes + cute painter’s palettes to display individual cupcakes and toppings
  • Watercolor mini buntings adorning the adorable DIY paper lantern ‘hot air balloons’
  • Chocolate dipped ‘paintbrush’ rice krispy treats & a DIY ‘chalkboard’ horse backdrop made from foam core

bright pink and orange horse themed party dessert table

watercolor party welcome sign

watercolor horse painting activity for a girl's birthday party

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Adorable Pink & Polka Dots Eloise Birthday Party

eloise the book series themed birthday party

Eloise is an adorable little girl whole lives in the Plaza Hotel and is always up for adventure (and sometimes a little more than her fair share of mischief) ;). Since her daughter loves these books and just so happens to be the spitting image of Eloise herself, Tammy Mitchell of Pink Peppermint Prints and Parties decided to take the theme and run with it, creating this adorable Polka Dots & Pink Eloise Birthday Party. With all the glamorous feather boas, sparkling glasses and chic desserts, this party would also be great inspiration for a kid’s Paris inspired celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Eloise’s pet turtle (Skipperdee) decorating activity & pin the bow on her pug Weenie’s tail
  • Pink cotton candy packaged in cute mason jars + pink crown & ladybug shaped cookies
  • Pink feather boas, a polka dot pink cake & hand-drawn New York cityscape building centerpieces
  • Scalloped pink streamer canopy and an adorable Eloise-inspired costume for the birthday girl

pink polka dot birthday cake

french pink boa wearing party guests

pink party ham and cheese tea sandwiches


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Trend Alert: Girly Football Party Dessert Table


Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend GIRLY FOOTBALL PARTIES for all those football lovin’ ladies out there!

I am a HUGE football fan and more and more women are becoming fans too! This year for your Superbowl party, how about inviting your girlfriends over and watching the game with this girly football dessert table as your wow-factor, complete with glittery desserts and LOTS of bling!


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Creative & DIY Sesame Street First Birthday

sesame street kids birthday party printables and backdrop

♫ Can you tell me how to get, how to get to Zayne’s Street? I am awfully fond of this Creative & DIY Sesame Street Birthday by Aurora Mejico of Everything but the “I Do”, which she lovingly planned for her son Zayne’s first birthday. This party features tons of super cute DIY details, like the dessert table backdrop featuring Elmo’s World and the iconic Sesame Street lamppost sign. With Big Bird, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch and the rest of the Sesame Street crew, this birthday was sure to be a success! Be sure to check out all of Aurora’s DIY details below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Oscar the Grouch chocolate dirt & ‘trash’ dessert push up pops, complete with {gummy} worms
  • Cookie Monster & Elmo furry party hats + goldfish cracker and cookie filled fishbowls
  • Clever Oscar the Grouch trash can centerpieces created from big green tissue poms
  • Super cute Big Bird, Elmo & Cookie Monster cupcake display + adorable Sesame Street party printables

oscar the grouch table decor and centerpieces

furry muppet lollipop holder


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{Party of 5} Rustic Winter, Rainbow First Birthday, Football Shower, Mickey Mouse, Rainbow Robot

rustic winter cardinal dessert table
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:

– Rustic Winter Cardinal Dessert Table
A Rainbow of Fun First Birthday Party
– Football Baby Shower

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Dance Party
Rainbow Robot Birthday Party

1. Rustic Winter Cardinal Dessert Table (pictured above) from MayDetails Printable Celebrations

2. A Rainbow of Fun First Birthday Party by Laila Plant

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“Flying Over Paris” Whimsical First Birthday {Twins}

hot air balloon cake pops and parisian dessert table

Bonjour, joyeux vendredi! (Hello, happy Friday!) As you can tell, this “Flying Over Paris” Whimsical Twin’s First Birthday has whisked me right out of San Diego and straight into Paris! Sally Shin of Pretty Little Events styled this beautifully romantic luncheon party for the most adorable twins, which even included a French Patisserie vintage hutch filled with all kinds of delicious looking Parisian treats. Don’t you all just love the overall look and feel? I think, oui! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Golden hot air balloon topped cake + a cake for each twin, with personalized clothespin figurine toppers
  • Eiffel tower photo display centerpiece & beautiful rose, hypericum and hydrangea floral arrangements
  • Chocolate dipped initial krispie treats, hot air balloon cake pops & toasted meringue topped cupcakes
  • Painting & caricature artist activities + miniature Patisserie party favors

hot air balloon and paris eiffel tower cake

twins first birthday rice krispies

eiffel tower photo centerpiece

french patisserie birthday party dessert hutch


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Fantastic Pink & Blue Supergirl Birthday Party

pink and blue supergirl dessert table

Great Scott! It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s Supergirl! Sophia of Petite Productions saved the day with this Pink & Blue Supergirl Birthday Party for her daughter who likes a mixture of ‘boy’ and ‘girl’ things. I love how the theme is uniquely tailored to the birthday girl. One of my favorite parts of the whole look is the simple white vases filled with pink flowers on the tables combined with the bright blue pink Superman logo on the chairs — such a cool mix! Up, up and away!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Amazing giant balloon creations, including an awesome jet pack and Iron Man vest
  • Pink Kryptonite topped chocolate cupcakes, emblem cookies & meringue-topped mini key lime pies
  • Glittering Supergirl cake with skyline, ‘S’ shaped crayons, pink and blue stickers & bubble-filled party favors
  • Superhero bounce house + a Shaved Sno Bar (which looks super delicious!)

pink and blue superman party tables


pink kryptonite topped chocolate cupcakes


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Cute & Colorful Moshi Monster Birthday Party

moshi monsters house and character topped birthday cake

For those who may not know what Moshi Monsters are, it’s a super cute online game where kids can adopt and look after their very own monster! For her birthday, Janelle knew exactly what kind of party she wanted to have, so she enlisted the help from her very talented mother, Candace McMaster of Candy and Cake Sugar Designs, to create the best Moshi Monster Party ever! Filled with adorable plush monsters and decor inspired from the Moshi world, this party is monstrously cute! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Fluffy marshmallow, backdrop & sugar cookie clouds, Moshi character topped cupcakes + ‘Rainbow’ cake pops!
  • Sparkling gem (rox) cookies, chocolate covered Oreos & 3-D gemstone table decor
  • A cottage ‘Moshi Monster House’ cake with the birthday girl’s favorite characters
  • Clever ‘Puzzle Palace” games inspired by the shot + a monster mask coloring activity

moshi monster clouds and green tablescape

cloud marshmallows and cloud and sun cookies

moshi monster cat cupcake


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{Baby, Let’s Cruise} Funky & Feminine Classic Car Party

birthday girl photo in front of a classic car

I am super keen on this hoppin’ 50’s style party! Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations geared up for this {Baby, Let’s Cruise} Funky & Feminine Classic Car Party for her daughter Evelyn, a 3 year old grease monkey in the making, who happily accompanies her family to car shows (and has picked up a thing or two!) I love the combination of the black and white houndstooth with the bright floral patterns. Guests admired old school rides while dancing the night away — I would say this party was quite the bash!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Hand painted cookies, flower-topped cake pops & houndstooth macarons — all set up in the hood of a car!
  • Painted license plate garland, hub cap seating, & coke bottle flower vase centerpieces
  • Treats inspired by the floral and houndstooth printables + a classic diner-style dinner
  • Pink T-Bird topped polka dot cake & mini T-bird party favors filled with old school candies
  • In lieu of gifts: thoughtful donations from guests to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

pink t-bird car cake topper

vintage red truck party

hamburger and french fries party food

flower decorated birthday cake


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Lemon & Tuscany Inspired Breakfast Bridal Shower

lemon bridal shower yellow candy bar

Rita Al-Shaikh of Simply Sienna combined the bride Natasa’s Italian heritage, love for the color yellow and lemons to create this Sunny Lemon Inspired Breakfast Bridal Shower. Almost all of the desserts were homemade by friends and family, which I think is so sweet and something you don’t see very often anymore. This shower seems to be the perfect sendoff to an especially sweet marriage. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Yellow candy bar with a lemon tree painting backdrop and filled with vintage knick knacks
  • Cast iron lemon press for guests to make their own lemonade & lemon cake pops
  • Cookie Bar with homemade Italian cookie filled apothecary jars + lemon candy topped cupcakes
  • Contrasting greenery & lemon tea name cards with flavors based on Italian lemon sorbet

a lemon and breakfast themed bridal shower welcome table

cast iron lemonade press for homemade drinks for party guests

white and yellow Italian tablescape (more…)

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{Amazing} Ahoy! It’s a Boy! Nautical Baby Shower

nautical baby shower welcome sign

This Ahoy! It’s a Boy! Nautical Baby Shower by (Captain) Angela Sims, editor of Bliss Bridal Magazine, is just filled to the brim with sea-faring details. Coming from a graphic design background myself, I’m especially smitten with the creative paper elements… scroll down for a peek at the insanely cute sailboat-shaped invitation! From silver anchor centerpieces to an adorable sailboat-topped cake, this party is chock full of incredible nautical inspiration throughout. One thing’s for sure… Baby Parker is definitely sailing into this loving family in style. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fantastic chalkboard photo booth backdrop with handwritten details about both sides of little Parker’s family
– Glittering scrapbook paper dessert table backdrop + custom hanging artwork by mom
– Ship helm-topped diaper cake, glittering anchor-wrapped candles & DIY sparkling flutes and utensils
– Mini chocolate pie pops + pretty sailboat & anchor sugar cookies

nautical ahoy it's a boy baby shower dessert table

red, white and blue nautical tablescape

typography chalkboard photo booth backdrop

nautical boy's baby shower invitation and decor


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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Pop & Lolli Wall Decals


Mia is a designer and “mod mom” that believes in DREAMING BIG and making an impact… and that’s exactly what she did with her equal parts cool-and-adorable company, Pop & Lolli!

Pop & Lolli makes wall decals with serious style, and browsing through their collection is one of those things that just makes you think “how fun!”. If you wish your own walls were this cheery too, I have GOOD NEWS… this week, Pop & Lolli is offering up a $100 Gift Card to a lucky HWTM reader! Check out some of their newest designs below – including the amazingly detailed Iconic Cultural World Map design, the “feels just like a party” Fun Fetti design, and a whole lot more. They are also willing to talk about custom projects if you have something specific in mind.


The $100 Gift Card Giveaway starts now and ends at midnight PST next Tuesday, January 28th. Just use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good luck – and I’m curios/excited to see which designs you guys like best! :)


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Super Cute Pink & Yellow Lemonade Stand Party

when life hands you lemons magnet party favors

When life hands you lemons, throw a super adorable party! Brooke Pratt of Sucre Shop did just that with this Cute Pink & Yellow Lemonade Stand for her daughter Margot’s 5th birthday. I love the sweet pink & yellow color palette, which the birthday girl matches perfectly, and that mom and dad came together to build the perfect pint-sized lemonade stand. As an added bonus — Margot can use the stand again in the summer! Find more lemonade party inspiration here, here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Little wooden tokens for the guests to trade for lemonade + homemade pink & white striped cookies
  • Lemonade-flavored cookie sandwiches & a pink velvet sprinkle-covered birthday cake
  • Handwritten lemon printables, pink & yellow paper goods and plenty of kid-sized painted chairs

pink and yellow lemonade stand themed birthday party

pink velvet sprinkles covered cake and cookies


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Nautical “Love Boat” Bon Voyage {Going Away} Party

nautical love boat cruise ship cake and cupcakes

Kenna O’Brien of Miss Party Mom does it again with this Nautical “Love Boat” Bon Voyage Going Away Party! I love how this party ties in the guest of honor’s favorite TV show (The Love Boat) with a Bon Voyage theme — so clever! Kenna went above and beyond to make sure the guests felt like they were stepping on board the Pacific Princess cruise liner, including creating casino and lido deck areas, putting all the staff in costume and even watching the show’s old episodes for inspiration! Now that’s dedication!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– ‘Bon Voyage’ cake pop party flags + nautical flag-topped ‘ocean’ jello
– Lifesaver napkin wraps made to look like actual ‘lifesavers’ & mini cruise ship centerpieces
– Anchor shaped cookies, tropical foods + an awesome Pacific Princess inspired cruise ship cake

love boat bon voyage themed going away party
nautical love boat oarty with staff costumes and theme song

cruise ship, flag and sandy party centerpiece


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{Amazing!} Rustic & Vintage County Fair First Birthday

blue and red boy's county fair first birthday party

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, step right up to see the amazing Rustic & Vintage County Fair First Birthday! Inspired by an awesome red and blue ferris wheel invitation, Mindy of Mindy Alyse Celebration Inspiration lovingly styled this super cute party for her baby boy, Grayson. This party was filled with lots of fun county fair games, activities, and the best part about the county fair in my opinion – yummy food! Clearly, the birthday boy agrees. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Vintage drinks cart filled with mason jars, lemonade for the kiddies & extra delicious lemonade for the adults
  • Photo booth with a beautiful family heirloom quilt backdrop + a cute & clever “guest book puzzle”
  • Red raffle ticket embellishing everything from the invites to the corn dog holders!
  • County fair inspired games + adorable “mini petting zoo” and “goldfish bowl” party favors!
  • Amazing “sweets hutch” filled with mini pies & churros + a special blueberry pie for the birthday boy

petting zoo animals party activity

birthday party blueberry pie

county fair party foods like popcorn and corn dogs

vintage lemonade drinks cart with mason jars


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Modern Blessings Baby Shower {Centerpieces & Decor}

baby shower centerpiece sign - gold glitter

A very special, surprise celebration.

Late last year, I was asked to contribute some baby shower decor to help make a certain lunch date for two very deserving new moms extra special.

These moms – Sarah & Adrienne – are cancer survivors that were diagnosed while pregnant (can’t. even. imagine.), and this lunch date was actually a very intimate, surprise baby shower hosted by Giuliana Rancic as part of a Fab-U-Wish she was granting for them. You can learn more about Sarah & Adrienne’s story and their Fab-U-Wish weekend right here.

The shower was in a hotel suite in Chicago and I’m in San Diego, so we shipped everything there. I don’t have images from the actual styled lunch table, but we did take a few pics of the elements that were sent back post-party to share (ran out of time to do it before we sent it out, of course!). Anyways, these centerpiece & decor ideas are very “general baby shower” friendly and could be translated into all sorts of baby shower themes or color palettes! 

blue yellow gold baby shower ideas with chevron

Lunch was the focal point of this shower, so we focused on making that table extra pretty. I ordered a Yellow Rico linen and Tropical Blue Tuscany napkins from La Tavola to set the foundation of the design.

We crafted up a baby carriage and baby blocks centerpiece for the main table + some accent decor for the side tables, and designed a bunch of paper elements for the place settings (napkin rings, place cards, party flags), as well as some party signs & banners. Since everything had to be shipped, flowers were out of the question, so I leaned on my favorite non-perishable accents instead: yarn balls and glitter!

baby shower centerpiece - gold carriage with crafty details

MODERN BLESSINGS Baby Shower Theme & Centerpieces

The hostesses didn’t want a specific theme other than “baby shower” for the decor, but I always need some sort of idea to help anchor the designs. It felt very relevant in this particular case to go with a general theme of of “blessings” that focused on thoughtful quotes and patterns as key elements of the decor, so our “Modern Blessings” theme was born.

The baby carriage centerpiece was definitely my favorite detail! The wheels are missing some embellishments due to cross-country travel and back, but I figure you get the general idea. ;)

We used party circles and glittery gold stars as giant table confetti chair back accents, and decorated some frames for the quote signs…

blue gold baby shower decorations - party circles and sign

In addition to being used as filler for the baby carriage centerpiece, yarn balls were displayed “bouquet style” in embellished bud vases from Ikea.

baby shower centerpiece sign - quote

Below is a closer peek at some of the details on the wire baby pram, which I had already spray painted gold for my friend’s Royal Baby Shower earlier last year. 

blue and yellow baby shower - paper decor details

For the finishing touches, we added a (hand-cut) silhouette banner near the wheels and a happy “cheers to mom!” party flat to the top that had a similar look to the party flags (which were used on straws at each place setting).

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{Party of 5} Space Invaders, Strawberry Shortcake, Astronaut Birthday, Carnival & Confetti, Chic Shower

the video game space invaders themed baby shower
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:

– Space Invader Baby Shower
Strawberry Shortcake First Birthday
– Little Astronaut
 Birthday Party
Vintage Carnival & Confetti Birthday Party
Modern & Chic Baby Shower

1. Space Invader Baby Shower (pictured above) from Cherish Paperie

2. Strawberry Shortcake First Birthday by Lillian Hope Designs

strawberry shortcake first birthday party


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Adorable Italian Style Pizza Party {Kids Birthday}

italian style pizza and food dessert table

Mamma mia! This party is making my mouth water! Keren Precel from Keren Precel Events cooked up this Adorable Italian Style Pizza Party for her son, Enzo. The kids not only got to enjoy pizza, they got to make it themselves! Along with the pizzas, there were lots of other delicious looking Italian foods, like flatbreads and caprese salad. I know what I’m making for dinner tonight. ;) Buon appetito!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • White Chef’s aprons for the guests to personalize + a special red apron for the birthday boy
  • Mustached paper straws, mustache topped cupcakes and Chef’s hat and mustache topped birthday cake!
  • Hanging garlic and baskets of fresh veggies to make it feel like a true Italian Pizzeria
  • Adorable printable designs on the invitations, chopping stations, mini rolling pin, backdrop, etc.
  • Chef’s hat cookies & super cute pizza cookies “served” in miniature pizza boxes as party favors

chef's hat and mustache topped birthday cake

italian pizza party printables and mini rolling pin

italian pizza vegetable chopping station


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Bright and Bold Construction Party (4th Birthday)

blue, yellow and red construction party dessert table

Okay… let’s DIG IN to this Bright and Bold Construction Party, which Gwynn of  Gwynn of Gwynn Wasson Designs cleverly assembled for her son’s 4th Birthday! All of the guests got to enjoy a kids-sized bulldozer and wrecking ball, complete with “brick walls” to knock down! As if that isn’t enough fun on its own, they also got to strap on their personalized tool belts and go wild in the dig zone (which is a brilliant way to avoid digging up your yard). ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Colorful party entrance, complete with saw-horse construction signs, giant balloons, and orange pylons
  • Dumptruck & Tractor sugar cookies + Chocolate “Dirt Mounds” (cupcakes) & “Boulders” (donut holes)
  • A super bright dessert table with adorable cement truck cake pops & AWESOME construction site cake
  • Personalized Tool Belts for all the pint-sized construction workers

dirt mounds cupcakes and tractor and dump truck cookies


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Bright & Cheery Flirty Birdie Forest Party

brightly colored outdoor forest bird party

Tweet Tweet! A little bird told me about this AMAZING Flirty Birdie Forest Party by Angela DiVincenti of Angela Marie Events, and I am just swooning. The bright colors really pop against the natural scenery, from bright patterned printables and candies, to the cupcakes and table runner. Being outdoors, Angela made sure to include plenty of natural touches as well, like burlap, wood and moss. I just love how well everything comes together. 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bird & flower cookies on sticks, cleverly displayed in watering cans
– Candy-filled chocolate & shredded wheat bird’s nests + gumball necklaces for each guest
– Colorful painted twig “bird’s nest” plate chargers
– Framed patterned fabrics make a pretty backdrop for the forest floor photo booth
– Paint your own birdhouse activity + bubbles and bumble bee bath fizz party favors

bird topped, cloud decorated sunny teal cake

hanging birdhouse party decor and dessert table

chalkboard welcome sign for an outdoor bid party


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Sweet & Dreamy Cinderella Birthday Party

castle name card holder for a cinderella birthday party

As Cinderella explains in the beginning of the 1950 Disney classic, “A Dream is a wish your heart makes.” Well, Carolina Guzik photographed this Dreamy Cinderella Birthday Party, and it’s overflowing with sweet and nostalgic details guaranteed to make little princess-loving hearts sing! I’m especially loving the the adorable little mice with their sewing bobbins at the makeover station (a.k.a. the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique), prepped & ready to help the pint sized princesses get dressed for the Royal Ball. Cinderella herself stopped by to help as well, and from the looks of how everything turned out, I’m pretty sure the Fairy Godmother would approve. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Silver castle & carriage name card holders + GORGEOUS blue and silver Princess Carriage cake
  • Spools of thread, sewing mice silhouettes, Cinderella’s dress pattern, & adorable “button” cookies
  • Framed wall silhouettes above the dessert table + a large vintage wall set at 5 minutes to midnight!
  • Silhouettes of Prince Charming & Cinderella displayed atop pretty white hydrangea centerpieces
  • Face painting, caricature drawing & balloon animals to keep the princesses plenty entertained

Cinderella princess carriage birthday cake

blue and white cinderella party decor with prince charming silhouette

bibbidi bobbidi boutique sign

princess dresses, sewing mice, and cinderella pumpkin


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