Inspector Gadget Birthday Party {Go, Go Gadget Birthday!}

inspector gadget birthday party dessert table

Duh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh Inspector Gadget. This Go Go Inspector Gadget Birthday Party by Katelyn Meekel of Events by Kate looks like so much fun! Like Katelyn, I too grew up watching Inspector Gadget and had no idea that it was considered ‘retro’ nowadays (feeling a little old now) ;). Gadget is a lovably optimistic and sometimes slightly aloof secret agent who always manages to save the day. Equipped with their spy badges, magnifying glasses & tummies full of yummy treats, these party-goers are sure to do the same! Gadget himself would definitely say, “Wowsers” for this party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Personalized spy outfit for the birthday boy + a gadget arm & gear birthday cake
  • Simple but adorable snacks like ‘bits & gadgets’ chex mix and whipped cream & sprinkles topped Oreos
  • Gadget Mobile party favor boxes, Inspector Gadget & gear cookies, + healthy veggie bar
  • Silhouette wall decal, Inspector Gadget themed buttons & “Wowsers!” party flags

birthday boy with a magnifying glass for his inspector gadget birthday party

gadget mobile party favor boxes

inspector gadget silhouette wall decal


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Incredible Monsters University 1st Birthday Extravaganza

amazing monsters inc characters birthday cake

Gather around Scarers, because we’ve got a spook-tastic party in Monstropolis to attend! Miriam of Miriam Corona Events did an amazing job bringing this Monsters University 1st Birthday Extravaganza to life. As someone with 2 little ones obsessed with both Monsters movies myself, it’s super fun to see so many playful details from the movie come to life in party form here! Seriously — look at that cake — WOW! And if you’re looking for even more monstrous inspiration, be sure to check out this awesome site. Who else is ready to enroll in MU? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Amazingly detailed cake featuring Mike, Art & Sulley + a cool character inspired name banner
  • One-eyed sour gummy monster lollipops, cleverly embellished with a {movie} ticket
  • Scary hairy cupcakes, molded chocolate monsters, monster face glazed donuts & candy sushi
  • Mike & Sulley inspired centerpieces & giant Mike Wazowski and ‘1’ shaped piñatas
  • The cutest birthday boy high chair all decked out in Monsters University school gear
  • Foods named after Mike & Sully’s Oozma Kappa frat brothers (i.e. Don Carlton’s Monster Nachos)

monsters university themed first birthday party ideas

monsters inc first birthday 'ONE' birthday party sign and backdrop

monsters university inspired dessert table

monsters university themed highchair decorations for a first birthday party


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“Kisses & Cupcakes” Kids Valentine’s Day Party

pink and red cake valentine's day

Continuing our love-filled day devoted to bringing you some of the best Valentine’s Day parties around, here’s an especially charming one that’s sure to deliver a hefty dose of inspiration! Amy Grout of SmashCake & Co. cooked up this lovely Kisses & Cupcakes Valentine’s Day Party for some adorable, pint-sized party guests, who looked too darn cute in their coordinating rosette heart shirts and pettiskirts!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Personalized, heart shaped chair backs + homemade Valentine’s Day card holders at each setting
  • Clever DIY chargers made from felt covered cake boards and lined with white poms
  • Heart cake pops, red macarons, & ‘XO’ cookies + insanely cute bottles of milk to wash it all down
  • Glittering hearts garland & stripey straw accents + sparkling ‘XOXO’ sign
  • Fabulous ruffled heart & ombre polka dotted cake + matching rosette heart shirts for the guests!

valentines day desserts table with macarons and cake pops

valentines day party favor boxes

valentines day chair back heart Valentine's Day card holders

valentines day decorated milk bottles


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{Party of 5} V-Owl-entine’s Day, Love Doesn’t Melt, Sweet Exchange, Hearts of Gold, Modern Valentine’s Day

Owl inspired valentines day (or v-owl-entines) day kids party
Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

  • V-Owl-entine’s Day Kid’s Party
  • Love Doesn’t Melt Hot Cocoa & Sweets Bar
  • Sweet Exchange Valentine’s Day SweetsTable
  • Hearts of Gold Vintage Valentine Decor
  • Modern Black & White Valentine’s Dessert Table

1. V-Owl-entine’s Day Kid’s Party (pictured above) from Kate Petronis

2. Love Doesn’t Melt Hot Cocoa & Sweets Bar by Charming Touch Parties

love doesn't melt snowy valentines day hot cocoa and sweets bar


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Playful & Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two

valentines day DIY XO marquee sign

Thinking of cooking up a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day? Kristi Murphy has given us some super cute ideas (and recipes) for the perfect date night at home with this Romantic Valentine’s Day Dinner for Two. From simple appetizers and desserts, to love-inspired decor and fun surprises, she’s got you covered! Thanks for taking the pressure off Kristi! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cool DIY ‘XO’ Marquee Sign, simple hot pink bouquets, & bright and fun party printables
  • A delicious menu of vegetarian spaghetti, bite-sized charcuterie skewers & organic caramel apples
  • Hot cocoa garnished with heart shaped marshmallows + chocolate hearts “shot” with Cupid’s arrow
  • Beautiful setting with framed greenery & a super fun surprise that pops out of a giant box!

vegetarian spaghetti recipe for a romantic valentines day dinner date

a romantic valentines day dinner date

dark chocolate hot cocoa stirrers and homemade heart shaped marshmallows


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Modern Peacock Baby Shower {Blue, Green & Purple}

a gender neutral peacock themed baby shower

Mindy Kaisner of Modern Mindy created this stylish Modern Peacock Baby Shower for her friend, who’s especially stylish herself! I love all the handmade details, from the scalloped paper table runner and hanging lantern to the guest of honor’s cute peacock feather belt — everything ties together beautifully. I also love the idea of opening up the space for maximum mingling. You can really feel the love in this warm, heartfelt shower.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Themed diaper cake adorned with peacocks feathers, ribbon, tulle, and fabric flowers
  • “Decorate a hair accessory for Baby M” activity + purple & blue candies and cupcakes
  • Individual cups of chili with a toppings bar + a delicious-looking giant cheese ball
  • Handmade scalloped paper lantern, “baby” garland, table runner, & dessert table backdrop
  • And since this shower was held in December: a bit of glittering Holiday decor in the party’s signature colors!

blue, green and purple peacock themed baby shower decor

DIY scalloped paper table runner

make a hair accessory for baby activity at a shower


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Glittery Princess Belle Birthday {Beauty & the Beast}

princess belle kid's costume and birthday party

Gold, glitter & beautiful roses..this party is a pint-sized princess’ dream come true! Nikka Morell of Triple M Good Parties styled this amazing Princess Belle Birthday Party – inspired by Beauty and the Beast – for her daughter, who just so happens to love glitter as much as her mom. Who can blame her?! ;) Nikka incorporated so many creative touches from the movie, like the glass covered rose, magical hand mirror, and stacks of vintage books. Added bonus: lots of these ideas would translate well to any fairytale birthday celebration, so there’s tons of great party inspiration to check out below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Rose bud cake pops,  monogrammed candy apples, and & Beauty and the Beast inspired cookies
  • Swagged tablecloth and birthday cake inspired by Princess Belle’s yellow ballgown
  • Incredible handmade paper flower backdrop, thanks to 9 hours and the help of some good friends! ;)
  • Glittered plates, vases, trays, and more + an edible (and bubble-filled!) ‘Chip’ tea cup

beauty and the beast themed desserts like candy apples and cookies

princess belle tablescape and party decor

princess belle party tablescape and place settings


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Amazing Monopoly First Birthday Party {Korean Dol}

monopoly themed first birthday party ideas

Wait until you see this. Sophia Kim Park of Petite Productions went all out for this incredibly creative Monopoly First Birthday Party. One of the best parts of “Kadenopoly” is the amazing, custom backdrop featuring the Monopoly Man himself, surrounded by bags of money, a giant game board and a 3D ‘Kaden’ sign. Some of the more formal details were also inspired by the Monopoly Man, like the bow tie folded napkins, top hat centerpieces and chocolate dipped tuxedo strawberries. This is one game of Monopoly that I would be happy to play for hours!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Themed cake decorated with fondant replicas of the game pieces, Monopoly Money and a top hat
  • A rainbow of tablescapes to coordinate with each of the game’s property zones
  • Chocolate coin-filled ‘Community Chest’ + Property and Chance card sugar cookies
  • Clever invitations & paper details inspired by different elements of the game
  • Money bag table centerpieces + shimmery golden money bag cake pops!
  • Giant dice featuring photos of the birthday boy + a Monopoly Board printed on the cocktail tablecloths

monopoly themed korean party front table

monopoly game themed desserts like dice cake pops

monopoly board table linen and party ideas

monopoly money bag centerpiece


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Pink, Red, & Gold Valentine’s Day Dessert Table

valentine's day dessert tab;e with gold dotted heart shaped cookies

This oh-so-lovely Pink, Red & Gold Valentine’s Day Dessert Table by Paige Kepner of Paiges of Style is guaranteed to have sweet tooths of all ages swooning!  I’m especially loving the show stopping tissue-tassel heart, sparkling gold glitter accents, and adorable mini heart shaped cookies displayed on top of the milk bottles (super creative and easy to replicate). With a few verbiage tweaks, this would also make for a fabulous love themed bridal shower!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • GORGEOUS tier cake with a gold glitter, polka dots and cascading fondant hearts
  • Super cool heart wreath backdrop “dripping in tissue tassels” :)
  • Heart shaped sugar cookies accented with gold + glittery golden cake pops
  • Stylish Valentine’s Day Printables on everything from the cupcakes to the water bottles
  • Two most adorable little party goers, all decked out to match the table (love that sequined headband!)

pink sprinkled cupcakes with valentine's day party circle toppers

valentine's day garland and bottle wrap printables

valentine's day multi tiered cake with fondant heart wreath and gold glitter


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Plaid & Pine Outdoorsman Party {Camping Theme}

outdoors inspired camping desserts table

I grew up going camping with my family every Summer, so it’s no wonder why I love this Plaid & Pine Outdoorsman Party from Abigail Barnes of Paper & Cake! Abigail’s family went to Green Valley Lake every Summer growing up and they’ve now started to continue that tradition with the youngest generation of their family. Besides what looks like a super fun vacation, I love the look of the rustic set up she’s created. Her adorable printables would be perfect for a campout party, boy or girl scout troop event, or even just an excuse to enjoy some quiet time outdoors with your loved ones.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gummy Evergreen trees & delicious looking S’mores cookies, because what’s a campout without S’mores?!
  • Snacks perfect for powering hours of activity, like trail mix and chocolate dirt cakes
  • Explorer themed silhouette cupcake toppers: binoculars, campfire & a compass
  • Lots of fun activities like fishing, climbing, exploring & just goofing around in the great outdoors ;)

camping party printables and cupcakes

green sour gummy evergreen trees

family fishing at an outdoors lake party


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Trend Alert: Custom Illustrated Printables {+ Shenanigans Theme}


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 CUSTOM ILLUSTRATED PRINTABLES as shown in this unique “SHENANIGANS” party theme I designed for my son. This is the ultimate in custom parties as your child’s illustration is transformed into their own party supplies.

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Ariel Inspired Ombre Little Mermaid Party {Teal & Purple}

teal and purple, fish scale mermaid birthday cake

“Darling it’s better, down where it’s wetter, take it from me!” Ashley Keith of Cupcake Express definitely brought the “under the sea” lifestyle to the shore with this Ombre Ariel Inspired Mermaid Party for her adorable daughter, Tessa. All the little mermaids dined on a purple & teal dessert table filled with super cute, sea-inspired treats like gumball ‘pearl’ clamshells and seashell topped chocolate covered Oreos – both displayed on a bed of brown sugar ‘sand’, of course! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Clever DIY floating jellyfish & tissue pom dessert table backdrop
  • Clam shell & seahorse lollipops, spot-on Ariel cookies, & mermaid tail topped cupcakes
  • Beautiful scale and sea shell covered mermaid tier cake
  • Adorable teal & purple printables + a teal and purple tutu skirt for the birthday girl

ocean and mermaid themed dessert table

mermaid tail topped cupcakes

a girl's mermaid and sea themed birthday party (more…)

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Cozy Pink Penguin Winter Wonderland Baby Shower

winter baby shower penguin cake pops

Here in San Diego, we’re finally getting a little peek at Winter weather with rain and thunderstorms. This adorable Pink Penguin Winter Wonderland Baby Shower is the absolute perfect way to warm up, featuring a cozy Hot Cocoa Bar and some of the cutest little penguin cake pops you ever did see! Big props to Katie Farmer of The Pretty Party Shoppe, who did an fabulous job styling everything and designing all of the adorable printables!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Rosy cheeked penguin cupcake toppers + penguin cake pops topped with cute winter hats!
  • Fun cocoa bar mix-ins like peppermint marshmallows, peppermint sticks, and hazelnut piroulines
  • Glittery pink ruffle snowflake cookies + snowflake garland dessert table backdrop
  • Homemade peppermint sugar scrub favors + ‘Wishing Tree’ for guests to write personal notes to baby

a pink and gray winter baby shower's dessert table with snowflake backdrop

cute baby penguin topped cupcake

winter time girl's baby shower desserts like snowflake topped cookies, peppermint cupcakes and penguin cake pops (more…)

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Valentine’s Day Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

valentine's day surprise marriage proposal box

Happy February! We’re kicking off our Valentine’s Day content this year with this beautiful guest round-up of inspiration from Inspired By This. Even though these are all moments from various weddings, the ideas can definitely be adapted for your own everyday love-filled celebrations – from a simple dinner date to a fun night with the girls! And I’m pretty sure the lovely heart and monogram “chalkboard” cookies below would fit right in at any bridal or baby shower. ;)

chalkboard and heart cookies for valentine's day or a wedding

a romantic pink wedding lounge and drinks area (more…)

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