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“Berry Sweet” Strawberry Baby Shower

strawberry themed dessert table

Victoria Luhrs of RV Parties cooked up this adorable “Berry Sweet” Strawberry Baby Shower for a new momma and daughter-to-be! I have been totally crushing on these Springtime themes for baby showers lately. I am especially loving the retro vibe in this here, with reds and pinks set off by pops of turquoise plus that super cool red bar cart! Totally charming! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fresh strawberry cupcakes & macarons + strawberry flavored gummy candy filled mason jars
– Vintage bar cart with red gingham napkins, mason jar glasses & a quilt for baby
– Paper pinwheel dessert table backdrop + sweet scalloping on the printables
– Fresh pink & white long stemmed flowers + heart shaped strawberry guest notes

strawberry baby shower tablescape

vintage strawberry baby shower party invitation

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Kentucky Derby® DIY #4: Southern Belle Stemware

DIY Southern Belle Wine Glasses

Hello from Louisville, where the 140th Annual Kentucky Derby® is only a few short days away! I really wanted to do something extra special to the wine glasses for our recent Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme for 14 Hands, and came up with a fun idea for turning the bases of the glasses into (very tiny) “big hats”!

These “Southern Belle” glasses are surprisingly easy to make using felt, ribbon, & feathers, and if you switch up the colors a bit, they also double as drink markers to help guests keep track of their glass. Plus, they’re the perfect compliment to the “Southern Gentleman” Bow-Tie Drink Markers that we featured last week! Read on for the step by step details… (more…)

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Bright & Festive Fiesta Birthday Party

outdoor fiesta drinks table with big letter and cactus balloons

With Cinco de Mayo right around the corner, this Bright & Festive Fiesta Birthday Party by Juliet Boydstun of the COOP is the perfect source of inspiration if you’re thinking of throwing a little fiesta of your own! If you remember this Psychedelic Party from not too long ago, you’ll know that this is one Mom that is not afraid of DIY. From glittered limes to paper flowers and piñata confetti, no surface was left untouched! For more Cinco de Mayo inspiration, check out these other parties: here, here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Día de los Muertos inspired decor like painted skulls & mustache, cactus & skull topped cupcakes
– Sombrero wearing soda pop bottles + sombrero & piñata confetti decoration party favors bags
– DIY candy Margarita glasses with a sprinkled ‘salt’ rim, gummy lime & cactus stem
– Glittered ‘FIESTA’ letters & a “fiesta like there’s no mañana” party sign + mini maracas & piñatas
– Colorful tulips, kumquat branches & succulents in bean cans + bright floral napkins & table runner

DIY candy margarita glasses with a sprinkled rim and gummy lime

dia de los muertos party decor

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Tiffany Themed 30th Birthday Brunch {Breakfast at Tiffany’s}

tiffany themed 30th birthday party dessert table

♫ And I said what about, Breakfast at Tiffany’s? ♫ Anybody else having 90’s flashbacks? ;) Luckily, there is absolutely nothing dated about this Tiffany’s Themed 30th Birthday Brunch {Breakfast at Tiffany’s} by Tiffany Westbrook of Orange Moon Events. I’m pretty sure that the Tiffany’s blue box has become universally recognizable and loved, and when your stylist’s name is Tiffany, I think that’s fate talking. One of my favorite details of this party is the breakfast-for-dinner idea — who doesn’t love a good brunch?! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A Tiffany’s Bag & black damask decorated cake + mini fondant Tiffany box topped cupcakes
– White bow wrapped invitation + Audrey Hepburn silhouette printed on signs & party circles
– “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” champagne flute party favors + Tiffany’s blue punch drink
– Mini pancakes & waffles,  fruit parfaits & mimosas served as brunch + a towering 30th birthday ice sculpture

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Power Up! Super Mario Brothers Birthday Party

super mario brothers themed desserts and table

Even if you’re not a complete gamer like this birthday boy, chances are you know a thing or two about the Super Mario Brothers — which is why I know you’ll all love and appreciate the endless creativity in this Super Mario Brothers Birthday Party by Summer Stone of Cake Paper Party! With adorable Super Mario themed treats to help the guests Power Up and fun activities to play, I’m sure everyone left feeling like a WINNER! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fire Flower topped brownie bites, gold star cookie pops & Bob-omb bomb truffle pops
– Piranha Plant tulip glasses & balloons + ‘mushroom’ benches & table centerpieces
– Chocolate mustaches, pin the mustache on Mario game + DIY Mario Brothers lollipops
– A gold coin paper plate backdrop + a brick, pipe, gold coin & mustache decorated birthday cake
– Homemade Mario Brother posters & Mario Brothers costumes for all of the guests

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Pink & Gold Bubbly 30th Birthday Party

white and gold 30th birthday cake

Leslie Kaplan of Encore Events created this endlessly stylish Pink & Gold Bubbly 30th Birthday Party for a girly-girl who loves a bit of sparkle! I am loving the overall glamorous look of the metallic golds and hot pinks combined with black glitter — makes for the perfect evening celebration. What better way to dance the night away into your 30’s? ;) P.S. This kind of fun atmosphere would be so perfect for a bachelorette party or bridal shower as well!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Metallic gold birthday cake candles & a large DIY gold confetti ’30’ sign
– Crystal single flower vases & romantic single tea lights + bright fuchsia florals like roses, orchids & anemones
– Golden ‘twig’ headband party favors + a black paper wall for guests to write their golden birthday wishes
– Glittering rock candy & pink sparkling wine + white coconut & sprinkled mini cupcakes

golden 30th birthday confetti sign

live laugh love birthday party sign

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An Indoor Glam Camping Birthday Party {Glamping!}

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Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share this Indoor Glam Camping Birthday Party styled by Jen Carver of Banner Events. No bug spray or SPF needed at this glammed up girlie camping party full of ruffles, sparkles and gorgeous campfire treats!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Indoor S’mores roasting station table centerpieces and individual s’mores kits.
– “Glam Aid” kits filled with manicure sets, glow sticks, bubble gum, chap stick and more!
– Decked out camping sleepover setup with custom ruffled tents, pillows and blankets.
– Creative toasted marshmallow cookies on sticks displayed in paper wrapped tin cans.

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Yellow Bumblebee Themed Honeycomb Baby Shower

honeycomb themed dessert table and honeycomb cake

Sunny yellows, sweet honey and vintage decor — not to bee a pest but you just have to see this Yellow Bumblebee Themed Honeycomb Baby ShowerDorangela of Two Prince Bakery Theater did an amazing job combining styles to create a vintage-meets-elegant feel, while still remaining so inviting! No stings here! ;) To see other kinds of bumblebee parties, click here, here or here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage drinks cart with Arnold Palmer dispenser, yellow roses & wood grain paper straws
– Yellow swirl cake & a honeycomb shaped lemon & honey cake decorated with little bumblebees
– Individual honeycomb topped panna cotta + a picnic basket filled with mini honey jar party favors

bumblebee themed baby shower invitation

honey flavored baby shower drinks on a vintage bar cart

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Love Themed Milk & Cookies First Birthday {Korean Dol}

pink and gold love themed first birthday party

Love is in the air! A while back, we featured Jennifer and Jonathan’s middle daughter’s birthday party, and now they’re back with this sweet Love Themed Milk & Cookies First Birthday! It’s fun to see how they transformed various spaces in their home to fit the theme, from a decorated mantle and sunny kitchen tablescape to a celebratory high chair nook and more. Almost everything you see here is DIY by mom & dad — they definitely poured a LOT of love into this party! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY book pages wall & heart cut-out book garland + a folded pages wreath & golden ‘Je t’aime’ book sign
– DIY gold painted ‘LOVE’ & ‘RUBY’ letters + ‘LOVE’ mugs as tulip centerpieces on vintage books
– DIY framed chicken wire first year photo board & custom first year chalkboard sign
– Pink ombre heart cookies + pink & gold ‘1’ cookies + strawberry & plain milk bar & “milk carton” party favors

birthday high chair decorations with a book pages backdrop

chalkboard first birthday sign and book pages garland

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{Party of 5} Ready to Pop, Jungle Cruise, Panda Party, Little Man Mustache, Oh the Places You’ll Go

ready to pop 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:

– Ready to Pop Baby Shower
 Disney’s Jungle Cruise Birthday Party
– 
Panda Bear Birthday Party
– Little Man Mustache Birthday Party

 Oh the Places You’ll Go Birthday Party

1. Ready to Pop Baby Shower (pictured above) from Craftstruck

2. Disney’s Jungle Cruise Birthday Party by Cutie Putti Paperie

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Kentucky Derby® DIY #3: Bow-Tie Salad & Decor Accents

DIY Bow Tie Pasta Party Ideas

For the 3rd post in our Kentucky Derby DIY series for 14 Hands Winery, I wanted to share something with you that’s SUPER easy and also a little outside the box, which happen to be 2 of my favorite attributes when it comes to party decor. ;)

Since we already had a lot of crepe paper roses and hat inspired decor, I wanted to add a little “Southern Gentleman” flair to our Kentucky Derby Garden Party too, and bow-ties are a great way to accomplish that. Last year we made a bunch of miniature fabric bow-ties, but this year I found a much easier way to make them… using striped bow-tie pasta!

1. BOW TIE DRINK MARKERS

I’ve always loved the look of striped farfalle, and happened to spot it in 2 fun colors at HomeGoods while out shopping for this party, and a lightbulb just went off! All you need to do is add some raffia (or ribbon, twine, etc) to the center of the pasta, and voila! Cute – and sturdy – little striped bow-ties, in no time at all.

The shape of each pasta piece is a little different as well, which helps to make the bow-ties double as drink markers for guests, especially if you’re using more than one color. Use 3D glue dots to attach them to wine glasses, and you should end up with something that looks a lot like this:

wine glasses with DIY farfalle bow-ties

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Celebrate Magazine Feature + Subscription Giveaway!

Celebrate Magazine Giveaway

A little fun news to share with you today… I’m featured in the current issue of Celebrate Magazine, and we’re celebrating (pun intended) by giving away a free 1 year magazine subscription! I don’t know about you, but in a world where SO MUCH TIME is spent on screen these days, it’s such a nice treat to just sit down and flip through printed pages once in a while. ;)

Celebrate is also generously offering a discounted rate to HWTM readers now through May 7th. Just click here and use the promo code HWTM to get 33% off a one year subscription!

Here’s a peek at my spread in the magazine, which featured the Pear and Blackberry Brunch that I styled at the Grammercy Park Hotel in NYC a few years ago. I still love this look for spring and summer soirées!

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Sailing Away Nautical First Birthday {Korean Dol}

nautical themed dessert table with anchor and sail boat cookies

A first birthday is sort of like setting sail on life’s big adventure (cheesy but true, right?), so this Sailing Away Nautical First Birthday {Korean Dol} is perfectly fitting! For this special little guy’s first birthday, Angie Bae of Angi & Co was inspired by a hanging sail boat mobile in his room to create this seaworthy party! With a color palette of blues and golds and lots of natural textures like wood and rope, I feel totally transported to the high seas! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Blue & yellow striped cake pops, sail boat & anchor cookies + golden rope & anchor decorated cake with birthday boy topper
– Formal tablescape with hydrangea floral arrangements & mini wooden sail boat seat number
– Blue candy buffet with takeaway jars + colorful nautical chocolate favors in personalized anchor bags
– Lifesize wooden helm birthday sign + nautical golden anchor decorated place cards
– Traditional Doljabi career choosing game & a beautiful gold and blue Doljabi outfit

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Kentucky Derby® DIY #2: Crepe Paper Roses Tutorial

DIY Crepe Paper Roses Tutorial by HWTM

Since the Kentucky Derby® is often referred to as the “Run for the Roses” (in honor of the Garland of Roses presented to the winner), it seems only fitting that roses should play a key role in home Derby celebrations too! I wanted to showcase them in a fresh, creative way for our recent Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme for 14 Hands Winery, so we made a bunch of red CREPE PAPER ROSES to use as party decor.

The textured crepe paper adds a lovely, lifelike feel to these flowers, and there are seriously so many things you can do with them – for all sorts of themes! For this particular party, though, I wanted the star centerpiece to be a horse figure decked out with an artsy “Garland of Roses” motif, and these little beauties helped to make that happen in the best possible way! Here’s a a close up of how it turned out (and you can see the full view at the bottom of the post):

close up of red crepe paper roses

This tutorial is very straight-forward and easy to follow, but it can be a little time consuming if you need to make a LOT of roses like we did, so this is a perfect “in front of the tv or while chatting with a friend” sort of project. Read on for the step-by-step tutorial, with helpful images included. Happy crafting! (more…)

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Lilly Pulitzer Pink Elephant First Birthday Party

girly pink and green elephant first birthday cake

Lilly Pulitzer was famous for her preppy & vibrant clothing patterns, which are still a staple for many fashionistas today! The floral patterns and sweet colors are the perfect compliment to a little girl’s birthday, as showcased in this beautiful Lilly Pulitzer Floral Elephant First Birthday Party. Heather Dalton from Chickabug designed all of the preppy printable details, while the birthday girl’s mom, Susan, took care of the rest! I just love the pink and green colors combined with those adorable elephants — such a sweet & lovely party paradise.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Girly pink elephant on top of a cake decorated with bows & flowers + a tropical elephant smash cake
– Lilly Pulitzer script monogram & banner + matching monogrammed pink feather boa party hat
– Super cute “make a hand elephant” kid’s activity + a candy buffet for party favors
– Pink & green Lilly Pulitzer inspired party decor & printables

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Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party

neutral jake pirate ship birthday cake

Xiomara Roman of A Styled Fete has a son who loves the Disney show, Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates, so she claimed her #1 Mom title and threw this awesome Neutral Jake & the Neverland Pirates Birthday Party! This party has a treasure chest FULL of cute ideas — most of which would be so easy to replicate! Like that treasure map table runner, so clever and you know kids would go crazy over it! If you’re looking for more Neverland Party inspiration, be sure to check out these other posts as well: here, here, here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pirate dress up station with eye patches, Jake’s bandanas & pixie dust necklaces + ‘Walk the Plank’ game
– DIY painted cardboard pirate ship, wooden ship centerpieces & a pirate ship cake sailing through choppy waves
– Treasure chest lunch boxes with a compass inside, map napkins & golden compass cookies
– Party popper ‘Pirate Ammunition,’ chocolate Cannonball malt balls & gummy crocodiles
– Neutral Jake storybook banner & an appearance by a real Pirate — Captain Jack Sparrow!

pirate tablescape and ship centerpiece

captain jack sparrow party character and compass cookies

neutral jake and the neverland pirates party dessert table

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GIVEAWAY: Eden Pier Bathing Suits & Fine Apparel

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As crazy as it sounds, summer is right around the corner already, and I’ve actually been knee deep in beach and swim party designs lately (sneak peeks here and here), so today’s giveaway feels SUPER timely!

I’m very excited to introduce you to Eden Pier today, a bathing suit and fine apparel company founded by Brittney Hanks, whose goal was to create modest swimsuits that were also stylish and affordable. Imagine that! Gotta love it when people recognize a void and then find a way to make things happen. You can read more about how Eden Pier (formerly known as “Essential Swimwear”) came to be right here.

In the meantime, let’s talk GIVEAWAY!

Because we’re offering up a $200 Eden Pier Shopping Spree to a lucky HWTM reader this week! Shop for stylish and figure-flattering one piece bathing suits, swim tops, swim bottoms, cover-ups, and more. I’m particularly loving the Bay Breeze Retro One Piece and deliciously-hued Sea Foam Cover-Up Dress myself – how about you? Scroll down for a peek at more favorites and to enter to WIN!

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Kentucky Derby® DIY #1: Golden Horses and Jockeys

Kentucky Derby Party Decor - Gold Painted Horses and Jockeys

Last week, I shared the new Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme that I recently designed for 14 Hands Winery with you, and now it’s time to dig a little deeper into the “how to” details! I wanted to kick off our mini DIY tutorial series with one of my favorite easy & inexpensive Derby party ideas: Golden Horses and Jockeys. Why gold specifically? As a nod to the much-sought-after Kentucky Derby® winner’s trophy, of course! Plus it just makes your decor look really nice. ;)

In a nutshell, you’ll need horse/jockey elements + a nice shade of metallic gold spray paint. The shade and finish of gold is important because it really affects the look of your finished pieces. And I do mean REALLY. I like Design Master’s Brilliant Gold, which has a lovely matte satin finish and isn’t overly yellow or magenta.

As I mentioned earlier, this concept is super easy, but I think the images below will help to convey how very effective these metallic accents can be, as well as give you some good ideas for incorporating them into your own Derby celebrations at home. And, away we go….

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Gender Neutral Garden Bunny Baby Shower

garden bunny gender neutral baby shower cake

For her sister’s first baby, Jessica Ludwig of The Bake Boutique styled and baked all of the beautiful desserts to create this Gender Neutral Garden Bunny Baby Shower. I am just loving the whole look of this shower, which would be so perfect for any kind of Springtime party! With tons of bright and fresh desserts, florals and decor, this shower is a sweet welcome for baby and a lovely afternoon for friends and family. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fresh fruit desserts like mini strawberry tarts & individual cake & berry trifles
– Blooms of pink roses, white hydrangeas & lettuce + a floral crown to make mom-to-be feel extra special
– Chalkboard, garden flower & bunny cookies + a bunny silhouette garland & centerpiece
– Sophisticated 3-tier cake decorated with fresh flowers, fondant leaves & a bunny cameo silhouette

garden bunny gender neutral baby shower invitation

garden bunny gender neutral baby shower dessert table

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Quirky Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat First Birthday Party

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“I know it is wet and the sun is not sunny, but we can have lots of good fun that is funny.” Clair Griffiths of Calamity Cakes styled this classically popular Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat First Birthday Party for her nephew’s big day. I absolutely love the drawn look of the cookies & the (AMAZING) cake — totally transports you into Dr. Suess’ world! With SO much creative inspiration that can be taken from Dr. Seuss, Clair did an amazing job bringing his characters to life!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Red fish topped blue jello ‘fish bowls’ & individual red strawberry jello pots
– Cat in the Hat & Thing 1 and 2 topped cupcakes + cartoon style smash cake
– Dr. Seuss multi-tiered cake with the Cat’s Hat base & 3-D details from the book on top (like the fishbowl & kites)
– Dr. Seuss quote arrows + watercolor painting & bright bounce house activities

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Nature Inspired Woodland Fairy Birthday Party

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With a little Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust the possibilities are endless for creating an enchanting party with creative DIY flair! Nicolle of Libby Lane Press here to share this Nature-Inspired Woodland Fairy Birthday Party filled with tons of budget friendly ideas that your little fairies will love.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY Flower and ribbon embellished fairy wings & pixie dust bottle necklace favors
– Fairy themed activities from Pixie Putt-Putt, Fairy Face Painting and a Nature Scavenger Hunt
– Al fresco picnic dining on a vintage blanket with basket lunches + Fairy doll ball gown cake & toadstool cupcakes
–Die-cut invitation adorned with glitter and coordinating fairy printables

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Whimsical Tangled Inspired Rapunzel Birthday Party

tangled inspired rapunzel birthday party dessert table

Rapunzel, Rapunzel let down your hair… and get ready to party! Heather Equitz of Heather Equitz Designs whipped up a truly magical celebration with this Whimsical Tangled Inspired Rapunzel Birthday Party for two adorable little girls. Tangled fans will certainly appreciate all of the thoughtful touches from the movie – from pretty purple wildflowers, tons of lanterns, and long braids of golden hair to a cameo from Rapunzel herself. I am especially loving that amazing ivy covered tower donut cake — it definitely defies the laws of gravity!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful hand-written, flower & braid adorned invitation + viking helmets & Rapunzel braids at each place setting
– Glittering flower topped cake pops, rose chocolate covered Oreos & apple pie!
– Felt sun banner + super cute Pascal the chameleon plush party favors
– Streamers decorated with yellow braids, flowers & gold chains + ‘floating’ lanterns

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tangled rapunzel themed birthday party invitation

tangled inspired rapunzel photo frame

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Shabby Chic Cowgirl Party Dessert Table

pink cowgirl party desserts table

I am totally smitten with this adorable, Shabby Chic Cowgirl Party Dessert Table by my talented friend, Paige Kepner of Paiges of Style! From stylish printable paper details and vintage doilies to decked-out treats from the local grocery store, I love how Paige utilized so many approachable elements to bring this theme life, without sacrificing even a smidge on style. So saddle up and scroll on down to check out all the lovely country-meets-girlie-girl party details…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Doily & twine wrapped milk bottles + pink striped & polka dotted paper pinwheels
– Chocolate horseshoe topped cupcakes & pastel pink horse topped candy jars
– Hay bale cupcake stand, simple white cake with toy horse topper & pom decorated party hats
– ‘Keep Calm & Giddy Up’ party sign + ‘Giddy Up’ & ‘Yeehaw’ party printables
– Charming cowgirl silhouette on the paper details + real tutu-wearing cowgirls (so cute!)

pink girly cowgirl party invitation

simple pink horse topped birthday cake

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{Party of 5} Minecraft Birthday, Harry Potter Party, Doc McStuffins, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Under the Sea

minecraft birthday 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:

– Minecraft Birthday Party Dessert Table
 Harry Potter Birthday Party
– 
Doc McStuffins Birthday Party
– Planes, Trains & Automobiles Birthday Party

 Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday Party

1. Minecraft Birthday Party Dessert Table (pictured above) from A Stylish Affair by Jessie

2. Harry Potter Birthday Party by Claudia A.

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{Ralph Lauren Inspired} Polo Club First Birthday Party

ralph lauren polo club dessert table

When your husband loves Ralph Lauren and your toddler looks absolutely adorable in those little polos, a Polo Club First Birthday Party is the perfect fit! Ebony Sparkes of Sparkling Events & Designs styled this fresh & sophisticated party with preppy blue & green patterns and lots of chic little polo players popping up throughout. I also love how she cleverly personalized the celebration by dubbing it the “Sparkes Polo Club”. ;) P.S. This theme would also translate beautifully to boy baby shower – or even a stylish adult birthday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tiered cake with cool polo player silhouette topper, bold preppy patterns, and fondant polo shirts
– Ralph Lauren polo shirt name banner + cute favor bags customized with sparkly “1”s
– Build a Stuffed Horse activity in a homemade “stable” + trophy cup party favors
– Ralph Lauren box risers + mini polo player wooden cutouts & decals on the milk bottles
– Preppy wheat grass table runners with yellow & white gerbera daisies “growing” from them

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Rootin’ Tootin’ Round Up Cowboy Birthday Party

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Saddle up for some bootin’ scootin’ rootin’ tootin’ fun! Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It roped together this incredible Round Up Cowboy Birthday Party for her son, Liam, who loves all things cowboy! Mom went seriously above and beyond, creating a whole TOWN for Liam and his outlaw friends, including a general store, jail cell (which doubled as a photo booth), trading post, and more… not to mention a dessert table that not even the toughest cattleman in the West could resist! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bandana paisley & cow print birthday cake with rope detailing + cow print cake pops & chocolate covered Oreos
– Real hay bale & wagon wheel decor + hay bale rice krispies, tumbleweed clusters & wagon wheel cookies
– DIY jean pocket utensil holder on tin travel plates + Wanted sign name cards
– Sack racing, pin the badge on the Sheriff, Horseshoes, Horse on a stick racing & a horse piñata

cowboy party welcome sign and hay bale sitting area

bandana paisley and cow print cowboy birthday cake

wester cowboy DIY cardboard wooden town

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Trend Alert: Girly Boy Themes (Girly Space Party)

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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 Boy Themes!

Themes that are traditionally thought of for boys are getting some serious girly makeovers lately – from girly superhero to girly monster parties! Here, I styled a Girly Space themed party featuring the cutest Novi Star alien dolls and my newest “Starstruck” printable collection (now available in my shop) featuring custom designed girly spaceships and lots of bling!

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FREE Kentucky Derby® Party Printables – Garden Party {Updated for 2016}

Free Kentucky Derby Party Printables from Hostess with the Mostess

UPDATE: All PDFs with dates have been updated for the 2016 Kentucky Derby. Dates were either removed from the initial design or changed. ;)

As promised, here are links to download all of the {free!} party printables from our new Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme for 14 Hands Winery. Inspired by the colorful painted horses motif on the 14 Hands bottles, I was going for a “fresh and artistic” sort of vibe when designing this collection. I hope you’re able to have some fun with it at your own home Derby celebrations this year!

Everything here is set up on 8.5×11 templates for easy printing at home. Scroll down for a preview of each design, followed by links to download the high resolution PDFs. For more inspiration, click here to view these designs in use at our recent photo shoot, and learn how to expand on this theme with matching food, drinks, and decor. Enjoy! :)

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{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby® Garden Party

Kentucky Derby Wine Bar Station with 14 Hands Wine

“The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports™” is right around the corner already, and you know what that means…. party time! For the past few years, HWTM has partnered with 14 Hands Winery (a proud sponsor of the Kentucky Derby® for the 2nd time this year!) – to bring you lots of creative inspiration for celebrating the Derby in style at home. First there was the vintage-modern style Taste of Derby theme, followed by last year’s Preppy Paddock Party.

DREAMING UP A NEW LOOK

This year, I wanted to come up with something really colorful, fresh, and a bit unexpected, which always makes things more fun for the party guests! Inspired by the artistic look of the 14 Hands wine bottles and the vibrant colors of jockey racing silks, I mixed in greenery and rustic elements as a nod to the outdoor nature of the race, plus some preppy black and white patterns for a hint of classic Derby style.

The result is a festive Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme that feels both elegant and fun at the same time… I hope it inspires you to invite some friends over and bring the Derby home this year too, no matter where you live! You’ll find details on how to recreate the look below, and can also click here to download all of the {FREE} party printables used throughout this theme. Enjoy! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Repurposed wood horse adorned with a DIY crepe paper “Garland of Roses”, inspired by the Derby tradition
– Derby themed party signs displayed in open frames backed with dried moss + mini moss garlands
– Wine glass bases transformed into Southern Belle style “derby hats” for the ladies
– Gold-painted toy horses, jockeys and horseshoes used as place card holders and centerpiece accents
– Bold striped farfalle pasta used as both food and decor (Check out the “bow-tie” drink charms!)

Kentucky Derby Hat with DIY Paper Flowers + Garden Party Wine and Decor

Rustic Garden Kentucky Derby Table Centerpiece and Gold Horses

Kentucky Derby Centerpiece - Garland of Roses Horse

Kentucky Derby Printable Drink Sign and 14 Hands Wine (more…)

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Sweet Spring Duckling Themed Easter Brunch

Easter brunch food table

Waddle waddle! Last but certainly not least on our Easter party train, is this too cute Spring Duckling Themed Easter Brunch from Suzanne Olvey of Fanciful Events. Rather than focus on Easter’s most famous animal, the rabbit, Suzanne chose to highlight another one of Spring’s most adorable creations. With bright colors and tons of super creative but totally doable brunch treats, this would be the perfect way to spend a relaxing Easter Sunday morning with your loved ones!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini waffle skewers, mini cinnamon rolls & pink pom topped mini blueberry muffins
– Powdered donut ‘egg’ filled cartons & powdered donut birds’ nests topped with yellow duckling pegs
– Rainbow candy filled jars add a punch of color + a rainbow of speckled eggs & hanging paper Easter eggs

mini waffle skewers for a Brunch Party

powdered donut easter egg carton

easter egg hunt party

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