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Adorable Peter Rabbit First Birthday Garden Party

peter rabbit birthday cake

Bunny tails & garden decor — here’s another dose of pretty party inspiration that also happens to be very timely for Easter celebrations this weekend, but with a fun twist… For her daughter’s first birthday, Veronica Spencer was inspired by her own childhood favorite bunny to create this ADORABLE Peter Rabbit First Birthday Garden Party! I am absolutely loving all the hanging decor, like the garden vine decorated antler chandelier, as well as the stunning Peter Rabbit cake (featuring hand written messages from the book). Keep reading, because all of the adorable details are just a HOP, skip and a jump away!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Carrot, cabbage & first birthday cookies + fondant cabbage & carrot topped cupcakes
– Moss, toadstool and Peter rabbit silhouette filled terrariums + a Peter Rabbit pop-up story guestbook
– Mr. McGregor’s forbidden garden patch filled with garden planted veggie crudités & dips
– Girly tulle & pearl decorated high chair + a rabbit print dress for the birthday girl
– Paper carousel with the story’s characters + DIY paper character cutouts throughout the party

peter rabbit terrarium and garden party decor

peter rabbit themed party desserts

peter rabbit first birthday party

garden party drinks table and fabric rose drink stirrers


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Pretty Pastel Spring & Easter Dessert Table Inspiration

pastel and gold rabbit cookies

With Easter coming up this weekend (already!), I wanted to share a few adorable parties with you today that would provide some major inspiration and get you excited for the holiday. If you’re hosting anything from a big Easter celebration to a small Egg Hunt for the little ones, this Spring & Easter Dessert Table Inspiration by Shauna Krantz of Cupcake With Character certainly fits the bill! With traditional pastel colors and the most beautiful sweet treats (check out those lacy fondant cupcake toppers!), this dessert table is absolutely springing with great ideas. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Wheat grass table centerpiece & a beautiful grassy outdoor setting + pink meringue filled fruit baskets
– Chocolate cake pop truffle birds’ nests topped with speckled pastel chocolate eggs
– Pastel & gold painted rabbit cookies + ornately decorated golden egg & rabbit cookies
– Beautiful Spring rabbit & bird topped cupcakes decorated with lace and painted flowers

easter themed bird and rabbit topped cupcakes

chocolate birds nest truffles

golden egg and rabbit cookies


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Pool Party Playdate with Huggies Little Swimmers

pool party playdate ideas

I’m excited to share a different sort of post with you today – one that I hope will inspire you to start planning your own day of fun in the sun! I was recently asked to help style a Pool Party Playdate sponsored by Huggies® Little Swimmers, and with the weather heating up and summer right around the corner (how is it mid-April already?!), I was definitely game for putting my head into pool party mode. I’ve also been slightly obsessed with any excuse to design in watercolor lately, and a swimming theme fit the bill perfectly. ;)

swim party food - shark's mouth fruit salad

There were so many cool & unique things about this event – the key highlights being the guests of honor (bloggers/moms from all over the country & their families), the incredible venue (a poolhouse right on the beach – talk about instant WOW factor), and the activities, which included a playful group swim lesson and some insanely cool underwater (& above water) photography by Pinky Blue Photography.

Huggies Little Swimmers pool party playdate

Seriously… how cool is the water shot above?! As a fellow blogger with a little one still in diapers myself, I was a bit bummed to miss out on the pool time fun, but we realized that it would’ve been next to impossible for me to decorate the party with a 2 year old in tow, especially given that the event was out of town, so I settled for the next best thing once the party was done up right and in full swing – relaxing and enjoyed the amazing view! That pretty much NEVER happens these days, so it wasn’t exactly a hard sell either. ;)

Since my personal focus for this event was the decor, this recap is more visually focused and a little different than those of the other guests in attendance. Scroll down for a peek at some of my favorite details from the event though (including super cute themed food like Shark’s Mouth Salad & Crabby Croissants!), and then next month I’m actually going to post a similar pool party theme styled in my own backyard, but with more of a “how to” focus that digs into the DIY details and party elements a bit deeper. There’s still a lot of inspiration to soak in here though (pun intended) – and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have in the meantime on the decor via the comments section below! Here we go…

swim party table ideas - whale centerpiece and beach towel runners

pool party playdate guests

pool party drink station and Hostess INK party signs (more…)

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Cozy Little Red Caboose 2nd Birthday Party

rustic and vintage dessert table

All aboard the party train! For her son Eli’s 2nd birthday, Tara Berger of One Stylish Party was inspired by Eli’s favorite bedtime story to create this Cozy Little Red Caboose Birthday Party! This party is filled with rustic vintage decor and details from the story, not to mention Eli and his guests got to ride on a real live train! Makes me want to curl up under a blanket with a mug of hot cocoa. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage train ticket punch card party invitation & matching train ticket cookies
– Cozy white cable knit sweater cake & a little red caboose cake topper
– Antique suitcase cake stands + ‘baggage claim’ suitcase party favors
– Train themed cake pops like a stoplight, railroad crossing sign & a black engine + mini railroad crossing cookies
– Paper pinwheels, banner & tent cards made from pages of the book

train ticket party invitation and cookies

paper pinwheel birthday party decor

white cable knit sweater cake

vintage chocolate cake pops


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{Party of 5} Sunshine & Sprout, Lego Party, British Birthday, Gone Fishing, Flamingo Shower

sunshine & sprout garden 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:

– Sunshine and Sprout Joint Birthday Party
 Chevron Yellow Lego Birthday Party
Royal British Birthday Bash
– Gone Fishing 70th Birthday Dessert Table

 Pink Flamingo Baby Shower

1. Sunshine and Sprout Joint Birthday Party (pictured above) from Sarena Udani

2. Chevron Yellow Lego Birthday Party by Illume Design

lego birthday party


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Vintage Travel Themed Twins First Birthday Party

travel themed twins first birthday party dessert table

These little ones have got places to go and people to see! Betty Lang of Vanda Events styled this Vintage Travel Themed Twins First Birthday Party for the two cutest little boys. The decor is filled with different modes of transportation — from planes, trains, and automobiles… to a giant cardboard spaceship! I’m especially loving the adorable “propeller” paper straws and the mini Radio Flyer wagons “carrying” gorgeous flowers for the table centerpieces. So…. strap yourselves in and get ready to check out the rest of the details on this high-flying party adventure! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– ‘In the clouds’ airplanes topped cake + tootsie roll candy airplanes
– Baggage Claim party favor boxes, activity passport card, caricature artist & wooden train set
– Red wagon & mini wooden barrel centerpieces filled with bright green moss, succulents & kumquat branches
– Future Career guessing game & “Oh the Places You’ll Go” guestbook signing
– Tassel topped map party hats & map banner + hot rod car baby bouncer & buggy coasters

twins first birthday smash cakes and party hats

travel themed first birthday party ideas

baggage claim party favor boxes and candy airplanes

paper straw plane propellers


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Lovely & Chic Beachy Bridal Shower

sugar high heel topped beach bridal shower cake

They say if you hold a seashell to your ear, you can hear the ocean, but I think I hear wedding bells! In preparation for her best friend’s beach wedding, Kelli McCarthy of KLM Events created this beautiful Chic Beachy Bridal Shower. Inspired by the bride’s favorite colors, Kelli brought the ocean to shore in untraditional (and super cute) hues of yellow and gray. My absolute favorite part (as well as the bride’s) is that amazing lace & pearl high heel cake topper — made of sugar! I’ll take a size 7 please. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Heart shaped silver seashell backdrop + ‘message in a bottle’ advice for the bride
– Glittery starfish topped chocolate covered Oreos + mini starfish & clamshell cookies
– Oyster pearl truffles, sugar ‘beach glass’ topped cupcakes & silver mercury glass floral centerpiece vases
– Yellow ombre ‘LOVE’ topped cupcakes + a gray and yellow starfish adorned cake

yellow and gray dessert table with a silver seashell heart backdrop

seashell and starfish party desserts

yellow beachy tablescape for a bridal shower


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{Gumballs & Ice Cream} Sweet Shoppe Birthday Party

candy and sweets birthday party dessert table

This party is making me have a major sweet tooth! Shauna Krantz of Cupcake With Character added plenty of sweetness for her daughter Annie’s Sweet Shoppe Birthday Party! Everything looks so irresistible — from all the little gumball machine treats, to the bright pink, orange and yellow polka dot cake! It’s enough to give you a sugar high just from taking it all in! ;) YUM!


– Bright & swirly cake pop ‘lollipops’ + pillowy homemade marshmallows & pink cotton candy
– Gumball machine cookies, cupcake toppers, cake pops & DIY gummy bear filled cupcake stand centerpiece
– Laser cut ‘Sweets’ & ‘Annie’ wooden signs + customized birthday girl cup
– Fondant candy & miniature birthday cake topped cupcakes + fondant ice cream cones

mini fondant gumball machine cupcake topper

sweet tooths welcome birthday party sign

laser cut wooden sign for a birthday party chair back


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Eco-Friendly (& Adorable!) Whale Themed Baby Shower

blue honeycomb lantern dessert table decor

Looking for a way to avoid waste pile up after a party? Carlene Smith of Naturally Yours Events worked her environmental magic to create this Eco-Friendly Whale Themed Baby Shower! The kicker was that she used eco-friendly vendors and hired Collective Resource to compost everything afterwards — genius! Not only is this shower green, it’s super cute! Plus, I love how the event (which was hosted at a non-toxic spa in Chicago) is focused around relaxation for the mommy-to-be and her guests. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Blue ombre waves cake topped with stars, swirls & an adorable baby whale + blue whale cookies
– Blue honeycomb lantern dessert table decor + green & blue streamers & a “Baby Boy” banner
– Whale’s spout framed ombre sign with ‘Whale Wishes’ from guests on little folded hearts
– (Non-toxic) Manis & Pedis for all of the guests + fun trivia & word search games

welcome little one table centerpiece

blue ombre whale ocean cake

plate s'mores party dessert


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Lynlee’s {Sweet & Unique!} New Book + Giveaway

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers by Lynlee North Beckett

When it comes to creative talents, some people have just got a gift – and Lynlee North Beckett is the perfect example! From miniature Disneyland rides to Mr. Potato Head pirates, her incredible fondant work has been popping up in the parties we’ve featured here at HWTM for years now, not to mention delighting party guests (and their hostesses!) all over the country.


Speaking of being delighted by Lynlee’s work, I’m excited to share some fun news today about a whole NEW way to enjoy it. Her brand new bookSweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers – just came out yesterday, and after flipping through it myself, I’m happy to share that it’s just as clever, innovative, and detailed as all of her fondant creations! Designed to help others recreate her thematic fondant decorations, the book contains over 80 tutorials that are broken down in great detail. Scroll down for more info + some (super cute!) sneak peeks from the book.

ADDED BONUS: I’m giving a copy away to one of our readers! To enter, simply leave any comment here by this Friday, April 11 at noon PST. We’ll pick a winner on Friday afternoon. Someone’s weekend will be off to a very sweet start! ;)

Sweet & Unique Cupcake Toppers by Lynlee North Beckett (more…)

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Colorful Summer 30th Birthday Party

bright colors for a 30th birthday party

What better way to celebrate the launch of your new events company than to throw a killer party?! Caroline Eimerman of Soiree Sisters Events did just that for her milestone birthday with this Colorful Summer 30th Birthday Party! The whole party has an ultra cool vibe, with bright pops of color and a touch of whimsy (love those floating white balloon sculptures!) For more milestone birthday inspiration, check our all of our adult parties here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Outdoor white tent seating & purple lights for a swanky night club feel when the sun goes down
– Vases of floating purple orchids with a touch of sparkle + individual fish & chips & Mexican fare
– Customized treat & party favor bags + nail polish & hot pink golf ball party favors
– Tall pink birthday cake candles + a sparkly dessert table with chocolate treats & a rainbow of macarons

floating pool balloon sculptures

individual fish and chips and Mexican food for a party

nail polish party favors


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Spurs & Bling Texas Cowgirl First Birthday

gold western first birthday

Howdy ya’ll! Roberta Limongi Ruiz of Three Sisters Parties and her family moved to Texas right before their youngest, Stella, was born, making a Spurs & Bling Texas Cowgirl First Birthday a perfect first celebration! I love all the glammed up details, with green bows, gold glitter and plenty of pink. Like any good Texas Cowgirl knows, it’s all about the animals, so what better way to celebrate than with a petting zoo and pony rides! How cute is that little horse?! Ride em’ Cowgirl!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Paisley treat boxes, gold flower gumballs & wooden popcorn baskets decorated with ponies, bows & glitter
– Cowboy/girl hats, mustaches, bandanas & Sheriff’s badges for each pint sized cowboy & girl
– ‘Fenced in’ smash cake with sparkly pink topper + a ‘Yee Haw’ mini bunting cake topper
– Picture mat personalized with letter stickers to create a “Wanted” sign photo prop
– Lollipops & chocolate bars with glittery western decor + Rice Krispie “Hay Bales” & real haystack seating

cowgirl first birthday party ideas

glam cowgirl party decor and chocolate wrappers

cowgirl fence and horseshoe smash cake

DIY Wanted poster sign


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Adorable “Tiny Dancer” Ballerina Birthday Party

ballerina themed birthday party ideas

I have had Elton John stuck in my head all morning looking at this adorable Tiny Dancer Ballerina Birthday PartyRoxie Magro of This Party Rox styled this party for her own little tiny dancer, who loves all things girly and pink! There are just too many adorable details to name, but some of my favorites include the ballet slipper cake pops, the whimsical tree decorated with ballet ornaments, the “balloon trampoline” activity, & all the little ballerinas dancing in their pink tutus — too cute for words!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ballet slipper & pink tutu cookies + a pink swirl cake topper with a sparkly gold ballerina
– Chalkboard welcome sign & mini pink rosette tutu dress ‘Studio’ sign
– Pink tulle dessert table skirt with glittering “Dance” letters + “Tiny Dancer” chair backer
– Mini Pink tutu party favor garland + mini ballerina place cards & tulle pom wands for each guest

ballet party chalkboard sign

pink tutus for a ballet birthday party

pink ballet slipper cake pops


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Sweet Heart Themed First Birthday Dol

heart themed first birthday party cake table

For her darling daughter’s first birthday, Anne Lee planned this Sweet Heart Themed Dol all on her own! Luckily, she had some help from some very talented people, creating things like the beautiful pink ruffle smash cakes & the amazing Hello Kitty Dragon bean towers! I am especially loving the clear balloon dessert table backdrop with pops of color from the pink heart balloons — such a creative way to tie in the theme!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chalkboard heart table number centerpieces & party favor bags
– Customized pink & white M&Ms, heart shaped cookie pops & two tiered white cake with sparkly heart toppers
– Traditional Dol career choosing game & birthday outfit + first year photo garland
– Heart shaped balloon watercolor printable design + mimosa party flag place cards

chalkboard heart table number centerpieces and party favor decor

party flag place cards on a piano welcome table

pink party desserts


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Pretty Summer Dahlia First Birthday Party

pink and orange paper flower table centerpiece

This party is in full bloom! Heather Equitz of Heather Equitz Designs styled this Pretty Summer Dahlia First Birthday Party for the cutest little flower child! Heather used such a beautiful, classic combination of natural, neutral textures and bright pops of color from the dahlias. And I love the idea of using a darker table cloth and paper flowers at the kids’ table to minimize cleanup! Maybe I should start doing that at my own table ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bright pink & orange dahlias in multi vase table centerpieces & matching tissue pom garlands
– Sleek white tablescape for the adult tables + bright pink table covered with gold confetti for the kiddos
– Pink & orange confetti layer smash cake, mini meringue topped key lime pies + a dahlia topped macaron tower
– Coordinating floral dress for the birthday girl + bowls filled with colorful toys & favors for guests

pink and orange dessert table with pom garland

bright and colorful girly first birthday party

pink and orange girl's first birthday party outfit


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{Party of 5} Minion Birthday, Paddington Bear, Peppa Pig, Peapod Party, Winter Shower

despicable me minion 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:

– Despicable Me Minion Birthday Party
 Paddington Bear Birthday Party
– Peppa Pig Patisserie Birthday Party

Watch Me Grow Peapod First Birthday
 Baby it’s Cold Outside Winter Baby Shower

1. Despicable Me Minion Birthday Party (pictured above) from Jenny Santoso

2. Paddington Bear Birthday Party by Eat Sweet Treats

paddington bear birthday party


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Vintage & Girly Cute as a Button Birthday Party

cute as a button birthday party ideas and dessert table

What do you do when you’ve got a little girl that is just as cute as a button and sweet as can be? Throw her a Cute as a Button Birthday Party just like Clair Griffiths of Calamity Cakes did! Most button themed parties have sewing elements, so I love how Clair added her own twist by including lots of vintage & girly pink details. Like the old school drinks stand and bow topped mason jar cupcakes — absolutely LOVE! See more parties with this adorable theme here, here and here! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY pink buttons letter ‘A’ picture + wooden name sign for the birthday girl
– Pink button decorated cake & matching cupcakes + pink macarons & button sugar cookies
– Garden shelves with flowers & a watering can + wooden ladder display with party favors & a vintage tricycle
– Vintage wooden toy tent & watercolor painting + button & bow hair clips & polka dot party favors

pink birthday party name sign and party flags

pink cute as a button cupcakes

button letter picture


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Summer Backyard Barbecue One Month Celebration

blue rainbow cupcake tower

In traditional Asian culture, it’s a big deal for babies to reach the one month milestone. In an effort to honor East and West traditions, this adorable Australian family tied their favorite traditions together to create this Summer Backyard Barbecue One Month Celebration! Mel + Andy of Kiss and Tell Photography did an amazing job capturing all of the precious moments, including baby Alex taking a nap (as one month’s do) ;). It’s all making me very excited to have some Summer barbecues of our own soon!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Blue rainbow cupcakes & pastel cake pops + individual berry cheesecakes & pavlovas
– Outdoor grilling & buffet style food for the guests & a bow tie onesie for the guest of honor
– Blue hydrangea & baby’s breath flower arrangements + drinks station with chalkboard signs

boy's pastel blue green and yellow party decor and desserts

flavored water and juice drinks station

individual cheesecake cups and rainbow cupcakes


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Colorful Japanese Little Kokeshi Birthday Party

little kokeshi birthday party ideas

Konnichiwa friends! Inspired by her family’s time living in Japan, Tali Burress of A Party Studio dreamed up this sweet & colorful Little Kokeshi Birthday Party for her daughter, who absolutely loves the Kokeshi dolls and all things Japan! Tali did a great job of incorporating traditional elements of Japanese culture AND giving them a playful twist – like rainbow candy (and pinwheel sandwiches) made to look like sushi! P.S. For even more Kokeshi party inspiration, check out this Kokeshi Kimmidoll party that we featured a while back.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful paper crane origami, paper pinwheel decorated drinks table & screen fan party favors
– Make-your-own rainbow candy sushi, chocolate pocky, rainbow popcorn & chocolate covered cherry brownies
– Little wooden Kokeshi Dolls throughout + colorful hanging lanterns & a Japanese screen backdrop
– ‘I Heart Japan’ party printables, Kokeshi doll face stickers + Japanese parasols & kid’s chopsticks

girly kokeshi birthday party welcome sign

candy sushi party

candy rainbow sushi


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Trend Alert: My Little Pony Rainbow Party


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 — My Little Pony Rainbow Party.

My Little Pony Rainbow parties are one of the hot new party themes this year. If you don’t want to have to stick with licensed character party supplies, then you have many options to make this theme your own and reflective of your child’s interests. Whenever I do character themed parties, I try to stay away from the commercial licensed party goods and instead set out to put my own spin on it by designing a unique party theme that compliments that character.



Sparkle-Rainbow-printables (more…)

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“Mommies & Mermaids” Under the Sea Birthday Party

twins' under the sea birthday party

Sometimes you just gotta ditch the boys and have a fabulously girly day! Tracy Allen of Sweet Peach Paperie created the perfect girls day out with this Mommies & Mermaids Under the Sea Birthday Party for some adorable 5 year old twins. In addition to the oh-so-lovely party styling, she filled the day with fun activities like manicures, mini makeovers and dancing! Situated in an absolutely breathtaking lakeside spot and surrounded by lots of pretty sea-inspired treats, I’m sure all the little mermaids felt perfectly at home. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeous seashell & sea horse sugar cookies + simple-chic white cake adorned with a starfish
– Blue & white striped table runner & coordinating paperie + teal tutus for all the little mermaids
– Clever paper clamshell fans, pearl gumball drink stirrers & scalloped party favor bags
– Pink paper placemats, large pink balloons + beautiful pink & white flower arrangements

seashell, clams, seahorses & starfish cookies

mermaid party table by a lake

mermaid party favors and party flags


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Stylish Golden Safari First Birthday Party

golden safari first birthday party ideas

This incredibly stylish Golden Safari First Birthday Party goes to show that a can of gold spray paint can go a long way in transforming a party! Jenny Raulli from Bloom Designs styled & DIYed so many beautiful details to create a party that not only her nephew, the birthday boy, would love, but that would match her fashionista sister’s great taste. I am loving how this party manages to be tasteful, elegant, AND still fun for the little ones. Thanks for the great inspiration, Jenny! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Lion topped chocolate Oreos & elephant topped cupcakes + Golden ‘One’ cake, crown & centerpiece
– Gold painted giraffe eraser drink stirrers & plastic jungle animals + gold glitter cheesecake shots & macarons
– Adorable cheetah print topped milk bottles with gold giraffe silhouettes & cheetah print letter cookies
– Wooden berry basket lunches, ‘Feeding Time’ snacks table & wooden ‘1’ sandwich container
– Pin the Tail on the Giraffe game, 21st birthday advice cards & animal cracker party favors

white and gold first birthday smash cake

white and gold animal print and giraffe silhouette milk bottles

golden first birthday high chair and banner

first birthday party entrance and memory cards


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