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For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved inspirational quotes, but there’s one quote in particular that I’ve been leaning on heavily lately. I first stumbled on it in a random quotes tin that I bought somewhere way back in the day – pre-kids, pre-social media, and even pre-HWTM. (Told you it was way […]

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For her Balloon Time party, Toni Roberts of Design Dazzle styled this absolutely adorable Twinkling Fairy Tea Party with soft pinks, glittering lights and tons of DIY (her tutorials are linked below)! I am just loving all of the whimsical decor & cleverly styled Dollar Store pieces — because really, anything amped up with gold glitter is a win in my book ;). Make […]

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With crisp air and cloudy skies creeping in, we’re loving this burst of sunshine from Paige Kepner of Paiges of Style! She celebrated her daughter’s special day with this You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party filled with cheerful decor, colorful chevron stripes & the cutest, “sunny” desserts (like those amazing sunshine cake pops). No matter the weather, it’s […]

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As the third installation of the Balloon Time Party on a Dime contest series, Michelle Burt of Maddycakes Muse has got a rootin’ tootin’ Country Farm Birthday Party to share with ya’ll! Michelle not only was able to stay under budget (just $84 spent!), but she also thoughtfully disregarded the loads of party supplies she already had (knowing that […]

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Hello again! Rachel here from RV Parties with the latest installment of Parties in a Pinch. Today we’re looking at my favorite thing: SUGAR. Really, no party is complete without it! When planning a party, every hostess has a limited amount of time and money. Savvy decisions must be made about where to spend them to […]

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For our 2nd Balloon Time contestant feature, we’re excited to share this adorable Girly Garden Birthday Party, styled by Maggie Brereton of Smashed Peas and Carrots. Maggie searched through thrift stores & her own vintage collection so that she could stay under the $100 budget (spending just $89.36 to be exact)! I love the relaxed mismatched chairs & bench […]

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Since Día de los Muertos is right around the corner, Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It honored the holiday with this Day of the Dead Party filled with colorful sugar skulls & tons of glittering sweets! The meaning behind Día de los Muertos is so interesting & I think it could be a great opportunity to include the kids in learning about other cultures! Plus, […]

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As we previously mentioned, 8 talented party stylists were recently challenged by Balloon Time to design/host a real celebration using just one of their helium tanks + a budget of $100. The grand prize? A $5K donation to the winning stylist’s charity of choice! Now that the contest is over, we’d like to share each party in […]

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I know that many of you probably don’t even have your Halloween plans figured out yet, but our 2014 blog hop crew is here with a head start on Thanksgiving! Don’t worry though, we just wanted to make sure you had ample time to put some of these fun creations to use next month. And […]

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We’ve been having a bit of a heat wave here in San Diego, so while I’m looking forward to cooler temperatures & bringing out my fall wardrobe, I’m thinking one last afternoon in the sun will be a wonderful send-off to summer, and this Lovely Ladies’ Garden Tea Party by Lisa Lundqvist of Sockerrus is the perfect inspiration! With a lush garden […]

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Hey everyone! Jen here of Jen CYK Photography! Growing up, holiday cards would come in the mail for my parents with hand written notes. A few of the over ambitious folks would include their yearly newsletter, but most kept it pretty simple. Then one year the trend shifted, and pictures began to come with the cards! Nowadays, it’s […]

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Hooray for Friday! To keep with our (very new) end-of-the-week tradition, here’s a new batch of links we love from around the web! We’ve been having so much fun poking around our favorite sites (as well as discovering some new favorites!) & we hope that you’ll enjoy them too! Happy surfing… ;) ***** – Here’s […]

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There’s more to HWTM than party inspiration! Did you know that we also design and sell custom-printed party invitations, holiday cards, and party decor? Our online store is called Hostess INK, and even though it’s actually my favorite thing that we do at HWTM, it’s also something that I rarely talk about it here on […]

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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 — Day of the Dead Parties. Day of the Dead parties are so hot right now they are everywhere and today I’m […]

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If you’re looking for something new to serve at game day get-togethers that’s creative, but also totally doable, look no further! These Cheeseburger Turnovers feature a tasty golden crust, lots of cheesy goodness, and a surprise pickle chip inside for added flavor. They encompass that great comfort food appeal that we all love – especially […]

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