Classic Yellow Submarine Birthday Party

yellow submarine birthday party dessert table in yellow and gray

We all live in a….is it stuck in your head now too? ;) When a dose of inspiration struck, Tali Burress of A Party Studio styled this Classic Yellow Submarine Birthday Party as a cute way to showcase some downright adorable party ideas! Polka dots & chevron stripes adorned the printables while a neutral palette of light gray & yellow created a subtle nautical vibe. And how could anyone resist a Make Your Own SUB Sandwich station?! Those little hot dog octopuses totally steal the show! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY framed yellow submarine backdrop with banners + a tissue pom & streamer drinks table backdrop
– Large white balloons with monograms & tassels + ruffled yellow submarine silhouette
– Glittering yellow submarine chocolate covered Oreos + a simple chevron striped & polka dotted cake
– Pom topped cupcakes, mini bouquets of yellow peonies & yellow submarine topped chocolate favor boxes

large yellow balloon and white and yellow tassels

yellow submarine cookies

make your own submarine sandwich party buffet


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Charming ‘Pretty in Pink’ Pony Birthday Party

pink country western birthday party dessert table with strawberry milk

Who knew a country western party could be so…pretty! Tabitha Blue of Fresh Mommy Blog combined a rustic ranch with feminine style to create this Charming ‘Pretty in Pink’ Pony Birthday Party and celebrate her little girl’s 6th birthday with all of the things she loves most. I love the contrast of the wooden barn with all of the pink details, especially that sparkling pink chandelier! Adds the perfect amount of glam to this little cowgirl’s birthday bash.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • PB&J uncrustable ‘pie’ pops, pink strawberry milk + caramel apples & mini pumpkin cupcakes
  • A mini bunting topped pink ribbon cake + pink striped banner hung up on a clothesline
  • Face painting & fake mustaches + rope walking, a scavenger hunt & pony ride activities
  • A drink trough & story book for guests to sign + party favor filled mini pink bindles on sticks

girly rustic western birthday party tablescape

girly face painting and a pink chandelier

simple pink ribbon ruffle cake

fake mustache party costumes


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Trend Alert: Video Game Truck Parties!

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 — Video Game Truck Parties! Kids have been asking for video game parties for quite some time now but NOW the new trend is having these Video Game Trucks come to your party where you and your guests can play video games together inside the truck with laser light shows and stereo sound creating the ultimate video game party experience.

At the forefront of this trend is Games 2 U who specialize in bringing the mobile entertainment to your party. They make it super easy to host the ultimate video game party experience as they have outdoor activities that can complement your favorite video game theme. Check out how I used this trend to create the ultimate Army video game themed party experience.





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Retro Water Ski Beach Birthday Party

retro water ski birthday party

Is there anything better in the summertime than taking a quick family vacation to the nearest body of water and just vegging out? Throw in some fun on the water and you’ve got the perfect backdrop for a killer party! Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations is back with this awesomely Retro Water Ski Beach Birthday Party. I am loving the old school details & ski-themed treats, especially that pyramid of water-skiier topped cupcakes! Make sure to read Nicole’s party details — she really knows how to write up (not to mention style) a party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Buoy cake pops with fondant rope accents + DIY water ski handle wrapped ‘Ski’ soda bottles
  • Retro kids’ bathing suits that double as a decorative banner + matching bathing suit cookies
  • Boat topped ombre waves cake towing the water skiing cupcakes + life preserver topped macarons
  • Layered blue jellos with DIY decorated wooden ‘water skis’ + a vintage kids’ VW bus tent

water ski pyramid cupcakes

retro kids bathing suits and cookies

water ski blue jellos


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Rainbow Unicorn Painting Birthday Party

rainbow unicorn birthday cake

Growing up, I loved all things Lisa Frank, so this Rainbow Unicorn Painting Birthday Party is right up six year-old-me’s alley (and present day me too if I’m being honest) ;). Helena Paschal of Helena’s Planners combined her daughter’s first request (painting) with her second request months later (unicorns) seamlessly — I know you can all relate to making that work! All of the kids were definitely entertained the whole time, playing with stickers, getting their faces painted, and of course creating their own art!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Layered rainbow frosted cupcakes, a rainbow of fruit filled paint cans & fondant rainbow topped cupcakes
  • Ruffled rainbow cake with unicorn & paint palette toppers + rainbow cake layers inside
  • ‘Starving Artist’ lunch boxes, ‘Creative Juice’ cups & ‘Artists’ Tools’ utensils
  • Felt unicorn horns & magic wand paint brushes + a unicorn coloring activity & canvases for painting
  • A ruffled rainbow birthday dress + rainbow necklaces & art supply tub party favors

rainbow unicorn birthday party dessert table

layered frosting rainbow cupcakes

rainbow party piñata and starving artist lunch boxes


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Striped Wedding Details Inspiration {Round-Up}

white striped wedding dress

Stripes are such a simple & classic way to add a bit of modern elegance to your event! And on that note, Inspired by This is back today to share some beautiful striped wedding inspiration with us, all featuring a pop of the classic pattern! As you’ll see below, many couples opted for a bold black & white striped accent, which can easily be infused into all sorts of celebrations. (This dinner party is a favorite of mine, for example!) Keep scrolling to check out lots more ideas & discover some new striped favorites of your own…

1. Dress by Hayley Paige, Photo by Deonna Caruso Photography (pictured above)

black and white striped wedding inspiration

2. (Left) Cake by Savoy Bakery, Photo by Brian Tropiano

3. (Right) Event Design by Shannon Leahy Events, Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher Photography

flower filled tea cup wedding centerpiece

4. Dishes by Dish Wish Events, Photo by Lovato Images


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Cuddly & Adorable Puppy Birthday Party

puppy themed birthday party dessert table

After adopting a dog, I became the most popular person at the park with every kid. Tiny squeals & requests of “Can we pet your puppy?” are everywhere (not that I or my dog mind). For her puppy-loving son, Shannon enlisted the expertise of Kelly Lyden of WH Hostess to help pull off this Cuddly & Adorable Puppy Birthday Party. The party had everything a dog-lover could dream of — from bone topped brownies to a stuffed puppy adoption! This would be a great idea for parents looking to stave off the constant (real) puppy requests. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cameron’s Barkery dessert table with dog ball cake pops, red licorice fetch ropes & puppy cupcakes
  • Dog bone drink bottles + a custom basket-weave bone pattern in printables, fabric & cake stand
  • Amazing spotted party hat-wearing dog cake + matching dog cookies, printables & birthday shirt
  • Clifford bounce house, puppy face painting & a ‘dog walking’ photo booth with life-sized dog silhouettes

puppy dog party entrance

dog themed party desserts and menu

puppy dog decorated cupcakes

puppy dog party face painting


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Fantastic Minion Academy Third Birthday Party

minion piñata

Attention all Minions! Laura Ritchie of Events in the City is teaching everyone how to go bananas at this Minion Academy Third Birthday Party! Laura always comes up with the most unique themes, so when her son asked for a Minion party, leave it to her to get totally creative and make some seriously cute stuff… like those Twinkie Minion cupcakes for starters! We’ve really watched Ethan grow up on HWTM — check out his baby shower and second birthday party too. My how time flies… looking forward to #4! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Temporary tattoo station with a homemade pushpin sign & a Minion piñata + a mini Mini Cooper
  • Yellow construction hats & glasses for each guest + ‘Bee-doo bee-doo’ bubble party favors
  • Mini jam jars, El Macho’s nachos, pickles & bananas + water bottle goggles + party straw glasses

minion academy birthday party

minion water bottle goggles

minion birthday party food ideas

birthday party temporary tattoo station


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Glamorous Little Mermaid Makeovers Birthday Party

mermaid birthday party dessert table and signs

Spa days don’t have to just be a gift for Mom! For her girly-girl daughter’s birthday, Katie Farmer of Dime Party Diva created a relaxing day full of pampering & under the sea fun with this Glamorous Little Mermaid Makeovers Birthday Party. Complete with manicures, pedicures, a little makeup & some rockin’ tutus, these girls strutted their new looks on the runway with adorably fierce attitudes. I think these activities would be so fun (& popular) at any little girl’s party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Blue & purple glittered mermaid tail cake pops + mermaid tail topped cupcakes
  • Custom spa robes + princess crowns, starfish topped wands & gumball ‘pearl’ necklaces
  • Rainbow tutu birthday outfit & an Ariel topped under the sea birthday cake

mermaid party printables and party flags

kids rainbow runway dress up birthday party

mermaid tail topped cupcakes


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Rustic Woodland Camping First Birthday Party

woodland animals birthday cake toppers

There’s nothing quite like being out in the wilderness, huddled around a fire, roasting s’mores & telling ghost stories with friends. For her little camper’s first birthday, Eunice Kim of Sage Event Planning created this Rustic Woodland Camping First Birthday Party with lots of fun activities & relaxation in mind. I am loving the natural wooden elements and adorable felt animals — makes you feel like you’re hanging out in a log cabin at camp! Mission accomplished! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Traditional Dohl guessing game & bean towers + orange & green tablescapes and a pop-up tent
  • Custom wooden camp sign, Camp Counselor shirts + woodland felt birthday crown
  • Woodland paper flowers photo booth backdrop + a build your own terrarium activity
  • Layered cake with woodland animal toppers + s’mores on a stick, ‘lake water’ & chocolate ‘dirt’ cups

birthday camp wooden sign

camping birthday party decor ideas

birthday party instagram sign


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Royal My Little Pony Birthday Party Celebration

my little pony princess twilight sparkle birthday cake

With a name like ‘Princess Twilight Sparkle,’ what little girl could resist?! A Joy Wallace styled & catered this Royal My Little Pony Birthday Party Celebration for a little girl’s 5th birthday. With a stunning castle entrance & regal long tablescape, it certainly was a royal affair. And no My Little Pony party would be complete without pony rides! A cute rainbow-tailed pony did just the trick.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Royal buffet area with castle & My Little Pony picture backdrop + custom sparkling turrets
  • My Little Pony painted cookies + a Princess Twilight Sparkle topped garden birthday cake
  • Plush My Little pony filled purple armoire + draped purple linens & outdoor round tables for adults
  • Pink fairy wings & white cowboy hats for guests + a pink pony piñata & castle bounce house

my little pony party cookies and dessert table

birthday party castle entrance

princess fairy wings tablescape


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{Party of 5} Met Gala 21st, Princess Tea Party, Garden Baby Shower, Drinks Birthday, Neverland Birthday

vogue met gala 21st 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:

 Vogue Met Gala 21st Birthday Party
 Princess Garden Tea Party
Vintage Garden Baby Shower
– Drinks Themed Birthday Party

 Peter Pan Neverland Birthday Party

1. Vogue Met Gala 21st Birthday Party (pictured above) from Pretty Little Vintage

2. Princess Garden Tea Party by Red Carousel

princess garden tea party


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Radiant Plum & Green Storybook Wedding

strapless lace bridal gown

Although most of the parties we feature are kids’ birthdays, showers, etc.,  I love getting a glimpse into other peoples’ weddings. You start to feel a part of their special day, like you somehow know them really well! Is that weird? ;) Allison Mackey of Allison Noelle Events & Isari Flower Studio + Event Design did an amazing job putting together this Radiant Plum & Green Storybook Wedding for a lovely (& very fashionable) couple with bright purple blooms, rustic wooden accents and an absolutely breathtaking ceremony venue!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Bride & bridesmaids’ champagne toast with purple paper straws, mini veils & an ‘almost Mrs.’ flag
  • Eucalyptus table runners & wooden lantern centerpieces + scalloped purple place cards
  • ‘Here comes your girl’ signs for the ring bearer & flower girls + bouquets of purple, fuschia & white blooms

bridesmaids champagne toast with paper straws and mini lace veils

a wedding's purple name cards for place settings

here comes the bride signs for the ring bearer and flower girls

purple and pink rose decorated wedding cake


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Christmas in July! A Festive & Elegant Summer Dinner Party

sparkling rustic holiday party tablescape

Here’s one way to enjoy the magic of the holidays without the stress of the holiday season: celebrate in the summer! That’s exactly what (social impact brand) ONEHOPE Wine did recently with this festive Christmas in July Dinner Party, which – yes – they did host in July. ;)

While this might not look like your average summer dinner party (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere at least), that’s actually one of my favorite things about it! I always love a clever excuse to treat guests to an anything-but-ordinary experience filled with thoughtful, unexpected details. Plus, any night of the year is a great night for all this gorgeous looking food, right? If you’re hungry while reading this, be prepared, because there are some seriously tasty looking dishes and pin-worthy food presentation ideas coming your way (colorful Roasted Beets and Lemon Cranberry Butter, I’m looking at you!).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Smooth stone place cards with each guest’s name scripted in metallic gold
– Beautiful holiday spread starring Sage Peppered Roasted Turkey + Sausage & Apple Cornbread Stuffing
– Elegant floral designs featuring lush white blooms & mixed greenery + artichoke accents
– Inspirational “thanks”, “hope”, and “dream” sentiments highlighted throughout the menus & framed art

christmas in july dinner party

rustic holiday place setting and place card rock

tall white candle centerpieces (more…)

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Andy Warhol Pop Art First Birthday Party

andy warhol inspired birthday party dessert table

This Andy Warhol Pop Art First Birthday Party is proof that sophisticated themes can work amazingly well for kids’ parties too! Nick Gentile Events styled this party with some help from Rachelle Guerin, who came up with the pop art theme for her daughter, who’s favorite book is Andy Warhol’s Colors. I love how unique this theme is, especially since the bright colors, funky decor & animal sweets totally make sense for a one year old! It’s the perfect example of a party that kids & adults can both enjoy! Make sure to check out the video at the end to see the whole setup.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Large soup can shaped birthday cake on a painted Flowers-inspired bed + large cupcake smash cake
  • Bright chocolate sprinkled pretzels, striped brownies with zebra toppers & red dog cookies
  • Pop art photo backdrop & matching photo invitation + custom ‘Lilah’ bar for adults
  • Brightly colored play area with hanging purple lanterns + balloon sculptures & live music

andy warhol pop art birthday party invitation andy warhol soup can birthday cake bright first birthday play area (more…)

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Magical Neverland Birthday Party {Peter Pan}

peter pan neverland dessert table

This Magical Neverland Birthday Party must have a ton of pixie dust sprinkled on it, because it is a fairytale dream! Missy & Kristen of Sweetly Chic Events & Design created this high-flying adventure with Pixie Hollow, flying Peter Pan cookies and a sprinkling of gold glitter throughout. I love that there is a table for pint-sized pirates & Peter Pans, as well as one for little Tinkerbells! I’m sure they all got along a lot better than they do in the story ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gold glitter Peter Pan & Wendy silhouette topped cake + glitter & lace streamer dessert table backdrop
  • Wooden teepee with pink & gold tassels + hand-painted wooden directional sign
  • Floral Tinkerbell cages & gold glitter hook centerpieces + Tinkerbell fairy wings for each guest
  • Pirate treasure chest party favors like mini pixie dust bottles & gold coins + pink tutus

neverland wooden sign post

peter pan birthday party tablescape and place settings

tinkerbell cupcakes and fairy wing cookies


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Gorgeous Little Deer Garden Birthday Party

sweet woodland deer party pink invitation

I am seriously swooning over this Gorgeous Little Deer Garden Birthday Party!! Natali Alexander of Serendipity Do styled this amazing party, as well as did some serious crafting (like the 600 feet of bunting — yep, all her!) I would say it definitely all paid off because this backyard is truly transformed. From the strings of bunting and hanging honeycomb balls, to the sweet bow-tied tree & gardening area, you’ll feel transported to a whimsical woodland wonderland (say that 5 times fast) :).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • White ceramic deer centerpieces with beautiful floral ‘antlers’ + flower planting & pot decorating activity
  • Pastel pink cake with mini garlands topper + little deer silhouette topped cupcakes
  • Vintage soda pop drinks table, pastel sweets & paper straws + a brunch food hutch with fruit & bagels
  • Scalloped invitation with pink stripes & little deer + die-cut banners & heart garlands

hanging honeycomb poms as floating centerpieces

little deer silhouette topped cupcakes

backyard garden 2nd birthday party

pastel pink sweets table


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DIY Tutorial: Color-Blocked Drawstring Favor Bags

color blocked muslin favor bags

I’ve always been a fan of the color-blocked and paint dipped looks, but even more so when they’re EASY to create! These color-blocked favor bags are exactly that… all you need are a few basic craft materials + plain drawstring muslin bags (which I bought here).

This look is versatile enough to work with almost any party theme, but we added the party circles and square favor tags from our Swim Party Collection to customize them for a recent poolside blogger event and a backyard swim party. And for the inside of the bags? Swedish Fish, of course! ;)

color blocked favor bag tutorial step 2

Read on for details on how to make this fun little party project yourself…


color blocked favor bag materials (more…)

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New York City Super Hero Squad Birthday Party

superhero squad birthday party characters

When you can’t decide on a specific super hero to focus a party around, why not include a whole squad — more catchphrases to choose from, right? ;) Juliana Vargas‘s son had one requirement for his 3rd birthday: lots of his favorite super heroes. Thus, this fantastic New York City Super Hero Squad Birthday Party was born! There are so many clever touches to check out here, but I’m especially loving the cool city alley style dessert table, telephone booth display case, & those adorable little felt hero dolls dressing up the table place settings (Wonder Woman for me, please!).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Thor doll “holding up” Thor & Hulk cupcakes + Spiderman & Iron man cake pops
  • Custom brick & graffiti backdrop & a personalized newspaper sign + party favor phone booth
  • Captain America topped white swirl cake + pop art style cookies & Captain America candy apples
  • Iron Man & Spiderman character visit + birthday Iron Man costume

NYC custom graffiti backdrop

thor and other superhero cupcakes

superhero birthday party kids tablescape


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Trend Alert: Fin-tastic Mermaid Parties!


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 — Mermaid Parties! My daughters are heavy into mermaids right now. Riley takes her Barbie Mermaids into the bath with her almost every night, watches the Barbie Pearl Princess DVD almost every day and my older daughter Faith won’t swim without her Fin Fun Mermaid Tail, so when they decided on a Mermaid themed party this summer, I wasn’t surprised. Taking inspiration from the Barbie Pearl Princess dolls and the Mermaid Tails, check out my ideas for our Sparkle Mermaid Party!

Plus, be sure to scroll down to the end of this post to find out how you can ENTER TO WIN your own Mermaid Tail!




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{Tea for Two} Tee Time & Tea Party Birthday

tea cup topped birthday cake

Tea for two, and two for tea. Tiffany Kuo of Shifting Status Kuo was inspired by the color of the year, Radiant Orchid, to create this {Tea for Two} Tee Time & Tea Party Birthday. Since most of the little guests were boys, Tiffany made sure to include plenty of gender neutral, outdoor activities that everyone could enjoy! Feminine, polished tea party details combined with miniature golf & fun games make for the best of both worlds! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Screen printed tea bag invitations + custom printed snack pouches & tea towel party favors
  • Tea cup topped ombre purple ruffle cake with fondant likeness of the birthday girl
  • Flower topped cupcakes & hydrangea filled tea cups and vases + DIY doily pom backdrop

tea party second birthday dessert table

tea party box invitation

screenprinted tea bag birthday party invitation

tea party sandwich and food ideas


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Taking Better Party Photos {+ Point and Shoot vs. Pro Camera Comparison}

Party Photography Tips

When it comes to featured party submissions, one of the biggest issues we see time and time again is poor photo quality. This can be heart-breaking because we know how much time & energy goes into making these parties so beautiful (trust me, we know!), but it’s hard to properly see all that creativity through harsh lighting and blurry images. We also understand how difficult it can be to translate a party from real life to the camera screen though, and there’s just no getting around the fact that lighting and equipment play such a big role in making that happen.

So, I was very happy when Maria Healey, an incredibly talented professional photographer from my own neck of the woods, approached us about sharing some party photography tips with our readers. She touches on 2 key things here: 1) making the most with the equipment you’ve got (even if it’s an iPhone camera!) and 2) illustrating the differences between standard Point and Shoot Camera results and and Pro Level Camera results (a Canon 5D Mark II to be specific!).

Read on for her tried-and-true tips and insight…


Taking Better Party Photos {+ Point and Shoot vs. Pro Camera}
– by Maria Healey

I am so excited to share my passion for party photography today on the HWTM blog! I’ve had the opportunity to photograph some amazing parties and styled shoots, and it’s been my pleasure to have a variety of those featured on the HWTM blog.


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Coco Chanel Meets Cabaret 30th Birthday Party

chanel and cabaret 30th birthday party

Everyone knows Coco Chanel is easily one of the most chic women of all time, so it makes perfect sense why this Coco Chanel Meets Cabaret 30th Birthday Party looks so effortlessly stylish! Vasso Vantali of My Best Wishes Events fashioned this party to have a more grown up feel — with glamorous decor, classy desserts & of course, the iconic Chanel logo throughout!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Black & white paper straws with fuchsia party flags + white anemones in chic black vases
  • Quilted Coco Chanel inspired birthday cake + Chanel logo topped quilted cupcakes & cookies
  • Black lace vase & fuchsia rose arrangements + rose boutonniere & pearl bracelet party favors

coco chanel birthday party dessert ideas

bright pink party flags and straws

30th birthday party drinks


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{Party of 5} Construction Birthday, Barnyard Bash, Princess Party, Monster Truck Birthday, Twins’ Frozen Party

boy's construction 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:

 Construction Birthday Party
 Vintage Barnyard Bash 1st Birthday
– Perfectly Pink Princess
 Birthday Party
– Joint Monster Truck Birthday Party

 Twins’ Frozen Birthday Party

1. Construction Birthday Party (pictured above) from MayDetails Printable Celebrations

2. Vintage Barnyard Bash 1st Birthday by Simply Perfect Events

vintage barnyard bash birthday party


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‘Surf’s Up!’ Summer Family Beach Bash

ocean beach party snack shack dessert table

When you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach to you! That’s exactly what Angela DiVincenti Babin of Angela Marie Events did when she shipped in truckloads of sand and set up this  ‘Surf’s Up!’ Summer Family Beach Bash in her front yard! Other seaside additions included the Shaka Sweet Shack, beach chairs with coolers nearby and a huge crab feed! Proof that being landlocked is not so bad! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hanging paper lanterns & string lights + vintage surfer & station wagon printables
– Shark cake balls, blue coral popcorn, Goldfish shark bait + bikini rice krispies
– DIY wooden arrow sign & painted wave photo booth backdrop + a cake with a giant surf wave
– A Snow Cone machine & water slide + towels, sunglasses & woven bracelet party favors

DIY party arrow signs

summer party snack and dessert ideas

outdoor beach party tablescape and favors

beach party dessert ideas


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Charming Pink & Gold First Birthday Party

pink first birthday party invitation

Is there anything sweeter than a family pulling together to create a magical day for their special little one? For Sagan’s first birthday, her family combined sweet pinks, tons of DIY & a touch of glitter to create this Charming Pink & Gold First Birthday Party. And to make these memories last, Dianne L. Rousseau of Dianne Lisette Photography beautifully captured all of the special moments from the day. Such a sweet party for an adorably sweet little girl!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Ice cream sundaes with a toppings bar + pink striped & gold sprinkled cake pops
  • Pink strawberry fudge + pink chocolate dipped wafer cookies & rice krispie treats
  • Pink & gold balloon centerpieces with hydrangea floral arrangements & time capsule activity
  • Pink invitation with mini banner + a matching banner topper on a simple white cake

pink and gold birthday party desserts

pink first birthday party

simple white first birthday cake with mini bunting topper


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One in a Minion Birthday Party {Despicable Me}

despicable me birthday party dessert table

With all of these Minion parties popping up, I think it’s time I finally see these Despicable Me movies (I know, I know — how have I not?!) It’s easy to love all of the details Aline Menezes of Pink Atelie de Festas put into this One in a Minion Birthday Party though, even without having seen the movies. From Gru’s office, complete with “World’s Best Dad” mug, to the Box of Shame & ‘food’ left out for the kids, there are so many thoughtful & beautifully executed details that no minion could resist!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Every Minion dessert imaginable: cake pops, brigadeiros, cupcakes, cookie pops, puddings, etc.
  • “How to be a Successful Villain” manual + Eduardo’s secret tomato sauce
  • Amazing tiered Minion birthday cake + yellow drinks & floral arrangements with Minion eyes

yellow minion birthday party drinks

one in a minion birthday party sign

despicable me's box of shame


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{Rustic Wild West} Cowboy 1st Birthday Party

country western cowboy party floral arrangements with wheat

We recently styled a farm party (which you’ll see hopefully soon!), so my subconscious is still on the lookout for cute country western ideas. So it’s no wonder why I am loving this Rustic Wild West Cowboy 1st Birthday Party, styled by Jen of Tiny Spark with printables from Lauren Haddox of Lauren Haddox Design. Even though this is a cowboy party, I’m thinking about how so many of these ideas would have been so cute! Like using wheat in the floral arrangements — I’m definitely tucking that away for the future!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chicken feed chex mix, rawhide beef jerky, haystacks, marshmallow s’more pops & bacon cupcakes
  • Cowboy hats & bandanas for each guest + mini bindles & Happy Trails trail mix favors
  • Red gingham tablescape & a kids’ corral with haystack benches covered in burlap & fur
  • Red carnation bouquets, striped cowboy silhouette printables & a fluorescent moon lamp

first year photos birthday frame and mini bindles

cowboy birthday party red gingham tablescape

cowboy farm party dessert ideas


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Rockin’ Old School Hip Hop Dance Birthday Party

old school boombox kid's shirt

Turn up the beats and get ready to groove! Anne Kilcullen of Seedlings by Blade busted out all of her moves to create this Rockin’ Old School Hip Hop Dance Birthday Party for her son Max. With nods to 80’s & 90’s era hip hop, it’s hard not to feel nostalgic for parties like this — just look at those boomboxes! I am also totally loving the graffiti decor, especially that amazing photo booth wall. Such a fun pop of color!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chocolate pretzel microphones & a boombox topped birthday cake + microphone photo booth props
  • Mixtape signs & a custom graffiti name + ‘Raise the Roof’ backdrop banner & tape streamers
  • Hat decorating activity & Pin the needle on the record game + Old School Boombox birthday shirt

hip hop dance birthday party invitation and graffiti sign

hip hop music cupcakes and chocolate microphones

hip hop dance birthday party dessert table


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Scottie Dog in Paris Birthday Party

parisian birthday party dessert table

For a fun & youthful Parisian party, Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties combined French inspired sweets & decor with the birthday girl’s favorite pup to create a Scottie Dog in Paris Birthday Party that was anything but stuffy. I love how the mix of the classic Parisian party details like damask patterns and Eiffel Towers and adorable Scottie dogs created a perfectly tailored theme for the birthday girl. Just think of all of the fun twists you could add to a Parisian party! Ooh la la!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Purple chocolate Eiffel Tower pops + an Eiffel Tower & Scottie dog topped pink birthday cake
  • Ooh La La Lemonade table with a pink & purple paper pinwheel backdrop
  • Eiffel Tower decorating activity & a Pin the Scottie dog on the Eiffel Tower game with custom face masks
  • Scottie dog silhouette toppers on candy cups & rose arrangements & Scottie dog purse party favors

eiffel tower topped birthday cake

scottie dog rose bouquet

paris party drinks table


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