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DIY Tutorial: Quick & Easy Glittered Utensils

DIY Tutorial: Glittered Forks - Materials

Guess what… a party craft doesn’t have to be complicated to be great! These Glittered Wooden Utensils are super simple and one of my favorite quick & easy ways to add sparkle to any table – from kids table place settings to grown up appetizer and dessert buffets. And while we all know that glitter has a tendency to kind of get on everything, this particular little project is much less messier than you might expect – with a little help from a handy thing called glitter tape! (P.S. Glitter tape comes in all sorts of colors too!)

This is a very straightforward project, but I know that sometimes a quick glance at a visual graphic of the steps can still be helpful, so here ya go:

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Printable Flamingo Party Silhouettes {+ Summer Blog Hop}

printable flamingo party silhouettes

I’m a fan of flamingos all year round, but there’s no denying that they fit in especially well during the warm summer months… which is probably one of the reasons I’ve seen flamingo parties (and flamingo everything else!) popping up so much lately.

So for this month’s (Summer Themed) Free Printable Blog Hop, I decided to offer up these cute & girlie Flamingo Party Silhouettes, as seen on the charger plates in our recent Flamingo Fiesta Party theme. I’m thinking they would also be really cute strung into a banner, used on chair backs, or attached to gift bags. You can now download these silhouettes over on the flamingo party recap post, along with the 8×10 Drink Sign and Blank Tent Cards. (You’ll find download links for all 3 items at the bottom of the post.)

printable flamingo party sign and silhouettes

P.S. Make sure to scroll down for lots more (free) summer inspired printables from the other Blog Hop participants below… the designs are all so cute! Here are a few hints on what you’ll find: rootbeer floats, lemonade, summer bucket lists, watercolor, retro sunshine, pool party… sounds a lot like summer fun to me! Enjoy :) (more…)

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FREE PRINTABLES! Toy-Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash

Free Printables Royal First Birthday - by Hostess with the Mostess

As promised, here are links to download the {free!} party printables that I designed for our recent Royal First Birthday Bash collaboration with Fisher-Price®. I had fun with these and hope you guys are able to put them to good use! You’ll find a preview of everything below, followed by the download links.

As always, if you end up using our free printables we LOVE to see/hear about it, so please let us know! And be sure to check out the main post and Fisher-Price® Royal Birthday Party Guide for lots of coordinating party ideas and DIY project tutorials. Enjoy! :) (more…)

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Toy-Inspired Royal First Birthday Bash for Fisher-Price

Toy Inspired Royal First Birthday Party

ROYAL MEETS TOY {The Challenge}

When it comes to “Royal” party themes, visions of glitzy details and fancy-schmancy-in-general decorations are usually what first come to mind (as evidenced in my friend’s royal baby shower, during which I had to restrain myself from glittering everything in sight!).

So, when Fisher-Price® recently asked me to come up with a Royal First Birthday Bash theme that aligned with their {very clean, very modern-looking} brand and classic toys, figuring out the right way to merge these 2 looks was definitely a bit of a design challenge at first!

I was excited to see if I could figure it out though, because “Royal” and Prince/Princess themes are very popular for first birthday parties right now, so a very childlike, toy-inspired twist on this theme sounded especially fitting! Plus, Charm City Cakes bakery was already doing the cake, and I’ll jump at the chance to rub elbows pixels with Ace of Cakes any day. ;)

Royal First Birthday Cake by Charm City Cakes

The Starting Point

Whenever I’m working on a new theme, I try to come up with 1 or 2 ideas that really make sense for the project, then use those as the foundation for the theme. For this project, it was the Rock-a-Stack® castle (as seen on the far right of the top image here) and the Corn Popper Inspired Cake Popper (more on that later).

For the first idea, a spray painted sugar cone + felt flag quickly transformed this classic baby toy into a “castle turret” – which then led to a full DIY Birthday Castle Centerpiece idea and also gave me the starting point for the paper details/printables, which you can download for free right here! I also used the “turrets” on their own as accent decor:

Royal First Birthday Party Activities and Sign

The “party guests” were friends and friends-of-friends. The littlest ones were quite enthralled with the ball garlands in particular (see the DIY tutorial here). My own daughters jumped in on the action too, and Sonny caught what is easily one of my favorite pictures of our youngest daughter (Rylie) ever. ;)

DIY Royal Birthday Party Crowns

Of course I couldn’t resist getting just a tiny bit of sparkle into this royal theme… glittered washi tape on the bamboo forks did the trick! The party straws also had metallic gold stars: (more…)

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{Party of 5} Peacock Shower, Ivory & Lace, Annie Birthday, Ladybug Picnic, Angry Bird-day

peacock baby shower

Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

 Peacock Baby Shower
 Ivory & Lace Dessert Table
– Annie Birthday Party
– DIY Ladybug Picnic Birthday Party

 Angry Bird-day Party

1. Peacock Baby Shower (pictured above) from Erika’s Elegance

2. Ivory & Lace Dessert Table by Sweet Candy Couture

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday Party

kid's mickey mouse clubhouse birthday party dessert table and chocolate covered Oreos

All you Mouseketeers out there are going to absolutely love this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Birthday PartyJennifer Carver of Banner Events brought all of the classic Disney characters together for her son’s birthday. I love all of the simple shapes & silhouettes of Mickey, Minnie & the whole gang, which are so easily recognizable you don’t even need to show the actual characters! And would you believe that Jen did all of this at the last minute with leftover party items? Amazing!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY character decorated letters + simple polka dots & stripes party printables
– Mickey Mouse cake pops in Mickey coffee mugs & Mickey chocolate covered Oreos in his classic overalls
– Three plates put together to make large Mickey place settings + Mickey drink wraps & straw silhouettes
– Mickey’s overall popcorn boxes, sour candy skewer Mickeys + chocolate & bubble party favors

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“Mermaid Kisses & Starfish Wishes” Under the Sea Birthday Party

DIY under the sea birthday party wreath

Anne-Marie of Elianna Noelle Events created a splashing good time with this “Mermaid Kisses & Starfish Wishes” Under the Sea Birthday Party! I love the sophisticated look of everything — from the decor & tablescape to the beautiful dessert table & delicious ocean treats! Fit for a 3 year old or a 30 year old ;)! And with a stunning mermaid topped birthday cake & transformative face painting, I’m sure this little mermaid was happy as a clam!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hanging fish backdrop & fishing net table cover + sea glass bottles & white milk crates
– DIY glass pebbles & seashells wreath around custom mermaid party invitation
– Clamshell & mermaid tail topped cupcakes + seashell & pearl cake pops
– Simple poolside tablescape with striped printables & a pink, green & blue color palette

mermaid birthday party dessert table

under the sea girly birthday party decor

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Laugh Out Loud Practical Joke Birthday Party

practical joke birthday party dessert table and whoopee pies

It may not be April Fools, but I am always game for some good old fashioned pranks! Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio created this side-splitting Laugh Out Loud Practical Joke Birthday Party full of goofy joke props, sweet polka dots & fake-out bugs for her equally goofy daughter! The only requirement: lots of whoopee cushions (which Gretchen dutifully obliged to). I don’t know any little boys who wouldn’t go crazy for these pranks, and this style would also be perfect for an adult’s gag party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rattlesnake egg gumballs, rubber chicken topped cupcakes & exploding snake in a can churros
– Fly topped cupcakes & birthday cake + “Whoopee” topped sprinkled pink whoopie pies
– Polka dot paperie + a scrap book paper polka dot dessert table backdrop
– Disguise glasses & whoopee cushion cookies + whoopee cushion favors & bag tags

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rubber chicken topped cupcakes

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Bright & Beachy Surfing Birthday Party

ombre blue beach waves and surfer topped birthday cake

As a San Diego native, spending time at the beach is a necessary part of my DNA ;). So I am loving this Bright & Beachy Surfing Birthday Party from Maria Olivia Campos of Invento Festa! Beautifully styled with bright patterns & colors, cheerful sea creature decorated desserts and an awesome surfer topped ombre ocean birthday cake (masterfully created by Maria’s team), this party is teeming with shore inspiration! Now all I want to know is, which way’s the beach?

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Octopus & seashell topped chocolate brigadeiros + flip flop chocolate pops & chocolate sand pails
– Sandy beach & drink umbrella topped cupcakes with fondant sun & crabs + candy filled beach buckets
– Shark fin topped candy jars, potted succulents & a sugar covered, fondant sculpted sand castle
– Blue chevron backdrop & paper decor, a vintage surfer’s van + beachy tote bag party favors

surfing birthday party dessert table

sandy crab and umbrella topped beach cupcakes

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Flamingo Fiesta Girls Night In {Part 2: Crafting & Desserts}

Flamingo Party Dessert Table - Pink and Gold

In continuation of today’s Flamingo Fiesta Part 1 post, here we go with Part 2: Crafting and Desserts!

Just like the Sauza® Sparkling Margarita bar and dinner table from Part 1, the dessert station features playful flamingo-inspired colors and elements + an ample dose of sparkle. The treats were simple and easy: homemade watermelon cupcakes + grocery store goodies that were given a little creative presentation. (For example: a freezer-section key lime pie was cut into mini squares for a modern “small bites” look, then garnished with quarters of lime!)

COCKTAILS + CRAFTING

I also set up a craft table with “ingredients” for guests to make their own set of ceramic tile drink coasters, which tie in well to the cocktail theme of the night. Added bonus: the plain white tiles used for the coasters were only .13 each! The original plan was to focus on decoupaging them with patterned paper, but I got sidetracked by my washi tape bin and ended up loving that idea even more! {Added bonus – it’s SUPER easy. More on the craft project below.}

P.S. If you’re looking for additional crafting ideas, check out Sauza’s cheeky “Make Anything with a Cowboy” craft video series featuring fun projects like Sparkly Acorns, Margarita Charms, and even Jorts. Who knew cowboys were so crafty?! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Red velvet & marbled cake shooters served in disposable “cheers” themed shot glasses
– Bright pink, accessorized flamingo + simple feather garland & pink honeycomb wall backdrop
– Cupcake toppers made from flamingo themed stir sticks + paper party circles
– Pink toothbrush-holders-turned-craft-supply-holders, embellished with a metallic gold Y-A-Y!
– Mini notebook party favors (only $1 for 3!) dressed up with favor tags & baker’s twine

Pink and Gold Dessert Table Sign

Key Lime Pie Cheesecake Bites

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Flamingo Fiesta Girls Night In {Part 1: Dinner & Drinks}

pink, gold and black flamingo themed cocktail party

You can never go wrong with crafting, cocktails, and a little sparkle …at least in my book! So when I was recently asked to dream up some creative inspiration for a fun Girls Night In featuring Sauza® Sparkling, last month, this tried-and-true combo is exactly where I started. ;)

The weather is warm and summer fun is in the air right now, so I decided to focus on a Flamingo Party theme that’s playful, girlie, and a little bit cheeky! Retro lawn flamingos were given glam makeovers, flamingo-stemmed cups were brushed with glitter, and pale pink feathers were accented with gold and strewn into garlands. I added some bold black & white stripes for contrast, plus some simple white string lights for added twinkle behind the bar. YAY! This theme would translate REALLY WELL to a milestone birthday, flirty bridal shower, or bachelorette party too. Lawn flamingo with a veil, anyone? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Painted feather-and-glitter-tape garland + YAY letters dressed up with patterned paper & glitter
– Flamingo party glasses with gold glitter bases & monogram sticker “drink markers”
– Chilled Wild Berry & Original Lime Sparkling Margaritas + colorful Strawberry Cucumber Mint Water
– Painted plastic lawn flamingos decked out with necklaces, flower “barettes”, boas, and tutus
– Playful flamingo themed paper details, {including a free printable 8×10 drink sign & tent cards!}

flamingo party cocktail sign

pink and gold flamingo cocktails

sauza sparkling margaritas for a flamingo cocktail party

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Kites & Pinwheels Outdoor Summer Party

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Looking for a fun way to entertain the kiddos this summer? Jessica from Everyday Party Magazine created this adorable Kites & Pinwheels Outdoor Summer Party to kick off their summer vacation! Kids don’t need a ton to create their own fun, so I love that they took this party to a nearby park and let them just run around blowing bubbles & playing with the pinwheels. Of course, I’m also totally loving seeing our Kites & Pinwheels collection in action! ;)

PARTY DETAILS to look out for: 

– Kite & pinwheel decorated cake with kite silhouette topper + party circle wrapped candy cups
– Cotton candy ‘ice cream’ cones + frosted kite rice krispie pops on paper straws with party flags
– Fresh lemonade with pinwheel silhouette paper straws & Summer ‘2014’ bottle wraps
– Pinwheel topped sidewalk chalk & bubble filled party favor bags

summer kites and pinwheels decorated birthday cake

summer pinwheel party printables

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Starry Enchanted Forest Birthday Party {Pink & Gold}

gold chevon birthday party dessert table

This Starry Enchanted Forest Birthday Party is an absolute fairytale! Jennifer Jones of Prettiest Print Shop created this rustic but dazzling oasis for her little girl’s 2nd birthday with tons of glittery gold stars & charming woodland details. PLUS, for gifts, Kate’s parents asked that guests bring books to stock up her library! Such a cute way to keep the fairytale going & definitely what I would call a happy ending :).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hanging gold star mobiles tied to branches + wooden branch photo frames with gold star garlands
– DIY gold glittered signs, utensils & flower vases + gold glitter star wands & crowns for guests
– Pink raspberry parfaits & strawberry doughnuts + star topped cinnamon rolls & pancake stack ‘cake’
– A wooden castle ‘guestbook’ + pink stardust Pay-Doh favors

enchanted forest birthday party photo shoot and signs

gold wands and crowns for party favors

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Sharp & Modern Race Car Birthday Party

speedometer and racing stripe birthday cake

Vrooooom!! Don’t blink or you might miss this Sharp & Modern Race Car Birthday Party zooming by! Lisa Plafadellis of Lettuce & Co styled this stylish party for her son, who loves to play with Hot Wheels, with clean lines and chic desserts. There are so many cute ideas & DIYS, but I think my favorite is the roadway tablescape, with bright yellow lines & pathways leading to each place setting — definitely wins 1st place in my book!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Racing stripe & speedometer cake with race car & Finish Line topper + speedometer invitations
– DIY cardboard race cars with paper plate wheels & car numbers + racing stripe party printables
– Wheel macarons, helmet cake balls & ‘Bad Boy’ doughnuts + speedometer chocolate covered Oreos
– Black & yellow race car piñata matching the desserts + Hot Wheels race car party favors

race car party piñata

racing stripe party printables

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{Party of 5} Bumble Bee, Little Birds, Rustic Garden, Superhero in Training, Sophisticated Frozen

bumble bee 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:

Bumble Bee First Birthday Party
 Little Birds Birthday Party
– Rustic Garden Birthday Party
– Superhero in Training Birthday Party

 Sophisticated Frozen Birthday Party

1. Bumble Bee First Birthday Party (pictured above) from RAE Affairs

2. Little Birds Birthday Party by Martina – Celebrate Decor

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Dino-MITE Dinosaurs & Reptiles Birthday Party

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This Dino-Mite Birthday Party looks like RAWR-ing good fun! ;) Jeannie Do brought Dinosaurs back to life with this awesome, activity-packed party. While snacking on some delicious, omnivorous food, guests were able to create some dino art, sing and dance along with a musical duo and play with the coolest reptiles! Those snakes are too freaky for me, but you can tell the birthday boy is loving it!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Wooden (party hat wearing!) dinosaur skeleton centerpieces + dinosaur tail chair backs
– Dino cookie decorated birthday cake, dino topped cupcakes & erupting volcano punch
– “Say Rawr” photo booth with felt dinosaur masks & snapping dinosaurs on sticks
– Orange, green & blue balloons on the ceiling + Dinosaur stamped tote bag party favors

orange, green and blue dinosaur birthday party dessert table

dinosaur cookie decorated birthday cake

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Brews & Bowling Baby Shower: A Celebration into Parenthood

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The main goal of a party is of course to celebrate the guest of honor, but it’s also important to make sure your guests are having fun as well. Which is why I love this Brews & Bowling Baby Shower: A Celebration into Parenthood, which was beautifully photographed by Angela Bartunek of Aster & Olive Photography and put together by the couples’ family & friends! The laid back vibe combined with retro decor creates the perfect atmosphere for everyone to have a total blast catching up, bowling & eating some delicious, non-fussy food (who doesn’t love sliders + beer?!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Teal tissue paper pinwheel welcome sign backdrop, paper chain links & polka dot garlands
– Baby blue painted bowling trophy food stand centerpieces + a retro teal & red tablescape
– Old school treats like Cracker Jacks & swirl lollipops + simple cupcakes & soda pop
– A retro bowling alley invitation, chalkboard signs + candy bag party favors

teal and red bowling baby shower invitation

retro adult bowling party

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DIY Tutorial: Rustic-Chic Placemat Stencil

finished DIY chalk placemat setting

As I’m sure many of you know, planning a party can often be hectic and/or expensive, so when it comes to simple & affordable hacks that don’t skimp on classiness, I’m all in!! And I’ve also got the perfect example to share with you today…  Elizabeth from Bump Smitten sent over this ingenious trick for dressing up your tablescapes, complete with step-by-step photos & instructions + downloads of the templates! This is such a versatile look… perfect for adding a touch of rustic flair to so many types of themes & materials. Read on for all the clever details. (Thanks again, Elizabeth!)

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PLACEMAT STENCIL – DIY TUTORIAL

by Bump Smitten

I see a lot of craft paper popping up in many different types of parties. Its cheap and very rustic/chic. I used the same idea as chalk on black chalkboard paint, but with white paint pens on brown craft paper. It’s cost effective and a fun alternative to fabric place mats. Bonus Tip: You could also use the white pens to write the names of your guests!

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Sweet Summertime Pink Lemonade Birthday Party

pink lemonade birthday party dessert table

Is there anything more quintessentially summer than fresh squeezed lemonade? Not only does this refreshing treat make for a delicious way to cool down on a hot day, but it’s also a super cute source of inspiration! Ashley Keith of Cupcake Express made lemonade out of lemons for this Sweet Summertime Pink Lemonade Birthday Party! With bright pops of pink & yellow, adorable ‘lemonade’ cupcakes with mini straws and the cutest patterned printables, this party is sure to make you pucker up a smile!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Lemon wedge cake pops, lemon & mason jar cupcakes + polka dotted lemon cook party favors
– Homemade pink & yellow birthday cake with ric rac & polka dots topped with a Lemonade Stand cookie
– Bright yellow daffodil & pink carnation table arrangements + pink & yellow gumball table favors
– Sour pink & yellow gummy candy skewers with lemon tops & sixlet topped layered lemon parfaits
– Lace & ribbon adorned mason jars + gingham, polka dots & stripes chocolate wrappers

yellow and pink lemonade birthday party decorations

pink lemonade polka dotted birthday cake

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Lovely Botanical Baby First Birthday Party

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To celebrate her baby daughter blooming into a little girl, Toni Danielson styled this lovely and sentimental Botanical Baby First Birthday Party filled with a mix of fresh flowers, handmade paper flowers and delicately sweet details. I love this look of a clean white palette accented with bursts of color… such a simple, ethereal look that would be perfect for a daytime bridal shower or even just a summer get together with friends! Make sure to check out the adorable video of this party below (which is sure to make you smile)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– beautiful, DIY white paper flowers backdrop + sweet white baby’s breath head wreaths
– Expanding wild hibiscus drink flowers + cool, oversize number 1 bottle stoppers!
– Sweet white daisy cookies, fresh poppy topped cupcakes, & a sparkler topped birthday cupcake
– Cascading purple flowers birthday dress + a eucalyptus mantel garland with pops of pink & yellow

Leighton’s 1st Birthday – Botanical Baby from Katherine Mendieta on Vimeo.

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Rainbow Dash My Little Pony Birthday Party

rainbow my little pony birthday party dessert table and cake pops

Somewhere over the rainbow…is a totally sweet Rainbow Dash My Little Pony Birthday PartyMichelle Knox of I DO invitations by michelle styled this party for her ray of sunshine filled with tons of great rainbow party inspiration & adorable little ponies! I am especially into the rainbow streamer & pom decor, those layered jello parfaits and the super cute {custom} birthday dress! Who needs a pot of gold when you’ve got all of that?! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rainbow heart cookie party favors, rainbow topped cupcakes + fluffy cloud & rainbow cookies
– Rainbow Dash topped birthday cake with golden topper + rainbow chocolate coins & wands
– Rainbow piñata & face painting + a Rainbow Dash makeover salon & bubbles station
– DIY rainbow & gold heart banner + DIY pony paper wrapped frames with mini banners
– Custom wooden signs for the birthday girl & hanging clouds with rainbow rain drops

layered rainbow jello parfaits

rainbow birthday party decoration ideas

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Modern Grand Prix Race Car Birthday Party

pit racing birthday party dessert table

Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! Paula Casas of BluGrass Designs planned this Modern Grand Prix Race Car Birthday Party for her son, who loves watching Formula One races with his Dad. I am loving the clean, sleek look & color palette combined with the shabby-chic vintage details. Plus, how cute are those personalized drivers’ licenses for each little race car driver?! Careful folks, there are going to be some pretty adorable little speed demons out on the raceway! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Black & white checkered printables + ‘fuel up’ party flags at the Fuel & Oil drinks station
– Race car themed chocolate covered Oreos + vintage race car driver’s helmet cake pops
– Tire tread stamped wooden utensils +  black tire macarons at the Pit Stop dessert table
– Beautifully detailed race car cookies & an orange car cake topper + wooden car party favors

pit crew race car driver helmet cake pops and driving themed chocolate covered oreos

race car grand prix birthday cake

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{Party of 5} Crawfish Boil, Confetti Communion, Cowgirl Birthday, American Girl Doll, Movie Star

Summer crawfish boil 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:

Southern Spring Crawfish Boil Party
 Boy’s Confetti First Communion
– Cowgirl 3rd Birthday Party
– American Girl Doll Inspired Birthday Party

 Movie Star 6th Birthday Party

1. Southern Spring Crawfish Boil Party (pictured above) from Sucre Shop

2. Boy’s Confetti First Communion by Tempo di Festa

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Born in the 80s Neon 30th Birthday Party

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Michael Jackson, the Brat Pack and a whole lot of sugary candies…we’re flashing back to the 80s! For her big 3-0 celebration, Stephanie Nestor put a whole lot of elbow grease into making this Born in the 80’s Neon 30th Birthday Party the perfect tribute to her favorite things from those totally rad years. I am digging that bright candy ‘cake’ which adds such a playful pop of color to the dessert table & would be a great alternative for someone who doesn’t like cake! With so many righteous details, I’m starting to wonder why these trends ever died in the first place!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Splattered neon photo booth backdrop with some awesomely 80s props (love that boombox)
– Cassette tape framed photo board & VCR tape tissue paper decor + bright animal & bandana prints
– Vinyl record drinks table backdrop + Kool-aid, Squeezit & neon colored straws
– David Hasselhoff poster (with chest hair) + 80s slang words food labels & decor

80s kids candy 'cake'

neon birthday party drinks like squeezit and kool-aid

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Vibrant & Fun Dr. Seuss Inspired Lorax Birthday Party

dr. suess lorax birthday party dessert table

Dr. Seuss parties are always a classic, but the story behind this Vibrant & Fun Dr. Seuss Inspired Lorax Birthday Party allows for such a sweet botanical twist! I gotta say, I’m feeling super inspired by the classic, whimsical Seuss vibe combined with a new bunch of characters & those fluffy Truffula trees! Jen Carver of Banner Events always does a fantastic job creating amazing parties for her kids, and this is colorful adventure is no exception! And the whole thing was eco-friendly to boot (as a nod to the green theme of the story) — that’s a win in my book!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazingly detailed Lorax cake with Truffula trees + striped Truffula tree trunk chocolate covered Pretzels
– Colorful tablescape with faux grass placemats, truffula tree centerpieces + mini shovels & watering cans
– ‘Sweet Tree-ts’ table with feather Truffula trees, picket fenced chocolate bars & terracotta potted cupcakes
– Barba-Loot favor bags with candy Truffula seeds, Lorax cake pops & Humming Fish goldfish crackers
– Lorax mustache photo props, a Lorax puzzle & matching game + flower planting activity

boy's lorax birthday party ideas

dr. seuss lorax birthday cake

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{DIYed} Ariel Themed Little Mermaid Birthday Party

ariel themed little mermaid birthday party dessert table

Under the Sea parties will always be popular and I will never get tired of looking at all of the shimmering details & creative ideas ‘down where it’s wetter!’ Beverley Piacente used her amazing talents to create this Ariel Themed Little Mermaid Birthday Party for her little girl. Believe it or not, Beverley DIYed ALL of the decor — painting, sewing and crafting every last detail! She even hand painted the iconic shot of Ariel behind the dessert table — simply amazing!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fork topped Dinglehopper cupcakes, sand dollar cookies & seashell topped cupcakes on raw sugar ‘sand’
– Hand painted Ariel & Flounder cut out & shark toss game + sandy treasure dig & DIY Flounder piñata
– Ruffled ombre Ariel topped cake + a shark fruit salad, pearl filled clamshell cookies & blue sea punch
– DIY mini stitched Ariel dolls, stuffed Max dogs, gumball pearl necklaces & manicure pouch party favors

ariel topped ombre ruffled ocean birthday cake

shark watermelon fruit salad and sand dollar cookies

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Royal Princess First Birthday Party {Pink & Gold}

pink princess birthday cake with gold and crystal crown topper

Every girl deserves to feel like a Princess on her birthday, even if that girl is only turning one (and probably still figuring out what all of the commotion is about) ;). Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties is back at it again with this beautiful Royal Princess First Birthday Party. The dessert table is absolutely fit for a queen, with pops of gold and amazingly embellished desserts creating a regal feel, while girly pinks & simple treats keeping everything young and sweet!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold lace & pink flower embellished crowns + a draped satin & framed ‘L’ backdrop
– Pearl encrusted marshmallow pops with pink party flags & 1st birthday cookies with pink 1s & gold crowns
– Patterned paper & party circle decorated centerpieces + mini gold carriages filled with soft pink roses
– Amazing crystal & gold crown topped cake with sugar flowers & a fondant bow + a pink swirl smash cake with princess crown topper

royal princess first birthday party dessert table

royal princess first birthday outfit

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Rustic Barnyard County Fair First Birthday Party

county fair first birthday welcome sign

With summer in full swing, fairs are popping up all over the place (including San Diego)! For her son’s first birthday, Jeannie Do decided there was no better way to celebrate her little man than to create a full on Rustic Barnyard County Fair First Birthday Party including classic fair food & games! I love the country americana feel, with cow & gingham prints and plenty of red, white & blue decor. And of course, no county fair would be complete without some bbq and funnel cake — gotta love the tastes of summer :).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fresh fruit desserts like a strawberry trifle, mini blueberry cheesecakes & mini fruit tarts
– Pinwheels in Coke bottles & wooden ferris wheel centerpieces + a cupcake ferris wheel with bunting
– Balloon animal petting zoo, caricature artist & a carousel horse bounce house
– Coke bottle ring toss, rubber ducky fishing & balloon darts + a prize table to redeem your tickets

county fair first birthday play area

county fair kids tablescape

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Neon Rainbow Hello Kitty Birthday Party

neon rainbow hello kitty brthday cake

Sharon Ho of Bloom Cake Co. styled and baked ALL of the amazing desserts for this Neon Rainbow Hello Kitty Birthday Party! That must have been quite a fête! I am loving the fun twist put on Hello Kitty’s usual pink theme, with bright rainbow colors & a cool punk rock vibe. After all, Hello Kitty herself says, “Happiness comes in all colors of the rainbow!” :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Three-tiered neon rainbow cake with Hello Kitty topper (in an outfit matching the birthday girl’s)
– Rainbow tissue pinwheels & large rainbow bows on a gold striped backdrop
– Hello Kitty macarons & cake pops + rainbow heart topped pink cupcakes & neon splattered donuts
– Rainbow chocolate dipped cookies & pink strawberry milk served in a tea party area

neon rainbow hello kitty brthday party dessert table

hello kitty macarons and cake pops

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Despicable Me Themed Minion Birthday Party

minion twinkies and cookie labels

This delightful birthday party is one in a Minion (just couldn’t resist)! ;) Betty Lang of Vanda Events styled this adorable Despicable Me Themed Minion Birthday Party for a little guy who’s a huge fan of the movies. It’s pretty hard to make those little nonsense-talking Minions any cuter, but I think fashioning them out of Twinkies takes the cake — pun intended!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Custom Despicable Me printables with party hat wearing characters + Despicable Me photo booth cut outs
– Chocolate & strawberry shortcake layered cake shooters & Minion eye topped chocolate cupcakes
– Polka dotted cake with Despicable Me characters & Minion toppers + Minion balloons & cups
– Minion cake pops & Twinkies with Reese’s feet + flat Minion topped cupcakes

minion birthday party decor and cupcakes

despicable me minion topped birthday cake and character cut outs

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