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Chic Americana Wedding Inspiration {Round Up}

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With all of the hype for the World Cup right now AND the 4th of July coming up, we are in full “USA!” mode around here. Back today to share some gorgeous Americana Wedding Inspiration with us is Inspired by This, who you may remember from these Valentine’s Day & Mother’s Day round ups. Get ready to feel some love for America! ;)

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1. Floral Design by Cori Cook, Photo by Will and Stacey Photography (pictured above)

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2. Design by Dish Wish

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3. Event Design by La Boheme Events, Photo by Focus Photography

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Sunny & Sweet Farm Animals Birthday Party

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There’s nothin’ like a good old fashioned day on the farm! For her animal-loving daughter’s birthday, Kate Petronis of And Everything Sweet planned this Sunny & Sweet Farm Animals Birthday Party! This party was definitely not short on the animals, from round chicken cake pops and farm animal party circles, to animal cookies in a grass field and a baby ducks & bunnies petting zoo! So much rowdy fun for the kids! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dessert table with country style patterns, rustic burlap & a large wooden wagon wheel
– Chocolate covered strawberry ‘carrots’ in a bed of chocolate ‘dirt’ + wrapped utensil ‘carrots’
– Mini barn painting activity + a chicken egg hunt game with eggs filled with chocolate & mini prizes
– Chocolate covered Oreo animals & tractors + tractor cookies & chocolate pop party favors
– Birthday cake with a cow print bottom layer, pigs’ mud puddle, duck pond & a red barn topper with horse

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4th of July Americana Picnic {+Free Printables!}

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With the Fourth of July just five days away, it’s only fitting to share some patriotic inspiration as well as some FREE red, white and blue printables! Rebeckah Dempsey of A Blissful Nest styled this gorgeous 4th of July Americana Picnic filled with simple, yet effective decorating ideas +  plenty of USA classics like hot dogs, peanuts & crinkle fries (my personal fav!). Scroll through to check out all of this adorable photo shoot and make sure to get your free printables at the end. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Red, white & blue paper rosettes + striped & polka dotted party flags in bright blue drinks
– Fresh berry & whipped cream trifle+ red, white & blue cookies
– Picnic area with vintage suitcases, wooden Coca-Cola crate, and antique Americana bunny doll
– Star cut watermelon & blueberry skewers + red & blue rock candy sticks

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Splish Splash, it’s a Mermaid Birthday Bash!

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Grab your fins & seashells because… Splish Splash, it’s a Mermaid Birthday BashLaila Plant of One Inspired Party never ceases to impress (remember her daughter’s birthday party from last year?) This time around was just as amazing with this under the sea adventure filled with scale inspired printables, a beautiful formal tablescape and touches of sparkly gold throughout. My absolute favorite detail is the Sunken Treasure area – which on its own is an adorable name for sea-themed party favors – with mermaid tutus & pirate accessories that are just too cute! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Blue & purple ombre wooden backdrop, a mermaid scales plate backdrop + blue ombre cake & ‘4’ piñata
– Mini formal tablescape for the little mermaids & pirates with ‘whosits & whatsits’ + short floral centerpieces
– Pearl topped chocolate Oreos, beautiful under the sea themed cookies & gold seashell topped cake pops
– Purple & blue beach pails & bubbles + hanging streamer Jellyfish throughout the big white tent

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{Party of 5} Baseball Shower, Masha the Bear, Boho Chic Shower, Captain America, Tangled Birthday

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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:

Vintage Baseball Baby Shower
 Masha the Bear Birthday Party
– Boho Chic Baby Shower
Captain America Birthday Party
 Tangled Inspired Rapunzel Birthday Party

1. Vintage Baseball Baby Shower (pictured above) from MKR Creations

2. Masha the Bear Birthday Party by IDEA! event + style {Jasmine}

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Top 5 Reasons to Make THIS Your Year for Family Pictures

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Well hello lovely Hostess With The Mostess friends! It’s Jen, your favorite Orange County photographer.

Today, it’s going to get REAL serious! As you may know, family pictures are one of my specialties (if you’d like to get some ideas and inspiration, check out my Facebook page, right here). I adore family sessions and the stunning images they create. I do my best to curate a touching family story told through pictures, that my familes can hang on their walls, and smile at forever.

However, there are some of you that haven’t taken the time to round up the troops, and smile together! So here we go, the top five reasons why this is the year for family pictures! 

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Colorful & Eclectic Summer Dinner Party {+ Free Printables}

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As far as my typical weeknights go, last night pretty much took the {fresh-fruit-topped-boston-cream} cake.

I invited a few girlfriends over for dinner as part of a collaboration with Pier 1. There was yummy food, sparkling sangria, the glow of twinkle lights… and a giant gold Yoga Frog covered in butterflies. ;) But before I further explain that, a quick side note:

Even though the initial plan for this dinner party started quite a while back, life has been extra stressful this month, so this ended up being a 100%-done-on-the-day-of, comedic whirlwind to pull together. This included (amongst other things) “speed cleaning” the party prep mess by shoving stuff into every nearby drawer and cabinet while the doorbell rang, and designing the menus and place cards on my laptop from the chair of a hair salon with my head covered in foils. It was a long overdue appointment that I was unable to move, so I multi-tasked instead. There was also a decent amount of toddler/kid bribing via my (mostly futile) attempts to gain a few extra minutes of setting up in peace. Long story short, juggling a lot of responsibilities in life can often can get overwhelming – but, after a healthy dose of chatting, laughing, and general silliness last night at the party, I was once again reminded that:

Sometimes being overwhelmed by life makes “friend dates” and outside-the-box moments all the more appreciated – and necessary! Read on for a peek at how everything turned out…

eclectic dinner party table setting and crafty paper lanterns

One of my very favorite things about throwing parties is the opportunity to surprise guests with unexpected details. This is pretty much where the aforementioned Yoga Frog comes in… I don’t do yoga or collect frogs, but for some reason I was totally drawn to this peaceful little guy on my shopping trip to Pier 1. I wanted this backyard dinner party to be fun and eclectic and exude “good vibes only”… so with a mini tissue tassel garland and a handful of colorful butterflies, he became the perfectly quirky mascot for the party. You can download the good vibes sign below, too! ;)

Here are some of my other favorite party details to look out for:
– The most beautiful, glossy indigo blue and aqua melamine dinnerware
– Colorful Baked Feta (appetizer) topped with tomatoes and olives + rich & creamy Parmesan Risotto
– DIY burlap “placemats”+ paper lanterns embellished with tissue tassels & ribbon
– White Wine Sangria Sparkler served in acrylic wine glasses
– “Cell Phone Siesta” station (hint, hint!), decked out with mini “cushions” and butterflies

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While there’s a lot to love about social media, what I don’t love is looking around a table and seeing everyone glued to their phone, which is a habit so many of us have adopted (yours truly included). This adorable Swingasan® Phone Holder + a playful sign felt like a cute, non-scoldy way to help keep screen time at a minimum. Also pictured above: San Martin Chairs in yellow & ocean + Amelia Table.

summer dinner party appetizer, food and drink ideas

Get the recipes for the above here: Baked Feta | Mediterranean Salad | White Wine Sangria Sparkler

I was instantly smitten with these intricate Bohemian Mercury Hanging Lanterns. We don’t have a patio trellis, so they just sat pretty as a centerpiece instead. ;) Couldn’t resist the mini version of the yoga frog either. I made a little silhouette banner for it to hold:

moroccan lantern table centerpieces and homemade peach sangria for a summer dinner party

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Surf’s Up! Tropical Hawaiian 70th Birthday Party

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When a tropical vacation for all your family and friends isn’t necessarily in the cards, a Tropical Hawaiian 70th Birthday Party is definitely the next best thing! Belinda Ramanauskas of Styled By Belle brought the beach to the party with a low-key luau vibe, including a grass skirted dessert table & plenty of surfing-inspired details (like that flashback photo invitation)! Now that Summer is here, throw on that hula skirt and get ready for paradise!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A tropical dessert table with a pineapple ‘tree’, Aloha cupcakes, wood paneled backdrop & colorful candies
– Bamboo painted & Hawaiian flowers topped birthday cake + Hawaiian leis for each guest
– Hawaiian beach themed cookies, pineapple cake pops & cupcakes + mini fresh fruit tarts
– Oceanside venue with a Hawaiian lounge area, pink flamingos & a pineapple surrounded surfboard

hawaiian tropical luau tablescape and flower arrangements

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Sprinkled with Love Cupcake Baby Shower

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With frosting, sprinkles and a cherry on top, this Sprinkled with Love Cupcake Baby Shower is sweet as can be! Kim Daniels of On Purpose surprised this mommy-to-be with a ‘Sprinkle,’ which typically celebrates a 2nd or 3rd child, including a sprinkle bar for decorating pretty pink cupcakes and adorable hand-made decor (how cute are those mini tassel garlands?!) With such sweet friends & delicious cupcakes, you just can’t go wrong!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink & white chocolate dipped & sprinkled strawberries & pretzels + pink lemonade frosted cupcakes
– Pink & green cupcake bar with a sprinkle table runner, pink & green tissue tassel garland & a variety of sprinkles
– DIY book pages wreath & chalkboard sign with mini pink & green tassel garlands + a pink & green tablescape
– Fresh fruit drinks & sangria + “Thanks for popping by” popcorn box shower favors

sprinkled with love cupcake decorating shower activity

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A Detailed How-To on Reusing Party Decorations {Train & Batman}

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Hello! Rachel here from RV Parties to share a fun, new concept — TWO different parties reusing many of the same decorations! Like many families, my boys have birthdays within a few weeks of each other and (of course!) they couldn’t be persuaded to pick a theme for a joint party. My five year old needed a Batman Party and my three year old just had to have (his second!) Train Party. Because I knew I wasn’t going to able to restrain myself and throw simple parties, I went ahead and decided to throw them their own individual parties but make them overlap as much as possible to keep the planning as easy as possible! Black, white and yellow are a natural color choice for Batman — and it was easy to design the train party printables to match.

Some of our cost (and time!) saving measures were:

– Using black and white as the main colors — black and white printing is much cheaper than color
– Making double batches of treats for the dessert table
– Reusing linens, serving pieces and decor
– Using engineer prints as wall decor
– Buying store bought treats to dress up and reusing the extras for the second party

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Modern Train Party Details

Now without further ado, here’s a quick look at each party, then a comparison of some of the changes. The train party was up first — one of my favorite details was this cupcake choo choo made from graham crackers and Oreos. As always, Heather from Fondant Fantasy knocked it out of the park with the fondant toppers! I’m shocked by how closely she matched our train silhouette and love the railroad crossing sign with the B and 3 rather than the RR.

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Formal & Elegant Pretty in Pink Baby Shower

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This Formal & Elegant Pretty in Pink Baby Shower by Ashley Lloyd of Attention 2 Detail Events is a stunning example of how special a shower can be! Mommy-to-be wanted something romantic and close-knit, so Ashley delivered with a beautiful long communal dining table in an absolutely gorgeous setting (just look at those chandeliers!) To top it all off, each guest received their own individual rose topped red velvet cake to enjoy at the shower and then take home for later! I’m thinking that idea should be a definite trend-starter ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold painted baby items like a bottle, booties & a carriage + mini tuxedo shirts for the guest of honors’ dogs
– Pearl draped pink rose floral centerpieces, a rose petal runner & romantic white candles at varied heights
– Pink raspberry champagne cocktails & “It’s a Girl” pink nail polish party favors
– The Price is Right game, balloon banner guest decorating & a formal harpist

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mini rose topped pink and pearl cake

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The Look for Less: Candy Buffet vs. Dessert Tables

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” where I share with you some ways to achieve a high-end looking event for less by using my tips. Today’s post is all about Candy Buffets versus Dessert Tables and how you can save hundreds of dollars by creating a fabulous looking Candy Buffet for your next event. Here I designed a Beach Bridal theme showing both a candy table and a dessert table for 85 guests. Be sure to scroll down to the end of the post to see a detailed budget on both tables and see the savings.

Sweet City Candy is a hassle-free online candy vendor that I used to purchase all of the candy shown on the candy table. Their selection is great and super easy to order with their option to search for candy by color! Not only do they have some of the most affordable candy online right now, but now they offer free shipping for orders over $65! This is HUGE considering candy is very heavy and most candy companies charge shipping based on weight which can sometimes blow your budget!

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Vintage Bambi Twitterpated Dessert Table

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Although it’s one of the most beloved Disney movies of all time, Bambi parties are pretty few and far between (maybe because parents don’t want their kids to see the super sad part at the beginning?) So it’s a treat that Lauren Borquez of Capes & Crowns is sharing this Vintage Bambi Twitterpated Dessert Table full of springtime elements & absolutely gorgeous desserts. For those of you who may not know, “Twitterpated” is the feeling of being in love (according to Bambi’s friend owl). So I guess you could say, I’m Twitterpated with this adorable party! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeously hand-painted cookies with gold detailing featuring Bambi & his friends becoming Twitterpated
– Green topiaries & purple paper hydrangeas + garden flower & bird decorated cookies stacks
– Rustic tiered naked angel food cake with whipped cream, wild berries, thyme twigs & a pinecone topper
– Hand-painted wooden peg characters, vintage Bambi children’s book + a Bambi, Thumper & Flower backdrop
– Toadstool cookie ice cream sandwiches, blue flower cake pops + Bambi topped brownies & chocolate Oreos

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Geometric & Colorful 2nd Birthday Brunch

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The trend of morning birthday parties for little ones is picking up steam, and for good reason — avoids those cranky afternoon meltdowns! ;) Courtney Champion of Cook like a Champion cleverly styled this Geometric & Colorful 2nd Birthday Brunch for her little girl. I am loving all of the adorable and totally do-able DIY, like the triangular label tags with geometric Washi tape detailing and all of the delicious looking (homemade) brunch foods that now, you can make too because Courtney is generously sharing her recipes with us today! Can’t wait to make those blueberry pancake cupcakes :).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Geometric 3-D hanging diamonds garlands + colorful geometric shapes strewn all over the tables
– Cheddar & chive biscuits, chicken & waffle skewers + a make-your-own fruit & yogurt parfait station
– Doughnut dipping & decorating activity + personalized aprons for the little chefs
– Drinks table with cold brew coffee, mix-ins & mimosas for the adults + juice boxes for the kids

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Teddy Bear Garden Picnic Birthday Party

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A teddy bear is often a kid’s first friend, so it makes perfect sense that Kate Kingston with help from White Door Events wanted to include her daughter’s favorite stuffed friend for her Teddy Bear Garden Picnic Birthday Party. Party guests disguised as little bears danced the day away while enjoying the cutest garden inspired sweets. An outdoor picnic feel combined with cozy cute teddy bears sounds like a little one’s dream to me!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– ‘Beary sweet’ apple cookie pops & apple topped chocolate puddings + leaf wrapped cupcakes & ladybug truffles
– Toadstool & teddy bear topped candy jars + a birthday cake topped with teddy bears on a picnic
– Picnic style tablescape with grass placemats & large apple tree balloon sculptures + a blue sky balloon backdrop
– Picnic basket party favors for guests to fill with sweets + bear cookie decorating & felt teddy bear ears

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Woodland Fairytale Snow White Birthday Party

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Snow White has been a HUGE trend lately! I love how each of the parties we’ve seen have all been so different from one another — each stylist truly puts their own spin on the classic tale. Shauna Krantz of Cupcake With Character decided to focus on the Woodland aspect of Snow White’s home when creating this Fairytale Snow White Birthday Party for her daughter. With sweet forest details like moss and pinecones and princess-approved desserts, this party is exactly what this little birthday girl was wishing for!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Woodland cake with Snow White, her forest friends & a Wishing Well + Woodland animal party favor cups
– Custom watercolor silhouette of the birthday girl + a customized ‘Who’s the fairest…’ magic mirror
– Glittered candy apples & apple cookies + chocolate Oreo apples & apple topped magic mirror cookie stacks
– Laser-cut wooden 7 dwarfs’ name signs + wooden plank dessert trays
– Toadstool cake pops & a toadstool banner + DIY fabric buntings & mini Pine trees

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Creative & Playful Wheels on the Bus Birthday Party

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Sometimes, kids can’t choose their own birthday theme and it’s up to the parents to decide. This year, the very talented Brittany Schwaigert of GreyGrey Designs had just the right idea for her son’s 6th birthday that she knew he would love — a Creative & Playful Wheels on the Bus Birthday Party! Brittany is known for going above and beyond with party themes, so it’s no surprise that she added so many amazing DIY touches to this party — just LOOK at that school bus dessert table! Make sure to check out her Party Details for information on how she put it all together.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Black frosted ‘tire’ doughnuts, sour candy ‘stoplight’ skewers & an amazing school bus birthday cake
– School bus invitation & banners + DIY yellow school bus inspired door wreath & entry roadway birthday signs
– Stop sign & school bus cookie pops + a hot dog bar with vintage Coca Cola crate condiment holders
– School bus shaped party favor boxes filled with candy & bus wheel yo-yos

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{Adorable!} Backyard Sesame Street First Birthday Party

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We see a lot of Sesame Street parties, but sometimes I forget how special it is that I got to grow up watching the show, and kids today still love it! Tim and Karen Lee Phan of Makeup by Karen Lee DIYed the heck out of this Backyard Sesame Street First Birthday Party for their little guy Landon’s big day. Every morning, Landon loves to listen to the theme song and see his favorite characters, so mom & dad made sure to include all of them as well as some super adorable details that would work for any kind of birthday party! Head on down to Landon Street to check it all out!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look for:

– Cookie Monster & Oscar the Grouch tissue poms + plush character table centerpeices
– The many faces of Landon photo booth wall backdrop + a DIY Landon Street Lamp Post
– Sesame Street character birthday cake with mini banner + pinwheel topped cupcakes & Cookie Monster cookies
– Hooper’s Store with Sesame Street character party favor bags & goldfish marshmallow pop favors
– DIY rainbow balloon ceiling, chalkboard sign post & custom Sesame Street shirt for the birthday boy

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{Party of 5} Ladybug Picnic, Lost in the Jungle, Moroccan Bridal Shower, Favorite Things Swap, Land of Oz

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Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

Ladybug 2nd Birthday Party Picnic
 Dusty & Minnie Lost in the Jungle Birthday Party
– Moroccan Bridal Shower
– 
Springtime Favorite Things Swap Party
 First Birthday Party in the Land of Oz

1. Ladybug 2nd Birthday Party Picnic (pictured above) from Sweet Creations by Sharms

2. Dusty & Minnie Lost in the Jungle Birthday Party by Renata Bueno

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Pink Ballet Circus First Birthday Party

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One year old may be a bit young to run off & join the circus, but that didn’t stop Aline Menezes of Pink Ateliê de Festas from bringing the circus to a little girl’s big day with this Pink Ballet Circus First Birthday Party! The focus was PINK & lots of it! Throw in some ballerinas, circus animals and high flying acrobats and you’ve got yourself quite the show! Sit back, relax and enjoy this party ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY Carousel Horse balloon on a pole + large pink ballerina statues with tutus & mini ballerina figurines
– Circus animal topped chocolate puddings, cupcakes & cookies + a candy concession table
– Amazing pink circus tent birthday cake with acrobats, circus animals & high flying flags
– “Keep Calm & Join the Circus” sign & a custom ‘Circo da Bruna’ backdrop

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The Amazing Spiderman Birthday Party

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My Spidey senses are tingling for this The Amazing Spiderman Birthday Party, styled by Shannon Helliker of Petite Party Studio! The outdoor city playground is amazing and would be so cute for other Super Hero parties. I am also loving those DIY red chocolate covered strawberries with milk chocolate webs and Oreo piece eyes — so clever! Don’t miss out on all of the cute Spidey details at this friendly neighborhood birthday party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Spiderman & skyline birthday cake + Spiderman cookies & chocolate covered Oreos
– Spider topped cupcakes & jello parfait push pops + Power Punch blue juice & Super foods
– Illustrated chalkboard dessert table fabric backdrop + a comic book tablecloth & banner
– Web shooter silly string, a Spiderman piñata & Spiderman mask party favors

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Slapshot Hockey Birthday Party

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He shoots, he scores!! Candace McMaster of Candy and Cake Sugar Designs planned & styled this Slapshot Hockey Birthday Party for her hockey-loving son. Although weather changed their plans to have fun outdoors, mom was quick on her toes to improvise some new indoor games! Not to mention that she baked that fabulous hockey net & goalie cake herself and put together all of the decor — what a hat trick!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Taped hockey rink dessert table backdrop + NHL player card clothespin banner
– Face mask cake pops, puck Ding Dongs + hockey stick & puck topped cupcakes
– Referee black & white striped cups & cupcake wraps + “Face off” party printables
– Lemon granita cups, chocolate hockey players & “goal” stamped wooden forks

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Girly Pink Butterfly Birthday Garden Party

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Flutter on by to check out this lovely Girly Pink Butterfly Birthday Garden Party, styled by Louisa Line of The Little Big Company! To bring the garden indoors, Louisa placed large floral centerpieces with plenty of greenery on the kid’s table as well as smaller bright peony arrangements on the drink & dessert wagons. Top all of that off with tons of sparkling butterflies and I’d say this garden party was an absolute success!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Paper flower & ribbon decorated party hats, butterfly wands & sparkly pink butterfly wings
– Glittery butterfly topped cupcakes, cake pops & cookies + a pink macaron topiary
– Butterfly silhouette coloring activity & a pink wooden tree to display them the finished butterflies on
– Quilted pink & yellow birthday cake with cascading butterflies + a smaller yellow rosette cake
– Garden arch entryway with vines & butterflies + a butterfly piñata

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“Let’s Pig Out” Favorite Foods 30th Birthday Party

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Who wouldn’t want to totally indulge in their favorite foods for the big 3-0 (or any day for that matter)? Lindsay Sacks created a judgement-free zone so that her and her friends could shamelessly enjoy this “Let’s Pig Out” Favorite Foods 30th Birthday Party, celebrating her big day! Following the trend of “bar parties,” there was a station for sweet fans, salt lovers and everything in between. And really, how could anyone pass up a butter bar?! What a delicious way to ring in a new decade!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A Bacon Bar with deep fried & different flavored bacon + a mini clay pig & “Getting Piggy with it” sign
– DIY menu sign, wooden bar signs, labels & photo booth wooden props all done by the birthday girl
– Mini comfort foods like chicken & waffles, tomato soup & grilled cheese & sliders
– A Potato Bar with baked potatoes & toppings + a Green Foods Bar with shot glasses of healthy green juice
– Customize your own doughnuts & popcorn bar with different salty & sweet toppings

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Little Gentlemen’s Croquet & Tea Party

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Tea parties aren’t just for little debutantes, and since Lauren Borquez of Capes & Crowns is a mother of two little boys, she wanted to create something that they could enjoy as well! In argyle vests, bow ties and the cutest paige boy hats, the boys got all dressed up for this Little Gentlemen’s Croquet & Tea Party, complete with croquet-inspired treats, teal tea sets and sweet vintage details. While I’m sure these little gents showed their manners at the table, boys will be boys when whacking the croquet mallet! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Argyle mustache & tea cup cake pops, argyle chocolate covered Oreos + croquet & argyle bow tie cookies
– Cupcakes matching the likeness of each little gentleman + tea pot & argyle vest topped cupcakes
– A cake perfectly matching the occasion with an argyle vest & bow tie + a tea cup topper filled with croquet mallets
– DIY sewed ‘Little Gentlemen’ table top + button & twine decorated ‘Gents’ blocks

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A Classic All American 4th of July Party

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Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share our All American 4th of July Party just in time for summer! Fireworks will be flying when you host a fantastic patriotic barbeque or party using these festive ideas…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Easy DIY Rice Krispie Treat “Cake” with fireworks, and “snap”, “crackle”, “pop” cake topper graphics (This “cake” won’t melt in the summer sun at your celebration!)
– Crowd-pleasing ice cream cone cupcakes with sprinkled chocolate rims and American Flag Heart toppers.
– Budget-friendly patriotic decor like a dollar store paper fan backdrop and star-print wrapping paper table runners!
– Individually packaged and ready to roast s’mores kits + favor boxes with star cut marshmallows.

rice krispie cake

4th of july dessert table

4th of july favors

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DIY “Birthday Cake” Centerpiece + Free Printables Blog Hop

diy birthday cake centerpiece tutorial

I’m using month #6 of our year-long Free Printables Blog Hop as an excuse to finally share the details on a crafty little birthday party DIY project that I dreamed up quite a while back! {And if you haven’t already guessed, the theme of this month’s printables is “Happy Birthday”. Scroll down for a sneak peek of the designs from the other participating blogs + links to all of their projects!}

DIY Birthday Cake Centerpiece

One of the best things about this project is the versatility – it can be tailored to match pretty much any color palette or party theme by switching up the papers and embellishments used to decorate the “cake”. However, if you’d like to recreate the exact look featured in this example, you can do that too… because the patterned papers (and matching Napkin Rings!) can be downloaded for free here, in Letter Size or Tabloid Size and all of the other elements are readily available at major craft stores. Here’s a peek at the 2 smaller “cakes” that I made to bookend the main one:

diy birthday cake centerpiece + place setting

And pictured above and below are two of the 4 napkin ring designs… which will make tying your centerpieces and place settings together easy as cake! ;) (more…)

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Disney’s Snow White Birthday Jubilee Dessert Table

snow white birthday party dessert table

Disney Princess parties will always be a hit with little ones, but I have an especially soft spot for Snow White. She was, after all, the first Disney Princess :). Danielle Arcese of Cutie Putti Paperie did an amazing job doing Snow’s story justice with this Disney’s Snow White Birthday Jubilee Dessert Table. The desserts are stunning & super creative, especially the Evil Queen inspired treats, like the Magic Mirror smoke cotton candy & the poison candy apples — to die for! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Wishing Well water filled milk jars & wishing well stacked cookies with frosting ‘water’ & tent card tops
– Beautiful castle landscape backdrop with Snow White & the Prince + Snow White’s freshly baked pies
– Naked cake with red fondant flowers & Nutter Butter chocolate chip acorns + poppy decorated macaron pops
– Dwarfs’ brightly colored chocolate jewels + chocolate dirty dishes with pearl gumball soap suds
– Candy jewel topped macarons + origami apple party favor boxes filled with macarons

forest red poppy and acorn covered birthday cake

snow white bluebird cucpakes

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Vintage Lace & Floral Garden Birthday Party

vintage floral party banner and tablescape

Now that the sun is shining (on a more consistent basis) and the birds are chirping, an outdoor garden party sounds like the perfect way to shake off the last of those winter blues! Zehra Taskin of Couture Event Styling dreamed up this lovely Vintage Lace & Floral Garden Party for the cutest little birthday girl. With sweet decor details like the beautifully rustic tablescape with mason jar floral centerpieces & a lace & burlap table runner, this party is an absolute ray of sunshine! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Scalloped floral banners + hanging lanterns & rose & baby’s breath filled terrariums
– Mini French-inspired desserts like chocolate eclairs, lace macarons + toasted meringue tarts
– Gold chevron striped birthday cake with fondant floral bouquets & a simple iced bundt cake
– Simple backyard picnic setting with vintage picnic baskets & suitcase decor + ‘Unicorn’ horse rides
– Lace wrapped milk bottles & chocolate bars + tea cup candy dishes & milk glass vases & candy dishes

birthday party horse unicorn

vintage lace dessert table

gold chevron striped birthday cake

hanging floral terrariums as party decor

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How to Train Your Dragon Birthday Party Dessert Table

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In celebration of the new DreamWorks sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2, (which comes out today!) Heidi Avolio of My Sweet Celebration styled this wonderful How to Train Your Dragon Birthday Party Dessert Table for the birthday of her little one, who loved the first movie (who didn’t?!) I can’t wait to see it, but in the mean time, I’m going to feast my eyes on all of these beautiful movie-inspired treats! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY felt Viking hat topped push cake pops + Viking sword & shield caramel tartlets
– Red & black dragon cookies, dragon topped cupcakes & red fire dragon’s breath Jello
– Toothless on a ‘stone’ birthday cake + moss and river rock table decor & wooden barrel stands
– Other delicious looking sweet treats like chocolate canoli, Jelly Bellys, chocolate mousse, caramels & macarons

how to train your dragon red and black dragon cookies

how to train your dragon toothless birthday cake

viking hat topped push cake pops

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