Creative Toy Soldier Camo Birthday Party

Attention!! Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio knows her son is a toy soldier fan, so when his birthday rolled around, what better way to celebrate than with a Toy Soldier Camo Birthday Party?! Not only is this party beautifully done (boy parties can be beautiful too!) but the activity ideas look so fun and creative! I am especially loving the Army tank painting — I know so many kids that could sit and do that for hours! Forward march to see all of the amazing details!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Mess Hall food & dessert table with food trays, soldier-approved treats & a camo netting backdrop
  • “Local Vegetation” veggie cups, camo cookies, grenade cake pops, & a toy soldier chocolate rock cake
  • Outdoor supplies tent with soldier helmets and camp pillows + an outdoor water balloon “grenade” fight
  • Survival kits with party popper grenades & toy soldier party favors

toy soldier camo desserts table

army soldier party food ideas

army cupcake and grenade cake pops

army toy tank wheels art


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{Party of 5} Coffee & Donuts, Little Chef Birthday, Alice in Wonderland, Twins Circus, Mermaid Birthday

coffee and donut bar bridal shower

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:

Coffee & Donut Bar Bridal Shower
 Little Chef Baking Birthday Party
– Vintage Alice in Wonderland Soiree

Twins First Birthday Circus Party
 Vintage Mermaid Birthday Party

1. Coffee & Donut Bar Bridal Shower (pictured above) from Showerbelle

2. Little Chef Baking Birthday Party by DPra

little chef baking birthday party


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Boy’s Trash Bash Birthday Party

newspaper table skirt for a trash bash birthday party

Here’s a crazy thought: the next time you go to take out the recycling, pause and think about how this “junk” could be the perfect decor for your next party! The extremely talented Lauren Haddox of Lauren Haddox Design took on that exact challenge when she created this Boy’s Trash Bash Birthday Party for her 4 year old boy, who loves garbage trucks! I am especially digging all of the trash inspired treats (how adorable are those garbage can cake pops?!) For more trashy party inspiration, go here, here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gummy Earthworm chocolate cake mud cups + chocolate covered Oreos on a bed of crumbled candy dirt
  • Waste water bottles & junk yard juice + Sewer Sweets like Junk Yard Jelly Bellys, Dorito debris & filthy fruit cups
  • Garbage truck cake, garbage truck cookies + cookie decorating with green sprinkles & chocolate chip dirt
  • Newspaper table skirt & backdrop + wrinkled kraft paper backdrop & pinwheels
  • Trash can bean bag toss & tin can knock-over games + custom garbage truck coloring sheet

green trash party desserts

garbage truck birthday cake

garbage truck and trash can cookies


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Smashing Construction First Birthday Party

construction first birthday party cake with hard hat topper, road signs and tire layer

Excited to get to plan more boyish parties, Shawna Rioux of Effervescent Occasions dreamed up this Smashing Construction First Birthday Party just as soon as her little boy was born. Construction parties are all about gettin’ down and dirty — and this little birthday boy did exactly that! On top of a giant tire and wearing the cutest knit hard hat & suspenders, Brady tore into his orange pylon cone smash cake with the fervor of a bulldozer! Way to go little man! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Dump truck party invitation, road sign first year photo banner+  a wheelbarrow birthday present container
  • Orange pylon smash cake + an amazing hard hat topped industrial style cake with road signs & tire bottom layer
  • Refueling station drinks table with black & yellow striped paper straws + gas pump juice boxes
  • Snow covered tire powdered donuts, hard hat, pylon & tire cake pops + construction truck & tool cookies

refueling station party drinks table

orange pylon cone smash cake

construction party cake pops and hard hat party favors


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Romantic Parisian Bridal Shower {Pink & Silver}

paris inspired party decor and invitation

Bonjour mon amis! Love is in the air, and not just between the bride & groom, but from the bride’s love of planning beautiful parties as well! Ester Mezhlumyan of EM Designs got right down to business for her own Romantic Parisian Bridal Shower, with garden-inspired decor, gorgeous desserts fit for any French Boulangerie and tons of tiny thoughtful details (which make all the difference)! Tres magnifique!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • White birdcages, fresh peonies & floral wreath chair back for the bride + a lace & flower box ‘cake’
  • Mini champagne bottles with paper straws for each guest + recipes & advice for the bride
  • ‘Diamond ring’ topped cupcakes, fruit parfaits, French macarons & chocolate croissants
  • Eiffel Tower cookies + a stunning Eiffel Tower topped quilted silver cake with lace & sugar flowers

eiffel tower topped lace and quilted shower cake

custom bridal shower decal and pillow

romantic bridal shower tablescape and bride's chair floral wreath


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Trend Alert: Barbie Dreamhouse Experience™ Birthday Party

Barbie Party

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Barbie Dreamhouse Experience™ Birthday Party!

Little girls across America have dreamed of Barbie birthday parties for years and years, however, today’s little girls are now able to have the ULTIMATE Barbie party in a life-size replica of Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse! New to the Mall of America here in Minnesota, The Barbie Dreamhouse Experience™ offers Barbie fans a chance to walk through and interact with Barbie’s actual Dreamhouse! The best part is, they offer birthday party packages to make your little girl’s special day a memorable and unique experience for her and her guests. The Barbie Dreamhouse Experience™ will be at the Mall of America for the next 2 years so if you are planning a vacation and have a daughter who LOVES Barbie…this is a must see attraction! Join me as I share with you this amazing new trend in ultimate birthday parties AND be sure to scroll down to the end of this post for a fabulous GIVEAWAY!





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Planning a Summer Dinner Party {Treasure Hunting}

Pier 1 Summer Dinner Party

As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I’ll be hosting a little backyard dinner party this summer in collaboration with Pier 1 (yay!) and documenting it here on the blog. How cool it is that this project comes with a built-in excuse to hang out with friends?! ;) I also want to use this opportunity to really get playful with the decor and try some brand new things in the food & drink department. You know… have a little fun with it!

Treasure Hunting (Decisions, Decisions)

Whenever there’s lots of creative freedom on a project, I usually feel myself morphing into Miss Indecisive at some point, and that definitely applies here. It’s often a good sign as far as the big picture goes – indicative of not being able to decide which direction/idea/thing to commit to amidst all the great options – but at some point you just have to pick a path already and move forward. The good news: that officially happened yesterday on my 4th and final “treasure hunting” trip; I’m going with a colorful, bohemian-inspired look that incorporates some unexpected elements and exudes good vibes only – which should always be a goal, right? :)

Wandering around the store dreaming up possibilities for different products was actually very fun (except for the one time when my energetic 4 year old tagged along and I basically just panicked about the potential consequences of my little “bull in a china shop” the entire time.) Since I didn’t make decisions right off the bat, I used my phone to snap pics of favorite items in the store that I could revisit/ponder at home. Some of what’s pictured in this post will be at the party, but there are other surprises too…. I don’t want to give everything away before the recap! Here’s one element that definitely did make the cut, though:

Yoga Frog Bird Feeder

Remember the Yoga Frog Birdfeeder from post #1 that I was considering buying and then dressing up for the party? Well… I bought him! So this idea is also officially on its way to happening now, assuming he survives my kids long enough to actually make it to the dinner party in tact. For some reason they assume he’s their new giant toy. I did make sure he at least had a very safe ride home from the store, though and only counted a couple of strange looks on the way home. ;)

Here’s another item I was instantly drawn to every time I set foot in the store: (more…)

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Preppy & Playful Chevron Birthday Party

After several years on the popularity scale, chevron is still going strong, as showcased in this Playful & Preppy Chevron Birthday Party! The talented Danielle de Luna of D.S.MeeBee Custom Event Design and Planning hand crafted just about everything you see, including those adorable little wooden dolls, made to look like each party guest – outfits included! And how COOL is that restored Model T Ford food truck?! Can I have that for my next birthday, please? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Yellow bow tie wrapped cupcakes + chevron ribbon-wrapped cake
  • Handmade floral wreath & wooden doll cake topper (with b-day girl dress!)
  • Red chevron tee pee with yellow curtains + pom-topped yellow chevron party hats
  • DIY streamer & bell wands + matching ribbon garland on the dessert table
  • Playful mustache party straws, yellow pinwheels & adorable mini ‘thank you’ banner

painted wooden doll cake topper

yellow chevron bow tie cupcake wraps

chevron party tee pee and wooden picture frame


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Pink Woodland FOURest Animals Birthday Party

woodland fourest 4th birthday party ideas and dessert table

Deep in the woods, you’ll find the cutest little Pink Woodland FOURest Animals Birthday Party you’ve ever seen! Amy Adams seamlessly combined her daughter’s request for a pink party with this adorably creative FOURest theme. She also included tons of DIY touches, like pink painted pinecones (done by the birthday girl!) and felt animal masks to get everyone in the woodland creature spirit!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Sparkly white animal figurines with feather accents & hand-painted baby pink animal toys
  • Powdered donut & pink Oreo towers + a rustic coconut birthday cake with birch bark & pink felt pennant toppers
  • DIY painted white trees on kraft paper, tree slice pedestals & wood grain gable lunch boxes
  • White fawn table centerpiece + a white deer head mount with silver horns
  • Pin the tail on the fox game + a homemade crepe & tissue paper piñata-style ‘4’

DIY woodland animal felt party masks

forest party decoration ideas and tablescape

woodland animal birthday party invitation


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DIY Tutorial: Candy Baby Rattles {Baby Shower Decor}

DIY candy baby shower baby rattles tutorial from hwtm

I’m excited to (finally!) share a fun little tutorial with you from the candy themed baby shower that I styled for Operation Shower back in March.

These were kind of a happy surprise. I was browsing Amazon for some decor elements for the party and stumbled on some translucent ball pit balls that looked just like giant pieces of hard candy… yay! So I instantly ordered them. Can you blame me? Amazon makes things way. too. easy. with that whole “One Click” thing. Next up: figuring out what to actually DO with them. (Yes, I do realize that’s the reverse order of how it normally goes, but it all worked out in the end!)

Anyways, I’d already used some photos of candy balls to create candy baby rattle graphics for the paper party collection, and decided that we obviously needed some 3D versions as well. ;)  The plastic balls were the perfect starting point… just throw in some real candy embellishments and hot glue, and voila: we’ve got ourselves some fun & colorful DIY Candy Baby Rattles!

DIY candy baby rattles

They’re simple to make, and pretty dang cute! Gotta love that combo, right? Scroll down to check out the {sweet} tutorial below. (more…)

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Sparkly Pink & Gold 3rd Birthday Party

gold glitter and pink 3rd birthday party dessert table

Pink and gold is one of our favorite color pairings here at HWTM. Add some sparkle, and you’ve hit the party palette trifecta! And that’s exactly what Amy Grout of SmashCake & Co. did when she styled up this beautiful Sparkly Pink & Gold Birthday Party for her darling daughter, Evie. With touches of ruffled frosting, edible glitter, and metallic gold dragees, each each dessert table treat seems to be more precious than the next… and almost too pretty to eat! Having adorable glittered heart milk bottles on hand to wash down the treats probably made the decision a little easier, though. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Matte & metallic tissue tassel garland on the dessert table + matching garlands on the balloons & chairs
  • Gold glitter cookie stacks with pink flower toppers + gold glitter striped macarons
  • Darling ruffled fondant sugar cookies reminiscent of the birthday girl’s ruffled tutu skirt!
  • Pink & gold tiered cake with ruffles, polka dots & a glittery heart topper
  • Heart shaped white chocolate rice krispie pops + milk bottles adorned with gold glitter hearts

gold glitter flower topped cookie stacks

gold glitter and pink birthday party tablscape

gold glitter heart milk bottles and party flags


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Colorful Vintage Glam Wedding Inspiration

dramatic wedding floral table runner

For a dose of gorgeous wedding inspiration this Monday morning, Kristen Janes of Kio Kreations has brought to us this Colorful Vintage Glam Wedding Inspiration which she and several other talented vendors put together. There are few things more beautiful than an old Hollywood bride, add to that some seriously amazing florals and the cutest little flower girl and ring bearer and you’ve got a recipe for perfection! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY gold spray painted & glittered Escort Cards & Thank You Cards + DIY accordion folded round menus
  • Moss-covered flower girl basket + a handmade sequined floral headband & a baby’s breath head wreath
  • Vibrant bouquet of succulents, roses, peonies and eucalyptus leaves + large floral table runners
  • Gold glitter table numbers + glowing golden tea lights to give the perfect romantic vibe

vibrant glam wedding bouquet

DIY gold painted lace escort cards

vintage glam wedding tablescape with gold glittered table numbers


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{Party of 5} Chapter Two 2nd Birthday, Twinkle Little Star, Truck Birthday, Pajama Party, Frozen Birthday

Chapter 2 Book Themed 2nd 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:

Chapter Two Book Themed 2nd Birthday Party
 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Baby Shower
Vroom Vroom, Beep Beep! Truck Birthday Party
– Pajama Party

 Elsa & Olaf Frozen Birthday Party

1. Chapter Two Book Themed 2nd Birthday Party (pictured above) from Taste{Full}

2. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Baby Shower by Lauren Haddox Designs

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Baby Shower


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Nautical Little Mermaid Birthday Party

ombre mermaid scale birthday cake

Get ready for some splashing good fun! Deana Brower of Sassy Soiree Event Planners styled this adorable Nautical Little Mermaid Birthday Party for her even more adorable daughter, Sophia. I am loving the nautical touches of this party, like the sea glass colored decor and sailor’s knotted rope — such a fun twist on an Under the Sea party to add shore-inspired elements! Plus, with a visit from Ariel herself, I don’t know a single little girl who wouldn’t want to be a part of this party world ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink starfish cookies, sparkly green cake pops, clamshell cookies with candy pearls & pearl topped cupcakes
  • Floating balloon ‘bubbles’ with rope wrapped blue glass orbs + sea foam green glass Fleur de lis bottle
  • Ombre teal mermaid scale birthday cake with pink coral & a white sea flower topper
  • Personalized shirts + Princess & Pirate tote bags for the guests + chocolate pizza decorating activity

mermaid birthday party invitation

nautical mermaid birthday party tablescape

clamshell and pearl cookies


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Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs in Woodland Party

snow white and the seven dwarfs birthday party ideas

Mirror Mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Why, this Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs in Woodland Birthday Party of course! Amy Birlew from Dimply Sweet styled this gorgeous fairytale of a party, while Maria Healy of Maria Healey Photography did an amazing job capturing it all. I’m such a huge fan of the woodland party trend, and this combo of Disney Princess + rustic woodland feels especially magical… keep the toadstool cake pops coming! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Dress up station with custom Snow White dress, red tutus, dwarf hats & beards + woodland creature masks
  • Woodland tree & Snow White inspired cake topped with glittery red apples + shiny red ‘poison’ candy apples
  • Rustic woodsy tablescape with toadstool centerpieces & spotted toadstool chairs + a moss table runner
  • Glittery red bow topped cupcakes & tall glass cake stand pedestals + red bow topped yellow ruffle cake pops
  • A Wishing Tree table with heart ornaments + Magic Mirror table with mini mirror party favors & mirror cookies

snow white wishing tree table

snow white birthday party invitation

snow white themed birthday cake

snow white and seven dwarfs costumes


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Big Top Vintage Circus First Birthday Party

circus first birthday party dessert table with lion tamer licorice whips

Step right up boys and girls! Ashley Berrie of Ashley Berrie Photography created a magnificent Big Top Vintage Circus First Birthday Party that you have to see to believe! Under the big top, this menagerie included traditional carnival games, clown-approved toys and plenty of circus peanuts to go around! With BOLD colors and FUN vintage style, this party is the perfect prize!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Strongman marshmallow dumbbells, ferris wheel cupcake display & lion tamer licorice whips
  • Vintage-style popcorn machine + popcorn box & lollipop table centerpieces
  • Blue & red balloon & bunting decorated mantle + a polka dotted smash cake & bunting decorated high chair
  • Buntings & stripes circus 1st birthday cake + ‘1’ photo sign & 1st birthday photo shoot display
  • Circus story guest book, circus-themed toy & treat filled gable box party favors + mini gumball machine favors

circus party popcorn machine

carnival circus bunting and stripes birthday cake

blue and red circus party mantle decor


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Mad Hatter Tea Party Bridal Shower {Alice in Wonderland}

alice in wonderland party food table spread

I am madly in love with the grown-up sophistication of this Mad Hatter Tea Party Bridal Shower by Seri Kertzner & Michelle of Little Miss Party Planner. With whimsical decor, Wonderland-inspired tea party treats, and a touch of modern thrown in for good measure, this shower is a (tea) cup full of wonderful! And if you’re looking for even more Alice in Wonderland party inspiration, follow the rabbit hole to some of our past party features right here. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Unexpected details like mini succulents in vintage tea cups & bright purple artichoke arrangements
  • Black & yellow sixlet covered cake + mason jar fruit salad with “Cheers!” party flag forks
  • Classic tea sandwiches like egg salad, cucumber basil & banana nutella
  • “Drink Me” water bottle wraps + “Eat Me” and “Try Me” teal glittered cookies
  • Instant photo camera & props to help make the guest book messages extra fun!

alice in wonderland party clocks decor

drink me wonderland inspired bottle wraps

eat me & try me clock cookies

mason jar fruit salad


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Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, Look Who’s Turning 2! {Farm Party}

farm birthday party invitation and chalkboard rooster sign

Rise & shine! The roosters sure are crowing for this Cock-a-Doodle-Doo, Look Who’s Turning 2! Farm Birthday PartyEleanor Lauren of Pink Peppermint Paper were inspired by Lauren’s great grandfather’s dairy farm, Benton Woods, to bring the ranch life to their backyard for Lauren’s son’s big day. I am loving all the sweet personal touches, like the handmade place settings and the drawing of the real barn at Benton Woods. Gotta love an escape from city life every once in a while. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Red gingham tablescape with DIY jean pocket utensil holders, mini hay bales & cotton ball ‘sheep’ cups
  • Ranch-style breakfast with biscuits & gravy, bacon & eggs + sheep cake pops & chocolate cow tails
  • A white picket fence & farm animals birthday cake + a backyard farm animals petting zoo
  • Farm trough drinks table with picnic style mason jars + watering can party favors
  • Milk bottle crates, cow print & udder balloons + a “MOOve on around back” sign

farm party picnic tablescape for the kid's table

farm animals and white picket fence birthday cake

cow print and cow udder balloon party decor


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Spring Butterfly 70th Birthday Party {Blue & Purple}

blue and purple spring dessert table

With spring in full bloom and the weather heating up, I’m loving the look of bringing the outdoors in… and Alexandria of FunkyMonkeyDesigns did just that for her grandmother’s charming surprise Spring Butterfly 70th Birthday Party! With a beautiful palette of blue and purple, bright hydrangeas and lots of sparkly butterflies flitting around, this thoughtful party is the perfect way to enjoy spring all year long! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Graham cracker topped blueberry cheesecake shooters + purple frosted vanilla cupcakes
  • Simple white swirl birthday cake with mini Happy Birthday banner + lacy blue dessert table backdrop
  • Hanging blue & purple lanterns  + rhinestone bedecked butterfly paperie
  • Mason jar drinks garnished with butterfly flag straws + tea light filled mason jar table runner

butterfly party decorations

simple white swirl birthday cake

mini blueberry cheesecake shots


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Charming Southern Tea Party Wedding Shoot

an outdoor dining table for the bride and groom at their wedding

Ready for some seriously gorgeous wedding inspiration? Jessica Guevara of OhSoPrintable brought some of the best parts of Southern living to this Charming Southern Tea Party Wedding Shoot. From the beautiful white historical home venue and vintage furniture, to the pops of romantic colored florals and a whimsical tea party vibe, this wedding shoot has so many different elements to pull inspiration from!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Beautiful outdoor setting with a tea party table for the bride & groom + DIY chair back signs
  • Mini pecan pies & glittered peach panna cotta jars + delicate floral China stands & place settings
  • Vintage furniture & decor on the dessert table, like suitcases, a milk crate & a beautiful owl-knobbed desk
  • Pearl-draped mint wedding cake with lace imprint detailing & a coral flower topper + bride’s matching mint heels
  • Mermaid lace wedding dress with vintage birdcage veil + a bridal bouquet of blush toned hydrangeas & peonies

peony and hydrangea floral arrangement wedding centerpiece

vintage dessert table furniture like suitcases and dressers

pearl draped mint wedding cake with a coral flower topper

vintage southern wedding and the bride's mint heels


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Sound of Music Inspired “Bloom & Grow” Birthday Party

yellow floral dessert table

The hills are alive…with an amazingly beautiful party! Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations celebrated her daughter’s birthday with this Sound of Music Inspired “Bloom & Grow” Party, filled with movie-inspired decor, activities and the cutest floral sweets! One of my favorite things is the emphasis on the song, “Edelweiss,” (my favorite of the movie). The full “Bloom & Grow” setup for guests to plant their own blooms is so clever! There are so many thoughtful details that are not to be missed!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Floral painted cake pops, blooming yellow macaron tower & hand-stitched aprons to keep guests “clean & bright”
  • Girly goat topped cupcake, twig wreath topped cupcakes + DIY twig & flower head wreaths
  • Picnic baskets filled with tea, to drink with jam & bread + brown paper packages tied up with string
  • “Bloom & Grow” station with vials of raindrops on roses, mini pots, seeds & soil to grow your own Edelweiss
  • Bright copper kettle floral vase centerpiece + “So long, farewell…” pansy filled lollipop party favors

copper kettle floral vase

floral party aprons

picnic basket food for a sound of music party

bloom and grow cookies and party invitation


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Parisian Patisserie Birthday Party Dessert Table

french patisserie party dessert sign

Ooh la la, this Parisian Patisserie Birthday Party Dessert Table is très magnifique! Danielle Arcese of Cutie Putti Paperie did an amazing job bringing Paris to life for a little girl’s special day. With plenty of French macarons, a beautiful custom backdrop and adorable French dessert inspired printables, this is one chic party extraordinaire.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • French toast shaped sugar cookies with Eiffel Tower imprints + mini Eiffel Tower party favor boxes
  • Custom Patisserie backdrop with French double doors & rose bush topiaries + matching topiary cake pops
  • A pink & green macaron tower + mini macarons on a DIY cookies & paper straw tiered dessert stand
  • Mini pink cakes with white flower embellishments + pink chocolate Eiffel Tower lollipops
  • Blue Parisian punch in doily wrapped milk bottles + Cafe au lait puddings in coffee mugs

french patisserie dessert table

eiffel tower chocolate lollipops

topiary cake pops


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{Party of 5} Springtime in Paris, Minnie Mouse, Glam Safari, Baking with Love, Little Red Wagon

Springtime in Paris Party Dessert Table

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:

Springtime in Paris Dessert Table
 Minnie Mouse Birthday Party
Glam Pink Safari Birthday Party
– Baking with Love Bridal Shower

 Little Red Wagon First Birthday Party

1. Springtime in Paris Dessert Table (pictured above) from The French Confection Co.

2. Minnie Mouse Birthday Party by Sugarena

Minnie Mouse Birthday Party


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Disney’s Maleficent Inspired Dessert Table

maleficent party dessert table

Have you all seen the trailer for the new Disney movie, Maleficent? I’m so excited to see the movie, Angelina looks like the perfect villain! In anticipation of the film, which comes out in the US on May 30th, Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It (who has always loved this particular villain) styled this amazing Maleficent Inspired Dessert Table! I love the purple, green and black color palette, which gives the perfect creepy vibe and would also work super well for a Halloween party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Purple glitter cake pops & candy apples, damask chocolate Oreos + purple damask & stripes candy wrappers
– Maleficent horns & crow photo booth props + crows perched in thorny black trees
– Black lace & Maleficent silhouette cameo topped cake + Maleficent silhouette cookies & cupcakes
– Black dragons with purple rhinestone eyes on the glittered party favor boxes & milk bottles’ paper straws

dragon topped paper straws

sleeping beauty's maleficent cookies

black lace party cake


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Joint Pirates & Mermaids Birthday Party

pirate ship and mermaids birthday cake

What do you do when one of your kids wants a pirate party, and the other a mermaid party? Throw one big Joint Pirates & Mermaids Birthday Party of course! Shana Rosenheck of POMP once again brought her A game to this swashbucklin’ celebration, which included tons of cute balloon animals, pirate & mermaid themed desserts and a goldfish cracker bar (with a very clever way to serve fish and chips)! If you’re looking for more pirate party ideas, go here, and for mermaid parties, go here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pirate ship & mermaids birthday cake with ocean waves, jumping fish & the birthday boy & girl’s initials
  • Brown sugar ‘sand’ & chocolate seashell topped cookies + pirate ship & sword cookies
  • Shark infested blue ocean drink + octopus & starfish balloon animals throughout the party
  • Pirate cake pops, mermaid tail topped cupcakes & Lifesaver ‘life preserver’ napkin rings
  • Pirate & treasure chest coloring activity & a visit from a pirate’s best friend — parrots!

octopus balloon animal topped blue ocean party drink

brown sugar sand cookie and life preserver napkin rings

ocean balloon animals


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Charming Pastel Pink First Birthday Party {Korean Dol}

first birthday pink smash cake with a gold crown topper

A beautiful white venue + pretty pastel desserts + the cutest little birthday girl = the perfect recipe for a darling Pastel Pink First Birthday PartyJanet Kim wanted to create something truly special for her daughter’s Dol celebration, so with some help from Pretty Little Events, a few amazing vendors, and a bit of crafty DIY (check out the adorable photo props below!), something special is exactly what she got. ;) I’m loving all the chic whites accented with pops of light pink from the sweets & florals — so ethereal & pretty!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink swirl smash cake with a gold lace crown topper + gold foil pink macarons, mini cakes & parfaits
  • First year photo table, DIY photo booth props + traditional Korean doljabi game with homemade items
  • Pink & teal two-tiered birthday cake with crown topped silhouette & gold baubles + a custom silhouette maker
  • Customized frosted glass backdrop & white lounge area with tented ceiling & sleek chairs

clean white birthday party decor and venue

pink swirl smash cake with a gold lace crown topper

first birthday photo table

girly DIY photo booth props


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AMAZING Medieval Castle Cake & Dessert Table

medieval knight birthday party castle cake

This kind of feature is a little unorthodox for us since we don’t typically focus on just cakes, but when a masterpiece like this pops up, you don’t turn it away! Alex Narramore of The Mischief Maker is clearly an incredibly talented baker, as she constructed this AMAZING Medieval Castle Cake & Dessert Table all by hand! The details are simply jaw-dropping, Alex even thought to throw in a few fun surprises! :) I’m sure this little knight was absolutely stoked to be the King of this castle.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Bright red chocolate covered Oreos, yellow macarons & beautiful silver knight helmet cake pops
  • Amazing red & yellow fondant dragon, mini knights manning the towers & individual fondant ‘bricks’
  • Piñata pillars filled with candy + life-sized armored knights flanking the dessert table
  • Royal crest backdrop + a matching crest outfit, royal crown & knight’s helmet for the birthday boy

fondant dragon cake topper

knight armor cake pops and party decor

medieval knight and castle cookies


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Trend Alert: “Ever After High” Party Theme

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 — Ever After High!

Ever wonder what the kids of our favorite fairytale characters would be like? Well, wonder no more! Ever After High is the hot new animated series who follow the lives of the kids of some of fairytale’s famous characters like Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen in Snow White; Briar Beauty, daughter of Sleeping Beauty; Apple White, daughter of Snow White; and my favorite of them all–Madeline Hatter, daughter of the Mad Hatter!

My daughters LOVE this new series and the dolls are a must have in our house! I think the concept is rather genius and as a fan of fairytales found myself enjoying watching the episodes with them and hanging out on their interactive website with lots of activities and cool stuff for tweens! I’m sure there will be many Ever After High parties coming this year and to give you some inspiration, here is an Ever After High dessert table I styled to get you started inspired by my favorite character–Madeline Hatter and her BFF the Raven Queen.





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Magical Pegasus Birthday Party {Rainbow + Geometric}

Magical Pegasus Cake

Louisa of The Little Big Company always dreams up the most insanely creative celebrations, and this latest one is no exception! For her daughter’s 9th birthday, she brought this beautiful Magical Pegasus Party to life with cool geometric touches, tons of bright colors, and a touch of sparkle (in the form of glittery “Pegasus” horseshoes, of course!). Check out more of Louisa’s party magic here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Incredibly detailed fondant Pegasus cake topper + geometric print tier cake
  • Beautiful “Magical Pegasus Garden” displayed inside a perspex box on the dessert table
  • Fantastic Pegasus & geometric dessert table backdrop + matching cupcakes, cookies, & bottle wraps
  • Sparkly glittered horseshoes + geometric washi tape accents & rainbow confetti party poppers!

Magical Pegasus Unicorn Party - Dessert Table

silver glittered horseshoe - pegasus party

rainbow geometric party poppers (more…)

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Simple & Sweet Frozen Birthday Celebration

kid's elsa costume for a frozen themed party

It’s no secret that Frozen parties are all the rage with the little ones these days, and if you’ve got a snowy princess inspired soirée to pull together yourself, I’ve got good news for you! This Simple & Sweet Frozen Birthday Celebration by Hana of Feathered Nest Photographie is absolutely bursting with creative – and approachable – ideas. Gotta love that combo! ;) Some of my personal favorites: the “Pin the Nose on Olaf” game, simple & sparkly “Elsa Crown” craft, and the clever use of twinkle lights to create a feeling of snowy magic throughout.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Tasty “Build a Snowman” dessert featuring homemade marshmallows
  • A sparkling tablescape with ‘snow’ filled terrarium centerpieces
  • Ruffled dessert table covering & backdrop lit up with white twinkle lights
  • Snowflake topped icicle cake with Elsa & Anna + blue macarons & carrot ‘noses’
  • Beautiful homemade(!) Elsa costume for the birthday girl + makeovers & story time from Elsa & Anna

DIY snowflake crowns for a frozen party

frozen birthday party food ideas

build a snowman frozen party activity

frozen party tablescape


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