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Vintage Dinosaur Fossil Hunter Party

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Get ready to explore to this Vintage Dinosaur Fossil Hunter Party by (the queen of vintage party style) Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio. Her son Zach loves watching fossil documentaries (about real dinosaurs!), so it was pretty obvious that for his 3rd birthday she would dig up a creative dinosaur fossil dessert table, excavation site and an adorable fossil hunter birthday boy outfit!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cretaceous Cake Pops, “Dino Dig” Chocolate Cake and Fossilized Dinosaur Eggs
– Dino Dig with excavation tools: magnifying glasses, brushes and shovels
– “Rawr” stamped bamboo utensils + T-Rex skull stamped napkins
– Fossil Hunter Activity Sheet & Dino Adoption Center

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Magical Peter Pan Party {4th Birthday}

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“All it took was faith and trust and a little pixie dust” for Kenna O’Brien of Miss Party Mom to dream up this AMAZING Peter Pan Party for her son’s 4th birthday! Visit the lost boys pub, Skull Rock, the Nursery inspired dessert table and all the magic of Never Neverland right in her backyard! For more Peter Pan inspired party ideas go here and here

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Nana next to a bed with a quilt of cupcakes!
– Pixie dust, Tinker bell wing cookies & adorable crafted Tinker bell favor bags
– Never Neverland Maps and DIY Teepees
– Lost Boys Trail Mix, Hook’s Pirate Booty & Sword Shaped Sugar Cookies
– “Peter Pan Hat” Napkin and Captain Hook Ship Centerpiece

Peter Pan Party Costumes

Captain Hook Inspired Centerpiece

Neverland Map Message in a Bottle

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{Pink, Purple & Gold} It’s A Small World Birthday Party!

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Get your singing voices ready for the cutest It’s A Small World Birthday Party I’ve ever seen! For Eva’s first birthday, mom & photographer Kristine teamed up with Linsey of Lux Events and Design using pink fringe, gold doilies & pops of purple for a dreamy birthday party filled with the magic of Disney! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY gold embellished pink & green fringed party hats
– Hand painted castle backdrop, pink boxes, a purple cake & a giant gold “E” for Eva!
– Birthday girl gold dress and matching sandals!
– Multicultural dolls + pink geometric cupcake toppers

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{Party of 5} Owls and O’s, Vintage Comedy, Dr. Seuss First Birthday, Dog Dessert Table & Cinderella

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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:

– Owls and O’s First Birthday Party
– Vintage Comedy
– Dr. Seuss Themed First Birthday
– Dog Dessert Table
– White Pumpkin Cinderella Party

1. Owls and O’s 1st Birthday party (pictured above) by Juliet Events

2. The Vintage Comedy Collection by Mary Had A Little Party

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Pink & Red “Hello Love” Valentine Party

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What do you get when you mix thought bubbles, pink + red and a touch of sparkle? A “Hello Love” Valentine Party by Tania of Totful Memories! Her pint sized party guests whispered with their talk bubble toppers, filled their tummies with heart shaped brownies and sipped milk from adorable heart spotted straws!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– XOXO cupcake toppers and red glitter heart marshmallow toppers
– Red “Be Mine” bunting with pink ribbon, red glittered clothespins and heart charms
– Ombre Pink Cake with “Love” bunting and red heart candies

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Holiday Round Up: Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Looks like another holiday is right around the corner! Whether you’re scouting treats for your honey, activities for your kids, crafting with your girls or lovin’ for yourself, we’ve rounded up our favorites this Valentine’s Day!

We’ve seriously had so much fun sharing sweet ways to celebrate plus discovering creative inspiration on Pinterest! We hope you spread the love with some of these fun crafts and treats! :) (more…)

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Vintage Shirley Temple Sippin’ Soiree

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If you loved Heidi, A Little Princess, Curly Top and any other Shirley Temple classics then you’re going to LOVE this Vintage Shirely Temple Sippin’ Soiree! Evelyn’s curls, polka dots & her grandmother’s love for the American Icon inspired this 2nd birthday party. Mom, Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations, always picks the cutest pop culture themes (Project Runway, Jimmy Buffet & Saved By the Bell to name a few!) and dreams up so many adorable details! (P.S. If you want your day uplifted even further, just read what Nicole said about a special letter from Shirley herself! You won’t be able to help but smile!)

“I sent one of the photos of my daughter to Shirley Temple-Black with a short note of thanks for all the decades of entertainment and for truly being a role-model for so many generations, and to my surprise, I received a reply!!  A signed photo along with a sweet note hand-written by her assistant made my day!  It’s not everyday you get a letter in the mail from a Ms. Shirley Temple-Black!”

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Animal Crackers in my Soup” (frosted animal crackers)
– Pink depression glass plates with sweet treats like meringues + homemade whoopie pies
– “Evelyn’s Sweet Shop” with candy, pink vintage diner hats & bow tie boxes
– Vintage paper dolls, “fishing” in a big red boat & an adorable “Baby Take A Bow” dress up station!
– Berry basket lunches & mini wood utensils wrapped in doilies

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Printable “LOVE” Banner {+ How to String the Banner}

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I’m feeling so in love with sweet banners for photo booth props, engagement shoots, or any unscripted occasion to tell someone you love them! So to make this Valentine’s Day extra special we have a DIY Printable “LOVE” Banner, perfect for whatever you plan to use it for. ;) (Find the banner in our shop here + keep reading for the simple DIY steps to string it.) (more…)

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{Party of 5} Chanel Party, Mustache Valentine, Pink Beer 21st Birthday, Bombshell Bridal Shower & Girl Scout

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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:

– Chanel Themed Party
– Mustache Valentine’s Day
– 21 Bottles of {Pink} Beer on the Wall
– Purple Bombshell Bridal Shower
– Girl Scout Dessert Table

1. Chanel Themed Party (pictured above) by Oh Honey Events & Invitations

2. Mr and Miss Mustache Valentine’s Day by Anders Ruff

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Cute Valentine Spa & Sleepover Party

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Divian Conner teamed up with S is For Sweet to create a Cute Valentine Spa & Sleepover Party! Makeup, face masks, nail painting and pink, red & sprinkled treats make this a sweet Valentine’s Day that the girls will love! For more kids Valentine party ideas go here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Personal makeup kits, with nail polish, mirrors & cute duckies!
– Diva Sweet Tarts, chocolate covered fortune cookies & pink sprinkle heart sugar cookies
– Ribbon wrapped hoagies, berry desserts and Crush soda

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Sparkly Pink Star Party {Backyard Birthday}

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I’m seeing stars for this gingham covered Sparkly Pink Star Party {Backyard Birthday} by Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online! For her daughter, Audrey’s 11th birthday, she took inspiration from her girly and glam personality and celebrated with a spa treatment, super star photo booth and more 5-star party ideas!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Shooting Stars, “Star”berry cakes, cloud donuts, star bars, star shaped marshmallows & “Milky Way” milk jars!
– Outdoor Movie with Star Grazing Snacks (chips, popcorn, packaged candy & gum ball tubes)
– Strands of twinkle “stars” over the silver and pink decorated dinner table
– Seeing Stars Activity: the girls decorated telescopes with washi tape and pink jewels

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Girly Sock Monkey Themed Birthday Party

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Tracie sent over pictures from her daughter’s Girly Sock Monkey Birthday Party! I love the bright pink and pops of yellow, creative monkey “cup”cake & especially those adorable monkey cake pops! For more sock monkey party ideas go here and here

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chevron and polka dot patterns in pink and red
– Sock Monkey Party Hats + Photo booth props!
– Red stripe & pink polka dot 9th birthday cake
– Mini banana candy, yellow swirl lollipops & monkey juice

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Whimsical Winter Wonderland Party

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Patricia’s (of Patty K Photography) son Ryan wanted a “snow party” for his 7th birthday, so she dreamed up a Whimsical Winter Wonderland Party with snowy, frosty details! She brought the outdoors in with snowflake decorations, frosty treats and a fun snowman game (wrap each other in toilet paper and whoever looks like a snow man first wins)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hot Chocolate Bar, Paper Snowflakes & a mini sled cupcake display!
– White favor bags with snowman tags + red polka dots
– Donut “Snowballs”, Marshmallow “Snowmen” & Chocolate Covered Pretzel “Snowflakes”

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Sweet “Call Me Maybe” Kids Valentine’s Party

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I just can’t stop squealing with delight from this amazing eye candy by Mariah of Giggles Galore and Rebekah of A Blissful Nest! Together, they designed this Sweet “Call Me Maybe” Kids Valentine’s Party with an adorable gold vintage telephone, pastel pinks + bright teals and more details to make your heart swell!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold painted telephone and matching cupcake toppers!
– Blush pink “Hello” Cake pops, ombre pink macarons & sweet strawberry milk with a gold “phone” garnish
– Ruffle tutus and flower headband outfits + a game of telephone!
– Whimsical giant balloons + gold tassel streamers

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The Perfect Winter Cocktail: Cranberry Mojito Recipe

cranberry mojito recipe

Whether your having a wild ladies night or elegant cocktail party, this Cranberry Mojito Recipe is the perfect winter cocktail! Kelly Oshiro & Melissa Traub of Santa Barbara Chic shared this clever spin to get us in the mood for Valentine’s Day, but you can shake it up however you like! (more…)

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{Party of 5} Jewelry Party, Pancakes & Pajamas, Mardi Gras, Garden Meatball Party & Safari First 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:

– Jewelry Party
– Pancakes and Pajamas Birthday Party
– Mardi Gras Party
– A Garden Meatball Party {On Top Of Spaghetti}
– Baby Safari First Birthday

1. Indie’s Jewelry Party (pictured above) by laurenhaddox

2. Pancakes and Pajamas by Dot & Dash

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“Favorite Things” Modern Glam Birthday Party

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Now THIS is one of my favorite parties! Can I be two again and have this as my party!? This “Favorite Things” Modern Glam Birthday Party by Storey’s mom, Ashley of Ashley Nicole Events makes my heart flutter for a dreamy party filled with jumbo tassel balloons and sequin draped tables! P.S. This totally works for adults too… just add Martinis and heels ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Cue the Confetti… Storey’s turning 2”sweet pink invitation
– Pink ombre birthday cake + “Best Day Ever” Cake
– Puddles, Cookies, Cinderella & an entire decorated table full of Storey’s favorite things!
– Dessert Table with an ombre backlit backdrop, shiny triangle garlands + sweet heart topped cupcakes
– Calligraphy “place card” boxes, scattered confetti, tissue tassel balloons & pink milk!

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Creative Kids Football Birthday Party Ideas

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TOUCHDOWN by mom Lori for her son’s 8th birthday! Inspired by Grant’s love for the game, she threw him a bash with great Football Party Ideas that will get you in  the spirit for the Big Game this weekend!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Football field dessert table with DIY pvc pipe field goals, a score board back drop & astro turf “grass”
– Creative stadium style snacks: popcorn, football cake pops & helmet shaped cookies
– Jersey and helment accents + a game ticket style invitation!

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Mustache + Lips = Valentine’s Day Party

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Pucker your lips for a simply sweet Mustache + Lips = Valentine’s Day Party crafted by Jessica of Quilted Polka Dot! Look out for tons of lovely DIY ideas for a heartfelt holiday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Pucker your lips” and “Wet your whiskers” drink signs
– DIY cake bunting with tinsel, silhouettes & ribbons
– Jars with red heart doilies wrapped with twine holding photo booth props
– Banner of Valentine’s cards suspended with glittered clothespins

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{Party of 5} Valentine Cupcake, Vegas Casino, Hello Kitty, Purple 30th Birthday & Rainbow Party

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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:

– Valentine Cupcake Party
– Fabulous “Mid-Life Crisis” Vegas Casino Party
– Hello Kitty Party
– Purple and Teal 30th Birthday
– Rainbow Party

1. Reagan’s Cupcake Party (pictured above) by SweetRoseStudio

2. Welcome to my Fabulous Mid-Life Crisis- Vegas Casion Style Party by Wants and Wishes

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Dashing Vintage Car Birthday Party

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Get ready to fuel up for a Dashing Vintage Car Party for Maddox’s 3rd birthday! Simply Perfect Events styled, baked and designed this fresh spin with custom wine labels (keeping the adults in mind!), “wishing racetrack” tags and of course a special red birthday cake for a cup-winning celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Retro single-serving chocolate chip ice cream
– “The Pit Stop” activity station for the kids to decorate their own race cars
– Adult strawberry jam favors in mason jars at “The Trophy Section”
– Vintage Car Food & Dessert Table with a custom backdrop and checkered pattern details

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Cute & Happy Little Monster Bash!

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Instead of making me want to scream, these cute little monsters just make me want to… SMILE! Rachel of RV Parties threw a Happy Little Monster Bash for her energetic birthday boy, Henry! Cheerful details like the bright chevron, custom monster fabric and colorful confetti are perfect additions to this adorable theme! For more friendly monster party ideas go here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazing blue chevron cake with cute fondant little monsters!
– “Adopt A Monster” favor station
– Kids coloring wall activity + “Grab A Monster” photo booth
– Colorful silhouette & tissue tassel garlands

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Chic {French Inspired} Pink Baby Shower

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As dedicated “Francophiles” Helen and hubby spent a baby moon in Paris, and had a baby shower full of French inspiration! From the pink macarons to the Eiffel Tower decorations this Pink Baby Shower co-hosted by friend, Diana of Bumble ink, has me swooning for a trip to the city of lights!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Sweet illustrated invitations announcing “It’s a girl”
– Pink Elephant and onesie cookie favors with “Merci” tags
– Heart pie pops, pink macarons & mini fondant flower embellished cupcakes
– Headband making & scrapbooking activities

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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: Wedding Programs from Magnet Street {$735 value}

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Winner update: 1/29/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… Commenter #31 KRYSTAL CLINTON! Congrats!


Just in time for wedding season, MagnetStreet is offering one lucky couple 300 FREE Wedding Programs in any design & style for your big day! (Retail value up to $735 + free UPS ground shipping.) All of the programs can be easily personalized with colors, photos, fonts and text!

With tons of original and exclusive designs to chose from, in many different shapes and folds, like: the fun & unique fans, tea-lengthgate-fold & half-fold. (In need of other wedding items? MagnetStreet also carries a wide variety of wedding invitations & save the date magnets!)

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Bright {Soaring High} Airplane Party

marshmallow candy art airplane theme

With an inspirational milestone to celebrate + a birthday boy that loves airplanes, this Bright {Soaring High} Airplane Party by Alejandra from The Marshmallow Studio was just the ticket for a celebration! From the bold lunch buffet to the syled dresser full of favors, this party had plane flair in all quadrants!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Sky blue cotton candy cups with mini airplane candies
– Custom candy art bi-plane out of sixlets, gumballs & marshmallows
– DIY geometric color block backdrop from a scrapbooking paper, duct tape & a wood frame!
– Pound cake airplanes served over sweet vanilla whipped cream & blueberries
– Cloud marshmallow pops with an orange plane and frosting “3”

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Modern Milkshakes: Cantaloupe-Lemon Shake & Toasted Oatmeal + Brown Sugar Shake Recipes


Thoroughly Modern Milkshakes by Adam Ried is thick, creamy and delightfully knowledgable! And today we are lucky enough to share two of his amazing recipes: Cantaloupe-Lemon Shake and Toasted Oatmeal + Brown Sugar Shake! Overall the book shares 100 recipes from classic treats to creative concoctions, and all are easy and delicious!


Adam is a source of knowledge! He gives the scoop on proper equipment, temperatures & key ingredients. There are entire sections on chocolate and vanilla and variations of floats, malted shakes, slush, etc. And he covers all the basics & more, including different style cold treats like Concrete, Batidos and yogurt drinks like Lassis.

Just to get your mouth watering here are just a few of the 100 delicious milkshakes: Black Forest Shake, Mocha-Cardamom Shake, Blackberry Lavender, Tomato-Peach Shake and Maple-Bacon Shake!

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Colorful Bird Party {Rainbow First Birthday}

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This Rainbow First Birthday is bursting with color and style by Kenna of Miss Party Mom Event Planning! The vibrant dessert table and outdoor decor have adorable bird flare, all for her little Birdie! (For more rainbow party ideas go here, here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful crepe paper bird nests + “Hello”, pinwheel, crayon and gift wrapped box centerpieces
– Italian Soda Station, rainbow ball pit and a colorful taco bar!
– Candy rainbow cupcakes with cloud and blue sky frosting
– Creative DIY Rainbow bunting banner made of paint chips!

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Gorgeous Glam Pink Hello Kitty Party

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Say HELLO to this breathtakingGorgeous Glam Pink Hello Kitty Party by Kelly of WH Hostess! She dreamt up a modern, chic Hello Kitty theme in hot pink, black and white. From the elegant lounging areas, a stunning buffet table and “Meow Mojitos” for the adults to the bow shaped sandwiches bright pink & polka-dot Hello Kitty dessert table for the kids this party is absolutely inspiring!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hanging carnation pomanders to adorn the entry way & as topiary trees for the dessert table
– Hello Kitty floral centerpiece with billy ball nose & pink satin ribbon bow
– Amazing three tiered Hello Kitty cake featuring the custom party patterns
– Buffet table with heightened floral arrangements & votive candles for added lighting & food warmth
– Custom party fabric used for: table runners, throw pillow covers, & dessert table backdrop

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Haute Hostess Picks: Paris Bridal Shower

Paris Bridal Shower Invitation - Hostess INK

Wedding Season season has officially begun! Last week we showcased our new bridal shower collections and this we’re excited to share the latest addition… the new “Ooh La Love” Paris bridal shower collection. It’s flirty and feminine with illustrated florals in blush pinks… timeless and elegant for romance-loving brides-to-be!

This collection includes custom invitations and coordinating Paris party decor in 3 lovely colorways. (The Pink/Gray colorway is pictured here.) We can also customize the colors to match the bridal shower or wedding palette of your choice! Shop this collection here.

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Wild West Cowboy Party {Joint Birthday}

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This ain’t my first rodeo, but I sure felt excited upon seeing this joint Wild West Cowboy Party for a first & fourth birthday! Meredith of MJ Paperie & Party Design designed the graphic invitation, and mommy Tiffanie did the rest! From the country fabric & decor to the amazing cardboard town & cowboy costumes, everyone was dressed to giddy up and celebrate!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY Wild West Cardboard Box Town (with a jail, general store & outhouse!)
– Cowboy Crunch Popcorn Bar with flavored toppings + Root Beer Float Station
– Western Food: smokin BBQ sliders, outlaw chili pies, and tater soup!
– ‘This is my First Rodeo’ & ‘This ain’t my First Rodeo’ photo booth signs for the birthday boys
– Pony rides & pin the mustache on the cowboy activities

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