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Rustic Milk and Cookies Party {Pink First Birthday}

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This Rustic Milk and Cookies Party {Pink First Birthday}, styled by Stephanie Gardner of Pretty Lovely Events, for Mya’s first birthday is just too sweet! I love all the girly pink, polka dots & ruffles paired with vintage frames + doilies… and the best part? You wouldn’t have guessed, but the party budget was kept at $100!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage cookie bar with flavored milk, a tiered cookie platter & a pink polka dot cake
– Dry Cookie Mix mason jar party favors + Pink tulle wreath with a cookie “M” monogram
– Burlap dessert table runner, French Provincial nightstand with pink lemonade & doily garlands
– Antique high chair painted blush pink with doily name banner + Framed chalkboard “1”

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{Party of 5} Something Blue, Rainbow Dedication Party, July 4th, Sweet Sixteen & Pastel Floral Dessert Table

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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:

– Something Blue Bridal Shower
– Retro Rainbow Dedication Party
– July 4th Party
– Tiffany Blue Sweet Sixteen
– Pastel Floral Bridal Shower Dessert Table

1. Something Blue Bridal Shower (pictured above) by livesmilecelebrate

2. Via’s Retro Rainbow Dedication Party by KayeBo

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DIY Patriotic Layer Cake (+ 5 Amateur Tips For An Impressive Layered Cake)

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When it comes to 4th of July, I’m always really excited to see everyone’s creative ways to sweeten up their patriotic menu! And this year, I was committed to making a DIY Patriotic Layer Cake for our “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party. I’m really excited about how it turned out, but even happier to tell you that it wasn’t hard at all!

With literally zero experience making this kind of cake, I was definitely a little nervous – especially since it was going to be part of our shoot! Armed with a couple boxes of cake mix, lots of frosting & sparkly embellishments, I’m proud to say I made my first layered cake! Read below for my 5 Amateur Tips For An Impressive Layered Cake, so you can wow your 4th of July guests too! :)

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Cool Chemistry Inspired Science Party {9th birthday}

chemistry inspired science birthday party

In case you didn’t know… science is awesome! Finding the perfect balance between boy cool and mama style, Jenny of Peanut Butter & Jenny Photography (with assistance on styling + printables from RV Parties!) was a total genius with her son Charlie’s 9th birthday party! She designed a fun Chemistry Inspired Science Party with silly, messy and amazing lab experiments, a science class dessert table and creative “Take Home Experiment” favors for all the mini Einsteins!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Periodic Table “C for Charlie” cupcake toppers + Cupcake cake with “Happy Birthday” Bunting
– Candy filled beaker kids table centerpiece and goggles + lab coats (large white t-shirts cut down the middle!)
– Exploding Elephant Toothpaste, Homemade Slime & Smoky Dry Ice Experiments
– Candy “Test Tubes of Atoms”, Double Helix Lollipops and Oreo Molecules
– Chalkboard Dessert Table Backdrop, Test Tube Cookies + “Nine” Banner

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Glitzy Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Table

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With a little glitz, a lot of glam and some 1920’s flair, Kisha of S is for Sweet styled this beautiful Great Gatsby Inspired Wedding Table! The pearl wrapped wine bottles, scattered gold confetti, and brooch embellished candles paired with the gorgeous antiqued silver votives & plates are so luxurious – Mr. Gatsby couldn’t have done better himself!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pearl wrapped & glitter covered wine bottles + Chalkboard striped tumblers
– Rhinestone rimmed silver votives + Brooch embellished candles
– Homemade satin flower, tulle & brooch bouquet with “Happily Ever After” ribbon

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DIY Tutorial: Embossed Monogram Note Cards

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Here’s a little secret of mine: I LOVE personalized stationery! Surprising, right? ;) So naturally I’m really excited to share this super cute {and easy!} DIY Tutorial: Embossed Monogram Note Cards by Rux of Lush Prints! These embossed note cards are a great way to get crafty & creative, all the while looking super fancy & expensive. (more…)

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Creative Gone Fishing Birthday Party

Fishing Theme Birthday Party Ideas

This Gone Fishing Birthday Party by Lauren of Lauren Haddox Designs for her sons, William and Stewart, is REEL cute! With playful “fishing” activities, a real boat, and an awesome vintage “Bait Shop” dessert table, this party is quite the catch of the day! I love the little burlap fish & bobber paper lanterns – so creative!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazing “Bait Shop” Dessert Table with fish netting, life preservers, & vintage fishing signs
– “Go Fish” activity with a real boat for the little fishermen to sit in while catching burlap fish!
– Cute bobber garlands + paper lanterns and fish cookie favors!
– Adorable photo timeline on a wooden palette and life preserver + tackle box cookies

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{Party of 5} Rainbow Art, Candy Buffet, Teacher Retirement, Baseball & Nautical Christening

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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:

– Rainbow Art Party
– Polka Dot & Chevron Candy Buffet
– Teacher Retirement Party
– Baseball Themed Birthday
– Nautical Sailboat Christening

1. “Mini Masterpieces” Art Party (pictured above) by ToriJohnson

2. Bright Fun Baby Shower Candy Buffet with Chevron and Polka Dot Prints by Two’s A Party

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Beautiful Yellow & Coral Garden Bridal Shower

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I am loving this beautiful Yellow & Coral Garden Bridal Shower by Debbie of Debbie Kennedy Events & Design! The beautiful venue, decadent desserts, and friendly color palette make this event absolutely enchanting. There are so many great ideas here… I love the moss covered vases, sparkling cider tray, and tiny cookie easels! Not to mention, that cascading floral centerpiece is to die for!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful pink, orange, and yellow florals in moss covered vases
– Ruffled yellow chair backs + Coral table linens with sheer, yellow floral covering
– Gorgeous flower cookies on tiny easels, ruffled yellow cake, and lemon tarts
– Sparkling Cider wine glasses in a vintage, mossy crate

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{Alice in Wonderland} Very Merry 30th UnBirthday Party

30th Merry Unbirthday Party

Here we go down the rabbit hole with this fun & quirky {Alice in Wonderland} Very Merry 30th Unbirthday Party by Kristen of Kio Kreations. Every bit of the venue was transformed into the magical world of Alice, from the caterpillar’s lair to the queen’s courtyard! With gorgeous florals, fun and bright colors, and decadent treats you surely wouldn’t want to be late to celebrate this very important date! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Caterpillar’s Lair” room with hanging umbrellas & floral garland
– “Rabbit Hole” powder room with topsy-turvy picture frames & quirky decorated mirror
– Playing card bunting and hors d’oeuvre tray + Tea party inspired dessert table
– Gorgeous florals in teapots and vases + Pretty purple unbirthday cake!

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Girly & Cute Under the Sea Party

Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday Party

Take a deep breath and dive right in to this super cute Girly & Cute Under the Sea Party by Cris of Crissy’s Crafts! Inspired by the bright and beautiful colors of the ocean floor, this party is swimming in hidden treasures, mermaids, and friendly little sea creatures! I just love the sea shell bowl centerpiece with glittery “seaweed” beads & fishy cake pops!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dessert table with pretty “Sea Floor” backdrop with sea weed, bubbles, and flowers + Fish net table cloth
– Mermaid Treasure Chest party favors with gold coin chocolates, shimmery necklaces, and messages in bottles!
– Adorable fish shaped cake pops + Pink Oyster Pearl cookies
– Mason jar cups  wrapped with tulle, embroidered flowers, ribbons, and gems!

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{Party of 5} Hot Air Balloon, Under the Sea, “Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb”, July 4th & Girls Night In Fundraiser

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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:

– Pink Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower
– Under the Sea Birthday
– “Hand, Hand, Finger, Thumb” Party
– Firecracker July 4th Birthday
– Girls Night In Fundraiser

1. Vintage Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower (pictured above) by LousieSanders

2.  Under the Sea Birthday by DoceDesigns1

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Pink & Purple Garden Inspired Maypole Party

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Here we go ’round Maypole on a beautiful May day morning! This Garden Inspired Maypole Party by Christie of Flaired Affairs is absolutely precious with a delicate spring-time color palette, floral inspired dessert table, and adorable little maypole dancers!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Maypole with pink and purple crepe paper streamers
– Pretty & pink dessert table with Maypole cake pop stands
– Paper pinwheel, rosette and ringlet chair backs
– Picket fence cupcake wraps + fondant floral cupcake toppers
– Wildflower Seed party favors and Delicate floral & lace headbands

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Jenna & Chris’s Vintage Romance Wedding

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Oh my heart-thumping goodness! Kristeen LaBrot Events designed one stunning wedding for lucky lovebirds Jenna & Chris! All of the eclectic details in their Vintage Romance Wedding came together beautifully for a sweet & memorable Spring wedding.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– “Welcome to our love story” sign + window pane seating chart
– Gorgeous cake with floral embellishment and love bird topper
– Jumbo clothespin table numbers, assorted vases with elegant florals

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{Party of 5} Pirates & Mermaids, Pink Circus, July 4th Party, Preppy Strawberry & Vintage Christening

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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:

– Pirates & Mermaids Birthday {Joint Party}
– Pink Circus Dessert Table
– July 4th Party
– Preppy Strawberry Party
– Pink Vintage Christening

1. Pirates ‘n Mermaids Birthday (pictured above) by flaired_affairs

2.  Pink Birthday Circus by Clafoutis

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Awesome Army Boot Camp Birthday Party

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Atten-HUT! Forward & march on up to this awesome Army Boot Camp Birthday Party by Teresa & Ben of Hugs and Punches. Per Cadet Anton’s request, they created “Kidruck Boot Camp,” where there was an amazing mini {kid-friendly} training course! With a little face paint, some camo-cake, and a great drill sergeant, this party successfully formed the CUTEST army ever!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Green frosted cake topped with a mini bunting, fighter jet & dog tags + DIY camouflage cake inside!
– Dog tag favors for each little cadet and fun camouflage “war” paint!
– Army men cupcake toppers on camouflage cupcakes
– Obstacle course activity with army crawls, hurdles & spare tires!

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Colorful Carnival Themed First Birthday Party

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First prize goes to… Kerra of An Event by Kerra Lynch who designed a Colorful Carnival Themed First Birthday Party for adorable little Kory! From the classic carnival games to the adorable smash cake, this party just feels like so much FUN!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Bounce House and Fun Photo Booth!
– Adorable Circus Tent Smash Cake by Kara’s Kakes
– Ring Toss, Can Knock Oout and Bean Bag Toss
– Colorful rainbow balloons, candy bag favors and cowboy hats!

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Vintage Inspired Barnyard Kite Party

Barnyard Kite Birthday Party

Let’s fly away together & celebrate Eliza’s 3rd birthday with this Vintage Inspired Barnyard Kite Party by Katie of Katie Rebecca Events! I love the cute weather & kite cookies, mini lunch boxes and rustic sweets table – everything is just perfect for a whimsical, kite-flying birthday picnic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Adorable kite-shaped birthday party invitations with ric-rac tails
– “Happy Birthday Eliza” banner + plushy kite and clouds, strung from a barn door
– Berry basket favors with sun, cloud and kite cookies & mini berry cupcakes
– Whimsical kite cake pops in a mini grassy, picket-fenced display

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“Picture Your Future” Graduation Party Ideas

Picture Your Future Graduation Party

Inspired by nostalgic moments & the promises of a bright future, Do Driver of Piggy Bank Parties styled this creative Picture Your Future” Graduation Party with Polaroid & photo album decor! The adorable “yearbook” party favors and “Sweet Memories” photo garland are such great graduation party ideas… they get an A+!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute Polaroid inspired banner + tissue “graduation tassel” garland
– “Yearbook” favor boxes filled with the graduate’s favorite chocolate treats
– “Sweet Memories” photo banner and graduation “photo album” guestbook
– Varsity letter brownies & Chalkboard inspired printables

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{Party of 5} Seuss Party, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Blue Owl, Mickey Mouse & World Baby Shower

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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:

– Dr. Seuss Party Ideas
– Goldilocks and the Three Bears
– Blue Owl Dessert Table
– Mickey Mouse First Birthday
– Welcome to the world Baby Shower

1. Dr Seuss (pictured above) by LousieSanders

2.  Goldilock and the three bears by Mariana Zago

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Breast Cancer Awareness Dessert Table {Gorgeous!}

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As a donation to Breast Cancer Network Australia, Kate from Kiss Me Kate & Belinda from Styled by Belle designed this creative Breast Cancer Awareness Dessert Table for BCNA’s annual cocktail fundraiser. Beautiful desserts & an inspired backdrop featuring the iconic “pink lady” logo covered in gorgeous flowers {FABULOUS!} provided a lovely contribution to this amazing event.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Floral cupcake toppers embellished with pearls + Macaron pops
– Inspirational “Faith, Hope, and Love” cookies displayed on picture frame platters
– Crafted rose backdrop inspired by the BCNA logo

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Cute Kitty Cat Party {Girl’s Birthday}

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The cat’s out of the bag… this Cute Kitty Cat Party by Heather Nawolski is absolutely purr-fect! Georgia’s 5th birthday was the cat’s meow with all the clever & cute kitty decorations- I just love the cat paper lantern & the “adopt-a-cat” party favors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Purr-fect kitty printables & Creative cat paper lantern
– DIY felt “Cat Ear” headbands and “Kitty Bling” collar decorating activity
– “Adopt-a-Cat” stuffed animal party favors and cat themed favor bags

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Sweet Pink & Blue Owl Dessert Table

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A cute owl covered dessert table? This is my kind of party! Deliene Alvarenga of Belo Papel designed an adorable Pink & Blue Owl Dessert Table with DIY paper owls and sweet ideas for a gender neutral inspired table! (For more Owl Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pillow Box Paper Owls and Pink & Blue Tiered Owl Cake
– Macarons in mini buckets, candy apples and swirl cake pops
– Pink and Blue drinks, cupcakes with scalloped liners & ribbon tied water bottles

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Sparkly, Pink & Vintage Magic Party

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Prepare to be mystified and amazed! Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio celebrated her daughter’s 7th birthday with a Sparkly, Pink & Vintage Magic Party. Inspired by bunnies, shimmering stars and a pink and purple color palette, this party has the perfect mix of birthday magic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Magician’s Cape Inspired Backdrop with DIY “Magic” Marquee Lights
– “Disappearing Act” Popcorn with bunny ears and tails ;)
– Abracadabra Cupcakes, Top Hat & Magic Wand Sugar Cookies + Reese’s Magic Party Potion Drink

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Rustic Giving Tree Themed First Birthday Party

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Anyone that’s a Shel Silverstein fan will fall in love with this creative, rustic and sweet Giving Tree Themed First Birthday Party by Charlene of Chakoda Design! Burlap, tree logs, apples and earthy decorations made her “less is more” approach feel full and festive (and oh so nostalgic for this 1964 classic)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Baskets of Apples, Apple Topped Vanilla Cupcakes & Baskets of Apples
– Giving Tree Book Cover Inspired Cake by Takes the Cake
–  Burlap sack favors with mini apple charms, Apple Juice Bar and Apple Piñata

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Vintage Inspired Little Man First Birthday Party

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Birthday boy Bodhi looks absolutely adorable in his custom bow tie + argyle outfit by mommy, Barbara of Barbara Neely Designs! With tons of banners and vibrant orange & teal pinstripe inspired patterns, she crafted a Vintage Inspired Little Man First Birthday Party for her one year old little man! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Argyle Pattern Invitation + DIY Monthly Photo Banner
– Bow tie embellished Root Beers and Birthday Bunting Backdrop
– Orange and Aqua Dessert Table, welcome sign & homemade cupcakes + smash cake

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{Party of 5} Mother’s Day, Winnie The Pooh, Hungry Caterpillar, Carnival Birthday & Saved By The Bell Shower

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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:

– Pink & Green Mother’s Day
– Rustic Winnie The Pooh First Birthday
– Hungry Caterpillar Birthday Party
– Carnival Party
– Saved By The Bell Themed Shower

1. Green & Pink Mother’s Day (pictured above) by Lulu K

2.  Rustic Chic Winnie The Pooh First Birthday by A Party Studio

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Playful Nesting Doll Party Theme {First Birthday}

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With bright, whimsical colors and gorgeous folk-inspired DIY decor, Helen Rodriguez of Ever After Event & Floral Design flawlessly styled this Playful Nesting Doll Party Theme for her daughter’s first birthday! I absolutely love the little Babushka dolls peeking out from all around – especially in those creative floral centerpieces!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeous Nesting Doll sugar cookies + birthday cake
– Hand sewn doll baby teethers & DIY felted scarf head band favors
– Babushka Bowling, Kids Craft Table and play area for the little ones!
– Floral and Nesting Doll centerpieces + DIY felted heart garland and fabric pom mobile
– Super fun DIY doll photobooths with face cut outs

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Cute Ballerina Inspired Birthday Party

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Pearls, tutus, and all things pretty in pink! Bridget Murray of LundynBridge Events dreamed up this Cute Ballerina Inspired Birthday Party for her daughter’s 3rd birthday! With custom tutus, and a ballet lesson in their very own mini dance studio, these little ballerinas could not have been any more adorable!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Homemade “dance studio” with mirror & mini ballet bar
– Ballet slipper cupcake toppers + glamorous Barbie birthday cake
– Homemade, personalized tutus & ballerina wand party favors
– Pink boa welcome wreath + Tutu inspired table skirt on the favor table!

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Enchanted Fairy Garden Party

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Full of magical signs and beautiful paper flowers, this is the cutest fairy garden! You’ll definitely want to scroll through and see that dreams come true in this Enchanted Fairy Garden Party by Leonie of Ashlee Rae! (And for more Fairy Garden Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS, to look out for:

– Pink, Orange and Yellow Magic Wand Cookies
– Gold painted cardboard “Enchanted Castle”
– Ombre Ruffle Birthday Cake and Fairy Cupcakes

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