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Whimsical Tangled Birthday Party Ideas

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Birthday girl Ashlyn requested a princess Rapunzel party for her 4th birthday and mommy, Shannon of Very Pretty Parties, got creative & playful with it! She designed a Whimsical Tangled Birthday Party decorated with yellow yarn “braids”, magical lantern centerpieces and flowers galore! And the princess herself even came for a visit while the adults enjoyed the Snuggly Duckling Pub! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS, to look out for:

– Donut tower, pink candy bar with cinder blocks, floral vines and a blue ombre ruffle cake
– Princess Punch, “Let’s Tangle” stamped forks, yellow yarn wrapped letters & ripped fabric bunting
– Bright polka dot fabric table runners covered with moss runners and yellow daffodils
– Princess Wand and Tiara girls favors and Flynn Satchels for the boys

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Cinco de Mayo Party Inspiration + 3 Festive Recipes!

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Are you ready to fiesta! Or at least have a BeerRita or two ;) Cinco de Mayo is coming up this weekend and Victoria Canada Weddings and Events has some festive and bright last minute Cinco de Mayo Inspiration! Not to mention THREE recipes that will have you craving more delicious Mexican cuisine and more reasons for crafty + colorful decorations!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mexican Crepe Paper Flowers in ribbon wrapped cans
– Horchata (served in mason jars!) and BeerRita Recipes + Salpicon Recipe
– Avocado Bar + Pan Dulce with Papel Picado Banner inspired food labels

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Bright & Girly Rockstar Birthday Party

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If you like bright, girly and totally cool parties, Ashley Keith of Cupcake Express designed a top hit! For her daughter Halle’s 8th birthday she set the stage for a Bright & Girly Rockstar Birthday Party with chevron + star patterns and rockin’ themed sweets!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Black tablecloth and chairs with tissue tassels, neon blue drinks & star party flags
– DIY microfone and purple guitar centerpieces with pink tulle and stars
– Guitar shaped cookies, “paint splatter” candy apples and a pink rockstar themed cake!

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{Party of 5} Cinco de Mayo, Pink Country Fair, Mother’s Day Brunch, Nautical Party & Dr. Seuss 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:

– Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas
– Pink Pony Inspired County Fair
– Mother’s Day Brunch + Mom-osa Bar
– Navy and Pink Nautical Party
– Dr. Seuss Thing 1 & 2 Birthday

1. 5 de Mayo Party Ideas (pictured above) by A to Zebra Celebrations

2.  Mazie’s County Fair by Lauren Haddox Designs

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Vintage Style Picnic Baby Shower (+ Blessing Circle)

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Casual-chic style + the beauty of the outdoors set the scene for a Vintage Style Picnic Baby ShowerAleisha Balle of Pretty My Love styled this fun caravan with high tea treats, roses in lace wrapped mason jars and a beautiful blessing circle for mommy Rachel!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage Car and Caravan + Drink Stand and High Tea Sweets
– Lip cookies & mustache props for baby gender guessing + name suggestions!
– Chalkboard menu, mason jar glasses & honey favors

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Bourbon Peach Pie Pops Recipe

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Today we’re finally sharing the delicious & fun Bourbon Peach Pie Pops Recipe from our “Preppy Paddock” Kentucky Derby Party! These pie pops are perfect bite-sized treats, and most importantly… super easy! These will surely impress your party guests with their Southern flavor and stylish little bow ties. ;) (more…)

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NEW Monthly Call For Submissions! {+ Guidelines}

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Hi Everyone! I’m excited to share that this month we’re kicking off a new monthly Call for Submissions. We get so many submissions already that you may call us crazy for requesting more… BUT, in our continuous effort to deliver the best – and timeliest – content to our readers throughout the year, we thought it would be smart to actually give you a little heads up regarding what’s on the horizon for the editorial calendar!

And while we normally require some exclusivity for our standard submissions, when it comes to the featured Call for Submissions topic each month, No Exclusivity is required! Feel free to submit past work or parties that have previously been featured elsewhere, in addition to brand new parties, recipes, DIY tutorials, etc… it’s a big world out there and chances are good there’s a whole new crop of people your work can inspire! We 100% encourage any and all ideas, from the big to the small. Sometimes, simple ideas can be even more approachable and far reaching than an over-the-top bash… but of course we don’t shy away from those either! ;)

We’ll be having a “Call For Submissions” on the first of every month. For the following months, check our social media outlets for the announcement: HWTM Social Community, Facebook, Google +Pinterest and Twitter. (more…)

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{Around the World} Vintage Airplane First Birthday Party

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Let’s travel around the world for Declan’s first birthday! Fransiska Subroto of Burgundy Event Coordinating designed an incredible Vintage Airplane First Birthday Party with all the perks of first class party style! (For more Vintage Airplane Party Ides go here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage Map Dessert Table Backdrop + Sweets with mail inspired labels
– “Baggage Claim” Station with vintage style suitcase favors
– Cloud Balloon Table Centerpiece and Personalized Aluminium Lunch boxes
– Passport Check-in with “tickets” for games and activities

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Creative Construction Truck Party {Twin Boys Birthday}

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Victoria of Vixen Made celebrated her twins Beckett and Pascal’s 3rd birthday with a Creative Construction Truck Party! Her sister Candace, of Candy & Cake, crafted the cake, but Victoria did the rest, from the decor and treats to the adorable chevron printables that she shares for free right here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Kids hard hats + a “Topple the Tower” Game (with a homemade wrecking ball)!
– Fuel orange juice, green chevron + fondant truck decorated cake and pylon treats
– Orange truck pops, gravel candy and donut tires on a dessert table elevated by giant truck tires!

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{Party of 5} Pink Owl First Birthday, Princess and Pirate, Sherlock Holmes, Circus & Vintage Paris Bridal 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 Owl First Birthday
– Princess and Pirate Party
– Sherlock Holmes Birthday
– Circus Dessert Table
– Vintage Paris Bridal Shower

1. Kamryn’s Owl Themed First Birthday Party (pictured above) by Hoopla Events

2.  Classic Princess and Pirate Birthday Party by A Party Studio

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Sweet {Baby Love} Pink & Gold First Birthday Party

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I am so in love! Jenna Marfori Lang of  Eat Drink Pretty celebrated her daughter Juliet’s first birthday in style with a Sweet {Baby Love} Pink & Gold First Birthday Party! I just can’t get over the simple and sweet gold heart garland, gold “LOVE” letters, {build your own mimosa} adult drink station and so many more lovely DIY details!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink smash cake with adorable plush yarn heart cake toppers
– Pancake Bar with mini heart stacks, berries, whipped cream & syrup
– Yarn wreath, chalkboard sign and heart wishes for the birthday girl!
– Pink heart cookies, macarons, pink rock candy and gold heart topped cupcakes

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Adorable Pink & Blue Magic Party

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Abracadabra… Bridget magically turned 8! For her birthday, mom Margit Foley of Dot & Dash created a Pink & Blue Magic Party! Wands, potions cards and adorable bunnies in hats are just a few of the tricks up her sleeve!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Magic Card Cupcakes by Love & Sugar Kisses and Bunny Magic Hat Cake
– Magic Wands and Headbands with Mini Hats {+ an “8” rosette pin for the birthday girl!}
– Magic Show by David Hall + “Puff of Smoke” Cotton Candy
– “Take Some Magical Gear Before You Disappear” Bunny Doll, Candy and Card Favors

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Dreamy Pink “Leap, Turn & Twirl” Ballerina Party

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Recital this way! Tami Goeckeritz of Tami G. Photography celebrated her daughters birthdays with a Dreamy Pink “Leap, Turn & Twirl” Ballerina Party! With ballet lessons and a recital (on the trampoline!) these gorgeous girls danced the day away! (For more Ballerina Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tulle Table Skirt, Pink Ballet Slipper Cakes and a Candy Buffet
– Pink Lemonade in Mason Jars + Sparkle Star Wands and Napkins
– “Recital This Way” Welcome Sign
– Pink tulle tutus and ballet lessons
– Precious Cupcake Toppers with Ballerina Slippers and Tutus!

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Colorful “Wild Child” Safari Party

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Whats modern, rainbow and has rhinos all over? This Colorful “Wild Child” Safari Party by Laila Plant of One Inspired Party, designed for her daughter Nicki’s 3rd birthday! A wooden crate stacked food and dessert display, tons of bright balloons, succulent centerpieces, and of course real animals (at the birthday girls’ request!) pulled the party  all together!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Amazing cake by Sweet Brantley’s Cake Designs with a purple glitter giraffe topper!
– Confetti filled balloons, pink & green kids table, “Warning Party Animals Only” sign
– Explorer hat favors, a rhino piñata and (printable matching) custom lollipops from Vintage Confections

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Spectacular Vintage Circus Theme First Birthday

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Come one, come all! Step right up to see little Emily’s spectacular Vintage Themed First Birthday by mommy, Cheryl! With cotton candy, a popcorn machine, and fun carnival games, Emily’s big day is a magical sight to behold! (For more Circus Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Homemade light-up marquee!
– Adorable birthday cake with scalloped bunting + an circus elephant smash cake
– “Popcorn” cupcakes on a ferris wheel + cotton candy votives
– Circus tent dessert table with DIY ribbon fringe
– Homemade matching circus print outfits for Emily, mom, and dad!

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{Party of 5} You Are My Sunshine, Peter Rabbit, Quack Commander, Once Upon A Time & Twins 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:

– You Are My Sunshine First Birthday
– Peter Rabbit Birthday Party
– Quack Commander Party
– Once Upon A Time First Birthday
– “One Sweet Year” Twins First Birthday Party

1. Caleb’s “You Are My Sunshine” 1st Birthday Party (pictured above) by lauraharfield

2.  Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Birthday Party by Where the Green Grass Grows Designs

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Nautical Crab Inspired Baby Shower

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Ahoy, matey! Dive right into this sweet Nautical Crab Inspired Baby Shower by Victoria of RV Parties. Swimming with little crab silhouettes and nautical stripes, this baby shower is brimming with adorable (and easy!) ideas for creating the cutest crustacean paradise for mommy-to-be!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Floral centerpieces wrapped with striped paper and crab silhouettes attached with ribbon
– Orange mini crab cookies + crab lollipop favors with “Bon Voyage” printables
– Navy stripe straws with party flags and crab sliders

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{Backyard Blush} Pink Bridal Shower

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Pink, elegant, and PERFECT! I am absolutely in love with this {Backyard Blush} Pink Bridal Shower photographed by Pictilio and thrown for Taleen of Simple Little Details. From the stunning floral arrangements to the gorgeous drink station and butterfly cupcake toppers, this bridal shower is absolutely beautiful!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful bridal shower wishing cards with handmade flower confetti
– Paper flower and butterfly cupcake toppers with rhinestone, button & twine embellishments
– Elegant and flowy ruffled chair back for the bride-to-be
– “Love is Sweet” Pink Macaron Favors
– Festive floral, butterfly and photo {bundt} cake toppers!

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{All That Glitters Is Gold} Golden Third Birthday Party

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How did you celebrate your Golden Birthday? With a little help from mommy, Audrey of  Sweet Cheeks Tasty Treats, Harper had an {All That Glitters Is Gold} Golden Third Birthday Party! Pink, blue and sparkles lit up the day for this little super star on March 3rd (she turned 3 on 3/3)! P.S. How perfect is that golden locket (read Audrey’s story below)?

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Shimmery blue and gold “Bling” Pops on a sparkly pink platter
– “Magic Wand” Pink Star Lollipops, Gorgeous Cookies and Vanilla Swirl Frosted Cake
– Pink sparkle & ruffle birthday hat, gold locket present & gold star hair clip favors
– Gold Glitter Kandy Kones lined with lace trip and filled with goodies!

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iPad Mini Giveaway: Hurry… Last Day to Enter!

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Quick reminder… Today is the LAST DAY to enter the iPad Mini giveaway from OnlineLabels.com! Throw your name in the hator more specifically… the Rafflecopter – before midnight PST tonight. (click here) Good luck! :)

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{Congrats 2013} Graduation Party Ideas!

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Crissy’s Crafts and Amanda’s Parties To Go are at it again! The printable + party styling duo whipped up a bright orange and blue celebration for 2013 Graduation Party Ideas! Cris shows how you can take any school color palette and turn it into a fabulous dessert table, tablescape and overall party! (For more Graduation Parties browse here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tissue Fan Backdrop, Swiss Roll “Diplomas” and a variety of candy and popcorn
– Tablescape with a flag centerpiece, blue top mason jar cups and “believe” & “dream” decorations
– Graduation Cap Cake Pops and Marshmallow Pops

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{Party of 5} UP First Birthday, Paisley & Polka Dots, Frog Prince Baby Shower, Tea Party & Moulin Rouge 30th

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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:

– UP Themed First Birthday Party
– Pink Paisley & Polka Dots Party
– Frog Prince Baby Shower
– Tuscan Tea Party
– Moulin Rouge 30th Birthday Party

1. UP! First Birthday Party (pictured above) by Festa com Gosto

2.  Paisley and Polka Dots by Celebrating Moments by Marcie

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{Pink & Yellow} Polka Dots and Pinwheels First Birthday

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Mindy put so much heart and thought into celebrating her daughter’s first birthday; she crafted a special {Pink & Yellow} Polka Dots and Pinwheels Party! My favorite part? How all of these decorations are 100% doable- tassel garlands, punch cupcake toppers, simple flowers and festive details like stripey straws!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Window pane dessert table backdrop embellished with a pink, yellow & white tissue tassel garland
– Pink frosted cupcakes with DIY circle punch and pinwheel toppers
– Pinwheel hair clip, ‘1’ birthday pin, grey polka dot sweater and a happy smile on the birthday girl!

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Preppy & Playful “Dapper Derby” First Birthday Party

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Party SHOP Member Kelly Lyden of WH Hostess designed this Preppy & Playful “Dapper Derby” First Birthday Party! She did such a phenomenal job of running with this theme: trophy cup vases, jockey crayons, custom pony lattice pattern pillows, prize ribbon cookies and more derby inspired decorations! P.S. I love Kelly’s tips for repurposing items you may already have to celebrate the race on May 3-4th!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Southern Style Drinks: Lemonade, Ice Tea and Mint Juleps
– INCREDIBLE trophy topped cake with haberdashery stripe and pony lattice patterns by Cakes by Gina!
– Pie Pops, Bow Tie Blueberry Cupcakes, Macarons and Yellow Cake Pops
– Kids Horse Race (with adorable stick ponies) and Prize Ribbon Backdrop
– Bubble Favors and Chocolate Horse Lollipops

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Rustic Sock Monkey First Birthday Party

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This super cute Rustic Sock Monkey First Birthday Party by Louise Sanders of Sunshine Shabby just has me smitten! From the burlap and wood textures to the knitted sock monkey pillow and creative candy names, I just want to cuddle this party all up! :) (Fore more sock monkey party ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Red Velvet Cake, Birthday Boy in Red + Navy Gingham Shirt and Muslin Printed Favor Bags
– Argyle Party Printable Designs + Blue Fabric Striped Dessert Table Banner
– Adorable “Sock Pops” arranged in a kraft paper wrapped bucket embellished with a mini bunting banner
– Monkey Vines, Monkey Nuts and adorable Monkey Bars!

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Charming Greenhouse Bridal Shower Ideas

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Inspired by the brides’ shabby chic wedding, Ashley of Southern Mae Photography designed and captured all the down to earth details in this Charming Greenhouse Bridal Shower! At a local garden nursery she set up a vibrant Bubbly Bar, cheese and fruit display and a tablescape with feminine lace, perfect for this sweet bride-to-be!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Bubbly Bar” burlap bunting, cucumber water, lemonade & fruit juice
– Mason jar cups with mint green straws and fabric tied muslin chair covers
– “Merci” stamped seed packet favors
– Family photos, a birdhouse and simple floral table decorations
– “Edible Plant” chocolate pudding cup with a rosemary sprig

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Glam Pink & Black Bunco Party

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Crissy’s Crafts is always throwing a party! And this time it’s a Glam Pink & Black Bunco Party for her daughter’s 14th birthday! Boas, candy and a chocolate fountain… sounds like mom got “BUNCO” with her birthday girl! (For more of her clever party themes go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Damask patterns, pink gauze and black feathers
– Chocolate fountain, fortune cookies & dice cake pops!
– “Dice” cheese appetizer
– Giant plush dice, candy, chocolate bar and bead party favors

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{Party of 5} Glam Black & White, Seuss First Birthday, Country Garden, Helicopter Party & Teen Pool 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:

– Glamorous Black & White Dessert Table
– Seuss Themed (Triplets!) First Birthday
– Country Garden Boy Baby Shower
– Helicopter Birthday Party
– Teen Pool Party

1. Glamorous Black and Silver and White Dessert Table (pictured above) by Divine Sweets and Cakes

2.  Oh, What Fun! The Croplets Are 1 – Part 1 by thisoldhouse107

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Enchanting “Brave” Inspired Birthday Party

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Bullseye! Melissa of Melissa Biador Photography hit the target for her daughter’s 5th birthday! Like the wisps, she led us into the forest for an Enchanting “Brave” Inspired Birthday Party with moss, wooden accents, and Hamish, Hubert and Harris dolls! Fate couldn’t have planned a more magical celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Witches Brew and water bottles with archery arrow designs
– Bear Marshmallow Pops and Flower Cupcakes
– Build your own sandwich bar, Archery Range Activity and Bean Bag Toss
– Gold sprinkled teal cake pops, brownie bear claws, Will-O wisp blueberry cotton candy

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{Teacups & Tutus} Delightful Girls Tea Party

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Inspired by ruffles, lace and floral prints The Pear, Event Styling & Planning set up a {Teacups & Tutus} Delightful Girls Tea Party! Adorable outfits and “tea time” treats are perfect for a sweet birthday or simply a special day in the park!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mason jars with dainty lace trim + party flags, cupcakes in teacups and yellow fabric chair backs
– Boutique style headband, pastel tutu and gum ball necklaces
– Adorable vintage style sign by Three Little Monkeys Studio paired with floral teacup favors

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