Beautiful Nautical Wedding Inspiration {Round-Up}

nautical wedding inspiration

Sail away with us as we take you through one of our all time favorite wedding themes — nautical! With endless ways to incorporate anchors, sailboats, rope, and more, this theme isn’t going out of style anytime soon! Be Inspired PR, our trusty expert in everything ‘wedding,’ has round up some especially lovely Nautical Wedding Inspiration from coast to coast. From stunning stationery and seashell place settings, to elegant tablescapes and so many seaworthy little details. Anchors away!

Opening image:
1. Floral Design: Krista Jon, Photography: Ashley Keleman Photography, Rentals: Archive Rentals

nautical wedding inspiration

2. Photography: Brian Tropiano Photography

nautical wedding inspiration

3. Top – Stationery: Gourmet Invitations
Bottom – Bridesmaid Dresses: Joanna August, Photography: Zofia & Co. (more…)

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A Sweet + Vintage-Glam, Travel Inspired Wedding

travel themed wedding decor

It’s easy to get carried away with trends when planning a wedding, so I LOVE how personal Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties helped to make this Vintage Glam Travel Themed Wedding. Since the couple has traveled extensively together, they included lovely details like vintage globes, photos & maps — making this wedding a direct reflection of the husband & wife to be. The sweet romance of the candlelit tablescapes & blushing desserts are just the icing on top of a beautiful day!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Retro cameras, a vintage suitcase for cards & a map with photos of the couple on their travels
  • Pink ombre rose & polka dotted wedding cake with pearl & glitter flower accents + pink glitter tablecloths
  • Crocheted lace table runners, framed table numbers on vintage books + gold glitter votive holders
  • Mini French desserts like chocolate eclairs & lemon and raspberry tarts + mini pie & donut towers
  • CHEERS bar sign & banner + vintage paneled window frame watercolor artwork

pink and white rosette and polka dot wedding cake

gold and pink wedding desserts table

light pink wedding place settings (more…)

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15 Pretty Vineyard Wedding Details {Inspiration Round-Up}

vineyard wedding inspiration

There is nothing quite as romantic as saying “I do” in the midst of a picturesque vineyard. In addition to the breathtaking scenery, you and your guests can indulge in wine mulled right on-site after the ceremony! And on that note, Inspired by This has rounded up some beautiful examples to help inspire your own Vineyard Wedding – from rustic stationery and tablescapes to re-purposed wine barrels & wine colored place settings. Cheers!

Opening image:
1. (Left) Photo by: Megan Clouse Photography, (Right) Stationery: Gourmet Invitations & Photo by: Hulse Photography, (Bottom) Event Designer: La Fete Weddings, Photo by: Yvette Roman Photography

fall vineyard wedding tables

2. Event Design by Antonia Christianson Events, Photo by Applemoon Photography (pictured above)

winery wedding rings cork photo

3. Photo by: Clark + Walker Studio

vineyard wedding floral arrangements

4. Floral Design: Flower Duet


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Picnic Style Backyard BBQ Birthday Party

backyard barbecue 3rd birthday party

To soak up the last few days of summer & to celebrate her youngest’s 3rd birthday, Kameela Lewis of Tutus & Bowties Events perfectly styled this Picnic Style Backyard BBQ Birthday! From adorable custom chalkboard printables & backdrops & plenty of classic red gingham, to a ‘grill master’ inspired tablescape & tons of fun activities for the kiddies, this delicious party has our mouths watering! Plus, I am seriously obsessed with that insanely cute hamburger piñata. Don’t miss out on any of the sizzling details. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Custom grill themed drink koozies in a mini red wagon + embroidered aprons & chef hats
  • Watercolor fruit cupcake toppers, candy filled seasoning shakers & BBQ themed sugar cookies
  • Kid’s grill play station, painting activity & chalkboard doodle area + grilling themed ice cream buffet
  • Fondant grill topped birthday cake, red, orange & yellow ‘fire pit’ candies & an amazing hamburger piñata
  • Marquee light ‘EAT’ letter tablescape centerpieces & red gingham picnic table runner

backyard bbq birthday party desserts table

kids backyard toy grill

bbq picnic tablescape

hamburger pinata


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Pink Chevron You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party

pink chevron you are my sunshine birthday party invitation and decor

With crisp air and cloudy skies creeping in, we’re loving this burst of sunshine from Paige Kepner of Paiges of Style! She celebrated her daughter’s special day with this You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party filled with cheerful decor, colorful chevron stripes & the cutest, “sunny” desserts (like those amazing sunshine cake pops). No matter the weather, it’s always fun to soak up some rays ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Beautiful pink peonies & other bright flower arrangement table centerpieces on a yellow striped runner
  • Color-blocked cake pops, cake parfaits, cotton candy topped cupcakes & a yellow striped sunshine cake
  • Tissue tassel chandelier & balloon garlands + a DIY gold painted foam core & dowel sun backdrop
  • Pink chevron birthday dress, a flower & sunshine headband & pom decorated chevron party hats

pink and yellow you are my sunshine birthday party dessert table

bright floral arrangements for table centerpieces

you are my sunshine birthday party dessert ideas

little girl's pink chevron birthday dress


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Day of the Dead Party {Día de los Muertos}

day of the dead inspired party cake Since Día de los Muertos is right around the corner, Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It honored the holiday with this Day of the Dead Party filled with colorful sugar skulls & tons of glittering sweets! The meaning behind Día de los Muertos is so interesting & I think it could be a great opportunity to include the kids in learning about other cultures! Plus, who doesn’t love an excuse to pull those skeletons out of the closet (literally)! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bright paper flower arrangements & matching paper pinwheels + a gold glitter backdrop – Black sugar skull topped cake with fondant rosettes + golden skull topped chocolate Oreos – Vintage shutters with stained glass style tissue paper + a vintage style skeleton costume – Glitter skull topped candy apples & cupcakes + sugar skull placemats & napkin rings

dia de los muertos party dessert table day of the dead skeleton costume for kids dia de los muertos party tablescape and place setting ideas (more…)

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{Link Love} Weekend Party Mix + Adorable Halloween DIYs

DIY halloween party costumes and pumpkin ideas

Hooray for Friday! To keep with our (very new) end-of-the-week tradition, here’s a new batch of links we love from around the web! We’ve been having so much fun poking around our favorite sites (as well as discovering some new favorites!) & we hope that you’ll enjoy them too! Happy surfing… ;)


– Here’s how Jacque’s taco piñata turned out (SO cute!!)

– Looking for a quick & easy costume for little ones? Right here!

10 Commandments for the at home birthday party

– A Halloween Pop Up Table Runner

3 eyeliner looks to make you feel beautiful

 Bread as a {delicious} place setting accent

– The angriest cat in the world (made us laugh!)

Maple spiced almond milk with a hint of pumpkin (YUM)

– A whole new way to display pumpkins: Succulent Pumpkin Planters

– A wedding dress with a built in ‘party!’

– In case you missed it…3 Healthier Halloween Treat Ideas

– PLUS, Celebrate our Hostess INK store’s 1st birthday with us by using the code BIRTHDAY30 for 30% off your entire order — today through Sunday, Oct 12.


Photos above via Make it & Love it and Tidy Mom

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Bikini Bottom Spongebob Squarepants Birthday Party

spongebob squarepants birthday party ideas and dessert table

Are you ready kids?! Aye Aye Captain! Grab your scuba suits (or astronaut suit, if you’re Sandy) and swim on down to the happiest pineapple under the sea for this Bikini Bottom Spongebob Squarepants Birthday PartyMichelle Samardzija of Mad Momma Events & Styling added a girly flair to this Spongebob theme for her daughter’s special day. I love the focus on pineapples, which are so in right now and serve as the perfect fun & feminine touch!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

  • DIY under the sea garland with honeycomb pineapples & lantern jellyfish with streamer tentacles
  • Pink Patrick Star topped cupcakes, Krabby Patty macarons & pineapple lollipops
  • Kelp Soda & Bikini Bottom Water + an island venue with rustic wooden ship details
  • Spongebob Squarepants piñata, golf balls for mini golf & party hats + pineapple cup party favors

patrick pink starfish topped cupcakes

pineapple lollipops and kelp soda

spongebob squarepants birthday party invitation


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Hansel & Gretel Candy Themed Twin’s Birthday Party

hansel and gretal birthday cake

Getting lured in by the sight of an all-candy house is an understandably easy thing to do, so I totally get how Hansel & Gretel were tricked by the wicked witch. Luckily, this Hansel & Gretel Candy Themed Twin’s Birthday Party has no wicked witch to worry about, so guests were able to enjoy all of the amazing sweets styled by Laila Plant of One Inspired Party! The cake alone is enough to marvel at, but Laila continued to wow us with the colorful tablescapes, gingerbread house dessert table & lovely woodland details.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Life-sized lollipops, rainbow candy straws, amazingly detailed cookies & sprinkled ‘1’ topped smash cakes
  • Gingerbread house backdrop complete with sprinkled door, colorful shingles & sweets filled window ledges
  • Paper lantern garlands wrapped in cellophane to look like candies + candy decorated tree stump centerpieces
  • Amazing gingerbread house birthday cake with fondant Hansel & Gretel + a sweets filled garden

candy themed twins birthday party

hansel and gretal gingerbread dessert table backdrop

hansel and gretal gingerbread house birthday cake

rainbow candy themed party tablescape


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Mad Hatter’s Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

alice in wonderland cake

Looking at pictures of this whimsical photo shoot is like dreamily falling down the rabbit hole…landing right smack dab in the middle of the Mad Hatter’s Alice in Wonderland Tea PartyMissy & Kristen of Sweetly Chic Events & Design expertly styled this shoot to have a vintage, avant-garde feel to it — with ornate pastel sweets, garden floral tea sets & hand crafted costumes for each tea party attendee. So many wonderful ideas that can be put together with plenty of time to spare ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gold glitter ‘Eat Me’ topped cake with pearls, vines of white roses & a ‘Drink Me’ vial key
  • Vintage glam tablescape with a pink sequin tablecloth & velvet runner + a pink rose forest backdrop
  • ‘Try Me’ & playing card cookies + rose topped cake pops, cupcake filled tea cups & card decorated masks
  • Vintage books, suitcases, bird cages & a pocket watch + avant garde Alice, Mad Hatter & Rabbit costumes

alice in wonderland tea party ideas

alice in wonderland inspired cookies

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Animal Lover’s Whimsical Woodland Birthday Party

patterned woodland birthday party dessert table

Kenna O’Brien of Miss Party Mom Event Planning is known around here for adding her own flair to party themes, so it’s no surprise that she made this Animal Lover’s Whimsical Woodland Birthday Party untraditionally colorful, with bright patterns & tons of cute decor! Combined with the standard wooden elements, toadstools & of course adorable forest critters, I am loving the overall effect this party has — so unexpected but right on point! I’m sensing a new trend in the world of woodland ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Critter Snacks table + a mini tree tablescape centerpiece with woodland animal ornaments
  • Deer topped cake with fake flowers & leaves on a wooden stump, surrounded by a twig wreath
  • Mini fabric buntings, a patchwork animal birthday dress & felt animal ears & masks
  • Toadstool & deer topped cupcakes, chocolate owl pops & rainbow sprinkle decorated hedgehog cookies
  • Homemade trail mix in mason jars + colorfully painted animal figurine party favors

DIY deer topped woodland birthday cake

woodland birthday party tablescape

woodland birthday party animal masks and ears for kids


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A Wickedly Sweet Witch Inspired Halloween Party

halloween party tablescape ideas

{Quick Note from HWTM} To celebrate the first day of October (cue flabbergasted confusion as to where summer went), Jennifer Carver, a regular here on the blog, is sharing her take on Halloween with the perfect mix of trick & treat…

Here at Banner Events, we are huge Halloween fans! Planning a Wickedly Sweet Witch Inspired Halloween Party was a dream come true. Conjuring up a mix of cute and creepy decorations, sweet & scary treats and spellbinding favors was so much fun!  We hope you find delight from the spooky festivities captured by the talented Karina Rigtrup of A Fresh Take Photography.

P.S. We’d like to wish Jennifer a very happy birthday today!


PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Custom couture witch tutus, appliquéd shirts & fascinator style hats for the little witches
– Gorgeous ruffled cake with edible chocolate topper and flower accents + Witch broom candy kabobs
– Bottled creepy treats like “eerie eyeballs,” “bat droppings” & “magic worms” + ghoulish cake pops
– Oversized witch silhouette backdrop centerpiece + spooky forest & skull inspired poison apples
– Bewitching Halloween tablescape including potion bottle beverage glasses & spider leg cupcake holders

halloween party dessert ideas

halloween witches brooms

witchy halloween party invitation (more…)

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“Gametime!” Twin Boys’ Football Birthday Party

football birthday party dessert table

He’s at the 30…the 20…the 10…TOUCHDOWN!! Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties styled DOUBLE the fun for her “Gametime!” Twin Boys’ Football Birthday Party! The whole day was centered around the big game — Alex’s team vs. Jack’s team in a flag football match. I love that the color palette focuses on the team colors rather than the traditional green & brown, everything would be so cute for a Super Bowl party! I’m sure both teams went home happy with dirt on their knees & cake in their bellies :).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chalkboard style, flag decorated printables + matching cookies & ‘penalty flag’ yellow napkins
  • Flag topped football textured birthday cakes with frosting laces + Rootbeer floats & caramel corn
  • Concessions stand with game day lunches + personalized game day jersey shirts for team & family members
  • Floral centerpieces with football paper chain links & team flags in jars filled with color coordinating sand

football birthday cake

football birthday party concessions stand with lunch

personalized family football jersey shirts


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Playful Puppy and Kitten 2nd Birthday Party

puppy and kitty party decor ideas

Meow! Woof! All pets are welcome here :). Louisa Kopp from the adorable blog, Ice Cream off Paper Plates, styled this equally adorably Playful Puppy and Kitten 2nd Birthday Party for her son’s big day! Louisa put lots of love into this party, creating all of the food & sweets, the invitation AND just about every bit of decor! Using lots of yarn, newspapers, stamps and other common items was a super clever way for her to get the most out of similar things (i.e. yarn balls, yarn wrapped letters, yarn banners, etc.) and probably stay on budget! That’s what I call the cat’s meow ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY ‘Bow Wow,’ ‘Fancy Feast,’ & ‘Litter Box’ banners + DIY dog & cat plates
  • Paw print napkins, picture mats & tent cards + yarn & paw print ‘2’ decorated party hats
  • Dog collar wrapped drinks, cups & invitation + dog bone decorated tent cards
  • Primary colored bday outfit, decor & M&M topped birthday cake + hanging 2s & a puppy piñata

dog and cat birthday party mantle decorations

puppy and kitten party invitation

second birthday party photo shoot


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Dreamy Pink & Gold Glam Pajama Birthday Party

girls pink fabric tent

Here’s to soft pinks, softer pillows and the sweetest dreams :). Pamela Dawkins of Pamela Simone Events dreamt up this Dreamy Pink & Gold Glam Pajama Birthday Party for her precious daughter Cailey’s 7th birthday. I love the idea of having an “almost sleepover” for younger girls — all of the fun of a slumber party for girls in that in-between stage. Mom and Cailey’s older sisters generously served as the ‘Glam Squad,’ passing down their tried and true beauty secrets to all of the little beauty queens — such a sweet way to celebrate your little girly girl!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink fabric tent with fluffy pillows & faux sheepskin rugs + gold glitter & ‘Dream’ pillows
  • Gold glitter invitation, pink & gold glitter pennant banners + pink & gold honeycomb poms & tissue tassels
  • Makeover station with makeup, nail polish, feather boas & jewelry + glamorous cookies
  • Gold tablescape with a glitter runner, gold chairs, glittered cups & utensils + a light up ‘diamond’ ring

gold glitter birthday party invitation

dreamy pink and gold birthday party

gold glitter table runner and tabalescape

girl's slumber party tent


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Twins Super-Sized Rainbow Art Birthday Party

artsy paint can and rainbow splatter birthday cake

It’s time to get messy with this Super-Sized Rainbow Art Birthday Party styled by Valerie Cianci of Top It Off Designs for the 5th birthday of two identical twins! How much fun would it be to put down those thinking caps and pick up a (ginormous) crayon to let your inner child go crazy!? That’s exactly what Valerie created when she combined fun activities, bright rainbow colors & whimsical oversized art supplies! I am seriously in need of a giant easel like that — think of all the possibilities! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Fondant paint brush & paint can topped rainbow paint splatter cake + tons of rainbow paint palette desserts
  • Large hanging crayons & an oversized easel & paint tube backdrop + an impressive rainbow balloons backdrop
  • Rainbow sand art, painting & cupcake decorating activities + crayon & marker tiered
  • Crayon shaped bubbles & lip balms + aprons & goody filled paint can party favors

rainbow painting birthday party dessert table

DIY art supplies centerpiece

large paint easel backdrop (more…)

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Glittering Mystical Mermaid Birthday Party

vintage mermaid birthday party ideas

Dive on in to this Glittering Mystical Mermaid Birthday Party, styled by the ever talented, Missy & Kristen of Sweetly Chic Events & Design! This party took a village (as you can see in the impressive vendor credits), which means even more under the sea inspiration for all of us! :) One of my favorite bits of inspiration are those amazing handmade scale & mermaid silhouette backdrops — they definitely help to seal in the magical feeling of the party.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • An aqua tablescape with scallop seashell plates, mermaid silhouette mason jars & sea animal chair backs
  • Kid’s teepee decorated with scale & tissue tassel garlands + filled with mini stuffed octopuses
  • Glitter stick cake pops, under the sea cookies, painted mermaid cupcakes & chocolate seashell Oreos
  • Coral nonpareil decorated birthday cake with an intricate fondant mermaid topper
  • Teal tutu, starfish & ribbon wand + pirate hat party favors

mermaid lagoon birthday party welcome sign

under the sea mermaid dessert ideas

under the sea chocolate Oreos

mermaid topped birthday cake


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“Better than Football” Chocolate Cake Recipe

better than football chocolate cake recipe

We here at HWTM are pretty big fans of football, so you can imagine our excitement when Britni Vigil of Play. Party. Pin. offered to share the recipe for her “Better than Football” Chocolate Cake with us! I think it’s safe to say, we are now also fans of the chocolate caramel combo! ;)

“This cake is inspired by one that a volleyball teammate of mine and I made years ago. I thought it would be fun to recreate it for our pseudo sports themed party. It’s really simple and includes only five ingredients!”



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“Chocolate is Better than Football” Girls Night Party

girly football party dessert table

Football parties can be such a fun way to get into the game — with yummy snacks, team decor and a house full of excited friends! But for Britni Vigil of Play. Party. Pin., football season means that much of her free time is devoted to watching the games at home, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for girl time. So as a last indulgent hurrah, she threw this Chocolate is Better than Football Girls’ Party filled with everything chocolate, including lots of her favorite — Snickers!

As an added bonus, Britni is generously sharing the recipe for her “Better than Football” Chocolate Cake (a bold statement, but I can’t really imagine anything better than the perfect chocolate cake). Check out some drool-worthy photos of all of the chocolate desserts below, and then get the recipe details for the cake right here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mini chocolate eclair footballs & football cookies + ‘Team Snickers’ cookies & cupcakes
– Chocolate fondue + strawberries, marshmallows & cookie dippers + chocolate sprinkle rimmed milk bottles
– DIY blue glittered football centerpiece, gold glitter dipped mason jars & glittered utensils
– Mini chocolate bar name card holders, chocolate two-tier cake + DIY sewn pouch favors

snickers themed chocolate dessert tab;e

chocolate themed party place settings

outdoor football party tablescape


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Party on a Dime Charity Challenge {Cast Your Vote!}


Hey, Party People… I’ve got a special announcement today that involves 3 fantastic things: creativity on a budget, a great cause, and YOU!

Balloon Time has challenged 8 talented party stylists to host a real event with one Balloon Time helium tank + a budget of only $100! I don’t know how many of you have ever attempted to stick to a tight party budget, but let me tell you, what these ladies pulled off is SO impressive and really shows what you can accomplish when you find creative ways to utilize the things you already have.

Now here’s the part where you come in! Check out some highlights from each party below, then go to Balloon Time’s Facebook right here and vote for your favorite party. The winner will receive $5,000 for the charity of their choice.

Some of the charities are particularly near & dear to my own heart, and ALL of them are wonderful causes. You can vote once a day, so make sure to check back often to see how your favorites are doing! We will also be featuring each one of these amazing parties in full detail on the blog once the contest is over. Voting ends on September 30th. Scroll down for a quick peek at the contenders!


Fairy Tea Party from Design Dazzle

fairy birthday party

Garden Birthday Party from Smashed Peas and Carrots

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Lalaloopsy Birthday Party {with Budget Friendly Tips!}

lalaloopsy birthday party ideas

When styling a party centered around a popular character, it can be tempting to get everything from 3rd party vendors, since you know they’ll more than likely have things that will match. Nancy Pfeifer of A to Zebra Celebrations thought outside of the box by adding in a hefty dose of DIY details, like the glittered signs, button themed centerpieces & that amazing piñata for her daughter’s Lalaloopsy Birthday Party! I would say she struck the perfect balance between store-bought details (a huge timesaver) and budget friendly crafts, which add that personal touch :).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY button & ribbon table garlands + DIY button decorate yarn balls & glitter button centerpieces
  • Button topped cupcakes, simple button decorated utensils & ribbon wrapped drink dispenser
  • ‘Hannahloopsy’ birthday cake with fondant sewing details & button topper + Lalaloopsy birthday shirt
  • Pin the Owl on Lalaloopsy game + Lalaloopsy doll & lunch box party favors

lalaloopsy birthday party dessert table decor and food ideas

lalaloopsy birthday cake

DIY lalaloopsy piñata


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Cute as a Cupcake Girly Sweets Party

cute as a cupcake party dessert table

We have been so busy lately working on a party, which of course means tons of baking. I didn’t think I’d be able to look at one more cupcake, until this delicious party came along! Amy Grout of SmashCake & Co. enlisted the help of her always adorable girls to create this Cute as a Cupcake Girly Sweets Party! With pretty pastels and picture perfect treats, this party serves as a great reminder to celebrate the sweeter things in life (family, friends and cupcakes) ;)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cupcake cookies & matching strawberry topped cupcakes + sprinkle rimmed milk glasses
  • Yellow polka dotted patterned paper table runner + hanging tissue poms & pom decorated chair backs
  • Giant swirl frosted ‘cupcake’ cake, mini cupcake topped cake pops & meringue topped yogurt parfaits

cute as a cupcake birthday party ideas

giant cupcake birthday cake

cupcake cookie for a party


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Modern Rainbow Art Studio Birthday Party

rainbow painting birthday party art studio

Painting parties don’t always have to be messy (though some kids might disagree with that statement)! Monica Thomas of Discovery Lab styled everything while Cristina Gagliano of Studio Four 13 Photography photographed this wonderfully Modern Rainbow Art Studio Birthday Party for little Bella’s birthday. I love all of the clean lines of the set-up contrasted with the bright, rainbow colored flowers, decor & desserts. And seriously, those dessert could not have been done more perfectly — possibly one of the best rainbow layer cakes I’ve ever seen!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chocolate dipped rice krispie treat paint brushes + a rainbow layered birthday cake ‘masterpiece’
  • ‘Bella’ painted paint can garland + lots of frames & art supplies as decor & for the photo booth
  • Rainbow paint palette cookies + rainbow cupcakes, cake pops & pantone cookies on palettes
  • Felt flower decorated aprons + a My Little Pony painting activity

rainbow paint palette cookies and cake balls

rainbow layer birthday cake

rainbow art painting birthday party activities and favors


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Fall-Inspired Vintage Back to School Celebration

kids back to school party

With the start of a new school year, a great way to get the kids excited for their new classes, teachers & of course, back to school shopping, is to throw a little surprise party for them! Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties and Candace Miller from Lillypaul Designs get an A+ for their cleverly styled Fall-Inspired Vintage Back to School Celebration! I love the old schoolhouse in the background & the school subject inspired dessert table sections (especially the ‘cafeteria’ lunches). Parents everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief that summer “boredom” is now over ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– School themed joke cards & encouraging words for school lunches + ‘explore’ & ‘learn’ themed party flags
– A world map dessert table backdrop + metallic globe cookies & vintage globe decor
– Number 2 pencil candy skewers, addition & subtraction flashcard cookies & ‘molecule’ sixlet test tubes
– Vintage books, red apples, wooden crates & rag tie bunting + a vintage school desk bench

school themed party desserts

back to school cookies

school themed party flags and sayings


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Nijntje aka Miffy Themed First Birthday Party

Nijntje Miffy themed first birthday cake

Although you never need an explanation for why you styled a party after an adorable bunny rabbit, Rena Tan of Sugarena :: Candy Buffet Stylist explains that Nijntje (more popularly known as Miffy) is to the Dutch what Hello Kitty is to the Japanese. So when a Dutch friend of hers wanted to include Miffy in her son’s first birthday, Rena jumped at the chance to create this Nijntje aka Miffy Themed First Birthday Party! Filled with minimalist style animations, primary colors & sweet white rabbits throughout, this party is sure to have Miffy fans worldwide swooning!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Miffy topped garden cupcakes + a birthday cake with Miffy floating in a balloon basket
  • Custom Miffy backdrop & candy bar wrappers + Miffy stories themed food & candy jar labels
  • Large stuffed Miffys & Miffy printed balloons + bright balloon clusters & colored wooden blocks

Nijntje Miffy party supplies

Nijntje Miffy themed dessert table

first birthday wooden blocks sign


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Up, Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Birthday

hot air balloon dessert table

This Up, Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Birthday will make you feel like you’re floating among the clouds! Bruna Sanches, the amazing photographer of Simply Lace Photography, had this theme picked out months before her son’s first birthday, so with all that planning time, it’s no wonder this party turned out beautifully! I absolutely love the hanging mini hot air balloon backdrop — adds such a fun touch of whimsy! And of course, the larger hot air balloon basket is just too adorable for words, especially when the mini pilot is included! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Vintage pilot helmet & goggles for the birthday boy + world globes, vintage suitcases & toy airplanes
  • DIY first year photo display & a hand-built lemonade stand with fresh squeezed mint lemonade
  • A hot air balloon birthday cake with mini bunting topper + cloud & hot air balloon cookie pops

hot air balloon first birthday party

hot air balloon birthday cake

hot air balloon birthday party invitation


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“Ahoy it’s a Boy” Preppy Nautical Baby Shower

nautical baby shower dessert table

Welcome aboard this fun “Ahoy it’s a Boy” Preppy Nautical Baby Shower that Krista O’Byrne of Hoopla Events styled for her good friend, Joanna and her family’s newest crew member, baby Max! With a beautiful woodland backdrop, sea-faring decor like drift wood and seashells, and clean navy & white tablescapes, this party is the perfect example of smooth sailing ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Anchor & sailboat cookies, sparkly cake pops, sprinkle rimmed cupcakes + blueberry & yogurt parfaits
  • Sailboat & anchor painting centerpieces & utensils tied with sailor’s rope + a hanging lifesaver
  • Onesie garland with onesies for every month + “Baby Boy” party flags & a sailboat pillow for his nursery
  • A mimosa bar + mini jam jar party favors displayed in the cutest wooden boat

nautical baby shower invitation

baby shower mimosa bar

ahoy it's a boy baby shower


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A Fabulous Flamingo First Birthday Pool Party

flamingo first birthday party

Is everyone else loving flamingos as much as we are?! I love the tropical, bright vibe they give a party! Kelly Catron of Gigi Noelle Events styled her daughter’s Fabulous Flamingo First Birthday Pool Party with summery details, ocean inspired decor and of course, tons of bright pink! Looking for even more flamingo party inspiration? Check out these other fabulous parties here, here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A blue ruffled birthday cake with pink ombre layers + a blue frosted smash cupcake with pink ‘1’ candle
  • First year chalkboard sign & photo garlands + rainbow pinwheel & pink flower centerpieces
  • A mini party hat, multi-colored tutu & blue polka dotted bathing suit for the birthday girl
  • Flamingo & pinwheel straws for the tropical punch + pink popcorn & blue cotton candy party favors

first birthday party chalkboard sign

tropical flamingo party drinks and straws

pink pinwheel floral centerpiece


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Tropical Flamingo First Birthday Bash {Budget Friendly!}

tropical flamingo first birthday party invitation and tablescape

Right on trend, Kristen Cambridge of Kristen Cambridge Designs styled this darling Tropical Flamingo First Birthday Bash with a bunch of great, budget-friendly ideas that can be used in all kinds of parties! I love the preppy, feminine look of everything, especially knowing how creative Kristen was to keep everything affordable and still so stylish! That is definitely my kind of party :). And clearly, the birthday girl was totally tickled pink as well.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Flamingo topped centerpieces with pink carnations & lemons + marquee sign & preppy photo booth props
  • DIY pink flamingo cupcakes with chocolate bar ‘beaks’ + pink sangria & watermelon feta bites
  • Sweet pink & yellow high chair & a flamingo topped polka dotted smash cake
  • Adorable ruffled feathers flamingo birthday shirt & a kiddy pool filled with pink rubber duckies flamingos

tropical flamingo pineapple party decor and pink flamingo cupcakes

first birthday party marquee sign

pink flamingo floral centerpieces


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Adorable “Soaring High” Airplane Birthday Party

airplane topped clouds birthday cake

Seat belts, check! Landing gear, check! Party hats, check! This little birthday boy is ready for takeoff! Jennifer Yun of MayDetails Studio whipped up this Adorable “Soaring High” Airplane Birthday Party for her son. I love the bright color palette, map details & custom printables with a picture of the birthday boy in the pilot’s seat! This party is such a great example of how printables can take something from good to ‘Wow!’

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • White balloon ‘clouds,’ hanging paper airplanes & map backdrop + decorative suitcases
  • Airplane silhouette topped cloud birthday cake + mini map rosette topped chocolate peanut butter cupcakes
  • In flight peanut bags, ‘jet fuel’ drinks & chocolate chip cookie box party favors

high flying airplane birthday party dessert table

airplane party snack and food ideas

red, orange and blue airplane birthday party decor ideas


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