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Marbled Baby Shower Balloon Weights + Centerpiece

Marbled Baby Shower Balloon Weights & Centerpiece Idea

I’m totally smitten with the marbled trend that’s popping up all over the party space these days – from marbled balloons & mugs to paper plates & napkins – and felt inspired to use this look as a fun spin on a baby shower!

So… what I have for you today is a fun Marbled Baby Shower Balloon Weights project that coordinates perfectly with store-bought marbled balloons. This combo looks super cute lined up in groups of 3-5 as a high-impact (and low cost!) party table centerpiece, but you can also use them individually as playful decor anywhere your baby shower needs a fun *POP*. ;)

The baby bottles used here are actually plastic favor containers, so they’re inexpensive – and you’ll also want to go the inexpensive route on your nail polish and craft paint here, since these materials get used up quickly. Let’s just say that dollar bins are your friend with this project! This concept is super versatile, too, so feel free to mix things up with your own favorite color palette.

DIY Marbled Baby Bottle Balloon Weights

Balloon Weight Materials

MATERIALS:

baby bottle favor containers
– white acrylic craft paint
– gold spray paint
– nail polish
– disposable tin
– bamboo skewers
– paper towels & paper plates
– nail polish remover + cotton pads (not pictured)
– dry rice or sand for “filler” weight (not pictured) (more…)

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A Vibrant & Colorful Kentucky Derby Garden Party

Kentucky Derby Horse Decoration with Flower Wreath

YOU GUYS. How is it already the first week of May… and in other works Kentucky Derby Party time?! This is the first year in a long time that I haven’t created a brand new Derby theme myself, but luckily Sarah Knepp of Sarah Sofia Productions did and sent it our way, so I still have bunch of beautiful eye candy to share with you today!

This colorful Kentucky Derby Garden Party boasts a gorgeous color palette, painted succulents, flirty dresses, and playful “Cheers Y’all!” mason jar drinks. Let’s be real, I love anything that has “fun signature drink” written all over it, especially when it’s literal. ;)

Another thing that’s definitely in the Winner’s Circle as far as party atmosphere goes… the venue! You can’t beat rustic stables, outdoor seating at the ranch, and beautiful horses wandering around this soirée. And for those of us that can’t experience that part in person (sigh) – at least those things WILL  be all over our screens come this Saturday. So get the mint juleps (or mint julep cupcakes) ready!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Peach Mint Juleps served in playful “Cheers Y’all” mason jars
– Contemporary horse head statue enveloped in a gorgeous spring floral wreath
– Fab designer hats and LaRoque dresses in a coordinated party palette. ;)
– Spraypainted horse and jockey figurines + beautiful live horses on the premises!
– Handprinted bow tie, Derby hat, and horseshoe cookies from Edible Art Cake Shop

Kentucky Derby Garden Party Style - Hats, Dresses, and Invitation

Kentucky Derby Lunch Table

Handpainted Horseshoe Cookies

Derby Drink Station on a Barrel (more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Giant Marble Balloon Flowers for Mom

Marbled Balloon Flowers for Mother's Day - DIY Tutorial

I’m excited to share this fun Mother’s Day idea with you today! Flowers are always a staple for mom, of course, but I thought it would be fun to try something a little outside the box this year and make giant flowers out of balloons… and more specifically out of multi-color MARBLE balloons!

These colorful balloons are one of my newest party decor obsessions. Just take a quick peek at them and I think you’ll understand why… so pretty, right?! ;) You can find them at craft or party supply shops, both in-store and online. Read on for details on how to turn them into unique “petals” for giant balloon flowers (it’s easy!) + download my free printables to customize the flowers especially for mom. They make for a very creative Mother’s Day gift idea or high-impact table centerpiece!

Marbled Balloon Flowers - DIY Materials

MATERIALS:

– 12” multicolor marble balloons
– yellow water balloon (or 5” balloon) for flower center
Balloon Time Helium Tank
– string
3D glue dots, tape, scissors
printable Mother’s Day Leaves (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Using your Balloon Time tank, fill up 4 marble balloons to approximately 9-10” size and tie short strings to each one. (Don’t overfill them or the flower “petals” can get a little too crowded.)

Marbled Balloons - Red Yellow Blue

Tip: Tape the balloon strings to your work surface to keep the balloons from floating away. :) (more…)

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“Mom Magic” Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas + Free Unicorn Printables!

Unicorn Centerpiece with Mother's Day Quote

Hi Friends! Mother’s Day is right around the corner already, and I felt inspired to dream up some mom’s day ideas for you this year that felt fresh and fun and a little outside the box

As someone that’s been designing and featuring celebrations for more than a decade, I’ve definitely seen my fair share of Mother’s Day themes inspired by tea, coffee, and all things that grow in a garden – and there have been some truly gorgeous ones!

However, I’m a mom myself, and personally I like other stuff too… like unicorns, and stars, and magical things… but especially UNICORNS. How about you? ;)

Mother's Day Brunch Table Ideas and Free Printables

And speaking of magic, I feel like that’s also something that comes with the territory of being a mom – you know what I mean? Whether it’s a comforting hug, a “cheer up” shopping trip, or knowing just the right thing to fix a tricky situation, every kid needs a little “mom magic” from time to time.

SO… that sentiment is exactly what inspired this “Mom Magic” Mother’s Day design, which is full of bright colors, whimsical details, and lots of free printables, which you can download below!

This is a fun way to say thank you and celebrate the “mom magic” in your own life, or to shower some fellow mamas with love and appreciation. In other words… an excuse for some girlfriend time! ;)

Magic Muffins for Mother's Day + Unicorn Plush

This post is also brought to you by Krusteaz, who I’ve worked with as a brand ambassador for a couple years now. I used their Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix to make the “Mom Magic” Muffins pictured here, which are just about as easy and tasty as it gets! Just bake the muffins according to the directions on the box (water is all you need to add!), then garnish with edible star sprinkles. Paper toppers make for a sweet finishing touch.

Free Printable Mother's Day Banner and DIY Chair Cover

Decorating a “guest of honor” chair is one of my favorite things to do… and since you only have to decorate one you can get pretty creative with it! This “chair cover” is actually made from an inexpensive curtain panel I bought at Target. (It was also used to make the “table runner” and muffin basket liner.) I just cut the fabric to size for the chair, folded it over the back, and used 3D glue dots to secure the edges.

You can download the “Reserved for the World’s best MOM” banner below. :) (more…)

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Insanely Good Cinnamon, Blueberry & Peach Cobbler

Cinnamon Peach Blueberry Cobbler - Super Easy and Crazy Good!

Hi Friends! If you’re looking for a crazy-good and ridiculously easy dessert recipe to wow your friends/family – you are going to LOVE this Cinnamon, Blueberry & Peach “Cobbler! (It’s also very similar to a “dump cake” if you’ve ever made one of those.)

This is one of those instances where I had a hard time capturing a photo that looked as good as this tastes, but I promise I won’t steer you wrong here… my own family is full of great cooks and therefore hard to impress sometimes – especially when it comes to short-cut recipes! – but they absolutely licked the plate over this. ;)

For this recipe you’ll need 1 box of Krusteaz Cinnamon Swirl Crumb Cake & Muffin Mix + butter, peaches, and blueberries. Click here for the full recipe over on the Krusteaz site. Hope your friends & family love it as much as mine do!

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Pink & Black Geometric 14th Birthday Party

Geometric Teen Birthday Party - Pink Black Silver

My friend Abigail from Paper and Cake created this awesome Pink & Black Geometric Party for her daughter’s 14th birthday this year, and it looks like a blast! I mean……… BFFs, stylish patterns, pink & black treats, a personalized iPhone case, and a nod to Instagram – what could BE more perfect for a 14 year old, right?! ;)

It’s been so fun to see how Autumn’s birthdays have changed through the years… we also featured her 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th! The parties may be getting a little more “grown up” in theme – but one thing that’s never changed is Abigail’s incredible sense of party style. Read on and check it out for yourself!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Whimsical dessert table backdrop featuring pennant banners, tassels, paper straws, & beads!
– Modern geometric faux piñata handmade by reBellista (LOVE this!)
– Candyfetti™ party favors  + by Sweets Indeed + extra Candyfetti sprinkled on the popcorn
– Marbled cake pops and chocolate covered Oreos by Bella’s Bakery and Bowtique

Marbled and Geometric Oreo Cookies

Geometric Pinata Decoration

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Tutti Frutti Baby Shower Ideas & Inspiration

Tutti Fruitti Baby Shower Ideas 1

What’s colorful, fresh, and adorable all over? A Tutti Frutti Baby Shower theme!

I was recently asked to participate in a fun Oh Baby! Shower Series over at 4moms by sharing tips and ideas on one of my own favorite baby shower themes. I’m not sure if it’s the imminence of spring or my year-round obsession with all things watermelon and pineapple, but I was feeling especially inspired by fruit! And since my personal design palette tends to lean contemporary, I also gave this fruit-bedecked baby shower a modern twist with the addition of geometric patterns and bold pops of black and white.

SO… here we go with some deliciously colorful and *tasty* party ideas, starting with the image up top:

Make a simple, yet super cute Pineapple Cake from Coco Cakeland and decorate with DIY Fruit Slice Balloons from Studio DIY.

Little Tutti Fruitti Monthly Stickers would make a great themed gift for mom-to-be, of course, but I’d also recommend picking up an extra set to use as decorations for charger plates or vases, or even to use as clever “drink markers” for glassware!

Hang this Pineapple Baby Onesie/Costume for guests to ooh and ahh over, then gift it to mom for photo opps later!

Deck out the buffet with cute patterned partyware like these Triangle Confetti Plates, Scalloped Pinwheel Plates, and Black Stripe Wood Utensils.

Make a playful OH BABY topper to add to your pineapple cake using this clever Clay Letters Cake Topper tutorial from Minted.

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DIY Party Animal Plates + Banner (Free Printables!)

Party Animal Elephant Plates from HWTM

I’ve had quite a few inquiries about the DIY plate liners from my daughter’s Party Animal Birthday Party, so……. here ya go! I edited the designs (elephant, fox, bunny, and rhino) to just say “Happy Birthday” at the bottom so they can work for everyone, and included 2 versions so that you can use them with 2 different shapes of plates:

The 7″ plate liners are the version that I used for this party, and they are shaped to fit the 10.25″ clear plastic plates from Michaels. They have a slight bow to the edges, so you’ll need to use scissors to cut them out.

The 6″ plate liners are shaped to fit the 10″ clear plastic plates from Party City. The have straight edges so you can use a paper cutter or X-acto knife to cut them out.

You’ll also need spray adhesive for this project – see full instructions in my party plates tutorial.

Party Animal Printable Banner - Rhino and Fox

You can also download the coordinating Party Animal Banner! The banner file includes YAY! letter panels + 4 different animal panels that can be used as endcaps with the letter panels or on their own.

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How to Make Teepee Cake Pops – A DIY Tutorial

How to make Teepee Cake Pops - DIY Tutorial

I’m so excited to share this fun (and very DO-ABLE!) cake pop tutorial with you today. I mean seriously, how cute are these little edible teepees, which are cleverly embellished with pieces of fruit leather and pretzel sticks…

DIY Teepee Cake Pops Tutorial

This tutorial was created by my friend and fellow San Diegan, Kris Galicia Brown. She’s an expert custom cake pop maker with a keen eye for detail, as demonstrated in her fabulous book, Pop Art: Decorating and Shaping Custom Cake Pops.

Kris also recently launched a new Craftsy eClass: Enjoy Party-Perfect Cake Pops – which is such a great way to get started with making SHAPED cake pops of your own! There’s SO much fun to be had beyond the basic circle. ;)

Online Cake Pop Class by Kris Galicia Brown

She really breaks the cake pop making process down in an approachable manner, from teaching you how to make cake pop dough with the perfect consistency to various shaping, dipping, and decorating techniques. Click here to check out the class in more detail and get 25% off!

And now… onto the teepee tutorial!


PARTY DIY: TEEPEE CAKE POP TUTORIAL
by Kris Galicia Brown

Teepee cake pops are the perfect accompaniment to any camping, glamping or boho themed parties. Make and decorate them for the dessert table,hand them out as a party favor, or another fantastic idea is to make them a DIY party activity– a blank canvas for your party guests to decorate as they wish using fruit leather or fruit tape! (more…)

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Fairytale Forest Baby Shower {Operation Shower Event – Part 1}

fairytale forest operation shower event recap

Once upon a time, just shy of a year ago, there was a sparkly, magical baby shower in San Clemente, CA for more than 70 expectant military moms…

I had the honor of designing the party theme and paper collection for this Operation Shower “Fairytale Forest” event, but it took a village of generous and talented vendors, sponsors, & volunteers to bring it to life!

For some reason I seem to have the hardest time getting around to posting about the personal projects I especially love, because I dream about finding a giant chunk of time to sit down and explain the story in perfect detail and get everything “just right”.

Well… I’ve finally accepted that there’s always, always, always something else ready to fill that elusive chunk of time – and usually little ones yelling in the background even when I do find it! – so I’m going to finally share this near-and-dear project with you guys today in the way I love best anyways… PICTURES! And lots of ’em. ;)  These images were beautifully captured by Maria Healey Photography, and here are a few of my favorite creative details to keep an eye out for while you browse them:

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Boatloads of giant crepe paper flowers handmade by Tania Fischer
– Mom & Baby Deer “Forest” Centerpiece with wooden deer cut-outs by Ten23 Designs
– Manzanita “Tree” Centerpiece with paper leaves, moss balls, pink blooms, & itty-bitty gold pacifiers
– DIY butterfly chandeliers hanging overhead + giant wood deer & bear cutouts from Happen
– Stunning floral arrangements by Heavenly Blooms + chairs decorated with faux petals & paper flowers
– Sparkly sequin linens from La Tavola + glittery green frames for themed 4×6 signs

fairytale forest operation shower event recap

*Special shout-out to event emcee Holly Robinson Peete!* She was so warm, gracious, funny, and genuinely engaged…. I don’t think there could’ve been a better fit for a host!

fairytale forest operation shower event recap

fairytale forest operation shower event recap

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A Wacky & Wild Animal Birthday Party!

Wild Child Birthday Party - animals wearing party hats

My youngest daughter turned 4 in December… her birthday is on the 16th, which basically means right smack in the middle of the craziest time of year for almost everyone I know, including myself. ;) We decided to have a small, playdate style get-together with her 3 preschool besties and their big sisters (and her own big sis, of course!). Since Rylie loves animals, acting silly, and anything girlie, we hosted a Wacky Wild Animal Party filled with bright colors, sparkly pom poms, and cute animals wearing party hats!

My birthday is 2 days before Rylie’s, so my mom (aka Grandma) got an extra-awesome gift/activity for the party to treat us both! A trainer from Wild Wonders  – an animal education facility just outside San Diego – brought over of the coolest little “party crashers” you ever did see… scroll down for a closer peek! ;)

Party Animal Birthday Banner and Chinchilla

Wild Child Birthday Kids Table and Balloons

I designed some funky party animal plates for the birthday table that featured a rhino, elephant, fox, and bunny. Why is it so fun to give animals party hats and cheeky glasses?!

Party Animal Plates

I often make my own party plates (see the tutorial here), but this is the first time I used the plastic plates from Michaels. These were a little more time consuming since you have to hand-cut the paper designs – the plate edges are slightly rounded so you can’t use a paper cutter – but the quality of the plates is good and overall they worked well!

Colorful beads and mini plastic animal figurines made for a fun bracelet and necklace making activity… (more…)

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Vibrant & Girly Fishing Birthday Party {Row with Beau}

girly fishing birthday party

Let’s row, row, Row with Beau! Loriann of Wife Of The Party, celebrated her adorable daughter’s third birthday with a Girly Fishing-Inspired Birthday Party featuring a vibrant color palette & boatloads of whimsical florals and treats! She brought a fabulous team of vendors on board, like Auntie Apple who made the cutest little fishy cookies you ever did see and Paper Crew with their simply sweet printed signs. Scroll on down to see all the BEAU-tiful party details and ideas below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink and blue origami boat place cards + playful watercolor stripe table linens
– Greenery tablescape canopy with hanging hooks, fishing poles & dreamy floating candles
– Whimsical floral arrangements (in assorted white vases) from Shawna Yamamoto
– Super cute mini boat photobooth, pink “3” pinata and a Build Your Own “Banana BEAU-t” sundae station
– Colorful brushstroke cake from Merengue Bakery + white boats with flowers and hanging fish cookies

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Favorite Things GALentine’s Day Party + “Blessing Bags”

GALentine's Day Party - Girlfriends Valentine's Day

Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting so many incredible women at BASH 2016 (a party/event planning + blogging conference), one of whom was Chandice Probst from Gluten Free Frenzy. Chandice immediately told me all about this fun idea she had that mixed a “Favorite Things” inspired Valentine’s Day party with an easy way to give back to those who could really use some extra love, and I immediately knew this was a girl after my own heart!

Let’s see… an excuse to get the girls together (with french fries and chocolate) PLUS a bit of that pay-it-forward magic that lasts far beyond the party? Yes, please!

So, she promised to send in pics after her party, and I promised to share the story, in hopes that others might find this idea inspiring too and add a similar “Blessing Bags” type of activity to one of their parties. What do you think? ;) Chandice explains all about the Blessing Bags (which were given to local homeless people) in her party details below, so I encourage you to scroll down and check it out. There’s lots of fun eye candy to take in along the way!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Fries Before Guys” French Fry Station with add-your-own toppings
– Simple & sweet Valentine’s Day dessert station with open-frame pink heart backdrop
– Blessing Bags table/station (with the cutest little helper you ever!)
– “Kiss Kards” station for making your own sweetheart cards

Valentine's Day Party - Blessing Bags Station

Pink and Red Valentine's Day Dessert Station

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Sparkly & Chic “Twinkle Sprinkle” Baby Shower

twinkle sprinkle baby shower

For her sister with baby #2 on the way, Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs hosted a “sprinkle” rather than a full-on shower because Nicole wasn’t sure about even having one! I love what Jenny wrote about it, though: “I am a huge believer that every baby should be celebrated. Plus, I’m always looking for a reason to host a party!” Now there’s a girl after my own heart! ;)

Nicole’s all-white-with-pops-of-metallic “Twinkle Sprinkle” Baby Shower is dusted with shimmery stars, sweet treats and whimsically worded signs that play off the classic lullaby. And, if you’re wondering what her first “full” baby shower was like, I shared it back in 2013! Check it out here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold star painted macarons from Sweet and Saucy + “Little Star” cookies from Bambella
– All white peony and garden rose centerpieces and custom silver script star-studded place cards
– “How we wonder who you are” baby name suggestions and Wishes for Mommy-to-be activity
– Metallic “TWINKLE” and star shaped balloons + gold star garlands
– White ruffle table linen and napkins with gold Chivari chairs and matching chargers

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Festive Mardi Gras Party Balloons (DIY Tutorial)

DIY Mardi Gras Balloon Decorations

I’m so excited to share this fun balloon DIY with you… especially since Fat Tuesday is exactly one week from TODAY! These Mardi Gras Balloons are playful and festive – just like anything Mardi-related should be – but they’re also surprisingly quick and simple to create.

My initial idea was to focus on a bouquet of gold “paint-dipped” balloons with colorful feather tassels, but I couldn’t resist the idea of getting some Mardi Gras masks in there too… so I ended up with 2 versions of balloons: one with printable masks and one with the “gold-dipped” effect + glittery gold words. I think the design variety makes the balloon bunch feel even more festive, and they ALL have the feather tassels to help tie everything together. ;)

Read on to see the full DIY and download the printable Mardi Gras masks!

DIY Mardi Gras Mask Balloons

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Football Pop Art Party Ideas + Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks

Pop Art Football Party Ideas

Just like many of you out there, football season is a big deal in our household! And as much as I love dreaming up creative football party inspiration and hosting game day get-togethers at home, I’ll admit that things can start to feel a bit redundant sometimes. I mean, there are only so many ways to recreate “football laces” on your food and cover everything in grass green and yard lines, right?

SO…. for my final Coca-Cola and NABISCO Home Bowl post, I thought it would be fun to try out something totally different. Instead of the standard green, white, and brown football party palette, this one’s filled with bright, bold colors that POP!

It’s also filled with playful Pop Art Inspired Football Ideas – including free printables, an easy tutorial for DIY drink coasters, and a tasty recipe for Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks that are so YUMMY you’ll forget you’re eating veggies. ;)

Free Printables - Football Pop Art Sign & Sauce Labels

The zucchini sticks are rolled in a mixture of crushed TRISCUIT Crackers, cheese, and garlic before baking, and served with a trio of dipping sauces that I dubbed Red Zone, Blitz, and Regulation Ranch, which I will further explain below!

DIY Tile Coasters Tutorial - Pop Art Football Design

Read on for full details on how to recreate everything pictured above, starting with the zucchini recipe… (more…)

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Glamorous Pink “Tiaras & Tutus” Baby Shower

tiaras and tutus baby shower

I have a soft spot for glitzy baby showers with spectacular crafted elements (i.e. tutu embellished chairbacks and floral centerpieces!), so of course I had to share this Pink “Tiaras & Tutus” Baby Shower with you! As owner of Distinct Event Planning Lucretia started dreaming up her own shower, while her besties rounded out all the pretty-in-pink details. From the glam invitations by Alternative Hitches to the bold baby bottle decorations, see all the “princess perfect” ideas from Lucretia and her amazing tutu-clad squad below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Jumbo baby bottle centerpieces with custom crafted princess crown and tutu embellishments
– Silver sequin table linens, pink chargers & yellow satin napkins with mini crown napkin rings
– Pretty pink tulle tutu for mommy-to-be + (moving!) professional ballerina performance
– Crystal tiara-topped cupcakes + dipped and drizzled princess pretzels

tiaras and tutus baby shower

tiaras and tutus baby shower

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Football Referee-Inspired Pudding Pops | #HomeBowlHero

Football Referee Inspired OREO Pudding Pops

Earlier this month, I shared a couple savory recipes for game day that were geared especially for all the bacon lovers out there, so now it’s time to talk about something SWEET. And let’s also make it nice and chocolate-y while we’re at it, shall we?!

These Layered OREO Pudding Pops were inspired by the bold stripes on football referee jerseys. They’re fun to make and simple enough for the kids to help with too! You might notice that the stripes aren’t perfect… and that’s okay, because neither are we. ;) These treats are all about scoring big on taste while giving a playful nod to the most popular sport in America, with their high contrast stripes & vibrant penalty-flag-yellow sticks. Read on for all the tasty details…

Game Day Referee Pudding Pops + Football Printables

P.S. This recipe is part of my current partnership with the Coca-Cola and NABISCO Home Bowl. Look for the Home Bowl in your local grocery store, or visit them online here for TONS of creative, game day party ideas! You can also enter for your chance to win one of two $400 Home Bowl Hero Prize Packs that I’ll be giving away soon! (Full contest details here.) (more…)

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Football Referee Beverage Tub + Helmet Bottle Toppers

DIY Football Referee Beverage Tub + Bottles with Mini Helmets

If you’re looking for a fun way to deck out your game day drink station, I’ve got just the thing! This Football Referee-Inspired Beverage Bucket is super easy to create using removable white and yellow duct tape, which means no mess or waiting for paint to dry PLUS your party tub stays in tact for future (non game day) use too. Win-win!

And since this fun DIY is part of my partnership with the Coca-Cola and NABISCO Home Bowl this year, I couldn’t resist filling the tub with Coca-Cola bottles that came to play. ;) Get full details on these mini bottle helmets – that can double as a door prize game! – plus instructions for the beverage bucket below.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out our $400 Home Bowl Prize Pack Giveaway that’s going on right now too! I’ll be picking 2 winners next week. More info on the #HomeBowlHeroContest can be found here.

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{Game Day} Peanut Butter & Chocolate “Pigskin” Pies

Game Day Dessert Recipe - Football Hand Pies

If you love cute food – and SWEETS – as much as I do, then this one’s for you, my friend! These game day inspired Peanut Butter & Chocolate “Pigskin” Pies are sure to be a hit with fans of all ages at your next game day get-together. I filled them with chopped Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups here, but you can really use any type of pie filling that you (or the party guest of honor) especially loves!

The “secret weapon” in this recipe is a tinted egg wash that makes the perfectly baked pie crusts turn a darker shade of brown. It also makes the (untinted pie crust) “football laces” pop!  Click here for the full recipe over on Krusteaz.com. (more…)

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GIVEAWAY: Party Box by Eden Celebrations {$295 value!}

Star Wars Party in a Box - Eden Celebrations

As someone that eats, sleeps, and dreams parties, I often find myself asking people the following question: “What would make your life easier/more fun when it comes to planning parties?”

The answer is almost always along the lines of “someone to make it easier for me!” or “someone to put it together for me!”. This is one of the reasons I’m super excited to tell you about this fun Party Box Giveaway and introduce you to the company that’s bringing it your way…

Lily Ng founded Eden Celebrations with the goal of minimizing some of the stress that comes with tracking down all those pretty little details that really do bring a beautiful party together. Their “party boxes” are well thought out, curated collections of chic party supplies that arrive all packaged up and ready to go in a beautiful keepsake box. For their customers, that means way less time spent shopping/surfing around and more time spent doing other things… like celebrating! ;)

And for one lucky HWTM reader, it also means a very nice boost to the party budget, because Lily is giving away a Party Box in the winner’s choice of theme! Enter to win at the bottom of this post. And ALL readers will also receive 10% off with the discount code HWTM10.

There are currently 4 signature themes, 2 of which are especially versatile (Pink Ombre and Tuxedo) and could be used for anything from baby and bridal showers to birthdays parties of all ages. And of course, Valentine’s Day is coming up quick!

Pink Ombre Party in a Box - Eden Celebrations

Pink Ombre Party in a Box - Eden Celebrations

Next up is a closer peek at the Tuxedo Party Box… which is actually my personal fav! The chic black, gold, and white combo serves as a great foundation for so. many. themes… just add bubbly for a champagne inspired bridal shower or glittery gold animals for a glam safari first birthday! See? Sky’s the limit! ;) (more…)

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Gorgeous Boho Chic Baby Shower (with a hint of Glam!)

waterfront-shower-venue

The weather may be cold outside on this mid-January day, but we’re bringing you a sweet dose of sunshine with this stunning Boho Chic Baby Shower! Jeanette Quintero of Candy Crush Shop styled the gorgeous, waterside event with the help & expertise of Petite Pomme Design. I am especially loving all of the custom made decor, like the beautiful floral invitation & chalkboard signs, yarn dream catchers & looms, plus so SO much more. Scroll through to see all of the stunning details and check out a video of the event here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful waterfront venue & teepee lounge area + sequin tablecloths topped with gold animals
– Wooden photo board with eucalyptus wreath alongside a carnation-studded photo booth netting
– Feather & flower decorated cake pops, teepee cookies & flower adorned naked cake
– “Adventure Awaits” plant calligraphy & floral crown for mom + custom baby moccasins
– Fabulous yarn and feather bedecked “Baby Luca” dessert table backdrop

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DIY “Football Pass Play” Inspired Balloon Backdrop

DIY Football Diagram Balloon Backdrop Tutorial

During a recent football party brainstorming session, my husband and I came up with this fun idea for creating a giant Football Play Inspired Wall Backdrop made out of mylar balloon X’s and O’s!

I used the small 7″ mylar balloons and 8-player teams for this diagram to keep the design reasonably sized for a house party, but am already thinking it would be pretty darn cool to recreate this on a HUGE scale for a large event using the 16″ balloon letters too!

This backdrop would work well as a themed photo booth or behind a football party food/drink table, and the key elements are nice and simple: black fabric (I used an inexpensive shower curtain from Target), small letter balloons, and white label tape used to “draw” the “route” arrows & divider line. The diagram is flanked with two 18″ mylar football balloons filled with Balloon Time helium, who I partnered with to bring you this fun DIY!

Read on for full details and instructions below…

Football Party Backdrop made from mini mylar balloons

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Glittery “California Wildlife” Inspired Girls Birthday

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Eagles and deer and bears and… GLITTER! With Lucinda & Juliet of The COOP, there’s no limit to their creative party ideas and executions. For Vivi’s 6th birthday party, they went WILD and designed a Glittery “California Wildlife” Inspired Birthday filled with bold patterns, sparkly animal & glam decorations.

The sparkly elephant and owl figurines, DIY animal stamped favor bags and charming handmade ribbon details will surely thrill an animal-lovin’ lady in your life!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Mini succulents in gold glitter trim pots + sparkly berry baskets and vases with bright pink florals
  • Fondant bear paw print cupcake toppers and a party theme matching cake from Blue Cupcake
  • Geometric plates and napkins on white furry table runners with gold glittered animal figurines
  • Cute and custom blue chevron water bottle wrappers with a “V” for Vivi design
  • Multicolor ribbon garland chairbacks and snack table backdrop + textured burlap party banners

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Coke-Soaked Bacon Recipes for Game Day + $400 “Home Bowl” Prize Pack Giveaway

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***Please note that the contest portion of this post closed on 1/26/16. Scroll to the bottom for winner info!***

When it comes to celebrating the big game, the first thing most people think of is the football, of course, but a very close second is…. THE FOOD! And I’m guessing that order may even be in reverse for a few hungry souls. ;) That’s why I’m excited to be teaming up with the Coca-Cola & NABISCO Home Bowl this year to bring you some tasty recipe ideas for your game day menu!

BTW – if you’re not familiar with the Home Bowl yet, it’s a lineup of tasty game day party food & drinks that can be found at retailers nationwide right now. You can learn more about it here.

Bring on the BACON (appetizers!)
Bacon is always a crowd-pleaser in our circle, so we’ve utilized it quite a bit for various parties, including marinating it in Coca-Cola for a super tasty & slightly-caramelized twist!

And even though this Coke-Soaked Bacon is great on its own, Sonny & I thought it would be fun to incorporate it into a couple of our favorite bacon-y appetizers for game day this year. It added the perfect, subtle kick of sweetness to a Bacon Ranch Cheddar Football Cheese Ball and Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Coke-Soaked Bacon Recipes

The results were super delicious! Both my parents and my little ones gobbled both of these dishes up, and when loved ones of all ages like the same thing, you know what that means…. SCORE! ;)

Read on for details on both recipes AND a #HomeBowlHeroContest where TWO lucky winners will receive “Home Bowl” Party Prize Packs worth $400! (more…)

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Chic & Creative Chemistry-Inspired Bridal Shower

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With nearly a decade of sharing creative parties here at HWTM, we’ve seen our fair share of awesome chemistry-inspired birthday parties, but this is the first time a Chemistry Inspired Bridal Shower popped in my inbox, and I was instantly smitten!

This beautiful and outside-the-box celebration (for bride-to-be Adrienne) was hosted by loved ones and features clever decorative elements and lots of playful DIY decor, including the banner, guest games, table numbers, and more. The shower was sent in by Alaina Lewis – one of Adrienne’s friends and Maids of Honor that contributed to the shower, who explains that, “Though neither the bride nor groom are chemists professionally, they’re both self-declared nerds and the theme was a hit!” And from the looks of these images and all the happy guests, I’d venture to say that those positive results are conclusive! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– A “Concoct Your Own Bath Salts” favor station + keepsake serving tray “guest book”
– Erlenmeyer flask drinking glasses with blue stripey straws
– Test tube table centerpieces + periodic table inspired banners and table decor
– A clever DNA-inspired tier cake + glittery “Perfect Chemistry” topper!

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“Sprinkle Dot Fun” Rainbow Birthday Blast

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I am no stranger to the amazing parties that happen at LA-based party space the COOP, so when co-owner Lucinda sent over this “Sprinkle Dot Fun” Rainbow Birthday Blast, I knew it was going to be something really special — and boy, did she not disappoint! This party is absolutely exploding with DOTTED desserts and POPS of colorful confetti. It’s so hard to pick a favorite detail, but the candy dot marshmallows (handmade by Lucinda!) and the mini balloon drink stirrers are not to be missed. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Custom krazy straws & dipped rice krispie place settings + beautiful pink & purple floral centerpieces
– Easy stick-on rainbow dots & clear balloon ‘bubble’ backdrop + sewn streamers of rainbow dots
– Circle cut tissue paper covered bottles (topped with doughnuts), party hats & champagne flutes
– Rainbow confetti topped cakes + amazing candy filled, meringue topped ice cream cones
– Sugar rimmed kid-friendly martinis + large inflatable doughnut & confetti popper photo booth

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A Giving-Inspired Holiday Dinner Party | #GladtoGive

Free Printable Holiday Giving Quote (Anne Frank)

‘Tis the season for so many wonderful things, but GIVING is definitely at the top of the list! And whether it’s bringing joy to loved ones via special celebrations and thoughtful gifts, or donating time and resources to those that are in need, a desire to give is at the heart of all of these things.

That’s why I’m so happy be partnering with Glad® this month to help spread the word about their wonderful #GladtoGive initiative, which is all about inspiring the efforts of giving, as well as encouraging the sharing of that extra holiday food instead of wasting it!

And here’s a cool tidbit: when you share a picture of your holiday meal or leftovers with the hashtag #GladtoGive, Glad will donate $1 to Free The Children to provide a meal for those less fortunate. Imagine how many meals a simple social media share can provide when LOTS of people get involved!

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And speaking of coming together… if you’re hosting a a holiday get-together, asking your guests to bring a small donation is another great way to give back. Last week, Sonny and I hosted a holiday dinner party with a few good friends and asked each family to bring a gently worn or new coat to donate to One Warm Coat.

I’ll explain a little more about that below, but first let’s talk PARTY details for a bit while we’re on the subject, since this is HWTM after all! ;)

Holiday Party Guests

As I mentioned earlier, this was a small dinner party with a few good friends (3 other couples and their kids). The best thing about smaller get-togethers is that you get that really good conversation time with everyone, instead of trying to jump around for a few minutes between a zillion people. One of the families even brought their brand new 8-week-old puppy over! He was definitely the most popular guest of the night. ;)

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I was inspired by the giving theme to go with a “presents” sort of look for the table. I found the cutest rolls of gift wrap by Sugar Paper at Target and used those as a jumping off point for the table design… starting with cutting strips of paper to create a “gift wrapped” look for the chairs!

Holiday Party Chair Decorating Idea - Gift Inspired

Wrapping paper was also used as the “table runner” and layered on top of black and white striped fabric from Ikea. I used the printables from my Red & Gold Holiday Glitz collection as napkin rings, which you can download below for free!

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GAME ON! 5 Easy & Creative Ideas for Game Night

DIY Game Night Ideas for Parties or Family Game Night

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Game nights are fun by nature, but even MORE so with a little creative twist! And even the simplest ideas can pack a big, colorful punch. Speaking of which… life seems to be extra crazy busy for everyone these days, myself included, so I’m really trying to seek out more of those fun details that can be pulled off in a pinch. Each of these Game Night Ideas are simple and budget-friendly enough to work for anything from a big party with friends to a laid-back family game night at home with your closest loved ones.

Read on for the (easy!) project details and free printables below. Enjoy!

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Classic + Modern Winnie the Pooh Baby Shower

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Winnie the Pooh was one of my FAVORITE characters growing up, so I was thrilled when Disney Baby asked me to come up with some creative ideas for hosting a Winnie the Pooh BABY SHOWER! What a sweet-as-honey theme for celebrating with mom-to-be, right? ;)

THE INSPIRATION

Since Winnie has been around for quite a while, (Did you know he was inspired by a REAL bear from the early 1900’s?!), his look has changed a bit through the years. The current day Winnie sports a bright red t-shirt and modern look, while “Classic Pooh” has softer colors and a more vintage vibe. I really love the look of the both styles, as well as the woodsy feel of the famous “100 Acre Wood”, so my goal was to design a baby shower that encompassed all of these different elements in some way.

You’ll find lots of fun DIY ideas below, from painted-bath-toys-turned-table-figurines to “HUNNY Pot” parfaits with sugar bees and a playful Winnie the Pooh Diaper Cake. I also incorporated some sweet Winnie the Pooh toys & nursery items from DisneyBaby.com into the decor, which is one of my favorite ways to play up any theme at a baby shower because the items double as thoughtful gifts for mom when the party is over!

There’s a lot to take in here, so I’m breaking this post into “party sections” to help keep it organized for you. And speaking of sections, don’t miss the very last one with links to download all the FREE PRINTABLES from this theme. Enjoy!

WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS POST:

1.Overall Look & Feel (Images 1-7)
2. Tablescape
3. Dessert Table
4. Accent Decor & Diaper Cake
5. Party Favors
6. Free Printables!

Winnie the Pooh Baby Shower Dessert Table from HWTM

DIY Winnie the Pooh Gold Figure Decoration

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