As someone immersed in the world of party design, I’ve shared a lot of big, splashy merrymaking over the years here at HWTM, but you and I both know that some of the best moments in life aren’t necessarily “big” celebrations…
They can come in the form of uncontrollable belly laughs that happen when you’re hanging out with good friends, or in the feeling of excitement that happens when your project turns out extra-fantastic, or in unexpected gestures of kindness – like when someone surprises you with just the right thing to brighten your day (more on this below).
With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in full swing and lots of talk about gold medals, I’ve teamed up with Coca-Cola on their #ThatsGold campaign to celebrate a different kind of gold… the everyday gold moments like the examples mentioned above.
Coca-Cola’s #ThatsGold campaign is shining a light on the everyday happy and humorous moments turned gold, and encouraging people to share them in order to inspire and spread happiness during the Olympic Games.
So here’s the deal:
1.I’m going to share a recent #ThatsGold moment of my own with you – something that happened amidst our long distance move this summer – and I’d love to also hear one from you!
2.Those of you that choose to share a #ThatsGold moment of your own can be entered to win a super sparkly and downright FABULOUS Coca-Cola bottle like the one that I’m holding above! It’s absolutely covered-to-the-bottle-cap in gorgeous crystals, and I’m SO EXCITED to have the opportunity to gift one of these to an HWTM reader. :)
Scroll down for details on how to enter at the bottom of this post. Entering is easy + you’ll be spreading happiness & positivity around with each entry, which is a win-win for all! (more…)
Surf’s up! Time to catch a (very HAPPY) birthday wave today as we wade through the bright and summery details of this colorful Surfer Girl Birthday Party! Planned and styled by Krista of Hoopla Events& Jen of Banner Events for Krista’s daughter’s 6th birthday, the beachy decorations, tubular treats and surfing themed party favors will have you riding high. ;)
I’m especially loving the tiki hut with all of those mini, treat-filled “sand” buckets — perfect for little hands! Hang ten and check out all of the adorable fun these girls had, as beautifully captured by Karina of A Fresh Take Photography.
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– Awesome ombre sand & wave tier cake with fondant surf boards, flowers & a surfer girl
– “Hang Ten” ham sandwiches, goldfish cracker “Shark Bait”, & custom Surf Club bottle wraps
– Colorful surf boards & bamboo backdrop + fishing nets, custom garlands & brown sugar sand
– Sugared beach ball & shark cake pops + Hawaiian flower & surfboard cookies
– Matching swimsuits & sunglasses + sand bucket party favors filled with beach toys
As usual, Juliet Boydston, owner of the COOP in LA, absolutely smashed this one out of the park! I always love her parties because she pulls inspiration from so many different places and still manages to keep everything cohesive. For his 12th birthday, the birthday boy did not want a party theme, much to his momma’s chagrin! ;) SO… she followed his lead (and Instagram name) and created this Disco Monkey Birthday Party filled with vibrant pop-art polka dots, glittering disco balls, TONS of bananas & plenty of monkeying around. Feast your eyes on all of the amazing details below…
P.S. Juliet writes some of the best party details, so be sure to check those out (directly below the images) for an inside peek into her creative genius!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– Glittered and mirrored vases, drink bottles, and letters + “LETS GO BANANAS” silver balloons
– DIY sparkly-headphone-wearing monkey backdrop with an awesome painted banana smile
– Giant inflatable bananas for extra fun on the dance floor and in the ball pit!
– Party table piled high with bananas & disco balls + a sparkly “12”-topped drip cake in the middle
– Disco ball cupcake toppers, sprinkled banana skewers, and monkey party glasses for all!
Sometimes the simplest projects can have the biggest impact, and that’s exactly how I feel about this one!
Watch the video below (or scroll down for the pictorial) to learn how paper circles + balloons can create awesome party decor AND transform any ol’ chair into a festive spot for photo-taking and gift-opening!
These Rainbow Balloon Tassels are super versatile and can be used for so many different occasions – from rainbow birthday parties for “kids” of all ages to baby showers, bridal showers, and even colorful graduation pics. Happy party crafting! ;)
Whether you’re listening, dancing, or channeling your inner pop star and singing along, there’s nothing that livens up a party quite like a great mix of tunes!
And on that *note*, this year marks the milestone 15th birthday of KIDZ BOP, which is the #1 music brand for kids, not to mention a staple in my own household, thanks to our 2 pint-sized music lovers. ;)
As part of their all-year-long birthday celebration, I was asked to dream up and share some creative ideas for throwing the Ultimate KIDZ BOP Pop Star Party at home! I wanted to keep things very upbeat and playful, and was inspired by the fun, summery color palette in their new brand new album.
Here’s a list of the party ideas included below:
Note: these sections start after the first 6 images, which give a good overview of the entire party. Clicking on a link will jump you directly to that section.
I’m also including a TON of Free Pop Star Printables to make things extra easy to recreate!
Life of the Party
KIDZ BOP is also celebrating the debut of KIDZ BOP 32 right now, which comes out July 15th. This album includes an original KB song called “Life of the Party“, was just released TODAY! And if you’re looking for a fun outing, the KIDZ BOP Kids will be on their “Life Of The Party” tour for the rest of 2016. Find tour dates & more info here.
And now… onto the party inspiration!
If you want to keep things easy in the party music department, KIDZ BOP has some great playlists on Spotify that are ready to go! Since my kids are younger, we like The Ultimate Kids Playlist, which is geared for kids ages 5-9. You can preview it below:
It’s important to make every guest at your party feel like a VIP! Greet them with printable “All Access” VIP Badges when they arrive, and use clear ID sleeves and lanyards to give the badges an authentic concert vibe.
The flip side of the VIP badges is the perfect place for your guests to show off their pop star “band name”. For this activity, you’ll need to a Pop Star Name-O-Matic sheet to display (as seen below) and printable Tour Cards. Ask each guest to figure out their band name and write it on a Tour Card. (Younger kids may need some assistance with this.)
It’s fun to hear ALL the different band names that get created, making this a great ice breaker activity too!
ACTIVITY #2: POP-arazzi Station
What would a pop star party be without cameras flashing everywhere, right?!
Make your pics extra fun with themed props for guests to use when they strike a pose! We set out inexpensive items like kid sunglasses and costume concert mics, and made playful stick props from printable Pop Star Photo Accessories hot glued to wooden dowels (which are available in packs at craft stores).
Silver foil curtains and balloons make for super simple, yet effective POP star photo booth backdrop! I used 2 curtains here and simply taped them to the wall, then added colorful balloon bunches on each side.
This same set-up works great as a “stage backdrop” for karaoke and lip syncing activities too.
In addition to taking regular photos with our digital camera, I bought an Instant Film Camera that creates mini Polaroid style pics, and we let the kids play “photographer” too.
I can’t tell you how much they absolutely LOVED this!
My own girls thought it must be some sort of magical device… it was hilarious to watch the amazed looks on their faces as the pictures developed. I realized that they rarely see pictures printed out anymore – especially ones that appear in front of them instantly!
We were also able to use the mini Polaroids that they took in our next crafty party activity too…
ACTIVITY #3: Design Your Own Album Cover
Designing album covers was another big hit with the kids – and it also created a good excuse for some down time after all the singing and dancing and running around. ;)
I ordered blank record jackets online, then printed large KIDZ BOP Logos in black and white and cut them out by hand. The logos were glued to the album covers to create a coloring template for the kids.
Craft supplies like washi tape, glitter glue, markers, and rhinestones were placed in the center of the table to share. Each guest also received their own mini crayon pack embellished with a cute headphone-wearing party circles.
We had Tour Bus Game Pieces with large windows where each guest could write their name. You’ll also need to add rolled tape or a sticky adhesive dot to the backside of each game piece. The player whose bus is closes to the star wins!
To play again, let the winner of the previous game put a new star on the map and start the game over.
The POP Station (Party Drinks)
Including soda POP at a pop star party is kind of a no brainer, right? ;) I found bottles of blue and yellow soda, removed the labels, and designed Soda POP Labels to wrap around them.
I couldn’t resist working “Pop Station” into this area as a play on soda pop + radio genre. ;) You can download the 4×6 Pop Station Sign here.
POP HITS Birthday Mix (The Dessert Table!)
Next up… the dessert table! Because this post is already lengthy, I’m including just a quick peek at the dessert table here + links to download the 8×10 Sign and Dessert Cards in Pre-Filled and Blank. I’ll post additional images of the dessert table in a separate article soon!
We sent guests home with “candy microphones” made from candy-filled tubes and printable Microphone Tops! I found the 6″ tubes online and filled them with a yummy custom-color Candyfetti™ mix.
Hope you feel inspired to throw your own POP STAR PARTY now! Check out the new Life of the Party video on YouTube if you need some extra inspiration. ;)
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for KIDZ BOP, which records kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest pop music hits sung by kids, for kids. As always, all thoughts & opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for HWTM to keep the creative content coming your way!
This Little Lamb Baa Baa Baptism & Birthday has me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside! Photographed by the talented Nicole Cantin and beautifully styled by Erica Courtney of Southern Juliette, the celebration included tons of sweet, fleecy decor — from strewn balls of yarn & “fluffy” cream hydrangeas to shabby chic burlap and twine elements for a country vibe. And those miniature white picket fences filled with the adorable sweet treats are such a cute way to display extra special details… like the incredibly detailed chocolate covered Oreos and cake pops!
This may just be one of the most unique party themes I’ve ever seen! Ocean creatures + rusty steampunk details + outdoor games & crafts — talk about catering to your audience! ;)
Since her son’s love for sharks had not waned since the year before, Abigail of Paper & Cakegeared up for this year’s party by putting a spin on a classic under the sea theme — adding rivets, gears and other steampunk detailsto take this party to a whole new level.
The resulting Steampunk 11 Thousand Leagues Under the Sea Party is one that I’m sure the birthday boy and his guests will not soon forget!
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
Custom designed steampunk shark dessert table backdrop hanging from ‘rust’ painted pipes
There are so many things to LOVE about this sweet & creative party sent in by Chandice Probst. What a great excuse to get the neighbors together and celebrate the (very impressive!) “Little Lending Library” that Chandice’s family built for their entire neighborhood to enjoy. And, as if that’s not cool enough just on it’s own, the UP inspired party is also filled filled with gorgeous styling ideas for any vintage-themed bash.
I’m sharing a few of my favorite details from the party today, but there’s lots more to see over in the full recap on Chandice’s blog. She also includes the measurements they used for building the Little Lending Library. In other words… INSPIRATION awaits! ;)
While there can be a downside to having a summer birthday (friends out of town, no class celebration, etc.), one MAJOR upside is the warm weather and the opportunity for a pool party! Bethany of Auntie Bea’s Bakery didn’t throw just any pool party, she pulled off this stylish & FUN Flamingo Summer Pool Party for her darling little girl.
The bright color scheme, fun pool toys and tropical tablescape create the perfect mix of relaxing and vibrant. I can’t wait for days like these — lounging by the pool with friends and sipping ice cold lemonade… with those adorable flamingo straws of course! ;)
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– Giant cupcake cake, pink striped cake pops & the most darling pink flamingo chocolate Oreos
– Custom flamingo plates and pink feather boa lined flamingo backdrop + POOL candy dishes
– Matching aqua coverup dresses + glittering heart & flamingo sunnies for each little girl
– “Flamingo poop” jelly beans & “flamingo fluff” cotton candy + the perfect flamingo pool toy
By the way – for those of you that love nostalgia – all of the Vintage Charm designs are inspired by popular Pyrex® designs from the 50’s, 60’s & early 70’s. ;)
A Modern Love Birds Bridal Shower
“Love Birds” is a popular theme that typically leans rustic or “shabby chic garden party” in style, but the high contrast black and white design on the Birds of a Feather bowls instantly had me wanting to go bold and modern for this soirée, with some bright and spunky colors brought in for summer…
I also decided to go more “birds on a wire” than “birds in a nest” with this design, and incorporated artsy elements like mod sketched flowers and color-blocked feathers.
Read on for more details + free printables. I hope you enjoy this playful take on the Love Birds theme, and find some inspiration here for your own celebrations!
THE CANDY BUFFET
I thought it would be fun to design a creative candy buffet as the focal point of the party and use Vintage Charm bowls as the serving dishes. Since hot pink and yellow were my accent colors, I also incorporated a set of Vintage Charm Golden Days bowls into the mix.
Candy can add up VERY quickly, but you really don’t need to serve up a gazillion different types of it. Focus on 5-7 candy options, and utilize decorative elements and creative styling to help make the table feel full.
I also love re-naming treats to coordinate with the theme. Most people can recognize that a gum ball is a gum ball on their own, but adding a creative label like “Lolli-Flocks” (for lollipops) or “Balls of Sunshine” (for yellow gum balls) will make them smile… plus it looks pretty! ;)
You can also use creative packaging to help fill a lot of space on the table without requiring a ton of candy. I embellished these cute heart shaped favor containers with chalkboard stickers found in the stationery section at Target…
Use signage to encourage guests to take some treats home… this means your candy buffet doubles as the party favors too! You can download this 8×10 sign and the matching flower favor tags below.
I used an inexpensive black plastic trim (the kind often used by kids for stringing beads) – to accent my white table with a “wires inspired” criss cross pattern. This same trim was used for the “birds on a wire” design in the wall backdrop.
I spray painted paper marquee lights and white feathers to match the theme, and used paper bird and flower silhouettes (cut out by hand) as decorative accents for both the table and the top of the cake!
I also added a Candyfetti heart to the top of the cake and outlined it in yellow Sixlets. (Candyfetti is also what was used to line the lollipop trays.)
To recreate this design, gently place a heart shaped cookie cutter on top of your cake while the frosting is still wet, then sprinkle a thin layer of tiny candy or sprinkles inside the heart. Carefully remove the cookie cutter, and the candy heart silhouette should remain in place!
This was such a fun tablescape to put together! Again, everything was inspired by the Birds of a Feather bowls, as seen in the centerpiece.
I filled the largest mixing bowl with lemons – an easy and summery filler that already matched the theme – then set a craft marquee light heart on top to further coordinate the tablescape with the candy buffet and play up the element of LOVE!
Paper details also played a big role here… I designed some party flags and a special chair banner for the guest of honor. My favorite detail of the entire table though? Definitely the “bird on a wire” napkin rings! ;)
The napkin rings are made from paper bird silhouettes hot glued to a thick silver ribbon. One bird reads “Tweet Tweet Let’s Eat” and the other reads “Chirp Chirp Hooray”.
I just couldn’t get enough of the paper flower silhouettes either! Here, they’re embellishing a couple of cute wire bird figurines that I stumbled on for less than $7!
Now, I know that champagne doesn’t require a straw, but it sure looks cute with a straw/flag stirrer! These little flags can also be used to dress up food and other drinks.
The champagne flutes are also embellished with DIY “costume ring” drink markers – made from beads hot glued to plain ring bases – and with balloon bands. (Yes, balloons!)
To make the bands, just cut the top and tail off of a 12″ balloon so that you’re left with a balloon “ring”, then stretch that part over and around the champagne flute for a fun accent.
LOVE BIRDS – Free Printables from HWTM
Click the links below to download the high resolution PDFs.
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Vintage Charm™. As always, all thoughts & ideas are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the companies that make it possible for me to keep the creative content coming your way!
As much as I LOVE animals in (party) crowns, I’m actually excited to share this post with you guys for a couple of other reasons too:
1. If you’re looking to throw a Royal Baby Shower, you’re in the right place. You’ll find lots of very doable decorating ideas here + you can download all of my printables for free at the bottom of this post, which should make things extra easy for you to recreate at home.
2. I get to talk about the power of PAPER in parties… two of my favorite things! I was asked by the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ campaign to share tips on how paper can play a central role in any celebration and help us create unique & highly customized experiences for our guests. Since paper designs are pretty much front and center in all of the events I design myself, I don’t think there could be a more fitting topic to cover here. Hooray! :)
My career background is in graphic design, and I always rely on stylish paper elements to both inspire a theme and put the finishing touches on an event. You know, those things that take a project from good to great!
From small details like mini paper flags on straws to big elements like custom banners displaying the guest of honor name(s) across the room, paper is a wonderfully versatile decorative tool and always makes a huge impact on the party space.
I truly believe there’s no centerpiece, dessert table, place setting, or party favor that can’t be substantially improved with a cleverly placed paper detail (or two!).
As they say, though, a picture is worth a thousand words, so instead of just telling you that paper elements can bring your party to life, I designed this Royal Safari Baby Shower theme to help demonstrate it. Just think of how different this party would look without all the colorful paper details…
Let’s start by taking a closer look at the place settings.
This set-up is very simple and a bit bland on its own, but a colorful paper onesie placed on top of the napkins makes ALL the difference! I have printable onesies for you guys below in both blue and pink so you can create a boy, girl, or gender neutral baby shower with them.
Sometimes I see a party that is so perfectly simple & sweet, all of the details are truly able to shine. Styled by Andressa Hara of Twinkle Twinkle Little Party, this Pastel Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party is a perfect example of that! From the coordinating tissue tassels and star balloons to the most adorable unicorn & shooting star cookies — there’s (almost) too much cuteness! I’m also loving the bright pastel color palette… such a darling twist on the classic rainbow.
PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:
– Scalloped unicorn invitation & matching “You’re Magical” unicorn lunch boxes
– Lightly colored lemonade in star topped mason jars & rainbow layered chocolates
– Pearl topped pastel rainbow layer cake, rainbow pearl candies & DIY candy star cupcake toppers
– Fill-in & color Thank You Cards + an adorable ombre rainbow party dress for the birthday girl
PARTY DETAILS, as told by Zelda…
Rainbows and unicorns are magically delicious and what little girl wouldn’t be delighted to have them both at her party? This Rainbow Unicorn party might be simple, but it is by no means short on fun and color!
Let’s start with the bright pastels that were incorporated, rather than primary colors of the rainbow. The white brick backdrop and star-shaped balloons look as delicious as the rainbow buttercream cake that takes center stage on the dessert table. To complete the look, the DIY tissue tassels are reminiscent of unicorn tails.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. The custom decorated cookies — unicorns, shooting stars, and lilac hearts — are breathtaking. Did we mention the amazing Oreo bite cookies also decorated in the party colors?
Take note from this party that your drinks don’t have to be limited to fruit punch or juice boxes and serve up “rainbow” lemonade in these darling mini jars complete with star lids.
With all that fabulousness at the dessert table, could there be more? Why, yes. Set up an adorable kids table with star and stripe paper plates and cups. Finish the look with mini white gable boxes perfect for treats and the beautiful reminder that “You are Magical.”
How do you get other rainbow and unicorn fans excited about a party like this? You send them the charming invitation that inspired this party design. As if the invitation wasn’t beautiful enough to set the tone for the party, there are coordinating envelope liners as well. To say “thank you for coming” check out these unique ‘Color Me’ thank you cards. Your birthday princess can color them and write a special message to give guests all before they wander off on their next adventure.
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.
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
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!
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? ;)
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! ;)
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.
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…)
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!
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
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:
•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!
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.
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…
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. ;)
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…)
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
*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!
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! ;)
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?!
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…)
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 Applewho 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
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
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 baby shower was like, I shared it back in 2013! Check it out here.
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!
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. ;)
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!
Read on for full details on how to recreate everything pictured above, starting with the zucchini recipe… (more…)
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
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…
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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