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Peppermint & Plaid Christmas Themed Birthday Party

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Merry Christmas and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! While the holidays are upon us, so are Abigail and Amelia’s birthdays (ages 3 and 1), along with a special visit from Santa and the goodies from Mrs. Claus’ kitchen. Those Santa belly cake pops and peppermint cookies look delicious and *oh what fun* does that ornament activity look like! See all the *ho-ho-holiday* cheer below in this special Peppermint & Plaid Christmas Themed Birthday Party from Abigail of Paper & Cake!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Ho ho ho” party banner with personalized Christmas stockings at each end + snowy dessert table backdrop
  • Santa belt cake pops with Christmas light party flags + Santa face candy kabobs from Sweets Indeed
  • Wrapped “gift” risers, mini Christmas tree centerpieces and hanging white tissue pom “snowflakes”
  • Green plaid photo booth backdrop with winter pillows + snowman, Santa & seasonal treat props

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Elegant Autumn Wedding Inspiration {Gold & Cream}

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To celebrate the changing of the weather & the upcoming holidays, Be Inspired sent in this gorgeous Autumn Wedding Inspiration to share with us, which was dreamed up and produced by New Leaf Weddings & Events!

Nestled in the stunning landscape of the Virginia Piedmont are numerous beautiful, private, and historic estates that lend themselves perfectly to inspirational and romantic photo shoots. Inspired by the jaw-dropping art and unique architecture of the location, this styled shoot at Foxlease Farm was designed to capture a romantic love story and the elegance of a Virginia fall. Working with a predominantly gold and cream color palette, each vendor contributed pieces that accented the space and emphasized the warm and unique beauty of the location.

From the enchanting couple pictures, to the sprawling landscape and old world table design, these images serve as fantastic inspiration for those looking to design a their own romantic, gold & white wedding…

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Modern Rainbow Safari 1st Birthday – Part 2 {Dessert Table}

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Here we go with Part 2 of our Rainbow Safari 1st Birthday PartyThe Dessert Table! Bright colors, cute animals, and sweet homemade treats… can’t go wrong with that combo, right?! ;) My favorite part of this table is actually the backdrop though, and you can find the full tutorial for this Rainbow Safari Wall Tree over on the Fisher-Price website. But before you go, scroll down for lots of colorful inspiration for your own safari party sweets + free printables!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Zebra Cake Flower Pops on oversize rainbow straws with paper leaves
  • Hippo Lagoon Parfaits: cute store-bought cookie hippos “swimming” in blue-tinted pudding!
  • Printable Rainbow Safari HOORAY banner (Download it here.)
  • Colorful Animal Cracker Cupcakes + Rainbow Trail Mix served in polka dot cups
  • Fisher-Price Rock-a-Stack toys and kitchen canisters used as makeshift “risers”

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(Download all 3 of the 4×6 signs from this party right here. You can also find downloads for all of the other paper details shown here sprinkled throughout the captions in the Party Gallery over on the Fisher-Price website.) (more…)

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Modern Rainbow Safari 1st Birthday – Part 1

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Hi, guys! I’m so excited to FINALLY share a fun & super COLORFUL little party with you that I designed earlier this year. This Rainbow Safari First Birthday was created for Fisher-Price, and you can find my free printables + 7 different DIY tutorials on various elements from the party over on the their website.

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I am a HUGE fan of cute animals and just loved working that element into the theme. However, I definitely struggled a bit at first with how to merge the “safari” portion of the theme – which is most commonly very rustic and earth toned – with the vibrant and modern look of the Fisher-Price toys. I’m really happy with how it came together in the end, though, and I hope you enjoy it too! A few of my favorite details from everything EXCEPT the dessert table are below… I’ll be sharing that table in a separate post, which is coming up next!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Elephant head” drink dispenser inspired by the Elephant Clicker Pal Toy
  • “Jungle Juice” and “Safari Sips” kid drinks + birch straws with little paper leaves
  • Homemade smash cake (pictured above) with giraffe toy + DIY Palm Tree topper
  • Kid chairs embellished with printable animal ears (Lion, Giraffe, Zebra) inspired by the toys
  • Rainbow jungle vines made from colorful tissue fringe garlands + paper leaves
  • Rainbow Blocks Palm Tree Centerpiece made from toy stacking blocks + paper leaves

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A simple “jungle vine” made from twine + folded paper leaves was all the high chair needed! My DIY printable party hat (which you can also download for free) is pictured above as well. :)

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I use Ikea Tolsby frames a lot for party signage, and since they come in both red and white I just swapped the pieces to create “color blocked” versions for some of the 4×6 signs.

Here’s a peek at the Elephant Drink Dispenser… I was thrilled to find this blue acrylic dispenser at Party City, then added som paper ears, eyes, and a trunk! Check out the full DIY tutorial here. (more…)

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Quick & Easy Pumpkin Apple Spice Pancakes for Thanksgiving

Pumpkin Apple Spice Pancakes Recipe

Pancakes are a pretty big deal in our house, and sometimes I’m afraid to mess with the flavor too much because my girls usually just like the good ol’ fashioned buttermilk version, just as they are; they even prefer plain pancakes to the chocolate chip version! (I definitely didn’t see that one coming.) So imagine my surprise when they actually LOVED these Pumpkin Apple Spice Pancakes!

These are super easy to make using a muffin mix as the base – the Pumpkin Spice Supreme Muffin Mix by Krusteaz. (more…)

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Sparkly, Silver & Fabulous 40th Birthday Soirée

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Baking on your birthday!? It’s what you do when you’re Julie of Blue Cupcake and your (own!) birthday party needs a cake and tasty macaron bar! Her Sparkly, Silver & Fabulous 40th Birthday Soirée was designed by Lucinda Gould of The COOP with simple, elegant and of course glittery details. Bebe Jacobs captured all the shimmer and shine that is actually timely inspiration for a glam holiday or New Years party…. I know, I can’t believe that holidays are around the corner already either!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Silver glitter dipped candle votives, mini potted succulents and cups with disco ball swizzle sticks
– Three tier cake with a sparkly silver base, matching “40” topper & a simple succulent detail
– “40 & Fabulous” letter balloons, silver sequin linens and silver party streamers
– Macaron bar with pistachio, hazelnut and more delicious flavors displayed in white milk glass dishes
– Sophisticated white floral arrangements with succulent accents in festive silver vases

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Fall Cocktail Idea: Pumpkin Spice Mojito {Recipe}

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TGIF! It’s already 5 o’clock somewhere, right? So on that note, let’s talk COCKTAILS. ;) If you’re looking for a festive cocktail idea for Thanksgiving – or any fall celebration, really – here’s a fun Pumpkin Spice Mojito recipe that was sent in by Minibar. (If you’re not yet familiar with Minibar, they are a wine, beer, & spirits delivery company that’s available in major metropolitan areas across the country. Learn more about them here.)

Okay… let’s take a look at what you’ll need to *shake up* this fun drink:

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Orange & Gold Museum Inspired Art Gallery Party

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Many of the art party ideas that come our way are rainbow colored and for younger kids, so I’m super happy to share an Orange & Gold Museum Inspired Art Gallery Party that is more of an “art with history, sophistication, and beauty” take for bigger kids with a true growing passion!

Bobbi Hammonds of JoElle Elise Design LLC designed the party for Arwyn’s 10th birthday with creative art gallery display ideas, artist mannequin inspired activities and an amazing cake by Piece of Cake Bakery modeled after the work of Monet & Van Gogh. The whole party is literally “a work of art” so grab your sketchbooks and take notes on all the *ARTistic* details!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Paintings displayed in ornate gold frames with labels featuring each artist’s name
  • Gold mason jars storing colored pencils & orange stripe straws with paintbrush decorated party flags
  • Individual easels, painter palettes, colorful aprons and canvases for each budding artist
  • Master’s molding clay in individual gold tubs + gold sprayed mannequins for dressing and drawing
  • Amazing cake featuring Claude Monet’s Fields of Poppy and Vincent Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

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Rustic-Modern Dinosaur Excavation Birthday Party

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Ashleigh Goodwin of Ashleigh Nicole Events styled a party so DINO-MITE you’ll want to sink your teeth into it! To celebrate both of her sons’ birthdays, mom expertly created this Dinosaur Excavation Birthday Party with tons of natural elements like grass, burlap and wood; plus some adorable, toy-inspired DIYs!

Everything started with an awesome ‘crack-the-egg’ invitation (Easter eggs that Ashleigh painted) and ended with the cutest little ‘Adopt a Dinosaur’ party favor activity. Keep scrolling to see all of the roarin’ details…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY dinosaur terrarium centerpieces + round moss place mats, burlap runners & dino shaped sandwiches
  • Toy dinosaurs strung into a banner, glued on trail mix jars & turned into dessert trays
  • Simple, dinosaur topped birthday cake + dinosaur bone cookies, key lime cheesecakes & donut stacks
  • Custom ‘about’ signs for both birthday boys, matching birthday shirts & a live reptiles show

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A Merry & Bright Holiday Prep Party {Red + Green}

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Get a head start on holiday decorating – and celebrating! – with this super festive inspiration from Maureen of Party a la Mo. In her crafty Holiday Prep Party, she shares stylish decorating ideas like a “Merry and Bright” canvas studded with tiny white twinkle lights, balloon-dipped drinkware (one of my own favorites!), and DIY folded paper Christmas trees.

Best of all, this is a party that’s fun AND productive… I mean, what better way to start crossing things off your seasonal to-do list (holiday cards, gift wrapping, advent calendars, ornament decorating and more!) than with a few close friends and some yummy winter treats, right?!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Happy Holidays” envelope cookies, hot chocolate bar with sprinkle rimmed cups & gold glitter donuts
– “Make Spirits Bright” custom canvas tote bag chair back and party favor!
– Warm holiday florals with gold painted succulents + fun red and green circle garlands
– Confetti cookie place cards and matching plate decorations, gold chargers & burlap linens
– “Merry & Bright” decorated mantel, gift wrapping station, letter writing table & food display
– Pom pom ornament craft, advent calendar activity and “Letters From Santa”

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Spectacular & Bright OCTONAUTS Birthday Party

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Captain Barnacles and crew have a fun party for you! From underwater inspired centerpieces to fancied-up favor bags, Juliet Boydston and Lucinda Lent of The COOP transformed their party space into a spectacular and bright OCTONAUTS Birthday Party that was beautifully captured by Bebe Jacobs. Their playful take on this cute kids show is filled with lots of bubbly fun and bright ideas, so *Sound the Octo-alert* because I’m diving right in!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Awesome Octonauts submarine birthday cake by Cake Divas
  • Character water bottle wraps featuring Professor Inkling Octopus, Tweak, and more
  • Sparkly “HAPPY BIRTHDAY” letters, character explorers in vase “aquariums” & simple hydrangea florals
  • Glittery blue placemats, green polka dot napkins & felt Octonauts face masks from MyWonderlandBoutique
  • Touch tank activity, glitter paint tattoos, party bubbles & a shark mouth photo booth!
  • Adorable fondant cupcake toppers of Peso Penguin, Kwazii Kitten, and Captain Barnacles

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Glittery & Glam Minnie Mouse Birthday Party

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Move over Mickey, there’s a new star in town! From the printables to the birthday dress, Misha Perritt of A Lovely Design single-handedly created this fun & glittery Minnie Mouse Birthday Party for her darling daughter, Talula. To add some glitz and glam into this classic theme, Misha included a generous helping of glitter & a dash of leopard print throughout the playful paper details. I’m especially loving the big, bow-topped Minnie backdrop though… there’s nothing mini about that showstopper! ;)

P.S. To find even more Minnie Mouse inspiration, check out these equally fabulous parties here, here & here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gold glitter ‘3’ with Minnie ears & bow + glittered styrofoam ball Minnie centerpiece with pink roses
  • Leopard print accented printables & bottle wraps + rhinestone adorned cupcake toppers
  • Pink chocolate & sugar dipped rice krispies + bow topped pink Minnie cookies
  • Amazing handmade dress & matching bow topped headband for the birthday girl
  • Hanging tissue paper poms, gold glitter table skirt + silk flowers & a ‘Talula’ topper on the cake

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A Beautiful Green & Gold Thanksgiving + Free Printables

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With Halloween behind us, and Christmas on the horizon (not to mention at eye level in every store you’ll set foot in from now ’til 2016), I sometimes feel like Thanksgiving gets a tad…overlooked. I mean, it’s hard for a holiday to stand out when it’s sandwiched right between piles of candy and piles of gifts, right? Well… time to change that. :)

There’s so much to love about Thanksgiving already, most of which has to do with those 3 little words… the dinner menu. And since most of our must-have Turkey Day dishes are based on family traditions and personal preference, I thought it would be fun to share some tips for making your Thanksgiving decor LOOK as good as your own awesome menu tastes.

This festive Green & Gold Thanksgiving Theme features a fresh & inviting color palette, simple DIY decor ideas, and a hint of modern-glam. Whoever said Christmas and New Years should get ALL the sparkle?!

And since I’ve partnered with 14 Hands Winery to bring you these tips – AND lots of  free printables! – look out for special ways to deck out those wine glasses too + a tasty Autumn Apple Sangria flavored with cinnamon and apple cider that’s absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving. Here we go!

Glam and Modern Thanksgiving Table Centerpiece + Printables

I love using different types of elements in shades of one color to create a unique display – like the green succulents, pumpkins, and fresh florals pictured above.

The sequin “table runner” is actually just a half yard of sequin fabric that I purchased at a fabric store and folded in half. (The other half yard is being utilized on the drink station.) I’ve used this same yard of fabric time & time again for so many different types of parties… cheers to party decor that can be re-used!

Green and Gold Succulent Centerpiece

Small details are another great way to personalize a design AND make different elements coordinate well together. I used one small sheet of decorative stickers to embellish terracotta pots and mini pumpkins for this centerpiece. Stickers were also used to dress up the wine glasses, which I’ll further explain below… (more…)

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Autumn Apple Sangria {with Cinnamon & Apple Cider}

Autumn Apple Sangria

I love a good sangria at any time of year, but when it comes to fall celebrations like Thanksgiving or fall bridal showers, it’s the perfect excuse to use up some of those fresh-picked orchard apples… even if you just picked them up at the grocery store. ;)

This tasty Autumn Apple Sangria recipe calls for both chopped apples and apple cider. There are so many wonderful apple varieties to choose from right now, so feel free to use your personal favorite. This infographic gives a great overview of all the different apple types! I usually lean towards sweeter apples like Fuji, Gala, or Honeycrisp myself.

For the apple cider, this is a great time of year to find fresh-pressed or straight-from-the-farm varieties at the grocery store, but you can also just look for apple juice labeled “unfiltered”, which should be readily available year round.

Scroll down for the recipe details… Cheers!

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Jolly North Pole Inspired Kids Holiday Party

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Tis’ the season for Christmas parties covered in red Santa spirit and snowy winter shimmer! And this year for her annual gingerbread house decorating party, Erin Walker of Undercover Hostess designed a Jolly North Pole Inspired Kids Holiday Party that is so merry & cute I wish I could pinch its cheeks! Think sparkly blue snowflake cookies, happy reindeer popcorn cups, and mini stocking chair backs for a start…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dancing Santa straws + milk bottles embellished with jingle ball charms
– “Be Merry” Banner, decorated Christmas tree, life-size nutcrackers and fluffy white “snow” rug
– Creative “Reindeer Food” popcorn cups, donut hole “snowballs” & polka dot candy cup “house trimmings”
– Sparkly silver sequin tablecloth + cute red chairs (with mini stocking chair back decorations!)
– Mrs. Claus’ “North Pole Cupcakes” with a gingerbread cookie and red stripe straw toppers

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Thanksgiving Craft: Colorful Coke Bottle Turkeys

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I’m so excited to partner with Coca-Cola again this month and bring you guys these DIY Coke Bottle Turkeys! This is a fun craft project for Thanksgiving that can be done on your own OR with family & friends… and I’m pretty sure that they’ll add an extra dose of HAPPY to your Thanksgiving either way. ;)

This project does not require any fancy skills – just simple painting, cutting, and gluing.

You’ll find the step-by-step instructions below, as well as a closer view of the free printables, which include the turkey elements (feathers, heads, mini banners) + a set of matching Thanksgiving tent cards.

Thanksgiving Coke Bottle Turkeys - Back View

I also painted some mini pumpkins and gourds at the same time as the Coke bottles, and grouped them with a turkey for a fun & unexpected centerpiece design! I know these colors are a little outside the box for Thanksgiving, but I’ve honestly never been a huge fan of the traditional Turkey Day palettes myself, and thought it would be fun to POP the color a bit!

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Fabulous Fall Apple Party & Truck Tailgate

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Fall is F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S and Brenda Byers of GreatStitch sure knows how to celebrate the season of crisp air, yummy warm cider and fresh apples galore – after all she grew up in an orchard! Her Fabulous Fall Apple Party & Truck Tailgate is a great idea for a birthday party, afternoon at the orchard or a fancied-up family get together. Look out for the comfy custom truck bed pillows, darling apple shaped cookies from The Last Course Bakery and more *freshly picked* ideas all covered in red!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Custom truck bed pillows, adorable apple girls outfit & quilted leaf pattern blanket “tablecloth”
– Awesome apple basket inspired cake with fondant apples from All Things Cake Shop
– Dried apple chip dipped candied apples and marshmallow melted apple cider in mini mason jars
– Cute printable apple pattern water bottle wraps from Anders Ruff + wooden basket stand with fresh apples

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Homemade Game Day Pretzel Dog Treats {Recipe + Free Chalkboard Style Printables}

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As a follow-up to last month’s Game Day Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits featuring a recipe from Petco, I’m excited to bring you another homemade treat idea for your pup! This one was inspired by one of my own favorite game day snacks… the beloved bread pretzel. ❤️

You know how a trip to the movie theater just isn’t the same without popcorn or candy? Well, for me a trip to the stadium just isn’t the same without a warm & doughy bread pretzel. So, I thought it would be fun to create a “one for you and one for me” sort of project featuring pretzel snacks for pets AND pet parents that can be enjoyed on game day… or any day, really!

Let’s start with the pet parents…

Since neither my husband or I had ever made our own bread pretzels before, we decided to go with a mix from a box to make things a little easier. You still have to let the dough rise, form the pretzels, dip them in a boiling water/baking soda mixture, then bake them – so the process is a bit involved, but it’s still doable in about an hour and worth the extra effort, IMHO at least. ;) Here’s how ours turned out:

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To make it extra festive for a game day party, I dressed up this pretzel platter with some printable paper details, which you can download for free below. Here’s a closer look at the talk bubbles: (more…)

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Tropical & Sweet “Party like a Pineapple” Bash

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For the *pineapple of her eye*, Lottie Fowler of Grit + Gold, designed a Tropical “Party Like A Pineapple” Bash with gold glitter glam and pretty pink flamingo accents. I’m in love with Lottie’s {seemingly!} effortlessly chic “tropical dream” dessert table + lush and trendy kids table… that could totally pass for us adults too! ;) So grab your pineapple sunnies and *sip-up* up all the sweet photos from Charla Storey!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Backyard croquet and hotdogs + tropical kids table with lei chair backs and gold stripe plates
  • Classic Monstera leaves, playful pineapple cups and a delightful gold glitter “cheers” banner
  • Gold flamingo cupcake toppers + pastel pink cake with a mini pineapple and festive “YAY!” letters
  • Pink flamingos, cute palm trees and pretty pineapple sugar cookies from J Rae’s
  • Pastel and “FUN” letter gold mylar balloons & hula skirt decorated dessert table

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Simply Stylish Picnic First Birthday Party

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Sometimes it’s the simple things in life that are the sweetest. For her daughter Lucy’s first birthday, Lisa Taylor Rosenfeld of A Lovely Mess wanted something sweet and intimate to reflect a wonderfully sweet first year — and so this Simply Stylish Picnic First Birthday Party was born! I love that she incorporated pieces from her wedding, like that awesome vintage white table and all of the beautiful lace. Such a good reminder that while fancy venues & menus certainly have their place, sometimes it’s best to just sit back, relax, and enjoy the ones you love.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gorgeous handmade quilts & hanging lace throws on a clothesline at a lovely park venue
  • Floral tin boxes for the green & yellow wildflower arrangements + low wooden table
  • DIY mason jar iced coffees + tea sandwiches, mini donuts, flower cookies & fruit skewers
  • Adorable felt flower headband & matching floral print dress for the birthday girl

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Playful “Oh the Places You’ll Go” First Birthday Party

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Striped hot air balloons, polka dot pinwheels and colorful rolling hills inspired by Dr. Seuss are just some of the cute theme-y details I can’t wait for you to see in Brent’s Playful “Oh The Places You’ll Go” First Birthday Party! Mommy Nikki wanted the party to have the classic Seuss style “illustration” look, so Pinky Francisco of The Party Studio created whimsical backdrops, custom Seussland centerpieces and signage inspired by the cover and book page drawings. So, join in the fun, and see how you too can celebrate turning ONE…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Colorful candy buffet with rainbow beans, mini stacked rainbow layer cakes and Dr. Seuss themed cookies
  • DIY painted paper mache hot air balloon centerpieces with polka dot straws and flower-filled baskets
  • Illustrated Seuss style “BRENT” letter backdrop with DIY felt clouds and tissue pom Truffula trees
  • “Seussland” cake with Truffula trees, colorful rolling hills and whimsical clouds from Regine’s
  • Striped placemats, hot air balloon straws, white picket fences and framed birthday boy pictures
  • Memorbilia display with birthday boy pictures, a hot air balloon basket and “First and Favorites” sign

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Woodland Little Red Riding Hood 1st Birthday

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Over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go! Deep in the woods lies this stunning Woodland Little Red Riding Hood 1st Birthday, flawlessly styled by Pinky Francisco of The Party Studio. Painted toadstools, woodland trees and oh, what nice sweets you have (the better to eat, my dear!) Seriously — those Little Red cake pops could not be cuter. I feel like I’ve stepped right into a fairytale & there’s no big bad wolf here! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Red gingham tablescapes beneath a red & white tented ceiling with paper lanterns & flower garlands
  • Stunningly detailed toadstool topped tree stump cake with Little Red, Grandma & the Big Bad Wolf
  • Snail macarons, apple cake pops & toadstool topped cupcakes + woodland decorated food carts
  • DIY painted toadstools, baskets of apples & a woodland path photo booth backdrop
  • Mini hedge & wood round centerpieces + twine wrapped vases & Little Red basket party favors

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Halloween Cookie Fun: Oatmeal Scotchie Spiders

Halloween Spider Cookies Recipe with Noodle Legs

I’ve been a little obsessed with mini cookie cups ever since making these Snickerdoodle Caramel Sundaes, and thought it would be fun to experiment with them for Halloween. After scribbling down a few ideas, I settled on SPIDERS because this is the one time of year where I actually kind of welcome these 8 legged “friends”… the cute/crafty ones at least! ;)

Anyways, these cookies are easier to make than they may look at a glance (which is always a good thing, right?!). I used Krusteaz Oatmeal Scotchie Cookie Mix for the base, and mixed in some crushed Butterfingers for an added flavor kick. The cookie cups are topped with more crushed butterfingers and chocolate frosting, then garnished with chow mein noodle legs and candy eyes. The noodles don’t have much flavor so they basically just give some added crunch and don’t really alter the main cookie flavor like a licorice-candy-leg would, which is great!

Scroll down for the step-by-step recipe. You can also visit this post for DIY pics on making cookie cups… and feel free to switch up the flavors if you’d like. These little spiders would taste great in a Snickerdoodle or Peanut Butter cookie cup too!

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Creative & Nostalgic E.T. Movie Themed First Birthday

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This one is for all the classic movie lovers out there! Khanh Le of Sakura Paper Co. and mommy to Max, channeled the 80’s hit movie for her son’s creative & nostalgic E.T. Movie Themed First Birthday. And seriously, guys… all these clever details just make my heart *glow*. Think red sweatshirts, stuffed animals, Reese’s Pieces, potted yellow flowers, Speak and Spells, and more iconic elements from the Spielberg-directed masterpiece. Let all the pictures by Ning Wong Studios take you back to a time when Extra-Terrestrial meant weirdly adorable!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Creative red sweatshirt utensil packs, blue icon placemats and an E.T. “moon” party plate
  • Amazing E.T. face macarons by Honey & Butter Macarons + bicycle cookies by Amber’s Party Cookies
  • Reese’s Pieces cups & faux decorated cake with an E.T. plush doll topper (including a light up finger!)
  • “Speak and Spell” favor bags + mini clear jars with gummy frogs
  • Cute potted yellow flower cupcakes by Sweet Embellishments Dessert Bar
  • “Waddle like E.T.” game + a super clever STUFFED ANIMAL photo booth wall!

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“About To Hatch” Modern Bird Themed Baby Shower {Operation Shower Event}

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I’m so excited to finally share details on the “About to Hatch” event that I designed for Operation Shower earlier this summer! If you’re looking for baby shower inspiration that’s all geometric, bird themed, crafty OR color-blocked, this one’s for you…

Inspired by some sherbet-hued, geometric shower curtains from Target, I thought it would be fun to do take the popular Bird Baby Shower Theme and give it a decidedly MODERN twist. Plus, I was determined to prove to Amy – the chief event planner of Operation Shower who also happens to have a bit of bird-phobia – that we could come up with a bird-centric themed event that even SHE would love. #challengeaccepted ;)

My go-to styling methods of yarn-wrapping and color-blocking definitely played a key role in the decor for this party, from the dressed-up bird houses and “balloon-dipped” wooden eggs to the embellished marquee lights and candle holder “risers”. And of course, there are tons of clever ideas *soaring* from the fabulous dessert table styled by Brittany of GreyGrey Designs… not to mention a buffet of colorful mini desserts that are incredibly “TWEET”!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Shower curtains transformed into table runners and a fun photo booth backdrop
  • Silhouette “Tweet” and “Baby” accents on the giant balloons + DIY geometric paper tassels
  • Playful “About to HATCH” centerpiece fashioned from wall cubes, hand-cut paper details, & more
  • Budget-friendly yarn-wrapped chairs adorned with paper leaves and heart signs
  • Clever painted wreath “bird nest” dessert table backdrop + faux cake covered in patterned papers
  • Painted Birdhouses with paper-covered roofs + candle holders color-blocked with yarn & buttons

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Bohemian Cobalt & Coral Baby Shower {Gender Neutral}

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What’s pink(ish) and blue and gold all over!? This Bohemian Cobalt & Coral Gender Neutral Baby Shower designed by Lisa Costin of A Charming Fête for a dear (and lucky!) friend. From the glam gold details (utensils, envelope liners, vases & more!) to the modern bold ikat pattern cake from Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes and a chic tablescape sprinkled with feminine charm, I think I’m in love!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chic tablescapes with ikat patterned plates, peach napkins, glam gold utensils & white chivari chairs
  • Lush floral centerpieces in gold vases with a bohemian cobalt table runner and green vine accents
  • Coral and white macarons, cute sprinkle cookie sandwiches and “for you darling” gold printed sweets bags
  • Non-alcoholic mimosa bar with gold chevron straws and champagne glasses on gold trays

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Marie Antoinette Inspired Birthday Party {Pink, Gold & Glitzy!}

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Juliet Boydston of The COOP designed a Marie Antoinette Inspired Birthday Party for her daughter’s third birthday that is all about the pink, gold & glitz! Piles of French inspired sweets, glam cotton candy displays, scripted “Eat Me” silhouettes and playful DIY wigs are just the beginning of all the *royal* fun!

One of my favorite elements is Juliet’s signature handwritten and papercraft details. Using simple black marker drawings of champagne, candelabras, and strawberries she created a youthful, theme-y and playful pop. She says in her party details (read them below!), “I just wanted it to be gorgeous and opulent and over the top fun and I am so pleased with how it turned out,” and I have to agree – great job Juliet, it looks like outrageously fabulous fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink and white frosted eclairs with Marie Antoinette toppers from Papernosh
  • Playful balloon dogs, cotton candy cups with gold glitter trim & ombre pink macarons
  • ADORABLE cupcake shaped crazy straws from Birthday In A Box
  • Pink “3” mylar balloon and multicolor streamer party backdrop + DIY paper chandelier
  • “Eat Cake” gold glitter straw silhouettes and pink ruffle and gold glitter cake
  • Creative DIY lace masks and pink wigs with crepe paper flowers and hand drawn feathers

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Haunted Halloween Costume & Anniversary Party

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Skeletons, tombstones, spider webs, oh my! Korie Norton of Bliss Events brought out all the “spooky stuff” for a Haunted Halloween Costume & Anniversary Party that *RIPped* up the night! The adults-only bash featured eerie black table settings, green steaming cocktails, fabulous party guest costumes and more drop-dead amazing ideas, that you’ll find when “trick or treating” through the photos from Laura Christin Photography.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Skull candelabra centerpiece with skeleton bone “confetti” & dripping wine bottle candles
– Cupcake graveyard with tombstone toppers and a haunted mansion cake
– Green cocktails with spiders and dry ice steam + costume contest with gold skeleton trophies
– “Here lies your final resting place” tombstone seating chart + black goblets & skeleton party guests!
– “Trick or Treat” dessert table assorted candy bowls covered in spider webs

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Travel-Inspired Cookie Swap & Crafting Party with Krusteaz

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BAKE TIME: 15 MINUTES
Fifteen minutes, guys! That’s how long we had to turn this hotel ballroom from a totally blank canvas to a fully decorated “party” for the Krusteaz Cookie Swap Session at the 2015 International Food Blogger Conference (IFBC) in Seattle.

I’ve styled my fair share of quick-turn events, but this teensy set-up window was definitely a new challenge for me! I mean, I can barely get myself presentable in 15 minutes, and this room had 10+ tables, gift bags for every chair, a cookie buffet, a stage, etc. But how boring would life be without challenges, right? ;)

Making this happen meant being super aggro about getting all the details done & organized ahead of time (including having the helium tank delivered straight to my hotel room the day before & stuffing gift bags until 2am with the much-appreciated help of Toni and Scarlett!). Thankfully, there were plenty of hands on deck for the morning set-up, because I was at this conference with the rest of the Krusteaz Baker’s Dozen and some of the 360 PR team. Together, we frantically threw placed the table runners, centerpieces, craft supplies, and gift bags onto the tables + got all the giant balloons & banners in place.

giant red letter balloons and 36" balloons

DO TRY THIS AT HOME ;)
Despite the chaotic morning (this session started a little after 10am), I’m so glad it came together in the end, because now I have all this fun cookie party & crafting inspiration to share with you! Speaking of which… you can also find all the free printables that I designed for this event right here.

TRAVEL THEME + SAVOR THE MOMENT
Since our session had both a travel twist and a “Savor the Moment” theme, I scoured HomeGoods for inexpensive travel and clock themed decor. I picked up a mix of anchors, sailboats, airplanes, hourglasses, etc, and gave them all “crafty makeovers” with acrylic paint, custom paper details, and other embellishments:

vintage modern anchor party centerpiece

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Free Printables: Cookie Exchange Party & Homemade Gifts

DIY Cookie Packaging Gift Idea & Free Printables from HWTM

Hello, friends! This is where you can find and download all the printables that I designed for the a recent Cookie Swap Conference Session with Krusteaz. I hope you find an excuse to have some fun with these!

You’ll find several different gift tags and patterned paper designs that you can use to make homemade cookie gifts with creative packaging, plus fun extras like party banners, signs, and tent cards to make a party extra festive! Girls-night-in crafting party, anyone? ;) The conference session had a travel twist, so these designs do too… they’d actually make really fun additions to both baking or travel/bon voyage themed parties.

FUN COOKIE GIFT IDEAS
The top image of the “Sailboat Cookie Gift” was one of the DIY packaging ideas I shared at the conference session and is really easy to make! I used a cute paper loaf pan for the sailboat base and a paper triangle and decorative straw for the sail. I recommend hot gluing the sailboat pieces together… although you can use tape and glue dots as well. That’s what we did at the conference session because busting out boatloads of hot glue guns weren’t an option!

We also decorated small round tins and cookie sleeves using these paper designs. I especially loved covering the top of the round tins with the “map” patterned paper design so that they were reminiscent of globes.

Here’s a preview of all the printables… and you’ll find the links to download them directly below!

Cookie Craft Party Printables - Gift Tags

Note: The gift tags pictured above are sized at 3.5×2 (just like a business card). The printable PDFs have 10 gift tags per page. These are technically front/back designs, but you can easily use either side as a gift tag all on its own, or glue the sides together to create a front & back. (more…)

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