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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.

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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:

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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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Hipster Halloween Hostess Gifts + Free Printables

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As I mentioned in the Hipster Halloween Friend Coke Bottles tutorial featured earlier today, what started out as that one project accidentally morphed into 2 while I was working on it… but I couldn’t resist sharing both, so here we got with Part 2!

For my creative collaboration with Coca-Cola this month, I planned to turn empty glass Coke bottles into fun Halloween decorations, as shown here. During the process of working on that post though, I realized that the printable character faces looked really cute on filled (and unpainted/untreated) Coke bottles as well, and that they would make for a cute “drinkable” homemade gift idea this way…

I fell in love with the idea of surprising a friend or co-worker with an icy cold “Halloween Coke Bottle Friend” that magically appeared on their desk/table – or greeting guests at a Halloween party with a whole crowd of these little “friends”. ;)

HALLOWEEN HOSTESS GIFT
Since I get asked about creative hostess gift ideas quite often, I also designed some matching Halloween gift labels to put on the front of Coca-Cola six-pack carriers. (See first image, above… wouldn’t that be fun to take to a party?!) There’s a different label to coordinate with each character face. So, for example, the Vampire goes the label that reads “You look as THIRSTY as me. Drink up!(more…)

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DIY Hipster Halloween Coke Bottle Decorations

DIY Hipster Halloween Coke Bottles

This post is sponsored by Coca-Cola, who you can now find on Pinterest!

Last month, I had a fun opportunity to visit the World of Coca-Cola museum in Atlanta for the first time, along with a fun group of fellow bloggers. There were some really cool & interesting things to check out there – like the Taste It! room, for example – which was my very favorite part of the museum for obvious reasons. ;) I also REALLY loved looking at all the different Coca-Cola bottle artwork exhibits… there are seriously so many fun things you can do with these bottles plus a little creativity!

And on that note, let’s dress them up for HALLOWEEN today, shall we?

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Choo Choo, Our Boy is TWO! {Fantastic Train Birthday Party}

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With red bandanas, gingham in blue and a hefty dose of CHOO CHOO, this awesome party is rolling out of the station! Tali Charisky of Revelry Street was the conductor of this Choo Choo Our Boy is Two! {Train Birthday Party}. I am in awe of the way she transformed the train car to display the adorable, retro style tablescape & dessert table — how amazing is that venue?! And those adorable railroad inspired sweeties? I’ve got steam coming out of my ears from the excitement! ;) I’m betting the birthday boy was in choo choo train heaven.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Train themed children’s books & a ‘Jordan’ topped wooden train + red & blue honeycomb balls & tassels
– Dessert table “fueling station” with black licorice “coal,” pretzel “logs” & a rainbow layer cake
– M&M topped stoplight brownies & fruit skewers + railroad crossing & train car cookies
– Custom cutout of the birthday boy as decor & a photo booth prop + custom chalkboard schedule
– Bandanas & seersucker hat party favors + a train ride through the park to end the day

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Amazing “Calling All Superheroes” Birthday Party

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What would happen if all of our favorite superheroes were at one party? Laila Plant of One Inspired Party has the answer! In her Amazing “Calling All Superheros” Birthday Party for four-year-old John, she combines The Hulk with Batman, Spiderman and Captain America for one *SUPER* celebration! With the help of Bambini Soiree she created city skyline inspired centerpieces and mind-blowing dessert display, especially the telephone booth feature for the fabulous tiered cake by Sweet Brantley’s Cakes.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Black + white chevron linens, silhouette city skyline centerpieces & lollipop “superheros” with capes & masks!
– Custom “J” superman inspired logo used on cake pops and backdrop props
– Bold and comic style cups, pillows and “Super Hero Headquarters” sign
– Assorted superhero chairback capes, custom hero coloring sheet placemats and mylar star-shaped balloons
– Super H2O water bottles with “super size” servings and powerful nutrition facts
– Captain America shield, Hulk fist, Batman cape cake pops from O Pop By Angie

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Sunny Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes {+ Free Printables}

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If you’re a pineapple lover like me, then these Sunny Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes should make you extra happy! They start with pineapple rings cooked in butter and brown sugar, and end with drizzle of maple syrup and a pinch of cinnamon… need I say more? ;)

This recipe is part of my Baker’s Dozen program with Krusteaz, and I used their Buttermilk Pancake Mix, which has always been a staple in our house. Pancakes in general are actually a regular thing around here – they kind of feel synonymous with “weekends” to me these days – so it’s always fun to come up with ways to make them a bit different… like this!

The bright yellow pineapple rings remind me of sunshine too, so I designed some mini “Eat up, sunshine!” party flags that you can hot glue to toothpicks or bamboo skewers to make this breakfast extra special for someone.

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You can find the full, print friendly recipe for these pineapple pancakes over on the Krusteaz website, but I wanted to share a quick peek at the process of making them with you here:

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An Enchanted FOURest Birthday Party for Twins

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Deep in the heart of the woods lies an Enchanted FOURest Twin Birthday Party with glittering fairies, soft patches of moss and a certain large woodland friend… filled with candy! ;) Danielle Ellis of Gemini Celebrations cleverly found some common ground between her daughter’s love of fairies and her son’s love of squirrels to forge this delightful woodland celebration, which also happens to be perfectly gender neutral. Starting from the most captivating, 3-dimensional forest party invitation and ending with butterfly kisses & birthday wishes, this party definitely feels like a fairytale!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– ‘Four’ cut-out cake topper + the cutest little toadstools & gorgeous invitation-inspired cookies
– DIY moss table runner with miniature wooden logs and bud vases filled with red & yellow flowers
– Woodgrain & ladybug chocolate Oreos, ‘fairy berry’ chocolate strawberries & nutty squirrel snacks
– Homemade squirrel piñata & birdhouse painting activity + woodland creature masks & fairy wings

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Homemade Game Day Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits

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Earlier this year, I had a great time dreaming up ideas for a Pet-friendly TAILgate Party for Petco filled with everything from pet-inspired activities to take-home doggy bags! And now that the NFL season is officially in full swing, we thought it would be fun to come up with even more fun ways to celebrate game day with our 4-legged friends… but tailored specifically to FOOTBALL this time. ;)

So, first up are these cute and easy, Game Day Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits. They retain the traditional “dog bone” biscuit shape, but become reminiscent of little footballs with a quick decorating trick. (I also made sure that the peanut butter I used did not contain Xylitol, to be extra safe.) In addition to serving as fun game day treats for your own pet, these would also make for a super thoughtful gift for your fellow pet-AND-football-loving friends!

I used this Peanut Butter Dog Biscuits Recipe from Petco for the base, then piped “football laces” onto each treat using a simple cream cheese based icing, which I’ll further explain below. Here’s a closer look at the process of creating them…

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Once you’ve mixed up your biscuit ingredients from the recipe to create the dough, here’s what happens next:

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Modern Glam “Down the Rabbit Hole” Graduation Party

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If I haven’t said it enough, Alice in Wonderland is one of my favorite themes, I just love how unique, wildly colorful and whimsically creative each party turns out! Makenzie’s Glam “Down the Rabbit Hole” Graduation Party is no exception as Rustic Acres Farm barn is transformed into the marvelous *madness* of Wonderland, appropriately starting with the seriously DREAMY entrance!

Mom and event designer, Jody Wimer of JPC Event Group, fashioned an epic unbirthday bash for her beloved daughter. With the help of Garnish Event Design she combined gold glittery “drink me” letters, rustic keys, chic” tea party” tablescapes, and more classic nods to Wonderland… can you spot them all!?

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mocktail menu with “The Cheshire Cat” and “The Queen of Hearts” custom drinks
– “Eat Me” open cart salad bar + rustic Southern pie bar with pie pops and wood slice risers
– Gold glitter “2015” jumbo cutout, graphic key cocktail lounge pillows and “pocket” paper mache watch (made by Makenzie for her senior art project!)
– Black and white check dance floor, wooden tables, antique door knob accents and ghost chairs
– Book page table runner atop lush greenery + eclectic purple and green centerpieces and the prettiest ombre purple and gold tassel garland from Studio Mucci overhead!
– Whimsical paper flowers and vibrant C.S. Lewis quote artwork by Jason Flores of “A Little Guilty” displayed in golden frames

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All White 30th Birthday Party {Le Diner En Blanc}

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Bonjour! We’re stepping back in time to Paris circa 1988 for a mysterious, luxurious dining experience! All-white parties are always such a timeless, sophisticated look — and this celebration is no exception. Eroula Dimitriou of Eroula Dimitriou Photography beautifully captured every detail of this All White 30th Birthday Party {Le Diner En Blanc}, which was masterfully styled by Stephanie Menzel of Divina Event Design. I am so inspired by the romantic orange glow of the candles against the mixture of white textures. It’s a look that could be used for so many different occasions! Simply magnifique.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeous dessert table with wooden ladders, hanging votives, draped greenery & white orchids
– “The best is yet to come” cake topper on a white petal adorned cake + intricate lace invitation
– Etched mirror place setting sign, hanging lanterns & a flower bar with bouquets of white hydrangeas
– ‘You light up my life’ match book party favors + sizzling sparklers to end the night

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Crafty & Creative Little Mermaid Birthday Pool Party

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Welcome to a very special version of Atlantica, where the jellyfish have rainbow tentacles, mermaid tails are plush and there are “Dinglehoppers” a-plentyIsabelle Craft of Bella C Parties crafted up this wonderfully creative Little Mermaid Birthday Pool Party for a very special little birthday mermaid. I am just LOVING all of the clever DIY details — from a beautiful under the sea inspired photo booth to the adorable Dinglehopper-adorned hair bows. I think we can all agree that in this case, it is definitely better down where it’s wetter! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Little Mermaid dress up table with miniature gold tritons, seashells & a cutlery candelabra
– DIY lantern jellyfish with ribbon ‘tentacles’ + adorable mermaid tail towels
– Dingelhopper topped ruffle birthday cake with fondant mermaid tails & kelp + brown sugar ‘sand’
– King Triton clamshell cookies & an Evil Sea Witch drink station with black licorice drink stirrers

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Sparkly & Chic “California Girl” First Birthday Party

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I’m loving the soft florals, girly gold glitter and pretty lace details in Goldie’s sparkly & boho-chic “California Girl” First Birthday Party! Mommy, Jordan Reid of lifestyle blog Ramshackle Glam, hired Chasity of Style My Party through Thumbtack to help her out because as she explained, “mom wouldn’t mind actually celebrating, as opposed to hostessing, for a second.” As a fellow mom, I know how that constant time struggle goes, and I also know that Jordan’s famous pink lemonade sangria recipe sure looks DE-LISH, as do those sweetly decorated mini lemon bundt cakes…. mmmmmm!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Dip-dye gold balloons, chic feather accents and lace details + pretty potted succulent favors
– Pink Lemonade Sangria (recipe here!), mini bundt cakes with floral wreath & gold glitter toppers
– Calligraphy chalkboard flash tattoo station + reclaimed wood “Celebrating our little one” welcome sign
– Pastel “California Girl” banner, gold mylar balloons & pink tissue tassel garland with gold “one” letters

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Adorable {Jolly Holiday} Mary Poppins Birthday Party

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There’s no better word to describe this SUPER creative {Jolly Holiday} Mary Poppins Birthday Party than SUPERcalifragilisticexpialidociousKristen Janes of Kio Kreations and her daughter Aria share a love for the classic film, and Aria’s favorite part is when Mary, Bert & the kids go on a ‘Jolly Holiday’ adventure through the sidewalk chalk painting. Kristen masterfully recreated said painting & included other fun elements from the scene as well — like playful dancing penguins & a lovely flower-adorned carousel horse. You definitely won’t need a spoon full of sugar to help these creative details go down! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mary Poppins inspired silhouette of the birthday girl + shabby chic paper party banners
– Flying bird & paper rosette cupcake toppers + “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” party flags
– Scene-inspired chalk painting by Kristen that was blown up to act as a photo backdrop!
–  Flower filled teapots + wooden penguin & Mary Poppins with a doily parasol cake toppers
– Pin the bowtie on the penguin + a Mary Poppins board game

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Bright & Playful Puppy “Pawty” First Birthday

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Are you ready to PAWTY!? Kirsten of Kirsten Tyrrel Photography photographed Reed’s Bright & Playful Puppy “Pawty that is beyond *dog*gone cute! Mommy Rosaline – with the help of some great family & friends! – made everything for her son’s first birthday. From the paw print tracked tables and cakes to the DIY dog house and creative centerpieces, I can’t wait to share all the pup-dorable details…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Creative dog bowl dessert display with bone shaped candy labels
– Red fire hydrant cupcake stand with papercut puppy toppers
– Paw print cake (and adorable matching smash cake!) + “REED” highchair banner
– “Bone Appetit” utensil packs tied with blue ribbon and bacon wrapped hotdogs
– DIY cardboard dog house, paw print balloons & “Let’s Pawty” banner

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{Magical & Artistic} Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party

Alice in Wonderland Party Costumes - Kids and Adult

Alice in Wonderland themes get me every time… there are just so many beautiful, whimsical, and charmingly zany details to draw inspiration from within this one (much beloved) story. And this particular Alice in Wonderland Birthday Celebration for twins Bella and Chloe – which was styled by Events by Ricardo and beautifully captured by Meda Peters from Photography by Meda – showcases SO many of our favorite “classic Alice” moments… in the most incredibly clever & artistic of ways!

Let’s start with the hand-painted elements… I mean, how fabulous are the Cheshire Cat faces and Red Queen “head in the hole” photo fun prop?! And then of course, there are the adorable costumes & fun head pieces for guests. Dressed up guests are always the best “decoration” at any party, right?! I also love how the birthday girls have their own playful Alice costumes that are a bit different from the outfit on the more “grown up” Alice. The rest of the family joined in on the fun too, with mom (entertainment journalist Lucia Castano), dad, and big bro donning character-inspired costumes as well!

From themed cake pops to incredible floral work, there’s a lot of creativity to take in here, so scroll down for a closer peek at all the fantastical birthday fun…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Alice-inspired cake pops with little black bows + matching outfits for the birthday girls!
– DIY Mad Hatter inspired centerpieces made from candlesticks, floral balls, & whimsical accents
– Fun headpieces for the pint-sized guests, including Mad Hatter hats & “White Rabbit” ears
– Oversize Cheshire Cat face graphics smiling over the photo & dessert table backdrops
– Hand-painted “Red Queen” photo prop + topsy-turvy Alice cake embellished with red hearts
– Moss rabbit statue wearing a playing card smock + china adorned with bunny illustrations

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Vintage-Chic “Paris in Springtime” Dessert Table

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Even though Christina D’Angelo of Pearls and Spice was inspired by “Paris in Springtime” when she created this charming Vintage-Chic Paris Dessert Table, I think you’ll agree that the beautiful desserts and table styling displayed here can be appreciated any time of year!

In addition to the great use of chalkboard accents, (which is always a plus in my book!), one of the first things that struck me about these photos were the incredibly detailed and realistic flowers on the cakes… can you believe those are made out of sugar?! And I love that she included such a great mix of flower sizes and styles to create those beautiful, cascading clusters. Bon travail, Christina!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Open vintage frame backdrop adorned with prints of photos taken on Paris streets
– Incredibly realistic, handcrafted sugar flowers on each cake
– Pretty mini pastries like flower-topped mousse cups, lemon tarts and French macarons… of course!
– Hand-painted, chalkboard-style center tier on the tallest cake + chalkboard Patisserie menu

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Peanut Butter + Chocolate Alphabet Cookie Bars (Y-U-M!)

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We’re usually saying something when we bake cookies, right?  …whether it’s “I love you“, “I’m thinking of you“, or “I was just in the mood for something sweet…wanna join me?“. So, for a fun twist on this concept during back to school week this year, I thought it would be cute to literally S-P-E-L-L out some messages for my little one (who just started Kindergarten) and some of her playdate friends using cookies. ;)

So, I made these PB+C Alphabet Cookies Bars with the Krusteaz Double Peanut Butter cookie mix, a schmear of creamy peanut butter, chocolate frosting, and these small Alphabet Cookie Cutters that I found on Amazon. You can whip up your favorite chocolate frosting recipe to use in the middle OR make life super easy by using store-bought chocolate frosting…which is the route that I chose. #embraceshortcuts right?! (more…)

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Colorful Fiesta & Travel Themed First Birthday for Twins

large gold mylar balloons that say UNO

That old adage of “it takes a village” rang true as ever with this super cute Twins Fiesta & Travel Themed First Birthday, as dreamed up by mom, Alesandra Dubin of Homebody in Motion, and pulled together with the help of countless (very sweet & talented) friends. You’d never guess that this colorful outdoor fiesta was almost ruined by rain… in July… in LA…during a drought! I love how they transformed their backyard for the party with streamers, papel picado & Dr. Seuss Oh the Places You’ll Go themed decor, the latter of which was inspired by the twins’ first passports!

P.S. Do yourself a favor and take a moment to read through mom’s party details below — they’re hilarious & filled with so many moments of… OMG, been there! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beautiful DIY floral arrangements with marigolds & backyard flowers + marigold decorated high chairs
– Pink orange & blue striped ‘1’ pinata + large gold ‘UNO’ balloons
– ‘Oh the Places You’ll Go’ sign with the birthday boy & girl’s passport photos
– Homemade white wine sangria, a taco cart & sprinkle topped smash cupcakes
– Passport sticker book, paper airplane & airplane lollipop party favors

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A Chic & Pretty Crafting Party {West Elm + Etsy}

DIY baby's breath flower crown

Looking for some pretty inspiration for your next girlfriend get together (bridal or baby shower, birthday party, girls night in, etc.)? Well, we’ve got SUCH a treat for you!

Mia Novack of Platinum Events + Productions helped bring this beautiful West Elm + Etsy Craft Event to life recently, in celebration of Etsy’s 10 year anniversary. And what better way to celebrate a company that’s had a huge impact on the crafting world than with a CRAFT PARTY, right?! ;) Check out the lovely fresh floral table runners, delicious looking milk & cookies bar, kaleidoscope inspired paper craft activity, and more lovely details below…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY baby’s breath crowns for guests as they walk in + pops of pink dahlias throughout the green foliage
– Miniature gold word figurines like ‘hello’ & ‘love’ + custom golf framed signs with kaleidoscope design
– A cold pressed juice bar & breakfast bites area with doughnuts & giant chocolate chip cookies

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Glam Garden Inspired Ombre Purple Party {Adult Birthday}

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This sophisticated and absolutely stunning Garden Inspired Ombre Purple Party by Renata De Thomasis of RDT Events & Beauty looks like a fabulous way to celebrate in style with all your besties! Following the birthday girls’ only guideline: “Include purple!“, Renata created a whimsical dessert display and elegant dinner table that were purple, floral & glam all over. Throw in the “Purple Rain” signature drink, chic mini bites and one hot lavender outfit, and I would call this purple party perfection!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gorgeous floral arrangements from Blush & Bloom + jumbo white balloons with ombre purple tassels
– Watercolor ombre printable place cards, eggplant hue satin napkins & gold rimmed china
– Berry parfaits on a gold leaf lined tray + gold dusted lavender macarons in a milk glass dish
– Dried flower lollipops with floral sticks, fancy bows and displayed in a bed of moss
– Chocolate cupcakes and purple floral and ruffle layer cake from Nadia & Co.

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“Hey Baby!” Modern Girls’ Night Baby Shower

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HEY BABY! Nicole Dewez of Toasted Parties threw herself a super fun & funky baby shower because, as she smartly said in her party details [below], “I wanted to celebrate the arrival of my daughter Sunny, but I also wanted to enjoy some quality time with my girlfriends; pre-mom style!”

Inspired by her nursery colors and love of donuts, Nicole created a Modern Girls Night Baby Shower that’s loaded up on cool DIY ideas, sassy sayings, movie night snacks and bold assorted desserts from Sweets Co.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “HEY BABY” gold mylar balloon garland photo booth backdrop and mini honeycomb accents
– Rad diaper cake with baby-size pink converse, skull & bones ribbon and a white sheep topper
– Playful baby onesie outfit mantle garland + black and white accessorized popcorn bar
– “Holy shit we’re having a baby!” cocktail napkins + silver and gold ombre glittered champagne bottles
– jumbo gold fringe heart dessert table backdrop, pink and gold glitter “S” marquee letter & DIY triangle riser

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