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Charming, Sweet & Tickled PINK Baby Shower

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I just love seeing baby showers like the one Christina Christian of Something Chic dreamed up… you know, the ones all pretty in PINK! Christina and her fabulous team of vendors created a Tickled PINK Baby Shower for Baby Gaston and mommy-to-be with a cookie bar, “Wishes for Baby” station, and a charming dessert table. From top to bottom this sweet celebration is literally dipped (and drizzled!) in various shades of pink: from the linens and dessert stands to the actual sweets and party drink! If you need me, I’ll be procrastinating at my desk and *eating up* all these pretty pink party ideas. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink custom “Baby Girl Gaston” cocktail napkins + gold glittered bamboo forks with pink bows
– Gold “Hello little one” and heart balloons, “Baby Shower” banner & pink ribbon topiaries
– Cookie decorating bar, vibrant food & drink tables and “Tickled Pink Wishes” station
– Playful streamer door decor, honeycomb and tissue poms, and pink tissue tassel garlands
– Whimsical pink frosted mini cakes, watercolor printable wrapped chocolate bars & heart topped petite fours

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Vintage Garage Inspired Adult Birthday Party

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For her husband’s (route) 33rd birthday, Virginia Barrera of Amador de Parties created this super awesome Vintage Garage Birthday Party in – where else?! – their garage! I just love all of the creativity used to keep this party budget-friendly… like the Dollar Tree pizza pan signs & free tires collected throughout her neighborhood for starters! And since Alfonso loves old Chevy trucks, you’ll find miniature versions sprinkled throughout… even a few hauling Chex party mix in the back! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Tire welcome sign, dessert table stand, tire style chocolate cake & miniature tire centerpieces
– Make your own specialty hot dog bar & Frito Pie on the go + Sweet Tea Motor Oil & Antifreeze Lemonade
– Red & blue macarons, cake pops & vintage truck printables + snack filled tool boxes
– Route 33 cake topper, retro gas station logo decor & filled paper wrench party favors

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“It’s Tee Time!” Preppy Golf Themed Birthday Party

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When it comes to birthday parties, this Preppy Golf Themed Birthday Party is definitely a hole in one! Kameela Lewis of Tutus & Bowties Events always knocks it out of the park, or should I say, right onto the green. ;) To soak up some of the last rays of summer with her boys, she styled all of the details of this swingin’ par-tee for her oldest son’s birthday. With custom argyle stationery, trophy cup centerpieces & plenty of golf, I know lots of people who would love to spend their day having this kind of fun… and that goes for kids and adults alike!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look for:

– Golf themed sugar cookies & cupcakes + coordinating blue & green macarons & jello cups
– Mini golf carts, blue trophy centerpieces & framed inspirational quotes throughout the tablescape
– Ice cream station with argyle embellished ice-cream cups + golf ball filled vases
– Custom embroidered golf hats & towels as party favors + silver mylar ‘GOLF’ balloons

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Sedona Style, Tribal & Dreamcatcher Inspired Baby Shower

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A little dream is on the way, so… Christiane Lehman of Truly You Events created a gorgeous (and *dreamy*!) Sedona Style & Tribal Inspired Baby Shower in honor of mommy-to-be Vanessa. The perfect garden-party venue was dotted with painted feathers, whimsical florals from Papertini and crocheted dream catchers of course! See all the earthy decor and happy fun in the pictures from Love Me Do Photography… and just know that I’m literally *daydreaming* about the beautiful watercolor invitations and signs from Hand Painted Weddings!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gemstone necklace favor/escort card and favor-filled dreamcatcher stamped kraft bags
– Dreamcatcher thumbprint sign and “Join the Tribe” flash tattoo station
– Black and white stripe teepee gift area & wooden board baby picture display
– “Colors of the Wind” station with feather and wooden bow painting
– Babies breath halo for mommy-to-be & floral wreaths with gold-dipped feathers for each guest!

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Bright & Modern Popsicle Pool Party {2nd Birthday}

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A giant color-blocked popsicle piñata, rainbow popsicle pool rafts, adorable sweet treats galore… take one quick peek at the images below and I think you’ll understand why “Happy” (by Pharrel Williams) was stuck in my head while working on this post! ;)

This bright & modern Popsicle Pool Party was styled by Courtney Adams Design for her daughter Parker’s 2nd birthday celebration and features tons of awesome popsicle party printables (including the birthday girl’s iron-on shirt design) created by Heather Dalton of Chickabug. I love the overall “contemporary meets crafty” vibe and clever use of budget-friendly items like pool noodles, which played a big role at this party in more than one way… check out the fun DIY dessert table backdrop and ring toss game!

P.S. For more party goodness from Courtney and Heather, check out Parker’s Glam Nautical 1st Birthday too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful DIY popsicle garland table backdrop make from pool noodles
– Tub of “Grab & Play” beach balls, popsicle pool floats, & Pool Noodle Ring Toss game
– Color-blocked popsicle cookies (by Flourish Sweet Shop) + color-blocked popsicle pinata
– Super cute homemade popsicle brownies with colored candy melt “drips”
– Tiny popsicle cupcake toppers (made from Mike & Ike candy & toothpicks!)

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Modern + Boho Style Camping 1st Birthday Party

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Can you believe it’s September today?! That means fall is right around the corner already, and the warm and rustic details in this super stylish Camping First Birthday Party definitely have me excited for the new season!

Inspired by a mix of modern and boho chic styles, Zoe Namey (the birthday boy’s mom) collaborated with The Social Studio (a boutique event planning & interior design company owned by her sister in law) on this creative and DIY-filled birthday celebration. From a make-your-own trail mix bar to the faux campfire, teepee play tents, tin foil fishing game, and more, “Camp Doni” sure looks like an awesome place to get together! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Fishing-inspired centerpieces with wooden fish & poles + a tin foil fish game
– Cute faux fire set for play time + wooden instruments, board books, and teepees
– Chocolate chip layer cake with custom wooden topper displayed in a pretty tabletop teepee
– Stylish black & white tassel garlands made from patterned tissue paper
– Beautifully styled Trail Mix Bar embellished guinea feathers & rustic risers

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Whimsical “Dream Big” Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower

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Ann Hong *dreamed up* a Whimsical Hot Air Balloon Baby Shower for Cindy and Brett that is a sweet bundle of absolute perfection. Nichanh Petersen of Nichanh Nicole Photography captured all the “Dream Big” details like that beautiful cake (+ ENTIRE dessert table spread) by The French Confection Co, sweet baby shower games and dainty mommy-to-be crown. There are so many girly & gorgeous details, but I have to say my favorite are the amazing DIY hot air balloons strung above the party space. Each one is unique and carries a basketful of flowers!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pretty gold confetti favor bags, illustrated welcome sign & DIY  hanging hot air balloons
  • “Where will baby go?” map + “Dream Big” dessert table backdrop & framed map poster
  • Playful “baby” cupcakes with kraft paper hot air balloon and cloud toppers
  • Crepe paper flowers with sweet “Oh Baby” accents by Laura Hooper Calligraphy
  • Pink linens with tulle underlays, gold Chivari chairs & dreamy peony floral centerpieces by Twig & Twine

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Charming Mother-To-Bee Baby Shower {Vintage Style}

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BEE-utifully styled by Joanna Tutwiler of Queen Tut Events & Design, this gorgeous Mother-to-Bee Baby Shower is full of sweet-as-honey touches and charming details. Chic crossback vineyard chairs, luxe linens, and vintage glass vessels set an elegant tone for the party, while playful additions like a beehive cake, wooden BABY letters, and “Bumble Gum” favors kept things playful and fun.

My favorite idea, though, is definitely the awesome “honeycomb” structures that Joanna created from wooden hexagons… they definitely made for a dessert table backdrop that’s sweet as can be! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Natural wood chairs & honey-hued linens + Yellow “Bumble Gum” Party Favors
– Beehive cake by Simply Sweet Cakery + “Sweet As Can Be” Cupcake Toppers
– DIY Honeycomb backdrop fashioned from stained & stacked wooden hexagons
– Pretty vintage glass dessert stands and vases + beautiful yellow & white florals
– Spiked lemonade served in a beehive shaped drink dispenser

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Snickerdoodle Cookie Cup Caramel Sundaes (Yum!)

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We’ve had a crazy round of heatwaves in San Diego this month, so when it came time for my latest Baker’s Dozen recipe for Krusteaz, it felt like a good time to whip something up that was both sweet AND cool. So between that and my current affinity for mini desserts (they look cute + make it easy to justify eating more than one!), these yummy Mini Snickerdoodle Caramel Sundaes came to be… and then proceeded to disappear quickly after, if you know what I mean. ;)

You can find the full, print-friendly recipe over on the Krusteaz site, but I also wanted to share a visual tutorial for the cookie cups, because they’re surprisingly easy to make and just might be your new favorite thing! I mean, just think of all the fun things you can spoon into these tasty little gems!

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I used a mini muffin tin for this recipe/tutorial, but tested out a regular size muffin tin too. (Simply double the amount of dough per cup for a regular muffin tin.)

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You want your cookie cups to bake up evenly, which means being extra precise with the dough. I’m usually an eyeball-it sort of girl for regular cookies, but I actually used a measuring spoon for these… just make sure the scoop is level, then run your finger around the inside edge to quickly scoop it out.

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A Sweet & Colorful Country Tea Birthday Party

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From colorful rag tie fabric banners and pony rides to a buffet of fresh-baked sweets, this charming Country Tea Birthday Party  just looks like good old fashioned fun! Beautifully styled by Pilar Reichlein of Vintage Mingle for a 6th birthday celebration, I’m loving all the crafty touches and overall sweet, handmade vibe. My favorite detail might just be the clever hay bale tea party table though… what a fun way for the little ones to celebrate outdoors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rag tie fabric banner & dessert table backdrop made from thrift-store fabric
– Tea party table made from hay bales + vintage teacups & farmers market flowers
– Topsy turvy tiered naked cakes and colorful sugar cookies by Rosycakes
– Wood-framed chalkboard signage + vintage wooden serving cart for the snacks
– Pony rides by Snowball and Snowflake from Horse Haven Farms
– Candied apple party favors with apple tree branch sticks!

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Joint Royal Princess High Tea Garden Birthday Party

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Having kids with birthdays close together can be a tricky situation to navigate. Luckily, these adorable sisters don’t mind sharing one BIG, special day & their mom, LeLe Chan of LeLe Chan Designs, knows exactly how to pull everything together! This year, her girls requested a Royal Princess High Tea Garden Party, full of blushing bouquets, gorgeous watercolor stationery & tea party sweets fit for a Queen. One of my favorite details are the Disney Princess quotes at every place setting, which give the table a young, sweet feel while keeping with the overall elegant theme.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Floral decorated crystal chandeliers hanging from trees + tables under a white canopy tent with ivy
– Tea sandwiches, mini raspberry tarts & chocolate eclairs + chocolate dipped Rice Krispie hearts
– Stunning gold leaf & floral painted cake + simpler individual cakes for each birthday girl
– Hand painted flower & tea cup cookies, pink rock candy & gorgeous flower crowns
– Princess Sparkles makeovers & candy buffet table for the kids+ ‘sani-tea’ hard iced tea for the parents

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Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party {Whimsy + Fantasy}

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Come and join me down the rabbit hole today, where a magical party full of wonderfully nonsensical details awaits! Of course, for fans of the classic fairy tale, I’m pretty sure these playful details will make perfect sense. ;)

Cleverly styled by Juliet and Lucinda of The COOP, Alabama’s Alice in Wonderland Birthday Party draws inspiration from both the classic 1951 animated Disney film AND the 2010 Tim Burton fantasy film. You’ll find everything from the White Rabbit to the Mad Hatter to the Queen of Hearts/Red Queen… who happens to be the birthday girl’s favorite and the inspiration behind the awesome dessert table!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beverage dispenser drinks that “make you smaller or taller” + sparkly “Drink Me” cups
– Giant crepe paper rose number 7 with half of the roses painted red!
– “Down the Rabbit Hole” kids slide + adorable fondant white rabbit cake topper
– Queen of Hearts inspired sparkle wands, cake pops, and bright red heart shaped macarons
– Wonderland fondant cupcake toppers by Blue Cupcake (including a “tumbling” Alice!)
– Heart shaped playing cards “frame” for the cake + cute character-inspired party hats
– “Down the Rabbit Hole” bar for the grown up guests with cool DIY striped fabric backdrop

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Red, Yellow & RAD Fireman 3rd Birthday Party

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If you’re on the lookout for cute & approachable fireman party inspiration, then prepare to get FIRED UP! Mommy and co-founder of ComfortCam, Kelley Spoljaric, designed a red & yellow Fireman Birthday Party for her son Chase that’s bursting with playful details, crafty ideas, and personalized touches. Clever DIY tissue paper flames, rad fire hydrant water bottles, and adorable firetruck sugar cookies are just a few “sparks” of all the FIERY fun enjoyed by all!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Jumbo firetruck balloon, fire hydrant cupcake stand & firetruck photo booth prop
– Fondant fire hydrant cake decorations from Mama Mias Cupcakes + fire truck cookies from TSCookies
– Yellow and white chevron table runners purchased for less than $4 each!
– DIY paper flame table centerpieces + pint-sized fireman hats on each chair
– Red fire hydrant sippy cups with yellow straws + acrylic fire truck cake topper

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{Up Up and Away} Twins’ Hot Air Balloon 1st Birthday

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Styling a party for twins might mean double the work, but it also means double the cuteness!! Valerie & Jen of Charming Touch Parties had some major inspiration to draw from when creating this {Up Up and Away} Twins’ Hot Air Balloon 1st Birthday (seriously, just look at those little angelic faces!). I love the traditional mix of pink and blue throughout, especially in the floral arrangements — the blue hydrangeas are perfect for a soft, natural look. Every detail has got me floating on cloud 9! ;)

 PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rag-tie bunting & pinwheel banners + bouquets of pink garden roses, blue hydrangeas & white tulips
– White ruffle dessert table with cotton candy ‘clouds’ & hot air balloon topped cupcakes
– Charming 3-D dessert tent cards featuring layered cloud & banner cut-outs
– Cloud wrapped mason jar glasses + hot air balloon, cloud & ‘1’ cookies
– First year signs + adorable hot air balloon printables by Beth Kruse Custom Creations

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Surf’s Up! Incredible Island Paradise Birthday Party

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They say that “life is better at the beach“… and from the looks of this amazing celebration, maybe BIRTHDAYS are too! ;) Expertly styled by Maressa Lacerda of Pequenos Luxos, this beach and surfing inspired Island Paradise Birthday Party is boasting major creative waves from start to finish. With sunny decor and tropical vibes, not to mention the most adorable beach-y fondant dessert toppers, there’s tons of fun inspiration to soak up here, so get ready to kick off your flip-flops and dive right in!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Giant tent filled with palms, sand & driftwood for the ultimate tropical beach party experience
– Surfer-topped waves & sand cake + a sand castle cake covered in fondant seashells
– Surfboard invitation & centerpieces + beach-style wooden directional signs
– Colorful beverage dispensers with tropical drinks + giant paper lanterns backdrop
– Super cute beach themed desserts like chocolate seashells, coconut truffles & fondant crabs

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Trendy Outdoor Movie Night Teen Birthday Party

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Lights, camera.. ACTION! Adria Ruff of party powerhouse Anders Ruff styled this delightfully spunky Outdoor Movie Night Birthday Party for her 13 year-old daughter, Brynne. What more could a girl want than an evening filled with yummy snacks, a movie under the stars, and her closest friends, right? (The adorable DIY fabric-embellished flip-flops are a nice added bonus though!) I think even the critics would agree that these girls look like they had SUCH a blast – I’d say that’s mission accomplished, Mom. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful tea light lanterns & comfy lounge chairs, & clever DIY palette coffee table
– Jelly Belly concession stand, guessing game, and “taste test” activity
– Mini soda pop bottles in a vintage soda crate + flavored popcorn buffet
– DIY fabric embellished flip-flops for each guest + matching fabric fringe garlands
– Coordinating monogrammed shirts, pillows & totebags from Great Stitch
– Cupcake decorating contest + an awesome outdoor projector to watch the movie

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Chic & Creative Pink Flamingo Pool Party

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Flamingos adorned with flowers… could there be anything cuter!? Kim Meisinger of Delight Paperie whipped up one seriously stylish soirée for Lily’s 7th birthday with this fashion-forward Pink Flamingo Pool Party. From the clever pineapple “palm trees” and “pool water” party drink to the beach shovel snack scoopers and poolside dessert table, I think Kim made quite a creative SPLASH all around! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Pool Mat” potato chips, mini pretzel “Crunchy Crabs” and cheesy “Beach Balls”
– Pink frosted donuts, sprinkled marshmallow pops & cupcakes with pretty party circle toppers
– “Pineapple Palms” in a berry blue wading pool + “Take A Dip” veggie cups – so cute! 
– Yellow flip flops, sparkly blue sunglasses, flamingo hair clip & pink bucket party favors
– “Pool Water” and “Pink Flamingo Punch” party drinks

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Dreamy Pastel Mermaid Birthday Party

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Let’s dive “under the sea” for Skylar’s second birthday! Kelly Catron, of Gigi Noelle Events, designed a Dreamy Pastel Mermaid Birthday Party for her water-lovin’ little one with the prettiest purple tutu, starfish wands, and whimsical florals… although the star of the party (besides the beautiful & bubbly birthday girl of course!) is that oh-so-lovely and sea-foam green dessert table!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mermaid and pearl studded lavender seashell cookies
– “Sebastian’s sandwiches” and veggie tray from Creative Catering
– Under the sea birthday cake + glittery “2” silhouette toppers in white, green & purple
– Polka dot octopus balloon + adorable ombre mermaid doll
– DIY bubble inspired “Skylar” banner, tissue tassel garland & chalkboard signs

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DIY Tutorial: Color Block Balloon-Dipped Glasses

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I’m excited to share one of my favorite new “party tricks” with you today!

This fun and quick little decor idea stemmed from a combo of my obsession with color blocked/paint-dipped things + my extreme impatience at waiting for paint to dry (or waiting for anything, for that matter… I’m definitely an “instant gratification” sort of person!).

Anyways, a few months ago I was working on this Geometric Drink Station and felt like the glass tumblers needed a big splash of color. We’ve color-blocked $1 glasses from Ikea before using spray paint (for this party), and – while they looked cool in the end – they were still a big pain to create between taping them off, painting, waiting for the paint to dry, doing a 2nd coat, fixing touch-ups, etc. And then of course there’s the fact that I essentially turned those tumblers into a “one time use” item. This new method provides a solution to ALL of those issues!

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Pocoyo in the Park Backyard Birthday Bash

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Kids get into all kinds of things, some more popular than others (I’m looking at you, Frozen), so I’m always pleasantly surprised to receive a theme we’ve never featured before… especially when it’s THIS full of inspirational details! Natali Alexander of Serendipity Do expertly coordinated this Pocoyo in the Park Backyard Birthday Bash with the help of the birthday boy’s mom and some truly talented vendors. With heaps of bright rainbow sprinkles, TWO flawlessly styled dessert tables & endless amounts of fun, I’d say Natali & team knocked this party WAY out of the park. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful balloon archway entrance + rainbow balloon columns & spiraling backdrops
– ‘Happy Birthday’ doughnuts & stacked doughnut ‘trees’ + amazing Pocoyo & friends birthday cake
– Rainbow sprinkled chocolate strawberries, Rice Krispie paint brushes, Oreo pops & ‘ice cream’ cones
– Pocoyo & friends cupcake toppers & rainbow layer cake shots + rainbow chocolate drizzled popcorn
– Play area with custom Pocoyo themed pillows + colorful bottle & Pocoyo cookie party favors

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Colorful “Sharks & Surfers” Birthday Party for Twins

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We’re headed to the beach today! This Colorful “Sharks & Surfers” Twin Birthday sent in by Courtney Portner is absolutely *swimming* in creative party ideas. From the clever sandcastle centerpiece and personalized beach towel favors to the tropical and chomp-worthy treats with a modern twist, I can’t wait to dive in to all these fun details with you below!

P.S. The Arctic Shark Glacier Punch Recipe I made a few years back would be a perfect drink idea for this party too. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ombre “wave” cake and adorable shark cake pops from Simply Desserts Online
– Sandcastle centerpiece, personalized towel party favors & punched paper party hats
– Fondant shark, wave & surfboard cupcake toppers + playful boy and girl surfer silhouette wrappers
– Hibiscus flower, beach scene (with tiny flip flops!) and surfboard-shaped cookies
– Mason jars with bright stripe straws, kid surfer decals, personalized wood surfboards & blue ice sharks!

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Retro Circus Baby Shower {The Amazing Expanding Woman}

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Step right up to see The Amazing Expanding Woman! Jamie Forsythe of Sweet Jelly Parties designed a Retro Circus Baby Shower for mommy-to-be Shannon that is quite the show… of creativity! Given free range with the theme, Jamie took inspiration from her dessert table backdrop, a fabulous red velvet tufted headboard, that reminded her of vintage circus costumes. She added a gold sequin linen, playful vintage props, pops of gold via animal painted figurines, and a delightfully colorful candy display, so take your seats because the Big Top attractions are about to begin!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Elephant cake topper + gold painted lion and giraffe figurines
– Hotdog station, lemonade, “Big Top” water bottle wraps and mustache cookies
– Creative strong man chocolate covered marshmallow dumbell weights
– Black & white stripe and gold sequin linens + burlap table runners
– Candy apples, peanuts, popcorn and assorted candy display
– Gold “juggling” bowling pins, vintage luggage, wire baskets and wooden dessert risers

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Circus Animal Cookie Inspired First Birthday Party

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What’s fun & sweet with rainbow sprinkles all over? This Pink & White Circus Animal Cookie First Birthday Party, of course! Machelle Vanderhoeven of A Joyful Riot was inspired by a very strong pregnancy craving she had and re-imagined these adorable little treats into a seriously DARLING party theme (which was also little Stella’s first Halloween costume — I’m dying at the cuteness!).

To see how she pulled it all off, make sure to check out all of the DIY links below. I’ve already started coming up with ways I can incorporate that custom marquee light in future projects! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ticket shaped invitation + rainbow polka dot & fringe decorated party hats
– Fun circus games like balloon pop, bucket toss & a rhino shaped tissue paper punch
– Rainbow polka dot backdrop made from paper lanterns and tissue circles
– Fried bread “elephant ears”, circus lion hummus, and PB & ‘Stelly’ sandwiches
– Rainbow sprinkle cake with DIY polka dotted animal figurine toppers
– First birthday time capsule (to be opened on her golden birthday!) + confetti popcorn favors

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Blue & Yellow Policeman Birthday Party {Crime Fighters!}

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Donuts and $100 bills!? This Blue & Yellow Policeman Birthday Party by Lauren Haddox Designs sounds like my kind of party! For William’s 5th birthday, his team of officers stuck on their mustaches, saved the day by investigating the “Case of the Missing Donuts” and celebrated with police badge topped cupcakes. Read Lauren’s {adorable} party details to find out how the Crime Fighters tackled the case…. and just who stole all those donuts! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Officer William” birthday boy shirt and jumbo gold mylar “5” balloon
– Caution tape streamers, “Crime Scene” dessert table banner & honeycomb backdrop garland
– Clue packets for the “Case of the Missing Donuts” + cardboard box “bank” with $100 bills!
– Creative mug shot “suspected” donut thief lineup, prison break pizza and misdemeanor munchies
– Cute police car cookies from Silly Gilly Cookies and sprinkle marshmallow “Crime Fighter” pops

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Rustic Cabin in the Woods Wedding Anniversary Party

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Congrats to the happy couple! Abigail of Paper & Cake and her husband Richard have been married for TWENTY YEARS! To celebrate the huge milestone, they hosted an awesome “Cabin-versary” – aka Rustic Cabin in the Woods Wedding Anniversary Party – inspired by a generations-deep family tradition of vacationing in a lakeside cabin. From plaid and rustic wood patterns to copper frames and jazzed up camping treats, I’m just loving every last detail in Missy Marie Photography‘s photos… maybe because it has me thinking about how I should celebrate my own upcoming milestone anniversary! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Themed snacks served in oversize jars with spray painted lids & flannel ties
– Wooden cutout backdrop sign by Delovely Details + braided fabric strands
– Rustic woodgrain and red chocolate covered Oreos from Roni’s Sugar Creations
– Woodsy printables featuring plaid, pinecones and evergreen trees
– Lovely mix of wooden & bright white dessert risers + natural Tablevogue cover
– Individual peach pie jars, peanut butter cookie cups & s’mores cake from Meringue Bake Shop

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Inspirational Bows & Arrows Birthday Party {Girl Power!}

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Shoot for the stars! Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online *aimed high* for her daughter Charlotte’s Inspirational Bows & Arrows Birthday Party. Decked out in pink, green, navy and hints of shiny gold, the pattern-play place settings and gallery wall dessert table are “centerpieces” that you just can’t miss. Also, I love the message Jenny – a girl power party theme is a great way to teach confidence in soon-to-be teenage girls!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Pink fondant bow cupcake toppers and gold bow cake pops with multi-patterned party straw sticks
– Creative straw arrow lunch box embellishments, pink mini drink jugs & printable chevron placemat
– “Sparkle and Shine” makeup table + “Shoot for the Stars” marshmallow shooter game
– Inspirational quote gallery wall backdrop, jumbo honeycomb piles and pastel pink dessert stands

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Summer Fun! A Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar

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This is the time of year when I find myself wanting to soak up every last drop of summer… Does anyone else think the season is flying by way too fast?! It feels like a good time to take a deep breath and just chill out for a bit before the fall/holiday madness begins. (And that includes pretending that I don’t really see those Halloween items being stocked on the store shelves already too!)

Two things that really scream “summer!” to me are ice cream and fresh fruit. So, I thought it would be fun to pair them together as the inspiration for this project – which is the last of 3 milkshake bars that I recently created for California Milk Advisory Board. The first 2 milkshake bars had plenty of the more traditional ice cream toppings like hot fudge, caramel sauce, sprinkles, etc.. If you’re feeling in a chocolate-y (or boozy!) mood you can check those out here (Cocktail Milkshakes) and here (Nautical Shakes & Sundaes).

This “Fresh & Fruity” Milkshakes Bar still features delicious ice cream made from Real California Milk, but the ingredients have taken a healthy twist… focusing on fresh fruit and lower fat or all-natural additions like agave nectar, low-fat granola, crushed pistachios, and Chia seeds.

Let’s start with a closer look at the fruity milkshakes on the menu:

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The Watermelon Chill
Remember how I mentioned the need to chill out earlier? Well, here’s a great way to do it! (Preferably while lounging poolside on a sunny afternoon.)

This milkshake features: vanilla ice cream made from Real California Milk, fresh watermelon, a splash of milk, and a bit of agave nectar. The amount of agave nectar necessary will vary based on the sweetness of your watermelon, so just add it to taste. The chia seeds can be mixed in or used as a garnish. I love how they give a little nod to the look of “watermelon seeds” when used as a garnish!

watermelon chill milkshake

The Tropical Dream
Pineapple, bananas, milk, cinnamon, AND vanilla ice cream made from Real California Milk… what’s not to love?! I chose to go heavier on the pineapple than the bananas here myself (about a 2-1 ratio), and really loved the result, but you can adjust the flavor ratio to your liking. Garnish with extra cinnamon and pineapple for a pretty presentation. (more…)

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Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar – Free Printables

Printable Fruity Milkshakes Menu

Hello, friends! I designed these fruity ice cream inspired printables for a recent Fresh & Fruity Milkshakes Bar project for California Milk Advisory Board. I hope you can put them to good use at a celebration of your own, too!

Download links are at the bottom of the post – and you can find inspiration on how to utilize these printables over on the main post right here. Enjoy! :)

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Sweet and Sparkly Mermaid Soiree

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You won’t believe it, but this Sweet & Sparkly Mermaid Soiree, by Juliet and Lucinda of The COOP, was dreamed up & designed in just ONE WEEK! Primarily white with splashes of pink, purple and silver “Leticia’s Lagoon” featured glittery mermaid tail drinks, starfish ribbon wands, and bowls of candy “bubbles”! Their pretty under the sea party ideas don’t stop there, so be sure to *sea* all the fabulous fun in the pictures by Greg Fiore below!

P.S. Browse the archive to see more stylish inspiration from Juliet and Lucinda!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Drink cups embellished with sparkly lavender tulle + glittery mermaid tail straws
– Mermaid vase centerpiece with a creative honeycomb “bubble” runner!
– Paper rosette popcorn cups and fondant shell decorated cupcakes in brown sugar “sand”
– Starfish purple ribbon wands, white mermaid crowns & glitter mermaid silhouette favor bags
– Glitter dipped glass milk bottles & forks + wavy edged plates with pearl and shell necklaces
– “Fish scale” style drink dispensers accented with fishnets and starfish bowls with candy
– Handpainted teepee (see it used here too!) and jumbo pink tassel balloons

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POP Heroes Justice League Birthday Party

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Did somebody call Super-Mom?! Jeannette Rivas of J. At Your Service came soaring in to the rescue with this POP Heroes Justice League Birthday Party! Her son, Nate, loves these action figures, and since they’re fairly new, Jeannette had to come up with some clever crafting to really bring them to life. I just love all of the colorful, graphic elements — they really make this party POP! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Action figure photoshoot in custom painted frames + DIY decorated ‘N’ hero centerpieces
– Masked 6 topped cupcakes + jarred Green Lantern gummy worms
– Incredible POP Hero Flash & Superman sugar cookies by Auntie Bea’s Bakery
– Pop art style printables & party favors + bold black & white stripe accents
– Justice League decorated ‘NATE’ kid’s table centerpiece + fun games with the Flash

Justice League Dessert Table

Justice League Superman Cookies

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