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July 4th Party Bundle Freebie Hop with Jane.com

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Since the 4th of July is always buzzing with barbeques and fun get-togethers, the crew at Jane.com decided to round up a group of designer and blogger friends for a festive Patriotic Printable Party Hop, and I’m excited to be participating today! From cupcake toppers to napkin rings, each designer/blogger created a unique printable element, so there’s a little something for everyone… in lots of different styles!

I’ve been on a bit of a nautical kick lately, which naturally leans very red, white, and blue, so for my printable element, I decided to create a set of patriotic party signs with a bit of a nautical twist! Click the following links to download the: 8×10 Drink Station Sign and (2) 4×6 Decorative Signs. I love to use these small 4×6 signs as easy table centerpieces or quick decorative accents on food and dessert buffets!

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Creative Vintage Drive-In Movie 12th Birthday Party

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Summer is here and so is TWELVE! Mom, photographer, stylist and all around creative genius, Gina Lee of Gina Lee Photography, celebrated her daughter Madeleine with a Vintage Drive-In Movie Birthday Party that looks like piles of FUN, friends, and festive movie-themed treats! Besides being perfect for a tween and her gals, don’t you think this theme would be fun for teens & adults too?! For now, let’s dream about munching on one of the awesome jalapeno and nacho cheese cookies by ccSweets and great ready to *screen* all these gorgeous pictures that are coming soon… as in right this second! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Car radio cake pops displayed in a vintage red pickup truck
– Fabulous Hotdog, vintage movie reel, red licorice, pizza and popcorn cookies
– Vintage couches, cute and custom pillows + blankets, and red jumbo marquee “M”
– Custom teal napkins & “Thank You” mugs for candy and snacks
– Movie themed cake + movie ticket inspired party invitation
– Adorable concessions server (aka daddy!) handing out movie night drinks
– Trunk displayed snack bar with candy boxes & popcorn + mini tissue tassel bunting

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Bright & Coloful Gymnastics Birthday Party

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I’m flipping over how cute this party is! Krista O’Byrne of Hoopla Events stretched her creative muscles for her daughter’s Bright & Colorful Gymnastics Birthday Party with SO many creative details and tons of cute pictures (taken by Lauren Oliver Photography) of all the girls – playing with ribbon wands, testing out the balance beams, and sporting their pink party bag favors. Krista (and help from Banner Events) did a fabulous job of transforming the venue, *balancing* the sweets table and ultimately creating a very special day for 5-year-old Kennedy!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “KENNEDY” marquee lights displayed on custom balance beam + jumbo gymnast silhouette backdrop
– Colorful polka dot balloons, bright pink table linens and ribbon party banners
– Lime green plates, blue napkins, “energy drink” water bottles and printable embellished gable lunch boxes
Auntie Bea’s vibrant themed cookies, party circle topped cupcakes and star detailed cake pops
– Gold, silver and bronze lollipops and multicolor jelly bean tubes with star silhouette “Thank You” labels
– Cute invitation & printables by Anders Ruff Custom Designs + inspired fondant cake by 4 Kids Cakes

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Preppy Surf Birthday Party {Rad Plaid & Cute Crab!}

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Surfs up, dude! Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs took a cue from the summer season and brought out the beachy vibes for her son Luke’s 8th birthday. Inspired by plaid swim trunks and featuring cool surf boards and cute crab silhouettes, this Preppy Surf Party is catching major creative waves! Check out the impressive long board cookies, cleverly named/packaged eats and treats, and more rad party ideas… including the Big Kahuna’s “Smashed Surfer” drink for the grown-up guests to enjoy!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Curl” fries, “buoy” cheese balls and “shark fin” nacho chips
– Great white shark gummies, “pearl” sixlets, “sea glass” rock candy & stacked orange sprinkle donuts
– Crab cake pops, “beach ball” gumballs & “snow cone” cupcakes
– Surfboard invitation, orange crab drink flags and plaid food labels
– Ombre blue cake and white cake with brown sugar “sand” base and plaid “8” topper
– “Raulli’s Crab Shack” sign + Luke’s “surf report” sign

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Creative {& Budget-Friendly!} Dinosaur Birthday Party

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For her son’s 3rd birthday, Stefanie of Orange Blossom Special Events was given one simple request: a T-Rex cupcake (how stinking cute is that), but she didn’t stop there! She handled everything at this wonderfully creative Dinosaur Birthday Party, from the dressed-up dessert table to the super doable & adorable decor. I just love when parties are not only beautiful to look at, but also super FUN for the guests! Who wouldn’t want to munch on chocolate-covered “dinosaur bones”, chase bubbles around, and adopt a dinosaur on the way out, right?! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY spiked dinosaur party hats + prehistoric terrariums with moss, dino toys & mini buntings
– A simple dinosaur toy topper birthday cake, chocolate dirt cups & chocolate dipper pretzel ‘bones’
– Dino shaped pb&j sandwiches + super cute T-Rex fossil printables
– “Adopt a Dino” favors with toy dinosaurs wearing teensy dino-spiked party hats!

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Pink & Preppy Mini Golf ParTEE {For Charity!}

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Now how’s THIS for  a cute idea: throw a ParTEE for ChariTEE! ;) Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations always knows how to share her endless bouts of creativity in style, while being an inspirational mom and charitable citizen at the same time! This time she channeled her talents for a darling Pink & Preppy Mini Golf Party that raised $1,000 for the Bear Hug Program at Barrow Cleft & Craniofacial Center (her daughter Charlotte’s personal project that you can read more about here)! Scroll down to check out all the colorful details – from a floral-bedecked TEE party to edible golf balls and darling “Hug-In-One” teddy bear favors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– TEE Party at hole #18 with pink macarons, paper flower embellished banner & flower placemats
– Colorful mini golf caddies with water, scoring cards and mini teal pencils
– Vibrant golf cookies by Symphony of Sweets + golf cake balls on tees displayed in paper fringe “grass”
– INCREDIBLE cupcake topper fondant flowers, windmills, castles and argyle patterns
– Cupcake tower with “astro turf” frosting and printable flag holes
– Pose FORE a photo booth: pink instant camera & putt-putt party props!

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{Super Stylish} Jurassic World Movie Premiere Party

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To celebrate the world premiere of a dino-mite movie (in theaters TODAY!), Kameela Lewis of Tutus & Bowties Events styled this larger than life Jurassic World Movie Premiere Party! How cool is it that she was able to use the Natural Science Museum of Houston as her venue?! That T-Rex makes for quite the centerpiece! And lucky for you, Kameela is sweetly giving away a free printable of the super cute dinosaur trivia game! Just check out her blog for all of the roaring fun ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– ‘ROAR’ topped dessert table with a stunning Natural Science Museum dinosaur fossil backdrop
– Spray painted dinosaur figurines + a dino & vegetation topped naked cake with a bite taken out ;)
– Movie theater popcorn cart & VIP badges for the viewers + dinosaur trivia & a T-Rex puzzle
– Jurassic World themed Mike & Ike’s + the Jurassic Park logo on cookies, cups & fun printables

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Barbie in Paris Fashion Show Birthday Party

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Strike a pose! Shannon Rocha of Very Pretty Parties created this Vogue-worthy Barbie in Paris Fashion Show Birthday Party for her girly-girl daughter, Ashlyn. And what could be better for a true girly-girl than a day filled with best friends, pampering, sparkly accessories, and a Barbie-pink catwalk to strut your stuff, right?! A chic palette of black & white with pops of pink gives this party a perfect “classic Barbie” feel, and the addition of sweet Parisian details are the crème de la crème!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chic polka dot & Eiffel Tower printables with the classic Barbie silhouette + matching custom pillows
– Pink Barbie dress birthday cake, fondant flower topped cupcakes & Parisian phrase cookies
– Pearl & pink flower adorned decor + sparkly pink tiaras, fashionable sunglasses & feather boas for dress-up
– Fun makeovers with new hair styles & a touch of makeup + stylish Barbie doll party favors

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Creative Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Party Ideas {+ Free Printables}

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Turning ONE is so much fun… but especially so when Mickey & the gang are involved! I was thrilled when Disney Baby asked me to come up with some creative DIY party ideas that complimented the Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Party Collection from Party City, which features adorable illustrations of BABY Mickey & friends. If you’re looking to throw a Mickey themed first birthday for your little girl or guy, you’re in the right place! ;)

Inspired by the color palette of the collection + Baby Mickey’s cute blue and yellow overalls, I set out to create a Mickey Mouse 1st Birthday Celebration filled with stylish, playful and very approachable ideas… and with a look that could be appreciated by little ones and grown-ups alike. Let’s face it – the first birthday party is as much a milestone celebration for mom and dad as it is for the pint-sized guest of honor!

Scroll down to take a closer look + find detailed how-to info and shopping resources on all of the individual ideas… from Baby Mickey inspired table settings and centerpieces to simple drinks and homemade desserts. P.S. Don’t miss the links to download all the FREE PRINTABLES from this theme at the bottom of the post too. Enjoy!

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1. General Look & Feel (intro images)
2. Tablescape
3. Drink Station
4. Dessert Station
5. Smash Cake

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Blooming Spring Fling First Birthday Party

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Tulips, lilies & peonies, oh my! I am in LOVE with this gorgeous Spring Fling First Birthday Party, styled by Whitney Irene of Shiki for adorable, one-year-old Mila. From bunting to bundt cakes, flower crowns to crepe paper flowers, this bright affair is bursting with sunshine! And how cute is it that Mila’s dad stepped in to make that gorgeous floral archway?! Such a cute way to celebrate with the whole family & make some picture-perfect memories :).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Shabby chic decor like the wooden birdhouses, burlap bunting & tiny floral prints
– A stunning flower adorned & chevron striped cake + easy desserts like bundt cakes & powdered doughnuts
– Bright painted bird cages, lace doily photo bunting & pinwheels + a mini gold birthday crown
– Gorgeous crepe paper flower bouquets on the backdrop & archway + a woodland fairy entertainer

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A Charming & GIRLY Lego Friends Birthday Party

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FINALLY, after so many boyish renditions,GIRLY Lego Friends Birthday Party has come our way! Inspired by Legos, hearts, stars and butterflies, Valerie of Charming Touch Parties dreamed up a beautiful birthday party for her daughter Reese that is seriously beyond SWEET. I love how her colorful homemade backdrops, clever handcrafted banners, and brilliant party activities *pieced* together a perfect day for the birthday girl and her closest friends, which is really all a girl needs, right!? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clever DIY Lego dessert table backdrop made from layered round and square paper plates
– Sweet printable cupcake toppers with butterflies & hearts + chocolate lego toppings
– Lego Friend cookie pops, butterfly candy kabobs and “FRIENDS” candy dishes
– Butterfly adorned pink & purple Lego piñata from Pleasantly Piñatas
– Patterned paper lego lunch boxes + papercraft friendship signs & table runner
– Heart embellished tissue tassel garland, apothecary jars with pastel Legos & “Be Kind” party sign
– Friendship Tree fingerprint activity + friend photo collage frame decorating

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Darling Woodland Pixie Hollow Birthday Party

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I’ve got a FAIRY magical party to share with you today! Party planner/printable designer Julie Verville of Crowning Details submitted this darling Woodland Pixie Hollow Birthday Party filled with rustic wood and moss elements, playful gnome & fairy inspired outfits, and crafty DIY decorations in a sweet palette of pink and teal. From colorful mushroom stools to clever fruit “wands” and a whimsical “Ava’s Pixie Hollow” wreath sign, Ava’s 3rd birthday is literally a forest full of creative ideas… you’ll just have to flutter through the pictures to see all the birthday MAGIC!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Paper lanterns and garlands hanging overhead + a festive color-blocked fringe “3”
– Toadstool chair decorations (handmade by mommy!), moss table runner & wood grain paper plates
– Ava’s Pixie Hollow Wreath + “I hope you had a fairy good time” twig pencil favors
– Sweet pink mushroom fairy house cake by The Sweet Ginger
– Creative fruit wands, chocolate “mushrooms” and strawberry shortcake parfaits
– Fairy & gnome transformation station (beards, wands, wings!) + make your own headband activity
– Musical mushroom chairs, mushroom ring toss & woodland scavenger hunt games

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Retro “Super Spa” Superhero Party {Wonder Woman Inspired!}

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RELAXATION to the rescue… retro super hero style! With capes and masks and playful talk bubble signs, Evelyn and her super friends are ready to save the day…. after a little pampering of course. ;) Mommy/party designer (and Wonder Woman in her own right!) Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations designed an adorable Retro Super Hero Spa Party that’s absolutely exploding with creative ideas! Catch all the SUPER details below, including posh “spa robes” decked out with shiny red capes (AND made by Grandma!), a fabulous custom paper collection from PaperCandee, glam super hero eye masks, and perfectly matching party decor from Petite Party Studio.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Shiny gold cosmetic favor bags + homemade Super Soap and “Supergirl’s Scrub”
– A (retro glam!) mobile spa trailer with manis, pedis, AND comic cartoons happening inside
– Metallic gold sandals, silk blue robes on ribbon hangers, and posh, identity-hiding spa masks
– Wonder Woman krispie treats, glittery sugar cookies, & macarons with gold stars!
– “Be SUPER Be YOU” banner + vintage comic books & comic-style talk bubble signs

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Dreamy & Sophisticated Royal First Birthday for Twins

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A sprinkle of glitter, a splash of sweetness, and a dash of sophistication brought together exactly what mommy, Elizabeth Kao, was hoping for: a first birthday party fit for her little prince AND princess! With the help of June Park of Cana’s Miracle, Dylan & Mila’s first birthday came to life with this totally dreamy & sophisticated Royal Birthday Theme. Dazzling party guests with whimsical details like a lace crown smash cake topper, metallic crown cake pops, a magnificent trio of cakes, and stunning florals throughout, this is definitely one swoon-worthy celebration. So… hold on to your pastel pony cupcake topper and enjoy all the sweet *rhinestone embellished* inspiration to come!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Shimmery blue & pink linens, gold horses at each place setting & rhinestone table numbers
– Fondant pastel horses atop cupcakes + magical silhouette script “Dylan & Mila are One” cake topper
– Jumbo white balloons with gold mylar tassels and fancied-up high chairs with bunting banners
– Fabulous pink & blue macaron tower with statement fondant flowers
– Custom silhouette party logo and feather-adorned place cards on gold sequin linens

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Incredibly Creative Camping Themed First Birthday

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Camp RULES! Mommy (and “camp leader”) Cheryl Nguyen celebrated her son’s first birthday by gathering friends and family for an incredibly creative party at Camp Damon! And seriously, you guys… this Camping Birthday Party is absolutely *swarming* with fantastic DIY ideas, from succulent centerpieces and trail mix served in a tackle box to “campfire” favor bags cleverly created from red & yellow napkins. Make sure to check out all the delicious fireside eats too – think s’mores, bug juice & hearty meats – and the most adorable camping themed party outfits for the whole family (handmade by Cheryl)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute red bandana stick sacks + campfire favor bags with paper napkin “fire”
– Personalized “Camp Damon” scavenger hunt, treasure maps & camp journals
– A very doable set of “Camp Rules” displayed on clipboards + wood slice Instagram sign
– “Keep Cozy” play area with a quilted blanket “tent”, fake fire and first aid kit
– Trail mix tackle box, bear claw cookies and log campfire cake with donut hole “charcoals”
– S’mores Bar, gourmet hot chocolate bar & boat as a drink cooler!

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Vibrant & AMAZING Hot Air Balloon Festival Birthday

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In honor of Milla’s 1st birthday and the upcoming arrival her new baby sibling, Lucca, Laila Plant of One Inspired Party helped Milla’s mommy & Daddy throw a fun, lively and all around AMAZING celebration that was bursting with happy colors at every turn. We’ve shared lots of incredible hot air balloon themes here across the years, but this vibrant and oh-so-detailed Hot Air Balloon Festival definitely kicks things up, up, and UP a notch! From creative cart-style dessert tables and a “Kids Sky Lounge” area to plush cloud party favors,(truly gigantic!) wooden letters, playful carnival games and more, take a closer look at all the fun details below in the sweet pictures captured by Tutti Bambini Photography.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Umbrella-topped candy carts + colorful blankets and pillows for lounging on the grass
– Jumbo “MILLA” lawn letters & incredible life size hot air balloon prop by Bambini Soiree
– Carnival rides, fun games like “Krazy Kans”, plush doll prizes & juggling clowns!
– Kids Sky Lounge area with chevron chair covers & flower filled picnic basket centerpieces
– Clever double-sided dessert station with a hedge wall back drop/overhang + blue sky “ceiling”
– Lemonade stand, ice cream sundae bar, and pails of colorful meringues
– Fondant-topped hot air balloon crispy treats + a rainbow of chocolate dipped pretzels

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Creative Blackhawks Inspired Hockey Birthday Party

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She shoots, she SCORES! Beth Kruse of Beth Kruse Custom Creations earned a hat trick when creating this creative Blackhawks Inspired Hockey Birthday Party for her son — with super cute decor, clever snacks and tons of fun activities! I especially love Beth’s thought-process: “I tried really hard to not only make it “pretty,” but unique, creative, fun and doable for average moms.” That’s a win in my book! Plus, today is the first day of this year’s Stanley Cup Final and the Hawks are in it, so there’s no better time snag some of these awesome ideas! (P.S. Check out full details on all of the fun games at Beth’s blog… link below).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Hockey puck party invitation + hockey puck shaped cake with Blackhawks colored layers
– Concessions style food stand with hot dogs, pretzels & popcorn
– Fun, kid-friendly hockey games like an inflatable “ice” rink & slapshot practice
– “Hockey puck” Oreos, “hockey stick” candies + paper face mask party favors
– Team-inspired party printables + classic black and white striped straws & favor bags

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Spectacular Pirate Party on the Beach {First Birthday}

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Meet you on the beach, mates! For Dylan’s first birthday, mommy and party stylist, Laura of LAURA’S little PARTY, definitely stole the show at the shore with this awesome location-celebration featuring bandana-bedecked skeletons, treasure chests full of beach toys, rag tie banners and plenty of that thing that no pirate can ever seem to get enough of… GOLD! From an amazing pirate cake by Oh For Cake’s Sake and to the most clever little “treasure map” bucket seats you ever will see, scroll down to check out the entire, plunder-worthy fleet of creative ideas from this Spectacular Pirate Party. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clever “X marks the spot” painted globe & bucket beach “seats”
– Skull and crossbones drink bottles + a “Pick Yer Poison” chained drink cart
– Handcrafted high chair garland made from burlap, skull fabric, and pompoms
(Incredibly detailed!) silhouette pirate ship cupcake toppers from Creativities Galore
– Gold pirate hooks, eye patches, paper party crowns and “buried treasure” gold necklaces
– Black & white striped Shawna Brockmeier fabric crowns for the birthday boy & his big bro!

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Groovy & HIP Backyard Bash {60th Birthday!}

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Peace, Love, and BIRTHDAY Cake! For Cathleen’s 60th birthday, friends and family cozied up in piles of pretty pillows – and amidst beautiful, boho chic decor – for a Groovy & HIP Backyard Bash to celebrate her special milestone… 60’s style! From lace tambourines to floral party crowns and a wild child edible flower cake, Katie Webb and team from Intertwined Events definitely dreamed up a fabulous evening full of flower power FUN. I especially love that all the party guests (who look like they’re having an absolute blast, BTW!) arrived dressed in 60’s inspired, “hippie bohemian” outfits to celebrate in style for what surely was… the party of the decade. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ripped fabric curtains, assorted colorful pillows, and an eclectic mix of linens & textiles
– Groovy edible flower birthday cake from Sweet & Saucy
– “All You Need Is Love” napkins + Live Lavender Love” & “Tie Dyed” cocktails
– Flower crowns, lace tambourines & bohemian chic attire (think crochet dresses & fringe vests)
– Hippie inspired props & accents: dream catchers, peace signs, colorful daisies, & more!

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Glam Nautical First Birthday Party {Gold, Pink & Navy}

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I’m loving the decidedly GLAM twist that Courtney Adams of Courtney Adams Design put on this gold, pink & navy Nautical First Birthday Party for her (super adorable) little girl, Parker! Eye catching details like a giant marquee light anchor, bold sequined linens, and cleverly named treats (i.e. “Watermelon Wharf”!) were tied together beautifully with the help of chic nautical themed printables by Chickabug. For boatloads of pretty party inspiration + some darling mommy-and-me moments, set sail for the rest of the party below….

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold sequin & marquee anchor backdrop + giant balloons with ribbon tassels
– Script “One” silhouette cake topper + tiny gold party hat/headband for the birthday girl!
Buoy Blueberry Sangria & True North Tea (all decked out with glittery gold bows)
Stowaway yogurt parfaits, Watermelon Wharf fruit pops, and Convoy kettle chips
– Homemade “life saver” door wreath + anchor silhouette cupcake toppers

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{Splish Splash} Twin’s Beach Bash Birthday Party

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It’s already quite the task to style a birthday party for one kid, but add another one to the mix and you’ve got yourself a real feat! Case in point: check out this awesome Beach Bash Birthday Party that Julie Verville of Crowning Details created the for twin boys, Tanner & Joey. And even though summer is fast approaching, not all of us have easy access to the beach… so to fully “transport” party guests for this occasion, Julie even had sand brought into the backyard!! I’d say that definitely deserves four thumbs up ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Beach ball cake balls & flip flop cookies + crabby croissant sandwiches & party circle cupcake toppers
– Beach-inspired tablescape with starfish & nautical floral centerpieces + driftwood framed signs
– Inflatable surfboards & water slides + a beach ball & fish netting dessert table backdrop
– Fondant beach ball topped birthday cakes & beach bucket party favors filled with sand essentials

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Glitzy & GLAMorous Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party

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Attention, party-loving fashionistas: this one’s got chic STYLE and girlie FUN all rolled into one! Jen Carver of Banner Events (and her fabulous team of on-trend vendors) dreamed up a fabulously glitzy & glam Kate Spade Inspired Pool Party for her daughter’s 10th birthday. And oh my stripes, polka dots and gold glitter confetti – is it alright that I just want this party for ME!? Pretty sure I’m not going to be the only one either, because this “retro glam meets modern chic” vibe would work SO well for all sorts of ages and occasions.

Scroll down to check out all the cheeky fun… like clever chocolate bar “purses”, black & white striped bathing suit cookies that might just be my new favorite thing, and classic Kate Spade style patterns and icons dressing up every pretty little detail. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Bold black & white striped towels, bathing suit cookies & mod table runner
– Glam mini donuts, confetti dusted cake, and black/white Rice Krispie spades
– Water bottles and striped straws adorned with DIY paper bow ties
– “PARTY” marquee letters + jumbo balloons with matte & metallic tissue tassels
– Step-and-repeat inspired photo booth backdrop + matching beach ball props
– Black sequin linen, gold glitter confetti plates & sparkly spade centerpiece topper
– Heart sunglasses + custom black & white striped cover ups for the guests

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Creative & Crafty Cat in the Hat Birthday Party

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I have to agree with Lindsey (a.k.a. mom of the birthday boy) in her party details below… a labor of love is exactly what I would call her son’s creative & crafty Cat in the Hat Birthday Party!

Beautifully captured on camera by Cari Courtright Photography and styled by Trunks & Tales, Cole’s birthday party is bustling with playful nods to Dr. Suess at every turn – including clever DIY decorations and festive tables piled high with themed party snacks… like the infamous green eggs, of course! Factor in an adorable Cat in the Hat outfit for the birthday boy, mom and dad, AND grandma & grandpa, and it’s easy to see that this celebration was one for the BOOKS! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Striped hat & book fondant cake by Lovely Little Cakes + Thing 1 and Thing 2 cake pops
– Custom Cat in the Hat apron, red polka dot rain boots & cute mini hat headband
– Green deviled eggs, goldfish in mini tin pails & clever red (swedish) fish in blue (jello) cups
– Bow tie mini balloons on sticks + candy coated pretzel rods with fondant red bows
– Mini honeycomb ball garland hanginve over the food table + red & white stripes galore!

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Vibrant Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party {+ Adorable Food Truck Centerpiece}

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I am LOVING the tiny “gourmet street food” truck parked right in the middle of this party… or should I say FIESTA! Let’s dig right in to the mini Mexican eats, playful pineapple treats and truckloads of vibrant colors in this 9th birthday party that was inspired by the guest of honor’s favorite food: tacos! Cristina and Maggie of Via Blossom definitely crafted up a storm for their niece/daughter’s Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party, and they brought all the fun to life in their own mother’s backyard! Talk about a {creative} family affair. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Giant tissue pom flowers with paper leaves + mini tissue pom garlands
– Jello served in mini margarita glasses with pineapple “drink stirrers”
– Bright & bold DIY table linens made from long strips of colorful fabric
– A bouquet of cake pop “flowers” displayed in a festive painted terracotta pot
– Adorable homemade “Taqueria” stand with mini tacos and bite size burritos
– Mexican wedding cookies in Petite Blossom Cups + mini churros with dipping sauce

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Modern & Vibrant Geometric Party {Teen Birthday}

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It’s often WAY easier to design a party with a theme to help develop creative ideas, activities, and even plan the food. That’s why I’m giving Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online a *virtual* high five today! Her teenage daughter requested a “themeless” party, and she still managed to completely transform her backyard for the occasion. Audrey’s Sweet & Modern Birthday Party featured geometric shapes and elements of a purely celebratory vibe {think confetti, garlands & balloons galore!} – all brought together in a carefully color-coordinated palette of yellow, orange, and PINK of course! 

P.S. With three daughters, Jenny sure has mastered the art of pink-infused parties! See her Pink Flower BLOOM Birthday, Girly Woodland Party and Sparkly Pink Star Party in the archives.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ombre sugar cookie stacks displayed on patterned-paper-covered dessert stands
– Backyard movie seating area with colorful pillows, balloons & popcorn
– Popular movie theater candy boxes completely transformed with custom labels!
– Mini tissue garland cake topper + layers of ruffled crepe paper adorning the mantle
– Honeycomb ball table runner + awesome paper triangle garland table backdrops
– Photo banner with pictures of the birthday girl from each year of her life

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Lovely & Rustic “Keys to Success” Graduation Party

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This is one of the most beautiful graduation party themes I have ever seen! Inspired by the idea of reflecting on past successes + looking forward to more to come, Valerie & Jen of Charming Touch Parties dreamed up this “Keys to Success” Graduation Party and filled it with personalized banners, gorgeous florals, and impressive sweets to celebrate the grad-of-honor, Mae Elizabeth. Clever ideas like a festive gourmet popcorn bar – set up ON A LADDER! – and individually packed utensils served in mini tin pails earn this party an A+ grade of success! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Class of 2015, key and graduation cap cookies from NatSweets
– “Mae Elizabeth Through The Years” picture banner + canvas collage
– Gourmet popcorn bar with rustic wire & burlap lined baskets and mini wooden scoops
– Mini tin pails with wooden utensils and navy & white polka dot linens + burlap ribbon and iron key
– Lemonade, ripped fabric garland topped pie and mini blueberry parfaits
– Dreamy naked layer cake by Bake It! + stunning florals from Floral Wonders

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Fabulous Pink & Gold Glitter Teen Birthday

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It’s HBD time! Abigail Barnes of Paper and Cake throws awesome, affordable, and ultra realistic birthday parties for her kids every year, and her daughter’s latest sleepover party was no exception! Autumn’s Fabulous Pink & Gold Glitter Teen Birthday decked out the house in stylish marquee lights, GLAM sweets and glittered decor with ZERO mess. The trick is to add sparkle in the printables + statement sequin linens!

Read on to see Abigail’s “cool mom points” stack up with each dreamy picture and find more sleepover party ideas from Autumn’s birthday last year featuring a whimsical “pillow fight” theme!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Birthday cake with fondant marquee “HBD” topper from Edible Details
– “#13” REAL custom marquee light backdrop from Lollipop Lights
– Scallop popcorn boxes, printable wrapped water bottles & “YUM” snack table banner
– Shopping and dinner at the mall + rhinestone and party logo embellished purse favors
– Pretty pink “Autumn” chocolate cake pops from Roni’s Sugar Creations
– Breakfast bar with waffles + assorted toppings, orange juice, and fancy gold stripe paper plates

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Mother’s Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

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In honor of Mother’s Day this weekend, I’m excited to share this oh-so-SWEET and charming Mother’s Day Garden Party by Bethany Gist of Auntie Bea’s Bakery! And as much as I can appreciate all of the sweet nods to motherhood that she included here, there are also LOTS of great ideas that could work well for a garden or flower-inspired celebration of any kind… I mean, I don’t know about you, but I’m game for decorating cookie pops, eating “flower pot” cupcakes, and donning a floral crown at any time of year! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Floral crowns for each guest + beautifully wrapped, personalized bracelets for the moms
– Jelly Belly Flower Cookie Pop decorating activity (see the full tutorial here)
– Gorgeous giant paper flowers + vintage floral print drink straws
– Pretty drink station adorned with flowers, butterflies, & a burlap-and-floral BLOOM banner
– Flower pot cupcakes + white chocolate covered Oreos topped with Jelly Belly “daisies”
– Lovely (and free!) Mother’s Day printables, courtesy of Modern Moments Designs

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Chic & Crafty Two Peas In A Pod Baby Shower

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I’ve gotta say… this baby shower just stole my heart. Celebrating the pregnancy of a dear friend is always a wonderful reason to throw a party, but when the mom-to-be has had a difficult time getting pregnant, then ends up with TWO peas in her pod… there’s a pretty good chance the celebration will be TWICE the fun!

Dani Blasena of HauteFêtes not only dreamed up a beautiful day for her BFF Brenda, but she impressively traveled with all her crafty materials, glass vases, etc. from San Diego to Portland (where Brenda had recently moved), ready to bring the party to her! With lots of love and time, Dani create a super chic Two Peas In A Pod Baby Shower that is feminine and sweet, but also gender neutral, as mommy-to-be was expecting both a boy and a girl! From darling desserts adorned with hearts to warm textures like burlap and yarn, see all the lovely and heart-felt inspiration below…

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Whimsical tissue tassle & pom pom garlands + handmade “Sweet Peas” banner
– Burlap napkin rings & table runners + hand dyed ombre cocktail napkins
– Luscious springtime florals + a baby’s breath wreath for the guest of honor
– Champagne cocktail-filled glass baby bottles adorned with twine
– Clever yarn pom “baby mobile” craft activity for the guests
– “Little Pea” guestbook, felt invitations, and heart shaped table confetti

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Creative & Unique UP Themed Wedding in Downtown LA

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When it comes to creative wedding details, this beautiful celebration is UP, up, and away!

The team at Innovate Marketing Group dreamed up a fantastic Disney-Pixar UP Themed Wedding for Kristin and Phillip, and it definitely looks like this happy couple was on cloud 9! And given that this modern fairytale began with a proposal asking, “Are you UP for being my Ellie?”, it’s no wonder the beloved animated flick served as inspiration for the big day. From the “Russel” ring bearer and insanely impressive display of 1000 colorful paper cranes – made by family and friends as a symbol of good fortune! – to the intricate wedding aisle chalk illustration, I think it’s safe to say that I’m in LOVE, too. ;)

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

Honeymoon Paradise Falls fund jar + a thoughtful vintage bookcase display of family photos
– Custom “Faith, Hope, Love” chalk illustration wedding aisle drawn by a friend of the couple
– 1,000 handmade paper cranes, string lights, and an awesome urban warehouse venue
– Cool graffiti photo backdrop + urban city-style bridal portraits
– Non-traditional giant paper flower “bouquets” + hot chocolate on a stick take home favors
– Flower girl dressed as “Kevin the bird” + ring bearer “Russell” with boy scout sash & “grape soda” pins!

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