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Sweet & Feminine Beachside Baby Shower

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This Sweet & Feminine Beachside Baby Shower is just adorable with bla bla dolls, a floral crown for mommy-to-be, and the dreamy California beach as the backdrop! Natalie of A Good Affair Wedding & Event Production designed the exquisitely girlish affair with details ranging from fondant bow topped cupcakes to an Eiffel tower guest book sign. So, if you are looking for girl baby shower ideas or just love to look at pretty things, then ooh and ahh over all the beautiful pictures from Jessica Claire Photography below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pastel baby carriage, rocking horse, bottle and bib sugar cookies
  • Pink accented Eiffel tower cookie, whimsical baby carriage invitation & Eiffel tower guest book sign
  • Rustic stacked drawers, vintage books, bla bla doll and mercury glass dish decorations
  • Lush pink rose centerpieces and gorgeous flower crown for mommy-to-be!
  • Fondant flower and pretty bow cupcake toppers + non pariel sprinkled cake pops

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Magical & Elegant Butterfly Garden Tea Party

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Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day has a signature pastel color palette & girlish party style that gets me every time! Her DIY’s always feel so meaningful & lighthearted and her talented photography skills always showcase the best smiles from her daughter and sweet friends, not to mention decor details that we are all thankful for. Have a look through Mia’s fourth birthday, a Magical Butterfly Garden Tea Party, that is so whimsical and precious that has me all a flutter from the wildflower inspired favor table, dainty cookie tower, and darling Mia, of course!

P.S. Find more inspiration from Amy’s (Darling Pretty Pink Kitty Cat Birthday) and second (Dreamy Lavender Woodland Fairy Party) party features.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink butterfly cake pops and flower shaped marshmallows on pearl embellished sticks
  • Colorful party guest flower crowns and gold glittery butterfly wings + paper silhouette photo booth frame
  • Multicolor pastel layered birthday cake with fondant flowers, butterflies and sculpted “4” topper
  • Lace doily and paper butterfly decorated tea label + exquisite assorted tea cups
  • Butterfly “chandelier” with hanging greens and flower pattern lanterns
  • Green lace table linen, tissue paper flower centerpieces, pink flower chair pads & white lace covers

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“Chef Elmo” Play Kitchen Inspired Birthday Party

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Welcome to Aashi’s World! Filled with pizza, groceries, cookies and more, Smita Bhakta of The Party Wall designed a “Chef Elmo” Play Kitchen Inspired Birthday Party, that is napkins-out AMAZING! The birthday girl’s love for make-believe games and her favorite Sesame Street character cooked up to be a playful afternoon for budding chefs and hungry guests. Enjoy browsing through all the yummy photos from Kathie Tam – they’re so cute I want to eat them all up! Ha!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Aashi’s World with a play kitchen, grocery store, tea shoppe, pizza parlor and lemonade stand
  • Creative Elmo rock candy, macarons, chevron cookies, Chef Elmo cake and cupcakes
  • Elmo face veggie and fruit platters + playful decorated mini Baby Bel cheeses
  • DIY pizza lunch and cookie decorating + felt pizza making activity!
  • Budget-friendly gift wrap table runners and utensil holder “centerpieces”
  • Chef Elmo tissue poms & vases with kitchen utensils and Elmo silhouettes
  • Personalized aprons and chef hats + mini rolling pins and “Best Chef” medals party favors

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Simple & Creative Outdoor Movie Night Ideas

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This post is sponsored by Coca-Cola®. Did you know you can order your own personalized Coke bottles online now? Correct name spelling at all! ;) Learn more here. #ShareaCoke

We’ve done a few movie nights in our backyard, and they’re always super fun! We use a big projector screen that was originally purchased for work presentations… it’s SO much more fun to use as a makeshift movie theater though. ;)

If you’re hosting friends over for a movie night, create a festive atmosphere with a cute little snack table display. I mean, what’s a movie without popcorn and drinks, right?! And if you’re a sweet tooth like me, then candy definitely needs to be in the mix too.

For the real showstopper though – make your guests feel extra special by serving personalized Coke bottles with their names on them! Display the bottles in an ice-filled beverage bucket with a little “STARRING” banner so that it makes them feel like the true stars of the party, which is how your invited guests should always feel, right?! You can download the little banners and the rest of my Movie Night printables for free below.

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Since popcorn and movies go hand in hand, the highlight of my snack table here is the mini popcorn buffet! I filled red and white striped bags with fresh popcorn (which should be done pretty close to serving time), and added some cute glittery gold heart stickers to the front.

I also designed a little POP of Flavor Sign and some coordinating Flavor Labels for the seasonings. At first I was just going to leave the seasonings as-is, but the bottles looked SO much cuter once they were wrapped. Well worth the extra effort! (I bought these popcorn seasonings here.)

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A Magical Forest Cinderella Birthday Party

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Have courage and be kind… and party with lots of glitter, of course! Maybe the last part isn’t from the new Cinderella movie, but I’m so glad that Shannon Powell of Painting Paris Pink took it to heart! Her Magical Forest Cinderella Birthday Party is a sparkly fairytale of golden butterflies, blue satin ribbons and glittery glass slippers. And speaking of pretty ribbon, I couldn’t agree more when Shannon says, “You can dress up any serving piece with a simple satin ribbon and a 2″ party circle.” I’m a firm believer that the smallest details often have the biggest impact, like those amazing decorated “ELLA” letters below…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Glitter fairy wands with blue satin bows in custom painted mason jars from Always the Occasion
  • DIY glittered glass slipper cake topper + whimsical blue and gold fondant butterfly cupcake toppers
  • Blue tutu birthday girl dress, framed “ELLA” party banner and confetti filled balloons
  • Gold framed Cinderella quote signs + paper white pumpkin carriage decorations from 2clvr Designs

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Retro-Glam Bridesmaid Luncheon & Gift Ideas {+ Free Printables}

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What’s black and white and RETRO all over? These playful Bridesmaid Luncheon & Gift Ideas!

I’ve been working with Coke this summer to help get the word out about the fabulous new personalized Coke bottles that you can now order online (woo hoo!), and thought this would be a great opportunity to dream up some creative ideas featuring these #ShareaCoke bottles personalized with the names of a bridal party.

And because the bottles instantly stir up feelings of nostalgia and FUN whenever I see them, I decided to give this set of ideas a bit of a retro-glam twist. I mean… Coca-Cola, red hearts, classic black & white polka dots, and a hint of sparkle – can’t go wrong with that combo, right?! ;)

1. Retro Bridal Party Centerpiece
The first idea is for a retro-glam centerpiece (pictured at top) that “puts the wedding party up on a pedestal” for a change! For this design, I used a black & white round box to display a set of “bridesmaid” Coke bottles, where each girl is represented by a bottle with her name. The bottles are embellished with a little “retro scarves” made from small strips of fabric that I folded into thirds then tied around the neck:

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I also designed a free printable heart shaped sign that reads “I love my awesome bridesmaids” (and fits in the red heart frames from Ikea). The sign sits in the middle of the bottles and is propped up it up a sparkly DIY stand, which is actually a small glass cylinder vase wrapped in diamond ribbon.

Speaking of printables, here’s another one for you… retro-inspired bridesmaid and maid of honor Party Flags. I figured that once you put this centerpiece to use, you’ll need cute straws handy to sip with, too!

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Dazzling Mickey & Minnie Circus Birthday Party

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I have a huge soft spot for unique circus parties, so Laila Plant of One Inspired Party made my day when her Dazzling Mickey & Minnie Mouse Circus Birthday popped up in my inbox! This incredible 2nd birthday is filled to the brim with over-the-big-top-talent from every corner of the party world, including awesome balloon art and cart fulls of “mouse ear” inspired desserts.

What I especially love about Laila is that she always adds unexpected and simple ideas into the mix too – like the creatively stacked animal cracker boxes and the earthy succulent table centerpieces, which provide such a nice contrast to all the bright colors in the room + tie in beautifully with the big hedge wall backdrop. Find more clever highlights below… I hope you guys enjoy looking at all this Mickey and Minnie inspired fun as much as I do!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Giant Mickey balloon art sculpture + amazing Mickey silhouette balloon backdrop
  • Succulent centerpieces in wood planters, paired with ticket rolls & striped popcorn boxes
  • Whimsical circus inspired cake with fondant Mickey, Mini & Pluto!
  • Dazzling (& detailed!) circus cart dessert tables with stuffed white tigers peering out
  • Cool Minnie hedge silhouette with red marquee “V” behind the dessert table
  • Fabulous assorted Mickey & Minnie cookies from youcancallmesweetie
  • Personalized & embroidered favor bags + mini gumball machines with custom stickers

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Crafty & Charming Rubber Ducky Baby Shower

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Rubber ducks are (one of) the cutest icons of our childhood, so it’s no wonder Mommy-to-be Paula Fonseca chose to welcome her little Benjamin with a sweet Rubber Ducky Baby ShowerVanessa of Festiva Party Design styled the charming event with bubble bath themed favors, yellow silhouette duck decorations, non-alcoholic bubbly drinks, and more SPLASHing party ideas! :)

P.S. While this theme is classic and one of my original favorite themes, we’ve only had one other party feature for a girls birthday party. Unbelievable, I know! So, if you’ve got more “rubber duck theme” ideas up your sleeve, share them in the comments… I’m sure we’d all love to see!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Ducky silhouette drink charms and “Let’s Drink” party flags on blue polka dot straws
  • “BENJAMIN” letters in individual frames + yellow silhouette duck in white laser cut frame
  • Mini bath tub favor tray with a hand towel, soap, bath salts and tiny rubber duck!
  • Decorated doilies used as labels for bottled drinks + bright blue beverage tubs
  • Blue cupcake wrappers and handcrafted yellow paper duck toppers from the Festiva store on Etsy

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Très Chic “A Day in Paris” Painting Birthday Party

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Bonjour! For Jetti’s 4th birthday celebration, Brandy J Rammel (aka “Mommy”) of Pretty Plain Janes, whipped up a trés chic “A Day in Paris” Party for the birthday girl and her equally stylish, pint-sized party guests! Inspired by the French flag, classic Parisian fashion (stripes and berets) and a pinch of girly pink (party signs and pink lemonade) it feels like Brandy is taking us all on a trip to the magical city in such a fresh, thoughtful and playful way. Bon travail, Brandy!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chocolate dipped Madeleines and Croquembouche tower with mini French flag toppers
  • Personal painting stations with a palette, brushes, apron, canvas, easel and a beret!
  • Paris city doodle cake from CakeCrazy + red, blue and white color-blocked party garlands
  • Giant gold glitter Eiffel Tower with a red balloon + bright red bike with a flower-filled basket
  •  “Flower stand” rose favors + personalized canvas totes {made with love by grandma!}
  • French flag photo booth backdrop + glittery Paris-inspired photo booth props

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Roaring Gatsby + Derby Style First Birthday Party

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Gatsby + Derby + First Birthday… who knew that combo could be so EPIC! If you’re looking for unexpected inspiration, Loriann Serna of Wife Of The Party is sharing some of her incredible party styling magic today with Ryder’s Roaring Gatsby + Derby Style First Birthday.

From the gilded Art Deco desserts and fresh red roses to the pony sticks and playful 20’s outfits, I love how she seamlessly matched everything while managing to keep the party both kid AND adult friendly!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gold gilded Art Deco style cake and cookies + mustache topped dessert parfaits
  • Winner’s Circle photo booth, life-sized moss horses, & red rose topiary centerpieces
  • Mint julep bar with jumbo moss “RYDER” letters & framed “Press For Champagne” button
  • Ballroom chairs adorned with black & white striped ties and strings of pearls
  • Vintage gold frames, eclectic dessert table spread and custom art deco style backdrop
  • Styled cocktail table centerpieces featuring pearls, vintage candle holders & antique cars

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Beautiful Shabby Chic First Communion Brunch

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Ever since her daughter was a little girl, Ann-Marie Murphy of Gracie’s Party Ideas has been dreaming up this oh-so-lovely, Shabby Chic First Communion celebration. Initially inspired by the gorgeous dress and veil that her daughter wore during the ceremony, Ann-Marie incorporated accents of beautiful lace all throughout the party. I especially love the well-wishes tree, with messages from loved ones written on pieces of lace-adorned paper making up the “leaves”… such a thoughtful way for the guest of honor to remember her special day! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Whimsical birdcage centerpieces filled with pink roses & tulips
  • Gorgeous fondant pearl & lace adorned cake by Cake Beautiful
  • Rhinestone encrusted, flower topped cake pops & chocolate covered Oreos
  • Ice cream sundae making station for the kids (and adults!) ;)
  • Pictures of the guest of honor displayed along the tables in fancy frames
  • White lace table overlays, crocheted doilies, and paper doily embellished favor bags

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Bright & Classic Rock n’ Roll First Birthday Party

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Pull out your dancing shoes, because this Rock n’ Roll First Birthday Party – designed by Júlia Herzog of Festa com Gosto – is guaranteed to be a HIT! From the clever record invitations to the party decor, this vibrant celebration was inspired by the favorite bands of the birthday boy’s mom & dad, then brought to life in a classic primary color palette that gave the theme a playful, childlike twist. Check out all the crisp photos from Angélica Marques, superb desserts from Isa Herzog and hip party details from Júlia below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin, and Beatles cookie pops
  •  Guitar silhouette sweets labels + record inspired party invitation
  •  Table centerpieces with simple-chic flowers, balloons & band pictures
  •  Awesome three tiered cake with music notes, records and a fondant drum & sticks topper
  •  Drum, microphone, and guitar cupcake toppers +  music note decorated lollipop brigadieros
  •  Simple (and perfect!) giant balloon backdrop + assorted colorful dessert stands

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A Vintage Americana Birthday Party on the Ranch

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Happy 4th of July, everyone! Sharing this Vintage Americana Birthday Party from sugar guru Bethany Gist of Auntie Bea’s Bakery feels like the perfect way to celebrate on the blog today!

Bethany threw this fun, outdoor party for her daughter last year (at the NorCal ranch home that they’d just moved into at the time), but all the pretty sweets, rustic touches, and Americana-inspired details are totally timeless. And I was instantly smitten with the AWESOME wood pallet that she painted to look like the American flag… such a great example of creative freedom in action! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  •  Patriotic Popcorn, rock candy “Sparklers”, red licorice “Stripes”, & All-American Pie
  •  Pinwheel sugar cookies in candy-filled tins + simple cake topped with a cluster of pinwheels
  •  “American Flag” painted wood palette + flag-inspired drink tub filled with soda bottles
  •  Burlap-and-fabric USA banner + table vases embellished with burlap & patriotic ribbon
  •  Festive ranch-style activities like dummy steer roping & watermelon eating contests!

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Patriotic Sugar Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches + FREE 4th of July Party Printables

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The best projects are the ones that don’t take a ton of effort, yet still turn out super cute and make people REALLY happy… am I right, or am I right?! This is one of those projects. AND it’s an edible one – hence the part about making people really happy. ;)

And even though the 4th of July is just about here, there’s still plenty of time to whip up these adorable Patriotic Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, and I’m pretty sure you’re going to LOVE how they turn out!

All you need are sugar cookies, vanilla ice cream, a star shaped cookie cutter, and red/white/blue sprinkles.

I used Krusteaz® Butter Vanilla Sugar Cookie Mix for the cookies, and used the “Cut Out Cookie” recipe on the back of the box, which is just entails adding 1/3 cup butter and 1 egg to the mix. Easy-peasy. The cookies are exactly what the name says. Buttery. Vanilla-y. Sugar-y. YUM.

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I’ll explain the rest of the ice cream sandwich steps below, but have one more fun thing to share first… a brand new batch of patriotic printables that you can download here for FREE!

I started with designing some Mini Party Flags to dress up these ice cream sandwiches, but decided they needed some accessories to match, so you’ll find an 8×10 Sweets Sign, two 4×6 Signs, and a USA Banner here as well. (Click on the links to download.) Hope you like!

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Lovely & Sweet Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar

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I think I’m in LOVE with Spin Spin Sugar‘s oh-so-SWEET Vintage Wedding Dessert Bar! Christina Vizcarra designed a charming outdoor display with an awesome assortment of desserts, whimsical details, and a vintage twist that is undeniably romantic. From the playful ruffled linen and craft paper candy labels to the creative whirly pop and cupcake tower displays, there is so much eye candy to share here, and I can’t wait to get started…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Vintage luggage & candlestick holders uses as risers for the cupcake display
  • Styled vintage tea cart with typewriter, old shutters and blue mason jar flower vase
  • Candy-filled apothecary jars with handcrafted labels + music sheet popcorn cones
  • White ruffle linen, “Love is Sweet” burlap banner and “BLISS” Scrabble letters
  • Incredibly detailed “bride and groom” cake pops by Moochie pops

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Glam Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station

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UPDATE 8/4/15 – The contest portion of this post is now closed. Thank you so much to everyone that entered! I had to call in the troops to help make a final decision on the winner because there were some seriously awesome entries… it was definitely not easy! And the winner is…. Sherri Lee – for her gorgeous Tropical Paradise Party pinboard! Congrats, Sherri – hope you have a blast with your prize! :)

 

Hello, friends! I’m SO excited to share today’s post with you for a couple very specific reasons…

1. #ShareaCokeContest with a BIG prize
First of all, it comes with a fun contest and perhaps one of the greatest contest prizes ever… someone is going to WIN (2) United Airlines Tickets to visit friends & family (and #ShareaCoke with them in person!) + a $500 Visa Gift Card. The approximate retail value of this prize is $1700. See full details & contest rules at the bottom of this post.

2. SIPS AHOY
And secondly, it’s full of playful DIY ideas for a Nautical Bridal Shower Drink Station, complete with scoop-your-own Coke Floats and the new personalized Coke bottles, which you can now order online. These custom bottles are such a fun way to make someone feel extra special! Case in point: even though this is a styled inspirational shoot, I used the name of my close friend that’s actually getting married this year, and she teared up when she saw the bottles, which were customized with her name and “The Bride”. ;)

P.S. You can also download all the printables that I designed for this drink station for free! The download links are directly below the last image. Here we go…

Nautical Bridal Shower

I wanted this drink station to feel equal parts playful and glam. Gold sequins and metallic accents added the perfect touch of glam, while fun elements like nautical rope, oversize plastic rings, and casual script fonts kept things light and fun.

The personalized Coke bottles were front-and-center on the table, and were further customized for the theme with little “sailor knots” tied around the neck of each bottle to symbolize “tying the knot”. The ribbon used for the knots was gold and white, so there’s a hint of glam in them as well. ;)

Custom Coke Bottles at Nautical Bridal Shower

I displayed the bottles in a vintage wood basket decked out with nautical rope, check fabric, and DIY flowers, which I made by pulling individual petals off faux hydrangeas & hot gluing rhinestones and beads in the center. (You can make TONS of smaller flowers out of one faux hydrangea stem this way!)

To add symmetry to the table and include a variety of drinks to sip on, I placed beverage dispensers on both sides. Each dispenser was decked out with various trims, an oversize faux flower, and a script paper word. The paper words came in black, so I spray painted them red and blue to match the table.

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Darling {Vintage-Modern} Americana Bridal Shower

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Marie of Sweets Indeed is a brilliant party stylist and incredible person all around, so I was thrilled when she recently asked to use our Confetti Bridal Shower Collection for her sister’s shower, except customized to match a palette of red, white, and blue! Her sister (Julie) is marrying a marine, so sticking to the theme of the wedding, she designed a darling Americana Bridal Shower that has a great vintage-modern vibe and also feels subtly nautical… or is that just me and my love for all things nautical? ;) Marie also included a BRILLIANT fabric backdrop, creative non-floral (but equally beautiful and way more affordable!) centerpieces, and more fun ideas that deserve three cheers and a salute!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Here’s To Love” CandyfettiTM favors + “Cheers To Love” drink flags
  • Patriotic  brigadeiros from Simply Brigaderio
  • DIY ripped-and-dyed fabric backdrop + “SIPS” and “SWEETS” banners
  • Personalized centerpiece featuring framed pictures & signs, honeycomb balls, & wooden crates
  • “MR & MRS” banner + “He Said She Said” bridal shower game
  • Vanilla panna cotta with blueberry brulee + layered s’mores in mini glass jars

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Pet-Friendly TAILgate Party + Make Your Own Hot Dog Buffet

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Looking to kick up your creative game at the next tailgate party? Good news: you’re in the right place!

From boatloads of game day inspired printables to tips for setting up a make-your-own hot dog buffet that looks as good as it tastes, this post is packed with lots of FREE goodies and easy-to-recreate ideas for both sports fans and pet parents alike. Why pet parents, you ask? Well… we all know that it’s way more fun to tailgate with friends, so of course that includes your BEST friends of the 4-legged variety too, right?! I know that Layla definitely thinks so:

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As a longtime pet parent myself, and a big animal lover in general, I was thrilled to collaborate with Petco – whose name also happens to grace our awesome downtown ballpark here in San Diego – on this Playful and Pet-Friendly TAILgate Party Theme. Whether you utilize just 1 or 2 quick ideas from this post or recreate something similar from start to finish, I hope it’s helpful in making your next game day get-together feel like even more of a WIN. ;)

And with 4th of July celebrations just around the corner, you might find the red, white, and blue color palette of the sporty style printables especially handy right now too!

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Since there’s lots of stuff to cover, here’s a little overview of the different sections you’ll find in this post – in order – so that you can quickly find what you need:

– General Overview (intro images)
– Make Your Own Hot Dog Buffet
– Refreshments Cooler
– Doggy Treat Buffet
– GAME ON! Activity Table

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FREE PRINTABLES: {Pet-Friendly} TAILgate Party Collection

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I’m excited to share a brand new set of free printables with you today! This paper collection is from our recent Pet-Friendly TAILgate Party with Petco®, which you can check out in full detail here.

All of the printables are set up on 8.5×11 sheets for easy printing at home. You can download all of the high resolution PDFs below, and click here for inspiration on how to incorporate them into your party, including food + drink, centerpiece, and decor ideas. Enjoy! :)

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“Time Flies” Airplane 1st Birthday Party

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As most parents can attest, time sure does fly, especially during those precious first years. So to slow things down for just a day, Tania, owner of Tania’s Design Studio, styled & DIYed this adorable “Time Flies” Airplane Themed 1st Birthday for her son.

I am especially loving all of the retro details, like the LIFE Magazine save the date & mini, old-school bomber jacket & pilot’s hat for the birthday boy. :) And if you’re as enamored by those propeller pops as we are, keep reading for instructions on how Tania put them together!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • In-flight beverage cart with baggies of trail mix, vintage bottles of Coke & ‘Air Mail’ cookies
  • Plane ticket invitation & retro striped pinwheels + photo banners & sewn cloud backdrops
  • Cloud topped cupcakes, cloud frosted cake with plane topper & a glitter ‘1’ candle on the smash cake
  • DIY piñata, airplane toss game & Baggage Claim party favors

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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. There are 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 (with 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

DIY dinosaur birthday party hat

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

Barbie in Paris birthday party dessert table

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}

Homemade Mickey Mouse Smash Cake

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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WHAT YOU’LL FIND HERE:

  •  General Look & Feel (intro images)
  • Tablescape
  • Drink Station
  • Dessert Station
  • Smash Cake

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Mickey Mouse First Birthday Table

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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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