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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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RAD Summer Surf Shack Birthday Party

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Surf’s up, dude! Ashley Greene of Posh Petals and Pearls is sharing waves of creative inspiration today with this RAD Summer Surf Shack Birthday Party for 2 year-old Jackson. I’m pretty sure beach lovers of ALL ages will appreciate this incredibly stylish poolside party, though… which was graciously hosted in grandma’s backyard! ;)

With the help of Kelli Boyd Photography, we’ve got tons of fun party details to share with you today. And remember, summer is right around the corner already, so go on and daydream about seaside snacks and sunny backyard fun… and of course a glass of that surfer style sangria. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Monogram surfboard dessert table backdrop + board short cookies
– “Reef-freshments” sign + “Surfs Up Sangria” & surfboard bottle openers for the adults!
– Awesome wave, surfboard, and palm tree fondant cake by Lowcountry Confections
– Creative beach boy clothes garland, fishnet table decor, and surfer dude favors
– “Sea foam” cotton candy, “Fresh Bait” gummy worms and “Seaweed” green rock candy

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Classic & ROCKIN’ Flintstones Birthday Party

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Before now, if you searched for a “Flintstones” party on HWTM, you’d get a ‘not found’ message, but TODAY, this YABBA DABBA awesome 5th birthday celebration will pop right up. :) After 9 years of blogging, it’s very difficult to find a theme not yet explored!

Fortunately, Elissa Stone of One Stone Events threw her son – Ben Stone – a Classic Flintstones Birthday Party that totally {Bed}ROCKS! So, if you loved the show, Fruity Pebbles cereal, or are just feeling nostalgic about the early 1960’s, then prepare to hop into the foot mobile and head back to the stone age in style…

P.S. Love this look? Check out some of our other favorites from Elissa too: How I Met Your Mother, Glamping Birthday and Feathers & Arrows.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Ben Rock” character wreath + Mammoth Shower Water and Snorkasaurus Juice
– Pebbles and Bam Bam inspired Oreo toppers and party garlands
– Bronto Bones, “Dino Bite” sandwiches, and Fruity Pebbles “Prehistoric Pops”
– Adorable Fred and Wilma Flintstones costumes for mom & dad!
– Flintstones “front door” wood cut out from Ten23 Designs + fondant Dino cake topper
– Custom Flintstones “Drive In” car favor boxes by Piggy Bank Parties

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Bright & Colorful Sundae Brunch Bridal Shower

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We’re in for a TREAT today! Cristina Hallock of LVL Weddings & Events helped bride-to-be Erin celebrate her future Mrs. status with this Bright & Colorful Sundae Brunch Bridal ShowerCasey of Papernote Photo captured all the playful party details, including floral arrangements displayed in ice cream cones, colorful paper chain garlands, and a gorgeous tissue fringe backdrop that feels like a party in itself! Continue reading for the full scoop! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ring Pop party favors + “Write a date night idea” activity
– Light blue linens, gold chargers, rainbow confetti & colorful clothespin place cards
– Flower-filled ice cream cones + mini strawberry gelato cone desserts
– Stunning floral centerpieces surrounded by confetti “rainbow sprinkles”
– Fabulous giant balloon, paper chain & tissue tassel garland hanging above the brunch table

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Rolled “Rose” Tortilla Chips {Kentucky Derby® Inspired}

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Sonny and I were brainstorming creative food ideas for our our Kentucky Derby® inspired party theme for 14 Hands Winery, and the famous “Run for the Roses” nickname of the Derby kept coming up. We started racking our brains on what kind of food we could make to look like roses (aside from the ever-popular rose radish garnish), and somehow rose tortilla chips came up! It suddenly seemed like a tortilla could be treated in a similar way that I often use a large paper circle to make paper roses, and thus the experiment began…

It definitely took some trial and error, but ended up working out in the end! I’m going to be totally honest though – even though the steps to make these aren’t difficult, per say, they do take time to make and it requires a lot of them to make a serving platter look “full”. This definitely isn’t a dish for when you’re in a big rush! It IS something fun to try when you want to stretch your creative muscles and really surprise your guests with something clever, though. I mean, what’s not to love about “Run for the ROSE CHIPS and Salsa” at a Kentucky Derby party, right? ;) I’m thinking with a little creativity this concept could work in nicely to other themes too.

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Darling Woodland Bunny Baby Shower

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Let’s head to Miss Party Mom Event Planning‘s neck of the woods for Kenna’s latest party: a Woodland Bunny Shower that’s just as darling as can be! Pretty elements like lace, flowers, and vintage serveware were mixed with bold pops of bright color and woodsy stationery details from World Wide Party by Elena. Of course the dessert table is truly spectacular, but make sure to check out the creative guest book bar and playful guest tables as well… they are hoppin’ with cute ideas too! ;)

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Confetti paper placemats, succulent centerpieces and baby shower Bingo!
– Fondant flower-covered cake with mini “Baby Eden” bunting topper
– A playful “Guestbook Bar” + Wishes for Baby Eden cards
– Eclectic paper fan backdrop + scattered honeycomb balls for big pops of color
– Woodsy cake stands & risers + wooden forks embellished with scrapbook flowers

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Kentucky Derby Party DIY: Race Horse Mason Jars

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Hello from LOUISVILLE! It’s so fun to be amidst all the excitement surrounding the Kentucky Derby® already… I arrived here last night to work on some pre-event media with 14 Hands Wine, (proud sponsor of the Kentucky Derby® for the 3rd year in a row), and can already say that there really IS something to be said about “southern charm & hospitality”. In fact, I’m pretty sure our waitress at breakfast this morning was the very definition of both, which was especially appreciated after our 3:30am wake up call! ;)

Anyways, speaking of charming things, I have a DIY project to share with you today that I hope you’ll find charming too. It’s the Race Horse Mason Jar Centerpiece from my recent Derby Style Inspired Party for 14 Hands. This project is super flexible, so you can easily scale it to best fit your needs… just make 1 jar, make 3 jars, or really Run for the Roses and make 10 of ’em to display all the way down your table like I did here:

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Kentucky Derby Party DIY: Preppy Neck Tie Garland

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Since Kentucky Derby® fashion (for both guys & gals!) was the key inspirational element for my recent Derby Style Party for 14 Hands Wine, I thought it would be fun to create some themed party garlands that looked like preppy neck ties! And as much as I would’ve loved to be able to string a zillion real neck ties in the perfect color palette across the room, I wanted/needed to keep these garlands affordable…

Paper is always an affordable route, but fabric felt most appropriate here, so these (cute & easy-to-make!) DIY Neck Tie Garlands ended up incorporating a bit of both. Read on to learn how to make them + download the printable tie template!

P.S. To give this garland a little more obvious “Derby flair” , I also added little Gold Derby Silhouette Decals to the finished ties. These are essentially silhouette style horse themed stickers that I spray painted gold. Check out the tutorial here. Both of these projects are super versatile too – just change up the style of fabric or stickers accents to make your tie garland work for your theme!

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Glitzy Pink & Gold Baby Sprinkle Shower

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If you love pink, glitter, and the pitter patter of little feet, then you might have just stumbled onto party heaven! Ashley Greene of Posh Petals and Pearls put together a Glitzy Pink & Gold Baby Sprinkle that’s full of breathtakingly sweet and approachable party inspiration. From simple baby’s breath florals to creative pink dress centerpieces {on fabulous gold sequin hangers!}, it’s undeniable that baby Emerson will be oh so loved… and have a fabulous, fashion forward closet to boot!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage baby pram dessert table centerpiece adorned with baby’s breath and pink ribbon
– Sweet pink & gold monograms on the dessert table, cake, and cocktail napkins
– Clever baby dress centerpieces (that double as gifts!), displayed on gold sequin hangers
– Gold paper lanterns, pink parasols, and mirrored beads dangling overhead

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In the South, even second babies get to be celebrated!! We loved designing this Pink & Gold Sprinkle to celebrate baby Emerson’s impending arrival. For the centerpieces, what better way to decorate than with precious dresses that Emerson could wear as she grows. Of course, just dresses on regular hangers would never do so we had to add some gold sequins to the hangers!! The main spread had a vintage pram filled with baby’s breath and paper umbrellas & crystals dangling from above. It was such a fun event to plan!!

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Modern & Magical Cinderella Party {Movie Inspired!}

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I had the pleasure of meeting Jessebell of Dreamland Parties & Events earlier this year at BASH 2015, but I had know idea she had THIS on the other end of her magic wand! ;)

Her Modern & Magical Cinderella Party was inspired by the recent live action Disney movie (which is super cute btw!). Before it was even released in theaters, she collected inspiration from the movie’s promotional poster, rounded up some marvelous vendors, and turned into the fairy godmother of Cinderella parties! See all of the blue, gold, and glitter covered details that are fit for a princess (or two!) below.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Ruffled, quilted, & butterfly cake by Kima’s Konfections + “Once Upon A Time” gold topper by Paper + Pop
– Gold carriage inspired dessert table + “Happily Ever After” decorative books
– Candy apples embellished with blue satin ribbon bows
– Custom birthday girl Cinderella letters + antique clock striking midnight!
– Princess crown cupcake toppers, blue glittered bottles, and paper butterfly chairback details

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Kentucky Derby® Party DIY: Gold Horse Decals

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This is my very favorite kind of DIY project – SO easy and SO effective! I used it to theme up lots of decor elements for my recent Derby Style Inspired Party, created in celebration of the new Kentucky Derby® Red Blend by 14 Hands Wine.

HOW TO MAKE THEM:
All you need for this project is gold spray paint and a sheet of horse themed stickers. Just make sure that the stickers have a nice die-cut silhouette shape to them – like the set shown here, which I found in the scrapbook aisle at Michaels.

Once you’ve got your materials, prep a spray painting surface outside. Since sticker sheets are small, you can just use a large piece of scrap cardboard like I did here, or lay down a small tarp or large plastic trash bag. Spray one light coat of gold paint first and let it dry for a few minutes. This coat kind of acts like a “primer” and doesn’t need to be pretty. Then, spray a 2nd coat so that you end up with a nice, even coverage. Done!

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Kentucky Derby® Party DIY: Wine Glass “Fascinators”

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It’s THAT time of year again already! And I’m excited to kick off a series of Kentucky Derby® DIY Tutorials today with this fun little project that’s actually a follow up to one of last year’s ideas too… (the Southern Belle Stemware, where we used felt and feathers to turn wine glass bases into ladies hats).

Since the theme of my newest collaboration with 14 Hands Wine is “Derby Style”, it made sense to draw inspiration from Derby fashion again, but I also wanted to come up with something new… so the result is these chic little Wine Glass “Fascinators” for the ladies (+ super easy printable paper ties for the guys!).

This is definitely a “wow factor for your party” project that isn’t hard, BUT the elements are small, so it does require a bit of patience. It’s also very versatile; as long as you have the key materials on hand – in whatever styles/colors match your party – you can switch up the details as much as you like, and have fun channeling your inner fashion designer!

HOW TO MAKE THEM:

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– Felted Wool Balls for the base of the “fascinator” (I used the 20mm size)
– Small artificial flowers
– Decorative netting and/or tulle
– Feathers
– Tools: hot glue gun, scissors, 3D glue dots (not pictured above)

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Monster High Birthday Party – (Freaky Fab) FREE Printables!

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Hi, there! These Monster High Party Printables – which I designed for a recent MH-inspired Freaky Fab Fun Birthday Party – are all about the funky silhouettes and patterned paper! The dolls have a lot of personality on their own, so these designs are meant to help accentuate that fun “freaky fabulous” style and attitude. Enjoy!

P.S. Make sure to visit my other Monster High Party Posts for lots of ideas on how to utilize these free printables. You can find them here: Part 1: Activities | Part 2: Dessert Table | Part 3: Drink Station.

 

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Monster High Birthday Party – Part 3: Haunted Drink Station

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I love the look of the Monster High Haunted Vandala Doubloons Doll with all her sea-inspired details and translucent accessories, and thought she’d be the PERFECT inspiration for this Monster High Birthday Party Drink Station!

The colors of Vandala’s outfit are slightly different from the main Monster High colors, which I used throughout the rest of this party (as posted in Part 1 and Part 2), but are still in the same general realm, so I used a mix of printables and accent elements to blend the 2 looks and color palettes together. Scroll down to take a closer peek at the details!

CREATIVE DETAILS to look out for:

– Pink Pirate Ghost Punch served in a glass barrel drink dispenser adorned with “Detention Chains”
– Translucent cups embellished with plastic lacing to mimic the look of funky laces
– SEA-SATIONAL straws with DIY drink markers: fangtabulous lips & freaky fish!
– “Haunted Sea Foam” bubble garlands made from translucent plastic balls

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Vandala is the daughter of a pirate ghost and is adorned with pink chains… which is why the idea for pink “Pirate Ghost Punch” came to be. I designed a little scroll banner sign/label for the drink and used the doll’s arms as the “holder”!

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The glass barrel drink dispenser was embellished with twine, craft gems, and metal chains – which I found in the jewelry aisle at my local craft store. The printable paper anchor is a nod to the anchor details in Vandala’s outfit. I also dug through my Halloween storage bins to find a lacy spiderweb linen to set the dispenser on. (You can always find black lace by the yard at your local fabric store too.)

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Pink, Gold & GLAM Safari Birthday Party

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ROAR! Juli Smigelsky of Tabletop Treats really let loose celebrating her daughter Quinn’s 5th birthday this year. She designed this Pink, Gold & GLAM Safari Party with the perfect amount of glitter, animals and WILD fun! The stylish safari printables from A Party Studio – combined with rustic textures and fiercely creative treats – are sure to have you feeling like a PARTY ANIMAL!

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Pink ruffle dessert table backdrop + burlap detailing & wooden crate risers
– “Watering Hole” drink station + “Feeding Station” utensil packs
– Glittery lion paw print cookies from The Last Course Bakery + gold glitter elephant cake topper
– Safari hats and scavenger hunt + safari passport coloring book activity

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Monster High Party Ideas – Part 2: Freaky Fab Fun Dessert Table (+ MH Sweepstakes!)

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If you’re looking for ways to make your Monster High Birthday Party MONSTROUSLY creative & sweet, you’ve come to the right place!

From simple themed treats to creative backdrop ideas, you’ll find lots of (very doable!) inspiration in this Freaky Fab Fun” Dessert Table, which I recently designed for Mattel® as part of their #TRUBestBirthday Program. The Monster High dolls – specifically Draculaura, River Styxx, and Getting Ghostly Twyla served as such great inspiration for the details of the table, and also did a monsterific job holding up little signs and banners for some of the treats. ;)

Speaking of the signs and banners – stayed tuned for the FREE PRINTABLES from this theme, which are coming soon too! I’ll update this post with a link once they’re live.

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After you check out the dessert table details… make sure to enter the Monster High Sweeptakes at the bottom of this post too. The winner will receive a Monster High Scooter, $100 Toys”R”Us Gift Card, AND $100 Hostess INK Gift Card.

It’s a 1 DAY ONLY sweeps, so the winner will be announced tomorrow (4/23)! The announcement will come during a Twitter Party that I’m co-hosting with @Mattel tomorrow at 2pm EST. Would love for you to join us! The winner will be contacted via email after the Twitter party as well.

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The theme of the my Monster High party was “Freaky. Fab. Fun.”, so I brought played this up on the dessert table by literally spelling it out. ;) I glittered paper mache letters for “FAB” in the center of the table, then designed paper talk bubbles to print and cut for “Freaky” and “Fun”. DIY paper chains garlands hung above the table and really gave it a fun vibe:

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Most of the treats on the table were store bought or “semi DIY”, meaning that you buy a ready to go dessert from the grocery store, then doctor it up a bit to customize it for your theme, like the cupcakes below, for example. I ordered plain pink and blue cupcakes from my local grocery store, then added Monster High Icing Decorations and large pink heart sprinkles that I had leftover from Valentine’s Day:

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Incorporating the dolls into your treat displays is a great way to instantly theme up the dessert table! I placed the Getting Ghostly Twyla (below) and Draculaura dolls on plates of rock candy sticks and designed little paper banners for them to hold:

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Monster High Party Ideas – Part 1: “Ghoul Time” Photo Booth & Activities!

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For the next few days, I’ll be sharing LOTS of Monster High Party Inspiration with you, and things are about to get freakishly FUN around here! This “Freaky. Fab. Fun.” theme, which I designed for Mattel® as part of the #TRUBestBirthday campaign, has been so much fun to work on with all its bright colors and funky accessories… what’s not to love about celebrating with your Best Ghoul Friends, right? ;) And speaking of bright and funky things… how cute is the Monster High Marisol Coxi Doll pictured above!

PART 1 – PARTY ACTIVITIES

Right now my house is covered in fabric scraps, wax lips (adorned with fangs, of course!) and hot pink and blue “Detention Chains”… aka those DIY paper chains we all used to make as kids. Before we move onto the Monster High themed desserts and party decor inspiration though, I’m excited to kick things off today with some “Ghoul Time” Activities! More specifically: a Ghoulish Glam Station, DIY Freaky Fab Photo Booth, and Purse Coloring + Nail Art activities.

Make sure to come back often throughout the next 3 days too, though, because Parts 2-5 AND a Birthday Sweepstakes are coming soon too! Here we go…

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Greet your Monster High guests with a Ghoulishly Glam Beauty Station! Getting all dolled up (pun intended) is always a treat for the girls and makes for super fun after-party pics for parents too.

Have the girls pick their favorite Monster High doll or color for inspiration on their look (check out the Frankie Doll inspired design above!), then let them have fun playing with Monster High Hairfitti OR getting glammed up by a stylist. You can also do a little of both, like we did here. P.S. The “stylist” can always be a hired vendor or an extra fashionable family friend. ;)

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A few bold hair streaks and light, yet brightly colored makeup will go a long way. I especially loved the addition of little hearts and “stitches” that were painted on some of the girls:

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High contrast, bright yellow hair streaks look super cute too!

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And of course, pink lips and some little white fangs are instantly reminiscent of Draculaura. (You can find the Vinyl Collection Draculaura Figure right here.)

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Barbie Birthday Party: Styled Play Area & DIY Photo Booth

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As much as I love a beautifully styled table and cleverly themed food & drinks, when it comes to kids parties, the most important thing to think about first (for the sake of everyone!) is how to keep the little ones happily entertained throughout the party.

A great compliment – and contrast to – traditional planned crafts and games, is a designated play area that serves as a go-to space for kids to enjoy at any time during the party. I set up a play area at our recent Colorful Barbie Birthday Party, and a little playful styling went a long way as far as making that area feel like a party in itself! Check it out…

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Pictured above: my youngest daughter having fun with the Barbie Malibu House :)

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“Derby Style” Inspired Kentucky Derby® Party Ideas

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In celebration of their new – and super tasty! – Kentucky Derby® Red Blend, which debuted earlier this year, 14 Hands Winery asked me to come up with some ideas for a “Derby Style” Inspired Viewing Party this year. Fun direction for a theme, right?! I thought so too. :)

Style is such a big part of the Kentucky Derby® experience in general, and there are lots of directions you can go with it as far as colors and patterns. I used the wine label as inspiration for the color palette, and decided to stick with versatile & classic patterns like bold stripes, checks, & a floral pattern… featuring roses, of course! I also designed a “Derby girl” silhouette and little wine glass “fascinators” to represent the ladies, alongside neck tie and bow tie elements for the guys. Last but not least, pops of gold and a hint of glitter to add class and fun!

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Wine glasses embellished with DIY Derby Fascinators and printable Neck Ties
– Bourbon-based wine cocktail dubbed the “Twin Spires Sangaree”
– Gold Derby Decals (made from horse stickers & gold spray paint) adorning wood stands & jars
– “Run for the Rose Chips” & Salsa + Mint Julep Fruit Salad
– Neck tie garlands, fabric bow ties, and painted mason jar “Race Horse” table centerpiece
– “Hold Your Horses” napkin toppers + lots more FREE Derby Style Printables (recently updated to work for 2016!)

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Before we get too far into the decor, let’s talk about this new Kentucky Derby® Red Blend real quick. It has a core of darker fruit flavors, lots of depth and complexity, and is a great way to enjoy a taste of the Derby at home. As 14 Hands winemaker Keith Kenison explains, “Our goal when crafting this unique wine was to capture the fun yet sophisticated essence of the Kentucky Derby.

Most importantly, it tastes REALLY GOOD! My parents – who really enjoy wine and can be on the “pickier” side about it, shall we say – came to visit while I was working on this project…  After tasting the Derby blend, my dad immediately asked me where he could buy a whole case. Definitely a good sign. ;) By the way – it’s available in most major grocery stores. You can use this online tool to check availability near you.

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And now, onto the creative inspiration! Scroll down for a few more images that will give you a general feel for the theme, followed by organized sections for  the following: Food + Table , Drinks + Desserts, and Accent Decor + Printables.

Instead of doing a full set table like last year’s theme, I decided to just come up with a fun centerpiece for the table and set the food up on a styled buffet. I’m really happy with how this centerpiece turned out! (DIY tutorial coming soon.)

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I’m kind of on a kick with silhouettes right now… so I thought it would be fun to design a “Derby girl” graphic for the party’s printable paper collection, and then also bring similar silhouettes to life in 3D form! I ordered 2 wood cut outs of the silhouette graphic from Ten23 Designs, then used paper for the “outfits” to keep things quick and very budget friendly.

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This Neck Tie Garland is one of my favorite elements from the theme, and could easily translate to other themes too! (DIY Tutorial coming soon.) I used gold horse silhouette stickers to give the neck ties some Derby flair:

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FREE Kentucky Derby® Party Printables – Derby Style {Updated for 2016}

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**Note: These printables have been updated to reflect proper dates & info for 2016 (Kentucky Derby 142) when you download them. Enjoy!**

Original post: Our latest {free!} Derby printables are here! Find links to download new Kentucky Derby® Derby Style Party theme below, courtesy of 14 Hands Winery. Inspired by the stylish ladies & gents who attend the Derby and by the new Kentucky Derby® Red Blend, I set out to design a collection that was modern & preppy, yet anything but pretentious. Cheers to trying new wines, winning horses, and free stuff of course! ;)

All the printables below are set up on 8.5×11 templates for easy home printing. Download the high resolution PDFs and click here for inspiration when putting together your party, including food + drink, centerpiece, and decor ideas!

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DIY Tutorial: Barbie Birthday Party Centerpiece Idea

Barbie Birthday Party Centerpiece Idea

Planning a Barbie themed birthday party? Here’s a fun idea… This Barbie “Birthday Cake” Centerpiece is simple and stylish, and packs a big punch in the decor department! It’s also super versatile; you can easily switch up the patterned paper and colors to customize the look however you’d like. :)

This centerpiece is from the Colorful Barbie Birthday Party that I recently designed for Mattel®. Check out the full party out here. I chose the Barbie Rainbow Hair Doll as my “cake topper” for this design because her outfit perfectly matched the Free Printables that I designed for the party, which made things super easy! 

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Colorful & Modern Barbie Birthday Party Ideas

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As a mom of 3 and 5 year old girls, I was thrilled when Mattel® recently asked me to design a “Super Style” inspired Barbie Birthday Party filled with creative DIY ideas …and so were my girls, of course! ;)

This project is part of the #TRUBestBirthday campaign, and features Barbie® toys and products that can all be found at Toys”R”Us. This was my first time designing a Barbie theme, but I’m definitely not one to shy away from a good excuse for glittery fun and DIY! So, I set out to come up with a fresh, Barbie-inspired look that felt happy and fashion-forward – incorporating bright pops of yellow and aqua with the traditional pink, black, and white Barbie colors. I just wanted it to feel like pure girlie FUN…

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As always, paper designs played a huge role in the look of the party. You can download the new Colorful Barbie Birthday Collection that I designed for this party right here… and for FREE. :)

WHAT YOU’LL FIND IN THIS POST:
Because there is LOTS of info to convey within this one post, I’m going to do my best to be SUPER organized with the ideas so that they really live up to their purpose of serving as helpful inspiration! I’m dividing this post into sections by idea and am going to let the images do a lot of the talking. I’ll keep the tips as streamlined as possible – however, please feel free to ask questions in the comments section. I will also be co-hosting a #TRUBestBirthday Twitter party this Thursday, April 23rd at 2pm EST and can answer questions then as well!

Here’s how the post is divided up, in order:

1. General Look & Feel (intro images)
2. Beauty Bar
3. Kids Table
4. STYLE Station
5. Photo Booth
6. Fashion Designer Activity
7. Dessert Table
8. Play Time
9. Party Favors
10. Sweepstakes Entry

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Colorful Barbie STYLE Birthday Party – Free Printables!

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Come on Barbie, let’s go party, ah, ah, ah, ya…. ;)

If you’re in the midst of planning a Barbie Birthday Party, this post should come in extra handy! I designed this paper party collection in conjunction with my new Colorful Barbie Birthday Party theme for Mattel. You can download these printables for free by clicking on the links at the bottom of the post. And be sure to check the full Barbie party post out right here for LOTS of ideas on how to utilize this collection. Enjoy!
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Barbie Plate Liners by HWTM

Tip: I used the above “plate liner” designs on the underside of clear plastic plates for the kids table. Check out my DIY tutorial on how to make custom plates like these right here. (more…)

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Sweet & Whimsical Hot Air Balloon First Birthday {Korean Dol}

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I’m totally over the clouds for this Sweet & Whimsical Hot Air Balloon First Birthday by the talented Jennifer Yun of May Details Studio and Coffee and Milk Events! From adorable DIY hot air balloons hanging overhead to a playful, themed Doljabi game, clever luggage cupcake stands, and a custom cake topper featuring the birthday boy’s smiling face, I’m loving every last detail…

P.S. ‘Hot Air Balloon’ is such a versatile party theme; find hot air balloon themed baby shower and bridal shower inspiration in the archives!

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Fluffy “white cloud” dessert table with paper cloud silhouettes & handmade hot air balloons
– Patterned paper pinwheels, heart-topped donuts and polka dot party hats
– Up, up, and away cupcakes + candy bar wrappers personalized with the birthday boy’s face!
– “Thank you for soaring on by” favor bags + customized Doljabi game raffle tickets

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Fabulous Fiesta Inspired Baby Shower {Gender Neutral}

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OH, BABY! These little ones will be cha-cha-chaing into the world after such a fabulously fun Mexican Fiesta Baby Shower! When graphic designer friends Ashley and Sam announced they were both expecting within a few weeks of each other, their friends decided that a gender-neutral, joint couples shower was in order. Taking inspiration from the love of typography and Mexican-inspired tattoos that both moms-to-be have, you’ll have to see how Allison Rinaldi Event Design and friends fired up this baby shower celebration in STYLE (think jalapeños and virgin margaritas!).

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Giant gold letter balloons, gold glitter tablecloth, and colorful papel picado garland
–  Fun & unique activities like a temporary tattoo station and “Baby’s First Typeface” craft
– Custom piñata and party hashtag napkins + adorable hand-crafted mini piñatas
– Gold animal figurine topped cupcakes and floating candles in lime-filled vases

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Rustic & Burly Lumberjack Bash {Triplet First Birthday Party}

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Triplet boys means there’s LOTS of manliness in the house! So, when Joseph, Anthony, and Christopher turned one, Bruna Sanches of Simply Lace Photography and Kathie Barone of Southern Charm Vintage Rentals helped parents Anna and Frank throw a Rustic & Burly Lumberjack Bash that sure is incredibly handsome. Clever details like a 3D cardboard moose head, silly photo booth props (including a stack of pancakes with butter!) from Love Lettering by Doris Wai, flannel & wood textures, and a trio of grizzly stump birthday cakes made for a playful and personality-filled afternoon that ended with the cutest smash cake photo session ever. Scroll down to check out all the fun… you’ll be so PLAID you did! ;)

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– “Burly Baked Goods” aka plaid shirt, saw, eggs & bacon, and more manly cookies from The Cocoa Cakery
– Mini log cabin with “forrest berry” gumballs, 3D moose head, and pinecone garland
– Lumber lager & apple “ale” in mason jars with wood grain straws + “Axing for trouble” red wagon photo booth
– Vintage plaid thermos vases, wood stump birthday cakes with cutout toppers, & pine tree favors

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Bright & Colorful Country Chic Birthday Bash

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Feeling freshly inspired from this year’s BASH Conference, Wendy of Moments by Wendy Larrauri styled her best party yet! For her client’s 25th birthday, Wendy created a Colorful Country Chic Bash that’s radiating with creativity. From wood palettes and hay bales to vibrant centerpieces and metallic balloons, I’m loving this playful mix of rustic elements and colorful-chic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Creative palette-constructed sweets display + rustic photo booth with gold letter balloons
– Yellow and orange paper fan backdrop and white cake stands embellished with bright ribbons
– Minty lemonade + yellow daisy mason jar cups with pink chevron straws & crafted flower detailing
– Mini apple pies, cupcakes, and naked layered cake topped with juicy fresh fruits
– Pink table linens, yellow chairs and orange floral arrangement risers

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Woodsy How to Train Your Dragon Birthday Party

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With the popularity of the How to Train Your Dragon series, it’s no wonder that awesome themed parties have followed suit! And I totally get it… I don’t mind at all when my girls want to watch these movies for the zillionth time. ;)

Zoila Lopez of Squared Party Printables and her son were so taken with the series’ 2nd movie that they switched gears on the first birthday plan in order to make room for the dragons! In this Woodsy How to Train Your Dragon Birthday Party, Zoila played up texture and natural elements to create a rugged, Viking-approved atmosphere. From cool viking helmet cupcakes to baby dragon egg party favors, this celebration is sure to put a toothless grin on your face ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Swedish fish filled mini baskets, dragon eye lollipops & beautiful HTTYD themed cookies
– Burlap & vintage ship table runners with dragon toy centerpieces + vintage ‘diary’ style printables
– Fondant shield & viking helmet topped cupcakes + a chocolate rock, viking candle & toothless topped cake
– DIY hammered nail dragon eggs, viking helmets & blow up dragon party favors

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