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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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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.

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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

Monster High Vandala Doubloons Doll

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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MONSTER HIGH SWEEPSTAKES

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:

Monster High Theme Dessert Table

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…

Barbie Malibu Dream House

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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