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Trend Alert: How to Host an App Themed Party!

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — App Themed Parties. They are all the rage and gaining in popularity. Don’t be surprised like I was when my daughter requested a playdate themed after one of her favorite apps–Disney Creativity Studio 2!

App themed parties are tricky to decorate for as they usually don’t have a line of party goods to use, so you’ll have to get creative and really concentrate on the apps theme and scenery. Here I styled my daughter’s playdate with an art theme as Disney Creativity Studio 2 is an art-themed app where she can draw, paint, decorate and use many online tools to create fabulous online art pieces.

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5 Steps to Hosting an App Themed Party

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STEP 1: Host your party at a venue inspired by the app’s scenery or theme.

I chose to do the party at a local kids’ art studio in my city called Kidcreate Studio. They provide all the art supplies (paint, paper, aprons, easels, etc) and I don’t have to worry about any mess or cleanup in my house! LOVE THAT!

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Win a Golden Ticket to BASH Conference 2015!

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’ve got some fun news to share today! Have you heard all the buzz about the 1st annual BASH Conference?  It’s the premiere conference specifically for Party & Event Planners and Party Bloggers, and it’s coming to Phoenix, Arizona January 15-17, 2015, featuring some of the biggest names in the party world.

Tickets are on sale now at BashConference.com but today we are excited to announce that one lucky HWTM reader will receive a FREE Golden Ticket to BASH. ($350 value!) Enter for your chance to win at the bottom of this post… good luck!

What is BASH?

BASH will bring party bloggers and event planners together to learn, share, inspire and of course…PARTY!  Some of this year’s sponsors include Wilton, Koyal Wholesale, Sizzix and more.

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Powerful Keynotes

Eddie Ross, East Coast Producer and Editor for Print and Digital of Better Homes and Gardens takes the stage on Friday night for a powerful keynote address sure to inspire and educate us all!

Then on Saturday, Amy Atlas, Entertainment & Stylist Expert as well as the pioneer of Sweets Tables and author of Sweet Designs,  takes the stage with an inspiring message and rare look into her successful business Amy Atlas Events. (more…)

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Trend Alert: DIY Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Party Decorations

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Day of the Dead Parties. Day of the Dead parties are so hot right now they are everywhere and today I’m going to share with you my tutorial for creating your own custom Day of the Dead Sugar Skull Party Decorations made from laser wood cutouts.

At the forefront of this trend is Ten23 Designs who custom designs any image you want from 2″ to as large as 22″ that I used as a wow-factor backdrop for my Day of Dead Candy Buffet. You can see the full candy buffet and all the details on my blog here. Creating these custom sugar skulls is easy with my 5-step DIY plan!

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Trend Alert: Personalized Backdrops

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Personalized Backdrops.

Leading the way in this trend is Kate Aspen who now makes vinyl backdrops in many different styles and themes that can be personalized to add that special touch to your next party, bridal shower or wedding. Any of these would also be perfect as a backdrop for a photo booth! Check out how I used these personalized backdrops 3 different ways for 3 different types of events

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Trend Alert: Fondant Letter Toppers

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Fondant Letter Toppers. Whether you use them as an initial or get all the letters of your name, these fondant cake toppers are certaintly wow factors!

At the forefront of this trend is Edible Details who has made the most creative fondant letter toppers I’ve seen yet! When I styled my Cute as a Fox party this week, I knew just who to call to create a set of Woodland Animal Fondant Letters to match my printable collection. Displaying these can be tricky, so let me show you how I styled a full name set and then ideas for displaying only initial ones.

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Trend Alert: Spooky Monster High Parties

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Monster High Parties. Have you heard of Monster High? If not, I’m sure your little girls know them all too well. They are the hot new trend right now for kids & tweens with collections of dolls, dress up items, party goods, cartoon series and movies. The latest DVD release is a “Clawsome Double Feature” Fright On! and Escape from Skull Shores which my daughter, Riley, watches almost every day, so it wasn’t hard to guess that she would choose a Monster High Party as the theme for our end of the summer party!

Be sure to scroll down to the end of this post to find out how you can ENTER TO WIN your own Monster High Gift Pack including an Operetta Monster High Doll, DVD and more!

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Trend Alert: Video Game Truck Parties!

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Video Game Truck Parties! Kids have been asking for video game parties for quite some time now but NOW the new trend is having these Video Game Trucks come to your party where you and your guests can play video games together inside the truck with laser light shows and stereo sound creating the ultimate video game party experience.

At the forefront of this trend is Games 2 U who specialize in bringing the mobile entertainment to your party. They make it super easy to host the ultimate video game party experience as they have outdoor activities that can complement your favorite video game theme. Check out how I used this trend to create the ultimate Army video game themed party experience.

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Trend Alert: Fin-tastic Mermaid Parties!

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Mermaid Parties! My daughters are heavy into mermaids right now. Riley takes her Barbie Mermaids into the bath with her almost every night, watches the Barbie Pearl Princess DVD almost every day and my older daughter Faith won’t swim without her Fin Fun Mermaid Tail, so when they decided on a Mermaid themed party this summer, I wasn’t surprised. Taking inspiration from the Barbie Pearl Princess dolls and the Mermaid Tails, check out my ideas for our Sparkle Mermaid Party!

Plus, be sure to scroll down to the end of this post to find out how you can ENTER TO WIN your own Mermaid Tail!

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The Look for Less: Candy Buffet vs. Dessert Tables

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” where I share with you some ways to achieve a high-end looking event for less by using my tips. Today’s post is all about Candy Buffets versus Dessert Tables and how you can save hundreds of dollars by creating a fabulous looking Candy Buffet for your next event. Here I designed a Beach Bridal theme showing both a candy table and a dessert table for 85 guests. Be sure to scroll down to the end of the post to see a detailed budget on both tables and see the savings.

Sweet City Candy is a hassle-free online candy vendor that I used to purchase all of the candy shown on the candy table. Their selection is great and super easy to order with their option to search for candy by color! Not only do they have some of the most affordable candy online right now, but now they offer free shipping for orders over $65! This is HUGE considering candy is very heavy and most candy companies charge shipping based on weight which can sometimes blow your budget!

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Trend Alert: Barbie Dreamhouse Experience™ Birthday Party

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Barbie Dreamhouse Experience™ Birthday Party!

Little girls across America have dreamed of Barbie birthday parties for years and years, however, today’s little girls are now able to have the ULTIMATE Barbie party in a life-size replica of Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse! New to the Mall of America here in Minnesota, The Barbie Dreamhouse Experience™ offers Barbie fans a chance to walk through and interact with Barbie’s actual Dreamhouse! The best part is, they offer birthday party packages to make your little girl’s special day a memorable and unique experience for her and her guests. The Barbie Dreamhouse Experience™ will be at the Mall of America for the next 2 years so if you are planning a vacation and have a daughter who LOVES Barbie…this is a must see attraction! Join me as I share with you this amazing new trend in ultimate birthday parties AND be sure to scroll down to the end of this post for a fabulous GIVEAWAY!

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Trend Alert: “Ever After High” Party Theme

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Ever After High!

Ever wonder what the kids of our favorite fairytale characters would be like? Well, wonder no more! Ever After High is the hot new animated series who follow the lives of the kids of some of fairytale’s famous characters like Raven Queen, daughter of the Evil Queen in Snow White; Briar Beauty, daughter of Sleeping Beauty; Apple White, daughter of Snow White; and my favorite of them all–Madeline Hatter, daughter of the Mad Hatter!

My daughters LOVE this new series and the dolls are a must have in our house! I think the concept is rather genius and as a fan of fairytales found myself enjoying watching the episodes with them and hanging out on their interactive website with lots of activities and cool stuff for tweens! I’m sure there will be many Ever After High parties coming this year and to give you some inspiration, here is an Ever After High dessert table I styled to get you started inspired by my favorite character–Madeline Hatter and her BFF the Raven Queen.

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Trend Alert: Dollhouse Tea Party

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Dollhouse Tea Parties!

Tea parties have been around for a long time, but the new trend is to invite your friend’s to bring their favorite dolls to the party and have the girls and their dolls dress up in matching outfits for tea!  At the forefront of this trend is Ann Loren, a fashion designer who has an entire collection of gorgeous outfits for girls and matching outfits for their 18″ tall dolls.  What a cute idea!  My daughter loves to dress up, so I hosted a Dollhouse themed tea party for her and some of  her friends complete with a dress up bar, dessert table and photo shoot. They LOVED it!

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Trend Alert: Girly Boy Themes (Girly Space Party)

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Girly Boy Themes!

Themes that are traditionally thought of for boys are getting some serious girly makeovers lately – from girly superhero to girly monster parties! Here, I styled a Girly Space themed party featuring the cutest Novi Star alien dolls and my newest “Starstruck” printable collection (now available in my shop) featuring custom designed girly spaceships and lots of bling!

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Trend Alert: My Little Pony Rainbow Party

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — My Little Pony Rainbow Party.

My Little Pony Rainbow parties are one of the hot new party themes this year. If you don’t want to have to stick with licensed character party supplies, then you have many options to make this theme your own and reflective of your child’s interests. Whenever I do character themed parties, I try to stay away from the commercial licensed party goods and instead set out to put my own spin on it by designing a unique party theme that compliments that character.

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Trend Alert: Terrarium Centerpieces {Garden Wedding}

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Terrarium Centerpieces!

Terrariums are a popular trend in wedding decor and are popping up in party decor also. Here you can see how you can use them as centerpieces for your wedding dining tables as well as decor for your sweets table.  Super easy to do and such a visual impact!  Check out how I incorporated this trend in this styled shoot for Koyal Wholesale featuring a Rustic Glam Garden Wedding theme with an emerald green and gold color palette and using their apothecary and bell jars, moss balls, flowers and plants to create visually stunning terrarium centerpieces.

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Trend Alert: Rustic Glam Pink & Gold Dessert Table

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend of RUSTIC GLAM!

One of the hot new trends right now in party decor is the rustic glam theme which is a mix of rustic elements like burlap and wood and glam elements like crystal and sequin. I was so excited when I was asked to design this “Rustic Glam” pink and gold dessert table and a matching dining table for Koyal Wholesale. They have a large selection of the perfect decor items to pull together this eclectic look – from rustic chandeliers and sparkly curtains to burlap linen and vintage cake stands. A one-stop shop! All you have to do is add the edible treats!

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Trend Alert: Custom Illustrated Printables {+ Shenanigans Theme}

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend CUSTOM ILLUSTRATED PRINTABLES as shown in this unique “SHENANIGANS” party theme I designed for my son. This is the ultimate in custom parties as your child’s illustration is transformed into their own party supplies.

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GIVEAWAY: Party Planning Business Toolkit!

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m so excited to offer one lucky HWTM reader my new Party Planning Toolkit containing a copy of BOTH my popular Soiree Event Design’s Guide to MY Party Planning Biz! Ebook and the Soiree Event Design’s Party Planning Organizer. Kickoff the new year with these two invaluable tools to kickstart your party planning business!

“Soiree Event Design’s Guide to MY Party Planning Biz!” E-Book

Here’s your chance to get this MUST HAVE DETAILED RESOURCE for new party planners! Contains DETAILS on my party planning business’ 6 steps to planning an event including how I price, where I get most of my inventory AND…a BONUS section on Branding & Marketing! I’ve only been able to share a small portion of How I Do It on my blog and have gotten so many emails asking all kinds of questions about how I started my business, how I priced my services to be profitable and if I offer mentoring. I would LOVE to share ALL my How I Do It tips!

If you are a party planner just starting out or are thinking about getting into the party planning business…THIS E-BOOK IS FOR YOU! THE REAL DEAL…the stuff not too many other planners will tell you…things I frankly couldn’t find anywhere when I first started out. I scoured the internet & purchased multiple books looking for DETAILS! There are plenty of books and websites out there about starting a party planning business, but none of them gave me the nuts & bolts on HOW to do it or give me ACTUAL pricing…so….I put all I know in this E-Book.

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Trend Alert: Girly Football Party Dessert Table

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend GIRLY FOOTBALL PARTIES for all those football lovin’ ladies out there!

I am a HUGE football fan and more and more women are becoming fans too! This year for your Superbowl party, how about inviting your girlfriends over and watching the game with this girly football dessert table as your wow-factor, complete with glittery desserts and LOTS of bling!

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Trend Alert: Frozen Party {Sweets Table}

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend FROZEN PARTIES inspired by Disney’s new movie, Frozen.

One of the best kid’s movies I’ve seen in a long time, Frozen is sure to be one of the most requested birthday party themes of the year.  I’m excited to share with you my ideas for styling a Frozen sweets table for your next party without using any Frozen themed commercial party products.  To pull in the Disney Frozen elements, I simply used Frozen toys and a package of Queen Elsa dress up items!

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Trend Alert: All White Bridal Showers {+ Winter Theme}

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend of ALL WHITE BRIDAL SHOWERS! All white party decor is making its way into party planning. When I think of all white I think of brides. Check out how I use this trend in designing a white bridal shower with wintery details.

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The first thing that came to mind when deciding to use an all-white color palette for a bridal shower was a wedding gown! So I incorporated fabrics and textures commonly found in wedding gowns such as rosette, tulle, flowers, crystals, glitter and bling to create an atmosphere where you feel like you are surrounded by wedding gowns. Since it’s Christmas time, I added in touches of sparkly white holiday decor to create a wintery white theme. These holiday elements can of course be left out so you can use this design year-round.

Not using any color in a party design may sound hard to do. Even I kept fighting the urge to add a “splash of color” but really it’s easy with my simple steps below and the final visual impact is simply gorgeous.

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Trend Alert: Bright Colors for Christmas Parties

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend of decorating with BRIGHT COLORS FOR CHRISTMAS PARTIES! There are so many color options now available in Christmas decor besides the traditional red and green color palette. My favorites are the brightly colored Christmas decorations, which are perfect party decor for a cute, whimsical themed Christmas party like this Christmas Wonderland party I designed.

I LOVE Christmas! It’s a time of giving, spreading joy and of wonderment and excitement for children. After living in California for many years, I decided to do a theme this year that is a tribute to the summery Christmas’ spent there. I can remember quite a few years where we put up the tree with shorts on! Now living in Minnesota, where it is very cold and snow-covered at Christmas time, I thought it would be fun to design a summertime Christmas Wonderland theme to contrast with the frozen tundra outside my window.

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Brightly Colored Outfits Set the Tone!

This gorgeous tutu dress from Atutudes, mini top hat from Cupcake Wishes and tulle pom wand from Titi’s Tutus was the perfect whimsical outfit for our guest of honor to wear to greet her friends and set the tone for this unique holiday theme. Each guest was also greeted with her own wand, tutu and top hat to wear during the party. (more…)

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Trend Alert: Create Custom Party Decor with Laser Cutouts

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about creating custom party decor with LASER CUTOUTS! They are all the rage right now.  Laser cutouts are the perfect solution to create truly unique and custom party decor to match a party theme that you’ve designed or a theme that doesn’t have any readily available party supplies out there.

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Trend Alert: Graphic Vinyl Backdrops

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about GRAPHIC VINYL BACKDROPS! Vinyl backdrops are showing up everywhere in parties recently.  They have long been used on the red carpet and at corporate events but are now making their way into smaller, more intimate parties and creating huge wow factor moments!

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How To Set Up A Candy Buffet (Step By Step Instructions!)

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning!  This trend is still going strong…in fact it has become a staple in most parties these days from small parties and baby showers to large weddings.  In today’s guest post I’m sharing How To Set Up A Candy Buffet In 6 EASY Steps! And be sure to scroll down for access to the full budget breakdown and Pinterest board with links to most of the items I used in this table design.

Candy buffets are my all-time favorite party trend and are always featured in any party that I plan. When I first started designing them, I had so many questions, like how to figure out how much candy I would need.  I had no idea how many jelly beans are in a 10 lb bag or how many m&m’s would I need to fill an apothecary jar!  So, after trial and error, I have come up with 6 steps that I always use along with tips to help you set up your next candy buffet.  Let’s take a look at this Baby Shower Candy Buffet table for 24 guests completely finished and then I’ll show you step-by-step how I did it.

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Trend Alert: Hunger Games Inspired Costumes

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about THE HUNGER GAMES! These Katniss & Effie Couture Tutu Dresses were designed by Atutudes and are making their debut right here on HWTM… just in time for your Hunger Games Catching Fire movie premiere parties coming this November!!

Be sure to scroll down for an awesome giveaway and if you are planning a Hunger Games premiere party, HWTM has free Hunger Games printables you can download here and here.

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Trend Alert: Custom Party Hats!

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend Custom Party Hats! Party hats are making a HUGE comeback and I’m not talking the traditional paper party hats either!  Last year Jessica Ruiz from Nevaeh’s Baby Couture designed a fabulous custom couture top hat for my Girly Circus party and that sparked a hot new trend for me… I was totally hooked!

Now designers are coming up with unique and innovative party hat designs that match your party’s theme perfectly.  From embellished top hats to fully embroidered fabric crowns, the details are amazing and with prices ranging from $15-$31, they are reasonable for a one-of-a-kind piece that will make the guest of honor shine!  Both adults and kids alike are rocking this new trend!

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Trend Alert: Custom Designed Outfits to Match Your Party Theme!

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend of having Custom Outfits to Match Your Party’s Theme! Popping up all over the party scene are parties featuring the birthday girl or boy in custom designed outfits that match their party’s theme perfectly.

This party theme is inspired by the hot new doll collection, LaDeeDa which are a group of girls studying fashion design in New York City who LOVE fashion! My daughter LOVES the dolls and when designing this party I called on my friend Jessica Ruiz from Nevaeh’s Baby Couture to create a one-of-a-kind replica of the doll’s outfit that the birthday girl could wear for the party. She nailed it! (more…)

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The Look For Less: (Get Your Party for Less) Hire a Pro Party Planner

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing how you can get a fabulous high-end designer party for less by hiring a professional party planner.  That may sound backwards, but believe me, I am breaking down my daughter’s “Kitty-licious” Party to show you exactly how much every single item cost to put this party together AND how you can get an entire party for less while hiring someone else to do it for you!

All over the web are fabulous parties, either real or styled that don’t tell you how much it exactly costs to recreate. Money and budgets are something people rarely want to talk about, but today I’m pulling back the veil and giving you a real look into how much it really costs to put together one of these designer parties.

Let’s breakdown my recent Kitty party I did for my own daughter’s 10th birthday party. Yes, I am a professional party planner and own almost all of the decor used in this party, but if I were the average mom that does not have a warehouse full of party props and supplies, and saw this fabulous party online and wanted to duplicate it, this is the real breakdown of what it would cost to purchase every single item I used.

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Trend Alert: Custom Cotton Candy Party Favors

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about Custom Cotton Candy Party Favors! Who doesn’t love cotton candy! As an event planner, I don’t really like the messiness of displaying cotton candy on sticks, and if you’ve ever tried making it yourself in those at-home cotton candy makers… you know it takes FOREVER to make! So, when I was introduced to individually packaged cotton candy, I was hooked!

These pre-made cotton candy bags are the perfect quantity for one person and personalized with a custom label to match your event’s colors making it the perfect favor for your wedding, baby shower or party. (These custom cotton candy party favors are now available here.)

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