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Pet Friendly TAILgate Party + Make Your Own Hot Dog Buffet

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

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

Pet Friendly TAILgate Party + Make Your Own Hot Dog Buffet

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

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

Pet Friendly TAILgate Party + Make Your Own Hot Dog Buffet

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

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

(And click here to access all of the free Tailgate Printables that I designed for this theme.)

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

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

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

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

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Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

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

Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

Mothers Day Garden Party + DIY Flower Cookie Pops

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Bright & Happy “Coffee With Mom” Brunch {Mothers Day}

Coffee, cookies, presents, and family time… what more could mommy want, right!? Lucky for us, Valerie of Charming Touch Parties is sharing her fabulous ideas on how to make your #1 mom feel extra special for Mother’s Day this year. She designed this bright & happy Mother’s Day “Coffee With Mom” Brunch that’s irresistibly pretty with exquisite pastries from Cocoa Bean and feminine touches like bows and ruffles that will flat out impress her!

P.S. For more sweet brunch style Mother’s Day ideas, search the HWTM archives here!

PARTY DETAILS to look out for:

– Vibrant flower cookies on straw “stems”… displayed in a coffee bean filled apothecary jar
– Playful jumbo balloons with hot pink satin ribbon bows + playful “MOM” banner
– Lush spring flowers, white ruffle tablecloth, & chalkboard “Just for Mom” sign
– Monogram blanket + custom monogram phone case & coffee mug gift ideas

Bright & Happy “Coffee With Mom” Brunch {Mothers Day}

Bright & Happy “Coffee With Mom” Brunch {Mothers Day}

Bright & Happy “Coffee With Mom” Brunch {Mothers Day}

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March is officially here… and we’re a LUCKY bunch today! Misha Perritt of A Lovely Design is sharing her St. Patrick’s Day inspiration with a twist, and it’s sure to make you pucker up! Her lipstick inspired “Kiss Me” theme will definitely have you trading your pot o’ gold for a smooch… and maybe cake pop or two. ;) PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to […]

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HWTM Contributor Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share our recent Rustic Cookies and Cocoa Party with Santa that I styled for a session with Michelle Kujawski Photography. A neutral palette with creams and whites, mixed with pops of greenery and red berries made this a super cozy setting for a day with Santa […]

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