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GALentine's Day Party - Girlfriends Valentine's Day

Last month, I had the pleasure of meeting so many incredible women at BASH 2016 (a party/event planning + blogging conference), one of whom was Chandice Probst from Gluten Free Frenzy. Chandice immediately told me all about this fun idea she had that mixed a “Favorite Things” inspired Valentine’s Day party with an easy way to give back to those who could really use some extra love, and I immediately knew this was a girl after my own heart!

Let’s see… an excuse to get the girls together (with french fries and chocolate) PLUS a bit of that pay-it-forward magic that lasts far beyond the party? Yes, please!

So, she promised to send in pics after her party, and I promised to share the story, in hopes that others might find this idea inspiring too and add a similar “Blessing Bags” type of activity to one of their parties. What do you think? ;) Chandice explains all about the Blessing Bags (which were given to local homeless people) in her party details below, so I encourage you to scroll down and check it out. There’s lots of fun eye candy to take in along the way!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Fries Before Guys” French Fry Station with add-your-own toppings
– Simple & sweet Valentine’s Day dessert station with open-frame pink heart backdrop
– Blessing Bags table/station (with the cutest little helper you ever!)
– “Kiss Kards” station for making your own sweetheart cards

Valentine's Day Party - Blessing Bags Station

Pink and Red Valentine's Day Dessert Station

Fries Before Guys - French Fry Bar

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elf party ideas

Are you ready for an ELFIN’ good time!? Andressa of Twinkle Twinkle Little Party captured the Christmas spirit in her casual Kids Backyard Holiday Party with classic red and green decorations, a cookie painting activity and an elf adoption center. So, *GET COZY* and sip up all the holiday inspiration + yummy hot cocoa below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Plaid “Get Cozy” mugs, plush blankets & cute (and custom!) wrapped Christmas presents
– Playful paint your own cookies from Blue Sugar Cookie & Co + elf adoption activity
– “Happy Holidays” gable boxes with elf stockings – matching the adorable invitations!
– Christmas tree pattern straws, red and white swirl frosted cupcakes & cheerful holiday napkins

elf party ideas

elf party ideas

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DIY Sugar Plum Fairy Gift Jars and Favor Jars

I’m so excited to share this new project with you! I was recently asked to come up with a creative homemade gift idea for Ball’s 25 Days of Making & Giving campaign, which is also tied to a fun giveaway, by the way! More on that below.

The pretty color of their Purple Heritage Collection Jars instantly make me think of the Sugar Plum Fairy from the Nutcracker Ballet, so I ran with that idea and designed this sparkly Sugar Plum Fairy Treat Jar. You can fill it with any sort of fun treat – from a favorite homemade recipe to colorful store-bought treats, like the purple, lavender and silver chocolates shown here.

And because my head always goes into party mode when I’m designing for some reason *wink* – I also created a smaller & simpler version of this project that would be perfect for party favors at a ballerina birthday! Read on for details on both projects + the free printables below.

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rustic christmas dessert table

This Rustic & JOYful Christmas Party Dessert Table is exactly what I’m looking forward to as all the holiday feels start *snowing* in! A Sweet Touch by Rachelle Grace designed, baked, and styled one beautiful holiday spread. Her festive flavor profiles and seasonal decorations are full of merry Christmas spirit and winter party ideas that look SO cozy, yummy and cute… I just want to eat them all up! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Chocolate dipped candy apples with cinnamon stick handles + peppermint chocolate truffles
– Wood cake plates and tree slice risers, red snowflake pillows and red “JOY” sign
– Cranberry pecan tart with festive reindeer and Christmas tree shape toppers
– Bundled cinnamon sticks + creative (and fragrant!) mini pinecone and cinnamon stick garland
– Burlap balls with twine and jingle bells, decorative burlap Christmas trees & festive red bow adorned wreath

rustic christmas dessert table

rustic christmas dessert table

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Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone (can you believe it?!), it’s time to start the Christmas countdown! Krista O’Byrne of Hoopla Events is definitely getting us in the holiday spirit today with her 7 Steps To Throwing A “Favorite Things” Holiday Party. Take a peek at her tips and ideas for a fun, festive, and plaid-bedecked […]

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If you’re looking for a cute – and totally doable – way to whip up a little extra holiday magic for your loved ones, I’ve got just the thing! Inspired by the adorable penguin & polar bear Coca-Cola commercials from a while back, I thought it would be fun to make a playful “snowy” cake […]

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