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Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

Last fall, I designed a Big Top First Birthday Party for Fisher-Price, and it just went live on their site this week, so I’m super excited to finally share it with you!

This theme was inspired by their adorable new Lion, Elephant, & Zebra Clicker Pals™. These toys are part of their Spring 2015 collection and are seriously just as CUTE as can be. I mean, circus-inspired baby animal toys with sweet faces and rainbow feet? Yes, please! ;)

There are lots of different ideas to take in here, from centerpieces and homemade desserts to accent decor, but the great thing is that everything is already broken down in organized detail over on the Fisher-Price website. You’ll find more images of the party with descriptions, plus free printables and 7 DIY tutorials that we shot in addition to the main theme.

Speaking of DIY, my 2 very favorite projects from this party are both pictured in the image below… the Ring of Fire centerpiece (more on this later) and the Circus Animal Pedestals, which are made from $1 Ikea pails turned upside down + colored duct tape!

Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

Rainbow triangle bunting (in various sizes) also played a big role in this party. I opted for bright fabrics with a shiny finish – kind of like a “kite” material– to best match the look of the toys.

The fabric bunting was pinned & swagged around both the kids table and the dessert table:

Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

The dessert table backdrop was made from white curtains ($12/pair at Ikea) + a few long strands of colored ribbon. I originally wanted to make “curtains” entirely out of ribbon for this backdrop, but quickly realized that was going to cost a small fortune. This was much more doable. :)

We also made a big foam core “1st” Sign to put in the middle of the curtains. It was designed to match the “1″ in the circus partyware collection.

Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

All of the treats were a combo of grocery store-bought and homemade, but my favorite one was also the very easiest: “Strongman Barbells” made from donut holes + jumbo stripey straws! Even the Elephant Clicker Pal had some fun with these (see above). ;)

Bright & Colorful Big Top Birthday {Circus Animals}

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Galante Baby Giveaway + Free Printable Baby Quote Signs

Right before my first daughter was born, I received a luxury layette set from a friend, and I still remember the feeling of opening up that package. I’d already stocked up on lots of cute, colorful onesies for everyday wear, but this outfit felt totally different. It felt “fancier” and extra-special… I instantly knew that I was looking at a keepsake, and may have even teared up a bit. ;)

This is exactly the type of gift that Galante Baby – the sponsor of this new reader giveaway – creates. They specialize in hand-crafted, limited production gifts for newborns… things like blankets and bibs and specialty clothing. And instead of cranking out a gazillion different products, they focus on just a handful of the most popular types of baby gifts, and on doing them very well. Their style is very “classic baby”, with an emphasis on lots of white and a hint of color brought in through embroidery and appliqué.

Another cool tidbit: The Galante Studio was founded in 1930 and remains the same family-run business it was over 80 years ago! You can learn more about their story right here.

GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Galante Baby is offering up a generous $200 Gift Card this week to a lucky HWTM reader! Whether it’s you or a loved one with a little one to celebrate, this should definitely come in handy. ENTER TO WIN via the widget at the bottom of this post. Good luck!

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Galante Baby Giveaway + Free Printable Baby Quote Signs

FREE PRINTABLE BABY QUOTE SIGNS

I was also inspired to design a free printable to go along with this giveaway. This “Blessings” 8×10 quote sign is inspired by the look of Galante Baby’s embroidered floral pieces, and can be framed and displayed at a baby shower or given as a gift. It’s available in both BLUE and PINK versions. {Click on the links to download.} Enjoy! :)

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A Rustic Cookies and Cocoa Party with Santa

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 and a home decor that will last all winter long.  The kids enjoyed a magical experience that made them feel like they were in Santa’s living room!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Vintage inspired “I love the winter weather” backdrop sign over the mantle
– Rustic wooden mail organizer-turned-mailbox with letters written to Santa + candy canes for the kids
– Homemade marshmallows packaged in clear boxes with twine and tags
– Custom designed cotton sacks with “Santa’s Gourmet Hot Cocoa” labels

A Rustic Cookies and Cocoa Party with Santa

A Rustic Cookies and Cocoa Party with Santa

A Rustic Cookies and Cocoa Party with Santa A Rustic Cookies and Cocoa Party with Santa

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{GIVEAWAY!} Give & Get Better Gifts with WishBin

Wish it was a little easier to find the perfect gift for your loved one? Me too!

I mean, the goal of gift giving is to make someone happy, after all… but finding the thing that’s SURE to do that is often more difficult than it sounds. And if you’re like me, you also start second guessing your gift choice even after you settle on something – or spend way too much of your time playing “detective” and trying to figure it out.

Kids are actually the hardest for me to shop for, personally… we live far away from our family unfortunately, and I usually feel unsure about what my nieces and nephews would love (or what they’re into at the moment) when a birthday or holiday rolls around. And based on all the questions I receive about my own girls in regards to gifts, I know that I’m not alone when it comes to being stumped!

Well… there’s a cool new company called WishBin that’s setting out to help with all of the above. It’s a free online service that allows users to drag and drop items from any website they like into their personal WishBin using a plugin that you install in your browser. It basically feels like a super organized gift bookmarking tool that you can save things to (or edit) whenever you like.

{GIVEAWAY!} Give & Get Better Gifts with WishBin

And then friends & family can visit your WishBin at any time to instantly access a list of things that you – or your kids – would truly love to receive, including your preferred size, color, etc. You can include non-tangible “things” on your list like dance lessons or travel wishes too! Pretty smart, right?!

Here’s a 1 minute video that explains some of the other great features too:

One of the coolest features of all (IMHO) is that adults can add children to their accounts and create unique WishBins for each of them – which I’m thinking will prove especially helpful for grandparents! (Mom – are you listening? Because this seems a tad more efficient than the zillions of back and forth text messages we usually use!)

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WISHBIN “WISHES” GIVEAWAY

And now for something REALLY fun… a chance to win $150 worth of your own wishes for the holidays! One lucky HWTM reader is going to win just that, so be sure to fill your WishBin with some of your favorite things in case that person is YOU! :) Giveaway ends at 11:59pm PST on Thursday, December 18th.

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Update: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to all who entered! The name of the (randomly selected) winner is displayed in the Rafflecopter entry widget below. ***** Who couldn’t use a little extra cash this time of year, right?! Right. And on that note, I’ve teamed up with some wonderfully creative bloggers to […]

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A few weeks ago, I received a package with a huge red gift box inside… There was a TOMS logo on the shipping box, and I already knew I’d be receiving some sort of holiday sweater in conjunction with a #TOMSforTarget holiday campaign they were doing, so I just took a super quick peek inside […]

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