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{Party of 5} Minecraft Birthday, Harry Potter Party, Doc McStuffins, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Under the Sea

Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– Minecraft Birthday Party Dessert Table
 Harry Potter Birthday Party
– 
Doc McStuffins Birthday Party
– Planes, Trains & Automobiles Birthday Party

 Under the Sea Mermaid Birthday Party

1. Minecraft Birthday Party Dessert Table (pictured above) from A Stylish Affair by Jessie

{Party of 5} Minecraft Birthday, Harry Potter Party, Doc McStuffins, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Under the Sea

2. Harry Potter Birthday Party by Claudia A.

{Party of 5} Minecraft Birthday, Harry Potter Party, Doc McStuffins, Planes Trains & Automobiles, Under the Sea

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FREE Kentucky Derby® Party Printables   Garden Party

As promised, here are links to download all of the {free!} party printables from our new Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme for 14 Hands Winery. Inspired by the colorful painted horses motif on the 14 Hands bottles, I was going for a “fresh and artistic” sort of vibe when designing this collection. I hope you’re able to have some fun with it at your own home Derby celebrations this year!

Everything here is set up on 8.5×11 templates for easy printing at home. Scroll down for a preview of each design, followed by links to download the high resolution PDFs. For more inspiration, click here to view these designs in use at our recent photo shoot, and learn how to expand on this theme with matching food, drinks, and decor. Enjoy! :)

FREE Kentucky Derby® Party Printables   Garden Party

FREE Kentucky Derby® Party Printables   Garden Party

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{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby® Garden Party

“The Greatest Two Minutes in Sports™” is right around the corner already, and you know what that means…. party time! For the past few years, HWTM has partnered with 14 Hands Winery (a proud sponsor of the Kentucky Derby® for the 2nd time this year!) – to bring you lots of creative inspiration for celebrating the Derby in style at home. First there was the vintage-modern style Taste of Derby theme, followed by last year’s Preppy Paddock Party.

DREAMING UP A NEW LOOK FOR 2014

This year, I wanted to come up with something really colorful, fresh, and a bit unexpected, which always makes things more fun for the party guests! Inspired by the artistic look of the 14 Hands wine bottles and the vibrant colors of jockey racing silks, I mixed in greenery and rustic elements as a nod to the outdoor nature of the race, plus some preppy black and white patterns for a hint of classic Derby style.

The result is a festive Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme that feels both elegant and fun at the same time… I hope it inspires you to invite some friends over and bring the Derby home this year too, no matter where you live! You’ll find details on how to recreate the look below, and can also click here to download all of the {FREE} party printables used throughout this theme. Enjoy! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Repurposed wood horse adorned with a DIY crepe paper “Garland of Roses”, inspired by the Derby tradition
– Derby themed party signs displayed in open frames backed with dried moss + mini moss garlands
– Wine glass bases transformed into Southern Belle style “derby hats” for the ladies
– Gold-painted toy horses, jockeys and horseshoes used as place card holders and centerpiece accents
– Bold striped farfalle pasta used as both food and decor (Check out the “bow-tie” drink charms!)

{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby® Garden Party

{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby® Garden Party

{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby® Garden Party

{Festive & Elegant} Kentucky Derby® Garden Party

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Pool Party Playdate with Huggies Little Swimmers

I’m excited to share a different sort of post with you today – one that I hope will inspire you to start planning your own day of fun in the sun! I was recently asked to help style a Pool Party Playdate sponsored by Huggies® Little Swimmers, and with the weather heating up and summer right around the corner (how is it mid-April already?!), I was definitely game for putting my head into pool party mode. I’ve also been slightly obsessed with any excuse to design in watercolor lately, and a swimming theme fit the bill perfectly. ;)

Pool Party Playdate with Huggies Little Swimmers

There were so many cool & unique things about this event – the key highlights being the guests of honor (bloggers/moms from all over the country & their families), the incredible venue (a poolhouse right on the beach – talk about instant WOW factor), and the activities, which included a playful group swim lesson and some insanely cool underwater (& above water) photography by Pinky Blue Photography.

Pool Party Playdate with Huggies Little Swimmers

Seriously… how cool is the water shot above?! As a fellow blogger with a little one still in diapers myself, I was a bit bummed to miss out on the pool time fun, but we realized that it would’ve been next to impossible for me to decorate the party with a 2 year old in tow, especially given that the event was out of town, so I settled for the next best thing once the party was done up right and in full swing – relaxing and enjoyed the amazing view! That pretty much NEVER happens these days, so it wasn’t exactly a hard sell either. ;)

Since my personal focus for this event was the decor, this recap is more visually focused and a little different than those of the other guests in attendance. Scroll down for a peek at some of my favorite details from the event though (including super cute themed food like Shark’s Mouth Salad & Crabby Croissants!), and then next month I’m actually going to post a similar pool party theme styled in my own backyard, but with more of a “how to” focus that digs into the DIY details and party elements a bit deeper. There’s still a lot of inspiration to soak in here though (pun intended) – and I’m happy to answer any questions you might have in the meantime on the decor via the comments section below! Here we go…

Pool Party Playdate with Huggies Little Swimmers

Pool Party Playdate with Huggies Little Swimmers

Pool Party Playdate with Huggies Little Swimmers

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Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events: – Sunshine and Sprout Joint Birthday Party – Chevron Yellow Lego Birthday Party – Royal British Birthday Bash – Gone Fishing […]

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When it comes to creative talents, some people have just got a gift – and Lynlee North Beckett is the perfect example! From miniature Disneyland rides to Mr. Potato Head pirates, her incredible fondant work has been popping up in the parties we’ve featured here at HWTM for years now, not to mention delighting party […]

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