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Wild Child Birthday Party - animals wearing party hats

My youngest daughter turned 4 in December… her birthday is on the 16th, which basically means right smack in the middle of the craziest time of year for almost everyone I know, including myself. ;) We decided to have a small, playdate style get-together with her 3 preschool besties and their big sisters (and her own big sis, of course!). Since Rylie loves animals, acting silly, and anything girlie, we hosted a Wacky Wild Animal Party filled with bright colors, sparkly pom poms, and cute animals wearing party hats!

My birthday is 2 days before Rylie’s, so my mom (aka Grandma) got an extra-awesome gift/activity for the party to treat us both! A trainer from Wild Wonders  – an animal education facility just outside San Diego – brought over of the coolest little “party crashers” you ever did see… scroll down for a closer peek! ;)

Party Animal Birthday Banner and Chinchilla

Wild Child Birthday Kids Table and Balloons

I designed some funky party animal plates for the birthday table that featured a rhino, elephant, fox, and bunny. Why is it so fun to give animals party hats and cheeky glasses?!

Party Animal Plates

I often make my own party plates (see the tutorial here), but this is the first time I used the plastic plates from Michaels. These were a little more time consuming since you have to hand-cut the paper designs – the plate edges are slightly rounded so you can’t use a paper cutter – but the quality of the plates is good and overall they worked well!

Colorful beads and mini plastic animal figurines made for a fun bracelet and necklace making activity…

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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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Star Wars Party in a Box - Eden Celebrations

As someone that eats, sleeps, and dreams parties, I often find myself asking people the following question: “What would make your life easier/more fun when it comes to planning parties?”

The answer is almost always along the lines of “someone to make it easier for me!” or “someone to put it together for me!”. This is one of the reasons I’m super excited to tell you about this fun Party Box Giveaway and introduce you to the company that’s bringing it your way…

Lily Ng founded Eden Celebrations with the goal of minimizing some of the stress that comes with tracking down all those pretty little details that really do bring a beautiful party together. Their “party boxes” are well thought out, curated collections of chic party supplies that arrive all packaged up and ready to go in a beautiful keepsake box. For their customers, that means way less time spent shopping/surfing around and more time spent doing other things… like celebrating! ;)

And for one lucky HWTM reader, it also means a very nice boost to the party budget, because Lily is giving away a Party Box in the winner’s choice of theme! Enter to win at the bottom of this post. And ALL readers will also receive 10% off with the discount code HWTM10.

There are currently 4 signature themes, 2 of which are especially versatile (Pink Ombre and Tuxedo) and could be used for anything from baby and bridal showers to birthdays parties of all ages. And of course, Valentine’s Day is coming up quick!

Pink Ombre Party in a Box - Eden Celebrations

Pink Ombre Party in a Box - Eden Celebrations

Next up is a closer peek at the Tuxedo Party Box… which is actually my personal fav! The chic black, gold, and white combo serves as a great foundation for so. many. themes… just add bubbly for a champagne inspired bridal shower or glittery gold animals for a glam safari first birthday! See? Sky’s the limit! ;)

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Free Printable Holiday Giving Quote (Anne Frank)

‘Tis the season for so many wonderful things, but GIVING is definitely at the top of the list! And whether it’s bringing joy to loved ones via special celebrations and thoughtful gifts, or donating time and resources to those that are in need, a desire to give is at the heart of all of these things.

That’s why I’m so happy be partnering with Glad® this month to help spread the word about their wonderful #GladtoGive initiative, which is all about inspiring the efforts of giving, as well as encouraging the sharing of that extra holiday food instead of wasting it!

And here’s a cool tidbit: when you share a picture of your holiday meal or leftovers with the hashtag #GladtoGive, Glad will donate $1 to Free The Children to provide a meal for those less fortunate. Imagine how many meals a simple social media share can provide when LOTS of people get involved!

Holiday Party Leftover Containers

And speaking of coming together… if you’re hosting a a holiday get-together, asking your guests to bring a small donation is another great way to give back. Last week, Sonny and I hosted a holiday dinner party with a few good friends and asked each family to bring a gently worn or new coat to donate to One Warm Coat.

I’ll explain a little more about that below, but first let’s talk PARTY details for a bit while we’re on the subject, since this is HWTM after all! ;)

Holiday Party Guests

As I mentioned earlier, this was a small dinner party with a few good friends (3 other couples and their kids). The best thing about smaller get-togethers is that you get that really good conversation time with everyone, instead of trying to jump around for a few minutes between a zillion people. One of the families even brought their brand new 8-week-old puppy over! He was definitely the most popular guest of the night. ;)

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I was inspired by the giving theme to go with a “presents” sort of look for the table. I found the cutest rolls of gift wrap by Sugar Paper at Target and used those as a jumping off point for the table design… starting with cutting strips of paper to create a “gift wrapped” look for the chairs!

Holiday Party Chair Decorating Idea - Gift Inspired

Wrapping paper was also used as the “table runner” and layered on top of black and white striped fabric from Ikea. I used the printables from my Red & Gold Holiday Glitz collection as napkin rings, which you can download below for free!

Red and Gold Holiday Table

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Winnie the Pooh was one of my FAVORITE characters growing up, so I was thrilled when Disney Baby asked me to come up with some creative ideas for hosting a Winnie the Pooh BABY SHOWER! What a sweet-as-honey theme for celebrating with mom-to-be, right? ;) THE INSPIRATION Since Winnie has been around for quite a […]

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Hello fellow party enthusiasts! Rachel here from RV Parties. As the mother of four small children, it seems like I’m always planning the next birthday party! To save myself time and money, I’m always brainstorming ways to get multiple uses out of items — whether it’s using the same color scheme at multiple parties to […]

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