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Modern Love Birds Bridal Shower - Pink Yellow Black White

When it comes to special occasion parties like baby or bridal showers, one of my favorite things to do is take a popular theme and give it a fresh and unexpected twist! Why? Because it’s so fun to see the reactions from guests when they notice the playful elements and thoughtful details that went into creating a truly UNIQUE experience for them.

So, when I was recently asked to dream up a party inspired by one of the awesome new Vintage Charm™ Mixing & Prep Bowls, I took one look at the Birds of a Feather design and thought – “Love Birds Bridal Shower!”… but with a modern twist. ;) By the way – for those of you that love nostalgia – all of the Vintage Charm designs are inspired by popular Pyrex® designs from the 50’s, 60’s & early 70’s!

A Modern Love Birds Bridal Shower
“Love Birds” is a popular theme that typically leans rustic or “shabby chic garden party” in style, but the high contrast black and white design on the Birds of a Feather bowls instantly had me wanting to go bold and modern for this soirée, with some bright and spunky colors brought in for summer…

Pink and Yellow Bird Bridal Shower Ideas

Modern Bird Themed Lollipops

I also decided to go more “birds on a wire” than “birds in a nest” with this design, and incorporated artsy elements like mod sketched flowers and color-blocked feathers. Read on for more details + free printables. I hope you enjoy this playful take on the Love Birds theme, and find some inspiration here for your own celebrations!

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Speaking of inspiration – there’s also a GIVEAWAY here! To enter, just leave a comment mentioning which of the Vintage Charm™ Designs inspires YOU the most. One lucky commenter (chosen at random) will win the design of their choice. Enter by Friday, June 3rd at midnight PT. You can also use the coupon code CHARM20 for 20% off Vintage Charm products on shopworldkitchen.com right now!

Love Birds Bridal Shower Candy Buffet

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Safari Baby Shower Centerpiece - Pink Blue Gold Animals

As much as I LOVE animals in (party) crowns, I’m actually excited to share this post with you guys for a couple of other reasons too:

1. If you’re looking to throw a Royal Baby Shower, you’re in the right place. You’ll find lots of very doable decorating ideas here + you can download all of my printables for free at the bottom of this post, which should make things extra easy for you to recreate at home.

2. I get to talk about the power of PAPER in parties… two of my favorite things! I was asked by the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds™ campaign to share tips on how paper can play a central role in any celebration and help us create unique & highly customized experiences for our guests. Since paper designs are pretty much front and center in all of the events I design myself, I don’t think there could be a more fitting topic to cover here. Hooray! :)

Royal Safari Baby Shower Banner - Free Printable

My career background is in graphic design, and I always rely on stylish paper elements to both inspire a theme and put the finishing touches on an event. You know, those things that take a project from good to great!

From small details like mini paper flags on straws to big elements like custom banners displaying the guest of honor name(s) across the room, paper is a wonderfully versatile decorative tool and always makes a huge impact on the party space.

I truly believe there’s no centerpiece, dessert table, place setting, or party favor that can’t be substantially improved with a cleverly placed paper detail (or two!).

As they say, though, a picture is worth a thousand words, so instead of just telling you that paper elements can bring your party to life, I designed this Royal Safari Baby Shower theme to help demonstrate it. Just think of how different this party would look without all the colorful paper details…

Gender Neutral Safari Baby Shower

Let’s start by taking a closer look at the place settings.
This set-up is very simple and a bit bland on its own, but a colorful paper onesie placed on top of the napkins makes ALL the difference! I have printable onesies for you guys below in both blue and pink so you can create a boy, girl, or gender neutral baby shower with them.

Baby Shower Place Settings - Paper Onesie

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pastel rainbow birthday party dessert table

Sometimes I see a party that is so perfectly simple & sweet, all of the details are truly able to shine. Styled by Andressa Hara of Twinkle Twinkle Little Party, this Pastel Rainbow Unicorn Birthday Party is a perfect example of that! From the coordinating tissue tassels and star balloons to the most adorable unicorn & shooting star cookies  — there’s (almost) too much cuteness! I’m also loving the bright pastel color palette… such a darling twist on the classic rainbow.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Scalloped unicorn invitation & matching “You’re Magical” unicorn lunch boxes
– Lightly colored lemonade in star topped mason jars & rainbow layered chocolates
– Pearl topped pastel rainbow layer cake, rainbow pearl candies & DIY candy star cupcake toppers
– Fill-in & color Thank You Cards + an adorable ombre rainbow party dress for the birthday girl

unicorn and shooting star cookies

unicorn birthday party invitation

pastel rainbow birthday cake

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DIY candy star cupcake toppers

rainbow candy pearls

rainbow star balloons and rainbow party dress

pastel rainbow chocolates

fill in birthday party thank you cards

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PARTY DETAILS, as told by Zelda
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Rainbows and unicorns are magically delicious and what little girl wouldn’t be delighted to have them both at her party? This Rainbow Unicorn party might be simple, but it is by no means short on fun and color!

Let’s start with the bright pastels that were incorporated, rather than primary colors of the rainbow. The white brick backdrop and star-shaped balloons look as delicious as the rainbow buttercream cake that takes center stage on the dessert table. To complete the look, the DIY tissue tassels are reminiscent of unicorn tails.

But the fun doesn’t stop there. The custom decorated cookies — unicorns, shooting stars, and lilac hearts — are breathtaking. Did we mention the amazing Oreo bite cookies also decorated in the party colors?

Take note from this party that your drinks don’t have to be limited to fruit punch or juice boxes and serve up “rainbow” lemonade in these darling mini jars complete with star lids.

With all that fabulousness at the dessert table, could there be more? Why, yes. Set up an adorable kids table with star and stripe paper plates and cups. Finish the look with mini white gable boxes perfect for treats and the beautiful reminder that “You are Magical.”

How do you get other rainbow and unicorn fans excited about a party like this? You send them the charming invitation that inspired this party design. As if the invitation wasn’t beautiful enough to set the tone for the party, there are coordinating envelope liners as well. To say “thank you for coming” check out these unique ‘Color Me’ thank you cards. Your birthday princess can color them and write a special message to give guests all before they wander off on their next adventure.

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VENDOR CREDITS:

– Styling & Photography: Andressa Hara, Twinkle Twinkle Little Party
– Party Summary: Party Like Zelda
– Invitation, Stickers & Thank You Cards: Tiny Prints
– Mini OREO bites: Sweet Temptations
– Decorated Cookies: Blue Sugar Cookie & Co.
– Paper plates and cups: Pink Poppy Party Shoppe 
– Backdrop & Floordrop printed by: Driftwood Printing

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Marbled Baby Shower Balloon Weights & Centerpiece Idea

I’m totally smitten with the marbled trend that’s popping up all over the party space these days – from marbled balloons & mugs to paper plates & napkins – and felt inspired to use this look as a fun spin on a baby shower!

So… what I have for you today is a fun Marbled Baby Shower Balloon Weights project that coordinates perfectly with store-bought marbled balloons. This combo looks super cute lined up in groups of 3-5 as a high-impact (and low cost!) party table centerpiece, but you can also use them individually as playful decor anywhere your baby shower needs a fun *POP*. ;)

The baby bottles used here are actually plastic favor containers, so they’re inexpensive – and you’ll also want to go the inexpensive route on your nail polish and craft paint here, since these materials get used up quickly. Let’s just say that dollar bins are your friend with this project! This concept is super versatile, too, so feel free to mix things up with your own favorite color palette.

DIY Marbled Baby Bottle Balloon Weights

Balloon Weight Materials

MATERIALS:

baby bottle favor containers
– white acrylic craft paint
– gold spray paint
– nail polish
– disposable tin
– bamboo skewers
– paper towels & paper plates
– nail polish remover + cotton pads (not pictured)
– dry rice or sand for “filler” weight (not pictured)

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YOU GUYS. How is it already the first week of May… and in other works Kentucky Derby Party time?! This is the first year in a long time that I haven’t created a brand new Derby theme myself, but luckily Sarah Knepp of Sarah Sofia Productions did and sent it our way, so I still […]

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I’m excited to share this fun Mother’s Day idea with you today! Flowers are always a staple for mom, of course, but I thought it would be fun to try something a little outside the box this year and make giant flowers out of balloons… and more specifically out of multi-color MARBLE balloons! These colorful […]

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