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Trend Alert:  Girly Boy Themes (Girly Space Party)

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about the hot new trend — Girly Boy Themes!

Themes that are traditionally thought of for boys are getting some serious girly makeovers lately – from girly superhero to girly monster parties! Here, I styled a Girly Space themed party featuring the cutest Novi Star alien dolls and my newest “Starstruck” printable collection (now available in my shop) featuring custom designed girly spaceships and lots of bling!

Trend Alert:  Girly Boy Themes (Girly Space Party)

Trend Alert:  Girly Boy Themes (Girly Space Party)

Trend Alert:  Girly Boy Themes (Girly Space 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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Colorful Summer 30th Birthday Party

What better way to celebrate the launch of your new events company than to throw a killer party?! Caroline Eimerman of Soiree Sisters Events did just that for her milestone birthday with this Colorful Summer 30th Birthday Party! The whole party has an ultra cool vibe, with bright pops of color and a touch of whimsy (love those floating white balloon sculptures!) For more milestone birthday inspiration, check our all of our adult parties here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Outdoor white tent seating & purple lights for a swanky night club feel when the sun goes down
– Vases of floating purple orchids with a touch of sparkle + individual fish & chips & Mexican fare
– Customized treat & party favor bags + nail polish & hot pink golf ball party favors
– Tall pink birthday cake candles + a sparkly dessert table with chocolate treats & a rainbow of macarons

Colorful Summer 30th Birthday Party

Colorful Summer 30th Birthday Party

Colorful Summer 30th Birthday Party

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YOU GUYS!!! I can’t hold back any longer, I’m so excited to share these ideas with you! Hello lovely ladies! It’s Jen, your Orange County photographer here at Hostess With The Mostess. I adore working with you and your families. You always trust me to come up with creative ideas, and execute the most stunning photo shoots […]

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Calling all Game of Thrones fans! Shanda Pierce of Avenue Six Events and Josie Gonzalez of Quasi Studios an amazing job incorporating important details from the enormously popular book and TV series into this fantasy Game of Thrones Inspired Wedding theme. From beautiful tablescapes inspired by various noble houses to a gorgeous woodsy setting and lots of rustic + […]

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