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Fall Inspired Vintage Back to School Celebration

With the start of a new school year, a great way to get the kids excited for their new classes, teachers & of course, back to school shopping, is to throw a little surprise party for them! Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties and Candace Miller from Lillypaul Designs get an A+ for their cleverly styled Fall-Inspired Vintage Back to School Celebration! I love the old schoolhouse in the background & the school subject inspired dessert table sections (especially the ‘cafeteria’ lunches). Parents everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief that summer “boredom” is now over ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– School themed joke cards & encouraging words for school lunches + ‘explore’ & ‘learn’ themed party flags
– A world map dessert table backdrop + metallic globe cookies & vintage globe decor
– Number 2 pencil candy skewers, addition & subtraction flashcard cookies & ‘molecule’ sixlet test tubes
– Vintage books, red apples, wooden crates & rag tie bunting + a vintage school desk bench

Fall Inspired Vintage Back to School Celebration

Fall Inspired Vintage Back to School Celebration

Fall Inspired Vintage Back to School Celebration

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Glam Engagement Dinner + DIY Acrylic Signage Tutorial

Hi there! When I first started HWTM way back in 2006, my goal was to inspire others and make stylish party planning more accessible to first time hostesses, amateur planners, or really anyone that wanted to add a little bit of creative pizzazz to their events. On that note, I’m excited to announce that – starting this week – we’re making a tiny bit of a shift from our normal daily posting schedule by incorporating more DIYs, tips, behind-the-scenes peeks, and other ways for YOU to get involved! But don’t worry — we’ll still be featuring lots of fantastic full parties too… I just feel like it’s important that we also get back to a strong focus on the original mission of HWTM, which is to make the creative party world as fun, approachable, and accessible as possible. And to me, learning is one of the best avenues to making things accessible. :)

So, to kick off this new series, we have Stephanie Duclett of Lovelyfest Event Design, who offered to show us how she styled this glamorous Summer Engagement Dinner Party – featuring a stylish and super creative DIY that can be used at all sorts of events. Make sure to check out the instructions for her DIY Acrylic Signage, made with just 3 things and 4 simple steps, below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gold framed plexiglass menu & ‘Love Story’ signs + large paper flowers & gold vines surrounding
– Black & white Kate Spade place setting + tissue paper flower accents & tall gold & white candles
– ‘He popped the question’ popcorn bar sign with ‘She Said Yes’ bags + pink & purple plexiglass place cards
– Brightly colored floral centerpieces + a gold glitter table runner & DIY gold painted votive candle holders

Glam Engagement Dinner + DIY Acrylic Signage Tutorial

Glam Engagement Dinner + DIY Acrylic Signage Tutorial

Glam Engagement Dinner + DIY Acrylic Signage Tutorial

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Trend Alert:  Fondant Letter Toppers
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 — Fondant Letter Toppers. Whether you use them as an initial or get all the letters of your name, these fondant cake toppers are certaintly wow factors!

At the forefront of this trend is Edible Details who has made the most creative fondant letter toppers I’ve seen yet! When I styled my Cute as a Fox party this week, I knew just who to call to create a set of Woodland Animal Fondant Letters to match my printable collection. Displaying these can be tricky, so let me show you how I styled a full name set and then ideas for displaying only initial ones.

Trend Alert:  Fondant Letter Toppers
Trend Alert:  Fondant Letter Toppers

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Trend Alert: Spooky Monster High Parties
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 — Monster High Parties. Have you heard of Monster High? If not, I’m sure your little girls know them all too well. They are the hot new trend right now for kids & tweens with collections of dolls, dress up items, party goods, cartoon series and movies. The latest DVD release is a “Clawsome Double Feature” Fright On! and Escape from Skull Shores which my daughter, Riley, watches almost every day, so it wasn’t hard to guess that she would choose a Monster High Party as the theme for our end of the summer party!

Be sure to scroll down to the end of this post to find out how you can ENTER TO WIN your own Monster High Gift Pack including an Operetta Monster High Doll, DVD and more!

Trend Alert: Spooky Monster High Parties

Trend Alert: Spooky Monster High Parties

Trend Alert: Spooky Monster High Parties

Trend Alert: Spooky Monster High Parties

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For a fresh new take on your typical princess party, Alicia Johnson & Betsey Hodges of Happy Wish Company styled this Crafty & Enchanting Floral Fox Birthday Party filled with bright colors, fresh and paper blooms & woodsy touches. When planning a party, I like to find inspiration from one central theme, so I love that the whole […]

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There is not a whole lot in party decor that I love more than a neutral color palette with pops of gold. Tali Bar-Netzer of Revelry Street hit the nail on the head with this Classic & Chic Black, White & Gold 30th Birthday. Since it was her ‘golden birthday,’ this sparkling look is an even better fit! I […]

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