BBQ & Outdoor Parties


Have you ever tried grilling flatbread directly on the BBQ? There’s something so great about seeing those beautiful grill marks on the bread…especially when you’ve made them yourself! Grilling flatbread is surprisingly quick to do, but there are definitely a few small-yet-impactful tricks that will make the process a LOT easier – and I’m speaking […]

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Football parties can be such a fun way to get into the game — with yummy snacks, team decor and a house full of excited friends! But for Britni Vigil of Play. Party. Pin., football season means that much of her free time is devoted to watching the games at home, which doesn’t leave a lot of room for girl time. So as a […]

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This summer, we have seen so many flamingo parties. From crafty to retro, tropical to glam, there seems to have been a never-ending stream of that stylish, pink bird! But as summer comes to an end, I think we may have saved one of the best for last. ;) Dozens of party mavens lent their talents create this […]

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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! […]

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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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It doesn’t feel like summer for me without some good old fashioned grilling — even better if it’s with friends! To kick off her summer right, Abigail Barnes of Paper and Cake, an amazing stylist & great friend to HWTM, threw this Rustic Backyard 30th Birthday Barbecue for her and some girlfriends to kick back, relax and […]

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Is there anything better in the summertime than taking a quick family vacation to the nearest body of water and just vegging out? Throw in some fun on the water and you’ve got the perfect backdrop for a killer party! Nicole Gould of Million Dollar $mile Celebrations is back with this awesomely Retro Water Ski Beach Birthday Party. I am loving […]

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I’ve always been a fan of the color-blocked and paint dipped looks, but even more so when they’re EASY to create! These color-blocked favor bags are exactly that… all you need are a few basic craft materials + plain drawstring muslin bags (which I bought here). This look is versatile enough to work with almost […]

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When you can’t go to the beach, bring the beach to you! That’s exactly what Angela DiVincenti Babin of Angela Marie Events did when she shipped in truckloads of sand and set up this  ‘Surf’s Up!’ Summer Family Beach Bash in her front yard! Other seaside additions included the Shaka Sweet Shack, beach chairs with coolers nearby and a huge […]

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Looking for a fun way to entertain the kiddos this summer? Jessica from Everyday Party Magazine created this adorable Kites & Pinwheels Outdoor Summer Party to kick off their summer vacation! Kids don’t need a ton to create their own fun, so I love that they took this party to a nearby park and let them just run around blowing […]

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When it comes to parties, we feature a lot of “after” photos here at HWTM, but not a ton of “before” or “right smack in the middle of it” shots. And truth be told, posting more behind-the-scenes shots is something I’ve always wanted to do, but in reality I’m always so busy running from one […]

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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 […]

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I grew up going camping with my family every Summer, so it’s no wonder why I love this Plaid & Pine Outdoorsman Party from Abigail Barnes of Paper & Cake! Abigail’s family went to Green Valley Lake every Summer growing up and they’ve now started to continue that tradition with the youngest generation of their […]

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When you’ve got your man in mind, forget the ruffled cakes and cutesy garlands! That’s exactly what Jenny Raulli from Bloom Designs Online did when she styled this surprise {Bluegrass and Bourbon} Manly 40th Birthday Party for a friend. With a bourbon and cigar bar, easy to grab snacks and live music, what man (or anyone for that […]

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Tweet Tweet! A little bird told me about this AMAZING Flirty Birdie Forest Party by Angela DiVincenti of Angela Marie Events, and I am just swooning. The bright colors really pop against the natural scenery, from bright patterned printables and candies, to the cupcakes and table runner. Being outdoors, Angela made sure to include plenty of natural touches as well, like […]

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This story of how Jordan McBride of Jordan McBride Events found her lovable pup, Teddy, just warms my heart. Make sure to read Jordan’s story below to see why Teddy definitely deserved to be showered with so much love at his Doggy Picnic. Guests (people and pups) enjoyed all kinds of yummy treats and plenty of playtime. […]

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Hi there! It’s Amber here, from Amber Lay Events and our newest venture you are about to find out about, Cotton Clouds For A Cause! I hope you are ready to be ‘spun’ up in the sweet goodness of fluffy cotton candy and the classic carnival past time we all love so much with my […]

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In the spirt of Halloween and Fall, Nichole Wardle designed a Crafty Fall Harvest Party. With gorgeous photos from friend, Erin of Erin McGinn Photography, the seasonal dessert table, kids activities and icons of fall look effortlessly beautiful! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Make Your Own Bird Feeder and Apple Stamp Crafts – Potato Sack Races, “Don’t […]

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If parties could smell… this one would be of cinnamon, pie crust and a warm apple pie in the oven! Valerie of Charming Touch Parties styled this Rustic Apple Picking Party with the crisp, fall air and memories of home in mind. I love the idea of getting outdoors and celebrating this beautiful season, especially in such a […]

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With bright colors & lots of style, mommy Erin Wakeman, created this super FUN & Colorful Backyard First Birthday for her sweet little Zoey! Balloons and charming bunting transformed the yard, guests enjoyed a lovely dinner buffet (+ a gourmet s’mores bar!) and how could I not mention Zoey’s adorable handmade party dress from Vivi’s Jewels! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out […]

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