BBQ & Outdoor Parties


I  just love entertaining outdoors… there’s something about being outside in a beautiful spring or summer day that seems to put everyone in a happy mood right from the get-go, so now that the weather is warming up, our next backyard party is definitely on my mind! And speaking of outdoor entertaining, I’ve also been […]

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Step right up for a Gorgeous Vintage State Fair Rehearsal Dinner by Kelly Oshiro of SB Chic! From the hot & delicious popcorn to the seating cards in crates of peanuts, Jose Villa captured all the prize winning details of this special (pre wedding) night! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Lemonade in mason jars with red stripe straws […]

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Maria of Amy abbott Events threw her friend Gloria (the “Queen of Cabo” as she calls her!) an incredible Mexican Inspired 50th Birthday Party! Rich in culture, colors and gorgeous flora and fauna inspired by the old Mexican film “La Cucaracha”, this was the party of the year! From the eclectic tequila bar to the numerous seating options […]

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I’m seeing stars for this gingham covered Sparkly Pink Star Party {Backyard Birthday} by Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online! For her daughter, Audrey’s 11th birthday, she took inspiration from her girly and glam personality and celebrated with a spa treatment, super star photo booth and more 5-star party ideas! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Shooting Stars, […]

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After marrying her midwest love, Aubrey of Bride Meets Wedding discovered her ‘Iowa Pride’, inspiring her to style this Rustic American Gothic Rehearsal Dinner. The rustic decor of weathered wood, dried corn husks, and denim details paired with beautiful sunflower corn centerpieces is absolutely stunning on this private countryside! (The creative DIY corn bar would be great for […]

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This party’s pint glass is half full with all kinds of creativity! Jessica of iblog4-u did a lot of planning to make this 30th Backyard Beer Tasting Party come to life for her husband’s big day (and for their 2nd anniversary!). With a BBQ style menu and delicious beer plus the ridiculously clever party signage (including the beer bucket signs: Ale yeah!, […]

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For just a moment, I just want to POP back into all the vibrant colors of summer! This Bright Backyard Party by Kristin & Lauren of Bellafare and Raquel Reis Photography was a clever “Pop Into Summer” Theme with a fun popcorn bar, “poppy” cocktails and Pop Rock Ice Cream Cups! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Pink labeled paper bags […]

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Ready for S’MORE fun? Let’s hike on over to Camp Diesel for a Vintage Inspired Backyard Camping Party! Jami of Jami’s On Sweet Street collected antique camping items, set up fabric framed tents & tracked down a tent piñata to complete her vision of an old-school campsite for her son’s 3rd birthday. And, Jami herself made the inspired desserts, […]

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What do you get when you cross a milestone 30th birthday with a manly camping outing? DIRT of course! Amy of Occassions By Amy put a modern spin on this “Dirty Thirty” Camping Party with bold black & white stripes, colorful paper pendant bunting and mouthwatering camping style grub! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Edible “Dirt” […]

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Lori of LB Boutique threw a bright and festive Backyard Beer Bash for her husbands birthday (and choose the varieties based on his stations in the Coast Guard)! Photo booth props and Beer Pong cups in teal paired with yellow striped labels and local Milwaukee fresh corn on the cob provided bright dashes of color! For more brew bash […]

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Lauren, mom to birthday boy Brendan, built incredible Sesame Street Carnival Party Games (which she fully explains in her party details below!). She served homemade & easy theme inspired desserts and had so much fun thinking the entire party up… you can just feel the excitement level in her how-to instructions! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – DIY […]

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Step right up! Fall is in the air, everyone come on down to the Pumpkin County Fair! Wendy Updegraff Photography brought the gang over for a backyard bash with bundles of hay, pumpkin accents and seasonal treats + a pop of PINK to celebrate her daughter’s ninth birthday! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Carnival ticket […]

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Jenna made sure her son’s first birthday party was full of creative JUICE! She invited friends & family out to a peach orchard for a playful & gorgeous Peach Picking Party filled with peaches & ice cream, cake, drinks, and peach picking, of course! PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Wood farm tables with […]

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Nicolle of Libby Lane Press (our newest contributor!) seriously gave her all to create this fantastic Up, Up and Away Balloon Party for her son Cole’s birthday, but she also has a pretty crazy back story to go along with it…. one that I think many of us can relate to on some level – […]

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What better way to celebrate fall than with a sweet Barnyard Birthday Party! This backyard bash is filled with fun activities, brunch and lots of DIY creativity to celebrate this adorable little cowgirl’s first birthday. Nicolle Spitulnik here, from Libby Lane Press, and I am beyond excited to share my VERY FIRST post as a contributor on […]

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Supporting local farmers is always a great idea… but did you know it’s a fun excuse for a party too?! ;) Stacey of Elle Belle Creative gathered friends and headed to First Fruits – a local hydroponic u-pick farm – for a fun-filled morning of breakfast and strawberry picking. The vintage and crafted elements in this adorable Farmer’s Market […]

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HWTM Guest Contributor, Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff, here to share a rustic meets crafty backyard camping party!  If you love burlap, twine, sparklers and camping themed treats, it shouldn’t be hard to “lure” you in to this adorable backyard camping party by Stephanie Monge of MonMell Designs. PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Burlap […]

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This Farmer’s Market Party is downright delicious in every way! With all the beautiful desserts and fresh fruits, Lyndsey of LuLu’s harvested the perfect birthday celebration for her little Ede, who inspired this party with her naturally sweet personality. PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: – Greens Cupcake Planter with vibrant lettuce head & pea pod cupcake toppers […]

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This stylish & retro Pink Flamingo Pool Party is one of those parties that makes me all kinds of HAPPY… unique theme, fabulous paper graphics & styling, amazing cake, glistening pool, sparkly pink drinks – what’s not to love?! ;) It also happens to be a joint birthday for two best friends… as dreamed up […]

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Sometimes, the best way to say thanks is to throw a party… I’m definitely on board with that idea! ;) Meredith of MJ Paperie & Party Design styled this fabulous Gourmet Summer Grill-Out for the Downtown South Bend Board of Directors – as a special thank you for all of their support. With a festive and perfect-for-summer palette […]

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