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Cute as A Button Birthday {Vintage Sewing Party}

cute as a button vintage sewing party cupcakes

If you’re looking for a new spin on the ever-popular Cute as A Button theme, Kiss Me Kate “sew” has you covered with her adorable vintage sewing party inspired Cute as A Button First Birthday! Taking a cue from the soft pastel color palette and retro elements like an antique KAY-EE doll’s sewing machine, Anders Ruff designed an adorable collection of gingham check printables to match all of the sweet decor. P.S. This is great inspiration for a Cute As a Button baby shower too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Fondant pastel buttons as cupcake toppers & cake pop decorations
  • Tons of pastel yarn ballsone of my personal faves! ;)
  • “Sew Cute” spelled out in banner of embellished embroidery hoops
  • A designer mannequin draped with measuring tape

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Nostalgic Vintage Toy First Birthday Party

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From jacks to red wagons, slinkies & more Fredricka did an AMAZING job of bringing her husband’s {very clever} idea of a “Zach in the Box” theme to life! This Vintage Toy First Birthday Party is guaranteed to bring a smile to “kids” of all ages…who couldn’t light up at details like an Etch a Sketch frame photo booth prop?!  I’m also a HUGE fan of the 3D “jack in the box” invitation.

Check out the party details below to see how Fredricka & Lorena pulled off this singing invitation. Yep… you read that right! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Lincoln Log” Chocolate Wafers
  • A colorful harlequin patterned cake topped with an adorable tiny red tricycle
  • Fantastic graphic design/printables throughout – from the invite to the cool bottle labels
  • Sugar cookies with a vintage circus font “Z” and “ONE” + a cute sketched train
  • Teddy bear & kaleidoscope centerpiece on the kids table

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{Party of 5} Zebra Minnie Mouse, Video Game Party, Vintage Nautical, Rainbow Elmo, Pink & Gold Bridal

minnie mouse and zebra pattern party

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Pink & Zebra Minnie Mouse Inspired Birthday
– Video Game Party (Plants vs. Zombies)
– Rainbow Elmo Birthday
– Vintage Nautical Baby Shower
– Pink, White & Gold Bridal Shower

1. Pink + Zebra Minnie Mouse Inspired Birthday (pictured above) by Dreamers Joy Events & Design

2. Video Game Party (Plants vs. Zombies) by GOCustomCakes

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Creative Lego Star Wars Party + DIY “Death Star”

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Kerry of Simply Sweet Parties knows just how to keep a group of 6 year old boys happy: plan a Lego Star Wars Party filled with imporant “missons”, a visit from a storm Trooper & a build-it-yourself Ice Cream Bar! I just love the combination of Lego and Star Wars themes here… it’s so fun to get creative and design a theme that really caters to the one you’re celebrating!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Yoda & Light Saber fondant cupcake toppers
– Build A Sundae bar with “wookie cookie crumble”, “cloud 9 puffs” & “Hans Rolos
– A DIY Death Star and star-studded backdrop
– Thirst quenching “Vader-ade” to drink and “Princess Lays” to munch on

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Creative Game Night Party Ideas & Sweets

game night party ideas with domino cookies

Game ON! Bridget from Bridgey Widgey designed such a clever & creative Game Night Party filled with board game inspired ideas like a Twister “table cloth” and Scrabble tile food & drink signs. One of my favorite details has got to be the Monopoly inspired “Water Works” sign sitting next to the water bottles though… LOVE that kind of thinking! Bridget breaks down the behind the scenes of the party right here on her blog.

Now… Please pass GO and collect more creative game night party ideas. In other words, scroll down. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Domino & playing card cookies
  • Scrabble tiles as sweets labels
  • Buntings made from Monopoly money, playing cards, & Uno cards
  • Chocolate bars shaped like Nintendo Wii controllers
  • Jenga box used as a tray for boxes of retro candy

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Vintage County Fair First Birthday Party

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For her son’s first birthday celebration, Tori of Tori Johnson PR hosted a Vintage County Fair Party that – as she describes it – “transported all attendees back a couple decades to the good ol’ blue ribbon bake sale days“. After checking out these pics, I’m so ready for a flashback too! This party just looks like loads of fun for everyone… who’s ready for some fresh squeezed lemonade and a game of ring toss? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Clever themed food & drink stations: Farmer’s Market, Bake Sale, Lemonade Stand & more!
  • Gingham check table linens, napkins, mason jar covers, and buntings
  • Classic fair games like Coke bottle ring toss, tin-can throw, & a petting zoo!
  • Hand painted scrap wood signs for each station & welcome signs

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Gorgeous First Lohri Celebration {Bonfire Motif}

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Every January, the Punjabi community celebrates the harvest festival of Lohri. The first Lohri of a baby has special significance and is often a “grand occasion celebrated with friends and family”. And speaking of grandAmrit of Anais Event Planning & Design styled this gorgeous First Lohri Celebration for baby Zoravar, featuring a cool bonfire motif and a festive palette of metallic gold, royal blue, and rich orange hues.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Tables named after places with special importance to the family
  • A ‘Gachak Bar’ (featuring traditional Indian sweets)
  • An exquisite cake with intricate metallic gold swirls
  • Beautiful floral centerpieces displayed in silk upholstered boxes
  • The popular Ung Drill frame from Ikea, painted metallic gold & hung above the dessert table!

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DIY Tutorial: Wine & Lace Centerpieces

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Hi there! It’s Amber here from Amber Lay Events. This week I’m excited to share a brand new DIY Tutorial featuring an artistic way to repurpose those empty wine bottles!


If you’ve seen my previous posts, it’s probably no surprise that I absolutely love to use recycled containers for centerpieces. What could be better than repurposing those empty wine bottles (that I know you all have!) as cute floral vases? Or this could be a good excuse for emptying some new ones. ;) These paint dripped and lace wrapped wine bottles make for such a great bridal shower or bachelorette party centerpiece… or for wine and cheese night with the ladies!

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Modern Yellow and Gray Wedding {+ DIY Ideas}

modern gray and yellow wedding wall decoration

Remember the Hawaiian Luau Style Wedding Rehearsal Dinner we featured a while back? Well… JoAnna & Jesse finally had their special day!

I’m so happy to share their wedding that Mindy Kaisner (the groom’s sister) designed & coordinated… not only is it super creative and budget-friendly, but it also happens to be a Modern Yellow and Gray Wedding. This is one of my very favorite color combos and, judging from the images pumping through my Pinterest feed, I’m not alone! ;) P.S. Mindy gives AMAZING tips below on how to recreate this look, which would work well for so many types of occasions.

WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Hand crafted paper flowers & rosettes in the centerpieces and bridal bouquets
  • DIY monogram wall art featuring Amy Butler fabric
  • DIY “lamp” centerpieces & white ceramic vases filled with modern florals
  • DIY backdrop in the reception room topped with giant tissue poms and paper flowers
  • Sentimental touch: family photos artfully displayed on a pretty white bookshelf

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“Something Blue” Bridal Boutique Event {Recap}

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A boutique bridal show, charity event & girls night all in one… this inspirational wedding event – appropriately dubbed “Something Blue” – definitely looks like something FUN! (Just check out those sparkly henna tattoos!) Dreamed up and coordinated by Karla Randolph of The Card Lady, “Something Blue” featured entertainment, beauty treatments, wedding inspiration, blue martinis…& more, as beautifully captured in these images by A Girl and a Camera Photography. And the party isn’t over yet… look for more Something Blue events coming to a city near you!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Napkins adorned with giant diamond rings
  • Fun activities like hair & makeup stations, henna tattoos, and dance lessons
  • Glitzy gold manzanita centerpiece adorned with glass baubles & tea lights
  • Sprinkles cupcakes, mini rainbow macarons & other pretty-meets-tasty treats

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Little Man First Birthday Party {Mustache Bash}

little man first birthday dessert table

Proud Mom, Jessica, celebrated her son Bodhi with a super cute {and mustache bedecked} Little Man First Birthday Party. I just can’t get enough of the clever framed prints using the trendy “mustache” rephrasing, and the super cool backdrops she made, featuring modern stripes and playful zig zag streamers.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable smash cake with fondant bunting + bow tie topper
  • Auntie’s sugar cookies in the shape of ties decorated with different patterns
  • Thoughtful “a wish for Bodhi” station with keepsake notes from loved ones
  • Ridiculously cute “little man” outfit on the birthday boy!

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{Modern Ninjago Style} Ninja Birthday Party

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Hi-ya! HWTM Contributor, Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here – excited to share my son’s recent Modern Ninjago Style Party (with lots of  creative ninja birthday party ideas)!  Bamboo, lanterns and red lacquer tables for floor seating gave the party an Asian influence.  Creative desserts such as candy sushi, “edamame” jelly beans and Ninjago themed treats set the tone for a kid-friendly Ninja party.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Bamboo + lantern lined entrance and ceiling decor
  • Candy “Sushi To-Go” party favors
  • Shuriken “Chinese Star” attacked cake
  • Ninja themed games and activities, including a “Lego Ninjago Battle” and “Fortune Cookie Toss”
  • Candy “Take-Out” Station


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Pink Princess Cooking Party {Twins Birthday}

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Inspired by the Pink Princess Cookbook, twin birthday girls Ashlyn & Adyson decided they wanted a “Princess Cooking Party” for their 5th birthday… how fun! With activities like pizza dough rolling, cupcake decorating, and working up an appetite taking cracks at the giant crown-shaped pinata, Mom (Shelley of Divine Party Concepts) definitely whipped up a cooking party fit for a princess… or two! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • HUGE pink princess crown piñata!
  • Princess crown chef hats, jewel-embellished aprons, & rolling pins for each guest
  • Mini tiara-topped “Princess” cakes for each birthday girl
  • Giant decorative “5” made out of pink cupcake liners

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{Super Amazing} Fire Truck Birthday Party

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Everyone out of the house… there’s an AMAZING party out in the yard! Abigail of Paper & Cake put together this incredibly creative Fire Truck Birthday Party for her son. With a real fire truck that doubles as a “Mobile Pizza Unit” taking center stage, the entire celebration took place outside in the front yard, and you know what that means… WATER gun fights! Or in this case, mini “fire hose” fights. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Colorful paper flames decorating the upstairs windows, porch railings, & grass
– “Fiery Fruit Kabobs” & “Flaming Jello”
– An AWESOME Fire Truck complete with party and chef cams, pizza & a photo booth!
– DIY cupcake stand with colorful flames + a fireman hat as the base

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Beauty and the Beast Inspired Princess Party {Part 2}

princess boutique for a beauty and the beast party

And now for Part 2 of the magical Beauty and the Beast Theme Princess Party styled & coordinated by Lilly of I Heart Sugar Sugar! Here we see the main attraction of the castle: the incredible ballroom… not to mention the playful “Princess Boutique” and delicious Beauty and the Beast inspired sweets! (In case you missed it, here’s Part 1 of this party – featuring the hand delivered invitation, West Wing & French Village.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Princess Alexa’s Boutique with mirror makeup stations & dress up party outfits!
  • “Be Our Guest” Dessert Table with rose embellished cupcakes & yellow gown cookies
  • A pink armoir casing more sweets and back splashed with “dishes”
  • Tables with candle stick centerpieces, yellow table cloths lifted up with
    fabric flowers & adorned with clocks and white wire tea pots!

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Beauty and the Beast Inspired Princess Party {Part 1}

beauty and the beast theme with a rose invitation

Lilly of I Heart Sugar Sugar made this INCREDIBLE Beauty and the Beast Theme truly come to life for little Alexa. From hand delivered rose invitations to story time with Bell, this magical princess party has so many thoughtful elements that push the envelope in party planning. (P.S. When you’re finished here be sure to check out Part 2!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Paper rose invitations (delivered by a handsome prince!)
– Entrance to “West Wing” with a greeting from the wilting rose and magic mirror
– Village shops, including a Boulangerie with fresh baguettes & more
– Story time with Belle in the French village

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{Party of 5} American Pie, Hoedown, Olivia the Pig, Robots, and Pink Baptism

american pie party

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– American Pie
– Hoedown
– Olivia the Pig 1st Birthday Party
– Robot Themed Birthday
– Pink Baptism & Full Moon Celebration

1. American Pie Fourth of July (pictured above) by FreshlyBaked

2. Hoedown by All Set

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{Sporty & Gold} Olympics Party Theme

olympics party theme with ring fondant cupcake toppers

The London 2012 Olympics begins on July 27th, and to get you ready, Bird’s Party has a Sporty Olympics Party Theme that definitely qualifies as creative GOLD! Bird wanted to create a collection that could be used every year, in any city, and I think she succeeded… this Olympics inspired design feels timeless, fresh & fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– 3D Olympic Rings backdrop  (+ DIY pictorial in the last photo below!)
– Gold cupcake liners flattened & used as “medals”
– Olympic torches made from paper & felt
– Super cute ticket style invitations

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Amazing Jungle Themed First Birthday Party

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Welcome to the {super adorable} Jungle! Linda of Harper Event Design styled this fabulous Jungle Themed Birthday Party for a milestone first birthday celebration. The illustrated backdrop and fondant work by Kiss My Cakes is just incredible! Which fondant animal is your favorite? It’s a tough call, but I’m leaning towards that precious lion peeking out of the bottom of the cake. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Yellow lunch boxes embellished with playful animal illustrations
  • Burlap, moss & bamboo decor + giant monstera leaves used as placemats
  • Amazing fondant cake & cupcake toppers featuring giraffes, snakes, monkey’s & lions!
  • Lion & zebra sugar cookies displayed on beds of aqua jelly beans
  • “Jungle Juice” and “Animal Ale” beverages

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Stylish {Alice In Wonderland} Mad Hatter Tea Party

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Cupcake liner flowers, paper butterflies & beautiful tea party treats! This charming Alice in Wonderland inspired Mad Hatter Tea Party by Dorangela of Two Prince Bakery Theater is absolutely filled to the brim with whimsy and wonder… not to mention some serious STYLE!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chandelier-turned-cake-stand on the table & tissue tassel chandelier overhead
  • Colorful bouquet of cupcake liner “flowers” displayed in a tea pot
  • “Mad Macarons, Cheshire Cat Biscotti Bites, & tea with rose shaped sugar cubes!
  • Paper butterflies perched on “Queen of Hearts Tarts”

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{Magical & Nostalgic} Circus Birthday Party

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Wants and Wishes created the AMAZING printables for this {Magical} Circus Birthday Party – starring Ella the elephant and her sidekick Squeak, the mouse…how fun! Circus themes can be carried out in so many different ways, ( vintage, glam, girlie, etc), but I love how this one goes classic and nostalgic. Scroll down and get ready to feel like a kid under the big top again! 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Creative “Ella the Elephant” centerpiece …eyeing the bags of peanuts, of course! :)
  • Red & white striped popcorn bags, soda labels & party hats
  • Chocolate covered cherry mice with almost sliver ears!
  • Giant animal cookies with the requisite frosting & sprinkles

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DREAMY Princess Safari First Birthday Party

dreamy safari princess first birthday party

Amy from A Dazzle Day crafted, baked, and photographed such a DREAMY celebration for her daughter’s first birthday! With its sweet, feminine details & soft color palette, this beautiful Princess Safari First Birthday Party is full of lovely inspiration for safari themed baby showers too.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pastel tissue paper rosettes embellished with sparkly jewels
  • Elephant & giraffe themed sugar cookies, canvas favor totes & felt tree ornaments
  • Darling safari themed printables from totful memories
  • A sweet thumbprint canvas “guest book” keepsake!

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{Mary Poppins Theme} Jolly Holiday Dessert Table

mary poppins theme dessert table and party invitation

I can’t believe it, but I don’t think we’ve ever featured a Mary Poppins theme before! I’m so glad Danielle of Cutie Putti Paperie had one to share with us… check out this fantastic Mary Poppins inspired “Jolly Holiday Dessert Table” she dreamed up. With it’s whimsical illustrations and clever treats, this glittery birthday party is “practically perfect in every way”!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable penguin & “spoonful of sugar” cake pops
  • Amazing invitations with fantastic illustrations of Mary & the kids!
  • Detailed carousel horse fondant toppers with golden poles & jeweled saddles

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{Elmo & Dorothy} Sesame Street Birthday Party

elmo cupcakes with sesame stree sign cupcake toppers

When it comes to a toddler’s birthday party, you can’t go wrong with coloring activities, Elmo shaped pizza & outdoor fun! Jennifer J Designs designed the paperie for this playful {Elmo & Dorothy} Sesame Street Birthday Party, which was appropriately held on “Caprice Street”.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chalk drawings, just like on the tv show!
  • Goldfish topped cupcakes + Dorothy’s (blue) juice
  • Elmo birthday girl dress & matching party hat
  • Fruit and veggie platters shaped like sesame street characters! :)

oscar the grouch veggie platter for a sesame street backyard party

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4th of July Party Ideas: Food, Drinks & DIY Decor

creative 4th of july food ideas - rocket dogs, corn, strawberries & cupcakes

It’s hard to believe that 4th of July is only 2 days away… which means hooray for a 2-day work week! ;) If you’re going to be a 4th of July hostess this year though, 2 days ALSO means that there’s not a lot of time left for planning your celebration. Are you ready? And please don’t feel bad if the answer is no… I’m right there with you this year!


With all the amazing minds pumping out creative content these days, there’s definitely no shortage of fabulous 4th of July party ideas to be found. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by it all, here are a few of my favorite creative, yet approachable patriotic party ideas for everything from food & drinks to decor – streamlined into one spot. Here we go…

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