Cute & Bubbly Rubber Ducky Birthday Party

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Splish, splash! This birthday girl wanted to splash around with friends for her second birthday… and with her rubber duckies, of course! So Mom, Carol Ann, and Lauren Haddox teamed up to create this cute & bubbly Rubber Ducky Birthday Party – filled with delicious polka dot cookies, an adorable rubber ducky cake, and lots of pool party fun!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Ribbon-embellished pictures of Birthday Girl Avery (enjoying her own Rubber Ducky bath time!)
  • Shimmery turquoise tulle + fabulous washer sequin table runners
  • Adorably decorated ducky sugar cookies, cupcakes & bubble bath birthday cake
  • Yellow party favor buckets with take-home bubbles & a rubber duckies

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“Go Baby, Go!” Baby Shower {Part 1 – Food Table}

transportation baby shower food and dessert table with cars, airplanes, and trucks

Last month we debuted the first of 3 HWTM baby shower themes created for Huggies (a “Showered With Love” Girl Baby Shower theme) – but for those of you leaning more blue than pink for your celebration, I’m super excited to share our BOY theme with you today! ;)

GO, Baby Go! Baby Shower

From cars to trucks to airplanes and more, this transportation inspired baby shower is a celebration of mom’s “precious cargo.” I loved the idea of pairing toy “things that go” with thoughtful concepts like “GO make your mark on the world” & encouraging both mom and baby to “enjoy the ride” they’re about to embark on together!

Scroll down to check out the food & desserts table — which is filled with bright colors, fun backdrop ideas and healthy options like stoplight inspired Smoothie Shots! And stay tuned for Part 2 — which will cover the (easy!) truck shaped diaper cake, tablescape design & more creative ways to use all the transportation inspired printables.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Stoplight inspired Smoothie Shots & Sparkling Soda
  • Crepe paper backdrop with mini patterned paper airplanes & fuzzy yarn ball clouds
  • “Precious Cargo” airplane sandwiches “flying” on cloud-patterned paper
  • Airplane toy embellished with printable labels + truck carrying a load of yarn balls!

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{Party of 5} Winter ONEderland, Backyard Football, Friends Dinner, Baby Welcome Home & Coke Float

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Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– Winter ONEderland
– Backyard Football Bash
– Friends Dinner Party
– Baby Welcome Home
– Coke Float & Ice Cream Social Dessert Table

1. Pom Pom Winter ONEderland (pictured above) by Wakawoo Events

2. Backyard Football Bash by Sweet Threads Clothing Co

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{Crafty & Stylish} Construction First Birthday Party

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CAUTION! You may want to put on your hard hat to handle the loads of creativity in this Construction First Birthday Party! I absolutely love the story about the inspiration for this party too… Shannon Roache of Very Pretty Parties started construction for a pool right before Brody’s birthday – and instead of worrying about the mess she totally made it work to her advantage! Pint-sized party guests were “put to work” with construction plan coloring sheets and construction toys… then “paid” handsomely in cupcakes, candy, and toy dump trucks to take home. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Construction signs, cones, barricades & a rock-covered “1”
  • “Fuel Up” lemonade station with a toy dump truck used as an ice bucket
  • “ONE” letters roped together as a shelf decoration
  • Rock candy sticks displayed in real rock filled vases!
  • Embellished brown bags filled with snacks + Dump Truck beach set party favors

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Whimsical Backyard Rainbow First Birthday Party

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“Pop” on over to this Rainbow First Birthday Party filled with balloons and everything colorful & bright – as styled by mommy Brooke! Paige of Paige Lowe Photography captured all the homemade rainbow desserts, outdoor party decorations and one happy birthday girl!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Invitation printed on a bright purple balloon!
  • Rainbow layered cake and Rice Krispie treats + sprinkle covered cake pops & pretzels
  • Colorful ombre rainbow paper rosette backdrop
  • Bright flower centerpieces with burlap table runner & giant rainbow balloons

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You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party {Modern & Bright}

you are my sunshine dessert table

This You Are My Sunshine Birthday Party is completely sun kissed! Jenny of Bloom Designs Online crafted this party for her daughter, who is her little “sunshine”. :) The girls dined and sipped on a sun-inspired meal (sun chips, sun-dried tomato pasta & more!) underneath a draped sunset colored canopy and took home activity keepsakes of painted sunscapes, decorated flip flops and gum ball necklaces!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Stunning DIY outdoor table canopy with sunset colored ribbons and yellow lanterns
  • Layered orange, pink & yellow popsicles, meringue parfaits, & cake towers
  • Three-tiered cake decorated with Necco Wafers
  • Colorful party favor beach buckets full of “Our Sunshine’s favorite things”

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Vintage Surf Baby Shower + Tasty Pie Bar

pie baby shower with twine and hawaiin surf accents

Abigail of Paper & CAKE has a cousin who just became a new mommy-to-be, so of course she baked up something special with the guest of honor in mind! Inspired by their beach-centric location AND shared love of pies, Abigail created this adorable Vintage Surf Baby Shower + Pie Bar. The result of this outside-the-bakery-box theme? A ridiculously cute-and-tasty baby shower + my newfound love for upside down colanders hanging from the ceiling. ;) How cute would that be for a kitchen inspired bridal shower?!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Peach Pies in jars, Banana Cream Pie Bites and Mini Cherry Pies
  • Starfish, jute wrapped bottles & hibiscus flower printables
  • A simple outdoor beverage station with burlap & white buckets filled with drinks
  • Adorable DIY paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling

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Clever “Over the Rainbow” Wizard of Oz Birthday Party

 rainbow Wizard of Oz party

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to this amazing Rainbow Wizard of Oz Birthday by Alexis of Adella and Co.! Alexis went “Over the Rainbow” to find inspiration for her daughter’s party…lions, tigers and everything from the land of Oz – including Dorothy herself – made an appearance! No place like home? Just tap your ruby red party favors ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Glittered invitation with Dorothy and Toto + an Emerald City inspired welcome sign
  • “Scarecrow Stuffing” (French Fries), “Yellow Brick” Twinkies, Glinda’s Pretzel Wands & more
  • Rainbow flower arrangements, gingham linens and ruby jewel confetti
  • Yellow Brick Road entry way with the Wicked Witches’ Legs!
  • White picket fence shaped cupcake wrappers

Rainbow Oz flower centerpiece

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Indoor Picnic Birthday Party {Sunflower Theme}

indoor picnic first birthday party

The sun is definitely shining on this Indoor Picnic Party! Location was no problem for Michelle and Seri of Little Miss Party Planner; they made Leela’s first birthday feel just like sunny day in the park… even though it was actually held in a tiny NYC apartment space 30 floors up!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • White “clouds” tissue pom garland and yellow balloon sunshine!
  • Red wagon serving tray, “bouquets” of skewered veggies, and }corn-on-the cob” cupcakes
  • Food labels displayed in shooters filled with sprinkles
  • Fresh watermelon and classic coke bottles used as flower vases

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Holiday Round Up: 15+ Last Minute Halloween Ideas!

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It’s finally here! The much-anticipated day when you get to dress up as whatever you want and eat as much candy as you can possibly handle: it’s HALLOWEEN – hooray! On the other hand…

BOO! Did Halloween sneak up on you?

We know how busy life gets… and how many of us feel like just last week it was July and there was so much time to plan a Halloween party and figure out a costume – and now suddenly it’s day-of you’re scrambling to pull everything together! Hostess is here to rescue you – with a round up of creative Last Minute Halloween Ideas that you can quickly pull together utilizing items you already own, a quick trip to the store, or 10 minutes on the computer. From creepy “Wart Elixier” (green food coloring + soda + our free printables) to cute-n-easy Halloween sock covered vases, we hope you can have fun with some of these! :)

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Festive Candy Corn Inspired Halloween Party

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Kate of And Everything Sweet had a last minute craving to get creative and host a little after-school Halloween Bash. The result? This super cute & crafty Candy Corn Inspired Halloween Party! The sunny colors on this dessert table just scream HAPPY Halloween… and those stacked “candy corn” pumpkins have got to be one of my new favorite things! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cheese puffs served in “candy corn inspired” containers wrapped in ruffled crepe paper
– Stacked spray painted pumpkin topiaries sitting on beds of candy corn
– Candy corn cake pops embellished with orange gingham ribbon
– Owl crafting activity + a Halloween scavenger hunt!

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Halloween Recipe: Spooky Scotcheroo Spiders

Halloween spider treats - rice krispy spiders

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Here’s a quick and easy recipe you can whip up in just 20 minutes! Spider bites are actually a GOOD thing when it comes to these sweet & chewy peanut butter flavored treats. ;) (more…)

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Creative “Trick-or-Treat” Halloween Porch Party

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From spider webs to plush pumpkins to the cutest little “witch” on the block, Karen’s trick-or-treaters are definitely in for a TREAT! Her creative “Trick-or-Treat Porch Party” is the perfect brew of tastefully spooky design, affordable decor, and playful touches like sneaker-wearing spider cupcakes. (P.S. I just saw those spider leg toppers at Target earlier today… in case you want to make some treats for yourself!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mason jars wrapped in “Cyanide”, “Arsenic” and potion labels + striped orange straws
– Brigadeiros covered in mounds of cookie crumbles and edible RIP signs
– “Effervescing Tonic” on a spider web mat
– A creepy Halloween dinner menu featuring Maggot Stew, Assorted Eyeballs, & more!

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Whimsical Candyland Inspired Halloween Party

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It’s Candyland with a Halloween twist – how clever! Zoila of Squared Party Printables whipped up a batch of incredibly sweet Halloween ideas inspired by candy and treats. Her Whimsical Halloween Candyland Party is a kid-friendly wonderland of colorful lollipops, candy corn, skeleton cakes, and more!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gumdrop tree, upcycled from a black jewelry tree!
– Voodoo doll “gingerdead” men
– Colorful Halloween tissue tassel garland
– Clever “wrapped candy” decorations crafted from paper plates!

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{Missoni Inspired} Chevron First Birthday Party

Missoni chevron party desserts

All decked out in black & white chevron stripes, the birthday girl is dressed to impress at her Missoni inspired celebration! Jill of Sunkissed Events and Design worked her magic on everything from the cupcakes to the floral arrangements for this adorable (and fashionable) Chevron First Birthday Party. I’m loving this color palette for fall celebrations too! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Birthday girl” high chair back with assorted colorful ribbons
  • Black & white chevron Birthday Girl off the shoulder dress and gold ballet flats
  • Missoni purple cake displayed on an upside down Missoni serving bowl!
  • Dramatic black vases with white hydrangea, spray roses & billy ball floral arrangements

Missoni chevron first birthday

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Elegant “Spooky Forest” Halloween Party

halloween ghost meringues

The talented Angie of Marigold Mom is here with some AMAZING last minute Halloween inspiration! Her super creative Spooky Forest Halloween Party has just the right amount of spook, a touch of elegance, and loads of creative food, drink & decor ideas that are guaranteed to knock your orange and black striped socks off!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Gourmet popcorn bar with black cauldron “bowls”
– DIY Halloween Paper Lanterns from Paper and Cake!
– Spooky gnarled tree backdrop + rhinestone embellished pumpkins
– Mummified hot dogs, meringue ghosts & spider truffles
– Super cute toilet paper roll “ghosts”!
– “Trick or Treat” bunting banner crafted from painted cardboard

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Playful Peach Picking Party {First Birthday}

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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 burlap and lace runners
  • Orchard picking with little cute baskets followed by ice cream, cake & fresh sliced peaches
  • Mason jar centerpieces displaying pretty white hydrangeas
  • “Pop’s a Peach” Drink Station {inspired by her son’s nickname}
  • Simple chic vanilla-frosted cake topped with a fresh peach!

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Up, Up and Away Balloon Party {+ Life Lesson}

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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 – downed trees and power lines or not!

If you have a few minutes today, please read her details below regarding  – as she once refers to it – “the perfect party gone bad”… and the wonderful silver lining that came after the storm. It will brighten your day and remind you of the real reason why we do all this celebrating. :) Many tanks to Nicolle for sharing!

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{Party of 5} Spooktacular, House of Spooks, Cowgirl Party, Halloween Crafting, & I Heart School

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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:

– Spooktackular Halloween
– House of Spooks
– Orange & Blue Cowgirl Party
– Halloween Paper Crafting Party
– I Heart School

1. Spooktacular Halloween (pictured above) by Love The Day

2. House of Spooks by Party Plan-it Designs

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Creative Construction Themed Birthday Party

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Come join Easton’s “Contruction Crew” in the sandbox as he turns 2! Creative mom Janine built her son a fun Construction Party that’s all wrapped up in clever ideas… and caution tape! Themed treats like caution sign shaped cookies, chocolate truck lollipops, & lots of kid-friendly snacks were readily available on site to keep all the little guys hard at work – in the sandbox that is! :) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Yellow dump truck cupcake toppers + matching cake holding mounds of “dirt”
  • Construction hat and orange cone cake pops displayed in “sand buckets”
  • Frosted sugar cookies in the shapes of construction tools
  • Caution tape, mini orange cones + a “Work Area” sign
  • Toy dump trucks doubling as snack bowls and table decorations

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Under the Big Top Circus Party {+ Kids Costumes}

Circus Halloween theme party

The teamwork between Juju’s Tutus, Angela Saban Design and Diana Elizabeth Photography is truly amazing! Together they envisioned and created an Under the Big Top Circus Party with INCREDIBLE  circus themed costumes for kids (which is especially timely with Halloween right around the corner!). 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– FANTASTIC argyle & striped cake with a giant red ball + tiny fondant elephant
– Striped red circus tent + matching invitation (with added sparkle of course)!
– Show stopping ring master tutu costume, silly & colorful clown costume, elephant outfit & more!
– Red and white paneled ticket booth, custom pop corn bags + an appearance from Bozo the Clown :)
– Light up “Trick or Treat” red letters on haystacks and tons of colorful balloons

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Kid circus costumes

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Lemonade & Lollipop Shoppe {Joint Birthday Party}

pink lemonade cookies

What’s pink and yellow and striped all over? Josie and Teresa’s joint Lemonade & Lollipop Shoppe birthday party! Jenny of Bloom Designs Online not only designed the printables and took the photos, but she made all the delicious looking desserts too – all to match this super cute theme mixing sour and sweet! (P.S. Does this “Shoppe” look familiar? It was repainted from this party!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Giant yellow & white cake topped with a yellow swirl lollipop + mini cakes for each birthday girl
  • Lemon meringue shots with pink studded rhinestone spoons
  • Layered lemonade cookie stacks displayed on a bed of yellow sprinkles
  • “Lemonade and Lollipop Shoppe” dessert stand with striped wood paneling & fabulous fabric garland

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Vintage Circus + Madagascar 3 Inspired Party

Madagascar birthday party theme

Step right up to the GREATEST Party on Earth! Inspired by Madagascar 3, Dina of Deliciously Darling Events wanted a vintage vibe that didn’t feel too commercial. Well, if you’ve seen Dina’s work before (here & here for example), it should come as no surprise that her Vintage Circus + Madagascar Inspired Party turned out extraordinary! I’m especially loving the cute and oh-so-cleverly named sweets, plus the adorable printables from Stephanie of Spaceships & Laser Beams!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cute kids tablescape with circus ticket strip “table runners”
– Orange birthday cake topped with “The Greatest Party on Earth” paper rosette
– Rainbow “tight rope” licorice and “zebra” striped push cakes (alternating chocolate & vanilla)

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{New Orleans Style} Adult Halloween Voodoo Party

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This is no ordinary Halloween Party… it’s Big Easy style! Dorangela of Two Prince Bakery Theater concocted an AMAZING Adult Halloween Voodoo Party …down by the Bayou! With traditional Cajun fare and spooky Halloween accents, this party is just pure magic!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Skull shaped sugar cubes & spider floss (+ spider webs inside a giant balloon!)
  • Black & white damask invitations with pops of bright green & fleur de lis accents
  • Voodoo doll cookies in burlap favor bags with hand stitched hearts
  • Cafe Au Lait garnished with a mini powdered sugar Beignet
  • Eyeball gin and tonic jelly shots

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“Go Canes” UM Football Themed Birthday Party

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C-A-N-E-S-! Can you guess what the birthday boys’ “future” favorite team will be? The University of Miami Hurricanes! Tiffany of Orange Moon Events & Planning created this “Go Canes” UM Football Themed Birthday Party, with great ideas to kick off your little ones sports themed party, or even Superbowl Sunday… which will be here before we know it! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Football leather cupcake wrappers with mini seams on a bed of artificial turf
– Easy boxed lunches with orange and green team color napkins
– Hurricane themed cookies including a “Miami” pennant, Sebastian the Ibis & orange football jerseys
– UM team logo paper wrapped sandwiches & a cake to match!

university of miami football themed birthday party

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Crafty & Fun Barnyard Birthday Party

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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 HWTM! From the ripped fabric canopy, to the pony rides, to the sausage and biscuit breakfast – this party was filled with fun, down home details!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY burlap and multi pattern ripped fabric canopy
  • Mini chalkboards tied with twine labeling treats like Cow Tails and “fresh eggs”
  • Galvanized favor tins personalized and filled with “barnyard goodies”
  • Custom photo clips and baby monthly pictures displayed on a salvaged window frame

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Super SWEET & Colorful Art Birthday Party

colorful art party

Beautiful mixed fabric smocks, chevron accents, a vibrant sweets bar were just the beginning of this Super SWEET & Colorful Art Birthday Party! The main attraction? Traditional messy painting AND clean virtual art using the Martha Stewart CraftStudio iPad app. How fun! Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes put so much energy, thoughtfulness and love into her masterpiece…and it truly shows. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Sparkly chocolate covered oreos and amazing rainbow swirl cake pops
  • Paper box paintbrushes on clear paint cans lined with colored scrap booking paper
  • Gold framed paint strip cookies displayed on mini aqua easels!
  • Custom kids smocks doubling as chair backs and designed pattern rainbow placemats

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“Keep Calm + Rawr On” Colorful Monster Birthday Bash

monster birthday cupcakes

Michelle of I DO invitations by michelle sure knows how to make a colorful & inviting celebration for boys AND girls! Her Colorful Monster Birthday Bash has her signature chevron patterns, scalloped party circle cupcake toppers, polka dot balloons & bright tissue poms –  all with a monster party twist!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Colorful dessert table scattered with glittery pom poms
  • Cute “Keep Calm + Rawr On” party sign ;)
  • Striped & polka dotted flower pots filled with adorable monster cake pops
  • Rainbow chevron labels and rainbow tissue tassel garland
  • Colorful paper and fondant cupcake toppers that are way too cute to be scary! ;)

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Clever & Creative Mad Scientist Party for Kids

mad scientist dessert table

From pint-sized white lab coats, goggles & checkered bow ties to clever periodic table chocolate bar wrappers, Cris of Crissy’s Crafts is absolutely bubbling over with creative Mad Scientist Party Ideas! One look at these pics and the evidence is clear… elements like colored drinks served in beakers, treats inspired by lab equipment, and stylish printables from Bird’s Party are the perfect ingredients for great party chemistry!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Edible white chocolate lab rats & blue brains displayed on clip board “trays” (genius!)
  • Lava Lamp, Glitter Green Slime and Crystal Bubble “experiments”
  • Slimy gummy worms in petri dishes & M&M filled test tubes
  • Atom & microscope printable cupcake toppers & bottle wraps!
  • A “blackboard” (black wrapping paper) backdrop scribbled with scientific formulas

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Crafty Choo Choo Train Party {Kids Birthday}

train birthday crown

Vivian created this adorable Choo Choo Train Party for her 3 year old who “absolutely loves anything and everything related to trains”. Besides the incredible felt birthday boy hat pictured above (with stitched on buttons as wheels!), she shares more than a few inspiring kids birthday party ideas below, including indoor/outdoor activities, dessert table decor, & crafty party favors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • AMAZING homemade popsicle stick train holding snacks & sweets on the dessert table
  • “Baggage Claim” favor station with a vintage suitcase holding cool muslin favors bags
  • Clever train-shaped printable birthday banner
  • DIY party hats with tissue fringe

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