Fun Halloween Recipe: Creepy Mini Pizzas

kids halloween recipe - homemade spider pizzas

Can you believe Halloween is already next week?! EEEEK! ;) And on that note, I’m very excited to share that I’ve partnered with Karo Syrup & Fleischmann’s Yeast to bring you lots of fun tips and tricks for throwing a Halloween bash… like these super cute CREEPY MINI PIZZAS for starters. (These would pair quite nicely with sugar-rimmed Witch’s Brew, don’t you think?!)

Scroll down to check out the full homemade pizza recipe – which is especially great for kids Halloween parties or a festive family meal – and be sure to check back often now through October 31st for lots of creative Halloween recipe ideas, party themes and entertaining ideas coming your way! (more…)

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Dreamy Pink & Pastel Ice Cream Parlour Party

ice cream sundae station

Amanda of Red Wagon Events whipped up this dreamy & delicious Ice Cream Parlour theme – complete with a charming ice cream sundae bar and float station – for Amelia’s 5th birthday party. Curious about the creative genius behind the amazing fondant ice cream cone topped cake? That was created by the birthday girl’s mom: Andrea of Cake-a-lishious! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY Sundae Bar with sprinkles, coconut shreds, nuts & more fun toppings!
  • Adorable pink striped sundae bar awning and backdrop
  • Intricate ice cream cone and waffle sundae shaped sugar cookies
  • Pretty pastel polka dot cake with pink bow & double scoop ice cream cone topper
  • Old fashioned soda glasses + mini milk bottles

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Creative “Home Run” Baseball Bar Mitzvah

baseball diamond dessert table

Welcome to Logan Field! Eileen of Diva With A Fork hit a home run designing this energetic Baseball Bar Mitzvah with sports paraphernalia, tasteful florals & a fun candy station on the baseball diamond!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

  • Tall floral centerpieces embellished with baseballs, popcorn, & Cracker Jacks!
  • White napkins folded in the shape of baseball diamonds
  • MLB team names used in lieu of standard table numbers
  • Baseball ticket place cards displayed on a baseball field lit up with “stadium lights”
  • Framed quotes from famous baseball coaches, players, and sports announcers

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Halloween Cupcakes: Spider Web Frosting Tutorial

spider frosting cupcake tutorial on hwtm

In our Ghouls Night Collection for a Girlie Halloween Cocktail Party we featured these easy & chic Spider Web Cupcakes, and now we’re going to show you how to make them! Impress your friends with these super simple and budget friendly sweet treats… just in time for Halloween. ;)

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{Backyard Big Top} Circus First Birthday Party

pendant bunting invitation

Welcome to Owen’s Backyard Big Top Circus First Birthday Party made by the one and only Mommy – Christy! ;) Bursting with red & white circus stripes, crafted elements like a fabulous wool pom pom garland, & simple (oh so cute) ideas like animal cracker cupcake toppers, this party will have you longing for a trip to the big top too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Homemade birthday bunting, wool pom pom garland & circus lion photo prop
  • Circus themed story time with Grandma and a juggler as entertainment!
  • Red & white striped “circus tent” dessert table cloth
  • Homemade red and yellow layer cake + cupcakes topped with animal crackers
  • Muslin favor bags printed with cool vintage circus playing card designs

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Festive “Ghostly Affair” {Halloween Party Ideas For Kids}

ghost crossing for a halloween party

Boo! Paula of Party Like Paula scared up some super creative, kid-friendly Halloween ideas with this fun and stylish “Ghostly Affair” party. A black and white palette with accents of bright orange screams classic Halloween, but clever details like a “Milktini” Bar with magic flavoring straws make this celebration anything but ordinary!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

– Styled Halloween mantle with ghosts, coffins, pumpkins, tombstones & more
– “Milktini” Bar with chocolate and strawberry magic milk flavoring straws
– Cob web & spider covered mirrors, pumpkins & chandeliers
– Kids activity book + printable 3D haunted house that doubles as a centerpiece!

strawberry milk

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Playful Blabla Doll Party Theme {First Birthday}

doll inspired first birthday party

Little Margot has the cutest collection of Blabla Dolls that she absolutely adores (a sentiment my daughter and I share too!), so for her first birthday Lucinda of Portraits By Lucinda & Margot’s mom Lauren put together the most adorable Blabla Doll Party Theme! With vibrant decor & friendly little faces this birthday is TOO CUTE – the dolls even have their own party hats to celebrate! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable Blabla dolls dressed up with homemade birthday party hats
  • Modern & colorful DIY paper circle banner + pink paper lanterns
  • Beautiful flower cake & matching smash cake for one happy birthday girl!
  • Insanely cute invitation featuring a happy Blabla friend “garland”!

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{Party of 5} Haunted Forest, Gothic Halloween, Mexican Fiesta, Spooky Halloween & Little Red Riding Hood

haunted forest halloween 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:

– Haunted Forest Halloween Party
– Gothic Halloween
– Mexican Fiesta
– Spooky Halloween
– Little Red Riding Hood First Birthday

1. The Haunted Forest Halloween Party (pictured above) by LuLu’s

2. Spooky Gothic Halloween & Party Printables by hellomysweet

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Simple & Sweet American Girl Birthday Party

american girl dessert table

Kristi of SaucyPants knows how to make a party simple enough for the crafters, fun for the guests & impressive to everyone! Her American Girl Birthday Party is simple & sweet with meringue desserts, a pink & blue kids tablescape on the patio + a fun shared playlist with favorites like Justin Bieber & Carly Rae ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Skewered tater tots, mac-n-cheese cups & star shaped grilled cheese sandwiches
– Pink confetti utensils, blue decorative plates & pink name cards with butterflies
– A personalized welcome sign and flip flop favors for each guest
– A white cake with red stars and a pretty blue ribbon

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“A Hole in One” Par-tee {Golf First Birthday}

golf partee for a first birthday party

Welcome to Mate’s Pro Shop! A Golf First Birthday by Tania of Totful Memories for her nephew was “A Hole in One!” Don’t miss the golf cookies resting on a bed of green, preppy stripe and argyle patterns and exciting “pro shop giveaways” with water bottles, towels & visors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A hole in one green birthday cake on a white stand tied with navy ribbon
  • Club sandwiches with golf tee “toothpicks”
  • “Par-tee time!” cupcake toppers with blue and green argyle

golf birthday party

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Clever “Eye See You” Eyeball Halloween Ideas

eyeball halloween ideas

Thanks to the talented Jennifer of BellaGrey Designs, we have a bunch of fun & creative Eyeball Halloween Ideas to share that are totally affordable and easy to make! Bright colors mixed with stark black really make it all pop, and simple cupcakes & candy favors don’t force extra sweets on the already treat filled night. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Clear candlestick holders elevate giant styrofoam eyeballs in neon yellow & purple
– Black candelabras, spooky tree branches & a black tattered curtain backdrop
– Cupcakes displayed on a black serving platter covered in googly eyeballs

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Modern & Whimsical Peacock Quinceañeara

teal and gold napkin wraps

Unique Design Studios captured this {totally glam} Modern & Whimsical Peacock Quinceañeara created for Madison’s special day! Everything from the rich jewel toned colors and striking entertainment to the colorful treats on the candy bar reflect birthday girl’s favorite bird… a sentiment she shares with many others! For more peacock inspired events, go here and here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Modern peacock motif on the candy buffet + cool monogram lamps
– A grand birthday girl entrance with Cirque dancers
– Dramatic purple & white tablescapes with peacock feather centerpieces
– Turquoise napkins creatively embellished with ribbon
– AMAZING peacock cake embellished with feathers and sparkle

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Woodsy Little Red Riding Hood Baby Shower

Big Bad Wolf fondant cupcake topper

Why Grandmother, what big eyes you have! All the better to see this ADORABLE party with, my dear. ;) Jen of Banner Events styled this charming Little Red Riding Hood Baby Shower for her friend and mom-to-be, and from the intricate pressed fondant cake decorations to the “Sweet Little Wishes” guest activity, no detail was over looked!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Little Red Riding Hood dessert table with red gingham, moss & woodsy decor
  • “Grandma’s Cookies”, including squirrels, mushrooms & red riding hood herself!
  • “Sweet Little Wishes” activity with hang tags for personal messages
  • Mini picnic basket favors + custom Little Red Riding Hood onesies

Little red riding hood baby shower

birthday onesie

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Sparkly & Colorful Kids Chevron Halloween Party

Halloween dessert table

Sparkles, spiders & chevron stripes make up this adorable Kids Chevron Halloween Party by I DO invitations by Michelle! From cute Halloween dresses and witch hat cookies to homemade spiders crafted from pom poms & pipe cleaners, Michelle is truly bubbling over with creative ideas! And for more inspiration, check out her Colorful Kid’s Halloween Theme from last year. :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– “Creepy” + “Eek” glittered signs
– “I love my mummy” party flags
– Spooky Mummy  & skeleton marshmallow pops
– Kids halloween outfits in chevron with adorable coordinating fabric flower headbands
– Paper rosette bunting + fabric and paper fringed streamers!

Mummy skeleton marshmallow pops

Pumpkin cookies

Chevron Halloween cake


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Witch Themed Toil & Trouble Halloween Snack Table

Witch themed Halloween table with salty snacks

Toil & Trouble Snack Table with skull decor and cauldron filled with popcorn

Hi everyone, it’s Jessica from Pen N’ Paperflowers, here to share with you a Toil & Trouble witch-themed table I designed for Halloween!  You won’t find many “treats” on this festive table…it’s all “tricked” out with salty snacks to balance out the sugary sweets this holiday season ushers in.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Simple grab-and-go salty snacks – no sweets.
– Apothecary jars labeled with wickedly-clever concoctions & terrifying tinctures (Download the FREE printables)
– Vintage wire whisk, antique book and candelabra used for decor accents
– DIY Tissue Paper Water Bottle Wraps (see tutorial here)
– Bewitching Black Magic DIY Book Cover (tutorial here)

Witch themed Halloween Table with apothecary jars displayed

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Classic Sock Monkey Birthday Party {with a Modern Twist}

sock monkey birthday party

Planning is often done way in advance, but with an out of state move in the mix, Tabitha of FreshMommyBlog pulled together an amazing Sock Monkey Birthday Party for her own “little monkey” in just two weeks! And between the stylish decorations, classic-meets-modern printables by Luvalexa, and delicious themed treats like Banana Creme Nutella cupcakes, you’d never guess this celebration was a quick-turn project at all! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Barrel Roll” sandwiches, a build your own cupcake bar, & chocolate monkey milk!
  • Adorable costume for the birthday boy (monkey ears, tail, & color coordinating tie onesie!)
  • Make your own “Monkey Munch” cookie mix favors
  • Banana Creme and Nutella cupcakes in mini jars
  • Bottled water displayed in a red wagon “cooler”

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HomeGoods Instagram “Devilish Decor” Photo Challenge

HomeGoods Halloween Instagram Contest

I’m so excited to share this new Halloween contest with you today… HomeGoods just kicked off a fun “Devilish Decor” Photo Challenge on Instagram – and the grand prize is a whopping $500 SHOPPING SPREE! That’s right… just think of all the fun you could have with $500 at HomeGoods!


To enter, simply post a photo to Instagram showcasing your own creative twist on Halloween decor, and be sure to include #HomeGoodsHalloween in the caption of each photo. {See the current entries here.} HomeGoods will select one photo as a finalist each weekday from now until October 28th, and the $500 shopping spree winner will be selected from those finalists by………. yours truly. ;) Click here for more details. Can’t wait to see what delightfully creepy ideas you’ve got up your sleeve! (more…)

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Clever “Pirate Ship” Dessert Table {Kids Birthday}

pirate ship dessert table

Skulls, masted ships and treasure can only mean one thing… a Pirate Party! Debbie of Wants and Wishes called on Captain Austin’s crew to sail the seas and plunder all the tasty sweets on this fabulous dessert-table-turned-pirate-ship. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Mini “pirate ships” fashioned from cupcake wrappers & loaded with “gold bars”
  • Food labels cleverly displayed on glass bottles turned sideways
  • “Cherry canon balls” & printable treasure chests filled with (chewy!) treasure

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Vintage Zombie Party {+ Monster Munch Recipe}

Zombie Halloween Party

Inspired by vintage movie posters, Gretchen of Three Little Monkeys Studio styled this fabulous Zombie Party  – complete with FREE printables and a “Monster Munch” party snack recipe to share with everyone! From deliciously ghoulish sugar cookies to super creative zombie mousse, graveyard stones and more, Gretchen definitely breathed new life into this theme of the living dead. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for… 

– “I heart Zombies” party printables (free download after the jump!)
– Creepy eyeball cake pops stabbed with forks
– Vintage zombie movie posters
– “Living Dead Cupcakes” with tombstone toppers and mounds of “dirt”
– Zombie Monster Munch party snack recipe!

Zombie party mix snack

Zombie party printables


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Photography Tips: Capturing Kids’ Milestone Moments

diy photo tips for kids milestone moments

Fall is here! Can you believe it? With all of the holidays that are guaranteed to keep all you crafters & hostesses going for months on end, I’m here to remind you not to forget about your own holidays!

Hello, it’s me, Jen Hrycyk, your resident photographer. Today I want to give you a few tips for creating some simple (but fun) pictures on your own, when it comes to Capturing Your Kid’s Milestone Moments!

Birthday Photography Tips from Jen CYK - Kids Milestone Moments

Birthday Photography Tips from Jen CYK - Kids Milestone Moments


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Playful “Row Your Boat” First Birthday Party

diy cardboard boat first birthday photo booth

All aboard the S.S. Scarlett (a.k.a. crafted cardboard photo booth ship!) for a playful “Row Your Boat” Inspired First Birthday Party with a mix of homemade decorations (made by mommy, Terra & best friend Janice of Bellwether Events) and professional elements like the adorable sail boat topped cake by Charm City Cakes!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cute DIY life saver “door wreath” made from yellow & white yarn
  • “Gone Fishing” orange slice sailboats swimming in seas of blue jello!
  • Bunting banner food labels, party decor & fondant cake decorations
  • Felt polka dot party hat for the birthday girl!
  • Hand crafted anchor for the S.S. Scarlett ship “photo booth”

sail boat cake

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Retro Rainbow Baby Shower {Part 2 – Dessert Table}

retro rainbow baby shower dessert table

I’m excited to share Part 2 of my Retro Rainbow Baby Shower theme today! This is the dessert table that matches the Tablescape & Party Decor posted earlier.

All of the desserts are homemade or “semi homemade” using store-bought ingredients like Mother’s Taffy Cookies and candy buttons. The tilted jello parfaits (inspired by this DIY from Loralee Lewis) matched the color blocked “BABY” letters so well and were my favorite edible detail! All of the printables from this theme are available as Instant Downloads in my Etsy shop. I really had fun with this one and hope you love it too. :)

PARTY HIGHTLIGHTS to look out for…

  • DIY “Disco Baby” roller skates embellished with sequins & buttons
  • Vases embellished with candy buttons (basically huge candy dots!)
  • Tilted Jello Parfaits with chevron stamped spoons from Sucre Shop
  • Store-bought cookies dressed up with edible gold spray paint & candy buttons
  • Color blocked wooden letters and shadow box stands
  • Cloud shaped candy labels displayed in mini glittered baby bottles

retro rainbow baby shower printables from hwtm

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Tinkerbell & Peter Pan Birthday Party {Boy/Girl}

peter pan cake pops

This enchanting celebration has an extra special twist… it’s a joint birthday party starring Peter Pan AND Tinkerbell! Alexandra of Enchanted Events & Design made sure this creative party had a little something for everyone by incorporating sweet fairy elements & pixie dust for the girls and pirate-style adventure for the boys. Read on for all the charming details and playful activities in this combo Tinkerbell & Peter Pan Birthday Party.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Lost Boys treehouse style dessert table with a “canopy” overhead
  • Themed activities like a pirate ship water table and pixie dust station with colored sand
  • Powdered donuts topped with pink Tinkerbell and green Peter Pan paper silhouettes
  • “Fairy Catching Kit” party favors
  • A visit from Peter Pan and Tinkerbell!

tinker bell dessert table

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{Super Clever} Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Party

halloween glow in the dark party

This spooky halloween setup is so clever it just glows… in the dark that is! Nikki of Tikkido dreamed up this ghoulish Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Party (as featured in Festivities Magazine) showing it with the lights on  – and OFF! Scroll down to check out all the fun DIY elements and creative ways to brighten up your holiday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Haunted portrait gallery cookies (see them change in the dark!)
– A glowing chandelier, cupcake platter & ectoplasmic pudding
– Trick or Treat drink station with witches cauldrons + a creepy leafless tree cut out
– Skeleton arm cupcake toppers with “Let the Ghoul Times Roll” Printables

black light halloween table

black light halloween party

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{Party of 5} Lalaloopsy, Vintage Cowgirl, Sweet Peach Baby Shower, Mermaid Party & Moroccan Midnight Affair


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:

– Lalaloopsy Birthday Party
– Pink Vintage Cowgirl Birthday
– Sweet as a Peach Baby Shower
– Mermaid Party
– Moroccan Midnight Affair

1. Lalaloopsy Birthday Party (pictured above) by SugarSweet

2. Vintage Cowgirl Birthday Party by tania ~ totful memories

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Bright & HAPPY Little Miss Sunshine Party

little miss sunshine dessert table

Welcome to the Sunshine House… a.k.a. Carina’s Little Miss Sunshine Party! This sweet explosion of yellow and smiles was happily made by mom Andrea and owner of Sweet Bambinos. From sunflower cupcakes and fresh lemon lollipop holders to a giant cut out of Little Miss Sunshine herself, this sunny celebration looks like pure birthday JOY! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Fresh Lemon Lollipop Stands & Chocolate Brigadeiros Sunflowers
  • Yellow & Pink Little Miss Sunshine Printables with chevron, polka dot & all things cute!
  • Little Miss Sunshine cookies on a bed of lemondrops
  • Sunglasses & flip flop favors (perfect for any pool party!)

little miss sunshine cookies

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Whimsical Alice in Wonderland Dessert Table

looking glass mirror lollipops

It never ceases to amaze me how Alice in Wonderland can be interpreted in so many ways! Danielle of Cutie Putti Paperie styled this whimsical Alice in Wonderland Dessert Table with the original Lewis Carroll edition in mind. Many of the creative treats were homemade by Danielle as well – including the fabulous “Through the Looking Glass” pink chocolate lollipops pictured above! For more Alice in Wonderland party ideas look here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Mad Hatter Marshmallow Pops with a white chiclet on the brim marked with “10/6”
– Fondant birthday candle cupcake toppers (for a Very Merry Unbirthday!)
– Colorful dessert labels with the classic characters (Cheshire Cat, the Rabbit, Dodo…)
– Oversize golden keys + mismatched tea cups and saucers

mad hatter dessert table

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FAB FIND: Spinning Leaf Chocolate Cookie Molds

spinning leaf chocolate cookie molds for halloween

Who doesn’t LOVE chocolate covered Oreos®, right? I’m sure you’ve seen them included in the mix of amazing desserts at so many of the parties and dessert tables covered in polka dots and cute colors!

If you’re intimidated to try making them at home, there’s a super easy (and extra adorable) way to make them with Spinning Leaf custom designed Cookie Molds, specifically made for covering Double Stuf Oreos. Using some of their Halloween cookie molds, I created some super cute… and spooky, ghoulishous treats – just in time for the holiday lurking around the corner!

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Silly & SCARY Monster Halloween Bash

monster halloween party candy buffet

This kid friendly Monster Halloween Bash by Jamee of Setting the Mood pairs silly monsters with scary ones! Between the creepy eyeballs peering out from every corner to the colorful fun nature there is a whole spectrum of inspiration here… googly eye & tail chair back decoration (doubling as fun costumes for the kids to wear), colorful vampire teeth, crazy monster straws & more!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable fuzzy monster kids table (with a tail & paws peeking out!)
  • Super scary monster face cupcakes
  • Ping pong paddles with monster mouths and eyeballs
  • Giant foamcore blue cyclops “Monster Treats” candy buffet backdrop + “candy” garland

kids halloween monster party with monster tablescape

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“Our Story” Inspired Wedding {Vintage & Rustic}

vintage rustic wedding centerpieces

Today’s wedding feature is charming, timeless & full of romance! The bride and groom wanted to celebrate their big day with the theme of “opening a new chapter in their lives together”, so Ali of Parties on a Pedestal helped create this Vintage Inspired “Our Story” Wedding. Dripping with romantic decorations like vintage jars, old books & book page paper roses, I can’t think of a more beautiful way to begin their family story!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Recylced book page paper roses (We have a tutorial here!)
  • Mixed & matched centerpieces with vintage bottles, jars, and books & burlap ruffles
  • Beige and white tissue poms, draped over windows & hung above the head table
  • Ruffled drink cooler & dessert table linens

dessert table with a burlap garland and tablecloth

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