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Terrific Chevron Elmo Dessert Table

elmo macarons

Is it just me, or are Sesame Street Themed Parties ALWAYS amazing? I’ve been featuring my favorite Elmo Parties since 2008, and it just seems like there are so many ways to really make them creative. And when I saw this gem styled by Maja of Sugar Coated Candy & Dessert Buffets I knew I just had to share it with all of you!

Raffy celebrated his 2nd birthday with amazing sweets (cake, cookies, candy- the whole lot!) by Aunt Tanya of Cupcakes by Tan, displayed on a Chevron Elmo Dessert Table that caught my eye in more ways than one… the handcrafted sign (by grandad!), ruffle table skirt and oh those macarons!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable Elmo Inspired Macarons + 3D Elmo Cake!
  • Chevron and Elmo Face Cookies and Handcrafted Raffy’s Street Sign
  • Thanks For Coming Red Favors Bags & “Drink Me” Bottles with Chevron Straws

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Yummy Recipe: Coconut Macaroons

coconut macaroon recipe

We have another yummy/healthy/easy dessert to share! This {Paleo} Coconut Macaroons Recipe by Elana’s Pantry looks delicious. Add them to any dessert table, wrap up for wedding favors, serve at a baby shower or whip up for your hubby + kids for a sweet afternoon! (more…)

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Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Cashew Cream Recipe

avocado mousse

Want a sweet treat without all of the sugar, calories and guilt? Try this Chocolate Avocado Pudding with Cashew Cream Recipe by Nikki Orth, a Paleo Chef. It will leave your baking itch & sweet tooth satisfied! ;) (more…)

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Bold & Eclectic Carnival Circus Joint Birthday Party

circus themed smash cake

Creating a joint party for a boy and girl is already challenging, but with a first birthday and a 5th, it’s on a whole ‘nother level. This Bold & Eclectic Carnival Circus Joint Birthday Party for Maddox and Leighoni by Kenna O’brien of Miss Party Mom has fabulous inspiration for mixing ideas, colors and patterns for the happiest birthday party on earth! ;)

Her eclectic style of bold patterns, vibrant colors and splash of glitter, make for a super FUN party feel! From the gold carousel horses and carnival ticket treat labels to the decorated smash cake and multi-pattern cake pop designs I just love how fun it feels! (Did I say that already?) But really, no need to convince you- feast your eyes on the fabulous show your about to see…

Actually, one more thing then you can get to the pictures (I promise!), Kenna’s attention to detail is something to point out- don’t forget to catch the dressed up animals, sequin + ric rac embellished banner and multiple cookie displays!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Banner Embellished Smash Cake, Cupcake Ferris Wheel &
  • Donut Holes, “Win-A-Fish Bowls” and Fresh Popped Kettle Corn
  • Argyle Pattern Name Banners, Black & White Stripe Backdrop and Carnival Ticket Treat Labels
  • Embellished Animal Accents and Animal Cookies displayed in circus train

decorated party tiger

carnival dessert table

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GIVEAWAY: $200 Shopping Spree from BEATRIZ BALL

Beatriz Ball Collection - Fine Artisan Metalware

Winner update: 9/13/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… commenter #58 SABRINA MIX! Congrats!


Whether it’s a cherished memory on display or a favorite dish being served up at a party, there are some moments in life that just call for something special.

And “special” is what the entire collection from BEATRIZ BALL reminds me of… beautiful, handmade pieces fit for wedding pictures, holiday parties, celebratory gifts, and more – like dressing up your favorite coffee table or bookcase with something extra pretty, for instance! :)


Speaking of favorites… I’m excited to share that one lucky HWTM reader is going to score some of theirs – because BEATRIZ BALL is offering up a generous $200 shopping spree on their site for our giveaway this week! And whether you pick something out for yourself or to gift to another, there are so many options to choose from… the hardest part will likely be narrowing things down. You’ll find everything from lovely pieces for entertaining (bowls, platters, cake stands, ice buckets, pitchers, cheese boards & more) to thoughtful gift ideas for weddings, house warming parties, and other happy occasions.

BEATRIZ BALL metal serving tray


Also something worth noting… when BEATRIZ BALL calls their pieces “handmade”, they really mean it! I don’t think I can explain it any better than they do, so here goes: “More than twelve different sets of hands are involved in the creation of each piece, and the result of this intensely handmade process is a piece with a depth of character, warmth and personality that communicates in a way that only a handmade piece can.

Scroll down to enter the giveaway & take a peek at a few pieces from the collection… there are lots more where these came from!

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{Ship & Golden Treasure Inspired} AMAZING Pirate Party!

amazing pirate cake

Let me just say, this {Ship & Golden Treasure Inspire} Pirate Party by Louisa of The Little big Company is absolutely AMAZING! The level of collaboration and talent from these vendors (Ham & Pea Design and Paperie, Petit Atelier, Lee Bird Photography and The Girl in the Green Scarf!) is just remarkable. I had a lot of trouble narrowing down the photos for this one, and you’ll know why as soon as you see the fondant ship cake, captain hook craft, skull cake pops, map inspired printables….

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pop Up Pirate Ship and Cupcakes with Pirate Style Party Flags (My favorite part!)
  • Beautiful desserts and a {perfect} detailed cake by Just Call Me Martha
  • Canon Ball Treats, Treasure Chest Decoration & Pirate Punch Drinks
  • Pirate Face (with eye patches & bandanas) Cookies labeled “Eat Me If You Dare!”
  • Kids Captain Hook Craft (tin foil & plastic cups- so easy!) + Pirate Costume Dress Up
  • Ship Sail Dessert Table Backdrop, Red Stripe Tablecloth & Burlap Covered Favor Table

pirate punch

pirate plate for a kids pirate party

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Surf Shack & Underwater Adventure Joint Birthday Party

surf shark cake

Sandy beaches, waves and a splash of birthday fun, Shannon Qualls of Parties and Potty Training takes the creative plunge with this Surf Shack & Underwater Adventure Joint Birthday Party. To celebrate her sons Mason and Asa (with birthdays only two days apart!) she chose two themes that worked together swimmingly. So put your toes to the nose and dive in to enjoy incredible cakes, “Reef-Reshments” and a radical snack filled surf shack! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Reef-Reshments” Stand, Stafish Treats and “Wave” Popcorn Cones
  • Asa’s Underwater Adventure Dessert Table with an amazing shark cake by Kims Cake Studio
  • Bubble Favors, Octopus Piñata Cake and Sea Creature Cookies
  • Mason’s Surf Shack with decorative surf boards, goldfish snacks and chalkboard sign wave report!

beach chair drink stand

under the sea dessert table

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Creative Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower

chef themed bridal shower

Chef and Bride-to-Be Alina Aghazarian celebrated her upcoming wedding with a Creative Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower filled with gorgeous blooms, chef’s tools and more playful cooking inspired decor. As a fan of creative cooking, this shower really impressed me- I just love the colander vases, kitchen timer favors and fun “decorate the apron” game! (And for more Kitchen Inspired Party Ideas go here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Rolling Pin, Spatula and Mixer Decor accented with beautiful florals by Blue Iris
  • “Welcome to Alina’s Kitchen” Seating Chart Sign
  • Colander Centerpieces, “Recipe For Love” Cards and Kitchen Timer Favors
  • Kitchen Themed Cupcakes with spatula and quilted oven mitt fondant toppers!

bridal shower inspiration with a kitchen theme

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Defrightful Halloween Party Ideas + Free Printables

black cat printables

I’m excited for it to be September, because that means it’s time for Halloween Inspiration! So without further adieu our first official Halloween Party Feature of the season goes to… Jenifer Hill of Hello Love Designs! Her Defrightful Halloween Party Ideas are full of black cats, bats, polka dots and more Halloween classics. (And if you love this party, be sure to grab the FREE Printables below.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Orange “Boo Juice” with purple straws, decorate wraps, candy embellishments
– “Pick Your Poison” Candy Jar & “Beware-y Buffet” of Witch and Pumpkin Cookies
– Printable Treat Bags, Pattern Paper Ribbon Garland + more free printables!
– Candy Eyeballs and more “Eek-y Treats”

free halloween printables

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Call for Game Day Recipes + Twitter Party TONIGHT!

twitter promo

With NFL season officially kicking off tomorrow, there is LOTS of football watching and tailgating to be done in the coming months! We’re celebrating the season with a game day inspired Twitter Party TONIGHT at 5pm PST/8pm EST to help get the party ideas (not to mention some prizes!) flowing. I hope to “see” you there! Just use hashtag #FritoLayGameDay to join in the fun.

And because food is such an important part of any game day party, we thought it would be fun to get YOUR input on what the “Ultimate Game Day Menu” should include. Tweet us your own favorite recipes (or recipe ideas) during the Twitter Party tonight, and we’ll choose a few to test out, photograph, and feature on the blog later this month, along with a proper shout-out to you for the suggestion, of course! :)

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{Storybook Inspired} Colorful Princess Party

disney princess party

Welcome to Aubrey’s castle! Holly Lasha of Mimi’s Dollhouse designed a creative, girly and polka dot covered {Storybook Inspired} Colorful Princess Party for her daughter’s 4th birthday. Snow White’s Apples, Crown Crispy Treats and more princess sweets and activities unfolded the chapters to a happy birthday story! (For more Princess Party Inspiration look here and here.)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cinderella’s Dress Shop + Glass Slipper Cupcakes
  • Castle Turret Push Cakes and True Love’s Kissing Booth
  • Aurora’s Crown Decorating Activity & Belle’s Enchanted Roses
  • Ariel’s Dinglehoppers displayed on purple polka dot cupcakes

princess cake

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A Nautical Backyard Bash {with a patriotic twist!}

nautical backyard bash

Jen Carver of Banner Events threw A Nautical Backyard Bash for her “Carver Crew” with casual + cool party ideas and lots of cute pictures of the kids! Trendy blue mason jars, red lantern centerpieces, star spangled treats, burlap runners, scalloped popcorn boxes, red fishing nets… there are seriously so many fun details to point out! (Check out this post for more nautical + patriotic ideas!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Crab cake pops displayed in an American flag box + red star cookies
– Burlap runners, red lanterns, galvanized tin buckets of treats and star spangled decorations!
– Anchor and Ship Wheel garland & red, white and blue gum ball tubes
– “Ahoy” backdrop with a pennant flag banner and star studded balloons

4th of july outfits

nautical anchor plate

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Cocktail Recipe: The “Buddy Miles” by Chris Hudnall

buddy miles drink

Yes the long weekend is over, but that doesn’t mean we should stop enjoying ourselves! ;) Let’s start Monday off with a unique drink recipe by Mixologist Chris Hudnall. Golden raisins, tequila, honeydew juice and more creatively paired flavors make up the Buddy Miles Cocktail, a drink that sounds like a fabulous conversation piece and exquisite adult treat for your next party! (As seen in a super sweet Owl Baby Shower with a Paleo friendly menu.) (more…)

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