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“Kreative & Krafty” Spongebob Birthday Party

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Splish Splash! Come have a blast as we head over to the pineapple under the sea for a Sponge Bob Square Pants Birthday PartyMirosleidys of Chiquita Party Boutique brought the Krusty Krab to life with the perfect amount of Squarepants flair for Demi’s special day!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Sea Horse Lollipops, “Pop Kelp” and Patrick Inspired Cupcakes
  • Treasure Chest with a Jumbo Anchor and Pineapple Favors
  • Krabby Patty Birthday Cakes + Silly Spongebob Faces Banner

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{Geektastic!} Computer Theme First Birthday Ideas

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Hello World! These geektastic ideas from Khanh Le of Avec Toi Events and her Computer Theme First Birthday Party Ideas are totally modern & CREATIVE! Inspired by 3D glasses, she celebrated her sweet little Dex with Bits, Bytes and Motherboards of fun. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Bits and Bytes” Buffet Table with “Laptop” Lunch Boxes
  • Floppy Disk Decorations + “Have a Byte” Utensil Baggies
  • A “Motherboard” with pictures of all the moms and kids who attended (Love this idea!)
  • HTTP Cookies, MACarons, Microsoft Mochi and Microchip Cupcakes

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{Royal Garden} Classic Pink Princess Party

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I love this Royal Garden Twist on a Classic Pink Princess PartyValerie of Top It Off Designs dreamed up this magical day for Miranda with castles, carriages, regal gold frames, darling roses and even a butterfly or two. :) (And for more Royal Princess Ideas look here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Beautiful Princess Castle Cake by Mayu’s Cakes
  • A Grand Welcome: Fresh Greenery Wreaths accented with Pink Flowers and Gold Angels
  • Golden Favor Chest, Monogram Sugar Cookies and Mossy Garden Decor

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Radical 80’s Themed 30th Birthday Party

80s party theme for a 30th birthday

It’s time for a throwback! ;) Break out your boom boxes, slinkies and neon tights…. can you tell where I’m headed? Rima Tan of Sugar Blast Events whipped up this Radical 80’s Themed 30th Birthday with totally tubular ideas and loads of colorful eye candy!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Rainbow Slinkies, Rubix Cube Food Labels & Colorful Jell-O Shots
  • Multi Pattern Decorated Cupcakes with Pacman & Cassette Tape Toppers
  • Lemonade Coolers in Mason Jars Wrapped in Chevron Paper

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Gold Thanksgiving Celebration {Fall Inspired}


The crisp cool air and soothing fall drinks are back! And this beautiful Gold Thanksgiving Celebration by Monica of Styling the Moment is just full of warmth, with a wonderful, rustic holiday feel. It’s never to early to think about everything we have to be thankful for… and I feel blessed just to be able to share all these fabulous ideas with you today! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Cornucopia Basket with Mini Cinnamon Rolls + Pumpkin Cookies
– Pumpkin Candles, Gold Chargers, Fall Leaves & Wheat Stands
– Mini “Acorns” (Pretzel and Sprinkle Embellished Donut Holes!)

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Trend Alert: Create Custom Party Decor with Laser Cutouts

princess birthday girl

Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Trend Alert” where I share with you some of the hottest trends in party planning! Today’s guest post is all about creating custom party decor with LASER CUTOUTS! They are all the rage right now.  Laser cutouts are the perfect solution to create truly unique and custom party decor to match a party theme that you’ve designed or a theme that doesn’t have any readily available party supplies out there.

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Camera Bag GIVEAWAY: Jo Totes $150 Shopping Spree!

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Want to know the definition of chic? Jo Totes! Seriously, their camera bags are the most STYLISH around. They’ve added a few new looks and some seriously dreamy pastel colors to their vibrant and neutral options. Jo Totes camera bags will make lugging around your equipment and your everyday outfits feel totally cute! :)

Now for the fabulous news! Jo Totes is giving one lucky HWTM reader a $150 Shopping Spree to win the bag of their choice! Browse through their 8 beautiful styles: (Rose, Betsey, Allison, Missy, Georgia, Gracie, Abby, and Siena) and tell us which one is your favorite! P.S. I have this one and absolutely love it!!

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Vibrant & Festive Frida Kahlo Inspired Mexican Party

diy paper flower backdrop

Are you ready to FIESTA!? :) Tania Fischer of Tania Fischer Design and Veronica Plasencia of Roni Sugar Creations collaborated and dreamed up this beautiful Frida Kahlo Inspired Mexican Party with such amazing DIY projects! I know you won’t miss it (it’s 6×5 feet!), but I just have to point out the INCREDIBLE handcrafted paper flower backdrop… and the delicious looking food… and the theme itself, how FUN and festive!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Traditional Mexican China, Succulents in Tomato Sauce Cans, Gold Chivari Chairs & Mexican Rebozos
  • Empanadas, Pan Dulce and Tamales + Horchata, Sangria, Margaritas and “Aguas Frescas”
  • A Mini “Mercado” for Favors and Photo Booth (Unibrow, Braids, Flowers & Mustache Props)

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Kids Thanksgiving Craft: Colorful Pinecone Turkeys

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You know how some things just take a year to get to? Ya… me too. ;)

Last year I made these fun Stuffed Glove Turkeys, which were a great craft for the kids that also doubled as kid-friendly party decor. But I also made one more Thanksgiving craft that never got posted… until now! These cute Pinecone Turkeys are a breeze to make and you can use any color or pattern of paper to make them perfectly match your own Thanksgiving decor.

Added bonus: depending on where you live – you can make this project even more fun by kicking it off with an outdoor scavenger hunt for fallen pinecones! Whoever finds the biggest one gets a fun little prize. But don’t worry – craft store pinecones work just as well… being a San Diegan myself, that’s where these little guys started out! (more…)

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An Adorable Little Sailor Girl Party {Nautical First Birthday}

girly sailor

Hey all you amazing party planners, it’s Jen, your favorite Orange County family photographer. On this cool fall morning, I’m dreaming of summer (I’m a California native, and you know how we’re spoiled and all, hehe). So I thought why not take it back to this past summer, with an adorable Little Sailor Girl First Birthday Party at a beach house? …Enjoy ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Carboard “Ship” Photo Booth Set (on the beach!)
  • Sailboat Cake Pops + Crafted Paper Sailboat Dessert Table Backdrop
  • Nautical High Chair Silhouette Banner, Chalkboard Signs & Wooden Sailboat Decorating

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Dreamy & Retro Cotton Candy Carnival

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Hi there! It’s Amber here, from Amber Lay Events and our newest venture you are about to find out about, Cotton Clouds For A Cause! I hope you are ready to be ‘spun’ up in the sweet goodness of fluffy cotton candy and the classic carnival past time we all love so much with my Dreamy & Retro Cotton Candy Carnival! Be sure to click through to read more about the photo shoot and how the idea for Cotton Clouds For A Cause came to life!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Babys Breath + White Hydrangeas in Gold Mason Jar Vases on Carnival Ticket Risers
– Cotton Candy Lollipops with Rhinestone Ties and Cotton Candy Topped Mini Cupcakes & Mason Jars
– Pastel Preppy Outfits: Fancy Bow Ties and Pretty Floral Dresses!
– Gold Mylar Fringe Backdrop, Quilt Batting Clouds and Stripe + Glitter Bunting Banner

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Ratatouille Themed Birthday + Thanksgiving Dinner

ratatoulli dessert table

Bonjour! Feast your eyes on this amazing Ratatouille Themed Birthday {Family Dinner} cooked up by Sally Shin of Pretty Little Events for her son Koda’s big day! This cozy dinner has all the perfect ingredients for an inviting & warm family celebration with a decadent menu, cute family pictures & most importantly the cutest Little Chef ever! What a sweet way to celebrate a birthday, and I’m totally taking notes for my upcoming Thanksgiving dinner… :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Linguini & Remy’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Trifles
  • Store Bought Vanilla Bean Cupcakes with Chef Hat, Rolling Pin & Mustache Toppers
  • Iron-on Ratatouille Napkin Characters, Oval Menu & Sprig of Rosemary
  • “Bon Appetite” Printable Tags from Eat Drink Chic

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Bright Pink & Green Butterfly Party Ideas

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Cris of Crissy’s Crafts has a knack for bright colors, playful ideas and the cutest party themes! Her Bright Pink & Green Butterfly Party Ideas is a girly explosion of pink and green flowers, pretty butterflies and garden party decorations that have me all aflutter! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Tissue Paper Medallion Fans as Backdrop Flowers + Pink Lemonade “Nectar”
  • White Desk Dessert Display, Butterfly Cake Pops and Butterfly Cracker Sandwiches
  • Polka Dot Favor Bags and “Thank You For Fluttering By” Party Favors

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Charming Mickey & Friends First Birthday

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WOW! Anne-Marie Johnson of El’uccellino Designs did such a FABULOUS job planning this Mickey & Friends First Birthday …and in just 10 days! That is seriously impressive. Her creative Disney character themed silhouette favor bags and place setting embellishments + crafted dessert table boast excitement and inspiration from mouse ear to mouse ear! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Incredible Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Cake and Paper Plate Dessert Table Backdrop
  • Minnie Mouse, Pluto & Daisy Themed Favor Bags and Cupcake Toppers
  • Ribbon Wreath from Rae of Sunshine and Mickey Mouse Ear Party Hats

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Super Cute Little Sailor Birthday Party ;)

lil captain sign from the lil sailor hwtm printable collection

This party makes all of us at Hostess soo HAPPY! Mommy & photographer Ardita Kola Photography purchased the Little Sailor Collection from HWTM a couple months back for her birthday boy Jake. We are over the moon and flat out impressed with her Super Cute Little Sailor Party… so much so that we’re giving her a $50 credit to spend in our new printed shop, Hostess Ink! She beautifully crafted the centerpieces, flawlessly styled the dessert table, and Sophisticakes made an amazing cake. Thank you for sharing your pictures Ardita, you totally rocked it!!

P.S. Find all the FREE Printables on Potterybarn Kids here, the custom printed versions at Hostess Ink. here and the custom printables in our Etsy shop here! And see our blog post using this collection here

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Anchor & “1st Voyage” Banners, “Captain Jake” Drink Flags and “Dive Right In” Drink Table Sign
  • DIY Lifesaver Candy Cups and “Catch of the Day” Favors
  • Fishnet Decoration, Blue Wrapping Paper Table Runners & Sand Filled Centerpieces

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Cheerful Japanese Kimmidoll Themed Party

Japanese dessert table

Konnichiwa! Gorgeous Cherry Blossom inspiration, playful Kimmidoll designs and tasty Pocky snacks are my favorite parts of this Cheerful Japanese Kimmidoll Themed Party from Justine of  Pretty Little Vintage Melbourne and Parties Party Planner. There are really so many things to touch on though- traditional inspired sweets, plenty of paper lanterns and a Japanese style kids table… this cheerful party is just so cute and blooming with inspiration!

P.S. If you loved the Cherry Blossoms in this party, then you NEED to see this “Love In Blossom” Wedding… and learn how to make the decor here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Candy “Sushi”, Lilly Pad Cupcake Toppers and Pink Pocky Favors
  • Furoshiki Favors (Japanese traditional fabric gift wrapping!)
  • Geisha Face Painting and Custom Coloring Sheets
  • Paper Medallion Room Decor, Ruffled Tablecloth and Origami Paper Cranes


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{Party of 5} Lumberjack Dinner Party, Vintage Circus, Kawaii 2nd Birthday, Monster High Party & Beatles Bash

lumberjack dinner 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:

– Lumberjack Dinner Party
– Vintage Circus Soiree
– Pink & Green Kawaii Inspired 2nd Birthday
– Monster High Birthday Party
– Bright & Fun Beatle 64th Birthday Bash

1. Lumberjack Dinner Party (pictured above) by designlivelyblog

2. Circus Soiree by Vesna ~ One Lovely Day

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An Adorable Donut Party {Vintage Shop Inspired}

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This is a party you DONUT wanna miss! With vintage shop flair (and an adorable birthday boy smile!), Lane celebrated his 3rd birthday with a Donut Party dreamed up by Lauren Haddox Designs. Decked out in sprinkles and delicious party decorations this party is so cute… I just want to eat it all up!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Green Ruffle Birthday Cake with a Chocolate Glaze Donut
  • Donut Toss, “Eat A Donut On A String” & Coloring Sheets + Donut Crayons
  • “Decorate A Donut” Sugar Cookies with “Sprinkle” Toppings
  • Iced Coffee, Cupcakes, Apple Fritters & more tasty treats!

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Playful Art Inspired Rainbow Paint Party

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Alexis Campbell of The Pear, Event Styling & Planning has our daily dose of eye candy covered… with colorful paints, art easel name cards, personalized aprons and more. Her son’s 2nd birthday was clearly going to be a Rainbow Paint Party, but the question was how to make it feel boyish? See how she whipped up FUN backyard activities, refreshing party eats and a kids tablescape that is quite the masterpiece! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Rainbow Chevron Oreo Toppers, Paint Palette Cookies & Paint Spill Cake
  • Sand Art, Coozie Decorating and Watercolor Canvas Painting Activities
  • Washi Tape Push Pops with Colorful Fruit and Multicolor Popcorn in Paint Cans

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Apple Pie Pops & Sparkling Harvest Punch {Low Sugar!}

apple pie pops recipe with NECTRESSE

Hello from the BIG APPLE! I’m here for a couple days to work on a project with NECTRESSE® Natural No Calorie Sweetener, who I’ve teamed up with this holiday season to develop and share some creative holiday entertaining tips, including recipe ideas that are sweet like we love, but also lower in sugar! That’s exactly what NECTRESSE is about – it’s made from a perfect blend of natural sweeteners and monk fruit extract, so it sweetens things up without all the extra calories of sugar.

And speaking of apples, one of my favorite recipes (which I’ll actually be sharing with some news and morning programs today) is Cinnamon Apple Pie Pops Recipe, which is pictured above. These little pops are so cute and make for a great homemade holiday gift idea or addition to a holiday dessert spread. If you’ve never made pie pops before, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easy they are!

The other recipe I’m excited to share today is a Sparkling Harvest Punch, which is made with spiced tea, cinnamon, a variety of juices and fruit. Club soda adds a lot of sparkle and allows us to cut back significantly on the amount of juice used, and NECTRESSE sweetens it without all the extra calories of added sugar! This recipe is really tasty and kind of feels like a non-alcoholic sangria, so it’s a great option for the whole family… but of course you can easily turn it into a festive cocktail for adult guests by simply adding a splash of spiced rum!

Non-Alcoholic Sangria Recipe

Scroll down for the recipes, and if you’re interested in learning more about NECTRESSE or curious about what the heck monk fruit is, you can find out right here. :) (more…)

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Bar Cart Party Styling Tips + {Simple!} Spiced Fall Cocktail

bar cart styling for a fall party cocktail


While sitting in a restaurant having cafe in Vegas a couple years ago, I noticed a server pushing a bar cart around the restaurant that was filled with lots of different ingredients for mixing up a Bloody Mary or Mimosa to your liking. I remember thinking how a “mini mobile bar” like that would be such a fantastic element for a party too…. simply because it would add an element of out-of-the-ordinary FUN!

Well, I’m finally trying out a version of this idea myself, using a cool Wood and Brass Finish Bar Cart from Target. The concept is not exactly the same idea as what I first had in mind that day in the restaurant… because my house is about a football field or so smaller than that Encore cafe + has a couple stairs between all the rooms on the bottom floor, so “pushing a cart around the party” isn’t exactly super practical. ;) I still love the idea of having a mini bar station with a special drink in an unexpected spot that’s set apart from the rest of the drinks though – even if it needs to stay in one place! Added bonus – bar carts will double as fantastic home decor before and after your parties (styled up however you like)… and I’m pretty sure they’d be extra SWEET as the foundation for mini dessert stations too!


Since fall holidays are in the air right now, I decided to start with a simple & festive fall party look here +  a signature drink that’s perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, not to mention so easy it’s almost ridiculous. (which I’m pretty sure is a good thing!) Here are some easy tips on how to pull this look together:

DIY metallic gold confetti


This cart is already pretty on its own, but I felt like it needed a detail added that definitively yelled “PARTY!”. The solution? Metallic paper circles punched from a sheet of gold scrapbook paper. I used glue dots to adhere them to the cart in random spots for a look reminiscent of giant gold confetti. (And yes, I’m already thinking this needs to reappear for a New Year’s Eve champagne toast too!)

spiced fall cocktail menu sign free printable from hwtm


It goes without saying that a bar cart should have a great drink to boast! And not only that – it should be the star of the show. I chose a super simple, yet tasty fall cocktail featuring spiced rum, sparkling apple cider, and pomegranate juice, then designed a quick signature drink sign to give guests instructions on how to mix it up. You can download the sign for free right here if you’d like to use it too! (more…)

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Crafty & Playful Star Gazing Party

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Grab your telescopes and flashlights because Sara Schmutz of Confetti Sunshine organized 15 vendors to collaborate on a Crafty & Playful Stargazing Party that looks like such a BLAST! With free printables, tons of kid-friendly craft ideas {+ DIY instructions} and creative activities, these ideas are fantastic for a fun family night even if a party isn’t on your calendar. 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY Galaxy Pillows and 3D Star Garland
  • Fringed Star Centerpieces, Star Game and Crafted Star Cupcake Toppers
  • Stacked Vintage Trunk Display with Paper Garlands
  • Free Printables Invitations, Star Crown & Constellation Coasters


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SURPRISE GIVEAWAY: The Big O Key Ring from O.Venture

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Winner update: 11/13/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… commenter #26 SARA MAYO! Congrats!


I don’t know about you but I am constantly digging through my bag to find my keys… so much so that I often think I lost them! That’s why I’m in love with The Big O Key Ring! It comes in 9 fabulous & bright colors and is made of water resistant leather so you can throw it in your bag, wear on your wrist or even stash it on your wristlet. :) And for one lucky HWTM reader, O. Venture is giving away two Big O Key Rings ($110 Value)! These jumbo key rings are chic, colorful and even have a manicure-friendly clasp. I know exactly what I’ll be giving for Christmas this year! (more…)

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Adorable “Sweetie Pie” County Fair {Fall Themed First Birthday}

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Lucy’s First Birthday Party is one darlin’ celebration! Mommy, Carlie of DimplePrints, choose a “Sweetie Pie” County Fair theme with adorable Fall flair! From pretty pink frames and plump seasonal pumpkins to ruffly ribbons and classic carnival eats every detail is impeccable SWEET!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink Frames with Chicken Wire and Birthday Girl Photos
  • Ripped fabric garland, First Place Ribbon Backdrop & Red Gingham Tablecloth
  • Caramel Apple Bites, Buttered Popcorn and Hot Apple Cider

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Modern Dumbo First Birthday {+ Down Syndrome Awareness/Fundraiser}


“The very things that held you down are going to carry you up and up and up.” Inspired by this quote and what it means for their son Knightly, David and Drexelle Park celebrated their son’s first birthday with a Modern Dumbo Theme Party. Their company D. Park Photography designed all the inspirational quotes and captured the day wonderfully organized by Bzzy Bee. Be sure to see all of the sky high creativity, playful ideas and read the details to learn more about Knightly and “play” for a purpose.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Whimsical & Pretty Cloud Smash Cake by Mr. & Mrs. Creamery
  • Circus Train Carts full of Milk & Balloon “Bubbles”
  • Doljabi Raffle and Milestone Picture Display
  • Dumbo Movie Quote Signs and Popcorn Ice Cream


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Precious & PINK Winter ONEderland Party

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Liezl Del Castillo of Zelicious styled this precious Pink Winter ONEderland Party for her sweet niece Chantelle (and made that amazing snow man topped cake)! Dotted with penguins and snowmen and lots of pretty snowflakes I’m already excited for the next season. ;) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Hanging “Snowflake” Balloon Sculptures + Polar Bear Centerpiece
  • Cute Snowman Face Cupcakes, Penguin Toys & “Snow” to play in!
  • Stamped Dessert Spoons, Snowflake Cookies and Shimmery Macaron Tower

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