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Strawberries & Cream Cupcake Recipe

strawberries and cream cupcake recipe

When it comes to dessert, sometimes you can’t go wrong with tried and true summer classics. Just as their sweetness hits its peak, strawberries are like precious, juicy gems this time of year. Tessa Huff here, from Style Sweet CA, and I am here today to share how to turn a couple traditional flavors into a sensational little treat. I’ve cooked down some of summer’s ripest berries into the most delicious Strawberry- Vanilla Bean Compote. The compote becomes a surprise filling in this Strawberries and Cream Cupcake Recipe.

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Bright, Pink & Chevron Girls Glamping Party

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Stephanie Gardner of Pretty Lovely Events planned this Bright, Pink and Chevron Girls Glamping Party for Lainey’s tween sleepover birthday! Inspired by Ricki Maynard’s Glam Camping Birthday Party, Stephanie’s version of a girly “glamp out” looks super fun with creative camping inspired snacks, outdoor activities and a night under the stars in adorable DIY a-frame tents!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Washi tape decorated trail mix jars displayed in a sixlet filled skillet
  • DIY woodand paint “Glamping” party sign + pink, turquoise, purple and lime green fabric a-frame tents
  • S’mores favors, Cake Batter Popcorn and “Firewood Bundles”
  • Ruffled tablecloth, colorful lanterns and paper rosette embellished party wreath

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A Reel Fun “Gone Fishing” Birthday Party

Tackle Box Birthday Cake

Let’s cast off & get ready for some REEL fun with this “Gone Fishing” Birthday Party by Autumn Lynn’s Chocolate Sins! Autumn’s party tackle box is full of creative hooks & lures, making this joint birthday party for her sons quite a catch… (To view more Fishing Themed Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gummy worm tackle box party favors and red & white bobber paper lanterns
  • “Gone Fishing” party sign with driftwood frame and lure embellishments
  • Tacklebox birthday cake + Pretzel fishing rods with caught Swedish Fish

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{Flower Inspired} Pretty Pastel First Birthday Party

Pink and gold birthday cake

Oh my goodness, this {Flower Inspired} Pretty Pastel First Birthday Party, dreamed up by Leanne Ambrogio of Sweet Style, gives gorgeous a new meaning! Little Mariette’s big day was celebrated with beautiful pastel desserts, delicate lacy details, pink floral printables and to top it off the birthday girl donned the cutest party outfit ever! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Breath-taking pink and gold birthday cakes by Blissfully Sweet Cakes
  • Pretty pink and floral party printables + Ruffle and lace birthday party hats
  • Pink & blue kids table with pretty balloon tassels, pink stripe party cups and polka dot paper plates
  • Cute birthday girl outfit: white lace dress, glittery boots and a lacy party hat!
  • Beautiful floral dessert table backdrop + Ruffled guest table with cotton candy favors

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Gorgeous pink and yellow pastel dessert table

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The Look For Less: (Get Your Party for Less) Hire a Pro Party Planner

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Tonya Coleman here from Soireé Event Design, and I’m back with the “Look for Less” series sharing how you can get a fabulous high-end designer party for less by hiring a professional party planner.  That may sound backwards, but believe me, I am breaking down my daughter’s “Kitty-licious” Party to show you exactly how much every single item cost to put this party together AND how you can get an entire party for less while hiring someone else to do it for you!

All over the web are fabulous parties, either real or styled that don’t tell you how much it exactly costs to recreate. Money and budgets are something people rarely want to talk about, but today I’m pulling back the veil and giving you a real look into how much it really costs to put together one of these designer parties.

Let’s breakdown my recent Kitty party I did for my own daughter’s 10th birthday party. Yes, I am a professional party planner and own almost all of the decor used in this party, but if I were the average mom that does not have a warehouse full of party props and supplies, and saw this fabulous party online and wanted to duplicate it, this is the real breakdown of what it would cost to purchase every single item I used.

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Rustic & Elegant Nautical Baby Shower

Nautical Inspired Chevron Cake

Welcome aboard this exciting Nautical Baby Shower styled by Christine Zohrabians of Fancy That! Events! The gorgeous calligraphy and cute lifesaver cookies plus the playful, elegant decor were all exquisitely captured by Melody Melikian Photography… and with calm waters and smooth sailing, it was the perfect way to welcome baby Matthew, the newest little member of the crew. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Navy chevron cake, rope details and topped with a white anchor
  • Whimsical red and blue florals in driftwood boxes tied with rope and shells
  • Kraft paper favor boxes wrapped with twine and chevron onesie tags

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Girly & PINK Ombre First Birthday Party

Pink Ombre First Birthday Party

Gorgeous peonies, party ruffles and playful confetti… Bridget’s first birthday has no shortage of pretty pink details! Mommy, Erin Durocher, dreamed up her daughter’s Girly & PINK Ombre First Birthday Party with accents of aqua, crafted photo garland and a brilliant cake by Entirely Sweet!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • White ruffle dessert table backdrop, chocolate dipped pretzels & ombre chevron cupcake toppers
  • Aqua high chair + pink glittery “one” birthday banner and embellished party hat by Crepe Confectionary
  • Drizzled “Thanks for popping by!” popcorn favors
  • Ruffled pink tutu birthday girl outfit (and stylish party outfit for mom too!)

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Cute & Clever Instagram Birthday Party

instagram themed 11th birthday party

Maureen Anders, of Anders Ruff, here to share a fabulous Instagram Inspired Insta-Party Birthday Party by Adria Ruff of Anders Ruff!  Teens and tweens would “instantly” “like” the creative treats and activities from this Instagram Birthday Party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Oversized DIY Instagram Camera Centerpiece using a rounded white shelf and printable camera face.
  • Personalized photo cupcakes made from store bought cupcakes and printed Instagram photos
  • Budget friendly Instagram cake with printable Instagram icons, ribbon and candy
  • Insta-Graham Cracker S’mores kits favors

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Classic & Crafty Mickey Mouse Birthday Party

Mickey Mouse Oreo Pop

Grab your ears, Mouseketeers, and give three cheers for this AMAZING Classic & Crafty Mickey Mouse Birthday Party by Cara McGrady of One Swell Studio! Little Hudson’s 3rd birthday celebration was dotted with DIY Mickey Mouse treats and clever chalkboard party signs with the nostalgic (and original!) 1950’s Mickey Mouse Club inspiration for an “EAR- resistibly good time!”

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Mickey Mouse inspired dessert table with “Mouse Ear” cake pops & Minnie cupcakes
  • “Smile from Ear to Ear” and more clever chalkboard party signs!
  • Mouseketeer signature party drink + chevron and washi tape favor bags
  • Adorable Mickey Mouse Trouser potted plants
  • Vintage inspired Mouse Ear birthday invitation in black, red & yellow

Mickey Mouse Theme Birthday Party

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Farmer’s Market Inspired Backyard BBQ {First Birthday}

Farmer's Market Inspired Backyard BBQ

As a lover of local farmers markets and summer barbecues, Kiira Turnbow of Eye Heart Pretty Things stole my heart with her Farmer’s Market Inspired Backyard BBQ to celebrate her son Judah’s first birthday! Full of affordable DIY projects and thrifted pieces, this is one of those parties that would be so fun to recreate…  and I just have to say, the vibrant florals in vintage cans, paper bag + kraft paper decor and colorful, fresh food looks amazing… I think I know what I’ll be doing this weekend! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Playful floral arrangements in up-cycled vintage cans
  • Vintage first birthday invitation, red gingham tablecloth & fresh lemonade
  • Wheel barrow and egg carton cupcake displays
  • Paper bag snack packs + berry baskets filled with fresh fruit & veggies
  • Adorable mini confetti cake smash cake with “1” kraft paper party flag topper

Vintage Birthday Party Invitation

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{Cinderella Inspired} Princess Themed Baby Shower

cinderella baby shower

This baby shower is fit for a princess! If you want to get a little girly, but keep your baby shower adult- Tiffani Helms of Creative Designs & Events knows the how to ruffle the satin and spread on the pink for a sweet and memorable {Cinderella Inspired} Princess Themed Baby Shower. ;) And with the pink pumpkin carriage cake by Julia From Scratch, glass slippers and baby Beatrix’s first Cinderella book (filled with loving notes), this “royal affair” is the perfect fairytale!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cinderella silhouette garland + “Princess of Everything” sign
  • Glass slipper, pink carriage filled with florals and ceramic birds
  • Pink satin and white tulle draped dessert table + pink party “wands”
  • Glitter cake pops, baby bootie topped cupcakes, & chocolate dipped marshmallows
  • Glittered mason jars with assorted florals and pink princess crown chair back

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London Inspired Royal Baby Shower

Royal Baby Shower Dessert Table

If you’re following the royal news, Kate Middleton and Prince William just welcomed their Little Prince! In celebration, we have a FABULOUS London Inspired Royal Baby Shower to share from Margit of Dot & Dash! A pink and blue palette, tea and snacks, royal crowns and even a family coat of arms was the perfect welcome for this “Little Princess.” :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink and blue dessert table with a tiered diaper cake & “Little Princess” banner
  • Gold meringues, tea & scones and shortbread cookies encassed in a gold crown
  • Teapots, telephone booths, Big Ben and London fabric table runner
  • Edible pink & blue table jewels by  Candied Cakes

Royal Baby Shower Decoration Ideas

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Pink & Teal Horse Themed Birthday Party

Pink Birthday Cake with Toy Horse Toppers

When your daughter LOVES horses, there’s no better way to celebrate her birthday than with a cute Pink & Teal Horse Themed Birthday Party, at the stable of course! Mommy, Amanda Stamper of Dreamsicle Sisters, planned the sweetest celebration for her daughter, Gracie’s 7th birthday. It sounds like a whirlwind day- the girls painted, met the horses and sang happy birthday with a darling pink cake by Confused Confections!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink & teal stripe straws, burlap bows and horse confetti
  • Horse themed painting activity + burlap favor bags with pink gum balls
  • Ripped fabric garland, pretzels in polka dot cups & twine tied lemonade

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Giants Themed Baseball Birthday Party

San Francisco Giants Themed Birthday Cake

Play ball! Fearon May DeWeese of Fearon May Events hit it out of the park with this awesome Giants Themed Baseball Birthday Party (inspired by their recent World Series win!) for Jace’s 9th birthday. Creative baseball & bat inspired centerpieces, candy concessions and San Francisco’s very own AT&T Park sign bring this party home, for a big win!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Brick façade dessert table with a Golden Gate Bridge Backdrop!
  • Orange & black Giants themed birthday cake + Cracker Jacks and peanuts
  • Baseball bat centerpieces with baseball-shaped floral toppers
  • Place settings with Giants themed baseball cap figurines, Giants baseballs & candy bars
  • Awesome Giants inspired sugar cookies and baseball lollipops

Baseball Themed Birthday Party

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Sweet Watermelon Picnic {2nd Birthday}

watermelon birthday party

It is sweet to be two! Especially when mommy, Tracy Allen of Sweet Peach Paperie, celebrates your birthday with a Watermelon Picnic! Charming red gingham, eyelet napkins, watercolor printable graphics and more meaningful details all pulled together by a loving family, created a simply sweet birthday afternoon. :) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Watermelon Dress and Fruit Slice Cookies by PeaPods
  • Printable summer fans, dessert stand and red tulips in pitchers
  • Red polka dot wrapped cupcakes, watermelon slice snacks and “sweet” drink flags
  • Darling watermelon birthday dress and red ribbon embellished details

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Blue & Red Mickey Mouse Soccer Party

Mickey soccer party

From the oh so cute “mouse eared” soccer ball treats to the locker room inspired party space, this Blue & Red Mickey Mouse Soccer Party is a GOAL! Mommy Fredricka called on Wendy of Green Beansie Ink for cute paperie, Velvet Bake Shop for one impressive cake, snapshots of the day from Mandy Lilly Photography and Mickey of course came to referee the kids soccer game!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Team Zachary’s Locker Room” with balloons and red lockers
  • Amazing Jersey, Winners Cup & Soccer Ball Cookies by Baked Perfection 
  • “Thanks for kickin’ it with me” soft soccer ball favors!
  • Mickey shaped sandwiches, polka dot placemats and “Mouseka Cup” trophies
  • Blue jerserys & Mickey Mouse ear soccer “uniforms”

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{Party of 5} Star Wars Birthday, Ice Cream Party, Summer Games, Princess Charity Event & Gender Reveal

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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:

– Star Wars Birthday
– Ice Cream Party
– The Summer Games (8th Birthday Party)
– Princess Charity Event
– Gender Reveal Party

1. star wars (pictured above) by OOH LALA EVENTS

2. Ice-cream Party by skye1

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Rainbow Bubblegum Themed Birthday Party

Rainbow Gumball Birthday Cake

Rainbows, gum balls and all things sweet! This Rainbow Bubblegum Themed Birthday Party by Jo Anne of oh goodie designs is absolutely POPPING with bright & clever ideas! From colorful bubblegum filled dessert trays to the amazing mini gum ball cupcake toppers by Edible Details, this party is so cute I could burst!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Bubblegum filled acrylic dessert trays + gum ball garland chair backs
  • “I Chew-s You” bubblegum party favors, pink polka dot balloons & bubble gum machine banner
  • Mini gum ball machine cupcake toppers & rainbow chevron party invitation
  • Confetti cake pops with gum ball topped sticks, gum ball necklaces

Gumball Art Party Activity

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DIY Tutorial: Metallic + Chevron Fringe Risers

fringe risers diy tutorial on hwtm

Let’s get fringetastic! Today we have another fabulous DIY tutorial from our Royal Baby Shower that involves metallic tissue paper and chevron pattern, so get excited people! These fun Fringe Risers are crafty, affordable and playful… perfect to showcase your favorite desserts or make your centerpieces pop! (more…)

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Nautical Sailboat Birthday Party

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Ships Ahoy! Let’s sail away with this cute & summery Nautical Sailboat Birthday Party styled by Lauren McKinsey. I’m loving the bright colors, bold patterns, and adorable sailboat inspired birthday treats – what perfect conditions for an out-to-sea adventure! 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cute Rice Krispie Treat sailboats with printable sails & gumball buoys
  • Nautical inspired round Hershey Kiss labels + blue jello ocean cups with apple sailboats
  • peanut butter & jelly sandwich bar with squeezable PB&J, marshmallows and chocolate chips

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Ombre Purple Spa Themed Birthday Party

Spa Party Cupcake toppers

Sit back, relax & enjoy! This Ombre Purple Spa Themed Birthday Party by Sammy Hassan of Oh It’s Perfect is a mix of luxury and relaxation with it’s glitzy gold decor & soft purple hues. Sweet treats with cute fondant beauty products and a decadent ombre purple birthday cake make this celebration a perfect day of pampering!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pretty ombre purple dessert table with a gold frame table & golden make-up decorations
  • Party pinwheels, gold jars with purple flowers and tulle circle dessert table backdrop
  • Ombre purple birthday cake with mini name banner + Ombre purple Oreos
  • Lipstick cake pops, purple ombre bubble bath cookies & spa themed cupcake toppers

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Traditional & Elegant Vintage Wedding

Terrier dog shaped wedding cookies

I’m so excited to share this sweet wedding today! Dan is an old friend of mine, and his Traditional & Elegant Vintage Wedding is almost as breathtaking as his new bride, Beth. Bash! A Special Events Firm laced the day with perfect, while Akil Bennett Photography captured all the timeless tradition, romantic decor and heartwarming memories. (Read Beths details to below for the wonderful meaning behind all the sophisticated, organic decorations!) 

WEDDING HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Sophisticated dessert table with vintage risers & fabric covered dessert trays
  • Heart shaped escort cards, blush floral centerpieces & elegant table settings with monogrammed menus
  • Beautiful lace inspired wedding cake & child portrait chair backs for the bride and groom
  • Scottish Terrier shaped cookie favors, modeled after the newlywed’s dog!

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“Having a Ball Since 1923” Mason Jar Inspired 90th Birthday Celebration

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A 90th birthday is definitely a reason to throw a party! Kelli Hart of Lizzie Bella Weddings & Events dreamed up this “Having a Ball Since 1923” Mason Jar Inspired 90th Birthday Celebration for Jean’s big day! The pretty blue hues, embellished mason jars & nostalgic balloon photo display made this already special milestone feel like a truly marvelous occasion!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Mason jar sugar cookies & blue cupcakes with pearly sprinkles
  • Stacked vintage books topped with bundled mason jars
  • Babys breath + white peonies and framed quotes
  • Ribbon and floral wrapped mason jar drinking cups
  • Nostalgic pearlescent balloon suspended photo display

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AMAZING Lego Construction Party

Lego inspired construction party

Hold onto your hard hats because Daneve Frankish of Ah-Tissue built an AMAZING Lego Construction Party for her son Tahlin’s 5th birthday! With creative construction zone activities like build your own pizza and a lego car race, the “hardworking” party guests refueled on Oreo boulder pops, traffic cones and a homemade lego cake!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Paper tool box snack caddies, lego head pillows and “Guess How Many” Lego Pieces Game
  • Lego construction inspired dessert table with truckloads of sweets!
  • Construction zone kids table with traffic cone sippy cups & cinderblock stools
  • Workers Pass (Play at your own risk!) and party zone yellow hard hats
  • “Build Your Best Lego Car” Activity followed by lego car races

Lego pillow party decorations

"Pizza Construction Zone" build your own pizza bar

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DIY Tutorial: Toadstool Chair Cushions

toadstool cushion diy

Today we have a special treat! A DIY tutorial from Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day that is just darling for a woodland party themeToadstool Chair Cushions. These cushions are an easy sewing project and totally affordable, plus what’s better than cute and comfortable party decor?! (more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Popsicle Stick “Cake” Centerpiece

popsicle stick craft party centerpiece - washi tape popsicle cake

We had lots of fun coming up with some popsicle stick party crafts recently – and I’m excited to share one of my favorites with you today!

This Popsicle Stick Cake Centerpiece is surprisingly easy and super versatile. We dressed this one up in sherbet-inspired hues to match our Popsicle Birthday printable collection, but with the abundance of washi tape patterns (and other embellishments) out there, the sky is the limit as far as customizing this design! Read on for all the details, and be sure to check out the matching popsicle tablescape for coordinating party ideas. ;) (more…)

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“La Dolce Vita” Italy Inspired Twins Birthday Party

Tiramisu Cake

Que bella!! Li-Ann Scott of Ham & Pea Design & Paperie always throws her boys phenomenal country inspired birthday parties (like last years Fiesta Mexicana), so of course this “La Dolce Vita” Italy Inspired Twins Birthday Party is remarkable and full of unique ideas. With a beautiful venue, hanging cookware, pasta + tomato can decor and classic Italian eats, I am completely transported to Italy – and I am in total amore!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Creative uses of tomato cans, pasta noodles, herbs & cookware as party decor
  • Italian cannolis & tiramisu cake + gelato and beverage bar
  • Amazing fondant spaghetti & pizza cake toppers and tomato macarons by Kiss My Cakes
  • Pasta & custom tea towel adult party favors and pizza box trivia games for the kids

Italy inspired sugar cookies with a scooter and ferrari

Twins Italy birthday party

Homemade Italian Gelato with Italian inspired printables

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10 Creative Glamping {Glam Camping} Party Ideas

Glamping Party Ideas

Glamping (a.k.a. “Glam Camping”) is such a fun, trendy theme for girls birthday parties right now, so for my latest guest post over at Glam I thought it would be a fun to mix things up with a GROWN UP version! Get ready to glitz up your “campsite” – wherever it may be – with these 10 fabulous ideas for a girly, adult camping party. ;)

View the full post with all 10 ideas right here, and check out lots more inspiration in our Glamping Party Ideas Pinterest board.

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“Let’s Play Ball” Sports Party {Boys Birthday}

Sports Party Lunch Buffet

Let’s Play Ball! From football and basketball to tennis and soccer (and even handball!) Jenny Raulli of Bloom Designs Online creatively covered all the bases with this Sports Party for her son’s 7th birthday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Raulli Field Concessions” Dessert table with peanut filled votives & Cracker Jack cones
  • Baseball and football sugar cookies + basketball cupcake toppers
  • Fun sporty party activities and ball cap party favors with embroidered “7”
  • Golf “Hole in 1” birthday cake + tiered cake with fondant sports balls & “Luke is Seven” banner

Concession Stand Dessert Table

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Polka Dot Puppy Pawty {2nd Birthday}

Cute Puppy Party Dessert Ideas

Cristy Mishkula of Pretty My Party styled this adorable Puppy Pawty for her puppy-loving son, Carter! And it’s pawsitively perfect with all of the playful paw print decor, clever puppy treats and the cutest little doggy party mascot! (For more Puppy Inspired Party Ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Puppy inspired dessert table with a paw print tablecloth & polka dot balloons
  • Paw print, puppy and dog tag cupcake toppers + dog bone cake pops
  • Fetch Sticks, Puppy Chow, Puppy Punch and “Lolli Pups”
  • Cute polka dot printables with puppies in party hats and red dog houses
  • “Wipe Your Paws” napkin holder + “Let’s Pawty” cupcake wrappers

Cute & Crafty Dog Party Centerpieces

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