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Classic Cracker Jack Theme Party

cracker jack theme party

Buy her some peanuts & Cracker Jacks… and Kisha of S is for Sweet will show you exactly how to style the perfect Classic Cracker Jack Theme Party! With red, white & blue decor, a vintage inspired Cracker Jack Bar, beautiful photography by Divian Conner and some adorable nautical themed outfits, this birthday party sure is a treat!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable Cracker Jack sailor costume with vintage snack tray
  • Red star sprinkled cookies, peanuts, donuts and rolled cherry taquitos
  • Vintage Cracker Jack signs & Coca Cola boxes
  • Cracker Jack snack bar + Red, white & blue dessert table
  • Vintage Coke cups with red straws & pinwheel toppers

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DIY Tutorial: Patriotic Stamped Hot Dog Buns

stamped hot dog buns DIY tutorial

Ready for your Independence Day cookout tomorrow? Well, we’ve got an easy way to add an extra starBURST of creativity to the menu… DIY Patriotic Stamped Hot Dog Buns! (As seen in our  All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party.)

Inspired by a clever stamped biscuit post from Hungry Happenings, I thought this “food stamping” idea would be a fun touch for 4th of July parties too. This was our first attempt at something like this – and a super rushed one at that, as it was kind of thrown into the midst of a large photo shoot at the last second – but the great news is that this is one of those cases where imperfection is your friend. Yay :) The “messy” stamped impressions have kind of a worn/vintage vibe, which is perfect for 4th of July! Also, I would recommend using a much brighter color of blue food coloring than what you see here. My “blue” was more of a navy because I initially bought it for our Patriotic Layer Cake, so a brighter shade of gel icing would have been more ideal for this project. The navy worked in a pinch, though! Keep reading for the materials and instructions to make these fun conversation buns. (more…)

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Fabulous Vintage Carnival Wedding Theme

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We are absolutely swooning over this Vintage Carnival Wedding shoot styled by Aishling Events and Amy McLeod of Sugar Buzz Dessert Tables & Lolly Buffets! I love how the fancy gold tablescape is adorned with candy apple favors for added carnival flair! Ferris wheels, strung lights, amazing outfits, and more playful details – all beautifully captured by Little Details Photography – make this one of the dreamiest carnivals I’ve seen yet…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pretty teal & burlap dessert table with sparkly tassel bunting & cupcake ferris wheel
  • Vintage dining table with red roses, eclectic golden centerpieces & pretty vintage china
  • Candy apple party favors on mini glittery place mats + Vintage patterned can cake riser
  • Chocolate milk bar with chocolate rimmed milk jars, glittery party flags & yummy toppings

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Pink & Purple Doc McStuffins Party

Doc McStuffins Themed Cupcakes

Some TV shows just lend themselves to the most creative party themes! Doc McStuffins inspired Helena of Helena’s Planners to “fix up” an amazing Pink & Purple Doc McStuffins Party with a cupcake twist for her daughter’s 4th birthday! With a medical themed dessert table, cute cupcake lunch boxes, and adorable group of mini-me Dottie’s (+ their cute fluffy patients), this party is overflowing with inspiration of its own! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cupcake Clinic, ER & Cuddle Room Stations
  • Medical Masks, Doctors Coats, Pink & Purple Headbands and Stethoscope
  • Appearances by Stuffy, Hallie, Lambie & Chilly!
  • Heart Bandaid, Big Book of Boo Boos and medical tool cupcake toppers
  • Cupcake Decorating Station + Medical Bag Cake

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DIY Tutorial: Party Printable Napkin Rings (+ An Easy Folding Technique)


For your next tablescape setup, get creative with your party printables and paper napkins and switch things up! Photographer and party designer Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day has a creative way of dressing up her napkins, with Party Printable Napkin Rings! Learn how to make them plus, the secret to these sweet & fancy folds below! (more…)

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Creative Firecracker Birthday Party!

Ribbon wreath & felt banners

To celebrate energetic Avery’s 3rd birthday, (the always creative!) Margit of Dot & Dash styled this amazing Firecracker Birthday Party with a BANG! With an awesome firecracker birthday cake + sparkler candles & fun firecracker printables, this birthday party looks like it was a blast!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Place mat circle banner with felt letters & ribbon + Ribbon “Firecracker” Wreath
  • Red, blue & purple firecracker birthday cake + Number “3” birthday lollipops
  • “Firecracker Fuel” juice box wraps, “Popping Practice” bubble wraps & “Thanks for Popping By” favor tags
  • Creative Firecracker Birthday Hats and Fire Cracker Snack Bar

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Pretty Princess Cupcake Decorating Party!

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Nothing sounds better than decorating cupcakes and painting your nails, especially if you’re a birthday princess! Robin of Fabby-Shabby Grab Bag Co. dreamed up this Pretty Princess Cupcake Decorating Party with girly and glam decor, adorable favors and cupcakes + assorted toppings of course!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink boas, lacy skirts and shimmery princess hats!
  • Cupcake decorating with sprinkles & sweets + sticker, ribbon & rhinestone pedestal decorating
  • Nail Painting Station, Mirrors and dryers (like in the salon!)

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{John Deere Inspired} Tractor Birthday Party

tractor birthday party theme

With a little boy who loves tractors, Julia Mills simply had to throw a {John Deere Inspired} Tractor Birthday Party for Everett’s 2nd birthday! She made it creative and fun with clever named food, a red gingham birthday outfit and backyard tractor rides!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Toy tractor topped farm field birthday cake by Cecila Villaveces 
  • Free Tractor Rides, Table Doodling and a Tractor Piñata!
  • Cowboy Caviar, Water Trough & Chicken Feed

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Monsters Inc. Themed Birthday Party

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Screams, scares and monsters galore! Blair Dean designed this adorable Monsters Inc. Themed Party for her son Lincoln’s 3rd birthday! Streamers, ombre and DIY elements (streamer backdrop, hard hats & “scream canisters”) make this party frighteningly sweet! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Boo’s Cupcake Bites, George Sunderson’s Cuties and Mike Wazowski’s Grapes
  • Purple & blue ombre birthday cake topped with a Funko bobble head Sully!
  • “Scarer of the Month” Poster + DIY Hard Hats

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{Hundred Acre Wood} Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party

Winnie the Pooh pinata

For any Disney classic lovers, and especially Pooh Bear fans, I’m thrilled to share this 100% adorable {Hundred Acre Wood} Winnie the Pooh Birthday Party! With printables by Laila of One Inspired Party, styling by Table Catering, friendly faces from the Hundred Acre Woods & a whole lot of hunny, this party is sweet as can be!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Red & yellow Hundred Acre Woods inspired dessert table with mini bee hive desserts
  • Honey pot name card holders + Grassy centerpiece with flowers, Piglet & bumble bees!
  • Tree stump cupcake tower + Storybook food risers
  • Amazing illustrated birthday cake with fondant Pooh Bear & honey pot Topper

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Winnie the Pooh Birthday cake with Pooh Bear in a Honey Pot Topper

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Darling Old Fashioned Babydoll Birthday Party

Old Fashioned 4th Birthday Party

Cootie catchers, Shirley Temples, pinwheels and polka dots are just the beginning of little Nikki’s homemade (and darling!) Old Fashioned Babydoll Party for her 4th birthday. With old-timey inspired printables by Wendy of Grean Beansie Ink, those milk cartons and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches got all sorts of fancy for this jolly ol’ birthday on the pier!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Adorable vintage style printable milk carton labels & sandwich labels
  • Old fashioned paper-doll coloring & “Pin the Bow on the Birthday Girl” activities
  • Super cute mason jars with vintage labels, fabric toppers, and polka dot straws!

Pink Lemonade in Old Fashioned Mason Jars

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Pink Pixie Fairytale Birthday Party

Pink Pixie Party Ideas

With a pinch of Pixie dust, a few butterflies & a splash of pink, Bird of Bird’s Party styled this awesome Pink Pixie Fairytale Birthday Party! It’s full of great inspiration for a fun, girly birthday with easy decor ideas & adorable printables!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pretty & pink toadstool birthday cake with fondant butterflies and flowers
  • Grassy table runner & placemats + daisy garland chair backs
  • Giant paper lantern chandelier with paper butterflies
  • Personalized toadstool & butterfly favor boxes and coloring books

Pink Toadstool & Butterfly Birthday Cake

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Purple Sofia the First Princess Party

Birthday Princess

When you’re little girl loves all things princess & requests a princess theme birthday (for the 2nd time in 3 years!) it’s time to get creative! The talented Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations accepted the challenge and dreamed up this beautiful Purple Sofia the First Princess Party for her daughter’s 6th birthday! With a lot of sparkle, adorable tiaras and purple ribbons galore, this celebration was a royal hit!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pretty princess castle birthday cake with a sparkly “6” birthday candle
  • Princess crown cupcake toppers + Princess castle cake pops
  • Carriage centerpieces & purple fabric flower garlands + gorgeous hand-painted birthday backdrop
  • Princess beauty salon station and Crown decorating activity
  • Pretty  rhinestone princess crown hair clips in purple castle favor boxes

Princess slipper candy holders

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Hot Air Balloon Diaper Cake Tutorial + Free Printables!

hot air balloon diaper cake with free printable party sign

I’ve been swooning over Hot Air Balloon themes a lot lately, so for our next baby shower inspiration for HUGGIES® Baby Shower Planner, I thought it would be fun to share a DIY Hot Air Balloon Diaper Cake Tutorial (with matching free printables!).

This is such a fun, gender-neutral theme for a baby shower, and a diaper cake is always a great way to play up the theme at your party. So come fly away with me and learn how to make this one yourself! ;) P.S. The size of this “cake” makes it a great option for baby shower table centerpieces too!

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{Party of 5} Vintage Wedding, 4th of July, Wild West Twins Baby Shower, Rubber Ducky & Soccer Birthday

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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:

– 1920s Vintage Inspired Wedding Vow Renewal
– 4th of July Party
– Wild Wild West Twins Baby Shower
– Rubber Ducky Party
– Soccer Birthday Party

1. Sweet Yabby’s 1920s Wedding (pictured above) by SweetYabby

2. DIY 4th of July by All Set

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DIY Tutorial: Woodland Namecard Holders

whimsical woodland diy tutorial for star name cards

Didn’t you love the Wooden Peg Fairy Dolls tutorial from last week? Well, good news, we have another enchanted DIY from the Dreamy Lavender Woodland Fairy Party by Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day! These Whimsical Woodland Namecard Holders are such a cute {and easy!} way to dress up a table & impress your pint-sized party guests… I just love them! Thanks for yet another amazing tutorial, Amy! (more…)

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3 Tips For Choosing A Professional Photographer

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Hello my fellow hostesses! I hope you are enjoying your summer and creating lots of great DIY projects with your kids! I’m Jen, your favorite photographer, and you can see some of my DIY projects, along with many of my beautiful pictures over at my website,

Today I wanted to give you some simple, but important tips when it comes to choosing a photographer for your family & event photos! I recently gave some tips on taking gorgeous event pictures, which you can check out right here. Now, I know not everyone has a “good camera,” or is remotely interested in taking their own pictures.

So, how do you choose a professional photographer for your family pictures and events? That’s a great question! So let’s talk about it. Here are some easy steps to follow, to ensure you find the right photographer for your images that will literally last a lifetime!

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DIY Tutorial: Patriotic Glitter Animals

Glitter Party Animals

It’s no secret that we have a glitter obsession… but a little sparkle never hurt anyone, right? ;) Since glittering is one of our favorite decorating DIYS, we figured it was time to share our technique. And what better way to learn than with these Patriotic Glitter Animals from our “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party? Get ready to have fun, make a sparkly mess and combine it with a little “red, white & moo”! (more…)

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Robin, The Boy Wonder! Themed 4th Birthday Party

Robin themed dessert table

Every superhero needs a birthday party… especially when you’re Batman’s super sidekick! This Robin ,The Boy Wonder! Themed 4th Birthday Party by Jeannette of J. At Your Service is totally AWESOME! With cool costumes and amazing colorful treats like the Robin cake made by (talented friend) Silvia Morales, little Nate’s party was a SUPER day! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Awesome Robin costume cake with yellow cape + Robin themed sugar cookies with the birthday boy’s initial
  • Robin themed dessert table with “Nate, The Boy Wonder” chevron backdrop
  • Clear plastic plates with Robin images and yellow centerpiece with Robin cut-out & lollipops
  • Robin Suit inspired gable boxes, masks, “Caped Crusaders” green & gold capes and bubble “Super Favors”

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Gorgeous Vintage Inspired Baby Shower

baby shower dessert table

Isn’t this Vintage Inspired Baby Shower by Lina of A Stunning Affair absolutely gorgeous?! I love colorful florals paired with kraft paper decor and beautiful script by Calligraphy Katrina… and of course that creative mommy-to-be sash! (And for more inspiring baby shower ideas go here and here!)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for: 

  • Dessert table with flower sugar cookies, book risers & Kraft paper “BABY” banner
  • Bright & whimsical floral arrangement centerpieces in mason jars wrapped with kraft paper & colorful yarn
  • Brown Bag “Nibbles”, Fondant Floral Cake & “Baby Talk” Advice for mommy-to-be!
  • Kraft paper pinwheels + table runners with gorgeous hand lettering
  • Vintage inspired place settings with pretty menus and eclectic tea cups

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Adorable Vintage Mustache First Birthday Party

mustache themed dessert table

With some vintage flair, old family photos and eclectic antiques, mommy Amanda Harris styled this adorable Vintage Mustache First Birthday to celebrate her little man’s big day! And Heather Banks of Eclectic Images Photography perfectly captured this sweet celebration with the gorgeous vintage decor, quirky mustache props, & fun family photo ops!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Wet Your Whiskers” drink station + Mustache mason jars and straw embellishments
  • Eclectic vintage centerpieces and party decor with vintage books, photographs & crates
  • Birthday boy bow tie and adorable mustache dress for his sister by Knicknats
  • Muslin mustache printed favor bags with chocolate mustache pops, mustache crayons & mustache stickers
  • Printed “Mustache You a Question” beer koozies for the adults!

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GIVEAWAY: The House of Bachelorette $100 Shopping Spree


Winner update: 7/10/13: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the lucky random winner is… commenter #1 KATHERINE MASCI! Congrats!


If your on your way down the aisle, want to be the best bridesmaid ever or know a special bride-to-be, then this glamorous giveaway is about to rock your world! The House of Bachelorette is giving one lucky winner a $100 Shopping Spree (+ Free Shipping) for their Bachelorette Party!

You can select all the items we hand picked (and love!) in this $100 package, or you can choose your own Bachelorette essentials from Personalized Totes and Games to Bachelorette Kits and Party Decorations. Read below for our itemized list + how to enter the The House of Bachelorette giveaway! (more…)

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{Rustic & Sweet} Yellow Summer Wedding

yellow wedding cake with fondant flowers

Being an absolutely amazing baker & stylist, Clair of Calamity Cakes cooked up this beautiful {Rustic & Sweet} Yellow Summer Wedding for her sister-in-law’s big day! This wedding is such a sweet celebration of love (and the photos from J&J Brusie Photography prove it) with charming decor, a beautiful dessert table & incredible wedding cake with beautiful fondant flowers (which came on a 26 hour flight from Australia!) – all made by a loving family. Which, to me, sounds like the perfect day! …Oh, and can we talk about how cute that dog is in that little tuxedo? I just can’t handle it. :) 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pretty centerpieces with floating candles in mason jars & hand-picked daisies on a wood platform
  • Rustic dessert buffet with cupcakes & yellow candies in apothecary jars tied with polka dot ribbons
  • Breathtaking yellow & white wedding cake with ribbon & gorgeous fondant flowers

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Festive Tiki Time Cocktail Party + Drink Recipes!

Tropical Tiki Bar

Aloha! My friend Jessica of Modern Moments Designs recently styled up an amazing Tiki Time Cocktail Party that will transport you straight party paradise! And that sounds exactly where I’d like to be right about now… specifically with a chilled glass of White Sand Sangria in hand – how about you? ;)

Jessica designed this theme specifically for Pottery Barn’s “Mystery Box Challenge” – where 5 (very talented) party stylists/bloggers were asked to create their own idea of the Ultimate Home Bar, as inspired by specific cocktails + their favorite pieces from the PB summer collection. Since Jessica most often styles kids parties (she’s a mother of 4!), it’s really fun to see where her creativity led her with a different sort of occasion. Check out all 5 of the “ultimate home bar” designs and raise a glass to your personal favorite by casting your vote here!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • 3 Tiki-inspired signature cocktails (+ free printable recipe cards!)
  • Gorgeous tropical fruit tray lined with a giant monstera leaf
  • “Tasty” decor: lemon place card holders + lemons, limes & pineapples used as decor
  • Fabulous silk screened pillows featuring Jessica’s tiki themed graphic designs

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{Vintage Sparkle} Cupcakes & Carousels Birthday Party

cupcakes and carousels birthday party

You can never go wrong with a little pink, gold and cupcakes… and Stephanie Hanna of Brag About Baby knew just the right spin to put on little McKenzie’s big day with this adorable Cupcakes and Carousels Birthday Party! I just love the glitz & vintage sparkle of this carousel theme – it feels so pretty and magical! 

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pink polka dot trimmed with tickets + gold scallop cupcake wrappers with carousel pony toppers
  • Rhinestone embellished ticket cake and Chalkboard Favorite Things Sign
  • Pink & aqua vintage ticket booth with felt carousel banner
  • Glittery “2” sugar cookes, pink rice krispie pops, & pretty white chocolate carousel lollipops


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Trend Alert: Tween Party Bars (“Kittylicious” Pink Cat Birthday)

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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 setting up self serve Tween Party Bars a fabulous addition to any Tween party!

Throwing a party for a tween is hard! They are at that age (between 10-12) where they are in between being a young kid and a teenager.  They don’t want “baby” themed parties anymore, they want a bit of independence and they definitely don’t want mom hanging around during the party.  So what do you do?

Set up Tween Party Bars which are self-serve activity stations that the kids can do and enjoy on their own. To pull this off in true Tween Scene style, make sure to create a party space transformed just for them in a not-so-kiddy theme.  The look and feel should be grown up, yet age-appropriate and trust me, your kid and her friends will think you are a total rock star!

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“Happy Birthday America” 4th of July Picnic

Pretty 4th of July Picnic

Happy Birthday America! Paige from Paiges of Style totally knows how to throw a beautiful birthday picnic… with stars, stripes and patriotic flair for our beloved USA! Her “Happy Birthday America” 4th of July Picnic is charming and rustic and such a sweet way to celebrate our beautiful country – hotdogs, an amazing flag cake and adorable picnic moments captured by Sprout Photography!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Rustic red dessert buffet with ruffled red, white & blue table skirt
– American Flag cake by Sugar and Sunshine Cakes + Mini pies with All-American party flag food picks!
– Sweet little photo booth with framed flags + Big red star print balloons
– Adorable pint-sized picnic outfits (by amazing vendors listed below!)
– “Happy Birthday America” 4th of July invitation and matching printable collection!

American Flag Cake with Stars & Stripes

Fourth of July Picnic

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Magical Cinderella Birthday Party {Pink Princess}

Princess Dress Cookies

Oksana from As Sweet as it Gets must have access to the fairy godmother’s wand, because this Cinderella Birthday Party is definitely magical! The princess inspired desserts, pink & gold decor, “Princesses R Us” accessories shop and a visit from Cinderella herself make this party the perfect royal celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Royal cake with golden filigree, pearls, carriage topper + a beautiful fondant bow by Anna Elizabeth Cakes
  • Pretty pink and gold dessert table with a “Once Upon A Time” Wall Decal Backdrop
  • Gold princess crown cupcake toppers + Princess dress & crown sugar cookies
  • “Princesses R Us” shop where the pint-size princesses could pick out royal accessories
  • Cute little princess costumes + A visit and storytelling with Cinderella herself!

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Amazing Vintage Style Fourth of July Party

watermelon star skewers

Attention: vintage loving, summer swooning, patriotic party people! Lia Griffith is sharing some seriously amazing, creative ideas for a Vintage Fourth of July Party! I love the charming, rustic feel of the ripped fabric garland, crates, and classic American treats… so who else is craving watermelon now? ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– DIY felt pinwheels, crepe paper sparklers, and fabric windsocks
– Vintage inspired 4th of July printables + Stripey straws embellished with mini pinwheels
– Berry Pies, Strawberry Lemonade and Star shaped Watermelon Pops
– Vintage hot dog caddy with patterned paper hot dog wraps & gingham jarred ketchup

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MARVELous Superhero Themed Birthday Party

Avengers Birthday Party

KAPOW! This MARVELous Superhero Themed Birthday Party by Kelly Martin of Right-Hand Gal is super fun & creative! With comic book pages used as party decor, action figure centerpieces, and an awesome Superhero Training Course, this party could absolutely save the day!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Superhero action figure centerpieces with comic book page paper rosettes
  • City skyline photo booth & dessert table backdrop + Marvel Suphero photo booth props
  • Superhero Training Course” obstacle courses focusing on “Agility & Marksmanship” & “Speed and Endurance”
  • Comic book page vase wraps, favor boxes, and napkin rings

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