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Oscars Viewing Party Tuxedo Poppers {DIY Tutorial}

oscars viewing party DIY tuxedo confetti poppers

The 2014 Oscars are coming up this weekend, which means one very fun thing for those of us watching from home: viewing parties! Oscars viewing parties are always a great excuse to get together with friends and watch entertaining TV, and Kristi Murphy is taking it up a notch with these ridiculously cute Tuxedo Confetti Poppers, which will really make your Oscars party POP (pun intended ;-). The best part is they will only take you a few minutes to make! See the full step by step tutorial below. (more…)

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{Party of 5} Skunk Birthday, Rustic Engagement Party, Twin’s Fiesta, Mustache Bash, Twinkle Little Star

little stinker skunk birthday 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:

– Little Stinker Skunk First Birthday
Rustic Engagement Party Dessert Table
Twin’s Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party
Mustache Bash Birthday Party
Twinkle Little Star Party

1. Little Stinker Skunk First Birthday (pictured above) from Party Envy by Charlene

2. Rustic Engagement Party Dessert Table by P&J by Design

rustic engagement party dessert table


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Bright & Sassy Queen Bee Party {Pink & Yellow}

queen bee birthday party dessert table and cupcakes

This Bright & Sassy Queen Bee Party is absolutely buzzing with adorable details! Lauren Borquez of Capes & Crowns did such a great job bringing a unique element to a classic black and yellow bee party. The combination of bright pink, glitter and girly bumble bees is as sweet as honey :) What little girl wouldn’t be overjoyed to be Queen for a day?!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Buzzing Honey Bee Hive cake, crown & bumble bee decorated brownies + Queen Bee cookies
  • Yellow candy & Fairy wing bumble bee topiary + fluffy bee centerpiece on a flowery garden table
  • Honeycomb favor boxes & sparkling bumble bee brooch and yellow candle party favors

honey bee hive birthday cake and drinks

queen bee and crown party cookies

bumble bee or bug candy topiary table centerpiece


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Groovy & Glitzy “Purple Haze” First Birthday Party

purple themed first birthday party dessert table

Pretty shades of purple + sparkly glitter + a POP of groovy color inspired by Jimi Hendrix makes this Purple Haze First Birthday Party an absolute hit! Juliet, owner of the COOP went all out for her daughter Hazy’s (short for Hazel) birthday, glittering everything in sight… which is of course total plus in my book! From clever spray painted backdrops to themed accessories for the guests, no detail was left undone… she even dyed the tablecloth herself to get the perfect shade of purple. Now that’s a mom on a mission if I’ve ever seen one! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY ‘1’ Marquee sign, glittered champagne glasses & hand-painted watercolor and flower party hats
  • Gold hearts & purple ombre cake and matching smash cake + individual lavender cotton candies
  • Amazing spray-painted portraits of Hazel with a rainbow afro + afro wigs for kids and adults
  • Rustic & whimsical floral arrangements + baby photos hanging down from purple balloons

whimsical purple party tablescape decor

champagne and apple cider table with marquee 1

70s hippy afro themed first birthday party

balloon hanging photos for a first birthday party (more…)

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Jungle Animal Themed Carnival First Birthday {Korean Dol}

big 5 jungle animals and carnival themed first birthday party

Lions and tigers and…rhinos! Jessica Lee Davis planned this Jungle Animal Themed Carnival First Birthday for her adorable baby boy, Jonathan, with help from the talented stylists of Cana’s Miracle. We are always amazed by the creativity that goes into Korean Dol celebrations, and this one is just bursting with incredible details! I especially love the tradition of the baby choosing an item indicative of his or her future, also known as dol-ja-bi.  And with beautiful, illustrated paper details and hand-painted jungle animals floating around a stunning dessert table, I’d say everyone’s a winner at this celebration!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Three tier circus elephant topped striped & ruffles birthday cake + a balancing elephant topped smash cake
  • Watercolor animal labels & table numbers + a beautiful pop-up, hand-painted jungle animals invitation
  • Party hat wearing Rhino, Lion & Tiger topped cupcakes + a penguin nestled in ‘snow’ frosting
  • Beautiful tall blooms, confetti filled balloons & floating balloon place cards
  • Plush animal & feather boa photo booth props + amazingly intricate balloon creations

hand-painted carnival animal party invitation

amazing, 3 tier, circus elephant topped birthday cake

formal dining tables with animal print table numbers

balloon place cards

first birthday pom-topped party hats and entrance photos


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Adorable Angry Birds Themed Birthday Bash

red angry birds themed birthday party cake

Michelle Samardzija of Mad Momma Events is back with another adorable birthday party for her son (remember the amazing Neverland party from a little while back?). I don’t know many people who haven’t at least heard of the addicting game, Angry Birds, and what better way to celebrate your love for it than by having an Adorable Angry Birds Birthday Bash?! These little birds might look angry, but I think it’s safe to say they’re just excited to do their destructive job! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Lots of Angry Bird activities, including demolishing a wooden blocks structure (of course!)
  • Angry looking drinks dispenser & candy dish + red bird cake & birds nest cupcakes
  • Handmade slingshot & golden egg backdrop + golden egg gumballs & party favors

angry birds birthday party dessert table with DIY backdrop

red angry birds drinks dispenser

angry birds themed party printables tent cards and banner


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A Fabulous Fiesta First Birthday!

fiesta first birthday cake in yellow and sprinkles

Hello, Hostess with the Mostess fans. It’s Jen, of Jen CYK Photography. As always, I’m super happy to share some incredible creativity with you. Your skills, ladies (and gentlemen), are amazing and super inspiring! This first birthday fiesta is no exception! I absolutely adore this Fiesta First Birthday Party that I recently captured. Because you know what, we all need to stop, and have a little fiesta today!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Bright & colorful photo booth, bean guessing game & real live donkey riding!
  • Handmade stuffed donkey favors for the kids & mini maracas for the adults
  • An absolutely adorable traditional outfit for the birthday boy + handpainted ‘Ethan’ letters
  • Rainbow streamers backdrop + mini piñata garland & table decor

mini piñata garland entrance

mexican first birthday baby costume

mini maraca party favor tree

fiesta party lounge hammock


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Magnificent Royal 60th Birthday Party

royal crown and castle dessert table

All hail the Queen! This Magnificent Royal 60th Birthday Party by Jennifer Carver of Banner Events is absolutely brilliant! Queen Elizabeth II greeted guests as they entered the posh celebration, where grandchildren received their very own knight and princess costumes as well as swords and magic wands! Family members from all over travelled to celebrate their matriarch’s milestone birthday — such a noble thing to do!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Crown topped cupcakes & cake pops + a pale pink, crown-topped pillow cake with gold tassels and rope
  • DIY castle wall backdrop with large golden crown + glittering golden party flags & banners
  • Flower filled mini carriages, beautiful crystal stemware & DIY gold lace crowns line the table
  • Pink ribbon & pearl door wreath + mini pearl topiaries + crown & ’60’ cookies on a bed of pearly sixlets

royal gold crown 60th birthday party

pink and gold royal 60th birthday party decor

kids knight and princess costumes

yoral crown topped pillow cake


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Bright and Cheerful Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party

bright girly fiesta tablescape decor

Viva la Fiesta! Clair Griffiths of Calamity Cakes did an amazing job creating this Bright and Cheerful Mexican Fiesta Birthday Party for her daughter’s birthday, which included a whole lot of DIY… like those awesome taqueria and drinks stands, which she made using pallets and fence palings! From traditional Mexican food and live Mariachi music to a gorgeous ruffled dessert table, piñata, and so many more colorful details, mom did a fabulous job getting everyone in the fiesta spirit. Feliz cumpleaños, Maia!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Beautiful bright pink, orange & yellow floral design in the printables, decor, on cookies & face paintings
  • Tons of jars filled with festive candies, layered pink & orange jello, and rainbow layered cake
  • Tablescape adorned with bright poms, laser cut party flag drink stirrers & DIY striped wooden utensils
  • Colorful ruffle & rosette cake + a ruffled dessert table skirt & potted geranium accents
  • Taco salad bar at the DIY Taqueria stand + fresh made fruit juices and chalkboard food & drink menus

mexican fiesta birthday party ideas

pink, orange and yellow ruffles and flowers fiesta cake

stamp cut party flags

FIY taqueria taco food stand


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Glittery Family Milestones Celebration {Gold & Silver}

family celebration birthday party

When you’re family’s got a whole lot to celebrate, what better way to do so than to throw a big party for everyone!? Maureen Walker of a la Mo styled this Glittery Family Milestones Celebration for a family who had two very important birthdays and a housewarming to commemorate — which makes the age and gender neutral gold and silver color palette absolutely perfect! This fun party would be such great inspiration for a New Year’s Eve party as well, don’t you think?

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY large gold and silver tissue paper flowers backdrop adds playful dimension to the dessert table
  • Adorable house, key & birthday cookies + white chocolate cake with glittering mini bunting
  • Paper circle wall confetti, confetti filled balloons & printed gold confetti tent cards
  • Hanging glass vases with short white roses + rustic indoor arrangements of bright roses & tall white calla lillies
  • Large fruit filled martini glasses & a bar with pomegranate champagne and chevron striped paper straws

gold and silver dessert table decor and bar drinks

outdoor hanging rose flower vases

gold and silver party invitation and decor


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Incredibly Magical Wizard of Oz Birthday Party

 wizard of oz movie themed birthday party ideas

Come and follow the yellow brick road down to Emerald City for this incredibly magical Wizard of Oz Birthday Party, as beautifully dreamed up by Zehra Taskin of Couture Event Styling! This year is the 75th Anniversary of The Wizard of Oz (can you believe it?!) so this theme is perfectly timed and absolutely overflowing with inspiration. From “Professor Marvel’s fortune telling table” and fun costumes for the kids and adults alike – to a super clever nod to the movie’s “living apple trees” –  it all goes to show that there really IS no place like home… especially with a such a fun party in your backyard! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A Yellow Brick Road pathway to an Emerald City backdrop + adorable brick road cookies
  • Blue gingham ribbons, printables & decor to match Dorothy’s dress + her famous ruby red slippers
  • Rainbow topped cake with Dorothy, Toto & Dorothy’s Kansas farm, filled with rainbow layers
  • Magical (& wicked) red poppies on the cupcakes & centerpieces + the infamous Wicked Witch legs peeking out from under the dessert table

wizard of oz dorothy and rainbow topped cake

red poppies and witches feet wizard of oz dessert table

wizard of oz inspired kids table

dorothy inspired red and blue gingham tablescape


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{Party of 5} Preppy Whale, About to Pop, Teddy Bear, Soccer Party, Fun & Fiery Birthday

a preppy whale themed summer pool birthday party for kids
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:

– Preppy Whale Summer Party
About to Pop Balloon Themed Baby Shower
– Teddy Bear Picnic First Birthday

Soccer Birthday Party
Fun & Fiery Birthday Party

1. Preppy Whale Summer Party (pictured above) from Happy Wish Company

2. About to Pop Balloon Themed Baby Shower by Mimi’s Dollhouse

about to pop balloon themed baby shower


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{Adorable!} Sound the Alarm Firehouse Birthday Party

fireman birthday party ideas

Jennifer Shah of The Pear Events fired up her team to create this incredibly creative (and super stylish!) Sound the Alarm Firehouse Birthday Party for her son. After rescuing {toy} kitties from trees and adopting plush Dalmations from Spot’s Bounce House, these junior fire fighters got to try their skills out on some REAL firefighter equipment… from riding in the truck and practicing with the water hose to sounding the alarm – of course! ;)


  • Diamond plate metal sheet backdrop (just like a real fire truck!) + vintage fire truck cake topper
  • Fire hydrant cookies, ‘smoked & soot’ covered Oreo truffles & ‘Ladder High’ whoopie pies
  • Dalmatian spotted macarons + adorable ‘adopt a Dalmation’ party favors
  • Fireman boot centerpiece, toy fire trucks & ‘rescue packs’ at every place setting

fire alarm kids table decor

fire hydrant and dalmatian cookies

kitty rescue from a tree party game

rainbow loom party favors


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Storybook First Birthday Bash {Goodnight, Little Bear}

first birthday blue ombre smash cake

Once upon a time, there lived the cutest Baby Bear. To celebrate his big first birthday, Brittany Fullwood, also known as Momma Bear, planned this delightful Storybook First Birthday Bash (with lots of help from Papa Bear). Set in a lovely forest thicket, Bear was showered with lots of love… and a scrumptious smash cake that was just right! I’m sure this party made all 3 bears very happy. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Ombre blue smash cake with storybook page “1” topper + vintage storybook party favors
  • Beautiful woodsy setting with homemade rag-tie fabric bunting stretching from tree to tree
  • Woodsy cake pedestals, wooden picket welcome sign, and “Once Upon a Time” wooden utensils
  • Goodnight, Little Bear circles banner, happy yellow bear piñata, tasty “Bear’s BBQ” lunch spread!

first birthday boy's party outfit

fairytale party printables and wooden spoons

outdoor photo booth party props

yellow bear piñata


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Trend Alert: Rustic Glam Pink & Gold Dessert Table


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 the hot new trend of RUSTIC GLAM!

One of the hot new trends right now in party decor is the rustic glam theme which is a mix of rustic elements like burlap and wood and glam elements like crystal and sequin. I was so excited when I was asked to design this “Rustic Glam” pink and gold dessert table and a matching dining table for Koyal Wholesale. They have a large selection of the perfect decor items to pull together this eclectic look – from rustic chandeliers and sparkly curtains to burlap linen and vintage cake stands. A one-stop shop! All you have to do is add the edible treats!


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Very Merry 16th Unbirthday {Alice in Wonderland}

alice in wonderland 16th unbirthday party

We’re late, we’re late, for a very important date!! Aw man, we missed it, but good thing Melody Melikian of Melody Melikian Photography did a wonderful job capturing all of the details of this Very Merry 16th Unbirthday Alice in Wonderland Party! The Mad Hatter, Cheshire Cat, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum and many other Wonderland friends joined Alice Ciel for her 16th Unbirthday! This tea party has whimsical inspiration coming out of it’s ears! Don’t be late!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Hanging teacups, ivy wall backdrop with framed ‘CIEL’ letters & lopsided, Mad Hatter topped cake
  • Small floral arrangement terrariums + tall, bow topped flower arrangements of roses & hydrangeas
  • Silver macarons, crystal chargers, sleek black table decor & pink chocolate dipped cookies
  • Guests all dressed up in Wonderland Character costumes + a pocket watch necklace party favor

alice in wonderland mad hatter cake

alice in wonderland whimsical table decor

cake stand floral terrariums

whimsical, colorful wonderland inspired desserts


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Roaring Great Gatsby Themed Christening {Teal & Rose Gold}

great gatsby christening party ideas

The Great Gatsby was an absolute hit movie last year, making it the perfect inspiration for a lively, fun party! Astrid Jayengsari of PAPERplayground created just that with this Roaring Great Gatsby Themed Christening for baby Cruz. I absolutely love the gold, teal, black & white color palette with lots of bow ties, which would be so perfect for a little boy’s birthday or even a gender neutral shower (you could just add girl’s bows in)! With ornate detailing and art deco style patterns, this christening is definitely the bees knees, as Gatsby might say. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Hand-painted (WOW), rose gold, art deco style backdrop + glittering gold, bow tie topped cake pops
  • Giant silver ‘CRUZ’ balloons, ornately decorated cookies & gold dusted macaron towers
  • Delicate, gold-tipped flower topped cookie sandwiches + long, formal dining tables
  • Gold art deco cake & cupcakes topped with teal bow ties + matching art deco candy wraps & invitation

teal and gold bow tie cake pops

art decor printable chocolate car wrappers

ornately decorated and glamorous sugar cookies


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Darling Doc McStuffins Birthday Party

doc mcstuffins party clinic

The Doc is IN, and she has the perfect prescription for the most Darling Doc McStuffins Birthday Party! For those who might not know, Doc is McStuffins is the sweetest toy doctor around on Disney Junior. Just ask my almost-4-year-old. ;) For this birthday celebration, Missy & Kristen of Sweetly Chic Events & Design fixed the party guests up with a pretty atmosphere pinks and purples, adorable custom sweets and a cuddle clinic that any toy would be happy to visit!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Petite lab coats, stethoscopes & personalized badges for each child + ‘Pin the Bandaid on Lambie’ game
  • ‘Chloe’s Cuddle Clinic’ with Doc themed medical bags, glittered tongue depressors & plush teddy bear patients
  • Doc inspired desserts like mini marshmallow Lambie tails & chocolate themed Doc bandages
  • Polka dotted table backdrops, suitcase risers, popcorn boxes, and ‘CHLOE’ letters centerpiece

teddy bear toy patient

doc mcstuffins dessert table

doc mcstuffins themed cookies

kids personalized doctor tools


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Beautiful Bright & Cheery Tangled Birthday Party

princess crown topped rapunzel cake

Anyone else not at all tired of seeing lovely Tangled inspired parties?! They’re always done so well. Case in point: check out this incredible Bright and Cheery Tangled Birthday Party, which was hosted by mom, Kelly Farmworth, and beautifully photographed by Meredith Gradishar of Zoom Theory Photography. From Rapunzel’s magnificent tower – complete with cascading layers of yellow tulle to represent her magical golden hair – to a couple of very special guests that stopped by to celebrate, this is one party that’s very easy to get all tangled up into!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Pascal the chameleon cake pops, Maximus the horse rice krispies, & a hand-painted Rapunzel backdrop
  • Tons of details from the movie, like hanging vines & flowers and the sun emblem in the outdoor banners & tablescape
  • Beautiful princess dress for the birthday girl + matching dress cookies & ‘Tangled Tower’ ice cream cone cupcakes
  • Faux grass & flowers table top, tissue paper ‘forest’ ceiling & a fondant crown topped Rapunzel cake

tangled party dessert table

tangled sun emblem party decor

rapunzel and flynn for a tangled party

tangled tower ice cream cone cupcakes


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Vintage Style Construction Birthday Party {Black & Yellow}

3rd birthday construction party dessert table and striped cake

Move over or prepare to get bulldozed with creativity, because this fantastic Warning Striped Vintage Construction Party is coming through! ;) Denise of Dots n Spots added some unique touches to take this birthday party to the next level – from rustic, industrial style decor to my personal favorite detail: the super cool bulldozer topped cake that’s striped inside and out. Now hold on to your hats and dig in to this adorable party!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Hard hat cake pops + customized hard hats & work vests for each guest
  • Industrial style dessert cart, vintage construction toys, and blackboard style signage
  • Black and yellow treats like yellow jelly pots & construction striped chocolate dipped spoons
  • Favor bags embellished with measuring tape + straws adorned with “Keep Out” party flags

hard hat cake pops

hard hat construction party decor

kids construction party decor and cake topper


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Free St. Patrick’s Day Printables! {Blog Hop}

Free Printable St. Patricks Day Party Circles and Party Flags

As I mentioned last month, I’ve teamed up with seven fantastic blogs to bring you lots of fun, free printables all year long. This month, our focus is St. Patrick’s Day… LUCKY YOU! ;) Scroll down for a sneak peek of the design from every participating blog + links to visit the blogs and download the free printables.

For our contribution, I decided to create some simple & versatile St. Patty’s Day inspired party flags (2 styles) and party circles (4 styles) that could be used for anything from parties to gifts. Paper flags & circles work great as food toppers, straw or stir stick embellishments, gift tags & more. The “circles” require a 2″ craft punch OR they can also just be left as square shaped gift or favor tags. Here’s a closer view of everything:

Free Printable St. Patricks Day Party Circles (more…)

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Warm & Cozy Cabin Wedding {Rustic + Glam}

mr. and mrs. signs at the bride and groom wedding table

In continuing the spirit of Valentine’s Day this weekend, I’m excited to share a gorgeous event that’s positively brimming with love! Taleen Shirikian of Simple Little Details did such an amazing job tailoring this Warm & Cozy Cabin Wedding to the bride and groom’s tastes. The perfect mix of glam elements and rustic, handmade decor resulted in an atmosphere that was both inviting and romantic… you can definitely feel the love and fun times beautifully captured in these pics!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Industrial style metal arch with hanging votives above the bride & groom’s table
  • “Eat, Drink & be Married” chalkboard welcome sign + “Mr.” & “Mrs” chalkboard chair backs
  • Sequined chevron table runners, chevron paper details, and a gorgeous gold chevron bedecked cake
  • Beautiful blush florals + vintage silver mercury glass centerpieces & tall glass candle pedestals
  • Wooden hearts with ‘words of love’ guests’ messages &  homemade jam and cookie party favors

gold chevron striped wedding cake

rustic glam wedding table decor

vintage mercury glass centepieces

outdoor bridal photos in san francisco


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{Party of 5} Go Bananas, Panda Party, Sunshine Birthday, Paper Airplane Baby Shower, Demi Lovato

curious monkey go bananas first birthday party
Happy Valentine’s Day!! 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:

– Go Bananas Birthday Party
Panda Bear Birthday Party
– Sunshine First Birthday Brunch

Around the World Paper Airplane Party
I Heart Demi Lovato Party

1. Go Bananas Birthday Party (pictured above) from Mimi’s Dollhouse

2. Panda Bear Birthday Party by Tempo di Festa

panda bear birthday party ideas


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Vintage & Girly Parisian First Birthday Soirée

girly french first birthday party ideas

Bonjour mon amis! Lisa Costin of A Charming Fête brings us this gorgeously chic Vintage & Girly Parisian First Birthday Soirée. Branching out from the typical Parisian decor, Lisa kept the overall look elegant but still light and fun! I love all the bright colors in the dessert table — with lots of rainbow sprinkles, multicolored macarons, and beautiful pink bouquets. These ideas would translate beautifully to a Paris themed bridal shower or girlie baby shower as well!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A made to order crepe station with yummy toppings & Chanel No. 5 inspired menu design
  • Modern black and white tablescape with black chandelier style candelabras & pink carnation tower centerpieces
  • Watercolor ‘Bonjour’ backdrop & a pink Eiffel Tower topped smash cake (which was clearly delicious)
  • French phrase bubble cupcake toppers, chocolate eclairs + a fun face painting activity!

rainbow multicolored french macarons

french patisserie party desserts

vintage parisian dessert table

crepe making bar for a party


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Bodacious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party

teenage mutant ninja turtles birthday party ideas

Cowabunga! Claudia Orlando of Little Pieces of Heaven styled this Bodacious Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Birthday Party for her adorable little dude, Guili. The TMNT were represented in just about every delicious way imaginable — cake pops, jello cups, cookie pops, Jelly Beans, and more! Ninja Turtle Michaelangelo even stopped by to teach the young Ninjas some awesome TMNT moves… now that’s what I call a totally radical time!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Two Ninja Turtles (Leonardo & Donatello to be exact) standing guard of the dessert table
  • Amazing 4 tiered birthday cake representing each Ninja Turtle + ‘pizza’ cookie party favors
  • Healthy snacks like rainbow fruit skewers, yogurt & granola parfaits, and caprese bites
  • Lots of balloon swords for the mini TMNTs to practice their Ninja moves & painted ‘TMNT’ block letters

teenage mutant ninja turtles (TMNT) birthday cake

italian party foods like caprese skewers and pizza cookies

ninja turtle party jello


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{Cute & Girlie!} Train of Love 3rd Birthday Party

pink girl's train birthday party dessert table

Right on the heels of her Floating to One Party, Anne-Marie Johnson of Elianna Noelle Events has got another great party up her sleeve, this time for her own daughter! Because the birthday girl, Elianna, loves trains and shapes, Mom used lots of hearts and came up with this adorable Train of Love Themed Birthday Party. One of my favorite parts of this party is the use of the blue & white hickory stripe (inspired by old conductors’ hats) – as seen in the adorable printables and throughout the dessert table. Great idea Anne-Marie!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Railroad crossing train of love cake + DIY pink wafer & Lifesaver candy train
  • 3D paper hearts, box car ‘Elianna’ banner & pink heart blanket knitted by Elianna’s Grandmother
  • Personalized place mats & train shaped soap party favors + homemade big pink heart marshmallows

DIY pink wafer cookie and lifesaver candy train

striped train cupcake holder and topper

kids train party place mats


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Rustic & Homemade Apple of My Eye Baby Shower

rustic, homemade apple of my eye baby shower

For this Apple of My Eye Baby Shower, the mommy-to-be said she wanted something with a homemade, rustic feel, so that is exactly what Linsey Herrera of Lux Events and Design delivered! I love all the touches of vintage decor (how cool is that green dessert table bureau!) as well as all of the handmade decor, like the chalkboard kitchen cupboard welcome sign and darling seersucker cake topper. And of course there are bunches of bright green apples everywhere… I bet you’ll never look at a simple basket of green apples the same way again after scrolling through these lovely pics! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Rustic wooden palette dessert table backdrop with a hand-painted apple design
  • Adorable Granny Smith apple ‘dessert card holders’ embellished with twine
  • Caramel & fondant apple topped ‘candy bar cupcakes’, mini apple pies & fruit cheesecake parfaits
  • ‘Guess That Baby Food’ game and ‘design your own onesie for baby’ activities for the guests
  • Wooden bushel filled floral centerpieces + caramel apple party favors accented with twine & a baby clothespin

gender neutral baby shower invitation

granny smith apple of my eye baby shower dessert table

apple of my eye baby shower chalkboard instagram sign

green apple bushel floral centerpiece


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Gorgeous “Minty Fresh” Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower

mint and yellow kitchen themed bridal shower

So fresh and so clean, clean! Melissa of Melissa Baum Events served up this Minty Fresh Kitchen Themed Bridal Shower for a bride who did not want anything to do with the color pink. Using mint as the signature color, Melissa definitely succeeded in creating a beautiful, feminine celebration without a drop of pink in sight! ;) I’m especially loving the colorblocked wooden utensils, kitchen appliances-turned-vases, and simple, clever touches like using stacked cookbooks as decorative pedestals. There are tons of pretty details from this bridal shower to salivate over below… so, let’s get cooking!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Lovely utensil & monogram logo + personalized chef’s apron for the guest of honor
  • Lunch menu displayed on a cutting board + a “recipe for a happy marriage” glitter-taped to a chalkboard sign
  • Stand mixer, food processor & saucepans used as vases for the gorgeous floral centerpieces
  • Pretty treats like mini lemon meringue tarts, chocolate brownie squares, & monogrammed cupcakes
  • Forks used as dessert card holders and a cupcake pan used as a candy holder

recipe for a happy marriage

kitchen themed bridal shower

mint shower monogrammed cucpakes

saucepan floral bouquet centerpieces


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{Floating to One} Balloon Themed First Birthday Party

first birthday pink balloon cookies

This party’s got me up, up, up on a {pretty pink} cloud! Anne-Marie Johnson of Elianna Noelle Events dreamed up this whimsical Floating to One First Birthday Party for little girl, Tiya. I’m loving the silhouette of the little girl holding a balloon that’s used throughout several of the details – it ties the whole theme together perfectly. From the treats to the balloon inspired centerpieces, there’s actually great inspiration here for any balloon themed birthday party – whether it’s age one or beyond!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Super cute mint, pink, & white hand-written chalkboard first year sign
  • Bow topped pink smash cake + ruffled tier cake adorned with a birthday girl silhouette
  • Ribbon topiary ‘balloon’ centerpieces + giant confetti filled balloons with tissue tassel garlands
  • Fondant balloon cupcake toppers + personalized mini balloon cookie pops

pink balloon dessert table with a pink smash cake

outdoor bright pink and white balloon themed party

girl's chalkboard first year birthday sign


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Cake & Ice Cream Valentine’s Day Party + Free Printables

cold stone creamery ice cream cake giveaway

Cake + Ice Cream.

It’s one of those pairings that just goes together… kind of like you and a favorite someone on Valentine’s Day. ;) So, when Cold Stone Creamery recently asked us to help spread the word about their new Valentine’s Day ice cream cake, which just happens to be shaped like a heart and aptly named “They Call It Truffle Love”, the following things came to mind:

1) ice cream cake + fudge ganache + giveaway = good stuff!
2)i heart cake and ice cream” would make for an awfully cute Valentine’s Day party theme!
3) If I designed printables for that theme, they could double as a Valentine’s day gift for readers
4) My kids are missing their classroom V-Day parties this week, so we really should do a little something at home
5) I am very good at finding excuses to work on things that sound yummy ;)

So, it was all settled! We had a fun & simple little family Valentine’s Day celebration at home yesterday with the kiddos, complete with fudge-truffle ice cream cake and one seriously chocolate-covered 2 year old (see below).

Gift Card Giveaway + Free Printables

Please Note: The Coldstone Creamery giveaway portion of this post was from 2014 and is now closed! I’m also giving away the “i heart cake & ice cream” themed Valentine printables to ALL of our readers. Hope you like them!

Scroll down to download the FREE PRINTABLES, and to check out a few party details on how to recreate this {simple} celebration at your own home.

kids valentines day party table decorated by hwtm

cake and ice cream cone themed party printables

coldstone creamery chocolate ice cream cake

washi tape decorated wooden fork (more…)

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