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Lalaloopsy Birthday Party {with Budget Friendly Tips!}

lalaloopsy birthday party ideas

When styling a party centered around a popular character, it can be tempting to get everything from 3rd party vendors, since you know they’ll more than likely have things that will match. Nancy Pfeifer of A to Zebra Celebrations thought outside of the box by adding in a hefty dose of DIY details, like the glittered signs, button themed centerpieces & that amazing piñata for her daughter’s Lalaloopsy Birthday Party! I would say she struck the perfect balance between store-bought details (a huge timesaver) and budget friendly crafts, which add that personal touch :).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY button & ribbon table garlands + DIY button decorate yarn balls & glitter button centerpieces
  • Button topped cupcakes, simple button decorated utensils & ribbon wrapped drink dispenser
  • ‘Hannahloopsy’ birthday cake with fondant sewing details & button topper + Lalaloopsy birthday shirt
  • Pin the Owl on Lalaloopsy game + Lalaloopsy doll & lunch box party favors

lalaloopsy birthday party dessert table decor and food ideas

lalaloopsy birthday cake

DIY lalaloopsy piñata


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Cute as a Cupcake Girly Sweets Party

cute as a cupcake party dessert table

We have been so busy lately working on a party, which of course means tons of baking. I didn’t think I’d be able to look at one more cupcake, until this delicious party came along! Amy Grout of SmashCake & Co. enlisted the help of her always adorable girls to create this Cute as a Cupcake Girly Sweets Party! With pretty pastels and picture perfect treats, this party serves as a great reminder to celebrate the sweeter things in life (family, friends and cupcakes) ;)!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Cupcake cookies & matching strawberry topped cupcakes + sprinkle rimmed milk glasses
  • Yellow polka dotted patterned paper table runner + hanging tissue poms & pom decorated chair backs
  • Giant swirl frosted ‘cupcake’ cake, mini cupcake topped cake pops & meringue topped yogurt parfaits

cute as a cupcake birthday party ideas

giant cupcake birthday cake

cupcake cookie for a party


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Modern Rainbow Art Studio Birthday Party

rainbow painting birthday party art studio

Painting parties don’t always have to be messy (though some kids might disagree with that statement)! Monica Thomas of Discovery Lab styled everything while Cristina Gagliano of Studio Four 13 Photography photographed this wonderfully Modern Rainbow Art Studio Birthday Party for little Bella’s birthday. I love all of the clean lines of the set-up contrasted with the bright, rainbow colored flowers, decor & desserts. And seriously, those dessert could not have been done more perfectly — possibly one of the best rainbow layer cakes I’ve ever seen!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Chocolate dipped rice krispie treat paint brushes + a rainbow layered birthday cake ‘masterpiece’
  • ‘Bella’ painted paint can garland + lots of frames & art supplies as decor & for the photo booth
  • Rainbow paint palette cookies + rainbow cupcakes, cake pops & pantone cookies on palettes
  • Felt flower decorated aprons + a My Little Pony painting activity

rainbow paint palette cookies and cake balls

rainbow layer birthday cake

rainbow art painting birthday party activities and favors


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Shabby Chic Garden Tea Party Wedding Inspiration

tea party wedding tablescape ideas

Pulling off the perfect tea party theme requires lots of dainty details! Kristen Janes of Kio Kreations included an assortment of vintage teacups, cake plates, bobbins and tea tins topped with decadent cakes, pies and cupcakes for this Shabby Chic Garden Tea Party Wedding Inspiration photo shoot. Filled with lush flowers and foliage, you’ll feel transported to a secret garden! Top it all off with the cutest teacup wedding favor bags and you’ve got the perfect reminder that ‘love is brewing’ :).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Rustic shoot venue with brick walls & shabby chic doors + vintage shutters, bobbins & tin containers
  • A floral head wreath, pleated sequin dress & fairy wand with flowers & ribbons for the flower girl
  • Lovely naked berry, green ruffle & coconut cakes + mini berry pies + tea cup cupcakes

vintage wedding florals inspiration

garden ruffle cake with flower topper

flower girl's head wreath and floral wand


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Spooky & Stylish FREE Halloween Printables {+ Blog Hop}

halloween free printables blog hop

Bone Dust and Snake Venom and Zombie Brains, oh my! It’s hard to believe we’re talking Halloween already, but All Hallows’ Eve is right around the corner somehow… scary, right?! (Not as scary as when I walked into a craft store on July 5th and was greeted by multiple aisles of it though.)

Anyways, from wickedly cool signs to costumes for cheese (!) this month’s Free Printables Blog Hop is jam-packed with treats for all you Halloween fans. Scroll down for links to all of the projects – including my Creepy Potion Jar Labels in Black/Green + matching sign!

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Fall-Inspired Vintage Back to School Celebration

kids back to school party

With the start of a new school year, a great way to get the kids excited for their new classes, teachers & of course, back to school shopping, is to throw a little surprise party for them! Valerie Gimre of Charming Touch Parties and Candace Miller from Lillypaul Designs get an A+ for their cleverly styled Fall-Inspired Vintage Back to School Celebration! I love the old schoolhouse in the background & the school subject inspired dessert table sections (especially the ‘cafeteria’ lunches). Parents everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief that summer “boredom” is now over ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– School themed joke cards & encouraging words for school lunches + ‘explore’ & ‘learn’ themed party flags
– A world map dessert table backdrop + metallic globe cookies & vintage globe decor
– Number 2 pencil candy skewers, addition & subtraction flashcard cookies & ‘molecule’ sixlet test tubes
– Vintage books, red apples, wooden crates & rag tie bunting + a vintage school desk bench

school themed party desserts

back to school cookies

school themed party flags and sayings


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{New Series} Parties in a Pinch: First Birthday

parties in a pinch: quick and easy first birthday party

{Quick Note from HWTM} We are thrilled to have Rachel Scott from RV Parties here today as our newest guest contributor, kicking off an exciting new series — Parties in a Pinch! It’s easy to feel a lot of pressure to put together a Pinterest-perfect event and then become overwhelmed by the planning process. Rachel’s advice will equip you with some tips and tricks to help you pull off a special, memorable party — in a pinch! Take it away, Rachel…

One of my favorite sayings is: It can be good, cheap or fast, but it can’t be all three. This can definitely be applied to party planning!

This series will highlight how to throw a party that’s GOOD and either fast or cheap. (If you figure out how to throw party that’s all 3 — let me know!) First up? A good party that’s FAST. (For the sake of this post, we’re going to assume that a good party is one that has a bit of the wow-factor and makes the guest of honor feel celebrated.)

first birthday party decor and signs

My baby turned one a few days after we moved cross country. As a party planner, I couldn’t bear to miss the chance to celebrate him, but our house was in shambles and there wasn’t time to put together a huge bash like I normally would. The most important thing? Celebrating this sweet boy and a full year with him. And the other most important thing — getting a few pictures so that he’ll know he’s loved when he’s big enough to care!

Make sure to read below for some tips on how you too can put together a fast, memorable party.

simple and quick birthday party kids tablescape

first birthday smash cupcake display


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Nijntje aka Miffy Themed First Birthday Party

Nijntje Miffy themed first birthday cake

Although you never need an explanation for why you styled a party after an adorable bunny rabbit, Rena Tan of Sugarena :: Candy Buffet Stylist explains that Nijntje (more popularly known as Miffy) is to the Dutch what Hello Kitty is to the Japanese. So when a Dutch friend of hers wanted to include Miffy in her son’s first birthday, Rena jumped at the chance to create this Nijntje aka Miffy Themed First Birthday Party! Filled with minimalist style animations, primary colors & sweet white rabbits throughout, this party is sure to have Miffy fans worldwide swooning!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Miffy topped garden cupcakes + a birthday cake with Miffy floating in a balloon basket
  • Custom Miffy backdrop & candy bar wrappers + Miffy stories themed food & candy jar labels
  • Large stuffed Miffys & Miffy printed balloons + bright balloon clusters & colored wooden blocks

Nijntje Miffy party supplies

Nijntje Miffy themed dessert table

first birthday wooden blocks sign


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Up, Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Birthday

hot air balloon dessert table

This Up, Up and Away Hot Air Balloon Birthday will make you feel like you’re floating among the clouds! Bruna Sanches, the amazing photographer of Simply Lace Photography, had this theme picked out months before her son’s first birthday, so with all that planning time, it’s no wonder this party turned out beautifully! I absolutely love the hanging mini hot air balloon backdrop — adds such a fun touch of whimsy! And of course, the larger hot air balloon basket is just too adorable for words, especially when the mini pilot is included! :)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Vintage pilot helmet & goggles for the birthday boy + world globes, vintage suitcases & toy airplanes
  • DIY first year photo display & a hand-built lemonade stand with fresh squeezed mint lemonade
  • A hot air balloon birthday cake with mini bunting topper + cloud & hot air balloon cookie pops

hot air balloon first birthday party

hot air balloon birthday cake

hot air balloon birthday party invitation


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Operation Shower “Baby Liberty” Event Recap!

DIY hot air balloon centerpieces

A couple months ago I flew across the country to Jersey City for the “Baby Liberty” Operation Shower event – a vintage Americana style baby shower that I styled in collaboration with Operation Shower‘s Amy Belle Isle.

With nearly 200 guests, a beautiful waterside venue, and all 3 Kardashian sisters co-hosting alongside Babies R Us, this was quite a production! It also took a small village of fellow “party girls” and volunteers that generously donated their talents and time to bring the event to life on this level – so a special thank you again to everyone that helped. :)

In all honesty, I was a little worried about tackling the vintage Americana look at first, as my style naturally leans very modern, but in the end I loved how it turned out! One of my favorite challenges was trying to come up with playful “on theme” phrases when designing the table signs – i.e. “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Naptime” (so true, right?!) – and “Give me Hugs or give me Kisses” – which is much more powerful when you think it in a Patrick Henry style tone. ;)

P.S. The Americana Baby Shower Collection is now available in our Hostess INK store too!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY hot air balloon centerpieces made from paper lanterns, dowels, & ribbon
  • Eclectic mix of bottles + gorgeous patriotic florals (I just LOVE that blue thistle!)
  • Pregnant wire form centerpieces dressed up with fabric rosettes & sashes
  • Giant confetti balloons with fabric tassels + hand-painted burlap table runners
  • Vintage bow cake pops, incredible royal icing cookies, & more amazing treats!

vintage americana baby shower table decorations

baby liberty shower centerpieces

patriotic baby shower (more…)

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“Ahoy it’s a Boy” Preppy Nautical Baby Shower

nautical baby shower dessert table

Welcome aboard this fun “Ahoy it’s a Boy” Preppy Nautical Baby Shower that Krista O’Byrne of Hoopla Events styled for her good friend, Joanna and her family’s newest crew member, baby Max! With a beautiful woodland backdrop, sea-faring decor like drift wood and seashells, and clean navy & white tablescapes, this party is the perfect example of smooth sailing ;).

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Anchor & sailboat cookies, sparkly cake pops, sprinkle rimmed cupcakes + blueberry & yogurt parfaits
  • Sailboat & anchor painting centerpieces & utensils tied with sailor’s rope + a hanging lifesaver
  • Onesie garland with onesies for every month + “Baby Boy” party flags & a sailboat pillow for his nursery
  • A mimosa bar + mini jam jar party favors displayed in the cutest wooden boat

nautical baby shower invitation

baby shower mimosa bar

ahoy it's a boy baby shower


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Family-Friendly Flatbread Tacos Recipe {+ Fiesta Inspired Decor & Free Printables!}

krusteaz flatbread taco recipes

Happy Thursday! I’ve got some fun news to share with you guys today about a different sort of project we’ve been quietly working on over here for the past couple months! ;)

Krusteaz® recently asked me to collaborate with them on a creative campaign starring their brand new Flatbread Mixes. The creative concepting & prep work has been happening for a while, and then a few weeks ago their team came to our house and shot a handful of DIY videos that will be released intermittently over the next several months. Each video has a totally different theme and features a simple, yet tasty flatbread recipe (who says everything we eat needs to be super complicated, right?!) + matching party decor ideas and DIY projects. Oh ya… can’t forget to mention the free printables too. :)

Theme #1 – Flatbread Tacos + Fiesta Inspired Fun!

I’m excited to share the first video with you today, which is centered around a family-friendly taco night with a creative twist. The Flatbread Tacos recipe is very straightforward (& super tasty!), but seeing it in video form should give you a good understanding of how to work with the flatbread dough. At the bottom of this post, you’ll also find links to the DIY decor projects and free party printables. I hope you enjoy them!

P.S. I’d also like to say a special thank you to Krusteaz® – it’s been an honor to work with such a wonderful company, and I look forward to working with them again next week at the IFBC!

fiesta succulent centerepieces

The Tablescape

My inspiration for the fiesta tablescape started with what looks like the “table runner” – but is actually a $14 scarf from Target! I just loved the color palette of the scarf, which ended up setting the tone the entire table and the printables as well. I also never pass up the chance to break out the aqua blue mason jars. ;)

Washi tape and tissue fringe were my other key element – they dressed up everything from tin cans and bottles to the DIY cork placemats!

DIY fiesta party decor

taco night dinner recipe


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DIY Washi Tape Cork Tile Placemats

DIY Washi Tape and Cork Tile Placemats with Tissue Fringe

This is one of those projects that was kind of a happy accident, but it’s so fun & easy that I already know it’s going to become a staple in my bag of party tricks!

While “inspiration shopping” for our recent Fiesta party theme, I stumbled on a 4-pack of cork tile squares for less than $7 at Target. I already had a bunch of colorful washi tape in my basket, and suddenly Washi Tape Cork Tile Placmats just felt like a match made in {crafty party} heaven! And because fringed tissue paper was already the plan for the party garlands and centerpieces, we added tissue to a couple of the placemat designs too. I do feel like the fringe-y ones feel extra fiesta-like. ;)

Since the instructions for this DIY project are basically “buy cork tiles and decorate with washi tape + other (optional) crafty elements”, I’m just going to let a few images do the rest of the talking… enjoy!

DIY Project Materials - Washi Tape, Cork Tiles, and Tissue Paper

This next design is probably my personal favorite… I just like the off-center design & mix of so many different colors! I also accented it with some flat metal studs I found lying around:

DIY Washi Tape Cork Tile Placemat (more…)

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DIY Tutorial: Colorful Tissue Fringe Garland

DIY Tissue Fringe Garland

I’m excited to share a colorful, easy, and super budget-friendly party DIY with you today! I used these Tissue Fringe Garlands in a recent Fiesta-themed project, but they’re really versatile enough to incorporate into all sorts of celebrations. And as simple as they seem, there are definitely a couple tricks to making them work well – including folding the tissue paper a very specific way (or else the panels can randomly fall apart on the twine, which we don’t want, of course!). Here’s how you make them…

You’ll Need:
– Tissue Paper (each sheet makes 2 garland panels)
– Scissors
– Tape
– Binder Clip
– Twine (or other string)

1. Start with one sheet of tissue paper, folded in half lengthwise so you have a very long rectangle – then fold the rectangle into fourths. (Just ignore the existing creases in the paper when creating the new folds.) Secure the fold with a binder clip.


2. Trim about 1.5 inches off the bottom of the folded rectangle. This step is optional – I just like the look of my garland panels to be a little “boxier”!

3. Use scissors to fringe the tissue paper, starting from the bottom and cutting a little more than half way up. (more…)

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A Fabulous Flamingo First Birthday Pool Party

flamingo first birthday party

Is everyone else loving flamingos as much as we are?! I love the tropical, bright vibe they give a party! Kelly Catron of Gigi Noelle Events styled her daughter’s Fabulous Flamingo First Birthday Pool Party with summery details, ocean inspired decor and of course, tons of bright pink! Looking for even more flamingo party inspiration? Check out these other fabulous parties here, here and here.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A blue ruffled birthday cake with pink ombre layers + a blue frosted smash cupcake with pink ‘1’ candle
  • First year chalkboard sign & photo garlands + rainbow pinwheel & pink flower centerpieces
  • A mini party hat, multi-colored tutu & blue polka dotted bathing suit for the birthday girl
  • Flamingo & pinwheel straws for the tropical punch + pink popcorn & blue cotton candy party favors

first birthday party chalkboard sign

tropical flamingo party drinks and straws

pink pinwheel floral centerpiece


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Glam Engagement Dinner + DIY Acrylic Signage Tutorial

DIY gold framed acrylic paint pen sign

Hi there! When I first started HWTM way back in 2006, my goal was to inspire others and make stylish party planning more accessible to first time hostesses, amateur planners, or really anyone that wanted to add a little bit of creative pizzazz to their events. On that note, I’m excited to announce that – starting this week – we’re making a tiny bit of a shift from our normal daily posting schedule by incorporating more DIYs, tips, behind-the-scenes peeks, and other ways for YOU to get involved! But don’t worry — we’ll still be featuring lots of fantastic full parties too… I just feel like it’s important that we also get back to a strong focus on the original mission of HWTM, which is to make the creative party world as fun, approachable, and accessible as possible. And to me, learning is one of the best avenues to making things accessible. :)

So, to kick off this new series, we have Stephanie Duclett of Lovelyfest Event Design, who offered to show us how she styled this glamorous Summer Engagement Dinner Party – featuring a stylish and super creative DIY that can be used at all sorts of events. Make sure to check out the instructions for her DIY Acrylic Signage, made with just 3 things and 4 simple steps, below!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Gold framed plexiglass menu & ‘Love Story’ signs + large paper flowers & gold vines surrounding
  • Black & white Kate Spade place setting + tissue paper flower accents & tall gold & white candles
  • ‘He popped the question’ popcorn bar sign with ‘She Said Yes’ bags + pink & purple plexiglass place cards
  • Brightly colored floral centerpieces + a gold glitter table runner & DIY gold painted votive candle holders

black and white with pops of color for an engagement dinner party tablescape

engagement party pop the question popcorn bar & popcorn favors

colorful engagement dinner party


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Floral Wedding Details Inspiration {Round-Up}

floral wedding details

Flowers are obviously an important part of any wedding, but beyond the bouquets and centerpieces, there are tons of other ways to bring some natural life into your event. Inspired by This is back today to share some beautiful floral wedding inspiration, each featuring beautifully styled, creative uses of flowers & floral patterns! Keep scrolling to see all of the buds, blossoms & blooms that we’re loving…

1. Bridal Gown by Sarah Janks (pictured above, left)

2. Event Design by LVL Events, Photo by Ashley Rose Photography (pictured above, right)

3. Photo by Kaysha Weiner (pictured above, bottom)

vintage wedding bud vases

4. Escort Cards by Little Bit Heart, Photo by Julie Lim Photography

floral bridesmaid robes

5. Photo by Michelle Girard Photography

romantic floral wedding tablescape

6. Event Design by Davia Lee Events, Photo by Danielle Poff Photography


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Trend Alert: Fondant Letter Toppers

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 — Fondant Letter Toppers. Whether you use them as an initial or get all the letters of your name, these fondant cake toppers are certaintly wow factors!

At the forefront of this trend is Edible Details who has made the most creative fondant letter toppers I’ve seen yet! When I styled my Cute as a Fox party this week, I knew just who to call to create a set of Woodland Animal Fondant Letters to match my printable collection. Displaying these can be tricky, so let me show you how I styled a full name set and then ideas for displaying only initial ones.

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A Vintage Case-Solving Detective Party

fingerprinted detective party cake

Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share my son’s 9th birthday party.  I’ll give you a clue to the theme – this party has vintage style office props and is black and white with pops of color.  We had a Vintage Detective Party with a detective training session and a criminal case to solve.  The case of the stolen party favors!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Detective Training Camp with memory training, target training, Pass the Dynamite & accuracy training
  • A criminal case to solve: The “Case of the Stolen Party Favors” (with suspects like Hugh Jarms, Robin Banks, Joe King & Anita Bath)
  • Detective’s Desk Dessert Table to display magnifying glass cookies, chocolate mustaches, fingerprinted cake & detective “coffee” (i.e. chocolate milk)
  • A Mug Shot Photo Booth for the little detectives (along with photo props!)
  • Detective uniforms including customized tie shirts, Detective hats, glasses & mustache disguises

detective desk dessert table

detective party invitation printables

mug shot photo booth

chocolate magnifying glass cookies


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Tropical Flamingo First Birthday Bash {Budget Friendly!}

tropical flamingo first birthday party invitation and tablescape

Right on trend, Kristen Cambridge of Kristen Cambridge Designs styled this darling Tropical Flamingo First Birthday Bash with a bunch of great, budget-friendly ideas that can be used in all kinds of parties! I love the preppy, feminine look of everything, especially knowing how creative Kristen was to keep everything affordable and still so stylish! That is definitely my kind of party :). And clearly, the birthday girl was totally tickled pink as well.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Flamingo topped centerpieces with pink carnations & lemons + marquee sign & preppy photo booth props
  • DIY pink flamingo cupcakes with chocolate bar ‘beaks’ + pink sangria & watermelon feta bites
  • Sweet pink & yellow high chair & a flamingo topped polka dotted smash cake
  • Adorable ruffled feathers flamingo birthday shirt & a kiddy pool filled with pink rubber duckies flamingos

tropical flamingo pineapple party decor and pink flamingo cupcakes

first birthday party marquee sign

pink flamingo floral centerpieces


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Adorable “Soaring High” Airplane Birthday Party

airplane topped clouds birthday cake

Seat belts, check! Landing gear, check! Party hats, check! This little birthday boy is ready for takeoff! Jennifer Yun of MayDetails Studio whipped up this Adorable “Soaring High” Airplane Birthday Party for her son. I love the bright color palette, map details & custom printables with a picture of the birthday boy in the pilot’s seat! This party is such a great example of how printables can take something from good to ‘Wow!’

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • White balloon ‘clouds,’ hanging paper airplanes & map backdrop + decorative suitcases
  • Airplane silhouette topped cloud birthday cake + mini map rosette topped chocolate peanut butter cupcakes
  • In flight peanut bags, ‘jet fuel’ drinks & chocolate chip cookie box party favors

high flying airplane birthday party dessert table

airplane party snack and food ideas

red, orange and blue airplane birthday party decor ideas


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Secret Garden Ballet Recital Birthday Party

ballerina topped garden birthday cake

This Secret Garden Ballet Recital Birthday Party, styled by Wansze Cheng of Simple Elegance Melbourne, is sophisticated enough for any grown-up party, but perfectly sweet enough for this little ballerina! Wansze’s daughter is a tutu fanatic, so she made sure to include lots of tulle & ballet slippers, while also adding some lovely wild flowers to keep things feeling organic and graceful — just like a ballet!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • A ballerina topped garden birthday cake with painted greenery & cascading fondant flowers
  • Garden terrarium centerpieces & a moss runner + mini easel place cards & crocheted doily place mats
  • Hanging branches with tied in flowers + beautifully decorated garden cookies & ballerina cupcakes
  • Tutu & tuxedo cups & tulle pom wands + tissue tassel garlands & ballet slipper cookie favors

ballet recital birthday party ideas

hanging floral branches as party decor

garden terrarium table centerpieces


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Super Rad Girl’s Surf Camp Birthday Party

custom fabric birthday party crown

There are lots of benefits to living by the beach, including being able to use it as an awesome party venue! Shawna Brockmeier of Shawna Brockmeier Styled Events created this Super Rad Girl’s Surf Camp Birthday Party for her little surfer girl. I love the bold black & white stripes mixed with the soft pink VW bus — totally untraditional for a beachy party in a really cool way! Hang 10 Amanda! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Custom fabric birthday crown & ‘Surf Camp’ hats + bold poolside table with VW bus boxed lunches
  • Awesome pink VW birthday cake + matching piñata, beach tent, cake pops & cookies
  • DIY pin the surfboard on the bus game + striped beach towels & stuffed fish party favors

pink vw bus piñata

surf camp birthday party

surfing pool party decor


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“Happy Trails” Rustic Campfire Birthday Party

campfire birthday party dessert table

As a newly inducted Cub Scout, Jeremiah wanted to share his new love for the outdoors with all of his friends for his 8th birthday. So mom, aka Kameela Lewis of Tutus & Bowties Events, stepped up and created this “Happy Trails” Rustic Campfire Birthday Party! Kameela not only killed it with the styling, but she also learned how to sew just for the occasion AND made sure the kids had plenty to do! Despite some unexpected rain, they managed to keep the campfire going, so to speak ;).

P.S. Make sure to scroll to the very bottom of this post, where Kameela has generously shared some free printables!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Tent & canoe topped birthday cake with fondant s’more roasting over a fire + a forest of cake pops
  • Hand sewed tee-pee & custom pillow, DIY tree & arrow paper garlands + burlap rag-tie bunting
  • DIY bottle cap checkers game, wooden canoe painting, & a nature Bingo scavenger hunt
  • S’mores jars with Honey Nut Cheerios, M&Ms, & mini marshmallows + S’mores kits
  • ‘Happy Trails’ flashlights, custom bookmarks (download here) & backpack party favors

tent topped camping birthday party cake

camping birthday party decor and dessert ideas

outdoor camping party games and activities


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“Nacho Ordinary” Father’s Day Party {Luchador}

nacho libre party dessert table

For an untraditional celebration of this past Father’s Day, Michelle Stewart of Michelle’s Party Plan-It was inspired by her family’s love of comedy to create this “Nacho Ordinary” Father’s Day Party {Luchador}Nacho Libre is one of those movies that can instantly put you in a good mood (I don’t know how anyone can resist the comedic charms of Jack Black). Combine that with authentic Mexican decor and food, and you’ve got one party that your man of the house will surely appreciate!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Luchador mask cake pops, cookies & coloring activity + tortilla chips “for the orphans”
– Gold glitter caramel apples, mustache popcorn boxes filled with pork rinds & tamales
– DIY Mexican blanket & sombrero wearing drink glasses + bright paper carnation centerpieces
– Nacho Libre photo dessert table backdrop + kid’s Nacho Libre monk & Luchador costume

nacho libre party food ideas

luchador mask cookies

mexican luchador party ideas


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Girly Big Top Circus First Birthday Party

circus first birthday party dessert table and smash cake

Come one, come all to see the sweetest Girly Big Top Circus First Birthday Party in town! Maressa Lacerda of Pequenos Luxos was the ring leader for this party, styling everything, including the amazing main attraction — that stunning dessert table! Balancing bears, cute clown cupcakes & spectacular seals are just a few of the entertaining circus acts to celebrate this special first birthday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Ballerina topped circus tiered birthday cake + smaller seal & elephant topped cakes
  • Big top style tented draping & wild floral arrangements + clown centerpieces & a circus tent invitation
  • Red striped cupcake wraps & seal cupcakes + lion truffles & caged lion caramel apples
  • Vintage suitcases, mini carousels & popcorn machines + chalkboard welcome sign

circus party big top tent invitation

circus first birthday party tablescape

circus animal desserts (more…)

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Whimsical Fairy Garden Birthday Party

fairy garden birthday party dessert table

Taleen Shirikian of Simple Little Details transformed this backyard into a magically Whimsical Fairy Garden Birthday Party for a fairy special little girl ;). I love all of the simple & sweet details, from the rhinestone studded silk flowers throughout, to the pretty garden-esque tables with ‘growing’ centerpieces. Such a lovely way to spend a beautiful day!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Butterflies & flowers decorated birthday cake + Lucky Charms cupcakes & flower cookie pops
  • Colorful fairy wings & wands for each guest + a ‘fairy dust’ sand art activity
  • A white picket fence table backdrop, rainbow bean bag seating & garden moss centerpieces
  • Silk flower decorated signs, invitation & milk glasses + large paper flower dessert table backdrop

whimsical fairy garden party invitation

flower decorate milk glasses

butterfly garden birthday cake


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{Man of Steel Inspired} Superman Birthday Party

superman birthday party dessert table

When your love of Superheroes extends to what you name your kids, it becomes pretty obvious what their first big party should be! Lauren Borquez of Capes and Crowns styled this {Man of Steel Inspired} Superman Birthday Party for her son, Kal-El, who’s name is inspired by the name Clark Kent was born by on planet Krypton :). Lauren took every aspect of Superman’s life and ran flew with it — from a bright green Kryptonite candy table, to a Smallville inspired farm table!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Superman’s transformation in a shirt birthday cake, telephone booth decor & Kal-El’s photo shoot
  • Clark Kent’s desk with newspaper Kal-El was featured in, Superman cape & custom painted coffee mug
  • Smallville farm dessert table with corn cake pops & clothesline cookies + custom sewed table cloth

superman birthday party shoto shoot

superman shirt birthday cake

superman smallville inspired dessert table

smallville farm party desserts


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A Mad Science Birthday Party Experiment

mad scientist lab coat party costumes

Gooey experiments, spewing “lava” & tasty petri dish treats — why couldn’t those things have been a part of my science classes?! My hypothesis is that there is absolutely nothing crazy about this Mad Science Birthday Party Experiment, where just about everything you see was made by the hands of Amy Liu Bissett of A Dazzle Day! It’s so hard to pick out just one favorite thing — everything is so amazing! Seriously so many good ideas here for those looking for some experimental fun or even just activities to keep the kiddos busy!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Periodic Table of Elements style desserts + lab coats, bow-ties & goggles for each scientist
  • Green & blue molecule cake, blue jello & gummy worm petri dishes + Rice Krispie treat molecules
  • DIY test tube piñata, doodled party favor totes & hanging painted styrofoam molecule structure
  • Dry Ice bubbles, Mentos & Coke explosion & a build your own molecule activity

mad scientist photo booth and party hats

mad science birthday party dessert table

build a molecule activity

kids science party tablescape decor


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{Party of 5} Pink Christening, Princess & the Pea, Minnie Mouse Birthday, Sunshine Lemonade, Construction Birthday

prink rose christening dessert table

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:

 Pink Rose Christening Dessert Table
 Princess & the Pea Pajama Birthday Party
 Pink & Gold Minnie Mouse Birthday Party
– “You are my Sunshine” Lemonade Birthday Party
– Work Zone Construction Birthday Party

1. Pink Rose Christening Dessert Table (pictured above) from My Sweet Celebration

2. Princess & the Pea Pajama Birthday Party by SnowyBliss

princess and the pea sleepover birthday party


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