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Rustic Woodland Holiday Styled Shoot {+ Amazing Treats!}

It’s that time of year to finalize your gift list! Are gourmet edible gifts on your list this holiday season? Well, they’re on mine (Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs). It’s been a while since I’ve guest posted here and I’ve missed you all so much! I’m excited to show you some fun and simple ways to add a ribbon and decorative tag to any edible gift with my Rustic Woodland Styled Shoot.

From gourmet popcorn and cupcakes to wonderfully unusual chocolate truffles and handmade artisan ice cream, your gift will look swanky and taste amazing too. By adding in other tasty treats, you could also spice up the traditional cookie exchange. Have everyone bring a different yummy dessert to share and you could leave with a bag full of delicious edible gifts.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Super simple cake dressed up with paper reindeer + Merry & Bright Banner
– Regular ol’ popcorn sprinkled all around as “snow”… inexpensive + totally melt-proof! ;)
– Wood slices and suitcase shaped boxes used as interesting treat “trays”
– Cheeky “Better than SNOW” ice cream wraps and “Hope this BLINGS you joy” gift tags



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Classic Fire House Birthday Bash

fire cotton candy and water bottle fire extinguishers

Stop, Drop, and Roll Out… you’ve been invited to check out my (Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs) little man’s “fiery hot” third birthday party. That’s right, I’m back and super excited to share with you Emerson’s Classic Fire House Birthday Party. From the vintage fire-truck peddle car (a gift for the birthday boy) to the styled fire themed dessert table this party was loaded with tons of sweet details fit for any little fireman.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • “Flaming” Cotton Candy
  • Custom candy jars with Dalmatian dog accent
  • Mini chocolate sprinkled-rimmed milk bottles
  • “Faux” Pretzel matchbooks
  • Fire helmet and fire hose fondant cake

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Bowlfest 2012 {Retro Mod Bowling Birthday Party}

bowling party - party favors and bowling birthday candles

HWTM Contributor Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs here, excited to finally share with you my son Jackson’s {Bowlfest 2012} Bowling Birthday Party! Last year, you may remember his super fun Rock Star Birthday Party (part 1 and part 2 here), but this year we wanted to tone it down just a bit. His party wasn’t short of personalized details though. Check them all out…

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Personalized Bowling socks with each kid’s name
  • Bowling pin and bowling ball shaped suckers
  • Custom printed muslin party favor bags

bowlfest bowling party cart

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“Double Scoop” Vintage Ice Cream Birthday Party

ice cream cone cake pops - ice cream birthday party

Inspired by her boys’ love for ice cream, Jennifer created a vibrant and vintage Double-Scoop Ice Cream Soirée birthday party for her two little boys. I’m in love with the mini ice cream cone cake pops (pictured above) – they have to be one of my favorite party details ever! Don’t miss out on all the other amazing party details and inspiration perfect for any summer birthday or get-together.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Darling ice cream cone cotton candy party favors
  • Vintage milk glass dishes and crates for stacking
  • “Ice cream cone” balloon table centerpieces (upside-down party hats + balloons!)
  • Colorful, baroque style birthday invitations and matching party printables

ice cream party decorations and wooden spoons

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Pinwheel Party! {First Birthday Celebration for Twins}

pinwheel birthday party dessert table

It’s no small feat, but Jennifer created a super fun First Birthday Pinwheel Party for her adorable twins: Cason & Avery. As if having twins isn’t enough of a challenge, take a whirl at planning a boy/girl twins first birthday party! I love how Jennifer was able to incorporate gender neutral pinwheel elements throughout her party, but still convey a very personal feel.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Color coordinating and matching outfits for the birthday girl and boy
  • Detailed pinwheel cookies on a stick
  • DIY Bubbles courtesy of HWTM
  • Simple, yet sweet Pinwheel Girl and Boy Cake Smash Cakes
  • Stylish Pinwheel Party Printables in gender neutral colors perfect for anyone

Twins Pinwheel Party Stripey Straws Drink Flags

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Dragonfly Inspired Baby Shower {Ombre Chevron Stripe}

dragonfly baby shower in green and purple chevron

Sarah of Dreamers Joy Events & Design created this charming Dragonfly Baby Shower for her sister and brother-in-law. (She also threw them a gender reveal party… what a nice sister!!) The vibrant green, white, and purple color palette and cool ombre chevron pattern lent such a fresh and modern vibe to this sweet celebration. And speaking of sweet…we’re loving the abundance of stylish desserts too! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Beautiful chevron stripe baby shower cake flanked by “shadow box” dragonflies
  • Alternating candy jars & mini popcorn bags at each place settings
  • Ombre chevron “Sweet Baby” bunting banner hung from the dessert table

green and purple baby shower table arrangements

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“In Full Bloom” – A French Bistro Inspired Baby Shower

french garden baby shower "in full bloom" theme
Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs here, and I’m beyond excited to share something extra special with you today… my very own “In Full Bloom” French Baby Shower! As you may or may not know, my husband and I have three little boys and finally, we’ve been blessed with a little girl who will be arriving in July!

I was so excited when my friends Laura and Lindsey of Double Take Event Styling offered to throw me a baby shower. You may remember Laura’s Chevron Stripe Bridal Shower that I helped style last summer. I knew anything they created would be nothing less than fabulous…

french garden baby shower decorations and potted plant merci favors

baby shower invitation

I came up with the theme “In Full Bloom” because I feel like I am definitely in bloom! I designed the shower invitations myself and knew I didn’t want them to be baby-ish, but instead something that could work for many occasions, from baby showers to bridal showers or weddings.

The girls of Double Take Event Styling were inspired by an outdoor French bistro and wanted the feeling of the party to be soft and feminine. We combined our two ideas and came up with the most beautiful baby shower ever… not that I’m biased or anything! wink ;)

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Whimsical Dr. Seuss First Birthday Party {Oh What Fun!}

seuss birthday party cake

I’m so excited to be sharing with you this colorful and whimsical Dr. Seuss themed First Birthday party, brought to you by the super talented Laura of Events In The City! (You may remember Laura’s incredible Cirque du Bebe Baby Shower). I remember drooling over that baby shower and wishing I could have another baby, just so I could throw a huge baby shower too! Well… guess who’s having their very own baby shower this weekend? Yep. It’s me, Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Designs!).

Some of my favorite details from this Seuss birthday party include the teal polka dot gable boxes with hat and fish tags, wall of Cat in the Hat hats, creative food perfect for little ones, and Thing One and Thing Two cupcake toppers… just to name a few. Laura’s right, this party is fit for a king… or a cat that is. ;)

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Modern Abby & Elmo First Birthday Party

pink elmo birthday party dessert table

If taking a trip to Sesame Street means getting to attend this cute and colorful Abby Cadabby and Elmo First Birthday Party by Adriana, then my bags are packed! Nothing could be cuter than this incredible birthday cake (besides the birthday girl herself, of course), which is simply decorated with fondant colored dots, but oh so perfect!

The color palette is spot on with soft shades of pink, purple, red and teal. I’m loving all the polkadot details from the mini suitcase to the bubble wraps. No party is complete without cake pops and this party is no exception. How cute are they? I just have one question for mom. . . how many little ones did you invite to this fabulous birthday bash? Check out that huge table full of incredible party favors. . .wow! ;)

pink elmo and abby birthday party bubbles

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Cute & Clever Children’s Book Theme Baby Shower

book theme baby shower milk and cake

Update: Meleka was kind enough to send over a copy of her {amazing} quiz! Download it here!


Inspired by the joy of classic children’s books, Meleka of MMJ Events created a whole baby shower centered around a collection of everyone’s childhood favorites.

All the inspiration for the food, drinks, and desserts were taken from each children’s classic book ranging from Milk and Cookies (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), Green Deviled Eggs (Green Eggs and Ham), Meatballs (Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs), Pink Lemonade (Pinkalicious), Moon Pies (Goodnight Moon), just to name a few. Each table was cleverly decked out with it’s own book theme. I’m loving the “Corduroy” table which happens to be one of my favorite children’s books. As a gift, the guests were encouraged to bring their favorite childhood book to share with the mother-to-be and in lieu of a card to write an inscription in the book to both mother and baby.

book baby shower corduroy centerpiece

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Adorable Rustic + Modern Sock Monkey Birthday Party

sock monkey birthday party hat and lollipops

This darling Sock Monkey Birthday Party by Shana of Belva June is simply adorable! I’m loving the classic color combination of bright red and teal paired with rustic burlap accents.

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Some of my favorite creative details include the Bunting Banner, personalized Sock Monkey birthday shirt, Chocolate Monkey Milk, and assorted jars filled with monkey snacks and candy. The beautiful “ribbon topped” fondant cake definitely takes center stage though! This party theme would be perfect for boys and girls alike and would also make a cute, playful baby shower theme. All the personalized details that make this party super sweet and colorful and are available for you to purchase at Belva June!

sock monkey birthday party chocolate milk

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Choo Choo! Moo Moo! {Train + Farm Inspired Birthday Party}

choo choo farm animal birthday party dessert table and place settings

All aboard the “Choo Choo” and “Moo Moo” birthday party train express… first stop: cuteness! Inspired by her son’s love for trains and farm animals plus his cute names for them, Xiomara of A Styled Fete seamlessly combined two common party themes: trains and farm animals for one big second birthday bash.

Keeping the party simple, but sweet guests were presented with a colorful array of desserts including horse on a stick cookies and cupcakes with fondant farm animal toppers cleverly being pulled by a train birthday cake. Push pops wrapped in burlap and filled with M&Ms also added to the sweetness. We’re loving the large farm themed paintings that doubled as beautiful backdrops in this quaint classroom. Other favorite details include the kraft filled gable boxes, coloring sheet placemats, and yarn wrapped “Choo Choo” letters.

choo choo animal farm cupcake toppers

choo choo farm animal birthday party decoration


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“Out of This World” Star Wars Birthday Party

star wars yoda cakepops and candy

This STAR WARS party that Julie of Totes in Tow put on for her son Mason’s sixth birthday party is truly Out of This World. . . and very colorful and creative too!

I’m loving all the bright pops of color used here – from the Spacey Shark Cups and Ewok Snacks to the lime green Yoda Soda and marshmallow Yoda and Stormtrooper Imperial Pops. The shimmery star background gave the perfect “space” effect without being over the top. Some of my favorite items have to be the fondant Galactic Cupcake Toppers and the Yoda sandwich cookies, which were made from the Star Wars Heroes & Villains Cookie Cutters purchased at Williams-Sonoma. They were almost too cute to eat! I (Jessica Wilcox, Modern Moments Designs) was lucky enough to help style the party after Julie did all the hard leg work of coming up with the overall concept, baking, and tracking down all the Star Wars party swag!

star wars party water bottle labels and jedi sign

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Clever “Countdown” Gender Reveal Party

gender reveal party new years drinks and cupcakes

This elegant New Year’s Eve Gender Reveal Party by expectant mom Sarah of Indianapoluxe is absolutely stunning and timeless… and the “countdown” theme is actually relevant for this type of party – or even baby shower – all year round! I (Jessica Wilcox, Modern Moments Designs) recently threw my own gender reveal party and know how much time and effort goes into planning an event like this.

Gender Reveal parties are such a fun way for the couple-to-be, family, and friends to find out the big news together with a bang… and in this case I mean that literally! Sarah used colored fireworks (blue for a boy and pink for a girl) for the big reveal and it doesn’t get much bigger than that! 

gender reveal party water bottle decorations

To further personalize the party and pay homage to where it all began (the couple was vacationing in Italy when they found out that they were expecting), they included cannolis along with other yummy desserts in their dessert buffet. The handwritten chalk board signs used throughout are a great addition to this fabulous black & white party. Check out the excitement on the couple’s face before the big reveal. . . . (you’ll have to keep reading to see if it’s a girl or a boy because we’re not telling!)

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Free RAINBOW St. Patrick’s Day Printables

You know me (guest author Jessica Wilcox, of Modern Moments Designs) and FREE things! I love to get FREE things and I LOVE to give them even more… so let’s just say that today is your LUCKY Day! I’ve noticed a lack of cute and unique St. Patrick’s Day printables out there… almost everything is your typical green and white. I really wanted to design a new set this year and incorporate a rainbow print and a lot of fun elements.

Pinterest is full of fun Saint Patrick’s Day ideas. Here is my pin board if you want to check any of my pins out. I took inspiration from several of my pins to create these fun free printables that I’m sharing with you today! (Download links are at the bottom of this post…enjoy!)

st. patrick's day rainbow jello, party favors, and pot of gold rolos

First, I wanted to use full-size rollo packs, which I got at Target for $0.79 each. (I also called my local Cash and Carry and they sell boxes of 36 for $22, which would make a great gift for your child’s entire class).

Several ideas I saw incorporated the “loose” rollos, but I thought it would be fun to create a full wrap. I simply unwrapped the old one, grabbed my cute “Pot of Gold at the end of the Rainbow” wrap and used double-sided tape to secure it! Super simple, but super cute! (more…)

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GAME ON! Girl vs. Boy Gender Reveal Party

Baby Gender Reveal Party Sign and Buttons

As some of you may know, we (HWTM Blog Contributor, Jessica Wilcox, of Modern Moments Designs) are expecting our fourth child. We already have three amazing boys ranging from two to seven years old. When we found out we were expecting, I immediately started planning a gender reveal party. This is going to be our last child, and I wanted to have fun sharing the good news with all of our friends and family!

Thanks to Pinterest, I was able to come up with some fun ideas! I also had a ton of help from many vendors who were kind enough to donate incredible products that made our party super special. I wanted to stick with your traditional pink and blue color scheme, but I also wanted to make it fun and competitive too. A “Girl versus Boy” theme arose and the planning began…

Baby Gender Reveal Dessert Table - Pink & Blue

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Incredible Ombre Surf 1st Birthday Brunch

Little Surfer First Birthday Party - Dessert Table & Cake

This stylish OMBRE SURF BIRTHDAY BRUNCH that Ashley of Ashley Rose Photography created for her adorable son Crew is nothing short of incredible! And how smart to feature so many fun food stations that both kids and adults are sure to love – including a cereal bar, a pancake station with all the fixings, and a loaded drink station complete with chocolate milk shots for the kids and mimosas for the adults!

There are so many whimsical, creative details to be found in this darling first birthday party… from the ombre dipped cutlery and hand painted place settings to the large kraft paper photo collage and the shark fin cake pops displayed in trays lined with goldfish. One of my favorite elements has to be the beautifully styled dessert buffet showcasing Crew’s new surfboard and overflowing with incredibly yummy desserts. I also love the stamped muslin bags filled with blue shark gummies (Every surfer’s worst nightmare is much less scary in candy form, right?)! ;)

Little Surfer Birthday Party - Drink Station with Milk & Juice Carafes in a Bathtub

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Darling “Cupid’s Love” Post Office Party

We’re going “postal” over this adorable “Cupid’s Love Post Office” Valentine’s Day party created by Debbie of Wants and Wishes Design. It’s simply LOVE-ly!

The faux post office Debbie created – complete with pink and red awning – is just too cute. Some of my favorite details include the 3D heart shaped cupcake toppers that double as perfect little pockets for love notes and candy, the shot through the heart brownies, and all the postage stamp bag toppers. The hanging polka dot gable box and “Cupids’s Love Mail” postage stamp sign are the perfect addition. There’s just way too much cuteness packed into one party here!

Read on for lots more adorable photos and party details. . . .


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Tate’s Amazing Tailg8 Football Party

If you’re a football fan (or maybe planning to host a Super Bowl party next weekend!), then get ready to feast your eyes on this incredible party… Brittany of GreyGrey Designs appropriately titled it “Tate’s Tailg8 Party,” since the birthday boy was turning eight. How clever is that? As a Mom of three little boys myself (Jessica Wilcox, Modern Moments Designs), I can totally appreciate a well styled boys birthday party!

There’s such a classic game-day feel to every detail in this bright football party – from the mini football penalty flag pie pops and the Coach’s cake pops to the creative chenille letterman’s jacket letters that spelled out the birthday boy’s name. I’m especially loving the amazing spread of cleverly titled football foods, complete with it’s own goal post, not to mention the classic color palette, astroturf, cones, and penalty flags used throughout. And the favor table – WOW! There’s so much great football inspiration here that can be tailored to your own favorite team…

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football birthday party food

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Creative “Heart Crusher” Valentine Party

Finally… an adorable Valentine’s Day party that is cool enough even for the toughest of BOYS! I am so excited to share this “HEART CRUSHER” themed party brought to us by Paula from Party Like Paula. Not only did she find a way to incorporate modern and fun patterns into her printables and classic heart shapes throughout all the yummy treats, but Paula was also able to make her 2 boys enjoy every minute of it by mixing in the creative element of MONSTER trucks!

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Rustic + Whimsical 30th Un-Birthday Bash

This incredible, Alice in Wonderland-inspired Rustic and Whimsical 30th Un-birthday Bash by KaLice Events is bursting with creativity! It’s also a refreshing, modern-day take on this classic fairy tale that never gets old.

With fun, stylish details like 3-tiered rustic wooden cake stands, bright & whimsical party hats, hand-stamped “eat me” & “drink me” tags, a “hot chocolate on a stick” drink bar, a giantic wooden playhouse complete with a pair of “Alice” and her “Mad Hatter” stringdolls, a gourmet spread of desserts and hors d’oeuvres, and more – this is truly a whimsical, yet sophisticated dreamland that everyone can enjoy! I’m delighted to see all the different styles and textures come together to create the ultimate Un-Birthday Bash (shouldn’t every birthday over 30 be an “Un-Birthday? *wink*).

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“Pots & Pig” Beer Tasting 30th Birthday Party

Beer Tasting Party Invitations

I’m voting that Liz of The Papered Nest wins the prize for Wife-of-The-Year-Award for this amazing “Pots & Pig” Beer Tasting Party she threw for her husband’s 30th birthday! I know my husband would be in hog heaven, (pun intended, *wink*) if I threw him a party centered around beer + bacon!

Even the party invitations were bottles of beer… what guest wouldn’t like to receive that invite, right? Liz also did a great job including unique beer-related elements throughout the party such as Pubcakes, Beer Caramels, and Guiness Marshmallows. It’s an added bonus that all of those items are sweet too! Creative use of vintage crates, twine, Ball mason jars, chalkboard signs, mini woven baskets, and bundles of wheat topped off this incredible party. Don’t forget about all of the hand stamped wooden utensils too! (If you’re interested in purchasing a styling kit to style your own event, check out The Papered Nest.)

Beer Tasting Party food

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Emerson’s Vintage Carnival Birthday Party

December is the most hectic month of my (Jessica Wilcox, Modern Moments Designs) life. Every year, I promise myself it will be easier and I will plan ahead, but without fail, it seems to be crazier than the last. I know many of you feel the same way, and for me “December madness” stems from having two kids with birthdays two weeks apart, being a graphic designer (designing Christmas cards is a full time job in itself), buying presents, and also trying to get ready for Christmas! Wow, I’m tired again just thinking about it all {wink}!

Our youngest son, Emerson, who you might remember from his Office Party First Birthday last year, turned two this month! I’ve been planning a VINTAGE CARNIVAL PARTY for him since last year…

I had my dear friend, Courtney, of Courtney Jade Photography take his photos this summer at Oaks Park, a local amusement park. The photos were amazing and I knew the invitation had to be spectacular too! I designed a four-page double sided booklet style invitation.

I also included a mini envelope in the back full of raffle tickets to get the kids excited! The envelopes were lined with a coordinating striped paper. (The following photos of the finished invitation were taken by me.)


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Darling “Little Lamb” First Birthday Party

little lamb themed dessert buffetLittle Lamb First Birthday Party Baby Shower

This soft and furry LITTLE LAMB First Birthday Party that Carrie of Half Baked created to celebrate her daughter’s first birthday has a wonderfully calm, tranquil vibe – and is filled with seriously incredible style and grace! The neutral color palette and fluffy textures that were used throughout the party are perfect choices for the “Little Lamb” party theme, which would also translate perfectly to a darling baby shower.

The custom lamb canvas by Diana of djDecor is the perfect backdrop for this lovely dessert table, and I’m especially smitten with all the different ways yarn was used to decorate including the yarn balls, mini yarn pop-pom balls, yarn wrapped letters spelling ‘Sadie’ (the birthday girl’s name, of course), and even the yarn on the cake! Speaking of cake, Carrie is an extremely talented cake designer. Sadie’s little cake smash cake is almost too cute to eat, and the large fondant lamb cake is simply spectacular. I’m loving the burlap accents used on the cake and on the custom bib by Bugaboo Bliss.

This party wouldn’t be complete without an array of soft and fluffy desserts – including custom puffy sheep sugar cookies, fluffy white cotton candy, cinnamon pinwheel cookies, white cheddar popcorn cones, caramel apple shooter and more. Check it out for yourself! Keep reading for more furry photos + party details. . . (more…)

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Adorable “Chilly & Cheery” Penguin Party

Get ready for a major dose of MERRY with this adorable and oh-so “Chilly & CheeryPenguin Holiday Party from Paula of Frog Prince Paperie. Her daughter begged for a Christmas party this year… and boy did mom deliver! I’m loving all the DIY elements, including the beautiful paper ornaments & trees, spectacular paper cone wreaths, and cute ribbon-rosette-adorned aprons, just to name a few. This has to be one of the cutest kids holiday parties ever… the darling penguin just melts my heart!

Some of my favorite “sweet” details include the milk shooters rimmed with chocolate sprinkles, the incredibly detailed penguin cookies, the chocolate-dipped marshmallow “snow cones”, and the cutest little fondant penguin cupcake toppers. Also loving all the festive activities for guests – including “playing in the snow(what a great way to recycle all of your packing peanuts) and crafting sparkly ornaments (with glitter INSIDE – much cleaner if you ask me!). And of course we can’t forget about all the adorable penguin paper details, which are available in the Frog Prince Paperie etsy shop!

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Vintage-Glam Winter Woodland Dinner Party

Note from Jenn:  I am so excited to share this ridiculously gorgeous holiday party from Jessica Wilcox and her close friends – twin sisters Laura & Lindsey – with you today! Jessica is one of our regular contributors, and sooo very, very talented… it’s pretty amazing what happens when this trio gets together! Get ready to explore a truly dreamy holiday party filled with sparkly, vintage-inspired eye candy. And now I’ll let Jessica take it away with all the festive details…


{by Jessica Wilcox}
This summer, I was asked to do a magazine shoot for the Party Dress Magazine. I eagerly agreed because I knew it was several months down the road and I would have plenty of time to prepare. Fast forward a few months, a few weddings, back to school festivities, and several parties later and we were one week before the magazine deadline. Ooops! Clearly time management is not one of my strong points…

Needless to say, I really wanted to submit something for the magazine, but couldn’t pull it all together by myself. I called my girlfriend Laura, whom you may remember from her Stunning Vintage-Modern Bridal Shower we threw this summer that was featured on HWTM. Her and her twin sister, Lindsey have been talking about starting a business for years. They have way to much creative talent not to share it with the world and get paid for their efforts. This magazine became a great motivation for them to get their website up and running. Thus, Double Take Event Styling was born.

They gave me a proposition I couldn’t refuse…plus, I didn’t really have a choice at this point *wink* I was in charge of all the party printables and graphic design work and they would style the shoot. I happily agreed, and we had about three days to get everything done. Nothing like pressure, right?

We selected a Vintage Winter Woodland theme because we didn’t want to do your traditional cookie-cutter Christmas dinner party. By using champagne, gold, and silver tones we were able to achieve a softer look, yet still very festive.
The invitation set the tone for our party. Since our style is eclectic, we always try to incorporate vintage pieces throughout – many of which we have been collecting for years at local antique stores and are a part of our everyday home decor. (more…)

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Sparkly Vintage Movie Night 13th Birthday

Movie Night Birthday Party - 13th Birthday & Sweet Sixteen

It’s days like today that I am so thankful for my job! Krista of Blue Eyed Yonder threw the most exquisite, vintage-glam Movie Theater Inspired 13th Birthday for her little sister, Kameryn. Everything about this party makes my heart sing! Krista was able to capture all things glamorous, girly, and fun all bundled into one quaint party.

Vintage details like the old movie projector, checker board wooden dance floor, and vintage popcorn machine set the tone of this incredibly charming party. I’m also loving the canister floral arrangement, wire laundry hamper filled with vintage quilts, vintage theater seating, and the gorgeous pink tufted couch surrounded by giant sparkly balloons! The ombre caramel apple bar full of tasty toppings was a wonderful addition, and even the s’mores ingredients were also beautifully displayed over pink tissue paper!

Movie Night Birthday Party - 13th Birthday & Sweet Sixteen

Everything thirteen year old deserves 13-layers of chocolate heaven and this masterpiece is no exception. The unique handmade invitation is the perfect intro to this glamours bash. Other fun details include the custom made corn-dog stand, vintage eat sign, and the condiments placed in a mini library card holder – perfect!

Movie Night Birthday Party - 13th Birthday & Sweet Sixteen

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Soft & Sweet Silhouette Birthday Party

I’m giddy with excitement to tell you about this super sweet and absolutely AMAZING Girly Silhouette Birthday Party for Mia thrown by Paige, of Paiges of Style and Betsy of Betsy Blue Photography (Mia’s Mommy). Paige has become one of my dear friends, and we have HWTM to thank for “introducing us”! We first met when I was working on one of my very first posts for HWTM – which just so happened to be the  incredible Curious Charlie Monkey Party that she threw for her daughter Charlie.

As always, everything about this latest party from Paige is simply adorable, from the breathtaking layer cake and donut tower adorned with fabric flowers to the all-decked-out paper party hats. I’m in complete awe over the silhouette cake pops created by Kris kCreative Cake Pops too! Can you believe she was able to take Mia’s darling silhouette and turn it into an edible work of art? These have to be one of my all time favorite cake pops ever. I know who I will be calling for my next party. ;)

I’m also loving the large silhouette-themed fondant cake topper created by my other favorite sweets gal, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies.

Last but not least, a party wouldn’t be complete without custom coordinating party printables, and Paige designed several perfectly pastel silhouette party staples, including water bottle labels, cupcake wrappers, juice box wraps, party hats, and more (all of which are available for purchase from Paiges of Style).

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Cool & Modern Rock Star Baby Shower

What baby wouldn’t want to be welcomed in true rock star fashion?! This theme is perfect for Mom’s and new babies alike, and I’m loving the bright colors and bold patterns of this incredible Rock Star Baby Shower from Kim of The TomKat Studio and Vicki of Vicki Lynn Photography (who also hosted the baby shower). This duo continues to comes up with hit after hit!

I have a little experience throwing Rock Star parties myself and am always curious to see what creative ideas people come up with. Some of my favorite details include the use of old records as decorations, the paint bucket drum set, the colorful array of sugary sweets, and clothes line full of rock star baby gear. Can’t forget about the super cute sugar cookies and cake pops either…or all the cool and colorful paper products {available at The TomKat Studio}. I also love how each guest was asked to bring in their favorite book which was placed in an open guitar case appropriatly titled “Collection of Classics”.

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Eerie & Elegant “Wicked Hallow’s Eve” Party

Adult Halloween Party

Abigail of Paper & Cake doesn’t think kids should be the only ones having fun on Halloween and we agree! She styled and designed a spooky, yet sophisticated adult dinner party starring her new Wicked Hallow’s Eve printable collection and went for a deadly color combination of black and white with splashes of purple throughout.

The creative use of everyday items such as wine glasses an apothecary jars is SPOOKTACULAR here! For example: turning wine glasses upside down makes the perfect cupcake pedestal. Who knew?! And mini “viles” of Absolute Vodka displayed in apothecary jars makes for both functional & decorative decor. The eerie off-kilter ghostly photos above the mantel take center stage at this party, while an alluring black candelabra serves as the perfect elegant table centerpiece. It’s also refreshing that she didn’t go overboard with the sweets, but snuck them in as decorative edible additions.

Adult Halloween Party

Adult Halloween Party

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