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Clever & Creative Mad Scientist Party for Kids

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From pint-sized white lab coats, goggles & checkered bow ties to clever periodic table chocolate bar wrappers, Cris of Crissy’s Crafts is absolutely bubbling over with creative Mad Scientist Party Ideas! One look at these pics and the evidence is clear… elements like colored drinks served in beakers, treats inspired by lab equipment, and stylish printables from Bird’s Party are the perfect ingredients for great party chemistry!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Edible white chocolate lab rats & blue brains displayed on clip board “trays” (genius!)
  • Lava Lamp, Glitter Green Slime and Crystal Bubble “experiments”
  • Slimy gummy worms in petri dishes & M&M filled test tubes
  • Atom & microscope printable cupcake toppers & bottle wraps!
  • A “blackboard” (black wrapping paper) backdrop scribbled with scientific formulas

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{Party of 5} Haunted Forest, Gothic Halloween, Mexican Fiesta, Spooky Halloween & Little Red Riding Hood

haunted forest halloween 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:

– Haunted Forest Halloween Party
– Gothic Halloween
– Mexican Fiesta
– Spooky Halloween
– Little Red Riding Hood First Birthday

1. The Haunted Forest Halloween Party (pictured above) by LuLu’s

2. Spooky Gothic Halloween & Party Printables by hellomysweet

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{Super Clever} Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Party

halloween glow in the dark party

This spooky halloween setup is so clever it just glows… in the dark that is! Nikki of Tikkido dreamed up this ghoulish Glow-in-the-Dark Halloween Party (as featured in Festivities Magazine) showing it with the lights on  – and OFF! Scroll down to check out all the fun DIY elements and creative ways to brighten up your holiday!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Haunted portrait gallery cookies (see them change in the dark!)
– A glowing chandelier, cupcake platter & ectoplasmic pudding
– Trick or Treat drink station with witches cauldrons + a creepy leafless tree cut out
– Skeleton arm cupcake toppers with “Let the Ghoul Times Roll” Printables

black light halloween table

black light halloween party

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{Party of 5} Lalaloopsy, Vintage Cowgirl, Sweet Peach Baby Shower, Mermaid Party & Moroccan Midnight Affair

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Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– Lalaloopsy Birthday Party
– Pink Vintage Cowgirl Birthday
– Sweet as a Peach Baby Shower
– Mermaid Party
– Moroccan Midnight Affair

1. Lalaloopsy Birthday Party (pictured above) by SugarSweet

2. Vintage Cowgirl Birthday Party by tania ~ totful memories

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Playful Monster Mash Kids Halloween Party

monster mash halloween collection

I don’t know about you, but our new Monster Mash Kids Halloween Party makes me all googly eyed… in a good way! Yarn pom pom accents and silly little monsters make for a fun, not-so-scary Halloween celebration for kids. Visit Hostess Ink to find the Monster Mash Party Printables pictured here, then invite all the neighborhood kids over for a crazy-fun night of monsters and treats!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for…

– Play-dough favors (with DIY monster faces & printable favor tags)
– Candy “eyeball” orange soda garnishes + “Boo!” drink flags
– “Bouquets” of monsters, eyeballs & yarn poms displayed in striped sock-covered vases
– “Come dressed to scare” customizable Monster Mash invitation + address labels
– Monster cupcakes made from candy corn & googly eyes

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{Party of 5} Gender Reveal, Preppy Pink Nautical, Movie & Pizza Party, Under the Sea, & Polaroid Party

gender reveal 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:

– Gender Reveal Party
– Preppy Pink & Nautical Navy 1st Birthday
– Movie & Mozzarella (Pizza Party)
– “Under the Sea” Mermaid Party
– Polaroid Party

1. Gender Reveal Party – Handsome Fella or Lil Lady? (pictured above) by Le Partie Sugar

2. Preppy Pink and Nautical Navy 1st Birthday Party by Sweet Peach Paperie

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{Party of 5} Owl Party, Military Birthday, Purple Ombre Baby Naming, Awesome 80’s & Hello Kitty Movie Night

owl 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:

– Owl Themed Party
– Military Party
– Purple Ombre Baby Naming
– Totally Awesome 80’s Party
– Hello Kitty Movie Night

1. Lucia’s Owl Themed Party (pictured above) by dvelasquez

2. Davis’ Military Party by Lauren

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{Party of 5} Vintage Luau, Cute Halloween, Rainbow Time Flies, Soap Box Derby & Chevron Sesame Street Party

hawaiin luau 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:

– Vintage Luau
– Cute Halloween Party
– {Rainbow & Chevron} Time Flies Party
– Soap Box Derby Birthday
– Chevron Sesame Street

1. Vintage Luau Party (pictured above) by Oh My! Creative

2. Classic Cute & Sweet Halloween Party by Sweet Threads Clothing Co

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{Party of 5} Halloween Party, Beachy Pink Picnic, Hello Kitty Pool Party, Back to School & Pink Bridal Shower

halloween party dessert ideas

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:

– Halloween Housewarming Party
– Beachy Pink Birthday Picnic
– Hello Kitty Pool Party
– Back to School Party
– Pink & Red Bridal Shower

1. Haunted Halloween Housewarming (pictured above) by Deliciously Darling Events

2. Picnic Party on the Beach by Alison Salcedo 

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Beautiful “Burlap & Buttons” High Tea Party

Tea party floral decorations and sweet treats

Inspired by Anthropolgie and high tea style, Natalie of Events by Nat designed this gorgeous Burlap & Burgundy High Tea Party. I love how she paired elegant details like ruffle fondant flowers and classic tea china with more casual elements like burlap, buttons, and natural wood boxes. This beautiful and downright charming look would work well for everything from weddings and bridal showers to milestone birthday parties!

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Savory tea sandwiches with tied playful button & rose accents
– Floral vintage dishes with gold trim
– Pink ombre petite cakes & cupcakes with romantic ruffled fondant flowers
– Burlap covered “Eat Me” labels with burgundy buttons

Ham and chutney tea sandwhiches

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{Party of 5} Blast Back to School, Seattle Shower, Kids Halloween, Lemonade Party & Rainbow Birthday

blast off back to school 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:

– Blast Back to School
– Seattle Inspired Gender Neutral Baby Shower
– Kids Halloween Party
– Strawberries & Lemonade Party
– Rainbow Birthday Party

1. Blast Back to School! (pictured above) by Gwynn Wasson Designs

2. Seattle Themed Gender Neutral Baby Shower by BellwetherEvents

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{Party of 5} Vintage Romance, Elephant Baby Shower, Natural Dessert Table, Ice Cream Shop & Penguin Party

pink strawberry cake

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:

– Vintage Parisian Romance
– Neon & Neutral Elelphant Baby Shower
– Natural Dessert Table
– Vintage Ice Cream Shop Birthday Party
– Penguin Pool Party

1. Vintage Parisian Romance (pictured above) by hellomysweet

2. Neon & Neutral Elephant Baby Shower by Emmy’s Events

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{Party 5} Pink Dessert Table, Back to School, Owl Always Love You, Circus Carnival & Toy Story Party

pink lady bird 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 Dessert Table
– Back to School Party
– Owl Always Love You
– Circus Carnival Extravaganza
– Toy Story Party

1. 2nd Birthday Ladybird Themed Dessert Table (pictured above) by Sweet Style

2. Back to School Party by Sweet Threads Clothing Co

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Art Deco Style Roaring 20s Party {Adult Birthday}

roaring 20's party

Shannon of Bottle Pop Party Co. dreamed up this fabulous Art Deco Style Roaring 20s Party for a fun adult birthday party… or “anytime” get together! There’s such a great mix of glam details and creative, yet easy DIY ideas here – like the flapper inspired bunting on the cake. For her one pro element, she enlisted Jesyka D’itri Mares to design some seriously gorgeous custom invitations! I love her choice of party password too. ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • Metallic gold cake with a DIY black fringe bunting
  • Prohibition era inspired liquor bottles + playful framed Humphrey Bogart quote
  • Art deco style gold and black place settings

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{Party of 5} Watermelon Summer, Fairy Garden, Sunshine First Birthday, Sip & Sea & Chic Fashion

watermelon summer 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:

– Watermelon Summer Party
– Fairy Garden Party
– Sunshine First Birthday
– Sip & Sea
– Chic Fashion Party

1. Watermelon Summer Party (pictured above) by Fara Party Design / Little Things Creations

2. Fairy Garden Party by SunnybyDesign

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{Party of 5} Princess Jasmine, Milk & Cookies, Toy Story 3, Preschool Party & Brunch Bridal Shower

jasmine princess 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:

– Arabian Princess Jasmine Inspired Birthday Party
– Milk & Cookies
– Toy Story 3 Birthday
– Preschool Party
– Brunch Bridal Shower

1. Arabian Princess Jasmine Inspired Birthday Party (pictured above) by LetsHaveABallParties

2. Cookies & Milk by LeeLaaLoo

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{Party of 5} Barnyard Party, Money Dessert Table, Strawberry Shortcake, Olympic Party & Fireman Birthday

barn yard farm 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:

– {Farm Animal} Barnyard Party
– Money & Gold Dessert Table {for a financial planner birthday girl!}
– Strawberry Shortcake Inspired First Birthday
– Little Athlete Olympic Party
– Fireman Birthday Party

1. Barnyard Party (pictured above) by thesmallfry

2. Money, Money, Money Dessert Table by Events by Nat

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{Party of 5} Reptile Party, Lemonade Stand, Enchanted, Tiffany Bridal Shower & Birthday Brunch

creepy crawly party

Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– Creepy Crawly Reptile Party
– Lemonade Stand Party
– Enchanted Birthday
– Breakfast at Tiffany’s Bridal Shower
– Sugar & Spice Birthday Brunch

1. Creepy Crawly Reptile Party (pictured above) by The Sweet Society

2. Lemonade Stand Party by Giggles Galore

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Desserts In Jars Recipe: Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding

dessert in jars Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding

Shaina’s jar genius is back! As promised in our Desserts in Jars review from last week, here’s another fabulous recipe from the book – this time for the gorgeous-looking Lemon Blueberry Bread Pudding. Mascarpone cheese, blueberries, agave nectar, lemon zest, artisan bread, and more delectable flavors served in a cute little jar that you get all to yourself! (more…)

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{Party of 5} Hot Air Balloon, Volleyball Birthday, Vintage Baby Shower, Gold Plated Soirée & Price is Right

vintage hot air balloon dessert table

Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– Vintage Hot Air Balloon
– Volleyball Birthday
– Vintage Baby Shower
– Gold Plated Soiree
– (“The Price is Right” inspired) Age 5 is Right

1. Vintage Hot Air Balloon (pictured above) by Little Sooti

2. Lauren’s 13th Birthday by Something Chic Party and Event Design

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Desserts In Jars {Book Review + Recipes!}

desserts in jars book review

DESSERTS IN JARS: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine

Eco-friendly, decorative, functional… I know you all love mason jars as much as we do at Hostess! (Remember them here and here and here for starters.) When it comes to parties & entertaining, these handy little containers are stellar at multitasking – utilized as everything from vases to drinkware to favor packaging.

Well… add one more thing to the list, because Shaina Olmanson teaches us how to bake fabulous sweets in them too! Filled with irresistible recipes and mouth-watering photos, her new book – Desserts in Jars – explores baking, serving & pretty much everything sweet about these perfect little vessels!

desserts in jars book review

Keep reading for a virtual “taste” of Desserts in Jars, including Shaina’s Espresso Créme Brûlée Recipe & my top 5 favorite things about her gorgeous new book. {We’ll be sharing a 2nd recipe from this book next week.} If you’re not hungry already… you will be SOON! ;) (more…)

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{Party of 5} Zebra Minnie Mouse, Video Game Party, Vintage Nautical, Rainbow Elmo, Pink & Gold Bridal

minnie mouse and zebra pattern 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:

– Pink & Zebra Minnie Mouse Inspired Birthday
– Video Game Party (Plants vs. Zombies)
– Rainbow Elmo Birthday
– Vintage Nautical Baby Shower
– Pink, White & Gold Bridal Shower

1. Pink + Zebra Minnie Mouse Inspired Birthday (pictured above) by Dreamers Joy Events & Design

2. Video Game Party (Plants vs. Zombies) by GOCustomCakes

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{Party of 5} American Pie, Hoedown, Olivia the Pig, Robots, and Pink Baptism

american pie 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:

– American Pie
– Hoedown
– Olivia the Pig 1st Birthday Party
– Robot Themed Birthday
– Pink Baptism & Full Moon Celebration

1. American Pie Fourth of July (pictured above) by FreshlyBaked

2. Hoedown by All Set

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{Party of 5} Cookie Monster, Pinwheels & Poms, Pink Tea Shower, Rainbow Art Party, Nautical Shrimp Boil

milk and cookies party with cookie monster

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:

– {Cookie Monster} Milk and Cookies First Birthday
– Pinwheels and PomPoms
– Pink Tea Baby Shower
– Art Theme Birthday Party
– Nautical Shrimp Boil {Red, White & Blue}

1. Cookie Monster Cookies and Milk First Birthday Party! (pictured above) by Lauren Borquez

2. Pinwheels and PomPoms by chphoto

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{Party of 5} Tooth Fairy, Moroccan Elephant Baby Shower, Jack & Jill, Sesame Street Birthday, & Wild West

tooth fairy playdate

Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– Boy Tooth Fairy Play date
– Moroccan Elephant Baby Shower
– Jack & Jill
– Sesame Street Birthday
– Wild West Country Bash

1. You Can’t Handle The Tooth {Boy Tooth Fairy Playmate} (pictured above) by Deliciously Darling Events

2. Mala’s Moroccan Elephant Baby Shower by URinvited

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{Party of 5} USA Chevron, Love & Lace, Dinosaur Birthday, Pirate Party, Birds & Flowers

july 4th party in red white and blue

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:

– USA Chevron Party
– Love & Lace
– Dinosaur Birthday Party
– Pirate Party
– Birds and Flowers

1. USA Chevron Party (pictured above) by Sweet Threads Clothing Co

2. Love and Lace Wedding by Jami’s on Sweet Street

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{Party of 5} Nautical Baby Shower, Super Dad!, Aqua & Damask, Vintage Purple China Bridal Shower, 50s Diner

ahoy whale cupcake toppers

Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– AHOY Nautical Baby Shower
– Super Dad! Styled Father’s Day Luncheon
– Milestone Birthday in Aqua & Damask
– Vintage Purple China Bridal Shower Dessert Table
– Sock hop 50’s Diner Party

1. AHOY Nautical Baby Shower (pictured above) by EMTsweeetie

2. Super Dad! Styled Father’s Day Luncheon by Not Just A Mommy! 

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{Party of 5} Baking Party, Take a Hike, Green Bridesmaid Breakfast, Cowboy Baby Shower, Milk & Cookies

baking party with chef hats and pretty cookies

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:

– Baking Party
– Take a Hike! (great Father’s Day inspiration!)
– Green Bridesmaid Breakfast
– Cowboy Baby Shower
– Milk & Cookies Party

1. Baking Party (pictured above) by One Charming Party

2. Take a Hike! by Lynlee’s Petite Cakes 

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{Party of 5} Cute as a Button, Vintage Silhouette, Mickey Mouse, Carriage Baby Shower, Tuscan Dessert Table

cute as a button first 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:

– Cute as a Button First Birthday Party
– Vintage Silhouette Party
– Mickey Mouse Birthday
– Vintage Carriage Baby Shower
– Tuscan Inspired Dessert Table

1. Cute as a Button 1st Birthday Party (pictured above) by kerri

2. Brady’s Vintage Boy Party by Brianna Krute

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{Party of 5} Father’s Day, Elvis Birthday, Snow White Party, French High Tea, Derby Theme Fundraiser

father's day dessert table in light blue and burlap

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:

– Father’s Day Dessert Table
– Elvis Presley Birthday Party
– Snow White Party
– French High Tea Party
– Derby Fundraiser

1. Father’s Day Dessert Table (pictured above) by LAURA’S little PARTY

2. Elvis Presley 3rd Birthday Party by Flavia

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