////Plush Event Recap {+ 2 New HWTM Popsicle Party Themes}!

Plush Event Recap {+ 2 New HWTM Popsicle Party Themes}!

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jennifer sbranti speaker at the 2013 plush event

This past weekend I spoke at the 2013 Plush Show in Los Angeles on “Creative Ideas & Clever Techniques to Make Any Party POP!”. I used one theme to inspire TWO totally different tables – a water-colorful baby shower and a summery kids birthday, both with POPsicle themes. :) You’ll find a little recap of my talk at the bottom of this post. Thanks again to Plush founder Jina Park for inviting me up!

And if you’ve got a sweet spot for popsicles, keep an eye out because we have a couple popsicle themed DIYs coming up soon + more pictures too! When it comes to live events, it really stresses me out not to see the final design mocked up ahead of time, so we set up & shot these tables in our backyard as well… I figured an outdoor setting during the day was more of a natural setting for them anyways! ;)

popsicle stick cake

popsicle baby shower tablescape



popsicle party ideas

popsicle napkin folding idea

popsicle garland

hwtm popsicle birthday party printables



printable collections

jennifer sbranti founder of hostess with the mostess

popsicle stick table runner for a popsicle themed baby shower

baby onesie sign

personalized centerpiece

plush event



Shop both collections + matching invitations in the Hostess INK Shop! (Not all of the pieces in the images are up in the INK shop yet… some are still only available via Etsy…  but message us in the meantime if there’s something you see on Etsy but not in the shop. We’ve got ’em all over here. ;)

about to pop summer baby shower with a popsicle theme

summer birthday party with a popsicle ice cream theme


“Creative Ideas & Clever Techniques to Make Any Party POP!”

I knew this audience of brand new & expectant parents would have a lot of celebrations in their future… kids birthday parties, holiday celebrations, hopefully still some adult get togethers in there too ;) – so I wanted to break my favorite party tips down into 5 simple, easy-to-remember steps.

1. Get INSPIRED with a theme: A well thought out party theme has 3 elements:
–––1) the specific idea (i.e. Alice in Wonderland, Paris, trucks, ombre stripes)
–––2) color palette
–––3) style (i.e. vintage, modern, retro, elegant, playful, chic, bohemian)
Addressing all of these will give you a great starting point for your party. Get inspired and have fun with your party details!

2. Be PLAYFUL: Give regular items fun names (for example chocolate donuts can become “tires” for a truck party, or a signature cocktail can be named after the bride & groom at a wedding), and ask yourself what clever things can you do to bring your theme to life. For example, napkins aren’t just for function, they can make a tablescape look extra special. On the birthday table pictured here, I created “popsicles” by folding the kids table napkins into rectangles and simply placing wooden forks underneath to serve as the “popsicle sticks”!

3. Find Your BALANCE: Use a variety of levels and white space to create set-ups that are pleasing to the eye. Use makeshift risers & pedestals to keep dessert tables from falling flat, and resist the urge to overcrowd the table… or all your creative details may get lost in the mix!

4. Love is in the DETAILS: When it comes to parties, that extra layer of detail goes such a long way! Little things like adding ribbons and labels to glass jars can really transform a candy station, and the beloved stripey straw looks even cuter with a party flag attached! A few of my favorite details from these tables for example: tissue fringe on the kids chairs, colorful buttons on the baby shower chairs, and rows of chewy SweeTarts hot-glued to the popsicle stick cake centerpiece.

5. Make it PERSONAL: Making the guest(s) of honor feel special is what a special occasion celebration is all about! Use their name or initials on a banner, centerpiece, cake topper, etc to really customize the party, and make sure to keep their personal tastes and style in mind when picking your theme.

Do you have any go-to party tips to add? Please share in the comments, I’d love to hear!


By |2018-02-12T09:46:34+00:00June 12th, 2013|Styled by Jenn|

About the Author:

Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. liz June 12, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    I love all the fun ideas and the printables! You are so talented and creative. Cograts!

  2. Cristina June 13, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Everything is so pretty!! I love the details in the baby shower theme, especially the way you decorated those Ikea frames!

  3. kelly June 13, 2013 at 9:25 am

    that gorgeous flower wall!!! Any chance we could get a tutorial?

    • jenn s. June 13, 2013 at 9:33 am

      Hi Kelly – I know – the flower wall is gorgeous! That was actually part of the main event decor, but if you do a google search for “giant paper flower tutorial” tons of great stuff will come up. :)

  4. kelly June 13, 2013 at 9:35 am

    thanks will do!

  5. Brittany @GreyGrey Designs June 13, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    They are both gorgeous!! I love what you did with the popsicle sticks on both!

  6. Jina June 21, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Jenn – a HUGE thanks to you for being a speaker at PLUSH!! As expected, your work was so incredibly beautiful & perfect, and so many people walked away with great tips! It was fun watching them come up on stage to take photos of your work. You are truly talented, and we appreciate all of your hard work. Love your work, love your blog and love you! XOXO… Jina

  7. Tania Fischer September 28, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    More Flowers!! Love it!!

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