mad hatter tea party

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I won’t lie to you, this Alice in Wonderland mad hatter tea party took some serious effort by Donna at Party Wishes, but I think you’ll agree that the outcome was well worth it.

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She had her hands full from making the croquet game complete with 4′ tall croquet wickets (out of 1/4″ plywood, painted both sides, supported by 1×1″ pieces of wood with rebar drilled into the bottoms), stuffed flamingo covered mallets and hedgehog balls (4″ styrofoam balls covered in paper and Mod Podge) to hand painting massive tea cups (from the L.A. Flower Mart) to setting a bright and beautiful table.

So creative and so well executed.

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back to school centerpiece

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Whether you’re planning a back to school bash, a teacher’s lunch or you just want to make their first day of school breakfast special, this centerpiece idea from Little Ant Design is really adorable… and quite economical! She used pencils (molded around can food items), placemat size chalkboards, rulers, composition notebooks, apples and flash cards to pull off the theme and she did a beautiful job. I also love the idea of stenciling on glass vases with chalkboard paint. Very smart! {wink}

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watermelon cookies

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I came across these at The Decorated Cookie, a must visit blog, and had to pass them along. They’re perfect for a picnic and much less messy than the real thing. {wink}  She’s laid out all the details with step-by-step pictures. Oh, and the other great thing, you don’t have to have a special cookie cutter. If you have a circle or you use a glass, just cut the shape in half. Enjoy!

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sip and sea shower

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Isn’t this simply beautiful?! Chris from Celebrations At Home has outdone herself. I love the nautical theme. And not just that, what a fun idea for a second child. This way you get to show off the little one! {wink}

Visit her original post for more pictures and all the wonderful details, but here are a few of my favorites:

The drink station (above). Here’s what Chris had to say ” Served at the drink station was an ‘Ocean Breeze’ cocktail, and Jones blue colored berry lemonade. Also available were ‘lifesavers’ candies. The stemware held drink charms fashioned from nautical themed buttons. To hang above the bar as a focal point, I used a message board and applied several different nautical maps in a mosaic form, then just tucked in a few photos of the new baby and family.”

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Entry way – what a great way to welcome your guests at the door, a message on a lifesaver

Party decor – I love the personal touches, like the “N” for the little one’s name and the plush toys that mom can share with him later

Nautical inspired table – here you see a fun way to serve snacks, but make sure and visit Chris because she set a beautiful table complete with maps at each place setting

Handmade invitation – for those of you who are crafty, Chris even gives details on how to make this fun (likely hand delivered) invitation

Great job Chris!

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must have wheels

As a mom of two boys, I’m constantly drawn to any party ideas or food ideas that revolve around the things they love… critters, sports and oh yes… wheels. With that in mind, here are a few boy inspired cakes.

The first three are from Parenting.com and the second set are from FamilyFun.com. You can get all the details and templates by following the links. Happy baking!

Choo Choo Train Cake

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Bulldozer Cake

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Dump Truck Cake

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Fire Engine Cake and Race Track Cake

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bonjour bridal shower

Black is in for bridal showers… elegant, always beautiful and it goes with everything! The trend is definately to partner it with a vibrant pink. For just such an ocassion we recently launched our “divine,” “blossoms,” and “bubbly” invitations and decor. And for additional inspiration, here are a few “real” party pics we found at The Hostess Blog.

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As you can see, beautiful patterns of card stock from the craft store can be your best friend when planning a party. They used this demask pattern for thier placemats. What a smart and inexpensive way to set a beautiful table. 

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Their inspiration was not only the color, but the Eiffel Tower, hence the bonjour message on the paper lanterns over the table. So cute! 

The part I loved the most was the favor idea. The bride’s mother passed away from cancer a few years ago so instead of a favor the hostesses made a donation to the Susan G Komen foundation.  They created donation cards and wrapped them in tulle so that each guest could remember the bride’s mother was there in spirit and watching down from heaven.

Great work ladies!

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introducing batty

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And the last of our 2009 Halloween designs, but certainly not least, is our new “batty” invitation and decor. We specifically designed this invite for those who wanted more modern than scary and we believe our knarly tree is just the trick {pun intended; giggle}.

Visit our holiday shoppe to explore all of these invitations and the fun and whimsical decor to match. It’s never too early to start planning your next bash!

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introducing martinis & mayhem

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Halloween isn’t just for little ghosts and goblins. Big witches and warlocks need a little fun too and our new “martinis & mayhem” custom invitation is perfect for the occasion, from the modern style of the pinstripe background to the whimsical style of the BOO! glass marker. And you must check out our sleek “eek!” party decor too. {wink}

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introducing drop in

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Our new “drop in” invitation is super fun from the spooky spider to the polka dot “BOO!” and it’s perfect for a Halloween block party or open house. We have not only the table runner and treat bags shown, but also dessert plates, beverage napkins, pumpkin paper lanters and more. Holiday supplies are limited so don’t delay. You’ll be haunted if you miss out! {giggle}

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introducing haunted

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We’ve launched our 2009 Halloween party invitations and decor and I have to admit I’m excited. This design in particular is known as “haunted” and as you can see is accompanied by a spooky centerpiece and bat cupcake toppers, plus much much more. Take a peek at the entire Halloween collection!

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