real party: modern houndstooth party

April 5, 2011

We were thrilled when photographer Julie Harrell sent over this really lovely houndstooth-inspired party she put together for her daughter’s second party.   We just love the design, colors and all of the handmade elements Julie created.  So creative and original.

Julie designed the invitation (which is also available for download on her blog!).

We think the big print in the background is such a fun touch!  And how adorable is the birthday girl in her special dress?To keep costs down, Julie handmade a lot of the details, including these super fun streamers (inspired by Jordan Ferney!).

We love these marshmallows — so easy but so fun and festive!

And super cute handmade, personalized favor bags!For more details, resources and photos — see Julie’s blog.  Thank you so much for sharing, Julie!


paper rainbow installation

March 31, 2011

We’ve been posting a lot about color and we were excited to hear from Janelle who was inspired by our recent rainbow posts and created this AMAZING crepe paper installation for a party.

This alone would make the party!  See Janelle’s blog for the full details.  Thanks for sharing and we’re so happy you’ve found a little inspiration here on HHH! 



March 30, 2011

Itching to celebrate this spring?
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Why don’t you…
Bake (and eat!) a cake adorned with flowers.
Release hundreds of ladybugs into your garden (they’re really inexpensive at your local nursery).
Host a study in wildflowers in your living room.
Experiment with a mini botanist kit.

[images: David Wittig, Ryan Marshall, Teri Dimalanta]


real party: beatle mania party!

March 29, 2011

We spotted this party over at one of our favorite party blogs – Hostess with the Mostess – and of course we had to share.  Suzanne of SHE PAPERIE + design created an unbelievably creative, clever and fun party and we’re happy to share it here.

Everything from the invitations, to the photo booths to the little details like the “yellow submarine” Twinkies are so much fun.  And  we adore the color palette and pops of color.

Take a close look at the super clever menu!

And of course a very lovely display that would make anyone, little or big, want to dive right into the yummy treats.

These are just a few of the details.  To see more of the party and sources, check out Suzanne’s lovely blog.  All paper goods were designed by Suzanne/SHE PAPERIE.  Photography by Jeanna Hayes Studio.


photo booths

March 28, 2011

We love photo booths!  They’re fun for everyone – big and little.  And they can be super easy (or if you choose, elaborate) to set up.  Here are a few of our tips and key elements.

A designated area for the photo booth, a simple backdrop, fun signage and of course cute kids like Shim + Sons!

And if you want to make it extra easy, there are great shops like this Etsy shop, Little Retreats, where you can purchase fun props.

And there you have it – a fun and festive activity that also documents your special day!

[image 1 from Shim + Sons; image 2 via here + photography by Catherine Clay], image 3 via Little Retreats]


easter party

March 24, 2011

It’s just a month until Easter so today we’re sharing some of our favorite items and ideas for the holiday.
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wrap with bunny cloth bags
extend an invitation with a message in an egg
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make centerpieces of wheat grass
snack on mini pancake stacks
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decorate with peep bunting
delight with crepe paper carrots (with surprises wrapped inside!)

What are your plans for Easter this year?


polka dot cake

March 23, 2011

We love these whimsical polka dot cakes. Think it looks a little intimidating to tackle yourself? The always genius Brooke shared a surprisingly easy tutorial on her blog, Inchmark. Picnik collage
[sources: dot cake from Brooke, pop culture cakes from flavorwire, Lodekka photographed by Leela Cyd Ross via Victoria]


matryoshka nesting dolls

March 17, 2011

Nesting dolls seem to be popping up (get it, popping?! ) everywhere these days. Here are some favorite products and ideas that could be included in a nesting doll party.
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[sources: party from Stephmodo, Masha and Friends stationery, cake toppers from Twig and Thistle, fabric patches, tape, cupcake toppers, many matryoshka print, clips, wrapping paper]


smoothie bar

March 16, 2011

A smoothie bar is a perfect addition to your spring and summer parties. Fill bowls with several ingredients, have a blender handy and let your guests concoct their original flavors.
What would your blend be?

photos: Leslie Tippetts; you can see more of this party I put together on One Charming Party


how does your garden grow party

March 11, 2011

Its Daylight Savings this weekend which means Spring is just around the corner (hooray!). So we’ve got warm weather parties on the mind. Wouldn’t this be a fun – a “how does your garden grow” party? Lots of really fun things you could do.

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Happy weekend, everyone! Thanks for being here with us this week.