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DIY Balloon Arch

So this project almost killed me. Literally. We got the idea from The House that Lars Built's amazing balloon arch right here, but tweaked it a bit to tower over a table full of little kids for our State Fair Birthday Party. This project is not for the faint of heart but if you follow the well...

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DIY Marquee Light-Up Cake Topper

When I told Jess - our in house DIY guru - that I wanted a cake topper that lit up like a state fair marquee for Audrey's Birthday, I expected her to tell me that I was nuts. Because why would you want a cord coming off your cake? But then I sent her a link to the cordless, battery operated, miniature LED lights and boom. An idea was born.

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DIY Photo Booth Props

As a wedding and party blogger, I've seen my fair share of photo booths. But for some reason, when it's your own kid and your kids cute friends, the idea just feels right. But we wanted to update our State Fair Photo Booth with some serious SMP style. So Jess crafted these adorable (and free downloadable!) prop templates. It's photobooth chic times ten. 8.5”x11” white cardstock...

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DIY Goldfish Soap Favors

So now we're breaking down all of the DIYS for our State Fair Birthday party. I have to admit, we found this idea on Pinterest. Obviously. But really. There couldn't be a cuter, more appropriate favor. Tiny bags of goldfish surrounded by clear glycerin soap made to look exactly like the kind of prize you might win at a state fair.

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DIY Succulent Place Cards

Whether you're throwing an elaborate gathering or a small dinner party with close friends, details that may feel minute are the key to a party's success. Linen napkins, real china and DIY place cards are examples of a few small touches that go a really long way.  Alyssa Rosenheck recently created these DIY succulent place cards that are too cute to handle. And at the end of the night, they doubled as favours...

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10 Creative Hostess Gift Ideas

While it isn't exactly a rule that you need to come bearing gifts when you're invited to an event, it is a nice gesture. And though a thank you note post-party does wonders, a bottle of wine is always appreciated. Better yet? Flex those crafting muscles, warm that oven, and let's get our hostess gifting on! Here are 10 of our very favorites that will more or less guarantee you a repeat invite.

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DIY Flower Ice Cubes

Thank goodness for Ice Cream Week in August! We figured we'd share a fun DIY to add a little floral love to your cool evening summer snacks. What better way to dress up that after dinner drink than a flower filled cube of ice to keep it cool and refreshing?! Pour a heavy hand of Bailey's overtop to enjoy alongside your evening dish of ice cream. Summer bliss! Water Edible flowers and/or petals Ice cube...

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DIY Striped Napkins

Any good party planner knows that the design isn't in the details. It IS the details. But those details can often break the bank. A few dollars here and there adds up pretty quickly when you're hosting. Which is why we like to DIY as many projects as we physically can! With an emphasis on quick and easy, these striped napkins will take you from ice cream social to bright and bubbly...

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DIY Striped Backdrop

The one party tip we always dole out to inquiring minds: create a show stopping backdrop. It truly is the piece de resistance when it comes to any event. It's a great place to infuse your theme (in our case: an epic ice cream social!), and adds an instant dose of adorable. This striped beauty is essentially a massive canvas, which can easily be repurposed down the road, and could not have...

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DIY Ice Cream Kits

DIY ice cream kits are the kind of gift you give to someone who you really, really like. Because after you put something like this together for someone, you're more or less guaranteed a friend for life. I mean, assuming they're as obsessed with cute things and sugary treats as we are of course. Perfect for your kid's teacher, in lieu of a goody bag post-birthday party, or simply just because. Contents: 2 Cones from Ben and Jerry's...

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Lavender Infused Sugar

Make me a cup of tea, and I'll be your friend for life. Make me a cup of tea with a splash of lavender infused sugar? That's BFF status right there. And though it may sound like work, Lauren Werkheiser is here to prove that creating simple infused sugars truly couldn't be easier. A little of this, a little of that, and you've got yourself a decadent little treat that not only makes a great gift...

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DIY Table Runners

We fully subscribe to the notion that if you can't find it, make it (one peek at our DIY archive and you'll see just what I mean)! Which is why we adore Threaded Together. Because when they set out to put together their...

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DIY Stars & Stripes Stamped Flatware

If you've spent any time around here over the years, you may have noticed a trend. When it comes to a really epic party, the details reign queen. The backdrop for your custom photo booth, tiny flags atop your cupcakes, or stamped flatware are the key ingredient to making a 4th of July party really shine. One of our favourite way to do so: DIY stamps. Though we stamped our wooden flatware, these little guys could be used most anywhere!

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DIY Push Pop Confetti

These star spangled beauties are legitimately my new favourite thing. Not only are they unique and adorable, but they're super easy to make. Plus, when you and your friends shower them at your 4th of July BBQ it's kind of sort of totally the best thing ever. Ever!  Tissue paper confetti Star confetti...

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DIY Acrylic Menus

With help from Lowe's, we covered our top 10 tips for effortless outdoor entertaining, but we couldn't let it all pass us by without a nod to these super simple, super adorable (reusable) DIY menus. If you're looking for instant hostess with the...

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Simple Easter Tablescape + Place Card DIY

You know what makes us really happy? Spending the day at Ceremony Boston. Our pal, Alix Childs, has created such a breathtaking bridal boutique - it's seriously to die for. So we kept it simple this month with a rustic, Easter table display made of budding magnolia branches. We infused color with place settings from Anthropologie and a the most adorable...

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DIY Newspaper Party Pom Poms

What's a good Anti-Super Bowl party without a good Pom Pom. One that you can waive at your friends for taking champagne jello shots or that you can use when your favorite half time performer manages 6 different costume changes! These are a cinch to make - seriously taking less than 15 minutes - and are too stinking cute for words. 1 section of newspaper (like the sports...

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DIY Gold Fringe Numbers

Let's be honest here. It really shouldn't be legal to ring in the New Year without some big ol' golden numbers hung above-head. And because those party stores are nothing if not expensive, Hello!Lucky  has made their own version. And we, of course, begged them to share (and they were happy to oblige!) Thick cardstock Hole punch Clear fishing line Gold paper Exacto knife Scissors Hot glue Print out large numbers of your...

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DIY Drink Tags + A Free Template

When it comes to throwing a wonderful party, the devil is always in the details. Though it may seem small, little touches like cute drink flags and tags will absolutely, unequivocally, set the stage for a fabulous event. And The Pink Orange has made your job infinitely easier as she's giving these beauties away, for free! Simply follow the oh-so-simple steps below. Scissors...

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DIY S’mores Kit

As our wintry West Elm party came to a close, we thought we'd send our guests home with a little bit of love in s'mores format. This DIY kit is so simple to throw together, yet makes such a huge difference when your guests say their goodbyes. It's all about those...

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