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To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan and not quite enough time. — Leonard Bernstein

Whether hosting your little princess’s first toddler party or an adult milestone birthday bash, the secret to a great party is all in the planning. On-theme invitations, cakes, and favors (like how to make Harry Potter wands and butterbeer cake) make my heart flutter! I’m sharing trip and tricks to help you plan your next soiree.

Planning an Antoine’s Party in New Orleans

Ever try crafting on a plane? It’s not the easiest. But it’s what I do – especially on the way to a big trade show and the night before your cutter decides to act a little crazy. You take it with you and pray that there’s no turbulence. A couple of weeks ago, we had a...

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Dallas Crawfish Boil 2017

One of the really fun things that I get to do as my job for Global Data Vault, is to plan the company events. Events happen all year long but the biggest is the annual Crawfish Boil. It's a big party to celebrate how long we've been in business and to give back to...

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Party-ready Wine Glasses

I’m really into glass these days. Glass gifts, that is. A couple of years ago, I made these lighted glass blocks as our “gift” for the year. They went over really well but there’s only so many glass bricks you can give before people are tired of hauling them up to...

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Ideas for an easy black cat Halloween party

I think there's a cat problem in our neighborhood. Oh whoops. My bad. That's just my Girl Scout troop having our October meeting - with a black cat theme. I can't help myself - when it comes to a meeting at my house, I go into party mode and have to have a theme. I...

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Upgrade your tailgate party

It is football season – finally – and no one does tailgating better than schools in the south, am I right? I mean really, it must have been a Southerner who declared National Tailgating Day the first Saturday in September. Even if you missed a proper celebration this...

A Harry Potter Birthday Party

My girl LOVES Harry Potter, sooooo when she started planning for her 8th birthday party (2 months before her 7th birthday party), naturally she was all in on a Hogwarts-themed fete. And having been to a number of Harry Potter-themed events at area libraries and...

How to make Harry Potter wands

No Harry Potter costume is complete without a wand – so when we were planning for the Cupcake’s Harry Potter party, we knew we needed so set up an offering from Ollivander himself. These are super easy, fun and inexpensive to make. You’ll want to make these a couple...

Easy broomstick party favors

Ready for a super easy broomstick craft? How cute are these?! I made these as a party favor for the Cupcake’s recent Harry Potter party but they would work for a Halloween party, Wicked, or even a fall festival! Super simple to make, you might even have everything you...
A Type-A Mom and No Fuss Kids Birthday Party Planning

A Type-A Mom and No Fuss Kids Birthday Party Planning

Somebody had a birthday last week and thank goodness it wasn’t me. I’m done with birthdays, unless I can recycle the numbers I’ve already used. Ah, but to be young and 7. When you are 7, birthdays are a Very. Big. Deal. Like a surprise yard full of flamingos big deal....

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Girls Birthday Party | Blue Paris Pool Party

Girls Birthday Party | Blue Paris Pool Party

I have such fun friends. They party with picture-worthiness, and I love that they let me share them with you. Here's a guest post from my friend Christina who you'll recognize (despite her sassy new haircut) from flying kites, Spring Break with pie, School Frames and...

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Kid’s Party Themes – Frozen

Kid’s Party Themes – Frozen

Thank you Disney, for saving me from planning a ballet birthday party for girls plus boys in my backyard. Your release of the mega-hit Frozen was just in the nick of time, allowing me to keep the party far away from my not yet unpacked home full that's choking me with...

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Crawfish Boil Cupcakes

Crawfish Boil Cupcakes

In my day job, I’m a marketing consultant helping companies make their mark. Sometimes that means I get to do fun things like have t-shirts made for my client’s 10th Anniversary Crawfish Boil. Aren't they cute? Because it is not in my nature to arrive at a party...

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Snowflake Shortbread Cookies

Snowflake Shortbread Cookies

My roommate in grad school used to call me the Cookie Monster so… I might know a thing or two about addictive cookies. I caution you. What I’m about to share with you is dangerous. Dangerously good tasting and dangerously bad for your waistline. Dangerous in that if...

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Elf on Shelf and Smurf Party – Hat Bonding

Elf on Shelf and Smurf Party – Hat Bonding

It's no wonder our elves on the shelf love to visit with the Smurfs when they are at our house each December. Aside from the shirtless Smurfs, they've basically got the same fashion sense especially the head gear. WHen they are not hat bonding they enjoy watching a...

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Alvin and the Chipmunks Birthday Party

Alvin and the Chipmunks Birthday Party

For an entire year… scratch that. Since BEFORE her 4th birthday party, (which we celebrated with a Princess and Knights Birthday Party), the Princess Cupcake pronounced that for her 5th we would be celebrating with an Alvin and the Chipmunks Birthday Party. Oh.. and...

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Kids Party Themes – Mermaid Birthday Party

Kids Party Themes – Mermaid Birthday Party

  Mermaid Birthday Party Cakes The hubs thinks I am insane. Three birthday cakes for the Princess turning 5. Seems totally logical to me: 1 - Her party with friends 2 - Her party at home 3 - Her party at school The school party is notably the most low-key and the...

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Movember Mini Murph Pizza Party

Movember Mini Murph Pizza Party

Sometimes it’s fun to have a party – just because. Like, just because you like pizza.   And not just any old pizza, Papa Murphy’s pizza to be precise. Because you’re part of the Take and Bake Revolution – freeing yourself from those frozen and delivery excuses for...

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Planning a Pirate Party

Planning a Pirate Party

Walking the plank has never been so fun. The Princess Cupcake and I were part of the motley crew of landlubbers who commandeered the local aquatic center for Captain Drew’s 4th birthday. When you get an invitation like this: With scorched edges. In a bottle. With...

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