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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.

Ideas for an easy black cat Halloween party

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

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...

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A Harry Potter Birthday Party

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...

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How to make Harry Potter wands

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...

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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...

Harry Potter Party Invitations

All the Cupcake needed to add the finishing touch to her Harry Potter party were the perfect Harry Potter party invitations. Look at the Owl Post design below and tell me that they are not genius.  I’d like to take all the credit for them but I only built upon what I...

How to throw a Louisiana-style Crawfish Boil

If you’ve ever lived in Louisiana – and then somewhere else – there are a few unique experiences that you will miss deeply after you’ve left the state. No matter how hard you try to recreate them elsewhere, they will pale in comparison to the real thing in the real...

Don’t Think Twice About Hiring a Photographer for Your Next Party

The Cupcake had her 8th birthday party recently and of all the cool Harry Potter things we did, hiring a photographer for the event trumps them all. For previous parties, I’ve either taken the photos myself or relied on a volunteering friend to be my shutterbug – and...
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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Planning a Hello Kitty Party

Planning a Hello Kitty Party

The Mommy Upgrade went to the Cupcake’s bestie’s Hello Kitty 4th birthday party and mom Mary Beth outdid herself.Hello Kitty Cakes – yes, she made them. They’re fondant and strawberry cake inside.She even made the cake stand. Okay, for her wedding a long time ago, but...

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Princess and Knight Party

Princess and Knight Party

The Princess Cupcake should be a party planner. Months before her big 4th birthday, she pronounced that her royal celebration (as it became known), would be held at our neighborhood park and everyone would dress as princesses. Even the mommies. “What about the boys?...

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How to make tissue paper pom poms

How to make tissue paper pom poms

Tissue paper pom poms may be one of the cutest, most inexpensive and easiest things you can make for a party. The cupcake’s 4th birthday party was a princess and pirate’s party at the park (say that 10 times fast!) and the drab pavilion needed a little sprucing up....

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Baseball Cupcakes (How Not to Make Them)

Baseball Cupcakes (How Not to Make Them)

Sit down. I have some news. Are you ready? Donut holes are not completely round. I know, crazy because it seems like they are, but they’re really not. You’ll figure this out as soon as you try to use them to make baseballs on top of cupcakes. See?   They look...

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Toy Story 3 Party

Toy Story 3 Party

So I'm waaaay overdue on sharing this with you. Like 3 months. I'm trying to be better at posting and not just collecting great stuff to share with you. I apologize. I'll be better. But this was worth the wait. Promise. The Princess Cupcake was invited to an...

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I am seeing Pink!

I know you have a friend like this. She throws together a party with such effortless style that you are envious of her low blood pressure and the depth of her accoutrements. That was the Pinkalicious party that we stepped into on Saturday morning. It was Pink, Pink,...

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Tangled Rapunzel Cake

I think I might have impressed myself with this one. At least at 2 a.m. when I finished up, I thought it might be my best culinary masterpiece to date. Instead of waiting until that evening to reveal the cake to the Princess, I showed it to her when she woke up the...

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