On Trend – Unicorns

It would be impossible to do a trend report this year and NOT talk about unicorns. They are showing up everywhere from Starbucks to decor to beauty products. The trend is characterized by vibrant pastels, shimmering pearly finishes, rainbows, and, of course, lots of glitter!

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Unicorn parties are HUGE right now for birthdays and baby showers. This unicorn birthday party from TheIcedSugarCookie.com is a great example of all the whimsical, soft, and sugary goodness of a unicorn party.

unicorn party foods

Although incredibly sweet,  these unicorn macaroons are way beyond my level of expertise. However, the cupcake and cake toppers here are an incredibly easy way to turn ordinary cakes into magical unicorns.

unicorn cake

unicorn cupcakes

For party favors, these adorable unicorn necklaces are inexpensive and come in gold or silver. If you’re feeling crafty you can make easy unicorn gift bags.

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unicorn gift bags

And while we’re talking about getting crafty, I posted the easiest tutorial on how to make these adorable unicorn party lanterns here.

Unicorn paper lantern

While it’s perfectly acceptable to go over the top with this theme, I do love the idea of incorporating unicorns in more subtle and sophisticated ways like this lamp from jillianharris.com.

unicorn decor

Another great example is this statement wall from bloglovin.com.

unicorn decor stencil

Even more minimalistic examples are this shirt and framed art.

unicorn shirt

unicorn printable

Finally, if you do host a unicorn party think about including a ‘pin the horn on the unicorn’ game. You can get one here or make your own and let the guests decorate their own horns!

unicorn party games

Don’t forget to connect and show me your unicorn party pics!

Love + lots of glitter,

Sarah

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On Trend – Donuts

One of the more playful themes that is trending in parties and decor right now is donuts. Donuts are colorful, fun, and (of course) delicious! This theme can be used for all ages; baby showers, children’s parties, weddings, and more.

Let the donut puns begin, cause donuts are a ‘hole’ lotta fun.

Pastel donut wall

Donut wall

Donut walls and bars are popular right now, especially at weddings. This monochrome donut display from Inspired By This is an elegant take on the trend. They can be incorporated into wedding cakes and other dessert tables too.

Tiered Donut Cake

Donut cake

Tiered donuts

The use of pastel colors and floral accents gives donuts a more “grown-up”, bohemian feel, but it’s easy to add sophistication to even children’s parties.

Donut invitation

Milk and donuts

For a birthday party I would LOVE to attempt this giant donut cake from The Cake Blog. How cute is that?!

Donut cake

As always, I’d love to see your party pics and donut themes. Please connect with me on social media and share with me!

Love + sprinkles,

Sarah

Dream Big Party

For my son’s first birthday I wanted a unique theme that I could really great creative with. Because he is a Gemini, I started thinking about air, movement, and all things “flowy”.

Clouds, dreams, and feathers came to mind and I settled on the theme “Dream Big, Little Man”. See how I made the dreamcatchers here and the blessing stones here. I’d love to see your take on this theme. Please share your photos with me 🙂

Feather cookies

Hand-painted feather cookies

Hand crafted toys

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Dreamcatcher decor

Huge dreamcatcher

Dreamy tent

A shady play area by the pool

Blessing stones

Blessing stones for party favors

Comfy seating

Low table surrounded by pillows made it easy for parents and little ones to eat

Dream-themed foods

Gold-dipped shortbread, chocolate sugar cookies, and cupcakes

Floating cloud balloons

Helium filled balloon clusters to resemble “clouds”

Cloud balloons

Floating clouds

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dreamcatcher smash cake

Dream party food table

A delicious assortment of foods that both the parents and kids loved!

Charcuterie

Charcuterie with dried fruits and dark chocolate

Charcuterie board

Charcuterie and cheese board

Let's eat!

Let’s eat!

Hand-painted party favors

Hand-painted party favors

Party favors

Thank you to our guests

Let's play!

Music makers, dancing ribbons, and bubbles for play

Handcrafted dancing ribbons

Crafted toys for the kids to play with

Dreamcatcher beads

Dreamcatcher beads

Feather-shaped cookies

Delicious feather-shaped cookies

Dancing ribbons and musical toys

More crafty play things

Poolside play area

Inside the play area

Dream party food spread

Yum!

Salad and nibbles

Strawberry and goat cheese salad with roasted peas

Dream Big invitations

On Trend – Desert Rose

I am absolutely in love with the “Desert Rose” theme that I’m seeing in party decor, interiors, edibles, and more. Cacti have been extremely popular in weddings lately too. The cool greens of succulents and the darker, almost emerald, cactus greens make a beautiful contrast with dusty rose and blush.

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Using crisp and clean design elements and metallic accents makes this a perfect theme for a bridal or baby shower. I would LOVE to host an eclectic desert rose dinner party for a more simple production, but I have seen some amazing weddings pulling from this trend.

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These cactus cupcakes from Leslie Vigil at Tasteful Cakes are adorable! The metallic drip icing on the cactus cake below adds more elegance suitable for a wedding (see more at brides.com)

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Afternoon Tea

My girlfriend had been out of state for several months and wanted to host an intimate, relaxed gathering to reconnect with friends after returning home. She loved my suggestion of a playful afternoon tea.

Fresh-baked tea biscuits

Fancy finger sandwiches, savory biscuits, and pastries were served with tea pairings. (Here is the full menu I designed: Tea_Menu).

Tea_Menu

Flowers in teacups

Ladies afternoon tea

Bubbly Lemonade with Fresh Blackberries

I made soy-based non-toxic candles in an assortment of fancy teacups as party favors for the guests. The teabag-shaped thank you tag was an adorable touch.

Teacup candles

Ladies tea

Floral arrangements