Throw a Hot Cocoa-Themed Party this Holiday Season

Whether you’re planning to host a holiday tree-trimming party, kid’s birthday celebration, or even a wintry-themed bridal or baby shower, we love the idea of a cozy hot cocoa theme. The party-throwing geniuses over at Happy Wish Company were so inspired by Minted’s “Hot Cocoa Bar” holiday invitation that they created this very merry hot chocolate party. Keep reading for their tips on how to recreate it at home.

Holiday Party Idea: Hot Cocoa


Chic Halloween Decor in One Easy Step

Written by Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete

The older I get, the less I want to decorate my house in traditional Halloween colors. If we are going to have decorations up for weeks at a time, I want it to look great—after all, I’m going to look at it every day! So this month has been all about brainstorming chic ideas with a spooky twist, which lead me to my new secret weapon for Halloween decorating, beakers. They give off a creepy laboratory vibe when paired with moody colors and maybe a spider web or two. Here are a few ways you can update the bar for your Halloween bash if you grab just a few.

Halloween BarBeaker Cocktail Glasses

• I ordered a few sets of beakers on Amazon: the cylinder shape and the flask shape.

Creative Halloween Ideas

Bar Styling Ideas Add treats and snacks in the wide-mouth beakers.

Halloween Cocktails Mix drinks and add stirrers and straws to turn them into the perfect Halloween cocktail glass.

Halloween Cocktail Ideas The larger pieces in the sets make perfect pitchers or vases for flowers!

Beakers Beaker Flower Arrangements

These beakers got my bar Halloween-ready with minimal effort. I did the same things I always do for guests, just in interesting containers! Great for any last minute decorating or putting that finishing touch on your decor.


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Throw a Googly Eye Halloween Party!

Today I’ve got an entire Halloween party for you in five easy steps. The only rule? Add googly eyes to everything—the party invitation, the decorations, the food, your child. Got it? Here we go!

halloween decorating ideas

free halloween party invitation

Throw a Googly Eye Halloween Party!

Step one: Download and print the invitation.

Step two: Decorate your party space with loads of googly-eyed pumpkins and gourds.

halloween party food

Keep reading for the rest of our google eye Halloween party ideas


How To: Assemble the Perfect Fall Gift Basket

Sure, a pre-made gift basket is totally convenient, but let’s face it—nobody wants cheese dip with pimentos (and there are always pimentos in there!). Rather than buying a basket full of uninspired snacks, the better way to go is to assemble your own gift containing your favorite fall-inspired goodies—it makes the perfect present for a new neighbor, teacher, or coworker. Here’s all the ingredients you need to assemble the perfect fall-themed gift basket:

personalized gift basket

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DIY: Birthday Candle Garland

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

Birthday candles are a must if you’re celebrating a birthday, which is why we created this whimsical garland of cardstock candles. It’s guaranteed to become a decoration staple at all your birthday celebrations. We used bright neon cardstock to make ours, but you could, of course, choose any color scheme you like.

A great DIY birthday candle garland to make for your next party. A great DIY birthday candle garland

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DIY: Fringed Party Horns

Festive and full of fun, these little noisemakers will add instant flair to your next party. Hand them out to guests as they arrive at your celebration or display them at each place setting. Best of all, these party horns are easy to make and can be customized to complement any party theme.

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Minted Parties: Cardboard Box-Themed Birthday Party

Susan Hutchinson of the wonderful blog Fleurishing recently threw the most amazing party for her twins’ Henry and Marie’s third birthday. Her family was in the midst of a big move (read: totally surrounded by boxes!). But instead of skipping a party this year, she turned the boxes into a fabulous cardboard box-themed birthday bash. We asked her to share all of the party details.

Cardboard Box-Themed Birthday Party IdeasSusan chose “Cardboard Box” invitation by Lehan Veenker for Minted for her twins’ birthday party.

Cardboard Box-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

This is genius! How did you come up with the birthday party theme?
We’re in the midst of a move and are surrounded by boxes! I honestly was leaning towards not doing anything this year. But then I had a light bulb moment and couldn’t believe my luck when I found the “Cardboard Box” invitation by Lehan Veenker for Minted—that sealed the deal, it was too perfect. It simply had to be done.

Where did the party take place?
At our (still empty) new place—an industrial loft in an old knitting mill factory (circa 1895).

How did you make those amazing cardboard structures?
My husband Parker made them—he’s amazing! I researched online and found some pretty cool ones, both commercial and homemade, as inspiration. Ours ended up being pretty unique, though, thanks to his imagination and brilliant engineering! It took him about three late nights after work to craft them. He reached a new level of rockstar daddy status.

Cardboard Box-Themed Birthday Party Ideas

How many guests attended?
We had about 10 adults and 13 kids… our closest friends and their children!

What were everyone’s reactions to the party?
The kids’ reactions were the best, of course—seeing their faces light up with delight was such a treat. The best part was when we passed out (washable) markers and told them to go wild decorating and drawing on the boxes.

Cardboard Box-Themed Birthday Party IdeasThe party menu included cardboard-colored snacks like graham crackers, square-shaped pretzels, and a homemade croquembouche that Susan made out of 200 donut holes!

Creative Kids' Birthday Party Ideas: Cardboard Box ThemeFor party favors, Susan gave each child in attendance a copy of the book Not a Box, about a clever rabbit with a knack for imagining brilliant cardboard creations.

Creative Kids' Birthday Party Ideas: Cardboard Box Theme

Photos: Courtesy of Susan Hutchinson of Fleurishing


DIY: Watermelon Piñatas

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Savor the final days of August with these sweet slices. Watermelon-shaped piñatas come together easily from that ubiquitous summer-serving staple: the paper plate. Dessert-sized plates make watermelon slices sized just right for place settings or favors.

DIY Watermelon Pinatas DIY Watermelon Pinatas

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DIY: Watercolor Cloth Napkins

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of Alice & Lois

Looking for a simple way to add a handmade touch to your next party? These hand-painted watercolor cloth napkins are an easy DIY project and will add a pretty splash of color to your next brunch or bridal shower. Bonus: The napkins can also double as take-home favors. All you need are a few supplies and you’re all set; I tied on sweet little “love” cards to use as napkin rings.

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DIY: Easy Alphabet Cake Toppers

If you haven’t wandered the scrapbooking aisle at your local craft store, you’re missing out. The scrapbooking supplies I love the most are chipboard letters and stickers—they can be used to customize anything from favors and treat bags to party hats. I found these colorful mini alphabet stickers the other day and, in just a few simple steps, transformed them into cake toppers that can spell out anything you’d like.

letter cake toppers