DIY: Edible-Gold Polka-Dot Cake

A little gold makes everything better (am I right?!), but add polka dots and you’ve got yourself a grade-A winner. Hence, this DIY edible-gold polka-dot cake—it’s just what your next birthday party or get-together needs! Plus, it won’t take you hardly anytime at all to make on your own.

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DIY: Pop-Up Birthday Card (with free printable!)

I’ve never met anyone who isn’t charmed by a pop-up book, so if you’ve got a friend or family member with a birthday on the horizon, why not make them a fun, interactive card to celebrate? Best of all, this DIY card takes only takes five minutes to make (I promise!).

free birthday card


DIY: Personalized Flower Wrap (Perfect for Mother’s Day!)

If you’re giving your mama a bouquet of fresh-picked blooms this Mother’s Day, take your gift to the next level by ditching the generic packaging and presenting the flowers in a personalized flower wrap. In your best penmanship, hand-letter a meaningful quote, poem, song lyric, or compliment to express your gratitude and love.

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Dove-Themed Baptism Party

Celebrate your little one’s baptism or christening with a dove-themed party complete with matching aviary details and accessories.

Baby Christening Ideas: Dove

1. SEND // this invite
Invite guests to the baptism and any following festivities with this elegant-yet-sweet invitation (“Little Dove” by Susan Asbill).

2. DIY // these decorations
Hang a flock of cut-paper doves to enliven the party space. (Learn how to make the paper-dove garland here.)

3. DISPLAY // these place cards
If you’re hosting a post-baptism luncheon, designate guests’ seats by embellishing their glasses with a paper-dove place card.

4. GIVE // these favors
Thank everyone for coming by sending guests home with pretty dove-shaped sugar cookies.

5. WEAR // these moccasins
Outfit your little one in these darling (and adorably tiny!) leather moccasins.

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More Baby Party Ideas
• DIY Baby Shower Favor: Fabric-Wrapped Votive
• Baby Memory Box and Printable Keepsake Tags
• Moon-and-Stars Baby Shower


DIY: Alphabet Crayon Favors

My son has a slight obsession with alphabet letters so for his birthday, I decided to make letter-shaped crayons as party favors. They were surprisingly simple to make and a big hit! If you don’t mind getting a little wax beneath your fingernails, here’s how to make your own…

how to make letter crayons

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DIY: Baby Shower Favor

By Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

When it comes to baby shower favors, we like to give little gifts with a lot of meaning, like these simple and sentimental fabric-wrapped votives. The candles are meant for guests to light once they get word mama is in labor and baby is on its way. This way, your loved ones can send their love and light to you both during delivery.

This DIY project is quick and easy to make: We paired Minted’s “Dotted Diamond” fabric with green yarn to keep the shower theme gender-neutral and modern, but you could use pink or blue ribbon to complement your party’s color scheme or the baby’s gender.

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DIY: Retro Paint Can Favors (with printable)

Written by Olivia Kanaley

Inspired by retro packaging designs, these printable labels are designed to fit mini paint cans that you can buy online. If your child’s next birthday bash will involve paints and palettes, fill these with pint-sized art supplies so guests can keep the creativity going at home. Or, if the paint’s finally dry in your new home, fill these with tasty treats for a clever housewarming favor. However you choose to use these, let the party begin!

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Recipe: Golden Lass Cocktail (with free printable coasters!)

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and if you, like me, are in search of a festive libation that doesn’t leave your mouth stained bright green, then this is the recipe for you. Simple and refreshing, the Golden Lass is a delicious, ladylike cocktail that combines sparkling lemonade, Irish whiskey, and honey. What’s even sweeter? Our free, hand-lettered printable drink coasters! They’re the perfect addition to any party.

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DIY: Polka-Dot Party Favor Bags

By Sara Albers & Melissa Fenlon of  alice & lois

P0lka dots are always a great party theme—they’re colorful and playful, and most of all, just plain fun! Today, we’re sharing a simple polka-dot treat bag DIY that involves decorating muslin bags with a simple stamping technique. It’s a fun way to get your kiddo involved and helping with the party prep, and the bags are perfect for stuffing with small treats. Best of all, the little polka-dot pouches are a goody bag guests can use at home, too.

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DIY: Four Easy Cake-Decorating Ideas

I’m not going to be starring in a cake-decorating reality show anytime soon, but I can take a plain, frosted cake and make it ready for a party in just a few minutes—no fancy frosting tips required! Here are four easy ideas to try the next time you have an occasion that calls for something sweet.

kid's birthday cakes Idea #1: Lollipops
Dum Dum suckers can easily be poked into the cake and then easily removed before serving. I love the variety of colors they come in and the finished look.

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