With the WORLD SERIES in full swing, I wanted to share this great idea from Jenny Melrose!  A watermelon carved into the shape of a baseball mitt and used as the serving dish for fruit- what a fantastic way to serve guests at a party- or guests that are over to watch the game!

Pop over to Jenny’s blog for directions on how to make this baseball mitt– it is sure to be a hit with your guests!  Thank you for linking your cute idea, Jenny!

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Celebrating your birthday with a Mexican Fiesta is a sure way to have a great time!  My daughter and several of her friends had a ball with all of the bright colors and (hopefully) vivid memories of a beautiful party day full of fun!  Planning all of the party ideas and details was loads of fun- although we don’t claim to have everything authentically perfect- this is our take on a party that combines Mexican birthday party ideas with a young girl’s likes and wishes!  For instance, we know hedgehogs don’t hail from Mexico- but when she fell in love with a festive-looking hedgehog at a local shop, we decided the hedgehog would make a perfectly fun party favor!  So read on and enjoy- and hopefully you will find an idea or two that you can use for a Mexican-themed party or even a Cinco de Mayo celebration, too- and inspiration to incorporate ideas that make your party perfectly-suited for the birthday child! 


There is nothing like the bright colors and happy prints of Lilly Pulitzer to make every day feel like a party!  For my daughter’s 12th birthday party, she wanted to decorate cakes~ Lilly-style!  So, in order to decide how to mesh the two, I kept thinking “if Lilly had a cake shop instead of a juice stand”… I have to admit, this was one fun party to plan!  It is a blast to see where ideas go in the hands of a TWEEN!  Enjoy and remember, “…being happy never goes out of style!”. 


What began as a simple gesture to introduce my daughter to a wonderful book series has become a special evening ritual for us- reading Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books!  I must admit, I didn’t realize quite how interesting these books would be to her, but she cannot wait to read all nine in the series.  It was only fitting that her birthday party focus around Little House on the Prairie!  Together, we had a ball planning all of the details of her party that related to the books in some way.  At Camille’s request, we focused on some of her favorite parts of the stories… prairie flowers, covered wagons, tee pees, the colors in the drawings of the books,  and “pretty”…because “Ma” liked things to be pretty!


Watermelon-themed parties are one of my absolute favorite birthday party ideas! Tracy, of Sweet Peach Paperie, hosted a watermelon party for her daughter’s 2nd birthday, and she is going to show us some of the elements that can make your party really stand out…from the darling invitation to the lunch boxes to the hand-held fans. Tracy’s birthday party ideas will help you make your watermelon bash the sweetest one in town!  

First, set the tone with these fabulous invitations…I love the gingham insert on the envelope!


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