Vintage Halloween Party by Sweets Indeed

This vintage Halloween dessert table by Sweets Indeed caught my eye immediately. The black lace is gorgeous yet creepy and who would’ve thought to use Monarch butterflies in a Halloween display? Simply genius! Also, using purple seems to be a common trend in this year’s party designs and I love it! It really adds a pop to the usual black and orange. Be sure to visit the Sweets Indeed blog for more eye candy of this beautiful display!

Photography by: The Pixel Studio
Vintage Prop Pieces by: Found Vintage Rentals
Cookies by: Sophie Hogarth
Cake by: Rebecca Lehman
Design, styling, paper goods and other desserts by: Sweets Indeed

Halloween Dessert Table by Shauna Younge

This Halloween dessert table by Shauna of Shauna Younge Dessert Tables is simple enough to construct (she found most of her decor at Target) but adorable enough to impress. I love the vintage feel and the color scheme. So pretty and perfectly set in an outdoor location! Head on over to her blog for step-by-step instructions on how to create such an impressive display yourself AND to download your FREE printables courtesty of Shauna and Bethany Hway!

Ghost and bat cakes…those bats hovering over that cake are cute as can be!
Brain cupcakes, skull and bones chocolate molds, broomstick favor bags and spooky brownie pops.

Operation Give Thanks

Operation Shower has put together a great opportunity for you to help military families! This is from the Operation Give Thanks website:

Operation Give Thanks is a nation-wide fundraising campaign to help Operation Shower continue our mission to throw amazing baby showers for military families to ease the burden of deployment….

We are often asked how to best help Operation Shower. We decided that since Operation Shower gives back to our military families through parties, so can YOU !

We are asking people across the nation to host a party, big or small, between now and the end of the year to raise money for Operation Shower. What a wonderful way to express your gratitude and thanks at this special time of year — and have fun!

Our long-term goal is to reach every military base in the nation. Our short-term goal is to raise $50,000 through Operation Give Thanks to enable us to shower over 200 more moms-to-be ! That’s right, if you raise $250 for Operation Shower, that helps us to throw a full amazing baby shower with gifts for a military mom to be whose spouse is deployed!

What a great cause right? AND what a great excuse to throw a party! Also, some of my favorite party sites created FREE printables so you can host your party in style! (You do not have to throw a baby shower to help…you can throw any type of party!) Check it out:

Paper and Cake created these printables which would be just perfect for a baby shower or sip ‘n see!

These printables by Paper and Pigtails would be great for a baby shower, a gender reveal party, a 1st birthday party or a theater party!

Jenn at Parties by Hardie actually created three different printable collections for a girl, a boy or neutral. Her printables would be great for a baby shower or kid’s birthday party.
Hostess with the Mostess took a different route and created her Grateful Mod fall holiday printables that would be great for Thanksgiving or Fall showers and parties!
And last but certainly not least, Kim from The TomKat Studio also created fall themed printables which happen to be my personal favorite!
If you decide to host a party, please email Operation Shower at or and they will help guide you and provide more information!

Camping Out

I don’t know how the weather is around the rest of the country but here in Texas it is perfect for an outdoor party. Sunny skies and 80 degrees during the day, cool nights and a tad breeze are perfect for the newest themed party I have seen showcased often lately: campout parties! What a great theme not only for a little boy (or little girl’s) birthday party but for an engagement party or couples shower as well.

This first party was actually a Tom Sawyer party featured on The Party Dress. I love all the little details from the Boston Baked Beans candy party favors to the adorable bonfire cupcakes!

This next party is also Tom Sawyer inspired from Kate Landers Events, LLC. Kate says she “immediately re-read the books, watched the original films, and tried to think of how to create a scene for the guests that made them feel like they were riding down the Mississippi River with Tom and Huck on a raft-maybe hopping on a steamboat ferry for a gourmet meal, or eating pie on an Aunt’s front porch while cooling off with a glass of lemonade.” I’d say she did a pretty amazing job at conveying all of the above!

And this party was an actual campout party by Lisa with Moore Minutes for her little boy Dakotah. I LOVE what she had to say on her blog about planning the party: “Camping isn’t really “my thing”. I’d rather be sitting cozy in a 5 star resort getting a pedicure…BUT the reality is I spent the weekend in the dirt with 4 little boys….” She sounds EXACTLY like me! If (and that is a big IF) you are going to go camping (for real) then you might as well do it in style right?

Look closely…the gifts are all wrapped in camoflauge wrapping paper!
Lisa homemade trail mix for all the boys’ place settings.
And my FAVORITE part of this party is the smores bar! I have seen this before and think it is just the cutest idea ever and is an idea that can be used for any type of party! I mean, how fun would this be at a wedding!?

I just love this picture of the boys with their “hobo sticks”! Lisa made these for the boys as their party favors!

Happy Camping!