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Dressing up a plain cake is a snap, with this fast and easy DIY that will work for almost any occasion. Using graphic wallpaper samples, which can be purchased online for a few dollars (or free of charge in some cases), you can create charming wallpaper cake toppers in a matter of minutes.

Wallpaper cake topper on onecharmingparty.com #caketoppers

You will need: scissors, wallpaper samples (I used  this one, designed by Emily Isabella), lollipop sticks, non-toxic craft glue, pen or pencil

Wallpaper cake topper on onecharmingparty.com #caketoppers

Directions: Select a wallpaper sample that has a bold print that can be cut easily to make a graphic statement on your cake. Using a pen or pencil, trace the shapes you wish to cut out, or simply start cutting without tracing first (whichever works best for you). Cut out the most interesting shapes to use as cake toppers. Run a small bead of glue over the top one to two inches of your lollipop stick, depending on how large the cut out shape is that you’ll be attaching. Note: Stop the bead of glue about 1/4 inch from the bottom of where your wallpaper shape will attach, to insure that no glue comes in contact with the cake, even after the glue is dry. This only applies to shapes that will actually be touching the icing when you poke them in. Adhere each shape to a lollipop stick. Wait for the glue to completely dry. Poke each lollipop stick into the cake at varying levels to create a scene atop your cake and enjoy!

Wallpaper cake topper on onecharmingparty.com #caketoppers

Photography, design + styling by Brittni Mehlhoff.





These versatile balloon birthday invitations are colorful and cute. Just print the adorable invites onto matte white cardstock or have your local printer print them. Fill out and use a #10 envelope.

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Photography, design and styling by Alma Loveland.





Quick tips for making birthday party flower arrangements:

1. Find a fun, unique container (glass vase, mason jar, thrifted wooden box, or garden pot).
2. Pick flowers in a coordinating color scheme. Group like flowers together in your hand and bind each group with rubberband.
3. Arrange in vase. Add ribbon/twine or leave plain
4. Keep the arrangements loose – maybe even use flowers from your own garden!

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Flowers by Megan Dunford. Photography by Nicole Hill Gerulat.





If you want a number birthday candle, you have very few options to pick from. Which is surprising with the resurgence of classic party ware. Don’t give up, just decorate your own. You can have a glittery birthday candle and pick the color too. If you’re worried about glitter getting all over your frosting, there is a solution: edible glitter. The glitter still sparkles like crazy, but it is safe to eat, so you won’t mind one bit if it gets on everything. I love the edible glitter so much I had to sprinkle it on the icing too. See below for a glitter candles diy.

You will need: ModPodge (or other non-toxic craft glue), edible glitter, plain number birthday candle

Using a clean paintbrush, cover the front of the candle with a thin coat of ModPodge. Cover just outside the lines of the candle color, covering up the red outline too. Sometimes the wax will cause it to bead up slightly, just keep recoating until it is covered. Sprinkle with a good coat of glitter and tap off excess. Let dry. Flip and do the other side of the number candle. Let dry. Use a clean, dry paintbrush to brush off any excess glitter. Pop this sparkly little number in a cupcake or on top of a birthday cake and make a wish!

Photography, design and styling by Jenny Batt





Delight all of the little ones at your next event with these monogrammed favor bags. They’ll smile seeing their initials in glitter and you’ll appreciate how easy they are to make.

monogrammed favor bags

You will need: glitter paper, striped favor bagsalphabet printable

Print the monogram of your choice out on the backside of glitter paper. Cut out the pretty glittery monograms.

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Fill each favor bag with your favorite candy or treat and put the monogram on top. Simply sew a wide zig zag stitch across the top of the bags and letters to attach the monograms. Ta da!  Take home favors your guests will love.

Photography, design and styling by Sara Schmultz.





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