DIY Decor! 3 Garland Ideas For Decoration Domination!

It’s been a while since we shared some tutorials and ideas for DIY party decor. We had been on kind of sweet treat kick, but this week we’ve got 3 fresh ideas for simple and awesome DIY party decorations.

DIY Miniature Paper Garland – This adorable garland from Tip Junkie would be perfect for guys and gals! Changing the shapes and color scheme means easy customization for any occasion.

Miniature Paper Garland – Image & Tutorial from Tip Junkie

Instant Photo Garland – This idea is perfect for outdoor events! Print out your favorite photos and wrap them around a tree for personalized decoration. The folks that came up with this idea had guests take instant pictures throughout the day and clip them on the tree.

Instant Photo Garland – Image from Martha Stewart Weddings

DIY Tassel Garland – How pretty and whimsical is this garland? With a simple supply list and easy step-by-step photo instructions from Linen, Lace, & Love you will be on your merry way to affordable and studying party decor!

DIY Tassel Garland – Image & Tutorial from Linen, Lace, & Love

Which is your favorite garland?

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3 Free Party Planning Resources

Planning a party big or small can be overwhelming. From the food to the decorations to the activities… there are a lot of aspects to cover. Today we’ve gathered some resources to help you keep organized while your plotting the details of your next soiree!

Party Planning Checklist by Handmade Charlotte. How cute is this printable?

Party Planning Checklist by Handmade Charlotte

Kids Birthday Party Planning Checklist by Catch My Party. This handy list is great if you are planning a party for your little one!

Kids’ Birthday Party Checklist by Catch My Party

Birthday Party Printables by delicateCONSTRUCTION. These four printables will have all your party prep bases covered.

Printables by delicateCONSTRUCTION.

Do you make a checklist when you are planning a party?

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3 Recipes for Fall Get Togethers!

Halloween is almost here and we are well into Fall! The cool air, changing leaves, and flavors of the season are some of our favorite at Make A Birthday Wish. Today we’ve collected 3 recipes that would be great to serve at any Fall birthday party, tailgate, or family get together. They are super yummy and we promise, they will impress your guests!

Give traditional hummus a fall makeover with pumpkin! It gives the hummus a lovely orange color and a long list of healthy vitamins & minerals!

Pumpkin Hummus – Recipe from Food.Com

Pumpkin Hummus – Recipe from Food.Com

Looking to mix up your traditional granola bar or cookie? Give these tasty treats from the blog My Baking Addiction a try! And yup, you guessed it, they have pumpkin in them!

Pumpkin Granola Bars – Recipe & Photo from My Baking Addiction

Pumpkin Granola Bars – Recipe & Photo from My Baking Addiction

If you are looking for the perfect desert for any fall gathering, look no further than this recipe for a decadent pumpkin roll!

Pumpkin Roll – Recipe from Pinch My Salt

Pumpkin Roll – Recipe & Image from Pinch My Sakt

We think these recipes are fantastic, and would complete any party menu! But we want to know what you think. Let us know if you try out any of these recipes! We’ve had great results!

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4 Colorful Birthday Party Inspirations

At Make A Birthday Wish we love color! And we love bringing color and joy into the birthday parties we throw for children in need in San Jose. This week we wanted to share 4 of our favorite colorful inspirations from around the web that you can use when you are planning your next party! So let the color begin!

Rainbow Cake Pop Display  – You could easily recreate this colorful and whimsical cake pop display at home. It is so cheery right?!!

Rainbow Cake Pop Display, Image from Pizzazzerie.

Tissue Paper Chandeliers – These are so gorgeous and would be pretty simple to recreate!

Tissue Paper Chandelier, Image from Style Me Pretty

Rainbow Layered Birthday Cake – This cake is gorgeous and we’ve linked the image to a how-to so you can make your own!

Rainbow Layered Birthday Cake

The Birthday Balloon Wreath – This awesome tutorial comes from Six Sister’s Stuff. It is so colorful and simple to make!

Birthday Balloon Wreath from Six Sister’s Stuff

Which is your favorite colorful birthday how-to?

3 DIY Flower Inspired Party Decorations!

At Make A Birthday Wish while we are busy planning birthday parties for children in need in San Jose we love to stumble upon great DIY tutorials for making your own party decorations. Getting crafty saves a lot of money and is way more personal and fun. So today we have 3 great tutorials to link you to for creating beautiful flower inspired decorations perfect for your next party, or maybe just around your home!

Paper Flower Backdrop Garland – This tutorial comes from the great blog Ellinee Journal and the results are simply beautiful! Click here to see the step by step instructions!

Giant Tissue Paper Flowers – This tutorial is from the blog Spoonful and these whimsical flowers would be great to hang or place on a stake as described in the instructions. To see the tutorial click here.

Floral Party Hats – This tutorial was created by San Francisco based party planner and blogger Jordan Ferney! Her blog Oh Happy Day is so adorable and these party hats are to die for! To see the tutorial click here.


Which is your favorite floral party craft?

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Semi-Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookie Cupcakes

Today we have a recipe to share with you that has been adapted from this recipe by Lovestohost on All Recipes. They are simply amazing, because you don’t have to decide between cupcakes and cookies!


  • 1 package of chocolate chip cookie dough – we love organic options you can pick up at Whole Foods!
  • 1 (18.25 ounce) box yellow cake mix – Arrowhead Mills makes a great organic yellow cake mix!
  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 eggs


  1. Form the cookie dough into tablespoon-sized balls, place onto a baking sheet, and freeze until solid, about 2 hours. You must freeze the cookie dough in order for these to work!
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  3. Line 24 muffin cups with paper liners.
  4. Beat 3 eggs in a large bowl with a whisk. Add the cake mix, water, and canola oil; continue beating for 2 minutes until batter is smooth. Fill the cupcake liners 2/3 of the way full.
  5. Place a frozen cookie dough ball on the top center of each cupcake.
  6. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the cake portion of the cupcake (not the cookie dough ball) comes clean, which is about 16-18 minutes. It is important not to over bake, otherwise the cookie dough will be overdone.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool in the pan for 10 minutes before removing them to cool completely on a wire rack.
  8. Frost them with your favorite store-bought or homemade frosting and consider sprinkling them with mini chocolate chips! Chocolate or cream cheese frosting works nicely.

This recipe could be changed up with any flavored cookie dough—oatmeal raisin, chocolate chunk, snicker doodle … which is your favorite cookie dough?

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