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The Prettiest Parties of 2017 (We Wished We'd Been Invited To)

Melissa Baran

I thank my lucky stars every day that part of my job is getting to peruse gorgeous parties and entertaining inspiration on the daily. 2017 definitely did not disappoint in the celebration department. From birthdays to baby showers, we're highlighting some of our very favorites today! Cheers, loves!

A Chic, Tropical Party Infused With That Iconic Banana Leaf Print

Welcoming guests for a weekend filled with celebrating, this couple did it up with a chic tropical party infused with that iconic banana leaf print we know and love. It served as a fun nod to their upcoming wedding at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and played perfectly with the bright backdrop of The Lombardi HouseChic Celebrations and JL Designs carried that idea of vacay glam throughout the celebration with white blooms and tropical greens, the perfect conversation spots and warm weather treats. See it all captured by Sanaz Photography.

A Gender Reveal Party Filled to the Brim with Confetti + Boho Details

When you're an event planner, throwing a fabulous party comes with the territory; especially when it involves your bundle of joy and a fun gender reveal. To celebrate the announcement of Team Boy or Team Girl, Katelyn of Kate Rose teamed up with Bouquets Floral Design and Brittany Jean Photography to throw a bohemian inspired shindig. And it comes complete with a confetti ending. Boy or girl? Click through the gallery to find out!

This Alfresco Feast Will Inspire You to Bring the Party Outdoors

Set amongst the beauty of Camp Los Olivos, this party inspiration that starts with stunning stationery by Oak and Orchid showcases just how awesome an alfresco dinner can be. Crafted by Magnolia Event Design along with a delicious seasonal menu by Feast and Fest and the most perfect fresh squeezed cocktails, these pretty images by Anna Delores will 100% inspire you to bring the party outdoors for an evening under the stars.

How to Whip Up a Fun and Delicious Cinco de Mayo Fiesta

Cinco de Mayo is one of our favorite holidays, hands down, and it only has a wee bit to do with eating your weight in chips and salsa and washing it all down with a delicious margarita or two. But the fiestas? Those certainly play a part as well and if they look anything like this number crafted by It's a Sparkly Life with florals by Aura Design and all captured by Lisa Renault, then we're in for a treat.

Let this Inspiration be your Guide for the Best Ever Brunch Party

Blending bright florals, modern prints and a yummy signature cocktail, this brunch party celebrated friendship, birthdays and really good food. Masterminded by Amber Weir along with blooms and corsages by Stella Bloom Designs and lots of gorgeous flower-filled shots courtesy of Lavender & Twine, get the low down on hosting your own perfectly brunchy soiree.

A Genius + Creative Way to Celebrate a Birthday

A few years ago, we featured this gorgeous, moody 30th birthday and we thought it most certainly couldn't be beat. Fast forward to today, we have the same birthday girl with a brand new soirée and she did it. Anna Wu completely topped her 30th with a genius and oh so creative way to ring in a new year. It's spoon carving made gorgeous at the hands of Melanie Abrantes + Amanda Vidmar + Kayla F Photography. See it all here!

On the To-Do List: Plan a Winter-Worthy Party with Friends

Did someone say champagne brunch? This pretty party put together by GATHER Events is the perfect way to combat a chilly winter. Incorporating moody blues, shibori and batik prints and gilded touches, it adds a pretty layer to cold festivities. And what better way to celebrate than with all your best girlfriends? Take a cue from the images of Braedon Photography and plan a cheers-worthy get-together.

Serene Baby Shower + Nursery Inspired by Family and Culture

To celebrate a sweet baby boy on the way, Mama and owner of The Everyday Co. (which we're obsessed with), designed the prettiest of celebrations for her impending arrival. It's an intimate party with friends and family all draped with the perfect touch of blue and a gorgeous nod to Japanese culture. And just wait until you see the mini-tour of Nikko's nursery. It's true perfection captured by Elizabeth LaDuca. Of course, we would expect nothing less from a design Allstar who's wedding was off the charts good.