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Editor’s Picks: Best Craftsy Projects for Throwing A Dazzling Birthday Party!

At Craftsy, we love finding reasons to celebrate. That's why birthdays are so great! They fill our calendars with extra little holidays, giving us a reason to stop and take the time to enjoy the most special people in our lives—plus throw a party. So, in honor of today being Craftsy's 3rd Birthday, we have rounded up some of our favorite projects and classes that will guide you through the steps of throwing a splendid birthday party.

Without further adieu, happy birthday to you! Follow these steps to create the ultimate Craftsy-style birthday celebration!

Step 1: Start with the perfect party dress.

Every party gal needs a pretty party dress, and what could be more elegant and glamorous than a Parisian-style dress. This pattern from Craftsy member Cr8KidsCouture, complete with a sassy one-shoulder design and flattering empire waist, definitely fits the bill.

Paris Women Party Dress

Get the Paris Women's Party Dress Pattern here.

More of vintage lady? We think this pinup-style dress made by member onnaballoona would make you one styling hostess!

Tiki Tiki Tavi Bombshell Dress

You can sign up for the class Sew Retro: Perfect Fit Bombshell Dress here.

Step 2: Bake an awesome birthday cake

Add an extra element of surprise to the party with a surprise-inside birthday cake. The seemingly simple polka-dot layer cake, taught in Amanda Rettke's class Decorating From the Inside Out,features a birthday candle hidden within layers of yummy vanilla cake.

Surprise-inside candle cake

Join the class Decorating From the Inside Out here.

If you're more into tiny treats, this easy-to-make recipe for simple chocolate cupcakes gives you a tasty mini cake along with three delicious and dazzling frosting toppers, so even the most novice of bakers can look like rock star cake decorators!

Yummy chocolate cupcakes + recipe on Craftsy!

Check out this easy to make cupcake recipe with quick and simple designs!

Step 3: Add some fun and festive decorations.

Adorn your walls with these delightful birthday pendants from theimperfectionary. Embroidered with cupcakes, hats and balloons, this will dress up your walls with a birthday banner you can use time and time again!

Cupcake, balloon and party hat birthday banner

Get the Birthday Banner Hand Embroidery Pattern here.

Step 4: Whip up some delicious, crowd-pleasing party snacks.

All the excitement is sure to make partygoers hungry, so prepare some tasty snacks that are sure to please! The popcorn, veggie chips, crackers, soft pretzels and bread sticks made in Homemade Salty Snacksare the perfect party nibbles: Not only are they delicious, but these finger foods can be eaten quickly, so your guests can focus on the party!

Nuts, popcorn, veggie chips and other homemade salty snacks

Join the party in Homemade Salty Snacks here!

Step 5: Create a heartfelt birthday card!

Making a card is so much better than buying one because it really comes from heart! Create an adorable birthday card like this one from readysetlove. The design, complete with a bicycle and 3-D heart-shaped balloons, is so whimsical and carefree — just how birthdays should be!

Bicycle Balloons Happy Birthday Card

Find out more about the Bicycle Balloons Birthday Card here.

Don't forget to share your card in Craftsy's 2014 Birthday Card Making Contest. The winner will receive an $150 Michael's gift card! Learn more about the Birthday Card Contest by clicking here!

Step 6: Make the best birthday gifts.

This quilt from member Tricia Mathis would make an incredible handmade gift. You can even make a mini quilt using the pattern with the birthday guy or gal's name appliquéd onto it!

Make a Wish Birthday Quilt Pattern on Craftsy!

Get the Make a Wish Happy Birthday Quilt Pattern here. 

How beautiful are these topaz earrings from AgaDesigns? Casual enough for work yet elegant enough for a night out, these would be a lovely gift that any lady would be happy to receive!

Topaz Earrings

Get the Topaz Earrings Pattern here and check out AgaDesign's Pattern Store for other dazzling patterns!

Wrap up your gift with handcrafted gift bags! These reusable fabric gift bags from member Laura Sexton can be made using just a single Fat Quarter.

Handmade Fabric Gift Bags

Get the Fabric Gift Bag Pattern here. 

Step 7: Put together some fun party favors.

Everyone, from children to adults, loves goodie bags! Fill these precious little owl gift bags from Craftsy member LittleStuffMe with chocolate, candy or other tiny treats as the ideal take-away party favor. 

Owl Gift Bag Template

Get the Owl Gift Bag Pattern here.

Step 8: Top it off with the perfect party hats!

If you're in the mood for some birthday silliness, stitch up these adorable little party hats from Craftsy member MonkeyShine. Although they might not be quite as cute as the little ones modeling them, we think they add a joyful finishing touch to your birthday party planning!

Little tot in birthday hat

Get the crocheted Birthday Hat Pattern here!

There you have it. All the fixings for a fabulous birthday celebration! We hope these inspire you to make your next party really sparkle!

How do you like to celebrate: What special birthday traditions do you have in your home?

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