It's Harry Potter's birthday & you'll want to see this Potterphile party

On this day in 1980, a wizard named Harry Potter was born. To honor his birthday, we're sharing this MAGICAL Harry Potter bridal shower over on our sister site, Offbeat Bride. But I figured y'all might want to take a peek, too, since it's such good inspiration for any Hogwarts-inspired Potterphile parties you might be planning.

Don your corsets for this pirate party celebrating major life milestones

This year, my husband and I celebrated 10 years together, five years married, and both of our 30th birthdays. Aside from what I do for a career, in general we like to show off and ESPECIALLY like to dress up. We decided long ago that a themed celebration every five years would be a must. And a pirate party was next on the list…

Everything you need on an alternative bar cart for all your swanky soirees

"Do you guys have any interesting ideas for setting up a mini bar in my new place? I've always wanted a grown-up bar cart for guests and impromptu gatherings and such. My new place doesn't have a lot of space and I want something a little off the beaten path. Re-purposing weird furniture or shelves, building something from scratch, crazy cart makeovers, — got any brilliance for me?"

Let's see what bar cart inspiration is out there and what basics you'll need to get started on your own…

Now THIS is how you do a 40th birthday costume party

Bundling a milestone birthday with Halloween made for an excellent night of costumes, spectacle, performances, and celebrating life in San Francisco. From the world famous singer Lisa Lisa, to contortionists, a champagne girl, tarot card readers, and pole dancers never a dull moment was had. Let's see how costumes and revelry can make a 40th birthday party simply spectacular…