Working with my custom party-planning clients is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love assisting them to create an experience for their guests that is both entertaining and stylish. And typically, it results in a fabulous new party collection for us to offer in the shop. With the Frozen movie taking the little girl group by storm this year, we have done a few different custom invitations and party goods. For this party, we expanded on those and created a party fit for an Ice Princess! Focusing on a turquoise, light blue and fuschia color palette, I used snowflakes, snowmen, and lots of white accents to design a party that fit the bill for the frozen-obsessed birthday girl, and was sophisticated in feel for the parents. Our new collection is now available in the shop!
These beautiful photos from Stacey Woods tell the story of the day. Here are a few highlights to look for:
A Princess Dress Shoppe where guests could dress in sparkle tutu’s, crowns & tiara’s and jewelry. Styled like a fabulous dessert table, it featured a custom fabric backdrop and coordinating signage to brand it.
We’re downright swooning over our new foil-embossed beverage napkins! New to the shop, we offer 30 fresh, modern designs for both everyday entertaining and the holidays. Here’s where it gets exciting….
You choose the design, the napkin color, and the ink color. The possibilities are endless for you to create a custom napkin perfect for your style. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of luxe to your everyday and holiday entertaining.
Adding a personalized napkin to your bar cart, birthday party or baby shower is a great way to carry out your theme or color palette. Thenapkins are sold in sets of 50 for $40, making them a lovely hostess gift or holiday gift!
I have another custom party to share with you today! This colorful pinwheel party was designed for a sweet one year old named Tilly last summer. It was featured on a couple of other party sites, including Hostess with the Mostess, and we get so many requests for it! It will definitely be a new collection soon. For now, if you are interested in it, please e-mail me!
Here are some details from Tilly’s mom:
“For my daughter, Natalie’s first birthday, I wanted to style something adorable. I admit that I started the planning process when Natalie was just 6-months-old. I came up with the Polka Dots & Pinwheels theme and immediately started thinking of so many cute ideas! The party decor incorporated bright colors and fun details including a personalized backdrop, paper pinwheels and a two-tiered cake that included the birthday girl’s nickname, “Tilly.” The tissue pom poms added a girly feel to the display and coordinated with Natalie’s petty-skirt ensemble. I tried to be really creative with I came up with the names for the signature cocktails, “Tilly-tini” for the adults and a kids version, called “Tilly-Temple” which guests sipped from individual glass bottles paired with trendy paper straws. Party-goers filled favor boxes with a variety of sweet treats including cupcakes, brownie pops, hot pink gumballs, and rock candy.”
Did you know that some of our most popular birthday party collections started out as customer requests for custom designs? Yup. And that’s why we love our customers so much! I thought this week that I would show you a few custom parties that we designed recently. And if you are interested in them – e-mail me!
This particular collection was designed for a Max’s 1st birthday. His mom asked me to come up with something fresh, preppy and all about #1! A classic navy blue, light blue and green color palette, a few cute patterns and a little monogram love was used. I created a custom #1 basketweave pattern to use for the invitation and then we carried it onto party goods throughout the event on a custom poster, paper goods and Cake Plate Clings.
I think Max’s mom did a great job infusing our paper goods into her design – looks like a great party to me!
Once upon a time, in a land far, far away (or maybe just down south in Houston), a sweet little princess and her mom asked me to help them plan a princess party full of shimmering details, and oh so much fun. And OH, SO MUCH FUN we had with this party! We decided on a pastel palette of pale pink, icy blue, yellow and lilac, and used a princess silhouette and our custom patterns throughout the whole party.
The photography by April Pizana is gorgeous and captures the beautiful the details of the party.
When guests arrived, they were greeted with two princess towers made out of balloons flanking the front door, with a pennant-style welcome sign. The foyer held a lush, ombre rose centerpiece and guests were immediately invited into the “Fairy Godmother’s Dress Shoppe” where they “shopped” for dress-up clothes, magic wands, jewels, crowns & tiaras, etc. The table was set up like a stylized dessert table, with a custom-designed fabric backdrop. There were Princesses milling about, and face painting each of the guests.
The kids table was set with a custom blue striped table runner that we custom designed with the princess silhouette on each end, white Chivari chairs that were accessorized with colorful stars, and a centerpiece that was to-die-for: dense rose vases (wrapped in gold glitter paper), held ribbon-wrapped poles and a pennant banner that soared above the table. Milk bottles were dressed up with glitter washi tape, and each placesetting held a “make-your-own-necklace” kit on our cello bags with custom toppers.
Guests were treated to a delicious lunch buffet, set up in the dining room. Decor included a large princess silhouette cling on the mirror, large rose centerpieces in white urns, and coordinating food tent cards and napkin ties.
The dessert table stole the show! The table was draped in pink satin, and flanked by two oversized pink balloons with hanging tassels. The custom fabric backdrop featured our pastel star pattern and Alexandra’s name with a glittered crown. A princess cake stood center stage, flanked by cookie “magic wands”, cupcakes with fondant gold crowns atop them, candy necklaces and bracelets, colorful macarons, crown sugar cookies, and various candies. The table was accessorized with our coordinating Cake Plate Clings, food tent cards and candy jar tags, as well as pink striped bags with our princess sticker for guests to fill to the brim with candy to bring home.
A horse-drawn carriage was the ultimate surprise and gave the children rides around the neighborhood. The party not only turned out just beautifully, but it also created such a magical experience for the children!
This pastel princess collection is one of my new favorites! The full collection is available in the shop here. You can find the full list of vendors and resources to recreate this party listed below.
Party Design, Invitations and Decorations, Cake Plate Clings and Fabric Backdrops - WH Hostess
When the weather heats up and summertime approaches, I’ve got one type of entertaining on my mind….and it always has a nautical theme. I don’t think it’s a secret that I love a crisp red, white and blue color palette. Throw an anchor, crab or lobster in there and I just about die and go to heaven. So when it came time to pick the classic themes that I wanted to include in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, a Nautical themed birthday party was a no-brainer.
Stylish Kids’ Parties makes it a snap to plan, design and execute festive kids’ parties that wow adults and thrill little ones! Filled with 12 creative and colorful party ideas, my book shows you how to confidently tackle party preparation by using color palettes and themes that carry through–from invitations and decorations to party favors and treats. Complete with DIY tips, recipes, projects, themed activities and templates, you’ll love these party ideas for boys and girls, first birthday celebrations, baby showers and holiday gatherings. You can purchase the book thru Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or a signed copy thru WH Hostess.
I’m excited to share a few of the ideas today from the Nautical Party chapter in the book. Classic, preppy and perfect for a boy or girl – this party has some simple DIY party ideas that you can recreate in a flash.
The book includes a bunch of fabulous templates that you can use to create these projects. A nautical party invitation, a maritime banner, anchor accents, stickers and gift tags, sails and the recipe for my sailboat rice krispy treats. It’s a great resource!
I love serving milk & cookies to kids during a birthday party! Don’t you just love the striped cookies that Sandy from Firefly Confections made for us? The stripe is the perfect nod to the Nautical theme, and instead of doing a traditional anchor or sailboat shape, we opt’d for the #4 to celebrate the birthday boy’s age.
It also includes some great ideas for activities to keep kids entertained during the party, such as a sailboat race! And also some simple ideas for infusing the nautical spirit into your party details, such as tying a lifesaver candy to your napkin rolls to look like a lifesaver float! These ideas could be used for a birthday party, pool party or even on a nautical-inspired tablesetting for a summer dinner party.The book is laid out in a beautiful and easy-to-use way, full of DIY tips and instructions for recreating the ideas shown. Here is an example of my DIY water buoy paper lanterns:
I hope these classic ideas have helped to inspire your nautical party! Pick up a copy of the book for even more party inspiration for kids’ birthday parties and baby showers.
We’re downright swooning over our new foil-embossed gift tags! New to the shop, we offer over 48 fresh, modern designs in two different shapes: luggage and square. Here’s where it gets exciting….
You choose the design, the paper color, and the ink color. The possibilities are endless for you to create a custom tag perfect for your style. It’s the perfect way to add a touch of luxe to your everyday and holiday gifting.
Foil-embossed paper goods has long been a staple in the luxe stationery category, and we’re so excited to add a fresh, modern look with our preppy designs. The gold and silver foil offers a sophisticated look on any paper color, and we LOVE the look of matte white ink stamped on colored tags. Perfect for tying on a hostess gift, birthday presents and for holiday gifting – we hope you have fun with this new product!
Dress up your next event with our new, personalized placecard clings. Our new “Celebration Clings” are an addition to our Cake Plate Clings line, and allows you to add a fashionable element to centerpieces or glassware at any event, by clinging to your glasses without adhesive.
Care is simple: peel the cling off your glasses after use, hand-wash with warm water (if needed) and store flat for future use.
These darling placecard clings are 2″ round in size, already available in a variety of colors and designs (many more coming to the shop soon!) and can be personalized with your guests names. They fit perfectly on a water glass or wine glass!
See them used at our Preppy Animals Baby Shower here.
Guests were invited with this preppy, swiss dot party invitation. A bold tablesetting greeted the ladies to an afternoon of fun: a navy tablecloth, white dishes, napkins made from our green animals silhouette fabric, 4″ striped ribbon and a vase full of GORGEOUS hot pink peonies. The vase was accented with our monogram Centerpiece Cling with the parents-to-be’s monogram for a personalized touch.
I decided to forgo classic paper placecards, and used our brand new Placecard Clings. They come printed with your guests’ names and can be placed on water or wine glasses – the best part is that they temporarily attach without adhesive. Part placecard, part wine charm…and perfectly preppy!
I served up a sparkling cocktail: prosecco mixed with a little limoncello, with a few frozen raspberries floating on top. Refreshing, delicious and simple to create a “mocktail” for the mama-to-be with similar flavors (lemonade and sparkling water!)
To entertain my guests, I passed out a fun little baby shower game: the mama/baby animal matching game. We also filled out sweet “Wishes for Baby” cards, that were sent home with the parents-to-be. Available in the party collection, they matched our theme perfectly!
Guests nibbled on cupcakes for dessert while the Mama-to-be opened her gifts. I displayed them on a cake stand dressed with our green animals Cake Plate Cling, and placed a coordinating food tent card on the table for added decor.
Guests went home with a little box of shimmer gumballs, embellished with a frilly ribbon and coordinating thank you sticker. These items, along with MANY more from this collection, are now available in the shop!