June 22nd, 2015 | Comments (3)

GINGHAM CHECK FIRST COMMUNION

gingham check first communionWorking with my custom party planning clients is truly one of my favorite parts of my job.  My clients invite me into their families, to help them plan a memorable event – a baptism, birthday party, bridal or baby shower, and in this case a First Holy Communion.  Held in Florida, we wanted to give the event a crisp, sunny color palette, and use classic haberdashery patterns for a masculine look.  A gingham check invitation design was born, and set the tone for the rest of the party.  (PS – our gingham check invitation is available in the shop in 8 different color ways!)

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The event had a very classic feel to it, and there are some steal-worthy ideas that would be perfect to incorporate into a summer party.  Some of my favorite details include:

  • Guests were welcomed to the event with a sweet placecard display. Lollipops (with the guests’ names and table no. were placed on stickers) stood at attention in pots full of green moss.
  • During the cocktail hour, guests sipped on sweet tea in cups personalized with stickers and our foil-stamped straw flags. Cocktail napkins, stamped with a custom message added a personalized touch.
  • Our custom fabric, in a coordinating blue and white gingham check, was made into table toppers for the round tables and featured a yellow pom pom trim. The tables featured two different centerpieces from Flowerama: a gorgeous white lantern from Pottery Barn, wrapped in a white hydrangea wreath and a yellow vase full of “happy” daisies and yellow billy balls.
  • The kids had their own special table, also dressed in a gingham check runner, with big yellow balloons soaring above it.  We hung a “God Bless Marco” chair sign at the head of the table, for the man of the hour.
  • The dessert table carried out the sunny blue, yellow and white color palette with a yellow striped custom fabric backdrop, yellow candy including small bags of jelly beans accessorized with gift stickers, a gorgeous cake incorporating the gingham check pattern by Cakes by Pink, cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes, gingham check chocolate-covered oreo cookies from Sweeties by Kim, and a pennant banner that hung across the front.
  • As a keepsake for the communicant, we created a custom guest book, including photos of the young man and his family, along with pages for guests to write him a special note.

 

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June 16th, 2015 | Comments

PINK FLAMINGO BABY SHOWER

DSC_0623One of life’s greatest joys is welcoming a new baby into a family.  So when my sister announced that she was expecting a baby, we were thrilled.  She and I are both blessed with charming (and active, rambunctious, and sassy) little boys, so when they found out they were having a little girl….well, let’s just say we were all tickled pink!  We come from a family of strong ladies – hard-working, entrepreneurs, caring, fashionable, and feisty – and it’s been 25 years since we welcomed a little girl into the family.  So, a party was an absolute must!

The ladies of the family threw a “Flamingo Sips & Dips” this past weekend to celebrate the upcoming arrival of my new niece, and we had a blast with this theme.  Since this is her second baby, we didn’t want to throw a full-blown baby shower, but more of a celebration and a reason to drink pink punch with the ladies!  I hope you enjoy the peek below of the party – it was such a blast!  We have a few more weeks before we meet the baby….we can’t wait!

Here are a few details to look for in terms of decor ideas:

  • We used our brand new Pink Flamingo party invitation to invite guests. This is one of my favorite designs, and it comes in 8 different color ways.  Perfect for a summer pool party, bridal or baby shower, birthday party or summer dinner party!
  • We welcomed guests to the party with a festive entrance, complete with pink flamingos accessorized with green striped bows, balloons and a boxwood wreath on the front door that held a onesie that I decorated with our pink flamingo image.
  • We set up one food buffet table to hold our appetizers and desserts.  The table was dressed with a palm print tablecloth, and held two centerpieces that may be my absolute favorite ones that I have EVER done.  We used basketweave vases from Target, and combined an assortment of hydrangeas, peonies, gladiolas and tulips in varying shades of pink and orange to create them, and topped them off with pink flamingos.
  • The food was all served on baskets full of greenery, and instead of using standard food tent cards, we used Kate Aspen brushed gold, mini picture frames in a fretwork design from Party City to hold the food names.  I loved the chic pop they gave the table.
  • Frog Prince Cake & Cookie Design created the most darling pink flamingo cookies for us as a little sweet option.
  • We set up a self-serve bar, making it simple for guests to help themselves, and to keep us hosts from running around filling up drinks!  Two drink dispensers held pink lemonade and citrus-infused water.  We embellished them with signage, gingham ribbon and pink tassels.  Lilly Pulitzer flamingo cups were the perfect addition, and looked darling accessorized with our green striped straws with foil-stamped straw flags.
  • We wanted a little nod to the ladies of our “flock”, so we displayed a baby photo of each of us girls on a lattice screen.  Guests had a blast looking at them!
  • To add a fun little “game” to the party, we asked guests to guess what the baby’s name will be.

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April 28th, 2015 |

FIESTA PARTY | CELEBRATE CINCO de MAYO WITH KIDS

fiesta party invitation horizontalCinco de Mayo is a colorful, festive celebration that typically is more geared towards adults.  I have a couple fun ideas for you, from my book Stylish Kids’ Parties, on how to throw your littles a colorful fiesta.  These ideas would also work smashingly well for a Fiesta birthday party!

Whether you are hosting a Cinco de Mayo party or a Fiesta birthday party, send your guests a colorful invitation to set the tone for the event!  We have two new designs in the shop that would be perfect: the fiesta and the confetti invitations.  (see images at the bottom of the post)  If you want to get crafty, you can add a glassine envelope of colorful confetti to it!

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pom pom trimDress up your basic party platters or cake stands with colorful pom pom trim from your local craft store.  One of my favorite ways to serve up lemonade is in mini mason jars with flower lids and striped straws. Looking to add a playful punch to your party?  Fill up a bowl with sprinkles and place your mason jar drinks in them for easy grab-n-go.

drink bottles verticalDecorate your tablesetting with a fringe centerpiece.  Using a wood number (age) or letter (initial), wrap it with a paper fringe garland and stick it into a pot of wheat grass.  The full DIY instructions are in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, along with a couple free printables.

centerpiecewrap fringe around the numberSend your little guests home with paper cone party favors full of candy.  I used pink and orange striped lollipops from Candywarehouse.com.  Throw in a couple of tacos and chocolate-covered churros, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous family-friendly Cinco de Mayo party!  Here are the two new invitations in the shop that would be PERFECT for a Fiesta party:

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April 7th, 2015 |

GOLF PARTY IDEAS | STYLISH KIDS’ PARTIES

golf party ideas introWith the Masters going on this week, I thought it was the perfect time to share some ideas for a golf themed party from my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties.  It’s such a timeless theme, and many of these ideas could be used for a kids’ birthday party or for a Masters viewing party this weekend.

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Infuse your party with design elements that will make your guests feel like they are celebrating on the 18th hole: a festive table setting with DIY décor ideas, a “putting green” dessert table, and themed desserts.

I set the table with a navy tablecloth, green seersucker napkins, and created a theme-appropriate centerpiece of whiffle balls and grass plants with DIY flags. Create your own flags with patterned paper and cardboard flags from Paper Source.  To further customization of your party décor, you can add your child’s age onto the flags.  You can find the whole DIY project in my book.

Get creative with your place settings; fill mini galvanized buckets with wheat grass, a tea and a personalized golf ball.  Tip: Use a dab of hot glue to attach the ball and tee together for stability. Infuse your theme into the centerpieces by filling vases with whiffle balls, and galvanized tubs with wheat grass and my decoupage flags.

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Golfers get thirsty, so make sure to set up a “water hole” with water bottles for easy grab ‘n go.

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Styling a dessert table around the Golf Classic theme is a preppy hostess’ dream come true.  A classic color palette, the option to embellish basic desserts with themed accessories, and a clean layout that allows for color-coordinated branding with paper goods.

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I designed this dessert table to look like it was sitting atop a putting green.  Using a piece of indoor/outdoor carpet that I found at my local Home Depot to line the tabletop, I covered the edges with a 4” wide navy blue and white striped grosgrain ribbon.

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To mimic the galvanized centerpieces and place cards on the lunch table, I used a three-tiered galvanized stand in the center of the table, as well as two containers holding wheat grass and my decoupage flags. I wrapped navy and white striped ribbon around each tier of the three-tier stand, and topped it with a paper fan that I created out of coordinating paper.  You could create the same look with any scrapbook or wrapping paper.

cupcakes on standDesserts on the table included cupcakes with coordinating flag toppers (a free printable in my book!), sugar cookies shaped like golf balls from Firefly Confections, powdered sugar donut “holes in one”, chocolate-dipped pretzels or “irons & woods”, and polka dot candy cups full of candy.

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A few fun ideas to embellish the theme:

  • Use a Lucite tray upside down as a riser, and line whiffle balls underneath it for a pop of the theme.
  • Whether it’s plastic or bamboo utensils, you can quickly embellish the handles with washi tape.  Available in endless patterns and colors, it’s a great way to carry out your theme.

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Kids like to be active!  Keep your guests occupied during the party with a simple ball toss game.  Using galvanized containers, I wrapped them with coordinating ribbon and labeled them each with a different number.  Whiffle balls are the “toss” of choice, to ensure nothing gets broken when the balls start flying thru the air.  Provide a prize for the child that gets the ball in the most buckets.

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Send your little golfers home with their very own “bucket of balls”.  Fill a galvanized tub with a bag of whiffle balls and tees.  Tie my printable gift tag that says, “Thanks for teeing off with me!” to the side of the bucket.  PS – this would also make a darling hostess gift if you are attending a Masters party this weekend!

This theme is always one of our most requested during the summer months, so I’m pleased to tell you that we have a brand new invitation suite for this golf theme!  You can view the preppy golf party invitation here, along with the coordinating return address stickers and gift stickers for party favors.  And to kick off the launch of this new design, I also sourced a few key elements for you to use for your golf party….see them below!

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March 15th, 2015 |

CINDERELLA PLAY DATE

introWith the brand new Cinderella movie opening this weekend, I decided to host a small princess playdate with two of my favorite littles.  I partnered with Party City to give them a morning full of princess dresses, magical treats and of course, a little royal dance party.

items on couchWhen it comes to dress-up (at any age), it’s all about the dress.  When Olivia and Ava arrived, I had the new Cinderella dresses, slippers, crowns and magic wands laid out for them.  They were greeted with squeals of delight, and the girls immediately “HAD” to put them on!  The dress itself has beautiful details to it; I absolutely love the pastel butterfly detail on the top.

dress detailThe girls had a blast twirling around in the big, puffy skirts!

girlsgirls togehterTreats are a must at any party or playdate!  I had my friend, Sandy of Firefly Confections, create sugar cookies that looked like magic wands for the occasion.  They were just fabulous, and the girls LOVED the shimmer on them!

treatsA little styling tip: I filled my white containers with simple white candy flowers from Candywarehouse.com, which allowed me to stand up the cookie magic wands, and the castle ring pops, adding to the festivity of the treats.  I also used our foil-stamped cocktail napkins with a gold monogram on them.  You know, a little extra “fancy” goes along way with the 4 year old crowd. 😉

cookie wandring popI blew up a bunch of princess pink balloons that floated on the floor and offered up a lot of fun during the royal dance party.

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One of my favorite accessories from the Party City Cinderella collection is the beautiful magic wand.  Tulle, satin and sequins….what more could a little girl ask for?! The girls loved twirly them around, and my son, Daniel, even wanted to get in on the “bippity, boppity, boo!” that was happening!

wand detailIt was a fun day for everyone, especially me!  With a 1 year old boy, we spend most of our time playing with trucks, cars and farm animals.  Throwing a princess playdate was a spectacular treat!  These beautiful dresses and treats would be perfect for a princess themed birthday party too.  Check out this recent princess party for tons of gorgeous ideas.

kelly with girlsTHIS IS A SPONSORED POST. THE PARTY DRESS HAS RECEIVED PAYMENT, TRADE AND/OR PRODUCTS FROM PARTY CITY IN EXCHANGE FOR PROMOTION, HOWEVER ALL IDEAS AND OPINIONS STATED ARE MY OWN.

January 12th, 2015 |

FASHION SHOW PARTY | WH HOSTESS

invitationCustom parties are kind of my thing.  I love starting the process with a little idea, and blowing it up into an amazing party with details around every corner.  The party I am sharing with you today is one of my favorites to date.  Held in honor of one of my favorite little clients, Alexandra’s 5th birthday, it was as fun is it is gorgeous.  And we are so fortunate that Alexandra’s mom and Goodlight Photography are allowing us to share these gorgeous images from the day.

The party theme was centered around the birthday girl’s love for manicures, make-up and fashion.  And with the party date falling on the final weekend of NY fashion week in September, well…a fashion show was in order!  A soft mint green and pale pink color palette, a few gorgeous custom patterns and a unique boxed invitation were our jumping off point.  Read on for more details……..

4B8B2285Guests were welcomed by a jumbo balloons at the front door, with custom paper bows hanging down from them, made out of our coordinating patterned paper.  A welcome sign, featuring our fashion girl (in her monogrammed party dress and pearls), hung at the front door.

4B8B2297The party space was draped off in sheer white linens, creating a very luxe atmosphere for the birthday brunch.  One long table ran down the middle of the room, draped with white linens and a table runner made from our exclusive fashion ikat patterned fabric.  A large mint green and white striped fabric bow anchored each end of the table, and it was sprinkled with hot pink accessories and gorgeous pink rose centerpieces draped with pearls.  Each placesetting held mint green and white striped plates, cups with our fashion girl stickers and striped straws with straw flags, monogramed napkins, and placecards with each of the girls’ names on them.

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High top tables dressed in green and pink and miniature versions of the centerpieces were scattered around the kids’ table, allowing the moms to mingle and enjoy the brunch food and drinks as well.

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4B8B2485The drink bar was set up on the kitchen island, decorated with a scalloped paper banner and large bow.  One of my favorite decor pieces is this giant floral number 5.  Using flowers in unexpected ways always makes a statement, and this is the perfect example of that!  Basic pink paper cups were dressed up with our fashion girl stickers, mint striped straws from Shop Sweet Lulu and our gorgeous (and new!) gold foil-stamped straw flags.

Drinks included sweet tea, pink lemonade, and Shirley Temples!
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Once the girls arrived at the party, they were welcomed into Alexandra’s “Bowtique” – a full-service beauty shoppe, where they put on monogrammed robes, got manicures, their hair and make-up done, and got to shop the “bowtique” for beauty supplies.  A stylized table was set up as the shop, anchored with a custom fabric backdrop, pennant banner, and oversized paper bow.  Cake stands held bottles of nail polish, small bottles of shimmer lotion and chapstick held custom labels, and loofas made for a colorful decoration in candy jars.

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4B8B2401Guests were served shots of milk and donut holes while getting their hair and make-up done.

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The brunch buffet was laid out in the dining room, with an oversized rose and pearl floral arrangement holding center stage.  Peek behind the table, and you will see that we did a large cling version of our fashion girl to hang on the mirror.  Other decor items included napkin roll ties, stickers on the mint striped plates and striped food tent cards labeling the delicious brunch menu.

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After brunch, the girls were ushered outside to the “models’ lounge”, or the outdoor living room.  They were instructed to get dolled up in their swankiest attire – pearls, bling-y rings and feather boas were on hand.  The fireplace was decorated with a variety of tissue paper balls in mint green, white and shades of pink.  A braided ribbon garland was double-hung on the mantel, with “snapshots” and fashion quotes hanging from gold bow paper clips from Kate Spade.

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4B8B2514Here’s where it gets REALLY fun.  A runway show was set up in the backyard, featuring a shimmering hot pink runway, a 3-D white floral backdrop and large scale monogram.  Ghost chairs lined the runway for the parents to watch the show, and waiters handed out “tutti frutti” popcorn as a snack during the show.

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4B8B3320You can tell from the photos that the girls had an absolute blast strutting their stuff down the runway!

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After working up an appetite at their runway show, the girls headed back inside to enjoy dessert.  A full dessert table full of gorgeous sweets awaited them.  The table was draped in a gold sequin tablecloth, and a pennant banner and bow on the front.  A custom fabric backdrop framed the table, and macaron trees sat on either side.  White cake stands and platters were topped with Cake Plate Clings in coordinating patterns.

Desserts included: cupcakes with pink fondant bows, macarons, cake pops, bow cookies, monogram cookies, and a variety of pink candy from Candywarehouse.com.

4B8B23454B8B23834B8B23564B8B23384B8B23704B8B2354The desserts didn’t stop there!  A gorgeous five-tier cake, from Cakes by Gina, sat in the dining room.  Featuring coordinating patterns like our bow lattice, stripes and monogram, it also had two gold shimmer tiers and the bottom tier featured fondant ruffled flowers.  GORGEOUS!

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When it comes to party favors, I love giving a gift that people will enjoy/use or consume.  In keeping with the theme of the party, Alexandra gave her friends a chic fashion coloring book.  We tied them with mint green satin ribbon and a shimmer pink, gold foil-stamped gift tag.  The favors were laid out on a table for the girls to grab as they left the party, with a sign thanking them for attending.

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As I have often mentioned on my party recaps, I love when kids’ birthday parties provide an experience for the guests – not just sweets!  Alexandra and her girlfriends enjoyed a day of beauty treatments, the experience of putting on a runway show, and toasted the birthday girl with sweets and Shirley Temples.  This party goes down in the books as one of my favorites!

Sources: paper goods, fabric, cake plate clings, foil-stamped napkins, gift tags and straw flags, and custom party plan (whhostess.com), photography (goodlightphotography.com), plates, napkins, cups and straws (shopsweetlulu.com), pink candy (candywarehouse.com), cake and desserts (cakesbyginahouston.com), fashion coloring books (amazon.com), catering and event set-up (afehouston.com), florals (weddingflowersbylisa.com), mint green ribbon (papermart.com)

 

 

November 11th, 2014 |

THE APPLE of OUR EYE | DANIEL TURNS 1

apple of my eye first birthday party by wh hostessWhen you plan kids’ parties for a living, and have even written a book called “Stylish Kids’ Parties”, there is a lot of pressure to “wow” when it comes to your own child’s birthday.  I’ve been planning other people’s kids’ parties for almost 6 years now, so I was thrilled to finally be able to design one for my own!  This birthday was bittersweet in a lot of ways.  I had so much fun planning the party to celebrate my little man, but yet felt a little sadness that I am sure all parents can relate to – my baby is growing up and this first year flew by in such a flash.  I really wish there was a way to stop time, just for a little while. But, alas, there is not – so a celebration was in order!

Since Daniel’s birthday falls the end of October, I knew I wanted the theme to reflect the season, be held outdoors at our local park’s amazing pavilion, and have a classic, timeless theme that I wouldn’t look back upon and cringe 20 years from now.  So, the “Apple of our Eye” theme was born and I chose to design a new collection around a red, green and black & white color palette.

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We are so fortunate to live in a community with amazing parks and facilities.  This little stone and shingle house sits in our favorite park and served as the perfect location for the party.  It was a WINDY day.  You’ll notice that from some of the pictures!  All of my food tent cards and tags were literally flying around the park and eventually just had to be removed.  Linens would fly up occasionally, balloons would go wild.  But we had fun!

I decorated the picnic tables with solid colored linens, and custom-made toppers.  I alternated the toppers between our mod apple pattern fabric and a bold, black and white buffalo check fabric that I found at IKEA.  I had them all edged in a green pom pom trim to tie together the look.  Each table held a white ceramic bushel basket full of either wheat grass or apples, with a 36″ red balloon from Shop Sweet Lulu soaring above.

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The main focal point of the pavilion is a big stone fireplace, so I filled that with large tissue paper balls in red, white and green and placed a chalkboard poster I designs of all of Daniel’s “stats” (how big he is, how many teeth he has, his favorite foods, book, things to do, etc).  And then I also designed a poster that sat on an easel featuring his monthly photos so everyone could see how much he had changed over the year.

We had a special time capsule box where guests could write Daniel a note, or draw him a picture (he had a lot of little cousins there to help him celebrate) and place it in the box to be opened on his 18th birthday.

DSC_0986We set up one long table for food & drinks, and tried to keep it all very “picnic in the park”.  A drink dispenser with apple cider, water bottles with coordinating labels, and juice boxes for the kids.  Big “1” stickers adorned the cups, and striped straws were accessorized with  “Daniel turns 1″ foil-stamped straw flags.  I also had red beverage napkins floating around for drinks and desserts that were stamped with an apple logo in a white matte foil.  You know me, little touches here and there to brand the party!

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The food and drink buffet was dressed in a red tablecloth and we used all-white serving dishes to really make the delicious food pop off the table.  Since I knew it would be windy, I decided to forgo the traditional food tent cards, and used chalkboard stands as labels.

DSC_0926The main centerpiece was one of my favorite decor items from the party.  I had dreamed it up in my head and wasn’t sure it would actually work (or look good) until I assembled it that day.  But, I loved how it turned out and hope you do too.  I used a big white urn, embellished with an apple centerpiece cling, and placed a styrofoam wreath form on top, before placing a white mums plant into it.  Skewered apples were then inserted into the wreath form until I made it full and the flowers were kind of sitting on the apples.  I love that it’s a touch sophisticated, and yet playful all at the same time!

DSC_0904DSC_0906Signage and napkin ties helped to brand our table with the apple theme.  To make it simple for our guests, I placed the stack of plates and silverware rolls all in one basket for an easy grab.

DSC_0908DSC_0922As I mentioned above, I wanted to keep the menu very “picnic in the park”, so we included deviled eggs, fresh fruit, potato salad, sandwiches, little bags of chips, a fall cobb salad, and little cups of applesauce for the kids (embellished with a coordinating sticker and cute red spoons, of course).  I dressed up plastic condiment bottles with red labels so we didn’t have different bottles messing up my color-coordinated table. 😉

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The playground at the park kept the children VERY busy, but we did also have two games for them to play.  A ring toss game that I made to coordinate with the party (I spray-painted wine bottles red and green and placed them in an embellished basket), and a potato sack race that got a lot of giggles (especially when my husband got in on the action!).

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The dessert table served as one of the focal parts of the party space and I had a lot of fun pulling it all together. I anchored the table in a black tablecloth and our custom-printed fabric backdrop.  If you look closely, you will see that a few of the leaves on the backdrop are three dimensional – I glued felt leaves on it to make it “pop!”

22Desserts included a birthday cake and smash cake from our local bakery, Deerfield’s Bakery.  Side note: every birthday cake I have ever had + my wedding cake came from Deerfield’s.  It’s a tradition that I am so happy to pass down to my son!  Daniel’s smash cake was embellished with a darling fondant apple made for me by Edible Details.

Caramel apples, apple cupcakes, mini rice krispy treats, and brownie bites topped with gingham and striped toppers from Edible Details, personalized sugar cookies from Flourish Sweet Shop, chocolate-covered oreos with cute little apples on top from Bella’s Bakery and Bowtique, and apple pie caramels from Firefly Confections.  It was a tasty line-up, my friends!

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I also had a couple jars of candy from Candywarehouse.com: sour apple gumballs, red licorice wheels, and colorful bubblegum crayons that were a hit with the kiddos!

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Food tent cards, candy jar tags, and coordinating Cake Plate Clings helped tie everything together, and I had little red striped bags with stickers on them for the kids to fill up with candy to bring home.

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DSC_0514This was Daniel’s very first taste of sweets and he was a little unsure about the cake smash.  He also had about 15 little cousins cheering him on and was slightly overwhelmed.  But once we helped him with a little lick of frosting – he certainly enjoyed it!

DSC_0079In keeping with our theme, I sent each of our guests home with a caramel apple (full of red, green and white sprinkles) tied with black and white gingham ribbon and a gift tag.

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party favorsHappy 1st Birthday, Baby Boy!  I hope you know how much joy you bring to our lives EVERY.SINGLE.DAY.

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October 28th, 2014 |

THE GRUMPY CAT HALLOWEEN PARTY

introAs you know, this season I have partnered with Friskies and Petsmart to throw a fabulous Grumpy Cat themed Halloween party for my friends and family.  In the last couple of weeks, I shared a very simple party decoration that makes a big impact for very little effort.  Check out my paper fan halloween decorations here.  My meringue ghosts and pumpkin soda bottles were a hit – and oh, so simple to create.  (A perfect idea for you to recreate for your kids this weekend!) And last week, I shared two simple DIY projects: a candy corn paper cone for party favors and a glittered initial pumpkin!  Today, I’m so excited to share the full details of my pumpkin-carving party!

DSC_0823This party was centered around The Grumpy Cat and the amazing pumpkin stencil that Friskies is providing. If you would like to carve the perfect Grumpy Cat Pumpkin (or “Grumpkin”).  Friskies and Petsmart were kind enough to provide us with a downloadable template to make that part a snap. You can join the fun by downloading the Grump-O-Lantern stencil available at PetSmart.com/friskies and uploading images of your personal Grump-O-Lantern, including the #Grumpkin hashtag and #ThePartyDress hashtag.

kidsI invited over my favorite little people and their parents for a festive pumpkin carving party, full of cute costumes and sweet treats.

DSC_0675I set my tables with bold black and white buffalo check tablecloths, and embellished them with classic Halloween colors: orange, green and a touch of purple.  The kids placesettings held a mini pumpkin with their initial glittered on it.  (see my post here for the DIY tips) These were a hit!

kids pumpkinFor a centerpiece, I piled up mini white pumpkins on a cake stand, and embellished a few with glittered polka dots and ribbon.  I also created black cat centerpiece sticks to put in pots full of wheat grass, one of my signature party decor ideas.  I loved the pop of green on the table!

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My paper fan party decorations hung on the walls behind the dessert table and made for a great photo backdrop.  (get the DIY tips here)

diy projectThe kids LOVED their orange soda pumpkin bottles (get my DIY tips here), and the rest of the drinks were dressed up with paper cups and pumpkins straws.

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pumpkin strawsThe sweet treats are ALWAYS the big excitement at a party.  I pulled together this festive dessert table using sweets from the grocery store and embellishing them with a few custom creations.

dessert table 2The table included cupcakes and brownie bites embellished with fondant cats and pumpkins by Edible Details, an oreo cookie “cake”, sugar cookies, tubes of candy corn from candywarehouse.com with “meow” flags on them, marshmallow “ghost” bags, and my meringue ghosts (see my recipe here).  I added a couple of 36″ orange balloons, and grass plants with my black cat centerpiece sticks for accents.

DSC_0777cupcakesDSC_0771dessertsThe kids had a blast, and it was so fun to get together and have another opportunity for them to wear their costumes!  Here is a picture of my little lion:

lionAs a party favor, I sent the kids home with “candy corn” paper cones full of candy!  You can download the template to make the cones here.  It was such a great party to throw, and the kids all LOVE the Grumpy Cat!

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October 16th, 2014 |

AHOY! IT’S A BOY | SIP & SEE

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Baby showers can be elegant and fun, but one thing is always missing: the baby! Why not follow a Southern tradition and celebrate after the little one’s arrival? A Sip & See is the perfect way to toast the whole family.

invitationHere are a few of my tips when hosting a Sip & See:

WHEN TO HAVE IT: Host a casual open house after the baby is a month or two old. Schedule it during a non-meal time, with a start and finish time (2-5pm) so the family’s day won’t be too interrupted.

WHO TO INVITE: Local friends and family of the parents and grandparents. If a grandparent lives out of town, they may host one to introduce the baby upon his first visit.

INVITATIONS: Most baby shower invitations can be customized for a Sip & See. Make sure to include both the baby and parents’ names on the invitation.  We love our new anchor party invitation!

DECORATIONS: Unlike a baby shower, we encourage you to keep the focus on the baby! Select a simple color palette and repeat it thru your serving dishes, simple floral arrangements and party favors.

FOOD & DRINK: Set-up a self-serve bar and buffet table with simple nibbles on it. Bite-size appetizers and desserts are perfect for an afternoon treat. In addition to champagne, make sure you have a non-alcoholic punch or drink dispenser full of fruit-infused water.

DSC_0619DSC_0321COUTURE COOKIES: Work with a cookie designer to create coordinating, personalized sugar cookies for your Sip & See. They make a lovely addition to your buffet table, and can also serve as a darling party favor.  These darling cookies are by Flourish Sweet Shop.

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cardsACTIVITIES: Since toasting the family should remain the focus of a Sip & see, gift-opening typically doesn’t take place. Encourage guests to leave little notes of encouragement for the parents, or wishes for the baby. These can be placed in a small album as a keepsake for the family.

 

October 15th, 2014 |

POLKA DOTS & STRIPES | PARKER turns 1

3One of my favorite parts of my job is working with clients to create a custom party perfectly suited to their child.  These photos capture Parker’s first birthday party: full of polka dots, stripes and a cheery color palette of turquoise, green and yellow.  Held at a local kids’ play facility, Parker’s mom focused her energy on a cute tablesetting and stylized food tables.  We created the paper goods and fabric for the event and just love how it turned out!  Read on for more darling pics….

26541Darling party for such a darling little boy!  Happy 1st Birthday, Parker!

Images by Erin Reed Photography

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