August 16th, 2011 |

Project Nursery: Sweet Shoppe

Sweet Shoppe birthday parties are all the rage right now….they fit in perfectly with the dessert table trend.  I am sharing ideas and inspiration for a candy-themed birthday party over at Project Nursery this week.  Check it out!

Images: sweet shoppe party invitation (tinyprints.com), paisley curtain panel (laylagrayce.com), lollipop decorations (hwtm.com), daisy pomander ball centerpiece (countryliving.com), gumball party favors (Little Beans Boutique)

August 1st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Take Off in Style!

We recently had the pleasure of working with one of our repeat customers in Australia  to design the custom party goods for her twin son’s birthday party.  The boys wanted an airplane party with lots of sweets…..and their mom certainly outdid herself!

The pale blue and orange color palette was accented with a jet silhouette and some seersucker stripes (one of my favorite patterns!)  Don’t you love all of these desserts?!  The cakes and cloud cookies are my favorites!

The kids had a great time filling up their goodie bags to bring home!  This darling airplane collection will be added to the shop soon!

July 22nd, 2011 |

Party Planning: Eloise at The Plaza

I always get SUPER excited when I start working on a new project!  Especially when I get to work with a good friend and some other fabulous vendors.  This next project….oh, yea…..I’m excited!!  Our contributor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, is here today to share the inspiration board for her daughter’s upcoming birthday party.   You may remember Madelyn’s colorful-Chinese lantern-Kai Lan character birthday party from last year.  This year, she’s going pink, black and white….and you are just going to LOVE the theme!!  Stay tuned for more posts to come as the planning gets underway…..

We are in the early stages of planning – so if you have any ideas or are a vendor that has a PERFECT product we should consider, please leave a comment!

Images: plaza hoteltable w/runnereloise suiteeloise tea party roomeloisemilk glass, cotton candydessert tablepink cake

 

July 14th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Lilly Flower Birthday

Since it IS birthday week here on The Party Dress, I thought we would share the details of some of the birthday parties featured in the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  This pink and green, Lilly Pulitzer-inspired is one of my favorite parties that I have worked on recently.  It is the quintessential preppy, summer party….perfect for the little girl in your life!  I also think this theme would make a darling bridal shower!  A sweet poppy flower pattern, mixed with green seersucker stripes make this collection one of my all time favorites!

Guests were welcomed by a festive wreath made by different patterned ribbon loops (a fun, DIY project thatcan be re-purposed as a room decoration after herparty!) and brought into a sunny room where the party would be held.  The focal point of the room was the very sweet dessert table.  The space was defined by a unique tablesetting.  A pink swiss dot fabric was laid atop a crisp white table-cloth, and pulled up at each end of the table with green polka dot ribbon.  A pennant banner featuring all of our coordinating patterns hung between the two pull-back bows.  The vertical space above the table was defined by a ribbon and polka dot chandelier.


Sweets included a raspberry birthday cake topped with a fondant poppy made by Two Sugar Babies, cupcakes with our custom toppers were served on minicake stands embellished with pink, pom pom trim, flower hand-iced cookies by Allyson Jane, perfectly preppy cake pops by Flour and Iced, and color-coordinated candy (including my personal fav – ribbon candy!).  A lollipop tree held pink and white swirl lollipops (a simple DIY project – simply wrap a styrofoamcone with ribbon!), and we used small glass cylinders full of candy to house our darling centerpiece sticks featuring the birthday girl’s name.  We branded the table with coordinating candy jar tags, food tent cards, and tray liners.  The overall look was delightful and made for some very happy little girls!


The birthday girl ate her cake off her personalized melamine plate, and we dressed up simple items like paper cups and straws with coordinating stickers.  The color palette was carried throughout the party, and included low tables set with the pink swiss dot tablecloths, and floor pillows made from our custom lilly flower fabric for the girls to sit on.

Activities are key when entertaining children during a party.  Caroline LOVES to color, so we created a custom coloring page for the kids to color during the party.  Wrapped up and tied with a bow, they looked extra special served up in a bow-embellished tray alongside crayon kits.

We wanted to come up with a unique and special party favor.  Along with a box of candy from the dessert table, each young lady chose a hairbow to bring home.  Made by Mel-Belles to coordinate with our party, the bows were displayed on custom tags and hung on a board.

July 13th, 2011 |

Party Hats

I’ve always been a fan of party hats, but I don’t think I really, truly fell in love with them until recently when we used them for Francesca’s Bake Shoppe party.  Those big, pink flowers….they just made me swoon!  Ever since, I’m on a hunt to find unique ones for every party I am working on.  I’m sharing a few of them that I have found on etsy with you today…..hope you love them as much as I do!

Images: girly bow party hat, large flower party hat, orange fringe party hat

July 7th, 2011 |

Party Garland: 3 Ways

When it comes to decorating for kids parties, sometimes you want to buy a custom banner, and sometimes you just want to make something quick and inexpensive. Parents.com has you covered with ideas….check out these three, simple garland ideas that are perfect for your next party.  Using everyday products, such as ribbon, paper and paper cups, you too can make a colorful banner that your kids will love.

June 23rd, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Francesca’s Bake Shoppe II

I hoped you enjoyed the details of Francesca’s Bake Shoppe birthday party this morning!  I’m back now with all of the yummy details of her “bake shoppe” cookie dessert table.  First, let me start off by saying that when I initially helped Francesca’s mom come up with the concept/plan for this table, I never imagined it would turn out THIS CUTE!  The stand itself was made by Grand Soirées Event Design & Coordination, with a custom stripe fabric awning.  The front was decorated with a coordinating pennant banner that said “bake shoppe”.

Gallon cookie jars were accessorized with coordinating paper liners, cookie jar tags and ribbon, and each held a different type of cookie.  French macaroons, chocolate-covered {with pink polka dots} oreos, sugar cookies in the shape of “1″, jam-filled cookies and more…..  Wooden tongs were placed in front of each jar for easy serving.  To give the back row of cookie jars a boost up, and give the table a new dimension, a moss-covered riser was placed in the center and held both the jars and a DARLING tiered cake.

Guests went home with take out boxes full of cookies and the kiddos also took home a tin of bubbles {accessorized with a custom label}.  I love how she tied in the moss from the dessert table by lining her lucite trays with it!

Photography by Nicole Parker

June 23rd, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Francesca’s Bake Shoppe

I’m very excited to show you the details of this darling first birthday party!  I worked closely with Francesca’s mom to plan this custom party, and the end result was just fabulous!  Located in California, we did all of our planning and communication by e-mail, and we designed a custom invitation and full collection of coordinating items to accessorize the party.

The theme of the party was “Francesca’s Bake Shoppe” and the color palette/designs were inspired by her nursery.  A sophisticated, tonal damask and polka dot was used in fuchsia, and a brown and white seersucker was added in for contrast.  Her monogram had been designed for her when she was born, so it was only fitting that we use it for her first birthday party too!

The yard was full of gorgeous tables set with custom-made tablecloths, hanging pink pom poms, and pink beach balls floating about for the kids to play with.  The birthday girl and her guests wore DARLING party hats that totally stole the show!

The pink damask tablecloths were made extra-special with the large polka dot ruffle at the hem.  A combination of pink paper goods, silverware and napkins tied with custom napkin rings, water bottles with coordinating labels, and take-out boxes full of cookies and accessorized with a matching sticker.  Pennant banners made out of our coordinating patterns and polka dot ribbon hung around the party space adding a festive touch.

One of my favorite {food} parts of this party were the cheerio/fruit loop necklaces that Francesca’s mom made for the smallest guests.  She creatively hung them from a “tree” made of branches on the food table and the kids loved wearing {and eating} them.

Milk bottles were served on pink serving trays from IKEA by waiters wearing white shirts and darling PINK bowties.  Juice bottles with laminated drink tags were also used for pink lemonade.

Head on back this afternoon for all of the details of Francesca’s Bake Shoppe dessert table!

Photography by Nicole Parker

June 21st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Under the Tuscan Sun

I recently had the pleasure of working with a mom and daughter to plan a custom party to celebrate Alivia’s 3rd birthday.  The theme?!  Under the Tuscan Sun.  The color palette?  Sunflower yellow, rusty orange, moss green and pops of chocolate brown.  We created a custom invitation and paper goods for the event, and helped plan the details remotely.  I was thrilled to see how darling the party turned out….I hope you enjoy it!

The party took place outdoors on their property in Virginia providing a stunning backdrop, and sunflowers took center stage.  Burlap tablecloths, baskets and woven dishes were used  to give the party a rustic, natural look.   The food buffet included three different types of bruschetta, olives, grapes, cured meats and cheeses, as well as some delicious sweets.

They set up an Italian soda bar with different flavored syrups so the kids could create their own concoctions.  The children sat at a small table out in the field, covered with sunflowers and even their own personalized drinking straws!

Photography by Christi Sullivan

June 16th, 2011 |

Woodland Forest

Lisa from Fancy That sent me this darling Woodland Forest theme party.  It is such a popular theme, I figured you would all benefit from seeing how she pulled together some very creative elements.  This party was put together for the 9 year old daughter of the owner Bliss Bake Shop.  She is in the shop all the time and has seen Lisa putting displays up for tons of themes.  She asked for a woodland fairy party with red & purple as the main colors.  The inspiration for the party started with the cupcake stand.  She had seen a similar stand on pinterest and fell in love with it but couldn’t find the source.  So Lisa got some wood and moss and put together her own.   The custom fairy bottles were another inspiration.  They are best seller in the shop and for the party – they customized the little tags with each little girls name.

On the main party table, the girls had lunch that included Fairy Berries, Snail Swirl Sandwiches, Gnome Walking Sticks (carrots & ranch), and Magical Fairy Juice (sparkling pink lemonade).  After their lunch they painted their own little fairy houses.  The sweets table included mushroom themed cupcakes and white chocolate dipped marshmallows, both a hit with the kids!

Party favors included a custom fairy dust bottle and a goodie bag with a custom notebook & twig pencil.

Images by Tori Ava

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