October 17th, 2011 |

Halloween Sock Monkey Party

I came across this darling Halloween party for kids on Better Homes and Gardens, and I just had to share it with you.  As you all know, I have a soft spot for monkeys (my god-daughter is obsessed with them, and it’s also one of our best selling party collections!).  This sock-monkey twist on your traditional Halloween party is so cute….I love the colors, the patterns and there are some great activity ideas that you could re-create for any party!

Some of the activities include a candy corn relay race, and a matching card game.  Totally cute for kids!  Whoopie pies are dressed up with monkey faces, and check out these cute pumpkin straws!  Check out the feature on bhg.com for all of the darling details.

October 3rd, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Halloween Silhouette Wall Lamp

One of my favorite parts of putting together The Party Dress Magazine each quarter is finding those little DIY projects that I just know you are all going to love.  I’m crafty….but my contributors are REALLY crafty and they come up with amazing ideas!  Today’s project comes from Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio.  She’s create a step-by-step tutorial for making a cute wall lamp for your kids using a FREE downloadable silhouette image featuring a sweet Halloween parade.  (download the design here)

Step 1

Gather your supplies: you will need the kids parading free printable, a wall lamp from Ikea, scor-it board or any other scoring tool, and a screw driver.

Step 2

Start by removing the screw from the top of the wall lamp. This will allow the top to come off and release the decorative paper that comes with the lamp.

Step 3

Position the kids parading print on the scor-it board and begin scoring 1/4 inch from the outer edge of the print.

Step 4

Fold the ends over the outer edges of the lamp. You can use clear tape to secure them.

Step 5

Re-assemble the wall lamp and Voila!   For less than $5 you created something unique for your nursery or any other room in the house. Wasn’t that easy?

 

 

 

September 21st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Mod Fish Baby Shower

When it comes to baby showers, I prefer to cater to the Mom-to-be’s design aesthetic….not the babies!  After all, the party is for her!  It’s a great opportunity to pull in unique baby-friendly concepts, but perhaps modernize them to appeal to the adults in attendance.  We get so many requests for fish/under the sea parties, that I decided that it was time to move that theme up to the top of my “to do list” and I partnered up with Charynn of Two Sugar Babies to create this modern, gender-neutral baby shower inspiration for the fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

We set the table with a crisp white tablecloth and topped it with paper placemats featuring our mod fish pattern, a green napkin and a coordinating blue striped placecard.  The centerpiece  was probably my FAVORITE part of this party….it literally cost me next to nothing to create, and I think mad a huge impact.  I took basic glass cylinders that I had sitting around the house, and created white fish vinyl decals using my Silhouette machine.  I filled them with water, and used gel food coloring to add the bold color.  So simple, right?

We set up a “bubbles bar” with both punch and bottles of key lime Italian soda wrapped with fish labels.  Blue balloons were attached to the wall behind the bar to create the look of bubbles floating away.

A bold polka dot grid patterned backdrop anchored our dessert table, and there were so many darling sweets.  First off an AMAZING cake covered in cake balls by Velvet Cream Bakery (DIY tutorial coming later today!).  I love the ombre effect of the shades of blue, as well as how it resembles little bubbles!  The cake topper of fondant fish and bubbles was created by Two Sugar Babies, as were the darling cupcake toppers.

Color-coordinated candy and jumbo marshmallows were placed in candy jars with coordinating tags, and we used these fabulous new tilt bowls from Crate & Barrel for pearlized gumballs in blue and green.  I made blue jello “shots” using my votive candle holders (also dressed them up with a fish vinyl decal), and stuck a cupcake topper in them for some visual interest.

Darling fish cookies by Allyson Jane were lined up to look like a little “school of fish” and cake pops by Velvet Cream Bakery stood up in a white pot full of gumballs and looked like they were floating!

We thought we needed a creative party favor….you know, besides the candy!  So we filled up small bottles full of bubble bath, wrapped them with a custom label, and tied on a coordinating gift tag.  Darling….and useful!  The mod fish collection by WH Hostess is one of my favorites, and (although just added to the shop recently) is quickly becoming one of our most popular.  It’s perfect for a baby shower or kids birthday party!  You can see the complete collection in our shop.

Make sure to head back later today to view the DIY cake pop cake tutorial by Charynn of Two Sugar Babies.

September 19th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Superhero Birthday Party

Boom! Pow! Bang! Bam! Get your superhero capes on for this action. What better way to celebrate your little ones birthday than to throw him a superhero party, showing him just how “super” he really is?! Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas designed this party for her two little boys and their friends, and it was featured in the latest edition of The Party Dress Magazine.  Stay tuned for some pretty fabulous party inspiration, and ideas as told by Kara, herself….

I wanted the party to be bold and fun, creating a mini superhero world for all the guests. I had a main Superman party table, a Batman treat table and a Captain America food table. I also created a “Clark Kent Disguise Station” on a large briefcase with Superman glasses & ties. “Daily Planet” yoyo’s were also a part of the display.

Among the favorite treats and food were barbell suckers, superhero “pops”, lighting rod yellow peppers with “power” dip, “Super” ropes, corn “pops”, ring “pops”, “pop” rocks, Wonder Woman lassos, skyscraper cookies, lighting rod watermelon,“hero” sandwiches, push “pop” cupcakes, cookie“medals”, telephone booth cookies and more.

All the party goers received a superhero muscle shirtwhen they arrived, colored a giant superhero back-drop, got their faces painted like their favorite hero. They lifted a super barbell, stood behind a car raising photo op, sprayed the evil villain, colored in superhero activity books, flew away with lighting wings on their shoes, stepped inside a super bubble & more!

Photography by Lyndsey Fagerlund

Vendor Credits: jumbo building coloring page (anders ruff) , cake (sweeten your day cakes), sugar cookies (batches),

fondant cupcake toppers (edible details), party printables (paper & pigtails), face painting (painted party), custom tablecloths and backdrops (pots & pins), mini cape & mask printables, lightning bolts (kara’s party ideas)
Lightning Bolt Shoe Tags- www.karaspartyideas.com
September 15th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Baking Party {Part II}

Our baking party feature from the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine continues with all of the sweet details of our cheerful dessert table.  Charynn and I crafted colorful cake stands  to complete the look of this table (be on the lookout for the DIY tutorial later this afternoon), which highlighted a variety of custom desserts.  A coordinating pennant banner crisscrossed across the wall as a backdrop, and we spray-painted a vintage chalkboard turquoise to list off the specials of the day.

We dressed up a store-bought cake with a few charming decorations by Two Sugar Babies: a fondant number 5 and cherries were placed on top of the cake, and Charynn placed two rows of red hot candies around the side of the cake to add a touch of color.

A colorful “malt ball shoppe” was placed center stage, with clear canisters full of candy.  Each embellished with ribbon and a circle tag featuring the coordinating images from our baking party collection, and signage was placed in a lucite box frame.

It wouldn’t be a party (especially a baking party!) without cupcakes!  Grouped together on one large cake stand, or placed on the individual ones, these cupcakes looked extra special with darling, coordinating toppers by Two Sugar Babies.

Darling cookies from Sugarbelle’s, glass jars full of colorful ribbon candy were adorned with candy jar tags, and jumbo marshmallows {dipped in chocolate and sprinkles} wore coordinating cupcake toppers.

In addition to their malt balls, guests each took home a “cupcake in a jar”.  So simple to make, simply layer cake and frosting in a mason jar, top with some ribbon, a gift tag and voila!  The perfect end to a darling party.

September 15th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Baking Party {Part 1}

When planning a birthday party for a bunch of little girls,what could be more fun than a baking party full of sweet treats and activities?!  I partnered up with my fav baking pro, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies to create a whimsical event full of charm for the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.
A custom collection of paper goods from WH Hostess set the color palette for the party, and we played off the polka dot and cherry patterns for decorations. The tables were set with a custom table runner made out of our cherry pattern fabric, polka dot placemats and silverware “pockets” made from oilcloth, and each girl had her name on a miniature rolling pin (a very simple DIY project using my trusty Silhouette machine).  The centerpieces consisted of apothecary jars stacked full of baking liners.

Cookie and cupcake decorating served as an activity, and the main attraction was the bake shoppe dessert table. You will have to head back this afternoon for all of the sweet details!

September 15th, 2011 |

DIY Colorful Cake Stands

These colorful cake stands stole the show in our baking party dessert table!  You, too, can create these….simple steps, inexpensive materials and quick turnaround time….and the best part is, you can make them to match any color palette!

Supplies: wood candlesticks, wood circle plaques, gloss spray paint, spray paint primer, wood glue or epoxy

Step 1: If needed, sand imperfections from woodpieces and apply base coat according to the manufacturer instructions. Base coating your pieces allows for a more even coverage of the wood. Let dry.

Step 2: Apply several coats of spray paint to evenly cover the candlestick and both sides of the wood circle plaque. Let dry.

Step 3: Glue the pieces of the stand together, measuring and marking the center of the plaque if needed. Use a heavy book to maintain even pressure on the pieces. Let dry completely.

Step 4: Enjoy your cake stand! Please remember that most paints are not food safe and something must be used between food and stand.

September 9th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Tea for Three (Part II)

We are back with even more darling details from our featured tea party today.  There were so many darling sweets – cookies from Allyson Jane, fondant petifore toppers by Two Sugar Babies, gorgeous cakes by Knolle Cakes, cake pops by Cuter than Cake, and chocolate-covered oreos by Sweeties By Kim.

We designed coordinating food tent cards and tags to brand the table…..don’t you just love the ruffled tablecloth!?

The birthday girls each had their own cake with candles to blow out and make a wish on.  Check out their darling party dresses by Racheal Calzada, accessorized with a birthday crown, of course.

The ladies invited their guests to join them in getting beautiful at manicure and make-up stations.  How darling are these little “shops” with awnings made from our custom fabric?

September 9th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Tea for Three

What can I say?!  I am so fortunate to work with so many sweet, talented families when it comes to party planning.  I’m a pretty lucky girl that I get to design cute party goods for a living….and even luckier when  they are used in such an amazingly beautiful way.  I’m always thrilled to show off parties that we were able to be a part of….which is exactly what we are doing today!  There are so many details to this party, we are going to split it up into two posts.

This tea party was hosted by one of my favorite clients for her three daughters.  You may remember seeing Gracie’s preppy pink and green birthday party from last year, or their darling Halloween party.  She approached me to create a custom collection of party goods and fabric for the party.  A tea party for her three daughters, with a turquoise and pink color palette.  You can see the suite of paper goods above.  Part of her request was for custom fabric….and as you start scrolling down throughout the pictures, you can see what a large role the patterned fabric played.

What I love about this party is that she took the pattern and color palette and ran with it….and made most of the decorations herself!

I thought the table runners were going to be my favorite (note the pink stripe border on them matches the napkins!), but I am just dying over how cute the pink fabric looks tied around the chairs in a bow.

Tea cups, pink roses, and some coordinating paper goods tied the look together.  We’ll be back later today with the details of the activity stations and desserts!

Photography by Wendy Updegraff Photography

August 30th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Preppy Dino

One of the best parts of my job is receiving e-mails from happy clients.  I love hearing that their party went well and that we were able to help make it a little extra special!  I was thrilled to receive photos from our client, Joanna, this week showing images from her son’s recent  birthday party.  And even more thrilled to see the party featured on Amy Atlas yesterday!

The party was for Wyatt’s 4th birthday incorporating his most recent obsession… DINOSAURS!  The party was held in their backyard in Laguna Hills, CA.  Joanna came to us to create a custom suite of party goods with a blue, green and orange color palette.  Throw in a few mod patterns (including a colorful chevron that I am just smitten with) and some creative wording, and our preppy dino collection was born!

The colorful chevron and blue tile pattern were carried throughout the party into signage, banners, water bottle labels and accessories.  I love how creative Joanna got with the wording of her signs – everything was based around dinosaur names.

The dessert table was cute and colorful.  The vertical space above the table was defined with a coordinating pennant banner and colorful paper lanterns.  The bright linens really made the food pop, and the themed sweets were just darling!

Cupcake toppers from our preppy dino collection stood atop cupcakes in orange wrappers, striped candy in blue, orange and green were placed in candy jars with personalized tags, and then there was the cake.  The cake held center stage on the table and was made by Blackmarket Bakery.  Two Sugar Babies created the fondant dinosaurs and chevron letters that spelled out “Wyatt” to dress up the cake….isn’t it darling!?

Images by Lollipops & Slingshots Photography

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