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

June 1st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Modern Silhouette Playful Pics

To wrap up this little series of posts on our Modern Silhouette party feature from Nesting Newbies Magazine, I thought I would share a couple of my favorite pictures.  The photographers had some fun with me and my god-daughter, Mackenzie, who served as my model.  She’s one of the little loves of my life, and I had so much fun playing “party” with her that day.  I just love how these pictures turned out…..especially the one that Penny Lane, my sweet pup, jumped into!

Images by Sisterazzi Photography

June 1st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Modern Silhouette Dessert Table

Yesterday, I showed off all of the darling details from our Nesting Newbies photo shoot…..and today, I am back with the dessert table details!  Let me tell you, this was one of my all-time favorite tables to put together.  I loved the monochromatic green candy, the bold patterns on the paper goods and cookies, and the sweet silhouette that graced everything from the sign, to the cupcake toppers, to the fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies.

I used a black console from our home as the table.  Not only did I want the black piece as the focal point, but I also loved how I was able to play with decorating the shelves!  And for a kids party….those candy jars were right at their level!  The table was framed with pom pom garlands that I made from craft-store finds.  I draped several garlands on each side to look like a set of drapes, and placed a hanging sign in the middle.

Candy Warehouse supplied me with an amazing assortment of green candy.  I loved playing with the different shades, and by putting them in different glass apothecary jars and containers, it made for a really sweet look.  I did pop in a couple of containers of white candy for a little “pop!”  I asked two of my favorite dessert table ladies to create goodies for me – Charynn from Two Sugar Babies made incredible fondant toppers for my big cupcakes (can you believe how perfectly she matched our silhouette and exploded lattice pattern?) and Allyson Jane made us fabulous couture cookies with our coordinating patterns on them.  Tip: I always line my platters with coordinating paper…..it helps pull together the theme!

The table was “branded” with coordinating food tent cards, candy jar tags and of course, cupcake toppers.  I had white, metal tins (dressed up with polka dot ribbon and a darling sticker) for the kids to fill up with candy to bring home.  Not only is it a perfect party favor, but it also serves as an activity during the party…..our birthday girl had a fabulous time selecting candy to put in her tin!

Photography by Sisterazzi Photography

May 31st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Modern Silhouette

We were beyond thrilled to have been asked to contribute a party to the latest issue of Nesting Newbies magazine!  I know when I shared the magazine a couple of weeks ago, I promised more images soon…..well, I’ve been busy!  But I’m back today with a few posts to show you the amazing details that made up this darling party.

The ladies at Nesting Newbies asked me to put aside the character themes and the princess wands, and create a party that was truly me, my style.  Using a series of crisp black and white patterns, and a bold Kelly green, our modern barbie silhouette got a sophisticated update!    To define the vertical space of the party room, I hung a pennant banner amongst playful pom pom garlands (which I made with green ribbon and small, black and white pom poms I found at Michael’s) above the tables. (but at a lower-than-normal-height, so the kids would feel like the space was all for them!)

Small tables, perfect for a tea party, were set with custom made white denim tablecloths that had a large black swiss dot ruffle at the bottom.  I made coordinating cloth napkins, and set the table with Kelly green glasses and silverware, black plates and my signature centerpiece – white pots full wheat grass and a floral pomander, and topped with centerpiece sticks.  Don’t you just love that one, single pop of hot pink in the centerpiece and on our birthday girl!? (who was also wearing a darling stripe hair bow by Mel-Belles)

One of my favorite details of the tablesetting were the placecards on the back of the chairs.  Perfectly proportioned to child-size chairs, the guests were delighted to see their names on them!  There are still so many details to come!  Head on back this afternoon to see the details of the dessert table!

Photography by Sisterazzi Photography

May 10th, 2011 |

{Press} Little Blue Car Party on HWTM!

So fun to wake up to another FABULOUS party feature on Hostess with the Mostess today!  This little blue car first birthday was SO MUCH FUN to work on with Christi from P is for Party!  A little boy’s first birthday, but geared towards adults – so I focused on using lots of eye-catching patterns and tried a few new things that turned out just darling!  Coordinating fabric used for pillows, a patterned backdrop for the dessert table, placemats for the tables, bottle wrappers for the drinks….there are so many cute details, you must go check it out!

Our little blue car party collection is available for purchase in the shop here.

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