August 25th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Carnival 1st Birthday

I had the pleasure of working with a client this summer to plan a custom first birthday party for a little girl named Estella.  A carnival theme was chosen early on and my client asked me to come up some festive designs that were colorful and playful.  We designed a collection of paper goods that includes polka dots, a diamond pattern, colorful stripes and THE cutest circus carnival tent you can imagine (if we do say so ourselves!).  We now have a the full collection of items up in the shop, including invitations, decorations, dessert table accessories, melamine plates and fabric by the yard.

As you can see, Estella’s mom pulled together a darling dessert table featuring themed sweets.  We created a tile backdrop featuring all of the coordinating patterns, and a striped birthday cake featuring a fondant banner held center stage.  Coordinating cupcake toppers, candy jar tags, food tent cards and signage helped to brand the table.  The birthday girl had her own special cake served on our melamine plate.

Typical carnival food was served: burgers, french fries served in individual cups with stickers on them, and summer beverages (lemonade and iced tea) were placed in glass bottles with custom labels.  It was a hot summer day, so water bottles with our labels were a hot ticket item!

The yard was decorated with colorful balloons, banners, and centerpieces made of candy and dressed up with our centerpiece sticks. The kids were all given party hats to wear at the party, and there were bubble tins and cotton candy bags readily available for the taking.

Kids had a blast getting their face painted and with the balloon artist.  One of my favorite details was the “photo booth” – we created a large, colorful polka dot backdrop that hung for guests to be photographed with.

This was such a festive and fun party to plan and I just love how it turned out.  I hope you enjoyed a peek into Estella’s first birthday!  To view all of the items in this collection, please click here.  For more information about our custom party planning options, please click here.

August 22nd, 2011 |

Back-to-School Treats: Apples

It’s back-to-school time around here this week, and you know what that means….time to dig out some apples to bring to your child’s teacher.  Instead of the always-appreciated, healthy fruit this year, how about starting the year off with a bit of a sugar rush?!  I love these creative ideas for sweets that look like apples. Cookies, cupcakes, and even red rice crispy treats!  What’s your favorite treat to bring to teachers?

Images: apple rice crispy treat (gourmetmomonthego.com), apple cookies (hellonaomi.com), apple cupcakes (parents.com)

August 22nd, 2011 |

Back-to-School Parties from Around the Web

With kids are starting back to school this week here in Chicago, it’s a great time to throw a party to kick off a new school year.  There has been some darling inspiration around the web and I just had to share it with all of you.  This first one was thrown by Just Call Me Martha.  Using free printables from Birds Party, she styled a crisp, classic dessert table – I just love the pop of red and apple green!

AndersRuff styled a vintage schoolhouse party….and oh, my…..these shots of children are just.darling!  Their back-to-school printables collection is in their shop and is perfect for dressing up those first brown bag lunches of the year.  Head over to see more pics on Hostess with the Mostess and on their blog.

Always one for thinking outside of the box, One Charming Party put together a full dessert table featuring all school supplies.  The pencil “cake” full of rubberbands sold me!  You can check out all of the creative food ideas and cute ways to package supplies for friends and teachers on their blog.

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

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