January 24th, 2011 |
Last week I showed you a sneak peek of the latest WH Hostess parties…..a “Monkey Love” themed first birthday party. Hosted by a creative mom in Houston, and styled by the fabulous Christi Bennett of P is for Party, this first birthday party is nothing short of spectacular and I have been DYING to show you the pictures!
One of the client’s favorite details about the original custom inspiration board was the use of moss details. The front of the house set the tone for a sweet, festive party. As guests walked up the pathway to the front door, they were surrounded by the most gorgeous ribbon moss balls hung on shepherd hooks, and a sweet Monkey welcome sign by WH Hostess.
The flowers were breathtaking and one of my favorite parts! Christi enlisted the help of Houston florist, Lisa Tran of Wedding Flowers by Lisa to create the stunning arrangements. Inside, the tables served as a focal point. Each table was draped in a pink linen and held three small arrangements, including sweet ceramic vases from Heart to Heart, which Lisa filled with bright yellow Billy Balls, pink roses and hydrangeas in pink and green. Lisa also designed a moss cone which she adorned with pink spray roses and yellow Calla Lilies.
Poms (ordered from Party Poms) in shades of pink, yellow and green were found everywhere throughout the party; from counter tops and mantles to the arms of chandeliers. We also used centerpiece sticks by WH Hostess in small white pots full of candy.
The party took place both inside and out. The outside tables were special as well! Grass mats from Heart to Heart (inspired by HWTM!) were placed on each table and one of the same ceramic vases found inside was set on top. It lent for a more casual outdoor feel. The backyard was set up as the play area for the many kids in attendance. Pink and white beach balls and large pink exercise balls were sporadically placed throughout the area. The kids loved running around kicking and throwing the balls!
The birthday girl, Alexandra, is one lucky girl…her parents threw her a stunning party that I am sure people are still talking about! Stay tuned tomorrow for all of the sweet details of the food and dessert table!
Photography by Ellen Johnson of Ellen Zilla Photography
January 19th, 2011 |
I am so excited to share the latest party by WH Hostess with you! Do you remember a few months ago when I showed you my “parties in progress?” This “Monkey Love” 1st birthday party was one of them. A few months in the making, a dream client and perfect party partner….this ended up being one amazing party! As a reminder, here is the original custom inspiration board I did for the client:
When Alexandra’s Mom, Shannon, came to me to create a custom inspiration board for her 1st birthday, she knew she wanted a monkey theme. I took that idea and ran with it. The theme became Monkey Love: a sweet 1st birthday party with a girly, vintage feel. A color palette of pale pink, hot pink, yellow, mint green and chocolate brown was born, and some of the ideas included:
- Centerpieces: cluster an arrangement of small vases with pink flowers, and a moss covered (cone-shaped) tree with flower embellishment. Place a small centerpiece stick with the monkey face coming out of one of the vases of flowers.
- Hang moss balls off polka dot ribbon, hang them on stakes and line pathways or an area of your yard. A miniature version could hang in clusters off a chandelier.
- Pink balloons clustered together make any area seem festive!
- Table Setting Ideas: Decorate the backs of chairs with strips of different pattered fabrics, and belt together with a large floral bloom.
- Use grass mats as placemats
- Serve pink and yellow lemonade out of small, glass bottles with a stripe straw.
- Make an ice cream sundae bar a main focus for your party. Lay it out in a stylized fashion, with coordinating labels, signs and banners from WH Hostess. Include a special area dedicated to banana split toppings!
- Incorporate cake plates full of cupcakes with coordinating toppers, chocolate-covered oreo cookie pops with mini bananas on them, and a special smash cake for the birthday girl with a monkey fondant topper.
- Paper Goods: Polka dot napkins in pink, yellow and green, with solid pink plates.
- Place a monkey sticker from WH Hostess on pink and yellow paper cups to dress them up.
- Mini stuffed monkeys make the perfect party favor!
- Bubble Tins with coordinating labels from WH Hostess, pipe cleaner wands and embellished with ribbon make a darling party favor (and serve as an activity during the party)!
The party planning progressed quickly, and Shannon hired me to create a collection of coordinating party goods and Christi of P is for Party to style the event. Talk about a fabulous team, right?! Here are some of the paper goods that I came up with….stay tuned tomorrow for the pictures and details of the party!
Images Credit for Inspiration Board:
Images: invitation (whhostess.com
), chair decoration (hostessblog.com
), centerpiece (jldesigns.com
), hanging moss balls (jldesigns.com
), grass placemats (mommybabble.com
), ice cream sundae bar (eatdrinkchic.com
), banana split toppings (midwestliving.com
), monkey cake topper (etsy.com
), banana fondant toppers (etsy.com
), monkey party favors (partyspot.com
), pink drinks (brides.com
), bubble tins (stylemepretty.com
), monkey sign (etsy.com
), peony centerpiece (josevillablog.com
January 17th, 2011 |
I’m blogging over at Project Nursery today about travel-inspired baby shower ideas inspired by this image! Come join me!
Image via Style Me Pretty
January 5th, 2011 |
Yesterday I shared a few of my party theme predictions for 2011 on Project Nursery, and today I thought I would show you a sneak peek of a party I am working on. Remember that “animal” trend I showed in yesterday’s predictions?! Well, here is one way WH Hostess is interpreting it!
Christi from P is for Party hired me to create a custom inspiration board and paper goods for her son’s upcoming 4th birthday party. The party is being held at the local zoo and she wanted to bring some modern patterns and animal silhouettes into the decorations. I’m LOVING what we came up with and I hope you will too! The invitation and some of the patterns we are using for decorations are above and you can head over to P is for Party to see the custom inspiration board we put together. Planning a zoo party in the future?! Stay tuned for lots of cute party details soon!
December 1st, 2010 |
Today’s party is bold and colorful….perfect for a winter Wednesday! Chloe’s mom contacted me this fall to create a stationery suite for her daughter’s first birthday. She wanted a modern barbie theme and had already picked out the birthday girl’s darling outfit, which inspired the whole collection! A hot pink, black and white color palette was born, throw in a touch of zebra print and a modern “barbie” silhouette….and voila! This is one cute party!
I’m in love with the chalkboard sign that welcomed guests to Chloe’s party! What a fun piece to have in your home! A patterned banner decorated the party space and the dessert table took the center stage.
The dessert table was covered with black and white polka dot linens, and was pulled back with two large pink bows. I love how the use of all glass jars, bowls and cake stands really made the hot pink candy POP! on the table. Coordinating candy jar tags, cupcake toppers and food tent cards helped to carry the theme throughout the party, as did the darling couture cookies by Allyson Jane Designer Desserts.
Barbie dolls (tied with a coordinating gift tag) were sent home with each child as their party favor….cute and fun, right?! I love the energy of this party! So bright and festive….a great way to celebrate Chloe’s first birthday! I think this party is a perfect example of how to host a cute party indoors (I get so many questions about this during the winter!). Great job, Wendy!
Photography by Jennifer Powell
November 25th, 2010 |
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Today, they have offered up a darling giveaway for all of you! This Dear Santa, Define Good tee is a must have for your sweet little munchkin this holiday season! Made of super soft cotton, this tee is sure to be a favorite all year long. Here’s how to win it!
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October 28th, 2010 |
My friend, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, came to me this summer with a grand vision of a colorful-Chinese lantern-Kai Lan character birthday party for her daughter, Madelyn. She knew she was going to have a large party for friends and family at a park, and wanted some colorful invitations and paper goods, and a fabulous dessert table.
I put together this little package of party goods for her – an invitation, cupcake toppers, gift tags, water bottle labels, centerpiece sticks, candy jar tags, food tent cards and stickers. I love how this invitation turned out – darling for this theme, but it would also be so cute for a summer picnic, a baby shower, the possibilities are endless!
Charynn did a fabulous job putting together her dessert table! Being the ultra-creative fondant-queen, the cake is BEYOND darling and I love all of the colorful details she put into the sweets.
The dessert table was cute and colorful with rainbow colored paper lanterns hanging above, and a darling banner in front. Charynn made a lot of the goodies herself, including cupcakes (with toppers by WH Hostess), candy sushi, chocolate dipped fortune cookies, rainbow-color-spattered chocolate covered oreos, and cookies with fondant toppers. A fabulous cake with Kai Lan cake toppers and marshmallows, plus some amazing lollipops and candy finished off the dessert table. I love how Charynn pulled the rainbow colors into every detail – the cupcake liners, the candy jar tags, even Madelyn’s outfit! (a Kai Lan shirt and tutu).