August 22nd, 2011 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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 hotel, table w/runner, eloise suite, eloise tea party room, eloise, milk glass, cotton candy, dessert table, pink cake
July 14th, 2011 |
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 |
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 |
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 21st, 2011 |
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