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.

April 25th, 2011 |

BATMAN! A Superhero Birthday Party

My good friend, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, just hosted THE most darling vintage Batman birthday party for her son, Keaton….and I literally JUMPED at the chance to feature it!  We all know Charynn is quite the fondant queen, her cupcake toppers have graced the tables of hundreds of birthday parties (and are a regular staple at all of mine!)….but did you know she was THIS creative?!

Keaton’s favorite thing right now is Batman….so what’s a mom to do when her son desperately wants a character birthday party?!  Do it REALLY, REALLY well!  She used more of the vintage images as her inspiration, with  blue, gray, yellow, and black as the main colors.  Anders Ruff worked with her to transform their super hero package into a custom Batman package, so that it  fit with her ideas perfectly.  The party had three main tables….a  favor table with framed pictures of Keaton in his Batman costume, a batman banner, buckets with name tags for each kid to fill with treats, including custom made Batman crayons, superhero masks, Batman fruit snacks, custom sugar cookies, coloring pages, and other Batman costume supplies.

A small kid’s table was set up for the kids attending. Charynn created a set of 3d letters that spelled “Keaton” with vintage Batman comic books (which I am OBSESSED with – what a creative centerpiece!), vintage Batman prints as placemats, individual sugar cookies, and bottles filled with “joker juice.”

For the dessert table,  a 2 tiered Batman and Joker themed cake (inspired by Keaton’s favorite toy sets) sat centerstage, brownie pops decorated as Batman, Joker, and Robin, AMAZING sugar cookies by Sugarbelle’s, red velvet cupcakes with Batman emblem, “Pow!”, and “Bam!” toppers (placed in adorable cupcake wrappers designed by Anders Ruff Custom Designs), a mini candy bar held in Kandy Kones, and chocolate-covered oreos. Charynn custom designed and made cupcake stands and boxes to hold the cake pops and mini candy buffet.

The amount of details she put into this cake is just amazing….Keaton is one lucky boy!  Here are a few more detail pictures of all of the superhero desserts!

April 18th, 2011 |

Lovely, Little Ladybug Party

Happy Monday, Everyone!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I thought we would start our week of party inspiration off on a happy note!  You all know how much I L-O-V-E lady bugs…..our red and pink ladybug collections are some of my all-time favorites, and has been very popular this Spring.  These pictures come from a recent party thrown by one of my clients for her daughter, Audrey’s first birthday.

I love how she used all of our cute details and threw in her own patterned backdrop, coordinating party hat and bib for the birthday girl….not to mention the girls’ outfits!  Such a darling party….I couldn’t wait to share the pics with you!

To view our pink ladybug collection, click here.

April 4th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Mod Safari Birthday Party

Today’s featured party comes from party blogger and event stylist, Christi Bennett of P is for Party.  Featured in our premiere issue of The Party Dress Magazine, this party is chock full of sophisticated details that were loved by kids and parents alike.  When Christi asked me to create a “modern safari or zoo” collection for her son’s birthday party, I took my color direction from the party room at the Houston Zoo.  The rusty-red and brown carpet helped set the color palette for the party (and even inspired the graphic patterns we used throughout the event).

Christi had less than an hour to create this festive environment – and had to transport all of the decorations, sweets and party favors into the zoo.  Not an easy task!  She created a natural look with burlap tablecloths, grass plant centerpieces (cube vases wrapped with our patterned paper and embellished with centerpiece sticks), and safari details such as animal print napkins, basket weave paper plates, and mini water bottles wrapped in our coordinating labels.  Each child had a safari hat and yellow binoculars tied with a gift tag at their place …..perfect for exploring the zoo!

The kids were given snacks in brown paper bags sealed with a “party animal” sticker to carry around the zoo while they explored.  But the big highlight was the dessert table!  A neutral, burlap backdrop and tablecloth set the stage for all of the fabulous goodies to POP!  A coordinating banner and paper chains decorated the table.

The sweets on the table were arranged around the F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S cake by Cakes by Gina, on a white pedestal cake stand.  Isn’t it wonderful?!  She did an amazing job of incorporating the banner detail from the invitation, as well as the 3-d fondant lion and giraffe.

On to the sweets!  Christi used small details to tie together the table and give it a cohesive look.  Candy jar tags, food tent cards, flags on pop sticks, and patterned tray liners (a simple way to dress up your basic, white serving pieces).  The sweets included round brownie bites with fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies, rice crispy pops, chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops, candy, cupcakes with fondant toppers by Sweet Petal Bakery and couture cookies by Allyson Jane.

The kids enjoyed face painting and bubbles while enjoying their sweets.  Their little animal faces make me smile every time I look at these pictures!  Can’t you just imagine how proud and excited their were as they walked around the zoo with their painted faces?!

The party favors were displayed on a table using natural elements such as wood slabs and moss to accessorize the table.  Small plastic animals, mini bubbles and muslin bags by Perideau Designs held little sweets.  What I love about this party is that Christi took a classic zoo birthday party theme, and gave it an updated look with the modern patterns and fresh color palette.

Photography by Ellenzilla Photography

March 28th, 2011 |

Easter Bunny Brunch

Happy Monday, Everyone!  We are still over-the-moon-happy with the response we received to the premiere issue of The Party Dress Magazine!  We are so thankful for everyone the contributed, advertised, read and shared this first issue…and we can’t wait for the next one!  Due to popular demand, you can now purchase a lovely, glossy, printed version of the magazine here.

One of my favorite spreads in the magazine was the Easter Bunny Brunch I designed to showcase our Easter collection of paper goods.  I’m sharing all of of my little tips for creating a colorful Easter brunch over on Project Nursery today, and you can also see even more darling images in the gallery.

March 9th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Time for Tea

I’m very excited to share today’s real party with you……it’s sweet and girly and oh, so classic.  With a beautiful attention to detail, this tea party is sure to inspire you!  Shared with us by Andrea Edgar, you may remember the fabulous camp out party she threw for her son, Sawyer a while back.  I always get excited when one of Andrea’s parties show up in my inbox.  She has an incredible sense of style and you can see the love she puts into each party.  Here are a few details, as told by Andrea:

A tea party is a tradition in our family when our girls turn 5.  While this party theme is quite popular, I had a lot of fun with it as I staged it in our daughter’s bedroom!  It was the perfect pastel backdrop and made everything extra ‘girly’.  The invitations were definitely an inspiration for me – vintage but not too sophisticated.  This was a birthday for a five year old, after all!   I embellished them with glitter.  They are from http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoraleeLewis; the cake labels for the envelopes are from http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovecreationgal.

I found the vintage tins at Homesense (Canada’s Home Goods)  - they remind me of hat boxes!  Inside was a vintage cut glass tea cup filled with candy rockets, a felt tea bag, and an embellished hair clip (sewn by me!  see this tutorial), and some candy rockets.  The guests also took home a pearl necklace.

I used 5 fabrics, a pink solid, cream with blue polka dot, a blue polka dot organza, and two florals from tablecloths I found at Homesense that reminded me of Cath Kidston prints.  I promptly cut them up to make 3 table runners with ruffled edges, a bunting with pom-pom trim, a photobooth backdrop and handmade flowers. I sewed flowers of three different styles and of multiple sizes to adorn the chandelier, as well as to form a ‘bouquet’ in the teapot for the centerpiece.  I used some of my grandmother’s brooches to serve as the center of select flowers.  I also sewed crepe paper streamers to resemble ruffled fabric and strung it from the ceiling.  I made pom poms using pink and white tulle instead of the usual tissue paper and hung 5 of them at varying heights around the chandelier.  If felt like a bower thanks to the sloped ceilings in the room.  The table was set with my mismatched china, doily ‘placemats’, and pearl necklace ‘napkin rings’.  I ordered rose moulded sugars from LeChic Bakery Boutique.   The guests wore my oldest daughter’s collection of vintage hats.

For tea, everything was homemade: cranberry scones with devonshire cream and raspberry preserves, egg salad and heart-shaped pb & j sandwiches, carrots and snap peas, oreo truffles, jam thumbprint cookies, lemon bars, white chocolate-dipped strawberries, and vanilla cupcakes with raspberry buttercream.  The girls also drank LOTS of tea (actually, mostly milk with a little tea:)  The tiered tray was topped with the letter ‘M’ for our birthday girl, Meredith.

The guests were asked to bring their favorite doll or teddy bear.  We took photos, colored, made paper fans, played pass the present (unwrapping one layer at a time) and ‘Find Your Dolly’.  The girls had so much fun being little ladies – they really got into their roles!  This theme really reflected the transition of my preschooler maturing into being a little girl, too.

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