January 19th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Monkey Love Inspiration & Paper Goods

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:

DECORATIONS

  • 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

FOOD

  • 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.

PARTY FAVORS

  • 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 |

Project Nursery: Up, Up and Away Baby Shower

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 |

Parties in Progress: Nicklaus’s Zoo Party

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 |

Modern Barbie 1st Birthday

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 |

Giveaway: Munchkin Designs

Thanksgiving Day is the traditional kick-off for holiday shopping, so how better to start this shopping season other than with a giveaway?!  Our sponsor, Munchkin Designs, has a darling shop chock full of cute gift ideas.  Whether you are looking for a custom lunch box for your little one, hip paper goods, or darling t-shirts and onesies, Munchkin Designs has something for everyone!

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!

Take a spin through Munchkin Design’s darling shop, head back here to comment on what your favorite item or category is.  Simple as that!  And if you are looking for a couple of extra chances to win….become a fan on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter (count it up….that’s three chances to win!).  Giveaway starts now!  and ends Sunday at midnight CST.  Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

November 11th, 2010 |

Little Pumpkin First Birthday Party

I had the pleasure of working with a lovely family recently to help inspire a cute, festive first birthday party for their little boy, Sutton, who’s birthday was the weekend of Halloween.  Sutton’s mom is a crafty, yet busy, working mama of two….so she came to me for a custom inspiration board to gather ideas of how to pull together a cute party that the whole neighborhood could enjoy.A traditional Halloween color palette of orange and black was updated with accents in grey, and a modern greek key pattern.  Polka dot balloons, paper lanterns and a fabulous dessert table made for a festive party…..don’t you just LOVE the backdrop to the dessert table?!  My favorite touches are the little ghost cake pops, the mummy dogs and the vases full of mini white pumpkins.

Photography by Black Frame Photography

 

October 29th, 2010 |

Halloween Party

I thought I would end the week with these darling images from one of my favorite party families.  The Brown family in Jacksonville, Florida threw a fabulous Halloween party for a bunch of families and used our WH Hostess Halloween collection.  Didn’t it turn out cute?!

October 28th, 2010 |

Kai Lan Birthday Party by Two Sugar Babies

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).

 

October 21st, 2010 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Woodland Forest

I have been so excited about this latest party from WH Hostess!  I’ve been working on the design for awhile now, you may remember this post on the inspiration boards for it.  The party was last weekend and I am just thrilled with out it turned out!

When Patrick’s mother first hired me to work on her son’s party, she made it clear that she wanted something that read “boy” and “fall”.  The woodland forest fairy theme has been so popular lately, and I thought it might be interesting to just focus on a few key designs – an owl, a toadstool, acorns and moss – and create a clean-lined version of the whimsical designs I have been so inspired by.  A color palette of rusty-red, olive green, chocolate brown and robin’s egg blue was developed, and the darling invitation followed.

The hostess asked me to create a cute table setting, a centerpiece idea that could be replicated in a few places, a dessert table that would get “oohs” and “ahhs”, and party favor packaging.  I used chocolate brown fabric as tablecloths and as the backdrop for the dessert table.  The colors really popped against the rich color!  Centerpieces were created using different sized cylinder vases, half full of moss stones, half full of green lentils, and each one held a darling centerpiece stick.  Each place setting was set with a rattan placemat,  a darling bottle of lemonade embellished with a sticker, and a box lunch was served (which the boys thought was SUPER cool!).  They also had a little party favor wrapped in burlap fabric and tied with our signature polka dot ribbon and a gift tag at each place.

The dessert table stole the show and personally I love the rustic, yet modern look of it!  I used wood boxes (super inexpensive at IKEA) as both containers for lollipops and our pine tree centerpiece, and also to create a wood stand for cupcakes, brownies and candy apples.  The cupcakes were accessorized with our coordinating cupcake toppers, and the brownies had a yellow piece of candy placed on the top to add a pop of color.  Cylinder vases and small, glass bowls were used to hold the candy selection, which included swirl salt water taffy, candy raspberries, and yellow and blue candy balls. Candy jar tags and brown polka dot ribbons added a touch of whimsy to the look.  Rice crispy cubes were served in plastic cups, and also had a plate full of custom sugar cookies by Allyson Jane Designer Desserts.  Aren’s they cute?  I sent the designer my designs and this is what I received in the mail….fabulous!  The decorations were simple – a pine tree centerpiece and a custom woodland forest banner.  Clean, fresh and oh, so “boy!”

Patrick’s mom also hired me to create a plan and paper goods for a night-before-Thanksgiving cocktail party.  Here’s the catch – create a fabulous, modern design…..using a lot of the same items I used for Patrick’s birthday party.  A challenge?!  Yes.  Stay tuned next week to see what I came up with!

WH Hostess and Amazon are preferred sponsors of The Party Dress.

October 13th, 2010 |

Little Red Car

It’s a busy, busy week here at The Party Dress and WH Hostess!  Lots of new products in the works, we are getting ready to launch our very first on-line catalog (very exciting!) and are working on a couple of fantastic parties!  Coming up this month…..a woodland forest party, a modern train party, a bridal shower, baby shower and a local store’s 5th anniversary party….to name a few!  One of my favorites is a “little red car” birthday party.  This custom inspiration board was put together for a little 2 year old in Denver and we are having a ball putting together the party ideas!

Images: little red car invitation (whhostess.com), dessert table inspiration (scissorspapercake.com.au), cookies (hello-naomi.blogspot.com), centerpiece (nancyluichin.com), drink bottles (imprintables.com)crayon cars (etsy.com), grass centerpiece and party favor bags (jackandizzy.com), water bottle labels (shimandsons.com)

 

WH Hostess is a preferred sponsor of The Party Dress.

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