August 31st, 2010 |

WH Hostess Party: Monkey Play Group Birthday Party

 

I recently styled a “play group” birthday party for a sweet 1 year old named Spencer.  Held at a local gym, Spencer’s mom had little space to work with and wanted a simple, yet stylized look.  For more details, head on over to my post on Project Nursery or our picture gallery.

Shop: invitation, thank you card, cupcake toppers, candy jar labels, centerpiece sticks, banner, stickers

August 23rd, 2010 |

Real Parties: Gracie’s Preppy Pool Party

Today’s real party feature is a darling preppy pool party featuring party goods by WH Hostess!  Pink, green and a whole lot of preppy polka dots – this is what Gracie’s mom requested when she came to me for invitations and party accessories for her daughter’s 5th birthday.  With a HUGE box of party goods delivered to her door from WH Hostess, wait until you see what she came up with!

The area surrounding the pool was decked out with pink paper lanterns, polka dot balloons in pink and green, and two different centerpieces.  The first, a darling topiary tree made of ribbon loops, and then second grass plants with polka dot centerpiece sticks (LOVE how these customize any type of centerpiece!).  The dessert table really stole the show…..

This charming dessert table was created with sweet treats including pink and green candy, a cake from Cake Shop in Jacksonville, cupcakes with toppers by WH Hostess, chocolate-covered oreo pops from Sweeties by Kim, cookies by Girly Gatherings (complete with designs that matched the cupcake toppers!).

I just love the backdrop for this dessert table!  A modern trellis pattern in pink and white gives it a modern spin, while the pink and green banner from WH Hostess adds a touch of preppy flair.  Don’t you just love the way she created a bunting on the front of the table by using ribbon?!  All of the candy jars were embellished with polka dot ribbon and candy jar tags, and there were matching polka dot food tent cards, too.  A simple “sweet shoppe” sign, white take-out boxes with a polka dot sticker saying “thanks for being so SWEET”, and paper cups with coordinating, scalloped stickers helped to complete the stylized look.  One of my favorite details was the napkin rings – a simple circle on satin ribbon – perfect for tying together your paper napkins and silverware!

Birthday girl, Gracie, wore a darling shirt from Modern Frills – it matched perfectly!  She sent her friends home not only with their box of sweet treats, but also with a tin of bubbles!  A fabulous party – great job, Jennifer and Gracie!  What I love most about this party is that there wasn’t a “theme”, so to speak.  It is a perfect example of how you can create a stylized, modern party using a color palette and a touch of pattern!


Photography by Wendy Updegraff

 

August 16th, 2010 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Elephant Parade

I recently had the pleasure of working with a sweet mom of 4 year old twins.  Jack and Sally LOVE the circus – so we took our blue elephant and pink elephant collections and combined them to create the “elephant parade” collection, perfect for a boy or a girl (or both in this case!), one thing is for sure……it made for one colorful birthday party!  Guests were welcomed with this darling elephant parade sign, and then they saw the main attraction…….

The host wanted the party to appeal to both the children and their mothers that would be in attendence, so number 1 on her list was a candy/dessert table.  I planned a colorful table full of sweet treats.  The item that MADE the table (in my opinion!)  was a “big top” canopy that hung above the table.  A colorful, tent-like top, with polka dots scattered around the sheer white netting of the canopy made this the perfect accessory!  And the best part?!  I found it at IKEA for under $20.  That’s a whole lot of bang for your buck, if you ask me!


Since it is August in Chicago (= HOT!), the dessert table was set up in the family’s screened in porch.  It gave it a clean, white backdrop, but also provided much needed shade so our desserts and candy didn’t melt in the sun!  I used a combination of apothecary jars in varying sizes, cylinder vases, mini white pots, and white rectangular plates.  I prefer to keep my vessels very basic, and dress them up with ribbon and coordinating candy jar tags.  I also found teeny tiny stuffed elephants at IKEA for 50 cents each to tie in the theme….don’t they look cute climbing the candy?!

I ordered all of the candy in bulk thru Candy Warehouse – their selection is wonderful and I love that you can shop by color!  Candy included gumballs (both big and small), blue raspberry hard candy, pink salt water taffy, lemonheads, lemon candy sticks and red licorice wheels.  Other sweet treats included boxes of popcorn, cupcakes with toppers by WH Hostess, meringue puffs, and sugar cookies with fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies (custom designed to match our invitation!).  One of the biggest hits was the pots of different colored rock candy – the kids loved it!  Orange, yellow and green….colorful and tasty!


The candy was so colorful, I used a crisp white tablecloth for the table.  To add a whimsical touch, I created a bunting of ribbon along the front – it added a great pop of color, and helped to pull your eye down from the darling canopy atop the table!  This is incredibly easy to do – simple drape your ribbon and attach with a single pin at each spot.


The host asked to to come up with a simple, yet cute party favor packaging idea.  These little white boxes were the perfect size to hold the guests’ candy.  Once we dressed them up with our brand new, die-cut elephant stickers – I think they are beyond charming!
I just love how this cute, colorful party turned out!  The little guests had fun playing bozo buckets and pink the tail on the elephant….and filling up their boxes of candy!

August 11th, 2010 |

Parties in Progress

I have been a busy bee over here getting ready for 7 BIG parties in the next month!  Kids parties: monkeys (girl and boy!), elephants and purses…oh, my!  Adult parties: a wine tasting and bridal shower.  All will hopefully provide you with great inspiration in the coming weeks!  For now, I thought I would share the custom inspiration boards I did for two of the upcoming birthday parties…..

Monkey Love


 

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)

Elephant Parade ~ Circus Candy Shoppe

Images: elephant invitation (whhostess.com), candy table and candy jars (amyatlas.com), balloons (realsimple.com), paper cups (hostessblog.com), bubble tins (stylemepretty.com), izze bottles (thepartydress.net), pennant banner (makemerryevents.com), elephant party favors (koehlerfamily4.blogspot.com)

More to come soon!  If you are planning a monkey (boy or girl) party or an elephant (boy, girl or both!) party, head on over to WH Hostess to see all of the fabulous new items in these collections.

PlatesAndNapkins.com Designer Party Supplies

August 1st, 2010 |

Real Parties: Hello Kitty

 

Today’s real party feature is a perfect example of how to throw a stylized character party.  Stefanie decided to throw her girls a joint birthday party, with (at their request) a hello kitty theme.  The party was inspired by Hello Kitty shirts from Modern Frills. Stefanie made the invitations using a digital file that Audree from DecorArtist created by making a similar pattern from Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden Tiled Primrose fabric which was used in the shirts. The design was incorporated throughout the decor pulling the orange, yellow, green and pink as the colors for the party.

Some of the other decorations included party circles designed by The TomKat Studio, a colorful birthday banner made by Love the Day Custom Printable Parties, party favor labels, kiss stickers and labels designed by Posh Pixels Design Studio.
Hello Kitty Cookies by TRBrown made the perfect party favors!   I love Stefanie’s use of bright colors and simple pops of the hello kitty image – it’s bright and colorful and appeals to girls and parents alike!

For more images from this party, check out Stefanie’s blog: richterology.

 

July 30th, 2010 |

Real Parties: 3 Alarm Fire Birthday Party

 

I have a darling party to share with you today!  A darling BOY birthday party….which I know you all think is hard to come by!  This is an amazing example of a stylized party that appeals to both little boys and their parents!  I was contacted by Gavin’s mom to help her out with some party goods for her son’s upcoming 3rd birthday party.  Since he was turning “3″, they decided they wanted to have a “3 alarm fire” birthday party.  Cute, right?!

Held in a local Kansas City park, this party is stocked full of charming, Midwest details….red and white check table cloths, a vintage toy fire truck placed center stage on the buffet table, and delicious food including fire roasted corn, summer cous cous, mini steak sandwiches, cupcakes and whoopie pies for dessert (wait until you see the pictures below….delicious!).

 

WH Hostess made the cupcake toppers that were stuck in the cupcakes and whoopie pies, stickers that were placed on red party favor bags, and our centerpiece sticks were placed into red and yellow floral centerpieces.

 

Gavin’s mom did a beautiful job styling this party!  It’s always so fun for me to see our WH Hostess party goods styled at parties….I still get such a kick out of it!  I think this theme is just darling for summer and fall boy birthday parties, and could be perfect for a baby shower, too.  Take a peak below at all of the items we offer in the collection:

 

July 19th, 2010 |

Baby Shower

Moving on with our damask collection party inspirations today……next up a sweet and simple baby shower!

I just love this combination – blue and green, it looks so fresh for summer and it’s perfect for a boy or girl!  I love the idea of pulling out some green, natural elements into the decorations.  This wreath and hanging votive chandelier was the inspiration for the table setting at the anniversary party I styled recently….and it would be lovely for a baby shower or bridal shower!  It’s definitely a “wow” addition to any party!

Images: hanging votive chandelier and floating hydreagnea centerpiece (brides.com), blue and green damask invitation (whhostess.com), blue candy and cupcakes (inspiredbride.com), drinks (stylemepretty.com)

July 13th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Little Fishy 1st Birthday Party

This darling little fishy party was inspired by our WH Hostess invitation.  Joshua’s mom pulled out all of the stops for his first birthday and we were thrilled to provide her with all of her paper goods!  Read on for more details…..

A color palette of blue and green, a little fishy design, and an amazing attention to detail made this party extra special!  Joshua’s mom infused a modern blue link pattern and some green and white polka dots into the mix, which gave the party a modern look.  Tables were set with crisp white linens, and centerpieces that included green umbrellas, pails and balloons (and also provided some shade on a hot summer day!).  WH Hostess created a custom banner, cupcake toppers, stickers, food tent cards, water bottle labels and mini bubbles that served as party favors.

Such a cute party and I think it could serve as inspiration for a baby shower, too!

June 29th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Hazardous Teen

This party was sent to me by Pam at Party Starters.  She threw this party for her 13 year old son – and with boy themes and teenager themes so hard to come by – I knew I had to share it with all of you!  Pam did a great job of pulling together a dessert table with a specific color scheme, and a masculine feel!  Read on below for some tips and ideas from Pam.

When asked what type of party he wanted for his 13th birthday, my son said “I want lots of green and the Biohazard symbol”. SO, off I went into toxic waste land!
DECORATIONS:
I created the hazard symbols, the banner, door sign, soda & candy bar labels as well as the cupcake picks.  For the ceiling I used neon green poster boards (4 qty) and cut out the slime shape. Those were hung in layers from the ceiling to create the dripping wall. Koosh balls and more symbols were hung from the ceiling in between the poster boards with fishing line. On our front door and porch we use “caution” tape found at the local hardware store to decorate instead of streamers. I used 5 yards of neon green tulle to cover a wrinkled (on purpose) cream colored linen table cloth for texture and added color.
FOOD:
The cupcakes are white cake with light green butter cream frosting. I used vanilla pudding with a little green food coloring added and injected it into the top of each cupcake with a pastry bag.
I made chocolate cupcake pops and coated some in green colored white chocolate melts and the others in melted Peanutbutter baking chips. Those were displayed on a ring of styrofoam that was spray painted silver. I also made some cupcake bites dipped in the green white chocolate.
FAVORS:
Each guest received a barrel of “Toxic Waste” sour candy (found on Amazon), a Koosh ball (found at Target in the dollar spot) and a Hershey bar which was covered with a custom candy bar wrapper.
LINKS:
Custom Party Decorations: Party Starters
Toxic Waste Candy: Amazon
Inspired cakepop recipe: Bakerella
“Caution” Tape: Lowes
There were a bunch of boys at the party ranging in age from 10-17 years and everyone of them told me that they thought this party was “SO COOL”. That means a lot coming from boys of those ages. I am glad I could create a theme that was worthy of their attention. My son now wants to relocate all of the decorations to his room to redecorate.

June 25th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Cupcakes & Cartwheels

Sharnel of Sharnel Dollar Designs sent me this darling birthday party she did recently for an 11 year-old named, Camilla.

A beautiful color palette of turquoise and chocolate brown, a decedent chocolate dessert table styled to perfection, and a lot of happy 11 year olds decorating cupcakes!  The perfect party for older children, and great ideas to inspire you for birthday parties and baby showers!

Head on over to Sharnel’s blog, My Life My Loves for more of the party details!

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