April 12th, 2010 |
A couple of weeks ago, I posted the inspiration boards for a modern train party inspired by Thomas the Tank Engine. The party was for the son of Melisa Fluhr of Project Nursery. As a busy blogging-mom of two boys (including a newborn!), Melisa asked me to create a custom inspiration board and custom party goods for the party. As you know – really cute, creative parties for boys are tough to come by – so we really wanted to make this one unique! Thomas the Tank Engine was the inspiration for the party, but the designer in Melisa wanted a party that was more stylized and less cartoon-y than the typical, commercial parties you see out there. Mission accomplished! The party was a huge success, and Austin is sure to be the talk of his pre-school class! Check out all of the fun details below:
The party was held at their home in LA, and (lucky them!) the weather cooperated so the party could be held outside. The custom invitation set the tone for the party, and the Austin & Friends logo was used on party decorations throughout the event – everything from signs, to centerpiece sticks, to a custom banner. We used a color palette of red, aqua and cobalt blue. The colors were bold and modern, and when combined created such a happy, colorful vibe! Some of our favorite decorations included the use of 3 foot balloons for a modern statement and simple centerpieces that consisted of blumebox eco-friendly vases, shredded tissue paper, and custom centerpiece sticks.
The menu consisted of gourmet sandwiches, crust-less cream cheese and jelly sandwiches for the kids, mac & cheese squares, Chinese chicken salad in takeout containers, cups accessorized with a logo sticker were filled with baby carrots, snow peas and hummus.
The dessert table stole the show! The table was styled with two cupcake stands, plates of sugar cookies, jars of aqua and red candy, and a chocolate cake (from Costco, as requested by the birthday boy himself!). Two Sugar Babies created monogrammed fondant toppers for the cupcakes and sugar cookies, and a 3D train to top the cake. WH Hostess created coordinating cupcake toppers to add another touch of style.
Activities at the party included bubble fun (mini bottles of bubbles with custom stickers) and a trackless train that rolled thru their neighborhood. The kids were each given an engineer hat and train whistles as they boarded Austin’s party train – this was definitely the highlight for the kids! Party favors included Thomas the train tattoos, coloring paper, and homemade train-shaped crayons (packaged in cellophane bags with custom toppers that read, “Thanks for riding Austin’s party train!”). And candy…..lots, and lots of candy! Melisa ordered 28 lbs of candy from the Sweet Factory for her dessert table, and the kids had a great time filling up their bags with candy to bring home!
This party was so much fun to work on and I just LOVE the way it turned out! Melisa was a party-planner’s dream – she had a clear idea of what she was looking for, was open to ideas, and once she received her box of party goods from WH Hostess – she took our vision and made it an amazing reality! Way to go, Melisa! Head on over to Project Nursery today to see video footage from the actual party.
Below you will find a collection of images of the custom party goods WH Hostess crafted for the party. Everything from invitations, address labels, fill-in the blank thank you notes, a banner, signs, centerpiece sticks, bubble labels, cupcake toppers, and food tent signs and candy jar labels for the dessert table.
April 7th, 2010 |
Today’s party is just adorable! Sent to me by a Nashville, Tennessee mom – it’s a birthday party fit for pirates and princesses! Her 3 year old requested this theme all on her own (which I think is quite adorable and creative!), and it immediately conjured up images of eye patches and pink tutu’s!
Here are a few of the details:
- She had a custom illustration done by a friend to be used on the invitations, and another friend made the cupcake toppers as a gift to the birthday girl. (those are some crafty friends!)
- She did an easy DIY project: tutus made out of simple elastic banding and strips of tulle.
- The dessert table featured a few key items: the backdrop for the buffet was made from 3 pieces of foam board duct taped together and covered with a curtain from Target, and she made the pennant garland from felt and ribbon.
- The girls dressed up in tutu’s and eye patches!
Such a cute party – for more of the details, check out their blog, A Voice of Reason and (in)Sanity.
March 29th, 2010 |
We’re talking Easter ideas for kids today on The Party Dress and Project Nursery! So, we’ve already covered the craft and decoration ideas….now onto the food! If you are hosting a big family brunch with a lot of little guests, considering setting a separate table for the kids. Something low to the ground, with the table setting and the food, geared completely towards them!
Although I wouldn’t normally recommend cloth napkins for kids, this bunny napkin is so cute…..it’s a must-do this Easter! The candy-embellished face will make the kids giddy with excitement! What child doesn’t love peeps?! Incorporate jelly beans and peeps into your centerpiece – your flowers can coordinate with the “grown-ups” table, but the candy will add a sweet, child-like feel to it. If you are serving a traditional honey-baked ham for dinner, make ham sandwiches for the kids. To make them a little more stylish and festive, use a bunny rabbit cookie cutter to make an indent in the top of the sandwich.
Create a cute party favor display by planting a large tray or basket with grass. Brush waffle cones with red and yellow food dye (let them dry on wax paper) so they look like orange carrots. Tie jelly beans in green cellophane, and place into the cones. Stand them up in the grass….and they look like carrots for the Easter bunny!
Images: bunny sandwiches (parents.com), carrot party favors (goodhousekeeping.com), peeps and tulips centerpiece (thecelebrationshoppe.com), bunny napkin (via Napkins with a Twist)
March 29th, 2010 |
I’m sharing some darling Easter ideas for kids today over at Project Nursery! Head on over and check it out!
Images: egg flower centerpiece (familyfun.com), sock bunnies (familyfun.com), bunny bags (goodhousekeeping.com), candy baskets (parents.com)
March 23rd, 2010 |
For a bit of nostalgia, base a party theme around a childhood love–like Raggedy Ann. Make sure to add in all of the cool details–like Raggedy Ann’s famous “I love you” heart as a cookie–without over doing the theme. Focus instead on a fun color combo, like red and aqua. Pick up some popcorn, colored taffy, over-sized lollipops, and a few yummy chocolates for simple, inexpensive party treats. Splurge on awesome, custom cakes for a bit of “wow” and have cupcakes on hand to serve. And finally, don’t forget a fun banner.
A few of the details: My florist, Persimmon Floral, added paper flowers to the floral arrangements for a whimsical, youthful feel. I wrapped paper around the sandwiches to add color. And my mom sewed and donated the 6 mini Raggedy Ann dolls.
Photos by Nicole Hill Gerulat
~ Brittany, One Charming Party
March 17th, 2010 |
Bumble bees scream SPRING and SUMMER to me! So this party inspiration would be perfect for an upcoming birthday party or Easter celebration. Typically when you think of bumble bees, you think of a yellow and black color palette (one of my favorites! Do you remember this baby shower?!) Switch it up this Spring by using festive colors such as yellow, green and orange. The colors of this darling invitation by WH Hostess sets the color palette and theme for the party. Love the stationery?! You can get matching cupcake toppers, address labels, notecards and gift tags for your party favors!
I love the idea of incorporating daisies into this theme. You can use them in your centerpieces, tied into napkins, and have them frosted onto your cake (how darling is this cake, by the way?!). Add a whimsical touch to your table setting by tying ribbons onto the back of your chairs. It will add a splash of color, and if you are hosting your party outdoors – just think how charming the ribbons will look blowing in the wind!
Send your guests home with a mini honey pot party favor. So cute – and perfect for our theme! You can package them in a clear box, embellished with ribbon and a darling bumble bee tag.
Images: invitation (whhostess.com), napkin (brides.com), drinks (hostessblog.com), cake (goodhousekeeping.com), felt party hat (stella and livi via etsy.com), chairs (stylemepretty.com), centerpiece (blonde-designs.com), mini honey pot party favor (beau-coup.com), party favor box and sticker (whhostess.com)
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March 15th, 2010 |
I have had the pleasure of working with Melisa from Project Nursery on her son’s 3rd birthday party the last few weeks. She came to me with a big request: plan a party that her son, Austin, will think is a “Thomas the Train” party….but without the cartoon-y look, something more modern, that will appeal to the designer in her. After weeks of collaboration – I think we have done just that! Today, I am showing the inspiration for the party over at Project Nursery – the virtual party planning that has taken place, if you will. Melisa will be following up with pictures from the party in the next couple of weeks – showing you exactly how she took my inspiration and brought it to life!
Head on over to Project Nursery to see the details of the party inspiration…..but for now, here is a sneak peak of how things turned out:
Let me tell you, this party is going to knock your socks off! Custom paper goods ranging from signs, to cupcake toppers, to centerpieces, to party favors….all created by us over at WH Hostess. We love to work with customers to create custom parties – so if you are in need of a little help, or a lot of help – check us out! We would love to help you plan your next party!
Images: dessert table (hello naomi via flickr.com), centerpiece (nancyluichin.com), paper lanterns (karljuengel.com), thomas the train cake (simplysweetz.com), red and blue banner (etsy.com), polka dot party favor box (thecelebrationshoppe.com), party favor topper (etsy.com)
March 9th, 2010 |
Thrift store finds and a sophisticated color palette come together to make this Vintage Glam Barbie Party a hit. Pull out your old Barbies or find some vintage reproductions for your daughter’s birthday or a girl’s day out.
Black and pink are always fun paired together but keep things light by using two colors of pink to outweigh the black. And every girly party need lots of flowers. To keep costs down, use flowers from your yard. To really glam up your party, have a three tiered cake (with transfer sheets from Fancy Flours , pink lemonade and all pink ice cream sundaes. Scour your local thrift store for vintage glass luncheon trays & cups and pull out your often under-used silver spoons to add a little extra wow. And sparkly monograms add just the right amount of bling!
- Brittany, One Charming Party
March 8th, 2010 |
Happy Monday, Everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend! I can’t think of a better way to start out our week than with this darling giveaway from Kate Landers Events. Remember Kate?! She’s one of our fabulous sponsors…..she creates the most darling parties, and sells some fabulous party supplies!
Today, she is offering all of you a fabulous giveaway! Here’s how to enter: simply head over to her shop, look around (drool over all of her cute things a little!), and then leave a comment here with your favorite item. Want a second chance to enter? Blog about it, tweet it, scream it from the rooftops – just send me an e-mail with the link! Entries will be accepted until Thursday at midnight, and the winner will be announced on Friday.
On to the good part….the prizes! The randomly chosen winner will have her choice of the following two prizes:
A preppy, spring-inspired pink and green paper party set for 4. Includes 4 assembled classic paper party hats, a package of spring green beverage paper napkins, a package of white dessert paper plates (perfect size for cake!), a package of pink paper cups, a package of bright pink plastic flatware, AND a large custom birthday girl ribbon!
A darling red, light blue and white sailboat-themed party hat and table runner set for 4. A custom hand made felt heirloom sailboat party hat, with 3 coordinating hand made solid felt party hats for guests. All in coordinating colors of white, red, light blue and navy–each features velvet ribbon to tie under the chin for a more luxe look. In addition, a custom red felt table runner to keep the “eco-friendly” theme and help the table and hats to coordinate together well.
So what are you waiting for?! Go check out Kate’s shoppe, and come back to comment on what is your favorite item. Let me guess?! Is it the custom monogram wrapping paper? or the handmade fabric party hats? or the to-die-for fairy wings? Can’t wait to hear!! And if you are looking for more inspiration, check out Kate’s blog while you are over there too!
March 4th, 2010 |
Butterflies scream SPRING to me! Every party should contain 5 main components: a stunning invitation, decorative details, a signature cake or cupcakes, a statement centerpiece, and decorative napkins. Pull those main ideas together and you too can have a cohesive party that is sure to get “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from your guests!
For our butterfly theme party, let’s break down each idea:
Invitations: When it comes to children’s parties, I love invitations with bright colors and bold patterns. This butterfly invitation from WH Hostess has both of those things going for it! It’s colorful, playful and even has matching cupcake toppers, and gift tags! The colors set the color palette – orange, hot pink, and lime green.
Decorative Details: It’s the little details that really pull a party together. Accents that leave your guests saying “wow…you really thought of everything!” Some ideas?! Place colored ribbons or rubber bands around the pitchers and glasses. Hang felt butterfly garland from tree branches or around windows. (how darling is this, by the way?!)
The Cake: A signature cake like this makes a statement that this hostess means business! I love the “banner” (I believe it’s chocolate) draped across the cake….unique and playful, perfect for a child’s birthday! If you are more of a cupcake-kind-of-girl, check out the coordinating butterfly cupcake toppers. These would be darling atop cupcakes frosted with our three signature colors: orange, hot pink and lime green.
Centerpieces: Typically your table centerpiece is one of your “wow!” details that you put a lot of time and resources into. Flowers are common, but when it comes to a child’s party switch things up a bit. You don’t need to have a traditional centerpiece…try something a bit lighter, a bit more whimsical. I love the look of this centerpiece. Simple bud vases, filled with only one bloom each.
Napkins: You know me….I love a festive napkin! This is an easy way to add a special touch to your table. Tie each napkin with a grosgrain ribbon, and hot glue a silk butterfly to the top. It will add a darling touch of whimsy to your table setting.
I just love this inspiration board! It’s so happy and festive!
Images: invitation (whhostess.com), balloons (josevilla.bigfolioblog.com), glasses (bhg.com), birthday cake (eatcakebemerry.com), napkins (parents.com)
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