February 23rd, 2010 |
I think one of the cutest trends right now is giving any party theme a vintage twist. And to really make a party shine, don’t forget all of the fun details:
The invitation sets the mood for this classic school-themed baby shower. Pencils, chalkboards, and tons of letters are an absolute must! Also, try experimenting with different things for banners, like these vintage flashcard (purchased on Etsy). Scatter the extra flash cards and some alphabet letters on the tables to spread the theme to the guests. Always think outside the obvious for a party! For this theme, alphabet cookies and a pile of apples (since everyone knows that teachers love apples) carry the theme through. Order personalized pencils to tie onto party favors or mix into your centerpieces. And find different uses for common party items. With all of the cute cupcake liners out there (find an amazing selection at Bake it Pretty), why not use them for food instead of saving them for just cupcakes?
This is a baby shower that one of my creative directors, Sara Westbrook [http://sarawestbrookphotography.com], planned and photographed (I got to help a tiny bit). Invitation image by Veer [http://www.veer.com].
- Brittany, One Charming Party
February 18th, 2010 |
Rainbows have always evoked a feeling of whimsy and enchantment for me, ever since I was young. It’s those feelings I try to recreate when planning a child’s party. This fun theme is great for both girls and boys and won’t leave the little boys feeling all “pinked out”.
To get your guests excited about your upcoming soiree, send out an invite featuring a classic rainbow icon to set the scene. This simple image can be repeated on cupcakes, the centerpiece on your table, and the cake. I would love to use a multi colored frilled tablecloth on my party table, or if you aren’t handy on the sewing machine, find some multi spot wrapping paper and use that as a table runner. You could also make matching paper bunting with the gift wrap as well. Balloons would work perfectly too (and they are inexpensive).
One of the many ways to carry the rainbow theme through is by serving food that is colorful. A few suggestions would be fruit kebabs, rainbow ice cream, colored pancakes and layered jelly glasses. Get your guests involved in the party by spreading big sheets of butcher block paper on the ground and getting them to paint a rainbow. You could take a photo of the finished artwork and use this image on your thank you cards. Send your guests home with a noodle box filled with chocolate freckles or for a healthier option a notebook with rainbow pencils.
Images: cake (sweettiers.com), frilly curtain (anthropologie.com), invitation (boatmangeller.com), rainbow cupcake (hellonaomi.com.au), balloon arch (via Jessica Claire Photography), centerpiece (sambellina.com.au)
February 15th, 2010 |
“Under The Sea” is one of those timeless birthday party themes. Perfect for a boy or girl, you can interpret it so many different ways….bright, bold colors, cartoons such as Disney’s Little Mermaid or Finding Nemo. Today’s inspiration is a preppy party for the sea that focuses on pale blues, lime greens and lots of bubbles!
Head on over to Project Nursery to see my ideas for an “Under The Sea” birthday party.
Images: fish invitation (whhostess.com), blue paper lanterns (karljuengel.com), baby (babygap.com), cupcakes and cake (hello naomi via flickr.com), drinks (brides.com)
February 11th, 2010 |
The very talented ladies behind Scissors.Paper.Cake ( a collaboration between Naomi from Hello Naomi, and Nathalie from Imprintables) just sent me this darling dessert table they did for a baptism this past weekend. It’s full of pretty, pink, innocent details, and tons of bite size desserts (perfect for serving a crowd!). These ideas would be darling for a baby shower or birthday party too….and with a pink color palette, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!
February 10th, 2010 |
Happy 1st Birthday to us! Today is The Party Dress’s first birthday, and we are having a birthday party! We have had so much fun this year coming up with inspiration and party ideas….now we want to see what you come up!
Here’s how it works….enter a link for your favorite birthday parties (real or inspirational), centerpiece ideas, or cupcakes below. The more links, the bigger the gallery, the more inspiration for all! After you are done inserting your links, make sure to check out the links from others.
It’s been a fabulous year for The Party Dress….and we thank you for being a part of it! We have a big year ahead of us, so we hope you will continue to join us for your daily dose of party inspiration!
February 8th, 2010 |
When it comes to party requests, the one I receive the most is for a nautical theme. Baby showers, first birthday parties, summer cocktail parties. Ideal for spring and summer parties, and perfect for a boy or girl. Crisp navy and white, accented with either yellow or red….it has the makings for a darling party!
To set the tone for your party, check out my nautical stripe invitation. The navy and white stripes can be repeated throughout your party in accents, such as grosgrain striped ribbon tied around vases for your centerpieces, and napkin rings. I love the idea of using sailboat placecards on your table, and white and yellow hanging paper lanterns as decorations.
When it comes to food, try to keep your seaside theme in mind. Crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, lobster rolls. I love novelty cookies at parties…it’s an easy food to pick up and eat. These star cookies are just darling, and their yellow filling matches our accent color perfectly! You could even send your guests home with a bag of them as your party favor. Package them in a clear, cellophane bag with a customized tag, a striped ribbon. Perfect!
Images: sailboat placecards (projectwedding.com), centerpiece and lanterns (stylemepretty.com), napkins (socialcouture.com), crab cakes (williams-sonoma.com), star cookies (brides.com), invitation (whhostess.com), cupcake toppers (whhostess.com)
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February 5th, 2010 |
Jessica from Party Box Design sent me this darling party….a baby shower with a My Little Cupcake theme. Cute, right?! Using the colors of the baby’s nursery, Jessica designed a party full of darling details, beautiful centerpieces, and a great DIY party favor idea.
Since it was a My Little Cupcake theme, she decided it would be cute to send guests home with a kit to make their own “little cupcake”. Mason jars full of ingredients for cupcakes, topped off with a custom tag, make this an easy-duplicated party favor idea. Simply buy boxes of cake mix, shredded coconut, chocolate chip morsels and mason jars. Then divide your cake mix into 3rds and layer the remaining ingredients into your jars! You can then attach baking instructions to the backs of your party favor tags!
February 1st, 2010 |
Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays! There is just something so sweet and innocent about it….what could be bad about a day that is all about telling people you love them?! If you are hosting a Valentine’s Day party for your kids this year, head on over to read my post on Project Nursery about activities that will keep the kids occupied and having a blast!
Images: valentine’s day photo card (tinyprints.com), mail boxes (makeandtakes.com), flower cards (bhg.com), fortune teller (katespade.com)
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January 26th, 2010 |
Someone recently asked me how I come up with my party ideas….and I responded by telling them that it’s a variety of things! Inspiration from around the web, fashion and color trends, things I dream up in the middle of the night, and often…it’s the people in my life that inspire different themes! When I put together a boho chic wine and cheese party, I’m totally thinking of my sister. A monkey-themed birthday party…inspired by my god-daughter. A rustic, yet elegant wedding, I am recreating the look of my own wedding! So today’s party is inspired by our little cousin, Erin, who has a love affair with her puppies!
A puppy-themed party is great – because it is so gender neutral! Great for a boy or girl, and darling whether it is held inside or out. I’m not going to lie to you….these puppy cupcakes from Parents Magazine started the ball rolling for this theme. Aren’t they darling?! Each one has such a cute little personality, and when you read the instructions you will see….they actually aren’t that difficult to make! Using the cupcakes as your “wow” factor (one of my top 12 entertaining tips!), plan your decorations around them. Simple things such as napkins with paw prints, or straws bent in the shape of a bone will add a cute (but not cheesy) touch to the overall theme without spending a fortune! And don’t forget to get creative with food….it would be darling to cut out pieces of cheese using a dog bone cookie cutter!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), puppy cupcakes (parents.com), banner (etsy.com), face painting and table setting (designdazzle.com), dog-bone straw, dog-bone candy, and paw-print napkins (birthdayinabox.com)
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January 25th, 2010 |
Good morning, ladies! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend! Before we get started for the week, I have a very fun announcement…..
Jenin, from Creative Hostess, is hosting a contest for the most adorable kids party of 2009. Now, I know how talented you are all, because you send me beautiful parties to see everyday….It’s time to let the world see how talented you are! The rules are simple, there are fabulous prizes for the top 3 winners from The Ink Spot Worshop, Seven Cupcakes, Gigglesapu, and Parties by Hardie, and it’s being judged by yours truly! (along with some of the best party goddesses I know….Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Kim from TomKat Studio and Chris from Celebrations at Home)
So head on over to Creative Hostess to enter your party! Good luck!