May 6th, 2010 |

Little Lamb Baby Shower

 

A Little Lamb baby shower is a darling theme that can evoke a sense of charm and nostalgia for most anyone. If you can appreciate vintage finds and love modern entertaining, perhaps you will consider this for your next baby shower. This theme is ideal for an intimate brunch with friends and the Mommy to be. Following these few easy guidelines will guarantee you to stand out, as the hippest of hostesses.

  • Start with a great invitation. I love this one from Minted. Although the style appears traditional, the soft palette lends itself to feel very modern and best of all it defines a color palette for the event.
  • Follow the same color story in your tablescape. First an an elegant baby blue table cloth. Then use several baby blue vases in varying sizes and shapes, adding flowers in soft ivory hughes but remaining mindful of the size of flowers in accordance to the size of the vase. Large head flowers in larger vases, smaller flowers in bud vases but most importantly, use only one type of flower per vase. The rest of the table elements should remain monochromatic so use ivory china and napkins. Keeping the table simple and elegant will help in highlighting your vintage finds and guard your theme form looking too “kitschy”.
  • Now, for the vintage flair. Pick up a few cute little lamb planters from a flea market or antique store. They are often found in pastel colors and can be easily introduced into your tablescape and/or peppered around the party. Fill them with flowers and place them near a welcome sign, or perhaps grazing near the cupcakes or refreshments. They will definitely get noticed!
  • A personal touch- Add vintage charm with these place cards. Learn the how to here.
  • Really commit- To the sweet color scheme that is. Finish off with these darling cupcakes from Country Living.
  • Must not forget-The bubbly. This is after all, a celebration. There is something about pink Champagne garnished with cherries that scream a fabulous grown up little shindig, but maybe that is just me. Just be sure to have a non alcoholic and “Mommy to be” friendly option….a shirly temple would be most fitting!

Stick to the plan and you’ll make a fabulous Host!

~ Natalie {Little Shindigs}

Images: Invitation (Minted.com), tablesetting (Caroline Roehm), cupcakes (Country Living), vinatge little lamb planter (Retro District), Pink bubly (Ruffled), place cards (Project Wedding)

May 4th, 2010 |

Real Party: Pinwheels & Pearls

This party makes me happy!  When I saw it sitting in my inbox, I truly got giddy trying to get the post up quickly!  It’s just a darling, unique party full of charming details that are sure to make you swoon the way I did!

Sent to me by Victoria Hudgins of The City Cradle, this “pinwheels & pearls” party was inspired by a Kat Spade ad (a girl after my own heart!) that came out this spring.  They lined over 50 pinwheels along their back fence, hung pearls in the tree and a thrift-store chandelier was painted white & pink for the occasion.  A desert bar with starburst pinwheel pops, pinwheel cupcakes and a doughnut tree in the center stole the show, and they set up a table at the perfect kid-height for coloring in pinwheels during the party. Boys were decked out in handmade pinwheel bow-ties, and the girls were adorned in pinwheel necklaces!

Click here for Victoria’s pinwheel tutorial, and here for her free download-able pinwheel labels.

Images via Michael Chan

 

April 26th, 2010 |

Party Animal Baby Shower

I’m talking baby showers today over at Project Nursery!  If you are planning a gender-neutral baby shower, I just love the idea of an animal theme!  It’s cute, colorful and appeals to everyone!  Here are a few key ideas that are sure to make this a darling shower:

This sweet invitation from Tiny Prints sets tone for the animal theme.  If you are a busy mama that doesn’t have time for a ton of DIY projects, these decorations are going to knock your socks off…..Meri Meri has launched a collection of party decorations and they are just too cute!  Themes range from animals, to princess, to pirate, and so many more.  Cupcake toppers, banners, and my favorite part….the three-dimensional centerpieces.  These are great – cute on their own – or even more special if you jazzed them up a bit!  I love this animal carasol on it’s own….but think how much cuter it would be a wreath of orange and yellow flowers around the bottom?!

I love the animal banner from Meri Meri, but I also love the idea of creating your own banner using ribbon!  You can customize the look to your specific color palette, and it’s so simple and cost effective to make!  Simply cut 1/4″ wide ribbon into 6″ strips and tie around a string or skinny ribbon.  Voila!

Carry your animal theme throughout the party by decorating your homemade (or store-bought!) cupcakes with these charming fondant cupcakes by Two Sugar Babies.  I love the idea of combining the tiger, giraffe and elephant….they have such personality!  And if you are looking for the perfect animal-theme shower gift….look no further than this animal stack from Pottery Barn Kids!

P.S.  This theme would be darling for a birthday party too!

Images: animal invitation (tinyprints.com), animal carasol centerpiece, animal banner (merimeri.com), ribbon banner (projectwedding.com), animal fondant cupcake toppers (twosugarbabies via etsy.com), centerpiece (bhg.com), table setting (southernliving.com), animal stack toy (potterybarnkids.com)

April 16th, 2010 |

Real Party: Birds & Blossoms

 

This darling “birds and blossoms” birthday party was sent to me Dawn, who threw this darling party for her niece’s 2nd birthday.

The color palate was primarily hot pink and orange, with subtle splashes of light pink. The design was based around a fantastic print of paper that Dawn found at her local craft store. The invitations were made by Ink Obsession Designs, and Dawn made all of the flower blossoms out of tissue paper, using the Martha Stewart shredding scissors. She made blossoms for the girl’s hair and boutonnieres for the little boys. For favors, she painted unfinished wood frames from Ikea and filled the frame with handmade bird prints. The children glued rhinestones on the frames as their craft. They played “pin the beak on the bird”, and had a blast during musical circle time. They had a make-shift photo wall, with a fantastic floral print wrapping paper that she found at The Container Store as the backdrop. The desert table and dining tables were inspired by the work of  Amy Atlas. Dawn’s favorite detail was the adorable floral cups she found at The Container Store! She filled them with pudding and Oreo crumbs and placed little flower lollies in the middle…..the perfect addition to her darling dessert table!

April 12th, 2010 |

A Modern Train Party: Part 2

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 |

Real Party: Pirate Princess Party

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 |

Easter: The Kid’s Table

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 |

Easter Ideas for Kids

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 |

Raggedy Ann Birthday Party

 

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

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March 17th, 2010 |

Bumble Bee Birthday

 

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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