February 10th, 2010 |

The Party Dress – A Link Birthday Party!

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 |

Seaside Baby Shower

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 |

Real Parties: My Little Cupcake Baby Shower

my little cupcake baby shower

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 Party Ideas for Kids

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 |

Puppy Party

 

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 |

Most Adorable Kids Party of 2009 {a contest!}

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!

January 20th, 2010 |

Vintage Carnival Themed 1st Birthday Party

Today’s featured party is going knock your socks off!  I get a lot of parties e-mailed to me….and I try to show you parties that are unique, that I think will inspire you, and ones that fit in with my particular style….and today’s party is the epitome of all of that!  Sent to me by Zuesette Zamora, this vintage carnival theme 1st birthday party is full of style, amazing details and a sweet table that is drool-worthy!

My description of this party will barely do it justice, so I am going to turn this over to the Mommy, herself to share her inspiration and party planning tips:

Zoë Reese is our first born child and I wanted her 1st birthday to be something special and memorable – - but fun!  Carnival’s have always been fun for me so I thought; why not bring that theme in for Zoë’s party!

Crystal Lequang, from Amazáe Special Events (www.amazae.com) helped me create the vision for Zoë’s 1st birthday party from beginning (design ideas & prep) to the end (coordinated the entire day).  We brainstormed on more of a “vintage” carnival theme to bring in more of the toned down colors rather than the usual bright colors. I dressed Zoë in a pink tutu to fit the theme!  I started off with the invitation created by me! My business partner, Marivic, and I are the owners of our custom-designed invitation company, Marizette Paperie (www.marizette.com). The z-card invitation consisted of a small pocket containing an “Admit One” ticket, as if you were going to an actual show.

The colors from the invitation were our inspiration for the rest of the party. As guests entered, they were greeted by a table housing  a personal guest book (www.kolo.com) along with a Polaroid camera accented with feathers. I created a sign telling our guests to have fun with the camera and to take a photo of yourself to put in the book along with a message for Zoë.  Then there was a table of gable boxes that I made labels for & personalized with each child’s name that served as party favors.  They contained a box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers & a roll of tear off tickets to use to “pay” for each game you play. I made a sign that let them know that the gable boxes were to be used as their “bag” to store all their prizes when playing the carnival games.

Centerpieces were put together with a combination of daisy flowers & feathers, jars of laffy taffy, and vintage photo frames with carnival artwork & Zoë’s pictures from birth to 1 year. Flowers were provided by Nicole Ha Designs (www.nicoleha.com).

Finally, what’s a carnival without the desserts?  In addition to the cotton candy machine, popcorn machine, snow cone machine, and hot dog steamer…..we had a cake, cupcakes, and raspberry bars that were deliciously made by Jen from Jen’s Cakes (www.jenscakes.com).  My sister, Zoraida, & my cousin Dabbie, made the adorable sprinkled, caramel apples!  All lollipops were purchased from Kendon Candies (www.kendoncandies.com).

vintage carnival themed birthday party dessert table

For entertainment, I used “Hey! Balloon Lady!” (www.heyballoonlady.com) which provided Balloon Creations & Face Painting.  I also had a Caricature Artist which people loved!!  She was from Magikal Entertainment (www.magickalentertainment.com).  Lastly, I had a Parrot Show from Happy Birds (www.happybirds.com).  The kids were excited to see live animals at this party and I especially enjoyed that each child could take a picture or hold the birds at the end.

Lastly, a carnival would not be complete without games!  I rented almost all games and food equipment from Fun Services (www.funservices.com).   5 different games occupied the kids: Duck Pond, Tip the Clown, Alley Oops, Can Can, & Bean Bag Toss.  I gathered some of my friends & family to “work” each booth…wearing bright red aprons with personalized pin buttons that I designed and had made from (www.zazzle.com). To play a game, each child was to “pay” with their tickets and after playing, they were awarded with “winning tickets” so they could claim some prizes.   What are games without prizes?  I created an entire Prize Booth!  All prizes were bought from Oriental Trading Company (www.orientaltrading.com), and displayed in different vases & canisters (all found at Michaels or TJ Maxx Home Goods).  I labeled each prize container and wrapped it around with ribbon.


The children had so much fun; definitely a party that we will not forget!  Fortunately, we had amazing photographs taken by Claudia Akers Photography (www.claudiaakers.com) so that when Zoë get’s older, she can see the photos and know how much she was loved!!


January 18th, 2010 |

Baby Shower: Spring Colors + Mod Lines

 

Baby showers can be tough for a trendy, sophisticated mommy that just isn’t into cutesy baby blocks or rubber duckies.  I get it!  If you find yourself hosting a shower for a mom-to-be that has a great sense of style and a love for color – try centering your party decor around a mod pattern, or a particular color palette.

This invitation from my new social stationary collection, WH Hostess, serves just that purpose!  Bright colors, a bold pattern….perfect for a trendy baby shower (or any party for that matter!).  Whether you are hosting your party at home or at an outside venue, keep your decorations clean and simple and remember to stick to your color palette!  Consider a unique location for your party, such as a wine bar, a coffee shop, or a day spa.

A monochromatic table setting like the one pictured above is perfect for this occasion.   The different shades of green look modern when layered together, and I absolutely love the centerpiece!  Instead of fluffy, full flowers choose something with a hard shape, like these billy balls….I just love how they look like little yellow pom poms!  One idea that I am currently obsessed with is the idea of adding colored draping to your party room.  Swap out your curtains, hang drapes in your doorways, or even covering a wall.  By using the same color, it will help unify your party and create a very festive space.  Paper lanterns always dress up a party!  Instead of hanging the traditional round version, use square lanterns for a more modern look.

Diaper cakes are a traditional decoration at baby showers.  Put a new spin on yours by creating a “stork package” instead.  I found this darling one on Etsy.  Modern with a touch of whimsy….this baby shower is perfect for the first months of Spring!

Images: invitation (WH Hostess via etsy.com), table setting (realsimple.com), drinks (brides.com), lounge area (detailsdetails.com), lanterns (swsmag.com), placecards (WH Hostess via etsy.com)

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January 13th, 2010 |

Silly Socks Slumber Party

silly socks slumber party

Today’s theme party really got me excited!  It’s hard to come up with a really cute, unique theme for kid’s parties….especially when it’s the dead of winter and outdoor entertaining is at a minimum!  So, if your daughter is craving a sleepover party….add a unique spin to it by host a “silly socks slumber party!”

This invitation from Tiny Prints is absolutely perfect for our theme….not only that, but it totally inspires decorations!  Bright colors, whimsical patterns…and don’t forget to tell your guests to wear “silly socks!”  Decorate your home with this colorful fabric banner from etsy.com.  It would be so cute hung over the food table…especially with these sock-covered flower pots going down the center!  What a darling idea (thank you, Rachael Ray) and oh, so simple to do.  I love how colorful it is, and that it is totally kid-friendly.

What better activity for a silly socks slumber party than decorating-your-own sock monkeys!  I found this set of plain white, ready-to-decorate monkeys on etsy.com…..grab some fabric markers, colorful ribbon, pom poms, and you have yourself one darling activity.  The kids will love bringing these home as their party favors too!  If you are looking for some inspiration for your sock monkey design, check out these darling monkeys I found on-line:

This is a party I would have loved to have been invited to as a kid….so, who wants to throw a silly socks slumber party?!

Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), sock monkeys (landofnod.com), centerpiece (rachaelraymag.com), patterned tights (bodenusa.com), striped straws (etsy.com), fabric banner (etsy.com), sock monkey kit (etsy.com), pink monkey (utownblog.wordpress.com), green striped monkey (melbourne4mothers.wordpress.com)

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January 4th, 2010 |

Butterfly 1st Birthday Party

butterfly birthday party ideas

Once the Holidays are past us, I love looking towards Spring!  The glitz and glam of the Holiday decorations leave me yearning for clean, fresh, simple decorations that scream Spring.  If you have Spring birthdays in your family, now is the time to start planning!

Butterflies are the perfect theme for a Spring birthday party.  This darling invitation from Tiny Prints sets the mood for a whimsical party full of stylish details.  Using shades of green, purple, pink, and a touch of blue as your color palette, define your party space by hanging these charming butterflies over the table.  Create a simple table setting by placing a small vase of flowers atop green dinner plates. (the vase of flower serves as a darling party favor too!)

butterfly birthday party ideas

Continue your decorations throughout the party by incorporating natural elements, such as grass and leaves.  I love using boxes of grass as centerpieces for a party! (click here to see how I have used them before)  To switch up the hanging decorations, try wrapping styrofoam balls with green raffia, or moss wire.   Insert a few flowers, or wire butterflies for a little extra touch!

Chocolate butterflies are a festive addition to either a birthday cake or cupcakes.  They are very simple to make (click here for full instructions) and will add a “wow!” to your party.  Carrying the butterfly theme throughout will give your party a cohesive look….from invitations, to decorations,  to your party favors.  I love, love, love this display idea for your party favors.  Classic containers are presented on glass cake plates covered with moss.  Add in a few wire butterflies and your guests will be charmed by this whimsical display.  Dress up your containers with personalized labels that coordinate with the darling invitation.

This butterfly party is the perfect way to welcome Spring and a festive way to celebrate a special birthday!

butterfly birthday party favors

This party was featured on Project Nursery today…..have you checked out their new site?!  Head on over there to view the new features, and to see more party inspirations!

Images: hanging butterfly decorations (landofnod.com), table setting (brides.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), hanging ball decorations (brides.com), cake (theknot.com), tutu (etsy.com), party favors (hotessblog.com)

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