February 28th, 2013 |

WH HOSTESS | GLAM HELLO KITTY PARTY | DECOR

hello kitty party hanging signIt’s always a pleasure to share one of our client parties with you….especially when it’s one of our favorite clients!  I can’t believe that this is the third birthday party we have done for sweet Alexandra.  Do you remember her Monkey Love 1st birthday and her Girly Elmo 2nd birthday party?  This year, she decided she wanted a Hello Kitty Party, and it was my pleasure to work with her mom to create a gorgeous, stylized, glam twist on this character party. From a gorgeous lounge area to stunning florals, unique eats and a pink and black dessert table that is TO.DIE.FOR., this party has so many details that I am going to have to split it up into a few posts.  Today’s post is all about the party decor, and many of the details could serve as inspiration for any pink, black and white event. jumbo black, white and hot pink balloons Guests were invited with a pink & white gingham check party invitation in our new flourish shape.  It set the tone for a classic, yet festive birthday party.  The day of the party, guests were welcomed into the house by a jumbo-balloon lined front path, and Hello Kitty hanging welcome sign. front door decorated for hello kitty party Upon entering the house, they were “wow’d” by a cluster of hanging pomander balls in the foyer, made from carnations, you will see we repeated this look throughout the party. pink hanging pomanders party decorationThe family room was set up with tables for adults and children, each featuring their own unique look.  The adult tables were scattered about inside and out, and featured a mixture of hot pink silk tablecloths, and black and white polka dot ones.  Silver, footed vessels held gorgeous arrangements of pink roses. pink rose centerpiece black and white tablecloths pink black and white party tablesettings The children had their own, very special table: a low table covered in black linens with a table runner made from our custom bow lattice fabric, hot pink chairs, and three darling centerpieces. hello kitty party kids table detail Two of centerpieces were polka dot-covered vases with dense pink carnations and coordinating centerpiece sticks, and the very special one in the center of the table was a hello kitty head made completely of flowers! hello kitty floral centerpiece I just LOVE these mini hot pink Chivari chairs!  They really pop agains the black tablecloth and highlight our custom bow lattice fabric table runner.  I don’t know about you, but I would DIE to pull up a chair at this table! pink and black kids table fabric runner The yard was decorated with balloons, and a few different seating areas for people to relax in. pink black and white balloons verticalTheir outdoor living room was dressed up with throw pillows made from our coordinating custom fabric in gingham check and bow lattice patterns. dress up an outdoor sitting area with pink and black pillows pillows made from wh hostess pink, black and white fabric And my favorite part….the black and white cabana striped tent, which held a seating arrangement of modern white chairs and chaises, and big hot pink throw pillows.  It was the perfect spot to relax while enjoying a “meow mojito”. black and white striped tentStay tuned tomorrow for more details on this gorgeous Hello Kitty party, including all of the food and drink details.  I’ll leave you today with this cute shot of the birthday girl running into the party!

hello kitty party birthday girl wearing pink tutuPhotography by Ellenzilla

February 11th, 2013 |

PINTEREST PARTY | PROJECT NURSERY + OLD NAVY

old navy pin partyWe’re SO excited to be co-hosting a Pinterest Party tonight with Project Nursery, Old Navy and SO many fabulous hostesses. Project Nursery is partnering with Old Navy to celebrate their sale offering up to 40% off all baby and kids clothing (sale ends February 20, 2013), and we have teamed up with them and some of the most stylish party planners, designers and bloggers to create a jaw-dropping Pinterest board for a pin party extravaganza! Not sure how to dress your little one for their next birthday bash? We’ve got you covered! We’ll be pairing stylish outfits from the Old Navy Kids and Baby Sale with over-the-top party themes.

Featuring special guest pinners from Project NurseryMom TrendsSavvy Sassy MomsCupcake MagPetite Party StudioA Blissful NestFrog Prince PaperieThe Party Dress and Salt & Nectar

Log on February 11th at 6pm PST/9pm EST to see the pinning in progress or check back after to see our complete Party Inspiration Pin Board.

 

February 11th, 2013 |

STYLISH KIDS PARTIES | VALENTINES TIC TAC TOE

chocolate tic tac toe for valentine's dayI’m back with a little peek from my book, Stylish Kids Parties (launching Fall 2013, F+W Media). Kids love holidays, so of course we had to include some holiday party ideas.  Since Valentine’s Day is this week, I thought I would share one of my favorite ideas: chocolate tic tac toe games!  Whether you use it as a party activity, or a special Valentine’s Day treat for your kiddos’ friends – it’s simple and oh, so much fun.

I packaged up a roll of washi tape from Shop Sweet Lulu with a set of chocolate X’s and O’s that I made using plastic molds and melting chocolates from Michael’s.  So simple to do, and the kids had a blast with it!

tic tac toe chocolate party favorStay tuned for more behind the scenes posts for the book coming soon!  Did you catch this one?

January 24th, 2013 |

PARTY PREP | BABY CHIC

baby shower prepThe very cold temps here in Chicago this week have ensured that I have been hibernating inside and catching up on design work and also prepping all of the decorations for our “Baby Chic” Baby Shower photo shoot (Friday) and baby shower (Sunday) for my sister!  If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen some of these.  But here are a few images of the prep work, and even with the horrible lighting, you can get an idea of the aqua/coral/silver/nude color palette we are using (gender-neutral) and some of the decor elements.

What do you think?!

January 14th, 2013 |

MOD VALENTINE’S DAY + FREE PRINTABLES

Modern Valentine's Day Party Balloon

Valentine’s Day is exactly one month from today…..it’s time to start planning your parties, classroom treats and sweet ideas for loved ones.  It’s the perfect opportunity to show your family a little extra love in the sweets department. Dessert tables have been trending for some time now and are a staple at most parties. But you don’t need to be serving a crowd of 30 to pull off a stylized table. Even if you are hosting a small party of 5, you can organize your sweets in a stylized, festive way….making your day seem that much sweeter.

valentine's day dessert table

I love the color red, so there is never a doubt that it will be the center of any of my Valentine’s Day parties. This year, I decided to update it with some bold black and white patterns: a chevron, a clover and some crisp stripes. To throw in a pop of color, I created modern conversation hearts in bright, pop colors with some contemporary sayings like “call me, maybe” and “text me”. You can download these for FREE and make cupcake toppers or string them into a banner.

valentine's day chevron cake pops

For this simple dessert table, I topped a crisp white table-cloth with a striped, square topper. The centerpiece was created by stacking cake stands and a footed candy dish together to create a tower that anchored the big, 36” balloon from Shop Sweet Lulu. The cake stands were covered with patterned Cake Plate Clings and held both cupcakes and candy. Red pots were full of tiny, pearlized candy balls, and held chevron cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes and darling heart lollipops from Candywarehouse.com.

valentine's day desserts

Small, 6” cake stands held jars of red gumballs, chocolate covered oreos topped with big red and pink hearts, and conversation heart cookies from Firefly Confections. Jumbo marshmallows were dipped in red chocolate and sat in striped cupcake liners. They held our darling modern conversation heart cupcake toppers. Old-fashioned candy sticks in a crisp black and white stripe fit into our theme perfectly.

heart chocolate-covered oreos

striped candy sticks

I think this table is a perfect example of creating something special for a small group, so it’s perfect for a family dinner or kids’ playdate for Valentine’s Day.

lollipops

To download the free conversation heart printables, and for more Valentine’s Day party ideas, please click on the image below.

valentine's day conversation heart free download

November 12th, 2012 |

Thankful Turkey Playdate

The launch of the Holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine last week brought about a whole slew of fabulous ideas for entertaining this holiday season.  With Thanksgiving only a week and a half a way, and the kids out of school for a few days, it’s the perfect time to plan a Thankful Turkey Playdate.  And we are fortunate to have a darling party and craft idea by Nicolle of Libby Lane Press to inspire you!  Read on for ideas as told by Nicolle, herself…..

“With fall in the air and Thanksgiving around the corner, what better way to get the littlest guests involved in the festivities than with a Little Turkey Playdate. This is a fun and festive way to personalize your Thanksgiving table with handmade love.

Weather-permitting, set up your party to take place outdoors, using natural elements to create a warm and inviting tablescape. I used ruffled burlap garland strung from the barn table, a simple burlap runner that was gathered at the ends of the table with jute twine. A wire basket filled with straw and brown eggs added to the harvest feel, and a galvanized vase filled with branches and paper leaf cut outs were hung with bakers twine to create a thankfulness tree.

The children snacked on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on wheat bread cut with a round cookie cutter to create the body of the turkey. A mix of red and green apples were featured as feathers, carrots as legs and the beak and a sliver of red apple peel as the waddle. The edible eyes were added and this darling turkey found its way to a paper plate threaded with grosgrain ribbon. The children gobbled on a sweet and salty mix of pretzels, popcorn, candy corn and M&M’s displayed in a glass milk bottle wrapped with jute twine to keep with the rustic theme of party.

To round out the play date, the children created their own Thankful Turkey to share at their family feasts. In the true spirit of the season, plan a simple play date with friends to make memories that will last Thanksgiving Day.

SUPPLIES

Toilet Paper Roll  |  Glue/Glue Stick  |  Scissors  |  2 Googly Eyes  |  Craft Feathers  | Construction Paper/Cardstock  |  Beak & Waddle (foam sticker or cut from construction paper)

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut 5-8 feathers from the construction paper/cardstock.

Have your child write someone/something they are thankful for on each of the paper tail feathers (if your child is too young to write themselves, simply ask them what they’re thankful for and write for them).

Glue the tail feathers to the back of the toilet paper roll.

Cover the toilet paper roll with glue and stick the craft feathers to the body.

Glue the eyes onto the front  and stick the beak & waddle stickers to the front (if you do not have stickers, cut a small triangle from yellow paper for the beak and peanut shape from red paper for the waddle).

Helpful Hint: Prepare separate ziplock bags filled with supplies for each child before they arrive.

For more Holiday Entertaining Ideas, visit the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

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November 5th, 2012 |

Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props

Thinking of adding that perfect touch to your parties this fall? Consider using Paper Props. They are super fun to make and can liven up any party. Paper props have become such a trend in the handmade community and more people are turning to fun DIY ideas for parties, weddings and casual entertaining. They are a clever way to create a memorable experience for your guests plus they are super fun to make together with your kids!

My new book, Pretty Paper Parties, is full of unique ideas like these for parties, weddings and showers.  The party props are a blast:

And because they are always so much fun, I decided to create a set of Thanksgiving themed ones for the Fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  They are a great activity for your kids while you are cooking dinner, so make sure to download the free printables today!

Download our fun printable Thanksgiving Photo Props! Print them on cardstock paper, cut, assemble and voila! you’ve created instant memories.  I hope you enjoy them!

For more fun ideas and easy -to-made paper projects you’ll love, check out my book Pretty Paper Parties. To order your signed copy, visit: www.lepapierstudio.com

October 23rd, 2012 |

Halloween Family Dinner

Halloween is typically a busy, busy day for moms. The pre- Halloween costume preparation, the day of school parties and parades, and the afternoon full of trick or treating. By the time dinner rolls around, who has time to pull together a special meal? You ALL do! Our goal is to celebrate family and with these simple ideas, you can do just that!

I like creating a table full of seasonal colors and fall touches.  Layering the dinner table with a spider web tablecloth, orange chevron paper placemats, and centerpiece of pumpkins, flowers and candy. Yellow sunflowers add a pop of color, without being too matchy-matchy.  Pumpkins covered in glitter add a touch of glam and sparkle, and what kids wouldn’t be exited to see bowls of candy?!

Speaking of candy….carry the theme throughout the placesettings by using a big pumpkin lollipop (we got these from candywarehouse.com) and tie a cute tag with each person’s name on it for a creative placecard.

Delicious sugar cookies from Estelle and June served as dessert…don’t you love those black pumpkins?!

Candy corn-flavored salt water taffy from Candywarehouse.com served as both a dessert on the table for our guests, but also boxed up for a party favor.  You can find our cute Halloween gift stickers here.

Stay tuned this afternoon for a creative, simple idea for making Halloween pizzas for your family dinner party!

October 8th, 2012 |

Glam-o-ween Party

This year for Halloween, AndersRuff stepped away from the traditional orange and black and designed a fresh new printable design collection full of all things Halloween Glam. Pink + Purple + Lime mixed with Black and grey makes for a Glam Halloween. Glam-o-ween! Guests are invited with a glam Halloween printable invitation that they embellished with little crystals. Using their unique color palette, AndersRuff created a festive party space.

For the dessert table focal point, they hung a chandelier. Instead of using a real chandelier, they designed a printable and mounted it on foam core board and hung it from our grey chevron backdrop. (Something anyone can do!) Popcorn boxes were embellished with the glam printable party logos and matted on ruffled tissue paper, and they used glittery ribbon on popcorn boxes from Nashville Wraps. Popcorn filled the boxes as well as a spooky surprise – chocolate limbs from a skeleton (Molds from Fancy Flours).

Chocolate covered marshmallow pops were embellished with printable bats and sprinkles from Fancy Flours. Lime green candies lined the trays to add a pop of color. Classic white platters were used to display fabulous cookies by Whip It Good Cookies. Erin decorated the cookies to match the printable graphics and they were delicious!

Black glass cake stands were used to display the cake by Got What It Cakes, as well as cupcakes that were adorned with the printable spooky glam cats. Chocolate covered Skeleton oreos were also displayed with the cupcakes. Chocolate bars were adored with coordinating labels, which were great for favors.

Sweet Things designed a custom glam witch costume for the little guest of honor, Willow. Willow loved the glam drink bottles that they embellished with glittery ribbon and our printable drink wrap. Straws were flagged and stuck to the sides of the bottles with a glue dot. Adorable chevron bags were filled with chocolate skeleton limbs and embellished with glittery ribbon and a printable favor tag from the collection. Guests didn’t leave empty handed. Tricks and treats and everything sweet. Glittery gumballs from Polka Dot Market were bagged and topped with a folding bag topper from the collection.

Resources: printable collection (andersruff.com)  |  photography (beccabondphotography.com)  |  sugar cookies (whipitgoodcookies.blogspot.com)  |  cake (gotwhatitcakes.com)  |  gumballs, straws, chevron bags, plastic drink bottles (polka-dot-market.com)  |  candy (candywarehouse.com)  |  candelabras (fancyflours.com)  |  chocolate skeleton molds, oreo molds, sprinkles and edible glitter (fancyflours.com)  |  glam witch costume (sweetthingskids.com)

For more Halloween + Fall entertaining ideas, read the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

order a printed copy   |   download the ipad app   |   read the digital issue

October 1st, 2012 |

Stylish Kids Parties…..THE BOOK!

I’m having a little party over here today.  Why you ask?!  Because I finally get to share some amazing news with all of you….

I know I have been dropping hints about some BIG projects we have been working on lately around here…. I can’t spill the beans on all of them yet, but for today, today I can share with you that I am writing a BOOK!

“Stylish Kids Parties” (F+W Media, Inc.) will be launching Fall 2013 and feature unique, never seen before parties by WH Hostess Social Stationery, DIY party ideas and more. I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring you even more party inspiration, and do what I love best…..styling kids parties that put a smile on both the kid and parent’s faces!  This really is a dream come true and I can’t wait to share more details with you!

Stay tuned in the months to come for some behind the scenes and more information on the book.

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