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:

buy a printed copy   |   read the digital copy

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.

September 14th, 2012 |

Football Backyard Party

Celebrate a favorite fall tradition, football, this season with a backyard party.  Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails created a charming party for the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Read on for details from Kori, and ideas for recreating this party for your family….

When it comes to a fall party, football is one that often comes to mind, but I found it’s usually a party to watch football. Getting little boys together for a football party is much more fun when they get to play!! I took inspiration for the little boys “backyard football party” from years of playing and watching football in the backyard on Thanksgiving morning and throughout the fall. What little kid doesn’t love a chance to run around and get muddy?

The party was set up as a birthday party and I felt that it should stay simple in design in order to fit the theme. To start the party, you need an invitation, and this is where I wanted to set the tone! Finding sports shirts on sale for a few dollars a piece, I thought sending one to each child to wear to the party was a great way to start it off! Along with the shirt, each child received a letter which was a “Draft Notice” to see what team they were drafted too! It called the guest to wear the color shirt they received and report to the backyard field for the party.

When it came to design, I wanted to mix the rustic feel of the backyard party with a little bit of modern design, so I incorporated black stripes (a la referee) and bright grass green color. I mixed these modern elements with Kraft paper to cover the tables, Kraft Boxes, and “mud in mason jars” on the dessert table. I decided the “sweets table” would be the “halftime snacks” and had birthday cake, mini cakes, “mud pie” jars, and football shaped water bottles. Playing outside, you know the kids need to stay hydrated, so I put a drink bin with frozen water balloons and more water bottles next to the benches!

Our big activity was obviously the actual game, which consisted of a lot of running, some chasing, a little tagging, a lot of laughing, and a few falls! We kept score with a black mat board and a piece of chalk which was fun for the kids and an easy decoration to make! Once the game was over and the sweets were finished, each child left with a mini football, their football water bottles, and a little bit of mud.

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

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

 

 

September 5th, 2012 |

DIY Pencil Centerpiece

There is something so charming about a fresh pack of #2 pencils.  Even as an adult, I get excited when the aisles at Target get stocked up with fresh school supplies.  (Don’t think for a second some of them don’t make their way into my cart.  Office supplies, right?!)  We put together this darling centerpiece using a pack of pencils, a piece of ribbon, a rubberband and a basic vase.  It took under 5 minutes to create and really is SO simple to do.  Here’s how:

Incredibly simple, right?  And perfect for a back-to-school party, family dinner or as a gift for a new teacher!

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

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

September 5th, 2012 |

Set the Table with Chalkboard

Back-to-School is an exciting time of the year for families, but let’s face it….the enthusiasm of the first day can fade quickly and everyone falls back into the repedition of a daily routine: early mornings, carpools, homework, after-school activities, packing the same lunch day in and day out.  Take this opportunity to celebrate family and celebrate school with a festive dinner table (at least once a week!).

In the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine, we show you ideas on how to create a creative table setting using typical school items: chalkboard, pencils, and apples.

Stay tuned this afternoon for the simple instructions on how to create this charming pencil centerpiece.  We used it as the showpiece on our tablesetting, and it really popped on the chalkboard fabric tablecloth (you can find this at any local fabric or craft store).  Mixed with a couple of red pots with boxwood plants, classic black and white check napkins and polka dot silverware from Pottery Barn Kids, it was the perfect backdrop for our kid-friendly dinner.

Mac ‘n Cheese is a kid favorite, so we updated the classic by serving it in a small flip-lid jar.  Apple slices were a healthy accompaniment, and we housed each meal in a wood berry basket from Garnish.  This idea would be charming for a picnic birthday party too!

One of my favorite ideas from this article are the milk bottles labeled with the kids names.  Since we wanted a quick project, and one that would not be permanent, we used chalkboard stickers!  Simply peel, stick and write….it’s that easy, and every kid loves to see their name on their drink!

How do you make school-night dinners a fun ending to your family’s day?

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

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

Page 4 of 24« First...23456...1020...Last »