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:

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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:

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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:

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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:

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August 20th, 2012 |

Emma’s Art Party

Friday was one of those days where I remember how lucky I am that I own my own business, set my own schedule (even if that means that I work probably twice as hard as I ever did at past jobs).  Why was Friday so special?!  My day consisted of: {still} responding to a mass amount of e-mails from while we were on vacation, took a conference call about an upcoming BIG project on my cell phone from my car, did prop shopping for some photo shoots this weekend, picked up our print run and got orders shipped out.  The best part was that I got to play hooky for part of the day to help my best friend with her daughter, Emma’s 8th birthday party.   I’m lucky enough to be “Auntie Kelly” to this cute, little girl and LOVE that I have been a part of each of her 8 birthday celebrations.  (you may remember her charming purse-themed birthday party a few years ago)

Emma LOVES all things arts & crafts, so once she decided upon that theme, her mom came up with 5 different crafting stations for the kids to partake in.  The 20 girls attending made candy necklaces, decorated picture frames, did splatter painting, beaded key chains, and decorated cupcakes.

The colorful crafts made for colorful party decorations, and we embellished a bit with a festive banner, signage and cute centerpieces made from crayons and daisies.  ”Sprite Floats” made from vanilla ice cream and sprite were a welcomed surprise for the girls, and the delicious cupcakes (placed in our new cupcake wrappers) were decorated with simple fondant shapes.

Hope you had a great party, Emma Jane!

August 13th, 2012 |

Back-to-School {Free Download}

With kids heading back to school all over the country this month, we thought it was time to share a free printable!  Every kid needs a shiny new pencil box to start the year off right.  We love the size of this green box we found at Target – it’s the perfect size for little hands, to fit in backpacks and desks, and it’s shape made it an ideal …

You can turn this sweet back-to-school treat into a little gift for your student by tying it to a composition notepad with a big red bow.  Or, better yet, have your child gift this to their teacher as a little surprise the first week of school.

Click on the link below to download your free printable pencil box label.  Simply add your child (or teacher’s) name and print it on full-page label paper.  Enjoy!

July 23rd, 2012 |

Flower Market Birthday

The pages of our summer issue of The Party Dress Magazine were colorful and cheerful – large in part due to this sweet Flower Market birthday party by Leoni Jena, of Just Call Me Martha.  There are so many sweet details that I hope will inspire you for summer gatherings.  Read on for details from Leoni…..

“From the moment I laid eyes on the Bold Vine flower collection by WH Hostess I knew it was the perfect party collection for my daughter’s 5th birthday party. My daughter, Imara, loves flowers. She’s forever drawing them, smelling them or picking them from people’s gardens. In fact, when I asked her what she will be when she grows up she said “mum, I want to have my own flower shop so I can play with flowers all day.”

I already knew I wanted bright and fun colours, as it’s the middle of summer here in Australia and would suit a 5th birthday party. I collected various coloured watering cans as props and even used mini watering cans as place settings and favours. For the main food table, I wanted a florist cart. All the ones I saw online were either too expensive or not suitable. My father was kind enough to knock up a simple cart using an Ikea tea trolley as base which I later spray painted white, and added a handmade candy striped canopy. It looked fantastic and certainly received a lot of oohs and ahhs on the day of the party.

All the food was homemade and included items such as mini cheesecake pots, flower cookies (orea cookies dipped in white chocolate and then adding a white sugar daisy as accent), petal cupcakes, mini petal mousse, and bottles of water personalized with a custom label from WH Hostess.

I made blossom pops (cake pops dipped in chocolate and then dipped in yellow sprinkles, I then crafted some paper flowers to go around the base of each pop).

The focal point of the food table was the two tier watering can cake with sugar flowers. My daughter begged for a two tier cake but since I thought that would be quite excessive I made the bottom part out of foam while the top part was chocolate and caramel mudcake covered in chocolate caramel ganache.

Cupcakes were embellished with coordinating flower cupcake toppers from WH Hostess.

The girls had a lot of fun making their own paper flowers and arranging them in mini flower pots to take home. The favour box included a flower lollypop, mini choc bar, mini watering can filled with jelly beans, flower pencils and flower sugar cookie.”

For more summer entertaining ideas and tips, visit the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

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July 18th, 2012 |

Gerber Daisy Birthday

We’re thrilled to be showing the details from a darling birthday party from one of our repeat customers.  She came to us to create a custom gerber daisy themed party, and we came up with a whimsical collection of paper goods in a hot pink and green color palette.  Read on for details from Isabella’s mom…..

When Isabella asked me for a Gerbera daisy theme birthday party, I knew we could do something very girly and fun.  The birthday girl asked me to use hot pink, green and yellow as the colors for her party.   I have worked with Kelly at WH Hostess in the past and I have always been very pleased and happy with her work.  The party was set up outside in the backyard.  The environment was very girly with gerbera daisies and pink and green polka dot balloons.

The girls’ table was set up with a hot pink table cloth and green striped fabric across the table similar to the pattern used on the invitation. It was set up with pink plates with hot pink, yellow and green napkins and gerbera daisy napkin rings with the same colors. We had small pink flower arrangements as centerpieces.  We had a special plate for the birthday girl with the flower design from the invitation that I also bought from WH Hostess

The girls’ menu included pink lemonade, garden chocolate flowerpot mousse, chocolate covered strawberries, push up cupcakes, fruit kabobs along with other special sandwiches.  Rick’s Bakery created the beautiful cake utilizing the invitation design.

The girls’ activities included two tables that were set up to paint their nails and to apply a flower or butterfly face sticker tattoo before they walked on the “runway”. We had tote bags with gerbera daisy hair clips as favors that the girls’ modeled for the mothers.

The girls also took home the candies they got from the piñata and cookies with the number 6 and gerbera daisy designs on them. Overall, the girls had a great time!

Party resources
Invitation & Paper Goods: www.whhostess.com   |   Cake: www.ricksbakery.com/   |   Photo: www.kristenhargett.com/

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