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/

July 9th, 2012 |

Fly Away to Neverland….

This is Charynn, owner of Two Sugar Babies, and Assistant Editor of The Party Dress Magazine. I am excited for you to finally see my son’s birthday party! In keeping with tradition at my house (my kids NEVER pick a birthday theme that is easy to find accessories for), Keaton chose “Jake and the Neverland Pirates.” I used to tremble when they would pick a “hard” theme, but now I realize that it’s the best kind of party to have! Kelly of The Party Dress and WHHostess assisted me in planning this party and I think we stayed true to our concept of throwing a stylized character party.

We carried a modern pirate theme throughout the party, using graphic patterns of aqua blue waves, red and white skull and crossbones, blue and white stripes (from Jake’s ship sail) and also a red pirate ship silhouette. Then we added elements of Neverland with pirate hooks (Captain Hook is Keaton’s favorite character), red feathers, and a couple of character silhouettes.

We came up with a few distinct displays for the party: the dessert table, a buffet table centerpiece, a drink table, and a Kid’s area, including a Neverland Pirates dress-up station, games and personalized favors.

For the buffet table centerpiece, I originally wanted to use “ship in a bottle” pieces in some way, but Kelly and I came up with a modern interpretation: I spray painted a toy ship, pirate hook and a green Peter Pan sword solid, bold colors and placed them inside large jars with sand on the bottom. I stacked them on custom stained wooden boxes and scattered bright jewels, gold doubloons, pearls, and necklaces to complete the pirate ship look and feel.

The drink table backdrop was also one of my favorite elements. I made banners using twine and WHHostess patterned papers, and added a lime green “K” to a pirate ship wheel as the focal point. It’s something Keaton can use in his bedroom! I displayed “Tinkerbell Iced Tea” and “Pirate Punch” in large drink dispensers, and filled a pirate chest with loads of “treasure” to finish the display.

For the dessert table, a custom fabric patterned backdrop was made, featuring the aqua wave pattern and the pirate ship. Personalized cupcake toppers, coordinating cupcake wrappers and “sails” for the cake pops from WH Hostess accessorized the desserts, and I updated cupcakes from our favorite bakery with sprinkles to match the party, and added character elements by making fondant Tinkerbell wings, a red feather, a pirate hook, and a pirate flag.

The 3 tier cake I created using patterns from the party, and red feather and pirate hook cake toppers, which I personalized with Keaton’s name and a “4″ was a hit!

I also created edible image cookie toppers in the party patterns, fondant treasure maps for brownies, and fondant gold doubloons to cover the front of chocolate covered oreos.

The Kid’s Area was the highlight of the party. I used the character silhouettes I made, a custom sign saying “Dress like a Neverland Pirate” to frame the dress up area. The kids used pirate hooks, eye patches, pirate hats, red sashes, compasses, toy telescopes and treasure maps to transform themselves into Neverland Pirates. I also built two different games to entertain the kids: a treasure dig sandbox and Captain Hook’s ring toss.

The kids were sent home with gift bags filled with gold doubloons, pixie dust, pirates coloring pages.

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

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July 2nd, 2012 |

Ships Ahoy! Nautical Baby Shower

One of my favorite summer themes is a classic, navy & white, nautical party.  Crisp, classic and can be interrupted so many different ways.  We updated our nautical collection with a preppy modern chain link pattern and a bold anchor, added a touch of yellow and it quickly became one of our best sellers….perfect for a baby shower, birthday party or pool party.

When we started working on the summer issue of The Party Dress Magazine, we turned to Lynlee Beckett, of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes, to create a preppy baby shower using our Mod Nautical collection.  Read on for all of the darling details, as told by Lynlee….

For expectant mothers due in the Summer months, there’s no better way to welcome their new first mate than with a nautical-themed baby shower! I adore the Mod Nautical Anchor collection by the WH Hostess, pairing several shades of blue with a bright and refreshing pop of yellow, which I utilized to style this bright and cheery luncheon. I decided to focus on a mature feel to honor the mother-to-be, with the infusion of playful and sweet details. The beautiful invitation set the mood, inviting guests to join the celebration seaside.

The luncheon table was set with a burlap covering and a striped blue runner. A lantern served as the centerpiece and inside, a coral decoration sculpted with chicken wire, white coffee filters and yellow cupcake liners. Each setting held blue fish plates and coordinating small plates to carry lemons for the seafood meal. You can dress up the silver- ware by simply tying a colorful ribbon around and placing it directly on the napkins. Water bottle labels can also be used to adorn glasses.

The dessert table was set-up along the waterfront, providing a gorgeous view and anchoring the party. The Anthropologie-inspired backdrop resembled a sail from afar, but at closer look, also simulated coral. As a juxtaposition, I propped up a basketweave anchor that, with the burlap tablecloth, added a natural feel to the crisp, vivid colors.

Desserts centered around the nautical theme, and utilized several lemon and fruit treats, along with traditional sweets. I hollowed out lemons, topped with lemon custard and blueberries, displayed them in a seaside lantern with cupcake toppers. Small mason jars were filled with milk and lifesaver donuts sat perched on the rims with the help of fish drink stirrers.  Chocolate-dipped Oreo pops were decorated to look like portholes, while marshmallows resembled numbered buoys. Lemon cupcakes were embellished with fondant sailor onesies, bibs and baby bottles, nestled in sugar sand, along with chocolate sea shells in a nautical steering wheel tray. Sea urchin meringue cookies were scattered throughout and an “AHOY” pennant banner hung in front of the table.

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

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June 26th, 2012 |

Summer Fun: Sponge Waterballs

Time for another fun idea to celebrate summer with your kids: Sponge Waterballs are one of my favorites! It’s the new water balloon. When you’re done with them outside, bring them inside for bathtime fun!

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

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Photography by Kim Flores of Whimsy Baby Photography

June 19th, 2012 |

Fun in the Sun: Everyday Party Ideas

Summer is the perfect time to get outside with your Littles and celebrate! Make everyday a party with items you have at home. Forget the party store when you have DIY projects that are easy as 1, 2, 3!  Here are a few ideas I put together for the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

Idea #1: Spruce up your table by planting flowers in a watermelon

Idea #2: Make flower straws with candy and flattened cupcake wrappers

Idea #3: Make your own mini-candy bar with colorful candy cups

Idea #4: Serve seasonal flavored cupcakes on colorful mini pedestals, Georgetown Cupcake recommends Berry Lemon and Banana Split

Idea #5: Decorate your tables with paper lanterns

Photography by Kim Flores of Whimsy Baby Photography

Resources:

Martha Stewart Crafts, Mini Cupcake Wrappers and Regular Cupcake Wrappers | JoAnn Fabrics

Polka Dot + Stripe Candy Cups, Striped Paper Straws, Paper Lanterns | The TomKat Studio Shop

Pink Cupcake Stand | The Papered Nest

Cupcakes | Georgetown Cupcakes


 

June 5th, 2012 |

Caterpillar Birthday Party Dessert Table

Our Caterpillar birthday party featured in the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine is full of sweet treats!  We loved all of the creative details, and so did dessert table guru, Amy Atlas!  She was kind enough to feature this dessert table on her blog last Friday.

As always, the desserts stole the show! I used our chevron patterned fabric as a back drop, and a crisp white tablecloth on the table.  Since I planned to use all white dishes, I placed a red table runner going across the table, in order to make the desserts “pop”.

The two tiered fondant-covered cake from Two Sugar Babies held center stage and featured our colorful patterns and fruits from the book.  A 3-D caterpillar, as well as a mini bunting, sat atop the cake.

A make-shift tiered tray (using a white plate and white berry baskets) held candy runts from Candywarehouse.com, cello bags with our custom fruit toppers held hard candy, and rice krispy treats covered with fondant from Two Sugar Babies.  Check back this afternoon for Charynn’s DIY tips on re-creating the rice krispy treats!

One of my favorite elements were cake pops in the shape of fruit from Sweet Lauren Cakes!  We displayed them in pots of wheat grass which tied back to the caterpillar centerpiece on our table.

Green and white striped cups held candy runts and re-purposed cupcake toppers, red boxes were full of candy that the kids brought home as party favors. Rainbow lollipops and candy from Candywarehouse.com was used as an accessory throughout the entire table.

Check back this afternoon for Charynn’s tips on re-creating our fondant-covered fruit rice krispy treats!

 

June 5th, 2012 |

Caterpillar Birthday Party

I have to say…it’s been a while since I have been THIS excited to show off one of my parties to you.  I just love creating parties styled around children’s books, so I was so excited when my client asked me to create a custom suite of party goods and style a party around a beloved children’s book.  The goal was simple: bright, primary colors, a focus on fruit and a modern interpretation of everyone’s favorite caterpillar.

I started by designing the collection of paper goods, including an exclusive caterpillar illustration, and two patterns that appeared throughout the entire party: a colorful polka dot and a green and yellow chevron pattern.

The table setting held one of my favorite elements to the party…..a 3-D caterpillar centerpiece that I crafted from painted mini paper lanterns, and grass plants. A table runner made from our polka dot fabric, simple yellow plates, and striped silverware from Pottery Barn Kids added to the whimsical look.

Simple yellow plates held a charming apple cupcake, which was inspired by Amy Atlas’s new book, Sweet Designs.  Grass cupcake wrappers tied in our theme to the wheat grass centerpiece. Each child had a name plate hanging on the back of their colorful chair, each featuring a different fruit from the collection.

Check back this afternoon for all of the sweet details from the Very Hungry Caterpillar dessert table!

June 5th, 2012 |

Fruit-Shaped Rice Krispy Treats

Hey, Everyone!  Charynn here to share a few tips on re-creating the darling fruit-shaped rice krispy treats that I made for Kelly’s recent Caterpillar birthday party.  These were very simple to do and I know you could all handle this! (PS – you could take this concept and apply it to any theme or shape!)

I used store-bought rice krispy bars for two reasons: 1) to save time and 2) so that they would already be a consistant thickness. Kelly was kind enough to provide me with her fruit illustrations, but you could either create your own or find some online to download.  Cut the shape out to use it as a template.

I flattened my rice krispy bars with a rolling pin to make them a bit wider and then used either a cookie cutter or the template and a knife to cut out the shape.  Don’t forget to cut out the little hole in each one! Repeat these steps with store-bought fondant (which you can color with food coloring).  Attach the fondant with clear piping gel and voila!

May 15th, 2012 |

Baby Shower BRIGHTS!

With Spring comes baby shower season and well, I am all about color. These are my favorite months because you can get outside and bring out some serious color. When it comes to baby showers, I love seeing the pink + orange combo or the coral + teal trend. They make for great color palettes for any party – especially baby showers.
I am absolutely in love with the oh-so-chic bridal shower full of brights that Kelly styled. Just perfection! It could easily transform into a baby shower. The coral + teal baby shower featured on The Party Dress blog was one of my favorites too!
Currently though, I am really in love with yellow. Yellow with pink, yellow with aqua, yellow with white…..I just love a bright ray of sunshine. And, it works for girls, boys or even gender neutral.
Not into going bright + bold? Pick a stand out color and match it with something subdued.

Oh, and if you haven’t heard the news, I am now a daily writer for Babble.com.  I recently rounded up 15 Pinterest Inspired Baby Showers, WH Hostess included! Make sure you head over and browse the slideshow.


Stay tuned for my favorite Neutral Baby Showers next week!
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