November 30th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Winter Carnival

Holiday parties don’t need to fall into the typical red and green holiday color palette….sometimes it’s fun to shake it up a bit!  Fresh Chick Designs did just that with their take on a Winter Carnival party that we featured in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  With a fresh color palette of pink, red and turquoise, there are tons of darling ideas that you can incorporate into a winter birthday party, baby shower, or holiday gathering.  Read on for more from Rebecca and Shannon…..

There is something so nostalgic about going to a carnival as a kid. One of our favorite treats that brings on the childhood memories and sparked our inspiration are the colors, smell, and taste of cotton candy. The oh-so familiar light watery blue and perfect pastel pink are the typical hues that can be associated this fanciful floss and thought it would be the perfect color palette for a Winter Carnival party.

This theme could be used for your next birthday party, baby shower, gender reveal party plus so many more! We started with an adorable pink & aqua argyle fabric that just has a touch of red. We wanted the overall color scheme to set the tone and keep it simple.

We opted for some pre-made Martha Stewart paper fans that complimented the colors perfectly. On the front of the table, we strung various types and styles of trim to add a touch of whimsy. Crystal cake stands were painted to match the colors. Since we already had a slew of sweets, we decided to construct a fake cake using Styrofoam cylinders, carnival tickets, ribbon, candies and a cake sign to resemble a real cake. A super cute and super easy DIY to add to your party decor. Lastly, party printables were used to tie it all together. A “concession stand” was the focal point of this party. We chose traditional treats you may see at a carnival / festival. Cotton candy, caramel apples, apple pie, candies and cookies. We threw in the pink “snowball” treats for the seasonal twist. Some other fun ideas for food could be setting up a hotdog & nacho station, popcorn bar, french fries, and funnel cakes…YUM!!

November 29th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Decorating for Kids

Have you been contemplating how to create a little holiday magic in your home for your children this season?  Nursery design enthusiasts, Melisa and Pam from Project Nursery came up with 8 must-have items for just this occasion.  Click on over to view them (and their direct shopping links to make your life easier!) in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

November 16th, 2011 |

Elf on the Shelf Calendar

Does your family have a beloved “Elf on the Shelf“?  While designing the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine, my assistant editor, Charynn and I came up with the idea of creating a calendar of ideas of places to hide your elf.  Cute, creative, amusing (to both adults and kids) places to put your elf for your kids to find every day.  We had SO.MUCH.FUN coming up with these ideas and hope that you will all get a kick out of them.

The calendar is below (if you click on the picture, it will take you directly to the free download) – please print it off, share it with friends and let us know if you try out any of these ideas!!  Enjoy!

 

November 16th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Elf Party

When designing a new collection of party goods, I always try to think thru designs so that they can inspire other elements for the party.  Decorations, desserts – patterns that can be carried throughout the event from start to finish.  Our brand new Elf Collection debuted in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine, and judging from the response, I would say our darling little elf will be making the rounds among LOTS kid’s holiday parties this season!

Designed to be oh, so classic with a crisp red, white and green color palette, snowflakes and our darling elf, this collection features all of the items needed to throw the perfect party.

When it came to decorations, we focused on red and white and saved the green for accents.  A touch of sparkle here, a crisp ribbon there.  Paper lanterns were decorated with ric rac and buttons (this is something you could do for any type of party!), and oversized swirl lollipops served as centerpieces.

When it came to desserts, I compiled a team of some of the most talented bakers I know.  I gave them each a copy of our collection designs and couldn’t wait to see what they came up with.  These darling fondant elves were made by Two Sugar Babies, and completely dressed up store-bought cupcakes!

Cake pops from Flour & Iced were decorated with red, white and green sprinkles (the little ball shape of sprinkles mimics the polka dot pattern in the paper goods). Allyson Jane made elf cookies by using an upside down ice cream cone cookie cutter! The Marshmallow Studio created these darling elf pops, and we styled them in a cute polka dot pitcher, which could also serve as a table centerpiece!

One of our favorite dessert ideas was to serve ice cream in tiny striped mugs, with a “dressed-up” cupcake topper in them.  Jars of candy were dressed up with striped ribbon and a coordinating candy jar tag (I love the little snowflake on them!).  Kids LOVE bringing sweets home as a party favor, too.  We got creative while filling the tubs of candy by striping the colors to mimic the collection patterns, and our cute little elf made one last appearance on the gift tag tied to it.

November 14th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Turkey Cupcakes

With Thanksgiving rapidly approaching, it’s time to plan out those fun little treats for your kids that will make it a memorable holiday.  This charming turkey cupcake was featured in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine and is the perfect combination of charm + deliciousness!  Made to compliment her kid-friendly Thanksgiving table, Stefanie at Anna & Blue Paperie came up with these simple, DIY instructions for creating these turkey cupcakes:

12 cupcakes

2 cups chocolate Frosting

¼ cup white frosting

6 large marshmallows (halved crosswise)

Crème-filled rolled wafer cookies

Orange decorating gel

24 mini chocolate morsels

12 orange gummy candies (halved)

12 candy corns

Wax paper

2 resealable sandwich bags

Star decorating tip

 

Frost your cupcakes with chocolate frosting.

Using a microwave-safe bowl, melt ½ cup chocolate frosting for 10-15 seconds.  Stir every 5 seconds until mixture is thin.

Dip uncut side of marshmallow halves into the melted frosting, turning to coat.

Place cut side of marshmallows on the wax paper and let stand until set.

Once set, place coated marshmallow half slightly off-center each frosted cupcake.

To create the turkey beak, place a small drop of melted frosting onto the center of the marshmallow.  Place the yellow end of the candy corn onto the drop which will keep the candy in place.

Using the gel, pipe a turkey wattle up and around each beak.

Place white frosting into a sandwich bag.  Cut a small piece from one corner.  Pipe two small dollops on the marshmallows to create eyes.  Place two chocolate morsels on top of the white frosting dollops.

To create turkey feathers, break the wafers in half and insert pieces in a half circle around the marshmallow.

Fit the second sandwich bag with the star tip and add remaining chocolate frosting into the bag.  Pipe frosting around the edge of the marshmallow.

To create the turkey feet, press 2 gummy candy halves below the marshmallow for each cupcake.

November 14th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Kid-Friendly Thanksgiving

When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner with kiddos, it’s important to keep them happy and occupied!  Stefanie from Anna & Blue Paperie put together this darling kid-friendly Thanksgiving table using her new printables collection for the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine, and there are tons of details that you can recreate for your own holiday table.  Stay tuned for the details as told by Stefanie…

Everyone looks forward to sitting down for a delicious Thanksgiving meal after hours of preparing, cooking and baking. Sitting through a long meal can be challenging for the little ones though. Why not set up a dedicated table just for the children to make their mealtime entertaining as well? A special table decorated for kids and a fun game of Tic-Tac-Turkey will ensure a pleasant gathering for everyone. It can also help to keep them entertained and seated for more than 5 minutes.

To create a warm and festive feel for the table, I designed a printable collection using a color palette consisting of chocolate, pumpkin, burlap and cranberry. Personalized place-cards give an inviting welcome for little guests at their table. A quick and easy centerpiece was created using pumpkins and pine cones. I created cornucopias made out of waffle cones and filled them with pumpkin candies as a fun touch for the table. The place settings were created using construction paper which serve as place mats as well as a canvas for kids’ doodles. The turkey cups were a simple DIY project made from silly googly-eyed stickers, construction paper and felt. I filled the cups with crayons to beckon kids to their seats and to give them a fun coloring activity while the turkey is carved. For young children, stick with unbreakable plates and heavy weight wooden utensils in place of silverware. During their meal, the children can use their checklists to ensure they eat all of their Thanksgiving goodies. Make sure they leave room for their dessert. Cupcakes were created to resemble turkeys that are sure to please! Who can resist gobbling up this special treat for dessert?   (Stay tuned for the DIY instructions on the blog this afternoon!) This year, start a new tradition by putting together a fun, kid-friendly table to give thanks and to create special memories that will last a lifetime.

October 17th, 2011 |

Halloween Sock Monkey Party

I came across this darling Halloween party for kids on Better Homes and Gardens, and I just had to share it with you.  As you all know, I have a soft spot for monkeys (my god-daughter is obsessed with them, and it’s also one of our best selling party collections!).  This sock-monkey twist on your traditional Halloween party is so cute….I love the colors, the patterns and there are some great activity ideas that you could re-create for any party!

Some of the activities include a candy corn relay race, and a matching card game.  Totally cute for kids!  Whoopie pies are dressed up with monkey faces, and check out these cute pumpkin straws!  Check out the feature on bhg.com for all of the darling details.

October 3rd, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Halloween Silhouette Wall Lamp

One of my favorite parts of putting together The Party Dress Magazine each quarter is finding those little DIY projects that I just know you are all going to love.  I’m crafty….but my contributors are REALLY crafty and they come up with amazing ideas!  Today’s project comes from Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio.  She’s create a step-by-step tutorial for making a cute wall lamp for your kids using a FREE downloadable silhouette image featuring a sweet Halloween parade.  (download the design here)

Step 1

Gather your supplies: you will need the kids parading free printable, a wall lamp from Ikea, scor-it board or any other scoring tool, and a screw driver.

Step 2

Start by removing the screw from the top of the wall lamp. This will allow the top to come off and release the decorative paper that comes with the lamp.

Step 3

Position the kids parading print on the scor-it board and begin scoring 1/4 inch from the outer edge of the print.

Step 4

Fold the ends over the outer edges of the lamp. You can use clear tape to secure them.

Step 5

Re-assemble the wall lamp and Voila!   For less than $5 you created something unique for your nursery or any other room in the house. Wasn’t that easy?

 

 

 

September 21st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Mod Fish Baby Shower

When it comes to baby showers, I prefer to cater to the Mom-to-be’s design aesthetic….not the babies!  After all, the party is for her!  It’s a great opportunity to pull in unique baby-friendly concepts, but perhaps modernize them to appeal to the adults in attendance.  We get so many requests for fish/under the sea parties, that I decided that it was time to move that theme up to the top of my “to do list” and I partnered up with Charynn of Two Sugar Babies to create this modern, gender-neutral baby shower inspiration for the fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

We set the table with a crisp white tablecloth and topped it with paper placemats featuring our mod fish pattern, a green napkin and a coordinating blue striped placecard.  The centerpiece  was probably my FAVORITE part of this party….it literally cost me next to nothing to create, and I think mad a huge impact.  I took basic glass cylinders that I had sitting around the house, and created white fish vinyl decals using my Silhouette machine.  I filled them with water, and used gel food coloring to add the bold color.  So simple, right?

We set up a “bubbles bar” with both punch and bottles of key lime Italian soda wrapped with fish labels.  Blue balloons were attached to the wall behind the bar to create the look of bubbles floating away.

A bold polka dot grid patterned backdrop anchored our dessert table, and there were so many darling sweets.  First off an AMAZING cake covered in cake balls by Velvet Cream Bakery (DIY tutorial coming later today!).  I love the ombre effect of the shades of blue, as well as how it resembles little bubbles!  The cake topper of fondant fish and bubbles was created by Two Sugar Babies, as were the darling cupcake toppers.

Color-coordinated candy and jumbo marshmallows were placed in candy jars with coordinating tags, and we used these fabulous new tilt bowls from Crate & Barrel for pearlized gumballs in blue and green.  I made blue jello “shots” using my votive candle holders (also dressed them up with a fish vinyl decal), and stuck a cupcake topper in them for some visual interest.

Darling fish cookies by Allyson Jane were lined up to look like a little “school of fish” and cake pops by Velvet Cream Bakery stood up in a white pot full of gumballs and looked like they were floating!

We thought we needed a creative party favor….you know, besides the candy!  So we filled up small bottles full of bubble bath, wrapped them with a custom label, and tied on a coordinating gift tag.  Darling….and useful!  The mod fish collection by WH Hostess is one of my favorites, and (although just added to the shop recently) is quickly becoming one of our most popular.  It’s perfect for a baby shower or kids birthday party!  You can see the complete collection in our shop.

Make sure to head back later today to view the DIY cake pop cake tutorial by Charynn of Two Sugar Babies.

September 19th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Superhero Birthday Party

Boom! Pow! Bang! Bam! Get your superhero capes on for this action. What better way to celebrate your little ones birthday than to throw him a superhero party, showing him just how “super” he really is?! Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas designed this party for her two little boys and their friends, and it was featured in the latest edition of The Party Dress Magazine.  Stay tuned for some pretty fabulous party inspiration, and ideas as told by Kara, herself….

I wanted the party to be bold and fun, creating a mini superhero world for all the guests. I had a main Superman party table, a Batman treat table and a Captain America food table. I also created a “Clark Kent Disguise Station” on a large briefcase with Superman glasses & ties. “Daily Planet” yoyo’s were also a part of the display.

Among the favorite treats and food were barbell suckers, superhero “pops”, lighting rod yellow peppers with “power” dip, “Super” ropes, corn “pops”, ring “pops”, “pop” rocks, Wonder Woman lassos, skyscraper cookies, lighting rod watermelon,“hero” sandwiches, push “pop” cupcakes, cookie“medals”, telephone booth cookies and more.

All the party goers received a superhero muscle shirtwhen they arrived, colored a giant superhero back-drop, got their faces painted like their favorite hero. They lifted a super barbell, stood behind a car raising photo op, sprayed the evil villain, colored in superhero activity books, flew away with lighting wings on their shoes, stepped inside a super bubble & more!

Photography by Lyndsey Fagerlund

Vendor Credits: jumbo building coloring page (anders ruff) , cake (sweeten your day cakes), sugar cookies (batches),

fondant cupcake toppers (edible details), party printables (paper & pigtails), face painting (painted party), custom tablecloths and backdrops (pots & pins), mini cape & mask printables, lightning bolts (kara’s party ideas)
Lightning Bolt Shoe Tags- www.karaspartyideas.com
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