July 14th, 2011 |
Since it IS birthday week here on The Party Dress, I thought we would share the details of some of the birthday parties featured in the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine. This pink and green, Lilly Pulitzer-inspired is one of my favorite parties that I have worked on recently. It is the quintessential preppy, summer party….perfect for the little girl in your life! I also think this theme would make a darling bridal shower! A sweet poppy flower pattern, mixed with green seersucker stripes make this collection one of my all time favorites!
Guests were welcomed by a festive wreath made by different patterned ribbon loops (a fun, DIY project thatcan be re-purposed as a room decoration after herparty!) and brought into a sunny room where the party would be held. The focal point of the room was the very sweet dessert table. The space was defined by a unique tablesetting. A pink swiss dot fabric was laid atop a crisp white table-cloth, and pulled up at each end of the table with green polka dot ribbon. A pennant banner featuring all of our coordinating patterns hung between the two pull-back bows. The vertical space above the table was defined by a ribbon and polka dot chandelier.
Sweets included a raspberry birthday cake topped with a fondant poppy made by Two Sugar Babies, cupcakes with our custom toppers were served on minicake stands embellished with pink, pom pom trim, flower hand-iced cookies by Allyson Jane, perfectly preppy cake pops by Flour and Iced, and color-coordinated candy (including my personal fav – ribbon candy!). A lollipop tree held pink and white swirl lollipops (a simple DIY project – simply wrap a styrofoamcone with ribbon!), and we used small glass cylinders full of candy to house our darling centerpiece sticks featuring the birthday girl’s name. We branded the table with coordinating candy jar tags, food tent cards, and tray liners. The overall look was delightful and made for some very happy little girls!
The birthday girl ate her cake off her personalized melamine plate, and we dressed up simple items like paper cups and straws with coordinating stickers. The color palette was carried throughout the party, and included low tables set with the pink swiss dot tablecloths, and floor pillows made from our custom lilly flower fabric for the girls to sit on.
Activities are key when entertaining children during a party. Caroline LOVES to color, so we created a custom coloring page for the kids to color during the party. Wrapped up and tied with a bow, they looked extra special served up in a bow-embellished tray alongside crayon kits.
We wanted to come up with a unique and special party favor. Along with a box of candy from the dessert table, each young lady chose a hairbow to bring home. Made by Mel-Belles to coordinate with our party, the bows were displayed on custom tags and hung on a board.
July 13th, 2011 |
I’ve always been a fan of party hats, but I don’t think I really, truly fell in love with them until recently when we used them for Francesca’s Bake Shoppe party. Those big, pink flowers….they just made me swoon! Ever since, I’m on a hunt to find unique ones for every party I am working on. I’m sharing a few of them that I have found on etsy with you today…..hope you love them as much as I do!
Images: girly bow party hat, large flower party hat, orange fringe party hat
July 7th, 2011 |
When it comes to decorating for kids parties, sometimes you want to buy a custom banner, and sometimes you just want to make something quick and inexpensive. Parents.com has you covered with ideas….check out these three, simple garland ideas that are perfect for your next party. Using everyday products, such as ribbon, paper and paper cups, you too can make a colorful banner that your kids will love.
June 21st, 2011 |
I recently had the pleasure of working with a mom and daughter to plan a custom party to celebrate Alivia’s 3rd birthday. The theme?! Under the Tuscan Sun. The color palette? Sunflower yellow, rusty orange, moss green and pops of chocolate brown. We created a custom invitation and paper goods for the event, and helped plan the details remotely. I was thrilled to see how darling the party turned out….I hope you enjoy it!
The party took place outdoors on their property in Virginia providing a stunning backdrop, and sunflowers took center stage. Burlap tablecloths, baskets and woven dishes were used to give the party a rustic, natural look. The food buffet included three different types of bruschetta, olives, grapes, cured meats and cheeses, as well as some delicious sweets.
They set up an Italian soda bar with different flavored syrups so the kids could create their own concoctions. The children sat at a small table out in the field, covered with sunflowers and even their own personalized drinking straws!
Photography by Christi Sullivan
June 16th, 2011 |
Lisa from Fancy That sent me this darling Woodland Forest theme party. It is such a popular theme, I figured you would all benefit from seeing how she pulled together some very creative elements. This party was put together for the 9 year old daughter of the owner Bliss Bake Shop. She is in the shop all the time and has seen Lisa putting displays up for tons of themes. She asked for a woodland fairy party with red & purple as the main colors. The inspiration for the party started with the cupcake stand. She had seen a similar stand on pinterest and fell in love with it but couldn’t find the source. So Lisa got some wood and moss and put together her own. The custom fairy bottles were another inspiration. They are best seller in the shop and for the party – they customized the little tags with each little girls name.
On the main party table, the girls had lunch that included Fairy Berries, Snail Swirl Sandwiches, Gnome Walking Sticks (carrots & ranch), and Magical Fairy Juice (sparkling pink lemonade). After their lunch they painted their own little fairy houses. The sweets table included mushroom themed cupcakes and white chocolate dipped marshmallows, both a hit with the kids!
Party favors included a custom fairy dust bottle and a goodie bag with a custom notebook & twig pencil.
Images by Tori Ava
June 1st, 2011 |
To wrap up this little series of posts on our Modern Silhouette party feature from Nesting Newbies Magazine, I thought I would share a couple of my favorite pictures. The photographers had some fun with me and my god-daughter, Mackenzie, who served as my model. She’s one of the little loves of my life, and I had so much fun playing “party” with her that day. I just love how these pictures turned out…..especially the one that Penny Lane, my sweet pup, jumped into!
Images by Sisterazzi Photography
May 31st, 2011 |
We were beyond thrilled to have been asked to contribute a party to the latest issue of Nesting Newbies magazine! I know when I shared the magazine a couple of weeks ago, I promised more images soon…..well, I’ve been busy! But I’m back today with a few posts to show you the amazing details that made up this darling party.
The ladies at Nesting Newbies asked me to put aside the character themes and the princess wands, and create a party that was truly me, my style. Using a series of crisp black and white patterns, and a bold Kelly green, our modern barbie silhouette got a sophisticated update! To define the vertical space of the party room, I hung a pennant banner amongst playful pom pom garlands (which I made with green ribbon and small, black and white pom poms I found at Michael’s) above the tables. (but at a lower-than-normal-height, so the kids would feel like the space was all for them!)
Small tables, perfect for a tea party, were set with custom made white denim tablecloths that had a large black swiss dot ruffle at the bottom. I made coordinating cloth napkins, and set the table with Kelly green glasses and silverware, black plates and my signature centerpiece – white pots full wheat grass and a floral pomander, and topped with centerpiece sticks. Don’t you just love that one, single pop of hot pink in the centerpiece and on our birthday girl!? (who was also wearing a darling stripe hair bow by Mel-Belles)
One of my favorite details of the tablesetting were the placecards on the back of the chairs. Perfectly proportioned to child-size chairs, the guests were delighted to see their names on them! There are still so many details to come! Head on back this afternoon to see the details of the dessert table!
Photography by Sisterazzi Photography