September 15th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Baking Party {Part II}

Our baking party feature from the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine continues with all of the sweet details of our cheerful dessert table.  Charynn and I crafted colorful cake stands  to complete the look of this table (be on the lookout for the DIY tutorial later this afternoon), which highlighted a variety of custom desserts.  A coordinating pennant banner crisscrossed across the wall as a backdrop, and we spray-painted a vintage chalkboard turquoise to list off the specials of the day.

We dressed up a store-bought cake with a few charming decorations by Two Sugar Babies: a fondant number 5 and cherries were placed on top of the cake, and Charynn placed two rows of red hot candies around the side of the cake to add a touch of color.

A colorful “malt ball shoppe” was placed center stage, with clear canisters full of candy.  Each embellished with ribbon and a circle tag featuring the coordinating images from our baking party collection, and signage was placed in a lucite box frame.

It wouldn’t be a party (especially a baking party!) without cupcakes!  Grouped together on one large cake stand, or placed on the individual ones, these cupcakes looked extra special with darling, coordinating toppers by Two Sugar Babies.

Darling cookies from Sugarbelle’s, glass jars full of colorful ribbon candy were adorned with candy jar tags, and jumbo marshmallows {dipped in chocolate and sprinkles} wore coordinating cupcake toppers.

In addition to their malt balls, guests each took home a “cupcake in a jar”.  So simple to make, simply layer cake and frosting in a mason jar, top with some ribbon, a gift tag and voila!  The perfect end to a darling party.

September 15th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Baking Party {Part 1}

When planning a birthday party for a bunch of little girls,what could be more fun than a baking party full of sweet treats and activities?!  I partnered up with my fav baking pro, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies to create a whimsical event full of charm for the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.
A custom collection of paper goods from WH Hostess set the color palette for the party, and we played off the polka dot and cherry patterns for decorations. The tables were set with a custom table runner made out of our cherry pattern fabric, polka dot placemats and silverware “pockets” made from oilcloth, and each girl had her name on a miniature rolling pin (a very simple DIY project using my trusty Silhouette machine).  The centerpieces consisted of apothecary jars stacked full of baking liners.

Cookie and cupcake decorating served as an activity, and the main attraction was the bake shoppe dessert table. You will have to head back this afternoon for all of the sweet details!

September 15th, 2011 |

DIY Colorful Cake Stands

These colorful cake stands stole the show in our baking party dessert table!  You, too, can create these….simple steps, inexpensive materials and quick turnaround time….and the best part is, you can make them to match any color palette!

Supplies: wood candlesticks, wood circle plaques, gloss spray paint, spray paint primer, wood glue or epoxy

Step 1: If needed, sand imperfections from woodpieces and apply base coat according to the manufacturer instructions. Base coating your pieces allows for a more even coverage of the wood. Let dry.

Step 2: Apply several coats of spray paint to evenly cover the candlestick and both sides of the wood circle plaque. Let dry.

Step 3: Glue the pieces of the stand together, measuring and marking the center of the plaque if needed. Use a heavy book to maintain even pressure on the pieces. Let dry completely.

Step 4: Enjoy your cake stand! Please remember that most paints are not food safe and something must be used between food and stand.

September 9th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Tea for Three (Part II)

We are back with even more darling details from our featured tea party today.  There were so many darling sweets – cookies from Allyson Jane, fondant petifore toppers by Two Sugar Babies, gorgeous cakes by Knolle Cakes, cake pops by Cuter than Cake, and chocolate-covered oreos by Sweeties By Kim.

We designed coordinating food tent cards and tags to brand the table…..don’t you just love the ruffled tablecloth!?

The birthday girls each had their own cake with candles to blow out and make a wish on.  Check out their darling party dresses by Racheal Calzada, accessorized with a birthday crown, of course.

The ladies invited their guests to join them in getting beautiful at manicure and make-up stations.  How darling are these little “shops” with awnings made from our custom fabric?

September 9th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Tea for Three

What can I say?!  I am so fortunate to work with so many sweet, talented families when it comes to party planning.  I’m a pretty lucky girl that I get to design cute party goods for a living….and even luckier when  they are used in such an amazingly beautiful way.  I’m always thrilled to show off parties that we were able to be a part of….which is exactly what we are doing today!  There are so many details to this party, we are going to split it up into two posts.

This tea party was hosted by one of my favorite clients for her three daughters.  You may remember seeing Gracie’s preppy pink and green birthday party from last year, or their darling Halloween party.  She approached me to create a custom collection of party goods and fabric for the party.  A tea party for her three daughters, with a turquoise and pink color palette.  You can see the suite of paper goods above.  Part of her request was for custom fabric….and as you start scrolling down throughout the pictures, you can see what a large role the patterned fabric played.

What I love about this party is that she took the pattern and color palette and ran with it….and made most of the decorations herself!

I thought the table runners were going to be my favorite (note the pink stripe border on them matches the napkins!), but I am just dying over how cute the pink fabric looks tied around the chairs in a bow.

Tea cups, pink roses, and some coordinating paper goods tied the look together.  We’ll be back later today with the details of the activity stations and desserts!

Photography by Wendy Updegraff Photography

August 30th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Preppy Dino

One of the best parts of my job is receiving e-mails from happy clients.  I love hearing that their party went well and that we were able to help make it a little extra special!  I was thrilled to receive photos from our client, Joanna, this week showing images from her son’s recent  birthday party.  And even more thrilled to see the party featured on Amy Atlas yesterday!

The party was for Wyatt’s 4th birthday incorporating his most recent obsession… DINOSAURS!  The party was held in their backyard in Laguna Hills, CA.  Joanna came to us to create a custom suite of party goods with a blue, green and orange color palette.  Throw in a few mod patterns (including a colorful chevron that I am just smitten with) and some creative wording, and our preppy dino collection was born!

The colorful chevron and blue tile pattern were carried throughout the party into signage, banners, water bottle labels and accessories.  I love how creative Joanna got with the wording of her signs – everything was based around dinosaur names.

The dessert table was cute and colorful.  The vertical space above the table was defined with a coordinating pennant banner and colorful paper lanterns.  The bright linens really made the food pop, and the themed sweets were just darling!

Cupcake toppers from our preppy dino collection stood atop cupcakes in orange wrappers, striped candy in blue, orange and green were placed in candy jars with personalized tags, and then there was the cake.  The cake held center stage on the table and was made by Blackmarket Bakery.  Two Sugar Babies created the fondant dinosaurs and chevron letters that spelled out “Wyatt” to dress up the cake….isn’t it darling!?

Images by Lollipops & Slingshots Photography

August 25th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Carnival 1st Birthday

I had the pleasure of working with a client this summer to plan a custom first birthday party for a little girl named Estella.  A carnival theme was chosen early on and my client asked me to come up some festive designs that were colorful and playful.  We designed a collection of paper goods that includes polka dots, a diamond pattern, colorful stripes and THE cutest circus carnival tent you can imagine (if we do say so ourselves!).  We now have a the full collection of items up in the shop, including invitations, decorations, dessert table accessories, melamine plates and fabric by the yard.

As you can see, Estella’s mom pulled together a darling dessert table featuring themed sweets.  We created a tile backdrop featuring all of the coordinating patterns, and a striped birthday cake featuring a fondant banner held center stage.  Coordinating cupcake toppers, candy jar tags, food tent cards and signage helped to brand the table.  The birthday girl had her own special cake served on our melamine plate.

Typical carnival food was served: burgers, french fries served in individual cups with stickers on them, and summer beverages (lemonade and iced tea) were placed in glass bottles with custom labels.  It was a hot summer day, so water bottles with our labels were a hot ticket item!

The yard was decorated with colorful balloons, banners, and centerpieces made of candy and dressed up with our centerpiece sticks. The kids were all given party hats to wear at the party, and there were bubble tins and cotton candy bags readily available for the taking.

Kids had a blast getting their face painted and with the balloon artist.  One of my favorite details was the “photo booth” – we created a large, colorful polka dot backdrop that hung for guests to be photographed with.

This was such a festive and fun party to plan and I just love how it turned out.  I hope you enjoyed a peek into Estella’s first birthday!  To view all of the items in this collection, please click here.  For more information about our custom party planning options, please click here.

August 22nd, 2011 |

Back-to-School Treats: Apples

It’s back-to-school time around here this week, and you know what that means….time to dig out some apples to bring to your child’s teacher.  Instead of the always-appreciated, healthy fruit this year, how about starting the year off with a bit of a sugar rush?!  I love these creative ideas for sweets that look like apples. Cookies, cupcakes, and even red rice crispy treats!  What’s your favorite treat to bring to teachers?

Images: apple rice crispy treat (gourmetmomonthego.com), apple cookies (hellonaomi.com), apple cupcakes (parents.com)

August 22nd, 2011 |

Back-to-School Parties from Around the Web

With kids are starting back to school this week here in Chicago, it’s a great time to throw a party to kick off a new school year.  There has been some darling inspiration around the web and I just had to share it with all of you.  This first one was thrown by Just Call Me Martha.  Using free printables from Birds Party, she styled a crisp, classic dessert table – I just love the pop of red and apple green!

AndersRuff styled a vintage schoolhouse party….and oh, my…..these shots of children are just.darling!  Their back-to-school printables collection is in their shop and is perfect for dressing up those first brown bag lunches of the year.  Head over to see more pics on Hostess with the Mostess and on their blog.

Always one for thinking outside of the box, One Charming Party put together a full dessert table featuring all school supplies.  The pencil “cake” full of rubberbands sold me!  You can check out all of the creative food ideas and cute ways to package supplies for friends and teachers on their blog.

August 16th, 2011 |

Project Nursery: Sweet Shoppe

Sweet Shoppe birthday parties are all the rage right now….they fit in perfectly with the dessert table trend.  I am sharing ideas and inspiration for a candy-themed birthday party over at Project Nursery this week.  Check it out!

Images: sweet shoppe party invitation (tinyprints.com), paisley curtain panel (laylagrayce.com), lollipop decorations (hwtm.com), daisy pomander ball centerpiece (countryliving.com), gumball party favors (Little Beans Boutique)

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