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)

August 1st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Take Off in Style!

We recently had the pleasure of working with one of our repeat customers in Australia  to design the custom party goods for her twin son’s birthday party.  The boys wanted an airplane party with lots of sweets…..and their mom certainly outdid herself!

The pale blue and orange color palette was accented with a jet silhouette and some seersucker stripes (one of my favorite patterns!)  Don’t you love all of these desserts?!  The cakes and cloud cookies are my favorites!

The kids had a great time filling up their goodie bags to bring home!  This darling airplane collection will be added to the shop soon!

July 22nd, 2011 |

Party Planning: Eloise at The Plaza

I always get SUPER excited when I start working on a new project!  Especially when I get to work with a good friend and some other fabulous vendors.  This next project….oh, yea…..I’m excited!!  Our contributor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, is here today to share the inspiration board for her daughter’s upcoming birthday party.   You may remember Madelyn’s colorful-Chinese lantern-Kai Lan character birthday party from last year.  This year, she’s going pink, black and white….and you are just going to LOVE the theme!!  Stay tuned for more posts to come as the planning gets underway…..

We are in the early stages of planning – so if you have any ideas or are a vendor that has a PERFECT product we should consider, please leave a comment!

Images: plaza hoteltable w/runnereloise suiteeloise tea party roomeloisemilk glass, cotton candydessert tablepink cake

 

July 14th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Lilly Flower Birthday

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.

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