July 10th, 2014 | Comments

CELEBRATE! ENJOY 20% OFF at WH HOSTESS

BIRTHDAY DISCOUNT 2014As Kelly celebrates the big 3-5 this weekend (yikes!  is that considered middle-aged?!) we invite you to enjoy 20% off your order at WH Hostess.  It’s the perfect time to stock up on stationery, get started on that fall birthday party, expand your wardrobe of Cake Plate Clings, order a set of our fabulous new foil-embossed gift tags, or even get a jump start on your holiday cards and gifts!

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Restrictions: this discount is not valid on previous purchases, custom designs or party plans.  The offer is valid from Thursday, July 10, 2014 – Sunday, July 13, 2014.  CODE: CELEBRATE.

Have a great weekend, everyone!  And Happy Shopping!

June 24th, 2014 | Comments

NEW! FOIL-EMBOSSED GIFT TAGS

preppy personalized foil embossed gift tags by wh hostessWe’re downright swooning over our new foil-embossed gift tags! New to the shop, we offer over 48 fresh, modern designs in two different shapes: luggage and square.  Here’s where it gets exciting….

You choose the design, the paper color, and the ink color.  The possibilities are endless for you to create a custom tag perfect for your style.  It’s the perfect way to add a touch of luxe to your everyday and holiday gifting.

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preppy personalized foil embossed gift tags by wh hostessFoil-embossed paper goods has long been a staple in the luxe stationery category, and we’re so excited to add a fresh, modern look with our preppy designs.  The gold and silver foil offers a sophisticated look on any paper color, and we LOVE the look of matte white ink stamped on colored tags.  Perfect for tying on a hostess gift, birthday presents and for holiday gifting – we hope you have fun with this new product!

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June 19th, 2014 |

INTRODUCING….. PLACECARD CLINGS!

personalized placecard clings by wh hostessDress up your next event with our new, personalized placecard clings. Our new “Celebration Clings” are an addition to our Cake Plate Clings line, and allows you to add a fashionable element to centerpieces or glassware at any event, by clinging to your glasses without adhesive.

Care is simple: peel the cling off your glasses after use, hand-wash with warm water (if needed) and store flat for future use.

These darling placecard clings are 2″ round in size, already available in a variety of colors and designs (many more coming to the shop soon!) and can be personalized with your guests names. They fit perfectly on a water glass or wine glass!

See them used at our Preppy Animals Baby Shower here.

June 9th, 2014 |

4th OF JULY CAKE PLATE CLINGS | ORDER NOW!

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Summer brings a whole new collection of red, white and blue Cake Plate Clings to WH Hostess.  Dress up your 4th of July BBQs, summer picnics and clambakes with these festive decorative liners.  Cake Plate Clings {patent-pending} are reusable, non-adhesive, slide-free and printed with environmentally-friendly ink and materials.  They are the perfect accessory to your dessert table or buffet, and also make a fabulous gift!
Order your patriotic Cake Plate Clings this week in order to guarantee delivery for the 4th of July! And don’t forget about summer parties….it’s time to start planning your summer soirees!  We have a fabulous assortment of party invitations and paper goods for kids partiesbaby showers and summer bbqs!
May 28th, 2014 |

NEW PRODUCT: CENTERPIECE CLINGS

boy puppy party centerpiece clingWhen a new product hits the shop, I get excited!  This product – well, it was one of those hit-yourself-on-the-forehead-and-say “Duh!  Why didn’t we do these before!?” products.  Centerpiece Clings.  Yup, a smaller version of our popular Cake Plate Clings that can be used on your basic, everyday vases, glasses and hurricanes to create a custom-looking centerpiece that is party-ready.

navy monogram centerpiece cling verticalCenterpiece Clings have been added to each of our popular party collections.  Everything from our sweet little monkey, to our classic puppy party doghouse, to our princess silhouette, and crisp monograms (in SO MANY different color combinations) – each one offers a unique accent for our boy and girl theme parties, baby showers and more.girl monkey centerpiece clingpastel princess centerpiece clingturq sunrise monogram centerpiece cling

Just like our Cake Plate Clings, a patent-pending product from WH Hostess, Centerpiece Clings are a novel series of decorative linings/accessories designed for cake stands, pedestals and serving dishes, and now we can add vases to the list!  Centerpiece Clings are washable, reusable, non-adhesive, slide-free, residue-free and printed with environmentally friendly ink and material.

peeling off cling horizontalCenterpiece Clings add a fashionable element to party decorations by clinging to your centerpiece vessels without adhesive. Clings can be customized for individual needs, by including initials, monograms or sayings. Care is simple: peel the cling off your serving piece after use, hand-wash with warm water and store flat for future use.

April 29th, 2014 |

DANIEL’S BIRTH ANNOUNCEMENT by WH HOSTESS

ba side angleWhen it came time to announce my first son’s birth, I had to do it in a stylish way!  I wanted to create a classic birth announcement that had my signature touch of preppy pizzazz – but would still look current when Daniel looks back on it 20 years from now.  His birth inspired our latest collection, “BABY by WH HOSTESS“, a series of perfectly preppy birth announcements, baby stationery and baby shower party collections that will make every mama drool.  And his birth announcement is just a peek of our new collection, which is getting added to the shop weekly….

front and backI wanted to showcase more than one photo of my sweet boy, although didn’t want it to look too busy.  So I created an announcement with a gate fold, and a simple blue and white greek key front, and a collage back featuring 9 photos of Daniel with our family.  Inside opened up to a large picture of my little angle, flanked by lattice patterned sides that shared all of his birth stats.

birth announcementDaniel’s announcements were mailed the week of Christmas, and since I didn’t want to send out a separate Christmas card, I tied each announcement with striped ribbon and a small card featuring a photo of the three of us with the words “we believe”.  These two, powerful words meant a lot to us after our 5 year mission to start a family, and then Daniel’s early arrival and 6 week stay in the NICU.

One of my personal favorite things we do for clients is full-color envelope printing.  For these, I framed out the addresses with the coordinating greek key border and absolutely LOVED how they turned out!

birth announcement envelopes (web)I hope you enjoyed this peek into Daniel’s birth announcements and would love for you to take a peek at our new baby birth announcement collection.  We’ll be featuring some of the new designs tomorrow on the blog….so check back soon!

April 27th, 2014 |

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS by WH HOSTESS

preppy personalized mother's day gifts from wh hostessMother’s Day is just around the corner and we love celebrating the special women in our lives with preppy, personalized gifts from WH Hostess.  Order this week to guarantee shipment in time!  Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

1. Personalized Lucite Trays (available in two different sizes, and tons of fabulous, preppy patterns – these are a perfect gift for the mom who loves to entertain or decorate her home)

2. Personalized Ceramic Mugs (gorgeous, ceramic mugs with darling patterns and can be personalized with a name, initial or monogram….what’s not to love?!)

3. Cake Plate Clings (our decorative liners for cake stands, pedestals and serving pieces, available in countless patterns!)

4. Personalized Stationery (everyone loves getting snail mail, so make sure you have gorgeous stationery in your repertoire for those special occasions)

5. Personalized Chunky Notepads (at $18 each, our chunky notepads make the perfect gift for just about anyone!)

March 5th, 2014 |

2013 | A BABY & A BOOK

I’m a little behind these days.  Clearly, since it’s March and I’m just getting around to writing my end of the year post.  Please accept my apologies for my sparse posting over the last 6 months.  2013 threw me a curve ball, and my focus was pulled in a couple unexpected directions:  I had a baby and I published a book.  Yup, that pretty much sums up my year.  But keep reading for a few more details…..

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For those of you that have followed me for the last 5 years, you know that this blog has been an extension of me – I shared my ideas, my work, and what was happening in my life.  The one thing I didn’t share was my journey to become a mother.  I won’t bore you with the details; all I will say is that after 5 years, we welcomed a baby boy in October.  Daniel Joseph, III was born 8 weeks early and we spent the next 6 weeks in the NICU with him at Chicago’s amazing Prentice Hospital.  He finally came home with us early in December and we have been living happily ever after ever since.

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I know the majority of my readers are mothers, so I know you all can relate to the emotions, excitement, stress, and lack of sleep that comes with having a newborn.  He is such a good baby – I’m a lucky, lucky mama for so many reasons!  He is now 4 months old and absolutely thriving, so sweet, so happy and if I do say so, THE cutest baby I have ever laid eyes on (but I’m partial….).  I thank God every single day that I was chosen to be his mama, and literally can’t keep my hands off him, or stop kissing his chubby little cheeks.  I swear his first words are going to be “stop it, mom!” It certainly has been an adjustment, but I’m slowly getting the hang of being a working-mother-from-home.  Some days.  And some days, I feel like I’m not doing ANYTHING well.  But that’s life and all I can do is keep trying to find that perfect balance as we settle into life now as a family of three.

After I announced Daniel’s birth on facebook and instagram, I received TONS of comments, e-mails and messages from friends, fans and readers – no one even knew I was pregnant.  Friends, that was not a mistake.  And what I told each of them was this…. “Thank you for your enthusiasm over the birth of my son! Please don’t feel bad you didn’t know I was expecting.  I did my best to keep this part of my life quiet online.  After 5 years of trying to become a mother, I wasn’t ready to share my excitement, hopes, and fear with everyone until he was born.”  It was so hard for me to keep this exciting part of my life a secret for so long, which is why I let blogging fall to the side.  I’m typically an open book on here, but last year – well, I just wasn’t ready to be.  I hope you all understand!

I hope you follow along with me on Instagram and enjoy seeing my little guy grow “big and strong”!

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At the end of 2012, I announced that I had signed a book deal and would be publishing a kids’ party book in 2013.  Boy, was this a HUGE under-taking.  It took months of planning, writing and photographing to come up with the complete manuscript.  Luckily, the physical part (photoshoots) were completed before I was put on partial bed-rest with my pregnancy.  My book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, launched the end of December and I’m so thrilled with the response I have received.  We did a big Pinterest Party with my favorite party-blogger friends in January – if you didn’t join in on the fun then, you can still check out the pinterest board HERE – there are so many great ideas for kids’ parties on them.  We have had so many blogging friends share sneak peeks of the 12 different chapters over the last month, and I’m so grateful to them for helping spread the word.  Please check them out here:

I have a few more fun events up my sleeve with the book this year, so stay tuned for more details!  For now, if you would like to pick up a copy, you can do so here:

Find the Book Online at whhostess.comamazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com and also in stores across the country (including Michael’s!)

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Back to blogging!  I have so many new parties, new stationery collections and entertaining ideas to share with you.  It might not be every day…but posting will start to resume more frequently around here!

Along with the birth of my little man came a few exciting events: my baby shower and his baptism!  And I can’t wait to share the photos with you! Because he shocked us with his early arrival, my baby shower was actually a week AFTER he arrived!  It was thrown by my mother, sister and three best friends and was absolutely gorgeous.  And I also have Daniel’s baptism to share with you – a fun blue, green and white dessert table, included!

WH Hostess is still operating fully (and probably more efficient at this point!) and we’re adding in new products every week.  New kids’ party collections (like this DARLING new puppy party), new stationery designs, new Cake Plate Cling patterns, and a whole new BABY by WH HOSTESS collection of baby shower invitations and paper goods, stationery, birth announcements (coming soon!) and baptism & christening invitations.  Clearly you can see where my head has been recently! ;)

Thank you to everyone for following along on my journey and I hope you will stick around to see what this next chapter holds!

kelly

 

February 7th, 2014 |

PINTEREST PARTY SUCCESS!

pinterest boardWell, last night was certainly fun!  Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Stylish Kids’ Parties Pinterest Party to launch the book.  It was great fun to get together with this little community of party bloggers that have become friends over the last 5 years and celebrate this project.  After working on it for a year, I love being able to share it with all of you now!  The board has over 400 pins, all related to creative {and stylish!} ideas for kids’ parties.  If you weren’t able to join in the fun last night, I definitely suggest checking out the board today!

Thanks to my party girls for pinning their little hearts out!

instagram co-hostsLynlee’s Petite Cakes  |  The Celebration Shoppe  |  Shop Sweet Lulu  |  Project Nursery  |  Pizzazzerie  |  CupcakeMAG  |  Le Papier Studio  |  Giggles Galore  |  The Party Wagon  |  Pen ‘n Paperflowers  |  Anders Ruff  |  A to Zebra Celebrations  |  Kate Landers Events  |  Swanky Chic Fete  |  Celebrations at Home  |  Petite Party Studio

February 3rd, 2014 |

YOU’RE INVITED! STYLISH KIDS’ PARTIES PINTEREST PARTY

stylish kids parties pinterest launch partyFriends!  To celebrate the launch of my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, I am hosting a Pinterest Party THIS Thursday with some of my favorite party bloggers!  We’ll be pinning ideas for creative kids’ parties: decor, food ideas, theme ideas, and DIY projects galore.  It’s sure to leave you inspired and pinning eye candy galore!

Here’s how to get involved:

Follow the party board here, and follow along Thursday night from 8-9pm CST.  You can repin our ideas, comment on them (tell us how you would use the idea, change it up, or if you have another idea for it!), and even create your own board titled “Stylish Kids’ Parties” and pin ideas for us to see.  Make sure to use the hashtag #stylishkidsparties so we can follow along on your board too!

A big thanks to my wonderful co-hosts – we can’t wait to “party” with you on Thursday!

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