October 25th, 2011 |

The Holidays are *Almost* Here!

We have been busy, busy little elves around here this month.  I have to be honest, I am actually totally excited (and somewhat relieved) that October is coming to a close.  November 1st marks the start of the holiday season in my book, and for us it will bring the launch of WH Hostess’ Holiday Collection, followed by the launch of the holiday issue of TPD Magazine!  It’s going to be an exciting week!  You will also see {very soon} a new and improved whhostess.com.  Better navigation, easier to shop….all good things, my friends!

The holiday collection is by far, my favorite collection to date (especially the photo cards).  It’s colorful, it mixes classic Christmas style with updated patterns, offers a mod twist to Hanukkah, and we have so many darling decorations (like the AMAZING stockings you see below), and gifts at a great price point!

Melamine trays, individual plates, paper coasters (the perfect hostess gift!) and chunky notepads for $18 (they make THE perfect teacher gift!).  So, although we aren’t officially launching the collection until next week…..I’m pretty sure that if you click on the links in this post, you’ll see some pretty exciting products! ;)

Speaking of the big launch….our newsletter subscribers will be receiving a special treat in our newsletter next week.  Are you on the list?  If not, sign up!

 

October 14th, 2011 |

{Pre-Order} TPD Magazine – Holiday

It is with GREAT excitement that I share with you the cover of our upcoming Holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine!  Our biggest issue yet, these 100+ pages are full of simple, stylized ideas perfect for your holiday celebrations.  With contributions from some of the top party bloggers and stylists, d-i-y ideas that are sure to become new family favorites, and party ideas that will make you squeal with delight….I have no doubt you will fall in love with this issue!

The digital issue is set to launch on Monday, November 7th, and our luxe, glossy editions are available now as pre-order in the shop (you can reserve your copy here).  Also, as a side note….the final run of our first and second issues will be happening soon, so if you are still hoping to get your hands on one, order soon!

October 10th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: DIY Halloween Lantern

Our crafty assistant editor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies concocted this darling little DIY project for the Fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine and it’s so cute, we are sharing the simple steps here today, so that you can all do one (or four!) yourselves.  In fact, with the school holiday today, this may be just the project you are looking for to keep everyone occupied!

Step 1

Gather your supplies: glass mason jars, spray paint, paint brush and patterned ribbon

Step 2

Turn the jars upside down on your painting surface and apply several coasts of spray paint according to the manufacturers instructions. Let the jars dry completely.

Step 3

Paint your chosen designs on the outside of the jars with black acrylic paint.  (it may take a couple of coats to get a solid color) We suggest a pumpkin face, spiders, ghost eyes, or bats.  Let it dry completely

Step 4

Optional – apply a coat of high gloss varnish to the outside of the jars.  Glue a patterned ribbon around the top and place a tea light in them to add a nice glow to your holiday party.  Please remember to keep out of reach of children.

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?

 

 

 

October 2nd, 2011 |

GIVEAWAY: Cake Vintage Placemats from Pioneer Linens

We always love a reason to get excited for Mondays….and a giveaway is just that!  Hosted by Pioneer Linens, a premiere linen boutique in West Palm Beach, Florida, this giveaway is sure to get you excited too!

Bedding and bath luxury is Pioneer Linens’ specialty.  Enjoy the personal attention they have been providing since 1912 to those with a passion for fine linens and entertaining. They also have an online shop for all your bath, bedding and tabletop needs. For more information, visit www.pioneerlinens.com.

One of their favorite brands (and mine too!) are the Cake Vintage Placemats.  They are perfect for entertaining, to teach children placemat settings or just easy, tossable placemats for adults and children.

Enter to win a set of these darling placemats by doing one (or all!) of the following:

Become a fan of Pioneer Linens on facebook or follow Pioneer Linens on twitter.  Come back here and leave us a comment as to how you would use these darling placemats.

For extra entries, become a fan of The Party Dress on facebook, or follow us on twitter.

Contest begins NOW and goes thru Thursday, October 6, 2012 at midnight CST.  Good Luck!

September 23rd, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Color My Party by TomKat Studio

We always love seeing what Kim of The TomKat Studio comes up with for her “Color My Party” series in The Party Dress Magazine. This issue does not disappoint with an always-popular black and white color combo.  Perfect for Halloween and for the upcoming holidays!

September 23rd, 2011 |

Stella & Dot Giveaway Winner!

September 22nd, 2011 |

WH Hostess: Halloween Collections!

Halloween is such a fun holiday….the decorations are up for a short period of time, there is no mad-rush to get the gifts bought and wrapped, and it has a way of bringing out the child in everyone!  WH Hostess LOVES a reason for a party….and Halloween is just that.  Whether you are hosting a neighborhood gathering, a kids party, or a ladies “Witches Dinner Party”, we have three new collections that are sure to inspire.

Our Mod Witch Collection was designed with my own holiday celebration in mind….time to gather up my girlfriends for a little ladies night!  A crisp, orange and white clover pattern with a witch silhouette, this collection just makes me smile!

Our Halloween Carnival Collection is cute and colorful and is perfect for a whimsical Halloween party.  Spider webs, a party banner and a pumpkin full of personality, this collection is already a new favorite among my tot friends!

Our Mod Spider collection was featured in the fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine, and we are going to be showcasing all of the festive ideas here on the blog later today.  Perfect for kids and adults alike, this collection is playful and modern all rolled into one pretty party package.

September 19th, 2011 |

GIVEAWAY: Stella & Dot Pearl Bib Necklace

Happy Monday, Everyone!  We are starting today with a fabulous giveaway from Stella & Dot courtesy of Independent Stylist, Maria Ryan.  Stella & Dot offers exclusive, couture style jewelry and handbags coveted by fashion editors and celebrities.  They are only sold online and through trained Stylists at in-home trunks shows (think getting together with girlfriends in your own jewelry boutique at your own home).

I love the idea of gathering my friends for a little jewelry-themed girls night!  How about you?  Here are a few ideas of jewelry-inspired party….


For this giveaway, Maria is giving away the fabulous Isadora Pearl Bib Necklace (valued at $128) to one lucky winner. (pictured above on model)
Here’s how to enter: 

The contest starts NOW and ends Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 11:59pm CST.  To enter, head over to the Stella & Dot website, look at their fabulous collection, and then comment on this post about your favorite item.
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For additional chances to win, you can do each of the following:
  • Become a new fan of Stella & Dot on facebook
  • Become a new fan of The Party Dress on facebook
  • Follow WH Hostess on twitter
  • Sign up to be included in their newsletter
  • Blog, post, or tweet about this giveaway

 

 

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.

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