November 26th, 2011 |

Fabric-Wrapped Wine

To continue with the fabric gift wrapping from yesterday, I thought I would share one of my favorite hostess gift ideas from the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  A bottle of wine is always my stand-by hostess gift, whether heading to a friend’s home for dinner, or attending a large holiday party.  Dress it up this holiday season, by wrapping it in a a piece of festive fabric.  It’s cute, colorful and will definitely stand out from the crowd!

 

November 25th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Gift Wrapping with Fabric

The holiday shopping season officially begins today!  Have you started your shopping yet?!  To help you creatively package your holiday finds, Vana Chupp from Le Papier Studio came up with some great ideas for gift wrapping with fabric for the latest issue of TPD Magazine.  Here are some ideas from Vana….

Gift wrapping is something I enjoy doing especially when using my favorite papers and fabrics. You can get as creative as you like when it comes to gift wrapping. I am sure you already have a few creative ideas to call your own that were learned along the way or even passed down to you from previous generations. I love using a favorite handmade stamp to personalize my wrapping paper. Repurposed paper works great as it adds character to presents. My all time favorite is fabric gift wrapping, also known as furoshiki.

This eco-friendly way of wrapping gifts is great because you can give recycled, re-purposed fabrics a whole new and brilliant use.

Make sure you pick the items to be wrapped before cutting the fabric. The fabric has to be just the right size to create a perfect looking present. I like to mix various fabrics, decorative papers and twine or ribbon to create a layered look. Go for coordinating colors and designs – it will set the tone for a sophisticated packaging for your gifts.  Once wrapped add trimmings and gift tags to your presents for a more personal touch.

Materials used:
Letterpress Gift Tags
Holiday Fabric

 

November 10th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Photo Tips for Holiday Cards

I spent my week down in Houston at our Holiday trunk show working with families to design {the perfect} holiday card, and have been talking “pictures” all week long!  It’s that time of year, where every single family I know is trying to get {the perfect} shot to use for their holiday card.  Whether you are taking the pictures yourself, or having a professional photographer capture your little ones….we could all use some tips!

Photographer, Laura Winslow, offered up some fabulous advice in the Holiday issue of TPD Magazine.  Words of wisdom to help you get thru the stress of it and come out with a perfect picture that captures your family’s personality.

November 7th, 2011 |

The Party Dress Magazine – Holiday

It is with GREAT excitement that we launch the first Holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine!  110+ pages full of ideas for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years and winter entertaining.  Recipes, gift ideas, fabulous decor and even a free downloadable printable or two, this magazine will have you bookmarking ideas left and right!

I hope you all enjoy this issue….and please, pass it on to your friends!  You can purchase a luxe, glossy copy of the magazine in the shop.

This issue was made possible by the amazingly talented group of contributors we partnered with.  My assistant editor, Charyn Olsheski of Two Sugar Babies, Maggie Hemsworth of Delish Catering Chicago, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio, Christi Bennett of P is for Party, Beth Beattie, Jill Thomas of Modern Cupcake, Laura Winslow, Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home, Rebecca Propes and Shannon Helliker of Fresh Chick Design Studio, Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff of AndersRuff, Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio, Stefanie Richter of Anna & Blue Paperie, Jessica Kirkland of Pen ‘n Paperflowers, Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio of Project Nursery, Allyson Harvey of Allyson Jane Designer Desserts, Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments, Laura Grim and Lindsey Ter Har of Double Take Event Styling, and Leanne Ambrogio of Sweet Style by Mrs. A in the Cove.

 

November 1st, 2011 |

Introducing….Holiday 2011!!

It is with GREAT excitement that I launch the 2011 Holiday Collection from WH Hostess!  This collection is so festive, so colorful and so…US!  Bold chevrons, colorful clover patterns, a modern ikat and classic holiday patterns adorn holiday photo cards, party goods and gifts.  If you are one of our newsletter subscribers, you received a little gift in your inbox this morning celebrating the launch!

Photo cards are the sweetest way to send your family’s holiday wishes.  Our collection includes 40+ designs for Christmas, Hanukkah and so many colorful options for a combination of the two!  Our cards are printed on a luxe, thick cardstock (almost double the weight of most stationery brands) with rich colors and a nice smooth hand.  Each design has a coordinating return address label to dress up your envelopes.

When it comes to gift-giving, I find that I am always in need of those “price-point” gifts.  You know, the $20 teacher gift, the simple hostess gift, the under $50 gift for your sister or best friend.  We worked really hard this season to bring you SO MANY fun options! Dress up your gifts this season with a colorful gift sticker, offered in so many darling patterns, trust me…it will be tough to just choose one!

Attending a party this season?!  Our favorite hostess gift is a set of paper coasters (personalized, of course).  At just $15 per set of 36, you can pair them with a bottle of champagne!

My favorite gift is our chunky notepads.  At $18, this 200 page notepad is THE perfect teacher gift, office-friend gift, or a little “just because” gift for a friend.

Melamine plates are (and probably always will be) one of our favorite products.  It’s so fun to see our designs translated into dishes!  In addition to our broad assortment of children’s plates, we added a bunch of festive patterns into the shop.  I love that they look perfectly jolly during the holidays, but most of the patterns can continue to be used during the year too.  At $24 each, they make a fabulous gift and a lovely way to present Christmas cookies to a neighbor.

A new addition this year are our melamine trays.  These are FABULOUS.  12″ square, with handles on both sides, they are available in a huge assortment of patterns….and at $48 each, it’s the perfect price point for a holiday gift.  (PS – I just learned that they stack really well for storage!)

Last, but certainly not least are our exclusive collection of patterned holiday stockings.  We are IN LOVE with these and consider them a must-have!  Dress your mantel with all different patterns or hang an individual stocking on your child’s bedroom door.  (There is even an option to add a monogram!)

I hope you will all explore our new collection and pass it on to any friends you think may enjoy it!

The holiday edition of The Party Dress Magazine is shipping this week!  There is still time to order your copy (here).

Happy Holidays and Happy Shopping!

October 30th, 2011 |

{Giveaway} Le Papier Studio Winner!

October 26th, 2011 |

{Giveaway} Le Papier Studio

It’s giveaway time!  We are thrilled to introduce you to the holiday collection by Le Papier Studio….and thrilled to be *the first* blog showcasing their unique holiday items!  For those of you who may not be familiar with them, Le Papier Studio specializes in illustrating unique custom silhouettes. Vana’s charming silhouettes will capture your treasured memories for years to come, and are offered on a collection of gift items this season that you are sure to love!

Take a scroll thru some of these darling gift items, and then check out the giveaway rules at the bottom!

We carry our phones everywhere, so why not accessorize them to match your style?  Personalize your case in Le Papier Studio’s signature designs by choosing one of their patterns, as well as your choice of silhouette/s. For a truly unique gift, you can even choose to have a custom silhouette/s to be drawn from your pictures.  (Available for iPhone 3G/3GS, iPhone 4, iPod Touch, Blackberry Bold 9700 and Blackberry Curve 8520)

We are all constantly looking for that perfect gift at the perfect price point…and Le Papier Studio’s 2012 CD Calendar is just that.  It will capture your heart with its elegant and whimsy illustrations. Designed to be used as a desk calendar, this lovely product comes in a CD case. Give it away as the perfect gift or display it on your workspace for a touch of color and romance.  And at $16, it makes a lovely hostess gift or teacher gift.

An update to the traditional Christmas ornament, this one is crafted by hand by Paloma’s Nest utilizing fine pure white clay. Silhouettes are applied elegantly by Le Papier Studio, and at $30 a piece they make a lovely gift that is sure to be cherished for years to come.

Giveaway

Love these gift items as much as we do?  Then enter to win a $50 shop gift certificate!  Contest begins NOW and ends Friday, October 28th at midnight CST.  Good luck!

To enter:

Take a look around Le Papier Studio’s holiday collection and leave a comment here on what is your favorite item.

For a bonus entry:

Head over to facebook and become a fan of Le Papier Studio (leave Vana a comment and let her know we sent you!)

 

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.

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