December 31st, 2011 |

Cheers to 2011 + A Peek into 2012

Happy New Years to all of my amazing readers.  I hope you have all enjoyed a joyful holiday season, time with friends and family, and a little time to relax just for you.  That is exactly what we have been doing this week (which explains the lack of posting).  It was time to re-charge our batteries, un-plug for a bit, and also focus on the details of some BIG upcoming projects that needed my full attention!

I sat down about 4 times this week to compile a year-end post, recapping all of the amazing things that we were able to be a part of in 2011 and truthfully, I couldn’t get past January without the post being 10 pages long.  So, in order to leave some blog space for 2012, I am going to save you from that lengthy post.  However, I am going to tell you that after looking back, I am reminded once again how lucky I am.  Three years ago, I was a retail buyer who *thought* she had her dream job and a secret (okay, maybe not so secret) obsession with paper.

Fast-forward three years and I found a new dream along the way.  We have a blog with a daily readership that SHOCKS me every single time I look at our statistics; 2011 brought the addition of The Party Dress Magazine.   A *test* to see if people would respond….and oh, yes, they responded!  Our digital versions have received 3 million+ page views, and we have shipped out many, (many, many) luxe, glossy editions to happy homes.

WH Hostess flourished beyond my wildest dreams this year.  We were so honored to be a part of so many celebrations.  I truly have the happiest job – I get to design party invitations to celebrate milestone birthdays, birth announcements to help welcome sweet little babies, and holiday cards with our clients darling kiddos on them – like I said, it is truly a happy, happy job.  We had the opportunity to work on some HUGE parties, which were followed up with countless features on some of our favorite blogs including HWTM,  and Amy Atlas to name a couple, HGTV.com, Nesting Newbies, and a “Doer of the Week” feature on Martha Stewart!

2011 is one to go down in the books.  I often ask myself, what’s next?  Can we possibly keep this momentum going?  The short answer is YES!  2012 is going to be full of new daily inspiration on the blog, new issues of the magazine (which just keeps getting better and better!), new, exciting opportunities, new party collections for WH Hostess and the official launch of our wholesale line!

Yup, life is good.  And that is all thanks to you, my lovely readers, clients, and friends.  We cherish each and every relationship we made this year – bloggers, “party girls”, magazine contributors, vendors.  Thank you for making 2011 so amazing…..Cheers to a FABULOUS 2012!

xo

Kelly

 

December 22nd, 2011 |

DIY Cork Hanging Decoration

Whether you are looking for a last minute holiday decoration or are an avid wine drinker….this DIY project is for you!  Virginia Philip Wine Shop & Academy came up with this creative use for corks and I think it would make a great decoration for any cocktail party!  Read on for the DIY instructions from Virginia:

Supplies

1 10” diameter Styrofoam ball

Hot glue gun and plenty of glue sticks

10” thin metal

Tons of corks

Rope and/or metal chains

Instructions

  1. Pierce ball through with thin metal wire until it passes opposite side. Tie one end in knot to secure, and pull back through until knot is firmly stuck at bottom
  2. Start anywhere on the ball and in a single line begin gluing corks to Styrofoam. Place plenty of glue on the bottom of the cork and then stick cork to the ball. Make sure to hold down for a moment to ensure glue is cooling. I suggest doing one long row half way around the ball.
  3. Begin second row of corks slightly off-line with beginning row, making sure to place corks in crevices of two corks
  4. Continue in this pattern so no large spaces are visible. Each row off centered from the previous one, slide in the crevices.
  5. Work one side of ball and then once dry, turn ball over to complete opposite side.
  6. When complete, make a hook with the straight metal and secure to your rope or chain.
  7. Hang at will.

 

December 13th, 2011 |

Mod Hanukkah Dreidel + Free Download!

Our colorful paper dreidel placecards will dress up any Hanukkah dinner table.  So simple to make with our free downloadable template, all it takes is a little cutting and gluing.  Click on the image below for the free printables, and enjoy!

November 28th, 2011 |

Cyber Monday Sale!

WooHoo!  I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend!  We’re pretty excited here at TPD and WH this morning.  We have launched our BRAND NEW whhostess.com website.  Better navigation, clearer options for customers, and stylized checkout process are a few of our favorite new additions.  We hope you like it!

Since it is Cyber Monday and we have a lot to celebrate,  WH Hostess is joining in the Cyber Monday fun for TODAY ONLY with a fun promotion. Shop more, save more.  It’s as simple as that, and the perfect time to place an order for your photo cards or the holiday gifts you have been eyeing.

Restrictions: This offer can not be used towards prior purchases.  It is only valid thru Monday, November 28, 2011.

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!

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