September 4th, 2011 |

Giveaway: Madeira Housewares Winner

August 23rd, 2011 |

WH Hostess: Chunky Notepads

Back-to-School isn’t just for kids!  Or at least the school supply shopping shouldn’t be!  ;)  I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I used to count down the days until I could walk through the aisles of freshly stocked notebooks and folders and fill up a cart (probably with way more than I would EVER need!) of brand new items that were sure to start my school year off right.

Well, fast forward 20-25 years and I am STILL obsessed with paper!  And with a busy life, I am constantly making lists.  I have a notepad in every room, in every purse….and am always on the search for the perfect one.  Well, since I couldn’t find it….we decided to make it!

I’m so pleased to introduce you to WH Hostess’s newest product….our 200 page chunky notepads with personalized covers.  A steal at $18 each, these make the perfect gift!  (anyone need to bribe a teacher this week?!)  Listed in the shop with 16+ different covers, these notepads are on fire and will soon be gracing desks across the country.

What’s your favorite pattern?

August 19th, 2011 |

{Pre-Order & Sneak Peek} The Party Dress Magazine

It’s been a busy, busy month here in TPD-land.  We have TONS of amazing parties we are working on and can’t wait to share with you soon.  New party collections for Fall are being uploaded to the shop daily (check out the mod fish, baking party, preppy dino, and circus carnival collections….more to come very soon!), and we are finalizing the layout for the Fall TPD Magazine.  Trust me when I say, you are all going to be blown away with the amazing contributions this issue: fabulous fall ideas for your home and parties, darling Halloween inspiration, and some real parties that will knock your socks off.

Be one of the first to see this issue!  You can pre-order your luxe, glossy issue here.

July 13th, 2011 |

Party Hats

I’ve always been a fan of party hats, but I don’t think I really, truly fell in love with them until recently when we used them for Francesca’s Bake Shoppe party.  Those big, pink flowers….they just made me swoon!  Ever since, I’m on a hunt to find unique ones for every party I am working on.  I’m sharing a few of them that I have found on etsy with you today…..hope you love them as much as I do!

Images: girly bow party hat, large flower party hat, orange fringe party hat

July 12th, 2011 |

Celebrate Kelly’s Birthday with 10% Off

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me…..you know how the song goes, and trust me, you DON’T want to hear me sing it!  To celebrate my birthday today, I am giving each one of YOU a gift!  Today only, enjoy 10% off our entire shop using the discount code: kellysbirthday.  It’s the perfect time to order those melamine plates you have been drooling over, or get a head start on an upcoming party.  Enjoy and happy shopping!

Check back later for a darling post from our contributor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies.

June 28th, 2011 |

Giveaway: Silhouette SD Machine Winner

June 24th, 2011 |

Giveaway: Silhouette SD Machine

It has been a VERY exciting week around here!  First the launch of our new logo and blog re-design, then the launch of our 2nd TPD Magazine, followed up by three exclusive, custom party features by WH Hostess, and then we reached 5000 fans on facebook!  And now…….a SILHOUETTE SD MACHINE GIVEAWAY!  Pretty exciting, right?!

The silhouette machine is a unique tool that will upgrade your crafts or small business to a whole new level.  It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you’ll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs found on the Silhouette Online Store.  Just think of the possibilities!

As you can imagine, I love using mine for paper crafts, but it can do so much more!  Glass etching, temporary tatoos, vinyl decals, scrapbooking….the sky is the limit!

So, let’s get to the good stuff.  Silhouette is offering one reader a Silhouette SD Machine (a $270 value)!  Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment here on what you would make with your machine.  A winner will be chosen at random on June 28th.  Want a few extra entries?

  1. Become a fan of Silhouette on Facebook
  2. Become a fan of The Party Dress on Facebook
  3. View our latest The Party Dress Magazine and leave a comment here what is your favorite article

Can’t wait to see if you won?!  We have a special promo code just for you!  Use the code PARTYDRESS to purchase 1 Silhouette SD Machine and 2 Packages of Temporary Tattoo Paper for just $199 (that’s $120 savings!).  Happy Shopping and Good Luck to all who is entering!

June 20th, 2011 |

The Party Dress Magazine – Issue 2

Today is a happy, happy day in TPD-land!  Not only are we debuting our stunning “new look” but we are also launching the second issue of our magazine!  The incredible reaction we received to the first issue literally blew my mind, and it also gave me the drive to bring you a bigger and better issue this go-around.  We hope you enjoy each and every page of it, and please…..share it with your friends!  You can click on the image above to view the digital version, and click HERE to order your glossy, printed version.

16 AMAZING contributors submitted some of the most beautiful parties I have ever seen, parties that will literally make you squeal with joy, parties that will bring you inspiration for years to come…..thank you to this talented group of women!!

(Christi Bennett of P is for Party, Charyn Olsheski of Two Sugar Babies, Sharnel Dollar, Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff of AndersRuff, Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas, Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio, Sarah Thompson of Style Me Gorgeous, Beth Beattie, Tanya Martinez of Save the Date for Cupcakes, Naomi Henderson and Nathalie Rivet of Scissors.Paper.Cake, Maggie Hemsworth of Delish Catering Chicago, Glory Albin of Glorious Treats, Stacy Brennan of Scrumptious Swirls, Adrienne Miller and Missy Reedy of Fleurs Silk Flowers, and Wendy Hinken of Desire to Decorate)

May 22nd, 2011 |

Get Excited. Get Very Excited!

Some of you may have noticed that we took a little break from blogging last week.  It was a much needed break….let’s be honest, it’s tough to come up with creative ideas every single day!  But, it’s our passion, it’s what we do, and it’s what we are constantly striving to do better.  I would love to tell you that I was sitting on my couch eating bon bons (which is what my husband thinks I do everyday), or better yet off on some tropical vacation.  Alas, I was home and I was working my little butt off!

I wanted to share a bit of what’s going on in our world……

We are BUSY filling orders from WH Hostess, our business has grown like wild fire and we are constantly re-inventing how we do things to handle the amount of orders we are getting!  Trust me, these are wonderful problems and I am thankful every single day for them.

We have a CRAZY amount of parties going on between now and June 15th.  Some of them are local, where it’s all hands on deck to style, while others are all over the country, where our skills come into play by conceptualizing, planning and shipping off party goods for our parents to execute themselves.  We are collaborating with Christi from P is for Party on {wait, let me count…..} 4 parties in the next 3 weeks!  (visit our monkey love, mod safari and little blue car parties to see some of our recent collaborations)

We have some major photo shoots coming up this week, top secret for now…..but more inspiration is coming your way soon!

The next issue of The Party Dress Magazine is launching in just a few short weeks.  Let me tell you….it’s AMAZING!  The quality of work by our amazing contributors literally blows my mind every time I sit down to work on the layout.  DIY ideas, party concepts, amazing products and party features from the very talented Sharnel Dollar, The TomKat Studio, Kara’s Party Ideas, Style Me Gorgeous, Hello Naomi, Le Papier Studio, Save the Date for Cupcakes, Beth Beattie, P is for Party, Anders Ruff, Glorious Treats and Delish Catering Chicago…..to name a few!

We are pre-selling the glossy printed version of the magazine now, and any orders placed before June 1st will ship 2 weeks BEFORE the digital version launches….just a little thank you for being the best readers and customers a girl could have.  So to get your hands on a printed version, click here.  Also, due to popular demand, we are re-printing Issue 1, so if you missed out the first go around, this is your last chance!   The digital version will launch mid-June, and I can’t wait to share all of these amazing ideas with you!

June is going to be an exciting month for us…..not only are we launching the second issue of our magazine, but our blog is getting a facelift!  Yup, a new {and very much improved} The Party Dress is coming your way.  A new look, better user functionality, and all-together, much-needed freshening up.  When I started my little blog back in February 2009, we were just that….a little blog.  Two and a half years later, we’ve grown, we’ve expanded…..we are now a blog, a magazine and a stationery shop.  I can’t wait to unveil our shiny, new look to all you!

As we head into the final weeks of May, I hope you are all having fun planning your summer parties….can’t wait to hear about them and look forward to providing you with countless inspiration in the months to come!

May 9th, 2011 |

WH Hostess: New Summer Collections!

With Summer quickly approaching we are already busy planning summer events!  I thought I would show off a couple of my favorite new collections from WH Hostess, perfect for that summer soiree you are planning!

Nautical themed parties are by far one of our most-requested – and although we still love our very-popular nautical stripe invitation, we decided it was time for an update.  We brought together a combination of mod patterns, nautical stripes and an anchor to create this fresh, new collection.  What I love about it is that it could be used for a birthday party, a baby shower or a summer cocktail party.  It’s ageless and seems to be appealing to so many people!

I have to admit – I’m in LOVE with the little blue whale collection.  I can just picture the sweetest, preppiest birthday party for a precious little boy or girl.  There are so many cute elements to this collection – the sweet wave pattern, the colorful polka dots, and of course, the little blue whale!

Speaking of preppy…..it wouldn’t be summer if we didn’t have SOMETHING inspired by Lilly Pulitzer!  In this case, we decided that our favorite pink & green combo deserved two, cute new collections!  Our preppy alligator and lilly flower collections were born!  Each with their own style and flair, each to become a favorite among sweet little girls!

Summer is all about bright colors – and these collections are too!  We have been getting requests for a cute Pirates & Princess themed collection since the start of WH Hostess – but every time I worked on it, I just never felt it was right.  Well, I think we got it right this time!  A combination of colorful patterns, including polka dots, skull and crossbones, and magical stars, the icons and characters steal the show!  This is a great collection for a double birthday party….especially for twins!

If it’s one thing we like to do around here, it’s create collections that kids can relate too – collections that can inspire full party themes.  We all know how much kids LOVE character birthday parties – but they typically don’t appeal to their stylized moms!  It’s our job to help you plan a party around a theme your tots will recognize and love….but one that you will be excited about style-wise.  This bold, primary-colored collection is perfect for that child that LOVES Sesame Street!  Playful chevrons and polka dots will make the perfect accent to your party.

Summer seems to be a VERY busy time for bridal showers!  We get so many requests for “kitchen shower” themes, that we created a fabulous collection in not one, but two trendy color palettes!  Cobalt blue and fuchsia pink, and yellow and grey – you can’t go wrong with either!  I love the different arrangements of glasses and dishes on these items, and I especially love the mixture of the modern silhouettes and patterns!

Last, but certainly not least, is our Indian summer collection.  Designed for my very own sister’s bridal shower, I truly love the colors and patterns in this group – and think it is perfect for any summer celebration!

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