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.
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.

September 12th, 2011 |

The Party Dress Magazine – Issue 3

It is with great excitement that I introduce you to the third edition of The Party Dress Magazine.  Each issue is a true labor of love – with articles from amazingly talented contributors – so it’s a true thrill to see the final product.  This edition of the magazine is full of delightful parties,  simple ideas on how to make everyday a celebration, and Halloween style that you are sure to love.

As I am sure you can tell, producing this magazine quarterly takes a lot of work.  So I am thrilled to announce…..The Party Dress Magazine has a new assistant editor!  Our contributor and the fondant guru behind the uber-successful Two Sugar Babies, Charynn Olsheski, joined me this issue and I am so grateful.  Her style, enthusiasm and ability to talk me down off a ledge has made her an invaluable addition to this team, and will help me take TPD Magazine to the next level.

Our amazing list of contributors this issue include some VERY talented chicks.  Beth Beattie, Christi Bennett from P is for Party, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio, Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home, Maggie Hemsworth of Delish Catering Chicago, Jessica Kirkland of Pen ‘n Paperflowers, Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas, Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio, Shannon Helliker & Rebecca Propes of Fresh Chick Designs,  Glory Albin of Glorious Treats, and Jill of Modern Cupcake.  We have an incredible list of advertisers in the book, and I encourage to check out each and every one of them!

I do hope you enjoy this issue!

You can purchase a luxe, glossy edition in our shop here.

September 7th, 2011 |

Monochromatic Medallions

I’m always looking for new, interesting ideas for back drops for dessert tables or party set ups.  I am totally drawn in by this wall of white medallions I found on Country Living.  I think it could make such an elegant look for a wedding or bridal shower!

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.

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