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!

May 5th, 2011 |

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Garden Basket

Anyone out there looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift?  The creative genius behind Floral Art LA came up with this idea – a garden box full of supplies for Spring planting.  I love the idea of a useful gift, but in this case – I think I am MORE in love with the presentation of the gift.  Presenting simple gardening items such as a shiny new watering can, garden gloves, some seeds, plants and maybe a new pair of garden sheers in a moss covered box – genius! You can order directly from Floral Art LA – but I think some of you are crafty enough to make this on your own!

May 4th, 2011 |

{Press} Nesting Newbies – Issue 5

We are BEYOND excited to share with you news that we have been keeping quite for some time now.  The fabulous editors of Nesting Newbies Magazine asked us to create a birthday party for their latest issue.  Shot back in November, I have literally been DYING to show off this party!  They asked me to create something that showed off my personal style, so I immediately gravitated towards a classic black & white palette, updated with some clean patterns and my signature pop of green.  Our modern silhouette collection was born.

I had so much fun planning and shooting this party – my god-daughter, Mackenzie, served as our model, and my little pup, Penny Lane, even made it into a shot!  I am absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the spread that the editors of Nesting Newbies put together for us.  Not two, not four, but FOURTEEN pages!  It’s a fabulous issue and I’m so happy to be a part of it.  I encourage all of you to curl up with your morning coffee or a glass of wine and enjoy the 200+ pages of inspiration and ideas.  (our story starts on page 64, if you were wondering!)

I will share some more detailed pictures from this shoot soon, but for now, I do want to thank the fabulous vendors that sent us goodies to use for the shoot…..fondant cupcake toppers by Two Sugar Babies, couture cookies by Allyson Jane, candy from Candy Warehouse, hairbow for the birthday girl by Mel-Belles.  Thank you for the beautiful photography by Sisterazzi Photography, and to Angela at Perfect Look Make-Up for making me camera-ready!

April 6th, 2011 |

Hanging Placecard Display

I’m totally swooning over this hanging placecard display from Salt Harbor Designs……..it somehow looks both classic and modern….pure perfection!

April 5th, 2011 |

{Sponsored Post} Tiny Prints Mother’s Day Cards

Tiny Prints has you covered this year for Mothers’ Day with their Tiny Prints Greeting Card Collection, which lets you create individual personalized cards with photos starting at $1.99. They have cards for everyone in your life from your mom, to your grandmother, sister, daughter or anyone else important to you.  In a matter of seconds, you can create personalized Mother’s Day Cards and have Tiny Prints mail them directly to you or the recipient.  No more running out to your local convenience store for a lame last minute card!  Tiny Prints has removed the hassle and added the fun back into Mother’s Day shopping with a personal touch.

As an extra bonus, from April 6th to April 12th, all Mother’s Day Greeting Cards will be $.99 cents and you can also sign up for a Free Greeting Card Membership, giving you three FREE cards to use right away, as well as discounts on future cards.  Happy Shopping!!

March 21st, 2011 |

The Party Dress Magazine

The Party Dress blog has been inspiring readers since February 2009.  After months of brainstorming, we finally took the plunge into producing a quarterly e-glossy magazine.  Chock full of amazing party ideas, DIY projects, easy entertaining and ideas for Easter celebrations, this first issue of The Party Dress Magazine is sure to become one of your favorite reads!  Enjoy!

This extensive collection of parties and ideas was put together by an amazing group of contributors, and we want to thank each and everyone of them for their hard work and brilliant designs.  We also want to thank our amazing group of advertisers and sponsors.  This first issue has been a great adventure and we can’t wait to get started on the next issue (scheduled to launch in June 2011).  If you are interested in being a contributor or advertiser in our next issue, please contact hostess@thepartydress.net for information.

Contributors

Christi Bennett from P is for Party, Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio from Project Nursery, Kim Stoegbauer from The TomKat Studio, Charynn Olsheski from Two Sugar Babies, Sharnel Dollar, Beth Beattie, Vana Chupp from Le Papier Studio, Tanya Martinez from Save the Date 4 Cupcakes, Maggie Hemsworth from Delish Catering Chicago, and Adrienne Miller and Missy Reedy from Fleurs.

March 16th, 2011 |

DIY: Finial Placecards

L-O-V-I-N-G this colorful idea from Better Homes and Gardens.  Using wood finials from the hardware store, they updated them with a coat of paint and a cute placecard.  A quick, simple project, you can use these painted finials as placecards, sign holders or even buffet cards.  Brilliant!

See the full tutorial here on bhg.com.

March 14th, 2011 |

Colorful Candy Wreath

I have a fascination with candy wreaths.  Okay….let’s be honest, I have a fascination with all things candy and sweets!  But, there is nothing like a well-done candy wreath to really get me excited!  So you can understand my excitement when I found this darling idea from Country Living.  Made of pastel colored jordan almonds, this wreath is the perfect way to welcome Spring, and would make a sweet addition to any Easter celebration.

See the full tutorial here on Country Living.

P.S. Think past Easter, and consider using this concept to create color-coordinated decorations for any type of party.  You can purchase jordan almonds in bulk by color at our favorite online candy resource, Candy Warehouse.  Can’t you just picture a series of monochromatic wreaths hanging in a row as  a back drop to a dessert table!?

March 1st, 2011 |

Happy Birthday! News! Discounts!

It’s a day of celebration here at The Party Dress and WH Hostess!  We are celebrating TPD’s 2nd birthday and WH Hostess’s 1st birthday!  It’s been an amazing year and we have so much to be thankful for.  So, to celebrate…..we are doing a little reflecting, followed by a little celebrating with some BIG news and are finishing it up with a discount code good for TODAY ONLY!

The Party Dress was started in 2009 as a creative outlet for me – a hobby, a place to share my musings about entertaining and throwing parties.  Never in a million years would I have thought that {fast-forward two years} THIS MANY people would want to read what I write everyday.  Nor did I ever imagine that it would inspire a whole new career for me.

WH Hostess was inspired by our daily readers and has grown rapidly in it’s first year of life.  I literally can say that I have the BEST job in the world.  I spend my days creating party ideas, designing and crafting party invitations and accessories for my amazing customers.  In February alone, WH Hostess was a part of over 300 birthday parties, baby and bridal showers all over the US (and a few other countries, as well).  It brings me huge joy to think of all of the happy occasions that we get to be a part of.

So, that being said…..on to the news:

The Party Dress is expanding into a quarterly e-glossy magazine!  Yup, ya heard me….a MAGAZINE!  Chock full of stunning, amazing parties never seen before, DIY entertaining ideas and Easter celebrations – TPD Magazine is going to blow you away!  We have a ridiculously talented group of contributors lined up for this premiere issue and it’s taken all I have not to share this news with you sooner.  A long time in the making, we are so excited to take this next step!  The magazine will launch in just three short weeks on Monday, March 21st.  Are you a subscriber to our newsletter?  If so, you will receive an early preview….so make sure to sign up!

We are so excited and hope you will be too!  And the business side of me also wants to mention that we have just a couple advertising spots left, so if you are interested in being a part of this issue, please e-mail hostess@thepartydress.net.

On to the discounts!  To celebrate the amazing year we have had, we are offering all of YOU a 10% discount on all orders placed on whhostess.com TODAY ONLY!  Enjoy….and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for letting me do what I love to do!

February 28th, 2011 |

WH Hostess Easter Bunny Collection

We are ready to hop into Spring over here at WH Hostess!  It’s so refreshing to see the sudden shift in party themes.  We have gone from shipping out woodland forest creatures, to shipping out more and more bumble bees and lady bugs.  With Easter falling late this year (the end of April!), we think it’s the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for a brunch or egg hunt.  And we have the perfect collection of party goods for you…….

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