January 4th, 2011 |

Project Nursery: Party Themes for the New Year

Looking for party theme ideas for this year?!

Head on over to Project Nursery to catch my latest post and ideas on what the hottest themes will be in 2011.

December 31st, 2010 |

2010: Reflection on a Fabulous Year

2010 has been one AMAZING year for us.  Plain and simple, it’s going down in the books as the start of some amazing things.  I wanted to take a few moments out of my holiday break to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every reader that has been a part of this daily journey with me, and to reflect on all of the wonderful things that have happened this year.  I hope you will join me for a quick walk down memory lane….

The Party Dress has been providing daily party inspiration for {almost} two years now!  Inspiration boards, real party features, creative food ideas and new must-try products.  For me, it provides a creative outlet – for our readers, I hope it inspires each of you to get creative in your daily life.  Our readership continues to grow and we have had the privilege of showcasing parties from some seriously talented people!  We have had countless websites link to our ideas, and was named one of Nesting Newbies top 10 websites!

We have an amazing support system of some fabulous sponsors, including The Celebration Shoppe, Munchkin Designs, Busy Bee Paperie, Luna Bazaar, Curly Cue, Tiny Prints, Wedding Paper Divas, Minted, Beau-Coup, Tea Collection, Plates & Napkins, Paper Culture, The Land of Nod and Layla Grace.

Our biggest news this year was a mention in the November 2010 issue of InStyle Magazine.   I’m going to share a quick little story with you…  I was on vacation when I received the news that The Party Dress was going to be included in a “best of the web” section in InStyle.  My husband and I took a much needed trip to Maui, back to where we honeymooned just a couple years ago.  I PROMISED him I would stay off my e-mail and website (and facebook and twitter) for that whole week.  But let’s be real….I run two internet-based companies….there was no way I could completely ignore it!  So one afternoon, I hid my phone in the beach bag and as soon as he disappeared into the ocean to jump some waves, I pulled it out for a little “me” time.  And there it was – and e-mail with the biggest media news we had ever received.  InStyle knew who we were…..and they were going to list us in their magazine!  I couldn’t have been any more excited!  And of course, had to fess up to checking my e-mail when my husband emerged from the ocean….

Probably the biggest news of 2010 was the launch of our social stationery company, WH Hostess.  Pulling from my roots in graphic design,  my retail buying/merchandising experience, and my love for all things party, I decided to launch a new website featuring fresh, modern stationery that would reflect my style and work with ideas that I showcase daily on The Party Dress.  My goal was to design invitations that would inspire full party themes.  Bold colors, fresh patterns, and modern takes on classic party themes.  The collection quickly grew to include party accessories and decorations, birth announcements and a fabulous holiday collection that was launched with a flip-book holiday catalog!

WH Hostess received an amazing welcome from party bloggers, readers, friends and family….and in just a few short months grew from a part-time business to a full-time job!  We have worked with amazing customers to create some pretty fabulous parties this year….and already have a ton of amazing parties in the works for 2011!

It’s next to impossible to mention all of the blog love we have received this year, but some of the highlights include our elephant parade party featured on Amy Atlas, our modern train party, bumble bee and mad for plaid holiday dessert table were all featured on Hostess with the Mostess, and we have had countless features on P is for Party, Stem Parties, Scout, Celebrations at Home, Happy Hour Mom, Kate Landers Events, LLC and so many more……

Speaking of the Modern Train Party….  It was WH Hostess‘s first BIG party and we were lucky enough to have one amazing client in Melisa of Project Nursery!  I have been blogging for Project Nursery for a long time now, and had so much fun partnering with her to create this party.  The party was featured all over the blog world – my little modern train was on at least 30 blogs (that we know of) and is still our most popular party theme!

It’s been a fabulous year of amazing parties and celebrations….what more could a girl ask for?!

Big things are in store for both The Party Dress and WH Hostess in 2011….and I can’t wait to jump into this exciting year with both feet!  First up?!  Some amazing new party features coming soon on the blog, new collections on WH Hostess and a trip to NYC to attend the Martha Stewart Doers into Dreamers Conference.  (and that’s just in the first couple of weeks of 2011!)

I hope you will all continue to visit us for your daily party inspiration!

Happy New Year!



December 6th, 2010 |

Giveaway: Lemontree Paperie

Don’t you just love all of these AMAZING giveaways we have this month!?  This week’s giveaway is from the oh, so popular online stationery boutique, Lemontree Paperie.  Offering fabulous designs created by the most creative designers in the world of stationery, Lemontree Paperie will captivate your eyes with their clean lines, whimsical imagery, and classic style with a modern twist.  They pride themselves not only for their wonderful selection, but also for their personalized service from friendly and experienced professionals who love paper and are passionate about guiding you through this fun process.

Today’s giveaway prize (it’s FABULOUS, by the way) comes from one of the Lemontree Paperie‘s favorite vendors, Whitney English.  The name has become synonymous with modern classic style to paper lovers everywhere. The designs in the collections are instantly recognizable for their patterns with a sophisticated edge and signature saturated colors. Charming interpretations of favorite motifs and themes adorn note cards, announcements, personal stationery and gift items.

And today…..today, we are offering you a chance at winning a few of them!

Lemontree Paperie is offering one of our readers a set of 4 items, including:

Pretty fabulous, right?!  So, here’s how to play:

Head on over to Lemontree Paperie, scroll around and enjoy their darling shop!  Come back here and leave a comment on what your favorite product/classification is in their shop.  A winner will be chosen at random.  Contest starts NOW!  and ends Thursday, December 9, 2010 at midnight CST.  Good luck!

December 5th, 2010 |

Winner: Luna Bazaar Giveaway

November 29th, 2010 |

Giveaway: Luna Bazaar

I have a fabulous surprise for you today!  Our newest advertiser, Luna Bazaar, is hosting an amazing giveaway…..one lucky winner is going to walk away with a $200 shopping spree!  Excited?!  Read on for more details….

Luna Bazaar has been one of my favorite go-to-shops for party supplies for a while now.  Known for their amazing selection of paper lanterns (and they make it so easy to shop by color!), they also have a great selection of holiday decorations.  Everything from ornaments, to lit garland, luminaries, and glass candle holders in a rainbow of colors – perfect for matching any table setting!  I love their selection of white paper honeycomb decorations (see how I recently used them here).

Whether you are planning a party in a unique color palette (L-O-V-I-N-G the pink, green and red color palette this Christmas!) or want to go totally glam with silver and gold foil decorations and mercury glass candle holders….there are so many options to help you plan and decorate your best holiday yet!

Now that I have you drooling over all of Luna Bazaar’s fabulous products…..let’s get to the fun stuff!

Enter to win a $200 shopping spree by heading over to lunabazaar.com.  Look around, be inspired!  And come back here to comment on what your favorite holiday items are.  Want a couple of extra chances to win?!

  • Inspire Us!  Tell us how you would use your favorite holiday item from Luna Bazaar.
  • Become a fan on Facebook
  • Become a fan on Twitter
  • Blog about our giveaway

Good luck!  Contest runs from Monday, November 29, 2010 – Thursday, December 2, 2010 at midnight CST.

November 23rd, 2010 |

Holiday Shopping Guide

‘Tis the season to shop ’til you drop!  To help you move through your shopping list a little bit faster this season, I compiled a holiday shopping guide to share my favorite items this year.  Eye candy, gift ideas, inspiration for home decor…..I hope you enjoy!

Click on the image above to enter the holiday shopping guide.

November 4th, 2010 |

WH Hostess Holiday Catalog

It’s a VERY exciting week here at The Party Dress and WH Hostess!  The holiday season is upon us, and we could not be any more excited about helping you celebrate.  We’ve put together a well-edited collection of photo holiday cards, party invitations, coordinating address stickers, gift stickers, party accessories, and fabulous items to dress-up your hostess gifts (can you say adorable wine bottle labels?!)!  Our items are fresh and modern.  An updated look for traditional style, with a focus on beautiful quality….we hope you’ll take a look! (click above to see our flip-book catalog)

November 3rd, 2010 |

Product Search: Holiday Gift Guide

With the holidays quickly approaching, we have been hard at work searching out the most sought-after products to recommend to our readers.  We already have our short (not very short at all!) list….but we would love to hear from you!

If you have a product you think our readers might enjoy – falling in the holiday gifts or entertaining classification – please e-mail it to parties@thepartydress.net.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Image via jcrew.com

October 25th, 2010 |

Giveaway Winner: Minted Holiday Cards & Invitations

October 18th, 2010 |

Giveaway: Minted Holiday Cards & Party Invitations

It’s about that time of year when we all start thinking about holiday cards….do we go traditional?  modern?  artsy?  Whatever your style may be, I guarantee that Minted has something for you!  Their selection is made up of Indie designers from around the world who submit to their design challenges, and can help you create a chic, coordinated look.  Their designs come with optional matching items including: envelope liners and skinny-wrap address labels, double-sided prints, interior photos, and backer patterns.  All orders are typeset by a professional designer and include a free digital proof.

So, not only does Minted offer a fabulous selection of holiday photo cards and party invitations, but today they are also offering one lucky TPD reader a $100 gift certificate towards these products!  Exciting, right?!

Here is how to win:

  • Head over to minted.com and view their holiday photo cards and Christmas photo cards, come on back here and leave me a comment on which is your favorite.
  • For additional entries:
    • Become a fan of our facebook page
    • Become a follower on twitter
    • Blog about our contest and link back to us
  • Contest starts NOW!  And ends Thursday, October 21, 2010 at midnight CST.  Winner will be randomly chosen, and will be announced Friday, October 22, 2010.

Good Luck!

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