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…….

February 14th, 2011 |

Giveaway: Minted Winner

February 9th, 2011 |

Martha Stewart’s Doer of the Week

Today is a very exciting day for me….I am being featured on Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers site as their “Doer of the Week!”  I’ve know about this for a couple weeks now, and it’s taken all of my restraint not to scream it from the rooftops to all of you!    Such a lovely honor to be featured in this community of extremely talented and business-savvy women!  Click on the image above to read the full feature – and learn a little bit more about me and my business.

February 7th, 2011 |

Giveaway: Minted.

Happy Monday!  It’s an exciting day here at TPD – as we have a fabulous giveaway to offer you!  Our preferred sponsor, Minted, just launched a fresh, new assortment of party invitations perfect for your Spring parties….and today they are offering one winner a $100 gift certificate!  Exciting, right?

Here’s how to enter: simply head over to Minted’s website, look around at their fabulous selection of party invitations and then comment on this post about your favorite item.  Contest begins NOW! and ends Thursday, February 10th at 12:00pm CST.

You can receive additional entries for the following:

  • Become a new fan on facebook
  • Become a new follower on twitter
  • Blog, post or tweet about this giveaway
February 3rd, 2011 |

Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers Conference Recap

For those of you that follow us on facebook and twitter, you know that I traveled to NYC a couple of weeks ago to attend a Martha Stewart Dreamers into Doers conference.  One of 80 women bloggers, entrepreneurs and small-business owners, I was treated to a two day conference at the Martha Stewart Headquarters, a taping of The Martha Stewart Show, and some quality time with my “party girl” friends!  I met women that I had become “friends” with thru the internet, walked away with many new friends, and a felt this amazing sense of community.  80 creative, powerful women in one room – the drive alone was contagious!

The night before the conference began, the dreamers descended upon the city and met up for a Meet & Greet at a nearby lounge.  The picture above was taken right as we all met each other for the first time!  Kim, Andrea & Toni of  The TomKat Studio, Lindi of Love The Day, me, Jill of Modern Cupcake, Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations, Kim of The Celebration Shoppe, Courtney of Pizzazzerie, Caryl of ROAR Events, Me! , Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio and Andrea of Dolce Drive.

Courtney from Pizzazzerie with me, and me, Kim of  The TomKat Studio, and Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio.

Having this many “party girls” in one city at one time was so much fun, there was no way we could let it pass without having our own dinner party!  I arranged for a lo-o-n-n-g table at one of my favorite NYC restaurants, Pastis and the “party girls” had a lovely evening full of champagne, steak frites, SWAG bags put together by The TomKat Studio girls, and a lot of chatter and anticipation about what the rest of the week would hold for us!

The first day of the conference was full of workshops held by MSLO employees – everything from social media marketing, to how to handle your public relations, to Martha herself talking to us about starting a foundation.  The day included a lovely, plated lunch and many “peeks around the corner” to look into prop rooms, test kitchens, etc.  The offices are just as you would imagine them to be – clean, white, with inspiration peeking out from every corner!

The night ended with a cocktail party with mini makeovers, champagne and hors d’oeuvres. I spent a lot of time with my new friends – Vana of Le Papier Studio, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, Tanya of Save the Date for Cupcakes, Kim of The Celebration Shoppe, Courtney (and her darling mother, Phronsie) of Pizzazzerie, Rebecca of Fresh Chick Design Studio and The TomKat Studio girls.

The next day we braved a snow storm to get to The Martha Stewart Show.  It was a live taping and SO. MUCH. FUN. to see the production process.  A well-oiled machine, The Martha Stewart Show team was great fun (especially Joey!).  I was fortunate to sit in the front room with Vana of Le Papier Studio, Kim of The Celebration Shoppe, and Nancy of A to Zebra Celebrations.

It was an amazing opportunity to be a part of this conference and I will never forget it!  My favorite part of the whole week was the sense of community.  It didn’t matter who you were, what you did – each and every one of us was there to network, build this community to be better and stronger, and to bring more inspiration to all of you every day.  It was inspiring and I am so lucky to have been a party of it!

January 10th, 2011 |

WH Hostess: Valentine’s Day Collections

Happy Monday, Everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely weekend.  Mine was a working weekend….not only did I have to get my house back in order after the holidays (much overdue!), but I also had a ton of (fun) stuff to do for WH Hostess.  We are updating the shop with some great new features designed to help you shop fast and smart, new collections are being added and old collections are being expanded to include all of our favorite items.  Give me another week, and even I will be pleased with the new improvements!  (and trust me, I am my worst critic!)

I am pleased to introduce our Valentine’s Day collections today!  Two sweet collections full of charm that are perfect for your upcoming parties.  First up is our Cupcake Love collection.  A color palette of red, hot pink and purple….this collection has something sweet for everyone!

Our second collection is called the Love Bug collection.  Orange, melon and hot pink….our ever-popular lady bug has been updated with heart-shaped spots, and is accented with sweet stripes.  Perfect for a February birthday or Valentine’s Day party!

As you can see, the Valentine’s Day season is off to a sweet start!  I hope you will head over to WH Hostess to check out the full collections, and come on back here for great party inspiration, decoration ideas and sweet treat recipes this month.  Before I leave you for today, here is another peek at one of my favorite items for Valentine’s Day….mini cards for kids!  Push those store-bought/boxed Valentines aside and send your kids to their school parties with stylish cards!

January 9th, 2011 |

Welcome, Storkie!

We are thrilled to welcome a new sponsor to The Party Dress…..please give a warm welcome to Storkie!  Offering charming invitation designs for over 20 years, Storkie has a broad selection of invitations for baby showers, wedding events, birthday parties, graduations and more.  We encourage you to take a quick spin around their site to see their lovely selection!

Welcome, Storkie!

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!

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