January 8th, 2010 |

Pepper Design Blog

I was so excited to wake up this morning to an amazing post on The Party Dress over at Pepper Design Blog.  Morgan’s write up was incredibly sweet – and I am honored to be a part of her Friday Guest Blog Series.  Head on over to read the full article, and spend a little time on PDB while you are there!  Morgan has a great collection of ideas for decorating your home, DIY projects and entertaining.

(Oh, and if you want to check out other guest interviews – click here to read interviews by Abby of Style Me Pretty, Jenn of Hostess with the Mostess, and Kim of The TomKat Studio).

January 7th, 2010 |

DIY: Party Photo Display

I was over on Make Merry! Event Design’s website today drooling over some images in their portfolio, and came across this darling idea.  What a unique way to show pictures of family weddings…..but can’t you picture this idea tweaked for a child’s birthday party?  Or a bridal shower, showing pictures of the happy couple?!  Or a graduation party, showing pictures of milestone events in your child’s life?!

I could go on and on….needless to say, I love this idea and can’t wait to incorporate it into a party!  Head on over to Make Merry! Event Design for even more eye candy…

December 11th, 2009 |

Boxwood Centerpiece

Boxwood Centerpiece

I absolutely love this boxwood centerpiece idea from Better Homes and Gardens.  It’s clean and simple, yet totally sophisticated.  You too, can create this centerpiece by stacking glass cake plates atop of one another, or by using a combination of glass plates and candlesticks to create the same look.

November 20th, 2009 |

Holiday Party Invitations

There are so many cute Holiday party invitations out there this season…..I really can’t decide what kind of party I want to have!  Perusing stationary websites makes me feel like a kid in a candy shop…..so I thought I would share a little bit of my favorite eye candy with you….in hopes that it inspires you to host a little Holiday party of your own!  Oh, and if you are interested in some of the invitations from Minted – don’t forget to take advantage of our special discount this season (see banner on the left!)

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November 6th, 2009 |

Floral Pomander Tutorial

Jaclyne from Heavenly Blooms was nice enough to share a tutorial with us on how to make these darling floral pomanders, so you can try making them at home for your next party!

BOY baby shower pomander guide

Step 1
Oasis (the spongey green floral foam) has come a long way and now is available in different size spheres. We used to have to shape the blocks into balls ourselves – but not anymore! So, start with a 4″ oasis sphere (already pre soaked in water), and tie the ribbon around it twice. Make sure the ribbon is secure enough and won’t unravel by knotting the top.  Add fern pins to the top of the ribbon to help secure it in place.
Step 2
For the rose pomanders, you will use about two dozen roses. The amount of roses needed will vary based on the rose variety used. Some roses have smaller heads… Cut the stems short, leaving about an inch of stem left. It is easier and faster to precut the roses in advance.
Step 3
Always start inserting the roses at the top, then work your way down and around.
** Be careful! Once you insert the stem, try not to remove it and reinsert it because the oasis will start to crumble**
**Sometimes it is easier to hang the pomander from a hook in your doorway or under a cabinet. You could even tie the ribbon to a curtain rod and hanger.**
Step 4
Voila – you’ve created your floral pomander. For stability, you can also use floralock spray adhesive to secure the stems in place.
Thank you so much, Jaclyne!  I can’t wait to try making these…perfect for my next baby shower or birthday party!

November 4th, 2009 |

Artichoke Placecard

artichoke placecard

Looking for a creative placecard idea for you next dinner party?!  One that doesn’t involve a Halloween pumpkin or a Thanksgiving theme?

I love this idea….using everyday produce, you can take something ordinary and make it special.

Image via Glam

November 2nd, 2009 |

Minted. A special promotion for readers of The Party Dress.

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One of my favorite parts of my job here at The Party Dress is finding special products and sharing it with you, our loyal readers.  My job gets just a little bit sweeter when I can do something extra special for you….as a thank you for supporting us on a daily basis.  This is definitely one of those times!

The Party Dress and Minted (the oh, so fabulous stationary company) have partnered together to give our readers a special discount for the Holiday season.  Between now and December 31st – The Party Dress readers can get a 15% discount on all Holiday Cards and Invitations.

So head on over to Minted….check out their Holiday Cards, Photo Cards, Invitations and Menu Cards.  Trust me, between their high-quality and fresh designs, you won’t be disappointed.  And if you need some help deciding….The Party Dress has a page of our favorite designs….click here to view them.

Happy Shopping!

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September 25th, 2009 |

Surprise Giveaway: Table Topics

Surprise!  We have a great giveaway today!  You all know Table Topics, the conversation starter/ice breaker game that is perfect for any party.  Well, they have introduced two new sets of questions …..and two of our lucky readers are going to win a set!

Table Topics

Dinner Party

Jump start your next dinner party with these fun, clever questions that will have your guests laughing in no time!  This set also makes a perfect hostess gift (and don’t forget the upcoming holidays!) This set includes 135 thought-provoking, fun ice breaker questions…..here are a couple of examples:

  • Who’s your favorite celebrity right now and why?
  • What makes someone a success?
  • If you could name the street you live on what would you call it?

Not Your Mother’s Dinner Party

There’s the dinner party that your mom would throw, and then there’s YOUR kind of dinner party.  This set offers provocative questions that are guaranteed to spice up your table conversation!  This set includes 135 conversation starters (and is filled with questions your mother told you not to ask!)….here are a few examples:

  • Would you rather be addicted to gambling or food?
  • What habit would you like to break?
  • What alcohol can you never drink again?

You can purchase the dinner party and the not your mother’s dinner party sets on Amazon.com.

The Giveaway!

Now, on to the good stuff!  You can enter the contest by going to our Facebook page, become a fan, and leave us a comment telling us your favorite conversation starter at a party.  The contest is over Monday night at midnight….and we will randomly choose two winners.  Can’t wait to see what you post!

September 24th, 2009 |

Halloween Party Invitations

With Halloween quickly approaching, I have been on a search for the cutest party invitations in town…..and guess who has the best selection?  Tiny Prints.  I know, no surprise there!  Here are a few of my favorites:

Costume Party

Pumpkin Carving

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Block Party

What kind of Halloween party are you throwing this year?!

September 17th, 2009 |

Rustic Placecards

Wood Placecard Holders

Looking for a few rustic touches for your Fall parties or weddings?!  Look no further than these darling wood placecard holders!  Charming, rustic and I don’t know about you….but they are perfect for my next dinner party!

You can find these at GoodGuest on Etsy.com – and she has plenty of coordinating wood items (if you plan to use them for a wedding).

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