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

Hat

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).

August 26th, 2009 |

Reusable Placecards

chalkboard napkin rings

This stylish product doubles as reusable place cards and napkin rings. Simply write the names of your guests directly onto the napkin rings with the slate pencil and remove with the sponge eraser, both included in the set of 4 from MoMA.

August 12th, 2009 |

Housewarming Party: Home Sweet Home

housewarming party home sweet home

My husband and I are moving into our very first home next week….so I have moving, decorating, and housewarming parties on the brain lately! A housewarming party is a great way not only to show off your new home, but also a chance to gather your friends and get decorating ideas!

I have found some fabulous new home stationery out there that I just had to share with you……

Houswarming Invite 1

I love the simplicity and warmth of this invitation from Minted….it would be perfect for a Fall gathering!

Houswarming Invite 2

This lawnmower announcement from Minted would be so cute for a family moving into the suburbs, right?!

Houswarming Invite 3

“We’ve planted new roots” – a charming, yet playful announcement from Tiny Prints.

Houswarming Invite 4

This is the announement I chose for us from Tiny Prints….I love how it pictures the perfect little neighborhood.

Houswarming Invite 5

Simple and sophisticated, this announcement from Wedding Paper Divas would be perfect for a house or apartment!

Images: dining room, wine, cheese (potterybarn.com), lattice housewarming invitation (minted.com), potted hydrangeas (customeventgroup.com)

May 14th, 2009 |

Finding Perfect Placecards

placecard-title One of the key elements to any beautifully set table is of course, the placecard.  It adds a creative flair to the table, and if used as an escort card for a wedding, it sets the tone for what’s about to come.

During the planning of my wedding last year, one of my biggest challenges was finding a beautiful placecard that didn’t break the bank.  I didn’t want the basic, white placecard – I wanted something that sparked excitement – and it was really hard to find!

Wedding Paper Divas was my go-to for all of my stationary needs for my wedding.  We did our save-the-date cards, placecards, thank you notes – my friends even used them for my bridal shower invitations!  In my opinion, they have the freshest designs out there and I have always been pleased with the quality of the product.

I recently visited their placecard section and I was blown away by their beautiful selection!  Check out their beautiful designs – at 50 cents a piece, these designs would be a beautiful addition to your table for any dinner party, bridal shower, birthday party or luncheon!

Perfectly Pretty Placecards

My current favorites include (from the top, left to right):

May 5th, 2009 |

Featured in Snapshot Magazine

Snapshot Magazine (small)

This is so fun, I just had to share it with you….

The Party Dress was featured in Snapshot Magazine this month!

Check out the May issue on-line.

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