April 23rd, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Hanging Decor

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I don’t know what it is lately….but I am just plain obsessed with any type of hanging party decorations!  Whether it’s fabric covered letters hanging on a wall, or tiny votive candles hanging off floral branches – I just love the vertical element it adds to a room! And they would be perfect for just about any type of party – a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, dinner party – and absolutely divine as the backdrop for the oh, so trendy dessert table!

What’s your favorite “hanging” trend right now?!

Images: copper hanging candle (bhg.com), hanging balls (brides.com), chandelier (sdkphoto.com), fabric letters and hanging votive candles (stylemepretty.com), hanging pomanders (jldesignsandevents.com)

April 13th, 2010 |

Spring Placecard Idea

I’m loving this placecard idea from weddingchannel.com for Spring!  They inserted gerber daisies into a pot of grass, but you could easily take the same concept and simplify it for your next table setting.  Try placing a gerber daisy into a small bud vase at each person’s place….and then pin a circle tag in the center of each flower with your guest’s name on it.  Simple and charming.

April 6th, 2010 |

Dress-Up Your Cake Plates!

It’s not just for cupcakes anymore!  You can now dress up your cake plates (round or square) with these lovely paper, filigree wraps.  Hmmm….my cakes just got a little bit prettier!

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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