April 27th, 2014 |

MOTHER’S DAY GIFTS by WH HOSTESS

preppy personalized mother's day gifts from wh hostessMother’s Day is just around the corner and we love celebrating the special women in our lives with preppy, personalized gifts from WH Hostess.  Order this week to guarantee shipment in time!  Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

1. Personalized Lucite Trays (available in two different sizes, and tons of fabulous, preppy patterns – these are a perfect gift for the mom who loves to entertain or decorate her home)

2. Personalized Ceramic Mugs (gorgeous, ceramic mugs with darling patterns and can be personalized with a name, initial or monogram….what’s not to love?!)

3. Cake Plate Clings (our decorative liners for cake stands, pedestals and serving pieces, available in countless patterns!)

4. Personalized Stationery (everyone loves getting snail mail, so make sure you have gorgeous stationery in your repertoire for those special occasions)

5. Personalized Chunky Notepads (at $18 each, our chunky notepads make the perfect gift for just about anyone!)

March 5th, 2014 |

2013 | A BABY & A BOOK

I’m a little behind these days.  Clearly, since it’s March and I’m just getting around to writing my end of the year post.  Please accept my apologies for my sparse posting over the last 6 months.  2013 threw me a curve ball, and my focus was pulled in a couple unexpected directions:  I had a baby and I published a book.  Yup, that pretty much sums up my year.  But keep reading for a few more details…..

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For those of you that have followed me for the last 5 years, you know that this blog has been an extension of me – I shared my ideas, my work, and what was happening in my life.  The one thing I didn’t share was my journey to become a mother.  I won’t bore you with the details; all I will say is that after 5 years, we welcomed a baby boy in October.  Daniel Joseph, III was born 8 weeks early and we spent the next 6 weeks in the NICU with him at Chicago’s amazing Prentice Hospital.  He finally came home with us early in December and we have been living happily ever after ever since.

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I know the majority of my readers are mothers, so I know you all can relate to the emotions, excitement, stress, and lack of sleep that comes with having a newborn.  He is such a good baby – I’m a lucky, lucky mama for so many reasons!  He is now 4 months old and absolutely thriving, so sweet, so happy and if I do say so, THE cutest baby I have ever laid eyes on (but I’m partial….).  I thank God every single day that I was chosen to be his mama, and literally can’t keep my hands off him, or stop kissing his chubby little cheeks.  I swear his first words are going to be “stop it, mom!” It certainly has been an adjustment, but I’m slowly getting the hang of being a working-mother-from-home.  Some days.  And some days, I feel like I’m not doing ANYTHING well.  But that’s life and all I can do is keep trying to find that perfect balance as we settle into life now as a family of three.

After I announced Daniel’s birth on facebook and instagram, I received TONS of comments, e-mails and messages from friends, fans and readers – no one even knew I was pregnant.  Friends, that was not a mistake.  And what I told each of them was this…. “Thank you for your enthusiasm over the birth of my son! Please don’t feel bad you didn’t know I was expecting.  I did my best to keep this part of my life quiet online.  After 5 years of trying to become a mother, I wasn’t ready to share my excitement, hopes, and fear with everyone until he was born.”  It was so hard for me to keep this exciting part of my life a secret for so long, which is why I let blogging fall to the side.  I’m typically an open book on here, but last year – well, I just wasn’t ready to be.  I hope you all understand!

I hope you follow along with me on Instagram and enjoy seeing my little guy grow “big and strong”!

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book store listing

At the end of 2012, I announced that I had signed a book deal and would be publishing a kids’ party book in 2013.  Boy, was this a HUGE under-taking.  It took months of planning, writing and photographing to come up with the complete manuscript.  Luckily, the physical part (photoshoots) were completed before I was put on partial bed-rest with my pregnancy.  My book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, launched the end of December and I’m so thrilled with the response I have received.  We did a big Pinterest Party with my favorite party-blogger friends in January – if you didn’t join in on the fun then, you can still check out the pinterest board HERE – there are so many great ideas for kids’ parties on them.  We have had so many blogging friends share sneak peeks of the 12 different chapters over the last month, and I’m so grateful to them for helping spread the word.  Please check them out here:

I have a few more fun events up my sleeve with the book this year, so stay tuned for more details!  For now, if you would like to pick up a copy, you can do so here:

Find the Book Online at whhostess.comamazon.com, and barnesandnoble.com and also in stores across the country (including Michael’s!)

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Back to blogging!  I have so many new parties, new stationery collections and entertaining ideas to share with you.  It might not be every day…but posting will start to resume more frequently around here!

Along with the birth of my little man came a few exciting events: my baby shower and his baptism!  And I can’t wait to share the photos with you! Because he shocked us with his early arrival, my baby shower was actually a week AFTER he arrived!  It was thrown by my mother, sister and three best friends and was absolutely gorgeous.  And I also have Daniel’s baptism to share with you – a fun blue, green and white dessert table, included!

WH Hostess is still operating fully (and probably more efficient at this point!) and we’re adding in new products every week.  New kids’ party collections (like this DARLING new puppy party), new stationery designs, new Cake Plate Cling patterns, and a whole new BABY by WH HOSTESS collection of baby shower invitations and paper goods, stationery, birth announcements (coming soon!) and baptism & christening invitations.  Clearly you can see where my head has been recently! ;)

Thank you to everyone for following along on my journey and I hope you will stick around to see what this next chapter holds!

kelly

 

February 7th, 2014 |

PINTEREST PARTY SUCCESS!

pinterest boardWell, last night was certainly fun!  Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Stylish Kids’ Parties Pinterest Party to launch the book.  It was great fun to get together with this little community of party bloggers that have become friends over the last 5 years and celebrate this project.  After working on it for a year, I love being able to share it with all of you now!  The board has over 400 pins, all related to creative {and stylish!} ideas for kids’ parties.  If you weren’t able to join in the fun last night, I definitely suggest checking out the board today!

Thanks to my party girls for pinning their little hearts out!

instagram co-hostsLynlee’s Petite Cakes  |  The Celebration Shoppe  |  Shop Sweet Lulu  |  Project Nursery  |  Pizzazzerie  |  CupcakeMAG  |  Le Papier Studio  |  Giggles Galore  |  The Party Wagon  |  Pen ‘n Paperflowers  |  Anders Ruff  |  A to Zebra Celebrations  |  Kate Landers Events  |  Swanky Chic Fete  |  Celebrations at Home  |  Petite Party Studio

February 3rd, 2014 |

YOU’RE INVITED! STYLISH KIDS’ PARTIES PINTEREST PARTY

stylish kids parties pinterest launch partyFriends!  To celebrate the launch of my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, I am hosting a Pinterest Party THIS Thursday with some of my favorite party bloggers!  We’ll be pinning ideas for creative kids’ parties: decor, food ideas, theme ideas, and DIY projects galore.  It’s sure to leave you inspired and pinning eye candy galore!

Here’s how to get involved:

Follow the party board here, and follow along Thursday night from 8-9pm CST.  You can repin our ideas, comment on them (tell us how you would use the idea, change it up, or if you have another idea for it!), and even create your own board titled “Stylish Kids’ Parties” and pin ideas for us to see.  Make sure to use the hashtag #stylishkidsparties so we can follow along on your board too!

A big thanks to my wonderful co-hosts – we can’t wait to “party” with you on Thursday!

January 14th, 2014 |

STYLISH KIDS’ PARTIES | IT’S HERE!

Stylish Kids' Parties party planning book from Kelly LydenIt’s a happy, happy day around here when I can share such good news: My debut book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, is officially on bookshelves and available for purchase!  My goal with this book was to help you plan, design and execute festive kids’ parties that wow adults and thrill little ones! Filled with 12 creative and colorful party ideas, Stylish Kids’ Parties shows you how to confidently tackle party preparation by using color palettes and themes that carry through–from invitations and decorations to party favors and treats. Complete with DIY tips, recipes, projects, themed activities and templates, you’ll love these party ideas for boys and girls, first birthday celebrations, baby showers and holiday gatherings.

Inside you’ll find:

  • Ideas for 12 themed parties that inspire a child’s imagination.
  • Beautiful and cost-effective DIY projects, decorations and recipes.
  • Instructions and ideas for games, activities and memory-making opportunities.
  • Bonus templates for quick invitations, party favors, gift tags and more.
  • Photography and party suggestions to help fuel your creaivity.

Make memories that last a lifetime with the help of Stylish Kids’ Parties!  You can purchase the book in stores around the country, as well as from these online merchants:

purchase stylish kids' parties book on barnesandnoble.com

purchase stylish kids' parties book on amazon.combuy stylish kids parties on whhostess.com

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and support this past year and a half!  I can’t wait to fill you in more on the exciting projects and recipes in the book – stay tuned for some exciting launch “parties” to happen soon!

November 20th, 2013 |

2013 Holiday Catalog | WH Hostess

WH Hostess Holiday Gift CatalogIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, and you know what that means?!  Holiday gifting!  This year, WH Hostess is pleased to present our holiday collection both online in the shop, as well as in this easy-to-use catalog!  Click thru to view our preppy party invitations and photo cards, darling gift stickers, and an amazing assortment of personalized gifts at a great price point – perfect for teacher gifts, hostess gifts and goodies for your friends and family.

We’ll be highlighting our favorite gift products in the coming weeks – so stay tuned!  Enjoy the  holiday catalog…we would love to hear what you think!

September 3rd, 2013 |

STYLISH KIDS’ PARTIES | COVER + PRE-ORDER LAUNCH

Stylish Kids Parties a book by Kelly Lyden cover design and pre-order informationHappy September, Friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful summer!  As you could see from how quiet the blog was the last couple months, I took some time to really enjoy this particular moment in time in my life.  Focusing only on WH Hostess orders, finishing up the book, and spending quality time with friends and family.  It was a good summer.  Sure to be followed by a great fall and even more exciting winter.  But more to come on that later!

It’s September and we are BACK.  Get excited for new posts on Fall entertaining, holiday ideas, party ideas and new product launches.  We’re excited to be back in the swing of things and hope you will join us daily for inspiration.

Today’s exciting news….Stylish Kids’ Parties (my very first book) is officially on the printing presses and due to ship from stores November 6th!  This book has been such a labor of love to put together, but also so fun and so rewarding.  Filled with fun, creative and colorful party ideas, Stylish Kids’ Parties shows today’s DIYer how to confidently tackle party preparation by using color palettes and themes that carry through–from invitations and decorations to party favors and treats. Complete with DIY tips, recipes, projects, and themed activities, Stylish Kids’ Parties features party ideas for boys and girls, first birthday celebrations, baby showers and holiday parties. Readers will be able to easily duplicate these great ideas, creating parties that are appealing to children and adults alike!

We’re sharing the cover design with you above…..what do you think?!  It’s just a peek of how colorful and fun this book is!  And I am also here to tell you that the book is now available for pre-order on two sites.  It’s a great resource to have on your bookshelf, and will also make a fabulous holiday gift this year!

Pre-Order Stylish Kids’ Parties

  • whhostess.com – pre-order your autographed copy of Stylish Kids’ Parties from our site.  
  • amazon.com – pre-order your copy of Stylish Kids’ Parties

More shops to come soon.  If you own a store, or know of a local shop that you think would like to sell Stylish Kids’ Parties, please e-mail me at hostess@thepartydress.net.

Thank you for all of your support and enthusiasm during this last year of putting together the book.  Can’t wait for you all to see the final product!

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July 11th, 2013 |

KELLY’S BIRTHDAY | 20% off WH HOSTESS

20% off discount code for WH HostessIf it’s one thing we like around here, it’s a reason to celebrate!  Today’s reason: my birthday!!  I have a feeling 34 is going to be a pretty good year….so to celebrate, I’m sharing a 20% off coupon code for our shop, WH Hostess.  Valid Friday – Monday, it’s a great time to stock up on stationery, plan your next party or try out our Cake Plate Clings.

Have a great weekend and Happy Shopping!

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June 13th, 2013 |

A QUICK CATCH UP…

lace dress and hatHey, friends. I know my posting has been sparse lately, but I wanted to pop in to say hello and give you some brief updates on what we have been working on behind the scenes the last couple of weeks.  Now that summer has officially arrived, I am forcing myself to really enjoy it this year.  Turning off the computer, I need to take some downtime to garden, cuddle my sweet 2 month old nephew and take my pup for long walks.  In between designing parties and some other fun projects we have going, of course.

I was thrilled to be asked by the editors of Martha Stewart Living to design a party shoot around one of the new “MarthaCelebrations” collections from JCPenny.  The new collection of party goods is downright charming, and has everything you need to throw the perfect summer event.  You can check out my post here.  But, I encourage you to visit the Pinterest board here that houses images from all of the selected bloggers’ events.  If you repin any of the images, using the #LetsCelebrate, you will be entered to win a party pack of goods yourself!

There has been a lot of planning and designing going on in the background lately for wholesale.  It’s an area of the business I truly hope to expand this year….and the new items and patterns are AMAZING.  Can’t wait to show you more!

I have another fun brand collaboration to share with you in the next couple of weeks.  It’s one of my favorite resources and I can’t wait to share them with you.

Probably the biggest project of June so far is editing the author review of my book, Stylish Kids Parties, due out later this year.  After a brief break away from it after the shoots were all wrapped up, it was so fun to revisit and look at it with fresh eyes.  I can’t WAIT to show you the finish product.  Soon…well, not soon, but time will come sooner than we think.  December is going to be a VERY big month around here.

book page previews

Here are a couple of snapshots via my Instagram.  Do you follow me over there?  I am having so much fun sharing photos of things that go on behind the scenes.

On the personal side, it’s been a busy May and June.  We baptized my nephew, my baby brother graduated from high school and we are gearing up for his big graduation party next weekend, and a few other little things that have been eating up my attention.  But I’ll keep those to myself for right now.

I hope your summers are off to a fabulous start.  I’ll be back tomorrow to share some ideas for Father’s Day entertaining this weekend.

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June 3rd, 2013 |

RED, WHITE & BLUE | CAKE PLATE CLINGS


red white and blue patriotic cake plate clings for 4th of July and summer partiescake plate clingsSummer brings a whole new collection of red, white and blue Cake Plate Clings to WH Hostess.  Dress up your 4th of July BBQs, summer picnics and clambakes with these festive decorative liners.  Cake Plate Clings {patent-pending} are reusable, non-adhesive, slide-free and printed with environmentally-friendly ink and materials.  They are the perfect accessory to your dessert table or buffet, and also make a fabulous gift!

red white and blue cake plate clingsI love mixing and matching patterns when creating a display of cake stands.  For 4th of July, I suggest mixing our patriotic stars cling with some of the red and navy party basics, such as the diagonal stripe, swiss dot or gingham check.  The navy wave pattern is perfect for a summer pool or beach party, too!

lobster nautical red white and blue cake plate clingsDon’t put away your red, white and blue after the 4th of July….just replace your patriotic stars with our preppy lobster dots pattern (I love it mixed with the navy diamond lattice pattern, too)!  This collection of Cake Plate Clings would be perfect for any summer party!  All clings can be personalized with a name, initial or monogram too…making them THE perfect hostess gift for summer!

lobster and diamond lattice cake plate clingsMake sure to get your orders in soon for delivery for 4th of July parties!

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