March 26th, 2013 |

FEATURE on AMY ATLAS!

blue and green preppy dessert table for first communionIt’s always a thrill to have one of my dessert tables featured on the dessert table guru, Amy Atlas’, blog.  Today, she is featuring the details of a preppy blue and green dessert table I designed for the first communion of my best friend’s children.  Head over to take a peek!

March 23rd, 2013 |

WEEK IN REVIEW | 3.24.13

mint dress week in review for the party dress blogIs it just me or is March FLYING by?!  I feel like I blinked and it’s almost April.  This month has been a bit of a blur as we finish up photo shoots for my book, sent the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine off to the printer and are busy with lots of Spring party orders.  Creating this book has been a LABOR.OF.LOVE.  I am pouring every ounce of creativity I have into it, and I really can’t wait to share it with all of you!

As promised, here are a few things that we have been up to over the last week or so…..

  • Photo shoots, photo shoots, photo shoots.  We’re down to just 2 parties left for the book (to be shot this week), and then my camera is going on vacation! ;)  I’m posting sneak peeks over on Instagram, so make sure to follow along (@WHhostess).
  • I hosted the Chicago launch party for the new Vera Bradley baby collection.  My friend, Kim of The TomKat Studio, got us involved in this project and we had so much fun helping expectant moms, aunts and grandmothers shop the new collection, play baby shower games and do a fun craft project.  I’ll do a full post recapping the event soon, but for now, you can check out some photos from the event here, here and here.
  • Last Sunday, I helped my friend, Vana of Le Papier Studio, set up her son’s 1st birthday party.  It was darling and I can’t wait for her to share the pictures with you soon.  If you want a little peek, here’s a shot from Instagram.
  • The Spring Issue of The Party Dress Magazine is shipping out this week!  Have you ordered your copy yet?!
  • We launched a brand new product category: Full-Color Envelope Printing.  I’m totally and completely in love with this new way to further customize your party invitations.
  • With Easter just a week away, we have been posting all sorts of unique ideas for brunch tablesettings, cute Easter cookies and a darling centerpiece idea for re-purposing your Easter eggs!
  • We featured a gorgeous baby shower this week (that I was so pleased to have designed the paper goods for) in the oh, so trendy color palette of Mint + Peach.  I don’t know about you, but I am LOVING this combo lately.  It’s fresh and perfect for Spring.  You can see the decor and tablesettings, the baby shower activities, and the dessert table (be prepared to fall in love).  And if you love this color palette as much as we do, check out my pinterest board for more inspiration.
  • LOTS of Easter Cake Plate Clings are shipping out in the next couple of days.  If you would still like to add them to your Easter celebration, get your order in quick!!

This week is going to be busy, busy, busy with LOTS of custom invitation designs that need my attention, the final book photo shoots and {hopefully} the arrival of my sister’s first baby!  I hope you all have a fabulous week and will stop by for new posts all week long.

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March 18th, 2013 |

WH HOSTESS | NEW! ENVELOPE PRINTING

full color envelopes printing by wh hostessWhen it comes to stationery and party invitations, we are always looking for ways to further customize your invitations. Our colorful invitations can now be accessorized with full-color printed envelopes.  It takes adding a return address to a whole new level.  Each theme has a coordinating design that compliments the invitation, impressing your guests from the moment they receive the envelope in the mail.

custom envelope printing for a girl picnic partyWe have so many darling new party collections to introduce you to this Spring, and you can see peeks of them in some of these images.  Such as the new picnic collection photographed above.  Cute color ways for both boys and girls!

little man envelope printing for birthday partyOr this adorable “little man” mustache bash party collection, which is now actually listed in the shop!

It’s ideal for making a sophisticated statement for bridal showers, special birthday parties or a religious ceremony. This aqua mod damask is one of our most popular invitations and we love the striped envelope design that compliments it.

aqua mod damask party invitation envelope printingAnd if you are a preppy girl at heart, like I am, you will LOVE the monogram option….available in multiple color options, these monogramed envelopes are perfect for any invitation or note.

monogram envelope printingWe also have the capabilities to address your envelopes for you, carrying your party theme full circle and making a perfect statement.  For custom addressing, please contact us at kelly@whhostess.com.  You can view all of the envelope options in the shop, listed with the invitations.

What do you think of our new printing options?

March 8th, 2013 |

Friday Wrap-Up | March 8, 2013

kelly (web)TGIF!  It’s been a busy week around here.  I always love when my favorite blogs give a little update as to what they did or worked on during the week….it’s a fun peek into the behind the scenes of their lives.  I decided I would start sharing my weekly recaps with you.  A little peek into what we worked on, photo shoots we did, maybe even a peek into what’s coming next week!  So here goes my first weekly recap….

This week, our team did….

  • Two photo shoots for my book, Stylish Kids Parties (F+W Media, 2013), with the cutest little models you could imagine.  Both parties were colorful and girly….and I can’t wait to show them to you!
  • Finished up the Spring 2013 issue of The Party Dress Magazine to head off to the printer.  We’re changing things up a bit this year, and I will share more details with you next week.  But let me tell you, it’s chock full of gorgeous ideas for Spring entertaining, parties and holiday celebrations.  And, it’s officially available for purchase in the shop HERE.
  • Shot a couple DIY step tutorials to go along with ideas in the new issue of the magazine.  (the photo above is from one of them – I’m wearing my new go-to uniform for Spring –  darling pink tunic from Sail to Sable – cute, right?!)
  • We are always busy producing and shipping out orders, but there are an influx of Spring parties going out the door these days!  It could be because we added a few cute new collections, including a Dapper Derby party, a Luau Hawaiian party, a gorgeous collection of blue and green patterned party goods and so many more!  More items and more collections will be added next week too…
  • Our Cake Plate Clings were filmed for an upcoming episode of DIY Network’s show, I Want That!  I am SO excited to see them hitting the screen sometime between April – June.  I’ll share the date as soon as we hear the news!
  • Speaking of the Cake Plate Clings, the spring patterns are flying out the door!  I’ll share some of them with you next week….but if you can’t wait, check them out HERE.
  • Blogged about THE most amazing Hello Kitty themed party we recently worked on with a client.  You can view the decorations and the dessert table details in all of their pink, black and white glory on the blog!
  • Worked on about 10 different custom projects.  Did you know that I do custom designs?  Yup.  A lot of them!  Do you have an idea for a party and want help – shoot me an e-mail!
  • Had a meeting about fine-tuning our wholesale paper collection and officially launching the Clings wholesale….BIG things are in the works!!
  • Started looking into traveling to NYC for the National Stationery Show in May.  Anyone else going?

I’m looking forward to finishing up another 4 chapters of the book this weekend, and spending some time with family.  Next week brings some exciting projects, a colorful event and lots of fun new products and news to share with you.

To follow along behind the scenes with the WH Hostess/The Party Dress team, follow me on Instagram!  (@whhostess)

Have a great weekend, friends….see you back here on Monday!

xo

Kelly

February 26th, 2013 |

SNOWED IN | 20% OFF WH HOSTESS!

SNOWDAY 20% discount at WH HostessWe are SNOWED IN here in Chicago and you know what that means?!  Time for some serious internet shopping!  Since we’ll be scouring the web for new must-have items tonight, we thought we would share the love with all of you.  So for ONE DAY ONLY, enjoy 20% off at whhostess.com.  Happy Shopping! (or shoveling, depending where you live!)

February 26th, 2013 |

COLOR OBSESSION: PINK | NAVY | EMERALD

navy pink green color paletteI’ve been hard at work completing the layouts for our Spring magazine.  Launching in just a week, there are so many lovely Spring ideas – I can’t wait to share them with you. Without giving TOO much away, I wanted to give you a peek into one of the stories and my new favorite color palette: Hot Pink, Navy Blue and Emerald Green.  Preppy, chic, and playful with that punch of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Emerald.

You will see a gorgeous party in the magazine featuring ideas how to use it, but for now, I am leaving you with my pinterest board full of ideas for entertaining, home decor and fashion is these beautiful shades.

PINK GREEN NAVY PINTEREST BOARD

February 14th, 2013 |

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

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February 12th, 2013 |

TPD turns 4 | ENJOY 20% off at WH HOSTESS

save 20% on wh hostess orderFour years ago this week, I timidly dipped my big toe into the blogging pool.  Thousands of posts, 8 (almost 9 magazines), a book deal and a thriving stationery business later….it’s been a busy four years!  I’m so grateful to each one of you, our readers, so to celebrate our 4th birthday, I’m offering you a 20% discount on your WH Hostess order between today and Friday.  It’s a great time to plan your next party, or stock up on stationery and personalized gifts. Enjoy!

February 7th, 2013 |

NEW TO THE SHOP | PARTY PLANNING NOTEPADS

party planning worksheet notepads from wh hostessI’m so excited to introduce you to our latest product: personalized party planning worksheets!

We work with clients on a daily basis to plan unique, stylish parties and all know that organization is key.  These new {personalized} notepads are offered in two patterns, two colors and are 8.5″x11″ in size, with 53 pages.  It’s the perfect accessory to your desk!

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January 21st, 2013 |

BEHIND THE SCENES | MAKING OF THE BOOK

sneak peek of Stylish Kids Parties book by Kelly LydenNow that the first half of my book has been turned into the publisher, I thought it would be fun to share a few sneak peeks….

Planning and executing the shoots for my first book, Stylish Kids Parties (Fall 2013, F + W Media), has been a very fun process.  Lots of hard work, but it’s so fun to think that my party ideas will be gracing bookshelves come Fall.  When approached to do this book, I thought long and hard about what message I wanted to share.  Trendy party themes?  DIY craft ideas?  After much deliberation, I decided to stay true to my roots and style: updated classics.  When selecting the party themes, I decided to take classic themes and show how to style a party for the modern hostess, so the ideas in the book will be as relevant 10 years from now as they are today.

mess of supplies

The first half of the book was shot during October and November – during our busiest holiday months at WH Hostess (and as we launched Cake Plate Clings, Inc.).  We were shooting in the morning, packing orders in the afternoon, and writing at night.  And for about a month, I didn’t know if I was coming or going!  My studio looked like a constant disaster of colorful party goods (like the shot above), and I am very lucky to have some wonderful vendors working with me on some of the details.

The best part of these shoots are getting to spend time with some serious CUTIES!  My best friends’ kids, my god-daughters and the {almost} one year old son of my friend and contributor, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio, were all a part of the fun!  Here are just a few shots from some of the chapters shot.

random book shots

It’s going to be such a bright, colorful, fun book….just like my job!  If you want to follow along with us as we start shooting the second half of the book, follow us on Instagram (@whhostess).  There’s a lot more party to come!

 

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