December 4th, 2012 |

Click to Print {Free Holiday Printables}

I know that the holiday season can be stressful.  You want to do SO.MANY.THINGS: bake cookies, cut down the perfect tree, select the perfect gifts and wrap them with unique trimmings, throw the perfect party for friends & family.  It’s takes a lot of time to be the perfect hostess, so I teamed up with HP Print this season to gift all of you a collection of FREE HOLIDAY PRINTABLES.  5 darling designs that are sure to help you accessorize your party in a flash.

Whether you are planning a holiday dinner, a cocktail party or a family dinner, this set of FREE HOLIDAY PRINTABLES has 5 items that will dress up your event.  First up, a menu card in a crisp red quilt pattern with elegant touches of green.  This could be used on individual plates or in a picture frame on a buffet table.  The second item is a red name plaque that could be used as a placecard.  I used a crisp red and white stripe ribbon to weave thru the plaque to add a touch of holiday spirit.  Once combined, it’s the perfect size to lay across a napkin.

No party would be complete without some bubbly!  Welcome your guests in style with a tray full of champagne glasses.  Add some festivity to your display with striped straws embellished with our third printable item: straw flags.  Offered in both red and green, the flags offer up seasonal greetings such as “mix and mingle”, “happy everything”, “be merry” and “holly jolly”.

When dessert time rolls around, individual treats like cupcakes, mini tarts or pies, or cake pops are a great option.  Easy to serve, tidy to eat, and you as the host won’t get tied up slicing cake.  I designed a set of charming 2″ round tags featuring a bough of holly, and sayings such as “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Everything” that could be used for cupcake toppers, cake pop sticks or you could even use them as stickers.

Our fifth printable item is a 3 inch gift tag or sticker that could be used for party favors or gift giving.  Offered in three different sayings, they are a darling way to dress up gifts this season.

I hope you enjoy these FREE HOLIDAY PRINTABLES brought to you by WH Hostess and HP Print.  You can CLICK TO PRINT to use the files.  Have fun!

“This holiday season, let loved ones know how much you care. Use your favorite photos to create something personalized and unique for everyone on your list. Make it memorable. Make it meaningful. Make it matter. Go to hp.com/holiday for inspiration and ideas.”

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

November 27th, 2012 |

Pinterest Party: Christmas Party Ideas for Kids

It’s time for another fabulous Pinterest Party in our holiday entertaining series with The TomKat Studio!  This week’s party is focused on Christmas Party Ideas for Kids and we have an amazing group of bloggers lined up to share their favorite ideas! From kid-friendly desserts to sweet decorations and fun party activities, you’ll find ideas to help you host the best party of the season!

Pottery Barn Kids will be joining us as well and you will have an opportunity to WIN a $50 gift certificateFIVE, yes five winners will be chosen during the party!  Pretty exciting, right?!  Follow the party board here, and comment/repin to win! (winners will be chosen at random throughout the hour)

We have an amazing line-up of bloggers participating in tonight’s party.  Make sure to follow each of them to not miss any of the action!

You can follow them here:

Project Junior, Hostess with the Mostess, Celebrations at Home, Two Sugar Babies, Le Papier Studio, CupcakeMAG, The Celebration Shoppe, Craft That Party, Glorious Treats, Half Baked and Pen ‘n Paperflowers.

See you all tonight!

 

November 22nd, 2012 |

Celebrate the Holidays with 25% Off

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Friends.  I would like to take this moment to wish you all a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope your day is full of delicious food, festive tablesettings and quality time with the people you love. November has been such a hectic month, that I am very much looking forward to a little downtime with my family and pup.

Here at The Party Dress and WH Hostess, we are SO grateful for the support we have received from all of you over the last year.  Thank you for always being here to celebrate with us everyday.  To show our gratitude, we are offering a 25% off discount code off your WH Hostess purchase from Friday, November 23, 2012 – Monday, November 26, 2012.  Gobble, Gobble. Enjoy.  And Happy Shopping!

Code: WHGIVESTHANKS

Terms and Conditions: Discount valid from Friday, November 23, 2012 – Monday, November 26, 2012. Not valid on previous purchases, custom designs, party planning packages or wholesale orders.

November 20th, 2012 |

Merry Metallics Pinterest Party

Join us tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST for one hour of holiday inspiration as we host the 2nd party in our Holiday Entertaining Pinterest Party Series.  The theme tonight is Merry Metallics Holiday Decor & Party Ideas….it’s definitely going to be fabulous!  Last week’s event was a huge success with almost 250 pins in one hour!

Follow The Party Dress   |   Follow the Merry Metallics Board

Joining Kim (The TomKat Studio) and I this evening as co-hosts are Minted, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Vana from Le Papier Studio, Jessica from Pen ‘n Paperflowers, Maddy from Somewhere Splendid, Lynlee from Lynlee’s Petite Treats and Lili from Swanky Chic Fete.

Want to get involved for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Minted?

Get involved with the party by commenting on the pins posted by the party hosts, repin items to your own boards and make sure to use the hashtag #holidayentertaining.

See you all tonight!

November 20th, 2012 |

Holiday Gift Guide + Free Gift Tags

Our friends over at The TomKat Studio put together a fabulous holiday gift guide every year, and we were thrilled to be asked to contribute this year!  In addition to great gift ideas and fabulous holiday recipes, this year’s guide also includes a series of free printable gift tags for the holidays from some amazing designers.  You can see the grey & white gingham check tag that we designed above.

Head on over to view the gift guide here, and click here to download your free tags.

Happy Holidays!

November 15th, 2012 |

GIVEAWAY: Minted.

As you know, we’re paper-lovers over here.  It’s our business, it’s our passion. Scratch that, it’s our obsession.  So we know quality when we see it, and that is one of the reasons we love Minted. There are many, many options out there for holiday cards these days (us included!) but there are a few things that Minted does that we think are gorgeous and unique and are definitely worth checking out!

Their collection of die cut shaped photo cards are gorgeous!  I personally love this sweet red option (above) with the smooth scalloped edge.  They have the largest selection of shapes in town, so there truly is a shape that will work with your photo.

The holidays are a great time to update friends and family on the happenings of that year.  Toss those old “Christmas Letters” aside and opt for a family newsletter format holiday card.  I love the colors and layout of the one above….cute, functional and modern-looking!

Minted also has a gorgeous selection of holiday party invitations.  Whether you are throwing a cocktail party, a snow-day extravaganza, or a dessert-only party for the ladies, there are darling options to fit every occasion.

Here is the exciting part…..Minted has generously decided to gift one lucky reader with a $150 gift certificate!  Wouldn’t that be lovely to use towards holiday cards or party invitations (or even their new fabulous art prints)?!

Details

Contest Dates: Thursday, November 15, 2012 – Sunday, November 18, 2012 (12:00pm CST)

To Enter: Head over to Minted to scroll around their holiday shop, come back here and leave a comment letting us know what are your favorite design(s). It’s as simple as that!  Only one entry per person, please.  The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday, November 19th.

Good Luck!

November 14th, 2012 |

Pinterest Party: Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas

Last night, we held our first of six Holiday Entertaining Pinterest Parties and we kicked it off with Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas. Wow, was it so much fun!  Kelly and Kim from The TomKat Studio joined forces with some of the top party + entertaining bloggers to pin inspiration for your holiday celebrations.

We were joined by Vana (Le Papier Studio), Charynn (Two Sugar Babies), Chris (Celebrations at Home), Jessica (Pen ‘n Paperflowers), Kori (Paper & Pigtails), Kim (The Celebration Shoppe), Carrie (Half Baked – The Cake Blog), Maddy (Somewhere Splendid) and myself on behalf of cupcakeMAG.

In one hour, we had almost 250 pins and plenty of ideas for table decor, food, cocktails, ideas for kids and so much more. For those of you who may have missed the party, I thought I would round-up a few of my personal favorites. Click below to see them on the board.

give thanks mantel

mini pumpkin pies

fun thanksgiving table

Make sure you head over and follow the Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas board and stay tuned for details on our next pinning party on November 20th. The theme is Merry Metallics and so far, it is looking very pretty! Head over and follow the board now. We’d love for you to be part of it!

 

November 13th, 2012 |

Pinterest Parties: Thanksgiving Ideas

We have been working on something SO fun behind the scenes lately…..get ready to be inspired over the next 6 weeks by some of the top party + entertaining bloggers!  Kim from The TomKat Studio and I have joined forces to co-host a 6 week series of Pinterest Parties to help inspire your holiday celebrations.  The first event is TONIGHT!  Join us and an amazing line-up of bloggers as we pin ideas for Thanksgiving celebrations: table decor, food, cocktails, ideas for kids and so much more.

Want to join in the fun?  Here’s how:

Follow along on Pinterest during the 1 hour party (9pm EST/6pm PST), and view all of the great ideas curated by our bloggers.  You can re-pin to your own board, and comment on our pins telling us what you like, how you would style it differently, or with cooking tips.  Use the hashtag #holidayentertaining in all of your re-pins and comments, and you will be entered to win 1 of 2 prizes tonight ($50 shop credit to The TomKat Studio or $50 shop credit to WH Hostess).

Help us spread the word and join the party blogging community for some holiday fun!  And this is just the beginning….we’ll be celebrating all season long, Tuesday nights….we hope you join us!

Make sure you follow all of our Thanksgiving Ideas Party Co-Hosts on Pinterest: Kim (The TomKat Studio), Kelly (The Party Dress), Vana (Le Papier Studio), Charynn (Two Sugar Babies), Chris (Celebrations at Home), Jessica (Pen ‘n Paperflowers), Casi (CupcakeMAG), Kori (Paper & Pigtails), Kim (The Celebration Shoppe), Carrie (Half Baked – The Cake Blog) and Maddy (Somewhere Splendid).

Have a Thanksgiving idea you think I should pin?  Leave a link in the comments below and you might see it re-pinned tonight!

November 8th, 2012 |

TPD Magazine – Holiday 2012

I can hardly believe that it’s “the most wonderful time of the year” already.  Is it just me, or are the days/weeks/months flying by this year? Well, it’s November and that means, it’s time for some major Holiday entertaining ideas.  And no better way to deliver those to you, than with the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

Our 2012 Holiday issue features an amazing assortment of ideas for entertaining in style this season, gifting those with a sweet tooth, and celebrating each and every holiday with your family.  From Thanksgiving, to Christmas and Hanukkah, to New Year’s and even a touch of Valentine’s Day – this issue has you covered!

Every single issue is a labor of love for me, and our contributors.  We are always amazed at the quality of original content that is created exclusively for the magazine.

A huge virtual hug to each of our amazing contributors: Charynn Olsheski of Two Sugar Babies, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio, Beth Beattie of Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Special Events, Nicolle Spitulnik of Libby Lane Press, Rebecca Propes & Shannon Helliker of Petite Party Studio, Kelley Lilien of Mrs. Lilien, Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home, Brittany Egbert of One Charming Party, Jenny Dixon of Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line, Jessica Kirkland of Pen ‘n Paperflowers, Hani Acova of Haniela’s, Kiana Underwood of Tulipina, and Sandy Arevalo of Firefly Confections.

I hope you can find the time to curl up with a big cup of coffee, or hot chocolate today, or this weekend to enjoy the magic that resides in this issue.  Happy Holidays to everyone!

November 5th, 2012 |

Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props

Thinking of adding that perfect touch to your parties this fall? Consider using Paper Props. They are super fun to make and can liven up any party. Paper props have become such a trend in the handmade community and more people are turning to fun DIY ideas for parties, weddings and casual entertaining. They are a clever way to create a memorable experience for your guests plus they are super fun to make together with your kids!

My new book, Pretty Paper Parties, is full of unique ideas like these for parties, weddings and showers.  The party props are a blast:

And because they are always so much fun, I decided to create a set of Thanksgiving themed ones for the Fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  They are a great activity for your kids while you are cooking dinner, so make sure to download the free printables today!

Download our fun printable Thanksgiving Photo Props! Print them on cardstock paper, cut, assemble and voila! you’ve created instant memories.  I hope you enjoy them!

For more fun ideas and easy -to-made paper projects you’ll love, check out my book Pretty Paper Parties. To order your signed copy, visit: www.lepapierstudio.com

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