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!

April 29th, 2013 |

MOTHER’S DAY with WH HOSTESS | 20% OFF

wh hostess mothers day giftsIf it’s one thing WH Hostess loves….it’s MOMS!  Celebrate your favorite mom, grandmother, sister or best friends with a personalized gift from WH Hostess this year.  In addition to our gorgeous personalized stationery, we have a variety of preppy gift items that are sure to put a smile on her face.  Our favorites include:

  1. Personalized Lucite Tray – Available in two sizes, these trays are the ultimate item for the hostess with the mostess.  You can change out the insert, giving you style flexibility from party to party.
  2. Cake Plate Clings – Our favorite (patent-pending) product!  Reusable, non-adhesive, decorative liners for cake stands, pedestals and serving dishes.  Offered in dozens of patterns, these can be personalized with an initial, monogram or name.  Gift your favorite Mom a cute cake stand with a personalized Cake Plate Cling this year!
  3. Personalized Post-It Notecube – Whether it sits on your desk or your kitchen countertop, these personalized notepads add a splash of style to any room and are super-convenient for quick notes.
  4. Personalized iPad Cases – Our newest product (more information on them tomorrow!), these personalized iPad cases are AMAZING.  Gorgeous quality, our fun preppy patterns – it’s the perfect way to protect your tablet in style!
  5. Cell Phone Cases – Every cell phone needs a stylish case!  Our selection of durable, hard cases features preppy patterns and tons of personalization options for you to choose from.
  6. Personalized Ceramic Mug – For the Mom that loves a good cup of coffee, our personalized mugs are offered in a variety of darling patterns.  These make a perfect teacher gift too!

WH Hostess is pleased to offer our readers and customers 20% off this week in honor of Mother’s Day.  Code: WHLOVESMOMS is valid from Monday, April 29 – Thursday, May 2, 2013.  Not valid on previous purchases, custom party plans or custom designs.

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April 17th, 2013 |

PINTEREST PARTY with THE HONEST COMPANY

pinterest party with the honest companyWe’re gearing up for a fun Pinning party tonight with The Honest Company!  Join us for creative ideas with a strawberry theme – everything from nursery decor, to clothing, to DIY projects and gift ideas.

Who. The Honest Company, Ampersand Design Studio, Better Homes & Gardens, cupcakeMAG, Gardenista, The Land of Nod, Making It Lovely, ModernMom, MomTrends, Move Lifestyle, The Party Dress, Serena & Lily, Weelicious, Wiley Valentine…and you!

What. Join a creative community, share your talents, and get inspired by others as you translate Honest’s new Strawberries print diaper into a natural, meaningful, and collaborative nursery design.

When. April 17, 2013 6pm PST / 9pm EST

Where. Pinterest!

How. Re-pin from our board! Leave us some comments and join the fun. Get inspired for your own Strawberries nursery.

April 15th, 2013 |

CELEBRATE TAX DAY with 20% OFF WH HOSTESS

wh hostess discount codeCelebrate TAX DAY with WH Hostess!  TODAY ONLY (04.15.13) save 20% on your WH Hostess order using the discount code TAXDAY2013. Offer not valid on previous purchases, custom designs or party planning services.  It’s the perfect time to stock up on party supplies, personalized gifts (Mother’s Day is right around the corner), or add to your Cake Plate Clings collection!  Happy Shopping!

April 9th, 2013 |

INTERVIEW | MADISON DALLAS

madison dallas home and gift store

Last Spring, I had the pleasure of visiting the charming home decor and gift store, Madison in the Highland Park Village of Dallas, Texas. Owned by sisters and interior designers, Kelli Ford and Kirsten Fitzgibbons, the colorful store showcases unique gifts in every corner. Their broad selection of linens that can be embroidered and monogrammed are what really stood out to me. I very quickly fell in love with the modern spin they were able to put on classic items, such as linen napkins, bedding and accessories using new technology for embroidery. Raised, oversized initals and monograms, multi- colored threads and patterns….so many amazing options that I have not seen elsewhere.

raised embroidery linen napkins from madison dallas

I was so fortunate to use these gorgeous napkins (personalized with my initials) for my ladies Spring luncheon.  While discussing the modern monogram with Madison co-owner, Kelli Ford, she was kind enough to answer a few of my questions about using monograms for entertaining:

In what ways have you seen the classic monogram updated in recent years?

I have seen the classic monogram updated in recent years with the style becoming more contemporary, with the use of new tools we are able to do more with size, color, thickness and even patterns.

madison dallas store

Are there new “trends” we should be aware of?

New trends I have noticed are people becoming more liberal with monogramming. Instead of just shirts and linens it has become part of establishing identity with putting your mark on literally everything. Book bags, lunch boxes, makeup cases, socks, dog beds, ipad cases, carseats, you name it! Sense of ownership is very important to the modern day client.

How can the modern hostess incorporate monograms into entertaining and their home?

The modern hostess can incorporate monograms into entertaining and their home by having fun! Guests feel very special when you pull out your “best”with napkins, hand towels, robes, etc. They also can add an expected element of surprise with hostess gifts, shower gifts, or even children’s goodie bags.

books at madison dallas

How has technology changed over the years for embroidery?

Technology has definitely changed, as it use to be done all by hand. You can achieve a really beautiful detailed result with multihead machines with a skilled operator and designer at an amazing speed. One amazing new part of technology is you can basically scan in any image to be then converted with thread. It is pretty remarkable!

cocktail books at madison dallas

If you are in the Dallas area, I encourage you to stop by Madison to shop their gorgeous store and the broad selection of items you can have customized with embroidery.  You can visit their website at www.madisondallas.com.

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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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