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

October 29th, 2012 |

WH Hostess Holiday Collection

We are SO excited to officially launch our 2012 Holiday Collection for WH Hostess!  An amazing collection of products to help you send your warmest wishes this holiday season, stylized like never before.  Our unique assortment of modern preppy patterns is offered in gorgeous color combinations, offering a modern take on red and green, or blue and white. From a red and white imperial trellis, to a multi-colored ikat, to a preppy clover pattern – there truly is something for everyone!  (and I personally LOVE to mix and match the patterns too!)

What I love most about our collection is that we offer ways to help you stylize your photo cards, gift wrapping, gift giving and entertaining.  Our price points are AMAZING, especially for the quality.  You will find gifts at all different price points, with many, many options under $25, making it the perfect opportunity to buy a personalized item for teachers, hostess gifts, or a surprise for a sweet friend.


 

Our holiday photo cards offers patterns for Christmas, Hanukkah and every combination of the two! Our gorgeous designs are printed on a luxe, white cardstock (much heavier than all of our competitors!) which produces vibrant colors. Most cards can be customized to fit multiple photos and your choice of vertical or horizontal.  Each card also has a coordinating return address label, making stuffing and addressing that much more convenient!

Whether you prefer gift stickers or enclosure cards with envelopes, we have you covered with darling, personalized items.

 

Cake Plate Clings by WH Hostess are my new go-to decorative accessory AND gift ideas.  Cake Plate Clings (patent-pending) are a novel series of decorative linings designed for cake stands, pedestals and serving dishes. They offer a fresh, reusable update to the traditional disposable paper doilies and liners. They are used for decoration, placed under the food for ornamentation. Offered in vibrant colors and patterns fromWH Hostess Social Stationery, Cake Plate Clings are: washable, reusable, non-adhesive, slide-free, residue-free, and printed with environmentally friendly ink and material.

Gone are the days of paper doilies and liners that slide off your plate, show grease and oil stains, and are one-time use.  With Cake Plate Clings, you can dress up your serving vessel on any given day to add a touch of pattern or color to your kitchen table.  Embellish a plate of desserts you are delivering to a friend, or color coordinate it with a party.  It’s the perfect way to dress up your basic white or glass cake stands. Did I mention that they can be personalized with a monogram, initial or name?

Our lucite trays are TO DIE FOR.  They are cute, preppy and totally versatile.  Offered in both an 8.5″x11″ and 11″x17″ size, the best part is that they come with removable inserts.  So you can order a new insert for every party or holiday! These are great for holiday parties, and also make a lovely gift!

Our personalized, ceramic mugs are offered in vibrant patterns and at $16, they make THE perfect teacher’s gift! Fill it with candy or homemade toffee and it will make the gift even sweeter!

I am always in search of the perfect hostess gift.  You know, that darling little token to show your appreciation for being included in a holiday celebration.  We have two fabulous options for you – both under $15.

Our personalized ornaments are AMAZING. 4″ round in size, they can be personalized for your needs, and are offered in all of our darling patterns. They also look darling tied to a bottle of wine, or onto a gift as a lovely gift tag!

Our paper coasters are the perfect, throw-in-your-purse and wow-your-hostess gift.  Sold in a set of 25, they can be personalized with a name, monogram or saying. Pair a set of the coasters with a lucite tray or a darling melamine plate for a nice gift idea.

We offer many adorable stationery gifts that can be personalized for each recipient.  In addition to our notecards, enclosure stickers and calling cards, we also offer new post-it notecubes, and our ever-popular chunky notepads.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into our Holiday collection!  I would love to know….what item is your favorite?!

 

 

 


 

October 15th, 2012 |

Introducing….CAKE PLATE CLINGS

The entertaining industry has pretty much occupied my mind for the last 3 years. Definitely before, but especially since I started The Party Dress blog in 2009.  I have always a fan of pretty things (I started collecting pieces of china as a teenager), and always the one to throw up my hand to host a party.  Over the years, my cake stands, pedestals and tiered serving pieces have grown to be quite the collection.  I am typically drawn to the basic white or glass, knowing that it offers endless possibilities in terms of embellishing with paper liners, ribbon trim, etc. to coordinate with my events.

After months (and months, and months) of development, I am SO excited to finally introduce you to my latest product and obsession: Cake Plate Clings.

Cake Plate Clings (patent-pending) are a novel series of decorative linings designed for cake stands, pedestals and serving dishes. They offer a fresh, reusable update to the traditional disposable paper doilies and liners. They are used for decoration, placed under the food for ornamentation. Offered in vibrant colors and patterns from WH Hostess Social Stationery, Cake Plate Clings are:

washable  |  reusable  |  non-adhesive

slide-free  |  residue-free

printed with environmentally friendly ink and material

Gone are the days of paper doilies and liners that slide off your plate, show grease and oil stains, and are one-time use.  With Cake Plate Clings, you can dress up your serving vessel on any given day to add a touch of pattern or color to your kitchen table.  Embellish a plate of desserts you are delivering to a friend, or color coordinate it with a party.  It’s the perfect way to dress up your basic white or glass cake stands. Did I mention that they can be personalized with a monogram, initial or name?

Offered in 5 different sizes, and multiple shapes (round, square and scalloped edge), dozens of gorgeous patterns (preppy & bright colors, graphic black & white, holiday patterns, and even Clings for Kids!), the possibilities are endless, making them customizable to your needs and style.  Prices range from $10 for a 6″ – up to $20 for a 13″, making they a very affordable accessory!They allow you to add a fashionable element to your tabletop display or serving desserts at any event, by clinging to your cake stand, pedestal or serving dishes without adhesive.

They are incredibly simple to use and to care for, making your job as a hostess that much easier. This is how you apply your cling:

Step 1:

Carefully remove your cling from the paper backing, hold over your clean serving piece to align it to one edge.

Step 2:

Gently spread the cling across the serving piece, pressing down along the way.

Step 3:

Continue laying the cling atop your serving piece, until it is completely covered.

Step 4:

Once your cling is in place, use your fingers to gently smooth away any air bubbles.  Your cling will stay in place until you are ready to remove it.

Care & Cleaning:

Gently remove the cling from your serving piece, and wash with warm water.  Dry and place on the paper backing to store flat for future use.

Cake Plate Clings are currently offered in a variety of preppy patterns, black & white basics, scalloped monograms and kid patterns.  We also have a gorgeous collection of holiday clings!  Offered in both round and square shapes, these festive clings will add to your holiday decor, and be the perfect accessory for parties!  You better believe that I will be gifting these to my friends this year!  Top a darling white cake stand (these are some of our favorites) with one of these…your gift will definitely stand out from the crowd!

What advantages do Cake Plate Clings have over traditional paper liners?

Paper doilies and liners are one-time use, disposable, show grease and oil stains from food, and can slide around on your cake stand or serving piece.  Cake Plate Clings grip your serving piece without adhesive, so they do not slide.  Cake Plate Clings can be washed and reused, giving you more bang for your buck!  Due to the material, they do not show grease and oil stains from food.

What does the material feel like?

The material used for the Cake Plate Clings feels kind of like a wall decal, with a nice smooth hand and glossy finish.  Both the material and ink used are environmentally-friendly.

Can I wash my Cake Plate Cling?

Absolutely!  Gently wash them with warm water, pat dry and then place on the original paper backing to store flat.

What if an area of my cling isn’t gripping to my cake stand or serving piece?

Apply a small amount of water to the back of the cling, and it will help grip to your serving piece.

Are Cake Plate Clings available for wholesale?

Yes!  Our collection of patterned Cake Plate Clings are available wholesale.  Please contact wholesale@whhostess.com for more information.

Can I find Cake Plate Clings anywhere else?

No!  WH Hostess has developed this patent-pending product, and are the only suppliers that we are aware of currently.

For more information about Cake Plate Clings, you can read our brochure here.

Visit whhostess.com to view the complete collection.

 

 

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