October 9th, 2012 |
It’s no secret that I am a sucker for a gorgeous coffee table book, the latest cookbook, or design books. My husband always jokes that my justification is “it’s inspiration” for the blog, the shop, the book. And it is. But I also just LOVE beautiful books. These 9 books are currently on my radar: entertaining, cooking, design and weddings. Has anyone read any of them yet?
pretty paper parties | small plates sweet treats | celebrate | gypset travel | bouchon bakery | nate berkus: things that matter | charlotte moss: a visual life | style me pretty weddings | barefoot contessa foolproof
October 1st, 2012 |
I’m having a little party over here today. Why you ask?! Because I finally get to share some amazing news with all of you….
I know I have been dropping hints about some BIG projects we have been working on lately around here…. I can’t spill the beans on all of them yet, but for today, today I can share with you that I am writing a BOOK!
“Stylish Kids Parties” (F+W Media, Inc.) will be launching Fall 2013 and feature unique, never seen before parties by WH Hostess Social Stationery, DIY party ideas and more. I’m beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to bring you even more party inspiration, and do what I love best…..styling kids parties that put a smile on both the kid and parent’s faces! This really is a dream come true and I can’t wait to share more details with you!
Stay tuned in the months to come for some behind the scenes and more information on the book.
September 17th, 2012 |
Good Morning, Sunshine! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend! We have a fun treat for you this morning. Meet Palm Beach Lately: a modern guide to Palm Beach that features colorful inspiration and snapshots of island beauty, living, social and style. It’s a new blog created by our friend and magazine contributor, Beth Beattie of Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Events and her sister, Danielle Norcross of Concierge Couture.
These ladies have created a crisp, fresh guide that is quickly become a new lifestyle fav. They are not only sharing the recipe for their signature cocktail, but they have partnered with Pioneer Linens to create a set of cocktail napkins featuring their icons…..and are giving away a set of them! What a fabulous way to start off a Monday, right?
Palm Beach Lately Recipe
The cocktail is simple: champagne, grapefruit juice and cherry syrup, but is big on flavor and slim on the calories.
- 1 part champagne
- 1 part fresh squeezed grapefruit juice
- Splash of fresh pureed cherries
In a champagne flute, pour grapefruit juice and champagne. Add a splash of fresh cherry syrup and enjoy.
Designed by the creators of Palm Beach’s “Must Read” blog Palm Beach Lately, these fun and colorful embroidered cocktail napkins are a must have for any fabulous party. The Palm Beach Lately cocktail napkin set is the perfect accent for a posh gathering or to give as a unique hostess gift.
- Made from 100% Linen
- One Set of 4 Cocktail Napkins
- 6 x 6″ with Hemstitch Border
- By Palm Beach Lately
Here’s how to enter: head over to “like” Pioneer Linen’s facebook page and leave us a comment here to let us know you entered! Don’t forget to “like’ Palm Beach Lately, too! Contest starts today, Monday, September 17, 2012 and will end at midnight CST. A winner will be chosen via random.org based on the comments left on this post.
September 14th, 2012 |
TGIF to all of you! It’s been a whirlwind week here with so many things happening behind the scenes that I can barely keep my head on straight. We have some BIG things happening for our little brands, and I absolutely can.not.wait. to share them with all of you! Things that are going to knock your socks off. Things that I only dreamt would come to be some day. Exciting things that remind me the importance of dreaming big! I’ll share…soon…very soon!
Until then, I wish you all a fabulous weekend! And always remember to DREAM BIG. And as always, thanks for riding along on this little journey of mine. Absolutely thrilled to have you all be a part of it.
PS – If you are tailgating this weekend, make sure to check out our posts here and here for ideas!
PPS – And if you are looking for some inspirational reading to enjoy with your morning coffee, download our new iPad app!
Image via The Love Shop on Etsy
September 11th, 2012 |
Our friend, Kara Allen of the blog Kara’s Party Ideas, is launching her first book in October! We couldn’t be more thrilled for her, and are so pleased to have her here today to share a few peeks into the book and answer some questions about what we can expect to find in it.
Kara’s Party Ideas (Cedar Fort Books, on sale 10/9/12) is a vibrant handbook filled with a wide variety of party themes, plus tips and tricks for a truly spectacular soiree, no matter what the occasion! Party blogger and style expert Kara Allen offers you all the inspiration you need to turn your special moments into unforgettable memories.
We asked Kara a few questions about the book, the process and her must-have party trend right now…..enjoy!
You have been showcasing fabulous parties on your blog for some time now….what inspired you to create a book?
Writing a party idea book has been a goal of mine for a really long time. Even before I started my blog I would go to the bookstore to scope out the entertaining/wedding/event section. I dreamed of having my own book some day and that is a big force that drove me to push as hard as I could for my dream. It’s been so surreal and so exciting!
What can we expect to see in Kara’s Party Ideas: The Book?
Kara’s Party Ideas is a vibrant book filled with a wide variety of party themes, plus tips and tricks for a truly spectacular soiree, no matter what the occasion! It includes thirteen parties, each displayed in remarkable detail through photos and descriptions. A CD with printable invitations and party decorations is also included!
Can you give us a peek into your thought process when it comes to planning a party?
It always starts with something small. I see a cute invitation, a fun decoration, or even a balloon, and the ideas start coming from there. I love themed parties, and thrive off of finding something that goes along with the party theme I’m currently planning. I look everywhere, and literally have “party” on my brain all day long, no matter where I go!
What is one “must-have” project from your book?
I don’t know if I can chose just one…too hard to decide! But the included CD is full of “must have” projects!
Do you have a favorite theme party from the book?
That’s a hard one. I love all the parties for different reasons! I always have a big heart for circus themed parties, though. I planned my very first circus party about 4 years ago, when there wasn’t a lot out there in the party world that was circus-related. Now it has become a very popular theme, with so much available and so many options! I think it will always be my “signature” party theme.
What new party trends do you showcase in the book that we will all want to use in upcoming parties?
I have found that it isn’t very hard to dress up inexpensive party items and decor to make them look professional & perfect. All it takes is some ribbon, a cute tag, a small piece of fabric, or something similar to dress up an inexpensive store bought party favor or packaged party supply!
Kara, thanks for stopping by today as part of your blog tour! We wish you success with your new book!
To pre-order your copy of Kara’s Party Ideas, visit amazon.com.
September 4th, 2012 |
It is with GREAT excitement today that I share with you not only the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine, but also announce the addition of the iPad APP! Now offering you, our readers, three convenient ways to enjoy this issue:
buy the printed copy | download the iPad app | read the digital issue
I know I say this each and every time we launch a magazine, but I am truly in love with the ideas in this Fall 2012 issue. With original content from amazing bloggers and stylists, this issue is full of ideas for helping you create your best Fall yet. Simple ideas for entertaining, ways to celebrate back-to-school with your family, transitional home decor, ways to dress up Fall parties, quick ideas for Halloween that will make you look like the crafty mom, all while having more time to spend with your costume-clad kids, kids’ birthday parties, and a peek into Thanksgiving.
I would like to take this opportunity to send a big virtual hug and “thank you” to my assistant editor, Charynn Olsheski of Two Sugar Babies, and our amazing line-up of contributors: Casi Densmore-Koon of CupcakeMAG, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio, Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Treats, Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff of AndersRuff, Jenny Dixon of Crossing the Bugger Dixon Line, Glory Albin of Glorious Treats, Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails, and Carrie Sellman of Half Baked ~ The Cake Blog.
We were fortunate to work with two BIG brands this issue for exclusive features. A big thank you to Ad Hoc (part of the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group) and Pottery Barn for your contributions!
I hope you all enjoy this issue and hope you share it with your friends!
August 27th, 2012 |
It’s about that time. You know, the end of summer. The start of a new season….the start of a new school year. We’ve had a fantastic summer around here – busy with parties, and projects, and lots of fun things in the works for the future. We managed to squeeze in some serious beach time, some bbq’s and practically a whole house renovation (thanks to a little hole in the hose on the back of our refrigerator!). I’ll fill you all in on that later. For now, we are celebrating “back-to-school” with a fabulous giveaway from one of our sponsors, Minted. Minted has curated a fabulous assortment of back to school products including our fun customizable journals, kids personal stationery and inspirational art prints. There will be one (1) grand prize winner. The prize is worth $200 of Minted credit good towards the following:
(3) customizable journals
(1) set of personalized kid’s stationery
and (1) 11×14 children’s art print
And….. 10 runner up prize winners will receive (1) journal. Pretty fabulous, right?!
To enter, click HERE and follow the instructions! Contest begins today (Monday, August 27, 2012) and will end at 11:59pm CST on Friday, August 31, 2012. Good Luck!!
August 22nd, 2012 |
In my typical morning browse of blogs and pinterest, I came across a fabulous post from one of my favorite bloggers, Bakerella. (remember when I got to meet her?) Posted back in May (clearly I am behind on my blog reading), she listed out a fabulous line-up of baking/dessert-related cookbooks. MANY of these sit on my bookshelves, and I thought it was such a great list that I just had to share it with you!
Click here for the full post.
August 13th, 2012 |
With kids heading back to school all over the country this month, we thought it was time to share a free printable! Every kid needs a shiny new pencil box to start the year off right. We love the size of this green box we found at Target – it’s the perfect size for little hands, to fit in backpacks and desks, and it’s shape made it an ideal …
You can turn this sweet back-to-school treat into a little gift for your student by tying it to a composition notepad with a big red bow. Or, better yet, have your child gift this to their teacher as a little surprise the first week of school.
Click on the link below to download your free printable pencil box label. Simply add your child (or teacher’s) name and print it on full-page label paper. Enjoy!
August 3rd, 2012 |
Personalizing party favors or unique placecards just got a whole lot simpler with this creative idea from bhg.com: using lettered stickers to spell out the name (available at Michael’s or your local craft store) on glass or plastic containers, you can paint a band around jars and then peel the stickers off to reveal a cute peek of the candy inside.
SO easy….SO cute! I am definitely going to try this soon!