December 11th, 2012 |

Festive Cocktails + Cocktail Dresses :: Pinterest Party

We SO excited to be partying tonight with Lilly Pulitzer during our next installment of our Holiday Entertaining Pinterest Party Series with The TomKat Studio.  Join us tonight at 9pm EST/ 6pm PST for an hour of pinspiration from an amazing group of bloggers, as we pin ideas for festive cocktail parties + cocktail dresses.

You can follow the board here, and you can join in the fun by commenting and re-pinning ideas pinned by our co-hosts using the hashtag #holidayentertaining.  By doing so, you will be entered to win one of three AMAZING prizes by Lilly Pulitzer!  Winners will be chosen at random.

See you tonight!

December 10th, 2012 |

Pottery Barn Mystery Box Challenge

Pottery Barn has been one of my go-to resources for entertaining items since I was in college.  I have always felt that my style paralleled theirs – update classics, a twist to the traditional – so when I was offered the opportunity to be one of five bloggers selected to participate in a Holiday Mystery Box Challenge, I jumped at the chance!

What is a Mystery Box Challenge, you ask?!  Well, it’s actually pretty self-explanatory.  Pottery Barn supplied me with a box of mystery items that I was then asked to incorporate into a holiday design.  What was in this box, you wonder?  Ornaments.  Tons and tons of gorgeous ornaments.  So, what’s a girl to do?!  I didn’t want to hang them on a tree (you all know how to do that), and I didn’t want to fill up a vase with them because that just wouldn’t show off each ornament’s individual beauty.  So, I came up with a DIY backdrop project that is so simple, each one of you will be able to re-create this for your holiday parties (that could then be re-purposed in your home as decor after the party). Would you like to see the simple steps?

Supplies

oversized picture frame with no backing  |  fiberglass mesh roll (available at your local hardware store)  |  scissors  |  staple gun  |  ornament hooks    |    19 ornaments (to duplicate my design)

Instructions

Step 1: Flip your open-back picture frame over so the back is facing up.  Roll out the fiberglass mesh and cut to size.  Use your staple gun to attach the mesh to the frame, pulling it taut across the back.

Step 2: Once your mesh is attached to the frame, flip it over and then use the ornaments to lay out your design and get a handle on the spacing prior to hanging. I arranged my ornaments in a tiered stack to look like a Christmas tree.

Step 3: Attach ornament hooks to each of the ornaments.  For my design, I wanted even spacing between the different rows of my Christmas tree pattern.  I hung the top ornament first, followed by the bottom row of 6 – then I was able to space out the middle rows evenly.

Step 4: Continue hanging your ornaments.  Once the design is completed, you could add some ribbon embellishment to it, if you wish. This backdrop could be used for a dessert table, buffet table or bar set-up.

This backdrop set the tone for a sparkly holiday bar, perfect for a cocktail party or festive dinner party. To add dimension to the layout, I used silver cake stands for height, and mixed in a beaded square placemat for a pop of color.  Vintage silver bar accessories, and my basic glassware made for a simple and approachable look….making sure everyone felt comfortable to mix their own drinks to give me more time to socialize and enjoy the party!

 

Entertaining Tip: Layout your table ahead of time, and then go back and add dimension by raising some elements up on pedestals or cake stands.  Be consistant with symmetry, for example, I raised all of the liqueur and wine bottles up, while the glasses remained on the table.

It was great fun to put together this project, and I do hope you like it!  I would LOVE for you all to vote for me to win this challenge over on Pottery Barn’s facebook page.  You can do so here:

Disclaimer: The ornaments provided for this shoot were provided by Pottery Barn. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pottery Barn.

 

December 4th, 2012 |

Cookie Exchange Ideas Pinterest Party TONIGHT!

It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means…..PINTEREST PARTY!!  We’re going to be pinning away tonight with The TomKat Studio and 10 amazing bloggers and friends.  It’s National Cookie Day so we’ll be pinning ideas for Holiday Cookie Exchanges!  Join us tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST for one hour of sweet pinspiration!

Follow the board here to join in the fun!

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!

 

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