December 10th, 2012 |
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?
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)
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.
November 27th, 2012 |
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 certificate? FIVE, 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 |
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!
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 |
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 15th, 2012 |
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)?!
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.
November 14th, 2012 |
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 |
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!