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.

 

 

October 10th, 2012 |

Pinning Party!

Do you love Pinterest as much as we do? If so, you are going to love this! We’re awfully excited to be taking part in a pinning party with Project Nursery and The Honest Company, as well as special guest pinners from: The Honest Company, Gilt Baby & Kids,Project NurseryFamily Fresh CookingYummy Mummy Kitchenlil’ sugar,Cupcake Mag Big City Moms, Savvy Sassy Moms and Momma’s Gone City.

Log on Thursday, October 11th at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT to see the pinning in progress, or check back after to see our complete Lumberjack Inspiration Pinboard. We promise you’ll be inspired! Want to join in on the fun? Project Nursery and The Honest Company are giving you the opportunity to pin and win! Head over to Project Nursery to get the details here.

Make sure you follow us on Pinterest so you can join in on the fun and catch all of the inspiration!  Follow us here.

October 9th, 2012 |

October Book Wish List

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 |

Stylish Kids Parties…..THE BOOK!

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 |

Giveaway: Palm Beach Lately

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.

GIVEAWAY

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 |

Dream BIG.

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 |

Must-Have Book: Kara’s Party Ideas

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 |

Fall 2012 TPD Magazine + New iPad App

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 |

Minted. Back-to-School Giveaway!

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 |

Cookbook Line-Up

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.

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