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.

August 13th, 2012 |

Back-to-School {Free Download}

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 |

Personalized Candy Jars

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!

July 26th, 2012 |

New! Stickers in the Shop!

We get downright giddy over here when we launch a new product.  Especially when they are this CUTE!  Our social stationery collection is a customer fav…so we thought it was only right to expand it to include a colorful collection of coordinating enclosure stickers.

Although there is a mate for every notecard, we love the idea of mixing and matching the different patterns!

Need a gift for someone special?  You can mix together the notecards, enclosure stickers, calling cards and notepads to create a custom stationery suite.  {Now, that is something every girl should have!}

The new stickers are 2″ round, and come in sets of 20.  At only $8, they are the perfect addition to any gift or stationery purchase.  They can be personalized with an initial, a 3-letter monogram, a return address or even a catchy saying like “hello” or “thanks”.  Check out the eye candy now available in the shop:

July 11th, 2012 |

30% Off WH Hostess

We focus on a lot of birthday party ideas around here….it is an ideal reason to throw a party, after all!  This week, we are celebrating MY birthday!  There is nothing I like more than celebrating with all of you!  So we are offering our readers a 30% off discount on WH Hostess this week!  Starting today, you can save by using the code: kellysbirthday.

Enjoy.  Happy Shopping.  And as always, thank you all for being a part of our little party community over here!

June 12th, 2012 |

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

When it comes to selecting a gift for the Dads in your life, where do you start?  The typical necktie?  Bacon and eggs in bed?  Most of the men I know are looking for a simple, thoughtful gift when it comes to Father’s Day….so I put together 4 ideas that you can re-create this week to gift all of your important guys.

For the golfer…..

Put together a “golf-game-in-a-box” with a gift certificate to his favorite course, some fresh balls and tees, a scorecard, bottle of water and a candy bar (in case he needs a little pick-me-up around the 9th hole)….extra brownie points if you dress up the items with coordinating labels!

For the griller…..

For the dad that LOVES to man the grill, whip up a batch of fresh bbq sauce. Bottle it up in a mason jar and put a cute tag on it.

For the cookie monster…..

Does your dad/husband LOVE cookies?  Jazz up his favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe by adding in chopped bacon.  Trust me, they are DELICIOUS and he will love them!

For the “best dad in town”……

Assist your kids in making a hand-painted “DAD” card….perfect for bragging rights at the office!

June 7th, 2012 |

Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook

I have a lot of books.  Cookbooks, party books, fashion books…..cocktail books.  But none of them are quite as cute (or colorful, I might add) as my new Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook.  Useful and charming in that preppy yet mod style that I adore so much, and the perfect size to keep handy in the bar for summer soirees.  Her updated twist on classic cocktails make me excited for my next bash.  Some of my favorites?  Watermelon Swash, Pink Lady, and Mrs. Salty Dog.

PS – At only $10 on Amazon, it would make a darling hostess gift!  You can purchase it here.

June 4th, 2012 |

The Party Dress Magazine | June 2012

It is with GREAT excitement that I announce the launch of our summer 2012 issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

Read the digital issue   |   Purchase the glossy issue

This issue is full of colorful ideas for summer entertaining, ways to keep cool, entertain children + adults alike, and inspire you to create magical holidays for your family.  It truly has a touch of everything; each and every page makes me swoon with delight and I can’t wait for you all to read it!  Our amazing assistant editor, Charynn Osheski and I could not put together a publication of this size without the assistance of amazing contributors. We aim to share the amazing talent that is out there in the party & entertaining industry with you each issue, and this issue certainly does not disappoint.  A HUGE thank you goes to all of our contributors and advertisers for making this issue happen.
 
Contributors for this issue include: 
Kelly Lyden, WH Hostess + The Party Dress  |  Charynn Olsheski, Two Sugar Babies | Casi Densmore-Koon, CupcakeMAG  |  Tori Spelling, ediTORIal  |  Jeff Peabody & Jennifer Billingsley, Honeycomb Events  |  Lynlee Beckett, Lynlee’s Petite Cakes  |  Melissa Johnson, Best Friends for Frosting  | Kathy Wolfe, Kathy Wolfe Photography |  Katie Nguyen Wells, Petite Social  |  Leoni Jena, Just Call Me Martha  |  Jenny Steffens Hobick, Everyday Occassions 

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