May 10th, 2012 |

Tea Cup Centerpiece

Looking for a quick centerpiece idea for your Mother’s Day brunch?  I love the idea of using vintage tea cups scattered together down the middle of your table.  These tea cups came from my great-grandmother and great-aunt!  I love the intricate patterns on them, and they are so simple to fill with gorgeous bloom.

May 8th, 2012 |

{Mother’s Day} Gift for The Baker

It’s no secret that both Charynn and I love to bake.  So when it came time for us to narrow down our Mother’s Day gifting ideas for the Spring magazine – the baking gift was a no brainer.  Simple to pull together, we suggest including a cookbook, oven mit, some utensils and maybe even tie on a few cookie cutters with a gorgeous ribbon.

Simple, charming, and outside of Mother’s Day, I think this would make a darling hostess gift when going to stay at someone’s home for a weekend.

To see some of our other gift ideas, click here and here.

May 1st, 2012 |

April Showers bring May Flowers

Can you believe how quickly this Spring is flying by?  April went by with the blink of an eye, and I sure hope that old saying is true.  You know the one…..”April showers bring May flowers.”  I am D.O.N.E with the cool, rainy days.  It’s time to roll in the sunshine and get summer started!  I’m trying to encourage the weather with these gorgeous peonies currently sitting on my dining room table….

I thought I would fill you in on what’s going on here this month.  We have quite a busy month! First up, a week worth of party inspiration for Cinco de Mayo, the Kentucky Derby and even a little Mother’s Day thrown in there. Throwing a party this weekend?  We’ve got you covered on ideas!

Speaking of parties….we have an obscene amount of parties on our calendar right now.  Some we are throwing, some we are attending, some we are designing/coordinating, and many {many, many} we are producing the paper goods for.  It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to do it, right? ;)

Here are the pattern palettes we are working with for just three of our upcoming events.  Just enough to wett your whistle and get you excited to see the final product soon on the blog.

May is also a busy month for the magazine, as we finish up our photo shoots and finalize the layouts for the Summer issue.  I’m so excited to share this issue with you….we have an A.M.A.Z.I.N.G line-up full of fabulous party inspiration, and tons of ideas for everyday, summer entertaining.  Our list of contributors is out of this world, with many new voices, as well as one very exciting surprise contributor. GET. EXCITED. For now, here’s a sneak peek.  The issue will launch June 4th and we’ll start the pre-order very soon!

With just shy of two weeks left until Mother’s Day, it’s time to get shopping for the favorite ladies in your life.  Our colorful collection of social stationery, notepads, melamine and paper coasters will cover everyone on your list.  And our new collection of cell phone cases and calling cards?!  Too darling for words.  To ensure delivery, please get your orders in SOON!

That’s it for now, friends.  There are so many behind the scenes projects going on that I can’t talk about just yet.  But will….soon!

April 25th, 2012 |

{Giveaway} Amy Atlas’ Sweet Designs

I am sure you all have heard the news! Sweet Designs, by Amy Atlas finally hit bookstores yesterday! And guess what, it’s #1 on Amazon under the Crafts, Hobbies and Home and has spent 44 days in the top 100 and it JUST came out. Go Amy!  Also exciting?!  We’re giving away a SIGNED COPY.  Today.  Here.

If you aren’t familiar with the lovely Amy Atlas, she is the well known party planner extraordinaire {we are so happy she left her day job as a lawyer!} and shows readers how to create fabulous sweet tables for not just adults but kids too! She combines easy DIY craft ideas, store bought treats and easy recipes to make the perfect desert table for any gathering. She is just brilliant and a one-of-kind sweets stylist.
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When I received the gallery copy a few months back, I was immediately in love with every page. Since I received my final copy a few days ago from her publisher, I’ve already flipped through it 15 times and it has a permanent spot on my coffee table. Sweet Designs is one gorgeous book and oh-my-word, you must buy it now. From the mouth watering recipes to my serious love for Chapter 1…ah, Forever Chanel {you had us at Diamonds & Pearls} and Candy Couture. Oh, and let’s not forget the crafts! My mind is still lingering over the Pleated Pedestal Skirts that are just, to.die.for. Just take my word – you will be in love with Sweet Designs and the jam packed inspiration it holds.
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Since 2008, her hundreds of thousands of fans and readers have flocked to her award-wining blog, Sweet Designs. We are just ecstatic she put her ideas into a book and shared it with the world. Lucky for you, we am giving away a signed copy of Sweet Designs to one lucky reader to celebrate this beautiful book!

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To enter, please leave a comment here about sweets!  What you love, what you want to learn from the book, what you love about Amy….we are looking for sweet comments to celebrate the launch.  Only one entry per reader, please.  Giveaway starts today, Wednesday, April 25th and goes thru Sunday, April 29th at midnight CST.  Giveaway winner will be announced on Monday.  Good luck and thanks to Amy and her team for giving our readers this opportunity!
April 24th, 2012 |

Mother’s Day Gift: Me Time

I’m back today with  another idea for a Mother’s Day gift!  (although, I actually think ANY girl would love to receive this. It could make a darling birthday gift for a good friend, too!)

If you are looking for a gift to celebrate Mom, give her (your mom, sister or best friend) something I guarantee she doesn’t have enough of: “Me Time”. You know, that magical hour where she can curl up with a great book, that stack of magazines she has been accumulating, and (if you are like me) a fabulous chocolate bar….without the dog barking, kids screaming, or the e-mail beeping away on her phone.

We loved the idea of creating a tidy, little package of Mom’s favorite reads.  This one in particular was geared towards the foodie mom: cooking magazines, a fabulous book, and a special chocolate treat.  All tied up with a pretty pink bow and it makes a darling gift!

April 17th, 2012 |

Mother’s Day Gift: For the Gardener

In order to inspire you to get creative with your Mother’s Day gifts this year, we have five unique ideas that will appeal to each of the different personalities in your life. We’ll be showcasing all of these ideas in the next couple of weeks.

First up is this gorgeous basket for the Mom that loves to garden.  We used a fabulous, green vine basket from Pottery Barn to contain our gardening goodies. Items included a gardening magazine, seed packets, tools, gloves, a mister and a lovely hydrangea plant.

April 16th, 2012 |

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts

Today’s featured party by Beth Beattie has us in the mood for Mother’s Day!  If you are on our newsletter subscriber list, you received a colorful e-mail from us this morning showcasing the lovely, personalized goodies we have on our Mother’s Day gift list this year.

Known for our festive party collections, WH Hostess has expanded into a full collection of stationery, notepads, calling cards (or mommy cards!), and even some gift items such as cell phone cases, paper coasters, melamine plates and trays. The best part is….they are all so reasonably priced and you can personalize them to your heart’s content.  Which means, you can shop for your mom, your sister and your best friend! These perks truly add up to the perfect gift!

Check out our fabulous new items and remember to get your orders in early for shipping in time for Mother’s Day!

March 12th, 2012 |

The Party Dress Magazine, Spring 2012 + Giveaway

The day is FINALLY here.  We’re launching the 5th issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  It’s always a labor of love, and I am SO thrilled with how this issue turned out.  Charynn and I, along with a group of amazing contributors, offer you countless ideas for Spring entertaining, stylized kids birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, gift ideas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day.

This issue is my absolute favorite thus far.  It’s bright and colorful, and will hopefully leave you thoroughly excited for Spring.  Although we love working with current trends, the ideas you will find on the 90 pages of this magazine are timeless and will still be in style 5 years from now.  We encourage you to purchase one of the luxe, glossy, printed editions for future reference.  Hurry up….with a limited print run, we will sell out quickly!

When it comes to producing this magazine, the phrase “it takes a village” comes to mind.  In addition to my trusty assistant editor, Charynn and I, we have a wonderful assortment of top party stylists, bloggers, buyers and shop owners that contributed amazing ideas to inspire you.  A huge thank you goes out to: Sharnel Dollar, Lynlee Beckett, Christi Bennett, Kim Stoegbauer, Casi Densmore-Koon, Beth Beattie, Maggie Hemsworth, Wendy Rossiter Estes and Tiffany Grayce Harris, the buyers from The Land of Nod, Jane Carlisle, and Monica Caparosa, as well as all of our wonderful advertisers.

We hope you enjoy the issue!  Read on for details on the giveaway…..

To show our appreciation for everyone’s excitement over the new magazine, we are offering a fabulous giveaway!  Enter to win a set of all 5 TPD Magazines, along with a note from me!  Here’s how to enter:

  • The contest starts today, Monday, March 12th and ends Thursday, March 15th at 11:59pm CST.
  • A winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced on Friday, March 16th.
  • To enter: Read the current issue of TPD Magazine and leave a comment here on what is your favorite article or idea.
  • For bonus entries, share the magazine on facebook, twitter, pinterest or your blog.
Thanks for playing….GOOD LUCK!

 

March 5th, 2012 |

{Preview} TPD Magazine Spring 2012

As you may know, the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine is launching next Monday! We are SO very excited about it….it’s been hard not to share the drop-dead-gorgeous-parties with you up to this point.  Well, I just can’t keep it all to myself anymore!  So here is a teeny-tiny sneak peek of some of the fabulousness we have in store for you…..

Did we peak your interest? With a who’s-who line-up of contributors (some returning, some new!), this issue is bright, colorful and will instantly get you inspired for Spring.  Remember the mod combination of patterns I showed you here? The bridal shower turned out so beautifully, we scrambled to get the photos done for the magazine just so we can share all of the details with you!

Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Spring Entertaining, Bridal & Baby Showers, and a feature on Kids Birthday Parties you won’t want to miss.  Gift ideas, DIY projects, centerpiece ideas that will have you running out to the florist in no time, and recipes that will leave you drooling on the pages….this issue has it all!

I hope that wets your whistle until next Monday.  Make sure to order your printed copy here….with this type of inspiration, you will want a copy to hold onto for years to come.

February 17th, 2012 |

Press: Celebrate Magazine

We are thrilled to find our colorful chevron melamine tray featured in the latest Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate magazine!  We are surround by other colorful items for Spring and are so happy to be a part of their issue.  Pick up a copy at your local bookstore – great ideas for Spring entertaining!

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