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 

June 1st, 2012 |

An Evening with Amy

I took a break out of my typical work day to celebrate the launch of Amy Atlas‘s book, Sweet Designs, Thursday night at the Williams Sonoma in Chicago.  I’ve been a fan of Amy’s for years now, and have already poured thru every page of her new book.  After connecting with them over the years over facebook and twitter,  it was such a pleasure to meet Amy and her “Commander in Sweets”, Lisa at the party.  Lovely, warm, friendly ladies….a pleasure to spend the evening with.

I also met up with Jesse from Shop Sweet Lulu!  The two of us enjoyed watching Amy discuss the design concepts behind the summer picnic table from her book, sampled her strawberry trifle, had her sign our books and chat with us about everything sweets.

Chicago was the first stop on Amy’s book tour.  Take a look at the line-up below, and if she is headed to your area, I highly suggest reserving your spot to hear her speak. Amy and Lisa, it was a pleasure!  Thank you for spending so much time with me, and I hope your next visit to the Windy City is a little bit dryer!

May 16th, 2012 |

TPD Magazine – Summer 2012 Cover

It is a VERY exciting day around here.  As our Summer 2012 issue of The Party Dress magazine goes into print, we FINALLY get to share our first peek with you…..the cover!  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 and each page makes me swoon with delight.

Launching on June 4th, this magazine wouldn’t be possible without the support of our advertisers and amazing line-up of contributors.  So, without further ado, get excited to see amazing things from this {very} talented group of bloggers, party stylists and celebrities:

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

This issue is available for pre-order now in the shop!

 

 

 

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