December 16th, 2009 |
Have you ever heard of “welcome lights?” A fairly new concept to me, but my husband’s grandmother explained to me that the candlestick lights that people place in their windows at night (predominantly during the Holiday season) are a sign to your “callers” that your home is welcoming visitors. Although a very traditional concept, a lovely one at that. The more I drive around looking at Christmas lights, the more aware I am of these now.
I love the idea of taking this concept and adding a modern spin to it. Instead of placing candlestick lights in your window, decorate the front of your house with lanterns. Hang them, line your front path with them……the more you have, the more impact you will make. You can get creative with your “lanterns” too. Instead of using traditional ones, trying using clear glass vases, or hang square vases full of candles on strands of ribbon. The effect will be stunning, your home will truly glow…..and your guests will certainly know they are welcome!
Image via Brides.com
December 11th, 2009 |
I am always looking for something new and different to hang on my front door. This paperwhite basket from Southern Living looks so fresh to me. It would be lovely for the Holiday season….but it also would be a perfect decoration for a bridal shower or wedding. What a lovely way to welcome your guests!?
December 11th, 2009 |
Sometimes your table needs just one little detail that pulls the whole thing together. These festive accessories are sure to help!
Jingle bell napkin rings add a touch of shimmer and probably some noise from the kids! You can find them in silver at Pottery Barn, or a colorful version from Social Couture. These miniature knit stockings from Crate & Barrel holds your silverware perfectly! It also adds a welcome pop of color when placed on your basic white dishes.
December 9th, 2009 |
Christmas doesn’t have to mean red and green….try choosing a modern color palette of teal and lime green for your holiday party. (hint: these colors look particularly fabulous in metallic items!)
Images: ornament wreath (hgtv.com), napkin (bhg.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), ornaments (projectwedding.com), ornament and candle centerpiece, presents (bhg.com)
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November 30th, 2009 |
I don’t know what it is lately…..maybe it’s the fact that I actually have a house to decorate now…..but I am just obsessed with cool wreaths! Not only are they a lovely addition to your front door, but they can dress up a plain wall, hang in an open window…..it’s the perfect touch of Christmas for any room!
I love that each one of these has an unusual look for the traditional wreath. Somewhat unexpected in design, but absolutely stunning in my opinion. I think they encourage us to think outside the box…..freeze cranberries in a large jello mold and hang outside with ribbon (make sure it’s a really cold day!). Cover a styrofoam wreath with red roses and carnations, and add in a touch of moss and a few fresh brussel sprouts for a touch of color. If you are looking for a green wreath with a contemporary feel, try using lily grass instead of using spruce boughs. I love the look of this wreath! Click here for the full instructions from Better Homes and Gardens.
Does anyone have any creative wreath ideas?! E-mail me your pictures and we’ll put a post together of all of your creative ideas!
Images: cranberry ice wreath and red roses wreath (inmagine.com), green lily grass wreath (bhg.com)
November 24th, 2009 |
I love this simple, snowflake wreath I found at Midwest Living. Perfect for winter – something that can carry you all the way thru January, February….let’s hope, winter doesn’t continue into March too!
— 2 yards of white wool-blend felt
— Ready-made flat rigid foam wreath (20-inch diameter)
— Stiffening spray
— Spray glue
— Mounting squares
— Black marker
— Fabric glue
— White embroidery floss
Note: Suggested yardages are based on wool-blend felt with a 36-inch width. Please adjust yardages as needed.
1. To make the wreath base, cut out white felt pieces to cover the ready-made flat rigid foam wreath. (Our wreath has a 20-inch diameter). Using the wreath form as a pattern, trace and cut two pieces of white felt to cover the front and back of the foam. Then cut a band of felt to cover the inside edge and a second band to cover the outside edge.
2. Attach the felt pieces around the wreath form with upholstery glue.
3. Hand-stitch all edges with white embroidery floss to secure.
4. Sew a loop of embroidery floss on the back of the wreath to hang.
5. Cut out the 6 snowflake patterns. (There are 3 snowflake patterns in 2 sizes).
6. Apply stiffening spray to the white felt so that the snowflakes will keep their shape.
7. Trace and cut out 3 snowflakes in each size for a total of 18 snowflakes. (Trace and cut more, if needed).
8. Layer snowflakes in random order on the wreath. Start with the biggest snowflakes on the bottom layer. Adhere with fabric glue.
9. For dimension, apply more snowflakes with stacks of mounting squares.
10. Apply spray glue and sprinkle on glitter. Let dry.
November 24th, 2009 |
Sometimes all your table needs is a pop of color….placemats can get expensive, especially if you are entertaining a crowd! When I was in Europe earlier this Fall, all of the high-end home stores were showing thick, felt placemats. When used on a table, they created a warm and cozy look….perfect for the Holidays! The placemats I found in Europe were pricy…..$40-30 a piece….and it occurred to me that they would be so simple to make. Extra-thick felt (available at your local fabric store), and a set of pinking shears is all you need. Draw a pattern out on cardboard first to create a template, trace it on to the backside of the felt, and then cut it out. Voila!
Image via Real Simple
November 23rd, 2009 |
I’m so excited to announce our partnership with The OpenSky Project, an innovative on-line community of shopkeepers. OpenSky is full of “experts” – people like me who have a passion for what they do, what they write about – who offer shoppers products that they recommend. It’s focused, it’s personal….it’s bringing the human touch back to the world of e-commerce. There are experts in all areas of interest; cooking, parenting, gardening, bird watching, and so much more. The Party Dress is so pleased to be involved in these very early days of the OpenSky development!
I encourage all of you to click on over to our shop….check out the great entertaining items we currently have in stock. Perfect for your upcoming Holiday parties, perfect for gift-giving! And while you are there….take a spin around the neighborhood and check out the other shops…..I think you will be pleasantly surprised.
Now, onto the FUN part! OpenSky and The Party Dress are offering 5 readers a coupon for $25 off a purchase of $50 as a welcome to OpenSky. Here’s how to play….
Since the Holiday season is upon us, The Party Dress is putting together all kinds of inspiration for parties. Leave a comment and let us know what type of party ideas you would like to see this season.
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1) E-mail me a picture(s) of a holiday party you have styled
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The contest starts NOW! and will end Friday, November 27th at midnight. The 5 winners will be announced on Saturday, November 28th. Good luck!
November 19th, 2009 |
Images: napkin (bhg.com), wine glass placecards (potterybarn.com)
November 19th, 2009 |
Images: candles (bhg.com), picture frame (theknot.com), mums (parents.com)
I am always looking for new table ideas, and my new obsession is the purple and orange color combination. It’s slightly modern, slightly rustic……for those of you that know me well, it’s my perfect combination! The rich tones of these purple centerpieces would be beautiful for Thanksgiving. I love the idea of taking a traditional flower, but arranging it in a modern vessel. The image shown above is one of my new favorites….traditional mums arranged in an old picture frame. It’s an idea that you could alter for so many different party themes, and it’s perfect for a dinner table since it is low (easy for people to talk over!).
Image via HGTV.com
This dinner table from HGTV is the perfect example of my purple and orange obsession! I love the use of orange accent plates with their traditional white china. Orange is a great pop color for Fall, and can be mixed with so many different colors. Chocolate brown, olive green, teal blue, mustard yellow, and of course plum. I think orange floral arrangements can take on a very classic Thanksgiving feel – so if you are looking to update your look, focus on berry branches, leaves, and try mixing in fruit. Mix different shapes and textures, and look for an interesting vessel.
Images: green urns (potterybarn.com), hurricanes (theknot.com), branches (southernliving.com)