November 24th, 2009 |

Holiday D-I-Y Placemats

DIY Felt Placemat

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 |

The Party Dress + Open Sky: A New Way to Shop!

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.

Holiday Coupon GiveawayNow, 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.

Want a second chance at entering?!  Here’s how:

1) E-mail me a picture(s) of a holiday party you have styled

2) Become a fan on our Facebook page

3)Blog about this giveaway on your blog or website!

The contest starts NOW! and will end Friday, November 27th at midnight.  The 5 winners will be announced on Saturday, November 28th.  Good luck!

Holiday Coupon

November 19th, 2009 |

Details for your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving DetailsImages: napkin (bhg.com), wine glass placecards (potterybarn.com)

November 19th, 2009 |

Purple + Orange: Stunning Thanksgiving Ideas

purple centerpiece ideasImages: 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!).

purple and orange thanksgiving table settingImage 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.

orange centerpiece ideasImages: green urns (potterybarn.com), hurricanes (theknot.com), branches (southernliving.com)

November 18th, 2009 |

Christmas Decor: Ruby Red with a touch of Lime Green

Red WreathsWhen it comes to Christmas decor, there is no combination I love more than red and lime green.  I love the accent of the lime green up against the Christmas tree, the contrast when paired with deep ruby red.  It makes me happy.

Image via Better Homes and Gardens

November 4th, 2009 |

Fall Centerpiece Idea

Fall Candle Centerpiece

Since I am on an artichoke kick today – I thought I would share this centerpiece idea, too!  This centerpiece would be the perfect compliment to my artichoke place cards below!

Image via Better Homes and Gardens

October 30th, 2009 |

Trend Alert: Feathers!

Feathers have been popping up all over the place lately….and I have to tell you, I have fallen head over heels for some of these images!  Stunning (in a romantic-kind-of-way) for a wedding, a festive accent for the holidays when done in color, and a sophisticated update for your home in neutrals.  Note to self: feathers are an inexpensive way to add a touch of luxury to your centerpieces!
feathers wedding

Images by Michèle M. Waite via 100 Layer Cake

feathers red

Images via So Let’s Party and Get Married

feathers brown

Images via Amazon, Glam, and Chocolate Box Home

October 27th, 2009 |

DIY: 5-Minute Fall Centerpiece

Lentils Centerpiece

The crafty people over at HGTV are the geniuses behind this centerpiece idea.  All you need is 5 minutes, some pumpkins, candles, lentils (you can buy at the grocery store), and adhesive stripes…..and you have yourself a simple, unique centerpiece.  Perfect for Thanksgiving or a Fall dinner party!

Click here for the instructions from HGTV.

October 19th, 2009 |

A Gilded Halloween

gilded halloween

There are so many different ways to decorate your home with pumpkins this season…..you can decorate them with ribbon, create displays by color, or stack them to create pumpkin topiaries.  For a more sophisticated Fall display, you could use all white pumpkins or add a touch of glamour with gilded pumpkins.

A little paint and some creative pattern ideas is all you need to create a beautiful display like the ones pictured above.

See detailed instructions at Country Living.

October 15th, 2009 |

Inspiring Table Setting

I am always looking for inspiration….it’s just part of who I am, what I do.  For my job, it’s fashion…I look for ideas for products in every retail store you can imagine.  For the website, however – sky’s the limit!  I find inspiration for parties around every corner, in any store, even just walking down the street.  Today, I happened to walk into Crate & Barrel.  I was picking up an end table for my new house….definitely not looking for anything else!

I walked in the front door and this magnificent table sat in front of me.  I’m in love.  I love the modern-yet-rustic look of the branches, the clean lines of the metal candlesticks…..I even love how they set each place (especially the asymmetrically-placed napkin ring!).  It’s the perfect Fall table.  Ideal for a dinner party, and would be absolutely stunning for Thanksgiving dinner!  Now I just need to throw a party to use the idea….

Enjoy.  I hope you love it as much as I do!

fall table setting crate & barrel

Here are a couple links to the products used to create this table setting: branches, gourds, apples, metal candlesticks, table runner (they used one on each side of the table), green napkins, green napkin ring, woven charger plates, green dinnerware, leaf accent plate, wine glass, silverware.

Images property of The Party Dress

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