March 21st, 2012 |

{Crazy for Carrots} Easter Centerpiece

It’s no secret that I am over-the-moon, head-over-heels in love with the color orange this season.  It’s the hot color right now, and we are having a blast making it a part of our fresh, new party collections and decor for Spring.  When it comes to decorating for Easter, I try to come up with some fun, but still sophisticated decor ideas (I’ll save the cutesy stuff for once we have kiddos running around!) and this carrot centerpiece is just the ticket!  We were so happy with how it turned out, it made the cover of the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine!

The carrots offer a fabulous pop of color on any table, and this centerpiece was so easy to make!

Here are a few of my tips:

  • Choose a large, cylinder vase that is about the same height as your carrots.
  • Place a second vase of the same shape inside, to block out some room (you don’t need to completely buy out the produce section at the grocery store, right?!).
  • Place your carrots in between the vase a few at a time, so you can line the up straight.
  • Once your carrots are in place, add your water.
  • If the green tops are a little out of control, just trim them to your desired shape.
  • Add some daisies into the top of the arrangement for a little touch of whimsy!
March 16th, 2012 |

Easter Egg Wreath

I came across this darling wreath on Pinterest and had to share it with you.  Made from yarn and fabric-wrapped styrofoam balls, it’s remeniscent of Easter eggs…..and that makes it the perfect DIY project for this weekend!

Click here for the full instructions.


March 14th, 2012 |

Spring Flowers with a Twist

Sharnel Dollar always stuns me with her gorgeous parties and sophisticated decor. She certainly did not disappoint with this stunning floral centerpiece she created for the Spring 2012 issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Colorful, full and with a twist of lime, here are Sharnel’s simple instructions for re-creating it at home:

Supplies Needed

Two vases of the same shape, different sizes  |  Full Blooms  |  Scissors  |  Limes, lemons or oranges


Select two vases that are the same shape, but that can fit inside each other leaving enough room for slices of lemon to sit in between vases. Place the smaller vase inside the larger vase. Slice up limes, lemons or oranges and start placing in between the two vases until you have reach the top of the vases. Fill the smaller vase with water and arrange you favorite blooms.

March 14th, 2012 |

Decorating for St. Patty’s Day

For those of you who love green beer, your favorite holiday is right around the corner , St.Patty’s Day! I am not sure about you but it’s one of my favorites to decorate for, something about the luck of the Irish!
Can’t think of just how to decorate for this Holiday? I’ve done the thinking for you!
  • Start with a Cake: It will be a beautiful centerpiece for dessert. I am Baker has a FABulous recipe for St.Patty’s Day Cake!
  • Wear Green: You don’t want to get pinched so wear green. We love this Zest is More dress by Modcloth – just perfect for this holiday.
  • Decorate the Table: Fill it with simple white flowers with extra greenery – white tulips, baby breathe and Green Smoothe’s from The Alkaline Sisters. {Irish Dinner photo via Sugar & Charm} Shop HomeGoods for inexpensive table decor for the occasion!
Don’t forget to hang a wreath on your door. I especially love this one from Buttons & Bows. Oh, and dance the jig with your sweetheart.
February 21st, 2012 |

Pulling Party Inspiration from Anywhere!

You might recall my love for Kelly’s Ikat Invites here. But, I just can’t get them off my mind! And mainly, because pink + orange Ikat pretties are popping up all over the radar!

I have the perfect way to  find inspiration for your next party. Take a look inside your closet, jewelry box or hey – even inside your home! Oh yes, a beautiful duvet can inspire!
Don’t be afraid to single this pattern out. Feel free to throw in some florals, polka dots, suzani pattern, chevron and another love of mine – greek key.
Perk up your average party theme by thinking out of the box. Ikat is definitely one of the HOT patterns for Summer so take on the trend, in style.
Images: Pink Orange Ikat Invites | Annette Tatum Ikat Bedding | Lucky Brand Enamel Bracelet | Annette Tatum Paint | Pink Ikat Chairs via Pinterest | Mixing Prints via Pinterest | Rug | Ikat Print Dress from Express |Chevron Notebook from The Spotted Olive
February 9th, 2012 |

Flowers That Make Me Blush

I’m not your typical red-rose-on-Valentine’s-Day-type-of-girl.  I bet your shocked, right?!  I’m obsessed with full, white blooms and you can typically find vases of them throughout my house on any given day.

I must be getting in the mood for Valentine’s Day, because I seem to be having a current love affair with flowers in the blush pink color palette.  Mixed with deeper shades of pink, or even a pale yellow….pure perfection!

Images via Decor8 and Full House

February 6th, 2012 |

Quick Centerpiece Update

My readers and clients are always asking me for tips on updating their centerpieces, whether it be for a party, or just an accent on their kitchen table.  My favorite tip is to cover a basic, glass vase with either paper, fabric or ribbon.  It’s a simple and very inexpensive update!  Also a great way to coordinate your centerpiece with a party color palette!

Images via Country Living and Better Homes and Gardens.

January 13th, 2012 |

2012 Entertaining Trends Continued….

I’m following up my first post on The Party Dress with more darling party trends perfect for entertaining in 2012.

Tangerine Tango

Let’s not forget with Pantone’s colour of 2012 we will be seeing lots of orange and yellow when it comes to party themes this year. Lots of neon to come! Put your sunglasses on — it’s going to be a year of the brights. 

Images: trina turk tangerine tabric (layla grayce), pink and tangerine dessert table (pinterest), tangerine vase (pinterest)

Push Pops

Of course my love is always with cupcakes {and cake pops!} but this year, make room for push-up pops. Remember those little push-up Popsicles you loved in the summertime? Well, they’ve gotten a serious make-over. This is a trend that keeps on booming and will be the big hit of every party. Just ask Courtney Dial {Pizzazzerie} — she has an entire book about them coming out in March.

Images: push-up pops book (pizzazzerie), m & m push-up pops (frog prince paperie)

Sweets Table

When it comes to any event, a dessert table is a serious “wow” factor.  In 2012, they’ve moved beyond your child’s party and are all the rave. I love how they showcase all things oh-so-pretty and sweet. Each sweets table will be personalized depending on the event creating endless possibilities and a focal point at parties.

Images: mod yellow dessert table (amy atlas), barbie inspired dessert table (the tomkat studio)

Ahh, it all makes me want to throw a party! Cheers to 2012, cupcakes! Here’s to fabulous parties and lots of pretties!



January 10th, 2012 |

2012: The Year to Entertain in Style!

It’s an exciting day here at The Party Dress as we welome a new contributor, Casi from CupcakeMAG!  Casi is Founder & Editor of cupcakeMAG & cupcakeMAG for Littles, and ringleader of her 4 girls under 8 (let’s not forget to mention her darling hubs).When she isn’t writing and interviewing celebs, you can find her reading the “weeklies”, redecorating her home, wishing she had a nanny and chasing after her Littles!  And now, you will find her here, posting on how to incorporate home and fashion trends into your party themes!

Welcome, Casi!

To kick off 2012, Casi is sharing her top trends to entertain in style!  (there are so many great ones, we will be sharing them throughout the week!)

Mixing Old with New: Modern Twist on Vintage

Thrifting is back! In my book, it really never went away but – it is a “must” when planning a party or entertaining. Mix a burlap runner {love Sweet Tea & Cloth on Etsy} with your everyday china adding statement to the table or create a centerpiece around milk glass. Time to dust off your grandmother’s goblets! And oh-my-word talk about endless DIY ideas on Pinterest — perfect reason to sit at the computer for 3 hours. It surely does inspire! Kelly’s DIY Jeweled Napkin Rings fit perfectly with this trend.

Images: milk glass table (more design please), vintage china & flower (tumblr), flowers in milk glass (southern weddings), detailed tablescape (style me pretty), antique plates (tumblr), antique bottles (leaping gazzle), vintage glass decanter (vntage queen)

Muted Metallic

From a rich pewter finish {Juliska has the best!} to a muted, antique finish — metallics will take a subtle, less statement-making turn. Even though for a few years now lots of warm gold and metallic finishes {and accents!} have been spotted which are still super-trendy just taken down a notch.

Images: pewter dome (the old painted cottage), pewter pot with flowers (pinterest), juliska hostess set (neiman marcus), jamie young gold glass hurricanes (layla grayce)

Stay tuned for more trends coming later this week!!

January 9th, 2012 |

A Muted Monday

On this particular January Monday, I am relating {and loving} to the muted tones of these gorgeous flowers.  The pale pink and muted peach are a stunning combination, and seem somewhat perfect for this time of year.  Can’t you picture this as the inspiration for a bridal shower?

Image via Real Simple

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