October 24th, 2011 |

Patterned Pumpkins

I have totally fallen in love with the idea of creating patterned pumpkins using paper.  I found this image and the do-it-yourself instructions on Country Living….think I may just give it a try this weekend with some of our patterns!

October 10th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: DIY Halloween Lantern

Our crafty assistant editor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies concocted this darling little DIY project for the Fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine and it’s so cute, we are sharing the simple steps here today, so that you can all do one (or four!) yourselves.  In fact, with the school holiday today, this may be just the project you are looking for to keep everyone occupied!

Step 1

Gather your supplies: glass mason jars, spray paint, paint brush and patterned ribbon

Step 2

Turn the jars upside down on your painting surface and apply several coasts of spray paint according to the manufacturers instructions. Let the jars dry completely.

Step 3

Paint your chosen designs on the outside of the jars with black acrylic paint.  (it may take a couple of coats to get a solid color) We suggest a pumpkin face, spiders, ghost eyes, or bats.  Let it dry completely

Step 4

Optional – apply a coat of high gloss varnish to the outside of the jars.  Glue a patterned ribbon around the top and place a tea light in them to add a nice glow to your holiday party.  Please remember to keep out of reach of children.

September 7th, 2011 |

Monochromatic Medallions

I’m always looking for new, interesting ideas for back drops for dessert tables or party set ups.  I am totally drawn in by this wall of white medallions I found on Country Living.  I think it could make such an elegant look for a wedding or bridal shower!

September 6th, 2011 |

Decorate to Welcome Fall

I hope you all had a fabulous Labor Day weekend!  I can’t believe how quickly the summer passed us by…..we have been so busy over here, I feel like I blinked and it was suddenly 60 degrees and Fall.  Don’t get me wrong, Fall is my favorite season!  And I am always looking for creative ways to decorate for the change of seasons.

Better Homes and Gardens has a fabulous collection of unique ideas that range from simple to extravagant.  Perfect to welcome Fall into your home, or to serve as a centerpiece for a Fall party.

Mini pumpkins, gourds and foliage are my go-to items when creating Fall decor.  These simple ideas can add a touch of warmth to your home.  And if you are really looking to add a touch of drama, try hanging them from ribbons from the chandelier over your table!

August 28th, 2011 |

GIVEAWAY: Madeira Housewares

We are so excited to bring you one FABULOUS giveaway this week!  Starting today, you can enter to win a product kit from one of my favorite housewares companies, Madeira.

Madeira specializes in finding the most exotic wood on earth and crafting it into individual works of art for the kitchen. Madeira is translated to mean “wood” in Portuguese, the native language of Brazil, where these beautiful products originate. Madeira takes pride in using only the highest quality raw materials. Each product design offers a unique use to help serve or prepare meals with ease. Madeira products combine classic design with functionality to produce timeless kitchen tools for every home.

Dying to get your hands on one of these fabulous cutting boards?  Enter to win this set of three valued at more than $100.  The set includes: an edge grain plantation teak utility board, an end grain plantation teak round chop block, and a edge grain plantation teak XL carving board.  Pretty fabulous, huh?

Here’s how to enter: go check out Madeira’s facebook page, become a fan and then leave a comment here letting us know how much you LOVE their stuff.  Simple as that!  Want an extra chance?  Become a fan of The Party Dress on facebook and follow WH Hostess on twitter.

Giveaway starts NOW! and ends Thursday, September 1st at midnight CST.  A winner will be chosen via random.org.  Thanks for playing and good luck!

June 10th, 2011 |

Trend Alert: Modern Mercury

I’ve always loved mercury glass…especially at the holidays.  My sister shares a love of all things sparkle-y, and with her upcoming wedding quickly approaching I have been doing research on ways to make mercury glass look modern.  Whether it’s a clean shaped vessel, or a series of monochromatic centerpieces, or {my favorite} a cluster of glass balls lit up with candles – here is a round-up of my favorite ways to make vintage mercury glass look updated.

Images: modern mercury vases (westelm.com), mercury glass balls (potterybarn.com), small hobnail centerpiece (josevillablog.com), faux mercury glass hurricanes (weddingbee.com), trio of mercury glass centerpieces (etsy.com), mirrored square vase centerpiece (floralartla.com)

May 23rd, 2011 |

4 Simple, DIY Ideas for Dressing Up Memorial Day

Can you believe Memorial Day is just one short week away?!  Officially the kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend is a fabulous time to gather the troops and fire up the grill!  I’ll be back later in the week with some yummy ideas for what to serve, but today, I thought I would focus on 4 simple ideas on how to “dress up” your Memorial Day party.

Better Homes and Gardens has put together a gallery of ideas for decorations, table settings, centerpieces, etc. and today I pulled out a few that I think would be very simple for you to re-create.  First, dress up those paper lanterns!  5 minutes with a glue gun and some patriotic ribbon or ric rac will work wonders with those old, white paper lanterns you have been holding on to.  Second, create a monochromatic, tiered centerpiece using different sized white pots.  Bold, red mums are an inexpensive option….this could also be darling done with sunflowers for a summer picnic!  Third, edge your food or dessert table with striped crepe paper or ribbon.  Simple, stylish and easy to put up and take down.  (double-sided tape should do the trick!)  And lastly, put that pie up on a pedestal!  Just because you serve a simple dessert doesn’t mean it shouldn’t look extra-special!  Dress up your basic, white cake stands with ribbon or mini bunting.

May 11th, 2011 |

Shabby Chic Centerpieces

I was perusing some of my favorite websites last night for some inspiration for an upcoming client’s party.  In looking for “shabby chic” centerpiece ideas, I stumbled across a sweet, playful wedding on Project Wedding.  These centerpieces totally spoke to me….I love the use of casual, colored glass, simple blooms and most importantly, the wood crate!  I think you can take away great inspiration for a summer bridal shower, birthday party or casual outdoor picnic.  Click here to view the rest of the wedding!

May 5th, 2011 |

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Garden Basket

Anyone out there looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift?  The creative genius behind Floral Art LA came up with this idea – a garden box full of supplies for Spring planting.  I love the idea of a useful gift, but in this case – I think I am MORE in love with the presentation of the gift.  Presenting simple gardening items such as a shiny new watering can, garden gloves, some seeds, plants and maybe a new pair of garden sheers in a moss covered box – genius! You can order directly from Floral Art LA – but I think some of you are crafty enough to make this on your own!

April 19th, 2011 |

Creative Easter Egg Topiary Tree

I have been quietly obsessing over these F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S Easter egg topiary trees made by Eddie Ross for Woman’s Day.  It’s time to share them! Love the patterns on those eggs?!  I do!  Want to know how you too, can get eggs in those fresh, modern patterns?  Simply glue paper napkins onto plastic eggs!  The tree is made from a Styrofoam cone, covered with Easter basket grass, and then he glued the napkin-covered eggs on, and placed them in lovely white footed dishes.

So creative!  I love how fresh, yet somewhat preppy these are….they would be perfect on my dining room table for this weekend!

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