December 7th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Mad for Plaid

Some of you may remember my “Mad for Plaid” holiday party from last year.  That was the start of my plaid obsession, and trust me, it has only grown throughout the year.  I love incorporating this traditional pattern as simple accents in my home, as well as in tablesettings.  I showed a few of these ideas in the holiday magazine…read on for some more details.

  1. A simple plaid napkin can add a touch of preppy pattern to any table setting.  For Christmas, I wrapped a metallic bough of holly around it as a festive napkin ring.
  2. Source plaid accessories for your home.  I came across this darling reindeer, covered in a black and white plaid fabric at my local Home Goods.  He’s the perfect addition to my home this season!
  3. A plaid runner is a great way to add just a touch of pattern to your table setting.  I like mixing this plaid with my quatrefoil plates…the mix of patterns looks fresh to me.
  4. You can recreate the plaid pattern in a monochromatic way by layering items atop one another.  My example for this is the small table gift I placed at everyone’s placesetting.  I wove a combination of wide and skinny satin ribbon in a plaid-like pattern to achieve the look, without the actual busy pattern.
December 2nd, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Gumdrop Topiary

You all know my LOVE (obsession, maybe?) with candy and all things sweet, so it is no wonder that I immediately fell in love with this DIY gumdrop topiary tree project that assistant editor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies did for the holiday magazine.  It’s cute, colorful, and although I absolutely love it made with gumdrops – it’s a project that you could tackle with just about any type of candy.  Which gives you the opportunity to color coordinate it to your party theme….gotta love that.

This DIY project is simple: use a styrofoam ball as your base, and attach candy with toothpicks (and perhaps a little glue!).  Depending on the type of candy, the ball will get heavy, so make sure you plan for a sturdy base.  You can also preserve your topiary ball with a clear acrylic spray after you complete it, so that you can save it for years to come!

November 30th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Color My Party

Color My Party has been a favorite feature in The Party Dress Magazine from the start, and Kim (from The TomKat Studio) did not disappoint with her holiday edition, featuring a pink and aqua color palette!  Click on the images to take you to the magazine for all of the links!

November 9th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: DIY Nailhead Pumpkins

These DIY nailhead pumpkins by Christi Bennett of P is for Party is one of my favorite features in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  It’s simple, it’s modern, and it speaks to “fall”, not necessarily a holiday.  I don’t know about you, but I am always looking for those non-holiday decorations that make my home look cozy, yet updated….and this fits the bill perfectly.

Step 1:

Gather your supplies: pumpkin, nailheads, a pencil, and decorative ribbon

Step 2:

Think about your design before you draw it on the pumpkin.

Step 3:

Draw your pattern onto the pumpkin (you could use a stencil too)

Step 4:

Once your design is drawn on the pumpkin, start inserting the nailheads one by one. (line them up so they are touching on both sides)

Step 5:

Finish up your whole design or letter and voila! You have a modern update to a traditional pumpkin!


You can use nailheads on any type of gourd – not just pumpkins!

Images by Ellenzilla Photography

November 8th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Pumpkin Moss Centerpiece

This moss and pumpkin centerpiece is so easy to make, and adds a great pop to your fall or Thanksgiving tablesetting.  As featured in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine, it requires minimal supplies and a few easy steps:

Step 1:

Gather your supplies: vase, styrofoam ball, moss, wood skewers, mini pumpkins, glue gun & glue sticks

Step 2:

Place the styrofoam ball atop the vase, and insert skewers into the bottom of the pumpkins.

Step 3:

Insert the skewered pumpkins into the styrofoam ball.

Step 4:

Once all of the pumpkins are in place, start gluing on your moss in between them.

Step 5:

Continue to cover the empty space with moss, so it is nice and full.

Step 6:

Once you have covered your ball completely with moss, clean up any loose pieces.

October 25th, 2011 |

The Holidays are *Almost* Here!

We have been busy, busy little elves around here this month.  I have to be honest, I am actually totally excited (and somewhat relieved) that October is coming to a close.  November 1st marks the start of the holiday season in my book, and for us it will bring the launch of WH Hostess’ Holiday Collection, followed by the launch of the holiday issue of TPD Magazine!  It’s going to be an exciting week!  You will also see {very soon} a new and improved  Better navigation, easier to shop….all good things, my friends!

The holiday collection is by far, my favorite collection to date (especially the photo cards).  It’s colorful, it mixes classic Christmas style with updated patterns, offers a mod twist to Hanukkah, and we have so many darling decorations (like the AMAZING stockings you see below), and gifts at a great price point!

Melamine trays, individual plates, paper coasters (the perfect hostess gift!) and chunky notepads for $18 (they make THE perfect teacher gift!).  So, although we aren’t officially launching the collection until next week…..I’m pretty sure that if you click on the links in this post, you’ll see some pretty exciting products! 😉

Speaking of the big launch….our newsletter subscribers will be receiving a special treat in our newsletter next week.  Are you on the list?  If not, sign up!


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!

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