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!

Tip:

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 whhostess.com.  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!

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)

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