January 3rd, 2011 |

Searching for a Little Sunshine

Happy New Year, Everyone!  I hope you all had a magical holiday season!  I took a short break from blogging over the holidays to re-charge my battery and get my creative juices flowing!  But….I’m back!  And have tons of inspiration, real parties and creative ideas to share with you in the upcoming weeks.

My love of holiday decorations quickly vanishes after New Year’s Day.  My house starts feeling cluttered and I have to strip down the decorations and create a clean slate.  Living in Chicago, winter is just beginning.  Although we have many months of hibernating under {my new cashmere} blankets still ahead of us, I feel the urge to create a spring-like environment.  Warm, cozy, sunshine-y.  Yellow is the first color that comes to mind, and the collection of images above demonstrates simple ways you can infuse the color into your home.

Images: yellow wall plaques (bhg.com), yellow ball tablesetting (theknot.com), lemonade (stylemepretty.com), seaside tablesetting (saltharbordesigns.com), floral arrangement (detailsdetails.com)

December 7th, 2010 |

Holiday Decorating: Light Up Your Entryway

holiday outdoor decorationg: light up your entrywayI’m always looking for unique ways to dress up the front of my house for a party.  You know, a gorgeous way of signaling “the party’s here!”?!  This idea from Better Homes and Gardens is just that.

Take your old cylinder vases, or hurricanes that you put away for the season to make room for holiday decor, and fill them up with black stones, leaves, berries and candles.  Place along your front path, up your front steps or even lining your driveway.  The glow of the candles will be the perfect warm welcome to your guests!

November 30th, 2010 |

Green with Envy

When it comes to decorating my home for Christmas, the first color I reach for is green.  Shocking, right?  I love combining the deep forest green, grass green and chartreuse together…especially when there is a touch of shimmer involved.  Better Homes and Gardens is a great resource for decorating and tabletop ideas, and this season I was especially drawn to their ideas centered around the green color palette.

I am completely swooning over this ornament tree above.  How fabulous would it be hung over your holiday buffet table?!  Each of the images below shows off a unique idea using greenery, candy or gift-wrapped packages – and I adore each of them!

Images via Better Homes and Gardens

October 11th, 2010 |

Decorating with Fall Leaves

The leaves are starting to turn here and the colors are so magnificent, I just want to bring them inside!  Better Homes and Gardens put out a fabulous collection of decoration ideas this season…..interesting ideas for bringing the beautiful fall leaves inside.  My two favorites are this leaf garland strung across a painted frame, and these leaf-covered topiary balls.  But for even more ideas, head over to BHG.

Birth Announcements and Kids' Party Invitations from Minted.com

October 8th, 2010 |

Haunted Family Tree

Looking for a unique idea for Halloween decor?  Something a little more festive, than scary? I am absolutely smitten with this idea from Parents Magazine!  Create a “haunted family tree” to hang on a focal wall in your home by using black construction paper and silhouette ornaments.  You can create an silhouette ornament for each family member, and if you are looking for ideas you should check out Le Papier Studio‘s new book, Silhouette Art: Papers, Instructions, and Patterns for Making Modern Heirlooms.

Wouldn’t this be darling in your foyer?  Just think of all of the little ghosts and goblins that would admire it while trick or treating!

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October 4th, 2010 |

A Fresh Look for Moss

Floral Art LA is one of my favorite go-to’s for modern floral inspiration.  My new favorite?!  These updated urns.  They are fresh and airy-looking and are perfect for transitional seasons.  For those of you that have been reading The Party Dress for a while now, you all know I have an obsession with white pumpkins and decorating with moss….so this is literally an “ah-ha!” moment for me!  Wouldn’t these be perfect for a winter bridal shower?

September 29th, 2010 |

Sunflower Centerpiece D-I-Y Instructions

Yesterday, I showed you a peak into the engagement dinner party I threw for my sister over the weekend.  The highlight of the decor was definitely the sunflower centerpiece….I loved the combination of the “palm-beach-chic” footed bowl and the sunflowers!  Today, I am here to share with you instructions, so you can re-create this look too!

 

 

 

1. Gather your materials: a footed bowl, a wet foam half circle, and sunflowers (any full flower would work!).

2. Cut your foam to fit into the footed bowl (I squared off my sides to make it fit well), and soak it with water so it holds moisture.

3. Cut your flower so they have a 2-3″ stem – if your stems are not strong enough, use a little floral wire to strengthen them.  Starting at the very top of your foam, insert the stems into your foam.

4. Make sure you space your blooms far enough that the stems won’t hit each other when being inserted into the foam, but close enough that you create a compact arrangement.

5. Repeat, working downwards from the top.

6. Voila!  The finish product!  Perfect for a dinner party, bridal shower or wedding celebration.

September 27th, 2010 |

Project Nursery: Stylish Halloween Wreath Project

I’m giving the “how-to” instructions on making this stylish candy corn wreath (from Woman’s Day Magazine) over on Project Nursery today.  Isn’t it fabulous?!  Head on over to get the full instructions…..

Image via Woman’s Day

September 21st, 2010 |

Glamorous Halloween Centerpiece

Looking for a Halloween decoration or centerpiece that is a bit more “glam” than “cute”?  Look no further!  This fabulous, simple idea from Woman’s Day is perfect for your Halloween party!  I love the height of the black branches, and the touch of sparkle from the jewel ornaments.

Chic Wedding Stationery from Minted.com

August 25th, 2010 |

Summer Candlelight

I’m loving the simplicity of this centerpiece/decoration idea from Sunset Magazine.  By re-purposing a bird bath, or an upside down terracotta pot, you can create a soft glow for your late-summer parties with a few floating candles.  Genius!

PlatesAndNapkins.com Designer Party Supplies

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