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

August 18th, 2010 |

Statement Centerpiece

I love the crisp, yet intricate style of this table setting from Pottery Barn.  The combination of glass candlesticks, bottles and vases makes such an attractive, yet light-and-airy-feeling centerpiece.  Perfect for transitioning into Fall…..

July 27th, 2010 |

Editor’s Picks & Coupons!

The Party Dress’s shop thru OpenSky allows me to bring you some of the most fabulous entertaining items on the market – and today, it allows me to give you a discount on them!  Shop fast!  Now thru Saturday, July 31st – you can choose between these great offers:

– JulyFreeShip – free shipping on any product thru 7/31 or
– July20pct – take 20% off any one product thru 7/31

It’s the perfect time to pick up that item you have been pining over this summer!  I leave you with a few of my new favorite items in the shop: blue dinner plates, blue & white ikat print salad plates, Trina Turk placemats & napkins, white and red wine decanters, and a stunning glass cloche/antique nickel cake stand.  What are your favorite products in the shop?

July 21st, 2010 |

Summer Decor

We’ve been having quite the heat wave here in Chicago this summer!  The heat has me craving decor that SCREAMS summer, and now that the fourth of july and my birthday are over, my house needs a little summer update to get me thru until fall.

I’ve scoured the web for ideas, and here are a few that stood out to me that are perfect for making my home party-ready all summer long:

  • Use sand dollars as placecards at your next dinner party.  Simply write your guest’s name on the top and place it atop their napkin.
  • Fill hurricanes or large cylinder vases with sand.  You can add in some sea shells or starfish to add more of a beach look to it.  These would be great clustered together on your table, or place large vessels on the floor.
  • I keep fresh flowers in the house at all times.  They make me happy!  I love, love, love all white flowers – so this table setting just spoke to me!
  • I love the idea of a miniature pie as a party favor for each one of your guests.  Such a darling, homespun idea….perfect for a summer bbq!
  • Create a hanging votive candle chandelier to hang over your patio table.  This one was made out of simple, hardware store purchases – a pizza pan, chain links and a hook!  Simply cover it with moss, add a few candles and voila!  An inexpensive yet stylish update.
  • It’s always good to have a couple hostess gifts on hand for those last minute invitations.  These sea shell soaps from Beau-Coup are perfect!  They also make a lovely party favor for a summer bridal shower or birthday party.
  • Lemonade.  This is my summer drink of choice and I simply can’t get enough!  I love the idea of bottling it in juice bottles and gifting it to my guests at my next dinner party!
  • Adding starfish to your decor adds a beach-y feeling that I just love!  Tie a name card onto them and they serve as a fabulous placecard.
  • Lanterns add a twinkle to your yard – whether they are big or small.  Repeat, repeat, repeat!  Trust me, they will add a festive feel to your home and yard!

Those are my finds for updating my home’s summer decor…..what are yours?

Images: sand dollar placecards, starfish placecards, mason jar lanterns (theknot.com), hurricanes (midwestliving.com), pie tablesetting (stylemepretty.com), hanging votive chandelier(goodhousekeeping.com), sea shell soaps (beau-coup.com), lemonade (eatdrinkchic.com)

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July 2nd, 2010 |

S-T-R-E-T-C-H your party decorations

L-O-V-E this idea from Better Homes and Gardens!  Perfect for the 4th of July, but also a great tip for dressing up any table:

These playful stripes were created by layering colorful rubberbands around a votive candle holder.  Simple, right?  So next time you are strolling thru Office Depot, take a peek at the colored rubber bands and get inspired!

July 1st, 2010 |

Star-Studded Entrance

Holiday decorations are kept simple and sophisticated in my home, so this concept from Better Homes and Gardens is just perfect for me!  A red tin star (I just saw some at my local Home Goods) atop a boxwood wreath, embellished with a navy and white stripe ribbon – it’s the perfect combination of patriotic, preppy and that coastal-chic style that I love so much!

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