January 10th, 2012 |

2012: The Year to Entertain in Style!

It’s an exciting day here at The Party Dress as we welome a new contributor, Casi from CupcakeMAG!  Casi is Founder & Editor of cupcakeMAG & cupcakeMAG for Littles, and ringleader of her 4 girls under 8 (let’s not forget to mention her darling hubs).When she isn’t writing and interviewing celebs, you can find her reading the “weeklies”, redecorating her home, wishing she had a nanny and chasing after her Littles!  And now, you will find her here, posting on how to incorporate home and fashion trends into your party themes!

Welcome, Casi!

To kick off 2012, Casi is sharing her top trends to entertain in style!  (there are so many great ones, we will be sharing them throughout the week!)

Mixing Old with New: Modern Twist on Vintage

Thrifting is back! In my book, it really never went away but – it is a “must” when planning a party or entertaining. Mix a burlap runner {love Sweet Tea & Cloth on Etsy} with your everyday china adding statement to the table or create a centerpiece around milk glass. Time to dust off your grandmother’s goblets! And oh-my-word talk about endless DIY ideas on Pinterest – perfect reason to sit at the computer for 3 hours. It surely does inspire! Kelly’s DIY Jeweled Napkin Rings fit perfectly with this trend.

Images: milk glass table (more design please), vintage china & flower (tumblr), flowers in milk glass (southern weddings), detailed tablescape (style me pretty), antique plates (tumblr), antique bottles (leaping gazzle), vintage glass decanter (vntage queen)
 


Muted Metallic

From a rich pewter finish {Juliska has the best!} to a muted, antique finish – metallics will take a subtle, less statement-making turn. Even though for a few years now lots of warm gold and metallic finishes {and accents!} have been spotted which are still super-trendy just taken down a notch.

Images: pewter dome (the old painted cottage), pewter pot with flowers (pinterest), juliska hostess set (neiman marcus), jamie young gold glass hurricanes (layla grayce)
 

Stay tuned for more trends coming later this week!!


January 5th, 2012 |

Parties in Work: Spring Bridal Shower

We have SO many amazing parties in the works over at WH Hostess this month.  LOTS of bridal showers, some great themed birthday parties and {eek!} Easter parties!  Today, I thought I would share a sneak peek of a bridal shower that we are working on currently.

Tangerine orange was named the Pantone color of the year for 2012, and trust me, you are going to see it used in so many ways!  We love our fresh combination of turquoise, tangerine and fuchsia pink – especially for a bridal shower!  This image of cupcakes perfectly shows our color palette (and the cupcakes are gorgeous!) It’s cute, in kind of a West Palm Beach prep kind of way, and has four amazing patterns that we are mixing and mingling!

Stay tuned for more details.  If this shower turns out as fabulous as we believe it will, you may just be seeing it in the Spring Magazine!  (I have an in with the editor! ;) )

Images: cupcakes (theweddingrow.com), tangerine and turquoise patterns (whhostess.com)

January 4th, 2012 |

A Jeweled Placesetting

Now that the holidays have ended and the decorations have come down, I find myself looking for ways to bring a little sparkle back into my table settings.  This DIY napkin ring project is perfect to tackle with a free hour, and will add so much personality to your table or party.

Scour vintage shops, ebay or garage sales for a variety of whimsical brooches that you can quickly transform into gorgeous napkin rings.  How fabulous for a ladies lunch or bridal shower, right?

Click here for the cull instructions from Southern Living.  Happy Crafting!

 

January 2nd, 2012 |

Start 2012 with a BIG Idea

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season….I know I sure did!  We took a little time to unplug and recharge our batteries and we are back to bring you THE best year of inspiration yet!  Lots of fun things coming…new contributors, new ideas, new party features…2012 has the makings to be quite fabulous!

The first post of the year can be kind of daunting!  It’s got to be BIG.  So instead of showcasing a big party (which there will be plenty of those to come soon), I figured we would show you a BIG idea.

Not necessarily new to the scene, but fun nonetheless….over-sized balloons.  One makes a statement, a few can provide a modern backdrop to a dessert table.  They are a very simple idea, but can make a BIG statement.  Available at one of our favorite online retailers, Shop Sweet Lulu.

How will you incorporate balloons into your next party?

Images: red balloons (stylemepretty.com), white dessert table (amyatlas.com), white balloon with bride (bklynbrideonline.com)

December 27th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Bedazzled New Years

I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend!  We took a little time off from blogging and designing orders to spend time with family and friends and just RELAX!!  We are back today with some serious inspiration for you from Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home.  She put together this colorful party shoot for the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Read on for all of the sparkling details from Chris:

This new years eve party is festive and family friendly with its bright colors and glittery accents. Inspired by a trio of vases I had in fuchsia, purple, and aqua blue, I designed a party with bright colors and added a whimsical touch with a harlequin pattern. To tie in the countdown aspect of the night, I place a clock and hour glasses as part of the decor. The result is a space that is attractive to both kids and adults.

Bonbons from Bedazzle My Bonbon were the perfect go-to treat to make this dessert display shine. Some were placed on Pastry Pedestals and some were placed on top of cupcakes with coordinating wrappers. Other treats were colorful Sixlets inserted into clear ornaments and tied with an inspirational word for the New Year.

Drinks are divided with blue tinted juice available for the children, and mini bottles of champagne for the adults. To keep the color scheme uniform, I covered the gold foil on top of the bottles with pink foil and tied it along with a straw. Homemade poppers can be opened at midnight and contain candy kisses – for a midnight kiss of course! Guests can also write down their new year’s resolutions and pin them to the board above. Some final details of our family-friendly new year’s party are colorful horns, noise makers, and masks to help celebrate with.

 

December 13th, 2011 |

Mod Hanukkah Dreidel + Free Download!

Our colorful paper dreidel placecards will dress up any Hanukkah dinner table.  So simple to make with our free downloadable template, all it takes is a little cutting and gluing.  Click on the image below for the free printables, and enjoy!

December 13th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Mod Hanukkah

Hanukkah is known in the Jewish religion as the Festival of Lights, Feast of Dedication, and Feast of the Maccabees. It is a festive holiday of revived hope, faith and spiritual light. A special time of year for the Jewish community, Hanukkah it lasts for eight nights and is the perfect time to celebrate with family and friends.  I created a festive holiday party full of ideas for the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

Updating the traditional blue and white color palette with a bold blue, green and brown, I created a collection of paper goods that mixes a colorful chevron pattern with a mod clover pattern in blue and white. The patterns are playful and festive and really pop against a crisp white backdrop. Our ideas for a tablesetting include a textured white tablecloth, a navy blue charger plate, and a paper dreidel placecard. (make sure to download our free printable template!)

After lighting the Hanukkah Menorah, you might want to serve a variety of latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (jelly-filled donuts). Cheesecake and blintzes are served as traditional desserts, but we always love a good dessert table! Keeping with the crisp blue color palette, we created a monochromatic display of blue candy. We carried our chevron pattern into the display with both candy jar tags and labels on old-fashioned salt water taffy sticks, and add a touch of the clover pattern in as tray liners on the plates that held cupcakes decked out with fondant Jewish stars from Two Sugar Babies. With eight nights to celebrate, Jewish families can plan a variety of celebrations to entertain family and friends. We hope you enjoy our modern spin on the holiday!

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 5th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Coastal Christmas

I always know that when our contributor, Beth Beattie, signs on to do a party for the magazine, that I will be elated with what she comes up with.  I was so obsessed with her “Coastal Christmas” submission to last year’s Holiday Table Challenge, that I asked her to do another one for the holiday magazine.  Living in Florida, she has that fabulous “west palm beach” and “coastal charm” influence on her designs that I love oh, so much.  Her design did not disappoint, and there are so many lovely details that you can incorporate into your own holiday dinner.

More details from Beth:

For a Coastal Christmas I wanted to use a traditional color but incorporate sea fans and sea urchins in the shape of Christmas trees. The sea urchin trees from Beautiful Details by the Seashore on Etsy and sea fans from Wonders of the Sea were the perfect start. I had a custom graphic created of a wreath with Christmas ornaments and assorted shells for the invitation and menu card.

The tablescape included silver chargers from Pier 1, assorted champagne and martini glasses from Crate and Barrel, silver ornaments from Martha Stewart at Macy’s, crystal votives from Z Gallerie, candlesticks, monogrammed napkins and napkin rings from Pottery Barn.

The create-your-own Berry Sparkle Bar consisted of a premade mixer in a punch bowl with raspberries and rosemary to garnish atop a mirror turned on its back. To enhance the sea fans I spray painted them red and to give the coral a dressier feel, I spray painted it with metallic silver spray paint. Guests ended the evening with cupcakes and a cake with chocolate starfish by Southern Belle’s Cakery.

Images by Leigh Miller Photography

 

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!

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