June 21st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Under the Tuscan Sun

I recently had the pleasure of working with a mom and daughter to plan a custom party to celebrate Alivia’s 3rd birthday.  The theme?!  Under the Tuscan Sun.  The color palette?  Sunflower yellow, rusty orange, moss green and pops of chocolate brown.  We created a custom invitation and paper goods for the event, and helped plan the details remotely.  I was thrilled to see how darling the party turned out….I hope you enjoy it!

The party took place outdoors on their property in Virginia providing a stunning backdrop, and sunflowers took center stage.  Burlap tablecloths, baskets and woven dishes were used  to give the party a rustic, natural look.   The food buffet included three different types of bruschetta, olives, grapes, cured meats and cheeses, as well as some delicious sweets.

They set up an Italian soda bar with different flavored syrups so the kids could create their own concoctions.  The children sat at a small table out in the field, covered with sunflowers and even their own personalized drinking straws!

Photography by Christi Sullivan

June 15th, 2011 |

Celebrate Dad

Celebrate Dad with a golf-themed picnic this Sunday…..a crisp green and white color palette, some playful patterns, vases full of golf balls (and limes for a pop of green), and some golf themed treats.  Pure perfection….that will appeal to both the men and the ladies!

Images: centerpiece (theknot.com), golf ball cookies (whippedbakeshop.com), drink dispensers (epicurious.com), cupcake with flag (luralucille.blogspot.com), napkins (via Napkins with a Twist)

June 13th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Ball Park Gourmet Dinner Club

Today’s Real Party feature comes from Kate from Studio Lime Designs, who recently hosted her group of friends for a ball park-themed gourmet club dinner party.  She thought the theme would be really fun considering their month to host was June and baseball season is in its prime.  Also, since it was held on their patio,  a fun, simple menu that would work well with outdoor entertaining was a must.  The colors navy and brick red were used, because they are “all American” baseball colors and also festive for the 4th of July, which is just around the corner.  The menu was designed around typical ball park food – nachos, soft pretzels, hot dogs.  Signature cocktails included: “The Grand Slam” and iced tea, which was called “7th Inning Stretch Tea”.  Decorations included an old blackboard was made to look like a scoreboard, and was used as the backdrop for this table, vases of baseballs, peanuts and cracker jacks.

I love the classic baseball feel of this party…..I always get requests for ideas for baseball-themed birthday parties and this is PERFECT inspiration!

June 8th, 2011 |

Pink & Green Summer Celebration

We have done so many pink and green parties lately, that I am just swimming with ideas!  Whether you are planning a bridal shower (did you see the gorgeous one we posted last week featuring our exploded lattice collection?!) or a little girl’s birthday party (just WAIT until you see the birthday party we just did featuring our lilly flower collection…..it’s debuting in the next issue of TPD Magazine!), or even a wedding – pink and green can be sweet, preppy, or sophisticated.

Images: invitation (minted.com), table setting (bhg.com), lemon creme brulee (bonappetit.com), napkin (brides.com), pink and green dessert table (goodhousekeeping.com), tulip and hydrangea centerpiece (floralartla.com), party favor cones (rebeccathus.com)

May 25th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Love Sweet Love Bridal Shower

Today’s eye candy comes from a bridal shower that I recently created the paper goods for…..commissioned to do a custom collection for a very special shower on a private ranch in California, we created a sweet pink and green exploded lattice collection.  I just love how it turned out (and is currently one of our best sellers in the shop – it works for a birthday, bridal shower, sweet sixteen party, or ladies lunch) and was amazed when I received the photos from the hostess – it turned out SO PRETTY!  I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Resources: styling by Lisa Witt • lapinphotography.com, paper Products by WH Hostess • whhostess.com, photography byMichelle Warren • mwfoto.com, cupcakes by Enjoy Cupcakes •  Los Olivos, California  enjoycupcakes.com, catering/custom bird cookies • Solvang Bakery Solvang,  California  solvangbakery.com, papers/table runner/linens • papersource.com, paper lanterns • lunabazaar.com
May 24th, 2011 |

Americana Picnic Tablesetting

I kind of get giddy with excitement when this time of year rolls around.  Memorial Day marks the start of summer, the start of bbq season, lazy days in the park, and simple reasons to have a party.  I also get excited because it means I can pull out one of my ALL TIME favorite table inspirations……this amazing patriotic table from Carolyn Rohme’s Passion for Parties book.  I have loved this table since the first time I saw it years ago – the simple items used look fabulous when repeated down a long table.  Hope you find inspiration in it too!

May 23rd, 2011 |

4 Simple, DIY Ideas for Dressing Up Memorial Day

Can you believe Memorial Day is just one short week away?!  Officially the kick-off to summer, Memorial Day weekend is a fabulous time to gather the troops and fire up the grill!  I’ll be back later in the week with some yummy ideas for what to serve, but today, I thought I would focus on 4 simple ideas on how to “dress up” your Memorial Day party.

Better Homes and Gardens has put together a gallery of ideas for decorations, table settings, centerpieces, etc. and today I pulled out a few that I think would be very simple for you to re-create.  First, dress up those paper lanterns!  5 minutes with a glue gun and some patriotic ribbon or ric rac will work wonders with those old, white paper lanterns you have been holding on to.  Second, create a monochromatic, tiered centerpiece using different sized white pots.  Bold, red mums are an inexpensive option….this could also be darling done with sunflowers for a summer picnic!  Third, edge your food or dessert table with striped crepe paper or ribbon.  Simple, stylish and easy to put up and take down.  (double-sided tape should do the trick!)  And lastly, put that pie up on a pedestal!  Just because you serve a simple dessert doesn’t mean it shouldn’t look extra-special!  Dress up your basic, white cake stands with ribbon or mini bunting.

May 11th, 2011 |

Shabby Chic Centerpieces

I was perusing some of my favorite websites last night for some inspiration for an upcoming client’s party.  In looking for “shabby chic” centerpiece ideas, I stumbled across a sweet, playful wedding on Project Wedding.  These centerpieces totally spoke to me….I love the use of casual, colored glass, simple blooms and most importantly, the wood crate!  I think you can take away great inspiration for a summer bridal shower, birthday party or casual outdoor picnic.  Click here to view the rest of the wedding!

May 10th, 2011 |

{Press} Little Blue Car Party on HWTM!

So fun to wake up to another FABULOUS party feature on Hostess with the Mostess today!  This little blue car first birthday was SO MUCH FUN to work on with Christi from P is for Party!  A little boy’s first birthday, but geared towards adults – so I focused on using lots of eye-catching patterns and tried a few new things that turned out just darling!  Coordinating fabric used for pillows, a patterned backdrop for the dessert table, placemats for the tables, bottle wrappers for the drinks….there are so many cute details, you must go check it out!

Our little blue car party collection is available for purchase in the shop here.

May 2nd, 2011 |

Pretty in Pink

Whether you are planning a birthday party, a bridal shower, or an extra-special Mother’s Day brunch, this collection of ideas is sure to inspire a party that is pretty in pink.  Shimmery accents of gold and rose, crystals hanging from candlesticks, and ribbon candy with an extra special luster….these are all ideas that are making me swoon lately!

Images: table setting and champagne glasses (theknot.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), fondant flower cupcake toppers (etsy.twosugarbabies.com), cupcakes (callmecupcake.com), ribbon candy party favor bags (brides.com)

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