April 25th, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | DERBY THEMED DESSERT TABLE

derby themed dessert tableThe cake was just the beginning of the desserts offered to guests at Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party.  A full Derby-themed dessert table held center stage and featured delicious sweets all in our signature color palette of yellow, blue and green.  The table was dressed in a blue floor-length tablecloth, creating a perfect base for white serving dishes that we embellished with Cake Plate Clings in coordinating patterns.  A custom fabric backdrop featured our lattice pattern and colorful horse silhouettes.

candy jars with prize ribbon tags for derby partyprize ribbon candy jar tag from wh hostess for derby partyA pennant banner was draped across the front of the table, and a fabric-covered riser held 5 candy jars in the center of the table.  Instead of traditional candy jar tags, we created “prize ribbon” tags to identify the type of candy.

green macarons for derby party dessert tableprize ribbon cookies for derby party dessert tableColorful macarons, yellow cake pops and blue prize ribbon cookies were some of the favorite treats.  Blueberry cupcakes topped with colorful, fondant bow ties and mini key lime pies sat front and center.

cupcakes with fondant bow ties and striped cake plate clings for derby party dessert tablestripe food tent card by wh hostess for derby party dessert tableThe table was branded with coordinating paper elements from WH Hostess, such as haberdashery stripe food tent cards, the prize ribbon candy jar tags and coordinating Cake Plate Clings. As a nod to the southern theme, pie pops stood in mint julep cups adorned with bow ties.  Blue-striped paper bags held our #1 prize ribbon stickers, and were available for guests to fill with candy to bring home with them.

pie pops in julep cups for derby party dessert tablestriped candy bags with a prize ribbon sticker from wh hostess for a derby dessert tableStay tuned for more details from Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party later today!

yellow rock candy on a derby party dessert tablePaper Goods, Fabric Backdrop & Dessert Table Plan by WH Hostess  |  Images by Ellenzilla Photography  |  Cupcakes and Prize Ribbon Cookies by A Fare Extraordinaire  |  Bow Tie Cupcake Toppers by Sugartown Bake Shop  |  Candy from Candy Warehouse  |  Cake Pops by Angie’s Cakes  |  Pie Pops by  Cakewalk Desserts

April 24th, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | THE CAKE!

derby little man horse theme party cakeIn addition to the lunch buffet, the dining room also held a special table for the adorable 3-tier cake from Cakes by Gina.  They were able to duplicate our haberdashery stripe and pony lattice patterns in fondant onto the tiers, and topped it with Cameron’s very own silver trophy cup.

derby cake fondant detailThe table was dressed in a topper made from our haberdashery stripe fabric, edged with white pom pom trim.  And Cameron had his very own little smash cake, which he attacked in front of the prize ribbon backdrop!

derby little man first birthday partyThis is just the start of the {sweet} details of Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party….stay tuned tomorrow for the dessert table details!

Custom Fabric by WH Hostess  |  Photography by Ellenzilla Photography  |  Cake by Cakes by Gina

April 24th, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | FOOD & DRINKS

buffet table for derby partyI’m back today with more details of Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party, with some classic ideas that you can replicate for your upcoming Derby party.  The lunch buffet was set up in the dining, featuring three gorgeous flower arrangements from Blooming Gallery in modern white trophy cup urns from Z Gallerie.

napkin rolls with derby party napkin ringsA Fare Extraordinaire created a perfectly southern assortment of tasty bites, including fried chicken, lettuce cups, macaroni and cheese, and mini pigs in a blanket for the kids.  Silverware was rolled in a Caspari lattice-patterned napkin and our coordinating napkin ties, making it simple for guests to grab along with their plates.

mint julips for derby partyThe bar was set up along the kitchen’s long island, featuring drinks served in mason jars, julep cups, and sticker-embellished cups for the kids. Drink dispensers labeled with custom tags held Arnold Palmers, Sweet Tea and Lemonade.

lemonade drink dispenser with custom tag for derby partyMint Juleps were served to the adults, and water bottles with our horse race label were placed in wicker baskets for an easy grab-on-the-go during a bounce house break.

cups with prize ribbon sticker for derby partywater bottles with derby horse labels for derby partyStay tuned for more {sweet} ideas from Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party!  Up later today….the CAKE!

Paper Goods by WH Hostess  |  Photography by Ellenzilla Photography  |  Food & Tables by A Fare Extraordinaire  |  Flower Arrangements by Blooming Gallery  |  Plates and Napkins from Caspari  |  White Trophy Cup Urns from Z Gallerie

April 23rd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | KIDS HORSE RACE

horse-on-a-stick race for kids at a derby partyNothing screams a Derby party like a horse race!  So entertain the kiddos at your Derby party with this idea from Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party: Horse-on-a-stick races!  Custom stick ponies were made by The Teepee Guy in the party’s signature color palette, and the kids had fun racing to the finish line!

horse-on-a-stick toys for derby party horse races for kidsSet up a long, narrow patch of grass for the kids to run along and create a finish line by tying a piece of paper streamer across the end.

horse races for kids at derby themed birthday partycolor coordinated horse-on-a-stick toy for kids derby partyStay tuned for more images and ideas from Cameron’s Dapper Derby Party this week!

Photography by Ellenzilla

April 23rd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | KIDS TABLESETTING

preppy derby party kids table setting with custom fabric from wh hostessCameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday party was so much fun to design, it truly has me itching to plan a Derby party of my own!  If you are hosting one where kiddos will be in attendance, here are some darling ideas on how to set a theme appropriate table, just for them.

rose and grass plant centerpieces for derby partyMini versions of white Chivari chairs sat around the kids’ table.  A custom table runner made from WH Hostess’s exclusive pony lattice fabric was edged with grosgrain ribbon and white tassel garland, and sat atop a crisp white tablecloth.

Derby themed party decorations from WH HostessThree bucket centerpieces held grass plants surrounded by roses, and coordinating centerpiece sticks featuring a trophy cup, horse and lucky horse shoe.  Each placesetting had a prize ribbon coloring page, along with a cello bag of crayons (the topper read “jockey crayons”), and a drink in a covered mason jar.

derby party for kids placesetting with coloring pagekids table setting for a derby party by wh hostessMore details of Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party are still to come this week!  Keep check back for ideas for your own Derby party.

Paper Goods & Fabric by WH Hostess  |  Photography by Ellenzilla  |  Flowers by Blooming Gallery

April 23rd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | DECOR IDEAS

Derby Party Hanging Sign by WH Hostess

When it came time to help one of my favorite Houston clients plan her son’s first birthday party, we tossed around quite a few classic boy themes.  After much deliberation, a “Dapper Derby” theme was born and guests were invited to “Derby Day at the Addison Downs”.

With a crisp color palette of blue, yellow and green, it was a perfect theme where we could combine “dapper” elements from a little man theme (bow ties and haberdashery stripes), #1 prize ribbons from a horse race theme, and southern traditions such as mint juleps and trophy cups from the classic Kentucky Derby.  I’m sharing the gorgeous images from Ellenzilla Photography with you all week long to 1) share this amazing party with you, but also B) to inspire you with ideas for your very own Derby party.

Yesterday, I shared two big ideas that could easily be replicated: a prize ribbon back drop for a “photo booth” and trophy cup centerpieces.  Today, I’m back with the decor details!

foyer floral arrangement

This party contains the perfect combination of southern charm and playful, preppy decor, appealing to both the adults and children in attendance.  And I believe there are tons of inspiring ideas that you could use to host your own Derby party to celebrate the race on May 3-4th. WH Hostess designed all of the coordinating paper goods, fabric and Cake Plate Clings, giving the party a cohesive look.

Upon arriving at the party, guests were greeted with a balloon-lined path.  The balloons were custom-printed with our horse silhouette, and a coordinating welcome sign hung at the front door.  A luscious arrangement of yellow and white blooms stood grandly in the foyer, arranged in a white “trophy cup” urn.  The floral arrangement was surrounded by photos of Cameron’s first year.  Blue, yellow and green poms hung off the chandelier above.

yellow and green tables for derby party with trophy cup centerpiecesGuests made their way into the great room, where tables were set up with white Chivari chairs, layered green and yellow tablecloths, and gorgeous flower arrangements in silver trophy cups.  View a detail of the centerpieces here.  The kids table had so many darling details, I’m saving them for their own post later today….so check back around lunchtime!

kids table at derby party

yellow blue and green hanging poms for derby partyColorful poms hung from the chandelier in the great room, and the fireplace was adorned with julep cup floral arrangements, and a custom garland of braided ribbons and an oversized “prize ribbon”.

detail of paper prize ribbon decoration at derby partyoutdoor fireplace decorated for a derby partyThese decorations were repeated in the outdoor living room, along with the addition of throw pillows made from our custom pony lattice and haberdashery stripe fabrics.  A “trough” of wheat grass sat on the coffee table, along with mini toy horses that we spray-painted in our pop colors of yellow, blue and green.

spray painted toy horses for derby partyoutdoor patio decorated for derby partyThe kids were entertained with pony rides, a bounce house and an old-fashioned horse race.  (more details on that later this afternoon!) And one of my favorite decor details of this party was the custom-printed balloons featuring my horse silhouette.

balloons with custom horse silhouetteCheck back often today for more posts about Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party!

Paper Goods & Fabric by WH Hostess  |  Photography by Ellenzilla Photography  |  Flowers by Blooming Gallery  |  Tables & Linens by  A Fare Extraordinaire  |  Balloons by Balloon Masters  |  White and Silver Trophy Cup Urns from ZGallerie

April 22nd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | TROPHY CUP CENTERPIECES

trophy cup centerpiece for derby partyA simple way to carry out the Derby theme for your party is to recreate these gorgeous centerpieces from Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party.  Blooming Gallery create these luscious arrangements of yellow, white and green blooms.  Placed in a silver trophy cup from ZGallerie, they were the perfect addition to the tables.

yellow white and green floral centerpieces for derby partysilver trophy cup vase for derby partyStay tuned for more details from Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party!

Photography by Ellenzilla

April 22nd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | PHOTO BOOTH IDEAS

Derby Party Photo Booth BackdropI recently had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite clients to design her son’s first birthday.  To incorporate all things preppy, a touch of southern hospitality to celebrate her little man, we set a “Dapper Derby” theme with a crisp blue, yellow and green color palette. I’m so excited to share all of the images and ideas with you, and since the Kentucky Derby just around the corner, I’m going to be breaking down the party ideas all week long so you can replicate some into your own Derby celebration.

IMG_0912-2-2The first idea is to create a “photo booth” with a prize ribbon backdrop.  Photo booths are a great activity at any party, guests young and old will enjoy posing with fun props to take pictures to remember the day.  I created this back drop by making individual paper “prize ribbons”.  (this was quite a project and even more interesting in how I folded it up to ship it down to Houston….but that story is for another day!)  You could easily recreate this look by using scrapbook paper and ribbon in whatever color palette you choose.

felt bow tie props for photo boothFelt bowties by  The Bridal Prop Shop were on-hand for guests to pose with, and when it came time for Cameron’s smash cake, his high chair was placed in front of the backdrop, framing his cute little face perfectly!

Derby Party Photo Booth Backdrop Cake SmashStay tuned for more details of Cameron’s Dapper Derby First Birthday Party!

Photography by Ellenzilla

April 11th, 2013 |

FRESH FRUIT TART

fresh fruit tart recipe for spring entertainingI hope you have enjoyed all of the spring entertaining ideas I have been sharing with you this week.  Today I am sharing the recipe for my spring fresh fruit tart.  Whether you make one large tart, or individual mini tarts for your guests, this tart is simple to make and the presentation is beautiful every time!

CRUST INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar | 1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour | 1 stick unsalted butter, softened

FILLING INGREDIENTS:

1 tsp vanilla extract | 8 oz cream cheese, softened | 1/3 cup granulated sugar

TOPPING INGREDIENTS:

your choice of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, kiwi slices, or blueberries

GLAZE INGREDIENTS:

1 can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed | 1 T cornstarch  |  1 T fresh lemon juice | 1/4 cup granulated sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

In a food processor, combine the crust ingredients and process until the mixture forms a ball. For individual tarts, divide the dough into equal parts and with your fingers, press the dough into mini tart pans (works best with a removable bottom). Pat until the crust is even. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until very lightly browned. Remove and set aside to cool.

Beat the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla extract together until smooth. Spread over the cooled crust, and arrange the sliced fruit atop the tart in your desired pattern.

Combine the thawed lemonade, cornstarch, lemon juice, and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until clear and thick, about 2 minutes. Let cool and wiith a pastry brush, apply the glaze over the entire tart.

Refrigerate the tart until about 15 minutes before serving.

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April 10th, 2013 |

ZUCCHINI BITES for SPRING PARTIES

zucchini tomato and goat cheese appetizer recipeThis week, I have been sharing the components of my luncheon celebrating the start of Spring and being able to entertain in my favorite room of my house – the sun room! (did you see the peek into this room that I shared last week?)  Focused on a crisp color palette of navy blue, emerald green and hot pink, we have discussed tablesetting ideas and ways to infuse the modern monogram into them, shared recipes for a tart limoncello sparkling cocktail, and the recipe for my fresh fruit tarts.  Today, I sharing one of my go-to appetizers.  Fresh ingredients, quick to assemble and tasty every time, my zucchini bites will become your favorite spring appetizer.

DIRECTIONS:

Stack together layers of zucchini, goat cheese and oven-roasted tomatoes for a simple, yet deliciously-fresh appetizer. Top with a sprig of basil and salt and pepper to taste.

Tip: a drizzle of balsamic vinegar for added taste.

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