May 11th, 2010 |

Preppy Spring Table

Last week I shared my inspiration board for my family’s Mother’s Day dinner (see the post here – it would be perfect for any summer party!)  I’ve had so many people asking to see how it turned out, I thought I would show you a couple of pictures!

The main focus on the table were my monogrammed preppy plates – like I told you last week, I have been DYING to whip these little beauties out – Mother’s Day was the perfect occasion!  These melamine plates are darling and add such a {pop!} to any table.  The come in tons of patterns, and even have matching lucite trays and coasters!  Definitely check them out – and remember them for gifts!

May 5th, 2010 |

Mother’s Day: Manicures & Mimosas

mother's day party manicures and mimosas

Ladies, if you are still looking for ideas for a Mother’s Day celebration – this is a darling idea!  Beth from Spark PR & Events sent me this darling Manicures & Mimosas party, and there are some darling ideas you could pull out for just about any celebration!

Moms and daughters enjoyed mimosas while they got manis and pedis.  It was held at Tipsy’s a salon that has a wine bar. The focal point was a tree centerpiece with pictures of the girls with their moms when they were younger.  OPI nail polish favors with “Manicures and Mimosas” hang tags served as party favors. There were mini cupcakes, mini muffins and frittata for the ladies to enjoy during their services.  The cupcake towers were from Home Goods and embellished with ribbon.  Each guest that attended will get a thank you note on custom stationery that matches the invite with a photo of each mother and daughter…what a great memento from a wonderful party!

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May 4th, 2010 |

Mother’s Day Dinner Party

mother's day dinner partyWith Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I realized that I had to get myself into party-planning mode!  Today I am showing you a peek into my own party-planning for a family dinner celebrating Mother’s Day.  Since we will be hosting this dinner party at our home (hopefully in our newly-remodeled sun room….if we can get it done in time!), I am mainly focusing on the table setting and menu!  I decided it would be fun to use a bright, cheerful color palette of Kelly green, navy blue and hot pink.  Very spring-like and preppy, but updating the look with some modern patterns.

The honeycomb invitation from my very own WH Hostess stationery line is perfect for this dinner party!  And it also helps that it coordinates with my monogrammed melamine plates – which I have been {very impatiently} waiting to debut this season!  I plan to set the table with crisp white linens, and tie the napkins in a preppy stripe ribbon.  For the centerpieces, I plan to use monochromatic pink flowers – a vase of tulips, a vase of gerber daisies, etc. – and white, clean-lined vases.  I may even wrap the vases with the stripe ribbon, just to tie that look together.

I am still working on my menu – and I can’t give everything away since my mother does occasionally read this!  But, I do think it would be so fun to create a candy bar for dessert!  Can’t you picture it done in green, white and pink candy?!  Utterly charming and totally preppy!

How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this year?!

Images: lanterns (michellerago.com), invitation (whhostess.com), cocktails and daisy flower bouquet party favors (brides.com), gerber daisy centerpiece (floralartla.com), green pattern melamine plate (whhostess.com), stripe ribbon napkin rings (amberkarsonevents.com), green candy table (amyatlas.com)

April 29th, 2010 |

An Elegant Celebration

elegant celebration dinner partyWe focus so much on theme parties here on The Party Dress….but some occasions just call for pure elegance!  Whether you are planning a wedding, an engagement party, a 60th birthday celebration or an elegant company event – there are always 4 main ideas that are key to making your event one to remember.

  1. A stunning invitation: Bold.  Simple.  Elegant.  Cute.  Whatever your style, make sure that your invitation sets the tone for your party!  I love this navy blue floral invitation from Wedding Paper Divas!  It’s formal enough for a wedding, yet would be festive for a shower or birthday party.
  2. Centerpieces: Using a unique vessel, create a floral centerpiece that pulls together the colors of your palette.  I love the use of the stone urn in this inspiration – it creates a stunning “elegant garden” image for me.
  3. Cocktails: Choose either a signature cocktail, or a fabulous drink display….you don’t need both!
  4. Dessert Table: The trend of the moment and a spectacular surprise for your guests.  The dessert table should be color-coordinated to your specific palette and can serve as a focal point for your event.

Images: invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), centerpiece (michellerago.com), champagne tower (brides.com), dessert table (traceylau.com)

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April 28th, 2010 |

Real Party: Tiki Lounge 40th Birthday

tiki lounge luau birthday party

Beth from Spark PR & Events in Palm Beach, Florida recently sent me this event….it’s a Tiki Lounge 40th birthday party!  So fun, great colors….and it’s totally putting me in the mood for SUMMER!  Anyone planning a luau this summer?!  Here are some great ideas from Beth….

This is a 40th Birthday Surprise Party I recently did for a husband and wife who love margaritas and the Bahamas. We did a tiki lounge invite and incorporated their love for margaritas and the islands with a “Patti and Paul’s Tiki Lounge” theme. There was a tiki bar with a margarita machine and passed drinks in custom cups and napkins as guests arrived, centerpieces out of pineapples, flip flops with custom hang tags for guests, and hawaiian dancers and a fire eater entertained the guests after the arrival of the “surprised” hosts.  We used flip flops as the party favor, dressed-up with a custom gift tag!  The evening had a wonderful, tropical feel!

April 23rd, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Hanging Decor

hanging party decorations

I don’t know what it is lately….but I am just plain obsessed with any type of hanging party decorations!  Whether it’s fabric covered letters hanging on a wall, or tiny votive candles hanging off floral branches – I just love the vertical element it adds to a room! And they would be perfect for just about any type of party – a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, dinner party – and absolutely divine as the backdrop for the oh, so trendy dessert table!

What’s your favorite “hanging” trend right now?!

Images: copper hanging candle (bhg.com), hanging balls (brides.com), chandelier (sdkphoto.com), fabric letters and hanging votive candles (stylemepretty.com), hanging pomanders (jldesignsandevents.com)

April 21st, 2010 |

Cinco de Mayo Dinner Party

cinco de mayo dinner partyCinco de Mayo is right around the corner!  Our missoni-like print invitation from WH Hostess (re-colored in hot, fiesta colors) is the perfect invitation for a Cinco de Mayo dinner party or cocktail gathering with friends.  Set a festive table using bright, hot colors and cluster different sized paper lanterns above the table to add a touch of drama!

Everyone has their favorite guacamole recipe, the perfect chicken enchiladas recipe…..but one thing is for sure, no Cinco de Mayo party would be complete without margaritas!  Kick up the style a bit by serving them in a martini glass instead of a traditional margarita glass.

Images: tablesetting (styleathome.com), invitation (whhostess.com), flags (beautifulpaper.typepad.com), burrito bar (sunset.com), maracas (orientaltrading.com), melamine bowl (potterybarn.com), margaritas (gemmacomas.com)

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April 20th, 2010 |

Real Party: Modern Safari Ladies Night

modern safari ladies night

Chris Nease from Celebrations at Home sent me this darling “modern safari” party she styled for her monthly ladies night.  It’s full of amazing DIY ideas that could be used for a bridal shower or birthday party.
Her inspiration came from the hot pink zebra striped cocktail napkins, and was reinforced after seeing Amy Atlas’ pink & orange zebra dessert table.  She purchased a pink zebra sheet set, and some safari animals from  Marshalls.  Spray-painted the animals white, and added adhesive gems for eyes.  (fabulous!)  Faux palm and tropical leaves, flowers and a few feathers  added to the “modern safari” look.   The colorful dessert table consisted of brownie pops, cheesecake tartlets, lemon bars, and purchased iced cookies and candies.  Hanging flower bud tubes dressed up the zebra-print backdrop.
Fabulous party, Chris!  Thanks for sharing!
April 20th, 2010 |

Earth Day: Dinner Party

earth day dinner party ideasEarth Day is the perfect opportunity to invite a few friends over for a dinner party inspired by nature and your local farmer’s market.  Bring the outdoors inside by creating a table setting full of white dishes and natural elements, such as bark and potted plants.  I love the idea of using coasters of bark under your typical hurricane candles…..and you can add a pop of green in your cloth napkin.

If you haven’t noticed already, I have a true love affair with cake stands.  The different heights add interest to my table and I love using them for things other than desserts!  They are perfect for a cheese plate, or to serve appetizers, for stacking sandwiches for a casual lunch….you can really think outside the box and get creative with them!  This set of three different sizes from America Retold are the perfect addition to your collection!

The fresh vegetables at the farmer’s market (or my local Whole Foods) gets me really excited to start cooking fresh, spring-y meals again after the long midwest winter!  For this particular dinner, I would serve an English pea & ricotta tart, artichokes with bearnaise sauce, a crown roast of pork with rosemary, and fresh limeade to drink.

Images: invitation (minted.com), tablesetting (rebeccathuss.com), butterfly party favor (projectwedding.com), cake stands (the party dress via opensky.com)

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April 19th, 2010 |

Bridal Shower: Pretty Peach & Crisp Celery Green

I have been a busy bee this weekend working on some custom inspiration boards for clients.  Everyone is having showers!  Baby showers, couples baby showers and a few bridal showers thrown in for good measure.  The board above was done as inspiration for my husband’s aunt – so I figured I could share it with all of you!

She is hosting a bridal shower at a restaurant in Ohio – the restaurant has a strong palette of peach and celery green.  So I decided it was best to work with the color palette, instead of fighting it!  The custom invitation from WH Hostess (not listed on the website yet, but if you are interested, e-mail me!) sets the tone for a fresh, summer afternoon.

Keeping the table setting fresh and light, I suggested centerpieces of peach peonies and greenery done in white footed bowls.  A placecard embellished with ribbon is placed on each guest’s placesetting, and pear bellinis are to be served during lunch!  A bridal shower is the perfect opportunity for a dessert table.  Not only does it add a sophisticated “decoration” to the event, but it’s a great activity for the guests to partake in while the bride is opening her gifts.  This dessert table from Amy Atlas is the perfect inspiration for our peach and green color palette.  Fill candy jars, apothecary jars and footed bowls full of green, white and peach candy.  Mini cupcakes, cake pops, sugar cookies, macaroons can be served on white serving platters, plates and cake plates.  Create a “tree” using greenery and some flowering branches to use as the centerpiece for this table.  Have guests write a note to the bride offering advice for her marriage.  The notes can be hung on the tree – it will become a “wishing tree” for the bride and groom.  Make sure to have cellophane bags (with a coordinating sticker on them) and people can fill them up with candy to bring home.

The ideas for this party could be used for just about any type of event – a special birthday party, a baby shower or a bridal shower.  What I love about it is that they are simple, and can be used at either a restaurant or in a home.  Good luck, Aunt Jane….hope it’s a beautiful party!

Images: lattice invitation (whhostess.com), centerpiece (stylemepretty.com), pear bellinis (realsimple.com), candy party favor (brides.com), placecard (marthastewart.com), dessert table (amyatlas.com)

 

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