December 16th, 2009 |
New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching…..are you hosting a party?! New Year’s Eve is all about glitz and glam….time to pull out the good stuff and really make your home sparkle! Today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite entertaining items with you….
No party is complete without an ice bucket! I love this one from Williams-Sonoma Home – clean lines, a classic monogram, but there is something about the shape that gives it an updated look. Champagne glasses are a must for any New Year’s Eve party, these tubular glasses from Crate & Barrel are so inexpensive, you can afford to buy one for each one of your guests to use! I love, love, love hammered silver! This new platter from Michael Aram for Williams-Sonoma would be lovely for the party….but also perfect to use on a daily basis throughout the year!
Cocktail napkins are one of those items you should just have sitting around….so pick them up whenever you see cute ones! I love the leaf pattern on these from Etsy.com….it picks up the olive branch pattern on the Michael Aram platter. Finding a good drink bucket is tough – they are either way too casual, or way too expensive. This one from Crate & Barrel is the perfect combination, and a great price. I pull this one out for all of my parties!
If you plan on serving a buffet, whether it be appetizers or desserts, small plates are a must. These leaf-print plates from West Elm have a silver background and add just a touch of glam to our party! If you know me well, you know that I love myself a champagne cocktail! Make yours a little sweeter with rimming sugars. This set of three from Crate & Barrel is not only tasty, but dresses up your champagne glasses too. This glass cloche-covered cake plate is one of my all time favorite products sold in The Party Dress’s shop on Open Sky. I think it would make a lovely addition to any table!
So, now that I have shared my favorites with you…..what are your favorite entertaining items?
Images: champagne bar (southernliving.com), invitation (minted.com), centerpiece (theknot.com)
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December 10th, 2009 |
This festive invitation from Minted set the theme for this party…..martinis and mistletoe….it’s the perfect theme for a holiday cocktail party! A sophisticated color palette of olive green, pale pink, and muted metallic gold and silver created a lovely, yet festive evening for friends.
Filter a touch of the olive green into your floral centerpieces by combining sprigs of magnolia leaves with full, fluffy white hydrangeas. You can use magnolia as the common theme by hang a few magnolia wreaths around the house, as well.
Create a buffet of appetizers and bite-size desserts for your guests to nibble on throughout the party. If you don’t consider yourself a good cook, check out Williams Sonoma’s fabulous selection of pre-made appetizers and desserts. I bet they are as yummy as they are pretty! If you are looking for some new appetizer recipes, check out The Party Dress’s Holiday Appetizer Guide. This is the time to pull out your favorite serving pieces. If you are in need of some new ones, check out my store thru OpenSky….great entertaining pieces at such good prices!
A cocktail party wouldn’t be complete without a few special cocktails…..so check out our post below for The Party Dress’s Holiday 2009 Cocktail Guide!
Images: invitation (minted.com), dress (boss via bloomingdales.com), buffet (parents.com), champagne glasses (wedluxe.com), appetizers (williams-sonoma.com), bubbles (flickr.com), floral centerpiece (makemerryevents.com), 6-plate buffet stand (the party dress via theopenskyproject.com)
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December 9th, 2009 |
Christmas doesn’t have to mean red and green….try choosing a modern color palette of teal and lime green for your holiday party. (hint: these colors look particularly fabulous in metallic items!)
Images: ornament wreath (hgtv.com), napkin (bhg.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), ornaments (projectwedding.com), ornament and candle centerpiece, presents (bhg.com)
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December 3rd, 2009 |
An open house can be a great opportunity to visit with friends and family during the Holidays. Because your guests can come and go as they please, it becomes a very approachable party…..they can stop by for an hour and move on to another party, or stay and enjoy the evening…..it seems like everyone can fit it into their busy Holiday schedule in one way or another!
Instead of sticking with the traditional red and green color palette, try straying a bit…..use white as your main color, and throw in some chocolate brown, icy blue and maybe a touch of red. The effect will be sophisticated and whimsical all rolled into one party! Invite your guests with this sophisticated invitation from Tiny Prints. Take your decorating cues from the invitation and use white feathers to enhance your home. White feather wreaths hanging in windows, feather trees sitting atop your buffet table….these whimsical touches will help you to create a beautiful winter wonderland, and put a different spin on Holiday decorating!
Speaking of your buffet table…. hors d’oeuvres and desserts work best for an open house party (things that are easy to eat, and can sit out for a couple hours). I challenge you to get creative with your food presentation! Serve your treats in covered cake plates and glass cloches, line your white trays with coordinating scrapbook paper, and make sure to organize your table with thought.
If you are looking for a cute, little party favor to send your guests home with, a snowflake wine stopper would fit our theme perfectly! You could get really cute with your presentation too…..set up a small Christmas tree with white lights by your front door, and hang the snowflake wine stoppers on it like ornaments. Instead of placing a star or angel at the top of the tree, place a sign that says “thanks for coming to our party!”
Stay tuned for some yummy recipes for hors d’oeuvres and desserts for all of your holiday parties!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), table (parents.com), white feather wreath (inmagine.com), white marshmallow pops (amyatlas.com), snowflake wine stopper (beau-coup.com), nickel cake plate with glass cloche (The Party Dress via theopenskyproject.com)
November 30th, 2009 |
Put a festive spin on a traditional game night with friends and host a cocktail party full of “reindeer games!” Invite your guests with this darling invitation from Tiny Prints. Set up a few mod decorations on your food table – these glitzy cones are covered with circles cut from scrapbook paper and are so easy to customize for your theme/color palette. Serve up some festive cocktails and a few different desserts, such as cupcakes with playing card toppers, and reindeer cookies.
Reindeer Game Night is the perfect excuse to gather friends for a night of Holiday cheer!
Images: reindeer invitation (tinyprints.com), game night table (katespade.com), card cupcake toppers ( Sweet Treat Supplies via Etsy.com), cone tree centerpiece (bhg.com), reindeer cookies (matthewmeadstyle.com)
November 25th, 2009 |
I have a great feature for you today….Amber from Amber Karson Event Planning is back to share ideas with us for creating a preppy holiday table. Here are some images of a holiday table Amber is working on for a client……make sure to check out her tips below:
“With instructions from the client to keep it festive and fun, I decided to layer textures and patterns to create a one-of-a-kind look. Although there are so many fabulous color combinations out there this season, I decided to feature the classic red and green duo but unexpected ways. Green satin tablecloths were layered with custom table runners made from Michael Miller’s adorable Funky Christmas fabric line, while monochromatic centerpieces sit atop red felt laser-cut mats. Jonathan Adler’s bird salt and pepper shakers are a modern play to the classic “a partridge in a pear tree”. Each place setting is adorned with a monogrammed plate with the dinner guest’s initials. The plate will play double duty as a place card (to communicate seating assignments) and also a party favor. The caterer will wash them after the entree is served, load them up with Christmas cookies and wrap them for the guests to take them home at the end of the evening.”
Amber sells the adorable Preppy Plates collection of monogrammed melamine plates, lucite serving trays (with removable inserts that you can customize for all of your future parties), and coordinating coasters. This collection is a fabulous way to personalize a party, or give someone an extra special gift this holiday season. Check out Amber’s website for a complete catalog and pricing.
Thanks for stopping by today, Amber! LOVE the preppy holiday table….and the preppy plates! I think my Christmas wish list just got a little bit bigger!
November 23rd, 2009 |
Every year, my husband and I host a “thanksgiving” dinner party with friends. This is our 4th year doing this – and we absolutely love it! We all have our own traditional family Thanksgiving dinners…..so this is our opportunity to have a little fun with the dinner (and the table setting)!
It’s been so dreary and grey here in Chicago lately, that when it came time for me to set the table, I decided we needed some color! A bold black and white damask tablecloth, sunny yellow napkins, and darling stripe placecards did the trick. It had a cheery, festive vibe…..and although we loved it for our “Thanksgiving” dinner, I think this table setting would be PERFECT for a bridal shower or birthday party.
We kept the food simple, since we had quite a few little ones with us, but we did try a couple new recipes that I thought I would share with you. In addition to turkey and mashed potatoes, we served a sourdough stuffing with sausage, apples and grapes, and a broccoli-pecorino gratinata. Both turned out yummy, so if you are still looking for sides for this Thursday….give these a try!
All in all a very fun evening….Thanksgiving #1 down….looking forward to Thanksgiving #2 on Thursday!
November 20th, 2009 |
There is something about the Holidays that brings forth a lot of engagements! If a loved one gets engaged over the Holidays, host an engagement party that is full of Holiday cheer!
This invitation from Tiny Prints is perfect for the occasion…..I love that you could go two different ways with it. 1) A partridge in a pear tree…..very Christmas! 2) The perfect pear (pair)….the perfect theme for an engagement party. The invitation sets a beautiful color palette of chartreuse green and brown, which just happens to be one of my favorite Holiday combinations.
Keep your table simple and sophisticated with white dishes and brown napkins (dressed up with a little chartreuse ribbon). For a centerpiece idea, I love the idea of a low white vase full of green moss. Scatter in a few bud vases of white orchids, some brown and white stripe placecards, and some beautiful stemware….and you have yourself a gorgeous table!
Since it is the Holidays…and this is an engagement party celebrating love….mistletoe is an absolute must! Instead of hanging a traditional ball, try dressing up your display by tying some mistletoe to a beautiful ornament and hanging it from some ribbon.
Images: pear invitation (tinyprints.com), table setting (bhg.com), wine (potterybarn.com), centerpiece (theknot.com), mistletoe ball (parents.com)
November 19th, 2009 |
Images: napkin (bhg.com), wine glass placecards (potterybarn.com)
November 16th, 2009 |
The very talented Amber from Amber Karson Event Planning sent us a fabulous do-it-yourself centerpiece idea today. This concept could easily be translated for so many different themes – great for a bridal shower, baby shower, or a wedding. See below for Amber’s inspiration and how-to instructions for this adorable centerpiece:
“Re-create this lovely little centerpiece by re-purposing items you might already have around your house. I found these candlestick hurricane holders at Pottery Barn in the clearance section. They weren’t the color I wanted, but had the right silhouette. I swear high-gloss white can transform ANYTHING with good bones and a $6 can of Krylon’s Fusion (the no-prep miracle worker in the world of spray paint) did the trick. I tossed different ideas around in my head on what to “fill” the hurricane with — the possibilities are endless. In the end, I decided on a few silk butterflies. These ones were actually refrigerator magnets I had around and I tied them to tree sticks with floral wire (another event planner’s must-have-in-the-supply-box staple!)
Add a little moss to the bottom of your hurricane and set a floral pomander on top (click here for a pomander tutorial) to finish it off. The great advantage to a centerpiece like this is that you can re-use the base for future events long after the flowers have wilted!”
Make sure to stop by Amber’s website for more floral inspiration!