April 1st, 2013 |
I have a gorgeous dessert table to share with you today. I designed and styled it for my best friend’s two children’s first communion (they are 11 months apart, and in the same grade). A fresh color palette of blue, green and white with accents in navy blue, I combined a geometric greek key pattern with a bold floral pattern to appeal to both the girls and boys! I hope this table will inspire you with ideas on how to incorporate religious details into a dessert table, without that being the “theme”, and serve as inspiration for baptisms, first communions and more.
The table design was inspired by a WH Hostess collection of paper goods and we incorporated the patterns onto everything from the custom fabric table runners, to the cupcake toppers, to the sweets. Each child had their choice of one “special” treat that they selected to be part of the table: Willard chose chocolate chip cookies and Emma Jane chose chocolate-covered strawberries.
The table was covered with a crisp white tablecloth and was topped with two table runners made from our custom blue greek key fabric, edged with a preppy grass green and white grosgrain ribbon.
Standing center stage was a gorgeous arrangement of green and white hydrangeas with the vase wrapped in our bold floral mums pattern paper. I really wanted to incorporate natural green elements into the table to pop that color against the blue. I did that by using the green hydrangeas and also by anchoring the cake pops into wheat grass plants.
The sweets included gorgeous Cake Pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes
incorporating our patterns, an “H” for the kids’ last name, and a cross to symbolize the occasion. Vanilla Cupcakes with personalized cupcake toppers from WH Hostess
, and fondant crosses from Two Sugar Babies
. Mini bags of blue sugar candy with bold green and white stickers featuring an “H” for the kids’ last name.
Instead of having one large cake, I had two smaller cakes made – one for each child! Two Sugar Babies created these custom monogrammed cake toppers using our blue greek key pattern as part of the edible image. Jumbo Marshmallows in blue and green from Candywarehouse.com were a big hit with the kids!
I branded the table with preppy green striped food tent cards, and a coordinating blue greek key sign, thanking everyone for coming to celebrate Willard & Emma’s special day.
March 21st, 2013 |
With Easter just a little over a week away, I have been thinking about our Easter brunch tablesetting. My sister is due with her first child THIS WEEK, so we are anticipating that we’ll be doing brunch at home this year (vs years past when we would go out for brunch). When it comes to Easter, I have a love of carrots. And bunnies. But definitely carrots. I think it’s really the pop of orange that I love! Do you remember this carrot centerpiece from last year?!
I put together this Easter brunch tablesetting for the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine, using some white basics, and pops of color that I am so craving these days. I set the table with a white eyelet tablecloth and then layered it with my woven charger plates and basic white plates. I combined a solid orange napkin with a green and white striped napkin, and tied a bunch of straw carrots to it with twine. An egg placecard (personalized with glitter – post coming next week!) was nestled on top of the napkin.
Each placesetting was accented with a bunny cupcake stand from Pottery Barn, holding a carrot-topped cupcake. To add texture to the floral centerpiece, I filled the vase with white eggs, and also used pewter bunny salt & pepper shakers.
To carry out the carrot theme, I used gummy carrots from candywarehouse.com as a topper on basic, store-bought cupcakes. Do you love the green glass plate from Pottery Barn they are sitting on?!
Forgoing the traditional jelly beans, I served up candy that looked like peas and carrots (also from candywarehouse.com).
Stay tuned later today for a creative idea for Easter cookies!
March 19th, 2013 |
Did you catch the gorgeous decor details this morning from this mint and peach baby shower feature today? Designed by event stylist, Lauren Stewart, we were thrilled to create all of the custom paper goods for this event. In this post, you will see all of the darling baby shower games and activities that Lauren’s co-hosts planned.
There was a table set up with apothecary jars full of baby items: clothespins, safety pins, and buttons that people had to estimate how many items were in the jars.
Custom Baby Bingo Cards and a Mama & Baby Animal matching games were created by WH Hostess.
Head back later today for all of the sweet details from the gorgeous dessert table, featuring desserts from Sweet & Saucy Shop.
Event Design & Coordination: lauren stewart designs + events | Photography: Natalie Moser Photography | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods & Peach Chevron Fabric: WH Hostess | Floral Design: Kate of Floret Cadet | Milk Glass & Clear Glass Vases: Silk Creek Gallery, 22 Bay Road, & Thread and Brush Studio
March 19th, 2013 |
I am thrilled to be sharing this party with you today! Last year, I was asked to design a full custom collection of party goods for a baby shower being thrown for event planner, Lauren Stewart. When approached by her friends about throwing a baby shower for her baby girl, Lauren couldn’t help but want to help with the planning! Inspired by the peach and mint green colors she was using in her baby’s nursery, she fell in love with the idea of incorporating some sparkle when she spotted the chevron and nude sequined linens available at La Tavola.
There are so many stunning details to this event, I am going to separate it into three different posts, launching throughout the day, so please check back often for more details (decor, activities and the dessert table).
The shower was held at a private residence in Pacific Palisades, California. Guests arrived to the home and immediately walked out onto a stone courtyard where the mimosa bar and drinks were set up. We designed a custom due date calendar that guests were asked to take their best guess on as to when the baby would be born. (a concept that I also did for my sister’s baby shower in January!)
Elegant drink dispensers were labeled with coordinating signage, giving guests a peek of what was to come. Champagne glasses held perfect, peach and white striped straws and gorgeous floral arrangements from Kate at Floret Cadet were placed all around the event.
As I mentioned earlier, Lauren was inspired by the gorgeous sequin tablecloths available at La Tavola. She used the peach/copper solid tablecloths as well as the nude and ivory chevron ones on the luncheon tables. We created peach chevron pennant banners that hung throughout the event, as well.
After the cocktail hour, guests entered the yard where they were greeted with a breath-taking view of the ocean, three sparkling tables under big white umbrellas, and a few activity stations set up for the guests amusement. (more on the activities later today!)
The luncheon tables were dressed with sequin chevron tablecloths and runners, sparkling stemware, and our coordinating menu cards in the coordinating mint and peach color palette. Notice how the sequin chevron tablecloth was only used on the center table, while the two outer tables were dressed in a peach satin, topped with the runner version of the sequin chevron tablecloth….gorgeous, right?! I love the big, white umbrellas, and I am sure guests were appreciative of the shade they provided during lunch.
The tables held a few different floral centerpieces in white milk glass vases, in shades of peach and white. Each one is more stunning than the next.
We created a custom “Mama-to-be” sign in the party’s signature peach chevron to embellish Lauren’s chair. This is a simple decor idea that we do for a lot of baby showers. It’s a great way to identify the guest-of-honor’s place, as well as add a touch of pattern or nod to the theme to the basic chairs.
This is just the beginning of the gorgeous details we have to share with you today. Head back later for details on the baby shower activities and games, as well as the sparkling dessert table!
Event Design & Coordination: lauren stewart designs + events | Photography: Natalie Moser Photography | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods & Peach Chevron Fabric: WH Hostess | Floral Design: Kate of Floret Cadet | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina • Maison du Papier | Peach Paper Straws: Mylk & Honey | Milk Glass & Clear Glass Vases: Silk Creek Gallery, 22 Bay Road, & Thread and Brush Studio | White and Gold Trays at Mimosa Bar: West Elm
March 18th, 2013 |
When it comes to stationery and party invitations, we are always looking for ways to further customize your invitations. Our colorful invitations can now be accessorized with full-color printed envelopes. It takes adding a return address to a whole new level. Each theme has a coordinating design that compliments the invitation, impressing your guests from the moment they receive the envelope in the mail.
We have so many darling new party collections to introduce you to this Spring, and you can see peeks of them in some of these images. Such as the new picnic collection photographed above. Cute color ways for both boys and girls!
Or this adorable “little man” mustache bash party collection, which is now actually listed in the shop!
It’s ideal for making a sophisticated statement for bridal showers, special birthday parties or a religious ceremony. This aqua mod damask is one of our most popular invitations and we love the striped envelope design that compliments it.
And if you are a preppy girl at heart, like I am, you will LOVE the monogram option….available in multiple color options, these monogramed envelopes are perfect for any invitation or note.
We also have the capabilities to address your envelopes for you, carrying your party theme full circle and making a perfect statement. For custom addressing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view all of the envelope options in the shop, listed with the invitations.
What do you think of our new printing options?
February 19th, 2013 |
The Oscars are one of the most anticipated nights of the year in my family….well, at least for my mother, sister and I. The men can be found running to the hills trying to escape the red carpet gossip. Ever since I was a little girl, we would all gather around the TV and watch the red carpet from start to finish, as well as the awards show itself. Between us friends, it is not unusual for my sister to put on an evening gown for the occasion (with her slippers)!
If you are like us, half the fun is betting on who will take home the statue. There are so many darling free printables out there for you to download. You can find many of them (along with more Oscar party ideas) on my Pinterest board. I just love this ballot that One Charming Party designed.
We keep it simple – carryout is typically involved so no one misses a second of the show. But it is fun to dress up our cocktails with some festive straws. I love how the Glitter Guide embellished these charming polka dot ones with gold tinsel. I may serve up some theme-appropriate desserts as well. I love these ideas from Amy Atlas: star shaped brownies or cookies, cupcakes topped with licorice rolls to look like film wheels. Or perhaps I will serve popcorn in these charming paper cones from Birds Party:
How do you celebrate/entertain/watch the Oscars?
February 1st, 2013 |
I often get asked where I find inspiration for party ideas. Like, daily. Truth is, there is no rhyme or reason as to what inspires me. It could be a book, a gorgeous party dress, or a color palette. Today, it’s this picture of a fresh, updated interior. I absolutely LOVE the clean lines, the black, white and grass green color palette, the brass accent, the geometric pattern, the gorgeous boxwood. It’s the perfect inspiration for a dinner party!
When I start to plan a party, the first thing I do is gather my resources to plan my decor or tablesetting. Here’s what I came up with for this Mod Boxwood Dinner Party:
Every hostess needs a pretty party dress! This bold check dress from Kate Spade is perfect for this event. Classic, yet updated…just like my inspiration. The table will be grounded with my black and white Union Street china from Kate Spade, but instead of pairing it with my crystal stemware, I am going to dress it down a bit with these squared-off wine glasses and silverware from Crate & Barrel. Using a white tablecloth as the base for my table, I am going to use these bold chevron napkins to add a pop of pattern to the table. The brushed metal tile napkin rings from Kim Seybert add my touch of brass (inspiration was the brass door pull in the picture above!). A few varying sizes of boxwood balls in basic white pots will serve as my centerpiece, with a few votive candles scattered around them. And for dessert….well, we’ll talk food later. But it will definitely be served on my favorite cake stand, with a black polka dot Cake Plate Cling.
Stay tuned for my ideas for food & drinks!
Image: inspiration shot / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
January 30th, 2013 |
While scouring the web for inspiration for my sister’s recent baby shower, I slowly became obsessed with sequin linens. An emerging trend in the events industry, we’re seeing them used for weddings, dessert tables and in my case, for showers. Done in neutral colors, they are extremely sophisticated and add a touch of luxe glamour to any event.
A monochromatic combination of ivories looks modern with the addition of sequins. It adds texture and depth, and the sequins will reflect the light beautifully. It’s a fabulous update to a solid linen tablecloth for dessert tables, adding a touch of sparkle under your serving pieces.
You can do an all-over tablecloth, or add just a touch of sparkle with a table runner. In addition to the neutral metallics such as gold and silver, I am absolutely IN LOVE with the sequin chevron tablecloth from La Tavola. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect “statement piece” for the dessert table I was planning for my sister’s baby shower.
I can’t WAIT until I can show you more pictures from this event. But for now….what do you think of the sequin linens? Have you used them at an event before?
Images via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
January 29th, 2013 |
Those readers that follow along on facebook and instagram know that I hosted a baby shower (along with my mother) for my sister this past weekend. We had SO much fun putting together a gender-neutral celebration, since the sex of the baby is still a surprise. I didn’t want to use the traditional blue and pink color palette and my sister is not a fan of yellow. We went with a coral and aqua blue color palette, with touches of nude, gold and silver.
I unfortunately can’t show you all of the details (even though I am just DYING to), because this shower and all of the creative DIY ideas will be featured in my book (launching this Fall)! So I’ll have to keep you guessing for a while, but for now, here are two ideas that you can recreate for your next party:
To create a focal point behind where the mama-to-be was opening her presents, I decorated the fireplace mantel with fresh flowers, custom posters that I designed to coordinate with the baby shower invitation and a garland of baby onesies. Instead of using twine or actual green garland, I very quickly braided three colors of satin ribbon together. I loved the pop of color it added to the white fireplace and was so lightweight and easy to hang. I will definitely be repeating this for future parties!
The tables were very fresh and held simple decor. I’m pretty obsessed with gorgeous flowers (you will ALWAYS find fresh flowers in my house, especially during the blah winter months) so it was a given that the tables had to hold a simply stunning arrangement. I wanted to add a pop of color to my basic bubble vases, but didn’t want any permanent changes made since I reuse these vases all of the time. I came up with a very simple solution: glue dots and glitter.
This was such a simple project and added a sweet touch to the table. After a quick trip to Michael’s craft store, I had removable glue dots and gorgeous colors of shimmer glitter from Martha Stewart’s craft line, and about 30 minutes to decorate 3 big vases. I placed the glitter into a shallow bowl, and then just rolled a strip of the removable glue dots thru it. They were easy to peel off the paper strip and attach to the vase. The great thing about this project is that you could adjust it to any color palette and could even create patterns with the polka dots. The dots are simple to peel off (thank god for the “removable” glue dots) so my vases were unharmed and ready for the next event. It truly was as simple as that!