March 21st, 2013 |


easter tablesetting with carrotsWith 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?!

bunny salt and pepper shakers from pottery barnI 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.

carrot placesetting horizontalTo carry out the carrot theme, I used gummy carrots from as a topper on basic, store-bought cupcakes.  Do you love the green glass plate from Pottery Barn they are sitting on?!

carrot cupcakes for easterForgoing the traditional jelly beans, I served up candy that looked like peas and carrots (also from

peas & carrots candy for easterStay tuned later today for a creative idea for Easter cookies!

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March 19th, 2013 |


mint and peach baby shower dessert tableToday we are sharing the stunning details of event planner, Lauren Stewart’s, baby shower (as seen in the Spring 2013 issue of The Party Dress Magazine).  Did you drool over the gorgeous tablesettings and breath-taking ocean views?!  Did the baby shower games and activities from this post inspire you for an upcoming baby shower?  We’re back with the “sweet” details of the sparkling peach dessert table.

peach and gold cupcakesThe peach color palette from the baby shower was carried thru every detail of the dessert table.  The dessert table was draped in a peach sequin tablecloth from La Tavola, with our chevron pennant banner hanging across the front stating “S is for Sweet”.  Different shades of peach balloons were tiered behind the dessert table, creating an ombre affect.  This is a great DIY project that could be recreated for any event, any color palette.

peach and gold dessert table with sequin linens and an ombre balloon backdropThe desserts were created by Sweet & Saucy Shop and included a chevron two-tiered cake, color-coordinated cupcakes, cake pops, parfaits, and chocolate dipped rice crispy treats, as well as custom sugar cookies.

peach baby shower desserts from sweet & saucy shopSignage is a fabulous way to tie in your theme on any dessert table.  You can see here that we designed coordinating chevron food tent cards, and there were also mint colored signage with gold calligraphy.  The perfect touch of the mint accent color.

chocolate-dipped rice crispy treatschevron cake with ombre balloon backdrop

The shower was such a special event thanks to Lauren’s friends who made her feel so loved and supported!

baby shower party favors with peach chevron stickers from WH Hostess


Event Design & Coordination: lauren stewart designs + events  |  Photography: Natalie Moser Photography  |  Cake and Desserts: Sweet & Saucy Shop  |  Linens: La Tavola Linen  |  Paper Goods & Peach Chevron Fabric: WH Hostess  |  Floral Design: Kate of Floret Cadet  |  Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina • Maison du Papier  |  White Favor Boxes: Container Store  |  Peach Ribbon on Favor Boxes: Amazon  |  Green Ribbon on Favor Boxes: Michaels

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March 19th, 2013 |


peach and mint baby shower games and activities tableDid 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.

estimation game signage for peach and mint baby shower

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 card from wh hostessbottom of custom baby bingo card by wh hostess

Custom Baby Bingo Cards and a Mama & Baby Animal matching games were created by WH Hostess.

peach floral centerpieces for baby showerHead back later today for all of the sweet details from the gorgeous dessert table, featuring desserts from Sweet & Saucy Shop.

custom baby animal matching game by wh hostess for peach and mint baby shower


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 Gallery22 Bay Road, & Thread and Brush Studio

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March 19th, 2013 |


mint and peach baby showerI 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).

custom due date calendar baby shower activity by wh hostess

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!)

iced tea drink dispenser with chevron signage by wh hostess

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.

champagne glasses with peach striped straws

colorful fruit mixers for a mimosa bar at peach and mint baby showerAs 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.

peach sequin tablecloth and chevron pennant banner from wh hostess

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!)

peach and mint baby shower tablesettings with chevron sequin tablecloths

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.

peach and mint baby shower menu cards by wh hostessThe 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.

peach floral arrangement for peach and mint baby showerpeach and white flowersWe 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.

mama-to-be chair signage by wh hostess for peach and mint baby showerThis 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!

baby shower tables with oceanResources:

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 Gallery22 Bay Road, & Thread and Brush Studio  |  White and Gold Trays at Mimosa Bar: West Elm

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March 18th, 2013 |


full color envelopes printing by wh hostessWhen 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.

custom envelope printing for a girl picnic partyWe 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!

little man envelope printing for birthday partyOr 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.

aqua mod damask party invitation envelope printingAnd 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.

monogram envelope printingWe 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  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 |


oscars 2013 free printable ballotThe 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.

oscar 2013 dessert ideasWe 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:

oscars 2013 popcorn cones

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:

boxwood dinner party elements

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!

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January 30th, 2013 |


sequin linens for partiesWhile 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.

sequin linens ivoryA 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.

sequin linens for eventsYou 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.

sequin linens chevronI 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?

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January 29th, 2013 |


chic baby shower decorations for a mantelThose 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:

braided ribbon garlandTo 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!

orange and white centerpieces and tablesetting for baby showerThe 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.

polka dot vaseThis 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!


January 24th, 2013 |


baby shower prepThe very cold temps here in Chicago this week have ensured that I have been hibernating inside and catching up on design work and also prepping all of the decorations for our “Baby Chic” Baby Shower photo shoot (Friday) and baby shower (Sunday) for my sister!  If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen some of these.  But here are a few images of the prep work, and even with the horrible lighting, you can get an idea of the aqua/coral/silver/nude color palette we are using (gender-neutral) and some of the decor elements.

What do you think?!

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