April 30th, 2012 |

Cinco De Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo coming up this weekend, we’re here to inspire you with party ideas from our WH Hostess intern + blog contributor, Jane.  Cute and colorful, there are details that could be re-created whether you are hosting a party of 2 or 20!  Read on for details from Janie:

“The spring gives us many excuses to get together with our friends and celebrate. We have designed a modern “desserts and cocktails” Cinco De Mayo (The Fifth of May) party theme to highlight this colorful and vibrant holiday celebrated in the United States as a way to honor Mexican-American heritage and history.

We have taken some of the traditional treats of Cinco De Mayo, and placed a preppy twist with these fabulous party décor ideas. The brilliant colors of hot pink, bright orange, yellow and lime green bring a burst of color and festive zest to the dessert table. This design would also be perfect for a luau party, beach bash or a summer bridal shower.

The adorable centerpiece consists of a DIY umbrella wreath around a darling punch bowl filled with yummy strawberry margarita. The wreath adds a festive twist to the punch bowl, and it’s super easy to make! Simply take a Styrofoam circular wreath form, and place brightly colored miniature parasols around the top and outside edges.

The backdrop brings a modern touch to the table. Simple paper fans in white are paired with brightly colored ones, and were embellished with fluffy pom-poms in the center for a darling, updated Cinco De Mayo party decoration. Cinnamon sugars Churros are a traditional dessert from Mexico as well as during Cinco De Mayo. We have taken the classic dish and drizzled them with chocolate and bright sprinkles to add even more color to the table! The pyramid of assorted sorbets in lime, raspberry and citrus inside miniature cocktail shooters make the perfect treat to pair with the strawberry margaritas!

¡Feliz Cinco De Mayo Amigos!”

April 23rd, 2012 |

The Resurgence of the Candelabra

I’m a sucker for a gorgeous tablesetting….we all know this!  But lately I have found myself totally in love with the addition of glass or crystal candelabras.  Popular years ago, featured on opulent tables, or as accessories in formal homes.  For some reason, the candelabra somewhat disappeared in recent years.

I think it’s time for a comeback.  You?!

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April 16th, 2012 |

Mother’s Day Manicures & Mimosas

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and I don’t know about you, but my family is always looking for new ways to celebrate Mom.  We’ve done the festive brunch, the preppy bbq, and the traditional family dinner.  I was thrilled when our magazine contributor, Beth Beattie, came up with this oh, so fashionable Manicures & Mimosas party for the spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Having spent my former life in the fashion industry (I was a clothing buyer, for those that may not know), this luncheon appeals to me on so many different levels!  Read on for details from Beth…..

“The runway to table design concept was inspired by Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer ‘12 Collection. Known for her prints and bold use of color, we focused on interjecting the graphic and floral patterns represented in the collection throughout the overall design of the table. The “Manicures & Mimosas for Moms,” hosted by Beth Beattie of Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Events and Katherine Lande, Fashion Editor and Stylist of KL Style, Inc. was held at Muses & Visionaries. Muses & Visionaries, a modern salon for women to dream, inspire, support and create, is a unique space intended to nurture fresh ideas, foster connections and act as a catalyst for both independent and collaborative work.

The tablescape incorporated bursts of bright colors, including the vivid poppy centerpieces by VM Flowers, orange glasses from Bloomingdale’s and a personal collection of fashion books. The plates and chargers were from Diane von Furstenberg’s Home Collection at Bloomingdale’s, the modern floral twist placemats were from Didriks. The black and white graphic napkins from Target were inspired from fabric patterns shown on the runway.

The placecards were different runway looks from the collection and we put them in acrylic frames with each guest’s name signed in gold. The silverware was dipped in a custom purple from Plasti Dip’s Create Your Color Kit.

Guests enjoyed sweet treats of macarons and mini cupcakes from The Sugar Monkey and POP Champagne splits and mimosas. Guests received nail polishes from Sephora and Diane perfume from Bloomingdale’s to take home with them.”

Photography by Lena Hyde Photography

April 2nd, 2012 |

DIY Monogram Napkin Project

For our Modern Monogram bridal shower, we created a darling assortment of monogrammed napkins to dress up the tablesetting.  They were simple to do, added a great pop to the table, and also served as a gift for the bride to bring home with her.

We gathered up supplies at our local Michael’s craft store: paint, stenciling flat brushes and script letter stencils from Martha Stewart’s new craft collection.  We also found cotton, tangerine orange napkins at Home Goods ($8 for a set of 12!) to use.

{Step-by-Step Instructions}

1. Wash and iron your cloth napkins.  Gather your supplies (mentioned above).

2. Place your stencil on the napkin where you would like your letter to go.  We chose to place it diagonally in the corner of the napkin.

3. Place a small amount of your paint in a dish, and insert your brush.  Dab the paint over the stencil to fill in the letter.  Remember to dab, not brush.

4. Once the entire surface is covered with paint, let it dry and evaluate if you need a second coat.

5. Peel off the stencil.  Use a q-tip to clean up any stray lines.

6. Your napkins are party-ready!

 

 

April 2nd, 2012 |

Modern Monogram Bridal Shower

When Pantone named Tangerine Tango the 2012 color of the year, I knew I had to incorporate it into an upcoming party collection. Bold on it’s own, I absolutely love it when paired with fuchsia pink and turquoise. This fresh color palette, mixed with a trio of modern patterns inspired a stunning bridal shower.

I have always been a fan of the classic monogram. It’s preppy, traditional, but if done in a fresh way….totally modern again! Instead of choosing a theme, I focused on using the bride and groom’s monogram in fresh ways. Front and center on our preppy invitation, it was repeated throughtout the entire party in different ways.

We kept the decorations crisp and bold, decorating the all white room with pillows made out of our sunrise fabric, and bold hot pink pom poms hanging from the ceiling. Ghost chairs were used at the tables as to not distract from the mixture of patterns used.

Footed bowls full of paper pomanders from Dragonfly Expression served as a centerpiece on the table, and champagne cocktails were dressed up with turquoise blue rock candy sticks.

The table was set with placemats made out of our turquoise greek key fabric, each monogramed with the couple’s initials. Not only did it make a fabulous statement, but they can also be sent home with the couple as a gift. I found tangerine orange napkins at Home Goods and stenciled an “L” on each one using fabric paint. The do-it-yourself tutorial will be on the blog this afternoon! The napkins hung off each guest’s plate, and coordinated with the colorful sunrise patterned placecards.

Sweets are always a hit at any party. Instead of doing a full dessert table for this event, we decided to serve passed desserts on our melamine trays. This became a great activity while the bride was opening gifts.

Sweet Lauren Cakes made gorgeous cake pops with our sunrise pattern hand-piped on them. Monogram cookies by Allyson Jane in our pop colors were bold, yet classic, and mini cupcakes featured fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies. Gummy blue raspberry candy from Candywarehouse.com was used not only for dessert, but also lined platters as a sweet decoration.

Guests were sent home with little boxes of sweets as a party favor. We wrapped each box with our sunrise, tangerine wave, and turquoise greek key fabric, and were tied with a gift tag featuring each guest’s initial. The bold colors, mixture of patterns and modern use of the couple’s monogram created a fabulously preppy bridal shower!

This party collection was inspired by a color palette in our social stationery collection.  Need a fabulous gift for a bride-to-be or a good friend?  Check out the personalized stationery!

March 19th, 2012 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Mod Damask Bridal Shower

I recently had the pleasure of working with a client to plan a lovely bridal shower…..the experience was fabulous, especially because the guest of honor happens to be a family friend!  I was able to capture a few photos before the party started and am so happy to share them with you today.

The party was held at the beautiful home of the hosts, and we worked with the interior’s color palette to create a custom collection of paper goods and fabric.  Focusing on a crisp damask and mod circle pattern in aqua blue, coral-y pink and white, we mixed in a aqua cabana stripe to add a touch of preppy pizzaz.

Guests were greeted with a welcome sign and floral arrangement sitting atop a aqua cabana stripe topper on the lovely entry table, along with a view of the luncheon room. Tables were set with crisp, white linens and featured a trio of vases of submerged pink flowers.  Placed on the napkins were striped, plaque-style placecards that were embellished with ribbon.

When it comes to party decorations for a bridal shower, or adult’s birthday party, people often ask me how you can make a room look festive, without looking child-like or cheesy.  I love creating one main focal point that really leaves guests saying “wow!”, as well as carrying the patterns throughout a few decoration to create a cohesive look.

The dining room held the large buffet table and we created the focal point by placing one wide table runner made from our custom mod circles fabric across the table to bring your eye to the window hanging decor.  A custom-made wood monogram (which was painted navy) hung down on a pink ribbon, with coordinating pennant banners draped off each side.

There were two lovely bookcases on either side of the entry into the living room where the tables were set up.  We used them as a blank canvas, and placed pink floral arrangements, candy jars and photos of the couple on the shelves.

Guests enjoyed mimosas, wine and pink lemonade with their lunch.  The pink lemonade was served in a drink dispenser that we dressed up with striped tag.

After lunch, guests moved into the family room to watch the bride open her gifts.  They were greeted with a festive, round dessert table that they could enjoy during this time.  Jars of pink gummy bears, chocolate balls, and strawberry puffs were placed center stage, were dressed up with coordinating candy jar tags, and were surrounded by delicious treats.

I gathered up a team of some of my favorite sweets designers to create desserts that would coordinate with our designs.  Sweet Lauren Cakes created stunning cake pops embellished with our mod damask pattern. Allyson Jane made plaque-style cookies with the couples future last name initial, and the words “love”, “sweet”, “love”.

I pulled inspiration from Modern Moment’s donut tree to create two smaller donut cakes that I embellished with fondant flowers created by Two Sugar Babies.  Charynn also made initial toppers that were placed on mini vanilla cupcakes.

The party favors were one of my favorite details of this party!  Since the shower technically had a “kitchen” theme (we asked guests to bring their favorite recipe to share with the couple), the host ordered jam from a local company.  We dressed up the jars with coordinating labels and displayed them on our melamine trays with the damask pattern, on a table close to the door so guests could take one as they left.

This was a lovely party to work on, and I hope everyone was thrilled with the final results!  I hope these ideas give you inspiration for an upcoming bridal shower or birthday party!  You can find our full collection here.  Congrats to the happy couple!

March 15th, 2012 |

French Stork Baby Shower

When it comes to throwing a fabulous baby shower, I prefer to focus on entertaining the mom-to-be, not the baby.  Let’s face it, it’s a rough nine months….she deserves a party!  So let the gifts be directed towards the baby, but cater the party details to a more mature audience!

I wanted to put an updated spin on the traditional stork themed shower, so we created a collection of paper goods around a sweet “French Stork”, and incorporated a nautical-like color palette of aqua blue, navy and a touch of red.  With all of the sweet decorations, it was almost like we were celebrating on the coast of France.

We carried the “Celebrate le Bebe” theme throughout the entire party, and used ribbons as a common accessory to create a cohesive look.  We created flag garlands that hung down over the lunch table with ribbons, and they looks like sails from a sailboat.  Our drink straws were dressed up with ribbon flags, and napkins were tied with the same ribbons.

The table sat center stage and was quite a showpiece.  In addition to the flag garlands hanging down and defining a unique vertical space, we wrapped a collection of different bud vases with yarn to create a textured look.  Crisp, white tulips and our stork centerpiece sticks filled in the table.  Guests were greeted to an “appetizer” of mini donuts on a cupcake toppers as they were seated.

Like most parties, the dessert table served as a visual focal point for the party. Guests always delight in seeing the different themed desserts, and it also serves as a great ice breaker and conversation topic. For this particular table, I wanted it to look crisp and clean. I created a simple backdrop with a grosgrain ribbon-wrapped wreath and striped pennant banners draped on either side. A navy tablecloth really made the glass and all white serving dishes pop, and we also added in a couple of the yarn-wrapped vases to coordinate with the lunch table.

I used a variety of all white candy from Candywarehouse.com, including gumballs, rock candy, chocolate-covered pretzels, and sour daisies. The glass jars and tilt bowls were embellished with coordinating ribbon and candy jar tags identifing their contents.

 

Cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes featured the stork’s sachel, a banner reminiscent of our invitation, and the words “le bebe” on them. To add some visual interest to the table, I stood them up in a white, footed bowl by Rosanna full of gumballs.

Allyson Jane made THE most precious hand-iced sugar cookies for this shower. She replicated our French Stork perfectly, and also made cookies that said “le bebe” on them.

To save time, and also keep the costs down, we mixed our designer desserts (the cake pops and cookies) with a couple grocery store finds. Store- bought cupcakes were dressed up with fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies. They featured the stock satchel as well as the eiffel tower. I also created a powedered sugar donut “cake” on a mini cake pedestal. A banner topper that coordinated with our invitation stood atop it, and created an oh, so charming addition to the table.

My absolute favorite detail on the dessert table were the macaron rattles.  These were very simple to make: I inserted a white macaron on either side of a 4″ white lollipop stick, and then wrapped the sticks in a skinny polka dot ribbon.  They were DARLING and received many “oohs” and “ahhs!”

Candy jar tags and food tent cards helped brand the table, and we also carried the theme into the labels on our cracker party favors. All in all, this shower turned out to be a sophisticated take on a theme, and hopefully you will draw inspiration for many future parties.

For more fabulous party inspiration, view the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine!

March 7th, 2012 |

How to Plan an Easter Birthday Party

A holiday birthday is always a tough project! This year, my son’s birthday falls on Easter weekend, and even though we are celebrating with a big party after the holiday, we are going to have a small family celebration during our Easter festivities. I’m thinking it would be adorable to use pastel blue, yellow, and green…maybe with some gray? Some of these ideas would translate so well into the small party I’m planning!

Images: Easter party display (via Anders Ruff), Bunny cake (by Cake Journal), Easter Egg Cake Pops (by Bakerella), Easter Egg Crafts (via Good Housekeeping), Easter Bunny DIY Bags (by Mr. Printables),
Easter Party Sodas (by Hello My Sweet via Amy Atlas)
February 21st, 2012 |

Pulling Party Inspiration from Anywhere!

You might recall my love for Kelly’s Ikat Invites here. But, I just can’t get them off my mind! And mainly, because pink + orange Ikat pretties are popping up all over the radar!

I have the perfect way to  find inspiration for your next party. Take a look inside your closet, jewelry box or hey – even inside your home! Oh yes, a beautiful duvet can inspire!
Don’t be afraid to single this pattern out. Feel free to throw in some florals, polka dots, suzani pattern, chevron and another love of mine – greek key.
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Perk up your average party theme by thinking out of the box. Ikat is definitely one of the HOT patterns for Summer so take on the trend, in style.
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Images: Pink Orange Ikat Invites | Annette Tatum Ikat Bedding | Lucky Brand Enamel Bracelet | Annette Tatum Paint | Pink Ikat Chairs via Pinterest | Mixing Prints via Pinterest | Rug | Ikat Print Dress from Express |Chevron Notebook from The Spotted Olive
January 24th, 2012 |

Party Perfect Palettes – Part I

Last week I shared with you how to entertain in style, keeping in mind the 2012 entertaining trends. And this week, it is all about being chic & loving parties! 

One of the very first things you decide on when planning a party is the colors. Recently, the colors we see in fashion have transferred into the home and served as inspiring color palettes. It’s important to remember that fashion – it’s not just clothes, you want to party in style too right? I am going to show you just how to pull color trends from Spring’s best-in-show hues found at home and in your wardrobe and see how fab they can be incorporated into a party!

Grey

Almost every nail collection we have seen for the Winter of 2012 incorporates grey, which I love by the way. In the fashion world, it is the perfect muted color to add a pop too. Well now, it’s about taking a drab color and making it fab. Pair a great grey with a bright yellow, or tonesd down mustard, purple, or turquoise  – a good contrasting pair that creates an ahhh as guest enter the room. Step out of the box and make a simple neutral shine.

Less is More

Sometimes you may just need a little dose of glamour in life — white, soft pink and a side of sparkle. Oh, and Audrey too. A classic palette gives you lots of options to fill your tablescape with pretties. It’s classy, chic and just simply elegant.
Stay tuned for more Party Perfect Trends later this week!!

 

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