November 14th, 2012 |

Pinterest Party: Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas

Last night, we held our first of six Holiday Entertaining Pinterest Parties and we kicked it off with Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas. Wow, was it so much fun!  Kelly and Kim from The TomKat Studio joined forces with some of the top party + entertaining bloggers to pin inspiration for your holiday celebrations.

We were joined by Vana (Le Papier Studio), Charynn (Two Sugar Babies), Chris (Celebrations at Home), Jessica (Pen ‘n Paperflowers), Kori (Paper & Pigtails), Kim (The Celebration Shoppe), Carrie (Half Baked – The Cake Blog), Maddy (Somewhere Splendid) and myself on behalf of cupcakeMAG.

In one hour, we had almost 250 pins and plenty of ideas for table decor, food, cocktails, ideas for kids and so much more. For those of you who may have missed the party, I thought I would round-up a few of my personal favorites. Click below to see them on the board.

give thanks mantel

mini pumpkin pies

fun thanksgiving table

Make sure you head over and follow the Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas board and stay tuned for details on our next pinning party on November 20th. The theme is Merry Metallics and so far, it is looking very pretty! Head over and follow the board now. We’d love for you to be part of it!

 

November 13th, 2012 |

Pinterest Parties: Thanksgiving Ideas

We have been working on something SO fun behind the scenes lately…..get ready to be inspired over the next 6 weeks by some of the top party + entertaining bloggers!  Kim from The TomKat Studio and I have joined forces to co-host a 6 week series of Pinterest Parties to help inspire your holiday celebrations.  The first event is TONIGHT!  Join us and an amazing line-up of bloggers as we pin ideas for Thanksgiving celebrations: table decor, food, cocktails, ideas for kids and so much more.

Want to join in the fun?  Here’s how:

Follow along on Pinterest during the 1 hour party (9pm EST/6pm PST), and view all of the great ideas curated by our bloggers.  You can re-pin to your own board, and comment on our pins telling us what you like, how you would style it differently, or with cooking tips.  Use the hashtag #holidayentertaining in all of your re-pins and comments, and you will be entered to win 1 of 2 prizes tonight ($50 shop credit to The TomKat Studio or $50 shop credit to WH Hostess).

Help us spread the word and join the party blogging community for some holiday fun!  And this is just the beginning….we’ll be celebrating all season long, Tuesday nights….we hope you join us!

Make sure you follow all of our Thanksgiving Ideas Party Co-Hosts on Pinterest: Kim (The TomKat Studio), Kelly (The Party Dress), Vana (Le Papier Studio), Charynn (Two Sugar Babies), Chris (Celebrations at Home), Jessica (Pen ‘n Paperflowers), Casi (CupcakeMAG), Kori (Paper & Pigtails), Kim (The Celebration Shoppe), Carrie (Half Baked – The Cake Blog) and Maddy (Somewhere Splendid).

Have a Thanksgiving idea you think I should pin?  Leave a link in the comments below and you might see it re-pinned tonight!

November 12th, 2012 |

Thankful Turkey Playdate

The launch of the Holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine last week brought about a whole slew of fabulous ideas for entertaining this holiday season.  With Thanksgiving only a week and a half a way, and the kids out of school for a few days, it’s the perfect time to plan a Thankful Turkey Playdate.  And we are fortunate to have a darling party and craft idea by Nicolle of Libby Lane Press to inspire you!  Read on for ideas as told by Nicolle, herself…..

“With fall in the air and Thanksgiving around the corner, what better way to get the littlest guests involved in the festivities than with a Little Turkey Playdate. This is a fun and festive way to personalize your Thanksgiving table with handmade love.

Weather-permitting, set up your party to take place outdoors, using natural elements to create a warm and inviting tablescape. I used ruffled burlap garland strung from the barn table, a simple burlap runner that was gathered at the ends of the table with jute twine. A wire basket filled with straw and brown eggs added to the harvest feel, and a galvanized vase filled with branches and paper leaf cut outs were hung with bakers twine to create a thankfulness tree.

The children snacked on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on wheat bread cut with a round cookie cutter to create the body of the turkey. A mix of red and green apples were featured as feathers, carrots as legs and the beak and a sliver of red apple peel as the waddle. The edible eyes were added and this darling turkey found its way to a paper plate threaded with grosgrain ribbon. The children gobbled on a sweet and salty mix of pretzels, popcorn, candy corn and M&M’s displayed in a glass milk bottle wrapped with jute twine to keep with the rustic theme of party.

To round out the play date, the children created their own Thankful Turkey to share at their family feasts. In the true spirit of the season, plan a simple play date with friends to make memories that will last Thanksgiving Day.

SUPPLIES

Toilet Paper Roll  |  Glue/Glue Stick  |  Scissors  |  2 Googly Eyes  |  Craft Feathers  | Construction Paper/Cardstock  |  Beak & Waddle (foam sticker or cut from construction paper)

INSTRUCTIONS

Cut 5-8 feathers from the construction paper/cardstock.

Have your child write someone/something they are thankful for on each of the paper tail feathers (if your child is too young to write themselves, simply ask them what they’re thankful for and write for them).

Glue the tail feathers to the back of the toilet paper roll.

Cover the toilet paper roll with glue and stick the craft feathers to the body.

Glue the eyes onto the front  and stick the beak & waddle stickers to the front (if you do not have stickers, cut a small triangle from yellow paper for the beak and peanut shape from red paper for the waddle).

Helpful Hint: Prepare separate ziplock bags filled with supplies for each child before they arrive.

For more Holiday Entertaining Ideas, visit the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

buy a printed copy   |   read the digital copy

November 8th, 2012 |

TPD Magazine – Holiday 2012

I can hardly believe that it’s “the most wonderful time of the year” already.  Is it just me, or are the days/weeks/months flying by this year? Well, it’s November and that means, it’s time for some major Holiday entertaining ideas.  And no better way to deliver those to you, than with the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

Our 2012 Holiday issue features an amazing assortment of ideas for entertaining in style this season, gifting those with a sweet tooth, and celebrating each and every holiday with your family.  From Thanksgiving, to Christmas and Hanukkah, to New Year’s and even a touch of Valentine’s Day – this issue has you covered!

Every single issue is a labor of love for me, and our contributors.  We are always amazed at the quality of original content that is created exclusively for the magazine.

A huge virtual hug to each of our amazing contributors: Charynn Olsheski of Two Sugar Babies, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio, Beth Beattie of Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Special Events, Nicolle Spitulnik of Libby Lane Press, Rebecca Propes & Shannon Helliker of Petite Party Studio, Kelley Lilien of Mrs. Lilien, Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home, Brittany Egbert of One Charming Party, Jenny Dixon of Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line, Jessica Kirkland of Pen ‘n Paperflowers, Hani Acova of Haniela’s, Kiana Underwood of Tulipina, and Sandy Arevalo of Firefly Confections.

I hope you can find the time to curl up with a big cup of coffee, or hot chocolate today, or this weekend to enjoy the magic that resides in this issue.  Happy Holidays to everyone!

November 7th, 2012 |

Thanksgiving: Placecards

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is in just two short weeks?  I tell you, this Fall is flying by and I have a feeling the holiday season will too.  We have TONS of inspiration and ideas for you to celebrate the holidays this year, and can’t wait to jump into sharing!

The holiday issue of TPD Magazine is launching VERY SOON, and is full of fabulous ideas for you.  (have you pre-ordered your copy yet?) Until then, I thought I would share a couple of placecard ideas for your Thanksgiving tablesetting.  Looking for something a little different this year?  These are the perfect solution.

I love this little banner placed on the silverware.  It’s sweet, doesn’t take up valuable table space and you could really customize the look of it to coordinate with any color palette.

For a more rustic tablesetting, I love the idea of incorporating gourds and mini pumpkins {especially white ones}.  Attaching a paper leaf personalized with your guest’s name is a lovely touch.

Stay tuned for more Thanksgiving ideas, and make sure to follow our Thanksgiving Pinterest Board for new additions daily.

Images: tablesetting (westelm.com), banner placecard (stylemepretty.com), pumpkin placecard (becomingthemrs.com)

November 5th, 2012 |

Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props

Thinking of adding that perfect touch to your parties this fall? Consider using Paper Props. They are super fun to make and can liven up any party. Paper props have become such a trend in the handmade community and more people are turning to fun DIY ideas for parties, weddings and casual entertaining. They are a clever way to create a memorable experience for your guests plus they are super fun to make together with your kids!

My new book, Pretty Paper Parties, is full of unique ideas like these for parties, weddings and showers.  The party props are a blast:

And because they are always so much fun, I decided to create a set of Thanksgiving themed ones for the Fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  They are a great activity for your kids while you are cooking dinner, so make sure to download the free printables today!

Download our fun printable Thanksgiving Photo Props! Print them on cardstock paper, cut, assemble and voila! you’ve created instant memories.  I hope you enjoy them!

For more fun ideas and easy -to-made paper projects you’ll love, check out my book Pretty Paper Parties. To order your signed copy, visit: www.lepapierstudio.com

October 31st, 2012 |

Use up that Halloween Candy!

Happy Halloween, Everyone! The Party Dress team wishes you all a happy and safe holiday…..we hope you have a great time today with your family!  I’m here today to give you a quick dessert idea for tonight after trick or treating (or later this week!) that you can make with your kids.

After the initial excitement over Halloween Candy fades (or the kids pass out while coming down off their sugar high), grab some of their mini candy bars, chop them up and mix them into your traditional chocolate chip cookie batter.  Twix bars, Snickers, M & M’s….no need to discriminate!

October 29th, 2012 |

WH Hostess Holiday Collection

We are SO excited to officially launch our 2012 Holiday Collection for WH Hostess!  An amazing collection of products to help you send your warmest wishes this holiday season, stylized like never before.  Our unique assortment of modern preppy patterns is offered in gorgeous color combinations, offering a modern take on red and green, or blue and white. From a red and white imperial trellis, to a multi-colored ikat, to a preppy clover pattern – there truly is something for everyone!  (and I personally LOVE to mix and match the patterns too!)

What I love most about our collection is that we offer ways to help you stylize your photo cards, gift wrapping, gift giving and entertaining.  Our price points are AMAZING, especially for the quality.  You will find gifts at all different price points, with many, many options under $25, making it the perfect opportunity to buy a personalized item for teachers, hostess gifts, or a surprise for a sweet friend.


 

Our holiday photo cards offers patterns for Christmas, Hanukkah and every combination of the two! Our gorgeous designs are printed on a luxe, white cardstock (much heavier than all of our competitors!) which produces vibrant colors. Most cards can be customized to fit multiple photos and your choice of vertical or horizontal.  Each card also has a coordinating return address label, making stuffing and addressing that much more convenient!

Whether you prefer gift stickers or enclosure cards with envelopes, we have you covered with darling, personalized items.

 

Cake Plate Clings by WH Hostess are my new go-to decorative accessory AND gift ideas.  Cake Plate Clings (patent-pending) are a novel series of decorative linings designed for cake stands, pedestals and serving dishes. They offer a fresh, reusable update to the traditional disposable paper doilies and liners. They are used for decoration, placed under the food for ornamentation. Offered in vibrant colors and patterns fromWH Hostess Social Stationery, Cake Plate Clings are: washable, reusable, non-adhesive, slide-free, residue-free, and printed with environmentally friendly ink and material.

Gone are the days of paper doilies and liners that slide off your plate, show grease and oil stains, and are one-time use.  With Cake Plate Clings, you can dress up your serving vessel on any given day to add a touch of pattern or color to your kitchen table.  Embellish a plate of desserts you are delivering to a friend, or color coordinate it with a party.  It’s the perfect way to dress up your basic white or glass cake stands. Did I mention that they can be personalized with a monogram, initial or name?

Our lucite trays are TO DIE FOR.  They are cute, preppy and totally versatile.  Offered in both an 8.5″x11″ and 11″x17″ size, the best part is that they come with removable inserts.  So you can order a new insert for every party or holiday! These are great for holiday parties, and also make a lovely gift!

Our personalized, ceramic mugs are offered in vibrant patterns and at $16, they make THE perfect teacher’s gift! Fill it with candy or homemade toffee and it will make the gift even sweeter!

I am always in search of the perfect hostess gift.  You know, that darling little token to show your appreciation for being included in a holiday celebration.  We have two fabulous options for you – both under $15.

Our personalized ornaments are AMAZING. 4″ round in size, they can be personalized for your needs, and are offered in all of our darling patterns. They also look darling tied to a bottle of wine, or onto a gift as a lovely gift tag!

Our paper coasters are the perfect, throw-in-your-purse and wow-your-hostess gift.  Sold in a set of 25, they can be personalized with a name, monogram or saying. Pair a set of the coasters with a lucite tray or a darling melamine plate for a nice gift idea.

We offer many adorable stationery gifts that can be personalized for each recipient.  In addition to our notecards, enclosure stickers and calling cards, we also offer new post-it notecubes, and our ever-popular chunky notepads.

I hope you enjoyed this peek into our Holiday collection!  I would love to know….what item is your favorite?!

 

 

 


 

October 25th, 2012 |

3 Fun and Free Halloween Crafts

With the fall festivities upon us, I am thrilled to share some fun, and easy to make, Halloween party decorations using templates from my new book Pretty Paper Parties (the links to the free templates are at the bottom of this post). Simply download, print, cut and glue. Is that easy!

Materials needed for the projects:

2.5 inch round stickers from Paper Source in Poppy
8.5×11 cover weight paper in black and poppy from Paper Source
Baker’s twine (Paper Source)
Glitter/Gold wrapping paper (Paper Source)
Glassine Bags (Paper Source)
Paper Sticks (Hobby Lobby)
Templates and ideas (Pretty Paper Parties)

Project #1 – Party Signs & Cupcake Toppers

Project #2 – Paper Chain & “Trick or Treat” Bunting

Project #3 – Treat Bags Tags

Links to free/downloadable templates:

Paper Chain
Cupcake Toppers
Party Signs  and here
Stickers and here
Treat Bags Tags 

Planning a party? Check out my new book, Pretty Paper Parties!

October 24th, 2012 |

Witch’s Hat Cupcake Topper

I just love this creative cupcake topper idea from Carrie at Half Baked – The Cake Blog!  Follow her simple steps to make these witch’s hat cupcake toppers for your Halloween party:

1. Grab a regular sized cupcake liner. Fold liner in half. Fold in half again, creating a pie-like wedge. Tape the two flaps together using double-sided tape, so that you have one solid triangle.

2. Fold in half again. Tape again. Now you should have a tall skinny wedge that is 1/8 the size of your original circle. If your liner is now a flat triangle due to folding, fluff it up with your finger so that it makes a cone.

3. Insert a toothpick into your cupcake and place your cone on top of the toothpick. This is the body of your hat. The toothpick will help your hat stay in place.

4. Grab a mini cupcake liner. Cut a hole in the middle of the liner. I found it easiest to do this by folding it in half and then cutting out a ‘C’ shape on the folded edge. Open up liner and slightly flatten with your hand for the brim.

5. Slide the brim down over your cone to complete the hat. Smush and crinkle to add character. Bend the tip of the hat, if desired.

 

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