November 22nd, 2012 |

Celebrate the Holidays with 25% Off

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Friends.  I would like to take this moment to wish you all a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope your day is full of delicious food, festive tablesettings and quality time with the people you love. November has been such a hectic month, that I am very much looking forward to a little downtime with my family and pup.

Here at The Party Dress and WH Hostess, we are SO grateful for the support we have received from all of you over the last year.  Thank you for always being here to celebrate with us everyday.  To show our gratitude, we are offering a 25% off discount code off your WH Hostess purchase from Friday, November 23, 2012 – Monday, November 26, 2012.  Gobble, Gobble. Enjoy.  And Happy Shopping!

Code: WHGIVESTHANKS

Terms and Conditions: Discount valid from Friday, November 23, 2012 – Monday, November 26, 2012. Not valid on previous purchases, custom designs, party planning packages or wholesale orders.

November 20th, 2012 |

Merry Metallics Pinterest Party

Join us tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST for one hour of holiday inspiration as we host the 2nd party in our Holiday Entertaining Pinterest Party Series.  The theme tonight is Merry Metallics Holiday Decor & Party Ideas….it’s definitely going to be fabulous!  Last week’s event was a huge success with almost 250 pins in one hour!

Follow The Party Dress   |   Follow the Merry Metallics Board

Joining Kim (The TomKat Studio) and I this evening as co-hosts are Minted, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Vana from Le Papier Studio, Jessica from Pen ‘n Paperflowers, Maddy from Somewhere Splendid, Lynlee from Lynlee’s Petite Treats and Lili from Swanky Chic Fete.

Want to get involved for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Minted?

Get involved with the party by commenting on the pins posted by the party hosts, repin items to your own boards and make sure to use the hashtag #holidayentertaining.

See you all tonight!

November 20th, 2012 |

Holiday Gift Guide + Free Gift Tags

Our friends over at The TomKat Studio put together a fabulous holiday gift guide every year, and we were thrilled to be asked to contribute this year!  In addition to great gift ideas and fabulous holiday recipes, this year’s guide also includes a series of free printable gift tags for the holidays from some amazing designers.  You can see the grey & white gingham check tag that we designed above.

Head on over to view the gift guide here, and click here to download your free tags.

Happy Holidays!

November 19th, 2012 |

Thanksgiving Table

Can you believe Thanksgiving is in a few short days?  Although my parents host Thanksgiving dinner, I always help set a beautiful table. We tend to go more sophisticated and glam for the tablesetting (for 15!), so when it comes to my November dinner parties I tend to lean more towards the rustic, Fall look.

I recently styled this tablesetting for the Holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Using linens in rich, Fall colors, dark brown charger plates, and metallic gold pumpkins (I made those with a couple quick coats of gold spray paint), I was able to create a warm and inviting family table.

One of my favorite elements on the table are these bronze wishbone napkin rings from Pottery Barn. They complimented my tablesetting beautifully, and I know are going to become a cherished item for future Fall parties.

I would love to know: How do you set your Thanksgiving table?  Do you go rustic, casual, formal?  Share your ideas with us!

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

buy a printed copy   |   read the digital copy

November 15th, 2012 |

GIVEAWAY: Minted.

As you know, we’re paper-lovers over here.  It’s our business, it’s our passion. Scratch that, it’s our obsession.  So we know quality when we see it, and that is one of the reasons we love Minted. There are many, many options out there for holiday cards these days (us included!) but there are a few things that Minted does that we think are gorgeous and unique and are definitely worth checking out!

Their collection of die cut shaped photo cards are gorgeous!  I personally love this sweet red option (above) with the smooth scalloped edge.  They have the largest selection of shapes in town, so there truly is a shape that will work with your photo.

The holidays are a great time to update friends and family on the happenings of that year.  Toss those old “Christmas Letters” aside and opt for a family newsletter format holiday card.  I love the colors and layout of the one above….cute, functional and modern-looking!

Minted also has a gorgeous selection of holiday party invitations.  Whether you are throwing a cocktail party, a snow-day extravaganza, or a dessert-only party for the ladies, there are darling options to fit every occasion.

Here is the exciting part…..Minted has generously decided to gift one lucky reader with a $150 gift certificate!  Wouldn’t that be lovely to use towards holiday cards or party invitations (or even their new fabulous art prints)?!

Details

Contest Dates: Thursday, November 15, 2012 – Sunday, November 18, 2012 (12:00pm CST)

To Enter: Head over to Minted to scroll around their holiday shop, come back here and leave a comment letting us know what are your favorite design(s). It’s as simple as that!  Only one entry per person, please.  The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday, November 19th.

Good Luck!

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)

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