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.

 

October 23rd, 2012 |

Halloween Family Dinner

Halloween is typically a busy, busy day for moms. The pre- Halloween costume preparation, the day of school parties and parades, and the afternoon full of trick or treating. By the time dinner rolls around, who has time to pull together a special meal? You ALL do! Our goal is to celebrate family and with these simple ideas, you can do just that!

I like creating a table full of seasonal colors and fall touches.  Layering the dinner table with a spider web tablecloth, orange chevron paper placemats, and centerpiece of pumpkins, flowers and candy. Yellow sunflowers add a pop of color, without being too matchy-matchy.  Pumpkins covered in glitter add a touch of glam and sparkle, and what kids wouldn’t be exited to see bowls of candy?!

Speaking of candy….carry the theme throughout the placesettings by using a big pumpkin lollipop (we got these from candywarehouse.com) and tie a cute tag with each person’s name on it for a creative placecard.

Delicious sugar cookies from Estelle and June served as dessert…don’t you love those black pumpkins?!

Candy corn-flavored salt water taffy from Candywarehouse.com served as both a dessert on the table for our guests, but also boxed up for a party favor.  You can find our cute Halloween gift stickers here.

Stay tuned this afternoon for a creative, simple idea for making Halloween pizzas for your family dinner party!

October 19th, 2012 |

DIY Halloween Milk Bottles

With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s time to start gathering up some simple ideas that you can recreate for a classroom party, a neighborhood gathering, or even to create a festive family dinner.  These ruffled paper bands from Jenny Dixon of Crossing the Bugger-Dixon Line is PERFECT for any of these occasions.

Follow Jenny’s quick tips below, and you can view more information in the Fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

October 11th, 2012 |

Candy Corn Brownie Bites

Are you looking for a simple treat for a Halloween school party or neighborhood gathering.  Our candy corn brownie bites are simple and oh, so stylish.  You can dress up store-bought or homemade brownies with a simple piece of candy.  I place my brownies in the refridgerator for 15 minutes prior to cutting, so they are nice and firm and my knife slides thru easily for a crisp cut line.  Top the brownies with a single piece of candy corn or pumpkin for a festive look.

PS – this idea could easily be duplicated for any holiday or party.  The options are endless, which makes it a great opportunity for a color-coordinated dessert table!  I will definitely be doing these for Christmas with a simple peppermint on top!

October 10th, 2012 |

Pinning Party!

Do you love Pinterest as much as we do? If so, you are going to love this! We’re awfully excited to be taking part in a pinning party with Project Nursery and The Honest Company, as well as special guest pinners from: The Honest Company, Gilt Baby & Kids,Project NurseryFamily Fresh CookingYummy Mummy Kitchenlil’ sugar,Cupcake Mag Big City Moms, Savvy Sassy Moms and Momma’s Gone City.

Log on Thursday, October 11th at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT to see the pinning in progress, or check back after to see our complete Lumberjack Inspiration Pinboard. We promise you’ll be inspired! Want to join in on the fun? Project Nursery and The Honest Company are giving you the opportunity to pin and win! Head over to Project Nursery to get the details here.

Make sure you follow us on Pinterest so you can join in on the fun and catch all of the inspiration!  Follow us here.

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