August 20th, 2012 |

Emma’s Art Party

Friday was one of those days where I remember how lucky I am that I own my own business, set my own schedule (even if that means that I work probably twice as hard as I ever did at past jobs).  Why was Friday so special?!  My day consisted of: {still} responding to a mass amount of e-mails from while we were on vacation, took a conference call about an upcoming BIG project on my cell phone from my car, did prop shopping for some photo shoots this weekend, picked up our print run and got orders shipped out.  The best part was that I got to play hooky for part of the day to help my best friend with her daughter, Emma’s 8th birthday party.   I’m lucky enough to be “Auntie Kelly” to this cute, little girl and LOVE that I have been a part of each of her 8 birthday celebrations.  (you may remember her charming purse-themed birthday party a few years ago)

Emma LOVES all things arts & crafts, so once she decided upon that theme, her mom came up with 5 different crafting stations for the kids to partake in.  The 20 girls attending made candy necklaces, decorated picture frames, did splatter painting, beaded key chains, and decorated cupcakes.

The colorful crafts made for colorful party decorations, and we embellished a bit with a festive banner, signage and cute centerpieces made from crayons and daisies.  ”Sprite Floats” made from vanilla ice cream and sprite were a welcomed surprise for the girls, and the delicious cupcakes (placed in our new cupcake wrappers) were decorated with simple fondant shapes.

Hope you had a great party, Emma Jane!

August 13th, 2012 |

Back-to-School {Free Download}

With kids heading back to school all over the country this month, we thought it was time to share a free printable!  Every kid needs a shiny new pencil box to start the year off right.  We love the size of this green box we found at Target – it’s the perfect size for little hands, to fit in backpacks and desks, and it’s shape made it an ideal …

You can turn this sweet back-to-school treat into a little gift for your student by tying it to a composition notepad with a big red bow.  Or, better yet, have your child gift this to their teacher as a little surprise the first week of school.

Click on the link below to download your free printable pencil box label.  Simply add your child (or teacher’s) name and print it on full-page label paper.  Enjoy!

August 6th, 2012 |

Statement Centerpiece

Do you have a large dining room table and have difficulty finding a centerpiece that takes up enough space to make a statement?  This farmhouse trough is a perfect fix!  Lovely for a party, the flowers can be easily swapped out to coordinate with any color palette.  Happy Monday, Everyone!

Image via Laurie Anna’s Vintage Home

August 3rd, 2012 |

Personalized Candy Jars

Personalizing party favors or unique placecards just got a whole lot simpler with this creative idea from bhg.com: using lettered stickers to spell out the name (available at Michael’s or your local craft store) on glass or plastic containers, you can paint a band around jars and then peel the stickers off to reveal a cute peek of the candy inside.

SO easy….SO cute!  I am definitely going to try this soon!

August 2nd, 2012 |

the modern SALAD BAR

It’s no secret that Pinterest can be addicting – it’s a fabulous source of inspiration, and makes for a very simple method of storing your ideas for the home, parties, and gifts.  If you aren’t following us – come on over! (click here to follow) We’re thrilled to have another place to share inspiration with you!

One of my favorite inspirations this summer is this modern take on a salad bar.  When it comes to planning “ladies lunches” and bridal showers, food is always a tricky subject.  Ladies just don’t eat that much….especially during the day.  So presenting a fabulous, do-it-yourself salad bar is just the ticket.  Fresh, colorful ingredients arranged beautifully in wood boxes (or you could use low, glass vases for a similar look) makes for a lovely presentation that is sure to wow your guests.

Image via thinksplendid.tumblr.com

July 30th, 2012 |

The Classic Monogram

On this Monday morning, as I stare at my never-ending to-do list, I am completely inspired by these colorful monogrammed napkins (found via A Touch of Lace).  Always a fan of a classic monogram, I love how they look updated with their bold colors.  I think they would make a charming addition to my summer dinner table, and would make a fabulous gift as well!

How do you infuse monograms into your home or parties?

July 26th, 2012 |

New! Stickers in the Shop!

We get downright giddy over here when we launch a new product.  Especially when they are this CUTE!  Our social stationery collection is a customer fav…so we thought it was only right to expand it to include a colorful collection of coordinating enclosure stickers.

Although there is a mate for every notecard, we love the idea of mixing and matching the different patterns!

Need a gift for someone special?  You can mix together the notecards, enclosure stickers, calling cards and notepads to create a custom stationery suite.  {Now, that is something every girl should have!}

The new stickers are 2″ round, and come in sets of 20.  At only $8, they are the perfect addition to any gift or stationery purchase.  They can be personalized with an initial, a 3-letter monogram, a return address or even a catchy saying like “hello” or “thanks”.  Check out the eye candy now available in the shop:

July 25th, 2012 |

Inspiration: Tropical Summer Party

image via seacielo.tumblr.com

These hot summer days have me craving a little beach time and also dreaming of our upcoming vacation.  August is the perfect time to throw a tropical themed party, so we put together some ideas for you that would be perfect for any event from a pool party to a beach bbq, to a tropical themed bridal shower.

The spray painted starfish image above inspired the color palette: a bright turquoise, tangerine orange and lime green.  (I also think they are a fabulous decoration idea!)  We put together a few of our stationery patterns that could be used, mixing and matching patterns for a whimsical look.

In addition to the spray painted starfish for decorations, we came up with a few centerpiece ideas varying from casual to fancy:

images via millieholloman.com, brides.com, and islandstyleweddings.com

No event would be complete these days without a dessert table!  Using color-coordinated desserts, and shapes that relate back to the tropical theme (such as shells, starfish, and wave patterns) for cookies, cake pops, etc. you can create a magical focal point for your party.

images via sweetandsaucyshop.com, amyatlas.com, glorioustreats.com, and shannonleeimages.com

For more tropical party ideas, visit our pinterest board.

July 23rd, 2012 |

Flower Market Birthday

The pages of our summer issue of The Party Dress Magazine were colorful and cheerful – large in part due to this sweet Flower Market birthday party by Leoni Jena, of Just Call Me Martha.  There are so many sweet details that I hope will inspire you for summer gatherings.  Read on for details from Leoni…..

“From the moment I laid eyes on the Bold Vine flower collection by WH Hostess I knew it was the perfect party collection for my daughter’s 5th birthday party. My daughter, Imara, loves flowers. She’s forever drawing them, smelling them or picking them from people’s gardens. In fact, when I asked her what she will be when she grows up she said “mum, I want to have my own flower shop so I can play with flowers all day.”

I already knew I wanted bright and fun colours, as it’s the middle of summer here in Australia and would suit a 5th birthday party. I collected various coloured watering cans as props and even used mini watering cans as place settings and favours. For the main food table, I wanted a florist cart. All the ones I saw online were either too expensive or not suitable. My father was kind enough to knock up a simple cart using an Ikea tea trolley as base which I later spray painted white, and added a handmade candy striped canopy. It looked fantastic and certainly received a lot of oohs and ahhs on the day of the party.

All the food was homemade and included items such as mini cheesecake pots, flower cookies (orea cookies dipped in white chocolate and then adding a white sugar daisy as accent), petal cupcakes, mini petal mousse, and bottles of water personalized with a custom label from WH Hostess.

I made blossom pops (cake pops dipped in chocolate and then dipped in yellow sprinkles, I then crafted some paper flowers to go around the base of each pop).

The focal point of the food table was the two tier watering can cake with sugar flowers. My daughter begged for a two tier cake but since I thought that would be quite excessive I made the bottom part out of foam while the top part was chocolate and caramel mudcake covered in chocolate caramel ganache.

Cupcakes were embellished with coordinating flower cupcake toppers from WH Hostess.

The girls had a lot of fun making their own paper flowers and arranging them in mini flower pots to take home. The favour box included a flower lollypop, mini choc bar, mini watering can filled with jelly beans, flower pencils and flower sugar cookie.”

For more summer entertaining ideas and tips, visit the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

Read the digital issue   |   Purchase the glossy issue   |   Buy the collection

July 19th, 2012 |

BBQ with Southern Charm

With BBQ’s being our go-to summer entertainment, it’s fun to spice things up and change your “theme” now and again. Hosting a large group for a special occassion? Put a Southern spin on your event with classic, charming details. Seersucker stripes, a colorful traditional paisley, and some delicious food.

One of my favorite elements to this party concept is the tented table. A long, gorgeous tablesetting is kicked up at notch with the hanging wreaths and candles overhead.

Guests will be thrilled when you serve up mini crab cakes, shrimp shooters, and classic pulled pork sandwiches. A flavored lemonade (non-alcholic or spiked!) will keep your guests cool long into the summer night.

Stay tuned tomorrow for our favorite pulled pork recipe and ideas for a strawberry-infused lemonade!

For more summer entertaining ideas and tips, visit the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

Read the digital issue   |   Purchase the glossy issue

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