June 5th, 2012 |

Caterpillar Birthday Party Dessert Table

Our Caterpillar birthday party featured in the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine is full of sweet treats!  We loved all of the creative details, and so did dessert table guru, Amy Atlas!  She was kind enough to feature this dessert table on her blog last Friday.

As always, the desserts stole the show! I used our chevron patterned fabric as a back drop, and a crisp white tablecloth on the table.  Since I planned to use all white dishes, I placed a red table runner going across the table, in order to make the desserts “pop”.

The two tiered fondant-covered cake from Two Sugar Babies held center stage and featured our colorful patterns and fruits from the book.  A 3-D caterpillar, as well as a mini bunting, sat atop the cake.

A make-shift tiered tray (using a white plate and white berry baskets) held candy runts from Candywarehouse.com, cello bags with our custom fruit toppers held hard candy, and rice krispy treats covered with fondant from Two Sugar Babies.  Check back this afternoon for Charynn’s DIY tips on re-creating the rice krispy treats!

One of my favorite elements were cake pops in the shape of fruit from Sweet Lauren Cakes!  We displayed them in pots of wheat grass which tied back to the caterpillar centerpiece on our table.

Green and white striped cups held candy runts and re-purposed cupcake toppers, red boxes were full of candy that the kids brought home as party favors. Rainbow lollipops and candy from Candywarehouse.com was used as an accessory throughout the entire table.

Check back this afternoon for Charynn’s tips on re-creating our fondant-covered fruit rice krispy treats!

 

June 5th, 2012 |

Caterpillar Birthday Party

I have to say…it’s been a while since I have been THIS excited to show off one of my parties to you.  I just love creating parties styled around children’s books, so I was so excited when my client asked me to create a custom suite of party goods and style a party around a beloved children’s book.  The goal was simple: bright, primary colors, a focus on fruit and a modern interpretation of everyone’s favorite caterpillar.

I started by designing the collection of paper goods, including an exclusive caterpillar illustration, and two patterns that appeared throughout the entire party: a colorful polka dot and a green and yellow chevron pattern.

The table setting held one of my favorite elements to the party…..a 3-D caterpillar centerpiece that I crafted from painted mini paper lanterns, and grass plants. A table runner made from our polka dot fabric, simple yellow plates, and striped silverware from Pottery Barn Kids added to the whimsical look.

Simple yellow plates held a charming apple cupcake, which was inspired by Amy Atlas’s new book, Sweet Designs.  Grass cupcake wrappers tied in our theme to the wheat grass centerpiece. Each child had a name plate hanging on the back of their colorful chair, each featuring a different fruit from the collection.

Check back this afternoon for all of the sweet details from the Very Hungry Caterpillar dessert table!

June 5th, 2012 |

Fruit-Shaped Rice Krispy Treats

Hey, Everyone!  Charynn here to share a few tips on re-creating the darling fruit-shaped rice krispy treats that I made for Kelly’s recent Caterpillar birthday party.  These were very simple to do and I know you could all handle this! (PS – you could take this concept and apply it to any theme or shape!)

I used store-bought rice krispy bars for two reasons: 1) to save time and 2) so that they would already be a consistant thickness. Kelly was kind enough to provide me with her fruit illustrations, but you could either create your own or find some online to download.  Cut the shape out to use it as a template.

I flattened my rice krispy bars with a rolling pin to make them a bit wider and then used either a cookie cutter or the template and a knife to cut out the shape.  Don’t forget to cut out the little hole in each one! Repeat these steps with store-bought fondant (which you can color with food coloring).  Attach the fondant with clear piping gel and voila!

June 4th, 2012 |

The Party Dress Magazine | June 2012

It is with GREAT excitement that I announce the launch of our summer 2012 issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

Read the digital issue   |   Purchase the glossy issue

This issue is full of colorful ideas for summer entertaining, ways to keep cool, entertain children + adults alike, and inspire you to create magical holidays for your family.  It truly has a touch of everything; each and every page makes me swoon with delight and I can’t wait for you all to read it!  Our amazing assistant editor, Charynn Osheski and I could not put together a publication of this size without the assistance of amazing contributors. We aim to share the amazing talent that is out there in the party & entertaining industry with you each issue, and this issue certainly does not disappoint.  A HUGE thank you goes to all of our contributors and advertisers for making this issue happen.
 
Contributors for this issue include: 
Kelly Lyden, WH Hostess + The Party Dress  |  Charynn Olsheski, Two Sugar Babies | Casi Densmore-Koon, CupcakeMAG  |  Tori Spelling, ediTORIal  |  Jeff Peabody & Jennifer Billingsley, Honeycomb Events  |  Lynlee Beckett, Lynlee’s Petite Cakes  |  Melissa Johnson, Best Friends for Frosting  | Kathy Wolfe, Kathy Wolfe Photography |  Katie Nguyen Wells, Petite Social  |  Leoni Jena, Just Call Me Martha  |  Jenny Steffens Hobick, Everyday Occassions 

June 1st, 2012 |

An Evening with Amy

I took a break out of my typical work day to celebrate the launch of Amy Atlas‘s book, Sweet Designs, Thursday night at the Williams Sonoma in Chicago.  I’ve been a fan of Amy’s for years now, and have already poured thru every page of her new book.  After connecting with them over the years over facebook and twitter,  it was such a pleasure to meet Amy and her “Commander in Sweets”, Lisa at the party.  Lovely, warm, friendly ladies….a pleasure to spend the evening with.

I also met up with Jesse from Shop Sweet Lulu!  The two of us enjoyed watching Amy discuss the design concepts behind the summer picnic table from her book, sampled her strawberry trifle, had her sign our books and chat with us about everything sweets.

Chicago was the first stop on Amy’s book tour.  Take a look at the line-up below, and if she is headed to your area, I highly suggest reserving your spot to hear her speak. Amy and Lisa, it was a pleasure!  Thank you for spending so much time with me, and I hope your next visit to the Windy City is a little bit dryer!

May 29th, 2012 |

Mastering the Cheese Plate

About once a week {for dinner}, I decide that I just can’t handle cooking and I head to Whole Foods to put together a cheese plate.  My husband considers it a great treat {and luckily doesn’t read the blog very often, so he doesn’t know that it’s my “free ticket” from cooking!}, and it’s a great way to experiment with new things.

I feel like today, might be a “cheese-plate-for-dinner” kind of night.  We had a great, relaxing Memorial Day weekend….but I SOOOOO don’t feel like I am prepared to start my week today.  How about you?

This image is definitely inspiring tonights dinner – I love the mix of cheeses and accompaniments. My two favorite cheese are by Cypress Grove – Midnight Moon and Humboldt Fog. Do you have any favorite cheeses that I should try tonight?

May 25th, 2012 |

Cool Down Your Cocktails

With the crazy heat wave we have been experiencing this week in Chicago, I have been looking for ways to keep cool.  Originally shot for the summer issue of The Party Dress Magazine (pre-order your copy NOW!), these frozen fruit skewers were too perfect to hold on to any longer.

Perfect for cooling down and adding a touch of flavor to your favorite glass of champagne or lemonade, they are very simple to assemble and you can get creative with what fruits you choose to use.

Since it’s Memorial Day weekend, we focused on the red, white and blue color theme by using raspberries, blueberries and blackberries.

May 24th, 2012 |

Patriotic Sundae

Serve up everyone’s favorite dessert, ice cream, this weekend in a patriotic-striped mug.  Easy to serve with the handle, and a cute presentation….all rolled up into one!

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May 23rd, 2012 |

{Decorate} Memorial Day

With a whirlwind of activity over here this last month (lots of parties, finalizing the summer magazine to launch soon, and a trip to NYC for the National Stationery Show), I am SO looking forward to Memorial Day weekend.  For us, it typically means bbq, working in the garden, hanging out with friends and family, and just a slower pace of our everyday life.

Whether our weekend events will be big or small, let’s face it…..I’m a girl that LOVES to decorate.  I’m always looking to update my holiday decorations from year to year, and I found two patriotic ideas that would be fabulous to create now, and then re-use for the 4th of July.

First up, a patriotic swag made out of different patterned fabric.  You can find the full instructions on Country Home.  These would be darling hanging across a fence or above a window!

Second, I came across this yarn-wrapped wreath on Pinterest.  (Do you “pin?” Come join us!) What a fabulous idea!  Red, white and blue yarn – wrapped around a styrofoam wreath form – add a couple of buttons for the “stars.”  I love the BIG, graphic impact this has, and it’s so simple to make.

Happy Crafting!

May 18th, 2012 |

Peonies + Chevron Dinner Party

Last weekend, I hosted a peonies + chevron dinner party to celebrate Mother’s Day.  Do you remember seeing my inspiration board?  I am happy to share a few pictures with you today.  The table was covered with a crisp, white tablecloth and my bold, grey and white chevron table runner.

To create an interesting centerpiece, I clustered together different vessels each holding pink peonies.  My large, white happiness jar stood center stage full of pink cherry blossom branches from Pottery Barn (this arrangement sits on the table in my sunroom during the spring season).  I used bud vases of all different heights and shapes, and wrapped a few of them with white rope to add some texture to the arrangement.

Pink napkins and my pink and white floral salad plates from Kate Spade polished off the look.  It was pretty, sweet and modern all rolled up in one tablesetting.  Although I created this for Mother’s Day, I think it would be beautiful for a bridal shower or special birthday luncheon.

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