April 16th, 2012 |

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts

Today’s featured party by Beth Beattie has us in the mood for Mother’s Day!  If you are on our newsletter subscriber list, you received a colorful e-mail from us this morning showcasing the lovely, personalized goodies we have on our Mother’s Day gift list this year.

Known for our festive party collections, WH Hostess has expanded into a full collection of stationery, notepads, calling cards (or mommy cards!), and even some gift items such as cell phone cases, paper coasters, melamine plates and trays. The best part is….they are all so reasonably priced and you can personalize them to your heart’s content.  Which means, you can shop for your mom, your sister and your best friend! These perks truly add up to the perfect gift!

Check out our fabulous new items and remember to get your orders in early for shipping in time for Mother’s Day!

April 9th, 2012 |

Tulips

Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend with your friends and families.  We enjoyed a relaxing weekend with lots of baking, cooking, Easter mass and a big family brunch.  Good food, good company….a lovely time was had by all.

Now that Easter is over and there isn’t another “holiday” for quite some time, I will be wandering around my house looking for ways to freshen it up for Spring.  Tulips are my go-to.  They are readily available at grocery stores and florists, and you can pull together a simple, yet stunning arrangement in no time flat, fairly inexpensively!

Here is one of my new favorite ideas for creating a table centerpiece with tulips….can’t you picture this in shades of pink?!  You could create a fabulous ombre effect with the linear, bunches of flowers.

Images: bike with tulips (quarterlifeprep.com), tulip centerpiece (ashleysflower.com)

April 4th, 2012 |

DIY Easter Centerpieces

This week, I’m inspired to make some pretty, Easter centerpieces for my family.  Here are a few ideas that are inspiring me…..

Carnation Nest

Inspired by Better Homes & Gardens, take a handful of dyed eggs and paired them with a few bunches of carnations to make a pretty Easter centerpiece. Fill a medium-size footed bowl with water, nestled dyed eggs in a smaller bowl inside and cut carnations about 2 inches long and placed around the bowl of eggs.

DIY Bird’s Nest

Another simple centerpiece for Easter inspired by Better Homes and Gardens – use pretty disposable plates and strips of ribbon to make inexpensive bird’s nest centerpiece. Hot glue rick rack and your favorite spring ribbon on hard-boiled eggs. This project would get even easier with fabric tape in pretty colors!

Decorating with Peeps

Fill $1 vases with pretty little decor eggs from Michael’s with Peeps in between.  Add some happy gerber daisies for the perfect for the mantel decoration. {Image}

Just a little water

All you need is a little water and some carrots to make a simple centerpiece for brunch! Just fill up a vase with water and add carrots, a la the cover shot from The Party Dress Magazine!

Wheat Grass Eggs

Head over to Momtastic for the perfect little DIY project. This is the perfect project for Spring! 
April 3rd, 2012 |

Easter Candy {Packaged with Style}

Easter is quickly approaching, and that leaves me searching for cute baked goods, little gift ideas for my friends and family and tablesetting ideas.  One of my favorite ideas from the Spring magazine is this creative packaging for traditional Easter candy.  We used candy from Candywarehouse.com, but if you are short on time, you could easily re-create this with candy from your local grocery store.

I lined the white, tin container with pink and white swirl marshmallows, and then placed 6 baking cups on top.  Each cup was filled with eggs, gummy candies and jelly beans.  Topped it with a personalized label and voila!  Cute for a teacher gift, or for your kids to give their friends.  What type of food gifts are you making this year?

April 2nd, 2012 |

DIY Monogram Napkin Project

For our Modern Monogram bridal shower, we created a darling assortment of monogrammed napkins to dress up the tablesetting.  They were simple to do, added a great pop to the table, and also served as a gift for the bride to bring home with her.

We gathered up supplies at our local Michael’s craft store: paint, stenciling flat brushes and script letter stencils from Martha Stewart’s new craft collection.  We also found cotton, tangerine orange napkins at Home Goods ($8 for a set of 12!) to use.

{Step-by-Step Instructions}

1. Wash and iron your cloth napkins.  Gather your supplies (mentioned above).

2. Place your stencil on the napkin where you would like your letter to go.  We chose to place it diagonally in the corner of the napkin.

3. Place a small amount of your paint in a dish, and insert your brush.  Dab the paint over the stencil to fill in the letter.  Remember to dab, not brush.

4. Once the entire surface is covered with paint, let it dry and evaluate if you need a second coat.

5. Peel off the stencil.  Use a q-tip to clean up any stray lines.

6. Your napkins are party-ready!

 

 

April 2nd, 2012 |

Modern Monogram Bridal Shower

When Pantone named Tangerine Tango the 2012 color of the year, I knew I had to incorporate it into an upcoming party collection. Bold on it’s own, I absolutely love it when paired with fuchsia pink and turquoise. This fresh color palette, mixed with a trio of modern patterns inspired a stunning bridal shower.

I have always been a fan of the classic monogram. It’s preppy, traditional, but if done in a fresh way….totally modern again! Instead of choosing a theme, I focused on using the bride and groom’s monogram in fresh ways. Front and center on our preppy invitation, it was repeated throughtout the entire party in different ways.

We kept the decorations crisp and bold, decorating the all white room with pillows made out of our sunrise fabric, and bold hot pink pom poms hanging from the ceiling. Ghost chairs were used at the tables as to not distract from the mixture of patterns used.

Footed bowls full of paper pomanders from Dragonfly Expression served as a centerpiece on the table, and champagne cocktails were dressed up with turquoise blue rock candy sticks.

The table was set with placemats made out of our turquoise greek key fabric, each monogramed with the couple’s initials. Not only did it make a fabulous statement, but they can also be sent home with the couple as a gift. I found tangerine orange napkins at Home Goods and stenciled an “L” on each one using fabric paint. The do-it-yourself tutorial will be on the blog this afternoon! The napkins hung off each guest’s plate, and coordinated with the colorful sunrise patterned placecards.

Sweets are always a hit at any party. Instead of doing a full dessert table for this event, we decided to serve passed desserts on our melamine trays. This became a great activity while the bride was opening gifts.

Sweet Lauren Cakes made gorgeous cake pops with our sunrise pattern hand-piped on them. Monogram cookies by Allyson Jane in our pop colors were bold, yet classic, and mini cupcakes featured fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies. Gummy blue raspberry candy from Candywarehouse.com was used not only for dessert, but also lined platters as a sweet decoration.

Guests were sent home with little boxes of sweets as a party favor. We wrapped each box with our sunrise, tangerine wave, and turquoise greek key fabric, and were tied with a gift tag featuring each guest’s initial. The bold colors, mixture of patterns and modern use of the couple’s monogram created a fabulously preppy bridal shower!

This party collection was inspired by a color palette in our social stationery collection.  Need a fabulous gift for a bride-to-be or a good friend?  Check out the personalized stationery!

March 30th, 2012 |

Little Blue Car

It’s been such a fun, colorful week here on TPD!  Thank you all for following along with Character Parties week – I hope you have enjoyed viewing all of the featured parties.  Today’s party is a bit of a different “character” party.  Where the other featured parties have had a commercialized character center stage (cookie monster, eloise and elmo) today’s party has a more generic character or icon…..the little blue car.

This first birthday party is one of my favorite parties to date.  It was actually a year ago (yes, I am seriously behind in posting it) and I partnered with my friend, event planner Christi Bennett of P is for Party to create the paper goods for her client.  Featured on Hostess with the Mostess and in the Summer 2011 issue of The Party Dress Magazine, this collection has become one of our top selling.  It’s the perfect mix of preppy and classic, modern and festive….and features the beloved chevron pattern. Read on for details from Christi:

The birthday boy’s favorite toy is his Step 2 blue car, so my friend and client, Andrea, knew she wanted to base the party around Luke’s favorite pastime. Once we decided on the theme, I quickly contacted Kelly fromThe Party Dress and WH Hostess to get started.  We knew we would use blue since that was the color of the car, but we needed another fun color to complete the scheme.  We settled on a bright orange that paired perfectly with the blue!

Andrea works full time, so she wanted me to coordinate the party from beginning to end and let her be fully surprised with most of the details.  So, Kelly and I took the LITTLE BLUE CAR theme and ran with it.  Even though this was a first birthday celebration, most of the people in attendance were adults.  Kelly did such a wonderful job creating paper goods that were kid friendly as well as pleasing to the adult eye.  I had the task of creating a setting where adults would have a nice time as well as the little ones.

I ordered a yard of coordinating custom fabric that my Mom sewed two pillows from.  The pillows were placed on the outdoor fireplace along with a “Happy Birthday Luke” banner.

The tables were set with simple white tablecloths, but custom cardstock placemats gave them the perfect pop of color!  Whole Foods created the floral arrangements in white ceramic containers from IKEA, which I provided.  I placed one of Kelly’s centerpiece sticks in each arrangement to give it more of a childish and playful feel.

The drink table was a popular area since it was unusually hot and humid for this time of year and the party guests couldn’t resist the Bellini station, which gave a nod to our orange color scheme.

I placed custom wrapped water bottles and other sodas and beer in white galvanized tins from Crate and Barrel.  Kelly’s custom wraps also adorned glass bottles ordered from Specialty Bottle and filled with orange soda.

James Coney Island, a favorite local hot dog joint, catered the party.  Instead of serving the traditional French fries, I created a small chip bar with 4 varieties of chips. Food tent cards were displayed in front of each clear bowl.

A dessert table was a must since all ages were able to enjoy the treats.  I filled the table with blue, orange and white sweets.  The candy was placed in glass containers from The Container Store and the desserts were set on white platters from Target.

My favorite part of the table was the custom tile backdrop handcrafted by Kelly!  She printed out multiple sheets of the coordinating patterns and glued them to ribbon, which I tacked to white foam board.

The two tiered cake was made by Cakes by Gina and they did an amazing job reproducing the patterns from the paper goods. The cookie, cake pops and cupcakes were made locally by Michael’s Cookie Jar, Nathalie Cook and Rice Epicurean.

I purchased blue striped cupcake wrappers from Shop Lulu to dress up the store bought cupcakes.  I also found the candy bags and cups from Shop Lulu.  Kelly also provided custom box wraps to dress up the white boxes, which served as pedestals for the candy jars.

Charynn of Two Sugar Babies designed custom fondant toppers for the brownies and they were perfect!

Guests took home fresh lemonade bottled in jars from IKEA as party favors.  The bottles were adorned with favor tags that said, “Beep! Beep!  Thanks for Coming!”.

March 29th, 2012 |

Character Parties LINK PARTY!

I hope we have inspired you with our featured Character Parties this week!  Now, it’s time for you to inspire us and our readers!  Have you created a fabulous character party?!  Link your party below and share the inspiration!

 

March 29th, 2012 |

Girly Elmo Birthday Party

Character Parties week continues here on the blog with one of my favorite parties to date: a girly Elmo party with modern patterns, including a bold rainbow chevron.  We worked with one of our favorite clients in Houston to design this party, and she executed it better than we ever could have imagined!

When it comes to creating ‘character‘ parties, I prefer to focus on great patterns and colors, and accent with the character!

While putting together the original party plan, I decided to incorporate a child-friendly color palette of ‘Elmo’ red, pink, yellow, green and turquoise, but use three modern patterns to appeal to the adult’s design aesthetic.  A bold chevron pattern and two-tone clover pattern mingled beautifully with colorful polka dots and served as the basis for all of the paper goods designs.  I created my own “furry friend” that resembled Elmo to use on the paper goods – note how he has her age on his party hat!

A personalized street sign was included in the return address label and we used Sesame Street sayings on the invitation and throughout the party goods (‘brought to you by the letter ‘A’ and number ’2′, ‘Alexandra’s World’, etc.).  You will see coordinating party goods throughout the party, including custom fabric used for pillows and the dessert table backdrop.

Guests were greeted in true Sesame Street style at the front door with green street sign for ‘Alexandra’s Street’.  When they entered into the house, there was a large ‘A’ made out of yellow roses along with colorful decorations leading guests through the house into the official party space.  The adult tables were inside and out, and were dressed with bold, solid-color tablecloths and gorgeous flower arrangements.  There was a combination of high and low arrangements, and some also included jars of candy, and ribbon pomander balls.

The kids table was set with a bold pink, satin tablecloth and the mini white chairs were wrapped in turquoise satin bows.  Each placesetting had a polka dot plate, a party hat with an Elmo sticker on it, and a cello bag full of crayons with a chevron topper.  (there were also coloring pages to keep the kids busy)  There were three monochromatic centerpieces lining the table – each filled with a different color of gerber daisies. Jars of candy with custom centerpiece sticks sat between the flowers.

The self-serve bar was set up with rainbow striped glassware, paper cups for the kids dressed up with stickers, and water bottles with coordinating labels (big ones for the adults….mini ones for the kids!).  The food was served as a buffet in the dining room, and the table was set with three tall monochromatic flower arrangements to create a whimsical touch of drama.  Coordinating food tent cards labeled yummy eats such as mini sliders, sweet potato fries in paper cones, rainbow fruit kabobs and goldfish for the kiddos.  Pink silverware was tied in our coordinating napkin rings.

The kids were entertained with face painting, a huge Sesame Street bounce house, and a visit from Elmo, himself!  A Sesame Street bounce house was flanked by colorful balloons and the outdoor living room was dressed with throw pillows made out of our custom fabric in the chevron and polka dot patterns.

As usual, the dessert table STOLE THE SHOW!  Bright and colorful, it literally makes my heart happy to see how this came together!  A fabric-covered backdrop (made with our custom chevron fabric) defined the space and an amazing cake from Cakes by Gina held center court. (Don’t you love how she incorporated all of our colorful patterns into each tier?!)  Jars of candy were embellished with coordinating candy jar tags, and we used cupcake toppers to brand the candy in the tilt bowls.

Brownies held fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies in our coordinating patterns, and The Cookie Jar created cookies in the letter ‘A’ and number ’2′.  Elmo cake pops received rave reviews from the little ones and cupcakes were a hit as always.

There were small polka dot and striped boxes for people to fill up with candy (dressed up with a coordinating sticker, of course) and there was signage all around the party helping brand it.

Guests went home not only with their box of candy, but also with a cello bag with two containers of play dough (each wearing an ‘A’ and a ’2′ sticker on top) and a large Elmo cookie, tied with a polka dot gift tag saying ‘Thanks for partying at Alexandra’s World’.”

{Party Resources}

Party Design, Invitation, Paper Goods and Fabric: WH Hostess | Photography: Ellenzilla Photography | Green Street Sign: I Do Invitations by Michelle | Catering: A Fare Extraordinaire | Fondant Toppers: Two Sugar Babies | Cake Pops: Angie’s Cake | Cookies: The Cookie Jar | Cake: Cakes by Gina | Favor Boxes: Shop Sweet Lulu | Flowers: Wedding Flowers by Lisa | Ribbon Pomander Balls & Plates: Polka Dot Market

March 28th, 2012 |

Eloise at The Plaza Party

My daughter Madelyn has loved Eloise since she was 2 years old. She collects the dolls, books, and has ALWAYS asked for a party at The Plaza. Since it is such a special “number” birthday, for her 5th birthday, I decided to style a pink, black, and white Eloise themed soiree. I enlisted the help of Kelly from WHHostess to create an amazing invitation and coordinating party goods using Madelyn (and Eloise)’s favorite color, pink, and my love for black and white patterns. For the invitation, we had Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio create a custom silhouette of Madelyn in an Eloise “pose” that we carried throughout in several of the other party goods.

Madelyn’s request was to have a tea table set up for her and her friends to use at the party. As a surprise, I ordered an actual Eloise tea set from The Plaza to decorate the table, along with some pink and black cupcakes topped with pink and white swirled lollipops, strawberry cream cheese tea sandwiches, Eloise- themed stuffed animals, and pink and white polka dot suitcases. I made curtains using more of the Ikea fabric, and to tie the theme together, styled the floor with a black and white chevron rug. The tea table was so simple to pull together, and it was Madelyn’s favorite part of the party!

When Madelyn suggested the idea of an Eloise party, I immediately thought of an all-pink bakery that Eloise might visit on one of her trips outside of The Plaza. We built large risers to mimic the interior of a bakery store window, and created an awning using black and white striped fabric from Ikea. I used white cake stands and dessert ware from my collection, and I also greatly expanded my collection with a fabulous (and super inexpensive) project: DIY milk glass using glass- ware from Goodwill and white spray paint.

The dessert table was styled with all pink desserts that were created by myself, with touches of black and white throughout.

One of Madelyn’s special requests for the pink “bakery”: two different cakes: a pink rosette cake, and a fondant covered creation with pink stripes and a replication of her silhouette in fondant. I also had absolutely adorable marshmallow pops made especially for Madelyn by The Marshmallow Studio.

Some of Madelyn’s favorite desserts were on the display, including: pink chocolate coated Oreo truffles, hot pink macarons filled with dark chocolate ganache, chocolate cupcakes with pink strawberry buttercream, NYC black and white cookies, mini donuts sprinkled with pink coconut, chocolate dipped pretzels, meringue “ice cream cones” that rested on WHHostess patterned paper to match that theme (and on a DIY ice cream cone stand!), pink gum balls and hard candy from Candywarehouse.com.

I branded the dessert table with coordinating paper goods from WH Hostess: pink striped food tent cards featured Eloise’s signature hairbow and identified all of the delicious treats to the guests, as well as charming black and white, swiss dot candy jar tags on all of the containers. A festive pennant banner hung across the table, featuring custom patterns.

The most talked about (and loved by the adults) part of the party was the inventive drink station we created. I have always found it amusing that, in the books, Eloise knew to order Nanny a drink from room service. Just like Nanny, the adults at our parties like a little “libation” or two.

I created a simple background for the table using a large silhouette from the stationery in an ornate frame from Ikea. Kelly created custom labels for the liquor bottles that were displayed on a cake stand for some height, and mixers were displayed in simple glass carafes. Another creative signlet all of the guests know that these were “Nanny’s Libations” and were not for kids.

A small game was also created using hot pink sixlets, as the guests had fun guessing how many “champagne bubbles” were in the jar.

For the favor table, I really wanted to make it fun, whimsical, but also fitting for the preppy and modern theme. I made the “FIVE” letters using wooden letters and small rectangular wooden plaques painted white and filled a bookshelf with the favors and lots of pink balloons.

 

For favors, the kids at the party received a marshmallow pop from The Marshmallow Studio, ridiculously cute pink Eloise headbands made especially for the party by EmzBowz, and a custom memory card game featuring WHHostess graphics. The display was topped off with a banner from WHHostess and striped fabric.

One of MY favorite parts of the party were the little signs that Kelly and I came up with, using phrases and key words from the books, including “Gifts from ME, Madelyn” for the favor table and “oooooohhh, I absolutely love BIRTHDAYS!” for the tea table. All of the hard work paid off when my daughter announced after the party that “Mommy brought The Plaza to my house!”

 

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