April 23rd, 2012 |

The Resurgence of the Candelabra

I’m a sucker for a gorgeous tablesetting….we all know this!  But lately I have found myself totally in love with the addition of glass or crystal candelabras.  Popular years ago, featured on opulent tables, or as accessories in formal homes.  For some reason, the candelabra somewhat disappeared in recent years.

I think it’s time for a comeback.  You?!

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April 18th, 2012 |

Be Inspired: Iris Centerpiece

Iris Centerpiece

Sharnel Dollar inspired us with two amazing centerpiece ideas in the last issue of TPD Magazine to celebrate Spring.  Today we are featuring her tips for re-creating this luscious, white iris centerpiece.  I think this would be perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration, don’t you?

Supplies

Your favorite spring bloom en mass  |  Long rectangular vessel  |  Florist foam  |  Scissors  |  Sharp knife

Directions & Tips

Cut the floral foam to fit inside your planter or vase. Trim stems and arrange in florist foam. The longer stems in the center of the planter then work your way to the outer edges by shortening the length of the stems.

Once you are happy with your arrangement, give it a good water and place on your entry table for all to enjoy.

April 17th, 2012 |

Mother’s Day Gift: For the Gardener

In order to inspire you to get creative with your Mother’s Day gifts this year, we have five unique ideas that will appeal to each of the different personalities in your life. We’ll be showcasing all of these ideas in the next couple of weeks.

First up is this gorgeous basket for the Mom that loves to garden.  We used a fabulous, green vine basket from Pottery Barn to contain our gardening goodies. Items included a gardening magazine, seed packets, tools, gloves, a mister and a lovely hydrangea plant.

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!”.

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