March 15th, 2012 |

French Stork Baby Shower

When it comes to throwing a fabulous baby shower, I prefer to focus on entertaining the mom-to-be, not the baby.  Let’s face it, it’s a rough nine months….she deserves a party!  So let the gifts be directed towards the baby, but cater the party details to a more mature audience!

I wanted to put an updated spin on the traditional stork themed shower, so we created a collection of paper goods around a sweet “French Stork”, and incorporated a nautical-like color palette of aqua blue, navy and a touch of red.  With all of the sweet decorations, it was almost like we were celebrating on the coast of France.

We carried the “Celebrate le Bebe” theme throughout the entire party, and used ribbons as a common accessory to create a cohesive look.  We created flag garlands that hung down over the lunch table with ribbons, and they looks like sails from a sailboat.  Our drink straws were dressed up with ribbon flags, and napkins were tied with the same ribbons.

The table sat center stage and was quite a showpiece.  In addition to the flag garlands hanging down and defining a unique vertical space, we wrapped a collection of different bud vases with yarn to create a textured look.  Crisp, white tulips and our stork centerpiece sticks filled in the table.  Guests were greeted to an “appetizer” of mini donuts on a cupcake toppers as they were seated.

Like most parties, the dessert table served as a visual focal point for the party. Guests always delight in seeing the different themed desserts, and it also serves as a great ice breaker and conversation topic. For this particular table, I wanted it to look crisp and clean. I created a simple backdrop with a grosgrain ribbon-wrapped wreath and striped pennant banners draped on either side. A navy tablecloth really made the glass and all white serving dishes pop, and we also added in a couple of the yarn-wrapped vases to coordinate with the lunch table.

I used a variety of all white candy from Candywarehouse.com, including gumballs, rock candy, chocolate-covered pretzels, and sour daisies. The glass jars and tilt bowls were embellished with coordinating ribbon and candy jar tags identifing their contents.

 

Cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes featured the stork’s sachel, a banner reminiscent of our invitation, and the words “le bebe” on them. To add some visual interest to the table, I stood them up in a white, footed bowl by Rosanna full of gumballs.

Allyson Jane made THE most precious hand-iced sugar cookies for this shower. She replicated our French Stork perfectly, and also made cookies that said “le bebe” on them.

To save time, and also keep the costs down, we mixed our designer desserts (the cake pops and cookies) with a couple grocery store finds. Store- bought cupcakes were dressed up with fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies. They featured the stock satchel as well as the eiffel tower. I also created a powedered sugar donut “cake” on a mini cake pedestal. A banner topper that coordinated with our invitation stood atop it, and created an oh, so charming addition to the table.

My absolute favorite detail on the dessert table were the macaron rattles.  These were very simple to make: I inserted a white macaron on either side of a 4″ white lollipop stick, and then wrapped the sticks in a skinny polka dot ribbon.  They were DARLING and received many “oohs” and “ahhs!”

Candy jar tags and food tent cards helped brand the table, and we also carried the theme into the labels on our cracker party favors. All in all, this shower turned out to be a sophisticated take on a theme, and hopefully you will draw inspiration for many future parties.

For more fabulous party inspiration, view the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine!

March 14th, 2012 |

Spring Flowers with a Twist

Sharnel Dollar always stuns me with her gorgeous parties and sophisticated decor. She certainly did not disappoint with this stunning floral centerpiece she created for the Spring 2012 issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Colorful, full and with a twist of lime, here are Sharnel’s simple instructions for re-creating it at home:

Supplies Needed

Two vases of the same shape, different sizes  |  Full Blooms  |  Scissors  |  Limes, lemons or oranges

Directions

Select two vases that are the same shape, but that can fit inside each other leaving enough room for slices of lemon to sit in between vases. Place the smaller vase inside the larger vase. Slice up limes, lemons or oranges and start placing in between the two vases until you have reach the top of the vases. Fill the smaller vase with water and arrange you favorite blooms.

March 14th, 2012 |

Decorating for St. Patty’s Day

For those of you who love green beer, your favorite holiday is right around the corner , St.Patty’s Day! I am not sure about you but it’s one of my favorites to decorate for, something about the luck of the Irish!
Can’t think of just how to decorate for this Holiday? I’ve done the thinking for you!
  • Start with a Cake: It will be a beautiful centerpiece for dessert. I am Baker has a FABulous recipe for St.Patty’s Day Cake!
  • Wear Green: You don’t want to get pinched so wear green. We love this Zest is More dress by Modcloth - just perfect for this holiday.
  • Decorate the Table: Fill it with simple white flowers with extra greenery – white tulips, baby breathe and Green Smoothe’s from The Alkaline Sisters. {Irish Dinner photo via Sugar & Charm} Shop HomeGoods for inexpensive table decor for the occasion!
Don’t forget to hang a wreath on your door. I especially love this one from Buttons & Bows. Oh, and dance the jig with your sweetheart.
March 13th, 2012 |

St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day is a great reason to celebrate during the bleek month of March (we are SO almost to Spring!!).  You can surprise your family with some simple treats made from items you probably have sitting around in your pantry. With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a colorful brunch for your family.

A few of our favorite ideas include:

  • A stack of rainbow-colored pancakes!  Divide up your pancake batter into multiple bowls and use food coloring to get your desired color.
  • Take those pancakes a step further and use a cookie cutter to cut out a shamrock or your child’s initial, mix and match the shapes for a two-tone color block affect.
  • Die that milk green!  (this could make a basic bowl of cereal pretty exciting too!)
  • In the mood for cinnamon rolls?  Sprinkle the top with green and white sprinkles!
How do you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  Share your ideas here and inspire others! To view more ideas like this, check out the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

March 12th, 2012 |

The Party Dress Magazine, Spring 2012 + Giveaway

The day is FINALLY here.  We’re launching the 5th issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  It’s always a labor of love, and I am SO thrilled with how this issue turned out.  Charynn and I, along with a group of amazing contributors, offer you countless ideas for Spring entertaining, stylized kids birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, gift ideas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day.

This issue is my absolute favorite thus far.  It’s bright and colorful, and will hopefully leave you thoroughly excited for Spring.  Although we love working with current trends, the ideas you will find on the 90 pages of this magazine are timeless and will still be in style 5 years from now.  We encourage you to purchase one of the luxe, glossy, printed editions for future reference.  Hurry up….with a limited print run, we will sell out quickly!

When it comes to producing this magazine, the phrase “it takes a village” comes to mind.  In addition to my trusty assistant editor, Charynn and I, we have a wonderful assortment of top party stylists, bloggers, buyers and shop owners that contributed amazing ideas to inspire you.  A huge thank you goes out to: Sharnel Dollar, Lynlee Beckett, Christi Bennett, Kim Stoegbauer, Casi Densmore-Koon, Beth Beattie, Maggie Hemsworth, Wendy Rossiter Estes and Tiffany Grayce Harris, the buyers from The Land of Nod, Jane Carlisle, and Monica Caparosa, as well as all of our wonderful advertisers.

We hope you enjoy the issue!  Read on for details on the giveaway…..

To show our appreciation for everyone’s excitement over the new magazine, we are offering a fabulous giveaway!  Enter to win a set of all 5 TPD Magazines, along with a note from me!  Here’s how to enter:

  • The contest starts today, Monday, March 12th and ends Thursday, March 15th at 11:59pm CST.
  • A winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced on Friday, March 16th.
  • To enter: Read the current issue of TPD Magazine and leave a comment here on what is your favorite article or idea.
  • For bonus entries, share the magazine on facebook, twitter, pinterest or your blog.
Thanks for playing….GOOD LUCK!

 

March 7th, 2012 |

How to Plan an Easter Birthday Party

A holiday birthday is always a tough project! This year, my son’s birthday falls on Easter weekend, and even though we are celebrating with a big party after the holiday, we are going to have a small family celebration during our Easter festivities. I’m thinking it would be adorable to use pastel blue, yellow, and green…maybe with some gray? Some of these ideas would translate so well into the small party I’m planning!

Images: Easter party display (via Anders Ruff), Bunny cake (by Cake Journal), Easter Egg Cake Pops (by Bakerella), Easter Egg Crafts (via Good Housekeeping), Easter Bunny DIY Bags (by Mr. Printables),
Easter Party Sodas (by Hello My Sweet via Amy Atlas)
March 6th, 2012 |

{Free Download} St. Patrick’s Day Tags

I’m here today to show you a little sneak peek from the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine!  With St. Patrick’s Day next week, it’s time to start making your plans to celebrate.  Cake pops are always a fun treat, for adults and kids alike. Charynn and I partnered up to create a simple baking project, along with some cute, colorful tags, for you to give out to friends or serve at your St. Patty’s Day celebration.

Charynn followed a basic cake pop recipe (our favorite instructions come from Bakerella), dipped them in green chocolate and accessorized them with disco dust. To dress them up, and make them party-ready, she added our rainbow tags.

These colorful tags are available for free download here, and you can use them as cupcake toppers, tags for cake pops, or even gift tags!  Simply print out the page, cut in strips and use a 2″ hole punch to pop them out.

Enjoy!  Make sure to order your copy of The Party Dress magazine here.  It launches next Monday and is chock full of amazing ideas for Easter, Mother’s Day, and Spring Entertaining.

 

March 2nd, 2012 |

Titanic: A Party by CupcakeMAG

You may recall my little sneak peek and details earlier this month all about our Titanic Soriee!  Inspired by the Titanic – we wanted a modern party and a sprinkle of vintage. Pairing the bright turquoise + pink color combo to the modern mixing vintage feel really inspired the entire party which centered around the invitation from WH Hostess. Well now, we have all the details on just how we made the party come to life!

Paper Pretties: The beautiful banner with the birthday girls name, Food Tends, Stickers, Cupcake Toppers, and all the paper pretties were custom designed by the lovely Kelly. How amazing did she do? Seriously, the invite is still framed in my 9 year old’s room! 

Sweets Table: Filled with beautiful custom cake pops from Jens Pop Shoppe, Custom red-velvet cupcakes {just for us} from Georgetown Cupcake, and mouth-water Edward Marc Gourmet Assorted ChocolatesThe beautiful light pink and turquoise macaroons {Crazy About Macarons} gave us that little touch of oh-so-chic vintage, just so pretty on the Grace & Gumption stand.  The Heart of the Ocean cookies were a huge hit from Firefly Confections as we reminise on that beautiful necklace from the hit movie. And oh my gosh, can we say perfection? Her vintage lace flower cookies were just to-die-for. We seriously wanted to frame the cookies and hang them on the wall. Almost too pretty to eat as they sat nicely on a Magnolia Creative Co. platter. The cupcake stand in a bold turquoise perfectly matched the well-dressed cupcakes! We topped them off with cupcake toppers and pom pom toppers  along with cupcake wrappers custom designed by Pinwhirls. Best dressed cupcakes! Tiny Giraffe blocks spelling out the birthday girl’s name really topped it off! 
Each guest sat down to their WH Hostess placecard being held with a simple holder from Homes and Weddings. We mixed paper plate pretties with vintage plates and teacups along with a JuliskaGoblet – all on top of adorable Anchor Place mats.The tables wouldn’t be complete without the Anchor Place mats from The Fortunate Home and cocktail napkins. It was great that we were able to customize them with our theme! Polka Dot Market also had the perfect striped pendents which we placed into chocolates for easy picking and polka dot plates. Magnolia Creative Co. hand-painted the beautiful square platters that were perfect for pretty cookies and chocolates. To tie in the elegance of the Titanic, we used Juliska goblets, stacking bowls and a charge. We placed rustic LOVE candle holders throughout with silver trays along with an assortment of milk glass vases and vintage Etsy find like the Trinket Box – so beautiful & perfect for this theme. Make sure you shop the shoot below for all the details on how to get the look! 

Favors: Centered around a LOVE burlap banner, each guest received lots of goodies! We printed a ticket to the event as each guest arrived. They were wrapped in lace will a full-size candy bar. We picked up small vintage frames from Michael’s and framed the titanic ship stickers designed by Kelly — that way each guest took a little memory home after the special day! Monogram cookies from Fun Favors were given to guest as they left along with Edward Marc Ice Cream Pop chocolates. 

Tips for a Titanic Theme Party!


Lace: We placed lace throughout the party. Across the plates, around the favors, tied around the chairs – this gave it that touch of vintage sparkle. 

Old is New: I shopped my house and my grandmothers too! It was a great way to make vintage pieces new again with Milk Glass vases, vintage plates, tea cupcakes and more. You won’t believe what is right in front of you! Just because it’s a party doesn’t mean you have to shop at just the party store! Be creative. 

Formal Attire: We asked guests to dress in their Sunday’s best! They had a dance off as the Titanic soundtrack played in the background, along with a fashion show! We had 3 judges who choose the best dressed at the party. Winners received $10 gift cards to Target. It was so fun to see everyone dressed up! We had lots of fascinators for guest to wear and really get into character. 

Mason Jars: We rolled mason jars in glue and glitter! They made the perfect place for Pinwhirls custom-designed pinwheels and looked great on the table! 

 

 

 

 

 

February 17th, 2012 |

Press: Celebrate Magazine

We are thrilled to find our colorful chevron melamine tray featured in the latest Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate magazine!  We are surround by other colorful items for Spring and are so happy to be a part of their issue.  Pick up a copy at your local bookstore – great ideas for Spring entertaining!

February 14th, 2012 |

The Party Dress Turns Three!

Three years ago today I started a new hobby….blogging.  Little did I know it would completely change my life, my career and the way I look at things (especially pretty party things like cupcakes and cute, striped straws!).  I have been blessed with so many amazing opportunities because of this little game changer….and because of all of you, my fabulous readers.

To celebrate, I would like to extend a 20% discount in our shop this week (thru Friday, February 17th).  It’s my way of saying “thank you!”  So pick up that little notebook you have been eyeing, get a jump start on some upcoming party planning, or pre-order your copy of the Spring TPD Magazine.  Enjoy.  And thank you for sticking by me for three whole years.  As the saying goes….the best is yet to come!

Discount Code: TPDisTHREE

(offer not valid on previous purchases, custom designs or party plans)

Oh, and by the way…have you joined our party over on facebook?!  We are only about 75 fans away from hitting the milestone of 10,000 fans.  It’s pretty exciting. Not a fan….come join us! (and don’t forget to tell your friends!)

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