January 25th, 2012 |

Creative Window Seating Chart

When it comes to seating a large party, whether it be a wedding, birthday party or even charity event, placecards can be quite an expense.  I love the idea of creating a visually appealing seating chart for guests to view during the cocktail hour.  Take a few creative cues from this one made from old windows.  Back the windows with a solid fabric, and write on the window panes with a paint pen.  Simple and stunning!

Image via The Knot

January 24th, 2012 |

Party Perfect Palettes – Part I

Last week I shared with you how to entertain in style, keeping in mind the 2012 entertaining trends. And this week, it is all about being chic & loving parties! 

One of the very first things you decide on when planning a party is the colors. Recently, the colors we see in fashion have transferred into the home and served as inspiring color palettes. It’s important to remember that fashion – it’s not just clothes, you want to party in style too right? I am going to show you just how to pull color trends from Spring’s best-in-show hues found at home and in your wardrobe and see how fab they can be incorporated into a party!

Grey

Almost every nail collection we have seen for the Winter of 2012 incorporates grey, which I love by the way. In the fashion world, it is the perfect muted color to add a pop too. Well now, it’s about taking a drab color and making it fab. Pair a great grey with a bright yellow, or tonesd down mustard, purple, or turquoise  – a good contrasting pair that creates an ahhh as guest enter the room. Step out of the box and make a simple neutral shine.

Less is More

Sometimes you may just need a little dose of glamour in life — white, soft pink and a side of sparkle. Oh, and Audrey too. A classic palette gives you lots of options to fill your tablescape with pretties. It’s classy, chic and just simply elegant.
Stay tuned for more Party Perfect Trends later this week!!

 

January 23rd, 2012 |

Headed to Texas with Project Mom

Happy Monday, Everyone!  We’re starting this week off with some fabulous news…..I’m headed to Texas (twice) in the next couple of months to be a featured speaker at the Project Mom conferences!

Project Mom is an organization that provides valuable resources and enjoyable events for moms of all ages and stages. Project Mom events include one-day get-togethers and weekend-long getaways for moms who want to be inspired and rejuvenated while relishing some much-needed “me” time. The events include inspiring speakers, practical break-out sessions, a unique shopping experience and a whole lot of fabulous girl time!

I am thrilled to be hosting a session called “Stylish Inspirations for Everyday Occasions” and can’t wait to share some of my favorite party tips with all of the attendees!  I encourage you to take a look at Project Mom’s website and facebook page, and if you are in the Ft. Worth or Dallas area, please…..come join me!

 

 

January 19th, 2012 |

HGTV.com Game Night Feature

This post is a long time coming!  Last Fall, I was asked by the editors of HGTV.com to come up with some unique ideas for hosting a Game Night party for a feature they were doing on entertaining ideas at home, during the winter months.  I was thrilled to be asked, and of course quickly whipped together some ideas that I think you can all re-create for your game night.

I added a graphic impact with bold black and white striped tablecloths throughout the party.  I wanted a playful centerpiece for our dinner table, so I added black dot stickers to the side of a white vase to look like a dice.  A pomander of red carnations filled the vase and made a bold statement.

I tied the napkins with a little tag featuring playing card characters, and each placesetting included a cupcake accessorized with a fondant dice from Two Sugar Babies housed under a mini glass dome.

I created a small dessert table that would be readily available to guests so they could grab desserts in between hands.  Desserts included poker chip cookies from Allyson Jane, brownie bites accessorized with fondant dice, a jar of red hot candies from Candywarehouse.com, and cupcakes decorated with mini playing card cupcake toppers (which I whipped up in about 2 seconds!).

I hope you enjoyed viewing my ideas for hosting a fun game night.  What are some of yours?

January 17th, 2012 |

Elegant Barn Party

I came across this stunning engagement party styled shoot on Style Me Pretty today and just had to share it with all of you.  It was supposed to be a casual party hosted on a chilly autumn day in the newly unveiled Pullman Barn on the grounds of the Chicago Botanic Gardens.  (which just happens to be practically in my backyard)  Captured by Averyhouse who partnered up with Bliss Weddings & Events to create this Engagement party extravaganza full of rustic details, mixed with formal accessories, rubber wellies mixed with crystal.  The juxtaposition of items is enough to capture my heart!

A muddling bar, a S’mores roasting station, a “bobbing for bling in bubbly game”,  as well as the gorgeous gift baskets at each place setting which held goodies for the perfect Sunday morning are some of the details that I fell in love with.  For more details, click here.

January 16th, 2012 |

Cake Pop Displays

I have been surfing the web looking for creative ways to display cake pops for a couple of client events I have coming up.  Cake pops have become a staple on dessert tables, so finding new ways to display them is always helpful!  I came across this gorgeous display by Sweet Lauren Cakes and not only do I absolutely LOVE the custom built stand, but I also love the pink ombre effect of the cake pops.

Edging tiers of a wedding cake creates a stunning effect and nice texture to any dessert table.  I tried this concept for our Mod Fish baby shower last year.  You can see our step-by-step tutorial here.

There are some darling ideas out there for kids parties too…..how much do you LOVE this hungry caterpillar display from Pottery Barn Kids?

Images: tiered cake pop stand (sweetlaurencakes.com), wedding cake (via pinterest), vase of cake pops (neimanmarcus.com), cake pop tree (abeeinourbonnet.com), hungry caterpillar cake pop display (potterybarnkids.com)

January 13th, 2012 |

2012 Entertaining Trends Continued….

I’m following up my first post on The Party Dress with more darling party trends perfect for entertaining in 2012.

Tangerine Tango

Let’s not forget with Pantone’s colour of 2012 we will be seeing lots of orange and yellow when it comes to party themes this year. Lots of neon to come! Put your sunglasses on — it’s going to be a year of the brights. 

Images: trina turk tangerine tabric (layla grayce), pink and tangerine dessert table (pinterest), tangerine vase (pinterest)
 

Push Pops

Of course my love is always with cupcakes {and cake pops!} but this year, make room for push-up pops. Remember those little push-up Popsicles you loved in the summertime? Well, they’ve gotten a serious make-over. This is a trend that keeps on booming and will be the big hit of every party. Just ask Courtney Dial {Pizzazzerie} — she has an entire book about them coming out in March.

Images: push-up pops book (pizzazzerie), m & m push-up pops (frog prince paperie)
 

Sweets Table

When it comes to any event, a dessert table is a serious “wow” factor.  In 2012, they’ve moved beyond your child’s party and are all the rave. I love how they showcase all things oh-so-pretty and sweet. Each sweets table will be personalized depending on the event creating endless possibilities and a focal point at parties.

Images: mod yellow dessert table (amy atlas), barbie inspired dessert table (the tomkat studio)
 

Ahh, it all makes me want to throw a party! Cheers to 2012, cupcakes! Here’s to fabulous parties and lots of pretties!

 

 

January 10th, 2012 |

2012: The Year to Entertain in Style!

It’s an exciting day here at The Party Dress as we welome a new contributor, Casi from CupcakeMAG!  Casi is Founder & Editor of cupcakeMAG & cupcakeMAG for Littles, and ringleader of her 4 girls under 8 (let’s not forget to mention her darling hubs).When she isn’t writing and interviewing celebs, you can find her reading the “weeklies”, redecorating her home, wishing she had a nanny and chasing after her Littles!  And now, you will find her here, posting on how to incorporate home and fashion trends into your party themes!

Welcome, Casi!

To kick off 2012, Casi is sharing her top trends to entertain in style!  (there are so many great ones, we will be sharing them throughout the week!)

Mixing Old with New: Modern Twist on Vintage

Thrifting is back! In my book, it really never went away but – it is a “must” when planning a party or entertaining. Mix a burlap runner {love Sweet Tea & Cloth on Etsy} with your everyday china adding statement to the table or create a centerpiece around milk glass. Time to dust off your grandmother’s goblets! And oh-my-word talk about endless DIY ideas on Pinterest – perfect reason to sit at the computer for 3 hours. It surely does inspire! Kelly’s DIY Jeweled Napkin Rings fit perfectly with this trend.

Images: milk glass table (more design please), vintage china & flower (tumblr), flowers in milk glass (southern weddings), detailed tablescape (style me pretty), antique plates (tumblr), antique bottles (leaping gazzle), vintage glass decanter (vntage queen)
 


Muted Metallic

From a rich pewter finish {Juliska has the best!} to a muted, antique finish – metallics will take a subtle, less statement-making turn. Even though for a few years now lots of warm gold and metallic finishes {and accents!} have been spotted which are still super-trendy just taken down a notch.

Images: pewter dome (the old painted cottage), pewter pot with flowers (pinterest), juliska hostess set (neiman marcus), jamie young gold glass hurricanes (layla grayce)
 

Stay tuned for more trends coming later this week!!


January 9th, 2012 |

A Muted Monday

On this particular January Monday, I am relating {and loving} to the muted tones of these gorgeous flowers.  The pale pink and muted peach are a stunning combination, and seem somewhat perfect for this time of year.  Can’t you picture this as the inspiration for a bridal shower?

Image via Real Simple

January 5th, 2012 |

Parties in Work: Spring Bridal Shower

We have SO many amazing parties in the works over at WH Hostess this month.  LOTS of bridal showers, some great themed birthday parties and {eek!} Easter parties!  Today, I thought I would share a sneak peek of a bridal shower that we are working on currently.

Tangerine orange was named the Pantone color of the year for 2012, and trust me, you are going to see it used in so many ways!  We love our fresh combination of turquoise, tangerine and fuchsia pink – especially for a bridal shower!  This image of cupcakes perfectly shows our color palette (and the cupcakes are gorgeous!) It’s cute, in kind of a West Palm Beach prep kind of way, and has four amazing patterns that we are mixing and mingling!

Stay tuned for more details.  If this shower turns out as fabulous as we believe it will, you may just be seeing it in the Spring Magazine!  (I have an in with the editor! ;) )

Images: cupcakes (theweddingrow.com), tangerine and turquoise patterns (whhostess.com)

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