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)

January 4th, 2012 |

A Jeweled Placesetting

Now that the holidays have ended and the decorations have come down, I find myself looking for ways to bring a little sparkle back into my table settings.  This DIY napkin ring project is perfect to tackle with a free hour, and will add so much personality to your table or party.

Scour vintage shops, ebay or garage sales for a variety of whimsical brooches that you can quickly transform into gorgeous napkin rings.  How fabulous for a ladies lunch or bridal shower, right?

Click here for the cull instructions from Southern Living.  Happy Crafting!

 

January 2nd, 2012 |

Start 2012 with a BIG Idea

Happy New Year!  I hope you all had a fabulous holiday season….I know I sure did!  We took a little time to unplug and recharge our batteries and we are back to bring you THE best year of inspiration yet!  Lots of fun things coming…new contributors, new ideas, new party features…2012 has the makings to be quite fabulous!

The first post of the year can be kind of daunting!  It’s got to be BIG.  So instead of showcasing a big party (which there will be plenty of those to come soon), I figured we would show you a BIG idea.

Not necessarily new to the scene, but fun nonetheless….over-sized balloons.  One makes a statement, a few can provide a modern backdrop to a dessert table.  They are a very simple idea, but can make a BIG statement.  Available at one of our favorite online retailers, Shop Sweet Lulu.

How will you incorporate balloons into your next party?

Images: red balloons (stylemepretty.com), white dessert table (amyatlas.com), white balloon with bride (bklynbrideonline.com)

December 31st, 2011 |

Cheers to 2011 + A Peek into 2012

Happy New Years to all of my amazing readers.  I hope you have all enjoyed a joyful holiday season, time with friends and family, and a little time to relax just for you.  That is exactly what we have been doing this week (which explains the lack of posting).  It was time to re-charge our batteries, un-plug for a bit, and also focus on the details of some BIG upcoming projects that needed my full attention!

I sat down about 4 times this week to compile a year-end post, recapping all of the amazing things that we were able to be a part of in 2011 and truthfully, I couldn’t get past January without the post being 10 pages long.  So, in order to leave some blog space for 2012, I am going to save you from that lengthy post.  However, I am going to tell you that after looking back, I am reminded once again how lucky I am.  Three years ago, I was a retail buyer who *thought* she had her dream job and a secret (okay, maybe not so secret) obsession with paper.

Fast-forward three years and I found a new dream along the way.  We have a blog with a daily readership that SHOCKS me every single time I look at our statistics; 2011 brought the addition of The Party Dress Magazine.   A *test* to see if people would respond….and oh, yes, they responded!  Our digital versions have received 3 million+ page views, and we have shipped out many, (many, many) luxe, glossy editions to happy homes.

WH Hostess flourished beyond my wildest dreams this year.  We were so honored to be a part of so many celebrations.  I truly have the happiest job – I get to design party invitations to celebrate milestone birthdays, birth announcements to help welcome sweet little babies, and holiday cards with our clients darling kiddos on them – like I said, it is truly a happy, happy job.  We had the opportunity to work on some HUGE parties, which were followed up with countless features on some of our favorite blogs including HWTM,  and Amy Atlas to name a couple, HGTV.com, Nesting Newbies, and a “Doer of the Week” feature on Martha Stewart!

2011 is one to go down in the books.  I often ask myself, what’s next?  Can we possibly keep this momentum going?  The short answer is YES!  2012 is going to be full of new daily inspiration on the blog, new issues of the magazine (which just keeps getting better and better!), new, exciting opportunities, new party collections for WH Hostess and the official launch of our wholesale line!

Yup, life is good.  And that is all thanks to you, my lovely readers, clients, and friends.  We cherish each and every relationship we made this year – bloggers, “party girls”, magazine contributors, vendors.  Thank you for making 2011 so amazing…..Cheers to a FABULOUS 2012!

xo

Kelly

 

December 27th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Bedazzled New Years

I hope everyone had a fabulous holiday weekend!  We took a little time off from blogging and designing orders to spend time with family and friends and just RELAX!!  We are back today with some serious inspiration for you from Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home.  She put together this colorful party shoot for the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Read on for all of the sparkling details from Chris:

This new years eve party is festive and family friendly with its bright colors and glittery accents. Inspired by a trio of vases I had in fuchsia, purple, and aqua blue, I designed a party with bright colors and added a whimsical touch with a harlequin pattern. To tie in the countdown aspect of the night, I place a clock and hour glasses as part of the decor. The result is a space that is attractive to both kids and adults.

Bonbons from Bedazzle My Bonbon were the perfect go-to treat to make this dessert display shine. Some were placed on Pastry Pedestals and some were placed on top of cupcakes with coordinating wrappers. Other treats were colorful Sixlets inserted into clear ornaments and tied with an inspirational word for the New Year.

Drinks are divided with blue tinted juice available for the children, and mini bottles of champagne for the adults. To keep the color scheme uniform, I covered the gold foil on top of the bottles with pink foil and tied it along with a straw. Homemade poppers can be opened at midnight and contain candy kisses – for a midnight kiss of course! Guests can also write down their new year’s resolutions and pin them to the board above. Some final details of our family-friendly new year’s party are colorful horns, noise makers, and masks to help celebrate with.

 

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