December 2nd, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Gumdrop Topiary

You all know my LOVE (obsession, maybe?) with candy and all things sweet, so it is no wonder that I immediately fell in love with this DIY gumdrop topiary tree project that assistant editor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies did for the holiday magazine.  It’s cute, colorful, and although I absolutely love it made with gumdrops – it’s a project that you could tackle with just about any type of candy.  Which gives you the opportunity to color coordinate it to your party theme….gotta love that.

This DIY project is simple: use a styrofoam ball as your base, and attach candy with toothpicks (and perhaps a little glue!).  Depending on the type of candy, the ball will get heavy, so make sure you plan for a sturdy base.  You can also preserve your topiary ball with a clear acrylic spray after you complete it, so that you can save it for years to come!

December 1st, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Peppermint Icing

Speaking of cupcakes…..have you tried this peppermint icing recipe that Jill from Modern Cupcake shared in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine?!  It’s so simple and completely delicious!  Love it for holiday cupcakes, but I am also inspired to try it as the filling for my whoopie pies!

December 1st, 2011 |

Christmas Cupcakes

With a few Christmas parties/dinners on the horizon, I find that I am searching for unique ideas for decorating cupcakes.  I came across a few new ideas that could work for both kids parties and adult holiday celebrations.

Candy can be used as an accessory to decorate cupcakes.  I love the wreath made of jelly bean topped cupcakes, it makes for a delicious and festive presentation.  You can also use gummy trees and red hots to form a bough of holly.  These snowman cupcakes are TOO cute.  The use of licorice for earmuffs is darling, and so simple!  I typically leave the fondant toppers to my contributor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, but if you are looking to expirement, I think these 4 ideas are simple to execute and make a big style impact!

For the adult crowd, I what to try infusing peppermint into my cupcakes this season.  This peppermint mocha cupcake has my name written all over it and I can’t wait to try it out!  And last, but certainly not least, cover an upside-down ice cream cone with green frosting to look like a tree!

Images: jelly bean wreath cupcakes (cutefoodforkids.com), wreath and holly cupcakes (allyou.com), fondant christmas cupcakes (shindig parties to go), snowman cupcakes (allyou.com)peppermint mocha cupcake (bakersroyale.com), christmas tree cupcakes (bhg.com)

November 30th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Color My Party

Color My Party has been a favorite feature in The Party Dress Magazine from the start, and Kim (from The TomKat Studio) did not disappoint with her holiday edition, featuring a pink and aqua color palette!  Click on the images to take you to the magazine for all of the links!

November 30th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Winter Carnival

Holiday parties don’t need to fall into the typical red and green holiday color palette….sometimes it’s fun to shake it up a bit!  Fresh Chick Designs did just that with their take on a Winter Carnival party that we featured in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  With a fresh color palette of pink, red and turquoise, there are tons of darling ideas that you can incorporate into a winter birthday party, baby shower, or holiday gathering.  Read on for more from Rebecca and Shannon…..

There is something so nostalgic about going to a carnival as a kid. One of our favorite treats that brings on the childhood memories and sparked our inspiration are the colors, smell, and taste of cotton candy. The oh-so familiar light watery blue and perfect pastel pink are the typical hues that can be associated this fanciful floss and thought it would be the perfect color palette for a Winter Carnival party.

This theme could be used for your next birthday party, baby shower, gender reveal party plus so many more! We started with an adorable pink & aqua argyle fabric that just has a touch of red. We wanted the overall color scheme to set the tone and keep it simple.

We opted for some pre-made Martha Stewart paper fans that complimented the colors perfectly. On the front of the table, we strung various types and styles of trim to add a touch of whimsy. Crystal cake stands were painted to match the colors. Since we already had a slew of sweets, we decided to construct a fake cake using Styrofoam cylinders, carnival tickets, ribbon, candies and a cake sign to resemble a real cake. A super cute and super easy DIY to add to your party decor. Lastly, party printables were used to tie it all together. A “concession stand” was the focal point of this party. We chose traditional treats you may see at a carnival / festival. Cotton candy, caramel apples, apple pie, candies and cookies. We threw in the pink “snowball” treats for the seasonal twist. Some other fun ideas for food could be setting up a hotdog & nacho station, popcorn bar, french fries, and funnel cakes…YUM!!

November 29th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Decorating for Kids

Have you been contemplating how to create a little holiday magic in your home for your children this season?  Nursery design enthusiasts, Melisa and Pam from Project Nursery came up with 8 must-have items for just this occasion.  Click on over to view them (and their direct shopping links to make your life easier!) in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

November 28th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Wine & Dine Holiday Party

Now that the holiday season is in full swing, it’s time to start planning your holiday dinner parties.  This Wine & Dine winter dinner party from the recent issue of The Party Dress Magazine is styled to perfection and is chock full of inspiration for your upcoming holiday parties.  Created by Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments Design and styled by styled by Laura Grim & Lindsey Ter Har of Double Take Event Styling, read on for all of the wonderful ideas as told by the ladies, themselves.

When planning a dinner party, it’s always important to start with a theme and color palette. We selected a Vintage Winter Woodland theme because we didn’t want to do your traditional cookie-cutter Christmas dinner party. By using champagne, gold, and silver tones we were able to achieve a softer look, yet still very festive. The invitation sets the tone of the party, so make sure you select one that compliments the feel you are trying to achieve. Since our style is eclectic, we always try to incorporate vintage pieces. Try to repurpose decor you already have to create something new and fresh.

Here are some tips that we suggest when throwing your own dinner party. First, your table should always have a focal point that draws your guest in. Ours was the beautiful hand-crafted trees. Continue adding multiple layers with varying heights, textures. We incorporated a variety of candle sticks, snow covered branches, and feathers. Integrating multiple props adds dimension and heigh throughout. Bundles of books were used as a foundation for our design. Glittered deers, birds, vintage ornament clips were added as finishing touches. Personalize your party with custom designed graphics that compliment your theme and invitation. Your guests will be impressed with your attention to detail.

Companies like Starbucks have allowed us to create our own perfect drink. Why not include that same concept into your holiday dinner party? A hot cocoa bar is a fun and creative way for you to celebrate the holidays with your guests. Hot cocoa is not only delicious, but it can also double as an amazing dessert display too. Your goal is to impress your guest with creative elements that they will be raving about long after the party is over. By adding an assortment of beautifully styled toppings, your guest can easily customize their own hot cocoa. We took traditional marshmallow, caramel, and chocolate toppings, but added our own unique flare to them. Marshmallows dipped in chocolate become both beautiful and functional. By simply unwrapping store bough caramel squares and placing them in a beautiful bowl, you create a gourmet look for a low cost. By melting chocolate into a decorative mold, you can create a beautiful garnish. You can even create to-go cups like we did to send with your guest to keep them warm and cozy on their way home.

We hand crafted many of the key elements used throughout our dinner party and cocoa bar display. Including the Christmas trees, glittered deer, book bundles, sheet music wreath, and vintage ornament clips. Sheet music is an inexpensive way to give your party a vintage feel. Be sure to create your own personal touches, to make your party one of a kind. For step-by step tutorials, please visit www.doubletakeeventstyling.com. Most importantly, enjoy your dinner party! Though any party can have it’s stresses, remember this is suppose to be fun! Don’t worry if things don’t go exactly according to plan. You will be the only one who notices. Holidays are a time for celebrating.

 

November 28th, 2011 |

Cyber Monday Sale!

WooHoo!  I hope you all had a fabulous Thanksgiving weekend!  We’re pretty excited here at TPD and WH this morning.  We have launched our BRAND NEW whhostess.com website.  Better navigation, clearer options for customers, and stylized checkout process are a few of our favorite new additions.  We hope you like it!

Since it is Cyber Monday and we have a lot to celebrate,  WH Hostess is joining in the Cyber Monday fun for TODAY ONLY with a fun promotion. Shop more, save more.  It’s as simple as that, and the perfect time to place an order for your photo cards or the holiday gifts you have been eyeing.

Restrictions: This offer can not be used towards prior purchases.  It is only valid thru Monday, November 28, 2011.

November 26th, 2011 |

Fabric-Wrapped Wine

To continue with the fabric gift wrapping from yesterday, I thought I would share one of my favorite hostess gift ideas from the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  A bottle of wine is always my stand-by hostess gift, whether heading to a friend’s home for dinner, or attending a large holiday party.  Dress it up this holiday season, by wrapping it in a a piece of festive fabric.  It’s cute, colorful and will definitely stand out from the crowd!

 

November 21st, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Mix and Mingle

I’m a sucker for a crisp black and white color palette, especially when accessorized with a pop of green and a touch of sparkle.  When it came time to develop a new holiday party theme, I immediately drew inspiration from my Kate Spade china and her crisp, and preppy design aesthetic.  An untraditional pairing for the holidays, our bold stripes and festive berry pattern make a stunning combination and are perfect for a cocktail or dinner party.

Designed around a party collection from WH Hostess, we set our table using a bold, green tablecloth. Black charger plates, our striped Kate Spade china, napkins made from our custom berry patterned fabric, and black-stemmed wine goblets are accessorized with striped paper goods – placecards and menu cards. Black urns ran down the center of the table holding floral pomander balls made of white carnations, very much resembling snowballs! Glass cloches held silver ornaments, and crystal compotes held glittering black beads and pearls.

When serving a fashionable crowd dessert, it is an absolute must to present it in a stunning manner. A dessert table that is crisp and festive is just the ticket! Carry over the color palette and patterns from your table- setting and paper goods, and have desserts made to coordinate. We suggest working closely with your sweets vendors to create designs that will compliment one another. Our table was set in a green tablecloth, and featured a tonal white patterned fabric backdrop. Silver, fluted-edge cake stands and a three-tier stand looked stunning paired with glass apothecary jars.

One of our FAVORITE desserts, were the striped mini cakes made out of fondant by Two Sugar Babies!

Desserts included a variety of bite size sweets so guests could try a few, and could also mix and mingle while enjoying them. Cupcakes were accessorized with coordinating cupcake toppers, Allyson Jane made bold-patterned cookies that matched our paper goods perfectly. Cake pops by Flour & Iced featured our black and white berry pattern with just a touch of green, and mini meringues melted in your mouth. Color-coordinated candy was placed in the apothecary jars, and each was embellished with a sweet candy jar tag. (our favorite were the “pearls”) The candy jar tags and food tent cards helped tie together the theme and made the table look very stylish!

A green cone-shaped tree sat atop a black urn (also seen on the dinner tablesetting). We added pearls into the center of each rosette on the tree for a touch of preppy elegance, and desserts were served on our black and white polka dot, Kate Spade tibit plates.

Guests were sent home with a small black box filled with cookies and sealed with a striped sticker.

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