May 8th, 2013 |

BOXWOOD & ROSE CENTERPIECE

boxwood and rose centerpieceMy pink Mother’s Day tablesetting from the Spring 2103 issue of The Party Dress Magazine included this darling boxwood and rose centerpiece project that was so simple to create, I just had to share it with you.

You can create this using silk or real flowers.  The supplies are simple: a footed vessel, a boxwood ball (sized to fit), roses (real or silk), and long sewing pins.

Once your ball is placed in your footed vessel, prep your flowers.  Trim the stems so there is only about 1/2 inch past the bottom of the bud.  Insert a long pin thru the center of the flower bud and then attach to the boxwood ball.  You can scatter your roses about in either a symmetrical pattern or, in this case, a more abstract design.  Voila!  It’s a simple, DIY project that will have Mom smiling this Mother’s Day!

DIY boxwood and rose centerpiece project for mother's dayResources: footed bowl (juliska.com), pink tunic (sailtosable.com)

May 6th, 2013 |

MOTHER’S DAY PINK TABLESETTING

pink and green tablesetting for mother's dayMother’s Day coming up this weekend. What type of celebration are you planning?  In the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine, I gave my simple ideas for hosting a gorgeous pink & green luncheon – complete with ideas for the tablesetting, DIY centerpiece, and even a delicious dessert!  Join me all this week as I share these simple ideas on how to host a lovely Mother’s Day lunch.

centerpiece over tableFirst up, set the table in style!

Sometimes a plain old tablecloth just won’t do. Think outside the box and use a textured piece of fabric as your tablecloth. I used a cut, pink-organza fabric here.

placesetting with cookie placecard

Silk flowers can be attached to ribbon or a ring to be used as a napkin ring. It’s a great way to update a basic white napkin. As you know, paper is my business. So I am always in favor of a classic placecard. But once in a while, it’s fun to switch things up. I had Firefly Confections create these custom cookie placecards (that could also serve as a party favor for guests).

cookie placecardsMy tablesetting featured a gorgeous, and simple DIY centerpiece, too.  But you’ll have to come back tomorrow for those instructions!

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May 2nd, 2013 |

JOHN’S DAY AT THE PARK

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Silhouette themed dessert table in blue and greenBack in March, I had the pleasure of helping my friend Vana, of Le Papier Studio, style her son’s first birthday bash.  Vana asked me for some help pulling together four themes that her little guy (and she) loved: walks in the park, puppies, little men and John’s monthly silhouettes that Vana drew.  A “Day at the Park” concept was formed and I’m so excited to share the darling details with you today.

Read on for more details from Vana….

ruffled birthday cake with fondant bowtieThe dessert table consisted of cupcakes, macaroons, powdered sugar donuts and cake pops, as well as sweet marshmallows. Preppy stripes and polka dots dots in shades of green, blue, and yellow formed the perfect looks for a Spring Day at the Park!  A symmetrical dessert table design was flanked by two DIY topiary trees and we used all white vessels to pop on the navy blue tablecloth.  The cake stands were topped with coordinating Cake Plate Clings, and white pots filled with wheat grass held the cake pops.

blue and green dessert table cake popsOne of my favorite details was the silhouette banner hanging across the front of the dessert table.  Vana drew John’s silhouette every month of his first year, so it was the perfect addition to this little man’s celebration.  Silhouettes also played into signage throughout the party.

blue green dessert table cupcakes and macaronsVana crafted many of the details herself, including DIY Bow ties that were part of his attire, decorations, props and also served as party favors for the little guy friends and bow clips for the little lady friends.

blue green silhouette first birthday party dessert tableAs entertainment for the children in attendance, we set up an area on the floor with lots of blankets and pillows and a cute sign that said “Movie in the park. Grab a blanket and enjoy!” so the kids could get cozy watching a puppy movie.

John-Chupp---1How darling are these cake smash pictures of the birthday boy, John?!  Didn’t he look dapper in his bowtie?!

This dessert table is a great way of showing you how you can combine icons from multiple themes into one cohesive design.  As a recap, we had topiary trees and grass plants on the table as a reference to our “Day at the Park”, fondant bones on the cupcakes that referenced John’s love of puppies, bowties, haberdashery stripes and crisp polka dots to play into the “Little Man” theme, and of course, John’s silhouettes among the decorations.

Tip: If you are trying to incorporate different themes into one table, be consistant in your color palette, select a simple, symmetrical layout, and select one icon from each theme to use consistently throughout the party.

Congrats on a darling party, Vana and Happy, Happy 1st Birthday to my little friend, John!

Resources:

Concept and Party Styling - WH Hostess
Paper Decor, plates, silhouettes, DIY projects - Le Papier Studio
Dessert (party cake, macaroons, cake pops, cupcakes) - Frost Cake and Cupcake Design
Utensils, party supplies - Fort and Field
April 30th, 2013 |

MAY DAY BASKET

may day basket

Start a new tradition this year by giving of “May baskets,” small baskets of sweets and/or flowers, usually left anonymously on neighbors’ doorsteps on May 1st.  I found this charming basket (with the perfect handle for a door knob) at Hobby Lobby.  It holds a small amount of flowers, so if you purchase 3 different bunches, you can make a few baskets to delight your friends & neighbors.

may day flowers in a basketorder a copy of the Spring 2013 The Party Dress Magazine

April 29th, 2013 |

MOTHER’S DAY with WH HOSTESS | 20% OFF

wh hostess mothers day giftsIf it’s one thing WH Hostess loves….it’s MOMS!  Celebrate your favorite mom, grandmother, sister or best friends with a personalized gift from WH Hostess this year.  In addition to our gorgeous personalized stationery, we have a variety of preppy gift items that are sure to put a smile on her face.  Our favorites include:

  1. Personalized Lucite TrayAvailable in two sizes, these trays are the ultimate item for the hostess with the mostess.  You can change out the insert, giving you style flexibility from party to party.
  2. Cake Plate Clings – Our favorite (patent-pending) product!  Reusable, non-adhesive, decorative liners for cake stands, pedestals and serving dishes.  Offered in dozens of patterns, these can be personalized with an initial, monogram or name.  Gift your favorite Mom a cute cake stand with a personalized Cake Plate Cling this year!
  3. Personalized Post-It Notecube – Whether it sits on your desk or your kitchen countertop, these personalized notepads add a splash of style to any room and are super-convenient for quick notes.
  4. Personalized iPad Cases – Our newest product (more information on them tomorrow!), these personalized iPad cases are AMAZING.  Gorgeous quality, our fun preppy patterns – it’s the perfect way to protect your tablet in style!
  5. Cell Phone Cases – Every cell phone needs a stylish case!  Our selection of durable, hard cases features preppy patterns and tons of personalization options for you to choose from.
  6. Personalized Ceramic Mug – For the Mom that loves a good cup of coffee, our personalized mugs are offered in a variety of darling patterns.  These make a perfect teacher gift too!

WH Hostess is pleased to offer our readers and customers 20% off this week in honor of Mother’s Day.  Code: WHLOVESMOMS is valid from Monday, April 29 – Thursday, May 2, 2013.  Not valid on previous purchases, custom party plans or custom designs.

mothers day discount from WH Hostess

April 25th, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | DERBY THEMED DESSERT TABLE

derby themed dessert tableThe cake was just the beginning of the desserts offered to guests at Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party.  A full Derby-themed dessert table held center stage and featured delicious sweets all in our signature color palette of yellow, blue and green.  The table was dressed in a blue floor-length tablecloth, creating a perfect base for white serving dishes that we embellished with Cake Plate Clings in coordinating patterns.  A custom fabric backdrop featured our lattice pattern and colorful horse silhouettes.

candy jars with prize ribbon tags for derby partyprize ribbon candy jar tag from wh hostess for derby partyA pennant banner was draped across the front of the table, and a fabric-covered riser held 5 candy jars in the center of the table.  Instead of traditional candy jar tags, we created “prize ribbon” tags to identify the type of candy.

green macarons for derby party dessert tableprize ribbon cookies for derby party dessert tableColorful macarons, yellow cake pops and blue prize ribbon cookies were some of the favorite treats.  Blueberry cupcakes topped with colorful, fondant bow ties and mini key lime pies sat front and center.

cupcakes with fondant bow ties and striped cake plate clings for derby party dessert tablestripe food tent card by wh hostess for derby party dessert tableThe table was branded with coordinating paper elements from WH Hostess, such as haberdashery stripe food tent cards, the prize ribbon candy jar tags and coordinating Cake Plate Clings. As a nod to the southern theme, pie pops stood in mint julep cups adorned with bow ties.  Blue-striped paper bags held our #1 prize ribbon stickers, and were available for guests to fill with candy to bring home with them.

pie pops in julep cups for derby party dessert tablestriped candy bags with a prize ribbon sticker from wh hostess for a derby dessert tableStay tuned for more details from Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party later today!

yellow rock candy on a derby party dessert tablePaper Goods, Fabric Backdrop & Dessert Table Plan by WH Hostess  |  Images by Ellenzilla Photography  |  Cupcakes and Prize Ribbon Cookies by A Fare Extraordinaire  |  Bow Tie Cupcake Toppers by Sugartown Bake Shop  |  Candy from Candy Warehouse  |  Cake Pops by Angie’s Cakes  |  Pie Pops by  Cakewalk Desserts

April 24th, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | THE CAKE!

derby little man horse theme party cakeIn addition to the lunch buffet, the dining room also held a special table for the adorable 3-tier cake from Cakes by Gina.  They were able to duplicate our haberdashery stripe and pony lattice patterns in fondant onto the tiers, and topped it with Cameron’s very own silver trophy cup.

derby cake fondant detailThe table was dressed in a topper made from our haberdashery stripe fabric, edged with white pom pom trim.  And Cameron had his very own little smash cake, which he attacked in front of the prize ribbon backdrop!

derby little man first birthday partyThis is just the start of the {sweet} details of Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party….stay tuned tomorrow for the dessert table details!

Custom Fabric by WH Hostess  |  Photography by Ellenzilla Photography  |  Cake by Cakes by Gina

April 24th, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | FOOD & DRINKS

buffet table for derby partyI’m back today with more details of Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party, with some classic ideas that you can replicate for your upcoming Derby party.  The lunch buffet was set up in the dining, featuring three gorgeous flower arrangements from Blooming Gallery in modern white trophy cup urns from Z Gallerie.

napkin rolls with derby party napkin ringsA Fare Extraordinaire created a perfectly southern assortment of tasty bites, including fried chicken, lettuce cups, macaroni and cheese, and mini pigs in a blanket for the kids.  Silverware was rolled in a Caspari lattice-patterned napkin and our coordinating napkin ties, making it simple for guests to grab along with their plates.

mint julips for derby partyThe bar was set up along the kitchen’s long island, featuring drinks served in mason jars, julep cups, and sticker-embellished cups for the kids. Drink dispensers labeled with custom tags held Arnold Palmers, Sweet Tea and Lemonade.

lemonade drink dispenser with custom tag for derby partyMint Juleps were served to the adults, and water bottles with our horse race label were placed in wicker baskets for an easy grab-on-the-go during a bounce house break.

cups with prize ribbon sticker for derby partywater bottles with derby horse labels for derby partyStay tuned for more {sweet} ideas from Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party!  Up later today….the CAKE!

Paper Goods by WH Hostess  |  Photography by Ellenzilla Photography  |  Food & Tables by A Fare Extraordinaire  |  Flower Arrangements by Blooming Gallery  |  Plates and Napkins from Caspari  |  White Trophy Cup Urns from Z Gallerie

April 23rd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | KIDS TABLESETTING

preppy derby party kids table setting with custom fabric from wh hostessCameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday party was so much fun to design, it truly has me itching to plan a Derby party of my own!  If you are hosting one where kiddos will be in attendance, here are some darling ideas on how to set a theme appropriate table, just for them.

rose and grass plant centerpieces for derby partyMini versions of white Chivari chairs sat around the kids’ table.  A custom table runner made from WH Hostess’s exclusive pony lattice fabric was edged with grosgrain ribbon and white tassel garland, and sat atop a crisp white tablecloth.

Derby themed party decorations from WH HostessThree bucket centerpieces held grass plants surrounded by roses, and coordinating centerpiece sticks featuring a trophy cup, horse and lucky horse shoe.  Each placesetting had a prize ribbon coloring page, along with a cello bag of crayons (the topper read “jockey crayons”), and a drink in a covered mason jar.

derby party for kids placesetting with coloring pagekids table setting for a derby party by wh hostessMore details of Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party are still to come this week!  Keep check back for ideas for your own Derby party.

Paper Goods & Fabric by WH Hostess  |  Photography by Ellenzilla  |  Flowers by Blooming Gallery

April 23rd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | DECOR IDEAS

Derby Party Hanging Sign by WH Hostess

When it came time to help one of my favorite Houston clients plan her son’s first birthday party, we tossed around quite a few classic boy themes.  After much deliberation, a “Dapper Derby” theme was born and guests were invited to “Derby Day at the Addison Downs”.

With a crisp color palette of blue, yellow and green, it was a perfect theme where we could combine “dapper” elements from a little man theme (bow ties and haberdashery stripes), #1 prize ribbons from a horse race theme, and southern traditions such as mint juleps and trophy cups from the classic Kentucky Derby.  I’m sharing the gorgeous images from Ellenzilla Photography with you all week long to 1) share this amazing party with you, but also B) to inspire you with ideas for your very own Derby party.

Yesterday, I shared two big ideas that could easily be replicated: a prize ribbon back drop for a “photo booth” and trophy cup centerpieces.  Today, I’m back with the decor details!

foyer floral arrangement

This party contains the perfect combination of southern charm and playful, preppy decor, appealing to both the adults and children in attendance.  And I believe there are tons of inspiring ideas that you could use to host your own Derby party to celebrate the race on May 3-4th. WH Hostess designed all of the coordinating paper goods, fabric and Cake Plate Clings, giving the party a cohesive look.

Upon arriving at the party, guests were greeted with a balloon-lined path.  The balloons were custom-printed with our horse silhouette, and a coordinating welcome sign hung at the front door.  A luscious arrangement of yellow and white blooms stood grandly in the foyer, arranged in a white “trophy cup” urn.  The floral arrangement was surrounded by photos of Cameron’s first year.  Blue, yellow and green poms hung off the chandelier above.

yellow and green tables for derby party with trophy cup centerpiecesGuests made their way into the great room, where tables were set up with white Chivari chairs, layered green and yellow tablecloths, and gorgeous flower arrangements in silver trophy cups.  View a detail of the centerpieces here.  The kids table had so many darling details, I’m saving them for their own post later today….so check back around lunchtime!

kids table at derby party

yellow blue and green hanging poms for derby partyColorful poms hung from the chandelier in the great room, and the fireplace was adorned with julep cup floral arrangements, and a custom garland of braided ribbons and an oversized “prize ribbon”.

detail of paper prize ribbon decoration at derby partyoutdoor fireplace decorated for a derby partyThese decorations were repeated in the outdoor living room, along with the addition of throw pillows made from our custom pony lattice and haberdashery stripe fabrics.  A “trough” of wheat grass sat on the coffee table, along with mini toy horses that we spray-painted in our pop colors of yellow, blue and green.

spray painted toy horses for derby partyoutdoor patio decorated for derby partyThe kids were entertained with pony rides, a bounce house and an old-fashioned horse race.  (more details on that later this afternoon!) And one of my favorite decor details of this party was the custom-printed balloons featuring my horse silhouette.

balloons with custom horse silhouetteCheck back often today for more posts about Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party!

Paper Goods & Fabric by WH Hostess  |  Photography by Ellenzilla Photography  |  Flowers by Blooming Gallery  |  Tables & Linens by  A Fare Extraordinaire  |  Balloons by Balloon Masters  |  White and Silver Trophy Cup Urns from ZGallerie

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