October 25th, 2011 |

The Holidays are *Almost* Here!

We have been busy, busy little elves around here this month.  I have to be honest, I am actually totally excited (and somewhat relieved) that October is coming to a close.  November 1st marks the start of the holiday season in my book, and for us it will bring the launch of WH Hostess’ Holiday Collection, followed by the launch of the holiday issue of TPD Magazine!  It’s going to be an exciting week!  You will also see {very soon} a new and improved whhostess.com.  Better navigation, easier to shop….all good things, my friends!

The holiday collection is by far, my favorite collection to date (especially the photo cards).  It’s colorful, it mixes classic Christmas style with updated patterns, offers a mod twist to Hanukkah, and we have so many darling decorations (like the AMAZING stockings you see below), and gifts at a great price point!

Melamine trays, individual plates, paper coasters (the perfect hostess gift!) and chunky notepads for $18 (they make THE perfect teacher gift!).  So, although we aren’t officially launching the collection until next week…..I’m pretty sure that if you click on the links in this post, you’ll see some pretty exciting products! ;)

Speaking of the big launch….our newsletter subscribers will be receiving a special treat in our newsletter next week.  Are you on the list?  If not, sign up!

 

October 24th, 2011 |

Patterned Pumpkins

I have totally fallen in love with the idea of creating patterned pumpkins using paper.  I found this image and the do-it-yourself instructions on Country Living….think I may just give it a try this weekend with some of our patterns!

October 17th, 2011 |

Halloween Sock Monkey Party

I came across this darling Halloween party for kids on Better Homes and Gardens, and I just had to share it with you.  As you all know, I have a soft spot for monkeys (my god-daughter is obsessed with them, and it’s also one of our best selling party collections!).  This sock-monkey twist on your traditional Halloween party is so cute….I love the colors, the patterns and there are some great activity ideas that you could re-create for any party!

Some of the activities include a candy corn relay race, and a matching card game.  Totally cute for kids!  Whoopie pies are dressed up with monkey faces, and check out these cute pumpkin straws!  Check out the feature on bhg.com for all of the darling details.

October 14th, 2011 |

{Pre-Order} TPD Magazine – Holiday

It is with GREAT excitement that I share with you the cover of our upcoming Holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine!  Our biggest issue yet, these 100+ pages are full of simple, stylized ideas perfect for your holiday celebrations.  With contributions from some of the top party bloggers and stylists, d-i-y ideas that are sure to become new family favorites, and party ideas that will make you squeal with delight….I have no doubt you will fall in love with this issue!

The digital issue is set to launch on Monday, November 7th, and our luxe, glossy editions are available now as pre-order in the shop (you can reserve your copy here).  Also, as a side note….the final run of our first and second issues will be happening soon, so if you are still hoping to get your hands on one, order soon!

October 11th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Halloween Cupcakes in a Jar

With Halloween quickly approaching, I thought it was only appropriate to share these darling Halloween cupcakes in a jar that Glory of Glorious Treats created for the Fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine!  So simple, and visually stunning – these cupcakes will sure to be a hit among guests young and old.  Read on for the instructions from Glory….

Layering cake and frosting in a jar transforms a simple cupcake into an eye catching treat. Top with a lid for easy transport, or a delicious gift.

Directions

Purchase a case of 1/2 pint canning jars, wash and set aside. Bake chocolate cupcakes in paper liners, baking as directed (using a box mix or scratch recipe). Prepare a batch of classic buttercream frosting, or cream cheese frosting, and color the frosting orange (using concentrated gel coloring). Fill a large piping bag (fitted with a large round or open star tip) with the frosting (or fill a large ziplock bag and snip off one corner)

Assemble

Once baked and cooled, cut each chocolate cupcake in half (horizontally). Drop one cupcake half into the bottom of a jar, and top with a layer of frosting. Repeat two more times with cupcake halves, then frosting, until you have 3 layers of cupcake, and three layers of frosting. Top with sprinkles if desired. Serve cupcakes without lids, or cover with lids for a great party favor or gift.

October 10th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: DIY Halloween Lantern

Our crafty assistant editor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies concocted this darling little DIY project for the Fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine and it’s so cute, we are sharing the simple steps here today, so that you can all do one (or four!) yourselves.  In fact, with the school holiday today, this may be just the project you are looking for to keep everyone occupied!

Step 1

Gather your supplies: glass mason jars, spray paint, paint brush and patterned ribbon

Step 2

Turn the jars upside down on your painting surface and apply several coasts of spray paint according to the manufacturers instructions. Let the jars dry completely.

Step 3

Paint your chosen designs on the outside of the jars with black acrylic paint.  (it may take a couple of coats to get a solid color) We suggest a pumpkin face, spiders, ghost eyes, or bats.  Let it dry completely

Step 4

Optional – apply a coat of high gloss varnish to the outside of the jars.  Glue a patterned ribbon around the top and place a tea light in them to add a nice glow to your holiday party.  Please remember to keep out of reach of children.

October 5th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Rehearsal Dinner

Gathering friends and family the night before a wedding is exciting….planning a party that has a whole different feel than the wedding….even more exciting! Beth Beattie recently planned and styled a stunning rehearsal dinner with sweet details that could be recreated and inspire any Fall party. The bride-to be was a Southern Belle from Alabama, so she wanted to create a rehearsal dinner that reflected her personality.

The location was the outdoor patio of Mason’s in Easton, Maryland with hanging lights and farmhouse chairs. The white linens were topped with a burlap runner, vintage mason jars and votives wrapped in lace. The placecards were made with burlap and chalkboard contact paper (the perfect DIY project). Minted adjusted the color of an invitation they had to a mint green, and it reflected the feel of the intimate affair with hanging lights. They also created a menu card to match.

A cake by Bay Country Bakery was made out of the groom’s favorite Italian cookies from Mike’s Pastry of Boston.  The evening was absolutely magical….the perfect start to a wonderful wedding weekend.

Photography by Leigh Miller Photography

 

October 4th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Caramel Apple Torte Cake

So, I know you have all been drooling over this picture in the fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine and have just been DYING for me to post the recipe.  The day has come for me to share this sweet little treat with all of you!  An exclusive recipe from our assistant editor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, this fall treat will have you drooling faster than you can read the recipe!

Cake Recipe
1 1/2 c. butter
3 c. flour
3 c. sugar
1t baking sola
1t baking powder
2T molasses
1T cinnamon
1t nutmeg
1/2t salt
1T vanilla
1/2 c. milk
3x eggs
3x apples, peeled and grated
3 9″ cake pans or 2 half-sheet pans (for making normal size cake or small individual cake, respectively)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your pans with cooking spray or silpat liners. Whisk together dry ingredients into large mixing bowl and set aside. Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add eggs one at a time, completely mixing in. Add dry ingredients gradually and mix until thoroughly combined. Slowly incorporate milk and vanilla. Add apples and mix until just combined. Pour into prepared pans and bake in preheated oven until firm to the touch. Let cool.
Caramel apples
1 stick butter
1/2 c. brown sugar
4 apples peeled and sliced thinly
1/4 c. dark rum (optional)
Melt butter in a large skillet and then stir in brown sugar. Add apples and cook over medium-high heat until caramelized. Add rum if using and use a long lighter to catch a flame (to burn off the alcohol). Be very careful!! Let flame burn down. Turn off heat and let cool completely, otherwise they will melt your cream.
Whipped cream
1 sm container Heavy Whipping Cream (i have to get the oz–i think it’s 8?)
3T powdered sugar
1T vanilla
1/2t cinnamon, optional
In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whip cream until medium peaks form. Slowly add powdered sugar and whip until stiff peaks form. Gently incorporate vanilla and cinnamon, if using.
Assembly
Remove cooled cakes from round cake pans, if using. If making individual-size, using a round cutter, cut 4″ circles from your 1/2 sheet pan and lay separately on parchment. Spray cutter with cooking spray if sticking.
Layer the cakes in the following order: cake, whipped cream, apples, cake, etc. Finish with cream and apples. Use extra caramel sauce from the apples to drizzle over the sides. Alternatively, homemade or store bought caramel sauce could be used. Serve immediately.
October 3rd, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Halloween Silhouette Wall Lamp

One of my favorite parts of putting together The Party Dress Magazine each quarter is finding those little DIY projects that I just know you are all going to love.  I’m crafty….but my contributors are REALLY crafty and they come up with amazing ideas!  Today’s project comes from Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio.  She’s create a step-by-step tutorial for making a cute wall lamp for your kids using a FREE downloadable silhouette image featuring a sweet Halloween parade.  (download the design here)

Step 1

Gather your supplies: you will need the kids parading free printable, a wall lamp from Ikea, scor-it board or any other scoring tool, and a screw driver.

Step 2

Start by removing the screw from the top of the wall lamp. This will allow the top to come off and release the decorative paper that comes with the lamp.

Step 3

Position the kids parading print on the scor-it board and begin scoring 1/4 inch from the outer edge of the print.

Step 4

Fold the ends over the outer edges of the lamp. You can use clear tape to secure them.

Step 5

Re-assemble the wall lamp and Voila!   For less than $5 you created something unique for your nursery or any other room in the house. Wasn’t that easy?

 

 

 

October 2nd, 2011 |

GIVEAWAY: Cake Vintage Placemats from Pioneer Linens

We always love a reason to get excited for Mondays….and a giveaway is just that!  Hosted by Pioneer Linens, a premiere linen boutique in West Palm Beach, Florida, this giveaway is sure to get you excited too!

Bedding and bath luxury is Pioneer Linens’ specialty.  Enjoy the personal attention they have been providing since 1912 to those with a passion for fine linens and entertaining. They also have an online shop for all your bath, bedding and tabletop needs. For more information, visit www.pioneerlinens.com.

One of their favorite brands (and mine too!) are the Cake Vintage Placemats.  They are perfect for entertaining, to teach children placemat settings or just easy, tossable placemats for adults and children.

Enter to win a set of these darling placemats by doing one (or all!) of the following:

Become a fan of Pioneer Linens on facebook or follow Pioneer Linens on twitter.  Come back here and leave us a comment as to how you would use these darling placemats.

For extra entries, become a fan of The Party Dress on facebook, or follow us on twitter.

Contest begins NOW and goes thru Thursday, October 6, 2012 at midnight CST.  Good Luck!

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