September 21st, 2011 |
When it comes to baby showers, I prefer to cater to the Mom-to-be’s design aesthetic….not the babies! After all, the party is for her! It’s a great opportunity to pull in unique baby-friendly concepts, but perhaps modernize them to appeal to the adults in attendance. We get so many requests for fish/under the sea parties, that I decided that it was time to move that theme up to the top of my “to do list” and I partnered up with Charynn of Two Sugar Babies to create this modern, gender-neutral baby shower inspiration for the fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine.
We set the table with a crisp white tablecloth and topped it with paper placemats featuring our mod fish pattern, a green napkin and a coordinating blue striped placecard. The centerpiece was probably my FAVORITE part of this party….it literally cost me next to nothing to create, and I think mad a huge impact. I took basic glass cylinders that I had sitting around the house, and created white fish vinyl decals using my Silhouette machine. I filled them with water, and used gel food coloring to add the bold color. So simple, right?
We set up a “bubbles bar” with both punch and bottles of key lime Italian soda wrapped with fish labels. Blue balloons were attached to the wall behind the bar to create the look of bubbles floating away.
A bold polka dot grid patterned backdrop anchored our dessert table, and there were so many darling sweets. First off an AMAZING cake covered in cake balls by Velvet Cream Bakery (DIY tutorial coming later today!). I love the ombre effect of the shades of blue, as well as how it resembles little bubbles! The cake topper of fondant fish and bubbles was created by Two Sugar Babies, as were the darling cupcake toppers.
Color-coordinated candy and jumbo marshmallows were placed in candy jars with coordinating tags, and we used these fabulous new tilt bowls from Crate & Barrel for pearlized gumballs in blue and green. I made blue jello “shots” using my votive candle holders (also dressed them up with a fish vinyl decal), and stuck a cupcake topper in them for some visual interest.
Darling fish cookies by Allyson Jane were lined up to look like a little “school of fish” and cake pops by Velvet Cream Bakery stood up in a white pot full of gumballs and looked like they were floating!
We thought we needed a creative party favor….you know, besides the candy! So we filled up small bottles full of bubble bath, wrapped them with a custom label, and tied on a coordinating gift tag. Darling….and useful! The mod fish collection by WH Hostess is one of my favorites, and (although just added to the shop recently) is quickly becoming one of our most popular. It’s perfect for a baby shower or kids birthday party! You can see the complete collection in our shop.
Make sure to head back later today to view the DIY cake pop cake tutorial by Charynn of Two Sugar Babies.
September 20th, 2011 |
It’s always a pleasure when I get to work with Christi from P is for Party on a party….especially when it’s one of her parties! When she approached me about helping her design party goods for her very own birthday party….a flower arranging birthday party….I knew we were going to have some fun! The end result is nothing short of spectacular, and I am so pleased we were able to feature it in the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.
Read on for some serious eye candy, and all of the details as told by Christi, herself…..
For my birthday this year, I decided to celebrate with a close group of girlfriends. I wanted the theme to be unique and one that people looked forward to. I decided on a flower arranging party! Many times, my husband will bring home flowers for me from the store and I haven’t the slightest idea how to arrange them. I know other ladies feel the same way! I asked my good friend, Elizabeth Munger, who happens to be an amazing interior designer who often arranges stunning flowers for her clients, to come teach us simple steps and tricks.
Gray is such a popular color right now, looks fabulous with just about every other color out there. I went with the color scheme of emerald green and gray and loved how everything turned out. Kelly Lyden of The PartyDress and WH Hostess always does a phenomenal job with her designs. I told her my color scheme and that I wanted to incorporate a chevron pattern and she ran with it. Kelly designed all of the paper goods for the party, from the invitation to the food tent cards, to the favor tags and all of the signage.
After the flower arranging fun, we moved to my dining room where each girl was served champagne and had a small cake all to herself! My favorite local bakery made individual two tiered cakes for my friends and I could not have been more pleased with how they turned out. Kelly now offers a service where you can order fabric to match any of her designs! I ordered fabric in the gray and emerald green chevron print and had a friend turn them into napkins for the table. The napkins really made the table pop!
I created a macaroni and cheese station with lots of toppings options. Who doesn’t love comfort food with a creative flair?! The toppings included favorites such as sun dried tomatoes, chives, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, truffle oil, and many more! A Skinnygirl Margarita is my drink of choice, so naturally, this was the signature drink I served. Kelly created the cutest sign for the beverage area along with white straws with flags in all of the patterns we used throughout the party.
Desserts were served on my coffee table which was near the flower arranging area. Serving the sweets there brought people out of the kitchen and into the living room so we could begin. On the dessert menu was cookies, meringue, small donuts and rice crispy treats.
Elizabeth did such a great job teaching us how to take store bought flowers and turn them into a beautiful arrangement that could last for days! On the way out the door, the girls took home the arrangements they made along with one more sweet. They had the choice to take home cake pops in strawberry or s’mores flavors. We had such fun with this unique theme and I am so happy I branched out and invited friends over for a fun night in!
Photography by Ellenzilla
September 19th, 2011 |
Boom! Pow! Bang! Bam! Get your superhero capes on for this action. What better way to celebrate your little ones birthday than to throw him a superhero party, showing him just how “super” he really is?! Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas designed this party for her two little boys and their friends, and it was featured in the latest edition of The Party Dress Magazine. Stay tuned for some pretty fabulous party inspiration, and ideas as told by Kara, herself….
I wanted the party to be bold and fun, creating a mini superhero world for all the guests. I had a main Superman party table, a Batman treat table and a Captain America food table. I also created a “Clark Kent Disguise Station” on a large briefcase with Superman glasses & ties. “Daily Planet” yoyo’s were also a part of the display.
Among the favorite treats and food were barbell suckers, superhero “pops”, lighting rod yellow peppers with “power” dip, “Super” ropes, corn “pops”, ring “pops”, “pop” rocks, Wonder Woman lassos, skyscraper cookies, lighting rod watermelon,“hero” sandwiches, push “pop” cupcakes, cookie“medals”, telephone booth cookies and more.
All the party goers received a superhero muscle shirtwhen they arrived, colored a giant superhero back-drop, got their faces painted like their favorite hero. They lifted a super barbell, stood behind a car raising photo op, sprayed the evil villain, colored in superhero activity books, flew away with lighting wings on their shoes, stepped inside a super bubble & more!
Photography by Lyndsey Fagerlund
Vendor Credits: jumbo building coloring page (anders ruff) , cake (sweeten your day cakes), sugar cookies (batches),
September 19th, 2011 |
Happy Monday, Everyone! We are starting today with a fabulous giveaway from Stella & Dot courtesy of Independent Stylist, Maria Ryan. Stella & Dot offers exclusive, couture style jewelry and handbags coveted by fashion editors and celebrities. They are only sold online and through trained Stylists at in-home trunks shows (think getting together with girlfriends in your own jewelry boutique at your own home).
I love the idea of gathering my friends for a little jewelry-themed girls night! How about you? Here are a few ideas of jewelry-inspired party….
For this giveaway, Maria is giving away the fabulous Isadora Pearl Bib Necklace (valued at $128) to one lucky winner. (pictured above on model)
Here’s how to enter:
The contest starts NOW and ends Thursday, September 22, 2011 at 11:59pm CST. To enter, head over to the Stella & Dot website
, look at their fabulous collection, and then comment on this post about your favorite item.
For additional chances to win, you can do each of the following:
- Become a new fan of Stella & Dot on facebook
- Become a new fan of The Party Dress on facebook
- Follow WH Hostess on twitter
- Sign up to be included in their newsletter
- Blog, post, or tweet about this giveaway
September 16th, 2011 |
When it comes to selecting articles and features for The Party Dress Magazine, we try to combine gorgeous party inspiration with helpful tips from professionals. This issue, we asked Jill from Modern Cupcake to provide us with some of her go-to tips for baking the perfect cupcake. She came up with this:
- Use a professional thermometer to check your oven temperature.
- Allow your cupcakes to cool in the pan for approximately 5 minutes before placing them on a cooling rack.
- Use an ice cream scoop for placing the batter in your baking pan. This provides a uniform look every time!
Jill is owner of the web-bakery and blog, Modern Cupcake….where she dishes up daily inspiration on everything from cupcakes to design. Most recently, she was named Martha Stewart’s Dreamer of the Week! Check out Jill’s blog for more inspiration….and look forward to more baking ideas from Modern Cupcake in the Holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine!
Photography by Sierra Studios Photography
September 15th, 2011 |
When planning a birthday party for a bunch of little girls,what could be more fun than a baking party full of sweet treats and activities?! I partnered up with my fav baking pro, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies to create a whimsical event full of charm for the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.
A custom collection of paper goods from WH Hostess set the color palette for the party, and we played off the polka dot and cherry patterns for decorations. The tables were set with a custom table runner made out of our cherry pattern fabric, polka dot placemats and silverware “pockets” made from oilcloth, and each girl had her name on a miniature rolling pin (a very simple DIY project using my trusty Silhouette machine). The centerpieces consisted of apothecary jars stacked full of baking liners.
Cookie and cupcake decorating served as an activity, and the main attraction was the bake shoppe dessert table. You will have to head back this afternoon for all of the sweet details!
September 15th, 2011 |
These colorful cake stands stole the show in our baking party dessert table! You, too, can create these….simple steps, inexpensive materials and quick turnaround time….and the best part is, you can make them to match any color palette!
Supplies: wood candlesticks, wood circle plaques, gloss spray paint, spray paint primer, wood glue or epoxy
Step 1: If needed, sand imperfections from woodpieces and apply base coat according to the manufacturer instructions. Base coating your pieces allows for a more even coverage of the wood. Let dry.
Step 2: Apply several coats of spray paint to evenly cover the candlestick and both sides of the wood circle plaque. Let dry.
Step 3: Glue the pieces of the stand together, measuring and marking the center of the plaque if needed. Use a heavy book to maintain even pressure on the pieces. Let dry completely.
Step 4: Enjoy your cake stand! Please remember that most paints are not food safe and something must be used between food and stand.
September 14th, 2011 |
The darling tailgating party from Fresh Chick Designs featured on the blog this morning (and in the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine) have left me with football on the brain….as well as the looming question, “what to serve for our next football gathering?”
Whether you are watching the game from the sidelines or gathering friends at home, some simple, cozy snacks can make the game that much more fun! I went to two of my go-to entertaining resources for ideas, Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living, and here is what I will be serving up this weekend:
1. I love the idea of serving simple snacks such as pretzels, chips, crackers and nuts in individual brown bags – a totally rustic, yet functional way of compartmentalizing them!
2. Mini BLT sandwiches: They are cute and round. Need I say more?
3. Salted Golden Caramel Bars: I am a sucker for rice crispy treats (naturally gluten-free for me!), but add in sea salt, caramel and chocolate?! I may even root for overtime if it means I can eat more of these!
4. Chunky Tomato Salsa: I always like to have a couple of dip options readily available, and this chunky salsa option is on my list to try.
Images via Better Homes and Gardens and Country Living
September 14th, 2011 |
Football season is upon us, thus making this darling tailgating party from Fresh Chick Designs oh, so appropriate right now. Featured in the new Fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine, Rebecca and Shannon have a ton of cute ideas that could be adapted to any school or team colors. Keep reading for all of the details, as told by these two fresh chicks….
The start of football season is always a reason to gather friends together for a little rah-rah party. Ahhh…the good ole’ days of tailgating collegiate style! Well, why not throw your very own tailgate party at home? We have come up with ideas to set the play in motion: Pick a color from one of your favorite teams or simply make up a color scheme that you like! We chose licorice red and chocolate brown which seemed appropriate with the start of fall and the fun-filled football season.
You don’t have to go overboard with team paraphernalia to throw great themed party. We focused more on the tailgate theme with our printable party collection and played up the menu and sweets around a casual football element. Burlap fabric paired with a traditional gingham was used to dress the tables. We “scored” 2 spring form cake pans and a candlestick at Goodwill that were easily transformed into a two-tiered party tray DIY project. A great alternative to its pricier counterparts seen at a local retailer. This was used to hold peanuts and cornbread muffins iced with honey-butter to resemble cupcakes. Other items on the menu included chili with toppings, hot wings, and beer cheese with crackers.
We served up some super easy dessert recipes along with familiar finds such as Turtle Chex Mix and Twizzlers. To wash it all down? Nothing fancy here….ice cold brewsky and classic root beer beverages completed this fourth and down.