September 22nd, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Mod Spider

Spice things up this Halloween season by introducing a new, festive color palette to your celebration: black, lime green and magenta! We paired these three colors together, along with some tonal polka dots and one cute little spider to create a darling collection of party goods and ideas for hosting your next event.

Glittering black chandeliers were a fabulous addition to this creepy, crawly candy bash.  Hung above the sweets table, they helped to define the vertical space in the room, but also give a touch of glamour to the party.  We show you three different ways to serve everyone’s favorite dessert: the cupcake!  Fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies, cupcake toppers from WH Hostess, and chocolate spider webs to top chocolate cakes.

Spider cookies with sparkling disco dust from Allyson Jane make quite a festive statement.  Purple, silver and lime green candy from Candy Warehouse looks darling and accessible in jars dressed up with candy jar tags. One of our favorite additions to this table are the mini chocolate bars wrapped in labels, and the cute little spider stickers on the bottoms of the chocolate kisses!

Bubbling, foggy, green punch was created by adding dry ice into the bowl, and helped to create quite a spooky party!

September 22nd, 2011 |

WH Hostess: Halloween Collections!

Halloween is such a fun holiday….the decorations are up for a short period of time, there is no mad-rush to get the gifts bought and wrapped, and it has a way of bringing out the child in everyone!  WH Hostess LOVES a reason for a party….and Halloween is just that.  Whether you are hosting a neighborhood gathering, a kids party, or a ladies “Witches Dinner Party”, we have three new collections that are sure to inspire.

Our Mod Witch Collection was designed with my own holiday celebration in mind….time to gather up my girlfriends for a little ladies night!  A crisp, orange and white clover pattern with a witch silhouette, this collection just makes me smile!

Our Halloween Carnival Collection is cute and colorful and is perfect for a whimsical Halloween party.  Spider webs, a party banner and a pumpkin full of personality, this collection is already a new favorite among my tot friends!

Our Mod Spider collection was featured in the fall issue of The Party Dress Magazine, and we are going to be showcasing all of the festive ideas here on the blog later today.  Perfect for kids and adults alike, this collection is playful and modern all rolled into one pretty party package.

September 21st, 2011 |

DIY Tutorial: Cake Ball Cake

I hope you all enjoyed today’s post on the Mod Fish baby shower featured in the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine!  Did you notice the darling cake that stole the show on the dessert table?  I’m sure you are curious what those balls or “bubbles” are….candy, gumballs…..nope!  They are cake balls!  And I am back this afternoon with a simple do-it-yourself tutorial, so you too can try this for your next event.

Trying to carry the “bubble” theme throughout our fish party, Charynn and I contacted Velvet Cream Bakery to create cake balls in varying shades of blue.  They delivered a stunning amount of {delicious} cake balls, and Charynn quickly got to work on figuring out the best way to attach them to our two-tiered cake.

Step 1

Gather your supplies: cake (covered in fondant), toothpicks, cake balls, and a cake topper (if desired)

Step 2

Starting from the bottom up, insert your toothpicks about 1 inch from the bottom of the cake, about 1.5-2 inches apart (depending on the size of your cake balls).  Repeat with the darkest blue all the way around the cake.

Repeat each row atop one another, with the color blue getting lighter each row.

Step 3

Once you cover the entire cake in rows of cake balls, create a circle of the lightest color balls on the top of the second tier.  This creates the perfect spot for a cake topper.

Step 4

Insert your cake topper.  We used fondant fish and bubbles on wire from Two Sugar Babies.

 

September 21st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Mod Fish Baby Shower

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 |

TPD Magazine: Flower Arranging with Friends

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 |

TPD Magazine: Superhero Birthday Party

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),

fondant cupcake toppers (edible details), party printables (paper & pigtails), face painting (painted party), custom tablecloths and backdrops (pots & pins), mini cape & mask printables, lightning bolts (kara’s party ideas)
Lightning Bolt Shoe Tags- www.karaspartyideas.com
September 19th, 2011 |

GIVEAWAY: Stella & Dot Pearl Bib Necklace

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.
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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 |

TPD Magazine: Cupcake Tips from a Pro

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 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Baking Party {Part II}

Our baking party feature from the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine continues with all of the sweet details of our cheerful dessert table.  Charynn and I crafted colorful cake stands  to complete the look of this table (be on the lookout for the DIY tutorial later this afternoon), which highlighted a variety of custom desserts.  A coordinating pennant banner crisscrossed across the wall as a backdrop, and we spray-painted a vintage chalkboard turquoise to list off the specials of the day.

We dressed up a store-bought cake with a few charming decorations by Two Sugar Babies: a fondant number 5 and cherries were placed on top of the cake, and Charynn placed two rows of red hot candies around the side of the cake to add a touch of color.

A colorful “malt ball shoppe” was placed center stage, with clear canisters full of candy.  Each embellished with ribbon and a circle tag featuring the coordinating images from our baking party collection, and signage was placed in a lucite box frame.

It wouldn’t be a party (especially a baking party!) without cupcakes!  Grouped together on one large cake stand, or placed on the individual ones, these cupcakes looked extra special with darling, coordinating toppers by Two Sugar Babies.

Darling cookies from Sugarbelle’s, glass jars full of colorful ribbon candy were adorned with candy jar tags, and jumbo marshmallows {dipped in chocolate and sprinkles} wore coordinating cupcake toppers.

In addition to their malt balls, guests each took home a “cupcake in a jar”.  So simple to make, simply layer cake and frosting in a mason jar, top with some ribbon, a gift tag and voila!  The perfect end to a darling party.

September 15th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Baking Party {Part 1}

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!

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