July 14th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Lilly Flower Birthday

Since it IS birthday week here on The Party Dress, I thought we would share the details of some of the birthday parties featured in the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  This pink and green, Lilly Pulitzer-inspired is one of my favorite parties that I have worked on recently.  It is the quintessential preppy, summer party….perfect for the little girl in your life!  I also think this theme would make a darling bridal shower!  A sweet poppy flower pattern, mixed with green seersucker stripes make this collection one of my all time favorites!

Guests were welcomed by a festive wreath made by different patterned ribbon loops (a fun, DIY project thatcan be re-purposed as a room decoration after herparty!) and brought into a sunny room where the party would be held.  The focal point of the room was the very sweet dessert table.  The space was defined by a unique tablesetting.  A pink swiss dot fabric was laid atop a crisp white table-cloth, and pulled up at each end of the table with green polka dot ribbon.  A pennant banner featuring all of our coordinating patterns hung between the two pull-back bows.  The vertical space above the table was defined by a ribbon and polka dot chandelier.


Sweets included a raspberry birthday cake topped with a fondant poppy made by Two Sugar Babies, cupcakes with our custom toppers were served on minicake stands embellished with pink, pom pom trim, flower hand-iced cookies by Allyson Jane, perfectly preppy cake pops by Flour and Iced, and color-coordinated candy (including my personal fav – ribbon candy!).  A lollipop tree held pink and white swirl lollipops (a simple DIY project – simply wrap a styrofoamcone with ribbon!), and we used small glass cylinders full of candy to house our darling centerpiece sticks featuring the birthday girl’s name.  We branded the table with coordinating candy jar tags, food tent cards, and tray liners.  The overall look was delightful and made for some very happy little girls!


The birthday girl ate her cake off her personalized melamine plate, and we dressed up simple items like paper cups and straws with coordinating stickers.  The color palette was carried throughout the party, and included low tables set with the pink swiss dot tablecloths, and floor pillows made from our custom lilly flower fabric for the girls to sit on.

Activities are key when entertaining children during a party.  Caroline LOVES to color, so we created a custom coloring page for the kids to color during the party.  Wrapped up and tied with a bow, they looked extra special served up in a bow-embellished tray alongside crayon kits.

We wanted to come up with a unique and special party favor.  Along with a box of candy from the dessert table, each young lady chose a hairbow to bring home.  Made by Mel-Belles to coordinate with our party, the bows were displayed on custom tags and hung on a board.

July 13th, 2011 |

Party Hats

I’ve always been a fan of party hats, but I don’t think I really, truly fell in love with them until recently when we used them for Francesca’s Bake Shoppe party.  Those big, pink flowers….they just made me swoon!  Ever since, I’m on a hunt to find unique ones for every party I am working on.  I’m sharing a few of them that I have found on etsy with you today…..hope you love them as much as I do!

Images: girly bow party hat, large flower party hat, orange fringe party hat

July 12th, 2011 |

Party Ideas for Kelly

Since we are celebrating MY birthday today, I asked our contributor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, to put together an inspiration board as if she was planning a party for ME!  Fun, right?!  Boy, does she know me well!  Take a look at what she came up with……

Although Kelly is in Chicago, and I’m in Pittsburgh, we’ve been able to form a great friendship through our love for parties, design, handbags, and steak frites, not to mention the projects we get ourselves into. She is truly an inspiration to my daily work, and if I were closer, I would throw her a *darling* birthday party full of the colors kelly green, black, white, sweets (gluten free, of course) and simple, modern, design. Happy Birthday, Kelly! Here’s to many more years of great stationery, parties, and shopping (i mean, work) trips!

Images: cake/cake stand (www.etsy.com), cookies (smittenkitchen.com), plate (katespade.com), necklace (vstyleblog.com), flowers (opulentcreationsevents.com), cupcakes (anglefoodltd.com), invites (whhostess.com)

July 12th, 2011 |

Celebrate Kelly’s Birthday with 10% Off

Happy birthday to me, happy birthday to me…..you know how the song goes, and trust me, you DON’T want to hear me sing it!  To celebrate my birthday today, I am giving each one of YOU a gift!  Today only, enjoy 10% off our entire shop using the discount code: kellysbirthday.  It’s the perfect time to order those melamine plates you have been drooling over, or get a head start on an upcoming party.  Enjoy and happy shopping!

Check back later for a darling post from our contributor, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies.

July 11th, 2011 |

WooHoo! It’s Birthday Week!

It’s an exciting week around here….it’s BIRTHDAY WEEK!  My (32nd) birthday is tomorrow, so I thought we should take a cue and showcase fun, unique birthday party ideas ALL.WEEK.LONG.  Fun, right?!  There may even be a fun surprise for all of you too….but you will have to check back tomorrow for that news!

First up this week are creative birthday cakes.  Whether you are hosting a 1st, a 10th, a 21st or a 60th birthday party, the cake should be a key element.  Here are some of my favorite cakes (probably suited more for adult parties).

I love the texture on each on of these, the unique shape, the creative idea of stacking cupcakes atop a cake…fun, fun, fun!

If a theme party is on the docket for your child’s next party, take a look at some of these creative cakes.  Perfect for a beach party, under the sea party, or an ice cream social!

Images: macaroon cake (theknot.com), cupcake cake (epicurious.com), truffle cake (instyleweddings.com), pink snowball cake (theknot.com), banner cake (eatcakebemerry.com), under the sea cake (hellonaomi.com), surfboard cake (carriesellman.com), ice cream cake (bhg.com)

July 7th, 2011 |

Party Garland: 3 Ways

When it comes to decorating for kids parties, sometimes you want to buy a custom banner, and sometimes you just want to make something quick and inexpensive. Parents.com has you covered with ideas….check out these three, simple garland ideas that are perfect for your next party.  Using everyday products, such as ribbon, paper and paper cups, you too can make a colorful banner that your kids will love.

July 6th, 2011 |

The Height of Style

I’m typically not one for tall, elaborate centerpieces….but oh, how I L-O-V-E this look!  Classic and modern all rolled into one.

Image via Michelle Rago

July 5th, 2011 |

The Party Dress Magazine: Infused Vodkas

One of my favorite articles in the latest edition of The Party Dress Magazine is on infused vodkas.  A on-trend topic in the world of cocktails, and just pure fun for summer parties!  Maggie Hemsworth, co-owner of Delish Catering Chicago, came up with six different varieties of flavors that you simply.must.try.  My personal favorite is the pineapple vodka (absolutely delish in the mimosa recipe in the magazine!), but you can find all of the recipes in the magazine…..go check it out!

June 30th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Burger Bash

One of my favorite features in the latest The Party Dress Magazine was the burger bash photo shoot I did…..preppy seersucker, bold stars and a hint of patriotic pizzazz.  A burger bash is the perfect time to gather friends and family this Fourth of July.  Good food, and good friends….that’s what the holidays are about, right?

I’m a sucker for seersucker, so our party was designed around a blue and white color palette, with pops of red!  Floral pomander balls made from craft-store carnations served as centerpieces. The festive party space was dressed up with pennant banners, polkadot and striped paper fans, centerpiece sticks, lanterns, and coordinating food tent cards, candy jar tags and cupcake toppers.

I love creating buffet tables with bite-size food – so for this bbq, we made an assortment of burgers – sliders with brie and carmelized onions, cheeseburger kabobs, and burger bites served on waffle fries.  Cups of fries and fresh pickles complimented the main course, and everyone saved room for dessert!

A patriotic dessert table was full of candy, cupcakes with fondant stars by Two Sugar Babies, hand-iced cookies by Allyson Jane, cupcakes, and s’mores kits for the kids.

June 28th, 2011 |

Giveaway: Silhouette SD Machine Winner

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