June 24th, 2011 |

Giveaway: Silhouette SD Machine

It has been a VERY exciting week around here!  First the launch of our new logo and blog re-design, then the launch of our 2nd TPD Magazine, followed up by three exclusive, custom party features by WH Hostess, and then we reached 5000 fans on facebook!  And now…….a SILHOUETTE SD MACHINE GIVEAWAY!  Pretty exciting, right?!

The silhouette machine is a unique tool that will upgrade your crafts or small business to a whole new level.  It connects to your computer just like a printer, but instead of printing designs it cuts them with a small blade. With the machine connected to your computer, you’ll get access to all of the fonts on your PC plus the thousands of cuttable designs found on the Silhouette Online Store.  Just think of the possibilities!

As you can imagine, I love using mine for paper crafts, but it can do so much more!  Glass etching, temporary tatoos, vinyl decals, scrapbooking….the sky is the limit!

So, let’s get to the good stuff.  Silhouette is offering one reader a Silhouette SD Machine (a $270 value)!  Here’s how to enter:

Leave a comment here on what you would make with your machine.  A winner will be chosen at random on June 28th.  Want a few extra entries?

  1. Become a fan of Silhouette on Facebook
  2. Become a fan of The Party Dress on Facebook
  3. View our latest The Party Dress Magazine and leave a comment here what is your favorite article

Can’t wait to see if you won?!  We have a special promo code just for you!  Use the code PARTYDRESS to purchase 1 Silhouette SD Machine and 2 Packages of Temporary Tattoo Paper for just $199 (that’s $120 savings!).  Happy Shopping and Good Luck to all who is entering!

June 23rd, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Francesca’s Bake Shoppe II

I hoped you enjoyed the details of Francesca’s Bake Shoppe birthday party this morning!  I’m back now with all of the yummy details of her “bake shoppe” cookie dessert table.  First, let me start off by saying that when I initially helped Francesca’s mom come up with the concept/plan for this table, I never imagined it would turn out THIS CUTE!  The stand itself was made by Grand Soirées Event Design & Coordination, with a custom stripe fabric awning.  The front was decorated with a coordinating pennant banner that said “bake shoppe”.

Gallon cookie jars were accessorized with coordinating paper liners, cookie jar tags and ribbon, and each held a different type of cookie.  French macaroons, chocolate-covered {with pink polka dots} oreos, sugar cookies in the shape of “1″, jam-filled cookies and more…..  Wooden tongs were placed in front of each jar for easy serving.  To give the back row of cookie jars a boost up, and give the table a new dimension, a moss-covered riser was placed in the center and held both the jars and a DARLING tiered cake.

Guests went home with take out boxes full of cookies and the kiddos also took home a tin of bubbles {accessorized with a custom label}.  I love how she tied in the moss from the dessert table by lining her lucite trays with it!

Photography by Nicole Parker

June 23rd, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Francesca’s Bake Shoppe

I’m very excited to show you the details of this darling first birthday party!  I worked closely with Francesca’s mom to plan this custom party, and the end result was just fabulous!  Located in California, we did all of our planning and communication by e-mail, and we designed a custom invitation and full collection of coordinating items to accessorize the party.

The theme of the party was “Francesca’s Bake Shoppe” and the color palette/designs were inspired by her nursery.  A sophisticated, tonal damask and polka dot was used in fuchsia, and a brown and white seersucker was added in for contrast.  Her monogram had been designed for her when she was born, so it was only fitting that we use it for her first birthday party too!

The yard was full of gorgeous tables set with custom-made tablecloths, hanging pink pom poms, and pink beach balls floating about for the kids to play with.  The birthday girl and her guests wore DARLING party hats that totally stole the show!

The pink damask tablecloths were made extra-special with the large polka dot ruffle at the hem.  A combination of pink paper goods, silverware and napkins tied with custom napkin rings, water bottles with coordinating labels, and take-out boxes full of cookies and accessorized with a matching sticker.  Pennant banners made out of our coordinating patterns and polka dot ribbon hung around the party space adding a festive touch.

One of my favorite {food} parts of this party were the cheerio/fruit loop necklaces that Francesca’s mom made for the smallest guests.  She creatively hung them from a “tree” made of branches on the food table and the kids loved wearing {and eating} them.

Milk bottles were served on pink serving trays from IKEA by waiters wearing white shirts and darling PINK bowties.  Juice bottles with laminated drink tags were also used for pink lemonade.

Head on back this afternoon for all of the details of Francesca’s Bake Shoppe dessert table!

Photography by Nicole Parker

June 22nd, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Bridal Bliss in Napa Valley

The second edition of The Party Dress Magazine launched this week and is chock full of party inspiration!  I plan to highlight all of the amazing contributions on the blog over the next month, and to kick it off today, I thought I would share the images from my sister’s bridal shower I recently hosted in Napa Valley.

When it came time for my only sister to get married, I knew I had to plan something special to celebrate the occassion…..not just an ordinary bridal shower or bachelorette party…..something unique, something classy that I knew she would remember always.  With her bridesmaids living all across the country, it made it simple to decide upon a destination bridal weekend celebration, and six of us headed off to a lovely weekend in Napa Valley, California for wine tasting, amazing food, and a lot of quality girl time!

We finished the weekend off with an intimate bridal shower at Domain Chandon.  Brunch and champagne tasting were on the menu, and I worked with a natural color palette of nude, rusty orange and moss green.  Seeing as thought this was a destination shower, I had to limit my decor and goodies to things that I could either carry with me on the plane, or pick up along the way.  I chose to have a local Napa florist create and deliver a centerpiece, and I packed two of my favorite mini cake stands (which I dressed up with Mokuba ruffled ribbon, to hold macaroons from Bouchon Bakery and cupcakes from Dean and Deluca, which were topped with custom fondant rose toppers by Two Sugar Babies.

Like most restaurants, I had a very basic white tablesetting to work with.  Paper placemats from our Indian Summer collection brightened up the table, each napkin was tied with a coordinating ribbon, and I finished off each placesetting with a coordinating placecard.  A “he said, she said” game brought about many laughs!

My favorite detail was the party favors: custom wine bags!  A cotton weave on the outside (with each girl’s initial on them), and our Indian Summer tile print fabric on the inside.  Perfect for summer picnics!

June 21st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Under the Tuscan Sun

I recently had the pleasure of working with a mom and daughter to plan a custom party to celebrate Alivia’s 3rd birthday.  The theme?!  Under the Tuscan Sun.  The color palette?  Sunflower yellow, rusty orange, moss green and pops of chocolate brown.  We created a custom invitation and paper goods for the event, and helped plan the details remotely.  I was thrilled to see how darling the party turned out….I hope you enjoy it!

The party took place outdoors on their property in Virginia providing a stunning backdrop, and sunflowers took center stage.  Burlap tablecloths, baskets and woven dishes were used  to give the party a rustic, natural look.   The food buffet included three different types of bruschetta, olives, grapes, cured meats and cheeses, as well as some delicious sweets.

They set up an Italian soda bar with different flavored syrups so the kids could create their own concoctions.  The children sat at a small table out in the field, covered with sunflowers and even their own personalized drinking straws!

Photography by Christi Sullivan

June 20th, 2011 |

The Party Dress Magazine – Issue 2

Today is a happy, happy day in TPD-land!  Not only are we debuting our stunning “new look” but we are also launching the second issue of our magazine!  The incredible reaction we received to the first issue literally blew my mind, and it also gave me the drive to bring you a bigger and better issue this go-around.  We hope you enjoy each and every page of it, and please…..share it with your friends!  You can click on the image above to view the digital version, and click HERE to order your glossy, printed version.

16 AMAZING contributors submitted some of the most beautiful parties I have ever seen, parties that will literally make you squeal with joy, parties that will bring you inspiration for years to come…..thank you to this talented group of women!!

(Christi Bennett of P is for Party, Charyn Olsheski of Two Sugar Babies, Sharnel Dollar, Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff of AndersRuff, Kara Allen of Kara’s Party Ideas, Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio, Sarah Thompson of Style Me Gorgeous, Beth Beattie, Tanya Martinez of Save the Date for Cupcakes, Naomi Henderson and Nathalie Rivet of Scissors.Paper.Cake, Maggie Hemsworth of Delish Catering Chicago, Glory Albin of Glorious Treats, Stacy Brennan of Scrumptious Swirls, Adrienne Miller and Missy Reedy of Fleurs Silk Flowers, and Wendy Hinken of Desire to Decorate)

June 16th, 2011 |

Woodland Forest

Lisa from Fancy That sent me this darling Woodland Forest theme party.  It is such a popular theme, I figured you would all benefit from seeing how she pulled together some very creative elements.  This party was put together for the 9 year old daughter of the owner Bliss Bake Shop.  She is in the shop all the time and has seen Lisa putting displays up for tons of themes.  She asked for a woodland fairy party with red & purple as the main colors.  The inspiration for the party started with the cupcake stand.  She had seen a similar stand on pinterest and fell in love with it but couldn’t find the source.  So Lisa got some wood and moss and put together her own.   The custom fairy bottles were another inspiration.  They are best seller in the shop and for the party – they customized the little tags with each little girls name.

On the main party table, the girls had lunch that included Fairy Berries, Snail Swirl Sandwiches, Gnome Walking Sticks (carrots & ranch), and Magical Fairy Juice (sparkling pink lemonade).  After their lunch they painted their own little fairy houses.  The sweets table included mushroom themed cupcakes and white chocolate dipped marshmallows, both a hit with the kids!

Party favors included a custom fairy dust bottle and a goodie bag with a custom notebook & twig pencil.

Images by Tori Ava

June 15th, 2011 |

Celebrate Dad

Celebrate Dad with a golf-themed picnic this Sunday…..a crisp green and white color palette, some playful patterns, vases full of golf balls (and limes for a pop of green), and some golf themed treats.  Pure perfection….that will appeal to both the men and the ladies!

Images: centerpiece (theknot.com), golf ball cookies (whippedbakeshop.com), drink dispensers (epicurious.com), cupcake with flag (luralucille.blogspot.com), napkins (via Napkins with a Twist)

June 13th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Ball Park Gourmet Dinner Club

Today’s Real Party feature comes from Kate from Studio Lime Designs, who recently hosted her group of friends for a ball park-themed gourmet club dinner party.  She thought the theme would be really fun considering their month to host was June and baseball season is in its prime.  Also, since it was held on their patio,  a fun, simple menu that would work well with outdoor entertaining was a must.  The colors navy and brick red were used, because they are “all American” baseball colors and also festive for the 4th of July, which is just around the corner.  The menu was designed around typical ball park food – nachos, soft pretzels, hot dogs.  Signature cocktails included: “The Grand Slam” and iced tea, which was called “7th Inning Stretch Tea”.  Decorations included an old blackboard was made to look like a scoreboard, and was used as the backdrop for this table, vases of baseballs, peanuts and cracker jacks.

I love the classic baseball feel of this party…..I always get requests for ideas for baseball-themed birthday parties and this is PERFECT inspiration!

June 10th, 2011 |

Trend Alert: Modern Mercury

I’ve always loved mercury glass…especially at the holidays.  My sister shares a love of all things sparkle-y, and with her upcoming wedding quickly approaching I have been doing research on ways to make mercury glass look modern.  Whether it’s a clean shaped vessel, or a series of monochromatic centerpieces, or {my favorite} a cluster of glass balls lit up with candles – here is a round-up of my favorite ways to make vintage mercury glass look updated.

Images: modern mercury vases (westelm.com), mercury glass balls (potterybarn.com), small hobnail centerpiece (josevillablog.com), faux mercury glass hurricanes (weddingbee.com), trio of mercury glass centerpieces (etsy.com), mirrored square vase centerpiece (floralartla.com)

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