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

June 28th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Americana Picnic

The latest issue of TPD Magazine has tons of creative ideas for hosting a stylish Fourth of July party.  Today, we are showing off the details of a patriotic picnic with pure Americana style from Anders Ruff.  Enjoy!

To create a fresh take on a traditional Americana picnic, we mixed in a traditional red, navy and white with some accents of aqua and kraft.  Some of the graphics have a “distressed” feeling, making it feel like a classic American Fair.  Pinwheels and firecrackers give off the vibe of summer and celebration, and we mixed inmodern patterns to give it a fresh feel. This collection was designed to be versatile for any summer BBQ or 4th of July celebration.

The dessert table had navy with white modern dot backdrop, paired with a classic white tablecloth and a kraft paper overlay to make it less “formal” and give off the vibe of a true american fair celebration. Galvanized metal played a role throughout the entire party, but in small doses.  Metal lanterns hung from the ceiling, and a printable pennants banner from our collection hung on the front of the table.  A stunning cake by Got What It Cakes served as the centerpiece with a bright pinwheel decor. “All American” caramel apples sat on top of the cupcake tiers with a printed party flag, pinwheel cookie pops by by Oh! So Yummy, white chocolate covered strawberries gave a fresh “summertime” feeling, and kraft paper bags were filled with candy as a party favor.  S’Mores kits and festive sparklers and matches that were embellished to coordinate were on hand for some patriotic fun.

Images by Becca Bond Photography

June 27th, 2011 |

Center Court Brunch

I am very excited to welcome Charynn of Two Sugar Babies as a new contributor to The Party Dress!  Since she is one of my go-to-girls for party inspiration (especially food!) and someone I bounce ideas off of on a daily basis, I knew she would be a great addition to the TPD family.Oh how I love Wimbledon…I get goosebumps every time I hear the music announcing the start of television coverage (yeah, I know…). Attending a match on center court is on my bucket list. But since that might not happen for a while, how about hosting a party to watch a match or two? To serve, I found a lovely selection of recipes online that are dedicated to food traditionally found at WimbledonPimm’s Cup (a traditional British summer drink), Eton Mess (a lovely take on Strawberries and Cream), and Scones with Jam and Clotted Cream (a personal favorite of mine). Enjoy!

June 27th, 2011 |

Game. Set. Match.

Since we are on a bit of a Wimbledon kick today, I thought I would show some creative ideas for a tennis-themed dessert table.  This darling table was designed by LouLou Events for a birthday party.  The star of the dessert table was the tennis court made of a wood frame and green m & m’s.  Footed bowls of chocolate “tennis balls” and mini tennis ball cookies from Libby from Polka Dot Cookies completed this table.  It’s such a simple, unique idea….perfect for players young or older (er)!

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

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