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

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)

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