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)

June 8th, 2011 |

Mini Banana Splits

Can you say DELISH?!  I was pouring over Bon Appetit’s website last night looking for some recipe ideas for an upcoming party, and low and behold, I found what I think will be my “hot, new dessert” for summer…..a mini banana split!  Naomi from the blog, Bakers Royale, is responsible for this darling idea.  She takes one-inch slices of bananas and coats them in chocolate and sprinkles. Then she scoops out the centers, fills them with ice cream, and tops them with a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry. It’s the perfect miniature take on the soda fountain classic!

Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2011/06/mini-banana-splits.html#ixzz1OePZGZtj

June 8th, 2011 |

Pink & Green Summer Celebration

We have done so many pink and green parties lately, that I am just swimming with ideas!  Whether you are planning a bridal shower (did you see the gorgeous one we posted last week featuring our exploded lattice collection?!) or a little girl’s birthday party (just WAIT until you see the birthday party we just did featuring our lilly flower collection…..it’s debuting in the next issue of TPD Magazine!), or even a wedding – pink and green can be sweet, preppy, or sophisticated.

Images: invitation (minted.com), table setting (bhg.com), lemon creme brulee (bonappetit.com), napkin (brides.com), pink and green dessert table (goodhousekeeping.com), tulip and hydrangea centerpiece (floralartla.com), party favor cones (rebeccathus.com)

June 3rd, 2011 |

{Lightbulb Idea!} His & Her Cocktails

I came across this picture while swooning away over one of Salt Harbor’s latest weddings.  It was like a lightbulb went off above my head…..his and her signature cocktails!  It’s totally charming, and somewhat genius….and would make the perfect addition to a wedding or special birthday party.

So….if you and your significant other had to choose a cocktail, what would it be?!

June 2nd, 2011 |

Sweet Teacher Gift Idea

With this school year rapidly coming to a close, it’s time to put your thinking cap on to come up with a unique gift for your little ones to bring their teacher.  I love this idea from Family Fun – package homemade truffles in a simple white box.  You can dress it up by drawing lines on the lid of the box to look like handwriting paper, and then have your child write their teacher’s name on it.

Cute and Yummy!  Click here for the recipe.

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