June 30th, 2011 |
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 |
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 |
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 Wimbledon. Pimm’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 |
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 |
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?
- Become a fan of Silhouette on Facebook
- Become a fan of The Party Dress on Facebook
- 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 22nd, 2011 |
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 |
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