March 1st, 2011 |

Happy Birthday! News! Discounts!

It’s a day of celebration here at The Party Dress and WH Hostess!  We are celebrating TPD’s 2nd birthday and WH Hostess’s 1st birthday!  It’s been an amazing year and we have so much to be thankful for.  So, to celebrate…..we are doing a little reflecting, followed by a little celebrating with some BIG news and are finishing it up with a discount code good for TODAY ONLY!

The Party Dress was started in 2009 as a creative outlet for me – a hobby, a place to share my musings about entertaining and throwing parties.  Never in a million years would I have thought that {fast-forward two years} THIS MANY people would want to read what I write everyday.  Nor did I ever imagine that it would inspire a whole new career for me.

WH Hostess was inspired by our daily readers and has grown rapidly in it’s first year of life.  I literally can say that I have the BEST job in the world.  I spend my days creating party ideas, designing and crafting party invitations and accessories for my amazing customers.  In February alone, WH Hostess was a part of over 300 birthday parties, baby and bridal showers all over the US (and a few other countries, as well).  It brings me huge joy to think of all of the happy occasions that we get to be a part of.

So, that being said…..on to the news:

The Party Dress is expanding into a quarterly e-glossy magazine!  Yup, ya heard me….a MAGAZINE!  Chock full of stunning, amazing parties never seen before, DIY entertaining ideas and Easter celebrations – TPD Magazine is going to blow you away!  We have a ridiculously talented group of contributors lined up for this premiere issue and it’s taken all I have not to share this news with you sooner.  A long time in the making, we are so excited to take this next step!  The magazine will launch in just three short weeks on Monday, March 21st.  Are you a subscriber to our newsletter?  If so, you will receive an early preview….so make sure to sign up!

We are so excited and hope you will be too!  And the business side of me also wants to mention that we have just a couple advertising spots left, so if you are interested in being a part of this issue, please e-mail hostess@thepartydress.net.

On to the discounts!  To celebrate the amazing year we have had, we are offering all of YOU a 10% discount on all orders placed on whhostess.com TODAY ONLY!  Enjoy….and I thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for letting me do what I love to do!

February 28th, 2011 |

WH Hostess Easter Bunny Collection

We are ready to hop into Spring over here at WH Hostess!  It’s so refreshing to see the sudden shift in party themes.  We have gone from shipping out woodland forest creatures, to shipping out more and more bumble bees and lady bugs.  With Easter falling late this year (the end of April!), we think it’s the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for a brunch or egg hunt.  And we have the perfect collection of party goods for you…….

February 25th, 2011 |

Fresh Spring Tablesetting

You all know I’m a sucker for grass plant centerpieces, so it’s no surprise that I was taken with this stunning table setting from Hatch Creative Studios.  I love how crisp it is, and of course the use of green grass and moss as accents.  Stunning!

Chic Wedding Stationery from Minted.com

February 23rd, 2011 |

Rugby Stripe Boy Birthday Party Ideas

What’s a mom to do when her son is all BOY and only wants a birthday party centered around sports?  That is exactly what my client said to me when I started working on her party.  I say roll with the punches and give them what they want…..but maybe with more of a stylized point of view.  Have you ever looked for sports-themed party goods?  It’s tough to find something that isn’t super cheesy!  So, we create a new collection that features Ralph Lauren-inspired stripes, a preppy trophy and accents of footballs and soccer balls.  I’m a sucker for anything preppy, striped and inspired by Ralph…..so you can bet I’m pretty much obsessed with this new collection!

Check out the ideas above….can’t wait to show you how the party turns out in a couple of weeks!

Images: rugby stripe invitation (whhostess.com), rubber band striped votive candles (bhg.com), striped straws (etsy.com), paper chains (magchunk.com), sports gift tags (whhostess.com), baseball centerpiece (sdkphoto.com), pop can containers (jldesignsandevents.com), pinwheel dessert table (mylife-myloves.blogspot.com), bandana goodie bags (bhg.com), trophy sticker (whhostess.com), ice cream balls (), sport ball cake pops (savethedate4cupcakes.com)

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February 21st, 2011 |

Preppy Mod Baby Shower Ideas

I’ve been a busy bee working on a bunch of upcoming Spring parties.  I’ll share some tidbits of each party along the next few weeks, but today I am showing you the inspiration board for an upcoming baby shower.  The hosts wanted something super sunny, with a preppy and slightly modern edge – perfect to welcome both Spring and a new baby!

The inspiration board is based around a new collection for us that includes a yellow Greek key pattern, and pops of hot pink and grass green.  Combining modern patterns like the Greek key and ikat, and a sweet summer-like eyelet will help me achieve a layered look that I think will be fabulous!  I’m focusing on a stunning tablesetting for lunch, a small dessert table and party favors for the guests.  More details to come soon!

Images: table setting, dessert table, watermelon cubes (amyatlas.com), pink peony centerpiece (josevillablog.com), double-sided Greek key baby shower invitation (whhostess.com), floating flower centerpiece (brides.com), placesetting (marthastewartweddings.com), champagne (karljuengel.com), lavender water glasses (sundaysuppers.com) lemonade party favor (eatdrinkchic.com), mini crab cakes (theknot.com), ikat bowl (anthropologie.com)

February 17th, 2011 |

Blush Punch

I’m always looking for non-alcoholic “cocktail” recipes – and this one from Style at Home looks DELICIOUS!

Ingredients

  • One 12-ounce container frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 4 cups club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: lemon curls (optional)

Directions
Combine the pink lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher or container. Stir in the club soda just before serving. Pour into champagne flutes. Garnish, if desired.  And I love the concept of serving punch in champagne glasses instead of the traditional punch glass, don’t you?!


February 15th, 2011 |

Love in Bloom: Ideas for a Sophisticated, Spring Wedding

I am SO in the mood for Spring.  Every time I close my eyes, I have visions of soft, pastel colors, and picture beautiful flowers in bloom (especially peonies!).  Seeing as though I live in Chicago and we are still digging ourselves out from the most recent blizzard….this inspiration board is going to have to tide me over for now.  A girl can dream….

Images: bride (kellyoshireevents.com), champagne, white cake and peony bouquet (theknot.com), centerpiece (michellerago.com), table setting (stylemepretty.com), taupe wedding cake (thecakegirls.com), party favors (brides.com)

Chic Wedding Stationery from Minted.com

February 14th, 2011 |

Giveaway: Minted Winner

February 9th, 2011 |

Martha Stewart’s Doer of the Week

Today is a very exciting day for me….I am being featured on Martha Stewart’s Dreamers into Doers site as their “Doer of the Week!”  I’ve know about this for a couple weeks now, and it’s taken all of my restraint not to scream it from the rooftops to all of you!    Such a lovely honor to be featured in this community of extremely talented and business-savvy women!  Click on the image above to read the full feature – and learn a little bit more about me and my business.

February 8th, 2011 |

playful panini POPS!

Playful Panini Pops

Perfect for your next playdate, valentine’s day party or kid’s birthday party, Panini Happy came up with this adorable idea!  These are basically mini grilled cheese sandwiches on a stick, so you can choose whatever bread and cheese you like. It’s probably best to stick with the semi-firm cheeses, as soft cheeses may melt too much to hold the lollipop sticks in place.

INGREDIENTS

Sliced country-style bread (relatively dense is best, I used sourdough)
Cheese (semi-firm, such as cheddar)
Finely crumbled or minced add-ins (e.g., bacon, herbs, peppers, olives)

Lollipop sticks (I used Wilton’s)
Cookie cutters

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the panini grill to medium-high heat (375°).

Assemble your panini, incorporating a generous amount of cheese to ensure there will be enough to hold the lollipop sticks in place.

Grill the panini for about 4 minutes until golden grill marks appear. Remove from the heat and immediately cut out shapes with cookie cutters (NOTE: If you’re using a metal cutter it will get HOT very quickly, so take care not to burn your fingers) and insert lollipop sticks.

Depending on the cheese you’re using you may need to wait a minute or two for the cheese to set the stick in place before serving. Enjoy!

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