April 26th, 2011 |

Simple Cinco de Mayo Recipes

I’m a sucker for Mexican food (especially since so much of it is based around corn products….which works nicely with my gluten-free lifestyle!), so when Cinco de Mayo comes around, I like whipping out a few new recipes to celebrate with friends!  Food Network has a great collection of recipes hand-picked by their celebrity chefs, and these are four that are on my radar for next week:

April 25th, 2011 |

BATMAN! A Superhero Birthday Party

My good friend, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, just hosted THE most darling vintage Batman birthday party for her son, Keaton….and I literally JUMPED at the chance to feature it!  We all know Charynn is quite the fondant queen, her cupcake toppers have graced the tables of hundreds of birthday parties (and are a regular staple at all of mine!)….but did you know she was THIS creative?!

Keaton’s favorite thing right now is Batman….so what’s a mom to do when her son desperately wants a character birthday party?!  Do it REALLY, REALLY well!  She used more of the vintage images as her inspiration, with  blue, gray, yellow, and black as the main colors.  Anders Ruff worked with her to transform their super hero package into a custom Batman package, so that it  fit with her ideas perfectly.  The party had three main tables….a  favor table with framed pictures of Keaton in his Batman costume, a batman banner, buckets with name tags for each kid to fill with treats, including custom made Batman crayons, superhero masks, Batman fruit snacks, custom sugar cookies, coloring pages, and other Batman costume supplies.

A small kid’s table was set up for the kids attending. Charynn created a set of 3d letters that spelled “Keaton” with vintage Batman comic books (which I am OBSESSED with – what a creative centerpiece!), vintage Batman prints as placemats, individual sugar cookies, and bottles filled with “joker juice.”

For the dessert table,  a 2 tiered Batman and Joker themed cake (inspired by Keaton’s favorite toy sets) sat centerstage, brownie pops decorated as Batman, Joker, and Robin, AMAZING sugar cookies by Sugarbelle’s, red velvet cupcakes with Batman emblem, “Pow!”, and “Bam!” toppers (placed in adorable cupcake wrappers designed by Anders Ruff Custom Designs), a mini candy bar held in Kandy Kones, and chocolate-covered oreos. Charynn custom designed and made cupcake stands and boxes to hold the cake pops and mini candy buffet.

The amount of details she put into this cake is just amazing….Keaton is one lucky boy!  Here are a few more detail pictures of all of the superhero desserts!

April 19th, 2011 |

Creative Easter Egg Topiary Tree

I have been quietly obsessing over these F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S Easter egg topiary trees made by Eddie Ross for Woman’s Day.  It’s time to share them! Love the patterns on those eggs?!  I do!  Want to know how you too, can get eggs in those fresh, modern patterns?  Simply glue paper napkins onto plastic eggs!  The tree is made from a Styrofoam cone, covered with Easter basket grass, and then he glued the napkin-covered eggs on, and placed them in lovely white footed dishes.

So creative!  I love how fresh, yet somewhat preppy these are….they would be perfect on my dining room table for this weekend!

April 18th, 2011 |

Lovely, Little Ladybug Party

Happy Monday, Everyone!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I thought we would start our week of party inspiration off on a happy note!  You all know how much I L-O-V-E lady bugs…..our red and pink ladybug collections are some of my all-time favorites, and has been very popular this Spring.  These pictures come from a recent party thrown by one of my clients for her daughter, Audrey’s first birthday.

I love how she used all of our cute details and threw in her own patterned backdrop, coordinating party hat and bib for the birthday girl….not to mention the girls’ outfits!  Such a darling party….I couldn’t wait to share the pics with you!

To view our pink ladybug collection, click here.

April 14th, 2011 |

Creative Easter Eggs

These creative ideas from Better Homes and Gardens have me wanting to run out to the store to get eggs to dye!

April 11th, 2011 |

Preppy Mod Baby Shower: Tabletop Details

I had so much fun styling this preppy mod baby shower for the premiere issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  It combined some of my favorite things right now…..the color yellow, the Greek key pattern, beautiful pink tulips and a modern dessert table that I could spend hours drooling over!

Inspired by our Preggo Baby Shower Collection, the table held a few special details that I think could provide you with inspiration for any type of Spring party.  We carried the Greek key pattern from the invitation into the table linens by making table runner out of our new “fabric by the yard“.  I think it would have been a really busy tablecloth had it be an all-over pattern, but by using two runners over a crisp white tablecloth, it helped to break up the pattern and create a modern look.  I always like adding a vertical element to my tables to really define the space.  Eyelet paper lanterns added a sweet, preppy touch without taking the attention away from the colorful table.

I got creative with my napkin treatment by stuffing the green napkin (held with a pink gerber daisy napkin ring) inside the over-sized, plaid mug.  The mug was going to be used to serve a Spring soup in, and it freed up some room on the table, too.  The pink placecards added a nice pop atop the patterned runners, and tied in the accent color from our gorgeous centerpiece of pink tulips.    I just fell in love with these tulips….they are called parrot tulips and have amazingly beautiful feathered edges.  And if anyone is wondering….that centerpiece took 4 dozen tulips!

We used some darling accessories for this tablesetting, and they all came from Crate & Barrel!  If you are looking to re-create this look, you can find these products here: white eyelet paper lanterns, yellow salad plate, pink gerber daisy napkin ring, yellow plaid mug.

Stay tuned tomorrow for more details on the delicious and darling dessert table!

April 8th, 2011 |

Mimosa Bar: Colorful Spring Cocktails

Anyone hosting a party this weekend?!  I shared one of my favorite entertaining ideas in the first issue of The Party Dress Magazine….a stunning mimosa bar!  You can step up the style at your next cocktail party or brunch with a colorful mimosa bar
full of flavor and garnish options.  They are simple to set up and offer the hostess a stunning, yet hands-off method for serving a crowd.  Simple touches, like a striking centerpiece or interesting linens, can make your table unique.

Create a balance of containers around one grand centerpiece to create this symmetrical look.  Square, cube vases in varying sizes were used to hold the champagne bottles on ice and fruit garnishes.  Oil cruets are used to house the various fruit nectars, and color-coded tags helped to identify and brand the table further.  Add a few rows of flutes and voila!

Do you like the drink tags?!  Well, it’s your lucky day!  Click HERE for a free download to use at your next party.

April 6th, 2011 |

Hanging Placecard Display

I’m totally swooning over this hanging placecard display from Salt Harbor Designs……..it somehow looks both classic and modern….pure perfection!

April 5th, 2011 |

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April 4th, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Mod Safari Birthday Party

Today’s featured party comes from party blogger and event stylist, Christi Bennett of P is for Party.  Featured in our premiere issue of The Party Dress Magazine, this party is chock full of sophisticated details that were loved by kids and parents alike.  When Christi asked me to create a “modern safari or zoo” collection for her son’s birthday party, I took my color direction from the party room at the Houston Zoo.  The rusty-red and brown carpet helped set the color palette for the party (and even inspired the graphic patterns we used throughout the event).

Christi had less than an hour to create this festive environment – and had to transport all of the decorations, sweets and party favors into the zoo.  Not an easy task!  She created a natural look with burlap tablecloths, grass plant centerpieces (cube vases wrapped with our patterned paper and embellished with centerpiece sticks), and safari details such as animal print napkins, basket weave paper plates, and mini water bottles wrapped in our coordinating labels.  Each child had a safari hat and yellow binoculars tied with a gift tag at their place …..perfect for exploring the zoo!

The kids were given snacks in brown paper bags sealed with a “party animal” sticker to carry around the zoo while they explored.  But the big highlight was the dessert table!  A neutral, burlap backdrop and tablecloth set the stage for all of the fabulous goodies to POP!  A coordinating banner and paper chains decorated the table.

The sweets on the table were arranged around the F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S cake by Cakes by Gina, on a white pedestal cake stand.  Isn’t it wonderful?!  She did an amazing job of incorporating the banner detail from the invitation, as well as the 3-d fondant lion and giraffe.

On to the sweets!  Christi used small details to tie together the table and give it a cohesive look.  Candy jar tags, food tent cards, flags on pop sticks, and patterned tray liners (a simple way to dress up your basic, white serving pieces).  The sweets included round brownie bites with fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies, rice crispy pops, chocolate-dipped marshmallow pops, candy, cupcakes with fondant toppers by Sweet Petal Bakery and couture cookies by Allyson Jane.

The kids enjoyed face painting and bubbles while enjoying their sweets.  Their little animal faces make me smile every time I look at these pictures!  Can’t you just imagine how proud and excited their were as they walked around the zoo with their painted faces?!

The party favors were displayed on a table using natural elements such as wood slabs and moss to accessorize the table.  Small plastic animals, mini bubbles and muslin bags by Perideau Designs held little sweets.  What I love about this party is that Christi took a classic zoo birthday party theme, and gave it an updated look with the modern patterns and fresh color palette.

Photography by Ellenzilla Photography

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