March 9th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Time for Tea

I’m very excited to share today’s real party with you……it’s sweet and girly and oh, so classic.  With a beautiful attention to detail, this tea party is sure to inspire you!  Shared with us by Andrea Edgar, you may remember the fabulous camp out party she threw for her son, Sawyer a while back.  I always get excited when one of Andrea’s parties show up in my inbox.  She has an incredible sense of style and you can see the love she puts into each party.  Here are a few details, as told by Andrea:

A tea party is a tradition in our family when our girls turn 5.  While this party theme is quite popular, I had a lot of fun with it as I staged it in our daughter’s bedroom!  It was the perfect pastel backdrop and made everything extra ‘girly’.  The invitations were definitely an inspiration for me – vintage but not too sophisticated.  This was a birthday for a five year old, after all!   I embellished them with glitter.  They are from http://www.etsy.com/shop/LoraleeLewis; the cake labels for the envelopes are from http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovecreationgal.

I found the vintage tins at Homesense (Canada’s Home Goods)  - they remind me of hat boxes!  Inside was a vintage cut glass tea cup filled with candy rockets, a felt tea bag, and an embellished hair clip (sewn by me!  see this tutorial), and some candy rockets.  The guests also took home a pearl necklace.

I used 5 fabrics, a pink solid, cream with blue polka dot, a blue polka dot organza, and two florals from tablecloths I found at Homesense that reminded me of Cath Kidston prints.  I promptly cut them up to make 3 table runners with ruffled edges, a bunting with pom-pom trim, a photobooth backdrop and handmade flowers. I sewed flowers of three different styles and of multiple sizes to adorn the chandelier, as well as to form a ‘bouquet’ in the teapot for the centerpiece.  I used some of my grandmother’s brooches to serve as the center of select flowers.  I also sewed crepe paper streamers to resemble ruffled fabric and strung it from the ceiling.  I made pom poms using pink and white tulle instead of the usual tissue paper and hung 5 of them at varying heights around the chandelier.  If felt like a bower thanks to the sloped ceilings in the room.  The table was set with my mismatched china, doily ‘placemats’, and pearl necklace ‘napkin rings’.  I ordered rose moulded sugars from LeChic Bakery Boutique.   The guests wore my oldest daughter’s collection of vintage hats.

For tea, everything was homemade: cranberry scones with devonshire cream and raspberry preserves, egg salad and heart-shaped pb & j sandwiches, carrots and snap peas, oreo truffles, jam thumbprint cookies, lemon bars, white chocolate-dipped strawberries, and vanilla cupcakes with raspberry buttercream.  The girls also drank LOTS of tea (actually, mostly milk with a little tea:)  The tiered tray was topped with the letter ‘M’ for our birthday girl, Meredith.

The guests were asked to bring their favorite doll or teddy bear.  We took photos, colored, made paper fans, played pass the present (unwrapping one layer at a time) and ‘Find Your Dolly’.  The girls had so much fun being little ladies – they really got into their roles!  This theme really reflected the transition of my preschooler maturing into being a little girl, too.

March 7th, 2011 |

Luck of the Irish Dinner Party

St. Patrick’s Day is a HUGE holiday in our family.  Always has been….always will be!  It’s a great opportunity to gather friends and family during this bland month for a little festive cheer and some delicious food!  Whether your celebration is big or small, these recipes from Williams-Sonoma are sure to please!

Image via A Perfect Event

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

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