December 8th, 2010 |

Holiday Table Challenge: Pepper Design Studio

Morgan Spenla of Pepper Design Studio designed our next Holiday Table Challenge entry and you are in store for a real treat!   Pepper Design Studio is one of my favorite design blogs – not only for the lovely party features, but also for her home decor ideas, and updates on her real-life home renovation (I have SO related to many of her posts as we have been renovating our first home this year).  In her words – “PDB is a little space offering inspiration for the design guru in each of us – a collage of handmade projects, DIY tips and ah-ha! moments shared to inspire.”

I always love Morgan’s take on vintage style, and the table setting she put together for our Holiday Table Challenge fits that style perfectly.  Here are a few pictures and a description (in her words) of her table:

My inspiration for this table setting is ‘Vintage Christmas’ and I was especially drawn to the intricate and delicate patterns of antique crocheted doilies. Over the past several months I’ve grown a little collection, and when matched with modern tableware I think the thrift store finds look stunning. Sew several together at the ends to create a beautiful runner, or stack an individual doily on each plate to create a ‘snowflake-esq’ centerpiece. Bits of burlap, raffia, dried roses and milk glass help to round out the antique feel, while crisp white plates, starched linens and cactus in clay pots brings a  contemporary vibe to the tablescape.

My favorite DIY project from the table is the newspaper confetti (playing up on that snowflake theme) created from a craft punch. When tied to the base of a wine glass they serve as little accent pieces or even place cards/name tags. The runner underneath each plate was made out of a vintage-y patterned wrapping paper from Ikea. Easy to create and easy to clean up when the table gets a bit messy!

December 7th, 2010 |

Holiday Decorating: Light Up Your Entryway

holiday outdoor decorationg: light up your entrywayI’m always looking for unique ways to dress up the front of my house for a party.  You know, a gorgeous way of signaling “the party’s here!”?!  This idea from Better Homes and Gardens is just that.

Take your old cylinder vases, or hurricanes that you put away for the season to make room for holiday decor, and fill them up with black stones, leaves, berries and candles.  Place along your front path, up your front steps or even lining your driveway.  The glow of the candles will be the perfect warm welcome to your guests!

December 7th, 2010 |

Holiday Table Challenge: Celebrations at Home

Our next Holiday Table Challenge entry is from Chris Nease of Celebrations At Home, one of my daily go-to resources for event planning inspiration.  Chris founded Celebrations At Home in the Fall of 2008 with the idea of making the smaller celebrations in ones life, stylish and memorable.  She has always had a passion for entertaining, going back to age 18 when she invested in a set of ‘good china’ while in college!  Chris has always loved combining her talents and passions to plan and design a multitude of parties, showers, and small weddings for friends and family, taking care of every detail from food to entertainment.  She seamlessly showcases her ideas daily on Celebrations At Home, and gives easy instructions on how to recreate her ideas at home.
Now, on to the good stuff!  Without further ado….Chris’s Holiday Table Challenge entry (with description from her):

celebrations at home black white and bling holiday table I wanted to create an elegant holiday party that would translate to other celebrations (anniversary, special birthday, wedding) throughout the year. What says “celebrate” better than black & white & silver & sparkle?

celebrations at home holiday table details

The table was layered with an acrylic beaded curtain, a mirrored tray with silver candle holders & shiny ornaments, and silver chargers trimmed with marabou boas. Each guest has a napkin wrapped with ribbon tied to a festive balloon. This adds height to the table as well as adds to the party atmosphere. The white hydrangeas placed on pillar candlesticks, and fluffy boa trim evoke the feeling of a snowy winter’s night, while the ornaments and ornament place card holders convey Christmas and New Years Eve.

celebrations at home holiday table placesetting details

At the center of each plate is a mini martini glass filled with chocolate bonbons. The glittery bonbons from Bedazzle My Bonbons are the perfect unexpected touch to serve for dessert or as a take-home favor. More sparkle is added with edible glitter, from Sweets Baking Supply, applied to the rim of the glass, and an acrylic droplet hanging off the side.
This table would be easy to re-create, and I hope you are inspired for your own celebrations! Happy Holidays! Designer Party Supplies

December 6th, 2010 |

Giveaway: Lemontree Paperie

Don’t you just love all of these AMAZING giveaways we have this month!?  This week’s giveaway is from the oh, so popular online stationery boutique, Lemontree Paperie.  Offering fabulous designs created by the most creative designers in the world of stationery, Lemontree Paperie will captivate your eyes with their clean lines, whimsical imagery, and classic style with a modern twist.  They pride themselves not only for their wonderful selection, but also for their personalized service from friendly and experienced professionals who love paper and are passionate about guiding you through this fun process.

Today’s giveaway prize (it’s FABULOUS, by the way) comes from one of the Lemontree Paperie‘s favorite vendors, Whitney English.  The name has become synonymous with modern classic style to paper lovers everywhere. The designs in the collections are instantly recognizable for their patterns with a sophisticated edge and signature saturated colors. Charming interpretations of favorite motifs and themes adorn note cards, announcements, personal stationery and gift items.

And today…, we are offering you a chance at winning a few of them!

Lemontree Paperie is offering one of our readers a set of 4 items, including:

Pretty fabulous, right?!  So, here’s how to play:

Head on over to Lemontree Paperie, scroll around and enjoy their darling shop!  Come back here and leave a comment on what your favorite product/classification is in their shop.  A winner will be chosen at random.  Contest starts NOW!  and ends Thursday, December 9, 2010 at midnight CST.  Good luck!

December 6th, 2010 |

Holiday Table Challenge: Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Events

Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Events

Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Events offers this full range of creative services to clients in the retail, nonprofit and service industries.  Based in Palm Beach, Florida, it is her passion to create events that incorporate each client’s individual vision, personality and style.  I love Beth’s Palm Beach style and have featured a few of her parties on The Party Dress (did you see her fabulous coral baby shower recently?).

Being based in Florida, it’s only fitting that Beth created a “Coastal Christmas” table setting for our Holiday Table Challenge.  I’m not the only one that thinks it’s spectacular….The Palm Beach Daily News thinks so too!  When Beth told them about our Holiday Table Challenge and the innovative table she put together, they decided to write a story about it!  Check it out here.

Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Events Coastal Christmas Table Setting

After planning a coral baby shower and a starfish surprise 30th birthday party, I thought it would be fun to incorporate that theme into a “Coastal Christmas.” To get started, I saw starfish garland at one of my favorite local home decor stores, Pineapples, Palms, etc. I then came across the starfish Christmas trees at The Back Porch and that is when I decided to add the turquoise color to the white, cream and gold palette.  I hope you enjoy the natural, seaside twist to Christmas.

Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Events Coastal Christmas Table Setting DetailsList of resources: starfish cake pops, turquoise chargers, placemats, dinner plates, salad plates, wine glasses

15% Off Holiday Cards

December 6th, 2010 |

Holiday Table Challenge

I am so excited to kick off The Party Dress’s first ever “blogger’s challenge!”  The holiday season has been kicked into full gear this week…the shopping, the decorating, the party planning…and I want to make sure you have ideas and inspiration for every event you may be participating in this season.

I presented a blogger’s challenge to some of my favorite bloggers, stylists, bakers, and friends: create a holiday table to inspire my readers.  It could be a table setting, dessert table or kid’s holiday party table.  No rules, no restrictions, no suggestions.  Just create something that speaks to your individual style!  WAIT until you see what I got back! Ideas and AMAZING inspiration from some of the most talented people I know.  And I can’t wait to share them with you!

So, keep your eyes peeled over the course of the next couple of weeks.  In addition to my normal posting, there will be a new Holiday Table Challenge post every day.  Get excited ladies, there is a whole lot of fabulous-ness coming your way!

December 5th, 2010 |

Winner: Luna Bazaar Giveaway

December 1st, 2010 |

Modern Barbie 1st Birthday

Today’s party is bold and colorful….perfect for a winter Wednesday!  Chloe’s mom contacted me this fall to create a stationery suite for her daughter’s first birthday.  She wanted a modern barbie theme and had already picked out the birthday girl’s darling outfit, which inspired the whole collection!  A hot pink, black and white color palette was born, throw in a touch of zebra print and a modern “barbie” silhouette….and voila!  This is one cute party!

I’m in love with the chalkboard sign that welcomed guests to Chloe’s party!  What a fun piece to have in your home!  A patterned banner decorated the party space and the dessert table took the center stage.

The dessert table was covered with black and white polka dot linens, and was pulled back with two large pink bows.  I love how the use of all glass jars, bowls and cake stands really made the hot pink candy POP! on the table.  Coordinating candy jar tags, cupcake toppers and food tent cards helped to carry the theme throughout the party, as did the darling couture cookies by Allyson Jane Designer Desserts.

Barbie dolls (tied with a coordinating gift tag) were sent home with each child as their party favor….cute and fun, right?!  I love the energy of this party!  So bright and festive….a great way to celebrate Chloe’s first birthday!  I think this party is a perfect example of how to host a cute party indoors (I get so many questions about this during the winter!).  Great job, Wendy!

Photography by Jennifer Powell

November 30th, 2010 |

Winner: Munchkin Designs Winner

November 30th, 2010 |

Green with Envy

When it comes to decorating my home for Christmas, the first color I reach for is green.  Shocking, right?  I love combining the deep forest green, grass green and chartreuse together…especially when there is a touch of shimmer involved.  Better Homes and Gardens is a great resource for decorating and tabletop ideas, and this season I was especially drawn to their ideas centered around the green color palette.

I am completely swooning over this ornament tree above.  How fabulous would it be hung over your holiday buffet table?!  Each of the images below shows off a unique idea using greenery, candy or gift-wrapped packages – and I adore each of them!

Images via Better Homes and Gardens

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