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

November 29th, 2010 |

Giveaway: Luna Bazaar

I have a fabulous surprise for you today!  Our newest advertiser, Luna Bazaar, is hosting an amazing giveaway…..one lucky winner is going to walk away with a $200 shopping spree!  Excited?!  Read on for more details….

Luna Bazaar has been one of my favorite go-to-shops for party supplies for a while now.  Known for their amazing selection of paper lanterns (and they make it so easy to shop by color!), they also have a great selection of holiday decorations.  Everything from ornaments, to lit garland, luminaries, and glass candle holders in a rainbow of colors – perfect for matching any table setting!  I love their selection of white paper honeycomb decorations (see how I recently used them here).

Whether you are planning a party in a unique color palette (L-O-V-I-N-G the pink, green and red color palette this Christmas!) or want to go totally glam with silver and gold foil decorations and mercury glass candle holders….there are so many options to help you plan and decorate your best holiday yet!

Now that I have you drooling over all of Luna Bazaar’s fabulous products…..let’s get to the fun stuff!

Enter to win a $200 shopping spree by heading over to lunabazaar.com.  Look around, be inspired!  And come back here to comment on what your favorite holiday items are.  Want a couple of extra chances to win?!

  • Inspire Us!  Tell us how you would use your favorite holiday item from Luna Bazaar.
  • Become a fan on Facebook
  • Become a fan on Twitter
  • Blog about our giveaway

Good luck!  Contest runs from Monday, November 29, 2010 – Thursday, December 2, 2010 at midnight CST.

November 25th, 2010 |

Giveaway: Munchkin Designs

Thanksgiving Day is the traditional kick-off for holiday shopping, so how better to start this shopping season other than with a giveaway?!  Our sponsor, Munchkin Designs, has a darling shop chock full of cute gift ideas.  Whether you are looking for a custom lunch box for your little one, hip paper goods, or darling t-shirts and onesies, Munchkin Designs has something for everyone!

Today, they have offered up a darling giveaway for all of you!  This Dear Santa, Define Good tee is a must have for your sweet little munchkin this holiday season!  Made of super soft cotton, this tee is sure to be a favorite all year long.  Here’s how to win it!

Take a spin through Munchkin Design’s darling shop, head back here to comment on what your favorite item or category is.  Simple as that!  And if you are looking for a couple of extra chances to win….become a fan on Facebook and/or follow us on Twitter (count it up….that’s three chances to win!).  Giveaway starts now!  and ends Sunday at midnight CST.  Good luck and Happy Thanksgiving!

November 23rd, 2010 |

Holiday Shopping Guide

‘Tis the season to shop ’til you drop!  To help you move through your shopping list a little bit faster this season, I compiled a holiday shopping guide to share my favorite items this year.  Eye candy, gift ideas, inspiration for home decor…..I hope you enjoy!

Click on the image above to enter the holiday shopping guide.

November 22nd, 2010 |

Turkey Dinner: The Night After

Are you entertaining friends or family the day after Thanksgiving?  I always find that weekend challenging for entertaining – it’s a great weekend to do it with friends and family in town, everyone feeling the festive Thanksgiving spirit.  However, I start to decorate my house for Christmas that weekend, so I always feel a little too dis-organized for entertaining!

One idea I had for making this process a bit smoother, is to decorate with items that work for both holidays!  Take the picture above from Pottery Barn – the rustic colors lend itself to Thanksgiving decor, but the twig stars can carry you all the way through Christmas!  Natural centerpieces are also a great way to go – a bowl full of artichokes, or pomegranates will add texture and color to your table.

Re-purpose your leftover turkey by serving a turkey pot pie for dinner, add in a side of maple-glazed acorn squash and a delicious chocolate souffle cake for dessert!  YUM!  Your guests won’t even realize they are eating leftover turkey!

Images: table setting (potterybarn.com), napkin (bhg.com), artichoke centerpiece (midwestliving.com)

November 18th, 2010 |

Thanksgiving Dessert Ideas

 

When it comes to Thanksgiving desserts, I like to think a little bit more out-of-the-box than your traditional apple pie.  Don’t get me wrong….there will be apple pie at my Thanksgiving celebration!  But, I think it’s always good to bring something new to the table.  Here are a few new dessert recipes that I think could make a great impression at your holiday dinner:

  1. Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake
  2. Apple-Cranberry Mince Tarts
  3. Chocolate Loaf with Butterscotch Glaze
  4. Praline Pumpkin Torte
  5. Pumpkin Ice Cream Torte with Ginger Crust
  6. Pear Tart Tatin
  7. Persimmon Creme Brulee
  8. Cherry Almond Tart

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