April 23rd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | DECOR IDEAS

Derby Party Hanging Sign by WH Hostess

When it came time to help one of my favorite Houston clients plan her son’s first birthday party, we tossed around quite a few classic boy themes.  After much deliberation, a “Dapper Derby” theme was born and guests were invited to “Derby Day at the Addison Downs”.

With a crisp color palette of blue, yellow and green, it was a perfect theme where we could combine “dapper” elements from a little man theme (bow ties and haberdashery stripes), #1 prize ribbons from a horse race theme, and southern traditions such as mint juleps and trophy cups from the classic Kentucky Derby.  I’m sharing the gorgeous images from Ellenzilla Photography with you all week long to 1) share this amazing party with you, but also B) to inspire you with ideas for your very own Derby party.

Yesterday, I shared two big ideas that could easily be replicated: a prize ribbon back drop for a “photo booth” and trophy cup centerpieces.  Today, I’m back with the decor details!

foyer floral arrangement

This party contains the perfect combination of southern charm and playful, preppy decor, appealing to both the adults and children in attendance.  And I believe there are tons of inspiring ideas that you could use to host your own Derby party to celebrate the race on May 3-4th. WH Hostess designed all of the coordinating paper goods, fabric and Cake Plate Clings, giving the party a cohesive look.

Upon arriving at the party, guests were greeted with a balloon-lined path.  The balloons were custom-printed with our horse silhouette, and a coordinating welcome sign hung at the front door.  A luscious arrangement of yellow and white blooms stood grandly in the foyer, arranged in a white “trophy cup” urn.  The floral arrangement was surrounded by photos of Cameron’s first year.  Blue, yellow and green poms hung off the chandelier above.

yellow and green tables for derby party with trophy cup centerpiecesGuests made their way into the great room, where tables were set up with white Chivari chairs, layered green and yellow tablecloths, and gorgeous flower arrangements in silver trophy cups.  View a detail of the centerpieces here.  The kids table had so many darling details, I’m saving them for their own post later today….so check back around lunchtime!

kids table at derby party

yellow blue and green hanging poms for derby partyColorful poms hung from the chandelier in the great room, and the fireplace was adorned with julep cup floral arrangements, and a custom garland of braided ribbons and an oversized “prize ribbon”.

detail of paper prize ribbon decoration at derby partyoutdoor fireplace decorated for a derby partyThese decorations were repeated in the outdoor living room, along with the addition of throw pillows made from our custom pony lattice and haberdashery stripe fabrics.  A “trough” of wheat grass sat on the coffee table, along with mini toy horses that we spray-painted in our pop colors of yellow, blue and green.

spray painted toy horses for derby partyoutdoor patio decorated for derby partyThe kids were entertained with pony rides, a bounce house and an old-fashioned horse race.  (more details on that later this afternoon!) And one of my favorite decor details of this party was the custom-printed balloons featuring my horse silhouette.

balloons with custom horse silhouetteCheck back often today for more posts about Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party!

Paper Goods & Fabric by WH Hostess  |  Photography by Ellenzilla Photography  |  Flowers by Blooming Gallery  |  Tables & Linens by  A Fare Extraordinaire  |  Balloons by Balloon Masters  |  White and Silver Trophy Cup Urns from ZGallerie

April 22nd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | TROPHY CUP CENTERPIECES

trophy cup centerpiece for derby partyA simple way to carry out the Derby theme for your party is to recreate these gorgeous centerpieces from Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party.  Blooming Gallery create these luscious arrangements of yellow, white and green blooms.  Placed in a silver trophy cup from ZGallerie, they were the perfect addition to the tables.

yellow white and green floral centerpieces for derby partysilver trophy cup vase for derby partyStay tuned for more details from Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday Party!

Photography by Ellenzilla

April 22nd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | PHOTO BOOTH IDEAS

Derby Party Photo Booth BackdropI recently had the pleasure of working with one of my favorite clients to design her son’s first birthday.  To incorporate all things preppy, a touch of southern hospitality to celebrate her little man, we set a “Dapper Derby” theme with a crisp blue, yellow and green color palette. I’m so excited to share all of the images and ideas with you, and since the Kentucky Derby just around the corner, I’m going to be breaking down the party ideas all week long so you can replicate some into your own Derby celebration.

IMG_0912-2-2The first idea is to create a “photo booth” with a prize ribbon backdrop.  Photo booths are a great activity at any party, guests young and old will enjoy posing with fun props to take pictures to remember the day.  I created this back drop by making individual paper “prize ribbons”.  (this was quite a project and even more interesting in how I folded it up to ship it down to Houston….but that story is for another day!)  You could easily recreate this look by using scrapbook paper and ribbon in whatever color palette you choose.

felt bow tie props for photo boothFelt bowties by  The Bridal Prop Shop were on-hand for guests to pose with, and when it came time for Cameron’s smash cake, his high chair was placed in front of the backdrop, framing his cute little face perfectly!

Derby Party Photo Booth Backdrop Cake SmashStay tuned for more details of Cameron’s Dapper Derby First Birthday Party!

Photography by Ellenzilla

April 17th, 2013 |

PINTEREST PARTY with THE HONEST COMPANY

pinterest party with the honest companyWe’re gearing up for a fun Pinning party tonight with The Honest Company!  Join us for creative ideas with a strawberry theme – everything from nursery decor, to clothing, to DIY projects and gift ideas.

Who. The Honest Company, Ampersand Design Studio, Better Homes & Gardens, cupcakeMAG, Gardenista, The Land of Nod, Making It Lovely, ModernMom, MomTrends, Move Lifestyle, The Party Dress, Serena & Lily, Weelicious, Wiley Valentine…and you!

What. Join a creative community, share your talents, and get inspired by others as you translate Honest’s new Strawberries print diaper into a natural, meaningful, and collaborative nursery design.

When. April 17, 2013 6pm PST / 9pm EST

Where. Pinterest!

How. Re-pin from our board! Leave us some comments and join the fun. Get inspired for your own Strawberries nursery.

April 15th, 2013 |

CELEBRATE TAX DAY with 20% OFF WH HOSTESS

wh hostess discount codeCelebrate TAX DAY with WH Hostess!  TODAY ONLY (04.15.13) save 20% on your WH Hostess order using the discount code TAXDAY2013. Offer not valid on previous purchases, custom designs or party planning services.  It’s the perfect time to stock up on party supplies, personalized gifts (Mother’s Day is right around the corner), or add to your Cake Plate Clings collection!  Happy Shopping!

April 8th, 2013 |

SPRING LUNCHEON with THE LADIES

monograms for entertaining ideas

Living in Chicago, I’m used to LONG winters. So when the first signs of Spring arrive, I’m dying to celebrate! When we moved into our home {almost} 4 years ago, we had some serious updating to do on the sunroom attached to the back of our house. I had a vision for the space – clean, white, a place to show off my love for blue & white china pieces, and a great place to entertainin during the warmer months of the year. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears {and a little help from a contractor}, but once it was done, it quickly became my favorite room in the house. And also my favorite place to host a party!  I’ll share some pics of the space later this week.

blue white pink and green spring tablesetting for luncheon

With Spring just on the horizon, I decided to throw a little “Ladies Who Lunch” party with my best girlfriends. A reason to put on a dress, have a glass of bubbly and chat about summer plans.

kelly pouring champagne at spring luncheon

I set the table with a gorgeous, emerald green eyelet tablecloth that I had made with some yardage from my local fabric store. Topped it with my favorite blue & white urn and some hot pink roses, and then layered THE most perfect monogrammed linen napkins from Madison in Dallas. I mixed my crystal stemware with my cobalt blue water glasses for a more modern look. I created crisp, white placecards with a navy fretwork border to personalize their placesetting.

tablesetting with monogram napkins

I served up one of my new go-to appetizers: a stack of zucchini, tomato and goat cheese. It’s delicious and tasty and very healthy.

blue and white chinaI also updated my usual glass of bubbles with a limoncello prosecco cocktail. I created the most fabulous indiviudal fruit tarts that were as delicious as they were pretty. The recipes for these items will follow on the blog over the next few days, as well as an interview with the owner of Madison, the shop responsible for creating the gorgeous monogrammed linens I used for this party.  So stay tuned!

sparkling limoncello cocktail

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March 26th, 2013 |

FEATURE on AMY ATLAS!

blue and green preppy dessert table for first communionIt’s always a thrill to have one of my dessert tables featured on the dessert table guru, Amy Atlas’, blog.  Today, she is featuring the details of a preppy blue and green dessert table I designed for the first communion of my best friend’s children.  Head over to take a peek!

March 23rd, 2013 |

WEEK IN REVIEW | 3.24.13

mint dress week in review for the party dress blogIs it just me or is March FLYING by?!  I feel like I blinked and it’s almost April.  This month has been a bit of a blur as we finish up photo shoots for my book, sent the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine off to the printer and are busy with lots of Spring party orders.  Creating this book has been a LABOR.OF.LOVE.  I am pouring every ounce of creativity I have into it, and I really can’t wait to share it with all of you!

As promised, here are a few things that we have been up to over the last week or so…..

  • Photo shoots, photo shoots, photo shoots.  We’re down to just 2 parties left for the book (to be shot this week), and then my camera is going on vacation! ;)  I’m posting sneak peeks over on Instagram, so make sure to follow along (@WHhostess).
  • I hosted the Chicago launch party for the new Vera Bradley baby collection.  My friend, Kim of The TomKat Studio, got us involved in this project and we had so much fun helping expectant moms, aunts and grandmothers shop the new collection, play baby shower games and do a fun craft project.  I’ll do a full post recapping the event soon, but for now, you can check out some photos from the event here, here and here.
  • Last Sunday, I helped my friend, Vana of Le Papier Studio, set up her son’s 1st birthday party.  It was darling and I can’t wait for her to share the pictures with you soon.  If you want a little peek, here’s a shot from Instagram.
  • The Spring Issue of The Party Dress Magazine is shipping out this week!  Have you ordered your copy yet?!
  • We launched a brand new product category: Full-Color Envelope Printing.  I’m totally and completely in love with this new way to further customize your party invitations.
  • With Easter just a week away, we have been posting all sorts of unique ideas for brunch tablesettings, cute Easter cookies and a darling centerpiece idea for re-purposing your Easter eggs!
  • We featured a gorgeous baby shower this week (that I was so pleased to have designed the paper goods for) in the oh, so trendy color palette of Mint + Peach.  I don’t know about you, but I am LOVING this combo lately.  It’s fresh and perfect for Spring.  You can see the decor and tablesettings, the baby shower activities, and the dessert table (be prepared to fall in love).  And if you love this color palette as much as we do, check out my pinterest board for more inspiration.
  • LOTS of Easter Cake Plate Clings are shipping out in the next couple of days.  If you would still like to add them to your Easter celebration, get your order in quick!!

This week is going to be busy, busy, busy with LOTS of custom invitation designs that need my attention, the final book photo shoots and {hopefully} the arrival of my sister’s first baby!  I hope you all have a fabulous week and will stop by for new posts all week long.

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March 18th, 2013 |

WH HOSTESS | NEW! ENVELOPE PRINTING

full color envelopes printing by wh hostessWhen it comes to stationery and party invitations, we are always looking for ways to further customize your invitations. Our colorful invitations can now be accessorized with full-color printed envelopes.  It takes adding a return address to a whole new level.  Each theme has a coordinating design that compliments the invitation, impressing your guests from the moment they receive the envelope in the mail.

custom envelope printing for a girl picnic partyWe have so many darling new party collections to introduce you to this Spring, and you can see peeks of them in some of these images.  Such as the new picnic collection photographed above.  Cute color ways for both boys and girls!

little man envelope printing for birthday partyOr this adorable “little man” mustache bash party collection, which is now actually listed in the shop!

It’s ideal for making a sophisticated statement for bridal showers, special birthday parties or a religious ceremony. This aqua mod damask is one of our most popular invitations and we love the striped envelope design that compliments it.

aqua mod damask party invitation envelope printingAnd if you are a preppy girl at heart, like I am, you will LOVE the monogram option….available in multiple color options, these monogramed envelopes are perfect for any invitation or note.

monogram envelope printingWe also have the capabilities to address your envelopes for you, carrying your party theme full circle and making a perfect statement.  For custom addressing, please contact us at kelly@whhostess.com.  You can view all of the envelope options in the shop, listed with the invitations.

What do you think of our new printing options?

March 13th, 2013 |

CLOVER QUICHE for ST. PATRICK’S DAY

clover quiche for st. patrick's dayWith St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, it’s a great opportunity to either host a brunch or surprise your family with a little themed breakfast!  I love the idea of this clover quiche recipe from Diamonds for Desserts.  SIMPLE to reproduce, and who doesn’t love a little spinach quiche?!

Click over HERE for the recipe and full instructions.

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