March 11th, 2013 |

THE PARTY DRESS MAGAZINE – SPRING 2013

The Party Dress Magazine Spring 2013After the long winter months, it’s time to get excited about Spring Entertaining. The Party Dress Magazine has been partnering with creative bloggers, dessert artists and stylists for over 2 years now to provide you with unique ideas for creating special celebrations in your own life.  Whether it’s a baby shower, and Easter brunch, your child’s 3rd birthday, a dinner party with friends or just a simple idea on how to make today a little bit more special, we aim to provide you with inspiration.

I’m so very pleased to announce the 9th issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  As we move into our 3rd year of the quarterly publication, I’ve decided to change things up a bit.  In the past, we have offered the issue as both a gorgeous glossy, printed version, and a free digital edition. One of the reasons I started this magazine 2 years ago was so people could admire and be inspired by the ideas, and to keep the magazine as a resource for years to come.

With that in mind, I have decided to only offer the magazine as a printed issue.  It is now available in the shop HERE.

This issue is full of creative ideas for seasonal events, but was also laid out in a way to simplify ideas for you.  Creative ideas that are easily duplicated….so you can not only admire the concepts, but also re-create them.  Truthfully, that’s why we’re here….to inspire you!

The original content created for this magazine will also be posted on the blog in the upcoming months.  Check back often for new ideas, and if you would like to see the ideas right away (combined in a beautiful magazine), I encourage you to order your copy right away, as we will only be offering this issue for a limited time.

Thanks to our lovely contributors, including The Happy Wish Company, Lauren Stewart, Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes, Melissa Johnson of Best Friends for Frosting, and Hani Bacova of Haniela’s, as well as our lovely advertisers.

Enjoy!

March 8th, 2013 |

Friday Wrap-Up | March 8, 2013

kelly (web)TGIF!  It’s been a busy week around here.  I always love when my favorite blogs give a little update as to what they did or worked on during the week….it’s a fun peek into the behind the scenes of their lives.  I decided I would start sharing my weekly recaps with you.  A little peek into what we worked on, photo shoots we did, maybe even a peek into what’s coming next week!  So here goes my first weekly recap….

This week, our team did….

  • Two photo shoots for my book, Stylish Kids Parties (F+W Media, 2013), with the cutest little models you could imagine.  Both parties were colorful and girly….and I can’t wait to show them to you!
  • Finished up the Spring 2013 issue of The Party Dress Magazine to head off to the printer.  We’re changing things up a bit this year, and I will share more details with you next week.  But let me tell you, it’s chock full of gorgeous ideas for Spring entertaining, parties and holiday celebrations.  And, it’s officially available for purchase in the shop HERE.
  • Shot a couple DIY step tutorials to go along with ideas in the new issue of the magazine.  (the photo above is from one of them – I’m wearing my new go-to uniform for Spring –  darling pink tunic from Sail to Sable – cute, right?!)
  • We are always busy producing and shipping out orders, but there are an influx of Spring parties going out the door these days!  It could be because we added a few cute new collections, including a Dapper Derby party, a Luau Hawaiian party, a gorgeous collection of blue and green patterned party goods and so many more!  More items and more collections will be added next week too…
  • Our Cake Plate Clings were filmed for an upcoming episode of DIY Network’s show, I Want That!  I am SO excited to see them hitting the screen sometime between April – June.  I’ll share the date as soon as we hear the news!
  • Speaking of the Cake Plate Clings, the spring patterns are flying out the door!  I’ll share some of them with you next week….but if you can’t wait, check them out HERE.
  • Blogged about THE most amazing Hello Kitty themed party we recently worked on with a client.  You can view the decorations and the dessert table details in all of their pink, black and white glory on the blog!
  • Worked on about 10 different custom projects.  Did you know that I do custom designs?  Yup.  A lot of them!  Do you have an idea for a party and want help – shoot me an e-mail!
  • Had a meeting about fine-tuning our wholesale paper collection and officially launching the Clings wholesale….BIG things are in the works!!
  • Started looking into traveling to NYC for the National Stationery Show in May.  Anyone else going?

I’m looking forward to finishing up another 4 chapters of the book this weekend, and spending some time with family.  Next week brings some exciting projects, a colorful event and lots of fun new products and news to share with you.

To follow along behind the scenes with the WH Hostess/The Party Dress team, follow me on Instagram!  (@whhostess)

Have a great weekend, friends….see you back here on Monday!

xo

Kelly

March 4th, 2013 |

WH HOSTESS | GLAM HELLO KITTY PARTY | DESSERT TABLE

hello kitty pink and black dessert tableAre you ready for some of the sweetest, pink dessert table details EVER?!  Last week, I shared some of the decor details from the ultra glam Hello Kitty we recently worked on with a client.  Today, I’m back with the SWEET details of the pink, black and white dessert table.  It’s bright, festive and with small touches that carry the Hello Kitty theme throughout, without making it feel like a true character party. The table was covered in a black tablecloth to make the white dishes and pink desserts really pop. A custom designed fabric backdrop featured the birthday girl’s name and age, and the table was flanked by two pink carnation topiary trees with a pennant banner sailing above the table, which created a fabulous vertical element to the design. pink carnation topiary detailpink and black dessert table banner detailDesserts included all pink candy – gumballs, gummies, rock candy, ribbon candy, m&m’s, hershey kisses with coordinating stickers on them. pink candy overhead The cake stands were topped with footed bowls, each holding either pink ribbon candy or pink rock candy sticks.  I loved the pop of color it brought to the table. pink rock candy sticks   Some of my favorite treats included brownie bites with 3-D pink fondant bows from Two Sugar Babies, polka dot chocolate-covered oreos from Sweeties by Kim, bow cookies by The Cookie Jar. hello kitty bow cookies hello kitty cake pops Hello Kitty Cake Pops by Angie’s Cakes brought the perfect touch of our “character” to the table, pink macarons, and darling cupcakes from Celebrity Cupcakes added to the table.  The table was accented with our gingham food tent cards and candy jar tags. collage of hello kitty desserts Pink gingham paper bags were dressed up with our kitty sticker, and were readily available for people to fill up with candy to bring home. hello kitty pink gingham candy bagsThe dessert table was accented with a GORGEOUS  three-tiered cake that had it’s own special table this year.  Covered in a pink tablecloth with a polka dot topper, the cake by Cakes by Gina was spectacular!  Three tiers featuring our custom patterns made by fondant, and a 3-D “3″ topper with flowers that spiked off the top tier….it was quite a work of art! hello kitty cake tablehello kitty cake detailThank you for stopping by to see all of the desserts from this amazing theme party.  Head back over tomorrow for the rest of the details about the food and drinks served and darling party favors. Photography by Ellenzilla

February 28th, 2013 |

WH HOSTESS | GLAM HELLO KITTY PARTY | DECOR

hello kitty party hanging signIt’s always a pleasure to share one of our client parties with you….especially when it’s one of our favorite clients!  I can’t believe that this is the third birthday party we have done for sweet Alexandra.  Do you remember her Monkey Love 1st birthday and her Girly Elmo 2nd birthday party?  This year, she decided she wanted a Hello Kitty Party, and it was my pleasure to work with her mom to create a gorgeous, stylized, glam twist on this character party. From a gorgeous lounge area to stunning florals, unique eats and a pink and black dessert table that is TO.DIE.FOR., this party has so many details that I am going to have to split it up into a few posts.  Today’s post is all about the party decor, and many of the details could serve as inspiration for any pink, black and white event. jumbo black, white and hot pink balloons Guests were invited with a pink & white gingham check party invitation in our new flourish shape.  It set the tone for a classic, yet festive birthday party.  The day of the party, guests were welcomed into the house by a jumbo-balloon lined front path, and Hello Kitty hanging welcome sign. front door decorated for hello kitty party Upon entering the house, they were “wow’d” by a cluster of hanging pomander balls in the foyer, made from carnations, you will see we repeated this look throughout the party. pink hanging pomanders party decorationThe family room was set up with tables for adults and children, each featuring their own unique look.  The adult tables were scattered about inside and out, and featured a mixture of hot pink silk tablecloths, and black and white polka dot ones.  Silver, footed vessels held gorgeous arrangements of pink roses. pink rose centerpiece black and white tablecloths pink black and white party tablesettings The children had their own, very special table: a low table covered in black linens with a table runner made from our custom bow lattice fabric, hot pink chairs, and three darling centerpieces. hello kitty party kids table detail Two of centerpieces were polka dot-covered vases with dense pink carnations and coordinating centerpiece sticks, and the very special one in the center of the table was a hello kitty head made completely of flowers! hello kitty floral centerpiece I just LOVE these mini hot pink Chivari chairs!  They really pop agains the black tablecloth and highlight our custom bow lattice fabric table runner.  I don’t know about you, but I would DIE to pull up a chair at this table! pink and black kids table fabric runner The yard was decorated with balloons, and a few different seating areas for people to relax in. pink black and white balloons verticalTheir outdoor living room was dressed up with throw pillows made from our coordinating custom fabric in gingham check and bow lattice patterns. dress up an outdoor sitting area with pink and black pillows pillows made from wh hostess pink, black and white fabric And my favorite part….the black and white cabana striped tent, which held a seating arrangement of modern white chairs and chaises, and big hot pink throw pillows.  It was the perfect spot to relax while enjoying a “meow mojito”. black and white striped tentStay tuned tomorrow for more details on this gorgeous Hello Kitty party, including all of the food and drink details.  I’ll leave you today with this cute shot of the birthday girl running into the party!

hello kitty party birthday girl wearing pink tutuPhotography by Ellenzilla

February 26th, 2013 |

SNOWED IN | 20% OFF WH HOSTESS!

SNOWDAY 20% discount at WH HostessWe are SNOWED IN here in Chicago and you know what that means?!  Time for some serious internet shopping!  Since we’ll be scouring the web for new must-have items tonight, we thought we would share the love with all of you.  So for ONE DAY ONLY, enjoy 20% off at whhostess.com.  Happy Shopping! (or shoveling, depending where you live!)

February 26th, 2013 |

COLOR OBSESSION: PINK | NAVY | EMERALD

navy pink green color paletteI’ve been hard at work completing the layouts for our Spring magazine.  Launching in just a week, there are so many lovely Spring ideas – I can’t wait to share them with you. Without giving TOO much away, I wanted to give you a peek into one of the stories and my new favorite color palette: Hot Pink, Navy Blue and Emerald Green.  Preppy, chic, and playful with that punch of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Emerald.

You will see a gorgeous party in the magazine featuring ideas how to use it, but for now, I am leaving you with my pinterest board full of ideas for entertaining, home decor and fashion is these beautiful shades.

PINK GREEN NAVY PINTEREST BOARD

February 19th, 2013 |

OSCAR PARTY 2013

oscars 2013 free printable ballotThe Oscars are one of the most anticipated nights of the year in my family….well, at least for my mother, sister and I.  The men can be found running to the hills trying to escape the red carpet gossip.  Ever since I was a little girl, we would all gather around the TV and watch the red carpet from start to finish, as well as the awards show itself.  Between us friends, it is not unusual for my sister to put on an evening gown for the occasion (with her slippers)! :)

If you are like us, half the fun is betting on who will take home the statue.  There are so many darling free printables out there for you to download.  You can find many of them (along with more Oscar party ideas) on my Pinterest board.  I just love this ballot that One Charming Party designed.

oscar 2013 dessert ideasWe keep it simple – carryout is typically involved so no one misses a second of the show.  But it is fun to dress up our cocktails with some festive straws.  I love how the Glitter Guide embellished these charming polka dot ones with gold tinsel.  I may serve up some theme-appropriate desserts as well.  I love these ideas from Amy Atlas: star shaped brownies or cookies, cupcakes topped with licorice rolls to look like film wheels. Or perhaps I will serve popcorn in these charming paper cones from Birds Party:

oscars 2013 popcorn cones

How do you celebrate/entertain/watch the Oscars?

 

February 14th, 2013 |

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY

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February 12th, 2013 |

TPD turns 4 | ENJOY 20% off at WH HOSTESS

save 20% on wh hostess orderFour years ago this week, I timidly dipped my big toe into the blogging pool.  Thousands of posts, 8 (almost 9 magazines), a book deal and a thriving stationery business later….it’s been a busy four years!  I’m so grateful to each one of you, our readers, so to celebrate our 4th birthday, I’m offering you a 20% discount on your WH Hostess order between today and Friday.  It’s a great time to plan your next party, or stock up on stationery and personalized gifts. Enjoy!

February 11th, 2013 |

PINTEREST PARTY | PROJECT NURSERY + OLD NAVY

old navy pin partyWe’re SO excited to be co-hosting a Pinterest Party tonight with Project Nursery, Old Navy and SO many fabulous hostesses. Project Nursery is partnering with Old Navy to celebrate their sale offering up to 40% off all baby and kids clothing (sale ends February 20, 2013), and we have teamed up with them and some of the most stylish party planners, designers and bloggers to create a jaw-dropping Pinterest board for a pin party extravaganza! Not sure how to dress your little one for their next birthday bash? We’ve got you covered! We’ll be pairing stylish outfits from the Old Navy Kids and Baby Sale with over-the-top party themes.

Featuring special guest pinners from Project NurseryMom TrendsSavvy Sassy MomsCupcake MagPetite Party StudioA Blissful NestFrog Prince PaperieThe Party Dress and Salt & Nectar

Log on February 11th at 6pm PST/9pm EST to see the pinning in progress or check back after to see our complete Party Inspiration Pin Board.

 

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