I’m loving the simplicity of this centerpiece/decoration idea from Sunset Magazine. By re-purposing a bird bath, or an upside down terracotta pot, you can create a soft glow for your late-summer parties with a few floating candles. Genius!
August 25th, 2010 |
August 20th, 2010 |
After writing this blog for over a year and a half, it is safe to say that I have seen a million beautiful table settings. Because I am surrounded by such beauty, it takes a lot to REALLY wow me. This fabulous, stunning, crazy-inventive table setting and hanging decor (which you know is my latest obsession!) literally took my breath away.
A combination of talents pulled together this stunning photo shoot – the inspiration was a modern Coco Chanel/Parisian influenced bridal shower. With a color palette was a soft, blush pink with accents of crisp white and black. Chandra of Oh Lovely Day and Jaclyne of Heavenly Blooms dreamed up this shoot with the help of Jasmine Star and Amanda with In the Now Weddings.
Head over to Jacylne’s post on Heavenly Blooms for more amazing eye candy – trust me, there are a million more details yet to be discovered. And P.S. – I would LOVE to be invited to this bridal shower – and can’t wait to try my hand at these hanging carnation garlands!
August 18th, 2010 |
I love the crisp, yet intricate style of this table setting from Pottery Barn. The combination of glass candlesticks, bottles and vases makes such an attractive, yet light-and-airy-feeling centerpiece. Perfect for transitioning into Fall…..
August 16th, 2010 |
I recently had the pleasure of working with a sweet mom of 4 year old twins. Jack and Sally LOVE the circus – so we took our blue elephant and pink elephant collections and combined them to create the “elephant parade” collection, perfect for a boy or a girl (or both in this case!), one thing is for sure……it made for one colorful birthday party! Guests were welcomed with this darling elephant parade sign, and then they saw the main attraction…….
The host wanted the party to appeal to both the children and their mothers that would be in attendence, so number 1 on her list was a candy/dessert table. I planned a colorful table full of sweet treats. The item that MADE the table (in my opinion!) was a “big top” canopy that hung above the table. A colorful, tent-like top, with polka dots scattered around the sheer white netting of the canopy made this the perfect accessory! And the best part?! I found it at IKEA for under $20. That’s a whole lot of bang for your buck, if you ask me!
I ordered all of the candy in bulk thru Candy Warehouse – their selection is wonderful and I love that you can shop by color! Candy included gumballs (both big and small), blue raspberry hard candy, pink salt water taffy, lemonheads, lemon candy sticks and red licorice wheels. Other sweet treats included boxes of popcorn, cupcakes with toppers by WH Hostess, meringue puffs, and sugar cookies with fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies (custom designed to match our invitation!). One of the biggest hits was the pots of different colored rock candy – the kids loved it! Orange, yellow and green….colorful and tasty!
August 11th, 2010 |
I have been a busy bee over here getting ready for 7 BIG parties in the next month! Kids parties: monkeys (girl and boy!), elephants and purses…oh, my! Adult parties: a wine tasting and bridal shower. All will hopefully provide you with great inspiration in the coming weeks! For now, I thought I would share the custom inspiration boards I did for two of the upcoming birthday parties…..
Images: invitation (whhostess.com), chair decoration (hostessblog.com), centerpiece (jldesigns.com), hanging moss balls (jldesigns.com), grass placemats (mommybabble.com), ice cream sundae bar (eatdrinkchic.com), banana split toppings (midwestliving.com), monkey cake topper (etsy.com), banana fondant toppers (etsy.com), monkey party favors (partyspot.com), pink drinks (brides.com), bubble tins (stylemepretty.com), monkey sign (etsy.com), peony centerpiece (josevillablog.com)
Images: elephant invitation (whhostess.com), candy table and candy jars (amyatlas.com), balloons (realsimple.com), paper cups (hostessblog.com), bubble tins (stylemepretty.com), izze bottles (thepartydress.net), pennant banner (makemerryevents.com), elephant party favors (koehlerfamily4.blogspot.com)
August 10th, 2010 |
This summer-y watermelon cocktail from Sunset Magazine sounds just delicious! So simple, yet so festive…..here’s the how-to:
Whirl chunks of watermelon in a food processor until blended, then strain. Rub the rim of a martini glass with a cut lemon wedge, then dip rim in a shallow plate of sugar. Pour 3 tbsp. watermelon juice, 2 tbsp. brandy, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, and 2 tbsp. Cointreau into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake thoroughly, then strain into glass. Garnish with watermelon wedges. YUM, right?!
August 9th, 2010 |
Jenna of Eat Drink Pretty blog sent me a darling bridal shower she recently hosted for her best friend Kristin who is getting married in September. The shower theme was vintage/garden and I just fell in love with all of the chic little details….
Gorgeous details, right?! I especially love the hanging bud vases (they fit right into my hanging decoration obsession!) I think you could pull inspiration from this for a baby shower, birthday party or luncheon, too!
August 5th, 2010 |
I apologize for being light on posts this week! Between a business trip to NYC, preparations for a bunch of upcoming birthday parties and uploading new product onto WH Hostess…..well, I’m a busy bee! Although it’s early…..the first part of our holiday collection (our very first holiday collection!) is up on the site…..and I would love to hear your feedback!
Here’s a sneak peek….a little taste of the products to come….of the some of the items you need to create a party-perfect holiday!
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