October 19th, 2010 |

InStyle Magazine: The Best of the Web, Entertaining

This is one of those “pinch me” moments that I just couldn’t wait to share with all of you!  The Party Dress started about 18 months ago as a fun little hobby, a creative outlet for me.  It has grown way beyond my dreams in such a short period of time, and today….today we were recognized in InStyle Magazine.  That’s where the “pinch me” comes in!

I am beyond thrilled to be mentioned in the entertaining section of their “best of the web” series in the November issue.  We are surrounded by amazing company – Amy Atlas, Sunday Suppers, Cannelle et Vanille, and Hungry Sofia to name just a few.  Truly an honor!  The entire series “best of the web” is awesome – I encourage all of you to pick up a copy and explore the amazing list of resources the editors at InStyle have put together.

Thank you to all of my fabulous readers – some of you have been with me from day one, and I thank you for that!  And for those of you that are new to The Party Dress…..welcome to the party!

October 18th, 2010 |

Giveaway: Minted Holiday Cards & Party Invitations

It’s about that time of year when we all start thinking about holiday cards….do we go traditional?  modern?  artsy?  Whatever your style may be, I guarantee that Minted has something for you!  Their selection is made up of Indie designers from around the world who submit to their design challenges, and can help you create a chic, coordinated look.  Their designs come with optional matching items including: envelope liners and skinny-wrap address labels, double-sided prints, interior photos, and backer patterns.  All orders are typeset by a professional designer and include a free digital proof.

So, not only does Minted offer a fabulous selection of holiday photo cards and party invitations, but today they are also offering one lucky TPD reader a $100 gift certificate towards these products!  Exciting, right?!

Here is how to win:

  • Head over to minted.com and view their holiday photo cards and Christmas photo cards, come on back here and leave me a comment on which is your favorite.
  • For additional entries:
    • Become a fan of our facebook page
    • Become a follower on twitter
    • Blog about our contest and link back to us
  • Contest starts NOW!  And ends Thursday, October 21, 2010 at midnight CST.  Winner will be randomly chosen, and will be announced Friday, October 22, 2010.

Good Luck!

October 16th, 2010 |

Bakerella

I had the pleasure of meeting Angie Dudley (otherwise known as Bakerella) today at a local book signing for her brand new book, Cake Pops.  I’ve been a fan of her blog for awhile now, so it was great fun to actually meet her in person.  If you haven’t seen her book – check it out!  It’s darling, and is full of quick and easy tips on how to make your cake pops turn out as well as hers!  It would also make the perfect Christmas present for the baker in your family!

October 14th, 2010 |

Halloween Treats

 

I’ve been searching the web for great Halloween treats….desserts you can make for adults and kids alike!

Here are my picks for the best around the web:

  1. Chocolate Candy Corn Truffles
  2. Halloween S’Mores
  3. Butterscotch Caramels
  4. Candy Corn Cake Wedges
  5. Pumpkin Whoopie Pies
  6. Devil’s Food Cupcakes with Marshmallow Filling
  7. M & M Pumpkin Cake
  8. Marshmallow Ghosts

October 13th, 2010 |

Little Red Car

It’s a busy, busy week here at The Party Dress and WH Hostess!  Lots of new products in the works, we are getting ready to launch our very first on-line catalog (very exciting!) and are working on a couple of fantastic parties!  Coming up this month…..a woodland forest party, a modern train party, a bridal shower, baby shower and a local store’s 5th anniversary party….to name a few!  One of my favorites is a “little red car” birthday party.  This custom inspiration board was put together for a little 2 year old in Denver and we are having a ball putting together the party ideas!

Images: little red car invitation (whhostess.com), dessert table inspiration (scissorspapercake.com.au), cookies (hello-naomi.blogspot.com), centerpiece (nancyluichin.com), drink bottles (imprintables.com)crayon cars (etsy.com), grass centerpiece and party favor bags (jackandizzy.com), water bottle labels (shimandsons.com)

 

WH Hostess is a preferred sponsor of The Party Dress.

October 12th, 2010 |

Inspired by Plaid

I love the idea of creating a party centered around one pattern….and for fall, that pattern is plaid!  This table setting can inspire an entire party….can’t you just picture it?!  An outdoor setting, plaid tablecloths, hanging candle chandeliers, and outdoor bar, and fall foods served in a creative vessel, like a pumpkin or gourd.  The finishing touch….send your guests home with small bottle of maple syrup as a party favor.

Images: tablesetting (snippetandink.com), maple syrup party favors (beau-coup.com), wheat bunches (theknot.com), outdoor bar (countryliving.com), chili in gourds (inmagine.com)

Beau-Coup is a preferred sponsor of The Party Dress.

October 11th, 2010 |

Decorating with Fall Leaves

The leaves are starting to turn here and the colors are so magnificent, I just want to bring them inside!  Better Homes and Gardens put out a fabulous collection of decoration ideas this season…..interesting ideas for bringing the beautiful fall leaves inside.  My two favorites are this leaf garland strung across a painted frame, and these leaf-covered topiary balls.  But for even more ideas, head over to BHG.

Birth Announcements and Kids' Party Invitations from Minted.com

October 8th, 2010 |

Haunted Family Tree

Looking for a unique idea for Halloween decor?  Something a little more festive, than scary? I am absolutely smitten with this idea from Parents Magazine!  Create a “haunted family tree” to hang on a focal wall in your home by using black construction paper and silhouette ornaments.  You can create an silhouette ornament for each family member, and if you are looking for ideas you should check out Le Papier Studio‘s new book, Silhouette Art: Papers, Instructions, and Patterns for Making Modern Heirlooms.

Wouldn’t this be darling in your foyer?  Just think of all of the little ghosts and goblins that would admire it while trick or treating!

Amazon.com and WH Hostess are preferred sponsors of The Party Dress.

October 6th, 2010 |

Halloween Cupcakes by Wilton

halloween cupcake ideas by wiltonI am a huge fan of the Wilton products, but had never really explored their website before.  Big mistake.  HUGE!  It’s chock full of sweet inspiration for every type of occasion you can imagine!  My focus today was Halloween and I have to say – they have some of the cutest cupcake ideas on the web!  Darling, simple and easy-to-follow directions….perfect for my busy schedule!

Left to right: batty cupcake, pick your poison cupcake, silly spider cupcake, double pumpkin cupcake, and the scary snare cupcake.  Head over to wilton.com for even more darling Halloween sweets ideas.

October 5th, 2010 |

Fall Dinner Party

With a chill in the air, I’m totally in the mood to plan a fall dinner party.  You know – a cozy evening with friends – lots of candles, delicious comfort food and a few simple decorations to bring the look together.

I have has so much wonderful feedback from the layered damask invitation from WH Hostess (featured recently in my wine tasting party), that I decided to use it as inspiration for today’s dinner party idea.  The rich color palette of teal, chocolate brown and mustard yellow is perfect for this time of year!  You can take the look of the party either bold and modern, or soft and vintage.  Today’s inspiration is kind of a combination of the two….we’ll call it modern vintage!

Set your table with a brown and white patterned tablecloth, white dishes and throw in a colored glass (LOVE the teal ones featured in this tablesetting from Country Living!) Create an inexpensive centerpiece using glass cylinders by filling them with white dried beans, and a single branch of yellow berries.  Cluster a few of these together, and throw in a few votive candles for a little “glow!”  You can also bring in some natural elements, such as pine cones and feathers to add to the fall look.

For dinner, serve a delicious meal that screams “fall”: an arugula and goat cheese salad with fig vinaigrette, roast chicken with broccoli rabe, fingerling potatoes, and garlic-parsley jus, and a crispy braeburn apple and almond sheet tart for dessert.

Send your guests home with a little party favor to remember the evening….I love this mini teacup and saucer set from Beau-Coup.  Fill it with coffee beans and biscotti, or tea bags, and wrap it with cellophane and a simple gift tag.  It’s simple and will appeal to a broad spectrum of guests!

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), berry centerpiece and wine (bhg.com), table setting (countryliving.com), food (bonappetit.com) and cup and saucer party favor (beau-coup.com)

Chic Wedding Stationery from Minted.com

Amazon, Beau-Coup, Minted and WH Hostess are preferred sponsors of The Party Dress.

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