November 2nd, 2010 |
Now that Halloween has come and gone, it’s time to start conceptualizing your Thanksgiving dinner and cocktail parties. We have gorgeous inspiration to to share with you over the next couple of weeks….for today, soak in the details of this inspiration board for a chic Thanksgiving dinner.
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), spinach artichoke dip (horchow.com), table setting (hgtv.com), chocolate mousse (traceylau.com)
October 28th, 2010 |
My friend, Charynn of Two Sugar Babies, came to me this summer with a grand vision of a colorful-Chinese lantern-Kai Lan character birthday party for her daughter, Madelyn. She knew she was going to have a large party for friends and family at a park, and wanted some colorful invitations and paper goods, and a fabulous dessert table.
I put together this little package of party goods for her – an invitation, cupcake toppers, gift tags, water bottle labels, centerpiece sticks, candy jar tags, food tent cards and stickers. I love how this invitation turned out – darling for this theme, but it would also be so cute for a summer picnic, a baby shower, the possibilities are endless!
Charynn did a fabulous job putting together her dessert table! Being the ultra-creative fondant-queen, the cake is BEYOND darling and I love all of the colorful details she put into the sweets.
The dessert table was cute and colorful with rainbow colored paper lanterns hanging above, and a darling banner in front. Charynn made a lot of the goodies herself, including cupcakes (with toppers by WH Hostess), candy sushi, chocolate dipped fortune cookies, rainbow-color-spattered chocolate covered oreos, and cookies with fondant toppers. A fabulous cake with Kai Lan cake toppers and marshmallows, plus some amazing lollipops and candy finished off the dessert table. I love how Charynn pulled the rainbow colors into every detail – the cupcake liners, the candy jar tags, even Madelyn’s outfit! (a Kai Lan shirt and tutu).
October 27th, 2010 |
Today’s post is really fun! Do you remember our darling Woodland Forest Birthday Party post last week? Well, when Patrick’s mom hired us to do his birthday party, she also threw another request our way…..to plan a concept for a night-before-Thanksgiving cocktail party for friends and family. She wanted something that looked rustic, yet modern, and something that wouldn’t involve preparing a whole lot of food. Now here’s the kicker…..she wants to use the same items we used for Patrick’s birthday party for this party. Intrigued?! Read on to see how we re-vamped this child-friendly party to create a savvy adult-friendly cocktail party.
The first stop in my planning process was to head to my local fabric store to look for color and pattern inspiration. (always one of my favorite places!) I found a fabulous, fall-color, zig zag pattern reminiscent of a Missoni print. Our fiesta zig zag collection is one of my favorites and most popular….so once I saw this fabric, I knew we could update that collection for Fall. A mustard yellow, cranberry, brown and taupy-grey color palette emerged and off I went. The invitation and return address label is above…..and that was just the beginning!
To show the client our concept, I pulled together a quick “photo shoot”. Using the items I had purchased for her son’s birthday party, and a few other items bought locally, I staged these layouts using the same food that I had ordered for the birthday party (obviously, most of this is just a “stand-in” for placement).
The cocktail party was quickly given a “champagne & sweets” theme, and I focused on giving our hostess two unique table settings. The first being a champagne bar – using a runner of our inspirational zig zag fabric atop a crisp white tablecloth, I used a woven vase cover for the centerpiece of berries branches, a modern hurricane with wood base, and woven candlesticks in varying heights to create an elevated display of champagne glasses. A coordinating sign completed our look!
We also created coordinating wine bottle labels, not only to further brand the party but also for the hosts to place on wine bottles to give guests as party favors.
The dessert table concept takes on a similar look with the berry centerpiece, hurricanes, and zig zag fabric. I used the wood boxes from Patrick’s party to create stands to elevate the goodies. Coordinating candy jar tags, cupcake toppers, bite size sweets, fabulous designer cookies by Allyson Jane, and a couple jars of candy (see the woodland party post for the full candy line-up pictured here) completed the look.
Here are a few of our key concepts for this project:
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October 19th, 2010 |
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 |
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.
October 16th, 2010 |
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!