July 12th, 2010 |

Birthday Week: Pink & Green Birthday Soiree

Happy Monday, Everyone!  Today is my birthday (my 31st birthday!) and to celebrate, I decided it would be fun to do an entire week of birthday parties!  Inspirations, real parties, party ideas…..so stay tuned and check back often for more festive, birthday ideas!

 

Pink and green has always been one of my favorite color combinations – it’s fresh and it works for just about any age group!  I have been getting a lot of requests for “pretty” sweet sixteen parties lately – for sophisticated teens that think a theme party is too babyish – so today’s party inspiration is for them!

This lattice invitation from WH Hostess is perfect for a birthday party, bridal shower, or summer soiree (it also comes in blue and green).  Decorations are simple and sophisticated – large, glass vases with floating pink flowers as centerpieces, green moss balls hanging off of pink polka dot ribbon, and a pink and green dessert table complete with cookies, cupcakes, candy and a tiered polka dot cake!  Send your guests home with a personalized tin of pink jelly beans from Beau-Coup.  A sweet end to a sweet party!

Images: invitation(whhostess.com), dessert table and drinks (goodhousekeeping.com), cake (theknot.com), centerpiece (brides.com), hanging moss ball decoration (jldesigns.com), personalized jelly bean tin (beau-coup.com)

 

WH Hostess and Beau-Coup are preferred sponsors of The Party Dress.  For information regarding advertising, please click here.

July 8th, 2010 |

Cocktails by the Pool

 

Obviously I have a theme going this week: Great ideas for entertaining outside!  First I showed an amazing anniversary party I recently styled, yesterday it was a patio party, and today…..you guessed it!  It’s a pool party!

Pool parties can be great fun for guests young and old alike.  They make for a festive setting, whether it’s daytime and crowded with people swimming in it, or if it’s nighttime and you have floating candles in it creating a soft glow.

Do you have a pool?  What are some of your entertaining tips for pool parties?!

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), pool (zoomphotography.com), drink bar (goodhousekeeping.com), shrimp cocktails and key lime juice party favor (brides.com), centerpiece (weddingbeepro.com), key lime shooters (projectwedding.com)

 

July 7th, 2010 |

Patio Party

The long days of summer lend themselves to impromtu bbq’s and gatherings around the fire pit.  So it’s best to have a few go-to tricks for quick decor and easy-to-make appetizers – so that you can be the hostess with the mostess, no matter how last minute your party may be!

Entertaining on the patio is one of the joys of summer and lends itself to a natural palette; you can see green touches throughout this inspiration board, which is a lovely way of tying in the natural feel.  Here are a few ideas for creating a party-ready patio:

  • Create a “bar” or food buffet on a narrow console table.  I love this one from Pottery Barn because it has the lower shelf….great for a nice display, but also perfect for holding beverage tins.
  • Lanterns.  Lanterns.  Lanterns.  Whether they are paper, glass, hanging or standing, lanterns can dress up your space and cast a fabulous glow.
  • Bring the comforts of your home outdoors.  Items such as throw pillows, decorative accents, an indoor/outdoor rug can help make your space look cozy.

A happy hostess is a prepared hostess!  So always have a few key ingredients on hand to whip up some delicious appetizers and cocktails.  Here are a few of my new favorite recipes for summer entertaining:

What are some of your favorite tips for entertaining on the patio?

Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), outdoor bar (potterybarn.com), candle centerpiece (theknot.com)

 

July 6th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Southern BBQ Anniversary Party

Party planning is one of my favorite things to do….obviously!  It’s gets my creative juices flowing and I get the joys of working with all different types of personalities.  Well, I recently had the pleasure of planning a party with one of my favorite personalities….my best friend!

With their 10th anniversary looming, my best friend and her husband (who also happens to be my husband’s cousin!) decided to renew their vows and throw an anniversary party, and they asked me to help them do it!  We decided upon a southern bbq theme, with a fresh color palette of yellow, blue and green.

A large, white canopy was erected in the backyard, and we created one long table for dinner.  The tables were covered in a beautiful, summer paisley (tablecloths that we found at Home Goods!), glass candlesticks, and white pots full of yellow flowers.  Crisp, white napkins were folded in a pocket fold at each place, holding the silverware and a seersucker stripe placecard (all of the paper goods were custom designed by WH Hostess).  Chandeliers made of green ivy wreaths and hanging votive candles hung above the table, casting a soft glow at dusk.

Guests were welcomed with delicious appetizers: mini crab cakes, shrimp shooters and paper cones full of popcorn for the kiddies.  A southern bbq buffet was served for dinner, and included fried chicken, italian beef, baked beans, potato salad, tomato and corn salad, spinach salad, slices of watermelon and cornbread.

The kids table held junebug jars (mini mason jars complete with a sticker with each kid’s name, and holes punched in the top for the bugs to breathe!), which not only looked cute but also provided a great source of entertainment for the evening!

Speaking of entertainment…..the dessert table!  It took 5 of us to hold the crowds back for me to be able to snap just a few pictures of it!  Guests young and old couldn’t wait to dive into all of these delicious treats!

Using our signature paisley tablecloth as the backdrop, we used all white serving pieces (most of which were inexpensive finds at Home Goods!), and glass apothecary jars full of green candy (margarita jelly beans, apple sours, rock candy, gumballs and gummie circles).  The desserts included cupcakes (with custom cupcake toppers by WH Hostess), key lime and lemon tart shooters, brownie pops, meringue sandwiches, sugar cookies, and sour apple popcorn.  Guests were given a white take-out box (embellished with a sticker stating “celebrating 10 SWEET years of marriage”) to fill up with candy, to bring home as their party favor.

As the sun went down in the backyard, my favorite part of our decorations lit up and created the perfect party glow…..framework around the patio, adorned with white twinkle lights, and gauzy white drapes ($4 a pack at IKEA) created an “outdoor room”, perfect for after dinner cocktails and dessert.

A fabulous night was had by all!  I hope you enjoyed a peek into this beautiful party, and can take away inspiration for your next birthday party, bridal shower or summer bbq.  Happy 10th Anniversary, Teresa & Will!  Here’s to 50 more…..

July 5th, 2010 |

WH Hostess: New Birth Announcement Collection

wh hostess birth announcements 1

WH Hostess is pleased to introduce a new and expanded collection of birth announcements!  Modern, sophisticated patterns, playful text and delicious colors to choose from, they are offered as both single and double sided announcements….the perfect way to welcome your new little one in style!  (PS – these announcements are so pretty, you could use them as invitations too!)
wh hostess photo birth announcements

July 2nd, 2010 |

4th of July Cupcake Toppers

One of my readers sent me the link to this party…..a playgroup 4th of July party where the hostess used my free 4th of July printables to make the cupcake toppers.  They look fabulous, don’t you think?!  Have you downloaded yours yet?

Image via Melissa Vaughan Photography

July 2nd, 2010 |

S-T-R-E-T-C-H your party decorations

L-O-V-E this idea from Better Homes and Gardens!  Perfect for the 4th of July, but also a great tip for dressing up any table:

These playful stripes were created by layering colorful rubberbands around a votive candle holder.  Simple, right?  So next time you are strolling thru Office Depot, take a peek at the colored rubber bands and get inspired!

July 1st, 2010 |

Star-Studded Entrance

Holiday decorations are kept simple and sophisticated in my home, so this concept from Better Homes and Gardens is just perfect for me!  A red tin star (I just saw some at my local Home Goods) atop a boxwood wreath, embellished with a navy and white stripe ribbon – it’s the perfect combination of patriotic, preppy and that coastal-chic style that I love so much!

July 1st, 2010 |

Delicious Desserts for 4th of July

In my quest for finding a new, never-been-seen-before-at-the-family-bbq dessert, I came across these three recipes – and now I’m stumped!  What’s a girl to do?  They all look delicious and pretty (which always helps in my book!).  So, help me decide!  Which do you think looks the most appetizing?!

  1. Red, White and Blueberry Ice Cream Cake
  2. Red, White and Blue Parfaits
  3. White Balsamic Custard Tart with Fresh Berry Topping

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

June 29th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Hazardous Teen

This party was sent to me by Pam at Party Starters.  She threw this party for her 13 year old son – and with boy themes and teenager themes so hard to come by – I knew I had to share it with all of you!  Pam did a great job of pulling together a dessert table with a specific color scheme, and a masculine feel!  Read on below for some tips and ideas from Pam.

When asked what type of party he wanted for his 13th birthday, my son said “I want lots of green and the Biohazard symbol”. SO, off I went into toxic waste land!
DECORATIONS:
I created the hazard symbols, the banner, door sign, soda & candy bar labels as well as the cupcake picks.  For the ceiling I used neon green poster boards (4 qty) and cut out the slime shape. Those were hung in layers from the ceiling to create the dripping wall. Koosh balls and more symbols were hung from the ceiling in between the poster boards with fishing line. On our front door and porch we use “caution” tape found at the local hardware store to decorate instead of streamers. I used 5 yards of neon green tulle to cover a wrinkled (on purpose) cream colored linen table cloth for texture and added color.
FOOD:
The cupcakes are white cake with light green butter cream frosting. I used vanilla pudding with a little green food coloring added and injected it into the top of each cupcake with a pastry bag.
I made chocolate cupcake pops and coated some in green colored white chocolate melts and the others in melted Peanutbutter baking chips. Those were displayed on a ring of styrofoam that was spray painted silver. I also made some cupcake bites dipped in the green white chocolate.
FAVORS:
Each guest received a barrel of “Toxic Waste” sour candy (found on Amazon), a Koosh ball (found at Target in the dollar spot) and a Hershey bar which was covered with a custom candy bar wrapper.
LINKS:
Custom Party Decorations: Party Starters
Toxic Waste Candy: Amazon
Inspired cakepop recipe: Bakerella
“Caution” Tape: Lowes
There were a bunch of boys at the party ranging in age from 10-17 years and everyone of them told me that they thought this party was “SO COOL”. That means a lot coming from boys of those ages. I am glad I could create a theme that was worthy of their attention. My son now wants to relocate all of the decorations to his room to redecorate.

Page 53 of 104« First...102030...5152535455...607080...Last »