August 23rd, 2010 |

Real Parties: Gracie’s Preppy Pool Party

Today’s real party feature is a darling preppy pool party featuring party goods by WH Hostess!  Pink, green and a whole lot of preppy polka dots – this is what Gracie’s mom requested when she came to me for invitations and party accessories for her daughter’s 5th birthday.  With a HUGE box of party goods delivered to her door from WH Hostess, wait until you see what she came up with!

The area surrounding the pool was decked out with pink paper lanterns, polka dot balloons in pink and green, and two different centerpieces.  The first, a darling topiary tree made of ribbon loops, and then second grass plants with polka dot centerpiece sticks (LOVE how these customize any type of centerpiece!).  The dessert table really stole the show…..

This charming dessert table was created with sweet treats including pink and green candy, a cake from Cake Shop in Jacksonville, cupcakes with toppers by WH Hostess, chocolate-covered oreo pops from Sweeties by Kim, cookies by Girly Gatherings (complete with designs that matched the cupcake toppers!).

I just love the backdrop for this dessert table!  A modern trellis pattern in pink and white gives it a modern spin, while the pink and green banner from WH Hostess adds a touch of preppy flair.  Don’t you just love the way she created a bunting on the front of the table by using ribbon?!  All of the candy jars were embellished with polka dot ribbon and candy jar tags, and there were matching polka dot food tent cards, too.  A simple “sweet shoppe” sign, white take-out boxes with a polka dot sticker saying “thanks for being so SWEET”, and paper cups with coordinating, scalloped stickers helped to complete the stylized look.  One of my favorite details was the napkin rings – a simple circle on satin ribbon – perfect for tying together your paper napkins and silverware!

Birthday girl, Gracie, wore a darling shirt from Modern Frills – it matched perfectly!  She sent her friends home not only with their box of sweet treats, but also with a tin of bubbles!  A fabulous party – great job, Jennifer and Gracie!  What I love most about this party is that there wasn’t a “theme”, so to speak.  It is a perfect example of how you can create a stylized, modern party using a color palette and a touch of pattern!


Photography by Wendy Updegraff

 

August 20th, 2010 |

Heavenly Blooms Tablesetting

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 |

Statement Centerpiece

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 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Elephant Parade

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!


Since it is August in Chicago (= HOT!), the dessert table was set up in the family’s screened in porch.  It gave it a clean, white backdrop, but also provided much needed shade so our desserts and candy didn’t melt in the sun!  I used a combination of apothecary jars in varying sizes, cylinder vases, mini white pots, and white rectangular plates.  I prefer to keep my vessels very basic, and dress them up with ribbon and coordinating candy jar tags.  I also found teeny tiny stuffed elephants at IKEA for 50 cents each to tie in the theme….don’t they look cute climbing the candy?!

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!


The candy was so colorful, I used a crisp white tablecloth for the table.  To add a whimsical touch, I created a bunting of ribbon along the front – it added a great pop of color, and helped to pull your eye down from the darling canopy atop the table!  This is incredibly easy to do – simple drape your ribbon and attach with a single pin at each spot.


The host asked to to come up with a simple, yet cute party favor packaging idea.  These little white boxes were the perfect size to hold the guests’ candy.  Once we dressed them up with our brand new, die-cut elephant stickers – I think they are beyond charming!
I just love how this cute, colorful party turned out!  The little guests had fun playing bozo buckets and pink the tail on the elephant….and filling up their boxes of candy!

August 11th, 2010 |

Parties in Progress

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…..

Monkey Love


 

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)

Elephant Parade ~ Circus Candy Shoppe

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)

More to come soon!  If you are planning a monkey (boy or girl) party or an elephant (boy, girl or both!) party, head on over to WH Hostess to see all of the fabulous new items in these collections.

PlatesAndNapkins.com Designer Party Supplies

August 10th, 2010 |

Summer Cocktail: Watermelon Sidecar

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 |

Real Parties: Vintage Chic Bridal Shower

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….


A few details from Jenna herself:

  • Gorgeous flowers, lots of lace, a perfect backyard venue, good food and drinks and a lot of fun guests and hosts brought this shower to life!
  • Using different color ribbon, I hung bud vases from the side of the tent.
  • I found cute yellow floral fabric at JoAnn Fabrics and created bunting.  I took many shortcuts making this bunting.  There was no sewing involved (I don’t own a sewing machine and though I may seem somewhat crafty, I have no idea how to sew).  Instead, I cut penants and then used fabric glue to adhere them to a pretty lace ribbon.  It was so simple and I loved the results.  Materials needed: fabric, scissors, ribbon and fabric glue.
  • The flowers were from one of the bridesmaids mom’s house.  They really helped bring the “garden” vibe to the shower given the flowers were truly from a garden and we had tons and tons of them.  The flowers were placed in mason jars and then some were tied with lace ribbon.
  • We used a tea pot and some dainty tea cups/saucers as decor.  Delicate, simple and lovely.
  • We had a brunch cocktail table set up with build-your-own mimosas, bellinis and bloody mary’s.  If you haven’t noticed already, I am a huge fan of alcoholic beverages at showers!
  • I used a free download for the drink tags via Eat Drink Chic.  I absolutely love finding free downloads for party stationery!
  • Kristin chose her favorite cupcakes from Cafe Latte in St. Paul for dessert, chocolate with vanilla buttercream.  I embellished them with an edible pansy from one of my favorite Mpls Farmers’ Market vendors, Dehn’s Garden.
  • Mini chalkboards were used to label the dessert and menu

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 |

WH Hostess Holiday Preview

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!

August 1st, 2010 |

Real Parties: Hello Kitty

 

Today’s real party feature is a perfect example of how to throw a stylized character party.  Stefanie decided to throw her girls a joint birthday party, with (at their request) a hello kitty theme.  The party was inspired by Hello Kitty shirts from Modern Frills. Stefanie made the invitations using a digital file that Audree from DecorArtist created by making a similar pattern from Heather Bailey’s Pop Garden Tiled Primrose fabric which was used in the shirts. The design was incorporated throughout the decor pulling the orange, yellow, green and pink as the colors for the party.

Some of the other decorations included party circles designed by The TomKat Studio, a colorful birthday banner made by Love the Day Custom Printable Parties, party favor labels, kiss stickers and labels designed by Posh Pixels Design Studio.
Hello Kitty Cookies by TRBrown made the perfect party favors!   I love Stefanie’s use of bright colors and simple pops of the hello kitty image – it’s bright and colorful and appeals to girls and parents alike!

For more images from this party, check out Stefanie’s blog: richterology.

 

July 30th, 2010 |

Real Parties: 3 Alarm Fire Birthday Party

 

I have a darling party to share with you today!  A darling BOY birthday party….which I know you all think is hard to come by!  This is an amazing example of a stylized party that appeals to both little boys and their parents!  I was contacted by Gavin’s mom to help her out with some party goods for her son’s upcoming 3rd birthday party.  Since he was turning “3″, they decided they wanted to have a “3 alarm fire” birthday party.  Cute, right?!

Held in a local Kansas City park, this party is stocked full of charming, Midwest details….red and white check table cloths, a vintage toy fire truck placed center stage on the buffet table, and delicious food including fire roasted corn, summer cous cous, mini steak sandwiches, cupcakes and whoopie pies for dessert (wait until you see the pictures below….delicious!).

 

WH Hostess made the cupcake toppers that were stuck in the cupcakes and whoopie pies, stickers that were placed on red party favor bags, and our centerpiece sticks were placed into red and yellow floral centerpieces.

 

Gavin’s mom did a beautiful job styling this party!  It’s always so fun for me to see our WH Hostess party goods styled at parties….I still get such a kick out of it!  I think this theme is just darling for summer and fall boy birthday parties, and could be perfect for a baby shower, too.  Take a peak below at all of the items we offer in the collection:

 

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