October 21st, 2010 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Woodland Forest

I have been so excited about this latest party from WH Hostess!  I’ve been working on the design for awhile now, you may remember this post on the inspiration boards for it.  The party was last weekend and I am just thrilled with out it turned out!

When Patrick’s mother first hired me to work on her son’s party, she made it clear that she wanted something that read “boy” and “fall”.  The woodland forest fairy theme has been so popular lately, and I thought it might be interesting to just focus on a few key designs – an owl, a toadstool, acorns and moss – and create a clean-lined version of the whimsical designs I have been so inspired by.  A color palette of rusty-red, olive green, chocolate brown and robin’s egg blue was developed, and the darling invitation followed.

The hostess asked me to create a cute table setting, a centerpiece idea that could be replicated in a few places, a dessert table that would get “oohs” and “ahhs”, and party favor packaging.  I used chocolate brown fabric as tablecloths and as the backdrop for the dessert table.  The colors really popped against the rich color!  Centerpieces were created using different sized cylinder vases, half full of moss stones, half full of green lentils, and each one held a darling centerpiece stick.  Each place setting was set with a rattan placemat,  a darling bottle of lemonade embellished with a sticker, and a box lunch was served (which the boys thought was SUPER cool!).  They also had a little party favor wrapped in burlap fabric and tied with our signature polka dot ribbon and a gift tag at each place.

The dessert table stole the show and personally I love the rustic, yet modern look of it!  I used wood boxes (super inexpensive at IKEA) as both containers for lollipops and our pine tree centerpiece, and also to create a wood stand for cupcakes, brownies and candy apples.  The cupcakes were accessorized with our coordinating cupcake toppers, and the brownies had a yellow piece of candy placed on the top to add a pop of color.  Cylinder vases and small, glass bowls were used to hold the candy selection, which included swirl salt water taffy, candy raspberries, and yellow and blue candy balls. Candy jar tags and brown polka dot ribbons added a touch of whimsy to the look.  Rice crispy cubes were served in plastic cups, and also had a plate full of custom sugar cookies by Allyson Jane Designer Desserts.  Aren’s they cute?  I sent the designer my designs and this is what I received in the mail….fabulous!  The decorations were simple – a pine tree centerpiece and a custom woodland forest banner.  Clean, fresh and oh, so “boy!”

Patrick’s mom also hired me to create a plan and paper goods for a night-before-Thanksgiving cocktail party.  Here’s the catch – create a fabulous, modern design…..using a lot of the same items I used for Patrick’s birthday party.  A challenge?!  Yes.  Stay tuned next week to see what I came up with!

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

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.

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