July 19th, 2010 |

Sip & See: Welcome Baby in Style

Happy Monday, Everyone!  I hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  We are doing something kind of fun today on The Party Dress.  I’ve received so many e-mails lately of people asking for “sophisticated” parties – no theme, just pretty.  So, I’ve taken one of our new favorite collections from WH Hostess (the damask collection) and put together a string of inspiration boards using the different color palettes.  So make sure to check back often today….there will be lots of pretty eye candy to see!

I love the versatility of our damask collection – it’s sweet enough for a baby shower, sophisticated enough for a 40th birthday party, and pretty enough for a bridal shower!  Offered as both an invitation or a birth announcement, it comes in 3 different color combinations.

First party up today: a sip & see in one of my favorite color palette’s, grey and yellow.  Sip & See’s have grown in popularity in recent years, as it creates a wonderful opportunity to show off your new arrival!  You can invite your friends and family for a open house (make sure to schedule the hours to work with your babies schedule!), to have a few sweets, do some mingling and most important, some “oohing” and “ahhing” at the baby.

Images: grey and yellow damask invitation (whhostess.com), white cocktails (newenglandfineliving.com), white dessert table (amyatlas.com), white pitcher, wreath and champagne glasses (brides.com), dining room (styleathome.com)

July 19th, 2010 |

Baby Shower

Moving on with our damask collection party inspirations today……next up a sweet and simple baby shower!

I just love this combination – blue and green, it looks so fresh for summer and it’s perfect for a boy or girl!  I love the idea of pulling out some green, natural elements into the decorations.  This wreath and hanging votive chandelier was the inspiration for the table setting at the anniversary party I styled recently….and it would be lovely for a baby shower or bridal shower!  It’s definitely a “wow” addition to any party!

Images: hanging votive chandelier and floating hydreagnea centerpiece (brides.com), blue and green damask invitation (whhostess.com), blue candy and cupcakes (inspiredbride.com), drinks (stylemepretty.com)

July 16th, 2010 |

Sunflower Birthday Party Picnic

Let’s end this week with a sunny, vibrant inspiration for a summer birthday picnic!  Bold reds and yellows, lots of big, happy sunflower and simple picnic touches…..these are the makings for a fabulous summer birthday party!

Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), table setting (amorologyweddings.com), girl (heatherbailey.com), flower pot party favors (makemerryevents.com), drinks (styleathome.com), cupcakes (theknot.com), sunflower runner (hostessblog.com)

July 15th, 2010 |

Light Up Your Party

LOVE this idea from Sunset Magazine!  Do you find yourself racking your brain to figure out ways to add a little light to your backyard parties this summer?  This simple idea literally made me say “oh….why didn’t I think of that!?”

Place battery operated lanterns or candles under your cloth tablecloths to add a glow (lighter colored linens will work best).  It’s the perfect summer solution!

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July 13th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Little Fishy 1st Birthday Party

This darling little fishy party was inspired by our WH Hostess invitation.  Joshua’s mom pulled out all of the stops for his first birthday and we were thrilled to provide her with all of her paper goods!  Read on for more details…..

A color palette of blue and green, a little fishy design, and an amazing attention to detail made this party extra special!  Joshua’s mom infused a modern blue link pattern and some green and white polka dots into the mix, which gave the party a modern look.  Tables were set with crisp white linens, and centerpieces that included green umbrellas, pails and balloons (and also provided some shade on a hot summer day!).  WH Hostess created a custom banner, cupcake toppers, stickers, food tent cards, water bottle labels and mini bubbles that served as party favors.

Such a cute party and I think it could serve as inspiration for a baby shower, too!

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)

 

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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

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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!)
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