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!
October 13th, 2010 |
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)
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October 12th, 2010 |
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)
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