June 2nd, 2010 |

Modern Garden Party Dessert Table

modern garden party invitation by wh hostess

I’m so excited to share the newest party from WH Hostess with you today!  A modern garden party dessert table was created in celebration of Maggie’s 30th birthday.  The invitation set the color palette for the party – bright orange, hot pink, yellow and grass green looked looked charming paired together.

 

The main focus of the event was the dessert table!  It had to appeal to both adults and children (all under the age of 6!), so we crafted sweet treats that included everything from sugar cookies to brownie pops.  The table was decorated with a white pot of flowers that was embellished with pennant flags stating “Maggie’s 30th Birthday”, a flower banner draped along the edges of the table and apothecary jars of candy.  Candy Warehouse was my incredible source for our salt water taffy, lemon candy sticks and green apple sours.  We also had white take out boxes embellished with striped stickers that said “Maggie’s Sweet Shoppe”.

One of my favorite tips for creating a cohesive dessert table is to use all of the same serving dishes.  For this particular table, we used all white platters lined with our custom stripe.  We carried our modern flower design into all of the food tent cards and candy jar labels, as well.  The overall affect definitely got the “oohs” and “ahh’s” I was looking for!

Here are some details of the sweet treats:

Our modern garden party dessert table included pink and orange salt water taffy, green apple sours, lemon candy sticks, rice crispy treat pops, brownie pops, meringue sandwiches, initial sugar cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, sugar cookies with fondant toppers from Two Sugar Babies, flower cupcakes, and daisy sugar cookies packaged in cello bags with custom stripe toppers.

I’m not going to lie to you….it was tough to choose!  What’s your favorite?!

Images property of The Party Dress

 

 

June 1st, 2010 |

Minted Giveaway Winner!

Thank you all for entering our Minted invitations giveaway!  Congratulations to our winner, Meredith Reilly!

Meredith, please e-mail me to collect your prize.

May 27th, 2010 |

Delicious Dishes for a Memorial Day BBQ

delicious dishes for a memorial day bbqWhen it comes to Memorial Day, I like to keep it simple.  A family BBQ is normally in the plans, and if we are lucky (with our wishy-washy Chicago weather) we’ll get to eat outside!  I love this table setting from Pottery Barn….the white paper lanterns dress it up in an easy, DIY-way, and also add that vertical element that I am oh, so passionate about lately!

If you are looking for a couple new recipes for your Memorial Day BBQ, take a look at  these…..

Margarita Grilled Corn on the Cob and Grilled Tomato Melts from Better Homes and Gardens.  They look pretty fabulous, don’t you think?!

May 26th, 2010 |

Bridal Shower: Lavender Luxe

Wedding season is in full bloom and so is our giveaway from Minted!  Make sure to head over to our facebook page and tell us what is your favorite invitation.  Lavender is on trend this season, and I love it paired with grey, lime green, or even pink!  It makes a lovely, sophisticated palette for a bridal shower, birthday luncheon, or summer wedding.

Images: invitation (minted.com), cupcakes (flickr.com), table (styleathome.com), macaroon favors (goodhousekeeping.com), centerpiece (bhg.com), drinks (gemmacomas.com)

 

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May 25th, 2010 |

Giveaway: Minted

Good Morning, Ladies!  Do I have a treat for you today……

Our fabulous sponsor, Minted, has launched an amazing new wedding collection (if you are in the market, the collection is currently 15% off – run, don’t walk!).  To celebrate, they have offered us a giveaway you are all going to be excited about:

Minted is giving one of our readers 50 invitations of their choice (up to $100 in value).  Fabulous, right?!

Here’s how to play: Head over to Minted, scroll thru their amazing collection of  invitations and then leave a comment on our facebook page (you must be a fan, or become a fan) on what your favorite invitation is….it can be any type of party invitation.  And if you are looking for a little inspiration, see some of our favorites below!

The contest starts NOW and ends Friday, May 28, 2010 at midnight.  We’ll announce the winner on Saturday.  Good Luck!

I love this navy and pink floral invitation for a bridal shower!

They have an amazing collection of invitations for kids!

And a darling selection of baby shower invitations for girls and boys!

I hope you will check out Minted’s fabulous collection….and don’t forget to stop by our facebook page to leave your entry!

Images: pink and navy desserts (vanillabakeshop.com), blue and white party decorations (rebeccathuss.com), peach floral arrangement (lapartieevents.com), fish centerpiece (detailsdetails.com), drinks (southernliving.com)

May 24th, 2010 |

Who Wants Candy?! A Candy-Themed Birthday Party!

My post over at Project Nursery today was a little to sweet not to share with you!

The first step in planning your kid’s birthday parties is determining what their current “likes” or passions are – and let’s face it, I have never met a kid that doesn’t LOVE candy!  A candy-themed birthday party is a no-brainer for any age group, and with the candy/dessert table trend going strong – how can you resist?!

I just love this invitation from WH Hostess – it reminds me of gumballs!  And is the perfect start to our candy-themed party!  Carry that colorful look throughout your entire party……

Here are a few ideas:

*Welcome your guests with a wreath made out of balloons (but looks like candy, right?!) hanging on your front door.

*Decorate your table with colorful linens (if you are a crafty momma, you could create a table cloth or runner out of felt – no sewing required!)  You can incorporate big, bold flowers and polka dots too….the more colors and patterns you use, the better in this case!

*Create centerpieces out of candy!  Vases full of gumballs, urns full of candy with lollipop sticking out, bowls full of m&m’s or licorice.

*Skip the juice for this party….the kids will be getting enough sugar from all the candy!  Dress up water bottles with polka dotted labels that match the invitation.

*Send the kids home with a mini gumball machine as their party favor.

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), balloon wreath (howdoesshe.com), table setting (via Passions for Parties), mini gumball machines (beau-coup.com), water bottles (hwtm.com), rock candy (amyatlas.com), gumballs (hostessblog.com)

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May 21st, 2010 |

Celebration: Little Men

 

I spend a lot of time talking about birthday parties around here, however there are so many other celebrations that involve kids!  Baptisms, first communions, graduations, team parties, end-of-the-year picnics….the list goes on and on.  These are big events in their little lives and deserved to be celebrated!  Boy parties are  complicated in my opinion – it’s tough to find the perfect balance of “boy” and the cutesy details we all love so much.  My answer?!  Clean and modern, with a preppy twist.

I love the idea of this “little man” party.  The “summer stripes” invitation from WH Hostess sets a fresh color palette of blue, lime green and yellow.  You can carry the colors throughout the party with a few simple touches: blue ribbon flags on straws, a blue and green candy bar, and (this is my favorite idea) cupcakes topped with bow-ties and neckties, and sugar cookies shaped like ties and mustaches.  (So cute, right?!)

I think this theme would be precious for a baby boy’s baptism, or a first communion celebration!

Images: little boys (adelineandgrace.com), stripe invitation (whhostess.com), cupcakes and cookies (imprintables.com), candy buffet (inspiredbride.com), drinks (stylemepretty.com)

 

May 20th, 2010 |

Cocktails & Snacks on the Patio

cocktails and snack recipes for a patio partyIt’s been a bit of a crazy week in my house…..all of the hustle and bustle has made me crave a simple weekend on my patio!  I was scrolling thru Williams Sonoma’s recipe bank today and found a couple of recipes that I must try!  (and I think you may want to, too!)  Any of these would be perfect for a summer party, a cocktail and appetizer party, or a Memorial Day bbq.

Images: hammock (potterybarn.com), mason jar lantern (theknot.com)

May 17th, 2010 |

Cinco de Maia: Fiesta Themed 1st Birthday Party

I have been SO excited to share this party with you!  I know I dangled a carrot in front of you on Friday with a peek at the inspiration board…..but trust me, it was well worth the wait!

So, where to begin?!  Let’s start at the beginning….Maia’s mommy contacted WH Hostess to do a custom inspiration board for her daughter’s 1st birthday party.  She wanted a fiesta-themed party – since it was Maia’s first birthday (and it fell the beginning of May), how could we resist not doing a “Cinco de Maia” theme?!  You all saw the inspiration board here, and here is what we came up with:

The missoni-like, zig zag pattern from the invitation set the color palette for the party.  Hot pink, orange and yellow made a festive combination that we used for the entire event!  Some of my favorite elements to the party included the fabulous ribbon chandelier hanging over the table, a custom banner (featuring the zig zag pattern), and the amazing patterned paper lanterns from Jonathan Adler (aren’t they just perfect for this theme!?).  Cupcake toppers took on a modern look with an updated square shape, and jars of candy made for a very colorful table!

Maia’s mom did a fabulous job carrying the color palette throughout – notice the coordinating izze drinks, the balloons and the beautiful flowers!  She displayed the party favors beautifully – mini bubbles (wrapped with custom labels) and hot pink maracas (embellished with a zig zig gift tag) were placed on a 3-tier serving piece on the table.  A great idea that you could adapt for any party!

This was such a fun party to work on – and you know what I love about it?!  It’s simple.  It’s all about one fabulous pattern, three beautiful colors and a couple key decorations that pulled it all together!  Great job, Kristen!  And a happy, happy 1st birthday, Maia!

The ideas from this party could easily be translated into any type of summer party – a birthday celebration, a bridal shower, or a fiesta-themed dinner party!  To see more parties planned by WH Hostess, click here.  And for more details about the party goods created for this party, here you go:

 

Party Goods by WH Hostess: zig zag invitation, wraparound address label, notecard, gift tags, bubbles, cupcake toppers, banner, and ribbon chandelier.

Photography by Jessica Christ Photography

 

May 14th, 2010 |

Sneak Peek: Cinco de Maia

I’m leaving you today with a sneak peek of our latest party from WH Hostess.  This is the custom inspiration board I created for a sweet 1 year old named Maia.  Her mom came to me to create a concept and party goods for her fiesta themed party….and here is where it all started!  Head on back on Monday to see how the party turned out!  (PS – it’s amazing and you won’t want to miss it!)

Images:  invitation (whhostess.com), dessert table (amyatlas.com), mexican banners (orientaltrading.com), tissue paper flower centerpiece (realsimple.com), colorful hurricane glasses for margaritas (amazon.com), pitcher decorated with colorful rubber bands or ribbons (bhg.com), colorful maracas (orientaltrading.com), table setting with hanging stars and paper lanterns (socialcouture.com)

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