August 16th, 2010 |
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 |
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…..
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)
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.
August 10th, 2010 |
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 |
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 |
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!
July 30th, 2010 |
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:
July 28th, 2010 |
I am absolutely in love with this gorgeous centerpiece I saw from a recent wedding featured on Style Me Pretty! It’s such a simple and inexpensive idea – gather a series of glass vases and hurricanes, fill with water, and place a floating candle in each of them. Clustered together the glow makes a huge impact! This could be a lovely centerpiece for a buffet table, a holiday party or bridal shower.
Image via Style Me Pretty
July 27th, 2010 |
The Party Dress’s shop thru OpenSky allows me to bring you some of the most fabulous entertaining items on the market – and today, it allows me to give you a discount on them! Shop fast! Now thru Saturday, July 31st – you can choose between these great offers:
– JulyFreeShip – free shipping on any product thru 7/31 or
– July20pct – take 20% off any one product thru 7/31
It’s the perfect time to pick up that item you have been pining over this summer! I leave you with a few of my new favorite items in the shop: blue dinner plates, blue & white ikat print salad plates, Trina Turk placemats & napkins, white and red wine decanters, and a stunning glass cloche/antique nickel cake stand. What are your favorite products in the shop?
July 26th, 2010 |
Hot, summer nights have me dreaming of tropical vacations! The next best thing? A tropical dinner party, of course!
I love the idea of creating a sophisticated version of the traditional luau theme – bright, floral linens with modern, orchid centerpieces, tropical cocktails served in martini glasses, and an outdoor location decorated with the modern-day tiki torch – the lantern!
Head on back tomorrow to see our vision for a kid’s tropical luau party!
Images: invitation (paperculture.com), centerpiece (weddingchannel.com), drinks (gemmacomas.com), table setting (instyleweddings.com), paper umbrella placecards (bethhelmstetter.com), picnic (brightideas.com)