June 8th, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Wheat Grass

wheat grass centerpiece ideasThe smell of freshly cut grass is one of the first signs of summer….so why not bring grass into your summer centerpieces?!  As you saw yesterday in our lady bug soiree, pots of grass is a simple centerpiece and perfect for kids parties!  Here are a few more ideas on how to incorporate wheat grass into your summer decorating…

Images: daisy placecards (brides.com), buffet table and lollipop centerpiece (elizabethannedesigns.com), yellow pots (inmagine.com), wheat grass with daisies (nancyluichin.com), grass pot placecards (theknot.com), gerber daisy centerpiece (realsimple.com)

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June 7th, 2010 |

Lady Bug Soiree

I’m so excited to share the latest party from WH Hostess with you….a Lady Bug Soiree!  A traditional theme, updated with a fresh color palette of grass green, red and white.  Read on for all of the darling details and a peek at the delicious (and beautiful!) dessert table.

Emma’s mother contacted me months ago to plan her daughter’s party.  She knew she wanted a lady bug theme (as they always refer to her as their little “love bug!”) – but she didn’t want the traditional black and red color palette.  So I updated the look by playing with a lot of grass green – a color that is near and dear to me – and looks modern, yet preppy in this situation.  The invitation set the tone for the party and all of the decorations.

The party was held in the family’s porch, which created a clean, white back drop for our color-saturated party.  We decorated the space with a custom lady bug banner, paper lanterns and darling little tables.  Grass plant centerpieces were used throughout the party; we planted them in red pots from IKEA and inserted lady bug centerpiece sticks.  Each girl had a mini green vase full of flowers at their place setting (perfect for them to take home as a memento of the party).

A color-coordinated “bar” was set up with lime and blackberry Izze sodas, stripe paper cups embellished with a lady bug sticker for the kids, and glasses with decorated straws for the parents.  The main attraction was the dessert table!  The dessert table was small and concise – perfect for 5 year olds!  It consisted of a few apothecary jars of candy (Candy Warehouse is a great resource for bulk candy!  We used apple sours, gumballs, and licorice wheels.), and cake plates full of cupcakes featuring darling cupcake toppers.  Custom candy jar labels completed the look.  The little girls LOVED filling up cellophane bags of candy to bring home!  But the real delight came at the end of the party when they saw their party favors……

Each girl was given a tin of bubbles (with a lady bug label) and a little red box with Mel-Belles lady bug hair bows in it.  I can’t tell you which they were more excited about – the shrieks of delight were just darling!  Mel-Belles can custom create a hair bow party favor package to coordinate with any party – and I love the idea that you are giving gifts the girls will use, not just junk that will get thrown away!

All in all, it turned out to be a darling party!  I hope this gives you some great ideas for your summer birthdays!  Here are some more details of all of the WH Hostess party goods created for this party.  Hosting a party this summer?!  Let WH Hostess help you create a stylish event!

WH Hostess party goods: invitation, notecard, 2 inch sticker, 3 inch sticker, bubbles tins, cupcake toppers, candy jar labels, lady bug banner, and centerpiece sticks.

June 3rd, 2010 |

Breakfast Soiree

I just put this custom inspiration board together for a client who is hosting a breakfast soiree at The Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.  This is one of those parties where, after I put everything together, I SO WANT TO GO!  I’m loving the color palette and hope you will too….it would be lovely for a bridal shower, wedding or birthday party, too….don’t you think?!

Images: floral centerpieces (detailsdetails.com), lounge (via The Viceroy Hotel), bar (sunday-suppers.com), ribbon placecard (marthastewart.com), party favor bags (designsponge.com), green candy table (amyatlas.com)

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?!

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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)

 

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