September 17th, 2014 |
The birth of a new baby (or a brand new stationery collection!) is an exciting time that deserves to be celebrated in style. The Party Dress Magazine is pleased to launch a special issue full of gorgeous inspiration for all things baby. From planning baby showers, sip & see’s, and baptisms, to gift ideas, recipes, advice for photographing your newborn, etiquette for selecting birth announcements and writing thank you notes, to ideas from your favorite bloggers on how to create traditions and modern heirlooms with your family, this issue is gorgeous and full of very happy occasions.
It also showcases the products from the new BABY by WH HOSTESS collection of birth announcements, stationery and baby shower party goods.
Join us in celebrating our new “baby!”
This issue features contributions from some special ladies. Katie Gierke of Kathryn Hastings Photography shares her tips for photographing your newborn, Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginnochio of Project Nursery share ideas for the perfect baby shower gift, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio shares a unique idea for creating a modern heirloom, and some of your favorite bloggers share their family traditions in hopes to inspire new ones for your family! (thank you to The TomKat Studio, Project Nursery, Pizzazzerie, Kate Landers Events and Swanky Chic Fete)
This issue and collection of paper goods was inspired by the birth of my first child in late 2013. This little love has brought so many happy occasions into my life this last year, many of them documented in the issue. Each event, milestone or happy occasion brought about a need for stylish paper goods….thus the BABY by WH HOSTESS collection was born. It will continue to grow, but for now – I hope you enjoy this new collection that oozes that fresh baby look and feel. Classic gingham checks, soft stripes, sweet baby monograms – all done in my signature style offered on birth announcements, stationery, baptism invitations and the most gorgeous collection of baby shower invitations and party decor around.
September 2nd, 2014 |
Now that the kids are back in school, it’s time to start planning fall birthday parties! Let WH Hostess help you create a party to remember. From darling invitations, to coordinating party decorations, WH Hostess has a variety of themed party collections that are perfect for Fall. Today, we’re showing you a few of our favorite party themes for September, October and November.
Click the images above to view the party collections!
August 26th, 2014 |
Working with my custom party-planning clients is one of my favorite parts of my job. I love assisting them to create an experience for their guests that is both entertaining and stylish. And typically, it results in a fabulous new party collection for us to offer in the shop. With the Frozen movie taking the little girl group by storm this year, we have done a few different custom invitations and party goods. For this party, we expanded on those and created a party fit for an Ice Princess! Focusing on a turquoise, light blue and fuschia color palette, I used snowflakes, snowmen, and lots of white accents to design a party that fit the bill for the frozen-obsessed birthday girl, and was sophisticated in feel for the parents. Our new collection is now available in the shop!
These beautiful photos from Stacey Woods tell the story of the day. Here are a few highlights to look for:
- A Princess Dress Shoppe where guests could dress in sparkle tutu’s, crowns & tiara’s and jewelry. Styled like a fabulous dessert table, it featured a custom fabric backdrop and coordinating signage to brand it.
- A Let it Go Drink Buffet with coordinated paper goods, foil-stamped beverage napkins, water bottles with “Melted Snow” labels, and drink dispensers with signage
- A darling tablesetting for guests, complete with table runners made from our snowflake fabric, chair plaques, and an Ice Princess chair sign for the birthday girl’s seat.
- A white dessert table featuring pops of color in the fabric backdrop, pennant banner soaring across the front of the table, cupcake toppers and cake plate clings. Desserts included jumbo marshmallows, chocolate covered oreos, gorgeous snowflake sugar cookies from Flourish Sweet Shop and a stunning tiered cake!
- A Snowman Toss game to keep the kiddos entertained.
Our new collection is available in the shop, including invitations, party decorations, custom fabric and Cake Plate Clings. We are so excited to introduce a couple new products to this party collection as well: foil-stamped beverage napkins, and foil-stamped cello bags!
Party Plan, Paper Goods, Fabric + Cake Plate Clings by WH Hostess | Photography by Stacey Woods | Sugar Cookies by Flourish Sweet Shop
August 5th, 2014 |
Did you know that some of our most popular birthday party collections started out as customer requests for custom designs? Yup. And that’s why we love our customers so much! I thought this week that I would show you a few custom parties that we designed recently. And if you are interested in them – e-mail me!
This particular collection was designed for a Max’s 1st birthday. His mom asked me to come up with something fresh, preppy and all about #1! A classic navy blue, light blue and green color palette, a few cute patterns and a little monogram love was used. I created a custom #1 basketweave pattern to use for the invitation and then we carried it onto party goods throughout the event on a custom poster, paper goods and Cake Plate Clings.
I think Max’s mom did a great job infusing our paper goods into her design – looks like a great party to me!
July 15th, 2014 |
When the weather heats up and summertime approaches, I’ve got one type of entertaining on my mind….and it always has a nautical theme. I don’t think it’s a secret that I love a crisp red, white and blue color palette. Throw an anchor, crab or lobster in there and I just about die and go to heaven. So when it came time to pick the classic themes that I wanted to include in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, a Nautical themed birthday party was a no-brainer.
Stylish Kids’ Parties makes it a snap to plan, design and execute festive kids’ parties that wow adults and thrill little ones! Filled with 12 creative and colorful party ideas, my book shows you how to confidently tackle party preparation by using color palettes and themes that carry through–from invitations and decorations to party favors and treats. Complete with DIY tips, recipes, projects, themed activities and templates, you’ll love these party ideas for boys and girls, first birthday celebrations, baby showers and holiday gatherings. You can purchase the book thru Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or a signed copy thru WH Hostess.
I’m excited to share a few of the ideas today from the Nautical Party chapter in the book. Classic, preppy and perfect for a boy or girl – this party has some simple DIY party ideas that you can recreate in a flash.
The book includes a bunch of fabulous templates that you can use to create these projects. A nautical party invitation, a maritime banner, anchor accents, stickers and gift tags, sails and the recipe for my sailboat rice krispy treats. It’s a great resource!
I love serving milk & cookies to kids during a birthday party! Don’t you just love the striped cookies that Sandy from Firefly Confections made for us? The stripe is the perfect nod to the Nautical theme, and instead of doing a traditional anchor or sailboat shape, we opt’d for the #4 to celebrate the birthday boy’s age.
It also includes some great ideas for activities to keep kids entertained during the party, such as a sailboat race! And also some simple ideas for infusing the nautical spirit into your party details, such as tying a lifesaver candy to your napkin rolls to look like a lifesaver float! These ideas could be used for a birthday party, pool party or even on a nautical-inspired tablesetting for a summer dinner party. The book is laid out in a beautiful and easy-to-use way, full of DIY tips and instructions for recreating the ideas shown. Here is an example of my DIY water buoy paper lanterns:
I hope these classic ideas have helped to inspire your nautical party! Pick up a copy of the book for even more party inspiration for kids’ birthday parties and baby showers.
And if you love the nautical look, check out our Mod Nautical party collection, anchor lucite tray, anchor ceramic mug, and darling chunky notepads!
June 11th, 2014 |
I have a drop-dead-gorgeous party to share with you today! I recently designed the paper goods for one of my favorite California clients’ daughter’s birthday party: an under-the-sea mermaid party full of sea-worthy props, gorgeous florals, and decorations. This party is fit for a mermaid princess!
Francesca’s 4th birthday took place on a sunny spring day at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach, California, on a grassy terrace overlooking the harbor. The perfect setting for an under-the-sea Mermaid party! WH Hostess custom-designed a suite of stationery, fabric and cake plate clings that set the color palette and jumping off point for the party decorations.
The invitation from WH Hostess featured an elaborate border of sea shells, star fish and a gorgeous mermaid princess, accessorized with a shell crown and statement necklace. The invitations were delivered in an aqua blue box, wrapped with ribbon and a starfish. Within each box was also a strand of pearls (girls) or a pirate’s patch (boys) to wear to the party.
Upon arrival, guests were greeted with an oversized-welcome sign featuring the mermaid princess, and walked thru a space full of bubbles as they were transported to an “underwater mermaid grotto”.
The little guests were transformed into a mermaid or pirate for the day. Little girls had their choice of pink or aqua tutus, mermaid starfish wands, white t-shirts, sea horse headbands and, of course, pearl necklaces. The dress up area was staged with prop furniture and found items from the sea. Large, pink balloons soared above the dress-up area, and the boys had their own sunken trunk of treasures filled with pirate hats, swords, pirate’s booty, mustaches, and pirate’s patches to wear.
The kids’ tables were set with crisp, white linens and custom-made table runners made from WH Hostess’ under the sea patterned fabric. Centerpieces included vases of shells, gorgeous florals, star fish and pieces of driftwood.
Guests spent the afternoon in an mermaid-themed bounce house, a sing-along with Ariel, searching for pirate booty with Captain Hook, and decorating their own seashell picture frames. They all loved blowing bubbles out of the special bubble tins from WH Hostess.
The adults could choose from stations for lunch: a slider station with freshly-made french fries served in individual cones, a street taco station, shrimp and mango salad, and fresh spring green salad. We used food tent cards to identify the food items, and they added a pop of the bubbles pattern to the decor.
The children had their own buffet with fish and chips, fish-shaped sandwiches, crudités and hummus served in individual fish bowls, fruit salad and lemonade.
A bar was set up on a table covered with a white tablecloth and an extra-wide table runner made with WH Hostess’s shell de lis patterned fabric. Labeled drink dispensers full of lemonade and filtered water with berries sat atop the bar, along with wine and beer. A large drink menu was framed on the table for easy viewing for guests.
Sweet & Saucy Shop baked the desserts and laid out the dessert table. The table was covered in an aqua sequin tablecloth that made the desserts look like they were floating in the ocean! The fabric backdrop from WH Hostess featured the elaborate shell and starfish border, along with the mermaid princess and Francesca’s name. White cake stands floated atop the table, and each held a bubble cake plate cling to add a touch of pattern. A coordinating pennant banner that said “Under the Sea” was strung across the front of the table.
Desserts included a gorgeous vanilla chiffon cake with lemon cream and raspberries, sea foam vanilla shooters, sea turtle macarons, sea pearl cake pops, and strawberry sea shell cupcakes. Wonderland Bakery made beautiful mermaid sugar cookies to match the invitations.
At the end of the party, the children grabbed party favors that were displayed in a vintage boat. The favors consisted of beach pails filled with pirate’s booty snack, dried seaweed, mermaid or pirate water bottles, fish-shaped sidewalk chalk, stuffed fish, beach balls, and shark beach toys. The pail had a “thank you for partying under the sea” sticker on them, and they were tied up with cellophane with a round gift tag and a bow.
What a gorgeous party, right?! I love the natural glamor the found objects and props added to the already beautiful setting. Francesca’s mother styled a gorgeous party, showcasing the perfect example of how to create a stylized theme party. It was such a joy to work with her to design the paper goods! This new collection has quickly become one of my new favorites! You can view the paper goods, fabric and cake plate clings HERE. And see below for a list of the vendors used to create this party.
Invitation, Paper Goods, Bubble Tins, Fabric & Cake Plate Clings – WH Hostess | Dessert Table – Sweet & Saucy Shop | Sugar Cookies – Wonderland Bakery | Props & Florals – Archive Rentals | Location – Balboa Bay Club | Photographer – Melanie Osorio Photography | Tutus – Monkey Moodle Bowtique | Starfish wands – Kate Kate NYC | Starfish headbands – Knots | Party Favor Items – Oriental Trading
June 3rd, 2014 |
When throwing a baby shower for a couple that remains in the dark about the gender of their baby, it’s important to choose a gender-neutral color palette, and a theme that appeals to the parent’s design aesthetic. Today, I’m sharing the details of my “What Will it Bee?” Baby Shower – a chapter from my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties. The full party, DIY projects, recipes and printable templates are available in the book, and you can purchase a signed copy here.
A bumble bee theme is classic choice for a baby shower or a child’s birthday party, and is typically executed in a crisp yellow, black and white color story. To bring a fresh approach to this classic theme, I swapped out the black for a French blue and added in some preppy provincial touches, such as textile-mixing with a clover pattern and a tight stripe.
This party was inspired by the Bumble Bee Topiary collection from WH Hostess, which combines these playful patterns, along with a lemon topiary tree, and a classic bumble bee icon. These charming elements can be repeated throughout the party décor and details to create a cohesive look for your Mama-to-Bee.
Carrying the details throughout your party décor will help you create a cohesive party. For this theme, we used lemons as a detail to both reference the lemon topiary tree on the invitation, but also to infuse the bright color yellow throughout the entire party. Tip: produce can be a great, affordable centerpiece for any party. Take a peek around your grocery store for inspiration that could work with just about any color palette.
The crisp, white location for our “What will it bee?” baby shower really made our French blue and yellow color palette pop. White Chivari chairs saddled up next to tables dressed in tablecloths made from a textured white fabric from Dwell Studio. The modern chain link pattern is one that we use frequently to infuse texture into tables or backdrops. We layered navy blue charger plates, white china and basic silverware onto the table, and accessorized it with blue goblets.
Napkins were dressed up with personalized honeycomb place cards (a DIY template in the book) that were wrapped around with a yellow grosgrain ribbon.
A hanging menu card is a colorful way to dress up the white Chivari chairs and also inform guests of the details of the meal they are about to enjoy.
Often times, guests remain seated at their tables while the guest of honor opens her gifts. It can be fun to engage the guests in a simple game during this time, such as baby bingo. You can find our coordinating baby bingo cards now in the shop!
Whether it’s a cocktail, a mocktail (non-alcoholic for the mama-to-bee) or just a party staple like lemonade or iced tea, I like to continue my party theme into a signature drink, complete with coordinating accessories. For this party, lemonade was served up with a dash of honey, a sprig of mint leaves and a wooden honey stick…. delicious and stylish!
Desserts are always a treasured treat at any party! They are not only delicious, but a well-styled table can also serve as décor and a main decoration for your party space. It’s a great place to pull together all of the elements of your party to create one gorgeous surprise!
A simple white tablecloth was enhanced with a clover patterned square topper in our French blue and yellow color palette. We covered a large board to serve as the table’s backdrop with the same white textured fabric from Dwell Studio that was used for tablecloths on our lunch tables. This allowed the yellow candy and desserts to really stand out, and created a sense of continuity with the other tables in the room.
All white and glass serving pieces were used to highlight the array of yellow candy from Candywarehouse.com. We dressed up the cake stands with Cake Plate Clings (reusable, washable, non-adhesive liners) in coordinating patterns to add a pop of pattern. The monochromatic candy was displayed in either glass apothecary jars or stacked up on cake stands. To tie in with our lemon element to the party, all of the candies were lemon-flavored.
Some of the dessert highlights included a lemon mousse cake, mini cupcakes with flags that asked “what will it bee?”, honeycomb-shaped cookies with tiny sugar bee decorations on them, and darling bumble bee cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes that flew above the candy on the table.
I baked a bee hive-shaped Bundt cake that I drizzled white royal icing on and then embellished with some sugar bee decoration.
My favorite dessert of the afternoon was my honeycomb-shaped lemon tart. One of my go-to recipes for parties; I re-vamped the tart crust to be a hexagon shape. When laid out together on a serving tray, they look just like a honeycomb! The recipe and directions for making the lemon tarts is available in the book.
A little pot of honey is the perfect take-home treat for guests to remember this special event. Dress up your jar with a fabric or paper embellishment on the lid, and a customized label.