May 5th, 2010 |

Mother’s Day: Manicures & Mimosas

mother's day party manicures and mimosas

Ladies, if you are still looking for ideas for a Mother’s Day celebration – this is a darling idea!  Beth from Spark PR & Events sent me this darling Manicures & Mimosas party, and there are some darling ideas you could pull out for just about any celebration!

Moms and daughters enjoyed mimosas while they got manis and pedis.  It was held at Tipsy’s a salon that has a wine bar. The focal point was a tree centerpiece with pictures of the girls with their moms when they were younger.  OPI nail polish favors with “Manicures and Mimosas” hang tags served as party favors. There were mini cupcakes, mini muffins and frittata for the ladies to enjoy during their services.  The cupcake towers were from Home Goods and embellished with ribbon.  Each guest that attended will get a thank you note on custom stationery that matches the invite with a photo of each mother and daughter…what a great memento from a wonderful party!

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May 4th, 2010 |

Real Party: Pinwheels & Pearls

This party makes me happy!  When I saw it sitting in my inbox, I truly got giddy trying to get the post up quickly!  It’s just a darling, unique party full of charming details that are sure to make you swoon the way I did!

Sent to me by Victoria Hudgins of The City Cradle, this “pinwheels & pearls” party was inspired by a Kat Spade ad (a girl after my own heart!) that came out this spring.  They lined over 50 pinwheels along their back fence, hung pearls in the tree and a thrift-store chandelier was painted white & pink for the occasion.  A desert bar with starburst pinwheel pops, pinwheel cupcakes and a doughnut tree in the center stole the show, and they set up a table at the perfect kid-height for coloring in pinwheels during the party. Boys were decked out in handmade pinwheel bow-ties, and the girls were adorned in pinwheel necklaces!

Click here for Victoria’s pinwheel tutorial, and here for her free download-able pinwheel labels.

Images via Michael Chan

 

May 4th, 2010 |

Mother’s Day Dinner Party

mother's day dinner partyWith Mother’s Day quickly approaching, I realized that I had to get myself into party-planning mode!  Today I am showing you a peek into my own party-planning for a family dinner celebrating Mother’s Day.  Since we will be hosting this dinner party at our home (hopefully in our newly-remodeled sun room….if we can get it done in time!), I am mainly focusing on the table setting and menu!  I decided it would be fun to use a bright, cheerful color palette of Kelly green, navy blue and hot pink.  Very spring-like and preppy, but updating the look with some modern patterns.

The honeycomb invitation from my very own WH Hostess stationery line is perfect for this dinner party!  And it also helps that it coordinates with my monogrammed melamine plates – which I have been {very impatiently} waiting to debut this season!  I plan to set the table with crisp white linens, and tie the napkins in a preppy stripe ribbon.  For the centerpieces, I plan to use monochromatic pink flowers – a vase of tulips, a vase of gerber daisies, etc. – and white, clean-lined vases.  I may even wrap the vases with the stripe ribbon, just to tie that look together.

I am still working on my menu – and I can’t give everything away since my mother does occasionally read this!  But, I do think it would be so fun to create a candy bar for dessert!  Can’t you picture it done in green, white and pink candy?!  Utterly charming and totally preppy!

How will you be celebrating Mother’s Day this year?!

Images: lanterns (michellerago.com), invitation (whhostess.com), cocktails and daisy flower bouquet party favors (brides.com), gerber daisy centerpiece (floralartla.com), green pattern melamine plate (whhostess.com), stripe ribbon napkin rings (amberkarsonevents.com), green candy table (amyatlas.com)

May 3rd, 2010 |

Wedding Inspiration: Parisian Chic

It’s getting to be wedding season!  Spring is such a fabulous time to get married….the beautiful blooms, the soft, pastel colors, and everyone’s love for anything looking fresh!  Here’s a little bit of Spring inspiration for your Monday morning!

Images: bride (kellyoshireevents.com), table setting (stylemepretty.com), party favor bags (brides.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), champagne (theknot.com), floral centerpiece (hanafloraldesign.com)

 

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April 30th, 2010 |

8 Must-Have Recipes: Cinco de Mayo

cinco de mayo recipesLast week I showed you ideas for decorating for a Cinco de Mayo party…..today, we’re talking food!  Better Homes and Gardens has an endless supply of fabulous, Mexican recipes….here are 8 that I consider “must-haves” for Cinco de Mayo:

  1. Mango Salsa
  2. Chicken Quesadillas with Peppers
  3. Chicken Flautas with Black Beans
  4. Skillet Tostadas
  5. Tequila Lime Shrimp
  6. Steak Fajitas with Peppers
  7. Avocado-Feta Salsa
  8. Barbecue Quesadillas

Is your mouth watering yet?!  What do you plan to make for Cinco de Mayo?

April 29th, 2010 |

An Elegant Celebration

elegant celebration dinner partyWe focus so much on theme parties here on The Party Dress….but some occasions just call for pure elegance!  Whether you are planning a wedding, an engagement party, a 60th birthday celebration or an elegant company event – there are always 4 main ideas that are key to making your event one to remember.

  1. A stunning invitation: Bold.  Simple.  Elegant.  Cute.  Whatever your style, make sure that your invitation sets the tone for your party!  I love this navy blue floral invitation from Wedding Paper Divas!  It’s formal enough for a wedding, yet would be festive for a shower or birthday party.
  2. Centerpieces: Using a unique vessel, create a floral centerpiece that pulls together the colors of your palette.  I love the use of the stone urn in this inspiration – it creates a stunning “elegant garden” image for me.
  3. Cocktails: Choose either a signature cocktail, or a fabulous drink display….you don’t need both!
  4. Dessert Table: The trend of the moment and a spectacular surprise for your guests.  The dessert table should be color-coordinated to your specific palette and can serve as a focal point for your event.

Images: invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), centerpiece (michellerago.com), champagne tower (brides.com), dessert table (traceylau.com)

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April 28th, 2010 |

Real Party: Tiki Lounge 40th Birthday

tiki lounge luau birthday party

Beth from Spark PR & Events in Palm Beach, Florida recently sent me this event….it’s a Tiki Lounge 40th birthday party!  So fun, great colors….and it’s totally putting me in the mood for SUMMER!  Anyone planning a luau this summer?!  Here are some great ideas from Beth….

This is a 40th Birthday Surprise Party I recently did for a husband and wife who love margaritas and the Bahamas. We did a tiki lounge invite and incorporated their love for margaritas and the islands with a “Patti and Paul’s Tiki Lounge” theme. There was a tiki bar with a margarita machine and passed drinks in custom cups and napkins as guests arrived, centerpieces out of pineapples, flip flops with custom hang tags for guests, and hawaiian dancers and a fire eater entertained the guests after the arrival of the “surprised” hosts.  We used flip flops as the party favor, dressed-up with a custom gift tag!  The evening had a wonderful, tropical feel!

April 27th, 2010 |

Triple Crown Cocktails

triple crown derby cocktail recipesIt’s getting to be Derby-time!  Whether you are throwing a huge bash, or watching the game at home with a couple friends….nothing makes a party festive like a few themed cocktails, right?!  Southern Living has the perfect combination of recipes for whatever your gathering may be…..  A Mint Julip for the Kentucky Derby, a Black-Eyed Susan for Preakness, and a Long Island Iced Tea for the races at Belmont Stakes.  The perfect trio!

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April 26th, 2010 |

Party Animal Baby Shower

I’m talking baby showers today over at Project Nursery!  If you are planning a gender-neutral baby shower, I just love the idea of an animal theme!  It’s cute, colorful and appeals to everyone!  Here are a few key ideas that are sure to make this a darling shower:

This sweet invitation from Tiny Prints sets tone for the animal theme.  If you are a busy mama that doesn’t have time for a ton of DIY projects, these decorations are going to knock your socks off…..Meri Meri has launched a collection of party decorations and they are just too cute!  Themes range from animals, to princess, to pirate, and so many more.  Cupcake toppers, banners, and my favorite part….the three-dimensional centerpieces.  These are great – cute on their own – or even more special if you jazzed them up a bit!  I love this animal carasol on it’s own….but think how much cuter it would be a wreath of orange and yellow flowers around the bottom?!

I love the animal banner from Meri Meri, but I also love the idea of creating your own banner using ribbon!  You can customize the look to your specific color palette, and it’s so simple and cost effective to make!  Simply cut 1/4″ wide ribbon into 6″ strips and tie around a string or skinny ribbon.  Voila!

Carry your animal theme throughout the party by decorating your homemade (or store-bought!) cupcakes with these charming fondant cupcakes by Two Sugar Babies.  I love the idea of combining the tiger, giraffe and elephant….they have such personality!  And if you are looking for the perfect animal-theme shower gift….look no further than this animal stack from Pottery Barn Kids!

P.S.  This theme would be darling for a birthday party too!

Images: animal invitation (tinyprints.com), animal carasol centerpiece, animal banner (merimeri.com), ribbon banner (projectwedding.com), animal fondant cupcake toppers (twosugarbabies via etsy.com), centerpiece (bhg.com), table setting (southernliving.com), animal stack toy (potterybarnkids.com)

April 23rd, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Hanging Decor

hanging party decorations

I don’t know what it is lately….but I am just plain obsessed with any type of hanging party decorations!  Whether it’s fabric covered letters hanging on a wall, or tiny votive candles hanging off floral branches – I just love the vertical element it adds to a room! And they would be perfect for just about any type of party – a wedding, bridal shower, baby shower, dinner party – and absolutely divine as the backdrop for the oh, so trendy dessert table!

What’s your favorite “hanging” trend right now?!

Images: copper hanging candle (bhg.com), hanging balls (brides.com), chandelier (sdkphoto.com), fabric letters and hanging votive candles (stylemepretty.com), hanging pomanders (jldesignsandevents.com)

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