April 13th, 2010 |

Spring Placecard Idea

I’m loving this placecard idea from weddingchannel.com for Spring!  They inserted gerber daisies into a pot of grass, but you could easily take the same concept and simplify it for your next table setting.  Try placing a gerber daisy into a small bud vase at each person’s place….and then pin a circle tag in the center of each flower with your guest’s name on it.  Simple and charming.

April 13th, 2010 |

DIY fabric placemat

Looking for a quick DIY project to dress up your table for Spring?  This simple idea from Good Housekeeping is quick – simply choose a patterned fabric (heavy-duty is best) from your local fabric store, use pinking shears to cut the fabric into a rectangle or circle.  Voila!  An easy idea that you can customize for any party!

April 12th, 2010 |

A Modern Train Party: Part 2

A couple of weeks ago, I posted the inspiration boards for a modern train party inspired by Thomas the Tank Engine.  The party was for the son of Melisa Fluhr of Project Nursery.  As a busy blogging-mom of two boys (including a newborn!), Melisa asked me to create a custom inspiration board and custom party goods for the party.  As you know – really cute, creative parties for boys are tough to come by – so we really wanted to make this one unique!  Thomas the Tank Engine was the inspiration for the party, but the designer in Melisa wanted a party that was more stylized and less cartoon-y than the typical, commercial parties you see out there.  Mission accomplished!  The party was  a huge success, and Austin is sure to be the talk of his pre-school class!  Check out all of the fun details below:

 

The party was held at their home in LA, and (lucky them!) the weather cooperated so the party could be held outside.  The custom invitation set the tone for the party, and the Austin & Friends logo was used on party decorations throughout the event – everything from signs, to centerpiece sticks, to a custom banner.  We used a color palette of red, aqua and cobalt blue.  The colors were bold and modern, and when combined created such a happy, colorful vibe!  Some of our favorite decorations included the use of 3 foot balloons for a modern statement and simple centerpieces that consisted of blumebox eco-friendly vases, shredded tissue paper, and custom centerpiece sticks.

The menu consisted of gourmet sandwiches, crust-less cream cheese and jelly sandwiches for the kids, mac & cheese squares, Chinese chicken salad in takeout containers, cups accessorized with a logo sticker were filled with baby carrots, snow peas and hummus.

The dessert table stole the show!  The table was styled with two cupcake stands, plates of sugar cookies, jars of aqua and red candy, and a chocolate cake (from Costco, as requested by the birthday boy himself!).  Two Sugar Babies created monogrammed fondant toppers for the cupcakes and sugar cookies, and a 3D train to top the cake.  WH Hostess created coordinating cupcake toppers to add another touch of style.

Activities at the party included bubble fun (mini bottles of bubbles with custom stickers) and a trackless train that rolled thru their neighborhood.  The kids were each given an engineer hat and train whistles as they boarded Austin’s party train – this was definitely the highlight for the kids!  Party favors included Thomas the train tattoos, coloring paper, and homemade train-shaped crayons (packaged in cellophane bags with custom toppers that read, “Thanks for riding Austin’s party train!”).  And candy…..lots, and lots of candy!  Melisa ordered 28 lbs of candy from the Sweet Factory for her dessert table, and the kids had a great time filling up their bags with candy to bring home!

This party was so much fun to work on and I just LOVE the way it turned out!  Melisa was a party-planner’s dream – she had a clear idea of what she was looking for, was open to ideas, and once she received her box of party goods from WH Hostess – she took our vision and made it an amazing reality!  Way to go, Melisa!  Head on over to Project Nursery today to see video footage from the actual party.

Below you will find a collection of images of the custom party goods WH Hostess crafted for the party.  Everything from invitations, address labels, fill-in the blank thank you notes, a banner, signs, centerpiece sticks, bubble labels, cupcake toppers, and food tent signs and candy jar labels for the dessert table.

 

 

April 8th, 2010 |

Bridal Shower: Blue & White

I’m a sucker for blue & white.  Pretty much all of the women in my family are – however,  pair it with raspberry pink and it just makes me smile!  I recently had a woman come to me to create a custom  inspiration board and invitation for a bridal shower/luncheon.  She wanted it to be a combination of her classic taste (and home decor) and the bride’s preppy modern look.  I came up with this honeycomb stationery suite that includes a darling invitation, thank you note, placecards and cupcake toppers (that the host is using in mini fruit tarts!), and gift tags for the party favors.  I love the crisp look of this – and I love how the inspiration board turned out!

I suggested using the color raspberry pink as the pop color up against the blue & white patterns.  For the table setting: a crisp white tablecloth, raspberry napkins, the host’s blue & white china, and cobalt blue wine goblets.  For the centerpiece, a combination of white filigree jars, and vases with raspberry pink peonies.  To add a touch of the bride’s preppy modern style, we ordered the Preppy Plates’ lucite tray in the navy arbor pattern with pink monogram, and a set of plates in the same pattern to use for dessert (with the couple’s new monogram – the tray and plates make a lovely gift to the bride and groom).

Keeping the lunch light and Spring-y, I am coordinating a dessert buffet for the guests to enjoy while the bride opens her gifts.  Sweet treats in navy, white and pink including: macarroons, mini fruit tarts, sugar cookies with the honeycomb pattern on them, apothecary jars full of pink candy, shot glasses with a scoop of raspberry sorbet, and a lovely cake.  Sounds yummy and pretty, right?!  I suggest serving all of these lovely treats on white dishes and cake plates.  A navy tablecloth will really make these white dishes pop!

I just love how this party turned out – and I am so grateful to the host for allowing me to share these ideas with all of you!

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Images: honeycomb invitation (whhostess.com), table setting (horchow.com), flower party favor box (estiloweddings.com), mini blueberry tarts (stylemepretty.com), drinks (amberkarsonevents.com), desserts (vanillabakeshop.com)

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April 7th, 2010 |

Real Party: Pirate Princess Party

Today’s party is just adorable!  Sent to me by a Nashville, Tennessee mom – it’s a birthday party fit for pirates and princesses!  Her 3 year old requested this theme all on her own (which I think is quite adorable and creative!), and it immediately conjured up images of eye patches and pink tutu’s!

Here are a few of the details:

  • She had a custom illustration done by a friend to be used on the invitations, and another friend made the cupcake toppers as a gift to the birthday girl.  (those are some crafty friends!)
  • She did an easy DIY project:  tutus made out of simple elastic banding and strips of tulle.
  • The dessert table featured a few key items: the backdrop for the buffet was made from 3 pieces of foam board duct taped together and covered with a curtain from Target, and she made the pennant garland from felt and ribbon.
  • The girls dressed up in tutu’s and eye patches!

Such a cute party – for more of the details, check out their blog, A Voice of Reason and (in)Sanity.

 

April 6th, 2010 |

Dress-Up Your Cake Plates!

It’s not just for cupcakes anymore!  You can now dress up your cake plates (round or square) with these lovely paper, filigree wraps.  Hmmm….my cakes just got a little bit prettier!

April 6th, 2010 |

Lemon Tarts

 

With the weather getting nicer everyday, I find my self suddenly craving my very favorite dessert….a lemon tart.  It’s light, citrus-y flavor makes this the perfect Spring/Summer dessert and I always find myself counting down the Winter months until it’s “appropriate” to bring this favorite dessert back into rotation!

I’ve tried numerous recipes over the years – but I have to say that my two favorites are from Tartine and Barefoot Contessa.  What about you?  Do you have a favorite recipe you wish to share?!

P.S. With the dessert table craze still going strong, I absolutely love the idea of making mini lemon tarts – they would be perfect for a dessert table with a yellow color story!

Images: slices of lemon tart (annstratton.com), individual lemon creme tart (bonvivant.wordpress.com), bowl of lemons (cafelynnylu.blogspot.com), mini lemon creme tart (foodbeam.com), individual lemon blueberry tart (lemonmeringue.com)

 

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April 5th, 2010 |

Spring Wine & Cheese Party

spring wine and cheese party

We often associate wine & cheese parties with the Fall – maybe it has something to do with the harvest, or maybe it’s just because the crisp Fall air makes us want to cozy up with a good glass of wine to keep warm.  But let’s be honest – wine tastes good just about any time of the year – so why not plan a wine & cheese party this Spring?!

Perfect for a girl’s night out, a bridal shower, or a special birthday celebration – you can create a wine & cheese party with a Spring-y vibe!  Save the full-bodied reds for Fall, and serve a selection of crisp whites, and fresh bubbles.  Food can be as simple as a large artisinal cheese plate, with accompaniments such as grapes, an apple, a pear, honey and walnuts.  Olive oil tasting can be really fun too.  Cut up cubes of french bread, and line up small bowls of different oils to taste.

Keep your decorations light and fresh with flowers in shades of white, peach and lime green.  I love the idea of arranging them in a white vessel – either a footed bowl, or a low bowl with a filagree pattern.  It just adds to the light look of the arrangement.

Send your guests home with a small bottle of olive oil as a party favor.  Beau-Coup has a darling bottle that comes with a customized label.  It’s the perfect reminder of a fabulous evening!

Images: living room (styleathome.com), cheese plate (annstratton.com), olive oil tasting (brides.com), olive oil party favor (beau-coup.com), centerpiece and lemonade (stylemepretty.com)

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April 5th, 2010 |

Giveaway: Estilo Weddings

It’s a happy Monday here at The Party Dress!  We have a fabulous giveaway for you from one of our sponsors!

Estilo Weddings is one of those sites that I go to purely to drool over the stunning party accessories.  Amazing floral details, cupcake wrappers and plenty of fabulous things for your party or wedding.  So, ladies….here’s where it gets good.  Estilo Weddings is giving the winner of this little giveaway a $100 gift certificate their shop.  Fabulous, right?!

So, here’s how to enter: simply visit the Estilo Weddings shop, come back here and comment on what is your favorite item.  Simple as that!  So head on over….and good luck!  The contest ends Thursday night at midnight.

April 3rd, 2010 |

Welcome! Nicole Jane Home

Next up is Nicole Jane Home….a beautiful home shop from Canada!

Nicole Jane Home offers customers a sophisticated mix of products for the home, table and gifts.  Everything from servingware, to dinnerware, to home decor – trust me, you will find something you must-have!  They have a great assortment of vessels for centerpieces too (like these white milk glass pots – I must have these for Spring!).  They are offering a 40% off sale right now (on almost everything in the shop) – so head on over and check it out!

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