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!

April 3rd, 2010 |

Welcome! Hostess Jo

It’s a fun Saturday over here at The Party Dress as we welcome 3 new advertisers!  First up is Hostess Jo – a darling shop full of entertaining essentials and accessories that you just can’t live without!

I love the assortment of products Hostess Jo offers – anything from beautiful serving pieces, to festive drinkware, to fun accessories such as these ice cube shooters!  (how fun would that be for a bbq this summer?!)  Head on over to check out Hostess Jo – and hurry, because she has a huge sale going on right now on her Spring/Summer collection!

April 1st, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Spring Artichoke Season

 

One of my favorite parts of Spring is that artichokes are in season!  Not only are they delicious to eat (we’ll get to that later!), but they can also make for fabulous decorations in your home, or accessories on your table.

Images: bowl (thedailygreen.com), votive placecard (blogs.glam.com), pitcher of artichokes (midwestliving.com), purple artichokes (lidiasitaly.com), egg cup (thekitchn.com), spinach artichoke dip (horchow.com), basket of artichokes (delallo.com)

 

March 31st, 2010 |

Easter Candlelight

Looking for ways to use those dyed Easter eggs?  I love this idea….nestle them into small bowls (fill them with bath salts or lentils) and place a votive candle into them.  A simple, yet stylish Easter centerpiece!

Image via Gemma Comas

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