February 23rd, 2010 |
I think one of the cutest trends right now is giving any party theme a vintage twist. And to really make a party shine, don’t forget all of the fun details:
The invitation sets the mood for this classic school-themed baby shower. Pencils, chalkboards, and tons of letters are an absolute must! Also, try experimenting with different things for banners, like these vintage flashcard (purchased on Etsy). Scatter the extra flash cards and some alphabet letters on the tables to spread the theme to the guests. Always think outside the obvious for a party! For this theme, alphabet cookies and a pile of apples (since everyone knows that teachers love apples) carry the theme through. Order personalized pencils to tie onto party favors or mix into your centerpieces. And find different uses for common party items. With all of the cute cupcake liners out there (find an amazing selection at Bake it Pretty), why not use them for food instead of saving them for just cupcakes?
This is a baby shower that one of my creative directors, Sara Westbrook [http://sarawestbrookphotography.com], planned and photographed (I got to help a tiny bit). Invitation image by Veer [http://www.veer.com].
- Brittany, One Charming Party
February 22nd, 2010 |
When it comes to incorporating the style ideas from our trend alert (Farmhouse Chic) earlier today into entertaining, there are a few key elements: a relaxed, natural decor, spring-like colors, and comfort food.
This invitation from my stationery line, WH Hostess, sets the tone for a cozy brunch, and also gives us some warm colors to use for decor. A pale grey and soft yellow are the perfect backdrop for delicious breakfast foods! When setting your table, opt for a more casual look. Perhaps placemats instead of a tablecloth, or a use a runner down the center of your table with woven charger plates. Incorporating linens with natural elements, such as birds or greenery on them will also help you to achieve a lovely, light and casual look.
One of my new favorite products from my OpenSky shop is this etched juice bottle. It’s classic, yet modern-looking to me, and I love that it helps to “dress-up” my table or buffet. There are also matching glasses, which would be darling on our brunch table!
No brunch would be complete without mimosas and eggs, in my opinion! But I always try to find something new to try….top on my list for this party would be mini crepe cups, praline pancakes and bloody mary’s (which are sure to keep you warm and cozy on these cold, winter mornings!)
Images: dining room, silverware bucket (potterybarn.com), invitation (whhostess.com), juice bottle and glasses (partydress.theopenskyproject.com), bloody mary, praline pancakes (williams-sonoma.com), crepe cups (midwestliving.com)
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February 19th, 2010 |
When I started putting together this inspiration board, it was with a formal wedding in mind. However, after pulling these ideas together, I really think you could use this for any type of formal entertaining! I absolutely adore the use of bold, black and white stripes – from the tablecloth, to the ribbon used to hang placecards from, to the crisp white edge of the party favor box. It’s crisp. It’s modern (although black and white stripes are very traditional!). And it’s the perfect accent to almost any color combination!
I would love to see this concept re-created for a formal birthday party, a charity event, or even a bridal shower!
Images: table setting, couple, party favors (brides.com), placecards (partyspot.com), bouquet (goodhousekeeping.com), champagne bar (toddevents.com), yellow wedding cake (thecakegirls.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com)
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February 18th, 2010 |
It’s another exciting day here at The Party Dress as we welcome yet another new contributor! Meet Sharnel Dollar….
Sharnel is the owner of a bespoke cake and cupcake business in Brisbane, Australia named The Cupcake Company. Her love of good design, homemade treats and styling has her head in the clouds when dreaming up her next stylish soiree. Known for her delicious and stunning treats, and innovative dessert tables, Sharnel is sure to inspire you in the upcoming weeks with her fresh ideas!
Check out her blog for The Cupcake Company, as well as her personal blog My Life My Loves for more great ideas! And stay tuned for her first post, a rainbow-themed children’s birthday party idea!
Welcome, Sharnel! We are thrilled to have you here with us!
February 18th, 2010 |
Rainbows have always evoked a feeling of whimsy and enchantment for me, ever since I was young. It’s those feelings I try to recreate when planning a child’s party. This fun theme is great for both girls and boys and won’t leave the little boys feeling all “pinked out”.
To get your guests excited about your upcoming soiree, send out an invite featuring a classic rainbow icon to set the scene. This simple image can be repeated on cupcakes, the centerpiece on your table, and the cake. I would love to use a multi colored frilled tablecloth on my party table, or if you aren’t handy on the sewing machine, find some multi spot wrapping paper and use that as a table runner. You could also make matching paper bunting with the gift wrap as well. Balloons would work perfectly too (and they are inexpensive).
One of the many ways to carry the rainbow theme through is by serving food that is colorful. A few suggestions would be fruit kebabs, rainbow ice cream, colored pancakes and layered jelly glasses. Get your guests involved in the party by spreading big sheets of butcher block paper on the ground and getting them to paint a rainbow. You could take a photo of the finished artwork and use this image on your thank you cards. Send your guests home with a noodle box filled with chocolate freckles or for a healthier option a notebook with rainbow pencils.
Images: cake (sweettiers.com), frilly curtain (anthropologie.com), invitation (boatmangeller.com), rainbow cupcake (hellonaomi.com.au), balloon arch (via Jessica Claire Photography), centerpiece (sambellina.com.au)
February 17th, 2010 |
Since purple seems to be the trend today….I thought this beautiful dessert table sent to me by Shauna Younge was the perfect fit! Shauna Younge Dessert Tables is a high-end dessert buffet design firm in Minneapolis. Each dessert table incorporates beautiful, delicious sweets and meticulous details. As you can see from this example…exquisite work!
This particular table featured a chic, grey cake with floral details to mimic the bride’s beaded Monique Lhuillier gown. Two macaron towers were used to create a beautiful backdrop for hand-painted grey truffles, gourmet marshmallows, and custom cookies.
This is a great example of how you can spin the color purple into a very sophisticated color palette, perfect for a wedding or special event. I love that Shauna paired the shades of purple with grey. It’s a sophisticated neutral that is getting a lot of play time recently!
Images via Tricia Little of Sweet Shibui Photography
February 17th, 2010 |
Although blue may be the big “fashion” color this Spring, people still have a huge passion for purple when it comes to planning parties! Ranging in shades from lilac to burgundy, purple is the perfect compliment to a range of colors. (My personal favorite is a combination of different shades of purple mixed together!)
Images: ice cubes, iris centerpiece, cake (brides.com), vases (matthewmeadstyle.com), purple arrangements (floralartla.com)
February 15th, 2010 |
“Under The Sea” is one of those timeless birthday party themes. Perfect for a boy or girl, you can interpret it so many different ways….bright, bold colors, cartoons such as Disney’s Little Mermaid or Finding Nemo. Today’s inspiration is a preppy party for the sea that focuses on pale blues, lime greens and lots of bubbles!
Head on over to Project Nursery to see my ideas for an “Under The Sea” birthday party.
Images: fish invitation (whhostess.com), blue paper lanterns (karljuengel.com), baby (babygap.com), cupcakes and cake (hello naomi via flickr.com), drinks (brides.com)