February 10th, 2010 |

The Party Dress – A Link Birthday Party!

Happy 1st Birthday to us!  Today is The Party Dress’s first birthday, and we are having a birthday party!  We have had so much fun this year coming up with inspiration and party ideas….now we want to see what you come up!

Here’s how it works….enter a link for your favorite birthday parties (real or inspirational), centerpiece ideas, or cupcakes below.  The more links, the bigger the gallery, the more inspiration for all!  After you are done inserting your links, make sure to check out the links from others.

It’s been a fabulous year for The Party Dress….and we thank you for being a part of it!  We have a big year ahead of us, so we hope you will continue to join us for your daily dose of party inspiration!

February 10th, 2010 |

Happy Birthday – Freebie Tags!


It’s our birthday.  Our first birthday!  We are so excited about all of the exciting things that have happened during this first year, we wanted to share our celebration with you!  Here are some darling tags in our signature kelly green and black….use them as gift tags, placecards, labels on drink bottles, anything you can think of!

Enjoy! And thanks for making our first year so special! (just click on the image below to download)

February 9th, 2010 |

Valentine’s Day Treats for your Sweets!

valentines day sweet treat recipes

If you are still searching for a sweet recipe to make for Valentine’s Day, Better Homes and Gardens has tons of ideas!  Here are a few of my favorites: Chocolate pistachio heart cookies, tiny raspberry cheesecake tarts, red velvet cupcakes, sparkling sorbet floats, cherry baby cakes, and a chocolate cherry stack cake.

February 9th, 2010 |

Meet Brittany….The Party Dress’s Newest Contributor

one charming party brittany introduction

This is an exciting week, here at The Party Dress!  Not only are we celebrating our 1st birthday (check back tomorrow for some birthday surprises!), but we are also welcoming a new contributor!  Meet Brittany Egbert.  She’s the amazing event planner behind One Charming Party, and we are so very happy to welcome her to The Party Dress! She’s a creative genius that plans gorgeous events, designed to appeal, dazzle and nourish on every level.   In the coming weeks, you will be seeing some great party ideas, do-it-yourself tutorials, and drool-worthy details that will hopefully inspire you as much as they do me!  Stay tuned for Brittany’s first post – some last minute ideas for a Valentine’s Day party – and head over to her website for some great eye candy!

Welcome Brittany!

February 9th, 2010 |

Bridal Shower with a LOVE Theme

What better party to start out with than this bridal shower that I planned with a LOVE theme. It’s perfect for the week of Valentine’s Day in case you need any last minute ideas: mini cupcakes and mini desserts, roses, and heart shaped chocolate suckers.  I look forward to bringing you more inspiring posts in the upcoming weeks!

-Brittany

Images property of One Charming Party

February 8th, 2010 |

Seaside Baby Shower

When it comes to party requests, the one I receive the most is for a nautical theme.  Baby showers, first birthday parties, summer cocktail parties.  Ideal for spring and summer parties, and perfect for a boy or girl.  Crisp navy and white, accented with either yellow or red….it has the makings for a darling party!

To set the tone for your party, check out my nautical stripe invitation.  The navy and white stripes can be repeated throughout your party in accents, such as grosgrain striped ribbon tied around vases for your centerpieces, and napkin rings.  I love the idea of using sailboat placecards on your table, and white and yellow hanging paper lanterns as decorations.

When it comes to food, try to keep your seaside theme in mind.  Crab cakes, shrimp cocktail, lobster rolls.  I love novelty cookies at parties…it’s an easy food to pick up and eat.  These star cookies are just darling, and their yellow filling matches our accent color perfectly!  You could even send your guests home with a bag of them as your party favor.  Package them in a clear, cellophane bag with a customized tag, a striped ribbon.  Perfect!

Images: sailboat placecards (projectwedding.com), centerpiece and lanterns (stylemepretty.com), napkins (socialcouture.com), crab cakes (williams-sonoma.com), star cookies (brides.com), invitation (whhostess.com), cupcake toppers (whhostess.com)

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February 5th, 2010 |

Real Parties: My Little Cupcake Baby Shower

my little cupcake baby shower

Jessica from Party Box Design sent me this darling party….a baby shower with a My Little Cupcake theme.  Cute, right?!  Using the colors of the baby’s nursery, Jessica designed a party full of darling details, beautiful centerpieces, and a great DIY party favor idea.

Since it was a My Little Cupcake theme, she decided it would be cute to send guests home with a kit to make their own “little cupcake”.  Mason jars full of ingredients for cupcakes, topped off with a custom tag, make this an easy-duplicated party favor idea.  Simply buy boxes of cake mix, shredded coconut, chocolate chip morsels and mason jars. Then divide your cake mix into 3rds and layer the remaining ingredients into your jars! You can then attach baking instructions to the backs of your party favor tags!

February 4th, 2010 |

Chili: Styled with a Twist

If you plan on making chili this weekend for the big game, check out this idea:

Serve up smaller portions (perfect for snack food or an appetizer) by scooping out the center of a dinner roll, and filling it with chili and toppings to create a mini-bread bowl.   Too cute, right?!

If you are looking for some chili ideas….check out our post on a chili cook-off.  Great ideas, great recipes….perfect for a cold, winter weekend!

Image via My Recipes

February 4th, 2010 |

Flowers Dress Up Everything!

It’s true.  Flowers really do dress up everything.  Use this idea for Valentine’s Day or just as a simple way to dress up your dinner table.  Instead of putting the flower inside the vase, tie it to the outside of a votive candle, or a vase full of candy hearts for Valentine’s Day.  The result will be a charming, inexpensive, centerpiece!

Image via The Knot

February 3rd, 2010 |

Lemonade Lunch

lemonade spring lunch party ideas

The snow here in Chicago has me dreaming of the parties I will throw this summer in my new backyard.  Top of my list?!  A lemonade lunch.  Totally inspired by this table setting created by Sharnel in Australia (it is summer there….), here are a few things that I would include:

A table setting with over-sized vases, and single blooms as the centerpiece.  A small-printed napkin tied with a fresh leaf from the garden.  Drink dispensers full of flavored waters, and lemonades.  A lemonade packet with a customized label as a party favor for all of my friends.

I can’t wait for SPRING!  What type of parties are you dreaming about throwing?!

P.S. This would be a darling theme for a baby or bridal shower, too!

Images: kids, napkin (countryliving.com), hanging candle (bhg.com), lemonade packets (beau-coup.com), table setting (mylife-mylove.blogspot.com), drink dispensers (swsmag.com), centerpiece (brides.com)

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