February 12th, 2010 |

Nesting Newbies

We are beyond thrilled to be listed in Nesting Newbie’s picks for best blogs!  What an honor!  And a great way to start off the weekend!

Set aside a little time this weekend to scroll thru their new Winter issue…there are so many fabulous ideas, recipes and amazing table settings….I promise, you will truly enjoy it!  Have a good weekend, everyone!  See you back here Monday morning!

February 12th, 2010 |

Mardi Gras: A Fat Tuesday Feast

mardi gras fat tuesday recipes

Fat Tuesday is coming up!  (Tuesday, February 16th)  Here are some fabulous recipes to help you host your own Mardi Gras feast!

Jazz fest cocktail, cajun corn maque choux, citrus-marinated shrimp with louis sauce, shrimp and chicken etouffee, fried crawfish salad, king cake and buttermilk beignets.

February 11th, 2010 |

Valentine’s Day Wreath

I came across this darling wreath on the blog, Tater Tots and Jello.  I thought it was so cute….and then I realized what it was made out of….then I thought it was SOOO cute!  It’s made totally out of cupcake liners!  Head over to Tater Tots and Jello for the full how-to.

February 11th, 2010 |

Baptism Dessert Table

The very talented ladies behind Scissors.Paper.Cake ( a collaboration between Naomi from Hello Naomi, and Nathalie from Imprintables) just sent me this darling dessert table they did for a baptism this past weekend.  It’s full of pretty, pink, innocent details, and tons of bite size desserts (perfect for serving a crowd!).  These ideas would be darling for a baby shower or birthday party too….and with a pink color palette, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day!

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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