January 23rd, 2010 |

Welcome! Busy Bee Paperie

I am thrilled to introduce you to one of our newest advertisers, Busy Bee Paperie.  A darling shop specializing in paper and gifts….from babies, to mommies, to the bride to be, Busy Bee Paperie has an impeccable selection of invitations, birth announcements, and stationary perfect for any occasion.  They also have a darling line of jewelry that includes photo charms and inspired verses…a lovely gift for a new mommy or bride!

So…what are you waiting for?!  Head on over to Busy Bee Paperie to check out their darling shop…..there’s something for everyone (especially for all of the times you have something to buzz about!) and a big thanks from us here at The Party Dress, we are so happy to have you!

January 23rd, 2010 |

Welcome! Happy Hour Mom

Today is an exciting day….we have three new advertisers to welcome to The Party Dress!

First up is Happy Hour Mom…a fabulous website dedicated to the hot mamas, soon-to-be mamas, trying-to-be-a-mama mama’s, and  anyone who is interested in the latest gadgets, gizmos, and got-to-knows for women and children of all ages.   Founders Shannon and Toni firmly believe that everyone deserves a “happy hour”, whether it be curling up with a cup of coffee reading your favorite blogs, sitting still long enough to read a book, or grabbing a quick cocktail with a friend.

HHM is a one-stop-shop of resources to provide insight to the latest products and tips for all things mom. Whether it be the hottest new trends for maternity, mom and baby, the best new toys and books on the market, going green with the hottest new products, or tips on ways to save, they have it all. They have real moms with real stories, experiences and suggestions for all. From room decor, to party ideas, to fun snacks and projects they have something for everyone.  They also have a new shop on OpenSky (which is how I met Shannon and Toni!)…definitely add it to your list as a new resource for the hottest products for baby, kids and toys!

January 22nd, 2010 |

Picture Galleries

Happy Friday, everyone!  This has been a great week here at The Party Dress!  We’ve had some great features….a modern baby shower, an Asian-themed dinner party, a vintage carnival birthday party, and a trend alert for Spring.  We’ve had record breaking visitors this week (yay!), so for all of our loyal readers, a huge “thank you!” for coming to us for inspiration!

And for all of our new readers….thank you for visiting us!  We hope you come back (often) and also become a fan of our Facebook page, visit our shop via OpenSky, and check out our new line of stationary, WH Hostess.

One of our new year’s resolutions for The Party Dress is to frequently update our picture galleries.  These are meant to be a source of inspiration for all of you, our readers.  If you are having a dinner party, and need a napkin idea….head over to the napkin gallery.  Need some inspiration for your next kids party?!  This gallery has tons of great ideas!

The picture galleries have been reformatted and updated, so head over to check them out this weekend!  These images are meant to inspire you…so if you have images that you think could inspire our readers, send them on over!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!  Get excited for next week…we have a few amazing parties to share with you!

Images: centerpieces (avantgarden.com), party ideas for kids (via napkins with a twist), holidays (inmagine.com)

New Valentine's Day Cards

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January 21st, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Citrus Colors

citrus color trends for parties and weddings

This citrus color palette would be perfect for ANY type of party!  Bright, festive, and oh, so Spring-y looking!

Images: centerpiece (countryliving.com), outfit (nordstrom.com), napkins (hwtm.com), table setting (brides.com), dishes (jonathanadler.com), party favor box (theknot.com), candle centerpiece (gradinroad.com)

January 20th, 2010 |

Vintage Carnival Themed 1st Birthday Party

Today’s featured party is going knock your socks off!  I get a lot of parties e-mailed to me….and I try to show you parties that are unique, that I think will inspire you, and ones that fit in with my particular style….and today’s party is the epitome of all of that!  Sent to me by Zuesette Zamora, this vintage carnival theme 1st birthday party is full of style, amazing details and a sweet table that is drool-worthy!

My description of this party will barely do it justice, so I am going to turn this over to the Mommy, herself to share her inspiration and party planning tips:

Zoë Reese is our first born child and I wanted her 1st birthday to be something special and memorable – - but fun!  Carnival’s have always been fun for me so I thought; why not bring that theme in for Zoë’s party!

Crystal Lequang, from Amazáe Special Events (www.amazae.com) helped me create the vision for Zoë’s 1st birthday party from beginning (design ideas & prep) to the end (coordinated the entire day).  We brainstormed on more of a “vintage” carnival theme to bring in more of the toned down colors rather than the usual bright colors. I dressed Zoë in a pink tutu to fit the theme!  I started off with the invitation created by me! My business partner, Marivic, and I are the owners of our custom-designed invitation company, Marizette Paperie (www.marizette.com). The z-card invitation consisted of a small pocket containing an “Admit One” ticket, as if you were going to an actual show.

The colors from the invitation were our inspiration for the rest of the party. As guests entered, they were greeted by a table housing  a personal guest book (www.kolo.com) along with a Polaroid camera accented with feathers. I created a sign telling our guests to have fun with the camera and to take a photo of yourself to put in the book along with a message for Zoë.  Then there was a table of gable boxes that I made labels for & personalized with each child’s name that served as party favors.  They contained a box of Barnum’s Animal Crackers & a roll of tear off tickets to use to “pay” for each game you play. I made a sign that let them know that the gable boxes were to be used as their “bag” to store all their prizes when playing the carnival games.

Centerpieces were put together with a combination of daisy flowers & feathers, jars of laffy taffy, and vintage photo frames with carnival artwork & Zoë’s pictures from birth to 1 year. Flowers were provided by Nicole Ha Designs (www.nicoleha.com).

Finally, what’s a carnival without the desserts?  In addition to the cotton candy machine, popcorn machine, snow cone machine, and hot dog steamer…..we had a cake, cupcakes, and raspberry bars that were deliciously made by Jen from Jen’s Cakes (www.jenscakes.com).  My sister, Zoraida, & my cousin Dabbie, made the adorable sprinkled, caramel apples!  All lollipops were purchased from Kendon Candies (www.kendoncandies.com).

vintage carnival themed birthday party dessert table

For entertainment, I used “Hey! Balloon Lady!” (www.heyballoonlady.com) which provided Balloon Creations & Face Painting.  I also had a Caricature Artist which people loved!!  She was from Magikal Entertainment (www.magickalentertainment.com).  Lastly, I had a Parrot Show from Happy Birds (www.happybirds.com).  The kids were excited to see live animals at this party and I especially enjoyed that each child could take a picture or hold the birds at the end.

Lastly, a carnival would not be complete without games!  I rented almost all games and food equipment from Fun Services (www.funservices.com).   5 different games occupied the kids: Duck Pond, Tip the Clown, Alley Oops, Can Can, & Bean Bag Toss.  I gathered some of my friends & family to “work” each booth…wearing bright red aprons with personalized pin buttons that I designed and had made from (www.zazzle.com). To play a game, each child was to “pay” with their tickets and after playing, they were awarded with “winning tickets” so they could claim some prizes.   What are games without prizes?  I created an entire Prize Booth!  All prizes were bought from Oriental Trading Company (www.orientaltrading.com), and displayed in different vases & canisters (all found at Michaels or TJ Maxx Home Goods).  I labeled each prize container and wrapped it around with ribbon.


The children had so much fun; definitely a party that we will not forget!  Fortunately, we had amazing photographs taken by Claudia Akers Photography (www.claudiaakers.com) so that when Zoë get’s older, she can see the photos and know how much she was loved!!


January 19th, 2010 |

Asian Dinner Party

asian dinner party ideas

These cold, winter months have me craving some heat!  Add a little spice to your next dinner party by using an Asian theme.  Better Homes and Gardens has some great, simple recipes that can help you create a family-style dinner in no-time.  The top recipes on my list are cashew chicken, shredded beef lo mein, and sesame chicken and noodles.  For starters, I would serve sweet and spicy spring rolls, and spicy tofu triangles.  YUM!

For decor, you can add a couple simple touches to your home to give it a festive vibe….

Bamboo placemats, chopsticks, fortune cookie placecard holders, and a centerpiece full of orchids.  Send you guests home with a carton full of fortune cookies as a party favor.  You can package them in white chinese food take-out containers, and adhere a personalized label.  Stick a pair of chopsticks on the top for a little added detail!

Themes have a way of adding a new level of excitement to a dinner party….especially if you entertain the same crowd frequently!  What’s your favorite theme for a dinner party?

Images: table setting (sheknows.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), party favors (theknot.com)

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January 18th, 2010 |

Baby Shower: Spring Colors + Mod Lines

 

Baby showers can be tough for a trendy, sophisticated mommy that just isn’t into cutesy baby blocks or rubber duckies.  I get it!  If you find yourself hosting a shower for a mom-to-be that has a great sense of style and a love for color – try centering your party decor around a mod pattern, or a particular color palette.

This invitation from my new social stationary collection, WH Hostess, serves just that purpose!  Bright colors, a bold pattern….perfect for a trendy baby shower (or any party for that matter!).  Whether you are hosting your party at home or at an outside venue, keep your decorations clean and simple and remember to stick to your color palette!  Consider a unique location for your party, such as a wine bar, a coffee shop, or a day spa.

A monochromatic table setting like the one pictured above is perfect for this occasion.   The different shades of green look modern when layered together, and I absolutely love the centerpiece!  Instead of fluffy, full flowers choose something with a hard shape, like these billy balls….I just love how they look like little yellow pom poms!  One idea that I am currently obsessed with is the idea of adding colored draping to your party room.  Swap out your curtains, hang drapes in your doorways, or even covering a wall.  By using the same color, it will help unify your party and create a very festive space.  Paper lanterns always dress up a party!  Instead of hanging the traditional round version, use square lanterns for a more modern look.

Diaper cakes are a traditional decoration at baby showers.  Put a new spin on yours by creating a “stork package” instead.  I found this darling one on Etsy.  Modern with a touch of whimsy….this baby shower is perfect for the first months of Spring!

Images: invitation (WH Hostess via etsy.com), table setting (realsimple.com), drinks (brides.com), lounge area (detailsdetails.com), lanterns (swsmag.com), placecards (WH Hostess via etsy.com)

Winter Wonder Sale Graphic

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January 15th, 2010 |

Cheese Dessert Table

I’m drooling.  Literally.  I came across this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G cheese dessert table from Sunday Suppers today, and I just couldn’t wait until Monday to share this with you!  I love how tastefully done this is – from the cheese cloth tablecloth, to the simple white pedestals and glass cloches – it’s simple and sophisticated.  Not to mention looks delicious!  This picture is just a sampling….head over to Sunday Suppers to see more details!  And have a good weekend….I’ll see you Monday!

January 15th, 2010 |

Turquoise: Bridal Shower Inspiration

 

Pantone named turquoise the 2010 color of the year.  A versatile color for both fashion and interiors, turquoise can take on different looks when paired with coordinating colors.  Dressy and elegant, or casual and fun….turquoise can be the basis for a festive party!  Pair it with lime green, orange, chocolate brown.  Or my current favorite….white, white, white!

Images: lilly pulitzer dress (bloomingdales.com), table topics game for a bridal shower (beau-coup.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), cake and placecards (theknot.com), paper lanterns (diynetwork.com), place setting (projectwedding.com)

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January 14th, 2010 |

NFL Potato Skins – Perfect for the Superbowl!

NFL potato skins recipes for superbowl party

As you all know, I could spend hours upon hours watching Food Network!  It’s calming and relaxing to me, and I find that I subconsciously learn things every day.  Their website holds a wealth of information, great recipes and party ideas.  My new favorite?!  The custom designed potato skin toppers (they designed one for each of the NFL teams!).  Perfect for your superbowl party, don’t you think?!

Here are a few of the teams that my family typically roots for….personally, I think the Dallas Cowboys potato skin sounds the tastiest!  (sorry Chicago!)  Head on over to Food Network to see the rest of these delicious recipes.

Toys

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