April 15th, 2013 |

CELEBRATE TAX DAY with 20% OFF WH HOSTESS

wh hostess discount codeCelebrate TAX DAY with WH Hostess!  TODAY ONLY (04.15.13) save 20% on your WH Hostess order using the discount code TAXDAY2013. Offer not valid on previous purchases, custom designs or party planning services.  It’s the perfect time to stock up on party supplies, personalized gifts (Mother’s Day is right around the corner), or add to your Cake Plate Clings collection!  Happy Shopping!

April 8th, 2013 |

SPRING LUNCHEON with THE LADIES

monograms for entertaining ideas

Living in Chicago, I’m used to LONG winters. So when the first signs of Spring arrive, I’m dying to celebrate! When we moved into our home {almost} 4 years ago, we had some serious updating to do on the sunroom attached to the back of our house. I had a vision for the space – clean, white, a place to show off my love for blue & white china pieces, and a great place to entertainin during the warmer months of the year. It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears {and a little help from a contractor}, but once it was done, it quickly became my favorite room in the house. And also my favorite place to host a party!  I’ll share some pics of the space later this week.

blue white pink and green spring tablesetting for luncheon

With Spring just on the horizon, I decided to throw a little “Ladies Who Lunch” party with my best girlfriends. A reason to put on a dress, have a glass of bubbly and chat about summer plans.

kelly pouring champagne at spring luncheon

I set the table with a gorgeous, emerald green eyelet tablecloth that I had made with some yardage from my local fabric store. Topped it with my favorite blue & white urn and some hot pink roses, and then layered THE most perfect monogrammed linen napkins from Madison in Dallas. I mixed my crystal stemware with my cobalt blue water glasses for a more modern look. I created crisp, white placecards with a navy fretwork border to personalize their placesetting.

tablesetting with monogram napkins

I served up one of my new go-to appetizers: a stack of zucchini, tomato and goat cheese. It’s delicious and tasty and very healthy.

blue and white chinaI also updated my usual glass of bubbles with a limoncello prosecco cocktail. I created the most fabulous indiviudal fruit tarts that were as delicious as they were pretty. The recipes for these items will follow on the blog over the next few days, as well as an interview with the owner of Madison, the shop responsible for creating the gorgeous monogrammed linens I used for this party.  So stay tuned!

sparkling limoncello cocktail

order a copy of the Spring 2013 The Party Dress Magazine

 

March 26th, 2013 |

FEATURE on AMY ATLAS!

blue and green preppy dessert table for first communionIt’s always a thrill to have one of my dessert tables featured on the dessert table guru, Amy Atlas’, blog.  Today, she is featuring the details of a preppy blue and green dessert table I designed for the first communion of my best friend’s children.  Head over to take a peek!

March 23rd, 2013 |

WEEK IN REVIEW | 3.24.13

mint dress week in review for the party dress blogIs it just me or is March FLYING by?!  I feel like I blinked and it’s almost April.  This month has been a bit of a blur as we finish up photo shoots for my book, sent the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine off to the printer and are busy with lots of Spring party orders.  Creating this book has been a LABOR.OF.LOVE.  I am pouring every ounce of creativity I have into it, and I really can’t wait to share it with all of you!

As promised, here are a few things that we have been up to over the last week or so…..

  • Photo shoots, photo shoots, photo shoots.  We’re down to just 2 parties left for the book (to be shot this week), and then my camera is going on vacation! ;)  I’m posting sneak peeks over on Instagram, so make sure to follow along (@WHhostess).
  • I hosted the Chicago launch party for the new Vera Bradley baby collection.  My friend, Kim of The TomKat Studio, got us involved in this project and we had so much fun helping expectant moms, aunts and grandmothers shop the new collection, play baby shower games and do a fun craft project.  I’ll do a full post recapping the event soon, but for now, you can check out some photos from the event here, here and here.
  • Last Sunday, I helped my friend, Vana of Le Papier Studio, set up her son’s 1st birthday party.  It was darling and I can’t wait for her to share the pictures with you soon.  If you want a little peek, here’s a shot from Instagram.
  • The Spring Issue of The Party Dress Magazine is shipping out this week!  Have you ordered your copy yet?!
  • We launched a brand new product category: Full-Color Envelope Printing.  I’m totally and completely in love with this new way to further customize your party invitations.
  • With Easter just a week away, we have been posting all sorts of unique ideas for brunch tablesettings, cute Easter cookies and a darling centerpiece idea for re-purposing your Easter eggs!
  • We featured a gorgeous baby shower this week (that I was so pleased to have designed the paper goods for) in the oh, so trendy color palette of Mint + Peach.  I don’t know about you, but I am LOVING this combo lately.  It’s fresh and perfect for Spring.  You can see the decor and tablesettings, the baby shower activities, and the dessert table (be prepared to fall in love).  And if you love this color palette as much as we do, check out my pinterest board for more inspiration.
  • LOTS of Easter Cake Plate Clings are shipping out in the next couple of days.  If you would still like to add them to your Easter celebration, get your order in quick!!

This week is going to be busy, busy, busy with LOTS of custom invitation designs that need my attention, the final book photo shoots and {hopefully} the arrival of my sister’s first baby!  I hope you all have a fabulous week and will stop by for new posts all week long.

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March 18th, 2013 |

WH HOSTESS | NEW! ENVELOPE PRINTING

full color envelopes printing by wh hostessWhen it comes to stationery and party invitations, we are always looking for ways to further customize your invitations. Our colorful invitations can now be accessorized with full-color printed envelopes.  It takes adding a return address to a whole new level.  Each theme has a coordinating design that compliments the invitation, impressing your guests from the moment they receive the envelope in the mail.

custom envelope printing for a girl picnic partyWe have so many darling new party collections to introduce you to this Spring, and you can see peeks of them in some of these images.  Such as the new picnic collection photographed above.  Cute color ways for both boys and girls!

little man envelope printing for birthday partyOr this adorable “little man” mustache bash party collection, which is now actually listed in the shop!

It’s ideal for making a sophisticated statement for bridal showers, special birthday parties or a religious ceremony. This aqua mod damask is one of our most popular invitations and we love the striped envelope design that compliments it.

aqua mod damask party invitation envelope printingAnd if you are a preppy girl at heart, like I am, you will LOVE the monogram option….available in multiple color options, these monogramed envelopes are perfect for any invitation or note.

monogram envelope printingWe also have the capabilities to address your envelopes for you, carrying your party theme full circle and making a perfect statement.  For custom addressing, please contact us at kelly@whhostess.com.  You can view all of the envelope options in the shop, listed with the invitations.

What do you think of our new printing options?

March 13th, 2013 |

CLOVER QUICHE for ST. PATRICK’S DAY

clover quiche for st. patrick's dayWith St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Sunday this year, it’s a great opportunity to either host a brunch or surprise your family with a little themed breakfast!  I love the idea of this clover quiche recipe from Diamonds for Desserts.  SIMPLE to reproduce, and who doesn’t love a little spinach quiche?!

Click over HERE for the recipe and full instructions.

March 12th, 2013 |

PIN PARTY | VERA BRADLEY BABY LAUNCH

vera bradley pinterest party with the tomkat studio

We are so excited to be co-hosting a Pinterest Party with The TomKat Studio and other fabulous bloggers to celebrate the 3/14 arrival of Vera Bradley Baby! Help us create a Pinterest board live Tuesday, March 12th at 6pm PST/9pm EST by contributing the must-have items you brought in your bag when you had your baby. We have a great group of bloggers/stylists to join in for this fun event, as well as to host VIP events in their local stores this week for the launch!  The Party Dress/WH Hostess team is so excited to be hosting the event in Chicago!

Are you excited about Vera Bradley Baby? We sure are! 
Help us celebrate by joining us for the party on Pinterest tonight!

party hostesses for vera bradley baby pinterest partyKim (The TomKat Studio), Kelly (The Party Dress), Tara (Tara Wilson Events),
Stephanie (Couture Parties), Melisa + Pam (Project Nursery)

Here’s how you can participate …

If you were helping your best girlfriend pack her overnight bag, what would you suggest she carry? When the party begins, you can make recommendations by:

  • Visiting the Vera Bradley Facebook page and leaving a comment or link under our pinning party post
  • Tweeting @verabradley with #vbpinparty
  • Commenting on this blog post

Then head over to our “Vera Bradley Baby Pinning Party” board on Pinterest and watch as our stylish hostesses build a board full of the best ideas, including yours!

Be sure to follow along  and comment on your favorite pins for the chance to win SURPRISE PRIZES from Vera Bradley Baby!

vera bradley baby peeks

March 11th, 2013 |

THE PARTY DRESS MAGAZINE – SPRING 2013

The Party Dress Magazine Spring 2013After the long winter months, it’s time to get excited about Spring Entertaining. The Party Dress Magazine has been partnering with creative bloggers, dessert artists and stylists for over 2 years now to provide you with unique ideas for creating special celebrations in your own life.  Whether it’s a baby shower, and Easter brunch, your child’s 3rd birthday, a dinner party with friends or just a simple idea on how to make today a little bit more special, we aim to provide you with inspiration.

I’m so very pleased to announce the 9th issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  As we move into our 3rd year of the quarterly publication, I’ve decided to change things up a bit.  In the past, we have offered the issue as both a gorgeous glossy, printed version, and a free digital edition. One of the reasons I started this magazine 2 years ago was so people could admire and be inspired by the ideas, and to keep the magazine as a resource for years to come.

With that in mind, I have decided to only offer the magazine as a printed issue.  It is now available in the shop HERE.

This issue is full of creative ideas for seasonal events, but was also laid out in a way to simplify ideas for you.  Creative ideas that are easily duplicated….so you can not only admire the concepts, but also re-create them.  Truthfully, that’s why we’re here….to inspire you!

The original content created for this magazine will also be posted on the blog in the upcoming months.  Check back often for new ideas, and if you would like to see the ideas right away (combined in a beautiful magazine), I encourage you to order your copy right away, as we will only be offering this issue for a limited time.

Thanks to our lovely contributors, including The Happy Wish Company, Lauren Stewart, Lynlee Beckett of Lynlee’s Petite Cakes, Melissa Johnson of Best Friends for Frosting, and Hani Bacova of Haniela’s, as well as our lovely advertisers.

Enjoy!

March 8th, 2013 |

Friday Wrap-Up | March 8, 2013

kelly (web)TGIF!  It’s been a busy week around here.  I always love when my favorite blogs give a little update as to what they did or worked on during the week….it’s a fun peek into the behind the scenes of their lives.  I decided I would start sharing my weekly recaps with you.  A little peek into what we worked on, photo shoots we did, maybe even a peek into what’s coming next week!  So here goes my first weekly recap….

This week, our team did….

  • Two photo shoots for my book, Stylish Kids Parties (F+W Media, 2013), with the cutest little models you could imagine.  Both parties were colorful and girly….and I can’t wait to show them to you!
  • Finished up the Spring 2013 issue of The Party Dress Magazine to head off to the printer.  We’re changing things up a bit this year, and I will share more details with you next week.  But let me tell you, it’s chock full of gorgeous ideas for Spring entertaining, parties and holiday celebrations.  And, it’s officially available for purchase in the shop HERE.
  • Shot a couple DIY step tutorials to go along with ideas in the new issue of the magazine.  (the photo above is from one of them – I’m wearing my new go-to uniform for Spring –  darling pink tunic from Sail to Sable – cute, right?!)
  • We are always busy producing and shipping out orders, but there are an influx of Spring parties going out the door these days!  It could be because we added a few cute new collections, including a Dapper Derby party, a Luau Hawaiian party, a gorgeous collection of blue and green patterned party goods and so many more!  More items and more collections will be added next week too…
  • Our Cake Plate Clings were filmed for an upcoming episode of DIY Network’s show, I Want That!  I am SO excited to see them hitting the screen sometime between April – June.  I’ll share the date as soon as we hear the news!
  • Speaking of the Cake Plate Clings, the spring patterns are flying out the door!  I’ll share some of them with you next week….but if you can’t wait, check them out HERE.
  • Blogged about THE most amazing Hello Kitty themed party we recently worked on with a client.  You can view the decorations and the dessert table details in all of their pink, black and white glory on the blog!
  • Worked on about 10 different custom projects.  Did you know that I do custom designs?  Yup.  A lot of them!  Do you have an idea for a party and want help – shoot me an e-mail!
  • Had a meeting about fine-tuning our wholesale paper collection and officially launching the Clings wholesale….BIG things are in the works!!
  • Started looking into traveling to NYC for the National Stationery Show in May.  Anyone else going?

I’m looking forward to finishing up another 4 chapters of the book this weekend, and spending some time with family.  Next week brings some exciting projects, a colorful event and lots of fun new products and news to share with you.

To follow along behind the scenes with the WH Hostess/The Party Dress team, follow me on Instagram!  (@whhostess)

Have a great weekend, friends….see you back here on Monday!

xo

Kelly

March 4th, 2013 |

WH HOSTESS | GLAM HELLO KITTY PARTY | DESSERT TABLE

hello kitty pink and black dessert tableAre you ready for some of the sweetest, pink dessert table details EVER?!  Last week, I shared some of the decor details from the ultra glam Hello Kitty we recently worked on with a client.  Today, I’m back with the SWEET details of the pink, black and white dessert table.  It’s bright, festive and with small touches that carry the Hello Kitty theme throughout, without making it feel like a true character party. The table was covered in a black tablecloth to make the white dishes and pink desserts really pop. A custom designed fabric backdrop featured the birthday girl’s name and age, and the table was flanked by two pink carnation topiary trees with a pennant banner sailing above the table, which created a fabulous vertical element to the design. pink carnation topiary detailpink and black dessert table banner detailDesserts included all pink candy – gumballs, gummies, rock candy, ribbon candy, m&m’s, hershey kisses with coordinating stickers on them. pink candy overhead The cake stands were topped with footed bowls, each holding either pink ribbon candy or pink rock candy sticks.  I loved the pop of color it brought to the table. pink rock candy sticks   Some of my favorite treats included brownie bites with 3-D pink fondant bows from Two Sugar Babies, polka dot chocolate-covered oreos from Sweeties by Kim, bow cookies by The Cookie Jar. hello kitty bow cookies hello kitty cake pops Hello Kitty Cake Pops by Angie’s Cakes brought the perfect touch of our “character” to the table, pink macarons, and darling cupcakes from Celebrity Cupcakes added to the table.  The table was accented with our gingham food tent cards and candy jar tags. collage of hello kitty desserts Pink gingham paper bags were dressed up with our kitty sticker, and were readily available for people to fill up with candy to bring home. hello kitty pink gingham candy bagsThe dessert table was accented with a GORGEOUS  three-tiered cake that had it’s own special table this year.  Covered in a pink tablecloth with a polka dot topper, the cake by Cakes by Gina was spectacular!  Three tiers featuring our custom patterns made by fondant, and a 3-D “3″ topper with flowers that spiked off the top tier….it was quite a work of art! hello kitty cake tablehello kitty cake detailThank you for stopping by to see all of the desserts from this amazing theme party.  Head back over tomorrow for the rest of the details about the food and drinks served and darling party favors. Photography by Ellenzilla

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