December 16th, 2009 |
Have you ever heard of “welcome lights?” A fairly new concept to me, but my husband’s grandmother explained to me that the candlestick lights that people place in their windows at night (predominantly during the Holiday season) are a sign to your “callers” that your home is welcoming visitors. Although a very traditional concept, a lovely one at that. The more I drive around looking at Christmas lights, the more aware I am of these now.
I love the idea of taking this concept and adding a modern spin to it. Instead of placing candlestick lights in your window, decorate the front of your house with lanterns. Hang them, line your front path with them……the more you have, the more impact you will make. You can get creative with your “lanterns” too. Instead of using traditional ones, trying using clear glass vases, or hang square vases full of candles on strands of ribbon. The effect will be stunning, your home will truly glow…..and your guests will certainly know they are welcome!
Image via Brides.com
December 14th, 2009 |
Fancy Nancy is one of my niece’s favorite things right now….she loves everything “fancy”. But if you are not-so-into throwing a “character” birthday party for your daughter….try throwing a “fancy” mommy-daughter birthday lunch. I guarantee your daughter will love having her own version of a “fancy” party!
Let’s be honest, sometimes all of those special details we hand-craft ourselves for birthday parties get lost on the children. By inviting the mothers of your daughter’s friends to join in the fun….it will be special for the girls, and you are sure to get some much deserved ooh’s and ahh’s from your friends too! I love this simple invitation from Tiny Prints….it’s perfect for our birthday lunch! The pink and blue on the invitation help to set the color palette for the party, too.
Set the stage for your party with some beautiful flowers, crisp white linens, and a festive birthday banner. You all know my obsession with a beautiful napkin….this one is simple! Simply tie a blue ribbon around the napkin and finish in a loose bow. Insert a small bouquet of flowers off to the right side. You can send the little girls home with their own bouquet of flowers as a party favor.
This party wouldn’t be complete without some “fancy” cupcakes! Here is a little inspiration for you. Enjoy!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), drinks (brides.com), liberty-print banner (ravenhill via etsy.com), centerpieces (jldesigns.com), napkin (inmagine.com), floral cupcakes, pink cupcakes, and bouquet cupcakes (flickr.com)
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December 11th, 2009 |
I am always looking for something new and different to hang on my front door. This paperwhite basket from Southern Living looks so fresh to me. It would be lovely for the Holiday season….but it also would be a perfect decoration for a bridal shower or wedding. What a lovely way to welcome your guests!?
December 11th, 2009 |
Sometimes your table needs just one little detail that pulls the whole thing together. These festive accessories are sure to help!
Jingle bell napkin rings add a touch of shimmer and probably some noise from the kids! You can find them in silver at Pottery Barn, or a colorful version from Social Couture. These miniature knit stockings from Crate & Barrel holds your silverware perfectly! It also adds a welcome pop of color when placed on your basic white dishes.
December 11th, 2009 |
I absolutely love this boxwood centerpiece idea from Better Homes and Gardens. It’s clean and simple, yet totally sophisticated. You too, can create this centerpiece by stacking glass cake plates atop of one another, or by using a combination of glass plates and candlesticks to create the same look.
December 10th, 2009 |
This festive invitation from Minted set the theme for this party…..martinis and mistletoe….it’s the perfect theme for a holiday cocktail party! A sophisticated color palette of olive green, pale pink, and muted metallic gold and silver created a lovely, yet festive evening for friends.
Filter a touch of the olive green into your floral centerpieces by combining sprigs of magnolia leaves with full, fluffy white hydrangeas. You can use magnolia as the common theme by hang a few magnolia wreaths around the house, as well.
Create a buffet of appetizers and bite-size desserts for your guests to nibble on throughout the party. If you don’t consider yourself a good cook, check out Williams Sonoma’s fabulous selection of pre-made appetizers and desserts. I bet they are as yummy as they are pretty! If you are looking for some new appetizer recipes, check out The Party Dress’s Holiday Appetizer Guide. This is the time to pull out your favorite serving pieces. If you are in need of some new ones, check out my store thru OpenSky….great entertaining pieces at such good prices!
A cocktail party wouldn’t be complete without a few special cocktails…..so check out our post below for The Party Dress’s Holiday 2009 Cocktail Guide!
Images: invitation (minted.com), dress (boss via bloomingdales.com), buffet (parents.com), champagne glasses (wedluxe.com), appetizers (williams-sonoma.com), bubbles (flickr.com), floral centerpiece (makemerryevents.com), 6-plate buffet stand (the party dress via theopenskyproject.com)
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December 10th, 2009 |
With all of the Holiday cocktail parties, dinner parties and special events that are taking place this month, it’s time you update your cocktail repertoire! Here are 8 cocktail recipes that will definitely put a festive spin on your party!
Balthazar French Martini, Goombay Smash, Christmas Caipirinhas, French 75, Partridge in a Pear Tree, Lemoncillo, Algonquin Bar Punch, and Cranberry Martinis. Yum!
December 9th, 2009 |
Christmas doesn’t have to mean red and green….try choosing a modern color palette of teal and lime green for your holiday party. (hint: these colors look particularly fabulous in metallic items!)
Images: ornament wreath (hgtv.com), napkin (bhg.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), ornaments (projectwedding.com), ornament and candle centerpiece, presents (bhg.com)
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December 8th, 2009 |
We all rack our brains trying to come up with the newest, the cutest, the most inventive themes for our parties. Sometimes all you need is a cute invitation to inspire a color palette…..and the rest just falls in place!
Images: girl (ba-reps.com), invitation (minted.com), candy napkins (familycircle.com), balloons (realsimple.com), cupcake (inmagine.com), drinks (inthenowweddings.com)
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