February 24th, 2010 |

Teeny, Tiny, Mini….Darling Mini Cupcake Stands

You all know my obsession with cupcakes….I mean, what’s not to like?!  Bite-size cakes decorated to the nines….nothing beats that!  A special cupcake deserves a fabulous presentation.  If you agree, then these will be right up your alley!  Mini cupcake stands by Rosanna….they come in 4 colors (pink, yellow, mint and white) and are beautiful alone or grouped together.  (so cute for Easter, by the way!)  By far, my new favorite product in my OpenSky shop!

February 24th, 2010 |

Modern Cupcake Design

I wanted to share one of my new product obsessions with you: Ticings, thin sheets of edible icing printed with contemporary designs using food-grade inks.  They are made in the u.s.a., gluten-free, FDA approved and kosher certified.  Best when applied to fresh buttercream frosting; just peel and press to give your cakes and frosted desserts modern decorations in minutes!  They are offered in multiple designs (for large orders, you can also request a custom design!) – and are such a simple way to dress up your cupcakes!

Tip: They would also be darling on round sugar cookies!  Wrap them up in a cellophane bag, and voila!  You have yourself a pretty cute party favor!

February 23rd, 2010 |

A Classic School-Themed Baby Shower


I think one of the cutest trends right now is giving any party theme a vintage twist.  And to really make a party shine, don’t forget all of the fun details:

The invitation sets the mood for this classic school-themed baby shower. Pencils, chalkboards, and tons of letters are an absolute must!  Also, try experimenting with different things for banners, like these vintage flashcard (purchased on Etsy).  Scatter the extra flash cards and some alphabet letters on the tables to spread the theme to the guests.  Always think outside the obvious for a party!  For this theme, alphabet cookies and a pile of apples (since everyone knows that teachers love apples) carry the theme through.  Order personalized pencils to tie onto party favors or mix into your centerpieces.  And find different uses for common party items. With all of the cute cupcake liners out there (find an amazing selection at Bake it Pretty), why not use them for food instead of saving them for just cupcakes?

This is a baby shower that one of my creative directors, Sara Westbrook [http://sarawestbrookphotography.com], planned and photographed (I got to help a tiny bit). Invitation image by Veer [http://www.veer.com].

– Brittany, One Charming Party

February 22nd, 2010 |

Farmhouse Brunch

farmhouse brunch

When it comes to incorporating the style ideas from our trend alert (Farmhouse Chic) earlier today into entertaining, there are a few key elements: a relaxed, natural decor, spring-like colors, and comfort food.

This invitation from my stationery line, WH Hostess, sets the tone for a cozy brunch, and also gives us some warm colors to use for decor.  A pale grey and soft yellow are the perfect backdrop for delicious breakfast foods!  When setting your table, opt for a more casual look.  Perhaps placemats instead of a tablecloth, or a use a runner down the center of your table with woven charger plates.  Incorporating linens with natural elements, such as birds or greenery on them will also help you to achieve a lovely, light and casual look.

One of my new favorite products from my OpenSky shop is this etched juice bottle.  It’s classic, yet modern-looking to me, and I love that it helps to “dress-up” my table or buffet.  There are also matching glasses, which would be darling on our brunch table!

No brunch would be complete without mimosas and eggs, in my opinion!  But I always try to find something new to try….top on my list for this party would be mini crepe cups, praline pancakes and bloody mary’s (which are sure to keep you warm and cozy on these cold, winter mornings!)

Images: dining room, silverware bucket (potterybarn.com), invitation (whhostess.com), juice bottle and glasses (partydress.theopenskyproject.com), bloody mary, praline pancakes (williams-sonoma.com), crepe cups (midwestliving.com)

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February 22nd, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Farmhouse Chic

farmhouse chic trend

Farmhouse Chic is a huge trend that I am seeing this spring in home goods.  With it’s light colors, and focus on flowers and natural elements, it’s an ideal way to transition your home from winter to spring.  It is also great inspiration for spring parties!  Can’t you picture a bridal shower with a kitchen theme, featuring natural linens and fresh flowers?!  Perhaps a linen napkin tied with burlap, and accented with fresh vegetables?!  Or a baby shower, with a “feather-her-nest” theme, complete with small bird’s nests at each place setting?!  You can take this trend and really run with it to create a shabby chic-like, spring event!

Stay tuned for our take on hosting a “Farmhouse Chic” spring brunch (perfect for Easter, by the way!)…..

Images: potted centerpiece (customeventgroup.com), cabinet, white place setting (countryliving.com), basket of flower vases, living room (potterybarn.com), radish place setting (inmagine.com)

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February 19th, 2010 |

Elegant Bold Stripes


When I started putting together this inspiration board, it was with a formal wedding in mind.  However, after pulling these ideas together, I really think you could use this for any type of formal entertaining!  I absolutely adore the use of bold, black and white stripes – from the tablecloth, to the ribbon used to hang placecards from, to the crisp white edge of the party favor box.  It’s crisp.  It’s modern (although black and white stripes are very traditional!).  And it’s the perfect accent to almost any color combination!

I would love to see this concept re-created for a formal birthday party, a charity event, or even a bridal shower!

Images: table setting, couple, party favors (brides.com), placecards (partyspot.com), bouquet (goodhousekeeping.com), champagne bar (toddevents.com), yellow wedding cake (thecakegirls.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com)


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February 18th, 2010 |

Meet Sharnel….The Party Dress’s Newest Contributor

It’s another exciting day here at The Party Dress as we welcome yet another new contributor!  Meet Sharnel Dollar….

Sharnel is the owner of a bespoke cake and cupcake business in Brisbane, Australia named The Cupcake Company.  Her love of good design, homemade treats and styling has her head in the clouds when dreaming up her next stylish soiree.  Known for her delicious and stunning treats, and innovative dessert tables, Sharnel is sure to inspire you in the upcoming weeks with her fresh ideas!

Check out her blog for The Cupcake Company, as well as her personal blog My Life My Loves for more great ideas!  And stay tuned for her first post, a rainbow-themed children’s birthday party idea!

Welcome, Sharnel!  We are thrilled to have you here with us!

February 18th, 2010 |

Rainbow Party


Rainbows have always evoked a feeling of whimsy and enchantment for me, ever since I was young.  It’s those feelings I try to recreate when planning a child’s party.  This fun theme is great for both girls and boys and won’t leave the little boys feeling all “pinked out”.

To get your guests excited about your upcoming soiree, send out an invite featuring a classic rainbow icon to set the scene.  This simple image can be repeated on cupcakes, the centerpiece on your table, and the cake.  I would love to use a multi colored frilled tablecloth on my party table, or if you aren’t handy on the sewing machine, find some multi spot wrapping paper and use that as a table runner.  You could also make matching paper bunting with the gift wrap as well.  Balloons would work perfectly too (and they are inexpensive).

One of the many ways to carry the rainbow theme through is by serving food that is colorful.  A few suggestions would be fruit kebabs, rainbow ice cream, colored pancakes and layered jelly glasses. Get your guests involved in the party by spreading big sheets of butcher block paper on the ground and getting them to paint a rainbow.  You could take a photo of the finished artwork and use this image on your thank you cards.  Send your guests home with a noodle box filled with chocolate freckles or for a healthier option a notebook with rainbow pencils.


Images: cake (sweettiers.com), frilly curtain (anthropologie.com), invitation (boatmangeller.com), rainbow cupcake (hellonaomi.com.au), balloon arch (via Jessica Claire Photography), centerpiece (sambellina.com.au)

February 17th, 2010 |

Purple Dessert Table

Since purple seems to be the trend today….I thought this beautiful dessert table sent to me by Shauna Younge was the perfect fit!  Shauna Younge Dessert Tables is a high-end dessert buffet design firm in Minneapolis. Each dessert table incorporates beautiful, delicious sweets and meticulous details.  As you can see from this example…exquisite work!

This particular table featured a chic, grey cake with floral details to mimic the bride’s beaded Monique Lhuillier gown. Two macaron towers were used to create a beautiful backdrop for hand-painted grey truffles, gourmet marshmallows, and custom cookies.

This is a great example of how you can spin the color purple into a very sophisticated color palette, perfect for a wedding or special event.  I love that Shauna paired the shades of purple with grey.  It’s a sophisticated neutral that is getting a lot of play time recently!

Images via Tricia Little of Sweet Shibui Photography

February 17th, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Purple Passion

purple party ideas

Although blue may be the big “fashion” color this Spring, people still have a huge passion for purple when it comes to planning parties!  Ranging in shades from lilac to burgundy, purple is the perfect compliment to a range of colors.  (My personal favorite is a combination of different shades of purple mixed together!)

Images: ice cubes, iris centerpiece, cake (brides.com), vases (matthewmeadstyle.com), purple arrangements (floralartla.com)

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