January 6th, 2010 |

Movie Night



With a few more long, winter months ahead of us, coming up with indoor activities can become a challenge!  Especially if you are trying to entertain families in your home….

Movie Night is an excellent way to entertain both the young and old.  Invite your guests with this cute invitation from Tiny Prints.  Make sure to include what your feature film will be for the night.  (hint: if you want to entertain the kids and adults separately, set up two TV’s with different movies)  Pottery Barn has a great party planning feature you should check out for ideas, too….

We all know the best part of going to a movie are the treats you get at the concession stand!  Set up a spread that will have everyone talking…instead of putting out a bowl of popcorn, take pages from the newspaper (even better if they are the movie time listings!) and wrap into a cone shape to fill with popcorn.  Perfect for kids and for individual servings for adults so that you aren’t dealing a lot of hands going into one bowl.  Wrap hot dogs with tissue paper so they are easy for people to grab.  If you want to “dress them up”, add a ribbon around them or a paper bow tie.

Ice cream.  It’s a party favorite, yet so difficult to serve!  If it sits out on a table, it melts.  If you keep it in the freezer, people forget about it.  Pottery Barn is the genius behind this idea….fill a large bowl with ice and the tub of ice cream.  It will keep it cool and look pretty on your table, too.

We will certainly be having a few movie nights at my house in the next few months.  What about you?  What indoor activities/parties do you have in mind?

Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), popcorn and ice cream (potterybarn.com), hot dogs (bhg.com), cupcakes (elenis.com)

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January 5th, 2010 |

White Bridal Shower for Spring


Once the holidays are over and the Christmas decorations come down, I absolutely crave Spring!  A clean, fresh-looking space, vases of Spring flowers throughout my house, and I immediately start thinking about any Spring parties I may be hosting.  With summer weddings so popular, Spring is a busy time of year for bridal showers.  I love the idea of a party completely done in crisp white, with a few accents in green.  It’s fresh, clean and oh, so sophisticated!  Perfect for the style-conscious bride in your life.

Although we are keeping the color palette clean by focusing on the color white, I absolutely L-O-V-E this green chandelier invitation from Minted.  I think the combination of the color green and the sophisticated chandelier are totally unexpected….and I love it!

Layer your table setting with different elements in white.  Crisp, white linens, basic white dishes, and white vases or pitchers full of white peonies, hydrangeas, or tulips.  To add a pop of color to your table setting, place one of these darling topiary tree placecard holders from Beau-Coup at each place.  You can also add a simple detail to your napkins, such as inserting a small, green leaf into the napkin ring.  Simple, natural touches like these all add to make a beautiful table.

As a fun surprise for a tea-drinking bride, order these personalized tea tins as party favors.  You can customize the label for your specific occasion – they make a darling reminder of a special day!

Images: white centerpiece (brides.com), la via 18 dress (saksfifthavenue.com), invitation (minted.com), napkins (inmagine.com), topiary placecard holders (beau-coup.com), table setting (theknot.com), tea party favors (beau-coup.com), pastries (cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com)


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January 4th, 2010 |

Butterfly 1st Birthday Party

butterfly birthday party ideas

Once the Holidays are past us, I love looking towards Spring!  The glitz and glam of the Holiday decorations leave me yearning for clean, fresh, simple decorations that scream Spring.  If you have Spring birthdays in your family, now is the time to start planning!

Butterflies are the perfect theme for a Spring birthday party.  This darling invitation from Tiny Prints sets the mood for a whimsical party full of stylish details.  Using shades of green, purple, pink, and a touch of blue as your color palette, define your party space by hanging these charming butterflies over the table.  Create a simple table setting by placing a small vase of flowers atop green dinner plates. (the vase of flower serves as a darling party favor too!)

butterfly birthday party ideas

Continue your decorations throughout the party by incorporating natural elements, such as grass and leaves.  I love using boxes of grass as centerpieces for a party! (click here to see how I have used them before)  To switch up the hanging decorations, try wrapping styrofoam balls with green raffia, or moss wire.   Insert a few flowers, or wire butterflies for a little extra touch!

Chocolate butterflies are a festive addition to either a birthday cake or cupcakes.  They are very simple to make (click here for full instructions) and will add a “wow!” to your party.  Carrying the butterfly theme throughout will give your party a cohesive look….from invitations, to decorations,  to your party favors.  I love, love, love this display idea for your party favors.  Classic containers are presented on glass cake plates covered with moss.  Add in a few wire butterflies and your guests will be charmed by this whimsical display.  Dress up your containers with personalized labels that coordinate with the darling invitation.

This butterfly party is the perfect way to welcome Spring and a festive way to celebrate a special birthday!

butterfly birthday party favors

This party was featured on Project Nursery today…..have you checked out their new site?!  Head on over there to view the new features, and to see more party inspirations!

Images: hanging butterfly decorations (landofnod.com), table setting (brides.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), hanging ball decorations (brides.com), cake (theknot.com), tutu (etsy.com), party favors (hotessblog.com)

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December 30th, 2009 |

Winter Cupcake Bar

It’s no secret that I am a sucker for both plaid and cupcakes.  So it’s no surprise that this idea from Southern Living literally made my head spin with ideas!

Although tartan plaid is typically associated with Christmas, I think you can use it all winter long.  It’s the perfect accent to transition your home from Christmas decor into “winter” decor.  Try using pieces of fabric to wrap your serving pieces, as shown in the picture above.  It’s is simple additions like this that really take your party up a notch!

A cupcake bar is a simple concept that could be used for any type of party – a kid’s birthday party, a holiday party, a baby shower.  Simply present your undecorated cupcakes with piping bags full of frosting, and cups of sprinkles. (don’t forget to color-coordinate your sprinkles to your party theme!)

December 23rd, 2009 |

Baby Shower: Persimmon and Olive


The months following Christmas can be kind of dreary, the weather almost depressing!  I don’t know about you, but this is when I start to CRAVE color!  If you are hosting a baby shower during these months, opt for a bright, colorful theme.  Today’s inspiration is full of persimmon orange and lime green (with a few accents of yellow for good measure!).  Sophisticated decor and details will make this an event all will enjoy!

Invite your guests with this invitation from Minted.  It’s cute and simple….and it works perfectly with our color palette!  Keep your decorations simple…a stunning wreath on the front door or over a mantel, monochromatic centerpieces done in shades of orange.  Keep your details simple and your color strong.  As a unique touch, create a hanging placecard that can attach to the back of your guest’s chair.  It will add an unexpected element to the chair, and open up your place setting for an interesting napkin treatment or room to place your party favor on their plate.

Don’t forget to carry your color theme throughout the entire event….especially dessert!  Have your pasties made in coordinating colors to create a stunning affect!

Images: yellow wreath (inmagine.com), invitation (minted.com), chair placecard (bhg.com), party favor (styleathome.com), champagne cocktails (amberkarsonevents.com), orange centerpiece (brides.com), cake (theknot.com)


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December 22nd, 2009 |

Best Blog Awards

I woke up to a lovely surprise this morning….Happy Hour Mom named The Party Dress as one of the recipients for the “Best Blog Award”!  It puts a smile on my face knowing that there are people out there that love what we are doing here at The Party Dress (and over at Project Nursery, who was also named!)  So, to pay-it-forward……here are another 10 blogs that I nominate for the “Best Blog Award”.  If you haven’t done so already, check them out!  And if you are a loyal reader already….stop on by to say “happy holidays” and “congratulations!”.

Project Nursery (I know, I know…they were already nominated….but it’s a team I am oh, so proud to be a part of!)

Style Me Pretty

Hostess with the Mostess

The TomKat Studio

Creative Party Place

Pepper Design Blog

Belle Maison

Scout – A Mom’s Guide to Stylish Living

Stem Parties

Swanky Tables

Thanks again to Shannon and Toni at Happy Hour Mom for our nomination!  Make sure to check out their list of blogs too!

December 22nd, 2009 |

Cranberry Christmas

Cranberry Christmas

I love this idea from Better Homes and Gardens….this is a simple, yet sophisticated way to dress up your Christmas dinner table.  Fill a small bowl, an egg cup, or a champagne saucer with fresh cranberries.  Stick in a small placecard and you have a charming addition to your table!

December 21st, 2009 |

A Peppermint Party

peppermint themed christmas party

A traditional red and white, candy cane-inspired party for you today!  The countdown is on….only a couple days left!  What are you doing to get ready for Christmas?

Images: candy cane candle (bhg.com), mantel display (parents.com), invitation (WH Hostess via etsy.com), mini martini glasses (beau-coup.com), silverware (australiaentertains.com), cake plate (crateandbarrel.com), room (hgtv.com)

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December 17th, 2009 |

O Christmas Tree

This Christmas Tree party was posted over at Project Nursery today.  Such a cute, festive theme….I had to share it with all of you too!

The search for the perfect Christmas tree can be a very entertaining process…..especially if you take a group of kids!  Plan a day of activities for your kids and their friends by inviting them to a Christmas tree farm and then for a tree-trimming party back at your house.

tree trimming party for kids

Invite the kids with this darling Christmas tree invitation from WH Hostess on Etsy.com.  Make sure to tell them to dress warm, as they will be outside looking for the tree!  You can also ask each child to bring an ornament to place on the tree while they are trimming it.

You know kids, the second you get to the tree farm they will be hungry and thirsty!  Provide them with snowman sippy cups for their walk around the farm, and individual bags of snacks (keep them small so they can put them in their pockets).

tree trimming party for kids

Have your house set up for the party before you go, so that once you return the kids can trim the tree with lights, and ornaments.  Set up a craft table with strips of construction paper and glue sticks, and have the kids make paper chain garlands to hang on the tree as the finishing touch.  Serve up some frosted sugar cookies in the shape of trees….and if you present them clustered together on a platter, it might just resemble the tree farm they visited earlier that day!)

As a party favor, send the kids home with a small Spruce seedling planted in a tin container.  It will be a darling reminder of a festive day!

Images: invitation (WHhostess via Etsy.com), snowman sippy cups (orientaltrading.com), snow kids (jcrew.com), kids decorating tree (inmagine.com), tree seedling party favors (midwestliving.com), christmas tree cookies (elenis.com)

December 16th, 2009 |

New Year’s Eve: Entertaining Essentials!

new years eve party ideas

New Year’s Eve is quickly approaching…..are you hosting a party?!  New Year’s Eve is all about glitz and glam….time to pull out the good stuff and really make your home sparkle!  Today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite entertaining items with you….

No party is complete without an ice bucket!  I love this one from Williams-Sonoma Home – clean lines, a classic monogram, but there is something about the shape that gives it an updated look.  Champagne glasses are a must for any New Year’s Eve party, these tubular glasses from Crate & Barrel are so inexpensive, you can afford to buy one for each one of your guests to use!  I love, love, love hammered silver!  This new platter from Michael Aram for Williams-Sonoma would be lovely for the party….but also perfect to use on a daily basis throughout the year!

Cocktail napkins are one of those items you should just have sitting around….so pick them up whenever you see cute ones!  I love the leaf pattern on these from Etsy.com….it picks up the olive branch pattern on the Michael Aram platter.  Finding a good drink bucket is tough – they are either way too casual, or way too expensive.  This one from Crate & Barrel is the perfect combination, and a great price.  I pull this one out for all of my parties!

If you plan on serving a buffet, whether it be appetizers or desserts, small plates are a must.  These leaf-print plates from West Elm have a silver background and add just a touch of glam to our party!  If you know me well, you know that I love myself a champagne cocktail!  Make yours a little sweeter with rimming sugars.  This set of three from Crate & Barrel is not only tasty, but dresses up your champagne glasses too.  This glass cloche-covered cake plate is one of my all time favorite products sold in The Party Dress’s shop on Open Sky.  I think it would make a lovely addition to any table!

So, now that I have shared my favorites with you…..what are your favorite entertaining items?

new years eve entertaining essentials

Images: champagne bar (southernliving.com), invitation (minted.com), centerpiece (theknot.com)

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