November 5th, 2009 |
Fall is the perfect time to host a cozy dinner party at home. Whether you are celebrating someone’s birthday or just looking for an excuse to gather good friends….a dinner party at home is the perfect way to celebrate the weekend.
Fall food lends itself to comfort foods, almost Thanksgiving-like food. For this birthday dinner party, I have planned a menu that includes baked-stuffed chicken breasts with arugula and fontina cheese, acorn squash rings, and crisp potatoes with aioli sauce. For dessert, instead of serving a birthday cake – go for something decedent like a triple-chocolate mousse (looking oh, so elegant in champagne flutes!)
Images: girl (jcrew.com), placecard (myhomeideas.com), invitation (minted.com), candle centerpiece (bhg.com), table setting (dwellstudio.com)
November 4th, 2009 |
Since I am on an artichoke kick today – I thought I would share this centerpiece idea, too! This centerpiece would be the perfect compliment to my artichoke place cards below!
Image via Better Homes and Gardens
November 4th, 2009 |
Looking for a creative placecard idea for you next dinner party?! One that doesn’t involve a Halloween pumpkin or a Thanksgiving theme?
I love this idea….using everyday produce, you can take something ordinary and make it special.
Image via Glam
November 3rd, 2009 |
When it comes to decorating a party, whether it be a bridal shower, a birthday party, or a wedding….consistently using a couple of common items can help you pull a theme together. Take for example, buttons and ribbons. Easy to find at your local craft or fabric store – when used in just two basic colors, it helps to give the event a cohesive look.
For this event, I chose a color palette of bold kelly green and royal blue. Once the seasons start changing and all of the summer flowers are gone – I crave COLOR – and bright colors are an easy way to make a party feel a little more festive. The green wine glass invitation from Tiny Prints is actually a Christmas party invitation…..but it works perfectly for a wine tasting, a cocktail party, or in this case, a bridal shower! As you can see, buttons and ribbons are used to decorate the vases, the cake, the dessert buffet and the party favors. A simple and affordable embellishment – give it a try at your next party!
Images: centerpiece (tapestry.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), cake (swsmag.com), place setting (inmagine.com), party favor bags (designsponge.com), candy buffet (brides.com), lanterns (flickr.com)
November 2nd, 2009 |
One of my favorite parts of my job here at The Party Dress is finding special products and sharing it with you, our loyal readers. My job gets just a little bit sweeter when I can do something extra special for you….as a thank you for supporting us on a daily basis. This is definitely one of those times!
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November 2nd, 2009 |
Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to get together with family and friends to give thanks for another wonderful year. Take this opportunity to teach your kids to do the same – have them invite their friends over for a “kids-only” Thanksgiving dinner. Invite your little guests with this traditional turkey invitation from Tiny Prints.
Set the table with Fall colors and a simple centerpiece. This “give thanks” centerpiece from Parent’s Magazine is simple to do, colorful and makes the event more child-like. Serve up a few snacks when they first arrive – paper cones filled with chex mix, and “turkey” fruit kabobs – the perfect snacks to eat while doing some fun activities. For dinner, go ahead and bypass the traditional turkey. Instead, think about making turkey wrap sandwiches, serve with mashed potatoes (which we know all kids love!), and turkey cupcakes for dessert.
You should have a couple of activities to keep the kids busy during the party. Have a craft table set up with different foam shapes cut out and some glue sticks. They can make turkey napkin rings or hats to wear during the party. I absolutely LOVE this next idea….Parent’s Magazine came up with this darling yarn-wrapped turkey. Have the turkey prepared before the kids arrive, as well as a basket of pre-cut feathers (use colorful construction paper). Have the kids write what they are thankful for on a feather and stick it into the turkey. I’m sure you will get everything from “I’m thankful for my family” to “I’m thankful for candy!” It’s cute, creative and will help to remind the kids what Thanksgiving is really about!
Send the kids home with a cute, little party favor. I found these at Chasing Fireflies, and you can order them here. However, I think you could also put together a version of this yourself, too. A glass jar, a personalized label, and some cute ribbon….candy corn never looked so cute!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), turkey napkin ring and table setting (parents.com), snack cones (coutureparties.com), turkey hat (hostessblog.com), fruit kabobs (familyfun.com), cupcake (partycupcakeideas.com), turkey glasses (potterybarnkids.com), “I’m thankful” game (parents.com), turkey toes party favor (chasing-fireflies.com)
October 30th, 2009 |
I pretty much had closed the book on Halloween this year….the time had come, I had shared all of my favorite orange and black finds for the season…..in some ways, I was over it (even before it happened!). But then, this amazing party showed up in my inbox from photographer Meg Baisden. It stopped me dead in my tracks! So fun, so different from everything else I have seen…..I just had to share it with you! So, I apologize for the late post today….but I tried to get this up as fast as I could.
For all of you last-minute hostesses….Meg has some great ideas that are easy to do (and she did them all by buying Halloween decorations off the sale rack!). Here are a few details about the party from Meg:
“This party was all about glittery-glam decor, Halloween themed appetizers and a friendly game of Texas Hold ‘Em – and it was done on a BUDGET! I bought most everything after Halloween last year and sat down with my good friend and employee Jamie and we glittered everything for DAYS. Skulls, 10 cent Walmart plastic mini pumpkins (on sale last year in December at 90% off the original $1 tag!), dollar store plastic spiders and webbing … oh, and IKEA for the fabulous black frame!”
I love the use of spiders (especially the ones hanging from crystals), and absolutely adore these glittered gourds! Such a fun, yet somewhat sophisticated way to do Halloween for adults! Great inspiration – thanks to Meg for sharing her party with us! Oh, and if you are looking for a Halloween playlist for your party tomorrow night – Meg has a full playlist waiting for you on her blog!
October 30th, 2009 |
Feathers have been popping up all over the place lately….and I have to tell you, I have fallen head over heels for some of these images! Stunning (in a romantic-kind-of-way) for a wedding, a festive accent for the holidays when done in color, and a sophisticated update for your home in neutrals. Note to self: feathers are an inexpensive way to add a touch of luxury to your centerpieces!
Images by Michèle M. Waite via 100 Layer Cake
Images via So Let’s Party and Get Married
Images via Amazon, Glam, and Chocolate Box Home
October 29th, 2009 |
Now that the weather has definitely turned cooler, garden or flower-themed birthday parties get a little bit tricky. Fear not – if your little girl is dying for a party full of flowers, and she just doesn’t understand the concept of “winter” – I have plenty of ideas for you today that will help you throw an indoor “modern garden party”.
Create a color palette of bold, bright colors such as fuchsia pink, tangerine orange, lime green and strong yellow. This invitation from Tiny Prints fits the theme perfectly. A traditional garden party uses nature as it’s decorations…..for this indoor garden party, you are going to have to get creative! Try jazzing up your walls with these modern flower wall decals. To add some color to your table, stack spools of different patterned ribbon, and top with a plate. Here the plates are full of little desserts, which is darling. But for our modern garden party, I think it would be cute to cut the head off a large flower and place it on the plate. Can’t you just see this with a big, fuchsia gerber daisy on top?! Add in these charming flower placecards and your table will be bright and cheery.
If you are looking for a great activity, try this paper flower-making kit from Land of Nod. Great colors, simple project….perfect for the girls to bring home with them! Instead of using a traditional paper or cellophane goodie bag, trying filling up one of these felt bags adorned with flowers. I love the colors, and I love the fact that you don’t throw it out at the end of the party. The girls can use it to store their art supplies or hair accessories once they get it home. At only $2.00 a piece, it’s a small investment that will make a big impact.
If you are a whiz in the kitchen, try baking your own flower-shaped birthday cake. This pan is perfect for our them – and you could decorate it so many different ways! Between the decorations and the cake, you are sure to hear “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from both the girls and their mothers!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), ribbon centerpiece (rachaelraymag.com), flower-making kit (landofnod.com), daisy cake pan (birthdayinabox.com), felt goodie bags (beau-coup.com), flower wall decal (mycurlycue.com), flower place cards (theknot.com)
October 28th, 2009 |
I spotted this darling idea over at Project Wedding and I just had to share it with you. Such a CUTE idea! If you are a newly-engaged bride looking for a creative way to ask your bridesmaids to be a part of your wedding….look no further. It’s simple, creative and will have your girlfriends squealing with delight! Head over to Project Wedding for the full instructions.