December 11th, 2009 |

Boxwood Centerpiece

Boxwood Centerpiece

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 |

Martinis and Mistletoe

martinis and mistletoe cocktail party

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!

Entertaining must-have

A cocktail party wouldn’t be complete without a few special cocktails… check out our post below for The Party Dress’s Holiday 2009 Cocktail Guide!

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December 10th, 2009 |

Holiday Cocktail Guide

holiday cocktail guide

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 |

A Teal & Lime Green Christmas

teal and lime green christmasChristmas 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!)

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December 8th, 2009 |

Blue + Orange: A Sunny Kid’s Party


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!

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December 8th, 2009 |

Snowman Sippies

Snowman Sippies

If you love our blue + orange color palette today, but want to switch out the elephant for a snowman, this simple idea will do the trick!  I love this idea from Better Homes and Gardens……these snowman sippies are the perfect companion for our blue + orange birthday party!  Super easy to do….click here for for the full instructions.

December 7th, 2009 |

OpenSky Coupons!

Happy Holidays to my loyal readers……as a special gift to all of you, I want to share a special discount on OpenSky with you.  OpenSky is THE place for Holiday shopping!  Check out my shop along with other shops from the talented ladies of Project Nursery, Happy Hour Mom, and Cooking with Friends Club, among many others.

Hurry over to OpenSky and register your e-mail – each and every one of you will receive a coupon to shop.  The first 50 readers will receive a $15 off a purchase of $20 or more.  So, hurry up!  Sign up and start shopping!

Oh, and to get the best savings….make sure to list PARTYDRESS as your favorite shopkeeper!

December 7th, 2009 |

Holiday Cookie Guide

holiday cookie recipes

Christmas cookies are one of my favorite parts of the Holiday season!  I like to make all different kinds and box them up to give as gifts to my friends and family.  Always in search of new recipes to update my assortment, I have come across a few new recipes that I can’t wait to try out!  Any one of these would be perfect for a cookie exchange party.

1. Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses

2. Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints

3. Chocolate Peppermint Stars

4. Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

5. Seven-Layer Cookies

6. Chocolate-Orange Swirls

7. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

8. Lemon Blueberry Fans

December 7th, 2009 |

Packaging Ideas for Holiday Treats

packaging ideas for holiday treats

Once you have completed all of your holiday baking, you have to come up with a unique concept for packaging your gifts.  You can use tin cans, paper boxes, cellophane bags stuffed into a holiday mug…..I hope these images inspire you to get really creative with it!

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December 4th, 2009 |

Holiday Bridal Shower

I’m on a bit of a feather-kick this week….first the “feather-her-nest” baby shower, then our holiday open house decorated with white feathers….and today, today I have a great inspiration board for you!  Just because it’s the holiday season, doesn’t mean bridal showers halt for the season!  If you are throwing a shower during the Christmas season, or around Valentine’s Day, try incorporating traditional holiday decor into your theme, but do it using an un-traditional color palette.  Icy blue, pale yellow, or in this case, petal pink.

I absolutely love this pink feather wreath – it’s the perfect decoration to hang above a buffet table.  You could fill vases or apothecary jars full of pink and silver ornaments, use branches of pink berries as your floral decor.  Infuse the color into your drinks and food – such as a sparkling rose to drink (use a rimming sugar for added sparkle), or a raspberry whoopie pie for dessert.

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