September 30th, 2009 |
Shannon from Creative Parties and Showers has launched an updated site called The Creative Party Place. It’s absolutely darling – not only is she still showcasing great party submissions from viewers, but she has a ton of new features that are worth checking out!
I was absolutely thrilled when Shannon asked me to contribute some party-planning tips for her new website. My Modern Girl’s Guide to Entertaining was born; it’s 12 of my favorite tips for throwing a party, and you can find it both on The Creative Party Place and The Party Dress. Enjoy!
September 30th, 2009 |
If you are looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your favorite ladies, or are hosting a bridal shower in the month of October….try hosting a Witches Dinner Party.
Set a table with beautiful, autumn-inspired decorations using a color palette of rusty orange, chocolate brown and mustard yellow. Mix and match patterns to achieve a “shabby chic” look….try using paisley, pumpkin toile and striped napkins. Place a mini witches broom on each guest’s plate as a place card. Try looking at your local craft store for these, or you could try to make them yourselves (click here for instructions).
To create an interesting centerpiece, carve out a large pumpkin and cut off the top to create a large bowl. Fill the bowl with a variety of fall gourds, and surround it with mini pumpkin votive candles.
I found a great recipe that is perfect for this party! It’s a stuffed brie called a ‘Witches Purse‘. Very simple to do, and it’s sure to get rave reviews! This party is festive and a great reason to gather your friends during October.
Images: place setting (countryliving.com), witches purse appetizer (allyou.com), white pumpkin votive candles (bhg.com), pumpkin bowl (bhg.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), candles (inmagine.com)
September 30th, 2009 |
With Halloween quickly approaching, it’s fun to insert a few easy ideas to add a touch of holiday spirit to your everyday life. Take this napkin idea….a simple black bat tied to a napkin with a sheer ribbon. Darling. Simple. Festive. Want to take it to the next level?! Make bat cookies. Sugar cookies, black royal icing, and one of those easy frosting pens from Williams Sonoma…..and you have yourself a tasty little place card!
Image via Good Housekeeping
September 29th, 2009 |
Today’s party is so fun for me to post….it’s the birthday party of my best friend’s daughter! I am so fortunate to be called “Auntie Kelly” by this darling little girl, Emma. And am so excited to share some of these adorable details that her mom, Teresa, did for her 5th birthday party!
Emma is a girly girl…we’re talking pink, pink and more pink! So coming up with a theme wasn’t difficult – a color palette centered around the color pink, throw in some flower accents and giant cupcakes – and you have a party fit for a princess. Teresa ordered her party invitations from Tiny Prints, and also found coordinating labels there to use on goodie bags and Emma’s thank you notes.
This party was all about the details….and Teresa made everything herself! The party took place in a white tent outside, and was decorated with pink pom poms and lanterns, all hanging from polka dotted ribbon. Emma L-O-V-E-S flowers. Instead of filling the space with fresh flowers, she decided to make balloon flowers. There were large ones floating around the yard, small ones attached to each girl’s drink straw, and even smaller ones that she made into a ring for each girl to wear. I should probably mention that she had a whole lot of help from Emma’s dad on these! Teresa found a youTube video that gives great directions on how to make the flower balloons and was nice enough to share it with us. So, if you are interested….check out this link.
The cupcake toppers were personalized with each girl’s name on them – which also served as the perfect place card. She presented the cupcakes on a Wilton cupcake stand that she had decorated with pink ribbon. Note that the pink ribbon PERFECTLY matches the birthday girl’s Lilly Pulitzer dress! Of course!
It was a happy, happy birthday for Emma Jane!
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September 29th, 2009 |
LOVE this idea from brightideas.com…..darling for a little girl’s birthday party!
- 1 box (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
- 3 cups prepared vanilla frosting
- 48 pieces thin pretzels twists
- ¼ cup pink decorating sugar
- 1 ½ cups M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies
- ¼ cup M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies
- 3 strands licorice laces
- Green food coloring
- 24 paper cupcake liners
- Cupcake pans
- 2 sheet pans
- Wax paper
- Microwave-safe bowl
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Line the cupcake pans with the paper cupcake liners.
3. Prepare the cake mix according to the package instructions. Pour the cake mix into the lined cupcake pans, and bake for approximately 18-21 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack, and let cool completely.
4. While the cupcakes are baking, prepare the butterfly wings. Line the two sheet pans with wax paper. Transfer 1 cup of vanilla frosting to a microwave-safe bowl; heat in the microwave for 10-15 seconds, stirring occasionally, until the texture of slightly whipped cream. Dip the pretzels in the warmed vanilla frosting until they’re almost covered. Dab off any excess frosting, and then sprinkle with the pink decorating sugar before the icing sets. Transfer to the lined sheet pans; set aside and let cool completely.
5. Tint 1 can of vanilla frosting green; spread it on top of the cooled cupcakes. Refrigerate until the frosting is set.
6. Using the photo as your guide, decorate the cupcakes as follows:
7. Cover the top with green M&M’S® Brand Chocolate Candies on the outside edge of each cupcake.
8. Press the small tips of the pretzels on top of the cupcakes for wings.
9. Place one M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for the head.
10. Arrange a line of same-color M&M’S® Brand Peanut Chocolate Candies for the body.
11. Cut the licorice laces and place them as antennae.
September 28th, 2009 |
Cocktail parties are one of the easiest ways to entertain your friends. But, if you entertain often, you are probably always looking for a new theme. What’s on my radar right now?! A Tequila Tasting….full of margaritas and lots of Mexican appetizers.
Invite your guests with this charming invitation from Tiny Prints. It’s the perfect mix of fiesta and all things autumn!
When it comes to setting up your party, create a long buffet table with drinks on one side and appetizers on the other. To add a little decoration, create a runner of sunflower heads going down the center of the table. Since this is a cocktail party, I would center your food around appetizers. We talk a lot about Mexican dinner entrees around here….but I had a great time finding you some yummy appetizer ideas….definitely some new recipes to add to your repertoire.
In terms of drinks, offer your guests a few different options. I would suggest a couple different types of margaritas, and tasting stations of tequila. Set your stations up with shot glasses, a bowl of limes, and a small bowl of salt. Make sure to have a few pitchers of water on hand for people to cleanse their palette with after a tasting, too.
I think this party would be a lot of fun….now, who’s going to throw one?!
Images: margarita glasses (potterybarn.com), sunflower runner (hostessblog.com), margaritas (potterybarn.com), and tequila shots (projectwedding.com)
September 25th, 2009 |
Surprise! We have a great giveaway today! You all know Table Topics, the conversation starter/ice breaker game that is perfect for any party. Well, they have introduced two new sets of questions …..and two of our lucky readers are going to win a set!
Jump start your next dinner party with these fun, clever questions that will have your guests laughing in no time! This set also makes a perfect hostess gift (and don’t forget the upcoming holidays!) This set includes 135 thought-provoking, fun ice breaker questions…..here are a couple of examples:
- Who’s your favorite celebrity right now and why?
- What makes someone a success?
- If you could name the street you live on what would you call it?
Not Your Mother’s Dinner Party
There’s the dinner party that your mom would throw, and then there’s YOUR kind of dinner party. This set offers provocative questions that are guaranteed to spice up your table conversation! This set includes 135 conversation starters (and is filled with questions your mother told you not to ask!)….here are a few examples:
- Would you rather be addicted to gambling or food?
- What habit would you like to break?
- What alcohol can you never drink again?
You can purchase the dinner party and the not your mother’s dinner party sets on Amazon.com.
Now, on to the good stuff! You can enter the contest by going to our Facebook page, become a fan, and leave us a comment telling us your favorite conversation starter at a party. The contest is over Monday night at midnight….and we will randomly choose two winners. Can’t wait to see what you post!
September 24th, 2009 |
Anybody that knows me, knows that I love a good topiary! Which is why I fell in love with this idea from Good Housekeeping! Unique without being cheesy….exactly my style! For more details on how to construct these, click here for the instructions.
September 24th, 2009 |
With Halloween quickly approaching, I have been on a search for the cutest party invitations in town…..and guess who has the best selection? Tiny Prints. I know, no surprise there! Here are a few of my favorites:
What kind of Halloween party are you throwing this year?!
September 23rd, 2009 |
When I think of Fall parties, one of the first ideas that comes to mind is a cowboy theme! You can have so much fun putting together retro western details….perfect for a little boy’s birthday, but also darling for a baby shower!
If you are thinking about hosting a western themed birthday party, boy do I have ideas for you! Invite your guests with this darling invitation from Tiny Prints. Welcome them at the door with a bandanna to tie around their neck, a sheriff’s badge, and a cowboy hat. Start the party off with a quick game of pin the tail on the donkey, and then move into horse races. Looking to create your own horse corral?! How cute are these?!
Make your table setting festive by using bandannas for napkins, and tin cans full of wildflowers for your centerpieces. Make sure order those bandannas in bulk! Instead of buying store-bought goodie bags, why not make them out of the bandannas?! A quick run through the sewing machine, fill them up with goodies and tie with a ribbon….totally simple, and really cute!
There is so many cute western/cowboy theme stuff out there right now….I would love to see someone take these ideas and throw a vintage cowboy baby shower, too!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), popcorn cones (countryliving.com), pony corral and little cowboy (creativepartiesandshowers.blogspot.com), bandanna napkin (theknot.com), daisy centerpieces (brides.com), bandanna goodie bag (bhg.com), horse 1 (amazon.com), horse 2 (amazon.com), horse 3 (amazon.com), cowboy hats, western party blowers (birthdayinabox.com), bandanna paper plate (amazon.com)