September 22nd, 2009 |
Aren’t these just about the prettiest candy apples you have ever seen?! A perfect treat for any Fall party, candy apples can be customized to any flavor. Country Living has a great basic recipe, as well as an updated version called the pistachio chocolate apple. Yum!
The added touch of the ribbon-wrapped stick truly make this a very special dessert. I would love to see this done with mini-apples for a kid’s party or a cocktail party (easier for guests to eat as they mingle!).
What do you plan on decorating your candy apples with this season?!
September 22nd, 2009 |
One of the easiest ways to dress up your place setting is to add a simple embellishment to your napin – such as a vegetable! A bunch of radishes tied with twine offer a pop of color, an apple with a tag stuck in it serves as a place card, the possibilities are endless….just take a spin thru the produce section of your local grocery store or farmer’s market for inspiration.
Image via Inmagine.com
September 17th, 2009 |
I know, I know…I might be rushing the season a bit. But Halloween is just around the corner…and I need to give you girls some time to plan, right?! I have so many cute Halloween ideas for you this season, I figured best to start passing them along!
Looking for an easy, yet stylish centerpiece for your kitchen table?! You can bet you will find a big bowl of these “dressed-up” pumpkins on mine come October 1st! This is so simple to do – simply find a bunch of different patterned ribbons at your local craft store, wrap around the small pumpkins and adhere with double sided tape. I love projects like this where it involves little effort and your get a lot of style!
Image via Good Housekeeping
September 17th, 2009 |
Looking for a few rustic touches for your Fall parties or weddings?! Look no further than these darling wood placecard holders! Charming, rustic and I don’t know about you….but they are perfect for my next dinner party!
You can find these at GoodGuest on Etsy.com – and she has plenty of coordinating wood items (if you plan to use them for a wedding).
September 16th, 2009 |
When planning your wedding, consider thinking outside of the box when it comes to thanking your bridesmaids for their support during the planning process. I suggest hosting a Bridesmaid Luncheon the week prior to the wedding – an event that is full of pretty things, kind words of appreciation, and some quality girl-time before the big day!
Images: invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), candy buffet (josevillablog.com), rose centerpiece (toddevents.com), place setting (instyleweddings.com), mini champagne bottle party favors (brides.com)
September 15th, 2009 |
We don’t talk about Brunch enough around here, in my opinion! Brunch is a great form of entertaining. It’s an easy, one course meal, typically pretty casual, and it’s held in the morning – so your guests come, they eat, and then you all go about your day!
Welcome Fall with a casual brunch with friends. Set a table full of autumnal colors and seasonal accents. Start with beautiful runner, layer on woven charger plates, and finish with your everyday white dishes. To add a decorative touch to your place setting, fold your napkin into a “pocket” and insert a mini bottle of maple syrup. Finish by writing your guests names on a silk leaf. It’s a festive placecard and party favor for your guests to bring home!
To create a simple, yet Fall-like centerpiece like the one pictured above, take a low bowl and place a large pillar candle in the center. Fill in the space around the candle with seasonal fruits or nuts. Fill a variety of small bowls with different nuts, small fruits and berries to place around the main centerpiece.
Everyone has their favorite pancake recipe. But if you are looking for something new, try making mini filled-pancakes. Williams Sonoma has a bunch of great recipes, and they sell the pancake pan too! Offer a couple of side dishes, such as maple-glazed bacon, and ham and egg breakfast tarts. Add in some mimosas…..and you have the perfect brunch!
Images: place setting (matthewmeadstyle.com), dining room (potterybarn.com), centerpiece (bhg.com)
September 11th, 2009 |
My god-daughter was nick-named “Monkey” basically from the day she was born…..so I am always looking for cute monkey-themed party ideas for her. This Monkey Mania party would be perfect for a little boy or girl!
Invite your guests to join in on the Monkey Mania with this adorable invitation from Minted. It would be perfect for a carnival theme party, too. When the children arrive, adorn them with their very own monkey mask and send them on a scavenger hunt throughout your backyard. Hide small monkeys (in fairly obvious places), and see how quickly they can find all of them! Make sure there is at least one for each child to find…you don’t want to start the party off with any sad monkeys!
Decorating for this party is easy! Use a color palette of yellow, royal blue and green. Use potted grass plants or cake plates full of bunches of bananas as your centerpieces. Here’s where the cute part comes in…. place a tiny monkey at each child’s place with a name tag placed between the arms. An adorable placecard and a precious party favor all rolled up into one! After the kids are done sitting at the table, place their monkey into this cute bag full of candy and of course, a banana! You know me, it’s all about presentation!
I have two ideas for you for dessert (of course, it is my favorite course!). Individual cupcakes adorned with these darling cupcake toppers I found on etsy.com, and…….a banana split bar! Too cute, right?! Now, if you prefer to bake a cake, can I recommend you use this darling cake pan from Birthday in a Box?! It’s the perfect tool to help you make the perfect monkey cake!
I love all of the bright colors, and cute monkey details….and hey, if the kids get a little antsy, you could always play a game of “monkey in the middle!”
Images: placecard (partyspot.com), invitation (minted.com), cupcake toppers (etsy.com), banana onsie (bodenusa.com), drinks (brides.com), grass centerpiece and banana (inmagine.com), banana split bar (midwestliving.com)
September 10th, 2009 |
Ahhh….a new season…you know what that means?! A whole new pool of ideas to pull from! Since The Party Dress is fairly new (we have been up and running since March), this is our first Fall season. I have so many fun things to share with you in the upcoming weeks….keep checking back everyday for new ideas!
Have I ever mentioned my L-O-V-E for Fall colors?! Clothes, decorating my home, and of course, my very own wedding! I was an October bride and I fell in love with all of the rich tones, the Fall foliage, and the cozy details that this beautiful season has to offer.
Here is a bit of inspiration to start the season off. Enjoy!
Images: flower girl (weddingchannel.com), centerpiece (blumfloraldesign.com), couple (eyespy-weddings.com), outdoor bar (instyleweddings.com), napkin (weddingchannel.com), mum bouquet (mypersonalartist.com), wedding cake (theknot.com)