December 5th, 2012 |

Christmas Cocktails & Desserts

When it came to designing a Christmas party for the holiday issue of The Party Dress magazine, I decided that I wanted to put a chic, girly spin to it with a festive color palette of pink, red and green.  I also wanted to provide you with ideas that could be used for either an adult cocktail party or a family-friendly celebration.

The color palette was inspired by my favorite Christmas invitation of the season, the multi-colored ikat party invitation.  It’s crisp and modern and looks great mixed with lots of different patterns.

Welcome guests at the door with a tray of champagne!  (or Shirley Temples if it’s a kids party!) Our lucite tray looks light and airy and with removable inserts, you can change out the pattern to coordinate with any event.  An assortment of pink, green and red striped straws from Shop Sweet Lulu were dressed up with straw flags with cute sayings like “eat, drink and be merry” and “happy everything”.

You can incorporate your color palette into the gifts under the tree too!  Here are two of my favorite littles taking a peek at their Christmas gifts!

The tablesetting was a lot of fun to put together.  I had a tablecloth made with a hot pink, tonal polka dot fabric, and napkins made from our Christmas chevron fabric to play with patterns.  I tied the napkins with a green sequin ribbon, and a personalized monogram ornament (which also served as a party favor).  The centerpiece was made with white hydrangeas and red tulips and I flanked it with two white nutcrackers.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the delicious dessert table details!  Lots of yummy ideas that you can incorporate into your own holiday parties!

 

December 4th, 2012 |

Cookie Exchange Ideas Pinterest Party TONIGHT!

It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means…..PINTEREST PARTY!!  We’re going to be pinning away tonight with The TomKat Studio and 10 amazing bloggers and friends.  It’s National Cookie Day so we’ll be pinning ideas for Holiday Cookie Exchanges!  Join us tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST for one hour of sweet pinspiration!

Follow the board here to join in the fun!

December 4th, 2012 |

Click to Print {Free Holiday Printables}

I know that the holiday season can be stressful.  You want to do SO.MANY.THINGS: bake cookies, cut down the perfect tree, select the perfect gifts and wrap them with unique trimmings, throw the perfect party for friends & family.  It’s takes a lot of time to be the perfect hostess, so I teamed up with HP Print this season to gift all of you a collection of FREE HOLIDAY PRINTABLES.  5 darling designs that are sure to help you accessorize your party in a flash.

Whether you are planning a holiday dinner, a cocktail party or a family dinner, this set of FREE HOLIDAY PRINTABLES has 5 items that will dress up your event.  First up, a menu card in a crisp red quilt pattern with elegant touches of green.  This could be used on individual plates or in a picture frame on a buffet table.  The second item is a red name plaque that could be used as a placecard.  I used a crisp red and white stripe ribbon to weave thru the plaque to add a touch of holiday spirit.  Once combined, it’s the perfect size to lay across a napkin.

No party would be complete without some bubbly!  Welcome your guests in style with a tray full of champagne glasses.  Add some festivity to your display with striped straws embellished with our third printable item: straw flags.  Offered in both red and green, the flags offer up seasonal greetings such as “mix and mingle”, “happy everything”, “be merry” and “holly jolly”.

When dessert time rolls around, individual treats like cupcakes, mini tarts or pies, or cake pops are a great option.  Easy to serve, tidy to eat, and you as the host won’t get tied up slicing cake.  I designed a set of charming 2″ round tags featuring a bough of holly, and sayings such as “Merry Christmas” and “Happy Everything” that could be used for cupcake toppers, cake pop sticks or you could even use them as stickers.

Our fifth printable item is a 3 inch gift tag or sticker that could be used for party favors or gift giving.  Offered in three different sayings, they are a darling way to dress up gifts this season.

I hope you enjoy these FREE HOLIDAY PRINTABLES brought to you by WH Hostess and HP Print.  You can CLICK TO PRINT to use the files.  Have fun!

“This holiday season, let loved ones know how much you care. Use your favorite photos to create something personalized and unique for everyone on your list. Make it memorable. Make it meaningful. Make it matter. Go to hp.com/holiday for inspiration and ideas.”

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by HP via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of HP.

November 28th, 2012 |

DIY Advent Calendar

Started in Germany in the 19th Century, the Advent Calendar has been used for more than 150 years and becomes increasingly popular every year. From a traditional calendar to calendars that feature chocolate hidden behind every door, to the more elaborate versions that have risen in popularity over the last few years.

I love a good do-it-yourself project around here, so I decided to craft a hanging wall calendar that could serve as a statement piece in my home for the season. It was very simple to do, here are my tips:

Supplies

(2) old, wood frames  |  white spray paint  |  wire picture hanging kit  |  mini striped paper bags  |  mini wood clothespins  |  numbers  |  1.5” craft punch  |  candy or treats

Instructions

1. Spray paint two old, wood picture frames (depending on the original color, you may need a coat of primer first.

2. Once the frames have dried, measure out where your wires will hang (I spaced them out by 5.5”) and mark with a pencil on both sides of the frame.

3. Screw the picture hanging hooks into the inside edge of the picture frame, attach the wire and pull taught between screws.

4. Print out our FREE DOWNLOAD numbered tags, and punch them out with a 1.5” circle punch.  Glue these to the top of the mini clothespins,

5. Fill bags with goodies and use the clothespins to attach to wire.

November 27th, 2012 |

Pinterest Party: Christmas Party Ideas for Kids

It’s time for another fabulous Pinterest Party in our holiday entertaining series with The TomKat Studio!  This week’s party is focused on Christmas Party Ideas for Kids and we have an amazing group of bloggers lined up to share their favorite ideas! From kid-friendly desserts to sweet decorations and fun party activities, you’ll find ideas to help you host the best party of the season!

Pottery Barn Kids will be joining us as well and you will have an opportunity to WIN a $50 gift certificateFIVE, yes five winners will be chosen during the party!  Pretty exciting, right?!  Follow the party board here, and comment/repin to win! (winners will be chosen at random throughout the hour)

We have an amazing line-up of bloggers participating in tonight’s party.  Make sure to follow each of them to not miss any of the action!

You can follow them here:

Project Junior, Hostess with the Mostess, Celebrations at Home, Two Sugar Babies, Le Papier Studio, CupcakeMAG, The Celebration Shoppe, Craft That Party, Glorious Treats, Half Baked and Pen ‘n Paperflowers.

See you all tonight!

 

November 27th, 2012 |

Pier 1 Imports® Holiday Entertaining

Known for their colorful, one-of-a-kind-items and unique holiday decor, Pier 1 Imports is the perfect spot to head to when styling a holiday table.  When offered the opportunity to shop their latest holiday finds and put together a holiday tablesetting to inspire you, our readers, I jumped at the chance.

There are so many different ways you could go….sophisticated, glam, shabby chic….but I decided to go with a traditional red, white and green color palette.  Crisp and festive, I think this tablesetting would be perfect for Christmas brunch or a family dinner party.  I fell in love with their peppermint placemats.  Especially the beaded trim!  That set the tone for my table and I carried the stripe throughout in a few details.

I love a layered table….so I stacked together the peppermint placemats, my basic white plates, and then topped them with both my cloth napkin and a mini bowl full of Christmas candy.  I tied the napkins with a striped grosgrain ribbon and a large red jingle bell.  The bell added a touch of shimmer to the table, and also made for a festive sound when moved around the table.

I wanted a centerpiece with a little height.  I stacked two of Pier 1 Imports’ white, fluted edge cake stands together and arranged them with red candles, some peppermint salt water taffy, and red jingle bells.  It just goes to show you that you can repurpose your entertaining basics – cake stands aren’t just for desserts! I also added a few peppermint votive candles to the table to tie in the striped theme.

A textured white tablecloth really made all of the accessories pop and look very crisp and modern.  I encourage you to visit Pier 1 this season to pick up some extra-special accessories perfect for your holiday celebrations and gifting needs.

“If it’s interesting, if it’s impressive, if it’s colorful and cute and one-of-a-kind—then odds are it’s probably from Pier 1 Imports®. After all, Pier 1 has been the place for unique finds for over 40 years. Our buyers travel the world’s major capitals and small villages hunting for the kinds of treasures you can’t find just anywhere—fresh and fragrant candles, exotic wicker, hand-painted dinnerware, gorgeous textiles and thoughtful hand crafted gifts. Find what speaks to you at Pier 1 Imports®.”

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Pier 1 Imports® via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Pier 1 Imports®.

Resources: cake stands, mini white bowls, red jingle bells, peppermint placemats, peppermint votive candle holders (pier1.com), cake plate clings decorative liners on cake stands (whhostess.com), candy (candywarehouse.com)

November 22nd, 2012 |

Celebrate the Holidays with 25% Off

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend, Friends.  I would like to take this moment to wish you all a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving.  I hope your day is full of delicious food, festive tablesettings and quality time with the people you love. November has been such a hectic month, that I am very much looking forward to a little downtime with my family and pup.

Here at The Party Dress and WH Hostess, we are SO grateful for the support we have received from all of you over the last year.  Thank you for always being here to celebrate with us everyday.  To show our gratitude, we are offering a 25% off discount code off your WH Hostess purchase from Friday, November 23, 2012 – Monday, November 26, 2012.  Gobble, Gobble. Enjoy.  And Happy Shopping!

Code: WHGIVESTHANKS

Terms and Conditions: Discount valid from Friday, November 23, 2012 – Monday, November 26, 2012. Not valid on previous purchases, custom designs, party planning packages or wholesale orders.

November 20th, 2012 |

Merry Metallics Pinterest Party

Join us tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST for one hour of holiday inspiration as we host the 2nd party in our Holiday Entertaining Pinterest Party Series.  The theme tonight is Merry Metallics Holiday Decor & Party Ideas….it’s definitely going to be fabulous!  Last week’s event was a huge success with almost 250 pins in one hour!

Follow The Party Dress   |   Follow the Merry Metallics Board

Joining Kim (The TomKat Studio) and I this evening as co-hosts are Minted, Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess, Vana from Le Papier Studio, Jessica from Pen ‘n Paperflowers, Maddy from Somewhere Splendid, Lynlee from Lynlee’s Petite Treats and Lili from Swanky Chic Fete.

Want to get involved for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Minted?

Get involved with the party by commenting on the pins posted by the party hosts, repin items to your own boards and make sure to use the hashtag #holidayentertaining.

See you all tonight!

November 20th, 2012 |

Holiday Gift Guide + Free Gift Tags

Our friends over at The TomKat Studio put together a fabulous holiday gift guide every year, and we were thrilled to be asked to contribute this year!  In addition to great gift ideas and fabulous holiday recipes, this year’s guide also includes a series of free printable gift tags for the holidays from some amazing designers.  You can see the grey & white gingham check tag that we designed above.

Head on over to view the gift guide here, and click here to download your free tags.

Happy Holidays!

November 19th, 2012 |

Thanksgiving Table

Can you believe Thanksgiving is in a few short days?  Although my parents host Thanksgiving dinner, I always help set a beautiful table. We tend to go more sophisticated and glam for the tablesetting (for 15!), so when it comes to my November dinner parties I tend to lean more towards the rustic, Fall look.

I recently styled this tablesetting for the Holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Using linens in rich, Fall colors, dark brown charger plates, and metallic gold pumpkins (I made those with a couple quick coats of gold spray paint), I was able to create a warm and inviting family table.

One of my favorite elements on the table are these bronze wishbone napkin rings from Pottery Barn. They complimented my tablesetting beautifully, and I know are going to become a cherished item for future Fall parties.

I would love to know: How do you set your Thanksgiving table?  Do you go rustic, casual, formal?  Share your ideas with us!

For more Holiday Entertaining Ideas, visit the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine:

buy a printed copy   |   read the digital copy

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