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

November 15th, 2012 |

GIVEAWAY: Minted.

As you know, we’re paper-lovers over here.  It’s our business, it’s our passion. Scratch that, it’s our obsession.  So we know quality when we see it, and that is one of the reasons we love Minted. There are many, many options out there for holiday cards these days (us included!) but there are a few things that Minted does that we think are gorgeous and unique and are definitely worth checking out!

Their collection of die cut shaped photo cards are gorgeous!  I personally love this sweet red option (above) with the smooth scalloped edge.  They have the largest selection of shapes in town, so there truly is a shape that will work with your photo.

The holidays are a great time to update friends and family on the happenings of that year.  Toss those old “Christmas Letters” aside and opt for a family newsletter format holiday card.  I love the colors and layout of the one above….cute, functional and modern-looking!

Minted also has a gorgeous selection of holiday party invitations.  Whether you are throwing a cocktail party, a snow-day extravaganza, or a dessert-only party for the ladies, there are darling options to fit every occasion.

Here is the exciting part…..Minted has generously decided to gift one lucky reader with a $150 gift certificate!  Wouldn’t that be lovely to use towards holiday cards or party invitations (or even their new fabulous art prints)?!

Details

Contest Dates: Thursday, November 15, 2012 – Sunday, November 18, 2012 (12:00pm CST)

To Enter: Head over to Minted to scroll around their holiday shop, come back here and leave a comment letting us know what are your favorite design(s). It’s as simple as that!  Only one entry per person, please.  The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on Monday, November 19th.

Good Luck!

November 14th, 2012 |

Pinterest Party: Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas

Last night, we held our first of six Holiday Entertaining Pinterest Parties and we kicked it off with Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas. Wow, was it so much fun!  Kelly and Kim from The TomKat Studio joined forces with some of the top party + entertaining bloggers to pin inspiration for your holiday celebrations.

We were joined by Vana (Le Papier Studio), Charynn (Two Sugar Babies), Chris (Celebrations at Home), Jessica (Pen ‘n Paperflowers), Kori (Paper & Pigtails), Kim (The Celebration Shoppe), Carrie (Half Baked – The Cake Blog), Maddy (Somewhere Splendid) and myself on behalf of cupcakeMAG.

In one hour, we had almost 250 pins and plenty of ideas for table decor, food, cocktails, ideas for kids and so much more. For those of you who may have missed the party, I thought I would round-up a few of my personal favorites. Click below to see them on the board.

give thanks mantel

mini pumpkin pies

fun thanksgiving table

Make sure you head over and follow the Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas board and stay tuned for details on our next pinning party on November 20th. The theme is Merry Metallics and so far, it is looking very pretty! Head over and follow the board now. We’d love for you to be part of it!

 

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