April 2nd, 2012 |

Modern Monogram Bridal Shower

When Pantone named Tangerine Tango the 2012 color of the year, I knew I had to incorporate it into an upcoming party collection. Bold on it’s own, I absolutely love it when paired with fuchsia pink and turquoise. This fresh color palette, mixed with a trio of modern patterns inspired a stunning bridal shower.

I have always been a fan of the classic monogram. It’s preppy, traditional, but if done in a fresh way….totally modern again! Instead of choosing a theme, I focused on using the bride and groom’s monogram in fresh ways. Front and center on our preppy invitation, it was repeated throughtout the entire party in different ways.

We kept the decorations crisp and bold, decorating the all white room with pillows made out of our sunrise fabric, and bold hot pink pom poms hanging from the ceiling. Ghost chairs were used at the tables as to not distract from the mixture of patterns used.

Footed bowls full of paper pomanders from Dragonfly Expression served as a centerpiece on the table, and champagne cocktails were dressed up with turquoise blue rock candy sticks.

The table was set with placemats made out of our turquoise greek key fabric, each monogramed with the couple’s initials. Not only did it make a fabulous statement, but they can also be sent home with the couple as a gift. I found tangerine orange napkins at Home Goods and stenciled an “L” on each one using fabric paint. The do-it-yourself tutorial will be on the blog this afternoon! The napkins hung off each guest’s plate, and coordinated with the colorful sunrise patterned placecards.

Sweets are always a hit at any party. Instead of doing a full dessert table for this event, we decided to serve passed desserts on our melamine trays. This became a great activity while the bride was opening gifts.

Sweet Lauren Cakes made gorgeous cake pops with our sunrise pattern hand-piped on them. Monogram cookies by Allyson Jane in our pop colors were bold, yet classic, and mini cupcakes featured fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies. Gummy blue raspberry candy from Candywarehouse.com was used not only for dessert, but also lined platters as a sweet decoration.

Guests were sent home with little boxes of sweets as a party favor. We wrapped each box with our sunrise, tangerine wave, and turquoise greek key fabric, and were tied with a gift tag featuring each guest’s initial. The bold colors, mixture of patterns and modern use of the couple’s monogram created a fabulously preppy bridal shower!

This party collection was inspired by a color palette in our social stationery collection.  Need a fabulous gift for a bride-to-be or a good friend?  Check out the personalized stationery!

March 19th, 2012 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Mod Damask Bridal Shower

I recently had the pleasure of working with a client to plan a lovely bridal shower…..the experience was fabulous, especially because the guest of honor happens to be a family friend!  I was able to capture a few photos before the party started and am so happy to share them with you today.

The party was held at the beautiful home of the hosts, and we worked with the interior’s color palette to create a custom collection of paper goods and fabric.  Focusing on a crisp damask and mod circle pattern in aqua blue, coral-y pink and white, we mixed in a aqua cabana stripe to add a touch of preppy pizzaz.

Guests were greeted with a welcome sign and floral arrangement sitting atop a aqua cabana stripe topper on the lovely entry table, along with a view of the luncheon room. Tables were set with crisp, white linens and featured a trio of vases of submerged pink flowers.  Placed on the napkins were striped, plaque-style placecards that were embellished with ribbon.

When it comes to party decorations for a bridal shower, or adult’s birthday party, people often ask me how you can make a room look festive, without looking child-like or cheesy.  I love creating one main focal point that really leaves guests saying “wow!”, as well as carrying the patterns throughout a few decoration to create a cohesive look.

The dining room held the large buffet table and we created the focal point by placing one wide table runner made from our custom mod circles fabric across the table to bring your eye to the window hanging decor.  A custom-made wood monogram (which was painted navy) hung down on a pink ribbon, with coordinating pennant banners draped off each side.

There were two lovely bookcases on either side of the entry into the living room where the tables were set up.  We used them as a blank canvas, and placed pink floral arrangements, candy jars and photos of the couple on the shelves.

Guests enjoyed mimosas, wine and pink lemonade with their lunch.  The pink lemonade was served in a drink dispenser that we dressed up with striped tag.

After lunch, guests moved into the family room to watch the bride open her gifts.  They were greeted with a festive, round dessert table that they could enjoy during this time.  Jars of pink gummy bears, chocolate balls, and strawberry puffs were placed center stage, were dressed up with coordinating candy jar tags, and were surrounded by delicious treats.

I gathered up a team of some of my favorite sweets designers to create desserts that would coordinate with our designs.  Sweet Lauren Cakes created stunning cake pops embellished with our mod damask pattern. Allyson Jane made plaque-style cookies with the couples future last name initial, and the words “love”, “sweet”, “love”.

I pulled inspiration from Modern Moment’s donut tree to create two smaller donut cakes that I embellished with fondant flowers created by Two Sugar Babies.  Charynn also made initial toppers that were placed on mini vanilla cupcakes.

The party favors were one of my favorite details of this party!  Since the shower technically had a “kitchen” theme (we asked guests to bring their favorite recipe to share with the couple), the host ordered jam from a local company.  We dressed up the jars with coordinating labels and displayed them on our melamine trays with the damask pattern, on a table close to the door so guests could take one as they left.

This was a lovely party to work on, and I hope everyone was thrilled with the final results!  I hope these ideas give you inspiration for an upcoming bridal shower or birthday party!  You can find our full collection here.  Congrats to the happy couple!

January 25th, 2012 |

Creative Window Seating Chart

When it comes to seating a large party, whether it be a wedding, birthday party or even charity event, placecards can be quite an expense.  I love the idea of creating a visually appealing seating chart for guests to view during the cocktail hour.  Take a few creative cues from this one made from old windows.  Back the windows with a solid fabric, and write on the window panes with a paint pen.  Simple and stunning!

Image via The Knot

October 5th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Rehearsal Dinner

Gathering friends and family the night before a wedding is exciting….planning a party that has a whole different feel than the wedding….even more exciting! Beth Beattie recently planned and styled a stunning rehearsal dinner with sweet details that could be recreated and inspire any Fall party. The bride-to be was a Southern Belle from Alabama, so she wanted to create a rehearsal dinner that reflected her personality.

The location was the outdoor patio of Mason’s in Easton, Maryland with hanging lights and farmhouse chairs. The white linens were topped with a burlap runner, vintage mason jars and votives wrapped in lace. The placecards were made with burlap and chalkboard contact paper (the perfect DIY project). Minted adjusted the color of an invitation they had to a mint green, and it reflected the feel of the intimate affair with hanging lights. They also created a menu card to match.

A cake by Bay Country Bakery was made out of the groom’s favorite Italian cookies from Mike’s Pastry of Boston.  The evening was absolutely magical….the perfect start to a wonderful wedding weekend.

Photography by Leigh Miller Photography

 

August 31st, 2011 |

Cakes with Personality

These cakes have SO MUCH personality.  I just had to share them!

Image via Style Me Pretty

August 4th, 2011 |

Egypt-Inspired Photo Shoot

I am just drooling over this amazing Egypt-inspired photo shoot done for Rue Magazine.   I’m in love with the rich colors, and the mix of metals.  An amazing line-up of talent pulled this together: Jose Villa took the a-mazing photos, Cortnie of Canvas & Canopy styled the shoot, one of my favorite floral designers, La Partie Events did the arrangements, and the ladies at Be Inspired PR helped coordinate.

And who can resist a camel?!

June 22nd, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Bridal Bliss in Napa Valley

The second edition of The Party Dress Magazine launched this week and is chock full of party inspiration!  I plan to highlight all of the amazing contributions on the blog over the next month, and to kick it off today, I thought I would share the images from my sister’s bridal shower I recently hosted in Napa Valley.

When it came time for my only sister to get married, I knew I had to plan something special to celebrate the occassion…..not just an ordinary bridal shower or bachelorette party…..something unique, something classy that I knew she would remember always.  With her bridesmaids living all across the country, it made it simple to decide upon a destination bridal weekend celebration, and six of us headed off to a lovely weekend in Napa Valley, California for wine tasting, amazing food, and a lot of quality girl time!

We finished the weekend off with an intimate bridal shower at Domain Chandon.  Brunch and champagne tasting were on the menu, and I worked with a natural color palette of nude, rusty orange and moss green.  Seeing as thought this was a destination shower, I had to limit my decor and goodies to things that I could either carry with me on the plane, or pick up along the way.  I chose to have a local Napa florist create and deliver a centerpiece, and I packed two of my favorite mini cake stands (which I dressed up with Mokuba ruffled ribbon, to hold macaroons from Bouchon Bakery and cupcakes from Dean and Deluca, which were topped with custom fondant rose toppers by Two Sugar Babies.

Like most restaurants, I had a very basic white tablesetting to work with.  Paper placemats from our Indian Summer collection brightened up the table, each napkin was tied with a coordinating ribbon, and I finished off each placesetting with a coordinating placecard.  A “he said, she said” game brought about many laughs!

My favorite detail was the party favors: custom wine bags!  A cotton weave on the outside (with each girl’s initial on them), and our Indian Summer tile print fabric on the inside.  Perfect for summer picnics!

May 25th, 2011 |

Real Parties: Love Sweet Love Bridal Shower

Today’s eye candy comes from a bridal shower that I recently created the paper goods for…..commissioned to do a custom collection for a very special shower on a private ranch in California, we created a sweet pink and green exploded lattice collection.  I just love how it turned out (and is currently one of our best sellers in the shop – it works for a birthday, bridal shower, sweet sixteen party, or ladies lunch) and was amazed when I received the photos from the hostess – it turned out SO PRETTY!  I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Resources: styling by Lisa Witt • lapinphotography.com, paper Products by WH Hostess • whhostess.com, photography byMichelle Warren • mwfoto.com, cupcakes by Enjoy Cupcakes •  Los Olivos, California  enjoycupcakes.com, catering/custom bird cookies • Solvang Bakery Solvang,  California  solvangbakery.com, papers/table runner/linens • papersource.com, paper lanterns • lunabazaar.com
May 2nd, 2011 |

Pretty in Pink

Whether you are planning a birthday party, a bridal shower, or an extra-special Mother’s Day brunch, this collection of ideas is sure to inspire a party that is pretty in pink.  Shimmery accents of gold and rose, crystals hanging from candlesticks, and ribbon candy with an extra special luster….these are all ideas that are making me swoon lately!

Images: table setting and champagne glasses (theknot.com), invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), fondant flower cupcake toppers (etsy.twosugarbabies.com), cupcakes (callmecupcake.com), ribbon candy party favor bags (brides.com)

April 6th, 2011 |

Hanging Placecard Display

I’m totally swooning over this hanging placecard display from Salt Harbor Designs……..it somehow looks both classic and modern….pure perfection!

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