November 3rd, 2009 |

Bridal Shower: Decorated with Buttons and Ribbons


When it comes to decorating a party, whether it be a bridal shower, a birthday party, or a wedding….consistently using a couple of  common items can help you pull a theme together.  Take for example, buttons and ribbons.  Easy to find at your local craft or fabric store – when used in just two basic colors,  it helps to give the event a cohesive look.

For this event, I chose a color palette of bold kelly green and royal blue.  Once the seasons start changing and all of the summer flowers are gone – I crave COLOR – and bright colors are an easy way to make a party feel a little more festive.  The green wine glass invitation from Tiny Prints is actually a Christmas party invitation…..but it works perfectly for a wine tasting, a cocktail party, or in this case, a bridal shower!  As you can see, buttons and ribbons are used to decorate the vases, the cake, the dessert buffet and the party favors.  A simple and affordable embellishment – give it a try at your next party!


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October 28th, 2009 |

DIY Project: Will you be my Bridesmaid?

bridesmaid boxI spotted this darling idea over at Project Wedding and I just had to share it with you.  Such a CUTE idea!  If you are a newly-engaged bride looking for a creative way to ask your bridesmaids to be a part of your wedding….look no further.  It’s simple, creative and will have your girlfriends squealing with delight!  Head over to Project Wedding for the full instructions.

October 8th, 2009 |

Wedding Inspiration: Autumn Elegance


I have a soft spot for autumn weddings that are part chic, part rustic.  As some of you know, I too was an October bride!  In fact, we are coming up on our first anniversary next week.  Stay tuned for some pictures from our wedding next week…..

When I saw these centerpieces from Floral Art in LA, I absolutely fell head over heels.  I love the juxtaposition of the antiqued-mirror vase, done in the modern square cube.  The soft, traditional hydrangeas mixed with the rustic berry branches and greenery.  Rustic meets elegance.  And I am loving every square inch of it!  This concept could be done for any type of party…it would be stunning for a Fall dinner party!  If you are interested in finding these mirror vases, I found similar ones at Colonial Candle.  (and yes, my order is already placed!)

A beautiful centerpiece like this deserves an inspiration board.  I would pull the rich brown, gold and deep plum colors out of the flowers to use as a color palette.  Invite your guests with an classic white invitation, updated with plum ink and a modern design.

mirror wedding invitation

For a creative place card display, use a series of wood trays filled with birdseed.  Your place cards will stand up in the birdseed, and look will lend itself to the rustic side of the event.  The color brown could also be pulled out into the tablecloths.  It will fill the room with a sense of warmth, and the look of white plates on the brown will give it a modern edge.

Party favors are typically a small token for your guests to remember the evening by….and since they are normally small, the packaging is very important.  Something as simple as a customized label takes something ordinary and makes it extraordinary.   My Own Labels has a great assortment of labels – perfect for all of your wedding or party needs.  Different styles, numerous colors – so many options that each hostess can create their own look.  I used these for my own wedding….on our welcome baskets, direction cards, goodie bags for the bridesmaids and on our cake boxes.   A perfect detail that can add a cohesive element to your event.


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September 16th, 2009 |

Bridesmaid Luncheon


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!

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September 10th, 2009 |

Fall Colors = New Wedding Inspirations!


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!

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August 27th, 2009 |

Bridal Shower: Apple Green!


Hot pink and candy apple green are two of my favorite colors….especially when paired together!  Move this bright color palette into a Fall party with the use of apples.  Perfect for a bridal shower, or a special birthday party!

Invite your guests with this mod/preppy invitation from Minted.  It sets the tone for a sophisticated party that will have your guests talking for weeks!  Start your decorations at the front door by creating a moss-covered initial (or you could spell out a name if you hang them on a wall) – it’s a more modern look than a traditional wreath.  You can find the letters at your local craft store, and order the moss in bulk on-line.  A little hot-glue-gun-action, a beautiful hot pink ribbon – and you have yourself a stunning decoration.

Create a simple centerpiece by using different sized glass cylinder vases grouped together.  Stack green apples in one, and float a stem of hot pink orchids in the others.  I found some great pink and green party supplies that would be perfect for this party:  green or hot pink lacquered placecard holders, floral print melamine plates, a green lacquer serving tray, and pink and green plastic wine glasses.  You all know I am a fan of a beautiful, creative napkin….I L-O-V-E this idea!  Fold your napkin like a fortune teller, and place a round card inside that states a question for your to ask the bride during lunch.  Some examples are, “where are you going for your honeymoon?”, “how did your fiance propose?”…you get the idea!

Serve a buffet of food for lunch, featuring a bunch of green salads (throw a few strawberries into the salads for a pop of pink!), some small tea sandwiches, and festive cupcakes for dessert.  Do you have a cupcake stand?  If you invest in a basic white stand, you can decorate it to match each party.  This one would be darling with hot pink and green ribbon along the edges.  Create signage for your buffet by attaching a placecard on a stick, and inserting it into the top of an apple.  It’s cute, affordable, and it carries the apple theme thru the whole party.

Don’t forget to serve a signature drink.  If you are looking for a pink cocktail, check out the for great recipes!  This party is fun, and preppy with a touch of modern flair….perfect for the style-conscious bride!


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August 18th, 2009 |

Wedding Inspiration: Sophisticated and Sassy

SMP Wedding Inspiration Board - Lyden

Sophisticated and sassy, this black, white and yellow wedding inspiration is nothing short of spectacular!

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(, Letterpress ‘Fluted Bracket: Black’ Invitation

August 6th, 2009 |

Divine Dinner Party

Grey Dinner Party (small)

This darling invitation from Minted inspired this party idea; ideal for a rehearsal dinner or a dinner party!  Love the colors, love the design….just plain LOVE it!

If you are planning a “dressy” dinner party – consider using a palette of metallic silver and pewter mixed with plum.  I love the shimmer mixed with the deep hue of one of Fall’s hottest colors.  Rich, yet modern-looking.  And oh, so sophisticated!  Speaking of sophisticated….make sure to dress yourself in a coordinating hue.  This ruffled-trim dress from Milly fits the bill!

Since we are hosting a “dressy” dinner party, it’s time to pull out the good stuff.  You know what I’m talking about…  Dust off that china, polish the silver, and make sure your crystal is sparkling!  Add a modern touch to your classics with a few new items from Plum Party Supplies.  I found shimmered, silver napkins that are stunning, and two different types of votive candle holders.  Silver and gold metallic glass votives, or silver glitter tea light holders… choose which one is more your style!

divine dinner party supplies

Serve your guests passed champagne after dinner.  To dress up your drinks, add a rim of pink sugar on each glass.  Simply wet the rim of your champagne flute and dip into pink fine sugar.  To carry the shimmer of the silver throughout the party, serve cupcakes decorated with over-sized pearl or silver sprinkles.

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July 30th, 2009 |

Wedding Inspiration: Pretty in Plaid

Purple Plaid Wedding Apparel

For a summertime wedding full of charm, take some old “country” ideas and update them to create a modern event that will have the town talking for weeks!  If you are a bride planning an outdoor, casual wedding, opt for a short wedding gown, such as this one from Amsale.  Short and sassy will not only update your look, but it will keep you cool on the dance floor!

Green and purple are a natural pair….but instead of opting for soft, pastel colors…..go bold!  A chartreuse green and strong purple will bring your event to life and you can have a ton of fun with your decor.  Use white and green as your base colors, and pop in the purple in all of your floral details.

Update a classic white wedding invitation with a bold green monogram like this one from Wedding Paper Divas, and carry the green ink thru all of your stationery.  Wedding programs, thank you cards, even the placecards.  When it comes to decorating your tables, take a cue from those old “country charm” ideas I mentioned above and use a plaid table cloth.  Done in these bold colors, it looks updated and fresh….perfect for a summer wedding!  I love the centerpieces on this table!  They took footed trifle bowls and filled them with a large bunch of the same bloom – here they used irises.  The single bloom, and bold color from the irises is a more modern look – paired with the plaid table cloth – it’s the perfect combination!

Purple Plaid Wedding Decor

Carry the green throughout your event by creating a dessert buffet to surround the wedding cake.   Dessert buffets offer your guests a bunch of options in terms of dessert, and when they are done in a monochromatic theme they look oh, so sophisticated!

Purple Plaid Wedding Desserts

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July 29th, 2009 |

Bridal Shower: Art Deco Twist


Bridal showers don’t always have to mean frilly, white, and tacky!  Delight your bride-to-be and her guests with a modern art deco themed bridal shower.   Using turquoise and melon orange as your color palette, choose bold  patterns and modern lines for all of your party details.

Invite your guests with this modern invitation from Wedding Paper Divas.  It sets the tone for this festive event, and gives your guests just a tiny glimpse into what you have in store for them!

Use white as your base color for decorations and table settings.  Create a bold centerpiece by using a series of white vases.  Fill each vase with a single type of flower, each in a different pop color such as orange, yellow and white.  Look for clean-shaped flowers such as tulips, gerber daisies, or orchids.  To add another touch of color to your white place setting, place a single bloom on each plate.  Attach a card with your guest’s name on it, and it can double as your placecard!

Set up a drink station so that you aren’t running around filling up glasses…..use cylinder vases in varying sizes as your “punch bowls” and fasten drink labels to each.  Garnish each glass with a small slice of fruit for little special touch!  I absolutely love surprising guests with a dessert buffet at a bridal or baby shower.  Not only are they absolutely beautiful, but it gives guests an opportunity to walk around and sample all of the goodies while they watch the guest of honor open her gifts.  Use a variety of white dishes to showcase all of your different desserts.  You can use  scrapbook paper in coordinating colors or patterns to line some of your plates.  Coordinate the desserts with your bakery (or with the hosts that may be baking these lovely treats), so that all of the desserts are color-coordinated.  When put together, you will be thrilled with how festive and professional the dessert buffet looks.  You can also provide small bags or boxes, and your guests can fill them up to bring home as a party favor.

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