November 25th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Gift Wrapping with Fabric

The holiday shopping season officially begins today!  Have you started your shopping yet?!  To help you creatively package your holiday finds, Vana Chupp from Le Papier Studio came up with some great ideas for gift wrapping with fabric for the latest issue of TPD Magazine.  Here are some ideas from Vana….

Gift wrapping is something I enjoy doing especially when using my favorite papers and fabrics. You can get as creative as you like when it comes to gift wrapping. I am sure you already have a few creative ideas to call your own that were learned along the way or even passed down to you from previous generations. I love using a favorite handmade stamp to personalize my wrapping paper. Repurposed paper works great as it adds character to presents. My all time favorite is fabric gift wrapping, also known as furoshiki.

This eco-friendly way of wrapping gifts is great because you can give recycled, re-purposed fabrics a whole new and brilliant use.

Make sure you pick the items to be wrapped before cutting the fabric. The fabric has to be just the right size to create a perfect looking present. I like to mix various fabrics, decorative papers and twine or ribbon to create a layered look. Go for coordinating colors and designs – it will set the tone for a sophisticated packaging for your gifts.  Once wrapped add trimmings and gift tags to your presents for a more personal touch.

Materials used:
Letterpress Gift Tags
Holiday Fabric

 

November 21st, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Mix and Mingle

I’m a sucker for a crisp black and white color palette, especially when accessorized with a pop of green and a touch of sparkle.  When it came time to develop a new holiday party theme, I immediately drew inspiration from my Kate Spade china and her crisp, and preppy design aesthetic.  An untraditional pairing for the holidays, our bold stripes and festive berry pattern make a stunning combination and are perfect for a cocktail or dinner party.

Designed around a party collection from WH Hostess, we set our table using a bold, green tablecloth. Black charger plates, our striped Kate Spade china, napkins made from our custom berry patterned fabric, and black-stemmed wine goblets are accessorized with striped paper goods – placecards and menu cards. Black urns ran down the center of the table holding floral pomander balls made of white carnations, very much resembling snowballs! Glass cloches held silver ornaments, and crystal compotes held glittering black beads and pearls.

When serving a fashionable crowd dessert, it is an absolute must to present it in a stunning manner. A dessert table that is crisp and festive is just the ticket! Carry over the color palette and patterns from your table- setting and paper goods, and have desserts made to coordinate. We suggest working closely with your sweets vendors to create designs that will compliment one another. Our table was set in a green tablecloth, and featured a tonal white patterned fabric backdrop. Silver, fluted-edge cake stands and a three-tier stand looked stunning paired with glass apothecary jars.

One of our FAVORITE desserts, were the striped mini cakes made out of fondant by Two Sugar Babies!

Desserts included a variety of bite size sweets so guests could try a few, and could also mix and mingle while enjoying them. Cupcakes were accessorized with coordinating cupcake toppers, Allyson Jane made bold-patterned cookies that matched our paper goods perfectly. Cake pops by Flour & Iced featured our black and white berry pattern with just a touch of green, and mini meringues melted in your mouth. Color-coordinated candy was placed in the apothecary jars, and each was embellished with a sweet candy jar tag. (our favorite were the “pearls”) The candy jar tags and food tent cards helped tie together the theme and made the table look very stylish!

A green cone-shaped tree sat atop a black urn (also seen on the dinner tablesetting). We added pearls into the center of each rosette on the tree for a touch of preppy elegance, and desserts were served on our black and white polka dot, Kate Spade tibit plates.

Guests were sent home with a small black box filled with cookies and sealed with a striped sticker.

November 17th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Unlock the Spirit of the Holidays

Jessica Kirkland of Pen ‘n Paperflowers put together a stunning winter white dessert table for the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  It’s warm and fuzzy, with vintage touches all over….jam-packed full of inspiration that you can use all winter long.  Here are more of the details from Jessica…

Drawing inspiration from a blog entry I posted almost two years ago, I wanted to create a dessert table filled with an organic holiday warmth. Knowing the holidays tend to feel a bit chaotic, I wanted to convey a sense of a seasonal sanct- uary among all of the holiday hustle and bustle. It takes a concerted effort to actually reach that place of refuge we all long for during the preparations, celebrations and ultimat- ely the exacerbations of the holiday season. Therefore, I wanted to include a subtle reminder that if we are to reach that place refuge, we must be intentional in “unlocking” the spirit of the season; thus giving life to the theme “Unlock the Spirit of the Holidays”.

I decided on a French-Vintage theme using a tone-on-tone color palette of creamy whites, a little bit of burlap, tea- stained paper doilies, lace and yarn. The mix of textures was perfect for pulling off the sense of tranquility I was hoping for.

The vintage design elements used throughout the details were to illustrate the memories often stirred as we gather together with friends and family. Ornate keys were used as accent pieces on the dessert table in various forms, symbolic of “unlocking” the Spirit of the Holidays.

Some of my favorite design pieces came from the beautiful Etsy shoppe, Cloth & Patina. The vintage skeleton key place card holders, repurposed glass vintage bottles adorned with french vintage labels, small burlap favor bags and the unique repurposed funnel centerpiece were absolutely gorgeous and added an extra touch to make the entire table unique and beautiful. The stunning custom designed sugar cookies and matching petit fours created by Bee’s Knees Creative were exactly what I had envisioned for tone-on-tone confections. Not only were they charming, they were absolutely delicious.

Knowing I wanted The Pastry Pedestal™ to take center stage in order to showcase the various petite pastries that can be displayed on them, as well as debuting the brand-new Platform, I decided to use three different desserts. Using the petit fours from Bee’s Knees Creative, homemade mini and regular sized cupcakes topped with a cream cheese frosting. For the final touch on the cupcakes, I added a single mini white chocolate key I made from a candy mold. I love that The Pastry Pedestal can be customized or personalized for any event. For this occasion, I wrapped some of the rounds of The Pastry Pedestal™ with beaded ivory trim and others with a ribbon-like fabric. I also wrapped the rods with vintage shredded paper, thereby allowing the lucite rods to blend beautifully with the vintage-vibe of the table.

Fresh rosemary cuttings from a neighbor, were the finishing touch to the kraft paper wrapped gift boxes used as focal and accent pieces. I felt a real sense of peace and calm looking at how beautifully everything came together. I hope to carry this feeling throughout my home beyond the holidays and into the every day life.

 

November 16th, 2011 |

Elf on the Shelf Calendar

Does your family have a beloved “Elf on the Shelf“?  While designing the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine, my assistant editor, Charynn and I came up with the idea of creating a calendar of ideas of places to hide your elf.  Cute, creative, amusing (to both adults and kids) places to put your elf for your kids to find every day.  We had SO.MUCH.FUN coming up with these ideas and hope that you will all get a kick out of them.

The calendar is below (if you click on the picture, it will take you directly to the free download) – please print it off, share it with friends and let us know if you try out any of these ideas!!  Enjoy!

 

November 16th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Elf Party

When designing a new collection of party goods, I always try to think thru designs so that they can inspire other elements for the party.  Decorations, desserts – patterns that can be carried throughout the event from start to finish.  Our brand new Elf Collection debuted in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine, and judging from the response, I would say our darling little elf will be making the rounds among LOTS kid’s holiday parties this season!

Designed to be oh, so classic with a crisp red, white and green color palette, snowflakes and our darling elf, this collection features all of the items needed to throw the perfect party.

When it came to decorations, we focused on red and white and saved the green for accents.  A touch of sparkle here, a crisp ribbon there.  Paper lanterns were decorated with ric rac and buttons (this is something you could do for any type of party!), and oversized swirl lollipops served as centerpieces.

When it came to desserts, I compiled a team of some of the most talented bakers I know.  I gave them each a copy of our collection designs and couldn’t wait to see what they came up with.  These darling fondant elves were made by Two Sugar Babies, and completely dressed up store-bought cupcakes!

Cake pops from Flour & Iced were decorated with red, white and green sprinkles (the little ball shape of sprinkles mimics the polka dot pattern in the paper goods). Allyson Jane made elf cookies by using an upside down ice cream cone cookie cutter! The Marshmallow Studio created these darling elf pops, and we styled them in a cute polka dot pitcher, which could also serve as a table centerpiece!

One of our favorite dessert ideas was to serve ice cream in tiny striped mugs, with a “dressed-up” cupcake topper in them.  Jars of candy were dressed up with striped ribbon and a coordinating candy jar tag (I love the little snowflake on them!).  Kids LOVE bringing sweets home as a party favor, too.  We got creative while filling the tubs of candy by striping the colors to mimic the collection patterns, and our cute little elf made one last appearance on the gift tag tied to it.

November 8th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Pumpkin Moss Centerpiece

This moss and pumpkin centerpiece is so easy to make, and adds a great pop to your fall or Thanksgiving tablesetting.  As featured in the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine, it requires minimal supplies and a few easy steps:

Step 1:

Gather your supplies: vase, styrofoam ball, moss, wood skewers, mini pumpkins, glue gun & glue sticks

Step 2:

Place the styrofoam ball atop the vase, and insert skewers into the bottom of the pumpkins.

Step 3:

Insert the skewered pumpkins into the styrofoam ball.

Step 4:

Once all of the pumpkins are in place, start gluing on your moss in between them.

Step 5:

Continue to cover the empty space with moss, so it is nice and full.

Step 6:

Once you have covered your ball completely with moss, clean up any loose pieces.

November 8th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Thanksgiving Dinner Party

November is a lovely time to entertain family and friends. Whether you are hosting an actual Thanksgiving dinner or not, take it upon yourself to set a gorgeous table, cook a delicious meal, and treat the special people in your life to a great evening. This tablescape was featured in the latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine (the holiday issue!).

To switch things up a bit from my usual, rustic Fall decor and tablesettings, I decided to set this table using a sophisticated neutral color scheme of ivory, pewter grey and accents of moss green. A bead-chain fabric table cloth, crisp white napkins, a pewter grey charger and basic white dishes set the base for our tablesetting. A placecard embellished with ribbon sat atop a ramiken ready to hold veggies. To add demension to the table, I added white pumpkins, votive candles and our moss and pumpkin centerpiece (in a grey wood grain vase).  Stay tuned for the DIY centerpiece instructions later this afternoon!

November 7th, 2011 |

The Party Dress Magazine – Holiday

It is with GREAT excitement that we launch the first Holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine!  110+ pages full of ideas for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Years and winter entertaining.  Recipes, gift ideas, fabulous decor and even a free downloadable printable or two, this magazine will have you bookmarking ideas left and right!

I hope you all enjoy this issue….and please, pass it on to your friends!  You can purchase a luxe, glossy copy of the magazine in the shop.

This issue was made possible by the amazingly talented group of contributors we partnered with.  My assistant editor, Charyn Olsheski of Two Sugar Babies, Maggie Hemsworth of Delish Catering Chicago, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio, Christi Bennett of P is for Party, Beth Beattie, Jill Thomas of Modern Cupcake, Laura Winslow, Chris Nease of Celebrations at Home, Rebecca Propes and Shannon Helliker of Fresh Chick Design Studio, Maureen Anders and Adria Ruff of AndersRuff, Kim Stoegbauer of The TomKat Studio, Stefanie Richter of Anna & Blue Paperie, Jessica Kirkland of Pen ‘n Paperflowers, Melisa Fluhr and Pam Ginocchio of Project Nursery, Allyson Harvey of Allyson Jane Designer Desserts, Jessica Wilcox of Modern Moments, Laura Grim and Lindsey Ter Har of Double Take Event Styling, and Leanne Ambrogio of Sweet Style by Mrs. A in the Cove.

 

November 4th, 2011 |

Fall Wine & Cheese Party

Wine & cheese is a staple (and favorite) night in our house!  But it’s also a simple way to throw a party.  You don’t need to mess around with an entire meal or tablesetting – just put together one fabulous plate (I prefer my wine barrel lazy susan) and dress it up with some “accessories” such as nuts, and fruit.  This time of year, you can play into the “wine” colors with flowers, or a bowl full of fruit to place on your table.

Thinking of throwing your own party?  Style at Home as a great feature on creating a high/low wine and cheese party…check it out here.

October 17th, 2011 |

Halloween Sock Monkey Party

I came across this darling Halloween party for kids on Better Homes and Gardens, and I just had to share it with you.  As you all know, I have a soft spot for monkeys (my god-daughter is obsessed with them, and it’s also one of our best selling party collections!).  This sock-monkey twist on your traditional Halloween party is so cute….I love the colors, the patterns and there are some great activity ideas that you could re-create for any party!

Some of the activities include a candy corn relay race, and a matching card game.  Totally cute for kids!  Whoopie pies are dressed up with monkey faces, and check out these cute pumpkin straws!  Check out the feature on bhg.com for all of the darling details.

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