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March 14th, 2012 |

Spring Flowers with a Twist

Sharnel Dollar always stuns me with her gorgeous parties and sophisticated decor. She certainly did not disappoint with this stunning floral centerpiece she created for the Spring 2012 issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Colorful, full and with a twist of lime, here are Sharnel’s simple instructions for re-creating it at home:

Supplies Needed

Two vases of the same shape, different sizes  |  Full Blooms  |  Scissors  |  Limes, lemons or oranges

Directions

Select two vases that are the same shape, but that can fit inside each other leaving enough room for slices of lemon to sit in between vases. Place the smaller vase inside the larger vase. Slice up limes, lemons or oranges and start placing in between the two vases until you have reach the top of the vases. Fill the smaller vase with water and arrange you favorite blooms.

March 14th, 2012 |

Decorating for St. Patty’s Day

For those of you who love green beer, your favorite holiday is right around the corner , St.Patty’s Day! I am not sure about you but it’s one of my favorites to decorate for, something about the luck of the Irish!
Can’t think of just how to decorate for this Holiday? I’ve done the thinking for you!
  • Start with a Cake: It will be a beautiful centerpiece for dessert. I am Baker has a FABulous recipe for St.Patty’s Day Cake!
  • Wear Green: You don’t want to get pinched so wear green. We love this Zest is More dress by Modcloth – just perfect for this holiday.
  • Decorate the Table: Fill it with simple white flowers with extra greenery – white tulips, baby breathe and Green Smoothe’s from The Alkaline Sisters. {Irish Dinner photo via Sugar & Charm} Shop HomeGoods for inexpensive table decor for the occasion!
Don’t forget to hang a wreath on your door. I especially love this one from Buttons & Bows. Oh, and dance the jig with your sweetheart.
March 13th, 2012 |

St. Patrick’s Day Brunch Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day is a great reason to celebrate during the bleek month of March (we are SO almost to Spring!!).  You can surprise your family with some simple treats made from items you probably have sitting around in your pantry. With St. Patrick’s Day falling on a Saturday this year, it’s the perfect opportunity to create a colorful brunch for your family.

A few of our favorite ideas include:

  • A stack of rainbow-colored pancakes!  Divide up your pancake batter into multiple bowls and use food coloring to get your desired color.
  • Take those pancakes a step further and use a cookie cutter to cut out a shamrock or your child’s initial, mix and match the shapes for a two-tone color block affect.
  • Die that milk green!  (this could make a basic bowl of cereal pretty exciting too!)
  • In the mood for cinnamon rolls?  Sprinkle the top with green and white sprinkles!
How do you like to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day?  Share your ideas here and inspire others! To view more ideas like this, check out the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

March 12th, 2012 |

The Party Dress Magazine, Spring 2012 + Giveaway

The day is FINALLY here.  We’re launching the 5th issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  It’s always a labor of love, and I am SO thrilled with how this issue turned out.  Charynn and I, along with a group of amazing contributors, offer you countless ideas for Spring entertaining, stylized kids birthday parties, baby and bridal showers, gift ideas, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Cinco de Mayo and Mother’s Day.

This issue is my absolute favorite thus far.  It’s bright and colorful, and will hopefully leave you thoroughly excited for Spring.  Although we love working with current trends, the ideas you will find on the 90 pages of this magazine are timeless and will still be in style 5 years from now.  We encourage you to purchase one of the luxe, glossy, printed editions for future reference.  Hurry up….with a limited print run, we will sell out quickly!

When it comes to producing this magazine, the phrase “it takes a village” comes to mind.  In addition to my trusty assistant editor, Charynn and I, we have a wonderful assortment of top party stylists, bloggers, buyers and shop owners that contributed amazing ideas to inspire you.  A huge thank you goes out to: Sharnel Dollar, Lynlee Beckett, Christi Bennett, Kim Stoegbauer, Casi Densmore-Koon, Beth Beattie, Maggie Hemsworth, Wendy Rossiter Estes and Tiffany Grayce Harris, the buyers from The Land of Nod, Jane Carlisle, and Monica Caparosa, as well as all of our wonderful advertisers.

We hope you enjoy the issue!  Read on for details on the giveaway…..

To show our appreciation for everyone’s excitement over the new magazine, we are offering a fabulous giveaway!  Enter to win a set of all 5 TPD Magazines, along with a note from me!  Here’s how to enter:

  • The contest starts today, Monday, March 12th and ends Thursday, March 15th at 11:59pm CST.
  • A winner will be chosen via random.org and will be announced on Friday, March 16th.
  • To enter: Read the current issue of TPD Magazine and leave a comment here on what is your favorite article or idea.
  • For bonus entries, share the magazine on facebook, twitter, pinterest or your blog.
Thanks for playing….GOOD LUCK!

 

March 7th, 2012 |

How to Plan an Easter Birthday Party

A holiday birthday is always a tough project! This year, my son’s birthday falls on Easter weekend, and even though we are celebrating with a big party after the holiday, we are going to have a small family celebration during our Easter festivities. I’m thinking it would be adorable to use pastel blue, yellow, and green…maybe with some gray? Some of these ideas would translate so well into the small party I’m planning!

Images: Easter party display (via Anders Ruff), Bunny cake (by Cake Journal), Easter Egg Cake Pops (by Bakerella), Easter Egg Crafts (via Good Housekeeping), Easter Bunny DIY Bags (by Mr. Printables),
Easter Party Sodas (by Hello My Sweet via Amy Atlas)
March 6th, 2012 |

{Free Download} St. Patrick’s Day Tags

I’m here today to show you a little sneak peek from the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine!  With St. Patrick’s Day next week, it’s time to start making your plans to celebrate.  Cake pops are always a fun treat, for adults and kids alike. Charynn and I partnered up to create a simple baking project, along with some cute, colorful tags, for you to give out to friends or serve at your St. Patty’s Day celebration.

Charynn followed a basic cake pop recipe (our favorite instructions come from Bakerella), dipped them in green chocolate and accessorized them with disco dust. To dress them up, and make them party-ready, she added our rainbow tags.

These colorful tags are available for free download here, and you can use them as cupcake toppers, tags for cake pops, or even gift tags!  Simply print out the page, cut in strips and use a 2″ hole punch to pop them out.

Enjoy!  Make sure to order your copy of The Party Dress magazine here.  It launches next Monday and is chock full of amazing ideas for Easter, Mother’s Day, and Spring Entertaining.

 

March 5th, 2012 |

{Preview} TPD Magazine Spring 2012

As you may know, the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine is launching next Monday! We are SO very excited about it….it’s been hard not to share the drop-dead-gorgeous-parties with you up to this point.  Well, I just can’t keep it all to myself anymore!  So here is a teeny-tiny sneak peek of some of the fabulousness we have in store for you…..

Did we peak your interest? With a who’s-who line-up of contributors (some returning, some new!), this issue is bright, colorful and will instantly get you inspired for Spring.  Remember the mod combination of patterns I showed you here? The bridal shower turned out so beautifully, we scrambled to get the photos done for the magazine just so we can share all of the details with you!

Ideas for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Spring Entertaining, Bridal & Baby Showers, and a feature on Kids Birthday Parties you won’t want to miss.  Gift ideas, DIY projects, centerpiece ideas that will have you running out to the florist in no time, and recipes that will leave you drooling on the pages….this issue has it all!

I hope that wets your whistle until next Monday.  Make sure to order your printed copy here….with this type of inspiration, you will want a copy to hold onto for years to come.

March 2nd, 2012 |

Titanic: A Party by CupcakeMAG

You may recall my little sneak peek and details earlier this month all about our Titanic Soriee!  Inspired by the Titanic – we wanted a modern party and a sprinkle of vintage. Pairing the bright turquoise + pink color combo to the modern mixing vintage feel really inspired the entire party which centered around the invitation from WH Hostess. Well now, we have all the details on just how we made the party come to life!

Paper Pretties: The beautiful banner with the birthday girls name, Food Tends, Stickers, Cupcake Toppers, and all the paper pretties were custom designed by the lovely Kelly. How amazing did she do? Seriously, the invite is still framed in my 9 year old’s room! 

Sweets Table: Filled with beautiful custom cake pops from Jens Pop Shoppe, Custom red-velvet cupcakes {just for us} from Georgetown Cupcake, and mouth-water Edward Marc Gourmet Assorted ChocolatesThe beautiful light pink and turquoise macaroons {Crazy About Macarons} gave us that little touch of oh-so-chic vintage, just so pretty on the Grace & Gumption stand.  The Heart of the Ocean cookies were a huge hit from Firefly Confections as we reminise on that beautiful necklace from the hit movie. And oh my gosh, can we say perfection? Her vintage lace flower cookies were just to-die-for. We seriously wanted to frame the cookies and hang them on the wall. Almost too pretty to eat as they sat nicely on a Magnolia Creative Co. platter. The cupcake stand in a bold turquoise perfectly matched the well-dressed cupcakes! We topped them off with cupcake toppers and pom pom toppers  along with cupcake wrappers custom designed by Pinwhirls. Best dressed cupcakes! Tiny Giraffe blocks spelling out the birthday girl’s name really topped it off! 
Each guest sat down to their WH Hostess placecard being held with a simple holder from Homes and Weddings. We mixed paper plate pretties with vintage plates and teacups along with a JuliskaGoblet – all on top of adorable Anchor Place mats.The tables wouldn’t be complete without the Anchor Place mats from The Fortunate Home and cocktail napkins. It was great that we were able to customize them with our theme! Polka Dot Market also had the perfect striped pendents which we placed into chocolates for easy picking and polka dot plates. Magnolia Creative Co. hand-painted the beautiful square platters that were perfect for pretty cookies and chocolates. To tie in the elegance of the Titanic, we used Juliska goblets, stacking bowls and a charge. We placed rustic LOVE candle holders throughout with silver trays along with an assortment of milk glass vases and vintage Etsy find like the Trinket Box – so beautiful & perfect for this theme. Make sure you shop the shoot below for all the details on how to get the look! 

Favors: Centered around a LOVE burlap banner, each guest received lots of goodies! We printed a ticket to the event as each guest arrived. They were wrapped in lace will a full-size candy bar. We picked up small vintage frames from Michael’s and framed the titanic ship stickers designed by Kelly — that way each guest took a little memory home after the special day! Monogram cookies from Fun Favors were given to guest as they left along with Edward Marc Ice Cream Pop chocolates. 

Tips for a Titanic Theme Party!


Lace: We placed lace throughout the party. Across the plates, around the favors, tied around the chairs – this gave it that touch of vintage sparkle. 

Old is New: I shopped my house and my grandmothers too! It was a great way to make vintage pieces new again with Milk Glass vases, vintage plates, tea cupcakes and more. You won’t believe what is right in front of you! Just because it’s a party doesn’t mean you have to shop at just the party store! Be creative. 

Formal Attire: We asked guests to dress in their Sunday’s best! They had a dance off as the Titanic soundtrack played in the background, along with a fashion show! We had 3 judges who choose the best dressed at the party. Winners received $10 gift cards to Target. It was so fun to see everyone dressed up! We had lots of fascinators for guest to wear and really get into character. 

Mason Jars: We rolled mason jars in glue and glitter! They made the perfect place for Pinwhirls custom-designed pinwheels and looked great on the table! 

 

 

 

 

 

February 27th, 2012 |

Sweet Charlottes

I spent the weekend home sick with the flu.  It’s been awhile since something has been able to knock me off my feet for this long….but boy, this one sure did!  I’m still recovering and not back to my typically speed, but I’m sure we’ll be back operating as usual soon.

Since I had so much down time this weekend, I spent a lot of time looking for inspiring ideas on Pinterest.  Do you pin?  Follow our boards here.

I came across this darling spring dessert idea from Annie’s Eats, and had to share it with you.  I have always wanted to do something with Charlotte cookies….and I think this is it!  I am definitely going to try this berry basket for a Spring party!

February 21st, 2012 |

Pulling Party Inspiration from Anywhere!

You might recall my love for Kelly’s Ikat Invites here. But, I just can’t get them off my mind! And mainly, because pink + orange Ikat pretties are popping up all over the radar!

I have the perfect way to  find inspiration for your next party. Take a look inside your closet, jewelry box or hey – even inside your home! Oh yes, a beautiful duvet can inspire!
Don’t be afraid to single this pattern out. Feel free to throw in some florals, polka dots, suzani pattern, chevron and another love of mine – greek key.
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Perk up your average party theme by thinking out of the box. Ikat is definitely one of the HOT patterns for Summer so take on the trend, in style.
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Images: Pink Orange Ikat Invites | Annette Tatum Ikat Bedding | Lucky Brand Enamel Bracelet | Annette Tatum Paint | Pink Ikat Chairs via Pinterest | Mixing Prints via Pinterest | Rug | Ikat Print Dress from Express |Chevron Notebook from The Spotted Olive
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