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April 30th, 2012 |

Cinco De Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo coming up this weekend, we’re here to inspire you with party ideas from our WH Hostess intern + blog contributor, Jane.  Cute and colorful, there are details that could be re-created whether you are hosting a party of 2 or 20!  Read on for details from Janie:

“The spring gives us many excuses to get together with our friends and celebrate. We have designed a modern “desserts and cocktails” Cinco De Mayo (The Fifth of May) party theme to highlight this colorful and vibrant holiday celebrated in the United States as a way to honor Mexican-American heritage and history.

We have taken some of the traditional treats of Cinco De Mayo, and placed a preppy twist with these fabulous party décor ideas. The brilliant colors of hot pink, bright orange, yellow and lime green bring a burst of color and festive zest to the dessert table. This design would also be perfect for a luau party, beach bash or a summer bridal shower.

The adorable centerpiece consists of a DIY umbrella wreath around a darling punch bowl filled with yummy strawberry margarita. The wreath adds a festive twist to the punch bowl, and it’s super easy to make! Simply take a Styrofoam circular wreath form, and place brightly colored miniature parasols around the top and outside edges.

The backdrop brings a modern touch to the table. Simple paper fans in white are paired with brightly colored ones, and were embellished with fluffy pom-poms in the center for a darling, updated Cinco De Mayo party decoration. Cinnamon sugars Churros are a traditional dessert from Mexico as well as during Cinco De Mayo. We have taken the classic dish and drizzled them with chocolate and bright sprinkles to add even more color to the table! The pyramid of assorted sorbets in lime, raspberry and citrus inside miniature cocktail shooters make the perfect treat to pair with the strawberry margaritas!

¡Feliz Cinco De Mayo Amigos!”

April 25th, 2012 |

{Giveaway} Amy Atlas’ Sweet Designs

I am sure you all have heard the news! Sweet Designs, by Amy Atlas finally hit bookstores yesterday! And guess what, it’s #1 on Amazon under the Crafts, Hobbies and Home and has spent 44 days in the top 100 and it JUST came out. Go Amy!  Also exciting?!  We’re giving away a SIGNED COPY.  Today.  Here.

If you aren’t familiar with the lovely Amy Atlas, she is the well known party planner extraordinaire {we are so happy she left her day job as a lawyer!} and shows readers how to create fabulous sweet tables for not just adults but kids too! She combines easy DIY craft ideas, store bought treats and easy recipes to make the perfect desert table for any gathering. She is just brilliant and a one-of-kind sweets stylist.
When I received the gallery copy a few months back, I was immediately in love with every page. Since I received my final copy a few days ago from her publisher, I’ve already flipped through it 15 times and it has a permanent spot on my coffee table. Sweet Designs is one gorgeous book and oh-my-word, you must buy it now. From the mouth watering recipes to my serious love for Chapter 1…ah, Forever Chanel {you had us at Diamonds & Pearls} and Candy Couture. Oh, and let’s not forget the crafts! My mind is still lingering over the Pleated Pedestal Skirts that are just, to.die.for. Just take my word – you will be in love with Sweet Designs and the jam packed inspiration it holds.
Since 2008, her hundreds of thousands of fans and readers have flocked to her award-wining blog, Sweet Designs. We are just ecstatic she put her ideas into a book and shared it with the world. Lucky for you, we am giving away a signed copy of Sweet Designs to one lucky reader to celebrate this beautiful book!


To enter, please leave a comment here about sweets!  What you love, what you want to learn from the book, what you love about Amy….we are looking for sweet comments to celebrate the launch.  Only one entry per reader, please.  Giveaway starts today, Wednesday, April 25th and goes thru Sunday, April 29th at midnight CST.  Giveaway winner will be announced on Monday.  Good luck and thanks to Amy and her team for giving our readers this opportunity!
April 24th, 2012 |

Mother’s Day Gift: Me Time

I’m back today with  another idea for a Mother’s Day gift!  (although, I actually think ANY girl would love to receive this. It could make a darling birthday gift for a good friend, too!)

If you are looking for a gift to celebrate Mom, give her (your mom, sister or best friend) something I guarantee she doesn’t have enough of: “Me Time”. You know, that magical hour where she can curl up with a great book, that stack of magazines she has been accumulating, and (if you are like me) a fabulous chocolate bar….without the dog barking, kids screaming, or the e-mail beeping away on her phone.

We loved the idea of creating a tidy, little package of Mom’s favorite reads.  This one in particular was geared towards the foodie mom: cooking magazines, a fabulous book, and a special chocolate treat.  All tied up with a pretty pink bow and it makes a darling gift!

April 23rd, 2012 |

The Resurgence of the Candelabra

I’m a sucker for a gorgeous tablesetting….we all know this!  But lately I have found myself totally in love with the addition of glass or crystal candelabras.  Popular years ago, featured on opulent tables, or as accessories in formal homes.  For some reason, the candelabra somewhat disappeared in recent years.

I think it’s time for a comeback.  You?!

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April 19th, 2012 |

Tory Burch Inspired Spring Party

Let the Spring 2012 runway looks inspire your next party. Today I am showcasing the second of the two themes that were featured in the Spring 2012 issue of The Party Dress Magazine.

Take your favorite Spring collection and let it inspire! This Tory Burch ensemble shows the joy of mixing patterns done perfectly. Hot pink, florals, stripes and polka dots; and lets not forget feminine touches like soft ruffles and simple bows you could add it too!

{The Details}

Say goodbye to matching twinset cardigans. For Spring, it’s all about mixing it up. Don’t be scared now – polka dots with florals in contrasting colors {texture too!} is just what’s in the forecast. Not just in your closet, but on your table too – it’s the “it” thing to do! A splash of color is just what’s in season for a black & white palette that is classy & so very chic. See just how you can get the look when entertaining:

{Get the Look}

Black & White Striped Plates (Mikasa)  | Hand Painted Cupcake Plate (Whimsy Shop on Etsy) | Houndstooth Napkin Rings (House of Peltier) | Celebrate Banner (Butterfly Above) | Custom Vanilla Cupcakes (Georgetown Cupcakes) | Hot Pink & Dandelion Placemats (Too Cute Custom Crafts) | Cherry Blossom Cake Stand (E.Isabella Designs) | Polka Dot Stiletto Dessert Plate (Norma Linda Studios) | Square Polka Dot Platter (Owl Creek Ceremaics) | Colette Clear Footed Goblet (Juliska) | Soleil Stripe Fabric (Waverly)

Photography by Kim Flores of Whimsy Baby Photography

April 18th, 2012 |

Be Inspired: Iris Centerpiece

Iris Centerpiece

Sharnel Dollar inspired us with two amazing centerpiece ideas in the last issue of TPD Magazine to celebrate Spring.  Today we are featuring her tips for re-creating this luscious, white iris centerpiece.  I think this would be perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration, don’t you?


Your favorite spring bloom en mass  |  Long rectangular vessel  |  Florist foam  |  Scissors  |  Sharp knife

Directions & Tips

Cut the floral foam to fit inside your planter or vase. Trim stems and arrange in florist foam. The longer stems in the center of the planter then work your way to the outer edges by shortening the length of the stems.

Once you are happy with your arrangement, give it a good water and place on your entry table for all to enjoy.

April 17th, 2012 |

Mother’s Day Gift: For the Gardener

In order to inspire you to get creative with your Mother’s Day gifts this year, we have five unique ideas that will appeal to each of the different personalities in your life. We’ll be showcasing all of these ideas in the next couple of weeks.

First up is this gorgeous basket for the Mom that loves to garden.  We used a fabulous, green vine basket from Pottery Barn to contain our gardening goodies. Items included a gardening magazine, seed packets, tools, gloves, a mister and a lovely hydrangea plant.

April 16th, 2012 |

Personalized Mother’s Day Gifts

Today’s featured party by Beth Beattie has us in the mood for Mother’s Day!  If you are on our newsletter subscriber list, you received a colorful e-mail from us this morning showcasing the lovely, personalized goodies we have on our Mother’s Day gift list this year.

Known for our festive party collections, WH Hostess has expanded into a full collection of stationery, notepads, calling cards (or mommy cards!), and even some gift items such as cell phone cases, paper coasters, melamine plates and trays. The best part is….they are all so reasonably priced and you can personalize them to your heart’s content.  Which means, you can shop for your mom, your sister and your best friend! These perks truly add up to the perfect gift!

Check out our fabulous new items and remember to get your orders in early for shipping in time for Mother’s Day!

April 16th, 2012 |

Mother’s Day Manicures & Mimosas

Mother’s Day is quickly approaching and I don’t know about you, but my family is always looking for new ways to celebrate Mom.  We’ve done the festive brunch, the preppy bbq, and the traditional family dinner.  I was thrilled when our magazine contributor, Beth Beattie, came up with this oh, so fashionable Manicures & Mimosas party for the spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  Having spent my former life in the fashion industry (I was a clothing buyer, for those that may not know), this luncheon appeals to me on so many different levels!  Read on for details from Beth…..

“The runway to table design concept was inspired by Diane von Furstenberg’s Spring/Summer ‘12 Collection. Known for her prints and bold use of color, we focused on interjecting the graphic and floral patterns represented in the collection throughout the overall design of the table. The “Manicures & Mimosas for Moms,” hosted by Beth Beattie of Beth Beattie Branding, PR and Events and Katherine Lande, Fashion Editor and Stylist of KL Style, Inc. was held at Muses & Visionaries. Muses & Visionaries, a modern salon for women to dream, inspire, support and create, is a unique space intended to nurture fresh ideas, foster connections and act as a catalyst for both independent and collaborative work.

The tablescape incorporated bursts of bright colors, including the vivid poppy centerpieces by VM Flowers, orange glasses from Bloomingdale’s and a personal collection of fashion books. The plates and chargers were from Diane von Furstenberg’s Home Collection at Bloomingdale’s, the modern floral twist placemats were from Didriks. The black and white graphic napkins from Target were inspired from fabric patterns shown on the runway.

The placecards were different runway looks from the collection and we put them in acrylic frames with each guest’s name signed in gold. The silverware was dipped in a custom purple from Plasti Dip’s Create Your Color Kit.

Guests enjoyed sweet treats of macarons and mini cupcakes from The Sugar Monkey and POP Champagne splits and mimosas. Guests received nail polishes from Sephora and Diane perfume from Bloomingdale’s to take home with them.”

Photography by Lena Hyde Photography

April 9th, 2012 |


Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a fabulous holiday weekend with your friends and families.  We enjoyed a relaxing weekend with lots of baking, cooking, Easter mass and a big family brunch.  Good food, good company….a lovely time was had by all.

Now that Easter is over and there isn’t another “holiday” for quite some time, I will be wandering around my house looking for ways to freshen it up for Spring.  Tulips are my go-to.  They are readily available at grocery stores and florists, and you can pull together a simple, yet stunning arrangement in no time flat, fairly inexpensively!

Here is one of my new favorite ideas for creating a table centerpiece with tulips….can’t you picture this in shades of pink?!  You could create a fabulous ombre effect with the linear, bunches of flowers.

Images: bike with tulips (, tulip centerpiece (

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