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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
February 17th, 2012 |

Press: Celebrate Magazine

We are thrilled to find our colorful chevron melamine tray featured in the latest Phyllis Hoffman Celebrate magazine!  We are surround by other colorful items for Spring and are so happy to be a part of their issue.  Pick up a copy at your local bookstore – great ideas for Spring entertaining!

February 14th, 2012 |

The Party Dress Turns Three!

Three years ago today I started a new hobby….blogging.  Little did I know it would completely change my life, my career and the way I look at things (especially pretty party things like cupcakes and cute, striped straws!).  I have been blessed with so many amazing opportunities because of this little game changer….and because of all of you, my fabulous readers.

To celebrate, I would like to extend a 20% discount in our shop this week (thru Friday, February 17th).  It’s my way of saying “thank you!”  So pick up that little notebook you have been eyeing, get a jump start on some upcoming party planning, or pre-order your copy of the Spring TPD Magazine.  Enjoy.  And thank you for sticking by me for three whole years.  As the saying goes….the best is yet to come!

Discount Code: TPDisTHREE

(offer not valid on previous purchases, custom designs or party plans)

Oh, and by the way…have you joined our party over on facebook?!  We are only about 75 fans away from hitting the milestone of 10,000 fans.  It’s pretty exciting. Not a fan….come join us! (and don’t forget to tell your friends!)

February 14th, 2012 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Sophia’s Wonderland

One of the many thrills of my job is seeing our creations come into play.  We recently worked with a California mom to create a custom suite of stationery, decorations and custom fabric for her daughter’s “very merry un-birthday tea party.” She wanted the party to be in true Alice in Wonderland-style, with whimsical touches throughout.

We created this custom pattern, incorporating polka dot tea pots, charming tea cups and flowers in a turquoise blue lattice pattern.  I absolutely love how it looked on the invitation, but then when I saw it on the custom fabric used for a table runner….WOW!  It looked stunning!

One large table was dressed with colorful linens, chair covers with sashes, and a whimsical assortment of items making up the centerpiece.

The room was decorated with colorful pom poms, creative signage, and some cute floral arrangements.  My favorite piece of the decor is the large “S” that hung above the fireplace, made out of paper fans.  So unique and festive.The dessert table was absolutely stunning and I am sure received rave reviews from the little girls in attendance.  The polka dot back drop was made from our custom coordinating polka dot fabric, and a felt banner from Taffie Wishes hung across the front.  I love the color-blocked jars of candy (dressed up with candy jar tags), and the darling coordinating desserts: cookies by Allyson Jane, chocolate covered oreos from Sweeties by Kim, and cupcakes from Cupcakes Couture (embellished with fondant toppers by Edible Details).  Striped food tent cards topped off the table, identifying all of the delicious sweets!

The tiered cake was absolutely stunning, as was Sophia’s personal cake!  Don’t you just love those super-tall candles?!

Our coordinating pennant banner hung across the party favor table.  Goodie bags and candy boxes were dressed up with our cute, square stickers.  And to wash down all of those sweets?! Mini bottles of water featuring our striped labels.

Sophia, you and your mother threw a fabulous party, and it was a pleasure to work with you!  You can now view this collection in our shop here.

Photography by Zoom Theory

Vendors Used: Enchanted Tea PartiesCupcakes CoutureEdible DetailsSweeties by KimAllyson Jane Designer DessertsWH HostessTaffie WishesFairytale JubileeGlam Hatter

February 13th, 2012 |

Sweet & Sparkly Cupcakes

Looking for a last minute idea for Valentine’s Day cupcakes?!  I love this idea from Cupcakes Take the Cake…how simple!  Frost your cupcake and roll the tops in loose rock candy.  If you want to get uber-stylish, you can use different shades of pink for a fabulous ombre effect.

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