May 8th, 2013 |

BOXWOOD & ROSE CENTERPIECE

boxwood and rose centerpiece

My pink Mother’s Day tablesetting from the Spring 2103 issue of The Party Dress Magazine included this darling boxwood and rose centerpiece project that was so simple to create, I just had to share it with you.

You can create this using silk or real flowers.  The supplies are simple: a footed vessel, a boxwood ball (sized [...]

May 6th, 2013 |

MOTHER’S DAY PINK TABLESETTING

straws

Mother’s Day coming up this weekend. What type of celebration are you planning?  In the Spring issue of The Party Dress Magazine, I gave my simple ideas for hosting a gorgeous pink & green luncheon – complete with ideas for the tablesetting, DIY centerpiece, and even a delicious dessert!  Join me all this week as I [...]

April 23rd, 2013 |

DAPPER DERBY | KIDS TABLESETTING

preppy derby party kids table setting with custom fabric from wh hostess

Cameron’s Dapper Derby 1st Birthday party was so much fun to design, it truly has me itching to plan a Derby party of my own!  If you are hosting one where kiddos will be in attendance, here are some darling ideas on how to set a theme appropriate table, just for them.

Mini versions of white Chivari [...]

April 8th, 2013 |

SPRING LUNCHEON with THE LADIES

ladies luncheon party with blue and white china and monogram linens

Living in Chicago, I’m used to LONG winters. So when the first signs of Spring arrive, I’m dying to celebrate! When we moved into our home {almost} 4 years ago, we had some serious updating to do on the sunroom attached to the back of our house. I had a vision for the space – clean, [...]

April 1st, 2013 |

PREPPY BLUE + GREEN DESSERT TABLE | FIRST COMMUNION

blue and green preppy dessert table for first communion

I designed and styled it for my best friend’s two children’s first communion (they are 11 months apart, and in the same grade). A fresh color palette of blue, green and white with accents in navy blue, I combined a geometric greek key pattern with a bold floral pattern to appeal to both the girls and boys! I hope this table will inspire you with ideas on how to incorporate religious details into a dessert table, without that being the “theme”, and serve as inspiration for baptisms, first communions and more. [...]

March 20th, 2013 |

CREATIVE EASTER EGG CENTERPIECE

easter egg centerpiece

By the time Easter rolls around each year, I’m looking for unique ways to decorate my home and table with color. This year, I decided I wanted to come up with a unique way of displaying my Easter eggs, and this centerpiece is just the ticket! I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I have a surplus of cake stands around my house (hence my product line, Cake Plate Clings). I gathered up a few to play with, including a new bunny cake stand from Pottery Barn, and came up with this project. [...]

February 1st, 2013 |

MOD BOXWOOD DINNER PARTY | DECOR

boxwood dinner party elements

I often get asked where I find inspiration for party ideas.  Like, daily.  Truth is, there is no rhyme or reason as to what inspires me.  It could be a book, a gorgeous party dress, or a color palette.  Today, it’s this picture of a fresh, updated interior.  I absolutely LOVE the clean lines, the black, [...]

December 28th, 2012 |

Kelly’s Christmas Eve Tablesetting

tablesetting horizontal

Good Morning, Everyone!  Although we are still technically on a little holiday break, I wanted to pop in to say hello and show you all a peek into my Christmas Eve party.  We hosted my extended family of thirteen for dinner and as always, I had fun setting the table!

My Kate Spade china gets used less [...]

December 5th, 2012 |

Christmas Cocktails & Desserts

invitation wreath horizontal

When it came to designing a Christmas party for the holiday issue of The Party Dress magazine, I decided that I wanted to put a chic, girly spin to it with a festive color palette of pink, red and green.  I also wanted to provide you with ideas that could be used for either an adult [...]

November 19th, 2012 |

Thanksgiving Table

horizontal tablesetting

Can you believe Thanksgiving is in a few short days?  Although my parents host Thanksgiving dinner, I always help set a beautiful table. We tend to go more sophisticated and glam for the tablesetting (for 15!), so when it comes to my November dinner parties I tend to lean more towards the rustic, Fall look.

I recently [...]

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