September 6th, 2012 |

Inspiration: Apple Picking Party

Apple picking has been one of my favorite activities from the time I was a young child.  Now is the PERFECT time to gather up friends and family to meet at an apple orchard and surprise them with a few {sweet} treats.

Images: apple barrels (poshphotographyonline.com)  |   apple m&m cups (bloomdesignsonline.blogspot.com)  |  apple dessert table (party-wagon.com) [...]

August 22nd, 2012 |

Cookbook Line-Up

In my typical morning browse of blogs and pinterest, I came across a fabulous post from one of my favorite bloggers, Bakerella.  (remember when I got to meet her?) Posted back in May (clearly I am behind on my blog reading), she listed out a fabulous line-up of baking/dessert-related cookbooks.  MANY of these sit on my [...]

July 23rd, 2012 |

Flower Market Birthday

The pages of our summer issue of The Party Dress Magazine were colorful and cheerful – large in part due to this sweet Flower Market birthday party by Leoni Jena, of Just Call Me Martha.  There are so many sweet details that I hope will inspire you for summer gatherings.  Read on for details from Leoni…..

“From [...]

July 16th, 2012 |

Summer S’Mores

S’mores are a beloved treat in my household….especially during the summer!  I came up with a few new ways to incorporate everyone’s favorite summer treat for the summer issue of The Party Dress Magazine, including party-ready ideas for setting up an outdoor S’mores Bar.

S’Mores Bar Tips:

Use marshmallows as part of your decor!  Fill bowls, [...]

July 13th, 2012 |

Snow Cone Cupcakes

Love the idea of serving up color-coordinated snow cones at your summer party, but worried about the icy mess?  Melissa Johnson of Best Friends for Frosting has you covered with her “snow cone” cupcakes.  Simple to assemble, perfectly “summer” and can still be color coordinated to any party theme….this is going to be your new, go-to [...]

July 3rd, 2012 |

Star-Spangled Cake

Making this impressive and patriotic dessert for your 4th of july festivities isn’t as hard as it looks. This cake is even great for a last minute picnic!

You need 2 white cake mixes, a batch of your favorite white icing (this is my favorite one online–http://www.grouprecipes.com/92114/italian-buttercream-from-the-culinary-institute-of-america.html), and some red and blue food coloring (I used super [...]

July 2nd, 2012 |

Ships Ahoy! Nautical Baby Shower

One of my favorite summer themes is a classic, navy & white, nautical party.  Crisp, classic and can be interrupted so many different ways.  We updated our nautical collection with a preppy modern chain link pattern and a bold anchor, added a touch of yellow and it quickly became one of our best sellers….perfect for a baby shower, [...]

June 19th, 2012 |

Watermelon Pops

Looking for a refreshing snack or dessert for the {HOT} 4th of July weekend?  Give my watermelon pops a try!  They are so simple to create, and you could do countless variations on this idea.  All you need is a cookie cutter, fruit and straws. Melon and pineapple would both work incredibly well.

Simply slice your fruit [...]

June 7th, 2012 |

Tori’s Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Tori Spelling’s new book, celebraTORI, shares tons of tips for entertaining.  One of our favorite ideas are her ice cream cone cupcakes!  We were thrilled to have Tori share them in the summer 2012 issue of The Party Dress Magazine, and are so excited to share them with you here today:

STEP 1:

crumble a cake in a [...]

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