October 29th, 2012 |

WH Hostess Holiday Collection

cluster of holiday goods on tray

We are SO excited to officially launch our 2012 Holiday Collection for WH Hostess!  An amazing collection of products to help you send your warmest wishes this holiday season, stylized like never before.  Our unique assortment of modern preppy patterns is offered in gorgeous color combinations, offering a modern take on red and green, [...]

October 15th, 2012 |

Introducing….CAKE PLATE CLINGS

cake plate clings by wh hostess - preppy patterns

The entertaining industry has pretty much occupied my mind for the last 3 years. Definitely before, but especially since I started The Party Dress blog in 2009.  I have always a fan of pretty things (I started collecting pieces of china as a teenager), and always the one to throw up my hand to host a [...]

September 6th, 2012 |

Hostess Gifts for Apple Season

Apple Season is upon us and it’s time to celebrate in a BIG way!  The latest issue of The Party Dress Magazine has countless ideas for incorporating nature’s bounty into your seasonal celebrations, decor and recipes.  Today, we’re sharing two ideas for incorporating apples into hostess gifts.  Attending a party this weekend?!  This post is for [...]

June 7th, 2012 |

Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook

I have a lot of books.  Cookbooks, party books, fashion books…..cocktail books.  But none of them are quite as cute (or colorful, I might add) as my new Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook.  Useful and charming in that preppy yet mod style that I adore so much, and the perfect size to keep handy in the bar [...]

November 26th, 2011 |

Fabric-Wrapped Wine

To continue with the fabric gift wrapping from yesterday, I thought I would share one of my favorite hostess gift ideas from the holiday issue of The Party Dress Magazine.  A bottle of wine is always my stand-by hostess gift, whether heading to a friend’s home for dinner, or attending a large holiday party.  Dress it [...]

November 1st, 2011 |

Introducing….Holiday 2011!!

It is with GREAT excitement that I launch the 2011 Holiday Collection from WH Hostess!  This collection is so festive, so colorful and so…US!  Bold chevrons, colorful clover patterns, a modern ikat and classic holiday patterns adorn holiday photo cards, party goods and gifts.  If you are one of our newsletter subscribers, you received a little [...]

September 28th, 2011 |

TPD Magazine: Fall Hostess Gifts

I must get 5 e-mails a week of readers asking for unique hostess gift ideas.  It’s the standard dilema that we all run into at the start of a new season….what type of gift is unique, useful and thoughtful?!  Charynn and I each came up with our go-to hostess gift for the Fall season and presented [...]

August 23rd, 2011 |

WH Hostess: Chunky Notepads

Back-to-School isn’t just for kids!  Or at least the school supply shopping shouldn’t be!  ;)  I’m sure it’s no surprise to you that I used to count down the days until I could walk through the aisles of freshly stocked notebooks and folders and fill up a cart (probably with way more than I would EVER need!) of [...]

May 5th, 2011 |

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Garden Basket

Anyone out there looking for a last minute Mother’s Day gift?  The creative genius behind Floral Art LA came up with this idea – a garden box full of supplies for Spring planting.  I love the idea of a useful gift, but in this case – I think I am MORE in love with the presentation [...]

July 21st, 2010 |

Summer Decor

We’ve been having quite the heat wave here in Chicago this summer!  The heat has me craving decor that SCREAMS summer, and now that the fourth of july and my birthday are over, my house needs a little summer update to get me thru until fall.

I’ve scoured the web for [...]