June 22nd, 2015 |



Kelly Lyden, designer and party stylist of WH Hostess, shares the details from a blue and white gingham check First Holy Communion party. Including steal-worthy ideas for summer parties, this party has a darling dessert table, crisp tablesettings with gorgeous floral arrangements, and unique ways to incorporate personalization on paper goods. Images from Stacey Woods Photography. […]

June 8th, 2015 |



WH Hostess Social Stationery designer, Kelly Lyden, shares tips for throwing a Nautical-Inspired Dinner party, inspired by her Preppy Anchor party invitation. Classic blue and white stripes, mixed with maritime colors, anchors, nautical rope details and lanterns combine to make a stellar summer party. Make sure to save her recipes for a classic Sea Breeze cocktail and Clam Chowder Pot Pie! […]

June 19th, 2014 |


personalized placecard clings by wh hostess

WH Hostess is pleased to introduce the latest addition to their Cake Plate Clings line, placecard clings! A unique addition to your tablesetting at any event, placecard clings are personalized and temporarily attach to your glassware without adhesive. […]

June 18th, 2014 |


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WH Hostess shares a darling baby shower to launch their new Preppy Animals Baby Shower party collection of paper goods and Cake Plate Clings. Mixing a crisp color palette of navy blue, kelly green and hot pink, with preppy stripes, swiss dots, and a graphic green animals silhouette pattern – this party shares ideas for styling a beautiful tablesetting, coordinating baby shower games, and a festive way to package party favors. […]

June 3rd, 2014 |


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Kelly Lyden shares the images from her yellow and french blue bumble bee baby shower, a chapter in her book, Stylish Kids’ Parties. Full of ideas for a fresh table setting, gorgeous paper goods from WH Hostess, a stunning dessert table full of yellow candy from Candywarehouse.com and bumble bee cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes, and a theme-perfect party favor. Read on for inspiration for your bumble bee party! […]

April 8th, 2013 |


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, […]

December 28th, 2012 |

Kelly’s Christmas Eve Tablesetting

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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 4th, 2012 |

Click to Print {Free Holiday Printables}

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I know that the holiday season can be stressful.  You want to do SO.MANY.THINGS: bake cookies, cut down the perfect tree, select the perfect gifts and wrap them with unique trimmings, throw the perfect party for friends & family.  It’s takes a lot of time to be the perfect hostess, so I teamed up with HP […]

November 14th, 2012 |

Pinterest Party: Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas

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Last night, we held our first of six Holiday Entertaining Pinterest Parties and we kicked it off with Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas. Wow, was it so much fun!  Kelly and Kim from The TomKat Studio joined forces with some of the top party + entertaining bloggers to pin inspiration for your holiday celebrations.

We were joined by Vana (Le […]

October 4th, 2012 |

Personalize Your Placesetting

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Add dimension to your placesetting by introducing new elements to your table. Use a galvanized tub, a small colander or a basket to contain your napkin, silverware and a fall embellishment, such as a pumpkin or gourd. Personalize a leaf with a metallic pen to serve as the placecard.

For more Fall entertaining ideas, read […]

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