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, [...]

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 4th, 2012 |

Click to Print {Free Holiday Printables}

table overhead text

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

thanksgiving pinterest board

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

leaf placecard

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 [...]

September 25th, 2012 |

DIY Leaf Silhouettes Place Cards

It is with great pleasure that I welcome our newest contributor to the blog, Vana Chupp of Le Papier Studio!  Vana has been a good friend and supporter/contributor of the Magazine since the beginning and we are thrilled to now have her hear on the blog on a regular basis.

Professionally trained as an architect, Vana Chupp has always [...]

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 [...]

March 19th, 2012 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Mod Damask Bridal Shower

I recently had the pleasure of working with a client to plan a lovely bridal shower…..the experience was fabulous, especially because the guest of honor happens to be a family friend!  I was able to capture a few photos before the party started and am so happy to share them with you today.

The party was held [...]

January 25th, 2012 |

Creative Window Seating Chart

When it comes to seating a large party, whether it be a wedding, birthday party or even charity event, placecards can be quite an expense.  I love the idea of creating a visually appealing seating chart for guests to view during the cocktail hour.  Take a few creative cues from this one made from old windows. [...]

December 13th, 2011 |

Mod Hanukkah Dreidel + Free Download!

Our colorful paper dreidel placecards will dress up any Hanukkah dinner table.  So simple to make with our free downloadable template, all it takes is a little cutting and gluing.  Click on the image below for the free printables, [...]

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