Elevate Your Quarantine Style With a House Dress

Elevate Your Quarantine Style!

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What does your quarantine style typically look like? Are you forever in pajamas? Living in loungewear? Or are you like me and dressing up for the fun of it a few times a week?  Whatever your new norm is, I’m challenging you to elevate your quarantine style.  Stay home. In Style.

Try the House Dress!

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What’s a house dress you ask? House dresses go back to pre and post-war years where housewives purchased simple patterned, machine washable dresses.  Like moo moo dresses, they are loose, comfortable and effortless.  Allowing for ease of movement they’re super functional while still looking ladylike.  And these days, there seems to be a resurgence in this classic cut.  Mine shown here was a thrifted vintage piece that I’m selling on Poshmark (follow me @stylishlystella).

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Click through and you’ll be able to shop each find.

Easy, breezy, beautiful, don’t you think??

If you’re on the Like to Know it App, make sure to follow me there @stylishlystella so you can shop all my outfits and similar styles!  Let me know in the comments below which house dress was your favorite and whether you’d wear a house dress!

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Click here for the 10 things you didn’t know you needed until quarantining.

Here for my top tips on staying sane during the corona virus pandemic.

Double-click here to read how I started the rainbow trend during quarantine through Instagram.

 

 

 

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Doll Themed parTEA (part 2) Tablescape and Food

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A feast for the eyes is just as important as a feast for the stomach for special occasions like birthdays.  And for me, designing the tablescape is the MOST fun task.  I love the challenge of presenting an eye-catching display that sets the celebratory tone, brings to mind the theme and excites everyone.birthday party decor, tablescapes for kids, kids' party decor, girls' birthday party, girl birthday

Thanks to Table Vogue, we had the prettiest Tiffany blue, tailored linens which provided the pop of color that the all-white venue needed.  It also happened to be one of Juliet’s and my favorite colors. Wasn’t it a gorgeous backdrop to all the Meri Meri tableware that I found on sale?

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If you look closely, you’ll see that we chose it for the doll-like print and coordinating colored, heart plates (it was a galentine’s parTEA after all).  And YES plates don’t have to be just for the table! They can be wall decor too; see how I taped to the heart plates to the curtains behind the birthday girl’s throne.

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See Table Vogue for beautiful linens of all sizes, colors and patterns!  Using an upscale linen instead of the plastic ones normally reserved for kids’ parties really elevates the scene!  And I can’t thank Table Vogue enough for being such a special partner for this event

The throne, curtain structure, and bow seats were generously loaned to us by Petite Seats who has THE cutest selection of kiddie rental chairs and tables.  I seriously have never seen a better collection of kiddie chairs on the market and I’m an event planner!!  I’m so thankful that they are nearby and can serve the greater NY area.  We are so lucky to live here with the best selection in everything.  Just check out this throne and those bow seats!!

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Notice that for this tea party, centerpieces included tea cups filled with flowers?  Teapots filled with flowers would make another excellent option too!

FOOD & CAKE

Here for the food and cake?  Don’t worry, I got you.  At this galentine’s parTEA, I presented heart-shaped, kid-friendly sandwiches on classic, floral, tiered plates.  The Royal Albert brand featured at our party, felt the most feminine and fancy – you can shop my favorite Royal Albert floral tiered stands at the end of this post.  They’re so beautiful that I know we will be re-using them for years to come.  In fact, I’m planning to bring them out next for mother’s day!

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Lemonade and fizzy flavored water were hits too!

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And as they say a party without a cake is just a meeting. best birthday party, 7th birthday party ideas, doll themed party, barbie party, lol doll party, mini melanie cake It was important to us that we partner with the right cake master for this all-important party element.  And we were so lucky because Mini Melanie, the Chopped reality TV winner from the Food Network, made THE most delicious cake with an ombre pink buttercream exterior.  I wanted something simple because I had all these cake toppers to add.

She delighted and surprised all the guests with the rainbow layered interior.  So beautiful and soooo soo good!barbie party, american girl doll party, mini melanie cake, event planner tips, petite seats

I just love how all the party pics turned out.  Thank you, Andrea Kay Images for the photographs.  We’ll treasure them for years to come!  For more secrets on stylishly designing a kids’ table, see my prior post from Juliet’s 3rd birthday party here.

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  1. Hope says:

    You are just soooo amazing!!! What an epic birthday party and the decor is over the top fabulous… just like mama!

    1. Thanks for all your support it is wonderful to have a friend like you!

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