Strawberry Rose Gin fizz with personalized stir sticks and custom coasters

Beach weather is so close, we can practically taste the salty air. And the strawberries! Somewhere on our endless list of all the things that make summer terrific, you’ll find strawberry season. Yum, yum, yum. Here’s a delicious little something that can accompany you poolside. Hint: it also makes a fabulous sip for bachelorette parties and bridal showers.

Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz

Ingredients
6  strawberries
2 teaspoons sugar
8 oz gin
1 teaspoon rose water
1/2 cup club soda (or to taste)
pinch of salt

Directions
Wash, de-stem and finely dice the strawberries. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the strawberries, and let them sit for 5 minutes. Then, mash the strawberries with a fork to release their juices. Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the strawberry mixture, gin, rose water and a pinch of salt. Shake, then divide between two glasses.

Top each glass off with club soda and squeeze a lime wedge into each glass for a little extra flavor. Pair your drink with a themed personalized Stir Stick (also a great strawberry spear) or a custom Coaster.

Sip, soak up the sun and enjoy!

 

Cheers, FYP Mixologists

balloon arch at dessert party with cute personalized products

 

The ladies at A Charming Fête recently threw a dessert party that looks so fabulous and delicious—if we were closer to Cleveland, we 100% would have shown up on their doorstep to take part. With the theme of Sip, Snack, Chill, there was no shortage of sweet treats or tasty libations. Or personalized cocktail napkins!

 

Brewnuts crafted fancy donuts

 

Here’s some eye candy for ya. Donuts are all the rage right now. From creative wedding desserts to shower treats to sweet pick-me-ups any day of the week, fried dough with pastel icing and gold sprinkles is nothing short of magical. These beauties are beer infused from Brewnuts.

 

dessert donut party with personalized cocktail napkins

 

And how perfect is our Tiffany Blue Cocktail Napkin next to the desserts?! We may be a little biased, but for any party you’re throwing, personalized accessories take your vibes from fun to absolutely fantastic.

 

liquid nitrogen, artisan ice cream from Piccadilly Creamery

 

The main attraction was liquid nitrogen, artisan ice cream from Piccadilly Creamery that was made on site from fresh organic ingredients.

 

liquid nitrogen cream with personalized cocktail napkin

 

Belvoir elderflower lemonade

 

Not to be outdone in cuteness, different flavors of Elderflower Lemonade was served, complete with edible flowers.

 

party cocktails with edible flowers

 

beautiful floral arrangement centerpiece

 

Speaking of flowers…😍😍😍  Overall, we think the party looked to be a smash. Do you have any soirées coming up this summer? Tell us your plans!

 

Cheers dears,
Grace

 

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Photography: Lauren Gabrielle  
Design and Styling: A Charming Fête   
Venue and Furniture: Borrow Rentals  
Ice Cream & Popcorn: Piccadilly Artisan Creamery  
Florals: Twig Florals 
Hair: Stella & Shay 
Makeup: Maggie Kleinman  
Linens: BBJ Linen 
Donuts: Brewnuts 
DIY Balloon Garland Kit: One Stylish Party 
Calligraphy Signage: Seaworthi 

How to make fresh margaritas

Not sure about you, but we’re always down for a margarita. Bring on the chips and salsa! Here’s the thing though, if you rely on a margarita mix, you’re simply missing out. There’s nothing quite like a margarita made from scratch with freshly squeezed lime juice. On the rocks, of course. Whether you’re looking to make it by the glass or mix up a pitcher to enjoy with a group of friends, we’ve got you covered! Add a cute personalized napkin or stir stick to make your freshly prepared glass of delicious even more special. How perfect is our new Sea Glass Watercolor Cocktail Napkin next to the green of the margarita 😍

Ingredients for a Single Glass
2 oz of Silver (or Blanco) 100% Agave Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
Simple syrup (see below) or agave to taste
1-2 fresh lime wedges for garnish
Coarse salt for rimming the glass
Ice

Directions
First, salt the rim of your glass. Moisten the rim with a lime wedge, and then dip it into a small plate of coarse salt.

Pour the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice into the glass. Add your simple syrup according to sweetness preference. Don’t forget your ice will also dilute the drink a bit. Give your mixture a quick stir, and then fill the glass with ice. Squeeze a wedge or two of fresh lime over the top, and add the wedges to the drink for garnish. Enjoy!

Ingredients for a Pitcher for Twelve
3 cups (Silver or Blanco) 100% Agave Tequila
1 1/2 cup Cointreau
1 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 12 limes)
Simple syrup (see below) or agave to taste
12-24 fresh lime wedges for garnish
Coarse salt for rimming the glass
Ice

Directions
First, salt the rims of your glasses. Moisten the rims with a lime wedge, and then dip each into a small plate of coarse salt.

Mix the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice into a pitcher. Stir well. Pour a 1/2 cup into each glass. Add simple syrup to individual taste. (You could also add the simple syrup to your pitcher before pouring into each glass. The individual method allows everyone to choose their own level of sweet!) Fill each glass with ice. Add a squeeze of lime, and then add the wedge for garnish. Cheers!

Simple Syrup Directions
Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and heat on the stove top. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Store the syrup in a jar and refrigerate until you are ready to use. You can keep your syrup in the fridge for 3–4 weeks to sweeten any of your mixed drinks!

 

Cheers, 
FYP Mixologists

Cheers to all our party people!

Are you planning a special celebration with all the best personalized accessories? Drink in style with custom cups! ForYourParty.com offers different styles and sizes with tons of personalization options so you can create the perfect cup for any occasion. Wedding receptions, graduations, bachelor/bachelorette parties, family reunions, Greek life events….you name it! Plus, if you choose one of our plastic reusable options, they also make super cute personalized party favors.

Now that you’ve decided custom cups are the way to go, it’s time to choose the best size. This can actually be a little more tricky than it sounds. Your typical can of soda is 12 ounces; so, if your 13-year-old’s birthday is featuring his favorite soft drink, is that the size cup you should order? Nope! Don’t forget to take into account ice and bubbles. The same goes for foam from beer and ice in mixed drinks. To make it easier for you, we’ve put together a Party Cup Guide you can download or see below for reference.

personalized drink stirrer and wedding signature cocktail

 

Wedding signature drink recommendation! We are absolutely loving the signature drink trend at wedding receptions. Not only is this a creative way to offer more than just beer and wine without breaking the bank with a full bar, it’s a fantastic way for brides and grooms to share a little personal touch with your guests. And we are all about the personalization here at FYP! In fact, a custom Coaster or personalized Stir Stick will complement any signature cocktail.

This Rosemary Gimlet is a simple yet tasty drink that is perfect for any season. An embellishment to the classic Gimlet with just gin and lime juice, this cocktail does require you make a rosemary simple syrup. So put on your best herbal mixologist hat! Don’t worry though, it’s not difficult. You’ll find all the directions you need right here.

Rosemary Gimlet

*yields 2 cocktails

Rosemary Simple Syrup Ingredients:
1/2 cup water
1/2 sugar
2 tablespoons of coarsely chopped fresh rosemary leaves

Cocktail Ingredients:
Gin
3 tablespoons of fresh lime juice (1-2 limes)
3 tablespoons of rosemary syrup
Rosemary sprig for garnish
Ice

Syrup Directions
Combine the water, sugar and chopped rosemary in a small saucepan and heat on the stove top. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Strain the syrup into a jar and refrigerate until you are ready to use.

Cocktail Directions
Combine a 4-ounce pour of gin (2 regular sized shots), 3 tablespoons of lime juice and 3 tablespoons of rosemary simple syrup into a shaker. Add slightly crushed ice until the shaker is about half full. Cover and shake for about 30 seconds. Strain your mixed drink into a chilled cocktail glass. A stemmed glass is best here, as you don’t want your hand to warm the cocktail.

Garnish with a sprig of rosemary and personalized Stir Stick, raise your glass to the bride and groom, and enjoy!

Cheers, 
FYP Mixologists

 

Aperol Spritz with personalized cocktail napkins

 

This week’s cocktail is brought to you by the office birthday girl, FYP Designer Lauren, and our very own President Sari! We had a little celebration in honor of Lauren with a sunny cocktail, the Aperol Spritz. And, of course, some fabulous personalized Cocktail Napkins.

A traditionally Italian cocktail, this drink is made with an orange liqueur that gives it a lovely citrus taste. With its crisp flavor and low alcohol content, it is perfect to enjoy on a hot summer day!

Ingredients:
Aperol
Prosecco
Soda Water
Orange slice
Ice

Directions:
Pour 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and a splash of soda water over ice. Garnish with an orange slice.

 

Birthday Aperol Spritz with personalized cocktail napkins

 

Cheers dears! FYP Mixologists

 

 

 

Please don’t call me a cheese head—although, I do love cheese. But you have to when your grandpa was a dairy farmer and you schedule holidays around a Packers game. Green Bay, not born, but raised!

I ventured all the way to Milwaukee for my first year of college at UWM. One year later, I was in Chicago! Baby steps. I finished my BA in Photography at Columbia College and lived downtown for the ultimate college experience. I spent some time boomeranging back home to Green Bay to earn an Associate’s in Design and Graphics Technology. With all my college learnings combined, I’ve found a happy balance working as a Graphic Designer and Photographer here at ForYourParty!

How would you describe your design style?
My designs tend to be pretty clean and simple. I’m drawn to more neutral palettes and patterns with a splash of color or focal display font. I do enjoy a little vintage flair. Lately, I’ve been more into the hand-lettered skinny fonts like The Hand or Strange Love in combination with some hand lettered script fonts. You can see an example on my personalized Watercolor Cocktail Napkin below. I don’t do the lettering myself, I find a talented buddy for that work.

 

 

What’s your favorite FYP product?
My favorite product could be used on any relaxing Saturday…can coolers! Anytime a friend is having a party I demand they allow me to make some can coolers. They are addicting and I love that they are a great take home piece after the party!

 

 

 

Describe your perfect Saturday?
If I’m not visiting an out of town friend on a Saturday, you will find me relaxing with a day drink in my neighborhood. There is a new-ish brewery by my apartment with a café atmosphere and a million board games to play (and great beer of course). If I’m not there, I’m probably across the street watching Beauty and the Beast for the sixth time. “It’s hero time”– Gaston.

 

 

 

If you were a dog, what breed would you be?
If I were a dog I would want to be a pocket dog. I want to be so small I could fit in anything, specifically a travel bag. Then I could travel with my human companion all over the world for free. Don’t worry; my human companion is rich and probably famous.

 

 

What’s your favorite travel destination?
I haven’t traveled enough to have a favorite destination. However, living in an urban area, I tend to travel to more rural places to get fresh air and see some natural anomalies.

 

 

 

What’s your favorite Chicago restaurant?
This may be a stretch, but if you can consider garnish a food, then I would say Lost Lake Tiki is my favorite restaurant. You could feed a family with the pineapple that is served in their Tic-Tac-Taxi. Love that place. See you soon.

 

 

 

April showers bring May flowers, but what else does May bring? The end of the school year! Summer vacation is always a party. And so is a graduation! If you’re celebrating a high school, college—or hey, even preschool—graduation, it’s time to start planning. We’ve thought out all the necessary to-dos. You can download our Graduation Party Checklist here.

We recommend that you make your party as unique and special as the graduate you are celebrating, and what better way than with personalized party accessories.

 

 

Use personalized Photo Coasters to feature their triumphant smiles!

 

 

 

Personalized Cocktail Napkins are also a great (and useful!) way to raise the bar on your festivities.

 

 

Go all out by dressing up drinks with custom Stadium Cups and Straw Tags! You can even send home the cups as personalized party favors that guests will love.

Congrats to your grad!

 

 

 

blackberry basil bourbon cocktail spring cocktail with custom coaster

Spring is in the air! The bright colors and clear weather lend inspiration to art, home decor, wedding and party themes, and tasty dishes. And don’t forget all of the fresh and flavorful drink recipes. We love this unexpected pairing of blackberry and basil with bourbon. Try it out and let us know what you think 🙂

Ingredients
2-3 fresh blackberries
2 medium basil leaves, slapped and torn
2 ounces of bourbon
1/2 teaspoon honey or agave nectar
Club soda
Ice

Directions
Slap the basil—not kidding, slap it—to bring out the flavors and aroma, and then tear the leaves into smaller pieces before you muddle.  In a shaker, muddle the blackberries and basil until the berries are crushed and the basil is slightly bruised.  Add the bourbon, your sweetener of choice and ice.  Shake well.  Pour all of your shaker’s contents into a rocks glass and lace with club soda. Place atop a beautiful custom coaster and enjoy your party!

Cheers! FYP Mixologists

Earlier this month, Audrey and Jeremy Roloff of Little People, Big World continued their pregnancy journey by hosting a gender reveal party at Roloff Farms with their family and closest friends. ForYourParty created personalized accessories to make the day more special and add to the excitement of “Boy or Girl?”

 

personalized cocktail napkins, custom cups, and striped straws for a gender reveal baby shower

 

Complementing the theme “Team Boy or Team Girl,” cups were customized by Audrey with cute illustrations created by our graphic designers. Personalized cocktail napkins and colorful striped straws added to the festivities. Guests were also invited to take part in the day by wearing pink or blue to signify if they thought the new addition would be a girl or boy. We love this split dessert table!

 

little people, big world roloff gender reveal personalized cocktail napkins

 

The big announcement was written in smoke. What a creative and beautiful way to find out and share their exciting news!

 

little people, big world gender reveal with personalized party favors

 

little people, big world gender reveal with smoke flare

 

The soon-to-be parents sent their guests home with custom matchboxes as personalized party favors. Here at FYP, we always say matches make a fantastic favor. Think of how long they last! Your guests will remember you and your event fondly every time they strike a match.

 

custom matchboxes as personalized party favors

 

Congrats on your little girl, Audrey and Jeremy!

 

little people, big world roloff gender reveal baby shower with personalized party favors

 

 

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Images by: Monique Serra Photography