In need of some color inspiration for your event? Don’t worry! Here at ForYourParty, we’re beginning a new series where our talented designers come together to create exciting, new color palettes for every event. We’re starting off strong with this ‘Antique Chic’ palette featuring beautiful teals, deep sand, and accents of gold. This palette is perfect for those who are searching for a modern update to a classic palette.

AntiqueChicMoodBoardOur kraft colored Nouveau coasters add a nice contemporary touch, especially next to our Teal and Gold cocktail napkins. Don’t forget about thank you cards! Our simple, natural white, Any Color Notecard is perfect for a special thanks. Use our Shiny Gold Foil for an added touch of elegance. There are so many small ways to incorporate your color palette, whether it’s in the decor, accessories, or formalwear. Be creative and find new and exciting ways to incorporate your colors into your day!

 

Sources:  Style Me PrettyTumblr, Coasters and menu cards by ForYourParty.com, Thank you cards and drink stir-sticks by ForYourParty.com

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Raise the “Roof! Roof!” for Dog Parties
Pet parties are not just for eccentric animal lovers anymore. We’re seeing more and more customers ordering personalized party supplies for their Bark Mitzvahs, Yappy Birthday Parties and Howl-oween Haunts. Yes, those are all incredibly cute—and totally real, parties that our customers are having for their beloved pets!
Chances are, you’re either excited about this trend or rolling your eyes. Well, if your pooch is really your best friend, then wouldn’t be a bit rude not to throw a birthday bash? And since we’re a bit dog crazy ourselves, here’s a look at some currently trending dog party ideas.

Yappy Birthday!
There’s a good chance you already celebrate your dog’s birthday, in some small way. Maybe you wrap up a new chew toy or snap a photo of Fido wearing a party hat. This year, take it up a notch: invite your friends and their fury companions over for pup cake and playtime. Yes, “pup cakes” are special cakes for dogs. And if you’ve never seen them before, you’ll be quite impressed. Just look how adorable these mini pup cakes are, like this one from Chic Sprinkles.

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Besides the cake, make sure you have plenty of dog birthday party supplies. We recommend filling a laundry basket full of dog toys. Party hats and “doggy bags” full of take-home treats are also sweet touches. Start making the ultimate dog party invitations today! If you’re having trouble calculating your dog’s age in human years, check out this handy-dandy Dog Years Calculator.

Bark Mitzvah
The Bar or Bat Mitzvah is a coming of age ceremony generally celebrated by Jewish girls or boys at age 12 or 13. As you can probably guess, a bark mitzvah is usually celebrated when dogs turn either 13 months or 13 years old. Party planners are known to fasten Fido with a yarmulke and tallit (prayer shawl). Better start practicing those Torah readings!

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Walking hot dogs. A wolf in sheep’s clothing. Puppy pirates. If your dog doesn’t mind dressing up, help him or her celebrate the spookiest night of the year! There are countless adorable costumes for sale online. Maybe you’re already planning a Halloween party? Include a “Pets Welcome” note on your invitations. You’ll love some of the creative costume combos that will trot through your door!


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Does your canine have a crush? Have some fun planning a dog wedding! Find a tux and wedding gown at your local pet store. Send out some playful wedding invitations a couple days in advance. When the organ starts, try leading the dogs down the aisle with some strategically placed treats. Take plenty of pictures and try not blubber too much during the bow-vows.

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And if you’re missing a cute kid to carry the rings in your own wedding, why not ask your most loyal companion? This job isn’t just for dogs, either. Remember Jinxy Cat from “Meet The Parents”?

Dog Days of Summer Cookout
Tired of hiding from the mid-summer heat? Invite all your dog friends over for some fun in the sun. But if you think it will be too hot, consider hosting the party in the evening or provide a kiddie pool full of water. For a cool treat, freeze some dog toys in a block of chicken broth. For your human guests, serve hot dogs on quirky dog party napkins. Start designing your dog party invitations today!
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Happy Howl-idays
A howl-iday party is the perfect place to debut that new dog sweater. You can also see if your pup will wear a Santa hat or reindeer antlers—just like Max from “The Grinch”! For a much simpler look, just fasten some holly, thistle or jingle bells to the collar. As a party favor, send guests home with a “doggy bag” full of holiday-themed dog treats.

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A little quirky? Yes. But there’s no denying that you and your pup will have a tail-wagging good time hosting a dog birthday party, cookout or howl-iday bash. Once you finalize the guest list, browse ForYourParty.com for dog party invitations and customized dog birthday party supplies!

Don’t you love the glitz and glam of Hollywood? Well, luckily, you don’t have to wait another year for the Oscars to throw a star-studded party. We have a few tips and suggestions to make sure your glam event runs smoothly. Here is everything you’ll need to give your friends the celeb treatment from the bubbly down to the blinged-out decor:

Invitations
Take advantage of this opportunity to design your invitations to showcase the glittery night of fun to come. Don’t forget to include a note encouraging guests to dress in their best hollywood glam. Also, it’s important to clarify whether cocktail or more formal attire is appropriate. Lastly, for a truly standout invitation, you could use a simple, confetti-themed design (like this one from Paperless Post) and even stick confetti or glitter inside the envelope.

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Decorations
Red carpet – To make your night even more fancy, you can pick up some fabric or rent a red carpet to lay at the entrance of your home

Napkins and coasters – Drink are sure to be everywhere during this party, so have chic customized coasters on hand. Our Shiny Gold foil is perfect for the event. You could even go the extra mile and create a Hollywood-themed glam design on your napkins.

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Vases - You can showcase the glitz of the evening by decorating vases. Simply spray an adhesive on the exterior and roll the vases in colorful glitter. You could try finding various sizes of vases, with or without flowers. Or you could place some larger pieces of gold glitter inside a vase of flowers, as seen below, featured on Pleasure Weddingz.

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For a less permanent option, you can use washi tape to decorate. The strips easily come off and are available in a range of fashionable patterns.

Refreshments
Champagne – Have some glasses of champagne ready so as guests arrive, you can treat them to a glass of bubbly. Champagne marks a special occasion, and your newly acquired star status is reason enough to celebrate.

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Chocolate – Place chocolate covered strawberries on a counter throughout the night. The indulgent dessert pairs perfectly with sparkling beverages. If you’re feeling adventurous, you could even try to make these adorable tuxedo covered strawberries, from Tide and Thyme.

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Gift bag
Celebrities are often treated to gifts at parties they attend, so do the same for your guests! For the perfect gift, customize a goodie bag with images of your star-studded theme. Place a few bottles of miniature nail polish, chocolate, a picture of your guests’ favorite star and more inside.

Activities
Throughout the evening you can watch your favorite movies or gab about beloved celebrities. Also, consider setting up a photo booth. Hire a professional photographer or friend with a budding hobby to snap shots of your fabulously dressed guests. Just like real celebrity events, set up a step and repeat banner for photo ops. This is the backdrop where members of Hollywood get their picture taken. For a no-frills option, head out to the fabric store and pick up a couple yards of shimmery cloth. Or you could even keep with the gold confetti theme from your invitations and make your on DIY Sequin backdrop, as seen below from Home DIY Concepts.

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Check out our assortment of invitations, favor boxes and more to outfit your next party.

Any fellow matchbook hoarders out there?

Jess Graves, of The Love List, knows just what we mean. She has an entire collection of matches that she’s taken from restaurants, bars, and some that she’s created with us on her own! And what an exciting collection it is!

Photo by: Caroline Fontenot

Photo by: Caroline Fontenot

We wanted to share with you a lovely thought from Jess that we really hope catches on!

“Having them out for restaurant guests is one thing, but it had never occurred to me to have them made up for a home.“Wouldn’t it be awesome,” I thought “if all my friends had their own books made up and we could trade and collect them?” I know it’s kind of a frivolous and romantic notion, but I’m into it. ”

We’re definitely on board!

Take a look at Jess’ very own matchbox creation. “So, sparing the grand house name, I had matches made up with my last name and neighborhood and a favorite quote on the back. I keep them in a bowl by my doorway so people can take one when they visit.”

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Well, consider us inspired. Create your very own customized matchbooks on our website and choose from our wide range of colors, shapes, graphics, and fonts!

While it’s simple to gather your family and head to your local orchard, you can make a day of picking apples and cooking the fresh varieties. Take some of our ideas and make them you own to ensure you’re making the best of your apple picking day!

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Picnic provisions
Apple orchards are popular attractions for families, so farmers may have cider and pies available. But that can get pricey when you’re toting your kids and their cousins. Try packing a picnic basket instead, with a blanket, cutlery and plates. Also, bring bottled water and snacks to fuel everyone for the day ahead. While dishes can be apple-based, it’s good to offer treats that pair with apples as well. A simple yet delicious sandwich is goat cheese topped with cucumber in a soft bread. Lastly, bring along apple dippers like chocolate and caramel to eat with the fresh-picked fruit. Try these delicious inside out caramel slices from A Cup of Sugar…Pinch of Salt.

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After you’re done at the orchard, it’s time to head over to your house to clean and pack all the apples. Set up different stations for washing and drying the fruit. Then, divide the bounty among everyone to take home to enjoy. If you want to extend the party, create a few dishes. Here is one to get you started:

Applesauce
Applesauce is relatively easy to make, and goes a lot faster when you have tons of people helping. Take 3 to 4 pounds of apples and peel and quarter them. Put them in a large pot with four strips of lemon peel, a cinnamon stick, 1/4 cup brown sugar and 1/4 cup white sugar. Next, pour 1 cup of water and 1/2 teaspoon of salt over top and cook for 20 to 30 minutes. Once done, remove the lemon peels and cinnamon stick, and take a potato masher to the apples. Then, ladle the applesauce into mason jars dressed in customized labels.

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applesauce_labelIf you’re looking for a something a little more advanced, try these Cheesecake Stuffed Baked Apples from Creme de la Crumb.

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Or if you’re more in the mood for an adult beverage, try this Apple Cider Sangria from How Sweet It Is. Consider personalizing your very own wooden stir sticks to dress up your cocktails!

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Check out the wide variety of customizable koozies, boxes and other favors to enjoy for your next party.

This Halloween there is no need to visit a haunted house when you can turn your home into a spooky attraction. We want to show you how to create the ultimate eerie decorations perfect for the whole family:

Invitations
Take a photo of a haunted house and use it as a backdrop for customized post card invitations. You can set the font in an old fashion typeface and use classic Halloween orange to evoke the theme even further. Or go for an all-text invitation! You can even design and upload your very own on our website.

Tombstone yard
The creative minds behind the Martha Stewart website offer some tips to turn your lawn into a graveyard. Don’t pick up fallen leaves just yet - they help create the eerie scene. Stick store-bought tombstones in the ground and either rustle up the dirt in front or add fresh potting soil to look as if someone has been trying to leave their grave. For a fun party twist, buy blank tombstones and stencil on the names of your party guests. To anchor in the theme you can also place pumpkins and lanterns around the yard. This could also be a great DIY opportunity. Just buy some large styrofoam pieces to create your own tombstone shapes. Buy some gray spray paint and a black marker to finish off this erie project.

Entryway
As guests make their way to your front door they won’t know what to expect as they enter. Increase the drama with a cobweb-filled doorway. Also, take an old rocking chair out of storage or borrow a friend’s to cover in webs as well. Or if you’re looking for some fresh, new ideas try this trash bag entry way. Just cut up a black trash bag into tiny strips and twist and stretch the pieces for that erie look.

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Spooky silhouettes
Martha Stewart also creates interest on the second floor with peculiar-looking silhouettes. She creates these disturbing figures by painting an image of a man or woman on inexpensive drapes. Hang the curtains as you normally would and leave the lights on to showcase the figures. Or you could even try cutting shapes out of cardboard you have around the house, like this batch and witch window silhouette.

Do-not-enter stairwell
Another haunted house trick is to close off your upstairs stairwell. This keeps the party confined to one area, and is another place to show your Halloween decorating chops. Use cobwebs to make it look old and cover the area with caution tape.

Table Decor
You can’t forget about personalized napkins. We have so many great halloween themed designs for you. Order as is or customize your own! napkins_halloween

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Specimen jars
Here is a use for your flower vases: Turn them into specimen jars with red food coloring and strategically thought out “body parts.” Cabbage with the first few leaves removed works as a brain and a fennel bulb just needs its stems cut off to look like a heart. Martha Stewart has a great tutorial walking you through these steps.

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Take home treats
At the end of the frightening evening, offer guests a candy-filled gift. Customize party bags with an image of a haunted house or spooky Halloween character. Then, fill with candy corn, popcorn, and other treats.

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Make your own black candy-holder cups, or consider using our black Stadium Cups throughout the part or as candy-holders. Try putting a jack-o-lantern face on them! Use these from This Heart of Mine Blog as inspiration.

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Check out all the customizable items we have to turn your Halloween or any other holiday bash into a memorable occasion.

It’s not too late to plan a fall baby shower! The leaves are just beginning to turn to their heavenly mix of autumn colors. When planning a season-themed shower, consider these party ideas to surprise the mom-to-be:

Autumn decorations
It’s always a great idea to incorporate elements of nature into the decor scheme. It you’re going for a traditional fall bash, consider gathering pumpkins to place around the house and use as a centerpiece. If you would like the colors to represent the arrival of a new baby, paint the pumpkins and gourds in creamy pastel hues, like these from A Bubbly Life.

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Choose table settings made up of raw fabrications like linen. Incorporate the theme into the invitations with fall colors and props. Try this tablescape idea but with fall colors, from Hostess with the Mostess.

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Also, don’t forget to repeat that motif in the customized napkins, coasters and party cups. For an even more rustic look you can hold the party outdoors. Try using our linen like napkin for an added elegance. Our Moss colored linen like napkins are perfect palette for fall. Use a Matte Pastel Pink or Matte Azure foil to play up the baby shower theme.

babyshowernapkinOur Blush Ornament Coasters are the perfect addition to a fall baby shower. They add just the right amount of a feminine touch.

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Pumpkin flavored treats
Incorporate everyone’s love for pumpkin flavored food into the menu as well. You can create a cafe at the shower and offer spiced lattes and hot cider for chilly guests. Or try making these adorably festive Mini Caramel Apples from At Home In Love.

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There are a range of party ideas to get you excited to host a seasonal baby shower.

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We gave you tips for throwing the child in your life a surprise party, but now it’s time to throw a party for your best friend. There is no better way to show your best friend you really care than by throwing her a surprise birthday party. Whether you’ve been friends since you met on the playground, or your friendship began more recently, or in college, your friendship should be celebrated. Here are some tips for organizing the shindig your friendship deserves:

How to keep it a secret
Carefully crafted invitations – It’s hard to get everyone to keep a secret about a fabulous upcoming party. But make it fun and send out invitations that explain the importance of keeping quiet. Have invitees directly RSVP to your personal phone - this is especially important if your best friend is also your roommate. Another option that has gotten a lot of action lately is secret facebook events. You can change your events settings so that only people invited can see the event, so this may be an option if there isn’t time for paper invitation or you prefer paperless invitations.

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Plan a good diversion - Assign a person who is in charge of making sure the birthday girl will make it to the party at the designated hour. If you just tell her to arrive at a certain time, her plans might change. Maybe this means the assigned person takes the birthday day for dinner and is able to let everyone at the party know exactly when they will arrive.

Hide away extra cars – If you live in a rural area, be sure to hide the cars. The surprise will be ruined if she finds out about the party before she opens the door.

Decor
Don’t forget about all of the possibilities for fun decorations. It will be a lot more fun for the birthday girl if the room is decorated with balloons, streamers, signs, desserts, etc. Take some inspiration from these confetti-filled ballon decorations from Enjoy My Tribu.

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When the birthday girl arrives, you could give everyone some confetti, like this push pop confetti from Lauren Conrad to throw that would make for a big surprise.

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Personalized party favors
One way to make the guest of honor feel extra special is by creating a personal party theme.

Customized napkins – Do you two have a favorite movie you can’t get enough of? Grab a few of the most quotable sayings and place them on napkins.

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Stadium cups – Maybe you met your friend back during your college days and are part of the same sorority. Host a big bash with all your sisters and put the emblem and name of your chapter on stadium cups. Not only will this bring up memories from the good old days, but each party goer will also have an instant gift to take home.

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Check out our easy-to-design party favors in a variety of colors and customizable options.

Do you have an anniversary coming up and are at a loss for what to gift your significant other? You could always go with the traditional anniversary gifts, but how about spicing up your gifts and giving them a more modern twist? We’ve got some great ideas for you!

1st Anniversary: Paper

In honor of your first anniversary, the traditional gift is ‘paper’, why not try some of our personalized Notecards? We have a wide selection of paper colors, textures, and foil colors to create the perfect combination. You could keep it simple with a short word or phrase, or take the personalization a step further and add your last name or monogram.

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2nd Anniversary: Cotton

We love all things personalized, so for your 2nd, cotton anniversary, why not try a personalized throw pillow with your initials and anniversary date? Get some inspiration from this throw pillow by JolieMarche on Etsy.

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3rd Anniversary: Leather

We have some great leather accessories for your 3rd, leather anniversary, that are perfect for your significant other. Our leather coasters are perfect to have around the house and make beautiful gifts. Personalize them with your monogram, last name, or special phrase. We also offer leather classic box matches, which are always a treat to have around the house. You can personalize them as well!

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leathercoaster leathermatch4th Anniversary: Fruit & Flowers

Your 4th anniversary is an easy one, you can just pick some flowers and arrange them into a beautiful floral bouquet for your sweetie! Make your gift more personal by creating some personalized ribbon. We have a wide variety of satin ribbons that are sure to compliment your bouquet of choice.

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5th Anniversary: Wood 

If you’re anything like us, we love a good handmade, DIY project. The traditional gift for your 5th anniversary is wood, so try any one of these wooden DIY gifts from Babble. We especially love this up-cycled wooden photo holder.

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Another idea for your wooden gift anniversary is any of our wooden products! We offer a variety of wooden stir sticks that look great at any home bar.

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Don’t feel pressured to stick to these traditional gifts! You can use them as inspiration to help you find the perfect gift for your significant other that they are sure to love. We have great gift options on our website, don’t forget to take a look!

Many know it’s customary to show your appreciation when you’re a guest at a party by bringing a gift for your gracious host or hostess. Of course a nice bottle of wine or a homemade dessert come to mind, but where we really struggle is with the more creative, unconventional gifts. Well we’re here to provide an extensive list of creative gift options for your hostess.

Before you set out to buy anything from a store, trying to find inspiration for a more personalized gift.

Nature
Plant - If the hostess spends lots of time in the garden, a natural gift would be a good option. Instead of an ordinary plant, Martha Stewart recommends replanting special arrangements into a wooden sake box. It a simple gift, but this adds a personal touch by replanting it in something you may not be able to find at the store.

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Tea – An alternative is giving the hostess a mix of planted herbal tea. Then she will have a seemingly endless supply of her favorite varieties.

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Flowers – If you are short on time and are heading out to purchase a bouquet of flowers, go an extra step and have the florist arrange them in a vase. This will free up the hostess to entertain guests, instead of finding an appropriate size holder. A simple glass vase is a fine choice, but anything too stylized may clash with the home’s decor. You could even try a simple, but interestingly shaped vase, like this glass cube vase floral arrangement by Diane James.

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Literature
For those who are more acquainted with their host, why not gift a few vintage books? They look great sitting out on a coffee table or bookshelf and can inspire the hostess to reread a favorite story.

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Homemade
Food – A baked sweet treat is always an appropriate gift for a hostess right? Not necessarily. While many would love to nosh on something sweet, consider diet and lifestyle choices. If you know your hostess is watching her caloric intake, try baking a low fat or sugar-free dessert. Or you could try a light, airy dessert, like macarons (try these strawberry & cream macarons from Tutti Dolci), which are adorable as well as delicious.

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Herbs – Spices and herbs are a trendy gift item, and you can repackage them in fun customized boxes and create your own unique blends with clever names. Use this lovely arrangement from Naturally Ella as inspiration!

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Store-bought
It is perfectly fine to gift store-bought items but be sure to include a personalized touch. For example, when giving candles wrap each with a customized label. This also works with mini loafs of pound cakes and banana bread. Additionally, you can design gift sets of personalized napkins and coasters. Just look at how lovely some of our Fuchsia Cocktail Napkins look in our gift boxes.

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There are a variety of customizable party favors for your next hostess gift.