Being in the thick of wedding season means more than all you beautiful couples tieing the knot. With weddings come anniversaries! If you’ve had that sweet day circled on the calendar for months but are still unsure what gift you’d like to give your spouse, check out the list below.

Provided by Loyes Diamonds, this cute infographic shows both traditional and modern anniversary symbols—giving not one, but two gift ideas for each anniversary! See the full list of wedding anniversary symbols here.

 

wedding anniversary symbols

watermelon, lime and cucumber vodka cocktail

 

Now’s the time to enjoy fresh, deliciously sweet watermelon. Even with access to most fruits and veggies year round, there’s nothing quite like in-season produce. Whether you plan on biting into a juicy slice, whipping up a sweet salad or pouring a craft cocktail, watermelon is one ingredient that will sing all summer long.

Here’s a refreshing cocktail to kick start your next barbecue. Dress up your garnish with a personalized Stir Stick for a memorable drink in more ways than one!

Ingredients
yields: 2 servings
oz Prairie Cucumber Vodka  (if you can find cucumber vodka, just use regular and add cucumber when you muddle)
4 small cubes of seedless watermelon
limes, diced
oz simple syrup
  — for Garnish —
Lime Rim (equal amounts salt and sugar combined with some fresh grated lime)
Watermelon Slices
cucumber slices
small mint sprigs 

Directions
Combine vodka, watermelon and lime in a cocktail shaker. Muddle all ingredients well. Add simple syrup, fill with ice, cover and shake until cold. Rim each glass with a cut lime and dip in the lime rim mixture. Fill each glass with ice and pour the ingredients from the shaker into the glasses. Garnish with watermelon, cucumber, mint and a personalized stir stick.

 

Cheers!
FYP Mixologists

 

 

Closing out the month of June, former Starcom Executive Vice President Jens Welin threw a summer party that was full of color, laughter, dancing, booze, food and a little bit of rain. The event was a toast to the hard work of the creative teams Welin oversaw, as well as a goodbye party before he left the company to move back to Sweden. In honor of the month, the party was Pride-themed with personalized details in all the colors of the rainbow.

 

 

Guests enjoyed the cocktail of the night, a summery Aperol Spritz in Frost Flex Cups sporting the party theme “All You Need is Love” and Starcom’s logo. But the bar didn’t stop there! Custom Can Coolers in a festive orange were the perfect touch for canned and bottled libations. And, of course, personalized Cocktail Napkins adorned every tabletop as an ever delightful detail.

All you need is love—and a grilled cheese sandwich. Seriously, if you haven’t eaten food from a restaurant on wheels yet, you are totally missing out. It’s a craze for a reason. The Toasty Cheese food truck supplied gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches and other tasty bites to a very satisfied crowd.

 

 

One somewhat cloudy uninvited guest did appear; a rain shower moved in and sent guests running for cover. However, the skies cleared after a bit, the sun came out and the party prevailed! Sunshine shone through the trees and happy partygoers talked, ate and danced the night away, creating their own rainbow.

 

 

personalized watercolor cocktail napkins with grapefruit cocktail

 

This beautiful cocktail tastes as good as it looks! We also may be slightly biased, but we’re pretty sure nothing could look better under these drinks than our exclusive Rosé Watercolor Cocktail Napkins.

Back to the drink—the savory herbal flavor of the rosemary is just perfect combined with the tart grapefruit. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves. How is it made, you ask. A little pre-prep time is required to make a rosemary simple syrup, but it is totally worth it.

Rosemary Simple Syrup
Ingredients
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 sprigs worth of rosemary leaves

Directions
Place all three ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil while stirring occasionally. Allow to boil for a minute or so, until the sugar is dissolved. Then, turn down the heat and simmer for 3 minutes with the lid on. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to steep for 5 more minutes before straining. Discard the rosemary leaves and let the syrup cool before transferring to a sealed bottle or jar. It will keep for a couple of weeks in an airtight jar stored in a cool dark place.

Cocktail
Ingredients
2 oz gin (or vodka)
1/2 cup of freshly squeezed pink grapefruit juice
1 oz  rosemary syrup
Ice
Fresh rosemary sprig and grapefruit slice to garnish

Directions
In a cocktail shaker, pour the gin, grapefruit juice and syrup over ice. Shake vigorously for about 20 seconds. Strain into a glass over ice. Garnish with grapefruit and a sprig of rosemary. Sip, and enjoy!

Cheers!
FYP Mixologists

foryourparty.com graphic designer Lauren

 

I’m a Chicago(land) girl through and through—born and raised in the good old western suburbs. It’s funny how even if you just live near Chicago, you are “from” Chicago!  I went to Elmhurst College for my bachelor’s degree. While I started college thinking I’d be a teacher or a physical therapist, halfway through I did the most impulsive thing in my life thus far and switched my major to art. (My parents were not super excited.) My design career has definitely taken the scenic route with some stopovers in retail and as a rhythmic gymnastics coach. I landed at FYP in October 2016 as a Graphic Designer and love working with the team here!

How would you describe your design style?
I am a practical person who also really likes PRETTY things! I try to make this dichotomy work for me in the design process. Logical, clean designs that make good use of space but also have a little bit of fun and flair. I feel like this “Oh Baby” design I did for our recent Designer Balloon launch exemplifies my ideal style.

pink baby shower balloon

What are your current favorite font combinations?
Fonts, like people, are just so full of personality. Lately, I like my fonts to be a little quirky, like Naive Inline, The Hand and Tasty Two.

personalized cocktail napkin

What’s your favorite FYP product?
I think our Goodie Bags are fantastic! They are so full of potential, I personally like to imagine them fulfilling their destiny by holding donuts or sweets after a fun party!

 

personalized party favor bags

 

Where do you get inspiration?
Inspiration comes from everywhere in life: nature, books, movies, art exhibits. I try to spend time exploring new things and places to keep my brain creative and energized.

If you were a dog, what breed would you be?
I would like to imagine that I would be a beautiful, smart, majestic being like my dog (he’s a German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix). I would most likely be a cat though—somewhat introverted, small bursts of exertion and lots of napping!  

 

German Shepherd/Australian Shepherd mix

cute cat napping

 

What’s your favorite travel destination?
I haven’t traveled extensively enough to say I have a favorite destination. However, my family and I have been exploring the natural wonders of the U.S. lately, and every place we go just blows my mind! I highly suggest marveling at how close the stars appear in the mountains of Utah, how magnificent Old Faithful is up close and how majestic it is to stand at (or near) the top of the Rocky Mountains.

 

old faithful

rocky mountains

 

 

 

4th of July Cocktail

 

We’ll always be true to the red, white and blue! Let freedom ring at your 4th festivities with this delicious sangria that is sure to be a crowd favorite. Who doesn’t love themed drinks!? Or sangria? It’s a win, win. Just be sure you have a star-shaped cookie cutter, and you can whip up this patriotic concoction in no time. Throw in a spirited Custom Straw Tag or Personalized Cocktail Napkin to really get the party started.

Red, White & Blue Sangria
Serves 8-10

Ingredients
1 bottle dry white wine
1 bottle champagne (or any variety of sparkling white wine)
1 cup apple juice or white grape juice
2 cups fresh blueberries
1 cup fresh raspberries
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced
3-4 Granny Smith apples
Ice

Directions
In a large pitcher, stir together white wine, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries and juice. Cover and refrigerate for about an hour to allow the flavors to meld.  Just keep in mind that the longer the mixture sits, the more red it will become!

When you are close to serving time, slice your apples and then use the star-shaped cookie cutter to cut out apple stars. You could also use pineapples or pears if you would prefer those fruits in your sangria. Next, stir in your apple stars, champagne and ice. Finished!

*Note: this drink tastes better while watching fireworks.

 

Happy 4th!
-FYP Mixologists

bachelorette party planning tips and ideas

 

While the bride and groom are busy planning the biggest day of their life together, it’s up to you as a faithful member of the bride tribe to pull together a blowout bachelorette party. Now there are some pretty strong traditions when it comes to saying goodbye to the miss years, and maybe an evening a little on the raunchy side is exactly the kind of last fling your bride is expecting. The real key to throwing the best bachelorette ever is pretty simple—throw it for your bride: what she loves, what she doesn’t, what she’s always imagined her bachelorette will be.

InStyle recently posted some great bachelorette party pointers as part of their 30 Days of Wedding Campaigns, including tips and non-traditional hosting ideas. The celebrity style magazine surveyed wedding industry pros to bring readers sage advice. ForYourParty’s Sari Mintz contributed, and we wanted to share the complete lists with you!

General Hosting Tips:
1. Start early
2. Budget up front
3. Put one person in charge
4. Personalize, personalize, personalize
5. Theme days

Unconventional Ideas:
1. Philanthropy event
2. Retreat to a wellness spa
3. Old school sleepover
4. Dressed up paintball war
5. Summer camp weekend
6. Amusement park

And there are so many more fun and memorable things you can think of! As long as you cater to your bride’s likes and follow some basic organization pointers, your party will be a no-fail. Cheers to celebrating the miss before she’s a M-R-S!

Our best pup turned seven last week, and boy did he celebrate! Office mascot, champion and best friend, George Morrison invited his puppy pals over for a morning of chew toys and tasty treats. He even provided a few human treats for the dog parents who attended.

 

 

The dogs partied with George, sharing lots of barks and wearing fun hats.

 

 

A dog who really knows how to host a party, George had gourment dog treats from Tails in the City and the most perfect personalized Goodie Bags with specialty die cut bag toppers, both from his mom’s company, our very own ForYourParty. One of our staff designers even hand-lettered the bone shaped bag toppers for each of the puppy party guests.

For the humans, delicious cupcakes from Bennison’s Bakery were adorably decorated with little dog faces and served on custom Photo Luncheon Napkins—we all think George has a very handsome silhouette.

 

 

Happy birthday, George—cheers to another great year lounging around the office! We love you!

personalized watercolor napkins with a summer summer beermosa

 

Truth—we’ve been celebrating summer for quite some time now. However, day one came to us officially yesterday. That’s right folks, time to kick back and say, “the sunshine told me to.” We were super excited to find this beermosa recipe that makes beer the unexpectedly perfect summer brunch drink. Can’t you just imagine yourself on a porch, waiting for your eggs benedict, sipping this cool creation without a care in the world? Responsibilities are for tomorrow because it’s summer after all, and well, like that totally adorable personalized napkin says…nobody cares 😉

Raspberry Beermosa by the Glass

Ingredients
1 bottle of a white IPA or good wheat beer
3/4 cup orange juice
Handful of fresh raspberries

Directions
Muddle your raspberries in the bottom of a tall beer glass. Pour your beer over the raspberries and then top off your glass with orange juice. Sip, relax and enjoy!

 

Cheers, FYP Mixologists

There are so many party themes a host can choose from and be creative with. Not to mention all the little nuances and personality! We’re loving this industrial glam party thrown by none other than one of the wedding industry’s top brands, The Knot.

Planned and executed by Simply Elegant Occasions, this Portland Mixer provided local industry professionals a fun evening of networking and was a gorgeous example of how to throw a beautiful party down to the details. The industrial vibes started with the venue itself, Coopers Hall, and was reflected in the decorations, tablescape, lounge area and more.

 

The Knot mixer at Coopers Hall

 

The Knot industrial tablescape

 

The Knot industrial tablescape

 

The Knot mixer industrial lounge area

 

Passed appetizers were served on natural wood platters for an added earthy tone that perfectly complemented the greenery filled, but otherwise stripped down winery and taproom. Personalized cocktail napkins graced the bar and tables, their 18 Kt. Gold Foil just the right amount of glam to accent the industrial setting.

 

The Knot passed appetizers on wooden platter

 

The Knot Personalized Cocktail Napkin

 

A little entertainment was found in the way of a photobooth that invited all the laughs. The wood slated chevron backdrop, wooden tripod and Edison-esque light bulb added the perfect industrial touch.

 

The Knot industrial photobooth

 

Guests were also given personalized party favors in bags printed by ForYourParty. Inside were custom Stadium Cups, and other goodies in The Knot’s signature blue.

 

The Knot custom cups and personalized party bags

 

#TheKnotSquad

 

 

Venue + Catering + Bar: Coopers Hall  | Planner: Simply Elegant Occasions | Floral Décor: Swoon Floral Design  | Photography: Sweetlife Photography | Videography: NW Creatives | Rental- Furniture: Something Borrowed Portland | Rental- Linens: La Tavola Linen  | Favors + Napkins: ForYourParty | Lighting: Greenlight Creative | Entertainment: John Ross Music & Production  | Desserts: Lux Sucre Desserts  | Photo Booth: Stumptown Booth  | Stationery + Graphic Design: Letters & Dust  | Beauty: Portland Makeup & Hair  | Laser Cut Décor: Blessed Blondies  | Photo Lab: The FIND Lab