Do something extra special for your favorite girls for being so supportive leading up to and on your big day. You may consider choosing a gift that has an added personal touch to it. Rather than choosing a traditional gift, like a framed photo or dancing flip flops, take some  inspiration from our favorite gift ideas that your girls will be able to use again and again.

We love the idea of monogrammed jewelry. Below are some beautiful monogramed rings from Jennifer Zeuner. You can also shop by letter at C. Wonder and choose different pieces depending on each girl’s tastes – it’s not necessary that everyone has the same gift. In fact, it’s more personal and sweet if you choose each gift separately.

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Give each girl a gift set of high-end, custom note cards. You can have them monogrammed or design an elegant graphic to give them some flair. Note cards make great gifts for your letter-writing girls.

You could even buy on-trend clutches. Unless you are positive about which color to buy for each of your girls, you can choose something neutral, like taupe. The clutches can do double-duty: they can be used to store lipstick and gum during the long wedding day and reception night, and your girls will be able to use them long after the wedding if they’re not too matchy-matchy with your wedding colors. Here is a lovely set complete with a lace flower and detail from Davie and Chiyo on etsy.

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Go for trendy taupe ballet flats or a pair of TOMS from their wedding collection. Flats or TOMS in a neutral color are perfect dancing shoes but can be worn again and again after the wedding fun is over. You can wrap them up in tulle and add a thoughtful note for a personal touch.

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Pamper the girls with a sexy silk robe. They can wear it the morning of while getting hair and makeup done and then relish the luxuriousness in their own homes long after. You could go for something neutral, or you could be more adventurous and choose a fun pattern that will brighten their spirit every time they wear it. Here are some beautiful kimono-inspired, floral patterned robes from Silk and More on etsy.

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Handmade soaps and body products never go out of style. Look for organic, local items made out of products like olive oil, goat’s milk, honey and locally grown lavender. There are plenty of DIY recipes, but there are also a large amount of etsy listings with organic, handmade soaps, like this lavender soap from Sciarretta Farms.

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Personalize each gift (try to spend about the same amount on each gift, however) if you know each of your bridesmaids very well. For example, if a few girls like a specific cosmetics brand, buy each a few products from her favorite line and put them in personalized gift bags tied with custom ribbon. If some of your bridesmaids are athletic and active, get them some cute workout gear or a personalized and cute off-the shoulder sweatshirts.

Just make sure to have fun with your gifts, focus on each bridesmaid individually, and you’re sure to come up with personal gifts that are special and appreciated.

In our next installment of Beat the Heat, we want to share with you some of our favorite snacks that are sure to cool you off this summer.

Starting with these deliciously cool smoothie pops from RedBook. Not only are they creamy, cool, and delicious, but they are also a great, healthy alternative to those sugary popsicles we’re all used to. They’re also extremely easy to make, you just blend a half-cup of lemon or lime juice, a cup of  fresh fruit, and a half-cup of plain yogurt, then pour into molds and freeze!

Who doesn’t love a good salad? This Kale Salad with Strawberries, Goat Cheese, and Strawberry-Mint Vinaigrette from The Roasted Root puts the perfect spin on a traditional salad to make it absolutely perfect for those hot summer days.

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During the summer, you can never go wrong with tortilla chips dipped in a fresh salsa. Complete Recipes shows just how simple it can be to make your own fresh salsa. All you need to do is mix some tomatoes, onions, garlic cloves, fresh cilantro, jalapeño, and salt, and you’ll have a deliciously fresh salsa that  you and your friends are sure to love all summer long.

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Another great way to cool off this summer is to make refreshing popsicles. Try these Watermelon Cucumber Popsicles from The Comfort of Cooking for a refreshingly crisp treat. All you need to make these scrumptious popsicles is cucumber, watermelon, a little simple syrup, and some fresh lime juice.

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Don’t forget to use our personalized party accessories to spice up all of your summer party snacks!

Many couples are surprised by the cost of floral arrangements and bouquets for their wedding. If you’re trying to stick to a strict wedding budget but can’t bear to host flower-free nuptials, there are several ways to cut costs while still having beautiful blooms on your wedding day. Here are some ideas that could save you time, money, and heartache in the long run.

Communicate with your florist
Be upfront with your florist. Let him or her know your budget and ask that he or she helps you stay within it. When the florist knows your maximum amount at the beginning, this can save you from a sticky situation farther down the road.

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Revival Photography

Splurge where you need
Prioritize. The bridal bouquet is likely the most important to you, followed by the bridesmaid bouquets. Does anyone even look at the groomsmen’s boutonnieres? Not really, so opt for tiny, less expensive blooms, stalks or greenery for the men.

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Stay in season
Stick with flowers that are in season and local to your area. In a Martha Stewart Weddings post, Maxine Siu, owner of Stem in San Francisco, showed off a beautiful spring bouquet she made for $50 using parrot tulips, anemones and ranunculus – all curated locally and in season in the spring in Northern California. Take some inspiration from this spring bouquet featured on Ruffled Blog.

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Pick pieces that can serve multiple purposes
Rather than having lavish floral centerpieces, have elegant potted plants that can do double-duty by serving as favors for guests to take home. For the head table, let bridesmaids’ bouquets also serve as table centerpieces by providing vases. Here’s an example of how to integrate small potted succulents into centerpieces that could also serve as favors for your guests.

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Go big or go home
Choose big blooms. Martha Stewart Weddings says that using big flowers means you’ll need less of them and thus will be able to save money. We like bright yellow or lime green spider mums, simple sunflowers and large silky peonies. Try these ideas for single bloom centerpieces, from Bow Ties and Bliss.

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Go directly to the source
Martha Stewart Weddings recommends finding a local farmer or association and buying directly from that person. You’ll likely have to be adept at making arranging your own bouquets or find a friend to do it, but this is a great option for those with talented friends and family members who also want to save quite a bit of money. Make your bridal and bridesmaids bouquets even more special by tying them with high-quality custom ribbon.

Luke Simon Photography

Luke Simon Photography

Whether you need to save money or want to cut floral costs to spend more on personalized gift bags for your guests, use the tips above to still have a fabulous wedding that fits your style.

If you love the look of a summer wedding, but are worried about an outdoor ceremony during the hottest time of the year, you’ve come to the right place! We’ve collected the best tips and tricks for all of our brides (and their guests) who want to stay cool during their summer wedding. Indoor Ceremony An easy suggestion is obviously to have your ceremony indoors! An indoor ceremony can be just as special and magical as an outdoor ceremony would be, just take this Georgia barn ceremony from Simply Charming Socials as proof. That way, there will be no worries about sitting through an entire ceremony if it becomes too hot or the mosquitos are bad. And you can still have your wedding party photos taken outside if you desire. georgiabarn Programs as Fans A big trend these days in summer weddings is to have your programs double as fans, so your guests have a little relief from the heat. Not only are they practical, but they can be so lovely and add a nice detail to your entire day. Here is a beautiful, calligraphic example of program fans from Rifle Paper Co. programfans Canopy If you have your heart set on an outdoor ceremony, never fear! There are always ways to adapt to the weather. Along with your program fans, you could rent and install a canopy or tent to shelter you and your guests from the sun. Many people are hesitant to use a canopy or tent for fear of losing their tone of decor, however, as you can see in these ceremonies from Colin Cowie Weddings and Feather + Stone, the canopy actually adds to the whimsy of the day. canopy2

canopy Stay Hydrated One of easiest, and maybe most important, elements to consider is that everyone needs to stay hydrated . Help alleviate the heat by supplying your guests with bottled water throughout the ceremony. Here’s some inspiration for how to offer your guests water bottles, from Wedding Chicks. weddingwater Offer Sweet, ‘Cool’ Treats During cocktail hour, instead of offering a heavy plate of appetizers, consider renting a snow cone machine or having a sundae bar. This will give your guests a treat that is yummy and will help cool them down in time for dinner and dancing into the night!

Cachic Design

Cachic Design

Andrea Sproxton Photography

Andrea Sproxton Photography

Above all, you just want to make sure the day is enjoyable for you, your future hubby, and, of course, your guests.

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Bridechilla

ForYourParty’s next installment of Real Parties will feature a fun, lively Surprise 40th Birthday Bash thrown for Akir by his wife, Michelle (with the help of event planner, Loretta Lester). Don’t get me wrong, we love seeing our products featured in beautiful weddings, but seeing our products used for a surprise birthday bash is also quite exciting! This birthday bash was held in a modern loft-style apartment in New York City—talk about a perfect location to set the mood for a surprise party. Especially if that party’s theme is ‘Tapas, Sangria, Salsa’.

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Utilizing the white space of the loft, they introduced layers of red (Akir’s favorite) & gold for an air of sophistication. To complete the theme and add even more smiles and good laughs to the bash, a dance instructor taught each of the guests the salsa.

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Their guests were in a for a real treat, as they served both sangria and hand-muddled mojitos, while, of course, snacking on tapas. Michelle personalized our oval stir sticks to read “Akir’s 40th,” which added an exciting detail to their delicious sangria.

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Below you’ll see a delicious dessert called a ‘Brigadeiro,’ or  a Brazilian chocolate bonbon, which was created in the 1940′s. These lovely treats came from a local bakery:
Brigadeiro Bakery, Macdougal St. New York City.

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They also used our personalized cocktail napkins to add some fun to their signature snack: tapas. Small details can be seen throughout the entire party, like our stir sticks and napkins, but also details such as their chevron-striped wooden forks and gold balloons.

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Photo booths have become a must for many weddings and events, and this birthday bash is no exception. Oversized gold mylar number balloons made for a super fun photo backdrop.

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Small details are everything when it comes to throwing a successful party, and this Surprise 40th Birthday Bash proves just that. The red & gold accents, hand-muddled mojitos, personalized party accessories, and photo booth really gave this party the energy it needed to be an exciting and memorable event.

Photographer: Willi Wong
Event Planner: Loretta Lester

For our final installment of ForYourParty’s color series, we’re going to tackle a fun new trend in weddings: photo ops. Not the ones with your wedding party, but capturing photos of the other people in your life that you love … your wedding guests! We’ll use the whimsical color scheme of navy blue, blue, lime green and chartreuse from The Perfect Palette to show you exactly what we mean:

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Photo booth
Your photographer can’t be everywhere at once, so having a photo booth is the perfect way to allow your guests to capture their own candid moments! Some photographers will even cover the photo booth as well by hiring a second shooter. Whether you choose to rent a photo booth or go the DIY route by simply placing a camera on a tripod, make sure you include these essential elements:

Ruffled

Ruffled

Backdrop – For a quick and easy backdrop, simply hang a solid-colored sheet (navy blue is probably best, as it’s simple) in front of the camera. If you’re having a rustic wedding, add a little something extra by hanging pennant flags in lime green, blue and chartreuse from the top, as seen below, photographed by Ashely Forette Photography. You can use the flags to spell out your names or the date of your wedding. Just make sure you don’t go too crazy on the backdrop, as you’ll want the focus of the photo the be on your guests.

Ashley Forrette Photography

Ashley Forrette Photography

Props – The props you offer your guests for use in their wacky photos are where you can really let your color scheme shine. Next to the camera, place a box filled with blue feather boas, oversized lime green glasses, paper mustaches on sticks, balloons in your wedding colors, faux peacock feathers, copies of your wedding invitations and more! Here is a great selection of props from PhotoBoothProp on Etsy.

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Guestbook - If your photo booth is set up so your guests can print the pictures right away, place a guest book on a table nearby. Offer glue so they can paste their photos inside, along with writing utensils so they can write a personal message of congratulations. You can even make sure the paper in your guestbook matches your wedding colors!

Easy Event Ideas

Easy Event Ideas

iPhone photo app
Almost everyone has a smartphone these days, and you can use this fact to your advantage. To cut back on the work your photographer has to do (and maximize the memories you capture), ask your guests to use their iPhones to take photos and share them with you. Here’s how:

Sharing - On each reception table, set personalized place cards (in your wedding colors, of course) that ask your guests to take photos throughout the night and use a special hashtag (such as #smithwedding14 or #kateanddan0414) when they post them on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. This way, after the wedding is over, you can visit these social media sites and see all of the wonderful photos that your guests captured. Or you could create a cute little setup at the guestbook table that tells guests the same, as seen here from The Wedding Chicks.

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Photo ideas – While guests will no doubt take selfies and similar photos without much prompting, you can also give them ideas for pictures that will incorporate your wedding colors. For example, you can have suggestions printed on the navy blue with key lime foil that are distributed to your guests during cocktail hour. They can say things like: “Who can take the best photo of our centerpieces? #smithwedding14″  and “Whoever takes a photo with the most bridesmaids wins! #kateanddan0414.”
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Contests – You can also use cocktail napkins or cards on the tables to set up a photo contest for your guests. For example, maybe the person who posts the most photos incorporating your wedding colors wins a free drink at the bar. Another option is to send a retroactive gift to the guest whose photo with your wedding hashtag receives the most likes, retweets, etc. The possibilities are endless!

Photo frame setup
Let’s face it – your friends and family members aren’t exactly professional photographers (no matter how many selfies they’ve taken), so they may need a little guidance. Place these helpful hints on a sheet of paper near the photo booth or on each reception table:

Use the rules of thirds – When composing a shot, think of the photo as being separated into thirds both horizontally and vertically. The places where these lines intersect are called “points of interest,” and it’s where your guests faces should be in the photo. Neat, huh?

Show your personality - The props are there for reasons beyond incorporating your wedding colors into the photos; you want your guests to let their personalities shine too! Encourage them to smile wide, make goofy faces, and take as many candid shots as they want.

Pretty My Party

Pretty My Party

Don’t forget about the bride and groom – While you’ll likely be busy mingling with all of your guests, make sure everyone you invited understands that they are important to you, so they shouldn’t feel shy about pulling you aside for a photo either in the booth or on their phone!

 

10 Years of Wedding & Party Trends

Some trends were born to make you say, “What on Earth were we thinking?!” Others disappear with yesterday’s fashion, only to reemerge decades later. In celebration of ForYourParty’s 10th Anniversary, here’s a look back at the most memorable party trends from the past decade.

2004

Disposable Cameras

Placing a few cameras at each table is a great way to entertain guests while adding pages to the wedding album. The bride and groom can look forward to getting the film developed once they return from their honeymoon. They should, however, proceed with caution. This party trend has proven time and again to be an unpredictable social experiment. Under the cloak of anonymity, even the most mature party guests can’t help but take an inappropriate photo or two.

Other Trends: Wedding cake makes room for small pastries, chocolate-covered strawberries and festive cookies.

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2005

Professional Dance Lessons

They’re perfect for each other—just look at them dance! More and more couples are booking ballroom dancing classes to wow friends and family during that big first dance. And the trend isn’t limited to just the bride and groom. Even the father of the bride is known to go Footloose during the father-daughter dance.

Other Trends: Whiskey bars, cigar bars and wedding matches.

Photography by Craig Mitchelldyer www.craigmitchelldyer.com 503.513.0550

2006

DIY Wedding Vows

Bride and groom ditch the script to write their own meaningful vows and wedding program. If they can hold back the tears, the couple exchanges a very personal and heartfelt commitment to one another. To the newlyweds who go this route, a DIY approach is much more meaningful to the otherwise traditional wedding ceremony. Other ceremony details are also being upgraded, like replacing the organist with a classically trained guitar player.

Other Trends: Relaxed-formal dress code and calls for certain colors.

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2007

Proposal Photography

Just pray she doesn’t see that guy with the camera ducking in the bushes! More grooms are seeking photographers to catch that precious “yes!” moment on camera. The emotionally-charged photos also make perfect save the date cards. Some party planners specialize in helping young lovers plan the perfect proposal, complete with a stealthy camera crew on standby.

Other Trends: Tungsten rings and tattoo wedding bands.

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2008

Viewing Parties

Staying in and watching television doesn’t mean the same as it used to. Fans are inviting all their friends over to watch the hottest shows and season finales. The trend really gained momentum with American Idol, and has continued with hit shows like The Oscars, Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones. The most extreme viewing parties require costumes while others feature creative appetizers and other custom party accessories.

Other Trends: Green weddings and incredible invitations.

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2009

Macarons Madness

Sweet and colorful macarons invade the American party scene. The meringue-based sandwich cookies have been popular in Paris for 150 years, and for good reason: They’re delicious. The macaron trend shows no signs of crumbling as more and more party-goers delightfully learn the difference between a macaron and its coconutty cousin, the macaroon.

Other Trends: Barn weddings and non-traditional venues.

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2010

Ugly Sweater Parties

It’s time to pull out Aunt Martha’s handmade holiday sweater. And now you’re not lying when you tell her, “It’s perfect!” Ugly Sweater Parties are the perfect occasion for showcasing your tackiest apparel. From fuzzy snowmen to actual jingle bells, the sweater is the ultimate canvas for holiday cheer. If you don’t already own a festive sweater, hit the thrift stores before the holiday season kicks off. Extra points for shoulder pads and pompoms!

Other Trends: Mismatched bridesmaid dresses and 1920s fashion.

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2011

Foodie Fiesta

Food takes center stage as party planners call on innovative chefs to recreate classic comfort foods with gourmet flavor. The foodie culture hit critical mass in 2011 as cooking competitions dominated television networks and food trucks swarmed streets throughout America. The success of a party can be judged by the amount of leftovers. Craft beer and artisanal cocktails replace the keg o’ beer in the backyard. The busy food truck, wheeling out chicken and waffles and fish tacos, replaces the tinfoiled buffet of rice pilaf and soggy vegetables. Custom bags and boxes are great for sending guests home with an end-of-the-night snack.

Other Trends: Wedding websites and cake pops.

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2012

Pinterest Party

It’s a game changer. Scouring Pinterest for DIY party ideas has become the first natural step to planning and party. We need more mason jars. More chalkboard paint. More bird cages. Did we mention mason jars? The social bookmarking site is a wealth of inspiration for all occasions. Birthday parties, wedding receptions and baby showers have never been more adorable. In addition to party ideas, Pinterest is also great for discovering stylish nail polish trends, extravagant braids and inspirational quotes. Speaking of Pinterest… Check out what we’ve been Pinning!

Other Trends: Sparkles, sparklers and Trash-the-Dress photo shoots.

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2013

Gangnam Style

Move over, Chicken Dance. Psy took the world by storm in 2012-13 with his Gangnam Style music video and funky-fresh dance moves. Wedding parties around the globe took to the fad by uploading their own dance videos to YouTube. Like the Macarena and the Cha Cha Slide before it, the Gangnam Style dance craze has already started to fade and will continue its slow burn at wedding receptions for decades to come.

Other Trends: Hand-drawn invitations and gourmet marshmallows.

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2014

Gender Reveal Parties

Expecting couples are coming up with creative ways to announce whether they’re having a baby boy or a baby girl. What makes the gender reveal party so exciting is that mom and dad don’t even know, which makes it a complete surprise for everyone. The most popular method of reveal involves visiting a bakery with a sealed note from the doctor. In front of their closest friends and family, the expecting couple cuts into the cake to see whether the inside is blue for boy or pink for girl. Balloon boxes and confetti showers are also popular. Before the reveal, party guests are often asked to make a prediction, which only adds to the party’s suspense.

Other Trends: Sweets displays and tissue decorations.

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Did we miss anything? Visit us on Facebook to share your favorite (or least favorite) party trends from the past 10 years. And for even more party ideas, check out our 25 Favorite Things!

 

 

 

In honor of the glorious weather we’ve been having, we wanted to start a new series called “Beat the Heat,” which will feature all things summer and give you some great ways to stay cool during our hottest summer days. What better way to start than with some delicious poolside cocktails? We’ve rounded up some of our favorites and compiled them in a list here complete with photos and recipes just for your drinking pleasure.

Let’s start of with a refreshing Watermelon Cocktail from Meg Smith Photography and Paula LeDuc Fine Catering, and featured on Style Me Pretty. This cocktail is perfect for those hot, summer days when you want something light and refreshing. What could be more so than watermelon?

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How about a Raspberry Beer Cocktail? Try this one from A Cup of Mai and you won’t be disappointed. I promise it’s as yummy as it looks. This cocktail is not only refreshing on a hot day, but it’s sweet with a kick.

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If you’re in the mood for something a little lighter, try this Roasted Peach Lemonade from The Naptime Chef. It’s not alcoholic and kids will surely love it.

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Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean you have to make sugary, sweet cocktails! If you’re more into the spicy drinks, try this Indian Summer Cocktail from A Spicy Perspective. This bourbon cocktail infused with lemon and apricot is perfect for those with tougher taste buds.

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If you’re looking for something fruity and refreshing, look no further, this Strawberry Mint Smash from Oh So Beautiful Paper is for you! It has real strawberries, giving this cocktail the fruitiness it needs to be perfect in the summer weather, and it has the slightest amount of mint syrup for the hint of refresh everyone is looking for.

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This Tequila Paloma from B.Britnell is perfect for those of you who want a sweet cocktail with the just the slightest hint of tartness. Complete with equal parts Tequila, grapefruit juice, club soda, and lime juice, with just a touch of sugar for sweetness, this cocktail is perfect for those summer days by the pool.

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Don’t forget to shop ForYourParty.com for every one of your party needs, from custom cocktail napkins to coasters to personalized stir sticks, we have everything you need to make your poolside cocktail party perfect!

 

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Top Party Songs of the Decade

From Ludacris rolling up to the club in his Rolls-Royce to Macklemore jumping on couches at the local Goodwill, a lot has changed in the last 10 years. In celebration of ForYourParty’s 10th anniversary, we’re taking a look back at the biggest party songs from the past decade. Are any of these songs still powering your playlist?

2004

“Yeah!” by Usher featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris

It was nearly impossible to go anywhere in 2004 without hearing Usher’s “Yeah!” The Crunk&B chart-topper, featuring Lil Jon and Ludacris, was the longest-running number one single in 2004, encouraging everyone to sing along to “Take that and rewind it back…”

2005

“Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson

The Original American Idol proved to the world that she’s more than a contest winner. With its catchy hook, “Since You’ve Been Gone” appealed to everyone and anyone who has ever felt restricted in a relationship. And getting out is something worth singing about. The only thing that’s not “moving on” is the song’s popularity, as it continues to receive a fair share of air play wherever there’s a dance floor or karaoke machine.

2006

“Crazy” by Gnarls Barkley

Whether or not you can hit the high notes like CeeLo Green didn’t stop anyone from singing along… “Does that make me crazy? Does that make me crazy?” From birthday parties to wedding receptions, fans all over the world were going, you know, “crazy” on the dance floor.

2007

“Umbrella” by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z

Seven years later, there’s a good chance you still have this song in your head. Rihanna’s breakout hit dominated airwaves everywhere with its catchy hook, “Under my umbrella (Ella ella eh eh eh).”

2008

“Low” by Flo Rida featuring T-Pain

The year the world learned about apple bottom jeans. And the boots with the fur! Naturally, the song was a hit on the dance floor. Because the next thing you know… “Shawty got low, low, low, low, low, low, low, low.”

 2009

“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas

In 2009, the Black Eyed Peas inspired just about everyone to go out and have an unforgettable night. “I Gotta Feeling” is the top inspirational dance pop theme of all time, spending 14 consecutive weeks atop the Billboard charts. It’s easy to see why the song is perfect for getting the party started.

2010

“Tik Tok” by Kesha

Nobody glamorized the party girl lifestyle better than Kesha in her hit single “Tik Tok.” The 2010 best-selling single is a dance-pop salute to keeping the party going and going and going. Partygoers around the world are still singing, “Tonight, Imma fight ’til we see the sunlight.”

2011

“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO

The name of the song is right on target. “Party Rock Anthem” was fueling dance parties worldwide in 2011 and into 2012. LMFAO’s playful image makes them an easy group to love and an even easier party troupe to dance along with.

2012

“Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen

Fans weren’t just singing “Call Me Maybe.” The pop hit had everyone releasing their own music videos—including Cookie Monster and the US Olympic swim team. Carly Rae is the perfect blend of playful and poppy, so it’s no wonder we couldn’t resist singing along to, “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy. But here’s my number, so call me, maybe!”

2013

“Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis

Most rappers don’t shop at thrift stores, and if they do, they certainly don’t write songs about it! Besides its catchy beat, “Thrift Store” used humor to win a spot in party mixes worldwide. Because finding a funky-fresh outfit on the cheap is something everyone can dance about.

In another 10 years, these will all be considered classics! It’s still too early to tell which hit party song will forever be associated with 2014. If you had to guess, what do you think it’ll be? Join the conversation on our Facebook page!

It’s just now starting to truly feel like summer and we want to make your summer wedding perfect with the perfect summer color palette. We’re searched for the perfect palettes for the warm summer months and want to showcase our favorite color palettes from The Sweetest Occasion and Wedding Colors. For summer, many people automatically think bright, bold colors, however, there are ways to incorporate soft, pastels into your wedding palette to suit your tastes as well.

Amethyst and Bubblegum
Our first palette is called Amethyst and Bubblegum. It’s a beautiful combination of dark purple, bubblegum pinks, light lavender, and sunflower yellow. The lighter colors complement the bolder to create a palette that has dimension and pop. This palette is all about creating an atmosphere full of fun. If you’re a bride who loves to party, this palette is for you.

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Coral Charm and Navy
Our next palette is called Coral Charm and Navy and is inspired by the lovely pink peony. By adding a navy color into the mix, it gives a preppy vibe to this otherwise light and subtle palette. This is perfect for brides who love the softness of pinks and corals, but want a little something extra.

colorpalette3Clementine and Sage
Our next palette is called Clementine and Sage. It’s a perfect transition from spring to summer, with soft orange, light pinks, and greens. The light orange creates a lovely combination with the sage for a kick of citrus and the hint of something sweet with the addition of light pinks. If you are someone who loves sunshine and citrus, this palette is for you.

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Our final color palette is called Granita and Emerald. The rich roses, pinks, and emerald have a bold and bright effect, perfectly encapsulating the feelings of summer. It may even remind you of a summertime watermelon snack on a sunny day.

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