Grab some friends—it’s time to celebrate! Not only have you practically made it to FriYAY, it’s officially spring! So, it’s time to take a shot and dance on the table. ‘Cause, why not?
Lemon Drops can be made with pre-squeezed lemon juice, lemon flavored vodka, lemonade mix, etc. But in honor of spring, the below recipe is a la fresh.
6 lemons, juiced
5 tablespoons simple syrup
6 mint leaves
4 shots of vodka
white sugar (for rims, if you’d like)
Pour over ice into a cocktail shaker your freshly squeezed lemon juice (leave a bit aside to wet rims, if you want to coat with sugar) and simple syrup. Throw in the mint leaves. Shake well to mix your ingredients. The ice will bruise the mint, infusing the drink with it’s crisp flavor. Dip the rim of each glass into your remaing lemon juice, and then into a plate of sugar. Strain the lemon-mint mixture into your festive Personalized Shot Glasses. Turn on your favorite dance music.
Here at ForYourParty.com, we love, love, love to see post-celebration pictures of all the special occasions that included personalized details. It is always a pleasure to be a part of life’s happy moments. And who doesn’t love a good party?!
We recently had the great fun of being a small part of former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky’s marriage to her long-time bf, TV show host Kevin Manno. Ali just shared her wedding photos, and the day looked charming, elegant and absolutely gorgeous. The bride was stunning, the groom dashing and together the couple made a beautiful pair. And don’t forget their sweet daughter, Molly! Totally adorable.
Working with Be Inspired (who just shared more fabulous photos of the wedding!) and Gather Events, we provided Personalized Cocktail Napkins and Custom Stir Sticks for the reception. This antique chic bar was rented from Found Rentals for a beautiful complement to the natural atmosphere of their venue.
Looking through the photos—shot expertly by Brandon Kidd Photography—with the beautiful backdrop, perfect gowns and personalized details, our favorite part has to be all the smiles and laughter. You can really see the joy of the bride and groom!
Congrats, Ali and Kevin!
Photography // Brandon Kidd Photography
Production | Be Inspired
Planning | Gather Events
Florals | Precious & Blooming
Venue | Terranea Resort
Furniture Rentals | Found Rentals
Cakes | Beverly’s Bakery
Ceremony Gown | Alvina Valetta, JLM Couture Bridal
Reception Gown | Val Stefani, Mon Amie Bridal Salon
In honor of America’s favorite Irish holiday tomorrow, today’s cocktail is…well…beer. Guinness to be exact! This legendary Irish dry stout found it’s humble beginnings in Dublin in the 1700s under the creative and courageous hand of Arthur Guinness. From there to your cold pint, this delicious drink has made history. Did you know in 1991 the Guinness Rocket Widget (invention to keep canned Guinness smooth and creamy) won the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement? It beat the Internet as the best invention of the previous 40 years. Again, the Internet.
So gather ’round your friends, pour a glass and toast to the Irishmen who came before us. We’re totally loving the toast printed on the Custom Cocktail Napkins below!
Today we’re going to share a favorite flavor burst for simple mixed drinks. Fruit in ice! Not only do fruit ice cubes make beautiful additions, they also keep drinks cold while enhancing the flavor. Freeze edible flowers as well for an elegant mix. Now, hydration is key, so you could always take a break from the alcohol and just add water for a refreshing fruit infused glass of H2O.
But at the moment, we’re thinking vodka. (It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?) Use a clear colored alcohol to get the full effect of each gorgeous ice cube. You can even pair your fruit with your decor, as seen above with the personalized Cocktail Napkin.
Boiled water (so your cubes aren’t cloudy!)
Cut or mash your fruit to their desired size. Place fruit or flowers in ice trays. After your boiled water has cooled (or you can simply buy distilled water), fill each tray about half way. Freeze. Fill the trays up the rest of the way, and freeze again. This method will keep your fruit and flowers from floating to the top, and they will be completely submerged in the ice.
Pour in vodka and soda to taste. Enjoy each sip as the ice melts and releases the fruits’ delicate flavor into your drink!
Whether you’re planning a bubbly brunch with your gals or looking for an elegant, fun signature cocktail, Cotton Candy Champagne is a charming option.
Pour your bubbly. Close to serving, top the flute with a tuft of cotton candy and a Personalized Stir Stick. Guests can then use the stir stick to introduce the sweet candy into the champagne. The cotton candy will dissolve and give the drink a sweet taste and delicious color.
Color Palettes , Holiday , Hosting , Ideas & DIY , St. Patrick's Day , Tips
Top o’ the mornin’ to ya! Are you gearing up for the biggest March holiday? While the tradition of St. Patrick’s Day parades and parties did not start on the Emerald Isle itself, the holiday is now a global celebration and a day when everyone is a bit Irish. And if not, just sprinkle on a little (or more) green, grab a Guinness and you’re good to go.
The actual holiday is always March 17; however, festivities last most of the month. If the 17th itself doesn’t fall on a Saturday, Chicago’s parade and river dyeing ceremony are always the Saturday prior. Seeing the Chicago River dyed a fantastic shade of emerald green should be on everyone’s Patty’s Day bucket list. In New York City, the parade is always on March 17. This parade, along with Boston, is the largest St. Patrick’s parade in the U.S.
Regardless of when or where you celebrate…celebrate! There is just something about the rush of planning and preparing for a party. Starting with your theme or occasion, you then get to choose colors, decor, food, drink and entertainment to create the perfect atmosphere for you and your guests. Looking forward to our own St. Patrick’s Day parties, we’ve pulled together a few ideas for you to throw a smashing success that will have nothing to do with luck.
Here at FYP, we are definitely fans of a well-placed DIY. Do-It-Yourself projects are often cost effective, tailored to exactly what you need, and oh-so-satisfying to complete. Don’t those fabulous LUCKY letters make you want to get crafting!? We love this quick tutorial from MadeByMarzipan.com. All you need are wooden block letters and copper colored paint, both of which can be picked up at your local craft store. And of course, the pennies! Those can probably be picked up from the bottom of your purse.
There are lots of festive options out there in terms of green drinks, even kid-friendly concoctions. We went with this (adult) Fuzzy Leprechaun recipe. Deck out your drinks by adding a colorful straw and Personalized Straw Tag with a cheery saying.
1 oz Peach Schnapps
1 oz Blue Curacao
1 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Orange Juice
½ oz Pineapple Juice
Orange slice and cherry for garnish
1. Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice and shake well
2. Strain into a glass of ice and garnish with an orange and cherry
Of course, you won’t want to serve your themed drinks and appetizers without the perfect complementary Personalized Cocktail Napkins. In this case, green with all the shamrocks and good luck to be found.
Colored green, rainbow and gold, shaped as shamrocks, leprechauns, pots of gold, rainbows, celtic knots…seriously, Pinterest will suggest sweet and savory snacks in all of the above. Just take your pick and click! The recipe for these adorable Shamrock Rice Krispie Treats is fairly simply. Just add green food coloring to your traditional Rice Krispie recipe, use a shamrock cookie cutter and top with sprinkles. Voila!
Have any special St. Patrick’s Day traditions of your own? Tell us in the comments below!
Photo credits: Choose Chicago, MadeByMarzipan.com, ForYourParty.com and iheartnaptime.com
The classic Old Fashioned is, well, classic. But sometimes it is fitting to skip the sweet and go neat. Get ready for this weekend with a smooth pour.
– Bourbon (try Maker’s Mark)
– Orange slice
Simply pour your desired amount into a tumbler, the same glass you would typically use for an Old Fashioned. Garnish with an orange, and enjoy slow and smooth. If you’d like to dilute your beverage, add water to taste. Complement all weekend long with a festive Personalized Cocktail Napkin. Huzzah!
Secured your sought after desert destination wedding spot and now looking to ensure the perfect complementary decor? Or maybe you simply want to recreate that dreamy desert feel in your theme, right in your hometown venue.
On trend for spring and summer weddings is the modern desert look, complete with succulents, geodes, pink himalayan salt and all the good vibes. With just a few well-placed accents and personalized details, you can accomplish your desired look and feel with glamour and ease. Here are a few tips for bringing your reception to themed perfection.
Go all out with the natural additions. Succulents and a variety of small flowering cactus plants complemented by simple wild flowers add an incredible depth and beauty as the floral option. Succulents make for breathtaking bouquets and boutonnieres, while a mini cactus can be the perfect desert earth centerpiece. Other natural elements to incorporate into your decor are woods and burlaps. The natural sandy color is reminiscent of the desert landscape and, together with your greenery, will be sure to create the desired atmosphere for you and your guests.
Love on those details. But there’s no need to be extravagant to pull off your desired look and feel. Escort your guests to their tables with these warm Personalized Euro Place Cards with Shiny Copper Foil. As you can see, the simple addition of a few stones also adds to the natural setting.
As guests are seated, great them with a place setting that seamlessly continues the theme. Simple dishes and flatware paired with personalized napkins in a soft color palette are an ideal atmosphere choice. There are so many napkin sizes you can choose from to suit your taste. Seen below is a Personalized Guest Towel Napkin in Honeydew with Shiny Copper Penny Foil. While it makes for a gorgeous plate, this option is a little less traditional than the Dinner Napkin or Personalized Cocktail Napkin shown above. Cocktail napkins are of course the ideal option for cocktail hours, appetizers and bar additions.
Let’s talk favors. Mini flowering cactus plants are adorable and creative take-home gifts. Tie a Personalized Gift Tag around the base of your cactus for a beautiful ‘thank you’ that is as unique as you and your new spouse. Make your memorabilia memorable by putting a spin on the traditional matchbox favor and pairing it with a sparkler send off to give your guests a special something that they also use during your big day. Add an extra touch with Personalized Sparkler Sleeves to really dazzle. Just think of the gorgeous photo op!
Dreaming of summer? Us. Too. Brighten up your weekend with this light and refreshing Lemon Lime Spritzer.
– 1/2 cup of vodka (we recommend Ketel One)
– 1/3 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
– 1/3 cup simple syrup
– club soda
– lemon wedges
– fresh mint
Mix together your vodka, lime juice and simple syrup. Pour over ice and top off with club soda. Garnish with a lemon wedge and fresh mint. Stir in a fabulous Personalized Stir Stick. Visualize the sunshine. Cheers!
Happy Valentine’s Day from ForYourParty! Did you have a fancy dinner to celebrate with your S.O. this past weekend? Planning one tonight? Maybe you surrounded yourself with your besties for a little Galentine’s brunch—or are looking forward to one of the many, many local events being offered.
Whatever your preferred celebratory style might be, we hope you do a little something. Because here at FYP, we’re all about the festivities. In fact, we threw a little soirèee ourselves and thought we’d share the details.
There were more than enough treats to go around. These adorable and delicious French Toast Churro Bites were definitely an office favorite.
Of course, there was also no shortage of cute personalized party products! Be Mine and Your Rock Heart Straw Tags played double duty as straw tags, while also making the perfect addition to these yummy chocolate heart lollipops. Which, yes, a lovely girl in our office HOMEMADE.
Not to mention the personalized napkins. We featured Candy Pink and Lipstick Red Cocktail Napkins for a fabulous Valentine’s palette. The simple sayings added just the right festive touch. Paired with custom Full Color Square Heart Coasters, our table was complete.
We hope your day was as sweet as ours! Feel free to share in the comments below. Off to fight the sugar comma.