Happy Friday the 13th! How superstitiously exciting is it that this spooky day falls in the month of October?? We’re definitely gearing up for Halloween here at ForYourParty. If you’re planning a Halloween bash this year, try adding a themed drink or two! We’ll get your menu started with this delicious Bloody Zombie Rum.

Be sure to order your personalized party accessories today so that they arrive in time for your Halloween festivities! After all, you can’t do the Monster Mash without a cocktail napkin to hold your glass. And since costumes are the theme, why not dress up drinks with a fabulous custom stir stick to really make the bar spooktacular.

 

Bloody Zombie Rum 
yields 6

 

Ingredients

1 cup rum
4 chilled natural blackberry sodas, 12 oz ea
1 cup chilled blood orange juice
¼ cup fresh lime juice
1 cup fresh blackberries
1 blood orange thinly sliced
Fresh mint for garnish

Directions

Fill a large pitcher with ice and combine your rum, soda and juices. Stir gently. Get out your glasses and fill about halfway with ice. Add your Zombie Rum and top off each glass with blackberries and an orange slice. Dress up in your best costume, cheers and enjoy!

party trail mix with m&ms, raisins and nuts

 

Looking for a quick and easy snack food to have available at your next party? Whether you are hosting a football viewing party, kids birthday party or just having a casual gathering, this trail mix is the way to go! Pro tip: leftovers make the perfect school, work and around the house snack.

First off, there are tons and tons of tasty trail mix recipes—you can even whip up some themed mixes. We love the following recipe put together by Love Bakes Good Cakes. It is full of nutritious nuts and sweet raisins. Plus the token touch of chocolate! Yum. Dark M&Ms are a great idea because they aren’t too sweet and also add some fun color to the mix.

 

full color personalized goodie bag for small favors and treats

 

Have personalized Party Bags on hand for an easy serving option that you can also match to your party theme. Choose your colors and think of your best “Down, Set, Hustle!” quote, wish your guest of honor happy birthday or simply add your family name.
 

Ingredients
2 cups raisins
1 cup lightly salted sunflower seeds
1 cup whole natural almonds
1 cup dry-roasted peanuts
1 cup roasted and salted pistachios
1 cup dark chocolate M&M’s
Directions
Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix until combined. Serve and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container for future snacking.

pineapple rum punch cocktail with custom stir sticks used as custom fruit kebobs

 

Today is officially the first day of autumn, but this 90-degree weather feels like summer has decided to hold on a little while longer! So let’s join the sunshine and imbibe in this summery sweet rum concoction.

Pineapple Rum Punch

Ingredients
1 cup  rum
3 cups ginger ale
3 cups pineapple juice
Fresh pineapple, cubed

Directions
Fill a pitcher about half way with ice. Then, pour in your rum, pineapple juice and rum. Mix well. Throw in some fresh pineapple chunks. Serve over ice and add more pineapple for garnish. Use custom stir sticks as totally cute fruit skewers!

 

Cheers, 
FYP Mixologists

Throw your sweet kiddo a party to remember! Looking for a theme other than the favorite doll, game or superhero of the year? Here are a few how-tos for throwing a fall-tastic, apple orchard birthday party.

Decor

Break out the hay, sunflowers and apples! If you happen to have an actual orchard handy, then of course your location will lend greatly to the atmosphere. But with a few small additions, a backyard can be transformed. A little fall plaid for picnic blankets, a handful of well-placed mini hay bails, and festive fruits and tah-dah! Backyard apple orchard.

Food & Drink

custom printed plastic cups for a kid birthday party

foil stamped lunch bags for popcorn and party favors

personalized napkins in orange and burgundy with happy birthday balloons

Carry your theme over to the menu for a truly impressive party. What better apple orchard drink than cider!? Serve up this sweet drink in plastic custom printed cups that are shatter proof and kid friendly. Personalize the festive cup in your kiddo’s favorite colors, and top off each drink with a personalized straw tag. Not only will these details add to your theme and make drinks fun, your birthday star will love feeling special.

Have easy finger foods available like popcorn in themed bags and maybe even fruit spears. Turning custom stir sticks into kebobs are a simple way to make fruit fun and hopefully encourage all the little sugar-lovers to have a healthy snack!

Cake

birthday party cupcakes with personalized cocktail napkins

Consider cupcakes as a cake alternative. These are more easily transportable, easier to eat and make cleanup much more simple. Just pair each tasty treat with a personalized napkin—no plates or silverware needed.

Games

Image via The Chic Site

There are SO many outdoor games for kids and parents alike. S/O to Brit + Co for putting together this very thorough list. Here’s a favorite of ours! We’ve all heard bobbing for apples, but how about bobbing for donuts? Simply loop strings over a branch or clothesline and attach donuts to the end. You can have the kids line up and see who can finish their donut first or who can eat the most without any bits falling off. Sans hands, of course! You can also go the same route but attach apples. Despite the apple bobbing sentiments we might have, this alternative is a bit safer and well, involves a little less spit swapping.

 

Party Favors

red personalized cocktail napkins and custom thank you gift tags with a candy apple

custom printed full color party bags for treats and party favors

Nothing tops a party off quite like personalized party favors. Little goodies are a great way to thank guests for coming, and maybe even a good behavior incentive to the younger crowd. Get creative with your favors and send home candy apples with custom gift tags or stuff printed party bags with small treats. Your child’s friends will surely remember the party of the year!

blackberry whiskey lemonade with foil stamped straw tags

No weekend plans? Invite friends over for a relaxing evening experimenting with creative drinks! Infusing alcohols with natural flavors and mixing up homemade syrups is all the rage. Take this recipe for Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade and give it your own spin. We added mint, but you can try basil or rosemary as your herbal influence. Add a personalized straw tag to make it truly yours. Cheers!

Ingredients

For The Blackberry Simple Syrup:
– 12 oz. fresh blackberries
– 1/2 cup sugar
– 1/2 cup water

For The Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade:
– 1 cup whiskey
– 1 cup lemon juice
– 3/4 cup blackberry simple syrup
– 1 cup tonic water or sparkling wine
– Lemon slices
– Fresh mint
– Ice

Instructions

For The Blackberry Simple Syrup
Combine the blackberries, sugar and water in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat for 15-25 minutes, stirring occasionally until blackberries have softened and you have a thick syrup. Strain syrup through a mesh sieve to separate any seeds or lumps. Let the syrup cool for 20 minutes or so before you make the drinks. You can refrigerate any leftover syrup in a sealed container for up to a week.

For The Blackberry Whiskey Lemonade
Over ice, combine the whiskey, lemon juice, blackberry syrup and a couple mint leaves in a large shaker. Shake well. Strain over ice into glasses. If you’re feeling a little bubbly, you can top each drink with a splash of tonic water or sparkling wine. Garnish with a lemon wheel and sprig of mint (or your herb of choice!). Serve and enjoy. Happy Weekend!

Cheers, 
FYP Mixologists

Gorgeous tablescapes are a fabulous way to enhance your event decor and create a memorable look in any space. Wherever your special occasion is held, from a top dollar ballroom to the community hall or your backyard garden, well-styled tables will always fit in. Take the opportunity to let your creativity flow and design table tops that accent your theme.

A juicy tablescape trend we currently love? Working fruit into the decor! Not only does fruit go wonderfully with the trendy natural vibe that is still taking the cake, it also adds a lovely pop of color amidst your greenery. Here are a few different ways we like to work in some produce eye candy.

For Looking 

Deck out your table runner with fruits that match your theme in look, feel and color. The black grapes, grapefruit and pomegranates paired with the greenery add the perfect natural tones to this table runner for a bright, earthy touch. Mixing whole fruits with halved fruits lends more texture to the feature as well.

 

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Another beautiful way to add a touch of fruit is to actually place slices or halves in glass vases with simple florals. This works best with citrus fruits. You can place these cheery, whimsical vases on any surface that could use a lift, such as the favor table, on the bar or even as your dinner table centerpieces.

 

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● For Eating 

Some fruit accents will look good enough to eat—and are meant to be!  Welcome guests to their seats with a little bit of nature’s sugar. Using a piece of fruit to accompany place cards is simply darling.

 

Photography by Lexi Vornberg, courtesy of Magnolia Rogue

 

Another tasty tabletop approach is to make your centerpiece the main event. Putting together a wine and cheese party or other shared-style meal? Line it all up as your runner and accent with delicious fruits as tasty as they are pretty.

 

Photography by Ashley Batz, courtesy of Apartment 34

 

 

DIY Pocket Napkin fold for silverware, menus or party favors

 

Want to impress guests with a beautiful tablescape? Get creative with your napkins and make them a part of each setting! This DIY Pocket Napkin Fold will give you an adorable space where you can put silverware, a menu card or other little treat to add to your table. We used our new Heather Linen Like Dinner Napkins, foil stamped to match the dark, rich tones of this fall setting. See below for step-by-step directions. Happy folding!

 

custom super soft dinner napkins with foil stamped copper design

 

Start with your beautifully foil stamped dinner napkin. Note that the personalization has been stamped on the bottom left corner of the napkin. This is important! When you’re designing your napkin, be sure to place the artwork here.

 

personalized dinner napkin disposable and soft

 

Now completely unfold your napkin. Yes! Take up all that space. Once unfolded, keep the personalized side facing up. Time to refold — napkin pocket, here we come!

 

personalized dinner napkin DIY fold

 

Next, fold your napkin in half to make a rectangle. Take the bottom corners and bring them up to match the top corners. Your design should be hidden within the fold.

 

personalized dinner napkin DIY fold

 

Time to bring that design back! Fold only the top layer in half, bringing the corners down to meet your middle fold, leaving the bottom layer behind. You should now see the beginnings of the napkin pocket you are creating.

 

personalized dinner napkin with DIY pocket fold

 

Now fold the napkin in half to make a square. In order to keep your design on top, lift the napkin slightly and fold under from left to right.

 

personalized dinner napkin with DIY pocket napkin fold and copper foil stamp

 

Fold the napkin in half again for your final fold. Again, keep the design on top by lifting the napkin slightly and folding under, this time from right to left. The finished pocket napkin should feature your centered personalized design. Voilà! Now you have the perfect sleeve for silverware, a menu card, a small party favor or floral accent!

 

 

Love a good Moscow Mule? Try this pretty twist with a hint of Fall. While we’re all about that pumpkin spice, finding foods and drinks with different flavors of the season is so exciting! Shout out to the Strawberry Blondie Kitchen for this burst of culinary creativity.

Spiced Pear Moscow Mule
yields 2

Spiced Pear Simple Syrup
Ingredients
1 cup pear juice
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cardamom
1 pear, diced

Directions
Combine your pear juice and sugar into a medium pot and bring to a boil. Stir gently until the sugar has dissolved. Once dissolved, add the cinnamon stick, nutmeg, cardamom and pear. Stir together and then remove from heat. Allow the mixture to cool to room temperature and then strain.

Cocktail
Ingredients
4 oz vodka
4 oz spiced Pear simple syrup
1 can ginger beer
1 lime, halved
1 pear, cut into wedges

Directions
Fill your copper mugs with crushed ice. Combine 4 oz of simple syrup and 4 ounces of vodka into a cocktail shaker and shake vigorously. Strain half the mixture over your ice in each mug. Squeeze half a lime into each mug, and then top off with ginger beer. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and pear wedge. Stir with a personalized Stir Stick and serve to your soon-to-be very satisfied guest!

 

Cheers!
FYP Mixologists

Fall is in the air, and it’s time to start dreaming up all of those creative color combos. Are you planning a Fall wedding? There are so many directions you can go with colors inspired by the season.

We decided to pull together rich jeweled tones and pair them with bright shades to create a bright and warm Fall palette. Think that Fall only reads plaid and burlap? Think again! Here are five examples of how to have a bright Fall wedding palette.

 

1. In the bridal party  — we absolutely love the teal backdrop that these bridesmaids’ dresses provide to really make the bride’s monochromatic orange bouquet pop.

fall wedding bouquet with deep orange and teal bridesmaid dresses

Courtesy of Once Wed, Photographed by Tec Petaja

orange fall boutonnière

Courtesy of Chic Vintage Brides

 

2. On your reception tablescape — pairing the brighter teal table runner and personalized Tangerine Dinner Napkin with the deeper Merlot Cocktail Napkin gives this tablescape just the right mixture of muted and pop for a beautiful fall look.

beautiful bright orange and teal and burgundy fall wedding table

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3. In your reception flowers — keeping true to that bright theme, this deep orange and vibrant teal combo gives the table a cheery fall feel.

teal and orange flowers for a bright fall wedding palette

Courtesy of Porter and Reel Photography

 

4. On the bar — bringing more than one of your theme colors to the bar with personalized Cocktail napkins is a great way to mix in bright colors without getting too loud.

personalized napkins in your wedding theme colors

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5. In your wedding favors customize Matches with the colors of your choice and top off the day with personalized wedding favors that wow.

custom matches for personalized wedding favors blue and orange

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Want more bright fall color palette inspiration? Check out our Fresh Fall board on Pinterest!

This bright, bubbly and pink baby shower will have a long standing place as one of our favorites! Bachelor and Bachelor in Paradise personality, Jade Roper Tolbert celebrated her pregnancy—of newly born, baby Emmy—with a delightfully feminine brunch surrounded by her best ladies in a beautiful garden setting.

 

 

Guests were greeted with a refreshing ‘poptail’ bar where they selected a champagne and popsicle combination. FYP custom party accessories completed the sweet look. Personalized Linen Like Cocktail Napkins featuring the party’s theme, “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “oh baby!” Stir Sticks added the perfect festive touch to every tasty concoction.

 

 

Surrounded by the most gorgeous florals, the ladies were served a three-course meal as scrumptious as the tablescape. Custom Menus shared the delicious expectation of watermelon salad, shrimp and sweet potato hash with a poached egg, and banana bread topped with mascarpone cream and candied pecans. While excitedly talking about Jade’s and Tanner’s soon-to-arrive daughter, guests could also lounge in a comfy seating area and take photos in front of an impressive pink cotton candy wall.

 

 

Want to see more?? Check out this sweet video of the special day that People.com produced!

 

 

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Event Producer || Leila Lewis and Be Inspired PR
Photographer || Sanaz Photography
Venue + Catering || The Garland
Party Planner || Gianna SanFilippo
Floral Design || Bloominous
Rentals ||  Archive Rentals
Photo Wall Installation ||  Jesi Haack Design
Laser Cut Sign || Delovely Details
Stationery, Stir Sticks, Papergoods, Menu || For Your Party
Dress || Joanna August
Popsicles || Good Pop
Wine || One Hope Wine
Custom Bandanas || Oli Rose Designs
Gifting || Medela, Uppa Baby, Solly Baby, Owlet, Rags to Raches, Ergo Baby, Puj