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.

 

For Your Party Photography

 

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.

 

For Your Party Photography

 

For Your Party Photography

 

For Your Party Photography

 

● 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

For Your Party

 

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

For Your Party

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

For Your Party

 

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

lemonade prosecco punch with custom coasters

 

Gearing up for a Labor Day weekend by the pool? Spend this “goodbye summer” holiday sipping a crisp and refreshing punch. Super simple and super delicious, you’ll love this sweet Lemonade Prosecco Punch. It also makes a fabulous addition to bridal showers, brunches, birthdays…pretty much anything that calls for some bubbly. Whatever your occasion, customize coasters to add a detail you’ll love and can use over and over again!

Lemonade Prosecco Punch
yields 10-12

Ingredients
1 bottle prosecco, chilled
1/3 cup vodka (regular or citrus if you’re feeling the flavor)
4-6 cups lemonade, chilled
1 pint blackberries, frozen
Fresh mint

Directions
Combine your lemonade and vodka in a pitcher. Add the blackberries. Slightly bruise the mint to release its flavor and then add that as well. The longer this sits, the more your blackberries and mint will infuse the punch with their flavors. Just before serving, add the prosecco and stir slightly. Pour over ice and garnish with mint and a lemon wheel. Leftovers (you won’t have any) can be kept for up to two days.

Salud!
FYP Mixologists

 

Hello there! I’m a Hoosier girl; for those of you who don’t know, that’s what you call people from Indiana! I grew up in a suburb of Indianapolis. As soon as I was able, I began taking classes at the nearby Herron School of Art and Design. There I received my BA in fine arts with a concentration in printmaking. Soon after, my then boyfriend (now fiancè) and I decided to give the Windy City a chance and moved here for some adventure. This led me to a position on the production end of our company. Which then gave me the opportunity to become an FYP Production Designer. Obviously, I took it!

 

How would you describe your design style? What are your current favorite font combinations?

My design style is a modern take on a classic feel. I love a serif block font paired with a script font, such as our Mrs. Eaves Petite Caps with Altast Greeting. The combination of a traditional and bold typeface with another traditional but more whimsical script feels timeless. I love using this classic duo on our more subdued product colors, such as one of my favorite combos—poptone Olive paper with Shiny Rose Gold foil.

 

custom matches for personalized wedding favors

 

Describe your perfect Saturday?

My ideal day would begin with working in my home studio, printing or drawing something for a new project. Followed by walking Wendy (my dog) and then stopping by a comic book shop. Next, it’s time for lunch at Wyler Road; their Italian sandwiches are fantastic. Finally, I like to wind down playing board games with friends or watching scary movies while cuddling Olive (my cat).

 

print making at home

dog walks on the beach

cute kitty with green eyes

 

What’s your favorite FYP product?

I personally love our Truffle Favor Boxes! They’re adorable, great quality and, true to their name, perfect for truffles or any small candy. The ideal party favor for all of your guests with a sweet tooth!

custom party boxes for favors and treats

Where do you get inspiration?

I get inspiration from a lot of places. Comics are always a great source for color and reference images, entertaining to boot! I also follow a lot of printmakers on social media and try to stop by local print shops whenever I have a moment. The Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (CPC) is a great place for inspiration, especially during their annual small print show! The walls are always plastered with beautiful work from local and international printmakers.

 

If you were a dog, what breed would you be?

If I were a dog, I’d be a Labrador Retriever. Growing up we always had dogs around and, more often than not, they were labs. They’re loyal friends, always eager to please and over the moon when you finally get home!

 

 Labrador Retriever

 

What’s your favorite travel destination?

I have not traveled much outside of the Midwest. So, for now, my favorite travel destination is to the Virginias. I love the trip there, though it is a long one, and the view is astounding. I always have a great time there visiting family!

 

Virginia landscape view

 

What’s your favorite Chicago restaurant?

Though, I love Wyler Road, my favorite Chicago restaurant has to be the bopNgrill. WARNING: The kimchi fries are dangerous and will haunt you! My go-to entree is the BBQ Chicken Plate, great for tonight’s dinner and tomorrow’s lunch. Even their side salad is delicious—the ginger dressing is so tasty!

 

chicago bopNgrill

 

 

summer sangria with watermelon, lime, pineapple and a personalized drink stirrer

 

Enjoy these last weeks of summer with a delicious mix of fresh, seasonal produce. Quite a few steps away from your classic sangria, this light libation is as sweet as it is summery. Perfect for a backyard barbeque, picnic in the park or summer shower. Throw in a personalized Stir Stick to make it a real celebration!

Watermelon & Pineapple Sangria
yields: 4-6 servings 

Ingredients
bottle Moscato  (750 ml)
1/2 cup brandy
lime, thinly sliced
2 cups watermelon, cubed and cold
2 cups pineapple, cubed and cold
Lemon lime soda, for serving
Ice

Directions
Pour your wine and brandy into a pitcher and stir to combine. Next, add your prepped fruit for a quick finish. Chill for up to 2 hours or serve immediately. To serve, pour over ice and be sure to get a mixture of fruit in the glass as well. Top with lemon lime soda and enjoy!
Cheers,
FYP Mixologists

 

 

Now that we live in a world blessed with Pinterest and Instagram, party hosting is serious business. From the plethora of ideas, inspirations and DIYs to filter frenzied sharing—start to finish, your plans can easily be influenced by lots and lots of people. Which is not a bad thing! Three cheers for idea sharing. But wow, can’t it be overwhelming!?

I recently planned a bridal shower for my best friend—from 500 miles away! Here are a few tips for how to throw a lovely shower perfect for your bride.

 

personalized mint cocktail napkins for a bridal shower

 

Enlist help: This is not only for you distance planners out there. A good amount of work goes into hosting a beautiful party. Odds are your bride has numerous wonderful ladies who would like to share the love and pitch in. Just ask! My mom and three sisters—the real MVPs of this party planning crew.

Set a theme (for your bride): For the big picture, we chose to host a kitchen shower. One, because there are always plenty of kitchen items registered. And two, because the bride and groom are MAJOR foodies. Your go-to “if I wanna try this type of food, where should I go?” couple. Beyond that, Maria is an incredible cook. Basically, a food whisperer.

The theme centered around this quote from the iconic Julia Child: “People who love to eat are always the best people.” We made a banner for the front hall that greeted guests with the cheery saying. It was also foil stamped on cocktail napkins used on the bar, dessert table and in party favors!

 

personalized party favors for a greenery themed kitchen shower

 

Be specific about the details: The best way to cut out the noise on Pinterest is to (again) think of your bride specifically, and not be lead down the glitter-lined black hole of all things pretty. Seriously, if you’re like me, it is so so easy to cuddle up with Pinterest, a checklist and a cup of tea and then find yourself planning your own fictional party in just 15 well-intentioned minutes. Oops.

Food & Drink
I really wanted the food to be delicious and unique, as Maria is a total food lover. Held over the ever-adored brunch hour, we offered Zucchini & Prosciutto Quiche; Goat Cheese, Spinach & Sun-Dried Tomato QuicheAsparagus Gruyere Tart; a variety of scones; and fresh fruit.

 

bridal shower brunch with greenery decoration and personalized napkins

 

We set up a Bloody Mary bar, perfect for the stuffed-olive-loving bride. For guests who preferred sweet over savory, a beautiful Rosè Punch balanced the bar. And of course, for a non-alcoholic option, we offered two different infused waters. Plus, the old-fashioned stuff. A total crowd favorite, we added personalized cocktail napkins to each drink station.

 

bloody mary bar with personalized cocktail napkins

 

infused water for a bridal shower

 

Dessert was a smattering of goodies: nutmeg spice cupcakes (a special family recipe), brownies (no shame in that box mix) and absolutely gorgeous cookies made by a Nashville local business, The Chestnut Hill Bakery.

 

bridal shower desserts with custom cookies

 

Decor
While you don’t want your color palette and decor to be an exact replica of the upcoming wedding, this is a great place to start for identifying the couple’s taste. Maria and Kyle are going with black and white, accented by lots of natural greenery and herbal influences. We decided to embellish this a little, keeping the natural greens and herbs and adding a touch of mint and watercolor. As you can also see in our personalized napkins!

Flowers
Fusing the natural trend with our kitchen theme, we used a mixture of white flowers, eucalyptus and a variety of greenery from my mom’s garden for florals. As the main centerpieces, we arranged bouquets in KitchenAid mixers. Yes, the idea was from Pinterest. And yes, they were totally adorable.

 

 

 

Probably my greatest pride of the day was the garland I pieced together for above the bar. Accenting a hand-lettered watercolor banner, the garland was the perfect natural touch with just the right amount of trend.

 

DIY greenery garland for bridal shower decorations

 

Games
While shower games are definitely common, Maria isn’t a huge fan. To please the bride, but still add a little healthy competition to the day (people love prizes) we set up a “The Price Is Right!” table. While guests milled about, they took a few moments to write down their best estimates for the assortment of kitchen items set out—all of which Maria got to take home. Later in the party, we took a few moments to announce the winner and award a small hostess gift. It was a great way to add a traditional shower game while not disrupting the flow of the party.

Favors
Now, you’ve put in the time and effort to celebrate and love your bride-to-be. You’ll want to send guests home with something to remember it by! Keep that theme rolling. We put together a little gift set for each guest. A flour sack kitchen towel (s/o Sam’s Club), three recipes the bride enjoys making, and a sample of the watercolor cocktail napkins that were used during the shower. We then topped it all off with a sprig of rosemary, which has sentimental value to the bride.

When guests received their invitation to the shower, they also received blank recipe cards and were asked to fill them out with recipes they’d like to share with the bride. Giving each guest a few of Maria’s recipes felt like the perfect send off!

 

personalized party favors with custom watercolor napkins, recipe cards and Julia Child quote

 

Whatever you choose, simply think of your bride. She’s sure to appreciate it 💕 Congrats, Re! Love ya, sis.

 

greenery themed bridal shower

 

xx, 
Grace, FYP Marketing Coordinator