We love our weekends! Even more, we love weekend brunches. Best of all, we love bridal Mimosa brunches.
Brunch is a great time to enjoy good food in the company of great friends. Think weekend morning: your favorite people, delicious finger food, light cocktails, flowers and lots of light and laughter. Top it with some great bubbly cocktails and you are the greatest host. Yes, this is what we are talking about – Mimosa brunches. Even thinking about it puts us in a better mood already.
Brunch events are very trendy these days. We have few great ideas for spicing up your bridal brunch. Since brunch is traditionally served between the hours of 11am and 3pm in a buffet style, the food served can be just about anything you can imagine – this makes it a favorite time to celebrate bridal showers. To have a great experience as a host, we suggest that you start preparing ahead of time. Think of how many different appetizers you will serve and prepare. And freeze as much as you can in advance! Make final preparations the night before, leave only the fruit cutting for the morning of.
Impress them all with an amazing Mimosa/Bellini bar. Have plenty of fresh seasonal fruits, champagne and variety of fruit purees and juices. You can even make your own fresh purees. Good fruit choices are peach, raspberry, orange. Here is a great Mimosa recipe you can suggest to your guests; have the recipe on display and all ingredients available:
5-6 oz Champagne
1/2 orange liqueur
1 oz orange or grapefruit juice
Pour ingredients into a champagne glass. Garnish with a strawberry.
Setting the bridal brunch table is lots of fun and we just have the greatest personalized accessories that will seal it all and impress all the guests.
Our customized linen like napkins come in beautiful vibrant colors. It’s a great idea to personalize two sets of complimentary or opposite colors for a nice table decor effect. These elegant, personalized sets feature our linen like cocktail napkins in plum with matte white imprint foil on top of the aqua luncheon napkins imprinted with our satin plum foil.
Dress up your party drinks in style! We love to use our custom foil stamped stir sticks as cocktail fruit sticks. Get some fruit garnishes ready on the personalized stirrers for your guests. Featured on the image are our round stir sticks personalized with satin penny copper foil.
Personalized coasters are another elegant way to add to the party table decor. We carry a selection of color shape coasters that your guests will find so adorable they will take as keepsakes. Featured here is the nouveau shape coasters in blush with kraft back, imprinted with satin plum foil.
Have fun organizing your brunch event. It is a time to enjoy the precious moments with your closest friends and family and honor the bride to be. Don’t forget to check www.foryourparty.com for great personalized party accessory ideas.
Entertaining is a great way to show your style and social skills in the comfort of your own home. There are many articles on stocking up a home bar and most of them will give you great advice on the furniture (think bar cart) or what liquor you should stock up on but we wanted to write about is how to make your home bar a personalized fun space where you and your friends and family have fun and enjoy each other’s company.
What should you have in your home bar? Well, that all depends on your personal preferences and entertaining style. The home bar should be styled and stocked to reflect your taste and unique personality. What are your favorite drinks? Garnishes? How do you like them served? The home is where you should feel the most comfortable enjoying a much-deserved drink after a long day while you socialize with your favorite people.
Nevertheless there are some home bar basics. Stocking the bar with some of the most popular spirits. You might want to include vodka, gin, whiskey, scotch and rum in your collection. There are few mixers that are important to have on hand for your guests as well. Tonic water, club soda, sprite, cola, juices (orange juice, tomato juice, and lemonade). Some fresh fruit like lemons, limes, and berries make wonderful garnishes and are staples in many cocktails.
Now lets talk tools. You will need a cocktail shaker, possibly a blender and ice and the appropriate glassware like white and red wine glasses, beer steins and pilsners, highballs, martini, daiquiri and margarita glasses.
You don’t need much more, but you could get fancy with a bar cooler, wine chiller, condiment holders, chilling rocks and many other bar toys you can find online. Voila, you can now start the party!
What we like here at ForYourParty.com is personalize all the accessories we can. Lets start with the coasters. A time less way to personalize these is to have your house address or house number or your family name foil stamped on them. A really fun way to entertain your visitors is having some family fun facts or just funny quotes imprinted. How about “ I don’t get drunk. I get awesome” or “Hand me the booze and watch me get fabulous”. These will always put a smile on everyone’s face!
How about creating your home bar signature drink and create a set of coasters with the ingredients? Personalize them with your favorite colors or even better to match your home decor. Personalized coasters are a great and useful items t home, to protect your furniture and delight your guests. They can even be used as gift cards, gift tags or even birthday cards. Punch a hole on top and tie a ribbon, write your personal message on the back and you can impress anyone.
Now lets talk cocktail napkins – we have a great collection of styles and colors to match just about any occasion. Like the coasters personalize them with your unique message and foil color of choice. Or select our full color or photo napkins, which are always conversation starters with cleaver or silly images of your family, pet, vacation – really just about anything! We have honestly seen it all at our production facility!
Don’t forget the stir sticks. Have them foil stamped with your initials, one of the graphics in our huge collection online at ForYourParty.com. Use them to stir the drinks as cocktail picks or to serve appetizers! One set can do double time!
With all this said, just have fun and enjoy yourselves! Putting your personal touch on your bar will insure you are always the “favorite” host!
We’re thrilled to post about the wedding of one of our very own designers here at ForYourParty.com! Ella and Aaron got hitched this fall and the photos are finally in : ) Back near her hometown of Victor, New York, they wed in the great big beautiful park Mendon Ponds. Weather was predicted cold and rainy for weeks, but when the day finally came, amazingly it was perfectly dry and all sunshine! Ella and Aaron are nature lovers who met in the fall and got engaged two falls later. So even though an outdoor Western New York wedding in mid October seemed risky, it was decidedly so, and so worth it. Leaves were changing and it was not too hot, not too cold.
Ella went for a lush, natural vibe, full of shades of green, gold and brown. Guests kept cozy with homemade flannel blanket shawls and hot coffee, tea or apple cider. The couple collected as many mugs as there were guests, from thrift and discount stores, every one of them unique so that guests could pick their favorite, fill it up, then take it home at the end of the night for a keepsake. Ferns were the (super affordable!) foliage choice used in bouquets, flower crowns, and delicate centerpieces that also included locally picked Queen Anne’s Lace flowers. They hired Dinosaur BBQ for their famed southern fare, and found local bakers to supply their favorite desserts, apple fritters and pecan pie. Also on the tables of course were several napkins a la ForYourParty.com! She went with Espresso Brown napkins stamped in a variety of foil colors: Gold, Copper, and Shiny Green Tea.
Ella designed her invitation suite and also had that printed in house at ForYourParty via Lovely Press (http://www.foryourparty.com/lovely-press/). She used a gorgeous combination of letterpress and foil-stamping methods– A custom mint card stock for invitation and RSVP with Black letterpress, and Brown Wood paper with Shiny Green Tea foil for the reception card. Delicate leaves were foil-stamped in Satin Gold on all three cards, and the suite completed within Poptone Dark Olive envelopes.
One of post ceremony snacks was caramel corn homemade by a bridesmaid’s mother. Needless to say this did not last long! The treat fit nicely in ForYourParty goodie bags, Ivory foil-stamped in Satin Gold. And one final accessory for the sake of tradition– Cigar Matchboxes! These were in Poptone Dark Olive paper foil-stamped in Copper.
For their honeymoon, they kept it simple and stayed local in the Finger Lakes “cabin hopping”, hiking the beautiful area, and eating leftover BBQ and pie. Perhaps an anniversary trip is on the horizon for them next fall : )
Ella’s advice for brides to be— Everyone will have a different opinion about aesthetic so choose what pleases you. The day really does go by so fast and there will be many things you wished you’d done, or done differently, but in the end, don’t listen to those nagging perfectionist type thoughts, listen instead to the feedback from your guests who love you and are delighted just to share in your joy and your big day : )
She said, “Yes”. A loved one got engaged and the wedding planning has begun! The wedding day may be the “Best Day Ever “ and take much of the planning efforts, but don’t forget the importance of celebrations that take place prior like the Bridal Shower. Often times the bridal shower is a more intimate gathering, when her closest friends and family celebrate the couple.
A bridal shower can be as upscale or relaxed as the couple wishes. The theme should reflect their personalities and is traditionally hosted by the maid of honor and bride-maids but today, anything goes! Family and friends often pitch in and bring creativity and fun energy to the planning and party.
Featured here is a trend look using Shiny Gold Foil on party accessories that will complement any bridal shower. The combination of whites and neutrals with gold foil will never go out of style and makes an elegant and powerful statement.
Personalized scalloped coaster with shiny gold foil imprint
Tall fold over table card with shadow cut motif and number layer
Beautiful white oval tag with shiny gold imprint
Leather, one of everyone’s all time favorite materials oozes luxury and elegance without much effort. Incorporating leather into a special event such as a wedding, engagement or anniversary celebration can add an unexpected touch of sophistication and class. Combining a feminine and masculine aesthetic, using fonts and imprint colors, perfectly reflect both the bride and groom, or groom and groom, or bride and bride!
Our leather square and round coasters and leather matchboxes are sure to impress your guests. Personalized to match your style with shiny and satin gold or silver foils and delight your guests with unusually and useful party keepsakes. Here are some great ideas to consider when deciding on your personalized leather favors.
In honor of our sweet Melissa, a ForYourParty.com employee who is currently fighting breast cancer, we made a donation to cancer research. We came to the amount by tallying up our sales of pink-colored items during the month of October and then donated a percentage of the proceeds to the Cancer Research Institute.
Melissa is a young, newlywed graphic designer and photographer who was diagnosed with stage 2 ductal carcinoma breast cancer in August at the age of 25. She documents her journey on her blog, www.breastcancerat25.com.
Melissa has been able to work part-time while undergoing chemotherapy treatments, so we’ve had a few wine, cheese and chocolate tasting parties to celebrate and support her, and our entire staff brought in wigs to wear to support her during this emotional time. “Wig Wednesdays” became a regular part of our weekly schedule.
Even through these difficult times, Melissa’s vivacious personality is more than contagious. ForYourParty is proud of our rock star creative, and we look forward to having her fully recovered and back in the office full-time again as soon as possible in the new year. Thank you, Melissa, for being an inspiration to us all.
We love you!
-Your friends at ForYourParty.com
Melissa on Far Right
The summer months may be behind us, but that doesn’t mean bright palettes have to be too! Use this bold, bright ‘Orange Crush’ palette to brighten up the dreary weather. The non-traditional wedding palettes are all the rage and are sure to be an even bigger hit in 2016. Use our Tangerine cocktail napkins and matching Poptone Tangerine Classic Box matches to truly liven up your big day. Don’t forget about the open bar—use our reusable Stadium 16oz Orange cups to cut down on waste. After all, going green will always be in season.
Clockwise from Top Left: Party Like a Pineapple napkin from ForYourParty, Unconventional wedding dress seen on Polka Dot Bride, Personalized Classic Match Box from ForYourParty, Ombre Dress seen on BuzzFeed , Bright flowers from Style Me Pretty, Personalized Stadium Cup from ForYourParty, Orange Gingham Tie also seen on Style Me Pretty and Gorgeous Tangerine Bridesmaids found on Ruffled.
Just because Christmas is tomorrow doesn’t mean it’s too late to choose a signature cocktail! Whether you have a sweet tooth, need some spice, or enjoy a hint of peppermint, we’ve got the perfect holiday cocktail to liven your ‘spirits’ this season.
Peppermint White Christmas
Let’s start out slow with this simple, easy, and light Peppermint White Christmas. Made with Champagne and Candy Canes, its perfect for those who want something light with a little but of a kick! Check out the full recipe at Fruitcake.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with unexpected fruits this season, like pears! It is sure to pay off, just like this mixture from Honestly Yum. This cocktail mixes Elderflower liqueur, vermouth, and pear, so it’s sure to be a hit at your holiday events!
Are you more the type to keep it simple with a classic? Try this holiday version of a moscow mule. The difference? Cranberry juice! Home Sweet Jones took a classic and made it into a new holiday classic.
Candy Cane Shooters
Need something a little smaller this holiday? These Candy Cane Shooters are perfect and can be made with or without alcohol! A Night Owl Blog did a great job creating an unexpected and delicious treat for you and your guests this season.
Blackberry Ombre Sparkler
Maybe you were looking for something a little more sophisticated? Not to worry as we have the perfect cocktail. This Blackberry Ombre Sparkler will wow your guests while creating an air of sophistication. This cocktail does require a bit more prep, but if you’re up for the task, it’s a perfect solution. The Cookie Rookie says it is a great cocktail for Valentine’s Day, which may be true, but I think it would be a great addition to your holiday events as well!
It may be too late to order personalized drink accessories for this holiday, but don’t forget for next time that personalized cocktail napkins, stir sticks, or even adorable striped straws will take your signature cocktail to the next level!
Just look how Lauren Conrad is using our cocktail napkins to spice up her Bridal Shower cocktails!
Geometric-inspired wedding decor is all the rage this year and will likely continue to be a big hit in 2016. We’ve compiled a list of some great pieces for inspiration for our own big day! Don’t be afraid to push the envelope, the bigger the better!
This wooden geometric backdrop is absolutely stunning. Add some floral blooms to create a more romantic look. After all, opposites attract!
Here’s another great example of incorporating florals into your geometric-inspired backdrop. The organic florals and sporadic placement of the shapes create a beautiful backdrop that draws the eye throughout the entire piece.
Style Me Pretty
Don’t just stop at your backdrop! Carry your geometric theme throughout the entire decor by incorporating it into your tablescape as well. These beautiful geometric, glass cases are the perfect addition to a floral centerpiece.
You should consider incorporating this theme into your favors as well. A great idea is small, geometric succulent pots, like these seen below from RedWood Stoneworks on etsy.
Another great favor idea is our Triangle Box matches. Their shape is perfect for the geometric theme and your guests will continue to remember your beautiful day every time they light a match.
Here is a beautiful example of how to carry your geometric theme into your wedding cake. This may be a bit more difficult than the other aspects of your decor, however, this cake featured on JuneBug Weddings offers a great solution.