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.
Where are you from? College? Job at FYP?
Hey! I’m Ella and I too, design for ForYourParty.com, which has been especially fun this year as we gear up for our…shhhh… brand new website launch! ETA TBA. And with such a fabulous, talented team of designers sharing the same space five days of the week, there’s always a reason to throw a little celebration. No lack of treats and toasts here, folks.
But how did I get to this point, you ask? Flashback to early 2000s when fashion was awful (and coming back in style already??). I was attending RIT in my home city Rochester, NY, having the time of my life studying and doing what I loved. I came out with a degree in Fine Art Photography but alas, when it came to entering the actual working world the hustle wasn’t what I sought, so I delved into a visual art a bit more applicable to hirers. I moved to Boston, opened up a phonebook(!) and landed my first Graphic Design internship with Alphabet Arm Design. ‘Course we all know internships don’t pay bills, so I also worked as Quality Control for a Print Shop as well.
Eventually, it was time to explore warmer, more fantastical parts of the country. In Los Angeles and San Francisco, I did Photo Research and continued freelance designing, doing mostly wedding invitations and logos. Then again, found myself packing up my little Honda and moving off to Chicago where I had some family members, met my now husband and generally felt more at home. Work for, and work parties at, ForYourParty ensued.
How would you describe your design style? Where do you get inspiration?
When it comes to design, simplicity is key, but what many don’t understand until they try is that it’s pretty tricky to get to that point. A graphic eye and a skill at editing are necessities. I’m inspired by vintage travel posters, architecture and fashion (excluding ‘90s, early 2000s—I have photos that speak as to why not). And at the risk of sounding dreamy, the ever-changing colors and textures of the sky are a huge inspiration to me as well. So to sum up my own design style: it still really depends on what the assignment is, but I go for clean and timeless with some character and movement. An example of movement in design would be the leaves in this letterpress invitation suite.
What are your current favorite font combinations?
Font combinations take some trial and error but when you get it right, you know! Contrast is key to a good combo, and as a general rule (that can be broken) one font should be more simple and neutral than the other. A couple examples would be Huxley with Mandate, TastyTwo with Antonio, or Flirt and PrintClearly like on this chic Personalized Cocktail Recipe Napkin. It’s also great when the fonts interact with each other like on this colorful boo Personalized Cup.
What’s your favorite FYP product?
I think our Petite Cocktail Napkins are by far the cutest. Not only are they part of our super soft and plush Linen Like Napkin Line, but at just 4 inches square they are adorable while still being substantial enough to land a beer or a bonbon! I love this lush green floral design. Green is my favorite color and also Pantone Color of the year, y’all!
If you were a dog, what breed would you be?
This is a great question. Having had beagles and beagle mixes in my life, you know I’m biased. Their big floppy ears and stocky stance make them irresistible, and in common with me, they have a keen sense of smell. Having had this discussion with a friend in the past though, the consensus was I would be a beagle greyhound mix, as the greyhound has that super chill, quiet demeanor, and runs like the wind. This is what a beagle greyhound mix might look like.
What’s your favorite travel destination?
My most fabulous travel stories come from a Costa Rican trip with my sister, specifically our five-day hike through the Corcovado National Park. Just the two of us, no guide, not another human soul in sight on the single sometimes ambiguous path that wound through wild hot forest and beach. This picture is near the end of one day’s hike, as if sent from heaven above after an eight-hour trek carrying a 40-pound pack, in sandals that cut into my feet, a waterfall pool all to ourselves. Later in the trip we hiked through cloud forests more inland in the mountains, and that is where I would go back to in a heartbeat.
What’s your favorite Chicago restaurant?
I’m pretty domestic these days, cooking dinners at home and lunching on leftovers. But our go-to last minute eat out spot is walkable from our place, has a great beer selection, outdoor seating, and I have yet to order food that I wasn’t crazy about, which says a lot for me! If you’re on the north side of Chicago, you should check out Peckish Pig!
Looking for just the right finishing touch that will really pop at your upcoming party? We are simply B·U·R·S·T·I·N·G with excitement to share a brand new product now offered by ForYourParty. Designer balloons! These 12-inch latex balloons are sold in packs of 3—with five fabulous colors and a variety of cheery sayings you can mix and match to make the perfect combination for any occasion.
Our Top 10 Balloon Uses:
- Guest of honor chair accent
- Photobooth backdrop
- Mailbox marker
- Display pictures
- Archway into party
- Party favors
- Cake topper
- Outdoor decor
- Display place cards
We hope you love these cute new additions as much as we do. Have more ideas on how to incorporate balloons into your party? Tell us in the comments!
You’ve placed your bets, made your fantasy picks and donned your team colors. It’s almost time to fire up the grill and arrange the perfect couch-to-TV distance for optimal Super Bowl viewing. Or Super Bowl commercial viewing. It’s all about perception, really. But seriously, have you heard about this year’s halftime show?
Regardless, we hope you’ve gone on the offensive with your party planning. We have a few recommendations. Like a carefully strategized playbook, food and drinks should be planned ahead and executed with success. Have your beverages of choice chilled with the option of Personalized Cups to keep things festive and Personalized Coasters to run interference. Appetizers and finger foods at the ready with Personalized Napkins on the defense.
Cheer on your team (and rate those commercials) with family and friends this year—you’ll for sure have a win!
We’re taking a cue from Darcy Miller to celebrate everything — especially a recommendation from the party planner extraordinaire herself.
Founding editor of Martha Stewart Weddings, Darcy Miller’s recent book release, Celebrate Everything! Fun Ideas to Bring Your Parties to Life, is filled with fabulous party planning tips, stories and inspirations. Not to mention a few ForYourParty product references throughout.
Both The Salonnière and Aerin held follow-up interviews with Darcy to talk parties. If you’re looking for some quick party pointers, check them out and learn a few of her best tips. When The Salonnière asked her favorite online party resources, Darcy responded with ForYourParty on the list! When talking about her love of incorporating photos into party decor, she referred Aerin to FYP for personalized cocktail napkins.
If you haven’t explored our extensive selection of personalized napkins, matchbooks, stir sticks and more, we suggest you follow her lead and imagine up the details of your next bash.
Thanks for the favorite, and congrats on your stellar new book, Darcy!
Photo: Harper Collins
Hi! My name is Hira, and I’ve been at FYP for a little over a year. I went to Marquette University and majored in English Writing and Psychology. After which I worked for a small, grassroots NGO for four years focusing on adult education in underprivileged communities on the north side of Chicago. I found out about FYP after attending Chicago Portfolio School for Graphic Design. I switched careers paths in my twenties to follow a desire to be more creative in my daily life. My grandfather was a voracious reader, and my mother was a fine artist, so branding and figuring out what people are about and creating beautiful things for them is really an intersection born from these two influential figures in my life.
My history and my culture really dictate my design style. I was born in Pakistan, but raised in Chicago. My travels often inspire my aesthetic, and generate an appreciation for different art forms like Japanese marbling, or block printing in India. My favorite place to travel thus far has been Cambodia. Not only because of the incredible history and architecture, but the resilience and hospitality of the people that I met there. Here is a picture of me trying to look cute while hiking in 120 degree weather around Angor Wat, and some artistic touches found around Siam Reap.
Currently, I am loving a lot of typography and hand lettering, and trying to force myself to take time out to learn to do it myself! Its something I love seeing on invitations. Because of this new interest, I really enjoy the hand done, more casual script fonts on our site right now. Some examples of this are Isabella Script, Fashionista, and Flirt. On the other hand, pairing a straightforward, more traditional font with a pretty, light design creates a similar effect (see Mrs. Eaves Petite or Goudy bold) that is still whimsical and friendly. You can see this combination below on one of my favorite products on the site – coasters you can write on and send home with the newlyweds as a keepsake:
Hand-lettered envelopes I did for a bridal shower are to the right and these coasters on the left and others can be found on our site here.
A different twist on a floral design is seen here on invitations I designed earlier this year with shiny rose gold foil. The words are simple and clean-balancing the more elaborate, fun pattern that makes the page pop. We created coordinating napkins, guest towels and match books as well.
Click here to check out more personalization options for foil stamped invitations like this.
Earlier this year I used a very similar font combo for a Mother’s Day high tea we hosted. We were very fancy, and enjoyed the perfect (and extremely rare) Chicago spring afternoon outdoors. This is how I prefer to spend my weekends – outdoors, surrounded by close family and friends. The ladies loved the light coral napkins with satin gold foil, and took some home as a keepsake. While I love exploring the city and eating out (My current favorite sushi place is Yuzu in West Town) I often think I’m more of a homebody and would rather sit on the deck with some iced tea or watch Netflix in my pajamas with my cat, Otis (you will see his handsome mug below).
Our napkins come in a rainbow of colors and different sizes. Start here to build some for your next event.
To wrap it up – something fun about me: recently my house became a zoo! Though I’m more of a cat person (go ahead, hurl the insults, I’ll wait), I love love love puppies, and just adopted a fur ball from a local shelter this Fall. Her name is Penny and we are the best of gal pals. I probably like her so much because she reminds me of myself: easily distracted, great with people, and super clever. It doesn’t count as bragging when you’re comparing yourself to a dog, right?
Otis in the bathroom, and Penny in the snow – respectively their favorite places.
… searching for a pun to start this post about how this couple started their life together. We are not talking about the nuptials (well of course we are, just not yet) but the day they met. A BLIND DATE! Who goes on blind dates anymore? An old fashioned blind date, set up by real people they actually know. Well these two did, and they got hitched!
Congratulations to John and Abby McNicoll!
The relationship may have started with a little leap of faith. But since day one, it was obvious these two were an amazing pair. I was so excited to be a part of the couple’s big day (well, I am the sister so they didn’t really have a choice there) and help make pretty things for their big day!
What we did…
We made programs to correspond with the soft, fresh look of the event. White print on sand colored paper using soft feminine script font. We wanted to keep nature involved and the organic pulp of the sand colored paper was a great touch. The programs did doubt duty as fans in an un air conditioned church late July!!
The whole day was really just amazing. The style was very classic and fresh. Arrangements of white floral and greenery from Buds ‘N Bloom in De Pere, WI really helped set this romantic tone. Pops of plum colored flowers here and there with resembling hops tied everything together. Everything looked so delicate and we loved the coordinating mixed vase styles that were on tables.
The venue, Thornberry Creek at Oneida had great space and staff. The front anteroom and patio were neat extra gathering places for mingling and chatting. There was always a champagne glass and napkin just steps away.
One cannot celebrate friends without fine cigars. We were happy to support this tasty habit and make pretty little matchbooks. Customized shiny green tea foil stamped on galvanized silver colored paper, read “John Loves Abby”… just to remind people what they were celebrating. So simple and adorable!
The night seriously flew by! From celebrating the live band dance party, to the tasty local craft beer, so many friends and family, we blinked and the night was over. Thanks to the amazing photographer and her team – it will never be forgotten. Amy Gaerthofner Fine Art Wedding Photography’s work speaks for itself. We joked that a good photographer could find a ditch and take amazing photographs. And no joke, we stopped in a parking lot where there was a field of high grass and Amy made it look like a whole new world. She captured the day perfectly. Our expectations were exceeded! And her pleasant personality helped crack the most natural smiles in everyone. Thanks for sharing your images Amy and wedding photo team!
You know you had a great time when your feet hurt for the entire following week. Bon Voyage to Italy happy newlyweds! Best wishes and thanks for sharing a few moments from your big day!
Photo credit: Amy Gaerthofner Fine Art Wedding Photography – AmyGaerthofner.com
Venue: Thornberry Creek at Oneida – golfthornberry.com
Flowers: Buds ‘N Bloom, De Pere, WI – budsnbloom.com