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.
Gold and Silver decor seems to be the norm when it comes to decorating for your New Year’s Eve party. Why not switch it up and add some bright color to your decor this year? It’ll be a fun, unexpected twist that you and your guests will love!
Instead of the typical gold glitter confetti, try rainbow confetti, like this confetti popper from Studio DIY.
These DIY Candy Lights are beautiful and oh so fun for the New Year! Tutorial via oh happy day. Let your creativity shine and wow your guests!
Don’t forget your personalized party accessories! Our cocktail napkins come in a variety of colors so you’re sure to find one that matches perfectly with your decor. Use our Teal/Peacock napkins with Satin Gold Foil for an unexpected twist.
If you can’t wrap your head around a colorful New Years, no need to worry! We have all the classics too! Try our Large Sparkler Sleeves with 30 Strike Match in Stardream Galvanized Silver and Stardream Onyx for a classic Silver and Black palette.
It’s not too late to order your personalized party accessories in time for New Years! Whether you’re sticking with the classics or introducing new and exciting ideas to your New Years decor, ForYourParty is here to help you achieve your vision! Let us help you create the perfect New Year’s Eve!
Baking Mix with Custom Recipe Wrapper
What’s better than giving someone your favorite cookies? Teaching someone to make them! Start by mixing together all of your dry ingredients. Divvy your dry mix up into custom large cellophane bags. Use the interactive editor on ForYourParty.com to place your recipe name and instructions right to the cellophane bag or a handful of custom napkins! Here’s a simplified version of one of our favorite recipes to help get you started!
For Chocolate-Cabernet Cake, add the following dry ingredients to your bag/napkins:
- 2 cups of flour
- ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. salt
- Choose the style of your wedding
- 1 ¼ tsp. baking soda
Write the rest of the recipe of the bag:
Hooray for Choco-Cabernet!
- Beat 2 sticks butter (softened) with 1 ¾ cups of sugar
- Add 2 eggs and 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Fold in dry ingredients & 1 ¼ cups red wine
- Pour into cake pan, bake at 350° for 45 minutes
- Let cool for 10 minutes, flip onto cooling rack
- Dust with powder sugar, serve with ice cream!
For sugar cookie recipes, attach a festive cookie cutter with a piece of ribbon or baker’s twine. For the chocolate cabernet cake recipe, though, you’d be better off with a personalized bottle of wine…
Lift holiday spirits this year by giving out bottles of your favorite wine or Christmas ale. Add a wine bottle hanger with a personalized message. Wine bagscan also make the perfect take-home gift; just set your festive bottles on a table near the door so that guests may grab one as they leave. Head over to your favorite local wine store for a wide selection of fun and festive bottles. DIY diehards can even brew their own!
Fine Cigar with Custom Match Books
A pack of fine cigars is a stellar gift for any cigar aficionado. The only problem is, they’ll be up and smoke and gone before you know it. Throw in some personalized matchbooks to extend the lifespan of your gift. All of our cigar matches are made with non-sulfur tips to avoid unsavory flavors upon lighting up. Any stogie lover with a cigar bar or humidor in their home would be thrilled to receive a pack of personalized match books. Also consider some cigar clippers, an ash tray and other cigar accessories to be included as a gift set.
Personalized Hot Chocolate Packets
There’s something incredible nostalgic and comforting about hot chocolate. On chilly days, we all love the sensation of wrapping our cool hands around a warm mug, sipping slowly from a cozy chair near a crackling fire. This holiday season, give everyone on your list a personalized hot chocolate recipe! Start by buying a big tin of your favorite hot chocolate mix. Next, spice it up with your favorite flavors. Consider adding cinnamon (or whole cinnamon sticks!), nutmeg, crushed peppermint candies, chocolate chips and – of course – marshmallows! Layer your ingredients into a custom cellophane bag as carefully as possible. Neatly tie your bags with baker’s twine and a custom gift tag! Add a custom stir stick to really spruce it up!
“Dear Santa” Door Hangers
Start an instant family tradition with Dear Santa door hangers. Everybody knows that Santa won’t come if the kids are still awake – or at least that’s what we tell them! Let Mr. Claus know the coast is clear by displaying these creative door hangers outside the kids’ rooms: “Dear Santa, The McCallister kids are all sound asleep. Please leave presents under the tree!” We also recommend leaving a blank space so the little ones can write their own messages to Santa. Pass these out at a holiday party, or surprise the children by letting them open a gift early on Christmas Eve. After milk and cookies, they’ll run upstairs with their door hangers, in hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.
Reimagine the Coaster
Here’s an easy way to make all of your gifts extra special! Rather than sign your name on a piece of wrapping paper, design a unique gift tag that shows everyone who it’s from! Start by uploading your best selfie to a custom photo coaster on ForYourParty.com – a photo of your kitty or pup would be equally awesome! Punch a hole in the corner of the coaster and use a piece of baker’s twine to fasten it to your gifts. With these custom coaster tags, your recipients will be twice delighted: once upon receiving a gift, and once again when they see your quirky gift tag!
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As the official party planner, you have a big job. Let’s face it, office parties have a reputation for being awkward, uncomfortable or even inappropriate. Your primary objective is to create an environment where your co-workers stop talking about work and start interacting as friends. Pulling this off requires some very careful planning with lots of great food, games and personalized party accessories! To help you with this tall task, we’ve created a complete office party planning checklist.
Before we begin, let’s review the BAM rule of workplace parties…
Boss – Your boss is still your boss.
Alcohol – Pace yourself! Too much is not a good idea.
Monday – Remember, you’re going to have to go back to the office!
Two Months Before the Work Party
- Establish a party planning committee to help with all the fun details!
- Set a date and reserve a party venue.
- Get a final budget from the boss – it helps to go into the meeting with an idea of what you want and how much it’s going to cost.
- Make arrangements with caterer and/or bar service.
Other entertainment to consider:
- DJ or live band
- Karaoke machine
- Photo booth
- Nintendo Wii
One Month Before the Party
- Meet with the party planning committee to brainstorm fun games and ice breakers.
- Design and order custom napkins, personalized coasters and cups – Not sure how many to order? See our Product Ordering Guidelines!
- Send out party invitations. This is a party, not a meeting. Make sure you’re sending party invitations and not an office memo!
Things to include in the invitations:
- Date and time
- Kids, spouses or employees only
- Food and drink details
- Dress code or party theme
- Door prizes, games and other exciting details!
Three Weeks Before the Party
- Create a food and drink menu.
- Write out a grocery list of everything you still need.
- Delegate the following responsibilities to members of the planning party committee:
- Food, Drinks
- Plan party decorations and table centerpieces.
- Order party favors and door prizes – office swag doesn’t count!
Two Weeks Before the Party
- Send out an email reminding coworkers of the party. Throw in some party details to build some hype! Ask for RSVPs if that matters.
- Make nametags, a seating chart and custom place cards.
- Create a party playlist – ask coworkers for input!
- Order a custom cake or cupcakes from your favorite bakery – design custom take-home boxes for leftovers!
One Week Before the Party
- Make a list of equipment you still need (chairs, tables, tent, etc.).
- Call the venue, caterer and other vendors to confirm that everything is all set.
- Pick up some business cards from a local cab company. Leave these out at the party.
1-2 Days Before the Party
- Head to the venue to set up tables, chair and decorations.
- Charge your camera and clear memory for more photos/videos.
- Set out several large trash bins with extra bags in the bottom.
- Hit the grocery store for food, drinks and anything else that’s still on your list.
- Prepare any recipes that will hold until the party – prep anything that can be prepped!
- Ask (or beg) the boss to let everyone out of work a few hours early.
Party Day is Here!
- Send out a final email reminding everyone about the party.
- Ask a few coworkers if they wouldn’t mind cleaning up after the party is over.
- Label coolers and fill with plenty of ice.
- Check bathrooms for toilet paper, towels, custom matchbooks, toothpicks, etc.
- Set out food, cups, napkins, plates and utensils.
- Prepare the music, games and entertainment.
- Enjoy yourself and take lots of photos!
A successful party is the result of careful planning. However, we believe it’s your attention to detail and personalization that makes it truly memorable. Use the Office Party Checklist to your full advantage and explore other party themes and custom accessories on ForYourParty.com!
You put a lot of thought and effort into finding the perfect gift. The last thing you want to go is throw it in a gift bag with some tissue paper and a card you picked up at the drug store. Because we know that a perfectly wrapped gift builds excitement. It builds anticipation. It also shows that you really, really care. This time, don’t just give somebody a present. Give them a perfectly wrapped gift that they can’t wait to open. Watch the video below to learn how!
Step-by-Step Gift Wrapping Guide
- Measure and cut just the right amount of wrapping paper.
- Turn your gift box upside down in the middle of your paper.
- Bring one side over top and tape it to the box to prevent shifting.
- Fold and crease about one inch of paper on the opposite side and tape it on top of the first side.
- For the ends, gently pinch both sides into the center.
- Crease the edges of the top triangular flap and fold it down.
- Repeat with the bottom flap.
- Fold the raw edge of the bottom flap before taping it over the top flap.
- Repeat steps 6-9 for the opposite end.
- Crease all of the edges for a crisp and clean professional look.
- Finish your gift wrap with ribbon, baker’s twine and/or a beautiful bow.
- Add a personalized gift tag for extra attention to detail.
A snow-covered wedding comes with many off-season rewards and risks for any couple tying the knot in the middle of winter. There are the obvious winter weather woes and other not-so-obvious elements to consider. We’ve curated a list of professional wedding tips to help you plan for and prevent any unforeseen winter wedding issues.
Winter Wedding Wins
Vendors – Outside of the regular wedding season, most vendors offer a significant discount for their services. From wedding photographers to DJs, caterers and more, couples can expect to save thousands of dollars in off-season rates. And since there are fewer winter weddings, it’s less likely that the best vendors are already booked. That way, you get your vendor of choice at a discounted rate.
Venues – Securing your venue of choice will also be much easier in the winter months. Therefore, you will have a better chance of getting married where and on the date you want—as long as it’s inside. And as with securing wedding vendors, most wedding venues also offer a discounted rate in the winter months.
Natural Beauty – There’s no denying the beauty of a white wedding. There’s something incredibly serene about a city or field blanketed in snow. In contrast to cold outdoors, a banquet hall that is full of love and laughter serves as the most intimate setting of all.
Winter Wedding Woes
Blustery Weather – While every winter wedding couple hopes for some snow, too much can cause some serious problems for out-of-state guests. And no matter how much you obsess over the weather forecast, it won’t make traveling any less difficult. Here are some things to consider:
- Book a hotel near the church and/or reception
- Give guests extra time to get from one place to another
- Hire a shuttle to take guests to and from the reception
- Host the ceremony and reception at the same venue
Lighting – There’s simply less daylight in the winter. We recommend bringing this up with your photographer. A good photographer will make sure there’s enough light to get the shots you want, whether that means having an early ceremony or bringing extra lighting equipment.
Colors – Winter has a classic color palette all its own. While pastels are better served in summer weddings, winter is the time to play with different shades of metallics, neutrals and rich, dark hues. Think sparkly winter white mixed with a deep purple or red. Or weave in the classic winter colors: forest green and navy. And don’t forget the sparkles. If there’s ever a season to sparkle, it’s winter.
Flowers – The peonies, daffodils and tulips that are popular for spring and summer weddings are likely out of the question. You really shouldn’t have any trouble finding other flowers, though we recommend calling your florist to see what is available. You can give any bouquet a wintry touch by mixing in some pinecones, holly, evergreen boughs, spruce branches and eucalyptus.
Holidays – Be mindful of the holidays. We’re not saying a New Year’s Eve wedding is a bad idea; just that some guests may have other commitments. If you are planning your wedding on or around the holidays, make sure you send your “save the dates” out a little early so that guests have plenty of time to plan.
Insurance – It’s always a good idea to ask your vendors, “What if we have to reschedule?” This applies to all weddings, of course, but is especially important for winter weddings in blizzard-prone areas. You may also want to consider wedding insurance, which will generally set you back a couple hundred bucks.
There’s something truly magical about a winter wedding. Spirits are high as guests rush to get out of the cold. Sipping drinks, they mingle with friends and family they don’t see often enough. The snow sparkles through the windows as you finally get a chance to look around and soak in the moment. Everything is perfect. Personalized wedding napkins and accessories add that final touch of charm to what will be the most memorable night of your life. Browse our winter designs or start your own from scratch.