personalized cocktail napkin with beach cocktail

 

Headed to the beach for that family reunion you’ve been planning for months? Time to relax with a cool drink! We’re not quite sure what it is, but sweet drinks always seem more appropriate by the ocean. So, don the perfect floppy hat, dig your toes in the sand and sip away. We hope that secret smile is for how easy it was to impress Aunt Betty with those personalized cocktail napkins.

Ingredients
2 oz lemon vodka
3 oz blue cream soda
1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (1/2-1 lemon)
Fresh blueberries
Fresh mint
Lemon peel (garnish)

Directions
Combine your vodka, cream soda and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and stir well. Prepare your cocktail glass with ice and a handful of blueberries. Pour the mixed drink over your ice and berries. Garnish with a lemon peel and mint.

Cheers!
– FYP Mixologists

From Rome to Dublin, Tokyo and back, this bride-to-be has found a passion for travel, photography—and ramen. An employee of Tochi Ramen herself (located in West Bend, WI), it became the perfect fit for this edgy bride-to-be’s “Adventure Awaits” bridal shower. Hosted by her two spunky sisters, loving mother (who presented not one, but two poems about Jocelyn and Wesley!) and her generous bridal party of 10, it was a huge hit.

 

travel themed bridal shower

 

To start the party off, there was homemade Sangria and Mimosas—because what’s a brunchy bridal shower without some fruit, wine and champagne?! Jocelyn even got behind the bar to pop a bottle, and she was off the clock!

 

bridal shower custom cocktail napkins

 

To complement the cocktails and add a pop of personalization to the decor were ForYourParty White Linen Like Cocktail Napkins and our brand new Sea Glass Watercolor Cocktail Napkins—both stamped with fresh clipart that hasn’t even been added to our gallery yet (sneak peek for you bloggers out there—yippy!). Both the “Bride To Be” and “You Are My Greatest Adventure” designs were made exclusively by our FYP designers, so you won’t find them anywhere else—keep an eye out for their launch!

 

engagement party personalized watercolor napkins

 

On the food menu was pulled pork tacos, chicken enchilada soup, and chips and guac. There was no shortage of dessert, which consisted of homemade bars, cake and chocolate covered strawberries infused with Grand Marnier—cheers!

Each table was dressed with the theme of a different country, keeping the theme of “Adventure” throughout. Around the restaurant hung severals photographs both drawn and shot by Jocelyn, which “Jocelynified” Tochi just a bit further.

 

travel themed bridal shower

 

Some crafty creations (pictured below) were constructed from our napkins as well. First off a hole was punched into the napkin to create a gift tag on the present, then it was carried over to top-off the rehearsal dinner bouquet–creative ideas, ladies!

Congrats to the soon-to-be Mr. and Mrs. Feest!

 

personalized linen like cocktail napkin

summer cocktail with personalized cocktail napkin perfect for bridal showers and bachelorette parties

Time to toast! Are you hosting a garden bridal shower, outdoor engagement party or just any summer celebration? Treat your guests with this gin based cocktail for a refreshing combination of citrus and berry. Throw in a personalized Cocktail Napkin with a gorgeous foil stamp that always makes for the perfect photo op!

Note that this particular recipe includes a special, fruit-infused ice cube. This means you will need to allow yourself a little pre-prep time. The ice cube will melt as you enjoy your cocktail and continue releasing flavor into the drink. While this is recommended, you can always skip on the fancy ice if you’re in a pinch! Simply use plain ice and add an extra sliced strawberry to compensate. It will still be delicious, promise.

Strawberry Limeade Gin & Tonic

Ingredients by the glass
2 oz Gin
1/4 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
1/2 oz strawberry simple syrup
4-5 oz tonic water
2 strawberries, sliced
1-2 lime wedges
Blueberries (or juniper berries if you want to simply bring out the herbal flavors of the gin and not an additional berry taste)
Water
Ice cube mold

To make your strawberry ice cube…
Fill your ice tray or ice cube mold—there are lots of fun shapes out there, y’all—with water. Leave a little room for your fruit. Add strawberry slices and freeze.

Mix up your drink…
Place your strawberry ice cube in a glass. Pour over the gin, strawberry simple syrup and lime juice. Then, toss in your sliced strawberries, lime wedges and blueberries (juniper berries). Give it a quick stir. Finally, top with tonic.

 

Cheers, 
FYP Mixologist

 

Celebrating Dad’s BIG 6-0 with nothing other than a SURPRISE party to knock him off his rocker. We decided to surprise him, not only with our presence but with a professionally hosted game of trivia! All questions were topics of interest to the guest of honor. These included Star Wars, Star Trek, Wisconsin history, the year 1957 and Packers football, to name a few. We obviously made him play on his own team. He totally won on his own, by the way—not surprised.

 

 

After my dad’s love of trivia, his second love would probably be beer. So, our game was hosted at the Plank Road Pub in De Pere, WI. Prizes were awarded in the form of gift certificates to the bar, as well as custom can coolers with an award ribbon design. I ordered the can coolers from ForYourParty, where I was able to pair my own art with fonts the site offered. It was so easy to upload the design I had created previously. Then, I added some fonts found on the site to the back of the can cooler. There were many fonts to choose from, so it was easy finding something that complemented the front design. Oh, and I loved that they could be printed in gold, silver and copper (bronze) to go with the “trophy” theme.

 

 

We kept décor fairly simple since the space was shared with regular patrons. We made three balloon columns with designer balloons that said YAY and Woo Hoo! They were used to help mark the food and cake area. Plus, what says party like balloon bouquets!

 

 

I also made personalized square coasters with shiny bright teal writing to embellish and mark our reserved tables. My dad went home with the spares for his at-home bar. The coasters held up well after being used, and he is now stocked for life.

 

 

We had so much fun planning and celebrating this old guy’s milestone. Here’s to many more years of cheers and beers!

 

 

Looking for something a little refreshing and non-traditional to accompany you on a warm summer night? Try this Blackberry Mule for a delicious take on the Moscow Mule. Just pick up some fresh blackberries (or any berry really), and you’re all set! Toss in a personalized Stir Stick or Cocktail Napkin and you’ve got yourself a party  😉

Blackberry Mule

Yields: 2 glasses

Ingredients
4 oz vodka
Ginger beer
1 tablespoon lime juice (about half a lime)
6 blackberries
Ice
Extra lime & blackberries for garnish

Directions
Prepare 2 rocks glasses by tossing 3 blackberries into each glass and muddling them for a bit. Then, add ice to each glass.

In a shaker, add ice, vodka and lime juice. Shake vigorously and then pour the mixture into each prepared glass. Top each drink with ginger beer and garnish with blackberries and a lime wheel.

 

Enjoy!
— FYP Mixologists

personalized party favors and wedding napkins at foryourparty.com

 

After growing up in Park Ridge, Illinois, I gravitated toward attending college in the nearby Windy City. Ultimately, I chose the University of Illinois at Chicago, where it didn’t take long to fall in love with the hustle and bustle of the city. Here, I was lucky to spend four years growing an artistic practice as a Fine Arts major at the College of Art and Architecture. My passion for art and design lead me in the pursuit of a graphic design position after graduation, and happily, I found one here at ForYourParty!

personalized wedding napkins

How would you describe your design style?

My design style favors bright, bold colors and simplicity. I think that color, both on its own or curated, can inspire and intrigue us. Incidentally, color was the driving force behind the creation of one of our site’s newest offerings—FYP’s lovely watercolor napkins! Starting from prototypes I hand painted, the watercolor design is printed onto the napkins overseas exclusively for FYP using an old school technique called flexographic printing. Flexo printing is essentially a form of letterpress that starts with an image and uses a flexible relief plate to transfer the image. Overall, the process makes for a unique and trendy product, perfect for a fun summer party!

 

personalized wedding napkins with watercolor art

 

What are your current favorite font combinations?

While there are so many great fonts to choose from on our site, when building a custom product my favorite font combination is Nickainley and Netura. It’s a nice combination of simple lines and a playful script!

 

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

 

Describe your perfect Saturday?

If I had to describe my perfect Saturday it might look quite similar to the infamous 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. (Minus the red Ferrari convertible. Darn!) I might start by exploring one of Chicago’s great museums like the Art Institute and, if I was lucky, make it to the ballpark to watch the World Series Champs, our Cubs! (hey, batter-batter!)

custom matches with watercolor art

What is your favorite FYP product?

My favorite FYP product is the Candle Matchbox. I’m fond of all the matchbox shapes and styles, but the Candle shape is very sleek and simple. Classic and nostalgic, it is definitely a great personalized wedding favor. And also available in watercolor paper!

Where do you get inspiration?

Inspiration for me is found by seeing combinations of color, texture, shape or dimension that I haven’t seen before. The things that seem the least familiar, wherever they are found, inspire me the most. I love visiting design blogs and platforms where people express their creativity. I also enjoy finding inspiration in nature; I think it’s all relative and all exciting!

 

 La Jolla, California

 

What’s your favorite travel destination?

My favorite place I have traveled is La Jolla, California. I went here as part of a trip I made last summer to explore the west coast. From beautiful cliffs to happy seals, La Jolla is packed with beauty and lush plants that left me delighted and inspired.

 

Waterfront Café

 

What’s your favorite Chicago restaurant?

My favorite Chicago restaurant is the Waterfront Café located lakeside in Rogers Park. A sucker for a great view, the Café looks out on serene Lake Michigan and offers yummy bites like fish ‘n chips, burgers and wings. (Yum!)

Strawberry Rose Gin fizz with personalized stir sticks and custom coasters

Beach weather is so close, we can practically taste the salty air. And the strawberries! Somewhere on our endless list of all the things that make summer terrific, you’ll find strawberry season. Yum, yum, yum. Here’s a delicious little something that can accompany you poolside. Hint: it also makes a fabulous sip for bachelorette parties and bridal showers.

Strawberry Rose Gin Fizz

Ingredients
6  strawberries
2 teaspoons sugar
8 oz gin
1 teaspoon rose water
1/2 cup club soda (or to taste)
pinch of salt

Directions
Wash, de-stem and finely dice the strawberries. Sprinkle the sugar over the top of the strawberries, and let them sit for 5 minutes. Then, mash the strawberries with a fork to release their juices. Next, fill a cocktail shaker with ice, and add the strawberry mixture, gin, rose water and a pinch of salt. Shake, then divide between two glasses.

Top each glass off with club soda and squeeze a lime wedge into each glass for a little extra flavor. Pair your drink with a themed personalized Stir Stick (also a great strawberry spear) or a custom Coaster.

Sip, soak up the sun and enjoy!

 

Cheers, FYP Mixologists

balloon arch at dessert party with cute personalized products

 

The ladies at A Charming Fête recently threw a dessert party that looks so fabulous and delicious—if we were closer to Cleveland, we 100% would have shown up on their doorstep to take part. With the theme of Sip, Snack, Chill, there was no shortage of sweet treats or tasty libations. Or personalized cocktail napkins!

 

Brewnuts crafted fancy donuts

 

Here’s some eye candy for ya. Donuts are all the rage right now. From creative wedding desserts to shower treats to sweet pick-me-ups any day of the week, fried dough with pastel icing and gold sprinkles is nothing short of magical. These beauties are beer infused from Brewnuts.

 

dessert donut party with personalized cocktail napkins

 

And how perfect is our Tiffany Blue Cocktail Napkin next to the desserts?! We may be a little biased, but for any party you’re throwing, personalized accessories take your vibes from fun to absolutely fantastic.

 

liquid nitrogen, artisan ice cream from Piccadilly Creamery

 

The main attraction was liquid nitrogen, artisan ice cream from Piccadilly Creamery that was made on site from fresh organic ingredients.

 

liquid nitrogen cream with personalized cocktail napkin

 

Belvoir elderflower lemonade

 

Not to be outdone in cuteness, different flavors of Elderflower Lemonade was served, complete with edible flowers.

 

party cocktails with edible flowers

 

beautiful floral arrangement centerpiece

 

Speaking of flowers…😍😍😍  Overall, we think the party looked to be a smash. Do you have any soirées coming up this summer? Tell us your plans!

 

Cheers dears,
Grace

 

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Photography: Lauren Gabrielle  
Design and Styling: A Charming Fête   
Venue and Furniture: Borrow Rentals  
Ice Cream & Popcorn: Piccadilly Artisan Creamery  
Florals: Twig Florals 
Hair: Stella & Shay 
Makeup: Maggie Kleinman  
Linens: BBJ Linen 
Donuts: Brewnuts 
DIY Balloon Garland Kit: One Stylish Party 
Calligraphy Signage: Seaworthi 

How to make fresh margaritas

Not sure about you, but we’re always down for a margarita. Bring on the chips and salsa! Here’s the thing though, if you rely on a margarita mix, you’re simply missing out. There’s nothing quite like a margarita made from scratch with freshly squeezed lime juice. On the rocks, of course. Whether you’re looking to make it by the glass or mix up a pitcher to enjoy with a group of friends, we’ve got you covered! Add a cute personalized napkin or stir stick to make your freshly prepared glass of delicious even more special. How perfect is our new Sea Glass Watercolor Cocktail Napkin next to the green of the margarita 😍

Ingredients for a Single Glass
2 oz of Silver (or Blanco) 100% Agave Tequila
1 oz Cointreau
1.5 oz freshly squeezed lime juice (about 1 lime)
Simple syrup (see below) or agave to taste
1-2 fresh lime wedges for garnish
Coarse salt for rimming the glass
Ice

Directions
First, salt the rim of your glass. Moisten the rim with a lime wedge, and then dip it into a small plate of coarse salt.

Pour the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice into the glass. Add your simple syrup according to sweetness preference. Don’t forget your ice will also dilute the drink a bit. Give your mixture a quick stir, and then fill the glass with ice. Squeeze a wedge or two of fresh lime over the top, and add the wedges to the drink for garnish. Enjoy!

Ingredients for a Pitcher for Twelve
3 cups (Silver or Blanco) 100% Agave Tequila
1 1/2 cup Cointreau
1 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice (about 12 limes)
Simple syrup (see below) or agave to taste
12-24 fresh lime wedges for garnish
Coarse salt for rimming the glass
Ice

Directions
First, salt the rims of your glasses. Moisten the rims with a lime wedge, and then dip each into a small plate of coarse salt.

Mix the tequila, Cointreau and lime juice into a pitcher. Stir well. Pour a 1/2 cup into each glass. Add simple syrup to individual taste. (You could also add the simple syrup to your pitcher before pouring into each glass. The individual method allows everyone to choose their own level of sweet!) Fill each glass with ice. Add a squeeze of lime, and then add the wedge for garnish. Cheers!

Simple Syrup Directions
Combine 1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar in a small saucepan and heat on the stove top. Stir occasionally until the sugar is dissolved. Store the syrup in a jar and refrigerate until you are ready to use. You can keep your syrup in the fridge for 3–4 weeks to sweeten any of your mixed drinks!

 

Cheers, 
FYP Mixologists

Cheers to all our party people!

Are you planning a special celebration with all the best personalized accessories? Drink in style with custom cups! ForYourParty.com offers different styles and sizes with tons of personalization options so you can create the perfect cup for any occasion. Wedding receptions, graduations, bachelor/bachelorette parties, family reunions, Greek life events….you name it! Plus, if you choose one of our plastic reusable options, they also make super cute personalized party favors.

Now that you’ve decided custom cups are the way to go, it’s time to choose the best size. This can actually be a little more tricky than it sounds. Your typical can of soda is 12 ounces; so, if your 13-year-old’s birthday is featuring his favorite soft drink, is that the size cup you should order? Nope! Don’t forget to take into account ice and bubbles. The same goes for foam from beer and ice in mixed drinks. To make it easier for you, we’ve put together a Party Cup Guide you can download or see below for reference.