Pack the cooler and get to the beach—Mom turns 60!

We celebrated Mom’s big day in a charming family boathouse in Florida. A beach lover herself, it was a fantastic weekend surrounded by hot sun, great food and cold cocktails.

 

personalized koozies

 

I wanted to bring something to the party that my family would use on the trip and also take home to remember the fun weekend.  Can Coolers from ForYourParty were the perfect party product. The hardest part was choosing from all the designs in the gallery! Once I narrowed it down, the editor made it easy to personalize the coolers with mom’s name and I could even tweak a few fonts. There were lots of colors to choose from as well. I decided to keep the colors nautical navy and white to go with our beach weekend.

 

personalized party favors doozies

 

We were so excited when they arrived! In hand, the personalized design on the Can Coolers looked clean, clear and just as cute as on the editor screen. The ink was definitely party friendly—based on how many times I dropped it in the water—it still looks like new.

Overall, this special detail added a fun touch to the weekend. Mom loved the coolers, and that made them a success! Back home, we now take them out to enjoy back porch visits and reminisce our sandy weekend celebrating mom. I for one, am looking forward to future parties when I can create more customized party products just as memorable!

– Jai, FYP Party Person

 

personalized party favors personalized koozies

Champagne toast with custom cocktail stirrers

 

As we enter that glorious time known as Spring and Summer—aka wedding season—toasts abound. To help you prepare your glass, we’ve rounded up our top five sparkling wines for toasts on a budget! Let’s face it, popping the Dom Perignon isn’t always an option. And there’s nothing wrong with that! So think up your most sentimental memories to share, grab the bubbly and gather your friends—don’t forget custom Stir Sticks!

  1. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label $45
  2. JCB No. 69 Cremant de Bourgogne Rosé Sparkling Wine $22
  3. La Marca Prosecco $15
  4. Korbel Natural $15
  5. J. Laurens Brut Cremant de Limoux $14

Pssst, if you just can’t keep straight what is sweet and what is dry, we’re loving this infographic from the California Wine Club.

 

Sparkling Wine Dry or Sweet

 

Cheers!
FYP Mixologists

This past weekend, ForYourParty’s personalized accessories made a few appearances in what looked to be a powerhouse weekend with some fabulous lady entrepreneurs. With our own founder and president being a girl boss herself, we so love the whole idea behind the getaway! This group of strong women got together to send each other weekly goals, keep each other accountable, act as a support group and overall spread the love on women entrepreneurs.

 

#bossbabesgetaway

 

We’re glad FYP got to add to the weekend’s festivities with some super cute personalized napkins, custom straw flags and custom coasters. The “Boss Babes” stayed at the W Los Angeles and spent the weekend in collective work sessions and brainstorm talks, all the while rejuvenating in the sunshine with all the positive vibes. Check out their customized products below. Aren’t those Advice coasters such a great idea?!

 

Custom Cocktail Napkins

custom coasters

custom straw flags

 

The Boss Babes goal group is made up of these ladies: Ashley Torres, founder of Pursuit of Shoes; Emily McDonald, founder of The Stylist LA; Jen Robin, founder of Life in JeneralSuzie Moldavon, celebrity makeup artist and founder of FlyBrow; Baily Hancock, founder of the Career Experiment ; and Valorie Darling, founder of Valorie Darling Photography.

Who else is ready to form your own girl boss entrepreneur support group?? 🙋🏼🙋🏼🙋🏼

 

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Photo Credit: Boss Babes

Lesley from ForYourParty.comHola! I’m Lesley, and I was born and raised in Chicago (with a stint in San Antonio, Texas). My journey to ForYourParty.com was a little roundabout. I originally started my college experience attending Benedictine University studying Chemistry. However, soon realizing that the sciences were not the route that I wanted to continue, I transferred to the International Academy of Design & Technology (IADT). Here I received my BFA concentrating on Advertising.

While in school, I had an internship that I loved, working with Habitat Brokerage. Post-grad, they hired me as a freelancer working with the Marketing Department and helping my mentor design promotional materials for the company. Unfortunately, this was about the time when the housing market started to decline, so soon enough the company was sold.

That is when, fatefully, I was interviewed by the only other 2 FYP employees at the time (Sari, our president, was on vacation). They must’ve really liked me and my work because shortly enough, I was hired! I met Sari my first day on the job, and our company started its newest journey with the 3 of us designers and Sari. It has been an adventure ever since! Nine years later, I am now the lead designer for our talented team that has grown to twelve.

How would you describe your design style?

I would describe my design style as being bold and illustrative. Below is a personalized Cocktail Napkin I recently designed for a customer’s birthday. Don’t you love our Gold foil!

Personalized Cocktail Napkins

Where do you get inspiration?

To get inspired I am constantly reading books, blogs, articles I also listen to music and attend lots of concerts. I also visit one of the many museums we have here.

Describe your perfect Saturday?

My perfect Saturday would be getting to gym early–I’m a powerlifter—and it’s empty. Then, I would meet up with friends, and we would go to different breweries where we would laugh, eat and drink. Then, I would go home to unwind and hang out with my dog.

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

I wouldn’t be a specific breed, I would like to be a mixed breed, so that I can be unique in my appearance as well as in my behavior. My dog is a mixed breed of (we think) German Shepard and Jack Russell, and I wouldn’t change that!

German Shepard and Jack Russell

What’s your favorite travel destination?

My favorite place to travel, wow, there’s so many places I have fallen in love with! But if I had to pick one, I would have to say Mexico. For me, Mexico is like home away from home. Being of Mexican descent, every time I go to visit it’s a very interesting feeling—it’s like being home, but seeing everything with new eyes, like a child. The food is amazing, there are so many art museums, so many places to see. The culture is warm and inviting while also very interesting and intriguing.

Sightseeing in Mexico

Sightseeing in Mexico

Sightseeing in Mexico

Sightseeing in Mexico

What’s your favorite Chicago restaurant?

My favorite restaurant is Revolution Brewing! They have great food and amazing beers!

Revolution Brewing

Revolution Brewing

This week, we thought we’d try something a little bit more on the savory side. Martini anyone? There’s something about a martini that makes us want to put on silk elbow gloves, red lipstick and pearls. You’ll find us lounging with a martini in one hand and a long cigarette holder in the other. Ahhhh, vintage class—pre modern fashion and Surgeon General health discoveries.

But still, a martini is always a class act order. Did you know there are many, many different ways to make and order a martini? Find below, steps to make a dirty (olive juice) gin martini that’s a little on the dry (less dry vermouth) side.

Ingredients
Gin (Try Seagram’s Distiller’s Reserve)
Dry Vermouth
Olive Juice
Olives

Directions
In a shaker, pour your gin and vermouth at a 3:1 ratio over ice. The more dry you’d like, the less vermouth! Add a splash of olive juice—or more for a dirtier drink. Stir well for 30 seconds to a minute. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with olives speared with a custom Stir Stick of your design. Sip and socialize!

Santé!
FYP Mixologists

Personalized Shot Glasses with Lemon Drop Shots

Grab some friends—it’s time to celebrate! Not only have you practically made it to FriYAY, it’s officially spring! So, it’s time to take a shot and dance on the table. ‘Cause, why not?

Lemon Drops can be made with pre-squeezed lemon juice, lemon flavored vodka, lemonade mix, etc. But in honor of spring, the below recipe is a la fresh.

Ingredients:
serves 5
6 lemons, juiced
5 tablespoons simple syrup
6 mint leaves
4 shots of vodka
ice
white sugar (for rims, if you’d like)

Directions:
Pour over ice into a cocktail shaker your freshly squeezed lemon juice (leave a bit aside to wet rims, if you want to coat with sugar) and simple syrup. Throw in the mint leaves. Shake well to mix your ingredients. The ice will bruise the mint, infusing the drink with it’s crisp flavor. Dip the rim of each glass into your remaing lemon juice, and then into a plate of sugar. Strain the lemon-mint mixture into your festive  Personalized Shot Glasses. Turn on your favorite dance music.

Enjoy!
-FYP Mixologists

Here at ForYourParty.com, we love, love, love to see post-celebration pictures of all the special occasions that included personalized details. It is always a pleasure to be a part of life’s happy moments. And who doesn’t love a good party?!

We recently had the great fun of being a small part of former Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky’s marriage to her long-time bf, TV show host Kevin Manno. Ali just shared her wedding photos, and the day looked charming, elegant and absolutely gorgeous. The bride was stunning, the groom dashing and together the couple made a beautiful pair. And don’t forget their sweet daughter, Molly! Totally adorable.

Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and Kevin Manno Wedding

Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and Kevin Manno Wedding with daughter Molly

Working with Be Inspired (who just shared more fabulous photos of the wedding!) and Gather Events, we provided Personalized Cocktail Napkins and Custom Stir Sticks for the reception. This antique chic bar was rented from Found Rentals for a beautiful complement to the natural atmosphere of their venue.

Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and Kevin Manno Wedding Personalized Cocktail Napkins and Drink Stirrers

Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and Kevin Manno Wedding Personalized Cocktail Napkins and Drink Stirrers

They chose White Cocktail Napkins and Rectangle Stir Sticks, both personalized with Shiny Rose Gold Foil. The simple design added an elegant and personal touch to the reception bar.

Looking through the photos—shot expertly by Brandon Kidd Photography—with the beautiful backdrop, perfect gowns and personalized details, our favorite part has to be all the smiles and laughter. You can really see the joy of the bride and groom!

Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and Kevin Manno Wedding

Congrats, Ali and Kevin!

Bachelorette Ali Fedotowsky and Kevin Manno Wedding

 

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Photography // Brandon Kidd Photography
Production | Be Inspired
Planning | Gather Events
Florals | Precious & Blooming
Venue |  Terranea Resort
Furniture Rentals | Found Rentals
Cakes | Beverly’s Bakery
Ceremony Gown | Alvina ValettaJLM Couture Bridal
Reception Gown | Val StefaniMon Amie Bridal Salon

 

Guinness with Personalized Cocktail Napkin

In honor of America’s favorite Irish holiday tomorrow, today’s cocktail is…well…beer. Guinness to be exact! This legendary Irish dry stout found it’s humble beginnings in Dublin in the 1700s under the creative and courageous hand of Arthur Guinness. From there to your cold pint, this delicious drink has made history. Did you know in 1991 the Guinness Rocket Widget (invention to keep canned Guinness smooth and creamy) won the Queen’s Award for Technological Achievement? It beat the Internet as the best invention of the previous 40 years. Again, the Internet.

So gather ’round your friends, pour a glass and toast to the Irishmen who came before us. We’re totally loving the toast printed on the Custom Cocktail Napkins below!

Sláinte!
FYP Mixologists

Personalized Cocktail Napkin St. Patrick's Day

Fruit in Ice Cubes with Personalized Cocktail Napkin

Today we’re going to share a favorite flavor burst for simple mixed drinks. Fruit in ice! Not only do fruit ice cubes make beautiful additions, they also keep drinks cold while enhancing the flavor. Freeze edible flowers as well for an elegant mix. Now, hydration is key, so you could always take a break from the alcohol and just add water for a refreshing fruit infused glass of H2O.

But at the moment, we’re thinking vodka. (It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?) Use a clear colored alcohol to get the full effect of each gorgeous ice cube. You can even pair your fruit with your decor, as seen above with the personalized Cocktail Napkin.

Ingredients
Ice trays
Boiled water (so your cubes aren’t cloudy!)
Fresh Fruit
Edible Flowers
Vodka
Soda water

Directions
Cut or mash your fruit to their desired size. Place fruit or flowers in ice trays. After your boiled water has cooled (or you can simply buy distilled water), fill each tray about half way. Freeze. Fill the trays up the rest of the way, and freeze again. This method will keep your fruit and flowers from floating to the top, and they will be completely submerged in the ice.

Pour in vodka and soda to taste. Enjoy each sip as the ice melts and releases the fruits’ delicate flavor into your drink!

Santé!
FYP Mixologists

Cotton Candy Champagne with Personalized Stir Sticks

Whether you’re planning a bubbly brunch with your gals or looking for an elegant, fun signature cocktail, Cotton Candy Champagne is a charming option.

Ingredients
– Champagne (or Prosecco would work just as well!)
– Cotton Candy
– Personalized Stir Sticks

Directions
Pour your bubbly. Close to serving, top the flute with a tuft of cotton candy and a Personalized Stir Stick. Guests can then use the stir stick to introduce the sweet candy into the champagne. The cotton candy will dissolve and give the drink a sweet taste and delicious color.

Santé!
FYP Mixologists