Going for Gold Party

How amazing are the Olympics? The whole world coming together in a show of athletics and sportsmanship that only occurs every FOUR years. The Olympic opening ceremonies always send shivers down our spines; this year we decided that it was time to channel all that wonder into a fun party that anyone can host in their home. Get ready – Opening ceremonies are August 5th.  While the athletes are giving their all, you can support them by throwing a gold medal worthy party! Let’s cheer on TEAM USA with food, drinks, and some games of our own.olympics PicMonkey Collage

We created  free printables for this party including the  USA banner, the Olympics banner, fun straw flare , medals, place cards , and cupcake toppers  that are all featured here. You can get the plates, straws, treat bags, cake stand, and honeycombs from the Jollity & Co. store to complete this gold medal worthy look! 

Don’t forget about the food either… Your athletes will need something to refuel them!olympics food PicMonkey Collage

Pretzels became the “Competitors Crunch”, the treat bags filled with popcorn and candy were the “Spectator’s Snacks”, and just for fun we filled ice cream cones with a mix of Cheeto’s and hot Cheeto’s to be our “Flamin’ Torches”.

Time for the actual athletic portion of this party… Unless you count inhaling all of those snacks, because if that’s the case, we would totally take the gold. #olympiceaters

Hurdles

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Yes.  It’s as fun as it looks.
For the actual hurdles we used pool noodles and pencils (or pens). You use the pencils as stakes, shove them into the ground, and slide your pool noodle onto them. The height of your hurdle will depend on how close or how far you place your stakes, set up as many hurdles as you like. The person to go through the course the quickest without knocking over a hurdle wins. Print your hurdles sign here.

Shot Put

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We just had to include Shot Put, one of the original Olympic Games. We used a bocce ball set but really you can use tennis balls or whatever you have laying around. Whoever throws the ball the farthest wins. Print your shot put sign here.

40 Yard Dash 

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The 40 Yard Dash is a perfect event for the kids you might have dropping by the party. We spray painted a start line (you could lay down a rope or streamer) and had two people holding up the finish line for our competitors to run through. The kids were very intense during this race and asked to do it multiple times! Print your event sign here.

You can also play soccer, basketball, do gymnastics,  or if you have a pool, add some fun water events! extra olympics PicMonkey Collage

This party will definitely help our US Olympic athletes bring home some gold medals… Well, maybe not, but you can at least send your friends home with a few! Print a set of medals for each event your having – and you can even do an all-around athlete medal ceremony at the end.

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We can’t wait to see your Olympics parties! Post some pics to insta with #partywithjollity. We will repost our fav!

Party on,
The Girls From Jollity

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Go For The Gold With This Olympics Party

 

Host A Spectacular Olympics Party

The Secret to Getting the Most Out of Party Decor

It’s always such a bummer when a party comes to an end. After all that hard work of preparing, crafting, and decorating, everything’s just boxed up or put in the trash! Well, no more! We have the perfect ways to take awesome decorations and use them all year long!

Here are some great ways to keep that decor displayed everyday!

Up Your Nursery Style 
A lot of baby showers these days seem to incorporate the nursery color scheme or theme as part of the decor, which is great! Use those adorable pom moms, tassel banners, and paper fans to add a little extra personal touch to your (or your friend’s) nursery. Easy peasy!

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Children & Teen Play Room Decor 
Did you throw your child an awesome themed birthday party and have some amazing items that you kinda want to brag about for a little while longer? Hang those babies up in their rooms, playroom, or reading nook!

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Photography 
Have a pal who is a photographer? Sometimes they’ll have cute stylized mini shoots. See if they’d like to incorporate your leftover decorations into their next setup – and maybe you can do a fun swap for some photos?

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Home Decor 
All those fun trinkets, knick-nacks, and back drops can easily help decorate living spaces throughout your house. Check out our honeycomb backdrop after an event- it was a perfect display over a DIY Succulent table. And when you get sick of it and want to change things up, no need to feel guilty! It’s already pulled double duty! For smaller items like garlands and banners save them for your mantel. It’s a simple way to spruce it up each month with  fun, seasonal changes.

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Wasn’t that a piece of cake?!

We can’t wait to see how you guys repurpose your party decor, post some pics to Insta and tag #partywithjollity .

Party on,
The Girls from Jollity

 

DIY Honeycomb Backdrop!

We love creative brainstorming and coming up with our own ideas on fun and simple DIY projects.  We recently came up with this awesome idea to make a geometric diamond honeycomb backdrop. Making use of diamond honeycombs, this colorful backdrop creates a huge impact and the fun geometric shape provides a unique look to any table scape or even a party photo booth!

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Materials Needed: 

  • 1 Foam Core Board: 40 x 60
  • 24 Diamond Honeycombs – 3 color varieties, 8 of each color (you’ll have one diamond honeycomb left over once the DIY is finished)
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Extra Glue Sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Exacto Knife
  • Twine
  • Single Hole Punch or a tool that can make a small hole

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Step 1: Lay the foam board vertically on a flat surface making sure you have plenty of room to maneuver around the board.

Step 2: Take five diamond honeycombs of two alternating colors (you’ll use your third color for filling in at the end in step 7) and arrange them sticky-tab side down in a vertical line down the left side of the board. Make sure the shortest point is facing the edge of the board.

Step 3: Starting with the top honeycomb peel of the sticky-tabs and attach the diamond honeycomb to the board pressing firmly to ensure it sticks. Repeat this process until the row is done.

Step 4: Next, take your hot glue gun and add a line of glue to the edge of the honeycomb that did not have sticky-tabs on it. Quickly pull the honeycomb open and stick it to the foam board. Repeat this process through the row.

Step 5: Follow Steps 2-4 for the second and third rows, making sure that all points sides touch one another as to not show too much white space.

Step 6: Using the remaining six honeycombs, fill in the gaps (excluding the boards edges) by repeating Steps 2-4.

Step 7: Using an exacto knife carefully cut around the edges of the board, cutting as close to the diamonds edge as possible. Do not cut the two middle white spaces on the top of the board.

*We recommend putting a piece of cardboard or a cutting board under the foam board while you cut so you don’t scratch your floor or table.

Step 8: In the remaining two white spaces take your ruler and measure 3 1/2 inches down from the top. Mark this spot and using your hole punch or other tool make a hole, (we used the exacto knife).

Step 9: String your twine through the two holes and hang accordingly.

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How fun was that? This backdrop allows you to play with the colors, pattern, and scheme by mixing and matching the diamond honeycombs. It’s adapatable to almost any party, as shown below in the photo of the Flamingo Fun Party! For this party we mixed pink diamond honeycombs in three shades to add a pop of pink to our dessert table!  If you make this project we’d love to see your photos! Share them with us using #partywithjollity.

Party on,

The Girls from Jollity

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Monday Means Mojito’s

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Hey friends!
Last week we got these new amazing lollipop flavors in stock and as we tested them we said “wouldn’t this be fantastic IN a cocktail?!?!” So we got to work and came up with this delicious cocktail!

It has some of our favorite things in it. Coconut, yum. Vanilla, yummy. Mint, yummier. And, of course, booze. Yummiest! You can dip the lollipop, or just let it melt into your drink… the possibilities are endless.

And whatdya know?! It’s NATIONAL MOJITO DAY! So, we of course decided we needed to share.

Ingredients (for one drink):
10 Mint Leaves
1 Coconut & Vanilla Lollipop
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1/2 Lime-sliced
Soda Water
1 1/2 Ounces of Rum
Club Soda
Simple Syrup
Ice-Crushed is better, but not necessary

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In an oversized wine glass, muddle half your mint leaves and two of your lime slices in the bottom of your cup.

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Add your lollipop. Pour rum into the glass making sure to make as much contact as possible with the lollipop. Stir vigorously.

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Add ice, stir again, and top with club soda. Gently stir for 5 seconds, add remaining mint leaves and taste.

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Finish with simple syrup until it’s as sweet as you like it! The longer these lush lollipop’s are in your drink the more coconutty (totally a word) the flavor. If you have time, prep a whole bunch through the “add rum” step and let them soak until ready to serve. Enjoy!

This drink is perfect for sipping on the porch on a cool summer evening… or gulping. No judgement here.

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Drink up and be sure to post some pics of your delicious Mojito’s, we’d love to see them! And don’t forget to use #partywithjollity !

Party on,
The Girls from Jollity

The only Mojito recipe you'll ever need

DIY Pineapple Balloon Topper

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2016 may just be the year of the pineapple. They are everywhere! They’ve taken the party world by storm. And TBH… We are not mad about it all. Who doesn’t love pineapples? I mean, really?!

This simple DIY will give you all the fun tropical vibes without taking up too much time you should be using to work on your tan.

Our pineapple balloon toppers are the perfect addition to any summer, tropical, beach, or just plain pineapple theme party! #pineapplesalldayeveryday

This DIY is so easy all you have to do is print, cut, and tape!

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Supplies needed:

-Jollity & Co Yellow Triangle Balloons Buy Balloon Pack – Yellow Triangles
-Scissors
-Scotch Tape
-Green Card stock, 8.5 by 11 (Bonus: you can print directly onto green card stock if your printer allows)
-Printer Paper
-Pencil

Step 1: Download and print* balloon topper here
*Print Directly onto green card stock if your printer allows, and skip steps 3 & 4)

Step 2: Cut out topper. (cut the tabs along the dotted lines if you printed directly onto green card stock)

Step 3: Trace topper onto green card stock. Use dotted lines from printer paper copy as reference.

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Step 4: Cut out topper, cut the tabs along the dotted lines. cutting_3

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Step 6:  Fold each tab in the opposite direction of the one before it. Place tabs on the top of balloon, and tape tabs onto balloon. 2016-07-08_0004

 

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See what we mean? Super simple! If you make this project please share your photos with us by using #partywithjollity , we will be featuring our faves on insta!

Party on,
The Girls from Jollity

PS: Click here for mini toppers for 5 inch balloons. Let’s be real, baby pineapples are adorbs.

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Darling, it wouldn’t be a party without you.

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We are a party supply boutique in the heart of Norfolk, VA and we want to celebrate with you. Our mission with this blog is to share fun projects, tips, and inspiration so you can infuse some jollity into celebrating whatever you want to celebrate! We love parties! Parties for anything at all. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, bridal/baby showers, dog parties, last day of school, you got a new haircut… It’s all fair game!
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