Have your Cupcake and Eat it Too!

Ready to host a cupcake themed party? Whip up this backdrop, set the table and then fill it with all your favorite cupcake flavors. Whether they’re store bought or homemade, they’re the sweetest dessert for all to enjoy. Plus they give you a reason to host a party, and who doesn’t love a great party?!

To create the cupcake backdrop download our cupcake printable below and print them on colorful card stock. Cut the shapes out, glue them together using hot glue or Elmer’s glue and then tape them up on your wall with double sided tape. 

We recommend printing the whip cream off on white paper and the cherries off in red. Go crazy with the cupcake colors – the brighter, the better!

Next, set your table with pretty cake stands, colorful honeycombs, color coordinating Posh and Enchanté plates. Then top it all off with some colorful cups, straws and don’t forget the Witty Cocktail Napkins!

The final step is to put out all your favorite cupcakes and enjoy!

Check out what our staff favorite flavors are below:

If you throw a cupcake party, we would love to see it! Tag us on social media  @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity. Bonus points if you tell us what your go-to cupcake flavor is!

The Prettiest Pizza!

With the hottest summer ever in full effect, we’ve been taking advantage of eating everything that’s cold and delicious from popsicles to pizza…Not the cheese and pepperoni covered pizza (as much as we love it), but pizza with FRUIT. Yes you heard it, a fruit pizza! Check out the recipe below and our favorite pieces to serve it with.

YOU WILL NEED

  • Watermelon (see below for our tips on picking the perfect melon)
  • Greek Yogurt
  • Edible Flowers
  • Fruit
  • Honey (optional, if you want it a little sweeter)

HOW TO MAKE YOUR PIZZA

  1. Slice your watermelon into large circular slices, about 2″ thick
  2. Using a spatula, spread a layer of greek yogurt over the watermelon slices
  3. Decorate with your fruit and flowers
  4. For extra sweetness, drizzle with honey
  5. Slice it for everyone to have a piece

Enjoy!

HOW TO DECORATE THE TABLE

There is something about gingham and bright colors that just screams summer picnic! To set the table for this fruit pizza party we chose to display the slices on a decorative charger plate. We then selected bright colored cocktail napkins, festive cups and straws, and layered it all on a summery table runner.

If you make this fruit pizza, we would love to see it! Tag us on social media  @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity.

Movie Night In!

As we’re trying to social distance, we’ve been brainstorming fun activities to do at home. One of our favorites has been Friday movie nights. With great food and snacks, a fun movie, the comforts of home – what’s not to love?! Here’s some of our tips and tricks for hosting your own movie night in.

THE SET UP

First, go get some comfy clothes on! ‘Rona has made life crazy for all and a night of relaxing and comfy clothes is much needed.

Next, grab all the pillows and blankets you have and setup in front of your tv or projection screen. If you have a projection and screen setup in your backyard. We like pushing our couch back to make more floor space!

BONUS – if you want to get really creative, build a blanket fort around your tv.

FOOD, SNACKS & DRINKS

From popcorn, to pizza, to the $1 candy boxes and more the options for movie night grub is endless. Treat yourself and order a pizza from the local place you love. Then pop a huge bowl of popcorn, sip on your favorite beverage and munch on some candy. If you have kids, divide the popcorn up in paper bowls and use paper cups and straws for drinks. It’s a way easier cleanup!

PICK THE MOVIE

In our house, we take turns picking the movien to avoid all out wars. Sometimes it’s an easy pick (our go to Harry Potter), other times we’re scrolling endlessly. Flip a coin to see who gets to pick the movie, or pull out a random one from your stack of DVD’s. And yes, we know you still own DVD’s because we also own them – we’ll keep the secret though. Once you’ve selected the movie, sit back and enjoy!

Looking for more fun ideas for creating memorable moments at home? Check out The Party Box – our monthly subscription service for creating fun mini parties each month to build memories and have fun!

We’d love to know how you’re staying entertained during these quarantine times! Tag us on social media  @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity. Bonus points if you share what you’re go to movie is!

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Orange Crushes!

There are two things the Jollity & Co Girls love:

  1. Insta worthy parties (duh!)
  2. Cocktail hour!

When we’re not reaching for a glass of rosé or a White Claw – we’re making orange crushes. They’re not only delicious, but they’re a staple to the area – Virginia Beach, one town over is known for them! If you head to any bar or restaurant near water you’re sure to find orange crushes on the menu. Check out our favorite recipe below and get to making some drinks!

YOU WILL NEED

  • 2 Shots of Vodka
  • 1 Shot of Triple Sec
  • Fresh squeezed OJ, about 1-2 oranges worth
  • Splash of Sprite
  • Orange peel or slice for a garnish
  • Ice

HOW TO MAKE IT

Another reason this is one of our go-to drinks is because it is SO easy to make! Just add your vodka, triple sec and orange juice to a cup filled with ice. Then pour a splash of Sprite on top and mix well. Final step, garnish with an orange peel or orange slice. Bottoms up!

Dressing up cocktail time? Check out some of our best selling cocktail accessories:

We would love to know what your favorite cocktail is and if your area has their own specialty drink! Need ideas for some new drinks? Check out some of our past blog posts. Don’t forget to tag us on social media  @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity .

National Ice Cream Day!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for …

It’s almost National Ice Cream day (July 19) and it seems like the perfect way to jazz up a week of endless summer days (and heat!). Get the inside scoop on the Jollity way to set the perfect (pint) party.

TABLE DECOR

We loved mixing and matching our pieces for a themed tablescape. For the centerpieces we used these ceramic ice cream cones and filled the tops with our 3” honeycombs. For serving, went for a Neapolitan feel with the Pink and White Striped Dinner Plates, Bubble Mint Dessert Plates, Just Peachy Dessert Plates and Mint to Be cups. We also used a bright and colorful table runner to make it feel like it was really worth melting for!

⁠ICE CREAM SUNDAE BAR

Did someone say sundaes?! An ice cream sundae bar is one of our favorite, easy and crowd pleasing hosting tips. No crazy recipes or baking necessary! All you need to do is buy different ice cream flavors, your favorite toppings and whatever serveware you need. Set it all up on a table, kitchen counter, or on a bar cart!

BOOZY MILKSHAKES

Lastly, if you have a few adults sprinkled across the guest list you can add some boozy milkshakes to the menu. Here’s a recipe for one that we all having everyone partying like its sherbet day.

YOU WILL NEED

  • 3/4 Cup Whole Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cup Vanilla Ice Cream
    You can also use coffee ice cream
  • 1/3 Cup Caramel Sauce 
    Store bought or homemade
  • 1/2 Cup Ice 
    Optional
  • Whipped Cream
  • Sprinkles
  • 2 oz of Bourbon

Directions:

Put the milk, ice cream, caramel sauce and ice into a blender, blend until smooth. Drizzle the caramel sauce into one of our posh cups and top with whipped cream and sprinkles! To make it into an adult dessert, before you add the whipped cream, splash a bourbon floater on top. Yum! This recipe should make enough for you and someone to share, so grab a fellow ice cream lover and dig in!

If you decide to throw an at home ice cream party or are recreating our delicious milkshake recipe, we would love all the ways you sprinkled the day with love! Tag us on social media  @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity.

Lemon Party

It’s officially lemonade season and lemons have been all the rage as of late. Which is a party theme we can totally get behind. So when life handed us lemons what did we do? Throw a lemon themed party of course! Here’s a few tips for a throwing a simply sweet lemon party.

WALL DECOR

When setting up for a party, we always recommend that you start with putting up wall decor. Especially if it’s going above or behind a table, that way you’re not having to move a beautifully decorated table around to hang items up.

For this adorable and simple backdrop we used 5″ yellow balloons, fishing line and printable leaves. To create this party garland all you have to do is blow up the balloons, string them together with fishing line and then stick the leaves to the balloons. We recommend using double side sticky tape or a low heat glue gun. That’s it!

CENTERPIECES

Once your wall decor is finished, put your table into position and start with a base. We love using paper table runners because they come in a variety or colors and patterns, plus they make for an easy cleanup!

Next, place your centerpieces on the table. For this party we went with fresh lemons and used trays we had on hand. We also added in some cute faux plants for a pop of green. If you have a glass bowl or vase, you can display lemons that way. If you don’t want to use fresh lemons, opt for florals, a green garland, or even yellow honeycombs!

PLACE SETTINGS

Now that the centerpieces are done, it’s time to set the place settings! This is our favorite step because it brings the table together and there are so many pieces that can be mixed and matched based on whatever the party theme is. For this table we went with:

To incorporate our lemon theme into each place setting, we added lemon place cards and lemon straw attachments!

Now that your decor is up and table is set, it’s time to host away! If you need a lemon themed cocktail, check out this Rosé Lemonade Sangria we made. We promise it won’t let you down!

If life decides to hand you lemons, show us what you do with them! Tag us @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity