Putting the “Friends” in Friendsgiving!

When it’s our year to host Friendsgiving, we take the theme very seriously and this year we’re paying tribute to the show whose Thanksgiving specials are as iconic as turkey itself: Friends! Ready to plan your own Friends themed Friendsgiving? We’ve got you covered with a few helpful planning tips!

Friendsgiving Tips:

  1. Invite your crew over to gather at your unrealistically huge apartment in Manhattan, for a comical feast inspired by the show we love most.
  2. Pick your menu and assign what dishes your friends should bring. Have a little fun with selecting the dishes by giving them a Friends spin. Some of our faves include the Everest Turkey, grilled cheese & tomato soup, seven kinds of stuffing, and of course macaroni and cheese!
  3. Decorate your apartment to fit the theme! Click here to download the free “Friendsgiving” wall printable. And since putting a real turkey on your head isn’t the most sanitary thing, we found a turkey mask you can purchase online, as well as the sunglasses and fez hat.
  4. Don’t stress about doing loads of dishes – opt for paper products instead! In sticking with the Friends theme, check out these paper goods that will have your crew saying “Oh.My.God.”

Need more tips? Check out our Facebook live or Youtube Channel! We’d love to see your Friendsgiving, tag us on social media with #partywithjollity!

Ain’t No Laws When You’re Dressing Like the Claws

Every year the million-dollar question: what are you going to be for Halloween? If you’re anything like us, you start thinking about next year’s costume the day after Halloween. But one fine day, when we cracked open a can of White Claw, the year’s idea came to us without any difficulty.

Materials Needed:
– 3 cans of white spray paint
– 1 trash can without the handles. We used this one: Rubbermaid FG354600 Gray 22 Gallon Untouchable Round Container
– Hand saw
– Pair of white suspenders, or white ribbon
– Spray adhesive glue
– 1 sheet of orange poster board,
– 2 sheets of black poster board
– Exacto knife or box cutter.
– Printer
– Roll of tape

Step 1: Flip your trash can upside down, so the bottom is upright. Next, take your hand saw and cut a circle out of the bottom of the trash can. Be super careful! You need enough space to be able to fit in it and walk in it. If it’s super jagged you can file it down with sandpaper

Step 2: Spray paint the outside of your trash can white. This may take a few coats depending on the color of your trash can. While it dries move on to step 3.

Step 3: Download the White Claw printable and print each page out on your printer.

Step 4: Create the logo stencil by taping the pages together into the shape of the White Claw logo. The pages go three across as follows:

– pages a, b, and c go on the top row
– pages d, e, and f on the second row
– pages g, h, and i on the bottom row

Step 5: Now that your pages are taped together, cut the letters and brush stroke out with an Exact-o knife. Do not cut out the red letters or the brush stroke. You’re going to have to cut pretty hard to do this in one step – if you’re not comfortable putting that much pressure cut out the letters to make a stencil first and then trace and cut out on the poster board. Place the newly cut out logo to the side.

Step 6: Next, using your logo stencil again and your orange poster board, cut out the brush stroke. Keep your logo stencil handy for step 9.

Step 7: Take your adhesive glue and glue the letters RUBY GRAPEFRUIT to your orange brush stroke.

Step 8: Once your trash can is dry attach your suspenders. Cut off the buckle and then attach – Do this by hot gluing the front of the suspender elastic under the lip of the trashcan. Then do this again to the other side of the suspender and the back. Be generous with the hot glue if you want to stay dressed 🙂

Step 9: Place your trash can on its side with the front upright. It’s time to attach the logo!

Step 10: Using your spray adhesive attach the black logo and the orange brush stroke to the front of your trash can. To ensure everything is lined up we recommend using the logo stencil from when you did your cut outs.

Step 11: Crack a cold White Claw and throw a party! You deserve it!

We’d love to see your costumes, tag us on social media with #partywithjollity!

Bat Balloons DIY

We love balloons, but we’re usually spending our time filling them with helium or building balloon garlands; so it was really fun to make these life-size bats! We love the bright colors of their bodies and wings. We also added the eyes and mouths to make them look more friendly. They’re super easy to make and a great project to do with kids!

Materials Needed: 36″ Latex Balloons, 11 x 17″ black card stock and color coordinating card stock to match the balloons, scissors, glue dots, tape, and a balloon air pump (optional).

Step 1: Fill up your balloons using a balloon air pump, or blow them up manually and then tie them closed.

Step 2: Cut out the eyes and mouths on black card stock.

Step 3: Using your glue dots, attach the eyes and mouth to the balloons.

Step 4: Cut out the bat wings on the color coordinating card stock.

Step 5: This step is a little longer to make the wings – but you can totally handle it! To get the wings to stand out from the balloon, you need to create a brace. To do this, fold one sheet of card stock into a long strip and then use your glue dots and stick the paper strip to the back of the wing. You will want to match up the end of the paper to the flat part of the wing where it will attach to the balloon. Next, fold back the flat end of the wing and the paper strip about 1″. Tape the wing to the balloon on this folded piece. Then add one more piece of packing tape to the front of the wing where it meets the balloon to secure it.

Step 6: Throw a party!

Pro tip: To hide the balloon tie, put one of the wings over it! Or if you want to hang the bat, leave the balloon tie on the top of your balloon and tie a string to it!

We’d love to see your bats, tag us on social media with #partywithjollity!

DIY Candy Corn Backdrop

When we look back at the Halloweens of our childhoods, we have to admit that the decorations were our favorite part! Everything from painted and carved pumpkins, to the spiderwebs hanging in doorways. Costumes and candy came in a close second for us though (we have a bit of a sweet tooth). With that in mind, we are always looking for fun ways to add new decorations to our Halloween festivities, and what better way to do that than with this candy corn backdrop? Hung on the wall in groups or individually, these life-size candy corns are sure to add a pop of fun and color to your Halloween decor! Plus they make the cutest photo backdrop!

Materials: printer, colorful card stock (we recommend 3 different colors), scissors, tape, and double sided sticky tape.

Step 1: Download our free Candy Corn printable here.

Step 2: Print the pages individually onto colored paper. Whatever colors you want your candy corn to be!

Step 3: Using your scissors carefully cut along the black outline. Pay attention to what number you’re cutting out, you will need to know this for the next step.

Step 4: Make your candy corn sections by taping 1a to 1b, 2a to 2b, and 3a to 3b.

Step 5: Using your tape again, tape the three candy corn sections to one another. 1a/b is the top section, 2a/b middle section, and 3a/b bottom section.

Step 6: Place strips of double sided sticky tape to the back of the candy corns and stick them to the wall in the pattern / look you desire.

Step 7: Throw a party!

Pro tip: To create the size backdrop we did, we printed off the document 24 times to create 24 candy corns.

We’d love to see your DIY backdrops, tag us on social media with #partywithjollity!

Pumpkin Pie Punch and Girl’s Wine Night In

Today was an epic day over at Jollity & Co! We did our first Facebook live in our new ongoing party inspiration series! We hope you loved watching and please, please, share it with your friends. We are really excited to be coming at you with all kinds of new content creation and fun inspiration.
If you missed today’s video you can watch it here:

https://www.facebook.com/jollityandco/videos/907879892927800/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARCTMNyPtDL4snEew_GXIgrydg5VKgss4FKGwNOHqoQTkljvIPoyy81q6wAAwlJy5JsnEhb4yYuDq8cc

Sooooo, now to get down to the reason you all came to our blog! If you watched the video you saw us make a pumpkin pie punch – it’s to die for. We literally forgot to take a photo of it all finished because the team at Jollity drank it all in a matter of minutes!

PUMPKIN PIE PUNCH

For the pumpkin simple syrup you’ll need:

  • 1 15 oz can of pure pumpkin
  • 2 cups of water
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice

For the punch you’ll need:

  • 2 cups seltzer water
  • 4  cups apple cider
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 cups  Captain Morgan
  • 2 cups vodka (we used Tito’s)
  • Lemon rounds for garnish
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To make the pumpkin flavored simple syrup (you can do this days in advance) heat the can of pumpkin, water and sugar and pumpkin pie spice in a pot on low heat and allow to reach a low boil. Stir frequently to ensure the pumpkin doesn’t burn. Syrup will be properly pumpkin infused when it reduces to half.
  2. Remove from heat and cool.
  3. Strain the syrup using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth.

For punch:

In a large punch bowl add pumpkin simple syrup and remaining ingredients, one at a time. Stir, and add garnishes directly to the punch bowl. Ladle over ice and serve.

WINE NIGHT BLIND TASTING

Looking for a fun activity to do with the girls during your night in? How about hosting a fun wine tasting. Click below to find a printable pdf with labels for covering your wine (or labels for your decanters) and a fun sheet to print out for your guests to take notes about the wine!

Tag us in pictures of your punch exploits and wine tasting @jollityandco and using hashtag #partywithjollity We love seeing your photos and your joyful celebrations.

Make sure you follow us on Facebook and join our email list to hear about the next Facebook live on October 8th at 2:30 EST!

Girl Power Phone Wallpaper + Backdrop

As we are fast approaching International Women’s Day we starting the female empowerment early! As a business owned and run by women we are all about hailing the feminine spirits and their endeavors in different sectors of developments, and taking witness of all their achievements while applauding their hard efforts to achieve this milestone in their lives. Girl power is celebrated at Jollity on the daily!

We loved the backdrop from our photo shoot so much that we’ve turned it into a downloadable file for you! Use it as a wallpaper for your phone or print it out super big and it can be a photo booth backdrop. Leave us a comment and let us know how you plan to celebrate International Women’s Day and be sure to tag us @jollityandco or with #partywithjollity!

Oscars Ballot – 2019

Here at Jollity & Co. we live for a good party! And while we haven’t managed to snag an invite yet, we can image that The Oscars is one hell of a good time, so we always throw a little viewing party. Our champagne may not be Dom, but you can bet our slippers are wayyy more comfortable than those 6 inch heels everyone is wearing.

One of our favorite parts of the night is seeing who was able to guess the most categories correctly! This year we want to have all of our babe friends in on the fun, so we put together this fun printable ballot for you to use at your own Oscars viewing party. Who are you hoping wins best picture? Our team is split between A Star is Born + Bohemian Rhapsody. Be sure to click below and snag your own ballot!