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!

Epic Valentines + Envelopes

Want a BIG idea for showing love at your Galentine’s Party? It’s almost our favorite holiday (okay, yes, every holiday is our favorite) so that means we get to break out our biggest ideas! And, who doesn’t want a GIANT love letter? Or better yet, a wall full of them? You have to admit that this would be the most perfect photo booth backdrop.

You can create an enormous card for each of your friends to open at your Galentine’s celebration! Add in your favorite inside joke, remind your bestie that she’s killing it at her new job, instill how much you love your girl’s new haircut, etc…

For these envelopes we were able to dust off our skills from last year’s Balloonagram. Head over to that post for a step-by-step on how to assemble the perfect vessel to let someone know just how epically sized your love is for them!

And be sure to keep a watch on our Instagram for more photos from this shoot and the other fun Valentine’s Day ideas that we have up our sleeves!

Making this backdrop or a gift for your Valentine? Show us how it turned out and tag us @jollityandco or with #partywithjollity!

Jollity Birthday Cocktail

The Party Girl Champagne Cocktail

It’s no secret that our office supplies include “emergency vodka” and quite a few of our best ideas have been the result of a cocktail or two. So we couldn’t let our second birthday pass by without coming up with our very own signature drink! Be sure to test this out for your next girls night, creativity session, or just to celebrate making it through your day!

  • 1 oz of vodka
  • 1 tablespoon of simple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of lavender syrup (we used hibiscus lavender)
  • 3 oz of champagne
  • Hibiscus flower to garnish

Pour vodka, add syrups and fill to the top with champagne.

Add hibiscus flower for garnish and enjoy. Cheers!

Making this cocktail? Show us how it turned out and tag us @jollityandco or with #partywithjollity!