Fun at the Farm

Ahhh Fall..the leaves are turning, air is crisp, pumpkin patches are popping up and cider is flowing. What’s not to love?

Throwing a farm themed party is the perfect way to celebrate this season. Set out bales of hay, put on your cutest overalls, cook up some of your favorite fall foods and have some fun outside with your pals. Below are some tips for throwing a farm party!

SET THE TABLE

Pull in different colors, patterns and fun shaped plates for this tablescape. We used these items:

You can get all of these on our site! (Chickens not included 😉 )

PLAN ACTIVITIES

Need a super fun activity to keep the kiddos entertained? Try making these adorable pigs!

YOU WILL NEED

  • Pink Plates
  • Markers
  • Pink Construction Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes

This craft is super east! All you need to do is cut out two pig ears and a nose. Decorate the nose using your markers. Then glue the ears, eyes and nose on the plates.

If you had white plates you could make cows as well, or yellow plates to make chickens. Let the kiddos get creative and decorate their animals however they want!

We can’t wait to see your fall themed celebrations. Tag us @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity – hope you have a good ole time!

[Board] in the house and I’m in the house [board]

Theme: Breakfast Board | Mauve-Elous Charger Plate

We all love a good charcuterie board, right? Beautifully displayed meats, cheeses, tasty crackers… YUM! Well, since snack boards have been all about creativity lately (think dessert and candy boards), we thought it could be fun to make one at home (but with a little competitive spin!)

Theme: Fiesta Board | Femme Charger Plate, Avocado Canapé Plate, Spicy Canapé Plate

Take game night with your couple friends to the next level by having a Snack Board Contest. Think outside the box and make sharable boards using all of our favorites snacks and treats!

Here is how it works:

  1. Each couple picks a theme for their board (Shh! Keep it a secret).
  2. Make a shopping list and have everyone bring their groceries to the host’s house.
  3. Pour a glass of wine and start building your board!
  4. To amp up the intensity, set a timer.
  5. Once time is up, have everyone guess what each theme is and vote for the best board.
  6. The winning board can be based on appearance, food styling, overall creativity and deliciousness.
Rainbow Fruit Board | Just Peachy Charger Plate

If you host a Snack Board Contest with your friends, we would love to see it! Tag us on social media  @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity

LDW Pool Party!

This summer has come and gone, but we can’t say goodbye without one last bash! What better way to celebrate the final days of summer then lounging poolside with your squad? Check out our 5 tips to throwing an unforgettable pool party this holiday weekend!

#1 Theme

Choosing a theme can be simple and FUN! In the photo above, Klos and Co combined her love for beach balls and palm trees to style the chicest “Palm Springs Beach Ball Bash” right in her backyard.

#2 Photo Moment

Now that we have a theme, don’t be afraid to incorporate it everywhere! Document all of the fun with an epic backdrop! Don’t have ample amounts of wall space? No problem. Decorate the beverage area with a WOW-factor installation!

#3 Party Favors

Everyone loves a treat bag! When the kids have had enough pool time, lean into the theme and give them something fun to play with! Fill our Jellie Handbags with towels, sunnies and other adorable DIY goodies!

#4 Signature Cocktail

Now the parents get to have a little fun too, right!? Klos and Co served her Palm Springs Punch (pink lemonade for the kids, and a spritz for the adults). Add a fun drink stirrer or our Hey Pool Boy cocktail napkin to lean into the pool party theme!

#5 Pool Side Snacks

A sign of any great party is a good menu. Keep it simple, yet delicious and turn sliced watermelon into popsicles. Keeps your guests full all while trying to beat the heat!

Bonus points for setting a full tablescape! We love how Klos and Co carried the theme onto the deck table with our Vacay All Day cocktail napkins.

Now let’s get to planning! We’ve listed below a few of our summer favs that were featured above:

We would love to see how you are celebrating LDW! Tag us on Social Media  @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity.

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Also, a huge thank you to Klos and Co for making our items look amazing and for always supporting our small business!

A Little Dose of Vitamin Sea

Beach days and warm weather is almost over, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in summery soiree in! Consider a timeless classic – mermaid parties are always a classic way to celebrate the season and work for all ages. After all, everyone wants to channel their inner mermaid. So, shore up some decor with under the sea inspired party supplies, whip up a batch of mertinis, and make it extra fun by DIY-ing mermaid crowns!

SET THE PARTY

Shell-abrate with this table setup by mixing and matching pastels with fun metallics to create a fun and whimsical color scheme.

Products in this table set up include: Shell Balloon, Stellar Cups, Dose of Vitamin Sea Cocktail Napkins, Shell Yeah Guest Napkins, Bubble Mint Charger Plates, and Foil Straws in Bubble Mint.

To create our shell backdrop, download our printable below. It makes for an amazing cake display or photobooth!

DIY MERMAID CROWNS

Every mermaid needs her crown. These easy DIY crowns make for a great party favor, or activity during the party. Plus, if you create the backdrop above you’ll be able to model them for the ‘gram!

YOU WILL NEED

  • Headband
  • Tulle cut into strips of 8″ x 1″
  • Shells of various sizes
  • Hot Glue Gun or Mod Podge Glue

STEP 1

Take a pre-cut strip of tulle and tie a knot from the center along the headband. Continue to tie knots using alternating colors. We used two but feel free to use as many colors to your hearts’ desire!

STEP 2

Apply some glue to each knot to secure it to the headband.

STEP 3

Start attaching shells using your glue to secure. We used the larger shells in the middle, then medium and small on the sides.

There you have it, an easy, fun and pretty mermaid crown for you to wear! If you’re using these as an activity during your event – get creative! Add in some paints, or bedazzle your heart out!

We can’t wait to see all of your stunning sea themed celebrations. Tag us @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity – it’ll mermaid our day.

How to throw a Bachelorette Party during COVID

Bachelorette parties are one of the most highly anticipated pre-wedding events- we know how disappointing it must feel when they can’t go as planned. 

With the uncertainty of travel, you may be thinking “what’s a bride and her crew to do?” It might seem impossible to plan your final fling during a pandemic, but we’re here to show you that’s not true! 

Gather your bride tribe and pack your bags! We’re having an old-fashioned slumber party right in your hometown! Bonus points if someone has a family lake house we can borrow but if not, your MOH’s trendy apartment will do just the trick!

To air on the side of caution, order take-out from the bride’s favorite restaurant. Designate one of the bridesmaids to play bartender and have her whip up a batch of our Rosé Sangria. (Trust us, it’s dangerously good!)

Since you won’t be hitting the town, go crazy with decor, party favors and all the fun tableware. This will help make the weekend feel special and keep everyone excited! 

Hung on the wall or grouped in clusters, these heart shaped balloons are the perfect addition to your bachelorette celebration. Throw in the Let’s Party Bitches banner to really set the tone for the night ahead!

PS: How cute is this for a photo backdrop?

Let us be your one stop shop for all things party! We’ve accumulated a list of some of our favorite bridal goodies. Shop the list below:

To Wear:

To Do/Drink: 

For The Table:

Play some games, drink some drinks and turn on your favorite tunes! It may not be the celebration you initially envisioned, but it can still be fun and most importantly, safe!

If you throw a bachelorette party at home, we would love to see it! Tag us on social media  @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity

P.S. The photo at the top was taken months ago. Don’t hate – just celebrate.

Back to School

All across the U.S. and the world, going back to school is going to look a LOT different. Some students are going back remotely only, some are heading back into the classroom and some are doing a split schedule. With all the craziness of this year and going back to school, we thought we’d share two ideas to make things extra special for students and teachers!

FOR STUDENTS:

Surprise your kids on their first day with balloons and a fun gift. Place it either at the front door for when your kiddo gets back from school, or for virtual learners at their bedroom door when they wake up for the first day!

Fill the box with fun little gifts, back to school supplies, an encouraging card, colorful napkins and plates for their lunches and more. This is a great opportunity to jazz up the school supplies that were on their list or encouraged for virtual learning.

Decorate the box using things around the house to match what your kid loves. We took inspiration from Dr. Seuss for our box!

FOR TEACHERS:

Let’s be honest, teachers are superhero’s and they deserve the best – this year they will be navigating so much. Show your kids teacher some love with a gift they’ll love to put on their desk and with a card showing your appreciation.

Need some gift ideas? Check out these items:

Need a gift for a male teacher? Shop these cocktail gift sets .

While 2020 just seems to get crazier and crazier it is important to remember that together we can make small events, large events and everything in-between special. Even going back to school!

We’d love to see how you’re celebrating the kids going back to school; whether they’re going back online, into the classroom, or both. Tag us on social media  @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity.

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 .