Royal Wedding Bells

May 19th, 2018 is a special date for more than a few brides around the world – but we are guessing you know of one in particular – Will you be following the Royal Wedding? We will! Via DVR, because you know… here in the U.S. the wedding will be live at 7 a.m. ET/ 4 a.m. PT — with pre-wedding coverage beginning even earlier. But still, we are ready to host the perfect watch party!

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We donned our favorite bridesmaid’s dresses (because, really… when else do you get to rewear those?) and put together a special tea time table scape to celebrate the royal nuptials in a simple but sophisticated manner.

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Gold flatware, blush watercolor plates, brush painted cocktail napkins, and soft florals come together in this elegant table scape to create a celebration fit for a queen.

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What kind of party would it be without a classy cocktail to complete things? May we suggest this Gin, Elderflower, and Prosecco Fizz?

Ingredients

  • parts Gin
  • part Elderflower Liqueur
  • Prosecco
  • Lemon or Lime Wedges
  • Sugar (for the rim of your glass)

Instructions

  1. Fill a shaker with ice. Add Gin and Elderflower Liqueur. Shake, while frolicking about.
  2. Place the sugar on a small plate. Run a lemon or lime wedge around the rim of a champagne flute and press the rim in the sugar to coat it.
  3. Strain the contents of the shaker into the glass and top with Prossecco. Squeeze a lemon or lime wedge in the drink and garnish with an additional wedge.
  4. Serve immediately. Drink with your pinky out, because this is a Royal affair.

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To compliment our cocktail, we chose an assortment of fresh berries, sweet American treats, and classic British fare with which to delight our guests — cucumber sandwiches, cranberry lemon scones, petit fours, and an assortment of perfectly decorated sugar cookies that matched our decor did the trick!

Our warmest wishes and sincere congratulations to the newlyweds!

Party on,

The Jollity Girls

¡”Drinko” de Mayo!

Hey party people! May is so packed with celebrations! With Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, and Star Wars Day (if you’re a fan of the Force), May is jam packed with fun. But this year, May has upped it’s game, with Cinco De Mayo and the Kentucky Derby on the same day!

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Color is the name of the game for Cinco de Mayo around here. We chose these fun cactus plates, and paired them with the brightest pops of color we could get our hands on by including our ombre orange crepe paper table runner and lime green ruffle plates! And, did you see our lime wedge napkins? WOULD YA JUST LOOK AT ‘EM??

Our bright fiesta baskets are the perfect treat holders, and our stripe printed wooden cutlery bring it all together! Olé!

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We love the combination of these fun straws and tiny umbrellas to add a little flair to our margaritas (can we get salt all around that rim-rim-rim-rim?). If you’re not feeling real margaritas, try our margarita gummies! Mix and match our awesome honeycomb tassels, garlands, and a freakin’ pom pom CHANDELIER to up your festive vibes!

When it comes to treats, we suggest a good balance of sweet, salty, cheesy and boozy… but hey, that’s just us! Cinco de Mayo is also a great day to be a little extra, and maybe craft up a guacamole bar? Just tell us what time we can show up…. we’ll come hungry.

Show us your Cinco De Mayo party with #partywithjollity!

DIY Bridal Shower Backdrop

We’re gearing up for wedding season here at Jollity, and we’ve been brainstorming some awesome DIY projects for a next level bridal shower or baby shower! Enter: Our DIY Backdrop!

You can make this for about $20 in less than an hour with the help of a couple friends. Not only is it an easy project with simple-to-follow steps, but it looks like a million bucks when finished!

MATERIALS:
2 Rolls of pink crepe streamers
2 rolls of white crepe streamers
1 disposable tablecloth in a neutral color (pink or white)
1 spool of white or gold wrapping ribbon (the kind that curls well)
1-2 spools of glitter ribbon

1. Hang your disposable tablecloth. A backdrop stand comes in handy here, but if you don’t have one, you can use low tack tape and hang your tablecloth directly to your wall.

2. Measure and cut your crepe strips. Your crepe strips should be about 6″ long so you are able to take full body photos in front of your backdrop.

3. Hang the crepe strips from the top of your tablecloth by taping them. Make sure to hang all the strips at the same length so they hang evenly

4. Add in long pieces of curled ribbon and glitter ribbon to pop against the crepe paper!

5. Start taking cute pictures!

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Game Night!

Hey party people! Today we’re showing you how to throw the best cocktail-filled, grown up game night!

Grab Some Guests

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Gather your most outgoing (read: competitive) friends for your game night. When choosing your guest list, keep in mind that you’ll be creating teams, so even numbers tend to work better.

Decorations

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We decided to pay homage to Scrabble Day (yes, that’s right, this Saturday, April 14 is actually Scrabble Day) by creating a letter tile backdrop for our party. Using two tones of kraft paper, we made whimsical, larger than life Scrabble game pieces. Our favorite part about this backdrop is how customizable it is. You can spell out any number of cheeky messages.

An enormous green marbled ballon added a pop of color and whimsy, while our navy tablecloth balanced the bright colors.

Snacks

 

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You’ll need sustenance as you make your way through rounds of different board games. If you want something a little more cocktail hour than ordering a pizza, try creating a cheeseboard! We’ve come up with a foolproof step by step to guide you through creating a totally *sophisticated* cheeseboard.

  • Start with our fab wooden cheeseboards (small or large) as a base.
  • Fill your board with a mixture of cheeses with different textures. We like using a combination of a dry cheese (like an extra sharp white cheddar), a bold cheese (like a stilton), soft cheese (like a brie). Cheeses come in all sorts of flavors so don’t hesitate to mix some salty and sweet varieties!
  • Spice up your cheeseboard with fresh and dried fruit, different varieties of crackers, and nuts. Texture is the name of this cheese game.
  • If not vegetarian, you can also add slices of a summer sausage or prosciutto to your board.

Drinks

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To give your guests a competitive edge, try our specialty cocktail, the Game Changer!

  • 1 parts, vodka
  • 1 part ginger liquor
  • 1 part limoncello
  • 1 spash of lemon juice
  • 1, lemon wedge
  •  club soda to taste

Show us your game night with #partywithjollity!

Basic Steps to Set a Not Basic Easter Table

Over here at Jollity, we like to be extra… extra extra, to be precise. But we’re also busy people, and know that you are too! So we came up with a few quick, but super effective ways to style your Easter table without having to spend hours figuring out the best way to combine the cutest stuff!

Observe…

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The most important (and practical) part of your table is your main plate. We chose a square gingham plate to do something out of the ordinary (and to hold more food, no judgement).

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Next up – this awesome little bunny plate! It’s exactly the right size for dessert! (or as a salad plate, bunnies love salad).

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Since you’ll need some flatware, we encourage you to mix and match some wooden cutlery with simple striped patterns and solid, poppy, spring colors! Pair them with a solid guest napkin (we added flair with a scalloped edge) and your table is looking great!

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Add a sweet daisy plate to hold your sweets! Jellybeans anyone? They are, after all, essentially a vegetable. Or a legume, either way, they’re amazing and you need a plate just for them. We all know that where there’s one bunny there’s more bunnies… so a bunny cup was kind of a no brainer.

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Adorable paper straws add some additional (and functional) color for the table.

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Last but certainly not least, in the spirit of all that is extra – we added this sweet little bunny piñata favor. He adds to the decor, and he’s just full of surprises (see what we did there? If you aren’t here for the puns….).

Put it all together, add some fun fringe, baskets, and some height in the center (we love these stacked cake platters!), and voila! Gorgeous Easter table done. Guests, prepare to be impressed!

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Looking for additional Easter fun? Our Gourmet Easter Candy Box Class is this Wednesday, March 28! Come #partywithjollity!

Baby Reveal Ideas (That You Can Do On Short Notice!)

So you made a person! Maybe you’re excited to find out and share with the world if this tiny human will be male or female. Though you’ll find out via ultrasound, there are many fun ways to share the exciting news with your family and friends that don’t necessarily require you to throw a full blown party! Here are some easy baby reveal ideas!

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You’re not the only one ready to pop! This gender reveal balloon kit is available in store and online! (and if you come see us at 2111 Granby St. in Norfolk, VA we can even fill ‘er up with helium for you!).  This is a classic way to announce, and is super fun live or can be snapped in a perfectly timed picture to keep forever!

 

BOY or GIRL Sparkler candles
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Wether you’re having family and friends over for cake or plan on eating a whole cake yourself and taunting others with just a picture – we love these jumbo sparkler letters and how easy it is to spell whatever you want!

 

Confetti Fountain

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These bad boys are pre-filled with confetti in either pink or blue and are ready to go! (just be sure to snip off the identifying ribbon if you want to keep it a secret!) and enjoy a burst of colored confetti in this convenient little package!

 

Gender Neutral Banner

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Maybe gender reveals aren’t your thing, and that cool too! There are plenty of fun ways to announce your new addition without having to label anything! We suggest a fun banner kit that you can design yourself to say something cheeky. We love “it’s a baby” or “it’s not a puppy.”

Have a fabulous reveal idea? Share it with us with #partywithjollity!