Zoom Pin It Party!

The holiday madness has settled and it’s time to check-in with your gal pals for a little fun! Unfortunately, between the cold weather and COVID-19 concerns, gathering together with friends has become risky business.

Have no fear though because Jollity has come up with a fun spin on staying connected!

By this point most have heard of Zoom, the popular, free video chat service. Their user-friendly interface is the perfect 2021 venue for your Pin It Party – a themed craft night with your friends from the comfort and safety of your own home!

Let’s chat about how to turn a snooze worthy Zoom session into a memorable night at home.

HOST THIS PARTY | Supplies needed to capture this look

Playing into a Pinterest-y theme, we’ve selected a variety of red and white products. And because we’re low-key bougie, we tossed in a few metallic accents.

Alright hostess with the mostess you’ve rounded up all your party supplies, now you need to provide attendees with their own supply list. Be sure to include written, step by step directions for the project and obvious supplies like scissors and glue. This will help avoid interruptions in screen time.

Also keep in mind when selecting a project that your girl gang may have a wide range of crafting skill levels. It’s not a bad idea to select several crafting ideas and let the group vote ahead of time.

SET THE VIBE | Creating Excitement on Zoom

Using a small box or bag, package up the individual attendee place settings and supply list for easy delivery.

There are several delivery options including porch pickup where attendees pick up their designated box from your front porch. Curbside delivery where you drop the attendees package off at their home. Or traditional shipping of the package.

HOSTESS DETAILS | Being an organized hostess

The success of your Pin It Party will greatly depend on your ability to keep this event organized and on schedule. We’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks to host a successful Zoom event!

  • Assign a backup admin.
    • Sometimes technology goes all wrong. As a precaution, assign a backup admin in Zoom in case something happens to your connection during the event. That way your guest can continue with the event and not get booted out of the room while they await your return.
  • Allow time for play and time for instruction.
    • As guests login, expect there to be excitement and chatter. When its time begin, everyone but the hostess should be placed on mute; allowing the step-by-step directions to be easily heard. After each step is explained unmute guest until you’re ready for the next step.
  • Consider a scheduled, timed intermission.
    • If you are using the free version of Zoom, your event will be capped at 45 minutes. Most craft projects take a bit longer, especially if there’s food, wine, fun and giggles involved (and we hope there is)!

      To beat the system have everyone log out for a 10 minute intermission towards the end of the 45 minute mark. Not only will this will reset the Zoom clock but it will give everyone a chance refill their drink!

The most on trend, mood-setting place settings for your stay-at-home party? ✅
Supply list? ✅ ✅
Organized Zoom meeting details? ✅ ✅ ✅

You are ready to get started, so get out there and nail that next Pinterest project! Don’t forget to share your Pin It Party with us on Post on Instagram and use the hashtag #partywithjollity

Valentine’s Day Love Potion Martini

What better way to celebrate love than with a Love Potion Martini?! The Jollity gals had so much fun creating this one. This cocktail is perfect for a night in with your sweetheart, an intimate dinner with a few ladies, or even drinking solo on your couch catching up on this season of The Bachelor!

YOU WILL NEED

  • Strawberries for garnish, we cut ours into hearts!
  • Lemon Slices
  • Raspberry Vodka
  • Chambord Raspberry Liqueur
  • Pomegranate Juice
  • Ice Cubes
  • Sugar, we opted for pink to keep it festive
  • Martini Shaker
  • Martini Glasses

STEP ONE

Use the lemon slice to rim the glass, making sure to get a good amount of juice on the rim. Then dip and turn your glass in the pink sugar to create a perfectly pink martini rim!

STEP TWO

Pour 1.5 oz of Raspberry Vodka, 1 oz of Chambord Raspberry Liqueur and 1 oz of Pomegranate Juice over ice into the martini shaker.

STEP THREE

Shake all ingredients and ice for at least 30 seconds!

STEP FOUR

Garnish the rim with a strawberry (lemon optional!) and strain martini into glass.

STEP FIVE

Cheers and enjoy sweethearts!

If you make this martini, we would love to see it! Post on Instagram and use the hashtag #partywithjollity

Mod Podge DIY Gift Basket!

With Valentine’s Day coming up, we created a fun DIY craft for the special people in your life! We used cocktail napkins from our Stuck On You collection and Mod Podge to decorate the cutest gift baskets.

Find the supplies needed and step-by-step instructions below!

YOU WILL NEED:

STEP 1

Begin by unfolding the “XOXO” Cocktail Napkins and Lip Cocktail Napkins. Then, cut the Lip Cocktail Napkins so that only the Lip design is left, discard the white portion. Next, paint the bucket with Mod Podge.

STEP 2

Apply the “XOXO” Cocktail Napkins to the bucket, trimming off any extra that hangs over the edges. Smooth out the napkins so that no crinkles are present. Let it dry for 10-15 minutes.

STEP 3

Apply Mod Podge to the back of the Lip Cocktail Napkins and place them on top of the “XOXO” layer. Smooth each one out as you apply to ensure there are no wrinkles. Let dry for 10-15 minutes.

STEP 4

If needed, apply another layer of Mod Podge to the napkins! It is not necessary, but will preserve the design should you want to reuse it next year. Or, you can remove the napkins and decorate it for another occasion using the same method and different themed napkins.

We decided to fill this basket with lots of fun party supplies, accessories, yummy drinks, and a little something to help that “you are an adult now” next day hangover. 😂

If you make this craft, or any of the other DIY projects featured on our blogs, we would love to see them! Tag us on social media @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity

Mad About Mardi Gras – Part 2

With Mardi Gras right around the corner, we’re bringing you ways to make your at-home celebration New Orleans worthy! In Part 1, we created a DIY Mardi Gras mask, and showed you how to decorate your table with all the festive colors. If you missed it, click here!

In Part 2, we’re brining you the cocktails, which is our favorite part! When thinking about what kind of cocktail to create for Mardi Gras, we decided that Jell-O shots were the way to go. Is there anything more appropriate for bead throwing than a festive Jell-O shot?!

These take a bit of time to make, but are so worth it. Check out the recipe below!

MARDIS GRAS LAYERED JELL-O SHOTS

To make these super fun, Mardi Gras layered Jell-O shots, you will need to get a few supplies from your local grocery store and liquor store. We love the bright colors of these and you can even throw in some edible glitter to make your shots really shine. Please keep in mind that these need to be made at least a day ahead of time, as the three Jell-O flavors need to set individually in order to achieve the picture-perfect layering effect!

YOU WILL NEED

  • 1 box of grape Jell-O
  • 1 box of lime Jell-O
  • 1 box of lemon Jell-O
  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Vodka
  • Limoncello
  • Chambord
  • Champagne flutes – our personal fave is this travel one!
  • Whipped cream (optional for topping!)

STEP 1: PURPLE JELLO

  1. Boil water
  2. Mix 1 cup boiling water with grape Jell-O
  3. Add 1/4 cup lime juice, 1/4 cup Chambord, and 1/2 cup vodka to the Jell-O mixture
  4. Pour into flutes 1/3 of the way full and refrigerate for 2-4 hours until set

STEP 2: YELLOW JELLO

  1. Boil water
  2. Mix 1 cup boiling water with lemon Jell-O
  3. Add 1/4 cup lemon juice, 1/4 cup limoncello, and 1/2 cup vodka to the Jell-O mixture
  4. Let Jell-O rest until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes
  5. Pour lemon Jell-O on top of the grape Jell-O until the flute is 2/3 full (we suggest pouring over a spoon to avoid creating any holes in the first layer!)
  6. Refrigerate 2-4 hours

STEP 3: GREEN JELLO

  1. Boil water
  2. Mix 1 cup boiling water with lime Jell-O
  3. Add 1/4 cup lime juice and 3/4 cup vodka to the Jell-O mixture
  4. Let rest until cooled to room temperature, about 20 minutes
  5. Pour lime Jell-O on top of lemon Jell-O and refrigerate 2-4 hours

For extra flare, put a dollop of whipped cream on top of the shots and a dash of sprinkles, or edible glitter. Grab a small spoon to easily scoop out the shot and cheers!

If you host a Mardi Gras party at home, we’d love to see it! Tag us on social media @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity

Mad About Mardi Gras – Part 1

THEME | Celebrating Mardi Gras at home

Mardi Gras is celebrated during the month leading up to the beginning of Lent.

Although there are many world-wide celebrations during Mardi Gras season its most notable celebrations are the grand finale parades, or carnivals, hosted in Rio do Janerio and New Orleans. The finale carnival night, known as Fat Tuesday, always falls the day before Ash Wednesday.

Unfortunately for 2021, the wide spread threat of Covid-19 has caused the famous carnivals to be cancelled. But have no fear! There are many festive ways to celebrate safely celebrate at home with family!

SET THE TABLE | Honoring tradition with color

No one is really certain why the first Rex, The King of Carnival, appointed purple, green and gold as the official colors of Mardi Gras but is rumored they are in honor of a visiting Russian Duke, Duke Alexei Alexandrovich Romanoff. It’s said purple represents justice, green is faith, and gold stands for power!

HOST THIS PARTY| Supplies to capture this look

In sticking with tradition we’ve decided Mardi Gras is the perfect place to highlight “Oh Kale No”, “Gold to Go” and the “Lilac You Lots” Posh collection colors. Sprinkled in are some additional items to finish the look!

FAMILY ACTIVITY| DIY Carnevale Masks

The carnevale mask tradition originated in Italy, to allow wearers the ability to mask their identity and mingle outside of their social class. This practice was a way to embrace the mystery of the event without societal constraints.  

Today, masks are mostly worn for fun, but a definite nod to the cultural history and excitement surrounding Mardi Gras! After all, who doesn’t love a good accessory?

FUN FACT: DURING THE PARADE FLOAT RIDERS ARE REQUIRED TO WEAR MASKS BY LAW!

CREATE THIS CRAFT| Supplies needed for this DIY

To get started on your Carnevale mask you will first need to round up a few supplies. Here’s a quick list of what we used to create this look.       

YOU WILL NEED

  • Oh Kale No or Lilac You Lots Dinner Plate
  • Hole Punch
  • Curling or Other ribbon
  • Elmer’s or Hot Glue- depending on who will be embellishing the mask
  • Feathers
  • Glitter, rhinestones or gems
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

STEP 1: CUTTING

Cut the bottom 1/3 of the dinner plate off. Using your pencil mark two eye holes on the plate and cut out. Remember your mask design is your own! Get creative with those cut lines, not all masks must be made the same.

STEP 2: TYING

With your hole punch, add a single hole to each side of the mask. Double knot the ribbon onto the mask, through the holes you just punched. Once that is complete, cut the ribbon in the middle. This allows you to have an even amount of ribbon on each side. And gives you the ability to tie the mask onto the wear vs guessing everyones head size.

STEP 3: DECORATE

Your mask is probably looking pretty fab by this point, but let’s take it to the next level. Mardi Gras masks are traditionally adorned with sparkle, feathers and shine. If you, a responsible adult, will be decorating the mask go grab your hot glue gun. If the masks are to be decorated by children, regular Elmer’s glue is recommended. Decorate until your heart is content. Allow proper drying time before wearing. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for part two, where we make a Mardi Gras inspired cocktail!

If you decorate, or do this craft, we’d love to see it. Tag us on social media @jollityandco and use hashtag #partywithjollity

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.