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Valentine’s Day Party Planning

13 Jan

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Don’t have a hot date for Valentine’s Day this year? Throw a Valentine’s Day party for all your friends instead! Relationships are all about having fun and what’s more fun than a party?

Valentine’s Day isn’t just about the romantic relationships in your life, it’s about all the love in your life, and there is nothing quite like the love between friends. You can have a quiet romantic night with your partner any night, why not celebrate love in all forms on Valentine’s Day (friendships, romantic, etc.).

So, what are the steps to throwing a Valentine’s Day party?

Step 1: Guest List

Depending on the night that you are trying to have the party, the guest list could go many ways. You could decide to throw the ever-famous Galantine’s Day party and invite only your best girlfriends. Or you could decide to throw a couple’s party and only invite your friends who are in relationships. However, I would advise to throw a party that is for everyone: invite your close friends, your partner (if applicable), your friend’s partners, a few fewer close friends to set your single friends up with, and whomever else you might want there.

Step 2: Party Supplies

Valentine's Day Party Supplies from The Stationery Studio

Once your guest list is complete, you’ll need to gear up with some party supplies. I’d recommend getting supplies that are disposable and able to be thrown away – easy party clean-up. For any party that I’m hosting I believe that personalized plates, cups, napkins, etc. takes the event up a few notches. The Stationery Studio’s personalized paper plates, napkins, and shatterproof cups are perfect for just this. They also have Valentine’s Day specific designs perfect for your event. My personal favorite design they have is a little baby cupid that you can put on each of your items.

One of my favorite aspects of Valentine’s Day are the little gift bags that we used to make and receive in middle school. The perfect special touch to your party is bringing back those little gift bags for each of your guests. In addition to your other party supplies make sure to include mini twisted handled bags. Again, you can have these bags personalized to match the rest of your supplies to make your entire party cohesive. Then, each of your guests will feel appreciated whether they have a valentine or not. The next step to planning your party would be to fill each of these bags with little chocolates and other types of sweets for them to take home at the end of the night. Before your guests arrive, have all your bags lined up ready to be grabbed whenever!

Step 3: Food & Drink

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Next and (some may say) most importantly, the final step to planning your party is creating your drink and food menu. The easiest and most entertaining way to serve food is of course a fondue station. If you happen to have a fondue pot, perfect! If not, you can just melt some semi-sweet chocolate chips with a few tablespoons of coconut oil in a saucepan and keep it on low throughout the night to keep the chocolate melted. To go with the fondue, you can put out some fresh cut strawberries, marshmallows, graham crackers, pretzel rods, and whatever else you think would taste great with chocolate! In addition to the fondue, you can serve already made chocolate covered strawberries. Also, a simple charcuterie board never hurts to have at a party. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could create a charcuterie board with heart shaped foods and only have foods with the colors of Valentine’s Day (red, pink, and white). Of course, the final food addition should be a heart shaped pizza (a crowd favorite)!

As far as drinks go you can be as adventurous as you’d like to be. If you’re not quite the bartender and want something easy, rosé is always a perfect option. It’s pink, alcoholic, and all together perfect. For your non-alcoholic option, pink lemonade with a splash of soda water is delicious. If you are feeling adventurous, below is one of my favorite Valentine’s themed alcoholic drinks.

Sweetheart Cocktail

This simple, sophisticated variation of a classic Cosmopolitan is sure to be a crowd pleaser. (source: https://www.diffordsguide.com/cocktails)

Ingredients:

  • 1 fl oz Vodka
  • 1 fl oz Rose Petal Liquer
  • 1 ¾ fl oz Cranberry Juice (sweetened)
  • ½ fl oz Lime Juice (freshly squeezed)

Directions:

Shake all the ingredients with ice and fine strain into a chilled glass. If available, garnish with edible flowers.

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And now you have all the makings of a great party! When we were younger Valentine’s Day was such a memorable and fun day for everyone. Let’s bring the elementary school energy for Valentine’s Day into adulthood!

– Abby

Cheers to Home Bars!

11 Aug

Bourbon Tasting RoomHome bars are a great way to enjoy cocktails with family and friends while entertaining at home.  No matter if it’s just a designated corner of the kitchen or a built-out bar in your basement, your home bar can reflect your style and drink(s) of choice.  If you recently built out your home bar during COVID, you can celebrate the “opening” with some fun personalized party supplies.  We created party supply collections that let you choose your theme and include so many personalized options for your party including:

– Napkins
– Cups
– Coasters
– Plates
– Balloons
– Favor Bags
– Favor Boxes
– Popcorn Boxes
– and more!
Check out a few of our favorite collections:

The Bar is Open Collection

The Bar is Open Party Supply Collection

Serve up The Bar is Open collection at any home bar!  It’s a great way to announce happy hour or introduce your new built-in bar.  This collection would also be great for a wedding, anniversary party, birthday and so much more.

Whiskey Bar Label CollectionWhiskey Bar Label Collection

Our Whiskey Bar Label Collection is perfect for an at-home whiskey tasting!  Invite friends over to taste test your favorite whiskeys and serve up some tasty snacks to accompany your tasting like a cheese board or charcuterie.

Bourbon Tasting Room Collection

Bourbon Tasting Room Collection

If bourbon is your drink of choice, our personalized Bourbon Tasting Room Collection is for you.  We love that one of our customers chose for her at-home bourbon tasting.  She said our personalized party supplies made her bourbon tasting a huge hit!

Time to Wine Down Collection

Time to Wine Down Collection

Our Time to Wine Down Collection is great if you have a wine cellar, a wine fridge or if you just love wine.  This collection would be perfect for an at-home wine tasting with friends.

Big Word Cocktails Collection

Big Word Cocktails Collection

Cocktails, anyone?  Serve up our Big Word Cocktails Collection for all of your favorite mixed drinks. This collection works well for happy hour, drinks on the patio and of course a fun accent in your home bar.


What would your home bar include?  You can go with any theme and color scheme that works for you.  Explore our party supply collections to find unique personalized party supplies that make your home bar fun and uniquely you!

Cheers!

xo,

Jennifer

Personalized Napkins: How Many Should I Order?

17 May

Personalized napkins add the perfect touch to any celebration you are having.  From weddings, bridal showers, baby showers to graduations and birthdays, personalized napkins are something your guests will remember.

Many of our customers ask how many napkins they should order for their special events, and we’ve put together a napkin ordering guideline to help you plan for all of your special events.

Napkin Ordering Guideline

Formal Events  (such as a wedding or benefit)

Order 3-4 beverage napkins per guest For Beverage and Appetizers. Typically there will be a formal cloth napkin used for the meal.

Plus

-For multiple Bars and/or multiple Appetizer Stations, add 1-2 napkins per guest.

-For a Sweet Table, order 1-2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

-For a Midnight Snack, order 1-2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

-For a Photo Session, order 1-2 beverage or luncheon napkins per wedding party guest for wine, cheese and light appetizers.

 

Semi-Formal   (such as a rehearsal dinner, baby shower, bridal shower or special birthday)

Order 2-3 beverage napkins per guest for beverages and appetizers.

 Plus

-For a buffet or sit-down meal, add 1-2 dinner napkins per guest. The alternative is a  printed guest towel or formal cloth napkin.

-For a Sweet Table add 1-2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

 

Casual Events   (such as a graduation party, BBQ party, birthday, child’s party)

Order 2-3 beverage napkins per guest for beverages and appetizers.

 Plus

-For a buffet or sit-down meal, add 1-2 luncheon or dinner napkins per guest. The alternative is a printed guest towel or casual cloth napkin.

-For a Sweet Table or special dessert, order 1-2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

 

Cocktail Parties

Order 4-6 beverage napkins per guest as these affairs usually involve heavy appetizers and drinks throughout the evening.

Plus

-For a dessert buffet or passed desserts, add 1 or 2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

 

Washrooms

If you have a private washroom for your event, guest towels are typically used. Order 2 guest towels per guest.

If you have further questions about ordering personalized napkins, you can contact one of our customer service specialists who are always happy to help answer your questions about wording, color choices, quantities and more.

Best,

Jennifer