Summer Recipes to Make Now

We are dreading the return of school, schedules, and cooler weather in a couple of weeks. Yes, we love fall and everything it brings–pumpkin patches, holidays, and fall colors–but the transition from summer into fall is always tough!

For the next couple of weeks, we are squeezing in as many summer recipes as we can! Here are a few recipes that we have on our list to make:

Roasted Summer Squash with Garlic, Feta, and Basil from Kalyn’s Kitchen (CLICK HERE for the recipe):

Watermelon, Arugula, and Feta Salad from Ina Garten, as found on A Kitchen Muse (CLICK HERE for the recipe):

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How to Throw a Pineapple Party (for Adults!)

Although we do a lot of kid parties here at Pineapple Paper Co., we love to throw parties for grown-ups too (especially if there are cocktails!)

In the rush of work and running kids around, planning stylish adult parties can sometimes be a challenge. But, we are here to help–We are throwing a Pineapple Party just for the Adults and we are breaking the planning down for you! From party supplies to recipes to party favors, there are a ton of great options out there. Here are our favorites that we are using to plan our party:

Paper Eskimo has some really great party supplies in “adult” patterns, including these Palm Leaves Paper Plates that are both tropical and on-trend. Add the black and white stripe underneath and you have a great theme to work with!

Pineapple Party Supplies

 

Beau-Coup has an AWESOME selection of party supplies, and they also featured this beautiful floral arrangement using a fresh pineapple as the vase! It’s simple and stunning.

Pineapple Vase

Next, you need a couple of party appetizers with pineapple flare. How about this Pineapple Guacamole from Gimme some Oven? We might just make this for dinner one night:

If you’re hosting an outdoor gathering, these Grilled Jerk Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers from ClosetCooking would be easy to prep ahead of time and cook while visiting with your guests:

Now for our favorite part: the cocktails! No adult party is complete without a couple of signature drinks. We really want to try this Pineapple Peach Mojito from Spoonful of Flavor:

If you prefer frozen concoctions, this Rum Slush from Amanda’s Cookin’ looks refreshing and perfect for our theme!

If you want to serve a couple of desserts, we found this darling Pineapple Party from Jenny Cookies. This Pineapple themed cake and macarons are gorgeous and lend themselves to adult style and taste. You can’t go wrong with stripes and glitter?

Finally, we love having a favor at all of our parties! These Gold Pineapple bottle openers are cute, and affordable!

And if you plan ahead, you could definitely use one of our Personalized Pineapple Notepads to gift to each guest:

If you would like to see more of our Pineapple Party Ideas (for adults and kids alike), head over to our Pinterest page and give us a follow!

 

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Mermaid Birthday Party Ideas

This summer, Mermaid Birthday Parties are one of our most requested party and stationery themes! We’ve found quite a few ideas on Pinterest, and we love sharing them with our customers via our Pinterest page (which you can like HERE or via the graphic on the right side of the page.)

Here’s a few of our favorites!

Mermaid Birthday Party Ideas

  1. Clam Shell Cookies via a Houseful of Handmade
  2. Mermaid Birthday Invitations from Pineapple Paper Co. 🙂
  3. Coral Reef Cookie Display seen on Pizzazzerie
  4. Mermaid Drinks with Starfish Tags seen on Kara’s Party Ideas
  5. Fish Jelly Bean Favor Bags from Young House Love

Outdoor Party Ideas for Your Next Backyard Party

Now that the 4th of July has passed, we are busy planning our next summer gathering! What better way to celebrate summer than with an outdoor party in your backyard!?

Ideas for planning your next Outdoor Party:

-Display and serve your food in large glass jars. It looks awesome and will keep the pesky flies out of your food! (from Crate and Barrel):

-Decide what drinks you’d like to serve beforehand, and pre-mix them all in mason jars. Throw them in a big tub of ice and your guests can just grab and go. See this idea and a bunch of other ways to serve your drinks at Elegant Wedding Invites:

-Keep your decor simple. We love this simple runner and the gingham fabric napkins from Style At Home via Brit + Co. And herbs for your centerpieces? Genius!

-Plan a “bar” like this amazing Bruschetta Bar from What’s Gaby Cooking. You could easily sit this in the middle of the table and keep the conversation going while your guests serve themselves!

-Pre-package the food. We love this take on a picnic set-up with the guests’ meals packed up in cardboard boxes and set on the table (from Eric Kelley Photography). It saves you from setting up a buffet, and everyone can just walk into the party and pick a seat.

For more tips and ideas to make your next Backyard Party your best ever, follow us on Pinterest: @pineappleprco

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4th of July Free Printable Cupcake Toppers

If you’re planning a last minute party for the 4th of July tomorrow, you’ve come to the right place! Today we are sharing FREE Printable 4th of July Patriotic Cupcake Toppers that you can print at home and make by tomorrow!

4th of July FREE Cupcake Toppers

They’re easy to use: just print on your home printer (or send to a local printer) and cut out circles with a 2″ circle punch. Attach to small lollipop sticks, cupcake wrappers, snack bags, water bottles, or anything you’d like to make more patriotic!

Our friend Jessica over at Everyday Party Magazine used them for a “Party in a Box” to surprise a family in the military. As she did, you can also use the toppers as stickers if you print them out on sticker paper/full sheet label:

(Photo courtesy of Everyday Party Magazine)

To read more about the “Party in a Box” from Everyday Party Magazine, and find out more about supporting our brave troops and their families, visit her blog post HERE.

To download your copy of our FREE 4th of July Printable Cupcake Toppers, click HERE.

 

Summer Birthday Party Invitations by Pineapple Paper Co.

We LOVE summer, and since we love to throw parties, summer is one of the easiest seasons to plan birthday party invitations for! This year, we have some new invitations that are perfect for your child’s summer parties!

Our newest Invitation is perfect for a watermelon party! We love the classic stripes and the watercolor watermelon slices–perfect for a preppy and fun summer party.

watermelon birthday

We can’t do summer without a Pineapple Invitation! Gingham is one of our favorite patterns, and paired with the green fretwork border, we are in love! This invitation could easily be used for kids and adults of all ages.

Our best-selling invitation this summer is our “Two-tti” Fruity Invitation! It’s such a cute party theme, and we can’t get enough of it!

And we can’t forget the little guys in our lives! This lobster invitation is PERFECT for hosting a nautical themed party. The rope knot design on the back of the invitation makes us so happy. Add in navy blue horizontal strips and we are in love.

lobster invite

Check out all of our invitations in our shop, and if you have a party coming up that you’d like a custom invitation designed for, email us at info@pineapplepaper.com

Red, White, and Blue Dessert Ideas for the 4th of July

Planning is in full swing for 4th of July parties and picnics! We found these dessert ideas on Pinterest, and are thinking of trying one out!

A dessert pizza is usually on our menu, and this one from The Crafted Sparrow looks berry-licious:

These red, white, and blue cheesecake bars from Baking a Moment remind us of our simple Red Velvet Cake we blogged about earlier this week:

And although these would be considerably more difficult to pull off, these Cherry Cheesecake 4th of July Macarons also from Baking a Moment are ADORABLE!

What desserts are you making for the 4th of July?

View these ideas and more on our Pinterest page, and follow us on Instagram to see what we’re making this year!

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Flamingo and Pineapple First Birthday Party

Obviously, pineapples are a favorite party decor item around here. But flamingos are a close second! I’ve been meaning to post these party photos for a while, because it’s one of my favorite parties! The whole party is based on flamingo & pineapples, and is inspired by our love of Lilly Pulitzer patterns. It also coordinates with our personalized Flamingo Invitations available to order from our shop, so you can start planning the perfect Flamingo party today!

One of the reasons I didn’t post the pictures right away was that the weather was HORRIBLE the day of the party, so we had to move mostly everything inside. It does not make for my favorite pictures! But I loved the party and memories we had of it.

One of my favorite features was the large wreath we used as the backdrop for the dessert table. I had the idea for the wreath, and my friend Kathy from The Bloomery put it together for me after I got frustrated with the construction. She did an amazing job (and said I’m not allowed to cut the stems of flowers anymore haha!) It was a combination of artificial peonies, roses, hibiscus, and mini paper balls.

The cake was homemade and was decorated with buttercream to give it some great texture and to match the stationery. The custom cake topper was found on Etsy. The custom runner (and other table linens) was made by Pineapple Lane Crafts on Etsy.

There were two kinds of cupcakes (strawberry and pineapple upside down cake) that were placed in custom cupcake wraps and had toppers from Oriental Trading (Flamingos) and World Market (Pineapples).

Pineapples were used for vases or and other containers throughout the party, including as a display container for these awesome pineapple lollipops from Oriental Trading.

French Macarons from a local French bakery were purchased before the party, and I made decorations out of royal icing and an edible image marker to dress them up.

Flamingo sugar cookies were a must 🙂

Hollowed out lemons served as containers for lemon custard with pineapple leaves made out of green candy melts:

These were another favorite element: chocolate dipped marshmallows made to look like pineapples with dark chocolate sprinkles, leaves made simple on my paper cutting machine, and custom straw flags.

Pineapple sugar cookies decorated with buttercream gave a whimsical element that matched the other decor, and were way easier to make than royal iced cookies!

Here’s another photo of the wreath so y’all can see how awesome it was! There were a ton of flowers on it!

These gorgeous flower displays were also made by The Bloomery, and used a TON of the peonies that bloom in my yard every June. I was in absolute love with them! A wide grosgrain ribbon and 4″ circle dressed up the simple white vases.

Pineapple cups with flamingo straws for the kids (both from Oriental Trading):

Custom napkins were placed on a white charger, then a clear plate with a large decorative circle underneath finished off the place settings.

Despite the weather, the birthday girl had a great day! And of course she had to have a pineapple smash cake 🙂

Below are the invitations that are available for purchase HERE:

Photo credit and Party Details by: Pineapple Paper Co.

For additional party details, visit the Summer 2017 Issue of Everyday Party Magazine.

For custom stationery requests, please email info@pineapplepaperco.com

4th of July Simple Party and Picnic Ideas

Sometimes it’s easy for holidays to sneak up on us, and 4th of July this year is no exception. If you’re having a cookout or party this weekend to celebrate with your friends and family, it can be overwhelming to plan everything (and make it look good!). Today, we are sharing some simple ideas from our past 4th of July celebrations to help you make your party look great without a ton of effort!

For a contribution to a magazine years ago, we made a simple but delicious Cherry Pie (and no one says you can’t just buy one!) and used our vintage blue and white china to serve and display our desserts. Blue and white vintage dishes and serve ware are SO easy to find at thrift stores, so over the next couple of days you could easily find some pieces for next to nothing. Add a red tablecloth or napkins (or a pie) and some of your basic white serve ware, and you have an instant red, white and blue party that is classic and beautiful!

If you aren’t the type to make an elaborately decorated cake, the “naked” cake trend is just for you. It goes well with rustic decor, and if you top it with some fruit, it’s still just as gorgeous as cakes that will take hours to create. We created this red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and topped it with blackberries and blueberries (again, instant red, white and blue!).

Layered jello is a dessert that will make your grandma proud, and the kids will love it! We layered it in vintage sundae cups, and they turned out gorgeous!

Make your own or buy ice cream sandwiches, and roll the edges in 4th of July-themed sprinkles. Pull them out at the end of the party and everyone will think you went to some serious trouble to make a themed dessert. This technique can also be applied to plain iced cupcakes, a white cake, oreos, and other desserts.

For more ideas for 4th of July and all of your summer parties, follow us on Pinterest! Good luck party planning!

4th of July Party and Picnic Ideas from Pinterest

As most people know, Pinterest is a HUGE source of inspiration for recipes, parties, and especially holidays. With the 4th of July just around the corner, everyone is gearing up for parties, BBQs, and reunions.

We have a Pinterest board going with a lot of great ideas we’ve seen around the web. Here are a few of our favorites:

A popcorn bar from Eighteen25:

Those popcorn bags look like an AWESOME DIY project! And on their post, they also provide a tutorial on how to make those adorable red and white baskets.

A Mad Men inspired party from Lauren Bailey and Sweet and Saucy shop, found on 100 Layer Cakelet:

That plaid cake gives me SO many ideas!

A build-your-own Hot Dog Bar from Party City:

This idea looks super simple, and the addition of some quick printables and red, white, and blue decorations make it an instant party (hmm, maybe I should make some 4th of July printables?).

And last week, we shared our really easy picnic table set up with help from Oriental Trading:

For the full blog post on our picnic and the links to all of the great Oriental Trading products we used, click HERE.

For more great ideas for 4th of July and other Summer Parties, follow Pineapple Paper Co. on Pinterest!

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