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Looking to punch up the look of your wedding glasses? Itching to have the wedding champagne toast in style without that hefty price tag? You're in luck! We have a fun, simple, and inexpensive, yes, inexpensive, the bride and groom champagne flute DIY that is swoon-worthy. You don’t have to tackle giant projects to “DIY” something special for your wedding… there are tons of awesome little details that you can easily get creative with.

You don’t need to be a master crafter to recreate this look… these embellished glasses are so beautiful and easy to make. See for yourself!

Here is what you need for the bride and groom champagne flute diy. |

Yields: 10 champagne flute DIYs Approximate cost per champagne flute DIY: $4.25


What you need:

  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Champagne flutes - we used Clear Plastic Champagne Flutes
  • White tulle
  • Silver diamond mesh
  • Silver diamond flower mesh
  • White 3/8" grosgrain ribbon
  • Red 3/8" grosgrain ribbon
  • Black 3/8" grosgrain ribbon


The Groom:

Step 1: Wrap 3/8" black grosgrain ribbon around the stem of the champagne flute and glue to hold in place.

Step 2: Wrap the 3/8" white grosgrain ribbon around the top of the stem one time.

Step 3: Cut a piece of the 3/8" black grosgrain ribbon approximately 2.5" long and tie a knot in the middle - this is the groom's bowtie.

Step 4: Glue the bow tie onto the 3/8" white grosgrain ribbon at the top of the champagne glass stem.

Step 5: Cut a 2.5" piece of the 3/8" white grosgrain ribbon.

Step 6: Cut three individual rhinestones off of the silver diamond mesh and glue them onto the 2.5" piece of the white 3/8" grosgrain ribbon.

Step 7: Glue the 2.5" piece of the white 3/8" grosgrain ribbon with rhinestones vertically onto the champagne glass (directly under the bow tie).

Step 8: Cut a 4" piece of the 3/8" red grosgrain ribbon.

Step 9: Fold the piece of red ribbon at a 90-degree angle so that about a 1/2" of the ribbon is hanging down.

Step 10: Roll the rest of the ribbon.

Step 11: Glue 3/8" red grosgrain ribbon rose to champagne flute next to the white 3/8" grosgrain ribbon with silver diamond mesh.


The Bride:

Step 1: Wrap 3/8" white grosgrain ribbon around the stem of the champagne flute.

Step 2: Cut strips of the silver diamond mesh, wrap and glue them to the top of the champagne flute stem leaving a little semicircle in the front.

Step 3: Cut one piece of the silver diamond flower mesh and glue it in the center of the semicircle.

Step 4: Cut a piece of white tulle that is approximately 4" long and tie it in a knot around the base of the champagne flute.

Step 5: Cut 4" pieces of white tulle and glue them to the tulle circle. Repeat until you have a nice thick "skirt/dress."

Step 6: Cheers! Looking for a great recipe to toast with? Try one of these signature wedding cocktails.


Bride and Groom Champagne Flute Tutorial |

These fabulous glasses will make wonderful props for your wedding pictures and sweet keepsakes that you can use to celebrate anniversaries for years to come.

Party on, Smarties! With love Smarty had a Party!


Awesome Citrus Magic Centerpiece

The party season is just around the corner! Looking to add a little flair to your party this summer? I’ll let you in on a secret, using fruit in your floral centerpieces will create a warm summer vibrancy to your event. 

If you saw our Brand Spakin' New post featuring the lime centerpiece and thought, "I really want to get that look," then today is your lucky day! I'm going to give you a tutorial on creating a funky summer centerpiece with lots of colors - and the best part - it smells just as good as it looks!

Adding oranges, lemons, and limes to fresh flower arrangements has become very popular for weddings, showers, and events. Citrus fruits bring a natural bright element and texture to centerpieces. Not only does fruit lend itself to a summer aesthetic, but it can also accentuate the attributes of your flowers through color choice. A super fun and easy way to do this is by lining your vase with citrus slices. Grapefruits, limes, lemons, or oranges will all work to create a pop in decor, and add a unique accent that reminds everyone of summertime fun. This Awesome Citrus Magic Centerpiece is made with flowers in fuchsia and maroon. We simply bought a couple of bouquets - you can choose any flowers you like for yours. It’s so fresh and cute. And best of all, it took minutes to make.





Step 1:
Choose your centerpiece vase. We had this tall, skinny one sitting around the office. It was perfect for long-stemmed flowers.
Step 2: 
Slice your limes. Depending on how large of a vase you use, you'll need more (or less). For this particular centerpiece, we used about seven limes. Thicker slices seemed to work better for me than thinner ones.
Step 3: 
Line the bottom of your vase with your first layer of limes. Pull together your bouquet - you can use it as-is from the store, or if you are brave, arrange one all on your own.
Smarty Tip: When cutting flower stems, submerge them in room-temperature water and cut them while submerged. They will last longer. Always use a clean cut with a good pair of scissors, and cut at an angle if possible.  
Step 4:
Once you've bundled your flowers to your liking, use a rubber band to secure the bouquet tightly. Since these are taller flowers with long stems, I'm using two - one at the top and one around the bottom.
Step 5:
Slide your bouquet into the vase and start stuffing with lime slices until you reach the top.  Once there, you might want to use half slices to fill in the gaps at the edge.  Last, add water.
Smarty Tip: Try not to create your centerpiece too far ahead of time - the water will drain the color from the limes. If you need to make a centerpiece (or centerpieces) further in advance, you can use flowers that have the small tubes at the bottom and not worry about filling the vase. 



Surround your centerpiece with these colorful beauties - Smartyware Square Plates:   

SM Coral Plate SM Tropical Blue Plate SM Burnt Organge Plate SM  Yellow Plate



What do you think of these charming centerpieces? Share your ideas with us!

Party on, Smarties! With love Smarty had a Party!

Napkin Fold Tutorial: Decorative Blooming Bouquet


Impress your guests before they even start their meal.

Blooming bouquet napkin fold! | Smarty Had A Party

I think I caught it... spring fever. If you're inspired by spring colors and ready to design bright events, then you've caught it, too. While waiting for spring's full bloom outside, bring flowers and vibrant colors to your tablescapes with this bold and brilliant napkin fold. A beautiful napkin quickly adds style and elegance to any setting, and the blooming bouquet fold I'm about to show you is so easy! 

You don't need anything fancy to get started — just a few napkins and these easy step-by-step instructions. Follow our tutorial, and you'll have stunning place settings in no time at all.



Here's what you need:

  • Dinner napkins. We used our beautiful Fresh Lime Green.
  • Ribbon. We used light pink.
  • Flowers. We used artificial floral stems from our local hobby store. Fresh flowers work great in this fold, too.



Step 1: Fold napkin in half and find the middle point on the fold.

Step 2-6 : Roll napkin from right left to make a cone shape.

Step 7-8: Cut a 30 inch length of ribbon and tie around napkin. Tuck flower inside.

Congratulations, you have successfully folded your plain and ordinary napkin to a Decorative Blooming Bouquet! Now show off your new-found napkin folding skills to your friends and family at your next party or get-together. Unexpected and exciting, this napkin fold tutorial will impress all of your guests, no doubt about it. The only problem: They might find it too beautiful to unfold :).

Blooming bouquet napkins are the perfect touch to your spring party tablescapes! | Smarty Had A Party

Complementary Smarty Products: 


Baroque Silver Cutlery Plastic Silverware Set  Fresh Lime Green Paper Dinner Napkins  White with Silver Glitter Rim Plastic Dinner Plates 16 oz. Clear Tall Plastic Ice Tea Tumblers


For more spring inspiration follow our favorite ideas on Pinterest! 

Party on, Smarties! With love Smarty had a Party!

Throw an Epic Memorial Day Party

Summer may not technically start until June 21, but we all know Memorial Day is the real kickoff to the season of sun. Warmer temps meantime outside with family and friends, and what better way to celebrate than with the perfect Memorial Day party? Even though Memorial Day isn't the official start to summer, we'd like to officially throw summer a welcome back party! Part patriotism, part summer fun, this idea will help you throw the perfect bash to kick off summer. Summer, we've missed you. Never leave us again.

Take this Memorial Day to make a memorable weekend! Host an outdoor party complete with a selection of red, white, and blue partyware. To embrace the warming temperatures, Memorial Day weekend is the right time to bring out the patio furniture and decor. If you haven't set up already, get the outdoor chairs and tables out of storage and onto the deck. Once everything is in its place, it's time to accessorize for the larger summertime holiday parties. Cocktail tables are a great choice for allowing guests to mingle while they try tasty eats and drinks. Our polyester tablecloths are fabulous for outdoor parties because they don't drag the ground and stay perfectly in place. Heat the BBQ and serve some appetizers with our brand new cocktail forks or and mini tongs. Layer treats in our mini cube cups, and toss back some cold beverages in Pilsners and cocktail glasses. Festive plates come in three sizes so start with appetizers on 9.5" plates, serve the main course on 10.75" plates (sturdy and large enough to hold a huge feast), and dessert on 6.5" plates. No more soggy paper plates making an appearance at your backyard BBQ! So what are you waiting for? Start planning your Memorial Day party now!


Shop this selection of Memorable Memorial Day partyware:


Featured Smarty Products:

7.5 oz. Clear Plastic Mini Wine Carafes 12 oz. Crystal Clear Fluted Plastic Cups  Shiny Metallic Silver Plastic Cutlery Combo Set Red Square Plastic Plates Dinnerware Set



Party on, Smarties! With love Smarty had a Party!

Memorial Day Rooftop Picnic

Memorial Day Rooftop Picnic

Memorial Day celebrations usually involve parades, flag ceremonies, and other formal public recognitions to honor the brave men and women of the American Armed Forces who’ve died protecting the land we live, preserving peace, protecting the defenseless, and defending the liberty. However, the COVID-19 pandemic social distancing requirement is causing American cities to cancel the favorite traditions and find new ways to honor their fallen heroes, but that doesn't mean you can't have a good time (while practicing social distancing, of course). It's important to have a safe space in today's world, to go outside and find a safe place to have a picnic with the family and stay safe at the same time. Smarty had a Party have a fantastic idea for you to Celebrate Memorial Day safe and with style.


I hope no one's afraid of heights, because, for this idea, we're taking the party to the next level… the roof. That's right - the idea is hosting a rooftop picnic. Just like any picnic, you'll need the basics: the food, the drinks, and some entertainment materials (like music or a good book). But for this picnic, we're making things a little more festive. Okay... a lot more festive. In honor of Memorial Day, we decided to stick with the red, white, and blue color scheme, down to every detail on the menu. We kept the menu simple, but the sky is the limit for what else you can add.


Here's what we chose:

  • Tea sandwiches using white bread, filled with cream cheese and tomatoes.
  • Blue chips and salsa
  • White chocolate covered strawberries dipped in blue sugar sprinkles
  • Blueberries
  • Champagne



After purchasing all ingredients and preparing lunch, we headed up to the roof. Luckily, Smarty had a Party has all the best picnic gear. :) We laid out a White Polyester Tablecloth as our blanket and piled everything on.
The tea sandwiches will be a huge hit, and you should line them up on Smarty's White Oval Eco-Friendly Bagasse Platters, each with a pretty frilly toothpick stuck in the center.
For our chips and dip, we used a really convenient White Rectangular 6-Section Eco-Friendly Bagasse Serving Tray. We packed the sections with blue chips all the way around, but with the built-in separations, you can easily vary between different chip flavors.
The chocolate-covered strawberries will really pop against the white wave plates. It is all about presentation, you know. :) 
Then place blueberries along the edges and down the middle of a second wave plate. Chop up the remaining strawberries and use the pieces to fill in the spaces between the blueberry rows.
Confession: My favorite part was the champagne. We even got a little fancy by putting the champagne in an ice-filled bucket and using classy champagne glasses.

To bring it all together, we used the most beautiful cocktail napkins, which were, you guessed it... red, white, and blue.


Other awesome food ideas could be:

  • fruit bowl filled with watermelon and blueberries. (Use a star cookie cutter on the watermelon for a patriotic feel.)
  • A red, white, and blue layered cake (Food coloring does the trick.)
  • Red or blue Kool-Aid
  • Red or blue Jello shots
  • Red, white, and blue popsicles
  • Strawberries and whipped cream
  • Cookies or cupcakes decorated with colored icing


Beyond serving as a relaxing spot to lounge around and eat, the roof is ideal for spreading patriotic vibes and enjoying a safe Memorial Day! So find yourself a rooftop, sit back, and celebrate Memorial Day as you watch the sky light up!

And in the meantime, check out Smarty had a Party online store now and get your own protective care (3-Ply Blue Disposable Face Masks with Elastic Ear LoopKN95 Disposable Protective Face Mask with Adjustable Soft Ear Loops and 4-Layer FilterClear Professional Protective Face Shield Mask with Elastic Band and Comfort SpongeNon-contact Digital Infrared Forehead Thermometer Temperature MeasurementClear Lens Wide-Vision Adjustable Anti-Fog Protective Safety Goggles) from our fantastic offer to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and sound and play your part in preventing the virus spread.


Picnics are fun for everyone... families, friends, couples... so go ahead and let us know how it went on the Smarty Facebook page

We're kinda experts for a good party, so feel free to ask us for any picnic suggestions.


Stay protected, stay healthy! With love Smarty had a Party!