Pops is showing off!
Happy 45th Birthday Shawn C. Carter! Now is a perfect time for that Party Life DIY!
I love Jay-Z, Jay, Jigga, S Dot, Jayhova, Hova, Hovie, Hovito, Mr. Carter, Lucky Lefty, Iceberg Slim… I think I covered them all. It’s always bittersweet when Jay Day rolls around because of the inevitable, but I will always cherish Hov’s music and admire his ability to express himself lyrically. Happy Birthday Hov!
Here are some perfect Jay Day gifts to celebrate Mr. Carter.
You’re the Jay-Z to My Beyonce greeting cards [$5.42]
Jay-Z Accent Pillow [$69.00]
Jay-Z Canvas Print [$53.00]
Empire State of Mind Lyrics Blank Cards [$4.79]
Beyonce and Jay-Z Collar Clips [$6.00]
Who decided that adult parties can’t be just as thoughtful, creative and entertaining as kid’s parties? Most of us have either attended or had our share of themed kid’s celebrations, with plates and napkins emblazoned with popular cartoon characters or a cake shaped like your favorite sports equipment. A little thought and creativity can go a long way. The fun doesn’t have to stop earlier in life! Plan an adult themed party like this one for instance…
Jay-Z Themed Celebration
Use your favorite artist’s album covers or themes to invite your guests. One of my favorite Jay albums is The Blueprint. What better way to inform your guests about your celebration than to create a special “blueprint” detailing all the who, what, where, when and why. You can also print actual outlines in blue on tracing paper to layer inside your paper contents.
[“My favorite hue is Jay-Z Blue.”] Did you know Jay really has his own color? Have your guests join you in their favorite touches of blue in honor of your Mr. Carter themed celebration. Though I love Jay, blue S. Dot’s need not apply!
Create tablescapes using shades that will complement your guests’ touches of blue. Name each of your tables after a favorite song from any album. Some of my faves include “Reasonable Doubt,” “Politics As Usual,” “Allure,” “Sunshine,” and “Forever Young.” Don’t forget to include menu cards detailing some of the creative food and drink choices available.
[Food and Drinks]
Ty Ty Mai Tai
Say what up to Ty Ty…Still sippin’ Mai Tais. You don’t need a best friend named Ty Ty to enjoy Mai Tais with your guest. Pay homage to a lifelong friend with a signature drink, the “Ty Ty Mai Tai.”
Sweet drinks not your thing? Other acceptable options from Mr. Carter himself, “That D’usse is the ish if I do say so myself”…. “Gold bottles of the Ace of Spades“…. and if you really want to throw it back, “Armadale poppin now, only bring a jigga more”
Queen Bey Cake Pops
Watch out for the BeyHive. What’s a Jay function without his leading lady? Give your guests some of Jay’s honey by featuring a “Bey” Cake Pop option.
Empire State Pizza
A bite from the Big Apple. Although, NY pizza is usually foldable and comes in a large slice, these bite sized pizza cupcakes will have your guests with an “Empire State of Mind.”
I think this goes without saying but, MAKE A PLAYLIST! The best part of this party will be the tracks you self select for your guests to enjoy. Create a special playlist using a site like spotify and send it to all of your guests as a thank you for a memorable night. Also feel free to give out special gifts like copies of “Carlito’s Way, “Streets is Watching,” or “Reasonable Doubt” for the best touch of blue ensemble and the guest who could finish the most Jay lyrics. If you really want to impress, deliver a Cohiba to a few privileged guests.
Halloween is cool, costumes can be cute, but I’m more of a soirée type of girl. My favorite season is Fall. I love admiring the changes that take place in weather, clothing, and overall mood. Most of us prepare our minds and stomachs for family oriented holidays like Thanksgiving, and the coveted super shopping family tradition of many, Black Friday. If you love Fall as well or just need an excuse to spend time with your favorite people, minus the costumes, bring in the Fall season by hosting a fabulous Fall Soiree!
Use warm colors like deep oranges, browns and golds to accent your soiree. Tablescapes featuring familiar autumn touches like branches, leaves and pumpkins will definitely show your appreciation for fall. Don’t forget to have your favorite fall scents, like Pumpkin Spice or Cinnamon Apple Cider permeating throughout your venue.
What’s a soiree without a signature drink or two or three? Once your guests arrive greet them a festive fall beverage. Here are two of my suggestions.
After testing out some of those festive beverages, curb your guests’ appetites with a few of these fall bites.
Caramel Apple Bar
Kale Salad with Roasted Pumpkin, Cranberries and Goat Cheese
No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake
Sprinkle a little Fall cheer with these sparkling pumpkins. At the start of your event, help your guests create personalized pumpkins with glitter, acrylic paint and school glue. Then, place the dried pumpkins in paper bags for easy transport with their owners.