Our Favorite Green Cocktails & Dazzling Drinkware for St. Patrick’s Day

When March 17 rolls around, a little Irish comes out in all of us.  On St. Patrick’s Day millions of people everywhere come together to celebrate the Irish culture by wearing the color green, taking a stab at traditional Irish dancing and drinking lots of booze. If you’re not a big fan of beer or can’t find a nearby Irish pub or parade to celebrate, we’ve got the perfect green concoctions and drinkware to help you create your own soirée and wow your friends!  In fact, our shimmering glasses may make you forget all about wearing beads. What’s the number one Swoozie’s must-have you might ask?  The green Acrylic Double Wall Glitter Tumblers of course!

1. The Shamrocker

The Shamrocker is a sophisticated yet simple tequila mixture with a delicious fruity taste. Its combination of melon and orange gives you just the right amount of flavor and fun. Garnish with a few orange slices to really prove you know what you’re doing. Simply mix in a cocktail shaker, throw in some ice and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur

1 oz. Silver Tequila

½ oz. Triple Sec

A splash of orange juice

Try It! The GoVino Cocktail Glass Set goes perfectly with the Shamrocker. Even better, these glasses are recyclable, shatterproof and come with a unique thumb notch for easy swirling and holding. Drink up!


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 2. The Classic Mojito

The Mojito is a classic cocktail that can be served on St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year (If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably already had your share of these before). Its hint of lime and mint leaves gives the perfect homage to the color green, and it is best served in any tall glass. You can also make your own simple syrup for extra bragging rights.

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Ingredients:

½ oz. lime juice

1 tsp. refined sugar

3-5 mint leaves

A splash of club soda to top off

Try It! Swoozie’s Acrylic Double Wall Glitter Tumblers will take your cocktails to a brand new level! Mojitos are traditionally served with stirring rods, so the built in straws are sure to keep your drinks tasty and fresh. The double-walled acrylic layer also helps keep the beverages cold.  While you’re at it, stock up on a few green Personalized Napkins also!











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3. Green with Envy

If you love this cocktail’s name, you’ll love that it gives you a taste of the islands as well.  With only four simple ingredients, this drink is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and count down to your Spring Break getaway. Serve with ice cubes or combine the ingredients with ice in a blender for a little more variety. Top with pineapple, orange slices or cherries and get your hula skirt ready!

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Ingredients:

1 oz. Coconut Rum

1 oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur

1 oz. Pineapple Juice or Orange Juice

2 ½ oz. sweet and sour mix

Try It! Whether you prefer smaller, green Acrylic Glasses  or Jumbo Striped Acrylic Glasses, we’ve got plenty of options for you and your guests to enjoy. These multi-purpose glasses are stylish and easy to carry when socializing with friends. You can even add your own personal touch with vinyl personalization.







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4. Irish Tea Party

Simply stated, the Irish Tea Party is the Irish version of a Long Island Iced Tea. Complete with a Southern and Irish staple, this whiskey mix brings both worlds together in one glass. Serve with Irish Tea Cake to compliment your mixology skills, and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Ingredients:
2 oz. sweetened, chilled green tea

½ oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey

½ oz. Absinthe to rinse in glass

A splash of ginger ale

Try It! Pair this drink or any treats with these Kate Spade Cocktail Napkins and Kate Spade Coasters, designed with cute, popular sayings. Both sets come with a blue pair, which actually was the initial color of choice for St. Patrick’s Day in the 17th century!




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5. Kiss Me I’m Irish Martini

Feeling lucky? The Kiss Me I’m Irish Martini is sure to be your best pick of the night. Because this drink is so simple to make, you can spend most of your time enjoying your friends and less time in the kitchen. Even better, this cocktail is low in calories!

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Ingredients: 

2 ½ oz. Sparkling wine

1 oz. Midori Sour

1 oz. vodka

1 ½ oz. lemonade

Try It! Before adding the sparkling wine, use a green CHILL Pouring Spout to serve your martinis at the right temperature all night long. Insert the cooling pour spout after two hours in the freezer, and instantly enhance the drink’s flavor. You’ll want to use it for every wine night! Switch it up with personalized cups too.


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Which drinks are you dying to try? Share with us! 

The Oh-So Versatile Paper Straw

The days of a boring, clear drinking straw are long gone. It seems now no drink is complete without its favorite new accessory: a colorful paper straw. Perusing Pinterest, we’ve seen these adorable straws popping up all over the place – but not just in drinks! They’re used in baking, as decoration, and even as party favors. We’re super inspired by all of your ideas and have collected some of our favorites to share with you:

The Cake Pop: In lieu of the traditional wooden skewer, try out some colorful paper straws as your cake pop handle. Delicious + oh-so colorful.

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Chocolate Malt Cupcake: Well, a simple chocolate cupcake would just be boring now, wouldn’t it?!

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Pinwheels: Use paper straws as your handle in this fun, kid-friendly pinwheel craft idea. Or create the pinwheels ahead of time to use as decoration and let each guest take one home as a party favor!

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Garland: Put the kids to work with this fun, colorful craft! It will add a pop of color to any blank wall and they’ll love to see their work on display for the whole party to enjoy.

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Photo Booth Accessories: Create a Photo Booth at your next party and use paper straws as part of your accessory selection. Just throw in a few hats, a feather boa, and you’re good to go!

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Dress-Up Your Straws: We simply love the extra touch of gold-glitter tape added to each of these straws. Perfect for a girl’s party.

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Cake-Topper: Let your voice be heard! Use paper straws as the posts to hang a “banner” with your favorite phrase or the name of the lucky cake-recipient. We love everything about this!

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What are some of your favorite uses of paper straws? Pin them or post them on Instagram and use #Swoozies. We’d love to see.

Feeling inspired? You can get paper straws in a multitude of colors by clicking here.

It’s Bridal Season at Swoozie’s!

We were so pleased to have all of you lovely brides-to-be at Swoozie’s on Sunday, January 22 for our Bridal Event. We had such a fun time talking to each of you about upcoming trends, ways we’re able to assist in your planning, as well as introducing you to some of our favorite bridal partners from our communities.

 

While the Bridal Event has come and gone, our bridal planning season is still in full swing! Even if you didn’t reserve a seat at our Bridal Event, there is still a seat waiting for you at Swoozie’s for a one-on-one appointment with a member of our team. Simply call one of our General Managers and she will gladly set up a time for you to speak with our in-house designer.

Birmingham, AL – Allison – 205.968.3458
Buckhead, GA – Stephanie – 404.252.7979
Dallas, TX – Brett – 214.890.0433
Greenville, SC – Ashley – 864.286.3491
Greensboro, NC – Andrea – 336.856.2406
Norcross, GA – Catherine – 770.263.6441
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Denise – 561.627.3744

Mark your Calendars

Now that you’ve selected the date, it’s time to make sure each of your friends and family will be there to celebrate with you. We love helping couples design their save-the-dates. While your invitation is often more formal, the save-the-date really gives you a chance to have fun. Whether you want to feature a shot of you and your soon-to-be husband or a custom-designed illustration, your options are wide open. Our designer is just waiting to “talk ideas” with you!

Make it Your Own

It is so important that your bridal parties and wedding day be unique and personalized. Our team at Swoozie’s is dedicating to make it your own. From invitations to programs to party favors, we invite each of you to bring in your unique ideas and our team will talk you through how to make them come to life. From personalized wine bottle labels for your reception to a custom city scape for your bachelorette party invitations, we are pleased to assist you in adding your personal touch.

Custom Vinyl

One of the hot new trends in the bridal industry is custom vinyl. We love the idea of placing your new initials on the windows of the venue for your bridal shower or wedding reception. Check out an example of custom window vinyl in the picture below. Another fun idea (that all of the ladies in attendance at the Bridal Event were so excited about) is custom vinyl for your wedding-day shoes. Blue being the most popular color – you can create custom messages to be placed on the soles of your heels! Whether you want “I” and “Do,” “Mr.” and “Mrs.” or perhaps your new married name, this is a fun detail that you will love showing off to your friends and family.

The Invitation

Everyone knows we bring the the pizazz when it comes to save-the-dates and shower invitations. However, we are also pleased to offer our brides all of the tools you need to create your perfect wedding invitations. Whether you’re looking for a fun, modern style or an elegant, classic design, our team is dedicated to perfecting your vision. From designing to printing to calligraphy – we handle it all.

Mail Invitations: 6-8 weeks prior to wedding day
Order Invitations: 1 month prior to mailing
Calligraphy: 2-4 weeks prior to mailing

Congratulations!

At each Swoozie’s Bridal Event location, one lucky bride was selected at random to win $500 worth of William Arthur Invitations. Congratulations to all 7 of our winners!

Congratulations to our winner from Swoozie’s of Palm Beach!

We certainly had an amazing time at the Bridal Event – and hope all of you did too. We LOVE talking to brides-to-be; your excitement for planning your big day is simply contagious. Here are a few photos from the event:

Did you attend the Bridal Event? What was your favorite moment?

Love is in the Air at Swoozie’s!

Swoozie’s loves the season of love! Valentine’s Day is only a few weeks away and we’re pleased to share some tips to help make your Valentine’s Day special for all the loves in your life.

Treasure Hunt for the Swooz-a-roos

We love all of our little ones – and our little ones LOVE Valentine’s Day! Make the day extra special for your children by planning a treasure hunt. Hide clues around your home, leading from one location to the next. But instead of simply finding a clue at each location, leave a piece of Valentine’s Day candy for your children to collect with each clue. At the end of the treasure hunt, leave a lovable Cordy stuffed animal waiting for each kid as the final prize!

The Classmates 

Children LOVE celebrating Valentine’s Day at school. From making their Valentine’s mailbox for their desk, to handing out goodies and cards to their classmates, to making Valentine’s cards for their family members, it is a special day of hearts and fun! This year, send your children to school with fabulous, personalized cards. Designed by our Swoozie’s team, and only $1 each, there are perfect options for your little boys or girls.

The Teachers

Don’t forget about your teachers! They spend all day teaching, loving, and caring for our children, so they deserve to be shown some love as well! One of our favorite gifts for the teachers is this delicious Jar of Cookies or a loving sign to hang on the classroom wall.

Teachers do so much for us, and they always appreciate when a parent and child go out of their way to show their recognition for their hard work.

Your Best Friend

Your best friend is there for you for everything. You laugh, you shop, you gossip, you care for each other. So when Valentine’s Day comes around, there is no better day to show her how much you love her than with a sweet, funny gift. These Valentine’s Day signs are our favorite gift for the best friend. Whether she’s the bacon to your eggs, the sprinkles on your ice cream, or the shake to your bake, these signs are sure to bring a giggle or two.

Your Husband

Of course you want to plan a special day for the man you love the most! Adorn your table with candles, get dressed up, and start the night with a wine and cheese platter. This Slate Serving Tray is perfect for serving cheese. Write the name of each type you’re sampling as well as a sweet message for your man. After your appetizer at home, continue out for your dinner reservations or instead, plan a special dinner to cook at home. Choose a special menu of something you wouldn’t normally cook yourself – such as steak or lobster. He’ll certainly be impressed!

Do you have any special ideas for Valentine’s Day? We’d love to hear them!

Click here to browse Swoozie’s Valentine’s Day Book.

The Bridal Parties!

Now that you’ve selected your bridal party, it’s time to plan your bridal parties!

Here at Swoozie’s, party planning is our thing. And while planning your big day is undeniably memorable and special, the real fun happens planning your pre-wedding parties! Bridal showers, couples showers, bachelorette parties… we LOVE helping you come up with ideas for these events. Before you say “I Do” let us Swoozie you!

Couples Showers

Couples showers are all the rage right now. Couples have groups of mutual friends, so why split up for separate parties? While a traditional girls-only bridal shower is always fabulous, it is so much fun to have all of your friends and family together for one big party.

Stock the Bar Shower

One of our favorite couples shower themes is the Stock the Bar Party. This party is so much fun for both the hosts and the guests! Not only will you get to plan yummy drinks to go along with your finger food, but you can have a lot of fun with the party favors. A fun idea: pick the couple’s favorite drink recipe and print it on cardstock. Punch a hole and tie the recipe card around whichever mini bottle of liquor is needed to mix the drink. Attending a Stock the Bar Party soon? Our go-to gifts are the Corkcicle, The Redneck Wine Glass, Cork Cage, and the Glacier Rocks Set.

The Cookout Shower

Who doesn’t love grilling out?! The Cookout is another fabulous theme for a couples shower. As a host, set up a cookout of your own. Grill your favorite foods, serve a refreshing summer cocktail, and set up some fun outdoor games for your guests to enjoy. This is also the PERFECT time to use personalized cups, plates, and napkins, adorned with the bride and groom’s names. A fun touch: create custom koozees for all of your guests to use at the party and take home with them at the end of the day. Whether you chose to personalize the koozee with a fun phrase or with the couple’s names, this is a party favor they’re sure to use over and over again. Our favorite Cookout Shower gift for the bride is the Casserole Carrier and our favorite for the groom is the Personalized Glass Cutting Board.

Bachelorette Party

There’s no denying it – one of the most fun things about getting married is your last night out with the girls. They’ve been there for you through it all – wedding planning included! – and they’re eager to send you off into married life with a last hurrah! Swoozie’s is THE place to go to select fabulous invitations and stock up on your bachelorette party gear. We especially love the “Because I’m the Bride That’s Why” collection. It’s just so much fun! As a great idea to hold on to the memories of the night, have each of your girls to sign this Bachelorette Autograph Frame. Select your favorite photo from the night and proudly display it on your desk. No matter how you chose to spend your bachelorette night, as long as your girls are with you you’ll have a blast. Just make sure you include a splash of confetti!

The Bridal Event

Don’t forget about Swoozie’s Bridal Event on January 22, 2012. This complementary event offers all kinds of fabulous tips and goodies for your shower and wedding planning. Click here to RSVP on Facebook or email your reply to RSVP@swoozies.com. Include your full name, address, the location of the Swoozie’s store in which you will be attending the event, and the total number of people who will be attending in your party. Also, now through January 22, use the code WEDDING10 at checkout to receive 10% off any purchase from the Swoozie’s Wedding Book.

What is your favorite themed shower you have ever attended?

You’re Invited to Swoozie’s Bridal Event!

As you know, nobody plans a party like Swoozie’s! With those Spring and Summer wedding dates just months away, you lucky ladies are in full swing planning your bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and of course – the big day! To make your planning go that much easier, we have organized a fabulous event for all of you brides, your family, and closest friends.

We are pleased to invite you to Swoozie’s Bridal Event!

This year’s event takes place on Sunday, January 22, 2012, from 1-3 pm at all seven of our Swoozie’s locations. Try some cake and sip champagne while our team talks to you about this year’s latest shower and wedding trends and offers tips to help make your day the best it can possibly be.

The first 20 brides who RSVP for Swoozie’s Bridal event will receive a magnificent SWAG bag full of goodies, valued at $100! And even better, one lucky bride from each Swoozie’s location will be selected to win $500 worth of William Arthur invitations. We love seeing the excitement on a bride’s face when she wins this special gift!

Click here to RSVP for the complementary Bridal Event via Facebook or email your reply to RSVP@swoozies.com. Be sure to include your full name, address, the location of the Swoozie’s store in which you will be attending the event, and the total number of people who will be attending in your party.

If you aren’t able to attend the Bridal Event, you can still check out this season’s fabulous Swoozie’s Wedding Book online. Now through January 22, receive 10% off anything from the Wedding Book when you use the code WEDDING10 at checkout.

We look forward to meeting all of you fabulous brides-to-be and your wedding planning crew. Before you say “I Do” let us Swoozie you!