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! 

Swoozie’s Loves Our Customers!

We could never express just how much we LOVE you! But, each year, at our Annual Customer Celebration, or goal is to recognize you, our loyal customers, for your dedication to Swoozie’s. You are our VIPs, our friends, our families, our neighbors and our communities. Today, we’re thrilled to announce the kick off of 2011’s Customer Celebration!

We are ready to celebrate all of the fabulous Swooziers. As part of our Customer Celebration, today through Sunday, October 9, 2011, enter CELEBRATE25 online at checkout or mention this offer in-stores to receive 25% off your entire purchase. We’ve saved this special promotion just for you, the best offer we have all year {guaranteed!}, and it’s all in celebration of you!

And, today we are thrilled to introduce our “OO” glasses, perfect for spreading celebration!. This is a part of our ‘Show us YOUR Swooz’ campaign. We want to see more of you, doing what you love to do, and wearing our OO’s! We want you ‘Show us YOUR Swooz!’ You can pick up a pair of these fun glasses at your local Swoozie’s, or we have created a little DIY printable version.

Click here to print out a pair of OO glasses, cut, add a little pizazz {glitter, feathers, you name it!}, and post a picture on Swoozie’s Facebook Page or email your pictures to us at showusyourswooz@swoozies.com. We’ll add them to our Swoozie’s Brag Book and share them on our blog and Facebook. We know there’s a lot of creativity out there, and we are so excited to see it!

Along with this event comes our Annual Customer Celebration Catalog! This year’s book is full of our favorite fall gifts and invitations. Sit back, flip through and enjoy!

We love our customers and are so excited to celebrate you – you deserve it!

We Listened to You and Made Some Tweaks to Swoozies.com – give it a whirl and give us your take!

Firstly, we’ve added many fabulous fall items to the on-line assortment. We have also brought back many of your favorites to the web site including the personalized cell phone covers.

And, we took your feedback to heart and made it easier to use Swoozies.com. Here are the ‘tweaks’ –

  • More simple, intuitive navigation. Changes to major categories and subcategories make your favorite gifts, personalized items and stationery easier to find.
  • Consolidated, ‘Shop by Catalog’ option placing all of our major catalogs in one place which means an easier shopping experience for you!
  • We have updated the site with tons of our latest new Swoozie’s brilliant gifts right under ‘Brilliant Gifts’! Updated with all our latest brilliant fall gifts (like these fabulous casserole carriers!) We even brought back personalized cell phone covers!
  • Our phone number is now front and center on the homepage. We want to hear from you!
Tell us what you think – the good and the bad.  We want to make sure that you can find your ‘go-to’s’ AKA your favorite gifts, personalized item and invitations. We made it easy, leave a comment below or on our Facebook Page  and we’ll continue to work it like any Swoozie’s girl would!
As a special thanks for giving the updated site a whirl, take 10% off your purchases online today through Friday! Use code TAKE10 for 10% off at checkout through Friday, August 12th at 12 midnight!

An Easter Celebration With Pizzazzerie

We are thrilled to have guest Courtney Dial of the popular celebration blog, Pizzazzerie here with us today for a Swoozie’s inspired Easter celebration! Courtney is one of our fabulous, inaugural “Celebration Experts” here in The Land of the Swoo so look to hear more from her throughout the year!

Easter is right around the corner so I’m going to show you some fun and easy entertaining tips to help you celebrate in style! Setting up a bright + whimsical Easter party display doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Start off by picking some of your favorite colors. I chose Swoozie’s signature hot pink + bright orange! Keep your colors in mind as you set up your display so everything has a cohesive look when you’re finished.

Find a bright tablecloth by browsing your local fabric store. Fabric stores have lots of spring designs so get creative with stripes, polka dots, or other fun patterns! I chose a hot pink with a floral overlay because I loved both! Next, I pulled some plain glass cake stands that I already owned out of my kitchen to use on the table. White cake stands would also be a great alternative!

While browsing my local craft store, I found a simple orange planter and a few Easter buckets that I knew would be perfect for my table. I filled the orange planter with festive Easter carrots and added a grosgrain ribbon trim for a splash of hot pink. The buckets were great for filling with carrot cookies and eggs for decorating! Making little paper signs for your party display is an inexpensive way to add color and detail. I printed off a few paper signs and attached them to striped paper straws. You can also use simple bamboo skewers too!

Sweet treats are a must at Easter celebrations so I headed to my favorite local grocery store. Sometimes you might just want to embellish store bought cupcakes and treats instead of baking everything from scratch. So I picked out some floral cupcakes and added orange polka dot ribbons with a touch of glue. Easy and took less than 5 minutes! No kitchen clean up for me. For a fun treat, serve cotton candy puffs for “powder puff tails” – the kids will love these! Add in some cookies and juice, and you’re good to go!

I love scalloped boxes because they are so versatile. I filled one with bright orange tulips and another with the cotton candy. They are also great for letting guests fill with their treats (and serve as great favors boxes!)

Last but not least, every Easter celebration must involve some fun egg decorating! I’m not one for messy dyes so I opted for a cleaner and preppier “egg decorating”. Parents will also love this easy activity. Set out a variety of ribbons and trims in different colors (of course, I chose Swoozie’s colors). Other fun items to include in the mix are sticky rhinestones, glitter, sticker letters, and paint pens. Add in some glue and double sided tape for adhesives. Let the kids “go to town” and decorate their eggs!

We hope these ideas have inspired you to get a hoppin’ start to your Easter celebration this year!

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With a love of entertaining, Courtney Dial is quickly becoming a well-known stylist in the field of party design and décor. Growing up in the South, she attended Vanderbilt University earning both a bachelors in Communications and masters in Organizational Leadership. Since March 2010, she has grown Pizzazzerie.com into a go-to source for all things entertaining. Regularly appearing on Nashville news broadcasts, Courtney has also been published in several print publications including Nashville Lifestyles Magazine.

Brilliant High School Graduation Gift Guide for the Class of ’11!

Q:

My son has several friends that are girls that have been an important part of his high school friendships. I have only had boys, so I’m not sure what is appropriate. I will need 8 or so gifts and would like to stay under $25 each.

A:

A guy doesn’t want to give a gift that is too feminine or personal.

Here are 4 brilliant options:

1. personalized cooler

Simply add some drinks or a grocery gift card!

2. 2011 frame

Add pictures of him with the friend. They never have enough pictures for the dorm.

3. insulated Tervis Tumbler

It’s a college must-have. Choose from a pre-initialed, collegiate or personalized with a name or monogram.

4. acrylic tumbler with straw

A great gift if you’re buying a lot of gifts. Simply add a coupon for a drink from Chick-fil-A!

Q:

My daughter has 5 very special best friends. She has known them since she was in grade school, and I feel like they are my daughters. What’s something very special that she can give?
A:

Personalized items are key because they show that you thought of each person and took the time to make their gift special. Three major categories come into play as great gifting:

1. What they might use in the dorm

2. Gifts used for going back and forth between home and school on those short weekends.

3. Great items for summer travel plans

Here are 5 personalized gift options for those very special friends.

1. personalized wraps

They’re great in patterns or solid hues, and they can double as beach cover ups (like this one!) Pair with a matching shower caddy, which is a must-have for dorm life going back and forth from showers.

2. weekender tote

It’s great for getaways. We love this Juicy Burst pattern for Spring and Summer. It has all the right colors! Pair it with a matching cosmetic case.

3. give the gift of organization!

We love this cute and functional laundry bag and over-the-door organizer in Juicy Burst. They’re perfect together or alone. Load the laundry bag with quarters, and fill the organizer with things from the drug store.

4. chic canvas carrying case

Give this alone or use it to present a camera as a gift!

5. tech gifts

Personalized iPhone covers are perfect, and we have dozens to choose from! Tablet covers make great gifts too!

Q:

I have so many gifts to give, so I want to keep each under $20. What are some great options?

A:

There are so many options for under $20! Here are 7 we think grads will love.

1. initial pendant

2. face case

It’s lined with plastic in case there are makeup oops!

3. bikini bag

Also lined with plastic, this gift is super cute and very practical.

4. acrylic initial glasses

Can we just say, these are stupid cute?! We love them!

5. koozie

6. umbrella

Perfect for walking to class on a rainy day. A girl still wants to look cute when the weather is dreary.

7. personalized stationery

Graduates will have many thank you notes to write. Plus, they might even find time to write letters home to mom and dad once college begins!

Q:

My daughter is traveling this summer with a few friends. Do you have any ideas for an appropriate gift?
A:

1. weekender bag

We love this bag! Add some flip flops and a matching brush.

2. personalized beach chair cover

Give a different color or pattern to each of the girls.

 

Class of ’11. It’s a Wrap.

Believe it or not, it’s April, and this means we are only weeks away from one of the most important events in a mom’s life. Her child’s high school graduation.

This is an exciting time for a mom even when emotions are so high and to-do lists are so long. My best piece of advice, consult with those who’ve been through the experience first-hand for some expert advice. Having three high-school graduates, I have been in your shoes. I have co-hosted poolside dinners, attended dozens of grad parties, and coordinated with other moms to ensure that we each had a perfect theme and day. The memories that I have from the high-school graduation years are some of the best because they centered around the important relationships for both me and my children. These are the relationships that should be celebrated.


Here are 3 tips for making your graduation events fabulous.
#1. Plan for the Parties and Personalize the Experience
From Graduation Day brunches to lake parties and backyard bar-b-que’s,  the possibilities are endless. Talk to your child, select the theme and go from there. Start with the invitation, and have fun with it. If you are planning a party where two best friends are honored, find a great middle school picture of them and use it on your invitation. And, if you are hosting a party at the lake, perhaps use a summer or lake picture of the graduates. Many families celebrate the college their child will be attending and the theme of the party would revolve around that experience. Place a little college flag at each place setting representing where that graduate is going to college. It shows you care and that you have taken them time to make them feel special. Other options play off the Class of ’11 or school colors.

#2. Make it Memorable
The special little touches make all the difference. This is a special time for you, the graduate and all their friends too so take the time to make it memorable. Be prepared as the parents to deliver a toast to your graduate. Be sure to write it down and then give it to your child as a keepsake. Put together a slideshow filled to the brim with photos that all the parents can contribute to, add music for an extra-special effect. Let the kids draw names of their friends and each toast to what they’ll remember most about that person as they head off to the real-world.

With any party, you must be prepared to have fun! We love personalized koozie’s as favors, they’re a big hit for this age group. Add a fun message like, “What happens at college stays at college” to ensure it’s a hit. A party banner with Class of ’11 can be hung and signed by all guests. During toast time, provide shatterproof or foam cups for the cheers.

#3. G is for Gift.
Graduation gifts are a passion of ours at Swoozie’s. There are certain classic categories that every graduate wants (and needs) for the future. Several of these gifts include items that can be used in a dorm and during summer getaways. When a more specific gift suggestion is required for your certain situation, we are the experts. In fact, check back tomorrow for our Graduation Gift Guide 2011.

Woohoo from the Swoo!