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.

The Pre-Halloween Celebration

I am a mom in my 30s with two kids, so going to crazy Halloween parties and dressing up to the nines in costume is a thing of the past. And that is perfectly fine by me. Now just because most of Halloween is really for the kids it does not mean that we can’t have some fun too. Plan a pre-Halloween celebration!


I live in a very social neighborhood and we go all-out at Halloween, but even if you don’t, you can still be the party hostess you love to be and invite your best pals and their kids over to your house.

The front yard is the new back yard so think of it as your palette for the party. Especially one of this nature. I invited all my neighborhood friends over an hour or so before we were all planning to scour the neighborhood for trick or treating with our kids.


I provided some festive treats that were really easy to make. I made everything but the cupcakes in about an hour (thanks to my pal Cecelia who makes to-die-for cupcakes). You can also purchase cupcakes from your favorite bakery to save on time.

The menu:
-Pumpkin Dip
-Monster pudding cups
-Pumpkin cupcakes with white chocolate cream cheese frosting and a maple glaze
-Apple Cider Sangria

The Monster pudding cups were for the kiddos and they were a big hit!  They’re super easy to make – vanilla pudding (I used sugar free since they will get plenty of sugar in the candy later), green food coloring and crumbled Halloween Oreos. Draw a monster face on the plastic cup with a sharpie and you are done!

Next to the pumpkin dip – canned pumpkin, whip cream, vanilla pudding and pumpkin pie spice.  To really add to the mood I got a small pumpkin and hollowed it out and put the dip in. I served it with cinnamon graham crackers but it is also great with apples. Click here for the recipe. It is one of my Pinterest finds!


Now to add the ‘adult’ to the festivities I made the Apple Cider Sangria. It is great for fall and a light twist on an ordinary drink.  Apple cider, fresh apples and pears, pinot grigio, soda water and brandy. I am all about a signature drink. It really adds to the atmosphere of the party. And this recipe came from a fun blogger and then I pinned it so I could find it later.  Don’t you just love that about Pinterest!  Click here to get the recipe.


I set a table on my front porch with all the food and drinks for easy access and the party flows nicely into the yard where friends can catch up and the kids could play.

I also could not resist getting all my mom friends these awesome Halloween headbands and sunglasses from Swoozie’s. They just loved them and it gave us all a fun way to “dress up!”


When we were ready to set out into the neighborhood I placed the food and drinks inside, the big candy bowl on the porch and started at my house. I gave all the kids a big handful of candy (in their super cute Swoozie’s treat bags!)


So eat, drink and best of all, have great company with friends and your kids while having a little Halloween fun, mom-style, along the way.

GUEST BLOGGER: April is a mom of two to Ava and Aiden. She is a graduate of The University of Alabama and is a member of the Tri Delta Alumnae Association. April is also active in the Atlanta non-profit community and is a business owner. Be sure to give her a tweet at @aprilvoris.

Images via Cecilia Andrews Photography

Glitter Fudge Party!

Hi, Ya’ll! I’m glad to be swinging over from PIZZAZZERIE to share a super cute recipe + favor idea with Swoozie’s! If there is one thing I love, it’s anything SPARKLY! Now, it’s not often you see sparkling food is it? Well, this cute recipe is for GLITTER PARTY FUDGE! Yep, that’s right – glitter + fudge together = a match made in heaven.

I made this recipe in pink (another favorite of mine), but you can make it any color you want. Match your party colors, team colors for tailgates, holiday colors, etc. It’s super easy to customize this recipe to match just about any party theme or event.

GLITTER PARTY FUDGE  (Makes 45–50 fudge squares)
*adapted the sprinkle fudge in my book Candy Making For Kids

  • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ⁄4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 package pink candy melts
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • Pink disco dust* (you can find it here)

Beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy (electric mixer with paddle attachment). Gradually add powdered sugar and salt. Melt candy melts in microwavable bowl in 30-second intervals until smooth (or in double boiler). Pour into cream cheese mixture and beat until blended (about 2 minutes on medium). Stir in extracts. Spread fudge mixture into 9 x 9-inch pan (quickly spray pan with nonstick cooking spray). Refrigerate until chilled and then cut into squares or use cookie cutters for fun shapes. Pour a small amount of disco dust in a small bowl. Dip fudge pieces into disco dust. Sprinkle excess off.
*Disco Dust is non-toxic but considered for “decorative” use. Someone will inevitably say “it’s not edible”. Well, I would not let children eat this decorative glitter by the spoonful but adding a little sparkle to your fudge? No problem. It was created for the baking industry.

Serve up this glitter party fudge as a sweet favor at a baby shower (think pink for girl’s or blue for boy’s) or birthday party. It makes a deliciously sweet and sparkly favor idea. I love pairing black and white stripes with a bold color so I popped a little glitter fudge piece down into little black and white striped treat bags. Fold over and tie with a big pink bow (bows make everything better). Set these in a little basket or on a tray as guests leave for a sweet favor idea. Or display them on a pretty white cake stand, your choice! Either way, your guests will be wowed when they see sparkling sweet fudge!

Enjoy this recipe + happy partying!

XOXO,

Courtney Whitmore of Pizzazzerie.com

Also, Courtney will be joining us September 29th at Swoozie’s Denver to celebrate her brand new book, Candy Making for Kids! Click here to RSVP today.

OUR GUEST : COURTNEY WHITMORE, PIZZAZZERIE

With a love of entertaining, Courtney Whitmore has quickly become 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, and has authored two books including Push-Up Pops and Candy Making for Kids. Follow along and say hello at @pizzazzerie.

It’s a Water Party!

What can I say, I am a sucker for a good themed party.  I have to be honest, it is one of the super fun parts of being a mom!  I get to express my creativity and do it for my kids. My daughter, Ava turned 5 and she wanted a water party.  What a great way to end summer and run a bunch of energy out of Ava and her friends.

Cupcakes are a must, I added a touch of whimsy.  And a massive cupcake for effect, and a focal point.

The raspberry lemonade was a big hit, but not as big as the blue and green straws for extra fun.

The kids had a blast running through sprinklers and slipping and sliding down the massive slide.  The colorful kickboards added to the fun!

Ava just could not resist a lick of the blue icing and the kids loved the goggles that we gave them as favors.  They were fitted with goggles and water guns as they arrived, so there was sure to not be a dry kid at the party!

It was fun to add some color to the gift table with wrapping paper that are in the cool, neon colors of summer!

GUEST BLOGGER: April is a mom of two to Ava and Aiden. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama and is a member of the Tri Delta Alumnae Association. April is also active in the Atlanta non-profit community. Be sure to give her a tweet at @aprilvoris.

Images via Cecilia Andrews Photography

Derby day picks you can bet on!

Every lady loves a crown, but the Triple Crown is on our minds! As Derby days are fast approaching, see our top picks for hosting the perfect party for celebrating this year’s Kentucky Derby! Which do you love the most?


1. Horsebit Bangle Equestrian-inspired jewelry will make you the hit of the party. It’s all in the details!

2. Personalized Striped Sun Hat Your outfit is not complete without a big hat, this is THE Derby gift this year!

3. Lilly Pulitzer “Kelley” Dress Off to the races in seersucker with tiny horse shoe accents. Lilly does it yet again and we love her for it!

4. Engraved Mint Julep Cup  The mint julep is a derby day tradition, be sure you’re sipping in style.

5. I Heart Horses Headband And, for the smallest of Derby party-goers, an “I heart horses” headband tops it all!

And, if you’re hosting a Derby Day party – don’t forget a fabulous invitation to make a strong impression from the start! Here are a few of our favorite Derby-inspired invitation designs.

Party Inspiration – Mindy Weiss

It’s no secret that Swoozie’s LOVES to throw parties. Whenever we’re looking for inspiration – have it be for a dinner party, a bridal shower, or a wedding – one of our favorite people to turn to is the fabulous Mindy Weiss!

When it comes to planning a party, Mindy knows what she’s doing. From table settings to floral arrangements to lighting – her parties are impeccable. Mindy began her career by creating custom invitations and has since created an empire that includes event planning, wedding products, and the hugely successful publication, The Wedding Book: The Big Book for Your Big Day. Just take a look at one of the parties Mindy planned; it is SO Swoozie’s!


Not only do we LOVE Mindy Weiss, but Mindy loves Swoozie’s! We’re pleased to carry some of the magnificent items from her collection, designed with Swoozie’s brides in mind. Inspired by Mindy, one of our favorite ideas for a bachelorette party is a city-themed weekend with your girls. Invite your friends in from out-of-town and show them the city you love. Visit some of your favorite local restaurants and attractions by day and by night, rent a limousine to drive you around from venue to venue. Deck out the inside of your limo with city-themed swag that each of the ladies from your group can take home as a souvenier from the amazing weekend. We carry merchandise designed by Mindy for Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, and Houston.

What’s your favorite idea for a fun bachelorette party with your girls?