Marilyn from Pink Martinis and Pearls shares her whimsical cookie design inspired by our Stately Straws summer party invitation.


Summer has always been magic for me because the season began with my birthday in June. It’s a season of happy celebrations – the last day of school, graduation, Father’s Day, the 4th of July, swim parties, backyard movie nights under the stars, and family vacations.

For three glorious months I see every weekend as an opportunity to invite friends and family over for a party without any specific celebration needed. It’s summer! That’s cause to celebrate all on its own.

When thinking of a summer party, certain things pop into mind – fun, color, ice cream milkshakes and malts. And what makes those creamy treats so special? A tall glass, sprinkles, whipped cream with a cherry on top and fun, colorful retro paper straws that brings back memories of summers past. For me, ice cream and summer go together like paper straws and milkshakes. *happy, happy, happy*


When I saw the Stately Straws Invitation, I found my inspiration to design party favors that could also serve as place settings to complement the theme of the invitation. In my party planning world, the tone of the party is set with the invitation first. The Stately Straws Invitation design said to me “summer is here, come treat yourself”.

Not only do I love retro paper straws for their nostalgic appeal, but also for their versatility in other creative uses.


For the party favors, I designed and decorated cookies that looked like milkshakes and baked the paper straws into the cookie to hold the flag name tags for the place settings.

The tags were easily made by printing on standard white copier paper, cut and taped onto a strip of colored paper a little larger in width to wrap around the straw. Double stick tape makes this very easy to put together.


To bring even more festive flair and color to the table, I cut over-sized confetti rounds from layers of tissue paper where I had traced 1.5 inch circles. If the party is held outside, you can tack them to the table surface with a small piece of double stick tape but I like how they catch on the breeze and float around the yard. I would recommend both, some stationary and some able to float freely. It’s a delightful effect and could possibly create a pick-up game for the younger children at the end of your party. Hopefully.


At the party, I like to display the invitation as a decoration on either the beverage table or on the dessert table. It makes a nice little vignette by placing it on an easel giving it the attention it deserves.


For more ideas and information on entertaining, lots of decorated cookies and recipes, please visit my blog, Pink Martinis and Pearls where you might find some inspiration too!

Summer Entertaining Essentials:
The Best BBQ Burger Ever
Backyard Movie Night
Best Ever Chocolate Malts
Icy Italian Citrus Granita
Pineapple Sherbet

Tiny Prints Summer Party Invitations - Stately Straws

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6 Responses

  1. Marianne says:

    The colors! The tasty looking cookies, almost too cute to eat…almost! I love everything this post stands for: Summer and parties! After looking at pinkmartinisandpearls.com, I would love to see more entries from her!

  2. skeller says:

    Marilyn – you are a cookie-decorating, party-planning GENIUS! these are beautiful!!

  3. suzi says:

    I can taste the cold creamy ice cream and smell the beach. You are a magician.

  4. itsallaboutjen says:

    This post is so much fun to read! The cookies–and the entire display–this is everything I want in a summer! Bright colors evoke the image of the hot summer sun, sand in my toes, frosty ice cream, a chance to spend time with friends and family, basking in the orange glow of the afternoon, a gentle breeze smoothing my skin, and, most importantly, cookies that look so utterly cute that I may think twice before I take a bite. I checked out pinkmartinisandpearls blogspot, and I’ll be back to peruse her site at whim. Marilyn’s sugar cookie recipe sounds delicious, and as an amateur baker, I am positive I’ll learn how to toss in a little of Pink Martini’s whimsy into my own creations. I’m heading back to her site right now. Thanks for the inspiring summertime post, tinyprints! And enjoy your summer, Marilyn!

  5. Lauren says:

    These invitations are adorable! I am inspired to throw a summer party and eat some home made ice cream… Love this post by Marilyn!

  6. Maureen Peterson says:

    So fun, inviting, and colorful! The combination of patterns and colors are wonderful. Makes me happy just looking at those milkshake cookies:) Enjoyed reading your post and completely agree, the invitation totally sets the tone of the event. I always enjoy receiving a well done invitation and save the good ones. Love every detail of your photographs, especially the name flags on the straws!

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