How do you even begin to honor the most important person in your life? Throw a party, of course! That was the only solution suitable for Rosabelle Mintz. She was my Grandmother (Nanny) and Mother of The Hostess with the Mostest (Sari)! She passed away in February of 2017, and the time came to set her headstone this June. Because Rosabelle’s daughter owns FYP and her granddaughter works there, obviously her party had to be over the top!
(Fun Fact: Rosabelle Mintz named the company For Your Party!)
For those that knew Nanny, she was the MOST fun, never had a bad word to say about anyone and was always up for an adventure. We began our party at the cemetery with a memorial service and a sing-along, which Nanny had always loved.
As we sang and toasted to Rosey, we laid stones on her graves, an old Jewish tradition. Following the service, we had a food truck come to the house for an outdoor celebration. Having a food truck for food service is our new favorite trend—they bring the food and drive away with the mess!
We set up a self-serve bar with different size cups for each drink. Our 9oz Frost Flex Cups were perfect for the toast at the cemetery. We used our 10oz Frost Flex cups for white wine and rosé back at the house, our 12oz Colored Frost Flex Cups for Margaritas, and our 16oz Frost Flex Colored Cups for Arnold Palmers. They were each the perfect size and a fun personal addition to the bar!
Sari and I wanted to bring Nanny back to life through our personalized napkins. We used many bright colors, but a matte white foil on all of the products to maintain consistency. We used a different saying on each cocktail napkin, which we called Rosey-isms! Putting these quirky, 'quintessentially Nanny' quotes on the napkins served as a great conversation starter/memory jogger throughout the day.
Nanny had traveled frequently and collected quite a bit of interesting jewelry along the way. Sari and I decided to set up a gift table with these treasures for the guests. We supplied personalized party bags for each guest to fill up and take a part of Rosey home with them.
The rest of the afternoon was exactly what Nanny would have wanted: all of her friends and family celebrating her life and ours together. Some people stood up and spoke, others sat down and cried, some laughed the entire day. Nanny’s smile radiated through Chicago that day—the weather was absolutely perfect!