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10 Tips on How to Write Thank You Notes

18 May

april-thank-you-002Writing a proper thank you note is a must for all ages.  Learning how to do this at a young age will create lifelong habits.  But it’s never too late to learn!  Here are some tips to get you started.

It’s important to send a written thank you note card for gifts  received, such as a birthday gift, graduation gift, housewarming gift, from a bridal shower or a wedding.  But it’s also really nice to send a thank you note when someone does something very helpful for you, such as driving you to the airport or helping you by doing a carpool route for you. Also, sending a thank you note for business related situations is important too, such as after a job interview or after receiving a pay raise or when you receive a reference letter.

It’s always a good idea to have a box of thank you cards handy at home for such notes. When you are sending a number of thank you notes at the same time, such as after a wedding or bridal shower, it’s also very important to make it an organized effort. You will want to have a list of the gift-givers names and complete addresses and a list of the presents you received to make your note writing easier.

Have a supply of personalized thank you note cards that reflect your personality and are appropriate for the occasion.  You might need business stationery or fun personal stationery or more elegant wedding stationery, depending on the occasion.

To write a proper thank you note, here are some ideas to assist you:

1. Hand write the note as it’s much more personal, even if you don’t have the most beautiful handwriting.  Never type or print the notes.

2.  Stick with a formal greeting if you are not on a first name basis, such as “Dear Mr. Davidson”.  But if you are a personal friend or on a first name basis, you should start the message with the first name, such as “Dear Jamie”.

3.   Make the message personal.  In other words, try not to simply say “thank you for the gift”.  Mention something about the present that you liked and acknowledge that the gift is appreciated.

4.  When writing the note, use language that is heartfelt such as thoughtful, lovely, appreciated, cherished, adored, meaningful, enjoyed, considerate, grateful and valued.

5. Be very careful of your spelling and grammar when you write the note.  Look up spelling if you are unsure.

6.  Personal notes should end with a less formal closing such as “Love,” “With love,” or “Best wishes” and a business thank you should have a closing less personal such as “Sincerely” or “Best regards”.

7.  Carefully address the envelope in easy-to-read handwriting. Be sure to have a complete address including city, state and zip code.  Do not use a computerized sticker on the envelope.

8.  Be sure to use the proper amount of postage.  Square envelopes require additional postage.  Bring one note in the envelope to the post office if you want to be sure you are properly posting the envelopes.

9. Purchase a stamp that will match the occasion.  If your thank you notes are for wedding gifts, buy a stamp with a heart or the word love.  Check with the USPS for available options.   If you are sending thank you notes from holiday gifts, look for a holiday stamp for example.

10.  It’s best to send a thank you note as soon as possible.  Business thank you notes should be sent within 1-2 days when possible.  For social gifts, the time frame is much more lenient, however, try to send those notes out within 1-2 weeks, or on the outside, try to send personal thank you notes no later than 4 weeks.  Remember, it’s never too late to send a note after that time but acknowledge that you are belated in your thanks.

Happy thank you note writing!

Best wishes,

Renee

 

 

The History of Tervis Tumblers

12 May

This week we wanted to introduce you to some fascinating history of Tervis Tumbler, a unique line of high quality drinkware.  If you’ve never tried a Tervis cup or waterbottle you have a treat in store if you decide to try one.may-tervis

Tervis Tumblers don’t break, they can be washed in the dishwasher, they keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot, they are guaranteed for life and, as I’m sure you can tell, they are very unique. They can even be personalized to your specifications!

Back in 1946, in Detroit, engineers Frank Cotter and G. Howlett Davis hit on something big. They harnessed the natural insulating powers of air to create the first permanently sealed double-walled tumbler.  To this day, this original concept continues to keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, not to mention being virtually indestructible.  The two men combined the last three letters of each of their last names and dubbed their new drink ware brand “Tervis”.

Over future years, Cotter and Davis worked to refine and improve their designs.  The original tall, cylindrical tumbler evolved into additional sizes and products.  Tervis tumbler’s name is a leader in innovation.  The Donelly family purchased the Tervis product rights in the 1950’s and incorporated the Tervis Tumbler Company in 1967.

Today there is a wide selection of shapes, sizes, and hundreds of customizable designs, emblems and accessory combinations.  They are all made in the USA, in North Venice, Florida, where more than 400 people are employed through the family owned & operated business.

Enjoy your own Tervis tumbler, mug or water bottle!  They are great to use and make a wonderful gift for birthdays, housewarming, teacher gifts and more.  They make an excellent graduation gift, especially the water bottles with Collegiate Tervis featuring college logos and personalization!  This summer, enjoy your own Tervis Tumbler, perfect for the season as they do not break.

Best wishes,

Renee

Behind the Scenes – with Invitation Designer Anna Griffin

29 Apr

april-anna-001april-anna-003We’re continuing our Behind the Scenes features today with a focus on Invitations by Anna Griffin.   Her beautifully styled invitations and announcements are designed with luxurious patterns and florals which add elegance to any celebration.

Growing up in a family of artists, Anna Griffin’s inclination toward graphic design is no surprise. Gaining experience working with talents like Vera Wang, combined with her love of antiques, textiles and prints, inspired her company’s success and remarkable growth.

What is unique about Anna Griffin invitations? The intricate die cut designs, foil-stamped details, ribbon and embellishment found on these invitations will make your guests feel like they’ve received a gift when they open them. They are meant to make your occasion that much more special!april-anna-002

When it comes to her creative process, it’s interesting when she explains, “I have always been attracted to texture, layers and bows — whether it be for paper or for decorating. When I graduated from college, my first resume was printed on vellum. At that time vellum and the handmade floral inclusions papers were all the rage. I designed invitations with these elements as if I were designing them for myself.”

Griffin further expands that “the foundation for so many of my designs come from a vast archive of antique engravings that we reinterpret for today. We are so inspired by beautiful old-world art, and love making it new again! Trend and color research are another huge part of our creative process. We’re always on top of what’s happening in fashion and interior design, and those palettes and pattern trends come through on our invitations.”

As a result, her designs are a really amazing fusion of trendy and timeless. They are invitations that are fashion forward, but you could look back at your wedding invitation 20 years from now and feel like it was current.

The special presentation even goes into the shipping of the final package as all orders are wrapped in gorgeous tissue paper and shipped in beautiful gold boxes. Everything you receive from Anna Griffin is sure to be “beautiful in the making.”

Indeed we agree you will love announcing your new little one – or inviting guests to your next special event, whether it’s a  birthday party, Christmas party, Rehearsal Dinner or Anniversary party, with a gorgeous Anna Griffin invitation.