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Collegiate Stadium Blankets for Back to School

20 Aug

Stadium BlanketsWoven stadium blankets featuring collegiate insignias make a great back-to-school present.  These woven collegiate blankets are also available with fraternity and sorority letters.  For that special student in your life, a officially licensed collegiate blanket is the ideal gift that will be well used and a great accent in their dorm room, sorority or fraternity house room or apartment.

They can show their school pride with this super soft, 100% cotton stadium blanket. These are officially-licensed stadium blankets which use 3 layers of heavy-weight cotton fabric combined with high-quality designs directly woven in. It is fringed on all four sides and measures a generous 48″x69″. The blanket is machine washable and has been pre-washed.

These blankets are produced by weavers using the latest computer based looms using the finest cotton from two world class dye houses located within a mile from the mill to create this heirloom quality product.  All the blankets are made in America.

For those in a fraternity or sorority looking for a great addition to their room, consider a quality officially licensed fraternity blanket or sorority blanket.  They will surely make a hit with your recipients.

These are the type of presents that will be treasured and well used by the recipient for many years.  Always appreciated, a stadium blanket will keep the user warm at football games, make an attractive wall hanging in their dorm room or apartment, and be the type of item they will really love to use.

Help them have a great school year!

Renee

Whimsical Napkins Perfect Even for Formal Weddings

9 Aug

Wedding CoupleThe family wedding I attended recently, in honor of Carly and Jason Bradford, was one of the outstanding weddings you can imagine. From the flowers to the table settings to the absolutely gorgeous bride and groom, the entire night was magical.  And I had the pleasure and privilege of helping with the printed napkins for the rehearsal dinner and the reception.

The rehearsal dinner was at Manny’s Deli in Chicago, a family tradition for over 70 years.  It’s not unexpected to run into Chicago politicians, mayors, visiting presidents and celebrities there, plus the who’s who in the city.  A true highlight for visitors to Chicago, it’s located in the south loop and is a “must see”.

Manny's DelicatessenThe rich history surrounding Manny’s is shown in their dining room with walls decorated with news clippings, reviews, snapshots, and memorabilia demonstrates how deeply Chicagoans treasure this historic restaurant.  This is an institution in Chicago serving up daily doses of stacked corned beef, potato pancakes, brisket, soups and all the traditional deli extras that you would expect.

As a selection for a wedding rehearsal dinner, there were napkins featuring fun phrases that were a bit unexpected but uniquely fun and indeed perfect for this union. The fun napkins were used for the appetizers, drinks and desserts.  Napkins featuring expressions like “Nosh Drink and Be Married” and “One Day Away” make a fun accent to a wedding celebration!

aug-wedding-napkinsThe next night, The Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing was the setting for the wedding and unlimited doses of romance.  The famous and gorgeous works of art provided backgrounds for photographs that will be cherished for years.  Some of the memorable photographs include the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall, who infused his landscape of familiar American icons, references to Chicago, and symbols of the fine arts with an ethereal approach.  And there is the famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painted in 1884 by Georges Seurat, not to mention the many sculptures ideal as artistic backdrops.

aug-wedding-artInstituteThe truly romantic evening featured absolutely gorgeous flowers and candles which enhanced the beautiful ceremony, not to mention the exceptional wedding gown and grooms tux, wonderful music, plus a ceremony intertwined with a story of love, romance, and family history.
Wedding CeremonyThe table settings enhanced the wedding reception and was a masterpiece of style and sophistication.  Both the monogram and duogram with wedding date were selected to be used on many of the printed wedding essentials featuring the artwork used on the wedding invitation, itinerary, wedding program, place cards and more.  This monogram was created in a romatic typestyle featuring the intertwining of the bride and groom’s initials representing their love and union.

Cutting the Wedding CakeHalf the napkins and guest towels provided featured a formal traditional approach, featuring the monogram and duogram.  The other half used at the wedding bar and appetizer stations, were a bit more on the fun side and unexpected, but lovely!  They added a dose of whimsy to printed napkin at this formal affair.  These napkins were also ideal for the couple’s bar during the reception and made for a relaxed yet upbeat and still perfectly elegant presentation.

Wedding Cocktail NapkinsFor your next occasion, consider a variety of traditional and whimsical printed wedding napkins to be used in various locations within your special occasion!

Have fun planning and enjoy all the beautiful events in your life.

Best regards,

Renee

Photo credit:  Carasco Photography

Christmas Cards with Summer Pictures

30 Jul

Summer Holiday CardsAre you a planner?  I’ve been accused of being a big planner.   I think that’s a good thing.  Why wait until the last minute when there might not be enough time to get all your details together.

For me, summer is a great time to take a beautiful family picture on vacation, at the beach, at a family picnic, or by the pretty flowers in your garden.  These are the sort of pictures that can really be a feel good shot when received at holiday time on a Christmas Card or Hanukkah Card.  Remembering a great summertime celebration and seeing all the kids in their cute summer clothes is a breath of fresh air on a snowy day!

This is a great time to gather all those nice pictures and consider which holiday card fits your style.  There are many to pick from and you will love the options.  Perhaps you’ll like a card with foil accents, a die cut card in a great medallion shape, a traditional card such as a border card from Crane & Co. or a whimsical design that suits your fancy.

Another really great benefit for ordering months ahead is that you have a long time to work on the addressing of the envelopes.  There is no rush at a time of year when you have a lot of fall activities and winter parties.  It’s a surprise how pleasant it can be to address envelopes when you are not under any deadline!

So enjoy and plan ahead this year!

Best wishes,

Renee