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Our Valentine’s Day Pot Luck

13 Feb

Potluck

2015 Valentine’s Day Potluck at The Stationery Studio

Although it’s grey and gloomy outside our Chicago window, we are not letting that stop us at all.  Today we are celebrating the joy of Valentine’s Day and are throwing a Pot Luck lunch!   We are usually so busy planning months ahead that we sometimes miss enjoying the events currently happening.  But not today … today we are all about everything pink and red.

It’s normal for us to be planning a few holidays out … right now we’re working on Mother’s Day, Graduation, wedding season and Father’s Day.  We’ve been busy adding terrific items for those occasions such as brightly colored new wedding napkins, acrylic trays, stationery, photo graduation announcements and groomsmen/bridesmaid gift ideas!

But today, we are taking a moment and getting ready to enjoy an actual holiday at the right time of year!  It’s Friday February 13th (we’re not worried at all) and we are ready to enjoy a Valentine’s Day lunch with our office family.  We have all signed up to prepare one of our favorite dishes and we will certainly have a fabulous spread.  We’ll definitely enjoy a lot of treats as we talk about weekend plans, family, upcoming events, gifts we are giving this weekend, and sharing recipes of course (our specialty!).

It’s nice to take a time out to relax for an hour and forget about the cold winter outside – as we enjoy some hot chili, healthy salads, fruit tray (featuring rose-cut strawberries) and of course a bit (or more) of chocolate. So happy to celebrate a special time of year together!  There are a lot of upcoming occasions this year so you too can do the same either in your office or with your friends.  It’s fun and easy and a great way to show everyone that they are appreciated.

 

 

Charming New European Stationery

9 Aug

We are charmed to present an exquisite collection of stationery, Bohemia Correspondence Papers. This lovely line of elegant and fun correspondence cards is designed and produced in the classical European tradition by Jan Petr Obr.  Prepare to be dazzled.  Each piece of stationery is an individual work of art. This quality boxed stationery is created, manufactured and personalized in the fine old world tradition in Prague, Czech Republic.  These are special little works of art and we hope you will enjoy and appreciate the skilled artisan designs as much as we do.

These are truly lovely designs perfect for men, women and young adults.  Both sophisticated and stylish, these cards are clearly unique and produced with the finest care.  The timeless collection features engraved designs, like little charms, positioned carefully on textured hand-made paper.   In their printing shop, Jan Petr Obr creates stunning engraving dies. The handmade stationery is designed and produced in classic European tradition with process methods dating back to the 16th century.  The collection draws from an extensive library of historic engravings, antique maps, botanicals and art nouveau designs.

The mouldmade paper is supplied by Bohemia Papers, a small distinguished mill located just outside of Prague using the same paper-making technique that has been virtually unchanged for over 300 years. The mill is located in a 16th Century manor house.  From start to finish each sheet passes through the hands of the papermaker 10 times.  Originating from the technique of paper making by hand, mould made paper is often referred to as handmade but there are distinct differences.  The mould is not held by hand but instead is replaced by a slowly rotating cylinder mould which picks up the paper stock from a vat.  Mouldmade paper therefore ideally combines the uniformity of machine papers with the individual character of handmade papers.

The stationery has a characteristic natural edge and felted surface. Every box of stationery gives a personal nod to the skilled artist that impressively engraved or hand-printed the stationery.  Sets of 100 or more are personalized using a letterpress imprint, which is a lovely addition at no extra charge.  For those who appreciate the art of letter writing and quality old world stationery with a modern twist, this collection is something you will truly admire and enjoy.

How many invitations should I order?

12 Jul

One of the most important details when ordering an invitation is to ensure that you order enough at the start.  How can you be sure you order enough?  That’s easy…

Whether it’s an Anniversary Party or a Rehearsal dinner, a baby shower or a bridal shower, before you order, we strongly encourage that you prepare an exact guest list. Ordering the correct number of invitations initially (plus a few extras just in case) makes good sense for many reasons.  It will add extra cost and time if you have to reorder a small number later on.

Determining the number of invitations you need for a party is easy but there are a few details that deserve a reminder.  Remember not to order the same number of invitations as the number of guests on your guest list.  Married couples get just one invitation.  Families with young children that are also invited also just get one invitation.  Young adults aged 18 or older (even if they are still living at home) get their own invitation.  And all single adults (or adults with a guest) just get one invitation.

Be sure to order some extra invitations as many people find that they remember additional last minutes guests.  Also, sometimes envelopes are incorrectly addressed and there is a need for a new one.  And it’s a nice touch to frame an invitation when it’s for an important event or to place it into a memory book.

Once the invitations are addressed and ready to mail, take your completed invitations to a U.S. post office so they can weigh and measure the stuffed invitations to ensure proper postage.  Some over-sized invitations or square invitations may require additional charges.  While you are there, select an attractive coordinating stamp.  If it’s a holiday party you may want a Christmas stamp.  If it’s a rehearsal dinner you may want a love stamp.

Finally, remember to check and double-check the details to be printed on your invitations before ordering.  Carefully review the spelling of the venue, the party day/date, the address, the time, the spelling of all host’s names,  the Rsvp phone number and/or email address and any other critical elements.  These details all must be absolutely correct when ordering!  Once the invitations are mailed, keep careful track of the replies and start finalizing party details such as placecards, printed napkins, favor bags and bar accessories, to name a few.