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Inside the Studio – Our Staff’s Current Obsessions

22 Jun

One might think that after 15 years of selling personalized gifts, our enthusiasm for new products would, let’s say, wane. But, much to our amazement, that’s never the case.  We are completely obsessed by all things personalized each and ever day.  Whether we’re reviewing a new product line, implementing virtual proofing for a new product or helping a customer on the phone, we see some special products, and we become obsessed!

Just like you, we simply love what we love. From the simply “oh so pretty” things to the gifts that impress.  From time to time, we will be sharing our own staff’s most current obsessions with you.  Although we are surrounded with personalized products each and every day (our offices are filled with personalized creations)  these are some of our staff’s “stand-outs of the moment”.  So, here, in the words of our team members, are our current faves!

I love the personalized playing cards. I play a lot of bridge and other card games with friends and everyone comments on me set of Personalized Playing Cards and wants to know where I got them. Also, my “go to” gift item is the Family Pride List Sheets.  Any time I need a “thank you” they fit the bill. Anything personalized lets your friends know that you have gone that “extra mile” to get them a special gift. - Sandy

I LOVE….I LOVE CUPCAKES! And we have so many cute cupcake items like our Cupcake Boxes, our Holly Cupcake Melamine Platter, and our Let Them Eat Cake Foldover Note Cards by Lilly Pulitzer, so adorable. Cupcakes are just the “perfect” make yourself happy treat! - Diane

My current favorite is our Classic White Note Cards.  The combination of the clean, modern typesetting and the colorful, fun liners make this a truly unique card.  I also like the Vintage Pop Note Card. Besides being a fun, bright design, I love that I can coordinate so many other items with it.! - Rob

I love that I can have all of my technology beautifully coordinated and protected with personalized skins, cases, sleeves and cases.  My iPhone case has a choice of a hard case or a tough case. Tough cases are new on our site and they are great.  For my iPad, I can use a matching Tech Skin to decorate it beautifully.  And my fully adorned iPad can then be placed in a matching personalized iPad Sleeve!  My computer also has a matching tech skin and I carry it in my personalized matching Laptop Case! – Joan

My family is currently obsessed with the Tervis Collegiate Water Bottles. They are our gift of the moment for our son’s friends who are graduating high school and leaving soon for college! - Renee G.

How many Napkins should I order?

13 Jun

Printed napkins are a practical, fun and affordable party accent.  They are a fabulous way to set the tone for the affair and bring in a theme or special color.   And determining the number of napkins that are needed for your event is very easy.

When entertaining, the number of napkins or guest towels needed depends on the type of affair you are hosting.  Whether your event is casual or formal, the recommendations below provide a guideline to the number of napkins typically ordered.  So whether you are planning a wedding, bridal shower or cocktail party, or a bar mitzvah,  baby shower, or birthday party, ordering the correct number of napkins will make your event easy to plan and outstanding to attend.

Formal Events
From black tie Weddings to beautiful Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Award Ceremonies or Corporate Affairs, we recommend that you purchase three to four Beverage Napkins per guest to be used for the cocktail hour and appetizers.  If you are having a sweet table, add in one to two extra Beverage Napkins per guest or you can consider Luncheon Napkins for a dessert table. Typically there will be a cloth napkin used for the meal.

Semi-Casual Events
For celebrations such as Baby Showers, Bridal Showers, Birthdays or Anniversaries,you will need two to three Beverage Napkins per guest to be used for beverages/cocktails and appetizers.   If you are having a sweet table and would like to lay out Beverage Napkins for that, add in one to two extra napkins per person.  Some like to use Luncheon Napkins for a dessert table and the quantity needed would be the same.  If you are providing a sit-down meal, you will need one Luncheon, Dinner or Guest Towel size napkin per guest for the meal, unless you are providing cloth napkins.

Casual Events
For these types of events, such as Picnics, Backyard Parties, Pool Parties, Bar-B-Ques or Family Holidays, we suggest ordering two to three Beverage Napkins per guest to be used for beverages and appetizers.  If you are having a special dessert table add one extra Beverage Napkin per guest, or you can use a Luncheon Napkin for the dessert table.  If serving a meal, you will also need to add one Luncheon Napkin, Dinner Napkin, or Guest Towel per guest, unless you are providing cloth napkins.

Cocktail Parties
For Cocktail Parties, order four or five Beverage Napkins per guest as these affairs usually involve heavy appetizers and drinks throughout the evening.  If you are having a dessert table or passed desserts, add one or two extra Beverage Napkins or order one or two Luncheon Napkins per guest. If you are offering a sit-down meal, add one Dinner Napkin or Guest Towel per guest for the meal, unless you are providing cloth napkins.

If you have a private washroom for your event, Guest Towels are typically used in the restrooms. Purchase one to two Guest Towels per guest for the restrooms. You can place more guest towels in the women’s washroom than in the men’s washroom.

Special Note

If you are offering passed appetizers, request that your servers pass out a napkin each time they serve an appetizer for the kindest service. If you are offering appetizer stations, request that your napkins are available at each station.

Printed napkins are one of our favorite accents for all types of celebrations.  They set the tone, they set a theme, and of course, they are very useful! Our Design Your Own Personalized Napkin offers a flexible product where you can determine your favorite imprint from text only, a monogram, or add a design. Our Design Your Own Printed Guest Towel is our most flexible guest towel.  And now it’s easier than ever to pick your color theme, pick your style and order the proper number for your event.

Remember to order napkins two to three weeks ahead of time.  Many napkins are printed within one week or less but you do want to be sure to allow time for delivery and time to bring your napkins to the venue.

Romantic Script Napkins

24 May

Romantic Script NapkinWhen a simple accent was made extraordinary it became the talk of the party. We created amazing cocktail napkins and guest towels for a special relative’s wedding. These Romantic Script napkins and used the most lovely ornate font for the couple’s names and date.  The swirls and swashes were elaborately typeset and printed on an ivory napkin with a satin bronze imprint. Instantly our everyday 3-ply napkins blossomed into a work of art and we fell head over heels in love. The font said it all. Romantic simplicity.  Stylized elegance.  Basic yet extravagant.

This particular wedding was so lovely, in fact, that it was covered in the Chicago edition of The Knot, summer 2012. We have created an opportunity for you to enjoy the same lavish napkin and guest towel accents at your next event.  Whether the napkins are for a wedding, a bridal shower, an anniversary party or a birthday celebration, the sumptuously adorned imprint will be remembered.

To create one-of-a-kind imprints with this magnificent lettering style, our trained graphics team hand-sets the napkin’s imprint when an order is placed. Offering a wide selection of napkin and imprint colors to coordinate with your event’s color palate, the Romantic Script napkins will be the standout at any event.