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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,


Ideas for Planning a First Communion Party

5 May

firstcommunionOver the weekend, we celebrated my twin daughters first communion.  My son also happened to make his confirmation so we had an opportunity to celebrate two big events at once!  We hosted a party for family and close friends and I really enjoyed working on all the fun little touches to make the day special.  I was inspired a lot by Pinterest and the great ideas you can find on there.  I wanted to share some of my ideas for those of you planning a first communion or confirmation party.  A lot of these ideas could be used for a bridal shower, a baby shower, graduation, birthday party … you get the idea.


To set the tone, I made this DIY banner to hang on my fireplace.  I bought a pack of chalkboard banners and used a stencil.  I used something called a permanent chalkboard marker to fill in the letters.  I thought it added a very “Pinterest” looking accent!


I love flowers and found these galvanized tins with tulips in them at my local hardware store.  I simply added some Spanish Moss and put them at each table for dinner.  You can give them to Godparents to take home, too!


I used this gorgeous First Communion Invitation from The Stationery Studio.  I loved the fresh, Spring look of the invite!  I also used these first communion napkins for appetizers, dessert and the drink station.  I must have heard “Wow, these napkins are great!” at least 5 times that evening.


Now these handpainted chalices are something my daughters did with their first communion class.  But I thought they would be a great idea for any child making their first communion to do with their family by visiting your local clay painting store.  They make wonderful decorations during the party and are a great keepsake from their special day.


I love giving away favors at the end of a party!  These custom cookies were made at a local bakery.  Everyone got to take home one after the party.  You can always add personalized gift tags to make them even more special!


And the best part of the day?  Being able to celebrate with their Great Grandpa who will be 90 this year!

If you have some great party ideas, feel free to share them in the comments.  I love to hear new ideas or if you plan to use some of the ones I shared from my party.



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.