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WIN a Personalized Emoji Party from The Stationery Studio and Wilton!

16 Jun

Emoji SweepstakesThe emoji trend is still going strong.  Emoji’s are everywhere from your smartphone to pillows to notepads.  The Stationery Studio created an entire line of personalized emoji products for those who can’t get enough.  We also partnered with Wilton for a fantastic Emoji party giveaway!

You can win everything featured to host your own emoji party: Emoji birthday invitations, Emoji plastic plates, Emoji plastic cups, Emoji napkins, Emoji Thank You notes and a Wilton decorating pack.  Total value of this party package is worth over $350!  To enter and for official rules, click here.  Last day to enter will be June 29, 2016.  Winners will be announced on July 1, 2016.

Our next blog post will feature a recipe for cocoa meringue emoji cookies sure to be a hit at any emoji party.

Emoji Cookies(c)2016 Wilton Industries, Inc. Used with permission.

Sophisticated Outdoor Entertaining with Disposable Placemats

11 Jun

20160608-placematsWith summer here now, we love it when we can enjoy our backyard.  Between the flowers in the garden, some fun music and great food, a relaxing time can be had by all.  Just a little BBQ, salad and some iced drinks or wine, and the day is complete.

To make things picture perfect and for easy entertaining, this summer try some disposable heavy weight paper or durable laminated placemats!  There are so many patterns and styles and they are so pretty.

Our wide range of designs ensures you can find the right placemat for every occasion. From lemons and flowers to confetti and hearts, you’ll find perfect designs for general entertaining, birthday celebrations, kids parties and more.

You’ll get a ton of compliments and they work so much nicer than a table cloth, especially on table with an umbrella stand in the middle. And with a personal imprint or monogram, they will bring your entertaining to the next level. They add the finishing touch to any special event and make clean-up a breeze!

To add a few more easy entertaining elements, consider a great set of personalized plastic plates, custom cocktail napkins, or  disposable cups.   Also, our Tervis Tumblers are shatterproof and great for outdoor entertaining.

Enjoy the summer weather and make your entertaining easy and stylish this season!

Best wishes,



10 Tips for Spring Party Planning

13 Feb

Are you getting ready for spring to appear?  I know I am.  It’s still winter, of course, in Chicago and although we haven’t had a lot of snow, we have had our share of cold gloomy days.  We can all use some sunshine and flowers to cheer us up.  So it’s the perfect time to start thinking about planning a Spring Party.  We have a host of floral invitations which are perfect for bridal luncheons, spring birthdays, baby showers and other events you are planning for spring.  Won’t it be fun to start thinking about the pretty invitations, guest list and centerpieces?

Here are 10 Tips for your Spring Party Planning!Spring Party Planning

  1. Pick a fabulous party invitation! A pretty floral invitation works wonderfully for a spring party and can set the tone for your event.  There are so many and having them personalized adds a professional touch to your event.  Remember to mail out your invitations for a bridal shower, birthday or luncheon about 4-6 weeks before your event.
  2. Determine the type of party you are planning.   For bridal showers and birthdays and baby showers, it’s very nice to offer a pretty luncheon, either at your home, in your garden or at restaurant or club.  For luncheon menus, think light fare such as salads, grilled seasonal vegetables, grilled chicken or salmon and fruit salads.  Evening spring cocktail parties are nice too for adult birthday parties and couples showers. If you are hosting a cocktail party, consider bbq, sandwiches, fruit kababs, seasonal vegetable crudité, pretty platters of cheeses and grapes and chocolate covered treats.  Spring is a great time to lighten things up and cater the foods of the season.  Spring fruits and vegetables include  apricots, artichokes,  asparagus, avocados, carrots, pineapples, mangoes and peas.
  3. Select your party color theme.  You can use the tones for your pretty table cloths, place mats, candles, plates, napkins and other table accents from the flowers you want to use for your table or from the color theme on your invitation.  Using the right blend or colors will make your event pop and look like it is all pulled together effortlessly.
  4. Use spring flowers for your centerpieces.  From tulips to peonies to the lovely iris, the colors and shapes of spring flowers are gentle, feminine and very pretty.   Let the colors of the blooms set the tone for your upcoming spring event.  From the many shades of pink, purple, white, yellow and red, you can determine whether there is one that is your favorite or which ones you want to mix together for your party palette.  If you want a stunning and elegant option, select all white blooms and use white tea candles surrounding them. Very chic indeed.
  5. Consider the type of drinks you will be serving.  No need to go overboard on a huge bar and all those fancy drinks for luncheons.   Spring means a big punch bowl filled with Sangria, lemonade or ice tea.  Serve in great glasses or jars with straws and you will make a great impression.  We also suggest printed shatterproof disposable glasses themed to your event.
  6. Printed napkins can make the event very special.  Consider adding printed napkins for the cocktails and appetizers and select pretty colors that coordinate with your invitations and table decorations.  Imprint your event such as “Bella’s Bridal Shower” or something similar and they instantly become more than fabulous!  There are guest towel sizes and luncheon sizes that are wonderful for the meal and will be a great addition.
  7. Think about the table treats.  Remember to put out some pretty candies or nuts on your tables.  Or, those wonderful french macaroons are wonderful and come in all sorts of pretty spring colors, like pistachio, melon, lemon and more.  So elegant and fun.  Have you ever seen the ones from Ladurée?  They are a french pastry house since 1862 that makes the absolutely most gorgeous and delicious treats.  If you can ever try some or order some for an event, you won’t be disappointed!  Oh, what wonderful favors they would make for your guests!
  8. Desserts are very important.  Once your luncheon or cocktail party is in the final phase, you’ll want to bring out some pretty desserts, cupcakes or a large special cake.  Everyone loves their treats!  A cake themed to the event makes a for a special moment at the party.  Visit your local bakery if you are not planning on baking it yourself and you should find many wonderful ideas.  Or, consider a bakery which can create an edible photo on your cake, surrounded by pretty edible spring flowers.
  9. Thank You Notes are a special gift. It would be lovely to order a box of personalized thank you notes for the guest of honor.  That will be one present that will be unexpected and truly appreciated.  You can never go wrong with something basic and featuring their name or monogram.  You can be sure they will be used to thank all the guests for the presents they will be bringing to the party.
  10. Pick out a special favor for the guests. Anything small and pretty from a little jar of jam, a pretty candle,  a handmade craft item, or even a help-yourself candy jar with cute little personalized bags waiting in the ready are lovely as a party favor.  We also recommend fun little mason jars filled with cookies or little clear paint jars with gumballs.  They’re adorable and they come finished and personalized!  Personalized bags with imprints like “Love & Kisses from Bella and Jon” would be very cute on the bags as a final send-off.  Or, a personalized favor tag can do the same, when attached to your jar of jam or other treat.  Farewell favors are always appreciated by the guests.

Have fun and happy spring party planning!