6 Tips on being a Gracious Guest

26 Nov

Being a Gracious GuestIt’s that time of year for holiday celebrations, from family get-togethers to Christmas Dinner. When you are invited to a dinner party, remember the huge amount of work that goes into cooking and preparing.  These occasions are a big deal for the host/hostess so it a great idea, and a thoughtful idea, if you make the little extra effort to be a great guest.

Here are some tips for the next time you are invited to a dinner party:

  1. Respond as quickly as possible to the invitation.  If you are very late to respond, it gives the impression that you’re not excited to attend.
  2. Always ask what you can bring to help.  Don’t worry if you’re asked to bring something that you are not comfortable making.  You can certainly pick up a beautiful cake, a great salad or other contribution if asked.  If you are a cook and love to make it yourself, even better.
  3. Arrive on time!  This is especially true if you are bringing an appetizer or food contribution that will be needed at the start of the event.  If you know you will be late for some reason, ask if you can drop off the item you are bringing earlier in the day if that’s convenient for the host.
  4. If you offer to bring something and are told that nothing is needed, still bring a hostess gift.  Consider some gorgeous pastries or muffins for their breakfast the next morning, flowers already in a vase or a plant that doesn’t need a lot of care (like an orchid). If you are interested in bringing something more memorable, order a personalized hostess gift.  Gifts such as a personalized candle, notepad set, printed cocktail napkins or custom monogrammed coasters will really be remembered.
  5. Try to help where you can throughout the evening.  Bring some dishes into the kitchen after each course and offer to help put away food.  When the dinner is over, help clean up, fold up chairs as needed, clearing everything off the table and so forth (with a smile on your face).
  6. And follow up with a written thank you note to let your host/hostess know how much you enjoyed the event, the meal and spending time with everyone.

Happy holidays,

Renee

Wedding Inspiration: New York City!

16 Nov

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Our latest wedding inspiration board is all about the Big Apple … New York City!  Whether you fell in love in New York, live there or just love everything about NYC, our wedding inspiration board will inspire you.  I particularly love our We love New York City Napkins.  I think they add such a fun element to the reception.  A NYC wedding is in style year round.  For flowers, you could get your inspiration from seasonal flowers of Central Park.

Get inspired with our picks:

We love New York City Napkins, Bridal Thank You Note Cards, We Love New York City Guest Towels, NYC Skyline Invitations, Love from New York Round Address Labels, Love From My State Round Address Labels, The Fifth Avenue Border Note Cards Collection, Maestro Double Old Fashioned Glassware Set, Tiffany Blue Box Diecut Invitations, Gold Lattice Printed Placecards, Create Your Own Twisted Handled Bags.

 

Other Image Sources:

Bride and Groom:http://www.refinery29.com/new-york-weddings?crlt.pid=camp.KOB723gJmaF3#slide-12

Table Setting:http://whimsicalwonderlandweddings.com/2013/04/cameron-house-wedding.html

Rooftop Ceremony:http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2014/02/17/new-york-city-loft-pink-gold-wedding/

Taxi Cab Place card Holder:https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.484511424013.270821.27221929013&type=3

Engagement Photo Shoot:http://www.stylemepretty.com/collection/1693/picture/2448438/

Cookies:https://www.theknot.com/real-weddings/a-modern-wedding-in-brooklyn-navy-yard-ny-album

Bride in Taxi Cab:http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/231419/jessica-and-cody-new-york-city#256685

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5 of our Favorite Very Merry Personalized Gift Ideas

12 Nov

It’s definitely gift season, that time of year when you carefully pick something you think will be enjoyed. We have called out 5 of our favorite personalized gift ideas that are items you might not have considered in the past.

Personalized Post-It Notes

1. Personalized Post-it® Notes. One of our favorite gift ideas. We mean, really…who gets these for themselves? But what a useful gift they will enjoy all year long! Perfect for little notes, messages and reminders for offices and homes. They are simply wonderful.

Cutting Boards2. Personalized Cutting Boards. Whether you select a glass or wood board, this is a really fun gift idea. The glass boards have great designs that can brighten up a kitchen and the wood ones are gorgeous and you can add a stand so it can become a room accent as well.
Personalized Barware3. Personalized Barware. We love giving a beautiful set of monogrammed wine glasses, high balls, micro brews or double old fashioned as a special holiday gift or housewarming present. We use them in our own homes too. Our guests are always impressed. These quality gifts quickly become a favorite, drink after drink.
Louisville Slugger4. A personalized Louisville Slugger baseball bat. Sports fans of all ages will be wowed by this special collectible. Anyway, who wouldn’t love the same quality bat that Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth used. With 120 years of experience, these are bats offer the best quality wood on the market and we offer them with a personalized name, just like the pros enjoy.
Personalized Stationery5. And, of course, a wonderful box of personalized stationery. Your recipient will certainly enjoy having easy access to a personal note card when they write their holiday thank yous this season and special love notes throughout the year.

Create your own list of personal favorite gifts and elevate your gift giving this season. Personalized gifts mean you took the time to pick out something especially for that someone special. It’s a great opportunity to be sure you select something not only fantastic but also something that will be well used.

Happy holidays!

Renee

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