Summer Bucket List for Kids

4 Jun

Kids everywhere are gearing up for Summer break.  Sleeping in, hanging out with their friends, and the inevitable “I’m bored!” that makes Moms cringe.  A few years ago a friend of mine shared something with me that my kids loved.  She put together a poster board titled “Summer Fun Checklist” with ideas of things to do/accomplish over the summer.  She asked her kids for some ideas and put some of her own on it.  The goal is to complete the checklist by the end of summer.  Some people call this their “Summer Bucket List” and either way, it’s a fun way to check-off things to do with your family.

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All you need to do is search Pinterest or Google for ideas – there are plenty out there!  I like the simplicity of this one I found on howtonestforless.com.  Have you ever done a summer checklist or summer bucket list with your kids?  What “must have” activities did you include on yours?  Share in the comments below.  I’d love to hear what you and your family includes!

xoxo,
Jennifer

 

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How Many Napkins Are Needed for a Party?

1 Jun

may-napkins-004We absolutely love personalized napkins!  They are an affordable way to add some panache to your party and also very useful!  If you are wondering how many napkins to order, determining the correct number of napkins to order is easy!   First consider how the napkins will be used for your event.  Napkins generally come in 4 sizes.  Beverage size (also knows as Cocktail size) are a smaller square size and used for drinks and appetizers.  Luncheon napkins are a medium square size and often used for desserts or heavy appetizers.  Dinner napkins are a large square and used for meals.  And Guest Towels are longer rectangles and used for either a meal or in the washroom.may-napkins-003

For smaller events, such as a rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, birthday party or cocktail party, you can count on using approximately 2-3 beverage size napkins for drinks and appetizers per person. For the meal, normally cloth napkins are provided by the venue or you might want to order guest towels or dinner napkins, about 1 per person is sufficient.  If you are having a sweet table selection add 1-2 cocktail or luncheon napkins per guest.

For larger more formal events such as weddings, bar/bat mitzvahs, corporate functions or fundraisers, we suggest ordering at least 3-4 beverage napkins per guest as there are generally more appetizers, bartenders generally give out a napkin with each drink.  If there are several bar stations, add an additional 1-2 napkins per person to account for supplying the bars with ample napkins.  If there will be a sweet table add 1-2 more beverage napkins per guest or luncheon napkins are nice too.  Typically outside venues will provide cloth napkins for the meal.  If there is a private washroom order 1-2 guest towels per guest.

For semi-casual parties or casual events such as a 50th birthday party, a pool party or a graduation celebration, we’d suggest ordering 2-3 beverage napkins per guest for appetizers and drinks.  If also using for desserts add 1 beverage or luncheon napkin per guest.  For the meal itself, either use cloth napkins or order 1 guest towel or dinner napkins per guest, with some extras.

For washrooms, as an extra nice accent, order guest towels for the washroom(s). If you are at an outside venue, and if you have private washrooms for your event, it’s nice to order 1-2 guest towels per person (place a few more in the ladies room than in the men’s room).  If you are planning the event in your home, place a stack of guest towels in your washroom for your guests to use.

Printed napkins are one of our favorite accents for all types of celebrations.  They set the tone, a theme, and of course, they are just so pretty!  And if you keep the imprint neutral, such as a monogram, you can certainly use any leftover napkins around the house for when guests drop by!

Best wishes,
Renee

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How do I select a Personalized Napkin?

26 May

Napkins for All OccasionsIf you are planning an upcoming event, a popular addition to your party supplies will be personalized napkins.  There are many styles, colors, and materials of napkins and while the selection is large, choosing can actually be very easy. Selections have been carefully curated to provide ideas and styles appropriate to your event.

To begin, select consider the theme of your event and how you will be using the napkins.  Next, determine the style napkin you like.  We offer everything from our party-quality 3-ply napkins to a number of luxury napkin styles including masslinn napkins made of 100% rayon fibers, air-laid and patterned napkins by Caspari, luxurious DeVille napkins with a linen-texture finish, embossed Carte napkins that are strikingly beautiful, thicker linen-like printed napkins and more.  All these choices offer quality and style.  But you may visually like one over another as they offer different finishes, colors and styles, some more elegant, some more basic, but all personalized perfectly.

Generally napkins come in 4 sizes (beverage, luncheon, dinner and guest towel).  Beverage size is for cocktails & appetizers.  Luncheon is for heavier appetizers or desserts.  Dinner size is for meals.  And guest towels can be for meals or for washrooms.  You will select a size and a style when you view your napkins online.  Browse by the type of event you are planning (such as a cocktail party, Halloween party, baby shower or wedding).

When it comes to your imprint, there is no right or wrong but we would suggest that you stick to something appropriate to your event.  Perhaps you want a happy birthday message or an happy anniversary sentiment, a formal wedding imprint including the wedding couple’s name, or maybe just a monogram for a great classic statement.    There are casual fonts and formal fonts, logos to provide accent artwork, photo napkins for a personal touch, or modern or traditional monogram.

Once you make a selection, utilize the proofing tool and add your own text to see how it will look.  You will be able to select color options for many of the napkins to generate the perfect look for your celebration.  When selecting personalization colors, generally darker imprint colors work well on lighter napkins.  And lighter imprint colors work well on darker napkins. The color of your napkins can be an accent to the event’s theme, such as black & orange for Halloween or gold for a 50th wedding anniversary, or perhaps you simply want to select napkins that are classic sophisticated accents such as navy, black or ivory.

If you are planning a larger event it’s fun to mix colors such as navy & ivory, or hot pink & lime.  But if you do mix colors, consider keeping the same imprint color on all the napkins.  For example, if you select hot pink & lime napkins, perhaps imprint them all in white.  They will all tie in together if one element stays the same.   Or, another option is to select the same napkin color and then imprint in different colors – for instance all white napkins but imprint some in orange, some in hot pink and some in turquoise, as an example.

Enjoy your upcoming event and happy party planning!

Best wishes,

Renee

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