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Which Napkin Sizes are Best for Holiday Entertaining?

22 Nov

Holiday Napkins at The Stationery StudioIf you are planning on hosting a holiday gathering, cocktail party or dinner, holiday napkins will add a fun and festive touch. But which size should be ordered?  We hear this question time and again so here is a quick review.

For appetizers or cocktails, beverage napkins are the ideal choice and are our most popular size. Beverage napkins measure approximately 5 by 5 inches square and feature precise printing, a magnificent extensive array of designs, both traditional and contemporary styles, and imprints of your choice. Whether your prefer our confetti dot designs, Christmas nutcrackers, holly leaves or jingle bells to elegant sentiments such as Happy Holidays or Merry Christmas, we have a large selection you will love.

For Place Settings or guest powder rooms select the guest towel size.  Guest towels are paper and measure approximately 4.5 by 8 inches and come in many colors and styles. You can select the imprint color of your choice and easily pick from a great selection of styles and designs to match your beverage napkins or select a complimentary pattern or design.

For Buffets or Place Settings we recommend the Dinner-sized napkins, which measure a generous 8 by 8 inches approximately and are available in many styles. Dinner napkins come in a range of designs to match or be complimentary to your beverage napkins from fun confetti dot designs to the more traditional holiday wreaths, Christmas tree designs and more.  Many like to put a pile of dinner size napkins on a buffet for their guests to use and enjoy. Some like to fold them in half and place them at a place setting. Or, they are a nice size to roll and place into a napkin ring. Consider how you will use them when you select the napkin you are ordering and where the imprint will appear.

For Christmas morning, a brunch or for heavy appetizers, we recommend Luncheon napkins which measure approximately 6.5 inches square. You can select your favorite seasonal colors plus we’ll add the design of your choice and your imprint in your selected color. Our luncheon napkins include standard, fun and festive designs.

Napkin Gift SetsFor Hostess Gifts, we are always excited to give a set of beverage napkins.  Also, a nice set of personalized guest towels also make a thoughtful hostess gift.  If you are planning on attending a party, dinner or special event, order a set in advance and send to the hostess to use or bring with you so they can be enjoyed at a future celebration.  We also offer boxed napkin hostess sets which are a fun present.

We offer many printed napkin materials in addition to quality 3-ply napkins we refer to as Luxury Napkins.  Our luxury styles include a thick and elegant Deville, shimmery Masslinn, elegant embossed Carte in white, ivory, gold, silver and copper, thick and wonderful Linen-like and Caspari designs which feature wonderful patterns and colors and classic styles. Our pricing, production time and dedication to perfection with our napkins is impressive and you will love the finished product.

Happy holidays,

Renee

Q & A with Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew

31 Aug

Elizabeth Mayhew

Meet our Tastemaker Elizabeth Mayhew!

Photo: Elizabeth Mayhew Instagram

Elizabeth Mayhew is currently the Brand Editor for Reese Witherspoon’s Southern-inspired brand, Draper James, a contributing editor at NBC’s Today Show and a monthly columnist for The Washington Post. She also is the author of FLIP! for Decorating (Ballantine). She has worked for a number of publications including REAL SIMPLE, House Beautiful, Southern Living, and Woman’s Day.

We are inspired by her Instagram posts which usually involve beautiful scenery shots and gorgeous baked goods. She has a keen eye for unique {and memorable} hostess gifts. We hope you enjoy getting to know her!

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What is your favorite thing about being the brand editor for Draper James?

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I love working with the dynamic and very talented staff of Draper James. From the design team to the store associates, everyone who works at the company embodies the positive Southern values that Reese Witherspoon, the company’s founder, established from the beginning. It’s a happy brand, where grace, charm, kindness, and good manners are prized. Plus I love the clothes!

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What is one thing anyone can do to update their home?

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Install dimmers on all of your light switches! The proper lighting can easily transform a room from looking like an overlit hospital waiting room to a warm and inviting sitting room.

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We know you love to bake. What is your favorite dessert to bring to a get together?

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I bake every weekend and post images on Instagram, so my friends who follow me usually call to put in an order. My go-to dessert to bring to a party is some sort of pie, mostly because pies transport easily. The variety I make depends on the season—fruit pies for summer, cream pies for spring, and nut pies for fall and winter. I get the most requests for my lime pie (you could use key limes too, but they are harder to find).

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

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You are the queen of an amazing hostess gift. What is your one go-to that’s always a hit?

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I have three go-to hostess gifts: if I plan well ahead, I like to order personalized guest towels from The Stationery Studio. If I have time the day or night before a party, I will bake a sweet bread, like banana bread and wrap it up in a dish towel so that the host has breakfast the next morning. If I have no time, I draw from my stash of Draper James Orange Blossom Special Candles—it’s my favorite scent!

Banana Bread

Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Mayhew

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What do you enjoy doing in your downtime?

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I love to bake of course (see above!), but I also am a big reader. A few of my recent favorites are: A Gentleman from Moscow by Amor Towles, The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee, What She Ate by Laura Shapiro, and Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. And if you haven’t read the Neopolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante, you should!

Book images: Amazon

2015 Holiday Gift Picks

17 Nov

nov-giftGuide2It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  Are you looking for that perfect Christmas or Hanukkah gift for family and friends this year?  Tired of the mall and trying to find just the right purse or sweater?   Have you ever thought about giving a personalized present?  It adds such a nice touch.  And it immediately elevates the product to something really unique and special.

It’s easy to find something great for that special person with our Holiday Gift Picks.  We’ve recently published an easy-to-shop guide which you can browse and see many areas which feature our top 10 gift picks and bestsellers.  The guide features many categories including Women, Men, Christmas, Hanukkah, Boys, Girls, Teens, Gift Packaging, Collegiate Gifts, Baby Gifts, Hostess Gifts, Sport Themed Gifts, DIY Cooking Gift Packaging Ideas, Pet Gifts, Party Items, Thank You Cards and Holiday Cards.

From a great box of notepads, a personalized set of Post-it Notes, to an engraved cutting board, a great set of coasters, custom printed stationery, monogrammed wine glasses, perfectly printed notepads for their desk, or printed luggage tags for their upcoming trip, you can find something absolutely wonderful and useful.  So visit our Holiday Gift Picks for the start of some great ideas!

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Within each category check out the great ideas we’ve curated or click on the gift box at the end of each category to be brought to our main boutique for each section where you can typically find hundreds of additional selections.

Best wishes for a fun, easy and happy holiday season!

Renee

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