So Christmas and Hanukkah, or as some celebrate Christmakah, is over. The stores are packed with not only those looking for a great sale, but those returning gifts that were bought either with a lot of thought or very quickly by their friends or family. Either way, the subject of regifting comes up.
There are a few reasons to regift items:
1. You are too lazy to wait on line to return the gift.
2. You project ahead that you will be too lazy or have a lack of time to buy a birthday gift for the next party you are invited to.
3. You have to save your spare change for groceries and can't be thinking about buying gifts for others, so you need to give the gifts you already have.
Let's clarify the meaning of regifting. It is not giving something you have already used like in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, Chevy Chase's aunt wraps up her cat and gives it as a gift. We are talking about regifting an item that was given to you and is not used by the giver or you (the receiver).
When to not regift.
Example 1. We had a Christmas party and everyone brought wine. That is 20 bottles of wine we received with no tags to say who they were from. So that means we cannot regift these bottles to any dinners we show up to involvimg any of the guests from our party.
Example 2. If a friend or family member gives you a gift that they expect to see used by you. For example, I received a kitchen item that I do not need by my dad. And although I appreciate his thoughtfulness it will most likely lie in my cabinet...that is until he comes to visit. He always ask me about the item, so this is a case when not to regift.
All in all, don't feel guilty about regifting once in awhile, everyone does it. It's a trend!
A record number of couples were planning far off destination weddings this month. Las Vegas ranked number one followed by tropical locations such as Mexico. After all that was said this past year and yet to come, everyone just wants to have some fun (Vegas Baby)!
Way back in September of 2008, when most of us were getting ready for kids to go back to school and see autumn leaves fall, the fashion industry was getting ready for spring 2009 at Fashion Week in New York. While we may have been thinking pumpkins and Halloween, the global experts of color were thinking of spring blooms and vibrant hues. Pantone, the authority on color, influences all facets of design-- from clothing, to home, and stationery. Pantone has predicted that this season we'll be seeing bright colors paired with with deeper, translucent or neutral tones.You can find a whole report of spring colors here, including sketches from top designers like Reem Acra, Nanette Lapore, Rebecca Taylor (who's sketch is featured above), and Kimora Lee Simmons. To bring color and style to paper, shop invitations by color or colorful stationery.
Featured above, pantone spring colors lavender, salmon rose, palace blue, dark citron, super lemon, lucite green, fuchsia red, rose dust, slate gray, and vibrant green. A sketch by Rebecca Taylor, Pearly Pink Shimmer Invitation by William Arthur, and Birds of a Feather Invitation by Red Leaf Papers.
Brand new Jean M invitation designs are available online! This brand specializes in simple and elegant designs. The place cards and menu cards coordinate and mix well with other invitations too. Mixing, matching and layering is the name of the game with Jean M as they do not overpower each other.The quality shows in the heavier weight paper stock as well as the ink choices. Some print in Flat or shiny foils and some in thermography. With the holidays almost over, the tropical designs are giving me something elso to look forward too! I got a call early this morning by a newly engaged friend (congratulations Mella) and I am hoping for a summer wedding trip to Michigan rather than a winter one! We will see...
Many brides fall in love with the tradition and ritual that encompasses the wedding planning process. I was one of them. I asked every woman in my life what her wedding was like, what her favorite part was, what her parents wedding was like, and tons of other questions about how it feels to be a bride and a wife. I think weddings are a tradition of sharing so I think it's great to extend traditional style to invitations as well. Don't get me wrong, I love funky and hip weddings as well- but I think sometimes traditional can be a beautiful start.
In the image above, I picked two traditional wedding invitations that have a very victorian look. The less look rings in at $91 per 100 (a wow price). It is a basic white card printed in thermography with a decorative monogram at the top. Swirls are printed above and below the monogram giving it that victorian feel. The luxe look dives further into the victorian motif with a shimmering champagne wrap embossed with a victorian floral design and a champagne satin ribbon. At $372 per 100 it is a regal and glamorous choice.
In conclusion, you can get the look for less if that's what you need. Here's a hint- typically pockets, jackets, and ribbons add to the cost of the invitation. They are beautiful embellishments to indulge in if you can. But, if you can't, you can definitely carry the theme of your wedding through a less expensive invitation. And, if you need help- let me know in a comment below!
I am so excited to share a post on Parents.com from the fabulous Jennifer Sbranti of Hostess with the Mostess. This article features the baby shower theme "Wild Thing" and combines the best of the jungle with the height of style. Jennifer chose to feature our Zebra Pink invitation and Giraffe Linen invitation because they are a "mix of funky and chic". We can't help but agree.
Also featured in this article are great ideas for food (pinapple chicken skewers- yum!), decor, favors, and even an awesome soundtrack including the following:
"Welcome to the Jungle" - Guns N' Roses, "Real Wild Child" - Iggy Pop, "Born to Be Wild" - Steppenwolf, "Wild Thing" - The Troggs, "Wild World" - Cat Stevens, and Jungle Boogie" - Kool & the Gang
Here we go, part 2! Acheiving the perfect look for your wedding is difficult no matter how much money you are able to spend. Even bagillionaires have to make decisions when it comes to their wedding style. That's why I hope to prove you can make a theme happen with the right elements, without spending a ton.
Today's theme is vintage damask. I chose olive as the main color because olive is demure and understated next to an intricate pattern like damask flourishes. Olive also feels instantly vintage because it's a natural color. It can be easily paired with any neutal color-- black and white, mocha or cream.
The invitations featured above are from two very different price points,and here's why: The less look is digitally printed, meaning the wording, the design and the background color are all printed at once. This process allows companies like us to offer tons of designs at an affordable price. The luxe look on the other hand is thermography printed, meaning the design is preprinted on the card and the wording is printed using a combination of ink and heat. Read Kyle's explanation of thermography here. The luxe look is completed with a vellum wrap and a large and soft satin ribbon.
What would happen if an artistically savvy individual turned to truly great cinema for wedding advice and inspiration? Another unique and grand moment in time! This georgeous wedding photo was inspired by the epic movie "The Godfather". I would have never known though because it was done so elegantly (no need for 70's peach chiffon here and hold the hairspray)! Thanks to my BFF (one of the bridesmaids) for sharing this photo and the inside scoop. Whatever the movie of choice is (Grease, Walk the Line, or James Bond) the movie watching will be a fun and clever brainstorming session. Be forewarned, themed weddings can be a slippery slope into Princess Leah hairdo's and mickey mouse ears! Keep it classy with some elegant invitations (you can also shop by theme).
Everybody is on a budget these days. When choosing between new Uggs or Target brand fuzzy boots, you may find yourself going for Tar-jay. That doesn't mean there's anything wrong with Uggs, it just means you're prioritizing.
We have tons of brides who call and mention what they're spending their wedding budget on (our brides love to chat--- and we love to listen). Some mention that their photographer is breaking the bank, but is totally worth it. Others will say they save money on ordering less flowers so they can buy the perfect gown. Wherever your priorities are, it's important to recognize them throughout the wedding planning process.
One thing I love about paper is that it is so versatile. We are able to offer invitations in tons of different themes and colors at all different price ranges. So, if you are looking for all the bells and whistles, you can shop high-end wedding invitations. If you love paper, but want something more affordable, we have that too.
Throughout the week, I'll bring you some cool examples of papers at a high-end price point and papers that you would never guess were so affordable. The first theme I think of as botanical purple. The less look Cluster of Flowers features intricate blooms in the top left and sits pretty at $110 per 100 invitations. Exotic Tropics will cost a little more but achieves the natural flora look with a purple background, mocha leaf design, and is completed in a shimmering pocket fold. At $310 per 100 it's also totally worth it.
Looking for a specific theme? Let me know in a comment below!