Archive | May, 2015

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

#RedNoseDay

21 May

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard about Red Nose Day. Today we are wearing our red noses to raise awareness and funds for children living in poverty. We had a little fun at the office hamming it up for the camera! tss-redNoseDay2015-group-picture

The Stationery Studio is getting involved by donating 50 cents for every “like”, “share”, “repost” or “retweet” with a goal of $1,000 to donate to The Red Nose Day Fund!  So make sure you follow us (and like our post!) on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help us raise needed funds.

So what is Red Nose Day?  Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. The inaugural Red Nose Day in the U.S. is May 21st, 2015. People across the country will come together to have fun and raise funds and awareness.

Money raised through Red Nose Day will go to The Red Nose Day Fund, a program of Comic Relief Inc., a U.S. 501(c)3, public charity.

To find out more, visit RedNoseDay.org.

10 Tips on How to Write Thank You Notes

18 May

april-thank-you-002Writing a proper thank you note is a must for all ages.  Learning how to do this at a young age will create lifelong habits.  But it’s never too late to learn!  Here are some tips to get you started.

It’s important to send a written thank you note card for gifts  received, such as a birthday gift, graduation gift, housewarming gift, from a bridal shower or a wedding.  But it’s also really nice to send a thank you note when someone does something very helpful for you, such as driving you to the airport or helping you by doing a carpool route for you. Also, sending a thank you note for business related situations is important too, such as after a job interview or after receiving a pay raise or when you receive a reference letter.

It’s always a good idea to have a box of thank you cards handy at home for such notes. When you are sending a number of thank you notes at the same time, such as after a wedding or bridal shower, it’s also very important to make it an organized effort. You will want to have a list of the gift-givers names and complete addresses and a list of the presents you received to make your note writing easier.

Have a supply of personalized thank you note cards that reflect your personality and are appropriate for the occasion.  You might need business stationery or fun personal stationery or more elegant wedding stationery, depending on the occasion.

To write a proper thank you note, here are some ideas to assist you:

1. Hand write the note as it’s much more personal, even if you don’t have the most beautiful handwriting.  Never type or print the notes.

2.  Stick with a formal greeting if you are not on a first name basis, such as “Dear Mr. Davidson”.  But if you are a personal friend or on a first name basis, you should start the message with the first name, such as “Dear Jamie”.

3.   Make the message personal.  In other words, try not to simply say “thank you for the gift”.  Mention something about the present that you liked and acknowledge that the gift is appreciated.

4.  When writing the note, use language that is heartfelt such as thoughtful, lovely, appreciated, cherished, adored, meaningful, enjoyed, considerate, grateful and valued.

5. Be very careful of your spelling and grammar when you write the note.  Look up spelling if you are unsure.

6.  Personal notes should end with a less formal closing such as “Love,” “With love,” or “Best wishes” and a business thank you should have a closing less personal such as “Sincerely” or “Best regards”.

7.  Carefully address the envelope in easy-to-read handwriting. Be sure to have a complete address including city, state and zip code.  Do not use a computerized sticker on the envelope.

8.  Be sure to use the proper amount of postage.  Square envelopes require additional postage.  Bring one note in the envelope to the post office if you want to be sure you are properly posting the envelopes.

9. Purchase a stamp that will match the occasion.  If your thank you notes are for wedding gifts, buy a stamp with a heart or the word love.  Check with the USPS for available options.   If you are sending thank you notes from holiday gifts, look for a holiday stamp for example.

10.  It’s best to send a thank you note as soon as possible.  Business thank you notes should be sent within 1-2 days when possible.  For social gifts, the time frame is much more lenient, however, try to send those notes out within 1-2 weeks, or on the outside, try to send personal thank you notes no later than 4 weeks.  Remember, it’s never too late to send a note after that time but acknowledge that you are belated in your thanks.

Happy thank you note writing!

Best wishes,

Renee