Archive | November, 2017

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

Three Festive Holiday Cocktail Recipes

16 Nov

Holiday parties always need a signature cocktail! I’ve put together three of my favorite holiday cocktail recipes I’ve used at parties throughout the years.  They’re always a big hit and somewhat easy to make ahead of time so you have time to enjoy your guests.

Cranberry Gimlet 

  • 2 ounces gin
  • 1 ounce unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce simple syrup
  • Whole cranberries, for garnish

Directions

Fill a shaker with ice and pour in ingredients.  Shake until ice cold and strain into a cocktail glass or personalized plastic cup. Garnish with frozen whole cranberries.   Recipe (revised): FoodFanatic.com.

 

Candy Cane Cocktails

  • 1 1/4 ounces vanilla vodka
  • 1 1/4 ounces white crème de cacao
  • 3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps
  • Garnish: peppermint candy

Directions

Mix ingredients in a ice-filled cocktail shaker.  Shake and pour into cocktail glass or personalized plastic cup.  Garnish rim with crushed peppermint candies! Recipe:  Myrecipes.com.

Pomegranate Martinis

  • 1 can frozen limeade concentrate
  • 2 c. water
  • 3½ c. gold tequila
  • 2 c. pomegranate juice
  • 1 c. Triple Sec
  • 5 limes
  • Ice cubes for serving
  • 1 c. fresh pomegranate seeds (from 1 pomegranate)

Directions

  1. In large pitcher, combine limeade and water until well blended. Stir in tequila, pomegranate juice, and triple sec.
  2. Cut each lime crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick wheels; cut a slit in each wheel, from center to edge. To serve, place ice cubes and a few pomegranate seeds in each glass; place a lime wheel on rim.
    Recipe:  Good Housekeeping.

Use our personalized plastic cups for a fun way to serve your signature cocktails!  They also make clean-up a breeze.  Our Tastemaker Will Kahn of Town & Country magazine uses these cups for his holiday entertaining.  How festive are these?

Do you have a signature holiday cocktail you serve every year?  Tell us in the comments.  We’d love to try it this holiday season!

xo,

Jennifer

Photo credits:  Candy Cane Martini (nuggetmarket.com), Cranberry Gimlet (Yummly.com), Pomegranate Martinis (GoodHousekeeping.com), plastic cup (Will Kahn).  

Are Holiday Cards Still Relevant?

8 Nov

 

The holiday season is officially here. People are planning their lists and beginning to look for gift ideas for family and friends. Does this still include sending an annual holiday card? With everything increasingly becoming more digital, The Stationery Studio wanted to know if sending holiday cards is still relevant in 2017.

We conducted a survey in October using SurveyMonkey and found that 89% of people are planning to send holiday cards this year.  According to the Greeting Card Association, the most popular seasonal cards are Christmas cards, with some 1.6 billion units purchased (including boxed cards).   So while people may have seen a decline in holiday cards in their mailbox, people still feel sending holiday cards is relevant.

Do you send out holiday cards?  Tell us if you do (or don’t) and why in the comments.  We’d love to hear your opinion!

Regards,

Jennifer