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Summer Fun Returns

11 Jun

Summer Entertaining

Summer fun is back!  To think that last year we were in quarantine and our plans were put on hold.  A year later and we are ready to make plans again from vacations to get-togethers to impromptu patio parties.  We have some great ideas and recipes sure to inspire some party ideas.

Cocktails on the Patio

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Spend a beautiful summer evening on the patio with a few close friends.  You can serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you chat under the stars (we found some great hors d’oeuvres recipes to get you started).  Set the tone with string lights, candles and music.  You can serve beverages in shatterproof drinkware to keep entertaining stress-free (here are some great cocktail recipes to try). For personalized napkins, cups, plates, trays, cutting boards and more, shop our Summer Entertaining Supplies boutique.

Ice Cream Social

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There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned ice cream social. You can easily put one together for young and old alike.  This would be a great way to have a fun Sunday {or SUNDAE!} afternoon with neighbors and get reacquainted.  So easy to have either in your garage, on your patio or even your front driveway.  Have guests come and make their own sundaes to enjoy on a hot summer day.  Serve in personalized party cups that really set the tone.  Make sure to include all the toppings like nuts, candies, cherries, whipped cream and sprinkles.

Fourth of July

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Nothing screams SUMMER like the Fourth of July.  A time to celebrate our independence and enjoy time with family and friends.  You can plan a fun dinner and the entertainment is already set if you plan to watch the fireworks.  Plan a whole theme of red, white and blue from outfits to food to drinks.  You can also plan to see a local parade if your town is having one this year.

Boat Party

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Whether you own a boat or rent a boat, invite friends aboard for a day of summer fun.  You can keep it casual with lighter fare and portable drinks while you enjoy a day on the water.  You can bring sandwiches from your favorite deli and a cooler for your drinks.  You can always find an island or marina to enjoy an offshore picnic or visit a restaurant as well.  Just don’t forget to pack sunscreen!  Use a personalized tote to keep all your boating gear in (which also comes in handy for farmers markets and pool/beach days!).

I hope you enjoy the summer weather and get an opportunity to see friends and family!  

XX,

Jennifer

New Home? 5 Must-Haves Once You’ve Unpacked

5 Jun

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Are you moving soon, or maybe just recently moved?  The pandemic kicked off a housing boom, between the flexibility of working from home, low interest rates and/or people just looking for a change of scenery after being cooped up for a year. With everything else involved in moving, here are five must-haves you don’t want to forget.

1. New Stampers / Addressing

Love My State Self Inking Stamper

This is the perfect time to order new address stampers and labels.  You can choose from a variety of styles and ink colors – maybe something that matches your color scheme or a subtle nod to your state/locale.  This not only makes sending mail easier, but it lets people know your new address as well.

2.  Welcome Mat

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Now that boxes are unpacked, you definitely want to get a cheerful welcome mat.  You can get something traditional or have fun with seasonal welcome mats that you can switch out.  You can also try the latest trend of layering a rug and a welcome mat for a fun and inviting front door.  For some mat layering inspo, we love the ideas on this blog.

3.  Plants

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Whether you’re adding a few plants by a sunny window or some bigger plants to anchor a room, plants add warmth indoors.  They also can have health benefits as they contribute to cleaner, healthier air we breath which can benefit your well-being and sense of calm. When choosing the type of plants, make sure to keep in mind how much sunlight (direct and/or indirect) they need and how often they need to be watered. If you’ve got a busy active lifestyle, here are some suggestions for low maintenance plants.

4.  Moving Cards

Moving cards

Now that you are officially settled in, it’s the perfect time to send moving cards to your family and friends.  You can let them know your new address, new phone numbers (if they’ve changed) and any other important information.  These also make is easier for your friends and family to update your address on their contacts.

5.  New Luggage Tags

Pink Navy and Lime Chevron Luggage Tags

Before you book your next vacation, you’ll need to update your luggage tags with your new address.  Order new luggage tags as soon as you’re done unpacking so you don’t forget once you’re planning your trip.  You can even add updated personalized luggage tags to your kids backpacks, gym bags and camp bags.

Happy New Home!

xo,

Jennifer

 

Father’s Day Gift Ideas

20 May

Father's Day

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Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th.  For all that dad does, why not get him something unique and memorable this year?  We have some thoughtful gift ideas that are perfect for any dad, grandpa or uncle {all Father’s Day approved!}.

Tritan Glassware

Whether he likes beer, wine, a mixed drink or even just a glass of iced tea, he’ll love his own set of Tritan glassware.  Perfect for enjoying his favorite beverage outside, Tritan looks like glass but is unbreakable.  It’s also great for poker night, entertaining on the deck or watching his favorite sport.

Personalized trimmed weekender

One of our favorite gift ideas, our popular personalized weekender bag makes a great gift for dad.  It’s been featured on the Today show, CBS, Woman’s Day, Huffington Post and more.  This personalized bag is great for travel and going to the gym. (view all Father’s Day Travel Gifts)

Personalized Hardcover Leather Journal

Our hardcover leather journal is an ideal gift if your dad loves to take notes, write down his thoughts or even just needs a place to doodle.  It’s personalized so you can have a custom message just for dad. (view all Father’s Day Desk Accessories)

Executive Notepad Collection

Whether your dad works from home or is in an office, the executive notepad collection not only looks great on his desk, but comes in a stainless steel holder to keep his notepads organized. (view all Father’s Day Notepads)

Personalized playing cards

If dad loves poker night, he’ll love his own set of personalized playing cards.  You can choose from different designs and they come in a clear storage case.

You can explore all of our gift ideas in our Father’s Day Gift boutique.  We have ideas under $25under $50, under $100 and over $100 so you can shop at any price point within your budget.

Happy Father’s Day!

xo,

Jennifer