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Something Blue {is something new!}

24 Jun

Beautiful wash of light blue bridesmaid dresses. Photo credit: Pinterest.com

Weddings are back!  Couples are ready to say “I do” after putting their nuptials on hold due to the pandemic.  While everyone was waiting to reschedule or set a date, new wedding trends emerged in response to the quarantine.  We’re starting to see different color palettes and something blue is a trend we’re absolutely loving!  From powder blue to cornflower, all shades of light blue are a stand out as the hot color trend of 2021.  Blue is seasonless so you can use it anytime of year and from everything to bridal shower invitations to dresses to flowers.  Check out some of our favorite light blue wedding inspirations on Pinterest.

Blue Weddings

 

Happy Planning!

xx,

Jennifer

8 Virtual Bridal Shower Ideas

19 Mar

Are you planning a virtual bridal shower and stuck on ideas?  Yes – it isn’t the same throwing a bridal shower virtually, but with a little planning you can make their day special and memorable.

What is a virtual party?

A virtual party is where your party is thrown over a service like Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, etc.  You can invite your friends and family to connect and celebrate the bride-to-be in a safe way.  In many ways virtual bridal showers are ideal for those with little kids, guests who are far away and may not have been able to attend at all.  Another great bonus?  No driving time!

Here are 8 engaging ideas to celebrate your bride-to-be virtually:

1. Plant flowers

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You can send everyone a flower kit ahead of time (you can find these online) and have everyone plant the seeds of her favorite flowers or plant.  Everyone will have something to remind them of the special day that also serves as an instant favor.

2. Spa Day

Spa Day. photo credit: self.com

If you’re all at-home, why not throw a spa day party?  Send all your guests a fun box of masks and tell them to dress in their robes and slippers.  You can all catch up and talk about the big day while doing a little self-care at the same time.

3. Catered Lunch

Boxed lunch. photo credit: Jimtown.com

You can treat all your guests to lunch through Uber Eats, GrubHub, or your local favorite restaurant if your guests happen to live in the same area.  Send your guests themed party supplies ahead of time and they can feel a part of the bridal shower with personalized plates, napkins and cups that make it feel cohesive.

4. Painting Class

photo credit: Terhune orchards.com

Send everyone a small canvas and painting supplies.  You can search up an (easier) painting to all do – either send a picture with the supplies or email the image.  Everyone can paint together and enjoy their favorite beverage.  When everyone is done, you can make a collage of everyone’s paintings to share on social media or better yet – to send thank you notes.

5. Cocktail Hour

Virtual toast. photo credit: wsj.com

Celebrate the bride-to-be with raising a toast!  Send personalized glasses to the guests ahead of time with cocktail napkins and small treats.  Have the guests make the bride-t0-be’s favorite cocktail or glass of champagne/wine.

You can print the cocktail recipe on a napkin, in the invite or email it ahead of time.

6.  Go down memory lane

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Have your guests send you pics and videos of them with the bride-to-be to include in a slideshow.  Make sure to include pictures of the couple from their childhood years and create background music that the couple love.

7.  Movie Night

Host a movie night!  Have your guests watch a movie chosen by the bride-to-be and everyone can stream on Netflix, Hulu, etc.  Make sure to take “intermissions” and you can have trivia questions with prizes.  You can also send movie essentials ahead of time to guests like personalized popcorn boxes, microwave popcorn and candy.

8. Open gifts

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A more traditional approach is to have all the guest send their gifts ahead of time and have the bride-to-be open them during the virtual bridal shower.  This way you have the opportunity to see her reaction to your gift and also know that she received it.

We hope these ideas inspire your virtual bridal shower planning!

XO,

Jennifer

 

Personalized Napkins: How Many Should I Order?

17 May

Personalized napkins add the perfect touch to any celebration you are having.  From weddings, bridal showers, baby showers to graduations and birthdays, personalized napkins are something your guests will remember.

Many of our customers ask how many napkins they should order for their special events, and we’ve put together a napkin ordering guideline to help you plan for all of your special events.

Napkin Ordering Guideline

Formal Events  (such as a wedding or benefit)

Order 3-4 beverage napkins per guest For Beverage and Appetizers. Typically there will be a formal cloth napkin used for the meal.

Plus

-For multiple Bars and/or multiple Appetizer Stations, add 1-2 napkins per guest.

-For a Sweet Table, order 1-2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

-For a Midnight Snack, order 1-2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

-For a Photo Session, order 1-2 beverage or luncheon napkins per wedding party guest for wine, cheese and light appetizers.

 

Semi-Formal   (such as a rehearsal dinner, baby shower, bridal shower or special birthday)

Order 2-3 beverage napkins per guest for beverages and appetizers.

 Plus

-For a buffet or sit-down meal, add 1-2 dinner napkins per guest. The alternative is a  printed guest towel or formal cloth napkin.

-For a Sweet Table add 1-2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

 

Casual Events   (such as a graduation party, BBQ party, birthday, child’s party)

Order 2-3 beverage napkins per guest for beverages and appetizers.

 Plus

-For a buffet or sit-down meal, add 1-2 luncheon or dinner napkins per guest. The alternative is a printed guest towel or casual cloth napkin.

-For a Sweet Table or special dessert, order 1-2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

 

Cocktail Parties

Order 4-6 beverage napkins per guest as these affairs usually involve heavy appetizers and drinks throughout the evening.

Plus

-For a dessert buffet or passed desserts, add 1 or 2 beverage napkins or luncheon napkins per guest.

 

Washrooms

If you have a private washroom for your event, guest towels are typically used. Order 2 guest towels per guest.

If you have further questions about ordering personalized napkins, you can contact one of our customer service specialists who are always happy to help answer your questions about wording, color choices, quantities and more.

Best,

Jennifer