Presentation is everything so whatever card you choose should have a verse, and ink color you are happy with. On their holiday cards, American Stationery offers six different verses, or an option for no verse at all. Any of these stylized verses are completed with your greeting and name in an attractive block typestyle, in the ink color of your choice. There is plenty of room for any personalized update you may want to ink in when you are stuffing and addressing your cards. There are also several seals that add a nice finishing touch to your envelope flap. A few of these are: Red and Black Damask Seals, Merry Christmas Seals, Peace Seals, Seasons Greetings Seals and Blessing Seals. You can also add a nice touch by adding a special holiday return address label to your Holiday cards. These come in a variety of shapes, colors, styles and sizes…a few of my favorites are: Candy Cane Square Return Address Labels, Joy Return Address Labels, circular Christmas Tree Return Address Labels, square Santa, Snowman and Tree Return Address Labels and the Christmas Tree Trio Return Address Labels. If labels aren’t your style I would recommend the reusable Round Stamper with...Read More
Once again the holiday season is fast approaching. Aside from gift buying, decorating, trimming trees and baking your heart out it is also time to reconnect and share the joy of the season with holiday greeting cards. In this age of email, text messaging and Facebook it is still very exciting to be the recipient of a holiday card that has been personally signed, stamped and posted to your mailbox. Sending a holiday card is the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family, express appreciation and reach out to anyone who has achieved a special place in your world. With all of that in mind you will want to explore the options and select a card that best portrays the message you want to send. The following is designed to help you divide and conquer your search for the perfect card, and verse, this holiday season. The traditional holiday cards are available in a variety of sizes, colors, textures and designs. The sizes can be traditional, square or note card dimensions. The colors can range from white or ivory to and all over color. The cards can be colorfully imprinted, they can also be elegantly foiled, richly embossed,...Read More
When determining what type of appetizers to serve, keep in mind that cooking them ahead of the occasion will save you constant worry, and allow you to enjoy your party and friends more fully. I would suggest using appetizers or desserts that can be frozen ahead of time. The more finger foods you have the more, the less you will be required to supply a lot of plates and cutlery…better, yet smaller, portions will amount to less clean up! You are probably best to stick to tried and true family favorite recipes and a trial run for baking and sampling is advisable. If you want your guests to take part of the party home with them prepare and send home everyone a bag of cookies, candy or something handmade. This little added touch will mean a lot to those attending…they will know you went the extra mile, and were thinking of them. Once you have your guest list, food and decor in mind, be sure you can provide a sufficient amount of chairs for your guests so all can be seated and relaxed at once. When it comes to cleaning don’t stress over every nook and cranny in the house,...Read More
Your table will probably be the center of attention so you should spend time creating a centerpiece. With all the decorations available you should be able to find something that is perfect for you…try a star, candle, an angel, or even a Santa Claus. We wouldn’t suggest getting anything too big, you’ll more likely than not need the room. When hosting a special party around Christmas it is often the goal to create a "magical" atmosphere that your guests will appreciate and feel comfortable in. You can create this type of atmosphere by utilizing many types of simple decorations. When deciding the color palette for your party you’ll need to make the decision whether to go to go with the traditional green and red, or coordinate with your home decor. What type of an impression would you like to make, Warm?, Contemporary? Elegant? Make the choice based on what you prefer, whether it be gold and silver, silver and white or even multi colors. Once you have a color scheme you can tie in your decorating with strings of colored or white lights, carefully placed stockings, or gifts wrapped in wrapped gifts in empty boxes, in your color scheme. One...Read More
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