July Independence Day – Always 4th of July Parents Day – 4th Sunday in July August Air Force Day – Always August 1 Coast Guard Day – Always August 4 Friendship Day – 1st Sunday in August September Labor Day – First Monday in September: September 5, 2011 Grandparents Day – Sunday after Labor Day: September 11, 2011 Constitution Day/Citizenship Day – Always September 17th Fall Equinox – September 23, 2011 Rosh Hashanah – September 29, 2011 Read: Introduction | Jan. – March | April – June | July – Sept. | Oct. – Dec.
April April Fool’s Day – Always April 1 (Make them smile! Send a great joke or your most hilarious memory.) – The Sunday before Easter: April 17, 2011 Tax Day – Always April 15 Palm Sunday – The Friday before Easter: April 22, 2011 Passover – April 19, 2011 Good Friday Earth Day – April 22, 2011 ("Go green" with a nature-inspired and eco-friendly greeting.) Easter Sunday – April 24, 2011 (Write a note or blessing to friends or family on Easter-perfect stationery) Administrative Professionals’ Day – Wednesday of the last week of April (Don’t forget to say "thank you!" to all those people who make your life easier.) May Holocaust Remembrance Day – May 1, 2011 National Day of Prayer – 1st Thursday in May Cinco De Mayo – Always May 5 Mother’s Day – 2nd Sunday in May: May 8, 2011 (Do not just send her a note; honor her with the beautiful gift of personalized stationery made just for moms) Nurse’s Day – May 12, 2011 Armed Forces Day – 3rd Saturday in May: May 21, 2011 Memorial Day – Last Monday in May: May 30, 2011 June Flag Day/Army Day – Always June 14 Father’s Day – 3rd Sunday in June:...Read More
January Happy New Year! – Always January 1st (Send your friends simple wishes for a happy New Year or pen a personal champagne toast to all of your loved ones) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Third Monday in January: January 19, 2009 (Take the time to write to people whom you admire or aspire to be like) February Groundhog Day – February 2, 2011 Chinese New Year – February 3, 2011 Lincoln’s Birthday – February 12 Valentine’s Day – Always February 14 (Let them know you love them with all your heart. Write a love note on romantic, Valentine’s Day stationery) President’s Day – Third Monday in February: February 21, 2011 Washington’s Birthday – February 22 March Mardi Gras – March 8, 2011(If you cannot invite them to the party, send happy, festive thoughts!) Ash Wednesday – March 9, 2011 St. Patrick’s Day – Always March 17 (Why not send a limerick or Irish blessing of your own on a pretty piece of St. Patrick’s Day Stationery?) Daylight Saving Time – The second Sunday in March: March 13, 2011 (This year, let your loved ones know you miss them every little minute.) First day of Spring – March 20, 2011 (Use floral-inspired...Read More
Now is just a good a time as any to reflect upon your life and to make plans for positive change in the months (and the year) ahead. Year after year, one of the most popular resolutions made is to reconnect with friends and families. With that in mind, here’s one resource for making 2011 your best yet: Recent polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers and Quicken show that more than 50% of Americans aspire to appreciate and spend more time with family and friends in the coming year. When it comes to reaching out, showing appreciation and reconnecting, personalized stationery is a great first step towards making more frequent and more meaningful connections with your loved ones. Here’s how: when you are prepared with beautiful stationery, you will be excited about (and therefore more likely to) reach out to the important people in your lives on both the biggest and the smallest of occasions. A 2011 calendar and a current contact list are all you need to get started. Whether you choose to plug important dates into your PDA, or prefer an old- fashioned wall-calendar, use the following list (posted throughout the next couple of weeks) to mark all the year’s important dates...Read More
When you arrive at each home you could prepare in advance seating place cards, a description of the food you will be enjoying and a little history of the home and family. This will lend a personal air, to the host of each course. Although there are a few logistics to work out, it would probably be best if the couple hosting the next course is given a ten or fifteen minute advance departure. This will allow them to arrive home before the rest, light their candles, turn on the music and make sure their food will be ready to go. What fun it will be to greet your friends in each new setting and enjoy a new dish, glass of wine and atmosphere together. You will probably need to have a few conversations before the actual party day, so that you and everyone involved has a clear picture of how things will flow and what is expected of them. If you have a chance you should try to get the recipe that everyone is serving, along with a little bio or family photo. You should also take photos at each home of the host and hostess, guests and the...Read More
The holiday season is filled with quality time spent with friends and family, beautifully decorated homes, twinkling trees and wonderful food. As the season gets busy we often don’t have the time to open up our homes, at height of their beauty, to our friends. So, why not share your beautifully decorated home, and view those of your closest friends, by initiating a Progressive Dinner Party? Half of the work involved in a Progressive Dinner Party is done once you have decorated your home for the holidays. This party simply consists of a dinner that changes homes for each food course. For example you may start out with appetizers at your home, and move on to the next home, admire their decorations, and have a soup course…this continues from home to home until your finish off with dessert or a night cap. Planning and executing a Progressive Dinner Party achieves two goals, one being that everyone can share their beautifully decorated homes, and secondly everyone can enjoy a wonderful dinner with one another. The first step is to decide how many friends you would like to include in your party so that you can determine how many homes and courses...Read More
Generally there are three different types of holiday cards available for purchase. However, the fact is that there are hundreds of designs to choose from. The number of designs available makes choosing the perfect holiday card a difficult decision. The three basic types of holiday cards are a traditional card, photo mount and photo cards. Traditional cards can be very simple or very elegant and elaborate. They generally have a holiday design on the front and room for a personal message on the inside. Once you decide a traditional card is for you, you then have to decide which design fits your family best. The card designs include garland, holly, stars, snow, etc. The motifs include Santa, Frosty, Rudolph and other holiday characters. (See Traditional Holiday Cards) Photo mount cards offer a way for you to choose a simple or elegant card while also showcasing your family in your most recent family photo. Photo mount cards usually have a border which may or may not have a design. The border surrounds your photo which is secured to the card by glue surface applied by you after you personalize your card with a hand written message on the inside. (See Photo...Read More