If you’re into entertaining, then you don’t need to be told that it’s often the little things that really make a party. Whether you’re into big, boisterous family barbecues, quiet traditions shared with a few good friends, or elegant sit-down dinner parties that include the entire neighborhood, guests notice it when the hosts go out of their way to make the event special.
If your parties, gatherings, and get-togethers are such events that people look forward to them all year round (or if you’d like them to be), consider adding personalized items to the mix. Monograms, signature designs, and personal touches aren’t just for place cards and wedding invitations anymore. The following are just a few options to consider. They make incredible gifts as well!
1. Personalized Glassware
Perhaps you love nothing more than a good dinner party that allows you to show off your cooking prowess. Maybe you’re seriously considering starting a wine tasting club for the neighborhood or one of those pop-up restaurants that are all the rage these days. Whatever your reasons, personalized glassware like wine glasses and tumblers are a wonderful way to make the experience unique.
Don’t be afraid to get creative with your glassware. You can go classic and traditional with monograms or use your family name on your stemware. However, if you’re ready to think outside the box, you can take things one step further and design graphics and logos to represent your neighborhood book club, wine tasting group, or circle of friends. The possibilities are endless!
2. Personalized Guest Towels
Do you and your spouse delight in having family stay with you over the holidays? Are you the type of host that always makes sure the guest rooms are just right before a party in case anyone needs to stay the night? Do you ever rent out your home or any dedicated rooms via services like Airbnb? Personalized guest towels might be just the thing.
As with the glassware, you can be traditional and simply go with a monogram. However, you may also want to consider having personalized towels made up for each family member and friend that regularly stays overnight at your place. They’re sure to feel special and considered! Personalized guest towel sets make excellent gifts for newlyweds, and housewarming presents for friends, as well.
3. Personalized Kitchen Boards
Monogramed or otherwise personalized cutting boards and serving boards are also an excellent way to add a little something special to any get-together. A personalized cutting board adds a nice touch when the chefs of the family gather in the kitchen to prepare holiday meals together. Personalized wooden serving platters and cheese boards can add sophistication, fun, and flare to any occasion, from movie night with the girls, to cocktail parties, to casual dinners with the neighbors.
Personalized kitchen boards also make excellent options for those times when you need to buy a gift for someone else, whether you know them well or not – occasions like weddings or housewarming parties. Kitchen boards are items everyone needs and can use. Personalizing the item shows that you put thought and effort into making sure the gift was unique and heartfelt. Perfect!
4. Personalized Coasters and Napkins
Last but not least, it’s hard to go wrong by personalizing classic items like coasters and napkins. No home can have too many, especially when company is expected. Stock your home bar with scores of them for everyday use, or break them out for the really special parties. Give them away as souvenirs at special gatherings your guests might want to remember.
These are also good examples of items where a little creativity goes a long way. Let your imagination run wild as far as design, color scheme, text, and more. The sky’s the limit when you take advantage of today’s best options in personalized home accessories.
Choosing the Right Vendor
When it comes to personalized items like the ones discussed above, you want to be sure that they make the type of statement you and your family deserve to make. That said, choose the vendor you buy from with care, especially if you decide to order online. (The fact that “just anyone” can build a website and offer a service doesn’t necessarily mean that “just anybody” should.)
Make sure the company you trust with your order has an excellent reputation for doing high quality work and selling fantastic products of a quality level worthy of family keepsakes or one-of-a-kind gifts. They should offer value pricing, satisfaction guarantees, and out of this world customer service.