Question: Is there a monogram for note cards that could be used by both husband and wife  ie, just S or RSS for Ryan and Susan or can a three letter monogram be just used by one or the other? Barbara The Everyday Etiquette Answer: Barbara, Yes, there is a monogram that you can have put on a folded note or a correspond card. Of course, you can just put your last initial S or a joint monogram. In your case, it would as follow: SSR The first initial is Susan’s    S The second initial is the last name and a larger size than the 1st and 3rd initials     S The third initial is the husband’s      R I hope this helps you out. Ms. Carey Ask your own Everyday Etiquette questions
Question: I have been invited to a costume party that is by invitation only. It is being hosted by a very affluent acquaintance. I am much honored to have been invited. Should I bring a gift, or thank you trinket? I was taught you always bring a thank you gift. Wine seems a bit trite. Brownies do not seem to be a good idea either. Mareshah The Everyday Etiquette Answer: Mareshah, A small gift is always appropriate to bring to your hosts. It is a very thoughtful and gracious gesture. If your hosts enjoy wine, then a nice bottle of wine would not be considered trite. Cocktail napkins and wine glass charms are a fun gift also. Fresh flowers or a plant is another good hostess gift idea. If you know them well, something for their home (candle, small decorative accessory, etc.) is also very appropriate. Please remember it is not the gift but the thought behind the gift that says thank you for the invitation. It is also very proper to send a brief thank you note after the party. This is not mandatory, but a very nice thing to do. Have a great time at the party. Ms....Read More
One of the most recent additions to the American Stationery collection is our Halloween Invitations and Party ware. If you are planning a costume gala or just a get together with friends and family our invitations are sure to make an impression and our party ware is sure to be a hit at your party. Bats, cats, ghosts and pumpkins are things you will see with these new Halloween designs. Invite your guests to a party in the Twilight Zone with our Twilight Zone Invitations. These invitations feature the classic Twilight Zone swirl and all of your even information. If you prefer a more ghoulish invitation maybe our Ghostly Halloween Invitations are just the thing for you. These invitations feature a classic ghost and several flames to give it that spooky Halloween look and feel. If you enjoy the fall more than ghosts and goblins maybe our Batty Halloween Invitations will suit you. These invitations feature a nice vertical stripe pattern of fall colors with just a few bats to give it a touch of Halloween. If you happen to be in a rush to send your party invitations don’t worry. This item is one of our Quick Ship items and will ship...Read More
Question: As the holidays approach, what is your opinion of the Christmas family newsletter? Should you send one & what should be in it? I struggle with this each year. Thank you,Elaine The Everyday Etiquette Answer: Elaine, I also struggle with the family Christmas newsletter. Each year, we get one that is in iambic pentameter and is multi-generational. Believe me, it is a chore to wade through, but I know it is sent with love from good friends. I think these letters can be great if you stick to relevant news about immediate family. They should be upbeat; but if there has been bad news (death, divorce, severe illness or other tragedies), your good friends will want to know this also. I firmly believe that these newsletters should only be sent to people who know your family well. When writing your letter, remember that your son’s winning goal on the 5 year old soccer team and your 4 year old daughter’s dance recital are special moments to you and your husband, but may not be of great interest to the recipients of your holiday greeting. One of my favorite annual letters is filled with very few words and lots of...Read More
Last year was big for aqua and chocolate, stripes and circles, and unique stationery shapes. While those trends are still quite popular, this year, we are seeing some distinctive new color trends, a resurgence of envelope lining, and a return to classic stationery.  Stationery Color Trends: Black and White StationeryThis classic combination is more bold than boring, and creates a dramatic "frame" for your personal content. Jet Black Hand Bordered Correspondence Card Distinctive Black Hand Bordered Correspondence Card Espresso and Red StationeryTotally unique and surprisingly appealing, this rich combination is being used for everything from Wedding Invitations to Thank You Notes to Personal Stationery. Espress & Red Double Hand Bordered Correspondence Card Lemon and Navy StationeryEqual parts traditional and trendy, this crisp duo makes us think of fresh lemons in a beautiful blue porcelain bowl. Lemon Hand Bordered Correspondence Cards Chocolate and Lime StationeryAnother bold new combo, lime and chocolate are a surprisingly sweet twist on the traditional. Chocolate & Lime Double Hand Bordered Cards A Return to Classic Statio:In this day and age of ostentatious, over-the-top styles, people are longing to get back to basics with a focus on quality, construction, and detail. Rich, heavy paper and impeccable printing make...Read More
At American Stationery, we believe in the art of letter-writing. You’re thinking "Duh, you sell paper…", right? Well, you’re right. We sell stationery that people write letters, notes and scribbles on. We sell wedding invitations and announcements to shout life’s biggest milestones from the hilltops. We sell a lot of different stuff. However, our love of letter-writing goes beyond product sales. We believe that a handwritten letter conveys so much more emotion, feeling, and long-standing worth than more impersonal means of communication. Before the dawn of the digital age, people had more "true" friends, families were closer… Part of any technology is progressive, but often as there are more things thrust at us from all sides, we as people tend to regress, to turn inward, and never share the most important of feelings, hopes, cares, and dreams. At American Stationery, we believe in the power of the letter. A hand-written letter has more influence on the life of its recipient than a hundred email forwards or MySpace comments ever will. The effect is profound, it is lasting. Someone thought enough of you to sit down, in the midst of the information age, take out a pen and their personal stationery...Read More
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