21 Sep

Readers Ask, Readers Answer!

Hi Everyone – I’ve had so many reader questions sent in recently and it’s been hard to get to them while traveling, so I thought it would be cool to try something new and see if any of YOU would like to answer them or offer advice/ideas to fellow readers. Any feedback you have would be greatly appreciated! Just post your answer in the comments section! THANK YOU! Here goes:

Question A: ———-
For the holiday season this year, I would like to send out cards to our family and friends. Last year was the first year we were married and I did not send out cards because 1) I was not sure if I should mail a picture card out or if that is something you only do with kids and 2) I wanted to do something more creative than a store-bought holiday card. Do you have any suggestions to sending out cards this year that may be creative and nice? I am not opposed to sending a picture card out…I know I am being picky but I want to send out something to those family and friends we do not see often!

Question B: ———-
Can you point me in the right direction for the kinds of hostess gifts that would be appropriate for when you are staying a few days at someone’s house?

Question C: ———-
Aloha! We’re planning a Las Vegas themed bridal shower in October for a friend with the emphasis on bright lights and gambling. We’ve been playing with “bet on love”, “lucky in love” as quotes. Think you can help us out with some decoration/favor/set up ideas?! Thanks!

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angeline SAYS:

yes, i agree that personalized stationery is usually ultra expensive, but our handmade papergoods shop is pretty reasonable (www.cakeandmilkpaperie.com). that being said, i love iomoi.com (nicely priced pers. stat, too), and recap newsletters from friends are treasures in my heart.

i’ve hosted many guests, and all their gifts were for my son. not complaining at all, but i would’ve loved something from lollialife.com (such beautiful packaging) because i could’ve used it to replace stuff guests used. it’s kind of tacky leaving out half-used bottles of pretty soap for the next guest.

hope that helps!

– angeline
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Reply September 22, 2007 at 7:56 pm

Peggy SAYS:

(A) I just wanted to add one more great greeting card company to your post http://www.SendOutCards.com/8642 is a completely customizable greeting card company that has thousands of cards to choose from. The best part about this card company is they will print, stuff, stamp, and mail each custom card for you, yes-real greeting cards NOT e-cards. The cards are less than $100 ea. a great value. You can also pick a card (Christmas, Thanksgiving, etc.), type in your greeting (in your own hand writing that can be up-loaded if you’d like); select a group to send that card to (from 2 to 2,000), and the system will insert their name on to each card for example, Dear Sandy, or Hi Lori, or Mr. & Mrs. David Smith, all with one click of your computer mouse. I also use this card system for my sculptured nail salon business, we use the greeting cards to thank new clients and thank you for your referrals, this has become our best marketing tool, as we get many more referrals simply by sincerely thanking our clients. Think about it when was the last time a business thanked you for your business! Check it out at: http://www.SendOutCards.com/8642 and get 2 free cards to try. The audio will walk you through sending a card. The address that you type in will be the return address on the envelope. I would recommend sending one card to a family member at your address so you can see the great quality of the cards. This really makes holiday card sending fun and easy! Did you just say, what about pictures? Yes you can up-load your pictures (as many as 5 per card) cover photo as well.

Reply September 22, 2007 at 10:37 pm

kristie S. SAYS:

I stayed with some friend in New Jersey a while back. I am from Memphis and we are famous for our BBQ here. There is a local BBQ restaurant here that will ship their ribs and all the trimmings packed in dry ice to just about anywhere. I arranged to have enough ribs shipped the day before I arrived to feed eight people. While I was there we grilled the ribs and they were able to invite a few of their other friends over as well.

Reply September 23, 2007 at 6:16 pm

Chic and Charming SAYS:

A) I’ve always wanted to order custom printed Holiday Cards from Paper Source. They are completely adorable.

B)I like the idea of taking my hosts out for a dinner. Also, it is nice to send a really fabulous bouquet to your hostess the day after you leave. If I give a candle I like to give one from Diptyque, because I know the quality will be amazing and it is a treat most women read about in magazines but will not splurge on.

Reply September 23, 2007 at 8:56 pm

Terina SAYS:

i like to make my cards every year. and i don’t think a picture card is reserved just for families. i love getting pictures in my christmas cards!! i use stamps and cardstock to make my cards. i also like to keep them fairly simple as i have two kids and usually make at least 50 cards to mail. and this blog has had many awesome stationary companies spotlighted and i have seen some really amazing christmas cards on their websites.

Reply September 25, 2007 at 5:10 pm


HELP! We’ve got a sweet tooth! I’ve offered to make the centerpieces for a friends Bar Mitzvah. It’s a low key luncheon and the theme is Hershey candy; Kisses, Kissables, Cookies & Cream bars,Hershey bars and Twizzlers. Looking for sensational,sweet ideas.

Reply February 26, 2009 at 12:11 pm

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