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Monogrammed Napkins 101

You can never go wrong with a monogrammed napkin–it’s the uber napkin: classic, stylish and always appropriate. It’s also very easy. Just follow our Monogrammed Napkins 101 guide.

With traditions, sometimes there are rules to follow. You can be as careful or as relaxed as you want to be: it’s your dinner party, wedding reception or family dinner, after all. Here are some of the traditional rules for how to use monogrammed napkins.

Monogram Basics

Let’s start with defining what exactly is a monogram. A monogram can be any combination of letters that symbolize a name. In a typical three-letter monogram, the order goes like this:

  • Middle position (center) — last initial
  • First position (left) — first initial
  • Third position (right) — middle initial

So, Stephen Charles Johnson’s monogram would be S-J-C.

There’s also such a thing as a couple’s monogram. Here, the order goes like this:

  • Middle position (center) — shared last name
  • First position (left) — husband’s first initial
  • Third position (right) — wife’s first initial

Obviously, these rules are modified in the case of a same-sex couple, or if the spouses do not share the same last name. Monograms can also have two letters, four letters or more. Read more about monograms in our 3-part blog series on monograms.

Where do you put the monogram on a napkin?

Traditionally, the monogram can appear in the lower left corner of the folded napkin or in the center third of the napkin. We monogram our napkins in the center third — we like the proportions better. The monogram is front-and-center. Plus, many of our napkins have what’s called a “coin” edge, a horizontal band of embossed lines at the bottom of the napkin. The coin edge gives the napkins a nice touch.

How big should a monogram on a napkin be?

The phrase “the bigger the better” works sometimes, but in the case of a monogrammed napkin, it doesn’t. If you fill up an entire napkin with a monogram, then when you fold it, you’d lose the effect. Looking at random parts of letters is not elegant! You’ll confuse your guests and waste your money. The monogram on a napkin should be a couple of inches wide and tall, but usually no bigger.

Formal Parties

Monogrammed napkins are the classic choice for a very formal dinner party — a wedding reception, memorial dinner, 25th anniversary dinner and so on. According to the definitive guide, Emily Post’s Etiquette, the napkin color should match the tablecloth — white or ivory are typical. The napkins should be folded into a rectangle, similar to our guest towels. Place the napkins on the plate, with the monogram facing the chair.

Informal Parties

The rules loosen at informal parties — things like baby showers and larger birthday celebrations. First of all, Emily Post says that the color scheme can be more relaxed and colorful. Mix a white tablecloth with colorful napkins. Use place mats — any material or texture will do: lace, straw, bamboo, etc. — and choose a coordinating napkin. Or, use a patterned tablecloth, choose a color from it, and make that your napkin color.

Here, the napkin placement is a little different: put the napkin to the left of the forks. (We know…many of us put a fork on the napkin, but that’s not traditionally how “it’s done.”)

Here again, use a dinner-style napkin described above, folded in a rectangle with the monogram in the center third of the folded napkin.

For a casual luncheon — maybe you’re having your a few of your BFFs over to celebrate the kids going back to school — you can use a napkin that’s folded into a square, similar to our napkins. Place it on the plate, diagonally, so that the monogram is pointing toward the chair.

Family Meals

In many families, it’s hard to gather everyone for a meal around the table. But when you do, it’s time to make the most of it. Setting the table is one way to make it special. Spending those few minutes to clear off papers, lay utensils and napkins, place glasses and dishes for every diner can help bring everyone’s stress levels down and look forward to catching up on the day.

Here, monogrammed napkins can be placed on the plate, under the fork, or where-ever you like. Help younger children learn how to unfold the napkin and place it on their laps. Then delve into the topic of the day, some words of gratitude, or however you like to get the conversation going.

Using monogrammed napkins regularly is a wonderful way to build routines and traditions in your life. Your friends will ooh-la-la. Your family will be impressed. And you’ll be pleased that you’ve created one more routine in your life that you won’t have to think about. Check out our selection and get started now.

Bullet Journal Basics

Planners are nice. Writing journals are sweet to keep. But what if you could have one book that does both? Enter the Bullet Journal. It’s simple to set up, and it’s flexible, too, so you can customize it to capture all of your hopes, dreams and day-to-day plans. The magic starts with a blank journal, a pen and — if you can find them — about 15 free, uninterrupted minutes of your day to think and write, dream and plan.

So what is a bullet journal exactly? You may have heard the term floating around…it’s a cross between a diary and planner. You start with a book of plain paper, like our new personalized journals, and a good pen.

Once you have your book and pen, do these three things:

  1. Save a page for a pretty inscription (think: this book belongs to… OR an inspirational quote that fuels you).
  2. Create a table of contents on the next one or two pages to help you find information inside the book quickly. 
  3. Number all the pages.

Next, think about what kinds of information– or sections of the book — you want. These are some ideas:

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  1. Pages for dreams, insights, daily observations and/or nightly gratitude lists.
  2. Pages that list and explore your values and how you intend to live them. What is important to you and how will you manifest those values in your life? Example: you care about community services, so you can list 3-4 ways you contribute to your community each month.
  3. Pages that relate to housekeeping — these could be important account passwords, healthy menus, shopping lists, home improvement projects, and so on.
  4. Daily or weekly to-do lists. What are your goals for the day or week? Include check boxes that are oh-so satisfying to tick.
  5. Goals and budgets — these tools are indispensable if you are going from point A to point B in your life.
  6. Books to read, movies to see, restaurants to try.
  7. List of birthdays, a kindness calendar, or other lists that help you reach out to those you love and your greater community.
  8. Inspirational or motivational quotes and affirmations, for those low days when you need a boost.
  9. Whatever else you come up with…a bullet journal should be a personal reflection of what is important to YOU. Personalize it to your heart’s content…so that your heart can be content.

Above all, a bullet journal can help catapult your life into one that’s more focused on the things that are important to you. It’s so easy to get distracted in our twitter-fueled, over-scheduled world. Spend 10 minutes every days helping your brain be more mindful of your own true goals and aspirations…and see what happens.

Best Personalized Stationery Tips When You’re on a Budget

It pays to be choosy. Many of our products offer you exciting choices to help you create personalized notes and correspondence cards that are not only pretty but totally, uniquely you.

The thing is, you don’t actually have to pay a lot to create stationery that looks like you paid a lot. By selecting a few special touches, you can create gorgeous effects. But shhhhhh…. no one will know that you spent as little as you did for a high-end look.

Love borders? We’ll add them. Embossing? Done. Or maybe you’re a raised ink type of person? Perfect, we’ve got that too. Whatever you desire, you can create a style that’s all your own. Follow these tips to take your stationery from “does the job” to “a taste of luxury” — without breaking the bank.

Tip #1: Choose a Monogram

Classic monogram from giftsin24.com

Delavan Monogram Note. A monogram is the quickest way to add classic flair to your stationery. Choose a lettering style that speaks to you. The Delavan Monogram Note offers you a range of edgy, of-the-moment monograms, as well as perennial favorites. The end result is sure to impress. If there’s room in your budget, opt for the hand-inserted lining to invoke a high rolling style.

Tip #2: Try a flat card

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Highland Card. A flat card or correspondence card is a time-tested way to stand out from the crowd. In use for centuries, this style of stationery is simple and elegant. Dispense with the fluff and make the Highland Card into what you want it to be: bold, brainy, traditional or sweet. Craft two lines of personalization and find a lettering style and thermography ink color. Comes with 25 Pinnacle pointed-flap envelopes. Add a border for a quick, inexpensive way to add another dimension.

Tip #3: Use a foil design or other “bling”

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Infinity Note  Shine and shimmer on beautiful paper will make your correspondence stand out. A treat for the senses, the Infinity Note features a distinctive diamond pattern in a gold or silver foil tone. The triple-thick paper is also embellished with a shimmery raised-ink personalization in your choice of color. Opt for a return address on your envelopes for even more luxury.

You’re an original, so let your stationery be, too. Create your new favorite stationery today.

Good gift ideas for graduates

A newly minted diploma is cause for celebration. The new graduate is jubilant. Parents beam like the sun with pride. You chose a date for the party and have invited friends, family and fellow students. You’ve dug out your favorite summer outfit and are ready to fête the student of honor and their achievement. Now all you need is the gift!

Here are three of our best gift ideas for grads. Affordable, thoughtful and perfectly befitting this important occasion.

1. Personalized stationery gets the job done

Nothing says “grown up” more than having your own personalized stationery. Particularly for a college grad looking for a new job, personalized stationery will really come in handy, from the interview thank you to keeping key professional connections alive.

Monograms, names, embossed, raised ink … the possibilities are endless. Try the classic good looks of the Highland Card (shown above). Because young people are so mobile these days, skip the optional return address. But a border or envelope lining or even 100% cotton paper could be very nice.

2. A picture frame with their name

A new graduate probably has at least several cherished high school or college photographs. A special prom date. Earning straight A’s. Hanging out with their best buddies. Scoring the winning point. Giving a speech. Crossing a finish line. All of these moments and more make up the memories of cherished school years.

The Treasured Moment Picture Frame can work beautifully — simple, clean and offering plenty of room for a special message. Other frames offer motifs that could work just as beautifully. Personalize it with the graduate’s name, school, graduation date, nickname, small caption, or any other short message.

3. A personalized ornament they’ll cherish

Every year, we open our box of Christmas ornaments to discover a treasure trove of memories, from a birth to family vacations, the school years and much more. Giftsin24 is proud to offer personalized ornaments that mark important occasions. In addition to giving a keepsake the graduate will cherish for years to come, you can also use these engraved glass ornaments as gift tags, table place markers, party favors and more. They will serve to remind your guests of the special celebration you held.

For graduates, we love the Senior Class Keepsake Ornament. It comes in clear or red glass and includes space for the graduate’s name. Presented with a silver ribbon in a velvet pouch, the ornament will serve as a proud reminder of the graduate’s achievement.

Intrigued? You can find many more good gift ideas for graduates. Check out personalized stationery, engraved gifts and notepads. You’ll earn a spot at the head of the class.

How to Choose Stationery That’s Perfect for You

“A WOMAN is known by the stationery she uses. Paper talks. We read between the lines, along the margin, and across the envelope, the story of good or bad taste which speaks in tone, texture and design.” So opens A Desk Book on the Etiquette of Social Stationery published in 1910 and written by Jean Wilde Clark. What was true then, with a slight tweak, is still true today. Our stationery can speak worlds about us. What’s changed? “The Rules,” or stationery etiquette, are more relaxed: we no longer must use black-bordered mourning stationery after a loved one’s death, for example. In addition, we can all agree that men have just as much of a need for stationery, and that when they choose stationery, it speaks for them too.

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Folded note

What’s more, in this age of fast fashion, speed-of-light communication across the globe, what’s “In Style” changes on a dime. And that makes us lucky: there’s no need to cram our taste into rigid expectations of what’s proper or even what’s in style. Sure, white or ivory paper will always be correct. But if you want to use red, who will care? Citrus paper? Be my guest. The fabulous Jackie O used robin’s egg blue paper. If she could do that in the 1960s, the sky is the limit for us in the late 2010s.

On the one hand, the lack of stylistic expectations is liberating, because it means we have the freedom to choose stationery that suits us. On the other hand, it can be slightly intimidating, because we’ve got almost unlimited choices.

Let it be your style.

There’s one rule to follow in 2019: You be you. Don’t worry about what a friend is doing, or what you saw in a magazine.

Not sure what you like? Look at the furnishings in your home and the clothes you wear.

Do you tend toward traditional (try a 3-letter monogram), primitive country (try a quirky or hand-lettered font), or rustic modern (try your name in block letters)?

Like neat, clean surfaces (look for simple lettering) or do you like to cram every nook and cranny with beloved objects (look for curvy, embellished designs)?

Do you like to follow the rules (center the personalization at the top) or do you like to push them (personalization goes in a corner or at the bottom)?

What colors do you like to surround yourself with? Pastels? Metallics? Jewel Tones? Neutrals?

Take advantage of the preview function when considering lettering styles for your name. Scrutinize the way your initials look – perhaps you like one font’s S better than another?

These are great clues to help you pull together your stationery style. In the end, whatever you choose will be perfect, because you chose it.

Giftsin24 offers embossed stationery

Business or personal?

When you’re writing a note to a potential employer, the school principal, or your favorite author, you might want to consider a more formal letter sheet or correspondence card that tends toward business-like. Perhaps it’s embossed. Perhaps it’s on white paper with gray ink. Or ivory paper with coffee ink. This stationery might include your middle initial and the formal version of your first name.

It will work equally well for when you’re sending a gift to your best friend, writing to your brother, or thanking your neighbor for her homemade scones. Or, for those more personal uses, you could purchase a second set that reveals your more relaxed side. Any form — letter sheet, flat card or folded note — will do. Perhaps there is a small illustration, or your nickname, rather than your given name. You might use colored paper with black or metallic ink or a more brightly colored ink on ivory paper.

We offer foil pressed napkins and stationery
Foil pressing

Raised ink vs. embossing?

It’s really a matter of choice. Raised-ink printing, or thermography, is a more affordable version of engraving. Engraving, a centuries-old printing method, requires the creation of dies, which are expensive to produce and reside at the stationery company until you require more stationery. Raised-ink printing conveys a pleasing texture and a shimmery quality to the ink.

Embossing lends an even more delicious texture because the paper is pressed from below. In that sense embossing resembles traditional engraving, as well. Especially on white or ivory paper, embossing tends to be more formal. It also tends to be more earth-friendly, because the paper recycles easily.

So to recap, when you choose stationery, it can be an enjoyable and fulfilling exercise. Taking time to think about your style and consider your options will reward you each time you sit down to write. See all of our personalized  correspondence cards and folded notes. Happy choosing!

It’s Spring Break — Time to Barbecue!

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Spring is in the air…and if you have children, that means that Spring Break is approaching…which translates to lots of free time for them, no homework, and maybe a day off or two for you to release, unwind and enjoy a little time with family and friends. A spring break barbecue is the perfect thing.

Easy to Plan

It doesn’t take a lot of planning: the guest list can be simple. Invite that new family down the street you’ve been wanting to meet, the friends who pitched in with the carpool, dinner duties or playdates the last couple of months, or the family who had you over last November with whom you’ve been wanting to reciprocate.

In terms of the menu, the barbecue can be as easy as you want it to be. You provide the main course — whether that’s simple hot dogs, veggie burgers, catfish or something more elaborate, like grilled chicken or ribs. Invite your guests to bring their favorite side dish and beverage. Then fire up the grill in your yard or balcony, or try a nearby community green space, like a park.

Simple Barbecue-Themed Accessories

You won’t need a lot of special decor. Your friendship and hospitality goes the distance here. But if you do want to mark the occasion, consider these personalized options:

Independence Foil-Pressed Guest Towels. Personalize these party papers with up to three lines of text printed in your choice of font, foil ink color and paper color. Motifs include grill, flag and striped star.

Oceanic Napkin — Embossed. More environmentally friendly because it has no ink, and so it’s compostable, this napkin puts the wind in your sails. Personalize with up to three lines in the lettering style of your choice. Motifs include: crab, sand dollar, shell, sea star, palm trees, captain’s wheel, anchor and beach chair. Choice of paper color. Embossed.

Comida Cutting Board. Pork, beef, fish or chicken…what’s your fancy? Our Comida Cutting Board features a whimsical parade of farm animals along with your oversized initial. Choose horizontal or vertical orientation. Made from eco-friendly bamboo. Hand washing recommended.

Altamira Monogram Mason Jars. Splurge on a set of these super cute personalized mason jars. They hit just the right note for a casual gathering like a spring break barbecue.  Customize the 16 ounce mason jar with one of 10 exclusive monograms, including Anthony and Circle. Clear glass. Dishwasher safe.

From left to right: Independence Foil-pressed Guest Towel, Altamira Monogram Mason Jar, Comida Cutting Board & Independence Embossed Napkin

Coming together over food is the oldest, time-tested way of connecting with others. Nothing fancy is required. Just kindness and a simple meal.

Set your table apart with luxury napkins

Set an inviting table with luxury Airlaid napkins. The perfect celebratory napkin should be durable and dependable. We guarantee these new line of napkins are both.

Beautifully designed and embellished exactly how you like, Airlaid napkins are a tabletop must-have. Use them for any occasion:

  • Weddings
  • Anniversary parties
  • Special birthdays
  • Graduations
  • Holidays
  • Work banquets
  • Quinceaneras
  • Bar and Bat Mitzvahs
  • Baptisms and First Communions
Create luxury napkins in minutes. Get them in days, not weeks.

Printed in gold or silver foil on white paper, these fine beverage napkins feature our most popular designs and lettering styles. Use your monogram, name or a special message all your own. No matter how you personalize these napkins, they’ll perfectly complement your special day.

The foil lettering lends sparkle and sophistication, and is perfectly applied to the paper for a sturdy bond that will never flake or peel.

Give your wedding the royal treatment with personalized luxury napkins

Airlaid napkins, made in Germany, are wonderfully absorbent, with a smooth, lint-free surface. What’s more, they are also tear-resistant when wet, protecting your surfaces and ensuring a perfect meal.

Unfolding to a little more than two-thirds of a square foot, these one-ply luxury napkins are generously sized and soft to the fingers.  Use them any time you want to add a special touch to an important occasion.

See the collection here. You’re sure to find a design you love.


Ring in the New Year? Create wedding invitations at Giftsin24

If you are ringing in the New Year with a sparkly new engagement ring on your finger, congratulations! A holiday proposal is so romantic. We hope you are enjoying showing off your new ring…and your beautiful new commitment to one another.  Before you know it, your days and weeks will be filled with planning. And of course, you’ll be looking for wedding invitations. Which is wonderful, because now your favorite personalized stationery, napkin and gift company offers wedding and special event invitations.

Giftsin24 offers professional wedding invitations shipped in 24 hours.
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Wedding Invitations in Days, Not Weeks

Now you can create beautiful wedding invitations in minutes and they will ship the very next day. There are 10 invitations and coordinating response cards to choose from. Check them out. We hope you’ll fall in luuuuurve with them. Whether you prefer a woodsy aesthetic, shabby chic or oh-so-elegantly-traditional, you’ll find an invitation that expresses your beautiful, perfect relationship/

You can immediately preview your creations, so you can play to your heart’s content with the 20 lettering style choices, 11 raised-ink color choices, paper color options, and solid envelope lining choices to discover the combination you prefer.

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Lettering Styles

You can use one lettering style, or combine two. There are no hard and fast rules…it’s really up to what pleases your eye. But here are some rules of thumb.

Opposites attract: Pairing something round and flowy for the names with something simple and easy to read always works.

Easy does it: Avoid using a hard-to-read font for large blocks of text. That can be frustrating and …oops! Send Uncle Harvey and Aunt Noreen to the wrong address.

 

Create the wedding invitations of your dreams at Giftsin24.com
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Words to Wow Them 

If you know how you want to word your invitation, wonderful! You have up to 15 lines to express your joy and welcome your guests. Not sure what to say? Never fear…sample invitation text is available. Click on the ‘Insert sample text’ link and… voila… we’ll automatically supply it.

Get started now in creating the wedding invitations of your dreams

It’s National Thank You Note Day

Consider the bounty of your life on National Thank You Note Day…December 26

We’ve opened our gifts. The guests have gone home. The year 2018 is about to end. This is a day to consider the bounty of our lives. And then it’s time to start writing.

It’s time to say thank you for the gifts we’ve received during the holidays: homemade cookies from our niece, that bottle of wine from our neighbor. For the people who helped us or engaged with us in a meaningful way in 2018. Maybe it was a teacher who helped us learn a new skill, a counselor who helped us through a difficult week, a boss who expressed kindness or special consideration, or a friend who we trust to the ends of the earth. 

We can jot a line or two, or write a longer letter. But the important thing is that we do it. This social gesture can feel small or meaningless, but it is actually part of the glue that holds together a family, friendship or community. We lead such busy lives and it’s easy to forget to stop and express gratitude for the richness we enjoy…if not in money, then in the things that really matter: our relationships with others. 

Writing a thank you note isn’t complicated, and there are many places online you can find hints and tips:

The Emily Post Institute

Forbes Magazine

Real Simple Magazine

And, you can see these tips we’ve written in past blogs.

Here are some of our top-selling writing papers for beautiful thank you note writing.
 

Holiday Gifts that Celebrate Life’s Milestones

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Celebrate life’s milestones with personalized holiday gifts.

Life happens fast. And it can feel complicated at times. But some decisions are easy, like celebrating life’s milestones with personalized gifts. Baby’s first Christmas. Our first home together. A beautiful new marriage. Someone dear who passed this year. These are all important touchstones in our lives, and there are all manner of ways to mark them.

A holiday gift is such a wonderful opportunity to do so. And a personalized gift is all the more meaningful.

Here are some of our favorite personalized gifts to celebrate life’s milestones:

Baby Milestones

Baby’s First Christmas Ornament   Cherish your precious little one’s first Christmas with this sweet ornament. It’s a colorful and thoughtful memento the family will enjoy for years. Include a name and year, and we will print it along with adorable baby booty and Christmas artwork onto jade glass.

Little Miss Muffet Picture Frame  Remember baby’s first glorious day with a personalized Little Miss Muffet Picture Frame. We can engrave the baby’s first name, middle name, last name, date, weight and time of birth. You can include a 4″ x 6″ photograph.

Wedding Milestones
Personalized cork coasters help mark life's milestones

Mr and Mrs Cork Coaster  Personalized to remember your special day, the Mr. and Mrs. Cork Coaster includes a set of six, absorbent cork coasters in 5 popular lettering styles. Includes the option of two lines of text below the “Mr and Mrs” artwork.

Established Cutting Board Celebrate how you felt the day you first moved into your new home and serve up the fun with this eco-friendly, personalized bamboo cutting board. Features a single initial and three lines of text, which are laser engraved into the wood. Makes the perfect gift for a wedding, housewarming, anniversary and more.

In Memory Of Milestones

Butterfly Kisses Memorial Frame   Remember a loved one who has passed with this memorial frame that accommodates a 4″ x 6″ photograph.

Pet Memorial Glass Ornament  Pets are a special part of our lives. We cherish them forever. This ornament features your pet’s name and memorial dates or special phrase.