Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Wrapping... Up Our 2018 Valentine's Day Designs

While most others are wrapping their Christmas gifts, we're wrapping up our 2018 Valentine's Day designs. (Yup, we're feeling chronologically challenged.) To date, we've created at least four new collections and updated others.


We won't start actively promoting these products until after the New Year, but you can preview them now at our Smell My Feet Zazzle store:

- Lynne Sabean

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


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Monday, December 4, 2017

Planning the Perfect New Year's Eve Party

Following are tips from Janusian Gallery to help you plan the best New Year's Eve party ever:

  • Set a budget: this will help you determine how many people to invite, where to hold the event, what food/beverages to serve, what entertainment you can afford, etc.
  • Choose a New Year's party theme: retro, disco, modern, casual, or formal.
  • Book the venue: if you're not having a house party. Event spaces fill up quickly this time of year... and they're charging peak rates for New Year's Eve parties. How will the space further your them? What's included? Will you need to rent tables, chairs, linens? Do you want a big screen to watch the ball drop? Now's the time to ask.
  • Build a guest list: with whom do you want to ring in the New Year?
  • Get the word out early: it's a super-busy time of year. Give people more advance notice than you usually would. Consider save the date card or even just a "heads up" group e-mail / text.
  • Staff and planners can help take some of the load off you. Consider hiring a few high-school kids to pass around appetizers at the event and clean up afterwards.
  • Followup with invitations: set up a web page, send out an e-mail / text, pick up the phone or mail a custom printed invitation.

     

    We recommend NOT including the invite with any Christmas cards you may send out, as the message may get lost.
  • Plan your food and drink. Frankly, we're addicted to Pinterest for great recipes. How much of it do you want to make your selves and how much will you have catered?
  • Entertainment: Band? DJ? Your playlist?
  • Party supplies and decorations: For the perfect New Year's Even party, they're more than just an afterthought. Depending on the theme, you may choose to go with the convenience of disposable plates cups, and napkins.
  • Wear comfortable shoes: Trust us on this one.
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  • Consider a (late) brunch instead: Make it pot-luck and you'll have even more time to spend with your guests.

What are your favorite party planning ideas? Leave us a message below.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

- Lynne Sabean


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Friday, December 1, 2017

Why Choose Print-on-Demand or Other Personalizable Gifts?

Gifts that can be personalized / customized are a great way to show you care. Here's just a few of the many reasons why:

  • Design variety: Choose from literally millions of designs that you won't find in "big box" or specialty stores.
  • Product variety: Its often not economically feasible for stores to carry all products in all designs. With print-on-demand products, you can easily find unique coordinating items. And even better, you often have easy access to the designer, who can create new products in any of the designs you see.
  • Creativity: Have you ever found an item that's "almost perfect" (wrong background color, pattern repeat the wrong size, great image, but you'd like to change the words on it)? Items that can be customized let you really unleash your inner artist.
  • Distinctive: Items with a monogram, name or message add a one-of-a-kind touch to the closet, home, or office.
  • Wedding / party planning gets a whole lot easier. Ever fallen in love with an invitation design, only to find out that it's not available in save the date cards, bridesmaid's gifts, etc? that's less likely to happen with special order customizable items.
  • Thoughtfulness: Your recipient will appreciate the additional time and attention you took to order the item. They'll know it wasn't "re-gifted" or pulled from a hostess gift box.
  • Kind to Mother Earth: Print-on-demand gifts are good for the environment, because they don't exist until someone customizes and orders them. There will never be piles of unsold products sent to the landfill.
  • Easily returned if misplaced: Customized gifts for kids - like lunch boxes, backpacks, shirts, and hats - means that teachers can ID left-behind items and they won't end up in the lost-and-found box at school.

Why do you love personalizable products? What's the best one you've ever given or received? Leave us a message below.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

- Lynne Sabean


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