Let us help you with that (anniversary gifts!)

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and that may mean it’s your anniversary, too. If you’re scratching your head of what to get your spouse, let us help you with that. Let us make it easy by following these traditional gifts by year of anniversary. See the whole list here.

Year 1, Paper: Arguably one of the most important anniversaries, there are boundless options for paper. We love the idea of getting your spouse a set of personalized stationery by Bell’Invito (whether a name change is in order or not). This also makes a great gift from parents to the new couple.

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Year 3, Leather: By year three, you’ve made some wonderful memories as a couple, perhaps purchasing a home, getting a pet, or even adding to your family in other ways. Capture these moments in a leather-bound photo album or leather journal by Graphic Image to keep those happy times preserved.

Year 7, Wool: If you’re in need of a reminder to celebrate with your spouse, check out our merino wool wine carriers from Graf and Lantz and fill it with a bottle of champagne or a nice wine.  For non-drinkers, we have messenger bags and pouches for technology devices.

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Year 14, Animals: Why not surprise your better half with a decorative, decoupage piece from John Derian? With various retro patterns which include horses, dogs, and cats, your animal-loving wife or husband is sure to love it.

Year 25, Silver: This is a special year, requiring a special gift.  Cross and Faber-Castell use silver in their fine writing utensils.  What gift can be more special and practical than a pen?

Year 50, Gold: This is a big, no, the biggest one. The best of the best. Hopefully you’re having a party, and hopefully there will be a thoughtfully wrapped, 14 carat gold nib fountain pen from Namiki in a box for your sweetheart.

Whatever anniversary year it is, remembering a hand-written card is always stylish, personal, and unique. Stop by so we can help you make that one day a year special every time.

“…you are so hassom Love Mallory”

Kush with letterMy friend posted this picture of her son reading an invitation from a girl at his new grade school. No evite or paperlesspost for this little girl.

KushCoverAnd it’s no frills.  Just a piece of blank paper, no lines, folded in fours.  It appears to be written in ink vs pencil, but I could be wrong.  The outside says “to: Kush” and “Love: Mallory”.  Nice use of the colons, but lets just skip past the ol’ generic “From”…I mean it is a personal note.

KushLetterWhen you unfold the note there is personal, handwritten invitation.  It reads ” Kush you are invittid [invited] to my bhrithday [birthday]” followed by her address.  Short and sweet.  And the copy is not just randomly placed, but centered on the page. This invitation is well thought out by this young lady.

But what makes this invitation even more personal is the use of a sticky note placed inside.  It reads ” Kush you are so hassom [handsome] Love Mallory.”

No need to beat around the bush here!  Translated: “Kush, you’re cute and I want to celebrate my birthday with you.”  Lesson for girls: don’t be shy…you have to ask for what you want.  Sure a handwritten note is a nice touch….we already know that.  But sprinkle the word “love” around and add a little flattery, now that will really get someone’s attention.

Not sure how many of these notes were written or if anyone else was invited.  It appears to be an open invitation as there is no date for what is assumed to be a birthday party.  But then again, she never said it was a party…just her birthday. ;-)

Get TT Patton on Your Side Before “I do”

IMG_1493Do you hear that in the distance? It’s the sound of wedding bells after the holidays. According to Wedding Wire, one third of engagements take place between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. You likely know someone who has gotten engaged on Christmas or New Year’s Eve. And the best advice you can offer the newly engaged couple is to start planning now – they will thank themselves later.

Coming from a former bride who helped plan my own wedding, plus both of my sisters’ weddings all in ten months, I know the necessity of preparation. Weddings are funny in that the day’s experience is based on the sum of the details. Certainly the venue and the dress are important, but the little things add the flair and personality of you and your future spouse. In other words, details reflect who you are, which is why we think wedding invitations are so important to the big day.

One crucial factor in working with wedding vendors is ensuring they are paying attention to your needs. At TT Patton, you only work with Theresa – that’s it! She consults on fonts, paper color and type, envelope liners, and can give you a quick tutorial on the differences between engraved, letterpress, or raised ink. That is impressive. Between the invitation selection, proofing, and delivery process, you’re sure to have the personal attention that is so important to brides and grooms who want to make sure those details are perfect. Coupled with the breathtaking selection of brands, you want to have TT Patton on your side before you walk down the aisle.