Monday, July 13, 2015

The Sorority Stationery Line Gets Featured!

It's always exciting when the hard work of a member of the PaperStyle team gains some recognition out in the world!

Cara Markham is a longtime PS team member who is responsible, in large part, for our wonderful line of sorority stationery! While Cara worked towards her Bachelor's Degree at the University of West Georgia, she was also an active member of Kappa Delta sorority. She is featured in the most recent issue of Kappa Delta's magazine, ANGELOS, for her work with PaperStyle in implementing the sorority line! Check out her fabulous feature on page 12!

L to R: 817-57-KDCHALK, 817-57NP-KDSYM, and 817-49NP-KDPHOTO

We're so very proud of Cara and all the work she put in to help research and design the notepads, stationery, and grad announcements in our Greek stationery line. Way to go, Cara!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Summer Gatherings!

With summer just around the corner (though, it sure doesn't seem like it in some places, weather-wise), it's the perfect time to start planning all those outdoor gatherings! Pool parties! Garden parties! BBQs!

Whether you're hosting your tenth annual summer extravaganza, or you're feeling a little nervous about your first big BBQ, we want to help you feel as prepared as you can!

The easiest place to start planning is with the invitation. All you need to know before getting your invitations is a time, date, and location! With the absolute plethora of designs available to you across the web (though, we're pretty fond of our own!), it's easy to pick one that is beautiful, fun, or funny. It can be anything you want! Picking the right invitation, and picking it first, helps make clear to your guests what kind of party this is, and the level of formality they should expect.

Once you've picked your invitations, you can use them as a jumping-off point for decorations. So many invitation designs come with decor ideas built right in! Red checkered tablecloths for BBQs, beach balls floaties for your beach and pool parties. Garden parties are pretty simple to decorate for, because the garden itself is the best decoration! Add some strings of bistro lights and crisp tablecloths, and you're all set. If your invitation is more typographically heavy, take the decorations in any direction you'd like!

Not to toot our own horn, but Paper Style's got you covered in the tableware section, too. Our huge selection of Caspari napkins and plates means you'll be sure to find a design that you love, that also meets up with the ambiance you're developing for your party, and possibly even matches your invitations! You can get your invitations, plates, tablecloths, napkins, and cups all in one go.

How early to send out your invites depends on the size of the party, whether you're requesting a mailed RSVP, and how much individual planning you have left to do. Traditionally, though, it's best to send out invites between 2 to 4 weeks before the party (though with informal party invitations, the time frame is less set in stone). Giving your guests a couple of weeks' notice should also give you plenty of time to hear back from them, and then you'll have your final head count!

If you need some more help figuring out what you want to do for a summer gathering, we've got some other great resources for you:
  • Our Invitation Etiquette page has some great little tidbits about traditional invitation etiquette for both formal and informal gatherings!

  • Our Tips and Advice page has a sidebar full of all kinds of useful articles to help with the planning process!

  • Paper Style's Pinterest page is a great place to find ideas for a cohesive, visually appealing party (we've got boards for all kinds of events)!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Tuesday Team Pick {David}

Another Tuesday is upon us, which means it's time for another Tuesday Team Pick! And we're happy to be sharing the pick of Paper Style prez, David! From the beginning, David's been really excited about our line of The Wizard of Oz invitations & stationery, so of course, his pick would be from that line!

We asked David why he chose this invitation, and here was his response:

"Who doesn’t like The Wizard of Oz?  This image is very engaging to capture the attention of the recipient.  It’s very versatile in that it can be used for almost any type of party or even as a Save the Date card (which is how I used it for my daughter’s Bat Mitzvah).  With the scarecrow and Dorothy talking about your event, the invite will connote it’s one not to be missed."

Well said, David.

Have you purchased any invitations or stationery from our Wizard of Oz line? We'd love to hear what kind of response you got from your invitees!

Monday, February 2, 2015

A Very Paper Style Valentine's Day!

With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we asked our Paper Style team to share with us Valentine's Day highlights to get us all into the spirit! Love in the air, and all that!

And we had some SUPER sweet submissions from our team:

Andrea in Web Content (whose birthday is actually ON Valentine's Day!!) sent in a story about her family's sweet Valentine's Day tradition:
Since I was born on Valentine’s Day, my dad ALWAYS made that day so very special for me and all the girls in his life. My mom would always get the biggest Valentine filled with Russell Stover candy. I would get the next biggest, and then my sisters' were a bit smaller… as time passed, and we all had daughters, my dad made sure to include them as well!

Below is a picture of Andrea's daughters and the Valentines that her dad sent to them the first year they were living in GA! (SO. CUTE.)

Paper Stylist Karen submitted this photo of her sweet dog Millie as her favorite Valentine "because she always loves me no matter what!" And we think Millie makes a great Valentine; it's always an extra special day around here when she comes to visit!

Type Stylist Debbie submitted some pictures of a beautiful tablescape she put together for a Valentine's Day party she hosted! Isn't that "Love" confetti absolutely perfect?

On the other hand, we also had some pretty comical submissions, illustrating the ridiculousness of trying to eat out on the 14th of February:

Our founder, Chris, submitted a great Valentine's Day story from back in his college days:
In college at UGA, my sweet girlfriend wanted to go to a ‘nice’ dinner but there was only one problem.  I didn’t make a reservation anywhere. We both dressed up, she in a pretty dress and I wore a tie… drove all over Athens and after 2 hours of finding nothing but booked restaurants, we gave up and dined at Long John Silver's… not what she had in mind. Moral of story… make a freaking reservation on the busiest dining evening of the year if you want anything other than fast food!

Our Graphic Specialist, Michael, had a similar story:
One year I decided to go big and take my wife out for dinner on Valentine's Day. We got all dressed up and went to a Houston's restaurant. Apparently you needed a reservation, and the hostess wouldn't even let us in without one. We drove to Outback Steakhouse and there was a line of probably 12 couples waiting to be called. We waited for almost an hour and left. Then, I took her to a small Cuban diner... and it was closed for issues with their license. We ended up at a Taco Bell at 11 p.m. that looked like a trip to the 70's, eating burritos under white fluorescent lights. We have not gone out to dinner on a Valentine's night ever since then. We find a recipe that we both like and we prepare it at home.

Definitely lessons well learned.

Have any spectacular (or spectacularly unfortunate) Valentine's Day stories you'd like to share? We'd love to hear them!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Big Welcome for a Little Guy!

We're so excited to welcome a new member to our Paper Style Team!

Last month, Shikha, a member of our Web Team, welcomed this little guy into the world! Say hello to Shourya!

Isn't he just the cutest?! Can't wait til her comes for a visit!