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!

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