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Archive for August, 2008

Labor Day Hours / UPS Delivery Delays Due to Labor Day

Aug 21, 2008

Little Things Favors will be closed for business on Monday, September 1, 2008 in observance of Labor Day.

UPS also has suspended service for this holiday.  Thus, package delivery times may be affected with ship dates beginning Monday, August 25th, 2008.  Time in transit will be delayed by 1 business day, depending on destination.

We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday Sepetmeber 2, 2008.

We hope that you will have a great holiday weekend and thank you for your continued business!

Little Things Favors: Half-Day Closing Schedule

Aug 20, 2008

Hi Everyone!

I am happy to announce that we are currently in the process of building our first retail wedding favors and accessories location in Sayreville, NJ.  Our Grand Opening is scheduled for Ocotber 2008.  More details soon to follow!

However, because of so much construction, we are closing for a half day today because we need to be at the store location.

On Wednesday August 20th, 2008, we will be opened from 10 AM to 1 PM. Our offices will re-open at 10 AM on August 21, 2008.

We are also hiring for full time and part time customer service reps.  If you are interested we currently offer competitive salaries, vacation/sick time, medical and pharmacy insurance, and paid gym memberships.

Have a wonderful day!

xoxo!

Erica, Owner, Little Things Favors

An Elegant Tea Party At Home

Aug 19, 2008

Looking to throw a bridal tea the day of your wedding? No tea room nearby? Throwing your own bridal tea can be quick and easy. Here’s the perfect make-at-home menu to compliment your special day:

Scones

Get these delicious treats at your local coffee shop or bakery the day before. Warm them up in the microwave prior to serving and place them in a bread basket with a towel to keep them warm. Serve with fresh whipped cream, clotted cream, butter, and your favorite fruit jam.

Sandwiches

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

1/2 seedless cucumber, peeled and very thinly sliced (about 32 slices)
1/2 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
1/2 cup coarsely chopped watercress leaves
16 slices best-quality white bread
Salt to taste
1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts

Combine butter and watercress; spread on one side of each slice of bread. Lay cucumber slices onto the buttered side. Sprinkle with salt. Cover each with 1 tablespoon alfalfa sprouts and top with the remaining slices of bread, buttered side down.

Carefully cut the crusts from each sandwiches, in half diagonally, and then cut in half again.

Yields 8 whole sandwiches or 16 halves or 32 fourths.

Dessert

At the bakery, pick up a small cookie tray or serve fresh fruit from the grocery store.

Tea

Pick your favorite bag or brew from whole leaves. If it’s a hot day, buy your favorite bottled iced tea and serve up with lemon slices for a special touch.

Extra Treat

Give your guests one of these great tea favors as a way to remember your festive tea party!

Honeymoon Registry: A Wedding Do or Don’t?

Aug 14, 2008

Microwaves, toaster ovens, bath towels, oh my! If you’re the type of couple that has just about everything you need, a honeymoon registry could be a great alternative to the traditional gifts given at a shower. The honeymoon registry allows you to have your guests donate to a fund that helps you pay for your honeymoon. Instead of a microwave, you get to go scuba diving, or replace the cotton linens with a romantic dinner; it’s really that simple.

How It Works

Step1: Sign up.

Step 2: Add “items” or activities you’d like to do on your honeymoon to your registry. These can be things like concerts, excursions, tours, etc.

Step 3: Send the word out in your invitations to your shower, e-mails to your wedding guests, or announcement cards.

Step 4: Watch and see what your guests send your way.

So, what do you think? Too tacky? Too brazen? The perfect wedding gift? Is the honeymoon registry a bridal do or a bridal don’t?

Make your honeymoon as fun and romantic as possible! Check out Just Married Gifts, like super cute Honeymoon flip flops and Honeymoon tote bags here.

5 Rules for Choosing Your Wedding Music

Aug 13, 2008

 

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When you are hiring your DJ or your band for your wedding consider the following tips. Next to the food and drinks you will serve, the entertainment is the most important aspect of your wedding reception; uou want your guests to have a good time, and hiring a wedding professional will ensure that your guests are motivated and hit that dance floor.  A professional DJ and/or MC will ensure the proper flow to your wedding reception, making sure all of the introductions, proper toasts, special dances and announcements are made in a timely and proper fashion.  A good DJ will also collaborate with you to make a custom playlist for your reception.

You should also consider the following tips when considering your wedding reception music:

1) Don’t neglect the cocktail hour!  The cocktail hour sets the mood for your reception, a bit of light music starts off your festivities right.

2) The key to a successful wedding is lots of dancing, you want your guests to have a good time, not just sit around and talk all night.  That means disco, eighties pop and today’s popular dance songs should be incorporated into your music mix.

3) Select some oldies too!  You’ll want to offer some slow dancing too, and some music for your family who may not be from your generation too also enjoy. 

4)  Make sure your DJ knows when to speak.  Some DJ’s are too chatty, while a professional DJ or MC will know just when to speak and just when the pace needs to be picked up.

5) Pick a memorable song to end the reception.  Songs such as “Last Dance” by Donna Summer, “White Wedding” by Billy Idol, “Closing Time” by Semisonic or something romantic by Frank Sinatra.

Last but not least, if your reception is a music themed bash, why not send your guests home with custom hand made wedding favor CDs or a music themed wedding favor?

And if you are looking for a professional DJ company, we suggest Party Perfect NYC for all your NYC, NJ or CT wedding DJ needs. We’ve worked with them many times and would highly recommend their services.

Paradise Found – Luau Themed Wedding

Aug 11, 2008

I’m planning on having a luau-themed wedding reception, any ideas on how to incorporate my theme?”


Luaus are a fantastic reception idea. Tying in the theme to your menu is easy. Talk to your caterer about exotic fish, platters of exotic fruits, or Hawaiian cuisine. Consider having a pig roast as an exciting and unique approach to your reception fare. Drink selection should also be fruity and tropical, served in bright glasses, coconuts, or with small umbrellas.

For entertainment, consult with local entertainment companies about hiring hula dancers or fire performers to give a one of a kind performance on your wedding day.

Be sure to let your guests know about the theme so they can dress accordingly!

As for décor, rent some tiki torches and break out the grass skirts. Decorate your venues with tropical flowers, seas shells, palm fronds, or Hawaiian tapestries. As a great centerpiece, gold fish bowls will be exciting and interesting. Add on some shells, sand, and flowers,and you’ve got a luau!

Tie everything in with some of these exotic Beach Wedding Favors. Your guests will celebrate in a true island paradise. Aloha!

Lovely Locations – How To Choose The Right Wedding Location

Aug 7, 2008

It’s time to start planning your wedding. When’s the date? Where is the ceremony? How about the reception? Picking the right venue for your wedding can be a bit tricky. Here are a few things you should keep in mind when it comes time to select the ceremony and reception locations:

Accessibility

Do you have any handicapped family members or guests attending? Make sure your church, outdoor spot, or reception area has the appropriate ramps and rest room facilities to accommodate all of your wedding guests.

Season

If you’re looking to get married in the great outdoors, make sure that it’s not going to be too hot. Both your guests and your cake are sure to melt. Invest in a tent or an indoor reception area to cool off your wedding. If it’s winter, choose a venue that is warm and cozy. Remember, if you’re having an outdoor wedding, you may also want to rent a portable dance floor. Dancing on grass can quickly turn to mud, ruining dresses and shoes. And remember, Garden Wedding Favors are perfect for those summer outdoor weddings.

Size

The reception and the ceremony are all dependent on your decision on the size. Is ten guests more your style, or are you looking to include 100? Make sure your venues can accommodate all of your invites comfortably, with ample space for dancing, eating, and just enjoying the occasion!

Wedding Guest Bag Tips & Ideas

Aug 7, 2008

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Welcome to Our Wedding, Wedding Guest Bags

A great way to show your gratitude to your out of town or destination wedding guests is to prepare welcome bags for them.  A rule of thumb is one bag per hotel room, or one per single or one per couple sharing a room.  You should begin to gather your items at least 2 months before your wedding, and assemble them one to three weeks before it.

Once your bags are assembled make sure to give them to the hotel manager with a list of guests to receive them.  You could have your welcome bags distributed in one of three ways: when guests check in, already in the guest rooms when guests arrive, or you can have an hotel employee deliver the bags after your guests’ arrival.

Ideas to place in your guest bags:

Marriage Is Like A Fine Merlot…

Aug 6, 2008

Fabulous wine is an essential for the modern wedding. From Cabernet Souvignon to Pinot Grigio, the possibilities are endless for the perfect post-nuptual beverage. While you consider the perfect pairing for your reception dinner entrees, take a look at some of the fantastic wine wedding favor ideas that you can use to tie in your passion for good wine. Great for wine-themed or autumn weddings, or if you and your fiancee met at a vineyard, wine wedding favors are a great way to celebrate your love on your special day.

Bottle Stoppers

Bottle stoppers are a great favor option. Choose from a wide variety of styles, colors, and materials to tie in your wedding theme. Choose personalized wine bottle stoppers or even make your own decorative corks as a more thoughtful touch. LittleThingsFavors.com features wine bottle stoppers in numerous designs to capture the essence of your wedding day.

Mini-Bottles

If you make your own wine, or have ready access to a vineyard, miniature bottles of your favorite wine is an option. Make wine with your fiancee as a special gift to your wedding guests. Serve complimentary glasses during the wedding, or store in small bottles for a great wedding favor.

Coasters

Make them or choose picture frame coaster Wedding Favors from LittleThingsFavors.com for a practical shower or reception option. Choose from printed designs, personalized selections or picture frames to find the one that fits your special day. Get creative and frame wine labels instead of a photograph as a favor.

No matter what type of wine wedding favor you choose from LittleThingsFavors.com, your guests will fully enjoy their wine experience. Cheers!

Bridal Bouquets Uncovered: What The Colors of Your Flowers Mean

Aug 5, 2008

Flowers have been symbols of many things. For the bride, the bouquet is a centuries-old tradition designed to ward off evil spirits and encourage positivity in marriage. Each flower holds a special meaning that pertains to the love and happiness of the couple. Here are several popular flower choices and their meanings:

Daffodil – warm regards, friendship

Fern – sincerity

Forget-Me-Not- true love

Honeysuckle – represents the bonds of love

Iris – messages

Ivy - friendship

Lavender – good luck

Lilac – first feelings of love

Lily of the Valley – return of happiness

Magnolia – perseverance

Pansy – thinking of you

Rose – desire and love

Rosemary – remembrance

Sweet Alyssum – worth beyond beauty

Sweet Basil – good wishes, fortune

Violet – faithfulness

Daisy - joy, innocence, laughter

Yarrow – everlasting love

When choosing your bouquet, pick flowers that are not only beautiful, but also meaningful. Be sure to tie in your floral choices with the theme of your wedding, the season, colors, and your own personal tastes. Flowers give style and character to your wedding day. Tie in your flower choices and have your guest share in the meaning with Garden-Themed Wedding Favors.