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How Did You Know He Was “The One?”

Dec 17, 2012

Last week we asked our Facebook fans to answer the question, “How Did You Know He Was ‘The One’?”  This question was floating around our office earlier in the week because we are coming close to two office weddings this year (one in January and one in September) and I just made the jump to living with my boyfriend – and I was curious to hear from other real life couples who have also experienced that magical moment when you just knew – he was “The One”!

The story of my beau and I date back …  20 or so years ago, I had met him working at my first job – we both worked at a local McDonald’s.  It was the summer of 1993 – I was entering my senior year in high school and he was going into college.  I thought he was adorable and funny – but I knew that jocks didn’t date artists.  Instead, I wound up dating one of his friends, and well, that took him off the list of guys I could date.  Over the years, I heard updates about him through mutual friends, but we never re-connected – until February of 2012 when he messaged me on Facebook to catch up and within a few hours of talking we had plans to meet the very next day!  We went to a local Cuban restaurant and spent the night talking – not just a few hours, but all night – we even closed down the restaurant!  A few days later, I was leaving to go on an vacation with my son and my plane was delayed.  It was Valentine’s day.  He left work early and drove to the airport to take us to dinner.  After dinner, he bought a single red rose and handed it to my son and told him to give it to me for Valentine’s day.  I knew at that moment he was the one and I wasn’t going to let him get away from me for a second time … it was probably the sweetest and most romantic thing a guy had done for me my entire life!

I’d like to thank all our Facebook fans for sharing such amazing love stories with us!

While we’d love to choose all of you as the winner, the winner of this contest is:

Congrats to:

Michelle Santo, Cleveland Ohio

I have known my husband my whole life!! We grew up in the same neighborhood and my brother played little league with him!! He had a brother as well who always said the two of us would end up together. I was very close with his brother who unfortunately is no longer with us today but I know is very happy watching over us and our little one!!! Kevin and I have always been friends but one night he asked me to a wedding and I didn’t think he was serious (we were at a bar) so the next day he called and asked me again and I said yes. We had a great time (he was the best man) I knew alot of the people who were there so it was a lot fun!!! At the end of the night we ended up sharing the most amazing unexpected kiss and from that moment on I knew one of my friends was going to become my husband and my best friend. He was right under my nose my whole life and I never knew it!!!! We were married in two feet of snow (2 days before the wedding it was 70! Gotta love OH) on 4/23/2005 and with every passing year out loves grows stronger and stronger.

Michelle, please send us an email to info@littlethingsfavors.com to claim your $50 gift certificate to www.LittleThingsFavors.com or www.LittleThingsBaby.com

Would you like to win a $50 gift certificate too?  Join us every week on our Facebook page as we ask a question about love, romance and marriage.  Just comment on the weekly contest photo to be entered to win!

The Key To A Happy Marriage Is …

Dec 11, 2012

The Key To A Happy Marriage

There is no advice or secret tip to make a marriage successful.  Marriage is a series of ups and downs, trials and tribulations, laughter and tears (hopefully more laughter than tears), joy and sorrow.  Marriage is a process, one you have to work at – you must learn to compromise, learn from each other, continue to love each other and find time for romance.  But there is no real “key” to making it 100% secure.  If there was there would be no divorce! But we can learn from those who have long and happy marriages what the “key” was for them – and maybe incorporate these tidbits of advice into our own lives.

We asked our readers, our Facebook Fans and our Twitter Followers for their “Key” piece of advice and this is what they said:

Some of our readers feel that the sanctity of a marriage guided by God is the most important aspect. Jamie B., from NC says: “Constant communication, trust and God’s Grace!!” is the key for her.  Pamela W. from CA concurs, “The key is having God at the center of the marriage and submitting to Him first and foremost.”

A few of our readers acknowledge that being understanding no matter the situation, big or small, is the key to a successful marriage. Fiolina L. feels couples should have “patience, LOTS of it.” Jennifer K., from NY agrees that “not sweating the small stuff” is the secret for her. Newlywed Anthony G., from NY knows that “Understanding one another as well as accepting each other as a FRIEND.” is the most important aspect to any relationship. While understanding is important, it goes hand in hand with what Ginger A. and Brandy M. readers from Texas, tell us. It is a combination of “trust, patience and communication”.  Brandy goes on that, “it turns out, there’s lots a keys! Ima need a key chain of some sort!” – and we at Little Things agree, the “key” to a happy marriage may be a little of everything!

Also on top of our list of “keys” was the theme of romance, “respect and love”, according to our Facebook fan Izzabelle C., and Rosalynn G. from NY affirms this sentiment.  Rosalynn thinks that all couples should, “Keep doing and saying things that will give your spouse a sense of importance.”  While Pattie C., from FL wrapped this theme up nicely by stating couples should, “Kiss each other goodnight, every night !!!”

Humor, it turns out,  is just as important as all the other keys above.  Nicole M. from NY made us laugh when she told us her secret is, “Working opposite shifts!” While Kathy W. also from NY made us smile with her comment, “Let your hubby play softball on Sundays and he’ll do your bidding all week long!” So that’s the secret ingredient we were missing all along! Thanks, Kathy!

And finally, we think the “key” that every man should know to keep their wife happy is a tip from Dan. C from NY, “Never, NEVER, answer the question, ‘Does this make me look fat?’ Fake a seizure if you have to , but get out of the room. Then, 30 seconds later, wander back in the room as if you didn’t hear the question and say, ‘Wow, is that new?’ It looks great on you!” Repeat as often as possible.”

If you’ve enjoyed this post, why not incorporate it into your wedding day?  Ask your guests to write down their “keys” to a happy marriage on little cards or sheets of paper and keep them safe in a guest book, a reception card holder, photo album or even frame them in a photo collage to hang in your new home so you will always have their “keys” of wisdom with you throughout your happy marriage.  And don’t forget to share your key’s with them, a perfect complimentary wedding favor for this wedding theme is our bestselling, Antique Key Bottle Opener shown here:

Bronze Finish Antique Style Key Bottle Opener Favors in Gift Box

Bronze Finish Antique Style Key Bottle Opener Favors in Gift Box

Haven’t weighed in on the conversation yet?  Join by commenting below, what do you think is the “key” to a happy and successful marriage?

12 Days of Christmas – Day 4

Dec 6, 2012

The weather outside has been playing games the last few days.  You are not sure if you need your spring jacket or your winter coat.  One thing is for sure is the holidays are coming and so is the chaos of getting your shopping done.  You have bought all the big gifts for your fiance/husband this year but you want to get a couple of little extra gifts to add for him to open.  What do you get his family? What do you get your own? Gone are the days of the holiday fruitcake.  You can only re-gift it so many times!  Thinking about something new why not try looking at some different beverage ideas.   Go to: http://www.littlethingsfavors.com/bewefa1.html

 

Fourth Day of Christmas

Today and today only take %10 off all beverage favors.  Just enter the code WARMUP10 for your discount.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Warm up your Holiday Season with our Personalized Cappuccino Favors

Add some flavor to your Holiday Shopping with our Meant-to-Bee Personalized Clover Honey Jar Favors

 

12 Days of Christmas Sale – Day 3 – 15% Off Winter Favors

Dec 5, 2012

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow … it has to be one of our favorite Holiday songs here at Little Things Favors.  Even though we haven’t seen a flurry yet here in Sayreville, we are still hoping for a white Christmas.  If you are planning a magical white winter wedding for the upcoming months you may be wishing for the fluffy white stuff to grace your special day … but even if you don’t get snow for your winter wedding day you can still add the sparkle and shine of snowflakes to your wedding with winter themed accessories, decorations, supplies and Winter Wedding Favors – if you’re looking for these items, today is the ONLY day to save 15% Off of any winter favors in the month of December!

Silver Snowflake Ornament Winter Wedding Favors

Silver Snowflake Ornament

Snowflake Luggage Tag

Snowflake Luggage Tag

Snowflake Chocolate Dipped Oreos

Snowflake Chocolate Oreos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With so many different Christmas, winter and snowflake themed accessories, decorations and supplies you are sure to find exactly what you need to create the perfect atmosphere for your winter soiree – be sure to shop today because our Winter sale is for ONE DAY ONLY.

 

Take 15% Off All Winter Favors & Accessories - Promo Code: LetItSnow15

Use Promo Code: LetItSnow15

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Top 10 Most Outrageous Celebrity Engagement Rings

Dec 4, 2012

If you’re looking for unique engagement ring ideas, check out these crazy huge, expensive and even unusual celebrity engagement rings for some inspiration!

1. Beyonce – 18 carat; $5 million – We’re not surprised at the quality and classiness of this engagement ring. As if Jay Z would give anything less!

2. Mariah Carey – 17 carat; $2.5 million – This pop diva is known for her girly appeal, so it’s no wonder Nick Cannon made sure there was pink in this rock!

3. Kim Kardashian – 20.5 carat ring with a 16.5 carat emerald center; $2 million – Quite a fancy ring for such a short marriage, but certainly outrageous none the less.

4. Katherine Heigl – 3 carat; $150,000 – This ring certainly has bling, and makes our list due to its unique style and shape.

5. Hilary Duff – 14 carat; $1 million – Her ring was the talk of Hollywood after she got engaged to hockey player Mike Comrie.

6. Jessica Biel – size unknown; estimated $130,000 – We just love the vintage look of this ring! Rumor has it that Justin Timberlake picked this out all by himself.

7. Kate Middleton – 18 carat; estimated $500,000 – That blue oval sapphire was previously worn by Princess Diana!

8. Victoria Beckham – size unknown; estimated $65,000 – The former Spice Girl lives up to her nickname Posh by flaunting this unusual beauty.

9. Jennifer Lopez – 6.1 carat; $2.5 million – Ben Affleck certainly has good taste in rings! He gave his present wife Jennifer Garner one just as impressive.

10. Elizabeth Taylor – 33.19 carat; estimated $2.5-$3.5 million – You can’t think of diamonds without thinking of this beauty!

Are you getting engaged? Be sure to check out our engagement party favors for your celebration after you announce the engagement!

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12 Days of Christmas – Day 2

Dec 4, 2012

On the second  day of Christmas your true love may send you two turtle doves but the staff here at Little Things Favors would like to extend you an offer of 15% OFF our Best Selling Favors.  Get all your holiday party needs right here!!

Second Day of Christmas

See what exciting gifts we have on sale

12 Days of Christmas Deals – Day 1

Dec 3, 2012

On the first day of Christmas your true love may send you a partridge in a pear tree but the staff here at Little Things Favors would like to extend you an offer of 15% OFF our Holiday Party Favors.  Get all your holiday party needs right here!!

Snowflake Boxes With Soap Favors

 

Promo Code:HPF15

Check back each day for a new deal!!

Wedding Picture Ideas & Locations

Nov 28, 2012

Copyright (c) Silver Image Photography

Copyright (c) Silver Image Photography

Nikita, our resident office assistant, has a knack for photography – she’s always walking around snapping pictures of us in the office! When asked what she thinks makes great wedding photos, she responded with one word – location. The main key to creating unique wedding pictures is a location that’s outside of the box.

Here are Nikita’s top 10 choices for unconventional wedding photo locations:

1. In the city
2. Train Yards
3. Graveyards or Penitentiaries
4. Nature Walks
5. Older buildings (abandoned warehouses, churches, theaters, etc.)
6. Castles
7. On a boat/lighthouse
8. Museum or Zoo
9. Sports Stadium
10. Amusement Parks

You can check out her entire article here: Wedding Picture Ideas and Locations

Besides an ideal location that will create a wonderful backdrop for your wedding photos, there are many other factors to consider for awesome pictures. Lighting, posing, and angling properly – yet still in abnormal ways will result in photos that are modern and fun! That’s why you should never hesitate to splurge on your wedding photographer:  they’ll know all the tricks to perfecting your pictures!

Keep your eyes out for Kristi’s upcoming post for advice on choosing a wedding photographer!

- Kelsey

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Top Holiday Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Nov 15, 2012

Did you know here at Little Things we offer a large selection of bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts? Well, we do, and many of them make great holiday gifts for everyone on your shopping list too! We’ve gathered some of our top, best selling gifts that we think are perfect for those special girls and guys you need to buy for this year. The best part? Most of them can be personalized for free, and they’re also affordable for most budgets!

Personalized Photo Christmas Ornament

Personalized Photo Christmas Ornament

What’s our best suggestion when it comes to choosing Christmas gifts for mom? Give her anything that you can put photos inside of! She’ll absolutely adore our Personalized Photo Christmas Ornament – insert her favorite picture of you and your family before wrapping it up so she can hang it on the tree right after she opens it.

Top 5 Gifts for Mom

Monogrammed Red Wine Glass Set (Set of 4)

Personalized Photo Christmas Ornament

Personalized Oil & Vinegar Cruet Bottles

Plush Hooded Spa Robe

Square Glass Photo Vase

 

Beaded Silver Plated Jewelry Box

Beaded Silver Plated Jewelry Box

You know her best, so you know exactly what she wants as a present! But if you’re stumped in the least bit, consider a simple and lovely keepsake gift like our best selling Beaded Silver Plated Jewelry Box.

Top 5 Gifts for Sisters

Personalized Close-at-Hand Purse Hook

Beaded Silver Plated Jewelry Box

Personalized Beaded Silver Picture Frames

Embroidered Pashminas

Personalized Flip Flops

 

Personalized Souvenir Shot Glasses

Personalized Souvenir Shot Glasses

Best gals take the world by storm together, so if you two are the duo always out for a night on the town you should give her something that reflects your fabulous party lifestyle, such as a trendy flask or our Personalized Souvenir Shot Glasses.

Top 5 Gifts for Friends

Personalized Pink Glitter Flask

Striped Canvas Tote Bag

Personalized Souvenir Shot Glasses

Engraved Key to my Heart Keychain

Dupioni Silk Cosmetic Bags

 

Premium Cigar Humidor with Hydrometer and Humidifier

Premium Cigar Humidor with Hydrometer and Humidifier

Here at Little Things, we know that dads come in all shapes and sizes and love to do different things! Yours may love to throw some burgers on the grill, others may enjoy a game of golf or lounging around smoking his favorite cigar. Whatever he enjoys doing, we have a great selection of Christmas gifts for dad where you’re sure to find the perfect gift for him.

Top 5 Gifts for Dad

Personalized 3 pc. Backyard BBQ Grill Set

Personalized Stainless Steel Thermos with Carrying Case

Stainless Steel Multi-Function Golf Tool

Premium Cigar Humidor with Hydrometer and Humidifier

Personalized Glass Tumblers (Set of 4)

 

Custom Beer Flight Sampler With Pilsner Glasses

Custom Beer Flight Sampler With Pilsner Glasses

You may not get along that great all the time, but he’s still your brother after all. Whether he’s the college frat-boy partier, an avid football fan who tailgates every single game or more of a low-key kind of guy, we’re sure we have the gift to match his unique personality.

Top 5 Gifts for Brothers

Personalized Zippo Hand Warmer

Personalized Can Cooler

Personalized Mirror Stainless Steel Flask

Custom Beer Flight Sampler With Pilsner Glasses

Personalized Canvas Travel Bag

Mr. Beer with Personalized Pub Glass Set

Mr. Beer with Personalized Pub Glass Set

If you’re really looking for a one of a kind gift that’s sure to impress, be sure to check out our unique selection of gifts for him where you’ll find cool stuff like our Mr. Beer Kit which will allow him to create his very own beer. You’ll be rewarded as girlfriend of the year!

Top 5 Gifts for Boyfriends

Tailgate Dispenser Cooler

Bottle Opener Keychain

Mr. Beer with Personalized Pub Glass Set

Personalized Multi-Tool with Flashlight

Personalized iPad Case

Personalized Counter Balance Wine Bottle Holder

Personalized Counter Balance Wine Bottle Holder

Don’t forget about the party planner – she went out of her way to make the holidays happen! For the hostess, you can’t go wrong with giving her a gift for the home, such as our Counter Balance Wine Bottle Holder, perhaps along with a bottle of her favorite brand of Merlot or Chardonnay.

Top 5 Hostess Gifts

Heart Shaped Fondue Set

Counter Balance Wine Bottle Holder

Flower Bouquet Reception Vase Holder

Monogram Stemless Wine Glasses (Set of 4)

Personalized Felicity Cheerful Monogram Pillow Case

 

Diamond Shaped Paperweight

Diamond Shaped Paperweight

Shopping for teachers’ gifts can be a bit tricky, especially when you don’t know her too well! The easiest route is to choose a gift that you know she can use on her desk or in the classroom, such as a useful paperweight or a little trinket tray for holding paperclips, thumbtacks and other small items.

Top 5 Gifts for Teachers

Diamond Shaped Paperweight (Can be Engraved)

Premier Pen with Swarovski Crystals

Personalized Sweetheart Silver Plated Compact Mirror

Personalized Leather Trinket & Coin Tray

Personalized Elegant Silver Picture Frames

Personalized Hot Cocoa Holiday Party Favors

Personalized Hot Cocoa Holiday Party Favors

Wish your guests a very Merry Christmas and send them home from your holiday party with a memorable favor. Our Ornament Design Brownie Pops are absolutely delectable, and our Personalized Hot Cocoa Holiday Party Favors will have each and every guest reminiscing on the good times as they sip their single serving from a mug!

Top 5 Holiday Party Favors

Assorted Holiday Lip Balm Favors

Crystal Snowflake Design Wine Stopper Favors

Personalized Hot Cocoa Holiday Party Favors

Fabulous Ornament Design Brownie Pops

Personalized Holiday Cocktail Shaker Favors

Check back on our website www.littlethingsfavors.com for our upcoming Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales for super savings on your holiday shopping!

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Wedding Planning Step 3: Selecting Your Wedding Venue

Nov 13, 2012

Michael Anthony's, Jersey City, NJ

Michael Anthony's, Jersey City, NJ

Hello my fellow brides-to-be! So you’ve celebrated your engagement with your family and friends – what’s next? Selecting for the perfect venue for your special day! Choosing your wedding venue is one of the first and most important steps in the wedding planning process. Steve and I have chosen the Michael Anthony’s, located in the Newport section of Jersey City. Located right near the Hudson River, our venue offers stunning views of the New York City skyline (and even a glimpse of my favorite building in NYC, the Chrysler building!) There is also a perfect view of the new One World Trade Center building that is still under construction, but always lit up in bright, beautiful lights. The restaurant itself has a modern touch, with exposed brick walls and large windows. Steve and I decided early on that we wanted a wedding venue that was out of the ordinary, but also reflected our personal style. Before you begin your search, there are several important factors you should consider.

First, and most importantly, you must decide on your wedding budget.  Will you and your fiancé be footing the bill? Will you receive help from your parents in any way? Once you have determined how much you are able to spend, you will be able to search for venues that will fit your budget.

Next, you should determine how many guests you plan to invite. This will help you narrow down the venues that will be able to accommodate the size of your wedding. You may also want to consider the fact that many venues have guest minimums for certain days. For example, Saturday is the most desirable day to have a wedding, and will require a higher minimum of guests. Fridays and Sundays will usually have a lower minimum guest requirement, as the availability will be greater for these days.

Now that the budget and amount of guests have been decided, you and your fiancé can discuss what you both envision for your special day. Do you plan on having a religious ceremony? Or are you looking for a venue that can also accommodate your ceremony? Also, do you have any particular theme in mind? Some of the most popular wedding venues/themes right now are the rustic wedding (think vintage-style barn or farm), a summertime beach wedding, a modern-style wedding (in a loft or re-purposed warehouse), and the always popular destination wedding. Ballrooms and banquet facilities are also excellent options, and can be found in any location. These venues can be blank slates that you can decorate and enhance. And don’t forget about up-lighting!  Something so simple can make all the difference in the overall look of your wedding venue.

Once you have found some wedding venues that suit your style, you can start visiting them to get a first-hand look of what they have to offer – and be sure to bring your camera! I must admit when Steve and I began visiting wedding venues, we were a little discouraged at first. I felt like we would never find a venue that would fit all of our needs, because each one had its pros and cons. The first venue we visited, a modern loft space, had an odd layout, and would not be able to comfortably accommodate the amount of guests we planned to invite. The second venue we visited was a beautiful re-purposed warehouse, but it did not have ample parking for our guests. You may come across similar bumps in the road, but don’t give up hope!

Here are a few questions to keep in mind once you have chosen that perfect wedding venue:

-Do you have to choose an outside caterer, or do they provide on-site catering services?

-Would you have to supply your own alcohol, or do they offer packages that include this?

-Do they have any wedding decorations (centerpieces, etc.) that you would be able to use for your reception? If so, is there any additional set-up fee if you choose to use them?

-Do they provide linens and chairs or if you will have to rent these from an outside vendor?

-Would you be able to hold your rehearsal at the venue prior to your wedding day (if you choose to have your ceremony/reception at the same location)?

-Are there any restrictions with the space (for example: no confetti, etc.)

-Is there a cake cutting fee? (some venues will add on an additional fee per person for cutting and serving your wedding cake)

-Is there a contingency plan? (should there be inclement weather, and your ceremony was to take place outside)

Do you have any other helpful tips to offer our fellow brides-to-be who are still searching for their perfect wedding venue? I’d love to hear them!

And if you’re still planning, or just beginning to plan your wedding, be sure to check out our wedding planning tips

All the best,

Kristi