6 Fresh Gift Ideas For Father’s Day - June 15th

When you were young, your dad was always there when you needed him. If your bike had a flat tire, or you needed advice about life’s problems, he always had wisdom to share or a shoulder to cry on. He’s a rock, the classic strong and silent type… which makes it hard to find a gift for him!

If you ask him what he wants, he’ll probably say he doesn’t want anything at all. If espionage won’t work (asking mom), you can always fall back on the tried-and-true tie. But this Father’s Day, instead of opting for the same-old, try out something new. Here are a few ways you can make your dad’s special day one to remember.

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How To Make Christmas Birthdays Special

I’m not a Christmas baby, but I have a sister, a nephew, friends and a cousin who have birthdays the day before and the days after. They’re not crazy about their birthdate and with good reason.It’s important to make Christmas birthdays special, especially if they are for friends and family!  It’s commonly heard that if your birthday lands on any of these critical days, then more than likely a.) you’ll get one gift that counts for Christmas and your birthday, b.) you’ll get a birthday gift wrapped in Christmas paper, c.) your friends are busy spending the holidays with family, d.) your family temporarily forgets it’s your birthday, and the list goes on. Just as we get one day of the year that’s all about us, they deserve one as well.

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Confirmation Gift Ideas for Teenagers

Spring is a time of rebirth and also the time most Catholic teenagers receive the sacrament of Confirmation. This sacrament is considered to be the sealing of the covenant made in Holy Baptism, or the moment in which your membership with the church becomes more perfect. In other words, this religious milestone is a big deal and should be treated as such. Continue reading

Looking Past The Traditional Easter Basket

For years, Easter has been celebrated with colorful baskets full of eggs, candy and other goodies.  However, it has only been in modern times that the Easter basket has come to be.  This tradition of leaving “gifts” at Easter time dates back hundreds of years, when children would make “nests” for the Easter Bunny to leave gifts.  These nests could be made from hats or bonnets, stockings, and even pots or large spoons.  So, when you are considering spring or Easter decor, look beyond using simply baskets full of goodies for gifts or table decorations: think of other containers that would work well, too!

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Fun Themes For A Bridal Shower

Bridal showers traditionally are composed of a group of women who gather to honor a bride-to-be.  There is usually some sort of food spread, from a full meal to simply cake and punch, gifts to be given and a game or two to be played.  Sometimes, though, it is fun to shake it up a bit and throw a thematic shower.  Check out a few of our favorites!

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She Said YES! Engagement Party Tips

Few moments compare to the excitement and thrill of announcing an engagement.  Becoming engaged is a huge step toward a lifelong commitment, filled with hopes, dreams and possibility.  It is an event that should be shared with loved ones.  Throwing an engagement party is a great way to honor the occasion.

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Getting Ready For a Graduation Party

Once the date and theme have been set and a budget has been created, it is time to put plans into action.  Create a time line of activities that will need to be completed prior to the Big Day.  Use as much detail as possible so as not to leave out important details, and allow some “fudge room” for days when plans simply don’t go as they should. Continue reading

Thank You Note Etiquette

In our electronic-based society, it is sometimes easy to forget the little things that go a long way in expressing our gratitude – for instance, the thank you note.  Many people have turned to emails and verbal thank yous.  However, taking a few moments to hand write a note of thanks to someone speaks volumes in regards to the significance of the gift.  Writing a thank you note doesn’t have to be an intimidating task.  By following a few simple steps, you can write a simple and meaningful note to someone to let them know how much you appreciate them. Be sure to start off by addressing the person directly.  Beginning with “Hey” or with no greeting at all just makes it seem like you didn’t have the time to think of who it was you were writing.  “Dear Aunt Polly” will carry more significance than no name at all. Begin the body of your note with the reason you are writing – to say thank you!  “Thank you so much for the beautiful handmade scarf.” Or “Thanks so much for the lovely meal you prepared for my family this week.”  Get right to the point.  Saying thanks is the most important message of your note, and it should be the front-runner.

Add an additional comment about the gift or service for which you are thanking.  “It is the loveliest shade of coral and will add a wonderful splash of color to my winter coat.”  Or, “Your lasagna was so tasty, and my family clearly enjoyed it along with the delicious chocolate cake.”  By expanding on the thank you, you are adding a personal touch to the gift given which will mean a lot to the note recipient.  It also doesn’t have to be just one line.  You can write several thoughts about the gift, letting the other person know how much you appreciate and like the gift.

Be sure to close with an additional word of thanks.  “Thanks again for the wonderful gift.” Or, “Thank you so much for your hospitality.”  Ending with a line of gratitude just reiterates to the reader how grateful you are.

The final touch is to put a stamp on it and actually MAIL the thank you.  Spending a few coins on a stamp for a gift or service someone has lovingly given is far more personal than pushing a button to send an email.  Take the time and properly thank people.  You’ll be letting the other person know how appreciated they really are.