Monday, August 25, 2008

A Cup of Glee - Weekly Newsletter

Welcome to the Blog for Fancy That! We proudly call our blog “A Cup of Glee.”

Thank you for stopping by for this week’s posting. If you have any comments or questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We love hearing your feedback, questions, comments. Enjoy the Post!

The Flying Saucer
What’s new at Fancy That!

This week marks the beginning of our weekly “newsletter” which will be available each Monday for your reading enjoyment. In addition to our weekly postings, we’ll also provide little tidbits throughout the week: Sarah E, your Personal Shopper, will offer party planning tips and show you where to find the most incredible, edible, or just irresistible items for your next party, shower, wedding or “you name it” get together! Enjoy this week’s post and remember, we love your feedback, so do keep in touch!

The Table Setting
Manners and table tips and talk
“The Fork in the Road”

Ever sit down before a fancy table setting and quietly wonder which fork to use? It’s actually easy to remember: with each course, just work your way from the outside, inward (farthest from the plate, moving inward, towards the plate). Sometimes a dessert fork or spoon is placed above the dinner plate (in the 12 O’clock position) running perpendicular to the plate, but Emily Post reminds us that the proper host or hostess will bring dessert and its utensils only when it is time to serve it.

Enjoy your dining experience. Now you can navigate the “fork in the road” or on the table, with ease and renewed confidence!

The Butler
Host and Hostess tips and helpful hints for planning your event
“How busy are YOU?”

You are asking yourself….”why should I send a ‘save the date’ card?” The answer is perfectly simple – so your prospective guests get the hint that you are having a soiree, and so they can pencil you in, alongside the soccer match, the ballet lessons, the yoga classes, and, well, you get the hint.

These handy reminders are a great way to set the tone for your event weeks or months in advance of your event. There are countless ways to announce your event from refrigerator magnets to beautifully produced cards such as those from Wedding Papers Divas. Be creative! Search around until you find something that resonates with you.

Check out these awesome Autumn Save the Date Stamps Originally uploaded by Ever After Postage

Your can view etiquette as outlined by The Knott for some inspiration and answers to your frequently asked questions.

“Save the date” cards, or, now widely accepted as the norm – save the date email, are a way of announcing your intentions to celebrate, to entertain, to be the host or hostess. You are asking your prospective guests to keep you in their mind, and to arrange their busy schedule to accommodate your fantastic dessert party or garden party. For a large party, twelve weeks is not too far out to send a save-the-date. For a small intimate evening meal, six weeks may suffice. If you are sending a “Save the Date” card for your wedding, 6 months is common and 8 months is recommended if your wedding will be in a remote location or, if you are asking your guests to travel. You may send a note card. You may send an email. You may do both. Keep it fun but informative.

Here's an example of a unique save the date that I found in Martha Stewart Weddings. Click on the picture to read the how-to instructions.

When sending out a mail piece such as a save-the-date or an invitation, I often like to mail one to myself, as well. This gives me an idea of how long the piece took to be delivered to my guests, as well as an indication of how well the envelope “held up” in the mail.

Wedding Bells
Planning your wedding tips and traps
“Save that Date”

When planning a wedding, you first have to pick a date! Here are some factors to consider:

The weather. (You’d be surprised how often the weather is ignored as a factor in planning (until the day of the event, that is!) What will the weather be like on your special day? A great link to start your investigation could be here at weather dot com. And, there is a great article about dates to avoid here for your review. After all, picking a date is personal. But you may just as well be informed.

Holiday Travel? If you are going to ask your wedding party or guests to travel to your wedding, be sure to keep the calendar in mind. You don’t want your wedding party to be cutting a bee-line through Grand Central Station on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving! Keep the travel conditions in mind when planning your date.

Best Room Rate. There are “off seasons” which means there are rooms available (and sometimes in blocks of rooms if you ask). Think about the travel and rooms.

Now get planning, and good luck! Until my next post, please remember:

Suggestions tolerated, compliments always welcomed. Tell your friends, and visit often.
Sarah E for

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