FOR BBQ AND PICNIC TOO!

by Marisa Marcantonio


Let's get this party started! With a red die - cut graphic and white page you can run through the printer, tie it together with the grosgrain ribbon and it is party time. Comes in a pack of 10 from Kate's Paperie.

The blue streak-- Bodum's new Fyrcat Picnic Grill comes in some electric shades.



Jonathan Adler Paper Lanterns from his Happy Home Collection with Lifeguard Press. String them from the trees to swing in the breeze.


Photos courtesy Lifeguard Press
Or maybe you prefer Lilly Pulitzer Party pom poms also from Lifeguard Press.


I love these stylish Blue Dragon tin plates from Mottahedeh. Just like the porcelain version they do!

Photos courtesy of Mottahedeh
Turkish Garden tin plates, also from Mottahedeh when you are having an exotic themed party.
Photo courtesy MacKenzie- Childs
Wow, I actually like something from MacKenzie - Childs??? Yes, it is true, these tin Flower Market Plates are pretty great.

Photo courtesy of World Market
A Wicker Tray from World Market for passing out drinks.

I have always found Caspari to be a reliable source for great paper napkins and plates in fun patterns. I have been waiting for the right time to show these and the time is now! This season, they up the ante with new Paule Marrot and Dabney Lee Collections. Fantastic.

Photos from Caspari
A selection from both bold new collections, some are daring and bold, others, soft and sweet.

DABNEY LEE the preppy paper girl from Brooklyn channels her inner Sister Parish/Lilly Pulitzer/Babe Paley gene for her fun new summer designs with Caspari:

Turquoise Seahorse paper napkin

Coral Seahorse paper napkin

Greek Key Moderne paper napkin in coral and pink

Greek Key Moderne paper plate in red

Goldfish paper napkin in coral

Goldfish paper napkin in green

Goldfish paper plate in natural

PAULE MARROT I have a thing for anything that reminds me of the lively and fresh floral prints I grew up with. Loving the huge Marrot renasissance, I was thrilled to see Caspari doing the French artist's designs on their paper entertaining stuff.


Guermantes plate in multi by Paule Marrot

Guermentes paper napkin in green

Guermantes paper napkin in multi


Muguet paper plate in pink

Muguet paper napkin in blue


New Jonathan Adler Tumblers in crazy patterns come in 6 packs from Lifeguard Press.


Photo courtesy of Jack and Lulu
Throw your stuff in Jack and Lulu's Whistle Bag, with a whistle attached to the canvas, the kids will listen up and pay attention when you tell them it is time for watermelon!

MONOGRAM MANIA

by Marisa Marcantonio


The Preppy Handbook may be out of print, but you can still live by its monogram mantra.

WHAT TO CARRY:

The Jane Basket Queen Bee Studio means you can hit the beach and town in style over the weekend.


Then there is the Beach Basket, also from Queen Bee Studio, that will hold a towel and flops.

Photos Courtesy of Queen Bee Studio
The Half Moon Basket (Queen Bee Studio) is good for going from pool to party.

WHAT TO WEAR:
Morgan and Company
A Monogrammed Shell Necklace by Morgan and Company is cheap, cheerful and adorable for bridesmaids.

WHAT TO DRINK FROM:
Photo Courtesy of So Luxe
16 ounce party cups are a summer monogram must have, order yours at So Luxe.

WHAT TO EAT WITH:
Photo Courtesy of Dabney Lee
Paper placemats are stress free for everyday meals. Dabney Lee has tons of fresh designs and monogram options to choose from. They come in a set of 25.

TO PARTY WITH:

Photo Courtesy of Iomoi
Okay, so I have a thing for trays. What could be cuter than this for a summer visit to an old friend with a young family? This custom Double Elephants Tray from Iomoi is handmade of Lucite and the trunk is up, so there will be good luck involved.

HOW TO GET IT TOGETHER:
Photo Courtesy of Jack and Lulu
Rainy day project, incoming! Record your classic gazpacho and rhubarb pie recipes for generations in this adorable Red Tile Lucite Recipe Box from Jack and Lulu. There is no reason to have an old ugly one around that is splattered with tomato sauce, are you ready to upgrade?

WHAT YOU NEED FOR A HOT CAR:
Photo Courtesy of GG Bailey
Car Couture monogram floor mats make a great uber- preppy gift, perhaps for Dad's set of wheels? From GG Bailey.

ORDER EARLY: HOLIDAY CARDS AND TAGS YOU WILL ADORE

by Marisa Marcantonio

Oh tannenbaum! Tis the season to send something wonderful through the mail to those you care about. We all need Season's Greetings this year. So, here are some suggestions of what to send during the most wonderful time of the year!

CARDS:

Photo Courtesy of Bernard Maisner
When image is all-important, send out the best of the best. That means a card by Bernard Maisner. At $34 a pop, you might be eating Saltines for every meal, but at least you sent the warmest of wishes to your near and dear.

Photo Courtesy of Elum
This stunning letterpress damask patterned card is an elegant way to send a greeting. For the interior designers that love a good pattern, check out Elum Designs

Photo Courtesy of Elum
Perhaps you are more of minimalist? Then the letterpress Birch is for you, from Elum Designs

Photo Courtesy of Linda and Harriet
The block print is homey and warm, how about Trees at Night for the nature lover from Linda and Harriet?

Photo Courtesy of Egg Press
If you watched The Magic Garden on PBS as a child of the 70's and you are into growing and eating locally, this could be just the card. Letterpress on recycled paper from Egg Press. Greenie alert: printed on recycled paper.

Who can resist a gnome? Seriously, no one. The gnomes come out in force to send holiday greetings, also from Egg Press.

Photo Courtesy of Cranes
Santa Claus is coming to town, courtesy of Vera Wang for William Arthur.

Photo Courtesy of William Arthur
Not too many new houses being built in this wacky economic downtown....pretend you did not put your ground up construction or renovation on hold and that your front door looks like this one. From William Arthur.

Photo Courtesy of Jonathan Wright
For the traditionalist, a Poinsetta is a must. Classic and beautiful ye old motifs are plentiful in the Jonathan Wright Collection from LA.

Photo Courtesy of Crane
Time to send the cake to someone else...the best part of this card is what it says inside:“holiday wishes to you and your nutty family”, from Kate Spade for Crane.

PHOTO CARDS:

Photo Courtesy of Sarah LeClere
Rudolf never looked so good. Watercolor printed die-cut cards from Sarah LeClare are so detailed they are a gift to receive.


Photo Courtesy of Dabney Lee
For a bit of boho chic the turquoise and white swirly pattern is for you. Inventive photo cards that are not so trad are harder to find, so I really like this from Dabney Lee

Photo Courtesy of Dabney Lee
Who can resist Greek Key in red and white? Also from Dabney Lee.

Photo Courtesy of Felix Doolittle
If you have little one's that want to get in on the holiday card festiveness, this is a good option for them to send. From Felix Doolittle.

Photo Courtesy of Iomoi
If you want to go global and just returned from India, send out this fun card from a favorite of mine, Iomoi.

STICKERS AND TAGS:

Photo Courtesy of Boatman Geller
I had to show these wine bottle tags from Boatman Geller. They make the gift of wine even better when it bears a greeting.

Photo Courtesy of Felix Doolittle
A gift for colleagues and friends will look extra thoughtful with a sweet label on it. Felix Doolittle creates tags, cards and other goodies with charming watercolors.

Photo Courtesy of Felix Doolittle
Perfect for the kid's gifts, this sticker will make every teacher smile. From Felix Doolittle.

Photo Courtesy of Felix Doolittle
This tag is easy to fill in, good for those short on time! From Felix Doolittle.

Photo Courtesy of Iomoi
Love the graphic pattern and script. Large sticker labels from Iomoi make a brown box from the post office look cheery.


Photo Courtesy of Sesame Letterpress
Use them or buy them for others, these elegant letterpress tags with brightly colored motifs from Sesame Letterpress are gorgeous.

Photo Courtesy of Sesame Letterpress
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PERSONALIZED WRAPPING PAPER:

I saw this way back when at the gift show and could not wait to write about it! This adorable wrap brings personalization to a whole new level, get yours from Fine Stationery.


Love the circle monogram, preppy will never die!