All year long I look forward to a Thanksgiving Dinner that is pretty much a re-creation of every Thanksgiving I can remember: Dad’s famous stuffing, grandma’s broccoli casserole, my aunt’s pumpkin soup… Those family favorites just seem like what Thanksgiving should taste like. At some point it’s time to pass the torch and hand those recipes down to the next generation. And I have found in my own family that asking for those recipes can bring up all kinds of family lore.  This year, why not come to Thanksgiving prepared with recipe cards to get everyone to share their favorite recipes?


What is more thrilling for many kids than counting down the days to Christmas? Merrymaker has so many fun advent calendars in stock right now. From a wood nativity scene kids unpack piece by piece, one day at a time – to a three-dimensional Christmas Village that can house a small treat or note in every piece. Come check them out!


Hot Foiling

We absolutely adore gold hot foiling. Here are some of our favorites found on Pinterest! Follow our boards for even more hot foil inspiration (or come into our store, we do it ourselves!)

1. I like it. What is it? | 2. Heart of gold. | 2. Bring out the bubbly! | 3. Hot business cards.  4. Greeting note cards.


Journaling

Journal writing is a great way to figure out what you think about things, to record events so you can remember the details later. A travel journal is like a regular journal on caffeine. Because traveling takes us out of our normal routine, we see everything with fresh eyes. Every new street you walk down, each bite of unfamiliar food is a minor revelation. Recording the details of a place, sketching the view from your table at the coffee shop, or simply listing everything you’ve purchased or eaten can help you slow down and immerse yourself in this strange place. Best of all, you can dip back into the pages of your travel journal when you get home and bring your mind right back to that sandy beach, those stone-paved plazas, or that creaky porch swing where you were serenaded by crickets…


How to Address an Envelope

Addressing Wedding Invitations

Addressing the outer envelope

Traditional etiquette dictates that every married couple or individual over the age of 18 in a household should get their own wedding invitation.  Children under the age of 18, if invited, would have their names listed on the inner envelopes beneath their parents’ names.  However, most of our customers today send a single invitation to each household. In this case, the names of invited children would be listed on a line beneath their parents’ names. 

Married couples are formally addressed as: 

Mr. and Mrs. John Smith. 

In the case of unmarried couples, or when a married women has kept her maiden name, the woman is listed on the first line and the man on the next line, such as: 

Ms. Jane Jones

Mr. John Smith

In any case where a woman has a special title, such as that of a judge or medical doctor, she may be listed first with her appropriate title and first name, such as:

Dr. Jane Jones

Mr. John Smith

In the case of same-sex couples with different last names, guests may be listed in alphabetical order by their last name, such as:

Ms. Sara Jones

Ms. Susan Smith

Single guests who are invited to bring a date to the wedding would have ‘and guest’ written after their name on the inner envelope. If only outer envelopes are being used ‘and Guest’ (note the capital ‘G’ here) may be added to the outside envelope.

Abbreviations are typically not used when addressing wedding invitations. States, ‘Apartment’, and ‘Post Office Box’, for example, are all spelled out. Most word processing programs have a ‘Find a replace text’ feature that allows you to find ‘NY’, for example, and replace it with ‘New York’ in the event that you have a list with a lot of common abbreviations. You may have to repeat the operation with common spelling variations, such as ‘Ny’ and ‘N.Y.’ Also be warned that any words containing these letter combinations will be altered as well, so ‘Tony’ will become ‘ToNew York’.

Addressing the inner envelope

The inner envelope does not require a street address, but only the names of those invited. For married adults, only surnames are used on the inner envelope, such as:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith

or

Ms. Jones

Mr. Smith

If ‘Jr.’ or ‘III’ was used on the outer envelope, it is not necessary to repeat it on the inner envelope.  The names of children under 18, if invited, are listed beneath their parents’ names on a single line – in age order – oldest to youngest. 

The return address

The return address typically does not include the name of the sender – simply the address. The address is either that of the person who is issuing the invitation, or the address to which you would want gifts to be sent.


Thank-You’s

Thank You Notes

People come into Merrymaker all the time and tell me that people don’t write thank you notes anymore. They do, of course, but others don’t. We see couples ordering personalized stationery along with their wedding invitations in anticipation of the many thank you notes they will want to write, young college graduates ordering their first ‘grown-up’ stationery to keep in touch with professional contacts after interviews, and folks of all stripes looking for that perfect thank you card for their own secret purposes. If you don’t think you have a reason to write any thank you notes, consider these:

Ten Reasons to Write a Thank You Note

  1. Somebody did something really nice for you.
  2. You interviewed for a job and you want to get your name in front of them again.
  3. You got married, and you want to show off your new monogram.
  4. So you can use that fabulous letterpress stationery you treated yourself to.
  5. Because focusing on what you’re grateful for is good for your health.
  6. It’s a chance to practice your penmanship.
  7. To make someone smile.
  8. It increases your chances of getting more presents in the future.
  9. To set a good example for your kids.
  10. To make your mother proud.

DIY Treats

It’s no secret that we love paper: that’s why when you visit our Carytown store – you might find yourself being a little overwhelmed by the sheer amounts we have in stock! But, never fear – along with being total paper good connoisseurs, we know how to put that paper to good use! Try out some of these totally cute DIY projects, and be sure to share them on our Facebook page when you’re done!  


Personalized Stationery

Correspondence is an essential part of human existence, and we embrace that most special and personal form: putting pen to paper. Whether you need 500 sheets of business letterhead, custom-engraved notes, or ten correspondence cards printed with your name while you wait, we can help you keep in touch with style. We’ll guide you through the selection of just the right stationery for every type of correspondence: letter sheets, fold-over notes, correspondence cards, enclosure cards, business cards, calling cards, jotter cards, return address stampers and embossers.