Clever Candle Gift in 3 Easy Steps

Clever Candle Gift in 3 Easy Steps

One of our favorite gift ideas this holiday season involves our favorite candle paired with an unexpected surprise – custom matches!

This ideas is so simple (and genius), we can’t believe we’ve never done it before!   It requires 3 easy steps, which we can help you with.

Clever Candle Gift in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Stock up on your favorite candles to give as holiday gifts (don’t forget to grab a few extra for “backup”).
  2. Order custom match boxes or match books from us at Barque (prices range from $37 – $44 for 50 quantity or $48 – $62 for 100 quantity).  Try to come up with a clever phrase you can use that includes candle-like qualities – “warm”, “glow/glowing”, “sparkly”, etc.  We can help you come up with the right message, but if it comes from you, it will be that much more personal and delightful for your recipient.
  3. Use twine or ribbon to tie your custom matches onto the candle (or even the outside of the wrapped package).

It’s a fun add-on to your gift, it’s useful, and it doubles as a gift tag too.  This idea is definitely one we’ll be using this season!

BARQUE BONUS IDEA:  Wouldn’t this concept be cute for birthday gifts too? Your message could read:  “Happy Birthday!  Hope your year ahead sparkles as much as you do.  Love, Tina & John”

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4 Personalized Ideas for Giving or Hosting

4 Personalized Ideas for Giving or Hosting

When it comes to holidays, we think the more personal you can make it, the better!

Whether you need a gift for that someone (or family) that has everything, or you want to host a holiday party with extra attention paid to details – these 4 ideas will do the trick.

  1.  Custom Cups – From shatterproof (shown here) to foam to double-insulated paper cups – custom cups make a great gift AND special touch to any soiree.  The shatterproof are a popular choice because they’re sturdy enough for wine or mixed cocktails (and they’re dishwasher safe).  They’re also a little more elegant, and with your monogram, name or initials printed, your holiday guests will be impressed by your hosting game. For outdoor gatherings, foam and paper cups are our favorite way to keep hot cocoa or cider warm (and lids are available too). Pricing varies based on the cup size and type, call us for more details.
  2. Personalized Stir Sticks – Available in an assortment of colors and shapes, drink stirrers are a fun accessory for entertaining.  They make a wonderful accompaniment to the gift of custom cups, or paired with a nice bottle of liquor for your boss who loves his bourbon. (Prices range by size, $48 – $60 for 50 quantity or $63 – $87 for 100)
  3. Custom Napkins – Beverage napkins make a great gift year-round, but they’re especially wonderful for those that love to entertain during the holiday season – they’re sure to be used from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Eve at planned or impromptu cocktail parties.  Since they’re disposable, you can also get a little more fun with the printed sentiment – of course a traditional monogram is nice, but a funny #insidejokehashtag, movie quote, nickname or phrase make for great ideas too. (Custom napkins are a thoughtful gift that also won’t break the bank – it’s just $31 for a bundle of 100 napkins.)
  4. Monogrammed Coasters – Custom coasters come in two shapes – 4″ square and round – and they make a lovely gift for any family, especially one that has a passion for welcoming others into their home. (Coasters are $74 for 50 and $90 for 100)

Any one of these ideas make a great gift on their own, but you can also mix and match custom cups + napkins, or napkins + stir sticks, or heck – someone on your shopping list might need the complete personalized set!

Need to gift these to yourself? Any of these pieces will make for great entertaining this season!

Just call us for more information and turnaround time on each item:  806-785-1195

Behind the Scenes Nutcracker Madness

Behind the Scenes Nutcracker Madness

I love designing custom invitations for our customers’ events, but when they give me complete creative freedom, it’s a lot more fun.

I was recently challenged with creating a custom invitation for a Christmas Coffee.  Off the top of my head, I suggested a Nutcracker and stacked teacups, and my customer immediately said, “go for it”, so I did!  This design was really fun to make, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.  It’s fun, colorful and very cheerful (as a party invitation should be).

From time to time I share a behind-the-scenes look at my design process, and since this design is becoming a favorite so far this year, I thought I’d share more. Take a look at the photo below.  Does he look familiar?  The inspiration for my Nutcracker on paper came from one my own collection.  This guy is one of my faves – I call him Señor Nutcracker.

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Until a few years ago, I thought Nutcrackers were creepy, but then I stumbled upon a handful of them at am Estate Sale.  For some reason, I felt compelled to “save” them, and since then, they’re some of my favorite holiday finds.

After I created the Nutcracker and Cups invitation, I went a little “Nutcracker crazy” (hey, if inspiration strikes, you go with it).  I wondered how it would look to have a Nutcracker invade a “Christmas Fiesta” invitation… so I designed two more ideas.  Aren’t they fun?!   We now have two options for your next Mexican-themed Holiday party – a custom design that takes about a week AND an off-the-shelf design that takes 2-3 days to print.  Either way, it will put your guests in the mood for mistletoe and maracas!  Ole!

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And then I just kept going and created this custom gift tag…

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Ok, ok, I’m stopping!!!!  (PS- this gift tag is a sneak peek.  More details on our NEW custom gift tags coming soon!)

 

Football Lockers

Football Lockers

Are you ready for football season?  Our lockers are!

{This locker redo was done using details from my Football Mantle at home – I wanted to decorate for Halloween, but I wasn’t ready for the football details to go away.  The photo is an enlargement of my dad’s high school football photo, the megaphone was mine in junior high (repainted), and the pennant was found on eBay – vintage from the 70’s but never used.  You can check out the original post for more details.}

Election-Themed Wedding Style Shoot

Election-Themed Wedding Style Shoot

Today we’re throwing it back to a style shoot we did four years ago.  It was an election year, and the upcoming Presidential election was all over the media, so I was inspired to see how a wedding could have a political twist.  After a few phone calls, I put together an amazing team to make it happen.  From the “rustic Americana” wedding invitations to All-American mini pies in mason jars, we think the details of this event have the potential to sway the vote of any party enthusiast at heart!

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lsp_007smOur beautiful bride looks stunning…

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lsp_025smDoesn’t a Bi-Partisan Sparkler sound like the perfect signature cocktail for this soiree?

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lsp_028smMason jar pies by Simply Decadent are SO perfect.  Adorable (and delicious)!

lsp_036sm“Let’s get this party started!” napkins make a great touch – plus, guests can choose a side – which makes a great conversation starter.

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lsp_056smLook at that handsome, patriotic groom…

lsp_052smSpirit Ranch is magical in the evenings… don’t you love this setting for a wedding?

lsp_058smAs part of “A Campaign for Happiness” – guests are asked to leave advice for the new Mr. & Mrs. in the “ballot box”

lsp_066smUsing this card with advice for each “side” as the couple serves a “lifelong term” together in wedded bliss…

lsp_060smEscort cards with tiny campaign buttons make a fun display AND takeaway for the guests to wear as they storm the dance floor…

lsp_062smLOVE the wording on this invitation.  Love.

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lsp_074smStriking red peep toe pumps?  Yes, please!

lsp_075smBefore the happy couple speeds away, a quick photo op.  And a limo decked out – dignitary style.

Special thanks go out to the following for their tremendous help with making this style shoot come to life:

Spirit RanchLinda McMillan Photography Simply Decadent Bakery : Puttin’ on the Ritz :   First Class Tuxedo : Bella’s Bridal : Devault Floral : Gourmet Pantry : Emily Adams on Fire : Limousines of Lubbock : Haute Hair by Cristina : Host and Toast

If you want to see more, we were lucky enough to have the details of this style shoot featured here on Pizzazzerie.com