Friday, November 21, 2014

Product Spotlight: Classic vs. Light Labels

With the biggest holiday season right around the corner (think Thanksgiving + Christmas + New Year’s all in a 5 week period!), it’s that time of the year when it seems like every other night is a different party, dinner, or happy hour. So to keep all of your gifts, dishes, name cards, and invitations organized, use these amazing chalkboard labels from Simply Remarkable. The sleek black and white chalkboard design is both elegant and modern and allows you to exercise your own creativity by customizing each label. We’ll leave it to you to decide on shape and size, but to help you choose between the Classic and Light versions of these chalkboard labels, we’ve outlined some of the major differences and best uses for each type.

Permanent vs. Removable


For labels that are more permanent in nature, the Classic sticker labels will be your best option. They feature a semi-permanent adhesive making them longer-lasting and more durable than the Light labels. On the other hand, the Light labels are easier to remove, which makes them perfect for temporary usage like to label a casserole dish for a dinner party or on champagne glasses for NYE.

Reusability


Even though the Light labels are easier to remove, they can only be reused a limited number of times before they lose their form and function. However, the Classic labels are great for multiple uses. To remove them from their current surface, it is easiest to use a hairdryer to reactivate the adhesive and then gently peel them off.

Look & Feel


Being that they are naturally more durable, the Classic labels will have a sturdier look and feel. They are made from thicker material with a textured writing surface for a more polished and permanent look. The Light labels are thinner and have a smooth writing surface, making them great for labeling lunch bags or gifts. You can also use the large Light labels as cute address labels for invitations or thank you notes!

Usage


Unlike the Light sticker labels, the Classic labels are dishwasher safe, which means they’re great for labeling water bottles or coffee mugs. However, they are not safe to stick on walls because the stronger adhesive will take off paint and wallpaper upon removal. For labeling artwork or marking the restroom during dinner parties at your home, use the Light labels, which will not damage walls.

How are you using your Simply Remarkable Chalkboard Labels this holiday season? Share your ideas in the comments section! Check back frequently for more lifestyle tips brought to you by Simply Remarkable!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

10 Holiday Hostess Gift Ideas

The holiday season is fast approaching, and part of the fun during this time of year is attending the wonderful holiday parties. Whether it’s your work party or a party thrown by friends, it’s a great time to get together, eat and drink, laugh and catch-up. But don’t come to the party empty handed. Show your appreciation to the host or hostess by bringing a gift. As you can see from our suggestions, this gift does not have to break the bank.
  1. Homemade Breads: For the bakers out there, whip together some mini-homemade pumpkin or banana bread. Wrap them in holiday decorations and you’ll have a lovely and delicious gift.

  2. Authentic Maple Syrup: When we think of the holiday season, visions of snow filled days in Vermont come to mind. Bring a little piece of Vermont with you to the party by giving your host some real Vermont maple syrup. They’ll love it with their pancakes the morning after the party.

  3. Pumpkin Pie Spice: Who doesn’t enjoy pumpkin spice on everything during the winter months?

  4. Decorative Wine Bottles: Have a few empty wine bottles lying around? Decorate them in fun ways and present your pieces of art as gifts. You could even paint them in chalkboard paint and add cool designs like these bottles.

  5. Good Morning Gift Basket: Put together a basket of morning goodies, coffee, tea, OJ, and muffins. Your hosts can enjoy them the morning after the long party.

  6. Coffee Table Books: These types of books are great conversation and decorative pieces. No living room is complete without one.

  7. Moleskine Journal: For the hosts that love to write, buy them the Rolls-Royce of journals.

  8. Homemade Peppermint Bark: Put all the candy canes you’ve received to good use and make some homemade peppermint bark.

  9. Olive Oil: Instead of buying a bottle of wine, purchase a nice bottle of extra virgin olive oil for your hostess. The varieties from Spain, Italy and Greece are especially good.

  10. Hot Cocoa Mix with Marshmallows: Visit your local chocolate shop and pick up some quality hot cocoa and marshmallows. This lovely treat goes perfectly with a warm fire and a book.

What types of gift have you given to hosts in the past? Have you received some you especially enjoyed? Share your favorites in the comments below!