Minted Holiday Cards & Decor

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12 • 7 • 2012  |  Vendors
Every year I love creating not only our family's holiday card, but also one that we send to our business contacts. This year, I chose Minted for both, and I'm so happy I did. I always have for my personal cards, but this year, we decided to use them as well for our business cards, and they came out so great!  
 
I typically do a timeline, or storyboard card, for our personal one. This year I was able to include pictures from our wedding last winter, a family trip and our new home. You can even write little captions and dates to go with each photo. You can chose any of the covers, colors, and then chose your interior style. Their proofing services is so fast and easy, I was even able to change the cover photo after I had already submitted my order days later. 
 
*BONUS* Use code TWINKLE at checkout by 12/11 to save 15%!
For our company cards, we usually do a flat card, and always like to keep it simple. They have amazing designs for your business cards, and not the cards you remember from the 90's! They even offer free address printing. It makes it so easy for a busy business owner to get your cards out before the new year! 
 
And... their best addition this year was their new line of party decor. This has made planning a party or gathering a breeze, and your guests will think you crafted for weeks on it. Check out all their styles (not just for holiday).
Whatever you choose, the best part is Minted will make it easy and stress-free, which is what we all would hope for at this time of year for sure. 
 
Cheers,

  Kathryn

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Socola Chocolates

for dessert bars, favors or out of town gift bags
12 • 5 • 2012  |  Vendors
This past summer, I was able to be a part of a really fun wedding at the Kohl Mansion for my clients Wendy & Sameer. As it turns out, Wendy is amazing chocolatier (yes, the little treats she gave me along the way were delicious!), and made all the favors for her own wedding. They were a big hit, and now that her wedding is over, she is definitely focusing more on the wedding industry, and I wanted to share it with all of you. Socola is an artisan chocolate and confections company that specializes in Asian-inspired flavors run by Wendy and her sister, Susan. The great part is not only can the favor boxes be customized, but so can the chocolates themselves.
Here are some of the awards they have already received: 
 
2012 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON 
Winner of 11 Awards, including "Best Confection" & "Most Exciting Experience" 
 
2011 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON 
Winner of 10 Awards, including "Best for Gifts" 
 
2010 BRIDAL LUXURY CHOCOLATE SALON 
Winner of 13 Awards, including "Best Flavored" and "Best Bridal Gift Set" 
 
2010 NAPA LUXURY CHOCOLATE SALON 
Winner of 8 Awards, including "Best in Salon" 
 
2010 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON 
Winner of 10 Awards, including "Most Gifted Chocolatier" 
 
2009 DIABLO MAGAZINE 
Best of the East Bay for Chocolates 
 
2009 SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL CHOCOLATE SALON 
Winner of 2 Awards, including "Best Gift Set"
I urge you to check them out, you won't be disappointed! 
 
Wendy Lieu, Chief Chocolatier and Owner  
EMAIL: Email us 
PHONE: 415-484-6686 
WEB: socolachocolatier.com 
 
Cheers,

  Kathryn

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Holiday Entertaining

from Sunset Magazine
12 • 4 • 2012  |  Tips & Inspiration
I am sure many of you are busy preparing for upcoming holiday gatherings and events, and this article from Sunset Magazine last month was one that I pulled out and added to my own inspiration board for our holiday dinner we are hosting in our new home. I wanted to share it since I got so many ideas for myself, and most that are for even the non-crafty folks.
We love this time of year, and hope to bring even more festive inspiration soon! 
 
Cheers,

  Kathryn

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