Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Crane & Co.

Hey girls!

As the Holiday Season approaches, I am so excited to order some new stationary for my post holiday thank-you notes!

I always shop at one of my favorite spots. I loved to visit Crane & Co. in Rockafellar Center on the way home from work!
Crane & Co. not only offer stationary, but also, great pieces of valuable information for correspondence! Normally, I focus on Emily Post, but how wonderful that Crane & Co. promotes how to write a note on the beautiful stationary they provide.

Here are a few of the gracious tips they offer toward correspondence.

How to Write Thank You Notes for Gifts
Etiquette dictates that a thank you note should be written to the giver of every gift you receive. Handwritten notes are a simple, elegant and thoughtful way to express your appreciation for gifts of any size.

The steps to writing a proper thank you note are as follows:
Greet the giver.
Express your thanks.
Say something nice about the gift or its intended use.
Mention the past, allude to the future.
Repeat your thanks.

I cant wait to write my thank-you notes this year!
I have always loved to have great stationary! It is so essential to each an every person, because thank you notes are an absolute must! At least, that's what I generally use mine for!

Crane & Co. provides the most beautiful paper.

Here are a few of my Holiday Favorites that I have added to my wishlist this season!

My first choice, I have had my eye on for quite some time! The colors are so beautiful!

Initial & Name Personalized Letter Sheets

This stationary is so classic, and the initial at the top just makes it!

25- $105

My second pick is gorgeous as well!

Monogrammed Ecruwhite Correspondence Cards

Also, as I was paroozing the website, I found a section entitled "The Essence of Etiquette" I got so excited, I just have to share it with you!

The Essence of Etiquette
It's not about rules, it's about guidelines that help make our personal and professional relationships more comfortable and effective. We tend to feel more at ease when we understand what others expect of us. The etiquette we follow when sending a letter or invitation, like etiquette in other areas, revolves around three basic building blocks: common sense, courtesy and usage.
Common Sense The foundation of etiquette is common sense. On an invitation, for example, you must convey essential information if you want your guests to show up at your event. Your guests need to know who is inviting them to what function. They also need to know the date, time and place. A properly worded invitation includes all of that information and presents it succinctly and coherently.
Courtesy Courtesy, the spirit of etiquette, makes for better and more rewarding relationships. It also requires us to be considerate of others. You may come across some guidelines that might not work in your situation. If you followed those guidelines, you might, perhaps, offend someone you love. Is your relationship with that person more important than the wording of your invitation? If so, courtesy demands that you find an alternative. Etiquette is proper only when it facilitates and strengthens relationships.

Usage, the third building block is usage. Etiquette has evolved over the years and will continue to evolve. Many of the customs that were proper 50 years ago have faded away, like a gentleman tipping his hat. Likewise, many of the customs we practice today will be outdated 50 years from now.
A Natural Evolution As old customs become obsolete, new ones take their place. Not long ago, for example, reply cards were considered improper, even offensive and insulting. Wedding invitations were always answered in your own handwriting on your own stationery. As our lives became busier and busier, many of us no longer had the time to sit down and hand write a reply. Since hosts and hostesses could not risk not receiving responses, they began to send reply cards with their invitations. This made it easier for their guests to respond. The courtesy extended to their guests was a common-sense approach to the problem of late and never received responses. As more and more invitations were sent with reply cards, reply cards became more and more acceptable. Today, they are sent with almost every wedding invitation.
In other words, at some point the traditional way of responding to wedding invitations was not working. Common sense suggested that a solution was needed. The solution was simple: Extend to guests the courtesy of an easy-to-use card with a stamped, pre-addressed envelope. This solution worked and through its usage reply cards have now become perfectly proper. These three building blocks — common sense, courtesy and usage — are the basis for all the guidelines that social etiquette provides.

I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did!!

Have a great Wednesday, y'all!


Liana said...

Crane is always my go to stationary to! they always have lovely things

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