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Below you'll find information which can help you with some of life's etiquette problems - everything from how to write a condolence letter, to dress codes.

Make a Statement with your Personalised Stationery

Everyone's Guide to Stationery

Stationery versus Stationary

The Real Meaning of Etiquette

Why Letters are Better than Email

Why So Many Stationery Styles?

Printed Envelopes or Personalised Return Address Labels

Holiday Card Etiquette

When and How to Write Thank You Notes

Anatomy of a Friendly Letter

How to Write a Condolence Letter

Commonly Mis-Spelled Words

Baby Shower Invitations

Toddler Invitations

Calling Cards

Family Stationery

Moving House Stationery

Stationery for a New Generation

How to Choose Your Stationery

Party Attire

 

Make a statement with your personalised stationery

The age of texting and email has not killed off the ancient art of handwriting. In fact, sending good, old-fashioned personal notes is becoming more popular than ever. With so many of our communications being electronic, people are recognising the human-touch value of a solid piece of paper in handwritten ink. But don't think writing a note has to look old fashioned. We'renot talking about your grandmother's lavender print stationery. You can find a wide assortment of customized and personalised stationery that will make a statement all about you.

If you haven't shopped for stationery in a while don't worry, we're creating a list of some of the different personalities you can express with your own personalised stationery. Here are a few to kick off your thoughts. 

Elegant

Looking for classic but modern sophistication? Check out our Name and Address range and choose to have your name and address printed on the stationery of your choice — you can choose the classic elegance of basic black, or go for a bit more personalisation by selecting one of our interesting typefaces printed in gorgeous bold colours. 

Designer Diva

Think of your personalised stationery as an extension of your own wardrobe accessories! Choose from our comprehensive selection of shoes, handbags, and shopping illustrations. Or see the Carrie Collection (her namesake is Carrie Bradshaw, so think shoes, shopping, cocktails and coffee with her gal-pals).  


Food and Drink Connoisseur

If you're a ‘foodie' Note Couture has an extensive selection of food and drink illustrations – from cheeky glasses of champagne, flirty cocktails, chocolates galore, and cupcakes through to coffee and tea.  

Humor

Prefer something cheeky that will make people smile at your style? Then meet our Gorgeous Ladies - it's not hard to describe these 'broads' - they've been called a wide variety of names over the years: the luscious lovelies; the wicked, irreverent, notoriously naughty and decadent dames. They're the sassy and brash politically incorrect women! What we love about these ladies is they'll say all the things we often think but aren't quite brave enough to say out loud. Not for the shy or faint-hearted, but definitely for those who love a good laugh and like to tell it as it is.

The Sportsperson

There's a great selection of stationery styles for sporty types. We cover all the bases from basketball, cricket, football, rugby, fishing, golf, yoga, tennis, cycling, bowls, scuba diving to soccer.

The Animal Lover

Whether it's a cute cat or dog pic with a quirky quote, or a real life dog illustration, or birds, butterflies, elephants, lions and tigers, insects or fish, we've pretty much got animal lovers covered.

Cheerful or Youthful

Meet the Doodle Girls -These girls are cheerful and full of 'joie de vivre' - whether walking the dog, going shopping or having a bath - they live their life to the full, enjoy each day as it comes along and love everything about life.They're young, fresh, vibrant and sweet. Our Georgeous Ladies may think they are a bit tizzy - but that would be because they're jealous of their youthful demeanors. Wherever you see the Doodle Girls you see casual, individual design and fresh bright colours.

Into Horoscope Star Signs?

View our hilarious Horoscope Collection and see the star signs reflected as handbags, featuring each signs' individual zodiac personality traits.

The variety of statements you can make with your own personalised stationery is endless. Remember, actions speak louder than words so let your paper and envelopes do some talking! Make sure they're saying what you want them to say about you. Select a style that complements your own personal image. People will look forward to receiving your notes!

Everyone's Guide to Stationery

If you've ever worried that stationery is going out of style, you'll be pleased to know that quite the reverse is true. In our technologically advanced world, communication is becoming so rushed and careless that many people value a handwritten letter more than ever. If you're looking for stationery but aren't sure what kind you need, we have a few tips that will help you select something that's just right for you:

  • Get personal. Whether you're buying stationery for personal or business use, choose a style that reflects who you are.
  • How will you be using your stationery? If you're most likely to be writing short letters and thank you notes, Correspondence Cards or Note Cards could be an excellent choice. They're available in a wide variety of designs and are suitable for business or personal use. Big Notes or Notepads can also be a stylish choice.
  • Budget is also a consideration. How much are you willing to spend? You can choose from Standard or Deluxe products in both the Correspondence and Invitation ranges. Generally speaking, the more formal the situation, the heavier the card stock should be. For a formal event, Deluxe is the way to go; for casual day to day communications, the Standard option may be more suitable.
  • Choose a stationery company that guarantees their work. When you're ordering online, make a note of the contact number and email address in case you need to contact the company. Make sure you keep the order confirmation that is emailed to you and don't be afraid to ask questions before you make a purchase. It's better to ensure you're ordering a suitable product before you place your order.

Stationery versus Stationary

Son and sun; knead and need; capitol and capital - all of these are homonyms. Homonyms are words that are spelled differently but sound alike. They are also words that are commonly misused for one another. When you're uncertain about the correct spelling about one of these words, it pays to reach for the dictionary because even your PC spell checker isn't smart enough to thwart the homonym.

Stationery and stationary are homonyms and both are frequently used incorrectly. Webster's dictionary describes the words as follows:

sta-tion-ery
Function:
noun
1: materials (as paper, pens, and ink) for writing or typing
2 : letter paper usually accompanied with matching envelopes

sta-tion-ary
Function:
adjective
1 : fixed in a station, course, or mode : immobile
2 : unchanging in condition

The reason for the confusion stems from the words' origin. Both come from the Latin word statio, meaning job, station, or position. The adjective stationary was used to refer to a fixed military position. Later, it was used to describe stationary sellers (as opposed to peddlers who would travel). These "stationary sellers" became known as stationers. Booksellers were often "stationers" because their items were too heavy to transport. It then made sense to term the items that "stationers" used, such as pens, ink, and paper as stationery. In England, stationary was first used as an adjective in 1626. It wasn't until 1688 that paper and writing products became known by the noun stationery.

Puzzled? You're not alone. Here's how I learned to differentiate quickly between the two - there's an ‘e' in stationery for ‘envelope', which is of course, a stationery item.


The Real Meaning of Etiquette

Etiquette may sound like a bunch of outdated rules that you're supposed to follow, but in fact, they're guidelines that can make our personal and professional relationships more relaxed and successful. We're more at ease when we understand what others expect from us in a given situation. The use of etiquette when writing a letter, like the etiquette used in other areas, centers around three essential ideas: common sense, courtesy and practice.

Common Sense

Common sense is the basis of etiquette. For example, when you're writing an invitation you need to include the essential information if your want your guests to attend the party and be aware of any expectations regarding gifts or dress. They need to know the specifics, like time, date, and location. They'll also want to know any dress stipulations, for example, black tie, fancy dress, or casual. An invitation, if worded properly, includes all that information and announces it in a way that is to the point and easy to understand. The rules of etiquette are there to help you accomplish just that.

Courtesy

When courtesy is used, relationships are strengthened and become more rewarding. Courtesy requires us to be more understanding of others. The guidelines of etiquette might not always seem proper for a particular situation. If the guidelines you're attempting to use seem likely to offend someone, let courtesy take over. Find a way to be proper in your actions and wording that takes the individual or unique situation into account. The last thing you want to do is offend a loved one.

Practice

The old adage, "practice makes perfect," is certainly true when it comes to the practice of etiquette. By practicing, you make proper etiquette a personal habit and your good example may even encourage others to use etiquette in their correspondence. Practice will also make it easier for you to adapt etiquette guidelines to suit an individual person or situation where applying the guidelines strictly might offend.

 

Why Letters are Better than Email

Think back to the days before email … remember the pleasure of receiving a personal letter in the mail?  Did you try to guess who it was from based on the handwriting? Remember how exciting it was to rip open the envelope to see who sent it and what they had to say?  Sometimes the stationery had even absorbed some of the person's fragrance so it was like you were sitting there beside them having a conversation. Don't you miss that?  Receiving an email isn't quite as exciting – in fact, if you receive a lot of emails, you're probably becoming less enthusiastic about your email inbox every day.

In this technological day and age, personal communication skills appear to be declining.  Now don't misunderstand me, Note Couture uses the Internet to sell our product and email is an essential daily tool. However, I also fondly remember the days of hand-written, post office delivered letters, love notes lovingly hand written, scribbled to-do lists, grocery lists on the fridge and so much more.

Our modern lifestyles make us time-poor and it's a sad reality that we often cut back on the time and energy we devote to personal relationships and maintaining quality communication with friends and extended family. Is it that much more convenient to type a quick email or text message and send it? When we take the quick route we not only lose the personal touch, we risk our emotions being misunderstood. A hastily typed email or an abbreviate text message can sound harsh, uncaring, demanding and rude.

Conversely, a person's handwriting can say so much about what they're thinking, feeling and even what kind of mood they're in. In fact, handwriting is so personal, handwriting experts can often tell from a person's writing whether they are male or female, their age group, roughly where and when they were educated and even their psychological disposition at the time of writing.

Sadly, with the rising cost of stamps and an increasingly fast paced lifestyle, people will continue to use email more and more. I may be a little biased by the fact that I sell stationery for a living, but I have made a decision to keep my personal and business communications as personal as possible and I'd like to challenge you to do it too.

Is there someone special in your thoughts today? Why not make their day by sending a handwritten letter? Let them know how important they are to you by taking the time to write a letter that's just for them. Perhaps there's someone you've been meaning to thank for personal or business assistance. Why not thank them for their kindness with ten minutes of your time and a personal ‘thank you' note? You might just make their day.


Why So Many Stationery Styles?

If you've been browsing through our website, you'll have noticed that there are a lot of stationery styles to choose from. Note Couture sells correspondence cards, note cards, big notes, notepads, mini notepads, spiral bound notebooks, note sheets, invitations, book labels, address labels, recipe cards … you name it. Customers selecting gifts from our site sometimes ask why we need so many different types of paper and what type of correspondence each type of item is ideal for, so we've put together a list to help:

  • Correspondence Cards (i.e., Flat cards) are designed to be used for quick notes penned for business or personal reasons. Designs vary from prim and proper, name and address, humorous, chic or creative, so there's bound to be a correspondence card to suit your personality or that of the loved one you're buying for.
  • Note Cards are perfect for longer notes. Like a correspondence card, they also can be used for business or personal purposes. Note Couture has a wide variety of printed designs ranging from pets, to shoes, chocolate to coffee. There really is one for every personality and purpose.
  • Big Notes and Notepads are for longer letters or business correspondence. The difference between them is their size. Both are available with or without printed lines. Big Notes are19.5cm x 29cm, and Notepads are 12cm x 19cm. Plus we also have Mini Notepads which are fantastic to keep in your handbag – they have a heavier weight cover page which keeps the inner pages nice and clean. They're sized at 10.5 x 9cm.
  • Note Sheets are meant to be a way to jot down a quick note to yourself or someone else. They can be mailed and you can purchase matching envelopes.
  • To Do Lists are fabulous for keeping yourself organized. You can also change the wording and use one for your grocery shopping list.



Printed Envelopes or Personalised Return Address Labels?

Note Couture sells all kinds of stationery styles, with and without printed envelopes. We also do return address labels. These handy little items are extremely convenient and a lot easier than writing your name and address all the time if you send out a lot of mail.

Any type of formal or business correspondence should have a handwritten or custom-printed address directly on the envelope. Note Couture's address labels are printed on good quality matt stock for that professional look.

Formal stationery needs aside, personalised mailing labels are an excellent way to address letters to friends and family, or drop picture postcards from your next vacation in the mailing quickly and easily. We offer a variety of colours and styles to choose from.

Holiday Card Etiquette

Holiday Card List

 First things first, who should you send cards to? I'm a bit biased, so my first answer is as many people as possible! There is however, some truth to that. Traditionally, holiday cards are a way of re-connecting with people you do not necessarily see or speak to very often. In today's digital age, that could amount to a fairly large number. To decide how many cards you need to order, start with last year's list and your current address book. Remove old business acquaintances and loved ones who have passed away. Add any new family members, friends or colleagues. This will give you a preliminary count. It's always sensible to order a few extras – in case you make new friends or realise that you forgot to put Auntie Ethel on your original list!

If you have a limited budget for gifts this year, holiday cards are a great way to show people you care without purchasing a gift. If you've always purchased gifts for a favorite relative or friend in the past but can't afford to do so this year, don't be afraid to send a holiday card to let them know that even though your budget doesn't allow for a gift this year, you still send your love.

Card Signing

 Every year without fail, someone asks if it's possible to get their signature pre-printed on the inside of their greeting cards. I do them a favour and say no! How disappointed would you be to receive a card with a printed signature? It would have about the same value as an unsigned card from your local real estate agency. I can print whatever message you would like inside your cards, but signing them and adding your own personal note is what will make receiving your card special to your friends, family and business associates or colleagues. You don't have to write a comprehensive message to each card recipient, but a hand-written note and/or signature makes the card so much more personal. Writing in each holiday greeting card may seem daunting, but if you write a few cards a day through October and November, the task becomes a lot more manageable.

When signing a Christmas card from more than one person, the person who physically signs the card should write his or her name at the end of the list. When signing multiple family members, traditionally you would start with the father's name, then the mother's and finally the children, from oldest to youngest. Another option is to simply write something like "John, Mary and family."

Mailing Christmas Cards

As soon as you finish addressing your last holiday card envelope, you should mail them immediately, assuming of course, that you haven't made an early start in say, July! My advice is to order your cards no later than the end of September and have them signed, addressed and sealed as early as possible. Mail your finished batch of holiday cards all at the same time – lest someone sees a card you've sent someone else and thinks you've forgotten them! A good rule of thumb is to mail your cards (within Australia) between the end of November and the week before Christmas. That way, they'll arrive before the holidays and you'll reduce the risk of any getting lost in the postal chaos of the days leading up to Christmas Day.

Be aware that Christmas is not the only Holiday

Though several people celebrate Christmas and Christmas-time, for religious reasons or otherwise, it is important to realise that there are other holidays that your friends, family members and colleagues might celebrate in conjunction with or instead of Christmas. If you're unsure or just wish to play it safe, you can always make the message on your cards holiday-neutral or buy a smaller quantity of neutral personalised holiday cards to send to those you are unsure about. Holiday-neutral greeting cards include those printed with "Season's Greetings," "Happy Holidays," or "Happy New Year."


When and How to Write Thank You Notes

Once a common courtesy, thank you notes seem to have become a rarity. Have we really become so self absorbed that we cannot spare a moment to pen a ‘thank you' for someone's thoughtful gesture? Note Couture believes that it is not only proper etiquette, but appropriate to write thank you notes for certain things. Thank you notes can be formal or informal, simple or complex, but should always be heartfelt and genuine. Here are just a few of the occasions where thank you notes are appropriate:

  • Wedding Gifts
  • Baby or Bridal Shower Gifts
  • Gifts and visits received while in the Hospital
  • Sympathy letters or flowers
  • Gifts received through the mail

Thank you notes vary from preprinted ones you can purchase at a stationery store, to formal stationery that matches up with invitations. The situation or occasion will help you decide how formal the note should be. For wedding gifts, a formal thank you note is appropriate and it's ideal to choose a design that matches your wedding invitation or theme. Baby shower or bridal shower thank you notes can be informal, although you can purchase thank you notes that match the shower invitations if you prefer. For other situations you can use personalised stationery instead of an actual note with "Thank You" printed on it, but we would not recommend using a note sheet or notebook paper. The card should reflect the occasion and your personality. Choosing something special lets the recipients know that you thought enough of their gift to take the time to pick out a lovely thank you note.

You should send thank you notes as soon as possible after the occasion. The longest you should wait is a week in most cases. If you wait too long, the recipient may think that you haven't given them or their gift a second thought. It can show a lack of appreciation for their effort. If the thank you notes are for gifts received while in the hospital, naturally you'll need to wait until you're well enough to write before sending the notes. When it comes to wedding gift thank you notes, there is a forgivable exception to the one week window, as a honeymoon will typically delay the process by a few days or even a week. The longest you should ever take to send a thank you note is two months from the day you received the gift.

When you sit down to write the thank you note, be specific. If the person was at the event, be sure to say how much you enjoyed seeing them. If a gift was given, be sure to reference it and its intended use in the note. For example, if Aunt Suzie sent you a set of sheets as a birthday present, you might want to say "Thank you so much for the lovely sheet set. They'll go perfectly with the colours we've chose for the bedroom." Even if you do not like the gift and will end up returning it, you should still let the person know that you appreciated their generosity.

The thank you note should be written to whoever sent the gift. If it was your Aunt Mary and Uncle Steve, then address the card to them. If the gift came from Aunt Suzie, Uncle Steve and your cousins John and Jenny, you would still only address the thank you note to just Aunt Suzie and Uncle Steve, but you would want to make sure to mention John and Jenny in the body of the note.

Most importantly, when it comes to thank you notes, be personal. No one wants to get a ‘standard' thank you note that could have been sent to anybody. It just doesn't seem genuine. Make sure your note is personal, and the recipient will know for sure that their gift was greatly appreciated.


Anatomy of a Friendly Letter

Sample:

(1) January 15, 2010

(2) Dear Katrina,

(3) I hope this letter finds you happy and healthy! Did you ring in the New Year in a fabulous way? It seems so long since I saw you. It's hard to believe that it was just last month that we were celebrating the Holidays together!

All is well on my end. I'm still enjoying work...and of course, the dogs are always keeping me busy! In my free time, I've been going to the gym and enjoying the great weather we've been having. I've read a few books lately that I think you'd really enjoy. I'm setting them aside for you.

While I was making my New Year Resolutions a few weeks ago, I thought a lot about the things that I am lucky and grateful for in my life. Your friendship was high on my list. (4) I sincerely hope we don't let too much time pass before we see each other again.

(5) Until later
(6) Kelly

(7) P.S. I ran into Emily at the gym. She says hello!

Explanation:

(1) Date (Month, Day, Year). Modern style is to align the date to the left at the top of the page.

(2) Salutation (Dear + Name of Recipient). Skip a line between the date and the salutation. Traditionally a comma is placed after the name, but in more casual letters, exclamation points are acceptable ("Hi Katrina!").

(3) Body (Paragraphs). Leave a blank line between the salutation and the body of the letter. Leave a blank line between paragraphs to separate your comments and make your letter easy to read.

(4) Conclusion.

(5) Closing. Leave two blank lines between the concluding paragraph and the closing. The closing should be aligned to the left. Traditional closing lines are "Sincerely," and "Thank you.", but almost anything goes for a casual note.

(6) Signature. Sign your letter, aligning your signature to the left.

(7) P.S. (Post Script). Add any last minute thoughts or sentiments!

 

How to Write a Condolence Letter

Has someone close to you lost someone they loved? Finding the right words to convey what your heart is feeling isn't easy. I hope I can help with that in some small way. Words of sympathy and memory can be extremely meaningful and comforting to those in mourning. Condolence letters will often be read by numerous members of a family, and are often saved for years or placed permanently in family albums. For this reason, while condolence letters will by their very nature be personal, they should also remain somewhat formal. Most importantly, remember that the purpose of your words should be to share memories of the deceased and to express sympathy for the family. See our example letter below:

Dear Chloe,

I was so sorry to hear the news of your Aunt Sally's death. I know that she was an important part of your life and she will be missed dearly. My heart is filled with sympathy for you and your family during this difficult time. It's hard to express my condolences from so far away, but please know that I'm thinking of all of you. Aunt Sally was such a light-hearted and loving woman. She always had a smile and a friendly word for everyone she met, and would always open her home and heart to all of us as if we were family. I remember fondly the summer you and I spent with your Aunt Sally in Sydney. She insisted that I call her "Aunt Sally." She took us to the beach every day and we ate ice cream for dinner almost every night as if we were all 12 years old. What a joyous and youthful spirit she was. I know how much pain this loss must be causing you. I also know that Aunt Sally left you with so many happy memories to treasure as you heal. The strength of those memories, along with the support of your family and friends, will help you get through the days, weeks and months ahead. I plan on coming to visit before the month is over, or just as soon as you are ready for company.

You are in my thoughts
Charlotte

Explanation:

Start off by addressing the letter to the family member or members. This will let them know you are thinking of them. Acknowledge the loss they have suffered. Mentioning the deceased by name gives it a more personal touch. Express your sympathy, but do not discuss your own grief. Mentioning the special qualities or characteristics of the deceased, or sharing a fond memory you have of the deceased, will probably bring a little glimmer of sunshine just when they need it most. Encourage the mourning in their healing process. Offer specific help so they know you're genuinely ready to assist them as it's not uncommon these days for people to offer a generic gesture of help, hoping it won't be called upon. You may wish to end the letter with a word of sympathy or a religious sentiment of your choice if you feel this is appropriate.


Commonly Mis-Spelled Words

Worried about penning a letter without the "safety net" of your trusty word processor and its spell check function and backspace button? Here's a list of some of the most commonly misspelled words, so you can check your words before you put pen to paper on your beautiful new stationery.

Misspelling:

Correct Spelling:

Alot

A lot

Acceptible

Acceptable

Acheive

Achieve

Beleive

Believe

Calender

Calendar

Conshence

Conscience

Definately

Definitely

Embarass

Embarrass

Neibor

Neighbour

Occured

Occurred

Percieve

Perceive

Recieve

Receive

Reccomend

Recommend

Seperate

Separate

Sincerly

Sincerely

Supercede

Supersede

Suprise

Surprise

Untill

Until

Tommorrow

Tomorrow

Wether

Weather

Wierd

Weird

Don't forget these commonly misused rules too:

Their / they're / there
(Their is possessive, they're stands for "they are," there is a place!)

Its /It's (Use the apostrophe only if "it's" is replacing "it is")

All ready/ already (All ready means completely ready. Already means before the present time)

Too / Two/ To (Too means "in addition," two is a number, to is used for everything else)

 

Baby Shower Invitations

Baby showers are a fantastic way to announce a pregnancy, celebrate the parents to be, and commemorate the pending arrival of that precious bundle of joy! Traditionally thrown for the Mum and baby, it is becoming more common to have couples showers or even showers for dads-to-be.

Baby showers are generally thrown for the expectant family's first baby. In recent years it has become more common to throw a shower for the first baby of each gender. Showers can be hosted by anyone and can be thrown at any time during the pregnancy, and even shortly after the birth. There aren't any set dos or don'ts for baby showers, but one thing is certain: your baby shower invitations can set the tone for the fabulous party you are throwing!

Shower invitations should announce the date, time, and location for your party. Be sure to include a phone number or email address for questions and RSVP purposes. It's a good idea to send invitations four to six weeks in advance, with a response requested one to two weeks before the party. If you have any special instructions for attendees or if you want to announce a theme for your party, this can be included on the invitation too.

Baby shower invites may be the first formal announcement of the baby's gender or name but if you wish to keep baby's gender a secret there are several options for gender neutral as well. Pictures of baby footprints, rattles, teddy bears, and animals are common choices for baby shower invitations, but modern invitations also offer designs displaying expecting mothers, complete with the baby bump!

Whether you're going with baby girl pink, little boy blue, or gender neutral, Note Couture has the perfect invitation design for your baby shower!


Toddler Invitations

Whether you're planning a first birthday party or a celebration with 100 candles, it should always be a happy and fun occasion. When you're dealing with toddlers, you really need to plan ahead to ensure this happens! Experts suggest that you plan around their temperament at this age.

Is the birthday boy/girl shy and withdrawn or outgoing and ready to have a good time and party? If your 2 year old is going through the clinging, make the world go away stage; simply invite a few favorite relatives over for a celebration of cake and ice cream. You don't want to ruin their big day!

A large number of visitors at one time can be overwhelming for adults, but it can be especially so for toddlers. About three to eight friends is good, depending on your social circle. Remember, your child will only just be learning to relate to other children, so you should not expect great levels of cooperation from them. You may need to stay with your toddler, so you should have plenty of help and support from beginning to end. Extra supervision is also a great idea if you plan on having a larger party. The more eyes the better!

If your child is more the center of attention or bouncing off the walls type of toddler, and you're sure they will love all the attention, invite a few kids and their parents over for a party blowout, complete with your toddler's favorite theme – be it Pirates, Princesses, Fairies. Ballerinas, Fire Engines or wild animals.

Lollies are not the best idea for "Thank You" party gifts. Children in this age group love crayons and coloring so consider getting a few toddler coloring books, crayons and stickers instead. Crayons and coloring books are cheap and the kids will love them!

Structure is not as important at this age. Instead, focus on everyone having fun. The messier the better! Just keep the party short and sweet - nothing is worse than a room full of cranky toddlers! One to two hours is sufficient. Time of day is also crucial. Plan the party for a time of day when your toddler will be wide awake and not wanting a nap. All the attention and activity of the party will wear even the most energetic toddler out!


Calling Cards

Are you often found digging into your handbag in search of pen and paper so you can write down your phone number or email address for someone? Or have you experienced the awkward business card exchange scenario, when someone asks for your card and you don't have one to offer? The Calling Cards that Note Couture offer are ideal for everyone - whether you have a job title or not. Presenting a professional yet unique card containing your contact information makes a terrific and lasting impression on the recipient, and helps ensure they won't lose your details.

Calling cards are ideal for a variety of situations and they can communicate the impression you're well organized and professional, which of course, you are! Whether you're looking for a new job, introducing yourself to new neighbors, or doing a little private or business networking at a social event, having calling cards on hand could be the difference between someone remembering you the next day, or not being able to recall your name at all. When you're looking for a job or freelance work, a calling card tells prospective employers that you're serious. If you have a teenager looking for babysitting or odd job work in the neighborhood, calling cards can be an economical way to give them an advantage.

If you've no need for a thousand business cards, calling cards are a fabulous way to make sure you never have to scrawl your name and number on the back of a receipt, drink coaster, or somebody else's business card!


Family Stationery

Personalised family stationery is not only a lot of fun, it can encourage good communication habits. Even if you don't use stationery very often, it's nice to have something nice to use for a note or a thank you from the whole family or an individual family member. No matter which family members use the stationery it should be personalised to say something about the family as a whole, whether the design is flashy and bold, a bit cheeky, or simple and elegant.

When choosing family stationery it's a good idea to opt for a design that includes the last name as well as the first names of all the family members. You can also be a bit creative with your note writing - instead of "The Smiths" you could opt for "The Smith Gang" or "A note from the Smith Family”. For a fun twist try using nicknames. If your pets are like family members feel free to include them on the note. Anything goes with this fun note so let your imagination go wild.

Another fabulous option are the Personalised Characters. Choose characters that reflect everyone's personalities - perhaps BBQ man for Dad or Shopping Woman for Mum! Skateboard Boy, Princess Girl or Baby Girl in Pram, might suit the youngsters and again, you can add the family cat, dog or goldfish if you wish!

If you prefer more formal and traditional family stationery you can't go wrong with one of the Elegant Name and Address options. They can be personalised with your family's name, or just your initials. Even formal stationery can reflect who you are as a family.


Moving House Stationery

Moving house can be an overwhelming and stressful time. Make it a little easier by planning ahead and ordering stationery for your big move:

  • Moving announcements to let family and friends know that you're moving… and where they can reach you after moving day! Moving House Notepads are an easy way to keep your loved ones in the loop!
  • New stationery printed with your new return address and a new “feel” for your new life.
  • New return address labels displaying your new address. You can choose from a variety of colours and styles to express your new life in your new location.
  • Thank you notes for all those who will help you with the move. If you're lucky, you'll get lots of help and you'll want to thank every person who chipped in to help you keep your sanity. Send a big thank you on unique, customised stationery.
  • Invitations for a Housewarming Party or Open House – set the date and invite friends and family to celebrate you new home!



Stationery for a New Generation

For years greeting card and stationery companies have marketed their products almost entirely to middle aged women. However, recently there has been an encouraging shift to a younger generation of consumers, both male and female. Now you might be wondering why this is so when it appears that younger people seem more inclined to communicate via text messages and emails – but this has left people longing for human contact and for some, it's making traditional stationery more appealing to mark important occasions or express important sentiments.

We may be living in a communication era dominated by text messages and emails but beautiful stationery will always be around to help people communicate in a more personal way when they want to – and that will never go out of fashion!

Stationery has changed with the times too. In an increasingly impersonal world it's become an outlet for personal expression as well as a means of communication. Today, keeping in touch means much more than simply exchanging contact information and important news. How we communicate says something about who we are. Note Couture realises this and offers a variety of products to meet the quality, personalisation, convenience and style choices our customers demand.

 

How to Choose Your Stationery

Quality is a must have when shopping for stationery. Well produced stationery will last you for years to come and the quality of the stationery will be apparent to your friends and family. Good quality stationery not only tells the person you're writing to that you have good taste, it lets them know that you consider them worth your time and energy so they'll appreciate what you have to say!

For such an impersonal society, personalisation is everywhere as we struggle to tell the big wide world that we exist! Today, you can get just about everything personalised so why not make yourself a bit more unique and opt for personalised stationery? By adding your name, monogram or initials to a product you automatically make it more of a personal way of communicating. If you're purchasing stationery as a gift for a love one, personalisation will make your gift truly unique.

Note Couture specialises in providing beautiful stationery items for members of every generation and we guarantee our products against printing error or damage. You can shop online from the privacy and comfort of your home and use our secure Eway online payment system. If you'd prefer to speak someone, I'm just a phone call away!

 

Party Attire

Dressy Casual ... what does that mean? Should you wear your little black dress or slacks and rhinestone encrusted flip flops? Have you ever received an invitation to a party with confusing instructions on attire? Most etiquette books cover traditional dress such as white tie and black tie but what happens when the terminology isn't in the etiquette books? I've compiled a list of dress suggestions that sometimes appear on modern invitations, beginning with the traditional and moving to the "what are they talking about" categories.

White Tie ... White tie is ultra formal and used primarily for diplomatic occasions or debutante balls. Men wear a black coat with tails, black evening pants, black patent leather shoes, stiff white wing collared shirt, studs, white pique vest and white tie. Ladies wear formal evening gowns.

Black Tie ... This is also formal attire. Men should wear a black tuxedo jacket (white dinner jackets are fine in the summer or in the tropics) and matching trousers, formal white shirt (plain or pleated front), studs and cufflinks, black bowtie, black cummerbund, black patent shoes (highly shined black leather lace shoes are acceptable). If you choose to wear a vest, it should be a subtle pattern or black. Ladies can wear either a formal evening gown or a short dressy cocktail dress. There are also evening attire options for women who'd prefer to wear pants – you'll find an excellent range of evening pants available and they're perfectly acceptable. Just be sure your look says "elegant."

Black Tie Optional ... Gentlemen may wear a tuxedo if the event is after 6 p.m., otherwise a dark suit with a white shirt and conservative tie is appropriate. Ladies wear an evening dress, dressy cocktail dress or dressy cocktail separates. Again, if you choose to wear pants, elegance is the guideline.

Semiformal ... Men wear a dark business suit, white or very traditional colored shirt, conservative tie and dressy leather shoes. Ladies choose between a short dressy dress and cocktail attire.

Creative Black Tie ... This is a fun one. Men can take their black tuxedo and add a trendy tie, vest or colored shirt. You can even go so far as to wear dressy Bermuda shorts with your tuxedo jacket. Women can accessorise their formal or cocktail attire with unusual jewelry, a boa, or a pair of fun shoes. Let the theme of the event and your hosts' personalities guide your creativity.

Festive or Holiday Attire ... This dress suggestion is most often seen around the holiday periods. Men should think about dress pants with a sports jacket, and a smart shirt (with or without tie), or dressy jumper. Ladies can put on their favorite holiday outfit. A little glitz is always fun.

Dressy Casual or Casual Chic ... Dress pant, sports jacket/blazer, open-collar shirt, color shirt and tie. A collared golf shirt and jacket/blazer may also be appropriate depending on the location of the event. Street-length dresses, a skirt and nice top or a dressy pantsuit are great for the ladies. You should not wear formal but you should look like you are going to a really nice event.

Smart or Business Casual ... Trousers, a sport jacket/blazer, good jumper, shirt and tie or open-collar shirt are all just fine. A collared golf shirt and jacket/blazer may be okay depending on the location of the event. Ladies choices include an afternoon dress, pantsuit, trousers/skirt and a jumper or nice shirt. Our take on this one: no jeans and a nice casual look which would be acceptable in a business or professional setting.

Sporty Casual or Casual ... Jeans, nice t-shirt, golf/knit shirt, or casual front button shirt are all great for the guys. Ladies can wear casual trousers, jeans, nice tee and so on. Finally, you can wear jeans!! This is usually a laid back, fun, truly casual get together - dress accordingly.

Beach, Island or Tropic Casual ... Men have lots of choices including casual trousers or cargo shorts, golf/knit shirts, casual front button shirts, tropical themed shirts, or even a sport jacket. Sundresses, skirts, shorts, knit shirts or tropical themed attire are great choices for the ladies. Don't forget a light jacket or cardigan for those cool evening breezes (or chilly air conditioning!). There are traditionally a few "Don'ts such as bathing suits, cover-ups or daisy duke shorts. The location of the event is very important. If you're attending a destination wedding on a beautiful Caribbean beach obviously you'll dress a little differently than you would for a cookout around your neighbor's pool. Let the theme, location and hosts of the party determine how casual you go.

After all this, if you ever receive an invitation with an ‘innovative' dress requirement and you haven't a clue what it means, our advice is to simply call your host and ask what everyone is wearing. This simple question can prevent an embarrassing moment when you arrive and realise you totally missed the dress memo!