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13 November 2013

You will be the hippest parent on the block when you suggest to your children they host a gingerbread house party. You don’t need to have a birthday to host a kid’s party.



We have a few tips and tricks for you to carry this party off with ease.

  • Build the houses out of graham crackers ahead of time. Use two crackers split in half for the four walls and another split in half for the roof.
  • Cut a cracker-half diagonally, creating two triangles to be used as the gable ends of the roof.
  • Royal icing is an excellent glue to hold everything together. Make a batch and fill plastic bottle containers, which is done easily if you put the icing into a piping bag, or plastic bag snipped on the corner, and squeeze into each bottle.
  • Give each guest a bottle of icing and some double dip white cups filled with candies to decorate their gingerbread house.
  • Provide gingerbread men or other holiday cookies to be decorated.
  • For the trip home, package the gingerbread houses in our frankly my dear windowed gable box. Two houses fit perfectly in one box.
  • Children love anything with their name on it so go ahead and personalize the box using stickers or rub-on letters.
  • Place the gingerbread men along with any other crafts or creations in our hello cello cellophane bags, tie with some holiday ribbon or our in the knick of twine.

This party is so easy and guaranteed to fill your house and heart with laughter and smiles. Just like that, you took a moment, and created a memory.


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11 November 2013

There’s something nostalgic and comforting about hot turkey sandwiches in the days following Thanksgiving.  Accompanied by leftover green bean casserole and whipped sweet potatoes…yum!  We focus on all the details for a beautiful holiday table and home.  So why not add the same detail to the leftovers’ packaging?

Sending home a little Garnish will leave everyone with smiles and thankful they swung by your home for the holidays.  The best part, no precarious car ride home, hoping for it to be leak-free.  Garnish containers are intended for food so there won’t be any nasty leaks.  Every little drop of gravy will top your sandwiches, not the floor of your car.

No matter the occasion, if there are to be leftovers, then let them be Garnished!

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20 March 2013

We have to confess, we love Easter Brunch!  And it’s even better if you get to enjoy it by keeping little hands busy, right?

Why not leave the kiddos something fun to do while you savor that eggs benedict.  A couple of fun and easy crafts (ie. don’t require parental supervision) in one of our french fry scoops is just the thing.  Whether it’s some dollar store crafts and stickers, little puzzles or something fun to eat, the younger set will enjoy this special treat.  We personalized these with some puffy paint…it is easy to write with and stays put.  Now…go enjoy another mimosa on us :-)

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29 August 2012

Yup, the summer has flown by, and it’s the first day of school in our neck of the woods.  Time to start thinking homework, extra curriculars and lunches!  Even if your kids like to eat the same thing everyday (we sure did), you can still make their lunch special.

We used our scalloped labels and glassine bags for this one.  We were inspired by the ruled notebooks that the kids use in the classroom.  Just print of a sheet of labels, leave them in the pantry, and you’re ready to stick them on to some of our glassine bags filled with snacks.  It’s easy, fun and we know your kids are going to give it an A+!

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24 May 2012

We love a picnic!  And so many of Garnish products are just made for grabbing a bite outside.  From our gable boxes or bio packs, to our berry baskets or even an old fashioned paper bag….we’ve got you covered.  So we were thrilled when Monica showed us how she Garnished a birthday picnic and a desert picnic!

photos via Homespun Heart


Monica cleverly used our food trays, small ripple cups, paper straws, small plastic bottles, glassine bags, berry baskets and some twine.  We love the way it all turned out, and her color scheme (she is a self proclaimed patriotic color lover)is perfect to inspire you for this Memorial Day weekend. You can check out Monica’s blog posts on Homespun Heart here and here.

Keep sending us your ideas, we can’t get enough :)

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25 November 2011

When we were growing up, our Grandmother use to make a graham cracker pie every Christmas.  Now in our family, it is a tradition to make this pie every holiday, or sometimes as a special treat.  We don’t think that our Grand-maman would mind our little Garnish twist on this tradition…

We used our new baking cups to make individual pies, and how fun do they look?  These rigid cups would be perfect for apple pies, crumbles, mini meatloaves or even to hold nuts or candy.  What traditions will you have this holiday?

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Categories: Family,Packaging

13 June 2011

While Summer is not officially here yet, it sure is getting warmer outside.  That means it’s time for some grilling and backyard bar-b-ques!  We here at Garnish are officially declaring it the “Summer of the Dawg”….hot dog that is!  Whether is the traditional hot dog, cheese smokie or a bratwurst…there is a dawg for everyone’s taste.

Our new kraft food tray is just the right size for a hot dog with a side of chips.  We stuck with the traditional toppings on this Summer Dawg, but next time we were thinking maybe coleslaw, salsa or even guacamole!  How will you be serving up your Summer Dawgs this year?

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4 April 2011

We know that there are all different kinds of ways to celebrate Easter.  Some of you attend Easter services at your local parish, some of you celebrate with an Easter brunch and an Easter egg hunt….and some of you just celebrate by getting together with family and friends.  Whichever way it is, we hope that our Easter ideas will be a part of your celebration!

For the next two weeks, we will give you some ideas and also show you how to use our awesome printables, that are free with your Garnish purchase, until April 14th.

What child (or even grown-up!) doesn’t love a good old fashioned Easter egg hunt?  It’s hard to imagine when some of us still have snow on the ground, but if it’s too chilly outside, you can definitely have an indoor egg hunt too!  We thought that our clear candy tubes were the perfect thing to hold a list of clues to find all that treasure!

Just fill the tubes with some Easter paper shred, and roll up your sheet of clues to put inside.  You could also fill the tubes up with jelly beans, or another sweet treat, so that your little scavengers have something to munch on, along the way.

We only put a few clues on our sheet….we can’t make it too easy!  Maybe these clues could be for the “golden” eggs, with extra special treasures inside.

Remember, until April 14th, if you make a purchase, just be sure to leave us a message in the comments section at checkout if you would like to get our free printables.  They include, cup wrappers, hang tags, round labels and our Easter egg hunt clue cards.

Check back on Wednesday for another great Easter idea and let us know how you will be celebrating Easter this year.

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23 September 2010

Change of time…a song by Josh Ritter. Change of time…summer 2010 now officially being behind us and we celebrate the arrival of Fall, and all she has to offer.

As time goes by, we continue to delight in all the wonderful and talented people who cross our Garnish path. There’s nothing we like better then those surprise emails where you all share with us how you added a little Garnish. Really, how sweet of you to take the time to make us smile.

One of these talented gals we speak of is Lisa. I think she was born with a little Garnish in her heart. The time may be changing but since we’re still being blessed with summer-like weather here in New England we present you with an ice cream waffle sandwich served in a white paper food tray. How beautiful, right? And since there is always room for ice cream, no matter what the season, change up the color of sprinkles if you’d like to match your Fall decor.

For those of you who like to change your design scheme as you change the calendar, Lisa also has a Fall picnic for you. Light your backyard campfire, grab a blanket and bring your dinner outdoors. Head to the beach or the park and enjoy a game of frisbee or a game of cards.

Time may change. But some things never do. Like friends, like family, and like how adding a little Garnish will make them all smile.

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Categories: Bright Ideas!,Family,Friendship,Garnish Pal's

3 September 2010

“Wow!”…that was our reaction when we saw how Kristin added a little Garnish to her son’s birthday party. With each scroll down the page, we were more and more in awe. Kristin has some serious party planning and photography skills and we encourage you to check her out. The birthday boy definitely has a slew of fantastic moments for his memory books!

Here are the highlights:

Her son, Cooper, was bestowed with an 8th birthday pirate style. And when his mama decides to throw a party…she goes all out. Swashbuckling pirate gear was everywhere and oh so tastefully done. Pirates need their strength for all their pirate duties so the menu included veggies and dip, in nut and party cups, to build their muscles.

And to really fill those bellies, macaroni and cheese (the good ol’ boxed stuff to keep it simple) was served in the small bio-pak containers. Now, regular ol’ pirates might very well use their hands to eat, but this mom knows that a pirate with good manners will go far in life so she added a disposable wooden spoon.

To wash it all down, cream soda with a seersucker red striped straw.

Shiver me timbers, this party has it going on. We’re so happy that Garnish could be part of such a special day.

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