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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.

Garnish + Enjoy

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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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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.

Garnish + Enjoy

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23 June 2010

The arrival of a new baby is glorious.  But let’s face it, they’re needy little suckers.  Fresh out of the gate, so to speak, they require it all.  And our friends and family are always there to bear gifts of teensy clothing, car seats, the boatloads of equipment that a little person requires, and the all important, diapers.  We dote, we ooh and aah at that precious little miracle.  Their every whim, their every need is speedily met.

But what about Mama?!  She has needs too and she’s most likely so busy tending to her little bundle that she has completely spaced out on herself.  That whole pregnancy brain thing, it’s known to linger a little while longer. So what does that Mama need?  She needs food.  Plain and simple. And better yet, she needs someone else to make it for her.  A well nourished Mama is a happy Mama and  a happy Mama leads to a happy family. Sort of like that line from Jerry McGuire – “A happy wife means a happy life.” – or something like that.

Have fun shopping for all things cute for that baby and when you bring it on over, include a little lunch for Mama.  She needs her strength and to Garnish it up is as easy as 1,2,3!

Start with a squat bio pak container.  It won’t leak, can be microwaved and was designed just for this task.  Insert lunch of choice.  Lay the bio pak container in the center of an ever-so-cute tea towel, which she can use to drape across her lap so she doesn’t have to leave her comfy chair.

Bring the sides together like you’re wrapping a present…which you are!

Tie the corners in a knot and tuck disposable wooden cutlery into the knot, because really, do you think she wants to do dishes?!

Trust me when I say, if you bring Mama food, you will have a friend for life.

Garnish + Enjoy

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18 June 2010

Do you hear it?!  The giggles of little ones, the laughter of grown ups.  The lively chatter of folks visiting and catching up.  The squeals of delight as friends and family reunite after a too-long absence. What’s that you ask?! Why, those are the sounds of water splashing, motor boats whirring, and paddles dipping in the lake.

Ahh, the sounds of summer.  The enjoyment of celebrating the 4th of July.  I bet you’re smiling right now just thinking of it all.  And we’ll double down, and bet you’ll enjoy these 4th of July party ideas and inspirations even more.

What’s that noise?  It’s the gentle flap of the flag dancing in the breeze. Red, white, and blue…the colors of Old Glory. And what’s this you see?  A festive party favor for your holiday table.  Candies in a 3x3x3 clear acetate box wrapped in red and white twine.  Imagine a table or tiered stand filled with these. You know how we love us something sweet!

Can you hear the sizzle of the grill?  The cooking mode of choice for an independence day festivity.  The paper chipboard tray is the serving style of choice.  Your hotdogs and sides will rest comfortably here. Burgers and lobster rolls too!  Chopped pickles in the oval dip cups and condiments in the 2oz plastic bottles (thanks to this Garnish customer for that brilliant thought!).  Give your guests a helping hand and put together disposable wooden cutlery and paper straws and a napkin too in the small white paper bag.  A pretty trim of the bag adds to the beauty.

Do brain freezes make a noise?  I don’t know about that, but I do know that everyone loves something cold on a hot summer day.  Make your own snow cones in our white paper cone cup and serve with a wooden spoon. Anything cold will do, sorbet, granita, or freeze juice in ice cubes tray.  Put those frozen cubes in a plastic bag and give it a bang.  That’s what we did and it looks pretty darn yummy!

Crackling, snapping, and maybe a little singing.  The sounds of a campfire.  A favorite way to end the day.  Gathering around the warmth of the flame and watching fireworks or fireflies.  There’s still room in those tummies for a gooey marshmallowy, chocolately treat.  Presenting all the ingredients to make your s’mores in a 4x4x4 white box, and sweet sentiment on a square clear label, will really cap off your holiday right.

We love the sounds of summer and we love the sight of a Garnished one!

Don’t forget to click on a pic if you want to see it in its full glory.

Garnish + Enjoy

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16 June 2010

Nothing better than a Sunday making chocolate chip cookies with my best gal G!  For fear of eating them all myself, I sent them home to mom and dad packaged up in the small cardboard clamshell and a little caramel FDA waxed tissue.

Want to try my favorite recipe for chocolate chip cookies…here you go!

Old Fashioned Chocolate Chip Cookies – from The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso & Sheila Lukins

1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
pinch of salt
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature
6 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons (lightly packed) light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

1. Preheat the oven to 375F.  Lightly grease the pans (or use parchment paper or a Silpat..like I do!)
2. Stir the flour, baking soda, and salt together in a small bowl
3. Combine the butter, both sugars, and the vanilla in a mixing bowl, and beat until light.  Beat in the egg.  Slowly add the flour mixture, beating until smooth.  Then stir in the chocolate morsels.
4. Drop the batter by rounded dessert spoonfuls, 3 inches apart, onto prepared baking sheets.  Bake 5 minutes.  Remove the baking sheets from the oven, rap them twice on the counter or stove top, and return them to the oven.  Bake 4 minutes.  Transfer the cookies to a wire rack to cool.

Yields 2 dozen

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11 June 2010

Today, in one product six ways, we have a looksey at the beauty of the gable box.

Named after Clark Gable, for no particular reason…we just thought he was cute, the gable box offers versatility galore.  The built in handle makes it easy to carry and the simple style adds some powerful eye candy to any situation.

  1. The small gable box offers a nice twist for gift card giving.  Either on the outside, tucked inside a small glassine bag adhered to the front, as shown or on the inside.  You choose the denomination for the gift card, make it look all cute (which doesn’t take much because the gable box is fun on it’s own), and the receiver has the fun of choosing whatever suits their fancy at the shop.
  2. The large white gable box has a multitude of functions but here we’ve shown it being used at a child’s birthday party for the favor table.  It’s nice and roomy so it can hold a bunch of stuff.  Also great to pack the food in for parties too.  Everyone just grabs their box and munches away. Keeps you out of the kitchen, now who doesn’t like that?!
  3. Busy hands make for happy children.  If you’re having little ones at your wedding, family reunion, or just a backyard BBQ supply craft kits in the squat gable box.  They’ll be thrilled they have something all their own and you’ll be thrilled to have time for some grown up mingling.
  4. Take care of those who are taking care of you.  Brides, while your wedding is your big day, don’t forget about those who are sharing in it with you.  Supply your “maids” with a bridesmaid emergency kit filled with items you feel will help them get through the night.  The squat gable box makes for a wedding day worthy presentation. Great for groomsmen too.  Or maybe it’s just some snacks to take to the photo shoot.  A fully belly leads to a happy mind and person!
  5. After a day of traveling, there is nothing better than a little treat awaiting you upon arrival at your hotel.  If your summer has a family reunion on the schedule, provide welcome kits for all those coming from afar. Great for wedding guests too.  Light snacks (don’t forget the striped paper straws) and drinks will save them from the temptation of raiding the hotel’s mini bar. Here we’ve used the windowed gable box and spruced it up a bit by removing the cellophane and adding our own decorative paper.  What a great twist!
  6. A favorite of ours.  The small gable box used as a place card for a table setting.  Pretty scrapbook stickers from the craft store spells out the name (we’re Gleeks, so name of choice today is Beth!) and a sweet surprise or mints inside.  For a conversation starter, put a question in the box.

Frankly my dears…we think the gable box rocks!

Don’t forget to click on the image if you’d like to see a close up of all the gable box’s beauty.

Garnish + Enjoy

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19 May 2010

Trust me when I say this will be a birthday party moment.  How do I know this?  I held this party for a group of 7 year old boys.  At first all I could think was, really…a cooking party?!  And all I could imagine was a destroyed kitchen and quickly calculating the amount of paper towels required to pull off this event.

I was so wrong and this party was, and is, oh so right!

Check out our latest idea for all the details.  It’s name: If They Make It, They Will Eat It, was proven on that 7 year old day.  One of the sous chefs announced, upon his arrival, that he doesn’t eat anything except for peanut butter and jelly.  His mother, nodded in agreement and dismay.  Should make for an interesting day.  But here’s what transpired.  They all had an amazingly great time.  Who knew that squishing tomatoes and preparing meatballs could be so much fun?!  Yes, there might have been a little food fight involved but that’s all in day with boys, right!

I decided to leave the actual stove and oven work to the above 30 18 crowd and sent the boys outside to toss around the ice cream ball they prepped.  Great way to burn off some energy and bonus..ice cream for the cake. When it was time to eat, they dove right in.  Even that little dude who told me he only ate PB&J. After a little encouragement from his buds, he ate everything.  And, he loved it all!

All the boys were sent home with samplings of everything they made to share with their families.  A perfect party favor. They were so proud of their accomplishments.

Get creative in the kitchen.  Grab some Garnish. Give a moment, of the cookery kind.

Garnish + Enjoy

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17 May 2010

It’s May, thus it is Spring.  We’re venturing outside full of vigor. Running through the grass in our bare feet.  Awakening our senses after a long winter’s nap.  It’s time to find the simple joy.  It’s time to smile.  And boy, oh boy, do we have a smile for you.

Amber at Giver’s Log brings us today’s smile.  Her brain is a creative warehouse.  And if you haven’t already discovered her, I suggest you go get lost in her dot com world.  Bring some snacks, you might be there a while.

Think Maypole and now take that concept and turn it into anytime fun and beauty.  That’s what Amber did and the result is brilliant.  Ribbons attached to a wooden dowel, reminicent of the Maypole. Fits perfectly inside a clear candy tube for a stunning presentation.  It’s smallness and portability allow for it’s uses go far beyond the month of May.  A special treat for a picnic, a BBQ, children dancing at a wedding.  Memorial day cookout, 4th of July reunions, birthday party favors.  See what we’re talking about here?!

Imagining the sun our faces, the wind in our hair and ribbons and giggles floating through the air.  Aren’t you?!

Garnish + Enjoy

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