Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Amirah's Fun to be ONE Wreck-it-Ralph Party

It's been a year since our daughter Amirah was born. April Twenty Five has taken a little bit of a turn since we had her. We have since added a section on Baby showers and Party items. I think having a little one changed me personally. I've become very interested in things that has to do with kids in general. In my family we always make a big fuss of birthdays. We go all out on decorations, food even costumes. Amirah's first birthday is no different.



After seeing Disney's Wreck-it-Ralph movie with my nieces and nephew I knew Amirah had to have a SugarRush Party. I envisioned her as Vanellope Von Schweetz, Daddy as Ralph and her cousin as Felix. We sort of ran out of time planning so a portion of the costume design fell through we Amir couldn't come as Ralph. BUT with a borrowed tool belt from PawPaw (Amirah's Grandpa) blue jeans, blue polos and a baseball cap, Fix It Felix, Jr. made it! Amirah's Auntie turned the dining room into a Dylan's Candy Bar inspired party room and let's not forget she also built a replica of the Apartment building from Cardboard boxes. Everything was just awesome.


My part of the party was the birthday cake, cupcakes, favors and Amirah's costume. I DIY-ed them except for the cake topper.


I have included the links and printable artworks below that you can use for the favor boxes. Feel free to fill in the name part with your own kid's name. The Gable boxes are available on our Etsy Site.





The Vanellope figurine I used for the cake topper was a used Disney infinity piece that I purchase from Amazon. For some reason most Wreck-it-Ralph items are now mostly out of stock or being sold at a very steep price as collectibles so Icombed through eBay's and Amazon's offerings for option and this was the most economical way to do it. The chevron cupcake containers were from Target's dollar section and the clear tops were actually these rigid 4" tall plastic cocktail cups from Sam's Club . I've had requests for the things that I used for my baby's cupcakes and cake decorations which led me to wanting to start a new line of party items to be sold in our Etsy Site. For now I will be giving away the templates here for free.

Downloadable Templates:
Wreck-it-Ralph Gift Tags
Wreck-it-Ralph Stickers
Vanellope Von Schweetz Stickers

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

YOUnique Ring Pillows

This week we are all about ring pillows! These precious symbols of love deserve just as much special attention on the big day as the bride and the groom. April Twenty Five is always on the lookout for unique and inspiring finds on ETSY. Here are a few one-of-a-kind ideas by some of our favorite ETSYans.

 





1 Vintage Style Post Card by LittleWeeShop 2  Yarn Heart Ring Pillow by BluePearls 3 Set of 2 Ring Pillow Books by ThePaperWalrus 4 Personalized Tree Ring Pillow by LittleWeeShop 5 Monogrammed Ring Dish by PromisePottery 6 Come Sail Away Ring Dish by CakeandLace

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Beach Wedding Footwear

Appropriate footwear has always been an issue with beach weddings. Stilettos definitely won't work wedges kinda would but you'd still have to worry about tripping on your way down the aisle. Avoid unwanted big day accidents with these elegant and very appropriate barefoot sandals. Find them on etsy.com.
Some sellers even make uber adorable barefoot sandals for your chubby little flower girl's baby feet!
Creits: Beyonce Barefoot Sandal Beach Wedding Sandals.Silver chain & Crystal Filigree Pendant for Destination Wedding by PassionflowerJewelry, Handmade Pair Barefoot Sandals Nude Shoes with Antique Silver Plated Hearts by HappiFeet, Daisy Baby Lace Sandals-Crochet by myknittingworld HANDMADE Gypsy Caribbean Summer Barefoot Sandals byDuendeYCaliente,Baby Barefoot Sandals Foot Jewelry FancyFeetSandals

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

The nature of customer service

Customer Service
I was thinking the other day about the nature of our business as Memorial Day came and went. I realized that in the world we live in today, we have created a culture that availability should be immediate and constant.  That means that no matter what time of day or what day, availability for any company should be priority.  If you look at customer service as being one of those crucial elements you start to think about how often you request customer service.  From my standpoint I think about my relationships with my cellphone company Verizon and my relationship with Intuit and other places of business.  The interesting thing is that most of these companies are not available 24/7.  Each company creates hours of operation that they try to ingrain into customers regardless of the need.  However, in a fast paced world this model may not serve the better interests of customers.   Problems go wrong all the time and is certainly not hindered by hours of operation.  Thus, it strains to imagine how can these companies can operate customer service today. 

Solutions Solution Solutions!!
With the creation of the internet we can now access the collective knowledge base of the world in an instant and gain our customer service from people we barely know.  This relationship is something that companies often miss out on.  This is why companies should pay more attention to ensuring that their products and the customer service that follows it is available.  When I think about it from our perspective as wedding invitation and event designers, I think we have always had a high form of availability to our customers regardless of the time or day as a means to ensure our customers feel like they are getting the help they need.  Granted even we cannot be awake 24/7 and there are even events in life that can prevent even the most dedicated company from being available.  However, I still think there is wisdom in making customers and their experience as comfortable as possible.  We value the "relationship" we establish with our customers.  That is something I will look forward to more companies accomplishing in similar ways that simply just makes sense.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Under the weather Friday!!!

Usually our Friday's are dedicated to wedding favors we have seen that we really liked.  However, as I am feeling very under the weather today I will just be offering a feature of one of our products that we recently released.  This week it is the guestbook design theCzarina.  It is very vintage and very classy.  Because we do love vintage, we thought this design would show just how much.  Click the link below to go to the website.  Thanks and Happy Friday.


theCzarina

Monday, May 7, 2012

In the works: Lisa Boarding Pass Save-the-Date Announcement

Straight-forward and frill-free is the theme of our latest boarding pass save-the-date challenge. The bride, Lisa, asked for a sophisticated and modern interpretation of the plane ticket. Inspired by AirFrance's, Delta's and American Airline's updated designs, we came up with something just as contemporary looking without losing our unique and quirky touch.

The Result




The inspiration


Friday, May 4, 2012

Favor Friday: DIY Fringed Boxes

It doesn't really matter if you're giving away a 50-cent bag of almonds or a few gummy bears. Special bags, tags, boxes and labels add a lot more value to your wedding favors! Here's a fun and easy way to wrap little trinkets, candies and petit fours for your special guests.


Watch the DIY Video on MarthStewart.com