Thursday, June 24, 2010

Party favors using cupcake wrappers and cellophane...

Hi Everyone
this is Cheryl and I have hijacked the blog posting for today. If you follow the Essential Packing Store Blog you might remember this post that Anna did in May about cupcake wrappers. She had all sorts of patterns with yummy cupcakes in them. At the Essential Packaging Store the staff like to use products for things other than what they are intended for and that is what my post is about today.

Cupcake Wrappers are not just for cupcakes. Robin....our most extraordinary and talented gift-wrapping artist.....came up with an idea to fill cupcake wrappers with candy or chocolate. She assembled the cupcake wrapper (it comes flat) and put a sheet of cellophane under it, filled the cupcake wrapper with candy then enclosed the cello around the wrapper and tied it with a nice bow. Now you have a party favor (favour) to use for weddings, baby showers, anniversary parties or any special event. They are really cute and you can coordinate it to your decor and tastes.

Check out the two samples she came up with but the possibilities are endless.

Let us know if you have any other ideas for cupcake wrappers.
Thanks for stopping by today.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Cupcake Party Invitations!

Since we're still a bit cupcake crazy around here, I'm happy to show our latest cupcake item - party invitations!

These super-cute invites are perfect for any occasion including birthdays and showers. The invites are available in packages of 12 and come in a variety of different colour combinations. They look great as is or you can add a little ribbon bow (or bling!) to jazz them up.

The cupcake invitations are in 2 pieces - the cupcake liner bottom and the fill-in part that is the cupcake.

Since the cupcake invites come preprinted, you just need to fill in the information and send them out! Easy as, well, cupcakes!!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Clear Cellophane Cone Bags - Iced Tea Tutorial!

A great new project we featured in our May newsletter - a fresh take on our cone shaped cellophane bags! These clear cone shaped bags are still one of our most popular items in the Store because they're just so versatile. This super easy project (that even kids can do) is perfect for Dads, Grandparents, teachers' and even as party favours.

All you need for supplies are two cone shaped cellophane bags, iced tea mix, one lemon, tinsel cord and some decorative ribbon.

Fill the first cone shaped cellophane bag with the iced tea mix (approximately 1 cup of mix per bag).

Tie the end of the clear cellophane bag securely with a small length of the tinsel cord. Place the filled cone shaped cellophane bag inside the second bag.

Place the lemon inside the second bag, sitting on top of the filled cone shaped cellophane bag. Tie the clear cellophane bag securely with another length of the tinsel cord just above the lemon.

Just embellish the front of your clear cellophane bag with co-ordinating ribbon and you're done! It's quick, easy and inexpensive to make plus, the kids can help you make them!

Now, we just need some sun to come out so we can actually enjoy some iced tea!!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

New Look - U Like?

Well, after looking at the same layout of our little blog for over a year, I decided to change the look a bit. So, after much careful thought, I decided to change the colour; major change, I know. Not sure if I'm lovin' it yet but it's definitely different.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wedding Wednesdays - Just a bit more bling!

When you work in a place like The Essential Packaging Store, you can't help but go "a bit" overboard when the newest, coolest, latest thing comes in - in my case, it's the bling! Now, I've always liked sparkly baubles (just ask my husband!!!) but I'm really liking these new blings because you can use them on so many different things-

The above is a beautiful example of how to add a little sparkle to your boutonnieres - wrap the stem with a satin ribbon then add a small ribbon slide by gluing it to the top of the stem wrap.

This is our newest piece of bling - it's the bouquet cuff! So gorgeous on a hand held bouquet. For this example, the stems were wrapped in satin ribbon and then the cuff was just slipped on over top of the ribbon.

Our large rectangle ribbon slide works beautifully on a jewellery box (for attendant gifts) or on a keepsake box for the bride. Rich purple has emerged as the "it" colour of the season.

This sweet heart shaped ribbon slide is just perfect on a jewellery or favour box. On this sample, we added a custom printed label with the couple's names and date - an elegant finishing touch!

Monday, June 7, 2010

New Boxes!!

Hey everyone, just wanted to show off our new PINK and BLACK giftware boxes - they're FAB!!! We've been dying for some new colours in the giftware box line and were we surprised when we got not one but TWO awesome colours!!

The pink is just the right shade of bubblegum pink - perfect for a "princess party" favour box! It's really cute when you add some polka dot ribbon, too. These boxes are ideal for cupcakes; our single cupcake inserts will fit in the larger box (inserts are sold separately).

The black giftware box look sharp with a hot fuschia coloured ribbon - polka dots, still cute on the black boxes! In both photos, the small boxes are 3" x 3" x 3" and the larger ones are 4" x 4" x 4" (other select sizes are available).

Both the black and pink giftware boxes are now available at The Essential Packaging Store. Please contact the Store directly for more information.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

It's Our Anniversary!!!

Yup, it anniversary time again - is it just me or are the years going by faster and faster?! Well, it's now 12 years since we opened the Essential Packaging Store and it seems like yesterday. Though nowadays, the Store is filled to the brim with packaging goodies; when we first opened it was a bit "sparse", shall we say!

Anyways, if you're in the area, do drop by and check out the Store. Click here for more details on our anniversary celebration on this week.

We'd like to extend a big thank-you to all our customers who have supported us over the years.
Also, an extra big thanks to our fabulous staff - you've helped to make the Store the success that it is today! We couldn't have done it without all of you!!

David and Anna

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Teacher Gift Ideas!

It's almost the end of the school year so it's time to think about gifts for your teachers! Here are a few ideas to get you started-

Homemade gifts are always appreciated, especially yummy ones! Try packaging up your tasty gifts in one of our takeaway boxes, with some "Thank-You" ribbon and a special tag for your teacher. You can get complete instructions and a downloadable template for this project by clicking here.

Or, if you're a bit pressed for time, try one of these super cute writing pads, complete with ribbon. Just pop them in a gift bag and you're done! Lots of sweet designs to choose from including the floral pads with pen shown above and the Teacher ones below.