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Client Spotlight: A Florida Yacht Club Baby Shower

We always love when our customers share their photos with us from their beautiful parties! And we especially love it when when the parties so effortlessly carry out the color schemes of the Dixie invitations that were part of the big day! This Florida baby shower was the perfect setup to celebrate Dixie customer Shannon Darling's best friend, Kallen Stefurea, who was pregnant with her third child this past spring. 

Shannon chose our Pink Cosmos & Ladybug card design for her invitation, menu cards, and the party favor tags she attached to adorable mini Rosé bottles. We were able to tweak the colors of Gina Langford's beautiful watercolor to match the soft peach tones that Shannon had requested. Scroll to the bottom of the post to shop our entire Pink Cosmos & Ladybug paper collection.

Continue reading to hear about this special day that Shannon planned for her friend and to see the elegant brunch tablescape where the party guests dined.

When my best friend told me she was pregnant for the third time we were both so anxious to find out what she was having! She already had two little boys and when we found out the third was a girl, we were over the moon excited! 

She had always lived far away when pregnant with her others so I knew I wanted to do something special. I based the theme on her design of the nursery for sweet Evelyn Margaret. I knew Dixie Design would be perfect for all of the decor for the shower.

I chose one of their previous designs and they were so great on working with me to tweak the colors to match her decor. My favorite item was the monogram from the invitation that they were able to make into a print that I had framed through framebridge. It was such a fun memento and it now hangs in her sweet nursery.

I was so happy to be able to celebrate this sweet little girl and her mama and I couldn’t of imagined Dixie Design doing a more beautiful job! Everything was perfect!

Party Venue: Epping Forest Yacht Club 

Photographs: Shannon Darling

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The Etiquette Expert's Advice on how to be a Gracious Guest this Holiday Season


Myka Meier and her husband, Marco, putting into practice all of her tips for being a gracious guest while attending a recent wedding.

We hope you saw our post yesterday on Myka Meier's tips on being a gracious host. We simply could not leave out her advice for all of you who need to be gracious guests this holiday season! Please do not miss Myka's recommendation for what time a gracious guest should arrive to a party...we think it is spectacular advice! And for her thank you note reminder, we have some beautiful stationery options for all of your note writing.

According to Myka...

  • The perfect time to arrive is from the invitation time to 10 minutes after. Never arrive early…as the host or hostess is probably preparing last minute touches and will be caught off guard. When you arrive, offer to help in any way you can.

Some of Myka's other hosting tips follow...

The Etiquette Expert's Advice on how to be a Gracious Host this Holiday Season

We are thrilled to re-introduce you to on one of our 2017 Holiday Tastemakers, Beaumont Etiquette Founder, Myka Meier. You'll remember her as the guest speaker at our Paper Petals Plates events in August.  We loved working with Myka then and it was a true pleasure working with her to design her stunning Park Avenue card collection with the our talented Creative Director and designer, Holly Hollon.  The artwork was inspired by the architecture in Myka's in New York City neighborhood and her love of French crests, garland and candy canes.  Shop Myka's cards here.

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we thought you might like some advice from the Etiquette Guru herself on how to be a gracious hostess. Whether you are a first time host or you have done it for more years than you can count, we believe everyone can glean a few useful insights from this thorough list of tips Myka has passed on to us. 

We love her advice on how to graciously dispel any heated political discussions that could crop up at the dinner table! According to Myka... 

  • If you are the host, then it's your job to be the conversation moderator at the table. If Uncle Harry starts a political debate at the table, you can try one of two approaches to end the politi-chat:
    • First - Try the "Honest Abe" approach: Be direct, straightforward and honest from the start. From the very beginning of the conversation, it’s okay to simply say, "Uncle Harry, I respect you are passionate about your beliefs, however, as we share different ones, I think it’s best you and I don’t talk about politics and just enjoy family time.”
    • Second - Agree to Disagree - Change the subject to something everyone agrees on. Simply saying, "I understand you have a perspective on this and thanks for wanting to share, however I think we’ll need to agree to disagree on this one. Now, I know we can agree on XX... how about we chat about that." Remember, you can’t help what other people think or say, but you are in charge of your response and reaction. Avoid raising your voice. It’s easy to do, but also one sure way to escalate any situation. 

Some of Myka's other hosting tips follow...

Make sure you do not to miss Part Two of this series, Myka's Advice on How to be a Gracious Guest this Holiday Season.

Myka Meier's Takeaways from Dixie's Etiquette & Entrepreneurship Luncheon

Dixie's Creative Director Holly Hollon and Dixie Founder Jennifer Hunt with Etiquette Expert Myka Meier

The Dixie Design team is still on cloud nine from the fabulous two-day event series we hosted featuring modern-day etiquette expert Myka Meier. Be sure to scroll through our latest blog post and our Instagram page to experience the amazing Paper Petals Plates evening event. The next day we hosted an Etiquette & Entrepreneurship luncheon focused on the creative career woman.  We enjoyed the gorgeous space at the John Hand Club and delicious food by Kathy G & Co. on stunning Tea and Old Roses china while Myka led us in a fun and interactive discussion about etiquette in the modern day workplace. 

Just in case you were unable to make our etiquette luncheon, we wanted to share with you some of our most memorable takeaways from Myka.

To all of the entrepreneurs at the luncheon, Myka firmly insisted on the necessity of making a lasting first impression. Someone’s first impression of you is formed in the first seven seconds of your time together…that’s it!

So, whether you are facing a job interview or you have a career-launching presentation to make, you will want to make those seven seconds really count! Here is what Myka recommends:

  • Know the room before you walk in!  Be sure to thoroughly research your audience, so you can easily maneuver conversations towards individuals’ interests and skills, as well as avoid any potentially uncomfortable topics.
  • Small details count!  Be sure to make sure that all of your accessories (i.e. notepad, pen, cell phone case) portray a professional appearance.
  • Social media sweep!  Myka gave the statistic that 65 percent of people google you the minute you call them or email them! Be sure that your online presence is something that you would be comfortable with a potential boss or potential client seeing.
  • Check your voice!  Myka taught us that everyone needs to work on either their pitch, their pace, or their pauses when engaged in verbal communication.
  • Shoulders back!  Does anybody else hear their mother’s insistent voice in their head when “posture” is mentioned? Myka taught us that people who stand up straight exude more confidence than their slouching neighbors. She also taught us to look at people in the left eye if you want to show them compassion or in the right eye if you want to appear authoritative.

If you were able to join us for our Paper Petals Plates evening event or for this luncheon, we want to sincerely say THANK YOU for making the both events so successful and delightful! We hope to see you again really soon.

Also, a huge thank you to our luncheon event sponsors, Regions HerVision HerLegacy and Birmingham MagazineAnd to Alisha Crossley for these beautiful images!

Myka Meier's Guide to the Perfect Post-Interview Thank You Note

We are thrilled that we are just days away from our Paper Petals Plates and Etiquette and Entrepreneurship Luncheon events that will feature the fabulous etiquette expert, Myka Meier! We wrote another blog post about Myka here if you would like to read more about her. But in the meantime, she has allowed us to share her expertise on how job candidates can pen the perfect post-interview thank you note. Her advice follows…

  • In the age of technology when it's most common to email or text, it's more impactful than ever to send a handwritten thank you note after an interview. Here are a few tips to follow to ensure your thank you note stands out!
  • Timing - I recommend dropping your thank you letter in the post the same day of the interview (or as soon as possible). As it could take a couple of days to reach the recipient, it will arrive perfectly timed 
  • Opening- Starting your letter with "Dear XX" is still best for formal business; signing off with "Best regards" is recommended as the formal sign off for corporate protocol
  • First line - Jackie Kennedy taught us that the most impactful letters to show gratitude never have the first line start off with "Thank you for..." and instead a line that creates emotion and sets you apart such as: "I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to come in to interview for a director position at the firm and meet with you. I left feeling enthusiastic about both the role and how my experience could truly make a valuable contribution to the XYZ team. Thank you for taking the time to meet with me...etc.  
  • Call to action - Always include something specific that you spoke about that shows you really enjoyed both the interview, opportunity and conversation. End the thank you note by saying if the opportunity presented itself, you would be available to meet with the rest of the team or answer any questions. 
  • Equally important - Your stationery is a tangible takeaway of yourself - so make sure it represents your style yet remains professional

We, of course, love that Myka recognizes the importance of stylish stationery! We think our Diamond Pineapple notecards or our Watercolor notecards would make a very impressionable, yet still professional, statement for your thank you notes!

And if you simply cannot get enough of Myka (We understand! She’s fabulous!), you must enter to win the one-on-one session with her that Regions HerVision HerLegacy has so generously sponsored. To learn more about this giveaway and to enter to win, please visit our Instagram page.

The Etiquette Expert on Harmonizing Modern-Day Wedding Planning with Age-Old Traditions

Wedding traditions and etiquette span hundreds of years. How does a 2017 bride meet modern day social requirements while still honoring the beautiful wedding traditions of the past? What would Emily Post have to say upon receiving an emailed Save the Date?

If this is something you have been pondering, breathe a sigh of relief because Modern Day Etiquette Guru, Myka Meier, has put her stamp of approval on emailed save the dates! Myka gave her two cents in an online interview with Harper’s Bazaar,

As long as it includes the important details, these can be sent by mail or email. However, paper invitations are still more sophisticated. You can (…) have a graphic designer create something that you can mail from your email account, or opt for an email service like Mailchimp. Also, your save the date does not have to match the design of your wedding invitation. A save the date should always include the date of the wedding and the city, state (or country if it's a destination wedding). You can also include a link to your wedding website. For destination weddings, you may want to include additional travel details, such as the name to use on the room block at the resort. NEVER include the gift registry on the wedding save the date or invitation. The only appropriate place to include the gift registry details is on the wedding website.

Even though Myka gives the go-ahead to not match your save the date to your wedding invitation, we do love it when the two items coordinate! Dixie’s designers are happy to accommodate brides who wish to use emailed save the dates with digital versions of our cards available for purchase.

Myka’s expertise extends beyond the wedding world and works to infuse modern-day manners into all aspects of social and business realms. She is the founder of Beaumont Etiquette, which partners with The Plaza Hotel’s finishing school programs. She will be the evening’s guest speaker for our Paper Petals Plates event on Thursday, Aug. 10 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. We will attempt to dazzle her with all of our Southern manners, but we are sure she will have plenty of material to teach us!

In the meantime, you simply must watch this video of Myka below to see her graceful advice on some everday etiquette scenarios. Also be sure to follow her Instagram page to keep up with her everyday lessons on all things manners, style, and grace.