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The perfect holiday hostess gift

I know it’s “only” October, but the holidays will be here faster than you think. And with the holidays come hustle, bustle, running, partying, shopping. One of the best things you can do to survive the holiday rush is to plan ahead.

Personalized holiday napkins from Jean M make great hostess gifts.One easy, fun way to plan ahead is to purchase personalized holiday napkins to give as hostess gifts. Order dinner and cocktail napkins in solid colors with colorful personalization and a fun design, or choose designer napkins for a custom splash. I feature my String of Lights Ooh La Color Napkins – isn’t that a wonderful, whimsical design?

If you need generic personalized (in case of last-minute parties), order the napkins printed with “Be Merry!” or “Cheers!” or “Holiday Happiness!” Your hostesses will love the surprise gift, and they will love using the napkins for entertaining all season long.

Enjoy the hostess gift idea!

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Fun Halloween party favors!

Send a little something fun home with your Halloween party guests with unique favors that capture the style of the season.

Treat your guests to "ghoul fuel" mix favor bags.First, think of your party theme. Come up with a fun name for your favor treats, like “ghoul fuel” (M&Ms, Golden Grahams cereal, peanuts, marshmallows and raisins) tied up with black ribbon.

Give fun Halloween party favors like vampire teeth!If it’s all orange and black and spooky costumes, give guests kitschy items like plastic vampire fangs in black organza bags.

If your party is a little more on the fall harvest elegance side, your favors should reflect that theme.

Jean M says to serve caramel apples on decorated plates for Halloween.Customize your serving plates by writing fun phrases like “Boo!” or “Spooky!” around the edges with a ceramic paint pen. Tie up the goodies you’re serving with black ribbon.

Show off colorful Halloween treats in clear favor boxes.I love the look of my lidded favor boxes when the lids and bottoms are mixed and matched! Go with Halloween orange and black, or choose mocha and ivory for a more elegant look. Fill the boxes with fall treats and tie with ribbon personalized to say “Boo!”

Make paper cones to serve caramel popcorn for Halloween favors.Need an easy and cute way to serve up sticky treats like caramel corn? Make favor cones out of Halloween themed paper, secure with staples of tape, fill with popcorn and serve them in a tray of nuts or colorful beans.

Enjoy the creative Halloween party favor ideas!

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Get in shape for the season!

When you want your season’s greetings to stand out — and I mean REALLY stand out — from all the rest, you’ve got to get them in great shape.

And my shaped holiday cards are definitely in great shapes! They’re unique and eye-catching and certain to get that front-and-center spot on everyone’s mantle.

Jean M’s unique shaped photo holiday cards.Choose my Bright Tree Photo Holiday Card for wishes that couldn’t be more festive. My crest-shaped holiday cards like the Holly Chalkboard Photo Holiday Card for a vintage look or the Happy Chevron Photo Holiday Card for bold design and a full photo.

Check out my entire selection of shaped photo holiday cards and find the one that suits the way you want to send wishes for the season.

Enjoy the new shape of holiday cards!

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Make your greetings shine with NEW glitter holiday cards!

What to make sure your holiday greetings get noticed? Want to dazzle everyone on your holiday card list?

Choose Jean M’s NEW Glitter Photo Holiday Cards!

New Glitter Photo Holiday Cards from Jean M make your greetings shine.The glitter holiday card designs are colorful, modern and unique. Each features your great photos and your message. And as a finishing touch, a layer of real, sparkling glitter accents parts of the design. In the photo, I feature my Merry Moment Glitter Photo Holiday Card with a full photo on the front and a colorful geometric pattern on the back. My Joyful Chevron Glitter Photo Holiday Card. Wishes peace, love and joy in a spectacular way. And my Bright Things Glitter Photo Holiday Card will brighten everyone’s spirits this season.

Imagine recipients’ delight when they see these greetings! And know for sure that they will display your glitter holiday cards front and center throughout the season.

Enjoy the sparkling holiday greetings!

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Announce you’re expecting in a fun way!

It’s great fun to announce a pregnancy — whether you’re expecting your first baby or your third. With that in mind, I’ve compiled some creative ways to share your news.

• Use photo birth announcements to showcase your first sonogram image or a photo of the two of you pointing to your bump-to-be. Include baby’s due date, if it will be a boy or girl, and a clever message.

Serve milk in toasting flutes to announce you’re expecting.

• Invite close friend and family members over for cocktails. Bring out a tray of toasting flutes filled with…milk! It might take everyone a moment to get the hint, but expect joyful toasts to continue right into the good champagne and sparkling cider you serve next. Serve stereotypical pregnancy craving food like cocktail pickles, ice cream and chocolate for fun.

• Your annual Christmas card can also be a great place to share your news if the timing works out. Get creative with photo holiday cards (consider the image ideas suggested above or come up with your own idea) and personalize the card with your names, adding “and Baby!” along with your due date.

• Print personalized favor ribbon in pink or blue with “It’s a Girl!” or “Welcome little one!” and your due date. Tie the ribbons to celebratory cigars, bottles of non-alcoholic bubbly or bags of sweet candies and give to your friends and family.

Enjoy the creative ways to announce your baby news!

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Sneak peek: NEW holiday card designs!

The holidays will be here before you know it. Which means that it’s ok to get excited about shopping for your holiday cards in September!

I’ll be adding so many unique and beautiful photo holiday cards. Some even have foil and glitter! Take a peek at some of my new favorites here, and be sure to stop back often to see all the new additions!

Jean M’s Vintage Tag Photo Holiday Card OrnamentVintage Tag Photo Holiday Card Ornament – it’s a holiday card and an ornament all in one!

Jean M’s Joyful Heart Photo Holiday CardJoyful Heart Photo Holiday Card – a holiday card with a unique shape and a lot of love.

Jean M’s What a Year Photo Holiday CardWhat a Year Photo Holiday Card – a fun way to share the highlights with your friends and family.

Jean M’s Rustic Poinsettias Photo Holiday CardRustic Poinsettias Photo Holiday Card – seasonal greetings with rustic flair.

Enjoy the sneak peek at this year’s holiday card designs!

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Show your Thanksgiving party guests how much you appreciate them!

Believe it or not, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. When you’ve gathered your guests to celebrate, make them feel extra-special by taking a moment to show them your gratitude for their love and friendship.

This means planning ahead for creative accents guests can take with them to remember your party. Here are some ideas that are easy and fun to give.

Show your appreciation to Thanksgiving party guests.Love the smell of autumn? Send each guest home with a beautiful container of fall potpourri. Add your own acorns, pine cones and evergreen cuttings to make the potpourri custom and fresh.

Decorate your tables with gilded leaf wreaths, and then send a wreath home with each family.

Tie a gold-plated leaf or a special charm to each napkin with ribbon for a lovely table accent and appreciation favor.

Enjoy the Thanksgiving party inspiration!

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Real engagement photos with DIY style!

I love unique wedding engagement photos that show the couple’s personalities and hint at their wedding style. When I saw these engagement photos from one of the members of our team, I knew I had to share them with you!

Add unique touches to your wedding engagement photosMeet Courtney and Matt. Their love story is so sweet! They grew up in the same small town and went to the same school, but never noticed each other. Only when they went to a mutual friend’s party did they meet — and eventually, they fell in love!

Courtney wanted her engagement photos to be fun and unique, so she crafted some DIY props for her photo shoot, which took place outdoors on a perfect Minnesota autumn day. She made “Future Mr. and Mrs.” signs and pretty wooden initials to hold. Their wedding date on a chalkboard made sure everyone who saw Courtney and Matt’s photos would mark their calendars for the wedding!

Spell out your love for each other in your engagement photos.The couple used Scrabble® letters to spell out romantic words during the engagement photo shoot. It’s a simple idea that will make a big impact during your own photos!

Enjoy the engagement photo inspiration!

Image credit: Rachel’s Photography

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Happy Fourth of July from Jean M!

I hope you’ll be celebrating in a way that sparkles!

Enjoy the romantic fireworks on the Fourth of July.Enjoy the holiday!

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Create your own party invitations and baby announcements with Designs MiWay from Jean M

Life is full of special celebrations. Babies are arriving, friends are having birthdays, the holidays are feeling festive.

Introduce all these events in custom style by designing your own party invitations, birth announcements and baby shower invitations with Designs MiWay from Jean M.

It’s easy and fun! Choose your invitation or announcement style (small or large, horizontal or vertical), find a design template and creative background, and add your invitation wording. The result? A completely unique party invitation or baby announcement! Add further personal touches by adding your photos, artwork and original designs. Here are some ideas to get you started…

Design your own party and baby shower invitations with Designs MiWay.Summer party? Baby shower? Designs MiWay lets you get creative with the invitation!

Use Designs MiWay to create DIY holiday and birthday party invitationsCelebrate the holidays and a child’s birthday party with invitations YOU create!

Design your own birthday party invitations with Designs MiWay.When a special friend is celebrating a birthday, design a birthday party invitation that matches her style perfectly!

I’ll professionally print your custom creation on high-quality,120 pound, smooth photo paper. Single mailing envelopes are included.

Get the party started by designing your own invitations with Designs MiWay!

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