Gift your Dad to Personalized GQ Status!

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  1. Personalized Sterling Silver Plated Cufflinks 2. Personalized Grillmaster Plus Apron 3. Personalized Beer Mug Set 4. Personalized Canvas Weekender Bag

Justin brought back the suit and tie, so this Father’s Day you should give your dad a gift that will show off some of the class he was born with and swag he’s developed over the years. Or wait; maybe you could give him something that will remind him of his heart throbbing boy band days. No? Ok, we’ve got the perfect Father’s Day gift—a multi-purpose grilling or fixer-upper set for his superman days…Still can’t decide on a gift? We couldn’t either—that’s why we have all of these gifts and more just for dad.  And you know what that means, daddy’s favorite=one lucky girl!

 

Our Favorite Green Cocktails & Dazzling Drinkware for St. Patrick’s Day

When March 17 rolls around, a little Irish comes out in all of us.  On St. Patrick’s Day millions of people everywhere come together to celebrate the Irish culture by wearing the color green, taking a stab at traditional Irish dancing and drinking lots of booze. If you’re not a big fan of beer or can’t find a nearby Irish pub or parade to celebrate, we’ve got the perfect green concoctions and drinkware to help you create your own soirée and wow your friends!  In fact, our shimmering glasses may make you forget all about wearing beads. What’s the number one Swoozie’s must-have you might ask?  The green Acrylic Double Wall Glitter Tumblers of course!

1. The Shamrocker

The Shamrocker is a sophisticated yet simple tequila mixture with a delicious fruity taste. Its combination of melon and orange gives you just the right amount of flavor and fun. Garnish with a few orange slices to really prove you know what you’re doing. Simply mix in a cocktail shaker, throw in some ice and enjoy!

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Ingredients:

1 oz. Midori Melon Liqueur

1 oz. Silver Tequila

½ oz. Triple Sec

A splash of orange juice

Try It! The GoVino Cocktail Glass Set goes perfectly with the Shamrocker. Even better, these glasses are recyclable, shatterproof and come with a unique thumb notch for easy swirling and holding. Drink up!


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 2. The Classic Mojito

The Mojito is a classic cocktail that can be served on St. Patrick’s Day or any day of the year (If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably already had your share of these before). Its hint of lime and mint leaves gives the perfect homage to the color green, and it is best served in any tall glass. You can also make your own simple syrup for extra bragging rights.

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Ingredients:

½ oz. lime juice

1 tsp. refined sugar

3-5 mint leaves

A splash of club soda to top off

Try It! Swoozie’s Acrylic Double Wall Glitter Tumblers will take your cocktails to a brand new level! Mojitos are traditionally served with stirring rods, so the built in straws are sure to keep your drinks tasty and fresh. The double-walled acrylic layer also helps keep the beverages cold.  While you’re at it, stock up on a few green Personalized Napkins also!











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3. Green with Envy

If you love this cocktail’s name, you’ll love that it gives you a taste of the islands as well.  With only four simple ingredients, this drink is the perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and count down to your Spring Break getaway. Serve with ice cubes or combine the ingredients with ice in a blender for a little more variety. Top with pineapple, orange slices or cherries and get your hula skirt ready!

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Ingredients:

1 oz. Coconut Rum

1 oz. Blue Curacao Liqueur

1 oz. Pineapple Juice or Orange Juice

2 ½ oz. sweet and sour mix

Try It! Whether you prefer smaller, green Acrylic Glasses  or Jumbo Striped Acrylic Glasses, we’ve got plenty of options for you and your guests to enjoy. These multi-purpose glasses are stylish and easy to carry when socializing with friends. You can even add your own personal touch with vinyl personalization.







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4. Irish Tea Party

Simply stated, the Irish Tea Party is the Irish version of a Long Island Iced Tea. Complete with a Southern and Irish staple, this whiskey mix brings both worlds together in one glass. Serve with Irish Tea Cake to compliment your mixology skills, and garnish with a lime wedge.

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Ingredients:
2 oz. sweetened, chilled green tea

½ oz. Jameson Irish Whiskey

½ oz. Absinthe to rinse in glass

A splash of ginger ale

Try It! Pair this drink or any treats with these Kate Spade Cocktail Napkins and Kate Spade Coasters, designed with cute, popular sayings. Both sets come with a blue pair, which actually was the initial color of choice for St. Patrick’s Day in the 17th century!




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5. Kiss Me I’m Irish Martini

Feeling lucky? The Kiss Me I’m Irish Martini is sure to be your best pick of the night. Because this drink is so simple to make, you can spend most of your time enjoying your friends and less time in the kitchen. Even better, this cocktail is low in calories!

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Ingredients: 

2 ½ oz. Sparkling wine

1 oz. Midori Sour

1 oz. vodka

1 ½ oz. lemonade

Try It! Before adding the sparkling wine, use a green CHILL Pouring Spout to serve your martinis at the right temperature all night long. Insert the cooling pour spout after two hours in the freezer, and instantly enhance the drink’s flavor. You’ll want to use it for every wine night! Switch it up with personalized cups too.


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Which drinks are you dying to try? Share with us! 

Personalize Your Upcoming Holiday Party

With the holiday season rapidly approaching, it’s time to start planning out how you can make your celebrations the best they have ever been! By utilizing personalized touches, you can be sure to take the title of best entertainer. Below are a few suggestions on how you can make your upcoming holiday parties a personalized success!

Personalized Wine Glasses

These Govino wine glasses are made from a food-safe, BPA-free polymer, which reflects a wine’s color and aromatics much like crystal. They’re recyclable (#1), but better yet they’re reusable. Consider getting them personalized for each guest with their monogram or their first name. That way they can serve as a place holder at the table, as well as a gift to take home!

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I Am Grateful For Notecards 

These little cards are a great thing for around the Thanksgiving table! Have family and friends write down what they are thankful for at the beginning of dinner, seal it up, eat dinner, pass them around and have others read them! These come in a pack of ten and include envelope.

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Chalkboard Menu Board

These chalkboards are not only a great way to decorate, but to write cute messages to your guests. Decorate it with a cute welcome message or utilize them to post your menu. Either way, your family and friends will love the extra touch! (Oh, and you can even get your name or monogram lamented along the top of the board).

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Personalized Placemats

These personalized paper placemats can be used for every occasion and are perfect for your dinner party, cocktail soiree, holiday event, or as a hostess gift. They’re only $1.95 each! Plus, you can choose different styles and colors to match your taste.

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How do you add personalized touches to your holiday parties? We’d love to hear your ideas! Simply share them with us on Twitter (@swoozies).

Monogrammed Must-haves

At Swoozie’s, we monogram almost anything! Personalization = Fabulous.

Take a look at some of our top monogrammed must-haves!

1. The Beach Tote

This one is a biggie! Don’t confuse your beach bag for another look alike when on vacation with your girlfriends. You all have cute bags, but the monogramming takes your bag to a new level of “adorable!”

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2. Dorm Towel

When you’re sharing a floor with 20 other girls, it’s tricky to buy cute towels. You don’t want to accidentally leave it in the shower one day and never see it again. Monogramming your towel not only makes it so much cuter, but also stamps your name on your property.

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3. Tumbler

We think this is just lovely. Many of you are already SWOOing over this beauty. FACT OF LIFE: You need at least one monogrammed tumbler. If it’s not monogrammed, it’s not personal! And who wouldn’t want to put your name all over one of these?

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Click here for all our monogrammed best sellers. Happy monogramming!

Spring Items That YOU Are SWOOing Over

Our countdown to Spring has already begun and we are gearing up with some of our favorite designers to ensure that the upcoming season is fabulous! Over the past couple of weeks we have been sharing with you what we are SWOOing about, including top products, trends, and designers. However, SWOOing shouldn’t end there.

Last week we asked our fans on Facebook, “What are YOU SWOOing over this Spring?” and was overwhelmed by the number of responses we received. It’s incredibly important to us, at Swoozie’s, that we are constantly aware of what our customers love and we always appreciate it when they take the time to give us feedback. So, as a thank you, we gave everyone who commented on the post the exact item they mentioned!

Check out some of the top picks that YOU said you absolutely love!

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1. Filgree Monogram: This is definitely one of the hottest trends in 2013. The lucky winner of this necklace wanted to wear it during her wedding reception with her new initials. How precious!

2. Wooden Sign: “I love you to the moon and back” is such a great way to remind yourself every day of the special relationships in your life. Whether you put it on display in your own bedroom, or hang it above a child’s bed, this sign is sure to convey the message!

3. Personalized Phone Case: You are carrying your cell phone with you every day, so why not personalize it? Take the time to express your own style – which is so much cuter than the boring black or white option.

4. Box Bottle Wine Holder: What a wonderful hostess gift! Add a little bit of humor to your next ladies night with this wine bottle holder. You might love it so much that you’ll buy two!

5. Lilly Pulitzer Wine Tote: Lilly has released some great prints for Spring. Whether you love sea shells, flowers, or sail boats, you are sure to adore at least one of the prints. This wine tote is such a great way to ensure that your wine gets to your destination safely, and stylishly!

6. Weekender Bag: Planning a trip for this Spring? Need an excuse to get away? This personalized bag will ensure that nobody mistakes your luggage for their own. With this you’ll be able to bring everything you need, while also staying organized!

This Spring Start Using Proper Thank-You Note Etiquette

The Spring brings plenty of opportunities to celebrate and for us all to show gratitude.  It is our belief that the best way to give thanks is to make it personal. For this reason, we asked Mindy Lockard of Gracious Living to weigh in with her tips for how to properly write a thank-you note. 

Mindy is a nationally recognized etiquette expert and teaches formal etiquette courses for people of all ages, providing valuable corporate training for schools, government agencies, and private companies. She also included for us her favorite picks on thank you notes at Swoozie’s, too!

With so many Springtime events around the corner such as Graduations, Baby and Wedding Showers, let’s take a look at how we can add a little Spring to our Thank-You writing step! A thank-you is a physical sentiment of the recipients’ true gratitude, not only for the act or gift but also for the thought, time and care that went into the gift giving process. Often times the thank-you note writing process is much easier said than done. Here are a few gracious suggestions for taking the chore out of writing and adding heart to every note you write this season.

The Rules. There are really only two real ‘rules’ that you need to worry about in writing your thank-you notes. They are (1) that you write them and (2) that you send them out promptly.” Many leading etiquette experts differ on the amount of time between receiving a gift and writing a thank-you note (from two to ten days). Sometimes in our hectic lives our thank-you notes get put off for weeks with the guilt hanging over our heads. No matter what the time, it is always important to send a thank-you.

The Supplies. If you don’t have everything you need to write a note, that is a huge roadblock for writing and sending a thank-you in an appropriate amount of time. Keep a basket or box with the following items:

  •  Stationery (personalized cards and quick, cute notes of varying sizes for different lengths of notes)
  • A pen that features your penmanship well
  • Addresses (in hardcopy or on your computer)
  • Stamps
  • Tracking Guide {click to download the template!}

What to Say? Often we put off thank-you notes because of a little something I call handwriting stage fright. But remember, the key to a well-written thank-you note is not found in profound statements, the use of large words, or even perfect penmanship. A well-written thank-you removes the “I” and replaces it with “you.” It is easy to make the notes about us: “I loved it.” “I appreciate your friendship.” “I will use it often.” I, I, I. Create the discipline of making the note about the other person: “You always select the most thoughtful gifts.” “Your friendship means the world to our family.” “You were so kind to think of me while I was ill.” “You have a gift in the kitchen,” etc. Thank-you notes are about crediting the giver of the gift or act of kindness while expressing your sentiment. A note written with the giver in mind will become a handwritten gift worth treasuring!

The Presentation. Although we should not be judged by the nature of our thank-you, we should make a concerted effort to present ourselves well. Taking the extra time to draft a note, consult a dictionary or thesaurus when necessary, and use a pen that presents our penmanship well shows the readers that we took the extra care and effort to make the thank-you a lovely one!

It’s Bridal Season at Swoozie’s!

We were so pleased to have all of you lovely brides-to-be at Swoozie’s on Sunday, January 22 for our Bridal Event. We had such a fun time talking to each of you about upcoming trends, ways we’re able to assist in your planning, as well as introducing you to some of our favorite bridal partners from our communities.

 

While the Bridal Event has come and gone, our bridal planning season is still in full swing! Even if you didn’t reserve a seat at our Bridal Event, there is still a seat waiting for you at Swoozie’s for a one-on-one appointment with a member of our team. Simply call one of our General Managers and she will gladly set up a time for you to speak with our in-house designer.

Birmingham, AL – Allison – 205.968.3458
Buckhead, GA – Stephanie – 404.252.7979
Dallas, TX – Brett – 214.890.0433
Greenville, SC – Ashley – 864.286.3491
Greensboro, NC – Andrea – 336.856.2406
Norcross, GA – Catherine – 770.263.6441
Palm Beach Gardens, FL – Denise – 561.627.3744

Mark your Calendars

Now that you’ve selected the date, it’s time to make sure each of your friends and family will be there to celebrate with you. We love helping couples design their save-the-dates. While your invitation is often more formal, the save-the-date really gives you a chance to have fun. Whether you want to feature a shot of you and your soon-to-be husband or a custom-designed illustration, your options are wide open. Our designer is just waiting to “talk ideas” with you!

Make it Your Own

It is so important that your bridal parties and wedding day be unique and personalized. Our team at Swoozie’s is dedicating to make it your own. From invitations to programs to party favors, we invite each of you to bring in your unique ideas and our team will talk you through how to make them come to life. From personalized wine bottle labels for your reception to a custom city scape for your bachelorette party invitations, we are pleased to assist you in adding your personal touch.

Custom Vinyl

One of the hot new trends in the bridal industry is custom vinyl. We love the idea of placing your new initials on the windows of the venue for your bridal shower or wedding reception. Check out an example of custom window vinyl in the picture below. Another fun idea (that all of the ladies in attendance at the Bridal Event were so excited about) is custom vinyl for your wedding-day shoes. Blue being the most popular color – you can create custom messages to be placed on the soles of your heels! Whether you want “I” and “Do,” “Mr.” and “Mrs.” or perhaps your new married name, this is a fun detail that you will love showing off to your friends and family.

The Invitation

Everyone knows we bring the the pizazz when it comes to save-the-dates and shower invitations. However, we are also pleased to offer our brides all of the tools you need to create your perfect wedding invitations. Whether you’re looking for a fun, modern style or an elegant, classic design, our team is dedicated to perfecting your vision. From designing to printing to calligraphy – we handle it all.

Mail Invitations: 6-8 weeks prior to wedding day
Order Invitations: 1 month prior to mailing
Calligraphy: 2-4 weeks prior to mailing

Congratulations!

At each Swoozie’s Bridal Event location, one lucky bride was selected at random to win $500 worth of William Arthur Invitations. Congratulations to all 7 of our winners!

Congratulations to our winner from Swoozie’s of Palm Beach!

We certainly had an amazing time at the Bridal Event – and hope all of you did too. We LOVE talking to brides-to-be; your excitement for planning your big day is simply contagious. Here are a few photos from the event:

Did you attend the Bridal Event? What was your favorite moment?