Mother’s Day Gifting Ideas

Mother’s Day is fast approaching!  Here are some of our favorites from our store…

Our Monica Rich Kosann “i just adore you” gift set is just the right accessory to any paper lover’s stationery wardrobe. 

Calling cards, which come in a traditional women’s size (#128), are a useful and thoughtful gift for Mom to hand out when she meets new people.

Our Trina Turk collection is bright, fun, and incredibly luxurious.  Mom will be ecstatic to use these cards when writing to her friends. 

Don’t let Mom forget what she needs to do tomorrow.  Gift her one of our tablets.  We recommend our Seahorse or Dragonfly tablet.  

Gifts we love from other retailers…

Larkspur and Hawk Lily Earrings in White Topaz 

Michael Aram Ocean Coral Diffuser 

La Mer Crème de la Mer 

Bottega Veneta Maxi Veneta Hobo Bag 

Dior Diorissimo Eau de Toilette 

Prada Saffiano Travel Case for iPad

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Patent Ballet Flats 

Invitation Etiquette: When to Use What Wording

All the options for an invitation can seem overwhelming, but once you finalize a few details it’s really quite simple!  Here are some tips to help you with your wedding invitations…

If the Bride’s mother and father are hosting:

The most traditional wording is:

Mr. and Mrs. William Smith

request the honour of your presence

at the marriage of their daughter

If one parent is deceased, just the living parent can be featured.  Some people like to include the deceased parent as well, in which case, we suggest this wording:

Mrs. William Smith and the late Mr. William Smith

If  the parents are divorced, but friendly, both names may be on the invitation, with the mother’s name first (and her current husband if she has remarried):

Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Cohen


Mr. William Smith

If the Bride and Groom’s parents are co-hosting:

If both sets of parents are hosting, both couples need to be at the top of the invitation. The bride’s parents should be listed first:

Mr. and Mrs. William Smith


Mr. and Mrs. John Cooper

request the pleasure of your company

at the marriage of their children

Today, many people like to include both sets of parents even when the groom’s parents are not co-hosting the wedding.  This can be done simply by adding “son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Carter” after the groom’s name.

If the Bride and Groom are hosting:

The traditional wording is as follows:

The honour of your presence

is requested at the marriage of

Miss Jennifer Ann Bing


Mr. Joseph Wright



Jennifer Ann Bingham

and Joseph Wright

request the honour of your presence…

There are countless ways to word a wedding invitation.  Sometimes couples feel it’s easiest just to say:


Together with their families

Jennifer Ann Bingham


Joseph Wright

request the honour of your presence…

These are a few of the more common choices, but if none of them fit your needs, we’re happy to work with you to find the perfect wording for your invitation!


Other Things That Happened in 1878…

As many of you know, 1878 was the year Dempsey & Carroll was founded in New York, but it was also the year that these things happened too!

January 1 – Cleopatra’s Needle arrives in London.


January 5 – At the Battle of Shipka Pass IV, Russian and Bulgarian forces defeat the Ottoman Empire.

January 10 – The Senate proposes Female suffrage.

January 14 – US Supreme court rules race separation on trains unconstitutional.

January 16 – Captain Burago with a squadron of Russian Imperial army dragoons liberates Plovdiv from Ottoman rule.

January 22 – Canada wins right to decide whether or not to be included in British trade treaties.

January 25 – Turkish steamer becomes the first ship to be sunk by a torpedo, fired from a Russian boat.


January 28 – First telephone exchange (New Haven CT), and George W. Coy hired as first full-time telephone operator.

February 10 – Peter Tchaikovsky’s 4th Symphony in F premieres.

February 11 – The first US bicycle club, Boston Bicycle Club, forms.

February 11 – The first weekly weather report published in UK.

February 16 – The silver dollar becomes legal tender. 

Quaker Oats Revamps Their Image

There was a great article in the Wall Street Journal last week about the “rosy-cheeked, white-haired man,” Larry, on every Quaker Oats product.  PepsiCo, owner of Quaker Oats, has given Larry and the rest of the Quaker Oats logo, a makeover in hopes of more closely aligning itself with healthy-living while also reminding customers of its heritage.  PepsiCo has slimmed-down Larry’s face and added his shoulders and chest to their logo make him look “stronger and more vibrant”.  The logo, once just Larry’s face and the word “Quaker” underneath, is now Larry’s face and shoulders on a two-toned red chevron with their “Est 1877” atop a band of gold.  This revamped logo serves “to reinforce a message of tradition, quality and trust”.