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    We have taken the Shark Tank plunge! July 11, 2015 16:25

    Over the past 2 1/2 years we've received hundreds of customer suggestions. We finally took the plunge and auditioned for Shark Tank!!! #cutlerycouture #silverwareholder #sharktank


    On the eve of our 1st Country Living Fair April 21, 2015 13:22 1 Comment

    Only days away from our first Country Living Fair Event in Tennessee, we thought we'd take a moment to share a little bit about our business. It seems like just yesterday (August 2012) that we were in Ocean City, NJ and sold our first boutique silverware pouch.  2014 marked our second complete year of business, and 2015 is already full of new and exciting opportunities.

    Our love of silverware pouches continues to grow, and creating new designs is a true passion.  We started to collect our favorite tabletop accents, and now offer our "must haves" on our website.  We are so excited to be a select retailer at the 2015 Country Living Fairs, and are thrilled to get the chance to introduce our products to new customers in the South, Upstate New York, and the Midwest . The Country Living Fair Events will be held in Nashville, Tennessee (April 24-26, 2015), Rhinebeck, NY (June 5-7, 2015), Columbus, Ohio (September 18-20, 2015) and Atlanta, GA (October 23-25, 2015). It's quite the lineup! If you are interested in checking out the events, tickets for each event can be purchased here

    In other exciting news, late last year we received our official trademark from the US Patent Office! This is such a great achievement and makes us really proud.  We have a few strategic partnerships in the works, but we'll need to keep that quiet until we've sealed the deal.  We promise that it is truly exciting!!  We look forward to continuing to grow our business, so if you want to stay on top of our latest news, make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.  Please help us spread the word to your friends to follow along too. We love building these online communities to inspire you to decorate and entertain at home.

    In retail, our partnership with Le Cadeuax, our wholesale partner, continues to flourish.  We launched our new spring line at all the major gift/home shows this winter and will be featuring a new "elegant" collection for the 2015 Holiday season. In addition, we created a wedding and special occasions collection and look forward to developing key relationships with wedding and event planners.  If you are involved in the industry and would like to collaborate, please feel free to reach out to us via email at events@cutlerycouture.com or by phone at (215) 654-8167. We love working with the entertaining and decorating industries, and hope to bring a little fun and happiness to your home or event in 2015 and beyond!

    Wishing you a bright future.

    Warm Regards,
    Petra & Alison

    May your silverware never be naked again!

     


      Winter Wedding Ideas March 19, 2015 21:00

      If you recently got engaged and are planning a winter wedding, we have got some gorgeous tips and ideas for you. A winter wedding is a special one because you can take advantage of the simplicity of the season. It almost gives you a blank canvas on which to plan an elaborate gilded wedding. You can also embrace the minimalism and keep things crisp with sharp lines and utilize what nature has left behind with simple branches or pine cones.

      Holiday colors of gold, silver and deep greens can become a great palette to work from as you plan your wedding for any time between December and March. We love this color palette that One Fab Day has developed. Deep reds and plaids that remind you of cozy cabin days with your loved one are great jumping off points for a bold bouquet, warm tweeds for the men's suits and a stripped down cake.

       

      For a simple, intimate wedding, a hot chocolate bar is an adorable way to keep everyone warm and filled with joy. Hot chocolate automatically makes you smile and that's perfect for your wedding day. We love the twine and chalkboard accents here on this hot chocolate bar from Upcycled Treasures.

       

      Adding a touch of snow to your winter wedding ideas is a cute accent in the form of snowflake necklaces for your bridesmaids. These from Sprig Jewelry have just the right touch of whimsy and are a piece that the girls can wear after your wedding day to remember the excitement that they shared with you.

      The days are shorter in the winter, so see how you can make candles a part of your table decor. These gilded ones from Weddingstar are gorgeous and we can just see the light bouncing off of them at a beautiful barn or country club setting. Big open windows at a loft wedding in the city would also be great for these as they shimmer on a long banquet table for your place cards or a dessert bar.

      Our wedding collection has some great options for mixing the rustic feel of burlap with the elegance of ribbons, tulle, and these fantastic photo cards that let you personalize your winter wedding or winter vows renewal.  If you are shopping for a wedding, pouches are sold per piece with a minimum order of 100.  For smaller quantities, sets of 8 can be purchased at retail under the Silverware Pouches tab on our site. 

      Other table setting accents for a winter wedding can pick up on those frozen fractals of the season with these mason style jars. We like these from make+haus and the tealights in the birch logs are a great pairing with our burlap pouches for a warm winter table. 

      Last, but not least are some great dessert options! Gilded marshmallows from Make and Tell are a festive touch and the White Wedding Cake Milkshake from Will Cook for Smiles is a great sweet treat to add some fun to the end of the evening. 

       What winter wedding ideas are you loving right now? Don't forget to check out some more inspiration on our Winter Wedding Pinterest board


      Valentine's Dinner Ideas February 6, 2015 10:05

      Valentine's Day is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate with a special dinner with loved ones. It's an opportunity to dress up the table, make a special meal and enjoy some down time in the busy winter. It's a time to refresh, refuel and tell the ones you love that you appreciate and cherish them.

      So, what meals and table settings have struck our fancy this year?

      For starters, we love a well laid out table. From setting something up to set the mood for your spouse or loved one to having a great family table that includes the kids, our chalkboard pouches (pictured above) can be personalized in so many ways. 

      Set the mood with some DIY letters that will brighten up the dining room for a romantic dinner at home.

      Photo courtesy of Lolly Jane

      A cute family friendly party option comes from Hostess with the Mostess and we love how peppy and perky it all is.

      Photo courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess

      A fun twist to a dinner with a Valentine's Day theme is to serve heart shaped sushi. Too cute!

      Photo courtesy of Holly's Helpings
      You can also add a special Valentine's Day Touch to sides like these adorable potatoes. 
      Photo courtesy of Haniela's 

      Sweet treats and chocolate covered strawberries are always a hit and The Gunny Sack has a great DIY way to create them.

      Photo courtesy of The Gunny Sack
      Nothing tops Valentine's Day off better than some hand written letters of love. Take a moment to write down how you feel about your significant other and/or your kids and read them aloud after dinner. You can even tuck them into our silverware pouches before everyone sits down to dinner!
      So, how are you celebrating Valentine's Day this year?

      Christmas Decorations and Tablescapes December 23, 2014 14:35 1 Comment

      Christmas is in the air! Christmas decorations are gracing tables and mantles and Christmas recipes are being reviewed ahead of the big day! How are you going to be decorating your home this Christmas? What recipes do you reach for or do you try out something new?

      We scoured Pinterest and looked for great Christmas decorations and recipes to find some gems that match the Cutlery Couture Christmas pouch styles. We love the look of rustic, handmade and DIY ideas. So much of Christmas can be about bringing the winter outdoors in and sprigs of holly and evergreen branches are such a fun way to decorate your home for the holidays. Of course, we also enjoy a well wrapped present. Some of these ideas are stunning, but also simple to pull off. Take a peek through our choices and let us know which would be a great fit for your Christmas style!
      Home Decor Ideas
       
      Ornaments
      DIY ornaments are such great Christmas memories to make. Rustic and classic, these ideas are sure to give you some holiday cheer.
       
      Christmas Wrapping
      A beautifully wrapped gift can sometimes be as good as the gift inside!
      Christmas Recipes
      As you get ready to set the table for Christmas Eve dinner, take a look at this adorable idea from Simply Sweet Soirees.
      Christmas breakfast would be extra special with this Christmas Cranberry Pound Cake recipe from OMG Chocolate Desserts.
      Get Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinners rolling with yummy options like these.
      Great holiday desserts can make everyone jolly!
       
      This Peppermint Punch recipe, from Kara's Party Ideas, is perfect as a cocktail before or after dinner.
      Need someting with a light kick? A Winter Sea Breeze like these from Catch My Party is fun and festive.
      Of course, Christmas cooking would be nothing without Christmas cookies. We love these whimsical and unique takes from The Gunny Sack and In Katrina's Kitchen.
      Can't you see the kids giggling as they set these out for Santa?
      We hope that you all have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to hearing about how you decorate and celebrate at your home. Check out our Christmas Pinterest Board for these and other ideas!

      A Touch of Christmas for Your Table December 11, 2014 16:18 1 Comment

      Christmas is upon us and we are so excited to begin the final preparations for the holiday! We are proud to showcase our Christmas themed pouches that are currently for sale on the site. 

       

      From classic red and green ribbons to the beautiful whimsy of a holly sprig and Christmas tree, these pouches are sure to bring a great touch to your Christmas table. If you have the classic Lenox Christmas tree dishes, the red ribbon set would add a great pop next to those plates. If you have a more neutral set of china, our Christmas tree can be a great way to add some detail to your table. 

      In addition to using these for Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas breakfast or dinner, you can always leave a scroll note in a pouch with a candy cane for Santa. The kids will love adding a little something extra when setting out his cookies and milk. If you think ahead to next year, our pouches could even make for a innovative advent calendar if you tuck a treasure into one each morning. Our chalkboard pouch could even be set up as a countdown to Christmas set! 

      We'll be back with another post about Christmas table decorations, so stay tuned!

      Remember that if you want our pouches on your table for Christmas this year, the last day for ordering and shipping for Christmas delivery is DECEMBER 18th, 2014.

      We look forward to hearing about how you are using our pouches on your tables this holiday season!


      Fall Wedding Ideas December 4, 2014 10:27

      Fall Wedding Ideas

      For those of you who just celebrated a fall wedding, congratulations! We hope that you had great fall wedding ideas and a beautiful ceremony and reception. Fall has become a popular season in which to get married and with nature's backdrop at arguably its finest, who could blame folks for choosing it. We saw many weddings being held around town and loved seeing the colors in the bride's bouquet or those worn by the bridesmaids. Now, as the temperature dips, we are entering into the engagement season with the Winter Holidays and New Year's Eve approaching. As those engagements happen and for those of you who are already looking for fall wedding ideas for next year, we thought we'd round up some of our favorites for your wedding inspiration.

      Fall Wedding Ideas: Save the Date and Invitations

      How adorable is this Save the Date with the pumpkins for an autumn wedding? 

      Photo Courtesy of George Street Photo

      Fall Wedding Ideas: Bridal Party

      Bridal parties can take advantage of the fall color schemes and embrace woody browns, beiges, and deep reds.

      Photo Courtesy of The Bride Link

      Fall Wedding Ideas: Favors and Decorations

      Autumn weddings can enjoy the best of the recent harvest with popcorn favors. Also, you can bring fallen leaves right into the mix with a beautiful banner or DIY garland that members of the bridal party and groomsmen can craft together for the bride and groom.

      Photo courtesy of Evermine
      Photo Courtesy of BannerBlitz Etsy Shop
      Photo courtesy of A Fabulous Fete 
      Fall Wedding Ideas: Ceremony
      Have little ones to incorporate into the ceremony? Employ a wagon filled with beautiful leaves and a cute sign to herald the bride.
      Photo courtesy of Julie Blanner
      Fall Wedding Ideas: Reception Tables
      In addition to our burlap pouches, which can bring a rustic feel to your fall wedding, these gilded table settings can help catch the autumnal light or reflect candlelight at a reception.
                                                            
      Photo courtesy of Polka Dot Bride
      Photo courtesy of  A Pumpkin & a Princess
      Photo courtesy of Brilliant Bride - Etsy
      Fall Wedding Ideas: The Food
      Embrace chilly weather foods and turn them into wedding wonders with pumpkin pie and hot cocoa on the menu.
      Photo courtesy of My Baking Addiction
      Photo courtesy of Pen & Paper Flowers
      Looking for more fall wedding ideas and inspiration? Check out our Fall Weddings Pinterest board. How have you been inspired for a fall wedding?

      How to Decorate for Fall October 10, 2014 06:28 1 Comment

      The fall tablescape is such a fun one to plan with oranges, yellows, browns and golds at your fingertips. If you think about how to decorate for fall, your ideas can last you from September through November with slight changes to the theme. From your tables to your mantles, harvest themes of bountifulness, pumpkins, cornstalks and fall leaves are so much fun to design. Below are our tips for how to decorate for fall by maintaining a simple, but stunning fall table theme.

      Photo courtesy of Hoosier Homemade

       

      First, keep the basic theme simple. Drape some burlap of autumn colored cloth across the mantle to act as bunting and your backdrop.

       

      Next, a simple glass or ceramic bowl can act as your centerpiece to have apples in September and pumpkins or gourds in October and November. Edible centerpieces are great for the kids too, since they can grab those apples as an afternoon snack or you can make the most of a rainy fall day and put them together for an applesauce recipe. Just grab some more at the store the next week and you’ll have that fall tablescape filled again.

      Our burlap pouches are great for a fall theme and can be used in so many ways. Use them to set your table for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Have them be a spot to leave messages for the kids on the weekend for a surprise field trip. What a reveal that could be each Saturday or Sunday when the kids rush down the stairs to find out what the mystery destination is! Apple picking, pumpkin picking, a fall music festival, a haunted house, the local football game, a corn maze, etc. could all be possibilities. The surprise fall fun could be endless!

      Finally, add some glitter and shine to your table with mercury glass figurines, sparkled pumpkins and gold spray painted gourds are great ways to make the fall tablescape pop and shine. We love these tablescapes pictured above and have more fun ideas linked on our Fall Pinterest Board. We hope you have a great time checking them out!

      What’s your favorite thing on your fall table?

      Back to School Dinner Party August 25, 2014 15:15

      Many families are getting ready for Back to School time here in the Northeast. A special way to mark this time of year is with a Back to School Dinner Party with your family.  It's a great time to sit down, hear about goals and thoughts on the upcoming year and reflect back on your summer. Here are our top 5 ways to make your Back to School Dinner Party a special one.

       

      Back to School Dinner Party Ideas - Cutlery Couture

       

      1) Plan the menu with your kids - You can come up with a special food for each subject taught in their classes (Art definitely lends itself to dessert and Phys Ed can be represented by relay races outside to work up an appetite) or each child gets to include their favorite food in the meal. Anyway that you like it, make sure the kids have a voice and are excited about the dinner and the school year ahead.

      2) Play 20 Questions - Put a bowl in the center of the table with 20 questions about the school year. They can be academic questions (What are you most looking forward to reading this year?), emotional questions (Which friends are you happy to see in you class? Are you feeling nervous at all?) or extracurricular questions (What sports team or after school club are you most excited to join?). With little ones, you can review the math and spelling skills that they picked up the year before.

      3) Using our chalkboard pouches, you can label each place setting with a topic for school and that person at the setting is in charge of asking everyone how they feel about the topic or make it pop quiz time!

      4) Tuck fresh pencils, crayons or markers into their silverware pouches, line the table with butcher paper and let their creativity flow during dinner. Nothing says fresh potential like a brand new box of Crayolas or a newly sharpened pencil.

      5) Unwind. Tell tales about their summer highlights. Share your favorite parts of the last few months spent in the sun, sand, surf or mountains. Make this Back to School Dinner party a tradition for the night before school starts. Take those pictures that you can compare year to year as the kids grow. If you set the table for a family meal, the family discussion and memories will follow.

      Best of luck to everyone in the start of the school year and be sure to check out our new Back to School Pinterest Board for more fun ideas!

      Which of these ways would your family celebrate the new school year?


      Blue Crab Silverware Pouches add the finishing touch. July 4, 2014 11:20

      How fun is this!  When our customer Debra found our blue crab silverware pouches, she knew she just had to have them.  I think in some strange way we must have designed them just for her.  How perfectly they coordinate with her "blue crab" theme. We are so appreciative when customers share their photos and let us know how much they enjoy their pouches.  Let the party begin!

      Round 2 - Silverware Pouches & The Philadelphia Flower Show February 15, 2014 21:41

       

      Well, can't believe it's been 350 days.  This time last year we were absolutely crazy, working every spare minute to make sure we would have enough inventory for the Flower Show.  We didn't know what to expect, so we aimed high because running out of product seemed almost worse than coming home with extra.  Well, we had tremendous success and are already encouraged by what the 2014 show will bring.  We added new styles to our Ocean City Coastal Collection, and are introducing a Vintage Ribbon style that is truly gorgeous!  In addition, we will preview new tabletop elements such as wire baskets, milk bottle vases, and burlap placemats....just so fun! Simply can't wait for March 1st to get here.  Come visit us at Booth #924.  


      Elegant Table Settings can be as easy as including this One Item October 1, 2013 16:07

      Ideas for elegant table settings abound on the internet, in home décor magazines & books, boutiques, blogs, and department stores. If you are planning an upscale event or intimate get-together, or gathering where you want to make a statement, borrowing ideas for your own table setting from these sources can be an excellent idea.

      As a host or hostess, we tend to put a lot of thought into our interior decorating, food selections and house cleaning before a party or gathering. Ignoring, or not putting much thought into how our table is decorated would be shameful given the amount of attention with regards to preparation we give the rest of the house.

      Elegant table settings don’t necessarily require a lot of your time, money or resources to stand out and make a statement. A little bit of creativity can go a long way in designing a classy looking table. Preparing a few days in advance can help you in deciding what you want to include on your table and keep the stress level at a minimum. All you need is a pencil and a piece of paper; drawing skills are not required!

      Will you be entertaining outside on a patio or lawn, or inside in a dining room or kitchen? Obviously these are simple questions, but picking a theme for your table decorations may help you decide on a such things as color selection, centerpiece(s), dinnerware, flatware, tablecloth, placemats, and glassware.

      Elegant table settings don’t necessarily require getting out your best china. For instance, mixing different patterns of dinnerware can create an eclectic vibe to your table. Add fresh flower petals throughout the center of the table, as well as candles in attractive candle holders of different heights, and suddenly you’ve taken your table décor to a whole new level! Include a Cutlery Couture silverware pouch at each place setting as an easy and attractive way to round out the look of your presentation. Silverware pouches provide an unexpected look that is both sophisticated and appealing for any occasion.

      The right napkin choice can also add a touch of class to any place setting. Especially if your napkin is peaking out from the Message Maker burlap silverware pouch placed on your guest’s plate, welcoming them to your home. You can make your own message on the little inserts that slip inside the name plates that adorn these pouches.

      We know there are times when you may be planning a special occasion outside your home. The planning of baby showers, engagement dinners or surprise birthday parties can be made extra special, and a little bit easier with silverware pouches. The many boutique designs provided by Cutlery Couture insure that your table setting will not only look elegant, but simple for you to include. Your guest's silverware and napkin can be included in a pouch, placed on a plate, or in a basket if you are having a buffet, and you’re finished!

      The most important part of making your table look elegant is to insert your personal style, have fun with it, and create a welcoming setting for your guests. A memorable event will almost always be attributed to the guests that you invite, the conversation that is made, and the atmosphere you create. Let Cutlery Couture silverware pouches help you create a true fashion statement!


      How to Use Simple Table Decorations That Your Guests Will Love August 10, 2013 18:05

      Set the Mood with Simple Table Decorations

      Whether it's a wedding reception or a small birthday party, simple table decorations can bring a certain mood to your event. It's not always about the money you spend or how expensive the decorations are, but how creatively you've decorated your table. Often it's not required to spend a lot of money to make your table decor stand out.

      Getting inspiration for designing your table can come from an internet website like Pinterest, or from craft stores or magazines and will depend on the size of the event as well as the mood of the occasion. Often it’s wise to plan out your simple table decorations on a piece of paper by listing all the items that should be included on the table. These may include any table settings, crafts, confetti, candles, and objects from nature, or decorative items that may already be available in your home.

      Don't Overlook Table Coverings

      An often overlooked aspect of simple table decorations is table coverings. For casual occasions, wrapping paper or vibrant colored plastic tablecloths usually suffice. Even inexpensive bed quilts can be used. Elegant linen tablecloths are usually reserved for more formal occasions. These can be layered with complimentary colors, or opposing colors such as black and white.

      Centerpieces Can Steal the Show

      Special attention should be given to the centerpieces since they are one of the most important features of a well-decorated table. They shouldn’t be so overwhelming that guests have a hard time talking to each other across the table. The centerpiece arrangement should be dictated by the occasion. A formal event such as a wedding may not warrant bold colors, but rather subdued colors such as whites, creams, pinks or peaches. Making your own centerpiece can be less expensive and can show off your flower arranging talent if you are one to take on such a task. You can choose flowers from your own garden or buy them from a local florist. If you have many tables to decorate such as with a wedding reception, alternating high and low centerpieces throughout the room is more pleasing to the eye. Sometimes positioning your centerpiece on a mirror adds another dimension to the table decor. You can also add loose "gems", "pearl" strands or other items on the mirror, circling your centerpiece.

      Silverware Pouches Add a Special Touch

      One of the simplest things that add a touch of elegance and class to an event are beautifully designed silverware pouches by Cutlery Couture. They can include a beautifully folded napkin, a fork, knife, and spoon or a variation of those items. Often people ignore an accessory like this, but a well-designed silverware pouch can greatly enhance the look of any table. You may have an apprehension that the use of silverware pouches may be too formal for your simple table decorations but they are generally appropriate for all kinds of events. For instance, they can be used at informal dinner parties, family picnics or barbecues. The Summer Brights silverware pouches are great for such occasions. For special celebrations like weddings, baby showers, birthdays, or more formal dinner parties that demand great table décor; you might consider the Wedding Whites silverware pockets. These are just two of the Collections Cutlery Couture offers.

      To see all Cutlery Couture's silverware pockets Collections, visit CutleryCouture.com and make your next event one to remember!