Texas Hill Country Labor Day

Comal River Tubing

Comal River Tubing

Labor Day is fast approaching! The summer is winding down and the school year is ramping up. Thoughts of sweaters and football games are on the horizon, but the temperatures in South Texas are still in the triple digits and our Labor Day fun is all about keeping cool. Fortunately, New Braunfels is home to two rivers that are the perfect spots for fun on Labor Day.

The Comal River

The Comal River

The Comal River is spring fed and stays a cool 72 degrees year round, making it the ideal spot to hang out on a hot Labor Day. With areas to camp, play and barbecue along its banks, it’s THE place to be!

The Guadalupe River

The Guadalupe River

The Guadalupe River also flows through New Braunfels and there are countless spots to play in around this river. Whether you prefer to relax in a tube or explore in a kayak, there’s much fun to be had on the Guadalupe.

Just up the road from the Guadalupe River, another favorite spot to spend Labor Day is in Gruene, Texas. Spend a relaxing day perusing the one-of-a-kind local shops, eating delicious food and tasting local wines. One of my favorite not-to-be-missed spots is the oldest dance hall in Texas, Gruene Hall, where you can sip on a cold drink and listen to some of the best live music in South Texas.

Not that we’re bragging, but there’s loads of fun to be had in South Texas for Labor Day. What are you doing for Labor Day this year? Comment or come see us!!

Baby Photo Invitations

Serena and Claire

Our newest additions to the Expressionery team; Serena & Claire

Expressionery showers in early April and June have sprouted two of the cutest blooms you’ve ever seen! Our resident photographer Corina welcomed her baby Serena on April 16th and stationery designer Jen celebrated the birth of her daughter Claire on June 22nd. What better way to show off these two cutie pies than on some of Expressionery’s newest photo card designs!

Serena in Alpha Collage Pink Claire in Baby Owl Green Photo Card Haven’t reached cuteness overload yet? Check out the entire line of “aw”dorable photo cards making their debut today at Expressionery.com!

…So long, Farewell, Aufwiedersehn, Goodbye…

Texas Sized Presents

With dragging feet, the Expressionery team gathered together for a bittersweet celebration – one of our team members has moved away. The leader, founder and visionary behind the Expressionery blog, Elaine, found herself a new adventure and while we were sad to see her go… we couldn’t let her leave without a proper Texan farewell.

Elaines Gifts

We rustled up a Texas sized gift basket filled to the brim with Lone Star State memorabilia! From Texas shaped tortilla chips (yes, we have those here) to Bluebonnet seeds, we made sure Elaine had everything she needed to keep a bit of Texas deep in her heart.

Cake Balls

We munched on burgers, sipped on sweet tea and enjoyed lots of jokes and laughter during her farewell luncheon, but the highlight of the event came in the form of Elaine’s last request. Our resident baker, Johanna, made Elaine a special batch of cake balls in a shade of Texas-sky blue!

Expressionery Group

It’s so easy to show appreciation for the people you encounter on a daily basis at work or at play. Take time to gather as co-workers and friends with good food, a bit of fanfare and fellowship. Our Texas style send-off, we hope, will be part of Elaine’s memory for years to come – especially when she’s enjoying the Texas shaped tortilla chips. ;)

We wish Elaine all the best in her new endeavors!

Adorable Elephant and Giraffe Baby Shower

Jen's baby shower

‘Tis the season for weddings and baby showers! Another of our bloggers, Jen, is expecting a new baby girl soon, so we put on our Baby Shower Planning thinking caps yet again! (I know, we’re a lucky bunch.)

Party theme inspiration started with one of Jen’s very own stationery creations, a design that hasn’t hit the proverbial Expressionery.com shelves yet. Here’s a sneak peek…

Giraffe & Elephant shower invitations

Giraffe & elephant shower invitations

The deep plum color combined with the elephant and giraffe imagery set our creative wheels in motion. We gathered party supplies in plum and assembled other special items showcasing the elephant and giraffe details.

Giraffe & Elephant Decorations

Our crafty friend Johanna Martini (specialist on the product development team) created this too-cute-for-words diaper motorcycle! This unique centerpiece / gift was created using diapers, hooded towels, washcloths, socks, a sippy cup (for the headlight) and a cuddly plush giraffe – all much-needed items for Jen’s new baby.

Giraffe diaper cake

Continuing with the gifts-as-decorations idea, we created a clothesline of onesies, tights and ruffle-bottomed pants. We found a set of pink and purple elephant onesie stickers online and clothespinned each sticker onto each adorable baby item. (How cute would those elephant stickers be on a ruffled baby bottom?) Since 12 stickers were included (one for each month of the first year of baby’s life), it created a large decorative impact in our shower space.

banner of baby clothes

A banner of baby clothes

Custom-designed favor stickers, cupcake flags and table tents continued the theme of our baby shower. (Read on to find printables below!) Small metal tins filled with nuts and mints were tied with colored ribbon to give our guests a keepsake from this special event.

Cupcakes and elephant & giraffe favors

Cupcakes and elephant & giraffe favors

Because we try to be thorough party planners, the team worked diligently to conduct extensive cupcake research. We began our first taste tests a couple of weeks before the event, trying everything from an Elvis cupcake that combined chocolate cake, peanut butter frosting and caramelized bacon topping to traditional Italian Crème.

We tried 10 cupcake flavors in all and felt sick sure about the cupcake selection for the shower. After much discussion, the team reached a consensus on a trio of flavors for the party: Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cinnamon and Italian Wedding Cake. They made not only a delicious part of the party, but a gorgeous display as well!

The mum tradition

All mommies deserve a pretty corsage to wear during their shower, and we presented Jen with a Texas-sized version in the form of a homecoming mum. For those who don’t know (like Jen or our fearless blogging leader, Elaine, both innocent bystanders who grew up in Kansas), mums are a huge Texas tradition.

They started out as special flowers that you wear to your homecoming football game (which is akin to the Superbowl on a high school level) and have grown bigger and fancier every year, often dripping with ribbons, stuffed animals and other unusual decorations.

To non-Texans (bless your hearts), these mums may seem unusual or (gasp) some might say ridiculous, but we felt that Jen’s little girl should have her very own mum awaiting her arrival – after all, she’ll be a native Texan!

elephant and giraffe shower presents

Jen with her daughter's mum and presents

Free baby shower printables

And since we’re in the gift giving habit, take a peek at the free giraffe and elephant shower printables! These easy projects will add a special touch to the decorations at your own party!