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  1. Caspari Palette: Pink & Orange

    This timeless color combination transcends all genres of style from Chinoiserie designs, to contemporary fashion, to traditional bohemian prints. While we may think of it today as having an almost psychedelic vibe (because it reminds us most recently of the 60s), we can trace this combo back much farther through indigenous South American arts.  It’s a powerful pair that instantly conveys boldness and energy when brought together. We love orange and pink pairings for summer because these two “hot” colors perfectly convey the mood of the season—bright, warm, and vibrant. These elements translate effortlessly to a tabletop when it’s time to prepare for summer parties and gatherings! 

    Find inspiring examples of this power pair on our Pinterest, as well as beautiful boards dedicated to other favorite Caspari palettes. 

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  2. Blue & White—Travel Through Time with This Transcendent Style

    Blue and white porcelain pottery is an art form that can be traced back through many dynasties of China. The oldest dated blue and white artifact in our possession is a set of two tall vases, known as the David Vases. We know their creation date and intended purpose because within the blue designs the artist placed an inscription. The vases were made in 1351 and were an offering to be placed in a Chinese temple. This date places their origin during the Yuan Dynasty, which was proclaimed by Mongol ruler Kublai Khan in 1271, an official conquest by 1279, and ended in 1368. However, the masterful craftsmanship and artistry exhibited in the vases indicate that the blue and white technique must have originated sometime before the David Vases, likely placing the onset of blue and white porcelain arts in the Song Dynasty (960-1279).


    The David Vases


    The Chinese possessed kilns that were far superior to most kilns of the day and this allowed them to fire a particularly pure clay, Kaolin, at very high temperatures. This clay and their advanced technology are what allowed them to create beautiful glossy white porcelain products. In 1004 Emperor Zhenzog selected Jingdezhen in Jiangxi Province to be the imperial porcelain production center. This center is a likely place where blue and white pottery got its start. Before we give all of the credit to Jingdezhen, however, it is important to note that while they had perfected pure white porcelain, the blue came from somewhere else. Cobalt pigment was sourced from what is modern-day Iran and is responsible for the rich blue that sits in such striking contrast against the porcelain white backdrop.

    This quintessentially Chinese style prevailed through the dynasties as it gained popularity and remained an extremely lucrative export. Eventually, potters around the world began to replicate the Chinese style and by the 1700s, even Europeans learned how to recreate the pieces. The true Chinese pieces, however, remained the most affordable and were regarded as the most authentic.

    Expanded trade with East Asia, especially China, during the 18th-century fed European's fascination with the exotic. This access to Asian design spurred the growth of the chinoiserie style in art, décor, and fashion, which kept blue and white porcelain pieces in Vogue. Sometime around the 1830s, due to disrupted trade, the ornate chinoiserie style fell from the height of popularity. Yet, we can still find this Asian-inspired style in show houses, design publications, and our own homes today. Ginger jars grace fireplace mantels, bamboo bar carts sit styled with modern spirit bottles and cocktail books, and blue and white china is placed on our tables for special occasions.

    These traditional Chinese motifs prevail Caspari's blue & white paper collections, which honor the ancient Chinese arts and make the style accessible to any home. The soft colors are perfect for brunches and celebratory showers, and they pair perfectly with your genuine porcelain pieces for an elegant style with effortless cleanup.

    Resources:
    https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/south-east-se-asia/china-art/a/chinese-porcelain-decoration
    https://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/culture/porcelain-history.htm
    https://www.metmuseum.org/press/exhibitions/2012/chinese-ceramics-on-great-hall-balcony

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  3. Veranda Features Caspari Guest Towel Napkins

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  4. The Washington Post Features Caspari Placemats

    in the article, "That old fussy china can fit your casual lifestyle. Designers talk about how." Designer Alex Papachristidis says one of his go-tos are durable Caspari wipe-clean placemats. “They look so chic,” he says, “yet they are so practical.”

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  5. Seeing Spots—Our New Statement-Making Pattern

    Making appearances on walls, tech screens, textiles, and more, painterly spots are trending in art and design. Both playful and elegant, our Spots pattern is an updated take on animal print designs. It's available in four colors: classic black & white, metallic gold, shimmering silver, or playful green. Spots pairs well with bright solids, stripes, florals, and other impactful patterns making it compatible with nearly any tabletop style.

    We're seeing spots everywhere. Check out these inspiring rooms that have incorporated this playful pattern in a bold way & get inspired to bring spots into your home.

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  6. Create a Spring Gallery Wall with Caspari Art

    With the arrival of the new year and the transformative spring season trailing not far behind it, we’ve been thinking about ways to refresh and awaken our homes. The thaw of winter brings a new found energy; flowers bloom, grass grows, birds chirp, and the sky sheds its gray tone for a brighter shade of blue. Our spring collection reflects this buzzing, energetic feeling through an abundance of color, movement, and inspiration from nature. Hand-painted florals range from the soft watercolor variety to bold and wildly brushed blooms. We’ve selected art from renowned botanical painters and esteemed horticultural organizations, which captures the detailed beauty of the season’s fruit and flora. Other pieces from the collection draw inspiration from ceramic arts, textile designs, and artworks from museums around the world.

    Because of Caspari’s ties to fine arts, interior design, and even fashion, our products effortlessly make the transition from utilitarian to artistic with just a few simple steps. You can bring the bright, bold, and blossoming feelings of spring to your walls with our spring wrapping paper collection! The durable and high-quality printed papers can be used to create a gallery wall fit for a true gallery, as well as one that gets your decor in-step with the season. We’ll show you how to create a chic framed assortment of Caspari art.

    What You Need:

    • Pencil
    • Caspari Gift Wraps
    • A Paper Cutter or Sharp Scissors
    • Picture Frames and Mats
    • Hammer
    • Small Nails

    What You Need to Do:

    1. Pick Your Favorite Prints!

    The beauty of a gallery wall is in it’s eclectic, well-mixing but not matching style. Select a variety of prints that you love and that “feel” right together to you. We recommend 5-7 for a small gallery. Browse our spring paper assortment and make note of your favorite designs.

    2. Select Frames & Mats

    Do you want a perfectly symmetrical gallery with matching frames? Or do you want a mixture of sizes and colors? Decide which patterns you want to frame with a mat and which you want to frame in a simple fashion.


    3. Measure Twice, Cut Once

    You know the golden rule! But with a simple trick, you won't need to measure at all to get a perfect fit. Remove the glass from your frame and lay it on the backside of your chosen paper, then trace around the edges lightly with a pencil and cut along that line. If you have a paper cutter, we recommend it for smooth, straight cuts, but a sharp pair of scissors will work just as well.


    4. Lay it Out

    Before you hang your spring gallery, lay it out on the floor to create the perfect arrangement. Which patterns look the best side by side? Which frames line up well? If you want to add any art or objects you already have to the wall, now is the time to mix them in!


    5. Hang it Up

    Grab your hammer & nails and transfer your gallery layout to the wall!

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  7. The Caspari Valentine's Day Gift Guide

    From friend-love to true love, Caspari design makes celebrating easy! Our 2018 Valentine's Day Gift Guide features some of our best styles, including handmade items from our Gallery Collection, artist-designed pieces, and elegant acrylic accents. Each of our chosen gifts thoughtfully expresses love, like, and any sentiment in between

    Two Cheers for Love!

    A gift for every Valentine, from your significant other to your best friend or coworker. Bag up your bottle of bubbly (or celebratory beverage of choice) in our Red Lulu's Rainbow Wine Bottle Bag to create a perfect Valentine's gift presentation. Prepare for a toast to lasting love or friendship by pairing up two Acrylic Champagne Glasses and adding an Acrylic Wine Bottle Coaster to your gift set.

    Dear Diary...

    For your most notable Valentine, our Iridescent lined Writing Journals make a thoughtful gift. Hide a love note within its pages or fill the first page with love pome. Filled with 92 lined pages and sized for easy transport, these notebooks are perfect for keeping lists, taking notes on the go, brainstorming, and journaling. 

    Be My Guest, Valentine.

    Our beautiful splatterware design adds an artistic touch to any occasion, including your Valentine's day celebrations. Fill up an elegant Acrylic Guest Towel Napkin Holder with a pack of our Pink Splatterware Guest Towel Napkins to give a gift to the hostess you love the most-ess. 

    Love Games

    For a Valentine with a great poker face, Caspari playing cards are just what they needed. Our decorative Playing Card sets and Acrylic Playing Card Holders look great on display and in-play. Our Secret Garden Playing Cards are as beautiful as a bouquet of flowers, but a lot more fun. 

    Worth A Thousand Words

    As a part of the Gallery Collection, our beautiful snakeskin Picture Frames are handmade in our own Connecticut bindery. Each one is crafted with the same skills used in centuries past to create beautiful handmade objects. These special frames are perfect for holding your dearest memories. Grab a bouquet of your valentines favorite flowers, print out a picture of you and your Valentine, and place it inside a Caspari frame. They'll love your heartfelt gift and have a reminder of it anywhere they place their newly framed photo. 

    A Table for Two

    Setup a romantic table with our Die-Cut Placemats and Felt-Backed Faux Leather Coasters. Perfect for a lady that loves brunch, these festive tabletop accents can be used on Valentine's day or Gal-entine's Day and on endless occasions after.

    Shop these lovely gifts and styles for your Valentine's Day tabletop in our Valentine's Day Shop.

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  8. Paula Deen Features Caspari Wrapping Paper

    A beautiful combination of our Marble and Boxwood Gift Wrap sits beneath the tree in Christmas with Paula Deen.

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  9. Pieces of the Party from Invite to End

    Since 1945 Caspari has been creating beautiful product lines for elegant entertaining. Through the years, we’ve learned a thing or two about ABCs of throwing a party or hosting an event. In the midst of the holiday season, it’s easy to find yourself in a hosting situation and even easier to feel for the job unprepared during such a busy time of the year. Not to worry, because we’ve broken down the most important steps of hosting from A to Z and a list of the pieces needed to perfectly executie each one.

    Step: Invite

    What do I Need?

    An invitation is an event’s ambassador. They go out to provide attendees with information about your event and they give them their first impression, before arriving, about what type of event it will be. Caspari invitations start celebrations off right. Printed on quality cardstock and adorned with illustrations and artwork for a variety of occasions, our beautiful invitations set the tone of your gathering for everyone on the guest list. Say exactly what you need to say from “let’s get wild” to “you should wear a tie” by selecting the perfect invitation to represent your entertaining occasion.

     

    Step: Decorate

    What do I Need?

    Once you’ve chosen the style of your event and sent out an invitation to convey it, it’s time to set the environment accordingly. Caspari tabletop accents & home décor collections add warmth and style to the atmosphere. Through-color candles, die-cut placemats, and felt-backed coasters help create a celebratory setting as well as a color palette.

     

    Step: Gift

    What do I Need?

    Wrap, bag, and tag gifts for your guests, the hostess, and more. From tissue to tags, our gift wrap collections cover giving in every shape and size. Certainly you’ve heard that you should never show up empty-handed to a get-together. Always be a gracious guest by keeping Caspari bottle bags on hand at home. They are perfect for putting together a fast and thoughtful gift for any occasion—just add wine.

     

    Step: Serve

    What do I Need?

    Place the perfect palette on your tabletop with coordinating napkins, plates, and place cards. Your tabletop is the perfect place to continue with your color scheme or event’s theme. Our beautiful and durable paper dinnerware is modeled after fine porcelain and printed with safe water-based inks. The designs and colors coordinate with other styles throughout our collections to ensure a cohesive style for your event. Plus, they make clean up a breeze.

     

    Step: Party

    What do I Need?

    Bring on the fun with Caspari favor bags and celebration crackers! These are little details you won’t want to skip when hosting a successful party or event. Create an interactive table with trinket-filled celebration crackers, and send your guests home with fun favor bags that coordinate with your gathering’s look. These will be the little extras they remember.

     

    Step: Thank

    What do I Need?

    The finishing touch is a warm thank you card or boxed note. Thank your guests for celebrating, dining, and spending time with you when you send a beautifully printed and finely designed Caspari card. Or, if you’re a guest, thank your host or hostess for opening their home up to you. Each style features an artwork, pattern, or illustration from an artist or museum around the world that is sure to make an impression.

    From start to finish, you can host an expertly coordinated holiday event effortlessly. Our full product lines are created through fine design, beautiful art, quality craftsmanship, and years of event planning experience. They ensure that you’ll find a supply to suit every moment of your event from invite to end. Happy holidays and even happier hosting from the Caspari Team!

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  10. Chinoiserie Chic features Caspari Christmas Flamingo Napkins

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