Planning a Bridal Shower She Won’t Forget!

June 15th, 2013

Planning a bridal shower she won’t forget!

Eliminate some of the stress and last minute rush to get things done.

Here are some ideas to jump-start your planning process.

Theme

Choosing a theme is arguably one of the most difficult aspects of the shower. Some popular themes ideas are: Around the Clock, Stock the Bar/Pantry, Wine Tasting, Tea Party and Room of the House. If you are looking for a more unique theme simply start thinking of the bride’s favorites, her favorite color, food, hobby, alcoholic beverage, etc. After a couple of brainstorming sessions and a community pinterest board it will be surprising how a theme will unanimously show up or jump out at you!

Invitations

The invitation should give the guests an idea of the theme; this helps with gift purchasing and also what to wear to the party! Ask the bride who she would like to attend the shower. Make sure everyone on the guest list is also invited to the wedding. When sending out the invites more notice is always better, especially if it’s a summer shower! It is helpful to include an “RSVP by” date and to also make calls to those you haven’t heard from the week leading up to the shower.

Food

Don’t stress yourself over having the perfect menu. If your theme can be matched with a menu (tea party theme and finger sandwiches) then your worries are behind you. If you are at a loss just remember whom the shower is for. Server the brides favorite snacks, fruits, veggies, and guilty pleasures!

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Games/Entertainment

Choose games that focus on the bride and her wonderful relationship. After all, the shower is all about her and her upcoming wedding! Here are some games that incorporate the groom:

  • Interview the groom
    Before the shower ask him a bunch of different questions. Write his answers down or better yet videotape him saying them. At the shower ask the bride the same questions. If her answer doesn’t match the grooms then have her chew a piece of bubble gum for every wrong answer.
  • Proposal story
    Have the groom write out the proposal story including as much detail as he can. Then take his story and incorporate the words “left” and “right” in it as many times as possible. At the shower read the so try aloud as the guest sit in a circle. Each time the words left or right come up the guest are to pass the prize one person in that direction. For a fun twist start to read the story gradually with more speed to see the gift fly around the circle! The person with the gift at the end of the story wins the prize.
  • Roses of Reason
    Ask the groom to give you a list of 12 or 24 reasons of why he loves the bride, can’t wait to marry her, or cute little remember when’s of their relationship. Purchase a dozen or two roses and write out each reason on strips of paper that match the color of the roses. Attach each reason to a stem. Display the roses as part of the shower decor. To bring the shower to a close present the bride with the bouquet of roses. Have her read each reason out-loud. Now the guests have a little peak into the couple’s relationship and the bride will be even more excited to marry her groom!
  • Find the groom!

The goal of this game is to find the picture of the groom. Print out different pictures of men, a simple Google search will do the trick. A fun twist is to print pictures of the bride’s celebrity crushes, just make sure there are enough envelopes for all your guests. Don’t forget the picture of the groom! Place the photos in envelopes and have the guest go on an envelope hunt! Whoever ends up with the groom’s photo is the winner.

 

Prizes/Favors

Party favors are a way to say thank you to all the guests that came to celebrate the bride. A fun and practical idea Is to transform a bottle of nail polish into a bride!

Prizes can be as simple as a cute coffee mug with an assortment of hot chocolate, or a cute tumbler with a lemonade mix. Try to provide prizes that provide guests with a practical keepsake they can use multiple times.

Just remember, planning a shower shouldn’t be stressful!

And, if you’re worried about what to give as a gift, Harry Ritchie’s has something for everyone- especially a blushing bride!  

Summer Wedding Tips To Keep Your Guests Happy

June 14th, 2013

The ceremony and reception is all about you and you fiancé, but you also want you friends and loved ones to have a great time! Here are some tips to keeping guests happy and comfortable during your wedding.

1.Keep them cool:
If you ceremony is outside, provide shade for your attendees to sit under. If that isn’t an option, try this alternative to traditional wedding programs. Help your guest beat the heat with program fans! They will be able to stay cool and comfortable while following along with your ceremony. Plus, it’s a keepsake they can keep long after the wedding ends!

Paper fans can be fun and useful!

 

A fan and program all in one saves on cost and keeps your guests happy.

 

 

2.Lots of liquid:
Hydration during the summer is very important. Provide a help yourself water station for guests as they enter the ceremony site and during the reception. Guests will stay cool during your nuptials with the cold refreshment and program fan! Place a water station near the dance floor so guest can get a quick drink of water between songs and get back on the dance floor!

This water display is the perfect inspiration for your wedding.

This water display is the perfect inspiration for your wedding.

Offering refreshments doesn't have to hurt your style!

Offering refreshments doesn’t have to hurt your style!

 

3. Dancing shoes:
Provide a basket of flip-flops near the dance floor during the reception. Avoid an empty dance floor because guest’s feet hurt. The reception dance floor can make or break the atmosphere, you’ll want your guest to go home and talk about how wonderful the party was!

Get your dancing shoes on!

Get your dancing shoes on!

Your Bridesmaids will definitely thank you!

4.Care baskets:
Keep your guest feeling fresh! Stock a basket of goodies in the bathrooms so guests can freshen up throughout the celebration! Guests will appreciate the gesture, and allow them to enjoy your wedding instead of worrying about their makeup melting.

A care basket shows you care!

A care basket shows you care!

5. Don’t forget about the kids:
Here are some ideas on entertaining kids during the reception:

Create an area for a mini field day set up potato sack races, three-legged race, hula-hoops, mini putt-putt and jump ropes. Hire someone to run these activities so know one has to worry and they will have supervision.

Have them take center stage in a kid’s only dance! Have an area or separate room for them to practice and choreograph a dance. Have the DJ announce them to get everyone’s attention.

If you are having an evening wedding and you plan on the reception to extend late into the evening consider setting up a mini theatre for the younger guests. Find a room close to the reception hall and set up a projector, beanbags, blankets and a popcorn machine. Kids can take a break from the dancing to watch a movie or head to bed until the party ends. You might want to consider hiring someone to keep an eye on the little ones to keep their parents at ease.

Just remember, even though this is your special day, many of your friends and family have no doubt traveled a long distance to be a part of your celebration. Make sure you treat them well!

And, for your bridesmaids gifts, come into Harry Ritchie’s Jewelers today and we’ll help you pick out something special!

All About Pearls

June 12th, 2013

Pearls have a simple yet undeniable allure. They are the oldest known gem and were famously wore by Cleopatra, Elizabeth II, Coco Chanel, Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Onassis Kennedy, and Audrey Hepburn along countless others.  

Pearls are produced over time in mollusks.  Freshwater and saltwater pearls may sometimes look quite similar, but they come from different sources.Saltwater pearls grow within pearl oysters, while Freshwater pearls form in various species of freshwater mussels. Both are created over time by layers of calcium carbonate. Pearls have long been envied for their beauty. Even in various religious scriptures, pearls are considered holy and precious.

One of our favorite lines at Harry Ritchie’s is our Honora Pearls.  And what’s not to love? Pearls are a classic and timeless gift to buy a loved on, or the perfect way to treat yourself. Honora’s freshwater cultured pearls are fantastic for the fashionista because their eye catching and stylish. Honora is the largest importer of fine Freshwater Pearls in the United States and uses their lines of colorful and affordable pearl jewelry are both classic and fun.

 

If you’re looking for FUN, Honora’s Popstar line is for you.  These bright and colorful pearls definitely don’t remind us of your grandma’s closet.

 

If you’re looking to make a STATEMENT, these peacock inspired colors are for you.

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And, if you’re looking for LOVE these cute and flirty coral and pink colored pearls are the right pick for you!

 

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As you can see, pearls are perfect for everyone. They are fun and fresh, yet still have a timeless allure.  Come into Harry Ritchie’s today so we can help you pick out the perfect Honora set for you!

Accessorize Your Summer

June 2nd, 2013

The weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer and summer is finally here. Summer is the perfect time to test out a new look and experiment with something new.  But, you don’t have to go all out with a new haircut or wardrobe. We recommend findig a few new and trendy accessorizes that will brighten any look, whether you’re stuck in the office or enjoying the sun and sand!

 

Elle Fashion

Elle’s Sugar Melon line is perfect the perfect look for go from a day at the beach to a night out.  The Blue Lace Agate, Blue Quartz, and Green Quartz colors evoke the perfect day at the seaside or french villa vacation.  But don’t worry, the look and price are completely approachable. Harry Ritchie’s carries Elle Time and Jewelry in stores, so come visit if this look is for you!

 

 

Chamilia

We love Chamilia because you get to decide your look.  Each bead that you choose is uniquely you- and trust us, no two bracelets are ever alike. From Alphabets, to Disney, to Birthstones; the options are endless.  You’re unique- so why not try Chamilia from Harry Ritchie’s this summer?

 

Carlo Viani

When we think of glam, Carlo Viani is often the first designer to cross our minds. The looks are completely avant garde and created with the fashionista in mind. If you’re feeling a little tired or bored with your look, add a Carlo Viani ring to instantly add a pop of color and style.  And don’t worry- although the designs evoke Italian craftsmanship, we carry the line in stores.

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With a trip to Harry Ritchie’s, we’ll have you out the door with accessories for a stylish summer!

Show Your Love Contest Winner!

May 30th, 2013

We have a winner!

Congratulations to Andrea!

Here’s her story:

Our love story pretty much started the day we first met, a blind date. As a few months of casual dating went bye we both knew from that first day it was love at first sight. On August 10th 2010 he took me on a surprise date to Owen rose garden, it was beautiful and every rose was in bloom. We sat on a bench overlooking the river that was when he asked me if I would be his girlfriend.

We have spent the next two years of being together and have been on many adventures. We have enjoyed every second together and fell more and more in love everyday. On our two year anniversary of dating Branden took me to all the places we went on our first date and finished off the evening at Owen rose garden on a park bench. This is where he told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and got down on one knee with the most breathtaking ring and asked me to marry him!!

We both are so excited for our upcoming wedding and can’t wait to enjoy the rest of our lives together as one!

 

andrea

Make a Statement!

May 21st, 2013

Adding a statement piece to your wardrobe – whether it’s a workday or a night out ­– is easy and fun. It’s also easy to make a statement on your wedding day (and we’re not talking about just your I-do’s).

Spicing up your bridal party will add an immediate element of glam to your wedding. Bold colors and gems can look great on your white weeding dress, or on your bridesmaids. Check out some ideas below on how to incorporate statement jewelry into your wedding.

Try adding a splash of blue by pairing your white dress with a bold necklace or a pair of earrings.

This spring and summer is also a good time to try yellow pieces. Whether it’s a necklace or a bracelet, adding this color will brighten up your wedding look.

 

 

 

If adding color is too bold, you can still make a statement with classic pearls. This includes necklaces, earrings and even hair pieces.

 

 

 

Don’t forget to let the bridesmaids have some fun, too. Bright earrings can add that splash of color but are subtle enough that the bride remains the focus.

 

 

Visit your local Harry Ritchie’s Jewelers to find your perfect statement piece!

 

 

Our FIVE Favorite Engagement Rings

May 4th, 2013

Summer is almost here, which can only mean one thing: Wedding Season! And while this year may be the year for you (congratulations!), you may just be starting to shop for the perfect engagement ring.  The process can, and should, take time.  After all, you’re committing to spend the rest of your life with one person, and one ring! So, without further adieu, here are our top five favorite rings in store at Harry Ritchie’s this summer.

 

5. 14K White Gold Quad Princess Diamond Engagement Ring

Item: 1040173
Metal Type: 14K White Gold
Stone Type: Diamond
Stone Shape: Princess Cut
Diamond Total Weight:0.38 Carats

With round diamond side stones and a heavy 14k white gold setting, the four precision set center princess cut diamonds give an expensive look at an affordable price.

4.  Rose Gold Only You Collection Diamond Engagement Ring

Item: 1056124

From the Love Story Only You Collection. 14K rose gold. 3/4 carat total weight in stunning round diamonds.

Rose Gold is very popular right now, but we think this trend is here to stay.  This gorgeous engagement ring is perfect for the stylish girl-next-door.

 

3. Love Story 14K White Gold Only You Diamond Bridal Set
Item:1034801-1034802
Includes: Engagement Ring and Wedding Band
Metal Type: 14K white gold
Stone Type: Diamond
Stone Shape: round
Set Diamond Total Weight: 0.90 carats

This timeless engagement ring and wedding band definitely have us saying “I Do.”

 

2. Love Story “Only You” Collection Diamond Engagement Ring

Item: 1013516
Metal Type: 14K Yellow Gold
Stone Type: Diamond
Stone Shape: Round
Center Stone Weight: 0.33 Carat
Diamond Total Weight: 0.75 Carat

This Love Story engagement ring is sure to incite your own love story. Bright and flawless, you can’t go wrong with a classic round stone set with yellow gold.

 

 

1. Two Hearts 14K White Gold Bypass Marquise Diamond Bridal Set

Item: 1027098-1027099
Includes: Engagement Ring and Wedding Band
Metal Type: 14k white
Stone Type: diamond
Stone Shape: marquise
Set Diamond Total Weight: 0.66 carats

 

If you’re looking for a stunning engagement ring and wedding band that’s bound to have friends and strangers asking for a second look, this is the ring for you.  With carefully designed dimension and character, you’re marriage will last a lifetime before you get tired of looking at this ring on your hand.

 

 

Surprise Your Guy: Easy Spring Date Ideas

April 15th, 2013

Spring is the season for freshening up so why not switch up your routine ‘dinner and a movie’ date night too? Try a few of our spring date ideas and show off those flirty new dresses we know you already have hanging in your closet!

1.   Try Geocaching: Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors with the person you love. Make it an adventure and try geocaching— it’s like a free outdoor treasure hunt! Just log onto http://www.geocaching.com/ to find treasure hunt clues in your area and learn how to join in the fun.

2.   Tour your local Breweries: Plan your own bar hop or beer tasting event. Make a list of the breweries in your town and sip something different at each one. Pick a few places that are in close proximity and make it a walking tour.

3.   Take a Road Trip: Find your sunglasses, roll down the windows, turn up the radio, and follow the signs to the beach! Don’t forget to pack a blanket and your favorite board game so you can spend the afternoon relaxing on the sand. If the beach is too far from home, head to your local park and take a picnic.

4.   Rent Bikes: If you don’t have your own, rent a cruiser and spend a few hours pedaling around town. If you’re a more adventurous couple, find a mountain biking trail in your area.

5.   Go Dancing: Sign up for some salsa or tango lessons and spice up your usual dinner date! Don’t forget to show off your sparkly earrings from Harry Ritchie’s.

6.   Explore your local Farmers Market: Stroll through your local farmers market together and sample all of the fresh produce.

7.   Cheer for your home team: Splurge on a couple of tickets for to support your local baseball or soccer team. Don’t forget the hotdogs!

8.   Plant something: Volunteer to help with tree planting at your community park or start a small vegetable garden of your own. Cook dinner together with your homegrown ingredients!

9.   Find a Garden: Search out a Japanese garden or rose garden near you and spend the day admiring the vibrant colors and fresh smells.

10.  Treat Yourselves to Brunch: Try a restaurant you’ve never been too and order the house special from the weekend brunch menu. Enjoy the spring mornings and request a seat on the patio.

 

Come and see us at Harry Ritchie’s to find the perfect piece of jewelry that will match any surprise date, rain or shine!

Colored Diamonds!

March 28th, 2013

If you are looking for the perfect diamond to add to your jewelry box, don’t limit your options to the classic clear or white diamond. Embrace the latest trend and choose a colored diamond to really make a statement this spring!

These vibrant stones come in a variety of colors ranging from red to black. Celebrities are already flaunting the growing trend— just admire Carrie Underwood’s yellow diamond engagement ring or Harry Winston’s pumpkin diamond ring worn by Halle Berry at the 2002 Oscars.

Take a look at these popular hues showing up in the latest diamond collections and decide what color best suits your personality!

Yellow Diamonds:
We love this Couture Sunny Yellow diamond by Le Vian. Carrie Underwood also displays a 5+ carat yellow diamond on her ring finger.

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Pink Diamonds:
A pink diamond is the ideal accessory to compliment your spring wardrobe or add a subtle hint of color to any outfit.

 

 

Pink!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Diamonds:
Perfect for any blue-eyed gal!

 

Blue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Diamonds:
Natural red diamonds are extremely rare, but look out for cheaper options of these romantic red stones that get their color from intense heat treatments.

 

Red!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Black Diamonds:
Add a little spunk to your outfit with these black diamonds available in our stores today.

 

Black Diamond StudsItem: 1042784.  Available at Harry Ritchie's online.

Black Diamond Studs
Item: 1042784. Available online at Harry Ritchie’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chocolate Diamonds:
Chocolate and diamonds… what could be better? Check out the Le Vian collection in our stores!

 

 

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Visit your local Harry Ritchie’s Jewelers to see our colored diamond collection and admire our other colored gemstones to complete your spring jewelry collection!

 

 

 

Credits:
Yellow diamond by Le Vian: http://jckmarketplace.jckonline.com/en/Exhibitors/35964/Le-Vian-Couture/Products/590826/Sunny-Yellow-Diamond-Engagement-Ring
Carrie Underwood: http://www.bravobride.com/
Pink Diamond: http://pinkdiamondengagementringspricesscut.com/pink-diamond-engagement-rings-harry-winston
Blue Diamond: http://www.luxuo.com/tag/blue-diamond
Red Diamond: http://www.diamondvues.com/2010/01/have_you_ever_seen_a_red_diamo.html
Chocolate Diamond: http://jckmarketplace.jckonline.com/en/Exhibitors/35964/Le-Vian-Couture/Products/533539/Heart-Shaped-Chocolate-Diamond-Ring

Sweep Her Off Her Feet

February 1st, 2013

Every woman in your life deserves to feel loved this Valentine’s Day.

 

Women may groan about the holiday, or even tell you they don’t want anything, but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve to feel loved!  No need to spend a lot, or put on a flashy show, just make sure you show the ladies of your life that they’re your number one.

 

  1. Make it a SURPRISE:  While getting the right gift is important, sometimes all that’s needed to put it over the top is the right presentation.  Surprise your girlfriend or wife by doing something that you normally wouldn’t do.  You could get home early from work and clean the house before she comes home or make a nice homemade meal.  It sounds simple- but it’s sure to put her in the right frame of mind when you give your gift.  Or, if she’s expecting a gift during dinner, surprise her with it first thing when she wakes up in the morning. We can guarantee that she’ll be thinking of you lovingly all day long.

 

  1. Spend TIME not Money: A caring gift will seem much more meaningful if you take the time to really be together on this day of love, and doing that doesn’t have to be expensive. If your normal date-night is going to the movies, try something different like an after dinner walk.  It will give you the chance to really talk and escape with each other. You could also share something that you both love individually but usually don’t do together.  For instance, an hour of intense video game competition followed by a relaxing couples massage.

 

  1. Make it UNIQUE:  Every girl wants to feel like they’re the only girl in the world, and on Valentine’s Day this couldn’t be truer.  When finding a gift, look for ways to make it special and customized.  Think about buying a locket that you can engrave.  If you decide to go with a classic heart shaped necklace, bracelet, ring or charm, show her that she’s special by writing your own love note or poem.  That may sound intimidating, but trust us, sometimes awkward is endearing.

 

  1. Don’t forget the MOMS and DAUGHTERS: Valentine’s Day isn’t just for girlfriends and wives.  Let your mom know that you wouldn’t be anywhere without her by giving her a small jewelry piece.  Ensure that your daughter will always be Daddy’s little girl with a cute heart pendant. You don’t need to spend more that $100 on any of your princesses, but going the extra step to get them a small charm or bauble will really show them you care.

 

We know you love your ladies year around, but Valentine’s Day is an important time to show it.  Come into any of our Harry Ritchie’s stores and our staff will be sure to help you pick something that your wife, girlfriend, mother or daughter will love.

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