If there is a really cool party favor that guests can actually use at an event and also take home to use again, it is grippy socks. So, it is no wonder that these soft and comfortable, non-skid socks are popular gifts for every type of celebration.  What’s even better is that the customization option allows you to match it to the theme and colors of your celebration. So, you can have Sweet 16 grippy socks or Bar Mitzvah grippy socks with colors and messages that tie to your party theme.  Party planners Amber Corbett and Tiffany Summerville of Amber Summer decided to use our personalized grippy socks as favors at Amber’s Sweet 18 birthday party, and her guests had the opportunity to experience the plush comfort of these beauties.

Bar Mitzvah Grippy Socks

Take a look! Don’t you just love this clean and innovative display idea! Customized to match the party colors, the sweet 18 grippy socks are in black with a funky pink imprint on the non-skid sole. Neatly folded with the print facing upwards, they are stacked within a clear display box with silver rims and a top handle. Guests have to simply lift the lid and treat themselves to warm and cozy comfort when they need it.

Amber Summer Parties Personalized grippy socks with frame

This dazzling silver photo frame with the charming message “For shoe emergencies only” adds a flourish to the display. We are sure that the guests at Amber’s party loved the whole idea and put the gift to good use. After all, there was lots of dancing at the party and soft grippy socks are the best solution for tired, achy feet after a day of fun.


There are few other things that trigger emotions like a wedding dress! After all, wedding dresses not only look exquisite, they are also the symbol of a very special once-in-a-lifetime celebration. Bridal stylists Rachel and Cecelia from The Dress Shop in Howell made the most of this factor, when they designed their entry for the Tabletop WOW competition by NACE, Detroit. The table top was an actual wedding dress, on which the rest of the settings were done. Here is a closer look at this distinctive display.
Barcelona Theme TableIsn’t this scene breathtaking! Titled “ A Night in Barcelona,” the entry is a massive celebration of tulle and lace, with a scattering of red rose petals thrown in. The wedding dress as an extravagant centerpiece, eliminates the need for additional decor details.

table cloth dress

Here is a closer look at the table top display. A pretty white sleeveless wedding dress with lace appliques in the illusion neckline drapes over the mannequin. A beautiful lace collar and floral accessories adorn the neckline. Red petals are strewn over the misty dress layers, forming a rich contrast against the white. The China and silverware are set atop this wedding dress.
Wedding Dress Theme Table

The place settings consist of clear glass service plates with a silver bead trim. Soft red sashes wrap around golden chairs to complete the entire arrangement. Few elements have been used in this arrangement. Nevertheless, the overall effect is arresting.

Red dinner napkins, folded to resemble pretty roses, are placed in crystal service plates. These form a striking contrast against the pristine white backdrop of the wedding dress.  Below the wedding dress cover is a glittering gold skirting that enhances the wow factor of the gorgeous white and red colors in the design. This display is a picture of opulence, with its glittering, glamorous and extraordinary details.

Wedding Dress Table - The Dress Shop Howell




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