Martha Speaks to Me

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I got a couple of emails this last week, as I know other bloggers did (Hi Terramia, I got yours, too….)

pingg provides both digital and printed invitations, enabling hosts to design online invitations or e-cards and have the option to send a print version that pingg will print, stamp and mail to all or a part of a guest list. Whether sending print invitations to a few people who don’t have email or to an entire guest list as a keepsake, pingg makes it seamless. Hosts can still manage their event online as each of pingg’s printed invitations and cards include a dedicated event Webpage link where guests can go to RSVP online.
(From the press release)

Very nice. And then this little tidbit caught my eye:

pingg has also launched an all-new content section on its site that features party-planning tips and entertaining ideas from Martha Stewart and her editorial team. Whether looking for ideas for bridal showers, inspiration for kids birthday party activities or etiquette guidance, pingg users will now be able to enjoy advice from today’s leading entertaining expert, Martha Stewart.

Regular readers of Easy and Elegant Life will know that the thing that I most lament is not having help. And by “help” I mean staff. I would want the best of the best… a Jeeves to my slightly befuddled Wooster.

There are, of course, any number of experts on any number of topics. But, in terms of entertaining anyway, there is one who stands head and shoulders above all others. She is Martha Stewart of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. Love her or hate her, we all want to be like Ms. Stewart in one way or another: you’ve got to admit, she’s organized and has a definite aesthetic.

Ms. Stewart has graciously extended her online presence and allowed pingg to use images from her catalogue to create beautiful invitations (you may use your own art at pingg as well; but you’ve seen evidence of my photography, I doubt I’d chance it.) Yes, the invites may be emailed, SMS/texted, tweeted and the like, but you may also choose to print and mail your invitation to your guest list. Naturally, I’m more a fan of the written RSVP, but times change and getting guests to respond at all can be like pulling teeth, so the idea of a dedicated webpage on which your guest may post an acceptance or gracious decline of an event seems more in keeping with modern manners. And who couldn’t use a little advice?

If you are pressed for time, sadly lacking in staff and in desperate need of professional help, pingg may be your answer. Besides, if Martha speaks, we all listen whether we like to admit it or not. She is good at what she does and such is the power of omnimedia.

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