Sizzling Summer Hostess Gifts!

With summer in full swing it is time to get your hostess giving on! I’ve written about this before but I think it bears repeating, the tiniest gesture of thoughtfulness goes along way. It is always great to receive a gift ( who are we kidding, we LOVE to get gifts) but I love the feeling of giving a gift and seeing the delight of the recipient as they open it. In thinking back on some of my favorite hostess gifts I have received, I remember a friend of mine bringing me about 8 packs of different cocktail napkins – some pretty patterns, some funny quotes all tied together with a big ribbon.¬† Truth be told these might have been a re-gift ūüôā¬† but I actually loved having a stock of them on hand and ready to go – I don’t know about you but there have been many times when my party is about to start and I have forgotten to get cocktail napkins and I own a paper store :). The point is it was a really great and useful gift and I have given this myself several times.

Here at The Dotted i we are always looking for the best hostess gifts, something that will make you stand out from the crowd. Here are some of our favorites!!

These Ben Garden Napkins are always a hit!

I don’t know about you but I love getting a new set of summer salad servers

Anchors Away, a super nice hostess gift are these set of dinner napkins

A fun beach bag says thank you and happy summer!

These beautiful candles from Paddy Wax are great, once the candles are gone you have a beautiful bowl, its what we call a “twofer”

Happy Summer everyone, enjoy the weather and the parties!!

All these gifts and more are available at the store and online.

XOXO, Shannon



Do you have your Mother’s Day Gift yet??

In case you haven’t heard, Mother’s Day is Sunday ūüôā¬† We thought we would round up some of our favorite gifts¬† perfect for Mom!! In a pinch, give us a call and we will wrap it for you and have it ready for you to pick up.

For our local Mom’s, serve them their favorite beverage in one on these

What Mom doesn’t want to get pampered. These Cucumber & Honey Spa products are perfect

Cute cross-body bags are all the rage!

These Exfoliating Sugar Cubes are dessert for your skin – Mom will love

Perfect Spring/Summer Handbag

Let us personalize a pad for Mom and while you’re at it you can pick up some trinket trays

These tassel earrings will make all of your Mom’s summer outfits – available in lots of colors!

So remember to celebrate Mom!!!


Spring is in the Air!!

As I write this here in New England the saying “Spring is in the Air” is more a question, a wish, a dream, more than a statement. The forecast is finally looking up so I have been thinking about what to wear this Spring. For some reason floral prints are really calling me this season.

These Fresh Florals are perfect for a sunny  spring day! Dresses from Joie and Anthropology.








Spring is also a great time Freshen up your stationery.  No one does florals better than Rifle Paper!

So join us in “thinking spring” and add a little floral to your life!!



Let’s pass notes like the spies do!

Last week I was watching 60 Minutes and the British Author, David Cornwell, was being interviewed. He is best known for his espionage novels under the pen name John le Carre.  He also worked in the Secret Intelligence Service in the 50’s and 60’s (can you say spy).  He was asked if he thought because of the cyber world we live in is there really a need for spies anymore? Mr. Cornwell responded yes, more than ever and they are not using computers to do it, but getting messages back and forth using old fashioned paper! Ok, being the owner of a paper boutique that was music to my ears and speaks to a point I always make, sometimes nothing beats a handwritten note. Whether it is a thank you note, a sympathy note or simply a note to say hello, handwritten on beautiful stationery, it connects you to your recipient in a way an email cannot. Who doesn’t love getting a note in the mail, it makes you feel special.

I think just as important as handwriting a note is what it is written on.  If you have something that makes you feel happy and special when you pull it out to write on you will be more motivated to do it.

So lets be like the spies and pass a paper note!!





New Years Resolutions – Do you or don’t you

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So do you make New Years resolutions? I do but I have learned ( thru trial and error:) ) to keep them simple and short so they are more attainable, after all that’s the goal right?

I am making 2  personal resolutions (this is a little scary now that I am documenting this)

1.) to reintroduce yoga into my weekly schedule – my goal 2 times a week

2.) Be more present. So much of my day to day life is on a computer, iphone and tablet that I am going to really try to log off and look around, reconnect and as cliche as it sounds take some time to smell the roses.

Of course I’d like to eat better, drop 10 lbs and be a better person but these are works in progress.

As for The Dotted i, the new year is always a great time to renew and refresh. This year will be no different. We will be attending several trade shows in search of new products and have new items arriving this week!

We will continue expanding our vendors for wedding invitations to offer our customers the most up to date trends in 2018.

Even though we plan on growing our home decor/gift lines we will always have a large and beautiful selection of invitations and stationery many that can be customized for you the same day, we truly believe there is nothing stronger than the written word.

Some big changes for us will be our website, We’ve given the website a mini face lift and many, many more products added and this will continue thru out 2018.¬† We always,always want to see you in our store but we want you to be able to shop The Dotted i wherever/whenever.

Most importantly, we want to thank all our wonderful, loyal customers for a tremendous 2017 we wouldn’t be here without you!!!¬† We cannot wait to take this 2018 journey together.¬† Here’s to New Years Resolutions! Happy New Year!!!



Setting a Fun and Festive Holiday Table




One of my favorite things to do is to set my table.  I love a theme so the holidays are perfect and so easy. I had so much fun recently setting my table for a dinner party with all the incredible tabletop items from The Dotted i


These white felt trees are an instant decoration and perfect for a table centerpiece.



Paired with our red and white candles



Poppers create a fun, festive start to dinner

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The Santa Platter will be great for appetizers.


Cloth Napkins always dress up a table and these red ones with a fun holiday message on each one complete the look


We are ready to party!! Can shop all this at our boutique or online at



Personalize your Gifts This Holiday Season

I love to give personalized gifts ( I guess that’s kind of a given ¬†ūüôā ), but truly when you give a gift that has that extra little touch of a monogram it speaks volumes. ¬†Now that November is upon us it is time to start putting our gift giving thoughts into action. ¬†We have tons of great ideas for both men and women.

We would love to help you pick out the perfect gift.  You can call the store and we can take your order over the phone (978) 369-6050 or go to our website, and order online or come visit us at the store at 1 Walden Street, Concord where we are filled with wonderful gift ideas!  Hope to hear from you soon.

Here are some of our favorites

This is a great travel tote! Comes in Black and white or Grey and White and can be personalized with a name or monogram

This is a great travel tote! Comes in Black and white or Grey and White and can be personalized with a name or monogram


Great gift for all the men on your list

Great gift for all the men on your list

More options for the guys

More options for the guys

Personalized Wine Glasses are a great gift for everyone, can do single initial, monogram, name or zipcode!

Personalized Wine Glasses are a great gift for everyone, can do single initial, monogram, name or zipcode!

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These cosmetic cases are so cute!!!! Im giving them to all my nieces this year!

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For the Chic Gal on your list

For the Chic Gal on your list


Fall Fashion Favorites

I have been excited to write this post for awhile but time has gotten away from me.  I thought I better do it before winter is upon us. I love living in New England and experiencing the changing  seasons.  Fall is definitely my second favorite ( I must admit I am a summer girl).  Here are some of the fall fashion styles that the crew at The Dotted i have been crushing on!

Love this simple yet chic look

Love this simple yet chic look

I just bought this sweater!! Perfect for fall football games

I just bought this sweater!! Perfect for fall football games

Perfect layered look

Perfect layered look

A tweed blazer says it all !

A tweed blazer says it all !

Quintessential statement piece for fall in the perfect orange

Quintessential statement piece for fall in the perfect orange in stock at The Dotted i

So cute!

So cute! These Pom Pom hats are selling like hotcakes at The Dotted i

My fall obsession !!

My fall obsession !!



How do you use your planner??

I’m having a hard time wrapping my head around September, I feel this way every September, saying good bye to summer and trying to embrace the abrupt craziness of fall, back to school events, sporting events, busy, busy work schedule. This is why I love getting a new planner every September, sitting down and writhing down all my upcoming appointments really calms me down and makes me feel organized. ¬†Here are some of our top sellers at ¬†The Dotted i.

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