Today, Lolli and I are thrilled to share about our entrepreneurial, longtime friend Sarah and the recent launch of her new line for everyday entertaining. Make sure to read all the way to the bottom of the post for instructions on how to enter a GIVEAWAY for Sarah’s “Merriment Must-Have Fun Pack,” featuring some of her favorites and bestsellers! Lolli and Me followers are also invited to enjoy 25% off the entire site now through August 15th with code LAUNCH25.
Merriment is a brand WHERE THE GENERATIONS MEET™, with a focus on family, entertaining and tradition. Like Lolli and me, Sarah believes that there is always something to celebrate, and she wanted to help others create #intentionalmemories every day and strengthen ties across generations, which is how the idea for Merriment came to life!
Merriment’s new web site features paper goods, holiday décor, and party accessories you will want in your own entertaining arsenal! We especially love the tabletop piñatas and paper placemats that add easy color and pizzazz to any family meal or party. Continue reading for more on this brand and the wonderful woman behind it!
The Story Behind Merriment
By Sarah Schoellkopf, founder of Merriment
I grew up in a home where Tuesday taco night did not just mean homemade guacamole and tamales from the tamale truck. No, not with my mom at the helm, whose life mantra is to “scatter joy.” Tuesday taco night meant brightly-colored napkins, hand-woven tortilla baskets, maracas and piñatas as a centerpiece, small dancing señoritas (hand-crafted out of cornhusks) lining the table, and likely a sombrero hanging from the back of each person’s chair.
For years, Valentine’s Day has been Elvis-themed. My parent’s lovely dining room is transformed into a mini Graceland for an entire week, with various vignettes of Elvis scattered around and songs from this musical heartthrob crooning in the background. This décor is (of course) in addition to the “normal” Valentine’s décor of pink & red hearts, handmade Valentines, colorful jars of candy, and Valentine’s party favors at every place setting.
(And that’s just Taco Night and Valentine’s Day!)
I also grew up in a home where multigenerational family gatherings were a very regular occurrence. I knew well and loved all four of my grandparents and three of my great-grandparents. For the first 34 years of my life, my family went twice a month to Wills Point, Texas, for “Sunday Lunch” at my grandparent’s home. After church, we drove to Unnie & Pop’s beautiful country home for a purposeful time of multi-generational fellowship (and lively banter!) over an excellent meal served on Unnie’s fine china.
My husband and children have been very supportive of Merriment from the beginning. A few years ago when the “big picture” idea of Merriment started coming up more and more in our conversations, my husband was on board. I’d say things like, “Everyone needs a go-to stash of cute party pop to pull out at a moment’s notice!” or “I could train people how to create a cute tablescape using things they already have with a few happy add-ons.” It’s cute how he gets into it now! The kids also love Merriment. Our guest bedroom has become my “warehouse,” and they have re-named it the “Merriment room.” Ever since they were little, they’ve helped me decorate for holidays, parties, and family celebrations.
I could go on, but suffice it to say that I love family, entertaining, and tradition. And I believe that scattering joy (or “creating merriment”) each day — whether in simple or grand ways — can truly bring together the generations and strengthen the American family.
I started by designing my own paper placemats and curating entertaining goods from a variety of sources. I had a small pop-up shop in my home in March, and now I am so excited to share that my website is officially live and you can shop Merriment online! If you are based in Dallas, you can also contact me for a warehouse pick up.
At Merriment, we believe there is always something to celebrate! Whether it’s a special milestone birthday, neighborhood cookout, festive holiday gathering, game-watching party, grandparent time, tea party, patriotic celebration, or a family fiesta, we love helping you create meaningful moments (or #intentionalmemories as Lolli and Me would say!) every day and every way.
With that in mind, I strongly believe that every household needs a go-to box of fun decorations. They can be simple or elaborate — but I want to help equip people to “create merriment” daily! Please enjoy 25% off the entire site now through August 15th with code LAUNCH25.
Here’s a quick look at some of our bestselling collections:
Merriment placemats are an easy way to brighten up any gathering! All paper placemats are designed by me and exclusive to Merriment.
Our piñatas are handmade by a local artisan in Dallas. She is a wonderful mother of four who supports her family with this business! I’d love to do more creating of goods and add more local artisans like my piñata maker (always open to ideas here!).
The “Fruits of the Spirit” Bible verse plates were a best seller at the spring pop-up shop and make wonderful gifts at a great price! Items are sold individually, so you can buy a “set” of one design, or mix-and-match.
Be sure to check out the rest of our collections, including Party Decor & Whimsical Accents for every day!
Lolli and Me has teamed up with Sarah for a GIVEAWAY exclusively for y’all! What better way to start creating merriment than with a “Merriment Must-Have Fun Pack?!” The fun pack includes: 1 set of Merriment paper placemats, 1 Birthday Cake piñata, a colorful pom-pom tassel, and a package of cupcake napkins. You can enter our GIVEAWAY on Instagram by clicking here and following these simple instructions:
- Follow @lolliandme and @createmerriment on Instagram.
- “Like” the Create Merriment post [LINK TO LIVE POST] on our @lolliandme Instagram page.
- Tag at least two friends in the comments who would also love to enter the GIVEAWAY (More comments = more chances to win!).
Official Rules: Giveaway runs from July 30, 2019 at 9:30 AM CST to August 2, 2019 at 5:00 PM CST. One winner will be chosen at random to receive the prize, a Create Merriment “Must-Have Fun Pack.” The winner will be announced via Instastories on Lolli and Me’s Instagram account @lolliandme on August 3, 2019 and will also be notified by Instagram direct message. The prize will be delivered by mail, and winner must respond with shipping address within 48 hours to receive the item, or a new winner will be chosen. United States residents only. Entrants must be 18 years of age or older to win. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.