In 2013, Thimblepress® owner, Kristen, developed a mailer to send out to retailers, potential retailers, press, and even random places like Facebook (just seemed like a good place for it to go? Reach for the Zuckerburg, right?). Coming from the world of branding and marketing, Kristen knew how much of an impact a really kick-ass invitation could make. She wanted the mailer to be more than a piece of paper. There is nothing wrong with a piece of paper, but she wanted it to be different. She wanted it to be an experience.
Since Kristen was a child she has has loved party supplies! The inspiration from the original Push-Pop Confetti™ came from her love of the nostalgic ice cream treat we all remember from childhood and of course, parties and celebrations. Kristen has always loved celebrations and parties, so when it came down for her to announce Thimblepress’® first showing at the National Stationery Show in 2013, she wanted to come out with a bang… literally. Kristen wanted the invitations to be a “party in a box” as she likes to say. She filled the box with a custom, hand-lettered balloon, a letterpress card, a custom party hat, and what is now known as our Original Push-Pop Confetti™. She knew she wanted there to be confetti in the box, and wanted it to be more than just a bag of it. Kristen wanted it to be memorable and fly in the air!
When coming up with the idea, Kristen originally tried to engineer her own out of a toilet paper roll and a wooden dowel. Needless to say, she likes to joke that there is a reason why she is not an engineer. Kristen wanted the Push-Pop Confetti™ to have that cardboard body like the push-up ice cream we all remember from childhood. She was even going to do a little wax cover over it like the dessert. Once she realized that the toilet paper roll push-pop idea was a bust, she began searching for clear tubes, and with no intention of returning back to her original idea. She stumbled across a company in the USA that manufactured their own design of a push-pop container. She read about it and realized that people were only using these for desserts, but figured, can’t you put anything in them? Kristen initially ordered 100, which now seems small as we are ordering palettes of 6000 at a time every other month. Once the 100 arrived in the mail she began to experiment. Kristen decided to do a cardboard/chipboard belly wrap around it to give a little kick-back to her original idea of using cardboard like the ice-cream push-up. Each label was and is continued to be letterpress printed by hand on our 1925 Chandler + Price letterpress. However, we have some other labels for different variations now like an “All That Glitter’s” & “Gender Reveal” foil stamped label. When she first started creating them, Kristen cut each piece of confetti by hand. There was no shiny mylar as Kristen could not find sheets to cut down into small pieces. That has all changed, and sparkly-color is the name of the game! We still manufacturer all of our push-pops in our downtown Jackson, MS studio. Each of them has been topped with a sticker to remind you that the container is food safe and can be used again, stuffed with confetti, branded with a label, and sealed to ensure it does not pop in transit (and from curious children’s hands). Since then, we have developed the Eco-Friendly Push-Pop Confetti™ which features a corn starch base confetti that dissolves in water and lavender buds for a nice scent, the All That Glitter’s Push-Pop Confetti™ which is an all metallic confetti base, a Gender Reveal Push-Pop Confetti™ which reveals the gender of a baby by using a label to conceal the blue or pink color in the middle and gold confetti on the outside and bottom (when popped the color is revealed), and the Eco-Friendly Floral Petal Push-Pop Confetti™ that houses real, a variety of freeze-dried flower petals and wonderfully scented lavender buds. The labels on the Floral Push-Pop Confetti™ are letterpress printed on seed paper that can be planted under soil after use!
Never in Kristen’s wildest dreams, as she was standing behind my table at NSS for the first time, originally just giving them away if you placed an order, did she ever think confetti would be such a huge part of our Thimblepress® life, but we love it so very much! It brings so much happiness to celebrations, memorable events, and even the small moments in life that we need to remember to celebrate!