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Let’s Celebrate: 4th of July

July 2nd, 2013

The 4th of July is just two days away, and we have a bit of a stars and stripes fever over here at Ibox as we get ready for the holiday!  There’s so many things to celebrate on the 4th of July – from our freedom and independence to living in the land of freedom and expression.  As you get ready to celebrate our independence this week, take a few suggesions from the pros and make sure that your week is filled with fun, patriotic decor, red, white and blue outfits and of course, fireworks!

We started our Tuesday out this morning by doing our first-ever google plus hangout on air!  Lauren and I, (the DIY Divas), did a tutorial on DIY Paper Poms, as well as edible sparklers for the 4th of July.  There’s plenty of party tips on decorating your home for your 4th of July party, from poms and sweet treats to flag vases, mason jars, chalkboard frames and more!

Click here to checkout our hangout: 4th of July G+ Hangout On Air

If you’re looking to put a little sparkle in your step for this patriotic holiday, make sure you sport your reds, whites and blues, with this outfit inspiration from Polyvore.  This fun collection features a navy and white polka dotted shirt paired with classic blue jeans and Aviators.  Girl-up your outfit with a classy red watch, floral earrings, a pair of red shoes and a dressy handbag.  If it gets a little cool, keep a white sweater handy to complete the look.

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When setting the scene for your 4th of July party, the options are not only easy, but they’re also endless.  You can go vintage, bringing old southern traditions to light with classic our country vintage flag designs and decor or add a little contemporary edge with fun 4th of July printables and modern tableware.  Below we’ve greated a fourth of July collage for you, which will inspire some awesome party ideas for this Thursday.  Which ideas will inspire you?  From running around like you did as a kid with sparklers to dressing up your party table with flag-wrapped twizzlers or sipping on a delicious patriotic cocktail you’ve got the perfect ideas for a fun-filled event.  Be sure to serve up plenty of tasty BBQ treats at your party, including famous BBQ ribs and chicken, classic hotdogs with ketchup, mustard and pickles and a sugary sweet blueberry or strawberry cupcake.  Finish your dinner with a fun watermelon star for a refreshing finish.

4th of july ideas 21 Lets Celebrate: 4th of Julysparklers ~ bbq ~ twizzlers ~ cupcakes ~ classic hotdogs ~ watermelon ~ pretzels ~ patriotic cocktail

FREE Thank You Note Promotions

June 17th, 2013

Can you remember the last time you received a hand-written letter?  As you’ve been reading in our blog and social posts lately, InvitationBox is starting a thank you note revolution – we’re encouraging you to put down that smart phone and connect with your friends on a more personal level.  And we’re not talking about your facebook friends, either, we’re talking about your real friends.  Perhaps a friend hosted a party for you recently, picked up your child from daycare or was there for you during a difficult time.  The people in your life are so important, and we think you should let them know it!

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To kick-start the thank you note revolution, we’re offering two truly amazing promotions so that you can get started with bringing back an age-old tradition!  We also thought we would have a little afternoon fun over at Ibox one day last week, and we created two Vine videos to go with each of our thank you note promos, (warning, they are silly and will make you laugh)!  Take a moment and learn a little bit about each promotion we’re offering as a part of the InvitationBox thank you note revolution!

BOGO Thank You Notes – If you had to chose between a “thank you” text from a friend, or a hand-written thank you note, which would you prefer?  We recently asked our fans and the response was overwhelmingly cohesive – it seems like everyone prefers a hand-written note over a text, call or an email.  Our first promotion is a buy one, get one promotion, in which every order of digitally printed invitations will be receiving free thank you notes from our hand-picked collection.  In other words, if you order 100 invitations, you’ll be receiving 100 free thank you notes to go along with your order!  It’s that easy, and it makes you the better friend, as you wrap up your party and send out thank you notes to all of your guests!  Click here to see our fun vine video, showing Holly’s reaction to a “thank you” text, after receiving a heartfelt hand-written message from her friend: BOGO Thank You Note Video

10 Free Thank You Notes - Sometimes there isn’t a rhyme or a reason, you simply feel the need to send a note to a friend, to remind them how important they are to you.  Or perhaps you just had a party, and wanted to thank a friend for hosting, attending or for their generous gift.  Our 10 free thank you card promotion is just that – 10 free thank you notes to get you started on the thank you note bandwagon!  You can choose from 24 unique designs, including masculine stripes, feminine polka dots and flowers, modern lines and fun typography.  Choose 10 free or upgrade your order by increasing your quantity at a highly reduced price.  You can even add on extra’s to make your cards “you” with envelope liners, return address and gift box stamp options, (for an additional fee).  Economy shipping is just $0.99!  Click here to see our fun vine video, asking you what kind of thank you note writer you are.  Are you a crosser-outer, an inside joker or a wordsmith? What Kind of Thank You Note Writer are You Video

Stationery in the Digital World

June 6th, 2013

There’s something so nostalgic about opening a letter from a dear friend, seeing the penmanship, the paper chosen for her correspondence and the message inside.  Your letter has traveled through towns, cities and possibly an airport to reach you, and it reminds us of a time when everything wasn’t so instant or at your fingertips.  A time when communicating was done through listening, self expression and craft.

In today’s ever-evolving social society, we’ve taken to technologically communicating with each other, be it by email, text, Twitter, Facebook or simply sharing a photo on Instagram.  We don’t even call each other anymore – because texting is so much easier, and we can text someone while performing our other daily tasks.  Since when did friends and family become a “second” in our lives?  Penmanship seems like a part of our past that is fading away rather quickly, which is why when someone takes the time to send a letter, a thank you note or a card today, it is so special to us.

facebook ad option a1 Stationery in the Digital WorldDespite all of our tech-crazed habits, there are still people out there that actually write letters today.  You’ll find that older generations continue to write and send hand-written correspondence, be it a letter or a thank you note.  Perhaps it’s because they haven’t divulged into the world of internet, computers and smart phones, or they simply may prefer not to use something so non-personal as an email or a text, when communicating with a loved one.  This refreshing concept tells us that writing a letter to someone speaks volumes to the recipient because it’s personal, heartfelt and thoughtful.

Today’s modern world is ever-evolving, just as the stationery world.  What was popular years ago is not what you’ll find on the stationery shelves today…and it might just get you excited to pick up the pen and write the next time a friend sends a gift or does something special for you.  Traditional stationery featured white or ecru card stock, which was engraved or embossed.  It was simple, yet elegant, and completely fitting of the times.  Today, stationery is evolving into a world full of colorful card stocks, vibrant font colors and contemporary typography combinations that give off the essence of the stationery owner’s style.  When your recipient opens your card or letter, they will instantly know it’s you, just by the style of stationery chosen.  Letterpress printing with largely fibrous paper and digital printing with contrasting color usage are most often used today.  Your personal stationery should make you find excuses just to use it!

Can you remember the last time you received a card or a letter in the mail, and how special you felt as you opened the envelope to reveal the hand-written message inside?  Give this heartfelt gift to your best friend or a close family member and break the email cycle every once in a while!   You may just start a meaningful tradition of your own!

For a limited time, InvitationBox is offering a heartfelt promotion, where each customer who purchases a digital invitation from our website will receive their choice of free thank you notes from our selected collection.  If you purchase 75 invitations, you’ll get 75 free thank you notes – it’s as simple as that!  We think it’s time to start a social stationery revolution!  Jump on our bandwagon and make someone smile today when they open their mailbox and find your letter waiting inside, whether it’s a thank you note, a get well card or simply a “thinking of you” card.  You may just make someone’s day, and you might just get a letter back!


Finding the Perfect Father’s Day Gift

May 28th, 2013

I have always had the hardest time finding a gift for my dad on Father’s Day, (Sunday, June 16th, by the way).  Sometimes you just want something a bit more special or meaningful than a tie or a new golf club.  Maybe you just want to go above and beyond this year – to really show him how amazing of a man he is – after-all, he is your #1 favorite dad, right??  He’s been with you through it all…from skinned knees and sand castles on the beach to your first broken heart and that unforgettable father daughter dance at your wedding.  He’s the man who you can always count on to never let you down!

Celebrate Dad Finding the Perfect Fathers Day Gift

Such an esteemed dad deserves a heartfelt gift from the heart to show him how special and essential he is in your life!  Just in time for your Father’s Day gift shopping, we’ve created a fabulous collection of personalized gifts that will make your dad think of you, each time he uses it.  We’ve tailored each collection for each “style” dad out there, whether he’s a family man, an outdoors dad who’s always grilling up something amazing or the sports fanatic.  Take a quick peek at our brand new personalized Father’s Day gift collections and choose what dad-style your father embodies.  You’ll quickly find the perfect gift to tell him just how much he means to you!

Family Man - He’s always got family first and he’s not afraid to sport that #1 Dad t-shirt out in public.  He let you put barrettes in his hair when you were a little girl, and he will interrupt his day for you whenever you call.
Browse for: photo mugs, personalized picture frames, keepsake boxes, photo iPad covers,  photo wall mountings, photo books.
Click Here to view the entire collection!

Stationery Buff - He’s a sentimental dad, who loves to send you a note that will brighten your day.   He knows a bit about the value of a good paper and pen, and isn’t afraid to use it!
Browse for:  woven metal pens, classic corporate stationery, whimsical thank you notes, stationery wardrobes, notepads.
Click Here to view the entire collection!

Sports Fanatic - Go long!  He’s the one who had your first “catch” with in the backyard, and he was always the guy in the stands yelling at the ref when you got a yellow card.
Browse for: NFL mugs & shot glasses, personalized baseball bats, embroidered golf towels,  pint sets, locker room prints, tailgating chairs, coolers, collegiate platters.
Click Here to view the entire collection!

Outdoor Dad - If dinner is out on the grill tonight, you know he’ll be in the backyard with a spatula in one hand and a beer in the other.  From grilling outdoors to hunting, fishing and landscaping, your dad has the outdoors mastered!
Browse for: engraved koozies, party tub coolers, self-inking grilling stamps,  filet knives, lighters.
Click Here to view the entire collection!

Party Dad - He’s always up for a good time, whether its cigars and beer with the guys in the backyard, a pool party or coordinating the neighborhood block party.  If there’s a fun time to be had, you can guarantee that your dad will be there with his party hat on, ready to go!
Browse for:  poker sets, party coolers, leather dice cup, pub pint glasses, bottle openers, vintage pub signs.
Click Here to view the entire collection!

Professional Dad - He’s the type that will work late to provide for his family, but is always staring at that photo of you on his desk while he works his late hours.  He’s more comfortable in a suit than a t-shirt, and he’s definitely one of the smartest guys you’ve ever met!
Browse for:  engraved cuff links, business card cases, stainless steel flasks, wooden pens, corporate stationery, money clips, pocket watches.
Click Here to view the entire collection!


Find Us, Friend Us & See What Ibox is All About!

May 27th, 2013

If you weren’t busy uploading photos to instagram, spending hours browsing through pinterest or keeping up with the latest news from your friends on facebook, what would you be doing?  I have no idea either!  Where there are good and bad sides to our world’s growing technology trends, the best benefit to our social media channels is that you can now get to know the people you care about and businesses you patronize on a much deeper level.  Social media allows you to meet new people, share your ideas, gain knowledge from other friends and companies and create your own personal brand!  Whether you use outlets like facebook, twitter, pinterest or instagram for personal or business use, odds are, without it you might not have heard about that great 50% off sale at The Loft, or that your elementary school best friend just got engaged this past weekend, or learned how to make those amazing german chocolate cupcakes for your parents’ anniversary dinner.

One of the best perks about working at InviationBox is that we get to help you celebrate each of your milestone events each year, whether it’s the arrival of your baby, your wedding day, a 30th birthday party or a fresh start on your moving day.  Each day we hear so many different party ideas, themes and questions which  in-turn gives us amazing party planning expertise that we love to share!

If you aren’t following us yet, now is the time to find us on our social media channels, friend us, follow us and see what Ibox is all about!  From party planning tips to introductions of new product, DIY ideas, behind the scenes look at the people of Ibox, exclusive deals and coupons and more, you’ll instantly get an inside-view to the amazing world of InvitationBox!  Take a look…

f Find Us, Friend Us & See What Ibox is All About!Facebook - Like us on facebook and you’ll instantly become an InvitationBox insider!  From posts on wedding/party ideas to exclusive coupons, notices about upcoming sales, special promotions and DIY projects, our facebook fans get it all!  We’ll also give you occasional inspiration to help you get through the week!


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Instagram - Our instagram page helps you get a bit of an ‘inside look’ at InvitationBox as we share with you photos from parties we’ve hosted, Ibox events, pet photos, favorite drinks, food ideas and lifestyle photos.  We also give our instagram followers exclusive coupons from time to time just for being amazing customers and fans!


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PinterestNeed a little inspiration?  Our pinterest boards are filled with inspiration for your parties, events, nightly dinner, stationery, special interests…the list goes on!  We even have a board for animals and ideas that are just too cute not to pin/post!  If you’ve got a wedding or party idea that needs a few ideas or pick-me-ups, just let us know and we might just feature your party idea on our next board!


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TwitterIt’s amazing what you can learn in just 140 characters of text!  Our Twitter followers receive fun party ideas, DIY projects and news about InvitationBox promotions all from a simple tweet!  If twitter is your sweet spot, you’ll love our Twitter posts.


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Google + - Need an idea for teacher’s day, your child’s birthday party dessert or your wedding day?  Our google+ page is full of fun daily inspiration, quotes, party/wedding ideas and promotions to make your day a little brighter.


At InvitationBox, we feel like the best ideas are those that are shared with our customers, fans, followers and readers!  So join us through one of our social media channels above, (or all!), and learn a little bit more about us, and let us learn a little bit more about you!  We can’t wait to share the party industry’s best ideas and promotions with you!

Time Saving Tips for Party Invitations

May 15th, 2013

timesavingtips Time Saving Tips for Party InvitationsAs much as I don’t like to admit it, I am a horrible procrastinator.  I always feel like there’s more time then there really is or family and life obligations seem to take precedence, and then before I know it, my event is just a couple of weeks away and I’m scrambling trying to plan the perfect party!

If this sounds like you, we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone, and life can sometimes get in the way when we’re party planning on top of our already-filled schedule!  InvitationBox offers a couple of really cool features that will help you get your invitations chosen, ordered & in the mail before you know it!

Return Address Printing: We all have those ugly return address labels that we got free from some spam mailer that have little Christmas trees, stars, fruit or flowers on them.  They work great for sending your bills each day, (yes, I will use Christmas labels in May), however they don’t necessarily coordinate well with your baby shower invitation, wedding invitation or birthday party invitation.

When you order return address printing, you choose the address, font and font color you’d like us to use, and we’ll add it to the back flap of your envelope when printing your invitations.  We typically suggest choosing the same font and font color used on your invitations to create a coordinating and well-thought-out ensemble.  When your guests receive your invitation in the mail, they’ll start admiring you as a hostess before they even get to the beautiful invitation inside!

Front Address Printing: Have you ever seen an invitation come in the mail with mailing labels on the front of the envelope and just couldn’t help but cringe??  If so, your grandmother instilled these etiquette rules in you, and you should be proud, however on the other hand, your invitation sender likely didn’t have the time (or the hand strength) to write out 100 guest addresses on her envelopes.

Save yourself from hours of handwriting, and avoid tacky labels by ordering front address printing for your invitation envelopes!  When you select front address printing, you can immediately download an excel spreadsheet to your desktop to work on at your leisure.  Simply email your completed spreadsheet to our Customer Service Department whenever you have it ready.

Once we receive your spreadsheet, we will automatically print your guest addresses on the front of your envelopes, in the font chosen for your invitation, (unless otherwise specified)!  This way, not only is your invitation uniform and coordinating, but so are your envelopes!  Everything will be printed clear and concise to ensure proper delivery, and you can even select colored ink if you’d like, (for a small fee)!

Raise your hand if you’ve had to go to the card or paper store last-minute to buy more envelopes?!  Choosing front address printing now means that you no longer have to worry about messing up your envelopes with typos when you hand-write them!  We’ll make sure your addresses are complete and look correct after they’re printed, and we’ll also include any extras that you didn’t provide an address for.

While the big parts of party planning truly shape your party, it’s always the fine or small details that really make everything come together.  Give your invitation that little something extra by ordering return address & front address printing.  Not only will your invitations look put-together, our envelope printing services will also save you so much time!

Summer Party Ideas From the Ibox Staff

May 8th, 2013

If there’s one thing us North Carolinians are good at, it’s hosting a BBQ.  Everything from the pig on the smoker to that famous vinegar based barbeque sauce…if you say BBQ, we certainly know how to throw down!  And that’s where today’s blog post comes from, as we thought we’d share a few staff favorites for hosting the perfect BBQ for your summer party!  There’s nothing better than an Ibox party, as we always say!  So let’s hear from the experts what they think makes the perfect BBQ…

Staff Expert: Jen
She Says: “Lawn games are a must for the ultimate summer celebration! I love these easy DIY outdoor games! Just use spray paint. Talk about cheap, yet fun entertainment!”

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A Little Game of Lawn Twister

1 cardboard box
green, red, blue & yellow spray paint

If you’ve got a huge lawn, create really fun and EASY party games by spraypainting your grass!  (You can easily cut the grass a few days after the party and it’ll be gone in a flash).  Simply take an old cardboard box and cut a circle out of the bottom for your tracer. Use the box to mark out rows of green, yellow, blue and red dots, and pull your twister spinner from an old game that you’ve got hidden in your closet!  Use this same idea to create hopscotch, four square or anything else you can think of!


Staff Expert: Lauren
She Says: “I love a good ol’ fashioned Eastern NC pig pickin’! Eastern NC BBQ sauce is made famous by its vinegar base that gives it a nice tang to it, along with flavorful spices for that kick! One of my favorite recipes is inspired by Bill Neal…”

NC BBQ Sauce1 Summer Party Ideas From the Ibox StaffEastern NC BBQ Sauce Recipe

1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
½ to ¾ cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
2/3 cup minced onion
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 teaspoons dry mustard
6 teaspoons cold water

Bring all of the ingredients except the last 2 to a rapid boil in a small saucepan, then simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat. Dissolve the mustard in the cold water, then add a little bit of the hot vinegar mixture to thin it out. Stir the mustard into the sauce. Let cool, then bottle and refrigerate.


Staff Expert: Ame
She Says: “Nothing goes better with barbecued food than a light and fresh pasta salad!  The fresh veggies give the pasta salad a little bit of a crunch, but the secret ingredient has to be the Salad Supreme seasoning!”

pasta salad Summer Party Ideas From the Ibox StaffPasta Salad Recipe

1 box of tri-colored rotini
¼ – ½ a bottle of McCormick Salad Supreme
1 Cucumber (peeled)
½ cup purple onion
1 package cheese crumbles or shredded cheese
1 cup pepperoni (slices or cut your own mini chunks)
1 bottle of Italian dressing
1 cup raw broccoli florets (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook the noodles.  While your noodles are draining and cooling, chop cucumber, onion, broccoli & pepperoni and set aside.  Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and sprinkle with McCormick Salad Supreme (use generously)!  Finish with ½ – ¾ bottle of dressing (save the other half to pour on before serving as it will get a bit dry if you make it ahead of time).

Photo Inspiration: games ~ sauce ~ salad


Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

April 24th, 2013

If your Cinco de Mayo plans involve a bottle of extremely spicy hot sauce and a margarita in-hand, you’re not alone!  Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays we all love to celebrate – everything from the amazing Spanish music to the decorations, the culture – oh and did we mention the food?!  Tacos, enchiladas, chips, chili peppers – and don’t forget the salsa!

We’ve found a few Cinco de Mayo party ideas to help spice up your Cinco de Mayo party…from some of the best bloggers around!

1b Cinco de Mayo Party IdeasChili Pepper Paper Pom: One of my favorite party accessory discoveries this year was the invention of the paper pom!  It’s a really simple party decoration that truly lights up the room, and it’s easy to do!  The folks over at Oh My Creative put an amazing Cinco de Mayo twist on this fabulous party design with a Chili Pepper Pom!  It’s made very similar to a traditional paper pom, with just a few changes!

What you’ll need: beading wire, green tissue paper, red tissue paper, scissors

Directions: Divide your red tissue paper into sets of 4 or 5, and make the largest layer about 9 inches square.  Make the next layer about ½ an inch smaller on each side, until your final squares are 4 inches square.  Accordion fold each layer of paper as one and round the two ends.  Cut a long piece of the wire in half and twist the ends together around each folded group, leaving about an inch between each layer.  Fluff your pom from the bottom up, which will fill in the one inch spaces you made with the wire.  Once you have reached the top, accordion fold the green tissue paper to create the top of the chili pepper, but don’t round the edges – just trim them slightly with square edges so that they look like spikes.  You’re left with a gorgeous chili pepper pom that looks like it was done by a professional, (don’t worry, we won’t tell)!  View the whole tutorial, (with photos), here!


2b Cinco de Mayo Party IdeasSpicy Michelada Recipe: Bloody Marys always look cool to me, but I’m honestly not a huge tomato fan.  , This drink recipe has an amazing Spanish influence, while keeping the tomato to a minimum.  The bloggers over at Spoon Fork Bacon created this Spicy Michelada recipe while on a juice cleanse – it’s sure to add the spice you’ll need on Cinco de Mayo!

What you’ll need: honey, salt, paprika, cayenne, limes, light Mexican beer, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, soy sauce, jalapeno, cracked pepper

Directions: Mix the salt, paprika and cayenne on a plate.  Spread your honey very thin on a separate plate and dip the rim into the honey, followed by your salt mixture, to create your glass rim.  Fill with ice and set aside.  Fill your cocktail shaker with ice and all remaining ingredients, except for the jalapeno.  Once mixed, pour over your ice-filled glass and garnish with extra lime slices, black pepper and jalapenos.  To view the whole spice how-to, click here!


3c Cinco de Mayo Party IdeasPiñata Cookies: Everyone loves a good cookie, but when it’s filled with a candy surprise in the center, you’ve really got my attention!  These Cinco de Mayo Piñata Cookies are made from sugar cookies, frosting and mini M&M’s, and they come to us from!  Caution…these little piñatas are overly colorful and addicting!  You’ve been warned!

What you’ll need: sugar, powdered sugar, butter, vegetable oil, eggs, cream of tartar, salt, almond extract, baking soda, flour, vanilla, mini M&M’s, milk

Directions: Create your dough by combining your sugars with the butter and beating in eggs and oil.  Add your dry ingredients at the end and then split your dough into five even sized balls (dyed with colors like blue, orange, yellow, purple and pink), and one smaller ball (black).  Layer the dough in a container that is the width of how large you want the donkey to be.  Start with the black layer and work your way up layering color after color.  Freeze overnight.  In the morning, slice the dough, which will quickly reveal your layers.  Bake them for 12 minutes at 350 degrees.  Cut your cookies into shape using a donkey cookie cutter in sets of three.  Two should be looking to the right, and one to the left.  Create a hidden pocket in the middle donkey, and cut off his ears and feet.  Use frosting as glue to adhere the back and middle layers together, and pour in your M&M’s.  Top with another spread of frosting and your cookie topper.  Delish!  For the step-by-step, click here!

NEW Doc Milo Graduation Invitations

April 22nd, 2013

1 300x221 NEW Doc Milo Graduation InvitationsGraduation season is upon us!  For many of you, your children are literally counting down the days until they finish up their finals, don their cap & gown and receive their diploma!  Graduation is such a fun and exciting time for students, and at the same time, it’s also an amazing time for the parents of the graduates, too, as they watch their child succeed in the world, celebrate all of their child’s achievements and begin the next chapter of their lives.

If you know anything about the current generation, it’s that the trends are ever-changing.  Graduation season is always an exciting time in the design world for us, as our designers spend months following the latest trends in fashion, colors and patterns so that your grad can have the trendiest graduation essentials around.  Doc Milo has just recently released a brand new update to their graduation invitations and announcements and we couldn’t be more thrilled!  This year’s graduation collection features designs for high school, college and med school graduations, and the designs feature stylish color combinations and patterns that embody your graduating senior, no matter what her personal style.

Western style is huge this year, taking us from a bit of hippie influence all the way to the southern cowgirl in her cowboy roots.  Doc Milo’s Yee Haw (She Did It) invitation truly embodies the southern style, featuring a blonde or brunette grad wearing a short white sundress and cowboy boots along with her black graduation gown.  She substitutes a cowboy hat for her grad cap – how cute!  Another grad favorite is the collection of modern photo graduation announcements and photo graduation invitations in the new 2013 grad collection.  You’ll see photo cards where the graduate’s photo makes up the main background of the card, along with an array of typography printed over top of the photo.  Each card has a fun and modern background to help you bring out the graduate’s grad-style, from hot pink, orange and yellow plaid patterns to animal print, chevron stripes and brocade damask patterns.

Take a look at some of the fabulous designs you’ll see in the new Doc Milo release, and check out all of the new 2013 Doc Milo graduation designs here!

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Celebrate Earth Day

April 18th, 2013

Calling all nature lovers…We will be celebrating Earth Day on Monday, April 22nd!  I remember that as a child I always loved Earth Day, as we would come home from school with a baby pine tree to plant – one of which is still growing today, at the house I grew up  in.  Earth Day began in 1970, and was founded by Senator Nelson of Wisconsin, as a way to encourage support and participation in environmental programs that help us clean and protect the earth.

What can you do to help protect the earth while celebrating its rich resources?  There are so many ways to do your part to help protect our earth, and you can practice these things all year long, rather than just one day a year!  Volunteer for a cleanup crew, save energy by adding solar panels to your house, organize an educational event for your community, volunteer at your town greenhouse – make a fun new commitment with your family to do something every day to reduce your effect on the world we live in.

If you’re looking for some weekend fun ideas that incorporate Earth Day, we’ve got you covered with some really great DIY’s and products that your whole family will love…

earth day blog post fabric Celebrate Earth Day

When we talk about conserving our resources and saving the earth, often reusing and recycling are the first things that come to mind!  The above idea comes to us from Prudent Baby, an amazing mommy blog with some fabulous ideas and inspiration!  It’s a scrap-busint fabric bowl, which is made from leftover scraps of fabric, (less than a yard of fabric total), which are wrapped around a thick white piping cord or rope.  You simply tear your fabric into 1 inch strips and wrap them tightly around the rope until it is covered completely, (or until you wan to change fabrics).  Make sure you leave a long end of your fabric at the beginning so that you can begin tying your layers for security.  You then curl the end of the rope and keep it in a tight spiral as you wrap.  You continue this for about 6-8 wraps, until you have your desired bowl base size.  Then begin adding the outer edges by moving the rope up by about a 45 degree angle, alternating double and single wraps.  Once you get to the top, be sure to cut and burn the end of your rope so that it doesn’t fray or unravel.  Prudent Baby has an amazing photo and step-by-step tutorial for this amazing reuse & recycle project – check it out!

If you’re looking for a project to do with the kids this weekend, you’re going to love this Kid-Friendly Terrarium idea!  I was actually given a small terrarium for Christmas from a dear friend, which was made up of brown rocks, potting soil, mossy greens and a gorgeous purple plant, (with a dinosaur in the middle, of course)!  I am one of those people that kills plants just by looking at them, so when she first gave me the gift, I was a bit nervous.  The great thing about terrariums are that aside from being the cutest little mini planet in the world, they also don’t need buckets of sunlight or water.  I water my terrarium plant about once a week and in my office I am about as far away from windows as you can get.  It has grown from a small three-leaf plant to about twelve leafs now, and growing!

earth day blog post terrariums Celebrate Earth Day

Makes and posted this easy and fun kid-friendly terrarium idea, which I couldn’t wait to share with our readers, (and do with the kids)!  It’s so simple, mildly inexpensive and helps your kids learn about the earth while creating their own mini world of their own!  You can use any glass container you wish, whether you choose a jar, a fish bowl or simply a tall clear glass, (for inexpensive options, try yard sales, thrift shops or the dollar store).  You will need potting soil, rocks, a container, plants and fun plastic animals/dinosaurs for decorating.     If you’re concerned about which plants to use, try using a fern, spider plant or cactus, but make sure it is a small or baby plant.

Fill the terrarium container with about 1-2 inches of stones, and then cover with your potting soil, (you may want to do this project outside).  Place your plant in the center and surround with dirt, not forgetting to add your little plastic animal, of course!  Make it extra fun by taking pictures each week to see how your plant is changing!  After a couple of months you’ll be able to create an amazing flip book of your little growing plant!

Outside of reusing our materials and helping our earth to grow and flourish, the other important part about helping the earth is educating and encouraging others to do their part to help the earth!  One of my favorite InvitationBox products that we offer is the self-inking stamps from Noteworthy Collections.  One stamp base allows you to purchase and swap out as many stamp faces as you want.   They are great for use on promotional materials, envelopes for return address labels, book labels and so much more…

Earth day Blog stamps Celebrate Earth Day

We featured the two stamps above, as they are the perfect way to encourage others to reduce, reuse, recycle, as well as keep the earth’s safety fresh in their minds.  Our globe stamp features an awesome reverse-ink style design of the world, which can be customized with your name, address, a fun worldly phrase or quote.  Our recycle stamp features the classic recycling symbol we all know and recognize so well.  Just think…if you added this stamp to your letters, letterhead or scrap papers, the one person who sees it might make the decision to pick up an extra piece of trash that day, or recycle a bottle rather than throwing it into the trash for convenience.

If everyone did one good thing for the environment each day, how would that affect our earth?  Do your part on Monday for Earth Day, and make a conscious effort to make every day Earth Day.  Afterall, we only have one earth – let’s make it flourish and last!

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