Ice Cream Social!!

August 25th, 2016

Set the Scene

Set up a buffet style layout with vintage glassware, metallic trays and textiles. Also have a menu ready for ingredients of your choice!

Spread the Word!!

Set the tone for the rest of the event with invitations designed by your favorite invitation company, Invitation Box!

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Decorating

A colorful garland strung above the sundae bar adds whimsy and a festive feel. All it takes are printables and string!

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Display It

A handwritten chalkboard menu set in an ornate white frame announces flavors and toppings in a casual way and acts as a fun focal point for the sundae bar. You can make one if you don’t have it!  Spray-paint a vintage picture frame white, then spray a piece of foam board with chalkboard spray paint. After allowing the board to completely dry, mount it to the back of the frame.

ICE, ICE BABY

Fill a galvanized bucket with layers of ice and cold water for maximum cooling, then nestle all the flavors inside with an ice cream scoop at the ready. You don’t want it melting!

PILE THEM HIGH

When it comes to toppings, we say, the more, the better. Nuts, sprinkles, crushed cookies, shredded coconut, fresh berries, crushed candy bars, hot fudge and caramel sauce are all classic additions, but virtually anything goes. Display them in simple glass bowls with plenty of spoons for scooping. A silver or metal tray adds a touch of glamour while working as a catchall for spilled toppings.

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Don’t Forget Last Minute Details Before Your Wedding!

August 23rd, 2016

My good friend is getting married this weekend, so of course this got me wondering about last minute details that maybe she hasn’t thought of. I have designed a list that will help every wedding go smoothly once these are done.

15 Things You Have To Do A Week Before Your Wedding! 

1. Confirm your wedding-day beauty appointments and get your manicure and pedicure a couple days before the big day!

2. Grooms: Get a haircut. Don’t do it more than a week out or else it will look shaggy but wait too close and it will look too childish.

3. Grooms, pick up your suit and brides, your dress. Do one last fitting in the store before taking it home.

4. Practice walking and dancing in your wedding shoes, if you bought new ones.

5. Call guests who have missed the RSVP deadline. You’ll need the final headcount for your venue and caterer and you know there are those who do not RSVP (for some reason).

6. Communicate the wedding-day schedule, any special duties, and important contact information to your parents, the wedding party, and your wedding coordinator. Of course, this is what the rehearsal dinner is for, but still, you don’t want anyone missing their mark.

7. Place final payments and cash tips into separate envelopes for each vendor. Give them to a trusted friend of family member to pay the vendor. Ask him or her to greet each vendor and be the point person for questions, as you will be too busy getting ready and you can’t be trying to run around when that should be up to someone else doing that for you.

8. Call and re-confirm every last detail with each of your vendors including date, time, and location. Don’t forget to provide them with contact info for their point person on the day-of. See #7. (You’ll be too busy getting ready to direct traffic!) Make sure your photographer has your shot list, your DJ has your song list, and that your venue knows when each vendor will be arriving to set up.

9. Create a seating chart for your reception and share the final version with your caterer, venue manager, reception host and hostess, and wedding coordinator.

10. If you didn’t order escort cards with your stationary, it’s time to put on your DIY hat and make them. (Ask your craftiest ‘maid for some assistance if necessary!) Escort cards are used to inform guests of which table they should be looking for in your reception area, so you don’t have wondering bodies.

11. Provide drivers with a schedule and list of names, phone numbers, and addresses for pickup and drop off.

12. Shop and pack for your honeymoon. Though your girls will make sure you’re covered in the lingerie department (what else are bachelorette parties for?!), bikinis, sun dresses, and SPF 50 won’t buy themselves, and of course you won’t be in lingerie all honeymoon, or will you?

13. Are you writing your own vows? Making a toast? Prepare anything that requires a speech now.

14. Gather a wedding-day emergency kit that includes fashion tape, safety pins, band-aids, mints, and a needle with thread that matches your dress, even a mini hot glue gun because that sucker will come in handy!

15. Pack a bag for your wedding night. Ask some one to deliver it to the hotel where you’ll be staying, or keep it with your maid/matron of honor.

The Ultimate Hospital Packing List- Before Baby!

August 17th, 2016

Save time and insanity by preparing your hospital bag ahead of time. Here is our complete list of stuff you won’t want to forget.

At about 34 weeks pregnant, pack a bag with everything you think you’ll need at the hospital, so that you’re ready to go as soon as your baby’s ready to arrive.

Smartphone and Charger

I mean lets face it, who is with out their cell phone nowadays? And of course you have to keep everyone updated on facebook about whats going on!

Extra Bag or Two

With all the goodies from the hospital—diapers, blankets, and creams, you’re bound to have more stuff coming out than you did going in.

Cash and Change

Bring at least $20 in cash and change for snacks, gift-store runs, and any of your miscellaneous cravings, because hospital food sucks.

Flip-Flops

Bring flip-flops for the shower or to wear home if your feet are swollen.

Hair Care Products

A ponytail holder or stretchy headband will help keep your hair out of your face during labor—and a brush and dry shampoo will help ensure that you look fab in those first photos with your new baby.

Homecoming Outfit for Baby

Pack a newborn-size pajama outfit with footies so you don’t have to bring socks. You’ll likely get a receiving blanket and hat in the hospital.

Homecoming Outfit for You

You’ll probably still look about 5 months pregnant, so pack your favorite maternity dress or leggings and a tunic.

Important Documents

Bring copies of your birth plan (if you have one), a picture ID, health insurance information, and hospital registration forms. Even if you’ve already registered at the hospital, some hospitals need to confirm your records before they can admit you.

Music, Movies, and Magazines

Load up your smartphone or tablet with tunes and anything you might want to binge-watch on Netflix. It’ll help distract you—and your partner—during a long labor.

Nursing Bra

Bring a nursing tank or bra (buy them at the end of your pregnancy—most women are about that same size postpartum) that’s comfy enough to sleep in. Ditch the underwire bras for now, trust me!

Relaxation Tools

A homemade hot pack can bring you instant relief during active labor because it molds to your body—and it can easily be warmed up in the hospital’s microwave. Other items to pack include: back massager, stress-relieving squeeze ball, and massage oil or lotion.

Sleepwear, Robe, and Underwear

A cotton nightie will be much more comfortable than a hospital gown. A robe will be handy for when you want to walk down the hallways. Several pairs of undies are a must (briefs, maternity, or disposables like Depends) if you don’t want to wear the mesh underwear the hospital gives you after delivery. Trust me, you won’t.

Slippers and/or Heavy Socks

Keep your toes toasty and clean, whether you’re in bed or strolling around on the cold tile floor. Bring a pair that’s easily laundered, as they may get a bit dirty. When you are in labor, your feet get ice cold.

Lingerie Shower!

August 12th, 2016

Lingerie Shower Invitations

I think the groom’s favorite part about the wedding is the honeymoon. Since she’s getting married, she’ll definitely want to spice up her honeymoon with something new for each night of fun – whether it’s sweet and frilly, sassy or racy and lacy!  Linen and lingerie themed showers are becoming more and more popular in the bridal world whether it’s the complete bridal shower theme or a theme tacked onto the bride’s bachelorette party.  Just make sure your bride is ok with this type of shower because she may be more on the conservative side.  Check with the bride ahead of time to see if she’d like her measurements given out to guests to ensure proper sizing, unless she doesn’t want it given. If your shower is a younger, crazy crowd, you may want to have a fun activity like design your own underwear with jewels, rhinestone words or paints to make and take home with you.  You can also spice things up a bit with a ‘bedroom’ expert to come in with advice, ideas and products.  Great ice breakers and a way to really get your guests giggling!  Be sure to offer your guests some fruity cocktails, too.

Set the scene for your spicy shower with a linen and lingerie bridal shower invitation.  Our lingerie shower invitations range from simple and sweet with bathroom and linen scenes to racy and sultry with lingerie drawings, die-cut lingerie cut-outs and wigglers, brides wearing lingerie and animal prints.  Whatever her bridal and bedroom style, there’s a perfect invitation awaiting.

Ready to spice her bridal shower up a bit?  Check out our sultry lingerie shower invitations and help the groom smile on his wedding and honeymoon nights…

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No White After Labor Day?

August 10th, 2016

SO WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE NO WHITE AFTER LABOR DAY RULE?

The rule that you shouldn’t wear white outfits before Memorial Day and after Labor Day has been around for a long time. And while people don’t really pay attention to it these days, it keeps hanging around. So where did it come from, and does it matter anymore?

In the nineteen 00s, 10s and 20s… the summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. Society came in groups to escape the heat. City clothes were left behind in exchange for lighter, whiter, summer costumes. Can you imagine those huge, thick dresses the ladies had to wear? Ugh! Come fall and back to the city, summer clothes were put away and more formal city clothes too over once more.

The wives of the super-rich ruled high society with an iron fist after the Civil War. As more and more people became millionaires, though, it was difficult to tell the difference between old money, respectable families, and those who only had vulgar new money. By the 1880s, in order to tell who was acceptable and who wasn’t, the women who were already in the “it crow” felt it necessary to create dozens of fashion rules that everyone in the know had to follow. Not wearing white outside the summer months was another one of these silly rules. So we are the blame these stuck up rich women for creating this non-sense!

I think the ultimate answer to any of this is, wear whatever you want, because we are making up the rules now!

 

 

Sleepover Time!

August 5th, 2016

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Bring your sleeping bag, a toothbrush and pillow and get ready for a night filled with secrets, movie-watching, hair, nails, pizza and snacks! For your child’s next birthday party, host a totally awesome sleepover party with his/her closest friends!

Sleepover parties are a great theme for kids from around the age of 7 and up. If your child is younger but still wants to have a sleepover, you can even host a “mock-sleepover” where everyone dresses in jammies and does all of the typical sleepover activities at the party but then goes home at night for bed. You can even do this if you are uncomfortable with you child staying over at a stranger’s house anyway.

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Make sure you checkout some of our other sleepover party invitations that will appeal to all kinds of sleepover parties.

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Announce Your Pregnancy!

August 4th, 2016

Different Ways to Announce You Are Pregnant!

 

downloadCongratulations…you’re expecting!!  It’s an exciting time for any parent-to-be…how on earth will you be able to keep it a secret from your family members and friends?  And…just how long should you wait before you tell the great news!

The most common amount of time to wait before announcing is 10 to 12 weeks, in other words, the end of the first trimester. A lot of people prefer to do that because anything can happen in that time frame.  After that time frame goes by, it makes it more comfortable to announce it.  If you have morning sickness, start gaining weight, have to pass over alcohol at a party or get together, that can make it hard to hide your pregnancy.

When you are ready to share your ultra-exciting news,  we have found some cool ways to announce it!

Pink or Blue in a cake- Perfect for announcing a pregnancy early-on. Just give the ultrasound photo to your baker and have them put pink or blue cake inside and once you cut the cake you know what you are having!

The Facebook Announcement – We all know facebook is great for spreading news!  Announce your pregnancy to all of your 400 facebook friends with a fun photo or posting.  Ideas?  Take a picture of your pregnancy test window, the kind that says “pregnant” on the screen.  Say nothing else, and you’ll be sure to get the conversation going!  Another idea?  Post a photograph from your first sonogram!

Send Out a Pregnancy Announcement via Mail – You announce your marriage via mail, why not announce your pregnancy?  Your friends, family and co-workers will think it’s another party invitation in the mail, but will be so excited to see that you’re expecting!  Expect the calls to start rolling in!

Holiday Pregnancy Announcement – Did you just find out you’re pregnant and the holidays are right around the corner?  Have all of your family open their gift from you at the same time and give out onesies that say “My Auntie loves me”, “My Grandma is the best” or “I love my Uncle”.  They’ll get the picture and soon you’ll be surrounded by tears of joy!

 

Art Party!!!

July 29th, 2016

For any child, being an artist is easy, fun and exciting, as they test paints, markers, crayons and oil pastels to create colorful masterpieces.  And their masterpieces are sure to hang all over your walls at home and work, as well as the refrigerator at home.

If your child is passionate about art, and never goes a day without creating their own art project, consider an art party for their next birthday party event!  They are fun for everyone and the best part is that each kid gets to take home their masterpiece as they leave your party.  Some of the most popular art party themes tend to be jewelry making, pottery painting and canvas painting.

Not sure where to start, which type of party to host or where you’ll find enough paint for ten kids?!  Have you ever done a search for kids art classes in your area?  It’s a great place to start!  A kids art studio may just be in your city or town that you didn’t even know about!  These places are great because the workers are great with kids and supply everything you’ll need for your art party – from smocks to paint to canvas or pottery items to paint, they’ll make sure your art party goes off without a hitch – and all you’ll have to do is supply the food, the birthday spirit and arrive with your guests!

To set the scene for your child’s art party, we have a variety of artistic kids birthday party invitations which will give your guests a little art inspiration before they head to your art party!  Choose from our painting and general art party invitations which feature paint splotches, art easels and canvas paint in a variety of pastel colors for girls or primary colors for boys or gender neutral art parties.

Don’t forget any extra decorations and party favors with maybe some paint brushes or sponges, really anything art related.

Check out some of our favorite art party invitations below and paint the party birthday party that they’ll never forget!

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Election Party!

July 27th, 2016

Political Party Invitations

Are you a proud Republican or Democrat?  Political talk is all over the news, commercials the radio and facebook these days, and I do have to say that this election has been a hard one.   There are some good points to each side so when November 8 comes, it is important to exercise our right to vote!

It is only appropriate to share our patriotic party invitation line.  We have now introduced brand new political invitations to help you prepare for the November 8th elections, whether you are spreading the word about voting, promoting a particular candidate or simply celebrating the amazing country we all live in.

You will find designs of red, white and blue, along with  ribbons, stars and stripes.  We have casual patriotic invitations as well as formal pocket political invitations which feature star printed pocket designs and satin red and white ribbons.  We have the classic donkey and elephant decor, along with flags.

Begin studying each candidate and vote for the one that you agree with the most!  The election is less than 4 months away! Know your American rights!

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How Did Yours Propose to You?

July 21st, 2016

It’s wedding season again! The day he proposes is one of the days we all dream of when we are little girls, and the day we hope and pray for as adults when we follow our hearts and come to the realization that he is “the one”.  We fantasize about the moment when he proposes, however as all engaged and married girls know, the moment always surpasses anything we’ve ever dreamed of!  The moment he gets down on one knee, your heart feels like it’s about to beat out of your test. He may be nervous too because he isn’t sure if you are going to say yes or not! His throat might get scratchy and dry and it feels like forever waiting on your answer.

How did your special guy propose, or will he propose to you?  Maybe he’ll be cliche and propose on Valentine’s Day next year (like mine did hehe), or maybe he’ll take you on a romantic vacation and keep you guessing as to when the “moment” will happen (like what happened to my best friend in Ireland)!  Perhaps he’ll get down on one knee after he gets back from the military, or turn an ordinary walk in the rain into the best storm of your life.  Whatever way he proposes, it will be a moment that you both will remember and cherish forever.

These lucky couples had someone catch their proposals on camera…and I thought I’d give you a little love inspiration this Thursday afternoon…

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