Archive for March 20th, 2009

1st Birthday Invitations

Friday, March 20th, 2009

It’s been a year since their birth and your child is now learning to crawl, walk, talk and has a personality all their own. Celebrate your baby’s first birthday in a way that will be fun for your child and memorable for you!

Choosing a theme for your child’s 1st birthday party may be a difficult task as there’s just so many to choose from. Try to think about your child’s personality and what they’re into at the moment. Here are some themes to get you started:

Colors & Balloons
Cars & Trucks
Sesame Street
Zoo Animals

Whether you’re having the part at your home or a place outside like the zoo or the park, you can still find a theme that will work. Choose an invitation that fits your theme, (see some great 1st Birthday Party Invitations here), and remember to order a few extras for un-expected guests and one for a keepsake for your child’s baby book. This momentous day will be looked back on for years to come.

When planning your party, try to plan it for a time that is AFTER naptime that involves a meal or snack for your younger guests. Remember that there will be more cake in your child’s hair then in their mouth and presents will be open, thrown and pushed aside for the next. Feel free to incorporate balloon games, crafts or party favors into the mix.

Most of all, remember to share this joyous occasion with close family and friends, and don’t forget that camera or video camera! This party will be one that you’ll remember way down the road!

Seafood Boil Invitations

Friday, March 20th, 2009

One of the most popular events people are hosting this spring/summer season are Seafood Boils. These parties typically include a large crowd and plenty of seafood, veggies and fireside fun! You can even add in a little sausage or other Cajun fare for those that are not seafood-nuts like the rest of us. Seafood boils are typically held outdoors at your home or on the beach.

To begin planning your seafood boil, decide what types of seafood you’ll be offering and choose a seafood boil invitation that really coordinates with your theme. At InvitationBox we have a great variety of seafood boil invitations featuring crawfish, lobster, shrimp, corn on the cob, lemons, crabs, clams and large boiling pots. Browse through some of our unique Seafood Boil designs.

Now that you’ve chosen your invitation and invited your guests, here’s a list of everything you’ll need to make your seafood boil a success (serves about 20 guests, [ref]):

• a very large pot with a basket (many people have purchased a turkey fryer, which will benefit you now and at Thanksgiving!)
• 2 pounds crab legs
• 2 pound uncooked shrimp
• 4 pounds of fresh clams (remember these will cook the longest)
• 2 pounds of smoked sausage, cut into 2 inch pieces
• 6-10 potatoes
• sweet corn on the cob, halved, frozen or fresh
• 2 boxes crab boil seasoning
• 4 whole crabs
• lobster
• 4-6 dozen hush puppies

Set your party scene with newspapers and mallets on each table, held down in the corners with a stone or an array of sauces, salts, Old Bay or pepper. Remember to put plenty of butter, cocktail sauce, lemons and Tabasco in the center of each table…and rolls of paper towels! This meal WILL be messy, but allows for easy cleanup with one roll of the newspaper.

BOUNCE HOUSE Party Invitations

Friday, March 20th, 2009

Pump it up! One of the most popular trends for kids’ birthday parties, ages 3-8, are bounce house parties! Let your kids run wild with these fun parties that encourage fitness, friends and fun all inside a blow up house made with your little ones in mind. Some bounce houses are even strong enough for the grown-ups to play after the party has ended.

When planning a bounce house party make sure to shop around for the best equipment and prices for your area. Most companies have a variety of bounce houses to choose from including a moonwalk, space walk, ball pit or obstacle course. Choose a house that best fits your child’s age ability and what they like to do – whether it be to bounce, climb or have an adventure.

When inviting your kid’s friends, be sure to choose a a bounce house invitation that reflects the fun they’re about to have at the party. Our bounce house party invitations come in girly or vibrant primary colored designs with charming cartoons, die-cuts, fill-ins, flip-out invitations and designer paper available. On the invitation remember to remind your guests to wear or bring socks so that they can play!

Begin the party with letting everyone bounce and play and then follow-up with pizza, cake, games and presents. You can even let the kids bounce just one more time at the end of the party, depending on the length of your bounce house rental. Remember to have your child write thank you notes after the party to thank their guests for coming to their special party!