Archive for April 8th, 2009

Stickers Galore!

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

A printed return address on the back flap of an envelope is nice, but sometimes you may want something a little more fun, jazzy, colorful or eye-catching.

IB Designs has introduced their first line of stickers to our website which include a multitude of selections including birthday, baptism, weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, beach, movie, stripes and color themes. Many of the stickers match IB Designs invitations and stationery to create coordinating ensembles. These stickers work great as return address labels, envelope “seals”, school markers, “This book belongs to” and more. Take a look at some of the great designs currently being offered…

Party Ideas – Rock Star Invitations

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Rock star and movie star themed parties are becoming more and more popular for kids from ages 4-16. We all watch Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Hilary Duff, the Jonas Brothers and many others and think about what it would be like to be a star for a day. So why not make that thought a reality for your child and his/her friends with a movie or rock star party in their honor?!

Invitations – A great place to start! Choose an invitation that really gets your guests excited and talking about the party. For a rock star party, you may want to use an invitation with a guitar, music notes, flashy colors or maybe even a CD! For a movie star party, you might look for an invitation with a red carpet, make-up, a DVD or an academy awards theme! Decide where you are having the party and be sure to include all details for the guests and their parents. Ask guests to come dressed as their favorite celebrity and ready for a night of glamour and style.

Set-up/Decorations – Depending on where you are having the party, whether it is at home or at a separate location, decorations will be essential. The most popular decorations will be helium balloons, metallic fringe, music notes or maybe even some bright lights or spotlights. You can even go above and beyond by hanging up movie or music posters of your favorite celebrities, hanging CDs from the ceiling with clear line or rolling out a “red carpet” made of fabric from your local craft store. If you’re having a party outside of your home, a great idea to make sure the guests arrive on-time would be to pick each guest up in a limo, Hollywood-Style, and have the limo drive the kids to their party location. You can even ask parents and friends to post as paparazzi outside of the party location to snap photos of the kids and make them feel like a celebrity.

Activities – Now to the fun stuff! If you don’t already ask your guests to come dressed in movie or rock star attire, it’s always fun to set up makeup, hair, nail and clothing stations for each guest to go through. After you’re done getting ready you can take pictures of each guest in their celebrity attire. You can even have a parent print out the pictures (if taken digitally) and put them in a frame for the kids to decorate at the party. Need games? Try Hollywood charades, karaoke or guitar hero.

Food/Cake – Just because movie stars and rock stars eat like rabbits doesn’t mean you have to! Set up munchies around the room like popcorn, Cheetos, M&M’s and other fun treats. Want to go a step up? Find out what the birthday girl’s favorite celebrity eats and have his/her favorite foods out to share. You could even pour some sparkling apple cider into wine glasses to have pretend champagne, (for the older kids). For cake, you can ask your local bakery if they can make a cake in a guitar or star shape. Some bakeries could even make a square cake with a red carpet on it with a photo of the birthday boy/girl at the end. Another great idea for rock star parties would be to make ice cream cone cupcakes – where you pour the cake batter into the ice cream cone and then bake it – which look like microphones when finished.

Favors/Thank You Notes – Finished at last! It’s always nice to give your guests something to take home with them when they leave. For a goodie bag, you may want to include a feather boa, inflatable guitar, makeup, fake tattoos or a picture of the guest photo shopped into a picture of their favorite movie star. Or, if you don’t have a digital camera or time to print the pictures out during the party, you can always include the picture in the thank you note you’ll be sending after the event.

Ready to rock out?!
Your guests will be talking about your party for weeks – just like the tabloids!

Planning a Party with Today’s Economy

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

With the way the economy is today, it is sometimes stressful to think about having a birthday party for your son or daughter when funds are so tight. Of course, you want them to have a great birthday party, but don’t want to be broke for the months after either. Below are some great budget-saving tips to help you plan your child’s upcoming birthday extravaganza!

1. Instead of mailing out your invitations, have the kids hand deliver them at school or aftercare.

2. Need extra chairs and tables? Try contacting your local school or church to see if you can use theirs for a small donation.

3. Whenever possible, bring your own food and beverages rather than using what your venue provides.

4. Start a “party pool” with your child’s friend’s parents so that each person brings a food or drink item to the party for each child’s birthday to help reduce costs.

5. Think home! Host a slumber party or a themed party at your house rather than renting a venue.

6. Rent a movie for a sleepover rather than taking 10 kids to a movie theater.

7. Time the party in-between meal times so that you are only responsible for providing snacks, cake and ice cream.

8. When choosing an invitation, keep your theme and budget in-sight. Watch for sales and join mailing lists early so that you can make use of online discount coupons!

9. Buy goodie-bag items at a discount store or send the kids home with a craft that they can make at the party.

10. Ask your child what type of party they’d really like to have. Chances are, your expectations may be more than your child’s. Work together to come up with a great party.

Graduation Invitations

Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

You’ve gone through twelve years of schooling (or more) with your child and graduation has FINALLY arrived – time to celebrate! Once the cap and gown are ordered, finals are done, graduation rehearsals are held and the big day has ended, don’t let the celebration stop! Host a graduation party in your son or daughter’s honor to showcase their achievements over the past years.

Graduation party invitations can double as an announcement as well or just be an invitation on their own. You should think about sending graduation party invitations out about 4 weeks before the party…longer if you have out of state relatives or many friends having parties around the same time period. Choose a graduation party invitation that really reflects the graduate’s style, school colors, major or personality. Take a look at some of the newest and most popular graduation party invitations we have available at…

Need ideas for planning the perfect graduation party for your son our daughter? Check out Party 411 who have great ideas that will help you shape your child’s graduation party into the best one ever. They give great tips on themes, activities, food and more.