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Choosing the Correct Stationery Sets

Friday, April 17th, 2009

So you’ve decided to take a step up from the typical department store generic note card and use something special, personal and as thoughtful as the reason for writing the note. Now you just need to thumb through the thousands of options out there, and choose the right type, color and size note card that reflects you as a person.

Women:
As a rule of thumb, women should use a small folded note – typically about 3.5 x 5 inches in size. Traditional etiquette would suggest having the woman’s name centered on the middle front of the card, perhaps with a motif centered directly below the name. More modern stationery would have the name bottom centered or on the lower right corner of the card. Your hand written note should go on the inside lower portion of the note card. Or, if you have a lot to write, you may write on the inside top portion or the back portion of the note card. Traditional note card colors include white and ecru, yet with modern times, many more colors and varieties are becoming available. You should choose a note card that best reflects your personality and the message you want to convey to the recipient of the note.

Men:
Men should use a flat card rather than a folded note. The standard size for a flat card is approximately 4 x 6 inches or larger, if needed. Men’s flat cards are typically larger to accommodate larger hand writing. They should be adorned with the man’s name printed across the top of the card. Motifs on male note cards are not seen as often as on women’s note cards, but are certainly acceptable. White or ecru is the standard card stock color used, however a charcoal or slate blue flat card would be a more contemporary alternate choice.

No matter what type of stationery you choose for your note cards, thoughtfulness is shown when you take the time to write someone a personal note. With the growing popularity of email, texting and instant messaging, the traditional hand written note is becoming less common. In this day and age of hectic schedules, a hand written note shows the recipient that you care enough about them to take a moment to personally communicate your thoughts to them.

1st Birthday Invitations

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Your baby is learning to giggle and play. He’s taken his first steps and is approaching his first birthday! This milestone in your baby’s life is one you will want to share with family and friends. From the decorations, food and guests, to the cake all over your little one’s face; this event will be something you will remember for years to come.

Choosing the type of party you will host may depend on your budget and your invitation list. If it is primarily a children’s party, you may want to have a themed birthday party with your child’s favorite Disney character or toy as the main focus. If more adults will be invited, you may want to have a more casual event with vibrant colors and great food.

When choosing the date and time of your event, remember to think of your child’s daily schedule. If the baby takes a nap from 2-4 p.m. daily, you do not want to schedule the party for 3 o’clock as this would make for one cranky baby. Also, pick a date that works well with your schedule, as well as your attendees. Planning a mid-day party during a weekday may make it hard for some working parents to attend.

After you have chosen your party theme and planned out the occasion, the next step is to find a 1st birthday party invitation that will compliment your event, as well as thank you notes to express gratitude for your guest’s contributions. Many of the invitations available have matching thank you notes if you would like to use matching items. You have many varieties to choose from which will vary by color, formality, theme, size and shape.

Below are a few examples of some of InvitationBox’s most popular 1st birthday invitations:

Be as creative as you like with your wording on the invitation. You may want to create a poem or rhyme or use jargon from the character that matches your theme.

Below are a few examples of 1st birthday invitation wording:

I’m learning walk, I’m learning to play
Won’t you please join me to
celebrate my first birthday?

a Birthday Party for
Rachel Lee-Robertson

Sunday, August 5, 2007
3 – 5 p.m.
224 North Main Street
Boston, MA

Please tell my mommy you’ll come!
(555) 555-9985

. . .

Emma Banks is turning ONE!
Please come join us for all of the fun!

Pizza, cake & ice cream

Sunday, August 5, 2007
3 – 5 p.m.
224 North Main Street
Boston, MA

RSVP by August 1st mommyB@email.com

. . .

Come on, Vamanos – and Join the Fiesta!!

Laura the Explorer is turning one!

Please join us for a Birthday Party of Adventures
and a special visit from Dora the Explorer!!

Sunday, August 5, 2007
1 – 3 p.m.
224 North Main Street
Boston, MA

Por favor respuesta 555.555.5569

Your baby’s first birthday party will be an event you will remember for years to come. Take many pictures, let the baby get messy with the cake and frame the invitation as a keepsake.