Archive for October, 2009

Holiday Wedding Invitation Inspiration – Red & Black

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Time to get inspired! Deciding on your wedding theme / colors can be a daunting task, but sometimes one small design can spark a world full of ideas and possibilities. Whether it’s a flower in a magazine, a friend’s wedding detail or maybe a design on a bridal brochure; you can look for color and theme spark ideas just about anywhere. One of our newest formal holiday party invitations from IB Designs, the Floral Vine on Red and Black invitation, has inspired me to create a red & black montage of suggestions for our holiday-season brides and grooms.

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This holiday-inspired collection features dark and striking hues of red, black and white, all in a modern fashion with floral vining details. Of course, the red element picks up your holiday season inspiration and your black elements will add a modern twist to your traditional occasion.

black and red wedding theme

Start with our Floral Vine invitation, (available in red or green), and incorporate the hues and designs from the invitation into your wedding cake, bridal gown, bridesmaids dresses, boutonnieres, flower arrangements and table linens. Send each guest home with a red and black box of traditional holiday candy. The dark colors of this bridal theme will even allow for you to incorporate vintage designs into your wedding essentials.

Check out this invitation & more on InvitationBox!

Thanksgiving Party Invitations

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Nothing brings the family together like a bountiful feast during this beautiful time of year. Spend this Thanksgiving with those that you love and are thankful for by hosting a Thanksgiving dinner for all to enjoy. It’s also a great way to fill everyone up before the busy shopping day (Black Friday) ahead!

turkey day invitations

Our Thanksgiving invitations include a multitude of designs that will coordinate with your Thanksgiving party-style. Choose from brisk borders with fall foliage, leaves and autumn swirls or festive designs with fall wreaths, turkeys, cornucopias and fall swags. For dinner parties, choose one of our designs that features a fall place setting or an ornate scrolling invitation with autumn hues in orange, brown and white. Hosting an open house? We also have fall invitations with outdoor scenes of door entrances decorated for the autumn season. Whatever type of event your hosting, we have a great design to coordinate.

thanksgiving party invitations

Remember that fall family events can tie some relatives and friends up early in the season. Do your best to send your invitations out early, especially for those that have to travel long distances, so that all guests can plan ahead and attend.

Online PHOTO Preview for Digital Holiday Photo Cards

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Sometimes you don’t pick the holiday photo card. Sometimes your photo picks it’s holiday photo card for you. Take the wondering out of whether or not your photo will look good on your desired holiday card with our brand new photo previewing system that allows you to try multiple photos on any of our digital holiday photo cards!

Our previewing system allows you to not only preview your holiday card text on your desired card but will now allow you to upload up to ten photographs to our website and “try them out” or preview them on your desired digital holiday photo card(s). You can crop your photo, alter the orientation or change photo hue (black and white, sepia or color). One of the benefits of this system is that you can really bring out the colors and desired effects of your photograph. For example, you can choose a holiday card with black or brown hues to compliment a more formal photograph or maybe choose a vibrant holiday photo card with bright colors and crazy patterns to compliment a fun photo of your family. Whatever type of photo you have, you are welcome to try it out multiple times using our preview system until you find the perfect fit.

digital photo holiday cards

Remember to use our easy 10 step-by-step guide to customize your holiday photo card:

Step One: Choose a holiday card that matches your family’s personality.

Step Two: Choose your quantity, font styles and colors.

Step Three: Fill-in your holiday card wording.

Step Four: Click on the orange “Customize Your Photo Card” button.

Step Five: Click on the green “Add Photo” button to upload up to 10 digital photographs that you can later choose from when creating your preview.

Step Six: Once you have uploaded your photos, click on the blue “Change Photo” button.

Step Seven: Click on the green “Select Photo” button to choose your photo.

Step Eight: Click on the brown “Edit Photo” button to manipulate your photograph to best fit the card. You can use the crop function to adjust what you want to show, choose photo effects to change your photo to sepia, black and white or color, or rotate your photo.

Step Nine: When finished editing, click on the green “Save My Photo” button.

Step Ten: Your newly edited/cropped photo will fill-in the photo box on the card. Feel free to further edit if needed.

Try out our online photo previewing system today!

NEW – William Arthur Digital Holiday Photo Card Collection

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Add an element of sophistication to the typical festive holiday design! We are very excited to launch our first-ever William Arthur line of holiday cards for the 2009 holiday season.

William Arthur is an extremely prevalent manufacturer in the stationery world, as they have been around for over fifty years and are well known for their highly sophisticated quality collection of stationery products, invitations and holiday cards. William Arthur offers highly-demanded printing processes such as digital press, flat printing, thermography and engraving on their products.

Our 2009 William Arthur holiday card collection features digital photo cards in the most modern and festive patterns. Choose from designs of holly, ornate frames, holiday hues, holiday stripes and patterns, beach themes, festive florals and other contemporary designs. All cards are printed on high-quality 80 pound card stock and are available for shipment within 4-5 business days.

Below are some of our favorite William Arthur Holiday Card Designs…

william arthur digital photo holiday cards

Shop the William Arthur Digital Holiday Photo Card Collection today!!!

Last Chance – Halloween Costumes

Monday, October 26th, 2009

Halloween is just 5 days away! Don’t fret if you’re a little late on purchasing your baby’s Halloween costume, we still have a variety of styles in-stock and ready for same or next day shipment! Our Halloween costumes conveniently ship from our North Carolina office. Shipping to the west coast? We also offer upgraded shipping options like 2nd day air or next day air for parents who need costumes ASAP. Feel free to call our customer service reps to place your order, or place it online.

baby halloween costumes

Our in-stock Halloween costumes include the ever-so-popular hot pink ladybug, cow, alligator, fish, girl pirate, kitten, bat, walrus, teddy bear, soldier boy, chili pepper, mermaid and butterfly. Make your baby the most stylish Halloween kid on the block!

Get them before they run out, or before time runs out!

Designer Holiday Laser Paper

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

It’s that time of year again when we get in touch with family and friends to celebrate the spirit of the holiday season and catch up on the year that has passed. Our Holiday Laser Paper collection is perfect to help you with just that! These 8.5 x 11 inch sheets of paper are perfect for holiday letters, corporate newsletters, recipe pages, scrapbooking sheets, neighborhood flyers, party invitations, menus and more. Each sheet of paper is festively decorated with a holiday pattern, cartoon, scene or border…perfect if you’re hosting a holiday dinner, cookie exchange, ornament exchange or just need a cute holiday staple design.

Choose from candy cane borders, Santa Clause designs, Christmas trees, pumpkin and fall harvest scenes, ginger bread houses, Christmas cookies, peppermint swirls, holiday polka dots, holly topiaries, wreaths, new years designs, poinsettia flowers, ornaments, Christmas lights and other festive designs.

holiday laser paper

These 8.5 x 11 inch papers include matching colorful envelopes and can easily be fed into a standard ink jet or laser printer. Set up your word document to a normal sized sheet of paper and set your margins around the shape of the holiday design. Print away! These designer laser sheets take just one stamp for postage and will add a little holiday spirit to your recipient’s holiday.

Toile Formal Holiday Party Invitations

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

There’s something about the holidays that is purely magical, spiritual and elegant. Set the tone for your next formal holiday event with one of our toile holiday party invitations from our IB Designs collection. These formal invitations are great for corporate holiday parties, adult holiday parties and other formal holiday events. You can even order them without envelopes as a menu card to set at your holiday dinner table.

Available in a variety of red and green styles, we have added modern hues of black and white into the designs to raise the bar on your traditional formal holiday party invitation. Take a look at three of our most popular toile holiday invitations below. Available in red and green versions…

formal holiday party invitation - 1Black Toile with Green Accent Invitation by IB Designs – This elegant holiday party invitation has a white rectangle in the center of the card enclosed by a thin black and green frame. The outer border of the card features a top black border, a thin green stripe and a white top border with a black floral toile design. Great for cocktail parties and other semi-formal events. This invitation is also available in a white, black and red version.

formal holiday party invitation - 2Floral Vine on Red and Black Invitation by IB Designs – This formal invitation features a red and black double background with a white swirling vine design in the top right and bottom left corner. Add your formal invitation text in white or black to create a truly modern masterpiece. This invitation is great for corporate holiday events, holiday weddings and other formal or black-tie holiday parties. This invitation is also available in white, black and green.

formal holiday party invitation - 3Green Toil Invitation by IB Designs – This festive holiday invitation features a white background with a top and bottom border of a green floral toile design. Each top and bottom border is offset by a thin red stripe with tiny red polka dots that frame the top and bottom of your text. Add your text to the center of the card in black, red or green ink. This holiday invitation is great as a formal holiday party invitation, menu, corporate event invitation or adult soiree. Also available in red toile and red and green toile.

Like what you see? These above invitations and more are available on InvitationBox.com – It’s never to early to start planning your holiday event!

IBox Sponsors Baby Dancing to Beyonce – ORIGINAL!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Need a good laugh or pick-me-up for the day? So far over 3 million YouTube viewers have watched baby Cory get his diva-on to Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”. InvitationBox has joined YouTube viewers in their extreme support and has sponsored Cory and his fabulous dance moves. All proceeds will be donated to Cory’s college fund. In the video, (posted below), Cory busts moves like the hand wave, “stanky leg” and more.

Can’t get enough of this pop-dancing baby? Learn more about Cory by checking out his website, SingleBabies.com.

Online PHOTO Preview For Birth Announcements

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

You have been asking…we have listened! We appreciate the feedback we receive from our customers, especially if we can make your shopping experience more enjoyable! Earlier this year InvitationBox implemented an online preview system for our shoppers to preview their text on their chosen stationery prior to placing their order. You can then save your design for that shopping session, which in turn allows our typesetters to see what you would like your card to look like, prior to sending you a professional proof.

Since the implementation of our preview system we have received many requests to create a preview system that includes your uploaded photograph for our digital photograph order customers. Well, ask and you shall receive! We are very excited to introduce our new customizable digital photo card preview system. This previewing system will allow you to not only preview your text, but upload ten photographs to our site to help you in choosing which photograph will look best on your chosen card. This is especially helpful for our birth announcement customers that have oh-so-many perfect pictures of their newborn. After choosing your photograph, you can edit your photo by cropping it, rotating it and changing your photo effects to black and white, sepia or color.

Just follow this easy 10 step-by-step guide to customize your photo card:

Step One: Choose a birth announcement that matches your baby’s perfect personality.

Step Two: Choose your quantity, font styles and colors.

Step Three: Fill-in your birth announcement wording.

Step Four: Click on the orange “Customize Your Photo Card” button.

Step Five: Click on the green “Add Photo” button to upload up to 10 digital photographs that you can later choose from when creating your preview.

photo upload system

Step Six: Once you have uploaded your photos, click on the blue “Change Photo” button.

Step Seven: Click on the green “Select Photo” button to choose your photo.

Step Eight: Click on the brown “Edit Photo” button to manipulate your photograph to best fit the card. You can use the crop function to adjust what you want to show, choose photo effects to change your photo to sepia, black and white or color, or rotate your photo.

photo effects

Step Nine: When finished editing, click on the green “Save My Photo” button.

Step Ten: Your newly edited/cropped photo will fill-in the photo box on the card. Feel free to further edit if needed.

birth announcement photo preview

Ready to create your baby’s birth announcement? Just follow the above 10 easy steps and you’re minutes away from choosing the perfect photo for your baby’s birth announcement and a forever keepsake.

Holiday Cocktail Party Invitations

Monday, October 19th, 2009

Nothing adds sparkle to your holiday event more than a few cocktails and crazy friends!

When brainstorming on your next holiday party, why not host a holiday cocktail party for all of the adults to enjoy! Do your research when planning this party to concoct some signature holiday cocktails involving festive holiday staples like peppermint, chai, eggnog and chocolate. Ask your guests to don their best holiday attire or maybe even host an “ugly Christmas sweater” party and have all guests show up in that same holiday sweater their mother has been wearing since 1988.

Choose a holiday party invitation that gives lead to the type and formality of party you’re hosting, be it swanky and dressy or fun and casual. Our holiday cocktail party invitations include holiday martinis, silhouettes of friends decked out in holiday attire, festive wine glasses, holiday swizzle sticks, happy hour signs and other holiday spirit designs. Take a look at some of our newest holiday cocktail party designs below…

holiday cocktail party invitations

Let your guests know that it’s time to party and celebrate the holidays with their closest friends! Your guests will be raving that your party was a night they don’t clearly remember with the friends they’ll never forget!