Archive for November, 2009

Daily Deal Bar – Turkey Day Discounts!

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

There’s a new feature on InvitationBox’s website!

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When shopping with us, take a look at the top of our website page. You’ll now see a light grey bar that bounces at the top with fabulous deals and discounts – daily! This Daily Deal Bar will include promotional codes, alerts on sales and preview some of featured products and sale items, every single day! This way you won’t be left out of any of our great deals, sales and promos!

Today’s Daily Deal is a promotional code for $10.00 off any order over $100.00! With Christmas right round the corner, it’s a great time to start picking out your holiday greeting cards, photo cards and holiday party invitations.

CODE: WED10

Have a safe & fun Thanksgiving!

A Traditional Thanksgiving – North vs. South

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

Thanksgiving is just two days away! Time to break out Grandma’s old China set and those recipes we use every holiday season. 10Best.com came out with a really fun list this year of Northern vs. Southern recipes and traditions that I just had to share:

Traditional Northern Dinner
Turkey – roasted in the oven or a
Stuffing – cooked inside the turkey
Mashed potatoes with gravy
Macaroni & cheese – an ‘every holiday’ staple for kids & adults
Sweet potatoes
Apple pie, pumpkin pie
Cranberry sauce

Traditional Southern Dinner:
The more the merrier: Turkey, Ham, Chicken, Turduckhen – fried or roasted
Dressing – Cooked on the side made with cornbread or veggies.
Mashed potatoes or rice with gravy
Macaroni & cheese – what is a party without it?
Sweet potato casserole with gooey crust and marshmallows
Pecan pie, fruit cobblers & pies
Cranberry relish

Hungry for Thanksgiving yet? We are too. Hopefully this list gave you some great ideas for this Thanksgiving dinner and maybe even made you want to divulge into the “other area’s” baking traditions.

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Etiquette – How to Write a Date

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

From time to time I make a point to visit with our professional typesetters to go over any common mistakes, typos or errors found on customer orders in an effort to reinforce those little grammar rules we all forget over the years. The most common errors we have seen recently is the correct way to write the date on an invitation.

Formal: When writing a formal date, one line of text should have the day of the week and month date. The second line of text should have the year. Remember that only the day of the week, month and first letter of the year should be capitalized. All other letters should be lower case. Example:

Saturday, the seventh of November
Two thousand and nine

Informal: Informal dates can be written several different ways, as shown below. The most important thing to remember is to be consistent throughout your invitation. Make sure your RSVP date matches the way your party date was written. Examples:

Saturday, November 7th
November 7th
November 7, 2009
09/07/09

The use of “th” in a date: When writing a date, the use of “th” should only be used when your date is NOT followed by the year. When your date is followed by the year, do NOT use the “th”. For Example:

Correct:
November 7, 2009
November 7th

Incorrect:
November 7
November 7th, 2009

For more etiquette information, feel free to visit our Etiquette and Advice section on the bottom of our website.

Regional and City Scenes Holiday Cards

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Busy streets. The hustle and bustle of frantic shoppers carrying multiple shopping bags from shop to shop. Carolers on the street corners. The sound of the Savlation Army bells ringing throughout the air. The snow covered cityscape that is illuminated by city lights…“It’s Christmas-time in the city.”

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Celebrate your love for the city this holiday season with a customizable greeting card from our Regional and City Scene collection. Great for corporate customers and those of us who live in the city, this collection includes a festive array of holiday city scenes from generic cityscapes to some of our most popular US cities like Chicago, New York City, Washington D.C., Seattle, Hollywood and Dallas. Choose a city greeting card that showcases your place of residence or your corporate home. Your recipients will get a taste of city living and the reason you have chosen this location for your work or home.

Our city cards feature breathtaking photographs of city monuments, buildings and popular city staples. Take a look at some of our most popular city greeting cards below…

texas holiday greeting card philadelphia holiday greeting card metropolitan holiday greeting card

Want to see the above cards and more like them? Visit our City Holiday Greeting Card Collection!

Reindeer Holiday Party Invitations

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

There’s reindeer fever here at InvitationBox! This holiday season some of our most popular holiday party invitations are those adorned with one of our most favorite holiday-time characters, be it Rudolph, Prancer or the entire reindeer clan! We have an array of reindeer holiday party invites from formal reindeer silhouettes to classic holiday reindeer invitations all the way to modern reindeer invitations with ever-so-slightly intoxicated cartoon reindeer!

Take a look at three of our most popular reindeer invitations below…

drink'n deer christmas party invitation - 1Drink’n Deer Invitation by Inviting Company – Drink up but PLEASE don’t drive home! This hilarious Christmas party invitation from Inviting Company features a red scalloped border and a deep green background. Three reindeer after a few drinks are shown on the front of the card wearing a lamp shade, hanging from a chandelier and stumbling in the right corner of the card. Perfect for those typical holiday parties that go all night long, this invitation is sure to please!

reindeer and tree christmas party invitation - 2Reindeer and Tree Invitation by Noteworthy Collections – This simple yet elegant Christmas party invitation features a light green background and a white silhouette design of a reindeer standing under a branching tree with yellow and red ornaments hung from it. Swirls of snow sit beneath the reindeer and tree and run throughout the bottom right portion of the card.

deer elegance christmas party invitation - 3Deer Elegance Party Invitation by Inviting Company – Celebrate a formal event or a corporate event with this elegant ivory holiday card that features a red border with a black damask design. Two black silhouettes of reindeer adorn the bottom of the card wearing two red holiday ribbons. Add your text in a script font to finish off this formal looking invitation.

Check out these holiday invitations and more at InvitationBox!

New Years Wedding & Party Favors

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009

Pop the cork, get out the confetti, noise makers and party hats! We all love celebrating New Years Eve and we all love weddings. Why not combine both events into one unforgettable night?! In searching for information on such a fun wedding event, I found some great New Years wedding favors that I wanted to share with our readers. Read on…

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Party Hats & Noise Makers – When handing out your party favor bags, instead of including the traditional wedding candies/mints, hand out black bags with silver garnishes full of part hats, noise makers and confetti. Ask the guests that remain at midnight to celebrate your wedding & the New Year. These favors can be purchased in bulk at a local party store or an online source like Oriental Trading Company, etc. They are relatively inexpensive and totally fun!

Hershey Kisses – As soon as that ball drops, we all grab our significant other or friends to hug and kiss through the New Year transition. Give your guests a special “kiss” from the bride & groom, but this one is made from the chocolate we all know and love. Tie each favor with a tag that says “Here’s a few hugs & kisses from the new Mr. & Mrs.”.

Champagne – A champagne toast is traditional at any wedding as well as any midnight New Years celebration. Prior to midnight, hand each guest a mini bottle of champagne that is adorned with a personalized label from the bride and groom. Ask your guests to un-cork at midnight with you. Too budget conscious? Hand out mini champagne bottle bubbles instead!

Personalized Calendar – Send each guest home with a personalized calendar to use throughout the New Year. Make sure that January is a photo of the newlywed couple and fill the other months with scenery from your hometown or fun pictures of you and your guests from the previous year.

Fortune Cookies – After the wedding cake, serve chocolate dipped fortune cookies to your guests and let them know what is in store for them in the upcoming year. Choose random fortunes or do your own customized fortunes for each guest!

new years wedding ideas

Ready for the new year already?! Remember, the above ideas are great for New Years weddings but could also be incorporated to a annual New Years Party idea. Many thanks to Wedding Themes & More for these GREAT party favor suggestions!

Holiday Birth Announcements

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

Most think of holiday gifts in the physical sense: a new Xbox, sweaters, scarves or a new tool set. Yet some of us are lucky enough to have a different kind of new arrival that comes to us this holiday season! That’s right, we’re talking about Christmas babies! The holidays are a great time to share the exciting news of your new arrival during this mystical, magical season.

This holiday season, we have introduced many digital photo holiday birth announcement cards to our website for our new parent customers. What better way to celebrate both the holiday season and your new arrival then by doubling up with a holiday card and birth announcement in one?! This will also cut your baby and holiday budget down in half, which we know is so important during this economy.

Take a look at some of our newest holiday birth announcements below! Our holiday birth announcements range from religious scenes to modern scenes with polka dots and contemporary hues, to traditional holiday colors and cartoon accented holiday staples.

holiday birth announcements

Share your little miracle during this holy and magical holiday season.

Holiday Stationery Gift Items

Friday, November 13th, 2009

Forget gift cards, gift certificates and other impersonal gifting items that are on your Christmas list this year. Spruce up your Christmas shopping list with a stationery wardrobe or stationery set from our Embossed Graphics stationery collection. Your recipients will have a personalized gift that they can use at home, at the office or stuff in their purse that is customized just for them. Each time they use your gift they will be sure to think of you and how you went above and beyond to personalize a holiday gift especially for them!

Our stationery selections include embossed, flat print and thermography printed notepads, flat cards, folded notes and loose paper for desktops. Choose a stationery wardrobe that has a large holder to keep everything organized or an acrylic holder in the color of your choice to keep things neat. Our stationery collections are available with your name, monogrammed letters, phone number, family names, phrase or company title.

personalized stationery sets

These stationery wardrobes are great for teacher gifts, gifts for co-workers, family memos, personal stationery and more! Check out the above stationery items and more at InvitationBox.com!

Christmas Collegiate Plates & Platters

Thursday, November 12th, 2009

“The Tar Heels were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of bowl games danced in their heads!” As the college sports fan begins to get ready for the holiday season ahead, send them a gift that combines their team with their holiday gift this year!

university of georgia christmas platternc state christmas plate

Magnolia Lane has a whimsical collection of Christmas plates and Christmas platters for the school fanatic in your life. Each ceramic item is decked out in candy canes, ornaments or festive holiday colors and features a logo of the school of your choice. A catchy phrase like the one above or a “’Tis the season to be Georgia!” phrase is pre-printed on the pottery for an added touch.

Featuring schools like University of Alabama, University of Georgia, Ohio State, University of Tennessee, NC State, LSU, University of Florida, Auburn University, Clemson University, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, University of Oklahoma, University of Nebraska & University of Arkansas…turn your school spirit into a festive holiday plate or platter that’s great for serving food at parties, cookies for Santa or mantle displays.

Thanksgiving Digital Photo Cards

Monday, November 9th, 2009

There’s never a better time to send a wish-filled greeting of thanks. Thanksgiving greeting cards are great for corporate customers or those of us who have family members and friends that celebrate in many different ways over the holidays. These Thanksgiving digital photo cards are a perfect way to kick off the holiday season on the right foot and tell those you care for that you appreciate them during this magical season. And what better way to do this than to share a Thanksgiving greeting AND a picture of your family, pets or home?!

Below is two of our newest digital photograph Thanksgiving greeting cards…

thanksgiving digital photo greeting card 1Autumn Flourish Digital Photo Card by IB Designs: This elegant Thanksgiving greeting card features your chosen digital photograph atop a brown border with a white vining flourish design in the bottom left corner of the card. An orange frame underlines your photo to separate it from the bottom section of the card. Add your personalized Thanksgiving greeting and salutation to the right of the flourish design. This classy design is great for those with a sophisticated yet modern approach to the holidays.

thanksgiving digital photo greeting card 2Orange Autumn Leaves Photo Card by IB Designs: One of my personal favorite designs, this flat white Thanksgiving greeting card features a deep fall brown background with a delicately placed collage of orange leaves scattered through the center of the card. Your family’s chosen digital photograph sits in the middle of the card inside a burnt orange frame. Add your holiday greeting and salutation below your digital photograph for an added touch.

So take a step above ordinary and surprise your friends and relatives with a digital Thanksgiving photo card to wish them a great holiday season ahead!