Archive for January, 2010

Mardi Gras Party Invitations

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Mardi Gras begins on February 16, 2010 – “Fat Tuesday”. Mardi Gras is the last day of the ‘period of carnival’. This is between January 6th and Ash Wednesday and marks the arrival of Lent. Mardi Gras is most widely known for crazy parties, colorful parades, beads, king cakes and other wild party celebrations. Many locations host Mardi Gras celebrations, most widely known in New Orleans, Quebec, Rio de Janeiro an Sinaloa. It is a short but lively celebration.

When hosting your February event, why not have a Mardi Gras themed party for all guests to enjoy? Each guest can bring a favorite cajun themed dish to share and you can pass out beads for rewards after party games or daring acts. Serve a king’s cake instead of a traditional birthday cake and note that the person who finds the baby Jesus will have luck with money for the entire next year.

Our Mardi Gras invitations are full of purple, green, yellow and blue hues and feature beads, masks, streamers, confetti, cocktails, jazz players and feathers. Ask your guests to ‘come as they aren’t’ in a funky costume or wearing a mask. Our invitations range from fun and casual to full on formal Mardi Gras themed events. Take a look at some of our new and popular Mardi Gras themed invitations below:

Browse the above invites and more at InvitationBox.com!

Animal Print Invitations

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

It’s a jungle out there! Spice up your next event with an invitation that will truly have your guests on edge until the party day. InvitationBox’s animal print invitations come in a variety of animal print styles including zebra stripes, cow spot prints, crocodile skin, leopard spots, giraffe spots and cheetah print. Each animal print invitation is accented with a fun or complimentary color to coordinate with your personal style or event including blue and pink for baby showers, black and red for more masculine type events, lime green and pink for preppy styled events or even a combination of prints to create a totally wild look.

These animal print invitations are great for kids birthday parties, jungle & safari parties, baby showers, bridal showers, barbecues, adult birthday parties, bachelorette parties or corporate events. You can even incorporate your animal print stripes or spots into your party decorating, food and party favors.

Below are some of our most popular animal print invitations. Browse for these invitations and more at InvitationBox.com!

Etiquette – Writing 2010

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Every time a new year comes up we all have to get used to writing it out long-hand, but still want to write it correctly for that year. I see the year written with our without the word “and”, both being correct, however I wanted to do some research on this to find out why there are two ways to write the year:

Two thousand ten – or – Two thousand and ten

As it turns out, “Two thousand ten” is the American version of 2010 written out. It should be used on a wedding invite when you use the words “favor” and “honor”. “Two thousand and ten” is actually the British version of 2010 written out. It should be used when using the words “favour” and “honour”. Who would have thought? For formal invites I tend to lean toward the British version of wedding wording, however either is correct. Remember to start the year on its own line beginning with one capital letter on “Two”. Everything else should be lower case.

So next time you go to write out your text, remember that consistency is important as it signifies elegance, poise and formality. Choose your invitation wording – British or English – and go with that for the entire ensemble.

Sesame Street Bundles

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

“Come and play! Everything’s A-Okay!” At InvitationBox.com we have always offered a plethora of your child’s favorite Sesame Street characters from Zoe to Snuffleupagus to Grover, Count or the popular-favorite Cookie Monster. We realize that sometime’s it’s hard to just pick one favorite. And sometimes Elmo needs a buddy. InvitationBox.com is now offering fun bundles at reduced rates to that you can order more than one Sesame Street animal at a time. This is great for multiple gift giving or if you are giving Sesame companions to a child, niece or nephew.

Our Sesame Street bundles include a “Favorites” pack including Big Bird, Grover, Elmo, Cookie Monster and Snuffleupagus; a “Big Fun’ bundle including Big Bird, Cookie and Elmo or a “Monster” bundle including your child’s favorite Sesame monsters like Cookie Monster, Elmo, Oscar and Grover.

We also have brand new six-inch learning activity cubes that help teach your child about shapes, colors and numbers while developing their motor skills. The cubes include snaps, buckles, pockets, fasteners and embroidered numbers. Each cube comes with soft sides and vibrant colors to involve your child.

Find these fun Sesame toys and others at InvitationBox.com!

Bachelor Party Invitations

Monday, January 11th, 2010

A co-worker and I were talking today about bachelorette parties and thought, why don’t more men have bachelor parties? And if they do, why not send out invitations to their guests? Maybe they think it’s a girly thing to do, but in all honestly, invitations are the best way to alert your guests to clear their calendars and prepare for your big night before the big day.

We have some really cool and ‘manly’ invitations that are great for bachelor parties, whether you’re going bar-hopping, to a sports game or maybe even planning a weekend getaway to the beach. Below are three of our favorite men’s invitations that would be perfect for setting the ‘bar’ for your bachelor party:

Authentic Irish Pub Party Invitation by Noteworthy Collections – Celebrate your bachelor party with the culture that does it best! This fun vintage sign invitation features an outdoor scene of an irish pub with a restaurant sign out front with a leprechaun toasting a mug of brew. Add your party details to the sign and to the sky part of the invitation.

Ice Cold Beer Die-Cut Invitation by Paper so Pretty – This fun die-cut invitation is in the shape of a large beer mug full of foaming light beer. This invitation is perfect for beer lovers and those planning on an evening full of laughs, brews and bar hopping.

Touchdown! Invitation by SanLori Designs – Perfect for those whose bachelor party is starting by tailgating at a sporting event or pro football game, this vibrant invitation looks like a football field with a goal post made with a glass beer bottle. Add the groom’s name or sport event to the bottle label and your party details around the goal post.

So set the ‘bar’ high for your best friend, co-worker or neighbor’s next bachelor party and invite everyone with one of our ‘manly’ invites.

Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

Friday, January 8th, 2010

If you’re coupled up for this Valentine’s Day holiday, you may be pondering how to make this Valentine’s Day special for your loved one, be it a new love or an old flame. Follow these great tips and ideas to begin planning a night he or she will never forget…

РFlowers РOkay, so this is a little clich̩, however every girl loves to receive flowers. Go with traditional red roses or go a step beyond and surprise her in the morning with a bouquet of her favorite flowers, letting her know that you considered her favorites in your V-Day plans.

– Set a romantic setting for your Valentine’s Day dinner with candles and a lit fire if you have a fireplace. Put on some soothing or classical music in the background and invite him or her to dinner a few minutes before it is ready.

– Set a table with a candle in the center and possibly a card at your date’s place setting. You can even put a Valentine’s Day stuffed animal in their chair to wait for them to sit.

– Prepare your date’s favorite meal or try a new dish with a recipe from a Food Network or cooking website.

– For dessert make a chocolate confection or make sugar cookies ahead of time with a loving message for your date in colorful icing.

The rest of the evening is yours to plan, be it a movie, romantic walk in the snow or a relaxing conversation with wine by a fire. Follow these tips and you’ll be sure to have a Valentine’s Day she’ll never forget.

Winter Invitations

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

For most of us in the US, it feels like a frozen tundra outside! Schools are canceling classes, airplane flights are delayed and our weather is bringing a whole new meaning to a typical snow day.

Instead of fearing the cold, celebrate this long-lasting cold weather by hosting a wintery white celebration for your friends, neighbors and co-workers to attend. Winter parties can be as casual as serving up hot chocolate and having a fire to roast marshmallows outside while the kids go sledding to as formal as an elegant affair or “white party” where everyone dons their all-white attire, sips wine and has a fancy dinner. InvitationBox.com has a vast array of invitations that are perfect for winter themed parties for kids or adults, casual or formal events.

So instead of hiding out in this blustery winter weather, celebrate the snow with those that you love and host a totally fun winter extravaganza!

Ballet Themed Kids Party Invitations

Wednesday, January 6th, 2010

“Ballerina girl, you are so lovely…”

When trying to think of your child’s next birthday party theme, choose a hobby that she eats, breathes and sleeps like ballet! Our ballet themed party invitations are great for kids ages three and up! We have a variety of invitations, fill-in invitations, stickers and even stuffed animals, (like Zoe Ballerina), to coordinate with your event.

When planning your daughter’s ballet themed party, you may want to check with your child’s dance school to see if they offer parties. If not, do a local search for dance academies in your area to see who is offering party classes. Ask your guests to wear their favorite dance attire or provide them with tutus as they arrive. For the cost-conscious parent you can even have a ballet themed party in your home and break the kids into groups to plan a dance to perform at the end of the party for all guests and parents to see. Be sure to bring your video camera to remember the moment and show to the kids when they are older.

Take a look at some of our great Ballet themed items below…

Ready to put on your dancing shoes? Check out the above items and more at InvitationBox!

Chic Baby Shower Invites

Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

She’s one hip mama! When celebrating the mommy-to-be, be sure to do it in style. Host a party that reflects the expecting mom’s fun-loving nature, personality and style. We are very excited to introduce Stacy Claire Boyd’s new line of posh baby shower invitations that are perfect for those expecting in style. This new baby Shower line includes expecting cartoon characters, floral patterns, gift bag designs, baby prams, digital photos and more.

We have listed some of our favorite cards below for you to preview:

Polka Pram Pink – This sweet invitation features a white background with a brown bottom border of pink, light pink, white and lime polka dots in various sizes. A light pink scallop trim aligns the bottom stripe. At the top of the card is a brown polka dotted pram with a pink top and a teddy bear hanging out. This card is available with a pink, blue or green pram, depending on the gender of your expected baby.

Hip Mama Blonde – This trendy invitation features a green and white background with a blonde expecting mom on the left side of the card. She wears a black shirt, sunglasses and carries a lime green purse. Her hair is swept to the side in a ponytail. This card is available in blonde or brunette with either short or long hair.

All in the Bag Pink – This fun baby shower invitation features a brown bag with pink polka dotted trim which holds an array of baby gifts including a passafier, teddy bear, blanket, pillow, snacks, a bottle and more. Personalize the bag with your baby shower invitation wording. This card is available with a pink and brown bag, a blue and brown bag or a green and brown bag for those who are unsure as to the gender of their arrival.

Check out these new Stacy Claire Boyd designs and more at InvitationBox! Most invitation or announcement designs are also available with matching stickers or thank you notes, too!

Top Baby names of 2009

Monday, January 4th, 2010

Goodbye 2009 and hello 2010! Just as we do every year, we thought it would be great to share with you the top ten baby boy and baby girl names of the previous year, (2009). As an invitation company most of these don’t come as much of a surprise to us, and you may have heard some of these names from friends or family who have had newborns this past year.

Hopefully it will help our new parents-to-be brainstorm on some great first or middle names for their upcoming arrivals!

Boys:
Ethan
Jacob
Noah
Aiden
Logan
Jackson
Jack
Ryan
Jayden
Matthew

Girls:
Isabella
Emma
Olivia
Ava
Sophia
Madison
Chloe
Abigail
Addison
Emily

Want to see more? Visit www.babycenter.com for their complete list of 100 most popular baby names of 2009.