Archive for October, 2010

Celebrate Halloween & Think Holiday Cards & Invitations

Friday, October 29th, 2010

The most frightful night of the year is now just two days away! If you’re like me, you STILL haven’t made it out to the local party store to finish planning your Halloween costume…I know, it’s so bad! I do have to say that I am so excited to see the little trick-or-treaters all dressed up for Halloween night and I can’t wait to put my Jack-O-Lantern out on my front stoop.  I remember looking forward to trick-or-treating every year as a kid, and to all the candy we’d have, which always lasted for months!  I also remember those few houses that we’d be so scared to trick-or-treat at, as we knew the adults would be hiding behind a car or a bush to jump out and scare us!  What are your plans for Halloween this year?

From all of us Halloween-Lovers at InvitationBox.com, we want to wish all of our customers a very happy and safe Halloween!

We also want to remind you that it’s never too early to start planning your Christmas or holiday party and purchase your holiday party invitations.  We also have holiday greeting cards which are perfect for those celebrating Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Years or simply the joy of the holiday season.  Corporate customers can also purchase business appreciation, global & international or calendar holiday greeting cards to keep client relations close over the holiday season. 

We have some great brand new holiday designs this holiday season which are jam-packed with the traditional holiday staples we all know and love, as well as some modern twists on old favorites.  Check out all of our holiday party essentials by clicking here to view our entire festive collection.   Don’t forget to take use of the coupon codes on our home page which expire Halloween Night!  Happy Celebrating!!!

Holiday Engagement Party Invitations

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

The holidays create such a warm and inviting time of year…a time to get together with family and friends and celebrate love, selflessness and life.  A time to give back to your friends, family or community.  With the joy and magic that the holidays bring, at InvitationBox.com we always notice the amount of engagement party celebrations peak, which can only mean one thing…the boys are getting down on one knee to propose during this special time of year!!

I was assisting a customer today who was planning a surprise holiday engagement party for her daughter and her fiance and I couldn’t help but think what a great idea this was.  The bride and groom are hardly ever surprised anymore as they are pretty much involved in every part of their wedding planning.  Hosting a surprise party in their honor is a great way to kick-off the wedding planning and celebrate two becoming one!  With the holidays around it is also very easy to ‘trick’ the bride and groom into attending a holiday party without any prior suspicions.  This particular customer was planning the surprise engagement celebration for new years eve.  What better way to celebrate the new year than with all of your family members and friends together in one room?  It’s also a great way to mix the two different families into one so that everyone can get to know each other before the wedding.

When planning a holiday engagement party it is important to send your invitations out well in advance of your event.   If you think about it, it’s the holiday season and so many people make prior engagements and plans to travel.  You want to make sure that your invitation is there before anyone else’s.  I would suggest sending your invitations out at least a month prior to your event.  When planning your engagement party invitations, it’s important to reflect the formality of your event into your invitation choice.  With the holidays being a special time of year, you may want to go a step forward and host a more formal event with holiday attire.  Or, maybe even set the event as a black tie affair, especially if you are celebrating the new year as well.  At InvitationBox.com we have a plethora of new formal party designs which will set the tone for your engagement party invitations.  Check out some of our newest designs below…

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Not really one that likes to be surprised?  Flip the switch and surprise your guests!!!  For those that get engaged during November and December, try keeping it a secret from some of your friends and host your traditional new years party, as planned.  A few minutes before midnight, have the bride and groom propose a toast and right before the clock strikes 12, announce to your guests that you’re engaged!  The excitement for the new year will be x 2!!

Halloween Traditions & Greeting Cards

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Ever wonder why we celebrate Halloween or where some of our crazy customs come from?  In thinking about Halloween, which is just four creepy nights away, I did some research on Halloween customs and just where they originated from, and thought I’d share…

Where Halloween Originated – Halloween actually originates from Northern Ireland where it was customary for Druids to perform ritual ceremonies and make sacrifices to their gods.  The story says that on Halloween, the disembodies spirits of those who had passed the year before would come back in search of new bodies to possess for the next year.  To make sure they were not possessed, the Druids would make Bonfires to frighten the spirits away!  Look around on Halloween night and see how many bonfires you see!  You may be surprised.

Costumes – Halloween costumes originate from the outfits worn by the Druids at the bonfires. They would dress in animal skins and disguise themselves as evil spirits and demons so that the real  evil spirits couldn’t tell they were human and possess them!  Their ceremonies would involve dancing, telling stories and reading fortunes, (or misfortunes)!

Pumpkins – Jack-O-Lanterns come from an old Irish tale which says that a man named Jack, a notorious trickster, tricked Satan into climbing a tree.  He carved an image into the tree, thus trapping the devil up the tree.  He then made a deal with the devil that if the devil never tempted him again, he would let him down.  After Jack died, he was denied into Heaven because of his trickster ways, and also denied into Hell because he had tricked the devil.  The devil then gave him a single ember to light his way through the darkness.  It was placed inside a hollowed turnip so that it would burn longer.  When this legend came over to America, immigrants found that the pumpkin held the ember much longer than a turnip, and thus the Jack-O-Lantern was born!

With those fun facts, I think I am definitely ready to celebrate Halloween these Saturday and Sunday nights.  Make sure you capture fun pictures of your kids on Halloween so that you can share them with family and friends with a Halloween or autumn greeting card.  These items are also great keepsakes of Halloweens past!

NEW VENDOR!!! Checkerboard Invitations

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

At InvitationBox.com, we are always looking to incorporate new products and vendors into our invitation and stationery collections, especially if it means that we help customers to find exactly what they are looking for.  That being said, one of the newest vendors that we have introduced to our website is CHECKERBOARD.  This high-end stationer offers high-quality card stock invitations and announcements for baby, kids and adults. 

Checkerboard features ultra-modern one-of-a-kind designs that you won’t find elsewhere.  Their collections feature items for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, moving announcements, birth announcements, kids and adults birthday party invitations, wedding invitations, formal party accessories, corporate party invitations and more.  Their designs feature unique styles with Swarovski crystals, pocket folders, shimmer card stocks, ribbons and ties and die-cut shapes to create the perfect party ensemble. 

To start off, InvitationBox.com is featuring four of Checkerboard’s albums: Paper Palette, Social Butterfly, Soiree & Blue Moon.  Paper Palette offers a plethora of simple, classic or contemporary designs on a rainbow of colored card stock.  From pink to orange, blue to purple, green to read…it’s all available.  Social Butterfly features designs for any type of party you could imagine.  From ticket invitations to photo save the date cards, corporate events, pool parties and more, if you dream it, they create it.  Soiree features invitations that are great for social events, posh parties or formal/corporate events.   Blue Moon is a dedicated wedding album which features contemporary designs for your wedding invitations, reply cards, reception cards, place cards, direction cards, etc.  They even offer wedding programs for your wedding ceremony and reception.  This wedding collection covers all seasons of weddings as well as all locations, from tropical to snowy.

Below are some of our favorite brand new designs…

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Check out the entire Checkerboard collection at InvitationBox.com and be on the lookout as we add new invitation and holiday cards to provide you with the newest, most popular invitations!

Thanksgiving Dinner Party Invitations

Monday, October 25th, 2010

I went to the NC State Fair yesterday and going there always reminds me that Thanksgiving is underway.  It makes me laugh seeing the happy fair-goers walking around carrying and eating the gigantic turkey legs that I swear are as big and as long as my arm!  I found myself giggling to one of my friends asking her if they put those turkeys on steroids!  Seriously, I don’t think my Thanksgiving turkey has ever had wings quite that large!!!

As Halloween comes to a close it’s time to finish making your Thanksgiving plans and start rounding up the troops for your annual Thanksgiving dinner.  Or, maybe you’ve just stepped out on your own and want to impress your family with your newly-found cooking skills and change things up by hosting a new Thanksgiving tradition – dinner at your place where the kids cook for the adults!  Whatever your plans are, there’s just about four and a half weeks until Thanksgiving, so you still have just enough time to order your Thanksgiving dinner party invitations.

Our Thanksgiving invitations are all over the board, depending on what type of holiday party you typically host.  For those who kick back and watch a little football, drink some beer and get a little rowdy, there’s cartoon Thanksgiving invitations with turkey, football or drink themes.  For those who prefer a sit-down style formal Thanksgiving dinner, with all the trimmings, there are more reserved invitations which feature scenes of fall foliage, pumpkins, fall place settings, wreaths or formal patterns. 

Below is a collage of some of our favorite Thanksgiving party invitations:

Need a hostess gift to bring with you for the hostess with the mostess?  We have a fun collection of Turkey stuffed animals, bibs, place mats, stickers or stampers to perfectly coordinate with this thankful holiday!

Last Minute Halloween Costumes

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Halloween is just a week and 2 days away, can you believe it?!  It feels like the fall season is just flying by!  Last night I received a magazine with a final fall sale…with our office located in North Carolina, we just started wearing short/long sleeves last week and we still probably have a few 80 degree days of weather ahead!  I have barely broken into my fall wardrobe!

But it’s true, the fall season is well underway and pretty soon you’ll be getting the kids dressed on Halloween night for trick-or-treating.  For all you last-minute parents out there, don’t panic!  We still have a bunch of Halloween costumes available for your baby’s first or second Halloween!  Our Mullins Square Kids costumes fit babies and toddlers up to 25 pounds and feature soft, stretchy designs that are actually comfortable for your child to wear.  They are not extremely tight so that you can layer t-shirts, turtle necks or tights underneath to keep your baby warm on Halloween night. 

Need a specific Halloween costume theme?  We still have a variety of designs available for your little one.  If he wants to be a soldier, a pumpkin, a chili pepper, a bat or Frankenstein, we have it.  Or, if your little princess wants to be a kitty cat, caterpillar, cow, butterfly, fish or the ever-so-popular hot pink ladybug, she can be! 

Our kids costumes typically ship same or next business day…so you still have time!  We also offer upgraded shipping options for those who need their costumes right away or for those on the West coast.  These adorable costumes are going fast, so make sure you stop by this weekend to reserve the perfect baby Halloween costume for your little monster.

Ugly Christmas Sweater Party Invitations

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Remember the Christmas when your Great Aunt or Grandmother gave you what she thought was the coolest gift EVER, and it turned out to be some pom-pom, light-up, sound-making and glittery ugly Christmas sweater? You put on your best I-Love-It face to please her, but at the same time contemplate throwing it into the wood chipper in the back yard? But for Grannie’s sake, you hold onto it for sentimental reasons and pray she never asks to see you wearing it!

The newest holiday party craze for those in their late 20’s – 40’s is an Ugly Christmas Sweater party! It gives you a chance to dig out your ugliest holiday duds and put them to good use! Don’t have a sweater to wear? Don’t hesitate to check the back of your mom or dad’s closet. My parents always seem to have a unique holiday sweater hanging up, my mom is a teacher, after all! At an ugly Christmas sweater party you ask everyone who attends to come wearing their ugliest Christmas sweater, the more holiday-oriented, glittery, lit up or holiday colored, the better! This party is a TOTAL photo-op from start to finish. Keep the cocktails flowing heavy and you’ll have some great memories to share and view in the days following.

To coordinate with your party, our vendor, Red Leaf Papers, has created their very own unique Ugly Sweater holiday invitation. This festive invitation, shown below, features an off-center red and green background with four ugly Christmas sweaters on showcase. The back of the card features a preppy red argyle-inspired pattern, which looks like a quilt or sweater design. Pair the invitation with a coordinating ugly sweater reply card or square sticker to really set the bar high!

christmas party invitations

Got any fun Ugly Christmas Sweater party ideas, suggestions or photos to share? Email them to us! We’d love to see how you and your friends ‘got down’ with your Grandma’s favorite sweater!

Holiday Party Invitations on a Budget

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

The holidays are a fun time of year full of gift giving, festive holiday parties and events and fun holiday activities that we all love and look forward to every year. And we all know that the months after the holidays can sometimes be filled with piles of bills and high credit card statements. How will this tough economy affect you and your family this holiday season?

Let’s face it, the economy is horrible this year. But when you think about it, the economy can be bad, money can be short and tight but the holidays still happen; everyone still has a baby, couples still get married and your child still has a birthday that needs to be celebrated every year. Maybe you’ve cut back on the amount of extra activities you do, stopped going to Starbucks five days a week and brew your coffee at home or cut back on your training sessions at the gym. However you do it, we understand that even though times are tough you still want to celebrate what is important – life!

To help you out, you’ll notice that InvitationBox.com has been offering a plethora of discount codes for customers to use on their orders lately. Discounts range from 5% – 20% off, so make sure you check our homepage regularly or sign up to be on our mailing list to receive exclusive coupons. We also offer a variety of holiday cards, party invitations, announcements and stationery from a multitude of vendors so that you have a variety of items to choose from, depending on your personal budget. We also offer blank stock options for customers who wish to save on printing costs and print their own invitations or holiday greeting cards.

holiday party invitations

Need some extra tips on how you can save over the holiday season? Here are some great tips to help you have a festive holiday, on a limited budget:

-Reuse or recycle your wrapping paper, or use newspaper or a fun box

-Book your airline tickets far in advance for lower rates

-Take advantage of after-holiday sales and save for the next holiday season

-Stay with friends or family when traveling rather than racking up nights at a hotel

-Purchase blank stock invitations or holiday cards rather than having them printed, and print them from your home computer

-Research your newspaper for fun, local and non-expensive holiday events to share with your family

-Team up with a child’s friend or sibling for birthday parties and host two events in one

Got any ideas for party planning, holiday celebrating or birthday planning for us economy-conscious people? Feel free to share, as we all need to stick together during this tight-budget time of year.

A Follow Up on Stationery Etiquette

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

It’s that time of year when you’re soon to be receiving gifts for the holidays. I thus felt it was an appropriate time for all of us ‘stationery nuts’ to brush up on our stationery etiquette so that we are prepared for the numerous thank you notes we’ll be writing in the near future.

The cardinal rule that most people do not know about stationery is that there is a reason for having two stationery choices: flat vs. folded notes. Flat notes are primarily intended for men as they are a more masculine appearing stationery which are typically larger than a traditional folded note. This allows for men’s handwriting, which is typically larger than a females. Flat notes feature the man’s name centered at the top of the card, with your hand written note at the bottom. Folded notes are primarily intended for women as they are a more feminine appearing stationery, with the fold at the top. The front of the card is typically adorned with an embossed or printed monogram or name. The hand written message or thank you note is printed on the inside panel of the folded note.

A common mistake I’ve seen lately on many customer’s stationery orders is the order of names printed on a married name. When writing a combined married name, the man should never be separated from his surname (last name). Thus if Sandra Smith is married to Maxwell Smith, their written married name should be “Sandra and Maxwell Smith”, not “Maxwell and Sandra Smith”.

A married monogram works the same way. If creating a married monogram, the center initial should be largest and would represent the couple’s last name. The left letter should be the woman’s first name initial, and the right letter should be the man’s first name initial. In the case of Sandra and Maxwell Smith, their monogram would read SSM, with S in the center and largest.

Remember the above rules when ordering your next stationery set or wardrobe. The rules may seem off the wall or foreign to you, however they are the most traditional rules which have a strict purpose for providing your guests and recipients with the most clear and concise information. If you want to deviate from these rules you are more than welcome in these modern times…just don’t expect your grandmother to be happy about it!

Kids Winter Birthday Party Invitation Ideas

Monday, October 18th, 2010

For a child, having a winter birthday can sometimes lend to a dreary, chilly, snowy, party postponing time of year. Being a Christmas baby myself, I can remember a few birthdays when I was snowed in, friends were away on holiday or I didn’t seem to have much of a birthday celebration as the holidays were so close to my actual birthday. However, just because your child has a birthday in the winter months, when they can’t have a swimming, barbecue or water park party, doesn’t mean you can’t plan a fun party for them to enjoy! Embrace the cold weather and use some of the party ideas and winter kids birthday party invitations below to plan them the perfect wintery-weather birthday bash!

Ice Skating Party – Invite the kids out to the local ice skating arena or a local frozen pond for a day of fun! Have plenty of adults handy in case someone doesn’t know how to skate, and keep extra loves, hats and scarves in case the arena is cold. Serve up some warm hot chocolate with your cake!

Snow Day Party – If you live in an area that is notorious for snowfall around your child’s birthday host an outdoor ‘snow day’ party where you can create fun games and contests for snowball fights, fort building and snowman building. If you plan for snow and don’t see any snowfall in the forecast, remember that you can always rent a snow machine for the day.

Slumber Party – If it’s just a bit to cold to hang out outside, kids that are over the age of 5 or 6 can plan a slumber party where they celebrate the winter inside! Plan movies and popcorn, build your own snow globe crafts, pizza, telephone tag and dance contests. If your child wants to create his/her own slumber party but is a bit too young to do the overnight thing, have each kid dress in their jammies and end the sleepover at 9 PM.

If you’re planning a kids winter birthday party, be sure you have a fun wintery invitation to coordinate. Below are some of our newest and most popular kids birthday party invitations…

Have a favorite winter birthday party theme or idea to share? The winter may be dreary at times but it’s certainly fun to brighten things up with a fun winter party for everyone to participate in!