Archive for October, 2010

Adult Party Invitation Ideas

Friday, October 15th, 2010

I’ve seen some crazy party ideas in my years in the stationery business, and I really thought I had seen it all. When processing orders today I saw a really unique party theme that at first I was like, “what in the world??, but then after doing some research, I found that it wasn’t such a strange party idea after all! So what’s this crazy adult party theme?

A WINE and WIG Party!

From what I’ve learned, a wine and wig party is a get-together with friends where wine and appetizers are served. It can be for an adults birthday party or simply a gathering for cocktails with friends. Each guest receives their invitation and is asked to wear a wig for entry. It can be an old wig that you dig out of the attic or garage from an old Halloween costume or you can go out to your local party store and pick out that hair color or hair do you’ve always wanted. With Halloween right around the corner, you may even be able to use the wig from this year’s costume as your entry attire. The idea behind this crazy party idea is that if your guests need wine to relax, why not also give them something to talk about and help them loosen up further?! The best part of the night will be seeing what wigs the men at the party choose. Award prizes for the craziest wig or the most natural looking wig.

I can’t say that we have wig invitations at InvitationBox.com, however we do have a plethora of wine party invitations to choose from. For a wine and wig party I’d suggest something more casual and cartoony rather than formal, however the choice is yours. Below are some of our favorite wine party invitations…

Have a crazy, unique or fun party idea to share? We’re always excited to hear about new party themes and create invitations to match!

Halloween Photo Greeting Cards

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Halloween is such a fun time of year. Whether you celebrate by visiting the local pumpkin patch, cook up pumpkin seeds or get the kids dressed in costume for trick-or-treating, it’s all about having fun with your family and friends and celebrating the brisk fall season.

halloween photo cards

One of the newest trends of the autumn is sending a Halloween greeting card after the big holiday which captures a sweet or spooky memory of your child in the fall. Whether it’s your baby’s first Halloween and you’ve dressed them up, a picture of your child and their first taste of candy or a photo of all of your kids on a hayride, your friends and relatives will be excited to see your family photo and receive a fun holiday greeting before the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons.

Our Halloween photo cards feature a multitude of designs for Halloween and fall. Halloween designs include spooky spiders, ghostly holiday words, pumpkins and monsters. Autumn holiday photo card designs include damask pumpkin patterns, pictures of fall foliage and leaves, borders of Halloween colored stripes and fun everyday patterns in traditional fall hues. Each photo card is printed on 110 pound white silk card stock which produces a clear photo image without the typical photograph shine that you see on photo prints. You can even upload multiple photographs to our website when personalizing your Halloween photo greeting card to choose the best card that will coordinate with your fall photograph. Check out the entire collection of Halloween Photo Greeting Cards at InvitationBox.com! Most cards only take about 2-3 business days to process and ship, so you have plenty of time to order and plan your greeting card photo.

Holiday Wedding Invitations

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

The holidays are such a magical time of year…a time filled with love, togetherness, peace and happiness. Most of us never really think about having a holiday or Christmas themed wedding, however with the loving sentiment a wedding brings, a holiday wedding can be quite formal and appropriate.

When planning a holiday wedding, you certainly don’t need to include those aspects of Christmas we all know all-too-well, (i.e. Santa faces, reindeer, candy canes, etc.). A holiday wedding actually does not need to include holiday icons at all. You can simply use this festive time of year to create a warm color palette of holiday colors and give your guests a warm feel during this wintry occasion. In the montage below, we start the holiday wedding theme with the Chandelier Vellum Noir Invitation by Noteworthy Collections. This formal layered invitation features a black floral patterned bottom card which is adorned with a white silhouette of an ornate chandelier. A vellum overlay is attached to the top of the bottom layered card with a red velvet ribbon to which your text is printed.

holiday wedding invitations

The above elegant invitation, shown in the middle of the montage, is the perfect choice for your holiday wedding invitation as it lends itself to allow you to incorporate the colors and formal theme into your wedding. As seen in the coordinating photos shown, the red velvet in the ribbon can be incorporated into your wedding cake, wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses. You can even follow the white and red theme into your reception decor, perhaps offering a holiday item as a wedding favor or using holiday candles and bulb ornaments as a place card or centerpiece. Choosing a red wedding dress as shown in this montage would be a bold choice, but certainly appropriate and quite striking.

All in all, a winter or holiday wedding is certainly not a traditional wedding theme, however the uniqueness of the theme is part of what makes it special. The holidays are such a touching time of year where love and happiness are celebrated…why not incorporate that into your next formal event or winter wedding theme?!

Thanksgiving Greeting Cards

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays…the family get-togethers, football, great food and visiting with friends and neighbors. It’s a great time of year to spend time with those you don’t see everyday and kick-back and relax as you remember the things you are thankful for.

During the holiday season, we often send out Christmas or holiday-neutral holiday greeting cards to family, friends, co-workers and clients to keep in touch, open vendor relations and remind those who are important to you that you are thinking of them during the busy holiday season. One of the newest trends this fall season is sending out Thanksgiving greeting cards. These of-season cards portray a message of appreciation, thanks, care and love to those who mean the most to you. They are also a great way to build or keep your customer base open if used as corporate greeting cards. Our Thanksgiving greeting card collection features modern cards with photographs of autumn scenes, leaves, bridges and trees. We also have more traditional designs featuring fall wreaths, wheat, fruit baskets, holiday doors, Thanksgiving swags and harvest pumpkins. Each card is adorned with a festive Thanksgiving greeting and design on the front with your personalized greeting and salutation on the inside.

Below are some of our favorite and most popular Thanksgiving greeting cards…

Make a statement this Thanksgiving season and remind your friends, family, co-workers, clients and neighbors that you appreciate all of their support, care and business with a Thanksgiving greeting card. There’s no better way to show you care than by reaching out when it matters most.

Lingerie Bridal Shower Invitations

Monday, October 11th, 2010

lingerie invitationsI wouldn’t consider myself to be a conservative person by any means, however, when thinking about lingerie showers, I was always someone who kind of cringed at the idea. The thought of thirty people buying me unmentionables kind of made me uncomfortable, which is the case for many brides when trying to decide on the theme of their bridal shower. However, my thoughts seemed to change last night when a friend and I attended a VIP event at Victoria’s Secret. It was an after-hours shopping event with raffles, a DJ playing music and tons of girls and women shopping for bedtime attire, lingerie, fragrances, etc….all the things we love about being a girl!

Going to this event made me rethink my conservative feelings about a lingerie shower. If I have so much fun browsing for PINK products with my friends, why wouldn’t I enjoy celebrating my inner-goddess at a lingerie shower with my close friends and family members? A lingerie shower can be about more than what you wear to the bedroom – it can include bed and bath linens, bath soaps and essentials, makeup, fragrances, candles, pajamas and other fun girly-items that we may only spoil ourselves with on occasion.

If you’re hosting a lingerie shower you’ll want to check with the bride to make sure she is on board with the theme. You’ll also want to check with the bride about listing her cup/underwear sizes on her invitation, in case she would prefer it not be listed in print. You can always inform your guests of the bride’s sizes if they ask, upon RSVP.

When choosing the perfect lingerie shower invitation, we have a really sassy collection of lingerie shower invitations that will fit with whatever type of lingerie shower you’re hosting; whether it’s lacy, racy, sassy, sexy, wild, scandalous or sweet! Below are some of our favorite lingerie shower invitations below that we think you’ll love…

lingerie shower invitations

When hosting a lingerie shower invitation you may want to serve cocktails to help everyone relax. Make it a fun night with pink or black decor, popular music, sassy cupcakes or refreshments and maybe even some racy games. You can even give the bride a few gag lingerie gifts to start off with to make everyone laugh and feel more comfortable!

It’s Not Too Late for Halloween Costumes

Friday, October 8th, 2010

Halloween is a mere three weeks away, can you believe it?! As you browse through your local party store-turned-Halloween Express you may notice the most popular kids costumes that you were counting on are slowly dwindling down and running out of stock! Our baby costumes from Mullins Square Kids are flying off the shelves, but there’s still plenty left to purchase before Halloween arrives. Costumes ship within one business day, and there’s plenty of time for shipping before Halloween arrives. Even if you need something last-minute, we also offer expedited shipping options to get your costume to you in a timely manner.

Our Halloween costumes come in one-size for toddlers, which fits babies up to about 25 pounds. Costumes are soft, silky and elastic banded for comfortable wear. Most costumes are somewhat roomy to allow for tights, undershirts or pants underneath in case the weather is cold on Halloween night. These adorable baby costumes are still available in the ever-so-popular hot pink ladybug, Frankenstein (as shown to the left), a baby bat, caterpillar, moose, cow, alligator, fish, pirate, cat, bear, soldier, pumpkin, scarecrow…the list goes on! Your baby’s imagination will come to life with these adorable baby costumes.

Looking for a gift for your little one or a family friend for Halloween? Remember that we also have baby romper onesies that look like jack-o-lanterns as well as pumpkin and ghost bibs with washcloths.

Formal Holiday Party Invitations

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

formal holiday party invitationsWe had a customer come in for an appointment the other day who was planning a southern holiday ball at a beautiful local location. It made me wish I had something to get dressed up for this holiday season. I mean honestly, when was the last time you were invited to a ball or got dressed up in a gown? If your answer is like mine, the words Prom or Greek Semi-Formal come to mind…which was just way too long ago! One of the newest trends we’re seeing in couples in their late 20’s, 30’s, 40’s and 50’s are black tie formal holiday events to celebrate holiday birthdays, corporate events, charity benefits or simply a holiday celebration.

Formal holiday party invitations are a great way to get guests excited for your event. The girls can spend the day before the party getting glammed up at the spa or hair salon so that they look perfect for their event, (any excuse to get your hair or makeup done is typically approved). Female guests will also gush over shopping for a formal gown be it at a boutique, department store or at a costume store which sells Victorian or ‘time period’ attire. Men can come dressed in a suit and tie, tuxedo or any other formal wear. To set the tone for your event, make sure your invitations match the theme of your formal party. You don’t want to send an invitation with cartoon reindeer and expect your guests to arrive in black tie formal attire. Some of our favorite formal holiday party invitations this year feature formal place settings, swanky black silhouettes, ornate chandeliers or elegant floral designs and patterns. Below are just a few of our most popular brand new holiday party designs:

formal holiday invitations

Entice your guests for your holiday party by offering fun things like a photo booth or cameras at each table to capture everyone’s formal wear, carriage rides, garden tours decorated with holiday lights and fabulous spirits and fare. Make it a party that everyone talks about for years to come or make it an annual event with each year’s party being a new or different time period theme.

Thanksgiving Party Invitations

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

thanksgiving invitationsThanksgiving is right around the corner! Time to make your final Thanksgiving plans and travel arrangements or maybe even invite the family over for a day of socializing, being stuffed with good food and watching football! Noteworthy Collections has introduced this adorable Retro Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation to their holiday collection which will surely spark holiday party interest. This retro invitation features a lime green background of posh looking squares. A housewife wearing a brown polka dotted dress and a white apron stands in her kitchen on a brown checkered floor holding a steaming cooked turkey. Look like a scene from your house on Thanksgiving? Maybe your house is a little more crazy, but this fun invitation is perfectly appropriate for your Thanksgiving party.

Pair this fun invitation up with a reply card if your event is formal or a retro square sticker to dress up your envelopes, party favors or take-home Thanksgiving treats.

A little too retro for you? At InvitationBox.com we have a plethora of fall and autumn themed invitations which are perfect for your Thanksgiving party, whether it’s a formal sit-down dinner or a casual get together with family and friends. Choose from formal invitations with dinner place settings and elegant borders of gold foil fall leaves or a casual invitation with cartoon turkeys, pumpkins, whimsical leaves or fall patterns. Check out the entire Thanksgiving collection at InvitationBox.com!

Back to Basics – Stationery

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Something caught my eye this morning as I was waiting for my computer to finish loading to start the day. I am always reading through the articles on my Yahoo feeds, however most are not blog-worthy in my eye. The article I stumbled upon today was very interesting and somewhat touching. The article was posted about a high school student in Florida who sealed a letter inside a bottle and dropped it into the Atlantic Ocean, hoping someone would find it and contact him to let him know how far the bottle had traveled. After just 16 short months the student’s school was contacted by a student and his father who had retrieved the bottle off of the coast of Ireland! The bottle is now being displayed at a nearby Irish pub for all to see. There had been other cases of people doing this very same thing, however the mileage the bottles traveled were much less distance and took quite a larger time period. Some of the bottle throwers/recipients still keep in touch to this day!

The article linked above truly gave me a warm feeling inside to think how in this day and age of email, facebook, twitter, etc. that we forget the art of writing someone a letter and the sentiment that goes along with it. Sending an email to say “thank you” to a friend or family member is appropriate and kind, however handwriting someone a letter sends a truly personal message to someone and really may brighten someone’s day. So the next time you need to send a quick note to say hello, thank you or ask a question, do things a little ‘out of the box’ and send a handwritten letter to your recipient. Whether they’re down the road, across the states or across the ocean in Ireland, you may just make someone’s day!

Cookie Exchange Invitations

Monday, October 4th, 2010

One of my favorite parts of the holidays that I look forward to is baking Christmas cookies. We dig out my Grandmother’s old but famous recipes and plan a few long days of baking to take the cookies along with us to our relatives houses on Christmas Eve. This tradition is fun and really puts you into the holiday spirit, but also can be a very time consuming activity, especially if you’re making Christmas cookies to serve at a holiday party!

One of the newest trends among holiday party themes is a holiday cookie exchange. These parties are hosted so that everyone can spend a little time doing the fun part of baking Christmas cookies and at the same time, minimize the amount of time they are spending in the kitchen. At a cookie exchange, the host invites her baking-lover friends to come to the exchange with about 3-4 dozen of their favorite Christmas cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, dessert bars or other favorite holiday treat. Have each guest bring 3 dozen that are well wrapped or in separate containers and 1 dozen on a serving tray to share. Let each guest try each of the desserts and at the end of the night, each guest takes home 3 dozen desserts to share with their families or to serve at their next holiday party. Remember to ask guests to bring copies of the recipe of the items they’ve brought to share, just in case someone wants to recreate the recipe on their own!

When sending out invitations to your holiday cookie exchange you may want to choose one like the Noteworthy Collections Cookie Exchange Invitation shown in the top left corner of this article. This brand new design features a red and green background with three Christmas cookies at the bottom of the card in the shapes of a snowman, Christmas tree and gingerbread man. Pair this fun invitation with a matching square sticker which you can use as envelope seals for your invitation or as a baker’s seal to put on each of your cookie batches. Browse these fun invitations and stickers and more to host your own holiday cookie exchange!

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