Archive for July, 2011

Zebra Print Party Invitations

Friday, July 15th, 2011

All girls have their inner diva who is wild, crazy, sassy and striking…you just have to unleash it before you can tame it!  Take a walk on the wild side for your next event with a zebra themed party and a zebra print invitation to match.  Animal print, be it zebra print, leopard print, cheetah print, cow print or giraffe print, is growing extremely popular for girl’s parties this year, whether you’re turning ten, sweet sixteen, twenty-one, thirty or sixty!  There’s something captivating about a wild animal print that gets your guests into party-mode!  It’s a great crowd pleaser and makes for some great party decor!  It also lets everyone know that this is your very special day…which is all about you!

I’ve created the below montage to show you how you can start with one simple zebra print pocket invitation and run with that theme into creating a party to die for!  This wild party invitation features a zebra print pocket with small black and white zebra stripes throughout, with a hot pink bow tied across the middle.  A crystal white shimmer insert card slides inside the pocket for all of your party details.  We’ve paired this invitation with a coordinating zebra print thank you note so that you can send a quick note to guests for their gifts or assistance in planning the perfect zebra party.

Set your party scene with zebra print balloons paired with pink and black balloons to bring the featured colors in your party invitation into your party decor.  Choose a black zebra print table cloth for your party table and white chair linens with pink and black bows for a little flash of color.  Decorate your table with hot pink napkins and place settings, as well as a few feather or zebra print centerpieces on the middle of each table.  Create a mesmerizing sweet treat by displaying a cupcake tower of chocolate, strawberry and vanilla cupcakes, all wrapped up in zebra print cupcake wrappers.  Make sure the honoree attends the party in a zebra print dress so that everyone knows it’s her special day.  Send your guests home with a zebra print mint tin, or a candy favor in a zebra print box to tie everything together at the end.  Your event will be zebra-licious!

Ready to start browsing for the perfect animal print party invitations to set the scene for your upcoming event?  Below you’ll see some of our most popular zebra party invitations featuring zebra print borders and details which will set the tone for your event.  Add a splash of color to spice things up a bit…or incorporate different kinds of animal print into the same invitation if you can’t just pick one!

Christmas in July Party Invitations

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Wait a minute…Christmas isn’t for another five months?!  That’s way too long to wait to see family and spread cheer and joy to others.  And Santa needs to enjoy the sun and get a tan too!  Christmas in July parties are a great way to get together with family, friends, neighbors and co-workers to try to beat the heat in the summer months, while celebrating the parts of the holidays you love the most, whether it’s the food, the decorations, the people, the activities or the presents!

When planning a Christmas in July party you can use it for a theme for your bridal shower, adult birthday party or maybe even just use it as an excuse to get the gang together in the summertime.  Or, use it as an ‘end of summer kick-off’ to the winter months ahead!  Ask each guest to bring a favorite holiday dish to share at the party, whether it’s Christmas cookies, Grandma’s famous macaroni and cheese or those coconut macaroons that never last more than ten minutes on the table.  If kids are attending your event, have fun games for them to play, be it a Christmas word search, coloring book pages, Christmas character foamies to glue together or maybe have them make a batch of cookies to share with the other guests.

Play a fun game with the adults like ‘Dirty Santa’ where you each bring a gift to the party and swap them out until you receive the perfect gift…just make sure you don’t get the white elephant gift!  Host your party poolside, if the weather outside is frightfully hot.  Decorate blow up palm trees with Christmas lights and serve up some chilly cocktails with a minty holiday flare.  Ask your guests to wear Santa hats, as it will be too hot to come dressed in the traditional holiday attire or ugly Christmas sweater.  Be sure to keep your camera handy to take lots of pictures about how you celebrated the holidays in July.

Now, where on earth will you ever find a Christmas party invitation in July?  InvitationBox.com, of course!  One of the best things about having an online stationery store is that we have holiday cards and invitations all year long, and we’re just starting to add brand new holiday invitation designs just in time for the upcoming 2011 holiday season.  For your Christmas in July party invitations you can go traditional with a red and green themed invitation with a traditional holiday icon like a Christmas tree, reindeer, cookie or damask pattern, or take a step into the summer with a tropical holiday party invitation which features holiday beach scenes or palm trees covered in Christmas lights.  Take a look at some of our favorite Christmas in July themed party invitations below…Happy Holidays in July, Y’all!!

Jungle Themed Kids Party Invitations

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

It’s a jungle out there!  Let me hear your best ROARRRRR!  Jungle and safari themed parties are very popular in the kids world today, and it’s one of the easiest parties to plan and decorate for!  Your monkey will be bouncing around as they celebrate their upcoming big birthday!

Perfect for boys and girls, your jungle party will include all.  Set the scene for your party by hanging vines, bamboo or grass over your backyard fence, or create a tropical oasis in your own back yard.  Use a kiddie pool as a watering hole, and put up pictures or blow up animals of your child’s favorite safari characters, be it a tiger, elephant, giraffe, monkey, zebra or lion.  Invite one of your creative friends over to do face painting for the kids, so that they can look just like their favorite furry friends.  Or, ask the kids to come over dressed as their favorite jungle and safari animal.

Serve up some jungle themed cupcakes, like the ones in the top left corner of this blog!  Make them all the same with your child’s favorite animal or make them all different to create the whole jungle.  Do your best to create your own jungle cupcakes or contact your local baker to see what they have to offer.  Serve up some jungle snacks with animal crackers, veggies, straws made out of small bamboo, cheetah cheetos – be creative!  Instead of pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey, change it up with pin the tail on the tiger or pin the trunk on the elephant!  Need a fun activity?  Send the kids on a safari treasure hunt in the backyard jungle, and the winners can take home a cool safari toy or game.

Plan for your jungle party with a jungle and safari party invitation that sets the tropical scene.  Our jungle and safari party invitations range from kids birthdays from 1 to 10 with whimsical cartoon jungle characters, digital photographs of your little wild animal or jungle animals wearing fun party hats surrounding your child’s birthday number.  We also have wiggling and jiggling wigglers with die-cuts of your favorite jungle animals.  Choose your child’s favorite jungle animal or a jungle party invitation with all of your favorite jungle friends together.

Check out some of our ferocious jungle party invitations below…your child is sure to be the jungle for a day!

Wedding Party Invitations

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

It’s likely one of the biggest days in her life…and she’s asked you to be a part of it!  Being invited to be a part of the wedding party is a very special moment for anyone, as it lets you know just how important the bride and groom feel you are in their lives, so much that they want you beside them as they make their journey into the next chapter of their lives.

We all know the typical and traditional bridal responsibilities, where the bride’s family hosts the wedding, and the groom’s family hosts the rehearsal dinner and possibly fund the honeymoon for the bride and groom.  But when you’re asked to be a bridesmaid or the bride’s maid of honor, what does that entail?  It may come as a surprise to some, but accepting the bride’s invitation into the wedding party means also accepting a bit of responsibility in helping the bride prepare for her big day!  Make sure you’re on-board and ready to help before you accept her kind request to be part of her very special day.

As a bridesmaid you’ll be expected to help the bride brainstorm with ideas on where to have the wedding, themes and wedding colors, and she may ask for you to accompany her to different venues as she searches for the perfect setting for her big day.  Most brides ask their bridesmaids to accompany them to their wedding dress appointments, and if you’re lucky, they may even ask your opinion on your bridesmaid dress.  Help her figure out what looks great, not so great, and what dress is THE dress!  As a bridesmaid you may also want to offer her with help addressing her wedding or shower invitations if you have nice penmanship.  Coordinate with the maid of honor, who will be likely hosting the bridal shower and bachelorette party.  She may need help picking out invitations, selecting a venue, making favors or coming up with ideas for games/activities at the bridal shower.  As a bridesmaid, you’re everyone’s right-hand-gal, and your help will assist the bride in making sure her event goes perfectly.  Make sure you’re a good communicator and are familiar with the bride and groom’s plans for the big day.  As the bride and groom may get a bit frazzled or nervous before ceremony time, you’ll be cool, calm, collected and knowledgeable about what is going on and what should be where, etc.  On her big day, help the bride with getting into her dress and makeup.  If the bride needs anything, be it food, a drink, rings or simply a calming hug, you’re there.  And remember, if you’re the maid of honor, you’ll want to have a speech prepared for the reception.  Sounds like a lot, right?  It certainly is, but it will also be fun and will increase your bond with your best friend bride.

Are you the bride?  Make the invitation into your wedding party a special time for those you’ll be asking.  One of the biggest trends is sending an actual wedding party invitation to your hopeful bridal attendees which includes a small poem asking them in a special way to be your bridesmaid.  If you’re not that creative, you can find a variety of poem suggestions online, most of which have a poem about what a great friend the person is, or what they mean to the bride, and then asks them to be the bridesmaid, junior bridesmaid, flower girl, matron of honor or maid of honor at the end.  It’s a great way to make the person feel special when they find out you’re asking them to be in your wedding party.

Our bridal party invitations feature scenes of a bride in her gown, bridal party sketches or girls wearing bridesmaids dresses, perhaps in your specific wedding colors.  Below is a glimpse at our wedding invitation collection which features perfect invitations to ask your best friends to be a part of your day and be in your wedding party.  Most are sold in low quantities, in case you have a small bridal party, and of course quantities can grow if you have 20 close best friends!  Make her feel special as you ask her to be a part of your big day!

80’s Party Invitations

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Dig out those old leg warmers, and tease up your hair. Find those old bangles you hid away and grab your favorite Madonna CD…we’re taking a trip back to the 80’s!!  This weekend I went to a concert and saw the band Madd Elaine play, which is a rockin’ 80’s cover band out of Raleigh, NC.  Being born in the 80’s, and not so much ‘living’ in it, I was a bit apprehensive at first, but was pleasantly surprised by how great the music and 80’s genre makes you feel – with hits from Pat Benatar, Journey, Michael Jackson and Cindy Lauper…which made me think – this would be a great theme at your next party…and I certainly wanted to share!

The 80’s were a great time with the birth of MTV and the expansion of fashion into the media…based on what we saw our idols wearing on TV.  We teased our hair, wore some crazy colored make up and accessorized to the max.  Walking around you’d see guys in neon parachute pants, layered ankle and tube socks, converse shoes, jellies, oversized shirts, stirrup pants and the ever-famous puffy sleeves.  It was a great time when life was carefree and all about the boldest, brightest fashions.

Take that rock-out, ‘havin’ a good time’ feeling to your next party by hosting a decades party with a decade themed party invitation to set the scene.  Ask your guests to don their favorite 80’s attire, or come up with a new 80’s style of their own.  Give a prize to the person with the best 80’s outfit, and encourage all to participate.  Be sure to set your party scene with 80’s music in the background to rock out to.  You can even host a dance contest to see who does the MC Hammer the best!

Our 80’s themed invitations feature vibrant neon signs, cassette tapes, boom boxes, animal print and your favorite 80’s characters dressed to impress.  If you think your friends might need some suggestions for what to wear, you may want to choose the character 80’s invitations which feature friends dressed in typical 80’s fashion.  Use some radical wording that will take you back to the 80’s…and tell your guests to be there or be square!

Baby Shower Invitations & Trends

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

Is it a boy or a girl?  Nobody knows…but not for long!  My parents kept the sex of my sister and I a surprise until delivery day, which was very common 20-30 years ago.  Lately, many parents are finding out the sex of the baby ahead of time.  It helps the parents-to-be prepare for their upcoming arrival, whether it means decorating the nursery, purchasing themed baby products or choosing a name ahead of time.  Many parents find out the sex of the baby about 5-6 months before they are due.

One of the newest trends in expecting couples today is not knowing or finding out the sex of the baby until the baby shower.  This new trend has seemed to come about in the last year or so, and I have to say, I think it is one of the most creative ideas I have heard of for a baby shower.  There’s a couple of ways you can do it, and it will first involve the parents-to-be having someone contact their doctor to note the sex of the baby…and then keep it a secret.  Only do this surprise baby shower if you know your friends and guests are able to keep a secret, as you don’t want anyone to spill the beans! 

Start by telling all of your guests what the sex of the baby is and ask them to bring a gift appropriate for a boy or a girl, depending on what the parents are expecting.  As the mommy or daddy-to-be open their gifts, they’ll have big surprise as they begin to open pink and purple outfits or blue and green outfits.  Don’t trust everyone to keep that big of a secret?  You can also surprise everyone by keeping everything gender neutral, (gift wise), and serving a large chocolate cake, with the icing inside indicating the sex of the baby.  Blue icing inside means it’s a boy, and pink if it’s a girl.  You won’t find out until the parents-to-be cut into the first slice!

Set the scene for your surprising baby shower with a baby shower invitation to coordinate!  If you’re going for the gift-themed surprise shower, choose an invitation in pink or blue and remember to clearly note that the expecting couple will be finding out the sex of the baby at the shower, so to clearly keep it a secret and bring a gender-appropriate gift.  If you’re going the cake and icing route, choose a baby shower invitation that is more gender neutral with greens, yellows and pastels. 

Ready to host your own gender-revealing shower?!  Let us know how you leaked the news of whether the couple was having a baby boy or a baby girl!

Be sure to browse our entire baby shower invitation collection at InvitationBox.com!

4th of July – Summer Party Invitations

Friday, July 1st, 2011

Let’s hope sparks fly this 4th of July!  From all of us at InvitationBox.com, we ‘d like to wish you and your family a very safe, happy and full-of-fun Independence Day weekend!  We will be closed on Monday in observance of the holiday, and hope you have the day off from your busy work schedule too, to spend some good old quality down time with your family and friends.

What do you have planned for the big holiday weekend?  Many of us will be heading out to the lake or ocean for a day of boating, tanning or water skiing.  Or perhaps we’ll be hosting a barbecue or pool party for all of our family and friends to attend, celebrating how great it is to live in the land of the free.  No plans yet?  Might be a great time to get some things done that you haven’t had time to do, or time to take a trip back home to visit with your family and friends.

A little late on the summer party planning this year?  No need to worry, as there’s still a couple of months of hot summer weather left to host a get-together with family and friends.  Whether you plan a party in your backyard, at the neighborhood pool or the local park, we have the perfect summer party invitations to set the scene for your party.  You may want to host an end of summer bash, a summertime bridal or baby shower or maybe even a family reunion or adult birthday party.  Choose from barbecue party invitations, picnic invitations, pool party invitations or beach invitations to really get your guests heated up at the end of the summer.

Below you’ll see some of our favorite and most popular summer party invitations!  Perfect for the kids, teens or adults, there’s a little something for everyone, whether you’re hanging out ocean side, poolside, hosting a picnic or creating an oasis at a tropical themed event.  Checkout our entire collection at InvitationBox.com and again, enjoy your three-day weekend!