Archive for June, 2012

Make an Impression with a Personalized Embosser

Friday, June 15th, 2012

First impressions are everything, right?  We like to think so, and we understand that you want to include a little bit of “you” with everything you do…and we’ve made it possible with our brand new collection of personalized embossers by Noteworthy Collections.  Think clean and crisp lines pressed into your paper to create a physical impression on the stationery, as well as an emotional impression on your recipient.

Embossers require no ink, as they simply press an indentation onto the paper or card stock at hand.  This causes a sophisticated and elegant impression that simply can’t be beat.  You can use your embosser for making an impression on your stationery or envelopes as a return address label or seal.  Add a corporate logo to the top or bottom of your corporate letterhead, or emboss the title pages of a book in your home library to truly make a seal that the book is from your home.  Looking for something to jazz up that annual holiday letter?  Our embossers are great for that, too!

Our collection of Noteworthy Collections embossers features hundreds of designs to coordinate with your personal style, office style or holiday style.  Shop our everyday collection of embossers which features an abundance of styles featuring monograms, stylized names, beach themes, birthday themes, damask patterns, floral frames, wedding themes, special interest icons, hobby themes, sporting event themes, patriotic themes and more.  We also have a holiday embosser collection which features personalized embossers for Christmas, Hanukkah, 4th of July, Halloween and Easter.  Choose a festive holiday message or a traditional holiday icon to make your correspondence during the holiday season a bit more festive.

Check out some of our favorite new designs below and truly make an impression on your stationery and recipient with our Noteworthy personalized embossers!

3D and 3D Animated Photo Gifts by Snapily

Thursday, June 14th, 2012

Let’s face it, one way or another, it always seems like we’re copying some trend or showing up to work or school wearing the same outfit as someone else…and we all know that being original matters!  Our newest product line will help you showcase your unique individuality and will certainly help you to stand out whether you’re giving someone a special gift or celebrating a milestone event.

Introducing our newest vendor…Snapily.  Snapily is a company that offers one-of-a-kind 3D and 3D photo animated gifts that you won’t find in your typical mom and pop stationery shoppe.  They use unique 3D technology to turn designs on everyday items into 3D masterpieces that literally pop off of the page, and 3D animation to switch your two favorite digital photographs back and forth using the slightest movement of your hand.  Best part?  No 3D glasses are needed!

So what types of products can you expect to see with this unique collection of 3D gifts?  For one-of-a-kind gift items, Snapily offers 3D backpack tags which come with a bright blue clip to attach onto your child’s backpack for school.  They also have 3D notebooks which showcase a fun cartoon or patterned design, along with your digital photograph – great for making learning fun and standing out in the class.  They also offer 3D and photo animated bookmarks so that you can think of your special gift-giver every time you turn a page in your favorite book.  Don’t forget about our 3D six-inch rulers, too!

If showcasing a photo of your loved one is in store, we have 3D photo frames which help you capture a special moment in time. Shop our 3D frames which feature seasonal, special interest and pattern designs.  We also offer 3D & motion photo cards and 3D photo greeting cards which will catch the eye of your recipient the moment they open their invitation or card envelope.  No more tossing of invitations guys – trust me – your guests will ‘fridge-up’ your 3D card and be talking about it for weeks to come!

As everyone knows, you only get one first impression.  For those who regularly network, we offer one-of-a-kind 3D business cards, too, which take your photograph, business logo or career theme and turn it into a 3D or motion animated masterpiece.  Great for architects, writers and even parents who want to use them as social networking cards!  Choose one of Snapily’s designs, or upload your own!

Ready to take a peek at the entire Snapily 3D gift item collection?  Check out a few items below or head to our website which will show you the amazing 3D and photo animated options online!

NEW Bonnie Marcus Stationery

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Bonnie Marcus is one of the wedding world’s leading stationery manufacturers and designers and she’s widely known for her chic, posh and ultra-modern designs and silhouettes that she works into her wedding stationery, bridal shower invitations, holiday cards and baby shower invitations.  You’ve probably even seen her invitations pinned up on a photo board in the background of your favorite WE TV wedding shows.

With so many designs to choose from, the only comment or suggestion we’ve ever heard about her collection was that there wasn’t enough matching accessories for an invitation to create a coordinating ensemble.  Well, ask…and you shall receive!  We’ve just introduced a plethora of brand new Bonnie Marcus thank you notes, reply cards and return address labels to our website, which coordinate with Bonnie Marcus’ most popular invitations.  So if you’re looking for an insert card, reply card or a registry card to stick in with your invitations, we’ve got you covered – and the themed stickers also make great return address labels, favor stickers or envelope seals.  Use the thank you notes as a gift for the bride-to-be or the expecting mommy-to-be so that she can thank her guests for attending her shower or bridal/baby event.

The newest designs feature designs for sweet 16 parties, animal print themes, summer cookouts, cocktail parties, little black dress parties, bridal showers, baby showers, graduation parties, baptisms, housewarming parties, family gatherings, summer parties and more.  Personalize the stationery and stickers with your own wording, name or address to make it stylish, just like you!

Check out some of the newest designs below and create your own coordinating ensemble for your next party invitation!

Gender Neutral Baby Shower Invitations

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Could you wait until your baby was born to find out their gender?  I don’t know if I could…but it seems to be an increasingly popular trend for expecting parents nowadays – and what an exciting moment it will be when the big day arrives and you find out if your family will be adding pink or blue into the mix!

What encourages parents keep their baby’s gender a surprise?  I did a bit of reasearch on the topic and found some really fun reasons why keeping your baby’s gender a surprise is so popular!  Read on and see if it might inspire you to ask your doctor to keep it a secret at your next ultrasound!

-Save money before the baby is born – believe it or not, once you know the sex of your baby, your entire nursery will be filled in pink or blue as you grown more and more excited for that gender’s arrival.  If you wait until the baby is born, you’ll  be less likely to go crazy shopping before your baby’s birth.

-Keep the motivation up to push – Excited to see if it’s a boy or a girl?  Mom will keep pushing hard as she awaits to find out if she’s carrying a baby boy or a baby girl.

-Reuse for baby # 2 – If you plan on having multiple children, buying gender neutral nursery decor and clothing items for your baby is a great idea, as you can reuse all of your items for your next child.

-Base your decor on baby’s personality – Maybe your newborn lights up at the sight of a safari animal, or maybe she looks adorable in purple.  Some parents wish to wait until the baby is born to shop around so that their baby’s personality can inspire them.

-Reduce the amount of gender-specific gifts – What if you are having a girl and you dispise pink?  Or, maybe you’re having a boy and blue just isn’t for you!  Some parents get bombarded with gender specific gifts when they just need practical onesies, bottles and baby furniture.

-Incorrect ultrasound – It’s not nearly as common as it used to be, but sometimes it does happen where the doctor is wrong, and a baby girl turns out to be a baby boy, or vice versa!  What would you do with a frilly pink nursery if your newborn baby turned out to be a boy?  Five percent of baby genders given prior to birth are incorrect.

Has your friend or family member chosen to have their baby’s sex a surprise?  It might seem like planning a gender neutral baby shower can be a hard task, but actually, it can really be quite fun – and you’re not tied down to any specific colors or theme!  You can keep your colors baby-friendly with pastels in shades of green, yellow and lavender or do a mix of pink and blue as the baby could be either.  Think of interesting baby shower themes like Noah’s Ark, jungle animals, baby pea in the pod or rubber duckies!  Think of fun decorating ideas like cake pops with surprise cake colors inside to coincide with your surprise baby gender theme, or make a diaper cake filled with baby necessities.

Set the scene for your shower with a gender neutral baby shower invitation that makes it clear to guests that the parents-to-be are not sure if they’re having a boy or a girl.  We offer an abundant selection of gender neutral invitations that feature everything baby!  Choose from green, chocolate, yellow, pale purple, charcoal or teal patterned and colored baby shower invitations.  Our invitation designs feature baby prams and strollers, expecting parents-to-be, expecting silhouettes, gifts and presents, baby toys, cribs and diaper cakes – all with a gender neutral theme.

Check out some of our amazing gender neutral shower invitations below and make her baby shower special – it all begins with a special baby shower – and it all ends with the birth of the baby boy or girl-to-be!

Wedding Proposal Etiquette

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Whether you’re getting ready to propose, getting ready to be proposed to, or just enjoy great engagement stories, we all know that women have their preferences when it comes to men popping that fabulously famous question, “Will you marry me?”.

Most women say that the #1 faux pas when proposing is doing so with no ring. While it’s hard to believe that some men would even dream of showing up without a ring, it has happened before. Here are some interesting facts about the history of the engagement ring to back up the fact that these little accessories are a tried and true symbol of love:

  • The tradition of wearing an engagement ring began in Ancient Egypt and was used to symbolize a never-ending bond between the couple.
  • Rings were placed on the fourth finger of the left hand because Ancient Egyptians believed that it contained a vein that lead directly to the heart.
  • While the Egyptians started the tradition, it didn’t stick. Diamond engagement rings weren’t typically given until the 1930s.

So, now that everyone knows that rings are a must in this situation, how does one go about proposing? Even though it’s difficult to trace bended-knee proposals throughout history, kneeling is often considered a sign of respect – whether it’s receiving a medal or award, kneeling during religious ceremonies or bowing down to surrender during war. According to statistics, 49% of women say it’s absolutely essential to propose on bended knee. So, men – it’s a sign of respect to get down on one knee!

What’s said during a proposal is often going to stick with the woman being proposed to. It should be a summary of all the things true and great in a relationship, and a promise to endure and find happiness in tough times in the years to come. 68% of women remember what was said during the proposal, so we’re assuming the other 32% are just too captivated by their gorgeous rings to recall what their significant other professed.

Choosing what’s going to be said may hinge on where you decide to pop the question. Since only 10% of women say they would want to be proposed to at a sporting event, a quiet place (somewhere far away from a sports arena) is an ideal location. But – there are a few women out there that will enjoy the attention, and actually may like being proposed to in a louder place. It’s up to the fellow to decide.

No matter what, women – 88% to be exact – feel that the “surprise factor” is important when proposing. Whether it’s a small surprise or a large bombshell, it’s necessary it comes from out of the blue to get that “wow” factor.

After all is said and done, a proposal is a truly magical event in people’s lives. 83% of women say that they loved the way their man proposed and wouldn’t change a thing.

When the pressure and planning of the proposal is finished, it’s time for the wedding preparation to begin. Whether you’re simply shopping for wedding invitations with your significant other or choosing a DJ for the wedding, it’s crucial to treasure each and every moment along the way.

 

NEW 4th of July Party Invitations

Friday, June 8th, 2012

It’s time to make sparks fly as we prepare for the 4th of July!  It’s last minute, I know, but wouldn’t a 4th of July party be a great way to celebrate the summer and our Independence day with all of your family and friends?!  We think so…and so do the folks over at Noteworthy Collections who have come up with a brand new collection of patriotic party invitations just in time for our Independence Day!

Their brand new Independence Day invitations feature modern patriotic designs that will catch the eye of your guests, and put them in the celebratory mood as our special holiday approaches.  You can check out some of our newest designs below and be sure to click on each item to see their matching reply cards, note cards and patriotic return address labels so that you can create one coordinating invitation ensemble filled with American spirit.

The newest designs feature fun patterned words celebrating the holiday with red and white striped patterns and backgrounds of large falling stars to celebrate our flag’s red, white and blue colors.  If you’re hosting a lake weekend for family and friends this 4th of July, check out our patterned border patriotic invitations which feature plaid designs, polka dots and stripes in red, white and blue.  If  you’ll be setting off fireworks, be sure to check out our two sparkler themed invitations which make you almost think they’re real when you glance at them with vibrant navy and red backgrounds.

Being that our Independence Day is just under a month away, now is the time to shop for your patriotic party invitations!  Remember that we offer expedited shipping options, (prices were just reduced recently), and affordable rush and super rush options so that you can expedite your order to make sure your guests can plan on attending your event.  We typically suggest sending your party invitations out about 2-3 weeks before your even so hop to it – and make your own sparks fly this 4th of July!

Housewarming Party Invitation & Etiquette

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

“Home is a place where you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to…” -John Ed Pearce

Moving to a new home is such an exciting time for your family – it’s a fresh start, a new reason to spend money on decorating and a chance to start anew.  It’s a great reason to explore your new area and make new friends with your new neighbors.  Embrace your new friends and say goodbye to old friends with a housewarming party after all of your boxes have been unpacked!

Housewarming parties are a great reason to finish unpacking all of those boxes you’ve been pushing aside and a way to show all of your friends your new pad!  Make it an open house where your guests can come and go as they please and take a house tour!  Offer a plethora of wines and hors d’oeuvres and make a full night of it with your new friends and old friends.

Set the scene for your party with a housewarming party invitation from our abundant collection…you can even double up your housewarming party invitation as a moving announcement, too.  Our housewarming invites feature a variety of styles featuring blueprint designs, door entrance-ways, room scenes, living room scenes and antique house keys.  We even have regional housewarming invitations which is great if you’re moving to a new state or area of the country featuring popular states like Georgia, Texas, California and more.

Attending a housewarming party and not sure what to wear, bring or expect?  If you’re attending a housewarming party, consider what time of day the event is held.  If it’s during the day casual wear is likely appropriate unless the party is at night and has more of a cocktail party theme.  Think dressy casual with a sundress or slacks and polo if it’s warm, and jeans and a cute top if it’s on the colder side.  A gift is not necessary for a housewarming party, however it is a very nice gesture.  A bottle of wine is one of my go-to gifts for a housewarming, or a decorative candle to help the couple decorate their new home…think gifts from Crate & Barrel or Pier One and you can’t go wrong.  You can also think about party entertaining gifts or gift cards to places like Lowes or Walmart to help the couple fill their home.

Ready to host your own housewarming for yourself or a friend?  Check out some of our favorite housewarming party invitations below!

Invitation Registry Etiquette

Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

What’s one of the best parts of being the guest of honor at a birthday party, wedding or shower?  Let’s admit it…opening and enjoying your gifts is definitely a fun part of your event…not that a gift is expected or maybe even necessary, but it’s a great way to celebrate any gift, and prepare yourself for your next chapter in life, should you be preparing for marriage or soon to be delivering a baby.

When a guest attends a bridal shower or baby shower, one of the first questions they ask after receiving your shower invitations is, “Where is she registered?”…due to this overwhelmingly popular question, it has thus become appropriate to include registry information upon your shower invitations, so that guests have the registry information for the honoree in an easy and convenient location – no more calling around to the mother of the bride or the groom to find out where registries have been placed.  Traditionally, registry information was only spread by word of mouth, and the listing of a registry on a party invitation had become a faux pas.  Now, with time being of the essence and in our career and family crazed society, we take joy in the convenience of clearly listing registries on our invitations.  Note: It is still extremely unacceptable to print registry information on your wedding invitations though!

So, where to register and how many places should you register?  We typically suggest listing about two to three registry locations.  Any more may be considered presumptuous or greedy, and any less may limit your guests in where to purchase a gift, especially if you are registered in a store that is not anywhere near their hometown, or out of their price range.  We typically suggest registering at a couple of stores which cover a wide range of gifts and gift prices from as low as $5.00 to overly expensive – you may get some things you expected or some items you didn’t – but whatever you register for, be sure that it is something you need.  Remember that it’s also great to choose a registry store that offers online registries so that your guests may look up your registry prior to shopping, or so that they may shop online if they wish.

What are some of the most popular registry places?  Check out our most-popular registry lists below:

Baby Shower – Babies R Us, Amazon.com, Buy Buy Baby, Pottery Barn Kids, Target

Bridal Shower – Macy’s, Pottery Barn, Target, Crate & Barrel, Bed, Bath and Beyond, Bloomingdale’s

 

Bachelorette Party Invitations

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

Game Over.  C’mon, you’ve gotta have just one last fling before the ring!  There’s no better way to celebrate her last single days than with all of her gal-pals at a girls-only event that’s all about her!  If you’re lucky enough to steal the bride away from her handsome beau for the night, (or maybe even the weekend), make sure you celebrate with a bachelorette party she’ll never forget!

Be sure to consider the bride’s party style and personality when planning the perfect bachelorette party – if she’s quiet and reserved, a wild and crazy bachelorette party at the local bar with a few lingerie surprises may scare the veil off of her head.  And if she’s a wild and crazy bride, tea at the local spa may just bore her to sleep – get together with the other bridesmaids and come up with the perfect plan to celebrate her last few nights before she ties the knot.

At InvitationBox.com, we offer a variety of bachelorette invitations that will help you set the scene for her last single night out with her friends.  Choose the bride’s style below and you’ll be guided to the perfect bachelorette party invitations to set the scene!

The Sultry Bride – Forget linens and drapes, this bride keeps things spiced up with fishnets and lace!  Help her keep the honeymoon hot with a lingerie themed bachelorette party – just make sure that she’s comfortable with her measurements given to all of her guests!  Our lingerie invitations feature scenes with bras, panties, sultry cocktails and little black nighties that might make the room a bit hot if you stare at them for too long.  If you want to spice things up with her best gal pals – our lingerie shower invitations are for you!

The ‘Loves to Relax’ Bride – Surf’s up!  If she loves to relax her cares away by the shore, or simply wants to work on her tan before her big day, a weekend at the beach with her closest family members and friends may be the way to go!  Our beach bachelorette party invitations will set the scene for some fun in the sun with all of her favorites featuring tropical invitations, beach scenes or tropical oasis invitations!  Plan a few dinners, pack your beach gear, and be sure to head up the local tiki hut as you turn the bride into the local beach bunny who’s about to tie the knot!

The Wild-Side Bride – Every woman has a wild side – Does hers need a bit more taming than others?!  If so, a night out on the town for her bachelorette party might be just the thing she’ll need to tame her wild ways!  Pull out all the stops from a limo to pick you up to cocktails at the martini bar and then a night out dancing with the girls. You can even get everyone involved with planning a scavenger hunt or a game of truth or dare like you did when you were kids.  Shake things up with our sassy bachelorette party invitations which feature hot pink, black and animal print styles to play up her wild side.  Choose from high heel invitations, bachelorette bar invitations, limo invitations, spa invitations, city invitations and more!

Check out some of our fabulous bachelorette party invitations below and spice things up as you celebrate her last single nights!

Wording Your Wedding Invitation

Monday, June 4th, 2012

It can be a very sticky situation when trying to word your wedding invitations properly, and believe it or not, the exact way you word your wedding invitations indicates to your guests exactly who is hosting, (paying), for the wedding.  Traditional etiquette dictates that only the names of those who are paying for the wedding should be written on the wedding invitation, other than the bride and groom, of course.  Thus if you wanted to include the groom’s parent’s names on the invitation as a courtesy, however they aren’t hosting your wedding, they should not be included – and not to worry, they will be honored at your rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, etc.

The most traditional form of listing the hosts’ names on your wedding invitation, would be to have the hosts invite the guests to the event, and put the hosts’ address as your return address.  For example…

Mr. and Mrs. Harold Martin
request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Carolyn Marie
to
Mr. Jonathan Michael Edwards

If your wedding is formal, be sure to use the proper titles for your parents and the groom including “Mr.” or “Mrs.”  Remember that the bride does not need to list her last name unless it is different from her parents.

If the bride’s parents are both hosting, yet they are divorced, both parents will be listed however on separate lines, and not connected by the word “and”, as this would otherwise signify marriage.  For example…

Mrs. Caroline Hunter
Mr. Charles M. Edwards

request the honor of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Carolyn Marie Edwards
to
Mr. Jonathan Michael Mills

If the bride and groom are hosting their own wedding, they would thus be the “hosts” of their own wedding, and thus would be the only names written on the invitation, and would act as the inviting party.  Remember, it is also very common to use “along with their families” if the bride and groom want to involve everyone in the invitation of their special day – which also works great when adjoining two families into one.  For example:

Caroline Marie Edwards
and
Michael John Warren
request the honor of your presence
as they unite in marriage

OR

Caroline Edwards & Michael Warren
along with their loving families
invite you to celebrate their marriage

Remember that traditional wedding etiquette is simply a guideline and not a hard fast rule – take everything into consideration and make your own judgements and considerations based on what makes you comfortable…and how you feel your family will feel.  The most important thing is that your special day’s details are clearly noted in your wedding invitation so that all guests can easily plan to attend your big day!