Archive for August, 2012

Creepy Cocktails for Your Halloween Party

Friday, August 17th, 2012

A Halloween party is only as cool or as creepy as you make it.  If you’re a hostess with the mostess, a traditional beer, martini or cocktail at your Halloween party certainly won’t do.  We know how important it is for you to carry your party theme through from the Halloween party invitation to the party decorations, favors AND even the food & drinks.

This morning I stumbled upon Martha Stewart’s website, only to find a few amazingly cool and creepy Halloween spirits recipes, as part of her Spooky Halloween Spirits article.  You’ll find recipes for the cocktails you see here, including a ghost in the graveyard, the screwed up screwdriver (my personal favorite), and the berry scary martini!

If you want to try making one of these fun cocktails, try the Ghost in the Graveyard Cocktail, which features 2 ounces of black vodka, 2 ounces of creme de cacao, 1 scoop of vanilla ice cream (yum!) and a pinch of nutmeg.  First you’ll want to combine your vodka and creme de cacao and set it aside.  Place one scoop of ice cream into your cocktail glass and then slowly pour your previous concoction over top of your ice cream cocktail, and watch it turn into one creepy cocktail! Don’t forget your nutmeg garnish, and serve right away before your cocktail turns into something that looks like a murky swamp!

Need a Halloween party invitation to go with your creepy cocktail idea?  We’ve got you covered with an array of creepy cocktail invitations for Halloween.  Choose from our Pick Your Poison invitation which features a variety of cocktail potions for this creepy day or one of our creepy spirits invitation which feature black blood dripping lime green cocktails, eyeball swizzle sticks, fly garnishes, spider cocktail visitors and glasses made of spider webs, witches hats and stacked eyeballs.

Your guests may get a bit of a chill from this collection of Halloween invites, but they certainly won’t be disappointed when they enter your creepy Halloween party!

Couples Baby Shower Invitations

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

We don’t need a lesson about the birds and the bees.  We all know it takes two to create, start and support a family, and more and more often nowadays the daddy-to-be is recognized as just as much a part of pregnancy as the mommy-to-be is – which he should be.  So why is it, exactly, that only the mommy-to-be is showered during her pregnancy?  Shouldn’t he have a say in what color his son or daughter’s nursery is, or spend time with the people who will be showering his baby with gifts?

We thought so too, and so many others are thinking the exact same thing!  It’s time to embrace our modern times and celebrate both of the parents-to-be as they embark on a journey into parenthood together – and it all starts with a couple’s baby shower to help prepare the new family for their upcoming baby boy or girl-to-be!

Traditional baby showers were all about women as they were traditionally girls-only events, so if you’re planning a couple’s baby shower, or a coed baby shower, you might want to consider the fact that men will be attending when thinking of decorations, games, ice-breakers or themes.  Coed showers are typically a bit smaller than a normal baby shower, and you may have a few less frilly games or accents, like making a bow into a hat, measuring the mommy-to-be’s belly or smelling candy from a diaper.  The shower is more focused on family and celebrating the happy couple’s upcoming arrival.  Plan amazing food and a fun laid-back atmosphere.

Here are some great tips for planning your own coed baby shower…

  • Make sure men are at the shower! When planning your event, be sure that there are enough men invited and attending the shower – whether this means inviting the men from your family, making sure your girlfriend brings her boyfriend or the dad-to-be’s best friends are attending.
  • Make your couple’s baby shower invitation man-friendly – When choosing the perfect couples shower invitation, cut down a bit on the pastels, purples and pinks or the frilly “there’s a bun in the oven” talk.  Keep your baby shower invitation about the baby, but more couple focused, and make sure your guests understand that both men and women are invited!  No guy wants to be the only man at the shower outside of the dad-to-be.
  • Skip the games! An ice breaker game or two can be fun, but too many can seem overwhelming for some guests, male or female!  If you feel games are a must, choose something that everyone can enjoy or take turns giving advice from your friends and family members that are already parents.
  • Open gifts together – When you decide to open your gifts, open them as a team or take turns opening different gifts.  Make sure you both thank each of your guests together for the gifts.
  • Make the food great – Everyone knows part of the key to a great party is the food!  Whether you make food to coordinate with your party theme or just serve up some of the parents-to-be’s favorites, amazing party food is always a crowd pleaser!

Planning your own coed event?  Check out some of our favorite couple’s baby shower invitations below and get ready for a fun-filled shower with everyone included!

Rosh Hashanah Greeting Cards

Monday, August 13th, 2012

L’Shanah Tovah! For those of you who don’t know, this holiday greeting, meaning a good year or have a good year is most recognized with the holiday Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year.  It is the first of the High Holy Days in the fall season and is described in the Torah as a day of sounding the Shofar.  The shofar is a Jewish horn which is made traditionally from a ram which is blown during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur at Jewish religion services.  The Shofar was used in old times to announce the holiday season, to which the first sound of the season was heard on the first day of Tishri.

Rosh Hashanah begins Sunday evening, September 16, 2012 and ends on Tuesday evening, September 18, 2012.  Just as the majority of us celebrate our New Year on December 31st, the Jewish religion celebrates their new year on the first two days of Tishrei.  Rosh Hashanah is commonly described as a day of judgement.  The holiday is most commonly celebrated with prayer services, religious poems, readings from the Mahzor and reciting of Bible verses.  Rosh Hashanah is most commonly associated pictorially with symbolic foods, (like the apple), dipped in honey, along with the shofar, as we discussed above.

If you are celebrating the Rosh Hashanah holiday, this is the perfect time to rejuvenate, reflect and share the joys that the new year brings with family and friends.  Begin your  new year with a fresh start and send out a Jewish New Year greeting card or a Jewish New Year invitation to celebrate the new year.

Our Rosh Hashanah greeting cards feature a variety of designs to coordinate with this rejuvenating holiday, including may symbolic symbols of the Jewish holiday.  Choose from classic Star of David, shaw and Menorah symbols or a classic pomegranate or apple design.  If music is your favorite part of the holiday, choose a greeting card with a shofar instrument design or a pictorial of festive klezmers celebrating the season.  We also have traditional designs featuring the city of Jerusalem, as well as the fruitful wishes tree.  Whatever means the most to you about this holiday, we will help you express it to your recipients with our modern Rosh Hashanah cards.

My personal favorite Rosh Hashanah greeting card is the Apples and Honey apple card shown above, by Checkerboard.  This amazing invitation is top fold with your holiday greeting built into the design of the apple, on the front and back of the card.  Best part of the design?  A real honey stick slides into the top of the card as a little gift for your holiday card recipient – what can be better that that?!

Check out a small preview of the amazing Rosh Hashanah cards we offer below and spread the word of reflection and rejuvenation as we step into the Jewish New Year!

Personalized Gifts & Accessories by Clairebella

Friday, August 10th, 2012 has a brand new vendor and a brand new product line!!  (And we couldn’t be more excited)!  If you follow celebrity trends, the vendor Clairebella is certainly not a foreign name to you!  Clairebella was founded by Kathy Denness, a chic, savvy and entrepreneurial mom of a little girl named Claire, who took a small business of painting children’s furniture in Australia who turned it into a business featuring children’s and baby items in the United States.  Her personalized collection of items came to surface in 2009 and has been growing ever since!  We’ve captured a small section of her personalized line, and I’m sure there will be more and more products to come in the near future.

Inside the Clairebella collection on our website today, you’ll find over 125 different items for home, office, school or your purse!  And the best part is that you can personalize each item with not just your name or monogrammed initials, but you’ll also have the option to select different fonts, font colors and background colors to make your designs unique and totally YOU!  Below you’ll see a little preview of the entire Clairebella personalized gifts collection, but don’t think that the fun stops there, because there are so many different items that we couldn’t fit them all on just one blog!

Shop the entire collection and you’ll find gifts for entertaining at home featuring customized ice buckets, acrylic trays and platters, coasters, plates, bowls or cutting boards.  For the on-the-go professional, shop our personalized tumblers, coffee mugs, water bottles, mouse pads, clipboards, desk planners and luggage tags.  We even have adorable personalized iPhone cases, like you’ll see in the top left corner of the blog here and we even have personalized front license plates!

Designs include posh and modern patterns with houndstooth designs, polka dots, animal print, floral patterns, patchwork designs, special interest designs, damask themes and more!  Check them out below and personalize your world with a Clairebella posh design!

College Sendoff Gifts

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

Time to get out the box of tissues…your high school student is now a college student heading off to school in just a few weeks!  Pretty soon you’ll feel like you know Target, Walmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond like the back of your hand as you scour each store for the perfect dorm room essentials and school supplies that your college student will need for the fall semester.  And let’s face it, those old boring dorm rooms haven’t improved that much from when you and I went to school…a bed, a dresser and a desk is about all your student will start with, and we know that personalizing their room is a very important part of college life as a way to spread their individual style, as well as spread their school spirit for their brand new alma mater.

Send your son or daughter off to college with the essentials they’ll need for the new school year, and a few gift items from home to help them remember you when they feel homesick and feel spirited and a part of their new institution.

If your son or daughter is attending a college or university far away from home, help decorate their desk with a complete set of collegiate stationery so that they can write home to you about all of their experiences while away at school.  We offer stationery collections with collegiate note cards, collegiate calling cards and return address labels and stickers.  Each stationery item comes complete with the college or university’s school colors, and a licensed mascot or university logo.

If writing home to Mom &  Dad isn’t your student’s thing, consider one of our collegiate notepads as a fun desk accessory and a great gift for the busy student trying to keep organized.  Jot notes in class, leave a phone message for a roommate or doodle while bored and be spirited while you do it!  Or, you can also decorate your student’s dorm room or apartment with our collection of ceramic hand-painted collegiate pottery by Magnolia Lane.  Purchase a mug with the university’s logo to go with your child’s morning coffee routine, a picture frame to hold a photo of new friends or a serving platter, stadium platter, bowl or plate set  for the entertaining student.

Our licensed collegiate collection features products from schools all over our nation including LSU, Duke, Oklahoma University, NC State, UNC, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Texas Christian, Florida State, Auburn University, Notre Dame, University of Georgia and the University of Michigan – just to name a few!  Check out some of our awesome personalized collegiate gift items below and help your child go back to school in style AND in school spirit!

NEW!! Doc Milo Partyware

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

I can’t tell you how excited I am to write this blog today, as I’ve been patiently waiting to share with our readers & customers the brand new items that hit our website today!  It’s Doc Milo’s brand new partyware line, which features party decorations and essentials to coordinate your party invitation and theme with your actual event!

One of the most common questions we get from customers is asking us whether or not we carry partyware lines that coordinate with our invitations, and until today, it just wasn’t something that any of our vendors created.  Well, look no further & ask and you shall receive!  Doc Milo’s most popular bachelorette party invitation, baby shower invitation, bridal shower invitation and party invitation collections now have matching partyware essentials that allow you to carry your party theme through from invitation to party scene.

Inside the new partyware collection you’ll find amazing cake pop kits which feature perfectly patterned cake pop holders, striped stems and fun feather toppers.  They come in a variety of different colors and patterns in zebra, damask, animal print, polka dot and floral patterns.  You’ll also find coordinating cupcake wraps that hold your cupcake upright with a flashy and fun design.  There is also a collection of treat boxes, like the popcorn-filled boxes in the corner of our blog, which work great for handing out snacks or party favors at the end of your event.  There’s treat bags too, in case boxes aren’t your style.  If you’re looking for party decorations, you’ll find party banners for baby showers and bridal showers and drinking straws which feature little flags representing your party theme or idea.

We could tell you more and more about this really cool Doc Milo partyware collection, but we’d honestly rather show you!  Take a look at the amazing baby shower partyware collection below with it’s matching invitation and get inspired to host the coolest party on the block!

Create Your Own Olympics – Sports Invitations

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Do you have Olympic fever?  If you’re like me, the Olympics have been a constant on your TV for the last week and a half…and you might even be tied to your phone if you’ve downloaded the new 2012 Olympics App to your phone.  If you’re getting inspired to hit the gym, do a few new dives in the pool or show off your running skills at the track, you’re one of the many!  Or, maybe the Olympics aren’t your thing and you’ve got football brain with the thought of the first pre-season football game starting on Thursday.  Whatever your reason for getting active and involved in sports, we’re with you, be it a golfing event, the start of football season or a trip to the pool after watching Michael Phelps win yet another gold metal.

One of the healthiest product lines that we offer at InvitationBox is our sports party invitations.  Our sports party invitations feature a variety of sports themes, based on your individual interests and lifestyle.  Choose from football invitations, bowling, baseball, golfing, horse racing and soccer invitations.  We also have collegiate sports party invitations which are great for the college alumnae or the college sports fanatic planning a gathering for a big game, or a sports themed party.

Sports invites work great for kids birthday party themes, whether your little slugger wants to hit balls at the batting cage or race around the racetrack like their favorite Nascar driver.  We also have more mature invitations with avid pro golfers which are great for bachelor parties, corporate events and men’s adult birthday party invitations.  For the girls we have gymnastics invitations, ballet invitations and yoga inspired invitations.  Football fanatics also won’t be disappointed with our collection of football invitations which are sure to create some drama and amp up some good old fashioned competition.

Check out some of our favorite sporting invitations and make your next party a touchdown!

Back To School In Style – 3D School Essentials

Monday, August 6th, 2012

It’s that time of year again!  The pool will soon be closing and your days at home with your little ones are numbered.  The fact is, in just a few weeks you’ll be sending the kids off to school each morning, which means back to school shopping for essentials is right around the corner!

We know how important it is for your child to have the coolest new clothes, notebooks, book bag, pencils and sporting equipment so that they can start off the year fresh and on the right foot.  Our vendor Snapily has made back to school shopping ultra cool and ultra easy with their collection of back to school essentials that are just truly one-of-a-kind!  Each of their unique items features 3D photo animation or 3D designs to make your child stand out in the class.  From 3D bookmarks to 3D rulers, 3D notebooks, backpack tags and more – your kid is bound to be the coolest kid in the class!

Check out some of our favorite 3D back to school essentials and get a head start on all of your child’s back to school needs!

3D RulersLet’s face it, math can be a bit boring for some kids, or hard to get excited about.  With Snapily’s 3D rulers, your child will be so excited to use their new ruler, they won’t even think about the fact that they’re learning while they are using their new fun school item.  Each ruler features a 6 inch ruler on one side and a fun and bright 3D design on the other side.  Some rulers also feature 3D photos which switch back and forth as you tilt the ruler.  Designs feature flowers, animals, animal print, paisley designs, math equations, hearts, skull and crossbones, ice cream cones, deco art patterns and more!

3D NotebooksRemember when you used to write notes to your best friends in class in a cool top-secret notebook?  Or maybe you remember spending twenty minutes in the aisle at staples debating on which notebook for school was the coolest?  I always looked forward to picking out notebooks for school as a child, and now your child can too with this awesome 3D notebook that will make them the coolest kid around!  Snapily offers a couple of different styles of notebooks featuring a 3D design your own notebook where you can add your own photo and 3D graphics to your liking, a patterned 3D designed notebook, as well as switching photos using 3D animation.  Designs feature kid-friendly graphics with monsters, animals, flower power, ice cream, cupcakes and zigzags, and teen graphics with design your own notebooks, flower patterns, animal print, stripes, paisley patterns and deco art themes.

3D Backpack Tags – Remember as a child when you picked out the coolest backpack ever, only to learn on the first day of school that three other kids in your class also thought it was the coolest backpack?  So much for individuality, and now your child has to worry about making sure that they bring their backpack home each night, rather than someone else’s!  Make your child’s backpack easily stand out among the crowd with these 3D backpack tags.  Each tag features a fun 3D design on one side featuring a fun graphic, photo or 3D design and then the back can be personalized with “This bag belongs to:” with your child’s name, address, phone # or classroom if needed.  This is a great way to reinforce your child’s personal information about their home, phone etc.

Check out the above 3D back to school products and ALL that Snapily has to offer and make your kid jump right to the head of the class!


Adult Halloween Party Invitations

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

Angelina & Brad.  The devil & the angel.  Batman & Robin.  Frankenstein & his wife.  Where would you be without your partner in crime?  It’s becoming more and more popular for young couples to celebrate Halloween together with their friends, and our newest adult Halloween party invitations are the perfect way to invite your other coupled friends to come celebrate the spookiest holiday of the year.

Ready to plan your Halloween party, but not sure where to start?  Some of the most popular Halloween parties are themed nowadays, where you ask each guest to come as a character from your Halloween theme, be it celebrity couples, famous Halloween couples, 80’s horror movie characters, sexy Halloween, masquerade, vampires or a black & orange ball.  The most popular Halloween party theme this year has been famous couple Halloween parties, where you come dressed with your partner, friend, boyfriend, husband, etc. with matching or coordinating costumes.  Need a few suggestions?  Bonnie & Clyde, Tarzan & Jane, Tommy Lee & Pamela, Aladdin & Jasmine, Adam & Eve or James Bond & his damsel in distress…to name a few!

Whether your theme is spooky-swanky or downright gory, if you can imagine it, we have created it.  Some of my favorite adult Halloween invitations this fall season feature classic Halloween couples celebrating this spooky holiday together.  The card on the left is by Doc Milo, and is perfect for upscale adult Halloween events…be it a formal Halloween affair, a Halloween engagement party or a masquerade ball in the beginning of the fall season.  Elegant lanterns brighten up this cool charcoal invitation and no masquerade is ever complete without a disguising mask in-hand.

If you look below, you’ll see some other Halloween invitation favorites this year, featuring a sassy blonde angel and her little devil of a boyfriend, a Halloween witch and her partner sipping a cocktail, a swanky Halloween kitten ready to prowl on Halloween and a zombie couple dancing under some dark lanterns.  Let your next Halloween event reflect you this year and choose an invitation that portrays your spooky style!

New Birthday Invitations by Picture Perfect

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

Time to blow out those candles and make a wish!  Birthday party invitations are some of the most popular items sold on our website, whether you’re turning one, sixteen, fifty or one hundred!  If you’re celebrating a milestone birthday this year, or maybe just feel like it’s time for a birthday celebration, our collection of birthday invitations is fun, trendy and festive and will set the scene for your special day.

If you browse our website today, you’ll see that our design team has released brand new party invitation designs by Picture Perfect.  Their newest designs are digital prints, (meaning your party text and the design on the card are printed at the same time – allowing for the brightest and cutest color combinations), and come in a variety of colors and styles.  Below you’ll catch a preview of their newest cards which feature fun designs for teens and adults.

They have a brand new sweet 16 card, (a boy version in blue and a girl version in pink), which features a set of car keys along with a huge number 16 for the new driver in the family.  They also have milestone birthday invitations which feature 30th, 40th and 50th striped candles on top of huge pink birthday cakes which hold your text.  If you’re planning a surprise party, they also have brand new surprise party invitations which feature Shh! silhouettes as well as couch designs which feature balloons, presents and confetti waiting and hiding behind a couch for the honoree to come in and be surprised.  If an older relative is celebrating one hundred years, be sure to check out their 100 reasons invitation, which celebrates a lifetime of wisdom, knowledge and birthdays in an elegant way.

Picture Perfect’s new digital cards are perfect for making your next birthday special and memorable.  Check out some of their new party invitation designs below and keep your eyes peeled for their brand new Halloween invitations and bridal themed invitations!