Archive for October, 2012

Halloween Spirits (pun intended)

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

Deep into the darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.
-Edgar Allan Poe, “The Raven”

 

Ghostly greetings from all of us at InvitationBox.com!  What are your Halloween plans this evening?  Handing candy out to the neighborhood kids?  Taking the kids trick or treating?  Getting dressed up for your annual Halloween party?  Whatever it is, we hope you have a very safe, spooky and fun Halloween night!

If you need a little pick-me-up to keep you warm and Halloween-festive tonight, as you hand out candy or sport your costume at a Halloween party, sip on this sinister cocktail {from MarthaStewart.com}.

Sinister Cider Martini

You Will Need:
fine black sanding sugar
1 chopped lady apple
1/2 lime, cut into wedges
1 shot of maple syrup
1 shot of apple cider
2 shots of vodka
ice
club soda
1 thinly sliced (crosswise) apple slice

 

 

 

Recipe
-Rim your class with water and the black sanding sugar.
-In a cocktail shaker, combine apple cubes and lime wedges (crushed).
-Add syrup, apple cider, vodka and ice
-Cover and shake
-Strain into martini glass and top with club soda and apple garnish

Have fun out there tonight and be safe…

 

Lucky In Love ~ Celtic Weddings

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Sometimes it is hard to explain Celtic culture to someone who is not of Irish descent.  The Irish culture is so much more than short facts, ceremonial acts and old traditions.  It’s a feeling that comes from deep within.  A sense of pride, belonging and a strong bond with our roots…it is that same strength, bond and feeling that we get when we fall in love.  And for an Irish bride and groom, the ties and connection they feel to their partner are just as strong as the connection and ties they have to our homeland and Celtic culture.

It is through this cultural strength and tradition that an Irish wedding theme is born.  Perhaps the couple both have families that came to the States “off the boat” from Ireland, or perhaps the couple just shares a love for the designs and culture of the Celts.  Whatever the reason, a Celtic themed wedding creates the most beautiful setting for such an important day in your life.

Below you’ll see a small capture of the gorgeous Irish traditions that will help make your big day a Celtic masterpiece.  From groomsmen in kilts to traditional horseshoe décor, claddagh rings and a flower woven hair wreath, you can weave the Celtic culture into all aspects of your wedding, from your Celtic wedding invitations, to the wedding ceremony and wedding reception.

 

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When I began writing this blog, I felt it appropriate to do a bit of research on Celtic and Irish wedding traditions, and I was very excited to share what I found.  Being Irish myself, I was very excited to learn some interesting history and facts that even I wasn’t aware of.  The first was the significance of the horseshoe, as traditionally it is one of the most widely recognized symbols of good luck.  The reason for this is due to the importance the Celtic people put on their livestock and horses, as this was how they made their living and based their wealth.  Thus came the horseshoe good luck charm.  Many brides will incorporate the horseshoe into their Irish wedding, whether it is creating place cards from the horseshoes or using them as aisle décor for their wedding ceremony.

The most interesting tradition I read about had to be the hand-fasting tradition, in which the bride and groom’s hands are bound together after pledging themselves to one another.  The wedding party forms a circle around the bride and groom as their hands are bound, and thus came the well-known saying, “tying the knot”.

Have you ever thought about the old saying, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”?  I was very surprised to learn that this saying was very popular in Ireland, and had very specific symbolic meaning behind it.  “Something old” representing family connection, “Something new” representing luck, “Something borrowed” representing friendship and “Something blue” representing the color of love and fidelity.

What Irish traditions do you think you will incorporate to your Celtic wedding?  Perhaps you’ll do a hand fasting, walk down the aisle to the traditional Irish wedding song or state your vows along with a Celtic wedding band.  Whatever you decide, rest assured that your Celtic themed wedding will be an event that everyone will remember and cherish in their hearts!

 

Holiday Cocktail Party Invitations & Ideas

Thursday, October 25th, 2012

I found myself pissed in the Starbucks drive-thru line the other day thinking to myself, ‘I am soooo soooo tired of pumpkin already!’ I couldn’t believe I was already craving the chocolatey and minty goodness that goes along with the Christmas season.  However my thoughts apparently aren’t that crazy, because today is October 25th – which means we are literally TWO MONTHS away from Christmas day!

One of my favorite types of holiday parties to plan is a holiday cocktail party.  They’re fun, festive and the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit, (no pun intended)!  I always plan my holiday parties for a few weeks before Christmas so that more people can attend the party, as it always seems like there’s an office holiday party, family obligation or prior engagement during the December month…and I know nobody will want to miss this unforgettable holiday party.

So what exactly goes into a great holiday cocktail party?  Well first of all, I always try to set the scene with a new holiday party invitation that stands out among the many invitations your guests will receive that month.  Think iconic and festive mixed with a total contemporary flare.  One of my favorite invitations this year is the Claus Cocktail Invitations by Doc Milo.  It’s got a modern grey background along with a zebra print bottom border, (my signature pattern).  A festive couple dressed as Santa and a sultry elf stand on both sides of the card carrying gifts and a festive holiday cocktail with a candy cane swizzle stick.  It’s fun, modern, wild and festive…which is perfect for setting the scene for my event.

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Once the invitations have been sent out, it’s time to deck YOUR halls with everything festive to create an amazing holiday spread that shows off your holiday spirit and creates an unforgettable holiday atmosphere.  Decorate your entrance ways with holiday garland and silver beaded strands.  Make sure your Christmas tree is fully decorated in all of its splendor.  Offer your guests a Christmas cocktail when they enter, like a chocolate martini with a candy cane rimmed glass.  Add a peppermint candy cane to the drink for a unique swizzle.  Plan plenty of holiday food to offer to your guests, from classic Christmas cookies to formal hors d’oeuvres.  Plan a few holiday party games like Sneaky Santa, Oh Christmas Tree or Guess the Christmas Carol.  Ask your guests to come in formal chic holiday attire or heck, maybe just throw in the towel and make it an ugly Christmas sweater party.

Pink Perfect Party – Girl Birthday Invitations

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

My sister-in-law is in the hospital giving birth to a beautiful baby girl today! I thus thought this blog would be absolutely perfect and fitting as she brings her pink little bundle of joy into the world! I just can’t wait to shower her baby girl with girly gifts as she grows…not to mention celebrate her very first birthday!

How do you plan to celebrate your little girl on her big birthday? We put together this amazing “simply pink perfect” birthday collage together to show you just how much inspiration can come from a few simple colors…or just one fabulous girly color, (pink)! If your little one just can’t get out the door without her purse, a flowing dress or without accessorizing with your makeup case, this party idea is perfect for you!

We start off the collage with our Party Script Digital Photo Birthday Party Invitation by Modern Posh.  This adorable invitation features your baby girl’s digital photograph and a vibrantly pink background with your party details.  Flip the card over and you’ve got an even more girly polka dotted background!  We also previewed our pink and orange scalloped party invitation which is perfect if you want to add a few pop colors (orange and white) into the mix.  Set your party scene with a colorful table spread with polka dot confetti and partyware, along with tulle wrapped chairs in her party colors.  Let her play dress up and be the star of her party with a tulle skirt that screams that she is the pink party star!   We found an awesome idea for pink cupcakes with white chocolate star garnishes, and pink and white happy birthday striped straws, of course!


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Feeling inspired?  Let your girly girl have the birthday of her dreams…and start it all with a simply perfect pink invitation!

A Rustic Thanksgiving

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

A rustic Thanksgiving…I don’t know if it’s the whole southern thing or what, but to me, there’s just something so calming, gorgeous and nostalgic about a rustic table setting for Thanksgiving.  It’s earthy, which takes us back to our roots as we celebrate this thankful day and it’s also meaningful and heartfelt and shows that you took the time to use our natural resources, rather than trying to look flashy.

I took the liberty of creating the above collage for our readers, using some amazing Thanksgiving ideas that gave me a bit of inspiration for my own Thanksgiving dinner party this year.  The twig votive candles were my absolute favorite, along with the hot apple cider served inside cored apples and the apple cranberry tart.  All these amazing ideas surround our Gobble Gobble Chalkboard Invitation, by Noteworthy Collections.  The simple chalkboard-resembling background, which is screened with large tree leaves and the greeting “gobble gobble” is perfectly appropriate for an understated yet nostalgic Thanksgiving dinner.  Check out this invitation and others by clicking here!

Edible Place Cards for your Thanksgiving Dinner

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Are you scouring the internet, magazines and your great grandmother’s old recipe box for the perfect Thanksgiving recipes already?  If you’ve taken on the task of hosting Thanksgiving this year, and you pride yourself in being a hostess with the mostess, I have a treat for you…and it’s quite sweet!

A couple of years ago I bought the infamous Hello Cupcake book, which offers recipes, directions and ideas for creating the cutest cupcake designs around.  I made these turkey cupcakes one year when I was hosting Thanksgiving dinner for my family, and uniquely enough, they double as the cutest place cards you’ve ever seen!

To be honest, they were a lot of work, however they were so cute that everyone asks me to make them each year, which makes them SO worth the time and effort!  You have to make two sizes of cupcakes, one for the base and the other for the head, and then I used a white frosting with a few melted chocolate chips mixed in to create a light brown turkey body.  Border the cupcake with tan or fall colored sprinkles for feathers, and create that fabulous turkey gizzard with a stretched mini Sweedish Fish!

The feathered cookies are available at most drug stores, believe it or not, and you can attach candy corn onto the fanned cookie to look like feathers.  Glue them on with dots of frosting, of course!  The name at the bottom of the cupcake place holder is actually a Scooby Do0 snack with icing squeezed from a Wilton tube with the thinnest piper available.

Thinking about trying this fabulous place card idea yourself?  Get creative with your place cards this year and be the Thanksgiving star you know that you are.  Warning: creating these fabulous Thanksgiving cupcakes may mean that you’ll be asked to host Thanksgiving again next year!

Halloween Party Food Ideas

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Are you the type of hostess who carries her party theme through from the moment your guests opens your Halloween party invitation envelope all the way through to your party decorations, table centerpieces and even the food you offer and display to your guests?  I thought so…(because I am too)!

While browsing through Pinterest and other party planning websites today, I saw so many ideas for Halloween party food and I just had to share.   Below you’ll see some great party ideas for your Halloween party table food spread, and I’ve listed small descriptions below the food inspiration so that you can create the monsterpiece recipes yourself!

Spider Halloween Cupcakes
-bhg.com/Halloween/recipes

Super easy and super cute, the folks over at better homes and gardens created this adorable vanilla cupcake which features a chocolate truffle body with red mini m&m eyes and pretzel stick legs.

 

Witch Hat Cookies
-barbschram.blogspot.com

Keebler fudge stripe cookies turned upside down. Squirt orange Wilton tube icing in the center and adorn with a chocolate Hershey’s Kiss!

 

Pumpkin Ice Cooler
-marthastewart.com

Perfect for holding and chilling your Halloween drinks – create your own ice bucket from a carved pumpkin!

 

Mummy Dogs
-ourbestbites.com

Perfect for food ideas for the little ones, these adorable mummy dogs create a great food spread and feature hot dogs wrapped in shredded crescent roll dough wrapped around the length of the hotdog. Use ketchup and mustard for the eyes to top it off!

 

Pumpkin Veggie Tray
-babycenter.com blog

The perfect healthy Halloween snack! This pumpkin is created from baby carrots with a cucumber slice mouth, along with three fun dips for the pumpkins eyes and nose. Add a broccoli floret stem and you’re good to go!

 

Pretzel Goodie Bags
-bakedperfection.com

These chocolate covered pretzels are sure to dazzle, and when you combine the colors together, you’ve got a gorgeous fall montage of whites, oranges, yellows and browns. This amazing Halloween chef created chocolate covered pretzels in the color of candy corn, and then dusted them with Halloween colored sprinkles. Pack them in a clear baggie with a Halloween ribbon from your local craft store and you’ve got the perfect party favors for your guests to take home after your Halloween party!

 

Halloween Candy Centerpiece
-onecharmingparty.com

Sarah Westbrook created this amazing Halloween centerpiece which features your Halloween favorites inside a clear glass container. From marshmallow ghost and pumpkin peeps to black licorice, candy corn and fall colored gumballs and chewies, you’ve got quite the festive and spooky arrangement. Stick some Halloween lollipops or chocolate covered pretzels in the top for a little swizzle!

Last Minute Halloween Party Invitations

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Have you felt the Halloween panic set in?  You know, when you dream about a mummy chasing you down the street, only to realize when you wake up, the mummy is actually representing the annual Halloween bash you’re having that you haven’t purchased invitations for?  Okay, well maybe that’s not the exact dreams you’re having, however I’m sure that you’ve felt the pressure of Halloween creep up, (no pun intended), as Halloween is just a little over three weeks away!

I thought it might be appropriate to share with our readers today some of our most popular Halloween party invitations this season – and the best part??  They are ALL available with super rush options and upgraded  shipping options so that you can have your invitations in your hand within 1-2 business days!

For kids, the most popular card has to be the Party Creeps, which features three cartoon characters showing Halloween’s favorite icons dressed as a vampire, mummy and Frankenstein dressed to party.  For adults we have the Mr. & Mrs. Frank N. Stein card, which features a posh couple dressed for Halloween while sipping cocktails, as well as the Spirits and Spooks Halloween party invitation which features an array of spooky bubbling and boiling cocktails – perfect for an adult Halloween affair.  If exclusivity is the name of the game, you’ll just die for our Halloween VIP skull party invitation, which features a VIP pass for each of your guests – which will be needed if they dare enter your dark Halloween party!

Check them out below and let us know what you think!  Remember, before adding each Halloween invitation to your shopping cart you can add rush processing or super rush processing, and when you get to the shopping cart, you can always choose to upgrade your shipping.  Nobody likes waiting until the last minute, but if you have waited to the last minute, no worries – you’re not alone in the dark, and we’re happy to help!

Contacting Spirits this Halloween? Ouija Board Invitations

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Thinking of conjuring up the dead this Halloween?  One of my most fun memories as a child was playing with the ouija board during my big sister’s sleepovers.  We’d stay up as late as possible and when the “witching hour” hit, we would drag out the ouija board and be amazed when the plastic planchette moved under our fingertips!  We’d gasp as it started moving asking the person across from us if they were moving it.  I think we even had a specific “ghost” that would always reach out to us when we played the game.

So many theories have surrounded the ouija board, which actually dates back to the 1800’s!   The question becomes, is it your subconscious moving the planchette across the board to give you answers to your questions, or is it an actual ghost or spirit?  The thought is that you channel a spirit through the board, be it someone you deliberately try to contact, or a ghost that is trying to make contact with the living to deliver a message.  Some theorists think that it is actually possible to contact the dead or spirits this way.  Others believe that it is your subconscious making the planchette move and answer you with things that are in your imagination.

What do you think? You know what I think? Whether it’s real or not, it makes a great activity at your upcoming Halloween party! We even have a ouija board inspired Halloween party invitation that can help you set the scene!  The background of the card, (see top left of our blog), looks just like an actual ouija board with an antique yellowish-tan background and black sun and moon markings in the corners.  We arc the text to look the the letters on the ouija board and you can fill in your own creepy details as you ask your guests to join you in contacting spirits on Halloween!  This is one of my favorite Halloween party invitations, and it can make for a really fun activity at your Halloween party.  See if you can contact a famous past celebrity or maybe even Frankenstein himself!  You just never know who you’ll come in contact with.  Real or fake? Who cares…have fun with it!