Archive for May, 2013

Find Us, Friend Us & See What Ibox is All About!

Monday, May 27th, 2013

If you weren’t busy uploading photos to instagram, spending hours browsing through pinterest or keeping up with the latest news from your friends on facebook, what would you be doing?  I have no idea either!  Where there are good and bad sides to our world’s growing technology trends, the best benefit to our social media channels is that you can now get to know the people you care about and businesses you patronize on a much deeper level.  Social media allows you to meet new people, share your ideas, gain knowledge from other friends and companies and create your own personal brand!  Whether you use outlets like facebook, twitter, pinterest or instagram for personal or business use, odds are, without it you might not have heard about that great 50% off sale at The Loft, or that your elementary school best friend just got engaged this past weekend, or learned how to make those amazing german chocolate cupcakes for your parents’ anniversary dinner.

One of the best perks about working at InviationBox is that we get to help you celebrate each of your milestone events each year, whether it’s the arrival of your baby, your wedding day, a 30th birthday party or a fresh start on your moving day.  Each day we hear so many different party ideas, themes and questions which  in-turn gives us amazing party planning expertise that we love to share!

If you aren’t following us yet, now is the time to find us on our social media channels, friend us, follow us and see what Ibox is all about!  From party planning tips to introductions of new product, DIY ideas, behind the scenes look at the people of Ibox, exclusive deals and coupons and more, you’ll instantly get an inside-view to the amazing world of InvitationBox!  Take a look…

Facebook Like us on facebook and you’ll instantly become an InvitationBox insider!  From posts on wedding/party ideas to exclusive coupons, notices about upcoming sales, special promotions and DIY projects, our facebook fans get it all!  We’ll also give you occasional inspiration to help you get through the week!

 

Instagram Our instagram page helps you get a bit of an ‘inside look’ at InvitationBox as we share with you photos from parties we’ve hosted, Ibox events, pet photos, favorite drinks, food ideas and lifestyle photos.  We also give our instagram followers exclusive coupons from time to time just for being amazing customers and fans!

 

PinterestNeed a little inspiration?  Our pinterest boards are filled with inspiration for your parties, events, nightly dinner, stationery, special interests…the list goes on!  We even have a board for animals and ideas that are just too cute not to pin/post!  If you’ve got a wedding or party idea that needs a few ideas or pick-me-ups, just let us know and we might just feature your party idea on our next board!

 

TwitterIt’s amazing what you can learn in just 140 characters of text!  Our Twitter followers receive fun party ideas, DIY projects and news about InvitationBox promotions all from a simple tweet!  If twitter is your sweet spot, you’ll love our Twitter posts.

 

Google + Need an idea for teacher’s day, your child’s birthday party dessert or your wedding day?  Our google+ page is full of fun daily inspiration, quotes, party/wedding ideas and promotions to make your day a little brighter.

 

At InvitationBox, we feel like the best ideas are those that are shared with our customers, fans, followers and readers!  So join us through one of our social media channels above, (or all!), and learn a little bit more about us, and let us learn a little bit more about you!  We can’t wait to share the party industry’s best ideas and promotions with you!

Time Saving Tips for Party Invitations

Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

As much as I don’t like to admit it, I am a horrible procrastinator.  I always feel like there’s more time then there really is or family and life obligations seem to take precedence, and then before I know it, my event is just a couple of weeks away and I’m scrambling trying to plan the perfect party!

If this sounds like you, we’re here to tell you that you’re not alone, and life can sometimes get in the way when we’re party planning on top of our already-filled schedule!  InvitationBox offers a couple of really cool features that will help you get your invitations chosen, ordered & in the mail before you know it!

Return Address Printing: We all have those ugly return address labels that we got free from some spam mailer that have little Christmas trees, stars, fruit or flowers on them.  They work great for sending your bills each day, (yes, I will use Christmas labels in May), however they don’t necessarily coordinate well with your baby shower invitation, wedding invitation or birthday party invitation.

When you order return address printing, you choose the address, font and font color you’d like us to use, and we’ll add it to the back flap of your envelope when printing your invitations.  We typically suggest choosing the same font and font color used on your invitations to create a coordinating and well-thought-out ensemble.  When your guests receive your invitation in the mail, they’ll start admiring you as a hostess before they even get to the beautiful invitation inside!

Front Address Printing: Have you ever seen an invitation come in the mail with mailing labels on the front of the envelope and just couldn’t help but cringe??  If so, your grandmother instilled these etiquette rules in you, and you should be proud, however on the other hand, your invitation sender likely didn’t have the time (or the hand strength) to write out 100 guest addresses on her envelopes.

Save yourself from hours of handwriting, and avoid tacky labels by ordering front address printing for your invitation envelopes!  When you select front address printing, you can immediately download an excel spreadsheet to your desktop to work on at your leisure.  Simply email your completed spreadsheet to our Customer Service Department whenever you have it ready.

Once we receive your spreadsheet, we will automatically print your guest addresses on the front of your envelopes, in the font chosen for your invitation, (unless otherwise specified)!  This way, not only is your invitation uniform and coordinating, but so are your envelopes!  Everything will be printed clear and concise to ensure proper delivery, and you can even select colored ink if you’d like, (for a small fee)!

Raise your hand if you’ve had to go to the card or paper store last-minute to buy more envelopes?!  Choosing front address printing now means that you no longer have to worry about messing up your envelopes with typos when you hand-write them!  We’ll make sure your addresses are complete and look correct after they’re printed, and we’ll also include any extras that you didn’t provide an address for.

While the big parts of party planning truly shape your party, it’s always the fine or small details that really make everything come together.  Give your invitation that little something extra by ordering return address & front address printing.  Not only will your invitations look put-together, our envelope printing services will also save you so much time!

Summer Party Ideas From the Ibox Staff

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

If there’s one thing us North Carolinians are good at, it’s hosting a BBQ.  Everything from the pig on the smoker to that famous vinegar based barbeque sauce…if you say BBQ, we certainly know how to throw down!  And that’s where today’s blog post comes from, as we thought we’d share a few staff favorites for hosting the perfect BBQ for your summer party!  There’s nothing better than an Ibox party, as we always say!  So let’s hear from the experts what they think makes the perfect BBQ…

Staff Expert: Jen
She Says: “Lawn games are a must for the ultimate summer celebration! I love these easy DIY outdoor games! Just use spray paint. Talk about cheap, yet fun entertainment!”


A Little Game of Lawn Twister

1 cardboard box
scissors
green, red, blue & yellow spray paint

If you’ve got a huge lawn, create really fun and EASY party games by spraypainting your grass!  (You can easily cut the grass a few days after the party and it’ll be gone in a flash).  Simply take an old cardboard box and cut a circle out of the bottom for your tracer. Use the box to mark out rows of green, yellow, blue and red dots, and pull your twister spinner from an old game that you’ve got hidden in your closet!  Use this same idea to create hopscotch, four square or anything else you can think of!

 

Staff Expert: Lauren
She Says: “I love a good ol’ fashioned Eastern NC pig pickin’! Eastern NC BBQ sauce is made famous by its vinegar base that gives it a nice tang to it, along with flavorful spices for that kick! One of my favorite recipes is inspired by Bill Neal…”

Eastern NC BBQ Sauce Recipe

1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
½ to ¾ cup water
1 teaspoon sugar
2/3 cup minced onion
1 bay leaf
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 teaspoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons canola oil
1 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
3 teaspoons dry mustard
6 teaspoons cold water

Bring all of the ingredients except the last 2 to a rapid boil in a small saucepan, then simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat. Dissolve the mustard in the cold water, then add a little bit of the hot vinegar mixture to thin it out. Stir the mustard into the sauce. Let cool, then bottle and refrigerate.

 

Staff Expert: Ame
She Says: “Nothing goes better with barbecued food than a light and fresh pasta salad!  The fresh veggies give the pasta salad a little bit of a crunch, but the secret ingredient has to be the Salad Supreme seasoning!”

Pasta Salad Recipe

1 box of tri-colored rotini
¼ – ½ a bottle of McCormick Salad Supreme
1 Cucumber (peeled)
½ cup purple onion
1 package cheese crumbles or shredded cheese
1 cup pepperoni (slices or cut your own mini chunks)
1 bottle of Italian dressing
1 cup raw broccoli florets (optional)

Cook pasta according to package directions, being careful not to overcook the noodles.  While your noodles are draining and cooling, chop cucumber, onion, broccoli & pepperoni and set aside.  Combine all ingredients together in a large bowl and sprinkle with McCormick Salad Supreme (use generously)!  Finish with ½ – ¾ bottle of dressing (save the other half to pour on before serving as it will get a bit dry if you make it ahead of time).

Photo Inspiration: games ~ sauce ~ salad