I love finding juicy inspiration in all kinds of places – it fuels my creativity and desire to share the great people I meet (Summer Fling Series) and fabulous new finds I discover with you.
Now we, at Liza America’s Host, would like to introduce someone who has us reconsidering whether or not an evite is the right call for all our special occasions? Thanks to Jill of Social Butterfly Design, we’re are newly inspired by her take on the importance of a personal, hand-done invitation, so much so that we invited her to share her expertise and wisdom with us as well as ideas to personalize your next event, set the tone and bring deeper meaning to your gathering.
You may be thinking, “sounds great but, who has the time?” Not many of us, which is exactly why we also recommend turning it over to Jill. Her personalized design service frees up your time while you still get the benefit of a stunning personalized invitation.
Thank you for joining the party Jill! Take it away…
Thank you, Liza! In this day and age of over-the-top electronic communications (i.e. evites, email, texting, etc.)…an eye-catching, well-designed old fashioned paper invitation can become a treasured keepsake.
I have three children and have made their invitations every year (they are now 10, 13 and 15) and I keep a copy of each invite in a special box that I plan to give them when they leave home. Not only are these invitations a tangible memory from their party but they served to set the tone for each birthday theme and can be treasured for years to come. With most electronic invitations you cannot print them or display them on your fridge or bulletin board!
With the holidays upon us, this time of year poses the chance of multiple events happening on the same night. Here are a few tips to help your event stand out in the sea of invitations that your guests may receive.
BE THE PARTY PLANNER THAT GETS ON EVERYONE’S CALENDAR FIRST IN ONE OF TWO WAYS:
1. Send out a simple save the date five to six weeks out and then follow up with the actual invitation about three weeks out with all the essential details.
2. Send out the most captivating invitation that will capture your guests’ attention and make yours an event they will not want to miss (and don’t make it an evite!)
HERE ARE SOME FUN AND CLEVER WAYS TO PUT A SPECIAL TWIST ON YOUR INVITATION FOR A SPECIAL EVENT:
* Provide all the pertinent details (what, when, where, who, rsvp, etc.)
* If there is a theme, play it up in the design (i.e. if it’s a 50th birthday party incorporate the number “50” in the invitation and call it a “Nifty at Fifty” party; for a holiday soiree perhaps something like “Champagne & Mistletoe”….be clever and come up with something fun.
* If you’ll be serving a special type of food or cocktail, you might include it in the invite as well.
* If it’s a milestone birthday, perhaps an older photo of the guest of honor will be fun.
* Dress up your envelope, get creative with your return address by way of a clever label or imprinting a design right on the envelope in keeping with the theme of your invitation.
* If you want to get a head count by a certain date, put an rsvp deadline so you get the response on time (hopefully!)
* If you want people to “fancy up” a bit, say so….something like “dress: it up!”
THINGS TO LOOK FOR WHEN PURCHASING YOUR INVITATIONS:
* Quality paper and printing services.
* Personal service and attention to detail.
* Is this something I can do myself at home or do I need professional assistance? (sometimes things are more difficult than they look!)
* Cost and budget constraints…clever invitations don’t necessarily need to cost a lot.
I have had my graphic design/stationery business, SOCIAL BUTTERFLY DESIGNS for 12 years now and take pride in creating unique and individual works of art for my clients whether it be a message in a bottle for a destination wedding, a ticket-style invite for a sports party, a test tube of spiders for a Halloween party or you name it…I always love to hear the favorable comments my customers receive from well thought out and well-designed invitations that we have created together! These are the invitations to the parties people don’t want to miss!
Questions? I can be contacted at Jill@SocialButterflyDesigns.com.