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Cookie Party Invitations and Low-Carb Snickerdoodles Recipe

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Low-Carb Snickerdoodles RecipeIf you’re invited to a cookie party for the holidays or just want a fabulous recipe everyone will love, these low-carb Snickerdoodles  will be a favorite for the calorie counters in the crowd.

Ground almonds create an “almond flour” which is a wonderful substitute for wheat flour for many baking recipes.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups almond flour
  • 1 cup granulated Splenda
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated Splenda or low carb sweetener
  • 1-2 teaspoons cinnamon

In a medium bowl, beat butter until creamy. Add half the ground almonds, 1 cup Splenda, egg, vanilla, baking soda and cream of tartar. Beat until well combined. Beat in remaining ground almonds. Cover and chill in bowl for 1 hour.

Pre-heat oven to 350 F. In a small bowl, combine the 2 tablespoons Splenda and the cinnamon; mix well. Roll chilled dough into 1-inch balls. Gently roll each ball in the cinnamon-Splenda mixture to coat and place 2 inches apart on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-12 minutes until lightly browned at the edges. Carefully remove from pan to cooling rack to cool completely.

Makes about 26 cookies. Note: 1.5 net carbs per cookie

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Yes, You Really Do Need to Mail Invitations

Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Yes, You Need to Mail Paper Party InvitationsMailing your guests paper party invitations sets the tone for your party and creates buzz around your bash.  But, are paper invitations really necessary?

My sister got into a discussion with her hairstylist about paper invitations versus electronic and the stylist described how technology was changing and she had just received a cute emailed invitation that flying birds and how cute it was.

Cute or not, I’m sorry, but when I get an electronic invitation, my first reaction is “Really?”

Is this a last minute party?

Am I a last minute guest?

They couldn’t afford paper and stamps?

Yes, for a last minute cocktail party, I’ll text my friends or call them, but I just don’t trust something as important as their attendance is to my affair to their email inboxes.

Call me old school, but there is just something fabulous about the feeling you get when you open the mailbox and there’s something in there besides bills and ads.

Aside from the fact that I own a company (this one) that prints party invitations, I’m always surprised how cheap I feel when I get an e-invite or an invitation that looks homemade or a postcard the post office has mangled and made almost unreadable. (There are ways to make homemade invitations look fabulous and those aren’t the ones I’m talking about.)

Your invitation is the first impression people have of your party. They can’t see the amazing food on your menu, the incredible way your house is decorated or how much fun it’s going to be.  A laundry list of facts printed on a piece of copy paper and folded into an envelope that looks like a bill, is not going to make it to the top of the pile when it comes to scheduling upcoming events on your guests’ calendars.

You can’t post an electronic invite to your fridge. Well, I guess you could print out some of them, but you’ll lose the flying birds and a lot of its appeal when you try to get it to print on copy paper.

We understand that cost can seem like an issue when you compare it to doing-it-yourself or free emailed invitations, but you only get one shot to make a first impression.  If your invitation doesn’t make the grade, having a bad turnout for your party can be depressing as well as expensive in wasted food, drinks and time.

For the do-it-yourselfers, we do sell some of our invitations blank so you can print them yourself. If you’re not familiar with how to typeset an invitation or how to print on anything but 8-1/2″ x 11″ paper, we suggest you skip the hassle and the learning curve and let us print them for you.  We’ve been printing invitations for over 20 years, we have the cool fonts you would have to search the internet for and if you screw up when printing, you’ll have to buy more invitation paper.

We suggest you skip the stress of DIY and use your time for the million other things you will need to do for a successful party. And, of course, for the best party turnout, go old school and mail party invitations that will excite and entice your invited guests to attend your event.

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Pre-Cut Ribbons

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

You’ll love our pre-cut ribbons in several lengths that are perfect for your party favors or other projects that call for cut ribbons. Order in your favorite width and length to wrap around party favor boxes or tie closed party favor bags for weddings, birthdays, retirement party, holiday party, fundraiser, grab bags, swag bags, gift certificates, or whatever you can come up with.

Or 20 ribbons or 100,000+ ribbons. If you don’t see the length listed you need, we can custom cut to any length you need.

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Christmas Margarita Punch

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Christmas Margarita Punch

Christmas Margarita Punch is the easiest way to serve guests at a holiday get together. Increase the single recipe below for the number of servings you need and dump everything into a punch bowl.

Ingredients for single drink:

  • 1.5 oz Herradura Blanco Tequila
  • .5 oz Domaine De Canton Ginger Liqueur
  • 1 oz Cranberry Juice
  • 1 oz Lime Juice
  • Garnish with lime slices

If you’re making for a group, multiple the above ingredients by the number of drinks you’re making and serve it from a punch bowl.


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Corporate Christmas Party Invitations Show You Care

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Mail Holiday Party Invitations for the Best TurnoutIn the digital age in which we live, it very easy to shoot a text, compose a quick email or send an eCard for an upcoming holiday event. There is no argument that Americans are busy. Those that work in corporate America can spend 60, 70 or even 80 hours in the office every single week. Sometimes it is hard to get three meals in before laying down to bed at night. That said, there are plenty of ways to show someone that you care.

One of the best ways to do so is to send a physical paper Christmas Party Invitation. You’ll find we have lots of designs available including Christmas tree invitations, candy cane martini invitations, red nutcracker invitations, eggnog cups invitations and various Christmas ornaments invitations. 

With the proliferation of technological devices in our hands and laps it is easy to send a last minute invitation or card. While this is an option, it often does not lead to a large turnout for a Christmas party or holiday event. Anyone that has used a computer for more than a few years knows that spam filters catch many mass email documents. Talking with one of my best friends over the weekend it was made clear to me that he avoids email at all costs.

There is no mistaking the fact that millions of people check their email on a consistent basis, but not all email is read. With email providers offering different inboxes for primary or important email, it stands to reason that a large percentage of email users allow the non-priority messages to sit unread for weeks, months and sometimes forever.

Google recently updated Gmail to have five inboxes. These inboxes include Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums. When sending a Christmas card invitation via email there is a high likelihood that it will be segmented to the promotions inbox. From personal experience, I have noticed that the promotions inbox is full of emails from retailers or companies that are just trying to sell me an item, and often, for something I’m not interested in. Less than 10% of the time do I actually read an email that has been placed in this particular inbox. If an eCard does not come into the primary inbox, there is a very strong possibility that it will never be opened. If I never open the email, I will not be in attendance at the corporate Christmas party.

Another issue with sending corporate Christmas invitations through email is the fact that the email software sees a corporate email address and the subject line will likely be eCard, Card or invitation. This sometimes triggers the spam filter and that email user may never know they were invited to the event. There is a strong chance that particular individual will not be attending the event. These issues can be alleviated by taking the time to send a beautiful, physical paper Christmas party invitation.

All technological issues aside, most of us can agree that it feels good to get an invitation in the mail. There is a special feeling about opening the envelope to see what is inside. Almost daily I hear people mention how they would love to get a hand written letter. There are great things that come with technology and there are some bad things that come with technology. I am thankful for the ability to research at any location with an Internet connection. I am also amazed at the connectivity of the world. Having the ability to talk to someone in Australia while sitting in the United States is truly magical. On the flip side of that, I do find it a little upsetting that many people do not want to take the time to show they care through a hand written letter.

There is no better time to show you care than during the holiday season. Christmas has always been a time to give back to employees, business partners and the ones you love. If these individuals receive a physical, paper Christmas invitation there is a very high likelihood that they will respond they are attending your event, but even if they are unable to make it, they will still remember that a physical card was sent.

Having a successful corporate Christmas party takes an active atmosphere. Without attendees that is nearly impossible. The first step in getting employees to a Christmas party is for the top of the hierarchy to show they care by mailing party invitations.

No matter how funny or quirky an eCard it will never replace a physical Christmas party invitation.

Inbox vs. Mailbox Party Invitations

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Inbox vs. Mailbox Party Invitations

When is the last time you got really excited about a party invitation that arrived in your inbox instead of your mailbox?

Ever?

Never?

Is it really necessary to mail paper party invitations to your guests?

A better question would be, “How many guests do you want to show up at your party?” Or “How serious are you about your event and who attends?”

We’ve all received invitations by various methods:

  • In casual conversation: “Come over Saturday, we’re celebrating John’s birthday.”
  • Phone call: If you didn’t write it down, did you forget? Did you feel like a last minute guest at a last minute party?
  • Facebook event: Did you even see it or do you just automatically delete all Facebook events? Did the hosts invite their entire Facebook following?
  • Twitter: Really?
  • Evite:  Confess, you look at who’s going to decide if you’re going or if the party is a dud. Did you print it out? Write it down? Grab your calendar?

With paper invitations in the mail, guests think:

  • Wow! I’m important to them
  • The hosts care about their event enough to mail invitations
  • I better RSVP (yes, reply rate is higher with paper invites)
  • This is important to my friends, so I’m going

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A paper invitation sets the tone for your party. Make sure your invites convey the effort you are putting into throwing a great party and choose the mailbox over the inbox for a great party turnout.

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Upside Down Caramel Apple Biscuits

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Upside Down Caramel Apple Biscuits

These individual Upside Down Caramel Apple Biscuits are easy to make and wonderful to serve by themselves or top with a scoop of ice cream. I love anything with caramel and these are perfect for breakfast or for dessert.

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Santa Claus…Only in Southern California!

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

By now I’m sure you’ve seen Santa Claus all over the place, but have you seen him this way? Only in Southern California! (I wonder if he’s delivering the car to someone?)

Southern California Santa Claus

 

Santa’s Footprints Christmas Morning

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

Santa's Footprints

How fun for children to wake up to Santa’s footprints!  Trace a large pair of men’s boots onto paper or newspaper then cut out. Use as a stencil to sprinkle secret non-melting snow and magic dust (baking soda and glitter) to create Santa’s footprints in front of your fireplace or by your Christmas tree.

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Fun Upside Down Snowman

Monday, December 10th, 2012

Upside Down Snowman

If it’s snowing where you are, gather family and friends and make this fun upside down snowman! While we don’t usually have to think about snow in Southern California, I remember making my share of snowmen when I lived in the midwest.

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