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Noir Champagne & Streamers New Year’s Eve Invitations

Monday, October 29th, 2018

If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve celebration, mailing out fabulous invitations will help ensure a great party turnout. Champagne and streamers are a must and our Noir Champagne & Streamers invitations are the perfect way to let guests know your party is not to be missed.

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Blue Sparkling Star Cocktails

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

Blue Sparkling Star Cocktails

I’m not sure I’ve ever had a blue cocktail before – don’t think I’ve ever ordered a Blue Hawaiian, and I have to say, the blue of the Blue Sparkling Star Cocktail is amazing! These would be so pretty for a holiday party or New Year’s Eve celebration!

Blue Sparkling Star Cocktails

2 ounces orange infused vodka
2 ounces blue curaçao

Rim 2 champagne glasses with blue cocktail sugar.
Pour 1 ounce orange infused vodka into each of the prepared champagne glasses.
Pour 1 once blue curaçao into each into each of the prepared champagne glasses.
Top each glass with champagne

Enjoy!  If you make these, let us know what you think!

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Tips for the Perfect Poinsettias for your Holiday Party

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Poinsettias are traditional Christmas plants that will last through the Christmas season and beyond. It is important to select the best plant for your home environment.

Tips on Shopping for the Perfect Poinsettias for your Holiday Party (and how NOT to kill them!)

The following are a few selection pointers:

■ Choose a plant with dark green foliage down to the soil line.

■ Choose bracts (modified leaves) that are completely colored.

■ Do not purchase poinsettias with a lot of green around the bract edges.

■ Do not choose plants with fallen or yellowed leaves.

■ The poinsettia should look full, balanced and attractive from all sides.

■ The plant should be 2 1/2 times taller than the diameter of the container.

■ Choose plants that are not drooping or wilting.

■ Do not purchase plants that are displayed in paper or plastic sleeves. Plants held in sleeves will deteriorate quickly.

■ Do not purchase plants that have been displayed or crowded close together. Crowding can cause premature bract loss.

■ Check the plant’s soil. If it’s wet and the plant is wilted, this could be an indication of root rot.

■ Check the poinsettia’s maturity. Check the true flowers which are located at the base of the colored bracts. If the flowers are green or red-tipped and fresh looking the bloom will “hold” longer than if yellow pollen is covering the flowers.

■ When you take the poinsettia home, be sure to have it sleeved or covered when outdoor temperatures are below 50°F.

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Information from the University of Illinois Extension Poinsettia Pages.

Low-Carb Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

If 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.

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

Low-Carb Snickerdoodles Cookie Recipe


  • 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 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

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014

In 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 everyone having cell phones, laptops, and other devices, it is easy to send a last minute invitation or card. While this is an option, an electronic invite often does not lead to a large turnout for a Christmas party or holiday event as it can get stuck in spam filters or considered junk mail. 

There is no mistaking the fact that millions of people check their email on a consistent basis, but not all email is read.

With Google’s automatic filtering of your email into multiple inboxes – Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Spam – it’s hard to know where your holiday email will end up. A large percentage of email users allow the non-priority messages to sit unread for weeks, months and sometimes forever.

When sending a Christmas card invitation via email there is a high likelihood that it will be sent 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 my primary inbox, there is a very strong possibility that it will never be opened. 

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.

The first step to having a successful Christmas party is taking the time to mail a beautiful invitation to your guests.


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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?



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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