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White Party Invitations and Inspiration

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

Summer White Party

A “White Party” is a popular way to celebrate summer whether you title your party “Beginning of Summer” or “End of Summer”, having invited guests dress in all white is an invitation that gets them excited and takes some planning on their part to come up with an awesome outfit. Our Beige Patio Umbrella Invitations or Summer White Party Invitations are a perfect way to invite your guests to your celebration.

Palm Tree All White Party Invitations are perfect for birthday party invitations, summer party invitations and more. See all our designs at Announcingit.com

Along with the all white attire required, your party decor and food served should also follow the all white theme.  Dressing your tables is fairly easy as you can find white table cloths, plates, utensils, flowers, and candles almost anywhere. For you White Tablescapes, dress them up and add some flair with candles in hurricane lamps filled with sand and scatter white starfish or sea shells around the table top with white votives. Another beautiful idea is to find wrapping paper with a white on white embossed or shimmer pattern and use it a table runner for all your tables or only your serving table.

Add white paper lanterns or white balloons among white twinkle lights in your trees or strung from your house to a tree or post to provide light as well as a beautiful design element.

Beach Shoreline Summer All White Party Invitations

If you decide to stick with the white theme for the food you will be serving, we have a list of ideas in our article Labor Day White Party.  Cupcakes are wildly popular for single serving desserts and can be dressed up with our Shimmery White Cupcake Wrappers.

Chic Palm Trees Summer All White Party Invitations

White wine, white sangria, champagne, or our favorite for the taste as well as the price, Roederer Estate Brut Sparkling Wine $23, would be good choices to serve for cocktails.  For appetizers, set out white platters of white cheeses, cucumber sandwiches and hummus and chips.

For favors, some white chocolates shaped as sea shells wrapped in a white favor box with a bow is a nice way to show your guests you appreciate them attending your event.

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Talk Derby to Me: The Hats

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

When you think of the Derby, big hats and mint juleps come to mind. Both are are a longstanding tradition at the Kentucky Derby.

You can find spectacular hats custom designed and costing hundreds of dollars as well as hats glue gunned and bedazzled and created at home.

On your Kentucky Derby Invitations, it’s fun to require both men and women to come in their finest Derby attire.

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You can award prizes for the most stylish, the most creative and the most bizarre.

Who knows, wearing a fabulous derby hat to the party may increase your odds at picking a winner come post time.

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What do you need for a Kentucky Derby Party?

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Often referred to as the “most exciting two minutes in sports,” the Kentucky Derby is run on the first Saturday of May every year at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

One year for my birthday, my husband and I went to the Derby (the year Barbero won the race).  My derby hat (below) made it onto the derby track on the head of a sports photographer.

My Kentucky Derby Hat on the Track

You don’t have to live in Kentucky or attend the race to celebrate this event. So what do you need for a fabulous Kentucky Derby party?

  • Terrific invitations to get your guests excited about your event
  • A big screen TV to watch all the pre-race events and the actual race.
  • Fun decorations associated with the Kentucky Derby
  • Traditional Southern food and drink – mint juleps, non-alcholic mint juleps or infield punch
  • Fun friends
  • Derby hats for both women and men should be required

Memorize the past ten winners before your guests arrive or astound guests with your knowledge of the Kentucky Derby winners all the way back to 1875 with our complete list of all the winners up to last year.

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Invitations shown: Noir Derby Invitations, Vase of Roses on Diamonds Derby Invitations, Fresh Red Roses Derby Invitations, Black Check & Laurel Derby Invitations, Julep Cup pf Roses Derby Invitations,  Front Runner Kentucky Derby Invitations


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Talk Derby to Me: Kentucky Derby Invitations

Sunday, March 5th, 2017

And they’re off! Held the first Saturday in May each year, the run for the roses at the Kentucky Derby has been referred to as the most exciting two minutes in sports. Even if you are not attending the Derby in person at Churchill Downs, there is no reason you cannot celebrate the day by throwing your own derby party.

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Once you decide if you will have an elegant, sophisticated affair or a wild and crazy in-field type bash, it’s time to order Kentucky Derby party invitations.  Announcingit.com has lots of unique, original Kentucky Derby party invitations to fit any style Derby party.  It may seem like the wording of your party invitations is easy until it is actually time to get it done. You’ll find plenty of wording examples to help you with this part of the process.

Thundering Horses Kentucky Derby Party Invitations | See the entire collection at Announcingit.com

You will also need to include the party date, time, location and a phone number or email  address for guests to RSVP so you can keep track of who is planning on attending. Requiring guests to RSVP will also help you stick to your budget for the party and can stop you from over or under buying food, drinks and other party essentials.

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Of course, no derby party would be complete without Mint Juleps. Almost 120,000 mint juleps are served at Churchill Downs on race day.  If you’re making mint juleps for your party, the one thing you will need is a lot of crushed or shaved ice!

Mail your invitations 2-4 weeks before the date of the party and then enjoy planning a festive affair your guests will enjoy.

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Mardi Gras Party Invitations

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

Jazz up your party with fabulous, unique Mardi Gras Invitations. No matter what you’re celebrating, we have the perfect original invitations for Fat Tuesday invitations, Bourbon Street invitations, Cajun Cooking Invitations, French Quarter Invitations, Masquerade Invitations or Mardi Gras Extravaganza invitations. Our collection of party invitations are sure to spice up any Mardi Gras Party.

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Leprechaun Boogie St. Patrick’s Day Party Invitations

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

An Irish Leprechaun couple, surrounded with green clovers, dance a lively jig on our Leprechaun Boogie St. Patrick’s Day Party Invitations – perfect for any St. Patrick’s Day celebration.

An Irish Leprechaun couple dance a lively jig on St. Patrick's Day on our Leprechaun Boogie St. Patrick's Day Party Invitations - perfect for any St. Patrick's Day celebration.

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Galentine’s Day Party Invitations

Sunday, January 15th, 2017

Leave the dudes at home and get the girls together to celebrate Galentine’s Day! February 13th is the day that was coined Galentine’s Day by Leslie Knope of the TV show “Parks and Recreation.” (watch a highlight of the episode below.)

Galentine's Day Party Invitations - Get the Girls together, leave the dudes at home, and celebrate Valentine's Day with the girls!

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Should your Party Invitations state Appetizers or Hors d’oeuvres?

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Many invitations state appetizers and/or hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Are they just synonyms or is there really a difference?

What is the difference between appetizers and hors d’oeuvres?

What is the difference between Hors d'oeuvres and Appetizers? What should you use on your party invitations?

Hors d’oeuvres are served BEFORE the meal and can be associated with finger foods, i.e. no utensils provided.

Appetizers are served DURING the meal as a first course.

Some examples of hors d’oeuvres would be something on a piece of bread, toast point, cracker, etc. such as pate, smoked salmon and caviar, etc.

Also, if you see that your invitation says heavy hors d’oeuvres, that means that there is no meal afterward, they ARE the meal vs. appetizers, which usually means there is a meal to follow.

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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 ground almonds
  • 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
  • 1 teaspoon 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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