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7 Tips for Planning a Surprise Party

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Planning a surprise party can be fun and enjoyable for all of the people who are involved. And, if you and your co-conspirators can keep up the charade until the party happens, then you can also have one very surprised and happy guest of honor.

7 Tips for Planning a Surprise Party

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Even though the secret of your surprise party depends on all of the people who have been invited, there are some simple things which you can do to help ensure the best outcome possible. Here are seven tips to get you started to planning a surprise party which your friends and relatives will be talking about for years to come:

1.  Find out from your guest of honor, or even better from their significant other, what their schedule is like within the time frame you are considering for the surprise party. Use this valuable information to set the date for your surprise party.

2.  Enlist the help of someone who can devise a fictitious activity for the guest of honor to partake in on the day of the party. The closer to your home this activity is, the easier it is for your helper to “have to stop in at your home for a moment” on the day of the party.

3.  Extend your invitations to all of your invited guests. When you make your invitations make sure that each of your guests understand that the party is a surprise and should be kept that way. Ask them to please not share the information with your guest of honor or anyone else who might mention it to them.

4.  Come up with a planned event which everyone who may run into your guest of honor can use as a diversion if they need to. However, if your guests don’t think they can “lie” to the guest of honor with a straight face, suggest that they avoid them for the time leading up to the party, whenever possible and practical.

5.  Ask all of your invited guests to arrive at least thirty minutes before you expect your guest of honor to arrive. If your guest of honor generally arrives early to events, then you might want to ask your invited guests to come a bit earlier, just in case.

6.  Ask your guests to park down the street and out of sight. The only caveat to this is if the guest of honor believes they are attending another event at your home on that day. If this is the case then it won’t really matter much were people choose to park.

7.  Once you have done all of the other things suggested, then the only thing you can really do is pray and hold your breath that no one will slip-up and tell your guest of honor about your planned surprise party.

If you take the time to build in some diversions into your plan, you are able to help those who might be asked questions by the guest of honor. This will ensure that they are not caught off-guard and without a good, solid, quick answer to give to any questions that they may be asked. By doing this you can have a wonderful surprise party. Good luck!

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Set Sail with Nautical Invitations

Friday, June 5th, 2015

Nautical theme party invitations set the tone for a fun occasion.  Maritime invitations appeal to earnest yachtsman, weekend sailboat skippers, salty old sailors, and water enthusiasts of all ages. Use a nautical theme design for birthday party invitations, retirement party invitations, water themed moving announcements and more. Shop our Nautical Invitations collection today.

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What is a Party Invitation Rain Date?

Friday, March 6th, 2015

Chic Palm Trees Summer All White Party Invitations“It can’t rain!”

Has the weather ever been a factor when you’re planning a party or other activity?

Our native California employees all say “What’s a rain date?” when a customer submits that phrase on their invitation order.

So, what is a rain date?

It’s an alternative date that an event will be held if the scheduled event must be postponed due to rain or bad weather.

So, if at the bottom of an invitation you find “Rain date is April 9th,” don’t forget to mark your calendar for both the party date and the rain date. If bad weather looms the morning of the party, you might want to check with the hostess if she hasn’t called you.

We know, somebody has to live here in Southern California where weather really isn’t a factor when we’re planning our lives or activities. As the country looks forward to the first days of spring, we’ve been creating fabulous invitations that put you in the mood to party!

So rain or shine, have a great time at your next party and let us know if we can help you with party invitations!

Show Us Your Beads Mardi Gras Invitations

Saturday, January 17th, 2015

If you can’t make it to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, do the next best thing and throw a party! And, if your crowd loves a rowdy night of revelry, this Show Us Your Beads invitation will delight them.

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Labor Day “White Party” & Invitations

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Here in Southern California, we’ve had such a mild summer and really cool nights, it’s hard to believe Labor Day signals the “end of summer” and it’s time to celebrate with one last beach party, pool party, or barbeque. I like to think of it as “back to school” party instead of the end of summer.

So, if you’re planning a get together over the Labor Day weekend, how about throwing a  “White Party” where your guests are required to wear all white. (Remember when it was frowned upon to wear white after Labor Day?)Summer All-White Party Attire Party Invitations |

You can decorate for your party with:

  • White flowers
  • White candles
  • White tablecloths
  • White plastic table wear and napkins
  • White sand
  • White seashells
  • White streamers and balloons

Serve white drinks and white food such as:

  • Cheese buffet
  • Hummus and crackers
  • White garlic chicken pizza
  • Chicken
  • White Fish
  • Pasta
  • Cheesecake
  • White cupcakes with white frosting
  • Angel food cake with flavored whip cream topping
  • White wine
  • Champagne
  • Mojitos
  • Gin and tonics
  • Blonde Tequila Shooters

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15 Professional Planning Tips for Corporate Events

Saturday, August 2nd, 2014

One of the hardest events for most people to plan are corporate events. Even smaller events, for less than a couple hundred people, can be a real challenge if you are not a professional party planner. However, here are fifteen tips you can use to make your corporate party or corporate event a success:

1.  Always take the time to plan ahead. If you will be renting a special venue you will need to secure it as far in advance as possible. Some places can book up even a year in advance. By finding your venue early, and placing your deposit, you can ensure that you get the venue that you want.

2.  When you are planning a corporate event you need to set a very strict working budget and then make sure that you have extra cash for the unexpected expenses. You can be sure that every event will have some unexpected extra expenses, that is just simply part of planning an event.

3.  If you have contracts, agreements, lists, or seating charts, make sure you keep extra copies of them in case they are misplaced or lost. Copying them is very simple and quick and can really save you later on if you loose your plans.

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4.  Make sure you send out your invitations at least 3 to 4 weeks ahead of your event. If it is a holiday event or you know the date you’ve selected might be in high demand, consider sending out Save the Date cards a few months in advance of hour party.  Make sure that you ask your guests to RSVP so that you know how many people will be attending.   Don’t use “Regrets Only” if you need a reliable head count.  Plan on calling the last rsvp holdouts too so you’re not surprised by extra attendees.

5.  If you are creating a seating chart for your event, you can either set it up completely randomly or work with someone else in your company to come up with the best possible scenario to avoid faux paus in your seating choices.


Blue and Brown First Communion Party Ideas

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Blue and Brown First Communion Invitations and Party Ideas

Blue and brown are popular colors for a boy’s first communion.  Adding in hints of green and white with your party decorations creates a beautiful soft and elegant look to your event.  The Brown Cross invitation is printed on shimmery paper and comes with matching shimmery envelopes (available in other colors.)

We love these dessert ideas and the mints with bible verses printed on the packages are a nice touch to your tables.

Sources:  Swirled Brown Cross on Shimmery Blue Invitations, Strawberries, Cross Favor Bags, Hydrangeas, Cross Cupcakes, Bible Verse Buttermints, Party Decor, Blue Organza Tote Favor Bag 

Front Runner Kentucky Derby Party

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Front Runner Kentucky Derby Ideas

The Front Runner Party Invitations are a great way to set the tone for your Kentucky Derby party. To carry the elegance through to your party, you can use red roses as your centerpieces, a red velvet cake for desert and of course, no Derby party would be complete without Mint Juleps. Show guests you care by presenting them with party favor boxes filled with treats or a trinket or ribbon tied cello bags filled with nuts or candies.

Sources: Rose Centerpiece, Front Runner Favor Box,Mint Julep Recipes,Front Runner Kentucky Derby Party Invitations,Front Runner Cello Party Favors,Red Velvet Cake

Crab on Red Stripes Dinner Party Invitations

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Crab on Red Stripes Dinner Party Invitations

Seafood party invitations are perfect for any occasion.  We love our Blue Crab on Red Stripes invitation for a beach party, a birthday party, a wedding rehearsal dinner, a nautical themed invitations…the choice is yours. Just change the wording to fit your occasion.

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Cocktail Hour: 4 Fruity Summer Cocktails

Friday, June 21st, 2013

4 Great Fruity Summer Cocktails

It’s Friday and it’s finally officially summer! No better reason that to mix up a batch of amazing fruity cocktails this weekend. I wanted something different and with all the yummy summer fruits hitting the grocery stores and farmer’s markets, I couldn’t resist looking for a fabulous recipe to enjoy.

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