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7 TIPS + TRICKS FOR CREATING HOLIDAY PARTY INVITATIONS

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Over the next few weeks, Target is partnering with the Inner Circle crew to put together a Holiday Party 101 blog series. Everyone will be covering topics for everything you need to plan the perfect holiday party – from initial planning to food to picking out the perfect party outfits. They assigned Greg and I with the task of covering invitations. I’m taking over this topic for the two of us because this is right up my alley. In my book, half the fun of planning a party is in the invitations. I love paper.

7 Holiday Party Invitations Tips + Tricks / 7thhouseontheleft.com

So, without further ado, here are seven of my tips and for putting together holiday party invitations:

01 // Compiling addresses can be a pain – especially if (like me) you have a hard time keeping track of and updating your address book. Last year, a friend introduced me to the awesomeness of Postable. They have a free address book feature that’s crazy kinds of convenient. All you do is email your friends and family your custom url, they click over, type in their contact information and it’s saved directly to your address book. Easy as that. Once you have all of your addresses collected, go ahead and stash them in a cute address book. You’ll thank yourself next year.

02 // When designing or having your invitations printed, make sure you include all of the important information, including: date, time, who’s hosting, address (parking directions if needed), whether or not dinner will be served, if your guests need to bring or wear something in particular (white elephant or ugly sweater party anyone?) and an RSVP phone number or email address.

7 Holiday Party Invitations Tips + Tricks / 7thhouseontheleft.com

03 // If you’re having your party catered or doing a lot of cooking yourself, make sure to set an RSVP date for far enough in advance to give your caterer and/or yourself plenty of time to prep.

04 // When ordering/printing/crafting your invitations, make sure you order about 20% more than your final invitation count. You’ll need extras for accidents (you know, if Fido gets a hold of one and decides to make his own paper snowflakes), last-minute guest list additions, printer errors and keepsakes.

05 // Your party invitation will be the guest’s first glimpse into what kind of party you’re throwing, so make sure you keep with the theme/feel of the party when designing the invitation. If you’re going with a fun, vintage, casual soiree, stick with kraft paper and classic vintage touches – such as vintage postage stamps…

Unused Vintage Holiday Stamps / 7thhouseontheleft.com

06 // Rather than going with the usual seasonal USPS postage, step it up a notch and trade it in for vintage stamps. This is my favorite tip to use – especially around the holidays. You can find unused vintage stamps on Etsy (this is where we ordered ours). Needless to say, vintage stamps have much lower values than today’s stamps, so you have to make sure you use multiple stamps to add up to the value you need – which just makes the invitations look that much cooler, right?!

07 // Often postage machines can leave dark lines and smudges on your envelopes. You can avoid that kind of thing by asking the postal worker to hand-cancel your invitations. Don’t worry about asking, they’ve done this before and it’s a common thing to do with wedding invitations. This is especially helpful if your invitation has embellishments or special embossing you don’t want messed up.

To tune in to more holiday party-throwing tips, be sure to follow #mykindofholiday and #targetinnercircle on Twitter and Instagram. Later this month, Target will be compiling all the posts for an article on A Bullseye View, and we’ll be sure to share the link on Facebook and Twitter. Happy party-planning everyone!

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15 Comments

  • Reply
    Sarah
    December 3, 2013 at 12:17 am

    I love these tips, thank you – but the actual reason for my comment is that I LOVE that you addressed an envelope (even for picture purposes) to George Bailey in Bedford Falls 🙂 Best Christmas movie EVER.

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      Ashley
      December 3, 2013 at 6:56 am

      Haha!! I didn’t want to use our or a friend’s address, so I figured that would be a fun way to tie in the (like you said) best Christmas movie ever!

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    Elysa
    December 3, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Thanks for such great tips! I love your invitation. Did you design these yourselves? They are really really cute. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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      Ashley
      December 3, 2013 at 6:57 am

      Thank you! Yep, I designed these for this project but we plan on using these for our party next year. Can’t wait!

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    Jessica
    December 3, 2013 at 9:57 am

    Hi Ashley! I love the design of your invitation. Which program did you use to create it?

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      Ashley
      December 3, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Thanks! I used Adobe Illustrator.

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    Meghan
    December 3, 2013 at 11:39 am

    Umm… did you hand write the address on the envelope? Because I love love love both of the fonts you used and will NEED to know the name of them – if they are available, that is! Please and thanks. 🙂

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      Ashley
      December 3, 2013 at 12:33 pm

      Haha, thanks! We’ve had a lot of people ask in the past and are working on coming out with a font of my handwriting next year (hopefully!). For the straight font, try out DK Wayang. Hope that helps!

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    Felicia
    December 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    We aren’t planning any parties this year, but I’m in love with this post and saving it for next year! Thanks for all of the tips!

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    Melissa
    December 3, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I had no idea you could ask the post workers to hand-cancel mail. Such a great tip!!

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    Fagan
    December 3, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Just ordered me some vintage stamps. LOVE this idea!

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    Kym
    December 4, 2013 at 2:48 am

    LOVE all of this! Everyone already asked the questions I had but I couldn’t resist saying that I love the design of your invite and the fonts used on your envelope. I used to work at an interactive agency and am a total design and font snob now though cant replicate any of it (I work in HR). Thanks for a great post.

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    Linda
    December 4, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks for the GREAT idea to use ALL my vintage stamps (I have SO many–don’t even need to go to Etsy!). Love your invitation.

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    gina @ skinnytaste
    December 10, 2013 at 9:40 am

    You’re amazing, I love your talent!

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      Ashley
      December 10, 2013 at 10:04 am

      Thanks so much, Gina!

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