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.
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.
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…
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!