Throwing The Perfect Holiday Party, Part 1: Intro & Invites

Hi, lovelies!

During the holidays we like to take a break from weddings and throw some kick-booty parties! We want to pass on some of our inspirations to you, by way of a three part series… In the coming weeks, we’re going to lay out a start to finish plan on executing the perfect elements of aesthetic and comfort for your holiday party. We’ll start with printed items, then decor design, and finally food, drink, and fun! So let’s get festive as we kick off the series with invitations this week! Here’s how to choose and incorporate them into your yuletide soiree.

holiday-fetetetePhoto Credit: Paperless Post

Choosing Your Tones

The invitation is the first thing your guests will see of your holiday festivities. That being said, the tone of the invite should be in line with that of the overall party. If you’re planning a classy black tie affair, you should look for something clean with script, not have a silly reindeer or snowman. However, if you’re planning an ugly sweater party, that might be totally appropriate! Just be sure the invitation matches the event.

1Photo Credits: Minted

Method of Production

Creating invitations online is fun and easy! Some of our favorite places to do that include Minted and Paperless Post. If you’re having a more formal party, we recommend sending physical, printed invitations in the mail. If the tone is more casual (or you’re just looking to save some trees), take a peek at Paperless Post and you’ll find equally gorgeous invites to send via email!

2Photo Credits: Paperless Post

Details & Info

Some things to include on the invite are of course the date and time, what to bring, and what the attire is (if necessary). Is the party and open house, or a set time? Should they bring a plate of cookies or coordinate a dish with you? Include an RSVP date, which should be a week before the party. Tip: If you have directions or specific instructions on getting into your building, that should either be sent in an email or on a separate card from the invitation. Putting it on the invitation can get too messy!

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And they’re off! Invites should popped in the mail (or emailed) around 3-4 weeks before the party. If you’re having cards shipped to you, be sure they arrive early enough to get them out on time. Then, while waiting for the replies to roll in, you can start putting together decor and details… which we’ll get into next week! Stay tuned for part 2!

min-stq-hpa-001_a_pzPhoto Credit: Minted

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