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The Importance Of Invitations

Well hello there!!  So glad you stopped by!

Today we are talking invitations!  More specifically we’ll be focusing on the importance of invitations.  You DID know invitations are important, right?  Of course you did!

Invitations set the stage for an event and unless you plan to throw a mediocre party, you shouldn’t plan on sending mediocre invitations.  They should be one-of-a-kind, wow-your-guests worthy and designed specifically for your fantastic party.   Invitations are your party’s introduction.  They declare the event’s theme, colors, and fun factor.  See, I told you… IMPORTANT!

Besides being incredible, your invitations should include specific information:

What type of party:  A Circus Celebration

For whom: Little Lucy

When:  Saturday June 15th

Where: Under The Big Top Circus Tent (with address)

Why:  Lucy’s 10th Birthday

RSVP: 555-848-7734 or by June 1st.

There is also additional information you may need to add, depending on the type of event.  If the invitation is for a bridal shower, include the registry information.  You may want to include directions, or specified party attire.  Think about all the information your guests will need and make sure it is stated in the invitation.

Try to think about the theme of your party and create an invitation to go with it.  Having a Painting Party?  Send paint swatch invitations.  A Storybook baby shower, maybe?  Send an invitation that looks like a book.  Get those wheels turning and think of something clever.  It doesn’t need to be expensive.  In fact, you may be able to make something fabulous for half the price of those overused Party Store invitations.  You know what I’m talking about.

If you are having a difficult time coming up with an invitation idea, head on over to Google or Pinterest.  The best of us use sites like these for inspiration.  There’s no shame in it.  Find something creative in your budget and recreate it.  If you aren’t crafty, don’t fret, get the invitations custom made.

You have unlimited options and there is something perfect out there for you.  So find it, send it, and wait for the awesome feedback.  It IS coming… along with all the confirmations!   Because once your guests receive that knock-your-socks-off invitation, they’ll want to attend your party!  They’ll know it’s one they can’t miss!!

For some invitation inspiration, here are some invitations that I have sent.  You’ll see, they aren’t your outta-the-box invites.  Each were thought out, planned carefully and very well received by the guests.  Check ‘em out…

Film Canister Invitation:

Invitation Card Design

My girls and I found this invitation idea online and just ran with it.  We recreated it to make it our own and boy was it worth it.  They were a HUGE hit and are still being talked about today!

The invitation was sent out for a PICTURE PERFECT BRIDAL SHOWER…

bridal Shower Theme Party Ideas

Bridal Shower Theme Party Ideas

 Western Invitation:

Invitation Card Design

When thinking of an invitation to fit a western theme we wanted something rustic yet interesting.  We used a western font, rustic-y fabric and threw in a kid’s sheriff badge for some flair!

This invitation was created for a COWGIRL BACHELORETTE PARTY…

Cowgirl Bachelorette Party

Cowgirl Bachelorette Party

Tied-the-Knot Invitation:

Invitation Card Design

Talk about a WOW-worthy invitation.  This one was a show stopper.  Slightly interactive and totally awesome!  My girlfriend got married in Ireland and wanted to celebrate a few months later with those who were unable to make the trip.

This invitation was designed for her St. Patrick’s Day Reception…

St Patricks Day Theme Party Ideas

St Patricks Day Theme Party Ideas

Breakfast at Tiffany’s invitation:

Tiffany Theme Invitation Card Design

This is the invitation was one of my favorites.  I Googled some ideas and came up with this beauty.  It’s pretty fabulous, right?

This invitation was sent for a BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S BRIDAL SHOWER

Tiffany Themed Party Ideas

Tiffany Themed Party Ideas

See how each invitation set the stage for each party?!  The only down side to sending jaw-dropping invites is that you are guaranteed to be blasted with serious praise.

Be ready to hear how awesome you are, over and over again!  But don’t worry, it NEVER gets old! 😉

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9 Responses to The Importance Of Invitations

  1. Akhil Pulotil May 2, 2013 at 7:57 pm #

    Nice article and nice collection 😀

    Keep Posting 🙂

  2. Andi Leeman May 2, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    I love the film reel invitation, looks great. Great photos by the way, invitations are part of the fun of a party, not enough creativity goes into them.

    We did a surprise ‘Alice In Wonderland’ party for my daughters 18th, also called Alice. We made the invitations on card and we made a load of ‘Mad Hatter Hats, then place the invite into the band around the hats like in the film. They looked great and they created an excitement for the party.

    • Catherine Holt May 3, 2013 at 9:02 am #

      Your absolutely right Andi. The invitation is when people get to feel the vibe for the party and like everything, first impressions are so important! Your Alice invitations/party sound awesome – very creative! I’d love to see a picture (or two) if you would like to share 🙂

  3. The Social Yeti May 2, 2013 at 10:21 pm #

    Loved this post lots of really cool idea’s.

    I liked the film roll one most I might have to have a party now !


    • Catherine Holt May 3, 2013 at 9:04 am #

      Thanks Sam. The roll of film is pretty clever isn’t it! You could use this idea for a movie night too…it would be just as effective. Have fun with planning your next party 🙂

  4. Christine Piotrowicz May 4, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Love all of the invites shown here. These were some pretty amazing parties. I epically love the film reel 🙂 l love all the creativity that goes into your ideas! Great work!

    • Catherine Holt May 4, 2013 at 9:45 am #

      I agree Christine, I think the film reel is incredibly clever and you would definitely ensure your diary was free if you received an invite like this one! Heather has some amazing ideas and her designs are incredible 🙂

  5. Melissa Copson May 6, 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    Great Feature, the invitations really are a huge and important way to set the tone and theme of the party! Thanks for introducing me to SmartPartyPlanning, Heather!

    I am about to get lost in this awesome-ness!!!!

    • Catherine Holt May 6, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

      Thanks for popping by Melissa 🙂 It is amazing how many people skip the invites, thinking that they are not really important, but Heather has just proved everyone wrong hasn’t she!! She has given us some pretty awesome examples 🙂

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