Sparkling New Year’s Eve Party Ideas

Champagne isn’t the only thing that’s sparkling at this New Year’s Eve party! The party planners at celebrations.com chose our Shaped to Celebrate New Year’s Eve party invitations as the starting point for their retro and sparkly New Year’s Eve party ideas.

New Year's Party Ideas

The invitation’s muted colors and star accents provided the color palette and sparkly theme that carried throughout the party, from the aqua table runner to the shimmery silver gray accents. Silver beads and ornament-size disco balls were sprinkled about to add to the party dance theme. And a do-it-yourself cake stand embellished with glittery 2013 decals was an inexpensive way to give the serving table a New Year’s theme. With candles lit, it was all very glamorous.

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Gathering Holiday Party Theme Ideas

Pinterest.com holiday partyOur new favorite resource for creative ideas is Pinterest.com. Whether you’re planning a holiday party, a wedding or a kitchen renovation, it makes browsing the Internet for ideas much easier and a lot more fun.

Instead of bookmarking, or worse, printing the ideas you love, you can ‘pin’ them to virtual bulletin boards on Pinterest.com. You can organize ideas by event, style, theme, or project, quickly go back to the source pages for recipes or how-tos, and even share all your ideas with friends. This makes it super easy to plan a party!

To show you how fun it is, we created a Pinboard to help us plan a holiday party using our Sketched Pinecones Holiday Party Invitations for inspiration. First we logged in to our Pinterest account and searched for “pinecone holiday décor” to find decorating ideas other people might have pinned. We re-pinned any images we liked, adding them to our Pinecone Party Pinboard.

Adding the “Pin It” tool to our toolbar allowed us to widen our search beyond Pinterest.com and pin images wherever we found them, crediting our sources and linking back to the details as we went. Quickly the theme began to come together, incorporating the cool aqua color, white feathers and pinecones in different ways. We found lots of DIY decorating ideas we loved, then searched for winter party food and beverage ideas, and pinned those, too.

Now that we have our party all planned, we can share the link with friends. If you have an account, you can follow our Pinboards at pinterest.com/peartreegrtngs and make comments, as well as create your own boards. If you like it, pin it. It’s that easy!

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Christmas Ornament Exchange Party

Christmas Party InvitationLast year, when we were decorating our Christmas tree, I noticed that our ornament collection was looking a little sad. Several were chipped or broken. The once shiny metal ones were tarnished, and the glass bulbs were cloudy. The collection has gotten smaller, as broken ornaments were not replaced. The ones that survived the toddler years are, for the most part, made of felt, metal or plastic.

Of course we have added quite a few beloved ones: the plaster-of-Paris snowman that weighs about three pounds and makes the tree lean to whichever side it’s on. The thumbprints that say, “Thumbunny loves me,” made in preschool, and the “My first Christmas” ornaments, to name a few. Still, it might be time to add to the collection.

I’ve always wanted to have an ornament exchange party. Pear Tree has the cutest tree-shaped, die-cut Christmas party invitations that would be perfect for an ornament exchange. Or maybe I’ll suggest it to my girlfriends when we’re talking about gift exchange party ideas this year.

I’ve never been one for themed Christmas trees, with matching ornaments and trendy color schemes. Christmas ornaments just don’t have much meaning when you buy a dozen at a time. I love walking into a store that has thousands of ornaments and walking out with just one—the perfect one, carefully chosen for the friend who will think of me every time she hangs it on her tree.

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Fun Christmas Party Ideas: Cookie Exchange

Christmas cookie exchange partyA Christmas cookie exchange is one of those fun Christmas party ideas that puts everyone in the holiday spirit. Hmmm, could it be because you leave with dozens of cookies to eat and lots of new recipes to try?

I have to admit, I had an ulterior motive to hosting my first Cookie Exchange. I like baking cookies, but don’t have the patience to bake more than one or two varieties. Hosting a cookie exchange would guarantee me lots of different kinds of cookies, and enough to last through the holidays!

The idea is pretty simple. You invite friends and ask them to bring cookies. Lots of cookies. Enough cookies to give half a dozen or a dozen to everyone attending. As the hostess, you get to set the rules (number of guests, amount of cookies to bring, how to package them, etc.) and you should communicate this information in your Christmas party invitations.

There are different ways to do it, but I invited eight guests, and asked each guest to bring eight-dozen cookies, all the same kind. It sounds like a lot, but most of my guests agreed that it was a lot easier to double or triple a single recipe than to make dozens of different kinds. Adding to the fun, I also asked each guest to create a recipe card for the cookies they made, and to bring enough copies for each guest to take home.

My guests arrived with large boxes and trays of cookies, and we set them all around my table. I provided each guest with an empty holiday cookie tin and wax paper for layering. (Lined boxes or plastic containers would also work.) We shared wine, hors d’oeuvres, and funny cookie-baking stories, but the highlight of the evening was parading around the table, filling up our cookie tins.

I expected the Christmas spirit, but was surprised by the feeling of sisterhood that developed. It felt like an old-fashioned quilting bee, where the women of the village join forces to create something we could never have done on our own. Everyone went home happy, with eight different kinds of cookies, a tin to keep them fresh, and recipes to try next year—in short, a very successful, very satisfying party.

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Please RSVP. Seriously.

holiday partyMost of us have done it, but we’re not proud to admit it. Forgetting to RSVP is a social no-no and we all know it. From the French Répondez s’il vous plait, which means “please respond,” these four letters on a holiday party invitation usually means the host or hostess needs to know if you’re coming. Seriously.

For the host, not hearing back from you can be a vexing problem, particularly if it’s a smaller gathering. If you’re not sure you can come, or will be late, most hostesses would prefer you tell them that rather than not responding at all.

If you’re planning a party and wondering whether or not to include an RSVP request on your invitation, it is completely optional. Certainly for a formal dinner you will want to know how many places to set. In contrast, an RSVP might not be necessary for an open house, since people will be coming and going throughout and food is usually more casual.

Seasoned hostesses are good at estimating quantities and are always prepared for surprises. As a general rule of thumb, however, it’s a good idea NOT to be the one to surprise her!

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Christmas Invitation Ideas

snowball fightIt’s hard to use the words “financially responsible” and “holiday party” in the same sentence, but, there, I’ll come out and say it. Like it or not, people just aren’t throwing big, glamorous parties the way they used to. Many of us are choosing simpler, smaller affairs with our close friends, relatives and neighbors. These get-togethers are not only easier to plan and less expensive, they can also be a lot of fun.

We had budget-friendly gatherings in mind when we developed our line of Christmas Party Invitation ideas. Cookie exchange parties, tree-trimming gatherings, gingerbread decorating parties and spill-the-wine parties don’t have to be expensive.

One of our customers hosts an annual snowball fight in her backyard. Treats include hot cocoa with marshmallows and cinnamon rolls. Formal attire is not required. Your presence is requested because you are loved (and because it will be a hoot and you won’t want to miss it). Sure, we love the formality of a sit-down multi-course dinner, complete with place cards, champagne and catered hors d’oeuvres. But sometimes the simple gatherings are the most memorable.

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Holiday Party Invitations

The holidays are coming. Whether you’re ready or not, the holiday music is playing in the stores, the lights are going up in the neighborhood, the stores have their full assortment of decorations, gift wrap and stockings on the shelves and the ads have definitely started to take over my Sunday paper.

 

What else does this mean? Your calendar is soon to be booked with holiday parties. Weekends in December seem to disappear. But that’s okay, right? Because it’s the season to get together, surround yourself with people that make you smile, make you laugh. However, we recognize that it costs money to host parties and you just might be in saving mode right now.

 

That’s why we’re so proud of our 2009 collection of Holiday party invitations. They’re stylish. Whether you’re looking for a chic holiday party invitation or as specific as a gingerbread house making party invitation, our talented designers have created a truly unique, stylish invitation for your event. And the best part? We sell them in quantities as low as 8. Maybe only a few neighbors in your neighborhood make you smile or maybe can only handle 8 crazy, talk-non-stop five year old children in the house at one time. For $10, you can brighten someone’s day with one of our holiday party invitations and give them something to look forward to this holiday season.

 

 

Because that’s what it should be about, making spirits bright!

Here are a few of my favorites.

Simply Merry -- Aqua Christmas Party Invitation

Simply Merry – Aqua Holiday Party Invitation

Tree Trimming -- Holiday Party Invitation

Tree Trimming – Holiday Party Invitation

Chandelier Chic Party Invitation

Chandelier Chic Holiday Party Invitation

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