Merry Christmas to All!

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Invitation to a Bachelorette Party Scavenger Hunt

You're in charge of the bachelorette party, so how are you going to make it special? A great option to give the bachelorette party a boost and make sure that everyone has a rocking good time is to send bachelorette party invitations to a scavenger hunt. A scavenger hunt can last through the night and still allow for plenty of time for eating, drinking and gabbing.

Two fun scavenger hunts are where you create a list of items that have to be physically procured like a matchbook from a particular restaurant, a cocktail napkin with the bar's name on it. Another great hunt is to produce a list of things, people, places or actions that each team must take a picture with their cell phone and one team member must be in the photo. As the photos are taken, they are forwarded to the "judge" and later, she can print them out for the bride. The bride can choose her favorite photos to share on her Facebook page.

After a talk with the groom, the photo scavenger hunt could include finding places of significance to the couple from a list of clues -- their favorite bar, restaurant, place of their first date, first kiss. You can mark the landmarks before hand with a ribbon or a plastic engagement ring so scavengers will know when they are in the right spot for the photo.

If you have enough girls for two limos, you can split into teams by limo and give clues to the driver where the next landmark is to be found. You can stock the limo with drinks and snacks in the back and have a "pre party" while playing game. You can have the bride switch between limos at various times so no one feels left out. Limousines aren't as expensive as you would imagine, especially if all the girls attending the party chip in for the ride for a few hours of the night.

Your bachelorette party is sure to be memorable, especially if you give the winning team a great prize at the end of the night. A nice gift at the end of the night could be a scrapbook to present to the bride to fill with all the crazy, fun scavenger hunt photos. This type of bachelorette party gives the girls a lot of laughs, as well as a great amount of time to bond and work toward a common cause - finding all the locations, following clues and taking photos to remember the night!

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Summer Slumber Parties & Invitations

School's out and summer is the perfect time for slumber parties. Sleep overs are also a great way for kids to see each other and catch up on all the summer gossip. For help on planning a slumber party, check out "The Ultimate Tween Girl Slumber Party".

ETIQUETTE CHALLENGE #6: Shower invitation for baby Number 4...

You just received an invitation for a fertile-myrtle's fourth baby. You've attended showers 1, 2 and 3, but do you have to go to the 4th baby shower? Will you make up an excuse why you can't go?

If you decide to go, how much would you spend on a gift?

Answer the Etiquette Challenge, tell us what you'd do!

Sizzling Summer Party Invitations

Summer! With Memorial Day over, we can officially get into the full swing of summer. Barbeques, picnics, beach parties...what do you have planned?

Of course, for a great summer party, just break out the Barbecue. Send out this Barbeque Fixings Invitation to a few friends, throw on some hot dogs and hamburgers, and you have a great start to a summer get-together.

What are you serving this summer? We've got some ideas:

     Ranch Cheeseburgers
     Kentucky Country Ham Salad
     Easy Lime Bars
     Hearty Healthy Black Bean Dip

Do you have a favorite summer recipe? Send it to us, we'd love to include it!

ETIQUETTE CHALLENGE #5: You have this great new lipstick...

You have this great new passionate pink lipstick that is just perfect with your outfit, but while at a cocktail party, every sip you take is leaving a pink lip print on your wine glass.

Do you keep wiping off the rim of your glass?

Does a glass with a rim of lipstick prints bother you when it's yours? When it's some one else's?

Tell us what you think!

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Up Time America by Kimberly Alyn

Need a pick me up? You'll love this!

National Memorial Day Concert May 30, 2010

We included an article about this beautiful Memorial Day Concert last year (read prior article) and this year it will be broadcast live from our nation's capital on May 30, 2010 on PBS 8:00 p.m. EST. Be sure to set your DVRs!

On this Memorial Day, take a moment to remember those who have fought or served in our military, those who died in service to our country and those who are still fighting for our freedom.

You can read more about this fabulous event at

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Etiquette Challenge #1: Is it ok to talk...

Question: Is it ok to talk on your cell phone while you're getting your hair done, ordering food, standing in line at the bank, shopping or anywhere in public?

Tell us what you think!

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4th of July Fun & Fireworks

Planning a 4th of July Party? We've got some great new invitations!

Shop all our 4th of July Invitations.

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Humorous Graduation Party Invitations your guests will Love!

Looking for fun, humorous graduation party invitations? We've got them! Our new college graduation invitations are selling like crazy!

Also comes without the hat, just the cups

Check out all our great Graduation Party Invitations

Outdoor Spring or Summer Party Planning

Spring has sprung and summer is around the corner! As we cut the grass and fill the patio pots with new plants, we might find ourselves getting giddy from the fragrant flowers in bloom around us. And that’s when the idea of throwing an outdoor party pops up!

So, if you are itching to gather all your friends to celebrate a new spring season, you need to read our Eight Things to take care of Before your Guests Arrive.

We've added some fun new summer invitations and would love to hear what you think of them.

We love the Summer Tent Affair Invitation. It's been a hot seller for numerous occasions from a sweet sixteen birthday party to a evening concert at the beach.

Another favorite is our Pool Party Beauties Invitation. This invitation was just crying out for some "different" wording, and from the number of comments, we think you'll agree, it ain't your ordinary 4th of July or pool party invitation!

Summer weather just begs for a barbecue! Even if it's just a small group hanging out in the backyard with burgers and dogs, grilling out is definitely one of our favorite summer things to do. We love our Barbeque Fixings Party Invitation.

Check out all our Summer Invitations and then PARTY ON!
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If life gives you limes, make Margaritas

Happy Cinco de Mayo! This day puts us in the mood for margaritas! If you love margaritas too, boy do we have great invitations for you!

What do you need for a Kentucky Derby Party?

The Kentucky Derby is the most famous horse race and is held the first Saturday of May every year at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky. It is often referred to as the "most exciting two minutes in sports".
The attendance at the Kentucky Derby ranks first over all other stakes races in North America. But the Kentucky Derby isn’t just about a horse race, it’s also a good excuse for racing fans to gather together at elaborate parties that are held annually in Louisville a few weeks prior to, and on the day of the actual race. And the best news is, you don’t have to live in Kentucky or even place a bet to celebrate this event, wherever you live!

My husband and I went the year Barbero won and my hat even made it onto the race track on the head of a sports photographer.

So what do you need for a great Derby Party?
  • Big Screen TV to watch the pre-race events and the actual Run for the Roses.
  • Fun d├ęcor associated with the Kentucky Derby
  • Traditional Southern Food and Drink
  • Fun friends
You can read our complete Kentucky Derby Party Ideas article, plus we've got recipes for Mint Juleps and other Southern Fare, decorating tips, entertaining ideas and more.

Astound your guests with your knowledge of who won every race back to 1875? We've got a list of all the winners, but here's a short list of the winners back to 2000 that should be easy to memorize before your guests arrive.

The Tyranny of E-Mail

How many times have you checked your email today? When you got up? Before you went to work? While driving to work? Every ten minutes at work? How many messages did you have to wade through to get to the good stuff? John Freeman's "The Tyranny of E-Mail" is a real wake up call.

Email fragments our days, fractures our concentration, diverts us from face-to-face encounters. And in the case of our business - custom printed invitations and personal stationery to be sent by snail mail, email just lacks the personal touch a handwritten note to a friend or loved one conveys. Take some time, jot some notes instead of a quick line by email and who knows, it just might become a habit you and your friends will enjoy sending as well as receiving.

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Can you throw out 50 things to change your life?

Gail Blanke is a word-class motivator whose vision is to empower men and women to live truly exceptional lives.

Find more videos like this on Throw Out Fifty Things

You'll love her book "Throw Out Fifty Things, Clear the Clutter, Find your Life."

So what do you toss? Blanke answers this question by giving you the “rules of disengagement.’’

They are:
■ Rule 1. If the item, memory, job, or even person is weighing you down, get rid of it.
■ Rule 2. If the thing is not contributing something positive, let it go.
■ Rule 3. If it takes you a long time to decide whether something needs to be tossed, throw it out.
■ Rule 4. If you’re afraid to throw out something, get rid of the fear.

Can you find 50 things? I started my spring cleaning at home with my Master Bedroom and can't figure out how all that stuff got there since last spring. Using Gail's idea of writing down what you've tossed, so far, I've managed:
  1. All old magazines - there had to be 50, but unfortunately, Gail only lets us count all of them as one object.
  2. Cleared out all the stuff under the bed, mostly books, free weights and exercise bands (bad feng shui for anything to be under your bed, but that's for another article).
  3. Tossed all the old articles I had ripped out of the magazines and stuffed in a drawer in my nightstand that were of great workouts, health tips I couldn't live without, recipes - I never looked at them in the past year, so out they went.
  4. Then I moved to my antique desk/secretary/display cabinet and tossed out more articles I had saved and moved mementos of my father to their own space in a small antique trunk.
  5. Tossed old football season passes.
  6. Tossed old folder of decorating ideas that were from the first time we decorated our house.
  7. Tossed out old receipts.
  8. Tossed out empty ipod box and directions - I'll let my son teach me what I don't know.
  9. Tossed out old candles that their color had started to change (no idea how old they were and why they were in my desk!)

And I have to say, throwing out 50 things is much harder than it seemed when I first started. Now that I'm on a roll, I think I'll move on to the chest in the bedroom and the various size clothes we have to have for skinny days, fat days and that extra size either way. Or maybe I'll wait until next spring to tackle the clothes project!

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If it's hard...

"If it's hard, there's something you're missing." I have this note scribbled on a purple sticky note and posted to the side of my computer monitor. I glance at it frequently during the day for inspiration, for reassurance, for realizing everything is as it should be.

If it's hard, maybe I'm missing the knowledge to make it easy.
If it's hard, maybe I'm supposed to delegate the task.
If it's hard, maybe I'm not supposed to be doing that task now.
If it's hard, maybe I need to take a deep breath and try again.
If it's hard, maybe I'm supposed to take a giant leap out of my comfort zone.
If it's hard, just do it anyway.
If it's hard, maybe the rewards will be twice as sweet.

What if it's true that you make your own reality and that your thoughts became the things and events of your life? What would you do differently in the next five minutes? In the next five days?

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Kids say the cutest things!

While looking for something else, I found this cute video. Kids say the cutest things!

And then there's the "R" rated video, but it will crack you up...

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Signs Woman can Appreciate

You might have seen these already, but I thought the signs were cute and should be shared.

Share with someone who needs a smile today.

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Super Bowl Commercials

Do you love the Super Bowl commercials? Here are a few favorite clips put together on YouTube.

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Super Bowl Recipes to take to the Party

Now that we know who's playing in the Super Bowl, what are you going to serve or take to the party? Most of the Super Bowl party invitations we print say something like "bring an appetizer" or "bring a dish to pass". So here's a few ideas on what to fix.

Hot Italian Beef Sandwiches
Spicy Salsa Cheese Dip
Tangy Cocktail Franks
Roasted Rosemary Cashews
Easy Lime Bars Dessert
Seven Layer Taco Dip
Healthy & Hearty Smoky Black Bean Dip
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Hot Garlicky Artichoke Dip

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Super Bowl Party Invitations

Put on your favorite football team jersey and get in the spirit with great Super Bowl party invitations. We have lots of exclusive Super Bowl party invitations you won't see anywhere else. Are you ready for some football?

Mardi Gras Invitations

Jazz it up with fabulous exclusive Mardi Gras Invitations. Doesn't matter what you want to celebrate, we have the perfect original invitations for Fat Tuesday invitations, Bourbon Street invitations, French Quarter, Cajun Cooking, Masquerade or Mardi Gras Extravaganza invitations. Our unique selection of invitations are sure to spice up your Mardi Gras Party.

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