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It’s Party Time! Nail Every Event with This Party Planning Checklist

Party planning: art supplies for a themed party

Whether you’re throwing a birthday bash or setting up a sweet soiree for a baby shower, event planning requires thought and preparation. You need to think about menu items, party decor, the guest list, and entertainment. From the smallest event to the largest, hosting a memorable party comes down to effective planning. With all the excitement and a seemingly endless mountain of to-dos, it’s easy to forget things.

Don’t stress. We’ve done the hard work for you. With this handy party planning checklist, you can go step-by-step so nothing gets missed. From your bestie’s birthday party to an elaborate engagement celebration, here’s everything you need to do to host an event your guests are sure to love.
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Expert Tips for Turning Your Business Event Virtual

For events industry professionals and organizations that consistently plan or host events, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a question many may have thought they’d never face: can my in-person event transition into a virtual event?

“Right now we have to take it on an event by event basis,” Heidi Hiller of Innovative Party Planners said, of what goes into making such a decision. “There is no one size fits all answer.”

And Hiller is right–there isn’t a one size fits all answer. But, by presenting tips and insights from industry professionals executing successful virtual events right now, our aim is to make the decision to go virtual less difficult for you to make. 

More than that, we also hope to prepare you to go well beyond that, past the decision-making process, and toward seeing all of the benefits of going virtual. read more…

12 Online Graduation Invitations to Honor the Grad

A smiling graduate pumps her fists in excitement

Congrats, grad! It’s a sentiment you’ve been waiting to share for a very long time, and now the moment has finally arrived. Whether you’re organizing a high school or college graduation party, it’s an achievement worth celebrating. Once you’ve sent out the high school graduation announcements or college graduation announcements, the clock will be ticking to get the graduation party plans in motion.

To help you out, we’re sharing some fantastic online graduation invitations that will mark this special occasion in the exceptional style your graduate deserves. But first, let’s review why getting your graduation invitations online is a much smarter option than going the paper invite route.
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Birthday Invitations Online: 10 Ideas to Get the Party Started

A tablet, surrounded by confetti and party decor, displays birthday invitations online

Birthdays are one of life’s greatest gifts. They’re a reminder that the day you were born is worthy of celebration, and they’re the perfect reason to bring together family and friends.

Whether your own birthday is coming up or a friend or family member has a special day on the horizon, you’re likely on the hunt for some fun ideas to get your party planning in motion.

To help you out, we’re sharing some of our favorite online birthday invitations, along with pro tips to inspire your shindig. But first, let’s talk about why getting your birthday invitations online is a much better option than traditional paper party invites.
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The Benefits of Digital Wedding Invitations, Plus 10 Exquisite Ideas

A bride and groom stand at a rustic alter in the woods

Planning a wedding is one of the most exciting — and sometimes the most stressful — times of your life. But the joy of sharing your love with friends and family makes all the hard work more than worth the effort. We think planning a wedding should be a harmonious and fun time. From selecting wedding invitations and building a wedding website to trying on wedding dresses and indulging in different cake options, your experience should be one you look back on fondly.

Wedding invitations can be one of the biggest hassles when planning your union. Paper invites take a long time to select and design, and it can be hard to track down responses from some of your less-than-timely guests. That’s where digital wedding invitations come in. Here, we’ll show you the advantages of using digital wedding invites and share some stunning examples you can use to celebrate your love in style.
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The Average Cost of Wedding Invitations: 6 Ways to Do More with Less

Average cost of wedding invitations: a planning calendar, flowers, and wedding rings

Your big day is arriving. You’ve chosen the date, venue, and your guest list. (Or at least, you’ve started to narrow down who you want to invite.) At this point in the wedding planning process, you might be asking, “How much do wedding invitations cost?” Well, we’re glad you asked because we have the answers.

In this guide, we’ll break down what you need to know about the average cost of wedding invitations, plus offer some top tips on how you can cut costs for your special celebration without cutting corners.
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Wedding Invitation Wording: How to Find the Right Words

A bride and groom look lovingly at each other on their wedding day

You found your forever person and figured out where and when the big day is. Now comes the challenge: Finding the perfect words to express the joy, excitement, and overall vibe of your wedding day.

Unless you’re planning on sending save the date cards, your wedding invitation is the first impression you’ll be making about your upcoming wedding celebration, so you want it to be just right.

But before you start putting too much pressure on yourself, we’re here to help. If learning the ins-and-outs of wedding wording doesn’t fit on your pre-nuptial to-do list, you can use our wedding invitation wording tool to plug in your information and get the words you need. Or, use this guide where we’ll show you how to write a wedding invite. Then, we’ll provide examples of different approaches to wedding invitation wording so you not only know what to say, but exactly how to say it.
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19 Wedding Invitation Examples to Share Your Love Story

A couple gets rice thrown at them on their wedding day

Weddings are some of our favorite events. Months of planning — from choosing stunning wedding invitation examples to creating a tailored menu — culminate in a day filled with love and beauty. Cascading floral centerpieces, glittering chandeliers, and all of your loved ones gathered to celebrate a new partnership — There’s truly nothing more beautiful than that.

We won’t keep you as we daydream about our love of all things wedding. After all, you’ve got planning to do! Keep scrolling for seriously stunning wedding invitation examples you can add to your wedding board as you start envisioning your big day.
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Thinking-of-You Cards: 7 Situations Where You Can Show You Care

Three thinking of you cards with flowers and ribbon

They say it’s the thought that counts, and that’s certainly true when it comes to sending thinking-of-you cards. Whether you’re offering warm wishes, expressing sympathy, or simply letting someone know they’re on your mind, a thinking-of-you card is a simple act of kindness that can go a long way.

A thoughtful note is a breath of fresh air in the midst of life’s daily hustle and bustle. It’s a powerful way to connect with the people who are important in your life — and remind them that you care. Join us as we share some ideas on how to craft a message that suits the occasion and the recipient, so you can start customizing your own thinking-of-you cards.
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Small Wedding, Big Dreams: 5 Small Wedding Ideas for Your Intimate Day

Small wedding ideas: A backyard reception with only one family-size table of guests

Small weddings can make a big impact — on you and your partner, your guests, your photos, and, it must be said, your open bar. With an intimate ceremony, you have more space — literally, figuratively, and financially — to incorporate memorable details than you would with a larger wedding.

If you always dreamt of an intimate wedding with your closest friends and family members, we have plenty of small wedding ideas to help make your day memorable. From over-the-top venues to drool-worthy menus to cocktail options that will have even the best mixologists raising eyebrows, you can pull off a lot with very little.
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