This post was sponsored by Basic Invite
I love celebrating birthdays – I think you know that about me by now! From July to September we have at least seven birthdays in our extended family, and we’re wrapping up birthday season with mine next week.
The other thing you probably know about me is my love for planning birthday parties! Here are three things that I like to do when planning a birthday party or family celebration.
#1 Announce The Party With Themed Invitations
Making birthday announcements or invitations to share with friends and family really sets off the celebration as something special.
If you’re not interested in making birthday invitations and announcements from scratch (something that can be super time consuming), Basic Invite has lots of great options! I’m going to share some of my favorite designs from their site so you get an idea of what they offer.
There are loads of color options, and you can edit the color on every element of the card so that it matches your theme. I do love a good party theme! 🙂
I also really love that you can order a printed sample of the actual invitation before placing your final order. You see the paper quality and how it will print so there are no surprises when your order arrives!
If the thought of collecting all the addresses you need to invite your parent’s friends to their anniversary party is overwhelming, you will love this. Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other social media to request friends and family’s addresses.
The addresses are stored in your account and can be selected during the design process. Plus, Basic Invite offers recipient address printing at no cost on all card orders.
Right now Basic Invite is offering 15% off with coupon code: 15FF51
#2 Follow Up With Your Invite List
I like to wait a few days after the RSVP deadline, and then reach out to anyone that hasn’t responded. Sometimes an email or call confirming someone’s attendance hasn’t reached me, but more often the case is just that people don’t take the time to respond.
It’s a good idea to contact your guests, especially when you have to give an exact number to a restaurant or venue. You don’t want someone to show up that you weren’t expecting!
#3 Send Thank You Cards!
Thank you notes don’t have to be complicated. Start the note with a compliment to the giver or attendee – for example, “It was so thoughtful of you to help us celebrate Paul.” Mention something you enjoyed about the gift they brought or how you’re planning to use the gift and wrap it up with a comment like “We are so grateful for your friendship.”
Basic Invite offers personalized thank you cards. I know a lot of people don’t think to send thank you cards these days – so maybe a cute set of those cards would motivate you! 🙂
Do you have a birthday or family celebration coming up? These tips help your party to be a success from start to finish.
There are certainly other elements of party planning that are important – like choosing the venue, planning the menu and finalizing decor – but you have to get your guests to the party before they can enjoy any of those things! I hope you’ll implement some of these tips to make the party extra special!
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