Christmas card stuffing—it’s a family affair

hot chocolate
Sending Christmas cards can be a lot of work for one person. This year, make it a party and get the whole family involved. Stuffing envelopes and affixing stamps and address labels are jobs even kids can do. Here are some family Christmas ideas that will make it more fun:

  • Have your Christmas card list, address labels, cards, stamps and envelopes ready to go
  • Make it a festive occasion with some holiday tunes or holiday movies playing
  • Break out old holiday photo albums to share with the kids
  • Serve hot chocolate for the kids, wine for the grownups
  • Use snacks as a reward for finishing a task (sticky fingers and Christmas cards don’t mix)
  • Be sure to have the correct postage on hand. Most of our cards require one stamp, but we do sell a few that require more postage. If you are using a Christmas letter insert, recipe card insert or extra photos, it’s a good idea to weigh your card at the post office before buying stamps, just to be sure (self-adhesive stamps are easiest)
  • Self-adhesive Christmas address labels make addressing your cards go twice as fast—and they add a festive touch to your card before it’s even opened. Many cards have coordinating address labels designed to match!

Once you’ve got your Christmas cards and address labels ready to go, read more ideas on addressing Christmas cards on our blog. We’d love to hear more family Christmas ideas from you!

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!

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.

Gingerbread House Party

One of my favorite parts of the week is when my son (age 5) wakes up and calls me from his bed to cuddle (yes, he actually calls before getting out of bed and jumping into the day).  A few weeks ago during this time, he mentioned that he wanted to invite his new friends in our new neighborhood to have a gingerbread house-making contest.  I thought this was a wonderful way to get to know the neighborhood kids and their parents, since we are new to the area.  Sounded great – gingerbread houses for the kids, wine and cheese for the parents – and not too much work to put together.  Brilliant idea, I thought! And I knew just the design team to create a wonderful invitation! So this is the Gingerbread party invitations the team came up with… cute, cute, cute.
Gingerbread Lane -- Holiday Party Invitation
It turns out that this wonderful idea was a 5-year old’s ploy. At the end of the conversation, my son declared that the winner of the gingerbread making contest would win Legos, so really it was about How Do I Get More Legos? No matter, we are still having the party and looking forward to it!
-Liwanag, President

Cookie Exchange Parties

When we were discussing our 2009 collection of Christmas party invitations we all tried to think of parties we attend during the holidays or certain things that just ‘happen’ because it’s the holiday season. One of the events we talked about was Cookie Exchange ‘parties’. This year will be my second year attending such an event and I’m super excited. I’m unfortunately not hosting, otherwise I would of course send this adorable cookie exchange party invitation out to all of my girlfriends. But that’s beside the point, but it just wouldn’t be right if I didn’t mention it, right? J

Sweet Treats -- Christmas Party Invitation

My sister-in-law is the one that started the fun last year and coordinated what type of cookie everyone would be making so there wouldn’t be any duplicates. A cookie exchange party idea was to have your dough ready or have some of the prep work completed prior to the party. Then the day of the exchange we baked. And baked. And baked. We then all were able to leave with 12 or so (however many people were there) different plates of cookies to take home. Love, love, love this. Because I don’t bake. And I learned many of my friends were AMAZING bakers which in turn made my plate of holiday cookies that I would bring to my other holiday parties look really, really good.

So, the date for this year’s exchange is set for a Friday night in December. However the rules have changed just a bit. We’re supposed to come with our cookies pre-baked, packaged (I’ll be adhering this adorable Christmas gift tag to my plates of cookies) and ready to go and prepared to spend the evening with some good wine and of course great company. I’m liking this year’s plan a lot.

Sweet Treats --Christmas Gift Tag

I’d love to hear about your cookie exchange party plans and also which cookie you bring (and the recipe, but only if it’s easy!)

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