Tuesday, January 5, 2010

First Step in Party Planning: The Invite

The first step for planning most parties is choosing the right invitation. You want to choose something that evokes the mood of the party while also expressing your own personality. There are many directions you can take. The two spectrums are generally a very elegant and proper invite or something fun and funny. I like to choose an invite that’s a combination of the two, with a little bit of tongue and cheek humor thrown in. You can see examples of this in my past party invitations.

This is the invite for my last book launch for Inspirations. When I chose this invitation, I never thought that Martha Stewart would show it on air.

This is the invite from my birthday party last year. The Benjamin Button theme was perfect for a 60th birthday.

I’d love to hear your thoughts about possible concepts for my Celebrations party invitation. Feel free to post your ideas* in the comments or email them to my editor Karell at Karell@Prestonbailey.com with the subject: Preston’s Celebrations Invite. If you send me a concept I really love, I may post it on the blog and send you an invite for this fun evening.

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