Every year we have a morning of breakfast and a holiday movie classic voted on by everyone. This year the breakfast was a little different in that it was at 2:00 pm and we had an ulterior motive - we heard about a collection of snowflakes to display when the kids of Sandy Hook go back to school and immediately everyone was on board with joining in! We turned our annual movie breakfast into a snowflake movie craft & snack! Just as fun - maybe even better?!
This year we cut tissue paper snowflakes to Home Alone and inevitably quoted almost every line right along with the movie.
Audrey schooled us in the art of snowflake crafting and while we all tried, she still wins for craftiest snowflake cutter!
There are still lots of holiday parties to attend, so if you're looking for guidance on how to be the best holiday party guest - look no further! We've got five fabulous tips to keep you on the nice (and future invitee) list!
RSVP: This seems simple, but it's easy to forget when we're all so busy. Make sure the host or hostess knows you'll be attending and if you're bringing a guest. Headcounts are important for their prepartion.
Bright a gift: A bottle of wine is the perfect host or hostess gift because even if they don't partake, they can serve it to their guests! A personalized wine label is a delightful finishing touch to your vino.
Go with the flow: If there's a theme, indulge your host or hostess and dress for the occasion! Don your ugliest sweater, or sparkliest get-up, or most alluring mask and join the fun!
Mingle: So you don't know anyone at this party aside from the host or hostess? Fix that! Don't burden your host or hostess with personally entertaining you all night - they've got work to do. Mix and mingle and get to know the other guests. Who knows, you could make some new friends in the process!
Say "thanks!": Sending a thank you note after the party is a wonderful way to share your gratitude for attending, and to tell the host or hostess what a great time you had. Hosting a party can be stressful, so knowing your guests enjoyed themselves is a relief - and encouragement to host again!
In case you didn't order in time for the holidays, gifts for your best friend are always in style. A new year, a birthday, or 'just because' are all wonderful reasons to gift something fabulous. Visit our Holiday Pop Shop for all of your best friend basics. Don't we all need a personalized travel mug or recipe card? Yes, indeed! Your best friend will thank you later.
This year's holiday party theme - and the theme of our Pop Shop - is "A little sparkle, a lot of cheer!" and Amy - our party planner du jour - did not disappoint! We had a delightful private dinner in South Tampa and Amy (and her committee) pulled out all the stops to make the event truly memorable. She made the tissue paper garland that adorned the doorway, as well asglittery swizzle sticks and photo ornaments from our favorite events of 2012.
Allison shared her annual IC poem to reminisce and laugh about the year gone by, and our teams (Gamma, Kappa and Zeta) presented gifts to their leading ladies.
Jeopardy and Pictionary are IC party staples and our competitive nature came out during the game portion of the evening. We're so lucky to have our talented design team serve as the designated 'drawers' during Pictionary - but that doesn't mean we aren't yelling out all kinds of wrong answers before finally guessing "Ryan Gosling" to score some points!
We had our Secret Santa gift exchange (complete with dance solos for incorrect guesses) before the traditional awkward ornament exchange. The ornaments are exchanged "dirty santa" style and there was quite a bit of negotiating and bargaining before the night was over.
The one-armed elf (at least we think that's what he or she is...) featured above has been making the rounds of the ornament exchange for years!
We had such a fabulous night and can't believe there's only one week until Christmas Eve! What's the theme of your holiday party this year?
The new year is right around the corner! I know, it's hard to believe 2012 is coming to a close, but I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store. Every new year calls for a new calendar - how else are you supposed to keep track of appointments, birthdays and other VIP details? Check out our newest calendar cards to be sure 2013 starts off on the right track!
Sending a calendar card is also a great alternative to the traditional holiday card. Personalize your favorite design with a photo or company logo. Looking for a unique gift? Check out our calendar posters! These creative calendars make perfect (and useful) gifts. Best of all, they can be personalized with a photo to keep loved ones close all year long.
What are you looking forward to most in the new year?
We have several holiday traditions at Invitation Consultants, and two of the most exciting are Elf on a Shelf and Secret Santa. Almost daily, we hunt for Elfie in his secret location. We're well aware that this is a toy for kiddo's, but just consider us young at heart. Our Secret Santa is no calm gift exchange. There are tricks and pranks, all to misdirect your gift buddy so when it comes time to guess, there's a lot of mystery and cheer. This year, several of us received personalized gifts- including an art print for Kristie, and a personalized wine bottle label for Amy.
We're so happy to share our newest Invitation Consultants Kwanzaa greeting cards with you! Kwanzaa is a celebration of family, culture and community. This year, the celebration begins on December 26th and lasts until January 1st. The week-long celebration has seven principles at its core: unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economincs, purpose, creativity and faith.
Our annual 'aesthetically-challenged ornament' making session is one activity that we look forward to all holiday season. Everyone starts with a styrofoam ball and there are crafty materials all over the table - everything from stickers, to pom poms, to jingle bells and glitter! So much glitter!
Olivier puts 60 seconds on the clock for the decorating to begin! We frantically glue, twist and sprinkle accessories on our ornaments and when the alarm (this year it was a quacking duck) goes off, you pass it to the next person. It's so fun to see what your ornament ends up looking like when it makes its way back to you 15 minutes later!
We absolutely love decorating our office tree with these unique "creations" every year. What are some of your Christmas traditions?