How To Take The Ho-Hum Out Of Your Holiday Party

How To Take The Ho-Hum Out Of Your Holiday Party

Gregory Han
Dec 7, 2007

Planning to throw a holiday party? We're going to have a white elephant gift exchange next weekend (the theme is "naughty or nice", and knowing our friends, the presents will definitely lean one way). ATLA friend, Kamaria Hill of Cinnamon Kiss Paper Studio, sent us this helpful list of design tips for creating better invitations for your holiday soirée:

1. Give guests plenty of notice by ensuring that your invitations arrive two weeks in advance of the shindig. This allows time for the guests to make the necessary arrangements to attend, like scheduling the babysitter or perhaps planning overnight accommodations in the city if they live far away.

2. Put your signature touch on store-bought invites by adding embellishments or switching out the matching envelope for a unique printed pattern. Adding your own unique touches ensure that your invitations stand out from the crowd of holiday greetings and get noticed.

3. Set the mood by engaging the senses. Try spritzing your invites with a cinnamon or gingerbread scent for an unexpected touch. Nothing summons up yummy sentiments like the familiar smells of the holidays. By incorporating these delightful scents into your holiday invites, you'll be sure to leave a lasting impression and add anticipation of your upcoming event. They'll think…if the invite smells this good; just imagine what the food will taste like! One word of caution: spritz sparingly so as not to stain the paper or create an overpowering scent. A little goes a long way.

4. Limit your use of fonts to no more that three and keep point sizes between 10 and 12 for the majority of information you want to convey. This designer's trick helps to ensure that your information is legible and gives a clean, consistent look for maximum readability.

5. Choose a color scheme and continue it throughout your party planning for major impact. Keeping the theme consistent throughout from invitations to decorations and table settings, even to the party favors your guests take home will go a long way in creating a memorable event.

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