Modern Holiday Party Invites

I recently received a sample pack of holiday party invites from Minted.com and was simply floored! Honestly, I have seen many invitations and holiday cards over the years, so I wasn’t expecting such fresh and modern designs. Not only were they fabulous to look at… but I found myself holding, flipping, and feeling these cards…thinking “Wow! These are so nice!”

Not only do they have a really modern selection of holiday photo cards, but I love their holiday party invitations. You could plan an entire holiday party theme around one of these invites. Here are a few of my favorites:

Aren’t these holiday invitations just screaming for their own party theme? Don’t be surprised if I create one for each… yes, I love these that much.

If you haven’t before, be sure to check out Minted.com. You will not be sorry!

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Fall Themed Party Favors | WIN!

If you are planning a fall themed bridal shower or a fall themed wedding, you must check out these Fall themed favors from Beau Coup. Their Fall favors are perfect for you special Fall occassion or even for your Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few of my favorites:

These fall themed cookies would be perfect to give guests as they depart your Fall gathering. Send them home with something sweet and carry your Fall theme through until the very end. I also like these plantable seed place cards along with these coordinating fall place card holders. Or what about using these fall leaf favor boxes to give small gifts to your guests or bridal party?

See something you like? You’re in luck becuase Beau Coup is generously giving one lucky Thoughtfully Simple reader a $75.00 gift card to pick out favors for themselves!

Winner!

How To Win: Contest Closed

1. Visit Beau Coup and share with us something you would purchase with your gift certifiacte.

For Extra Entries (once you have done the above):

1. Follow @HostessTori on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway.

2. Share this contest on Facebook

**Please leave a seperate comment for each entry and a link to where you have shared.

(That is three possible entries per person! One winner will be chosen using random.org and notified via email. Contest ends October 29, 2009)

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Cards for Just Because | Send One!

Today, October 19th, Linda & Harriett are so thoughtful they are holding a really great event today: Cards for Just Because. In honor of her mother (who sounds like one generous and thoughtful woman), they are encourageing everyone to send a card… just because.

In the honor, and on her birthday, they are giving away note cards in exchange for a promise to send it card to someone – just because. Simply email lindaandharriett@gmail.com with your name & snail mail address, and they’ll send you a note card & envelope. That’s it, so simple!

Read more about this thoughtful day over on their blog.

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Paper Doll Note Cards | Linda and Harriett

I absolutely adore stationery so when I got the chance to review a new design from Linda & Harriett, I was thrilled! They kindly sent me a box of their newest note card design: Paper Doll Note Cards. A gorgeous card box arrived, filled with 6 fold over note cards & envelopes. Each note card letter pressed with a yellow & charcoal paper doll pattern that is just adorable! Accompanied with light gray envelopes, these note cards have such a whimsical yet modern feel- I am loving them!

Adorable, right?

I think these note cards are perfect for all ages. I can see my daughters using them to send notes to Grandma, and also myself using them to send out thank you cards or a simple hello note to a friend.

You can get your own box from Linda & Harriett: Paper Doll Note Cards $14.00

P.S. Linda & Harriett are so thoughtful they are holding a really great event today: Cards for Just Because. read more about it here, you’ll be glad you did.
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Spook up your Dinner

I received his DIY dinner idea from Jeanne Benedict from the DIY Network’s Weekend Entertaining and wanted to share it with you. She calls it “Boo” Spaghetti and it is really, really simple. Try it out and add a little spook to your weeknight dinner.

Jeanne’s DIY instructions:
  • Cook spaghetti according to package directions, making sure to keep some long noodles intact, as opposed to breaking them to fit into the pot.
  • Line a cookie sheet with foil. Pull a noodle out and form the word “boo” on the foil; make a few.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 3 to 5 minutes until firm and place your “boos” on top of red sauce on pasta!
  • Simple, right? She also has made a creative “Spider Web Design on Triple Layer Guacamole, Cheese, and Egg Torte” that you can see on her blog.

    Thanks for sharing Jeanne!

    Want to host a spooky dinner party? We have scary decor ideas for you as well!

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    Party for a Cause with Macy’s|Plus Surprise Giveaway!

    I love taking the time to help spread the word when it comes to a good cause, and this campaign is a great one. Macy’s has launched COME TOGETHER, an innovative awareness and fundraising campaign that aims to feed 10 million hungry people. COME TOGETHER invites you to get involved with the cause by hosting special dinner party in your home and asking your guests to pledge a donation to Feeding America. In return, Macy’s will match these donations dollar-for-dollar until the total goal of 10 million meals is reached.

    Macy’s has even made it simple to host a successful dinner party. They have gathered the ideas and recipes from party experts {can you say Martha?} and the fabulous Macy’s Culinary Council chefs, so your party planning will be simple and impressive.

    From this Autumn dinner above, to a dessert party, or a burger bash, plus several more themes to choose from, Macy’s is providing inspiration for all tastes (and budgets). You an even use Macy’s online tools to start planning your COME TOGETHER dinner party now.

    Not in the mood to be a party hostess? Well, there is actually three ways you can get involved:

    Host, Give and Shop.

    HOST- Friends and families across the country can host dinner parties from casual to formal, send invitations and manage party details including themes and recipes on http://www.macys.com/cometogether. In lieu of bringing traditional host gifts, guests are suggested to make a donation to Feeding America.

    GIVE- Donate $1 directly at any Macy’s register, one dollar provides dinner for seven.

    SHOP- Macy’s customers can shop for the cause and get special savings in-store on October 17, when Macy’s hosts a national Shop For A Cause day. A portion of the $5 in-store ticket sales will benefit Feeding America.

    To inspire others to give, Macy’s is giving two lucky readers a chance to win a $25.00 gift card to shop Macy’s!

    WIN! Contest Closed

    Win one of two $25 gift cards to Macy’s.

    To Enter:

    Leave a comment below telling me if you think you will host, give, or shop to help the COME TOGETHER mission of feeding 10 million people. Make it thoughtful!

    For Extra Entries (once you have done the above):

    1. Follow Macy’s on Twitter

    2. Become a fan on Macy’s on Facebook

    3. Become a fan of Thoughtfully Simple on Facebook

    4. Become an email subscriber to Thoughtfully Simple (left top sidebar)

    5. Visit the COME TOGETHER party site and tell us which party themed menu you’d serve!

    **Please leave a seperate comment for each entry.

    (That is six possible entries per person! Two winners will be chosen using random.org and notified via email. Contest ends October 19, 2009)

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