Create Your Perfect Party Invite with Basic Invite

*This post was kindly sponsored by Basic Invite, but all opinions expressed are my own!

I probably spend WAY too much time picking out invitations, but it’s the first impression people get of your party!  Before the balloons, streamers, and cute tablescapes, people see your invitation.  I’ve always had a hard time finding affordable invitations that look unique and special.  For a while, I would just design my own!  But now with a 1 year old running around, I just don’t have the time for that.
Basic Invite is a website that has so many adorable invitation designs that they allow you to customize yourself!  From the colors to the wording, you have the ability to create the perfect invitation!  I also love how easy the site is to use!

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As you’re making changes to the design, they will populate into the example. Being able to instantly see the preview makes it so much easier to quickly make any adjustments until it looks exactly how you want it!

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I really love how user friendly they made the whole customization process. If you want to change the colors on the invitation, all you have to do is click on the appropriate circle and that will show you a pop up with 180 different color options! I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve found an invitation design that I love but the colors weren’t right! With this option, that will never be a problem!

After you select the options that you want, you can either click the “NEXT” button to proceed to ordering or you can click “ORDER A SAMPLE”. This is something I’ve never seen anywhere else! You have the option to order a sample of your invitation (you can even order it in multiple paper types) so you can see what it will look like in real life! This would definitely come in handy for weddings (or any big event)! If you’re ordering hundreds of invitations, it would be so nice to be able to see a sample in person before placing that huge order!

Here are a few examples of designs they offer that I really love:

A couple of other features that I love are:
1.) They offer peel & seal envelopes (no more disgusting envelope glue!!)
2.) Address capturing (You get a link to share with friends & family where they input their addresses- this info is then stored in your account for future use!) **PLUS they offer recipient address printing at NO additional cost on all Christmas card orders!

So if you’re planning a party or starting to think about your holiday cards (yes, it’s already that time of the year again!!) be sure to check out Basic Invite! And use code “15FF51” to get 15% off - OR “HOLI30” for 30% off all holiday cards!!

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DIY Mexican Banner (Papel Picado)

Image via  The Glitter Guide

I’ve always loved Mexican folk art and crafts – the bright colors immediately make any place seem more fun!  I was lucky enough to have had grandparents who lived in Texas, right near the border.  As a kid, I remember we drove somewhere where we could park and walk over into a town in Mexico.  There were all kinds of stores and gift shops selling the coolest decorative accents and home décor.  I bought a pink serape blanket—now I wish I had bought about 10 more!!  Everything was so inexpensive too.  I wish I could go back just to browse through everything again!

With Cinco de Mayo quickly approaching, I’m sharing this quick and easy DIY papel picado banner!  Papel picado banners are those fun, brightly colored banners with intricate cut outs that you see hanging from ceilings during Mexican celebrations.  I actually started making these for Nathan’s first birthday party that’s in July.  Since they’re so easy, I decided to make some for Cinco de Mayo too!  All you need for this project is tissue paper, string, a glue stick, scissors, and possibly hole punchers.

I listed out the steps below the photos!

[ Step 1 ] Cut one sheet of tissue paper into 8 equal size rectangles.
[ Step 2 ] Stack the 8 rectangles and fold like a fan.
[ Step 3 ] Cut a scallop at the bottom.
[ Step 4 ] If you’re only using scissors – fold the scallop in half (length wise) and cut out a shape (diamond or circle for example).  If you’re using hole punchers – you can skip the folding part and just hole punch at the bottom.
[ Step 5 ] Unfold your paper.
[ Step 6 ] Now fold in half (vertically).
[ Step 7 ] Fold in half again (horizontally this time) but don’t overlap the shape you cut in the scallop.
[ Step 8 ] Fold again to make a cone shape.
[ Step 9 ] Cut or hole punch random patterns into the tissue paper (leaving room around the edges).
[ Step 10 ] Unfold the paper and separate each sheet.
[ Step 11 ] Once you have all the colors you want to use, fold a little bit of the top down over your piece of string and glue!
[ Step 12 ] Hang up and enjoy!