Personalized event stationery ideas in Australia

With Summer around the corner in Australia people start to emerge from winter’s hibernation and start planning things. Sure, a certain event on December 25 takes its toll on family budgets and time but the fact is that right after that is New Years Eve – surely one of the biggest annual parties in Australia. After that the evenings of barbecues, parties, and celebrations stretch out through summer, evening after evening, party, birthday or wedding.

Its fair to say that many of these will be impromptu. But that being the case, it is also true that most of life’s most important events are anything but.

Lets start at the beginning. In 2005, we looked at the state of things. Events were largely generic. They needed stationery that was a bit more fun, family oriented, and best of all affordable. So we decided to act.

We decided to create an online shopping website specializing in personalized invitations.  And announcements.  In Australia.

Birth Announcements

Lets start at the VERY beginning. Do you remember being born? Neither do we. In fact, most of us didn’t even realize we had been born until well after the event. Many people in our lives today likely know about it long before we did. Back then, the arrival of a new baby was usually done in the classified section of the newspaper.  Pre Facebook days, we thought, there has to be a better way to announce a new baby.  So we started to design photo birth announcements. These feature an image, a photo usually, of bub, with a personalised message. Here is one of our latest birth announcement designs below.

 

Photo birth announcements

 

Baby shower invitations

OK. So perhaps that wasn’t the very beginning. You see, before baby arrives, the women usually get together for a special secretive event. Its called a baby shower. No, there isn’t usually water involved fellas. The mum to be gets given gifts that will be useful when baby arrives. And they have fun, and make a huge fuss of the expectant lass. Lots of other things happen too but we were sworn to secrecy. To get to one of these events you will need a ticket to get past the door. These are called baby shower invitations. Here is one of our favorites :

 

Australian baby shower invites

 

Kids birthday invitations, for both girls and boys events are something we have spent a lot of time on. With hundreds of personalized designs, all can be ordered online in Australia. We have printed invitations as well as ones you can print yourself – yes, printable kids party invitations. If you are looking for invitations made with photos there are plenty to choose from. We cover most popular children’s birthday party themes, such as princess, angel, fairy, magic, fireman, superhero, cops and robbers, trampoline….the list is long, and detailed. Here is a rather bouncy invitation now…boing….boing…

 

Peter Pan themed kids party invitation design

 

Party Invitations

Once we move past children’s parties, into the tween years, then on to 18ths and 21st birthdays things get a little more detailed. With a wide range of custom invitations for grown ups parties, and some stunning designs we are kept quite busy. We offer matching themed party supplies that we deliver Australia wide, such as wide format banners, candy buffet supplies, decorations and more besides. We find that if you are going to hold a party, many people want things to be just right. To match. So if you can have the same theme made in the one online shop, it all gets a bit easier, taking all the stress out of party preparation.

 

Personalized adults party invitation

 

Weddings

And so we save the best for last. One of the biggest, most important journeys in life. Just as well you will have company. That’s right folks, we are talking about weddings. Getting hitched. Tying the knot. You know GETTING MARRIED. We have a range of designs for different styles. If you are going to have something quite formal we have affordable personalised wedding invitations that are well worth considering. If your wedding is going to be a bit less formal and more of a fun celebration with friends, we have a special engagement and wedding invite range for this as well. Here are a few ideas :

Wedding invitation

Well those are the major events in life, and our take on invitations and announcements for them. We hope you like them, but in any event, to quote two great men “No matter who you are and what you do to live, thrive and survive there are some things we ALLLL need. You. Me. Them. Everybody”

We hope, with this in mind, that your event is the success that every event deserves to be – thanks for stopping by our blog.

Red party ideas

Red is an ancient colour. A romantic colour. Across time, red has traditionally been associated with love, with passion, and with life.

It shouldn’t be any surprise then, to find that red is a very popular colour for party themes. More popular perhaps with grown ups party themes, possibly due to the association with romance.

When you are planning a party, be it a wedding, engagement party, anniversary, a romantic Saint Valentines Day dinner, or even a rip roaring birthday party, if you are  having red as a colour or a party theme then you had better get planning well in advance.

These days, the internet certainly makes that easier. In days of old, when knights were bold, and computers weren’t invented, you could spend days wandering endless shopping strips and malls, in search of inspiration. Oh and party supplies at a reasonable price.

Here are a few of our fave sites with some good selections, and some good ideas, about all things red, from invitations to decorations – even some custom party banners, some with red influences.

Kidspot

Kidspot is one of Australia’s most popular online parenting and family resource websites.

Here is a neat page about party themes. It features ten of their favorite kids party theme ideas, several of which feature red in the decorations and activities. There are some for boys, and an equally impressive list of great party ideas for little girls parties. Loads of easy things to do and make, and lists to make it easy for you.

Need sweets or candy?

In Australia, Little Dance Invitations offers not just invitations, but also  a range of birthday, party, wedding and christening candy , all for sale online in Australia. Australia wide delivery. The range includes jelly beans, lollipops, chocolate hearts, crystal candy swizzle sticks, chocolate candy, gumballs and more.

 

If you are feeling a little more adventurous an want to cook your own, how about this recipe for red toffee apples.

Perhaps something a little more substantial for your guests?

Taste.com.au is a very good Australian online resource for recipes and party food ideas.  Everything from fingerfood and little snacks, to full on dinner party dishes and meals.

Need something visual? That’s not too abysmal? Pinterest. Loads of pictures sampled from all over the web. Here are a few of our favourite pinterest boards, all about red themed parties of course.

This first one is about party foods, mostly red, with a few other splashes of colours. And here is one that we really like, featuring some simply stunning red wedding and party decorations.

 

Well thats it for us for now. Back to the party!

 

 

Making your own printable invitations online – useful tips

Printable invitations are a great way to save money.  And with today’s software advances, many programs – in fact, apps, laptops, even phones, have the ability to make some kind of invitation.

Of course, many today prefer electronic invitations. E invites. And while inviting people to an event or party via a text message or email is easy and might seem appealing for that reason, the fact is your guests will know you took the easy option. And if you are too darn lazy to send a proper invitation, well that’s hardly a great selling point for your event.  So don’t be surprised when the invitation that was so easy to send fails to have the impact that you were hoping for.

Its a fact. Going to a little effort creates a healthy respect. Plus, as your invitations are the first thing your party or birthday guests will see, they might as well be good ones.  So if you want to hold a successful event, start by creating plenty of guest enthusiasm and anticipation.  And if that’s the goal, steer clear of electronic i.e SMS or email invitations.

Lets take a quick trip down memory lane. Remember when we were young? Remember receiving your first invitation? It was probably for a birthday party for a schoolmate.  It probably wasn’t the first birthday party you had attended, as you wouldn’t remember the first and second birthdays, you know, babies parties? What mattered was that letter and that invitation ADDRESSED TO YOU. And how special did you feel? How included. And did you check the letter box after that, hoping to see another invitation to another fun party? Most of us would say yes to this question.

This is why you should send physical invitations for parties such as birthdays, baby showers, christenings and smilar. Its all about making people feel included right from the start. But where to get some good ones? The first port of call is usually the stationery shop, but most of them only have generic, pad type invitations. Or you could engage an artist and graphic designer, however these can sometimes be expensive. Then there is the DIY invitation option. That’s where you actually set aside some of that spare time that you have plenty of and devote it, uninterrupted, to designing your own fantastic birthday party invitations. With today’s busy lifestyles, some people struggle with that.

And then, once you have designed them, its time to get them printed. Hmmm. Photo invitations were big a few years ago. Still popular, and so easy to get made. One choice is to visit a Harvey Norman or an Officeworks shop. Most of them have photo printing booths. All you need is a photo that you are happy to use on your invitations, then drop them into a template. The drawback to these is that there is very limited editing and cropping available, still, you can get a reasonable result for a relatively cheap price. If you don’t mind the drive to the shop, the car parking, then waiting for a booth.

1st-Birthday-party-photo-invitations

There is another way to get great personalised invitations made. You could visit a website like Little Dance Invitations. We have a huge range of templates for all occasions, including birthdays, parties, christenings, weddings and more. Many designs use photos, and look brilliant. If you want to save some money and have them printed yourself, no problem, we can send you a digital file for this.  Or you can select the printing option, and have us print your invitations for you. We deliver Australia wide.

http://littledanceinvitations.com.au/

Little Dance – Australian Online Invitations Designers – Party Personalisation Supplies

In Australia, as in many other countries, online shopping has been around for awhile. And that’s a good thing we say. In the beginning, there were quite a few people that were a bit nervous about shopping online, then we became more used to the concept.

Fast forward to today. Its pretty much all anyone ever does, other than supermarket shopping and big ticket items where physical checking out is required. Sure, there are some horror stories around but by doing your research the risks are minimal.

One of the things the internet has really encouraged is diversity and with that, personalization. Diversity, individuality, all those things that are unique about each of us. And in the party and event field, that has come to mean event styling and party supplies personalization like never before.

Gone are the days when an event meant simple invitations, a few songs, perhaps some music. These days, events have become almost a competition to see who can have the best, the cutest, the most memorable.  Sound familiar?

One of Australia’s more established online party supply businesses is Little Dance Invitations. Don’t be fooled by the name however. Yes it’s true that they started out as an invitations business but have since branched out to be so much more.

While they still carry a fantastic range of custom, creative and personalized invites. So if you would like to buy birthday invitations online in Australia, party invitations, or perhaps want some personalised baby shower invitations or even themed christening invitations in Australia, they also make an impressive range of themed party and event supplies.

These include items as diverse as custom photo bonbonniere, huge six foot wide party banners and welcome banners, even huge custom backdrops. It doesn’t stop there however. A very pretty and rather tasty range of candy buffet lollies, fairy floss and candy, even chocolates and gumballs, in single colours. Perfect for a DIY lolly buffet. Even tableware, disposable cutlery, gosh the list just goes on and on.

Little Dance have their own real world shop as well, just in case you prefer to call in and see for yourself. Many people do, which is great. Open six days per week.