If you know me, you know I love throwing parties, and I do mean LOVE.

It's such a fun way to bring our friends and family together all in one place as well as to enjoy our home and backyard. Plus, since we are still fairly new homeowners and party throwers I still get excited about all of the details from the invitations, to the decor, to party games and planning out the menu (with specialty cocktails of course). 

It may seem like overkill to some but one of my favorite parts of party planning is designing the invitations. I feel like it really sets the tone, so it's important to me to get it right! In the past I have always sent out paper invitations, yes...as in printed copy on paper that you mail out (old school I know) - but, as of lately I find myself getting more and more busy which means I have less and less time to plan ahead. 

So when the middle of October rolled around and I realized that I had not ordered the invitations for our annual Friendsgiving party I started to panic. There was no way I was going to have time to design, order, receive and send out invitations in time for people to actually be able to save the date and attend. So I started looking into online options, which is when I was reminded of an email I had received a few months back from Paperless Post - talk about a partay saver!

Within minutes I had created an account and was on my way to designing a custom invitation - and by custom I mean the ability to personalize everything detail you could imagine. I was able to choose the envelope color, envelope lining, page background design, invitation design, font and RSVP card - and there were so many options for each all nicely organized by party theme or holiday. Such a breeze! The worst part was trying to narrow down the options because there were so many that fit my style. 

In the end I was thrilled with the result (and absolutely already planning my next invitation design details) - here's a peek at all the details:

 

Paperless Post online party invitations | Friendsgiving party

In addition to being able to create actual invitation Paperless Post offers additional online tools which I love. You basically get a mircro website where your guests see the invitaiton and all the party details (including a map) as well as interact with you and other guests through a comment wall. Then on the backend you have the ability to see and manage the comment wall, guest RSVPs and even interact with your guests by asking them questions that go along with their invitation for things like food allergies, what to bring, fun icebeaker questions etc. 

And did I mention that it's easy?! Serioulsy, if you don't believe me try it out for yourself! They've got about a bazillion options and many of them are completely free!

Now that the invites are out and the RSVPs are coming in the only thing I have to worry about are the games, menu, cocktails, prepping the house... oh man the list goes on. Too bad Paperless Post doesn't actually do all the rest of the party prep for me! Thankfully I've got a patient husband, mom & sister who "love" to help me with all the rest of the details (or so I tell myself and them).

Do you enjoy hosting parties? If so, what's your favorite? Do you use online invitations? I'd love to get your tips & tricks!

 

xo - margaret

 

 

*This is a sponsored post with Paperless Post. As with all sponsored posts I only write about products & services that I actually have used and enojy!

 

It was just an ordinary Thursday until a few hours ago when I received a pleasant little surprise from Livingly that I was chosen as one of The Best Bloggers in Every State for the State of Maine by Livingly. Plus the feature came along with a pretty awesome illustraion of yours truly so...now it's a freaking awesome Thursday and I may be toasting with a mimosa as we speak!

Livingly | 5th & Magnolia Illustration

If you get a chance check out the feature and their site, they've got cover women's lifestyle including fashion, style, entertainment, love and lifestyle. Be careful though...you may get sucked in like me!

xo - margaret

 

Giveaway Winner

October 7, 2016

 

Congratulations to Amy Beckett!!!

 

Thank you to everyone who commented and entered and a big thank you to The Gem Lounge for the stunning pieces.

Stay tuned for more giveaways in the future. 

 

xo - margaret