Three weeks. Egads!
I sent out invitations to the Birthday Party last week. I was worried that they would get hung up somewhere in the great USPS, but thankfully I have confirmations that they've made it to most. I ordered post cards from Mixbook.com using a Groupon. I spent $15 for $50 worth of product with the Groupon, and my total bill for 35 invitations and a hardcover photo book was about $25. I spent $40 total, plus $8 for postage from the Post Office (not all used...); not too bad considering how expensive photobooks can be. Note that $20 alone was for shipping...
So what do these professionally printed invitations look like? Totally a-freakin-dorable.
|I blurred out our residential information,|
but hopefully you can imagine what it would have looked like...
I really enjoyed using Mixbook.com. The site was really easy to use and many options for grabbing photos to use, including pulling them from FaceBook & Picasa (where all of mine came from...). All of the photos in the book are the ones featured in my other photoblog, Life: by Nikola (you can go check them out!)
Here are some of my thoughts on using the custom print invitations...
... the invitations look great!
... mailing postcards is like getting a 40% discount on postage!
... customized with theme for party and photos of Niko!
... no writing! (except addresses...)
... high quality product
... pricey considering a pack of plain-jane invites can go for as little as $0.50 per pack of 8
... my address and phone number are available for postal workers to peruse on each invite
... I was nervous about them being legit enough to send as postcards (the cards are sold with envelopes... they were the 4x6 flats)
... I look like a chach for taking his First Birthday so seriously.
For real though, the invites look great, I've gotten compliments, and I think it's a really neat way to showcase how your little one has grown. Plus it's a cute keepsake (I have invitations from his Baby Shower, Christening, Christmas Card, etc., all in a scrapbook for him). I would recommend doing something like this if you have a few $$ to spare and the patience to put it together.
In the next edition of party planning: Choosing the Theme!
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