With the holiday season firmly upon us, I have been thinking about all the fun, festive parties we have attended or will be attending. In two days, we will attend a party at the church where our best friends worship. Donna is my “unbiological sister” which makes Mike my “unbiological brother-in-law.” They are “framily” whom we met about 13 years ago when we were all stationed in Hawaii. Some friends become chosen family and that’s the way it was with us. Now, they live just 23 miles away and Mike is the preacher at a congregation about 40 miles from us. We visited that congregation many times over the years. Recently, we’ve visited even more often in order to spend time with Mike, Donna, and a few other friends we’ve met over the years.
In October, that congregation celebrated the payoff of their mortgage with an early Thanksgiving dinner. The fellowship hall was decorated with brown. orange, and yellow with lots of fall-themed decorations. Those are not my favorite colors by far, yet I loved it. I can’t wait to see what they do for the Christmas Party.
On November 28th, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of my parents at an afternoon reception with approximately 45 people in attendance. The party theme was gold and blue with lots of fresh flowers and candles. My Mom had the idea to personalize the extra tables with a variety of picture frames. The frames were filled with pictures representing their lives over those 50 years of marriage. It was fabulous! (My parents have asked me not to share their photos online, so I’m only posting a couple of photos from the party.)
My sister-in-law invited us to a Gingerbread House party. Various members of the family will gather to decorate the houses. I think we will have to miss it because we are already planning to go to the church party, but I’m sure those who do attend will have loads of fun.
We are planning a New Year’s Eve party with Mike & Donna, plus two other couples with whom we are close. With eight adults, two or three young adults, and our two sons, it should be a fun night of food and games.
As you can see, we have had many occasions to celebrate and have more coming up. When you have many parties to attend, it can start to seem like the same old thing over and over and over again. But, it doesn’t have to be that way! Tiny Prints has a wonderful variety of party products, cards, and additional items that can be customized for virtually any occasion. As I explored the site, I even found cards for Rosh Hashanah, Diwali, Hannukah, and the Chinese New Year. (A sample Chinese New Year card is the featured image at the top of this post.)
If I had thought of it before my mother purchased napkins for the anniversary party, I would have ordered some customized napkins such as the ones pictured below. The color is perfect and I could have customized it with their names and the dates “1965-2015” to commemorate their 50 years of marriage.
I also could have ordered customized gift tags to attach to the party favors I made for the occasion. The tag pictured below (currently customized for Thanksgiving) would have been perfect for the golden anniversary favors.
The festive card below would work well for the upcoming New Year’s Eve party, or to send out (instead of Christmas cards) to our family and friends. It also would have been an adorable invitation card to send out for my parents’ 50th anniversary party invitation. How I wish I had seen this sooner!
In my opinion, customized items give any party or gathering that extra festive “umph.” How do you feel about custom items? What special items would you order from Tiny Prints? Feel free to post a comment below, post on my Facebook page, or send me a message on Twitter.