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Themed Kids Parties

27/07/2016 12:19 PM

 

A child's birthday is one of the most exciting days in their year. A special day full of love, presents and special treats! At Paper Divas we love creating themed birthday invites because we know they bring the biggest smile to your child's face. This week we explore 3 of the most popular party themes and provide some fun ideas for your child's next party!

 

#1 RAISE THE ROOF WITH A CONSTRUCTION PARTY!

Every week we print many invites for all the little budding-builders and working-bee blokes out there! It is essential to invite all your child's building buddies with an awesome construction invite, they will feel very proud and excited handing them out to friends. Little builders love our Raise the Roof, and Under Construction party invites. These also look great teamed with matching lolly bags and gift tags. Got a little man who loves city cranes? Then head over to check out this Construct A Party design (pictured above).

Another great idea is to theme your food. How creative are the little containers of edible worms and dirt featured below?! The skyscrapers are the limit and if you're feeling stuck for ideas there are some great decor and food ideas on Pinterest. Clever signage and food displays will give your party a fun feel - why not serve the chips in the back of a toy truck or create unique construction inspired signage for games and activities.


 

 

#2 FAIRYTALES ARE MADE OF THESE...

Calling all little Princesses and Princes across the land! We imagine a party in the garden - green grass and pretty flowers, sparkling crowns, flowing pretty dresses and boys in handsome prince attire!

A royal gathering so grand calls for a royal invite to match. Think glitter, castles and crowns! A royal ocassion should also be themed as such: it is very easy to add regal touch to your party. Try dipping the bottom of your cups and balloons in some glitter for an instant touch of sparkle!

We also recommend creating a fun and delicious menu fit for your Princesses! Think fruit wands and fairy bread cut out in clever shapes - and of course, no Princess party is complete without a gorgeous Princess cake!

 

 

#3 BOUNCE ON OVER!

Bouncing and jumping is as popular as ever with the opening of trampoline parks across the country. And lets face it – we are yet to meet a kid who doesn’t simply love jumping on a trampoline, nor a parent who doesn't love the amount of energy used when their kids are having such fun!

Our number one tip as always is... get the kids amped up for a massively fun day and make them feel really special with a personalised invitation! A bouncing party is so very fun, and if your kids are old enough, it's common to head back the birthday girl/boys house for pizza, icecream and a sleepover! Don’t forget to remind all the guests to pack their socks!

Be clever with your party treats, why not create labels for drink bottles which read “Jumping Juice” or label a bowl of jelly beans “Jumping Beans”. These tiny touches of fun will be popular with the kids!



 

Whether your child will be gathering their subjects for a Royal Gathering fit for a Princess, rounding up all his mates to roll up their sleeves for a day digging in the dirt, or giggling and jumping up and down until they can't catch their breath – we have the best invitations to ensure all your child's guests are invited in stye! 

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Wedding Thank You Card Etiquette

12/07/2016 2:23 PM

 

So the day is done, you’re home at last and about to unpack your bags for your honeymoon... but there’s just one more responsibilty for the Bride & Groom to uphold! Sending thank you cards to all of your loved ones who helped you celebrate on your wedding day, or contributed by way of gift is of the utmost importance. Read on to answer some common questions regarding wedding thank you etiquette.

 

 

When should we send thank you cards?

One way to approach it if you’re really, really organised is to actually pre-arrange your thank you cards before your wedding! This means that while you’re away on your honeymoon you and hubby can restfully write meaningful thanks poolside while sipping on cocktails. Can you think of anything more stress-free? This obviously means that you can’t wait for your photos, so a card (which matches your invitations) without a photo is the best choice. This way your guests will receive them usually within a month of the wedding once you allow time to return from your honeymoon, and about a week for domestic postage.

Alternatively if you are excited to share some photos (and who wouldn’t be?!), the more common approach is to wait until you receive your photos back from your photographer. Sometimes a photographer will send you the best 5-10 shots within a week of your wedding day so that you have something to share when you announce the news. But usually a wedding photographer will have your entire collection of photos supplied in high-resolution, edited format within 1-2 months depending on your contract.

As soon as you have your chosen image, jump on to see our range of wedding thank you cards here. Upload your favourite image/s which really capture the essence of your day, write your text and order your cards. If you’re ordering before noon, and include a Super Rush Service, you could receive you cards as quickly as the next day! That’s fast!!

Now you just need to allow time to hand-write in each card, and time through the post. Usually getting your thank you cards out to your guests within 2-3 months is acceptable.

 

 

Should we showcase photos from our wedding day, or keep it simple?

You’ve gone to such effort to create an elaborate and well-planned day, then why not use this as an opportunity to show iff some of your divine photos? As they say a picture says a thousand words, so choosing an image which captures the the magic of your day is a pretty fun task! No doubt you’ll be slightly overwhelmed as there are so many moments to choose from, so follow your heart and choose the one which takes your breath away!

If there are too many that you can’t narrow it down to just one, then perhaps the Photographic Thank You Card (pictured above) is a great option for you!

 

 

Which cardstock shall we print our thank you cards on?

You’ve picked your favourte template, your fonts, colours and photos... but there’s one more important decision to be made before placing your order – which cardstock will really make your thank you cards shine?

Feel free to read our blog about cardstocks, but a general run down is; the Premium Silk cardstock will make your photos print most realistic, although they will not be glossy like a photo paper, but rather a high-quality smooth finish much like a high quality business card; the Linen cardstock is slightly bumpy and the matte textue will appear through the image (see detail picture above); and the Shimmer cardstock will add a subtle metallic shine to your cards, and has a matte finish.

All of our cardstocks can be written on with a ball point pen, but you will need to be careful to let the ink dry so it doesn’t smudge.

 

 

Who do we send our thank you cards to?

In short – everyone! Even if your invited guests couldn’t make it to your wedding day (travel may have been a deciding factor why they couldn’t make it) so they would love to be included even if they did not give a gift. If someone did not give a gift on the day, it is still courteous to thank them for their effort to attend your wedding. If they did give a gift then it is formal to write what type of gift they gave so that they know you are using it. (Hint: write a list of who gave what gift – it will save you any a lot of effort later!).

Traditionally speaking, wedding thank you cards should be hand-written with blue or black pen. We can print your generic message on the back or inside of your card, but it’s always nice to leave room for personalising it too.

You should also be prepared to write seperate notes for each event held – i.e. Engagement Party / Bridal Shower / and Wedding.

 

Its important to remember that your wedding day should be a day that reflects you both and your values. There are no right or wrong ways when you go about sending thank you cards. We have seen an increasing trend of alternative affairs where modern Brides & Grooms are keen to re-define the traditional norms and expectations. If you want to chat to a Designer to create you something truly unique, please email us on info@paperdivas.com.au

Our sister website, Lovestruck Invitations has a huge range of designer Wedding Thank you cards too, check them out here.

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Party Like Gatsby

6/07/2016 2:54 PM

 

To throw a party like the Great Gatsby is near impossible but we are here to make it a little easier. Our VIP Passes and Invitations will impress your friends and bring the decadence of the 1920’s alive. We adore the luxurious style of the roaring 1920’s and our Great Gatsby inspired invites will have you planning the extravagant ball you’ve been dreaming of.

 


With the release of The Great Gatsby film, like everyone else we fell head over heels for Leo (sigh) or should we say the opulent costumes, party décor and lavish lifestyle of the 1920’s. This week to help you get in the mood we are offering 40% off our VIP Passes, which means there is no better excuse to host a roaring 1920’s birthday party or a gentleman's club bucks event. Impress your friends and family and plan a night that will leave them in awe and wishing they came up with the idea first!  Revel in the luxury and fall in love with our unique range of Gatsby Party invitations.

 

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Invitations We Love

5/07/2016 11:27 AM

At Paper Divas we love all of our invitations... and we know we shouldn’t have favorites, but... there are some we just absolutely love! This week we take a look at four of our most popular invites and why they are so loved.

Pastel colours are so stylish, we find ourselves seeing them everywhere! From delicious sweet treats to stunning sunsets by the sea. Think soft pinks, dusty blues, delicate lavender and mellow yellows! We love how this colour palette transfers into our Celebrate Confetti invite (above).

 

 

Minimalism is another gorgeous quality for invitations to embody. Simple typography script with clear crisp lines and features is the base of our Monogrammed Type invitation.

 

 

Botanic 21 boasts a glamorous touch of gold. This teamed with beautiful soft pink flowers on a clean white background seems to be the perfect combination.

 

 

Our Bride to Be invite is based on cursive elegant type, soft pastel colours, stunning florals and beautiful soft dots. This one reminds us of spring days and drinking cocktails in the afternoon sun. We love when an invite sets the mood for the celebration to follow! Love this design for a baby shower too? Then see the adapted invitation here!

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FREE DIY Envelope Liner Templates

27/06/2016 3:53 PM

 

You’ve spent weeks locking in your guestlist, making dinner reservations, booking accommodation and have already carefully created your invitations with Paper Divas... now all they need is a finishing touch which will blow your guests away!

PIMP YOUR ENVELOPES with these awesome DIY envelope liners! They are SO simple to make, and we even have some FREE envelope liner templates for you, simply scroll down to download yours!

 

 

Step 1: Download your FREE DIY Envelope Liner templates at the bottom of the page.

Print out the A4 template in colour @ 100% from your home printer and carefully cut along the faint guideline

Step 2: Slip into your coloured C6 envelope

 

 

Step 3: Fold the flap down

Step 4: Check your alignment and glue the back of the liner to the envelope flap

 

 

Step 5: Insert your invitations

Step 6: Add a matching Envelope Seal as a extra special finishing touch!

Love the invite used above? Check out Chevron Glitter and all its matching accessories!

 

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DOWNLOAD your free DIY C6 Envelope Liner!

 

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Ask us about our envelope printing service – it is the ultimate way to create a professional look that feels sophisticated and will really WOW your guests!

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How To Host Your Very Own High Tea

15/06/2016 10:42 AM

 

Hosting your very own High Tea need not be daunting. We have put together a simple little chart to help you with the essentials for hosting the perfect High Tea. Follow our tips and your celebration will be remembered by all of your guests as the grandest party of all.

You and your lovely friends will be dining on cucumber sandwiches and delicious treats whilst sipping glorious cups of tea! Sounds like the perfect party to us!

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Under the Stars

8/06/2016 3:20 PM

 

Host a cozy night with twinkling lights and s’mores under the stars! As winter is upon us, our thoughts of celebrations turn to humble gatherings with crackling bonfires, slow-cooked barbeques and carafes of cabernet sauvignon to bring our loved ones together.

 

 

There are many ways to create a moody, snuggly setting. Lighting a hundred little tea light candles in eclectic glass jars along a long trestle table is an inexpensive way to create cozy ambience! Or gathering feathers, pinecones and forest folaige to dress a table will also feel rustic and probably smell amazing too. Gold spraypaint will be your best friend to help decorate your forest-finds with a little twinkle!

 

 

This week our Flash Sale product is the above Lanterns invitation. For one week only the prices has been dropped to only 50c each! This invite and it’s matching accessories like placecards, gift tags, wishing well cards and thank you cards will set the scene for your upcoming celebration.

 

Disclaimer – We source so much of our inspiration from Pinterest, and sometimes we cannot locate the exact photographer or stylist of for some of the beautiful images in our blog. If you are able to provide any missing information, or have any concerns about the use of any of these images on our website, please contact us on info@paperdivas.com.au

 

 

TEN TIPS FOR ORGANISING YOUR HENS PARTY!

31/05/2016 12:52 PM

 

1. CHOOSE THE BEST PEOPLE TO HELP YOU ORGANISE THE BIG EVENT

This is an important one. Allocate two of your very close girlfriends to help you organise your hens night or hens weekend. You will need friends or relatives you trust completely and who know you extremely well. Your Hens celebration should reflect your personality so it is absolutely essential for your main organiser to know what you will love and what you will loathe! This way your night will be one you will remember forever for all the right reasons. Planning your perfect night can mean a lot of organising and will mean dealing with a large group of excited ladies, so choose wisely and remind your friend/s the job should not be taken upon lightly!

 

2. DECIDE ON YOUR DESTINATION EARLY

It is very important to choose your destination early. This will impact everything! Especially the cost of  your night or weekend. Consider whether you would like to stay local or take your girlfriends on a weekend getaway. Make sure you do your research! Will you be close to the main entertainment district or will you stay out of town? Will you require group transport from where you stay or will everything be in walking distance?

 

3. CHOOSE A STYLE FOR YOUR PARTY

There are many different styles of hens nights and it is so important to consider what exactly you want your night to be about! Do you want to do something wild, crazy and packed with adrenalin or would you prefer a quieter weekend away with girlfriends? Perhaps you might prefer to get creative with a workshop or design a more experience-driven night? Are you going for classy and sophisticated, wild and outrageous or perhaps you would love a more spiritual or mystical experience.

There are limitless options for your hens celebration and what you choose will depend entirely on the type of person you are. Choosing your style will help you when purchasing accessories, deciding on any games to play, designing invitations and when organising activities. Remember your style should reflect who you are!

 

 

4. SET A REALISTIC BUDGET

Consider how much is a realistic amount for your friends to spend. Talk to your guests to get a feel for how much they would expect to spend. Set a budget and try to stick to it! There is no need to go into debt organising your big night. Make sure you do your research. Google events, activities and packages to grasp how much they are likely to cost and work from there. Organise early to make sure what you want to do is available – if you're early you may even score yourself an early bird discount!

 

5. SEND YOUR INVITATIONS OUT EARLY

Send your invitations out with an early RSVP date. This will mean more time to confirm everything you have planned and determine final numbers. This way bookings can be adjusted and confirmed. It is essential to put all the information on your invite. Don’t forget times, locations, events and costs. There is nothing more frustrating than having 20 excited hens phoning you all day everyday asking you for information left off the invite! We have a beautiful range of hens and bridal party invitations to choose from to suit all styles and tastes. 

 

6. MAKE YOUR NIGHT UNIQUE!

Whether you are choosing to do something more traditional, or something completely out of the box, you will need to make you night unique! After all you will only do this once! Make your night a reflection of your personality. Create personalised games and organise activities you really enjoy. Take a look at our pintrest board "Dreaming of a Hens Night" for some photo love and beautiful party ideas.

 

7. HAPPY GUESTS EQUALS HAPPY PARTY

Making your guests feel special is essential to your night. These ladies are the women you share your life with. They have been with you through all your special moments and will share in the love, stress and excitement of  your getting married. One way to make them feel loved is to create customised name tags or VIP passes for the big night.

 


8. THE BRIDE SHOULD BE THE CENTRE OF ATTENTION.

Remember you are the Bride-to-Be and this is your night out! You will be the center of attention so make sure you stand out! You are the leading lady and everyone should know it. It could be about having a grand chair at the head of the dinner table or wearing the more obvious ‘Bride-to-Be’ banner. Your girlfriends will want to draw attention to you so it's best to embrace the attention rather than to shy away from the spotlight!

 

9. MAKE SURE YOU WILL REMEMBER THE CELEBRATION FOREVER.

Create a Hens hashtag. Lets face it, we love social media... so why not make sure all the happy snaps end up in one place. Do set some rules first however.... as there might be images you don’t want appearing on your Facebook wall! Another great idea is to set up a photoboth and ask everyone to paste their happy snaps in a photo book or hand out disposable cameras to your hens. This will lead to endless laughter when you get the photos developed and make for a great album of memories.

 

10. PACK MORE THAN ONE PAIR OF SHOES!

Whatever you're doing for your hens night you will 100% need more than one pair of shoes. Whether its throwing a pair of flats in your going out bag or trading the heals for sneakers on a wild adventure activity, more than one pair of shoes is essential. Make sure your guests are shoe-prepared for you celebration.

 

She's Ready to POP!

19/05/2016 3:46 PM

 

FLASH SALE! This week’s hugely discounted invitation is Fragrant with 60% off at only 50c each! This rustic Baby Shower invitation is particularily popular as it can be gender-neutral, and all of the text can be personalised – yes, you can change any of the text and use it for your event such as an Engagement or Birthday party! These invitations look amazing printed onto our Linen cardstock, giving it that extra special sophisticated and textural appeal.

 

 

 

The natural kraft colour and floral elements are very boho, suited to a woodland-inspired celebration with a rustic touch! This invitation lets you steer away from typical gender-suited designs, and perfect if you don’t want to give away the gender of your upcoming arrival (or perhaps you don’t even know!). If you're practically-minded, a popular request is to ask for a book rather than a card – see our matching Baby Shower Books Wishing Well Card.

 

Text commonly used to request books instead of a card:

A small request and we hope it's not hard,
Please bring a Golden Book instead of a card.

It doesn't matter if it's well-loved or brand new,
Either way your book will remind the baby of you.

Write a sweet message on the inside cover
And your words can be cherished over and over.

 

 

 

Baby showers are often held mid-afternoon, so you can easily theme a few sweet bites around a high-tea which makes it easy for your guest’s to mingle & nibble! We have compiled an array of creative and clever food options on our She's Ready to Pop Pinterest board. Once baby arrives it’s fair to say that you’re going to have a lot on your plate... so don’t forget to order your matching thank you cards at the same time of your invitations!

 

 

 

Tiffany blue, lemon & silver-grey are a popular colour palette suitable for a boy, a girl or a surprise bub on the way! A pastel colour palette is fresh, sweet and easy to work with. Keeping the gender a surprise does not mean that you should sacrifice style by not creating a fun theme for your baby shower!

Rustic Engagement Party!

28/04/2016 2:56 PM

 

Set the tone for a chic-rustic affair with an invitation to match! There are so many memorable and sentimental ways you can forage, find, borrow and create to coordinate your rustic-themed engagement party! This week we have dropped the price of this simple ‘Monogrammed" Engagement Invitation to just $0.50 each!

 

 

Mason jars, burlap, jute string, re-purposed pallets, and straw bales are all the essential elements to hosting a memorable rustic engagement party! Combine all or a few of these very affordable elements, and you will see your rustic theme come to life! Complete the look for the invitation 'Dotted Bloom' with a matching DL Kraft envelope!

 

 

Set the tone for a chic-rustic celebration for the bride-to-be for her hen’s party invitations! These 'Copper Arrow' Hens Night Invitations combine a devine blush tone, with cute hand-drawn tribal arrows. They look amazing printed onto our Shimmer Cardstock! Read about our 3 cardstocks on our blog.

 

 

A rustic engagement party is a great excuse to redefine the norm of a sit-down restaurant evening meal & drinks for a fun-filled day out! Invite your guests to a day in the sunshine with games like lawn bowls, ring toss, croquet and giant jenga! This is a fun way to invite kids, encourage people to relax and let their hair down and kick off their heels!

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