Holiday Party Invitation Downloads

Because you’ve all been loving the party downloads so much lately, I decided to team up with a bunch of fantastic designers for December and I’m happy to announce that I’ll be bringing you weekly downloads all month long starting today! Frankly, I can’t think of a better way to spread a little holiday love. Today I am thrilled to have a great holiday party invitation for you, created by the super sweet and super talented Bethany Hway of Emmy Lu Design Studio, complete with a coordinating wrap-around mailing label. Bethany’s goal was to create something simple, sweet and festive that could work as an invite for any sort of holiday party, from Christmas to New Years and everything in between.

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holiday-party-downloadsShe printed the invitation on a white linen cover weight paper, then clipped the corners with a corner rounder. Using Adobe Acrobat Reader (version 6.0 or newer) you can personalize the PDF invitation with your party details. So, what are you waiting for? Download your holiday party invitations and mailing labels and start your party planning!

{Design by Bethany Hway of Emmy Lu Design Studiob*spoke blog. Photos by Bethany Hway.}

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Loving Handmade Holiday Decor

I remember spending the weeks leading up to Christmas as a kid making homemade ornaments and holiday decorations with my mom. With pipe cleaner, glitter, glue, cranberries, string and big fistfuls of nuts we had the most fun crafting up holiday cheer. Years later I still find handmade holiday decorations to be irresistible. I love these sweet little treasures, beautiful in their slight imperfection and sparkling with holiday spirit.

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{Ornaments from Rodica.}

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{Tags from MudbirdNZ.}

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{Paper stars from kissa design.}

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{Ornaments + cards from Stacey Winters.}

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Favorite Holiday Cards – Part II

Now that it’s officially time for the holidays to kick into high gear, it seemed like the perfect time for my next batch of holiday card favorites. This year I am loving cards with quirky illustrations, bright colors, hand drawn type and a playful vibe. These cards all embody that festive holiday spirit with charm and wit. For those of you who love cards that are a little less traditional and a little more fun, these cards are for you!

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{The Wheatfield.}

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{Studio Tipi.}

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{Smock.}

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{Lucky Bee Press.}

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{Spring Olive.}

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{Wild Ink Press.}

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Winter Wedding Inspiration Shoot

Hello hello and happy Monday, friends! I know the Monday after a long holiday weekend is never especially fun so I thought I’d start the week with some truly lovely winter wedding inspiration to get us all in the spirit of the holiday season. Think lots of sparkle, hot cocoa, a pine cone cake topper, a roaring fire and pretty rustic details reminscient of holidays in New England. Sent over by Henry & Masci Photography, this is just the thing to chase away the post-Thanksgiving Monday blues.

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Katherine from Henry & Masci Photography shares, “We set up this inspiration shoot to show how beautiful winter is and how easily you can create some great DIY projects around a winter theme – living in New England, we had to take advantage of the beautiful snow. The bow wreath was a DIY project made from satin ribbons tied simply around a wire frame. The candle holders were made with sticks that were covered in glitter and glued to a clear container. The napkins were tied with ornaments found at Crate & Barrel. Simple ribbon tied on the mugs added some interested and matched the wreath. When it came to the food we stayed with a mostly white palette and included donuts, frosted cupcakes and of course marshmallows.” Isn’t this just sweet? Thanks for sharing, Katherine!

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Photography: Henry & Masci Photography
Make up: Jessica Sarah Taylor
Dress: BCBG
Hairpiece: Brenda’s Bridal Veils

{Photos by Henry & Masci Photography.}

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Thanksgiving Link Love

Well, friends, it has come time to set my Mac aside and take off for a few days of quality holiday time with family. I have a full day today at the office and then tonight my husband and I will be loading up the doggies and headed to my mom’s house. This will be baby Colby’s first Thanksgiving and her dad is already talking about sneaking her something good from the table so we should have a lot of fun. What are your holiday plans? If you’re still on the hunt for some last minute inspiration, I’ve rounded up a little Thanksgiving link love for you…

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Cute printable napkin rings

The sweetest kids table ever

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While you’re baking tonight, the kids can get crafty

Really lovely inspiration for your Thanksgiving table

Oh, and don’t forget your Thanksgiving goodies here on The Sweetest Occasion, too.

And with that, Happy Thanksgiving! I will be back on Monday with a week full of great parties and ideas including a great winter skating party and the winner of the holiday card giveaway. (p.s. There is still time to enter!) See you then! xoxo

{Photo from Fiskars via Amy Atlas Designs.}

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