I get by, with a little help from Evite!

Phew! January was the busiest!!! Travel, travel and more travel! Between the CHA Mega Show, the Bash Conference, and events for our clients, it flew by, and with it, my husband’s birthday! (I know, gasp! This planner ran out of time to plan his party!)

Never fear, Evite to the rescue! Once I’d picked a date, it took just minutes to come up with a beautiful invite, a gorgeous theme, and a cool present for Mr. Ritzy Parties.

I logged into my account on Evite.com, and browsed the great selection of invites.  I was so pleased to see that Evite now offers the ability to upload your own photo or design onto one of their invitations! Very cool feature! In the premium selections, I found a chic design of geometric triangles, in shades of navy, coral, gold and teal. Perfect! I started filling in our details, and before I knew it, I had sent the invite to our friends and family!


Sit back and relax? Okay! (It really shouldn’t be THIS easy!)

But, it was! In fact, using the Evite “Instant Gifts” feature, I immediately was able to order up a gift, (a cool Fitbit from Brookstone!), and had shipping confirmation within the hour. Talk about simple!

Next, it was time for some design and décor…

I love to let the invitation set the mood for the party. I decided to run with the design from the Evite invitation, and let that guide my design choices.  I ordered a cake, giving the bakery the design of the invitation, and specified just a few details.  Did I mention how much I adore this design? The colors and patterns really reflect my personal style, and match my house! I was really looking forward to seeing this come alive in cake form!


I created some quick paper party décor, using scrap book papers in the stripes and dots inspired by the Evite.  I made festive buntings to hang in all the doorways, and a few birthday signs using my Sizzix Big Shot Die Cutter. I also found some incredible honeycomb paper lanterns and gorgeous, giant paper medallions at Ikea! Their paper party supplies are incredible, and there was a wide selection of colors and patterns available. (Note to self: focus, focus, focus!)

I hung the paper décor using these amazing 3M Command ceiling hooks and banner anchors, they have such an amazing line of hanging helpers for parties, the selection is seriously impressive.


Here’s how it all came together. I’m so pleased, it was just beautiful, don’t you think?


I love the way the cake emulated the look of the invitation, the bottom tier even matches the interior of the virtual envelope!


Mr. Ritzy loved his gift, (which showed up well before the party, bonus!), and everyone loved the party! Thanks so much to Evite for helping simplify the process, and for the inspiring design!

Until next time, remember to “Celebrate Everything!”


Invitations, Premium Designs, and Instant Gifts: www.evite.com

Cake: Cakes by Queens https://www.facebook.com/cakesbyqueens/?fref=ts

Paper Honeycombs and Medallions, cups and napkins: http://www.ikea.com/us

Photography: To Pepper, With Love www.topepperwithlove.com

Paper buntings, signs, confetti, party design: www.ritzyparties.com

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