I never regret the time it takes to come up with a fun invitation. It sets the mood for the party and, one hopes, makes the guests look forward to the event–not just the friends and the food and drink, but the decor too.
For this party, the cards themselves were only part of the effect I was going for. Every detail adds to the impact. While Laurie and I were on one our journeys to the floral mart, we found a roll of 25 of very cool red organza packets. I trimmed them into individual envelopes and placed a card in each. I then folded over the edge and sealed them with a sparkly black heart and a thin red ribbon loop. My trusty warm-glue gun finished the sealing job to perfection.
Of course, they were not a standard size, so I shopped at all my favorite places for the perfect envelope to mail the invitations in. I hit Michaels and Staples and my favorite paper place – Kelly’s Paper. I ended up choosing oversize envelopes in neutral white, knowing that I would be able to use the leftovers easily.
For a dressier effect, I used a fancy calligraphy font ( Monotype Corsiva) to address the envelopes, with a correct return address but, instead of the hosts’ names, I put the Queen of Hearts with a red heart next to it. I also added a red “Please Hand Cancel” for the fine folks at the U.S. Postal Service, so that all my fancy work would not arrive crushed by automated mail sorters.
The guests at each address received individual playing card packets. I sealed each envelope with black sealing wax embossed with a great crown stamp that I purchased online at Nostalgic Impressions. I very carefully ordered sealing wax that could be used in my hot-glue gun, but unfortunately I chose poorly. I have a skinny-stick glue gun and I ordered fat-stick wax. Ahh well, the best-laid plans.
I had two choices, I could run over to Michaels and buy a fat-stick glue gun… or I could break out
my barbecue lighter and melt the wax onto each envelope. This worked– well, except for the burning flames that fell onto one or two envelopes. Of course I blew out the flames (not wanting all my hard work – or my dining room table – to go up in smoke) but the blowing action spattered flaming melted wax around a couple of envelopes. So after I re-addressed two envelopes (so glad I bought extra envelopes!) I continued with a slightly more refined method of melting. Note to self: Next time buy the skinny wax or the fat glue gun!
My care paid off. Our guests arrived with game cards in hand, ready to play.