How to Take the Ho-Hum Out of Your Holiday Party

Chicago, IL, December 07, 2007 --( Want to guarantee that your holiday party is a hit and not some Ho-Hum yawn fest this season? K. Hill, Designer, Couture Invitation Consultant and Owner of Cinnamon Kiss Paper Studio suggests that you try incorporating a few of these design tips in your invites to ensure that everyone on your "A-list" RSVPs…

1. Give guests plenty of notice by ensuring that your invitations arrive two weeks in advance of the shindig. This allows time for the guests to make the necessary arrangements to attend, like scheduling the babysitter or perhaps planning overnight accommodations in the city if they live far away.

2. Put your signature touch on store-bought invites by adding embellishments or switching out the matching envelope for a unique printed pattern. Adding your own unique touches ensure that your invitations stand out from the crowd of holiday greetings and get noticed.

3. Set the mood by engaging the senses. Try spritzing your invites with a cinnamon or gingerbread scent for an unexpected touch. Nothing summons up yummy sentiments like the familiar smells of the holidays. By incorporating these delightful scents into your holiday invites, you’ll be sure to leave a lasting impression and add anticipation of your upcoming event. They’ll think…if the invite smells this good; just imagine what the food will taste like. One word of caution: spritz sparingly so as not to stain the paper or create an overpowering scent. A little goes a long way.

4. Limit your use of fonts to no more that three and keep point sizes between 10 and 12 for the majority of information you want to convey. This designer’s trick helps to ensure that your information is legible and gives a clean, consistent look for maximum readability.

5. Choose a color scheme and continue it throughout your party planning for major impact. Keeping the theme consistent throughout from invitations to decorations and table settings, even to the party favors your guests take home will go a long way in creating a memorable event.

With these helpful tips, you will be well on your way to setting the tone for a fantastic event. If you’re crafty, even be so bold as to create your own invitations from scratch with decorative papers and creative embellishments at your local craft or paper store. Don’t be afraid to experiment, oftentimes the best creations are the fruits of creative chaos and happy accident. If you want high impact but don’t have the times, a talented calligrapher and/or graphic designer will go a long way in helping to translate your ideas and vision into something tangible and truly spectacular.

K. Hill, Designer and Invitation consultant, owns and operates the Cinnamon Kiss Paper from her studio in Homewood, IL. Cinnamon Kiss Paper, combines traditional graphic design with handmade papers and custom embellishments to create unique, custom invitations and party favors. Services include logo and monogram design, custom invitations, corporate identity systems and art & design research. For more information visit: or call 708-798-8644.

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Kamaria A. Hill