Red, white and blue cocktails are fun for Memorial Day, 4th of July or any other patriotic event. Ingredients for these cocktails include strawberries, blueberries, pineapple and watermelon, vodka, rum and white wine.
Answers to Memorial Day Quiz: 1. People in US Military Service; 2. The Civil War; 3. Decoration Day; 4. It was not the anniversary of a battle; 5. 3 p.m.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and what better way to celebrate this occasion than with a BBQ with friends and family.
Be sure to take our Memorial Day Quiz to see what you know about this national holiday. Some of the questions you'll find are:
If you're planning a Preakness Stakes Party, you have to serve crab cakes! Here's a fabulous recipe.
1/2 c. dry bread crumbs
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1 tbl Old Bay seasoning
1/4 tsp. salt
1/2 c. mayonnaise
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 lb. crab meat, shell and cartilage removed
Unless your wedding invitations are a single sheet of 80 lb. cover stock in an average envelope, chances are you will need more than one first-class postage stamp on your envelopes to get them to their destination.
If you guess or assume the amount of postage required and you're wrong, all your wedding invitations will be returned to you rubber stamped "insufficient postage."
They will be returned provided you didn't skip putting a return address on your envelopes. Yes, some people have chosen to ignore the obvious and to save time or money, did not put a return addresses on their envelopes and the post office has no clue what to do with your beautiful invitations except to toss them.
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In the planning stages, it is important to ask how much your invitations will cost to mail. If adding $.11 or more postage just to be able to mail square envelopes (has nothing to do with weight, but orientation limitations with the post office scanning equipment) is something that isn't in your budget, you will need to choose a different size invitation before you get to the design, proof and printing stages.
Do NOT buy all your postage until you have mailed a sample to yourself. As soon as you get your invitations, put one together with all the pieces, address it to yourself, take it into the post office and have a postal employee determine and affix the correct amount of postage for your invitation, then mail it to yourself. You can work on assembling and addressing all the invitations after you've mailed this test sample. When your sample arrives in your mailbox, you'll know the postage was correct (or not if it was returned to you with "insufficient postage" stamped on it), you'll also see how it survived its journey and what your guests will see in their mailboxes and you can make any changes necessary before you mail all the invitations. After you've done the test mailing, you can then buy your postage.
Don't guess at postage and don't take chances with your invitations. A few extra steps will ensure your guests receive their invitations.
When should you mail your party invitations is not a trick question, but the answer can be confusing. When to mail your party invitations depends on:
When to Mail Kid's Party Invitations:
For kids birthday party invitations, two to four weeks in advance should be enough notice. However, if your child's party is around a holiday, around a busy sports schedule or around sports play-offs for your child or is on the same day as say the Super Bowl, extra notice or even having the party on a different day close to the birthday may be necessary. Once children are in school, they understand their parties will occur on weekends and not necessarily on their birthdays. You will also want to make sure best friends, grandparents and other special people are available on your chosen date and time before creating invitations.
When to Mail Formal Party Invitations:
Formal invitations should be sent four-six weeks before the date, even as much as eight weeks for a wedding. If you want to send more than eight weeks notice of a party, consider sending a save the date card instead with the invitation to follow six-eight weeks before the event. Formal occasions include:
When to Mail Casual Party Invitations:
Informal or casual event invitations should be mailed two to four weeks before the party date. Casual barbecues, pool parties, dinner parties, birthday parties don't require a lot of notice to attend. Again, the exception to this is if there is a holiday on your party date or if there will be several other people celebrating the same occasion such as your child's graduation party should not be scheduled at the same time as their best friend's party, the Super Bowl, Halloween, etc.
When to Mail Holiday Invitations:
Holiday schedules fill up at warp speed, so for the best turnout at your party, you will want to mail holiday party invitations early enough to be the first to claim the date and the excitement and attention of your invited guests.
December Friday and Saturday nights are popular nights for parties, so don't wait long to claim the date for your event. New Year's Eve is also a party you will want to give guests lots of notice so they select your party as to one to attend.
When to Use Save the Date Cards:
If you are planning a party that needs advance notice for guests to take off work, travel long distances or arrange for child care, you can send save the date cards that notify them of the party, the date, and that more information will follow by a printed invitation with all the details. Holidays, weddings, business functions or occasions that fight for your guests attendance such as 4th of July, Christmas, New Year's Eve are parties guests will appreciate receiving save the date cards to make advance preparations necessary to attend your party.
Whether a baby girl or a baby boy is on the way, these cute baby elephant baby shower invitations are fun with their fresh colors of teal and orange, pink and orange or gray and lemon elephants and chevron stripe background.
Here's some ideas to make your elephant theme baby shower one everyone will enjoy:
Not all college graduation parties are classy or stuffy, some are down right outrageous and tons of fun. We've designed some college graduation party invitations for just that type of party so you can celebrate your achievements in laid back style.
Our "party-on" humorous college grad invitations have gotten lots of comments from "Cool, dude!" to "That's disgusting!" (from a reviewer of our beer pong themes.) We know not everyone has the same taste, so we've designed these invitations for the graduate who wants to do things a little differently. Congrats on your graduation and party responsibly.
Whoooo's on the way? If the expectant parents have not announced the gender of their baby, a Gender Reveal Baby Shower could be an ideal theme for a couple's baby shower.
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We love the questions we get from our fabulous customers and today's question was one I haven't heard in all the years I've been creating party invitations.
"How do you word invitations
to ask guests to bring tips
for the bartender?"
First, if you can afford a bartender, or your event supplies a bartender, you can afford the tip at the end of the evening.
At most events, alcohol is the the responsibility of the hosts. If you can't afford an open bar, limit the guest's selections to beer and wine or coffee and tea, whatever you can afford. If alcohol is not in your budget, consider inviting fewer guests so you can budget for this expense. Also, check with your venue to see if the cost of a bartender and their tip is included as part of the overall bill for your event.
I have been to events where there is a tip jar at the bar, and as long as you agree, it is fine for the bartender to put out the tip jar (remember, some guests will think this is tacky.) If you aren't okay with a big jar with a handwritten "Tips" note attached messing up your beautifully decorated venue, then make sure you let the bartender know that you are paying for their services as well as the tip at the end of the event and you would rather they put the tip jar under the bar for the duration of your event.
You don't expect guests to tip the wait staff and other people who made sure your event ran smoothly, so you shouldn't treat the bartender any differently. Figure out how you can cover the cost of serving cocktails and beverages to your guests and include that amount -- plus the tip -- in your event's budget.
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