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How to Organize The Perfect Soap Box Derby

A Soap Box Derby is fun for a whole community! It gives parents and children something to work on together, and is fun for everybody to watch! A soap box derby also draws kids and communities away from the electronic world and back into the physical world together. Our Town, Woodside California holds an annual Woodside Soapbox Derby. Soap Box Cars: Soap box derby cars need to be assembled by hand. A great way to make your soap box derby fun before the race is to have build days. Build days all participants in the race are invited to come build their cars together. It’s a great way to build camaraderie and have fun assembling your car.  It also gives people access to help and troubleshooting as they assemble their cars. The most personalized aspect of soap box derby cars is their decorations. This is where children can get creative and really own their cars. Don’t be afraid to add things onto the car. We’ve had a car that was decorated to look like a …

Wedding Planning

Ten Commandments to Follow when Planning Your Wedding

Planning your wedding? Recently engaged? Congratulations! We have put together the ten most important commandments to follow when planning your wedding. I have to admit that regardless of all the advice (both good and bad!) that I received leading up to the big day, one thing is true: Once you set that date, time really does fly. There’s so much to do! Find the right wedding invitations, set up a cake tasting, drop those pesky ten pounds, look for the perfect dress (as well as beautiful accessories!). It’s so easy to get lost in all the planning and forget what the day is truly supposed to be about. At the end of the day, it’s just a party – and all parties eventually come to an end. The marriage itself is the important thing to focus on. But it’s okay – here are ten things to keep in mind when things start to go crazy. 10. Start Early There’s no harm in a little early planning. My fiance and I had been together for five years before …

Cash Bar Vs. Open Bar: Wedding Etiquette

Wedding Etiquette: Cash Bar vs. Open Bar

Engagement season is in full swing, and wedding planning seems to start immediately after! After brides & grooms finish celebrating their engagements, one of the first steps in the wedding-planning process is to set a budget for the wedding. One of the larger expenses, believe it or not, is typically providing alcohol at the wedding! For this reason, the old cash bar vs. open bar debate has always been a hot one. While couples can save thousands of dollars with a cash bar, couples often worry that their guests will be disappointed when they learn they’ll have to pay for drinks themselves. A cash bar is where wedding guests are required to to pay for their own “spirits.” Couples often use cash bars to reduce the cost of the reception, but still typically provide a glass of champagne for toasts at no charge. An open bar is where the bride & groom pay for all costs associated with the bar at their wedding. This includes the bartender and typically a full-service bar. With an open bar, …

Email Subject Writing Tips

Email Subject Line Writing Tips

  The subject line of your email determines if your recipient will open your invitation, announcement or greeting. Writing an enticing and personal subject line is key to successful delivery. Subject line content is also a major component in the algorithm of many ISP and recipient-level spam filters. A poorly written subject line could determine if your email even gets to your recipient. Tips to writing your subject line: Entice – Say something timely and valuable. For example, “If you don’t open and read this email, you will miss out on something of real value.” Your recipient will be thinking: “What’s In it for me?”. Not TOO much information – Do not give the recipient TOO much information, or they will not click on the link to open your event. Do not say “My party is on Saturday at 6:00 at my house.” Personalize – Make the subject line hit a personal note – “Football Lovers Only Party & BBQ Contest” Brand – Brand your subject line – “Joe’s Taco Shop’s Taco Extravaganza .” Test It – Send a sample …

4 Tips For Throwing The Best Thanksgiving

4 Tips For Throwing The Best Thanksgiving

The countdown is on until Thanksgiving, and we’re here to make sure that you throw a seamless, festive party of any size! Here at Sendomatic, we put together some of our favorite tips for throwing the best Thanksgiving party, so we hope you enjoy! 1. Start by Giving Thanks Always remember the meaning behind this wonderful holiday: to give thanks and to spend time with your loved ones! Try to incorporate the meaning behind this holiday into your Thanksgiving party by asking guests to write down what they’re thankful for and share them with the other guests. It’ll set the mood for your party off right! Photo: Rustic Baby Chic 2. Food What’s a Thanksgiving party without a feast?? While any Thanksgiving should revolve around food, don’t break your back trying to ensure that every dish is perfect. Ask your guests to bring a dish of their own – this way you don’t have to worry as much about accommodating to everyone’s dietary needs.  Stick to the essentials: turkey, veggies, bread, and gravy! Photo: Minimalist …

How To Throw A Creepy (But Not Too Creepy) Halloween Party | Sendomatic Online Invitations

How To Throw A Creepy (But Not Too Creepy) Halloween Party

It’s the spookiest time of the year! Now that fall is in full-swing, it’s time to start gearing up for Halloween festivities! Here at Sendomatic, Halloween is one of our most popular holidays! We love helping our customers prep for our favorite holiday, so this year we decided to put together our tips to throw a creepy (but not too creepy) Halloween party! Whether your party is for kids or adults, you’re sure to find something that will scare your guests’ socks off! 1. Balloon Spiders If you’re throwing your Halloween party on a budget, these spider balloons are so simple and basically just require balloons, streamers, and tape! Set these up around your home (or near the front door) to spook your guests upon arrival. If you want to go the extra mile, glue googly eyes onto the balloons for an added effect! 2. Chicken Wire Ghosts While these chicken wire ghosts take a little elbow grease, they’re cheap and lightweight, so you can move them around your yard or house with ease. Before …

Plan a Fundraising Event with These Simple Tips

Plan a Fundraising Event with These Simple Tips

Before the digital age brought tools like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, the only fundraisers were campaigns and events. While the Internet has changed the game in terms of fundraisers, events still have purpose. They bring people together for a common cause and can often yield results more effectively than an Internet campaign. But how do you plan a fundraiser event? Get inspired with these simple tips. Goal, Budget, Purpose Much must be taken into consideration before you can even shop for a venue. First, set a goal. Consider what you’ve seen in the past at similar events and set a range of income that you expect to see from this event. Consider the lowest amount you might raise, as well as the highest goal. Is the event worth it even if you only achieve your lowest estimation? Yes? Then it’s time you set a budget. The larger your budget the more money you’ll potentially raise. However, a large budget doesn’t guarantee success, which is why purpose is so important. People don’t donate to causes or startups …

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Invitation Wording for when Guests Pay for their Meal

How do you word an invitation to an event where guests pay for their dinner? I received this question from a Sendo reader… Amanda Asks… “I am planning a small (20 or less)retirement party for my mom at a restaurant but guests will be responsible for paying for their own dinner – how do I indicate this on an invitation?” Anyone have any suggestions? Comment to this post to help her out! It would be great to hear what you guys would expect to see on an invitation and how you would respond to some of the other suggestions mentioned When Invited Guests Pay for their Meal The proper term for this is No Host. Some social circles would immediately recognize and understand this term, whereas others would be confused. And if it’s a retirement party, some invitees may not be so quick to jump on Google to figure it out. Considering the informality of the event, keep invitations to something simple. You don’t want to spend $100 on invites that tell people they need …