You’re probably thinking, 5 weeks until Thanksgiving, 10 weeks until Christmas… I got this. Plenty of time, right? And then the Halloween candy is gone and you’re putting the turkey in the oven and before you know it, you have to cram all of those holiday to dos in a few short weeks. Sound familiar? I think we’ve all been there and that rush-rush is why the holidays don’t always feel as fa-la-lovely as they should. This year, I’m personally giving myself the challenge to tackle the following checklist before November even hits, so I can thoroughly enjoy the merriest of moments with my family and friends (and maybe snuggle up in my favorite spot next to the fire to watch Love, Actually for the umpteenth time).
1. Do a family photoshoot.
If you’re planning on a photo holiday card, now is the time to do a photoshoot! October is the perfect month weather-wise to do a shoot and will leave you plenty of time to order your cards without rushing. Even if photo holiday cards aren’t your thing, this time of year is a good reminder to capture moments with your loved ones that you’ll cherish for years to come. Lots of photographers offer mini-sessions this time of year, which is a great if you’re looking for a more affordable option that will give you a handful of beautiful images.
2. Order Your Holiday Cards
As a stationery lover, this is admittedly one of my favorite holiday to dos to check off the list. But even I have pushed off ordering my holiday cards until early December in years past! Thankfully, this year I’ve already picked out a few gorgeous designs from Basic Invite. When they reached out to me to try some custom designs for myself, I thought, wow, I’m getting special treatment! But Basic Invite is actually one of the few websites that allows you to order a printed sample of your custom card (or invitation) so you can see exactly how it will print as well as feel the paper quality before placing your final order. Their selection of designs is absolutely gorgeous, with the best christmas cards to choose from and family holiday cards to showcase those captures from that family photo shoot you’re planning.
With over 500 Christmas card and holiday card designs, it was tough choosing favorites, but I did narrow it down to the Wonderful Life Photo Holiday Cards, the Merry Siblings Holiday Cards and the Joyful Baby Holiday Cards. I loved how easy it was to customize each design. They make the process super easy and user-friendly (you can even do it on your phone!). Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you select a design you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail. I actually had a dilemma on choosing the perfect pink because there are so many options! Bittersweet and Sienna and were neck and neck.
3. Plan Any Holiday Parties and Order Your Invitations
While we’re on the topic of pretty paper, it’s also a good time to set dates for any holiday parties you’d like to host and order those holiday party invitations. If I’m being completely honest, I hadn’t yet thought of hosting a holiday gathering this year, but after seeing the stylish Joyfully Illuminated and Through the Glass Foil designs, I may plan a shindig just so I can send these cuties out. Guilty. Told you I’m paper-obsessed!
No matter what style of party you host, there’s plenty of ways to customize your invitation—from luxe foil in gold, silver, and rose gold to over 40 different envelope color choices. BEST part, their envelopes are peel and seal you guys. Life changing. So you can sip on that glass of wine without completely screwing up your palette with envelope glue. Does anyone else out there make a party out of stuffing, sealing and addressing envelopes?!
4. Update Your Address Book
While we’re on the topic of envelopes and addressing… if you’d rather just stick to stuffing, sealing and stamping, Basic Invite offers an address capturing service that allows you to simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request addresses from friends and fam, which will be stored in your account and selected during the design process. Easy-as-pie. And, recipient address printing is free on all Christmas card orders.
And finally, the ultimate motivator to check your paper priorities off the list—right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code: HOLI30 (Code is valid through the end of the year, so even if you order in December like I did last year, you’re still covered!)
This post was sponsored by Basic Invite. All opinions are my own.