I love planning things, how about you?
Planning is kinda my forte. From adventures in the wilderness and book release parties, to epic travel excursions and birthday’s. I get excited when a big idea or event comes my way because half the fun is planning it. I get ridiculous enjoyment when I can simply tell my friends to show up at a party or a place without them needing to stress about the coordination part. I did this for years for me and my friends annual snowboarding trip up to Big Bear, CA, and I always wished there was an easy way to keep everyone informed and on the same page … while at the same time helping keep me organized.
I was in an event planning withdrawal recently. The last event I planned was my book release party in February, so I needed something I could sink my teeth into and get excited about. So, when my friend Kristen asked me to help plan her dirty-thirty birthday party in LA, I was ready make it epic.
With arrangements to stay two nights in Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) at an AirBnB with her closest friends, we have plans to do everything a girls weekend needs –from DTLA adventures and brunch, to wine tasting and relaxed hangouts with a cityscape view. We’re ready for an epic weekend of dirty-thirty birthday fun! However, I needed to find a way to keep track of who was going and making sure we got everyone the right info–but in a super adorable way! We talked about making her birthday flirty and fun, and we wanted to get people excited (and willing to do the drive from San Diego to LA) to escape for a girls getaway, not to mention, celebrate a landmark year.
In this digital age where everyone has a smartphone in hand or laptop nearby, I knew that the best way to keep everyone in the loop would be email. Collecting emails is always way easier than gathering addresses (not to mention the need for stamps!). After booking the swanky AirBnB in DTLA we wanted the invite to be personal yet match the upscale style of the weekend. So, when I was given the opportunity to use Paperless Post to coordinate the big 30th Birthday party weekend I was ecstatic. I already knew I loved their designs from seeing them on Instagram and knew this would be the perfect way to keep things organized –and pretty! The designs ranged from adorable illustrations to renowned designers like Kate Spade. I was in design heaven scrolling through the choices.
Paperless Post was super easy to use and I fell in love with so many invitation designs that it was tough having to choose just one. Creating a favorites list of birthday invitations to keep track of was a fun, resourceful feature to use, too. I figured if I didn’t use some designs now that I might want to use them later.
I ended up selecting an invitation design I could customize with photo’s to help give it a personal touch, especially since it was such a milestone birthday. I texted her about the invitation choice I made and we spent the evening texting photos back and forth. Half the fun was sorting through photo’s as we were using Paperless Post’s customizing feature. From baby photo’s to our (regrettable) style choices in high school, we managed to pick a few that fit the vibe of the party. (How adorable are her baby photos?). The coolest feature here was that you could edit the photos with filters and also rotate photo’s within the customizing process. The only thing that would have been nice is if I could weaken/strengthen the filter I selected (like how you can on Instagram) because some of the filters I liked just came off too strong, but if I could reduce their strength for certain photos a little would have been perfect.
After putting the finishing touches on the event invitation every step after flowed flawlessly into the next with easy to follow steps. I inputed the event info and even a google map showed up with the invitation. I especially liked that not only could I add a personal message to the invite but I could include special note/additional info. This was important because I needed to find a way to include parking info, because as everyone knows LA is known for many things, one of which, is lack of parking for … everything.
Creating the invitee list was easy to use too! You could even add a unique message to each guest if you’d like, and you also have the ability to tell them they’re allowed to invite more than one guest. Very cool. This list allows you to keep track of who’s RSVP’d. Although I was only planning an event for around ten people I can see this being the perfect tool for large parties. I really appreciated the clean formatting of the invitee list set up.
I also liked that once I sent my invites out that I can still do things like send event reminders, message guests, or request them to RSVP if they haven’t already –which is a nice feature to have when you have busy friends who need reminding now and then.
Also, it looks like Paperless Post also offers a mobile app so you can keep track of RSVP’s on the go, which I also thought was a cool option to have, especially if you’re planning something like a wedding.
Here’s How Easy it Is:
- Create a Paperless Post account
- Search the cute selection of Event Invitations (or Cards), some designed by designers like Kate Space (my fav)
- Customize your card with photo’s (depending on the invitation) and text
- Input occasion/event info/additional notes
- Add your list of senders/invitees
- Preview your glorious invite (because double checking for event planning is important) 😉
- When you’re ready, press SEND!
- Now you’re ready to keep track of your RSVP’s and also kept your guests well-informed.
It’s that simple!
So, if you have a big party to plan (or need an excuse to plan one 😉 ) I recommend trying out Paperless Post to send out your invites. It’s a great way to keep track of any sized guest list and the designs are so pretty! They also do birthday cards, holiday cards, plus so much more! I especially liked the Halloween cards they currently have featured. I think I need an excuse to send more adorable invites …
Made with cooperation with Anagram Interactive.