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Fab Surprise 40th Birthday Ideas

May 22, 2012

Turning 40 is a big deal! I know, because that’s my next one (over three years away yet, though). The good news is there are plenty of surprise party ideas to help make the most of this milestone.

Not surprisingly, many of the themes I’ve come across involve turning the clock back. A 70s-themed disco, complete with platforms and flared trousers, will always go down well. Treat the birthday boy or girl to their top 40 favorite tracks and groove the night away.

 

Don’t forget your 40th surprise party invites. Here’s a taster from the JaclinArt collection

Surprise 40th Birthday Gold and Chocolate Stars Personalized Invites Surprise 40th Birthday Teal and Purple Damask Personalized Announcements 40th SURPRISE Birthday Party Invitation Template

 

And there are more Surprise Birthday Invites here.

Another great 40th surprise party idea is to create a ‘This is your Life’ spoof, where friends and family members are invited to take center stage and tell the narrative of the celebrant’s life (thus proving once and for all that life does not begin at 40!). The occasion could even be preserved in a printed photo-book.

For those who are really in denial, my favorite solution is the ’19th anniversary of the 21st birthday’. Guests wish the 40-year-old ‘happy anniversary’, while everyone parties like the 21 year olds they wish they were.

 

JaclinArt surprise party invitations are fully-customizable. Look at these dazzling designs!

Blue Purple Dahlia 00th Year Surprise Birthday Personalized Announcement SURPRISE Pink Candles Polka Dot Birthday Square Stickers SURPRISE Birthday Party Template Pink Sunflower Custom Invitation

 

Browse more 40th Birthday Planning tips here

My favorite 40th surprise birthday theme was the ‘Rubik’s cube’ (left), where all guests come in a multi-colored wardrobe but need to go home wearing the same color clothes. How funny!

Then there’s the zombie-themed ‘horror party’…because, after all, what could be scarier than turning 40?

 Neil Hocking is a Torbay copywriter with clients from around the world. His work includes writing web copy, newsletters, sports journalism and advertising material. Design services are also available

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Rubik’s cube image released on CC 3.0 Attribution license by Lars Karlsson

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SURPRISE! You’re 30 Today

May 21, 2012

I remember the day I turned thirty really clearly. I worked in an office then, and had decided to tell no-one about my birthday. As Jacqueline points out in her 30th Birthday Planning guide, leaving the twenties behind can be a little bit traumatic!

On the day itself, I tried to sneak in as quietly as possible to keep a low profile. But everywhere I turned there was someone wishing me happy birthday and joking with me about reaching my fourth decade. It was only when I turned to my desk and saw my chair decorated with balloons and a big thirty sticker did I realize who had spilled the beans – my supervisor (curse those employee records!)

That was something of a surprise, but these days it’s surprise birthday parties that are all the rage.

Is your wife, daughter or other female relative approaching thirty? JaclinArt has designed some lovely pink surprise 30th birthday invites.

Pink Rose Bouquet 30th Surprise Birthday Template SURPRISE 30th Modern Birthday Purple and Pink Invites 30th - 39th SURPRISE Birthday Fireworks Pink Black Custom Invites

 

Here are some more surprise 30th birthday designs for guys and girls.

30th SURPRISE Birthday Party Invitation Template DIRTY THIRTY Birthday Party Black White Red Tall Custom Invitation 30th SURPRISE Birthday Party Invitation Aqua Black

 

All of these designs can be customized for different ages, and there are also customizable templates available to choose from. Here’s how it works!

1.) First, visit JaclinArt’s Zazzle store and select your favorite design. Here’s an example.

Custom SURPRISE Birthday Party Invite - Pink Rose

 

2.) Click the orange ‘Customize It!’ button:

 

 

3.) Make full use of the user-friendly design interface to alter existing text or even add your own images and text.

 

 

4.) Voila! As you can see, I just changed the existing text, but you can be far more creative than that.

 

Follow a more in-depth Customization Guide here

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Autumn Wedding Planning? Custom Wedding Stamps in Warm Autumn Hues

May 30, 2011

Getting ready for your autumn wedding?  Or just in love with the warm hues of gold, orange, sienna and chocolate?  Here’s a way to dress up your wedding invitations – Customizable wedding stamps in warm harvest hues.

Real U.S. postage. 3 sizes for all size mailings.

Click on any Autumn Wedding Stamp to peruse more closely, and potentially purchase.

Rich Orange Sunset Dreams RosesWedding Stamp stamp LOVE Wedding ORANGE Rose ANTIQUE GOLD Lace stamp

LOVE Wedding ORANGE Rose ANTIQUE GOLD Lace stamp CHOCOLATE & MANGO - LOVE Wedding Lace Stamp stamp Wedding Romantic GOLD Rose & LACE Trim stamp

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Autumn Wedding Planning? Save the Date Announcements in Warm Harvest Hues

May 30, 2011

Planning for your autumn wedding? Or just in love with shades of the warm hues of gold, orange, chocolate, and sienna? Then check out these Save the Date announcements in warm harvest hues.

I really love the square shape – So elegant!  It does require additional postage, though – because the post office considers the square shape to be an odd size (I don’t think it’s an odd size!  I think it’s a lovely size! But I think it has to do with their automation equipment…)

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Elegant ANTIQUE GOLD Rose Wedding Save Date Invite invitation Elegant GOLD Rose Wedding Save the Date Invite invitation Elegant GOLD Rose Wedding Save Date Invite invitation
Gold & Sienna Damask Monogram Wedding Invitate invitation Gold and Black Damask Monogram Wedding Invitation invitation FLAME ORANGE Rose Wedding Save Date Invitation invitation Read the remainder of this entry »

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Purple Wedding Damask and Print on Demand Technology – A Perfect Marriage

May 11, 2011

Late last night a bride-to-be emailed me.  She liked one of my damask lined wedding envelope designs she spotted in pink and black — But! She’d like it in purple and black, instead.  Could I design it for her?  It turns out…yes, I could!  After I emailed off the new envelope design to her, a few minutes later, she sent another email.  She wanted a matching envelope seal, too.  I went ahead and designed that as well.  The whole “print on demand” publishing model has brought affordable customization to the individual, by marrying an online marketplace and print on demand technology,  where consumers and artists can have a dialogue.  Here’s the purple damask envelope I designed for her…

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Planning a 50th Birthday Party? Make It Extra Special with Custom Invitations and Stamps

May 11, 2011

I know I love a good party – Don’t you? Are you by chance in the midst of 50th birthday party planning? Want to do something special? Then check out online customizable 50th birthday party invitations and 50th SURPRISE birthday party invitations. All styles available – playful, festive, funny, elegant and photo birthday invitations to choose from! You can add matching 50th birthday U.S. postage stamps and envelope seals to give your birthday invitation extra oomph!

Click on any 50th birthday party invitation to purchase.

50th Birthday Party Invitation Template Pink Navy invitation 50th Birthday Party Invitation Template invitation50th Birthday Party Candles Invitation Template invitation

50th - 59th Birthday Party Invitation Blue Candles invitation 50th Birthday Party Invitation - Gold Candles invitation 50th Birthday Party Invitation Template invitation

50th Birthday Party Invitation Lilac Purple Roses invitation Custom 50th Birthday Party Invitation invitation 50th - 59th Birthday Party Invite Teal Butterfly invitation

50th Birthday Party Invitation Candles & Gifts invitation 50th Birthday Party Invitation Gold Candles invitation 50th Birthday Party Invitation Lilac Purple Roses invitation

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My Bat and Bar Mitzvah Stamp Designs – Showcased in a Mitzvah Market Article

April 14, 2011

Last week I met Sheri of Mitzvah Market on Twitter, and discovered she was about to do a story on custom Bat and Bar Mitzvah US postage stamps. Lucky me! She featured some of my stamps in her article, and included some links. You can check out Sheri’s Mitzvah Market postage story here: http://www.mitzvahmarket.com/mitzvah-ideas/finds/custom-postage/

After our email and phone conversations, she inspired me to come up with some custom templates for Bat and Bar Mitzvah envelope seals. (Or, as Sheri said, they could be used for all things Mitzvah related.) Here are some of my new creations.

Blue is always a good choice…Add your child’s name and Bar Mitzvah date.

MEDIUM BLUE Custom Name Bar Mitzvah Sticker sticker

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Weddings a Whirl for a Girl with Black and White Swirls!

April 11, 2011

Things have been swirling about today! Here’s some coordinating items for your upcoming wedding you might enjoy.

A black and white swirl save the date announcement card is a modern alternative to black and white damask…

Black and White Damask Save The Date Postcard postcard
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Here Comes the Bride…And Groom! Bride and Groom stamps dress up your wedding invites.

April 8, 2011

Customizable bride and groom stamps make your wedding invitations extra special – You can customize with your names, wedding date, and monogram.

I love pink, blue, and lace, so naturally, this pink, pink and blue lace wedding bride and groom stamp is one is one of my faves…

PINK & TURQUOISE Bride & Groom Wedding Monogram stamp

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Love is in the air…And on your envelopes!

April 8, 2011

I can’t seem to stop designing love stamps!  They’re great for wedding invitations, save the date announcements, Valentine’s Day…or just because! Here are some of my favorites…

This blue, white and silver love stamp with its lace accent has charm!

Blue White and Silver LOVE Wedding Stamp with Lace Accent Stamp

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