Have you met this month’s Locally Grown featured business owner Ninoshka Lopez? Nino is the owner of My Little Coconuts, a Waukegan-based, online custom invitation and card service. She is here today to share some tips for creating the perfect invitations for your event.
Birthdays are always a time for excitement… and stress! With a variety of different themes, activities and other choices your invitation and event should preset the mood for FUN before guests arrive!
Tips for Creating Invitations:
1. Be Clear – If your party is outdoors with water activities, remember to state this in your invite. Parents may not want their child getting wet due to other planned events that day and may not bring a spare set of clothes. Allow guests to choose their participation level to avoid dissatisfied guests.
2. Be Flexible – For example, Summer is all about relaxation and going with the flow. Try to be flexible with the events planned during your party to accommodate the schedules of guests that may have other obligations but still make time to attend your special day.
3. Check the Weather – Checking the weather a a couple of weeks in advance will help you gauge what, where and how long you have for your event.
4. Always have a “Plan B” – If the weather isn’t cooperating or something else falls through, always have a backup plan.
5. On the day of the event, focus on what is important to avoid stress. Don’t worry if the patio chairs don’t match, the balloons strings are different lengths or that you forgot the special umbrellas for the drinks. Planning any event, big or small, can be a handful. Know that you did your very best and no one will ever know about the small stuff (it’s our little secret!).
Little Lake County’s Jessica used Nino’s invitation service for her daughter’s party. Check back next week to read about her experience with My Little Coconuts.
Disclosure: My Little Coconuts is our featured Locally Grown Business of the Month. This series of features is part of a paid partnership with Little Lake County. Contact littlelakecounty[at]gmail[dot]com if you are interested in featuring your own locally-owned business in our monthly series.