Friday Wine Down: Bridlemile Pinot Noir

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts, and when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to a rare Pinot Noir for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!

This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir

About This Wine

Fed by cool winds from the Columbia Gorge, Dundee Hills AVA is the perfect climate for this cuvee, produced in collaboration with renowned Oregon Pinot Noir maker Archery Summit. Expansive and expressive, this Willamette Valley Pinot Noir shows a completeness – a stylish comfort in its own skin.

Tasting Notes

Aged in new French oak, this premium Pinot opens with wood violet and cocoa aromas, uncovering flavors of black cherry and spice.

Blend

100% Pinot Noir

Serving, Pairing & Gifting

Framed by chewy tannins and lingering impressively, this Pinot Noir pairs exceptionally well with grilled vegetables, herb roasted pork tenderloin, blackened chicken or oven baked salmon filets. Bridlemile should be decanted for at least 30 minutes before tasting, and cellaring will reward the collector. Give Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir as a gift, in a number of gorgeous presentations! (Our favorite is the Burl Wood box).

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Pack the Perfect Picnic Basket

It’s SUMMER! The sun is out, the breeze is perfect and since we’re not in the dog days of summer quite yet, it’s not too hot or buggy yet. Therefore: it is picnic season! Picnics are so awesome – what a great way to relax and enjoy nature! But a fun picnic can go south quickly, when it’s discovered that some key equipment or ingredients were missed. To help avoid that, we’ve come up with the Picnic Basket Checklist! It’s a great way to learn how to pack the perfect picnic basket.

The Ultimate Picnic Basket Checklist

⬜ Lightweight Basket, Tote, or Cooler Make sure it is easy to carry, waterproof and durable.

⬜ Blanket to Spread Out You’ll need it if there are no picnic tables at your destination. A table cloth will work, too!

⬜ Low-Seated Beach Chairs Not needed – only if you prefer, but we love having a backrest!

⬜ A Trash Bag or Two Makes cleanup SO much easier!

⬜ Paper Towels Double duty – cleaning up and mealtime napkin use.

⬜ Moist Towellettes / Baby Wipes If there are kids, sauces or both in the picture, you’ll need these.

Plates Lightweight and eco-friendly are the way to go! If you must get disposable, try compostable bamboo!

Utensils Depending on what you’re having, you may need serving ware, too. The link above might be perfect!

Cutting Knife, Small Cutting Board You can pre-chop everything if you’d like, but you may want it for cheese and salami.

Corkscrew or Bottle Opener If your picnic destination allows alcohol, these are essential!

Shatterproof Glasses or Cups Glass is heavy to transport and dangerously delicate.

Ice Packs or a Bag of Ice Line these on the bottom of your basket or cooler and you’re good to go.

Drinks Avoid carrying too much glass if you can – and remember to bring plenty of water.

Salt & Pepper, Condiments Hint, hint – it’s the perfect use for all those packets in the miscellaneous kitchen drawer!

An Easy-to-Eat Menu of Foods in Resealable Containers & Jars Here are a few ideas…

  • Sandwiches or Wraps (Chicken or Tuna Salad, Turkey, Veggie, PB & J – just keep those sammies cool.)
  • Pre-Made Green Salads (Jars are perfect for this!)
  • Fresh Fruit & Veggies
  • Cheese, Salami and Crackers
  • Chips or Pretzels
  • Cole Slaw, Pasta, Potato, Bean or Macaroni Salads
  • Cookies or Bars

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ASIN Crackdown – Bad Product Titles Beware

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With all this talk of an ASIN crackdown on Amazon, it’s easy to overreact. But there’s no reason to push the panic button. Amazon is simply shushing loud and obnoxious product titles. Here’s how to fix ASIN violations and protect your listings.

With only weeks to Prime Day 2019, Amazon is cracking down on listings with bad product titles. The announcement has had mixed reactions. Some sellers welcome the ASIN crackdown, while others think it’s a heavy-handed approach. 

Posted on the Seller Forums, the notice says Amazon’s research found a link between poor customer experience and bad titles. So, Amazon is giving sellers an ultimatum: clean up your act by July 22, 2019, or your listings will fall off the radar.

ASIN Crackdown

Seller Forums post announcing ASIN crackdown

But there isn’t a consensus among sellers over what an ASIN violation is. Those who resort to “keyword spam” are the most troubled by this change. They believe using keywords in titles makes a great deal of difference to the product’s visibility. They fear their sales will suffer.

And sellers who comply are also puzzled. Those who sell books, for instance, have no control over their product titles. Also, third-party sellers who add their offer to a pre-existing listing can’t change the title. So, Amazon suppressing listings left, right, and center is their worst nightmare.

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Screenshot of moderator post explaining common title issues

Luckily, Amazon soon clarified, as seen above. And it’s not all doom and gloom. The ASIN crackdown will only apply to a selection of product titles. Anything with over 200 characters, non-readable symbols, promotional keywords, or no real information about the product is an ASIN violation.

The FBA Product Title Requirements page spells it out. You should capitalize the first letter of each word, except for conjunctions and prepositions less than 5 letters long. Emojis, abbreviations for units of measurement (e.g. ’ for foot or ” for inch), and virtually all characters outside the English alphabet (e.g. -, &, ©) are not allowed.

The Dos and Don’ts of Amazon product titles

So, all non-compliant sellers will see their titles suppressed from search results starting July 22. Some will be able to review any ASIN violation using the “Suppressed” tab on their Inventory page in Seller Central. The rest will simply notice a sharp drop in sales.

You may not have time to check your listings before Prime Day. But as soon as you have a moment, update your product pages. A sales slump coupled with Prime Day returns and refunds could spell disaster for your business, especially with the Q3 IPI evaluation period starting mid-August.  

If you find it challenging, reach out to other sellers on the forum and let people know. For instance, one seller there claims their private label listings are locked. To make any changes, they need to open a case with Amazon. That’s clearly something Amazon should look into.

Are you having a hard time spotting your ASIN violations and fixing your product titles? We’d love to hear your take on this, the challenges you face, and your workaround. Just drop us a line below, and we’ll do our best to help raise awareness.

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12 Ways to Become a Better Leader

Do you manage a team of employees? Being in a position of authority, management or leadership comes with a lot of responsibility. You are ultimately accountable for the performance, efficiency, success and morale of your team. It is easy to be “in charge”, but it takes a lot to be a good leader. So here are 12 ways that you can be a better leader in your position – starting today.

12 Ways to Become a Better Leader

1. Listen More, Speak Less

First and foremost, your team wants to know that their ideas and opinions are heard and valued. The more you listen, the more you will find that your team listens when you speak.

2. Know Potential When You See It

In a leadership role, it’s fairly safe to assume that you’re also in the hiring position. Therefore, pay attention to your employees’ potential. Don’t just scan the resume looking for a needed set of skills. Build a team that can grow, encourage growth, and you’ll see so much more engagement.

3. Be Liberal with Positive Feedback, Frugal with Criticism

In this great article, the author writes, “It sounds corny, and maybe you can overdo this one, but I honestly believe many employees in young companies need constant encouragement. We live in complex, competitive times and people are inundated with too many tasks and not enough time. Technology and business life can be overwhelming, so it’s important to point out any “wins” no matter how small. And, if you do have to criticize, think seriously about the impact first.”

4. Avoid Gossip

You would think that we wouldn’t need to put this one on the list, but you would be amazed at how many managers end up venting about members of their team to other members of their team. This must stop if you want to be considered a voice of positivity. Here is what gossiping does: it shows your employees that you are not trustworthy. It shows your employees that you show favoritism. And it also shows your employees that you cannot deal with confrontation face-to-face.

5. It’s OK to Say “I Don’t Know”

Be confident in not knowing everything. You show your team that learning is encouraged. And you also encourage your team to reach out for help when they don’t know something, either.

6. Celebrate Success, Evaluate Failure

In an upper-management position, it’s important to have the right attitude about success and failure. Knowing what success requires – patience, efficiency, productivity and more – will help you see what went wrong when failure does occur. Both success and failure require one very important key: humility. Humbly celebrate success, and accept where things went wrong when failure occurs.

7. Let Your Team Know You’re a Human

One thing you can be certain of: you and every member of your team has a life outside of their job (we hope). Take the time to get to know your team on a more personal level, and let them know who you are, too. There’s definitely a line you should draw in the sand about how personal you get with your employees, but letting them in on a little bit of who you are makes you more approachable.

8. Be Flexible with How Each Employee Works

Be patient! Every single person has a different set of needs which will enable them to work to their full potential. It’s important that your employees know they can be trusted to work efficiently and independently. Micro-management has never worked for anyone, so don’t burden yourself with the task! Showing employees that you’re confident in their skills makes them feel confident, too.

9. Make Yourself Approachable

When your employees feel overwhelmed, overloaded or out of their depth, make sure they know it’s ok to reach out for help! It’s never ok to suffer alone silently – you’re a team! Another very important part of being approachable is to watch your tone. How you say something is every bit as important as what you say.

10. Control Your Emotions

This is probably a lifelong practice. We’re not saying you’re not allowed to ever be upset, here. But set the example – when your employees see that you keep your emotions in check, it will encourage them to do the same.

11. Apologize When You Need To

There is not enough time for all the effort it takes to hide all your weaknesses. Leadership does not include pretending there was a misunderstanding or finding someone or something else at fault. It looks much worse when you try to insulate yourself from admitting mistakes. Don’t hesitate to apologize! It’s honest, and it’s humble, and those are two things that can never fail.

12. Recognize and Reward Ingenuity

If someone on your team comes up with a great idea that leads to positive change, give them credit! It takes guts to share new ideas, find workarounds, and think outside the box. Reveling a little bit in a team member’s smart thinking will help them push even harder on their next project!

Celebrate Your Team with Awesome Business Gifts

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Friday Wine Down: Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay

Welcome to the Friday Wine Down! What a week it’s been – doesn’t a glass of wine sound perfect right about now? Here at GiftTree, we’re collectors, sippers and enthusiasts, and when we find a very special bottle, we just can’t keep ourselves from sharing! From Chardonnay on a casual night out to a rare Cabernet for special occasions, every week we’ll feature a fantastic wine available in our gifts. Onward!

This Week’s Friday Wine Down: Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay

About This Wine

With a brightness that can only be claimed by Sonoma County’s sun-soaked Russian River Valley, Luminist Chardonnay is a limited-release boutique wine. It’s made in collaboration renowned winemaker Glenn Hugo. Sonoma County’s prestigious regions for growing Chardonnay offer a distinct profile, and the Russian River Valley brings elegance and richness.

Tasting Notes

Aged in new French oak barrels, this is a vibrant Russian River Chardonnay. Boasts radiant aromas of orange blossom and lemon zest. Balanced by apricot and peach notes, with a light oak finish. Light-bodied and food-friendly, Luminist shows a focused, brilliant acidity on the finish.

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100% Chardonnay

Suggestions for Serving & Pairing

The refreshing acidity in Luminist pairs perfectly with poached salmon topped with lemon aioli, tiger prawns sautéed in garlic butter, a warm vegetable risotto terrine, or bay scallops in a tarragon cream sauce.

Try Martin Craig’s Luminist Chardonnay in a few of our favorite gift baskets – The Monterey – where it’s paired with three more companion wines and a whole lot of gourmet pairings.

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Dining Al Fresco: Tip, Tricks & Recipes

Ahh, summer. Nothing beats dinner on the patio on a balmy summer evening. But there are a few things you need to know! Here are some helpful hints, tips, hacks and even a couple meal plans to make your backyard dinner extra special.

TIP #1 Take It Easy

Dining outside is all about letting the atmosphere set the tone for the evening, so keep your recipes simple (and you’ll be able to relax and enjoy yourself more, too). Dining al fresco usually means that there’s lots of fresh produce in season. Therefore, showcase it by preparing it simply. Grilled corn on the cob with butter, crisp asparagus with sea salt, and a colorful, flavorful caprese salad come to mind.

TIP #2 Make It Sustainable

Yes, it is a little more work, but glass plates, cloth napkins and heavier glasses are much better for the environment than one-use picnic supplies. Plus, everyone hates how those cheap paper plates go limp immediately after dishing up. This tip is actually a two-for-one deal – since you’re not using paper plates, paper napkins and disposable cups, congrats! You’ve wind-proofed your outdoor meal, too!

TIP #3 Light It Up

If you plan to eat outdoors during the evening, some nice lighting will be needed. There are lots of ways to set the mood – candles, lanterns and string lights come to mind. Get creative! Check out Pinterest boards for patio lighting and have fun. If you can keep the scent of the candle or torches away from the table, citronella does double duty of repelling mosquitoes and adding light. Which brings us to our next tip…

TIP #4 Be Gone, Bugs!

It’s just that time of year! Swatting mosquitoes and batting flies away from food is a part of summer life, but there are ways you can make it easier on you and your guests. One of the most important things you can do to your backyard (and this stands whether you’re dining al fresco or not) is to ensure there is never any standing water anywhere in the yard. This is where mosquitoes and other bugs breed. So keep the kiddie pool empty, and sprinklers or rainwater shouldn’t cause any puddles to collect. Even the smallest amount of standing water, like inside the saucer of a flower pot, is enough water for mosquitoes to breed. And as far as flies go, there are many food-safe methods for repelling flies using common produce like citrus, cucumbers (did you know flies hate the smell of cucumbers?) and fragrant herbs.

Meal Plan Ideas

Idea #1: (For the big appetites) Grilled New York Strip with garlic herb butter, Corn off the Cob, Fingerling Potatoes, and an amazing Chocolate Mousse for dessert.

Idea #2: (Lighter fare) Nonna’s Chicken Cutlets, a flavorful Caprese Salad, and Tiramisu (relax – it’s an easy one, only takes 10 minutes!)

Idea #3: (For the vegans) Spicy Grilled Cauliflower SteaksKale Salad with Roasted Garlic Tahini, Coconut Bliss ice cream cones!

Fun Fact! Did you know?

The Italian phrase al fresco actually translates to “in the cool air”. However, it’s not commonly used by Italians when they’re talking about dining outside. Usually they use the phrases fuori “outside”, or all’aperto “in the open air”.

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Ten Amazing Gifts for New Homeowners

Aren’t new beginnings the best? Whether it’s the first or the third, buying a new home is a great thing! A fresh start is cause for celebration, especially after enduring all the stresses that home buying brings. Congratulate those sellers, welcome the new owners with a housewarming gift they’re going to appreciate and remember. Here are 10 amazing gifts for new home owners!

Personalized Housewarming Gift Ideas

Engraved Keepsake Tray

Bamboo Wine Tool Set

Family Name Wine Decanter

Gourmet Housewarming Gift Ideas

Fir For Royalty Basket

Welcome Home Wine Celebration

Cured Meats & Imported Cheese Basket

Memorable Wine Gifts

Home Sweet Home Personalized Wine

No Place Like Home Wine Crate

New Beginnings Engraved Wine Bottle

Even More Unique Gift Ideas

If you are a Realtor, a Lending Officer or just a friend, give a housewarming gift that will make them feel welcomed into their home and make you look great.

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Private Label Product: Sourcing

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Private label is big business on Amazon. If sourcing for Amazon isn’t your forte, but you’d like to sell PL products, give this a quick read. Our new series takes you through the basics of private label, starting with Amazon inventory sourcing.

Over a million new merchants signed up to sell on Amazon in the past year alone. With competition growing, many e-tailers – including Amazon – are turning to private label. And with all the advantages of Brand Registry, it should come as no surprise.

There’s been a shift from conventional to own-brand business on Amazon. But the scale of it is anyone’s guess. While we wait for Deloitte’s new private label report, there are a few trends to take away from the latest survey:

  • Vendor selection – quality assurance is raising standards for retailers, as well as buyers.
  • Sourcing tech – retailers invest more in advanced technology for PL sourcing.
  • Vendor consolidation – they partner up with only the most resourceful manufacturers.
  • Reshoring – retailers try to reduce the sourcing footprint to strengthen their brand.

So, private label sellers are focusing on ways to improve sourcing. The goal? To change quality perception. They’re no longer interested in cheap, generic, white label goods. They’re taking a long-term approach to selling on Amazon.

White label and private label are two different things. A private label product is exclusive to the retailer. It may be changed and enhanced at any time. A white label product is generic and sold to a variety of retailers. They simply rebrand it and pass it on to the end-user.

Sellers on Amazon often mistake one for the other. And they try to claim a generic item is a PL product. But private labelling on Amazon can only really work if the product is new, unique, innovative, and yours alone.

An item can be eligible to become a PL product on Amazon if it doesn’t have a UPC. If the manufacturer already gave it one, then it’s their brand. You can still sell it on Amazon by assigning it a FNSKU code. But you’d need to use the manufacturer’s branding.

If it’s never been branded or assigned a UPC, then it can be listed on Amazon. And the brand can be registered on the Brand Registry. But not before you register your trademark, which takes time. Even standard text trademarks, without graphics, can take up to a year for the USPTO to acknowledge.

Once you’re accepted, you can weed out unwanted competitors. But the wording on the packaging and the claims made on the listing need to be lawful. And your patent, QC, and advertising must comply with trading regulations. If you’re not sure they do, ask a private label lawyer for advice.

Ultimately, registering your brand can help protect it on Amazon, as seen above. But it won’t stop copy-cats from selling fakes on other websites. Registering your trademark and your brand is a necessity, not a magic bullet.

You don’t need us telling you what you should or shouldn’t sell on Amazon. But a good PL product should have low sales rank, high-ranking keywords, few reviews, and a reasonable asking price. And to be worth sourcing for Amazon, it should also be light, durable, and non-seasonal.

Software tools can help you find good PL products and narrow down your shortlist. Start with Profit Bandit and work your way through our list of tools for analyzing your competition. You can also find Amazon inventory sourcing tips on seller forums and online directories like WebRetailer.

Now that you know what to sell on Amazon, there’s still the small matter of the supplier. Quality, factory direct price, and defect rate are important. But if you’re sourcing for Amazon, you should also be able to count on raw material availability and prompt deliveries.

Finding the right manufacturer isn’t without its share of difficulties. If you’re thinking of offshoring, there are a few things to bear in mind. It’s not unusual to come across these challenges when you’re sourcing for Amazon from abroad:

  • Price fluctuations due to raw material shortages.
  • Inadequate intellectual property and payment protection.
  • Lengthy customs clearances and unexpected shipping costs.
  • The language barrier and time-zone difference.
  • Subpar manufacturing and labor standards.

It may take weeks to find a supplier that’s right for you. When you’re ready to put some time and effort into your research, start checking things off this to-do list:

  • Scout. Buy similar products locally. Check the packaging to find out who manufactured them. Carry out some basic research about these companies and the countries they operate in.
  • Network. Check B2B social sites like LinkedIn and join PL groups.
  • Market. Attend trade shows and speak to manufacturers directly. Only give your business card to people you’re really interested in working with.
  • Websurf. Browse e-commerce guides (e.g. ecommerceCEO’s). Check manufacturing directories (ThomasNet, Maker’s Row, Alibaba, and IndiaMart) for specialized PL suppliers.
  • RfQ. Find websites like Global Sources that allow you to submit a request for quotes and then select the best candidates.
  • Check FB. Look up their customer reviews and how they handle disputes.
  • Outsource. If you don’t think you can find reliable suppliers by yourself, look for companies that can do it for you. Some procurement outsourcing companies can also handle contracts, transactions, tracking, and compliance issues on your behalf.
  • Contact. Draw the supplier shortlist and start contacting them to check bulk shipping costs and turnaround time. If you’re satisfied with the reply, request samples.

At the risk of repeating ourselves, we have one more thing to add before we sign off. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Multi-channel fulfillment is the golden rule of online retail. Your PL product should be available for sale on multiple websites and venues.

That’s our cue, folks. Don’t forget to follow our blog for more private label tips on budgeting, pricing, and promoting PL products on Amazon. And while you’re here, check out our Prime Day Prep series for insight into sourcing for Amazon sales.

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15 Birthday Invitation Wording Examples for Every Party

Birthdays are the best kind of celebration. It has been another year of life for your or your loved one and that is certainly reason to party. Whether you are planning your little one’s birthday bash, your buddy’s surprise party or your own soiree, you will need to send invitations.

In addition to requesting someone’s presence, sending invites is a great way to let your guests know information about the date, location and theme. Make the invitation your own with colors, fonts and designs. Be as extravagant or as simple as you want as long as you include those important details that your guests need to know.

Since finding the words is often the hardest part, we came up with a few birthday invitation wording examples to show how you can include the important details and still be fun! Once the planning is done, sit back, relax and get excited about all the fun birthday gifts you’ll get.

Birthday Invitation Wording for Kids

If your little one has a birthday coming up and you need help coming up with the perfect invitation, check out these themed kids birthday invitation wording examples for every type of party!

Superhero Birthday Invitation Wording

Attention superheroes, we need your help!

Come save the day at Tristan’s 11th birthday party!

August 19, 2019 | 2:00 PM | 123 Super Road

RSVP to Dad at 123.456.7890 by August 10th

Don’t forget your superpowers and super suits!

Halloween Birthday Invitation Wording

All ghouls and ghosts are invited to

Jamie’s 5th Spooktacular Birthday!

October 31, 2019 | 4:00 PM | 123 Boo! Road

RSVP to Mom at 123.456.7890 by October 20th

Don’t forget your costume!

Royal Birthday Invitation Wording

Here ye, here ye!

By royal decree, you are hereby invited to

Princess/Prince Kendall’s 9th Birthday!

September 20, 2019 | 6:00 PM | 123 Royalty Road

RSVP at 123.456.7890 by September 10th

Animal Birthday Invitation Wording

Calling all party animals!

Join us for a wild time as we celebrate Taylor’s 8th Birthday!

July 7, 2019 | 4:00 PM | 123 Jungle Road

RSVP to Mom at 123.456.7890 by July 1st

Surprise Birthday Invitation Wording

TOP SECRET!

Your next mission is to surprise Agent Jordan on his

12th birthday!

All agents should report to:

123 Secret Road on May 27th at 3:00 PM

Confirm with special agent Mommy at 123.456.7890

Remember, this is a top secret so don’t give away the surprise!

1st Birthday Invitation Wording

He/she is sweet as sugar and so much fun

Come and party because Hayden is 1!

June 26, 2019 | 10:00 AM | 123 Cutie Road

RSVP to Mom at 123.456.7890 by June 20th

Under the Sea Birthday Invitation Wording

Splish Splash at Brandon’s Birthday Bash!

Please join us for a celebration

Sunday October 28 | 12:30 PM to 3:30 PM

RSVP at 123.456.7890 by October 20th

Birthday Invitation Wording for Adults

It is hard to come up with the perfect birthday invitation wording for an adult’s party. Finding that balance between too childish and too crass can be a challenge. Browse through these ideas for every type of party for some inspiration!

50th Birthday Invitation Wording

Aged to perfection

Est. 1969 | 40 years

Please join us for a celebration in honor of John Smith

August 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM | 123 Quality Road

RSVP at 123.456.7890 by August 22nd

40th Birthday Invitation Wording

Let’s Celebrate!

Join us in celebrating Julie’s 10th anniversary of turning 30!

December 12th, 2019 | 4:00 PM | 123 Party Road

RSVP to Mom at 123.456.7890 by December 6th

General Birthday Invitation Wording

Let’s Celebrate!

Jaden is turning 35!

Please join us for drinks and desserts on September 13th

9:00 PM | 123 Party Road

RSVP at 123.456.7890 by September 3rd

Surprise Birthday Invitation Wording

Shhh…It’s a surprise!

Ryan is turning 25!

Join us for a surprise birthday celebration for the man/woman of the hour!

November 10th, 2019 | 8:00 PM | 123 Gotcha Road

RSVP at 123.456.7890 by November 3rd

Funny Birthday Invitation Wording

If you are planning a party for a goofball, try one of these funny birthday invitation wording ideas. These invites are sure to have your guests laughing!

Funny 30th Birthday Invitation Wording

Stacey is turning 30 and she is wining about it.  

Come join us for wine and desserts as we celebrate

Stacey’s 30th birthday!

June 23, 2019 | 7:30 PM | 123 Merlot Road

RSVP at 123.456.7890 by June 15th

Funny 40th Birthday Invitation Wording

In dog years, I am dead

Come help us celebrate Jack’s 40th birthday

July 11, 2019 | 6:00 PM | 123 Dog Road

RSVP at 123.456.7890 by July 5th

Dinner will be provided.

Funny 50th Birthday Invitation Wording

I am not 50! I am 25 with 25 years of experience.

You are invited to a dinner party on the 5th of September.

4:00 PM | 123 Experience Road

RSVP at 123.456.7890 by August 27th

Funny Adult Birthday Invitation Wording

In the year 1990

Tim Berners-Lee created the first web server • Nelson Mandela was released from prison • launch of the Hubble Space Telescope • “The Simpsons” is aired on Fox for the first time • Home Alone was the Top Grossing movie • Smoking banned on all flights

Best of all, Charlie Smith was born!

Come celebrate with us!

July 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM | 123 Events Road

RSVP at 123.456.7890 by July 22nd

What to Write on a Birthday Invitation

Be as creative as you would like on the birthday invitation wording! Give your guests a taste of the party you are planning with the perfect wording and beautiful design. Make sure you include all the important details by following these tips:

Do:

  • Include the name of the honoree.
  • Use colorful language that matches your theme.
  • Mention the date, time and address.
  • List contact information and date to RSVP.
  • Provide extra details (ex: wear a costume or bring a date).

Don’t:

  • Ask for gifts.
  • Forget to mention if it is a surprise party.
  • Be too vague.

Now that you have decided on the perfect birthday invitation wording, it is time to plan the perfect party. Don’t forget to get the perfect gift for your little one or your best bud! Whether they are having a monster bash or a sophisticated soiree, a personalized gift will make them feel extra special.

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2019 Business Gift Trends

The holidays are not the only time to give business gifts! All year long, employees, clients and colleagues deserve to be recognized and appreciated. It’s the way we strengthen and reinforce business bonds! That’s why it’s so important to remember birthdays, send thank yous, and reward a job well done. A great business gift reflects the very best of your company. And when your gifts are memorable, your company will be, too. To get with the times and make sure you’re always making an impact with your gift, let’s take a look at some of the best business gift trends this year.

Company “Swag” is Out…

For the most part (and of course there are some exceptions), corporate “swag” does not have the clout that it once did. Overall, most employees view logo’d pens, frisbees, flash drives and coffee cups imprinted with the company logo as pretty thoughtless. Actually, promotional swag can send the opposite of your intended message! Instead of saying, “you’re valued and appreciated”, cheap logo’d items like stickers and mouse pads send a message that says “we didn’t put much thought into this gift, because we don’t put much thought into you”. Ouch.

But Branded Gifts are In.

Show your clients you really appreciate their business! Tell your employees that their role makes a huge difference! Face the facts: your company’s success rides on the backs of hard-working employees, great customer service and loyal clients. If you recognize that you wouldn’t be where you are without your team and your customers, prove it. Make business gift giving part of your business strategy, and not with just any old corporate swag – go for quality, value and high end details. You’ll watch your employees’ motivation and productivity increase. You’ll see a rise in returning customers. People who know they are appreciated are loyal – and that’s a fact.

Great Bottles of Wine Send a Strong Message

Giving a good bottle of wine is a wonderful business gift. It sends a message that you care about quality, and you value the tastes of your clients and employees. Nearly everyone loves a great wine, specially if you can figure out beforehand what kind of wine might be their favorite. Check out this blog: Three Tips to Giving the Perfect Wine Gift!

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