Christmas in July

I've shared this with a few of my friends, but I have been having VERY vivid dreams throughout quarantine. Anyone else? My theory is because we're doing less than we normally would in terms of socializing and going out, our minds aren't as tired at night. Does that make sense? Anyways, one of the dreams I had a few weeks back was that I had taken all of our Christmas decorations out and started putting them up. I'm not sure if it was to cheer us up or because I was so disoriented as to what season it was, but either way it has me looking forward to my very favorite time of year.

What has me even more excited? If you read my post on my sister's housewarming, then you know her new house in Maine came with a literal Christmas tree farm. When we were there two weekends ago for their move-in, I made a bee-line for the trees and staked my claim on this one for our apartment this December:

Yay! I can't wait for our family's new tradition of cutting our tree down at my sister's, and having what I can only imagine will be a holiday party there at the same time (again, whether she likes it or not). How fun will that be when we have little ones?! Can you just imagine the Christmas card photos we'll take?

Speaking of Christmas cards and holiday parties, I've already been playing around with and designing custom holiday cards and custom Christmas cards through Basic Invite! If you've read any of my posts on our Save the Dates (and past Christmas cards for that matter) you know that I have a passion for stationary and designing cards.

Of course, I thought our Christmas cards this year would feature wedding photos and look a little something like this:

But after postponing our wedding to next year, they'll look more like this instead... just replace the baby with an eleven pound dachshund-chihuahua mix.

Basic Invite makes it so easy with the hundreds of designs to choose from, and almost unlimited color options. What I love about the site is that when you're playing around with and customizing your design, you can see an instant preview of any colors that you want to change. Plus, you can choose the specific color of every single element — the background, the text, and any graphic designs or icons. When Basic Invite says custom, they really mean custom!

I was especially excited about their Holiday Cookie Exchange invitation template, because we all know that's a big to-do at my place each year.

I ordered a few samples to check out, and couldn't help but add a few wedding-related invites for things like my bridal shower, bachelorette, and rehearsal dinner. Look how beautiful the sample book, alone, is!

I learned, too, that what makes Basic Invite so unique is that you can order a sample in the mail of your actual customized design, rather than just a generic example. How cool is that? So you can actually feel the paper, see how the colors and text you chose look in person, and make sure everything is perfect before ordering.

I could spend hours paging through and playing around with designs for various events and parties, not to mention EVERYTHING wedding related. They even offer a free printable wedding planner with over 100 pages to help you stay organized for your big day.

Right now, Basic Invite is offering 15% off through the end of the month with code 15FF51. Check it out for your holiday cards or even your drive-by parties, weddings, and showers!

Thanks to Basic Invite for sponsoring this post.


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