Monday, April 27, 2009

Graduation Party Invitations

Graduation Season is among us...Finding a theme for a party, is akin to choosing a college to attend. Lots of options, yet some are more expensive than others:) Let Fresh Ink be your "guidance counselor" in this department! Jump start your party planning by popping in to pick out the perfect invitation unique enough for the graduate in mind. Here are a few ideas....once you see our variety of themed invites, I am sure your mind will start racing. Here are a few themes to get you going:

*Sushi (make your own, or meet at a sushi bar)
*Breakfast at Tiffany's (Breakfast at Mary Katherine's---have everyone over for a fancy breakfast the morning after graduation) Choose a Tiffany blue color concept.
*Luncheon at the graduate's favorite spot (this keeps your guest list down to a few special girls or guys)
*Mexican Fiesta-non alcoholic margaritas, chips and queso
*Decorate a Dorm (invite over a professional organizer, a decorator, and a recent college freshman from a local college...This expert panel can give your graduate and her friends ideas on how to maximize dorm room space, by keeping it organized,stylish and comfy)
* Hawaiian Luau
* "Dancing With The Star Graduates" (have instructors teach fun dance moves)
* Ice Cream Social (make your own, this is great for "Sundae" afternoons)
* Coffee and Dessert Bar (Since coffee is "hot" right now!)
* Crawfish Boil (read earlier post on how to throw a crawfish boil)
*Fishing contest out at one of MS many lakes
* World Travels---Perfect for a group that is traveling...Use maps for table cloths
* Bar B Que
*Fish Fry

* Theme from the college that the graduate will be attending. (Serve foods from that state, or have a tailgating theme at a park etc.)

Graduation parties come in all shapes and sizes, don't feel pressure to invite the entire class....It's best to gather a group of friends or "honorees" and throw joint parties!

Bring in a copy of this ad to Fresh Ink and receive 10% off any graduation party invitations...ITS NOT TOO LATE!! Good thru April 28th-May 6th 2009!

Monday, April 6, 2009


If you live in the south...You know what time of year it is!


What better way to enjoy this spring weather than to throw a "low country boil"! Below is a small checklist for you to throw the perfect Crawfish Boil! The best thing about crawfish? It's the main course, nothing else, a fuss-free menu!

1) Invitations/Themes:Pick out the perfect invitation from FRESH INK, we have several styles to choose from! Invitations run, on average, $11.50 for a pack of 10(non-printed). Send them out no later than 2 weeks ahead!(we carry invites that are suitable for a boy's graduation (crawfish) party, a couples tool shower, a neighborhood party in your back name a few)

2)Menu:Decide whether you are going to cook your crawfish, or order them pre-cooked. (if you know of a "chef"...part of the atmosphere, is watching the crawfish cook) Crawfish cost anywhere from $2.15-$2.40/lb uncooked. $3.50/lb cooked (depending on your source). Count on the average person eating 5lbs. (don't forget to add the corn, potatoes, sausage, or mushrooms, depending on your likes)

3)Tables:Once you have found the location....Decide if you want to have a large table that your friends can gather around (this can be made by having a large piece of plywood cut and held up by sawhorses, cut a huge hole in the center and have an industrial sized trash can beneath it, to catch the tails. You can cover the plywood with disposable table cloths, but you will need to allow the center to be open for your discards. Or, you can use several 6 ft tables and provide trays for your guests. TABLE CLOTH IDEAS:Cover your tables in newspaper, and then buy a roll of clear vinyl at your local fabric store and cover the newspaper. This will give your table an authentic look, yet easy to wipe off when you use the vinyl.

4) Materials needed:Crawfish are SPICY! Make sure you have enough cold beverages to quench that spicy thirst! Also, load up on plenty of paper towels, sprinkle paper towel rolls around the tables...Eating crawfish is a messy forks allowed!

5)Decorations:You are crazy if you think this type of party deserves tulips or some fancy arrangement....That is all part of the relaxing atmosphere of a low-country-boil. Play some zydeco tunes, pass out bibs, string up white lights..its all about good friends, spicey cajun crawfish,and cold beverages soaking in galvenized tubs. Remember...FUSS FREE!

Bring in a copy of this post and receive 10% off of any of our in stock crawfish invitations. good april 7th-april 11th 2009

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