This post is sponsored by Basic Invites. All opinions are mine alone.
When was the last time you spent time with your extended family? How about the last time you sat down for coffee with some of your friends? Better yet, how many friends on your social media follow lists have you spent time with, in person, outside of a work setting?
Our lives are busy. I know this, my schedule grows every day and it’s sometimes tough to make time for casual visits to catch up with friends and family. Often the only time I’m visiting with family or friends is for a holiday or special event.
Staying connected with family and friends is important on so many levels. Spending time with friends and family can help to reduce stress, build stronger relationships, and create new memories. It’s in your best interest to make time for your friends and family!
Where to Meet
Getting together with loved ones doesn’t have to be a intricately orchestrated event. Spending time at each other’s houses, just sitting and talking can be enough. Meet up for coffee or lunch, or even a park. You also don’t need to spend entire days with each other, but in some friendship cases, why wouldn’t you want to?
Our family gets together at a park or lake on occasion for a family reunion. These events are usually a bit bigger, but they don’t have to be. I’ve also been known to just call up my sister and invite her and her family out for a quick picnic in the park.
Standing Bear Lake is one of our favorite locations to visit. It’s not too far from home, there are several beautiful spots at the lake to spend time, and it’s usually not too busy. That photo up there is from one of the hidden fishing spots along the lake perimeter we like to explore. Speaking of fishing, getting together with friends and family who have similar interests is another way to easily make time to spend with each other.
If you do decide to create an event for either a small gathering or a huge crowd invitations are the way to go. Not everyone sees invitations or notifications on social media, so if you want to make sure the invitation gets to them a physical, printed invite is the way to go.
I received a small invitation sample from Basic Invite and I’m impressed with the quality. The printing is clear, colors are bright, and the paper is sturdy. What’s awesome is you can change up the colors on your party invitations as much as you want. Every element of the design can have its color adjusted with over 180 color options that can be previewed instantly! I fell in love with the gingham design for a picnic themed invite and played around with the colors, but ended up going back to the default because they were already perfect.
It doesn’t matter if you’re delivering your invitations by hand or through the mail, an envelope is what you need. Even the envelope color can be changed with over 40 different colors.
A nice touch, that can save you a whole lot of time is that you can have your return address and contact addresses added to the envelope. You can select different fonts and change up the size. No more time spent addressing birthday party invitations or Sweet 16 invitations. Who wouldn’t want to take advantage of this free service.
Thank You Cards
Don’t forget the thank you card! While not every party will call for a thank you card, it’s still a nice gesture to consider, and Basic Invite has you covered! You can get thank you cards to match the invitation you sent, and they are also fully customizable.
No matter what kind of gathering you decide to have the main point is to spend quality time with friends and family. Try to get everyone together for fun outside of the main events such as holidays or birthdays. Have a pizza party, have a picnic, or just do a backyard BBQ. If you can’t get everyone together at the same time then opt for smaller gatherings or just coffee dates.
Reconnect with your family and friends, get to know them better, take part in their interests and share your own. It’s a good thing for everyone involved and you’ll be happy you made more time for your loved ones.
What’s the next event you’ll be hosting for your family and/or friends?