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Celebrate with 9th Letter Press

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So Much To Celebrate CardThere is SO MUCH TO CELEBRATE today at iCustomLabel!  We have officially partnered with 9th Letter Press and will now be bringing you a premier line of stationery cards and products! 9th Letter Press designs feature the fun and whimsical workings of Isabel Ibanez Davis who will continue to be the lead designer, offering you the style of cards you have come to know and love.

Here is a little taste of what you can look forward to:

Adorable Art PrintsRough Storms Art PrintA Celebration of Baby

Bun in the Oven Card

Birthday Cards

Shake a Tail Feather Card

Thank You Cards

Everyday Cards

Notepads

Anniversary and Wedding Cards

Confetti Courier – A once a month subscription box with five seasonal greeting cards sent right to your front door!

And of course, custom wedding invitations!

custom letter press wedding invitations

So stay tuned for updates and new designs as we relaunch our trusted brands!  We can’t wait to bring you new and fresh designs in the second half of the year!

 

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DIY Cactus Tealight Favors

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With breezy Bohemian themed affairs making the rounds, we wanted to share with you our latest event swag: DIY Cactus Tealight Favors.  These cheery goodies will be a great compliment to a fiesta, cactus party, taco night or Coachella themed gathering.  Requiring minimal supplies and DIY skills, this favor will be easy to make for a novice DIY-er.  Here’s our handy tutorial:

  1. First, gather your materials.  We started awesome mini cactus tealights as our inspiration.  Use two types of cacti for added variety, like the Golden Barrel Cactus and San Pedro Cactus tealights, both available on Linentablecloth.com.  For the base of the tealights we used 2″ mini clay pots, like these, available in your local Michael’s or craft store.  They will serve as the base for our favor.  Next, we need these paper flowers, also sourced from Michael’s, to top our cacti, and this gold spray paint to transform our little pots.  Lastly, you will need 26 gauge wire for adding your favor label toppers.DIY Cactus Tealight Supplies
  2. Next, spray paint your pots.  This step is fairly self-explanatory, but here are some spray painting tips: use several light coats for even coverage and be sure to rotate your pots often so you don’t miss any spots.Spray Painted Clay Pots
  3. Then, remove the tealight tin.  The mini tealights fit so snugly in the little clay pots, that the tin is unnecessary.Tealight Candle Cactus Tealight DIY
  4. Next, clip your flower.  These flowers are ideal because they don’t have a plastic base, but rather are attached to a green wire.  This makes them perfect for fitting into the candle, just slide the wire into the hole made by the wick.  Be sure to trim any wire that may be coming from the top of the flower as well.Faux Flower Clipping
  5. Next step: Make your sticker topper.  We used two types of 1.5″ round favor labels, customized here, with wire sandwiched in the middle.  The wire should be skinny enough to fit into the wick hole along with the small flower wire.Sticker Topper DIYTealight Topper
  6. Finally, place your toppers and flowers.  Just slide them right in!
  7. Lastly, ENJOY!
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Bachelor and Bachelorette Party Ideas

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Whether you’re a guy or a gal your last fling before the ring should be epic!  Here are our top 5 Bachelor and Bachelorette party ideas that are essential to raising hell before the wedding bells!  Sew those wild oats people… next up is the altar!

  1. Plan for the boys!  If you’re the groom, take care of your wing men.  If you’re a bride, spoil your groom and his guys with a fun basket like this to get the party started.  Custom cigar bands and personalized mini liquor labels will set the tone for a night of refined debauchery.Bachelor Party SwagThe groom and his guys will surely be drunk in love with this set up of little liquors.  Next, up the ante with a little whiskey on the rocks.Custom Cigar Label
  2. Spiff up your Spirits!  No, we don’t mean your morale, we mean your booze!  Try these personalized mini wine labels as the perfect match to a pretty little bottle of Rosé, blush or Zinfandel.Bachelorette Party Mini Wine
  3. Don’t forget the favors!  No party is complete these days without a great favor for your guests.  For the night of, include some fun items to kick off the party atmosphere.  Here a lipgloss, nail polish and mini liquor are just enough to set the tone.  Finally, add a flirty and descriptive label, like the one seen here, to add an element of fun to the gathering.Bachelorette Party Favor
  4.  Do something fun the morning after.  For the few strong that survive, host a breakfast together to help ease that hangover.  But before you do, don’t forget a few embarrassing and fun photos.  Morning-after mug shots make for the perfect way to capture the consequences of fun.Bachelorette Party Mugshots
    1. Speaking of the consequences of fun, before you send your friends on their way, hook them up with a little hangover relief.  Oh $hit kits are fantastic, and easily personalized.  Most importantly, include headache medicine, water, mints and maybe a little hair of the dog!  Lastly, pop your items in a small bag, box or tin, add a sweet label and call it a day.
      Hangover KitHangover KitNOTE: While the wedding is still a ways off, the fun can start now.  Let loose, have fun with your peeps and go crazy… responsibly of course.  A designated driver might be the most important commodity on the evening of a bachelor/bachelorette party.  Whether its Lyft, public transit, a party bus or a peddle pub, the most important bachelor and bachelorette party idea is to make sure everyone gets home safely.
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Build a Stellar Wedding Welcome Bag

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Putting together a stellar Wedding Welcome bag can be trickier than it seems.  Between finding the right tote and trying to select the goodies, it can cause unexpected stress in wedding planning.   Trying to do it yourself and pull it all off on your own is even more stressful.  Luckily, a few custom labels can take the hassle and guess work out of coordinating the items in your bag.

A basic box is a great start and holds a ton of items.  Kraft and black paper make for a simple color scheme that is easy to coordinate.  These water bottle labels are waterproof and self adhesive, so they couldn’t be easier to use!   Small plastic bags are cheap and perfect for treats, plus they are easy to find at your local craft store.  Add scrapbooking paper and a favor label, like this one, and your guests will have a handsome snack.  Every good welcome basket has mints and booze, so don’t forget the mini wine labels and candy kiss labels.  With coordinating labels, the effort is minimal and the impact is massive!  Don’t forget the favor label on the top of the box to tie it all together!

Wedding Welcome Box

Here, custom labels are the hero again, pulling all the items together for a coordinated container.  Use this label, typically used on a wine bottle, with a length of black and white ribbon on the front to create a dynamic looking gable box.  Dress up a basic water bottle with these custom labels.  Mini liquor bottles and soda mixer get a makeover with custom liquor and favor labels.  Tried and true spice labels designate hand wipes as “fresh and clean” and snacks as “favorites” to add a dose of personality.   Literally tied together with black and white yarn this attractive welcome bag is a cinch to create.  As for convenience, you can order your labels, gable boxes and treat bags all in one place…wedding bag: complete!

Black and White Wedding welcome box

Who wouldn’t feel welcomed with this gorgeous and dynamic wedding welcome gable box?

Wedding Welcome Box

Lastly, is this stunning and modern wedding welcome tote.  Perfect for a swanky affair, this colorful label will let your guests know they are in for a great event.  Here, this wine label works overtime as both a bottle label and is used again as a door hanger.  To create a hanger like this for your bag, simply add a wine label to a length of sturdy card stock.  Next, use a 2.25″ round hole punch (like this one) at the top and you’re done!  We also switched up the use of this mini wine label to go on a cute square hang tag.  Snacks and the ever-important Tide pen are given descriptive spice labels.  Finally, the quintessential wedding welcome water bottle is beautified with these custom labels.

Wedding Welcome Tote

Encourage your guests to have a great time by including a mini hangover kit as well.  You know, hangovers last a lifetime, but memories last forever!  We made a fun kit here by including a little something for hydration, a little something for the head and a little hair of the dog.

 

Now that you’ve gathered your items and decided what you want to go into your bag, you’ve got to decide how to get it in the hands of your guests.  In the past, it was common to have the bags waiting for your guests at check-in.  Another alternative is to assemble your items, display them in a pretty way, and let your guests pick and choose what they’d like.  What may be work for you can turn into fun for your guests!

Gathered wedding welcome bag items

Wedding welcome bags are a quintessential way for you and your new Mr. or Mrs. to really show your personalities.  Don’t be afraid to be fun, playful or a bit tongue-in-cheek.  After all, this is just the start of your amazing festivities… ENJOY IT!!!

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A Birthday Party for America

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With fourth of July upon us it’s time to throw a  Birthday Party for America!  Can you think of anyone more deserving of a big bash than Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam?   With such esteemed guests of honor, your party better not fall short on patriotic POP!

First, make sure that even your beverages stand at attention with these fun new beer labels available here.  Your guests will have a blast with fun and catchy phrases like “Four score and seven beers ago” and “America the Brewtiful”.  It’s okay to show loyalty to both country and brewer… we promise.

 

 

Don’t overlook the under-age party goers.  Everyone needs to stay hydrated after all!  Use these fun water bottle labels to LET FREEDOM RING!july 4 water bottle labels

Of course, if you want to take your drinks to the next level altogether, you’ve got lots of fun options.  For a kid-friendly treat, try this patriotic punch.  The Twizzler straws complete the look and up the fun factor dramatically!Patriotic PunchOr if you are looking for a punch with more punch, try this red, white and boozy pina colada.  Who could resist?!

Last, but not least, is the ever important party games.  Keep the kids occupied with a fun and appropriate fireworks and bubble table as seen here.

July Fourth game table

Sparklers and pop-its are fun for all ages!  You can use mason jars and chalk paint or go the easy route and get labels that do the work for you.  You can edit these labels to ‘sparkle’ any way you wish.

Sparkle label

So don’t hold back this year planning a Birthday Party for America.  Let the fireworks fly, the sparklers shimmer and the BBQ blacken… and sing Happy Birthday ‘Merica at the top of your lungs! Bust out the lawn games and gather the friends, crank the stereo and invite the neighbors.  But most importantly, stay safe, drink responsibly and be careful with the explosives!

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Celebrate Independence Day!

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Now that Father’s Day is in the rear view mirror it’s time to start preparing for Independence Day!  Gather the patriots, cook up the hot dogs and get ready to party!  Don’t worry, we’re here to take the stress out of party decor and ideas this fourth of July.  Plan ahead and enlist your creative side (and of course a few custom labels) to take all the hard work out of the decorations.

Enjoy your own party by getting all of the food ready beforehand.  This is easily done with food labels and gable boxes.   These striking cobalt labels can be personalized as needed, and the gable boxes can be added into the purchase.  That’s one-stop shopping!  Use 3″ x 3″ labels for the front of the box and tie it all together with a decorative ribbon.  Complete the festive boxed lunch with red and white food liners and patriotic bandanas.  Fourth of July gable boxesDon’t overlook the hot dog!  Add a few strips of pretty craft paper in different widths for a pretty presentation, literally tied together with a bit of twine.July fourth table spreadUse the cut bandanas from your gable boxes to wrap your plastic ware up nicely for an easy grab-and-go for your guests.  Employee cheery water bottle labels that work great around old-fashioned milk jars, and can double as favors.  Decorative paper straws, and patriotic placemats will be the final touches for your Independence Day tablescape.  Be sure to remember the citronella candles if your guests will be sticking around into the evening.
fourth of July party decor

A patriotic pie like this one is way too pretty to go into a box!  Create a dessert table for your party so pretty pastries like this star-studded blueberry pie can steal the show.

Fourth of July Blueberry Pie

Don’t forget to plan on some entertainment for the masses since your Fourth of July celebration is likely to involve a few kids.   You can create a cheap and easy game with “Rocket Toss”… fun for kids and adults alike!  Get the complete DIY tutorial here.July fourth gameRocket Toss won’t be the only thing beloved by all.  Make sure your guests are covered throughout the party, with sun protection during the day and a bit of sparkle at night.  American Flag sunglasses will make for fun photos and sparklers are a surefire way to play well into the night.  Go the extra mile and get colored sparklers to really dazzle your friends and family.patriotic party favors fourth of july party favorsNeed a few Fourth of July Ice breakers for your party?  Here’s a few fun facts about America’s birthday:

Only one US president, Calvin Coolidge, was born on July 4.  Other notable Independence Day babies are Nathaniel Hawthorne, Neil Simon and George Steinbrenner.

While only one US president was born on July 4, three died on that day: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe.

The song “Yankee Doodle” was originally sung by the British in mockery of the unorganized “Yankees”.

The Star Spangled Banner was originally written as a poem by Francis Scott Key in Baltimore’s Fort McHenry during the war of 1812.  It became our official national anthem in 1931.

Approximately 150 million hot dogs will be eaten on July 4th.

 

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Give the Gift of Liquor for Father’s Day

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It’s that time of year again… time to raise a glass to dear old Dad.  Nothing says “thanks for a lifetime of love” like a stiff drink.  Today we’re showing you two fun ways to gift Dad the ever popular gift of booze.  So remember, a brown paper bag is not a sufficient form of gift wrap.  You can do better; much better this Father’s Day.

If your Dad is a cigar man, don’t leave out this important accoutrement.  A quick trip to the craft store and an extra five minutes will score you major bonus points with this gift wrap idea.  Test tubes can typically be found at your local craft store for a few bucks or less.  Funny labels will steal the show and put a smile on your Dad’s face.  This awesome Papasaurus cigar band can be found here, and the bottle label here.  Add a spool of grosgrain ribbon, in the manliest shade available, to tie it all together and call it a day.

Custom Father's Day Labels

 

Then, if Dad is not a smoker, we’ve got other fun ways to use those cigar labels.   In place of the stogies use Twix bars or chocolate covered pretzels.  An empty cigar box makes for a sturdy and reusable gift box.  Another round of fitting cigar labels and a funny liquor label and Dad’s day is done!

Custom Labels for Father's Day

Next up is for the Dad with a sweet tooth.  Try our Stache label (buy it here) and a jar of his favorite sweets.

Dad's Candy Stash

 

And just because we like to go the extra mile, here’s some random Father’s Day trivia for you.  So, take a sip and talk amongst yourselves.

  • Father’s Day is celebrated in over 50 countries around the globe.
  • It wasn’t a national holiday until 1972.
  • There are 2 million single dads and more than 200,000 stay at home Dad’s.
  • The amount of time Dad’s spend with their kids has tripled since 1965
  • About 1 in 3 children live in a home without a Dad – that’s right.  So if you’re reading this, it’s likely because your Dad was great and he deserves an equally great day.  Don’t forget to top off your drinks with a huge Father’s Day hug.

Love you, Dad.

 

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Oh So Fancy! Dress up that Bubbly!

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You don’t need an excuse to drink champagne, but no celebration is complete without a bit of bubbly!  Once you hear the cork pop, the party has officially started!  But sometimes a plain bottle of bubbles isn’t quite enough.  Sometimes we need a little extra bling to match the mood.  Here are some fun and simple ways you can dress up a simple bottle of champagne, to make it as fancy as the guests at your event.

First we have a pretty in pink champagne.  These mini split bottles can be used as at the beverage bar or the favor table.  A lovely bow and this custom label give champagne all the personality it needs to stand apart from those other boring beverages.

Custom Mini Champagne Labels

 

Next, we ditched the bow tie and swapped it out for a simple glittery ribbon and cute paper straw.  This custom label fits the beauty bill, and the straw does all the dirty work- without messing up your lipstick!

Custom Champagne Favor LabelsCustom Champagne Label

If that last option didn’t have enough sparkle, then this is the fancy bottle for you!  A bit of glue and glitter will give all the shimmer and pop you need at your beverage bar.  You can use a foam brush and liquid glue if you want your custom label to show, or use spray adhesive to cover the entire base of the bottle quickly.  There is a fantastic tutorial here.  Another option is to paint your bottle first and then just add glitter to the neck and pair with a pretty label like the one seen here.  The image uses a wine bottle, but this could easily translate to a champagne bottle.

 

If all the glitter has you feeling too girly, here’s a fun fact to make it masculine: James Bond is a notable Champagne drinker, who has been spotted drinking Champagne more than 35 times in his films. At least he drinks it more than any other beverage!  So man up, buttercup and fill that champagne flute to the tippy top.

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Donut Mind if I Do

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It’s here!  The holiday you’ve been waiting for: National Donut Day!  These round sweeties aren’t limited to breakfast anymore, in fact they’re the star of the show! So we’re celebrating our love of donuts with our favorite ways to package them for your guests.  The key to a beautifully packaged sweet is making sure your eyes are as happy as your taste buds.  That means simple wrapping, a ribbon and a custom label will be all you need to get the job done!

First up, we have this adorable DIY donut box.  Made from a fairly simple template like the one found here.  This box takes a bit of time,  but makes up for it with impact.  Add a custom label, like this one, and you have a perfectly precious party favor!

DIY donut box favor

DIY donut favor with label

In this next favor, we used a similar donut label, but drastically simplified the packaging.  A basic glassine pastry bag isn’t only easy on your DIY skills, it’s also easy on the wallet.  At about $2 for 25 bags (find them here for  your next event) the price is hard to beat!

Glassine Bag Donut Favor

If you want to make it even easier, you can purchase these party sacks here in the same purchase as your favor labels.  Add a little shredded filler, bakers twine and this hang tag (more colors available in store) for your label and a few donuts on top and you’re good to go!

Favor bag of mini donuts

In this set-up we swapped the circle label and bag for a milk jar wrapped in a water bottle label (which fits perfectly!) and simple straw flag.  This is my kind of grab-and-go snack!  Find these water labels here to complete your next sweets festivity.  Don’t forget the paper straws!Milk and Donut Favor

If you don’t want your beautiful sweets hiding in a bag or box, this is a great option: a cellophane bag with a ribbon and pretty label.

Lastly, you happen to run out of donuts all together, this unique favor will send your guests away ready to sprinkle their next sweet endeavor with fun.

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Hops for Pops

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Nothing says fathers day like seeing Dad kick his feet up with a nice cold brew in hand… hops for pops!  Dad’s are notoriously difficult to buy gifts for, so we’re here to take some of the guess work out of it for you.  We can promise he doesn’t want a tie or a book of coupons, no matter how trendy or sweet.  He doesn’t want a “World’s Best Grandad” shirt from his daughter still in high school.  He doesn’t want a mug shaped like a toilet or a visor with fake hair attached.  What he does want, however, is that good ‘ole standby gift that never fails: cold, hoppy, refreshing beer.  Don’t try to reinvent the wheel, just get him what you know he likes: his favorite brew with a little extra something, like a custom label to show the love.  These custom labels can be purchased here and offer a 48 hour turn-around time, so Dad can sip in style!

Father's Day Custom Beer Labels

Custom Beer Labels for Dad

Custom Beer Labels

Add a rustic wooden beer carrier like this and Dad is BBQ ready.

Wooden Beer Carrier

If your Dad would rather have the hard stuff, not to worry.  There are plenty of amazing liquor labels to get the job done, like this manly little number… buy it here.

Father's Day Stash

So make sure your Dad has a fully balanced diet this year: a drink in BOTH hands.

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