Creations by Leslie Offers Invitations for Holiday Parties

Creations by Leslie, a leading online retailer of customizable wedding, baby shower, party and holiday invitations, theme stationary, tableware and party favors, is proud to be your one stop shop for invitations for the upcoming fall and winter holidays. Whether it’s customized invitations to a Halloween scare- fest, your Thanksgiving get-together, or a Christmas or New Years Eve party, Creations by Leslie has the invitations that are sure to get everyone’s attention.

“While it may still be hot and sunny out, believe it or not the holiday season is just around the corner,” says Leslie Barlow, founder of Creations by Leslie. “In less than two months people will be setting up their Halloween decorations and in three months the Thanksgiving/ Christmas/ New Year’s holiday season will be in full swing. One of the best ways to celebrate these holidays is to have a get together featuring your closest friends and family members, and if you are going to have a get together you are going to need invitations. At Creations by Leslie, we don’t just offer a wide variety of invitations for the fall and winter holidays, but we also allow customers the option to have their invitations printed in-shop, saving valuable home printing time. In a season full of so many important things to do, Creations by Leslie makes sending out those holiday party invitations that much easier.”

For the ever-popular Halloween party, Creations by Leslie offers 61 “spooky” invitations that range from kids parties to Halloween-themed cocktails parties and everything in between. Those looking for invitations for their Thanksgiving get-togethers have the choice of nearly three dozen different invitations ranging from formal-looking invites to fun kids party cards. And for the December holidays, Creations by Leslie have over 230 Christmas invites, as well as selections for Hanukkah and New Years.

Creations by Leslie customers can choose to either order blank card stock for home printing, or have the invitations custom printed to your specifications in shop. Creations by Leslie allows customers to enter their personalized invitation wording online where it will be placed on the invitation by an expert typesetter. A proof will be sent directly to their e-mail on the next business day giving them a chance to preview and make changes to their customized invitations. Nothing will be printed and customers will not be charged until the proof is approved. More information can be found on the process at creationsbyleslie.com/faqs.html.

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Debenhams Reports Monsters-In-Law Battle Over Wedding Spotlight

Debenhams has reported that mothers-in-law have thrown out the wedding etiquette rule book, much to the annoyance of brides.

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Thanks to increasing numbers of step-mothers-in-law now invited to nuptials, a new breed of thrusting, cougar-esque mothers-in-law have ripped up the first commandment for weddings; thou shalt not upstage the bride.

While the happy couples have cut back slightly on the big day to save cash, research for Debenhams has found spending by fashion savvy mums has soared to an average of £430. This is compared to five years ago when they paid out an average £190 – a 126% increase.*

By comparison the overall cost of getting married has risen by only 52% to £19,779**. This is a drop from an all-time high of £20,273 in 2008.

According to high street store Debenhams, the growth in sales has been driven by the increasing numbers of divorces and second marriages: when asked the reason for wanting to look extra special, 39% of mothers-of-the-bride or groom said they were competing with their ex-husband’s new wife or girlfriend.

Alain Mehada, Debenhams Personal Shopper, said: “It seems that brides are a casualty of the sartorial battle between wives past and present.

“In their determination to make an impact, mother-in-laws are regularly ignoring the main tenants of previous decades, such as do not wear white, do not wear black and do not wear anything low-cut, tight fitting, or which is likely to gain you more attention than the bride on her big day.”

Personal shoppers have dubbed it the ‘Raquel effect’ after Raquel Welch’s famous thunder-stealing behaviour at her son’s wedding.

Raquel Welch, aged 65 at the time, turned up 12 minutes late to her son Damon’s wedding, wearing a skin-tight, little black dress with cutaway frontage revealing that famous décolletage, all topped off with a huge brimmed white hat and dark glasses.

Nearly 80% of women questioned said their main goal when dressing for their child’s wedding was to look younger than their years, with 63% of women agreeing that an expensive looking outfit was imperative.

Women agreed that figure accentuating dresses were the most important part of the look with eye-catching hats or fascinators, expensive-looking high heels and immaculate hair and make-up following accordingly.

Debenhams looked at spending through its personal shopper service and found the average mother of the bride outfits bought by style conscious mothers for weddings cost £130, handbag £40, shoes £75 and hat £60 and £50 went on new cosmetics.

This adds a new level of competition to the already existing, but less brutal contest between the mother of the bride, and mother of the groom.

‘Ladette to Lady’ Social & Etiquette Expert, Liz Brewer commented: “The number one rule for mothers and stepmothers-in-law is not to do anything to draw attention away from the bride. Be as elegant as you like, but it is incredibly bad form to upstage the bride on her big day.”

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Creations by Leslie Offers Invitations for Halloween Parties

Creations by Leslie, a leading online retailer of customizable wedding, baby shower, party and holiday invitations, theme stationary, tableware and party favors, is proud offer 61 distinct invitation options for its customer’s upcoming Halloween-themed party. Whether it’s a children’s party or a cocktail party for grown up’s, Creations by Leslie has the right Halloween invitations for their upcoming extravaganza.

“In a couple of weeks the kids will be heading back to school, and a few weeks after that you’ll begin to notice the air getting a little cooler and crisper” says Leslie Barlow, Creations by Leslie. “Next thing you know you are staring smack dab into the Halloween season, complete with tricks, treats, costumes and, of course, parties. If you are going to put on a great Halloween party the first thing that you are going to need are some one-of-a-kind invitations, and the best place to turn for these invites is Creations by Leslie. At Creations by Leslie, you can find more than five dozen Halloween party invitations options for your party, all of which can be printed in-shop to your specification. And don’t wait for the last second to order these invitations; you’ll have enough to do in the weeks leading up to the holiday.

Last minute Halloween party planning can turn you into a real ghoul, and not in a good way.”

Creations by Leslie’s 61-distinct Halloween invitations range from goofy to spooky, bright to dark, and everything in between. Featuring the newest designs from some of the top manufacturers in the stationary industry, Creation by Leslie Halloween invitations offer some of the holiday’s benchmark characters: owls, skeletons, mummies, spiders and pumpkins. You can find a full listing of Halloween invitations at creationsbyleslie.com/halloween-invitations.html.

Creations by Leslie customers can choose to either order blank card stock for home printing, or have the invitations custom printed to your specifications in shop. Creations by Leslie allows customers to enter their personalized invitation wording online where it will be placed on the invitation by an expert typesetter. A proof will be sent directly to their e-mail on the next business day giving them a chance to preview and make changes to their customized invitations. Nothing will be printed and customers will not be charged until the proof is approved. More information can be found on the process at www.creationsbyleslie.com/faqs.html.

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Evergreens Completes Big Brother House Garden For Fifth Year

Evergreens has announced that it has completed the garden for the Big Brother house for the fifth year running. The new series of Big Brother launches on Channel 5 at 9pm on the 18th August, and will mark a huge television event, with a large amount of National TV coverage.

Evergreens created the new Big Brother garden installing 300 square metres of Wonder Yarn 36mm grass product. The area will mainly be used for the new housemates to complete their weekly tasks and as a chill-out area the rest of the time.

Interestingly, half the new garden has been covered with daylight tubes to ensure some light gets through. This the is the fifth year that Evergreens has been involved in the creation of the Big Brother garden, which serves as a focal point for a lot of the show’s action.

Andy Driver, marketing manager, Evergreens UK, commented: “It is fantastic to be involved once again with this iconic TV show. The artificial grass has proved to be a very successful addition to the house for the previous four seasons being soft, durable and practical making it ideal to cope with the housemates’ fun and games. This year we have used one of our brand new LazyLawn products, with its Wonder Yarn recovering technology.

“The response to our work has been fantastic in previous years with our artificial grass being used more and more in gardens and landscaping projects throughout the UK.”

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Debenhams Announces the Return of the Short Suit

Debenhams has revealed that ‘Just William’ style blazers worn with matching shorts are up 500 per cent on last year, thanks to grown men sporting the look on high streets and in offices across the country.

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The surprise style hit of the summer, tailored short suits have been deemed smart enough for work yet cool enough for public transport, leading to a sales boom throughout the warm weather.

Spotted on the SS11 catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Jean Paul Gaultier and Dries Van Noten, this is one trend that has definitely made the leap to the great British high street.

The short suit is now available in all manner of fabrics and colours from powder blue linen through to black pinstripe cotton.

In fact, the most popular short suit has proved to be light blue, 100% linen Jeff Banks knee-length shorts and matching jackets which have been the store’s top selling menswear product for two weeks running already.

Men are typically wearing short suits with deck shoes – perfect for the tricky smart casual dress code.

Debenhams spokesperson, Ruth Attridge said: “We have heard about the emergence of ‘mankles’ – male ankles peeking out from rolled up trousers. Well, this takes it to the next level.

“All over the world, British men are renowned for exposing their white knobbly knees during the summer holidays. We want this great tradition to continue whether you are jetsetting, staycationing or off to work.”

The look was debuted by AC/DC lead guitarist Angus Young in the seventies and eighties but it wasn’t until recent shots of celebrities including tennis player Roger Federer, designer Henry Holland and The Only Way is Essex’s Mark Wright appeared that the fashion really took off.

Attridge continued: “For the daring few, wearing a short suit can be liberating experience, particularly when faced with the tropic temperatures of a morning commute.

“A certain level of confidence is needed to carry off this style however, and avoid teaming it with a tie and cap. You don’t want to look like Wee Jimmy Krankie.”

Debenhams sells over 300 varieties of men’s shorts, ranging from £13 to £65 in sizes 28 to 44.

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