Mad About ... Parties
(This is a continuation of the Tiki Party post. I decided to break it up into several posts to make it a little more manageable. The original post was dated December 14 and can, quickly, be found in Labels under "Parties.")
Depending on how formal your gathering is, you might want to forgo the actual stationary and visit a website like evite.com. They offer thousands of designs for any occasion. Make sure you give as much information as you can; some people like to put out an RSVP invitation and then give the location/direction once they have a head count. It's a good way to weed out party crashers and flaky people. Facebook is another great way to reach out to people, though I suggest using that for smaller informal gatherings or big casual gatherings, when you need to reach lots of people.
Paper invitations are a great option. They can be elegant and classy, reserved for the most special of occasions. Or you can design and print them up at home. It's a nice personal touch, but not necessary; with technology so a part of our day-to-day life, the email invite is hardly considered tacky. But keep the tangible invitation in mind - it could be a fun touch.
Thank You Notes
I think "Thank You Notes" are a lovely touch that has, sadly, fallen out of fashion. It's such a personal touch and, these days, people are pleasantly surprised by them. You can by blank "Thank You" cards at most stores, like Target. You don't need to get anything super fancy - though if you did, it wouldn't be the worst thing ever. Just a simple "thanks" and a small notation is more than enough.