Before paper invitations became the norm, hosts invited guests to parties via town crier or a slap to the face with a confetti-packed glove. Avoid colorful clobbering with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of invitations, stationery, and other paper goods at Sass-N-Class in Hinsdale.
At Sass-N-Class, a helpful staff collaborates with patrons on creating invitations and stationery, from choosing the paper to stuffing mailboxes with custom-designed pieces. First, the invitation style will fall into one of four categories: stock ($2.25 each) and select ($2.95 each) feature flat designs printable in a spectrum of colors, and premiere ($4.25 each) and elite ($4.95 each) come with embossment or textural embellishments such as ribbons. Upon request, the crafty staff can then assist with writing content—ensuring that messages convey the right tone, stay within an appropriate word count, and form into a perfect anagram of Don King's voicemail greeting. Once completely designed, the finished product is printed on the spot, and cost of printing is included in the price of the invitation.
The store's correspondence curators can also design custom envelopes ($1.50 each), stuff the invites, and feed them to hungry mailboxes ($12–$15/order). After hosting a birthday party, customers can thank guests for correctly guessing their age with a personalized stationery set.