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Simply to Impress Announces the New Thomas & Friends(TM) Birthday Invitation Collection

Get On Board for a Big Birthday Bash With Thomas and His Engine Friends (January 31, 2012)

CALABASAS, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 01/31/12 -- Simply to Impress (, a top-rated online destination for personalized photo invitations, birth announcements and holiday cards and HIT Entertainment, a leading provider of quality children's entertainment, are delighted to announce their partnership in the release of Simply to Impress' new design collection of custom birthday invitations featuring the world's #1 preschool toy property(1), Thomas & Friends™.

With the Thomas & Friends™ television series airing in more than 185 territories and in more than 30 languages, preschoolers all over the world have entered a world of imagination and adventure with Thomas, Percy, Gordon, James and all of their engine friends. Simply to Impress is proud to offer this adorable new collection of 32 Thomas the Train invitations and matching thank you cards, both with and without photos, featuring the #1 blue engine and his friends. Customers can choose from a variety of custom options including luxury paper, free matching envelopes, return addressing and more. As with all Simply to Impress designs, the exclusive online card designer makes for quick, easy and fun photo, text, and font customization.

"We are so excited to add the number one preschool property to our line of children's birthday party invitations," said Heather Hasse, founder of "Both with and without photos, this new Thomas & Friends collection is absolutely adorable and a totally fresh take on kids' party invites. These Thomas the Train invitations are colorful, warm and welcoming and bound to have everyone eager to get 'all aboard' for the big event!"

"Kids and families can get their birthday celebrations started off on the right track with the new Thomas & Friends invitation collection that features their favorite engines," said Gabriela Arenas, Vice President, US Consumer Products, Thomas Division, HIT Entertainment. "Simply to Impress creates quality products with great, eye catching designs, which makes them the perfect partner to launch this new line of custom Thomas invitations."

Simply put, choosing a design from the new Thomas & Friends™ Birthday Invitation Collection is the perfect way to showcase the birthday boy or girl side-by-side and on track with their favorite Thomas & Friends characters! For more information, please visit the collection: Thomas the Train invitations and Thomas the Train thank you cards. Or to view the entire line of distinctive Simply to Impress products, go to

About Simply to Impress
Founded in 2003 with an ambition to provide unique designs for personalized photo invitations and announcements, has grown into a thriving and innovative e-commerce brand known nationwide both for the high-style and luxe quality of their designs. From adorable photo birth announcements and birthday, baby shower and graduation invitations to stunning holiday, engagement and wedding designs and so much more, Simply to Impress strives to offer customers the very best -- in style, service and price. Committed to excellence in customer care and delivering products that are both extraordinary and affordable, we understand that life's special occasions are notorious for being expensive... but with Simply to Impress, they don't have to be!

About Thomas & Friends™
Thomas the Tank Engine was created by a father for his son over 65 years ago and today is enjoyed by families in more than 185 territories and in 30 languages. The #1 blue engine and his friends invite children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. Children embark on adventures with their engine friends while experiencing timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation. Thomas & Friends makes tracks to great destinations on PBS KIDS®, Sprout® and with downloadable episodes available through iTunes. For more information about the world of Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends, please visit Follow Thomas on Facebook at and Twitter @TrueBlueEngine.

About HIT Entertainment
HIT Entertainment is one of the world's leading independent children's entertainment producers and rights-owners. HIT's portfolio includes properties, such as Thomas & Friends™, Barney™, Bob the Builder™, Fireman Sam™, Angelina Ballerina™, Mike the Knight™, Pingu™ and Rainbow Magic™. HIT represents Chapman Entertainment's Fifi and the Flowertots™ and Roary the Racing Car™ in North America, as well as Wallace & Gromit™, Shaun the Sheep™, Timmy Time™ and Aardman Classics from Aardman Animations. HIT also acts as representative for The Wiggles® in the UK. Launched in 1989, HIT's lines of business span television and video production, content distribution, publishing, consumer products licensing and live events and has operations in the UK, US, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan. HIT is a part-owner of US-based preschool channel, Sprout®. For more information, visit

(1) Source: The NPD Group / Consumer Tracking Service

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