With the ability to take great photos and all the editing software out there, you can whip up your own creative invitation like this one. Is he not cute as a button? It’s still DIY….just not a crafty if you don’t lean in that direction.
Don’t want to do it yourself? NO PROBLEM! There are tons of companies out there who will do it for you. And the money you pay, in my opinion, is well worth the time it would take me to figure out how to edit and print them off. Make them photo quality and they are a little less expensive or spend just a little more for paper quality.
Really the sky is the limit on the creativity that you can use when putting together photo invitations. This little guy’s birthday was actually in October making Halloween a perfect theme for him. Although I would image as he gets older, that will get old. But maybe not. Anyway, you could even just take a snap shot and put a sticker on the back with the party details. We’ve shown doing this for thank you notes but why not invitations. The point is to think outside the box!
The wording on this one is the following: Join us for some birthday fun. Our little pumpkin is turning One! How cut is that!
I LOVED these popup ship birthday invitations that I created for my son’s Pirate themed birthday party. I will say over and over the an invitation sets the mood for a party. So, don’t skimp!!! He was turning 5 and was in preschool at the time. We invited everyone from preschool so it was very easy to put the invitation in their boxes. If you were mailing these, I might put extra reinforcements in the envelope to insure they didn’t get messed up before the kids saw them.
I’m not going to lie to you, this too some time to make! And I didn’t make up the template. I found a wonderful artist who shares some basic pop up invitation templates and this is one of them. His web address is below. I made the card part blue like water and the ships black. Under the white sails you see here is a black sail that is part of the template. I drew off the 3 sails and then oriented my printer to print off the invitation on them. You can see the wording I used on the post just below if you are in the Pirate Party section.
After you print off the wording, just glue onto the sails. I also found these skull and crossbone stickers online that I added to the front of the ship so it wouldn’t look so plain.
The kids loved them! That is what is fun about it. Is the look in their eyes when they are opening and closing the card. Because I don’t know if you were like me but if we had nice pop up books, the kids weren’t allowed to put their hands on them because they would tear up. Well there is no worries here. Let them play with the invitations until they do tear up. What’s the fun of putting something like this on a shelf!
When you are creating a party invitation no matter if it’s for a birthday party or just for a dinner party, wording can be very important. It not only gives details for the party itself but it can peak your interest and make you excited to attend the party. I know it has become acceptable to use evites and such to invite folks to parties……but thing about yourself and your own reactions. Are you more excited about a party that you received an evite for? Or are you more excited or are your kids more excited for a paper invitation that came in the mail. I implore you to continue to send personal invitations through the mail. And if you are reading things I’m probably preaching to the choir!
For my son’s pirate birthday party, I created these pop up pirate ships which I talk about in another post. Below I’ve outlined for you what I included as the invitation wording. Since I wanted to be more creative with the invitation, I didn’t get whole lot of details on the sail. This is the party where we attended the How I Became A Pirate show and so there were several drop off and pickup details that I had to include in an insert for the parents. Don’t feel bad about doing that. And really, that is a great way to put the details because often the invitations get whisked away before the parents get a good look at them. But the kids don’t care much about a plain piece of paper with a bunch of words on them.
For our invitation the wording went like this:
Saturday, April 2
Set your Sails for a
Land Far Away.
Where only Pirates
Live and Play.
Come and Seek your Loot
Aboard Brad’s Birthday Sloop!
Looking down to the finest detail of mailing your birthday party invitations and thank you notes with the perfect stamp shows that you have planned your party down to the finest detail. I always say that the invitation sets the tone for a birthday party. Adding a stamp that follows the theme always looks nice.
My kids jump up and down anytime there is ANYTHING in the mail that is addressed to or for them. Face it, if it’s not a bill or junk mail I love to get mail too. Make it as special as you can!
Celebrate Stamp perfect for any Birthday theme.
The US postal service is starting to catch on. I just received an email where they actually advertised this page as stamps to use on birthday party invitations on eBay. As I’m about to plan my daughter’s birthday party in a few months, I was intrigued. There isn’t anything that is perfect for the theme we’ve chosen but I can see how several of them would still work.
By using a postage stamp that screams a special ocassion, you are making a first impression. Using ones that are already designed by the postal service is the most economic way to go. We’ve made our own stamps which I’ll share with you another day but these Celebrate Stamps work with all parties!
It’s all in the details. For this Pirate Party, I made pop up ships that you can see in another post. But I didn’t want to stop there. Because I wasn’t getting pre-made cards, I didn’t have envelopes. There are tons of folks on the web who sell envelops the size, shape and color you want. And you don’t have to purchase a ton. For the life of me I can’t find the site that I purchased mine from, but it really doesn’t matter.
The return address labels were fun. I had gotten in the mail an opportunity to make these for free from shutterfly.com. What timing? It was for one sheet only and I took advantage of it and the costs for this were minimal. Whatever shipping was which was like $3. The black labels didn’t show up very well on the black envelope, so I found these great round brown stickers at PaperSource.com that I placed under them to made them pop. Because my son was in preschool and we were inviting the whole class, I was able to just address them to the kids first names and slipped the invites in to their boxes at school. I selected this ornate gothic font to go with the theme. Again, details.
On the back of the invitations, I placed a jolly rogers flag. There is a great site, flagline.com where I was able to find some creative stickers for this. The kids notice every little detail so don’t miss things you might take for granted yourself.
Getting the wording just right for your child’s birthday party invitation can be daunting. It certainly makes the invitation more personal if you can come up with at least one line of creative writing. No need to make it up yourself! Use ours. I doubt any of the children coming to your party came to this one!
Wording goes like this:
Shiver Me Timbers
Captain Carson is Turning 7!
Join us for cupcakes and Gorg
As we celebrate his big day!
Sunday, October 24th 2:00 -3:30 pm
Captain Henry’s Pirate Store
At Lloyd Center
(Located on the 2nd floor next to Eddie Bauer,
and near the ice skating rink.)
RSVP Ye Landlubbers to 503-222-5555
Invitation from Paper So Pretty out of Dallas TX.
What was also fun was when the invitation had a pirate sticker covering up the fold of the envelope. So, you knew when it came in the mail something great was inside. How often do we get exciting things in the mail these days? And can you imagine what a kid feels like when they get mail? Start the excitement with the envelope!
Anywhere from a first birthday for as long as kids love stuffed animals, you can have a teddy bear themed birthday party. My daughter recently attended a birthday party at Build a Bear and she is in the 1st grade. We were even at the mall this weekend and there was a girl walking out with a Build a Bear box and she had to have been in like 5th or 6th grade. So, it’s just up to your child and their interests as to what age you can have a party like this.
Teddy Bear Pop Up Birthday Party Invitation Wording
Anyway, let’s talk invitations!!! This is another really cute popup I found that can be generic or for the Build A Bear Birthday Parties! So simple to make in comparison to some of the other popups. You could do a bunch in no time. This is even one that your daughter or son could help you cut out. Below is a link to the website where you can find the templates for the pop up cards.
Suggested wording as follows (just print it out on your computer before attaching the bear):
(On the left hand side)
He’s squishy and loyal
We love him so!
No, His Build a Bear!
Join us to celebrate Jonathan’s Birthday.
(On right side)
Meet us at Build A Bear
Resources: Paper – Scrapbooking weight paper found in any scrapbooking store. Templates found on www.RobertSabuda.com.
Have fun with these! I’m loving the pop up birthday card invitations!
I found by accident this guy who creates pop up books. What an art!!! Anyway, by luck, he also had some fabulous pop up card templates on his site. I have the web address below. Anyway, in looking through them, I was able to use several by just adding color and some personal touches.
This particular popup card could be used for a First Birthday Party Invitation or even a Baby Shower invitation. So easy to make. It took a little time to cut out the animal shapes so I don’t know that I would want to make 30 or more but they are soooo worth it. I don’t mind spending a little extra time on the invitations. When I’m watching T.V. with my husband, I just sit and cut.
Noah's Ark Popup Party Invitation
First Birthday Party Invitation Wording
Wording as follows:
Two by Two
They’ll say to you….
Happy Birthday John!
Join us for John’s 1st Birthday Party
If you have a party without a specific theme, a good way to set the stage for the party is with a fun loving photo of the birthday boy or birthday girl. This child was turning 4 and the party was at an inflatables party place.
All the photo copying sites are offering these great photo quality invitations that are very cost effective. And my kids love to carry around photos of their friends so it was like having a new toy!!!
Use these words or expand on them. Wording as such:
Cake, ice cream, and more….
It’s my birthday and I’m turning 4!
Join us at Pump It Up!
Being creative with your invitations and the wording of it doesn’t mean that you have to make them yourself. Just that you are thinking outside the box.
I decided that I wanted to make a pop up card for one of my kid’s birthday party invitations. Maybe I was a gluten for punishment….not sure. Anyway, I thought I would have to create them all from scratch so I set out to learn how to do pop ups. Ugh. This is a real art.
Then shazam, I found this website from a man who produces pop up books. AND…..he has some free templates on his site that allow you to print out and make your own cards. The selection is not vast but you can find some cute ones. The ladybug being one of them!!
I simply printed out the template on colored paper and then embellished it with dots. For you purists out there, I know that the dots are not perfectly symmetrical like they are suppose to be. But whenever my daughter draws ladybugs, she never makes the dots right. So, I went on her lead and did them random as well.
I have done several of the pop up cards on this site and you will be able to see them under the invitations section of our blog.
Have fund creating your own ladybug party invitation for your bug or ladybug inspired birthday party!
Resources: Template available on www.robertsabuda.com, I used light weight scrap booking paper but not too lightweight. If it’s like construction paper it won’t hold enough shape!
A Bug Theme (or “Insects” as my daughter’s 1st grade class is now calling them) lends itself to some very creative parties and activities. We are actually using the “insect” or bug theme to make their school class auction item…..but I digress.
It’s fun to share different wording options for birthday party invitations. Sometimes it’s impossible to be creative with the wording. But whenever possible, I at least try and put in a couple of creative lines on the invitation. Following is just a suggestion but if you have others please share them with us!
Bug Party Invitation Wording is as follows:
“We’re bug-eyed and happy to say
It’s time to celebrate John’s 3rd Birthday
Picnic (without the bugs) at Crutch Park
Saturday, June 2 from 12 to 2 pm
Join us behind the swings.
Nothing like a magic show theme for a kids birthday party. There is that special age where they still buy into everything and the tricks are really magical for the kids. I love watching their faces. Once they get to like 2nd to 4th grade, the kids get too skeptical and you have to have a really good magician to fool them.
This was the invitation for a party we went to and the kids loved the party. The tone was set when the invitation arrived. It was address to the kids and it was to both kids so we know right away who is invited. Then a kid appropriate stamp was chosen which is another little detail that enhances the party planning process!
The Magic Show Birthday Party Invitation wording went as such:
Abracadabra William is turning 5!
Join us for cake, fun and a furry surprise!
RSVP and Date
This is such a fun theme even if you don’t like this invitation there are so many out there to chose from. This one was ordered from Tiny Prints.
These invitations we used for a kid Halloween Party but could easily be used for adult ones as well. We were encouraging the kids and moms to dress up and have a fun time. And they did!
The wording was as follows:
“The night is dark and the goblins are out
the witches and black cats are prowling about
Costumed creatures the strangest I’ve seen
are knocking on doors….
cause it’s Halloween!”
“Anne and Olivia will be ghoulishly dressed
so moms and kids come in your Halloween best”
Then at the party we had a prize for the best adult and kid costume. Take care when picking your invitation because no matter if it’s a sure to be fun party like a Halloween party or not, the invitation sets the tone and expectations for the party!
Wording for a Pirate Birthday Party is not rocket science but sometimes the creative juices don’t flow! Here’s a suggested wording for your Pirate Party Invitation. Choose some old looking paper maybe already done with the burnt edges or burn them yourself……very carefully. Use the Old English font and you are good to go.
Pirate Birthday Party Invitation Wording:
Ahoy me hearty…
You’re invited to a Pirate Party!
Pirate Captain (your child’s name)
is turning 4~
Come board our ship
for some grub, games and a
while lot more!
Then details like address, time and RSVP info.
Have fun with your Pirate Party.
Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.
Pirate Birthday Parties allow for you to use all your creative juices. There are so many home made items that can be make that look cool and are appealing both to the kids but to the parents as well!
These party invitations are the perfect lead in for a birthday party when you can hand deliver them all. Wouldn’t work so well if you needed to mail any……..although I guess you could get a bigger bottle and put a cork in the top. Ooooo. You could even use old wine bottles and wine corks. That would be super cute for a party for any age kid or adult! Start saving those empty wine bottles.
Anyway, they are super simple. There are all kinds of bottles like these available online or even in your dollar store. Put in a little sandbox sand (preferable without bugs), a shell or two and your invitation that’s been wound with some twine.
I can never say too much that an invitation sets the tone for a birthday party. So, please put some thought into them!
Photo taken by Amy Hall Photography, Portland, OR.
A Creative Art Birthday Party can be done for a myriad of ages. This party happened to be for a 3 year old but you could easily host a Creative Party for almost any age……even 40 year olds. As a side note, I want to go to a glass making class with friends and there is no reason something like this could be done for older “kids”.
My 3 year actually painted the design on these invitations. We purchased large sheets of paper at a local art store that had natural rough edges. I had her paint the large page completely with broad strokes. I helped and guided just a bit but she did most of it! I then took the paper back to the art store and they cut them for me on their large paper cutter!!!
Fold in half, print your invitation on the inside and you are ready to send your Creative Art Party Invitations. I always like to match the stamps I use as close to the event as possible and these Happy Birthday Stamps seem to be readily available these days.
Resources: Card Stock, envelopes, and paint can be purchase at many local art supply stores. We bought ours at Art Media in Portland but they have an online store as well. They were very knowledgeable and very helpful.
Finding just the right Princess Party Invitation can sometimes be challenging. If not because you can’t find the one you like but can’t narrow down the ones you like. I hope the latter is not you because we are about to introduce a great card site. For this Princess party we were invited to, the hostess found Inviting Company and their invitations are too cute. You should take a look at their site.
This was a party for girls and boys so the wording in the invitation reflected such.
“Here Ye! Here Ye!
Calling all Princesses,
Calling all Knights:
Your company is requested at a Royal Birthday Tea!
Because I made such a unique invitation and it was so large, I needed to make my own envelope as well. Now you can purchase all kinds and sizes and colors of envelopes. At the time, I didn’t know that. So, I jumped in to making my own.
It’s so easy to make your own envelope. Below you’ll find a template for a smallish envelope. Take it and develop your own. The key is to fold the sides with an overlap. Unfold and cut the corners and then refold and glue.
Directions: To make your own envelope, print out our template and adjust to size. (This is for a square envelope) Cut your paper and fold along dotted lines. Use a glue stick type glue so it doesn’t make the paper pucker once the glue dries. Close with a sticker or more glue. Decorate or leave plain. These really lend themselves all kinds of custom possibilities.
My daughter for her 5th birthday had a joint party with a friend and we all decided upon a “Dance Party” theme.
I couldn’t really find an invitation I liked with an image already printed on it. So, I decided to purchase blank cards and to draw a little girl striking a pose on the front. She is a child not afraid to strike a pose, so it was perfect.
I’m not an artist at all! But once I came up with a cut looking little girl, I was able to replicate her on each of the invitations. I found these great plain cards that I felt embodied the tone of the party. To draw the figure, I used Jelly Roll pins that moved very nicely over the paper and made a nice image.
I totally feel that the invitation sets the tone for the party. If you don’t spend much time on the invitation, guests will assume that you won’t be spending much time on the party. And if they have to make a choice between coming to your child’s party or another scheduled at the same time……guess where they might go?
Have a fun Dance Party. No matter if you find a preprinted invitation that you love or you draw on a blank card like this one, kids love this type of party.
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