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.
When you are planning a Dance Party for your child, it can go in many directions. It’s almost tough to reign in this type of party because there are so many directions you can take it!
A Dance Party can also be hosted for a 2 year old up to a 70 year old. Now, the parties will be a great deal different, obviously but there are elements that could cross over many age ranges. Invitations could be one of them.
These are Photo stock invitations that are customized with your own photos and invite wording. The top invitation is a “Rock Star” party. Wording is such: “Our little rocker is turning 2! To complete his band, Ryder chooses you! Date, Time, Place and Regrets only.”
Dance Party Photo Invitation
The bottom invitation is for a Rockin Birthday and wording is such: “Join Us for a Rocking Birthday!” It was as simple as that and then included date, time, location and rsvp info.”
Photo invitations can be a wonderful way to announce a birthday party. Especially with kids, not only do they love to see their own picture plastered all over everywhere but they love to also see their friends in “lights.” My daughter has been known to carry around pictures of her friends for weeks.
There is nothing more important for a young child than to receive mail. It really doesn’t matter what kind of mail it is and it doesn’t matter if they can read yet or not.
So, what do you do when you are sending an invitation to a child and their sibling is welcome? Well, it is very important to make some kind of notation somewhere so that the mom doesn’t have to wonder or contact you to ask that uncomfortable questions if little Gary is invited to come!
Envelope Address Etiquette
These are two examples of good ways to invite siblings. The above photo shows the inside of an invitation where the following words were simply included…”Siblings Welcome!” The below photo is the back of an envelope and states “P.S. Harris is welcome too!” For me either works. There may be even other creative ways to let recipients know that siblings are welcome.
The big thing I want to impress upon you here is to state it somewhere. Please don’t put your guest in the uncomfortable position of having to ask. It’s just good Etiquette in filling out the invitation for your child’s birthday party invitation.
When you have a bug birthday party, you can take it many directions. You can go with little squishy bugs or you can use all the major cute little kid bugs……butterflies, ladybugs, bumble bees and such. This was just one of those parties.
The invitation was a simple preprinted butterfly invitation where you fill out the major details. The color is so much prettier than in the photo I’ve taken. The pink is just right on. Made by Creative Expressions. The point is that you can get away with almost any bug type invitation for a bug birthday party.
Another big decision to make when doing a bug party is where you have the party. This party was at a local park and that was perfect. Outside, plenty of room to roam around and there was plenty of room for the kids to look for bugs on their own if they wanted to.
It can often be hard to come up with appropriate invitations for a twin birthday party. This is a cleaver idea to incorporate twins without screaming TWINS. The invitation is one of the preprinted and you fill in the invitation but I thought it was very cute and it can lend itself to lots of directions in a theme.
This particular party was for two very active kids and was at a Pump It Up facility. It was a perfect 6th birthday party idea.
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