How many times has your little one received the same pre-made birthday invitation that you’ve seen over and over again? These packs of invitations are often rather inexpensive, but they are also forgettable. With a glance at the invitation do you know if the party is for Cayle, or William, or Jessie, or Donovan? Probably not.
While pre-packaged invitations can save time, and even money, these invitations do not set the invitation, or the party, apart from the others. And, after all, that’s what you and your child want. A memorable party. There are several ways to make unique invitations with just a little creativity and not as much money as you might expect.
Sort through your photo files until you find that perfect picture of your child that was taken recently. Use a photo editing program (many can be found free of charge) and add a personal message. Then print it off to send to your guests. Choose black and white to save money on printer ink if you wish; it can be quite artsy and unique that way, too. Or print off in sepia tones for another nostalgic look.
How many times has your little one received the same pre-made birthday invitation that you’ve seen over and over again?
CC image courtesy of Matthew Wilkinson
Now, when your guests stick your invitation onto the refrigerator door, there will be no doubt who the party is for. A bonus is you have now created a keepsake for friends and family to cherish.
Another idea is to come up with an imaginative poem about your child or the fun party you are planning, and write it down. Then print off your poem and use it to create your invitation. If you cannot think up your own poem, there are online sources where you can get quoted poetry verses that are free to use without copyright infringement.
One-line quotes are another way to create excitement about your child’s birthday party. Use a quote that gives a hint of what fun might be expected at the party. You could even use a different line from a poem on each invitation, and when everybody gets together, the completed poem leads to a special prize or event. The idea is to use words to build the fun.
Depending on how many people you are planning to invite, you might want to entertain the idea of hand-crafted invitations. These don’t have to be the upscale cards you see in the scrap-booking and card-making aisles of the craft shop. You can simply spend an afternoon with your child and a pile of cardboard, construction paper, ribbons, glue, scissors, googly eyes, markers, glitter glue, foam sheets, pom poms, stencils, and stickers.
Simple cut-outs from old magazines, coloring books, or anything that interests your child will make a great invitation when arranged artfully on a card and put in an envelope. This is not only fun, but it’s frugal, too.
When creating a hand delivered or mailed invitation simply isn’t possible, you can always find websites to send free invitations by email. Pick from the templates available, or upload your own photo. Then you can choose a pre-written invitation or write your own text and enter the email addresses of those you would like to send the invitations to.
You can request an RSVP via a phone call or an email response. For busy folks who spend more time on their computer than at their mailbox, this could be a good way to connect and get your invitation out there quickly and timely.
The invitation is one way you can cut costs when considering the budget for a child’s birthday party. With the ideas presented here, however, you won’t need to cut out creativity or fun!
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