When my little one was nearing her first birthday, I vowed to never be that parent who uses boring party invitations. You know who I’m talking about–those parents who go to the party store (or even worse, the grocery store), buy the first pack of invitations they see and write in the details with mostly illegible handwriting so I show up at the house numbered 1534, not 1584. (When that happened, we almost turned around and went back home, but thankfully it was just the one digit I couldn’t read!)
Invitations set the tone for the party, let guests know what to expect, and even provide a little keepsake for the moms who turn everything into a scrapbook. We’ve used a variety of fun, quirky and creative invitations over the years, and they’re not actually much more work than the generic ones. Get your kids involved and use some of these clever techniques on your next set of party invitations.
Make a Collage:
Who says invitations have to all match? You shouldn’t have to make very many–given the rule of thumb of inviting one more child than your little one’s age–so turn the invitations into a collage craft activity. Let your kid cut out magazine photos of things he likes and glue them to blank cards. Then print out the party details and glue them in the middle of each one. Suddenly you have a whole set of invitations.
Say It in a Photo:
Rather than writing or typing all of the party details, take a photo that includes some of them. Have your child stand in front of a chalkboard with party details written on it and hold a retro wooden block showing his soon-to-be age. Snap a photo and turn it into photo cards to send as your invitations. You can even use costumes and backdrops in the photo to communicate details about the party theme. Plus, if you’re inviting kids whose parents may not know you well, the photo can help jog their memories!
Think Outside the Paper:
Who says invitations have to be on paper? Plenty of other things fit into envelopes, and they’re way more fun to receive. Inflate a balloon, have a tiny helper hold it tight while you write the party details on it in permanent marker, wave it around to dry, then deflate it to tuck it in an envelope. If you’re brave enough to host a slumber party, use a fabric marker to write the details on part of a cheap white pillowcase. Tell guests to bring the pillowcase with them to your shindig. Have them decorate the cases at the party and send them back home. It’s an invitation, craft and party favor all in one!
Don’t be afraid to get your little one involved in conceptualizing and creating the invitations. It doesn’t have to be all up to you! Kids will often have some crazy ideas that not only work, but are way cooler than your adult mind could’ve ever come up with. Whatever you do, don’t ever rely on those generic invitations again!