I haven’t had the pleasure of hosting a party for children yet, and secretly I hope my own kids grow up preferring other celebratory activities on their birthdays because really, it doesn’t matter that the partygoers are only three feet tall, it’s still a PARTY and I would rather drink paint than throw one.
I do, however, like to check out invitations. I love invitations, even when they aren’t addressed to me, and I particularly like creative ones with a personal touch. Check out some of these cute ideas for unique birthday party invites:
Custom printed paper invites. I am a big fan of tinyprints, having used them to create our holiday card last year and Dylan’s birth announcement in February. Their paper and print quality is top-notch, and their designs are lovely. The only downside is their pricetag, which is fairly high. However, if you want to outsource the whole thing and be sure of the fabulousness of the end result, these guys are a great pick.
Fun tabloid-style invites. Want your little one to be America’s Next Top Rugrat? Stork Avenue has some fun magazine-style layouts for invitations.
Shutterfly photo puzzles. This is either a really cute idea or a really annoying one: make your invitation into a puzzle, using a photo with a text overlay. Will the party-goers enjoy putting it together, or NOT?
Printed balloons. Or how about printing your invitation details on a balloon, which the recipients blow up in order to read? (By the way, I don’t know anything about this company but now I kind of want to place an order with them based on this photo alone.)
Handmade crafty invites. Leave it to Martha: a fishing party invitation idea that is both ridiculously complicated and AWESOME. It involves gummy worms, stamps, and something called a “utility knife”. Whatever, MARTHA. (But still! So cool!)
Delicious chocolate invites. Love this: you can custom-print M&Ms with a graphic of your choosing — say, a photo of your kid — and a short message (”You’re invited!”). Then you could package and ship those adorable candies with a printout of the party details, awww.
So, tell me — do you host birthday parties for your kids, or do you typically spend the day doing other things?