Birthday Party Invitations – Pretty easy and so pretty.

Birthday Creations from the Heart.

As a graphic designer by profession, I just love when things are designed with heart and skill. My obsession with paper is, to most, a bit on the odd side, and when my sister Katherine and I start talking “fonts” we can pretty much clear a room. We LOVE pretty things and I believe there is no more beautiful a way for me to show this than in a simple and lovely card or, better yet, Birthday party invitation!

I have done many invitations in my time. Some more elaborate than others, but always with heart and style. No need to spend a fortune either! With so many amazing scrap-booking papers available at your local JoAnn or Michael’s crafting stores, what you can create is only limited by your ideas.

Here is a simple “template” that I have used many times, with many different themes, all with a pretty result. My finished invitation size is 5” x 7”.

Crafting paper to match party theme (Background/Theme paper)

8.5” x 11” printer friendly paper (Overlay sheet)

Ribbon or raffia (to hold it all together)

Hole punch

Envelopes 5.25” x 7.25” (office supply or Xpedex paper store)

a computer and printer (or hand write if necessary)

Note: Quantities of each material should match the number of invitations needed.

Decide what you want the invite to communicate (Date, time, contact info, theme, RSVP, etc.). In your favorite word processing or page layout software simply layout the type. This will be for your “overlay” part of the invite. I get 4 overlay sheets up on a 8.5” x 11” sheet of paper. Print these out and trim to fit.

Trim Background/Theme paper to 5” x 7” sheets. It’s ok if all the invites aren’t exactly the same paper. I love using the premium stacks available at JoAnns. They are grouped in “themes” for you and cost a whole lot less than buying individual sheets. It is best and easiest to use an X-acto knife and metal ruler to do this. Sorry, not child friendly yet.

Hold overlay sheet in place on the trimmed background sheet and punch the holes for the ribbon.

Insert the ribbon and stuff your envelopes. Kids love helping with this part, so let them!

I also usually print the return address on my envelopes. This is totally optional, but it does make for a very professionally done and complete look.

This simple invitation template can go in many design directions. Use it over and over to the delight of those honored with the festivities. Enjoy!

Elizabeth Montgomery James

After living in California for several years, Beth and her husband, Rod, relocated to Florida, to live, work, and play. They have two adorable daughters, and Beth is very involved with her children’s schools as a parent volunteer, Daisy troupe, and other community organizations such as the Junior League. Beth enjoys crafts, yoga and fitness, as well as a nice glass of Chardonnay. Beth is a graphic designer who has worked on national and international ad campaigns for top consumer brands, and now brings her talents to a variety of projects in and around Central Florida. In addition for bringing classic elegance to everything she touches, Beth has a natural talent for making everything pretty, from kids’ birthday parties to her garden.

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One Response to “Birthday Party Invitations – Pretty easy and so pretty.”

  1. Kristyn — March 21, 2011 @ 9:34 pm (#

    Beth, this is you at your finest. I honestly never really noticed how easy these are–you always make them look so gorgeous! Okay, I may not have the flair for fonts you and Katherine have, but I could make do…a glimmery ribbon always saves the day 🙂 Hope the party was a big hit, we were thinking about you!


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