Many people purchase pre-made birthday invitations because it is cheap and easy. If you want to add a more personal touch, you should make your own birthday party invitations. A handmade card shows off your creativity and sets the tone for the party. You’ll also be able to design the card to your specifications, rather than relying on available designs. Set aside a few hours to make your invitations.
Choose a theme for the invitation. This can set the tone for the party in general. For example, if you are planning a party for a young child and using an ABC theme for the party and decorations, you’ll want to create an invitation that incorporates that theme. You can also simply incorporate the party colors into the design.
Use card stock for the invitations. Regular paper is too flimsy for your invitations to look good. You can purchase card stock from an office supply store or discount store. Typically, the cards will come flat, which allows you to use your printer to print some or all of the design.
Print the inside of the invitation. You’ll need to include details that guests will need to know, including the date, time, location and your contact information. One way to do this is to simply write the information the inside. However, if your handwriting isn’t neat or readable, you may want to design the invitation in a word processing software and then print the invitation. The card stock that you bought should have instructions for how to do this.
Create your front cover design. You can easily print out pictures from websites that have a birthday party theme, such as a cake or balloons. If you want to be more creative, you can cut out designs from decorative paper and glue them onto the front. You can also add embellishments, such as ribbons or buttons, to give your card a 3-D effect.
Allow the cards to dry. If you used glue on any embellishments, you’ll need to let the cards dry before you can put them in envelopes and send them off. Wait 24 hours to be certain they are dry.
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