Make a child's invitations as special as the rest of the party with personalized, handmade cards. Invitations are essential for the other children's parents to learn about an event, whether you're hosting a sleepover, movie night or birthday party. Begin with a theme and build excitement by making cards that match the event's purpose. All you need to get started are a few supplies, which can be found at area craft stores and online.
Items you will need
- Cardstock paper
- Invitation stamp
Choose an invitation theme. The theme might be as simple as knowing the type of party you are hosting, such as a karaoke party, video game session or birthday. If you are planning a birthday, ask the child whose birthday it is to pick a theme. The child might base it on a video game, hobby, or general interest like princesses and dinosaurs. Even if the party doesn't have a theme, still consider the child's interests when creating a card.
Fold colorful cardstock paper into the size of a card. The paper can be 8.5" x 11", unless you are going for a specific look. First, fold the paper in half widthwise. Then, fold the paper in half again so that the paper resembles a card. Match the paper color to the theme; pick pink paper for a princess-themed party or green paper for a dinosaur-themed party.
Write pertinent information on the invitation. Consider hand-stamping the letters for an even more personalized feel. Use specially made invitation stamps sold in craft stores and online for brevity and neatness. Include the name of your child, the nature of the event, the date, location and a contact number. Request an RSVP to help with planning. Announce the theme as well. Doing so will help your guests with gift ideas.
Add stickers and other embellishments that match the theme. Visit a craft store's sticker and scrap booking sections for ideas. You can get cutouts of balloons, animals, popular movies and general hobbies appealing to certain age groups. Buy other specialized embellishments online. Use decorative stamps to create borders or emphasize parts of the card.
Use leftover stickers to decorate your envelope. Add the invitee's name to the front of the envelope and place the card inside. Seal the envelope with another sticker.
Tips & Warnings
- If you are feeling extra creative, consider cutting the cards into a shape consistent with your party theme.
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