Party invitations do not have to be expensive or fancy. In fact, handmade surprise party invitations are more genuine than invitations designed and printed by a party-planning firm. Make your surprise party invitations at home using inexpensive materials found in many homes or in craft stores.
Thematic Surprise Party Invitations
If your surprise party has a theme, such as a costume party or a milestone birthday party, reflect this theme in your invitations by using thematic imagery. To throw a costume party, for example, cut masks out of colored paper and glue them around the edges of your invitation. Cutouts of dresses or costume ideas such as witches or fairies also are appropriate. In the center of your invitation, write the relevant surprise party information, making sure to emphasize the "surprise" element of the party.
Capitalizing on Surprise
Emphasize the surprise element of your surprise party in your invitations. To make a basic invitation template, cut out a square or rectangular piece of cardboard or poster board to use as a backing that will not fall apart. Cover one side of that backing with construction paper. Cut out the word "Surprise!" from another colored paper. Also cut out shapes of bullhorns or trumpets and confetti to adorn the word "Surprise" and glue these around your invitations.
Using Party Materials
Materials such as streamers, wrapping paper and glitter or confetti are used to decorate homes or venues for parties. To convey a party feel on your invitations, use wrapping paper as the cover for the backing of your invitations. Reserve a space in the center of your invitation for the party details and glue pieces of streamers around the invitation -- making sure that the streamers match the wrapping paper. Draw the word "Surprise!" at the top of your invitation using a light layer of glue. Sprinkle glitter over the glued word and turn the invitation over to shake off the excess glitter.
Invitations as Party Favors
Many parents give their children's birthday party guests small bags of party favors, such as pieces of candy, whistles, or yarn to make bracelets. To add an extra twist on a surprise party invitation, turn the invitation into a party favor. Buy party favor bags at a party store or toy store and fill them with these same small favors. Create your surprise party invitation using cardboard or poster board as a base, covering it with colored paper. Write your party details -- emphasizing the surprise element -- in the center. Decorate the rim of the invitation however you please and stuff the invitation inside the party favor bag.
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