It's about to be your child's birthday... There are so many emotions that come along with that statement..... Joy, sadness, excitement, anxiety...
I have all of these and more.
Little Jimmy down the street just had a birthday party and HIS mother made their yard look like wonderland had erupted from underneath it.
What if I don't decorate enough?
It costs HOW MUCH to rent a bouncy house?!?
If Spider-Man doesn't show up I might as well wrap myself up in silly string and hide under the stairs in true spider fashion.
As moms we all do it... We want to give our children everything they could dream of for a birthday party. We want to compete with Super mom down the street (At least I do because I am competitive by nature) And we all also want to have some semblance of a budget... and stick to it.... kind of...
Well, I can't decorate your party for you.... but, I can help you with one thing.
If you are totally anti DIYing your own invitations you are probably not reading this anymore, but if you are just the little bit creative and want to save a few dollars read on my friends... read on!
I just sent out invitations to my sons 4 year old birthdya party and they are really cute... He wanted a super hero party because who doesn't love super heros?
So, I made these invitations and I love them!
I made these invitations from scratch on Picmonkey.com
There are SO many adorable invitations on Etsy and many other places, but I hate paying $15-20 just for the design. Then I have to have them printed on top of that... Even if $50 doesn't sound like a lot for invitations... I'd rather spend that money on something fun.... like a spiderman costume for my Brother-in-law to wear to
Picmonkey is a great resource and if you don't want the premium version it is FREE!
I had these printed at walmart and for 20 invitations my total cost including envelopes was $16.45.
You can't beat that.......
So I will show you how to make an invitation like this so you can save some money at your next shin-dig.
1. In Picmonkey you will start by choosing the Design option at the top of the home screen
and it will give you options of a size canvas that you want to make. For invitations I always choose 5x7 as these are easy to have printed.
You can then decide on the background color for your invitation by chosing the crop tool menu and the canvas color tab. For the invitation I am going to make I will use a Forzen theme... Because who doesn't need to "Let it go" sometimes?
I chose a very pale aqua. Now you have to decide what you want your invitations to look like. I can't do that for you, but a good way to do that is to find something you like on Etsy and make something similar... For this invitation I am not going to put a picture of my child on it like I did the Super hero one... mainly because my husband won't let me dress my son in the Elsa costume.... something about "him being a boy" and "He will hate you one day" blah blah blah....
I am going to actually put Elsa on the invitation. to do that I found an image of her I liked in a google search and saved it to my computer. You can then choose the butterfly menu in Picmonkey and chose to use your own overlay.
(TIP: when searching for an image of a special character, search for a vector image. It will give you one without a background so they are easier to work with and look nicer)
From there, it's just adding things to make your invitation look great!
I decided to use the theme menu and Picmonkey has a winterland theme that has snowflake clipart and even a frame option that puts snowflakes at the bottom of your image.
It is subtle, but it's things like that, that take your invitation from "made-by-mom" to "AWESOME!"
You can leave it simple and just add text from here, but I am not simple... I went ahead and added a fancy background for my text. I found it, again, under the theme menu in the winterland theme under the Victoriana clipart. I left the inside of the shape white, but for the frame I chose a soft orchid color like Elsa's eyeshadow.
1. Where I found the clipart
2. Where I changed the color
3. You have to then send the image to the back so that it doesn't cover Elsa, by right clicking and then choosing "send to back"
I then chose a font I liked and I used the same purple for the color and filled in my party info....
This is what the invitation would look like if I were to have it printed today...
Not too bad for FREE!
And there is no end to the creativity you could add to this!
So your kid wants a "Barney riding a bulldozer" party.....?
OK! no problem...
on the invitations at least! Good luck on everything else.....
And you are definitely not limited to birthday invitations... Shower invitations, thank you cards, basically anything you can come up with!
Well, I hope you learned something and I also hope I saved you a few dollars on invitations. If you have questions comment below and I will try to help you out!
Have a GREAT day!