If you're looking for some creative party invitation ideas, you probably haven't considered some easy and fun options out there. In this modern party-planning climate of convenient e-cards, Evites, and Facebook event invitations, a handmade party notification may seem unnecessarily time-consuming. However, your guests are probably receiving various other event invites so how do you make your event stand out? You want an invitation that shows off your kids’ personality, something that indicates a bit of time and handiwork went into the planning of your event, but something that won’t take an entire weekend to create. Here are a few fun and unique invitation options at your disposal that are fun for kids, offer varying degrees of craftiness, timeliness, and creativity, and each are more or less customizable depending on how much time you’re able to devote.
An easy yet interactive invitation is to inflate colorful latex balloons and carefully write (Sharpies work best) the date, time, and location of your event on the inflated balloon. Be sure to write neatly and legibly. Kids can add stickers or embellish with glitter pens on the inflated balloon for a personal touch. Additionally, it’s always good to personally reiterate the details of the party when the balloons are handed out. Balloon invitations are unique and certainly memorable.
Create a digital flyer promoting your event. This is for the computer savvy. If you or your children are handy with Adobe Photoshop or even surfing the project gallery in Microsoft Word, you can create an eye-catching flyer utilizing borders, digital photos on your computer, and fun fonts indicating the time and location of your event. A fun design option might be locating celebrity photos (a red carpet, for example) in GoogleImages and imposing your family’s faces over the celebrity mugs. The flyer can be simply mass emailed to your party guests. The benefits of this option are that it’s paperless, therefore, environmentally friendly and its more personal than an Evite since it is entirely designed by you.
If you’re not artistically inclined but want a creative invitation, invite your guests with a homemade CD. Kids will get a kick out of picking out what songs to include in a playlist for your guests, setting the mood for your event. A case of 50 CDs run for around $20 at your local drugstore. You can write or print the details of the party on the face of each CD. If you are burning your discs in iTunes, be sure to include only songs that were not purchased in the iTunes store. Remember though that if your playlist includes a song purchased in the iTunes store, the program allows you to burn 7 discs only.
Sending out personalized and unique invitations such as a handmade balloon, a digital flyer, or a personal playlist are a few ideas that will hopefully make your event stand out as your guests schedule their upcoming engagements. The more out-of-the-ordinary the invitation, the better. And the quality time spent creating, personalizing, and assembling your invitations with the kids will hopefully stand out in your family’s memories as a fun and imaginative activity you shared together.