Thursday, May 10, 2012

Semi-Homemade Invitations

Like each year before, I've got lots of plans for Charlotte's birthday party. I'm sure you remember that Miss C requested a flower party and I found what I believe is the perfect invitation to link the flower theme with the backyard event we were planning. These "Let's Picnic" invitations are downloadable for free from Amy Moss of Eat, Drink, Chic. I love them so much! So much that I may still use them for a different party. Yup, not for this one. Even though they're perfect for the event, I just didn't have time to print and assemble them, not when I was running low on both cardstock and ink. Not to mention time.

Invitations were still a necessity though, so I went on the hunt to see what I could find in stores. My mom and I hit up Target and Michael's with no luck. And then we stopped and Kohl's and hit the jackpot with these cute flower-themed numbers.

First things first, ignore the quality of the photos. I worked on these during my lunch break and left my camera at home, so cell phone pics is what you get. Second, I too realized that these invitations did have a drawback. They aren't invitations. Minor detail, right? But that little 'Thanks A Bunch' on the front can totally be remedied. I started out by turning the once blank interior into your typical fill-in-the-blank invitations. This is super simple to do. Just measure the interior of your card and use Microsoft Word to make a page in that size. Then create a text box with your wording and run the invites straight through your printer. You could even write up party specific wording instead of the fill-in-the-blank version.

With the inside completed, I turned my attention to the front. I found a piece of cardstock in a coordinating color (really simple since there were so many to choose from) and ran it through the printer to create little tabs that say 'You're invited..." A little bit of adhesive later and I'd covered up that pesky 'Thanks A Bunch' with something more invitation appropriate.

And then all that was left to do was address and mail them out! Have you been tweaking anything premade to be semi-homemade in order to better fit your needs lately?


Jo said...

This is a really neat idea. Will have to keep this in mind for future events.

marie said...

They turned out great! Can't wait to get mine!! : )

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