Invitations set the tone

Recently I threw a wedding shower and I believe that the way to throw a good party is to start with a stunning first impression, the invitation.  I’m a bit old fashioned and adore getting personalized notes and cards in the mail.  It mean so much more when people actually take the time to hand write anything.  The same goes for the invitation.

I’ve done all kinds of invitations but mostly ones that I get designed then print myself.  Printing yourself cuts costs and I like to actually pick out my own paper.  In order to get an invitation personalized, you must make sure to give yourself plenty of time to research, communicate, wait for drafts and then sit though changes and mailing of the invitations.  For me, if the party is important, I like to get an invitation in the mail eight weeks in advance.  For a smaller casual party, you can go anywhere from three to six weeks.  Summer is tough as schedules get filled quickly, so earlier the better!

I find Etsy to have the best premade invitation designs that you can personalized, meaning pick your colors and any other important details that need to be printed on your invitation.

Here is the invitation that I purchased for the shower

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This adorable invitation is by Sunshine Printables

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I wanted to add a bit more detailing to this invitation by using the pink paper doilies and vintage ribbon it gave a shabby chic feel.  The doilies are from The Salvage and the ribbon is from Laces and Trims for You.

The outside of the envelope can make a big presence as well!  Think about the stamp, return labels and ink color you use.

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I fell in love with these heart, “Yes, I do” floral stamps!  I bought inexpensive return labels from Vistaprint.

I added a note, handmade lace money envelope and a ‘wishes’ card along with this invitation.  When printing the notes make sure to use paper within your color scheme.

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The customized “Wishes” card came from Event Printables

Your invitation really does set the tone on how the party should feel when guests arrive.  There is nothing better than being invited to a fabulous party!

My Sons Fishing Party

Time to Celebrate James with a Fishing theme Birthday Party!

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Make the invitation stand out~ should reflect the party theme

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I found these invitations on Etsy

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I picked up these cupcake labels on Etsy & made my own fish banner

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Make 2 cakes & cut out a shape to add to the top of the other

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Goldfish, Swedish fish, Gummi worms

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The boys knew we were fishing for crabs

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Favor Bags

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Take home shirts

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Happy 8th Birthday James!

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Boys only party invitations! $10 for dyi

I have always loved parties, you could call me a party animal.  I love attending or planning a good party.  To me it is all about the theme, if you can pin down the theme then it will all fall into place.  Once it’s decided, go for ‘that perfect invitation’, as that is your guest’s first impression on what they are invited to.  For me if I get an invite that is stunning, then I know the party will follow, but if I get an invitation that is so-so then you can almost expect a so-so party. 

It is so easy to find great invitations with Etsy.  All of these were bought on Etsy.  Simply go to their site, and search under ‘handmade’ and start with your subject + invitation.  Some you print yourself, which are way cheaper and others are made to order and shipped to you, so consider your time frame and make sure you can get your invitation out in enough time for your guests. 

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How fun is this invitation to my 70’s disco party!!

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I have always loved parties, you could call me a party animal.  I love attending or planning a good party.  To me it is all about the theme, if you can pin down the theme then it will all fall into place.  Once it’s decided, go for ‘that perfect invitation’, as that is your guest’s first impression on what they are invited to.  For me if I get an invite that is stunning, then I know the party will follow, but if I get an invitation that is so-so then you can almost expect a so-so party.

It is so easy to find great invitations with Etsy.  All of these were bought on Etsy.  Simply go to their site, and search under ‘handmade’ and start with your subject + invitation.  Some you print yourself, which are way cheaper and others are made to order and shipped to you, so consider your time frame and make sure you can get your invitation out in enough time for your guests.

Here are just a few of the invitations that we’ve sent out for our parties!

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How fun is this invitation to my 70’s disco party!!

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Boys only party invitations! $10 for dyi

Add some theme details to the outside of the invitation too.

I printed this one myself and used craft scissors and added theme stickers.

John’s Robot cake!  Super easy~ body & head is sheet cake and I used rice krispies for the rest with colorful candy to add details.

I love to use stickers as they are so beautiful now.  I mix them with my own printed details.

Don’t be afraid to ‘go all out’~ such memory makers!

I didn’t have time to make a Cat theme cake, so I bought one and used an extra invitation as decoration.  These were ordered from Etsy, shop called Nelson 55.