Afternoon friends! I loved Kendra’s most recent post on bridal showers and along those same lines I have another post to help you host a successful event. We all have parties we either host or help host at one time or another. Maybe you’re like me and you are doing [what seems like] party after party after party. They’re always for a good person or good cause yet we know any party is still a bunch of work and time consuming. Here are my tips for putting in “just the right amount” of effort for simple elegance and beauty in your invitations.
There are some incredibly simply things you can do to make your invitations pop! Listed below are a few tips for you…
1) Gather your tools… this process helps me start the brainstorming process. If you don’t have any tools then head over to Paper Source straight away! You can buy some great card/invitation making tools that I have purchased once and continue to fin value in them party after party! They’ve more than paid for themselves by now. My “can’t go without tools” consist of envelope liner templates, bone folder, double stick tape (and/or zots), glue, pencils, and colorful pens (check out my favorite pen that I’m using in the feature image above here) or thin sharpies. Check it out:
2) Get a Vision… what type of event is this invitation for? A classy bridal shower, a kid’s themed birthday, or an outdoor BBQ hang? Keep in mind the style and taste of the person you’re throwing the party for… even if it’s not exactly your preference! My favorite place to find inspiration is of course PINTEREST! What was life before Pinterest? You have your tools so all you need now is envelopes and cardstock to print on.If you’re worried about not being a graphic designer, check etsy for invitation temples that are customized for you and usually around $5 to $8 only! Plus sometimes they also print for you, extra yay! My most recent card making fiasco was for a friend’s bridal shower. I used three of her coordinating colors: slate gray envelopes, pale pink envelope liner, and gold felt tip pen for addressing! I’m a huge fan of envelope liners because it’s brings in another pop of color and gives your invite more weight… giving the feeling you paid a lot more for those bad boys than you really did! Check out this video on how to make your own envelopes and liners! However, if you choose to save a little money and forego the envelope liners you can still make plenty of a statement with color choice alone. Some people say your bridal shower should have its own color scheme and theme that is totally different from the wedding. Don’t want to steal any wedding thunder! I on the other hand kind of appreciate the consistency and encourage you to do whatever it is your heart desires!
3) Print yourself! You can do it! Maybe you’re in luck and have a great color printer or one that’s available to you. It’s been my experience that home printing is usually the least expensive route even if you do have buy an ink cartridge or two. It can be frustrating to get your alignment correct during printing, but hang in there! If you go this route I would also recommend you invest in a paper cutter. Uneven or jagged crocked lines of your invites just look unprofessional and cheaply made. You would be surprised what a difference the paper cutter can make! Also saves time because you can do several at once. So many people assume my invites are sent out and done professionally. If you don’t have a printer to use start browsing the web for services that send you the ordered print outs – there are lots of cost efficient places online. If you like to do things in person than than hit your local Staples, Kinkos, or even Walgreens or Costco / Walmart.
4) Always plan for the “extras”! I’ve learned to always make more than enough invitations in case I spill coffee on some or the bride wants to invite her boss last minute. My cat has shredded an invite or two I’m not gunna lie. The post office is often a culprit too. Every time I buy enough supplies for the exact right amount I always end up going to the store a second or third time and have to start from scratch. That becomes so time consuming. Buy extra supplies if you can afford it. I’ve found that more often than not you’ll end up using it and will save you time as you get close to your event. If you don’t than you always have a “next” project to save for! It’s always that random person I see at the grocery store and realize I forgot to invite! It’s so awesome to just pull an extra invitation out and give it to them right on the spot.
5) Don’t go overboard. Simple is elegant, classic, timeless! It doesn’t take much to make a statement. Sometimes I wander down the stamp or scrapbook aisle and think BUY ALLLLL THE STUFF!!! You only need one to three stamps or stickers, don’t overload your invite. Remember if you’re snail mailing these there is a weight limit and stamps aren’t cheap! Plus it’s not cute to have two to three stamps on an invitation that you open only to see something that looks like grandmas scrapbook. Don’t let Michael’s get you with that 40% off coupon!
6) Have a card making party! Especially if you’re a bridesmaid and making a shower invite… Have all the girls over for a party and give everyone a job to conquer. Team work! Hand making cards alone can become exhausting (trust me!). Even if you’re a mom making your son’s Dino themed b-day invites… have your mom friends, grandma’s, even babysitters or older children help out and you can bang out forty to fifty invites in one night!
Now your invitations are ready to go!
Happy card making! Do you other crafters agree? What are your tips? Share below in the comments