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Feb
26

Kids Birthday Party Invitations

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Are you getting ready to throw your little one’s first birthday party, or maybe a second or third birthday party? If you have older children you’re probably already familiar with the pressure to come up with an idea that your child will be excited about AND the party guests will talk about for weeks afterwards. And no doubt you stumbled upon this article because you’re on the hunt for a fantastic kids birthday party invitation idea. Let’s start off with some favorite themes and see what we can do to make them unique, complete with home-made birthday party invitation instructions.

Basic Kids Birthday Party Invitation Instructions

If you want your invitation to look as if it was hand written there are quite a few fonts that will give you that look. Experiment with them a bit to see which gives you the look you want and is still readable. Pay close attention to the numbers as they can look strange with some of the handwritten fonts.

When constructing a home made invitation make sure to measure your envelope and subtract 1/4 inch from each side including the top. Use these measurements to make a template for the finished sized of your invitation. Slip it inside the envelope to make sure that it’s a good fit.

After placing the finished invitation inside the envelope you can sprinkle some shaped confetti into the envelope to make opening it even more fun. Decorate the outside of the envelope with a sticker or two so the recipient has a hint of the fun inside.

Circus Party Invitations

Popcorn Bag

This is a simple kids birthday party invitation to create but the finished product has a nice WOW! factor. Use a computer program to create a simple party invitation that will easily fit inside a folded popcorn bag. Alternatively you could hand write the invite and make copies. Then just tuck the invite inside the popcorn bag.

Popcorn Bag 2

Use the same idea as above but print the invite onto cardstock. Fill the popcorn bag with popcorn, slip the invite into the popcorn leaving it sticking out of the top of the bag. Place the popcorn bag inside a cellophane gift bag, tie with a ribbon and hand deliver.

If you want to make your baby’s first birthday party invitation truly memorable you can dress up like a clown or other a ringmaster when you deliver the invites!

Balloon Invitations

Materials:

  • balloons
  • Sharpie markers
  • ribbon
  • envelopes, optional

Write your party information on an inflated balloon with a Sharpie marker. If you’ll be hand delivering the invitations, fill the balloons with helium and attach a ribbon. If you’re mailing the invitations, deflate each balloon after writing the party info. Place the balloon into an envelope with a note instructing the recipient to blow up the balloon to reveal the invite details.

Circus Tent Invitations

Materials:

  • brightly striped paper
  • white card stock
  • envelopes

Make a circus tent template for your finished envelope that will fit inside your envelope by measuring the envelope and subtracting 1/4 inch from each side including the top. A circus tent is basically a square with a triangle on top. Slip it inside an envelope to make sure that it’s a good fit.

Use your template to make the back page of the invitation from the white cardstock.

Use the template to make the front of the invitation from the striped paper. Cut a line up the center of the square to the point where it reaches the triange. Cut straight across from the top of the center line to the left and right stopping 1/4 to 1/2 inch short of the edge of the “tent”.

Print the party information onto the white cardstock, arranging it so that the information will show when the tent flaps are folded back. Glue to the back of the tent, checking the first one you do to make sure that the party info shows when the flaps are folded back.

Fold back and crease the flaps on each invitation. Then close the flaps and use a sticker to hold them closed.

Sources for downloadable circus clip art:
PicGifs Circus Clip Art

Fotosearch Circus Clip Art

Luau Party

Luau Party Invitations

Materials:

  • white or light blue blank cards or card stock
  • envelopes to match your cards or card stock
  • sandpaper
  • blue glitter
  • beach toys, beach umbrellas, palm trees, boats, sea animals, sun, etc. – these can be stickers that you purchase or you can cut them out of magazines or comics or make them yourself with colored paper

If using cardstock cut it to the size you want your finished invitations to be.

To represent a beach, cut sandpaper to fit the bottom 1/3 of your card. Glue in place. For the water and sky, spread glue over the rest of the card and sprinkle the blue glitter over the glue. Allow to dry completely before proceeding onto the big finish.

Now the fun begins! Glue on all your beach items. You can make each invitation unique, using different add ons.

Write the details of your birthday party on the inside of the card. You can do this by hand for each card but I would suggest either writing everything out by hand and making copies or using a computer program and a fun font. Then just glue one sheet to the inside of each invitation, or use a sticker in two or four corners to hold it in place.

Resources for Luau Party Clipart:

Clipart Gallery – Luau

Canstock Photo – Luau Clipart

 

Pirate Birthday Party Invitations

Materials:

  • white card stock
  • envelopes

You can have a lot of fun with the wording for a pirate themed party invitation.

Here are a few suggestions to get your invitation started:

  • Shiver me timbers, it’s Derek’s Second Birthday! Ye be invited to celebrate with us on our pirate ship!
  • Avast ye landlubbers! Ye are invited to Kayla’s First Birthday Party!
  • Hey maties! We’ve discovered a map to a treasure chest, so come wearing your pirate best. We’ll use the map to find the way to loads of treasure at Hayley’s 1st Birthday!
  • Ahoy me mateys! You’re invited to a Pirate Party in honor of Bobby’s First Birthday.
  • Ahoy there me hearties! Ye be invited fer some fun at a Pirate Party to celebrate Matthew’s 3rd Birthday!
  • Join our crew while we plunder for treasure and treats at a birthday celebration for Jonnie’s 2nd Birthday!
  • X marks the spot. Come find the treasure at Billy’s 4th Birthday.

You can even apply pirate lingo to the party information:

  • Ship sets sail from the pier at 1000 Main Street on Saturday the 3rd day of April at three bells (3pm). Be there or be left behind!
  • Chart yer course towards 1000 Main Street on June 7th at 2 o’clock sharp.
  • Grub and grog will be served at 3 o’clock, on the Jone’s ship docked at1000 Main Street on July 21st.

If you want your guests to come dressed in pirate gear make sure to let them know:

  • Don your eye patch and wear yer best hook or you may be mistaken for a landlubber.
  • Come dressed in yer pirate best!
  • Anyone dressed as a landlubber will be forced to walk the plank!

If you want guests to RSVP, state that at the bottom of your invitation:

  • A-r-r-r-r you coming to the party matey? Better contact Captain Bob at (949) 829-2273 by the 3rd day of June in the year 2012 or ya may find there’s no treasure left for ya to grab.
  • RSVP by August 30th or you’ll be walkin’ the plank mate!
  • Be a mate and RSVP before the 26th of April to First Mate Cindy at (714) 444-1400.
  • Sign on to our crew by contacting First Mate Kelly at 619-467-0572

The right font and graphics for your pirate-themed birthday party invitation can make all the difference.

Gothic fonts work great for the front of the invitation but because they can be hard to read you may want to format the party information on the inside of the invitation in a plainer font.

Check out these sources for free pirate graphics for your invitation:
Lee Hansen Pirate Clip Art

Squidoo Pirate Clip Art

Daily Clip Art Pirate Section

The Disney website has a fun pirate birthday party invite you can download and print directly onto card stock.

Now add some style to your Pirate Theme Party Invitation:

With the piratey wording, clip art and fonts you can place it all on your invitation, print it out, slip it into an envelope and be done with it. If you want to have a truly unique party invitation check out some of the ideas below:

Insert any of these items into the envelope: plastic gold hoop earring, eye patch, skeleton parts or any other piratey items you find at your local party store.

Message in a Bottle – use clean plastic water bottles these are little bottles you can mail by placing a label and postage directly on the bottle! They come with a lei (which you probably won’t use) and sand. If you want to make it more pirate-y, add in some skeleton parts.

More Kids Birthday Party Invitations

Printable Party Invitations
Zooniversity Animal Party Ideas
Martha Stewart Party Invitations
Pirate Party Invitations For Kids
Sports Parties For Kids

Well I hope this collection of resources and ideas helps to get you on your way to a fantastic birthday party invitation and that you have fun with the whole process. If however the idea of making your own party invitations is a bit overwhelming then hopefully this little article has given you some ideas to use when working with a professional party invitation designer. Either way – here’s to the start of a fantastic birthday party!

Oct
27

Tips & Tricks for Keeping Kids Safe on Halloween

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Start talking with your children a few days prior to Halloween to make sure they’re aware of the following guidelines. Quiz them, have them repeat the guidelines back to you. If they’re resistant or rolling their eyes, you may want to consider making a “passing grade” on the Halloween Safety Quiz a requirement for going out on Halloween.

 

Halloween Costume & Decor Safety

Even flame resistant costumes can catch fire, they just don’t burn as quickly as a non-flame resistant costume. So make sure your child uses caution around candles. You yourself can make your own home safer by using battery operated candles and glow sticks in place of candles.

If your child is carrying a prop such as a knife, pitchfork, etc. check to make sure that it can’t hurt someone. If needed, file down rough spots or sharp edges or better yet replace a hard plastic or metal prop with a foam, paper mache or rubber prop.

Steer younger kids away from wearing high heels as part of their costume. Even if they don’t get hurt, tripping and stumbling along will dampen their Halloween fun. If they refuse you may want to carry a pair of flat shoes with you that they can change into once they realize you were right all along.

Attach something to both the front and back of your child(ren)’s costume that is easily identified from a distance and in the dark such as a certain color of glow rings or reflective tape in a pattern. This will help you to keep track of your child(ren) all night long as well as keep them safer. You may even want to put some reflective items on your own clothing.

Face paint is safer than a mask. Even masks that fit well can move and impair your child’s vision.

It’s best to walk with your kids rather than follow slowly in your car, but if you are driving with your kids or stopping to let them out, turn on your hazard lights. This helps to alert other drivers that children may be running to or from your car. And if you are following your children in your car DO NOT use your cell phone to make calls, text or check email. Even though you are going slowly, this is a night when children are running across the street (often without looking) and if you’re attention is on your phone you’re begging for an accident.

 

Going Door to Door Trick-or-Treating Safety

Serve your kids dinner before they go trick-or-treating and they will be less likely to want to gobble candy all night long.

Go with your children to make sure that they go only to homes that you know. If your children are too old for you to go with them, then I would offer that they are too old to go trick-or-treating, but that’s your call.

Never, ever, ever go inside a home, no matter what they may offer or what help they may ask for. An easy way for your child to handle any such requests is to tell the adult that you (the parent) are waiting at the curb and they’ll get you to come help. Rehearse with your child possible scenarios so they are prepared for enticements such as the following:

  • “I have more candy in (a hard to reach place). Will you help me get the candy?”
  • “My cat is lost & I think I hear her in a cupboard but I can’t get to her. Can you help me?”
  • “I’m trying to put up Halloween decorations. Can you hold (something) while I put it up?”

Even if you will be with your children make sure that they understand that they should not walk across a street unless you are right beside them.

Older Kids on Halloween

If your kids are old enough to be going out on their own on Halloween night make sure that:

  • they let you know where they’ll be and at what times
  • they stay with their friends and not go off alone or with just one friend
  • they stay in well lighted areas and not walk through alleys or fields that are not well-populated or well lit

Make sure that your children understand that Halloween pranks such as throwing eggs or hurting an animal are a crime and that if caught doing something like this they can be arrested.

Check the Internet for a map of sex offenders in your area. Make sure you steer your younger children away from any homes in your area and that your older children are warned to stay off certain streets. I would suggest just staying away from an entire street as it is difficult to remember that one house on a certain street should be skipped.

While there have only been a few documented cases of poisoned Halloween candy,  you should still instruct your children not eat any candy until you (the parent) have a chance to inspect it.

  • Make sure that the wrapper in intact.
  • Toss out any homemade treats.

 

Answering the Door to Trick-or-Treaters Safely

Make sure that that your home is well lit from the street to your door. If you need extra lighting consider placing battery operated lights such as tap lights along the walk way. You can find them inexpensively at WalMart and other places.

 

Halloween Party Safety

Refer to the above tips for Halloween Costume & Decor Safety.

If using fake blood make sure that it won’t come in contact with your party go-ers or their food. Most fake blood will stain and should not be ingested.

If you’re hosting a party check with parents to see if their children have any food allergies. Common food allergies are peanuts, dairy and shell fish.

If you are with your child at a large event such as a church party make sure to keep an eye on your children. Entrance to these events is not always limited to church membership and it’s possible that you will not know all the adults that are at an event like this.

If you’re hosting an adult party, keep an eye on guests who are leaving to make sure they are okay to drive. If they are not, ask someone who has not been drinking to drive them home or call a cab.

If pumpkin carving is going to be part of your party activities, supply guests with safety knives that cannot cut skin. If a sharp knife is needed, assign one or two persons to do that part of the carving, or do it yourself prior to the party.

If you’re using dry ice to create spooky effects make sure that it’s kept separate from food. Dry ice can cause serious damage to internal organs if ingested.