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.

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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!