Birthday Invitations

Birthday Invitations We've Done for our Daughter

Over the years, we have gone through quite a variety of birthday invitations for our daughter's birthdays. Back for her first birthday, we decided to do something special; after all, birthday number one is a big affair. So, we went to the local stationary store and got some birthday invitations with big balloons and clowns on them. At that time, we didn't really know a lot of people in the area; we'd just moved into a new apartment. So, we just sent them to my Mother and my brother and his family. They all drove up for the party, and we had two cakes: one for us to actually eat, and one for our daughter to? splatter all over the place.

A few years later, our daughter wanted a pool party. We didn't have a pool, but we had one of those Little Tykes sandboxes, and we could empty the sand out of it and fill it with water. So, once again, we headed out for birthday invitations that were appropriate. We were in lucky; a Wal-Mart had just opened in the area, and they had some great birthday invitations that were very cheap. They showed kids going down a water slide; so they seemed perfect, and being affordable was an added plus. At the party, we put the pool at the bottom of the slide of the swing set. The kids thought it was the greatest thing ever.

By the time our daughter was six, she had discovered Scooby-Doo. And oh, was she ever in love! So, needless to say, we had to do a Scooby themed birthday that year. My wife baked a cake, and got a toy Mystery Machine to sit right in the middle. In terms of birthday invitations, we had a problem finding ones that fit the bill, and were affordable. The thing is, when you buy something with a popular character on it, you tend to pay through the nose - in a manner of speaking. Well, this is where a friend came to our help. He had a computer with one of the early self-publishing / printing programs on it. He also had a scanner. So, we went over to his house with a picture of Scooby and Shaggy. He slapped them on the scanner, and then pulled up the images in the program. In no time, we had a stack of birthday invitations, and they were perfect. Our friend was even able to personalize the invitations to each child; a very nice touch.

When it comes to economical birthday invitations, this was very the best of the best. So, our daughter gave out the birthday invitations at school, and we waited for the appointed day. We had a great turnout, and a lot of the parents commented on how wonderful they thought the birthday invitations were. Several asked where in the world we had gotten them made, and they were quite sure it could not have been cheap. We gave them the low down, and most of them were bound and determined to do some similar birthday invitations for their own kids in future.

By her tenth birthday, our daughter had graduated from Scooby-Doo to a love of Oldies Music and Martha's Vineyard Island. Talk about an odd blending, huh? How could we get birthday invitations that would work for that theme? Well, we now had our own home computer, and our own Print Shop printing program. We got a map of the island, put it on the cover, and then filled the interior of the birthday invitations with lyrics from a bunch of her favorite Oldies songs.

Once again, the perfect birthday invitations, and they were quite affordable.