Invites? Check.

The little birdie turns two next week, woah! It’s a good thing I’ve regained my energy after the first-trimester slump because my nesting instincts are kicking into high gear. Nesting AND celebrating really. We’re planning a party for Wren over Memorial Day weekend when we’ll have family in town for the long weekend and it’ll be here before I know it.

This week, I finished up the birthday invites and will be sending them out today. If I write that, then a trip to the USPS has to happen. I want to share them with you because I think they came out great. Let me know what you think!

So here’s how I did it:

1) Take a photo of your child making a fist. This was easier said than done as the little birdie wanted to make TWO fists. Two would’ve been OK, but then that would necessitate two suckers in each. Plus her fists kept ending up right in front of her face. But finally, we got a pretty good shot of one fist, to the side. Here’s an outtake:

2) Then I brought the chosen photo into InDesign (any layout program would work) and created a 5 X 7 document with the party invitation at the bottom of the card.

3) I then made a .jpg of the invite and uploaded the image to an online photo service (Snapfish, Shutterfly, Kodak, they’re all fine) for printing.

4) A few days later, they arrived. Yippee! I just love getting mail, don’t you?

5) Grab yourself a bag of suckers (next time I might get some flat ones to make mailing them a bit easier…) and an X-Acto knife. Let the fun begin!

6) Cut about a 1/4″ – 1/2″ slit at the top of the fist and one at the bottom of the fist and slip the sucker through the holes. Voila! You’ve got your sucker card.

Lovelies, I didn’t just wake up one morning with this brilliant idea. Far from it. Thanks be to the Internet and the Blogosphere of endless ideas. I was inspired by an idea for a Valentine’s Day card I had seen over at Design Mom. And she borrowed the idea from Alissa. Let me know if you make one and send me a link.

Party on!

P.S. You might notice our gift note at the bottom. We originally wanted to have a “no gifts” party because we don’t want a bunch more stuff, but know that people often feel they want to contribute something to honor the birthday. So after agonizing over it for a while, we decided to ask people to consider making a small contribution to a swingset that we plan to build soon. This way, it’s something everyone can use and enjoy! What are your thoughts on “no gifts” parties, lovelies?

UPDATE: I decided to change the sucker for mailing purposes because it was going to require, get this, FOUR stamps. 

0 thoughts on “Invites? Check.

  1. You are amazing! Oh, and so are the invites – what a clever idea! I love the idea about contributions for something that you actually WANT. I would not be offended by this whatsoever.

  2. Love the invites Ashlea! Also, love the decision you made for the swing set contributions…works out well! 🙂

    As always, Wren it adorable. 🙂


  3. LOVE the invites. LOVE them. So brilliant.

    Have been considering something similar re: birthday gifts for the girls this summer, i.e. contributions toward a trip to a cool kid’s museum in Chattanooga, or some such idea. Contributions toward a swingset is a great idea, too. I like that general approach: requests for chipping in toward one big cool thing that would be more difficult without help, etc. and which gets approval from parents, kid(s), and gift-givers…. Yah….

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  6. omg, that is the cutest thing I have seen! I love the dumdum too! What a bummer about the post office. Sorry I commented on your later post without having read this. It looks like it would have to go in a padded envelope.

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