Creative Birthday Party Invitations

Colorful homemade cards will get your little guests in the party mood.

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Child's Play

Fashion a classic cootie catcher into a birthday party invitation. Use the inside flaps to reveal who, what, where, and when.

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What's the Story?

Attach a puzzle piece to a simple invite. The guests must take it to the party to help solve the mystery. (Have a duplicate puzzle on hand in case of no-shows.)

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Hip, Hat, Hooray!

Send an invite that your guests can wear! It folds from a triangular hat into a square -- perfect for mailing.

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Bag It!

If you're planning a scavenger hunt party, mail your invites in small brown sacks. Ask the guests to bring along the bag to collect their loot.

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Upcycled Invite

This earth-friendly card can multitask with the front flap doubling as a gift card. Mail with mini colored pencils and attach a ribbon to the corner.

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Office Maxed

Rummage through your desk for materials to make clever -- and unexpected -- invitations.

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Online Finds

The Internet offers great invitation options for non-crafty party planners. At, design a look-alike character to match the birthday child. Log on to for stylish electronic invites that you can e-mail, print, or send via text, and check out for free customizable cards that you can print at home. At, make an eye-catching announcement by adding text, stickers, and effects to photos.

Originally published in the May 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

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