Dress up a simple invitation with a birthday candle.
Simple how-to: Print party details onto colored paper, or write them out. Cut into a 3 3/4" X 4" square. Glue onto a blank 4 1/4" X 5 1/2" rickrack card, leaving room for candle. Print or write a "1" on colored cardstock, and cut out in a tag shape (click below to print the tag template to use as a guide). Punch a small hole in top of tag. Thread ribbon through tag, and tie around birthday candle. Use a glue gun or other strong glue to attach candle to cardstock. Mail in regular envelope with standard postage, but ask post office to hand-cancel.
Ask friends and family to add their sweet sentiments to a homemade keepsake book.
Simple how-to: For the cover, fold a piece of 12" X 12" colored cardstock in half, and trim 40 off the shorter side. Layer and fold several pieces of 8 1/2" X 11" white paper in half, and trim 1 1/2" from shorter side. Place folded paper inside book cover, and punch two holes on the fold. From the inside out, thread ribbon through holes, and tie in a bow. Personalize the cover with your child's name and the party's date. Put out colored pens at the party for guests to write birthday wishes in the book.
Photo cupcake toppers are a cute way to show off how much she's grown in this first year.
Simple how-to: To make cupcake photo flags, use a color copier to size a recent baby photo into a 2" square. Make copies. Punch out photos using a 3/4" circle punch. Glue photos to colored cardstock, and trim with pinking shears. Glue each one to top of a coffee stirrer; trim if needed. Insert into cupcake.
Baby-food jars become decorative candleholders. Embellish with a ribbon and a few words from the birthday star.
Simple how-to: Wash and dry one empty baby-food jar for each guest. Cut patterned paper into a 1 1/2" X 8" strip. Print or handwrite a message from your child onto solid paper. Cut into a 1/2" X 8" strip, and glue onto patterned paper strip. Then hot-glue layered strips onto jar, overlapping ends. Add a dab of glue to the bottom of a votive candle and place in jar. To finish, tie a ribbon around jar.
Copyright © 2005. Reprinted with permission of Parents magazine May 2005 issue.