Creative Birthday Party Invitations

Online Finds Invite
Tara Donne
Colorful homemade cards will get your little guests in the party mood.
Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Child's Play

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

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

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.)

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Hip, Hat, Hooray!

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

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

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.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

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.

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Office Maxed

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

Tara Donne
Tara Donne

Online Finds

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

Originally published in the May 2009 issue of Parents magazine.

Share the gallery



Parents may receive compensation when you click through and purchase from links contained on this website.