An 18th birthday is a milestone event ideal for a festive party. However, the cost of the venue, decoration, food and gifts adds up quickly, so trim a bit off your budget with handmade invitations. Whether you're planning an elegant soirée at a local hotel or a backyard potluck for family and friends, handmade invitations offer an affordable and completely customisable option for an 18th birthday party.
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Photo Box Cards
Add a bit of fun and nostalgia to an 18th birthday party invitation with a playful photo box card. Each card requires two sections of equally sized card stock folded along the vertical edge. Cut a small rectangle from the centre of the front of one of the folded cards; slide the second piece of card stock into the first, and staple or glue the folded edges together to make one card. Choose a favourite picture of the birthday celebrant as a young child; cut it so that the face of the photo fits within the rectangle. Glue the photo onto the inner card so that it is visible through the rectangle. Decorate the front of the card so that the photo appears to be in a scene of childhood--a festive party hat, a sticker of a stuffed animal, and a square of fabric arranged to look like a blanket are clever options. On the inside of the card, add different embellishments to make the photo look more like the guest at the present day--a graduation hat, a convertible car or a sports uniform are suggestions. Add party information on the inside flap of the card to avoid cluttering the photo area.
A birthday party theme helps a host make decisions about decorations, food and party activities. Create handmade invitations that relay the party's theme to party guests. For a tropical luau party in which guests are invited to munch on barbecue and play pool games, start the party early with a handmade card written on bright pink or green card stock. Glue a plastic flower removed from a lei to the corner of the card; frame the text of the card with a border of 18 lotus flowers. Another possible theme is a glow party that will delight teenage guests. Use a whiteout correction stick or brush to write the text onto a piece of black card stock. Yellow or blue glitter glue is a festive medium for including a bold number 18 on the front of the card or creating a border of miniature 18s around the text.
Take a cue from the scrapbooking trend to create a set of unique invitations from various crafting supplies. Create a basic template by selecting a colour scheme for the invitations; the birthday celebrant's favourite colours or the colours of his future college are ideal options. A simple folded card is a classic format option; use stamps to create a festive border along the outside of the card or to spell out the honoured guest's name and age. A more creative option is to cut an oversized number 18 from a piece of heavy card stock so that the 1 and the 8 are attached; decorate the front of the card with glitter or rhinestones and write the text on the back of the card around the curves of the number 8.
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