Etsy finds: Kids birthday invites
When you're planning your little one's birthday party, there are two ways to go: all out, or keep it simple. If you want to celebrate your child's birthday in style and throw a party that's all about the little details, you can't go past these invitations from Etsy.
All handmade by artists from around the globe, these invites shred the commerical ones you find in dollar-shops and supermarkets to pieces. Why? Because they are one-of-a-kind cards. Ordering them requires little effort on your part. Check out our favourite invites and tick one more thing off your party "to-do" list.
Mad about Mickey
Made with thick cardstock in red, yellow, white and black, this invite truly is a work of art. The labels on the front are in fact 3D — which is cool no matter how old you are — and the text inside the card is printed in the Disney fonts we all know and love. The Mickey Mouse-shaped band around the outside puts the finishing touch on an invite that is too good to throw out. The creative behind the card, PorDebaixoDosPanos, makes the invites to order so that every customer can personalise the writing inside. For a one-of-a-kind invite that features one of the most famous children’s characters ever invented, you can’t go past this one.
Why not send an invite that features the guest of honour? These custom photo invitations from Etsy shop Cards Etcetera are not just an invite but a keepsake too. Guests can simply cut off the invitation portion and they'll have an adorable photo of your little one to hang up. The best part is that the designer will send you a digital file so you can print the card yourself. Which means no shipping cost and you can always print extras if you need them. Not completely in love with this design? She has several to choose from! If you did this for your child each year it would be cute to see how they change over the years.
Time to board
While there’s no doubt that all Etsy sellers are super talented, NowaNorris gets bonus points for creativity. These vintage-style invitations are shaped like a boarding pass, and they are sure to stand out among the tractors and soldiers that usually feature on boys’ birthday invites. The train theme continues with the writing, which invites everyone to celebrate the "conductor’s" birthday and to climb "aboard the birthday express". The owner is flexible and customers can create their own text, add a photo of the birthday boy, or change the colours. If you like the theme but have a little girl, that’s no problem — all you have to do is ask. With a few little tweaks and a splash of pink, this invite will be the ultimate ticket to your princess’s party.
Dora and your explorer
It’s bright, cute and features the hero for little girls everywhere. Yes, this Dora the Explorer-themed invite is the one to choose if your girl is more of an adventurer than a Disney princess. While the writing can be customised to say whatever you like, the sample picture has very minimal text — since there is so much going on in the invite, that’s probably the best approach. Mimisal, the owner, is a big believer in creative freedom, so parents can add or change colours and pictures, with many opting to add balloons and cake icons as well as a photo of the birthday girl. If your child isn’t really into Dora, take the time to explore Mimisal’s shop — she has a huge range of invitations featuring everyone from Tinkerbell to Toy Story.