Party Invitations
How To Get The Right Look

Your party invitations communicate what you are celebrating and the theme of your party. It really sets the tone and your expectation of the look and feel of the whole event.

An invitation which is thrown together at the last minute, with little thought and effort, can result in confused guests. If the invitation isn't appealing enough, they may even decide that someone else's party is a better option!

Get it right the first time with a little planning!

You can have a lot of fun creating your own invitations which gives a warm personal touch or you can choose from a heap of options that are available on line today.

To get a clear picture in your mind, begin by writing down the answers to the following question:

  • What type of event is it?
  • Birthday Party, Baby Shower, Bachelor Party, Halloween Party etc etc.

  • What theme do you want for your party?

    If the event is specific, say baby shower, then the theme would be all about the baby. Same for the wedding or engagement party, the theme is all about the couple. Of course you could have a famous couples fancy dress theme for an engagement party.

    For birthday parties, the list of theme ideas is endless, examples would be, Beach Party, or Luau party get your Free Printable Luau Invitations here.

    What about Rock Stars, Pirates, Movie Stars, Murder Mystery. If it's a kids birthday party, think about Super Heros, Princess Parties, Magic shows.

    Once you have chosen your theme, make sure you include it on your invitation in the form of a graphic. You can use photos or drawings. Themed invitations are widely available.

  • Have you confirmed the date, time and venue for the party?
  • Make sure that all these things are locked in before you have your party invitations created or printed!

  • Will your guests need to wear a party costume, or bring anything specific to your event?
  • People do need time to plan for costume hire so make it clear on the invitation what is required of them. Also if you are planning party games and activities, some activities may required the guests to bring something with them. Think about the party games that you plan to have in advance so that instructions can be given on the invitation.

  • What is your budget for the party invitations?
  • Consider the cost of your invitations in the overall cost of the party, know your limit!

  • Are you going to create your own party invitations or have them tailor made for you, or purchase off the shelf?
  • If you have the time and the creative flare, I think it is a lovely idea to make your own invitation. It projects a message to your guests that you have taken the time and effort to prepare and plan for your special occasion, and there is an implied expectation that your guest will reciprocate. This would be particularly important when you require something of your guests, such as dressing up or getting involved in any party games and activities that you may have planned.

    An Invitation can be as simple and inexpensive as a single card, with an appropriate picture on it to suit the occasion, along with the details of the party. There are lots of online stores that I recommend you look at to purchase these.

    However, for a more elaborate invitation, you may choose to invite your guests using a prop that is appropriate to the theme. There are stores that can help you with ideas and props. For example:

  • For a masquerade party, make or purchase a mask and have the details of the even attached to it.
  • A great idea for kids is to use a balloon with the party details written on it, or enclosed on paper inside the balloon.
  • Use a blow up beach ball and write the party invitation details on it. When the guests blows up the beach ball they can read the details, and bring the ball to the party for a planned party game!
  • The prop itself could also be something that would act as a memento of the occasion that the guests get to keep, just like the party favor.

    There are a growing number of web sites now that you can use to design your own invitation e-card, using one of the many designs available. They are fun and creative, I especially like the ones that play tunes as the guest reads the e-card. On top of that, many of them are free to use. Check out these, Custom greeting cards at

    I hope that this web page has given you some ideas on what the best style of party invites you could be using when planning your special event. Please feel free to bookmark this page as I will be updating it with more links and ideas. Thank You.

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