It's birthday party time and for something different I decided I wanted a 70s inspired party where everyone could dress in their 70s gear and boogie on down to 70s music. What better way to get everyone into the mood than to start off with a 70s inspired invitation.
You'll be able to tell which birthday milestone this invitation is celebrating with the added embellishments
I wanted to make it easy for everyone to dress to the theme, so it's not strictly disco or early 70s "hippy" style. Therefore I combined these aspects of the 70s into one idea for the invitation. Colourful, bright and sparkly with some 70s inspired pictures
Art and Craft Supplies
Card & colourful paper of your choice
Craft knife and cutting board
Double Sided Tape
Computer to type and print party inserts
1. You'll need to decide what colours you want to work with. I picked up a pad of colourful papers from Spotlight for about $10.00 plus some glitter card for the decorative pockets attached to the front. I also bought a cheap roll of colourful ribbon from a discount store. Put all the items together and you'll be able to see how the colours work together.
2. Cut paper, ribbon and card for pocket to size. I was making each invitation a little different so as you will see from the last picture, some have the paper at the bottom of the card, and others to the left or right of the card.
There are detailed instructions on how to make the pocket and tags on a separate link
Cut paper to size
Cut cardboard for pocket and ribbon to size
3 Attach double sided tape to the back of the ribbon and coloured paper and attach to card in desired position.
Attach double sided tape to back of paper and ribbon
Attach paper and ribbon to card. As I had used a wide roll of ribbon and cut it lengthwise down the cut piece, I attached the ribbon first with the good edge to the outside and then put the paper over the top of the rough cut edge so it was hidden
4. You'll see that from using different paper (all from the same pad I bought) and placing it in different positions on the card, you can make each invitation a little different if desired.
5. I also made double sided tags to go into the front pocket which also fitted in with the party theme. Once the pockets and tags are made, these can be attached to the front of your card with double sided tape.
6. Now for the inserts to advise everyone what/where/why/when. I created this in Microsoft Publisher and for the average sized card, you should get 2 inserts per A4 piece of paper. As it was a colouful, funky theme, I followed this through with the colours, language and font on the insert.
7. Also, to make the inside a little more interesting, I created a small collage of 70s themed pictures for the opposite side.
8. Once you've attached the inserts into the inside of your card (I used double sided tape again rather than glue), you can add a small picture to the back of your envelope if you wish. I printed these on sticky address labels so there was no need to glue anything down.
9. All that's left to do now is send out your invites and get ready to enjoy yourself come party night.
There's no limit to what fun ideas you can come up with when creating invitations and it doesn't have to be complicated. These invitations are really quite easy. If you have a theme, this is a great way to get your guests in the mood before they even arrive.