Loads of balloons centered around a cake with a few candles and a large colorful banner; does this sum up the basic birthday invite?
Considering the eight billion birthdays in the world, it’s no surprise that the internet is replete with standard invitation templates ready to be printed and sent out. But what if you want your invitation to stand out?
You’ve heard it before, the invitation sets the tone for the event. Sure, this can be an intimidating task since it adds to the pressure of designing the perfect invitation. But it also pushes you to think outside the box. Bring in your special day with our top six favorite birthday invitation ideas that scream creativity!
6 Creative Ways to Invite People to a Birthday Party
1. Mystery Puzzle Invitation
A puzzle invite is a playful and intriguing way to grab the attention of your attendees. All you have to do is plan an elaborate mystery puzzle across any genre such as crime fiction, murder cases, or detective instincts. Don’t forget to attach a puzzle piece to every invitation. The guests must bring this puzzle piece to the party to help solve the bigger mystery collectively. Only then will they be allowed to enter!
Take your invitation up a notch with some scratch-off cues on your puzzle which reveal important information such as the location and time of your mystery party.
2. Minibook Illustration Invitation
If you’re looking for an invite that lets your creativity run wild, this is the one for you. Planning on celebrating the big 40 with a full weekend of fun? Send out a minibook, complete with illustrations, to brief your guests on every detail of the weekend.
Customized pictures and messages will add a personal touch to your minibook invitation. Don’t forget to make it colorful! Leave your guests enamored with the presentation and excited to cheer for you on your big day!
3. Scavenger Hunt Invitation
Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt? For the full experience, send out your scavenger hunt invites by mail in small brown paper sacks. Ask the attendees to bring along their little sacks to collect what they might win.
Although this invite may take a bit of work, it’s worth the trouble! When your guests arrive, they will be greeted by a clue and a quick scavenger hunt around your backyard which discloses the code to the party. You’ve not only created a fun way to excite your guests but also an activity to keep them occupied while you finish setting up.
4. Earth-Conscious Invitation
What’s more creative than eco-friendly birthday invitations? Earth-friendly invites are printed on seed-infused biodegradable paper so your guests can plant them on their front porch or in their backyards after they’ve returned the RSVP.
If you’d love to send some goodies to your guests along with your sustainable invite, you could create custom tea leaf bags or homemade bath salts too. That way, the recipient can enjoy a cup of tea and draw themselves a soothing bath while getting glammed up for your party.
5. Message in a Bottle Invitation
There’s nothing more classic than a simple message in a bottle invitation. Whether it’s your birthday, your anniversary or your graduation party, this creative idea is always a hit. Write a message to your guests on parchment paper, squeeze it into a tiny bottle, wrap a pretty ribbon around it, and you’re all done!
This invitation is not only fun to receive and open, but also makes for a great keepsake. Whenever your guests lay eyes on this little bottle with a message, they will be reminded of you.
6. Record Sleeve Invitation
For those who love all things vintage, this one’s for you! A record sleeve invitation is essentially a custom record sleeve which holds information about your party on the cover with a special track on the inside! Depending on the theme of your party, you could choose to use vinyl or a CD.
As for the cover, just a simple logo with the details of your event will suffice. Pick up a customizable template or birthday invite poster from the internet, fill in your specifics and hit print!
Live For Today, Plan For Tomorrow, Party For Tonight
Between sending out invitations and setting up for your special day, don’t forget to enjoy the process. After all, it is your birthday!
When brainstorming ideas for your invitations, remember to use bright color schemes in combination with different font styles that complement each other. Don’t forget to give your invitation an eye-catching header, and make sure to use a color filter that makes the text pop!
Any of these six creative ways to invite people to a birthday party can help you add intrigue to your invitations. Remember, invitations don’t have to be purely utilitarian. If done with finesse, they make the perfect teaser for the party to come!
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