It’s been a while since I’ve made any birthday invitations and I’m so pleased to have something to share. I may have heavily influenced the inclusion of Afternoon Tea to celebrate Seren turning ten for this reason alone.
The good news is, after taking her for Afternoon Tea at Bay 5 it wasn’t too much of a sell. And, as we all fell hook line and sinker for the Sherman Theatre‘s Christmas production of Alice in Wonderland, everything fell into place.
With the usual Pinterest research, I found the perfect Alice in Wonderland party invitations to suit Seren. I couldn’t find a how-to guide, and the preferred option was actually a wedding invitation. So, I thought I’d have a go at making my own.
I used Google to look for a Mad Hatter template, and found one here. With the benefit of hindsight, searching for a top hat template would have been far better.
Using Picmonkey, first to edit out all the detail to use for the reverse of the invite. I then flipped the diagram (so that when I printed the two pieces they fitted) and removed the checkered effect from the main detail. Both of these edits using the clone feature.
To the front I added the phrase which Seren loved so much.
The great part for me, especially now we’re on lower numbers, is being able to personalise each invitation. Picmonkey and its fonts make this so easy. Each of the invites has all the detail, and included the name of the invitee.
With the invitations made up, I used some cream card and the ‘print two per page’ setting to create our homemade Alice in Wonderland party invitations.
To make Seren’s invites a little special, I used some metallic pens I had bought to colour wine glasses at Christmas to decorate the card. Glitter would have been fantastic, but my bravery in using glitter at home was lacking.
Using the shed load of ribbon I seem to be hoarding, we personalised each card. The flowers were the last experiment, and I have a feeling if I knew how good they would look, they would have all followed this design.
We used glue dots to fix the ribbon and double sided tape to fix the two pieces together.
These really are fantastically easy, and I hope completely magical.