Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Handmade Sesame Street Invitations inspired by Pinterest

A couple of weeks ago, I shared some photos from Grace's 3rd Birthday Party.  Since Grace LOVES Sesame Street, we chose a Sesame Street theme for her party this year. 

I was having trouble finding party items that I liked at the party supply stores.  Mainly because it seemed that a lot of the decorations and supplies were designed for FIRST birthdays. 

Since I was trying to keep costs as low as possible, I decided to check my craft supplies and see what I had to make our own invitations. 

In addition to being low on funds, I was also short on time.  I really got a late start on party planning this year and had to get the invitations made up and mailed on the same day! 

To help me get motivated, I decided to check out Pinterest to look for some inspiration.  That's when I found this handmade Elmo invitation.  Our party wasn't focusing on any one particular character from the long-running kids' program, so I knew I wanted to do something similar but for a variety of furry characters. 

After "borrowing" pack of Grace's stickers and searching my stash for coordinating bright colors, this is what I came up with:

They were pretty easy once I figured out the color combinations.  It's been a long time since I purchased new craft supplies, so I had to improvise and switch up a couple of the color combos in order to make the needed number of invites. 

Aside from choosing colors, the only other time-consuming aspect was choosing the fonts I wanted for the invitations.  After downloading some FREE fonts from free font websites, I printed out the party information on white cardstock and was ready to assemble the invitations and get them mailed out! 

I had just enough time to snap a couple of quick photos of them spread out over the kitchen table before having to address them to our guests.  Since I was running out of time, I just used plain white envelopes that I had in my office supply cabinet, rather than the color coordinated ones in my inspiration photo. 

Working on this little project reminded me how much I love and miss crafting.  Hopefully, soon I'll be able to work on a few other projects I've been wanting to start. 

You may notice that I used similar ribbon on the invitations I made for Grace's first birthday.  I've gotten a lot of mileage from my ribbon stash and still have plenty more to use on future craft projects! 

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Anonymous said...

HI Alison, I just have to comment on how amazing they turned out. I'm in the process of thinking and gathering ideas as my daughter LOVES sesame and I luv how your invites turned out. I 'm just snap the whole idea! THanks for sharing you DIY's!

Anonymous said...

HI Alison, I was on the net searching for sesame street birthday invitation ideas and I am go happy that your idea came up on google. I love what you came up with and will say I have to snatch your idea. Just wanted you to know jow amazing they turned out!

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