Gone are the days of a simple backyard BBQ and having Dad dress up as a clown. When it comes to modern kids’ birthday parties, a parent’s to-do list can go on forever. From scouring Pinterest for the perfect theme, to planning the invite list, finding on-point decorations, and ordering the cake – the whole thing can seem like a mammoth task.
Whether you’re throwing a highly-themed birthday party for your kid or something more laidback, one thing that we can help check off your to-do list is the birthday party invitations. There are tons of beautiful DIY invitation templates in our Graphic Designer that you can customize for your child in just a few clicks. Keep reading to find out how!
Planning a Kid’s Birthday Party on a Budget
Let’s face it; throwing a kid’s birthday party can be an expensive affair. After all, there’s the food, the party favors, and the entertainment – not to mention everything else. Thankfully, we’ve included some tips below to help you plan a child’s birthday party on a budget. Hurrah!
Selecting a Theme
It can be tempting to choose the latest Disney or Marvel blockbuster as the party’s theme, but instead, stop and look around you. Do you have any materials or décor already at home that can be repurposed into party décor? Can you see a particular theme emerging?
For example, if you have a ton of plants around the home (living or fake – we won’t judge), along with your child’s impressive collection of animal toys, a Safari-themed party might be the way to go!
Choosing a Location
You don’t have to reserve the fanciest venue you can think of. Instead, save some cash by hosting the party at the local park or even in your own backyard.
If the weather isn’t being too kind on the day, simply move the party indoors into your home (or a friend’s/relative’s place). By doing this, you will easily save hundreds of dollars on venue hire.
We’ve heard of parents hiring professional decorators to deck-out their parties, but trust us, it’s not necessary. The beauty of children is their ability to see past imperfections and find joy in the little things; whether it’s a spider made with pipe cleaners, a slightly askew banner, or balloons in a color palette that isn’t exactly ‘Pin-worthy’.
Embrace your inner Martha Stewart and get crafting your own party décor. You can find DIY tutorials with step-by-step instructions through craft websites, YouTube, and (you guessed it) Pinterest.
While invitations were once only sent via the post, things have changed. With most people having 24/7 access to their emails and smartphones, it has now become commonplace to send invitations digitally.
Not only does this save you a lot of precious time, but you can also save costs on printing, paper, envelopes, and stamps. How good is that?
Skip the Catering
Even if you’re not a Masterchef, you can still avoid paying hundreds of dollars on professional catering for the party. Simply look through your cookbook collection or online for ideas. Besides, what could be more fun than inviting your friends over for a baking session?
If the idea of cooking is enough to give you a nightmare, however, then your local supermarket’s frozen or ready-made food sections may have some answers.
How to Design DIY Party Invitations
Now that you’ve got your kid’s party budget sorted, it’s time to create a DIY party invitation to save even more! To get started, go to BeFunky’s Graphic Designer, then navigate to the Templates tab, followed by Invitations (you’ll find this category under Event Graphics). For this tutorial, we’ll be using one of the pre-made kid birthday party invites. Once you’ve chosen your desired template, simply click Select Template to begin customizing it.
The first thing to do is swap out your template’s existing background image for something on-theme with your party. To do this, select the background image with your mouse and an Image Properties toolbar appears. Click Replace Image to open up your desired image from your Computer files.
Alternatively, you navigate to the Image Manager tab (the top icon) in the main menu on the left. From here, you can upload your desired image from your Computer, BeFunky, Facebook, or search the wide database of over a million free-to-use stock photos for your project instead! Once your image has been uploaded, simply drag and drop it onto your template.
Next, you can edit the template’s pre-existing text to better reflect the kid’s party you’re organizing. When you click on any text, a Text Properties toolbar appears. From here, you can change elements such as Font, Font Size, Color, Spacing, Background, Outline, and more. To edit what the text box says, just double-click it and begin typing.
Once your text is looking sharp, it’s time to add some fun graphics into your design. Navigate to the Design Elements tab in the menu on the left to find these. There are plenty of categories to choose from and you can even upload your own graphics by clicking on the green Computer button.
Looking for a particular Design Element? Just click Search Graphics and type your keyword into the search bar.
To resize your Design Element, just drag its outer corners in or out using your mouse. You can also change its color using the Graphic Properties toolbar that appears when your graphic is selected on the template, then choosing a new hue as the Color Overlay. You can use the Eyedropper tool to choose a color from your design, select a hue from the color chart, or type in the HEX Color Code if you have a specific shade in mind.
Once you’re happy with your invitation design, all that’s left to do is save it. Click on Save at the top of your screen to save your work to your Computer, as well as Facebook, Dropbox, and more! If you want to come back to your project at a later date (i.e. to fix any pesky typos), then we also recommend the Save as Project option (which lets you save it as an editable BeFunky Project file to your BeFunky account or Computer).
Ta-da! How easy was that?
Now that the invitation has been taken care of, you can choose to either print it out and mail it to your guest list or hand it to them in-person. Alternatively, you can keep it all digital and simply email or SMS the .jpeg or .png file of your invitation. The latter option is great for those looking to save some dollars during the party-planning phase. The choice is yours!
Ready to create your own fun DIY party invitation? Click the link below to get started!