It may seem like I’m planning this bridal shower a bit backward. I did the party favors/place card idea first and now I’m doing the invitation. As with any party planning, it doesn’t matter the order in which you do something, as long as you first:
- decide on a theme
- make a list of what needs to be done
- give yourself enough time to get everything finished
The invitation sets the tone for the any party. If you choose to have a formal, engraved announcement, your guests will know what to expect (and how to dress). If you send out something fun and flirty, they will look forward to a different atmosphere.
Bridal showers should fun, festive and personal. After all, you’re celebrating a big event for a friend or relative. Since initials are the theme, I’m using the first letter of the bride’s name.
I created three invitations; all of them very easy. You just need a computer and printer. The third one involves some cutting and pasting and a bit of glue. Get some friends together to help. The more the merrier!
You can buy blank stationary or purchase card stock in your color theme and make your own. Be sure to buy envelopes first so the cards will fit. Also pay attention to size and weight. Check with the post office before you begin. A square envelope requires extra postage. If it’s too thick, you will pay more too.
Choose a font that reflects your theme or style, enlarge it and print the first initial of the bride-to-be. S for Sarah.
If you want to go the “green” route, make the invitation useful. Print the info vertically and it becomes a bookmark. You should be able to get 2 or 3 per page and it will fit in a business size envelope.
If you are more artistic, forget the basic stationary and try shipping tags.
The info goes on the back. The front is where you can get creative. Look for decorative papers in the scrapbook section at the local craft store. Tissue paper works too. Use the same color you will use in your table decorations.
I recycled old paint chips. Then printed the “S” on white paper, cut it out and glued it all together. Use your imagination. It will be a little work of art. No one will toss this in the landfill!
You could send invitations by e-mail, but getting them the old fashion way is such a treat these days. You can even design your own stamps!