This might come as a shock, but given that there are approximately 100 ways great ways share the news about a party or event, I think paper invites are no longer a necessary tool in our digital society. So many of the other ways (particularly the email ones) are much more practical. I have been known to TAKE A PHOTO with my phone of a paper invite so that I can reference it later, usually as I am traveling to the event.
BUT, this doesn't stop me from making invites. In fact, I think it serves as even more inspiration to make them. Because they are no longer necessary, I figure if I'm going to make them, I'm going to have some fun with the process.
I have shared four different invites already this year (baby shower, bachelorette party, bridal shower and 1st birthday) and today, in collaboration with Canon USA, I am so excited to share our New Year's Eve party invitations.
All of my guests already knew about the party. So my goal with these? To make my guests laugh. (This is pretty much my life goal every single day.)
I wanted to do something a bit different and decided to go with an accordion fold since with the large format Canon PIXMA iP8720 printer I had the option to go bigger than normal 8.5x11 paper.
I created a text heavy design (like always) that was 12x4 with line breaks every three inches for folding. I printed my invites out (three at a time) on matte poster board cut down to 19x13.
I wanted the emphasis to be on the 2015 so I went over the numbers with glue and then dumped on some glitter.
It turned out rad and this is a great way to add an extra ka-boom to a simple black and white invitation.
I used a bone folder and a ruler to score the folds and then folded each invite back and forth.
The best part though is the Friends reference which die-hard fans will surely catch.
Do you see it? ;)
The second best part is the checklist at the bottom which is part serious and part inside joke. I think I read in an etiquette book that all invites need at least one inside joke.
I had some square vellum envelopes on hand and decided to use those so I could tuck sequins inside and make this a party as soon as the mailbox was opened.
I cut down some 12x12 gold glitter cardstock to 5.5x5.5 (the size of my envelopes) and tucked it inside as a base. The folded accordion invite sat right on top.
These are my favorite ever. The only thing more exciting than this upcoming party is the realization that next time I need invites I get to try and beat these.
This post is sponsored by Canon USA. Project idea, Friends references, opinions, words and photos are all my own.