Football Party Invitations.

If you can believe it my little Owen recently turned eight and requested a football party to celebrate. For the invitations, I was lucky enough to find some cute inflatable hands then designed a simple tag with the party information and tied them to the fingers.

The invitations themselves were so simple but you wouldn't believe how excited his group of friends were when they saw them. We hand delivered each one and had a fun afternoon surprising his friends at their doorsteps.

When dreaming up party invitations do your best to think out of the box. Your guests (young or old) will be more excited for the special day if the invitation is unique and well thought out.


Something interesting: We have a tradition in our family of limiting friend parties to every other year. This means that on every even numbered birthday (beginning at age 4) the children choose a theme and celebrate their big day with friends. On odd numbered birthdays we still celebrate of course, but keep the party simple and enjoy the day with family. I'm curious, how do you handle birthday parties at your house?

23 comments:

  1. definitely an unexpected invitation.
    great idea.

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  2. what a great idea! I love the alternating birthday party years and will be tucking that idea away for when I have kiddos.

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  3. fun invitation indeed. We party hard every year.

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  4. Growing up, there were just the two of us kids, so having a party each year wasn't to much of an imposition (plus, my mom loved planning them). The total number of guests was limited to whatever age we were turning (including my sister and myself), so that kept the parties to a manageable size.

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  5. I love the look on his little friend's face. Too cute!

    What a simple and fun idea!

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  6. That's a great great idea with bigger parties at even numbers, especially for families with many kids!

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  7. We do birthdays exactly the same way you do. This year (2012) I just finished up 4,6, and 8th birthday parties that were lots of work and lots of fun and now I can take 2013 off. My son just turned 8 this month is had a great party building/decorating/shooting marshmallow guns. Took me weeks to get it all out of the carpet. And now we're planning a baptism luncheon/party. At 1st I was disappointed to wait almost a month before the baptism, but now I realize it's working out much better to have separate events.

    (love your blog)

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  8. Clever as always, Danyelle. :) And I love that you hand-delivered them! (Not that there was any other way to deliver these fun invitations...)

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  9. Love your idea of even numbered birthdays with friends...that gives you a break, birthday parties can be exhausting & expensive. Thanks for the idea.

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  10. These are rad! And I love the part about hand delivering them.

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  11. We go for every other year as well, but we plan parties for the odd years. the even years are the more milestone years - so we are able to really focus on what is great about turning 8 or 12 or 16, still making it special just for them. Love your blog and the many ways you keep it simple and make it amazing at the same time. Thanks!

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  12. We alternate as well-starting at age 5.
    Really cute invitation idea!

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  13. We do a party with friends every other year too--my soon-to-be-7-year-old is pretty sad she can't have a big bash this year!

    I love how you made classy and chic football party invitation!

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  14. We do a party at 5, a sleepover party at 10, and a big bash at 16. This has worked GREAT for us and each child (we have four) knows what's coming and everything is equal! :-)

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  15. We trade off family and friend birthdays like you do. Seems to work well. Love the invite! The look on the friends face says it all. How fun. With 3 boys of my own, I might have to do the same.

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  16. my mom did that when we were growing up too! (maybe because there were 7 of us?) But after having my first child, I realized it was genius to save money and stress! So I plan on doing it as well- and all the good birthdays are even numbered anyway! 8, 12, 14, 16, 18...

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  17. 2301 etsHow original! The ideas and the invitations are very creative.

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  18. ok, hand delivering each invite is SO CUTE! i love that photo...

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