Ever since our oldest was born, my husband and I have taken pride in, and enjoyed, creating the boys’ announcements and invitations ourselves. Usually he does the design and I do the execution. But we are both busier than ever, and lacking the time to do these projects.
For our younger son’s birthday party last year, I ended up including Cars-themed invitations in my craft kit order from Oriental Trading Company. I printed out the pertinent info on large shipping labels like these,because I wasn’t going to hand write the same info over and over again.
Historically, it’s still cost us over $20 per project, depending on how many announcements or invitations we’ve needed. So when I realized that I could order 4×8 photocard invitations for an upcoming birthday party for less than $20 including tax and shipping, I knew that was the way to go. I used a photo of our son in his firefighter costume, and the invitations turned out great. (Lest anyone think that’s my son, the picture is just a sample invitation from the Shutterfly site.)
For thank you cards, my plan is to take a photo of our son holding each gift and order prints using credits I have for free prints. I can jot down a quick personal note using a marker, or have our son write on the back of the photo. It’ll be about as inexpensive as sending thank you notes can possibly be.