cupcake party invite tutorial

lily, my middle child, is turning 3 on friday. she requested long ago, in typical cheney fashion, a specific kind of party: a cupcake party. although, you really should hear her say it. it sounds more like “tuptate pouty”. LOVE the 2-year old language! so for at least 6 months now she has been talking probably every day about her party. she’s even been making “presents” for her party (she’s a little confused) that consist mostly of little cuttings of paper and scraps of fabric glued down on paper, all shoved into a gift bag.

so here’s a quick little tutorial on how to do a cupcake party invite on the cheap. please forgive the terrible, horrible, no good, very bad pictures. it was late, no natural light.

i try to always start with a scratchy sketch, just to work out some of the details. hmm… i’m realizing now that it would’ve been so cute to have candles on top of each cupcake. dang! too late.

next, out of scrap cardstock i cut the basic shapes of the two parts of the cupcake. if i was really cool, i’d have these in a printable version as a pdf. but i’m not that cool. sorry to disappoint.

i then took more scrap papers and traced ON THE BACK the cut outs of the cupcake. i chose mostly solids for the base and fun prints for the top. i think all prints may have been too much.

then i dug in my stash and pulled out whatever blue paper scraps i could find to print the invite details on the back. i used a font called “little days”. i’ve used it a lot, its one of my favorites. you can download it at, i think. its free!

next i trimmed the edges with my scallop shears. these are super nice ones i was given as a gift, but you can get cheapies at michael’s for about a buck, i think. i used a straight edge (another piece of paper) to draw straight lines around the edges as a guide for the scallops. when i tried to skip this step and just eyeball it, my edges were all wonky. and, yes, wonky is a technical term.

next i used double sided tape to stick the bases evenly to the paper. make sure that you have the printed side (on the back) right side up so that when you turn the invite over its not upside down. make sense?

next, with the double sided tape, i stuck the tops on the bases. then i said #*@%^! because i realized that i had cut all my papers too narrow, and that the cupcake tops were all going to be overlapping. not what i drew in my little sketch. but then, when i realized i was all out of blue paper and i coul not reprint them, i got over it.

now here was my only expense, and it was a silly one. i used elmer’s glue and stuck a red button as a cherry on top of each cupcake. i bought a whole pack of red buttons, for about $2.50. when i got home i realized that since this will be such a tiny little party and i only had to make a few invites, i had enough red buttons in my button jar already! oh man!

then i stuck each invite in a red envelope i had extra from silas’ carnival party invites. and i’ll save on postage, too, because i’ll hand out all but one or two invites. yay for saving money!



  1. 1

    so very cute. i'm glad to know that you said ^@*&% or was it #^&*@? that's one of my favorite words when crafting or sewing. :)

  2. 2

    love them! too cute…i wish that i had just a “smidge” of your creativity :)

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    Joyful Weddings & Events says:

    so cute! I want to eat them :)

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    Joyful Weddings & Events says:

    so cute! I want to eat them :)

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    little wash wash says:

    You are so creative!! super cute!

  6. 6

    oh my cuteness. i love those invitations. you did a great job – i like all the patterned paper and the overlapping of the cupcakes.

  7. 7

    super sweet :)

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    Jeannett Gibson says:

    How do you manage to cut all perfectly? Are you using an exacto knife or something???

  9. 9

    Absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for sharing! I love to see other crafters share!!!!

  10. 10

    Very cute. My friend showed me a cupcake invitation that she got (or rather her daughter) where the cupcake base was like a pocket and you could slide the top out and it had the rest of the cake with the party details written on it. Both invitations make me want to have a cup cake party next birthday. Actually my eldest (10) saw your invites and said “that’s what I should have had for my birthday.” Can’t you just see it. We could use my cute new milkshake cups and have milkshakes or spiders and mini cupcakes and other cute tea party things. Ooh, I can’t wait til next year now. Coincidentally daughter and I just made cupcakes this afternoon.

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    asnipofgoodness says:

    These are great, thanks for the tut! You always make things look so easy!
    praying for Silas, hope all is well!

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    Sara@ Butterville says:

    Super cute! Hey Linds I’ll gald to hear your little boy is doing better.Thanks for stopping by today! I smile when I see your name!

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    Stephanie says:

    You are so clever! I can’t believe you did all those invitations for only $2.50! That’s awesome!

  14. 14

    wow that is super cute. Love it

  15. 15

    I just found that ADORABLE font on Thanks for sharing it, I love me a good font.

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