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.
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 acidfonts.com, 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!