I've been planning so many large bashes these past few weeks, that I decided to do something a little more intimate this week. Dinner parties are my favorite kind of party and they are even easier to host when you have a theme to plan everything around. There is no better theme for summer than a fabulous tropical soirée! Bright flowers, plush textures, soothing waves, and cool cocktails bring you and seven close friends together for a tasty dinner. This party can be held anywhere from a deck with an view of the Pacific, to a teeny apartment with no balcony, just adapt the theme to fit your needs. To get things started, I'm making a gorgeous invitation that will get guests in the mood the second it arrives in the mail. To see step by step instructions on how to make this invite, read more

To make an invitation similar to the one seen here you will need:

  • computer & printer
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • envelope
  • orange cardstock
  • a fun Hawaiian image
  • printed or cut out images of tropical flowers (I found mine doing a google image search for tropical flowers, but get creative - you could even find them in a travel magazine!)

To assemble:

  1. Start by dragging the fun Hawaiian cartoon image into a new Word document. Insert a text box as a border and change the color and size of the line to match your image. Write out the details of the dinner in a creative formation around the image. I used Papyrus in size 14 Bold to write:
    Grab your leis and join me for a luau themed dinner!
    Saturday, August 10, 2007
    7:30 pm

    PartySugar’s House
    -San Francisco

    Tropical attire requested please

    Print out a test copy and when satisfied cut down to size.

  2. Mount on cardstock with the glue stick.

  3. Glue your favorite flower image on the back of the invite.

  4. Cut the invite down to size and set aside.

  5. To make the envelope cut out a bunch of tropical flower images.

  6. Glue to the envelope in a creative collage style until the entire envelope (including the inside) is covered in a tropical flower collage and cut down to shape of the envelope.

  7. Write the name and address of each guest on a white sticky label and place on the back of the invite and send.