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Come Party With Me: 30th Birthday — Invite

Whether you dread or embrace it, turning 30 is definitely a milestone worth celebrating. Later this month it's DearSugar's 30th birthday. To ensure she commemorates the occasion in style, I'm helping her plan the party. These ideas can easily be applied to any important birthday so take my tips and make them your own. DearSugar requested a simple, classic invitation in her favorite color: purple. To see how I made the one shown here,

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To make an invite similar to the one seen here you will need the following supplies:

  • colored cardstock
  • colored paper
  • decorative paper
  • scissors
  • glue
  • pretty ribbon
  • computer and printer


To assemble the invite:

  1. Start by creating a new document in Microsoft word. Choose a festive font and write out the details of the party. For Dear's invite, I used Monotype Corsiva in size 16 to write the following message:

    You are cordially invited to a birthday celebration
    in honor of
    DearSugar

    Le Colonial
    Saturday, May 24, 2008
    8:00 pm

    appetizers, cocktails, and dancing

    Please RSVP 415.555.5555

    Print out on plain paper. Check for grammar or spelling mistakes. Once satisfied with the text, print out on colored paper. Cut down to size and set aside.

  2. Cut the colored cardstock down to size — 1/2 inch to 3/4 inch larger than the text sheet.
  3. Glue the decorative paper to the colored cardstock. You are creating a border of decorative paper.
  4. Glue the ribbon to the decorative paper, down the middle of the invite and trim any excess ribbon off.
  5. Mount the text sheet to the cardstock covered with decorative paper.
  6. Slide into envelopes, addressed with your best handwriting and send.

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